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About Mackem742

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    FM player since before it was FM, I remember the old Championship Manager Italia days etc. Big Sunderland fan, its been a tough few years for us but finally enjoying football again, winning makes such a difference no matter what league you are in!


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    Football, Crossfit, Model building and painting

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  1. I always have on previous years but this year is a tough nut to crack. Not sure if its because we have been massive overwhelming favorites the last couple of years but we seem like an average League 1 club now. The AI always does terrible with them too when Ive been at another club. Hopefully this will be the one
  2. So I've started with Sunderland again. My last 2 attempts have now ended in failure so Ive started again on the winter update. Im only going through pre season so far but Ive brought in goalkeeper Joe Lumley from QPR for 92k. Let a few youngsters go out on loan but that's my only transfer business so far.
  3. Pretty furious at my Valencia save, I suffered my 1st defeat of the season at home to Eibar (2-1), it was a bit of a smash and grab from them. Followed that up with a 0-0 draw away at Gladbach in my Champions league group so thats 3 games played (against Ajax, Zenit and Gladbach) and 3 games drawn leaving me in 3rd place in the group. I then went on a great run of 3 wins back to back without conceding a goal to drag myself from 6th to 2nd in the league and then my game suffered a crash dump. My last save point was after the Eibar defeat, lost my motivation and turned the game off. Hopefully I
  4. I lost the final, 1-0. Hull are rapidly becoming my bogey team in this save, 3 games played against them in this season alone, 2 draws, 1 defeat. Looks like we are both going up though. Hope they struggle and go straight back down In other news rival consortiums are now looking at buying the club.
  5. 11 games to go and Ive got myself into a good position, just won a massive game away at Portsmouth 4-1 and now Ive got the team I hate the most on this save in the Papa Johns final.
  6. This is fantastic, thanks for this. Really adds something to the match day screen.
  7. Current Sunderland save is not as easy as the last one. Ive got 15 games left in League 1 and im currently 2nd behind Hull. They are ridiculous, Ive never concentrated on other results that much as long as I keep on getting positive results but Im finding myself shout at the screen when it pops up 1-0 to Hull . They are digging out a lot of 1-0 wins which is annoying. Im 7 points behind them but 9 points ahead of Portsmouth in 3rd. Ive only lost 1 game all season (1-0 away at Ipswich) but Ive had 11 draws which is not good enough. Hull are turning those draws into narrow wins and Im not. Unfor
  8. Just about to kick off my 2nd season with Valencia, finished 2nd last season so hopefully Champions League football wont be a distraction as I think thats why I finished so high last season.For finishing 2nd I was rewarded with a £5 million transfer budget, the finances at Valencia are dire for such a big club. I wouldnt be able to strengthen the team with that so I adjusted my budget and put it all into wages then signed Donarruma on a free.Both of my keepers are aging now so signing him sorts my keeper position out for years to come. Hopefully I can make it to 2025 when we are due to move in
  9. Just about to kick off my 1st season on my latest Sunderland save against Blackburn in the Carabao Cup followed by Carlisle in the EFL trophy. Players that Ive brought in so far are: Gelhardt (Leeds) - on loan Laird (Man Utd) - on loan Harrop (Preston) - 500k Players out Gooch (QPR) - 180k (He wanted to go, complained when I rejected the original 125k bid) Also brought in Kevin Phillips and Lee Cattermole as coaches. Update Brought in 2 more loan signings. Pellestri (Man Utd) Jack Clarke (Spurs) Ive got a very exciting forward
  10. Ill do a full update later when I get home but things are still going well in my Valencia save. Im currently 2nd, 4 points behind Real Madrid with a game in hand and I still have to play them at Mestalla. Also into the last 8 of the Copa Del Rey, Barca and Madrid have both been knocked out so Ive got a massive chance of winning it. Arezo has come in during the January transfer window but hasnt set the league alight yet, still early days but Im hopeful of finishing in a Champions League spot, unless I have a spectacular collapse. Im not sure how they perform on other peoples saves but Rea
  11. Things are going really well in my current Valencia save. Top of the league after a handful of games. Barcelona and Real started off poorly but are now starting to challenge towards the top again. Current tactical approach Top performers Results so far Great start in the league, the 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid being the only blip so far but I was really unlucky in that game. League table after 9 games
  12. He took charge at Arsenal on my Wolves save too in 2024. I managed to pip them to 7th place in 2023/24. Now in 2024/25 he has them in 17th
  13. Im just using a standard 4-2-3-1. Still getting used to the squad as I wasnt familiar with it. Ive still got Gaya at left back, Soler in central midfield and Gomez (I think) up front on his own. Ill post a screenshot when I get home from work
  14. Started a save with Valencia last night. I had a save with Sevilla on last years game and enjoyed managing in Spain (who wouldnt?). I was drawn to them as they have a quality squad, moving into a new stadium in a few years time and seem to be set for a crack at finishing in those Champions League spots. No European football to distract me in the first season too so it will give me a good chance to finish as high as possible. A lot of the squad are wanted by bigger clubs but Im trying to keep the squad together. I dont have much of a transfer budget (around £5 million) so the only player I have
  15. Quite a challenge there! As a Sunderland fan this makes me very sad ha ha
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