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  1. We’re doing north east football no favours in this thread
  2. It’s like waiting for Mike Ashley to **** off... this takeover will be it, no the next one... this take over is the one... oh Kenyon get it done this time... The beta will drop at 5...6...7...8.. life eh
  3. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- The season has concluded, did we manage to continue our rampant league form and bring home the Serie D title and gain promotion? First let's have a quick reminder of my aims for the season, what I wanted to achieve by the end of the season; Italian Serie D Group A: Promotion Italian Serie D Cup: Not overly bothered, money for winning might be helpful Not overly difficult, considering our storming first half of the season, we should have won the league at a canter right? By the end of Christmas and the start of the January transfer window we were flying high at the top of the league and had only lost a paltry, single game. The numbers were good too, we had won 13 out of 16 games and only drawn 2. The defence was imperious, the stats were very impressive, conceding on average 0.3 goals a game and the attack looking pretty nifty averaging 1.9 goals a game. So, did we finish the job? In a nutshell, yes. Howay, I wasn’t likely to give up that sort of lead. We continued pretty much in the same vein of form, wrapping up the title, whilst managing to go the next 18 games of the second half of the season without losing a single game. Of the 18 games we managed to win 14 and draw only 4. Our attacking play improved a fair bit as in the second half of the season we were averaging 2.2 goals a season, up from 1.9 in the first half of the season. Our defence got slightly worse increasing to 0.4 goals conceded a game from 0.3 in the first half of the season. The defence decrease is attributed to injuries and suspensions, whilst we had depth upfront to cope with rotation, defence we really didn’t and preferred to stay with a settled back-line. Any player coming into play was measurably worse than the player he was replacing. However, the average of 0.38 goals conceded over the season in the league is still a very good effort. As is our league average of goals scored per game over the season which stands at 2.17. Looking back at the season, 3 games stood out throughout the season for various reasons, surprisingly for such a strong season 2 of the games weren’t wins. I learnt something very valuable about my squad, something which I alluded to earlier, that certain areas of my squad can’t handle rotation. The drop off of quality in certain areas is quite alarming, something which will need to be addressed next season when we are challenging in a much more competitive league. Firstly, the loss against Borgaro had spoiled a perfect start to the season. I had heavily rotated my team after 2 games already that week, we just weren’t at the races. We got off to a very strong start scoring within 3 minutes. However, the rest of the game followed a very familiar pattern of misplaced passes going out of play and players being caught in possession. By the time I decided to put some more experienced players onto the pitch, Borgaro had already pulled the game back to 2-1 in their favour. We got some control when we introduced our better players, but the game was already lost and my suspicions were already raised. Looking at the final table, Borgaro only managed to just stay above relegation, further proof of our poor showing. The second game was our third game following our loss to Borgaro. Again, I tried to plan ahead with another cup gaming coming up in a few weeks, we rotated our squad trying to keep key players fresh. The depth, or lack of was again showed to be lacking as we laboured to a draw with mid-table Fezzanese. We managed to avoid defeat but Fezzanese should really have won the game. The third game was a resounding win against Savona, who had battled us, alongside Lecco, valiantly, all season, the result was one of our best performances all season as we headed towards the close of the season. It was just a brilliant game to watch, one of those games where everything just clicked. We had a very tricky finish to the season, whilst we weren’t really in any danger of losing the league, I didn’t want the season to fizzle out to nothing. We had already won promotion the month prior and the Serie D title a few games earlier. I wanted to finish the season as comprehensible as possible. The final league table showed our dominance. What about the cup? Did our league form have consequences? We weren’t as devastating as we were in the league, but that's because I made a conscious effort to keep my main 11 as fit as I could for the league. I didn’t rotate 100%, but enough to keep key players fit, whilst also using subs for the players with the heavier match load. Promotion really was the be all and end all this season. So winning this cup was a massive bonus. Like I mentioned in my last post, the Delta Rovigo game was a tad lucky with us needing penalties to go through. Once I had a handle on my squad, which I spoke about before, I was able to rotate players much more effectively without compromising our results. The prize money was nothing to write home about, but on the grand scheme of things it did equate to paying a few months wages. The Serie D - Poule Scudetto was a new competition to me I must admit. It really did come at the wrong time for us, my squad was suffering from a long season. Many players in need of a break and carry knocks. The group stage of the tournament was relatively straight forward, though a 3 nil lead against Delta Rovigo becoming a 3-2 lead with 15 minutes to go had me sweating a little. The 5-0 against Mantova was another game like which I described the Savona game, everything just clicked, they ended the game with only one shot, which was from a free-kick. Drawing Cesena was unlucky, they were already a professional team and had a club value almost 30 times ours, we met our match and they showed their class. It should have been more than 1 nil in all honesty and again showed the job we had on our hands next season. We exited in the semi final, however we did complete a.... Double. Anything important happened in the close season? What about next season? Plans? The board offered me a new contract, which they would be fools not too. I did request that we turned professional though, this was a request to the board during contract talks. Thankfully they agreed and the message popped into my inbox informing us we have now turned professional. This is massive on two fronts, which now means we can offer full time contracts, but more importantly, I can now start to implement my philosophy on the team. We can now train on a full time basis. The board also set our budgets for next year, they should be sound enough. I don’t plan on paying any transfer fees, preferring to rely on loans and free transfers to help stabilise us next year. Hopefully in which time I can save a bit of budget to give promotion a proper crack the year following. Next year I want to keep our strengths, which was clearly our defence. I will be pursuing 2 new centre-backs and 2 new wing-backs. We’ve proved this year what a good defence can help us achieve, I do have my eye on goalkeeper, but I think he is going to a team in Serie B. Our striker we have been tracking all season, Ramon Muzzi, has decided to join another club. This doesn’t really affect my plans too much as I guessed the interest would really ramp up in him at the back end of the season. I do expect Testardi to bag the goals again this season, so I am really looking for a striker who can create space for him, not necessarily a goal scorer. This really helps me refine the type of player I am looking for, as a goal scorer at this level will be hard to find. The midfield I am happy enough with, I have few targets which I will pursue, but I won’t be breaking the bank for them as I feel we have enough strength in that area. We also have two regens who look relatively promising in the midfield area; Pierangelo Petrillo - I did consider turning him into a wing-back, but I was worried about his work-rate and if it would limit his capabilities in getting up and down the wing. In the end I think he will offer some depth as a play-maker of sorts against lesser teams in cup competitions whilst I rest my first team players. His passing and creativity are his strengths which I will look to utilise against deep blocks. Not sure about how much of a future he has though long term. Riccardo Galante - He looks a bit more rounded than Petrillo, which is why he looks a little uninspiring. His work-rate and very decent physical attributes for his age will make sure he has a place on the fringes of the first team this season. His technical ability is actually quite lacklustre, but a box to box role should ensure we make the best of his hard working nature. Again long term wise I’m not sure he will be here, he does have a role this year though and helps me by not having to go into the market letting me concentrate on other areas. So, definitely 4 players, could rise to as many as 7 if I get my first team targets. Numbers? Record broken? Stats? We pretty rewrote the history book in terms of records at Casale FC this season. We managed to set new records for lowest amount of defeats- standing at a single defeat. We managed a record amount of points in a league season, coupled with the clubs longest winning run which now stands at 11 and also the clubs longest unbeaten run which is now 35 games across all competitions. I don’t think so records will be broken for a long time yet. The players awards were also announced at the end of the season, I was a little shocked to see Nicola Cintoi win the fans player of the year over Testardi, though should I be with the form of our defence? He was part of 27 clean sheets in 41 games, maybe I shouldn’t be. I’m a NUFC fan though and I love my number 9s. Young player of the season was given too Matteo Di Giovanni, which was very much deserving, the young wingback played beyond his attributes and age at times and registered a very respectable 12 assists and 2 goals from the left wing back position. Finally, here’s a full break down of the squads stats for the season.
  4. Cracking season there @quee Do Parma still have money issues like in the past?
  5. Cheers Yeah, I like teams that a little bit of history but have failed to get anywhere near matching it. Casale FC is quite fun, money isn't crazy in Italy like England, so should stay challenging building them up. Yeah he looks great, its a long shot tempting him though, hoping Savona don't go up. Cheers man
  6. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brief history of Casale FC Casale FC, a little known team with an important history, the date is the 12th July 1914, whilst the world is anticipating what would turn out to be the bloodiest war in history, world war 1, this little known team from the little Northern Italian town of Casale Monferrato, is celebrating its maiden Serie A title win. Placing itself in Italian football history with power house clubs such as Juventus and the Milan clubs. A feat that would eclipse the modern-day fairy tale, which recounts the Premier League title win of Leicester, 2015-16 season, masterminded by the Italian Tinkerman, Claudio Ranieri. Whilst, also becoming the first ever Italian team to defeat a professional English team when they defeated, Reading FC, 2-1, just the year prior to becoming Scudetto champions for the first and very last time. The birth of Casale FC goes right back to 1904, a club by the name of Robur FB was formed which represented the city of Casale Monferrato. Sadly, by 1909, Robur FB had gone out of business, only to be reformed by the persistence of Professor Raffaele Jaffe, Casale FC was born later that year in December. Jaffe took an interest when his students notified him they were going to watch a soccer match in the next town, Caresana. When Robur FB dissolved, Jaffe was already bitten by the bug we all know as football, he proposed to Cavasonza and Gallina brothers that they reform the old club. A meeting took place, several matches took place on small pitches at Leardi Technical Institute's Hall, the meeting then concluded and Casale FC was born to be in direct rivalry with the dominant Pro Vercelli. The following years consisted of Casale competing in the lower regional leagues, after which, Casale Fc were accepted into the top tier of Italian football, Nerostellati. In 1911 Casale FC were competing with the big boys. The competition was significantly different to the top tier as know it in Italy nowadays, Serie A. The structure itself was a daunting task, never mind for a little known side with little pedigree at the top level. After competing at the top level for a few years, the historic win against Reading cemented a dramatic rise and a major achievement for not only the little known Italian side, but Italian football as a whole, being the first Italian team to beat an English side. However, the best was yet to come, as Casale FC only year later were celebrating the only Scudetto win in their history. As mentioned above the structure was different to how we know it. To become champions of Italy, Casale FC, had to first qualify from their Liguria- Piedmont division. Secondly, they had to negotiate a two legged final against the southern/central champions. The route to the title looks tough enough, however the competition was fierce in the form of the goliath that was Genoa and bitter rivals Pro Vercelli, who were in fact in the hint for their fourth straight Scudetto. Whilst be outstanding favourites to do so. The rivalry dates back 200 years to 1215. Not originally a football rivalry, the birth of the rivalry came about in 1196, when the City of Casale rebelled to form its own city and independence. Casale Monferrato had been the capital of independent state known as Marquisate Del Monferrato on the north-western fringes of what is now Italy. In 1215, the city was destroyed by the military forces of Vercelli. The city was soon rebuilt by Frederick the second, naturally the rivalry is as strong as ever lived on and is now part of football. That wraps up the brief introduction to Casale FC, in all honesty there isn’t really a great amount of information out there, there history is great, whilst brief. They have also managed to win Serie B (1929-30), Serie C (1937-38), Serie C2 (1988-89) and Coppa Italia Dilettanti (1998-99). Nothing much in the way of recent success, residing in the lower regions of Italian football structure. So obviously, the aim of the save is to get Casale FC back to Serie A and see what we can do from there. I haven’t had much time for Football Manager this year due to work, but I had planned on managing Casale for a few years, so it seemed it would be a good time, now that my private life as settled down and gives me an interesting save to keep me hooked until FM20. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What have we been up to so far? I’ve played up till January so far in the first season. We are competing in two competitions, in which my aims for each competition are: Italian Serie D Group A: Promotion Italian Serie D Cup: Not overly bothered, money for winning might be helpful Pre-season went very well, I’m pleased we kept the scores down against the top tier teams down to a very respectful score line. I’m very happy with the draw against Pro Vercelli, I arranged it purely to judge the gap, albeit it being a friendly. We saw off all the teams I expected us to, whilst adding a modest amount of money to the bank balance. We also managed to get a feeder club in the form of Palermo, I haven’t used to the link to get any players yet, but the annual fee will go a long way to balance the books. We added two players to the squad, Matteo Rizzuto was the first to arrive. I was instantly drawn to his all round mental attributes, which were very good for this level, even the bonus of being a young player too. Normally well rounded players are on the older side and have poor/declining physical attributes at this level, so he was snapped up and will add genuine quality to the central midfield area. Secondly, Pasquale De Vita was brought in for cover in the midfield. It really was a light area in the team in terms of numbers. It lacked any sort of creativity and when Lorenzo Coccolo, the player originally earmarked to be the attacking playmaker in my team got himself injured for 4 months in preseason, it forced my hand into the market. Neither player is out standing, but neither is the league, I’m confident enough between them they will do a steady job. How have we fared in the league? The league couldn’t have gone any better really, better than I thought. We ended the year in 1st place, comfortably. Our media prediction before the season had us finishing second from bottom, I was confident we were better than that and could challenge for promotion, but the form we showed knocked that prediction out of the park. The performance was no doubt down to our stupidly good defence, which has only conceded 6 goals in 16 games. With the league restricting the first 11 on a match day by forcing you to play 4 players under the age of 20, 3 under the age of 19 and 1 under the age 18. I decided to have an experienced defence and keeper, which seems to have paid dividends with our form in defence. The aim of the second half of the season should be about keeping our consistent and we should bring home the title, it would be nice to avoid the play-offs as means for promotion. And the cup competitions? Again, imperious form in the Serie D cup, just like the league. Delta Rovigo match was a bit lucky, in highsight I probably rotated the squad far too much. The more I am learning about my team though and the form they are showing there is no reason why I can’t complete a league and cup double this year. Though, there is still a long way to go yet. It will be important we stay injury free, as I am not convinced by the depth in certain areas, testament to the Delta Rovigo match. What we thinking for next season? I have started to plan tentatively for next season and I have a few players I am interested in if we are promoted. Firstly, Ramon Muzzi, who I came up against when we played Savona in the league this year, he gave us a torrid time. He is also top scorer in the league with almost double the amount of goals as any other player. Fingers crossed they don’t get promoted too. I also see him as someone who I could sell for a decent profit in a few years if he can replicate his form us and develop. If that move doesn't work out then I have spotted Matteo Macchiaroli, from rivals Pro Vercelli, not as good and I may have trouble attracting him from our fierce rivals. Looks okay for a free transfer, providing they don't offer him a new contract. The other player is a rather decent looking player by the name of Roberto Bonaventura, he looks solid all round and will probably replace one of Lorenzo Coccolo or Pasquale De Vita in the team. He looks to be an instant upgrade on either in the more adventurous role in our midfield 3. Finally, I will also look to exercise the link with Palermo for the first time and try lure Luigi Mendola to the club. He looks like a star in the making, will we be an attractive enough option for him next season? I hope so, he looks a cut above everyone else we have in the team and will instantly give our midfield that bit of extra quality it needs. I also have a pretty all the squad up for contract renewals at the end of the season, which is something I will review closer to the season end, however, Emanuele Testardi is someone who I think can make the step up effortlessly next year, so I have already renewed his contract for another 2 years.
  7. Cheers! From my little bit of reading, it seems as good as I am going to get for my range? Will I notice a difference from my current laptop?
  8. I'm looking at buying a new laptop. Budget of around £900. I generally only play football manager, occasionally Apex Legends or PUBG, but I usually have the settings on medium to low anyways. I currently have this laptop: https://www.notebookcheck.net/MSI-PL62-i5-7300HQ-MX150-Laptop-Review.308542.0.html I have found a 2 laptops that look decent enough to my eye, but I have limited knowledge. Just looking for some opinions or better suggestions, Cheers. https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/5WA67EAABU-HP-Pavilion-Gaming-15-cx0018na_2453614.html https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/9S7-1799GB-833-MSI-GV72-7RD-833UK_2152403.html
  9. Yeah, thats a screenshot of my U20's. This is the version I am on -
  10. Anyone else missing the mentoring option for their youth teams in the new update?
  11. I don't think team shape has been removed, there using a preset style in the screenshot. A bit further down the list on the presets list, you have the option to create your own tactical style where I'm guessing everything will be customisable.
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