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    Old programmers never die. They just lose their memory. PSN: seanoc1

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  1. July 2022 Forgot about the winter world cup so a super short pre-season with the early league start. Board expectations are now to win the league and reach cup finals. Notable Outs: Scott McTominay to West Ham for £45m. For Utd fans this might be a big no-no, but he was just a good squad player whose biggest positive was being HGC and I have better younger centre mids waiting to breakthrough. Sergio Reguilon to Arsenal for £50m. Yes, a year after buying Luke Shaw from us Arsenal came back for Reguilon while still having Tierney. As previously mentioned he was unhappy and it unsettled some other players so more than happy to take that for a guy we signed on a free for two seasons. Christian Eriksen to Roma for £47m. So the fee is a bit lower than I was hoping for, the bigger clubs that were interested didn't bid but I was wanting to cash in now he turned 30 and we aren't always using an AMC as much. Andrea Belotti to Real Madrid for £90m. Fantastic season last time around, but once they came in for him he wanted to go and at the same time a certain player became available. Harry Maguire to Inter for £50m. Didn't want to let go of another England player but think he has peaked and will only get worse and wage was far too much to just be a back up. Diogo Dalot to Zenit for £23m. Served us well as a rotation option but another casualty of trimming the squad to make room for younger players coming through. Laird and a regen I have in U23s will replace him when needed. Dusan Vlahovic loan to Lazio. So I was planning on him being a permanent part of the senior squad this season if Belotti left but when I signed someone else it made sense to let him go get some top flight experience where they say he will be an important player. Notable Ins: Nuno Tavares for £47m from Benfica. Previously mentioned we had a deal for him in place, bit on the high side but has potential to develop to be better than Reguilon. Eder Militao for £85m from Real Madrid. I was looking to see if an elite defender became available this summer to target and this ended up being the deal. Plan to use him more as a DC but that he can do just as well at RB is great. Harry Kane for £75m from Tottenham. He was unhappy and listed and I just couldn't resist. Helps with the England contingent too, has big boots to fill after Belotti's scoring last season. That leaves the squad looking like this. Trimmed down from last season so I can manage playing time for everyone better and happy with the U18/U23s I have who can step in as needed. Had De Gea's testimonial during pre-season, beat Napoli 5-0 in that and won the community shield 1-0 against Man City. Now onto trying to defend the title, opening day of the league we host Arsenal who we also play in the Euro super cup in a few weeks.
  2. June 2022 Season over, trophy cabinet full. Turns out the key to winning cup competitions is avoiding Liverpool in the draw. In the FA cup we had a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle who avoided relegation in the league by 3 points. In the CL we dominated Real Madrid, creating 8 CCCs, hit the woodwork 4 times but was still 0-0 at 90 mins. Then De Gea saves a Hazard penalty and on 90+4 Rashford scores a penalty and we win. Absolutely elated, felt for sure we were going to lose it. Won the league with 100 points, Man City were the closest challengers 11 points back. Cengiz Under had a very good first season, beat the assist record set by James in the first season and added 10 goals too. Belotti was our top scorer in the league and overall, Rashford was next on 27 then Martial on 19. Martial was the man in the CL scoring 8 with 2 assists and an 8.07 rating, shame his best contribution in the final was making way for Rashford to come on and win the game for us. Looking ahead to next season, a deal is already done for Nuno Tavares to come in and I will let Lingard's contract expire. Then there are some decisions to be made about a few players whose contract have 1 year left or have been asking for new ones. I want to look to offload a couple players who may have hit their peak and make room in the squad to bring younger players through. Maguire, Eriksen and McTominay are are on that list and potentially Belotti or Martial with both wanted by some big clubs.
  3. February 2022 Just a quick little update. Camavinga was the only addition, but we had a departure too. Southampton came in for Anthony Elanga with a bid or £11.75m that could rise to £16m with clauses for profit %age and buy back. I think at best he would only get to being a an emergency back-up, he just doesn't look good enough mentally, so I was happy to cash-in now especially with those future clauses. He has already featured for them in the league so he is going to get the chance to develop more right away. Big move of the window was Ruben Neves from Wolves to Liverpool for £100m. We've suddenly been hit by a bunch of injuries with Lingard, Maguire, Tuanzebe, Henderson, Kessie and Fernandes all out for varying times with the worst being Lingard missing until April. (EDIT: Add Tousart and Martial right after I post this ) In competition we took our first loss of the season at the hands of Arsenal in one of the league cup SF legs but still advanced to the final. Our Feb looks like: Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool, Juventus, Man City.
  4. I keep getting messages every few months about ownership denying takeover speculation, but no sale yet.
  5. January 2022 Results for the season so far. My main tactic recently has been a direct counter 4-2-1-3 which is responsible for the increase in clean sheets. Belotti has been better this season and has already matched his league goal tally of last season (13) in half as many games with just 1 fewer assist too. Pleased with the performances of some of the U23 lads too when they've stepped up. Eduardo Camavinga just joined from Rennes for £17.5m. He was unhappy and listed by request so I jumped in to get him. One of those 'because we can' signings, quite heavy on the centre mids now and he may leave on loan before the window closes. In the cups we have Arsenal in the League Cup semi, Oxford in FA Cup 4th (another chance for the youngsters) and Juventus in CL KO1. Not much else to update I think, just need to find time to be able to play in bigger chunks and get through the seasons faster.
  6. August 2021 - S3 opening day Following the last update, we went to the club world championship and lost to Bayern in the SF and Liverpool (again) in the 3rd play off. Was just ready for the season to be over tbf, just glad to get through it without picking up more major injuries. Just had the community shield which we won on penalties against Man City, not a particularly good match from either team which doesn't bode well as we open the season at Liverpool and hosting Chelsea. Notable Outs: Paul Pogba to PSG £124m. Previously discussed this was likely to happen, think we did well to squeeze that amount out of them, £90m paid up front. Daniel James to Chelsea £61m. I was willing to move on from him but hadn't even tried to before this offer came in, maybe could have tried to negotiate for more but imo wasn't worth risking them rejecting and losing what is already a big offer. Birger Meling to Al-Ittihad £8.75m. Was a cheap squad player in season 1 but was out on loan last season and just not room for him in the squad anymore. Eric Bailly to Zenith £23.5m. Moved away from a back 3 last season so made sense to move on a centre back. Fred to Inter £31m. He actually proved to be a useful squad player last season but still just felt he wasn't the best fit so happy to be able to move him on. Luke Shaw to Arsenal £43.5m. He was earning far too much to be second choice behind Reguilon plus his injury record meant I wanted to try and cash in even though it's an England International. Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Tottenham £38.5m. Spent last season on loan at Inter but just like Shaw on far too big a wage for a back up. Notable Ins: Cengiz Under from Roma £45m. Now we are playing more with wingers and James gone I wanted to get a top quality player on the right opposite Sancho. Franck Kessié from Milan £40m. Just a physical beast in the middle of the park, unhappy and listed, will help fill the Pogba loss. Jude Bellingham from Birmingham £17.5m. Will probably play for the U23s for most of the season, but with his versatility I think he can replace Lingaard whose contract expires at the end of the season. Bruno Fernandes from Sporting £59m. The more technical replacement for Pogba. Made a nice profit because of the Pogba sale, most of the window was spent looking for young defenders because we were lacking that in the U18 and U23s but it was really hard to find many that it was possible to bring in. That means our squad looks like this and I think we have good cover in the U23s if needed and some will probably get some first team football throughout to try and help develop them. Now for Liverpool who we've lost the last 4 meetings against...
  7. I just got Denis Arnaud from Angers U19. Not sure if you can call him "top class" because his coaching atts aren't great, but his mentals and knowledge are fantastic and his preferences are to play 4-2-3-1 gegenpress if you like that.
  8. I'll throw in Cengiz Under from Roma for anyone else looking in this area.
  9. Good to know, Fernandes is one of the players I have been looking at.
  10. June 2021 So many big matches to end the season, was without Tousart and Sancho for all this period, managed to add the league title to the league cup trophy but couldn't run the gauntlet of other English teams in the CL. Liverpool did us in the FA Cup earlier in the season too which Man City ended up winning. Now into June and started playing the club world championship. PSG have come in with a £90m bid for Pogba, think I'm resigned to selling him now or lose him for nothing next season as he's wanting to go so just a case of trying to squeeze them for as much money as possible and dealing with the aftermath of the remaining players being unhappy. Tottenham have come in for Henderson, on the fence about selling him because of his homegrown status, Real Madrid have shown interest in Belotti and Eriksen, not sure what to do if bids come in. I would like to move on Fred and Bailly for sure, maybe James and Shaw too.
  11. April 2021 Quiet January transfer window, just Angel Gomes to Celtic for £11.5m and a few loans. As expected PSGs renewed interest in Pogba resulted in no bids but is enough that he's refusing to sign a new contract. Massive deal of the window was Kai Havertz to Man City for £110m which is unfortunate as I would have loved to have signed him in the summer but didn't have the money now. On the competition front, we won the league cup for the second year in a row, were knocked out of the FA cup in 5th round by Liverpool, have been drawn against Arsenal in the CL QF and lead the league by 5 points but still have to play Spurs, Liverpool and Man City. Very worried about this as form hasn't been great since the patch and we are having to rely on set pieces for goals, only just got 1-0 wins against the 3 relegation zone teams in the last 3 matches, Belotti missed a penalty and 6 CCCs in one match.
  12. Celtic came in with an £11m bid in Jan 2021 and I let him go. Wasn't really developing much where I could see him forcing himself into a regular role and there are other players I can look to develop that have a better chance.
  13. January 2021 After the previous update we lost 1-0 against Man City in what was an even game where we had all the CCCs so I wasn't too worried about that and it was our only loss through the end of the year. I did end up switching systems a few games later to try and get more goals out of the team, settled on an asymmetric 4-1-4-1 that was working nicely and led to some dominant performances that had us scoring 4 or 5 in some games instead of struggling for 1 or 2. Andrea Belotti still isn't scoring as well as last season, but the likes of Rashford and Sancho are doing great and even youngster Vlahovic has impressed in some starts. On the transfer front, I'm not looking to do anything right now, just a case of if an opportunity for a good deal for now or the summer becomes available then it may happen. PSG are circling around Pogba again and probably get him upset for the rest of the season, while Madrid are chasing Belotti and Martial and I could be tempted to let one of those go if they actually make a reasonable offer. On the competition front; in the league we a top with a 6 point gap to Man City and Liverpool, in the FA cup 4th round, just beat Everton 5-0 in leg 1 of league cup SF, and won our CL group.
  14. September 2020 Finally got around to playing through the summer and into season 2. Notable outs: Greenwood (loan), Fosu-Mensah, Romero, Joel Pereira, Jones, Rojo, Smalling, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka (loan), Williams (loan), Sanchez, Garner (loan), Meling (loan), Andreas Pereira. Total sales about £135m. Ins: Sergio Reguilon (free), Dusan Vlahovic (£5m), Emre Can (£45m), Elseid Hysaj (£6.5m), Jadon Sancho (£79m), Ruben Dias (£54m), plus a few youngsters. So I guess the sale that stands out most is Lindelof. I didn't want to sell but some big clubs were circling and he wanted to go so off he went to Barcelona for £54m rising to £60m. Similar to what others have had, PSG came looking at Pogba at the start of the summer, upset him and never came back and that upset a lot of the squad, didn't want to deal with Lindelof on top of that. For the buys, Can was the big early window signing, wanted another option in the middle that could allow the playmakers we already had do their thing. He's very good physically, mentally and well rounded to play a few roles and positions. Hit his release clause to get him in but he's yet to play because of injury. With Hysaj I needed an option to replace Wan-Bissaka who was being out-performed by Dalot last season, he and Reguilon are a cheap pair that give us a small improvement at both wing back spots. These next two were deadline day deals that I could have gone without, but Jadon Sancho had a release fee in his contract and had been unhappy at Dortmund, His talent at 20 years old and English was too good to pass on. and Ruben Dias just replaces Lindelof as another BPD, well known in FM terms for a few years and his minimum release fee was still there. Very expensive deadline day, was also looking at Kessie who was listed by request at Milan but couldn't move on Fred to free up money and squad space so may be one we look at again in the future. Onto the season, played 5 won 5 so far, 0 conceded but only 8 scored. Man City and Liverpool who have also won 5 from 5 have both scored 18, including 7 and 8 in one game respectively. Big problem contributing to that is top scorer from last season Belotti has yet to score in the league despite starting all 5 games. Having to change system slightly too to fit Sancho in better, looking something like this. GK: De Gea, Henderson DC: Dias, Maguire, Rugani, Tuanzebe, Bailly WBR: Hysaj, Dalot WBL: Reguilon, Shaw MC: Can, Tousart, Pogba, Eriksen, Fred AMR: James, Lingaard AML: Sancho, Rashford ST: Belotti, Martial, Rashford. Thinking I might have to change things up slightly to help us going forward, I do have a 4-2-3-1 I used at times last season that I may give another chance.
  15. Started in the beta. Wanted to play a 5-3-2 primarily so I had a few positions I wanted to address. D/WBL - As has been discussed, Luke Shaw has injury issues and it can be important to get extra help. Looked at Grimaldo who I have loved in the past but Liverpool were on him quick and I didn't want to spend the money needed so soon when I had other needs and didn't know how much extra cash I could raise. Ended up going with a trusted FM19 option in Birger Meling for a bargain £2m. Not at the level of some of the big names already mentioned, but as a rotational player he can do a job. DC - Was looking to move on a couple of players here because of the number of players at the start to free up some money and with the idea of playing with 3 here I could still add Danielle Rugani for £22m from Juve to be another BPD. Cheaper than some of the usual options but good enough with some big time experience and still only 24/25. DM/MC - Wanted a more defensive minded option in the middle, went for another trusted player from previous years, Lucas Tousart at only £10m. ST - So I know Haaland was great last year and is super popular right now, but he wasn't interested anyway so instead I got Andrea Belotti from Torino for £30m to be my main striker with Rashford and Martial to rotate alongside him. When January comes around I was keeping track of Eriksen. Some foreign clubs were looking to get him on a free at the end of the season so I stepped in with £35m after managing to sell Mata. I also got Douglas Costa on loan at the end of the window as we transitioned to a 4-2-3-1 as the main tactic to give us some extra quality. Finished the season 3rd in the league, won the league cup and Europa league so pretty happy with that. For season 2 Sergio Reguilon is joining on a free transfer, as for other additions I'm waiting to see what players I can move on first while other clubs are throwing massive amounts of money around so hopefully I won't be left too far behind.
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