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  1. I don't think it's because of the constant changing of manager, I don't think the constant changing of manager has harmed it. For that reason, I would say that I disagree with the statement that the constant changing of manager doesn't work. I don't think that matters as much if you have a good back room team running the club and a core of good players, which are both things that I think Chelsea have been very lucky to have (Marina Granovskaia is just about the most vital cog in the Chelsea machine and has rightly earned a reputation as the most powerful woman in the sport). Although we qualified for the Champions League before Abramovich bought us, I wouldn't be narrow-minded enough to say that things would have been the same even if he hadn't bought the club or even anywhere close. He's as big a legend as anybody to the fans and I still take my hat off to him and think he's done an incredible job with the club. Loads of teams have been bought by rich owners over the past 15 years - Malaga, Monaco, Anzhi, PSG, City - but I would say none of them have done as well as he has, although PSG and City both also have a good set of owners and have obviously also done very well. City's owners stand out for me as particularly brilliant, but hey I'm getting sidetracked. I agree with your points on stability and also on the Mata/Mou reuniting saga. I think he knew that Oscar was not as good a creator as Mata, however Juan does the worst impression of a defensively aware footballer I've ever seen at the top level and if you don't have the ball, I find he offers little to nothing in terms of spacial awareness, pressing, team shape and turning over possession. Oscar on the other hand has this very odd mix of being an extremely good...defensive...attacking midfielder, if that makes any sense whatsoever. Haha thanks pal, I still lurk just so that I can spit my dummy out every once in a while - I'd like to think I've known you (in a strange online-forum-sense) long enough to know that your opinion wasn't any kind of personal attack and I didn't see it as such. Hopefully I haven't come across as too much of a baby, I actually quite enjoy a conversation with someone who's opinion is quite different from mine because it makes it so much more interesting - even if it is a little risky because you risk offending someone! I still remember the time I said to Terk that I didn't quite appreciate the skill required by Formula 1 drivers. The scalding I received that day from Mr. Terk still burns just as hot today.
  2. Sorry Salks but that was enough to bring me back from the proverbial FMS graveyard!! That statement could not possibly be further from the truth; you're right about Chelsea constantly changing managers, however Chelsea are the most successful English team of the last decade and have won more major trophies than any other English club. That's not my opinion as a fan of the club and I'm not saying it in an arrogant way, I'm pointing it out because it's a fact (call me Rafa). Managerial stability is only craved for much the same reason that Chelsea are disliked across the country - because the media say so. Mourinho will be fantastic for United. If I were a United fan, I wouldn't care about that fact that it could go wrong after 3 or 4 years. He will put them back on the map in terms of realistically challenging for honours and football is primarily about winning games and trophies. As much as I love the guy, he certainly has his flaws and United fans will begin to see the drawbacks to his style after 2 years or so. That being said, I find it funny that United's rivals' fans are somehow trying to paint this as a bad move for the club. They've made a good decision and he will prove that over time. On a personal note I now have a begrudging like for Manchester United, which is not something I ever thought would be possible. Having Juan Mata and now Jose Mourinho means that I hope they do well and if I could hand pick a team to finish second behind Chelsea every year, they would probably get the nod!
  3. Hey guys! So I have been playing FM for many years and I am generally pretty successful within my games, however this year is different. I am glad the game seems to have gotten harder, however I'm going to post a few examples of something I just can't get my head around - why do I have SO many shots and SO few goals while the other team manages 2 shots on target and scores both to win the game? All of the below are from a relatively short space of time apart and you can see what I mean by looking at the match stats. Below are my tactics and instructions. If anybody can spot an obvious problem, I'm all ears!
  4. So guys I'm going to make a few predictions with regards to the transfer window: - Pogba will sign for Chelsea - De Gea to Real will be announced in January!
  5. Well done everybody and Mark in particular - you've definitely earned it mate!
  6. Perfect, thank you for the feedback guys, I'll take it on board and we'll sort that out for the next episode. With regards to the length I was a little worried that it was too long (I know the golden rule for YouTube videos is 5 minutes max) so I'm more than happy to make it longer as I did have to cut out a fair bit to hit the 20 minute mark! Overall I'm relatively happy with the podcast debut, thanks again for the feedback guys. WLKRAS I'll keep your availability in mind for later this month and Ben I'll contact you shortly and see if we can pencil in some time to do a recording.
  7. Episode 1: Lonely Beginnings So after gauging the interest, I recorded the first 20 minute episode and uploaded it. In the episode, you will find: - An intro to myself and a short explanation of the podcasts - A bit of personal background info on myself - A light touch on a few pieces of football news - My main subject (Mourinho vs Wenger/Arsenal's performance in the Community Shield) - A few comments on my personal favourite FMSers and my favourite story of all time - Some notes on other people getting involved in the podcasts moving forward Hopefully it doesn't bore you to sleep, but even if it does maybe I'll throw it on iTunes and try and make some money from it as something that aids sleep!
  8. After a two (or three) year absence, I'm making a return as Fab's Magic Hat!