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About hoppo1982

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    Veteran procrastinator who falls in and out of love with FM.

    Dabble in football coaching in the real world from time to time.

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  1. hoppo1982

    When to sell dead wood

    If they are anyway decent i would play them in games against weaker sides. It will boost their overall rating which will make them much more attractive to other clubs. You do have to know when they are on the downward slide however.
  2. hoppo1982

    Why is my club stature so low?

    I agree. Same problem with my Newcastle save. 2nd in Prem, League cup winners, Champions cup semi-finalist. Every other measurement is gone up but club stature is gone down. Everything upgraded when it comes to facilities etc. Cannot figure it out.
  3. hoppo1982

    Why don't AI managers rotate?

    I am in Season 2020/21 with Newcastle and Man Utd are doing similar things but not to the same level. They seem to play "weakend" teams in the cups but the same players in the league. It's not stopping them winning every match though. Hopefully it changes
  4. You could have him tutored by a player with a higher standing in the squad. If the tutor is a "Key Player" and the tutee (is that a word ?) is "First Team" you'll be ok. Remember that the tutor must be competent in the same position as the tutee (There's that word again)
  5. Is it realistic to lead Southampton to win the Premier League? More broadly, any other examples in other countries. leicester city. Did you mean a real life example or in FM ?
  6. When my scout provides his report on the opposition it doesn't provide their mentality or shape. Yet when i ask for a team report on the same opposition it provides this information. Does anyone know if i can change the scouting options so both mentality and shape are included ? Having to go to the opposition and order a team report is quite the chore.
  7. hoppo1982

    How did I lose this game

    You created one clear cut chance. Didn't score. They created one clear cut chance. Scored. Cruel
  8. hoppo1982

    The problem with Saido

    Thank you for taking the time to reply in such detail. Much appreciated. Can understand where you are coming from in terms of assessing poor Saido.
  9. hoppo1982

    The problem with Saido

    Cheers for the info. Twice i've been done over by the little ****
  10. hoppo1982

    The problem with Saido

    Can someone move the original post to research. I will have a look at his hidden attributes later. Only one i can remember was his professionalism was 7
  11. Grab a chair there and lets talk about Saido. Saido has 48 career goals. A grand total of 0 scored at this current club. Yet in FM 2018 he quite overblown. Finishing 16 ? LOL. CA of 145 and PA of 165. He just tore my Newcastle side apart in a current save. Can we nerf this guy ?
  12. Excellent advice. To bring it back to the real life vs fm discussion you can do this when watching a match on TV. Pause the game and have a look at the players positions in and out of possession (forget transitions for now) In possession are his team mates in close proximity to offer support or are they moving into space looking to stretch the play etc etc IMHO the Lines and Diamonds guide (someone might have a link) is the best FM guide i have read. In fact i would go so far as to say it's better than a lot of football coaching books i have come across.
  13. I think i clarified what i meant about real football vs FM. By all means educate yourself on football and it will translate to FM. However.........the two don't run side by side. There are things in real life football that FM tries to implement but just doesn't get right.
  14. hoppo1982

    Direct Passing

    I mix and match. If i feel the game needs width i will use wingers and try to slip the ball in behind the fullbacks. Alternatively if the space is centrally i might change one of the wingers to an IF
  15. My point is the more you understand about the game the more you can believe that FM can replicate it EXACTLY. By all means educate yourself about football but do it on the understanding that when/if you want to translate those idea's into FM it will have it's limitations. This isn't SI's fault or Sega or anyone. It's the best interpretation of a very complicated sport that they can produce. That should be the first thing you remember when your frustrations hit maximum