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  1. You couldn't be more correct. About 10 years ago my Mum was walking in the street and collapsed - her heart had stopped. By pure chance she collapsed right outside a Drs surgery and a nurse was inside, who ran out and resuscitated her. Pure chance really. She spent some time in an induced coma in intensive care, but made a complete recovery.
  2. I'm managing Nice in Ligue 1 and we've just had a takeover where the new owner has decided to float the club on the Stock Market and turn it into a PLC. I know roughly how a PLC works - it's a way of generating cash for the club through shares, with limited liability for the owner. But I was wondering if anyone has had this before and if there could be other benefits to the takeover?
  3. I've never had a team that dominant, but in FM20 I managed to build a St Etienne team that won Ligue 1 3 years in a row, with not necessarily the best players. There were probably 2 or 3 teams in the league with better players than me. But I had the best team. In the 4th year of my title winning run I sold a key player as he wanted to leave and had some key injuries, so I remember finishing 4th that year. Nowhere near challenging for the title. It probably kept my interest in the game as I had a bit of a challenge from that. I think if I had finished outside of the CL spots one year it w
  4. I think it's England's to lose this time around. If things go to plan and all the games are at Wembley that's a huge advantage, even with a limited crowd. I think Belgium are the real danger as I think they're the best team. But after that I don't think there is anyone to really worry about. France are bound to be there or thereabouts and there'll probably be a surprise package. Maybe Russia again. Italy and Germany will flatter to deceive I think.
  5. He doesn't look a bad player really - I don't know how he is compared to other players in the league. But if I had him as a player i'd play him as a right back. I think his valuation of £10k seems a bit low, but I agree that the board shouldn't block the sale. Similar has happened to me but usually when i've reduced the asking price well under a players valuation.
  6. I haven't seen any Tycoon takeovers yet in FM21. I'm playing in France in 23/24 where there were always quite a few on other versions. But nothing so far. The nearest I saw (so far) was Lille being linked with a Tycoon right at the start of the game. But nothing came of it. I've had a look in England and there's nothing going on there either. Newcastle have been taken over twice within the space of 6 months. But both times a consortium took control.
  7. It varies for me - last time in FM20 I managed at Sochaux and did better than expected by getting them promotion straight away and landing a mid table finish in Ligue 1 the following season. The year after that I was rock bottom but St Etienne came in for me and I took that job. I ended up winning them a few titles and cups so must have spent 10 years there. This time around I started at Red Star who were expected to be promoted into Ligue 2, I achieved that and took over at Le Havre the next season - took them up too via the play offs but struggled massively in Ligue 1. So when I say
  8. I hate playing 'weakened' teams so I rotate as little as possible. I tend to only take players out of the team if they're carrying an injury or have lost a bit of form. I tend to like small squads too. Maybe 20 in the first team squad, but if I have a good youth set up i'm not afraid to put some 16 or 17 year olds into the team at times. Usually if they're what I think are really good prospects. The other thing I like are players who are versatlie and can play in a few positions on the pitch, so I think that takes away a bit of the need of rotation for me.
  9. This has happened to me a few times. I find that if you just carry on playing him and if he sees the team doing well, eventually he may be happy at the club again. I think it's a real problem if he is close to the end of his contract - then you'd probably lose him due to his unhappiness. But if he has a few years on his contract i'd just carry on as normal with him. Keep him in the team etc and hopefully he'll come to his senses after a while. Praise him after training/good games etc as well.
  10. I've just taken over at Le Havre in the second season on FM. I had a look at the squad and thought they looked a bit light up front but I didn't have enough money to buy anyone that I wanted. so I decided to try one of the players they had there. I plumped for a player called Godwin Bentil who is about 20 years old and had previously scored 2 goals in his career. I don't know if it's the system i'm playing but i've never seen anything like him. He's started 20 games for me and grabbed 21 goals so far. He's broken into the Ghana squad too, unfortunately missing a few games due to being ca
  11. I've just started playing this version of FM and my first impressions are that there is just too much unecessary info now. The game appears to be heading down the tactical route much more I think, but when I play I usually dismiss a lot of the stats and concentrate on what I see on the pitch. So far I think FM 21 has taken a step backwards in gameplay. But it's early days for me yet.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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