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  1. "Objectively" speaking, probably a 7-1 FA cup defeat at Man City in a Norwich save in FM19. At that point we were a solid top 4 team and edging towards a proper title challenge (which happened in the following season). Bad tactical choices + our players having an off day + their players having a good day. Results that have felt the worst: Losing at Real Madrid in extra time of a champions league semi final in a United save in FM15. We scored a late goal to get into extra time, scored early in the second ET period only for my world class cb to make two late errors leading directly to
  2. Like I said, way, way over the top in any case. Might be worth posting on the bugs forum. One thing you could try is making him an offer that's just about as high as you're willing to give him, and make it non-negotiable. In some cases you can get the players to accept much lower wages than they seem to be demanding. Although I doubt you can get his wages down to acceptable levels even that way, as his demands are so ridiculously high. I would probably just try to sell and include a buy back and percentage of profit clause in the deal.
  3. Not sure whether elaborate thinking like this actually exists in the game, but could it be that he demands so much because he can't get a work permit? He doesn't want to go out on more loans but wants to actually play for the team that owns his playing rights. If he can't do that at your club, he'd rather go somewhere else. But, like most players in most situations, he's open to being persuaded to stay with a massive wage increase. Although I do agree that those demands are way, way over the top in any case.
  4. Same. Thought it was shocking they released it with the bug and also fully expected fixing it taking a while. Anyway, glad it's been fixed. I'm downloading the game now and have rest of the week off.
  5. Finally! Full season update to follow once the small matter of 2026 World Cup is done...
  6. Well, I can't really compete per se, but I do have a very, very good team, so good that I definitely wouldn't say we're overachieving at the moment, more like underachieving tbh. One major issue is that I can't rely on any player to score goals. My top goalscorers in the league last season were Jadon Sancho and Maximiliano Flores, who both scored 9 from the wings (Sancho AML, Flores AMR). First choice striker Wicherink scored 8. Second choice striker Jeferson, signed in January, scored 6, so he shows some promise. But those are terrible numbers for a title contender. Next season I plan to use
  7. Finished my 7th season with Sunderland a couple of days ago. Not a bad season by any stretch, but there's a distinct feeling of us starting to become a bunch of perennial nearly men: I actually took a long break from the game mid season as I was just too frustrated to continue. In the end I made my peace with the situation and came back, managed to pick up form and did well in the cups even if they too ultimately ended in disappointment. The persistent main problem in terms of league performance is breaking down defensive teams. Our record vs. top teams is still very good,
  8. I'm just guessing here, but could it be that you have team leaders/highly influential players/players with a high leadership attribute that have determination scores below your squad average? I don't know how the system works, but I'd expect those types of players to have more of an influence in personality/determination changes.
  9. Season six is finished - including the 2024 Euros. I mentioned in my previous update that silverware would be needed, and I've won three trophies since then. Too bad only one of them was with Sunderland and that was only the league cup, but it's a start. A little bit on the Euros first. An odd tournament on our part. Topped our group with 1-0 wins over Turkey and Holland and a 0-0 draw with Poland, beat Spain on pens after a 0-0 draw in the last 16, beat Russia 1-0 with a late goal in the quarters, then beat Poland 5-2 in the semi-final and then Germany 3-1 in the final. Very strange
  10. FInished season 5. A tough season thanks to the world cup being held in Qatar, although thankfully we had no more than two games per week at any point. But it was two games per week for most of the season. Thankfully there were no replays in the FA cup (we would've played three of them) and the league cup semi was a one off on a neutral ground. Here's the fixtures I posted earlier: So it went well all in all. Only one really disappointing result, the home draw vs. Burnley. I played the UCL games with a second string team. I figured that we were unlikely to progress anyway, so it woul
  11. What's the date in your game at the moment? Have the current season's Champions league & Europa league already finished?
  12. That's unfortunate. Are there English teams in the European finals? I've seen a delay in the announcements of continental qualification when that's the case.
  13. This fixture list Last 12 games of the season (unless by some miracle we get past United in the UCL), United three times, City two times, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea and even the derby at Newcastle. Thankfully the chasing pack have some difficult games left to play as well but still, a tough ask to finish top 4.
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