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    From Carrickfergus

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    Norn Iron

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    FM

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    Glentoran

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  1. I have to ask even though you are 50yrs into this save, would you have done anything differently to achieve the save's objective? Or do you just need more real time? Do you think there is some sort of rebounding when it comes to league rep? What I mean is the usual top 4 leagues English, Spanish, etc. will stay there unless a human manager gate crashes. Yet, in my opinion, the NI league being in an unnatural position would slide down quite badly if left to its own devices. I am really considering this as a save that needs to be added to my 'list'. I usually like to do a Wrexham save buying Welsh players only and maybe a San Marino save, but this is a nice long term target save, my kind of style. Something to look forward to for FM20.
  2. Love the poem. I don't think I've seen anyone do that on an update thread. I would have thought you would go for the next best option to Linfield and Glentoran to maintain the co-efficient. Why so low?
  3. Excellent work once again. Do you plan to take on a 3rd team or even try to get back to Glentoran?
  4. Yeah, definitely down to the success. I jumped straight into the Glentoran job rather than wait. I started this a bit late on 1st June, so I thought it would be better if I tried to win as much as possible as quickly as possible. Won the league in the first season and thought we're flying. Ended up finishing 6th in the following year with Larne winning that one. Cliftonville is the only other team to win it and that was an ending that would be hyped to the max. A head to head at Solitude were all we had to do was not lose. Lost 3-2. I have been letting other teams win the Irish Cup in a hope that a few hundred thousand and a spell in Europe would make a difference. Of course, we have been beat fair and square on a couple of occasions too. I can't bring myself to let Linfield win anything...ever.
  5. Larne won the league at the first attempt in 2019/20 and runner-up 4 times in 21/22, 23/24, 24/25 26/27, Irish Cup winners in 22/23, League Cup winners in 26/27 with 2 runners-up in 18/19 and 27/28, Co. Antrim Shield winners 23/24 & 25/16 with 4 runners up.
  6. In 2023 Larne's Kenny Bruce scaled down funding, the club turned semi-professional in 2026 and in 2032 Kenny Bruce leaves with a consortium taking over. Linfield suffered 2 relegations in 2022 and 2025. Cliftonville have been good at being 2nd doing so 5 times with 3 3rd places and a title win. I thought they should have gone pro by now. I might leave it for another season or two before using the money to encourage growth. I think we'll get the 2nd CL place along with the 3 EL places at the end of 2032/33. Hopefully Cliftonville can use that to build on. I realise this is like 30yrs behind you, so I appreciate the replies.
  7. Would you still consider the save to be organic if you deliberately paid £1m for a player worth £100k from a Bluefin Sport Championship division. I'm only in 2032 but we're the only full-time club in the DBP. I was considering using a fraction of my club's £80m to encourage some sort of growth, hoping that another club will go professional. I know its a case of play my save the way I want to, but I want a clear conscience if I get even close to the objective. Would you have done something similar if you had the funds or would you feel like you're affecting the outcome too much?
  8. Oh, dear. The board would expand because we didn't have enough fans (or however they put it). Then they surprise me with agreeing to the new stadium. I guess there will be a lot of ground sharing with Linfield for a while. I seem to do ok with selling players for big money, doesn't happen very often but usually it is for big money. Got £5m plus add-ons for a ST that had only been at the club for a season and a half and I only bought him for £28k. Bought him in Jan 2027, sold July 2028. We've qualified for the Champions League a couple of times and have £25m in the balance, as long as we keep doing that then we'll keep ahead of any potential money related issues
  9. I think you may be on to something with regards to getting a new stadium and the size of a new one. I have been unable to expand the stadium but the option to ask for a new stadium was there, so I asked simply because I could and they said yes! It is at the planning stage and it is likely to be a 6,250 seater. As you maxed out the oval first, the new stadium started out larger? I can't remember.
  10. Loving this save of yours and admire your perseverance with both Glentoran and Linfield. Could you answer a couple of questions for me out of experience and opinion? I started with Glentoran hoping to emulate what you have achieved. My question is this. Is it worth the money spent on reaching 10,000 seats at The Oval considering the initial size of the new one? I thinking of just saving up for a new stadium as we can play at Windsor Park for European matches. My other question is have you thought about managing 2 teams at the same time? Thanks in advance. I hope you achieve the objective of the save.
  11. Just seeing how many clubs I can do it with after winning the league. Seem to be a one trick pony at the minute. Got sacked for finishing 3rd and winning both domestic cups and now in 3rd season with Chelsea barely hanging onto my job.
  12. I think the season was 28/29. The aim was to win the league, after that I set out to financially destroy them. Once I sold every player for £0 unless someone did something silly like offering millions, I maxed out the wages of all of the youth and brought in some rubbish players, also with maxed out wages and bonuses. After I offered out everything the club would allow, I quit. I holidayed for the season with a quick look in January just to see the finances. £330m in the red by January. The got relegated that year. The following season in the championship they were in administration, then out of it by the end of that season. They went into administration in their 2nd season in the premier league with a £1bn pa wage bill. Their board and sponsors gives them occasional breaks so that they can get better players.
  13. Yes. I am responsible for Man Utd getting relegated to the Championship with maxed out wages. They went into administration and got hit with a 12pt penalty.
  14. I've started a save were I try to win the English Premier League with as many teams as possible. The only catch is I have to attempt to destroy the club as much as possible, this is to ensure that it was easier to get them out of the way. I failed at my first attempt with Liverpool as were a very successful club adding another couple of Champions Leagues to their current stash, but I came along and finished 3rd. I was able to get the Man Utd job 1yr later. I only needed one season to win the league even if it did go down to the wire. This is where I start to try and destroy Utd. All of the first team was sold with the club paying the wage as well (how this was allowed by the club is another thing). After they all went I was able to start offering maximum wages to the likes of the U23 players and youth players. These wages would start at £450k and as I offered more out the maximum I could offer would lower. Lots of bonuses and 50% yearly wages rises would be given as well. I also released all non-playing staff and signed a lot of non-league players on maxed out contracts. After I resigned I holidayed to January. I added a manager to have a quick look at their finances and wage bill to see the damage as well as their performance in the league. They were sitting rock bottom with a £300m debt. As far as I was concerned they would continue to fall and hopefully fail any FFP rules. At the end of the season they had managed to win 6 times and draw a few as well. However, the finances were not what I expected come the new season. They had at least £25m in the balance and collected about £375m in sponsorships. There didn't appear to be any bailouts with a loan and still no punishment for their money issues. To top it off, they started to bid for players at my new club, Chelsea. Their wage bill was sitting at about £52m per month. They were, according to the rules, allowed a loss of £15m over a 1yr period and they were projected to lose £560m over the same period. After 13 games in the Championship they are sitting 3rd with a 9-1-3 record. How have they not been punished? How have they not plummeted even further? Does FM look after clubs to stop them all but folding? Is there anything I could've done to ensure they don't rebound so quickly?
  15. This thread has made me laugh more than I think it should have. Do you have plans to financially cripple them too? I used to give out max wages with all bonuses and max wage rises.
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