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  1. I've flagged perviously that staff seemed to be arranging friendlies even when instructed not to. Just discovered that whilst under the schedules screen, the 'staff arrange friendlies for first team' checkbox was unticked, the checkbox with the exact same description under the match day tab on the staff responsibilities screen was ticked. Confirm after some experimentation that ticking/unticking the box in one place does not seem to impact the other. See the below screenshots taken within seconds of each other.
  2. This confused me for ages too, I don't think it's overly intuitive. On the top level staff responsibilities screen not every item is shown, including who arranges friendlies. You have to click into 'match day', which brings up its own page, where there is a small tickbox for arranging friendlies.
  3. Playing a match versus my u23s, and my striker has a shot that just grazes the post. The commentary came up with "half the fans thought it was in!"; no fans at the game.
  4. Looking at my squad dynamics, and the top row of the pyramid is empty. The notes say "We have no team leaders in the squad. We should look to recruit some strong personalities". So, simple question: What attributes am I looking for in a 'team leader'? The attributes that make for a good captain don't seem to be the same as for a 'team leader'. As I am being advised to buy some players to fill this gap, it can't be down to time at club etc either.
  5. But... if you check that thread, my club did sign someone whilst I was on holiday (the only club that did so). So that must be a bug then? Additionally, was looking for confirmation that this option has therefore changed in recent years, as previously (up to at least FM15) 'disable first window' meant you could still sign loans and frees, you just didn't have any money to spend.
  6. Posted this separately as thought it was an intended feature (might still be) which I was curious about, but now thinking it is perhaps a bug:
  7. Yes, just tested this. Both unemployed and those contracted to other clubs. (However, I can't get any staff to apply for an advertised vacancy during this period, despite getting notices of interested candidates, and finding those I approach directly very happy to discuss terms, but that's another issue). Tested the ability to sign loans/free agents by going to holiday through to firstly, the end of the current transfer window for the Premier League (8th August). During that time, received a notification that the club had signed a player; not instigated or sanctioned by me, nor one that was was already arranged with a future date when the game began: Ended my holiday but was not able to make signings or loans (same message as shared in my previous post), not even when I tried to sign other underage players such as this guy. Went back on holiday until the 8th August as planned, Premier League closed (but League One still 'open'). Still unable to sign free agents, so went back on holiday to the final day of the window. At this point, the only signing made anywhere in England, is the one above made by my staff of their own volition whilst I holidayed. The day after the League One transfer window ended (i.e. 3rd September), I could now approach free agents. Additionally, I started to get a tonne of candidates for my advertised staff vacancies. I'm still the only club in England to have made a signing during the window. So, summary - The transfer window is in fact entirely locked down, not just 'budget-free' as was the case until at least FM2015 (this may be a deliberate change to gameplay), except, my staff somehow managed to sign a player whilst I went on holiday, which would suggest actually this is a bug? Staff can be approached during this time, but will not apply proactively to join your club until the transfer window ends, when you will get weeks worth of candidates in one day.
  8. Thanks Andrew, that does make sense. Perhaps the in-game message could be amended to explain more clearly, in the way you just did? I always prefer the "this will happen" messages to be followed by "because X".
  9. FM20 is the first time I have played the series since FM15, so this may be a change from a previous version. I like to start games with transfer budgets disabled in the first window, for added realism. However, In FM15 and earlier, you could still make loans in/out, and sign unattached players on a free transfer. i.e. effectively the window was active, but each club had a budget of £0. Now it seems the ability to buy/sell/loan is locked down. Is this the case? Is there a way to allow loans and frees but still prevent more high profile transfers by limiting each club to zero budget? And one for SI; If not, is this a feature you'd consider adding back in?
  10. Nope, that is an exact example. Thanks Barside and Pheelf though for shining some light on this. I accept the limitations that you point out with the game set-up, with just one country's leagues, but I still expected a higher degree of interaction from foreign leagues on things like transfers, i.e. 'global' activities, with 'domestic' items like detailed matches, relationships etc, being reduced. Perhaps even a note when setting up the game saying "warning, this will have XXX impact on your game" would be useful. This answers my question pretty much. Thanks.
  11. Portsmouth, 2021/22 season, and I'm 2nd in the Premier League. England down to Conference N/S. Large. Interesting comments above that perhaps the database:leagues loaded ratio has an impact. Clearly not everyone is experiencing the issue, and finding that the transfer system works for them. It's not failing to play the system, as some have suggested, it's obvious that for some people, for whatever reason, they are experiencing the issue I am. Others are not. If the issue doesn't affect you, please don't assume that those it does impact on are just playing the game incorrectly. I struggle to sell players I do not want, and almost always have to offer for free to get rid. That is one problem. A second issue is the utter lowball bids for my top players, from top clubs, that do not end up being negotiated upwards. To date in this game, I have not sold a player I hadn't originally intended to (i.e. offered out/listed) because an offer came in that matched their valuation. To offer, as per my example £1.6 million with another say £1 million in add-ons, for a player the game reckons is worth £16 million, is an England international, and scores 25+ a season, is not realistic, and wouldn't happen in real life.
  12. This may not be a bug per-se, but it's an issue that I've noticed for several iterations of FM now. No matter what the ability of my players, their form, their rep, or their listed value, AI teams will offer derisory bids for them. For instance, England international striker, 25 years old, scoring a goal-per-game, valued by the game at £16million, and I've had three bids for £1.6million or lower, and always in instalments. It's often top teams such as Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal making these bids too, so they have the cash, and the player is clearly wanted at a high level. Over the years playing FM, I've basically given up on selling players, with the vast majority of my players that do leave doing so on a free transfer. I know the in-game valuation, like any valuation, is a best guess, but the bids I receive are ridiculous. Does anyone else have this 'issue'?
  13. I'm managing England, and the long-serving Gareth Southgate has just resigned his position as U21 manager, to take on a club role. A job advert seeking his replacement was automatically posted, but some time later, and with an U21 tournament looming, I've had no applications. So I took matters in to my own hands, and offered the job to someone. The first guy rejected it, as did the second, third, so on. Eventually after offering it to 8 people, I offered it to the U21 assistant manager as a promotion. Again, rejected. I then experimented by offering to random people (all English), who were unemployed in case that was the issue. Again, all rejected the offer, same day. After all this time, still no organic applications btw. Has anyone else experienced this?
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