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  1. August 21, 2017 These last three weeks haven't seen an improvement in my predicament. We are playing much better, however the results have been far from ideal. The first was a 2-1 loss against IFK Mariehamn. This result saw me switch to a 4-4-2 diamond with wingers, basically, I made one of the defensive midfielders much more attacking. Following this game, we lost 3-0 against HIFK Fotboll in a game which we were the better team, we created better chances than them and dominated possession. This gave me hope going into the game today against rivals, JJK Jyvaskyla. This was my first experience with a derby match and it was unlike anything I have ever experienced as a manager. The atmosphere was definitely helped by the incredible match that was played out between the two rivals. At the end of the first half, it was already 3-1 for Jyvaskya with Sasa Jovovic getting a first half hattrick. Within the first 10 minutes of the second half, I went through more emotions than I knew existed. First, in the 48th minute, the ref awarded them a penalty. I was absolutely livid, this was the second penalty that we conceded in 2 games! Then, hope when Salami scored in the 50th minute and elation when he finished his hat-trick in the 54th minute. Unfortunately, that was it for the rest of the match and it ended 4-3. This was by far the most exciting, entertaining and stressful match of my (short) managerial career. So now I'm left with a big question: which do I prioritize, results or performances?
  2. July 29, 2017 I'm now being faced with a bit of a dilemma. My second match, this being our first away match in charge, has just ended and we beat Kemi Kings 2-0 with another goal from prolific goalscorer, Salami (ha ha). This result sent us up to 4th in the table and potentially up into a European qualification position. Despite these 2 great results bringing us up 3 spots in the table, we have been lacking in terms of possession. We only managed 40% possession in the last game and as a fan of Pep Guardiola and how his teams play, this is not good enough. I won't change things after only one game because we did have 48% possession in our first game. My dilemma becomes greater when I look at my team and see that the team is suited toward a more counter-attacking style because of our abundance of defensive midfielders and complete lack of more attack- minded central midfielders. I may just leave the team and style the way the are for the rest of the season as there are only 8 matches left in the season and then make signings in the off-season that can bring the team to play more the style that I am looking for.
  3. I don't recall having managed here yet, so far I'm enjoying it, but I may be biased because of results.
  4. July 23, 2017 Best. Day. Of. My. Life. Today was the first match of my managerial career and, as you may have guessed, it went well. We had a good turnout of 2357, over 2200 of those being home fans. As the players walked on the pitch, I heard a few comments from the stands that I shouldn't be managing KuPS. This made me more determined than I've ever been to win this game. Apparently that came through in the team as we scored only 39 seconds into the game. That changed the sarcastic cheers from the crowd to genuine cheers, although that was probably directed toward the players, not me. The game ended 5-1 with top scorer (in the league) Gbolahan Salami (I still can't get over his name) getting 2 goals and 2 assists. What a hero! If this doesn't get the fan's support, I don't know what will.
  5. July 18, 2017 I've now introduced myself to the squad and although I acknowledge that it will take a while to gain their respect, they seem to be very willing to give me a chance to prove myself. Fortunately for me, we have the youngest squad in the league, so I should get treated with more respect than I would have at another team. After analyzing the squad, I think I'll play with a 4-4-2 with both central midfielders playing as defensive midfielders as two of the best players in the team are defensive midfielders. I'd like for one of them to join in with the attack, though. I don't want to be too defensive, we are a mid-table team after all. After seeing how we play, I may make some adjustments to how the team plays, but for now I don't want to over-complicate things. We are now ready for my first game in charge on the 23rd against 4th place SJK, but we're missing two of our better midfielders, one through suspension and one through injury. Defensive midfield is, however one of our strongest positions in terms of depth, so we should be fine.
  6. July 18, 2017 Apparently I was wrong. On July 13th, I had an interview with KuPS that I didn't even bother writing about because I didn't really think I'd have a chance at getting the job. This morning, at 10:55, I received this e-mail stating that they were offering me the job! I can't believe this, they're in 7th in the Veikkausliiga! I'm in no position to reject an offer like this, so it looks like I'm moving 2 hours north to the city of Kuopio, which is about 3 times the size of Mikkeli. It shouldn't take too long to get used to it. I'm off to look at house listings now, I can't wait!
  7. July 7, 2017 Another day, another unsuccessful job interview. Pepe Murcia beating me out this time. As with Keith Armstrong, he is far more qualified than I am with a Continental Pro coaching license and experience managing the likes of Atletico Madrid and Celta Vigo. I'm starting to wonder if I should start getting my coaching badges, it seems that all the other managers who are applying for these jobs have their's. My only other option may be to go abroad to a smaller league. I feel like my last hope within Finland is the FC Haka job which opened up with Keith Armstrong's appointment as RoPS manager as he was previously managing Haka.
  8. July 1, 2017 I had another interview today, this time with Kemi Kings who are bottom of the Veikkausliiga. The interview went much better this time as it was in-person, so I couldn't accidentally end the conversation. I'm unsure who else is in the running for this job, so I have no idea if I will get the job or not, but I'm not getting ahead of myself just in case.
  9. June 21, 2017 Well, today, RoPS appointed their new manager. Unfortunately for me, it was Keith Armstrong, not me. To be fair though, he is far more qualified that I am, having even managed HJK for 5 years in the past! On the bright side, the Kemi Kings job has now opened up and Keith was favourite for that job as well, so it gives me a slightly better chance of getting that job. Unfortunately, they are bottom of the Veikkausliiga. I won't worry about that too much yet, though, as they haven't even given me an interview.
  10. June 15, 2017 Today, I just had my first interview with a professional football club about a managerial position. It was with RoPS, who are currently in 11th out of 12 in the Veikkausliiga and sitting in a relegation playoff place. I still can't believe that a Veikkausliiga team even considered me for a job! I found it strange, but the interview was on Skype, not in person. I guess the 7 hour journey is a bit long, but I would've at least gotten to do the entire interview. I accidentally ended the call just after the RoPS chairman asked his first question! I won't be making that mistake again. He didn't even try to call me back after, I hope this doesn't affect my chances of getting the job too badly. I'll be back with an update when I get more information.
  11. Now that FM18 is out, I can begin my main save, a journeyman save following the (fictional) career of Kimmo Kari. He is from the relatively small town of Mikkeli (population of around 34 000) and despite never being very good at the sport, has always loved football. For the past 4 years, he's been a season ticket holder at his local club, Mikkelin Palloilijat (also referred to as MP) and has also watched HJK and FC Barcelona on TV, in addition to picking up tactical tips from watching Pep Guardiola's Bayern and Manchester City teams. He has now made the decision to step into football management despite not having any coaching badges or playing experience.Will he achieve his dream of becoming manager of FC Barcelona? Not even he knows, but we will find out.
  12. I'm fairly certain it's a fair bit further than that.
  13. Match wouldn't pause

    I played the beginning of my last match on full to see if it would occur again, but this time it worked fine and paused. I don't believe I had paused or rewinded/skipped any replays when I had the problems.
  14. Match wouldn't pause

    In my last match, I watched the first 10 minutes of the match on full. During that time, or at least from 7 minutes onwards, I was unable to pause. It said that the game was paused, but it continued to play. After I changed to comprehensive highlights in the 10th minute, the issue stopped. OL v AS Monaco 0, 457_fm.pkm
  15. 2d match view

    I've been playing on 'Low' graphics quality and using the '2d classic' camera.