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  1. Forest Green - Pre-Season update 2019/2020 Transfers out We let 6 leave. None of them really featured last year. Rueben Reid the most notable, but he was never really close to being League one level considering the limited game time he had last year. We also had 4 loans end that left the team light. Transfers in With the squad being very thin and a large squad with a lot more quality needing to be added I was pretty busy in the window with 13 coming in. Loans - Harry Souttar was the biggest signing for us in terms of loan deals. He is the one i expect to come in and be a really key player. Should be very comfortable at this level and hopefully will have a very solid partnership with Rawson at the back. Foulds and Osei-Tutu were to cover both sides of Full back. Foulds wasn't as necessary with us already having Mills and Mcginley, unfortunately Mills want to move back to the A-League and could be off for around £115K so I thought I'd bring him in early considering we don't have to pay anything. Garre and Richards are both number tens from City. Garre came in first however I noticed a 'ywp' symbol next to his name. I know it youth work permit, but I have no idea what the rules are on it. Does anyone know ? Looking at it seems he might not be allowed to play competitive games. The two League games I have played so far he's been injured so I haven't been able to test it. This is why Richards also came in. Once I know Garre's situation I will make a decision and send one of them back. Free Transfers - Sam Slocombe has come in to be number one goalkeeper. He had a great spell on loan last season in League two, gaining promotion with Lincoln. Hopefully he can prove again that he is a League one goalkeeper, where he has played for most of his career. Max Clayton joins from Blackpool. He can play in all 3 positions behind the striker and also as a striker himself. He could prove invaluable as cover in all these areas. Tyrell Warren is a player I've got high hopes for. A centre back with pace and has lots of potential to play at a much higher level. Matthew Virtue will primarily be here to play in the centre of midfield. Coming in from Liverpool he's another with plenty of potential. He's also got the ability to play on the wings and at full back, so like Clayton could prove very handy. Transfers - Chuks Aneke is the marquee signing. The rest of the doidge money has been spent on him. With MK Dons not going up I gave him the opportunity to step up and I hope delivers as I've invested a lot into him. Ariyibi will give us another option. Hopefully can get him back to playing his best football that got him the move to Forest. Gives us another option on the wing with pace and trickery. Finally Kyle Jacobs arrives to give us some defensive stability in midfield. Squad The squad we will be heading into the season with. @smplfc Nice start to League one with Reading. Looks like a solid overhaul you've had there with some good experience coming in. @DefinitelyTaylor Thanks! I would definitely recommend it. I'm really enjoying this save and have done for the past 3 versions FM. Sadly Bolton managed to complete the Doidge on my save, so I didn't get the nice surprise of him returning.
  2. Forest Green End of Season update 18/19 Results All in all a very pleasing set of results. A very strong start and end to the season with a pretty inconsistent middle. Highlight was probably the opening day 6-1 win which falsely led me to think it would be a breeze. After a great string of results at the end of the season we went into the final day needing a win and results to go our way for automatic promotion. Unfortunately we did neither. So with the play-offs confirmed we met Crewe who were easily the weakest side to make the playoffs. We dispatched them with ease to book a trip to Wembley (Our second of the year after drawing Tottenham in the FA Cup) League and Play off Final We did it! Reece Brown the surprise hero netting twice. Just short of doubling his tally for the season. A fantastic result and something I wasn't really expecting. League table below. Players Some real good individual performances this year. George Williams the clear stand out and I'll go into more detail on him below. McGinley grew as the season went on at the back and Shephard and Mills managed to hit 17 assists between them from their attacking full back roles. Reece Brown brilliant in midfield with Lloyd James proving solid backup. Grubb ended up with some great figures in the 10 role. 16 assists and 8 goals has attracted some interest from League 1. Lalkovic proved he's got a real eye for goal. Up top Danny Newton slowed down quite worryingly, despite ending on 24 goals, that was quite disappointing considering he was around the 20 mark at the end of Jan. Awards George Williams ended the year was an impressive hat-trick getting player of the year, Golden boot and getting into the Team of the year. Nothing less than he deserved. 24 goals from right wing is a joke. Way too good this level and I expect him to be one of the best in League One ... If I can keep him. Great to see Shephard, Rawson and Brown make to Team of the year as well. Really looking forward to next season. Didn't expect promotion at all. Summer should be fun and I'm looking to bring quite a few in. Have a pretty nice transfer budget of £600K, which is quite a lot for a team going into League one if I'm not mistaken. Rest of the Doidge money coming. @warlock Amazing work with Barnsley. Pretty sure that's the earliest I've seen a promotion. I really wish Pinnock was still at FGR. An absolute class act IRL who I expect to see in the Prem soon. Looks like he's doing the business for you as well. @smplfc123 Good luck with Reading! Looks one hell of a challenge.
  3. Hopefully! However since I posted this my have has been more like a side down the bottom. Need to sort it out or I'll be very grateful for the playoffs.
  4. Forest Green Rovers 2018/19 - Mid Season update Transfers There were a fair amount that came in during the summer. The 3 free transfers were the first pieces of business. Ruben Bover was bought in having previously played at Barnet. A technical Spaniard able to play in any of the 3 roles behind the striker, but most comfortable as a ten. Likely to just be cover but versatility could result in more appearances. Nathan Doyle again was mainly cover, but has good experience in the football league and gives some solidity in the middle. The other free transfer was Milan Lalkovic. A real coo really. Very talented winger who imo is league one level at the very least. The big money buy was Danny Newton. With Doidge going for a large sum, a replacement was definitely needed. Could be a gamble, spending what is a big amount at this level on a player with only a years experience at this level. However I felt he was perfect for the type of striker I had in mind with the style of football I was looking to play. A real hardworking livewire that should be ideal in the high press. There was also a couple of loans. Chair was similar to Bover, but probably has a bit more quality and likely to be more of a regular. Edwards has come in Jan as Liam Shephards workload was ridiculous so having two top players in this position can only be a good thing. League As the January window closes, we currently sit in fourth place, 2 points and one place off of the automatic spots. All to play for. Squad Full backs, Mills and Shephard have been superb for us. Chipping in with assists and being solid defensively. Reece Brown has been a real creative spark in the deep lying midfield role, but its on the flanks where with really shined. Williams and Lalkovic with 26 goals between them already. Sometimes its not fair having Williams as he is clearly way to good for this level. 7 caps for Wales says a lot and if he carries this form on I am sure he will be back playing in the higher leagues and maybe back in that Wales team. He scored 4 on the opening day! Newton has made a great start with 18 goals, a relief considering what we paid. Hopefully he can keep it up.
  5. Good to see the saves in here! Going to start up with Forest Green, will post updates soon!
  6. Got him for Tottenham. Gave him a few games end of the first season and he scored in all 3. Looks great
  7. I’ve picked up Kondogbia in my second season. Stats look insane
  8. Thanks @Jogo Bonito and @smplfc123. I was very surprised to see the first four all available. I think you may be right about Nelson. He’s not made the best of starts. I Think some of his very high physical and mental stats drew me in and made me ignore some of his flaws. Can’t see him breaking up the Nathan Smith, Jack Baldwin partnership anytime soon. For some reason right footed natural wingers seem to be going extinct on my save. With Edwards being as great as he is, I wasn’t too keen on splashing out on someone that’s not likely to get in the side so Colclough is essentially just a cheap stop gap back up in case disaster strikes and Edwards gets injured. if something better than colclough does appear at a reasonable price I probably will be tempted to spend. Keshi Anderson though, I’m quite excited about. We lack some proper pace in the side. He’s notched 5 in 3 starts(+2 subs apps) so hopefully he can keep it going. @smplfc123 Have no experience in either league on this years version. But the Swiss league does look fun.
  9. That's a shame @smplfc123 . You going to go with the Championship again or something lower down ? Peterborough Season Preview 2020/21 Transfers After a few years of a very good net spend, we had a nice budget to play with. We didn't really get close to using it all in the end and mainly picked up some huge bargains. Out We let go quite a few squad players with the view of upgrading them. Washington left after 18 months. We signed him for a very cheap 180K and made a small profit on him. He scored a few goals, but never really looked like becoming a first choice. Charlie Colkett also left, one of my first signings for the club. He gave me three good seasons, but the club outgrew him somewhat. Beeney left as well, wanted more game time. The final two departures were in the backline. Lenihan and Lloyd. Lenihan had been a good servant but we needed to improve that area so I let him go. Lloyd never looked like breaking in and looked out of his depth when he played. Probably my worst signing so far. In Lewis Morgan - £475K - I didn't end up signing Marvin Johnson on the permanent deal. We went for the more youthful Lewis Morgan who came in from Celtic. I feel this will be a bargain and he should provide strong competition for Barker on the left side. Keiran Dowell - Free - Next in was Kieran Dowell. A talented youngster that come through at Everton as a big prospect. Everton didn't give him a deal so i snapped him up. He's a technical player with so much ability and potential. Will take over from Colkett and will hopefully go on to do big things for us. Kyle Walker-Peters - Free - Another free transfer, another potential star. A player I have high hopes for IRL as a Tottenham fan, I hope KWP can become a big player for us and should become a massive upgrade on Lenihan. Freddie Woodman - Free - The final of the three, free wonderkids. Woodman also left in search of first team football. I now feel I have two keepers of equal standard and its up to him or Etheridge as to who wants the number one shirt. Could still go on to play for England. Curtis Nelson - £650k - An old fashioned no nonsense centre back. Great physical and mental attributes and looks to be a natural leader. Will provide serious competition to Smith and Baldwin. Keshi Anderson - £240K - With Washington out the door I wanted a fourth striker. Anderson has had two good seasons on the bounce regularly hitting 20 goals. He also Genuine Pace. Hopefully he can make the step up as well as Rose did last year. Ryan Colclough - £275K - Colclough will come in to compete with Edwards. Not an easy task, but he's done well in League one for Wimbledon and I've given him the opportunity to try and do the same in the Championship. Squad - We'll be going into the season with the squad below. I think we've addressed our weaknesses and have a squad capable of having another good go, hopefully good enough to take that one last extra step.
  10. Cheers @smplfc123 . Nice one on staying up, even if it was nervy! Look forward to seeing the business you do.
  11. Cheers @smplfc123. Glad you've pulled away from the bottom three slightly. You might be surprised by Baldwin Had two great seasons in the championship for me. Good Business @robterrace. Crazy money you've brought in to the club. Thanks @Jogo Bonito . Will keep an eye out on the Swiss thread for your progress! Peterborough End of Season Review 19/20 Fixtures So after an excellent first half of the season we struggled to keep up the fine form from the first year. However it was still fairly good. Not many defeats but way too many draws. Enough points to take us into the Play-off's though. We met Fleetwood in the Semi Finals. A draw in the first league was okay, but set up a tense second leg back at home. Thankfully Jack Marriott (Shock) sent us to Wembley! Unfortunately we met our match in the final. After a strong first half, where Gwion Edwards slammed the ball in to give us the lead. We went in at half time 1 up. Sadly we were outclassed in the second half. A Lucas Piazon hat trick and another on top of that sent Fulham back into the prem. To be honest. It was probably a bit early for us to go up and we probably would have come straight back down. Hopefully we can give it a proper good go next year. League Table We finished in 3rd in the end but it meant nothing sadly. Going into the final day, all 4 play off sides went into it with the exact same points. Palace and Newcastle went up comfortably. Squad After Baldwins injury Smith and Tafazoli were the main pairing at the back for the run in, both playing well. Lenihan and Haynes at full back were solid. Jermaine Anderson's development continued as his key role in the team continued. He's started to keep Colkett out of the side. We also gave some first time minutes to youth team graduate and 16 year old Paul Atherton. Barker cemented his place as the number 1 left midfielder over Johnson, mainly with next season in mind. Up top once again Marriott was incredible. Danny Rose also made the step up from league 2 hitting 14 goals and layed on an impressive 11. Unfortunately after Wyke got back amongst the goals after his broken leg, he tore his calf muscle and missed the rest of the season. Jack Marriott also picked up the golden boot award and made the TOTY. 3 superb seasons out of 3 for Jack now.
  12. Congrats on Champions League @robterrace . Fantastic achievement.
  13. @smplfc123 Wow, what a signing. He should be massive if he can be bothered! Peterborough Mid-Season review 18/19 League Table We are doing surprisingly well! After a pre-season which saw some key players leave for big money and only about a quarter of the income being reinvested in the side, I was hoping for another year of survival. To my great surprise the team have been superb and are genuinely pushing for promotion. In December we were even second,1 point off the top but we have seen a slight dip in form over the festive period and January. Fixtures The main reason for our success has been just our ability to snatch wins/draws and be really difficult to beat. There have been quite a few 1-0's and 1-1's. We went on a great spell in October which saw us win all 5 games without conceding a goal. Sadly the manager of the month curse proved real as we then lost at home to newly promoted Barnsley. Another good premier league scalp in the FA cup, this time Swansea, has set up another big tie, Liverpool. Hopefully we can run them as close as we did Chelsea last year or even snatch a result. Squad Neil Etheridge has proven a great addition in goal. His AVG rating is nothing special, but trust me, he has made some incredible saves. The back line of Smith and Baldwin were superb up until December, with already more clean sheets than last year. Sadly Baldwin is now out for 10 months with an ACL injury. The first of three long term injuries we have suffered. The second was Gwion Edwards. The star man the past two years. He missed four months. Thankfully McLaughlin stepped up and was great filling in. This saw his value rise hugely as you will see below. It's been great to have to super wingers on the left in Barker and Johnson. I can't really choose between them and don't feel anxious when swapping either. In the middle Shaugnessy has been as solid as ever and Jermaine Anderson has really stepped it up. Getting better and better as the seasons have gone on. Up top was where the third big injury came from. Last seasons top scorer, Charlie Wyke suffered a broken leg and was out until December. Since then he has come back and continued his great form from last year, bagging 6 in 7 starts. Once again Marriott has been superb notching and assisting. Washington and Rose have filled in admirably and both scored some big winning goals. Transfers Our quietest window to date. A great season so far, I didn't feel the need to bring anyone in. The main piece of business was selling Ryan Mchlaughlin. A year on from signing him on a free Cardiff came in with a massive bid. It seemed crazy to say no, even if he had been performing well. £3.7m for a backup is too much to turn down for a club like us. We did look to bring in a replacement but the right player was not there, so we will wait until the summer.
  14. Peterborough Season 19/20 preview Transfers Out - There were more major departures than first anticipated at the end of last season with some unexpected big offers coming in. First to leave was Tom Lapslie. A player that did well, however was not a guaranteed starter and Shaugnessy played more games in the same role last year. We signed him from League 2 for £500K so when Barnsley came in with a bid 5x the amount we signed him for it seemed too much to turn down. Maddison was half expected. After no arguments for 3 weeks I was surprised to see QPR come in for him. A premier league side and a very good price, it was time for our rolercoaster of a relationship to come to an end. Moore was one I did not want to lost. Another premier league bid, Moore wanted to go. We got double the amount we signed him for. In - Anthony Hartigan (£525k) - With Lapslie going we needed someone to come in and compete for the defensive midfield role. Still only 19, a talented player with great potential. All round midfielder that should get plenty of minutes this year. Neil Etheridge (£400k) - A goalie lots of ability, I feel we have have actually improved on Moore for a tiny fraction of the fee. Also adds experience to a fairly young defence. Marvin Johnson (Loan) - Johnson comes in on a loan to buy deal. If I am happy with him I can sign for less than half a million. Has genuine pace with is something we slightly lack on the flanks. Will compete with Barker and should be a strong addition. Ryan Haynes (£575k) - Haynes is a really good prospect. With DaSilva going back to Chelsea we needed a replacement. A coventry regular from a young age, will hopefully give us plenty going forward as well as being a solid defensive addition. Corey Whelan (£350k) - I wanted to get young Leon Davies a full season of first team football on loan. Whelan is a solid option to cover Lenihan and can also cover at CB. Danny Rose (£165k) - I was rocked with the terrible news that Charlie Wyke broke his leg in pre-season and will miss the first half of the season. I wanted an extra body in for cover and Danny Rose could just prove to be an absolute bargain. 34 goals in League 2 last season, he clearly has an eye for goal. With the amount of chances Marriott and Edwards provide he will surely put some away. And at such a low fee it's not exactly a risk. Squad - We go into the season with the squad below. I feel it is a similar level as last year with most now used to the league. It's a very young side with lots to prove so will hopefully make a splash on the league this year. Net spend was about -£5m so fairly happy with how it looks considering.
  15. Good luck @smplfc123 ! Like the business. Windlass should do well for you. Very decent start
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