danmcconnell1

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    Just a young chap wondering through the virtual football world...

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    I have deleted all caches and preferences but nothing worked. Strangely though, I changed the skin to Football Manager Light and all of a sudden, all images are back. I have tried both other default skins and both don't show images, but Football Manager Light does work therefore I'll be continuing with this for now. Do you know if something can be done regarding the Dark skin as this is my favourite?
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    Okay thanks. Will feed back later tonight.
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    I'll try this tonight. Will this affect any saved games I currently have?
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    Yes photos/pictures were normal from when I downloaded the game when it was first released. I've played regularly over the months since release and then all of a sudden, no pictures are available at all apart from regens. I am genuinely baffled as I have researched extensively and have never come across anyone else having this problem on other sites too.
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    The only images I do get are of regens.
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    Thanks for your response. I'm not really a technical buff so don't know how to install 3rd party graphics so this isn't the case. The game still runs perfectly well, just without licensed and unlicensed images.
  7. Apologies if someone has posted about this before, but I have just started FM17 and all of the pictures have disappeared. I've restarted my laptop already and the game is working absolutely fine, with the exception of the aesthetically pleasing club badges, players faces etc. Anyone know what could be the problem?
  8. After the elation of winning my first trophy in England and securing European football next season, attentions turned to our dismal league campaign up to now. Here's how we got on in the rest of the season. We didn't draw another match all season and won more game than we lost. We are still relatively inconsistent but we did register wins against Bournemouth, Leicester, Sunderland, Stoke, Watford and Southampton but lose matches against Derby, the Merseyside derby against Everton, high-flying Wolves were 4-0 up against us at Molineux after 33 minutes but ended up winning 4-2, Arsenal and finally the new league champions Manchester City beat us on their own patch on the final day of the league season. Here's how the league table finished up. It was all very tight this season in the EPL. I took over a Liverpool side in disarray but managed to help the club recover to a respectable 7th place finish. Sunderland, Bournemouth and Norwich were all relegated so I might take a look at what talent they have to offer and see if they can improve us, but depending on what I'm given to spend in the summer, I'll wait until I'm given the budgets first. Of course, we were still in the Champions League too, so here's how we got on in that competition. We managed to beat Besiktas with relative ease over 2 legs. We got an away goal in Turkey in the first leg and easily dispatched of them back at Anfield to send us into the quarter finals where we faced the might of Real Madrid. We beat them 2-1 at Anfield mainly due to the dismissal of Casemiro in the first half but couldn't manage to hold on to our lead back at the Bernabeu and were knocked out at the quarter final stage. In the FA Cup, we faced a quarter final against Chelsea and here's how we got on. We beat Chelsea 2-0 AET thanks to goals from Henderson and Luan which meant that we were heading back to Wembley for the FA Cup semis against Manchester City. Again, we managed to squeak through after a penalty shoot out which we won 8-7 to send us into the FA Cup Final where we will face Tottenham. So, we're back at the home of football, Wembley Stadium for another cup final this season in the FA Cup. There's nothing quite like FA Cup Final day. The traditional end of the English season this year will see my Liverpool side face Tottenham as we look for our second piece of silverware this season. Here's how the 2 sides lined up. Spurs were taking a risk in playing Harry Kane who's not 100% fit so hopefully we will be able to deal with him a little easier but we will have to watch out for the dangerous Halilovic and Pjaca as well as Eriksen playing in the hole. We of course have an in form Simone Zaza up top who before I arrived had scored just 3 goals, but now has 18 and is level in the goal scoring charts for us with Luan. Here's how we got on. Half time and Spurs have had the better of the first half but we have hit the post through a James Ward-Prowse effort. We still couldn't be separated after 90 minutes so extra time is needed to sort out this one. Moreno did hit the bar in the second half too. We've had the better of the chances despite having less of them and the ball. Still all square at half time in extra time. We make our final change at this point bringing on Emre Can for Ward-Prowse. Still nothing between us meaning we're heading for the drama of a penalty shoot out to decide the winners of this season's FA Cup. After a nail-biting penalty shoot out, we managed to see off Spurs and win the FA Cup 4-3 on penalties! My second trophy in charge of Liverpool in the space of 3 months and easily the most nerve wracking win of all so far. So our season was now officially over and it was, all in all, a successful one for me personally. I now feel as though we have a strong platform to build on next season with success fresh in our minds and hopefully a better league campaign where I'm hoping to challenge the Champions League spots once again. I'll also be taking the Europa League seriously too as the winner's of that competition of course gain entry to the following seasons' Champions League too which is potentially another avenue for us to persue if the league isn't working out. Also, it would be nice of course to gain another trophy in the cabinet. But for now, we'll try and rebuild the squad in the summer with some additions, budgets depending of course, and see how we get on in the friendlies I hope my assistant will arrange this time! But for now, thanks for reading!
  9. Apologies for the lack of updates, I didn't get much chance to play FM over the last week or so hence this mini update now. After taking over, I decided we needed to bring in some more fire power up top, so after taking a look at my old side, the new man had placed a few of my old players on the transfer list, one of which was Thomas Buitink for a measly £7.75m. He was soon snapped up and became my first signing as Liverpool manager. I'm updating through until the end of February at the moment. Here's how we're getting on in the league up to now. I didn't get off to the greatest of starts at all. A home defeat in my first game in charge against Crystal Palace wasn't the way to welcome myself to the adoring Anfield faithful and when we travelled to Spurs and lost 3-0 I was almost wondering why I took the job. The players were so low on confidence it was untrue. Tides temporarily changed with my first league win in charge away at West Ham but we lost the next 2 again against Man City and Chelsea, only a late Kurt Zouma goal winning it for the visitors Chelsea. We then went on a run of just one defeat in 4 games, drawing 2 and winning the other convincingly against Burnley, a certain Alberto Moreno scoring an unlikely hat-rick in that game. We find ourselves in a lowly 15th place at the moment. Our league form seriously has to improve and it has to do so urgently. Moving on to the FA Cup and we've already played 3 games in this competition. We just about beat Burton in the third round before comprehensively beating Hull and Bristol City in the 4th and 5th rounds respectively. Our quarter final opponents have yet to be announced. As mentioned before, the previous Liverpool manager had managed to get the club in the EFL Cup semi finals against Southampton, here's how we got on in that two legged semi final. We won away at St. Mary's and after a slight scare after they pulled the tie level back at Anfield, we managed to dispose of the south coast club and make my first major final as Liverpool boss less than a month after my arrival. We will face Manchester United in the final at the stadium where I really made my name, Wembley. Here's how both sides lined up for the final. On paper, United have the better side. We were nursing injuries to Sadio Mane and Dele Alli so were taking a chance in playing the 2 of them, I just hoped it would be a gamble that paid off as we were struggling to name a fit squad. Our fans were ready. Here's how we got on. An enthralling match at Wembley saw us run out 2-1 winners with just 10 men for the vast majority of the second half. An early Gabriel Gutierrez goal gave United the lead and they held it until half time. A second booking for our skipper Jordan Henderson early in the second half made me think it wasn't going to be my day on cup final day again, but up stepped Simone Zaza just 6 minutes after the dismissal to equalize for us. After that goal the bit was well and truly between our teeth and Zaza got on the end of a Mane cross with 16 minutes left only to see his effort hit the post and come off Fosu-Mensah to find it's way into the net to give us an unlikely lead. Mourinho was beside himself on the other bench as we managed to hold on and I had my first silverware in England at the very first attempt. I was certainly beginning to like Wembley Stadium. Another piece of welcome news followed this cup win. As winners of the EFL Cup, this meant we would be guaranteed European football next season in the Europa League, another cause for celebration in what's been a pretty dismal season in terms of the league. Hopefully this can prove to be a spring board for the rest of the campaign and we can really try to push up the table and perhaps finish in the top half, as well as progress in the FA Cup and potentially return to Wembley.
  10. During the winter break in Spain, a change was afoot at one of the biggest clubs in England. Allegri was sacked by Liverpool. This was a real opportunity for me to get my foot in the door in the one league I wanted to manage in, and it could potentially be at one of the biggest clubs in the country. Chelsea had sacked van Gaal earlier in the season but I didn't fancy that job, but the romance of Liverpool appealed to me more than any other. Barcelona had been very good to me, provided me a platform on the biggest stage and I think I repaid that faith. But when an opportunity like Liverpool comes along, you just don't say no, therefore; That trophy cabinet can only be bettered by Manchester United in England, and I'm going to try and better theirs sooner rather than later, but this campaign may well be one of consolidation. My only aim for the rest of this season is to finish in the top half, something I intend to do of course as I feel this squad is under-performing. We currently sit 12th exactly halfway through the season with fellow giants Chelsea struggling right next to us in 11th. Here's what and who I have to work with. I look at this squad in the same way I look at my Barca team. It doesn't look like anybody has set the world alight this season, goals are spread around the team so if we can maybe do that with a bit of regularity then we should be looking at doing a lot better with what's left of this season. Of course I take over a team that has already beaten my old Barca team in the Champions League this season and won the group, therefore we'll be playing in the first knockout phase in the new year against Besiktas. We also have an EFL Cup semi final to play against Southampton over 2 legs. I could be in a cup final very quickly into my tenure if things go well. So, here we go. I'll update at the end of the season.
  11. Mid-season Update After our season got off to the best possible start in the Super Cup, it was time to start our defence of the Spanish title. A week or so after my birthday, some welcome news. A contract extension and a small pay rise came and I was more than happy to stay at the Nou Camp for another 5 years. Here's how the first half of our season has gone. We got off to a cracking start. A noteworthy win came in our second game against newly promoted Almeria where centre back Jonathan Tah scored an unlikely hat-rick. We remained unbeaten through until we played Atletico at the Estadio de Madrid where we lost 3-2. 3 more wins ensued but right at the end of the year our league form really fell away and we dropped a few points which meant our league position at the end of the year really suffered. 17 matches played and we were third, 4 points behind leaders Real Madrid. We have already drawn one El Clasico this season so if we are to have any chance of retaining the title we really need to win the second El Clasico of the season to try and overthrow them. In other competitions, the Champions League was once again upon us and we were drawn in a tough group with Liverpool, Shakhtar and Partizan. Here's how we got on. We ended up finishing 2nd in a group which was run by Liverpool. A great start in our opening two matches saw us level on points with Liverpool, but when we travelled to Anfield they dealt us a real blow and took control of the group. We gained a point against them back at the Nou Camp and won our final 2 group matches convincingly but the damage was done at Anfield and they topped the group. We have been drawn against Manchester United in the first knockout stage of the Champions League in the new year. As for the Copa del Rey, it was very much as expected as we dispatched of Hospitalet with ease over 2 legs. We'll face Sevilla in the new year. Here's how the players are doing so far this year. As you can see, nobody has really set the world alight yet. Aguero isn't included in this screen shot, he's at the bottom, but will be retiring at the end of the season. He's yet to score a competitive goal for me and has really been a disappointment since signing from Man City last January. Messi is the top scorer so far with 12 and also at the top of the assist charts with 10. Even at 35 he's still going stronger than ever. So, there's the mid-season update, we'll try and finish the season in the coming days and see if we can recover from our poor form as well as trying to overcome Manchester United in what will be a tough match over 2 legs, particularly as the second is at Old Trafford. Here goes nothing!
  12. Spanish Super Cup So, the traditional curtain raiser was upon us in Spain. This year Real Sociedad and Barcelona would contest the Spanish Super Cup over 2 legs. Here's how the first leg went at the Anoeta. A surprise was in store for us as we were rocked by 2 second half goals. Sandro opened the scoring from the spot and Emre doubled soon after to give Sociedad the lead going into the second leg at the Nou Camp. Just 4 days later and the 2nd leg was upon us. We made a few changes for the game as we dropped Buitink who was largely ineffective and brought in Guso on the right and put Messi up top. And what a devastating effect this had. We took the lead just after the half hour mark through Jordi Alba and managed to win a penalty which saw Sociedad's Lucas Boers sent off and Messi scoring the resulting spot kick. Suarez and Messi bagged 2 more before half time taking the aggregate scoreline to 4-2 at half time in the 2nd leg. We added 2 more in the second half, Bazoer scoring an absolute screamer from 25 yards and Jonathan Tah completing the rout with a few minutes left to give me my second trophy in charge and Barcelona's first Super Cup since 2013.
  13. Another quick side note, and FM really does baffle me sometimes. I thought this was a little harsh if I'm honest. I didn't expect to get the job, not by any means, but I thought I'd at least be in with a shot. But, the FA clearly have their heart set on someone and if that's the case then fair enough, better luck next time........ Until I see who they'd go on to appoint. They've gotta be taking the p***!?!? It seems a 12th placed finish in the Championship with Brentford and 3 seasons with a Newcastle side finishing 17th, 12th and 9th with no silverware gets you the England job these days. Again, not that I'm bitter or blowing my own trumpet here, but I've achieved international success already, something high on the FA's agenda surely. Plus I've a league title in the bag in the second most reputable league in Europe. And I'm English!? But Chris Powell is the better man. FM eh.
  14. Pre-Season Update So after what in hindsight was a successful second season in charge of Los Cules, we head into the third season looking to retain the league crown whilst going one better in Europe and doing better in the Copa del Rey. Before any of the pre-season matches got underway, we received this bad news. Neymar would miss basically the whole of pre-season due to tearing some ligaments in his knee. Hopefully we'll have him back firing earlier rather than later as we agreed to pay for a specialist to treat the injury. For those of you that may be interested, there was a big surprise in the World Cup. Denmark are the new World Champions after beating Chile in the final after extra time. A quick sidenote away from Barca, the player that once held the world record for a transfer fee, Gareth Bale, was now a free agent. How the mighty have fallen. He may well be 32 now but there are still some impressive stats there, I approached the agent to see if we could do a deal but he didn't want to join us of all clubs so soon after leaving our greatest rivals. He ended up signing for Marseille. So, back to Barcelona and our pre-season schedule was a scarce one. Despite my assistant on friendly organizing duty, it seems he forgot, so the 2 matches we did play both ended up being testimonials, the first of which was for the legend, Lionel Messi. We would face Dortmund at the Nou Camp for it and here's how we got on. Messi didn't get on the score sheet himself, but did assist the opener for ex-Barca man Phillipe Coutinho. Another former player who I let go at the end of last season was Alessandro Florenzi who got our second. Pereira and Marek got Dortmund back in it but Gabriel Jesus scored the winner for us on his return from a ruptured ACL. Our second pre-season testimonial match was for Villarrael's Manu Trigeuros at El Madrigal a week later. In an attempt to try and get some of the fringe players so game time ahead of the new season, we played a much changed side in this game and took the lead thanks to Sergio Aguero's first goal for the club on the hour mark. Unfortunately, goals from Zapata and Coca won the game for the hosts and we didn't manage to win our second pre season match. After the Villarrael match, a very interesting article appeared in the news tab. Gunes had resigned as manager of England, opening the door for me to manage the country of my birth. I'm not that interested in managing at club level there at the moment due to the Brexit uncertainty, but to possibly help the national team achieve something they hadn't in almost 60 years was too good an opportunity not to even apply for. More on this as it progresses. So, what transfer business had we engaged in this summer? My director of football brought in a couple of youth prospects from overseas in Edmundo and Djemaoui for small amounts of money, whilst I spent relatively reservedly this year with only Bachli (regen) from Spurs (again) and Niklas Stark coming in as replacement for Rakitic and Pique. Isco also joined of a free from Manchester United. Despite reaching 30, Isco was still a player at the height of his game and I'm hoping he can really push the almost immovable front 3 to perform even better than last year, otherwise he's in the team as he's a supreme talent still. We've had a fair few leave the club this year, but nobody really for a substantial fee. Mario was the other first team player to leave the club at the end of his contract, he wasn't getting near the side due to the fantastic Lekic so I thought it might be time to let a youngster challenge that position from La Masia instead of an aging full back on high wages. We've sent a lot of big prospects out on loan and I'll be keeping a close eye on the likes of Alarcon who made a fair few appearances for us last season, Golobart and Edu Coromina, just 17 and 16 respectively. I'm hoping they can break into their loan sides and really make a difference as they look to break through into my 11 possibly next season. So, how does the team look heading into the new season? Apart from sub-keeper Szczesny, here's the squad. It's slightly bigger than last season with a few younger players coming in with the likes of Bachli and Alejandro Diaz. Diaz is just 17 but will challenge Lekic for the right back spot this year and will get opportunities in the Copa del Rey and Champions League, possibly even the upcoming Spanish Super Cup. Carles Alena will also be given an opportunity to see if he can break into the first team, he's been out on loan for the past few seasons and is now 24, this season is make or break for him as a Barca player I think. Buitink returns from Sporting Lisbon and will be ahead of the under-performing Aguero in the pecking order behind MSN who are still my favorable front 3. Our season gets underway as mentioned before in the Spanish Super Cup where we will face Real Sociedad after they beat Real Madrid in last season's Copa del Rey final. It'll be a 2 legged affair, the first leg at the Anoeta, the second back at the Nou Camp, all before our league season gets underway against Sporting Gijon away from home, our first home match being the following weekend against recently promoted Almeria.
  15. Cheers! Hoping to finish pre-season tonight, provide a quick update of the summer activity and get a half season update in over the weekend/early next week