AliG

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    Kidderminster

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    Wolves

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    SV Grodig
  1. @Bubbles_DK Good luck with Turkey! Hopefully the stadium won't feel too empty as you build your way up! @GloryFan2002 Unlucky with the sacking. @darren1983 Thanks for the help, the logo is now in!
  2. I've not tried to sign one as there was already one at the club when I joined. If he leaves then I'll give you an update.
  3. I hadn't even noticed that! I think I should refund their travel costs after having to sit through that!
  4. Sportverein Grodig - Season 1 (2017/18) - Austrian First Division Starting Profile - Manager Profile League - (Positions) We started with expectations of finishing in the top half. Based upon the squad I though we would be just about mid-table so I was happy to leave it there. The season started badly and we bumbled along in the bottom half but never too much in the relegation battle. Just before the winter break hit, the board lost their temper following a 4-0 drubbing at home to Austria Lustenau. They told me they were going to sack me and I convinced them to give me a chance but I had to earn it. I need to secure 9 points over the next 5 games. Two wins and two draws later, I needed to pick up a point away to LASK Linz. The lads pulled out all the stops and we ran out 4-2 winners. This period of form then continued and we didn't lose another game all season winning 13 of the remaining 17 fixtures. Combine this with Kapfenberger SV 1919 hitting a run of terrible form and we overhauled them with 4 games remaining. A final day of the season victory away to SV Horn secured the title at the very first attempt! Austrian Cup - A cup run started with a simple win over a regional side and then a penalties victory over SV Mattersberg. This meant that top side FK Austria Wien headed to our home in what would prove to be a tough match. We acquited ourselves well and could have won the game but took them all the way to penalties. At one point, we were 3-2 up with one penalty left each but the inevitable misses from us and their clinical finising saw them win 4-3 in the end. The cup was actually won by a second tier side in the end as SV Horn beat Kapfenberger SV 1919 in the final. This cup run likely didn't help their league form so I didn't mind at all! Transfers - Squad - Finances - Facilities A quirk in the Austrian league whereby you are given payments for playing Austrian players proved very useful indeed. A payment of £409,000 was received every 9 games for playing 12 Austrians in each game. Key Players Daniel Krenn - The right winger who converted to play on the left in my 4-4-1-1 tactic proved to be a handful. He finished as top scorer for us but sulked his way throughout the season. Seemingly unable to please him, I just accepted that he is a major pessimist and as long as he keeps performing I'll deal with his moods. Markus Berger - The experienced centre back was a rock for us. While we experimented through the season he appeared in a large number of games, not all of them though as he had a penchant for a booking. He was also our penalty taker and managed to miss a few crucial ones throughout the year. Mersudin Jukic - Upon accepting the job, the experienced striker looked like he would lead the line for me but by the time the season started, he just wasn't clicking. So we gave the job to young Markus Wallner who started with a good few goals. We persisted with Wallner through his struggles until Jukic became unhappy and we promised him a chance. We gave him that chance and never looked back. He hit form and stayed on top of it until the end of the season finishing tied for first in assists and second in goals. Youth Intake Youth players - The intake has a few promising players but if we are going to survive in the top division we need these to develop quickly. Fabian Dittman YP01A - Dittman is clearly the most talented of the bunch. With our lone striker approach, we will be training him for the deep lying forward role and hoping he can lead the line for a good few years to come. Carsten Doll YP01B - Hopefully Doll can become my midfield rock but he will need to show significant improvement. His low determination and positioning are definite worries. Kevin Bittner YP01C - With just two keepers on the books and one heading for retirement in the near future, developing Bittner is crucial. His personality should lend itself to spending long days on the training ground so heres hoping. Other Developments The board agreed to send me on a coaching course so I'm in the process of completing my National C badge. They also agreed to improve junior coaching to back the development of youth prospects philosophy. They have yet to agree to improve any facilties but I will keep working on them. Next Season Cling on for dear life. I'm hoping that the rapid ascent will not prove too much but I will be happy to finish 9th next season. The board however may have other ideas. I certainly hope not! Overall Progress Season League Position Achievements ============================================================================= 17/18 AUT.1 1st Promotion!
  5. @darren1983 well done! fantastic job! I'm coming towards the end of my first season in charge of SV Grodig and I've just seen the craziest, most frustrating match in my FM career. Playing away to Austria Lustenau and we blitz them, 4-0 up inside 16 minutes and then 5-0 up at half time. I made sure that nobody was complacent, they were all calm apparently. So I sent them out to finish the job. Just 11 minutes later and our lead is reduced to 1 at 5-4. We immediately make it 6-4 from the kickoff. Still over half an hour to play. They make it 6-5 and again we extend the lead to 2 at 7-5 with 10 minutes to go. Needless to say, they scored two in the final ten to finish the game 7-7. After all that, my experienced centre back decided to let me know he was feeling complacent! See madness within!
  6. Is it possible to holiday and takeover a new team in the same world as you've managed after being fired? If so, I'm assuming you'd need to create a new manager to restart from the lowest profile attributes? I have not been fired, I'm currently in the middle of a 9 points from 5 games promise though so just wanted to check in case it all goes badly.
  7. @The_Gato_In_Goal and @Shakes thank you both. I had the grey GK on the bench for one game although having checked league rules he wasn't required. From then on I had 7 outfield players on the bench.
  8. I have just two goalkeepers on my books in my first season and now one of them has picked up a 6-7 week injury. What are the rules on selecting a grey GK on the bench as cover or do I just have to bite the bullet and play an outfield player in goal if it comes to it?
  9. Hi all, Decided to give this challenge a try for the first time. Can somebody please direct me to the screen where I can view the promoted teams? Also, having gone on holiday until 5th June in Austria, I didn't get a league reset until 16th June, is this just a typo in the first post?
  10. Interested in anybody else's experience of playing FM16 on a SP4. I took delivery of my new SP4 (i7, 16GB RAM) last week and it is superb apart from one issue. The fan sounds like an Airbus A380 at takeoff despite monitoring CPU and RAM utilisation and neither really being too taxing. When I load up FM16 and load a game, the fan kicks in. I have monitored specs during this process which is obviously intensive and I can understand but if I leave it to settle then CPU drops to 10-20% and memory is constant at 33%. However, the fan remains at full blown takeoff speed. Having raised this with Microsoft Support, the lovely member of staff told me it is normal and then disappeared when I queried their Returns Policy. I'm on the verge of sending this back (it might even fly back by itself) but I thought I would question the superior knowledge of the community here first.
  11. Well just wow. It has taken me a week but I have finally come to the end of this thread and wanted to say a massive thanks to all those who have contributed. I have played FM for years like the majority of people but had found it daunting recently due to the size and my ability to play in short bursts only. Having read this thread I have blasted through an opening season trying to apply the principles to Wolves with some promising results. I have managed to steal a 15 year old striker from Blackburn for just 500k and he starts for England U19s already. The only issue is his 'Argues with officials' ppm but at just 15 I am going to work on his personality to try and unlearn it. In short, thanks to Cleon and all, you have single handedly reinvigorated my love for FM!
  12. Well just wow. It has taken me a week but I have finally come to the end of this thread and wanted to say a massive thanks to all those who have contributed. I have played FM for years like the majority of people but had found it daunting recently due to the size and my ability to play in short bursts only. Having read this thread I have blasted through an opening season trying to apply the principles to Wolves with some promising results. I have managed to steal a 15 year old striker from Blackburn for just 500k and he starts for England U19s already. The only issue is his 'Argues with officials' ppm but at just 15 I am going to work on his personality to try and unlearn it. In short, thanks to Cleon and all, you have single handedly reinvigorated my love for FM!
  13. Thanks rlipscombe. Looking forward to the challenge. So far I'm a month in and my team was awful through preseason. Following an opening 3-0 loss, I have now won 3 in a row keeping clean sheets in all. Time will tell how long this lasts though. I see the challenge was completed last year with RB Leipzig though so it is definitely doable!
  14. RasenBallsport Leipzig This is the start of my first ever attempt at this challenge. After playing FM12 casually for a few months, I have decided to dip my foot into a challenge like this. In previous years I have always attempted dafuge's challenge and felt like a change this year. So after waiting 30 minutes for the year to holiday, I was pleased to see Redbull's foray into German football appear in 3. Fussball-Liga. The club was founded in May 2009 after Redbull bought out the playing licence of fifth division side SSV Markranstädt. It is the aim of Redbull to appear in the Bundesliga inside 10 years. The aims of the corporation fully coincide with the aims of the new manager. They will play their homes games in the newly renamed Redbull Arena with a lofty capacity of 44,345. The club has average training facilities, average youth facilities, adequate junior coaching and above average junior recruitment. With some decent facilities in place and a good level of financial backing, I thin kthis could be an enjoyable journey. With a lack of history at the club and no Leipzig based football club having won the top football league in Germany since 1913, I intend to restore some pride to eastern Germany. Media Prediction: 7th Expectations: Respectable league position Transfer budget: £475k Wage budget: £140k per week Manager Home Manager Info Manager Profile Club Profile Club Info Squad 1 - Squad 2