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  1. ah, nooo. But surely there's a minimum wage budget?? Is it likely that I'll get some rich new owner or does that not happen at this level?
  2. Anyone else suffering from spiralling debt?? Wage budget got cut from 10k p/w to 8k p/w then 7k p/w this season, with a 5.75k p/w budget for next season, I doubt I'll be able to put out a promotion winning squad! Do most board just wipe off the debt each season?
  3. 2018/19 season - Margate - Vanarama South - 13th place - 51pts Summary Ah the seaside town of Margate. A great summer holiday destination, but can its football team have equally sunny joy in the Vanarama South? I was expected a long hard slog of a relegation battle, but we usually managed to stay around 10 points above the relegation zone for most of the season. Will be looking for mid-table consolidation in 2019/20 with a more prepared and well-rounded squad. Gameplay thoughts: Fitness - I think they key is to at least get 15 players fully match fit for the beginning of the season which means scheduling friendlies every 2 days or so Transfers - Hiring 3 scouts was key for me here, assigning the entire scouting pool to scout the country for 'end of contract' players who I could sign on a free. As the season wore on, players often got more desperate, willing to sign when they previously weren't interested or for much more affordable wages. Tactics - in my first attempts at this challenge, I was trying to play come complex 4-5-1 counter tactic which just didn't work out. Now that I switched to 4-4-2 with one target man and poacher up front, results seem to be much better. Best players; Alex Osborn - Right winger - 27 apps, 4 goals, 11 assists Seemed to be assisting goals for fun in the tail end of the season, ensuring we got the late goals we needed when it mattered. Unfortunately he suffered damaged cruciate ligaments in pre season (out for 8-12 months!) which I hope won't be too fateful for next season. Michael Thalassitis - Striker - 32 apps, 16 goals, 5 assists There's always a few quality players that are in the squad you inherit in these challenges, ans Michael was one of them. To escape relegation we needed someone who could hit the ground running with goals, and he duly delivered. Dan Darbyshire - Striker - 23 apps - 14 goals - 3 assists Nabbed on a free transfer from QPR a few months into the season. Having never played a minute of first team football before his arrival, Dan settled it quickly, scoring 14 goals in 23 games. At 21 year of age, here's hoping he could be useful for the next season at least.
  4. Enfield Town - 22nd - Relegated Got sacked with 2 games to play having failed to beat the drop. My excuse is that I havent played full flavoured FM in a few years (I played FM 'classic' in FM16). Lessons learned - need to be more patient in scouting out and trialling new talent! Tactics - what are people's tips with this? Does it help to tinker around or just stick with 442 and wait for the team to gel? Meanwhile, resurrected myself as manager of Tonbridge for the 2018/19 season...
  5. Is it normal that I can't seem to offer part time contracts for longer than 12 months? Could be tricky retaining players for next season...
  6. Rocky start, but ground out a 2-1 win...long season ahead!
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