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  1. I would guess they're pretty darn low as they're two divisions below VNN at the game start, it's not always that simple though, they must have a reasonable rep to have actually come up in the first place. Don't think they'll be much harder than some of the medium to low teams. Match engine patch is a massive improvement. @kingjericho @CMU Chips great starts both, keep it up!
  2. That's a very harsh sacking @lfc7 unlucky! Good luck with the next club, glad you're enjoying the save regardless. I think the answer is you don't! That's part of the reason I struggled in the first season - took so long to get responses to my staff adverts that there was no time to put a squad together really.
  3. SnakeXe @ Salisbury - Season 13 - 2032/33 Summary Having missed out on Champions League qualification on the final day of last season the aim was to go one better this time round, as well as have a good go in the cup competitions. With some improvements to squad depth and quality over the summer we were able to fully rotate between league and cup games which was very welcome, unfortunately we crashed out of the League Cup immediately despite dominating against Aston Villa but Europa League groups went by without issue and we put together a great unbeaten run in the league after a couple of defeats in August. January came and went without any signings as a consortium dithered over buying out the current board (who I have had since the start of the game) which could have caused us issues but fortunately there were no obvious weaknesses in the squad that needed immediate fixes. By February we were still competing for three trophies - the FA Cup was the first to fall by the wayside as we lost 3-2 after extra time to Chelsea, before we finally fell at the semi final of the Europa League to none other than Real Madrid - running them close in a 3-4 aggregate defeat (but we were disadvantaged on away goals so it was really a 2 goal defeat effectively). Whilst these cup runs were nice they impacted our league form negatively - we were fortunate to play bottom half teams before many of the cup matches but not so fortunately my weakened teams pooped the bed sometimes, the worst being a 0-1 home defeat against a terrible Fulham side after my backup centreback decided to go in with 2 feet after just 10 minutes played. The result was that we ended up at the start of May with 3 games left to play - the good news is that if we won them all we would be champions, the bad news is that one of them was away at Anfield and Jiri Havelka had his season ended with knee ligament damage in April's trip to Old Trafford. My second string pulled out a mighty performance to smash Everton 4-1 at home (this was the game before the second leg against Real Madrid, I had to rotate), which gave the first team something to play for at Anfield. We rode our luck in the early part of the game, VAR ruling out one goal and Pellegrini saving a penalty, but still we fell behind eventually. An equaliser 5 minutes before half time gave us hope before Havelka's backup Schels popped up with a second - game on! We held on for the win which meant a win over relegation threatened Brighton in front of our fans in the final game would win us the title. I'd like to build up the excitement for this one but we went ahead in the second minute and smashed them 4-0 so it was a very relaxing way to claim our first Premier League title in the end! One trophy down, just the Champions League to go! Competitions Premier League - 1st Europa League - Semi Final FA Cup - 5th Round League Cup - 3rd Round Squad A combination of some big signings and the development of youngsters mean my squad is now able to compete with the best and on multiple fronts. There's still room to improve in certain areas but I wouldn't be too unhappy to just keep everyone for next season. I was able to give Romeu and Havelka new contracts with release clauses removed, Farina may force his way out if Inter come back in for him. Hopefully the title and Champions League qualification is enough to keep everyone happy. Transfers We spent a lot of money this year but most of it actually went to Championship teams oddly enough - Williams had shone as Swansea failed to win promotion whilst Carrick and Gomez were clearly way too good for relegated Newcastle and Southampton respectively. Add to that some bargains for the likes of Pellegrini and Gevi and it was a very good summer's business. On the outgoing side I was glad to get £20m for Selmi as he hadn't really kicked on, whilst getting any money for Guajardo at all after his FA Cup final missing antics was delightful. The only transfer I was forced into really was first choice keeper Lemmens heading to Real Madrid - I was planning to rotate him and Pellegrini though anyway so it just meant I had one good keeper instead of two. Manager's player of the season - Jiri Havelka For the first time since Robbie Holmes in League One we have a reliable goalscorer! +---------+-----+-----------------------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+--------------------------------+ | Season | Pos | League | CL | EL | FAC | LC | FLT | FAT | Notes | +---------+-----+-----------------------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+--------------------------------+ | 2020/21 | 13 | National League South | - | - | 2QR | - | - | 3QR | | | 2021/22 | 6 | National League South | - | - | 4QR | - | - | 3QR | Lost in playoff semi final | | 2022/23 | 1P | National League South | - | - | R1 | - | - | R3 | Promoted as Champions | | 2023/24 | 1P | National League | - | - | R1 | - | - | R3 | Promoted as Champions | | 2024/25 | 1P | League Two | - | - | R1 | R2 | GS | - | Promoted as Champions | | 2025/26 | 11 | League One | - | - | R4 | R1 | GS | - | | | 2026/27 | 1P | League One | - | - | R5 | R1 | R3 | - | Promoted as Champions | | 2027/28 | 14 | Championship | - | - | QF | R1 | - | - | | | 2028/29 | 2P | Championship | - | - | R4 | R3 | - | - | Promoted | | 2029/30 | 13 | Premier League | - | - | R3 | SF | - | - | | | 2030/31 | 10 | Premier League | - | - | QF | R2 | - | - | | | 2031/32 | 5 | Premier League | - | - | RU | R2 | - | - | Qualified for Europa League | | 2032/33 | 1 | Premier League | - | SF | R5 | R3 | - | - | Qualified for Champions League | +---------+-----+-----------------------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+--------------------------------+
  4. Congratulations on promotion @KVJ92! Would've been very harsh to miss out on promotion after that points tally, so really well done keeping things together in the playoffs. Missed chances is something that doesn't really seem to end as your players improve unfortunately, had a game recently where we outshot the opponents 31-4 and lost 2-0!
  5. Bad luck losing the final @_JHTB_ but a great season nonetheless - 38 goals is a ridiculous return!
  6. Wow progressing like a train there @LeProfIamNot and not a rubbish British one! Championship is a much bigger jump, good luck!
  7. Almost everyone is yes, the only real player we have now is Bastoni - then there's the likes of Sancho, Alexander-Arnold, Zaniolo, Haaland and a few others still playing elsewhere in the league.
  8. SnakeXe @ Salisbury - Season 12 - 2031/32 Summary The aim this season was to achieve a little more consistency, and honestly we kinda failed at that, however what we did do is finally figure out how to beat the big boys, on our day with some great wins over Spurs, Man Utd and Man City. Unfortunately our inability to consistently beat mid table sides put paid to our Champions League qualification hopes, although we did take it to the final day of the season. We needed to beat Norwich and hope Arsenal dropped points at home against Everton, a 3-0 win for Arsenal fortunately made our shocking 1-0 loss academic. The other big story of this season was our FA Cup run - all the way to a final against Liverpool, the biggest result probably being knocking Chelsea out on penalties in the quarter final at St. Mary's (our 6th home stadium of my reign for those keeping score - Salisbury Stadium II was closed this season whilst the capacity is increased to 21,000). Our preparations took a massive hit then Nicolas Guajardo decided he'd rather stumble out of a night club in the wee hours than play the biggest match of his career - he was transfer listed before he finished his kebab, don't you worry about that. The betrayal was compounded when Farina went off injured in the first half - Guajardo would have come off the bench to replace him. We battled well but ultimately lost 1-0 in extra time to a lovely direct free kick goal. Still, Europa League qualification is great news, let's hope we can deal with the extra football and go one better next season. Competitions Premier League - 5th FA Cup - Runners Up League Cup - 2nd Round Squad Renewal and improvement continues - our first XI is now really good quality in every position, the aim is to have a squad good enough to rotate and still win games. I think I definitely worked our key players too hard this season - Romeu, Farina, Molina and Moreno all struggled with fitness at various points. Transfers Teams seem to love giving us big money for mediocre players - Menagh, Chavalle, Green and Gyan had all been good servants but they were on their way out of first team contention so to receive a combined £87.5m (potentially rising to £96.25m with clauses) is nothing short of extortion on our behalf. We reinvested heavily, breaking our transfer record twice, first £23m for Colombian centreback Molina from Roma then £23.5m for Uruguay winger Sergio Moreno from Milan. Manager's player of the season - Rene Bjerregaard Top scored from the left wing, albeit over a full season Havelka would have certainly scored more. +---------+-----+-----------------------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+-----------------------------+ | Season | Pos | League | CL | EL | FAC | LC | FLT | FAT | Notes | +---------+-----+-----------------------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+-----------------------------+ | 2020/21 | 13 | National League South | - | - | 2QR | - | - | 3QR | | | 2021/22 | 6 | National League South | - | - | 4QR | - | - | 3QR | Lost in playoff semi final | | 2022/23 | 1P | National League South | - | - | R1 | - | - | R3 | Promoted as Champions | | 2023/24 | 1P | National League | - | - | R1 | - | - | R3 | Promoted as Champions | | 2024/25 | 1P | League Two | - | - | R1 | R2 | GS | - | Promoted as Champions | | 2025/26 | 11 | League One | - | - | R4 | R1 | GS | - | | | 2026/27 | 1P | League One | - | - | R5 | R1 | R3 | - | Promoted as Champions | | 2027/28 | 14 | Championship | - | - | QF | R1 | - | - | | | 2028/29 | 2P | Championship | - | - | R4 | R3 | - | - | Promoted | | 2029/30 | 13 | Premier League | - | - | R3 | SF | - | - | | | 2030/31 | 10 | Premier League | - | - | QF | R2 | - | - | | | 2031/32 | 5 | Premier League | - | - | RU | R2 | - | - | Qualified for Europa League | +---------+-----+-----------------------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+-----------------------------+
  9. Bad luck, sometimes things just seem to spiral out of control and there's not much you can do about it. If you were conceding on first chances often it sounds likely your players' confidence had taken a hit and/or there was a weakness in your team/tactic that had been found out and exploited.
  10. The LLM playstyle is to do things as realistically as possible, so stuff like not using searches and placing staff adverts is part of that (however I think nowadays that's a little different with scouting databases that clubs can subscribe to etc - sure, at the very bottom it's probably more realistic to rely on your scouts but as you move up the league your club would be buying access to these things and I think that's roughly what the screen at the start of the season when you choose your scouting packages is trying to emulate). Basically I'd just use your judgement about what you'd consider realistic for the club and position you're in, if that's what you want to do.
  11. Surprisingly we were only a win on the last day (and a bunch of goal difference admittedly) from that last European place this season. Assuming the bar doesn't change too much I think we could definitely do it, especially if we get a reliable goalscorer.
  12. SnakeXe @ Salisbury - Season 11 - 2030/31 Summary There was definitely progress this season as we didn't ever really worry about relegation, but not as much as I'd have liked. We're still struggling to score consistently and the floodgates seem to creak open at the back too often for my liking. I guess at least we've been able to play some proactive football this season, and another year of first team football under the belts of some of our talented young players has to be a good thing though, hopefully next season we can kick on properly. Competitions Premier League - 10th FA Cup - Quarter Final League Cup - 2nd Round Squad The quality is definitely increasing but we probably need a few more experienced heads to go alongside Muhammed and Bastoni at the back, the rest of the team is a bit callow and that's probably influencing the inconsistency. In particular we need a reliable striker - Schels or Kang may yet become that but right now they aren't, and my first choice striker this season Chavalle was largely awful. Transfers Big profits moving on the likes of Thorpe, Owens and Douglas (good servants all but not likely to take us to the heights we're after) was reinvested in first team ready players. I'm largely pleased with my business but £11m for Selmi is looking a little steep now he's not even in the starting XI after Romeu's arrival, not sure what I was thinking there. Manager's player of the season - Matteo Farina Scored with regularity at the start of the season but the goals dried up a bit towards the end, still probably our most consistent player overall though. +---------+-----+-----------------------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----------------------------+ | Season | Pos | League | CL | EL | FAC | LC | FLT | FAT | Notes | +---------+-----+-----------------------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----------------------------+ | 2020/21 | 13 | National League South | - | - | 2QR | - | - | 3QR | | | 2021/22 | 6 | National League South | - | - | 4QR | - | - | 3QR | Lost in playoff semi final | | 2022/23 | 1P | National League South | - | - | R1 | - | - | R3 | Promoted as Champions | | 2023/24 | 1P | National League | - | - | R1 | - | - | R3 | Promoted as Champions | | 2024/25 | 1P | League Two | - | - | R1 | R2 | GS | - | Promoted as Champions | | 2025/26 | 11 | League One | - | - | R4 | R1 | GS | - | | | 2026/27 | 1P | League One | - | - | R5 | R1 | R3 | - | Promoted as Champions | | 2027/28 | 14 | Championship | - | - | QF | R1 | - | - | | | 2028/29 | 2P | Championship | - | - | R4 | R3 | - | - | Promoted | | 2029/30 | 13 | Premier League | - | - | R3 | SF | - | - | | | 2030/31 | 10 | Premier League | - | - | QF | R2 | - | - | | +---------+-----+-----------------------+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----------------------------+
  13. That's definitely a pretty good option, in my save there were no changes at all as a result of Brexit which is best afaik. Given you'll need 8 homegrown players for European football anyway it's essentially the same as now. Unless non-EU players also don't require a permit? In which case your result is actually situationally better (as long as your 8 home grown players are also non-foreign). @G_D_K great season, your board sound awful though, that's a horrible budget. I guess that's realistic though right? I can see why you'd find it frustrating to continue with that kind of absurd level of restriction but if it's any motivation I love reading about these saves with extra tribulations, it's much more interesting and more of a narrative than "oh we won promotion again" as impressive an achievement as that is (for example I don't think my save is that interesting to read about cause nothing's really gone seriously wrong - yet, there's still time ).
  14. Congrats @The Regista! Very nice work getting promoted first season. Planning to try and build another loan ranger side next season or look for more permanent players?
  15. Thanks! Yeah we didn't play too bad we just conceded two goals early in the first leg and they picked us off on the break in the second leg unfortunately. Generally 12+ acceleration and pace is good for your attacking players, regardless of other stats. Finishing and composure seem to make very little difference overall in this game but even less so in the lower levels. Good technical stats are anything in or over the 9-10 region, good physicals are around 12. On the mental side avoid signing players whose determination is below 10 unless they're outstanding because their heads will drop really fast when you go behind otherwise. Having a bit of bravery and aggression on a defensive midfielder is a massive bonus although be prepared for them to get suspended. Try and find one player with good freekick and corner taking, set pieces are your absolute best ticket to success - if you spend a bit of time setting up multiple attacking routines and sensible defensive routines at the start of your first season and have a decent taker you should do well. Get lots of players in (generally anyone who offers themselves saying they'd be one of the best players in the first team is a good bet) on long trials (1 week isn't enough) to ascertain their stats and ability in bulk since your scouts will be pretty much useless to begin with.
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