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    Massive football fan. I'm lucky enough to watch football for a living, but if I'm not watching it, I'm playing FM.

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    In the manager's office


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    Football, FM, films, gigs, stand up comedy, GTA, a beer or two.

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    Notts County

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  1. Ranieri's sacking is a bit FM-like, no? Win the league one year, your job security resets to 'stable', and after a poor start you're suddenly 'insecure'.. Crazy decision.
  2. Round pegs in round holes for me at the moment, so I'm using my players in the roles that suit them. That means my wingers as wide midfielders, a BWM and a BTB. When I have better players and I expect to dominate possession, I'll use proper wingers (S), a DLP (D - Pirlo-like) and a CM on support. That will be my aim when I play 4-4-2, but right now I see no reason to change anything!
  3. He's a BTB man according to my scouts, so that is probably how I'll use him. He does look pretty useful though!
  4. Great move. Italy is FM heaven, although it's been years since I last ventured there, only I was at Inter. Best of luck.
  5. A pity not to walk away with another title, but you'very made great progress in Turkey. Any news on your next move?
  6. Flying. You should find the Championship much tougher if you go up and stick around though, simply because most of the clubs are fully pro. Great work though.
  7. October Struggling for time a little this morning, so I'll have to use a screenshot to explain my month. Things are going brilliantly, which is a bit of a shock for my first season. I've tried to replicate the 4-4-2 from my FM13 career, and so far it is producing the goods. I even won a game in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after making 10 changes (I'll be honest, I wanted to get knocked out) against Huddersfield, so there does seem to be a bit of quality about his squad. Whether we can keep it up as the season goes on is another matter, but I'm already attracting the interest of some bigger clubs. We do have a couple of problems in the squad, though. Winger Ishmel Demontagnac is furious about a lack of game time, and after going awol at two training sessions, I've now fined him a month's wages in total. He's kicking my door down trying to leave the club, but I'll leave him to rot in the youth team until his contract expires in the summer. We also now are lacking a fit right back at the club as both Julian Kelly and Eric Lichaj are injured, so the next month promises to be tricky. One new addition to the squad for January, too: Morrison joins us from Inverness Caledonian Thistle for £60,000.
  8. And just to show that off, here is my tactic screen...
  9. I've finally worked out how to do a full-screen screenshot for my threads - I've only been a member of this forum since 2011! Pretty quick for me...
  10. September LG1: Notts County 2-0 Rochdale Our solid start to the season continued with a comfortable victory against Rochdale, although we had to be patient for the goals to arrive. Lee Hughes powered us in front after an hour, and a brilliant Alan Judge volley did the business in the end. LG1: Sheffield United 2-1 Notts County All good things must come to an end, and it was no surprise that our unbeaten run would fall at one of the promotion favourites. Blackman slotted us in front after 20 minutes, but the game changed early in the second half with another red card for Chris Birchall, and again it was for violent conduct. United took advantage of the extra man, and two goals in the final 15 minutes meant we left Bramall Lane empty handed. LG1: Notts County 3-0 Carlisle United Luckily, we had a league game just three days later, and the lads responded in style. Nick Blackman continued his fine start to life in Nottingham by drilling home the first, and then defender Damion Stewart powered home a header from a corner for a debut goal. Once again, Alan Judge applied the gloss to the finish, this time with a little chipped finish in the 84th minute. LG1: Notts County 3-0 Exeter City I've seen plenty to be encouraged about so far, but the way we keep swatting aside sides at Meadow Lane is beginning to make me think about upping our expectations for the season. Pearce, Hughes and an OG the scorers in a thoroughly convincing performance. LG1: Charlton Athletic 1-2 Notts County The London club have made a very poor start to life in the third tier, and our expertise at set pieces was too much for them on the day. Both goals were own goals, but had come from crosses from Alan Sheehan headed goalwards by Stewart and Blackman, but I don't care how the points come about. Gladly accepted, although Chris Powell is in big trouble in the Charlton dugout.
  11. Cheers man. It feels weird for me to do an English-based thread, and yet I'm really enjoying being my own club.
  12. August LG1: Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Notts County An excellent result to begin the season with, although our performance was pretty average. Winger Alan Judge slotted us in front after 25 minutes, and a Lee Hughes header 5 minutes into the second half ensured we took the points back to Nottingham. League Cup 1st Round: Notts County 0-1 Derby County The League Cup always comes around so quickly, and within the blink of an eye, our campaign is over. Not really the draw I wanted, and it became even harder just 15 minutes in when Eric Lichaj was sent off. We managed to hold out until 20 minutes from time, but the goal was almost inevitable. We finished the game with 9 men too, as Chris Birchall was sent off for a two footed lunge in stoppage time. LG1: Notts County 2-0 Hartlepool Again, we didn't play especially well, but two Lee Hughes goals in the last 10 minutes were enough for the points. LG1: Bury 0-2 Notts County A theme is emerging here, as once again we didn't play that well, but we had enough about us to get the victory. Nick Blackman scored his first goals for the club, but he should have had a hat-trick as he missed a penalty in stoppage time. Still, I'll take it. LG1: Notts County 1-0 Stevenage This was our most convincing performance to date, even if we only managed the one goal. Nick Blackman got it, slotting home from the edge of the box on the stroke of half time. LG1: Scunthorpe United 1-3 Notts County We saved the best til the end of the month, or at least the first half of this game. We were three up after half an hour after goals from Birchall, Blackman and Judge, and although we took our foot off the pedal afterwards, the game was done by that stage. The fixture computer has been very kind to us this month, but it's nice to end August at the top of the table.
  13. Cheers, Nobby Early 2000s, yeah. We were absolutely brassic back then, the club seemed to be either in or on the brink of administration permanently. A bit of a basket case, really.
  14. Notts County FC Season preview- League One 2011/12 Media expectation: 11th (of 24) Board expectation: finish in the top half Transfer budget (remaining): £0 Wage budget: £47,300p/w (currently £5,000p/w under budget) A long transfer window so far, and so I thought I would add in an update which I can extend later if need be. As I mentioned, there was a decent side in the making when I first arrived at the club, so I haven't wanted to do anything too drastic in this transfer window. I'm deliberately a good distance under budget at this stage as I'm still monitoring a couple of targets, but I'm quite pleased with the business we have done so far. There has only been one player leave the club on a permanent basis so far, and that was back-up left back Jon Harley. He was one of the higher earners at the club, and so I was happy to see him leave on a free for Luton Town. Jude Stirling and Charlie Allen have no future with the club, and have both been loaned out for the season to York and Wrexham respectively, while promising youngsters Haydn Hollis and Liam Mitchell have gone to Kidderminster and Stockport. I would like to see Liam Chilvers and Jon Spicer leave too, but I suspect I'll have to wait on both of those. As for players in, I've added three on a permanent basis thus far, all of them arriving on free transfers. The first to arrive was Triidad & Tobago international midfielder Chris Birchall, who looks to be excellent for this level. Harley's transfer meant I needed cover at left back, which will be provided by Lee Molyneux, while Pablo Counago offers cover up top for the injured Ben Burgess. I have been very busy in the loan market though. Our best defender, Damion Stewart, is on loan for the season and had been signed prior to my arrival, but he will be missing until October through injury. That meant we had a big hole in our back four, which I hope will be filled by Arsenal loanee Ignassi Miquel, and fellow Gunner Benik Afobe comes in to provide competition up front, as does Nick Blackman from Blackburn. Eric Lichaj looks to be an excellent addition on loan at right back, while Celtic youngsters Calum McGregor and Paul George boosts the squad depth. I'm a little uneasy being quite as reliant on loan players as it would appear, but I'd rather that than waste money looking for rushed permanent additions at this stage. I would hope next summer will be quite different, especially as I'm expecting over £10,000p/w in wages to be freed up when several contracts expire. Right then, on we go.
  15. Cheers lads, hoping to get my first update in later tonight.