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  1. Has anyone had any particularly special title or relegation battles on any of their saves? I'm about to go into this one on mine. Last day of the season and any one of FOUR teams could win the league. Relegation is so tight as well, it's going to be incredible!
  2. You really didn't do enough to hide your name, Heath Davies
  3. Definitely sounds like a mistake! Surprised Cranie went for so much as I only managed to get £500k for him. That was in January of the first season though so not much time for him to attract people I guess. He's moved again since I sold him, from Doncaster to Norwich. Bit of a contrast in my save, I'm 2 games from the Premier League! 5 games left and we're 5 points clear from 2nd and 10 points from 3rd. We've been top literally all season so we really need to clinch it. So exciting to possibly play in the Premier League with them. Think I'd need to revamp the squad a little though!
  4. Unlucky mate, that does look harsh. Like you said, I think you really suffered for overachieving in the first season. You'd had a great start to the season as well! I presume the board upped the expectations a little bit? There was a point in mine where my job wasn't very secure and I was probably 1 game away from the sack! I managed to turn it round just in time, signed Sturridge and the rest is history. Are you going to keep the save going and join someone else?
  5. Never had him on FM12 but I was City on FM11 and I played him as AML, inside forward and he was sensational. Top of the assists for a few seasons and plenty of goals too. May have changed on FM12 though but you just have to keep him happy and not do anything to upset him.
  6. Of course it doesn't tell you how your team is playing. A team could create 2 clear cut chances from 2 counter attacks despite having a lot less possession. How about watching the match to see how your team is playing? Just an idea.
  7. It's been in the game for years, surprised people didn't know about it.
  8. We managed to continue our good start to the season and at the half-way point we're sitting 13 points clear at the top. We look good for promotion so far but I'm very wary about a dip in form happening at any time. My defensive signings have definitely worked and so far we've conceded the least. We've also scored the most but I knew the ability of my strikeforce! I was silly to neglect my defence in the first place, especially as one of my idols is the great Brian Clough who always built his teams from the back. Sturridge has been brilliant as I expected. I was so keen to hang on to him in the summer to let him have a crack at a full season in the Championship with a pre-season behind him and it's proved very successful. If he gets us up and then leaves and brings in a big fee then I'd be quite happy with that. Really feel like he could go and become a hero at the club now if we can get up and he can keep banging in the goals in the Prem! He's just broken the club record for goals (in all competitions) in a season with 25 and we're only in December! League table at the half way point: Fixtures so far: The record breaker: The man himself:
  9. Just a quick one lads. Never let Sturridge leave as you don't want it coming back to haunt you like it did with Michael Laudrup on my game. (I'm Coventry manager btw!) HA.
  10. All I can say is YEESSSS!!!! Absolutely incredible night at the Bridge!
  11. Lots of new signings! Hope they can improve your team. Surprised you let Amdy Faye go. He did two very consistent seasons for me before retiring. Class act the whole time and I wanted him on the staff but we couldn't agree on wages. Like you say, hopefully it can keep you up safely for another year and then you can improve even more when the money comes in. Gordon looks decent although I'd be worried about his finishing and technique. His mentals will come on naturally, just need to get him on a good schedule to get them technical attributes up. We've started the season in scintillating form! I may have finally found the right balance in my tactics and the right players in defence to give the league a decent go and push for promotion. Sturridge and Jutkiewicz are seriously on another level to most players in the league. I've mainly had Sturridge out wide on the left with Jutkiewicz upfront on his own. I think they'd be brilliant together, and the team are learning some other tactics, but right now 4-5-1 is working well and as they say 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it', so I won't! Big game up next against Wigan which will probably be our first real test of the season. If we can go there and win then I'd be incredibly pleased and that would probably make me believe we can stay around the top 2. Won't worry too much if we don't though as I know they're a good side!
  12. Work rate is the obvious one. That and their personality I presume.
  13. Image doesn't work for me. I've seen United go into admin in previous games and then get taken over but not in FM2012/
  14. :O Unlucky mate, I know exactly how it feels from my last season although I was never really in the play-offs much but blew the chance. To finish where you did in the first season is brilliant though, you've done a good job. Took me 2 seasons to even finish 8th! Looks like you relied on loans a little so this summer will be a test for you in terms of strengthening the squad properly to replace them. I've started the season with a 1-0 win at home to Watford with Sturridge scoring from a cross. Defence and midfield looked solid just lacked someone with that killer pass. The budgets have ran out though so I don't think I can get someone in. Will be relying on Bigi, Petrucci and the little creativity that Willo Flood possesses. [video=youtube;ssg5E60GXO0]
  15. Good shout. I had originally set his asking price to £10M, mainly to defer people from making an offer for him but you're right, I probably would want something closer to that. He has a £5M release clause to higher division clubs in his contract which is a worry but so far Fulham's wasn't up to that and Valencia don't count as they're foreign.
  16. Buying/Selling: Selling Player Name: Daniel Sturridge Your Team: Coventry City Buyer/Seller: Valencia Player's Value: £2.3M Offer: £5.75M upfront Transfer/Wage Budget: £0/£4K under Patch: 12.1 Season: Season 4, pre-season Signed him for free so it would be a huge profit but he's my best player. Fulham have unsettled him with an offer so he's unhappy which is making me think about selling him. With the money I could buy some very good players but I've only had him for just over half a season and I'd love to see what he could do in a full season. Worried he may not perform as well if he's unhappy though or he may not snap out of it.
  17. Looks like those signings may just have turned it round for you. Despite the poor run you seem to still be in a good position and play-offs should be on like I said last time. Shame you had to get rid of so many players but I had the same problem. I really didn't want to completely clear out the whole squad and bring in new players but then if you're being ruthless, they're not good enough. The only problem I found is the funds to replace them are rarely there. Luckily i've paid off the loan now and we have £1.5m in the bank which is only going to rise and never going to drop unless I or the board spend it! So I set about mainly improving my defence in the summer transfer window and it's resulted in me bringing in 4 defenders (in talks with another) and a defensive midfielder along with the goalkeeper I showed you in another post. I was hoping this would secure my defence but we went and conceded 8 (eight!!) to Arsenal in a friendly. They're my parent club which is why it was organised and I did go out and attack them with a 4-2-3-1 so i'm probably to blame. Got Chelsea towards the end of pre-season which could be interesting. I'm still confident we'll be solid in the league once I've got this last guy in and I can set up a settled back four and a bit of protection in front of them. I'm still keen on a new attacking midfielder as well as Petrucci can't seem to go 10 games without getting some sort of injury. Elano is available but he may be too much on the wages and his physicals are lacking a little. Fulham have also unsettled Sturridge. He has a £5M release clause to higher clubs in his contract, and to be fair if someone offered that I'd probably take it considering he was free. They came in with a deal which equalled over £5m but was made up of instalments and clauses which I didn't really want so I rejected it. This caused him to be unhappy as he wanted to hold talks with them. I've put his asking price as £10m but if he carries on and is disruptive I might just let him go somewhere for £5M as I could sign someone else who's very capable for that. Valencia are interested so if they put their money where their mouth is they may be onto something.
  18. Nice signing! Should make up for the loss of Clingan for a little bit as his creativity looks very good. Seems like you've had a very good start to the season as well, should at least get into the play-offs. I finished 17th in my first season. Had periods of good form but mostly bad and Jutkiewicz probably carried the team a little. I've just finished the 3rd season and I'm very disappointed with the team. We dive-bombed towards the end and only picked up 3 wins in our last 19 games in all competitions. Relegation form really and it's a good job we went through some good form before that or we'd be in League 1 next season for sure! Going to strengthen the defence in the summer as there's no use having the best striker in the league but not being able to keep clean sheets! I've managed to get Egypt's 20 year old number 1 keeper in on a free and Joe Murphy is leaving as his contract is up and Loris Karius has surpassed him in the ranks. Also signing Cristian Tello from Barcelona who will hopefully do well down the right wing and provide Strurridge with some good crosses. The loan is due to be paid in a month so I'll hopefully have some money to spend and we'll keep making some every month as well. Final Table: Fixtures: Our decline in form!: My new keeper:
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