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The Raconteur

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  1. Best piece of business was also Leon Goretzka, on a free for Newcastle. Cleaned up at the annual awards in his first season (Footballer of the Year, Players' Player of the Year and Players' Young Player of the Year). At the end of the first season he got a fat pay rise to remove a release clause, and his value shot up to 64m pounds with the big clubs sniffing. I will hold out for as much as I can, but fear I will ultimately lose him. No doubt my best piece of business ever.
  2. Just wondering how people have gone with training the likes of Shelvey, Diame and Ritchie out of the Long Shots PPM? I have got "Shoot Rarely instruction for my three CMs, but still get them shooting from 30 yards away. I don't want to tell my wingers to shoot rarely, because of how I play, but Ritchie blazes away from anywhere!!!
  3. Ended up being seven weeks and a couple of days before the embargo was lifted - and all for a consortium who injected zero capital into the club. In other news, my coach is still unable to pass his course, and every week I get notification that he has been given more time to complete it. I'd sack him just to get rid of the messages, but he's a 5 star coach and I only have two of them...
  4. Sorry if this has been covered - I tried searching to no avail. I am currently under a transfer embargo because my club is in the process of a takeover. I have had many takeovers over many iterations of the game, but the current transfer embargo of more than a month seems excessive and I am starting to worry (one of my coaches has been given more time to finalise his qualifications for more than a year now and I'm pretty sure a bug is at play) Indeed, I have already seen one takeover collapse the day after the embargo was put in place. I understood an embargo was used at the very final stages of the takeover process, and it strikes me that more than a month under embargo is neither realistic no good business practice if transfer targets are slipping away because of it... What is the longest embargo other users have seen?
  5. This is one of the things I am trying to do - and to that end I have purchased a player who "Moves into channels" to play up front. I have to say it's very frustrating to try and isolate one particular issue only to be told that it can't be isolated. I know my attacking play is deeply flawed - that is what I'm trying to resolve. Similar to what wereldbol said, I find it very difficult to accept that players in trouble are going to choose the one option they've been specifically instructed not to use. And it's not just PPM's, or low decisions or low composure problems. It's more broad than that. It's all players although, of course, as I experiment with worse and worse players (through dropping those who refuse to follow instructions) I get dominated in games which leads to fewer chances and thus devaluing the experiment. As a long time customer, I'm finding this season's iteration the most infuriating yet, and you can talk about how rewarding it is to "crack it", or win it but the time investment required to understand things like this outweighs the potential gratification.
  6. Sorry - forgot to mention. There are no players in my team with and long-range shooting, except the free-kick taker who "Hits Free Kicks With Power". (I don't sign long range shooters, and I sell/drop to reserves any that I start with)
  7. I'm trying to stop my players from taking long shots (as part of a larger experiment - the how and why isn't at issue here ) - and I was hoping for some assistance. For the purposes of this experiment, I have chosen the team tactic of "Work ball into box" solely because it conflicts with "Shoot on sight", which is what they seem to do with no shout. (The starting team mentality is "counter") I have then gone through the player tactics and given every single player (except the keeper) the "Shoot less often" instruction. However, I am still having half of my shots being classed as "Long shots". I can appreciate that some are direct free kicks, but I'm going spare trying to stop them from blazing away. Can anyone please advise me how to stop this? I remember making a post regarding last year's iteration (or maybe the year before) that we needed a button for "If you take a long shot I'll break your legs". It was a joke then, but I feel I really need that button right now.
  8. I have the Australian league loaded, have chosen Australian nationality (and thus have full scouting knowledge) and have just gone through every menber of the U21, U20 and U19 squads. Not a single next ANYONE! Having said that, as I said in the "Shocks" thread, Australia failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in my game, so it doesn't look like we've got anything at all!!!
  9. I have to say I really enjoyed the 2012 version of this thread The next Andoni Zubizaretta The most obscure "Next" I have EVER seen - the next Michael Bostwick. I had to check - Bostwick is a journeyman who has never played above the Championship, spending six seasons at Peterborough in my game. I have no idea what the connection with my regen is, as Bates has only been in the game for nine months and never crossed paths with the aforementioned journeyman. Anyway:
  10. That's what annoys me more, (which takes the thread off topic), but I could handle inflated wage demands if there was some give-and-take involved.
  11. Australia failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in my game - not so shocking in and of itself, but the fact that they came bottom of their Third Round Qualifying group, behind such powerhouses as Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait and with only one win in six matches... I thought that was a shock
  12. That's what I find myself doing - I just sold Davide Santon for 40 million pounds because he wouldn't sign a contract doubling his wages to 90k per week - he wanted 120k per week, so I just flogged him and bought an Argentinian regen I'd been keeping an eye on. The kid is 40k per week and while his performances are a little shot of Santon's standard I am sure he will pick up as he adapts and learns the language...
  13. Yup, neither could I, makes me want to call "Shenanigans" on those saying it works this year!
  14. Imagine if it came up in your news feed about all the good players on your shortlist playing well, too. Oh, wait... (I know you can change that, but having to change my notifications because of one lame, overused cliche devalues my experience slightly more than reading the bloody annoying line!)
  15. Issue -> Debate -> Resolution. Love it - especially because, like Tommy Ayton, this is a central part of how I play the game too. Leads me to a related question - how do staff go scouting regens on spawning day? Is the way potential is perceived an issue here as well? (I know some players consider this heresy, but, whatever!)
  16. Hey now, Ray Houghton scored the winner for the Republic against eventual runners-up Italy at the 1994 World Cup!
  17. For some reason I'm remembering Ray Houghton being a consultant many years ago...?
  18. Something similar is happening in my current game, just not the striker. I sent a centre half, a centre midfielder and a striker to Nottingham Forest, and it's the centre midfielder who's tearing it up. The centre half is dominating too, while the striker has scored only two goals by March. Forest are second in the league, and as much as I want my players to dominate, I want Forest to stay in the Championship more!!!
  19. I ran into troubles along these lines - turned out I had set an asking price in the "unwanted" list, and the game automatically rejects bids below this amount...
  20. Same - I don't think I have a single agent better than "Indifferent" which, as far as I know, is one notch down from "none". Most are "Dislike" or even "Fierce dislike" - makes negotiations with stars impossible, drives a wedge between me and the fans when I sell players rather than allow them to leave for free in a year. As welshace says, if players/agents know that you are willing to pay, they expect it too. I broke my self-imposed wage cap for one special case, and now I have squad players wanting parity, even if it means tripling their wages. Transfer list for you, my friend...
  21. What does it say in the "Board Promises" section of the confidence screen? I ask because on the summary screen I always have complaints from the fans about the "less than exciting" football, but in the board promises page the board are happy about the "attacking style" we are playing. It's nuts...
  22. Well, it was my first game with FM13, so I had to try it out - but you're right in that it is giving up a lot of control, and I've come to learn I LIKE control!!! Having said that, it appears I sacked Paolo Futre for rejecting the bid when it may have been this "minimum accepted fee" option on the unwanted list - good thing the realism of FM13 hasn't evolved to the stage of unfair dismissal laws
  23. Well, I reloaded again just to complete the experiment, and what you say seems to be correct: This time, rather than changing the minimum accepted fee from 27m to automatic, I simply removed Cisse from the unwanted list altogether. Sure enough, when the bids came in (all three the same as the last step of the test) I was given total choice over all three bids. So yes, it seems as if there is something (the unwanted list, I'm pretty sure) broken - even though I had no Dof, and even though I had no settings with regards to accepting or rejecting fees in the player's transfer status window, and even with no set minimum fee in the unwanted list options, "someone" is accepting or rejecting bids (and the previous experiment suggests that there is some discrimination in which bids are accepted or not). It is only when the player is totally removed from the unwanted list that the player gets control over which bids to accept or not. So in the end, not a bug, maybe SI would argue not even an issue. But I agree that there is a contradiction there, which means it should be somewhere on the list of things to look at - even if it's not high on the list! And NO - not going for another DoF! In the (almost) three years I had one, I found that I didn't like sharing the responsibility (read giving up control!), especially when I KNEW he wasn't getting better results than I could get myself...
  24. Well, having posted in the bugs forum, and received a reply that has some bearing, I have brought the problem back here - it's less of a bug than an issue (I think): So there's something funny going on with some combination of unwanted list and transfer status options and staff responsibilities. I think...
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