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  1. Thanks! It's a shame to hear your adventures at Plymouth came to an abrupt end but hopefully you'll find another team that inspires you soon. Cheers! We were the most active club throughout the entire English leagues when it came to transfers in but I did manage to condense the post... a bit The mass purge was definitely needed and there's only four players from last season that are still here (with Alex Gilliead and Josh Laurent being the ones who are Championship ready). As for Norburn he will become a decent Championship player but he started kicking up a fuss about game time and he was very inconsistent. I wouldn't have sold Norburn if it weren't for the fact that Sunderland paid over the odds for him. Overall this was probably the most fun I've had during a transfer window for a while. But rather sadistically I do enjoy spending hours scouring the globe for random players/deals (Fabinho being a prime example of that). It's probably why my saves take longer than they should.
  2. Shrewsbury Town Update So with promotion all sorted it was time to turn my head towards recruitment for the new season. The aim being to get a squad together capable of avoiding relegation and hopefully consolidating our position in the Championship. As I mentioned in my previous update the board have been rather generous handing me a £3m transfer budget and a wage budget of £80k to help our cause. I'll start off with the outgoings. Firstly three key senior players in Scott Golbourne, Anthony Grant and Mat Sadler were released as they are all 30+ and just aren't quite cut out for the Championship (plus they wanted silly wages). Followed by a whole host of rotational/backup and youth players. Then as the transfer window approached Watford and Swansea decided to get into a bidding war over Ro-Shaun Williams, so I kept bumping up the price and in the end he was sold for a massive £4.8m (unfortunately Man United were owed a percentage from his sale which was around £1m)! Sunderland went from being one of our division rivals to spending £1.5m on our unwanted players as Amadi-Holloway, Norburn and Waterfall all left for the North East of England. Ryan Haynes handed in a transfer request and left for a cut price deal to MK Dons. Finally Angol, Okenabirhie and Vincelot complained when they were left out from the squad registration and consequently left on one-year loan deals. So that's the major outgoings done, time for the transfers in and I was extremely active in the window. The first to arrive were the experienced heads of Lee Wallace and Mark Little. Both of their contracts were expiring but I put in offers for £0 which Rangers and Bolton accepted so I could get them in earlier. Then the bargains of the window arrived in playmaker Fabinho who joined from Portuguese side Famalicão for a fee of £6k and we raided Rangers again for promising box-to-box midfielder Jamie Barjonas who arrived for £50k (he should help fill the void left by Greg Docherty). So with our defence and midfield bolstered (to an extent) I decided to turn my attention towards signing a striker, and that's when I noticed Norwich had transfer listed the mobile target-man Dennis Srbeny who joined for a fee rising to £475k. Once the Srbeny deal was all wrapped up I moved for a new starting goalkeeper and that's when Connor Ripley joined us. Preston transfer listed him and for a fee of £110k it was a no-brainer. Then my attention turned back to finding another striker as I needed someone to compliment Srbeny up top as I utilise a 4-4-2 system, and I had to fill the gap left by our top goalscorer from last season Stefan Payne. This was probably the hardest signing off all, in the end it was a toss up between either Ikoma Lois Openda from Club Brugge or Sporting Gijón's Uroš Đurđević. As you can see I eventually went for Openda and in the process smashed our previous transfer record. He's only 19 so his best years are still yet to come, his off the ball and positioning stats aren't the best but if it doesn't work out for him up top then he'll be re-trained as a winger. So in came Openda for £1.8m! Then the 1st of July was upon us so that means one thing... pre-contract signings arrive! In came Carpi's commanding centre-back Alessandro Ligi, club trained man Callum Burton (who was on loan with us last season) and Barcelona B's promising target man Alejandro Marqués. Marqués' signing was a real coup for us. I beat a host of other Championship clubs to his signing and he has the potential to become a Premier League striker in the future. He'll compete with Srbeny and David Edwards for the starting target man spot this season. The pre-contract signings were soon followed by the loan signings of Marcus Browne and Josh Cullen. Both impressed me last season in League One and with their contracts expiring at West Ham, I'm hoping to sweeten them up and get them on free transfers at the end of the season. Red Star Belgrade's left-back Stefan Hajdin joined us for £125k to offer competition and eventually usurp Lee Wallace. Shamrock Rover's promising young winger Trevor Clarke was signed for a fee of £250k. More experience was brought in with the free signings of Jack Hobbs, Jonathan Walters and Calum Woods. But the big signing was the arrival of Huddersfield's Abdelhamid Sabiri. The last signing I really needed was a new left-sided inverted winger and my mind was set on Malmo's Arnór Ingvi Traustason but after a lot of back and forth unfortunately we just couldn't come to an agreement. Then Huddersfield handed us a lifeline by transfer listing Sabiri and in he came for a fee rising to £600k. Finally I made a couple of loan signings to bolster the squad. Watford's promising centre-back Ben Wilmot came in along with Tottenham's Oliver Skipp. In typical fashion though just four days after Skipp's arrival he ruptured his ACL and will be out for the rest of the season (bye bye in January). So with the summer transfers all done we've managed to massively improve our squad and raise £6.5m from player sales, leaving us with an overall profit of £3.4m. I'm extremely confident in avoiding relegation but it's a long season and anything can happen. However our form so far suggests we'll be alright... Unfortunately we were knocked out in the League Cup by Southampton, but after nine league games played we're currently undefeated and sit top of the table! The only worry I have is that apart from the Bristol City result we tend not to score too many goals and the early form of Openda is worrying. Out of all the strikers he's still yet to score for the club, but he still causes problems with his pace and direct dribbling so I'm sure he'll come good. However Browne and Sabiri have been in fantastic form, scoring a total of 9 and assisting a further 5 goals between them. Anyway we've set ourselves up for a good season so hopefully we can keep up the good form and reach our target of avoiding relegation.
  3. Thanks @smplfc123 I'm not surprised Taylor bangs them in. I've been scouting him for a while but due to Charlton being promoted along with us I doubt I'll be able to prize him away. Best of luck with QPR. They've just been relegated in my save, but you've made a fantastic start and hopefully you can keep up the good run of form. Cheers @torquayfmer I didn't think the board would be so generous with the budget but the sale of Beckles earlier on in the season definitely helped with our financial situation. It looks like things are going well for you at Sunderland. Some excellent wins in the league and the Man City result is just the icing on the cake for you. Also those are some great signings in Whatmough and Brannagan. I've actually been looking at Brannagan myself and I've had him in a previous save, he's a decent little player. Thanks @Jogo Bonito I've made a lot of the signings needed already and although there's a lot of signings I'm confident we'll beat the drop. Congratulations on the promotion! I always hate the playoffs but you did very well to pull things back (as comfortably as you did) after the away defeat to Derby. It looks as though Daniel James performed well for you, and you've got a good foundation to build from with the partnership of Rodon and van der Hoorn (well done on keeping him by the way). Plus with that transfer/wage budget it gives you plenty of options in the market to upgrade your squad for the upcoming season in the Premier League. I look forward to the next update.
  4. Shrewsbury Town Update Well we managed to maintain our good run of form... Those are the results from matchday 30 through to 45. As you can see we picked up 10 wins, 5 draws and one disappointing loss away to now relegated Bristol Rovers. It was a real grind from February onward, teams sat deep and defended in numbers but we would somehow find a way through. A prime example of this being our results from March. But those four draws in a row made the league a lot tighter than it should've been. After matchday 45 we were still top of the table on 94pts going into the final game of the season, however we were only one point above 2nd placed Charlton. So although automatic promotion was assured the league title wasn't. So into the final match we go... We won thanks to an own goal and here's how the league table ended up looking... Charlton lost 3-2 away at Rochdale on the final day of the season and we were crowned as champions of League One! What I'm particularly chuffed about is the fact that we ended up with the meanest defence in the league, conceding 32 goals and we only lost two games at home all season. Now no surprises as on-loan striker Stefan Payne finished as our top goalscorer on 20 goals but that wasn't enough to win the leagues top goalscorer award, as Charlton's Lyle Taylor narrowly beat him by two goals. So we won the league and we're in the Championship but my focus is now on attempting to essentially build an entire new squad as the current crop just aren't good enough for the Championship (that's the problem with achieving an unexpected promotion). There's a few that'll do a job but our key players from this campaign are either loan signings or older players who are on the decline with their contracts expiring. So heavy recruitment is needed this summer but fortunately the board have given me a transfer budget of £3m to play with and a wage budget of £80k for the upcoming season.
  5. Thanks guys! Unfortunately my save in Italy got corrupted so I needed a new team and I had an itch to manage in England again. I'm hoping to set a few hours aside tonight to finish of the season. But one thing's for sure... if we can continue our good run then Charlton are going to push us all the way. They currently have the two top goalscorers in the league and regularly demolish teams.
  6. Started up a save with Shrewsbury Town and so far so good... Just over the halfway mark and we're sitting top of the table! Hopefully we can continue our push for promotion but it wasn't really on the cards this season so I'll take anything. Transfer wise there wasn't much activity in the summer Kazenga LuaLua, Freddie Woodman and Callum Burton came in on loan for the season. Then Gabby Agbonlahor was brought in on a free. I'm currently in the January transfer window and there's been more outs than ins. Lenell John-Lewis, Steve Arnold and Sam Jones all left for nothing to free up some wages. Lifumpa Mwandwe was sold to Forest for £200k. Then Swansea offered £950k for Omar Beckles and I ummed and ahed over this one for quite a while as I couldn't find any decent replacements until Preston decided to transfer list Josh Earl. So I put a bid in which was accepted... In came Earl for £400k rising to £500k (breaking our previous transfer record) and out went Beckles for £950k. His sale did upset a couple of players but the vast majority of the squad are with me and we've improved with the addition of Earl in my opinion. Now Earl is actually a left-sided fullback but I intend to play him as a centre-back. Sure some of his physicals aren't as good as Beckles but he's only 20 so I'm sure they'll improve over time. The only downside to the deal is that Earl signed on a two-year deal and he's got those annoying release clauses in his contract, but he wouldn't have signed without them so my hands were tied. Apart from Earl the only other addition has been the big target man himself Matt Smith from QPR on loan for the season.
  7. But the principles do work, it's all logical stuff when you think about it. If you copied Herne's "tactic" of course it may not work for you, it was setup for his team (hence why the title is "Developing my 4-1-2-3 DM Wide") and you're not playing as West Ham. Therefore you'll have different players, with different attributes and PPMs so they'll interpret the roles differently. If you do want some help perhaps upload a screenshot of your tactic so people can see where you're (potentially) going wrong?
  8. So this just happened in the first-round of the Coppa Italia... We definitely rode our luck at times but managed a 2-0 away win against our senior affiliate Napoli! In the 79th minute Napoli gifted us a penalty which was comfortably slotted away, and then in the 89th minute we won a free-kick which was headed in by our main man Erik Karlsson. But the even better news is we might actually have a decent shot of reaching the semi-finals after we were drawn at home against newly promoted Serie A side Perugia in the quarter-finals.
  9. Back again with the squad update for the upcoming season in Serie B with F.C. Südtirol. It's now one week before the summer transfer window closes and barring any major injuries I've managed get all the necessary signings in. We've managed to clear out a lot of the deadwood by releasing nine players including our "team leader" and captain from last season Filippo Liberati. As for transfers in, well I'll just show you... It's been a very productive window and as you can see we brought in the players that were needed to bolster the squad, all on free transfers or on loan as we're still not in the best position financially. Again I'll be setting the team up in the same 4-4-2 that won us promotion, with just a few tactical tweaks to hopefully improve on certain areas from last season. So this is our starting-eleven for the season... One of our new signings and new number one David Paiva who is a massive upgrade on Giuseppe Alberti (our number one from last season). The new look defensive line. Our LB Lamine Niang was on loan with us last season and was voted by fans as player of the season, so I extended his loan deal. Then we have Agnaldo who you've already seen and Leonardo Parente who was released by Serie C side Cittadella. Finally Marco Moras who again like Agnaldo you've already seen. Overall it's a massive improvement from our defence of last season, so hopefully they can steer us clear from relegation. Now on to our midfield and not a lot of activity here as it's exactly the same as our starting midfield from last season. I managed to get our main man Erik Karlsson back in on loan from Atalanta who is currently 9-1 for the top player award. Our successful midfield pairing of Lenzi and Viola remains intact, and Longo stays in as our starting right-sided winger. Last but not least our main forward partnership. Now this is the area of the squad I wanted to improve on the most as (obviously) goals win games. Also I felt that although we won the league last season our strikers often tended to squander some good chances, so games that we should've won 4-0 only ended in a 1-0 or 2-0 win. So up first we have Kérdson brought in on a free from Estoril Praia who will be utilised as an attacking pressing forward, overall a well balanced player and it helps that he's fluent in Italian. Then there's Francesco Andreoli another player on loan from Atalanta, a whole host of Serie B teams were in for him but for some reason he chose us. They've both had a good pre-season so hopefully that form continues into the actual season and they come up big when needed. As for the rest of the squad it's mainly made up of players that were with us last season who can do a job as backups, loanees and a few of our most promising youth players. Unfortunately Claudio Bravo who is backup to Viola has suffered a hip injury and has been sent to a specialist meaning he'll be out for 3 months, so I've brought in a temporary loanee from Fiorentina until the winter transfer window. So that's the starting eleven for our debut season in Serie B. Hopefully it all works out and we avoid the drop. Early signs are good as we managed a comfortable 2-0 away win against Serie A side Frosinone in the third round of the Coppa Italia. It was clear from the start of the match that Frosinone were (understandably) targeting Erik Karlsson, closing him down at every opportunity, but that left space for Longo on our right-side which he capitalised on by providing both of the assists for our goals. Anyway until next time.
  10. Thanks man! Having looked at how the promotion playoffs work I am very happy to have gained automatic promotion. Essentially teams that have placed 5th to 10th from Groups A, B and C in Serie C enter in the first round. Then the 4th placed teams enter in the second round. The 3rd placed teams enter in the third round and finally the 2nd placed teams enter in the quarter finals. In the end it was Pordenone who finished second to us that actually went on to win the final of the playoffs and have been promoted as well. Agnaldo is set to be the main man in the heart of our defence. As for Magalhães he was set to be our other starter but I've managed to sign someone better, so he'll be a rotational option.
  11. So after seven seasons managing in Scotland I felt like starting a new long-term save. After looking at multiple clubs all over the world I finally decided on F.C. Südtirol who are based in the city of Bolzano in the north of Italy. A couple of things drew me towards Südtirol, the first being their facilities. They currently have both great training and youth facilities after the FCS Center (this video showcases the new facilities) was fully completed in 2018. Also I generally don't like starting in the top division of a country and since Südtirol currently compete in Serie C that all but cemented the fact I would be managing them. Anyway on to the first season. The media predicted us to finish 11th which would leave us just outside the playoff positions. Having looked at the squad and the rest of teams in the division I felt that with some additions and the right tactics we could definitely achieve better than that. Tactically I settled on a 4-4-2 but we needed more depth in certain areas, mainly up top and on the flanks. So into the transfer market I went (just a heads up I always select "Use Fake Players and Staff" so none of the players are recognisable) and I ended up bringing in nine players during the summer transfer window, seven of which were on loan. The cream of the crop being Erik Karlsson who would be our starting left-winger for the season. With the summer window all done and the season underway we somehow managed to go on a 21 match unbeaten streak (17 wins and 4 draws) in the league which had us sitting comfortably at the top of the table ahead of 2nd placed Pordenone by 16pts with 17 games left to go. Now the winter transfer window was fast approaching and truthfully I had no real intention to add anyone to the squad. But a few things happened that forced me to act. I had been scouting Elia Viola and Daniele Lenzi from Virtus Entella in a bid to bolster my midfield for next season, both of their contracts were due to expire at the end of the season and I was looking at getting them on pre-contracts. However Virtus Entella had different ideas, they decided to terminate both of their contracts just before the winter transfer window opened. I immediately offered them contracts and both of them accepted. Welcome to Südtirol Viola and Lenzi! Then I noticed a couple of clubs were interested in some of our fringe players who's contracts were expiring, so I decided to cash in. The first to go was our third choice pressing forward Alessio Liberti who joined Portuguese side Nacional da Madeira for a fee of £78k. Soon followed by our backup goalkeeper Gabriele Perrotta who stayed in Italy at Ascoli for a fee of £48k. Finally our fourth choice central defender come full-back Patrizio Bartolucci joined bottom of the league Vis Pesaro for £30k. So three fringe players gone for a total fee of £156k. But due to the transfers out it meant we needed either a new full-back or central defender. So back into the market I went and I managed to sign Riccardo Zito who was transfer listed by Vicenza for £18k. As you can see he's a decent backup option who is capable of playing the full-back role either on the right or left side. Anyway skipping forward to the end of the season we managed to stay top and win the league rather easily, scoring 62 goals on the way and conceding a league low of 18 goals against. We suffered our first league defeat away to Sambenedettese, the new signing Zito came on as substitute and gave away a penalty in the 83rd minute which gave Sambenedettese the win. Unfortunately we were knocked out in the fourth qualifying round of the Coppa Italia by the far superior side Torino. Still we did very well only losing 1-0 away and in the grand scheme of things had our strikers been in better form on the day we would've come away with the victory. As for the other two competitions, we got knocked out on penalties in the Coppa Italia di Serie C in the quarter finals by Triestina and we managed to win the Supercoppa di Serie C, beating Juventus' U23s and drawing against Reggina. With my first season of management finished with Südtirol it's time to turn my eye towards improving the squad and hopefully finances (we're currently in the red at -£383,647 but the wage budget is under control) ahead of our debut season in Serie B. If we want to survive next season looking at the current squad and the fact that some loanees and players are going to be leaving us we're going to need approximately 11 new players, yes that's right... 11 new players. A starting goalkeeper, three central defenders, a right-sided full-back, a better backup right-midfielder, two new left-wingers (Atalanta won't extend Karlsson's loan as they want him to play with better players) and finally three new strikers. It's currently the 1st of June in my save and I've managed to acquire on pre-contracts our new starting pair of central defenders and starting right-sided full-back (thanks again Virtus Entella). Welcome to the club Agnaldo, Gonçalo Magalhães and Marco Moras! So that's my first post in this thread. Hopefully you enjoyed it, if not sorry for rambling on. I'll probably come back and do a little squad update once I've finished my signings for the new season. Until then.
  12. So I'm currently managing Tre Penne (an amateur club in San Marino) and I can ask the board to turn the club semi-professional. But before I do that I just want to know what sort of impact turning the club semi-professional will have. Would I see an increase in the clubs reputation at all? Is it a massive drain on finances (the clubs overall balance is £2.5m after a good run in the CL this season)? Also I know at semi-pro level you can offer part-time contracts and non-contracts but would I still be able to offer amateur contracts?
  13. Great write-up so far herne. I've always been a sucker for formations that utilize three at the back. I look forward to reading more. Also between you and your wife, I think it's safe to say we know who the true tactical mastermind is.
  14. It's a graphics pack that recently got released for FM16. Here's the link... http://www.fmscout.com/a-fm16-trophies-megapack.html
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