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  1. January 2018 - Rebuilding Both Our Reputations I worried I'd be back where I started, having left Young Boys in a league and cup position no better than when I joined in little Switzerland, but I needn't have worried. Having kept the club away from the relegation zone and finishing one place from the European spots in half a season, my next club gave me the same task just a week after my sacking, in a far bigger league. Valenciennes FC With a contract until the end of the season (and a small pay rise after being sacked!), I'm tasked with avoiding relegation. They haven't got a lot of money or a top training facility, and aren't even in the relegation zone, so I could ruin my reputation here by failing spectacularly. But I wasn't expecting to get an offer from as high up as a midtable French Ligue 1 club, so it might be a one-off chance I should take now. Especially with half the transfer window still to go. And I only have to travel over the border. I don't speak French (German was the language in Bern, Switzerland) but it's basically English isn't it? Budgets Transfer: £1.75m Wage: £200k, with 30k available. (The median average wage is about £7.5k.) League and Cups With many other countries being dominated by just one or two teams, Ligue 1 has become the neutral's favourite league. It may only be the 6th best league in Europe (incidentally behind Ukraine in 4th), but it has seen 4 different winners in the past 4 seasons, with Lyon's grip loosening. With just over half the season gone, 2012 and 2013's back-to-back champions Saint-Etienne top the table. It's very tight in the bottom half; 7 points separate 20th and 11th. There is one unfamiliar name: SO Romorantin. They've gone from the 4th tier to Ligue 1 in 10 years, and are currently 12th in their debut season. Table 1st - Saint-Etienne - 45 points 5th - Amiens - 34 (Intertoto Cup place) 10th - Bordeaux - 30 11th - Brest - 24 15th - Valenciennes - 20 18th - Sedan - 18 (Relegation zone) 20th - Sochaux - 17 Valenciennes were knocked out by Lyon in the first match of their League Cup campaign, but are still in the French Cup after squeaking past Sedan on penalties. The cup game next weekend, away to an amateur side, will be my debut as manager. Easy start? Club History - Rebuilding A Destroyed Reputation The club were founded in 1913 and were one of the founding members of Ligue 2 in 1933. They yo-yoed between the top two leagues, and made their only French Cup final appearance (losing 3-0 to Strasbourg in 1951), until they were the participant in the 1993 Marseille match-fixing scandal. Marseille paid them to "go easy" before their European Cup final and with the title in reach, a result that relegated Valenciennes. Their reputation destroyed, they were relegated twice in a row before relegation to the 4th-tier 2 seasons later due to financial problems, leading them to become amateur and file for bankruptcy. Within a decade, they made they way back to Ligue 1 thanks to two promotions in a row. After one more relegation and promotion, they quickly established themselves as a trouble-free midtable side, with their best finish in half a century last season when they finished 9th. They've failed to get past the 2nd round of the League Cup for 5 years, but make a quarter-final appearance in the French Cup every few years. I'm their first English manager since 1947. I take over from Laurent Banide, who had done nothing wrong in his 5 years at the club. Valenciennes itself is a small town a few miles from the border of Belgium, in the north-east of France. It's only a couple of miles across and has a population of just over 40,000, although the metropolitan area is closer to 400,000. The town was nearly completely destroyed by the end of WWII. It's one of the less exciting places I've stayed at. The club chairman, who is a local councillor and politician, is willing to listen to offers. Fierce rivals are Marseille, no surprise given the 1993 match-fixing scandal. Lens and Lille are also rivals, due to geography. Stadium Stade Nungesser Named after a local WWI ace pilot and adventurer, it's an unspectacular little stadium that seats 23,000. Squad There are over 30 senior players at the club, so depth is an understatement. No need to sell any yet, I might not stay past the summer anyway, so if form is good I can try them all out and see who we should cash in on in the summer (if I choose to stay). But a third of them will be out of contract with most not interested in renewing, The strikers and defenders look particularly good. A few strikers are scoring regularly enough, which suggests relegation will never be a real threat. The defence have only kept 3 clean sheets in 23 games this season, but individually there is a quality defence. I'm shocked to see the 4k-rated Algerian left-back Boudib is actually a good-looking young player, so he may start my first game. Despite performing well for 15 games last season (7.13 average rating), goalkeeper Béranger has played second-fiddle to Charrier despite his awful form the past 2 seasons (6.57, 6.58). Béranger is my #1 and Charrier is transfer-listed as his contract is running out and he, like many players, has no interest in renewing anyway. The midfield seems a weak area. There are no stand-out players, despite having 5+ sodding men available for each position. But if you have to have a lack in quality somewhere, I'd rather it be midfield. I will look to buy/loan an attacking central midfielder. A 20-year-old Portuguese defender, Dias, is on the transfer list and rightly so, but he says he thinks his career is over. I hope I can find him a club... With safety likely, I'm allowed to bring my own staff if I wish. I will only keep a few people.
  2. January 2018 - Rebuilding Both Our Reputations I worried I'd be back where I started, having left Young Boys in a league and cup position no better than when I joined in little Switzerland, but I needn't have worried. Having kept the club away from the relegation zone and finishing one place from the European spots in half a season, my next club gave me the same task just a week after my sacking, in a far bigger league. Valenciennes FC With a contract until the end of the season (and a small pay rise after being sacked!), I'm tasked with avoiding relegation. They haven't got a lot of money or a top training facility, and aren't even in the relegation zone, so I could ruin my reputation here by failing spectacularly. But I wasn't expecting to get an offer from as high up as a midtable French Ligue 1 club, so it might be a one-off chance I should take now. Especially with half the transfer window still to go. And I only have to travel over the border. I don't speak French (German was the language in Bern, Switzerland) but it's basically English isn't it? Budgets Transfer: £1.75m Wage: £200k, with 30k available. (The median average wage is about £7.5k.) League and Cups With many other countries being dominated by just one or two teams, Ligue 1 has become the neutral's favourite league. It may only be the 6th best league in Europe (incidentally behind Ukraine in 4th), but it has seen 4 different winners in the past 4 seasons, with Lyon's grip loosening. With just over half the season gone, 2012 and 2013's back-to-back champions Saint-Etienne top the table. It's very tight in the bottom half; 7 points separate 20th and 11th. There is one unfamiliar name: SO Romorantin. They've gone from the 4th tier to Ligue 1 in 10 years, and are currently 12th in their debut season. Table 1st - Saint-Etienne - 45 points 5th - Amiens - 34 (Intertoto Cup place) 10th - Bordeaux - 30 11th - Brest - 24 15th - Valenciennes - 20 18th - Sedan - 18 (Relegation zone) 20th - Sochaux - 17 Valenciennes were knocked out by Lyon in the first match of their League Cup campaign, but are still in the French Cup after squeaking past Sedan on penalties. The cup game next weekend, away to an amateur side, will be my debut as manager. Easy start? Club History - Rebuilding A Destroyed Reputation The club were founded in 1913 and were one of the founding members of Ligue 2 in 1933. They yo-yoed between the top two leagues, and made their only French Cup final appearance (losing 3-0 to Strasbourg in 1951), until they were the participant in the 1993 Marseille match-fixing scandal. Marseille paid them to "go easy" before their European Cup final and with the title in reach, a result that relegated Valenciennes. Their reputation destroyed, they were relegated twice in a row before relegation to the 4th-tier 2 seasons later due to financial problems, leading them to become amateur and file for bankruptcy. Within a decade, they made they way back to Ligue 1 thanks to two promotions in a row. After one more relegation and promotion, they quickly established themselves as a trouble-free midtable side, with their best finish in half a century last season when they finished 9th. They've failed to get past the 2nd round of the League Cup for 5 years, but make a quarter-final appearance in the French Cup every few years. I'm their first English manager since 1947. I take over from Laurent Banide, who had done nothing wrong in his 5 years at the club. Valenciennes itself is a small town a few miles from the border of Belgium, in the north-east of France. It's only a couple of miles across and has a population of just over 40,000, although the metropolitan area is closer to 400,000. The town was nearly completely destroyed by the end of WWII. It's one of the less exciting places I've stayed at. The club chairman, who is a local councillor and politician, is willing to listen to offers. Fierce rivals are Marseille, no surprise given the 1993 match-fixing scandal. Lens and Lille are also rivals, due to geography. Stadium Stade Nungesser Named after a local WWI ace pilot and adventurer, it's an unspectacular little stadium that seats 23,000. Squad There are over 30 senior players at the club, so depth is an understatement. No need to sell any yet, I might not stay past the summer anyway, so if form is good I can try them all out and see who we should cash in on in the summer (if I choose to stay). But a third of them will be out of contract with most not interested in renewing, The strikers and defenders look particularly good. A few strikers are scoring regularly enough, which suggests relegation will never be a real threat. The defence have only kept 3 clean sheets in 23 games this season, but individually there is a quality defence. I'm shocked to see the 4k-rated Algerian left-back Boudib is actually a good-looking young player, so he may start my first game. Despite performing well for 15 games last season (7.13 average rating), goalkeeper Béranger has played second-fiddle to Charrier despite his awful form the past 2 seasons (6.57, 6.58). Béranger is my #1 and Charrier is transfer-listed as his contract is running out and he, like many players, has no interest in renewing anyway. The midfield seems a weak area. There are no stand-out players, despite having 5+ sodding men available for each position. But if you have to have a lack in quality somewhere, I'd rather it be midfield. I will look to buy/loan an attacking central midfielder. A 20-year-old Portuguese defender, Dias, is on the transfer list and rightly so, but he says he thinks his career is over. I hope I can find him a club... With safety likely, I'm allowed to bring my own staff if I wish. I will only keep a few people.
  3. FM Careers Forum Discussion

    That kinda sounds like you like it because you got a dramatic winner. Had you been on a losing streak, which will happen eventually, you'd be saying you hate it surely.
  4. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    Along with the improvement of facilities, infrastructure, other fancy words, perhaps it's the science of tactics these days. All but one of the playoffs (Asia) for example have a 0-0 leg because they're not just trying to win both games, but improve their chances in the second leg, or take a 1st leg and hold onto it for 90 more minutes. Especially with possession being meaningless today.
  5. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    And people laughed at my story's World Cup simulations' upsets! It predicted all this kinda! USA and Chile anyway... And I was manager of Chile... but still...
  6. FM Careers Forum Discussion

    I hope everyone stops struggling because I have the 'mediocrity' niche covered in my story/update thread, everyone else should go back to winning everything with 20-year-old Luxembourgers! Players definitely don't have power any more in the Premier League and actually have to see out the contracts they sign, that's the funny moral positive that's come with the ******** of money. Presumably a big job intergrating that for just one league (and having it evolve with time with league reputation and money) in the next game.
  7. 2018/19 - Young Boys June to July - Pre-season Friendlies Charleroi 2 - 0 Young Boys C Goals: (45), (86) Young Boys 2 - 2 Lyon YB Goals: Stanojevic (40), Rezapour (53) L Goals: (79, 86) Disallowed YB Goal: Mijic (90+3) Caen 1 - 1 Young Boys C Goal: (24) YB Goal: Stanojevic (26) Young Boys Reserves 2 - 0 Young Boys (second-string) YBR Goals: Fink (33, 79) When they say you should do your transfer business early, they mean in June/July. I did mine in January/February! A bunch of pre-arranged free transfers come in at the start of the window. The most important two were one to stop the goals and one to score them, both valued at £1.2m: Altin Haliti was a young Albanian striker. He was arranged before my arrival and didn't look much to me, having averaged a goal every 2 games in the Croatian second tier, but my assistant and the fans though he was the best striker by far. They wouldn't be too wrong. Simone Guido was the goalkeeper I signed to take over the #1 spot. But he was only 20. His age made him unreliable and he was eventually dropped after awful form. Even though I chose the biggest wage budget for the season, the 5 new signings bumped the wage bill to slightly over budget. I would be unable to sign any more players without selling first, and I could only sell one. The keeper Toselli (the Joe Hart of the club) was one I couldn't move, and I rejected a £550k bid for Angels (ST) thinking I could get more, and ended up not being able to sell him. However I was happy with my signings for now. Some quality former players also came into the coaching setup for their first non-playing role, including Mikel Arteta (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Ajax) and Cyril Théréau (Southampton), as well as Eduardo (Croatia, Barcelona, Benfica, Fiorentina, Koln) in December. The bookies believe we'll be 5th, way ahead of FC Zurich in 6th, but a good bit behind Basel, Luzern, Thun and Grasshopper in 4th. I believe we should be looking at top 3 or 4. July to August - A promising start Swiss Super League Basel 1 - 1 Young Boys B Goal: (10) YB Disallowed Goal: Stanojevic (20) YB Goal: Haliti (25) Luzern 2 - 2 Young Boys L Goal: (22) YB Goals: Haliti (23), Stanojevic (48) L Goal: (50) Young Boys 1 - 1 Neuchatel Xamax NX Goal: (18) YB Goal: Barbu (27) YB Knock: Novak (53) Disallowed NX Goal: (95) Young Boys 3 - 2 Zurich YB Goal: Gramatikov (13) Z Goal: (30) YB Goals: Stanojevic (33, 41) Z Goal: (71) Thun 0 - 0 Young Boys Young Boys 0 - 1 St. Gallen SG Goal: (43) P6 W1 D4 L1 F7 A7 GD0 CS1 Our first 6 games sees us get 2 away points to the top 3 teams last season, and only lose to surprise leaders St. Gallen. The dominant Swiss club Basel were lucky to even get a point at their own ground. Haliti (ST) was scoring and providing from the start, while Lyubenov (DC) was consistent despite being played 'out of position' (by choice) as a wing-back. The only problem was defence, with the supposedly decent centre-back pairing of Gramatikov and Mijic making 5 mistakes and conceding 3 goals in the first 2 matches. But a long-term injury to one meant that might be cut down. September - No time to panic yet Swiss Super League Young Boys 1 - 2 Schaffhausen YB Goal: Haliti (39) S Goals: (44), (65) Grasshopper 1 - 1 Young Boys G Goal: (52) YB Goal: (69) Young Boys 0 - 0 Delémont YB injury down to 10 men: Rezapour (90) P3 W0 D2 L1 F2 A3 GD-1 CS1 Swiss Cup 1st Round (7th, 1st tier) Young Boys 3 - 1 Etoile-Carouge (3rd tier) YB Goals: Rezapour (50), Hammond (pen 80), Furtado (89) EC Goal: (90) The month started with a loss at home to a relegation-battling team suffering a defensive injury crisis and playing an 18-year-old reserve keeper. With Europe the aim, the cup draw would be kind for us, starting with the first of many home games against lower-league opposition, allowing me to play a second-string for a laborious victory. Despite a failure to win a league match this month, there was no need to panic. The league was ridiculously tight, where one win will shoot you up the table. Especially as everyone else was drawing too. I readjust and change from a 4-1-3-2 (1 CM) to a 5-3-2 (2 CMs, 1 AM). Out go the underperforming wingers and in come more promising players at wing-back and central midfield. October to December - Stopping the rot Swiss Super League (8th) Young Boys 2 - 0 Luzern (9th) YB Goals: Trajkovic (7, 47) (5th) Neuchatel Xamax 4 - 4 Young Boys (6th) NX Goals: (4, 7) YB Goals: Stanojevic (8), Haliti (11, 33) NX Goal: (39) YB Goal: Haliti (85) NX Goal: (87) (7th) Young Boys 1 - 1 Basel (3rd) YB Goal: Hammond (pen 44) B Goal: (54) (10th) Zurich 1 - 0 Young Boys (7th) Z Goal: (17) Z Red Card: (49) (8th) Young Boys 0 - 0 Thun (3rd) (9th) Schaffhausen 3 - 2 Young Boys (7th) S Goals: (18, 48), (26) S Missed Penalty: (52) YB Goals: Haliti (84), Szepessy (90+2) (9th) Young Boys 0 - 1 Grasshopper (3rd) G Goal: (14) (3rd) St. Gallen 2 - 0 Young Boys (9th) SG Goals: (48), (70) (3rd) Delémont 3 - 1 Young Boys (9th) YB Goal: Furtado (19) D Goals: (28, 42), (67) P9 W1 D3 L5 F10 A15 GD-5 CS2 Swiss Cup 2nd Round, 3rd Round, Quarter-Final (7th, 1st tier) Young Boys 1 - 0 Sion (4th, 2nd tier) YB Goal: Haliti (22) (10th, 2nd tier) Wil 0 - 0 Young Boys AET (9th, 1st tier) Pens: 4 - 5 (8 rounds) YB Second Yellow: Nadirov (105) (9th, 1st tier) Young Boys 3 - 0 Chiasso (12th, 2nd tier) YB Goals: Haliti (40, 54, 81) The defenders much prefer the back 3 but (despite scoring 4 in one match) we would go 5 games without scoring in a 6-game period. I would also be forced to take off the young new goalkeeper Guido due to form getting worse, not better, and put Toselli back in, though he would not be a vast improvement. The underperformance would come in the midst of many players wanting to leave to bigger clubs, or just not getting on with each other. After the Grasshopper result, where they dominated easily, I would've resigned had it not been for the cup run potentially saving the season. Reaching the semis, we were now only two (maybe only one) round away from European football, needing only to overcome another second-tier side and then, if necessary, a bottom-half top-tier side in the final. Impotence in attack meant I changed tactics again, from 5-3-2 to 4-1-3-2. Bodies in attack. Also I abandon keeping the ball on the ground and play long ball. Performance immediately improves although we lose the next two games before beating Chiasso in the last game of 2018. We will get more points next year. One other positive was the youth. Injuries in defence led to 21-year-old Travers (DL) and 17-year-old Boll (DC) getting runs in the first team, and they stepped up to the challenge. Travers would even stay in the first-team. Perhaps when the season restarts, I should give more youth a chance. Winter Break League Table (after 18 games) 1 - Basel - 30 points ------------ 4 - Grasshopper - 25 (Last European place) ------------ 8 - Schaffhausen - 22 (Safety) ------------ 9 - Young Boys - 15 (Relegation playoff place) ------------ 10 - Zurich - 14 (Relegation place) P18 W2 D9 L7 F19 A25 GD-6 CS4 Basel top the table as usual, but only by a point. The rest of the table is completely random. The only large gap is between 8th and 9th... After reviewing the team, I know an overhaul is needed. I will trust more in the young reserves, who are performing well in the reserve league. This means I can get rid of a lot of chaff, and free up the budget for just one or two key signings. Despite the pre-season signings, I seem to still need another keeper and striker. The board claimed to be satisfied for now, while the fans were not. But after Christmas and into the New Year, with an overhaul of the squad about to begin as I start to arrange the sales of players, I'm called by the chairman to come in first thing with some stunning news. I am sacked. Obviously disappointing, because we were in the semis of the cup and I could see results improving with the system change and certainly if I could sign a good keeper. But I guess time ran out. I was going to see out my contract till the end of the season, the feeling wasn't mutual. I leave the club after one year with them no better off than when I arrived, when they were fighting relegation and in the cup semis. Arguably worse, being in 9th. I was replaced with Ivan Hasek, a journeyman with an unspectacular record who is now at his 7th club in under 6 years. So this is the end of the questionable topic titles.
  8. 2018/19 - Young Boys June to July - Pre-season Friendlies Charleroi 2 - 0 Young Boys C Goals: (45), (86) Young Boys 2 - 2 Lyon YB Goals: Stanojevic (40), Rezapour (53) L Goals: (79, 86) Disallowed YB Goal: Mijic (90+3) Caen 1 - 1 Young Boys C Goal: (24) YB Goal: Stanojevic (26) Young Boys Reserves 2 - 0 Young Boys (second-string) YBR Goals: Fink (33, 79) When they say you should do your transfer business early, they mean in June/July. I did mine in January/February! A bunch of pre-arranged free transfers come in at the start of the window. The most important two were one to stop the goals and one to score them, both valued at £1.2m: Altin Haliti was a young Albanian striker. He was arranged before my arrival and didn't look much to me, having averaged a goal every 2 games in the Croatian second tier, but my assistant and the fans though he was the best striker by far. They wouldn't be too wrong. Simone Guido was the goalkeeper I signed to take over the #1 spot. But he was only 20. His age made him unreliable and he was eventually dropped after awful form. Even though I chose the biggest wage budget for the season, the 5 new signings bumped the wage bill to slightly over budget. I would be unable to sign any more players without selling first, and I could only sell one. The keeper Toselli (the Joe Hart of the club) was one I couldn't move, and I rejected a £550k bid for Angels (ST) thinking I could get more, and ended up not being able to sell him. However I was happy with my signings for now. Some quality former players also came into the coaching setup for their first non-playing role, including Mikel Arteta (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Ajax) and Cyril Théréau (Southampton), as well as Eduardo (Croatia, Barcelona, Benfica, Fiorentina, Koln) in December. The bookies believe we'll be 5th, way ahead of FC Zurich in 6th, but a good bit behind Basel, Luzern, Thun and Grasshopper in 4th. I believe we should be looking at top 3 or 4. July to August - A promising start Swiss Super League Basel 1 - 1 Young Boys B Goal: (10) YB Disallowed Goal: Stanojevic (20) YB Goal: Haliti (25) Luzern 2 - 2 Young Boys L Goal: (22) YB Goals: Haliti (23), Stanojevic (48) L Goal: (50) Young Boys 1 - 1 Neuchatel Xamax NX Goal: (18) YB Goal: Barbu (27) YB Knock: Novak (53) Disallowed NX Goal: (95) Young Boys 3 - 2 Zurich YB Goal: Gramatikov (13) Z Goal: (30) YB Goals: Stanojevic (33, 41) Z Goal: (71) Thun 0 - 0 Young Boys Young Boys 0 - 1 St. Gallen SG Goal: (43) P6 W1 D4 L1 F7 A7 GD0 CS1 Our first 6 games sees us get 2 away points to the top 3 teams last season, and only lose to surprise leaders St. Gallen. The dominant Swiss club Basel were lucky to even get a point at their own ground. Haliti (ST) was scoring and providing from the start, while Lyubenov (DC) was consistent despite being played 'out of position' (by choice) as a wing-back. The only problem was defence, with the supposedly decent centre-back pairing of Gramatikov and Mijic making 5 mistakes and conceding 3 goals in the first 2 matches. But a long-term injury to one meant that might be cut down. September - No time to panic yet Swiss Super League Young Boys 1 - 2 Schaffhausen YB Goal: Haliti (39) S Goals: (44), (65) Grasshopper 1 - 1 Young Boys G Goal: (52) YB Goal: (69) Young Boys 0 - 0 Delémont YB injury down to 10 men: Rezapour (90) P3 W0 D2 L1 F2 A3 GD-1 CS1 Swiss Cup 1st Round (7th, 1st tier) Young Boys 3 - 1 Etoile-Carouge (3rd tier) YB Goals: Rezapour (50), Hammond (pen 80), Furtado (89) EC Goal: (90) The month started with a loss at home to a relegation-battling team suffering a defensive injury crisis and playing an 18-year-old reserve keeper. With Europe the aim, the cup draw would be kind for us, starting with the first of many home games against lower-league opposition, allowing me to play a second-string for a laborious victory. Despite a failure to win a league match this month, there was no need to panic. The league was ridiculously tight, where one win will shoot you up the table. Especially as everyone else was drawing too. I readjust and change from a 4-1-3-2 (1 CM) to a 5-3-2 (2 CMs, 1 AM). Out go the underperforming wingers and in come more promising players at wing-back and central midfield. October to December - Stopping the rot Swiss Super League (8th) Young Boys 2 - 0 Luzern (9th) YB Goals: Trajkovic (7, 47) (5th) Neuchatel Xamax 4 - 4 Young Boys (6th) NX Goals: (4, 7) YB Goals: Stanojevic (8), Haliti (11, 33) NX Goal: (39) YB Goal: Haliti (85) NX Goal: (87) (7th) Young Boys 1 - 1 Basel (3rd) YB Goal: Hammond (pen 44) B Goal: (54) (10th) Zurich 1 - 0 Young Boys (7th) Z Goal: (17) Z Red Card: (49) (8th) Young Boys 0 - 0 Thun (3rd) (9th) Schaffhausen 3 - 2 Young Boys (7th) S Goals: (18, 48), (26) S Missed Penalty: (52) YB Goals: Haliti (84), Szepessy (90+2) (9th) Young Boys 0 - 1 Grasshopper (3rd) G Goal: (14) (3rd) St. Gallen 2 - 0 Young Boys (9th) SG Goals: (48), (70) (3rd) Delémont 3 - 1 Young Boys (9th) YB Goal: Furtado (19) D Goals: (28, 42), (67) P9 W1 D3 L5 F10 A15 GD-5 CS2 Swiss Cup 2nd Round, 3rd Round, Quarter-Final (7th, 1st tier) Young Boys 1 - 0 Sion (4th, 2nd tier) YB Goal: Haliti (22) (10th, 2nd tier) Wil 0 - 0 Young Boys AET (9th, 1st tier) Pens: 4 - 5 (8 rounds) YB Second Yellow: Nadirov (105) (9th, 1st tier) Young Boys 3 - 0 Chiasso (12th, 2nd tier) YB Goals: Haliti (40, 54, 81) The defenders much prefer the back 3 but (despite scoring 4 in one match) we would go 5 games without scoring in a 6-game period. I would also be forced to take off the young new goalkeeper Guido due to form getting worse, not better, and put Toselli back in, though he would not be a vast improvement. The underperformance would come in the midst of many players wanting to leave to bigger clubs, or just not getting on with each other. After the Grasshopper result, where they dominated easily, I would've resigned had it not been for the cup run potentially saving the season. Reaching the semis, we were now only two (maybe only one) round away from European football, needing only to overcome another second-tier side and then, if necessary, a bottom-half top-tier side in the final. Impotence in attack meant I changed tactics again, from 5-3-2 to 4-1-3-2. Bodies in attack. Also I abandon keeping the ball on the ground and play long ball. Performance immediately improves although we lose the next two games before beating Chiasso in the last game of 2018. We will get more points next year. One other positive was the youth. Injuries in defence led to 21-year-old Travers (DL) and 17-year-old Boll (DC) getting runs in the first team, and they stepped up to the challenge. Travers would even stay in the first-team. Perhaps when the season restarts, I should give more youth a chance. Winter Break League Table (after 18 games) 1 - Basel - 30 points ------------ 4 - Grasshopper - 25 (Last European place) ------------ 8 - Schaffhausen - 22 (Safety) ------------ 9 - Young Boys - 15 (Relegation playoff place) ------------ 10 - Zurich - 14 (Relegation place) P18 W2 D9 L7 F19 A25 GD-6 CS4 Basel top the table as usual, but only by a point. The rest of the table is completely random. The only large gap is between 8th and 9th... After reviewing the team, I know an overhaul is needed. I will trust more in the young reserves, who are performing well in the reserve league. This means I can get rid of a lot of chaff, and free up the budget for just one or two key signings. Despite the pre-season signings, I seem to still need another keeper and striker. The board claimed to be satisfied for now, while the fans were not. But after Christmas and into the New Year, with an overhaul of the squad about to begin as I start to arrange the sales of players, I'm called by the chairman to come in first thing with some stunning news. I am sacked. Obviously disappointing, because we were in the semis of the cup and I could see results improving with the system change and certainly if I could sign a good keeper. But I guess time ran out. I was going to see out my contract till the end of the season, the feeling wasn't mutual. I leave the club after one year with them no better off than when I arrived, when they were fighting relegation and in the cup semis. Arguably worse, being in 9th. I was replaced with Ivan Hasek, a journeyman with an unspectacular record who is now at his 7th club in under 6 years. So this is the end of the questionable topic titles.
  9. FM Careers Forum Discussion

    Welcome to football.
  10. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    Check out Taiwan/Chinese Taipei's national stadium. The world's largest solar-powered stadium. Looks a bit like the Incheon Stadium.
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    We've known for at least a decade that the real game comes out in February, right? With alpha and beta in mind, I guess you could call the Oct/Nov - Feb period the gamma testing period.
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    What would we have to moan about with a manager that plays exciting football and wins trophies? You're killing alcohol sales! Also FM07 all the way, mister.
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    Welp.
  14. FMS Community Thread / Episode VII / Goalfinger

    Without knowing a lot about the activity of the board, I'd say this is my list of awards: Newcomer Unique Story Same as 'Best Idea' but factors in quality/enjoyment too rather than just the idea. Best International International seems neglected by FM player so nice to give it some exposure. Most Memorable Event Something wacky, epic or memorable. So using my story as an example of the variance you could get, you might say: - Spurs doing the Spursy Treble by falling at the final hurdle of all 3 competitons, going from treble to nothing. - England's 2014 World Cup campaign under Beardsley where they qualified at the last second with a Luke Moore goal, then eliminated to their final group stage opponents via drawing of lots after an epic 3-3 draw. - Steve McClaren becoming an England and Newcastle PL-winning legend - Glenn Hoddle getting every club he's ever been to shock-relegated no matter how big they are. - Something the player did (I don't have any special examples for myself). The Darren Fletcher Award Given to someone whose story isn't legendary nor rubbish, but primarily clearly has a lot of effort put into it for a still quality story. The Unmitigated Disaster Award Rewarding those who, rather than winning everything and taking San Marino to European champions with kids, went to a club/country and ruined them (not on purpose, preferably). You might see I'm thinking of awards that highlight particular parts of a story as much as just the stories themselves, might get good discussion doing that and writers will see what people enjoyed most or didn't mention they had fun reading until now. That might just be more to do with Europa League. Now that it completely copies the Champions League, there's no point to it. Especially given the CL group stages are now routine and unexciting, never mind Europa. Also there's nothing at stake. You'll only show some interest if they reach the final or maybe semis, quarters maybe if by then Arsenal aren't going to qualify via league.
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