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Here we go then. Wrote on here way back when, have played cm/fm since 1998 not so much until this year where circumstances mean I have more time. Have enjoyed FM17 quite a lot but want to document my latest save for that extra factor. I start in England with plenty of leagues loaded (non-playable) with the aim of holidaying until Jan 2017 and taking over whichever side is bottom of League Two. Turns out that side are Accrington Stanley, despite being 7 points adrift of safety the manager is not under pressure probably due to his excellent long standing service to this club. I feel bad replacing Coleman but I do so and join with the expected badges and qualifications for a club of this stature. The squad is not great as you would expect but is by no means beyond hope. We are under a transfer embargo due to overspending on wages. My first aims are to stay up and get the club out of FFP and remove any high wage earners ASAP.... We had won ONE league game until I come all season but had lost a lot of games by the odd goal. We go with a 4-3-2-1 system mainly as we dont have many forward options and Billy Kee plays the defensive forward role better than most at this level, he will be key to keeping us up. We beat Crewe 3-2 in our first game in a real end to end affair with us going 2-0 up they pulled us back to 2-2 they miss a pen and Kee nets a 82nd minute winner barely deserved but needed. Two days later we play the side once place above us in Hartlepool and win 2-0 quite impressively. We are now only 3 points from safety and things are looking rosy enough. We win two games from the next nine with three draws and four defeats, we are never stuffed but the squad is tired and needs help. The end of the loan window we sign two players to add some pace to the side. Josh Clarke comes in from Brentford he is pacy and for this level has good technicals he hasnt played much football at any level for a 22 year old but we cant be picky he will go straight in the side. Jordan Lyden joins from Villa to the end of the season a right back who can play centre mid as well he will be in and around the first team. Massive thanks to both these sides for allowing me to pay 0% of the wages in exchange for football. Josh Clarke scores a hat trick from right wing a 4-0 thrashing of Notts County on debut, just to quick and direct for them what a debut, Lyden also gets a 7.7 from full back. We draw a lot of games for the next month with odd heavy win and even more close defeats. We approach the last four games of the season one point clear of the drop and with easier games left on paper. We beat Crawley, Newport and Luton a combined 10-2 looking a top side, not sure where this came from but we look good, a defeat on the final game of the season matters not. We are safe are out of FFP and can approach the new season with some hope, I tell the squad we are aiming mid table they agree. I want to touch the play-offs in honesty if we can mould the squad with no budget and continue to not pay high wages. A tough task.