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  1. Having just seen a screenshot, I see that there are still pillars in big stadiums. When was the last time anyone saw a pillar in a new or new-ish stadium? I can't believe what an oversight this is. Who designed the stadiums? Have they never been to a game or watched one on the tellybox? This was so off-putting in FM16 I turned off the stadiums. I've always thought that the stadiums could be improved; they are too stock. But please, at least in a patch, get rid of the pillars!
  2. Job Interviews - what am I doing wrong?

    Dear God! You're not wrong, 2.5m in debt, predicted to be 11m by end of season! And they're 5 points from safety with with 17 games remaining. They've only won 4 games all season!
  3. Job Interviews - what am I doing wrong?

    Wahey! Something worked because guess what? Bolton have come a calling! First time a championship club has invited me too. It's the big time! Thanks for the advice.
  4. Job Interviews - what am I doing wrong?

    Here we go! Bolton have offered me an interview, they're in the relegation zone in the Championship. This time, I've agreed with some of their philosophies. And that I can work with the existing staff. Fingers crossed!
  5. Job Interviews - what am I doing wrong?

    I haven't applied for any of these jobs. They've all invited me to attend an interview. That's what makes it more frustrating! You'd think they'd want me!
  6. Managing Colwyn Bay and we are 3rd in League 2 following 2 promotions in 3 years. I have probably been offered about 15 jobs and have gone to interview for about 10 because the crowds at Colwyn Bay are tiny. I generally try to sound agreeable and positive and say that I can match their ambitions and that I'm happy to work with their budgets. Crewe said that they couldn't afford compensation, another said that they thought I was being too ambitious in my league hopes(!) and the rest just said that while my interview was fine they've opted for someone else. What's going on? Any ideas?
  7. Apex Predator V2 - Tuned for 15.3

    LOL, I just had my first job offer from Forest Green. I'm 2nd and they're bottom but one. I know exactly the problem you're facing. I'm only getting crowds of 170-80. I'm hoping it's because the stadium is being redeveloped this season to come in line with regs. This season I've had no problem picking up frees and loans who are 3.5 - 4 stars current ability and 5 stars potential. Definitely need a cup run though. Ebbsfleet just offered me an interview as well. I may well take a job if things get really tough but at the moment I'm hanging tough. Even if I did just get hammered 5-0 at home by Altrincham. First time that's ever happened using Nemesis.
  8. Apex Predator V2 - Tuned for 15.3

    Hi Mr. Rosler, Yeah, saved it just before the match. After 3 fails I started to change my players around but it had no effect. I've noticed that trend too, this year more than ever is the slip-ups against lower placed teams are far more common. Of course after a few games I also noticed that the version has been updated overnight to 15.3.2 Knowing what FM patches are like I immediately went and checked it out but it seems a very minor change, not affecting the ME at all, but still, y'know, paranoia and all that...
  9. Apex Predator V2 - Tuned for 15.3

    Now, here's an interesting / incredibly annoying thing. Using your Nemesis has brought me great success with Colwyn Bay, stormed to the VN title and after 12 games we are top of the VC. Just started my new game and as usual, despite having been on a great run when I saved it last night, we lost the first game after loading up. This has been such a common event over many years of playing FM that I always allow myself a second chance. Now, I'm top, I'm playing Ebbsfleet at home, they are 18th. I'm 4-7 favourites to win the game. I lost the second game also. Normally I just carry on at this point but something about it really bugged me so I loaded up again, and again, and again. Get this, I'm now loading up for the 13th time and have still not managed to beat them... 14th... 15th... The crazy thing is that if I was a crap side playing a better team in the FA Cup I'd still expect to have beaten them at least once if I played them so may times. This is a team I should be beating comfortably! And every game has only 1 goal difference in it. If I don't score they only get 1. If I get 2 they get 3! It's completely bonkers. 16th... 17th... 18th... I'm only going to twenty. My sanity can't take it. EVERYBODY CALM DOWN! 19th attempt and I'm 2-0 up at half time... Hallelujah! a 2-1 win! They came storming back in the 2nd half but we clung on. Ridiculous. I mean that. Literally ridiculous.
  10. Apex Predator V2 - Tuned for 15.3

    Ah, yes, the Nemesis one. That's the one I'm using, soooo much more solid. The one in the OP brings success (at least in the Prem) but this one is much more, dare I say, realistic in terms of chances created and scorelines. And still gets great results! You're my hero. At least for today.
  11. Apex Predator V2 - Tuned for 15.3

    Mr. Rosler, very early days using your Apex Predator but I think (I hope!) that you may have saved FM15 for me. For me this year has had far too many goals in all around. It's not been difficult to find a tactic that works but to find a solid tactic has been nigh on impossible (at least for me). I can score lots of goals, or the opponent can score lots of goals, or we BOTH score a lot of goals. I crave solidity. I've manged to come up with a decent defensive tactic using a halfback and a ball winning midfielder but struggled to score. I did use your first Apex 15.3 but still I found it far too leaky at both ends. I'm playing as Colwyn Bay in the Vanarama North and was doing okay (8th - predicted 22nd) but since switching to Apex Predator have won four on the bounce, but more importantly for me, have only conceded 2 goals. And they were from only 3 or 4 shots on target during those games. Impressive. Stockport at home we won 2-0 and they had 0-0 for shots! I love it! The number of chances created is MUCH more realistic, more like 11/5 v 9/3 Hopefully this can be the solid, reliable tactic I've been searching for. I'll keep you updated. Thanks again.
  12. I'll give it a go and report back. About to start a lower league game. Obviously anyone playing with Bayern should do well but the Villa results didn't look bad even if there weren't that many.
  13. share my amazing Tactic

    It quite clearly is a flaw in the ME. In real life you can also play with 3 central strikers but it doesn't result in the ridiculous results you see here. As for using a more conventional tactic, I'd love to but I've yet to find any tactic - my own, or downloaded - that offers a realistic set of results over time. There are far too many goals in the game - either I'm scoring too many, or the opposition is, or we both are. And what happens when I start to struggle - knowing that this tactic is out there and all I have to do is load it up to fix any problems I have is just too tempting. FM and CM before it have always been about finding that tactic (or set of) that you feel comfortable with. That way you can have a little faith in the system and set about finding the right players. You build over time and eventually win stuff. Satisfying. FM is a reflection of reality but not realistic. We all know that. It's a game. We all accept that something that worked in one patch won't work in another because of the way the ME is programmed. Yes, you can still play that short passing game but it's not as effective in this patch as it was in that one. That short corner routine used to work but now it doesn't. If you want to talk about 'real life' then you should think what would happen in 'real life' if Sean Dyche at Burnley found this tactic in training and realised it was the greatest tactic ever but then went, nah, you know what, playing three central strikers is not what people do in 'real life' so I won't do it either. I'll get relegated instead. Having said all that. The ME looks beautiful this year. The best it's ever been by some distance in my opinion. And if you can point me in the direction of a nice balanced tactic for 15.3 then I'll be very grateful because I've not found one yet, either of my own or downloaded.
  14. share my amazing Tactic

    That's exactly what I'm doing right now, just loading up a conference regional game!