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  1. Plymouth Update - Pre-Season 2020 After clearing out the dead wood in the squad at the end of the previous season, we definitely needed to bring in some real quality and I'm delighted with the players we managed to bring in. Although it is quite a few players, we've played a lot of pre-season games to help them gel and I'm sure once we get into the season we will be absolutely fine. Keinan Davis joined on a free transfer after he was released by Villa. He still has some potential to play at least Championship level football and I'm really hopeful that he is going to be a great addition. Luke Mattheson was the wing back I was after, and after he moved to Villa I snapped him straight up on loan. He'll be our starting wing back this season with George Williams coming in to cover as back up at wing back and centre back. Ben Heneghan joined after being released by Sheffield United, he looks a good fit to our back three and will be a first choice. Most of our youngsters have gone out on loan as I don't see a route to first team football for them at the moment. Jamie Mackie also left to Bristol Rovers as he just wasn't good enough for our side with the step up. Mike Cooper currently has interest from Bristol City, and although I'd prefer to keep him, if we get a good enough offer he may leave. He is currently keeping the first choice keeper spot and I'm hoping his performances from last season will carry on. We played most of our pre-season games against lower opposition, in the hope that we would win by comfortable margins and help the new signings gel, and it has seemed to work! The wins against Man City (they did play a few first teamers with some coming off the bench) and Bristol Rovers (same division) were pleasing.
  2. Some great work by everyone I've had a good clear out in pre-season, went for a ruthless approach with some of the older players and decided to not offer new contracts, as they weren't up to League Two let alone a league above. Sawyer was the captain, but only played about two games last season as I just don't trust defenders with a lack of pace, and he decided that it was best to retire. Murphy came in January to challenge Mike Cooper for the number one spot in goal, which I fully expected him to take, but duly failed. He wouldn't have been offered a new deal if he hadn't have retired! McFadzean was good last season, but I just couldn't see him getting in the side and he was on too big wages to be back up. The player I was most disappointed with was Dominic Telford, who I thought would have been quite good for us. Unfortunately, he couldn't find the back of the net and I decided to release him rather than keeping him around on high wages. I have made a few 'in's so far, but will leave that until I've completed all the dealings. I'd already made three signings before the end of the last season by retaining Eric Garcia, Billy Gilmour and Leif Davis on loan for the season, as I said in a previous post. I've got my eye on a wingback, but he has interest from Premier League clubs so I'm waiting to see if I can get him in on loan. The search for a striker is on going at the moment!
  3. With four games remaining we've secured promotion, and all but won the title too! There is certainly some moves that we need to make if we want to be competitive in League One. I've already secured the loan signings of Eric Garcia, Billy Gilmour and Leif Davis for next season, they have been three fantastic additions to our squad this year and will make the step up to League One with ease. They've also been relatively cheap wage budget wise (Garcia costing nothing, Gilmour costing £2k a week and Davis costing £600pw). The initial budgets that have been set are pretty good and I'm happy with the money we've got to spend. I'm currently going to be looking for a goalkeeper, a right wing back, a defensive midfielder, a central midfielder to play a mezzala role, and at least one striker playing as a pressing forward. I'll be looking at getting these players signed up ASAP, so that they are ready to come straight in to pre-season. For now though, we've got four games remaining, some youngsters that have come through the youth intake to blood into the first team, and a title to win
  4. Things have been going pretty well in my save with Plymouth. We are currently sitting top of the league at the end of January, and hopefully can carry that form until the end of the season to gain promotion. We got knocked out of the FA Cup in the 4th Round with a 2-0 defeat away at Wolves, but I can't be too disappointed with that as they did play their first team! Adam Randell went on loan to AFC Fylde for the first half of the season and performed really well. I decided to recall him in January to give us some more competition and he has started the five games since he has been back, and has really carried on his form. His stats aren't the best but he is definitely outperforming them and hopefully it'll carry on. He is only young, and if we get promoted this season he'll be an adequate back up/squad player. Oualembo has made a good impact and is now rated as having the potential to be a Championship striker in the future. He has scored 10 in 27 starts, which I'm slightly disappointed with. His all round game is quite good though and he always has high ratings, but could just do with finishing a few more chances! Someone else I've been really impressed with is Mike Cooper. I gave him the number one position ahead of loan keeper Alex Palmer in the summer, in the hope I'd be able to bring in a more experienced keeper and Cooper would return to back up. I didn't manage to bring in the experienced keeper until January, when I signed Brian Murphy from Cardiff on a deal until the end of the season. I brought Murphy into the starting eleven for a couple of games but have gone back to using Cooper again as his training performances were rated highly so felt he deserved to keep the spot. He has improved really well and looks like he has some great potential.
  5. Things have gone quite well with Plymouth so far, and after a few tactical changes, the team are starting to get into quite a good rhythm. The transfer window is now shut, and our 'ins' look like this... Man City became our parent club, which was worth it just to get Eric Garcia in. He has been fantastic so far, is great on the ball and looks like a real good player. I'm hoping I'll be able to re-sign him a couple of times over the next couple of seasons, but I suppose that'll all depend on how he develops. Also joining on loan was Dara O'Shea, who has joined as part of my back three, along with Remi Streete, who joined on a free transfer. Billy Gilmour joined us for the season from Chelsea and has been really good so far, his passing is way too good for this league and he'll be a massive player over the course of the season. Leif Davis joined from Leeds as competition for McFadzean at left wing back, but hasn't made much of an impact so far. Our other loan signing was Jake Scrimshaw, who joined on the last day of the transfer window from Bournemouth. He had scored six goals in five games for their under 23's and I felt he would be good competition up front. Thomas Oualembo has struggled in front of goal so far, but the last couple of games he has scored in both and has started to show why I kept the faith in him. I'm looking forward to seeing how he develops. Jamie Mackie rejoined the club from Oxford, giving us experience up front, The other signing was Callum Nicell who came in as competition in midfield and in the couple of games he has played so far, he is looking good.
  6. I've also decided to join @warlock in managing Plymouth. I wanted to do a football league save and even though I'm a Torquay fan, Plymouth appealed to me as a local Devon club who I have a soft spot for. Exeter on the other hand... The first thing I looked at was to get the clause sold off for Jack Stephens, sorting out the transfer and wage budget. The only signing I've made so far is this guy Having read about him on another thread on this forum, he looks like a real prospect who can score goals through the leagues. At only £500pw, and on a free transfer, he was someone I snapped up pretty quickly. The next position that I'm looking to fill is a left back. I'm not comfortable with the captain Gary Sawyer with his lack of pace. I've currently got 32yr old Andrew Taylor on trial following his release from Bolton, and he looks like he could do the job for a season. I'm also looking for a bit of cover in the centre of defense, and have a loan lined up for Dara O'Shea, a 20yr old who spent a spell on loan at Exeter () last season.
  7. Well, FM must have heard me say this Carried on with Sunderland today without resigning, and yet another tactical change seems to have worked this time, with defeats only to Man City and Liverpool which I expected anyway. Looks like I'm staying for now, but I think if one of the bigger sides that are currently not doing as well as expected (Chelsea in 8th, Everton in 13th and Leicester in 14th) come calling if they end up getting rid of their managers, I think I may still be tempted. One player who has really contributed to the upturn in form has been young striker Jim Grimshaw. Signed from Blackpool for £350k, he went out on loan to League One side Rochdale last season, scoring eight goals in thirty seven appearances. So far this season he has made an impact from the bench, but having started the last six games, he has now scored five goals. Another youngster currently pushing for a first team place is someone who came through our academy, Alistair Rattray. He went out on loan at Championship side Ipswich last season, also making thirty seven appearances, chipping in with three goals. He has developed well and I now consider him our third choice centre back, as well as covering right back if needed.
  8. Really trying to keep interest with Sunderland, but I'm really struggling tactically after I thought we'd made some good signings in the summer. We are conceding heavily and nothing I do seems to change it. Think I might resign and try and find a new job, or start a new save.
  9. Just re-reading a few bits and @robterrace it's great how you find the unknowns and bring them in. I'd love to know how you manage to find so many unknown players? Is it scouts that are finding them or do you trawl through countries trying to find the best players? It must make your saves a lot more interesting
  10. Had plenty to catch up on and looks like everyone is doing a great job with their saves I haven't played for a few weeks, and had lost a bit of interest in my Sunderland save, but giving it another go as we speak. Hopefully we'll improve our form as currently we are four games into the new season without a win. I've just made a few tactical changes, so hopefully I'll have got it right! We'll see!
  11. Ah yes, so I did! Just thought I'd let you know anyway, but thanks for the reply.
  12. @pr0 Not sure if it's just me, but with the Greek Changes database loaded, the game wouldn't let me continue after selecting which databases to add. Doesn't matter to me as I'm not wanting to manage there but thought I'd let you know anyway. Everything else looks great and thanks for your hard work
  13. @karanhsingh Just started my fourth season, second in the Prem.
  14. Got through the majority of the transfer window and have decided to keep going for now. I was delighted to capture Tahith Chong for a third season on loan. When I tried to renew his loan, United weren't interested and wanted to give him a chance in their first team, but once he was back there he went back on the loan list. I quickly put in a bid with other sides interested and he chose to return, which is great. Timothy Weah has also come in on loan for the season, giving us some back up on both wings and up front. Aaron Mooy comes in from relegated Huddersfield and will strengthen our midfield and give us a bit of experience in the middle of the park. Krmencik comes in as first choice striker, with Tosun and Mousset as back up. Tosun didn't really hit great form last season and I'm hopeful Krmencik will do well. Opuku and Ruegg have both come in to strengthen the defense, and I'm still after one more centre back with £29m left of our budget. It was sad to see Jack Whatmough leave, but the bid from Crystal Palace was way too good to turn down. As I said, hoping to bring in one more centre back and see what kind of funds I'm left with, and hopefully we can then push on to mid table/top half finish this season.
  15. Some great work by @Dong21, @Jogo Bonito and @warlock! As far as my save with Sunderland goes, we ended up finishing the season in 15th, with some absolutely shocking form towards the end of the season. We were quite far away from relegation at one stage, but slowly slipped closer and closer. Luckily, the three relegated sides were pretty poor which saved us. Our squad desperately needs strengthening during the summer, I've got £50m to spend but a small wage budget with only £75k to spend. I had my eye of a couple of players, a centre back and a central midfielder, but both of them rejected my advances, saying they wanted European football. I have to admit, my interest in the save is starting to dwindle and if we can't sign some decent players in the summer it might be time for me to move on. Whether I do that by getting a new job somewhere else or starting afresh, I'm not quite sure. The Chelsea job became available half way through the season when they were really poor, and I almost wish I'd applied after being heavily linked with the post, as the rebuild there could have been interesting.
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