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  1. Thanks a lot, appreciate it!
  2. I imagine this is a bit of a long shot but I don't suppose there's anyway of preventing the icons on the tactics screen from moving slightly as roles and duties change (similar to how it was before FM15). My OCD won't allow me to play certain combinations of roles and duties if it sees two of the shirts overlapping (ridiculous I know)
  3. Thanks Jogo! Been a while since I posted in one of these threads Rosenthal will be one for the U21's at first I think and we'll see how he does but he certainly has a lot of potential! I like Lenihan as he gives me a left footer to play alongside Mousinho at centre half and like you say he's been here before too!
  4. Decided to holiday for a little while as I was struggling to find a save that I was enjoying and could get in to. Got to around February and saw that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's job was under threat at Burton Albion with them in 22nd. The unbelievable facilities and the fact they are my most local Football League club meant they took my fancy so I created a new manager and too over. The first task was to survive relegation which we did by the skin of our teeth. At one point it looked like we might move into mid table but an awful run of form over the last seven games or so meant we only stayed up by one point, although there were a lot of teams on the same number of points. I then decided that a squad clearout was necessary. Tom Naylor and Anthony O'Connor left for around £50k between them. Ideally I'd have wanted more than that but I have a pretty irrational dislike for any players that aren't at least reasonable with their weaker foot so the opportunity to get a fee, however small, came in handy. O'Connor's performances at the end of the season also frustrated me so I felt I could get better in. Also leaving on frees were Hogan Ephraim (signed by JFH), Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, Robbie Weir, Darius Charles, Dean Lyness, Lucas Akins, Timmy Thiele and Tom Flanagan as well as a few youth players. This left a pretty big gap in the squad so there inevitably needed to be some incomings. Darragh Lenihan, Dion Conroy, Bernard Mensah and Tom Rosenthal came in from Blackburn, Chelsea, Watford and QPR respectively, all on free transfers. Ben Garratt came in from Crewe for a club record £100k which was pricey but he will either be my first choice keeper for a long time or we will be able to make a substantial profit in the future so I felt it was worth the cost. Then came my best bits of business. I suggested to the board that we got a parent club in and they came back with Wolves. I ummed and ahhed about whether or not to sign any of the loan players on offer due to the realism of it but then I thought it's something that Swindon have done in real life too. In came Jed Wallace, George Saville and Ethan Ebanks-Landell on season long loans. This all leaves me with a squad that I feel should be right up there at the end of the season and definitely not fighting another relegation battle. Will keep you all updated!
  5. It always throws up some interesting scenarios that you can work with. The one I've ended up with is a really good example I think, what with Derby being a relatively large club and having such good facilities. I plan on trying to follow the Southampton model as closely as I can. Plus, Will Hughes in League 1
  6. Was struggling for inspiration so I started a save by holidaying a season and seeing what was available after doing that. Derby finished 24th in the Championship and sacked McClaren, offering me the job in the process. I saw this as a nice little challenge to restore a fallen giant (hopefully). Managed to retain the core of players that I wanted, as well as getting rid of the high earners and bringing in some of my own players. Still have a core to the side of Grant, O'Brien, Buxton,, Barker, Hendrick, Eustace, Hughes and Russell, and hopefully some of these will see me through to the Premiership if/when I get there. Brought in £6.5m for the players I sold, and only spent £350k (on Jon Taylor) as well as a few frees, majority of which were for tutoring purposes. Started the season with three wins, at home to Notts County, away to Braintree in the COCup, and away to Crawley in the league. Conceding too many goals still and that is something I need to sort, but luckily I'm creating plenty of chances. Will hopefully update in more detail as I go on.
  7. Just into January on my Brighton save, sitting in 5th position but it is ridiculously tight from 3rd (42 pts) through to 8th (38 pts). Really doesn't take much to move either way up the table. I should really be sat higher, having only conceded 19 goals from 24 matches, but unfortunately I've only scored 31. Don't really want to meddle with tactics mid season so I'll probably change the shape of the team next season assuming I'm still in this division. In terms of transfers, I brought in Michael Keane and Conor McAleny on season long loans in the summer, as well as Aaron Taylor-Sinclair for £100k. Just signed Nicky Shorey on a free as a bit more cover as his Bristol City contract wasn't renewed and he looks a good tutor. Having a bit of an issue with giving new contracts out for players. So many of my key players (Kusczcak, Upson, Bruno) are out of contract at the end of the season and demanding ridiculous wages. Bit frustrating as I don't really want to disrupt the core of the squad next season.
  8. Brighton are a good shout, good spine to the side with Kusczcak, Greer, Upson, Bridcutt and Ulloa and with a relatively decent budget to play with. Then you've youths like Jake Forster-Caskey and Lewis Dunk who have the potential to play in the Premiership. There's also the added benefit of the new stadium and the high revenue that comes with it. The only downside is the standard of the training and youth facilities really.
  9. Definitely have Scandinavia. There is some very, very good value in players like Strandberg, Kusk, Drage etc.
  10. Cheers for the advice mate, will bear all that in mind. It is my intention to keep Anelka for a season but after that I want to focus on developing Berahino and Vydra who I hope to sign permanently. I think with the staff, I'll look to develop my backroom slowly rather than overhauling it straight off.
  11. I think I've finally decided on a team to begin my long term save with (taken me long enough), and it is going to be Derby, the club I support. My aims for the first season will be to have a good bash at making the play offs, as well as clearing the deadwood in the squad and assembling a backroom staff I can work with.
  12. Just starting a save with West Brom, really like the look of certain parts of the squad and they are a club with a lot of potential in my eyes. Some players I'll be looking at getting rid of as soon as I can though. Sessegnon doesn't really fit into the type of player I'm looking for and there are a couple of other high earners that I don't really want in Lugano and Anelka. Will be utilising all three first season though in all likelihood. In the long term, I'll be aiming to develop a young, home grown core to the side with Dawson, Thorne and Berahino, as well as any others that come through, or I sign. Has anybody else gone about restructuring the staff at the club, thinking of doing so but staff members aren't something I have a massive knowledge of?
  13. Finally seem to have settled on a save with Ipswich after messing about with a few teams. Results so far have been: Reading 1 - 2 Ipswich Ipswich 2 - 2 Millwall QPR 1 - 3 Ipswich Ipswich 3 - 2 Leeds All this leaves me sitting top of the league, not happy with the number of goals I'm conceding, particularly considering the quality of my defence. Also into the 3rd Round of the League Cup. In terms of transfers, I signed Michael Keane and Craig Conway, both on loan, and let Frank Nouble go to Bournemouth on a two season loan. Both of my signings are out of contract at the end of the season, and so hopefully won't be re-signed, as both would be great free transfers, be it in the Premiership or the Championship.
  14. Just finished my pre season, and although I decided not to overhaul the squad as much as I had first planned, I still saw a fair bit of transfer business go through. I'll start with my outgoings. I allowed Sylvain Marveaux to leave for Norwich in a deal that will eventually hit £5m. After evaluating the squad I decided that he could be replaced from inside the squad, and would allow me to focus on developing youngsters such as Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana. Gabriel Obertan left for Crystal Palace for £4m. He wouldn't have seen any game time in the squad and I wasn't to sniff at a fee like that. Mike Williamson followed Obertan to Selhurst Park. He was another player that simply wasn't up to standard, and I felt we already had decent cover for my first choice pair of Yanga-Mbiwa and Coloccini in Steven Taylor, Curtis Good and Remie Streete. Jonas Gutierrez joined Everton for £3.5m. He wasn't really what I was looking for in a winger and was happy to see the back of his wages. In terms of incomings, we essentially replaced what left but with better value and with better quality. Wilfried Zaha joined on a season long loan from Manchester United. He provides cover for both wings and will act as a rotation option, and can even cover up front if completely necessary. Tom Ince came in from Blackpool for £4m, what I felt was an absolute bargain. He is my starting left winger and completes a formidable wing pairing alongside Ben Arfa. Javad Nekounam joined from Iranian club Esteghlal for £150k. He adds some steel and experience to the core of the side, and can cover both defensive midfield roles. John Souttar arrived from Dundee United for £1.3m. He'll start off in the under 21 side, but will hopefully be ready for first team football within a couple of years, and will hopefully become a mainstay in the side. Finally, Will Hughes arrived for £7.5m from Championship side Derby County, where he will remain on loan for the season. I probably overpaid for him a little but he will eventually become Yohan Cabaye's replacement in the attacking midfield position. Pre Season Results: Terek Grozny 0 - 3 Newcastle United St. Mirren 1 - 3 Newcastle United Carlisle 2 - 3 Newcastle United Gateshead 0 - 1 Newcastle United Real Sporting 0 - 3 Newcastle United Despite the 100% record I'm not entirely happy with the results. We weren't playing as I'd like and we rarely hit 60% possession in games which is something I want to achieve on a regular basis. I put this in some part down to the goalkeeper distribution bug as it meant we couldn't develop moves from the back but we were still giving the ball away too much in midfield. Just realised this is a massively long post, sorry about that
  15. Fantastic OP this Starting a Newcastle save as we speak and planning a bit of an overhaul of the squad. Wanting to bring through as many of the youth players as I can, and possibly bring back some recognisable faces but I've not decided on that yet. Don't really know what to do with Campbell, can't deny his ability but I plan on having a lone striker and he doesn't really fit into that system unfortunately
  16. I've decided to start on a new save after becoming very, very frustrated with everything about Birmingham. Team I've chosen is Burton Albion, the team most local to where I live. Some absolutely fantastic players in their squad and having St. George's Park as their training facilities are two other factors that enticed me. Will do an update on pre-season and signings in due course
  17. Birmingham Board have given me an extra £30k p/w for wages, gives me some breathing space and can bring in a couple of players. Still pressing on with the attempts to bring the wage bill down though, Lovenkrands' move to Yeovil has just fallen through as they didn't have the funds for it Mullins should be on his way too hopefully, leaves me with no centre midfielders who are decent defensively but I'll have to get by for the season if I can
  18. I should also point out I have a rather strange and irrational dislike for 'only' footed players that I just can't seem to get over, to the extent that for the long term, I just can't have them. It's something that has even stopped me starting a save with Ipswich, as Aaron Cresswell is 'Left Only', and Derby, as Mason Bennett is 'Right Only'. Unfortunately, looking at the squad, Mitch Hancox has preferred foot of 'Left Only', so I can't see myself having him beyond a season or two. As I said, very strange and somewhat frustrating Really looking forward to shaping the squad though, the challenge of having to replace both centre halves at the end of the season is something I'm excited about, and I'm also looking forward to having Zigic, Lovenkrands and Ambrose off the wage bill.
  19. Decided to start what will hopefully be a long term save now rather than waiting. Have also gone with Birmingham. Looking to develop young players as much as I can, and with Reilly, Hancox, Packwood and Arthur all having Premiership potential this should be fun. Only frustration is having no budget and all of the loan spots filled, so there won't be any incomings in the first season unless I can sort some short term loans out, something I'm not a massive fan of.
  20. Very good thread, can't wait for a few bugs to be fixed so I can start a long term Football League save. Eyeing up attempting to restore either Wolves or Birmingham to their respective glory days, or taking Doncaster into the Premiership and beyond.
  21. Weird Keogh being like that, not sure about his hidden stats etc. on the game but he comes across as professional as they come in real life. Guess it must be an issue with his reputation being higher than yours if you are a 'Sunday League Footballer' but even then, there are players in the squad with a higher reputation than him
  22. Haven't had chance to play it in a while to be honest, I need to get back into it but once I have a while off, I struggle to get motivated to play again
  23. Very sorry to hear about your Yeovil save plainlayzee, but glad you chose Derby to manage, as they are the team I support. Will be interesting to read about how you do there. Will Hughes really is a gem, both on the game and in real life, and Hendrick, Brayford, O'Brien, Jacobs and Bennett can all go on to be very, very good players. Hateley and Shinnie are both really good signings as well and should do well for you.
  24. Are all the prospects on the game (Stockton, Power, Taylor etc.) all tipped to go places in real life or have they been over rated would you say? They are a really good team to play with this year though, due to the aforementioned prospects
  25. Capital One Cup Rotherham United 1 - 2 Tranmere Rovers Our first game of the season saw us play in the first competitive match at Rotherham's New York Stadium. Goals from Liam Palmer and Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro saw us go two goals ahead before Kayode Odejayi scored a consolation goal for them. nPower League 1 Tranmere Rovers 6 - 0 Bournemouth A fantastic performance to start the league campaign saw us trounce Bournemouth 6 - 0. James Wallace started things off, breaking into the box from an Akpa-Akpro lay off to power home, before Ben Gibson added a second, bundling home from a corner after around 20 minutes. Max Power volleyed home a third on about the half hour mark from a Wallace free kick, with Ben Gibson then adding a fourth, and his second, on the stroke of half time with a rebound from a Wallace free kick that struck the bar. Zoumana Bakayogo bundled home from a Power cross just after half time, and Akpa-Akpro completed the rout in the 87th minute, heading home following a real route one move. Yeovil Town 1 - 1 Tranmere Rovers A disappointing follow up to the massacre of Bournemouth saw us take the lead through an Andy Robinson rebound from his own missed penalty, before James Hayter tucked home on the hour mark to get a share of the spoils. Tranmere Rovers 2 - 0 Scunthorpe United A performance that again lacked a little fluency saw us sneak the points against a solid Scunthorpe side. Akpo Sodje headed into his own net from a Power corner before Cole Stockton netted on the half hour mark with a lovely finish under the keeper from a Robinson through ball. Capital One Cup Norwich City 0 - 1 Tranmere Rovers A simply amazing performance saw us beat a near full strength Norwich side on their own patch to set up a tie away at Derby. We set up to nullify their attacking full backs and stifle their play through the centre before hitting them on the counter attack and it worked a treat, with Akpa-Akpro tucking one home from an Abdulai Bell-Baggie free kick. Jody Craddock put in an incredible performance to prevent Grant Holt from playing his game, and provided me with food for though over his long term future. nPower League 1 Colchester United 0 - 1 Tranmere Rovers Akpa-Akpro secured the win with a volley from a Bell-Baggie cross in an even game in which we possibly got a little complacent following our cup heroics. Fairly lucky to grind out a win in the end but you can never argue with a clean sheet or a win away from home. Tranmere Rovers 0 - 0 Leyton Orient A frustrating game, we had a large contingent of players away on international duty and lacked the composure in front of goal and in midfield that allowed us to keep the ball previously. An ultimately frustrating point, but a good one nonetheless considering the squad we had available. Tranmere Rovers 3 - 0 Swindon Town A very good performance following the Orient stalemate. James Wallace got us going with a powerful finish after Max Power had found his late run into the box with a pull back inside the first ten minutes. Things remained that way until just after half time, when a Ben Gibson long ball found the head of Cole Stockton who won his flick on and then chased the ball himself, cutting inside onto his stronger foot and placing the ball into the near corner beyond Foderingham's reach. Max Power finished things off by placing a shot home from the rebound of his own shot, that hit the bar following a mazy solo run. Crewe Alexandra 2 - 3 Tranmere Rovers Our run of clean sheets was ended after an early Crewe goal from a Donervon Daniels mistake put them in front, and ahead at half time. Around ten minutes after the interval, Cole Stockton flicked home a Max Power cross to level things up, before powering home from a Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro lay off to overturn the deficit. Crewe equalised shortly after, with Max Clayton placing it into an empty net from a Gregor Robertson pull back. It looked like we would have to settle for a point against the team in 23rd up to this game, until a Liam Palmer diagonal ball found Abdulai Bell-Baggie, whose first touch took the ball past Robertson, who could then only hack the tricky winger down in the area to concede a penalty. Stockton stepped up to complete his hat-trick with a fairly tame penalty, but they all count, and this one led to us picking up a vital three points. Tranmere Rovers 2 - 2 Coventry City My tampering with the team, and particularly the defence, finally caught up with me, as Coventry raced into a two goal lead, with Stephen Elliott, and then on loan Southampton winger Lloyd Isgrove capitalising on Ben Parker mistakes to head home. It remained this way until the 63rd minute, when Liam Palmer tucked home a finish from a Bell-Baggie free kick from wide, and ten minutes later, Bell-Baggie's deflected cross was nodded home by Cole Stockton to pull us level. We thought the comeback was complete when James Wallace scored late on, again from a Bell-Baggie delivery, but the linesman had his flag up wrongly to disallow the goal. Summary This all leaves us in 3rd place in the league, behind Sheffield United in 1st, and Doncaster in 2nd. Absolutely delighted to remain unbeaten so far, and very pleased with the defence up until the last two games. Cole Stockton, Ben Gibson and Max Power have impressed me the most so far, and I will definitely be hoping to make Gibson's loan permanent if we go up, although it will almost certainly take a hefty record fee to do so, so it may not be possible. Stockton has 6 goals in 3 starts, and is a real handful playing on his own up front. I'm also very pleased with the football we've been playing, our controlling, patient game leading to an average possession stat of around 65% so far. This has much to do with out dominance in midfield, playing a flat 5. My only complaint is that the team lacks creativity at times, and so we find ourselves struggling to just make that final pass, but this is something I will look to rectify, with me actively scouting for a new deep lying playmaker.
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