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About baker.simon

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    Not a lot, FM mainly! Oh and boobs!

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  1. Helpful ^^^ Try tightening up away from home. Look to play on the counter. Home advantage is something the hosts look to take advantage of so they will try and force the game more. Look to nullify them and exploit any weaknesses.
  2. Yes I've had a couple in this save but sadly they won't last. Elliot Sandy - He was with me in the Skrill South at the start of the game and scored loads of goals. He left on a free as he wouldn't sign a new deal and I had someone to replace him lined up. Years went by and I was searching for a new coach. That's where I saw him again, nostalgia kicked in (I didn't really look at his stats haha) and now he is a coach for me in the PL. After euphoria died down I did look at his stats and he's actually pretty good! Alex Wynter - You know when you go up the leagues and you struggle to attract players when making that jump up to the next league higher? Alex was a player who joined me. I (relatively) broke the bank with his wages when compared to other players, but he was superb for me. I signed him in League 2 and he stayed until the second season in PL. He's left now, a full Jamaica international, but I'll keep an eye on him. Alban Bailly - A French regen I picked up in the Championship which suited me as it looked like I was staying in that league for a bit. Think Yohan Cabaye but cheaper. Awesome player. Still have him even though I have better players and will try not to let him go but may have to as the wages he wants for being a squad player are too high for my liking :-( Vedran Strkic - A Croatian regen. A wonderkid I picked up for peanuts. He's my star pupil.
  3. Best thing I can suggest is to wing it. I've gone through it recently and found the same issue. You might be able to pick up one or two capable of performing at the next level but certainly not a whole team. Reputation and finances will see to that. The problem I had is that nobody wants to come. Any players I try and get in on loan their club would prefer them to play with higher calibre players which rules them out and the ones left are barely, if any, better than what you have. I just tried to strengthen as much as I could and hoped for the best. It worked out and I stayed up comfortably in the end and by the time I'd consolidated my rep and and everything else had improved and the rest fell into place and i could sign better players to "push on". It's hard in LLM especially when you have to try and build the club up at the same time but be patient and it will come.
  4. So basically I took control of Leamington from day one just to see how it went more than anything. I've fallen in love with the save and whilst I don't play as much as I'd like (wife and kids grrrr!) I'm still hooked. Anyway, I'm only in my third season thus far but have secured back-to-back promotions, just, and I'm now in League 2. If anyone has ever played as Leamington you start with virtually nothing so aswell as building a team I've been trying to get the board to build the club up. The ground has had to be expanded as per regulations and I've managed to get youth and training facilities upgraded. My plan is to stabilise for a bit (this season, kick in next with a promotion charge in the third season of league football) and let the club "catch up" with those around us. Thing is, and it's only early days, I'm doing quite well and stabilising might end up being the lower end of what I can achieve so the question is, for the longer term, am I better off sitting in League 2 for a bit so everything catches up such as club rep, finances etc etc, or am I best to go for League 1 if possible come the end of the season?
  5. No it's FM14. Got it sorted now. Had a clear out of all staff and hired from scratch and found I could hire one with no issues.
  6. Hi guys and gals. Started my career save and landed the job at a Skrill North side. Things are going well enough and it's ticking along nicely however a lot of my players are unhappy with training. I've tinkered and messed with intensity/areas of training and only get minimal improvement in terms of numbers of players unhappy. The nuts of it is that they are unhappy with the standard of fitness coaching. So I go to hire a fitness coach but the board won't allow it. So I speak to the board and ask them to allow more coaches to which they agree. Happy days, I shoot off and place an advert for a fitness coach. The problem is that the option to hire a fitness coach is greyed out so I can't advertise for one. I'm 75% sure it's because my club is still listed as part-time but just wanted to check more than anything? Not going to name the club this is their first season at this level having been promoted from regional leagues last season. Any help or suggestions would be great :-)
  7. Yeah I don't see an issue with it. In essence it's how scouting works. Even at lower local levels there are often sides who seem to cultivate the best youngsters in the area and scouts naturally turn up for them. Where I'm from Wallsend Boys Club is responsible for a lot of players that have gone on to play professionally.
  8. Kind of reaching a crossroad in my career at the moment and looking for a bit of help. Generally speaking I holiday for six months to get rid of the default start of game vacancies before applying for jobs in the lowest ranked leagues. So I did that and became manager at Stalybridge. I'm only a few seasons in but have done reasonably well. We're a football league team now for a start and are going upwards with little or no threat of dropping out of League Two. However another job, further up the ladder has come up. Only in League 1 so just one level higher, but this is the dilemma. In the past I've always built up my original club and stuck with them regardless if it's my choice (ie, not being sacked along the way lol). Call it comfort if you like. However I'm wondering if I should take a new job, a new challenge, or continue with my current one? Help/advice appreciated
  9. Yeah I sort of do this. At bigger clubs it's no problem if the payout is more than you'll get as, being honest, it won't matter too much with your finances. As a smaller club though you can still offer large payments which don't go over the amount of which a club can bring in through certain trophies so you're still in profit, just not as much.
  10. Isn't everyone to an extent? I don't go to work for the feel good factor for example
  11. Shame really as it could really add a different dimension to managers who take control of the super rich teams like Manchester City. At the moment it is easy as you can just buy pretty much anyone you fancy, but if you had to consider that from now your purchases are being monitored and could count against you later in the game then it would perhaps make people think a bit more. Like an extra level if you like. As announced rules I hope they are included in a future version. Mind you, then you start getting onto the whole game v realism argument and where the borders between the two should be. Plus it would obviously be harder to program than it seems. I just think that for something that is being touted as trying to change the game, perhaps it should be featured?
  12. Apologies if this has already been asked. I did do a search but couldn't really find a definitive answer so.... Are the Financial Fair Play rules feature in the Football Manager world? If so, what are your experience of them? If not, are there any plans to include them in a future version? I only ask as it could potentially be a huge area of the game and give things an extra dimension leaving people with more to think about.
  13. I think at the minute it is onbvioulsy very new, and as such will take time to get used to and to iron out any complaints/problem, much as is the case with FM. It is different, and I don't like it yet, but I could get used to it if it was tinkered with. The main problems I find are; - It is too bright, in my opinion anyway, especially considering a lot of us FM players are dark lurkers - The text in the quick reply box is far far too small for my eyes to comprehend better. If those two intial points could be addressed then I see no reason to not like it. It's change, and people generally don't like change.
  14. Hi pnefc22 That would be great, your help would be appreciated, although perhaps I should clarify why Vic is sceptical. You may or may not have been aware that we had a few 'issues' on there at the start involving certaing things being said about people. That has now been sorted and there are no longer issues like that, but along the way the site was (and I suspect still is to a small extent) victim to a flow of some posters from here going over there stirring up trouble. Anyway, as I said. It has all been sorted now, even the complaint of an abuse of forum has been thrown out. So it's very much a clean slate now. It would be great to get it to look better, both domain wise and aesthetically, as my forum setup abilities are somewhat limited. This is my first time whcih is why the free forum platform and support forums they offer was ideal for me. And i'm still no clearer with regards to CSS stylesheets, depsite them baing called 'easy'
  15. Yeah, thanks for offering some advice It's more the skinning and design issue of the forum itself that I'm struggling with. I spent weeks (only a bit at a time as I have a full time job aswell) trying to get the layout to something like it is now but I'm still not happy with it. There are tons of pre made skins that are great but I had to sacrifice them in order to get a decent header as I couldn't work out how to apply them. With a bit more understanding of it then maybe I can progress. At the moment, CSS may aswell be Russian such is my undestanding of it although it has improved.