Iâ€™ve come into this thread very late indeed. Many of my suggestions may have already been put forward, if not all of them, but here goes anyway:
The ability to talk to a player outside of the media. Talk to them about their form, why they are left out of the team, what they can do to get back in etc. Equally Iâ€™d like a player to break down my door and complain to me in person or come in to the office to make requests, discuss their future and so on.
Better communication and involvement from the team captains. Varied options here from team related issues to asking them to lead by example, rally the troops etc.
Improved media in general. Less repetition, more flair in the use of language and a complete do away with repeated quotes and questions. No Iâ€™m not interested in signing player X, you should know this as Iâ€™ve now told you so seven times. Guttuso would make a good coach? Great, but I heard you the first eight times.
Also with media how about making winning something a bit more of an event? I donâ€™t want pretty pictures of cups and that sort of nonsense but something other than pleased/delighted at winning the title and to focus on future challenges. It would be nice if it felt like an achievement was recognised by both the board and the fans.
Although there is a wonderful sound-pack available on the forums the game really should have more variety sound wise out of the box. Different atmospheres at different venues, different crowd noises based on size of support and location in the world. Itâ€™s probably the easiest thing SI could change/improve.
Key area for me would be an improvement in AI managers. More individuality, more personality traits. This would include, but not limited to, the types of players a manager likes to sign. Some managers should prefer to bring in promising players, others go for stars, others still prefer to build a team of consistent battlers.
Some sort of game memory wouldnâ€™t hurt. It would be great if over time new rivalries were created and old, less regional ones fell away.
Clubs need to be more realistic when trying to find new managers. In the games Iâ€™ve played when Sir Alex retires heâ€™s been replaced by Steve Coppel and Bryan Robson when world class managers were waiting without a club.
While Iâ€™m not totally against a 3D match engine some middle ground could be achieved. The player icons on the pitch tell you very little. It would be nice to see which foot a player is striking the ball with, when they are jumping, when they are jostling for position and when they are sliding in or going to ground. At the moment it looks like a bit of a blob orgy. A new graphical model would make all the difference in the world.
Other than some of the more obvious match engine fixed that have been mentioned to death that about covers it for me.