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  1. Thanks mate. I'm hopeful he sells up asap but he's mental so wouldn't surprise me if he hung around. Lots of new grounds to visit though!
  2. I've made more changes now and I'm genuinely pretty happy with it. Like I said before, I'm playing as Orient so the quality of players is poor but it seems to work fairly well with them. I'm yet to give it a go with the likes of Chelsea. I've changed the CD stopper for a CD cover and it seemed to click a bit more. Also changing the Inside Forwards to Advanced Playmakers made a huge difference. I'm quite busy with work at the minute but will post screenshots ASAP.
  3. It has just occurred to me as well that this will be the last year for a while that I'll be able to post my Orient save updates in this thread as we've now been relegated out of the Football League
  4. Forgot to mention two transfer sagas that rumbled through the summer. Semedo was wanted by Braga and Belenenses and Dalby by a whole host of Championship clubs. Managed to get Dalby to sign a new long contract to ward off the interest but Semedo wasn't pleased and asked for a transfer. I stood firm and rejected bids upwards of £500k and the deadline passed. He's now willing to discuss a new contract so I'm hoping to tie him down long term.
  5. So I've finished my first season in charge and here's the overview of it. I'm struggling with screenshots on my laptop at the minute so no images I'm afraid. I finished the year in 10th having had a spate of injuries late in the season which cost me a run at the playoffs. As I mentioned previously I'm playing a 3 centre back system based on Conte and I lost most of my centre backs in the last 10 games. However it was a fairly pleasing season as I still managed to finish the campaign with the best defensive record in the league. Sadly I had one of the worst scoring records which didn't help my cause. Gavin Massey and Sandro Semedo were the standouts throughout. Lauri Dalla Valle ended as top scorer. The big summer news was a long drawn out but eventually successful takeover of the club by one Jeremy Peace. He is in the process of clearing the clubs debts and thus my wage budget increased. I shipped out a lot of the aging players like Janse, Hunt and Atangana as well as Collins, Clark, N'nomo. Also sold Weir to Shrewsbury and Dalla Valle to Mansfield. In came Jake Shepperd and Smith-Brown (right back and left back) on loan as well as Jack Vann and Cameron Burgess in defence. In midfield I picked up Amine Linganzi, Anton Rodgers and Aaron Kuhl. On the wing I grabbed George Green and up top I signed Dan Holman and Cole Stockton who amassed 40 goals between them for Cheltenham and Tranmere respectively in an effort to bolster my goals. A good start saw me hit 5th after 5 games despite only managing a goal in each game I played. Then a dreadful run of 5 without a win saw me plummet to 17th. Fortunately I then played newly promoted York at home followed by Forest Green away. A 3-0 win against York thanks to Stockton, Judd (first pro goal) and a classy solo run by Koroma eased my concerns. Then a sensational Stockton hat trick resulted in a 3-1 win against Forest Green, including one of my favourite ever FM goals (a left foot half volley from the edge of the area). I'm now 7th. More to follow soon.
  6. Interesting. I've tried the 4-4-2 and just couldn't get it working the way I wanted it. I'm quite stubborn though and if the players don't get my system then I get annoyed! My Conte system is working fairly well. Sitting in 9th at the minute which is the best I've done with Orient on this years game.
  7. What does your tactic look like?
  8. I'm currently attempting to kind of re-create Conte's 3-4-3 /5-4-1 which I would argue is counter-based. I've got my defenders basically in a wall but they're quick enough to bomb forward when the opposition inevitably over-commit. I think it's funny how the AI seem to see 3 at the back as license to try and overload me. My defenders are solid enough to win it back and knock it forward to a wide player who is basically on his own. I owe a lot to Cleon and Herne on this thread!
  9. Nice to hear @luke4387 ! I've also got an Orient save on the go (about the seventh I've started because I've really struggled with them this year). Tried my usually effective 4-4-2 to no avail, as well as a wide 4-3-3 and a 4-2-3-1. Now onto Conte's 3-4-3/5-4-1 system which is a challenge because I don't really have the players for it and there's no money to bring anyone in. Currently three games in, lost 1 drawn 1 and won 1. Lost to Cheltenham first game out 1-0 despite then having a man sent off. Got caught with a ball over the top late on. Beat Coventry in the cup 1-0 thanks to a solid defensive effort and just drew with Newport 1-1. Conceded a late equaliser from another ball over the top so I'm thinking even Normal is too high for my defensive line! I've brought in Haamelainen from QPR on loan as well as Bradley Fewster from Boro and Lauri Dalla Valle on a free transfer. Shipped McCallum out because he's too lazy for the system and Moore has gone to Crawley. I'm currently re-training most of my attackers to be defensive forwards, inside forwards or advanced playmakers in a desperate attempt for them to fit my system by Christmas. My one major concern is that Becchetti is obviously a nutter so could sack me at any point but if a takeover happens, I might be replaced by the new guy (that's what happened on all my previous attempts). Still plugging away with the 3-4-3. It think I've got the defensive shape right, it's just going forward and creating/scoring that I still need to get right. With regards to some of the Orient players, quite a lot of the kids are underrated in my opinion. Alzate in particular is well below where he should be (no criticism aimed at Stu the researcher though because Alzate only really came through after the data lock). Clark and Happe also a little low and Ochieng possibly too. I also think the youth facilities and recruitment and junior coaching is a little on the low side considering the players we've brought through recently and I've raised that with Stu to possibly be changed next year.
  10. I like going into a team with a system and style and fitting the players to it. I'm a big fan of the 4-4-2 but I've struggled to really implement it successfully on this years game. I like the wide 4-3-3 as well but I'm currently obsessed with Conte's 3-4-3/5-4-1. I've got an Orient save going at the minute where I'm trying to make that the DNA of the club. It's been a struggle making League 2 players play like a Prem team but I'm feel like I'm nearly there with the system. I'm an advocate of the "build from the back" policy. All of my successes on FM year in year out are because I concede less than everyone else. Not always exciting but effective! I also prefer trying to bring my own youngsters through and will always give one of my own a go over ringing a new signing in.
  11. If I'm charging my laptop and playing at the same time (which is frequent because FM drains the battery) then I could cook a three course meal on it. Not sure if that helps!
  12. I think I'm pretty close with the shape. I've gone for a flat back 5 with wing backs either side on attack. Then two centre mids, two inside forwards and a defensive forward. This gives me the defensive shape of 5-4-1 but a 3-4-3 going forwards into attack. Still tweaking the team instructions but it's definitely effective defensively. I'll try and post screenshots of the average positions of my players at some point tomorrow or the weekend.
  13. See I used to think this was the case so I started logging it from a few months into playing FM16 (sad I know but it was irritating me). Its happened 87% of the time! And that's not counting individual defeats. That's 87% of the time I lose more than one game in a row after loading the game back up. I mean, that's insane.
  14. So I'm pretty much 100% sure this is a conincidence but thought I'd see if anyone else finds this. I'm very reluctant to save and quit my game when I'm on a good run because every time I go back on it I start losing. Not some of the time, not most of the time... EVERY time. Frustratingly, if I'm on a bad run when I save and quit the opposite isn't true. I still carry on losing. Does anyone else find this happens to them?
  15. I always have an Orient save on the go. Only just started it this time round. I think every year I've had the game I've managed to get us into the Prem within 10 seasons. This time it's proving to be a lot harder which is nice as clearly that reflects real life. I've also got an Edinburgh City save which I've been dipping in and out of. It's mega tough as the players are dreadful and there's no money. I'm currently out of love with it as I'm 9 games without a win!