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About bermybhoy

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  1. Currently I've got a game running down in the depths of Scottish football with Peterhead. It's going ok as it happens - 2nd season promotion and on course for a second successive promotion (touch wood) at the half way stage. At the minute My wage restrictions are a bit crippling - about £200 a week, max. I do however have a chap, Rory McAllister, who in the game and in the real world is too good for them - he is however paid accordingly, at about £650 a week. The board thankfully do allow me to renew his contract on the same terms, even though it exceeds their wage restrictions. My suspicion however, is that if he wasn't there the max wage might increase a bit, but that I'd never be able to recruit a replacement on similar money. Am I right in thinking that? Or is there any function in the game to effectively get dispensation from the wage structure for an individual star player or two - if it falls within the overall budget?
  2. I don't venture into this forum all that often any more, so caught this by chance - anyway, thought I would commend you on setting this forum up and shaping it into what has been a good little community. Also, you made a massive contribution to the couple of threads I ran here, back in the days I had the time and inclination to do so, which was much appreciated.
  3. Should think so too, backed a winner there.
  4. Er, no. Not in the slightest. That's the very point I'm making, Football Manager would be far more recognisable to the man on the street. How do you know which brand Apple would use for sponsorship? They have several brands, and may at any one point wish to promote one seperately. 'Irn-Bru' sponsors the rugby league, and the Scottish lower divisions (or used to), not Barr's. Barr's evidently see more worth in promoting that one brand than simply using their company name. Bringing it back to SI, they have literally one recognisable brand, and I can't see why they don't use it?
  5. Having just caught a glimpse of them on TV and spotting the SI Games logo, why is that used on the tops? SI are a company with one product....more people are going to recognise 'Football Manager' than 'SI Games' surely? I've no doubt a fair bit of consideration went into it, but it seems a weird marketing decision to me. Any ideas? Apologies that this doesn't have terribly much to do with the game, but it's not quite an OTF post either.
  6. I think Polar Bear has a point, it can take ages to get through a season now. Personally I now can't help but watch every game on key highlights in the 3D and it takes forever. I've still only completed about 12 full seasons on FM10 since it came out, although that is partly a big change in personal circumstances but also as you say due to it just being far more comprehensive and time consuming than ever. Certainly seems that most people give their season(s) the time and attention it needs to get anywhere, which seems to often be more than 2 weeks whereas people were banging them out in a few days no bother previously. Unfortunately I won't be running it this year either, have resolved to complete Dafuge's challenge for the first time in many years with FM2010 but only on the 10th season and in the Championship with Bradford PA despite starting about March, so thinking it could take some time yet. As such strongly resisting the temptation to buy FM11.
  7. In the end I went with my gut reaction, which was to conduct a fire sale of my most valuable players, which got me well into the black and resulted in the board increasing the wage budget significantly, allowing me to bring in a raft of much better players - on the whole - than those sold. I sneaked promotion too, so the strategy worked. My regret now though, is seeing that the striker I punted for £750k has just been sold on for £2.4 million, and I didn't bother with a sell on clause to maximise the up front cash offer... Still, onwards and upwards to the championship, right back in debt again.
  8. Quick question here: I'm 7 seasons in (haven't got round to doing up seasonal reports right enough) and in League 1 with Bradford PA. At season's end have found us £800k in debt, losing about £100k a month comfortably, without any serious budget overspend - the board are allowing about £33k per week in wages. What is people's approach here? Would you ignore it and take administration if it comes? Hope for a buy out? The alternative is that I have very sellable assets, a striker who can command £750k and a winger who can fetch £400k. Both were decent last season without setting the heather on fire, but are young and would be ok at Championship level. I generally have no issue at all with just flogging players to raise cash, but in this instance is there a chance of being bailed out without doing that?
  9. Good work at the tail end of the season there - comfortably avoided the drop from looking sure to go down. So frustrating when that happens, your side were good enough for the play offs but just couldn't buy the win early on... Who's next?
  10. Well you were picking up some form there, hope it went well....reckon we've survived.
  11. Nooo.....chin up. Change things round in Jan, ship some of the dead wood out and trawl around the frees market. Is there much in the way of wages available?
  12. What's happening on the softies side? Someone else re-starting?
  13. Slightly random big win there! What it does is suggest we're not that bad at all - that team should still be mid table at least - just need a bit of luck and a few more wins and we'll start climbing up...
  14. Ouch, see what you mean about it not going so well. Those tactics I was using need a bit of tweaking with each outing, in terms of adding defensive or attacking emphasis etc. It was pretty basic, but it's not like we have a squad filled with Ronaldos... General observations: although the problems seem to be with scorig goals, I wouldn't be trusting Dixon in goal at all. The guy on loan last season was far better. Also, Rashid's heading ability is terrible for a centre back - I'd be looking for some big lump at the back who can tackle, head, run and jump to play beside Miller. Doesn't look like the Galbraith/Gardiner partnership is as effective this time either. Good luck with it - sure it can be turned around.
  15. Ah come on, can't be all that bad can it? Plenty of time to turn it around too surely...