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About mrw072

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  1. I have and it's worked out this time. Usually it doesn't. I'm managing St Etienne and was about to play Auxerre who were bottom. A banker win for me I thought. But in the press conference I was asked if I had a plan to stop 'Nicolas Mercier'? I was over confident and didn't make any special plans to deal with him beforehand. Straight after kick off he tore my defence apart and scored. My team couldn't cope with him. Anyway Auxerre were relegated and I was looking for a striker when I saw his name crop up for £8m. I had the money so thought i'd take a punt. He's proven to be a rev
  2. I'd keep him - i'd be thinking to myself that if Bayern have bid he's probably going to be pretty good. Only 15 too so has plenty of time to improve. I'd only sell if you really needed the money for a signing.
  3. I'm playing as Sochaux in Ligue 2 and have a number of very promising 16 year olds. So I promoted them to the first team squad and made them available to the under 19s. I play them in some first team games and they're doing well. Their attributes are shooting up.
  4. I agree with you there. I think keeping things as simple as possible is often the way to go. I also think that too much is made of the attributes of a player sometimes. One thing I do is watch what my players do on the pitch and how they play and base my decisions of where they should play around that. For example, i'm playing as Sochaux and have an 'advanced forward'. He looks great all the way up to the box when he usually fluffs his shots. Because he's so fast I decided to try him out on the wing as an inside forward. I thought his pace would cause problems if he ran at the defenders
  5. I tend to prefer a cautious mentality I think. Although it's dependent on the team i'm managing. But I find that it doesn't seem to stop my team from being adventurous. I guess I tend to associate it with a counter attacking mentality, which I like.
  6. My goalkeeper once scored. He just sent a long ball down the pitch, the other goalkeeper dived, the ball bounced over him and into the net.
  7. I've noticed similar - I haven't counted, but i'd say half the penalties I've had so far (10 Maximum), have been missed
  8. It's got to be a bug really. If the ball went into the back of the net without another player touching it, it should be a goal kick - unless the rules have suddenly changed
  9. It might not be as hard as you think to get one of those jobs. I started off at Grasshoppers and got them promoted back to the Swiss top flight in my first season. I set my background to tie in with the level they started at. So i'm an ex pro I think. But I found the Swiss league a bit boring as there are 10 teams in the Divisions and you play teams 4 times. So I decided to resign (with the promotion under my belt). After that I thought i'd just spend a bit of time applying for jobs. Most of the teams that were interested in me were lower league English teams. So I just ignored those t
  10. I'm not sure what their finances are like in the game. But i'd think Sunderland would be worth a look if you're starting in League 1. I'd imagine there would be a lot of pressure there though.
  11. I usually go for the darker skin. But I really dislike the purple in this year's version. I think it's awful to be honest. So i'm sticking with the lighter skin till next years game comes out.
  12. I never do to be honest - I never start in England either. But I do have the league as playable in case i'm tempted to jump ship. And also to see how the English leagues are progressing. The thing that puts me off the PL is the amount of money in it so i've never been tempted to play as Newcastle. Although I could be if they fell on hard times and dropped into the Chamionship. I go along to see Darlington play too as they're my local team - but they're far too low for me. So stick to managing teams in France, or Holland as I like those leagues.
  13. I think that Adam Mitchell who played one game for Sunderland in the PL is at former World Cup winners West Auckland now.
  14. I decided to start a game off in Serie B as Venezia. I thought they would be a good team to manage, with the potential to become established in Serie A after a few seasons if we achieved promotion. I had a great start to the season and won my first few games but after that just couldn't find a win from anywhere. Plenty of draws though. Towards the end of my first season I was given an ultimatum by the board that I needed 9 points from 5 games or i'd be sacked. Anyway the inevitable happened and I got 8 points from 5 games, so was looking for a new job. I thought i'd try and get anoth
  15. I think it's been a pretty good World Cup overall. I don't know if it's just my memory but there seem to be a lot less flair players around nowadays, compared to past years. And I think that has an impact on the competition. But in general the games were great and I really enjoyed it. I'd put it second after 1990. I know that wasn't the most spectacular overall, but it was very exciting being English, and having such a strong North East connection to the team.
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