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About BanOly

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    A goalkeeper coach from Derbyshire who supports Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen and Huddersfield Town, occasionally following West Bromwich Albion and Torquay United.

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    United Kingdom


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    Goalkeeper Coach

Favourite Team

  • Favourite Team
    Man Utd | Leverkusen

Currently Managing

  • Currently Managing
    Bournemouth Bayer Leverkusen
  1. FM17 - Bayer Leverkusen

    Chicharito actually worked better as a Complete Forward for me than in a front double, although I did eventually switch it up to accomodate Volland in a Defensive Forward role alongside. Mehmedi has shone so far this season as a rather versatile player, filling in at right-back last game and doing a good job. Same can be said for Man of the Match Wendell who was deployed as a left winger. Should definitely be a fun year!
  2. New Laptop/PC - Help Needed

    Looking to buy a new laptop, but sadly budget is limited. I tend to load a fair few leagues and players (about 15 and 60,000 respectively) but never use the 3D Match Engine. Gotten too used to the 2D Classic Does anyone have an idea of the minimum recommended specs to play at this level without too much bother? Would be much appreciated, thanks
  3. FM17 - Bayer Leverkusen

    From what I've heard, it sounds like I'm the only person looking forward to a Bayer Leverkusen save next year! Despite Javier Hernandez being the sole reason I ever took a second look at the club, now him and other notable stars have departed the club seems more attractive than ever to restore to its former glory! I might not be able to get FM18 but I'm certain I'll be writing another team guide somehow. Looking forward to proving that taking over at the BayArena is still a fantastic challenge.
  4. In short, this means that all data that changes for 18.2, 18.3 etc. also applies to 18.1, excluding personnel transfers of course. The longer version, scrap the whole 18.1/2/3 stuff. Have a central database where you apply all the data changes i.e. updating a player's attributes, their recently-confirmed nationality or national team representation. This central database is loaded upon game startup, and THEN you load either the Summer 2017 database with the players and staff at their respective clubs, or the Winter 2018 database with the player and staff transfers made in the Winter transfer windows added to the game. It can't be that difficult to implement, although I could be wrong. It's not a massive change but for some of us it could have a lot of benefits. Some of us want to play the default database to enjoy the game as it began, with the players each club began with. But some players' data hasn't been updated. One example I have myself is with Leverkusen, I wan to start at the beginning of the season without the January transfers applied, work up to January and sign Leon Bailey myself. But in the default database, his stats are massively worse than in the 17.3 update. Anyway, let me know what you think, I value all feedback
  5. Your top 5 FM17 players

    I'm boring and tend to stick to my Bayer Leverkusen save, so don't expect much Marcel Tisserand was recommended by a member of the forums as a strong centre-back for a German Bundesliga side, and so I decided to sign him as a bargain replacement to the iconic Ömer Toprak. He's become somewhat of a more successful Tin Jedvaj, supplying confidence and stability to any position in which I choose to deploy him along the defensive line. The most versatile defensive player I've had the honour of using in the game so far. Karim Bellarabi has always been a good player to use. Usually deployed on the right wing, he can be used as an out-and-out winger to sprint past his man and whip crosses into the box, or as an Inside Forward to find space in the box as he does so well in the real world, finishing chances with the elegance of a poacher. However, after watching Leverkusen take on HSV in January and witnessing his equally-impressive tracking back and defensive capabilities, it was then that I had the idea to create a Victor Moses out of him. As if the game prepared for this eventuality, he has doubled up as a solid right wing-back in games that I choose to deploy 5 defenders (usually against other teams that use 5 defenders such as Dortmund) and continued to cover the entirety of the flank, whipping in those all-important crosses and tracking back to win the ball when needed. Taking a break from Germany, Lewis Cook was the best player to grace my "AFC Bournemouth - Home-Grown Only" save back on 17.1 in the summer. Predominantly used as a box-to-box midfielder, I could play this lad with any teammate (providing it wasn't Harry Arter following their disagreement during tutoring) and against any opposition (except Tottenham who would usually ignore our recently excellent form and hammer us by 2-3 goals) knowing that he would come out with a rating above 7 (as long as he avoided getting sent off). To finish, this game isn't short of OP strikers. When used correctly and with the right role and responsibility, some players will just guarantee you 5+ goals a month and that's something I've been fortunate enough to have on both of my main saves. So the last shoutouts go to Callum Wilson and Javier "Chicharito" Hernández for all the match-winning performances, especially the latter for attracting a crazy transfer sum at the end of the first season.
  6. I'm away from my computer for a while, could someone chuck me three quick screenshots from start-of-game? Would be massively appreciated bar graph attributes would be fantastic if convenient to you, old habits and all... Dominik Kohr (Augsburg) Kevin Vogt (Hoffenheim) Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim)
  7. What team to manage?

    Haha no worries! If you want even more of a challenge then you can always try to replicate the success that Ludogrets, Rostov, Legia Warsaw, Krasnodar, Sparta Prague or Haopel Be'er Sheva have attained in the Europa League this year (although if you decide on the latter then I'd recommend going for Maccabi Tel Aviv instead - the goalkeeper's a charm, and the Israeli league is much more competitive than you might think!) Europe is like a goldmine. If you play your way around the leagues, you'll end up with a favourite team in every country. Mine are United, Leverkusen, Torino, St. Etienne, Anderlecht, St. Truidense, Ajax, Dinamo Zagreb, Partizan Belgrade and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Go find yours
  8. Looking for a Center Back

    What an incredible find, thank you! I'm going to sign him to replace Ömer Toprak in my Leverkusen save first season.
  9. What team to manage?

    I was going to suggest Bayer Leverkusen but then I saw your criteria, so I would suggest Dinamo Zagreb, Partizan Belgrade or Dinamo Bucuresti. All three have produced fantastic prospects i.e. Matteo Kovacic, Sime Vrsaljko, Zoran Tosic, Adem Ljajic, Andrija Zivkovic, Ionut Nedelcearu and Robert Moldoveanu. It should therefore be relatively easy for you to develop a team with the ability to contend with the rest of Europe.
  10. FM17 - Huddersfield Town

    @nightwalker22 Well yes, I did say "a signing or two away" They don't lack anything that can't be developed, and being a young squad this should be easy enough for you to achieve. If I can gain success with the high press then I'm sure you can manage it!
  11. FM17 - RB Leipzig

    @Jonny2J Probably, but I wouldn't get your hopes up. Leipzig already have the ability to be title contenders if played correctly and aren't in massive need of improvement. SI will most likely be sure not to overdo it and treat the club more like an in-form Leicester City. If you can wait for the update then you certainly should, but if you can't then by all means try out the club now and see what you can achieve!
  12. Hide all attributes idea (fm18)

    Sorry but I don't agree with this for the most part. Youth are just as playable as in real-life on the game. I have a lot of success with United and Leverkusen, bringing through player such as Fosu-Mensah, Havertz and Akkaynak into the squad in the first 2-3 months of a new game. Havertz in particular is playable from the start and extremely impressive. They don't have attributes that match up to any of my first-team players, but you have to look beyond the attributes because they don't always show how well a player is going to perform. Take Volland as an example, his attributes are great but performs poorly a lot of the time. The one area of this I agree with, is in terms of other clubs. Young players don't seem to develop anywhere near as well at other clubs, as they would if you had them yourself. I've had a mate play to 2020 and some popular youngsters in the game such as Rashford and Donnarumma haven't had a single attribute rise.
  13. FM17 - RB Leipzig

    I've finally decided to take a break from my beloved Bayer Leverkusen and focus on RB Leipzig. Expect the tactics section to be completed soon. My first impressions of the squad are that everyone seems rather versatile, which is impressive given the young average age. This leaves plenty of time for them to develop in whatever position you need. The players I've noticed so far are: - Marvin Compper is going to fill in at left-back until Anthony Jung returns from his loan, or a better alternative presents itself. He's not brave enough, and lacks aerial ability, to make a decent central defender. - Marcel Halstenberg can play as a left-winger, which suits him better as he lacks significant defensive ability. - Stefan Ilsanker is being deployed as a central defender which isn't much more ideal than in midfield, but helps cover in for Compper and the unreliable Papadopoulos. - Bernardo can cover for Lukas Klostermann at right-back as he does in real-life, but his footedness means he is better suited as a cover for Compper at left-back until a better alternative presents itself. - Dominik Kaiser can play as a wing-back or winger on either side of the pitch. Easily the most versatile player in the squad. - Timo Werner can play as a winger but I doubt I'll ever need another one. Despite all these versatile players able to play as full-backs, a lot of them are left-footed so you might still struggle for a decent, viable right-back. The players I'm looking at signing are Timo Horn, Bartlomiej Dragowski, Jannes Horn, Sebastian Jung and Johannes Eggestein.
  14. I doubt you'll need multiple entire tactical frameworks. From experience, if I have a successful attacking tactic then it usually works just as well with the mentality set to counter-attack, as speed and directness are required with both mentalities. Similarly, counter and defend can both suit the same tactic, as care in possession is required with both.
  15. The Start-of-Save Revamp The examples in this article will be based around my experience trying to take over at Manchester United. New Manager Reputation Problem: When we take over at Manchester United, it's because we want to emulate the Special One or prove that we could do better in his position. However, our reputation isn't good enough to attract players from the attention of other clubs. Us actually being at the club doesn't make any sense, because we don't have any sort of coaching experience. This is fine if we just happen to be a Professional or International footballer in our spare time like Zidane or Giggs, but otherwise our presence at a big club isn't realistic. Arguments: "Pretend you're a Professional or International footballer then" - this is a workaround and not a fix. I'm not even an Amateur footballer and I want to be a manager in the future. If I tell the game this, my players look at me like I'm an idiot. Even with Pro/Int footballer experience, players sometimes feel you "lack credibility". "Manage a smaller club first, and work your way up" - when we start at a club, it's because we want to manage the club as it is, not as it will be in 5 years' time. Solution: Add the option for your new manager to have coaching experience. It doesn't even have to be at managerial level, we might just want coaching experience like Giggs, or youth coaching experience like the lesser-known David Wagner before he took over at Huddersfield Town. See how much more realistic that makes our takeover? At present, this can't even be added with the In-Game Editor (although friendships with players and clubs can be added (a workaround), which creates the illusion of formerly working together). I'd also like it if the game removed "Past Playing Experience" from the managerial attribute calculations. The game should be adapting to the modern age where it's normal practice for a successful manager to have no experience on the pitch, but instead it's sending out a message that you can't be as successful without it. With this, comes the prospect of being treated differently at our first club. We are no longer "inexperienced" or "lack credibility". We can attract most of the same players as the Special One, and command respect from our players right from the off. If we have chosen previous coaching experience at the club, we might already have knowledge of the club and therefore not require all the usual introductions. The possibilities aren't limitless but definitely makes the game that much more realistic. The First Transfer Window Problems: (plural) This is easily the most unrealistic aspect of the entire Football Manager series, and the foundation of this post. When you watch a big club playing good football, it makes you want to manage them. So we jump right on Football Manager and load up a new game in one of two different ways: Transfer Budgets Enabled (we do this because we want to form our own team from the get-go) - Despite loading up the game at the start of the summer transfer window, all the club's summer dealings have already been conducted. This isn't a problem for some players, because the majority of the time, we are happy with our club's dealings in the summer and want to add our own. It would seem in this case that (in United's case) the game is assuming we have taken over the club in the place of José and made these signings ourselves. But we don't get credit for them and they don't show up in our Board Confidence overview? So it's like José showed up, made all the changes on the first day and then left. - What about the players who wanted to conduct their OWN transfer business? You know, the players who wanted to prove they could do a better job than the Special One? Maybe they wanted to sign someone else instead of Bailly, or keep Valdes at the club. - Then there's the issue with all the other clubs suddenly deciding that they need more players too. They might even make bids for some of your players, and you might have to accept some because your players decide that they would much prefer to play for that club. Sometimes this is very inaccurate (i.e. Antonio Valencia going to China) and leaves your players upset if you keep them against their will. By the end of the window, all the teams are different and you have long abandoned realism. Transfer Budgets Disabled (we do this because we are happy with our club's transfer dealings, we just want to step into the existing manager's shoes, or we want to keep the game as realistic as it can possibly get at the moment) - As well as making our progress through pre-season absolutely dead boring, and forcing us to "deal with what we're given" until January, the presence of existing summer transfers still leaves a question-mark over how long José was really around for, and we don't get credit for any of them, so to the outside world it appears as if we've taken over at the club and sat pretty for the entirety of the transfer window, opting not to improve the club in the slightest. - It also fixes the above issue with other teams signing players... sort of. For some reason or another, teams can still loan players in and out freely which again gives realism a nice kick in the teeth. Arguments: "Just play with Transfer Budgets off and deal with what you're given" - I've been doing this for over ten years. Solution: By having two different options - one for either side of the Football Manager community - the game can be more realistic as a whole. The option would be whether or not to conduct your own transfer business in the first window. Ticking it activates the first option, while leaving it unticked leaves business to your DoF/Chairman. Both options have all clubs begin in the state they were left in at the end of the last Football Manager game, allowing you to take over from the last manager (i.e. van Gaal, not José). Throughout the transfer window, you will see news about other clubs making the same bids (and eventually signings) that were made in real life, at the time they were signed. If it's too difficult for Sports Interactive to implement specific bids into the game, they could alternatively just implement the specific signings of players in real-time. The first option allows you to conduct your own business throughout the first transfer window with the same massive transfer budget available to the real successor. If specific, accurate bids are implemented, you can beat other clubs to players that your team decided not to go for in real life, you can choose to bid on the same players that your club bought in real-life for the same prices, and you can accept the realistic bids for your own players as they come in. If bids can't be implemented then clubs would just sign players outright and you would only be able to buy players who don't move elsewhere (similar to the existing vanilla setting). This option is realistic (besides the changes you make), allows for a much more immersive experience, and would suit people who want to make their own changes at big clubs while retaining the same squads at other clubs. The second option has all clubs in the state they're in at the beginning of the summer window. Similarly to disabling first window transfer budgets in the existing game, you personally have no transfer budget. The squad is not under your control and your Director of Football or Chairman brings the players in and lets them go in real-time. You get the credit, the club didn't sit on it's backside all summer, everyone's happy. This option is also realistic, and would instead suit people who like the club as it is and just want to settle in until winter. Feel free to provide feedback in the comments, positive or negative. You may not agree with the solutions but you might agree with the problems. You might have your own solution, and it might be better. At the end of the day, I just want to help make the game as realistic as possible and the best way to do that is to provide your input Thanks for reading!