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Lord Rowell

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About Lord Rowell

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    Far too old to be playing silly games like this ;)

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    In a hobbit house in the side of a small hill


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    Football Tactics, Football, FM, Drinking, Sleeping, Eating, Sci-Fi

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    Sunderland AFC

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  1. I did criticise moderation you're right. Your response implied I criticised members which is untrue, in fact I praised the discussion by members. As aforementioned, up to you if you want to delete it's your forum. Just wasn't happy about the implicaion re members. Happy to leave it at that.
  2. That's up to you. There were no complaints about members at all in my post and I'm very disappointed you misrepresent in this way.
  3. I dread to think, when I consider what I could have done with the time. 10 best selling novels perhaps?
  4. Its actually something I, likely among others, asked for a long while back. I presume it would purely be an option i.e. if you just want to be Alex Ferguson, with Mike Phelan doing all the touchline / managing the game stuff. But if you want to do things yourself, that would likely be the default.
  5. I would have thought Agility plays a big role i.e. can the player adjust their body quickly enough?
  6. Things I find, and do, when its raining / wet: Dribbling seems less effective so I set TI to "dribble less" I suspect Rashidi ticks the "shoot on sight" TI because with a wet slippy ball, keepers handling is adversely affected. More often the ball will squirm through their hands and either go loose or go in. Of course it also depends on if you have players good at long range shooting and you'd still run the risk of squandering possession, so its something to be considered on a case by case basis.
  7. I would love to see climate change / global heating, which is scientific fact, not open for debate, simulated in game. In context, this would mean that weather would change over time in long term saves, in accordance with climate change models, according to location. Additionally, this could be reported in the inbox as a news item, by groundstaff etc. I realise this would be a lot of work, but the payoff in terms of educating people, especially kids, would be massive. Also, its realism, which FM strives to achieve.
  8. I personally would say yes. Happens IRL all the time. New owners, swiftly get rid of incumbent manager and so on.
  9. Speaking as a Sunderland supporter IRL (hence my avatar, homage to the great Gary Rowell, or "Lord Rowell" as he is known...) Expectations from many of our fans are, quite frankly, nuts! I think the current board (Dell takeover not withstanding) are quite grounded and reasonable, to a point, but ultimately they're under huge pressure from the supporters. Far too many people calling for the manager Jack Ross's head, lack of appreciation of the turmoil the club has been through in recent years and that he pretty much has had to build a new squad from scratch. Too much expectation of "divine right" to be in the Premiership, top half and so on. Truth is we are where we are because we've been crap, badly run, and many other reasons. So, back to the OP, yeah, expectations will be high and if you don't meet them quickly, expect the chop!
  10. There's a lot of good stuff here. Tbh, I don't know if I'll buy or not. I'm very into a long-term save on FM19, and also the pennies are a bit tight at the moment. But once again, credit where credit is due to SI.
  11. Apologies if what I write has been posted before. The OP is, not meaning to be rude, nonsense. The current state of AI is simply not capable of "cracking" the multitude of combinations of player positions, roles, duties, PIs, TIs, mentalities, OIs, then factoring all the attributes for each player into this. The game of Chess, or Go, is simple compared to even the tactical battle on FM. I'd love to see Google Deep Mind given a go on FM - but I fear it would struggle.
  12. A lot of this does depend on what kind of players you have, your team shape and so on. Much of what you say I think works in different situations. I'll just add one thing you haven't written here. With good players, I often use "be more expressive" to break a press as using this instructions gives players more freedom to roam from position and hence provide more passing options. For me, as a regular ECL side it works. Not convinced it would work with players of lower ability though - I'd then likely favour high-tempo / direct, maybe even with a target-man of some kind.
  13. I think you're right, its an underappreciation / ratings issue in part. I tend not to be overly concerned about this, like you as long as they're doing the job via stats and what I see with my own eyes (I usually watch Comprehensive highlight).
  14. Concentrate - Remind your players to stay switched on and focused on the task at hand. Try to refocus players looking uninterested or complacent. Re. the part of your guide, I haven't done this (I used "demand more" - btw I think that's missing from your guide?) - so I'll give this a bash. I've used "concentrate" when, for example, we've scored and I want them to keep focused. Also I've used it towards the end of a match i.e. final mins if we're defending a slender lead. Actually haven't conceded when I've done this, but maybe that's more fluke!
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