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  1. yeh he's really good and still with me! Managed to survive the first season and more comfortable in the 2nd. Starting to get itchy feet though, the budgets are very restrictive
  2. here's my work on youth development at the club I am now in my third season at US Triestina, having secured back to back Serie C and B titles. However, one area that I have overlooked up to this point is the youth setup. Given that the club has a relatively low stature in Italy and is not awash with money, it would make sense to put a youth structure in place to boost the first team squad and secondly, to provide an additional income stream for those not quite good enough to make the grade. In this post I will: Look at the current youth setup in terms of facilities, coaching and recruitment Review the coaching staff Review the standard of U20 and U18 squads Highlight a group of players to nurture and develop over time Assess suitable training plans for this group of players REVIEWING THE CURRENT STRUCTURE Given that Trieste are a modest club in terms of size and stature, I needed to make major changes to improve the quality of our youth system. Talent graduating through from the academy has been poor, with the exception of Leonardo di Giorgio who continues to develop well, and is only 17. He is the model youth player that I am trying to develop more of, but with below average youth facilities this would have to be addressed urgently. Fortunately following promotion to Serie A, the Board agreed to upgrade our youth facilities as well as youth recruitment. This would obviously take several years to bear fruit, but at least the process was underway. Here is an overview of the club’s facilities: Youth recruitment, youth facilities and good youth coaching are the cornerstones of a successful youth structure. I had secured funding for improve facilities; would be available by the winter break in December 2020. Moreover, the Board had agreed to fund a larger youth recruitment program, thereby enhancing the standard of my annual youth intake. Before delving into the current U20 and U18 squads, I wanted to evaluate the youth coaching staff. BACKROOM STAFF One of the main benefits of promotion to the top division is the increased reputation that you receive, thereby allowing recruitment of higher quality staff. I terminated the contracts of eighteen staff members and set about hiring improved coaches, scouts and medical staff. With regards to youth coaches specifically, hiring is a simpler task than recruiting players, with the main requirements being Working With Youngsters and a specialism in either the Attack, Defence, Goalkeeping, Fitness, Tactics and Technical area. U20 staff I’ll focus on the coaches that I hired for the U20 squad. You can see that all have a minimum of 15 for Working With Youngsters, plus specialisms in different areas. It is a nice added benefit if they also have Determination and Discipline, so that these qualities are instilled into players. I cannot stress the important enough of disposing of poor quality coaching staff who do not have the requisite skills in their specialised areas. Not all clubs will have the luxury of carrying out mutual termination of their contracts, in which case try and ensure that substandard staff are not on long-term deals. U18 staff My U18 recruits were in keeping with my principles, the most important of which was the hire of Carlos Corberan, who is the current manager of Leeds United U23s and even more importantly, a disciple of Marcelo Bielsa. In both squads, I finally had the coaching structure in place in all areas. Now time the evaluate the quality of both squads. REVIEWING THE U20 AND U18 SQUADS With my focus squarely upon getting Trieste promoted as quickly as possible, my focus was elsewhere. The outcome: a very very poor set of players in my youth team. In the Staff Responsibilities section, I had left the signing of youth players to my Head of Youth Development. To my horror, there were around 25-30 players that I immediately wanted to sell or release. There were several with 3 or 4 years left on their current contracts, which meant that the Board were unwilling to sanction contract terminations. My intention had been to gut these squads and build them back up again with my newly-recruited- coaches and facilities. I now wanted to be responsible for ‘finalising the signings of youth players’ that my youth recruitment team had found. Alas, that strategy wouldn’t be possible until a large number of these incumbent players left the club. Therefore, I recommend not sleepwalking into signing very poor quality youth players, and making yourself responsible for finalising youth signings! This article from Cleon outlines how individual training focus works, different from previous versions of Football Manager. I’ll now highlight the players that I felt were capable of remaining with the club; I had placed 25 players on the Unwanted List, leaving me with only eleven players that I wanted to remain with the club from both the U20 and U18 squads. Below I will assess them and highlight where their training focus will be for the upcoming season, using the newly defined areas as defined in the above article. Di Giorgio has already made a few first-team appearances, and is destined for a very good career. His attacking skills are obvious, whilst he also boats an impressive work rate. Focus: I will give Di Giorgio a diet of Attacking Movement training to improve his Off The Ball, Anticipation and Decisions. Then this will be rotated regularly with Shooting and Final Third training. Porrini: Impressive passing ability and overall acceptable technical skills. Certainly some attributes to work with, but he definitely has lots of room for improvement. Focus: He needs to work on his physical skills, so I’ll place him on a rotation of Strength and Endurance training, alternating with some Passing sessions. Moreo: An advanced forward with good technical skills and pace. Focus: He will be placed on Attacking Movement/Final Third/Shooting training along with Di Giorgio. Callegher: A centre-back with some acceptable defensive skills. Focus: Defensive Positioning, Strength and Endurance. Iazzetti: A defensive midfielder with some good mental skills and acceptable tackling. Needs to develop his all-round game Focus: Along with Callegher he will rotate between Defensive Positioning, Strength and Endurance. Gherdina: A midfielder with some good technical skills, work rate, vision and overall fitness. Focus: I will rotate him between Passing, Final Third and Attacking Movement training. Vella: A forward with good pace, technique and movement. Focus: I will rotate him between Passing, Final Third and Attacking Movement training. Furlan: We seem to have a wide array of attackers! Furlan has good pace, first touch and mental abilities. Focus: I will place him on Technique, Final Third and Strength training. Quattrocchi: Another forward, it was a borderline decision to retain him. However he does have some attacking attributes, but has a long way to go. Focus: Along with Furlan I will place him on Technique, Final Third and Strength training. Mainardi: Some good physical skills and also possesses useful mental attributes. Focus: Technique, Final Third and Attacking Movement training. Pansera: He just about makes the grade due to excellent pace and acceleration but clearly needs to work on his defensive skills. Focus: Defensive Positioning, Technique. With the eleven players identified, I will rotate their individual training focus over the coming months. I do want to leave the U20 and U18 managers in charge of overall training, but feel that some more targeted individual focus will be beneficial for them. This custom view will allow me to monitor their training and development. I have given each player a ‘note’ to allow me to find them at a glance. A yellow asterisk appears next to their name, meaning that I’ll ignore most players without one: In summary, youth development does take some work and effort, but it can be very rewarding and also lucrative. For a small club like US Triestina, youth development should be a key focus. To summarise, my learnings from this exercise are: Never allow staff to finalise youth team signings Find the best possible coaching and scouting staff that you can afford Identify a nucleus of talent in the squad, and add to these over time. Give them a “note” so that they can be easily identified from the deadwood. Ensure that your best youth prospects have a good mentor. Ensure that your best talents have training in desirable traits |(formerly PPMs). Try to dispose of players that are not in your plans Players can always be re-trained to play in a new position, as long as they have some good base attributes. If possible, try and incorporate a philosophy into your contract such as “bringing youth players into the first team”. This will make negotiations for improving both the youth recruitment and training facilities much easier with the Board.
  3. i) Being a bit of a stats nerd, I'm, very keen to see xG incorporated into future versions of the game. From doing some research, it looks as though Miles seems against the idea, is that still the case. I know that there are various xG models around and each has their own idiosyncrasies but the official OPTA one would seem a sensible starting point? I think it would provide lots of additional insight into how your tactics are working and specifically, the quality of chances that are being created. It is now a widely used (if not perfectly understood) metric amongst mainstream football media. It does not have to be perfect, and if people don't like it, they can simply ignore it. ii) On a different note, I raised this a few years ago and was met with some derision. It was about CPU approaches for you become a new manager. To give a bit of context, I manage Trieste in Italy, and I've taken them from Serie C to A in successive seasons, winning the league title in C and B. In my first season in Serie A I was expected to fight bravely against relegation, and am pleased to say that I finished 16th with a miniscule transfer budget. The Board were ecstatic and we live to fight another day. However in the Serie A season, I was approached by Championship Leeds and relegated Crystal Palace. I'm pretty sure that the Board would not want to lose me as they are delighted with my performance. So why would they allow me to speak to other clubs? I think that this is a highly unrealistic situation. To give a real world example, does anyone seriously expect Daniel Levy to let Poch speak to Man Utd if they come calling. I know that a manager has an option to decline the interview, but this is more about the club being proactive in trying to keep you as their manager. When a club makes an approach for a rival manager, these are the most common scenarios: They are simply refused permission, in which case the manager may or may not become unsettled They allow permission The 2 clubs negotiate and a compensation package is agreed; the manager can either accept or decline any offer should one arise The manager refuses to speak to the club I just think this would add a lot more realism to the game. It's extremely naive to think that a club can just approach you for an interview and permission is granted. The current Pochettino situation is a real-world live example
  4. Hi all, I have just completed my third season with US Triestina in Italy, having started in the third tier (Serie C/B). I write for Dictate The Game; links to all articles here in chronological order, outlining my progress from Serie C to Serie A. There are some squad evaluation pieces, tactical analysis, backroom staff overhauls https://dictatethegame.com/2018/12/07/us-triestina-welcome-to-serie-c/ https://dictatethegame.com/2018/12/14/us-triestina-squad-evaluation-2/ https://dictatethegame.com/2018/12/19/us-triestina-season-1-performance-analysis/ https://dictatethegame.com/2019/01/02/serie-b-us-triestina-the-battle-to-avoid-relegation-thirteen-games-down/ https://dictatethegame.com/2019/02/06/serie-a-into-the-bigtime-with-trieste-pre-season-prep-and-tactical-analysis/ Anyone else been managing Trieste?
  5. I changed the default skin, recorded what I wanted, and the option appeared to upload my custom clip. Thanks for your help Jimmy Edit: So I changed to the "Football Manager" skin and lo and behold, the edit highlights and package options appeared (final 2 images). I signed in and authenticated Youtube, but the clip I wanted isn't long enough - the goal isn't shown in fall. So the question remains, where do the recordings go..
  6. Hi Jimmy Thanks for the prompt response. That's the issue, I'm not able to see either of those options. So to confirm, I'm making the recordings months after the match has finished, not in the immediate post-match menu screen. My route is: Schedule (from the left hand menu) > I choose the match I want > find the highlight I want > record the clip > stop recording. When the recording has finished, I just return to the match screen with the various match stats. I'm at work so can't post a screenshot but happy to later. There are no options to export or upload a package. Thanks
  7. Im having this problem too. I'm writing a review of the season and want to record clips for some of the matches. So I go into Schedule, and then choose the match I want. Find the clip I want and record it. Now what? Where is the option for Review and Share highlight > export package? I'm not necessarily wanting to upload to YouTube, just want to locate the recordings. Thanks @Jimmy Wong
  8. A couple of stupid questions from me: - I'm in Serie C/B so not necessarily a deal breaker, but I've been able to hire a Chief Data Analyst. I'd like to do a match review, but the option is ghosted for this. Do I need to have a standard data analyst rather than a Chief? - I'm in early August ahead of a mid-September start to the season. The squad are complaining about the team training workload being too low, but I'm using a lot of 'Pre-season early - hard' training schedules which have three sessions per day, so I was slightly surprised by that?
  9. Hey there thanks for the response. I was able to get around it bu starting unemployed and loading the leagues that I wanted. Then added a manager to the club I wanted, Trieste.
  10. Just to clarify, I’m not even able to start a 1 player game at all - I’m not looking to add a second manager to the game
  11. Got the game today and downloaded various graphics such as the DF11 facepack, logos and kits. All worked fine and the game started with the news about my appointment at Triestina in Italy.. All the faces and badges were correct Secondly, I then downloaded the real name fix to correct the names of certain players/tournaments. I then refreshed the skin in the Preferences/Interface menu. I understand that you have to start a new game for this to take effect? I now keep getting the message "Cannot add manager - US Triestina cannot be selected". I tried again, same result. Then tried Man City, same result. I then uninstalled FM19 from Steam, and re-downloaded. Again, same 'cannot add manager' message. Happy to remove all drives/folders/format my damn PC to get this working! Please help. Thanks
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