SRL88

SRL88's FM12 Journeyman Career

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The World Cup draw was quite favorable! I dont know if you can manage qualification to the Second Round, but at least with those 3, there is hope!

One of the best possible draws I think.

Pressure on now in the World Cup.

The New Zealand FA have put no pressure on us going into the World Cup. Ive set up friendlies against Saudi Arabia, Honduras and Yeman which I expect to win and if we do we go in with a 100% record under my management so confidence should be sky high.

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Very good draw for the World Cup, can't wait to see how you get on there.

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Very good draw for the World Cup, can't wait to see how you get on there.

Hoping we do well. We're in cracking form and the draw was favourable to us.

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SRL88's Career - November/December 2017 - Blackpool FC

Championship

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Well we have made a pretty good start under my management by picking up 17pts out of a possible 24pts since I took over. We have moved up the table nicely and find outselves 7pts off the Play-Off's. Its not going to be easy to reach them, but the way we are playing its more than possible. My first game in charge, away to Watford was a frustrating one. I felt confident that we could get all 3pts but an early sending off made things difficult. We were already 2-1 down before the sending off and as I was preparing for my half time team talk, the outspoken Christophe Jacques kicked out at a player and picked up a stupid red card. We managed to battle back and claim a 2-2 draw and could easily have won it late on with a flurry of decent chances. Our form picked up from there and despite a frustrating draw and defeat against Bournemouth and Wigan respectively we have done well with the pick of the bunch being a 6-0 home win over Middlesbrough.

January???

There is work to do in January but its going to be tough. The squad is absolutely huge and they are all on pretty high wages. I have got an idea of who I want to go and most are already in the reserves ready to be offered out. When I took over, all them reserve players were in the first team.

If I can get rid of the players I dont want, we could have a problem signing people. At present, with my reputation still on the rise there arent a mass amount of players available to me and my scouting range isnt the best. We need a striker desperately. Dont take the two big results to seriously because since I have taken over we have had a total of 122 shots at goal. We really need someone who can put the ball in the back of the net on a regular occassion. I might try returning to Liverpool and bring Andy Lancaster in on loan, but we shall see.

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Solid group there in the World Cup. Like the others have said, 2nd place is achievable!

Good luck with Blackpool as well and your goal of getting them back to the Premier League.

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Solid group there in the World Cup. Like the others have said, 2nd place is achievable!

Good luck with Blackpool as well and your goal of getting them back to the Premier League.

Cheers rancer :thup:.

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A decent month. If your rep is still low it looks like a loan is really your best bet to bring in some quality.

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A decent month. If your rep is still low it looks like a loan is really your best bet to bring in some quality.

Cheers!!!

My reputation is weird. Its national which is why Im a little confused as to why I cant attract players. My guess is the fact that I started the game as a Sunday League Footballer as my past experience.

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That's a very decent start to your Blackpool career.

Is that the American Bradley Johnson? He scored some real screamers for me at Norwich.

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Very open draw. Good seeing Canada making it on behalf of our Canadian contingent.

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That's a very decent start to your Blackpool career.

Is that the American Bradley Johnson? He scored some real screamers for me at Norwich.

It is indeed. He is currently on the transfer list because I just have to many midfielders.

Very open draw. Good seeing Canada making it on behalf of our Canadian contingent.

Its quite an even a decent draw to be honest. A few nations have a chance of a suprise with the likes of England/Portugal, France/Germany, Italy/Brazil drawn together.

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I never even noticed that we moved into the top 50 :lol:.

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Hah grats on top 50 ;)

I should really check my inbox :D.

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SRL88's Career - January 2018 - Blackpool FC

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An absolutely excellent month for us with a 100% record and some fantastic performances along the way. We seem unstoppable at the minute with our brand of fast flowing football giving defences a real headache. We had a bit of a scare against Reading after conceding two second half goals to give us a nervy finish after we had been three goals up, but we clung on. We battered Sheffield United, limiting them to just four shots, all of which came in the last 10 minutes. Another brilliant performance against Coventry resulted in another flurry of goals and we capped it off with an amazing win over Scunthorpe. I really felt that they would be the team to beat us, especially with them back in the Championship after a season in the Premiership and they still have a lot of players from their promotion, but we swept them aside to leave January with a perfect record.

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What an excellent win away to Premiership side Aston Villa and to be fair, we deserved it. I set us up with our usual tactics but I changed it so that we would hit them quickly on the counter and it worked a treat. They couldnt cope with our pace down the wings as well as Jacques pace upfront. Our prize for this marvelous win is a 4th Round tie at home to Everton.

Micah Richards - What a brilliant free transfer on our part. Experience, pace, power and will provide excellent competition for the right back spot.

Frank Nouble - Another free transfer who will add a different dimension to our attack. Started brilliantly in the league with 3 assists in two games.

Jason Ball - The youngster arrived in a £1.4m deal from Championship rivals Wigan, but he could prove to be a very good aquisition. Bad loads of potential and plenty of time to improve.

Fodeba Niambele - Arrives on loan from new Parent Club Arsenal, Will provide decent cover to the left hand side.

Really pleased we managed to get rid of so many. There were a lot of ageing and/or average players in the squad which could be looked at half the reason we were underachieving before my arrival. Its cleared a lot of wages (£40k roughly) and even though there are a few more I would liked to have sold, they can wait till the summer. Overall, good business in and out on our part.

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Excellent month there, and what a signing you have in Micah Richards!

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Excellent month there, and what a signing you have in Micah Richards!

Cheers mate :thup:. I cant believe no one had snapped him up before January...and he is only on £10k a week :lol:.

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Cheers mate :thup:. I cant believe no one had snapped him up before January...and he is only on £10k a week :lol:.

Bargain wages if I'm honest. Nice one :thup:

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Bargain wages if I'm honest. Nice one :thup:

Cheers fella!!!

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Great start to Blackpool life.

Cheers Delta :thup:.

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Brilliant start with Blackpool and not too far off a playoff place either.Also a nice draw for the World Cup,hope you can get New Zealand at least a point :D

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World Cup group looks doable, and an excellent start in charge of Blackpool!

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Brilliant start with Blackpool and not too far off a playoff place either.Also a nice draw for the World Cup,hope you can get New Zealand at least a point :D
World Cup group looks doable, and an excellent start in charge of Blackpool!

Cheers lads :thup:.

Should have a February update up in 20mins or so.

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I have just made what is possibly the best signing I have made so far in my career............................

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I think it deserves a

:D.

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What a signing....looks like you found yourself a new number one :D

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SRL88's Career - February 2018 - Blackpool FC

Championship

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We made a stinking start to February with two dissappointing defeats following our FA Cup tie against Everton (see below). We went from looking invincable to vunerable in a matter of days. We started our league month against Bristol City who became the first side to actually boss us in a fixture. We took the lead but they swept us aside and hammered us 4-1. An away fixture to Barnsley followed and it looked like we carried our previous performance into the game as they breezed past us with a comfortable win. Going into the Ipswich game I knew we needed to win for the sake of our Play-Off hopes and I let the lads know about it. It was a cagey affair and we looked nervous, but we battled for the win and probably just say deserved our 2-1 win. Next up at Bloomfield Road we had my former side Darlington who we beat 1-0. We really should have hit more but Darlington stood firm. The month was rounded off perfectly with a game where we finally showed our January form again with a massive 4-0 win over Brighton....a game which saw Alphonse Areola make his Blackpool debut.

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A really poor defeat when we could have made much more of it. We took the lead, much to my delight but Everton hit us back and went on to win in what looked to be a comfortable victory. The scoreline doesnt reflect the game though as we more than matched them and had more shots on target. They scored 4 goals from 5 shots on target as our goalkeeper had a nightmare. Something which would continue into the next two games (see above).

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Brilliant signing!
What a signing....looks like you found yourself a new number one :D

Cheers :thup:.

Technically he is my numer 24 but I will let you off with that comment ;).

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Wow, great signings in Richards and Areola there! Surprised to see them both without a contract in January.

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Nice signing SRL88. Pity about the results, but I am sure its just a bump that will pass.

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Certainly is a great signing. Good luck in getting another promotion :thup:

Nice WC draw aswell.

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Wow, great signings in Richards and Areola there! Surprised to see them both without a contract in January.
Nice signing SRL88. Pity about the results, but I am sure its just a bump that will pass.
Certainly is a great signing. Good luck in getting another promotion :thup:

Nice WC draw aswell.

Cheers lads :thup:.

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The game seems to be very generous with free-agent keepers, my Dortmund first choice Benali is an even better example.

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The game seems to be very generous with free-agent keepers, my Dortmund first choice Benali is an even better example.

I was pretty shocked when I saw he was available. Had trials with Blackburn & Sevilla but they never signed him, and he accepted me over LA Galaxy and a couple of other sides.

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You are slowly getting there with Blackpool, a few more wins should see you ok in the play-offs

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You are slowly getting there with Blackpool, a few more wins should see you ok in the play-offs

Im confident of making the Play-Off's if we cut out the silly mistakes that we had against Bristol City & Barnsley...but the way we have played apart from that I think we can get automatic promotion.

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He best turn up on that money!

Thats a pretty average earning in the squad to be fair. Highest is about £33k p/w from someone they had in the Premiership.

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Thats a pretty average earning in the squad to be fair. Highest is about £33k p/w from someone they had in the Premiership.

Am I just hated by chairmen? I was given £20k a week for a whole squad in the Championship!

You are being watched my friend :D:cool:

Although I've always been one for not spending!

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Just a quick annoucement regarding this thread.

Previously I mentioned that I run my Internet at home off a Dongle, which is a pain in the arse and because I cant really afford anything else having moved in with the Mrs. Per month, I get 5GB of Internet and I am currently down to my last GB which needs to last me for the next 14 days (Until 5th February) so I am letting you know that I will continue to update, but probably not as frequent as I have been doing so it will be more like one a night.

Any other stuff such as replying to your comments I will most likely do at work.

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Am I just hated by chairmen? I was given £20k a week for a whole squad in the Championship!

You are being watched my friend :D:cool:

Although I've always been one for not spending!

I love being in charge of this club!!! I got £400k p/w for wages to spend and Im spending about £330k at the minute. That, plus £4m to spend aint to bad :p.

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That's too much without racking up huge losses.

In the 3 month I have been here we have only lost £800k. Plus, there is over £14m in the bank.

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That's good, was losing 1M a month at West Brom with a similar bill, though again had plenty spare. Anything above 200kpw is asking for trouble before too long.

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