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  1. Time to take stock of the progress made in this career to date. When I reflect back, we have achieved a lot of my goals for this save in a shorter space of time than I anticipated. I am still hoping for the departure of Abdallah Lemsagam and his board, but unfortunately that is outside of my control. The gap in quality between League Two and League One isn't that huge, but there is a relative gulf when you step up to the Championship. Some of the wage and transfer budgets of the bigger clubs alone is staggering. The media are predicting we will finish 20th. I have been presented
  2. With the dust settled on the season, I always like to take a moment to look back and reflect before diving into the transfer window to enhance the squad for the season ahead. There is a lot of value in fully understanding the players you currently have at your disposal and using this information to effectively identify areas to focus on. Most FM players will be aware of a bug that means player match ratings have been inaccurate. I am therefore not being too critical when I look at my players average ratings for the season just gone, rather I will try and focus on how they have performed i
  3. Enjoyed reading your update @warlock, as ever. Sounds like a well balanced squad. Good luck in the campaign ahead!
  4. Great going with Walsall. Another League Two success story to celebrate in this forum. The fixture list is a funny old beast isn’t it. I’m sure it takes me longer to complete December than it does the whole period of February through to May! Whatever happens you’ve done a great job considering where you found them.
  5. Having finished third in League One, far surpassing the media's expectations (predicted 19th) and even my own (I was quietly confident we would come mid-table, beating my target of '"above 15th") we were thrust into the cut throat world of Play-Off football. Three (if you're lucky) games that will determine whether we will have another season of League One football or whether I will have returned the club to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1997. The Play-Off Semi Finals against Wycombe were reassuringly uneventful. The highlight of the first game was Baha
  6. February & March 2022 Building on from our hot streak of form in January, we commenced February with two League wins. I was delighted that we bagged four goals against Accrington as I'd opted to rest my main goal provider, Hector-Ingram. After the game I received a news item advising six players had had bonuses paid out as we had avoided relegation. Symbolically, this was a satisfying moment. The win against Accrington saw us overtake Derby, albeit only on goal difference as The Rams slipped up. This was short lived though as we went on a run of four straight draws, akin to
  7. I am playing them exactly in the role agreed too. So for instance I agreed that Charlie McCann would play in the deep lying playmaker role in central midfield, he has played there over 40 times this season and yet Solskjaer has confronted me about this every couple of the weeks. I am always able to placate him (he is clearly not as highly strung as Klopp!) but this is still an issue that needs to be looked at.
  8. Ah that's a shame to hear @Hootieleece! If I manage to find a way I will let you know. My board are currently pleased that I am playing attacking, entertaining and counter attacking football, but are disappointed we are not playing direct... I would much prefer a clean slate where they style of football is unimportant. Hoping for a change of owner due to all of his past indiscretions that I mentioned in my opening posts. If that happens then fingers crossed the new owner won't have any stylistic demands!
  9. New Contract At the start of December I was offered a two year contract extension by the chairman, which I gladly accepted. I am really enjoying my time with Oldham and see this as a long term project with more to be achieved. The board expressed that they were delighted that I had achieved club vision objectives which were to (1) repair the club's financial damage - completed two years ahead of schedule and (2) become an established League One side - achieved three years ahead of plan. When renewing my contract I wanted to take the opportunity to address the club vision as rather conflic
  10. After a busy three months in Greater Manchester, with 23 games played, it is time to update you all on how my Latics side are performing. November 2021 In my last update I noted that a tactical change was on the cards, as we were failing to score and win games despite dominating them. At the start of November I switched to a 4-4-2 and you can see the immediate impact, with six goals in two games against Lincoln. Moving Hector-Ingram from the left wing to up front (generally alongside Richards) had the positive impact of revitalising his goalscoring form - delivering four in four
  11. Thanks for checking out my thread @Plainlayzee. I’ve certainly found the Latics a fun and interesting challenge and it will be even harder for you starting in 21st position. Good luck - I’ll be following how you get on with intrigue!
  12. @Jogo Bonito I’ve switched to a 4-4-2 in November and having two strikers has already seen us be more clinical in games. Probably too soon to say if this is the solution but fingers crossed! Would be delighted if we could sneak into the Playoffs unexpectedly.
  13. July & August 2021 The new season could not have started much better as we made a statement by beating the team that finished above us in League Two last season. It was a fairly open game in which it was a case of outscoring our opponents. We followed this up a comprehensive 3-0 win against Oxford. Operating as an inside forward on the right wing, new boy Hector-Ingram was the star in a 6-1 mauling of Sunderland in the Carabao Cup - he bagged a hat-trick, having also scored a few days earlier. The other scorer, which couldn't fit in the screenshot was striker Ball. I had ass
  14. After the hard work of putting together a new squad it is time to look ahead to our upcoming campaign in the Sky Bet League One. Pre-Season We commenced our run of friendly matches with a victory over Bristol Rovers, who had not long before been promoted to the Championship via the Playoffs. This was the start of a pre-season that can be classed as an unmitigated success. Six convincing victories, although none against top level opposition. I didn't see the value in risking a demoralising loss; it was important to keep the momentum going from our promotion. We stuck with the 4-2-3-1
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