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  1. Hello @Ö-zil to the Arsenal!. You mentioned a 352 you developed for Arsenal. Did you make a thread for it? Always wanted to make a back three work, but never quite managed it. This thread has been great to follow, love the single-minded commitment to squad development.
  2. Thanks. It certainly looks like it needs hard working CMs! Especially as ask the BBM to get further forward.
  3. Hi @raeburn Looks like you are playing good football. Can you show us your current formation and TI's please? Interested to know how a two-man midfield holds up against the top teams.
  4. The explanation in the OP is that he wanted an attack duty and that is not available with a False Nine.
  5. Really good post. What level of detail do you watch on, full, comprehensive? Also you talk about keeping the individual personality of real life players which I like, but what do you do with Xhaka? He's surely not a B@B or Ball Winning Midfielder?
  6. Thanks for doing this Warlock - look forward to your procrastination choosing a club to play. Getting Forest Green promoted (and then falling out with the Chairman over a new ground) was my most enjoyable game in FM19, just as this was the most enjoyable thread to follow.
  7. What is the difference between an IF(A) and an IW(A)? The tool tip in tactics creator has an identical description for both roles.
  8. 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?
  9. @bleventozturk In Steam right click on the game, select Properties, then betas and set beta at none.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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).
  13. 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.
  14. @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.
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