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So I bought the new Football Manager and tried to play the Swansea Way. And of course failed miserably once and again, the highlights being 0-4 home defeats to Huddersfield and Sunderland. Inspired by both of Cleon's Art of Possession and the Back to Basics by Herne, I created a possession tactic using defensive mentality: Highly Structured / Defensive Retain Possession, Push Higher Up, Roam From Positions, Close Down Much More The possession numbers have been good, usually around 60% but it seems like possession for the sake of it. We can't create any clear cut chances and the shots on target percentage is far from the 50% Cleon always mentions. When the striker or the winger gets the ball, he usually just dribbles until he loses it and nobody is making forward runs, not even the CM Attack. Defensively we keep making stupid mistakes and sometimes it seems they are not even trying. All in all, the system reminds of Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough in real life. No penetration at all and very poor defending. How to make Swansea great again?
Recently I have been finding success in playing counter attacking football, after an entire first season of possession football, (generally 4-2-3-1 for possession or counter attack or 4-1-4-1 for counter attack) and allowing opponents most of the ball and then hitting hard on the counter. It's got me a 7 game unbeaten run after a dismal start to the season. I prefer it to possession football but the board want possession football and their confidence for philosophies has dropped from about 53% to 45%. What should I do? Can I be fired for not adhering to philosophies?