Thought i'd also post my Ipswich season on here, particularly as it has turned out to be a positive first season!
Finished: 1st (p46, w30, d11, l6, 96gf, 48ga, 95 pts)
Despite losing 3-2 to Naaaarwich, we smashed the league, even though we managed 3 wins from our last ten matches. Watford finshed second, and our neighbours up in Norfolk won promotion by beating Derby 2-1 in the play-off final. We reached the 1/4's of the FA Cup, beating West Brom and from the prem, before succumbing to Liverpool 3-0. My favourite match however, was the return fixture at Carrow Road: down to 10 men, backs against the wall stuff, we scored from a pen (evened the numbers up too) on 79 mins. One of the first times I have felt genuine proudness playing FM.
Macgoldrick was class, with 27 league goals and 10 assists, regularly playing AMC.
Murphy bagged 24 goals too.
Mings, Berra, Eagles, Macgoldrick and Murphy all made team of the year too! Oh, and needless to say, I won Manager of the Year!
In terms of transfer, I spent nothing on the following:
- Chris Eagles: 41(1) apps, 12 goals and 13 assists, 7.21 ave rating (Won Champ player of the year)
- Fran Merida: 19(18) apps, 1 goal, 9 assists
- Mikele Leigertwood
- Sean St. Ledger
- Jack Grealish (all season):22(11) 3 goals, 8 assists, 6.88 ave.
- Leigh Griffiths (Jan15-Jan16): 6(8) apps, nothing else!
- Alan Dzargov (bit of a coup!) (Jan15-Jun15): 10(3), 2 assists, 6.81 ave (I will note his passing rate was 84%. He ran some games with 100+ passes)
I sold Skuse for £1.6m and Anderson for £750k.
For the majority of the season, i played 4-2-3-1, which worked until teams played quick counter attack against me (about 30 games into the season, after I went top). Then switched to a conventional 4-1-2-2-1 with inside forwards. Clean sheets and away wins began to arrive more regularly, although we suffered more home draws.
As soon as I gained promotion, I began scouting, but only made bids after I'd won the league.
So far, I have signed:
Jordan Rhodes: £2.8m rising to £3.5 (Blackburn got relegated (JR scored 24 goals too). QPR were interested, but never put a bid in! Will be on £25k/wk though...
Delle Alli: £3m great potential and had a good season in League 1.
Jason Steel: £575k. Need gk's as Gerks is simply not good enough, and Bart is not of high enough standard for prem.
Fernando Pacheco: Free from R.Madrid. Another goalkeeper to rival Steel for no1 shirt. I may send one out on loan for the season...
Dennis Praet: Free. Got the contract offer in early and bingo! Comes with a 5 star potential, as does Alli. Both gk's have 4.5 potential.
More options out wide are needed, and a DM too...