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    Blackburn Rovers
  1. Season 3 - Europa League & Championship I have finally finished what felt like the world's longest ever season! Competing in the Europa League and the Championship at the same time was certainly a slog. I began the season by releasing some overpaid senior squad players (Mulgrew, Evans, Smallwood, etc.). Other than selling Miku, the rest of the pre-season outgoings were loan based. Five of my key players the season before were loanees, all of whom were unavailable to take on loan again though, therefore I needed to replace them. Foyth came in on loan from Spurs to be my first choice CB alongside Lenihan. I also loaned in a whole new forward line; Ryan Kent, Izzy Brown, Jeff-Reine Adeleide and Nicholas Meister. A significant signing was DM Jonas Meffert from Frieberg. I signed goalkeeper Muller on a free, he was probably too good quality to be a backup but many teams were sniffing around Raya so I brought him in as a potential replacement. With the extra fixtures involved with the Europa League I bulked up the squad signing the likes of Johnson, Cox, Nani, Blackett, Tettey and Hause. I was concerned I may not have enough forwards at the end of the transfer window, so I splashed out on Wickham. The season started well as we beat Man Utd in the Community Shield. As expected we weren't able to qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League but we did record two famous victories at Ewood Park, against BMG and Lokomotiv Moscow respectively. The margins for qualifying were fine as in away fixtures against AA Gent and Lokomotiv we were twice drawing 1-1 before conceding in stoppage time to lose both games. For long periods in the first half of the season we often were in a position where we had around 4 games in hand on the rest of the teams in the Championship (because of Europa League commitments). This meant that despite good form we often found ourselves mid-table, which led to negative press reaction. This, and some morale-sapping defeats in Europe and the domestic cups lead to a dip in confidence and form mid-season. To boost morale, on deadline day I splashed out bringing Calvert-Lewin back on loan and signing all-action midfielder Olivier Ntcham, for the entirety of my transfer budget. I raised the money to do this by selling Dack, who had become a marginalised squad player. For the second season in a row we just missed out on the Playoffs. Only Leeds and Villa lost less games than us, but unfortunately we drew too many games. An inability to see games off was the main issue, which was a combination of our forwards not being clinical enough and the defence caving in and conceding late equalisers on various occasions. Above is the formation I predominantly utilised, although we did switch to 4-4-2 for a period during the season to try and freshen things up. That is also my most consistant starting eleven, except for the second half of the season when Palmer and Brown were replaced by Ntcham and Calvert-Lewin. Meister scored an impressive 25 goals in all competitions (and got 9 assists), but unfortunately no other player breached double figures for goals. Wickham got 9 in a support role and Rankin-Costello was in a rich vein of goal scoring form, getting 8 in 18 games before suffering a broken foot that saw him miss 3 months of the season. The main creators were Reine-Adeleide (14 assists and 7 goals) and Kent (12 assists and 8 goals). The biggest disappointment was Izzy Brown who only contributed 3 assists in 38 appearances (28 of them starts). No player played more than Juan Foyth and other mainstays of the team included Raya, Yiadom and Lenihan. Tyler Blackett forced his way into the team at LB for large parts of the season after a string of good performances. Now in two minds whether to have another crack at the Championship, or jump to one of the many Premier League clubs that are seemingly interested...
  2. He signed a new 3 year contract extension (£37k per week!) and they have refused to let him go on loan for a third season - Gutted. Update: Crystal Palace just bought him for £19.25m , which was a little out my price range!
  3. Season 2 - Championship I was handed a fairly small transfer budget for my first season back in the Championship, however I felt that if I successfully utilised the loan and free agent market I would have a shot at achieving a second successive promotion. My first action was to renew the loans of Mousset, Bartley and Mutch who had all performed well for me in my first season. Also incoming were the talented Yiadom, Palmer and Nono - all of whom came in on frees, with nominal compensation fees having to be paid due to their ages. Left back Bong joined on a free and I brought attackers Calvert-Lewin and Haksabanovic in on season-long loans. Other than loaning out young or unwanted players, the only significant outgoing was the sale of an exciting 16 year old regen prospect (Robinson) after a bidding war between Premier League sides. Ultimately I came up short in my objective of promotion to the Premier League, finishing 8th in the Championship, 3 points off the Playoffs. We scored 75 league goals, more than the top three teams achieved, but were let down by our defensive record as we conceded 63 goals. Mousset once again was terrific, scoring 37 goals in all competitions - his 34 in the league making him the division's top scorer. Mousset was joined in the Championship Team of the Season by Lenihan. Mousset was ably supported by a trio of attackers: Calvert-Lewin (11 goals, 14 assists), Bennett (11 goals, 10 assists) and Haksabaovic (10 goals, 8 assists). After Mousset, I believe my key player was my playmaker Matty Palmer (5 goals, 10 assists). No players made more appearances than Lenihan, Bartley and Raya, who were the solid foundations of my team. Although I did not achieve my league objectives, I was delighted with this season as I achieved the unthinkable and won the FA Cup! This success means that we will play in the Europa League group stage next season. Our FA Cup run saw us defeat 5 Premier League teams on our way to lifting the trophy:
  4. @Lucas_26_7 Managed to get him on loan again for the Championship season! 0% of wages and no fee once again. If he performs well I will try and make permanent
  5. Decided to get involved with the challenge of attempting to restore Blackburn to their former glories. Season 1 - League One First season was fairly plain sailing as one would expect, winning League One comfortably and setting a record points total for the division. As the squad clearly has sufficient quality at this level I decided to be keep expenditure to the minimum, mainly relying on only the loan market to strengthen the squad. I am hoping the club keeps this in mind and rewards me with a decent transfer budget in the Championship! Unfortunately after only 6 appearances Nkoudou injured his cruciate ligaments and was out for the entirety of the season. My key signing was Mousset who scored 39 goals in all competitions. I reinforced the squad in January with Miku, Herrera, Mutch and Bartley coming in to see out the season. The only significant departure was that of exciting prospect Khoury - as I could not secure him a work permit I was unable to stop Lyon from snatching him. I predominantly used a 4-2-3-1 formation, with the left midfielder operating as an inside forward. Mousset was supported admirably by Chapman (12 goals, 17 assists), Bennett (8 goals, 17 assists) and Gladwin (9 goals, 9 assists). Gladwin only broke into the team in the second half of the season, replacing the under-performing Dack. Other key players, besides the attackers, were Raya, Caddis, Whittingham, Williams and Mutch and Bartley for the end of the season. Bennett won League One Player of the Season and he was joined in the League One team of the year by Raya, Caddis, Chapman and Mousset. Somewhat surprisingly Graham only featured 6 times for me as he was repeatedly injured or played poorly at the start of the season, and then was kept out by the terrific form of Mousset. As well as league success, we were winners of the Checkatrade Trophy, beating Oxford in the Final. Mulgrew got sent off in this game to add extra pressure to the occasion, however we were able to overcome this obstacle. We defeated Stoke, Rochdale, Bury Newcastle, Doncaster, Bury (again) and Scunthorpe en route to the Final. Also of note was our successful run in the Carabao Cup. After thrashing Carlisle in the 1st Round we went on to produce upsets against Preston and Southampton in the 2nd and 3rd Rounds. Our journey ended in the 4th Round when we were defeated by Manchester City, however I am proud to say we did not concede until an 88th minute penalty, and then only conceded again as we went attacking to try and get back into the game. Overall a very enjoyable season - I look forward to strengthening my squad and taking on the Championship!
  6. Just about to start my second season. Won the Community Shield by beating Spurs on penalties after a 3-3 draw. These were my transfers: Prioritised signing Alli and Dier and dedicated most of my budget on achieving this. Ibrahimovic and Carrick also retired in the summer, which isn't included on the outgoings list.
  7. Yes just rotated Matic, Herrera, Pogba and Goretzka frequently. Matic started 28 games in all competitions.
  8. I tried to buy him and was quoted £100m+, then I declared him as a transfer target which unsettled him and they sold him to me for much cheaper (£25m rising to £30m). Wages were reasonable, around £85k. Played great and has developed in one season to be my best CM besides Pogba. Bonus of signing him was it unsettled Meyer who I was also able to snap up
  9. Ah that’s frustrating! Silver lining is that Martial and Rashford will benefit from the additional game time.
  10. I stuck with 4-2-3-1 pretty much all season, although I do have a 4-4-2 trained as an option. Yeah I'm also going to try and bring through some of the most promising youth. For example, I gave opportunities to Gomes and Bukhart and they certainly took them!
  11. I also played Lukaku as an AF in this formation. I know that paper he is probably as best as a TM, but I wanted to ensure there was room for my AM and IF, so selected the AF role. The frustrating thing was he picked up 5 injuries, total ling over 3 months out. He still had a good season though, scoring 22 goals and getting 5 assists in 32 games in all competitions.
  12. I started my Man United career when the Beta came out so I have already been able to complete my first season. It went really well as we comfortably won the league and also won the FA Cup. Transfers: Note: I've omitted loans from the view so that all major transfers fit on one screenshot. Table: Cup: Formation: This is the formation I played for most of the season, along with the games' perception of my 'Best Eleven' (which is fairly accurate).
  13. FM17: Hull City

    This is considered to be my Overall Best 11 from over my ten years managing Hull: I signed every one of these players, however I am particularly pleased with the players who went on to make over 150 appearances for my side: Lafont, Chambers, Kimpembe, Taylor, Grujic, Odegaard and Iheanacho. Summary of my achievements: I doubt I will record my managerial careers on here for FM18, as the Forum seems completely dead... It was fun whilst it lasted though!