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  1. IT's an interesting read as you can clearly see that people care about FM and where it goes next. I've been playing for nearly 2 decades and for the first time last year skipped fm17. I had reached saturation and after a year away got fm18, as usual in my case, after the March patch had come out. The reason behind buying it so late: 1- family life, work and other PC games mean less time to play so I only ever now go for the 'finished' product (with fm it's always been pretty much the March update, for other games like POE2 this means waiting until bugs have been ironed out somewhat to allow for a good gaming experience) and 2. it turns out it's cheaper by then. Not that I would mind paying the full whack but FM yearly release feels more (to me) like a yearly medium update rather than a totally new experience. And, as people mention in these forums, in other threads, there are some really annoying issues that seem not to be fixed year after year: - AI managers who use players still injured (orange indicator), or with low match fitness and health, at clubs that have a plethora of other outstanding replacements (Man U, City, Barcelona, Real...). It goes on all the time and is making it easier to do well in leagues and/or cup competitions. Yes managers do that IRL sometimes but not so constantly. I often start matches with all my players at 100% because I rotate whereas the opposing team start with all their players at 80%- by the end of the 90 minutes, it means they will be in the 50%. It could be that sthg needs to be fixed in the game engine to allow for players to play more games, as you see now IRL. In FM, it's near impossible to play players all the time. - Bringing a club from the lower leagues and getting tremendous success, year after year, and still not being able to build a new stadium (especially in densely populated area such as Leeds, Birmingham ... in the UK where you would have the numbers going to the stadium). - Player contracts: it could be me but these millennials are damn greedy buggers, aren't they? Asking for new contracts every year when they would have signed a new contract the previous year (sometimes less than 8 months before). This one is new to me since it was not that bad in fm16. - Buying players: all player values have rocketed. And while it makes sense if you are looking at the EPL market, this does not seem to be reflected IRL for the other leagues (apart from some exceptions like Ronaldo to Juve - which you would be unlikely to pay for in FM as you'd never sell the amount of shirts Juve have been selling since getting him). Probably complex to implement but this should be adapted to the league you play in. - Selling players: it's easier I find in FM18 than other versions but the AI clubs are so timid, not making any bids for players they have 'wanted' for over 3 years, even when you transfer list them. I also find the director of football to be completely inadequate. I have an outstanding DOF at Spurs and yet he did not manage to sell a single player I had added to the unwanted list, in 3 years, even when offered for 0 pounds. i'll probably skip fm19 and come back for fm20. Oh and the only reason I was on the forum this evening was because my game crashed to desktop. Not using any mods or skins other than default. And this has been happening 5/6 times since I started playing in April. No reason, game freezes in match and then back to the desktop.
  2. I agree wholeheartedly with this. I found that winning cup competitions is made much easier because the opposite teams tend to play their best players even though they may be coming back from injury (quite often with condition less than 70% at the start of the match, some still with the orange injury tag displayed), or just playing too many games (condition again less than 85% at beginning of match). Teams in the EPL like Man U, Man City, Chelsea .. tend to not rotate their players as much to rest them and with the extra European matches they play, it impacts on the club performance in the championship. It needs to be tuned.
  3. Took over Leeds in 2022 when they had just been relegated (again) to the Championship. When I took them over, they had 5 outstanding youngsters (1ST, 1DC/DM, 1 AML, 1DM/ML and 1 GK) coming from the youth team as newgens. Over the next 3 years, every year via the newgen, at least 1 new future star made it through. I managed to bring them back to the EPL as champions the following year and win the league cup. Following year, finished 4th (barely) in the EPL, won the league cup and the europa league cup. Main teams were City (winner of past 5 EPL), Chelsea (won the Champions league) and Liverpool. Spurs and United disintegrated despite some outstanding players in their ranks. Following year, I finished 2nd in the EPL and got through to 1/4 final of the Champion's League (lost to PSG 6-2 on agg). WOn the league cup again. My final year, I won the EPL with 1 point to spare on Arsenal and City... I did not make it past 1/4 again in Champion's league. Won my third league cup in a row. Leeds were taken over by a tycoon (Greek name) when i was promoted back to the EPL. He did not inject any money but kept what had been given by previous owner. I left as he refused to expand or build a new stadium and the players were all starting to want salaries which were making the club lose money on a monthly basis. It was a good few years. Now i'm off to Spurs to bring them back after they were nearly relegated...
  4. I usually hit 'concentrate' right after scoring. It helps... I would keep the same tactic going unless against a better team where i'm expected to be soundly beaten. Then I would make sure to change to 'be more disciplined' and may be (depending how much time is left) go more direct and even move to 'attacking'. It sounds counter-intuitive but the number of times I then managed to score a goal on the counter makes it a very useful change.
  5. I have the same issue as Gooner9315. I just started to manage Southampton in 2020 and was informed that Britain had left the EU so new players coming from the EU to the EPL would need work permits. The rules for the EPL also clearly state this. I signed a young player who had failed the application (even on appeal) and meant to loan him until he satisfied the requirements. I did not get to loan him and now noticed that he is eligible to play in the EPL (i'm still in August 2020). It seems a bug to me (not that I complain in this instance...) Can a mod (or SI) clarify whether this works as intended and we are not understanding this correctly or whether this is a bug?
  6. Wasn't that ages ago? By which I mean, nearly going back to CM?
  7. I agree fully with this - it would be so much easier and probably fairly simple to implement.
  8. I love managing Forest but i've got to say that this is now getting challenging after only a few weeks into a new save:
  9. Started at Koln and ended up second in first year (2016) playing a defensive 451. Second year(2017), pretty much the same and ended up winning the German First Division. A lot of 1-0s Left as the club resources were not enough to maintain that standard... Joined Southampton who were languishing above relegation zone in 2017. 2018: 2nd of EPL 2019: 5th EPL and euro cup quarter final- capital one cup winner 2020: here the good times start... won the EPL, capital one cup and reached euro cup semi final 2021: 2nd EPL - FA cup and euro cup winner. european super cup winner 2022: 1st EPL - FA cup winner- capital one cup winner 2023: 1st EPL - runner up FA cup 2024: 1st EPL - FA cup winner - champion's cup winner- capital one cup winner- european super cup winner- club world championship winner - 2025: 2nd EPL- FA cup winner - champion's cup winner- capital one cup winner Survived 2 take overs as Saints boss and stadium now nearing 50k seats. Very enjoyable save, specially since switching from 433 to 442 in 2020. Large amount of very gifted players coming through the academy.
  10. Now 7 years in and Max Meyer is an outstanding AM- does not score that many goals but loads of assists
  11. Yes and I did it with pretty much the starting squad. Hector and Olkowski (spelling) were magnificent and Modeste just kept on scoring! We got a lot of 1-0 victories. Maroh was pretty much injured for the season sor Sorensen and Heintz were the main defenders ahead of Horn. First season I got a couple of loans in: a striker who did not play much and a right back from Bordeaux (who really impressed but when he was transfer listed his wages were ridiculously high). First season I got a really promising left back but he was 15 so I never got to play him in the first team before I left.
  12. I did start my current save with Koln. Did quite well, finishing 2nd in the first season playing a 4141 counter. I think mostly because the other teams underestimated the club. I managed to keep Horn which was the best news at the end of the season. I signed Assombalonga as my main striker from Forest and in the second season I finished 1st! using a 4141 counter for away games and 442 control for home games. I then resigned as the board would not consider any of the requests and weren't putting any sort of money for transfers while expecting the winning streak to continue. Using the starting squad, there are some really good players. I had crazy money offers at the end of the first season for the full backs who were by far my best players (leading on assists). SInce i've left, they have moved back to mid-table in the league.
  13. Yes that's something that can be frustrating. Save the routine and use across tactics or save various corner/free kick routines you can change during the match. Another thing that I cannot remember seeing in 2015 (have not played 2016 yet) but when you are offered a job, it would be great to be able to agree to take the job at an agreed date (à la Guardiola taking over City at the end of the season). I understand that sometimes clubs want a manager straight away but when the manager contract is expiring at the end of the season, they may want to recruit before their candidates are poached over by another club.
  14. I've stopped playing FM15 now but I had the case of Gnabry, who I had signed from Arsenal for peanuts for my Southampton team where he did extremely well and played most games for 2 years as part of my title winning team. He begged to be sold to Man U, which I agreed to for a large amount of money. 2 years later I took over Man U and he had played the grand total of 15 games for them, having been abandoned in the U-21 team. Three games into my first season he came and complained that I was not giving him his chance... I had loads of issues with this in FM15- having to sell players as, even though they had a contract as backup or rotation, they could not accept they weren't part of the first team sheet week in week out. PS: I managed quite a few teams: Koln, AFC Wimbledon, Southampton, Rennes, Man U among others and found this to be a regular occurrence.
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