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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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallsend_Boys_Club
  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. All you have to do is look on a map? A quick Google of Plymouth for example brings up a map where I can see suburbs/districts/areas called Mannamead, Mutley, Ford, Stoke and so on.
  14. I bet you have now though. I bet you've just raised Fisher Athletic's Google page rank
  15. He's not that bad actually, not as good as me like, but good enough
  16. Quite a few actually. I'll use players from my Newcastle side as they are the only ones i really look out for. Steve Harper - Assistant Manager - No club. Nicky Butt - Manager - Oldham Geremi - Coach - Rangers Players that im lining up - Jonas Gutierrez - Manager Ameobi - Coach There are a few others aswell. I'll have a look at my save in a bit and update.
  17. I agree with this. In reality if a player hasn't made over 10 appearances in a season then there is a reason for this, barring serious injury of course.
  18. I took an argument with my wife too far once. She was moaning about me playing too much! A couple of backhand slaps across her face later and she now knows my priorities Only joking. The worst i have done is thrown a wireless mouse against the wall when i conceded a last minute goal in a cup final may moons ago. I've learned to chill out as i've got older
  19. Was going to say him Tijani Babangida - Retired playing in China in 2005.
  20. See, i'd say Arsenal play short passing with lots of movement. Direct passing would be helpful on the counter-attack. Long passing is for aiming towards a target man.
  21. Its not his explanation, he copy and pasted it from somewhere else. The punctuation gives it away
  22. No..... Long means long passing, like a long ball old style Wimbledon/current Bolton and Stoke play. Thats how i've always interpretated it. To get the ball into attack quickly, but not using the long ball game.
  23. You could use the wishlist the header at the top of page. http://community.sigames.com/images/fm2009/header.jpg There is the link. A lot of these have been covered already but credit is due to you for spending the time to write it.
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