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  1. Using something very similar to your formation myself with Newcastle and having great success: In the first season we won the FA Cup and came second in the league. Won the domestic treble and reached the quarter finals of the Champions League in the second season. Now into season three and the league table looks like this: And my defence is rock solid - my domestic games all season: Stick with the tactic, the players might take a while to get familiar with it but stick with it mate
  2. A terrific idea for a thread as RTHerringbone says. Something I'd like introduced (or re-introduced) is the ability for any two players to be able to swap positions, for example a ST and AMR/L to swap position. Or even better yet, a three way swap. This could also work with the 'one sits, one goes' that you mentioned in your OP as you set one as CM/A and the other as CM/S like you mentioned and have them 'Swap position'.
  3. Done alright for me last season. Not world class but solid and is English and home grown which is always a good bonus. Plus he has a good personality for tutoring and won't ask for much wages
  4. Nice easy draw for our Champions League quarter final:
  5. Had intended on doing a halfway update but have gotten so into the save that I’m now into March so will just do an end of season update instead. @DandyDon Thorne looks like he’d be a solid backup / rotation option although tbh I’m overloaded with central midfielders, even more so now after buying Ross Barkley in the January transfer window. @Double0Seven Yea, £47.5 million for HBA! @DirtyJoe Similar to my first season, finishing second to Man Utd. Tom Ince is a great player. Good signing in Stones, got him myself but had to loan him back to Everton where he’s been first choice all season. @Obaaa Great analysis of the squad. Good luck
  6. @DandyDon Yea thought it was too good to turn down. That image I posted is an u23 English team bar Ryan Gauld who is Scottish. So yea we probably could field an all English first 11 currently. I'm currently 8 points clear of Man Utd myself after 14 league games. We've had a terrific start to the season. Looked at Gibbs myself and was a choice between him and Bertrand but Gibbs would've cost about £12m. They're both on my shortlist, cheers can you post a screenshot of Thorne please mate?
  7. Season 1 - 2014/15 – Summer Transfer Window Update Had intended on just putting this update just in my halfway stage update but because there was so much activity I decided on a separate update. Transfers Out Firstly on the way out during the summer were a few fringe players, a few youngsters on loan as well as a couple of players who I’d have liked to have kept but couldn’t turn down the money I got offered for them. I’ll start with the fringe players that left. First to leave were unhappy central defensive pair, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson who were both unhappy at their lack of first team action in the previous season and asked to leave so I granted them their wish and so they joined Southampton and Watford respectively for a fee totalling just over £2.5m – less than I’d have liked but I won’t be keeping unhappy players at the club. Next to leave was Paul Dummett who left to join Reading for £1m, I didn’t really want to sell him and would have preferred to keep at the club to see if I could have into something decent, even if it was just a squad player but when Reading offered £750k and I rejected it he became unhappy and requested to leave so I offered him out for £1.2m and Reading offered £1m and so I accepted it. Curtis Good left after a mutual agreement to terminate his contract as he was unhappy at his lack of game time but no one was interested in him, either on loan or permanently. Of the younger players to leave on loan, the most notable are Shane Ferguson to Stoke who are paying 100% of his wages and a ‘Key Player’ status. Haris Vuckic joined Wigan on a similar loan deal while Mehdi Abeid and Sammy Ameobi joined St. Etienne and Rangers respectively. Perhaps the most high profile however was John Stones who I signed from Everton for £7.75m but they would only accept if I loaned him back for the season. Now to the two players I’d have liked to have kept at the club. The first was Yoan Gouffran who somehow sparked interest from a bunch of French clubs including Lyon and Monaco but in the end he chose to join PSG unsurprisingly for a fee of £15.25 million and now finds himself instantly loaned out to Palermo. The next and final outgoing was one I agonised over but when I thought about it, the money being offered was just too good to refuse. The player in question was Hatem Ben Arfa and I’m sure you can guess the club – PSG again. The fee being £47.5m all upfront, PSG first enquired about him and I quoted them £60m, they offered £39m and I then n negotiated it upto £50m before they made the final offer of £47.5 million which I eventually accepted. Transfers In Okay so now that I’ve mentioned all the players the club, it’s now onto the players that will be replacing them. There were a few transfers I had arranged between the end of the previous season and the start of the transfer window – they were Ryan Bertrand in from Chelsea for £8.25 million although almost half of that is in performance related instalments. As previously mentioned, Sami Khedira also joined from Real Madrid for £6m. Both these players are quality but are also fantastic tutors with their ‘Professional’ personality. Also coming to the club on the first day of the transfer window was Nicklas Helenius who was transfer listed by Aston Villa and was someone that always seem to develop well in any of my other saves so I took a chance on him for £5m, he will probably be backup to Jordan Rhodes until Adam Campbell is ready to become second choice and then first choice hopefully. The rest of my transfers were mainly English players with Craig Dawson and Chris Smalling joining for £3m and £7.5m respectively to strengthen the defence and to replace Williamson and Taylor. Gareth Barry joined on a free transfer to strengthen an already strong central midfield zone and is an additional tutor with his ‘Resolute’ personality. Another free transfer joining the club is Tom Ince who I’ve never managed before and hopefully can turn him into an England international and if it doesn’t turn out too well I’ll make a profit on him at least. I’ve previously mentioned the signing of John Stones who will remain at Goodison for the season. Even though centre midfield is probably our strongest area of the squad I couldn’t resist signing boyhood Geordie Michael Carrick when he was transfer listed for £850k, a fantastic player and an excellent tutor with his PPM’s near perfect for a deep lying playmaker and a ‘Professional’ personality. Towards the end of the window I noticed we seemed a bit light on options on the wings so brought in Eduardo Salvio on loan for the season while I try to tempt Alex Oxlade-Chamberlainto the club or else change the formation to make use of all my central midfielders. I have left the best to last however. My scouts found this gem in MK Dons youth team and after scouting for 3 games and him receiving rave reviews I had to buy him no matter the price, eventually we settled on £3.5m and a friendly. The big signing of the window however was Luke Shaw from Southampton on transfer deadline day for £20 million, steep for a 19 year old but it will turn out to be a bargain, I’m unsure though as to whether to make him my long term LB or turn him into the Gareth Bale, leaning towards using him at left back although to ensure he develops he’ll be getting game time this season in a variety of positions to ensure he hits his full potential. That leaves my long term plan for having an all British team looking like this: Also with Craig Dawson and Alex Gilliead who is progressing nicely in the U18s and Reserves team.
  8. @DandyDon Cheers, be a tough Champions League campaign but I'm confident in the squad now. Well without spoiling my next update too much, I've played a fair bit and finished the transfer window and played the first few games of the season and can confirm that Sami Khedira is a Newcastle player: An injury has prevented him from an extended run in the team but he has made substitute appearances in each of our last 3 games and will hopefully get a full game in the Capital One Cup game against Sunderland to get him back to full fitness. As good a signing as he is, the fact is that Khedira isn't even my most exciting signing of the transfer window, all will be revealed in the update tomorrow but I now have a pretty solid young English core to the squad. You progressed much further in your save mate?
  9. @Stu_UBJ Nope, no offers for him yet although there has been two enquiries for him from Arsenal however I asked them for £40m which they rejected both times. However, the interest in him is growing and he is now wanted by Arsenal, AC Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Napoli, Real Madrid and Spurs so I doubt I'll be able to hold onto him, especially as I want to try and maintain a wage cap of £60k per week but I'd like to keep as he is a terrific tutor with his 'Spirited' personality as well as being able to cover both full back positions. I have though made a shortlist of possible replacements should I sell him including Ben Davies and his Swansea team mate Neil Taylor, and of course Luke Shaw. Haidara is progressing along nicely yeah, he is actually being tutored by Santon at the moment. How is your save going?
  10. Season 1 - 2013/14 – End of Season Review Transfers Already spoke about my summer signings in my previous. In the January transfer window I added a bit of experience to our young squad. Firstly I brought in transfer listed Thomas Sorensen from Stoke for £28k who will provide experienced backup to Tim Krul as well as being a fantastic tutor to our young keepers with his ‘Professional’ personality, already he has tutored Alnwick’s personality to ‘Professional’. We also brought in free agent Giandomenico Mesto who is very versatile and also has a ‘Professional’ personality making him a great tutor too. He also contributed greatly in the second half of the season playing 11 games, scoring twice as well as three assists – not bad for a free agent brought in mainly for tutoring purposes. No one left the club during this window; thankfully we were able to hold onto Sissoko despite interest from Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich. I also decided not to loan any of the younger players out as I felt a further 5/6 months of tutoring and training would be more beneficial long term than a loan. Results Since my mid-season update, we have been on a great run of form losing only twice in 25 games including a run of 9 consecutive wins as well as facing four of the biggest teams in the league in successive games and still maintaining our unbeaten run. There were some terrific performances; most notably the 4-1 win over Liverpool and the 5-1 win over Hull where we were simply unplayable. Some disappointing performances as well however, games were the lack of a regular goalscorer were missed, especially the Everton game where we did everything but score a second goal. I can’t complain really as we had a tough second half of the season and came through it with flying colours. League table To finish second in my first season in charge is a terrific achievement even if we were 15 points behind champions Man United. At one stage with 7 games to go, things were very tight in the fight for Champions League places before we had the run of games that defined our season. Domestic cups In the Capital One Cup, I decided to take the chance to rest our senior players and give some game time to the backup players as well as some of the younger players. We progressed past Bristol City 3-0 thanks to a goal from Shola Ameobi and a double from Steven Taylor. However, we were outclassed in the next round by a full strength Reading side, our only consolation came through a late Phil Jones goal. In the FA Cup however, I played a stronger side but still not full strength as I wanted to concentrate on the league so I still rotated a fair bit. We defeated Premiership opposition in the Third and Fourth round, beating both Crystal Palace and Stoke 1-0 thanks to goals in both games from Yoan Gouffran. We then had another 1-0 victory in the Fifth round, this time a great goal from Luuk de Jong seen of West Brom. Next up was our biggest challenge so far as we were drawn against Man City; however we won 2-0 against a pretty strong Man City side with goals from Sammy Ameobi and Cheick Tiote. After defeating Premiership opposition in every round so far, we were drawn against Championship side Doncaster in the Semi-final with an easy 3-1 win pitting us through to the Final, goals coming from Ben Arfa, Mesto and de Jong however I was disappointed to concede a late goal – the first we had conceded in the competition. In the Final, we faced a decent Fulham side but goals from de Jong and my Player of the Year Yanga Mbiwa seen off Fulham to bring the first of what I hope will be many trophies to St. James in my managerial reign. Player stats The stars of the season were the central defensive partnership of Yanga Mbiwa and Coloccini as well as our three defensive loan signings – Jones excelled as a utility man all over the pitch even playing as a Wide Target Man and a Defensive Winger at times, Garcia was brilliant sitting in front of the defence while Digne defied his young age with a terrific season. Honourable mentions also to Santon who played at both full back positions equally well and also Cheick Tiote who got forward to score four goals as well as countless tackles and interceptions. However some players were not as impressive, including some of our ‘big’ players, most disappointing was Hatem Ben Arfa who was so inconsistent and infuriating and managed only 7 assists all season. If a big bid comes in for him, I would definitely consider it. Also disappointing was Jordan Rhodes who was also inconsistent in terms of goal scoring but I’m willing to put that that down to his first season at the club. What's Next With 4 players returning to their parent club upon the expiration of their loan deals and an upcoming Champions League campaign; I will have to strengthen the team and squad considerably. As mentioned I was disappointed with the performances of Hatem Ben Arfa last season and would consider bids for him if it meant the money could rebuild the squad for the upcoming season. Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson have both requested a transfer due to their lack of playing time however they are both English and I’d like to keep an English core to the side but I just can’t justify dropping Coloccini or Yanga-Mbiwa and I want to give Streete as much game time as I can so I think I will have to let them go. As regards incoming players, Gareth Barry looks like he’ll be a free agent so would be a decent addition to the squad as well as a good tutor. Also according to my scouts, Sami Khedira could be available for £6m who would be a fantastic addition however I’m trying to stick to a wage limit of £60k per week to maintain financial stability long term which may mean I can’t afford Khedira. Elsewhere, as I’ve mentioned before I want to buy a few more English players so I’ll be looking at a centre back or two as well as maybe a replacement for Ben Arfa. Thanks for taking the time to read, all feedback and suggestions are welcome.
  11. After beating Man City in the FA Cup Quarter final, surely it’s our FA Cup to lose?
  12. After a run of form, we are now back to 5th and only 2 points off Arsenal in 4th but there is going to some end to the season with the scrap for European places as if Fulham and Man City win their games in hand, there'll only be 8 points separating 3rd from 8th:
  13. @DandyDon Yea interesting alright but with Remy being on £80k per week, that's a lot of money for our current financial situation. And Cisse, well he is a bit too one dimensional for me tbh. Yea the loan deals were good for strengthening the squad while I look for players to fill these positions on a permanent basis in the near future. Yea agreed with Souttar, always turns out quality although hopefully it'll turn out to be a blessing in disguise and I can fully develop Kevin Mbabu, Lubomir Satka and especially Remie Streete who has played 5 games already with an average rating of 7.42. Well since that update we’ve had a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Villa followed up with two disappointing away league defeats to Swansea and Man City while progressing to the fifth round of the FA Cup beating Crystal Palace and then Stoke before bouncing back to winning ways in the league with a terrific 3-0 win over Fulham. I had thought about cancelling his loan but no one was available on my minimal transfer budget unfortunately so I will have to make do with him although he did score twice in our defeat to Swansea and once in the win over Fulham. Hmm that might have been an option although I never really thought of it. Just enquired about him, Southampton want £10m! Long term target is still Luke Shaw.
  14. Season 1 - 2013/14 - Halfway Stage Transfers My first course of action was to recall Jonas, Vuckic, Tavernier and Good from their respective loans to beef the squad a bit more. Jonas will probably be sold, Vuckic will get some game time, mostly in the cups and Tavernier and Good add some more depth to the defence for the time being. Next I terminated the contract of Joe Kinnear and replaced Joe Joyce as Head of Youth Development with Dave Parnaby from Middlesbrough. Leaving the club were a few overpaid players who didn’t fit into my plans. Firstly Gabriel Obertan left for Germany to join Wolfsburg for £3.5 million. Jonas was next to go, after being recalled from his loan I offered him and PSV offered £2.5 million which I accepted. I would’ve liked more but was glad to get rid of his £45k per week wages. Sylvain Marveaux left for Southampton after they enquired about him and I made the cheeky proposal of getting Luke Shaw in exchange which they rejected and came back with a £4m offer which I accepted. The big name departure was Papiss Cisse for £12m as I’d be using a lone striker and he doesn’t really fit in. Surprisingly though, he chose Arsenal over Juventus. I also terminated Loic Remy’s loan deal as didn’t want to be paying £80k per week to someone who wasn’t guaranteed to be a regular starter. Coming into the club was a youngster from Scotland, Ryan Gauld from Dundee United for the price of £2.2 million. We missed out on his John Souttar to Chelsea. Joining him was forum favourite, Will Hughes for £7 million, a lot for an 18 year old but I’m sure it’ll turn out to be a bargain. Next were two loanees joining to beef up the squad, firstly promising left back Lucas Digne joined from PSG before being joined by Javi Garcia from Man City. The big money signing was next, our new no.9 – Jordan Rhodes came in for £10.5 million, this will be the first time I’ve managed him but he always seems to score goals on any save so hopefully I can get him scoring. Perhaps the biggest coup of the window was bringing in Phil Jones on loan for the season beating off competition from most of Europe, hopefully I can build up a good enough relationship with him in order to try and get him to Newcastle on a permanent basis sometime in the future. Results Some fantastic results - most notably the 2-0 win away at Spurs and the 3-0 win at St. James Park over Chelsea after 3 tough games against Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal. Although these good results were soured with some extremely poor results such as losing 3-1 at Reading and 2-0 at Cardiff. Our form has been patchy enough with possibly already too many draws. These results have left the league table looking like this at the turn of the year: Player stats My stars of the season have mainly been Captain Colo and Yanga Mbiwa at the back along with Tiote in midfield. Jordan Rhodes might well be our top scorer but he's been poor as has de Jong while Ben Arfa has suffered through a few niggly injuries. What's Next With the January transfer window looming, we have a budget of £600k with £100k per week excess wages. With those budgets I don't see there many too much activity unless we receive an offer we can't refuse for one of our star players. Long term plans are as stated before - bring through as many players as possible either through the academy or at least home grown players. Thanks for taking the time to read, all feedback and suggestions are welcome.
  15. @james_wilko Any game I start with an English club, I try to sign him ASAP. Can play a variety of roles and positions, on my FM13 save with Chelsea I even played at CB some games although we had so much of the ball he played more like a deep lying playmaker than a centre back. I've been using de Jong as an Inside Forward or Wide Target Man from AML in my 4-5-1. 7 appearances and no goals so might have to look at changing that. Sissoko is my box-to-box man and the heartbeat of the team.
  16. @james_wilko Tielemans was an option but unfortunately he was not interested. Also enquired about Affelay but Barca were looking £8 million which I thought was too much. I did however bring in Will Hughes and a few others as well as selling a few players which will be revealed in my update soon. Season has started off alright, Adam Campbell has netted his first goal for the club as well as another new signing being among the goals also.
  17. @DandyDon £22 million would have been a fair price for him but as you say to be able to afford to splash out big money on a player, at Newcastle you have a sell a player for big money first. Although it wouldn't be the first time on FM14 that a player has gone to Man City for big money and not played much and then been transfer listed soon after. Not too sure yet as to who to go for, thinking about maybe going for an Anita-Sissoko-Tiote midfield with HBA and two from Remy. Gouffran, Cisse and de Jong as a front three. Then again, there's not much creativity in there so might have to look at bringing someone in, possibly Will Hughes. Any ideas of anyone that has turned out well a few seasons in that could possibly replace Cabaye?
  18. @DandyDon Sounds pretty close to the ideal long term English midfield. Seeing as you have JWP, any chance of getting Luke Shaw after a few seasons? Gascoigne looks quality as does Campbell. I can never develop him well, my save on FM13 he was never more than third choice. Great squad you have there and as you say, most of them are coming into their prime. Think season 1 will be all about getting rid of the deadwood, reducing the wage bill and bringing in a few youngsters so I'll be happy with a top half finish I think.
  19. Just going to start a Newcastle save as we speak mainly due to the updates from Stu_UBJ and of course DandyDon with his usual fantastic updates. Will be using an updated database as of February 2nd so no Cabaye Plan is to have a good English/British core to the squad within a few seasons @DandyDon looks like you have what I'm looking for with the English core. How's the squad looking?
  20. Due to not being able to get into any save at all on FM14, I decided to holiday the first season with all the major European leagues loaded and see if any big clubs had underperformed in season 1. When I checked the Dutch league I couldn't believe it when I seen Ajax had finished 4th. So with that and after seeing how active this thread has been become in the previous days and weeks I decided to take over at Ajax. The season has only just finished - 17th May to be exact - but my planning for 2014/15 has started already. Like so many of you, I want to bring success back to Ajax the right way - by developing youngsters and not buying top class internationals, instead bringing players in at a young age or by buying undervalued players. My plan is to buy players, mainly under 23 from 'second tier' European nations. But I'd like to know from someone with more knowledge of the Ajax history, what nations would you say are linked with Ajax? I'm assuming Scandinavia as a whole but Denmark in particular, are there any other countries? Ideally, long term I'd like to end up with predominantly European squad with a few South Americans but all home grown through the famous Ajax youth system. Any help or feedback will be greatly appreciated. Hopefully will get screenshots up later of the first season performances under the AI.
  21. Some good development there Bracken, just like last year In particular, Chalobah looks immense. Tempting me into starting a Chelsea save as I did last year if you remember. How are you using Chalobah?
  22. Does Bertrand not have a 'Professional' personality? If so, he'd be a great tutor to Shaw and you can let Cole go if he doesn't reduce his salary demands?
  23. @james_wilko Some nice transfers there! mind posting up your squad? @DandyDon Just like you, I've started again although I didn't get too far into my season on the beta. Just loading up my save now and planning on similar sales as yourself. Incoming I'm unsure of who to bring in as I haven't quite decided on a formation to use!
  24. @DandyDon Yeah they're both there as well and both are on my shortlist as well. They also have a young Spainish fella Fede Vico, looks like a good prospect too. Anderlecht would make for an interesting save!
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