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  1. Academy development is the one thing to bring me back to the laptop next season, I've taken a year off and I'm just about in that phase of thinking about FM again. I am tempted to give it another go next season, but another cycle of the same old game requiring two patches to really become good enough will kill it for me for good. For me, if I give a player a chance - and they do well - they should receive a training boost as a result. Maybe depending on their mental stats (and depending on subsequent form) it can actually develop into a tangible boost in potential. It should definitely result in increased interest in the player, raising their reputation and making it more likely that they receive loan, transfer and Bosman interest (if they ultimately fail to break into the first team squad). Lefter has used Leicester as a good example, I would also mention Rashford's emergence, or even Kevin Stewart at Liverpool who has done himself no harm at all during the run-in. Likewise sometimes young players might get exposed in the wrong conditions (thinking Chirivella for Liverpool away to Swansea) and you will need to react and then protect the player to prevent demoralisation and negative reputation. Finally, give the academy a boost in terms of quality of new recruits based on what has happened to previous players. If I am giving young players chances, or if a high percentage of our players get first team games (on-loan or after moving on) it should be an advert that the club will provide a good footballing education. Therefore, if the manager focuses on it, it will get better.
  2. I was tempted to buy this morning, read a few reviews and like some of the new ideas. Having read this thread I can see it's the same old story... I'd say I'd wait until the game is fixed but by February I doubt I'll feel it's worth it. 1997-2013
  3. Signed this lad at 15... won't actually get him until he's 18 though.
  4. Ugh, I hate making these posts but here goes... just a quick rant before leaving it. Jay is shockingly undervalued stat-wise, shame Morgan doesn't have a better starting point too, but more annoying is how misjudged Ngoo is as a player. I don't expect him to be a top rated prospect, but come on. He's not even that good in the air, his dribbling ability is his best feature as a player, you only have to watch him for a few minutes to see how he uses his strength to get the ball down and run with it. For a team that makes it's youth and reserves games so easy to access, I'm surprised to see such an error.
  5. #1 As an extension of fan/manager/press interaction maybe you could have a match programme comment before each match, in which you can choose what to talk about: other managers the club's direction your players (for example helping boost a player in bad form, or break a youth player in to the first team) form transfer policy I think it would be more interesting than the pre-match press conference as you choose the content and which part the media will pick up on. #2 If I mention a player in a press conference it shouldn't matter whether the media pick up on it the player would still care what I said. #3 We have great indicators about how the fans feel about you on a number of measures, is there any way of integrating that into the matchday (notable changes in attendance if you are a small town club, or better atmosphere in all situations - helping morale in matches), if I start the match with an unpopular player can that affect it, or if I bring on a returning hero the atmosphere rises and the momentum has more chance of changing. #4 on a different tack, I'd like more control on scouting (picking a rotation of clubs and counties - e.g. asking my best youth coach to watch out Real u19's first game of every season, that will repeat). also more restrictions, if I have a scout in Brazil, I shouldn't be able to ask him to watch Jonjo Shelvey's next three games, or keep an eye on the French reserve league. #5 Academy director position. A good director should affect the standard of newgens your club gets. #6 Dynamic potential, if a youth player goes through a period of good form he should improve. #7 Updates on players on loan from their temporary manager. #8 improving relationships with managers of feeder/parent clubs. Also I should be able to ask the manager of a feeder side to tell me which positions they would like filling.
  6. Every title in England and Europe (except league one!!) with Torquay? I'm telling everyone about that one
  7. This is a problem, particularly when you catch yourself in the bogs at work talking your numerous "youth prospects" up (fortunately not out-loud yet)
  8. As me and my friends turned 24, we joked about not being classed as "hot prospects" or "decent youngsters" anymore... pretty tragic!
  9. This, also Head Scout and YTS Manager staff positions to be added, would be a nice natural development of the backroom advice aspect to have more specialist input. Possibly even a reserve team manager who has less first team responsibility, maybe you can ask him to give opportunities to certain players or put max 45 minutes orders on recovering injuries. The ability to link scouts to a feeder club, so if you have two or three players at one club then the scout will always give you match reports. Player interaction, the specific ability to tell a player to work on its physical attributes, or even a few more general suggestions (work on defending/interplay/technical ability). I know you can do this by designing a specific training schedule for them but my midfield training is already quite physically inclined and yet young Mr Spearing is making little progress, which is a shame as he just needs a little bit more to start pushing the first team. Press conferences - more than one answer making a difference, its annoying that I go through four or five questions and then the 50% of the time that anything makes any difference only one question counts! Especially annoying with manager interaction (when I say beating a manager doesn't give me specific pleasure, it should improve the relationship) and when praising players (fantastic goal never ever gets picked up in the PR). I can deal with the formulaic aspects of press conferences but please make it actually count! Maybe the assistant can give a whole report on how answers went down. And the ability to send players to press conferences, or have it automatic (you choose the players but he goes on occasion as a matter of course) or generally have players appear in the media (the media relationship bit on the profile is a bit irrelevant at the moment).
  10. Lee Sharpe playing for Torquay? downloading now, looks great.
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