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  1. Loaded up last night and had a look through the Blades squad, John Lundstram is transfer listed although he's played every game in the Premier League for us this season. Has been crucial to both stiffening up the midfield area but has also been statistically more involved than any other player in our squad in the build up of chances, and has the highest number of expected assists of any player in the squad. Not sure what you would need to change attribute-wise but I feel he deserves to be taken off the transfer list at the very least! https://understat.com/team/Sheffield_United/2019 Also the 2nd highest scoring "Defender" in the fantasy football at the moment :)
  2. Pep says that Bielsa is the best coach in the world. Bielsa has gone on record to say that Chris Wilder has successfully implemented a style of play that he has tried and failed with numerous times. This leads me to conclude that Chris Wilder is currently the best manager in the world.
  3. Unbelievable how quickly you’ve grown the team - that kind of progress is terrifying! 👌🏻
  4. Up to NOVEMBER update Well things have gone a little pear shaped - and it all seems to have coincided with the takeover talks and an injury to James McKeown... at least that's the excuse i'm using! I've had a good period of time to assess this squad, and have come to the conclusion that we are nowhere near good enough to challenge for anything Playoffs upwards, so i'm hoping that the embargo is lifted in time for January. Results so far; League table after 17 games looks OK in respect to our ambitions, but if not for our early form we'd be in trouble... I know i've said I don't acknowledge the JPT but just look how hard we FM'd FM against Rochdale! Quite extraordinary how we won that 2 missed pens in 2 mins! Pringle is really the only one that's playing well, but he is on around 3x more than our next highest earner, and I know i could use that extra wiggle room to strengthen more areas in Jan - do I send him back? Got a month or so to think about that.
  5. We won the playoffs? That’s a bug that needs reporting!
  6. After the impressive and surprising start, up came the next 3 games against MK Dons, Newport and Yeovil. Charsley picked up a knock and will miss the next 3 games, which is disappointing but I moved in for Ben Close at Pompey. My scout did a little bit of recon, which didn’t really give me a full picture but I needed someone and took a punt. Turns out he’s pretty good. The MK game was going to be tough, they’re recently relegated and have a very strong squad. Chuks Aneke is being courted by Derby and Hull and is the clear danger man here. Our lads fought a brave battle, equalising through Pringle on 23 mins, but they scored from a late set piece to nick it 2-1. Gutted about the first loss, but we played OK here. Swiftly on to Newport. They are loitering in 22nd place after a poor start. We should be going here nice and positive and hoping to get a good result down there. Been impressed with Ben Pringle, his performances have been superb, so I might consider a formation change to get him more involved, possibly get him in a central midfield position drifting wide in the Mezzala role? We’ll see after this match. Well that was poor. 2-0 and we didn’t deserve anything from that. Simple balls over the top seem to cause us all sorts of problems, I could really do with a quick CB with good anticipation. Not dime a dozen at this level though and on my budget. A bit concerned at how easily they created chances and looked threatening every time they went forward. For all our possession we were rubbish going forward, and all of our chances were pot shots really. Think I might switch the formation round a little bit with Charsley injured. He is the key man in that AMC slot and there’s not really anyone else who can do the job. Got a week until the Yeovil game – gives me a bit of time to tinker and give the players a breather after a hectic run of games. Yeovil was next and we needed a win. We drew blanks in the 2 games prior when my expectation was that we’d at least have a point to show from them. A change in formation brought about a much improved performance. We started the game well and with 2 quick goals before half time we were comfortable. Yeovil started to make a late charge in an attempt to get back into the game, but switching to a more conservative mentality in the 2nd meant we shut the game out superbly, and got back to winning ways. The defence were superb in this one. I refuse to acknowledge the Checkatrade Trophy and made the maximum amount of changes that meant we didn’t incur a fine. A 0-3 loss to Vale – who cares. Oldham and Bury are the next 2 games. Both recently relegated, so very strong sides. Away at Bury is going to be a toughie. Our cause isn’t helped by Cohen Bramall putting through his own goal on 38 mins, putting us behind just before half time. That is until I change both wing-backs to Attacking and he turns provider with a superb cross. This is followed up almost immediately by a peach of a free kick from Pringle just before the half time whistle. I decide to keep things as they are for the second half. Goals from Cook and Whitmore help to secure a brilliant 1-4 win away from home, and our best performance of the season. Bury were restricted to long shots and half chances and we ran out convincing winners. This team is starting to gel, and the new tactic seems to give us much more going forward. I start the game against Oldham the same way we finished the last game, but Oldham are a different proposition, and after Harry Davis missed a penalty for us, Jose Baxter converted one for them. At half time I brought a centre back on for my RB, shifted things round and pushed the WBs into the wide midfield positions and the shape changed into a 3-1-4-2. I felt we could overpower them in midfield and play straight through the middle. Another awesome performance from Pringle in the Wide Playmaker role saw us romp back into the game and take the spoils in a 3-1 win. Oldham tried to get back in to the game but our lads stood firm once again. 6 points from 2 very tough games, extremely happy with that.
  7. Thanks pal - the results are one thing but I have a sneaky feeling we might get found out! finding it a real challenge to motivate the squad too, with me being a non-league Nigel and all
  8. Well this could be interesting... appears that my chairman is looking to spend some more time writing James Bond and a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sequel. My fingers and toes are crossed that the investors are well backed - and that they don't want to get rid of me!
  9. 1st mini update The season started with a tricky game against the vegans of Forest Green. I had no idea how it would go, all the way through pre season I had been making tweaks and adjustments to the tactics, but struggled to get any kind of good play going. Possibly taking longer due to my experience setting? Maybe. Anyway, the game was a real tepid affair that didn't warrant a winner. But we won it! Got the one goal and i decided to shut up shop and try to see it out. Boom. In a game of little quality, Bramall provided an overlap and a great ball and Cook was there to tap in at the far post. The Macclesfield game was tight, until I switched things up in the 2nd. We looked like the only team who was going to win it, and we did - in the 92nd minute through that man Cook again. I think we paid them a bit too much respect to start with, but Macclesfield looked a poor side once we got going. We'll gloss over the Carabao cup game... I changed the entire first 11 and got whopped 0-6 at home to Walsall. With Sam Gallagher and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy up front - our kids were no match. I was rather negative for this game, and after conceding on 19 seconds we were always up against it. Next up - the Lincolnshire derby. I couldn't tell you how fierce this rivalry is, because honestly - I don't know. But it warranted a stadium sellout. We nicked one from a corner, and found ourselves under the cosh. Operation shut up shop worked great once again though, and it's another 1-0 in the bag. Get in. Slightly concerning that we don't seem to create much though. All in all - a pretty acceptable start! I refuse to get carried away, mainly because I know that we've not played too well and as proven by the Walsall game, outside of our first 11, there's not THAT much depth and quality. The next 3 games are tough. I'm hoping for 6 points out of 9, but thinking 4 out of 9 might be a more realistic target.
  10. So I wrote the OP a few games in to the season - as I was really enjoying the game I just couldn't pull myself away! Bravo SI, this is a great game. So a quick chunk of an update after a few games. The team isn't anything to write home about. Most of the squad is decent for this level but I wouldn't say there are any stand out players to watch out for. Pringle and Cook are the danger men, and McKeown in goal is a solid choice, and fans favourite. I didn't spend a penny on transfers, but have used the entirity of my wage budget on the free agents that i brought in. Was really short at left back, so managed to capture Cohen Bramall on loan for the season and Kieran Wallace as a backup. Wallace is poor, but he's cheap and only to be used in an emergency. At CB we had limited options, so took Jermaine Grandison on trial, and decided to take a punt on him too. Charsley looks like a decent signing so far in the AMC slot - i really didn't have anyone there and he fits the bill perfectly for me in my chosen formation. I felt another striker was needed, so Jamie Thomas has come in for free. So as the transfer window slammed shut, i felt confident that every position was covered. This is how we primarily line up;
  11. GRIMSBY TOWN FC A club that has always found itself a soft spot in my heart, Grimsby slipped into a slow decline after a good solid few years in the Championship. I’ve always felt that their level is top end League One/bottom end Championship, and I have been really sad to see them struggle over the years. The 6 or 7 years or so of the ‘Golden era’ which I remember, featuring the likes of Jack Lester, John Oster, Michael Boulding and Steve Kabba (one for the Blades fans!) is now a distant memory. They’ve also had some FM/CM gems over the years too, like Alan Pouton and Lee Ashcroft, off the top of my head. It took 7 years in the National League to claw their way back into the EFL, and they haven’t found life too easy since their return, after losing manager Paul Hurst to Shrewsbury. The momentum of promotion was never capitalised on, and they’ve found themselves in the lower reaches of League 2 once again. So, I’m going in there and hoping to make a difference. I’m a former Sunday League player, who’s just completed his A Licence and after cutting my teeth in the non-leagues, I managed to convince The Mariners to give me a shot. The players don’t reckon much to me, which is fair – I’m a nobody! But the objective is to turn this old trawler around, and with a bit of good old fashioned hard work (and hopefully some attractive football) we can get the club back to where I think they belong, and develop a new set of cult heroes for these long suffering fans to be proud of.
  12. Unbelievable signing Gallagher. My club, The Blades wanted him IRL on loan but apparently the fee and wages were far too high!
  13. Ah awesome, I will be following. I have also started a Millers save so it will be interesting to compare notes 😊
  14. So after a bit of time i finally get offered a role... Not short of a few bob! and the infrastructure looks spot on. That ground is better than a lot of pro clubs! Check out this video about their real life aspirations, it looks like they've got some big plans! --- OK the squad is tiny, but I think i've got enough budget to invest in some decent talent and shape them into a decent force. Reckon i've fell on my feet here. I'll update once I've got my feet under the table and had a chance to get to grips with the place (and the climate!). 34 days until the first competitive match, I'd better get cracking...
  15. After the discovery of the fantastic @Uncle_Sam 's Pro/Rel custom database I have been inspired to start a new game in North America. I think there's loads of potential for North America to become a world soccer superpower, and I think a lot of people want promotion and relegation to create a more competitive league pyramid. It would certainly make things much more interesting and I for one would be much more interested in the MLS etc. So - I've loaded the American, Canadian and Mexican leagues, and started unemployed with no badges or experience. I will accept the first job i'm offered - let's hope i get offered one..! The aim - work my way up through the divisions and try to see as much of this great part of the world as I can.
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