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  1. Congrats @warlock! Great job! I hope you can get some good names for the Premier League! @Jamesbfc1887 lol, Nishimura really looks like an a-hole. I'd cut him! --------------------------------------- Grimsby, Transfer Window 22/23 I'm still mentally preparing for the season, but I finished my transfer window. It's really liberating finally having a bit of money to spend! I think I overpaid a bit for Tom Davies, but you do what you gotta do and he's good enough to run our midfield. Second biggest signing was Amine Gouiri, transfer listed on Lyon. He's not the perfect for the pressing forward role I use, but he is too good for his price tag. Then we have a 35yo Mark Noble! I bet he was already planning retirement in France, but then I called him to play for the worst Premier League team and he was too polite to say no. If you don't look at his pace and acceleration, he's still a pretty good player and will bring lots of experience to our squad. Koen Casteels and Jack Stephens are the other two I think are going to start in our first 11. We get to the Premier League with two players from the League 2 days. Goalkeeper James McKeown, that actually plays for Grimsby since the Vanarama days, and centerback Alex Whitmore. And just because I'm a huge nerd, I keep a spreadsheet with all the players that I had. All the heroes that helped us get here #AvengeTheFallen
  2. Grimsby - 4th season - 21/22 - Championship - Squad Finish: 3rd - 85 points - Promoted via Playoffs Transfers: We didn't have a lot of money, but we could get four key players. Andre Dozzell was an absolut bargain from the recently relegated Ipswich. Dodi Lukebakio was the winger we needed even if was not getting many games at Watford. Newgen Emmanuel Basit came on loan from Arsenal to be an option for our three spots in attack. Lastly, we got free agent Yan Dhanda, that played for us on loan in my first season in League 1. It was a fun narrative as I failed to sign my top target, Tarique Fosu, and had to settle with Dhanda and then he was our most consistent player in the season. I also bought Embleton just because I like him, as his performances dropped every season. Best Players: Carlton Morris - 48 apps 24 goals 3 ast 7.09avg - He was my biggest signing yet when I got him in my second season, but he failed to impress until the second half of last season. This season he was really regular. An dependable 1 in 2 man. Yan Dhanda - 45 apps 15 goals 12 ast 7.29avg - He was great in League 1 but I had doubts that he would perfom well in the Championship. He did great! Let's see how he does in the top flight. Emmanuel Basit - 44 apps 11 goals 12 ast 7.18avg - He saved our season. His first half of the season was quiet, but he shined in the second and led us to promotion. Hopefully he stays next year. And we got the promotion for second year straight! I can really separate the season and two halves. The First one was between july-december. We were dominating and beating teams way above our level for fun! But you know when Wile E. Coyote runs off a cliff but he only falls when he looks down? So...yeah, we noticed we weren't that good and lacked depth, with only two or three good players to come from the bench. After winning 16 matches in 2021, we won only 9 in 2022. And mostly really tight wins that we really had to grind the results out. Luckily we didn't have any long term injury, so we were able to use the first team often. After slipping from automatic promotion spots, we actually had a turn around at the end and got the promotion after a great win against the powerful Leicester. 5th season - 22/23 - Premier League - Projection: Grimsby is back to the elite for the first in 74 years! I just want to survive. We were weak for Championship and still got there in the end, but Premier League is a huge step up and I'll probably have to play a more defensive football. We have £28m for transfers and £1,5m per month for wages. We're also getting a new stadium for the 23/24 season. We are going from 8,993(we sold out every league game last season) capacity to 14,378. Until then we'll be playing in KCOM Stadium along the recently relegated to League 1 Hull City. Talking about relegation, Bolton surprisingly got relegated to League 2.
  3. @warlock Solid start! Too early to tell, but a good run and you can definitely push for playoffs.
  4. I use the 4-3-3 gegenpress with 3cm's. Which I since discovered that it's a bit overpowered. I also have two tactics (counter-attack and possession based) that I use often. I started the save with a 3-5-2 based in controlling the possession, it was pretty good for the first two seasons but totally stopped working on season 3. Congrats for promotion with Colchester! Thanks! It really did help getting a little bit more of money and scouting the league for League 1 level players. Thanks! Good luck with Colchester!
  5. Hi! This is my first post in this thread! I've been playing with Grimsby and this is my first save ever trying to climb the english football league. Just finished third season, here's a quick recap: 1st Season - 18/19 - League 2 Finish: 4th - 77 points - Promoted via Playoffs This was a rollercoaster of a season. I wasn't think about playoffs but then in the last round I actually had a chance to finish in third and get automatic promotion. I was 1 point behind 3rd (MK Dons) and 4th (Notts County). Last day of the season MK Dons lost 5-1, Notts County lost 2-1 and I was drawing...so I did the math that was getting promoted by goal difference. Great! Game ended and...I was 4th! I totally missed the fact that Forest Green was 1 point behind me and won their game! Felt really dumb! Luckily we were able to beat Cheltenham and Notts County to get promotion via playoffs for the first time in my life. Best Player: Elliot Embleton - 51apps 10g 14a 7.33avg 2nd Season - 19/20 - League 1 Finish: 16th - 57 points It took me 19 matches to get my first clean sheet this season. It was painful at times! But eventually we got there at the end and finished without worrying about relegation. We actually were the worst between the four League 2 teams, but we would eventually get our revenge... Best Player: Elliott Embleton - 41apps 3g 8a 7.06avg 3rd Season - 20/21 - League 1 - Squad Finish: 1st - 92 points - Promoted as Champions This may be the first time I ever massively over-achieved in Football Manager! We were predicted to finish 19th and personally I'd be happy with a top-half finish. Still had lots of stress. We started with 9 unbeaten games but then we had a really frustrating sequence of matches. I rage quit, stopped playing Football Manager altogether for a good few weeks. Then I started a new save with Rangers and found a tactic that worked well and thought "hm...I should go back to my Grimsby save and try this". So I did it. I had a rocky "restart" but things started to get better by the second month. I started with a tactic with no wingers but changed to the new one using them. I didn't have money, unfortunately. So I had to go for cheap free agents. Got Nathan Dyer in October and Nathan Delfouneso in January! Supporters hated Delfouneso! I just got him for fun, to be honest. But the unexpected happened...they actually pushed the team to promotion! I couldn't believe! 33 years old Nathan Dyer scored 10 and assisted 5 in 34 appearences, while 30 years old Nathan Delfouneso scored 6 and assisted 8 in 20 matches to end the season with the best average rating of the squad! God Bless Delfouneso. Also, 2 of the 3 teams that were promoted with me got relegated (Forest Green and Exeter City) back, while Colchester finished mid-table. Key Players: Nathan Delfouneso - 20apps 6g 8a 7.27avg // Jamie Barjonas - 46apps 10g 14a 7.20avg // Lee Angol - 46apps 22g 5a 7.22avg Now I have a free night and a long transfer window ahead! Can't wait!
  6. It looks like the player Hamza Al-Sanhaji(ID: 23194837), from Al-Saad(Saudi Arabia) is a double of Hamza Sanhaji(ID: 18104869), also from Al-Saad but loaned to DHL(Morocco).
  7. I noticed Josef Martinez has only 5 in penalty taking but he scored 8 out of 9 on MLS this season alone.
  8. Naby Sarr has 3 heading, which I assume is a mistype.
  9. I'm here all hyped and having fun reading this thread BUT I still haven't got my researcher copy! The ride is more important than the destination, of course.
  10. First season with Auxerre. I'm second place after 21 games. I want to build the team around the team's youngsters. I'm also playing for trying new and more random stuff. Trying 3 defenders and adapting players to new positions...I'm having fun! My team for now is: Boucher; Digol, Sparagna,Fournier; Samba, Van Boto(Traoré); Mathis, Fomba(Konaté), Obraniak; Vincent and Courtet. Digol is playing very well at the back, Samba is also pretty solid in the right and playing a lot better than Aguilar. Fomba is still trying to find his place with the team. I also love Florian Ayé, scoring some good goals but he is injured right now. Goujon, Kiliç and Michelet also getting playing time. Courtet is our best player...top scorer and assists. There's also a few good young players but with really low determination, which is a bummer...including Van Boto.
  11. I wish players took that paycut here. The other teams always ask for me to help them to pay a part of the player's wages.
  12. I had lot of money after City bought Elneny £25m, so I did an irresponsable thing Crystal Palce were relegated, so I took my chance. I'll build my team for a BB attack with Berahino and Benteke. I hope it works! Sam Byram will leave too...that's why I brought Naughton. Byram was happy to renew his contract as a reserva and then one day later I propose a new deal, West Brom comes with a bid and I refuse because I like the guy and all that...he then comes and says he wants to leave because he feels he's going to be more important there...ugh...byebye. I hate players that want to leave! I still have £27m for transfers...so if I lose any other starter, I will have no problem buying a replacement.
  13. Nothing worked in the last third of the season and we finished only 11th. Ugh. Kinda disappointed...I'll give a shot but I'm not really excited with the team anymore. I'll try to make changes...Borini had the worst average rating of the season and is the first of the transfer list. Sergio León and Khazri will be leaving too. I already signed Marcus Edwards on free from Tottenham and Diego Laxalt from Genoa...last season all my left-midfielders were inside forwards and all my right-midfielders were wingers, so brought Laxalt to be a left winger and Edwards to be a right inside forward to add more flexibility to our tactics...and Edwards is only 20 years old. He had a bad season for Burnley, but he looks good...let's see if he can improve: I feel stuck in this mid-table zone now...but without Champions League, I think i'll try to push for a cup title.
  14. @Jean-Luc December is always the worst! My first Africa Cup was funny because my players were available to play a game one day early from the first Africa Cup game. And nobody likes Borini? Poor guy! He sucks for the most of the time, but I like him! @twentythree My league numbers with Sunderland 16/17 - 50 scored 47 conceded 17/18 - 59 scored 39 conceded 18/19 - 34 scored 28 conceded (30 games( Things slowed down this year, but not that absurd numbers I think. I conceded 3 goals only twice this season and three times last season. I conceded more than three only once, 3-6 against United in first season. And won a 6-2 against Crystal Palace once. --------------------------------- Got the day free because I was sick and played a lot! Got eliminated from Champions League to Atletico (0x0, 0x1)...we almost scored in a corner at 91 minute in the second game I'm 8th in the league...but the team is really streaky. Trying a new tactic now...a simple 4-4-2...won against Norwich 2-0 but they're the last in the table, so I need to test more. And with 12 games played, Berahino is already our best scorer with 8 goals, Wilson also has 8 but in 28 games. León has 4 in 25...I think I will have to part with him at the end of the season. Also, i had to use Jake Hackett from the u18 in one game...he isn't great but I was really short in midfielders. The 2019 youth intake was awful again.
  15. @Jean-Luc My relationship with Kirchhoff is pretty funny, every season he complains that he's not playing enough, I then give him a few mores games than usual, he gets happy and we move on! I like him for being a decent backup for both CD and DM. Koné is having a "not so great" season but he's usually pretty reliable, I like him...even got his agility up to 12 now.
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