After getting bored of the A-Z challenge at letter G, I felt it was time for a long term challenge with some meaning, which landed me on this thread! Looking through some of your stories, I felt like I had to get involved ASAP. Using tips throughout the thread with regards to leagues to start with, not jumping to the first team that comes along etc, so I joined Pahang F.C of Malaysia.
I've never managed a team like this on FM and was somewhat sceptical, but looking at the challenge ahead, I was sold!
Joining after they had completed the regular season and finished a disappointing 8th, I took the reigns in time for the Malaysia Cup. I said to myself that this would be the "learning about my players stage". It didn't take long for me to release 12 players that just didn't fit into the way I like to play. A straight 4-4-2 with wingers coming inside on their opposite foot and a solid back 4 that pretty much stuck to their positions. I always go this way when it comes to a new team, just so I can suss out what I can improve and who can adapt if need be.
The Malaysia Cup didn't really throw up any surprises as I got knocked out in the QF after winning 1-0 at Home, but went Away and lost 4-2.
I was made 3rd fav for the Super League at the start of the season after getting rid of so much dead wood (I don't like having players over the age of 32). I used some reasonable finances in place to bring in a whole new midfield. The delved into the free transfer market for my back line.
The season started of relatively well with my boys winning 3 out of the first 4 games. Then it came to the FA cup. I expected my team to at least get to the final, but through no fault but my own, we got knocked out in the QF on away goals. I should have read the rules, I Know . A 1-1 draw away from home then followed up with a 3-3 draw at Home. I had got a point in the game where I thought I should hold out for ET or Pens due to a red card. Boom. I was out.
My league form stuttered a bit after the cup run, with Pahang only getting 5 wins from 10 games, including 3 losses. Johor DT & Perak had built a solid gap.
I had to do something in the mid-season transfer window, so I brought In 6 new players and sold 5. Most of which weren't my choice! "I want to be challenging for the title and I can't realistically do that here" were the cries of those players. Well....Off they went. Good riddance!
After holding the two at the top to draws at home, I knew it was up to them to chuck it away. And did they ever do that! We went on to win the final 6 games of the season, whereas Perak only won 1 of their final 6 and Johor only won 3. The title was ours!
The Malaysian Cup is ours too! Used the league form and beat Johor DT 2-1 in the final. I'm not sure what the next plan is but I can imagine the Asian Champions League is going to be near impossible to win with a Malaysian team.
The annoying thing now, is that Austin Amatu wouldn't sign a new contract and has elected to leave. Time to find a replacement who can score the goals he did!