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  1. That doesn't explain why I'm losing money compared to every other season where the money flowed in, same types of friendlies, same types of fees and revenues.
  2. As I've said, I've done this many times before. When booking the friendlies, I always select the teams that offer the best return, usually 4k to 8k, so this is unlike any other preseason I've done in the game. In all fairness, I usually get anywhere between 300k to 500k profit over the preseason. So getting close to -60k is unusual.
  3. Could anyone explain this, I organised a bunch of high profile friendlies as I usually do to balance the books. On the countless occasions I've done this before, I've always managed to make a very large profit. I was expecting to go from -96K to at least 200K. However, there's large amounts going on 'other' expenditure meaning, the income generated by these friendlies has been nullified. The club is in discussions in regards to a takeover, does anyone know if this could what is affecting this income.
  4. National League South - 7th Place, defeated in first play-off round League | Squad | Finances | Transfers | Released | Manager Profile | Tactics It turned out to be a decent first campaign. We struggled at first, but once a few players had come in, the team found some form. We managed a play-off spot, but I wasn't expecting much as we'd lost most of our games against tough opposition, we were just dispatching many of the mid to bottom table sides. We finished with a good goal difference thanks to the leagues 5th best attack and 4th best defence. Financially, the first season was a struggle. When I arrived, many average players were on high wages and the squad lacked in several areas. This means anyone willing to join wanted wages to match the others in the squad. I've resigned contracts with a bunch of players as the season closed and I've managed to reduce their wages as well as sign the back-up players on non-contracts, so things may go a little better next season. Although there's a scheduled stadium expansion if we remain in the league, or are promoted. I bagged my first badge over the course of the season, and improved several staff members. I have not renewed the director of football's contract, he was there when I arrived, but is not really needed. The club is currently in the process of a takeover, which worries me as some players are retiring and I need replacements. The transfers were plenty, mainly because I brought in a lot of youth. The club didn't really have any youth players when I took over, so I grabbed a bunch of high potential players on youth contracts, so no extra costs to give the Under 18s some depth, and hopefully one or two of them may prove useful. Unfortunately, my best player, left-back Moore, will not sign a contract on a wage less than 900/week, this means he'll likely have to be released, I have already found a replacement, but he's no where near the same level. I hope this doesn't impact the squad too much, Moore provided a number of important goals and assists, finishing with a 7.4 rating. I'm expected to avoid relegation again next season, but my players believe they can get mid-table. I will be personally aiming for another play-off spot. Hopefully one or two acquisitions, if the takeover doesn't drag on, will provide us with that extra quality to take on the better teams.
  5. Hopefully this attempt will succeed. Sorted out my save options.
  6. Hey all, unfortunately my save file corrupted and because I had modified the save file to one file and save every three months while I holidayed, but forgot to switch back, I had no older save to fall back on. I'm currently doing a different save, my own club, but I will probably come back to this at some point.
  7. 2021-2022 National League, 7th League|Squad|Finances|Transfers|Released|Manager Profile|Tactics Well another season is over, we were predicted to finish 19th and after a great start to the season which saw us flirting with the play-off places, we started to fade. The tactics from the previous season no longer worked and we stopped scoring whilst conceding enormous amounts. This led to lots of tweaking as I tried to patch things up and the club's worst ever run of games with 11 league games without a win. We found ourselves all the way down in 18th spot. But with a new tactical set-up we picked up a surprising win that led to the club's best ever run of 13 games unbeaten which saw us finish up in 7th and a play-off spot. Unfortunately our good run came to an end against our local rivals Gateshead in a 3-2 thriller. Gateshead went on to win the play-offs and joined York City in promotion. This bodes well for the upcoming season. We will look to strengthen certain key areas. We have already agreed a contract with 18 year old right winger Billy Dunn from Liverpool on a free. Other areas of interest will be the goalkeeper, right full back and attacking playmaker. Financially we are doing very well with 1.4M in the bank. Another strong preseason helped. The board are being difficult though, refusing to invest in the facilities and claiming we are not financially strong enough to go professional. They have given me a ridiculous transfer budget of 650k, which I would much rather see invested elsewhere. Daniel Wright who played in the advance playmaker spot was our best player, he scored 14 in 34 and made 12 assists, picking up 9 PotM awards and an average rating of 7.42. He was voted National League player of the season. I finished third in the manager edition. The aim for next season has to be promotion, so fingers crossed.
  8. Not at all, I tend to tinker during the season. If I see results begin to drop, I look at changing things around. I believe that if you go on a good run, teams change their approach so it's important to adapt. But I keep it as close to the original set-up as possible. I have began the new season well, but that soon dropped with some dreadful results, so I'm currently looking to balance it up again. During the matches, I just use a lot of shouts to keep the players on their toes.
  9. Sure, I thought I had. Thanks, I'm looking forward to it.
  10. League|Squad|Finances|Transfers|Released|Manager Profile|Tactics 2020-2021 What a season! South Shields finished firmly top of the league, breaking several records along the way, and grabbed themselves an FA Trophy in front of 19,000 fans at Wembley. Finishing well above expectations, South Shields ran away with the title. The team finished with a record amount of goals scored and the best attack in the league, this was coupled with the best defence. They beat the league's record for points and wins. After a disappointing elimination in the FA Cup, South Shields mended this with a great FA Trophy run beating Solihull in a 3-2 thriller at Wembley. Highlights in the season included an 8-1 thrashing of mid-table Southport and a 5-0 thrashing of play-off qualifiers Kidderminster on the final day of the season. Financially, the club are in a good position. The FA Trophy win boosted the coffers and another windfall is expected for the league win. The board injected close to 700k for a stadium expansion, which will increase the capacity to 4,500, around a 1,000 increase. During preseason, we managed to recoup the funds invested into the youth facilities. I have asked the board to go professional, but they do not believe the finances are adequate enough, which may mean a struggle in the National League, or at least a 2/3 build up to promotion. Let's look at the squad more closely. Several players stood out this season: Jake Beesley efficient in front of goal, the striker netted 32 times in 46 games, finishing as the league's top scorer on 27 goals, a new record. Josh Gillies, a player at the club when I arrived, was our inside forward. He won the player of season award thanks to his 18 goals and 18 assists in 42 games. He also grabbed 9 PotM awards over the season. Simeon Oure, a player who was released by Sheff Utd, was our main winger. He got 1 goal and 19 assists in 43 games. Both he and Gillies equalled the league's most assists with 15 each in the league. Unfortunately, Oure's contract cannot be renewed as the Frenchman was denied a work permit in the new Brexit rules. He will be a loss. Daniel Wright, another player who was at the club when I took over, is our attacking playmaker. He got 8 goals and 10 assists, he also got the squad's best average rating with 7.36 over 43 games. Tyrone Duffus, came in after being released by Fylde. The defensive midfielder was a rock but also a creative force netting 11 goals and assisting 5 times over 49 games. Oliver Byrne was a solid presence in goal. The ex-Man Utd academy keeper who we picked up on a free from Blackburn the previous season conceded 47 and kept 17 clean sheets in 53 games. Alex Kempster is also a player worth mentioning, despite only being a back-up to Gillies. We picked him up on a free after he was released by York City. He scored 12 and made 4 assists in 29 appearances (11 from the bench). There's a strong chance he may become the first choice inside forward next season as he has more potential than Gillies. Tactically, the team started with a balanced mentality but shifted to a positive over the season. Duffus being a natural defensive midfielder allowed us to go back to a 4-1-4-1 which proved more efficient defensively, whilst allowing the attacking minded players to bomb forward. I have already signed a couple of players to strengthen for the upcoming season in the National League. I am currently preparing for my next badge and have just won the manager of the season award.
  11. But looking in-game Brighton are said to be based in Brighton, so that database error could explain it. So whereas South Shields are down as based in South Shields, part of the Newcastle urban area. Brighton, who are based in Falmer, part of the Lewes urban area, are put down as Brighton. Not sure how this affects things in-game.
  12. It's possible, South Shields are kind of part of greater Newcastle though, and have Gateshead to contend with. From what I read (if I understood properly), the team became Gateshead in the past, and a new team was formed. Personally, I think the Whitehawk reputation may be misleading. I read up about them, they have been in the media quite a bit over the past few years as their supporters are anti-rascism, pro-LGBT... and the club do a lot of work in those areas, which makes them interesting. On another note, Brighton and Hove Albion are not technically based in Brighton, but in Falmer, meaning Whitehawk are maybe the only real Brighton based club. Brighton (the club) are further from Brighton than South Shields are from Newcastle.
  13. Yeah, that's ideal I think. Whitehawk cannot really afford to lose 500/600k in a stadium expansion. For the second expansion, the funds were injected, but that first one came straight out of the balance.
  14. Nice start. I would say the challenge financially will truly begin when they start expanding the ground, as it's needed to meet league regulations, but not needed in terms of support. It's weird how with South Shields I'm getting the same attendance in National League North that I got with Whitehawk in League One, especially considering the size of Brighton, you'd expect there to be a steady growing number.
  15. 2019-2020 League | Squad | Finances | Transfers | Released | Manager Profile My first season with South Shields is over and we exceeded expectations finishing up in 4th place. The season began in a non-consistant way, one win was followed by a loss seing us sitting just below the play-off zone, but with some decent signings and tactical tweaks, we ended up ending the season on a 10 match winning streak. The first play-off saw us dismiss Chester 6-1 before we went out in a 3-2 thriller away to Stockport. Promotion wasn't for this season, but with the squad we have, plus some additions that came in as the season closed, we should be able to mount a strong challenge next season (although we are predicted to finish 11th, so I've given the players the goal to finish mid-table, which is also what the board want). In terms of finances, the preseason allowed us to bolster the balance to just over half a million and we ended the season having made a solid profit of nearly 200k. This has allowed me to provide extra training for the coaching staff and I got my first badge. The board agreed to improve the youth facilities, so a large chunk of money was thrown into that. As the season came to a close, the chairman put the club up for sale. This made me very happy that I had finalised most my transfers before as we had a lengthy embargo while things were sorted. The new chairman has injected 40k into the club and given me a 50k transfer budget, which I will likely leave unused. The squad was solid across the board by the end of the campaign. The struggle when I arrived at South Shields was that many average players were tied to long term contracts. We did manage to shift some of these on during the season and others retired or ran down their contracts. We also had to sort out our attack as our first choice striker Charlie Jolley was not finding the net, regardless of his role and duties. He was replaced with Jake Beesley who arrived in February and kicked started our great run of form, netting 9 goals in 13 games. Tactically, we began with a 4-1-4-1 tactic with two wide players (one winger on the right and an inside forward on the left allowing support for our striker), but eventually switched to a 4-5-1 (attacking playmaker, ball winning midfielder, mezzala) as we had no natural defensive midfielder.
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