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  1. chocolatecoatedballs

    The Football Manager Youth Academy Challenge

    Hugo Martins 2c has had about 6 premier clubs bidding for him all during pre-season, he is very unhappy I didn't accept their 20k bids with no add on's. He had one pre-season match when he played horrible so I disciplined him, otherwise he is still performing. His status is key player and asking price 900k I got sick and tired negotiating for 120k with on sell fee's and they all keep repeating their bid ad nauseum, so I have been asking for 500k with a sell on fee to shut them up. They want to be obstinate, so can I, 500k with a 50% of next sale and a friendly thanks. He has 3 years left on his contract with an additional 2 years optional by the club, like it or lump it fellas.
  2. chocolatecoatedballs

    The Football Manager Youth Academy Challenge

    The guys I have sold have had a few games in the second division or premier, but it has been limited with most games in the reserves. But it's promising that they have been getting some game time in those divisions.
  3. chocolatecoatedballs

    The Football Manager Youth Academy Challenge

    And so we say farewell to Fabio Periera 1b, he played three seasons for us and will now try to make the step up in the premier division, we thank him for his contribution, wishing the best. He will always be available at Barreirense (in a coaching role) and we hope he makes us lots of dollars in a transfer fee, Good luck lad! He is around for a couple of weeks, I think it would be fitting to play him against Club Bugge! Who my manager thought appropriate?? A fitting send off and I think we would get battered otherwise. All jokes aside, he was a quality player for us, came back on loan (as part of the transfer) but just couldn't get us across the line, I think I might do player updates because of him.
  4. chocolatecoatedballs

    The Football Manager Youth Academy Challenge

    This edition is different, the whole set up is different and there are hardly any Chinese players like you used to have. But yes, I found going up in divisions showed the disparity between the quality of players, you could sell one of your talented younglings and your whole season could go down the plughole. Yeah I won't be looking for any more junior coaching upgrades, maybe recruitment because it is the cheapest, but it is at established atm. But the costs will kill you in this division, imho it's better to hope for a windfall or a good intake and improve training facilities (youth or senior), or get promoted. Last season I spent 285k on youth, 23.4k p/w, this season with the junior coaching upgrade i am spending 25k, so it's not a big step up, it's a balancing act for sure. I honestly think I will struggle this year, we lost a number of key players.
  5. chocolatecoatedballs

    The Football Manager Youth Academy Challenge

    I have played in Portugal before and as soon as you make the step up to the second division, money is not a problem, it's still keeping the bidders at bay that challenges your stability though. The hardest thing is that the gap between divisions is immense, the hardest I have come across. The challenge is to get promoted then avoid relegation for the next three seasons, if you can achieve that, then the hardest part is done, the rest is a waiting game/long slog. All my CB have pretty good jumping, but they all lack quickness, Hugo Martins 2c is my most talented CB and the quickest, I have been fighting off bidders all last season and this one will probably be the same, the redeeming feature is that he seems to be happy to stay at the moment and not too fussed if I reject bids, but that could change His profile says he is complaining, but we had a chat and he is happy atm. The biggest hurdle in my save is that any second division team that gets relegated ends up in my division, so I have to compete with three or four professional teams, that's where selling players can be your saving grace, they could be the windfall to facility upgrades, or even going professional.
  6. chocolatecoatedballs

    The Football Manager Youth Academy Challenge

    Helio Vicente 3a has decided to sign a professional contract after coming into the first team last year, there have been Premier clubs bidding for him already so I was sweating on the contract, with so many players sold last season and quite a few released this season and last, we really needed him to stick around. Believe it or not he is our most talented centre back, so yes this season is going to be a tough one again, some youth really need to stand up and demand to be playing.
  7. chocolatecoatedballs

    The Football Manager Youth Academy Challenge

    @Shakes That's still promising though, with another year of experience under the belt for most of your players. (24b) Alexandre Capela looks amazing as well and I just love seeing a player with high natural fitness. I don't mind seeing these players and you have got two! These two plus the old guard could push the team forward, if (a big ask) you get promotion, they might just stick around for another year. If not, as long as there is a sell on fee there is still a lot to like about these players. Personally I don't mind selling players, because in the long run you will hit gold with one or two, but I definitely won't sell for 15k or without a sell on fee.
  8. chocolatecoatedballs

    The Football Manager Youth Academy Challenge

    @Shakes Wow that's a tight league, with only SP Espinho running away with things, finishing fourth is a good sign, it means you are there about. Mauro Borges will be a loss for sure until he get's over his injury, but I really like the look of (24a) Rodrigo, passing 15, vision 13, teamwork 12, flair 13, technique 12 and bravery 15 seems like the makings of a wonderkid, I don't think I have ever had such a player in a youth intake ever!
  9. chocolatecoatedballs

    The Football Manager Youth Academy Challenge

    @Novafluff Well done mate, you are doing really well. @TrickyTree91 I really liked the look of Tom Carpenter it's disappointing he is gone, but he could be a windfall in the future, he looked exceptional for your level so here's hoping. @tomay my possession tactic seems to improve each year with better play, I'm not sure if it's because of the regens being more suited to it, training increasing the players understanding of it, my intakes seem to be more in tune with the style as well over time, or the tweeks I am making to training. But long balls are a bit op, but I did actually score some nice goals around the box last season. Milico looks the deal, I like the look of the lad and 193cm at 16! A bit of a mini update, preseason is about to start, but I was able to talk the board into a junior coaching upgrade (usually they wouldn't do it, but I persuaded them with my passion somehow), it's the first time the option has been available, so making a few sales has already started to reap rewards. The board also agrees that a coaching course would be good for me, bagging me a Continental A license, I'm not sure if it's a compliment or not lol. I have had a coaching overhaul which has made us almost the top of the league in all categories in this league, Pedro is my new fitness coach (of whom I am surprised signed for us, having coached Rangers and Cruz Azul), Paulo is my new GK coach and is a model citizen, I have also offered Filipe a contract as the new HOYD who is professional, my last having been fairly determined. It's interesting that my coaches have varying degrees of South American knowledge (Mexico, Argentina and Brazil), so it will be interesting if we get any intakes from there. Another bonus signing these coaches is that they asked for half the pay of the coaches I had before and are a lot better at their jobs, so double win there.
  10. chocolatecoatedballs

    The Football Manager Youth Academy Challenge

    Table Finances Manager Facilities Transfers Squad Youth Intake Wow, what a season, so many first team players sold, this season alone saw 4 starting players sold! If we didn't sell them then I reckon we could have challenged for promotion, but for the first time we have a positive bank balance at the end of the season and who knows, if one of the lads become amazing we could really cash in. It's strange, I thought we played really well and yet we didn't really get much higher on the table, but we scored some cracking goals and I was less frustrated by the players in general. But my strikers just couldn't convert their chances, it was a bit frustrating and with a one striker formation we gave 5 players a chance, maybe it was an off season and I am hoping next someone will step up and announce themselves. The squad was pretty small, I think I was lucky on the injury front, hardly any players were on the physio table. Against the lower and mid table we were more than competitive, but once again there were three professional clubs that were just too strong and an end of season bad run saw us finish in 9th. With so many first team players sold (I also let go about 5 from the old guard who had bad personalities) there were some youth who really stepped up - Hugo Martins 2c was immense and has clubs wanting him already, Jamur 2g was a surprise package and really owned the central playmaker spot and will be our next big thing after Fabio Pereira 1b. I had a good youth intake that helped a lot and will see a bright future ahead, a few guys got some playing time and will feature next season. I will be looking to get in new coaching staff in nearly every category, including a HOYD, so hopefully it makes a difference, oh and I finally completed my continental b license, it took me all year! Youth of Note:- Fabio Pereira 1b - He was the fans player of the year and had the biggest average rating, we will miss him, but wish him all the best as he moves onto bigger things. Micael Fulgencio 2e - Promoted to first GK and did pretty well, he made some cracking saves and I hope to see him progress. Hopefully clubs won't be wanting our players as much as they are all very young and we can push on further next season, the board are very reluctant to upgrade anything, junior coaching isn't even an option atm.
  11. chocolatecoatedballs

    The Football Manager Youth Academy Challenge

    The past couple of months I have been gaming on a laptop (gave my old pc to a mate), I haven't been playing much as it's so slow, but new bits for a new comp should come tomorrow and I'll start playing again. Good to read everyone's progress and good luck to all the new comers.
  12. chocolatecoatedballs

    The Football Manager Youth Academy Challenge

    From what the devs are saying, a high workload in pre-season helps to build fitness (resilience and non jadedness), while during the season it should be less heavy, I don't think workload effects injuries, but it could effect training quality (development). Recovery sessions are meant to help a ton, so if you become professional, make sure to include them after every match. I played in Bundesliga before this challenge and it seemed to work for me, it seems right. For me during the season, training I like to include would be GK training as it keeps the workload low and tactics (usually teamwork), especially if I have a 4 day turn around with 2 training sessions between, just to minimise injury risk and help develop my GK and hopefully boost teamwork, extra curricular activities are even better with injury prevention and jadeness and do even more for teamwork. They also say that having a good sports scientist is good to have to prevent injuries, though in lower leagues and in my case the board won't allow me to sign one. The way they have designed it suits the higher leagues, but is more detrimental than previous versions for the lower leagues. Can't sign a sports scientist, part time training means you can't have a heavy pre-season or have recovery sessions, so we are on the back foot. You could just be having one of those seasons when you get a lot of injuries, it happens. Also check if anyone is injury prone, they might be better as impact players.
  13. chocolatecoatedballs

    Football Manager 2019 *Official* Feedback Thread

    I'm not sure it's the conversion rate of set pieces, more the regularity of them seems a bit high, but I only play on highlights. But I reckon 4/5 of highlights lead to set peices mostly from wide play or long balls.
  14. chocolatecoatedballs

    The Football Manager Youth Academy Challenge

    @Novafluff So close mate, the Hallberg Hanami (player support group) must have banners to support the two. 'We are the Hallberg crew, we sing for you and you, who do we sing for? The Hallberge two. Simon Wennerhag comes up when I click the link to Faton Trsyena. @shaunvamos The jump must be huge.
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