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    Internazionale (FM21) Bangor City (01/02)

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  1. I agree. I seriously thought about restoring an eastern German side to its former glory but I don't enjoy leagues I don't know so much so decided against it, but I think it would otherwise be a fun challenge.
  2. I did several decades in the simpler days of CM2 and 01/02 etc, which is hefty for me. I've managed 19 seasons in FM21 due to more time, which is my longest for years. It's not quite as impressive as it sounds as I spent my first few seasons in the N Ireland lower divisions which have relatively few games so I whizzed through several seasons.
  3. The short answer: I've decided to do a one club save instead of a journeyman, for the first time in many years. It'll be Stranraer. The long answer: I prefer managing in countries where I know the geography (local derbies etc), the pecking order, league rules, and where I've heard of all the clubs. In my case, that narrows it down to Britain and Ireland. I prefer a smaller team because I struggle with tactics and in the lower leagues tactics can generally be simpler and mistakes more forgiving. I also prefer working with smaller squads and coaching teams because I think I get to know the characters better. I discounted Ireland and Wales because they only have two tiers in game and I want to take a team up several divisions, although living in N Wales one of my local tier two sides were tempting. I also put aside Northern Ireland because I usually start my journeymans there and want a change. I discounted England because of the size of the divisions and number of games, I prefer smaller divisions as you get to know your competitors better. That left Scotland, which is fine because I'm an enthusiastic player rather than a good one so it'll be a real long term challenge to take on the old firm, let alone achieve in Europe. In fact I think I'll be chuffed if I can get to the Premiership. I had a holiday job near Stranraer a few years ago and adopted them as my Scottish team, so once I decided on Scottish League Two they were the obvious. I've got a birthday coming up and I'm hoping for Stranraer shirt and mug to get me in the zone while playing.
  4. @Christopher S and @MessiMessiMessi thank you for your advice. I think you're both telling me to be more aggressive which is working, a lot of draws have become wins, and only a few have become losses so I've climbed from 6th to 4th (predicted 4th, board wants Euro qualifcation which is 5th) and my fans are also happy with the better entertainment. @facman that looks logical thank you and I'll try it, although as its a change of roles and duties I'll wait till pre-season to experiment rather than mid way through. I'm used to my team now and a big factor has been my lone striker who will either get a hit trick or have trouble finding a barn door, so presumably has consistency problems and needs replacing.
  5. Apologies for reviving this request for help. I'm managing in Scotland in the mid 2030s, having taken over Ross County who are a top six side following a wealthy takeover. My issue is I'm not scoring enough, goals for and against are both low, and what I can't work out is how to up the goals for while staying tightish at the back. Here's my usual current setup: AF(a) IF(s) AM(s) W(a) DLP(d) BBM(s) FB(a) CD(d) CD(d) FB(s) GK(d) Mentality: Balanced In possession: Wide Transition: Counter Out of posession: Lower LoE, more urgent pressing. I suspect I'm too Cconservative, but everything I've tried fails to convert draws into wins, and seems more likely to turn those draws into defeats. I've tried upping the mentality, the LoE/DL, tweaking player roles and duties, and improving the squad. Is there anything else I can try, or anything I've already tried that is worth giving another go, or a combination, etc to make the football more exciting, and for the team to actually look likely to break a deadlock?
  6. Thank you all, it seems there are as many different ways of doing things as there are FM players, and no 'best' way, so I'll take @duesouth's advice and concentrate on the more enjoyable bits.
  7. All my FM games in recent years have been with small clubs. I aim to move my way to a big club, but free time has always meant a new version had come out before I've got very far. I've had more time over the last year, and for the first time may career is progressing, I'm now (mid 2030s) at Millwall who seem to have a rich investor. The board are letting me increase staff numbers every time I ask, and I'm putting together a very promising and quite large youth squad as well as having depth in my first team. Being used to a couple of coaches and the smallest squad possible, I'm finding it a bit unwieldy. I know how to delegate, just never had to think about it before, so my question is, do people running big clubs delegate staff contract renewal, youth training etc, or do you take the time to micromanage? And if I do delegate, do assistants make mistakes I need to look out for and correct? I know at the end of the day it's 100% down to what I've got the time and inclination to do, but I'm interested in how experienced big club managers look after their big squads and coaching teams.
  8. Thank you @Johnny Ace I'll make that change. After I posted things improved thanks to a few minor tweaks as I got to know the tactics and my players (and a lot of familiarity training) but you're right, the general setup seems to work.
  9. Hello, in the mid 2030s I've taken the manager's job at FCUM, who are underperforming in mid table despite having the second highest wage budget in the National League. I was hoping to use a 433 which I had success with at Fylde (thanks to help from here which was invaluable) but as my star player is my AMC and I don't have a decent DM I've been trying to get 4231 to work, with mixed success. I have a lot of possession but having problems turning it into shots. In summary, the tactic seems just a bit meh and not as good as it should be with the quality of players I've got and I'm stumped on how to get more from it Here's my setup, although I'm only a few games in and still experimenting with some team instructions, but not found anything to improve performances: DLF(a) IF(s) AM(a) W(a) BBM(s) CM(d) (would prefer a playmaker but don't have anyone creative enough) FB(a) CD(d) CD(d) FB(s) GK(d) Mentality: Positive In possession: Wide (to stretch the opposition), Play for set pieces (I have a giant, aggressive, brave CB who is potentially a threat), Work ball into box (mainly to slow things down so my support players can get involved in attacks. It does seem to get me a few penalties as a bonus). Transition: Counter Out of possession: Higher DL, More urgent pressing. Ideally as well as getting better results I'd also satisfy the board's desire for high tempo pressing football, although that's only preferred. Any and all advice is welcome.
  10. I've got a defender who wants more 'technical defensive' training. I can't see a training module with that title; does one (or more) of the other modules cover it? Or might an individual focus on defensive skills do the trick?
  11. Actually, I think I've sorted this. I've: * Gone wider, to stretch the opposition * Lowered my defensive line, to prevent balls over the top * Lowered my troublesome LB to support, which does enough to fill the hole he left * Shortened my passing, to keep possession That all seems to let me keep possession and probe for openings without having to worry about being caught on the break by long balls, so means I can give my midfielders more freedom to help my front three, with full backs providing support too. Against weaker sides the probing with the numbers of bodies I can release combined with continual possession is enough to give me an eventual breakthrough. Against stronger sides who want to play, the original version stillborn fine. As tactics are my blind spot, both in FM and in real life, I'm quite chuffed to have worked this out.
  12. Apologies for resurrecting this, but any suggestions for my problem breaking down mid to lower table sides are welcome. If I use the above tactic 'as is' or try being more aggressive I get caught on the break and end up drawing or losing to the fewer good quality chances the opposition creates. I've tried being more cautious/patient in terms of lowering the mentality/passing length/tempo etc, and less aggressive roles and duties, and keeping an extra man back at attacking set pieces, but often end up playing stale goalless draws against sides I'm better than man for man. I *think* the problem is my left back with an attack duty as counter attack goals are often from his side of the pitch, but he's so important going forward on an overlap I really don't want to sacrifice that but I can't work out how to provide cover for his forward runs. I've no problems against better sides who are happy to come out and play - in fact I reckon I get more points against better sides than against strugglers.
  13. Thanks again to @Experienced Defender for your advice. Here's an update, as promised. I'm twelve games into the next season with one more point than at the corresponding stage last year. That's better than it sounds, because I lost some of my better players in the summer so my team is weaker, and also some dropped points are down to my in game management mistakes. The football also looks more fluid so is more enjoyable to watch. I'm winning against the better sides, who want to make a game of it, and against bottom sides who can't cope with my team's better players. My main struggle is against mid table 'bus parkers' who I can't break down as I can't get enough men forward and don't have enough individual ability to create chances from nothing. I'm thinking of reverting to 442 or 4231 against teams like that.
  14. Thank you @Experienced Defender for taking the time to type this. I'll let you know how it goes, although competative matches matches are a while away as I've only just finished a season.
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