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  1. So im Queens Park. got back to back promotions. And the board gave me tons of cash. I haven't even been able to scratch the surface as I am still in the Scottish Championship so I dont need £2.5 million. in fact ive made that mistake that is easy to make, ive been like a kid in a sweetie shop. Ive signed 17 players and only managed to get rid of about 6. I have players in droves for every position, my only issue is that some of them aren't going to get games. I haven't paid too much attention to promises to players as lets face it ive improved every area of the pitch. I came into the season with my squad expecting us to be relegation fodder, and I think we must be favourites for promotion now. so im clickng through my messages. and 5 messages in a row are all specifically about player promises and even more specifically they are all about strengthening midfield. 4 players in a row state that they are happy with the strengthening of midfield as promised. as they should be. from counting, 13 of my signings are a midfielder in some way. then one player says he's unhappy that I haven't kept my promises about strengthening midfield, and what will I do about it. I know players can be contrary but this is stupid.
  2. Doing my head in. managing Queens Park in their quest to return to Scotland's top table. with a change from amateur to professional and the selling of Hampden , I am expected to guide them to back to back titles. and as anyone knows, if you are trying to bounce up leagues, loans are good. However, in my second season, my biggest problem is managers being angry about players not playing in position. and last season I could get it. I even replayed a whole season as at the end of the season the celtic manager was so annoyed at me for not playing the 4 players in position he refused to lend me anyone. what can you do if you loan a centre half who is a cracking right back and you have two great centre backs and no right back... but I learned. the answer is play him at centre back and someone inferior at right back. but now.... for example I have Max Thompson on loan from Burnley. early on, Sean Dyche complained to me that "why isnt Max Thompson playing as an inverted winger as we agreed?" he is. he has been since the first time Dyche complained. this is the third time, 3/4 of the way through the season. he's played about a dozen games since Dyche first complained. ALL of them as an inverted winger. I know from last season with Luca Connell and Lenny, that pointing out this isnt a good idea, it will upset him, so I will AGAIN apologise and promise to play him as an inverted winger. then I will play him as an inverted winger and in a month he will complain again and probably never lend me a player again. Ideally I want to screen shot every game he's played and show thats as an inverted winger but the game doesn't allow you to send files to fictional managers.
  3. money really is tight, and unlike others I haven't found it easy. despite going into every game the favourite it was draw after draw after draw. my favoured 4231, a recent celtic 442 diamond, even boring old 442, always the same. and it was only when celtic started complaining to me that I realised that the solution was staring me in the face. basically I had Peter grant, signed Alex bruce, and had Stephen welsh on loan from celtic. outside of Luca Connell in midfield they were probably my 3 best players. but I was either dropping one or more often playing welsh at right back. which he on paper is decent at. but for the second time I had celtic complain that welsh wasnt being played in his best position. now I hate 352, but when your 3 best players are all centre backs. when in Rome and all that... and it was instant. coming off the back of a run of 3 draws and a loss, and before that, two expected wins, a draw and two losses.. the minute I changed to 352, stock formation, no tweaks, I have won 5 out of 6 including beating top of the league Edinburgh City 4-2, and have scored at least 3 goals in all of them except the 0 0 draw.
  4. Not long started so came on here for tips. as a Celtic fan I looked to them for loans and was happy to find they generally didn’t expect me to pay wages. So Luca Connell and Stephen welsh aren’t costing me a bean. alex Bruce a freebie defender looks good.
  5. it'll work fine but I think the other way round makes more sense, as if you buy from steam this year like the last ohh..5 years at least, the uk version will be about £35 and the EU price id €50. if you are seeing it on a greyer site then yes it will work fine, and thats where most of us paying in euros will be looking.
  6. its the football manager groundhog year. see announcement of preorder. get excited, forgetting last year. go to order it. see the Euro price is 29% higher than the uk price. be annoyed and refuse to be ripped off. wait till its on sale or buy a boxed edition. at least this year I thought with it being on Epic there were two chances of being charged a fair price, but I guess Sega set the price.... £35 on uk epic, €50 on European.
  7. playing as Celtic in a (downloaded) modified game where Celtic, rangers were put in championship and Aberdeen, hibs put in EFL div 1. first season I got promotion. my players are away at a training camp with a decent amount of friendlies lined up, whilst ive been spending my new found wads of cash on some foreign talent. but each of the new players has a 'Una' beside them and when I hover over it it says 'unavailable for next match due to not being included in training camp' which of course they weren't, I hadn't signed them at the time I chose who went to training camp. ive gone through every option and I cant find how to just stick them on a plane to wherever I am. its not just one player, its four, and its not a work permit or anything, one of them was signed 1 month ago, the others all a week or two ago, so im sure the travel department could have booked them a flight by now.
  8. he's a 32 year old free transfer. he's not even played for me yet (it was a transfer already done when I took over). apparently he's fairly loyal. it says he's an influential player. which is nonsense. not only has he just joined the club as cover, but he's hardly featured in real life and I haven't seen anyone complaining. the game does have him as key player, which would suggest maybe the problem is the Celtic FM researcher wrongly attributing him. I mean at the same time Nir Bitton isn't in any of the squads, he's been with the club for about 5 years, always in and around the team and no one gives a fig.
  9. or whats the minimum? im trying to get Oliver Burke to Celtic on loan, they want about 200k a month playing contribution but 500k a month unused contrbution. the former is expensive the latter is bonkers. im willing to take him (heart over head) but I don't want to pay 500k a month. I don't think he'll be first pick, im sure he'll play his part though, but what is the bottom line? is any appearance at all enough?
  10. sorry but this is mental. this is the second time. last week I was playing a new game as Celtic, who as you might know have 4 rounds of qualifying before getting to CL. that time I did leave out a player who whilst not first pick was in my previous squads and he threw his dummy and I didnt handle it well and the squad mutinied and I got thrashed my next game. so started again brand new save. and early days but it was going so well. 9 friendlies won, most by a barrowload. first CL qualifying round, albeit against Vikingur, 19-0 on aggregate. Red Star 4-0 on aggregate. first league game, 5-0 v Livingston. and then I have to confirm my squad for the 3rd round Qualifier against AEK. Mulumbu is a bit part player. in real life he was signed for free aged 32, for cover. he played 6 games this season, starting 4 (subbed in 2) and brought on twice. so he was never Henrik Larsson in real life. and he wasnt in my first squad, then I signed new players and it was hard to fit them in. he went in my second squad. so when I went to select the squad for the third round and I could only change one player, Timothy Weah, on loan from PSG, was going to take the place Lustig left when he er...left..I did actually go for the automatic squad choice option for the first two squads and then manually made my choice for weak to fill the space. and Mulumbu throws his dummy. so I speak to him. but of course none of the options are 'sorry you are a squad player and Weah is a future star'. my only options come down to, im sorry I was wrong and ill put you in the squad next time. or get on with your work ! so it has to be the latter type option. otherwise im lying what do you know. 75% of the squad are unhappy and they want a meeting. again although theres 5 options they basically come down to the same two options. no 'look lads ive picked the best squad' answer. either sorry ill make it up to him or do what you are told. so again the latter and they are foaming at the mouth over a new free signing not being picked above a cracking loan signing. and sure enough AEK are all over me at home. im 1 down then I get lucky and scrape a 2-1 victory with a dodgy penalty and they all look on me like im sure the Chelsea players are looking at Sarri tonight. so my thoughts are: 1. its an over reaction for mulumbu to get angry at not being in the squad. but at least its almost realistic. 2. the lack of options for sensible answers make the situation worse. 3. in this situation there's no way the players would demand a meeting. 4. again the lack of sensible answers mean the situation is inflamed.
  11. its almost as annoying and boring as every season having to tell the players I think theres a chance we could win the league....
  12. they said they were unhappy, in the Tierney situation I said that we have to look after finances, and most of them were okay but brown was still pissed off. In the Griffiths situation I said he wanted to go, and a couple of them were still unhappy.
  13. happened again. I admit to cheating, only cos its early in the game and one of the players I wanted to sign I just offered him what he asked for, then he signed for someone else. so I quit and went back to the saved game just before Tierney was sold. the same two bids I got, the other teams again wouldn't touch half that. so Chelsea or united for between 54 and 59 million. then arsenal came in with 64. accepted all 3. and he didn't accept any of their offers. I thought wow I know he's Celtic through and through so I went to offer him a new contract. he won't accept one as he wants to leave. so wants to leave but knocks back 3 massive EPL clubs for 54-64m transfers. in the meantime Griffiths moans he isn't getting a game. in some ways thats more realistic than the real life version where griffiths doesn't moan that he's not getting a game. I say ill let him leave coz I know if I don't the team will moan. so burnley come in with 20m, again a bit unrealistic figure, I accept, he goes. and the whole team moans.....
  14. early in the game as manager of Celtic, I get bids of 12-20m for Keiran Tierney. knock them back, except Chelseas I negotiate and wack it way up, 35m up front and another 20m in definite (after 50 games, after 10 internationals etc) add ons. Tierney makes it clear he wants to leave, preferring Man City. alas city won't spend that sort of money, but at the last minute Man Utd gazump Chelsea with £59m bid. I have to take it. in real life Celtic would have to accept a bit of 25m especially if he wanted to go. so he goes with my blessing, and we are rich I tell you..rich... and then all of a sudden half the squad want to meet with me to tell me they are unhappy. despite me saying are you all crazy, its £59m! some of them are still unhappy. the worst is the club captain, Scott brown. a player who would entirely understand why we have to accept a bid like that.
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