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  1. I managed to not only get Wycombe promoted, but also won the Championship in the process! I am still in disbelieve myself! My team faltered in the second half, finishing 5th in the points table, but took the Championship as no other team wanted it. Middlesbrough had an insane 2nd half of the season, winning 50 points and also the EFL cup against Man Utd?! So they will be playing in Europe and the Premier League next season. Thibaud Verlinden topped my team's assists with 17 (13 in the league). Ashley Fletcher scored 26 goals in 52 appearances (18 in the league). Harry Wilson also played a big part, with his vision and knack for scoring crucial goals key to snatching victories. Trying to tempt Wilson over with a 9K p/w contract. I need advice now on how much maximum wages to offer in-coming players and my current squad. Gone are the days where I can get away with paying just 2K p/w to my key players. They are now demanding at least 10K, if not more. How much do you typically cap a player's salary at? Any advice is welcome!
  2. Good back up goalkeepers ??

    Throwing out some names that appeared 4 seasons into my game in case they become available on free transfers... Ben Garratt - Crewe Guido Guerrieri - Lazio (left due to wanting first team football, so may not be ideal) Thomas Kraft (fairly experienced keeper) Andreas Raahauge (FC Midtjylland) Ted Smith - Southend Will Mannion - Hull
  3. Approaching the last 11 games into the 18/19 season, and my Wycombe team is somehow clinging on to first spot. I think teams are becoming more wary of me now and are sitting back and hitting me (hard) on the counter. My left back isn't the best so I have conceded on the flank for a couple of games running already. Need to address the area asap. Thankfully, somehow Norwich has also suffered after beating my team. Not wanting to jinx it, but promotion looks like a possibility. I will need Harry Wilson (Liverpool Loanee) and Kasey Palmer back from injury though. They were key to Ashley Fletcher's scoring form and my surge up the table. With them out, the goals have dried up and teams have become to take points off me. Nervous last stretch indeed... On a side note, my youth intake is trash. Found and purchased a couple of good regens, who are out on fee paying loans (no work permit)... so at least that is some source of income.
  4. @Armistice, definitely. From my experience so far, the board does not agree to your requests all the time. So grab the chance while your stock is high. Small update from me as Wycombe (3rd season, championship). Sitting in first (!?) position after half the season. Never did expect it in my life. I really think I have a good chance of promotion, so I have took a big financial risk. I have gone ahead to purchase Kasey Palmer from Chelsea to bolster my attack. Defensively, my team is pretty sound, with my central defence partnership of Pierre and Perrington more than holding their own. I have also bought Ashley Fletcher to boost my attack and he has repaid with 18 goals (13 in the league so far). I noticed that the decisions attribute gets more important as one rises up the football ladder. In the past, I could get away with signing players with less than 10 for decisions. However, when I entered the championship, I realised that the errors these players make are too glaring and have cost me points. So now, I am paying far more attention on this attribute. I am now lacking in the goalkeeper department. But I fear that with the low reputation my club has and the refusal to expand or build a new stadium will be an issue if I get promoted. Has anyone been sacked for being relegated the season after being promoted?
  5. Kenny became available on loan later into the transfer window in my game, so it might be worth the wait. May I suggest a younger but more defensive free transfer in Will Packwood ? He is a CB by trade but does have some pace and crossing ability. Actually, Everton has a number of good players to loan. Walsh and Dowell are the two which I have been continuously loaning up to my current season in the championship.
  6. Some suggestions: DR: Jamie Sterry of Newcastle Jonjoe Kenny of Everton RM: Harry Charsley (Everton) Sterling (Tottenham) In addition, do you have a parent club in the PL or Championship?
  7. Searching for the wisdom of the Braintree

    I feel for you, having experienced players rejecting to play for my club for a much lower wage at another club (one division lower even!). May we see a screen shot of your current squad? I wonder how many real players and regen players there are. If I may suggest a few players to look at, which you maybe able to attract: Ben Garratt (GK, Crewe) Niklas Kolle (DLC, Mainz) Miguel Lopes (DC, Tondela) Jonjoe Kenny (DR, Everton) Emil Aduero (GK, Juventus)
  8. Just postulating, but could it be that the away teams you play against tend to switch mentalities more often? Since it is their home ground, I doubt they would be contented with sitting back for 90 minutes. They might up the tempo occasionally to grab a goal. Once that is done, they then sit back on the counter again. Waiting to see what solution you can come up for the away games. Keep up the good work!
  9. Searching for the wisdom of the Braintree

    Lafont? The goalkeeper wonderkid is in the English Championship? My word, what has the league become to? I guess you managed to find a good regen or two to supplement your squad?
  10. This thread had me scrambling to look for some of the players you had found/loaned while in the lower leagues. What an achievement to get consecutive promotions and even win a cup final while in league 1! Out of interest, what are the three roles that your midfield three and two flank players are assigned? I seldom get much input from the lone striker up front in a similar formation, no matter what role I play him in.
  11. I think you are at a similar stage as your previous stint at HSV. You are probably seen as favourites against most of the underdogs, so they tend to set up shop against you and hit you on the break or on set pieces. However, PSG and Lyon still sees you as a lower opponent, and so play directly into your hand. Like the real world, the only way to overcome the former problem is to have superior players to get the first goal and to curb the players' complacency throughout the match. It is not a bad start though!
  12. Searching for the wisdom of the Braintree

    Keep up the good work! I think you are much better tactically than I am, so you will have no problems surviving the Championship.
  13. Short update guys... I am in the English Championship with Wycombe, third season. Like many on here, finding in hard to attract players due to the rapid rise through the leagues. Looks like may have to stay for a season or two at the Championship before I can establish the club's reputation. Quite disappointing, as I found a couple of good regens.
  14. Searching for the wisdom of the Braintree

    Have you got a better parent club yet? Since you are in league 1, I presume your parent club should be at least a lower premiership level. This can be useful in terms of loans or expanding your scouting knowledge. I invite many overseas young players to come on trial at my club, Wycombe. Particularly those whose contract expires after the season. Using this, I am able see if they are willing to sign for me, and if they are good enough for my level. The Scottish championship, Portuguese lower leagues, Finnish lower leagues and German reserve leagues are pretty good hunting grounds for such players. Keep up the good work! I will be following this closely to see how you cope with the consecutive promotions!
  15. [FM17] *Actually* Good Freekick Takers?

    Dani Parejo from Valencia.