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Whalix

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About Whalix

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About Me

  • About Me
    Love (attempting) to take teams from the depths of obscurity to their highest potential heights.

Interests

  • Interests
    Architecture, football, and FM!

Favourite Team

  • Favourite Team
    Leeds United & Bohemians

Currently Managing

  • Currently Managing
    Bray Wanderers (Irish Premier Division, S3)

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  1. For some reason, the option to request increased junior coaching and youth recruitment isn't appearing in the board request options. Is there a ceiling that certain clubs cant surpass, or is there something that needs to happen before I can request it? For example, do I need to reach a new level of reputation? Also, my youth facilities are being upgraded right now, do I need to wait until this is finished? For context, I know that it can't be a financial problem. I'm managing Bray Wanderers in Ireland. I'm in my 8th season and have just won the premier division title for the fourth time i
  2. I've began conceding from a huge number of corners with a tactic that didn't really have a problem before, and I'm not entirely sure why. I have five center-backs in my squad as I play a tactic that has three defensive center-backs, all of whom are strong for the division. My defensive system is solid, keeping clean sheets about 24 of the 32 games each season. I don't have access to my save right now as I post, but the three center backs sweep up any opposition attacks very easily, nodding the ball back into my two central midfielders from where we build up a controlled possession based a
  3. Ah yes, I hadn't thought of this. It makes sense as I have just finished my European run - so every second game for three weeks has been against professional teams from Europe. Will these ratings only reset at the end of the season, or will they begin to change now as I've only domestic competitions left to play?
  4. Just to preface this; I understand the star rating system. I've been playing since FM11 so I get that it is a rating given by whichever specific scout/staff member you have selected, it is a rating given in relation to your squads current players (therefore it changes as your squad develops), it's purely their opinion and isn't an objective rating system that can be blindly trusted. But I'm wondering if anyone else has had experience of these star ratings hugely changing during seasons in this FM. After promotion with Bray Wanderers (in the Rep. of Ireland) from the second tier in my firs
  5. I'm managing in the Republic of Ireland and I'm wondering how I can see which league positions qualify for which European competitions. I've checked the "Competitions > Irish Premier Division > Rules" section and that just tells me the prize money for each position, and the relegation/relegation playoff positions, but nothing for the European qualifications. I was looking at the table and realised that there are different "shades" of colour for different positions in the table, for example last place (10th) is a deep red as that is automatic relegation, second last place (9th) is a light
  6. What's the ****ing point in that. Such a waste. Can't be arsed going through hours and hours to complete another season when it's written off after 12 games.
  7. I am so, so confused and exhausted with this game. I seem to have a "third season curse" that just does not make sense. It's happened twice in my current save and goes something like this: Season 1: Take over club, win promotion. Make signings and improve squad. Season 2: Just miss out on second promotion in a row. Make signings and improve squad. Season 3: Hugely underachieve, struggle to be anything more than a midtable side. It just doesn't make literally any sense at all, I know bad spells can occur etc but how on earth can a tactic which was booming,
  8. Lance Smith was strangely effective for me too. Think it's down to his physicals, which obviously go a long way at lower league level. His technicals leave a lot to be desired but he really doesn't play to them, and finishes like he's got 15+ on finishing, composure etc etc
  9. I've been using a new squad management strategy of late which I feel has been working for me. I've had issues with player happiness lots in the past and think I'm finally fixing it, but thought I'd reach out and see what other methods people use to see if there's any ways I can improve it. For reference, I use a Bielsa-style squad system once I've decided on my tactic. 22 senior players, two in each position to battle it out for to be first choice. Then 3 youth players in the first team squad, based on stats/how they've done in the youth teams. If I feel a position is particularly weak, I
  10. Ah, I think this clears it up. I realise now that the game won't be able to be 100% realistic. I'm managing in the League of Ireland, where it is an extreme rarity to see a club pay any kind of fee for a player. 99% of contracts are no longer than a year, and the players are either re-signed or move to another club for free at the end of the season. Frustrating when you're one of the lower clubs, as your talent is routinely picked off for free by the couple of bigger clubs. But what also happens when a player wants a move, he knows no one is going to offer a fee for him, so the contract
  11. I've had this issue a couple of times this save, where it seems the game doesn't acknowledge context when a player comes to you with an issue. Here's the latest example. My backup goalkeeper has been with the club for a long time, used to be the best in the league but only good enough as a sub now. He comes to me and tells me he feels he's accomplished all he can here and wants to move on. I say I'll let him go, but need a replacement first. He says no, I want to go NOW. So it doesn't end on good terms. I don't want an unhappy player in my very cohesive squad so I offer to cancel his cont
  12. Oh yes, that works. Thank you! Anyway to make them show up when I set the view to "all transfers"?
  13. I'm playing as Bohemians in the League of Ireland. I've just come to my first transfer window with them after leaving Hereford, and realised a small issue. I didn't renew the contracts of a handfull of players, yet they're not showing up in my transfer history? They're literally free agents now, with some signing for other clubs, but it still tells me in my "transfers out" section that I've not let anyone go..? Is this a bug? Thanks
  14. Ah. This is most probably it, never considered that. How can I make them be certain? As far as I know, they're at 100% scouted but I may be wrong.
  15. This FM is the fastest I've ever played. One of my biggest problems with FM was that I'd lose motivation after three or four seasons of any save, usually after I'd hit a season where I was fighting against relegation and losing the majority of my games. Slowly progressing without the joy of winning would make me lose interest. So for this FM I'm focused on moving forward constantly to keep me interested, especially when I hit bad runs of form as I need to get out of them quickly! I'm focused less on tweaking my tactic game after game, instead putting my effort into finding better players
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