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  1. Sure, why not? Seems like a natural expansion for the game. I'm sure SI can figure out on their own when/if it makes business sense. From my perspective as a player, simulating more of the footballing world than we do today seems like a good thing.
  2. Season 2022/23 Review - Mickleover Sports in the Vanarama National League League Table | Season Review That's more like it! I finally got the right combination of players and tactical approach to make the team shine! Especially happy with the controlled and organized way in which we so often win; conceding more than a single goal per game has been a rarity. I hate to keep coming back to defending set pieces, but conceding just 7 feels like a world of difference to last year's 21. It's let us get away with draws and tight wins where we'd previously drop points. While I did make the tiniest of tweaks to defensive corners, it likely has more to do with spending the entire season on "defending set pieces" match prep. Good to see it makes a difference! I suppose our cup performance is the one blemish on this season. I expect to struggle against Newport Co — they topped the league for the first few months and have much better players — but getting kicked out of the FA Cup by Bradford PA was a serious low point. They play in the VNN one tier below us! Heck, they even got relegated! The league may have been my priority, but that cup money would've helped us stay financially healthy. Squad | Transfers Getting Duggan in on loan prompted the move to 4-4-2; I couldn't ignore the scoring potential of him and Powell up front. That also made room for Odelusi on the left as an attacking IW cutting inside to overload the center, while Mafuta—Harrison—Bradley held things down with more conservative roles. It's not perfect — I always feel a bit naked without a true DM — but a pushed up d-line seems to shrink the space between stratas decently enough. In less exciting news, I was sad to see Grayson go. I haven't forgotten he's a big reason we're in the VNN in the first place, but he wasn't satisfied rotating with the new boys and left of his own accord. That was months ago and he's still without a club, so I fear this may be the footballing end for our old hero. I wish I could say we have young players coming through as replacements, but my annoying and largely incompetent board decided to sell Adam Flint! The player I spent all last season giving playtime and getting tutored! Instead of actually playing or developing him, Preston also just stuck him in their U18 team! I'd loan him back, but we're apparently not a nice enough place to develop at. Finances Not looking so hot. There's really no big income on the horizon, in fact we'll be looking at new expenses after going professional and getting the stadium up to snuff. I'm curious to see how the board will manage all this. Aim for next season: Stay up. Stay professional. Stay a team no one likes to play. Season League Finish Notes 2022/23 Vanarama National 1st League winners 2021/22 Vanarama National 2nd Knocked out in Playoff 1st Rnd 2020/21 Vanarama National 5th Knocked out in Playoff 1st Rnd 2019/20 Vanarama North 2nd Promoted via Playoffs 2018/19 Vanarama North 16th -
  3. Not sure. I stopped counting!
  4. And it's not even April yet!
  5. Same pattern for me on the manager attributes.
  6. Season 2021/22 Review - Mickleover Sports in the Vanarama National League League Table | Playoff | FA Trophy run | Season Review Decided to completely change tactics, taking inspiration from a 4-1-4-1 that I used to play in @rancer890's asian challenge years ago with one winger pushed up to IF. It was hard to break down, scored on the counter, and strong on set pieces; all characteristics that seem to suit the current match engine. As sad as I feel about breaking up the Powell-Grayson partnership, the results speak for themselves: more points, fewer conceded, and just about the same goals scored. It's a little disappointing that player ratings seem to have suffered but we're definitely better organized, as evident from much smaller variances in results compared to the insanity that was last year's scorelines. We are—to my great annoyance—still worst in the league at conceding corners (12) and not far off for IFKs (9). I'm beginning to think I won't be able to fix this any other way than signing taller players; the central defenders are the only ones with any notable aerial presence and I've noticed they're usually not the ones going in for challenges when we concede. By comparison, Carlisle conceded no corners and one IFK. If I could match that we'd actually be close to their goals conceded. I'm frankly really frustrated with the Playoff match. We beat Leyton Orient both games last season and both games this season. They've never even scored on us before! We squandered five clear-cut chances and even more half-chances, then got punished on Extra Time. I don't even feel bad about losing to Carlisle in the FA Trophy final—they're an amazing team—but this one stung. Squad | Transfers Powell is still lighting the league on fire, if a few goals short of being Top Goalscorer this time around, and Marsh/Phillips do okay taking turns on the IF position. Aspinall had a good season too, keeping 16 clean sheets. It's hard to single out too many of them as overall player performance has gone down; it's very much a team effort that gets us results now, for better or worse. For transfers, Edwards excites me a great deal as the new tactic is getting more assists out of the wing backs. He should be a good threat down the left for us next season. Perhaps as a Defensive Winger, actually; I'm not so sure he'll cope well with crosses to his far post as FB. In fact, I've already seen this problem in action with otherwise-impressive Reed. I still wish I could extend his loan, but Barnet seem to have bigger plans for him. Last but not least: Adam Flint. Picked him up from Histon when the scout claimed he had Championship level potential, then added now-retiring Bradbrook purely for tutoring purposes. He's mostly been getting games off the bench but his development has been impressive enough that I might just make room in the starting line-up. Finances So... Remember how I said I didn't think the cash injections would stop? Well, they stopped. Completely. That spike at the end is FA Trophy final gate receipts and sponsorships coming through so I suppose we're fine, but I'm a little puzzled as to why the board suddenly stopped keeping us in the black. Maybe those pockets aren't so deep after all. On the upside, being some £100K in debt when it was time for contract negotiations prompted some players to accept pretty deep wage cuts, slicing our spending by ~£2,000 p/w. My only concern is that I may have set myself up for future unrest as some are now underpaid and not at all the "backup" I have them categorized as, which I suspect might cause some grumbling about improved deals in the future. Ah well, a problem for future me~. Aim for next season: Title challenge. If only I could get these stinkin' set pieces sorted once and for all... Season League Finish Notes 2021/22 Vanarama National 2nd Knocked out in Playoff 1st Rnd 2020/21 Vanarama National 5th Knocked out in Playoff 1st Rnd 2019/20 Vanarama North 2nd Promoted via Playoffs 2018/19 Vanarama North 16th -
  7. Not much. Club reputation changes ever so slightly during the year you spend on holiday, so you could keep an eye on the World > England > Clubs list to see if your desired team is shifting upwards or downwards. It will affect your chances of seeing them promoted ever so slightly. I holiday to June 23rd, then holiday 1 day to the 24th, then save. That way when I reload the save the holidaying menu is already set to "1 day" and I can simply hit OK. World > England > Overview > Season Summary is relatively quick to get to if your Holiday Man is English. There's no faster way to see who got promoted. If I don't see one of the teams I want promoted, I hit Ctrl+Shift+R to immediately reload the June 24th save. It's relatively quick to repeat the last day of holidaying this way, but finding a rare team is always going to be primarily about attrition. :/ I start a new holiday from the very beginning if I see no new teams for a couple of hours or so.
  8. Season 2020/21 Review - Mickleover Sports in the Vanarama National League League Table | Playoff | Season Review Happy to see a strong first season after promotion. Less happy top drop from 2nd to 5th in the last two matches! But hey, considering we went through a mid-season slump of 6 losses in 8 matches and seem to be back to our old bad habits on set pieces, I'll certainly take it. The issue here is clearly defending; We're the highest-scoring team in the league but 67 conceded is not good enough. Some adjustments will be needed. Playoff... I had a bad feeling the moment we drew Billericay who beat us twice in the regular season. Home advantage back at newly-renovated Mickleover Sports Ground helped, but they held strong and struck twice with long balls straight from defense to the lone striker. Game over. Some good goals this season. This late equalizer was chosen as the Goal of the Season, though my personal favorite is either this cheeky piece of skill from Grayson or this fast-passing build-up through the middle. Either way, this is the one part of our play I'm really happy with! Squad | Transfers The attacking partnership continues: Powell won league top goalscorer and Grayson most assists. Fantastic results, but Powell is clearly the only forward who truly managed the step-up. Feeling pretty good about signing him on a three-year deal now! Transfer-wise I decided to make relatively small changes mostly around the periphery of the squad. Aspinall would be the exception stepping right into goal, Tunnicliffe and Staunton provide depth in defense, Marsh gives me another pacy option up front, and last-season loanee Burrows was happy to sign as backup after Wrexham released him. Bradley didn't arrive until later in the season after spending some time unhappy at Kidderminster, though he doesn't seem happy in the roles I play him. Getting him going may just be one of the keys to improving for next year. Compared to the non-contract players I had to rotate in last year, it's all a big improvement! On a less positive note, I'm falling out of love with Smith. He doesn't perform well enough as a TM and that Plays With Back To Goal PPM—which he's failed to unlearn twice now—doesn't suit the way we normally pass into space. His contract is expiring and I'm leaning towards not renewing. Finances The cash injections continue. The board doesn't even wait until we're in the red anymore. As I don't see them stopping, I'll consider us healthy for now! Aim for next season: Top half. If we almost made 2nd with weaknesses I intend to address, it seems realistic enough. Season League Finish Notes 2020/21 Vanarama National 5th Knocked out in Playoff 1st Rnd 2019/20 Vanarama North 2nd Promoted via Playoffs 2018/19 Vanarama North 16th -
  9. I personally like the AF role that you're using but usually try to have someone run into the spaces he opens up, be it an attacking mid or a wide IF. Looking at your tactic screenshot, I'd be tempted to turn the CM(Su) into a BBM and the left side W(Su) into a IF. That should yield two strong runs into the box. But that is, of course, just my preference~.
  10. Season 2019/20 Review - Mickleover Sports in the Vanarama National League North League Table | Past Positions | Playoffs | Final | Season Review What a season! After a good first three months sitting in the playoff spots I was worried the launch version of FM would mess up the new tactic; Instead it made us absolutely lethal, breaking goal scoring records left and right! Wrexham were impossibly dominant, but this is probably the most comfortable 2nd I've ever been! The foundation was a brand new back three of Fox—John—Healy, flanked by WBs Nelson and Franklin. Add Harrison and Roberts in front and we weren't going to be easy to break down. You'd think this would leave a weak attack, but the long ball to a flank proved incisive and Powell and Grayson worked out a wonderful partnership where one would chase it down while the other found space in the box. If that didn't work, fine, a midfielder might pick up the scraps. Otherwise, we're still plenty combative but going from 13 red cards to 1 sure made it easier to see out games! Down to 10 conceded from corners and IFKs didn't hurt either, though I can't help but wonder what magical solution Blyth has found to only concede 5! I am - perhaps needless to say - really happy with this transition from last season and it's been encouraging to see most tactical tweaks work out. Squad | Transfers Shout-outs to Powell and Grayson for their absolutely ridiculous combined 66 goals and 45 assists, as well as to Phillips and Smith for filling in or adding to the forward line as need be. You'd think that'd be unbeatable, but Roberts actually managed to maintain the highest average rating in his BBM role. Sometimes the best players are not the flashiest ones~. I've already arranged for Tunnicliffe to join us for next season, though that was before Healy changed his mind and decided to renew after all. Are you allowed to field 4 DCs? Finances We overspend but the board seems happy to keep injecting money, hence the curious shark-teeth pattern. League regulations also appear to have forced us into a stadium expansion. Fingers crossed that cost won't become an issue. Aim for next season: Stay up. For all that is good and holy, stay up. Season League Finish Achievements 2019/20 Vanarama North 2nd Promoted via Playoffs 2018/19 Vanarama North 16th -
  11. @PS-GamerNeil @JadaX Good luck!
  12. Library Sharing settings are saved in the config.vdf file in the Steam config folder, not to the account. If your friend cleared his entire computer, he likely lost this file. You should be able to set things up again the same way you did the very first time. If that doesn't work either, start from scratch by exiting Steam, deleting your config.vdf files (both of you, and make backups just in case), then launch Steam again to have it regenerate a fresh config. Now set up sharing again. Needless to say, there are some other settings in this file that you would reset as well (default game installation folder, download throttle speed, etc..).
  13. Or maybe not. I think this is the first time I have a player retire early!
  14. I don't suppose anyone's had success defending situations like this? I'm the team in blue. Can't seem to get anyone to mark the opponent lurking whatever I set the Indirect (Wide) defending to.
  15. One of these days, I'll get to field this guy...