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  1. Introduction With Fm2019 beta only a couple of weeks away, I launched into my final FM2018 save, again! This will be the first save I have reported, so please bear with me as my style, and level of detail are worked out, both by me, and by you, my readers. As always, feedback is most welcome. The Early Days The Staff In previous saves I sacked Lee Carsley and replaced him with somebody with higher attributes for picking the starting team. I took a different approach this save and opted to keep him as I couldn’t find an assistant with a better Tactical Knowledge attribute. I felt quite able to pick the playing team myself, and wanted to see how using the tactical advice would go. There were no senior coaching slots open, so I asked the Board for more coaches which they approved. I had three slots available for the U23s but I had plans for them. I hired an additional goalkeeping coach and then another U23 keeping coach, a fitness, and a technical coach for the u23s who did double duty for the seniors. I took on the attacking role and had four stars in all training roles except Tactical with three and a half. The scouting team comprised an analysis geek and two lacklustre scouts. I sent the latter packing and hired in my favourite Scout xxx with 17 and 20 for actual and potential attributes and gave him the chief’s role. I then found a rather uninspiring Polish scout who had a good knowledge base and a reasonable Tactical Knowledge rating to be my next opponent reviewer and two guys with moderately good potential attributes to find my young blood. I beefed up the medical department with some decent physios and went to see the players. The Squads The Youth team had a handful of 16 year olds who looked like they might develop okay, so I organised some mentoring to boost their determination, personality or both. The 17 and 18 year olds of potential (3 ½ stars) went into the U23s if they had a full star in Actual. The U23s boosted by some youngsters with potential was a tad unwieldy, with only a few candidates for long term careers with the club. There were quite a few who might develop a bit who could be sold off for cash, but there were many playing the same position which proved to be a bit troublesome as finding playing time worth a damn was going to be difficult. The younger ones I paired up with mentors where I could and the older ones I set to training either new traits or on individual traits as advised. The seniors looked a good bunch, and from previous saves I knew most could be counted on for making a good account of themselves. First thing I did though was to send all the loanees back to their home clubs. This freed up over 2 million pounds of salary, and gave me a transfer budget if I could find players better than my squad already had. My only concerns were lack of depth at Goalkeeper, both in their 30’s and only one star youngsters to back them up. I also had concerns with left wing, though the best replacement for Maghoma was away on loan, I still needed some backup. There were similar concerns for left defence, as Grounds’ backup were one star youngsters of 16! My central midfield was solid, with Kleftenbeld and Davis destined to be the starters with xxx, Gardner and xxx capable backups, the latter two able to rotate into Right Defender as well as Midfield. Ngoye I would set to learn Central Defence to provide some more quality backup there too, having doubts about the long term viability of Dean and Roberts who I had experience with from FM2016, and the veteran Morrison would be solid for only a couple of seasons at best. I didn’t even consider starting club legend xxx in the first team. The System Training In previous saves I put all players on the training schedule pertinent to the position I wanted them to play, to either increase their familiarity with it or to increase their relevant attributes, or both. I can’t say the results were impressive that way, so I thought I’d try another for this last hurrah in FM2018. All players were left on the playing position default, so they trained in the position they had been playing in. This allowed me to put them on focus training or new trait training, sometimes both. It would be interesting to see the results at the end of the season. Scouting I only had two scouts to assign as one was reviewing the next opponent, and the Chief was left free to take a look at players I identified myself. I assigned one scout to UK and the other to Central Europe looking for Hot Prospects. I set the Chief up with a selection of free agents I thought might be interesting. I was hard pressed to find anybody better than already available so in the end I opted for youth… well young anyway. A versatile midfielders capable of playing anywhere from DM to AM and left to right, though a specialist ball winner, and a young left fullback to relieve Grounds when he needed a breather. Cohen Brammal joined during the winter window after being placed on the transfer list. Tactics I think it’s fair to say the System evolved somewhat through the year, but was always looking to allow the players free rein in interpreting the team instructions. From time to time I changed a few things, and changed them back again. Even the Team instructions changed as the year went by, as our reputation relative to the other clubs in the competition changed. As usual, I had a standard 4-4-2 utilising a Deep Lying Forward and Advanced Forward combo, but later this changed to Target Man/Advanced Forward whenever Jukewicz was playing. I chose to have a Winger on the left and a Wide Midfielder on the right both on attacking duty. Both Fullbacks set to Support and the Central Defenders to Defend. In the centre of midfield I ended up with a Central Midfielder on Defend Duty as my holding player and a Ball Winning Midfielder on Support to do the running around. I experimented with various combinations utilising Deep Lying Playmakers on Defend or Box to Box Midfielders, but the Central Mid and BWM ended up the most effective. Eventually, the Team Instructions ended up as: Flexible Shape with Standard Mentality. Tempo, Width and Closing Down remained on default, while Defensive Line was set to Slightly Deeper and GK distribution set to be hindered. I set Passing at Direct most of the time, and fiddled with retaining possession at times throughout the season. In the end I did without it, unless the Assistant harped on about possession during a match. I asked the guys to play with more discipline, and left the final third settings at default unless he was beating his brow about longshots. I issued a few Player Instructions: The keeper was asked to distribute quickly to flanks, but rarely did; Central Defenders told to close down much less and to ease off tackles; The Box to Box / Ball Winning Midfielder was asked to Close Down More, Move into Channels and Get Forward; Both wide midfield players were asked to Close Down More; Both Strikers were asked to Close Down More. Concluding While the System was developed during the season and not just prior to ball meeting boot, any changes were gradual and not necessarily permanent. The next post will cover the 2017-18 season. Read on, to see how the Second City Blues went putting theory into practice. As always, your feedback is heartily welcome.
  2. Hi all, It's still in its infancy, but I'd like to introduce my new fansite, www.secondcityblues.com that has just gone live. If you take a look, there isn't much there at the moment but I hope to keep adding bits and pieces along the way. Any feedback will be greatly welcomed. Cheers, Kel
  3. Hello there. I have recently got back into Football manager being playing since FM14. Started a save with BCFC as I support them IRL (we just survived relegation today KRO), and well I am starting to get very frustrated with the results. I am 3rd currently, coming of a 1-0 defeat to Fulham. I have attached some screenshots giving some context to the situation. I guess you could say I have been overachieving looking at the squad depth, I have had a lot of injuries to key players (Grounds, Maghoma). Formation: When I am at home against a team that isn't in the playoffs/playing well, I tend to opt for a 4-4-2. When away, I always tend to play with the 4-4-1-1 (shown in the attachment). I have made subtle changes to player roles/instructions in recent games to see if I can change my luck. For example, originally I had the left centre midfielder playing as a BWM, I have now changed to a centre mid on the defend duty. Looking at the below tactic, you can see a couple of players out of position, this is down to the injuries I mentioned earlier which have been a massive hit on the formations I play. Team Instructions: Again I have made subtle changes to the team instructions once again. Brought in the clear the ball to flanks. The idea behind this is to use the pace of the wingers to get forward quickly to then allow more crosses into the target man. I am indeed playing narrower. Trying to ensure that it is harder for us to be broken down in the middle along with sticking to positions because we don't have the best creative players meaning we lack creativity in the final third. Team Report: Team report is useful here aswell, shows me that we have conceded a lot from crosses due to the high amount of assists from these areas. Furthermore we have one of the worst passing stats in the league. To be third in the league is good, but I feel us slipping off now with some poor results to Wolves and Middlesborough where we should've done better. If anyone could give me some advice it would be greatly appreciated. I haven't messed around with FM18 too much but it feels the same as the previous versions in terms of form being linked a lot to morale and the tactics you deploy. I don't see any glaringly obvious things that should be changed and ideally don't want to change tactics either. We have high determination overall in the squad along with teamwork, maybe I should try a higher pressing game where we look to go more direct with our play? Thanks in advance !!!
  4. So after getting angry in my last BCFC save (we have a pretty bad team with no funds), I gave it a break for a month or so. Now I'm back to take them to the lofty heights of the Premier League. I don't want to play defensive football, nor do I want to counter opponents (unless needed). Attacking, possession based football is needed at St. Andrew's. Do the current players have what it takes to play this style? Last time out, Che Adams and Fabbrini were barely used. I want to bring them into the starting squad this time in creative roles - hopefully, this will spark a change in our fortunes in front of goal. The aim for the season is to finish in the play-offs - of course. Automatic promotion I believe to be out of site as a team like Blues struggle with consistency. Perhaps if we had a few million to spend we could challenge - who could we sell? On to formations, tactics etc...
  5. BIRMINGHAM CITY FC - GARY ROWETT'S BLUE ARMY Full name Birmingham City Football Club Nickname(s) Blues Founded 1875 as Small Heath Alliance Ground St Andrew's Capacity 30,016[1] Coordinates 52°28′32″N 1°52′04″WCoordinates: 52°28′32″N 1°52′04″W Owner Trillion Trophy Asia[2] Manager Gary Rowett[3] League Championship 2015–16 Championship, 10th Adam Legzdins Tomasz Kuszczak A solid goalkeeper duo that is well experienced on this level. The Polish keeper Tomasz Kuszczak is our starting keeper and Legzdins the clear backup. In under 18-year-olds we have Adam Siviter who seems to be promising one. No additions needed for the first team. Jonathan Grounds Paul Robinson Ryan Shotton Rhoys Wiggins (6 month loan Bournemouth) Jonathan Spector Michael Morrison Paul Caddis Really experienced department for this level. What we might be lacking is one quality centre back and a permanent solution as a left back. We cannot renew the loan deal with Wiggins with the current financial state and Grounds is only good quality for League 1 level. The centre backs department is wide enough but I see Shotton and Spector more as full backs and Morrison is really the only choice. We will be looking to bring someone in maybe next season. Maikel Kieftenbeld Robert Tesche Stephen Gleeson Reece Brown David Davis The central midfield is filled with hard working qualities but we lack on skill, flair and passing ability. I would like to find a midfield maestro in the future. Maybe bringing back Jon Toral one day is an option. I am also looking to retrain one of my wingers to play in here as an attacking option who drives forward and can score some goals. Diego Fabbrini David Cotterill Che Adams Viv Solomon-Otabor Jacques Maghoma Greg Stewart This is an area that I really like. We have many quality players in form of Cotterill, Fabbrini and Maghoma and on the other hand two bright prospects in form of Adams and Solomon-Otabor. Clayton Donaldson Lukas Jutkiewicz (6 month loan from Burnley) Jack Storer Clayton Donaldson has been the first choice for years but I am looking to replace him in short future. Jutkiewicz again will be here only for six months and we don't have the finances to renew this deal. Storer might be promising, it's hard to say as he isn't really that good quality for his age. I will play him in Cup games and under 23s and see how he develops. Tactically my first creation is a 4-5-1 where I use wingbacks to add some width to our game. In attack I want it to work out as and 4-2-3-1 where the CM(A) is given a free role to do his work behind the striker and David Davis will take his place along with Gleeson and looks to give him one easy passing option more. I don't use attacking roles for my full backs for two reasons: one is that on the left hand side I don't feel that we don't have the quality player to get forward and on the right hand side Caddis would be too slow to get back to defend. Down the flanks I have a classic winger in form of Cotterill and an inside forward that is either Maghoma or young Che Adams. The striker role varies a lot and Stewart will not be an automatic first choice. When we are more defensive I will look and try to use Jutkiewicz as an anchor point for us and when we like to press higher I will use Donaldson as a DF and when we are favorites and controlling the game then Stewart will be my main man that drops deep. We are predicted to finish 14th in the Championship but like Rowett's Birmingham always does: we will overachieve. Clearly there are some great teams in this division with teams like Newcastle, Aston Villa and Norwich relegated. They have basically Premier league level squads so it's going to be hard to reach top 3 but behind these three I think anything is possible. Come on you Blues!
  6. Team Strengths In terms of the squad, it's been well built by Rowett (#thanksRowett) with solid options in all positions. Central midfield is definitely the strongest with four players fighting for the starting places. There will definitely be a mix up in preseason to find the strongest pair for my play style. We're also in a good position with what is expected of the team - 16th place. This means we are destined to over achieve and I'm confident we can do that with a minimum of a play-off place. Team Weaknesses For the squad, a solid centre-back and a potent striker are areas definitely in need of improvement. These will be my priority in the transfer window. Funds are limited (500k with 10k left in the wage budget) so going out and signing a 20 goal a season striker and a premier league defender are out of the window. We'll be looking at abusing the loan window somewhat. We'll also be on the lookout for a left-back as Grounds doesn't quite cut it and Wiggins is unaffordable once his loan ends in January. Tactically I don't think we can set out to dominate possession so my immediate thought is to sit back and counter most teams. Preseason doesn't offer too much of a test so I'll be aiming to get the squad used to this approach as well as getting everyone match fit. My initial thought is 4-4-2 with the full backs being predominantly defensive but occasionally overlapping when the chance arises. To counter these runs, one central midfielder will always sit deep to break up any counter attacks and slow the game down. Wingers will set out to get crosses into the box and be supported by the centre mids by getting the ball out to them. One of the big tall men will then be assigned to put the ball in the net. Che Adams will be the second striker aiming coming short for the ball to dish it out to the wingers. A 4-5-1 will be utilised for a tough opposition. ` Come on you Blues! KRO.
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