westa03

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  1. Success Not Guaranteed When picking a team to start with, I struggled for quite a bit on who to be as I had tried to be quite a few teams previously but just could not get attached to the players or the club. However after watching my beloved Arsenal beaten on the opening day of the Premier League, I was suddenly drawn towards managing Aston Villa. The appeal of their young team that had plenty of room for improvement, the mix of pace and power and of course because they have that Belgian beast known as Benteke. I have decided to use a custom database so that all the summer transfers are done. Here is a little background on the Villans: So after having a meeting with the board, I was told what my budget for the season would be: This was an acceptable budget, when you take into account that Villa had already brought in Nicklas Helenius, Leandro Bacuna, Jores Okore, Antonio Luna and Aleksandar Tonev. The wage budget was a massive problem though, the club was littered with high earners and we were currently 99k over our budget. Sales of players that I felt weren't value for their salaries would be a possibility. The Squad After evaluating my team, I could see that we had quite a few young promising players in the form of A.Westwood, B.Bannan, G.Gardner, J.Okore, C.Clark and L.Bacuna. Personally I thought with a partnership of Vlaar and Clark/Okore would thrive and in attack we looked strong with having a choice between Benteke and new recruit Helenius. The midfield was the area that I thought we looked weakest, Delph in my eyes looked rather average as well as Herd and we were lacking a solid defensive midfielder, so this is where i would look to make a top priority for reinforcements. So after looking at the transfer market, and scouring for new players to improve my team this is how my transfers activity ended up: There wasn't that much talent out there available to us in all honesty. However I am rather pleased with the loan signing Maxime Gonalons, he was a player that could not only do the defensive work that I needed of him, but he was good on the ball as well. De Sciglio and Ruben were both brought in to add depth at full back. Casper Sloth will rotate with Bannan in the MCA role this year, and it was his PPMs that made me decide to sign him. Most of the players that we sold/loaned out was to get them off the wage budget as Given, Delph and Ireland combined were earning just under 150k p/w which in my eyes wasn't justifiable for the ability of the players. I was tempted to sell either Agbonlahor or N'Zogbia, however i decided against it as i didn't want to leave myself lacking depth on the wings, and I believed that they could play a big part for the team this season. This is the formation I created: In my next post, I will show you how the team did in Preseason and the first two months of the Premier League campaign.
  2. Season 1 - 2013/2014 - Blyth Spartans - Blue Square North Predicted Finish: 20th Actual Finish: 2nd Squad 1 - Squad 2 - League Table - Positions Chart - Finances - Transfers - Cup Fixtures Overview This season normally would have been seen as a massive achievement, which in a sense it is, but i have been left with mixed feelings about it. After a mass clearout and bringing in basically a new team at the start of the season all i could do was fear the worse, especially when only winning 1 game out of 5 in pre-season against mediocre opposition. However, we started off so well with 5 wins and 3 draws and for the whole season never dropped out of the top 6 which was highly impressive for a new team. The problem was that every time my team got to the top of the league, they could never hold it down, poor performances and loses to bottom of the league teams cost us massively, and in my opinion i feel as though we gave the league title away. So we had to go through the play-offs. I was given Bishop's Stortford in the semi-final. This was a team throughout the season that i had struggled with down to the fact that they played a mean 3-5-2, which my team just didn't seem to be able to cope with. For this match a made a couple of tactical changes, which paid off, by going 4-5-1 but having a flat 5 in midfield to combat there midfield. This worked as i went away with a 0-1 victory away from home which set me in good stead for the home game. The home game went as planned and i went on to win 3-0 agg overall. So i was in to the final against Altrincham, a team i hadn't beat in the league this season, and this stat wasn't about to change. They were armed with their striker Damian Reeves, who was top goalscorer in the league with 31 goals, and my defence just couldn't handle him and i succumbed to a 2-0 which was flattering for us, as we were bossed the whole game. Key Players: Adam Mitchell- Strikers was an area i struggled with this season, but i brought Adam in and he did a decent enough job when we were struggling for goals. His potential is good player for Blue Square Prem so hoping for a slightly higher goal tally come next season. Terry Sampson- At 17 years old this guy was a permanent fixture in my team, his average rating doesn't tell the whole story because in my opinion he was one of my best if not the best player all season, he came up with quite a few crucial winners and impressed me a lot. Glen McGlen- Was my rock at the back this season, and was one of the main reasons for having the least goals conceded in the league, not seen by the assistant manager to be the best CB but he has been awesome for me. Aims/Targets for Next Season: I want to say promotion, but i have lost quite a few players who didn't want to sign for another year, so i'm gonna say top half finish hopefully. Wouldn't mind a decent cup run as well for the finances sake
  3. Got to agree with you both a lot more difficult in FM13. Cleared about half my team out and then started the search for players and just found a massive lack of quality. I think reputation has a lot more influence this year on who will actually come to your team. The scouts say that most of them are "good players for the BSN" but in my eyes some of them aren't even on that level. Basically, got a squad of about 22 players, a few that are on non-contracts, and hopefully through the season i will be able to find some players to improve. Haven't start to badly in the league, had an poor pre-season, but started the league with 2 home wins and an away draw.
  4. Always wanted to give this challenge a shot, and want a long term game, so i'm going to give this a go, wish me luck. Chose the Mighty Blyth Spartans in the end. The finances seem pretty good, but the squad in my eyes is rather poor so think i'm going to have a mass overhaul of the team.
  5. So I thought for my first long term game on FM13 i'd give this challenge a try. Was given a choice of a few interesting teams. I decided to eventually choose Kettering Town as my team. Here's my Profile Info page. Their facilities are rather decent for a newly promoted team, however from what i have seen this is gonna have a negative effect on financial state of the club. So could prove a problem. The squad from first impressions looks impressive, however they look thin on depth in center midfield and left back. Squad 1 - Squad 2 All in all I think the team is more than capable of hitting the media prediction of 14th, its just the financial side of it that worries me a lot.
  6. hey ri, i want to start this challenge in france (after being relegated from the BSP to the BSS, my Hendon has flopped massively, so going to put it on hold) however i loaded up all the leagues possible, but i go to add a manager and the CFA league is greyed out, so does that mean i have to start in the National league and start with a club that has been newly promoted from the CFA league
  7. i did my end of season post last night but it isnt showing...is my post still being moderated or has it just failed...if so im gonna have to re-write it again, which means i have to relive the nightmare once again
  8. Hendon 2013/14 Season Blue Square Bet Premier- 21st (Relegated)Fa Cup- 4th Q Round - Canvey Island 3-4 FA Trophy- 2nd Round - Hayes and Yeading 1-3 I learnt a lot this season, success too early is not always a good thing. When it came to the league this year, the team was totally out of its depth and this is shown by the 87 goals we conceded. Our back four were terrorised and were just not ready for the step up to BSP. A few years may be needed in the BSS just to re-group and gel. I'm possibly taking a gamble, which may or may not pay off but a few of the older heads, that are on 1-1 and a half stars CA are gonna be let go allowing my youth to have a chance to develop. Key Players: Jon Lamb: Info - Report- This bloke was a youth player when i first came to the club, and got a few games last year where he was highly inconsistent, however this year he's started to shine and develop into my main striker. As you can see he is rated a good striker for the BSP and the potential to be a Leading L1 striker. I am worried that someone is going to bid for him though, as my assistant has said that he feels Lamb's progress is stalling due to needing a new challenge. Simon Cox: One of few that managed to have a good average this year of 7.04 and was probably the only solid defender i have the rest have good potential but are few inconsistent and prone to mistakes. YP Watch: Keke Darlington YP01a: Info Report - Only played 3 games this year, down to injuries and being poor when used. Will give the lad a chance more next year in the BSS, as i'm looking to give quite a bit of youth a chance next year. Chad Watkins YP01b: Info Report - When Darren Currie sprung the surprise on me at the end of last year that he was retiring, i was livid as he added a touch of class to my left side of midfield. Chad stepped up this year, with 6 assists, 3 goals and an average rating of 6.88, he will be my main left winger next year and hopefully he will turn into a star. Youth Intake: I decided to sign 8 of the youth intake this year as they had good potential and with me being in the BSS i believe i can give them more first team football. The player that stood out for me was Patty Moke (report card) with his CA of 2 stars, i decided to chuck him into the last few games and he didnt disappoint. He ended with 2 goals and an average rating of 7.04. I have decided to give him the tag YP02 for this crop of youngsters. Transfers Squad: Pt1 Pt2 Finances: 4k in black I haven't been able to improve my facilities due to me losing quite a bit of money every month. My aims for this year are to bleed the youth in to the team and finish about mid-table. However i don't know if my board will be happy with just that as my job was insecure due to the relegation.
  9. Hey, so i have been engrossed in this thread and started my own game using this challenge. I wasn't going to post my progress, however i have decided to now as i'd like to share my adventure. I already have one season completed already (and what a rollercoaster that was). Aaron West takes over at newly promoted BSS side Hendon (some proof to show when i joined) Facilities: Training Facilities: Basic Youth Facilities: Minimal Rented Junior Coaching: Adequate Youth Recruitment: Limited End of Season Review Blue Square Bet South: If the team's pre-season was anything to go by the season ahead was gonna be a difficult one, i expected to take beatings off celtic, brighton and bolton, however the 3-1 lose to Fleet and 2-2 draw with Berkhamsted set off all kinds of alarm bells. We started the season off with a 2-0 lose to Salisbury (away) and i started to prepare for a tough season ahead. This however changed very quickly, the team started to gel and the results started to change, and from the 13th league game onwards we were in a hotly contested battle for top spot with Chelmsford. Dips in form from us and Chelmsford meant that it was a constant game of tug of war about who was going to finish 1st. 6 games to go and we faced Chelmsford at Home, knowing a win would put us 6 points clear...Chelmsford had another idea and beat us 3-1 putting them top on by goal difference. I thought that our over-achieving had finally caught up with us and that we were going to have to settle for a play-off place, this was not the case with us winning our next 3 games and Chelmsford slipping up we opened a 6 point lead, and knowing that we went into penultimate game knowing that a draw would bring us the title. The pressure overwhelmed the team, and lost 5-2 to Dorchester (away). So away to Welling would be the deciding game, if we just managed a draw we would be crowned champions. When our striker Danny Morrissey scored in the 8th minute i was full of confidence that we would be bringing the title home...however the team bottled it massively and conceded 3 goals in the second half. We would have to go through the playoffs as Chelmsford won the league by having a +6 better goal difference then us. BSS Play off Semi-Final: We would be facing one of the teams that stopped us winning the league...DORCHESTER. The first leg was at Dorchester, time for some revenge. We took the lead through our centre back Simon Cox, this seemed to make Dorchester actually start to play and they were 2-1 up in the 56th min. Simon Cox who had been fantastic throughout the season, single-handedly took the game by the scruff of the neck and scored another 2 goals (59th and 77th min) to finish the leg 3-2 to us. I went into the second leg rather worried about the strength of Dorchester as we were lucky to come away with a victory in the first leg. My fears were slightly put to bed, when none other than Simon Cox popped up with another goal to make it 4-2 agg. This however was short lived as goals from Dorchester in the 38th and 50th minute brought the tie back level to 4-4. Going into the last ten minutes of the game, i was cursing my luck, but Simon Cox, who i may rename 'wonder boy' decided his goal scoring was not finished and produced the winning goal. BSS Play off Final: My opposition for the play-off final was Dover, and i just had a bad feeling about this game. We took the lead on the 31st min with a goal from D.Morrissey. However, for the second game running we conceded two goals to make it 2-1 Dover in the 90 min, with D.Morrissey also getting a straight red card. In added time, i was furious, chucking a game away like this. My left back playing left mid however scored an equaliser with a diving header to take it to extra time. 3 minutes into extra time, and everything changed my top goalscorer S.Richardson put us 3-2 ahead and then another 2 goals from G.kinsella and J.Federico put us 5-2 up and PROMOTED to the Blue Square Bet Premier. This has to be my most epic season i have ever had, the three play-off games and the title challenge was just a rollercoaster and a half. League Table League Graph Key 3 Players: Simon Cox Stewart Richardson Darren Currie Our Youth Intake wasn't as good as i needed: i made Keke Richardson (coach report) my Yp01 player as he had the best chance of getting in my squad next year. I also signed 4 others that had 4-5 star potential, but not the CA to play in my team straight away. I have managed to increase my Junior Coaching to Adequate, and won manager of the year for my massive over achievement. I should be excited about the prospect of playing in the BSP next year however i have just received this The new stadium puts me -204,413 in the red, so may put back me improving my facilities for a while Current Squad: Selection Info - Assistant Report Transfers
  10. hey there im just wondering if you need the disk in the drive while playing because me and my family have several laptops, and if we all want to play it theres going to be a problem thanks in advance