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    Outside of SI, I spend my days working in the West End. I support Crewe (someone has to) and I'm also a big fan of F1.

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    London, UK

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    Crewe Alexandra

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    Burnley (SAF Challenge)

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  1. This is interesting, I've considered trying something similar but more to see how bad I could make a big team without getting sacked.. see if I could slowly lower the targets set. I've never tried relentlessly destroying them! Sounds like fun, but I imagine the novelty wears off after a short while.
  2. For what it's worth, I've done a similar thing.. Spent the first season applying for everything and eventually got a job for a team at the bottom of the French national. They were 12 points adrift when I took over with 8 games to go, and I got sacked the day that relegation was confirmed. Same again for Season 2, got offered a job at the bottom of the French league - but this time managed to stay up and I'm now slowly building a reputation and pushing for a playoff spot in Season 3. It's a patient game and I don't want to hang around too long in the lower French leagues, but that's what you sign up to when starting unemployed. I'm angling for a job in the MLS but I need to boost my reputation a fair bit more before I get there.
  3. I'm a Crewe fan and currently have a save file running with them - I actually rarely play as them, as the idea of getting them to the Premiership feels so unrealistic. Personally I like the SAF Challenge. It isn't new exactly, but it's a good one to get stuck into and create a legacy of sorts.
  4. Looks to me like you simply have to come to terms with the end of a golden generation.. If you can get away with replacing these players 1 at a time, you should be ok - but if you change all at once it could all go tits up. I imagine the keeper will plug away, but your older striker and midfielder may need to make way fairly sharpish. I do like this thread though, so few people play with squads over the age of 30 - it's a totally different problem to what we often see on here.
  5. I like the look of this, it reminds me of the 4-4-2 that Sir Alex used to use with Beckham being the WP and Giggs on the left wing.. I’ve tried recreating that tactic before and always found the midfield balance tricky to get, as I’d been sure I’d need a BWM (Keane) alongside a creative midfielder (Scholes) and it always felt so exposed in the game. This tactic looks like a toned down version of that, which adds a bit of discipline. Whilst I won’t copy this tactic directly, I’ll give something very similar a go (thinking of the old school big man, little man up top)
  6. I bought it a couple of weeks back for £15 and I’m hooked - first one I’ve played in a couple of years, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
  7. I don’t know the ins and outs of it, but I’d assume that if a player isn’t playing then they won’t make any significant improvements.
  8. If my intake is poor then so be it, I’ll still have them in my U18 squad as there’s always a chance they’ll improve beyond expectation. I’ll generally bolster my youth squad if I need more depth in my first team squad or if there’s a particular position where my options are getting on a bit.
  9. I’ve landed at Watford doing my own version of the SAF Challenge.. just completed my first season, finishing a fairly modest 13th. Deulofeu was immense at first, but hasn’t been the same since suffering a 6 week injury. I signed Izquierdo from Brighton as backup, and he scores the occasional screamer. Kabasele is great at the back, and the midfield is pretty strong in general. Deeney up top is good but not consistent enough for me.. still managed to be my top scorer, but Peñaralda is breathing down his neck and provided he gets a WP, I intend on using Hernandez next season. It wouldn’t go down well to get rid of Deeney though, so I’ll be reducing his squad status and seeing how things pan out. Overall I’m keen not to shift too many players in one go. The back line needs work but I’m willing to wait a couple of transfer windows rather than ripping it to shreds straight away. Holebas, for instance, is getting on a bit but is still a decent enough squad player until his contract runs down. Same can be said for Mariappa/Cathcart. Initally I was keen to replace Foster in goal, but he seems to play better than his stats suggest so I’m actually really happy with him. The midfield is strong, which is great but it makes it difficult to give them all the playing time they want. Cleverley was injured when I joined, so he’s the one that will be making way as he just never got the chance to make a good first impression. I’m more than happy with Chalobah, Capoue, Doucoure, Pereyra & Hughes. So yea, a decent squad with a little work needed - but no major overhaul required in my opinion. I’m happy to take a patient approach, using loans for depth and waiting for the right players to become available.
  10. This is my go-to challenge, I’ve always found it to be good fun - a couple of years back I had a great run with Burnley but never won the league! Always got pipped at the post.
  11. Agree with everyone else really.. I often come on here to look for assistance/inspiration. If I need to copy a tactic whilst I get my head around the game, I will do - and will often tweak it to suit me and my players when I’ve seen it in action. I don’t think there are any overpowered plug and play tactics in this game anymore, so I don’t see a problem with finding inspiration elsewhere... especially with a game that can seem so complex and frustrating!
  12. I've only recently bought FM19 having had a couple of years without a laptop, so the tactical side of thing is a little different to how I remember it. I’ve attempted a creative tactic, but failed with it so decided I’d go down the 4-3-3 route for stability but still found problems along the way. This post has really helped figure out where my problems may be... (PI’s, Central Defender roles) So yea, great and insightful post. A nice short read with a clear, well explained understanding of the game.
  13. Wahey, been looking forward to Nantes opening up! Inevitably this’ll be over in a season or two, but I really hope it drags out a bit longer.. long enough to build a strong foundation and challenge for years - and then you can do the same with St Etienne 👍
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