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  1. Hi Russell, Quick heads up, I have uploaded a second save game this time with the perfect example of the problem. Hit continue once and you will get a training summary. At the bottom it tells me that my versatile DM won't get past competent at CM and it also tells me that my left wingback who is a natural at LWB won't get past accomplished which as he is natural is clearly false. Hope this helps. WhyMe
  2. Hi Ed, I uploaded a save game called fixture clash and to answer your question no I don't think I did get an option to recall or prevent players from going on international duty. I suspect it was a result of the different fixture scheduling caused by the 2022 world cup in Qatar.
  3. Hi Russell, I have had a position training update and I have uploaded a save called position training as you requested. However, it is not the best example the coach only mentions two players one of which has barely played in his new position (AMC). The central defender (Almeida) is a better example and has been retraining in his new position since I signed him with the specific purpose of retraining him to play in central defence as a libero. He is only 19 years old and so really shouldn't have his position set in stone yet. Last season he played 12 times (11 starts) in the league all in central defence and twice in the cup (1 start). He also played 32 times for the under 19's and the manager was told to always play him in central defence (I did check a few times and he always was so I assume that it was the case). This season he has a further 10 starts for the first team and a further 16 appearances in central defence (10 starts) in non competitive action (some first team friendlies and some under 19 games). He is not the best example in the save of the issue with position retraining but he is the one my coaches reported most recently so I have uploaded the save just in case. I will keep watching out for it and the next time I get the message for the highly versatile DM retraining to CM but can only get to competent I will upload that as well. Hope this helps, WhyMe
  4. WhyMe

    Strange Offside decision

    Hi Hugo, The disallowed goal in the Hamburg game was in the 76th minute and there were two in the Jahn game, the first in the 52nd minute and the second in the 61st minute. All three should have stood, two of them very clearly. Hope this helps, WhyMe
  5. Hi Russell, Unfortunately not at the moment. However, my coaches do tell me periodically so next time it happens I will upload one and let you know. WhyMe
  6. In my Germany save I have a weird fixture clash with international duty for under 21 teams. This is particularly problematic for me as half my first team squad are not available to me for a crunch game against Bayer 04 including both my first and second choice keepers (I have a young team). The match is on the 5th of October 2022. I can provide the save game if you need it.
  7. Hi, I have always been a fan of young player development and in particular finding a player with great attributes for a specific position that is different to his generated position, e.g. Thierry Henry becoming a striker from a winger or Hector Bellerin becoming a fullback from a winger. In FM terms these players started out natural in one position but were converted to become naturals in their new position. So much so in fact that they are no longer natural in their original position having played the vast majority of their professional careers in the new position. However, the degree to which we can do this in FM 19 seems to be very limited and I suspect there may be a bug with it. I have attempted to retrain several players to new positions albeit only slight adjustments to their original. For example, I have attempted to convert a natural DMC into an MC, something my coaches tell me should be very possible yet now they are telling me he can't progress past competent despite also still telling me that he can be successfully converted in a central midfielder. This is not a radical switch (DM to CM) and particularly as he is a versatile player should be actually quite easy. Other examples of this are a natural left back converting to a left wing back who can't progress past accomplished. Similarly a natural left back converting to right wing back (either footed but very strong right foot), two DMC's converting to DC and a central striker converting to an AMC. None of these players have been able to progress past accomplished despite playing virtually their entire first team career in their new position or in the case of the attempted AMC convert their entire youth career since they entered my youth team. It should also be noted that all of these players (except one of the wingbacks) started with at least some ability in their new position. Interestingly I occasionally also get a message that another left wingback in my team can't progress past accomplish at left wingback. However, he is actually already natural in that position. It is this more than anything that convinces me that there is something squiffy going on with retraining positions. I can provide the save game if you need it.
  8. WhyMe

    Strange Offside decision

    I've had a few of those as well. Player clearly not interfering with play but the goal is disallowed anyway. These were prior to the full release version however so I don't know if this has been improved since final release. Dynamo Dresden v Hamburger SV.pkm Jahn Regensburg v Dynamo Dresden.pkm
  9. One or two other players have progressed in their position training but the aforementioned DMC hasn't changed at all. As a side note my coaches even tell me that he "could be successfully retrained as a central midfielder".
  10. I have never received a message before saying I can't train a players position past competent in a position before? If that is the case why is my versatile DMC not training at MC?
  11. Generally really enjoying the game, the tactical settings are far more intuitive than previous versions and training is a vast improvement generally. The only thing I don't like is the new restrictions on retraining a players position. I get this for older players to an extent but if I have an 18 year old player who is a natural DMC and my coaches tell me he is versatile then surely I should be able to train him to at least accomplished if not natural at MC, it is not like it is a massive change. However, I am told he won't improve past competent no matter how much I play him at MC (I have played him at MC for a season and a half and never played him at DMC). Young players change positions a lot in their early development and often this switch is permanent. For example, Bellerin at Arsenal switched from winger to right back and in the FM database he is now considered a natural at right back. This should be possible for us as well but I have a natural striker who I got through the academy at 15 and I tried to change him into an AMC and unfortunately he can only reach accomplished. I just don't feel this is realistic for young players and very much limits developing young players if their attributes don't suit their original position.
  12. I generally quite like the interaction though I do agree that it can get a bit much when you get asked the same question constantly game after game. However, the thing I would most like to see improved is the AI behind the questions being asked. Why on earth would a journalist ask a manager who's team has won the league 5 years straight if he things he has a good chance of qualifying for Europe this year? Surely he would ask him if he thinks he has a good chance at retaining the title instead. Similarly, but even more ridiculously, asking a manager who has already won the league title if he thinks he can win it this year or like someone mentioned before asking if you think you can avoid relegation when you are mid-table 19 points clear with 5 games to go. I guess really I am just agreeing with what has already been said but it is the logic behind the questions that really needs tweaking for me.
  13. Hi Herne, Jumping reach can also be trained as individual player focus or is there no point in doing this?
  14. I ended up staying with fluid but dropping to standard mentality. I also dropped the LB to a WB-s and changing the central AP to attack and turning the IF-s to an AP support. I am getting some great results and scoring lots and conceding very few now. Really happy with how it has come out. My RMD and Treq are both scoring a lot of goals but also have assisted a lot too so it has been great fun. As a nice bonus this is the first tactic I have created in FM18 that gets more assists from through balls than crosses. Indeed over the last 20 games I have more than double the name of goals from a through ball than I do from crosses. When the system attacks it becomes kind of lopsided 4-1-3-2 and drops back into a solid defensive shape when we lose the ball. I agree that the next stage is to get more suited players to the system and although my first 11 is pretty good for that the squad depth is quite poor in some positions. I will also look to bring youngsters through eventually and I do have some good ones particularly at fullback and in midfield but they are only 16-17 and not ready for first team football. I am reluctant to play around too much with PPMs as they are very permanent and if I make a mistake on selecting one then I could ruin a good player. However I will consider a few in appropriate places for example, tries killer balls often on the Vol-a might be a good option. Thank you for your ideas.
  15. Well I tried to get the 4-2-3-1 working with a central Treq by taking on Cleon's and Summat's advice but I simply couldn't find a working combination, perhaps because of the issue raised about having an AMC in the space the treq wants to use. However, on the good news front I dropped the AMC back to MC and changed a few roles/duties based on the advice and it all started to click. It is by no means perfect and I am sure there are still weaknesses that can be pointed out but at least it seems to be working better and I am winning games. Anyway the system I am now using is below, please feel free to comment and give some advice if you think a particular style of play or mentality/shape would suit the system. On that note I am switching between structured and fluid at the moment as I can't seem to settle on the best option, it seems that fluid works better against the better teams and structured against weaker teams. Left to right we have: Treq-a IF-s RMD-a AP-s DM-d Vol-a FB-a CD-d CD-d FB-s GK-d I am mostly playing attacking fluid but I tend to switch to structured against weaker teams as the extra space between players seems to allow them to create more chances. I only have work ball into box and low crosses as TI's Anyway the reasoning behind the changes are: The biggest change is clearly dropping the AMC to MC and making him an AP. Further forward in the same role he tended to occupy the same space as the treq and they got in each others way but starting from a deeper position he seems to link things up better and is providing the link up play I was looking for. Wide right is now an RMD instead of an attacking winger. Cleon advice was that the winger wasn't providing enough of a goal threat and wouldn't link up well with the rest of the team and so I decided that I needed either an IF-a or RMD. I partly went for the RMD because it suited the player better and because I have always liked the role even if I have struggled to get it working correctly. However, my main reasoning was because the RMD is supposed to be a 'space exploiter' and the plan was always for the treq to create a lot of space with his movement to exploit, ergo... Wide left is now an IF-s mainly due to not wanting to play with two AP-s although I have occasionally done that when I wanted to exploit the centre left a bit more and it does work quite well. Primarily this position is still creative but it does chip in with the odd goal The DLP is now a DM-d simply because I didn't feel I needed a ball attracting playmaker so close to my AP and I wanted my play to flow through the AP more. Fortunately, the players I have for this role are reasonably well suited to it and their decent passing and vision from their DLP days allows me to give them direct and/or risky passing instructions if I see opportunities for a ball over the top in specific matches. Vol-s now a Vol-a, this change was based on Craig's advice which I suspect was to overload the right hand side and it has worked out very nicely. The Vol mainly provides lots of key passes along with some assists rather than goals but he does tend to link up well with the fullback, AP and RMD. WB-a to FB-a, this was mainly to make the fullback slightly more risk averse now the AML was a touch more aggressive going forward. However, he does still provide a decent threat from crosses and gets up well to support attacks and again seems to link up reasonably well with the players around him. Results and performances have mainly been good, particularly defensively but if there is anything that stands out that you feel would improve things then please let me know. Thank you everyone for your help.
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