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Werrett

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    https://twitter.com/WerrettFM

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    24 years old. BSc Finance graduate.

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    Sports, Gaming, Music.

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    Liverpool F.C.

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    1. FC Köln

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  1. Like a few others on this Bundesliga thread, I've started a save with newly promoted 1. FC Köln. The default squad itself is easily good enough to maintain top-flight status as I believe there are far weaker sides in Fortuna Düsseldorf, Union Berlin and SC Paderborn. However, with that being said I have made a few changes in order to get a bit more from the team. Just finished pre-season, so this is where I'm sitting currently. Out: - (CM) Marco Hoeger (£4m to Al-Ittihad), ageing player with decent value. - (ST) Jhon Córdoba (£5m to Palmeiras), very good pressing forward, but not so good for our systems. = £9 million In: - (GK) Yvon Mvogo (£100k per month loan deal with a £5m optional fee), suitable back-up to Timo Horn. - (LB) Birger Meling (£1m from Rosenborg), a capable left-back. My long-term goal is to move Jonas Hector to CM. - (CB) Alexander Milosevic (Free), good back-up option in case we're hit by injuries. - (ST) Musa Barrow (33k per month loan deal from Atalanta) = £1 million + £133k per month. I've still got Schmitz (RB) up for sale due to him being our 3rd best option but currently there is no real interest. I debated buying a new striker and possibly a right-winger (due to injuries) but Schaub can play there when needed. As for the striker, I couldn't find any top options for a £3-4m fee and as such I've opted for a loan in an attempt to hold off until we have more funds to bring in a higher caliber forward. If I opt to play Schaub out wide, I may move for someone like Xadas to play the #10 role, but nothing is set in stone just yet. Tried to loan Fiete Arp, but Bayern were having none of it. Tactically we're looking at a fluid, counter-attacking 4411 for the bigger ties, and a gegenpressing based 4231 for games where I believe us to be the better team. I've changed a couple of roles and tweaked a few instructions but they're still pretty close to the default tactical styles. Outside of that I've overhauled the backroom staff as best I can, replacing both the DOF and the HOYD. The media has us finishing 14th, but I think we're going to be hoping to push the top 10, maybe even bag a top half finish if we're lucky. My one worry is mainly goalscoring, strikers have proven to be quite useless for me this year on FM and with no real out and out #9, I do worry how we'll get on. But anyway, I'll try and stay active on the thread and will check in if any other transfers are made, or possibly just at random points throughout the season!
  2. Only three central defenders, one of whom is primarily a DM? Awfully risky!
  3. Not sure where this post should be placed, but I've noticed that King's Lynn Town are using their old badge in the base game as opposed to the new one they started using last season.
  4. Risks have been taken. The board set us 30m to spend but following a couple of sales and a couple of installment signings we've splashed almost 45m on new players. We can't afford to go back to being a top-half team and need to cement our position as a top 6 team. Will the gamble pay off? Only time will tell! Pinamonti was secured on another season long loan, this time with an optional 10m future fee.
  5. Frosinone Calcio Been a hot minute since my last post updating you on the first half of the 2019/20 season where we left you amidst a battle for the top 6. Fast forward to today and I'm delighted to be able to let you all know that we clinched a top 4 finish on the final day of the season, the same game-week where we missed out on top 4 last season. Nothing but relief! Frosinone Calcio have qualified for the UEFA Champions League 2020/21! The second half of the season was amazing. For those of you who don't want to read into much detail but want the screenshots, here's an overview of the competitions for the 2019/20 season. Serie A: A very impressive campaign which followed directly on from the foundations we put in place last season. Ironically, despite a switch to a slightly more offensive 442 system we scored less goals (45) than last season (46) but conceded only 24 in comparison to the 30 goals we shipped last year. The defensive core of this team is outstanding and is something I look to keep in place next year, familiarity is certainly key in this regard. Looking on the other end of the spectrum, going forwards I'd like us to be finding the net more often. We were very reliant this year on Pinamonti and Fernandez who scored 14 and 7 league goals respectively with few goals coming from the wings; as such this is certainly an area I would like to improve on. This is the second consecutive season where one player has carried us with goal-scoring ability, a successful habit, but a dangerous one. However, 19 wins, 13 draws and 6 defeats is an incredible season! Inter Milan retained their status as Champions. Europa League: A strong 4-0 away win at Shakhtar Donetsk saw us overcome the 2-2 draw at home, which at the time was an extremely disappointing result. Following this draw we comfortably moved past Anderlecht before falling victim to familiar opposition in AC Milan, Divock Origi proving to be a right pain in our backside. Overall, I'm very happy with this level of progression, it was our first taste of European Football and I'm sure we did Frosinone fans everywhere very proud! Barcelona lifted the trophy, beating Manchester United 3-1 in the final. TIM Cup: A 1st round knockout last year was outdone as we managed to battle our way right through to the semi-finals where we were hammered away at the Olimpico by AS Roma. This was the second competition we exited in the same week which was tough to take, but we kept our league form going and as such I can have no complaints here. Fingers crossed we reach a final next year! Inter eventually ran out cup and league double winners after beating Roma 1-0 in extra-time. In terms of the playing squad, here is an overview of the players listed via position. Pinamonti was instrumental to our success having bagged 24 goals in all competitions while Fernandez topped the assist charts with 9. CCaptain Capuano maintained a 7.29 average rating across 34 appearances to cement himself as an absolute legend in my eyes; I love a solid central defender! Looking forwards... The board have set us an initial budget of £29.88m to invest in the squad, hardly a surprise when our finances look so healthy. We know that facility upgrades are coming but will look to improve in other areas; particularly staff as many of these contracts expire come the end of June. Last season we had a lot of loan signings (albeit fewer than the year before) and hopefully we can secure some of these players on long-term deals. Elsewhere we will simply be scouting far and wide to find the best and cheapest talent possible as we look forward to our first taste of the UEFA Champions League. Tactical tweaks, signings and more to come in the next update. Forza Frosinone! P.S. Here's a look at the goal that saw us past SPAL 2-1 on the Final day of the season. The Champions League goal!
  6. Been managing in Italy on Football Manager for a short amount of time and while meaning to post in this forum, I've been enjoying the save far too much to stop and type things up. So let's recap the save so far... Frosinone Calcio Been managing Frosinone for just over a season and a half now (Jan 2020). First season we played a Burnley-esque 442 system and managed to secure a 5th placed finish, missing out on CL football through a winner takes all defeat to Fiorentina on the final day of the season. Not many transfers were made in S1 as we had a lot of players on loan and minimal finances to sanction any major spending. The January window in S1 saw us sell Raffaele Maiello for £4m to WBA, a sale that allowed us to bring in Alexis Cuello as a long-term prospect. Camillo Ciano was turned into a makeshift striker and managed to carry us through the season with 15 league goals in 33 games, but has since been dropped to the bench following a frustrating second season for him. Currently just progressed into February 2020 and here's a look at the transfers we've made so far along with the squad as a whole. I won't sit and go through every player on here but am happy to post any screenshots or thoughts relating to any specific transfers. Generally we secured second term loans for players who spent the year here last season, but this time we've looked to insert optional future fees, should any of the players become invaluable to us. The focus is also to stay as Italian as possible, with the odd foreign talent coming in to upgrade the squad (not a homegrown challenge or anything, just preference). Our net spend was fairly high, so we need to do well quickly in order to pay this money back. The 442 system has been tweaked a little to get the most out of the players we have now, particularly the more offensive minded full-backs. Pinamonti had his loan renewed despite a lacklustre 2 goal season last term, but has found his feet this year scoring 13 goals in all competitions; hopefully a permanent transfer could be on the horizon for him. With Europa league qualification secured last term we needed to not only improve the quality of the squad, but expand on the size as well. There are still a few iffy areas, particularly in the wings that I'll be looking to address come the end of the second season. The first half of the season itself was fairly solid, with maybe a few too many draws for my liking. However, this leaves us sitting in the top 6 which is ultimately the end goal for this season. In the Europa league and domestic cup we've been performing above expectations and as of this post we remain a part of both competitions. Here's how things look so far. The board have agreed to upgrade both the youth and training facilities (which were abysmal), in what is hopefully the start of a true transformation here with Frosinone. My main question to those of you managing in Italy with a below average club is: What is your main focus? As in, do you look to upgrade your coaching set-up first, or do you look towards infrastructure? Do you focus on youth solely, or do you upgrade your first-team playing squad first? I'm keen to have a successful time here but would like to do things at the right pace so as to not make too many changes too quickly as this could damage the club financially. Looking ahead to the second half of the season... The aim for the second half of the season has to be maintaining our stance on a top 6 finish. Re-securing European football will be vital to the finances of the club, but we know this will be a difficult task with many games still to play. In terms of the Europa league I'd love us to go as far as possible, but Shakhtar are a top side and playing away in Ukraine will be a different experience for us. We dream of a TIM Cup Final, but Roma won't make that easy either. Elsewhere I'll be doing my usual, scouting far and wide to look for talent to sign next season. The expected transfer budget is set at around £20 million, more than enough to bolster our squad for the third season. Forza Frosinone!
  7. Have played Football Manager 2019 seemingly perfectly for around a month but since getting a new laptop crash dumps have become persistent. They occur randomly despite me following all appropriate steps to reduce the problem.Necessary files are attached. FM 2019 v19.1.5.1166322 (2018.12.07 19.16.34).dmp FM 2019 v19.1.5.1166322 (2018.12.07 19.54.12).dmp FM 2019 v19.1.5.1166322 (2018.12.07 22.02.03).dmp FM 2019 v19.1.5.1166322 (2018.12.07 22.50.51).dmp FM 2019 v19.1.5.1166322 (2018.12.07 23.10.43).dmp FM 2019 v19.1.5.1166322 (2018.12.07 23.38.13).dmp FM 2019 v19.1.5.1166322 (2018.12.07 23.45.14).dmp FM 2019 v19.1.5.1166322 (2018.12.08 00.30.39).dmp FM 2019 v19.1.5.1166322 (2018.12.08 00.42.50).dmp FM 2019 v19.1.5.1166322 (2018.12.08 01.10.51).dmp DxDiag.txt
  8. @Bigpapa42 Malaga are also a side that have been interesting me quite a lot. I agree with your comments about Portugal, Trincao and Xadas are a couple of names who look like superb young players that can be signed for relatively cheap prices (both from Braga). Malaga's lack of finance and fairly ageing squad make me think they'll be a good save for FM18. Javi Ontiveros, Youssef En Nesyri, Juanpi and Recio are a few players I like the look of and believe the squad would be more than capable of a top half finish. Gonna take a bigger look through the teams before I decide myself.
  9. Been following these Athletic Bilbao threads for the last few editions of FM and they're always extremely interesting! Followed Bilbao myself extensively for quite a while but have never truly played as them for an FM save but have instead just completed the odd season here and there, but I think I'm gonna give it a proper crack this edition and try to get at least a few seasons deep, especially with Aduriz's age meaning there's less opportunity to get the most out of him. I feel like the 'dynamics' aspect adds a whole new layer of difficulty to the save, especially when rejecting bids for big name players and I'm keen to see how that plays out in the long run. Likely gonna use the 4231, perhaps with an attacking (2 MC's) and defensive (2 DM) set-up to try and leave enough room for counter-attacking through the wide areas of the pitch, but I'm always open to switching things up when needed! Central defenders are superb and the full-backs can provide cover going forwards and defensively. The passing of the team is generally quite poor so I feel our best approach is to give it to Benat who can hopefully release one of the attacking players, retaining possession seems far less likely for us! Looked through the expiring contracts and noticed there are quite a few of the 'old guard' running down their final year, any suggestions on who is better to retain and who is better to move on? So far I've offered contracts to Kepa (Essential), Ager Aketze, iago Herrerin and Unai Nunez (Although he rejected it, which is worrying!)
  10. Hello all, I've been reading this thread throughout the past few months and recently decided to finally bite the bullet and make a Liverpool save. I'm currently halfway through the season and sitting in 2nd place in the league after 20 matches but was however eliminated from the EFL Cup against Arsenal in the Quarter-Finals. So far I've been utilising a 4-2-3-1 variant which has brought the best out of Coutinho and FIrmino while remaining sound at the back. I decided to try not to sign too many players due to the comments I've seen about failing FFP but have however signed Marvin Plattenhardt (£9m) and Nemanja Radoja (£8.5m) with Angel Correa (£17.5m) recently arriving at the start of the January transfer window. So far only Adam Bogdan has left the club, moving to Lyon for a fee of £1.5m, Daniel Sturridge was subject to an accepted £30m bid from PSG but the personal terms were never agreed. The goals so far are very spread out throughout my squad with FIrmino leading the line with 10. Really enjoying the save so far, I also have a blog I posted about the first-half of the season which you can find here I'll keep you updated on how things go.
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