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  1. Club Season 5: September 2024 Clicking Manager Notes Our bumpy start settles down and we go on a good run in September. Our loanees are a powerful help, and have made us immediately competitive on the outsides. In particular, our LB and RB are so strong, and having attacking support from these positions really helps our offense click. We stumble a bit at the end of the month with some losses, but overall our performance is good enough to lift us to 3rd place. I’m starting to wonder if we might actually be a decent club this year. I wish we weren’t relying on loaned players so much, as we’re not developing our own players to the degree that I’d like, but given our circumstances I think this is the only way. Season 5 Episodes 3 is up on YouTube.
  2. Club Season 5: August 2024 A Bumpy Start Manager Notes We start the season with a rough stretch, as we pick up only two points in our first four matches. I’m starting to get nervous, but then we rebound in the bottom half of the month, as we win three of four and pick up some momentum. Of particular note is a 5-0 rout over Blackpool to get our first win. We end the month in the top half of a yet tightly packed table. We might be okay. Our loaned players look as good as advertised. It’s nice to have strength on the outsides. Last year we were weak on the outside, but our loaned fullbacks and wingers look like the real deal. I’m cautiously optimistic that we might have enough about us to avoid getting embroiled in a relegation battle. I do feel like we were quite lucky in some of our wins, however, so I’m not sure we’ll have much more about us than avoiding relegation. It’s really tricky to call, as we’ve looked both awful and brilliant at times in this first month. Season 5 Episodes 2 is up on YouTube.
  3. Club Season 5: Summer Preseason 2024 Onward to League 1! Manager Notes This season promises to be a bear, as we are completely unprepared for promotion to League 1. We’ll have the lowest budget in the league by about £10k, and as we enter our off-season, we have only one player who grades out as a good fit for League 1 competition. Somewhat repeating the blueprint we’ve used in previous seasons, we dive into the offseason with the intent of keeping the better half of our team and replacing the lower half with players better suited to the league we’re heading into. But without a doubt, I spend the most time I’ve ever spent in a Football Manager offseason micromanaging sales and player acquisitions. We earn about £300k for selling players, which allows us to increase our wage budget so that we’re only £5k lower than the next lowest team. I haggle for every pound of salary as we look for replacement players, and refuse to consider only what looks like the best value. We go through every Championship and Premier club looking for loans. By the time we head into the season opener, we’ve added a good dozen new players to our team. A key moment comes when Leicester City allows us to take two quality outside wingers on loan for free, then Aston Villa lends us a brilliant-looking right back for free as well. We end up leaning way too much on loans for my liking, we’ll likely be starting the limit of 5 loanees in every match, but we simply don’t have the funds to compete without doing so. As we head into our 5th season, we brace for a bear of a relegation battle! Season 5 Opener on YouTube
  4. Whew, it's been a while since the last update... Club Season 4 Summary 2023-24 Season Notes Although our League 2 season started slowly, we picked up a good head of steam a third of the way in and soared to a playoff spot by the three-quarters mark in the season. We tailed badly at the end, and barely made the playoffs and a 6th-place finish thanks to some helpful losses by clubs around us. With little momentum and awful morale, I thought we'd have little chance to gain promotion. But fortune smiled on us, as we scored in extra time in the second leg to make the final, then squeaked out a 1-0 win to gain our third consecutive promotion. This is the first time I can remember that I’ve gotten three consecutive promotions in Football Manager. And as happy as I am with the promotion, my overall feeling is that it would have been better for us to stay in League 2 for another season. It’s looking like we’ll have the lowest wage budget in League 1 by about 10k. Our youth and training facilities are poor. We have one player who our scouts say is ready for League 1. Everyone else is League 2 or lower. We have lots of work to do, and with the playoffs running until the end of May, a considerably short window to get stuff done. Unlike last year, we get no notable Year End Awards. Nya Kirby, our outstanding CM on loan, gets our Player of the Year. Other than that exception, we were more of a team of lots of good players but no superstars. We’ll have a lot of work to do in the off-season, but it does start out with some great news. I’ve asked Chairman Jimmy dozens of times to improve our training facilities, and every time he’s refused, but this time, with our account flush with cash from the playoffs and a deep FA Cup run, he relents. We’ll be building new facilities in the fall. That should help a ton! Going forward, we’ll attack this offseason with much the same approach as we have in the past. Selling on or releasing the bottom half of the team who would struggle at League 1, and trying to replace them with players who can handle that level of play. Let’s get busy! Screen Shots Table Manager Profile Transfers Year-By-Year Season 4 Wrap Up Video
  5. Club Season 4 Summary 2023-24 Table | Manager Profile Season Notes This is the first time I can remember that I’ve ever gotten three consecutive promotions in Football Manager. And as happy as I am with the promotion, my overall feeling is that it would have been better for us to stay in League 2 for another season. It’s looking like we’ll have the lowest wage budget in League 1 by about 10k. Our youth and training facilities are poor. We have one player who our scouts say is ready for League 1. Everyone else is League 2 or lower. We have lots of work to do, and with the playoffs running until the end of May, and a considerably short window to get stuff done. Unlike last year, we get no notable Year End Awards. Nya Kirby, our outstanding CM on loan, gets our Player of the Year. Other than that exception, we were more of a team of good players than were of stars. We’ll have a lot of work to do in the off-season, but it does start out with some great news. I’ve asked Chairman Jimmy dozens of times to improve our training facilities, and every time he’s refused, but this time, with our account flush with cash from the playoffs and a deep FA Cup run, he relents. We’ll be building new facilities in the fall. That should help a ton! Going forward, we’ll attack this off-season with much the same approach as we have in the past. Selling on or releasing the bottom half of the team who would struggle at League 1, and trying to replace them with players who can handle that level of play. Let’s get busy! Season Wrap Video
  6. Thanks! You're the second person to mention the friendlies to me. I had trouble keeping players match fit the last time we were in the playoffs (first season), and think we lost partly because of it. Also, our morale was horrible after we lost our last three matches of the year. I figured some easy friendlies would help me keep players ready and boost morale. I guess that's not normally something that's done in football? Risk of injury?
  7. Club Season 4: May 2024 Onward to League 1! Manager Notes In dramatic fashion, we claw our way through the League 2 Playoffs and win promotion to League 1! We faced off against Tranmere in a home-away two-leg Semi-Final. After two legs and 180 minutes of football, we were dead even at 2-2. But in extra time on the road, Jake Scrimshaw scores a stunning goal to give us a lead that we’re able to nurse home. In the Final against Walsall, Andrew Robinson scored the sole goal of the game 24 minutes in, and that’s enough to see us squeak by Walsall at Wembley to win promotion. Woot! As glad as I am to be moving up, I’m also equally nervous about the idea. We’re not even close to ready for League 1, not in terms of players, finances, or facilities. This will be a bear of a jump, and I’m almost wishing we had another year to solidify the club’s situation. But no looking back now! Playoff Episodes on YouTube Season 4 Episode 11 (Semi-Finals) Season 4 Episode 12 (Final)
  8. Club Season 4: April 2024 Whew! We Made that Hard! Manager Notes By the slimmest of margins, we made it to the playoffs! We actually did pretty much everything we could to blow it. After winning our first match of the month, we only picked up one point in our last four matches. We took things to the final day of the season, where although we lost, we got help from teams around us losing as well to just barely qualify for the playoffs! Whew! The omens look fairly dire for us heading into the playoffs, but we’ll give it our best shot! We’ll need to win two matches to get promoted to League 1, and we’re coming into the playoffs having only won one of our last six matches. Fortunately, we’ll get a bit of rest before we jump in and play, and maybe that slight break will help us get our heads screwed on right again. Season 4 Episode 10 is up on YouTube.
  9. Turns out it wasn't so safe after all, but we just barely made the playoffs!
  10. Club Season 4: March 2024 Slipping Away Manager Notes Our run of good form grinds to an end, as we only pick up 8 points over six matches in March. Injuries are a factor, but it just seems as if opponents are adjusting to our tactics and we’ll need to come up with something different. Our offense in particular is struggling, as we only get two goals in our most recent five matches. The slip in form sees us drop from 4th to 6th, five points away from automatic promotion. With 5 matches left in the season, automatic promotion is looking like a stretch, and we suddenly find ourselves looking at clubs in our rear view mirror. We’re seven points safe for a playoff spot, but unless we sort things out we may find ourselves in a battle just to hold our current position. The fact that most of our recent and remaining schedule is made of top-third teams doesn’t help. Hoping we can hang on for this last stretch of the season! Season 4 Episodes 9 is up on YouTube.
  11. Club Season 4: February 2024 Still Rising... Manager Notes We have a generally strong month, rolling to four league wins against one loss and one draw. The 13 points see us rise to fourth place in League 2, only two points outside of an automatic promotion spot. As with January, our new 4-1-2-3 formation has made a ton of difference, as we aren’t allowing teams to score with any consistency. We only gave up two goals the whole month, which makes it easy to keep tacking on the points. We’ve got some tough matches coming up in March, but it’s exciting to be so close to an automatic promotion spot. With 11 games left in the season, there is still plenty of time to move up if we can keep up this form! Season 4 Episode 8 is up on YouTube.
  12. Thanks Nobby! I've been really surprised with how the season has turned around. The formation shift has worked wonders.
  13. Club Season 4: January 2024 Rising Rising Rising... Manager Notes Our good form from December holds true for much of the month, and we crawl slowly up the table. We win 4 of 6 matches, only lose one, and get a draw in the other. The 13 points are good enough for us for rise just into the playoff zone, at 7th place. Our 4-1-2-3 and 4-3-3 formations have been strong, with the 4-1-2-3 thriving on the road and against top teams, and the 4-3-3 thriving at home and against teams down the table. Our defense is particular has been stellar: we manage a run of 10 games without conceding before our 2-0 loss to Tranmere. We also have some good fortune in the FA Cup. We get a super easy draw against Swindon Town in the 3rd round, which we cleared 1-0. Then we drew Newcastle at home. Stunningly, we hold them 0-0 until the 85th minute, when they bang home a winner to beat us 1-0. The financial haul from the run helps push our finances to over 700k, but still our Chairman won’t open up to spring for better training facilities. The cheap bastard. Going forward, it’d be awesome to sneak into the playoffs, but we’ve got to keep up our good form to do so. With a third of a season to go, it’s anyone’s guess how this will turn out! Season 4 Episodes 7 is up on YouTube.
  14. Club Season 4: December 2023 The Part Where We Find a Nice Bus Manager Notes Our awful September seems a thing of the past, as our new 4-1-2-3 formation transforms our defense. We go the entire month without conceding a goal. Our offense is marginal, and we do manage to lose a cup match in a penalty shoot-out, but still, the solid defensive work gets us two wins and two draws in league play, and a huge 2-0 win over League 1 Doncaster in the FA Cup Second Round. We end the month in 12th place, but we’re only 4 points away from a playoff spot now and we have a match in hand to most clubs in front of us. If we could keep up this pace, we could conceivably reach the playoff zone in another month. Lots of work to do, but it appears as if our season has taken a solid turn for the better. Season 4 Episodes 6 is up on YouTube.
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