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Stuart Milne

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  1. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    That’s not a data issue then. you should report it as a bug
  2. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    Boyle’s First cap info won’t be added until next year’s FM but his nationality will be updated for any future data updates for FM19
  3. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    Of course, but not until any official database update
  4. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    The competition Hamilton won is not in the database (because we didn’t have the u17s in it last time around) therefore presumably the game has nothing to go on as to who should be in that UEFA Youth league. As such it’s defaulting to Celtic
  5. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    It would be better as a player dislike in theory, but I don't think anyone would want to get involved in the politics of the situation
  6. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    Earlier in this thread a Celtic fan pointed out that Boyata was definitely leaving, so we took the appropriate action. There's a difference between Odegaard (a regular first team player, an internationalist and someone who made a high profile transfer to Real Madrid) and Dembele (one of many 15 year old kids who is in and around reserve team level for SPFL clubs). For Odegaard, they needed to get a consent form signed by his father, if I recall correctly. It's not something worth doing for 15 year olds who have only made cameo appearances for reserves, regardless of whether or not the Scottish media is building the player up as something he is yet to prove himself to be.
  7. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    I'm afraid we're just going to have to agree to disagree.
  8. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    To be honest, I'm not sure as that's more to do with the coding side of the game. We just set the reserve and u18 competitions as they are in reality. If it's important to your enjoyment of your Clyde save and you're not particularly far into it, you could go into the pre-game editor and create a reserve structure where every team has one?
  9. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    Clyde don’t have youth or reserve teams though. That’ll be why
  10. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    I don't think there has ever been or will ever be a consistent way of approaching potential in as much as we don't set specific criteria based on youth caps etc. A lot of it is left to the individual researcher and in the main I'll trust them to get on with it. What we do do however is urge our researchers to set a 'fixed' potential ability rather than a 'minus' one once a player has established himself in the first team. But then you raise a good point comparing Middleton and Johnstone because they are quite similar. Neither are fully established first team players yet, and yet one researcher has chosen to give a fixed potential and another a minus one. I would say that in a sense, both are slightly wrong but at the same time it's difficult to find the right way. I would say that being on a periphery of the first XI each week, they have the potential to be good enough to be regular first team starters. At the moment for Celtic, that's maybe 120-137 and for Rangers, 116 - 130. So what do you give them? -7 has the potential to mean their development would cap just about where they currently are, but could also make them potential stars for both teams. A score of -75 puts them from being at worst 120 (which would be ok) to 150 (which on the current evidence, would be a bit of a leap). You could say "Why not give them both 135" and that would be fine, although I'd like there to be a sense of variability in their potential when they are yet to be fully established. As for the other ones you mention... I don't think McBride should have a fixed one, and I'll look at changing that. Ditto Henderson. I'm ok with Wilson having -75 as he's still young enough for that to become a reality, but he would need to show signs big of development this season (and be a standout at Forfar) to justify carrying a potential like that, fixed or minus, into Football Manager 20. Does all that make sense?
  11. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    Yes you can, and that's exactly what we've always done. It's Potential Ability, not Current Ability. We can look at Tierney and the progress he's made at the age he's made and say we believe he could improve and even excel in a higher quality league. The same applies to an u18 who we believe could make it at first team level. We're not saying he's this good now, but we believe he could be this good later.
  12. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    Possibly a slight bit too high, but then again Andy Robertson has 162. If he had that while at Queen's Park or Dundee United, I doubt anyone would find it feasible.
  13. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    This was missed. Apologies.
  14. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    Well for a start, the current researcher wasn't in the post last year. He was Hibs researcher 3 or 4 years ago and took the job back on. But to give you an example of him 'ignoring all stats of younger development players', Ryan Porteous's CA has been raised from 60 to 95 since FM18. Why? Because he's actually become a member of the first team squad. Every player in that reserve squad is good enough to at least play League Two football. But like *every other team in the Premiership* we don't rank kids who have played 28 minutes of football as better than first team players in the Championship. That would be terrible practice. And no, I don't think that you can get much of an indication on how good a player truly is through reserve football. Look at Ross County's u20s league winning side of 2016/17. I think maybe three of them are still in senior football. You can feel free to go into the editor and change things that you subjectively feel are wrong, but it's not fair to label them mistakes. To your first line, it's the researcher's job to be balanced and objective, and the player's right to disagree with his or her ratings and make their favourite team as great as they want in the editor.
  15. Stuart Milne

    [Scotland] Data Issues

    At the time you raised it, only issues considered high priority were able to be fixed. Alas, despite it being a good spot and a perfectly valid one, this was more of a cosmetic issue and so wasn't at the top of the pile. I'll ensure it's sorted for the next database, but you'll be able to edit them yourself in the database.
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