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  1. Anyone have any tips on how to scout Free Agents? I've tried to look for First Team players and End of Contract but my scouts aren't bringing any recommendations in. Is there something I'm missing?
  2. Thanks for the feedback, learnt a few things from it. I’ve implemented some of the things and the team seems to be a lot more solid. Don’t seem to be conceding silly goals, a lot happier! Thank you.
  3. I've just completed my first season at Oldham, managed to squeeze into the play offs. Scored lots of goals and conceded a fair few as well. I've struggled all season with teams hitting me on the counter. I believe my formation is probably too attacking. I tend to play Cautious or Balanced mentality as if I play any more positive the team gets ripped apart. I play a 41221, defenders set to defend, with a full back on support role. I can't seem to get the balance right, if I have a Standard/High line, the opposition manage to get behind the defence with ease, if I drop back I invite pressure and they score from that. Both my DC's (Peter Clarke and Sam Graham) are fairly slow players and I believe this isn't helping with how I'm playing. Clarke is a veteran defender but should still be more than good enough for League 2, trouble is when I come against a side who counter and have pace I'm condeding far too many, too easy. The play off semi final against Carlisle I managed to concede 3 goals in the space of 5/10 minutes just before half time, killing the tie effectively despite having numerous more chances than them to score during the half. Has anyone got any suggestions on how I can counter the counter and make the defence more solid in the new season? Maybe its to get pacier defenders in but I'd like to still use Clarke at times because despite his lack of pace he is still a dominant defender and a leader for the side.
  4. I have a few players complaining about the high volume of Strength Training, I'm unsure how to change things so there is less. Any ideas?
  5. FOGGIA CALCIO UPDATE - Season 2 Week 2 The rest of the season was quite eventful for myself and for Foggia but ultimately ended in failure. Foggia finished in 6th, a place higher than last season and bang on the media prediction but we got 4 points less than my first season and finished 10 points outside of the Play Offs. A season that promised so much, won only 6 of the 11 I targeted in January. One main reason for this was the board takeover that was happening at the club at the business end of the season. In all the uncertainty we lost 4 in a row which killed our season. I managed to keep my job as Manager of Foggia but the timing of it all as well as looking to find a new manager made me wonder if I wanted to continue with them at all. Here's how the season went for Foggia Foggia got one player in the Serie C/C Team of the year. Giovanni Abate made it into the side after being the leagues top goalscorer with 26 goals. He was also named the best signing of that season. Foggia's Best Eleven was also announced Vincenzo Sarno was announced the Fans Player of the Season with 34% of the vote, Mauro Bollino running him close in 2nd with 29% and the clubs top goalscorer Giovanni Abate in 3rd. Another season over finishing just outside the Play Offs. Hopefully it'll be third time lucky. It might be even harder next season to get a squad good enough to challenge for promotion as I'm expecting a drop in my wage budget. The squad though has a good core of players that are performing well and with a few additions and some good luck it might be our season! FORZA FOGGIA!!
  6. FOGGIA CALCIO UPDATE - Season 2 Week 1 Big changes for the new season at Foggia as McAlister cleared out the deadwood from last seasons squad and added players of a better quality and a squad with greater depth to cope with the injuries and suspensions that halted Foggia's promotion challenge. A promising season overall resulted in greater commercial contracts being finalised and the board have backed me by doubling the wage bill I had from the previous season. The Foggia Board of Directors offered me a new deal which I happily accepted. Here are the In's and Out's so far this season: I'm expecting big things from loan signing Juri Cisotti from Chievo, an attacking left winger, he should be able to provide the crosses for my striker this season. I've also signed Wladimiro Falcone on loan from Sampdoria, the young keeper currently in the Italian U19's has got great potential and will be a fantastic signing at this level. So far my season has panned out like this It was my first outing in the Italian Cup after last seasons good finish. A good win against former Serie B side Crotone 1-0 in the First Qualifying Round was a good start before being narrowly defeated by Andy's Spezia side 3-2. Not bad considering they are a league above and went on to beat Lazio on penalties in the next round! After a promising pre-season and good additions to the squad I was confident of a good season ahead. We are in a very promising position with over half the season gone. Foggia were well placed in 2nd until I had problems attending matches (internet problems) and my Assistant Manager managed the side down the league down to 12th. Since then I've managed the side back upto 5th place just outside the Play Offs, level on points with Salernitana. If I can stay in charge I'm confident that we will finish the season in the Play Offs minimum. I've given the side a target of winning 11 out of the remaining 15 matches. I believe this will secure us a place in the Play Offs and a chance of promotion to Serie B. It could be promotion or bust as the clubs finances aren't looking too great! The form player for Foggia this season has been Serie C/C top goalscorer Giovanni Abate. I originally signed him as a backup to Ettore Marchi but an early injury forced me to play Giovanni and he has relished the opportunity and banged the goals in regulary for us. FORZA FOGGIA!!
  7. Foggia Calcio Update - Season 1 Week 3 Foggia finished the season in 7th place. A disappointing final few games of the season put pay to an outside play off challenge. We were 6th in the table until a 97th minute winner with the last kick of the season in Reggina game took them ahead. A bad way to end the season made even worse that Reggina are managed by Mike! Foggia fans announce Vincenzo Sarno as their Player of The Season with Miguel Maza in 2nd and Valentin Gjokaj in 3rd. Miguel Maza was my Player of the Season, thought he contributed the most to the team throughout the season and Valentin Gjokaj was my Young Player of the Season with some fantastic displays in the heart of defence. Foggia's Best Eleven That's it for Season 1. A decent campaign that promised much but ultimately ended in failure. Finishing lower than Mike was hard to take especially after being ahead of him for most of the season until the very end. it'll be much harder this season to get ahead so I'm aiming for a Play Off spot minimum next term. If Foggia finish ahead of Reggina next season I know Foggia will have been promoted to Serie B. FORZA FOGGIA
  8. Foggia Calcio Update - Season 1 Week 2 After a decent start in Week 1 in my absence, Foggia went on an incredible run of 8 victories in 9 games and took the club into 2nd position and 3 points of top spot. This earned me a years extension to my contract and slightly more funds to improve the team. Since then the team have really struggled to find any form and have frustratingly plummeted down the league table. Players have been getting frustrated and no matter what we do despite one or two decent victories we aren't playing as we were doing. Some heavy defeats have knocked confidence and with the strikeforce not firing it's been a difficult end to the week. Foggia are currently 8th in Serie C/C. 6 points away from a Play Off spot with just 8 games remaining. It's going to be a tough ask with a vastly inferior goal difference to the teams there currently. The aim for the week ahead is to claw the gap back and be at least 2 points off a Play Off position with 1 game to play. There's everything to play for and gives us hope. Here are the final 8 league matches this season. With a final game against Salernitana who occupy the final spot in the Play Offs it could be a winner takes all showdown! In the January Transfer Window I brought in a player on loan from Sampdoria. 18 year old Giacomo Calo. A midfielder with an exceptional future ahead of him and he's performed well for me so far, including scoring a cracking winner in injury time on his debut. FORZA FOGGIA!!
  9. Foggia Calcio Update - Season 1 Week 1 It was a fairly quiet Pre Season in terms of transfers with only 2 players coming in and the only ones leaving are on loan. The squad looked strong enough to begin with with just a couple of positions needing attention. Valentin Gjokaj is an Albanian U-21 International Defender, signed on a free transfer having been released by Derby County. He's currently performing very well for me in the first team. Lucas Longoni is a 29 year old Argentinian Winger who was also signed on a free. Again has had a positive start to his Foggia career. The season so far has been pretty promising. The club started the season with one point deducted due to financial irregularities. We qualified to the next stage of the Serie C Cup and had a 100% record in the league after a couple of games. Things were going fantastically but then I was called back to England on business for a few weeks meaning my Assistant had to take over. Since this point the club have only managed 8 points in 8 league games and have fallen back to 9th position. Foggia are also out of the Serie C Cup at the 2nd Round losing 2-1 to Teramo. I'm now back in the country ready to get this club moving back in the right direction and back towards promotion. There's still plenty of the season left and I'm determined not to let this poor run continue. FORZA FOGGIA!
  10. A C D Foggia Calcio - i Satanelli Full name Foggia Calcio s.r.l. Nickname(s) i Satanelli (The Little Satans) Founded 1920 2012 (refounded) Ground Stadio Pino Zaccheria,Foggia, Italy Capacity 25,000 Chairman Fabio Verile League Lega Pro/C 2013–14 Lega Pro Seconda Divisione/B, 5th Foggia Calcio is an Italian football club, based in Foggia, Puglia. Foggia currently plays in Lega Pro, having last been in Serie A in 1995. The team gained nationwide popularity as US Foggia in the 1990s when coached by Zdeněk Zeman because of its attacking, spectacular style of play, which brought Foggia continuously on the verge of UEFA Cup qualification, launching several players who later broke through at international level such as Giuseppe Signori, Francesco Baiano, Brian Roy, Igor Kolyvanov, Igor Shalimov, Roberto Rambaudi and Dan Petrescu. Since then the club have struggled financially, making numerous reincarnations to their current guise as A C D Foggia Calcio. Football has always been a popular sport to follow in the city of Foggia, especially since the Zeman years. I Satanelli can also count on support from across the Province of Foggia. Their top boy Antonio Esposito is the Ultra's leader. The only twinning Foggia fans have is with the supporters of Cagliari and more specifically with the Sconvolts 1987 ultras. However, each group has personal friendships, notable are those with Monza, Latina and Budapest Honved. i Satanelli To Appoint McAlister As Manager There are strong rumours that Foggia are close to appointing their new manager. Ian McAlister a young-englishman is understood to be the man to take charge with a deal to be concluded tomorrow. Foggia will start the new season with minus 1 point due to financial irregularities last season. A problem that has plagued the club in recent years. Despite this the club are predicted to do ok and McAlister will be expected to move the club in the direction.
  11. The best star rating you can get on an Average overall workload is probably the best mix. If it's too heavy the coaches won't be able to make best use of the knowledge they have. If the star rating is low on a light workload then they'll be able to coach all they know but it won't make much difference because their knowledge is not enough.
  12. It's all well and good trying a new formation but you need the right players to fit it. Make sure it does or else it probably won't work. I've just taken over Villa and their wide players aren't good enough so I'm not playing with wide midfielders.
  13. I use Team Talk during the game sparingly and only when I feel it's needed. When playing an opponent I was vastly superior to but struggling to finish them off I chose 'Demand More' this seemed to focus the players to play more and I got a couple of extra goals from it. I also used the 'Concentrate' shout when there was a goalmouth scramble that could have been easily dealt with a few times but wasn't. The team seemed a bit lazy at the time but the defending was better afterwards. Whether my shouts helped or it was just a coincidence I don't know but it seemed to help.
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