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  1. Author's Note I'm delighted to bring to you all my favourite Football Manager experience of all time. I've been playing the game since '07 which isn't long compared to some more hardcore fans out there, but never have I had as much fun with a single team as I did with the Bees. ----- Championship clubs make for a great campaign as you look to first prepare your side for life in the top flight, before then challenging for promotion and making your play alongside the big boys. In this regard, there are few teams as well-equipped as Brentford, who already possess a talented squad and are also building a new stadium to meet the minimum capacity regulations in the Premier League. This guide will focus on the squad available to you in the 19.3 database. Introduction Brentford have played in the Championship since 2014, and in their first season in the second-tier managed to attain an unexpected 5th-place finish before being defeated by Middlesbrough in the playoff semi-finals. Since then the club has made several changes in an attempt to channel their ambition into success, including the removal of their academy and development squads, and the adoption of a “B-team” as a way to develop its own players. Their most successful manager of late has been Dean Smith, who led the club to successive top-ten finishes over three seasons before leaving the club to manage and achieve promotion with Aston Villa. Smith built an attractive passing style of play on a shoestring budget and during his last full season with the club, his Brentford side were widely regarded as the “Championship’s entertainers.” Expectations As a result, upon taking over at Griffin Park you will be expected to continue this style of possession and attacking football, as well as achieve a top half finish. In return, the board will grant you a transfer budget of £2.5m and a stadium move to the under-construction Brentford Community Stadium at the end of the 2019-20 season. If you are lucky enough to achieve promotion in your first season, it is highly likely that you will have to rent out Selhurst Park for a year. The squad is not rich, and the board have long compensated for this with an alternative transfer approach. Instead of buying expensive players, they work to be more thorough and intelligent with their acquisitions. The highest fee paid for a player prior to the end of the season was the £2.5m paid for Norwich’s Sergi Canos, but the best sale was letting Chris Mepham leave for Bournemouth for five times that. The two ways to best deal with this transfer policy are to sign young and sell old, but also to stick to the Scandinavian regions. Your backroom staff and scouting network already have good levels of knowledge in the region and players are typically cheap. Squad With an average age of just 22 and not a single player over 30, the first team is actually in remarkable shape and you can even go as far as to survive without an initial budget. There is good depth in every position and even the wage budget is in good shape. Your only problem is the injuries to Odubajo and Henry, stretching your depth out wide to the very limit. Goalkeepers The first choice spot is supposed to be in contention between Daniel Bentley and Luke Daniels, but if you ask me you should be playing with a sweeper keeper and looking to offload Daniels as soon as possible. This is due to the two excellent young goalkeepers you have waiting in the wings, who both have the potential to be fantastic given enough opportunities. Balcombe and Gunnarsson both have the potential to be Premier League-quality sweeper keepers in the future and Balcome in particular can be relied on to fill in for the odd cup match in Bentley’s absence. Centre-Backs Following the departure of Chris Mepham, this area is lacking a little in depth but you can make do until your injuries fade by just playing two in the middle. Julian Jeanvier is your strongest option followed closely by Yoann Barbet, and Ezri Konsa Ngoyo is already first-choice material at the age of 20. Finally, you have Mads Bech Sørensen who will have to fill in at left-back for Rico Henry but can provide cover here too. Barbet can be re-trained as a left-back and Konsa as a right-back, in order to help with the injury situation. Once all your players are back to full fitness you might be able to get away with playing five at the back, or three with wing-backs. Full-Backs At his age, Rico Henry is one of the best players in the league at left-back, not least because he can also play further up the wing. He should be playing in every match, because Cole Dasilva, Sørensen and Field are all nowhere near his ability. Thankfully, the lack of quality in depth is more than made up for at right-back. You’d be faced with quite the selection dilemma if Moses Odubajo wasn’t out with a long-term injury, but instead you will have to rely on the slower and more consistent Henrik Dalsgaard. You also have Josh Clarke returning from his loan spell with Burton Albion at the end of the season, and since he’s younger and on a lower payroll than Odubajo, I’d consider letting Moses run out his short contract if his performances aren’t good enough. Deep Lying Playmakers The whole centre of midfield in general is mid-table Championship level at best, and this is probably the position that will need the most improvement if you wish to challenge for promotion. Kamohelo Mokotjo is well-rounded and really steps up to provide both goals and assists in the big games. You also have ex-Chelsea youth prospect and eventual reject Josh McEachran, in case you were wondering what ever happened to him. He’s a quality backup option but that’s about it, and since you should be pushing for the top flight, you’d be best served by letting him run down the final year of his contract. Box To Box Midfielders Lewis Macleod is hardworking but has problems with injuries and is unlikely to suit the Premier League, while Josh Dasilva is a fantastic young player who plays box to box well from the start and can grow into a Premier League-quality player given enough game time. He can also be re-trained to be more defensive or attacking if need be. Attacking Midfielders I assume Emiliano Marcondes was signed in anticipation of Romaine Sawyers leaving the club, but in truth it doesn’t really matter because the lad only cost half a million. He’s younger, more versatile and ambitious with better potential ability, so feel free to let Sawyers leave the club when he returns from injury. Wingers The players in Brentford’s attack are young and some of the best in the division, so they won’t need strengthening for at least another couple of years. Ollie Watkins is your first choice left-winger and plays best as an Inside Forward. On the right, you face your final selection headache as new signing Saïd Benrahma battles with club-record signing Sergi Canos. The best way to deal with this dilemma besides judging them solely on their performances would be to train them both to play on the left, as backup to Watkins, and provide yourself with more quality in depth. Dalsgaard and Odubajo are both capable of covering on the right as makeshift wingers, as is Watkins, and on the left you have Chiedozie Ogbene who has perhaps missed his chance and should be treated as a last-resort cover option only. Centre-Forwards Neal Maupay managed 25 goals for Brentford last campaign and should be leading the heart of your attack every match when possible. The best Pressing Forward for his age in the division, not only can you expect the Golden Boot in the near future but you can grow him into a Premier League forward in the long-term. Your only issue is that the quality in depth comes from key players in other positions. Marcondes, Benrahma and Watkins can all play here when not featured in their more natural positions but when called upon Marcus Forss can perform well in the odd cup match. Since he’ll never make it in the top flight, this position will need reinforcing once promotion has been achieved. Tactics Given the injuries you begin with, the players available to you and the requirement to play attractive attacking and possession-based football, it might be best to start with four at the back and five midfielders. Once everyone is fit, you can think about swapping out a central midfielder for another central defender, which will be especially useful once you achieve promotion as a more defensive tactic will help you to counter the larger teams. The team also suits Gegenpress tactics as most of the players possess high levels of determination, work rate and stamina. You even have a Pressing Forward! Conclusion Brentford aren’t the best team in the Championship. They don’t have the best players, or the most money, and certainly not the best stadium or youth setup. That is your job; to bring long-term structure and stability to the club in the form of results, success, sponsorships and by extension re-introduce the academy and youth teams. The focus on Scandinavian talent brings a unique twist, giving you an optional challenge to only recruit players from that region. Regardless of your limitations, your goals remain the same; to win Brentford their first trophy in ten years, their first Championship title in 80 years, and their first Premier League trophy of all time.
  2. Best I have found is Yves Bissouma, always try to sign him if I can.
  3. @Ronaldo Beckham A year and a bit later but I thought if you're still on the forums and interested in a Scandinavian save, I'd advise you to try out Brentford this year. They're strongly recruiting from Scandinavia through their affiliate Midtjlaand (?) and Scandinavian players from elsewhere including Christian Norgaard from Fiorentina. Worth a try, I'm really enjoying it myself!
  4. @michaeltmurrayuk @santy001 Reviving post, Bournemouth have below the capacity stated in this thread, and a smaller capacity than my own stadium at Brentford. Yet when I got promoted to the Premier League I had to rent Selhurst Park?
  5. They typically use Wendell for every single game, but Jedvaj and Retsos can both cover there well. Personally I've never played the game with attribute masking on either, perhaps missing out on a large part of the game. Woe me. Disabling transfer budgets though, as previously stated, depends on the team and how comfortable you are with it in its current condition. If for example you take over Liverpool and feel like you don't want to change a thing, then it makes sense to stop all the other teams from making signings and trying to steal your best players, for increased realism and immersion if nothing else.
  6. I recently downloaded an editor file for changing fixtures. The instructions that came with this were as follows: thing is, my FM Editor doesn't have a "Nation Rules - [Nation Name]" option, or seemingly any of the other options. Can anyone help me to install the .xml file? I can't use the editor data files as I already have the league changes files by @claassen installed, who I have linked here because his updates are golden and well worth checking out.
  7. Wasn't sure where else to put this. So Tom Heaton got a rather substantial downgrade to his Technical attributes. Not sure where that's come from, and seems mighty reactionary for SI's usual approach to editing players. Burnley have been poor this season granted but the majority of this season they have featured Hart (19 apps to Heaton's 10). What I've seen from Heaton the last couple of weeks, including a rather spectacular display against Tottenham involving some pretty acrobatic saves, his technical stats aren't the ones lacking. Anyway that's my piece, interested in what you think. If there's a more suitable thread for this post then feel free to move it
  8. So I noticed if you click and drag the sidebar icons you can move them, which is handy. I like my 2nd Team and U19 Team buttons right below my Squad button. However I often return to the game after a while, or after switching to another save for a bit, to find that they've reverted back to the default order. I can't tell if this is an intentional feature that isn't working properly or if it's an unintentional feature that's correcting itself.
  9. I try to keep to the numbers 1, 13, 22, 23, 25, 29 and then after 30 it can pretty much be anything. Unless you're Bernd Leno, keepers usually get these numbers.
  10. Hi, This year I'd like to put a bit more effort into understanding training, and what gets the most out of the players under my command. Currently I've taken over Hamburger SV and I'm keen to develop the likes of Arp, Vagnoman, van Drongelen etc. What I usually do is control general training myself and leave individual training to my Assistant Manager, but I am finding that difficult this year. General training has become a lot more complicated and I have no idea what I should be doing. Some general guidelines would be appreciated on that front. In regards to Individual training, I'm trying a realistic approach with Mangala in DM, Jatta on the left wing... but despite this, my Assistant Manager refuses to assign them these positions for individual training even though they need serious work on it. As previously mentioned I'd also like to work on developing the young players and aside from featuring them in the odd match I'd very much like to know how I could train them in order to get (at the very least, close to) their best out of them.
  11. I'm having the same issue constantly, my save files from the PC are showing up on the laptop but files started on the laptop do not show up on the PC. I've left my laptop alone on the Steam client staring at "Syncing... 0% (0mb/s)" next to the game title for a good 10-15 mins with no indication whatsoever that anything is happening at all, before it disappears. Then I load up Steam on the PC, load up FM and hey presto... the games aren't there. The whole thing is pretty shambolic, there's no way to actually ask Steam to download save files from the cloud, or any indication whatsoever that it attempts to do so. All we ever see is the ever-vague "Syncing... 0% (0mb/s)" which is about as informative as Theresa May on Brexit. Update: After half an hour of swearing and getting frustrated, I've just started the save again from scratch on the PC. Thankfully I was only 2-3 games and 2-3 transfers into it.
  12. @Eckfahne You may be right. My initial reaction to the removal of what makes the game smoother for me and others who play the game was over the top at the time, and I've changed the title to a more suitable one. As previously mentioned, I'd just like to know that they care about the select few of us who use this option, and are working on ways to bring it back into the game. So far we haven't heard anything.
  13. I can see this isn't getting a reply, as was probably deserved.. Having given the game a further week I am still struggling. I have honestly given a lot of time to this game and trying desperately to get used to it but it's difficult. All I am hoping for is for SI to perhaps reply saying that they are looking into a way to get them back into the game? As research on this topic has shown that the alleged reason for their removal is that they were causing visual glitches with the new skins, it would be disappointing if this feature - a long standing feature since at least FM07 when I joined the franchise - was removed simply because the devs gave up trying to accommodate it in the new-look skin. I would honestly rather play the game with the FM18 skin to get this feature back, as it is I am just having to stick to FM18 playing the dafuge challenge so I don't notice the old squads any reply would be appreciated. Thanks.
  14. @Freddie Sands Thanks for the reply, that's understandable. I get that the game can't achieve 100% realism in all aspects and to be fair if the club is technically based further north then the difference is probably minimal.
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