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  1. Hi Viktor, Thank you for the response; I appreciate it. I know lots of other stuff goes into this, and that money isn't the be-all-end-all. However, I wasn't asked to make any promises regarding competition performances, nor did I get a message from the agent saying "this player isn't that interested so your offer will have to be very good." And there's no feedback at the end - 'the player joined this team in order to fulfill his aim of winning the Champions League'. That seems particularly pertinent feedback when his agent's suggested offer is £165kpw and I'm offering nearly £100kpw more than that. I know one can increase the wage budget in several ways; my specific complaint here is that the AI offer is invalid according to the budgets when offered because of the Yearly Wage Rise clause. Swapping to City using the IGE and selecting 'renegotiate' displays that clause as invalid, and the offer can't be finalized.
  2. English clubs have money, and when the AI has money it goes into the budget. When there's money in the budget it gets spent. It's less about Liverpool being unrealistic and more about squadbuilding generally.
  3. I think the most fun league is any of the smaller European ones. Cop-out answer, I guess, but I think maybe the most fun competition is the Euro Cup (Europa League). It's kind of interesting to dominate a smaller European league and have the focus of your season come down to a knockout competition against tough opposition.
  4. It is definitely possible. I haven't done it in FM21 -- the closest I've gotten was being promoted from the Southern League Premier Division South, which is the 7th tier, to the Championship, where I was sacked after three months.
  5. I've made an offer for Erling Haaland, as one does. That offer has been accepted by Dortmund - it's for £120m, no clauses or installments. I note that Dortmund didn't require that other teams increase their offer. Haaland ultimately signed for Manchester City for £98m; their offer is £70m up front, with £28.5m over two years and a 30% profit sell-on clause. In order for City's £98m + clause to match my £120m bid, Haaland's next move would have to be for £171.5m, by my math. Probable, perhaps, but that only gets you to the break-even, and it requires Haaland to move again. They wouldn't have the full value for two or three years yet. The contract terms he accepted were much worse than what I offered: I offered £250,000 per week for five years. City offered £215,000 per week for five years with a team extension and a 5% escalator. Assuming a 5 year deal (since the extension should be a net negative), City are offering an average wage of £237,600 per week. I note, looking at the contract, that City would not be allowed to offer this contract if they were a human player. The Yearly Wage Rise would exceed the max allowed wage. City are nearly £400k per week above their allotted wage budget. I'm not sure that they have enough transfer budget to compensate, even if they shuffle around. I've offered £13.5m as a loyalty bonus. City have offered £12m. I've offered £2.5m, the maximum available, as an agent fee. City have offered £1.4m. I have competition bonuses of £1.3m for winning the Champions Cup, the League and the FA Cup, and £625k for the Carabao Cup. City do not have a competition bonus. My appearance fee is £62k. City's is £43k. My goal bonus is £47k. City's is £32k. I have a Team of the Year bonus of £750k and a Top Goalscorer bonus of £1.3m. City have a Team of the Year bonus of £525k and no goalscorer bonus. There's a small unused substitute fee. City have one as well; it's about two-thirds the size of mine. I have a Landmark Goal bonus of £1.6m at 20 goals, with an additional £400k for each 5 goals beyond that. City's are the same benchmarks, but for £1.1m and £275k in escalations. I have a minimum fee release clause of £144m. City's doesn't have one. City have a team extension of one year; I do not have a team extension. City's has a 5% sell-on; I do not have a sell-on. First, how are City even allowed to offer this contract? If I use the IGE to swap over, I can't make the same offer; I'm too far below the wage cap. I didn't realize that at the time. Second, why is Haaland accepting City's offer over mine? It's clearly inferior. It's significantly less money, and he'd be under team control for a longer period of time. If it's because of team status, fine, but I don't get any feedback to that effect. A save game is uploaded - Haaland Bid Terms.fm. The game starts on 20 Jun 2022. Bids have already been accepted and contracts have already been negotiated. The contract should be accepted and shift into the Work Permit phase on 23 Jun 2022. Edit: Additionally, my offer is well in excess of the terms suggested when I query his agent about availability, and I'm told he's interested in joining.
  6. Yep. When I managed Brazil in the 2034 World Cup cycle, it felt like all of their central midfielders were CM/ST, and all their strikers were CM/ST too. Now in 2038 managing RBL, I've been trying to buy a left winger - the guy in question plays for Leeds and at the start of the season was Natural at AML and Accomplished at ML. In the four months since the start of the season he's become Makeshift at CM and Awkward at AMR, despite only playing AML. So it's not about how the AI is using him, exactly; it's about what he's doing in training. Leeds also has a guy who's a natural CD and an Accomplished RB - he's 5'9, outrageously fast and pretty good going forward for a defender, so he should probably be a RB. Leeds have played him at RB twice and CD 17 times, which is fine; that's his natural position and he's probably the best defender in the world, so no worries. But they've also developed him at ML, CM, WBR and AMR. It's strange all around.
  7. Followup to my post - that's the day after I said I'd had 12 loan offers for Pelaez in ten days. Admittedly some of these (which are automatically rejected by the DOF) have different terms, though none are good enough to be worth accepting. Edit: Got one more that same day.
  8. Honestly, going into 2022 I'd prefer effort be put into improving transfers over improving the match engine. I am so so so so sick of fielding offers for the same players every day. In the last ten days I've received twelve loan offers for a player who is marked as unavailable for loan. They're all for 70 or 80% of his wages, the ones that're 70% have a small fee, they're all offering Squad Player status, which is the same thing he's got at my club. He's not even unsettled or on a short contract. The entire world has just decided that it's time to sign him on loan, and it's been like this since I bought him a year ago. There's also the acknowledged issues of disparate offers for players from AI and human teams. I'm very glad that's on the radar for 2022. I appreciate that the game is considered too easy by some people, but one way to fix that is to look at transfers and squadbuilding.
  9. My head is getting absolutely done in by transfer offers for two players. One's a 27 year old winger, the other a 24 year old RB/CB/RWB. They're both pretty good. Not great, not Champions League first XI material, but decent enough squad options in my system. Since I signed them off the transfer list for Leipzig a season ago, each has probably had, without exaggeration, a hundred offers made for 'em. Every few days when the windows are open, it's three or four or seven or eight more offers. And they're all to take these players on loan, no fee, Fringe Player or Squad Player status, a fraction of wages. What the hell is going on? Why, when I reject these offers, do the same clubs make the same offer again a week later? Why do they make the same offer, except worse and now it's non-negotiable? If these two guys are such hot commodities, why won't anyone buy them?
  10. My experience, playing primarily in the third-ninth tiers of English football and the top level of Italian football, has been that AI managers are very particular about this. I've had several players recalled by their parent clubs, both for playing the requested role in a different position (advanced playmaker in central midfielder rather than attacking midfield, for example) or different roles in the same position (central defender instead of no-nonsense central defender).
  11. And there should be some fluidity built in there. Arsenal hired Mikel Arteta as a head coach under Raul Sanllehi as DoF and Edu Gaspar as Technical Director. Raul left/was fired, and at the end of the season Arteta was promoted to manager. And it's now unclear whether he works for Edu or vice versa - it's entirely possible he's now the technical director's boss. There does probably need to be a look at how managers and clubs fit together before any of this happens. The situation where a hugely successful manager can't get a pay raise off their current club suggests there's some wonkiness behind the scenes there; it's just not affecting very much yet.
  12. This should be part of the hiring process. Some clubs already ask the player to commit to retaining certain staff. In an ideal world I'd like FM to split the manager role up, where some clubs hire old-style managers and others hire head coaches. I'd also like to be able to take jobs as a DoF or technical director. FM's interpretation of the manager is a role that's very rare these days at the top level.
  13. Total value of Lee Bowyer's Merthyr Town squad in League One this season is £12.1m, counting five loan players valued at £1m or more. The Championship is just a rough, rough step up. If you've done the back-to-back promotions from League Two, which is hard-but-not-impossible, staying up feels rough. It takes a long time for reputation and income to catch up with promotions, and there's very little allowance made for preseason expectations or past performance.
  14. So I haven't been posting here because, uh, I got fired. After winning League One and going up, Merthyr Town had a takeover. And there wasn't any money available. I went into the Championship season with the lowest wage bill in the league, about a quarter of the second-lowest. And it showed, especially up front. I started the 2029-30 season by winning my first two games, then went the remainder of August, September, October and November winless before picking one up at the end of December. By March, I hadn't won again, and was underperforming my combined xG against and xG for by about 15 goals. So the new board fired me, which was a fine send-off after getting the team promoted from the Southern Premier League Central Division to the Championship in nine years. I won a couple minor trophies along the way, picked up a bunch of manager of the month and a few manager of the year awards, and I guess it all added up. Napoli had fallen on hard times, with terrible wage issues and down in 9th. They hired me, we squeaked into 4th on the last day of the season, and I guess I'm in Italy for the next few years. I'd like to win Serie A and move on - I have my eye on either the Cardiff or the Swansea job, but I might be willing to take Wrexham in a pinch. Until then I'm Freddie Keenor, Global Journeyman.
  15. Frustrating interaction today. A player was concerned that he won't get a work permit, and wanted a loan. The player has a work permit, and while I would be happy to loan him out if he doesn't get it renewed, that's not an option I have - I can only promise him an immediate loan, immediate sale, immediate termination of contract, or nothing. He's in my squad! He plays nearly every game! But now he's unhappy over something that shouldn't even be a factor right now.
  16. There's a 19 year old Irish AML at Derby in my save on a month-to-month. It's November 20208, and his contract ended in June/July 2028. Derby won't go lower than £600k + future fee percentage, and compensation for signing him is £800k Looking at his history, he's not played a single game, including during a loan spell in 2026/27. There's another guy at Southampton who plays striker; I wanted to get him in my summer window, but Southampton want £7.75m for a player who isn't under contract anymore. It's kind of bizarre! Is this a thing that happens in football? I know there are compensation payments, but surely compensation doesn't apply when contracts have expired.
  17. Agreed with all of this, and it's very strange. I've got staff who've been on month-to-month contracts for literally seven years now - they've expired at the end of my first season, I forgot to release them and now I'm morbidly curious how long they'll stay. My backup keeper has been on a month-to-month for two and a half seasons. I know he's pretty bad, but still!
  18. 23 teams for two spots, only one of which is guaranteed, is hard. And the fact that if you've just come up from a regional league you're probably still semi-pro, and at a training and money deficit compared with the full-timers who've come down in earlier seasons. The AI's new insistence on loan players being played in specific roles, and aggressively recalling them if they aren't, is another wrinkle; I was going to come up in my second season in the VNL until I had three players yanked for playing wingback instead of fullback or centerback instead of no-nonsense centerback or whatever.
  19. I'm just about to start the L1 season as well. Getting out of the Vanarama National has been the hardest part so far, but four teams getting relegated out of L1 will make that pretty spicy. I'm expecting each successive promotion to be harder than the next.
  20. I guess as of July 2026 I'll be allowed to post in this thread.
  21. I think they had this in 2020, it just usually ended with "I don't care about that, I just want to leave".
  22. Are you considering buying FM22, and how long do you intend to play your long-term save?
  23. Isn't this just the natural consequence of having a black-box piece of software? It is incredibly unclear to the user how the various inputs create the outputs; that's part of the point, part of the appeal of the game. But it does mean that it's going to take time for users to notice things, especially if they're regular users trying to have fun rather than paid testers. The degree of obviousness of a bug is not necessarily correlated to its severity.
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