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    Nuneaton, Vanarama National

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  1. Club Season 4: Summer Preseason 2023 Turning Pro Manager Notes Chaotic progress defines our off-season, which starts with no rest the day after our National League season ends. We officially turn pro on June 12, but League 2 rules demand that our stadium hold more people, so work on a £2million expansion starts immediately. It won’t be done until the middle of October. Roster-wise, we’ll approach things with the same general strategy we took with last summer’s promotion: bring back the top half of our team and replace the bottom half with better players. Our greatest challenge, however, will be fielding a competitive team on a wage budget that ranks second-to-last in League 2. Chairman Jimmy is holding on to his cash, and even after shifting over almost all of our transfer budget into wages, only Bolton lies below us in wages paid. It’s a tall order to go pro, and an even taller one to go pro on a shoestring budget. Nevertheless, we get busy, looking to renegotiate our semi-professional contracts, find good value in low-cost players, and walking away from players who simply demand too much. Generally speaking, we’re successful at renegotiating contracts with the majority of the players we want to keep, but it does take more money than before. It’s only until the latter days of summer before we manage to bring on some promising new faces at midfield, center back, and striker. As the season starts, we could still use reinforcements at a number of positions, and we seem weak on the outsides, in particular at wing. Expectations are mid-table from the owner, and that might be a tall order on this wage budget... Season 4 Opening Episode is Up
  2. Year 2: 2022-23 Summary Table | Manager Profile Season Notes Consecutive championships, woot! Although our Cup success was off from the previous year, we can only be thrilled with gaining promotion to League 2 and to be going professional. We picked up a number of awards in the post-season. I received the National League Manager of the Year award, which added a bit of gold to my reputation stars. Yassine En-Nayeh picked up National League Player of the Year. Jack Bearne also go National League Goal of the Season (for a goal that really didn’t strike me as being all that exceptional). But there is hardly a day of rest of us, as the day after our clinching match against Macclesfield Town, the board approached me about going professional, which will officially take place on June 12. We’ll have a lot of work to do in the off season. We’ll need to switch everyone over to full-time contracts, find new and improved players for League 2, expand our stadium seating, and hopefully pry some money out of Chairman Jimmy’s hands for an increased wage budget. Initial projections for a wage budget would put us second to last in wages in the National League, which would be a huge challenge in trying to stay up. It promises to be a busy summer! Scoreboard England: 3/12 (National North 21-22, FA Trophy Cup 21-22, National 22-23) Scotland: 0/7 Ireland: 0/8 Northern Ireland: 0/10 Wales: 0/5 European/World: 0/5 International: 0/3 Total: 2/50 Year-By-Year Season 3 Wrap Up Video
  3. Year 3: 2022-23 Summary Season Notes Consecutive championships, woot! Although our Cup success was off from the previous year, we can only be thrilled with gaining promotion to League 2 and to be going professional. We picked up a number of awards in the post-season. I received the National League Manager of the Year award, which added a bit of gold to my reputation stars. Yassine En-Nayeh picked up National League Player of the Year. Jack Bearne also go National League Goal of the Season (for a goal that really didn’t strike me as being all that exceptional). But there is hardly a day of rest of us, as the day after our clinching match against Macclesfield Town, the board approached me about going professional, which will officially take place on June 12. We’ll have a lot of work to do in the off season. We’ll need to switch everyone over to full-time contracts, find new and improved players for League 2, expand our stadium seating, and hopefully pry some money out of Chairman Jimmy’s hands for an increased wage budget. Initial projections for a wage budget would put us second to last in wages in the National League, which would be a huge challenge in trying to stay up. It promises to be a busy summer! Screen Shots Table Manager Profile Transfers Year-By-Year Season 3 Wrap Up Video
  4. Club Season 3 Summary 2022-23 Table | Manager Profile Season Notes Consecutive championships, woot! Although our Cup success was off from the previous year, we can only be thrilled with gaining promotion to League 2 and to be going professional. We picked up a number of awards in the post-season. I received the National League Manager of the Year award, which added a bit of gold to my reputation stars. Yassine En-Nayeh picked up National League Player of the Year. Jack Bearne also go National League Goal of the Season (for a goal that really didn’t strike me as being all that exceptional). But there is hardly a day of rest of us, as the day after our clinching match against Macclesfield Town, the board approached me about going professional, which will officially take place on June 12. We’ll have a lot of work to do in the off season. We’ll need to switch everyone over to full-time contracts, find new and improved players for League 2, expand our stadium seating, and hopefully pry some money out of Chairman Jimmy’s hands for an increased wage budget. Initial projections for a wage budget would put us second to last in wages in the National League, which would be a huge challenge in trying to stay up. It promises to be a busy summer! Career Overview Season Club Division Position Champions League Notes 2020-21 Nuneaton Town National North 7th - Lost in 1st Round of Playoffs 2021-22 Nuneaton Town National North 1st - Promoted, Won FA Trophy Cup 2022-23 Nuneaton Town National 1st - Promoted Season Wrap Episode
  5. Thanks! It’s definitely been the best consecutive seasons I’ve had since playing FM, fun to show up at a match and figure you’ve got a good chance to win. Be interesting to see how it goes next year, though. Could be tough... Finances are pretty good. Wolves gave us about £150k, and I think we were about £500k in the clear at that point. Looks like we’ll have to upgrade our stadium now, and that’s costing £2m. I think it’s half paid for by grant and half by loan, so we still have a good cash balance, but a £1m debt on our rolls too.
  6. Yes, that was a fun season, thanks! I'm not sure I've ever had consecutive first-place promotions before, and I think I've only done consecutive promotions once before, but both of those seasons may have been via playoffs.
  7. Club Season 3: April 2023 Woot! Manager Notes We draw against Macclesfield Town 1-1 in our first match of the month, and that’s enough to clinch the title! We’re going up, going pro, and welcome to the football league! Our form on the month sees us win 2, draw 1, and lose our last match. We end up setting a league record for goals, but miss out on the league record for points and wins by losing our last match to Aldershot Town. A touch of a bitter ending, but it’d be hard to tarnish the glow from the season. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do as a professional club. But this summer will have lots of work. Contracts to be redone, more players to bring in, and tough decisions on our roster. And we are still well short of our final goal: the Premier League! Much work to be done. Season 3 Wrap Up Episode
  8. Club Season 3: March 2023 On the Doorstep... Manager Notes We find our form as the season draws short. We win five of six matches, with only a 0-0 draw against Billericay Town to tarnish our month. Aldershot Town stumbles just a bit, and with 4 matches left we have a 15-point lead, although they have a match in hand. All we need is a single point to clinch. It’s all but mathematically over at this point, as we have a significant goal differential in our favor as well. Getting promoted would be a huge step forward for the club. We’d turn pro to play in League 2, and that would bring with it full-time training, more time to develop youth, and a host of other fun challenges. One more point to go! Season 3 Episode 9, Nuneaton vs.Macclesfield Town, up on YouTube.
  9. Club Season 3: February 2023 Cautiously Optimistic Manager Notes We start out the month by embarrassing ourselves twice against mid-table National North Altrincham in the FA Trophy Cup. We draw away against them, then lost 2-1 in a home rematch, even though they lost a man to a red card in the 39th minute. We did outshoot them 60-20 over the two matches, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Fortunately, our results in the league were much better, as we collected wins in all five of our matches, many of them against top of the table clubs. Second-place Aldershot Town keeps winning for the most part as well, so we’re only able to gain 2 points in the table over that span. With 10 matches to go, we’re up by 10 points. If we can keep up our form, we might be going up! Season 3 Episode 8, Nuneaton vs. 3rd-Place Barrow, up on YouTube.
  10. Club Season 3: January 2023 Shots Taken 21W-7D-3L (1st in Vanarama National) Manager Notes We play well at the beginning and end of the month, but Maidenhead United whips us badly 4-1 mid-month, and we follow that with a 3-2 loss to Fylde where we give up a lead in the last 7 minutes of the match. At that point, a red-hot Aldershot Town closes to within 4 points of us, but they stumble with successive draws at the end of the month to see us end the month with an 8-point lead over them in the standings. The turn of form mid-month is concerning, as neither Fylde nor Maidenhead are playing well, and we have the hard part of the second half of the schedule coming up. Aldershot Town continues to bring the heat, as they have not lost in the league since October 9. I fear there is little room for us to stumble with them so determined to overtake us. Season 3 Episode 7, Nuneaton vs. 4th-Place York City, up on YouTube.
  11. Club Season 3: December 2022 We are Meh Manager Notes Our December form in league is decidedly bland. We win one and draw two, and it starts to look like our magic is gone. Fortunately, the teams around us in the standings struggle as well, with the exception of the latest contender to rise to second place: Aldershot Town. They win consistently, and by the end of the month only sit 5 points back of us, although we have a match in hand. In cup play, we make it out of the FA Trophy Cup 1st Round with relative ease, but get demolished 5-0 against the Wolves in FA Cup play. Still, the match against a Premier League club nets us £150k, which pushes our bank balance to nearly a half million pounds. Chairman Jimmy still won’t spend any of it, but it’s nice to know that we’re heading in the right direction. Looking ahead, we head into 2023 in first place, but we’ll need to sharpen up our play if we’re going to hang on to our lead! Season 3 Episode 6, Nuneaton vs. Chester, up on YouTube
  12. Club Season 3: November 2022 Invincibility Lost Manager Notes We lose our unbeaten streak at 21 matches, as we fall to a strong Billericay team 2-1 in the middle of the month. So much for that Invincibles achievement! The rest is all good, though, as we pick up 2 FA Cup wins and 3 league wins. The good month sees just shy of the halfway mark in the season with a 9-point lead and a match in hand on 2nd-place Billericay Town. Interestingly, we’ve made it to the 3rd round of the FA Cup, and now the big boys join the fray. We’ve drawn the Wolves, who sit 10th in the Premier League, for an away match next month. They are three and a half leagues above us, and we will have little chance. But it’ll be great fun to travel there and see how things shake out! We are so going to get killed! Financially, we’ve picked up a good chunk of change from the FA Cup run. We now have over £300k in the bank. I approached our board to request a number of club improvements, but Chairman Jimmy isn’t having any of it. He simply tells me that we don’t have enough money and that’s that. Cheap bastard. Going forward, I’m hopeful we can keep up our current pace. It’s starting to more and more look like we’ll be contending for the title. Season 3 Episode 5, Nuneaton vs. Wolves, up on YouTube.
  13. Club Season 3: October 2022 Shaken but Not Stirred Manager Notes We start out the month with a draw, then pick up 2 league wins and a FA Cup win to set us back on track. But the back half of the month is a series of stumbles as we pile up three successive draws. We end the month with 2 wins and 4 draws, a big drop from our earlier form. On a good note, York City stumbles even more than us. Despite our weak performance, we add 3 points to our lead, and end the month in first place by 11 points. It’s a solid lead, but with two thirds of the season left, we’ll need to figure out how to regain our winning form or this won’t last. And on one other positive note, we still haven’t lost! 18 matches in, we’re still undefeated. Season 3 Episode 4 is up on YouTube.
  14. Ha! It's still so early, but yeah, I'm pretty sure I've never gone this far in a season without losing. It's definitely my best FM start I've ever had. Fingers crossed we can keep it up.
  15. Club Season 3: September 2022 Still Smoldering Manager Notes The football gods are still shining on us, as we complete consecutive months with nothing but wins. Our lead stretches to 9 points at the top of the table, and the victories lead to another Manager of the Month award. Despite all the good news, I feel a bit nervous about what lies ahead. We struggled in our final two matches of the month, squeaking by Wrexham more on luck than skill, needing two late goals to beat Swindon Town, and miraculously coming from behind with 10-men against Halifax Town. In short, we’re no longer brushing aside opponents, and things appear to be tightening up. With second-place York City on form as well, a bad run from us could see our lead vanish fairly quickly. But it’d be silly not to enjoy the moment. The football world is full of difficult stretches, and you’ve got to enjoy the good runs while they last! Onward! Season 3 Episode 3 is up on YouTube.
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