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KJG

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About KJG

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    I am American and will have a hard time calling soccer football

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    Basically all sports excluding Nascar but I do like Formula 1

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    Houston Dynamo, MUFC

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    Ashton United

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  1. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    October &November Terrible October with only win in the cup. Three draws and three losses, gave up alot of goals from corners and indirect freekicks that no one marks on even though their set to man mark. November was much better, advancing in both the FA Cup and EFL Trophy, aswell as two wins and a draw in the league. Should have beaten Leeds, don't know how they got relegated, as we dominated the stats but they grabbed a goal because Ekumah switched off on the move. League Table We're in 8th in the league going into December. The squad are one of the better goal scoring teams but are average defensively conceeding 30 goals in 20 matches. New Contract Board offered me a new contract after November.
  2. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    Thanks, it was a crazy run at the end of the season. Transfers Two transfers in with Kian Spence to start in the midfield and Will Swan to provide depth up front. Didn't really need Swan but if one of our strikers gets injured then we only have two left in the squad. Sold Broom because we don't use wingers any more, then sent out five on loan mainly players that won't get any time in the squad. As you can see we got a new affiliate in FC Halifax. August & September August was inconsistent as the team got used to the tactic, we were up 3-1 against AFC Wimbledon but threw it away late. Took Brentford, who just got relegated from the Premier League, to penalties. September saw Wilmot and Henrique start to finish their chances that started the five match winning streak. We don't hold possession like I thought we would but we create plenty of chances either by streching them with our width or by countering with balls over the top. League Table After the first two months of the season we lay in fifth place in the league through eleven matches against sides that are all over the table.
  3. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    Busy preseason this year in which we made 10 new signings, one sale, released alot of players, changed the tactic, and kept teams from signing Steve Phillips from us. Transfers In The first six players were released from premeir league teams, with Henrique and Boyce going to be starters, Kirk is going to backup at left back, O'Keefe backs up in the center with McGranaghan and Fisk in the reserves. Brought in Burgoyne for $28k to be the starting keeper with Blaney right behind him. Ekumah is one of the starting centerbacks and McLaughlin backing up Cahill who is back on loan. Transfers Out Sold O'Reilly because he's not good enough anymore and sent McCann on loan so he wouldn't complain about playing time. A number of championship teams came in for Steve Phillips, the highest payment being at $1 million after instaments which isn't high enough. The board tried to accept a bid for him but I managed to convince them otherwise. Released a ton of players, most of them youth players. Loft and Clayton were the only ones who played more than five games last year. Tactic Because we didn't sign any new wingers, I don't like they play on this years game, we've switched to a 4-3-1-2. We're going to try to hold on to most of the possesion, looking for the overlap on both wings, and hoping the strikers and the mezzala arriving late to add support. Preseason Good preseason winning all but the draw to championship Middlebrough and the loss to premeir league Wolves. My assistant schedule Barnsley who are in our division so i don't know why that was allowed to happen. League Projection Media projects us to finish 23rd this season, the board expects us to fight against relagation but I believe that we can stay up if we can get enough goals from the stikers and stay healthy throughout the year.
  4. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    Youth Intake Nothing to impresive but the best intake we've had so far. Vaughan is the best of the bunch, we'll try to retain him as a ball winner in the cm position. End of Season Brilliant way to end the year. A perfect April with only one draw out of six. In alot of these matches we not dominate but clinical enough to edge out the win. But even with these reasults was it enough to go up automatically or will we have to settle for the playoffs. League Table Clinched promotion on the final day of the season over Luton (who won the playoff to go up aswell). Once we brought in Cahill to create for us we became a much more dangerous side. Awards Two members in the team of the year in McGregor, our player of the year, and Blake who had a solid season at the left back position. Facilities We have to ground share with Bury because our own stadium is 500 seats short of the requirements for the football league. In real life I feel we would just put in the seat but football manager says otherwise. The board agreed to improve the youth facilities and junior coaching, I guess now we're not underachieving. Squad You can see why McGregor was our player of the season with 12 goals, mainly from free kicks and long shots, and 7 assists. Piggott end up being the #1 striker at the end of the season with Loft not scoring and being injured. Wearne chiped in with 11 goals and 16 assists but would disappear in matches and is probably not good enough for League One. Thomas-Griggs and Phillips split time at right back this year and did a great job, with both of them improving every month. Hoping to bring back Howarth and Cahill for next season but not Chadwick, he was inconsistent at best and never really threatened the opposition. Gonna be looking at improving centerback and both wings as well as bring in young goalkeeper this offseason.
  5. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    Transfers I decided to start with the transfers this time because we signed three new players, two on a free and other on loan, and made a big sale. Brought in Isak Thorvaldsson, a central midfielder from Iceland. He's on a lot of money but can play basically every role in the middle of the pitch and is automatically our best player. Graham Cahill is in on loan from Bournemouth, was brought in to play the AP role in behind the striker. He's had some very good performances for us thus far. Wilmott was signed due to his potential being that of a Championship striker. He's already represented the u19 for Wales. I sold Gareth Howarth to Middlesbrough for $1.5 million. I didn't want to sell him because he's our everyday keeper but he kick up a fuss about wanting to leave and given the finances we really couldn't turn down the offer. Facilities Improved the youth recruitment to established. Asked to improve the junior coaching before this but was told we were underperforming this season. This was our performances thus far when the junior coaching was rejected. January & February Jekyll and Hyde in the league over the last two months. Made the EFL Northern semi's after beating League One Hull, who played their starters, and Wolves u23s. Don't know how we could beat those two and be crap in the league but we managed it. February was a great month, should have beaten York but could never finish our chances. Great to beat Burton who are managed by Tony Pulis, even more so after he talked crap in the media before hand. Apperantly he couldn't handle the defeat. Maybe thats why he's in League Two now. League Table That leaves us in 5th in the table, which after December and January is unbelievable given how bad they were. Fantastic February from the youngster, was hoping to sign him on a free when his contract ran out but he sign an extension since coming on loan.
  6. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    New Contract Forgot to put in the last post that I signed a new contract. Couple of Championship clubs came calling and the board thought to offer me a new one. November & December Inconsistent in the league but advanced in the cups. Changed to a 4-2-3-1 which has started to create more chances but the finishing needs to improve. I think we're starting to regress to our talent level with most of the squad being National League level. Managed to get Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup, unfortunately its at home. Klopp freaked out about this match for some reason, don't know why he's challenging for the title. Good effort, Liverpool played their starters so there was never really a chance. It was a home tie we didn't make any money from it which sucks because we could have used it. League Table Starting to slip in the league, conceeding way to many goals to compete for automatic promotion. We scored a ton of goals on corners in the past but can't score any this season for some reason. Hopefully we can turn things around but I just don't see it. See you guys after February.
  7. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    No because they moved it to Australia in the summer.
  8. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    September & October Was messing with the tactic throughout these two months, with reasults being very inconsistent in September. I would recap the matches but they were played so long ago that I forgot what happened. The defense vastly improved in October with clean sheets in five of the six matches. The 3-6 to Port Vale was fustrating as you can see below. All of their shots were on target. They scored in the first minute, we managed to tie it up early but then the flood gates opened up. It didn't help that Howarth rolled his ankle right before this match. League Table After these two months we moved up to second place in the league, we are four points off the top and four points above the playoffs. Thanks for reading and see you after December.
  9. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    It seems that the game is making the seasons start earlier each year for some reason.
  10. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    July & August After a terrible preseason and the loss to Luton, as well as the inconsistency at the end of last season, I made some changes tactically and they seem to have worked. We were really bad in the first half against Chesterfield and at half time is when I made most of the changes, we managed to go 2-1 up before giving up the equalizer. The win over Wigan was unexpected, as they are in the Championship, and I actually used instant reasult for it. We had won five in a row in both the league and the cup before lossing to Premier League Watford. I rotated the entire squad for the Northampton match which we lost on a late goal, that was harsh on the boys as they gave it everything they had. Finally was the loss to Tottenham under 23s, they out classed us. League Table After August we sit in fourth place in the table. We are conceding way too many goals for my liking and I will try to find a way to tighten up the defence while not handcuffing the attack. I also have to fix attacking corners as the update just killed corner routine and we can no longer score from them. Also it seems that every cross gets blocked and its really frustrating, I've started telling them to hit early crosses so hopefully that helps. There were no new signings but I did try to sign a Northern Irish center back who wanted almost three grand a week to be a rotation player, so that didn't happen. The next update will be after October, see you then!
  11. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    Thanks, it was a hell of a season but injuries and the update kinda put a damper on it.
  12. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    Transfers Garnett, Thomas-Griggs, Blake, Piggott, Egan, and Chadwick are all starters with Brown, McCann, and Phillips providing depth in the team. Bolton triggered Coutts release fee but we were able to get him back on loan for the year. Starting XI This will be the primary starting xi should every one be healthy, over all I think the squad is much stronger than last year. I had to fight to keep Howarth as Portsmouth triggered his release fee but we signed him to a new contract without any release fees. League Prediction We're predicted to finish 17th, the board expects to avoid relagation but I think we can finish top half without any trouble. Next update will be the start of the season. See you then!!!!
  13. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    March, April, & May Very inconsistent through the end of the season which ultimately saw get knock out of the playoffs in the first round. But lets talk about Ebbsfleet down. The Ebbsfleet match was won fairly easy at 3-1 but came at a price. Bunney got injured through the end of the season but was replaced by Spratt. Then the Luton match came. And there goes both my left backs, which is a key position in the tactic, but it only gets worse in the Notts Co. match. I'm convinced that the game hates me at this point as now my leading goal scorer is not out for the season. These three also got injured during this span, which basically meant that getting out of the playoffs was impossible. League Table Ended up finishing 7th which is way better than expected but not as high as before the injuries. End of Season Three main players made this season possible in Gareth Howarth, Gary Lewis, and Ryan Loft. I was expecting Howarth just to be a backup at the start of the year but he quickly proved to be the number one and improved dramatically during the season. Gary Lewis just seemed to make the team better attacking wise when he was on the field and was my best playmacker, too bad Bolton don't want to loan him back. Ryan Loft was the main goal scoring threat in the team with 22 on the season. My goal for next season is to finish top half again, maybe sneak into the playoffs but who knows, we have to get better at both full back positions, defensive midfield, replace Lewis, and look to get stronger on both wings. The board also agreed to improve the youth facilities. Pretty good season over all but could have better considering the end of the year injuries.
  14. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    January & February We've done pretty well in the league the past two months, especially in February, with five wins in nine matches. I had to play the Stevenage game twice because fm crashed on me, the first time was a 3-3 with Stevenage scoring on both shots on target and a rediculous own goal. They also scored on an own goal the second time of asking. League Table That run of results vaults us up into fifth place and just two points off the automatic spots. Now on to the FA Cup results. Fourth round matchup against Tranmere, their only highlight was the goal, a long shot from way out that the boys like to conceed. With the victory we got a game away against Newcastle. Didn't embarrass ourselves but never really challenged. McGegor's red card didn't help things but the match netted the club alot of cash which was immediately used to improve youth recuirement and junior coaching. 200 Matches Had my 200th match in charge of the club against Port Vale, a match in which we sucked and were never in. The next update will have the end of the season, it will include the playoffs if we make it, and also the youth intake, hopefully we get some good players.
  15. KJG

    [FM19] Ashton United

    November & December November was a great month two wins and a draw in the league, a mirracle in the EFL Trophy, and through to the third round of the FA Cup. December was another story, with three 0-1 losses and two wins in the league and out of the EFL Trophy on penalties. League Table Down to seventh after a terrible December, at one point we were up to third and in the automatic positions. Signing Brought in Steve Coutts mainly because of his ability at his age and what my head of youth recuitement believes he could to be a League One player. Luke Coulson also won goal of the month, which I believe is the first time one of my players has ever won it. The FA Cup third round match against Peterborough United was on the first of January so I decided to play it and we won. Crazy opening fifthteen minutes with four goals and big win against the fourth place team in League One. We drew either Aldershot or Tranmere at home, which sucks because we could of used an away match against a big side for the finances.
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