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  1. Bob Mortimer does a weekly skit of the Spurs players. You'll like it as it matches up with your Soccer Saturday stuff. the earlier episodes touched on real football stories, but now they just make **** up about Steve Mclaren, his 'fat lass' girlfriend and his pet snake Casper. The Spurs players (Dele Ali, Eric Dier & Harry Kane). Ep15 My Jambon Hell - is a classic episode from when Bob went to the Euros last year during the riots. he was locked up in his hotel room surrounded ham that he's bought from the local shop and his attempts to keep it cool without a mini fridge.
  2. Truly lovely stuff - is there s bit of Athletico Mince in your 'arry Kane
  3. Are you not even slightly tempted to take full control of the match days for a season? If you did and went further in Europe it might boost the rankings and give you that elusive 4th reputation star? Also what do you think of work rate? I place it up there with determination, but you dont ever seem to mention it
  4. One last quick update is to show you Felix Bastians I think he is hugely underrated and may slip under the radar in other FM savegames. His ave rating is a little skewed here as I had to play him at CB a couple of times and off the bench in some of my heavy defeats
  5. Lewis McGugan I don’t know what to say about this guy. He was my only signing last season and he played half a dozen games. He didn’t look up to much and in preseason there was no sign of what was to come. Ben Osborn is my first choice B2B midfielder and as I mentioned above, found himself injured for 2 months, the only cover at the time was Lewis. Ordinarily he would be my last resort and in the 2 months that have now passed he is keeping Osborn out of the side. He has no right to be playing this well and his stats have even dropped over this period.
  6. New Season I love being in Europe, mainly because you get some early competitive fixtures against some minor European jobbers. The players can boost moral with a couple of big wins. The route into the Europa League group stages was pretty simple and I gave the entire squad a runout. Dinamo Brest were first up with a straight 4-0 aggregate victory. A first leg 4-0 win away to HJK allowed me to field a youth team in the return leg which we disappointingly lost 2-1 on the night. We were seeded in pot 3 for the group draw and found ourselves with Lazio, CSKA Moscow & whipping boys Trencin. First league match and we’re on TV vs Man City. Big test for but not too daunting as we did defeat them on route to our League Cup win last season. Osborn and Lascelles are both injured for 2 months and would be in my regular starting XI. Not that we missed them as we were 2-0 up at halftime, then the game turned and Man City hit back with 4 goals, and reality hit home. Newcastle away next and confidence was restored with a convincing 3-1 victory, then like a yo-yo inconsistency began. Away win at Burnley, home loss vs Spurs. I don’t know what happened against Watford and the 2-6 defeat followed by an extra time defeat to Bournemouth in the League Cup. By this point the XI were knackered from playing 2 games a week, and the poor results meant that I had to play my strongest possible team. Leicester Away was a huge rescue job. From 0-2 down Assombalonga popped up with 2 goals, the second coming in the last minute. Then two more defeats to CSKA Moscow and Arsenal and the pressure was on, so an away match at Anfield wasn’t looking good. By this point the injured pair of Osborn and Lascelles had returned but it was goal a game striker Assombalonga that won the game for us and hopefully helped to turn the corner. We’re mid-table now a still averaging a point a game.
  7. I'm not sure what impact it has but when I'm managing a team in your situation i'd give match feedback along the lines off ,'that was a match you should be winning'. If the moral of the squad is ok then what you've been saying is working. I also May switch the formation for a couple of games just to put to bed the comments about never changing (then switch back to how I want to do things). i dont care if the media attack me for it but when the players do its time to act. Team meetings are good obvs. I only use them a few times and only to say 'keep your heads up on this bad run, you'll turn it round...' I get stung saying anything else in them. Also I dont like a DLP, I have a few stories about them having a negative impact in FM17. Stick to a CM and make sure all the runners in the team have a high work rate & determination.
  8. Transfers I received £10m off the bat from the takeover. After renewing several existing contracts the priority for me was LB so I made an offer for Felix Bastians, £2.5m is a no brainer and it means I can push out Traore. Once the transfer budgets for next season had been agreed and I had been given the target to avoid relegation I found £30m and double the wage kitty. I put out some feelers for the ex-academy graduates on my shortlist, offering their value. Boro’ and Hull had been relegated (as they are in 99% of saves) so I made bids for Dawson and Bamford. The playoff final hadn’t been played at this point either and Newcastle were in the final so I put in bids for Darlow and Lascelles. Then Perch at QPR, Chettle at Peterboro’ and Burke at RB Leipzieg. Amazingly offers were accepted for Batians, Dawson, Darlow, Bamford. I came to an agreement over Lascelles for an extra 500k and had to double the offer on Chettle, but it still looked like good value for his age. Burke was the only player I couldn’t agree a fee for. He is valued at £5.5m but they asked for £30m plus clauses. I was worried about carrying too many players in the squad so I delayed all the deals for a week and put a few existing players up for sale. Matt Mills had been moaning about his game time so he was first to go and was replaced by Dawson. His pace isn’t great but every other stat is right up there and he will be a valuable tutor with his 20 for work rate 17 determination. Lascelles came in and it meant I’d have to move Hobbs on. Hull made a quick bid and he was gone. Like Dawson he only weakness is the lack of pace. It was a tough decision too as he’d played very well last year. Mancienne is the only senior CB I kept on and I will attempt to train him as a CM to cover Cohen. He’s probably a first choice at CB still. Another CB who moved into a coaching only role was Damien Perquis. I just wanted to indulge myself with as many ex-players on the coaching team as possible and to be fair his stats are ok. Steve Stone was another who came in as a coach while I’m on the subject. Paul Hart as a Director of Football just to help with outgoing transfers and offer players to clubs. Again it was a romantic appointment. Hart was the academy manager and then first team manager when the last group of stars came though at once (the Dawson brothers, Wes Morgan, Andy Reid, Marlon Harewood, David Prutton, James Perch, Jermain Jenas…) I couldn’t agree personal terms with Karl Darlow, as he wanted a ridiculously low release clause and high wages. I was unsure about the deal anyway as I wanted to give match time for Evtimov and the 5* regen Ogbeche. Other keeper Henderson was sold and I thought I’d let Stojkovic see out the last year of his contract. Callum Chettle’s deal went through and Bastians chose Forest over offers from other German sides. Bamford was a 50/50 as I wanted to offload Vellios and/or Bendtner first as both had moaned about a lack of first team football last season. In the end Bamford came in and Vellios was offered a new deal. I’ll sell Bendtner as soon as he starts to moan again, as I didn’t want to transfer list him against his will and have him disrupt the squad. Final deal was James Perch on a bit of a whim he didn’t cost that much and he can cover RB and CM. He also has good mental stats for tutoring. Lastly once all the in/outs had been finished off I began to haggle over Oliver Burke. I agreed a deal with the club but his demands were outrageous £100k a week and +£20k a game, £3m signing on fee for him and same again for his agent, plus release fee and sell on clauses. He only played a dozen games last season too! I’ll revisit this one at the end of the season.
  9. Wanted to share my biggest ever FM win with you. It was using Hustler obvs on. Checkout the goal times, it started off like a basketball game! Also I started a new save using Hustler too. First season in the championship I used a straight attacking Hustler to win promotion and the League Cup. Second season has just started and I've switched to the Standard Hustler. Results are very mixed now but the main striker (Assombalonga) is scoring a goal a game, just that the opposition players are doing the same in return too . I'll be posting a season 2 update later today.
  10. I hope so. I like what he has done and said so far. I don't think he would have invested in Forest if he didn't think he would be successful, there are plenty of clubs for sale he could have bought instead
  11. The new board cut my only affiliation as well. Crumlin are an Irish club and they sent us over the GK Ogbeche and two other regens. It was setup when the game started (as they are feeder team IRL) and it was an area of the save I wasn’t sure about. Normally I’d bang in as many affiliations as possible but it does mean that Forest aren’t the players first club in the players history. Either way the decision was taken out of my hands and the board since rejected my approach to add a new feeder club. I was able to ask for improvements to the youth recruitment and training facilities so it wasn't all bad
  12. Everyone who played for us this season Ross McCormack played 25(2) 11 goals 3 assists 7.28 rating So far so good. I managed to give game time to a number of key young players Evtimov in goal, Iacovitti and Worrall spent 6 months out on loan each. Cash is a first choice in the midfield and Brereton has contributed upfront in the minor games along the way. Now the fun begins as at the 3rd attempt a takeover has been completed and I have money to spend plus all the $$$ from entering the Premier League. I'll be running down my shopping list of ex academy players to fill in some of the holes and shipping out the excess.
  13. What a run! 11 wins in a row saw us take 2nd place with 2 games to spare. QPR away. I always recall the game Middlesbrough played against Fulham back in 2006 where 15 of the 16 match day squad were born within 30 miles of the club. I want that record in as much as I want the 16 to come from my academy. The QPR match is my first opportunity to do that now that the league is over. Its probably my biggest defeat in FM to date. The game was a complete car crash. 2 of my back 4 getting sent off and no cover for those positions. Lets just say that for the last game of the season I aborted this particular experiment for now.