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  1. They can be clicked on to be zoomed, don't worry
  2. Shush you! I was hoping nobody would notice. It's fine though - we'll pass them as they come back down at the end of this season
  3. We're full time at Widzew, but I've honestly been leaving it to my assistant and just making minor adjustments on occasion. I think that's still suitably realistic because I know for a fact there are plenty of RL managers who don't get too involved on the training pitch. As for mentoring, I'm still trying to get to grips with how it actually works now, so I'm mostly just using my assistants recommended groups. Once I get a handle on it I'll start doing it myself.
  4. Adam Hanley | RTS Widzew Łódź | Poland | Season 1 (2019/20) Preseason expectations had us aiming for upper-mid-table. The squad looked pretty capable of achieving that although I didn't think a promotion push was likely to be on the cards. On the other hand, there was no shortage of money at the club, with ~£2mil in the bank a £1mil transfer budget. Unfortunately though, it's quite difficult to spend that kind of money (on worthwhile players) when you're in the Polish first division. Transfers We kicked off out of the gates pretty well, but the honeymoon soon ended and a few of the established players got their knickers in a twist over various things. It wasn't until the February transfer window (!) that we were able to clear out a couple of the troublemakers and settle the team into a style that was working for us. Finishing the season strongly helped us finish in a very respectable 5th place, and well positioned to make a push for those promotion spots with a couple of key signings over the summer. Competitions | Position History The key players for me were both youngsters. Marcel Piezcek acting in a ball-winning role and Michael Ameyaw who was our primary playmaker. They weren't especially spectacular, but the rest of the team were even less so, and as they're both young they are definitely players I'm looking to build around moving into next year. Your pronunciation test for this season: Jakub Wawrzyniak.
  5. Edit: - Poland reset date is June 20th Adam Hanley | RTS Widzew Łódź (History ) | Poland | Opening Post (2019) I really enjoy linguistics. Both the correct pronunciation and the origins of words and phrases fascinate me. I'm a native English speaker who doesn't really speak any other languages, but I do try my best to pronounce non-English words as correctly as possible. Polish has always been one that I struggle with, so I figured what better way to try and improve than to surround myself with Polish names. Picking a team to use was actually quite easy. I work in the shipping department for a small electronics manufacturer and we ship all over the world, so I instantly decided I wanted to play this season somewhere that I regularly ship parts to, My first thought was the village of Kwidzyn, but as far as I could find they don't have a football team in a position to use for this challenge. As second choice, Łódź actually turned out to be a more interesting option to me, anyway - 3rd largest city in Poland and yet no top-flight teams. My persona for this adventure will be the first Dollingstown Legend - Adam Hanley. Widzew were once one of the biggest teams in Poland. Champions League Semi-Finalist in 1983, and back-to-back Polish titles in both 81/82 and 96/97, but after the 98/99 season where they were Ekstraklasa runner-up they've not had much success at all - finally ending in a bankruptcy in 2015 and demotion to the bottom of the pyramid. They maintain a fierce rivalry with local side ŁKS Łódź, who are also in the Polish first division, and a historic rivalry with Legia Warsawa who are currently in the Ekstraklasa. I join the club with a little over 16,000 season ticket holders and an 18,000 capacity all-seater stadium. This is a far cry from tiny little Dollingstown. I set my game up on Thursday evening at full launch and I'm only just now done with my initial familiarisation with the club/players. Time to finally advance the game past June 20th!
  6. I also intend to be on this at full launch. Slightly larger nation than NIreland this time. Already did a test run, and the team I want came up first time
  7. After saying all this, I've found myself still going back to continue to play. Probably won't post proper updates any further, but here's a quick look at our domestic progress since my last update:
  8. Unfortunately, I am hanging up my boots for this season's version. I had reached the point where progress was so sllow as to be nonexistent and wit FM1 only a couple of months away Idon'twant to grind through another few seasons that I'm not enjoying in orderer to maybe possibly make the group stages in Europe. I will be returning to the challenge for FM19 - I already have an idea of where I'm going to go. Here is the biography for my nearly illustrious carreer:
  9. He was still Reading manager until 2035 and then took over the NIreland post. Don't have the English leagues loaded at all so I couldn't say how well he's done.
  10. I did take the Spain job and it does seem to give me more sway with getting Spanish youngsters (at least on loan) but I can't afford their wages. Just been offered the Argentina job now: Not that I'm going to take it unless I get sacked from Spain On a marginally related note - Jaap Stam is currently Northern Ireland manager...
  11. Should I take it? Will it increase my chance of signing spanish players?
  12. Hugo De Luca - Dollingstown FC - Northern Ireland - End of Season Twenty(2037/38) Now that we've hit the pinnacle of Northern Irish football I'm going to move the focus of my updates away from this part of the challenge and focus on brief updates of our European progress. Our first run out in the Champions League was short-lived, losing both home and away to a Levski Sofia side that I thought we stood a chance against. Dropping down to the Europa League we played against Andorran side Lusitans. They were brushed aside as expected and saw ourselves drawn against Slovan Bratislava in the third qualifying round. A very close tie that saw us draw 1-1 at home followed by a heart-breaking 2-1 loss in the away leg. The league went much as expected - we gained enough points to have won the league on each of the previous three seasons, but Cliftonville went just one win better to consign us to second place. Glenn Longstaff was our top scorer, on loan to us from Cliftonville, and he will join us permanently in the summer to lead our line going forward. Chris Haughey and Daren Byrne were newly inducted into our best eleven. This season also saw our first ever international caps, with first Kevin Scannell and then alter Ryan Gray making their debuts for Northern Ireland. Season League Position FA Cup Europe Training Facilities Youth Facilities Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Achievements/Notes Top Scorer Most Assists Highest Avg Rating Capacity/Average Attendance ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Premier Intermediate 10th 5th Round N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic Survival Black (13) Falvey (8) Hanley (7.07) 1000 (108) 2019/20 Premier Intermediate 2nd 6th Round N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic Playoff losers Dunlop (26) Walsh (9) McClurg (7.20) 1000 (134) 2020/21 Premier Intermediate 1st 6th Round N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic Promoted! Klobusek (24) Hanley/Robinson (12) McLaughlin (7.47) 1000 (117) 2021/22 Championship 6th 4th Round N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic Survival Farren (20) Robinson (10) Robinson (7.21) 1000 (130) 2022/23 Championship 2nd Qtr Final N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic Playoff losers Farren (36) Hanley (25) Hanley (7.50) 1000 (154) 2023/24 Championship 1st 5th Round N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic Promoted Farren (20) Hanley (18) Noble (7.37) 1000 (104) 2024/25 Premiership 9th Winners! N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic FA Cup Winners! Robinson (23) Hanley (15) Millar (7.06) 1000 (187) 2025/26 Premiership 9th Qtr Final EL 2nd Qual Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic First run in Europe Roscoe (17) Hanley (11) Millar (7.19) 1000 (379) 2026/27 Premiership 7th 6th Round N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic EL Qualification Millar (15) Hanley (14) N. Owens (7.08) 1000 (202) 2027/28 Premiership 6th Semi Final ELL 3rd Qual Basic Basic Average Average N/A Anderson (25) Hanley/Woods (14) Hanley (7.14) 1000 (567) 2028/29 Premiership 7th Qtr Final N/A Basic Basic Average Average EL Qualification Wilson (18) Hanley (13) Hanley (7.21) 1000 (232) 2029/30 Premiership 7th Qtr Final EL 2nd Qual Basic Basic Average Average N/A McDaid (12) Russell (15) McDaid (7.14) 1000 (374) 2030/31 Premiership 3rd Qtr Final N/A Basic Basic Average Average EL Qualification Lynch (34) Lynch (15) McQuillan (7.48) 1000 (449) 2031/32 Premiership 3rd Qtr Final EL 3rd Qual Basic Basic Average Average EL Qualification Lynch (35) Hanna (21) McQuillan (7.86) 1000 (453) 2032/33 Premiership 3rd 5th Round EL 2nd Qual Basic Basic Adequate Above average EL Qualification Lynch (43) Lynch (18) Hanna (7.75) 1000 (449) 2033/34 Premiership 2nd Semi Final EL 2nd Qual Basic Basic Adequate Above average EL Qualification Lynch (44) McQuillan (15) McQuillan (7.56) 1000 (497) 2034/35 Premiership 3rd Runner-Up EL 2nd Qual Good Basic Adequate Above average EL Qualification Hagan (35) McQuillan (15) McQuillan (7.60) 1000 (479) 2035/36 Premiership 2nd 6th Round EL 3rd Qual Good Basic Adequate Above average N/A Hanna (26) Bell (13) Bell (7.25) 1000 (474) 2036/37 Premiership 1st! Winners! EL 3rd Qual Good Basic Adequate Above average Champions! Hagan (38) Hanna (18) Hagan (7.41) 1000 (373) 2037/38 Premiership 2nd Semi-Final CL 1st Qual Good Basic Adequate Above average N/A Longstaff (30) Hagan/Bell (13) Longstaff (7.68) 1000 (437)
  13. I'm currently being paid £675 p/w by Dollingstown. Scotland have just offered me the national team job at £48,000 p/w...
  14. Hugo De Luca - Dollingstown FC - Northern Ireland - End of Season Nineteen(2036/37) Where to start with this season? Our European run was again nothing special, reaching the Third Qualifying again with relative ease and then getting hammered by a much beter Borussia Monchengladbach side. Played a fully rotated side throughout all our cup competitions this season and unfortunately, we were only able to finish as runners-up in the Mid-Ulster Cup. We went one better for the League Cup, though, beating Glentoran 1-0 in the final to win it for the first time in our history. We then followed that up with a dominating FA Cup win, beating Cliftonville 4-2 in the final to record our second win in the competition after a 12-year wait. A very unexpected double and now I wish we'd managed to close out the Mid-Ulster Cup. Having not been entirely out of the title race until right at the end the last few seasons, I tried to keep a mostly settled team with our signings being entirely first-team back-ups or youngsters on non-contract terms. I thought maybe this season we might be able to push the leaders right to the end of the season, but I was slightly wrong with that assessment. Turns out, we were the leaders being pressed to the end, and despite a handful of draws reducing our 9 point lead to just a goal difference lead at one point, we still managed to eke over the line for Dolllingstown FC's first ever Danske Bank Premiership win! As this is step 1 of the challenge complete, I feel it's only right to immortalise everyone in the squad, in ascending order of appearances this season: Kieran Carson (YP18b) - 4(4) - 0 goals, 1 assist Usually played at MCR as a Ball Winning Midfielder Johnny Lynch - 4(9) - 7 goals, 1 assist Usually played at STR as a Defensive Forward Ronnie Toner - 7(2) - 0 goals, 3 assists Usually played at MR as a Winger Brian Gilfillan - 13(13) - 1 goal, 1 assist Usually played at DCL as a Defensive Centre-Back Tony Philpott - 15(11) - 0 goals, 2 assists Usually played at DR as a Full-Back Dean Magee - 18(2) - 2 goals, 7 assists Usually played at AML as a Winger Adam Clarke - 19(1) - 0 goals, 0 assists Usually played at DL as a Full-Back Trevor Ferris - 20(10) - 13 goals, 4 assists Usually played at STR as a Defensive Forward Robert Kelly (YP13) - 22 - 0 goals, 0 assists Usually played at GK Ryan McGreevy - 25(9) - 3 goals, 15 assists Usually played at MR as a Winger Wayne McQuillan - 28(11) - 7 goals, 13 assists Usually played at MR as a Winger Kevin Doyle - 32(22) - 5 goals, 8 assists Usually played at MCL as an Advanced Playmaker Kevin Scannell - 33(10) - 5 goals, 6 assists Usually played at MCL as an Advanced Playmaker Aaron Owens - 38 - 0 goals, 0 assists Usually played at GK Daryl Bell - 38(3) - 4 goals, 14 assists Usually played at AML as a Winger Joe Whelan - 41 - 1 goals, 1 assist Usually played at DL as a Full-Back Adrian McClurg - 45(1) - 0 goals, 1 assist Usually played at DR as a Full-Back John Hanna - 45(8) - 34 goals, 18 assists Usually played at STL as an Advanced Forward Ryan Gray - 46(2) - 1 goal, 0 assists Usually played at MCR as a Ball Winning Midfielder Paul Hagan - 51(4) - 38 goals, 9 assists Usually played at STR as a Target Man Chris Haughey - 53(1) - 2 goals, 3 assists Usually played at DCR as a Centre-Back Darren Byrne - 54(4) - 5 goals, 4 assists Usually played at DCL as a Defensive Centre-Back The club has since challenged me on twitter to retain it, which is obviously the immediate goal. I think we're a little way away from domestic domination, so I think this will be as tough a challenge as winning it in the first place was. Beyond that, using our Champions League berth to garner some profit and maybe to sneak into the Europa League group with it has to also be something we try to achieve. Season League Position FA Cup Europe Training Facilities Youth Facilities Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Achievements/Notes Top Scorer Most Assists Highest Avg Rating Capacity/Average Attendance ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2018/19 Premier Intermediate 10th 5th Round N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic Survival Black (13) Falvey (8) Hanley (7.07) 1000 (108) 2019/20 Premier Intermediate 2nd 6th Round N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic Playoff losers Dunlop (26) Walsh (9) McClurg (7.20) 1000 (134) 2020/21 Premier Intermediate 1st 6th Round N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic Promoted! Klobusek (24) Hanley/Robinson (12) McLaughlin (7.47) 1000 (117) 2021/22 Championship 6th 4th Round N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic Survival Farren (20) Robinson (10) Robinson (7.21) 1000 (130) 2022/23 Championship 2nd Qtr Final N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic Playoff losers Farren (36) Hanley (25) Hanley (7.50) 1000 (154) 2023/24 Championship 1st 5th Round N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic Promoted Farren (20) Hanley (18) Noble (7.37) 1000 (104) 2024/25 Premiership 9th Winners! N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic FA Cup Winners! Robinson (23) Hanley (15) Millar (7.06) 1000 (187) 2025/26 Premiership 9th Qtr Final 2nd Qual Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic First run in Europe Roscoe (17) Hanley (11) Millar (7.19) 1000 (379) 2026/27 Premiership 7th 6th Round N/A Basic Basic Fairly Basic Basic EL Qualification Millar (15) Hanley (14) N. Owens (7.08) 1000 (202) 2027/28 Premiership 6th Semi Final 3rd Qual Basic Basic Average Average N/A Anderson (25) Hanley/Woods (14) Hanley (7.14) 1000 (567) 2028/29 Premiership 7th Qtr Final N/A Basic Basic Average Average EL Qualification Wilson (18) Hanley (13) Hanley (7.21) 1000 (232) 2029/30 Premiership 7th Qtr Final 2nd Qual Basic Basic Average Average N/A McDaid (12) Russell (15) McDaid (7.14) 1000 (374) 2030/31 Premiership 3rd Qtr Final N/A Basic Basic Average Average EL Qualification Lynch (34) Lynch (15) McQuillan (7.48) 1000 (449) 2031/32 Premiership 3rd Qtr Final 3rd Qual Basic Basic Average Average EL Qualification Lynch (35) Hanna (21) McQuillan (7.86) 1000 (453) 2032/33 Premiership 3rd 5th Round 2nd Qual Basic Basic Adequate Above average EL Qualification Lynch (43) Lynch (18) Hanna (7.75) 1000 (449) 2033/34 Premiership 2nd Semi Final 2nd Qual Basic Basic Adequate Above average EL Qualification Lynch (44) McQuillan (15) McQuillan (7.56) 1000 (497) 2034/35 Premiership 3rd Runner-Up 2nd Qual Good Basic Adequate Above average EL Qualification Hagan (35) McQuillan (15) McQuillan (7.60) 1000 (479) 2035/36 Premiership 2nd 6th Round 3rd Qual Good Basic Adequate Above average N/A Hanna (26) Bell (13) Bell (7.25) 1000 (474) 2036/37 Premiership 1st! Winners! 3rd Qual Good Basic Adequate Above average Champions! Hagan (38) Hanna (18) Hagan (7.41) 1000 (373)
  15. Damn @Andrew Haines! With the progress up to this point, I was not expecting a relegation for Trelleborg! Sad to see, but it seems like you're taking the right approach to it and maybe you can come back even stronger next season
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