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I've never played a full game of FMT, (in fact I have never managed more than a single season I don't think), and mainly due to my dissatisfaction with a couple of bugs in FM, I have decided to give FMT a proper go and play a save that isn't really something you would expect of me. It's not going to be Youth Only. It's not going to be Journeyman, (because I expect that the issues with FM20 are likely to exist in FMT20 too). I will not be starting at the very bottom of the structure I start in. The save is inspired by a song, (or at least a fans version of a song that blew me away). Because this is FMT, I will be embracing some of the FMT style benefits, (I already knew that I had the ability to purchase a son in the game and now I also understand that I can "buy a Golden Generation", but what's the betting they are all absolutely pish anyway!). I'm really just playing this until the boffins at SI can sort out the things that are bugging me about FM20. The 1st aim as always is to not get sacked. The 2nd aim is to absolutely bury Hearts. The 3rd aim is to separate the Old Firm and become better than Rangers. The ultimate aim is to topple Celtic. Where as I would usually start with no badges and a Sunday League reputation, in this save I am starting with an automatic reputation and I don't think badges are in the game because I didn't get an option in that respect. There is however 1 feature that I will absolutely NOT be using. It's a downright abomination. Start of save. Jul 2019. We have £8.8M in the bank, but a transfer budget of £0.00. Our wage budget is £67,952 and that's exactly what we are spending. Our Training Facilities are "Great" (at least that's what it says), and part of the reason for playing FMT is that I have no way of checking. Our Youth Facilities are also "Great" and as above we will just have to take their word for it. (There is no separate Youth Recruitment which is the big problem in FM20 at the moment). This is a new screen to me and it says that we don't have a Chairman. Are Hibs fan owned? I was actually looking to delegate stuff to the Chairman, (like hiring/firing all staff), so I might have to do that myself, (which is a pain, and not very FMT-like). Oh ok. Here it is. It is here, it's just quite limited but no problem. I never knew this feature existed. I won't be using it. (Another abomination). I also hadn't heard of this feature either but not sure if it's new or not. This might get used at some point but I will talk you through it if and when I use it. The idea would be that this would just be for a players who has done something special that deserves special recognition. (I'm assuming that this is for a player and not for me by the way?) I've just come across "Dream Transfer" and I'm not sure what this is at all. Let's have a look and see if I can work out what it is. Oh, it actually creates a pop-up with a description for all of them. No loan restrictions. This doesn't really appeal because I tend not to use in-coming loans, but if I was able to unlock it in-game then I might be tempted to take advantage of it just for the hell of it. I certainly won't be purchasing it though. No transfer windows. I won't be purchasing this or using it when I activate it in-game. I am very used to transfer windows and couldn't bring myself to abolish them. No sacking. While I won't be purchasing this, I would like to think I will be unlocking it in-game and that it might be a decent reward to activate it. It might also allow me to them go for more risky strategies without risk of getting shown the door. Board over-ride. I won't be purchasing this, but it does say that it's unlockable even if it doesn't say how. I would expect that I get one of these to use if I get the board to change their mind about something. Either way I look forward to using this, (maybe even multiple times depending on what unlocks it). No Work permits. Although I won't be purchasing this, what makes it appealing to use if un-locked in-game is the trigger of "showing a commitment to developing home-grown talent". I would definitely use this. Brexit has been announced and it's a medium Brexit. Son generated. This is the big one for me. I would have been tempted to pay money for this, but as it's triggered by a player retiring after 10 years service rather than me being at the club for 10 years then I might hold off. It also means I am about to go and re-sign some players who I was prepared to let leave. (I wonder if loan deals screw with this?) All players interested. I'm not going to be purchasing this and I also don't think there is much chance in me unlocking this either. This might be more suitable in a Journeyman save, but is it restricted to 1 club or does it follow the Manager around? Foreign Influx. Although I wouldn't purchase, if I manage to go undefeated for a full season, then I bloomin well deserve this as a prize. Unlimited scouting. Oh yes, if this save lasts 10 years then this is definitely getting used once I unlock it. New Stadia. I would pay good cash money to have a stadium names after me, (because I still haven't managed it in any FM), but I can't see myself using this even if I somehow trigger it. SI please note I am happy to pay to rename a stadium though. Pretty please. Attribute masking. Not sure about this one. If you asked me if I wanted to play with the FoW lifted then I would have said no, so I'm definitely not purchasing this, but if it was an earned reward to show me every players determination level for example then that might seem more reasonable. I will have to think about this one nearer the time and will discuss in more depth if and when it happens. £1M boost. Nope. I'm not using this. £5M boost. Nope. I'm not using this. £10M boost. Nope. £50M boost. No no no no no. Morale boost. I'm not purchasing this, but if I unlock it then I will use it. Would have been better if you could keep it in your back pocket for a rainy day though, (like a Cup Final or a big league game). Magic sponge. Dodgy Lasagne. Lifetime Player contract. I'm not purchasing this, but I would use on someone like a son if I unlock it. Unsuspend player. No, not using this. All job Applications. If I was playing a journeyman save then I might be tempting, but no. Design a son. Oh I see. This isn't the same thing at all as "Generate a son". I will "try" not to buy this and will instead try to earn it. Golden Generation. This sounds right up my street. I would love to unlock this, (by having a product of my Academy win some accolade or something), but I can see me purchasing this. The only reason I'm not purchasing immediately is partly because I don't even feel like the club is mine yet, (and I've just finished the 1st season), but also because I want to be financially viable so that the board don't sell them off and that they can stay at the club long-term. I also want to see what a normal intake is like 1st. Dream Transfer. The idea of bringing in Messi or Ronaldo doesn't appeal in the slightest, but the idea of perhaps bringing back a previous product of our Academy might be more appealing. Only if I trigger it though. I'm not buying this. I don't actually know if we qualified for Europe last season. We will have to wait and see. The Youth Intake Preview is appalling and possibly suggests that the issues with FM20 are also in FMT20. I haven'y worked out how to force through a Golden Generation. I also can't work out how to give myself a son in the game, (although I think it auto-triggers after 10 seasons). (20a) Brian *. (20b) Johnston *. Something that I have noticed however is that this button is available...... I'm not sure if this is going to try and get me to pay for a son, (I'm not going to), or if it's has been triggered because I have players at the club who have been here for more than 10 years, (although not exactly 10 years). Anyway, let's press it and see what happens..... Ladbrokes Premiership. Going into the last game of the season we were 3rd, level on points with Rangers and only behind by 1 goal difference and ahead on goals scored. We just need 1 point more than them to finish in 2nd and 4th placed Aberdeen were almost 20 points behind us. Hearts, with 1 game remaining were only ahead of St Mirren in the relegation zone on goal difference. How I wish I was playing them to send them down. Celtic have obviously romped the league, although it was close for much of the season while they had games in hand. Forget that bit above. We have just been given 5 more games to play. I had forgotten about that. In the end, we didn't finish 2nd and Hearts didn't get relegated. Betfred Cup. We progressed through the Group stage and then somehow crashed out to Alloa. Scottish Cup. As if losing to Alloa wasn't bad enough, we made it a double by also losing to Morton. That's more like it. I had nothing to do with this at all. The board just announced it. How Mallan has not been called up to the Scottish side I have no idea. I'm playing him as a DLP(s) and he is absolutely smashing it. Finances. Anyway, so I know some of you will be disgusted by all of the above and still others might demand to know who am I and what have I done with Jimbo. Don't worry, I'm not changing the way I play and this is just some light entertainment to pass the time while the SI lads get on with some bug-fixing.
Returning to a place I've been before... A new thread in 2020, finally. I've not had the time or the mood honestly to get back in to FM 2020 after my Red Star save fizzled out last year. It didn't help that I started a new job in January, either. As I don't plan on spending as much time as before on playing FM I am doing this save on FM Touch to still be able to update the thread regularly. The general idea: a journeyman (which is a kind of save I rarely ever do), but I can only manage teams from places I've visited in real life. To give the career more of a through-line I also want to try and bring along certain players with me at multiple clubs. That does mean that this is NOT going to be youth-only and I don't have any clear limitations on the transfer front except trying to go for youth whenever I can. The following leagues are loaded: Only the highest league in every country is loaded. I have made a list of all the clubs I can take on, that are currently in the highest division or secondary if they get promoted. In Belgium, France & Holland there are a lot, in most other countries the list is more limited. My travelling has actually been relatively limited, which keeps the extent of this save nicely in check. Holland: AZ, Ajax, ADO, Feyenoord, Sparta, Utrecht, Vitesse, PEC Zwolle, Heerenveen, Groningen (+ Volendam, Almere, Cambuur, NEC, Excelsior, Dordrecht, NAC, Den Bosch, MVV) Belgium: Antwerp, Cercle Brugge, Club Brugge, Gent, Kortrijk, Mechelen, Oostende, Standard Liège, Waasland-Beveren (+ Beerschot Antwerp, OH Leuven) Germany: Bayern Munich. (+ HSV, St. Pauli) France: Bordeaux, Dijon, Lille, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Nîmes, PSG, Reims, Toulouse (+ Clermont, Grenoble, Nancy, Orléans, Paris FC, Rodez, Troyes) Spain: Barcelona teams (Barcelona & Espanyol), Madrid Teams (Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, + Rayo Vallecano) & Mallorca Portugal: Lisbon teams (Benfica, Sporting + Casa Pia) Italy: Rome teams (Lazio & AS Roma) Austria: Vienna teams: (Austria Wien, Rapid Wien, + Florisdorfer AC) Russia: Moscow Teams (CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Lokomotiv Mosdcow, Spartak Moscow, + Chertanovo & Torpedo Moscow) & Zenit Saint Petersburg England: London teams (Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, West Ham United,+ Brentford, Charlton Athletic, Fulham, Millwall, Queens Park Rangers) Ireland: Dublin teams (Shelbourne, Shamrock Rovers, St. Patrick's Athletic, Bohemians, + Cabinteely, UCD) USA: Chicago Fire FC, DC United, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles FC I've actually never managed in the MLS so that'll be a good one to try at some point. But I'll be starting in Spain, for Mallorca. Had a nice beach/drinking holiday there with my high school graduating class. Sangria, Sun & beer....... good times I want to go for mid-table in the first season. As always I'll be trying to go for a high-scoring tactic with wing play. The midfield will be overrun but let's see. If this leads to a whole lot of 2-5's I'll go more conservative. Anyway, welcome.
I hired a new Chief Scout, after my previous one was signed by another club. Previously I had 6 scouts in the scouting team, but after hiring the new guy, I have 5. Is this the expected behavior - i.e. the number of scouts available is determined by the Chief Scout? Secondly - if the Chief Scout themselves sets the size of the scouting team, then why do unattached scouts not show the potential size of their scouting teams? It would make more sense that the club themselves set the number. Previous Chief Scout was Alberto Giraldez. New one is Joe McClaren.