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  1. A few points, not to be argumentative. First, having played the game for less time than some (the last five iterations) it seems to me that the match engine is whack-a- mole: every time they fix something we complain about, something else pops up. It's also a sort of Schrodinger's cat whack a mole in that not everyone agrees - i have seen people going on for years about how it's too easy to score from crosses, while my personal experience is different, for example. Secondly, I played the game more because of lockdown, and found it easier to get frustrated by the patterns and shortcomings. Things that gave you a mild eye-roll a year ago (repetitive off side after a throw in) are now teethgrindingly annoying. That's not SI's fault, that's mine for not reading more books instead of reaching for the game. Thirdly, I have no idea of how teams are deployed, or what the skillsets required for different areas of the game are, but I can't imagine that it is entirely interchangeable. N0or can I imagine that this forum is stuffed with experts on that, either. People go on about the match engine, but I haven't seen anyone come up with a figure for what it takes to either turn it into the all-singing all-dancing spectacular that everyone seems to expect. It seems to me that unless we are more familiar with what the economics of this are - either in improving the match engine to a radical extent, or building a new one (which I am guessing would cost eye-watering sums of money) - then any discussion doesn't mean a whole lot.
  2. Or even when you look at their attributes, and it definitely is a weakness.
  3. The overstuffed inbox, and advice which is pointless and inept.. There are far too many pieces of largely misleading information and suggestions - moving players from one mentoring group to another (for players in another position); suggestions about tactics when tactics are working perfectly; discouraging traits that players are good at; the constant suggestions to "improve the quality" of the coaching/scouting team with people who have worse attributes than what you have... I think 90% of the unsolicited advice given (mostly in the inbox, but sometimes in-match) could be jettisoned without any difference being made to the game.
  4. That's fair enough. I just worry about spending a lot of time playing through a speculative version of what is going to happen. I'd rather they delayed a new release for a year until everything is more stable.
  5. Good point, but just how much alteration of the game would that entail?
  6. I don't see what enjoyment is to be derived from releasing a version of the game which reflects lengthy hiatuses in the game, empty stadiums, social distancing etc.. At worst, given the uncertainty of when restrictions will cease or how the pandemic will play out, it would be incredibly tasteless. There's a difference between the changes in schedule for the staging of the Qatar World Cup, or the regulations round player registration surrounding Brexit, and this. I want to play a football games escapism, not to navigate speculation about a world health crisis.
  7. I usually notice a mid-season dip, even with a team who are used to hoovering up the prizes. can't say I've had too many drubbings. I usually react by dropping under performers, and I've changed training to take account of eg conceding too many from corners. I find that defensive measures seem to have much more effect than attacking changes - but I suspect that's because there seems to be a fairly universal epidemic of strikers missing 80% of even the simplest chances.
  8. There are certain players who regardless of their squad status and the amount of playing time never seem to cheer up. I had Harry Kane, who was permanently "concerned" even when he was playing every game. Until you left him out for one game, and then he was "alienated." I have three midfielders - two squad players, one regular starter, all have been concerned for two seasons, again regardless of playing time. The squad status thing is a great idea, but it seems to me to need a little refinement.
  9. Good point. Confirmation bias often makes one think that your intervention is what is making the difference, especially when it seems to have a negative effect. I think you're right in that you have to look past of being something being broken or bugged.
  10. I've had David DeGea win POM once. And deservedly. But generally, yes, the ratings are depressed. More notably though, a keeper who performs heroics in a penalty shootout never gets a cherry on top. If missing a penalty can depress ratings unrealistically, then saving one in the 90 mins or in a shootout deserves a big uptick.
  11. I have to say, I haven't found this. Before the ME update, most crosses weren't clearing the first man for me, and when they did the headers ballooned. That seems to have been fixed in the update, but I'm still not seeing a disproportionate amount of goals from headers.
  12. Aha! Brilliant! Thank you.
  13. I get messages saying that the loan manager has accepted a loan offer because the player is on the loan list. I can't fid the loan list. Am I missing something, or do I just have to go through over player in the underage squads to check they're not about to be loaned out?
  14. Does it actually impact on how the game goes for you? If you fulfil the more tangible targets, would you still get fired for not having the best youth system? I doubt it, but I could be wrong. It might be one of those things -like the tactical advice you get from coaches - which is largely irrelevant.
  15. Don’t get hung up on those lists of wonder kids, or players you “must sign”. Buy players with good teamwork and work rate. Especially with clubs who are not elite teams.
  16. I've just got to 2021, and suddenly at the end of the season there it is. It could do with a bit more signposting - despite only being a few weeks after the end of season, players' recovery times seem very slow. There's a completely new format with much better teams which is good, but one day between group and quarterfinal. And suddenly, your board thinks it desirable, when in the past it has been unimportant. Is this a reflection of a change in real life? Given how much clutter there is in the inbox, and how poor much of what lands there is, it would help to be given more information.
  17. It has, and it's a shame - personally, I'd love it to be a more active part of the game: hunting down the right assistant manager and coaches, so that it has some bearing on the game. But I guess it would need such a sea-change in the game that it would be unfeasible.
  18. I'm probably being dumb here, but what does that mean if you run FM19 (or subsequent iterations) via the Steam client, which is 32 bit?
  19. Leaving aside the legal issues, I'm not sure what it's supposed to add to the game, in terms of your skill as a player. I mean, what's supposed to happen?
  20. I have a soft spot for Sheffield United. And the idea of getting my head round centre backs who overlap is challenging. I've never managed Barca. I might revolutionise them. There are a few players there who seem over-rated to me, and the issue of how to replace Messi in a couple of years time would be interesting.
  21. A very bold statement that football is in the lap of the gods anyway. I salute you.
  22. So, halfway through the next season, an update. He dropped his concern after another month or so. Then, it surfaced again, without any disagreements - that's to say, apparently for no reason. I thought it might have been gone at the end of the season. Following season, it's still there. He signed a new, improved contract, is listed as holding me in the highest regard, but now it's turned up in an Assistant Manager's report. It doesn't seem to be having any effect otherwise, and is really just an irritant.
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