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  1. Dan- just wanted to drop you a line and say I really appreciate what you do. I have several friends that aren't on the forums that much, but they are grateful as well. Without your database every year, I probably wouldn't be playing FM these days. As always, great job!
  2. Condolences. Think your brother owes you a copy of FM next year.
  3. Welcome to the obsession, you'll quickly find yourself day dreaming about tactics or the speedy left back you need to sign. I highly recommend checking out Rashidi's Youtube channel called Bust the Net. It will help you learn all the different facets of this game, it is especially helpful for learning how to set up a team and make changes during the match. Check out the editors hideaway too. Lots of custom databases you can add, alot of lower leagues in different countries. My personal favorite is the database in England down to level 22. Best of luck!
  4. Been having the same issue. During multiple games 10+ yellow cards get issued, and I don't use a heavy pressing tactic or a ball winning midfielder, etc.
  5. Agreed. I've had instances where the lower league clubs I was managing were struggling financially, but they then funded my assistant manager's coaching course (breaking the bank in the process). When the season ended, no money was left for me to work on a badge in the off season. I would definitely like to see your idea implemented.
  6. I'm going to definitely give this a try. Before I kind of resigned myself to losing the player, might keep me going in a save.
  7. With small transfer, scouting, and wage budgets I usually focus on the free agent market and take alot of players on trial. And I mean alot of players. I also look at players whose contracts are expiring in a year or less and shortlist them and try to snatch them up when the contract expires. Sometimes you will find older players from better leagues past their prime but they'll be beasts in the lower leagues, although they tend to be more injury prone. LLM clubs have poor youth recruitment usually and the youth intake will suck for several years. I'm not big on developing my own youth players, though, maybe others could chime in. As far as staff goes I try to get a coach in with good fitness training attributes, and will splurge on the best scout I can find. The most frustrating part of LLM for me is retaining amateur/non-contract players. Nothing more maddening than clicking the advance button only to find your best striker has jumped ship at a crucial time. It seems like you'll have a better chance of keeping players if the team is winning, but other than that I don't know how to retain them myself! Finances are on a shoestring, so controlling the wage budget is huge. I don't care how good a player is, when contract renewals come up and he starts making insane demands or add ons, he's gone. Lower league players are pretty much all replaceable. You'll go deep into the red trying to appease players. I like to prioritize the FA cup for extra funds, and I used to schedule one friendly with a big team to generate funds, but lately they haven't been as lucrative with the extra match day costs of the stadium, etc.
  8. Great to hear that you are driving on with the database, really appreciate your hard work. Looking forward to it!
  9. Man, that's low for the championship. Who was the sponsor, a chip shop?
  10. Two months for me. I still like the random destinations of journeyman saves and I'm not too picky where I go.
  11. Going with my usual starting unemployed no badges/Sunday experience journeyman save most likely. Got 2 job offers from Paris FC in the French 3rd division this year and didn't get past the interviews, but they intrigued me, so I might start with them until the lower league databases are completed.
  12. I think it also depends on the DOF himself. I've had a few that were hit or miss, don't know if there are hidden DOF attributes like "financial sanity" but I've had to take over contract renewals this go around because my wage budget has been blown up repeatedly by my DOF.
  13. I've watched as my keeper was standing alone at the goal, nowhere close to play, and he fell down with a torn groin muscle. Unlucky! Never seen a keeper sent off in previous years versions either.
  14. I use a physio named Lydia Penfold, still working for the club even after I didn't renew her contract. Dedication: 20.
  15. I'll be interested to see how your save goes. I tried a keymer & hassocks save last year and really struggled once we went semi-pro. Oddly enough I was able to recruit an assistant manager at the start of the save named Terry McPhillips who had worked for Blackburn as an ass man. Good luck!
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