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  1. FM13- From the midlands to the top

    Hello all! I have decided that I want to commit to a save for a long time, and wanted to take on the challenge of taking a less successful Barclays Premier League team to the top of English football. How successful this can be is not easy to tell, however, at the time of writing I am almost finished my first season in charge. Down to the chase Club - West Bromwich Albion I chose WBA as they have a very decent squad and great foundations to build upon. I aim to bring in talented younger players, preferably under thirty, (although in the first season or two I may have to go against this philosophy. The Baggies have top training facilities and good youth facilities, which will help with player development. Transfer budget At the start of the season, I was handed £7.5 million with £60000 set aside for weekly wages I apologise for the lack of pictures as I post from my phone whilst playing and am unable to upload via computer I hope you believe me!! I post only the true results and do not cheat in any way, as it takes away from the highly rewarding feeling of achievement on football manager So, to pre season transfers: In Jetro Willems, season long loan from PSV, promising young left back with a handful of first team international caps already Phil Bardsley, £4m from Sunderland, reliable full back with enough experience and ability to succeed Ciaran Clark, £4.5m from Aston Villa, solid young left footed defender who will be key in developing my philosophy of using younger lads Jake Livermore, £7m from Tottenham Hotspur, young English midfielder, hard working with a great enthusiasm Pasquale Foggia, season long loan from Lazio, attacking midfielder for back up Carlton Cole, season long loan from West Ham, ST, intended as back up I was unfortunately required to sell many players to bring in these new boys. I will only list those sold permanently Out Peter Odemwingie, Everton, £2.3m, not needed, too old for my liking, also brought a fair bit of cash Youssouf Mulumbu, Everton, £13m, hard decision but had a gut instinct as I felt the need for a more home grown midfielder which we got in Livermore Marc-Antoine Fortune, Montpellier HSC, £2m, again not needed and not good enough So, moving onto pre season fixtures WBA 0-0 RC Lens Decent showing, 15 shots to their 5 and 62% possession however a victory was too much to ask Rotherham 1-4 WBA Lukaku grabbed a brave as we trounced lower league Rotherham Doncaster 0-3 WBA Morrison and Long scoring, as well as Fortune before his move Gateshead 0-4 WBA Yacob, Berahino, and reserve striker Rosenberg all found the net against non league Gateshead WBA 0-1 Real Madrid Our first real test, and boy did we do ourselves proud. Undone by Mesit Ozil's 63rd minute strike, we were on par with the Spanish giants throughout Blackpool 0-1 WBA A lone Morrison strike proved enough to see off the Tangerines in our final game before the Premier League kicks off Thoughts on pre season Overall I feel we have been very shrewd in the transfer market and look forward to seeing how we perform in the league. Jonas Olsson will be key to maintaining a tight defence, whilst the performances of Livermore, Yacob, Dorrans and Morrison will help to decide key games Long and Lukaku will switch up front as I look to play a fluid 451 against all teams whilst we show no fear against the big boys. That's all for the first installment, commence whether you would like me to keep posting!! Many thanks
  2. Going on an adventure!

    Dundee united 13/14 end of season review Well I'm proud to say we made a massive improvement from last season, as the team that came 11th restored their dignity with a well earned 3rd placed finish, earning us a spot in the Euro Cup 2nd qualifying round for next season. We could have done better as we finished the normal season in 2nd place, however in the top six group our form slipped but we hung in for the last continental spot, which made me a very happy person. In terms if matches, the teams form carried on in winning fashion, as we fought for second place (Celtic had already won by mid march). The table was very close though, 2nd to 5th were separated by two points, with our +6 goal difference our saviour on the final day. Hearts claimed second from our fingertips, which was gutting, as we drew on the final day against Inverness, where we led 2-1 until the final five minutes. In terms of player performance, our very own Stuart Armstrong claimed third place in the player of the season award, which was pleasing. We also had three players in the team of the year, with Gavin Gunning, Brian McLean and Johnny Russell all making the first XI. Dani Pacheco also won an award, grabbing the Writers young player of the year, his 23 goals in all competitions to thank for that. In all, I am delighted with my first season in charge. I was also offered a new contract, which I more than happily accepted Tune in soon for my next half season report, and there are a number of big transfers that may surprise you!
  3. Going on an adventure!

    Dundee 13/14 mid-way review I write this well past the time of the games, and even the season, but I will do my best to not reveal anything. At the halfway point in the season, my second in management and my first with Dundee united, and I can be very happy so far. We have exceeded all expectations at this stage, and find ourselves in third place in the league, which makes me struggle to believe that the team was so poor last season. On that note, however, I have signed several key players who have made all the difference. My key signings are : Brian Murphy, GK signed from QPR for a fee around £300,000. So far he has been outstanding in between the sticks and there are no signs that his form will drop anytime soon. Also, youth product Ryan Gauld impressed in pre season which led to me promoting him to the first team, and he did not disappoint. 1 goal, 6 assists and 2 man of the match awards have been his input, which for a 17 year old winger is a very remarkable turn in indeed. Finally, my most capable player, Dani Pacheco, signed on a season long loan from Liverpool has been the standout player this season so far. 12 goals put him 3rd in the scoring charts, behind Celtics duo of Gary hooper and tony watt. I know it is a long shot but his contract runs out at the end of the season and I would love to tie him down for his best years. In addition, we also have several players joining us soon, when the January transfer window opens. The new year will see Gorka Elustondo, Jorn Vermeulen and Ezequiel Rescaldani, playing as a DM, DR and ST respectively. Elustondo was a regular for Real Sociedad last season, which makes me think he is a very good capture for us. Finally, our matches have been very good so far. We even managed a 1-0 victory over Celtic in our first encounter, and have so far won 65% of our matches, which is remarkable Thanks for reading and I will post the final half of this season soon.
  4. Going on an adventure!

    End of season review: it is with some sadness that I report of my sacking from Quilmes. At the start of the final stage, we won two of our first four games, drawing another. We then had a steadier season than last, our best result coming with a 1-0 victory over big side Independiente. We had a much better half year than the first stage, winning six out of nineteen games and finishing in 11th place, and the board even offered me a two year contract extension, which was gladly accepted. However, at the close of the season, I was sacked from the club, even though previously the board were very pleased with my work. I think I was sacked as I only loaded the first Argentinian division, and no lower leagues, as we were relegated. However, as I had loaded numerous other leagues in this save, I had no problems in finding a new job, and only ten days later, I found myself accepting a contract offer from Dundee United of the Scottish Premier League, who had only just survived in the previous season, coming 11th, 3 points clear of relegation. Thanks for reading and I will have pre season with Dundee up soon
  5. Going on an adventure!

    Half season review: at the half way point of the season, (or for those that are knowledgeable in the ways of Argentinian football, at the end of the first stage), we are dead bottom on 8 points, with two wins and two draws all we have to show after 19 league matches. Funnily enough, however, the board were satisfied with my work as I seemed to be in no danger whatsoever of losing my first job anytime soon. Our first win, a magnificent 3-0 away victory over San Martin was completely unexpected, as we were quite a way into the season ad we could not have been in a worse position. It didn't help to get us up the table, but it was good for morale. Our other win of the stage came at home to San Lorenzo, whose manager was sacked immediately after our match. During the break, we played several friendlies, the last of which we won 7-0 over an obscure semi-pro Uruguayan team, with loanee Menendez scoring 5. In the break I also managed to bring in a few new faces, the most prominent of which being 24 year old striker Jean Coral, who is as talented as my bigger strikers. That's all for this update, thanks for reading and the next update will be up soon
  6. Going on an adventure!

    A look at the team: An area I need to look at is in goal. I have one fit and able goalkeeper in Emanuel Tripodi, however the back up keeper is injured long term and all youth goalkeepers are useless, so I need to pursue a back up for Tripodi. In defense, we are very weak. The best players only rate 2 1/2 stars, of which there is two. All others are really poor, which is why I bought in those said defenders in the last post, to act as cover when needed. The midfield is arguably the strongest part of the team. Miguel Caneo is rated 4 1/2 stars and is the best player in the team. We also have two other notable midfielders in Leandro Diaz and Gustavo Oberman. Our strike force is also worthy of a thumbs up, as we have Martin Cauterucio, Cristian Menendez and Fernando Telechea, all of whom rate at 4 stars or more Next up is friendly fixtures some time tomorrow Thanks for reading
  7. Going on an adventure!

    So I have started the save, and first up I think I will talk about transfers. I had no available transfer budget however I did have £11000 free for wages, which for some reason I couldn't adjust. Anyway, I made do with the restrictions in place and bought a decent number if players, all on frees and one loanee, who would probably be the best player to newly join us in my opinion. Andres Diaz, 29 year old DM, 2 stars Pablo Ricchetti, 35 year old DM, 2 stars Roberto Demus, 33 year old striker, 3 1/2 stars Guillermo Imhoff, 29 year old DL/C, 1 star Matias Urbano, 31 year old striker, 3 1/2 stars Lucas Odeja, 26 year old striker, 3 stars Ariel Alvarez, 22 year old striker, 2 stars Nelson Cordoba, 23 year old D R, 2 stars All the above were signed on free transfers Ricardo Gomez, 30 year old ML, 3 1/2 stars, on loan from Colon
  8. Going on an adventure!

    Hello all! After not having played in a few weeks, I have decided to start a new save with a low reputation (semi-pro) and to start with a club in Argentina The club in mind is Quilmes, a club who I have previously managed. I don't know what it is, but I feel as though I have some unfinished business in Argentina, and then my plans are to move on and make a name for myself as a manager. More to come soon.
  9. A Big World for a Small-time Manager (FM13)

    Thanks for that Jason, good to get info on the league, hate to say Quilmes were relegated after I left.
  10. A Big World for a Small-time Manager (FM13)

    I found out something very unusual about the Argentine Premier Division: It happens in two stages, a first stage then a final stage. The fact that these are both completely the same is somewhat rather pointless, and all that seems to change is home and way fixtures. Confusing. Anyway, back to the league. December: Boca Juniors 2-0 Quilmes- well-played loss to Argentina's most popular team. Quilmes 1-1 Belgrano. Bottom of the table held us to a frustrating draw. Quilmes 2-0 Racing Club. Good win for the club to rise up the table. Quilmes 1-2 Boca Juniors (Cup). Fair result after we took a shock lead. January January marked the break between the first stage and the final stage, and was the opportunity to play some friendlies, and also buy players, but because of the clubs financial position, (quite bad), I couldn't buy any new players. Quilmes1-1 Gimnasia. OK for a friendly Brown 4-0 Quilmes. Very Very bad performance, as though the players didnt want to play Quilmes 2-1 Banfield Wanderers 1-2 Quilmes Quilmes 1-2 Rosario Central Decent month with friendlies February: The final stage started in February: Quilmes 0-0 Colon, Bore draw, cant complain with a point though Tigre 3-0 Quilmes. Tigre showing us how football should be played here Quilmes 3-1 Lanus Decent month, with a win, loss and draw March: Quilmes 1-1 Estudiantes Velez 1-1 Quilmes Quilmes 0-3 San Martin A poor month then, getting only 2 points from a possible 9 April: San Lorenzo 2-0 Quilmes. Another poor result Quilmes 3-1 River Plate. Surely the clubs most famous win, and also what would prove to be my last victory at the club... Quimes Manager Resigns! Now, I did originally resign so that a team in the Czech First Division could offer me a job without paying compensation that they couldn't afford, but I soon forgot about this and was on my way to a new place, a little closer to home, and no sweaty, humid atmosphere. May brought about the sacking of a fair few managers from other clubs. I also felt as though my time with Quilmes was coming to an end, as we were a very boring team, and awfully inconsistent, i.e. we would beat 3rd place, then los to 18th, it was getting frustrating. After aplying for a few positions, I was offered the job of very recently relegated Crawley Town. The Red Devils had just been relegated a few days before on goal difference, which was bad in one way, but also good as I would be able to use a team with League 1 experience in League 2, and also buy some decent new players! So, i went straight about my transfer businss, and I had joined at the right time of year as all of the released players became available. I spoke to the board and asked for a trial day, which they accepted, and they also agreed to upgrade the youth set-up. Onto transfers now: In: Esteban Lopez (free). 18 year old Ecuadorian winger, previously at Newcastle Sam Kelly, 19 year old CM, previously at Everton (who got relegated from the Prem) Curtis Thompson 19 year old DM, free from Notts County Dominic Dell, 18 yo striker, previously at Wolves James Kellerman, 18 yo CM, also from Wolves Jack Byrne, 17 yo CM, previously at Man City Dominic Iorfa, 18 yo D©. from Wolves also Mark Cullen, 21 yo striker, 130k from Hull Michael O'Halloran, 22 yo striker, 80k from Bolton Tom Walker, 17 yo LM, released from Bolton Jonny Rowell, 23 year old CM, free from Oldham Brian Howard, 30 year old AM ©/M ©, free from Motherwell. Definitely our best player, he has played 9 seasons in the championship, before leaving to Portsmouth, an then (on my game) to Motherwell in the Scottish Prem, and I can't believe we managed to buy him. We also released a handful of players who's contracts ran out, they include Michael Kuipers, Sergio Torres, Scott Davies and John Akinde. Thanks for reading guys, my next post will cover friendlies and the first half of the season!
  11. Hey guys, whats going on? This is my first thread in a few months, due to FM11 constantly crashing. So, I now have FM13, and decided to do a reasonably big journey career (at least for my computer anyway). The leagues I have loaded are: Argentina: Premier Division Belgium: Second League Brazil: Second Divisioin Czech Republic: First Division England: Npower League 2 Germany: Second Division Holland: Jupiler League Ireland: First Division Israel: National League Italy: Serie C1 Mexico: Promotion League N. Ireland: First Division Portugal: Second League Scotland: Second Division South Africa: Premiership South Korea: K-League Spain: Second Division B Switzerland: Challenge League Turkey: First Division USA: MLS I will warn you now, for some reason I don't have permission to post pictures, but I WILL NOT lie about results, I will post the truth. I decided to start with no previous experience and applied for all available jobs. After a few days, many approached me, but the job I accepted was................................... Quilmes, a newly promoted Argentinian Premier Division club. However, I am in November, so I can't post screenshots from then. So, this is my first time in South America, and I feel that with a team predicted to be relegated, it should be a good challenge. We have approx. 100k transfer kitty and a few thousand pound wage space, so i will try to bring in the best possible players. My new signings are: German Caffa, a 32 year-old Goal Keeper, rated at 2 stars Paolo Frangipane, a M/AM ©, rated at 3 stars Roberto Demus, a ST rated at 3 stars Mariano Messera, an AM C rated at 3 1/2 stars Miguel Angel Gonzalez, an AM C rated at 3 1/2 stars Octacilia Neto, ST rated at 3 1/2 stars Pablo Lima, a LB rated at 4 stars. So they are my signings for the first transfer window, they may look good value, but what has this done to the transfer budgets? Well, it's not good, we are 6000 pounds over the wage budget. Luckily, I am selling a striker for 900k in January which should help out. Pre-Season Friendlies: Quilmes 0-1 Quilmes Reserves Terrible performance, but I was trying a completely new tactic, and it was my second day in charge. Colegiales 2-2 Quilmes Decent game, German Mandarino scoring a brace Def. De Belgrano 3-2 Quilmes A hard fought loss to a lower team Brown (Adrogue) 3-1 Quilmes- another loss, no sign of team blend yet. Douglas 1-2 Quilmes Finally, a friendly win. Shame that they are a league lower, but good to see the team play well none-the-less. Quilmes 4-2 Nacional. Great win to cap off the final friendly fixture. Argentine Premier Division: August: Colon 2-1 Quilmes. A well-played loss considering the media expect us to finish last. Quilmes 2-1 Tigre: I didnt expect my first win to come so soon, so this was a good surprise and performance. Lanus 1-3 Quilmes: Another impressive win, it looks like we could exceed expectations this season. Quilmes 1-2 Godoy Cruz: An annoying loss to round off the month So, a decent start to top level Argentinian football, but could we carry this reasonable form? September: Estudiantes 4-2 Quilmes: A game we deserved to lose, we had no flow to our game. Quilmes 1-5 Velez. A horrific home loss. At least we can score... San Martin 1-0 Quilmes. A poor defeat to bottom of the table San Martin saw us drop closer to the bottom. River Plate 5-1 Quilmes: A bad result away to the mighty River outfit, but it was only 1-1 at half time. So, September saw us winless, and 18th on the ladder, hopefully October could see a change in form. October: Quilmes 1-0 San Lorenzo: A largely unexpected victory over a mid-table team. Quilmes 2-0 Independiente: Another good win to see us clear of the relegation zone for now Union 1-1 Quilmes: Decent draw to round off the month. Noveber: Argentinos 1-0 Quilmes: Dominant play, but couldnt bury our chances. Newells 2-3 Quilmes: A good win against a stronger opponent Quilmes 0-1 Arsenal de Sarandi: Poor home performance led to a disappointing loss. All Boys 2-3 Quilmes: A good attacking performance, which saw Demus grab a brace Ath. Rafaela1-1 Quilmes : Poor draw to bottom placed Rafaela At the end of November, Quilmes are 12th in the league, with a good shout of survival this season. Thanks for reading guys, sorry for the length of it, and i hope to bring you an update in a few days time.
  12. My Journeyman Career (FM11)

    So, I finished off the season with Cheonan, we won just one out of six games in October, but throughout the month I was expressing interest in other posts and applying for other jobs altogether. This really annoyed the board, but, despite their countless ultimatum's, they kept accepting my apologies. We finished the season off well in November, winning our only game away to Gangneung City 1-0. After this, the board offered me a contract renewal for another year, which I expected, then, 3 days later, I was officially sacked. It beats me why they bothered to offer me a contract renewal, but I was looking forward to see my new signings come in for the new year. So, after countless failed job applications in a month and a half, I was offered a job at 21st placed Blue Square Bet South Team Havant & Waterlooville. They were in deep financial trouble, and also £500 over the wage budget. I was hopeful that I could save them from relegation, but it would mean a lot of hard work. December Woking 4-2 Havant & W We took the lead in the third minute, but they equalized on 5". We went ahead again on the half hour mark, and stayed there until half time. However, after the break, we had two defenders sent off in five minutes, and Woking used this to mount a comeback. I blew my top off at these two players after the game, and let them know how I felt. Havant & W 0-3 Dorchester Once again, it was an even game until half-time, and we went in level. Once again, we had a sending off, which motivated Dorchester and led them to win comfortably. January Havant & W 0-2 Woking Playing Woking again, we had another player sent off, which allowed for Woking to come out on top. Eastleigh 0-2 Havant & W Finally, a win! We came out on top over our rivals, in a game which could have gone either way. In this break, we signed a few quality players, and the best of this lot was Jordan Hibbert, who was released from QPR. He is 5 star rated, and 5 star potential. I hope that he can gel into the team quickly, as I feel he will help save our season. Havant & W 1-1 Hampton & Richmond A solid performance from the team, nice to see we didn't let the previous win go to our heads. Weston-Super-Mare 2-3 Havant & W. A solid win, which saw us go 2-0 up quickly, and then have the Mare come back, but Jack Sampson scored his second to win the game on 81", but I was worried when midfielder Sammy Igoe was sent off in the 87th minute, but we hung on for the three points. Thanks for reading this guys, and I will have an update in a few days!
  13. My Journeyman Career (FM11)

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/12/Cheonan_City_FC_logo.png My Journeyman Career-Cheonan City FC September We had a very hectic schedule this monthe, with no less than seven games played in the N-League. Here are the results Cheonan 1-1 HMD My first point in charge of Cheonan, but we really should have won. We had 16 shots to their five, but we only got two on target, and their one on target proved to be their goal. Kookmin Bank 1-0 Cheonan A fairly even game, but none of our 6 shots were on target, which proved the difference. Cheonan 3-1 Mokpo Finally, my first win, and it came against bottom of th table Mokpo. Nam Ki-Il missed a 35th minute penalty, but Woo Jin-Suk put us one up right after the break. Mokpo pulled us back on 55", but we then got our next two sortly afterwards. A dominant win, which seemed to lift morale. Changwon City 0-0 Cheonan A good draw that we'll be happy to take, considering Changwon were the dominant side in the game, they had the bar countless times, and we had to clear a shot off the line, but we came away with a point. Cheonan 2-3 Hallelujah We were unfortunate not to win, but they are 2nd place in the league. They took the lead in the 8th minute, but we pegged them back 8 minutes later. After the break, we were awarded a penalty, and it was converted. However, two late goals won the match for Hallelujah. Hummel 1-0 Cheonan We deserved to lose this one, an uninspiring performance by the players. Cheonan 1-2 Korea Railroad We did not deserve to lose this one, but quality finishing proved the difference. I have focused my strikers on finishing training, as we can set great chances up but not finish them accurately. So, a lacklustre month sees us sitting 11th in the 14 team league. I have signed some more players, but they don't arrive until January. I did express interest in the Mansfield job, but the fans were very unhappy, but the board didn't seem to care, which, for me, is a first. Anyway, I'm hoping for a better month in October, and I hope we can hit some good form!
  14. My Journeyman Career (FM11)

    Just played my final friendly, versus Myangji University. Won 4-0, the team started to gel really well, good set plays, but finishing is still lacking a bit. But I'm pleased though! Now for the league.
  15. My Journeyman Career (FM11)

    Thanks mate, I'll need it!