I've spent the last 4 evenings reading this thread, and I don't think there are any words I could use to do justice to your work. This has been hands down the greatest FM thread I have ever had the pleasure to read in the roughly 8 years I've been on this forum. (new account due to inactivity for a while there). The only thing that comes close to this is the old thread by Cleon on youth development at Ajax in maybe 2008? You sir are a genius.
And the thing that got me to read this thread? The fact that I recently re-installed FM 2007 (my personal favourite and most successful year - 42 years with Lyon winning 41 League Titles and 13 straight Champions Leagues) with the intention of reviving fallen greats that haven't won leagues for a long time. The list of teams starts with Monkkeeyglagbeck with St Etienne, Roma, Standard and Nottingham Forest. I'm going to scrap that though, and next pay day FM17 is being added to my library, you've inspired me that much. StrikerlessGuido has been bookmarked. The journey is a daunting one, but if it's even a fraction as successful as yours I'll be delighted.
could you be the Car'a'carn?