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About Kewell_Beans

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    Gradually introduced to football by Ultimate Soccer Manager '98, my Grandad's love of Brighton & Hove Albion, Leeds United's run to the Champions League Semi-Final and Championship Manager 01/02. Played CM & FM every year since, up to Football Manager 2015.

    Teams Managed (UK): Wrexham, Leyton Orient, Barnet, Hartlepool, Notts County, Port Vale, Crewe Alexandra, Grimsby Town, Oldham, Carlisle United, Forest Green, MK Dons, Bury, Bradford City, Oxford United, Bristol Rovers, Bristol City, Walsall, Gillingham, Wycombe Wanderers, Coventry, Blackpool, Doncaster Rovers, Charlton, Portsmouth, Luton Town, Ipswich Town, Bolton Wanderers, Rotherham, Reading, Wigan Athletic, QPR, Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Preston North End, Aston Villa, Swansea City, Nottingham Forest, West Brom, Derby County, Middlesborough, Leeds United, Wolves, Watford, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Cardiff City and Fulham.

    Teams Managed (outside UK): Turkey national team, US Colomiers (French National, 3rd Tier), Fuenlabrada (Spanish Group 1, 3rd Tier).

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    Leeds United

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    Tranmere Rovers (FM15)
  1. IMO there are many, many examples of players developing and becoming more consistent IRL. Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lucas Radebe, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Thierry Henry? Good coaching and man management, a Manager’s trust and using the player’s qualities correctly (i.e. converting Bale to a winger/forward, moving Henry from LW to Striker, etc) have all helped many players to improve the quality and consistency of performances. Bale developed from misfit left back to a big game player. Just one example, there are many. Not sure we can seriously debate a player’s ability to become more consistent (= good coaching & man management, trust of the Manager, correct use), or a player’s ability to become a “big game” player with experience. It happens all the time, is realistic? “... Bale played an integral role in his first season at Real Madrid, helping the club to win the 2013–14 Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League, scoring in both finals. The following season, he won the UEFA Super Cup and scored in a third major final to help the club win the FIFA Club World Cup.” “... He has since earned over 70 caps and scored 31 international goals, making him Wales' highest scorer of all time. He was the top goalscorer for Wales in their successful qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 2016, scoring seven goals; he subsequently represented his nation in the final tournament as they reached the semi-finals, scoring three goals.” “... in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final, Bale scored two goals, first an overhead kick and then a long distance strike, resulting in a 3–1 victory over Liverpool, to help Real Madrid win their thirteenth Champions League trophy.”
  2. Hi all, looking for some insight into the impact of certain Pro & Con player traits that appear in Coach Reports. Focusing on comfort in "big matches" and "consistent / inconsistent performer" traits, but also interested in any related or mitigating traits. This post is a little bit long, but please bear with me! Any insight, tips or advice greatly appreciated :-) Background: Playing a local co-op save with a friend on FM15. We meet once or twice a month for 3-6 hours of game time. Currently half-way through our second season. We try to play as quickly as possible, as game time is quite limited. Started in League 2 in England, my friend manages Burton Albion while I took the reins at Tranmere Rovers. We both won promotion to League 1 in our first season, my friend (Burton) storming League 2 with 111 points, while I guided Tranmere to 2nd with 100 points. In most saves I am guilty of not paying close attention to PPMs or mental traits such as comfort in "Big Matches" and "Consistent / Inconsistent Performer". I generally decide my "best eleven" through attributes and CA star rating, keeping an eye on Work Rate and Determination (see screenshot 1), tweaking the selection based on how players perform over time. I am currently in 1st place with 51 points, while my friend is 2nd place with 50 points. A few weeks ago we were 12 and 10 points ahead of 3rd place, but we have both experienced a poor run of results and are now just 6 and 5 points ahead of 3rd place (Sheffield United, 45 points). I have lost 6 of my last 12 league games, so I took a detailed look at Coach Reports for my First XI and Bench, and discovered the following: ------------------------------------------------------- First Eleven GK: Good for Championship, Professional. RB (WB-S): Decent for Premiership, Driven, Professional, Explosive Pace. Doesn’t Enjoy Big Matches, Inconsistent Performer, Competitive Streak, Poor in the Air. CD-D: Good for Championship, Professional, Good in the Air. Fairly Slow Player, Competitive Steak. CD-D: Good for Championship, Consistent Performer, Professional, Good in the Air. Fairly Slow Player, Competitive Streak. LB (WB-S): Good for Championship, Loyal, High Work Rate, Good Team Player. Poor in the Air. CM-D: Good for Championship, Athletic, Professional. Uncomfortable in Big Matches. CM-S: Decent for Premiership, Consistent Performer, Good Team Player. Doesn’t Enjoy Big Matches. RW (IF-S): Leading Championship Player, Enjoys Big Matches, Professional, Great Pace. Lack of Strength, Lacks Athleticism. CAM (AP-A): Good for Championship, Professional, Great Pace. Doesn’t Enjoy Big Matches, Fairly Inconsistent Performer, Lack of Strength, Lacks Athleticism. LW (W-A): Good for Championship, Off the Ball Movement, Intelligent Player, Jovial Character. Doesn’t Enjoy Big Matches, Lack of Strength, Lacks Athleticism. AF: Leading League 1 Player, Enjoys Big Matches, Good Team Player, High Work Rate. Poor in the Air. Bench 3rd choice CB: Good for League 1, Enjoys Big Matches, Very Consistent Performer, Very Brave, Good Team Player. Competitive Streak, Fairly Slow Player. 2nd choice RWB: Good for League 1, Enjoys Big Matches, Strong Player, Athletic. Fairly Inconsistent Performer, Fairly Slow Player. 3rd choice CM: Good for Championship, Enjoys Big Matches, Consistent Performer, Complete Role Model, Professional, Very Brave, Good Team Player. Lack of Intelligence, Lack of Movement. 2nd choice RW: Good for League 1, Ability to Dribble, Skilful Player. Lacks Athleticism, Lack of Natural Fitness. 2nd choice CAM: Good for Championship, Enjoys Big Matches, Professional, Ability to Spot a Pass, Intelligent. Fairly Inconsistent Performer, Fairly Susceptible to Injury, Lacks Athleticism, Lack of Strength. 2nd choice LW: Good for League 1, Fairly Determined, Fairly Intelligent, Professional, Off the Ball Movement. Lack of Strength, Lacks Athleticism. 2nd choice ST: Good for League 1, Loyal, Great Pace. Poor in the Air. 3rd choice ST: Leading League 1 Player, Relishes Big Matches, Consistent Performer, Professional, Resolute, Ability to Make Right Decision. Poor in the Air. ------------------------------------------------------- Observations - 5 of my best eleven are either 'uncomfortable' or 'don't enjoy' Big Matches - 2 of those 5 players are also "Inconsistent Performers" - 4 of those 5 players happen to be 4/5 of my midfield (4-2-3-1), which is a bit worrying - 4 of my 7 league losses so far this season have come against Top 6 teams: Burton (2nd), Sheffield United (3rd), MK Dons (4th) and Swindon (5th) - In our 9 losses this season (7 league games, JP 1st round, League Cup 3rd round), the 5 players who do not enjoy big matches achieved 9 good performances from 38 starts, approx 1 good game in 4. - 5 of my bench players either 'enjoy' or 'relish' Big Matches - 3 of those 5 bench players are also "Consistent Performer" or "Very Consistent Performer" - We have the 2nd best Goals For, 3rd best Goals Against and joint-best Goal Difference in the league - Player performance for my First XI ranges from 7.0 - 7.6, but we have been pants against Top 6 teams ------------------------------------------------------- I could be wrong, but it feels like I have built a team of flat-track bullies, dominating weaker teams but struggling against Top 6 opposition Can anyone tell me... 1. What does FM consider to be a "big match"? Does this just apply to Cup games and matches against a club's rivals? Would it include games against clubs with significantly higher reputation (all competitions)? Does the game consider that we are 1st and 2nd, making games against title and promotion rivals "big matches"? 2. Do traits such as "consistent performer", "professional", "determined", "resolute", "brave" or "high work rate" compensate for "does not enjoy big matches" or "does not feel comfortable in big matches"? 3. Are the effects of "does not enjoy big matches" and "inconsistent performer" negligible if the players are considered good Championship or decent Premiership players, with 3.5+ CA? 4. Am I better off dropping some/all players who do not enjoy big matches for some/all of the highlighted games on my schedule (see screenshot 4)? Is it worth dropping 3.5-4.5 star players for 2-2.5 star reserves, with weaker attributes (but good for League 1) but stronger mental traits preferable? 5. Does "inconsistent performer" cause poor performance at random, or is this most likely to occur against strong opposition and/or big matches? 6. Would "fairly inconsistent performer" mean something like poor performance in 33% of games, and "inconsistent performer" 50% of games? Or is it completely random? 7. Do "inconsistent performer" and "does not enjoy big matches" fade away naturally with experience? Does tutoring remove or improve either trait?
  3. Apologies, I quoted two posts and confused Valencia > Valencia with Busquets > Juve :-o My mind is still blown by the £15m and €54m fees for Valencia and Busquets, I don't see those kind of transfers on FM15
  4. In that case Hunt3r's reply makes more sense. Had you offered a permanent contract prior to that press conference?
  5. Could it be that his reaction is negative towards his own club/situation, as your comments have succeeded in unsettling him?
  6. Is he one of your key players? Are the opposition targeting him? If opposition players are always closing him down and tackling hard, it could be knocks reducing his condition %
  7. YT upload from an old save with US Colomiers. USC vs FC Sochaux Montbe (Ligue 1). Opposition CB passes back to Keeper Keeper tries to clear, kicks ball into CB's face Goal :-D
  8. Not possible to answer this without knowing how many leagues and what size database. What spec is your computer? Do you have any other software / background processes running?
  9. Did you take any screenshots of the interaction options? https://www.reviewed.com/laptops/features/how-to-take-a-screenshot-on-mac-and-pc
  10. 95% of the clubs I have managed are in England or Wales, starting in the Prem and working my way down to Conference. I would recommend the French lower leagues, started a save in the French National (3rd tier) a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Clubs at that level are mostly semi-professional and have small stadiums, low attendance, tiny wage budget and weak finances, so it is a great challenge. Staying in Ligue 2 and then getting to Ligue 1 after promotion can be very difficult, as most Ligue 2 clubs are miles ahead in terms of attendance, finances, wage budget and quality of player.
  11. I'm not sure how the above is executed in game, but according to the rules the club owner or "related parties" can cover up to €30 million of debt. This only applies for the 3 year assessment period ending 2018 though. Because the limit was €45 million from 2013 - 2015, then €30 million from 2015 - 2018, I am guessing the limit an owner can inject is either less (say, €15 million) from 2018 - 2021, or else it is no longer allowed from 2018 onwards. From my reading of the rules, you might not be excluded from European competition right away. I am guessing you will pay a fine or your CL squad size will be reduced, but I don't actually know for sure. It is your game, whatever floats your boat, etc, but personally I am not a fan of using the Editor. I would just play normally and see what happen :-)
  12. https://www.uefa.com/community/news/newsid=2064391.html 3) Are clubs no longer allowed to have losses? To be exact, clubs can spend up to €5million more than they earn per assessment period (three years). However it can exceed this level to a certain limit, if it is entirely covered by a direct contribution/payment from the club owner(s) or a related party. This prevents the build-up of unsustainable debt. The limits are: • €45m for assessment periods 2013/14 and 2014/15 • €30m for assessment periods 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 In order to promote investment in stadiums, training facilities, youth development and women’s football (from 2015), all such costs are excluded from the break-even calculation. 4) Are clubs automatically excluded if they are not in line with FFP? If a club is not in line with the regulations, it will be UEFA's Club Financial Control Body that decides on measures and sanctions. Non-compliance with the regulations does not mean that a club will be excluded automatically, but there will be no exceptions. Depending on various factors (e.g. the trend of the break-even result) different disciplinary measures may be imposed against a club. There is a catalogue of measures: a) warning b) reprimand c) fine d) deduction of points e) withholding of revenues from a UEFA competition f) prohibition on registering new players in UEFA competitions g) restriction on the number of players that a club may register for participation in UEFA competitions, including a financial limit on the overall aggregate cost of the employee benefits expenses of players registered on the A-list for the purposes of UEFA club competitions h) disqualification from competitions in progress and/or exclusion from future competitions i) withdrawal of a title or award In addition the CFCB have decided in numerous cases that the objectives of FFP can be best achieved by taking a rehabilitative approach rather than a punitive approach. This has led to the conclusion of settlement agreements between a club and the CFCB, combining certain financial contributions with numerous restrictive conditions, which provide a roadmap for clubs to reach break-even in the foreseeable future. 5) Are owners allowed to inject money into their club as they like or through sponsorship? If a club's owner injects money into the club through a sponsorship deal with a company to which he is related, then UEFA's competent bodies will investigate and, if necessary, adapt the calculations of the break-even result for the sponsorship revenues to the level which is appropriate ('fair value') according to market prices. Under the updated regulations, any entity that, alone or in aggregate together with other entities which are linked to the same owner or government, represent more than 30% of the club's total revenues is automatically considered a related party.
  13. The funniest thing about this is Juve paying £15 million for him :o Is it common for 33+ year old players to move for 10s of millions in the newer FMs? Not very realistic :-/
  14. I am pretty sure that appearance fees are only paid for first team appearances, but I don't actually know for sure. You could try checking Finances > Expenditure > Total Wage Costs > Bonuses, note the amount for current month 1-2 clicks before the reserve game is played, then check again immediately after the game. This will hopefully confirm whether appearance fees are paid or not.
  15. I think Olympic / World Cup infrastructure investment is a different kettle of fish, compared to a community's club(s) rising through the leagues and positively contributing to a given area's profile, tourism, economy, etc. Few people see the value of the stadium construction projects in Qatar, for the sake of one World Cup. However Spurs' new stadium, even at £800+ million, does represent value to local economy, tourism, etc and is worthy of heavy tax payer support. Going back to Bournemouth, their capacity is very small (11,000) and they have been exploring expansion / new stadium for 5+ years now, as demand for tickets far outweighs their capacity following their recent success / overachievement. If Bournemouth tripled their capacity and manage to attract an extra 5,000 - 20,000 fans 4-5 times a month, that is huge for the local economy.
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