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  1. If you want to increase the number of goals he scores, I understand why you have a No-nonsense full back behind him. But why overlap him, won't that be a distraction and a passing opportunity?
  2. @bleventozturk In Steam right click on the game, select Properties, then betas and set beta at none.
  3. Climax of Forest Green Rovers Season..... The last six games of the season were mostly to be against teams towards the bottom of the table. No problems there then? An away win against Crawley saw young striker Tahvon Campbell end an eight match goal drought. He then added a further two in a comfortable 2-0 defeat of Macclesfield which took us to the brink of promotion. A 1-1 draw at Tranmere saw us guaranteed promotion but we lost Mathew Worthington to a season-ending injury. With the pressure off we secured top spot with a commanding 3-0 home win over Cambridge in front of a disappointing crowd of only 3490. Good to see Ferrand Rawson, one of our players of the season, get a rare goal. Next off we won 2-0 at Crewe ending their hopes of automatic promotion, and finally, in front of a packed The New Lawn we saw the season off with a 2-0 win over Exeter. We ended up with 88 points from the 46 games thirteen points ahead of Colchester with Mansfield a further point back also guaranteed promotion. Notts County, Swindon, Oldham and Port Vale will contest the dreaded playoffs. Tranmere and Macclesfield were relegated. The Board have been in touch again about renewing my contract. I was disappointed with attendances at The New Lawn, especially when we were going for the title, but the main problem is the Board again refused to improve the training facilities. They expect me to get a top half finish next year with a transfer budget of £12.5k! I have been a bit surprised that with all the teams in the division that changed manager (some more than once) no-one sounded me out, and I must confess I am close to handing the keys in on my company Nissan Leaf and walking away. Will have one more chat with the Board to see if they will show any ambition at all.
  4. March at Forest Green, such hard work..... After the disaster that was February came the struggle that was March. A scruffy home win (1-0) over Lincoln was followed by advice from my Assistant Manager to drop Danny Rose. My Board also suggested that the problem was my lack of tactical flexibility - i.e. using a tactic all season that had brought Forest Green unprecedented success. So I decided to try a change of tactic to bring an improvement in fortunes and bring the best out of Rose. Given my meagre attacking resources I decided to move from my trusty 4-1-4-1 (as FM calls it) or 4-1-2-2-1 as I know it, to a narrow diamond 4-1-2-1-2 to see if a two striker approach would work for the team and for Rose. First up we outplayed Morecombe away but had to settle for a draw. Second game with the new formation saw us win 3-2 away at third placed Colchester with two goals for Reuben Reid. Promising. Next up a home draw with Carlisle and Reid (my second striker) breaks an ankle and is out for the rest of the season, and George Williams (my only viable AM) injured and out for two weeks. So much for a change of tactics. Revert to original tactics for even draws at second place Port Vale and at home to MK Dons. At one stage had five out injured. Most of the season has been fairly good for injuries, but then I don't have intense training or high pressing and regularly rotate so that it is very rare to have someone playing when less than 95% fit. These injuries just came when I didn't need them. Can't understand what has happened to the team as Team Cohesion is Very Good, Dressing Room atmosphere remains Excellent as is support from the players for me. Squad body language is 'motivated' or 'fired up". We remain top with 72 points from 40 games, four points ahead of second place Port Vale, eight points ahead of fourth placed Crewe and ten points ahead of eight place Swindon, so still in contention. Danny Rose has now hurt his shoulder in training and is out for three weeks. Following Reid's injury this ought to be a disaster but with 3 goals and 1 assist in 15 games and the lowest Average Rating in the whole squad I am not sure. I am currently consulting my lawyers with a view to suing the advisors who recommended him to me for gross incompetence, mischief or worse. My Chairman has been in touch again about a new contract. Given that my objective is to build the club as much as the team I asked that they improve the training facilities (as we are only getting 60% capacity at the moment, and worse when the 63 bus isn't running, I decided not to ask for ground improvements), but he said no. Contract talks stopped at that point.
  5. January Manager of the Month inevitably leads to the wheels coming off..... Three of our four games are against sides that have already beaten us this year. Swindon away we are deservedly leading until the 88th minute when they get a penalty and another goal in 90th minute from a 30 yard screamer.. No time to respond. Notts County at home, outplaying them throughout but lose 3-2, then lose by odd goal at home to Yeovil and away to Mansfield when again they both get penalties. Not sure what to do about this as I am not playing aggressive football. Only light moment of the month was the news that Ashley Cole had joined Exeter! Lead now down to 4 points over Port Vale and my nemesis Swindon (managed by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink).
  6. A New Year at The New Lawn. New year's day saw a good start to the new year with a comfortable home win against Northampton. The 2-0 win marked the long-awaited debut for big signing Danny Rose who's Forest Green career got off to a rather nervous start. It also spelt the end of Keith Curle's tenure as manager - the second game in a row we have seen of a rival manager! Defeat for Carlisle meant that we went top of the league for the first time with 49 points from 25 games. Four days later we were back down to earth after a 3-0 home defeat to Sheffield Utd in the 3rd round of the cup. We matched them pretty well but clinical finishing from Mark Duffy and (inevitably) Billy Sharp was the difference between the sides. We bounced back with a 4-0 thrashing of Grimsby. The rest of January saw three wins and a goaless draw at Stevenage. The last four games have been a bit of a struggle as I think teams have started to work us out. Will have to improve security at the training ground! I can't put my finger on it yet, but Danny Rose's form has been underwhelming (1goal and 1 assist in six games) as I try and remould him as a poacher. I can't bring myself to play him as a 5'8" target man at this level. Still we have no more cup distractions, just sixteen games to go. We are top with 62 points from 30 games, ten points ahead of Northampton in second. Team cohesion is good, the dressing room atmosphere is excellent as is support for me. Haven't heard any more about a contract renewal. Reece Brown has changed his mind and signed a contract extension to the end of 2020.
  7. @Constantine Congratulations on your promotion - but at what a price! Looking forward to seeing how you manage this! In my Forest Green save I tend to try and use and develop my own players and use loanees more to provide backup and rotation. I think it might be more sustainable in the long run rather than acting as a training ground for other clubs. I started my save quite ready to take a few years to get promoted whilst trying to develop the club (presuming my Chairman will tolerate that) and players. As it happens (spoiler alert) things are going much better than I expected.
  8. Happy New Year from the Forest Green suburb of Nailsworth. December was an eventful month. After a routine win at Yeovil a weakened team went to rivals Swindon in the Chekatrade and lost on penalties, so our Chekatrade dream is over for another year. The next league game was at home to lowly Mansfield and was a disaster as we lost 3-0. Two of their goals were freak shots and one a penalty, and we had a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside. First loss in the League for three months. I feared the curse of Manager of the Month was striking! Next up were games against two of the top three and I feared the worst. At Northampton our on loan goalkeeper Robert Sanchez from Brighton dropped an early shot to concede a soft goal and we were two down within 25 minutes. The boys fought back to 2-2 and then an inspired substitution saw Tahvon Campbell score with his first touch of the game to secure a vital 3-2 win. Third place Crewe were the next team at The New Lawn and we won 2-1 despite another mistake from the previously reliable Sanchez. The next game at rivals Cheltenham saw Sanchez rested and James Montgomery given the chance to cement a place in the team. A 5-2 win away was a very satisfying way to finish the year. Cheltenham responded by sacking their manager! We now sit second in the league level on points with leaders Carlisle but with an inferior goal difference. It's close though as only six points separate the top eight teams. Two days before Christmas the Chairman contacted me to start discussions about a new contract. I told him I was too busy wrapping presents to spare time for this - I expect he will be in touch again in the new year. On Christmas Day MKDons sacked their manager! Class. Bury are also looking for a new manager so I am fast becoming a relative veteran amongst managers in this league. Danny Rose has joined and we are all looking forward to what he can do. Good reliable performances by Dayle Grubb and Ferrend Rawson have seen them rewarded with new 18 month contracts, but Scott Laird is heading back home to Scotland to join Queen of the South at the end of the season. He's never let me down but at 30 with pace of only 8 he wasn't going to do it for me next year. Reece Brown won't talk to me about a new contract, the prospect of a move to Burton seems to have unsettled him. In the wake of a hat-trick against Cheltenham I offered Tahvon Campbell a new contract but walked away when his agent wanted silly money for himself. Can't afford to pay these people over the top. Extended the loan of young midfielder Matthew Worthington from Bournemouth until the end of the season. Not sure what to do about the remaining players whose contract expires at the end of the season so will wait.
  9. Well we have reached the beginning of December and this report is coming to you from the newly announced Manager of the Month for November . Pleased to report that we are unbeaten since the last update. Firstly to the cups. In the Checkatrade we won away at Colchester to make it through to the South 2nd Round. This seems to have pleased not only the Board, but also our supporters - perhaps we have more plumbers, carpenters and bricklayers in our fanbase than normal? Have drawn local rivals Swindon away in a couple of weeks time. In the FA Cup we drew Stockport at home in the first round and secured an easy 3-0 win. Next was Peterborough in front of the cameras at the New Lawn and the 2-1 victory was more comfortable than the score suggests. £54k television fee was a bonus. We have again been drawn at home in the third round with a tough assignment against Sheffield United. Would rather have had a lucrative away draw, but the Board is pleased we have made it this far. Our league form has been ok. Highlights were a home win over fierce rivals Cheltenham and away wins at then leaders Carlisle and Lincoln. We are now up to seventh in the league with 34 points from 19 games. We are only 3 points behind current leaders Crewe. Lots of Boards have been panicking with Mansfield, Crawley, Exeter, Swindon and Stevenage among those to sack their manager. One name that keeps featuring as a bookies favourite is Harry Redknapp, but sadly he has not yet been appointed. Having consulted leading experts @Ronaldo Beckham, @Joga Bonito, and @DefinitelyTaylor as well as my scouts, I have emptied the piggy bank and Danny Rose will be joining us at the beginning of January. The fee was £230k, but Danny has taken a pay cut to come here, so must fancy the vegan beer. I hope this works out as I have no money left for the rest of the squad, and my job could be on the line.
  10. Thanks Jogo Bonito (how do I get the blue @name up?). I am also looking at Danny Rose who is transfer listed by Mansfield, especially because of his high determination which is severely lacking in my squad. Hoping the forum's resident Mansfield expert might help with the scouting.
  11. Only 5 points off a playoff place, I'm sure your influence can bridge that gap!
  12. Well we are about a quarter way through the season so time for an update. First the cups. I welcome the cups as an opportunity to make some money or (in the case of the Chekatrade) give some game time to backup players. We exceeded Board expectations in the Carabao by getting to the second round, courtesy of a comfortable 1-0 away win at Cambridge. Drew Frank Lampard's Derby at home and lost 1-0 to a strong team who now lead the Championship. We were outplayed, but my biggest disappointment was a crowd of only 3600, of whom a thousand came from Derby. In the Chekatrade we won our first game away at Gillingham after penalties and pocketed a useful £10,000 in prize money - don't understand why some of the EFL managers on here are so sniffy about this completion . Maybe their clubs have more money than they need?! In the second match we lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea Under 23s, the only difference between the teams being a goal and an assist from a certain Mr Loftus-Cheek. The best way to describe our league form is stuttering. We one three of our first four, the highlight of which was two goals on his league debut against Stevenage from young Cameron Healey. Four defeats on the trot followed including one at home to a poor Swindon side in front of our largest gate of the season. The people of Nailsworth have not forgotten or forgiven this yet. One of the reasons for the poor form was that our team cohesion was abysmal and no amount of paint balling seemed to make any difference. Eventually got a win at home against lowly Crawley in front of only 2048 people and have gone on to get two more wins and a draw. Now sit 9th in the division with 19 points from 12 games, two points off the play off places. Attendances usually around the 3000 mark which is unlikely to produce the money we need to really move on as a club. We shall see. Our biggest problem has been scoring goals. We have the highest average possession in the division as well as pass completion. We routinely have more shots on target than our opponents, but don't put the chances in the net. Is it tactics or personnel? Probably both, but I really regret not replacing Christian Doidge in the mistaken hope that he would return in January. Will have to see if I can hold on in the upper half of the table until January comes and I can look for an upgrade on what I have. The other problem is that I have failed to get the best out of my best player George Williams. His three goals and two assists in 13 games have all come in the last 5 when I tweaked my tactics and his role. Hopefully there is more to come.
  13. Thanks Jogo Bonito. Will update later - if I'm still in a job! Have already started so will miss out on Doidge, and will have to wait until the new year to try and get the striker I need.
  14. Well, I've been following this thread - by far the best on the forum - since the beginning and have finally decided to leave my usual haunts at the top of the premiership and have a go in the EFL. I've decided to have a go with Forest Green Rovers. Now I am aware what a great job sammo10 has done with them and have no expectation of emulating him. My objective is to see if I can get a club with the smallest ground in the division, and the least promising fan catchment area, into League 1 and stay there. I will try and get the crowds up and see if the ground can be expanded at the same time. No time scale has been set, but I am looking for sustainable organic growth (as befits the self-styled greenest team in the world). Due to my technical inadequacies this will be a screenshot free zone. The only addition I made to the squad is to buy Cameron Healey from Mansfield for £14k - given the testimonials on here I couldn't resist, and we seemed a bit short of midfield cover. The squad seems ok mostly but I am worried about quality up front. Hoping Doidge may return in January, is it possible? Anyway too late to change my mind as season has started. First competitive game did not end well with a 2-1 defeat at Grimsby. Not too upset with the lads as we outplayed them with 57% possession and 32 shots to 6. Grimsby scored a 35 yard screamer and a penalty - fancy being FMed in my very first game in charge. Anyway only committed to a top half finish this year she we will see if I can survive.
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