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  1. Really enjoyed reading some of the posts in this thread, so much so that I've decided to have a crack at my own football league save. After spending some time deciding who to take on I went ahead and loaded up a save with Southend! I look forwarding to updating my progress in here.
  2. Good to hear your progressing well Jogo and I'm not surprised to see Ebanks-Blake scoring alot of goals for you, he's an excellent striker to have at League One level. My Chesterfield save has actually been on hold for a few days, strangely I haven't had as much motivation to play it after my promotion and I've been really tempted to start up a save with Bristol City who have alot of potential for an excting save in my opinion. I will decide what to do in a bit, but if I did start up a Bristol City save I will probably do it on an updated database as I really like the look of their squad this season, even without Sam Baldock.
  3. Cheers Jogo! I've come towards the end of pre-season now so I should I have an update soon. I'm pretty happy with the business we was able to do in the transfer market, we secured the majority of our key targets and also managed to get a few higher earners off the wage bill who I feel didn't warrant such wages. Just looking forward to getting started in League One now and hopefully we can carry on the momentum from our League Two triumph. On a little side note I had a big surprise when I had a look to see who would be in the division this season and saw Watford under the management of Kenny Jackett were relegated from the Championship. Interestingly, Kenny Jackett left League One Wolves to take over Watford during last season and Woles are now in the Championship after getting promoted under the guidance of Sean O'Driscoll. Ouch!
  4. Just finished up with my first season at Chesterfield, here are some screenshots to show how it went: League two Johnstones Paint Trophy FA Cup Not much to show here as we were knocked in the second round by Bristol City. Capital One Cup Same as the FA Cup, not much to show as we crashed out in the 2nd round. Team Stats So, a memorable first season in charge at the club for me as we secured promotion to League One as champions and managed to win the Johnstones Paint Trophy. In terms of my expectations for next season in League One I don't really have any to be honest, but I am confident that we will have no problems being able to adjust to a higher level as we showed in Johnstone Paint Trophy that we are able to compete with the sides in that division. Regarding the squad, I don't want to change too much to be honest as I'm confident that the majority of our squad will be able to make the step up. One thing that is for sure is that the attacking trio of Banks, Roberts and O'Shea will be key for us again next season and hopefully they can rack up the goals and assists in League One aswell. Tom Hopper was a good addition on loan for us and I might look to see if I can retain him on loan for next season and the same goes go for Valentin Gjokaj who formed a solid partnership in the centre of our defence with Liam Cooper. The full back areas need to be improved, but my ability to do that will depend on my wage and transfer budgets for next season which may not be great as the club is not currently in great shape financially. I will update at the end of pre-season to show how we are shaping up going into League One.
  5. Congrats on your excellent start to the season Jogo . Looks like you've built up a deadly strike force there, I'm especially please to see Callum Wilson banging in the goals for you as hes's someone who I have been interested in signing on a few saves after his goalscoring exploits for Coventry irl last season.
  6. Incredible! Just beat Sheffield United 4-0 at Bramall Lane in the first leg of the JPT north final. Admittedly, they did play a weakened side, but still an amazing result and one that surely must mean we are on our way to a cup final.
  7. I certainly could do with Craig Davies back at the club, I think we'd be literally unstoppable in this division with an out an out goalscorer in our ranks. However, deadline day loan signing Tom Hopper from Leicester did manage to come off the bench to bag a goal on his debut so hopefully that's a sign of things to come. Also brought in Valentin Gjokaj on loan for rest of the season from Derby and he had an excellent debut against Bristol Rovers along side Liam Cooper in the centre of defence.
  8. Thanks mate! things are still ticking over quite nicely at Chesterfield, we are still top of the table after 26 games and find ourselves in the north final of the JPT so a trip to Wembley may be on the horizon, although beating Sheffield United over two legs will be a difficult task , but having overcome four league one sides to get to this stage (Oldham, Rotherham, Walsall and Crewe) I'm confident that my boys have the ability to come through the tie victorious.
  9. Bad luck on losing in the playoffs Jogo, I know the feeling myself having gone a stage further by getting to the finals with both Sheffield United and Derby and losing both times. Seems like you've endured a bit of a frustrating time in the transfer market during pre-season, but hopefully your new additions can prove their worth and help you battle it our for promotions this season.
  10. Yeah, one of the only complaints I have about the team so far is that none of our strikers have yet to make the lone striker role their own with Marc Richards, Eoin Doyle and Armand Gnanduillet( have no idea how to actually pronounce this) all rotating in that postion, although the latter has been the most impressive out of the trio. Thankfully the goals from Banks, Roberts and also Jay O'Shea on the right flank have meant that we haven't suffered so far by the absence of a regular goalscorer up top. In terms of the finances you are right they are not great at the start which is why I choose to stick with the squad I took over as even if I wanted to bring in new players I dont think I would have able to improve the squad with the budgets I was given, but the current squad have shown they are more than capable at this level and hopefully that will continue.
  11. Playing with Chesterfield at the moment, not downloaded any of the latest updates so we are in league two and after difficult start where we lost our first two league games and were knocked out of the capital one cup by Leicester, we now find ourselves top of the league after 14 games, 5 points clear of our nearest challengers York and are currently on an 11 match unbeaten run in all comps which included wins against league one sides Oldham and Rotherham in the JPT. Stand out performers so far have been 20 year old midfielder Ollie Banks who has excelled playing just behind the striker in a 4-2-3-1 formation, scoring 8 goals in 13 league appearances. Garry Roberts is another of our top performers thus far providing 10 assists and 4 goals in his 17 appearances so far in all competitions. Lastly, one of the more surprising top performers in our team this season has been 35 year old player/coach Richie Humpthreys who has put in a string of excellent displays at left back along side a very solid back four that includes promising youngster Liam Cooper and skipper Ian Evatt at centre back with Drew Talbot at right back. EDIT: Forgot to add that I didn't bring in any players and no players were sold, just a couple of younger players going out on loan so we pretty much have the same squad that the club starts with on the last official patch.
  12. I tend to always sub two players at the 60 minute mark then another around 10-15 minutes later. Usually I will look to sub players who's condition as dropped below 75% or the worst performers.
  13. Started a QPR save on an updated database with the latest transfers etc. Thought it would be good challenge with the club being in the Championship and when I took over, as I expected, the wages were completely out of control. I quickly shifted out alot of the high earners with Joey Barton going to Fulham(£3mil), Loic Remy to PSG(£6.5mil, release clause), Park Ji Sung to West Brom(£3mil) and also a few others who either went out on loan or left permanently. These sales reduced the wage budget considerably and gave me a nice little transfer budget which I used to bring in Billy Sharp from Southampton for £2.8mil and Gary Mackay-Steven from Dundee Utd for £3.9mil. Also coming in were Titus Bramble and David Bentley, two players who should do well in this division and were available on a free transfer. With that being said the squad currently looks like this: Tried to shift Julio Cesar, Anton Ferdinand and Samba Diakite but there were no takers. We've made a good start to the season, beating Gillingham 2-0 in the Capital One Cup, Blackburn 2-1 on the opening day of the Championship and Barnsley 2-0 in our second league game. Hopefully we are on the road to promotion.
  14. After managing FC Porto for four seasons I've just been given the Chelsea job with Manuel Pellegrini deciding to head into retirement after a trophyless season, where the club finished 4th in the league. I didn't waste anytime in raiding my old club for players as Alex Sandro(£16M) joined me at the bridge, aswell as right back Mattias Johansson(£10M) from AZ Alkmaar, Kara(£12M) from Marseille and Kuba(£4.9M, signed before I arrived) from Dortmund. So far I'm happy with the additions made, although I don't really see why the club decided to sign Kuba as he's 30 years old now and plays in a position where there are much better players ahead of him. This is what the current first team looks like(still at the begginning of pre-season, so there's the possibility of more additions being made to the squad): GK: Cech, Cortouis DF: Johansson, Wallace, Kara, Nkoulou, David Luiz, Chalobah, A.Sandro, Bertrand MF: Nainggolan, Shaqiri, Mata, Poli, Hazard, De Bruyne, Kuba, Gaston Ramirez, Kuba, Fischer, McEachran FW: Falcao, Lukaku Managed to get rid of some of the dead wood that was left over from the Pellegrini reign with Tom Cleverly(£8M) leaving to join Burnley and Hernanes(£6M) joining Juventus, aswell as a few reserve players who I didn't see a future for at the club. Like Pellegrini, John Terry announced his retirement in the summer and I was quick to offer him a coaching role at the club, which he accepted. I now have a squad that I feel is capable of challenging for the title this season and I will also be looking for a good performance in the CL as the club have severely underperformed in Europe so far in the save, with the furthest they've reached being the quarter finals(last season) and even failing to qualify for the group stages in 2 of the saves 4 seasons(2013/14 and 2014/15). I will update when I'm into my first season at the club.
  15. As I mentioned in my FM13 thread I have decided that I will be returning to this save. It was one that I had great fun with and probably one I shouldn't have stopped playing so soon as there was plenty more to achieve such as continuing to build an excellent side at Dortmund and attempting to win the Champions League. After booting up the save I notice there were a few things that I didn't update for example I was sacked by Brazil after a poor start to out World Cup qualifying campaign. I will look to get everyone fully up to speed soon .