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  1. Probably does, but I dont care nor look at anything in terms of instructions or player roles. Dont need to and never will. Just click 4-4-2 when I load up the game, then ignore that screen until matchday and pick my 11. I do the absolute bare minimum in FM. Im even that lazy that I will not make a tactical change when getting a Red Card, unless its a keeper. Other than that I just let the team plough on and get on with it
  2. Its fine for me, does what it always has.. play Champ, like I always played Champ. The rest of the stuff is nice for some people, its filler or fluff to me... but I need the database and realism that the game provides in its world of things I do use.
  3. They did have a 4-4-2, all FMs have had base formations to pick from. I know there was a 4-4-2 because I use it nearly all the time. Granted it might have some silly image of a shirt a little bit more forward or back.. but to me its a 4-4-2. Maybe they have done something different with the game this year, idk, I barely look at the tactic screen other than to go into it and select 4-4-2
  4. I come at this question from a different angle, in no version do I bother with training, tactics, scouting.. any of that fluff. I load up the save I want to play, then pick the games default 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 and play it from there. Everything else I assign to my AI staff, who in turn are appointed by the Chairman/DoF. All I do is buy/sell, do contract renewals.. click play and have Commentary only on full speed and rattle off games as quick as I can. No team talks, subs only if forced or if a player is <6 in AVG, no tactical changes at any time. Now in earlier versions this provided a bit more of a challenge, I think the games default tactics were 'worse' or at least the AI could handle them. Id eventually get success and sometimes get earlier success just because the game is random like that. But this year, I seem to be getting success instantly and it feels a bit hollow because of that. So for me, its not as challenging and in turn rewarding as the game has been. I think for me, once you get a winning team, its hard for you to lose that and drop off to any great extent.
  5. Got a Larne save, its crazy the amount of money you get, but really cant spend in fairness as the player interest in coming to N.Ireland isnt there. Season League Irish Cup Irish League Cup County Antrim Shield NIFL Charity Shield Steel and Sons Cup Intermediate Cup Champions League Europa League 18/19 Championship WINNERS (Promoted) Semi Finals Semi Finals 1st Round - WINNERS WINNERS - - 19/20 CHAMPIONS WINNERS Runners Up 1st Round - - - - - 20/21 CHAMPIONS WINNERS WINNERS WINNERS WINNERS - - 2nd Qualifying 3rd Qualifying 21/22 CHAMPIONS Runners Up Quarter Finals WINNERS WINNERS - - Group Stage (4th) - 22/23 CHAMPIONS (unbeaten) WINNERS WINNERS WINNERS WINNERS - - Group Stage (4th) - Got a budget of just under £500,000 per week to spend on wages But so far only spending like £150,000 per week... biggest signing completed was Timothy Weah for 2.5m. Europe was the last thing to crack, but its hard to find players that want to sign. I dont use scouts, so I rely on the list that pops up when you go for the default search and on there its very slim pickings. Cant get that list to line up. Good fun at the time for a save, good luck in yours.
  6. 2020/21 BIG Kenny kept to his word and released funds for us to have a crack at Europe and hopefully continue our domestic domination. Things would slowly evolve for the club this year on and off the pitch, with improvements to our training facilities and youth setup. The motivation was to repeat as Champions and to taste European football on a continuous basis. It didnt take long to make our intentions clear going until the end of November before we tasted a defeat (1-3 @ Glenavon) though a spate of draws had left us amongst the pack with Crusaders and Linfield. That defeat would spark a reaction to which no one else could follow. 4 wins in December ignited another long undefeated run, this time until the final matchday where by the title had already been clinched, yet Glenavon once again triumphed over us 3-4 to end the season. We had found a new resilience, French Keeper 'Cibois broke a league record with over 20 clean sheets, whilst our French revolution took a new meaning when Porson-Clemente arrived and would notch 9 goals in 7 league appearances. Our first ever foray into Europe and the excitement was as such that BIG Kenny chartered 10 planes to fly the squad, staff and fans over to Gibraltar, where for some reason we had to qualify from a mini 4 team tournament to get into the Champions League Qualifying rounds. We managed to escape this hell-hole thanks to a 4-2 win over San Marinese side La Florita, 3 goals in the opening volleys secured our passage in the competition. From there we finally had the chance to show our wares in the home and away format, first overcoming Maltese Champions Birikianra, 10-0 on aggregate a thumping start to our footsteps in Europe. Sadly the roles reversed for us in the 2nd Qualifying Round as Dinamo Zagreb proved way to strong en route to a 2-8 aggregate slugging. It was a brave effort, but the reality is, we are along way off being able to compete at this level amongst our peers. After our exertions in the Champions League we had hopes of doing a little better in tlhe Europa League. The draw appeared to be kind to us, Icelandic side KR would be our foe and for some reason we froze.. literally. 0-1 reversals in both legs saw us slump out of Europe too early in my eyes, but we had a fantastic taste of what is surely to come for Little Larne. Back to back doubles was clinched in the 91st minute as we edged out Ballymena 3-2, once again Porson-Clemente hit the headlines with 9 scored in 4 games. Back to back domestic trebles for us as we beat Linfield to clinch the first major trophy of the year, setting us up nicely for the run in. County Antrim Shield Our first ever success in this competition as this proved to be one of 5 trophies added to our cabinet. Charity Shield Season opener and Cliftonville would feel our wrath as Larne would lift this competition for the first time. Squad Overview Plenty of games and plenty of goals as 6 players would notch double figures as Zohi stepped up to fill the shoes of McDaid top scoring with 28. Porson-Clemente impressed with 20 goals in just 12 games for the club, whilst the influx of French players overall made a huge impression with Cibois & Dotte being huge additions to our defensive unit. Transfers The loss of McDaid proved to be a mere blip on the clubs imprint as we spent over £1,000,000 to add depth to the squad. 3 signings from France proved inspirational, whilst we added home grown depth to bolster the squad. The signing of Dotte not only smashed the club transfer record, but also the leagues record at £725,000. Add all of the leagues salary budgets together and they still pale in comparison to what we managed to outlay. The influx of foreign talent and the new work permit rules that enforce a £8,000 per week wage ensured the increase. Club Notes 1756 fans would grace Inver Park this year across the season, yet our European games would be farmed out to Carrick and their Taylors Avenue stadium. Ben Tilney came back to the fans attention claiming their favourite player award National Awards saw Bisaffi Dotte claim the Young Player of the Year award thanks to his rock like efforts in the back 4. Whilst back to back manager of the year awards fell into my lap. Whats Next? Its a process, if you want to succeed you have to keep laying the seeds and to that end we will look to invest as much as we can into the playing staff, not only to continue our dominance in domestic football, but to edge closer to those Group Stages and beyond in the Champions League. It wasnt to be this year, but BIG Kenny has big plans on and off the park at Larne!
  7. Nice work, very interested in this as im running a Larne save, so its good to compare and see how the Irish game evolves. Ive made the UCL Groups in season 4, not expecting much more than that, but hopefully it will help the league grow as you have during your reign. I take it that its your reserves playing in the Steel & Sons / Intermediate Cups? I won both of them in season 1 when we were in the Championship, but have not played in them since... I assumed they were lower league cup competitions.
  8. 2019/20 BIG Kenny's dream had been realised, promotion to the big time achieved last season saw him invest more money into the club, releasing funds to overhaul the squad ready for the next step in Larne's development. It was important to start well and fortunately our good form from last season rolled over as we went 8 games undefeated to top the table through September. Those 8 games saw us go 'nap 3 times, scoring 5 at Dungannon, Cliftonville and Warrenpoint. Our first defeat at fellow promoted side Portadown sparked a mini slump as we would lose 3 and draw 3 of our next 8 games, allowing perennial powerhouse Linfield to take a stranglehold on the table. However that seemed to spark us into life, triggering a 12 game winning streak that started with a 6-1 win over Warrenpoint and included a 4-0 win at defending Champions Glenavon, another 6 goal romp against Glentoran and crucially a 2-1 win at Linfield that put us in charge of our own destiny. We would top the table at the split with a 4pt lead. We opened with a draw at home to Glenavon that allowed Linfield to get close, but then with the critics believing we had blown our chance, a Jack Rodwell inspired 5-2 win at Linfield was all she needed to write. The title was ours to lose and our goalless draw at home to Coleraine put us over the line and sealed the clubs first ever top flight Championship. The miracle was achieved, from promotion to Northern Irelands Champions inside 2 years is more than anyone could ever imagine. BIG Kenny and Larne will now face Europes best and usurping Real Madrid is now on the cards! Our first league title would be followed by our first ever Irish FA Cup triumph as the double was clinched with ease over Cliftonville. Our run nearly came a cropper in the Quarters as Ballymena pushed us to ET, but there was little else to worry about en route to lifting more silverware. After last years Semi Final loss we would go one step further, yet fall just short as Linfield edged us in ET and looking back, prevented a clean sweep of trophies this year. County Antrim Shield One and done again in the County Shield as we fall in a penalty shootout. Squad Overview Our success once again stemmed from a fruitful forward line, this time McDaid went wild with 44 goals in 41 games. Gray continued to impress with another 20, whilst French forward enjoyed his first year in the country with 14 goals in a stop start campaign. Notable additions of Rodwell and O'Dea gave us a huge lift through January, with the former easily becoming a staple of our midfield scoring 3 in his 16 appearances in the 2nd half of the season. Transfers First up we would lose a pair of key players from our promotion season with Monaghan and Stewart leaving on free transfers. On top of that we would release a further 10 players as the overhaul started the day we gained promotion. BIG Kenny loosened the purse-strings and that saw us able to spend over £500,000 on proven players from the division, as well as Zohi for a club record £175,000 from France. In January in order to bolster the clubs chances we added Jack Rodwell and Darren O'Dea for free, paying out big in wages to snap up crucial experience. We almost tripled our annual wage expenditure to enhance our chances this year. Rodwell topped the club wage bill with over £7000 per week. Club Notes An extra 100 fans per game would attend Inver Park on average this year @ 1262. 44 goal man David McDaid wins the Larne Fans Player of the Year Award. National Awards saw David McDaid claim the Leagues Top Scorer and Player of the Year Awards. Whilst I would deservedly clinch the division Manager of the Year honours. Whats Next? Before anything, next year will see us need to replace a club legend as David McDaid decided against renewing his deal at Larne to take on a challenge south of the border at Cork. That aside we will relish our first attempt in the Champions League and BIG Kenny has already bolstered the transfer budget and has promised to back us in our endeavours to go deep in Europe's premier competition.
  9. 2018/19 NIFL Championship, a graveyard of a league but its where we had to begin as once BIG Kenny heard of my intentions for his club, he knew there would only be one man capable of bringing the dream to Larne. Off the pitch things would take care of themselves, on it I had to motivate a bunch of players who had oversaw a mid table finish last time out. Fortunately we were able to put out a competitive team and as much as it would be a fascinating story to tell of a dramatic season and a finale full of twists and turns, the facts were we dominated from the get go, ensuring promotion with 8 games left and a shot at the big time in Northern Ireland. Our 26 wins from 32 fixtures proved to be a club record and infact we looked odds on for an unbeaten season until matchday 31 where a sending off hindered our chances as we lost 1-2 at Knockbreda to tarnish an almost perfect season. At one point we would go 7 games without conceding, whilst surprisingly would end up with a goals for/against record of 35-9 both home and away. A chance at qualifying for Europe saw us go head on in the Irish Cup, making the most of 4 straight home draws to knockout top flight opposition Linfield, Crusaders and Ards en route the to the Semi Finals. Alas when it counted we fell apart as 2 red cards left us clinging on for a 0-0 draw with Ballymena, before losing out 5-6 on penalties in an exacerbating finish. Another of the major cups and another loss in the last 4 as we fell short against Premiership side Cliftonville. What is this cup? Im unsure tbh, we faced a gaggle of lower league and amateur clubs en route to winning the competition. At no point did it look like we would fall short and this would be the first trophy gained this season and a nice Christmas present for the fans. Intermediate Cup Another long cup run here, once again we faced a variety of opposition as after 7 (SEVEN) rounds of action, we finally won the trophy beating H&W Welders 3-1 in the Final. The last piece of a fantastic 'Treble' for Larne. County Antrim Shield If you are sick of Cup competitions then this is the country to avoid. We fell early here to top flight opponents. Squad Overview We went with 3 up top this year due to a lack of wide players with any resemblance of quality. Fortunately it worked out as all 4 of our regular strikers notched double digits, with McQuaid topping the charts with 35 in all competitions. Note that Fuad Sule would leave us in January as his 6 month loan came to a finish, however his impressive effort for the club still earns him recognition as one of the 3 most important midfielders at the club this year. Transfers We spent just £30,000 this year as a January signing of Clarke gave us added deth for the run in. However it was the pre-season additions that caught the eye as we chased League experience with the likes of Konchesky, Ian Black, Taylor-Fletcher and the 46 year old Joe Tessem all penning 12 month deals with the club. Sadly they didnt contribute as hoped on the pitch, but their presence at the club he breed that winning mentality. You have to spend to succeed, thats the mantra of the club and it proved to be the case as 3 trophies and a promotion to the top flight were just rewards. Club Notes We average 1157 fans this year, with a record 2050 turning up for our Steel and Sons Cup Semi Final win over Ballyclare. English Left Back, Ben Tilney wins the Larne Fans Player of the Year Award. He (Ben Tilney) also adds the Bluefin Sport Championship Player of the Year Award to his cabinet Whats Next? We achieved the club target of promotion whilst adding 2 Cup wins and a pair of Semi Final runs as we got the instant success we deserved. The hard work begins now, not only do we have to revamp everything for top flight football, but there will be extra games (38 > 32 league fixtures) whilst also dealing with the vast experience of sides such as Linfield, Glentoran, Crusaders and more on a weekly basis. BIG Kenny is promising big funds, lets hope we can entice the right type of player to Larne for the challenges to come!
  10. Thanks for following, its a shame it went wrong... I think getting promotion to the Championship at the first attempt may have seen a different outcome as BIG Glenn may have hung around. However it wasnt to be and the club imploded. I like your ideas and I do have the save still, however I normally play as I love the idea of doing something with that club and then generally go for it on those terms until it changes. Ive very rarely done a save where I kept the manager on, im more attached and play for the club rather than as an individual manager looking to forge a career. Adding a new manager is an option though something ive never done. Not sure if that would be enough as chances are the club will fall straight back to where it came from It was a wild ride thats for sure! Thanks for reading albeit a brief save in the end
  11. To give this a conclusion, sadly ive been sacked after 40 games and the clubs confirmed relegation. It was always on the cards, we only had 12 players on the clubs books accounting for £200,000 per week in wages, which exceeded the new boards budget. This left us unable to do anything in the market of note and put us in a ridiculous situation. However early 0-8 and 2-9 defeats set the tone as we were smashed from the get go, never leaving the foot of the table. At one point we lost 18 games in a row... and by the time my tenure came to a close we had 5 wins (somehow!) and 2 draws from the 40 games we played. On top of that we had conceded 149 goals and sat with a -97GD. Days before I got the chop the board stated next year the club would be run on a paltry £12,000 per week wage budget.... impossible given that some players earned triple that and we even paid some players 12 grand per appearance as a bonus The club is in absolute disarray and if im being honest, once BIG Glenn left, a part of me left with him and promotion to the Championship just delayed the obvious. At the end of it the fans will thank me... they will overlook the £25,000,000 worth of debt/loans the club is saddled with, they wont care that the club dosent have a youth team, they will also forget that we sold both the clubs training facilities and youth facilities at one point..... but they will remember 4 promotions, 3 victorious trips to Wembley and the plethora of stars that adorned the blue of Billericay. It may have been a brief blip in time, but I put Billericay on the footballing map and for that I will never have to buy a drink or pay for a meal in Billericay ever again
  12. 2023/4 Turmoil is a word probably used too often at the 'Ricay but it probably was as apt as ever this year with changes all over the club... Things started well with the team struming their way to 3 straight wins, yet just 12 games later the team found themselves in the bottom 4 on the back of a 10 game winless run and with arguably the biggest shock yet to come. Money had never really been an issue at the club, BIG Glenn funded the dream all the way to last years heartbreaking season finale. Yet with the Football League continuing to whinge about FFP etc, BIG Glenn finally had enough. The club was £15m in the can and with BIG Glenn finally succumbing to the fact that the EFL only want big teams to do well, he put the club up for sale. The club running at an ongoing loss of over £1m per month, it was always going to be a hard sale, yet a local businessman would take on the club, add more debt to it and essentially try and strangle the life from everything 'Ricay. BIG Glenn would part the club stating his love would never die, but now the dream would have to be achieved without him. Billericay needed more than a miracle, not only to achieve that, but just to stay in League One. Somehow and someway everyone would unite (bar the owners). The players got behind me and from staring relegation in the face the team would go on a run that propelled us into the playoff race. Big wins at Coventry and Blackpool put us into the Top 6 going into April and although we lost 1-4 at home to Oxford on Bank Holiday weekend, 8pts from our final 5 fixtures would somehow be enough to see us nick 6th place on goals scored over Walsall. The dream was alive, but Owner Cameron Hilliard hated it... that new Supermarket in Billericay would need to wait a little bit longer! 6th (Playoffs) Here we were again, playoffs and a dream of Wembley. This time we came into it with a prayer more than anything. Oxford who had smashed us just a month earlier would be our foe and if there was ever you needed a 90 minutes from your players, then this was it. Crammed to the rafters the 'Ricay faithful roared the team onto a 4-0 win and one foot and 4 toes into the Final. Our return in Oxford would be less than the formallity we hoped, yet once Fletcher scored midway into the 2nd half, it was done and the 2-3 loss was as harmless as it sounded. Wembley our 3rd visit in 4 years and only Barnsley stood in our way of a 4th promotion under my charge. Then with our half time oranges being readied, the team switched off and fell behind as Barnsley scored a pundits perfect opener. We poured forward in search of an equaliser, but nothing worked out and with tears beginning to fill the fans eyes and the club staring at the abyss of a huge restructure... Ashley Fletcher corked in a 90th minute leveller and forced extra time. Momentum had now swung in our favor and we needed to make the most of it. Fortunately we did as Jordan Mutch stepped up to slot home to give us a 2-1 lead. We had 20 minutes to hold out and try as they might, Barnsley were unable to get back on terms leaving us in dreamland and a promotion to the Championship. We lose out again early doors this time to Accrington Stanley, who are they? EXACTLY 1st Round Proper QPR batter us in the Worthington Cup. 1st Round Group Stage Not much to see here as our woeful efforts in Cup competitions continues. Transfers Noticeably we were unable to add anyone after BIG Glenn left the club. 3 additions including £500k on Cameron Burgess would replace the same amount leaving. The loss of Sam Gallagher was disappointing but he wanted to try his hand at a bigger challenge, but as you can see, we would end up spending less across the year on wages as our new owners restrictions came into affect. Squad Recap Club Notes Leandro Bacuna and Ashley Fletcher represent the club in the League 1 Team of the Year Ashley Fletcher breaks the club record with 32 goals this year. With BIG Glenn leaving the heart of the club seemed to go with him. This would tell as we would lose an average 500 fans per game. Next Season Promotion to the Championship should be the most exciting thing to happen to Billericay, yet without BIG Glenn and with an owner wanting to sell the club ground to build a Supermarket, im a little bit miffed over mine and the clubs future. Money is bound to be tighter than it ever was, plus we have a few bad contracts that we are unable to shift.. notably: Those 3 selfish footballers account for just under half of our wage expenditure at this stage, plus with annual 50% kickers tacked into their contracts, by the end of it Thorne and Ajose will be on over 60 grand a week a piece!
  13. 2022/23 It seemed like a dream, a fairytale that was written never to be told, yet here we where in the 3rd tier of English football and ready to mix it alongside former Premier League behemoths such as Ipswich, Bolton, Portsmouth and Bradford City. Again we made a commitment to the club by investing wisely in the transfer market, spending nothing on transfer fees, yet adding enough talent to help us navigate the tricky seas ahead. Infact those additions seemed to spur the team on to even better things as we instantly adjusted to life in League One, winning 7 of our opening 8 games as Ashley Fletcher and Sam Gallagher would instantly click, scoring at whim as in a 7 day spurt we hit Fleetwood and Burton for 4 at home, sandwiching a 6 goal mauling of Portsmouth. This run would last us into the New Year as although Plymouth usurped our place at the top, we continued to collect enough points to hold onto 2nd spot and a 7pt gap on the chasing pack. Things turned on their head in a dramatic fashion, just 3pts from 15 in February allowed Portsmouth to edge us out of 2nd place. Couple this with a worsening disciplinary situation and we would win up collecting 6 of our 8 red cards in our final 10 games of the year. A 0-5 home stuffing by Bradford seemed to be a catalyst to some sort of revival, but when we would go on to collect just 1 point from our remaining 4 games, all hopes of automatic promotion were dashed. 3rd place was a stunning debut for the club at this level, but it could and should have been more. We head into the playoffs on the back of 3 straight defeats... 3rd (Playoffs) 3rd v 6th, it almost writes itself. We should have gone up automatically but blew it.. Bolton ramapaged their way into the dance with a dramatic late run. The momentum was with them and it showed as although we held them at 1-1 for the majority of the tie at the Reebok, 2 late Wanderers goals essentially sealed our fate. We had to go hard at home, but it was never to be. Bolton scored 3 once more, we would lose our 5th straight game and hopes of Championship football would need to be put on hold for another year. A penalty shootout humbling by Non League Dover Athletic. 1st Round Proper A penalty shootout humbling by League 2 Stevenage Borough. 1st Round 2nd Round A tidy little run here as we got carried away and put out strong teams to try and progress. Disappointingly we lost out to Gillingham once the competition began proper. Transfers Honestly you have to pinch yourself when you realise who we managed to snag this year. The impression that Billericay are having on English football is so great that England I's Vardy and Cahill would sign their final contracts at the club. We added foreign spice with Capoue, Krul, Defour and Forestieri joining the ranks... whilst the additions of future England starlets Kasey Palmer and Tyler Blackett proved the club was looking to the future. All this added to our wage expenditure, but with zero fees spent on transfers, id say we came out on top this year in terms of the winners and losers in the transfer market. Squad Recap Club Notes Leandro Bacuna represents the club in the League 1 Team of the Year 133 yellows, 8 reds... there is no surprise there, its 'Ricay they are jealous. We average a stunning 3431 fans this year, including the clubs first ever sellout of 5000 at home to Bolton in the League One playoffs, In just 5 years we have almost tripled our fanbase! Next Season We are nursing a net debt of around £15,000,000 at the minute. Its sustainable but I will probe the club to invest more as we need to add to our squad and not deplete it. The plan is to double the squad size in order to cope with the rigours of a 46 game season.
  14. Cheers for checking in @Deisler26 & @ToMexico!! And To is right
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