I have a wishlist of new features for FM09:
----- zilch ------
All you should do for FM09 is remove the serious bugs that plague FM08.
No fixes in the match engine. No artificially created excitements that produce 11-goal thrillers time and time again.
Look at the Board expectations. They need to be realistic. (how many times have I abandoned games as I'm getting nowhere? a lot!)
Give more control over finances. Yes, I know it's a football management game, but the Board judge you on your financial control as well as the playing of matches. This side of the game is half-cocked.
Do this and you will have achieved perfection. There is so much that is good in this game - but it is ruined by bugs and unnecessary / unrealistic fixes (call them special effects if you like).
By the way, I have considerable experience as a programmer / analyst and could help with testing.