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  1. Maidstone United: 2019/20 Preview The town of Maidstone was delighted with the appointment of a local lad as boss, but that would soon fade if we didn't get a good start. Expectant of a push towards promotion, they couldn't be blamed if that wasn't to materialise, but they'd turn on me quickly for it i'm sure. For me it was to be a busy summer, as I looked to set this club up for a successful campaign. There was a lot of work to be done, and I set about doing it as soon as i'd signed on the dotted line at the Gallagher Stadium. My first task was to sort out the backroom staff and put my own team together to work alongside me. I relinquished all existing staff from their roles, and brought in an entirely new team. Former Premier League goalkeeper Robert Green came in as a first team coach, and the legendary Peter Crouch has given up his BBC podcast in order to become my new assistant manager. The best piece of business though was freeing up some wage budget by removing goalkeeping coach and backup stopper Chris Lewington from the club. He was on a £700 per week contract and was only ever going to warm our bench. He also didn't possess the ability to be a good enough coach for us. My next task was to look at how we could improve the playing squad. I was presented with a wage budget that had a little room within it, although not much. I figured the best way of bringing new players in would be to use the loan market, and so decided we needed an affiliate club. After having this request accepted by the board, we were presented with three different options. In the end we were linked with League One side Burton Albion. They've got a really good youth system, and although we didn't sign anyone from them this summer, I am sure it will be a very positive link up for us. I've already said previously that I was impressed with the squad I inherited, and so the summer wasn't actually that busy in regards to transfers. Chris Lewington had been freed up from the wage bill, and other than that there was only one other departure. Young 21-year old striker Ibrahim Olutade left the club to sign on loan with Chesham for the season. They're paying his wages too, which gave us even more room for additions. Arrival wise there were four new players coming into the club, all of them sure to be solid enough for this division. I managed to fill all of the previously mentioned issues I saw at the club, as well as a new second choice goalkeeper after the aforementioned departure of Lewington. 19-year old Macedonian goalkeeper Luka Nakov was our first arrival on a free transfer. He was released by Bromley Town in the summer, having previously spent a couple of years on the books at Slavia Sofia. He's sure to get some game time in the cup competitions, and will be our second choice goalkeeper. We needed a left back, and eventually managed to find one. It didn't prove particularly easy, but in the end we bought in a loanee from Crewe Alexandra. 18-year old Nigerian Rio Adebisi will walk straight into our side, and we're not paying a fee or any wage contribution to have him here. I had pinpointed how our midfield options were full of ball winning players and lacked in creativity. We rectified that by bringing in two new central midfielders. First up is probably the most exciting of our summer signings. 19-year old James Boote was released by AFC Bournemouth in the summer, and will be my first choice in central midfield. He looks a really promising talent, and we managed to tie him to a two year contract with us as well. We also brought in 20-year old Josh Hawkes from Hartlepool United on loan for the season. He looks talented and offers us some cover in our squad. On the field our pre-season was strong. We picked up solid victories over local sides Faversham Town, Chatham Town, Sevenoaks and Bearsted United, and lost narrowly 0-1 to Exeter after a late penalty. A 4-6 home defeat to Fulham was exciting, purely organised as a chance to bring in some funds. I'm excited to get stuck in here, and am really impressed with the quality we have within our squad We've got a number of really good players, and should be looking at pushing high up the league table. There are some good sides in this league, but I am confident in our own abilities. I haven't been able to make too many changes to our playing staff due to the money involved. We've got a lot of players on £500-700 per week deals, which is a lot for this level. Thankfully the club's financial position is strong, but it is something we will need to address going forwards. Most of the players here are on one year deals, so we can look to get the wage bill trimmed at the end of the season. It's going to be a busy one but I am confident. We're predicted by the media to finish in 4th place, which would clinch the boards expectations of a play-off spot. With the squad we have I would encourage you to have a cheeky flutter though. We're 3-1 with the bookmakers to win the league title. Seriously, I reckon that's got to be worth a sneaky £20.
  2. Maidstone United: Takeover Report So my new team doesn't strictly belong within the Football League thread, but I am hoping that its alright for me to post here anyways. After a highly enjoyable spell in charge of Coventry City, I felt the opposite end of this game that we love, with a brief and unsuccessful attempt at Bradford City. That save never really got going though, and I ended up feeling completely disjointed from the club. Inspired by @CityAndColour I've dropped down even further, and my new attempt is in the deep dark depths of the game. I steered clear of my current hometown Tonbridge, and went for my old one instead. I've chosen to stay in England but drop down to manage my second team and club of my birthplace. Maidstone United were once a Football League club, but now find themselves down in the Conference South after relegation last season. It's a tough job to take, but being one of my most local sides I do have a fair knowledge from following them. Nowadays the clubs finances are in pretty good shape, and the facilities and fan base are very strong for the level they find themselves. Back in the 1990s the club found themselves in financial difficulties, and in 1992 were reformed. Unfortunately they were unable to find a home within the town of Maidstone, and would not return until 2012. After initially slumming it in the Kent League's the club worked their way up through the pyramid, under the management of former Gillingham player Jay Saunders. Promotion after promotion led them to a high of the Conference National, before disappointment and relegation last season. I briefly mentioned the strong facilities, and that would be The Gallagher Stadium. Built back in 2012 the stadium is superb for this level. With a capacity of 4,200, although only room for 792 seats. Long term I hope that this stadium will be expanded. It is now my job to try and turn the fortunes around, and turn them back into a long term Football League club. It really will not be the easiest of jobs. Long-term the boards vision is to become an established team within the Conference National. That begins with this season where they expect a minimum of a play-off appearance. With the squad inherited and a couple of additions though, that shouldn't prove too difficult. Another club vision is to bring in players to sell for profit. Although I never will buy a player purely to sell, I am a manager keen to bring in funds. This vision fits perfectly with my style, of bringing in young promising players and trying to develop them into talent. In that respect I am sure we will be selling some, so I will kind of inactively be following that vision from the board. George Elikobi is probably the highest profile player on the books, formerly of Wolves in the Premier League. There is also a host of former Football League players within the squad. Goalkeeper Jake Cole and striker Matt McClure both arrived from Aldershot Town in the summer, just before my own arrival. Former Arsenal trainee Gavin Hoyte is also a member of the first team squad here. In fact, defensively the squad looks very strong indeed, although a better left back could be useful. The midfield possesses a host of good defensive minded players, but could do with a touch more creativity. Up front both Matt McClure and Jonathan Edwards look like very strong options for this level. I have already played through pre-season, and a fair bit more. I'll return at some point shortly with a detailed update on how we got on in the summer, both on and off of the pitch.
  3. Well I got home from work earlier than I thought I would today and rattled through a host more matches at Bradford. Fair to say that the save has died on me. After opening up with ten unbeaten games I then didn’t win in the next ten. Dropped right down the league and my interest for it just disappeared. Now got to figure out where to go next. Plymouth is grabbing me so it may be there where I head to as my next destination.
  4. @warlock that’s a good first half to the season there! Good luck keeping it going! ive hit about fifteen games in on my Bradford season. We’re sat comfortably in the top three, but have just begun to stutter a bit. Hopefully we can return to the good form we started with. Should have a full day on it tomorrow so hopefully will have an update for you!
  5. Nothing wrong with stuttering over the line. That’s almost entirely how I’ve achieved my FM successes. I certainly wouldn’t call myself the special one 😂😂😂 I feel like I’ve achieved more in five games as Bradford manager than I did in the majority of my Coventry save! I didn’t get to play any more today but I’ll be thrashing out some more tomorrow I’m sure.
  6. @Jogo Bonito great season with Grimsby! Promotion is always a nice feeling! @warlock I’ll definitely take a look. It’s worked so far but I’ll definitely be taking the advice on John-Jules. my Bradford career has started well enough. A shock League Cup win over Leeds the highlight, and a 4-1-0 record in the league so far. We’ve only conceded one goal in all competitions so far so I’m rather chuffed.
  7. I definitely won’t be ignoring what you said. There’s some really key points there. I’ll be honest I didn’t know anything about being able to terminate loans after a certain time. I did pack one player away, and it cleared up £5k per week on the wage bill. ill definitely be using Devine too. He’s quite talented. Donaldson looks decent but I’ll almost certainly not renew his contract at the end of season one. i love that badge as well. May have to use that if it’s ok with you to do so
  8. Bradford City FC: 2019/20 Preview My arrival to the club brought plenty of excitement, but for me it was a bit of a step into the unknown. Pre-season was to be all about hard work, as I wanted to lay the groundwork for a long term future at this football club. There were a number of things I wanted to achieve off of the field of play, and I also wanted to bring in a couple of new signings jus to put my own stamp on the team I had inherited. My first task was to get my backroom staff sorted out. I didn't make drastic changes, but moved to bring in a couple of new faces to the club and make it my own backroom team. Former Premier League winner Robert Huth was bought in as a first team coach, and Dan Micciche came in as my new assistant manager. He was an England youth coach from 2013 to 2017 and also had a brief spell as manager of the MK Dons back in 2018, albeit for only three months. We also strengthened our scouting team with a new arrival, and nearly added a new physio to our ranks as well. I'll be making regular changes to our backroom staff season by season, trying to ensure I have a strong and positive team around me. With limited money available, I felt a senior affiliation would be a really good move to make. It would enable us to bring in some promising youth players on loan from a bigger club, as well as a nice cash payment each season. After the board granted my request I was delighted that we formed a partnership with Arsenal. As a lifelong Arsenal supporter I am aware of the strength within the youth setup there, and I had already targeted one of their prospects before we clinched this network. Squad wise I didn't feel that we needed very much, instead planning to try and shift some players who didn't figure in my plans. With a tight wage budget and no money for any transfer fees, I would have to shift players on if any new additions were to come to us here at Valley Parade. Shifting players did prove a lot more difficult than I had hoped though, and in the end it was loan deals that went through. Firstly we allowed a couple of promising youngsters to head away. Centre back Tyler French (Bromley Town) and winger Jordan Gibson (Harrogate Town) probably the most promising of them. Left back Connor Wood was somebody I wanted to shift from the club permanently, but I didn't manage it. He ended up going away to Wrexham for the season, with them paying the entirety of his wages throughout. I did manage to bring in two new faces during the summer, although both of them on season long loan deals. Firstly came a defensive player, from Derby County. All the existing deals upon my arrival were for players higher up the pitch, but I wanted somebody for the back line. 20-year old centre back Lee Buchanan comes in for the season, and is also capable of playing at left back. I can see him becoming a really integral part of our defence, and I am very excited to get him involved. The other arrival was that of Tyrese John-Jules from Arsenal. Our link up with them meaning we avoid paying anything towards his weekly wage. He can play up front, but I brought him in as I felt we lacked options on the flanks. He can play on either side, and should prove a very positive addition for us. The transfer activity means my first choice team may be something similar to what's included below. With a long season ahead injuries and suspensions are sure to play a part, but i'm happy. I'll also look to make use of the strong depth within our first team squad, and rotate in order to keep players fit and fresh. On the field we performed really well throughout the pre-season period. We were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw against Guiseley, but recorded victories over Larne, Dumbarton, Partick Thistle and AFC Hornchurch. Most satisfyingly we went through all of those games without conceding a goal. Hopefully we can take that into the league season with us, as a solid defensive unit will stand us in very good stead. I'm delighted with the squad we have here, and after the summer business I am left feeling quietly confident about having a solid campaign. We've got some great depth within our ranks, especially up top. James Vaughan and Clayton Donaldson will fight it out for our lone striker position, and both look a little above this level if i'm honest. My only fear is the fact we have so many players in the squad that are on loan. We have a total of seven, but we're only allowed to name five within a matchday squad. I'm going to have to do a juggling act with them. Ideally I would've sent a couple of them back, but that would take away a little of our depth, and the option isn't available to me. We're 2-1 to with the bookmakers to win the league, and second favourites only to Mansfield Town. There's a number of teams who I am sure will be fighting it out at the top, of which i'm sure we can be one of them. Fortunately there are three automatic promotion places up for grabs, and a further four for the play-offs. I'm confident that we can clinch a top seven finish at worst, although I want to be competing for a top three finish and automatic promotion. I suffered play-off heartbreak twice with Coventry City, I don't know if I could handle going through that hurt again. We've got a pretty straightforward start to our league season, so I am hopeful that we can start off strong and build upon that as the season wears on.
  9. Bradford City FC: Takeover Report As I said previously, my Coventry save died a bit of a death and a lack of progress has meant I felt the need for a change up. I may return to it at some point, but for no my focus goes elsewhere. I did thoroughly enjoy that save, but in the end my persistence did not pay off. I put the laptop down yesterday feeling like i'd hit a bit of a dead end, and thinking about new challenges instead. My chosen team in of a pretty similar mould really, in Bradford City. I like to take charge of teams with a bit of history, in the hope of returning them to better times under my leadership. I also don't like to splash money around, hence my avoidance of the top flight. I can remember watching Bradford play in the Premier League, and obviously that's my long term aim for this save. If i'm honest i'm not particularly good at this game though, so that may remain a distant dream. Bradford City are a professional club currently plying their trade in League Two, the fourth tier of English football. They're based in Yorkshire, near to fierce rivals Huddersfield Town and Leeds United. They are the only club in the country to play in the colours of amber and claret, which I thought was quite a nice quirk. The club were founded in 1903 and have only one major honour to their name so far, winning the 1911 FA Cup. They did rather famously make the final of the League Cup in 2013 though, whilst playing in the third tier. They play at Valley Parade, built on the site of the old ground, which famously caught fire in 1985 and unfortunately killed 56. The stadium has a capacity of 25,136, which is a very impressive size for this level of football. Bradford spent one season in the Premier League back in 2000/01 season, before suffering somewhat of a decline. Financial difficulties have cost the club, and twice they entered into administration. They were relegated to League Two at the end of the 2018/19 season, which is where this journey begins for me. My arrival brings with it clear targets. The media expect the club to finish 2nd in the league, and unsurprisingly the board want promotion. That was somewhat expected seeing as they finished rock bottom and were relegated last season. There is also a club vision to work towards making the cub self sustainable, which fits in perfectly with my style of management. I'll be bringing my wheeling and dealing self, looking to salvage profit each season within the transfer market. Looking forward the board want the club to become an established team within League One. If I can achieve the targets during the first season, then those ambitions definitely aren't too unrealistic in order for me to make a real go of it here longer term. With no money in the bank, bringing in my own transfer targets is going to be somewhat difficult. Thankfully the squad I inherit looks pretty good. Its a well rounded set of players, with cover across basically every area of the field. I'll be looking to bring a similar style to that I used at Coventry City. A 4-2-3-1 formation focused on counter attacking quickly with the ball and working hard to win it when out of possession. I'm confident that the players within the squad should be more than capable of playing in this way. There are some recognisable names in the squad too. Clayton Donaldson, Zeli Ismail, and club captain James Vaughan to name a few. 30-year old Vaughan has been around for quite a while now, and looks like being a strong performer at this level. I'm also excited to manage 21-year old centre back Paudie O'Connor who looks promising. He is injured upon my arrival, but I am sure he will become a key component within my defensive unit here. My only real worry is the number of loan players already on the books. With the aforementioned lack of funds, the loan market is going to prove very useful. I may have to send a few of the guy already here back to there clubs, if I find my own targets. It's also irritating that striker Eoin Doyle is away on loan for the season. He is a proven goal scorer, not only will we miss him, but he will be banging them in for Swindon Town who should be a promotion rival. That's about it for an introduction to my new task really. I'll update more once I've got stuck in and got through some of the season. It's a bit strange not looking at the sky blue of Coventry all over my screen, but i'm excited to embark on this new challenge. Up the Bantams!!!!!!!!
  10. Derby could be an exciting one. On my Coventry save they kind of yo-yo between the Chanpionship and the Premier League. speaking of my save I think it may have run its time. After about fifteen games were stranded in 11th and I can’t see a push for promotion coming anytime soon. I’ve got an easy work day so will be back early afternoon. I’ll have a little go but if form doesn’t change quickly I think I’ll be moving on. I’m still itching for a save as Bradford, and hopefully that may be more successful than I’ve managed with Coventry.
  11. @CityAndColour that’s truly gutting. But to get Tonbridge even that close to promotion is a pretty exceptional achievement. I’m from there so that’s a save I’ll be attempting at some point. I’ll be keeping an eye on your future progress for sure
  12. I wish I was like the special one. My game has simply too much realism 😂😂😂
  13. @Jogo Bonito I definitely have durability 😂😂😂 @jonathan44 great season there! Something for me to aspire to myself! @warlock sad to hear the end of the save. This game seems to have a habit of throwing through shocking runs of form. I’d be intrigued to see how a Brentford save would go. I’ve seen them on tv a few times and really enjoyed watching them!
  14. Coventry City: 2026/27 Season Preview Now that the dust has settled, its fair to say that last season was a phenomenal one for this football club. We way overachieved on our pre-season targets, and had a truly memorable season. The first team outside of the top flight since 2004 to make the final of the FA Cup, as well as a play-off campaign in the league. It was disappointing to miss out on any success, but a platform has been set now, and everybody in the country knows who Coventry City are. I had said previously that I didn't expect particularly busy summer for us, and believed that the squad was near enough where it needed to be. I stand by those comments now. The only area I felt needed strengthening immediately was on the right wing. The January deadline day deal to lose Andrija Vidovic to Portsmouth giving us no time to bring in a replacement, and we certainly missed him over the remaining months of the season. The board knew that we massively overachieved last season, and so kept this seasons expectations at a very manageable level A mid-table finish all they were after, and they presented me with an £18,000,000 transfer budget in order to achieve it. I had no intentions of spending anywhere near that much, unless a truly unbelievable deal threw itself at us. With the financial position of the club basically sorted, there doesn't prove an need in us to sell players anymore. Especially after picking up £15,000,000 for Andrija Vidovic in January. I still like to fund my incomings through sales though, and we managed it yet again. I've managed to turn a profit over every season I've been in charge so far, something I'm incredibly proud of. Especially considering that we've been fairly successful on the field too. The only planned sales were to be those of veteran Wesley Jobello and young striker John Coleman. Wesley Jobello left to join Sochaux for £2,000,000, in a deal I wanted to complete anyway. The 33-year old had become somewhat of a fringe player over last season, and I decided to cash in now whilst we could still get some money for him. I didn't particularly want Coleman to leave, but he's caused me nothing but problems. At 20-years old he was beginning to look like a tidy player, but the trouble maker was packed off to Burnley in a £3,000,000 deal. Unfortunately, those two didn't end up being the only major sales that took place though. Our FA Cup semi-final hero Harvey White had been a consistently positive performer for us since his move from Tottenham, but he was snatched from right under our noses. Crystal Palace came in with a £8,750,000 offer and matched his top division release clause, meaning we were completely powerless to prevent him from leaving. A gutting sale for us, and a hard one to accept. There were two further cash sales, albeit for much less funds. Midfielder Heiri Canella hadn't impressed since he arrived at the cub, and had an abysmal injury record too. I was more than happy to accept an offer of £275,000,000 from Lugano of Spain, and get him out of the club. Young defender Steven Voice left for the Premier League, joining Derby County for an initial £170,000, potentially rising to £375,000. Squad player Jack Iredale left at the end of his contract with us, joining Al-Rayyan, and midfielder Omar Banton was released at the end of his. I had expected big things from the Jamaican, but he just never seemed to get any better. Finally we allowed a number of young prospects to leave the club on loan deals to help with game time and development. Cian Cosslett is one I'll be keeping an eye on, and he's gone to Rochdale for the season. As I have said several times already, I didn't feel the need to conduct much business into the club, only feeling that we were short on the right hand side of our midfield. Other than that I was only really looking to add some depth to our squad, or bring in some promising younger players to try and develop. One thing I'm incredibly proud of at this club, is the margin of profit we've managed to make. I've significantly improved the clubs financial position by bringing players in on cheap deals, and selling them on for large profit. I did indeed manage to find a right winger, although he also fits into my bracket of being a future prospect. 19-year old Julian Brayford had a breakout campaign at Lincoln City in League One last season, and looks as though he's going to become a very impressive player indeed. He came to the club on a long term deal after a £1,000,000 bid was accepted. Another winger who joined was Thierry Nevers. The 24-year old joined on a free transfer from Hull City, and enjoyed a fruitful campaign on loan at Blackpool last season. He looks to possess more than enough talent to be a good rotational option for us. Two further players came in to offer cover for our squad too. Attacking midfielder Zbynek Tafat was on my radar a couple of years back, but chose Napoli instead of us when he left Viktoria Plzen. I snapped the 22-year old up from the Italian side for just £1,000,000, a cracking piece of business. He will offer competition to Jon Toral for the spot behind our striker, Toral was decent but not exceptional last season. 26-year old Steven Sessegnon also joined us, from Fulham on a season long loan deal. He can play anywhere across the defence and that versatility will be perfect for us over the course of a long hard season. 19-year old central midfielders Benjamin Leverington and Quincy Breach were both picked up on free transfers for us as well (from Leicester City and Manchester United respectively). Both look to have promising futures, although Leverington looks like the better of the two. He's been sent away to Wycombe Wanderers on loan for the season, and i'll be watching his development closely. I'm very happy with the business we conducted, although losing Harvey White is a bitter blow to us. I hadn't planned for his departure and didn't want to rush out and panic into buying anyone to fill the gap. Jamie Allen is to miss the first two months of the season with a hip injury, but upon his return will partner Jake Cain in the centre of our midfield. Cain wasn't particularly impressive last season, but hopefully with the pressure on he will step up his performances for us. It also means that young summer arrival Quincy Breach will definitely get some game time for us too. As is common now, we are not expected to have a successful campaign. Even after last years successes, odds of just 11-1 are given on us being relegated down to League One. The media predict us a 15th placed finish, but I am expecting a hell of a lot more than that. I'll be disregarding the cup competitions this season, and focus solely on trying to finally achieve my goal and take this club back into the Premier League.
  15. @Jogo Bonito thanks for the words. It feels so harsh but I’m still loving this save. Many commitment and hard work will pay off if I do finally manage to clinch promotion. @warlock I love a save I can stick with. I tend to float from save to save a lot. But when I find one I enjoy I can stick with it for ages. This ones grabbed me, can’t put it down. I just wanna clinch promotion and start a new league. I have a couple of saves I want to try at some point (Bradford city being a big one), but at the moment I have no intention of ditching this one. @Ronaldo Beckham great work with Burton. A very nice platform to push on next season. You’re sure gonna outshine me by getting promotion well ahead of me
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