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I'm using my 1991-1992 database that I made for Football Manager 2016, which you can download HERE. It is the summer of 1991. The English top flight is Division One. There is no such thing as the Premier League and never will be. Arsenal are the reigning Champions of England. I have just taken charge of Leeds United, who finished fourth last season, which is a fantastic achievement for a newly promoted club. This season the aim is to bring home the title for the first time in 18 years. For a preview of all the Division One teams check out THIS THREAD. Here is my squad: I feel like I have a good back room team in place and have no plans currently to make any changes: Here are some key players in my squad: TONY DORIGO: A true flying wing back, there are few better in the role than Dorigo. With a target man like Lee Chapman up front, service from the wings will be crucial. Dorigo will be expected to contribute as much going forward as at the back. CHRIS FAIRCLOUGH: A centre-back renowned for his man marking abilities, Fairclough is 27 years old, and hasn't quite managed to meet the expectations that many had for him as a youngster. I want to change that. STEVE HODGE: A versatile midfielder with a wealth of experience and 24 England caps. He has that priceless knack of popping up with a goal at crucial moments. JOHN LUKIC: A goalkeeper that can consider himself unlucky to have not been capped by his country yet. He is in his second spell at Leeds after picking up a title winners medal as Arsenal's first choice 'keeper. GARY McALLISTER: A classy midfielder with great vision and an equally great range of passing. He also has an eye for goal and is a set-piece specialist. GARY SPEED: One of the most exciting young talents in the country. A versatile midfielder who is quick, can dribble, cross, finish and has a great leap and heading ability. If a right winged cross evades Lee Chapman, don't be surprised to see Speed arrive from the left wing and get on the end of it. MEL STERLAND: For Sterland, see Dorigo. There are few right backs I would rather have. He will get up and down the right flank all day, and provide great crosses for Lee Chapman to stick his head on. For a fullback, he also has a great eye for goal. GORDON STRACHAN: My captain and a man who's energy and stamina belie his advanced years. A born leader and last season's Football Writer's Player of the Year. ROD WALLACE: A young striker with great skill and pace and a world of potential. I think he could form a great 'little and large' combination with Lee Chapman. CHRIS WHYTE: Classy experienced centre-back. DAVID BATTY: A tenacious midfielder that allows more creative players around him to flourish. Not that Batty himself is simply a ball winner, he is just as good in possession as he is at winning possession. ERIC CANTONA: A mercurial, temperamental talent, who's career is in danger of going off the rails. This is his chance to fulfil his enormous potential. LEE CHAPMAN: A striker with clearly defined strengths and weaknesses. Play to his strengths and he will bag you goals, as evidenced by his 31 goal haul last season. It basically comes down to this - get crosses in the box and Chapman will get you goals. In my squad I have some experienced campaigners in Chris Kamara, Mervyn Day, John McClelland, Andy Williams, Carl Shutt, Bobby Davidson and Imre Varadi. Here are our most promising youngsters: DAVID WETHERALL: JON NEWSOME: GARY KELLY: NOEL WHELAN: Here's our pre-season schedule: We'll take a look at how pre-season went in my next post.
Some of you may remember the 1991-92 database I posted about six months ago. Well, I've since fleshed out the database and added graphics packs. Read more and download here: FOOTBALL MANAGER 1991/92 I'm a massive Leeds fan and that's why I made this DB. I always wanted to play an FM game featuring the Leeds title winning team so I made it happen. In this world the Premier League will never happen. So, obviously, I'm managing Leeds and aiming to replicate reality and bring home the title in my first season. Here's my squad: Reserves: Youths: Here are my key players: My main team will look something like this: Lukic Sterland Fairclough Whyte Dorigo Strachan McAllister Batty Speed Wallace/Cantona Chapman John Lukic isn't the best 'keeper in the league, but he is definitely in the upper tier. He's fresh off being Arsenal's number one as they claimed the title. We have great width in the side, with the experienced Gordon Strachan and promising youngster Gary Speed on the wings, and wing backs Mel Sterland and Tony Dorigo overlapping at every opportunity. The service from the flanks will be crucial, because Lee Chapman is an old fashioned target man who thrives off good crosses. While not blessed with great technical ability, Chapman knows where the goal is, and he did, in fact, top score in Division One last season. Alongside him I have two very different options - the speedy Rod Wallace offers a great little and large option, while the mercurial Eric Cantona has all the ability in the world, but a temperament that is suspect at best. In the heart of the defence, Chris Whyte and Chris Fairclough are solid if unspectacular. The central midfield is, in my opinion, as good as anything in the division. Gary McAllister has the vision and ability to change the game in a split second, while David Batty's tough tackling and efficient distribution allows the more attack minded players to flourish. McAlliser, Dorigo and Sterland are all great set-piece takers. In reserve I have some old pros in Chris Kamara, Glynn Snodin, Carl Chutt, Imre Varadi, John McClelland and Bobby Davison. I also have promising young players in David Wetherall, Jon Newsome, Simon Grayson and Mike Whitlow. In the youth team, Noel Whelan and Gary Kelly are the standout prospects. Another key member of the squad is midfielder Steve Hodge, 24 times capped by England, and a player that will be pushing for a regular starting spot. I have kept Mick Hennigan as my assistant manager, and I have hired Leeds legend Eddie Gray, as well as Terry McDermott and Ray Lewington as coaches. Here's our pre-season schedule: Obviously the focus is on building up fitness and familiarity with the system. These are my instructions: Up next - pre-season friendlies.
Welcome to the Leeds United thread for Football Manger 2017. If you're looking for the Football Manager 2016 thread then please SEE HERE. As many a Leeds fan will know since our relegation from the Premier League in the 03-04 season the club has seen its fair share of turmoil on and off the pitch and since promotion back into the Championship in the 09-10 season every fan has spent each and every off season dreaming that this year could be ours to return to the big time, time to relive those glory days of old to be disappointed with a Mid table finish come each May. But this year things seem different with the introduction of a bright young English manager going by the name of Garry Monk and a number of his preferred backroom staff (Pep Clotet, James Beattie etc.) it appears that the foundations have been put in place for a real promotion push. Include to that a number of top quality signings for the championship level the team is in a really healthy position to be a great proposition for any FM manager to get their teeth into. Over the first few posts of this thread I will look to Outline the Squad, Club & Staff looking to help you all realise that dream of been the manager who takes a sleeping giant back to the big time! So first a little about the club. Nicknames: The Whites, United, The Peacocks Stadium: Elland Road, the 13th largest Football stadium in England and 4th Biggest outside of the top flight with a capacity of 37,890 (Reduced since the introduction of 25 executive boxes back in 2011) Leeds United Football Club is a professional association football club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The club was formed in 1919 following the disbanding of Leeds City F.C. by the Football League. Leeds United have won three First Division league titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup. The club has also won two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups. The majority of the honors were won under the management of Don Revie in the 1960s and 1970s. Leeds lost the 1975 European Cup Final against Bayern Munich and reached the semi finals of the tournament's successor Champions League in 2001. Leeds United have rivalries with several clubs, including local rivalries with Bradford City and Huddersfield Town and national rivalries with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Millwall. A rivalry with Turkish club Galatasaray was created after two Leeds fans were murdered by Galatasaray supporters before a UEFA Cup fixture in April 2000.
Hi everyone. I'm currently playing with Leeds United, for what is only my second actual save going on FM17. I'm no tactical genius, so I'll mention first that my formation is heavily inspired by things I've read on this thread: At first I didn't really know where to go gameplan wise, and I figured Leeds starting squad was well suited for a 4-1-4-1. Here are the tactic I'm using the most and the TIs. When facing a 4-3-3, I usually turn my DM-D into a RPM, and my CM-S into a CM-D. TIs remain the same overall. The only PIs I use are Move into channels for my CM-A, Close down much less for my RPM when I have one, and Fewer Risky Passes for my keeper. First season in Championship went really well, we beat the odds by finishing second, earning a spot in the Premier League. Our strongest asset was our defence, as we ended up being the best defence in the league, while only being the 4th or 5th best attack. What was a warning sign of the current situation is that we were no match to Newcastle, and Norwich was a tough opponent aswell. Now that I'm in the Prem, I'm struggling a lot. Somehow my fire power is still the same (24 goals in 16games), but I'm really worried about my back line, as we're one of the weakest defence in the League, with too many goals and chances conceded to my liking (28 goals against so far). This is what I've noticed so far: - When the opposition is building up to my box, I found we're really weak in the space just in front of my two CBs. I feel like my players run at the ball too much, and then space is created. - Through balls between my two CDs happen a lot when we are high up the pitch, and the opponent forward has easy runs in the space, even though none of my defenders are particularly slow. - We concede a lot of our goals following crosses, as the opposition wingers have a lot of room to work with - We don't have the ball as much as I'd wish/thought, with under average pass completion and possession. - We lack space up front, especially when we are in front of their box. I feel this mainly comes from my CM-A not having that many runs and impact. - Maybe as a consequence, we rely a lot on our lone attacker, who's the only scoarer in that squad. This problem was also there on the first season, as Antonsson was the lead scorer with 32 goals, only followed by a distance by Pedraza and his 8 goals. Some of these issues (mainly the offensive ones) were also true during the first season, but it was less of an issue considering the opposition. As for the Premier League, at first I thought my tactic was a bit too naive, considering the quality of my squad compared to the rest of Prem, so I've tried a few tweaks, but it didn't work out really well. On the defensive side, I've decided to lower my defensive line a bit, and I also switched my two CDs' Closing Down from sometimes to Less. On paper, it worked out a bit, as we won two games in a row, but in reality it was more due to the opposition lacks in our half of the pitch, as we got punished by Leicester in the latest game. Upfront, I've tried to switch my DLF-S to a DF-S (I don't really know why I did that, I guess I'm getting a bit desperate), but it didn't have much impact. I've noticed that his rating only depends on him scoring or not, even though I'd want him to participate in the build up. I've tried so many different things about my CM-A that I can't remember it all. I also think my RPM doesn't have much impact, and my attempts to use him as a Regista were a bit poor. I thought that maybe I'm giving too many freedom to my players considering their qualities, and they end up making the wrong decision a lot. During the games, I often found myself behind in term of possession, so I usually tick Retain Possession after 15-20 minutes into the match. I also try to switch to Shorter Passing, but I dont notice a huge difference. A couple times I tried to raise the tempo, so we could get to the opposition's half faster, but it just resulted into a 4-1 for West Ham, with only 1-1 at half time. Even when it comes to substitutions, the players coming in are pretty much useless, as they don't add anything to what's already on the pitch. That is to say that I don't feel I have much impact during the games. I tried to watch full matches to spot issues, but to no avail, as I don't really know what to watch and what the mistakes are. I don't know how much my issues are solely based on my squad overall quality, and what is on me as a manager. Overall we're not having that bad of a season, sitting 12th in the tables around half season, but our defensive weakness might cost us a painful second half of season. Anyway any advice is welcome, as I'm sure there are many aspects I don't understand yet. Btw english isn't my main language, so if anything isn't clear enough, tell me and I'll try to explain it better.