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  1. Ah right yeah I would have thought so, it's really weird though as I can't remember it at all but oh well may have done it by accident! Thanks
  2. Hi there! I'm currently enjoying managing Lazio in 2027, without my knowing somehow a lot of my players seem to think that I have promised them we will either win the Champions League or make the later stages of the Champions League...does anyone know how this has happened and how I could possibly prevent it happening in the future? I just currently had an issue with Pedro Neto over it as well as he became unhappy as I had broken too many promises, but obviously with this one I don't even know it's happening! Thanks.
  3. Haven't updated in a while but I'm going back to this file now, 5th season done and dusted, great season by all accounts, signed Raheem Sterling on a free transfer as we were really lacking something out wide and my has he made a massive difference! Even offered him a new contract near the end of the season so I wouldn't lose the guy, also won the league cup against Wolves which was great got us into the europa league this season which should be a different challenge! All in all hard for me to recap as it's been about a month since I finished the season but was a really good season, Goldaniga a solid signing too, decided to sign Reece Oxford as he's homegrown so should give us more solidarity at the back, Goldanigas solid but looking for someone about as good as Carter-Vickers is, resorted to playing Scalera and Fukushima at left back even though they haven't fully made it a natural position they are performing well and I think they're both too good to drop honestly, Scalera especially love the guy, I think if someone mades a good offer for Cancelo I may think of selling him and put Scalera at right back instead. Also signed another wonderkid striker this time a guy called James Lovatt from Birmingham City, was on the transfer list for 19 mil and I needed a decent 2nd choice tbh may even play some games with 2 strikers as he is honestly that good! And also bought Jonathan Leko for 25 mil from West Brom, a lot of money but he has potential and should provide another great option at right wing/left wing bit like Sterling does. Either way sorry if I've missed bits out I kinda burnt myself out a bit after 5 seasons so relatavely quickly but I'm back now for a 6th one and who knows what it will hold.
  4. Just a short update just started my 5th season now, signed a few nice looking regens, also signed an argentine wonderkid who looks really good, and a really nice looking Japanese regen right back who will be good for the future, I think I will be looking to cash in on Cancelo maybe as he can't defend and keeps becoming unhappy but I'm definitely going to play Scalera as my first choice left back from now on trying to retrain him there as I think that's where he will get the most gametime, also going to retrain this guy incase he finds it easier to retrain than Scalera and then I can have 2 top quality right backs/left backs. first 2 games nothing special same as last season really drew 0-0 away at Man City which wasn't a bad result but we could have won it for sure, had a lot of good chances to, Fearon looks like an exciting player who I mentioned in one of my last posts, then I lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea which was disappointing, similar to the other game still having trouble scoring and they got a 94th min penalty and won it, really frustrating plus one of my favourite players Lee Lynch is out for 4 months so I will have to play Llajic there, would sell him but everyone wants me to pay half of his wages and it just isn't worth it as we'd make a loss anyway, hopefully he has a better season this term. The Japanese guy cost me 2.2 mil which was a bargain, then the argentine cost me 5.75 mil rising to 6.25 mil, only issue is the argentine is selfish, not a team player and he needs to adapt to fit in apparently but still a good signing really like his stats, decided to loan Wozniak out as he disappointed me last season and needs some first team football experience,
  5. Nice yeah I was thinking of signing Poyet myself but opted to sign Ariel Cabral in the end as he was more established, was also looking at Austin myself from time to time did sign Rodriguez but sold after 6 months for 3.7 mil to Valencia as he was nothing special for me, either way you've made some nice signings should be looking at a solid 2nd season, for some reason I could never get many goals out of Defoe maybe it's my tactics that didn't suit him as I always play with one striker as it makes my defending stronger.
  6. Scouted a lot of right wingers who look good attributes wise, I'm thinking of signing the french guy, Deulofeu also looks good but I know he's labelled as inconsistent on his report and he's obviously like that in real life was for Everton recently anyway, Fearon has promise has some good looking stats, labelled a wonderkid and has a release clause of 7.5 mil, though the french guy is more the finished article than him so I'm not sure. Bentancur isn't on my game when I searched though I've scouted Ounas to see if he'd join us and yeah we do get about 30-35 mil a season which ain't too shabby I suppose for premier league mid table clubs and lol you wouldn't picture Sunderland to have much money. *Edit* Though actually Karamohs listed as selfish and I'm kinda sick of players like that too, Fearons good I just don't know if he will develop into what I want. Also scouted Ounas and he apparently has no interest in joining. I think I'm definitely going with Fearon even if it's a gamble it's one worth paying for plus my club want me to sign young players so it fits well, could turn into a really good player I think and isn't selfish or anything etc. suits me!
  7. Yeah thanks nextqprmanager, I really like him he's half engine half playmaker but he has done a really good job for me since I signed him, looking at his attributes when playing LM he seems to suit that as well only thing that lets him down is 11 crossing attribute but apart from that he's solid and yeah I think Goldaniga has been wasted by Juve according to his history, will put him next to Carter-Vickers if I can keep him this summer and put Funes Mori to the bench as he can be a bit error prone. Yeah I will keep the formation in mind I've been switching it a bit this season especially when things haven't been working for me at times, Roberts is pretty average I think right wing is a weak position for me ever since last season, I signed Campbell as he had better mental attributes but he's nothing special either so I'm keeping an eye on right wingers, would buy this Javier Ontiveros guy from Bournemouth but they want like 30 mil for him I think hard to negotiate with them, I've seen an 18 year old german regen I like too but he can only play RM and I don't think that's what we need right now, maybe I will just cash out for Ontiveros I'm not sure. On ST I thought Tarashaj was probably the best out of what was available in last summers market, I'm thinking of buying someone else maybe better or similar was either Tarashaj or Batshuayi and I chose Tarashaj as his finishing stats were better but it hasn't really made a difference that attribute apart from the odd game so he's been disappointing most of the season, isn't as bad as Falcinelli Ayew were but still he's only scored 7 goals all season which isn't great. *Edit* Infact I'm definitely not signing him they do want about 30 mil and that's most of my budget so it isn't worth it, will keep a look out and see if anyone better comes available for a better price.
  8. Just finished my 4th season guys, a lot better than the previous season at least I feel like we've made some progress this season, last season it felt like we didn't make any but now I feel like some of my youth (Lee Lynch particulary) are coming good and it's starting to look better for the future, only issue is we're having a lot of trouble scoring goals, had a lot of games this season where we haven't even scored any, even had a few 0-0s at home, but I feel like slowly but steadily it is getting better, had Cameron Carter-Vickers attract some serious interest from big clubs so he's unhappy but I'm staying firm, I'm only selling him if they meet his 40 mil release clause as we paid 22 for him and looking at his attributes now he is definitely worth that a very solid defender he has been, I have also had interest for Scalera all season but I tied him down, same with him really unless you're going to pay the amount I want I'm not going to sell him, then you've got Cancelo as well but I may sell Cancelo as Scaleras really improved leaps and bounds to make the right back slot his own, and he can't defend either Cancelo so he can be a liability in certain matches. Lllajic has been a flop, barely done anything all season, I think part of the reason we don't score much is because our wingers aren't effective, Campbell/Roberts have come up with the goals occasionally but been really inconsistent, found it hard to find a quality right sided right winger last season as a lot of them just look too average, only winger I'm satisfied with is Lee Lynch I think the guy is great love his style of player, left footed left sided left winger, he's only 19 so he's going to be great in a few years time I'm sure, so definitely he is now my first choice suits my style of play too even if he is inconsistent a little bit at the moment he's been better than anyone else. Decided I'm finally going to sell PVA, Dlijibodjii and Kirchoff as well, none of them are really anything special to be honest, I have a young left back I want to put in as back up for Gibbs, who has been a lot better this season although is 30 so I want someone to can come in and do well for the future, Funes Mori has been a solid signing though his 10 concentration and composure attribute does seem to hinder him so I've agreed to sign this italian cb who makes up for that from Juve on a free, Jorge has been solid may be one for the future, then after that I've got Tarashaj who has shown good attacking instinct on occasion but is inconsistent, maybe it's due to our wingers so I will keep him, definitely selling Falcinelli too as the guy is on an 18 hour goal drought and has been a flop for us in general. Traores also been a very good signing has largely improved on Pozuelo is very solid and has a good pass on him. So yeah we finished 12th so 2 better than last season but only got 2 more points than we did last year so we have to definitely improve next season, I'm looking for something more like season 2, going to make a right footed right winger my priority, then probably sign another striker, going to loan Wozniak out as he's got potential but he's not the finished article and last season wasn't great, will also sign a new defensive mid who will cover for Zebli who's also improved a lot and had a really solid season in that position. Also here are the players I'm bringing in/brought in in January:
  9. Nice I never liked Cattermole myself, took me like 3 years to get rid of him, people wanted him just they wanted us to pay half his wages so I didn't do it but in the end I just decided I may as well but glad to hear you're doing well, I've had that ACON thing myself and last season it was really tough as I had a lot of players out on it, the first season is never easy but you'll probably survive by the sounds of it good sales/signings.
  10. Thanks nextqprmanager idk I did a bit play Grujic but he disappointed me, only really signed him as we were having an injury crisis and we needed a cm to cover, and San Jose I just think I needed him more at cb he could play both I know but when I signed him I signed him because of his defensive attributes, he started moaning anyway as Bilbao came in for him and I rejected it so for the rest of the season I played Carter-Vickers Dlijibodjii more, occassionally played him even in dm a little bit but he wasn't playing well, at the end of the season I cut my losses and sold him to Bilbao for 20 mil rising to 30 mil not bad for a 30 year old anyway, and brought in Funes Mori to replace him. Finished the season in 14th and just started the fourth season now so hopefully it goes better disappointing season, I'd rather forget it to be completely honest got the job offer for Liverpool as well and was very tempting to take it but I wanted to be loyal to Sunderland as I still have a job to do and we do have some promising looking players. Still can't find a striker to replace Balotelli, just signed Shani Tarashaj from Palace for 12.5 mil, started slow in first 4-5 games hasn't scored yet but he should come good and I've got my reliable hot prospect Wozniak as 2nd choice now which is good as he gave me a good return last season scored some important goals too. Had a busy summer really finally caved in and sold Januzaj he had a really bad season last season so I've sold him to Marseille for 18 rising to 25.5 mil, only had a year left on his contract as well so I thought better to cash in, honestly I didn't want another below par season from him as last year he was non existent. Decided I needed someone a slight step up from Pozuelo to be my advanced playmaker too so I signed Adama Traore for 3.6 rising to 3.9 mil from AS Monaco, is a lot faster than Pozuelo so should do a good job in the middle, then I signed 2 new right wingers in the form of Patrick Roberts and Joel Campbell, both very similar players but should rotate well and both do jobs for me, Roberts was alright last season still young though and I'm hoping he gets better and realises his potential, Campbells been there done it I just thought his mental attributes looked a bit better than Roberts so I signed him as to be honest there wasn't a lot of selection in terms of quality right wingers, was either pacy wingers or great technically gifted slow players. Roberts cost me 14.25 mil and Campbell cost me 10.75 rising to 11.5 mil. Then I signed Adam Llajic as well another good looking player was on the transfer list at Liverpool and it's fair to say he has been around, I really want to get my regen Lee Lynch more football as he definitely has a bright future with us but we need someone else too to play 1st choice, Rodriguez was a bit disappointing last season for me so I probably wont play him much this season and will look to give the emerging Lynch more opportunities as I believe in youth. Then after that I signed a cb called Jorge from Sevilla for 4.1 rising to 4.3 mil a promising looking cb who should give us a good 3rd choice option. Haven't started well, had 3 draws and 1 loss though we're still finding our rhythm, also had a bit of trouble with Perin, Cancelo and now Scaleri asking to join bigger clubs, Perins backed down now but Cancelo and Scaleri are still moaning about it, I don't like selling players much unless I feel like I really have to or if I just don't like the way they're playing simply enough, either way I wont sell them unless they hit their release clauses. Honestly don't want to have a repeat of last season on my hands this season, the last 10 or so games last season were a real slog hit a really bad run of form and morale just dropped so it was tough to get results was only picking the occasional draw, it's like my attack had gone stale would dominate teams not finish them then thye would grab the winning goal and a lot of games would repeat like that for the whole season, anyway I'm going to leave a few more screenshots below some of the last games from last season, the table etc. and then obviously the new signings the new team and anything like that.
  11. It's really been such a frustrating long season this one, had a feel pain with injuries, we lost my new signing Diego Falcinelli in November for 4-5 months injured, whereas at the exact same time I lost one of my key players now Jeff Hendrick for 2-3 months, then we also lost Pierre Zebli for 4-5 months in December, plus I had Sebastian Coates breathing down my neck claiming I didn't strengthen the side which I think is a bit unfair as I did make an effort to with signings like Hendrick and San Jose, but that went over to my whole team so I had a whole team agreeing with Sebastian Coates that my squad had no depth which really annoyed me to no end, I placed him in the under 23s and sold him to China wasn't having that for the whole season and I had to draw the line and make a decision as the board were unhappy with the morale due to him. Had a few flops as well Ayew hasn't really worked apart from the odd game, San Joses been average-good some games, but is moaning now he want's to go back to Bilbao which makes no sense as he was just transfer listed with them when I signed him, then I've got Grifo who didn't work at all from last season, sold him in January and brought Jay Rodriguez in instead who at the very least will give us some pace. Gibbs was another player who got injured but PVA has been better than him even when he has been fit, out of all of them I'd say there's only Hendrick, Wozniak (Who I'll get to in a minute), Cancelo and maybe San Jose bit dubious on that one, that have worked out, I have high hopes for Carter-Vickers as well, was a lot of money but I wanted a young cb to fit the philosophy, it was either that or sign Malang Sarr for 20 mil and have a 32 mil non negotiable release clause, screw that! But either way it's been a learning curve this season, is getting a bit better now but we've gone through bad runs, have lacked a good striker since Balotelli left too, Wozniak looks a great prospect, brought a young guy in for a bit Marcus Francis both regens who did fairly well for his age, Falcinelli too early too tell as he's been injured and Ayews been pants really inconsistent. Out of my players from last season Januzajs been really bad this year only scored 1 goal in 18 appearances, would like to keep him as he's still young but may sign someone else like Roberts if he plays well for us or a right footed winger, don't think Watmores up to the level. Then you've got Helder Costa who was great last season also been similar to Januzaj, Grifo like I said I sold to Everton, had no pace but even then his technical ability was non existent compared to his actual attributes, guy was supposed to be good at fks and corners but he never did anything apart from the occasional one. Either way I just wanted to update this and to give hope to Sunderland fans, I've enjoyed managing this team anyway and hopefully it keeps going for a while longer I have faith in the youth we have and hopefully we end the season well and get a mid table position again which is about the best thing for us at this moment. Will post some screenshots of some of my signings and some of my best players/prospects down below as well.
  12. Just had to sell Manquillo today as well as Bayern hit his 20 mil release clause, next season will be interesting but I'm looking forward to it, ideally I still need a box to box cm as N Dong was so average last season barely scored any goals either just meh, scouted a few players though but none really fit the bill wanted Gnourkouri but he failed his work permit, so we'll see. Could do with another left back too as Van Aanholt is good attacking but weak defensively, wanted Gibbs but his agent was being unfriendly, after that we should be fine hopefully, and i obviously need a Manquillo replacement. *EDIT* Would give more detail but I'm in work, did manage to sign Gibbs eventually he's homegrown so good signing much better defensively than PVA, then I signed Joao Cancelo to replace Manquillo for 5.25 mil from transfer list, he isn't great defensively 9 marking 10 tackling but technically great so he's worth it, everyone else was just average who I scouted. Then I finally found a good box to box mid to take over from the really average NDong from last season, Jeff Hendrick! Great player cost me 16.75 mil, could have signed Tom Davies too but Hendrick is less of a gamble as he is the finished article. All in all I think it could be a great season this I have high hopes, very happy with my side. Only thing Im worried about is losing Januzaj as the big clubs are circling round him, I'm only going to accept offers though if they hit the release clause (26.5 mil) hopefully we can keep hold of him till the window shuts. 4-1-4-1 Gk: Perin Rb: Joao Cancelo Cb: Mikel San Jose Cb: Sebastian Coates Lb: Kieran Gibbs Dm: Jan Kirchhoff Cm: Jeff Hendrick Cm: Alexander Pozuelo Rw: Adnan Januzaj Lw: Vincenzo Grifo St: Jordan Ayew
  13. Really hard to say mate, I was going to reply yesterday but signings are tough especially in first window, all I can really advise is Ariel Cabral is a fantastic player keeps the ball, passes the ball well if you need a cm playmaker, but whatever you do don't buy that Haller guy if you need a striker as he was a huge flop for me never scores doesn't do anything for the team, it's really tough I just largely kept the team the same first season apart from those 2 buys and only 1 was effective, I've done 2 seasons atm, finished 12th in 1st and 11th in 2nd so it's by no means easy just you gotta have the right tactics (defensive big sam style ones i'd recommend). Good luck anyway, I just sold Balotelli for 27 mil as Marseille hit his release clause, but I signed Diego Falcinelli and Jordan Ayew, plus also Mikel San Jose for 4.7, 7.5 and 15 mil each respectively. I'm in my 3rd season now in the summer before it and it still isn't easy last season was just as inconsistent as the 1st one, that's probably the main thing you'll notice if you're like me!
  14. Well we had a good end to the season as well, had some bad run of form in places but finished in 12th so overall a good season considering, the board gave me 33 mil in the summer so I decided to use that in the positions we needed it most, striker was a problem last year, even though Defoe was our top goalscorer with about 11 goals it wasn't enough and we needed someone 'reliable' to bag the goals in...and my is this signing a gamble! had a 12.25 release clause after he joined Swansea and they subsequently got relegated, and attributes wise he has always been a perfect looking fit for my tactics, just can we get him to consistently score goals idk, either way I'm going to rotate him and Haller this season, Haller didn't have a good season only scored 4 goals but he was injured in parts and is still improving as he's young and fitting into my side. In other business I brought Januzaj and Manquillo back on permanent deals, United decided they would transfer list Januzaj for 6.5 mil and I thought that was a bargain considering how much potential he's got, only issue is he asked for a mininum fee release clause of 26.5 mil but that's not too bad could have been worse lets face it for a club like Sunderland we'd do well to get that much, then you've got the solid reliable Manquillo who was one of my best players last season so that one was a no brainer. After that I decided to bring in Pozuelo on a free as a rotation option to Cabral, he's quicker than Cabral so is a different option in cm, and so far has started like a house on fire as Cabral is out for 2 months, scored some really nice goals as well so on a free that one was a bargain, then I got Perin as goalkeeper was a weak position last year, it was either Perin or Ospina who were the best options and I went with Perin as his wage demands were lower and he was cheaper plus a bit younger, could even get better you never know, I will keep Pickford but I don't think he's got the ability to be what we need, then after that I brought in Scalera, Zebli as they have potential and I always prefer youth backup players to players who will moan and complain, then I got Costa as he was on the transfer list and looked really good considering his asking price, and Sanchez would give us cover and experience. On the sales front sold Borini as his high wages weren't respective to his abilities, also tried very hard to get rid of Cattermole but everyone wanted us to pay wages for them to buy him and I don't like doing that especially due to the fact he has 4 years left on his contract (whoever signed him up to a 6 year deal in 2015 grrrrrrrrr really annoying), same with Rodwell, loaned out some of the younger guys to give them more experience and to see how they develop, plus released some of the players who were on frees and were also surplus or past it. Also decided to keep Coates and Lens for this season, will probably not play Lens much but Coates will become my 1st choice his attributes are the best out of all my cbs so since he has been on loan to Sporting he has really improved. All in all a good season and if we keep it up this season, so far started with 4 wins and 3 losses so we're in 6th not too shabby, it could well be a good season for us!
  15. Hi there, I've just started a file with Sunderland myself, really fancied a challenge this FM, haven't really gotten into a file yet either so I thought this looked like a good idea, started the season with about 10 mil or so, so I bought Sebastian Haller for 7 mil from FC Utrecht as a different option upfront as I'm not a fan of strikers like Anichebe (defensive forwards etc. don't really fit into my style) also bought Ariel Cabral for 2.8 mil who has been a bargain cm, so yeah it could have been far worse this year, will see how we strengthen in the summer we definitely need new faces. I've even managed to get some good games/goals out of Borini for some reason, I find Khazri really inconsistent and Borini since he's come back has fit in a lot better. Only got 9 goals out of Defoe in 26 games so could be better but it's improved as the seasons gone on.
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