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Everything posted by Hilly27

  1. Not playing FM 18 as yet, (haven't seen a good reason too yet!), but what is really annoying is that in previous editions, if I subscribed to a team, person etc. news would come straight into my Inbox. Now in FM17 I have to scroll through countless messages to find items I'm interested in. Can't see that is a step forward
  2. Surely the answer is in the short term, is to have women's leagues and competitions simulated in the background, (not playable), and you can select to include them, or not in your news feed.
  3. It would be nice if when setting up your profile, you could set up a past playing history, perhaps for your favourite club, or the one you intend to manage. "Fans favourite takes over as Manager" sort of thing.
  4. It's something that's happened over the last few FM's. You are going well, solid tactics, consistent form, when you lose it's generally by the odd goal in close matches, then suddenly in a game, your team collapses into a heap and you get a thrashing. Nothing explains how it happens, and it won't necessarily be against a top team. I had it happen most recently in FM 17 in an EFL cup away game playing as Spurs against 23rd in the Championship, Huddersfield. 4-0 down at half time, lost 4-1.
  5. In one of my FM17 saves, Everton played a lot of the season without a striker, and had Ross Berkley as the AMC. The tactic seem to revolve around flooding the midfield, and hoping Berkley would rattle one in from 25 yards. I played them three times, two league and one FA Cup game, and in two of those games, that's exactly what he did. They still lost, but they ended the season very comfortable mid table. So it seems the AI seems to understand a striker less formation.
  6. I think you're glossing over the point I was making. Whilst we all know money talks in modern football, then surely all true football fans would welcome a top player staying at his home club, who ever that player is, or whatever club it happens to be. The point you fail to address, is your statement that Kane should be at any other club but Tottenham. History matters, and in English football, Tottenham have been history makers, as have many of their players. So why shouldn't Harry stay at Spurs?
  7. I was really giving you a huge benefit of the doubt young Smurf, until the above. You see, I tend to agree that 'Our 'Arry' has yet to prove himself over a long period at the highest level, but he's still young, as is the team he plays in. As a Spurs supporter for longer than I can remember I don't have any rose coloured glasses when it comes to Spurs. However, your remarks above show what appears to be a deep prejudice against Tottenham. Why would you, "love to see him go to Madrid, (and the big giveaway), "anywhere other than Spurs". Here we have a home grown, local lad playing for his local team, and, thus far, showing commendable loyalty to his club, something we rarely see in the game today, And you would want him anywhere but Spurs? Your opinions lose their value and impact, if rooted in a deep dislike or prejudice against the subject you are opining on. Your remarks above seem to indicate just that. You're not a Gooner are you?
  8. Sad to say I'm old enough to remember it. What a team.
  9. Sorry to all you Gooners out there, but as a Spurs man couldn't resist this one. I'm in season 21/22, Arsene Wenger is still manager of Arsenal, (aged 72), Ozil and Sanchez are still at the club, and, oh, they haven't won anything. To make matters worse they have failed to record a single win against The Mighty Spurs. Thank heavens for the FM world.
  10. Nothing is fool proof, but I've had some success with 'overload', as I use it in conjunction with a change of formation from one up top to an aggressive 4-4-2. I never overload with just one up top because as previous contributors have pointed out, no point lumping the ball up field with no-one to receive it. I also make sure I have at least one strike in my squad who is good in the air and over 6'0" tall.
  11. You're right, he always scores against me, even when I'm thrashing Newcastle by 5, he'll pop up and nick a goal.
  12. I've thought of something else, see above
  13. Which is nice, so why couldn't it calculate that Huddersfield were on their knees against a much fitter, stronger and more talented team, and allow me to roll them over, tee hee . More seriously, as players, I think it would be really helpful if SI produced a report on how the ME works, just broad brush strokes to give the players a better understanding.
  14. Hadn't thought of that. Is the match engine sufficiently versatile to replicate different standards of football? i.e. CL too Conference South. Not having any idea how the ME actually works it's difficult to know. I sometimes wonder how much of the data the ME reads, e.g. player attributes, physical fitness and condition etc. It is a computer programme after all, but I'm sure most of us, (at least the honest one's among us), have reloaded a save and then got an entirely different outcome. So how much does the ME rely on the actual data, and how does it throw in that huge random factor? As an example, in my current save as Tottenham I operate effectively two squads, my first team for the PL and big Euro games, and a second team to try to get through the League Cup etc. My second team is very good, with the likes of Winks, Trippier, Davies etc. So my seconds have played away to Schalke on the Wednesday and got a good win. The following Tuesday, I'm away to Huddersfield in the LC. The team Huddersfield put out is virtually the same as for their Saturday Championship game, (which they lost), and my team is the fresh as a daisy second team that so convinced against Schalke. So my team is fitter, better, fresher with great morale, and theirs is low on morale, nowhere near as good, and pretty tired after their Saturday exertions. After 30mins, I'm 3-0 down having barely had a kick. A few kind words at half time produce a second half goal, but little else, despite the fact that looking at Huddersfield's fitness, most of them are running on one leg for most of the second half. So what is the ME reading to produce a game like that? It was no freak result, they outmatched me in possession and shots on and off target. This same team never produced another performance like that in the rest of the season. As for Huddersfield, knocked out in the next round by MK Dons, and ended up mid-table mediocrities. So my point is I don't think the current match engine would be up to the versatility required to implement your interesting suggestion. But what do I know ?
  15. Firstly I would like the game to have a different match engine for friendlies. It would improve immersion, make friendlies more realistic, and stop the Ass. Man. wanting to kick half the opposition up in the air in a testimonial game for a long serving player. Talking of the Ass. Man. I would like the game to give me an Ass. Man. who actually thinks it's a good idea to mark or at least close down the opposition striker. Unless it's Sergio Aguero or similar, the Ass.Man. thinks it's fine to let the striker wander about unsupervised, but will tell you to close down a centre half. I cannot remember an FM version where the Ass.Man. routinely will suggest closing down and/or tight marking a striker. Get the referees list right. For years, far to frequently you go to a game and the referee is 'Mr Unknown'. This can happen in some more obscure matches, but in my latest FM17 save, I'm playing in the Community Shield and 'Mr Unknown' is officiating. Whilst it's good to have improvements year on year, I just wish the game would move on a bit quicker. Get rid of social media and bring back subscribing, or at least make social media completely optional, perhaps an option at the start of a new game. Sort out unhappy players. It's a real pain. Rotation players should be quite happy turning out in League cup and FA cup games, with the odd league game thrown in, especially young players. Not too much to ask for, is it? 12/10/2017 - I've just thought of the other thing that's a real problem. Players in your U.23/Reserve Team, when selected to play in the first team, remain available for the reserves. As a consequence, they may not be fit enough to play in the game you want them for. Surely it would be a simple thing that if a reserve is selected in the first team squad, he should automatically be unavailable for selection for the U.23's/Reserve squad. Promoting him then demoting him again always causes issues, plus I really don't want to take over running the reserves on the odd occasion I need one of their players.
  16. Completely agree. I made this point some months ago in another forum. Having the ability to add leagues in game was a real step forward for FM, and it seems to me that having the ability to change back and forth with leagues would be the logical progression of this innovation.
  17. I remember feeling very smug when Man. City bought Vincent Kompany, because I bought him first when he was only about 17yrs old and nobody had heard of him, (except of course CM players), in whatever version that was back then, and he was fantastic and didn't have all those real life injury problems. Of course he's a quality player, (if he could stay healthy), but Just to stay on topic, I always tried to get Anthony Vanden Borre as well, because he was also Belgian, was a mate of Kompany's and could play DC and RB. When playing together in my Spurs team they were terrific for years. To be fair Vanden Borre wasn't the worst irl, decent club career plus 28 caps, but nowhere near his CM ability.
  18. Thanks for the responses. I must assume then, that FM17 is the same as FM16 in that if you remove an active league, it does not revert to 'View Only'. Be nice to have that confirmed, however.
  19. You can't move the slider unless you remove the Ass. Man from Match preparation duties. Which is a pain!
  20. I had this myself and initially came to the same conclusion. But when I took a closer look, 'B' Team players appeared to be playing games, as they were getting injuries, were tired etc. and they had appearances in their stats. From that I assumed that they were playing in a league somewhere below those you are able to view. It would be nice to have that confirmed.
  21. In FM16, (and also FM17), I have all the leagues in the game set to 'View Only', except for the active league I intend to start in, plus one or two others as you get a much better overview of the World Game. I found in FM16 that if I removed an active league it didn't revert to 'View Only' but went off the radar completely, even though in the initial set up it would have been 'View Only'. I accept it's not a game breaker, but it reduces the overall satisfaction of being able to have a more less complete picture of the world game. It just seems to me to make sense that if a league was originally 'View Only', then activated, then subsequently removed, it would revert to 'View Only' status. Why take away completely something you actually started with? Having raised this issue with FM16, I want to know if it's still the same in FM17, as I'm thinking about removing a couple of leagues.
  22. Had a nose around and couldn't find the answer so here goes. In FM16 if you had an active league and during the game decided to remove it, it would be as if you had never selected in the first place. I mentioned this in a post regarding FM16 and asked why it didn't revert to 'View Only'. Apparently that wasn't possible. So my question is, has this been changed for FM17? Will a deleted league revert to 'View Only'. If not it's a poor state of affairs and should be corrected either by a patch or in a FM18.
  23. If I'd known you were a 'gooner', I might have thought twice!
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