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  1. Have taken a big gamble... Nkoulou has been sold for £21m - around £15m more than I bought him for. I'm planning on investing this in Mustafi and Balanta.
  2. First season roundup: Happy with my first season. I made a few changes to the squad and the squad will continue to be changed going in to next season. Tactics: I've only played 1 tactic throughout the season, it was as follows: GK: Szczesny/Ospina (SK/S) - Distribute to CBs RB: Debuchy/Chambers (WB/S) - Pass it shorter, Run wide with ball CDR: Mertesacker/Nkoulou (CD/D) - Close down less, Pass it shorter CDL: Koscielny/Nkoulou/Saul) (CD/D) - Close down less, Pass it shorter LB: Gibbs/Gaya (CWB/A) - Pass it shorter, Run wide with ball CMR: Wilshere/Saul (CM/D) CML: Ramsey/Wilshere (B2B/S) - Close down more AMR: Walcott/Sanchez/Ox (W/S) AMC: Ozil/Cazorla (T/A) - More direct passes AML: Sanzhez/El Shaarawy (IF/S) - Pass it shorter CF: Welbeck/Giroud (AF/A) - Move into channels, Hold up ball Mentality: Control, Shape: Fluid, Instructions: Shorter passing, Pass into space, Whipped crosses, Push higher up, Close down more, Higher tempo, Be more disciplined I've found that this has worked really well for me. Early in the season, I was being absolutely destroyed by balls over the top when my defenders were closing people down, hence the "close down less" on my CBs. The majority of my goals were either my AMC playing it through to my CF, or my AML cutting in and scoring. Transfers: As per the screenshot, I moved quite quickly to ship out players that I didn't want to keep. I'm very happy to have received £15m for Podolski and £8.5m for Monreal. In January, Diaby got me £6m which was a nice little bonus. My biggest incoming signing was Stephan El Shaarawy for £27m. This was a bit of a panic buy, as I wanted Reus initially who wouldn't come. I was expecting a little more from El Shaarawy, but stats wise he still did OK. He was firmly second choice behind Sanchez on the left once Walcott was available. He did still score 9 goals in 14(13) games, contributing 4 assists. If a good offer comes in for him over the summer he will be let go. Staff changes: I changed the staff around quite a bit. The following screenshots show who is working with me: League: Table: As you will see from the screenshot, I scored the most goals by a bit of a distance. The only team close to me is Chelsea, and even they aren't particularly close. My 4 losses were all away from home - 4-2 to Sunderland, 2-1 to Man City, 4-2 to United and 2-1 to Chelsea. Awards: Footballer of the year: Alexis Sanchez Golden boot - Danny Welbeck (32) Young player of the year - Aaron Ramsey Manager of the year - Me Team of the year - Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck - Wojciech Szczesny and Kieran Gibbs as substitutes Other competitions: CL: I lost in the QF vs Real Madrid, 4-3 on aggregate FA Cup: Won! 4-1 in the final vs Man Utd Capital One Cup: Lost 3-0 in the 3rd round vs Wolves. This was a VERY disappointing game from my youngsters. Coquelin in particular performed poorly and was subsequently shipped out. Community shield: Lost on penalties to Man City. The game itself finished 2-2. Player stats in all competitions: As you can see, there was a decent spread of goals between my striker and my attacking midfielders. I would have liked some more goals from my CMs though.
  3. I really don't rate Jonker as a HOYD. I haven't done so yet in this save, but I plan to replace him with someone like Conti.
  4. He is normally used as a CM/D. I occasionally move him to my b2b role depending on the game. He scored a 30 yard wonder goal for me last night. I have also used him as a backup left sided CB due to injuries.
  5. I've got Saul in my save - he's a backup CM for me.
  6. Despite Reus' clause, I'm unable to get him to agree to move to me. Even with me offering as high as possible, he's still unsure about it. How has everyone else managed to get him?
  7. Has anyone been able to offload Poldi without the other Germans complaining about it? I offered him out which lead to Ozil & Mertesacker complaining.
  8. Kings Lynn Town - 14/15 Season Summary Pre season was very interesting - I joined with virtually no staff members so started looking for new staff members as soon as possible. After a lot of careful scouting, my backroom looks like this: http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f179/Sean3h/KingsLynn_StaffMembers_zpsaa79b667.png Competition wise, I won the Skrill North with a couple of games to spare. League table: http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f179/Sean3h/SkrillNorth_OverviewProfile_zpsb29b17f6.png In the FA Cup I lost in the 2nd Qualifying round. I was disappointed to lose that one - lost 1-0 to Chasetown following a sending off in the first half. I lost in the 3rd round of the FA Trophy to Tamworth. The fans were quite pleased with the League win - I even got this news item: http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f179/Sean3h/SeanMcCullough_NewsInbox_zpsc37da4c7.png The board had agreed to up the youth facilities, however cancelled it shortly afterwards due to a lack of funds. I want to get these up as quickly as possible so I can start producing my own players. Squad: http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f179/Sean3h/KingsLynnTown_SquadPlayers-2_zps2ae9d0c2.png Season Team League Position(Predicted) Achievements 2014/15 King's Lynn Town Skrill North 1(18) Skrill North Winners, Manager of the Year
  9. Starting the challenge again after losing interest last time. I will be managing King's Lynn Town. Profile: http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f179/Sean3h/SeanMcCullough_OverviewProfile_zps513cf2e8.png I need to completely fill my backroom as I only have an assistant manager at the moment, so signing players may have to wait.
  10. He's been playing AMC as AP/A. Has been linking up great with Giroud and making bursts into the box.
  11. Just thought I'd share how Gnabry has developed for me - due to injuries in the first season he has played an awful lot for me. Attributes: http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f179/Sean3h/231670_screenshots_2014-06-06_00001_zpsa03e09d5.jpg Stats over 2 and a half seasons: 103(16) apps 59 goals 41 assists Awards: EPL Team of the Week x17 Young Player of the Month x5 Player of the Month x2 3rd in Young Player of the Year x1 Champions League Golden Boot x1 Champions League Dream Team x1 Club World Cup Best Player x1 Golden Boy x1 Footballer of the Year x1 EPL Team of the Season x1 I think this is the happiest I've been (in any FM game) about developing a player. Serge is someone I rate really highly IRL so I'm glad that I'm able to develop him like this. I have so far had him tutored by Rosicky & Wilshere.
  12. I'm going to start this with King's Lynn town - the place of my birth. http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f179/Sean3h/231670_screenshots_2014-01-23_00001_zps03bc196d.jpg
  13. I'm looking to move to a 3-4-3, and ideally move towards a tactic using a libero in future. Could you guys give me some advice on whether the guy in the screenie below is worth getting to develop for the role? http://cloud-2.steampowered.com/ugc/633038424703555315/07836AE4453959DB05FE24E617E65CC5EE6208E6/
  14. One of my friends friends now plays for Nottingham Forest I think (Matt Regan)
  15. Lowestoft Town F.C 2018/2019 Season I wanted survival, and ended up a point off a top half finish. If the chairman backs me with more money in the summer I'm aiming for Europe next year. The loan signing of Cristiano Ronaldo was a nice surprise, and he chipped in 4 goals and 4 assists - not too bad for a 35 year old playing wide on the right. Yaya Toure and Laurent Koscielny also impressed despite their age. League table: Lowestoft league position throughout the season: Transfers: Top scorer: Hezi Israeli with 15 goals in 30 (6) games Top assister: Nick Powell with 8 assists in 41 (1) games Top average ratings: Carl Jenkinson - 7.24 from 46 games - 1 goal, 5 assists Laurent Koscielny - 7.23 from 40 games - 0 goals, 2 assists Nick Powell - 7.15 from 41 (1) games - 8 goals, 8 assists Aims for next season: Europe. Season League Position Achievements 2013/14 BSN 4th Promoted via playoffs 2014/15 BSP 19th Survived administration & avoided relegation 2015/16 BSP 1st Promotion 2016/17 L2 1st Promotion 2017/18 L1 3rd Promotion via playoffs 2018/19 CH 1st Promotion 2019/20 EPL 11th Survival
  16. Lowestoft Town F.C 2018/2019 Season Very pleased with this season. I was only looking like play off candidates for a while, but ended up snatching top spot after a dramatic final day! League table: Lowestoft league position throughout the season: Transfers: Top scorer: Max Clayton with 29 goals in 44 games Top assister: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas with 8 assists in 38 (1) games Top average ratings: Max Clayton - 7.40 from 44 games - 29 goals, 4 assists Carl Jenkinson - 7.38 from 43 (1) games - 3 goals, 6 assists Eric Dier - 7.29 from 46 games - 3 goals, 2 assists Aims for next season: Survival. I don't want to be going straight back down again Season League Position Achievements 2013/14 BSN 4th Promoted via playoffs 2014/15 BSP 19th Survived administration & avoided relegation 2015/16 BSP 1st Promotion 2016/17 L2 1st Promotion 2017/18 L1 3rd Promotion via playoffs 2018/19 CH 1st Promotion
  17. Lowestoft Town F.C 2017/2018 Season A bit of a mixed season. It started pretty poorly, but the players pulled it round. Again boosted by the money, we finished 3rd (promoted via playoffs) after being predicted 13th. League table: Lowestoft league position throughout the season: Transfers: Top scorer: Max Clayton with 17 goals in 35 (4) games - close behind was Benik Afobe with 15 goals in 26 (5) games. I think the main reason for my relatively low scoring strikers was that I rotated them around a fair bit. Top assister: Kenneth McEvoy with 9 assists. Gael Birgirimana, Danny Guthrie and Benik Afobe all had 8 assists. Top average ratings: Hervé Mathijs - 7.38 from 23 games. 1 assist. Ryan Edwards - 7.30 from 52 (1) games. 3 goals and 2 assists. Aims for next season: I'm hesitant to try to take the championship by storm. I'll be happy with mid table in the championship next season. Season League Position Achievements 2013/14 BSN 4th Promoted via playoffs 2014/15 BSP 19th Survived administration & avoided relegation 2015/16 BSP 1st Promotion 2016/17 L2 1st Promotion 2017/18 L1 3rd Promotion via playoffs
  18. Lowestoft Town F.C 2016/2017 Season Another good season. Predicted 17th, finished top. I had the money to spend again and brought in some good players. I had a relatively poor start to the season but steadied it at the end. League table: Lowestoft league position throughout the season: Transfers: Top scorer: Devante Cole with 23 goals in 40 (2) games - close behind was Benik Afobe with 22 goals in 43 (1) games Top assister: Benik Afobe with 14 assists Top average ratings: Chuks Aneke - 7.31 from 37 games. 2 goals & 4 assists. Benik Afobe - 7.28 from 43 (1) games. 22 goals and 14 assists. Devante Cole - 7.25 from 40 (2) games. 23 goals and 9 assists. Billy Bodin - 7.22 from 39 (1) games. 13 goals and 10 assists. Aims for next season: Promotion again. Season League Position Achievements 2013/14 BSN 4th Promoted via playoffs 2014/15 BSP 19th Survived administration & avoided relegation 2015/16 BSP 1st Promotion 2016/17 L2 1st Promotion
  19. Lowestoft Town F.C 2015/2016 Season Good season all the way through. I was predicted 13th, but as I'm owned by a tycoon there was no way I was settling for 13th. I splashed a fair bit of cash for this level (and probably for most levels up to the championship) but brought home the title on the last day of the season. Never in doubt really. League table: Lowestoft league position throughout the season: Transfers: Top scorer: Devante Cole with 21 goals in 33 (5) games - close behind was Harry Ferguson (regen) with 20 goals in 33 (1) games Top assister: Shane Jennings with 12 assists in 14 (13) games, he also chipped in with 14 goals Top average ratings: Jordan Keane - 7.35 from 43 (2) games, chipped in with 3 goals and 5 assists from CB Harry Ferguson - 7.32 from 33 (1) games, 20 goals and 9 assists (ST) Devante Cole - 7.31 from 33 (5) games, 21 goals and 11 assists (ST) Matthew Regan - 7.31 from 34 (3) games, 2 goals, 0 assists (CB) Aims for next season: Promotion again. With the money behind me I cannot see why I can't push up through the leagues each season. Season League Position Achievements 2013/14 BSN 4th Promoted via playoffs 2014/15 BSP 19th Survived administration & avoided relegation 2015/16 BSP 1st Promotion
  20. Lowestoft Town F.C 2014/2015 Season After a disastrous start to the year (for numerous reasons) we turned it around and finished just outside of the relegation zone. My board agreed to build me a new stadium at the end of last season before putting me into administration (getting me docked 10 points) and leaving me with a transfer embargo. Luckily, a nice tycoon decided to come along and bail me out. He injected almost £18m into the club, giving me a transfer budget of around £7.5m (which unfortunately I could hardly use as I was only able to offer players £875 a week) - regardless, the team pulled through in the end. League table: Lowestoft league position throughout the season: Transfers: Top scorer: Dereece Gardner with 18 goals in 25 (8) games Top assister: Lee Smith (again) with 14 assists Highest average rating: Daniel Boateng, 7.10 in 35 games (2 goals, 2 assists) Aims for next season: I'm really hoping to push on next year. Assuming my chairman trusts me with money again, I will be trying to splash the cash to ensure promotion. Otherwise, mid table with an outside chance of hitting the playoffs would be my target. Season League Position Achievements 2013/14 BSN 4th Promoted via playoffs 2014/15 BSP 19th Survived administration & avoided relegation
  21. I'd have thought this would need to go into the Arsenal thread, but I've not seen Gnabry develop too much.
  22. Getting quite annoyed with ex Arsenal youngsters! I offer them contracts, they aren't interested, then they sign for bss sides for half the amount!
  23. Have tried asking the board for a higher budget - no luck. I can't seem to get the option of board negotiations for any of the players I am after. Have hired a DoF but they don't really seem to be doing much at all. I managed to scramble in 3 or 4 free players just before the free transfer deadline but I am not at all happy with the shape of my squad.
  24. I have bumped my wage budget up to around 58k. but I am only able to offer 875 a week - most players I am interested in want more.
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