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  1. 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. 



    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! :eek: 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!

  2. 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.



    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....



    WOW, just wow! Look at these signings :thup: 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. 



    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.



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    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. 

  4. 1 hour ago, BigV said:

    @Berbatov Thanks man appreciate it, can I ask why you've gone narrow? I know inside forwards usually play narrow but surely if there's width it opens up space and makes the opposition press making more room to work the ball into the box with quicker passing (tempo)? also could a f9 change to a cf support or any other striking options such as advanced forward as rashford is working wonders in that role? Plus I use width because IRL united don't play wide and kinda get sought out so my thinking behind it is to go wide and make them run at defences like martial/sanchez/ lingard/ rashford do and cause them to commit to make more room for scoring or trying to in this case. 


    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.

  5. 1 hour ago, BigV said:

    @Berbatov as I said i changed it to tweak what I was using before hand to see if it worked, 2 playmakers worked for 1 game that I had tried and will do so furthermore. Do you mind posting or telling what your tactic/formation is like?


    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.


  6. 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. 

  7. 22 minutes ago, karanhsingh said:

    What is your weekly wage budget? There are some players for who the clubs will accept loans without any contribution towards wages as well - for example I got Ruben Vinaigre from Wolves on an 18 month deal costing me nothing. And he is one of my best players. Just have to literally trawl through the lists and keep trying! But yes you do have some measly budgets. At least I was given 4m to spend by the Board when we got promoted. 

    I have left training to my Ass Man. Are you doing it yourself? Have now recently hired some new coaches, including former Pompey legends Hreidarsson and Gary O'Neill. So hopefully that will help. Let's see

    Yeah, I tried but I couldn't find what I was looking for without paying any wages. But I got some great loan signings in Lookman, Bielik and Jay Dasilva. The club is making money now so I just need to be patient and wait for the January window. Our weekly wage budget is £90k..

    I'm doing the first team training myself based upon Control tactics. And I tweak it to fill in what I want pretty often. Make sure that the person in charge are good if you let your staff do it and have the same prefered playstyle as you do, or close.

    Edit; I must have been asleep, the club is definitely not making money :herman: -£3.2m is the prognosis at the end of the season. 

  8. 6 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

    Great stuff and your newgen looks fantastic! In the Championship you should be able to get in 4-5 good players on loan if you move quick. That's what I am relying on with Pompey, both my top scorers are loanees :D 

    Thanks! We couldn't get all the help we needed. The very low wage budget is holding us back. The transfer window is just finished and we only got 2 CBs, 1 RB, couldn't afford a new striker and have a very thin squad. To loan players we need to pay wages :( I pray to god that we don't get injuries in our defense. And BTW I have no problem with developing players, so it might have something to do with your training(?). 

    @XcilPersion Great job! 

  9. On 10/11/2018 at 13:01, BigV said:

    Has anyone tried this tactic with a positive mentality? It seems to be working rather odd, one game you could win against the best opponents and then end up drawing/losing while dominating the whole game. I've noticed that playing a higher temp game in any attacking formation or tactic DOESN'T work very well and in real life you'd expect top teams to have a good tempo to keep attacking with flair and put the opposition on the back foot. Im playing wide, short passing, run at defence, expressive, work ball into the box. The cm's are useless in creating chances and doesn't help with the wide players at all coming inside or even going into the box. Adv playmaker in attack and a BBM with instructions to go higher up still doesn't have the effect. I'm with manchester united and not even pogba can create, find this annoying considering 4-1-2-3 fits his system and the teams overall structure. Any help with this please?? 

    I have no problem playing the way you say you want to play. I have the same formation and it works great! Upload a screenshot of your tactic and i'll help you and tell you what might be wrong etc.

  10. Make Coventry City great again - 2019/2020 season review

    We were so close last season and this season playoff was our target. With Sheff Wed, Bolton and Rotherham joining the league after getting relegated from Championship we knew it would be a tough task. I took a little chance this season, we only had four pre season games(one got cancelled) and an intensive training to get ready for the new season. I was in doubt about that strategy after the friendlies. Was it the right choice? Was it a stupid experiment? 



    We needed to strenghten the team significantly and we still had no money to spend on the transfer market, so we had our eyes and ears open for 8 months to identify bosman targets that would give us the needed help. Several interesting targets was on the free transfer market and we did really well to get some of our transfer goals. I was really happy after we managed to sign Grimes and Randall. To great additions that would improve our squad significally. I was actually really happy with our window, we had great cover in midfield and up front. I wasn't that happy with our center backs and the lack of back up for Randall but Kerbie could be used as a backup RB. I was sad to see Willis go in January because he played really well but he was complaining a lot because we couldn't give him another pay raise, and we had to get some money to pay our bills. We got a great addition in Konsa so it turned out good.


    League table:

    Wow! What a season! We are in Championship again! Like I said I wasn't to sure about my pre season experiment and we started a little bumpy and giving away unnecessary points even tho we played pretty good. Our central defenders proved to be our weak spot at the start but we stayed in reach of top two all the time, so I had faith! We had an incredible second half of the season, we played great football and our new players really showed their quality. What a season! We also won the Checktrade Trophy and almost knocked out Leicester from the League Cup 4th round after losing on penalties (0-0 FT). We played with reserves in the cup games and they did really well.


    Top goalscorer: Jordy Hiwula, 24 goals
    Assists: Matt Grimes, 13 assists
    Best average rating: Matt Grimes, 7.39 avg
    Biggest surprise: Once again I have to give it to Brandon Mason. He had 7.22 in average rating and 7 assists this season. Playing great as a wing back!

    As a club with big financial struggles we need to develop young players. Nothing would please me more than an academy player growing into the first team and we got a really great talent in James Hayward. And a couple of other decent regens that can develop into something. 


    We really needed that great season becuase or finances isn't in a great shape. -£1.7m is the hard truth and we still can't spend any cash on the forthcoming transfer market. 

    Thoughts about the next season:
    We have an initial wage budget of £4.36m p/a and £127k in transfer budget. The lowest wage budget in Championship this season was £8.57m p/a... But we know our limits and it's still possible to get a good deal or two on the free transfer market. Even tho we are going to be the biggest underdog and going to meet better players we won't compromise on our DNA, our attacking possession based football style. We are going to win the peoples heart and fight like never before. 

    Stay tuned for more news..

  11. Coventry City - 2018/2019 Season review & SISU out?

    When I took charge of Coventry my goal was a secure mid table finish the first season. The squad was to weak, no money and I only have a Sunday league excperience and no coaching badges. We started the season pretty good and Tom Bayliss was really great and had the best average rating in the leeague. I knew we couldn't afford to keep him if bigger clubs came but I got suckerpunched by SISU(the horrible owners) and they accepted without even giving me a possibility to express my opinion on the case. Even tho we sold Bayliss, we had no money to get a replacement and had to relay on an even thinner midfeld. So my expectations for the second half of the season wasn't really big, even tho we were fourth. With Bailyss out Jodi Jones stepped up and had plenty of big games and proved me wrong. We fought hard and almost managed to get direct promotion but Sunderland proved to be just a little to strong. 

    Top goalscorer: Jordy Hiwula, 25 goals
    Assists: Jodi Jones, 13 assists
    Best average rating: Dujon Sterling, 7.15 avg 
    Biggest surprise: The biggest suprise in the squad has to be our wing backs Dujon Sterling and Brandon Mason(7.12 avg). When I started I thought our backs would be our biggest issue, but they proved me wrong! 


    And the playoff final? I have no words....


    One of the greatest things that happened is that the club might not be in SISU hands anymore, talks are ongoing and hopefully a new owner is on board soon. (If you don't know the story about SISU and Coventry you have to check it outhttps://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/football-league/coventry-city-once-great-club-unmitigated-disaster-a8144561.html). 

    Thoughts about the next season:
    After the great season we still can't compete budget wise but hopefully will get some good signings on free transfer and some loan signings that can give us an helping hand. I really need to strengthen the defense and the midfield because we didn't have enough quality to go all the way, and it showed in the playoff-final that we need investments. 

    Stay tuned for more news

  12. 1 hour ago, karanhsingh said:

    Good stuff mate :thup: How are your attendances in League one? stadium is quite big right?

    Thanks :thup: The board just sold Bayliss behind my back for £800k in total, so that was a blowback but the club needed the money so it wasn't really a shock. Sure I could have got the double.. We have great facilities with a 32 609 all seats stadium built in 2005. We have an average attendence of 10 999, so hopefully it will increase with our success and positiv football. Got Brewster in on loan to be a inside forward at AML so i'm pretty happy with the squad even tho we lost our golden boy Bayliss.

  13. 1 hour ago, warlock said:

    That's a good first half! I'll have to take a look at young Bayliss, too.

    Any progress is good progress, so a finish anywhere in the top half would be an achievement, But sorting the finances is always tough outside the Premiership.

    Keep up the good work!

    Thanks. As always i'm starting as a Sunday league player with no coaching badges, so it's always difficult at the start. My goal now is to secure a playoff spot.
    Great posts on your Boro save as well, can't wait to see what the future bring over there as well.

    @Jogo Bonito I really hope so. It's just a matter of time before Bayliss is going to a bigger club. Nottingham Forrest are lurking around and I won't be suprised if more clubs comes along. Hopefully we get a good youth intake because we need all the help we can get to keep or spendings as low as possible. Shpley have been injured for a long time, but is starting to play more and more. Hopefully he develops good as well.

  14. 22 hours ago, Bergbatov said:

    After some time going back and forth about what team I want I finally landed on Coventry City. I remember the old days with Gary McAllister, Bellamy, Keane, Hadji ++. It's sad to see what state the club is in now and it will be a great challenge to get them back again. They have some decent young players to build around so I really look forward to this challenge. 

    Coventry City - January 2019 report

    After half a season we are fighting for promotion. I didn't have that in mind when I took over. I really have to recommend the 19 year old midfelder Tom Bayliss. Playing as a Mezzala and is really the heart of this team. We play to control the game and averaging 64% possession so far this season. I just ended Luke Thomas loan spell and is going to try to upgrade the AML position now. Even tho we started this season really good, I don't think we will fight for direct promotion because the squad is really voulnerable for injuries and the defense doesn't have the quality compared to a lot of other teams.


    My vision: Football is entertainment. Coventry might not have the best squad or the money to compete with the best, but we will definetly bring a show for our audience. Since the club is in a bad economic shape we need to be smart on the transfer market and our main goal is to buy young and develop them into possible transfer targets for bigger clubs. 

    The club is now £400k in minus so we really need to cut the wages. We can't afford to hold on to our best players if the right offers comes. But that was something I knew when I took the job and a part of the process. It will be an exciting second half of the season!


  15. After some time going back and forth about what team I want I finally landed on Coventry City. I remember the old days with Gary McAllister, Bellamy, Keane, Hadji ++. It's sad to see what state the club is in now and it will be a great challenge to get them back again. They have some decent young players to build around so I really look forward to this challenge. 

  16. 1 hour ago, warlock said:

    Always a subject for debate. Some people think it's more realistic to start with no coaching experience and Sunday league playing career - because that describes them in real life. But they'd never get a job in real life professional football that way. Which is why, I think, the game gives a quick option to set your experience according to the club. Beyond that, it can act like a difficulty level - high-level experience makes it a bit easier at lower levels, and vice versa.

    And you're right - it is more noticeable in this year's version because of the Dynamics feature. And I'd expect Dynamics to be developed further, which will probably make it even harder in FM19.

    Yeah you are absolutely right. Would never get a job in the top leagues without any "coaching badges" in real life. I just do it because I've always done it, but I really feel the struggle when I try to develop some complex tactics etc and don't get results right from the beginning. 

  17. Nice to see others having great success with Crewe as well. 
    Half way into the third season. We have done pretty good in the transfer market so the team is pretty good. The signing of Zach Clough is huge, such a great player.
    My board accepted the offer for Felix Horn Myhre, so there was nothing I could do which was disappointing since I belive we could get had a lot more for him.

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    Currently on a four game win streak against good opponents so we are starting to really settle. Maybe we can go all the way and get promoted this year as well? Who knows.. If we don't get any big injuries on our best players then I actually think we have a chance. The club is growing in all levels and we just finished another upgrade on our youth- and training facilities, so the future looks really good. After spending a lot of money on that and transfers I have to sell one or two guys to straighten up the economy, we are 1mill negative, and I don't like that. Not a crisis since we only loose 100k a month, but I always like to keep an healthy economy. 

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  18. 11 hours ago, TottenhamBoi90 said:

    Very nice stuff @Bergbatov Definitely a huge benefit selling those big Crewe stars first season. Nice to see you bring Max Clayton back, As i didn't go up i was looking at bringing back Byron Moore and 1 of the former right backs. My scouts were raving Leanardo Da Silva-Lopes so be good to hear how he does. Was Ross Bowler a youth graduate? Tidy profit on him if he is.

    Yeah, those transfers did gain the development of the club. We also got 30-40 % of the next transfers of those young players that I hope will gain us in the long run. Especially Bowler who was a great youth graduate.  Da Silva Lopes is decent. Hopefully he will develop good this season.

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    But the guy thats impressed me the most is Callum Saunders, unfortunately he got injured 5-6 months last season.

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    Will be interesting to see who we do in Championship...

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