Have mentioned this in a new topic but thought I should add it to this thread as well.
Ok on to my idea on how to improve a club's budget. For the last few versions You are given a budget and you can't spend more than this. Although in principle this is a good idea I feel it has limitations.
Every club wants success and so shouldn't be limited to a strict budget and the ability to go over the budget and bring in extra players can make a big difference from avoiding relegation to getting into the lucrative position of champions league.
For example, you may spend most of you budget and have say Â£1m left, then an amazing player who is seen as essential for your team comes available and you can buy him for Â£4m meaning you need to raise Â£3m. However, by the time you sell players and raise the Â£3m needed the player you wanted to buy has now gone.
As a result of this I feel several changes need to be made.
1. You are given a seasonal budget that you have to stick to for that season but allowances are made. For example, your budget is Â£10m and the season runs from 1/7/2006 - 30/6/06. You are able to overspend the Â£10m as long as you can recoup this amount by the end of the season. So you can spend Â£20m on players in August as long as you recoup Â£10m in January so the overall spending you made is what was budgeted ie. Â£10m
2. Relate the budget to team performance. For example, you may be given a Â£5m transfer budget and the board expectation is to achieve a safe mid-table position. If by January you have spent Â£10m and are in a position where Champions League is possible the board may feel spending Â£10m is fine and even grant you more money to try and guarantee Champions League football.
3. Buying players who will have a big impact on merchandise doesn't come out of your transfer budget as the money spend will be regained through merchandise sales. This could be implemented by giving each player a merchandise value. The obvious example is David Beckham.
4. Link transfer budget to forecasted revenues and predicted success. For example, going on a cup run where success wasn't expected increases revenue and so more money is available for improving the team.
Please keep in mind though that if you do over-spend and you do not over-achieve original expectations to suffer consequences. This can be to having no transfer budget next season or if you put the clubs' future in jeopardy financially to be sacked.