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  1. Yeah it was quite busy, but it had to be done. I had a very thin squad and some old guys in Michael Rose, Kyle McFadzean, Liam Kelly, Mriko Boland had to go. They were so far away from Premier League standard and started to regress. Yeah pretty crazy that Dasilva is the top earner, but he was the most perfect fit for our style of play. The fact that he was English as well was a big plus as I try to get UK players if it's possible and they suits our philosophy. Our wages are still very low and to be fair, Dasilva is a beast of an wing back . We are currently playing 5 players that played for us last year and Hiwula is now worth £17m and doing great.
  2. @10Sammo10 Great work on Forest Green, unlucky with the playoff. You'll get it next year. @karanhsingh Looking good. Congrats on promotion! Looking forward to see how you use that transfer window. @Jogo Bonito I was close to starting with Bolton before I started with Coventry, great to see you build them up again. Got some bright young prospects and Eddie Brown looks like a valuable asset already Transfer window is now closed. Pretty amazing window. We added Mandzukic, Thompson and Shea on the last day because we lacked some depth. Mario Mandzukic will probably get some playtime since Gelhardt is still young and Mario still got some football in him. I just hope we don't get injuries on our center backs, we only got Sam Hughes and Louis Thompson as backups. The only reason I loaned Dalot is because Dabo got injured, 3 months We also secured another wonderkid for a pretty decent price. He is perfect to our style of play and will be a great asset for the team over the years to come. This is how our team looks like in our first season in Premier League. I'm pretty confident that we will avoid relegation. We are dead last salary spendings and our highest earner is Jay Dasilva on £38k a week. So I would say we have a bright future ahead here in Coventry City.
  3. Yeah, I couldn't belive my own eyes when I saw him on the transfer list and interested to join Coventry City.
  4. Season 2: After our promotion to Championship we hoped that we managed to avoid relegation. Which is pretty accurate if you look at our wage budget after the transfer window closed, we had the second lowest wages in the league. And we kept most of the League One squad that helped us climb the ladder. I had no imagination of promotion because I felt we lacked some quality in some areas and we didn't have much depth everywhere. But wow, what a sick season. I think our good start of the season was the key when we smashed Cardiff 6-1 at home in the first game and Newcastle 4-0 at St. James'Park a couple of games later. We came to the quarter finals in the EFL Cup after beating Cambridge, Newcastle, Tottenham, Southampton before we lost to Reading on penalties. In the FA cup we lost to some railway workers called Crewe in the 3rd round.. We didn't have much money to spend in the transfer market, but we had some space in our wage budget so I once again tried to get young quality players that would fit our play style. Pretty damn happy to get Gavin Bazunu from City for a very small amount and we added some experience in the German, Mark Boland. We also managed to cash in on some players that I wanted gone, so it was a pretty good window. I felt like I had a squad that would avoid relegation with a good margin. Herbie Kane(7.50 avg) and Fankaty Dabo(7.35 avg) above everyone else this season, another huge asset was Zain Westbrooke who scored 10 goals. Our loan soldiers, Brewster, Connolly, Østigård also played a key part to our success. The whole team went massive. It's going to be a massive job to survive in Premier League, we need to add some quality and I don't wanna go crazy on wages. It' all hands on deck at the club to find transfer prospects, we already have our first player signed. It's the former Coventry player Tom Bayliss who is on board for only £105k. But our second signing is the sickest transfer I've made in terms of value for money and such a big name to a little club like Coventry. What a day for Coventry City! Frustrating that we had to accept £34.5m release fee to clubs in Champions League.. Sun is shining in Coventry City and we are working non stop to secure more deals before the whistle blows again.
  5. Wow, what a mess! What a way to get screwed over, feel your pain @warlock
  6. Congrats on promotion @warlock. Looking forward to see who you bring in. BTW, how do you get your screenshot that big in the forum?
  7. I would have gone for Rochdale. It's so many young prospects to build the club around, Rathbone, Matheson, Camps, Morley +. Actually a pretty decent squad with a lot of potential.
  8. We are back at The Ricoh Arena @Jogo Bonito. Probably why we're overachieving, players are so happy to be back from Birmingham Good luck with the rest of the season @warlock, Stoke is an interesting rebuilding project. I had Ngoy on FM18 and yeah, wow what a player. That speed...
  9. Thanks @warlock, @Gunner 101, @10Sammo10 and @Jogo Bonito . I'm now 26 games into the season and I'm mind-blown. We had a little struggle recently with 5 games without a win in the league with 4 draws, 1 loss and lost 2-0 to Crewe in FA Cup(with reserves), so I thought we might have landed the ship after our space trip. But no, we actually managed to beat Fulham 2-0 on Craven Cottage and whoops..top of the league again. I had no imagination of promotion when we started this season, now we actually got a chance. Zain Westbrooke and Fankaty Dato have been amazing for us so far. It's January now and we got some space in our wage budget so I might get another player on loan. Haven't decided if we're going for a center back or a right wing yet, probably center back.
  10. I did it on my Fulham save. Was extremely good at age 19. My advice, get him!
  11. Coventry City FC - Sky Blues back on track? From The Guardian: Coventry is now playing in League One and got some decent home grown players to build around and a great history, which always motivates me on FM. So my vision was to build up the club without doing anything crazy that would jeopardize the finances. My goal is to play attractive football on our own permissions and deliver entertainment back to our fans. Season 1 I had my eyes on Playoff before the season and wow, the players really didn't disappoint. I did very little on the transfer front, with only Aaron Connolly joining from Brighton as I felt we needed some quality up front. We got knocked out early from both of the cups, so we could focus 100% on our mission in the league. To be fair, I was trying in the FA Cup but Wycombe absolutely destroyed us 4-0. The loan soldier Liam Walsh was just on another level with his 12 assists and 8 POM. Aaron Connolly proved to be a great addition.. When I saw that we were competing among the top in December I decided to add some more young quality and depth to the midfield and at center back, because I really felt that we had a chance if we could stay fit and get some more depth in case of injuries. We manage to add some great additions that made a great effort to securing the title. James Garner had an average rating of 7.42 with 13 caps and Max Kilman 7.19. Couldn't ask for more.. Season 2 We got no money to spend on with the new transfer budget and just under £100k a week on wages, so couldn't exactly go crazy. But it was fine, I want to build slowly and build up the economy to be healthy. At the same time I was a bit unsure if my style of play would be a little overambitious in Championship. I'm pretty happy with our transfers and got some great young players that is adding some quality to our side. Unfortunately we didn't manage to get Liam Walsh on free, he went to Bristol City. Tried to get a couple of other guys but they all chose other clubs that could pay them better. So now our highest earner is Jordy Hiwula on £6.5k a week and highest paid loan player is Østigård and Kane on £10.25k, a little high but that quality is worth it. We also manage to sell some players to get some money in the bank, so all in all, great window. Our goal this season is to avoid relegation. Can we compete in Championship? Well, I kinda think so after that start! What a start.. Demolishing Cardiff 6-1 at home and beating Newcastle at St. James' Park, wow! Kinda frustrating that we lost a game against Swansea that we should have won. Can't wait to see what we can achieve this season, I have no big ambitions so all over relegation is a bonus. The Sky Blues are back on track!
  12. Great work @Fubz. Seasons like that makes FM wonderful to play. All the emotions and passion really comes forward at those moments. How was your tactical approach in PL?
  13. Maidstone in National League South is one of the largest cities without a team in Football League. That's a nice challenge.
  14. Yeah please get a fix to this. So much more work to do one by one..
  15. Thanks guys! Transfer window just closed and we signed 10 players, no one older than 20. So it's a big challenge ahead of us. Great to see some other saves up as well. Best of luck @beechy85 and great work @Gungner !
  16. Season 4: We had a really tough task ahead after three straight promotions and still not a lot of money to spend. There was no chance that we were changing our tactics to a more defensive minded. Our most important job is to please all the fans, so they can enjoy some entertaining football at The Hive. I still couldn't believe that we were in Championship! The media expectation was 23rd but I thought we had a good chance to avoid relegation even tho the squad needed some improvements. We needed to bring in a quality striker and I had one young prospect in mind, Jack Clarke, I tried to get him on loan every year but this year Leeds finally thought our squad was good enough. All our money was spent on Ryan Kent who played really well last season. Transfers: I was pleased that we managed to get Pedro Pereira on loan. He was a perfect fit for my tactic, unfortunately we only had a 6 month loan deal and they didn't wanted to extend it further. So Deameaco Duhaney was the only RB half of the season. He did really well and luckily only had like a week of injury. Adli and the regan Udo added some creativity to the midfield and the rest had a backup role. Jack Clarke is a monster! I can't believe it! We played so well at the start of the season but we had some struggles around gameweek 28, but the team showed great character and got it rolling again. We managed to beat Wigan 6-0(3-0,3-0) in the first playoff matches and then we met Crystal Palace, a team we didn't win any of out games against in the playoff final. We were lucky that Milivojevic was injured, because he doing really well against us. We had a really great game, I focused on set pieces, tactical training and wow, we delivered so good. Such a great and dominating final match to secure our spot in the Premier League! Jack Clarke finished the season like this: Above all expectations. One thing I'm not that pleased about is our youth intake. The last two intakes have been really poor. But we can start to make improvements towards youth facilities and coaches. Jeez, the whole club needs improvements after 4 promotions in a row. The plan now is to get some players that are out of contract and bring in some great young talent to build the team around. Wow, we got plenty of money to spend if we want, and we probably need to do so as well. Next goal is to survive and then we are taking over London!
  17. Barnet FC - The Bees are back in town The Project: I have always had an FM crush on Barnet. Barnet relegated to Vanarama National League last year and is one of the favorites to get up. My goal with every team is to play attractive football, why? Because football is supposed to be entertainment! We want to climb the ladder without taking huge financial risks, so we need to be smart with the transfers and build a good fundament. We are going to build the team around young and hungry players that we can develop. Season 1: We had a great season and we finished as number one. We had some great loan signings and the signing of Ruben Bover, who played here before they got relegated, was really contributing to the great season. We didn't do any good in the cups but we played with a lot of backup players because the league was the only goal this season. Transfers: All of these transfers are players who can play at a higher level, so I was really pleased that we were able to get that kind of quality. There was no doubt in my mind about promotion after we secured these class players. We did it! The Bees are back in the League! It was a great season and we what was expected of us. The new signings did great and I would really recommend Alfie and Adam May if anyone else is playing in Vanarama National. Wrexham gave us a little fight but it wasn't really a big one. We were just far too superior at this level. Season 2: After the great first season we had a mid-table prediction if we could strengthen the squad with some quality additions. There was going to be a lot more games and we needed to add several players so we could handle the tough schedule. Peterborough, Rochdale, MK Dons and Wycombe relegated from League One so I wasn't expecting to be able to fight at the top. But then came.... Transfers: WOW, just wow! Look at these signings After the window was done I was pretty sure that we would be able to fight for promotion. I was not expecting to be able to bring in so many quality players. Some of these are just on another level.. And guess what... Players like Sam Hart, Kane Wilson, Xande and Ethan Hamilton was just on another level. We were knocked out in the 3rd round in the FA Cup against Bournemouth so we had full focus on the league. We got most of the awards and the project was really going strong. Our tactic is just so good, we are really performing above expectations. Season 3: After two straight promotions we had a mid-table prediction. Even tho we took some huge steps pretty fast we did not change out playstyle. We are attacking and bringing positive vibes to the Barnet supporters. After the promotion we needed to strengthen the attack. We got some solid additions and I was hoping that we could get to playoff if we didn't get injuries on some of the vital players. Transfers: Once again I was really happy with our transfer window. We got some great technical and speedy players that suits our tactic. And WOW, they delivered so good..... Just take a look at the ratings. Insane season! Ethan Hamilton is such a legend, scoring so many beautiful long shots. We still haven't spent any money on transfers, pretty amazing if you look at that squad. Hart and Wilson were just tearing apart the oppositions with their offensive contributions. We started the season with two draws and a win before we lost to Dover in the Carabao cup, I wasn't happy about that one, but we played with our backup players and that wasn't our main target. We came to the third round in the FA cup but lost 3-1 against a far superior Arsenal team. Things have gone far above any expectations so far.
  18. Welcome to The Non-League thread A lot of FM-players is starting from the bottom and trying to build a dynasty. This is for the hardworking, passionate and dedicated people who aren't afraid of getting their hands dirty. It is a lot of sunshine stories about non-league players who climbed to the top tiers, but do you got what it takes? Non-League football describes football leagues played outside the top leagues of a country. Usually it describes leagues which are not fully professional. The term is primarily used for football in England, where it describes football played at a level below that of the Premier League (20 clubs) and the three divisions of the English Football League (EFL; 72 clubs). The term non-League was commonly used well before 1992 when the top football clubs in England all belonged to The Football League (from 2016, the EFL); all clubs who were not a part of The Football League were therefore 'non-League' clubs. The term can be confusing as the vast majority of non-league football clubs in England play in a type of league. Currently, a non-League team would be any club playing in the National League and below and therefore would not play in the EFL Cup. We already got a Salford thread but I think it's time for a more general thread of the beloved National league and below.
  19. I would recommend Ruben Bover who is a technical beast and Alfie May who is a great lower league striker. A little off topic: Is it really no Vanarama League "club" thread?
  20. Here you see my heatmap and positions away from home against a better team(on paper). The whole idea is to patiencly move the ball until we find the gap and don't give away the ball unnecessary. As you can see we do play wide even tho it might not seem like that. This is causing the opposition to stretch out and giving us space. So don't get to focused about that I have picked more narrow, it's kinda like Man City with Mahrez, Sterling getting narrow and Mendy, Walker is holding out wide to stretch the opposition. And yes you can easily change the F9 to a complete forward. The problem with having Martial/Sanchez/Lingard/Rashford staying wide is that there will be so few players trying to attack the penalty area because neither of your central mids is going forward trying to help Lukaku enough.
  21. Sure: The idea is to play attacking possession based football but at the same time take the counter attacks when it's possible. If we lose the ball the objective is to try to get it back as soon as possible. In offense the AML/AMR get's narrow and the wing backs is stretching the width. Last season I think I had 64% average possession and something similar the first year. But if you try it out, you should remember that it takes time before a team gets used to a new system. I don't have time to explain it all now, but just ask questions if there is something you wanna know.
  22. Because you asked the team to play the ball through 3 playmakers rather than exploiting other opportunities. And you asked if there was an issue with 4-1-4-1 DM Wide formation, no there isn't any issue with it. Works even better than last year IMO.
  23. To be fair, this is just some ******** thread. You are winning your games, got one draw and still complain about an unlucky 1-0 defeat. But i'll give you some reasons for why anyway: 1. You got 3 playmakers, so much of your focus is to get all of these players involved in the play before/when you attack. 2. You got 0 attacking duties 3. What's going on out of possession? As you say you meet teams who sit back and park the bus, so why would you have 3 central playmakers that slow down the game? You also have "work ball into the box" so this will make your players more patient. And what's your goal and idea behind this? Is it to play beautiful possession football or what? Whether you like it or not it's your tactic that is the problem.
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