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  1. I think the advice that your AM gives you during the match could be improved. The current advice seems to be quite formulaic, for example, if you're playing short passing he suggests to play more direct but when you're playing more direct, he will suggest you play shorter passing. I would have more trust in the advice if it wasn't within the same game! I've had it before where I have gone more direct after my AM has advised it and then later he has suggested to play shorter passing! I've seen similar with using work ball into box. Also, opposition instructions are very reactive. I played the same team back to back and in the first game, my AM identified that someone needed closing down because they were dangerous crossing the ball so I implemented but then the very next game when we faced them again, he didn't suggest to close that same player down from the start. There will also be advice that such and such a player is dictating the play and we need to close them down when all they have done is score a free-kick or something, i.e. they were not doing anything particularly dangerous consistently but now they have done one good thing and apparently they're running the show! I appreciate I only watch on key highlights but this happened to me recently where we were dominating, ended up winning the game 3-1 but it we conceded a goal from a free kick in the 2nd half which happened to be the other team's first shot in the whole match and they did very little after that too but apparently we needed to pay special attention to this player dictating play. The above examples are quite minor issues in the grand scheme of things but what I would like to see is more useful advice, for example, the opposition are exploiting space in front of your back 4 so we should think about putting a DM on the pitch or maybe their full back is struggling / on a booking so we should target him or perhaps suggesting using a specific sub because of the attributes they can bring to the game, e.g. pace or dribbling to exploit a weakness.
  2. I've commented on similar posts before but definitely should be part of the game as it is very common in real life. As a under 19 or reserve team coach, you might be given different objectives, so rather than performance on the pitch as in cups and league, you might be charged with developing players to make them ready for the first team and playing in a certain style set out by the club (DoF or manager). I've also suggested this before - would be a great option. I suppose this would not only apply to you as a youth team manager but also caretaker roles like Solskjaer brought in for the remainder of the season - Chelsea have had Hiddink do this too.
  3. Good shout. Another thing I think would be good with relation to staff search is if logic... For example, I want staff with adaptability greater than 12 but if they are the same nationality as my team then it doesn't matter. The same could be applied with coaching badges, for example, you want coaches with a minimum level for certain attributes but if they could improve by taking further coaching badges then you might be willing to accept lower for those candidates.
  4. 2022/23 season - what an absolute nightmare this is! My title defence is not going well for a few reasons but because of the Qatar World Cup we're playing every 3 days or so on average and my squad has been a bit exposed. 3-4 of my first team squad from last season now have to be registered (previously u19s) so my squad effectively got smaller and we've moved on a few senior players like Benat, Raul Garcia and De Marcos, although I brought in Herrera. Barca, Real and Valencia seem to be stronger than ever before and going into the WC I actually sit 5th and face a battle for CL qualification! We've been battering teams and not getting the results which is frustrating. Anyone else struggled with this season?
  5. Not bad at all! Who's your HOYD? This was my biggest bargain...just £23k! I'm still waiting for the police to come knocking...
  6. Malaga came in with a loan offer and he was interested in this to get a better squad status so I accepted to see if it would help. I'm glad to say that after his move i was able to open talks with him and quickly shoved a 5 year deal in front of him. All sorted.
  7. Summer of 2022 and Benat & Raul Garcia's contracts were both expiring and both announced their retirement but then realised they both decided to retire at the end of next season! I have no idea why so I just had to release them both which saddened me, especially as both were great characters in the squad, Benat a team leader with high determination and Raul Garcia had been able to contribute a lot in his final season. Mentally and technically, both are still excellent but both are now very slow. My other problem is that I had a number of young players, starting regularly, needing to be registered next season as they could no longer be counted as under 19s so freeing up 2 squad places was necessary. Oscar De Marcos was also out of contract and I decided not to keep him which I was also sad about since he just gave his best season to me. I have a wonderkid right back who has been out on loan who is already considered better than him and Lekue so I couldn't find a squad place for Oscar either. Mikel Vesga decided he could achieve no more and sought away from the club which I decided to facilitate and I also decided Asier Villalibre should move on too - both were sold. I couldn't find a place in my squad for Nico Williams either and he was upset I wouldn't sell him but I stood firm and loaned him out (he went to table topping Girona on loan for the 2nd half of last season but barely played so I needed to make sure he was playing games this season). Xabier Arberas, my young CB also needed to vacate a squad place and get more game time as he'd slipped to 5th choice centre back. He has promise but he won't have if he doesn't play so I moved him out on loan up the road at Eibar in Segunda division. I also sold Unai Lopez to Getafe having struggled to find a place for him in my squad - he is talented and can play RW (a problem position for me) but he's a bit inconsistent and never going to be first choice. I have made just one signing this window (for the first team anyway) and that is a certain Mr Ander Herrera from Man Utd. Now I made an enquiry, United wanted close to £50m so I offered £30m, which they accepted straight away so I felt like I could have offered less. Slightly taken aback, I made the offer but Herrera's agent was very impatient and talks broke down. I gave it some time before making another approach by which point United had transfer listed Herrera for £22.5m so I made an offer worth slightly more but made up of appearance bonuses etc. His agent was far more patient this time and we got our man! A great personality too with high determination so a great player for the squad. Squad for 22/23 season: GKs: Unai Simon, Alex Remiro & Aitor Fernandez RBs: Inigo Lekue & Alberto Areso (newgen) LBs: Yuri & Cristian Ganea CBs: Inigo Martinez, Yeray, Unai Nunez & Jorge Herrando DMs: Mariano Moreno (newgen) CMs: Mikel Merino, Roberto Torres, Ander Herrera, Jose Manuel (newgen) AMCs: Inaki Garcia (newgen) & Giorgian De Arrascaeta RWs: Inaki Williams LWs: Iker Muniain, Inigo Cordoba, Josu Iriondu (newgen) CFs: Andoni Sanz, Imanol Iturrino & Ivan (all newgens) Merino, Herrera and Jose Manuel can all play DM as can Nunez, Martinez and Yeray. Iturrino, Cordoba, Iriondu and De Arrascaeta can be used at RW if needs be. I have lost 3 central midfielders and only brought 2 back in via Herrera and promoting Jose Manuel. However, I have 3-4 good midfield prospects in the under 19s to call upon if needs be and for that matter, in other positions too.
  8. Our derby match vs Real Sociedad did not go to plan. Inaki Williams' red card after just 28 mins put us on the back foot. Despite continuing to play positively, we couldn't get the all important goal. Our trip to Villarreal was incident free as we jumped into a 3 goal half-time lead. Our visit to Barcelona would be critical with them hot on my tails and Atletico's form suffering. We held our own and seemed to be closing in on a good point to keep them at arm's length and shore up our head to head but disaster struck when Malcom scored in the 87th min. Nelson Semedo got sent off in first minute injury time before Iker Muniain scored a dramatic 94th minute equaliser. Our title chances were looking bright. Moving into April, we had a terrific run of form to keep us in command of this title race after we spurned some good opportunities to open up again toward the end of February. We brushed aside Rayo 4-0 before beating Lyon in our Quarter Final 1st leg of the CL. This was a game we could have won by more and Lyon nicked a late away goal to blow things wide open for the 2nd leg. Before our trip to Lyon, we edged out Valencia in a tense 1-0 win, although Valencia were reduced to 10 men in the 2nd half giving us the advantage to see things out after Williams had put us in front in the first half. Team fatigue and injuries were becoming a problem and so I decided to shake my team up for Lyon. Like with the Spanish Cup, it felt strange to de-prioritise such a great opportunity and we really ought to have gone through here. However, I didn't want a tough CL semi-final to jeopardise my title bid. We fell 2 goals behind in Lyon, the first arriving a minute into the 2nd half, which was tinged with controversy as it looked suspiciously offside. They then grabbed a 2nd in the 87th minute but then we struck back when Jorge Herrando slotted in at the back post from a free kick, or so I thought, the goal was ruled out for an infringement. De Marcos had been injured in the first leg so Lekue became my only RB for the next few weeks and he as well as much of the team looked fatigued so exiting the competition was perhaps for the best. However, my wonderkid striker Andoni Sanz had other ideas, scoring a dramatic 95th minute goal off the bench to send the game into extra time. We battled through but couldn't find a winner so it was penalties, which unfortunately ended our competition (I never have luck with penalty shoot outs). So now to focus on the league, we made light work of Malaga as I brought back the likes of Muniain, Williams, Yeray and Merino back into the team. Unfortunately, Inigo Martinez, also rested midweek, picked up a knock which made him miss this game but Unai Nunez stepped up in his place and headed us in front - funny how things work out sometimes. Before our trip to Espanyol, we were 3pts clear of Barcelona with 2 games in hand and our chance to win this one and put ourselves in a commanding position never materialised as we slumped to a 2-0 defeat, extremely disappointing! Levante at home was dramatic to begin with - an early penalty provided the chance to settle some nerves but Sanz's spurned the opportunity. We scored through Muniain in the 13th minute but our dominant start was pegged back when Levante scored with their first chance...I was not happy! However, Muniain responded just 4 mins later to put us back in front and my attacking midfielder (and my other wonderkid) Inaki Garcia made it 3-1 just before half-time and it also finished this way. For some reason, our game in hand could finally be slotted in and so we would play Levante away next! I still have no idea why this game was re-arranged and it seems to have been re-arranged from January. Anyway, we were pegged back twice in this game with the 2nd coming from the penalty spot. Sanz's 79th minute goal was a big relief and I simply couldn't believe it when 4 mins from time we conceded a penalty. Barcelona's form had been unerring so after finally playing our game in hand, we were 4pts clear but a trip to Madrid beckoned... Real Madrid, so inconsistent and poor by their standards in the first half of the season, were now in fine form so going here during a nervy run in just seemed like bad timing. Things did not go well and I had to give them an angry half time team talk as we trailed 2-0. The response was good, Andoni Sanz pulling one back after 53 mins and when Muniain levelled on 76 mins, it felt like we were back in business but this game was still open and we simply could not contain them. They went back in front just 4 mins later and scored another 3 mins from time to seal a 4-2 victory. We were now just 1 point clear of Barcelona with 2 games remaining! Barcelona played Espanyol next but given their local rivalry, they seemed not to want to help me out and were blown away 4-0 and so Barcelona sat top of the table for the first time in the run in. Our next 2 fixtures were against already relegated teams, starting with Las Palmas at home. A MUST WIN GAME! Inaki Williams' 27th minute strike and Iker Muniains' goal just before half time settled the nerves as we saw out a professional 2-0 home win. Off to Numancia in my last game whilst Barcelona travelled to Leganes. I was desperate to get an early goal and at least score before Barcelona could pile the pressure on and Muniain popped up again after just 16 mins to give us the lead - he really has been marvellous this season, this being his 19th goal of the season. Andoni Sanz then went on a one man rampage to ensure the title belonged to the Basque country, striking twice in the first half before Roberto Torres added our 4th before half time. Sanz scored another 2 in the second half as we romped home to the title and a 6-0 win!! Custom celebration...Aupa Athletic! We landed on 86 points, our previous record when we so nearly won the title finishing 2nd was 86 points. And when we fell one place to 3rd in my second season we got 86 points (just 75 points last season) but this time it was enough (and probably should have been more).
  9. Good idea, I'll give it a try. I still have a right wing issue and Williams just picked up an injury so even though he's pre-dominantly a left winger, I have the opportunity to give him a run in the team. Fingers crossed!
  10. I have a bit of an issue. I have a 5 star potential newgen who I acquired from Osasuna. He's been developing well and this is the season to promote him to the first team. The problem is he is now going into the final year of his contract and won't sign a new deal because he is disappointed not to have been allowed to join Deportivo on loan. This was last season but he was in my B team and I didn't want him to go out on loan as I could potentially give him first team opportunities whilst playing regularly in Segunda Division rather than rotating in a La Liga relegation team (and they did get relegated). Because he was in my B team, it's not really been front of mind and I thought he would have just got over it. I'm worried this is actually a bug because it happened whilst he was in the B team / he's not going to get over it and I'm going to lose him on a free as he won't sign a new deal because of a slight issue. Since it is a slight issue, I can't even ask another squad member to talk him round. Any experience of this? Will he just come round if he's getting first team chances?
  11. I like the idea that you could change the emphasis of youth coaching around tactics, technique etc. This could play into youth recruitment strategy, for example, you could recruit quick players, technical players, players with good tactical awareness. Positional versatility is interesting, there are many real life examples of footballers starting as something else - Michael Carrick was a striker, Rio Ferdinand was a midfielder, Bale was a LB etc. I think the settling a position once they hit your youth teams would be good as their attributes and potential will be more certain. One of the reasons Michael Carrick dropped into midfield was because he wasn't particularly quick.
  12. Yeah I have thought in the past it would be nice to get updates on the pipeline. Like for example, if they start intakes at say 12 years old, the only detail you may want is that they had a particularly good intake this year etc. and you will know in 4-5 years time you could be on for a good one. This may then play into how you plan for the future so you might be looking further afield to recruit for your intake as opposed to relying on local kids.
  13. I will look tonight and test. I have been having far fewer crashes though and almost completely stopped bar one recently out of the blue.
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