DazRTaylor

A Story of a Thousand Miles Must Begin With a Single Step

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Good luck in the Championship. :thup:

Or some other club if you're planning to leave. :D

Great job on the Double promotion!! Can you make it 3 in 3?

Thanks guys, but no, it won't be 3 from 3...

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Wigan have just finished the season in 2nd place in the Championship so the Premier League awaits!

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WIGAN ATHLETIC

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Club - Wigan Athletic

Nation - England

League - Premier League (top tier)

Stadium - DW Stadium

Capacity - 25,133 all seater

Corporate Facilities - Good

Training Facilities - Top

Youth Facilities - Average

Junior Coaching - Adequate

Youth Recruitment - Average

As stated above, Wigan will start the new season in the Premier League.

Squad

This is the squad with those players I will keep. I have trimmed fifteen players - they are currently in the reserves as I await bids for them!

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Is Rodallega still in the team?

Nope, he was sold to Vitesse Arnhem last year for £3.7m. Vitesse won the Dutch league too.

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SEASON 2014-15 PREVIEW

A new adventure awaits in the Premier League with Wigan Athletic.

Media Prediction - 20th.

My expectation - 14th. I will probably flirt with relegation but unlikely to go down with that budget.

Transfer Budget - £10,500,000.

Wage Budget - £520,580 per week.

NEW SIGNINGS

I promised to overhaul the squad and I have duly delivered. A lot have been signed for the future.

Permanent Signings

Eduardo Vargas - 24 year old Chilean striker, signed for a bargain £3.7m from Napoli. The highest paid player in Wigan history.

Muhammet Zeydan - Young Turkish centre half arrived from Eintracht Frankfurt.

Adam Krakowiak - Teenage Polish striker signed from Legia Warsaw.

Stephen Kelly - Irish right back who had a successful loan spell at Wigan last season before I arrived, so I made the move permanent.

Jan Kahout - 18 year old Czech right winger, arrives from Sparta Prague.

Maciej Zaniewski - Teenage Polish left back signed from Lech Poznan.

Martin Kricek - 17 year old Czech centre half signed from Mlada Boleslav.

Kyle Bartley - Signed for a cool £6m from Swansea, I have high hopes this English centre half will play for England.

Conor Clifford - 22 year old Irish midfielder, signed a on free transfer.

Branko Karatovic - 18 year old Croatian striker, signed from Dinamo.

Robbie Cotton - Teenage English midfielder, signed on the cheap from Arsenal.

Michael Fink - Experienced German defensive midfielder, signed on a free transfer.

Jacob Marcher - 18 year old Danish centre half signed on a free transfer.

William Umbarila - Young Colombian central midfielder, signed on a free transfer, will be farmed out as he failed to obtain a work permit.

Dino Cakarun - Teenage Croatian goalkeeper, who will serve as backup to Ali Al Habsi, arrives from Rijeka.

Tomislav Gomelt - 19 year old Croatian right winger signed on a free transfer.

Carlos Brunt Lewis - My South American scout earned his crust with this teenage Argentine striker. He is off to Croatia on loan though as he was denied a work permit.

Karim Messaoudi - Teenage Moroccan left winger, signed without a work permit, so Croatia awaits.

Khaled Ibrahim - 18 year old Egyptian goalkeeper and like some others, he is off to Croatia after failing to obtain a work permit.

Valter Birsa - 27 year old Slovenian left winger wigned on a free transfer.

Loan Signings

Ross Barkley - Young English central midfielder signed on loan from Everton.

Jéróme Lambert - French left winger, signed from Lens for a year.

My squad now looks like this:

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Plenty of quality to work with.

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LAST MINUTE ADDITION

Really chuffed I got this guy - he will dominate at the back.

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Do you think Nick Powell could do a good job for Wigan? Your squad looks strong

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Wigan? Stupid but not illegal ;)

Lol I genuinely thought long and hard about taking it because as a club, Wigan doesn't excite me. This could be a good stepping stone though - I have already been linked to the likes of Everton.

Do you think Nick Powell could do a good job for Wigan? Your squad looks strong

Thanks :)

I have been asking myself that exact question. He is on my shortlist and I have had him scouted four or five times. He is rated as 1.5-2* current ability (depending on what scout I send) yet all the scouts have him as 4.5* potential ability. I may go back in January - five months in the Championship will be a good test for him.

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MID SEASON REVIEW

League

Absolutely brilliant. We have far exceeded my expectations. The only concern I have is that we tend to rely on Jonathan Mensah - he was injured in the last week of November for five weeks and our results nosedived. We were running second for a while.

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F. A. Cup

A tough draw in the third round. Away to Bolton Wanderers.

Carling Cup

Another good competition as we are into the semi finals! We play Newcastle over the two legs, St James' Park first. In previous rounds we beat, round order, Charlton Athletic (1-0, home), Hull City (1-0, home), Everton (2-0, home) and Chelsea (3-2, after extra time, away).

PLAYERS

Players In

Bojan Nackov - Brilliant Serbian goalkeeper, signed as a replacement for Ali Al-Habsi who I have sold for £2.5m. He was out of contract in the summer.

Andreas Malkotsis - Young Greek left back. Has a bright future.

Sajjad Heydari - 18 year old Iranian defensive midfielder, denied a work permit so off he toddles to Croatia until he gets a passport.

I have 13 cracking players but I lack depth. So I am still after a few more, so will update t the end of January.

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LAST MINUTE ADDITIONS

Well, not really last minute, but the following were added in January after the last update. I am especially pleased with signing Tchen-Sseu Huber - he will be an immense player.

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Huber's one of the best I've ever seen, and at Milan I've seen some amazing youngsters.

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Huber's one of the best I've ever seen, and at Milan I've seen some amazing youngsters.

I agree.

He also has one of the best names I have ever seen :D

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Lots of changes there. Good luck in the 2nd half of the year.

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Like Strnad there. Good centreback and should become even better with experience.

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Lots of changes there. Good luck in the 2nd half of the year.

Thanks mate :)

Like Strnad there. Good centreback and should become even better with experience.

Yep, he has played very well since I signed him :thup:

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END OF SEASON REVIEW

SEASON 2015-16

Well, on the face of it, it was a marvellous season. So why am I feeling "What might have been"?

League

I would obviously have taken this at the start of the season but I was in with an (albeit) outside chance of the title with two games remaining. Alas, my squad was tired and we lost both games and so the club failed to even make the Champions League. Still, 6th place and Europa League qualification is a fine achievement.

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F. A. Cup

I won at Bolton comfortably (3-1, away) before being embarrssed at Brighton in round four, losing 3-1.

Carling Cup

As detailed in the mid season review, I had drawn Newcastle in the semi finals. We lost 2-1 at St. James' Park in the first leg before a tremendous performance saw us win 3-0 at home for a 4-2 aggregate victory. Manchester City awaited in the final and it was a game too far, losing 1-0.

PLAYERS

Player of the Season

Jonathan Mensah was immense for us. It showed how vital he was because when he was injured, we generally didn't win. It will be a struggle to keep hold of him I think.

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Special Mention

Branko Karatovic scored 18 goals this season. A fantastic return for a teenager. He has a massive future.

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FORMER CLUB WATCH

Perugia

[u][b]Season       Champions League   Europa League         Final League Position            Coppa Italia               Serie C Cup[/b][/u]
2011-12             N/a              N/a              3rd Italian Serie C2/B (P)            N/a                   Group stage
2012-13             N/a              N/a              5th Italian Serie C1/B           1st qualifying round       1st round
2013-14             N/a              N/a             18th Italian Serie C1/B (R)       1st qualifying round       Group stage
2014-15             N/a              N/a              4th Italian Serie C2/A (P)            N/a                   2nd round

Hartlepool United

[u][b]Season       Champions League    Europa League         Final League Position            F. A. Cup                  Carling Cup           Johnstone's Paint Trophy[/b][/u]
2012-13             N/a               N/a              1st English League Two (P)       1st round                  1st round                     2nd round
2013-14             N/a               N/a              1st English League One (P)       Quarter final              1st round                     2nd round
2014-15             N/a               N/a             15th English Championship         3rd round                  2nd round                     N/a

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Karatovic is another good one.

Yep, he has done well.

I have had tremendous success in FM2012 across all my saves with recruiting young talent - my huge investment in my scouting network pays off. :D

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An interesting offer out of the blue:

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I have declined it as I will not be leaving England until I win the Champions League with an English club. Good to be recognised though :)

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Unlucky with the end of season form, but it's a good building block for next season. :thup:

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SEASON 2015-16 PREVIEW

After the success of last year, my aim is Champions League football. I will only leave if one of the so called 'big bos' come knocking.

Media Prediction - 9th.

My expectation - 4th. It has to be the minumum after last season.

Transfer Budget - £24,000,000

Wage Budget - £629,067 per week.

NEW SIGNINGS

All of these have been signed permanently.

Serdar Donumcu - He may be only 18 but bloody hell, he looks unbelievable! Will definitely start. I made a huge offer just to get him from his native Turkey.

Jack Cork - 26 year old centre half signed to run the show from the middle of the park.

Tom Huddlestone - England international surprisingly released by Manchester United. Still only 28, one of my best ever free transfer signings.

Lucas Digne - 22 year old French defender arrives from Udinese in Italy. Will start as first choice left back.

Antonio Horvat - 19 year old Croatian striker signed after his release by Dinamo. I am apprehensive about signing him as, despite his tender age, he has already been injured six time, had food poisoning twice, the flu once as well as a cold. Not a healthy lad!

Pierluigi Gollini - Also released by Manchester United, this 20 year old Italian goalkeeper will act as third choice.

Sylvinho - 18 year old Brazilian defensive midfielder I will loan out for some experience.

Carlos Alberto Tenorio - 18 year old Ecuadorian midfielder. Will probably be loaned out.

Albert Trbuljak - Young Croatian midfielder. Will be nurtured until he is ready for first team football.

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Wow!! Donumcu looks amazing!!

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Unlucky with the end of season form, but it's a good building block for next season. :thup:

Thanks :)

Wow!! Donumcu looks amazing!!

Yes, he is going to be an absolute beast.

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Really good season in the EPL with Wigan. Won't be long until you're in the Champions League

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Yep, he has done well.

I have had tremendous success in FM2012 across all my saves with recruiting young talent

Same, that's what inspired my current save where I'd do nothing but that.

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MID SEASON REVIEW

Europa League

An excellent campaign to date. Faultless in fact. We beat Qarabag Agdam of Azerbaijan in the 3rd qualifying round 8-0 on aggregate. This set up a draw with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the fourth qualifying round and we went one better, winning 9-0 on aggregate. The draw was not kind to us for the group stage, at least on paper. We were drawn with Inter of Italy, Galatasaray of Turkey and Sion of Switzerland. Note I said on paper - we romped home, winning all six games. We have Dnipro of Ukraine in the first knockout round, first leg away. Final group table is below:

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League

Another strong showing by the Latics. We sit comfortably close to the top and we have quite a few games in hand.

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F. A. Cup

We have drawn Championship outfit Charlton Athletic at home in round three.

Carling Cup

As with the league, we are having another good competition. I will add though, that the sides we play have not always fielded full strength teams - whereas I have. As we play in Europe, we were given a bye until round three where we met and beat Arsenal at home, 2-1. The Fourth round saw us overcome, 4-1 at home, Millwall from the Championship. We had a tough looking game at Tottenham in the quarter finals but a good defensive display saw us snatch a 1-0 win. We have drawn Aston Villa in the semi finals, the first leg to be played at Villa Park. This should be straightforward - Aston Villa are battling relegation from the Championship to League One.

PLAYERS

Players In

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - English winger who has grown disillusioned at Arsenal so joins me for a bargain £5m.

Terry Lawson - 21 year old American goalkeeper signed after he was surprisingly released by Chivas USA. Failed to obtain a work permit so will be loaned out.

Ilija Drobnic - 15 year old Slovenian striker signed as one for the future.

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Bit of a nice surprise doing that well in Europe.

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Wow. Topping your group in Europe with a 100% record is fantastic.

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Bit of a nice surprise doing that well in Europe.
Wow. Topping your group in Europe with a 100% record is fantastic.

Thanks guys :thup:

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Doing great in europe, hopefully you can take that sort of form in the league aswell and make the top 4!

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Doing great in europe, hopefully you can take that sort of form in the league aswell and make the top 4!

Thanks mate :) Just lost at Man Utd in the league :(

Oof. Great CL results!

Thank you mare but alas, it is just the Europa League.

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Nice career so far, going well in Europe, now just to break the top 4 in the Premier League :thup:

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Nice career so far, going well in Europe, now just to break the top 4 in the Premier League :thup:

Cheers mate :)

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Good news on the investment, worried on the job front!

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Fantastic start at Wigan (except the win over Liverpool ;))

Good news with the takeover; looks like the new board are willing to dig deep with their investments.

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Hit the jackpot with that new chairman, and the CC win will lead to better things.

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Great job keeping your job and winning the CC!!

Thank you :)

Nice investment there!
Fantastic start at Wigan (except the win over Liverpool ;))

Good news with the takeover; looks like the new board are willing to dig deep with their investments.

It was a surprise they invested but very welcome :)

Hit the jackpot with that new chairman, and the CC win will lead to better things.

I hope so. The only English club I intend to leave for in England is Arsenal - not managed them yet in FM2012.

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END OF SEASON REVIEW

SEASON 2015-16

Another great season and my first major trophy in this game!

Europa League

As discussed earlier, I romped through to the first knockour round where I met Dnipro, winning 5-0 on aggregate. CFR Cluj, who surprisingly knocked out Montpellier, were up next and they were duly dispatched 7-0 on aggregate. This set up an intriguing showdown with fellow Premier League side Arsenal but they proved too strong, beating us 2-0 on aggregate.

League

Fantastic! Champions League football will be played at the DW Stadium next season.

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F. A. Cup

A disappointment. Whilst I did beat Charlton (round three, 2-0 at home) & Portsmouth (round four, 1-0 at home), we were embarrassed by a Championship club for the second year running, this time at home in round five as we lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace.

Carling Cup

Victory! Newcastle were hammered 9-2 on aggregate in th semi finals before I beat Liverpool 2-0 at Wembley. Details further up the thread.

PLAYERS

Player of the Season

Serdar Donumcu may be just 19 years of age, but he is a beast. Plain and simple. 37 goals, 22 assists, 13 Man of the Match awards? Yes please. How the hell has he not been capped by Turkey yet?!?

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Special Mention

Jonathan Mensah has been one of my best ever signings. An unbelioeveable rock at the back who scores the odd goal too.

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FORMER CLUB WATCH

Perugia

[u][b]Season       Champions League   Europa League         Final League Position            Coppa Italia               Serie C Cup[/b][/u]
2011-12             N/a              N/a              3rd Italian Serie C2/B (P)            N/a                   Group stage
2012-13             N/a              N/a              5th Italian Serie C1/B           1st qualifying round       1st round
2013-14             N/a              N/a             18th Italian Serie C1/B (R)       1st qualifying round       Group stage
2014-15             N/a              N/a              4th Italian Serie C2/A (P)            N/a                   2nd round
2015-16             N/a              N/a             12th Italian Serie C1/B           2nd qualifying round       1st round

Hartlepool United

[u][b]Season       Champions League    Europa League         Final League Position            F. A. Cup                  Carling Cup           Johnstone's Paint Trophy[/b][/u]
2012-13             N/a               N/a              1st English League Two (P)       1st round                  1st round                     2nd round
2013-14             N/a               N/a              1st English League One (P)       Quarter final              1st round                     2nd round
2014-15             N/a               N/a             15th English Championship         3rd round                  2nd round                     N/a
2015-16             N/a               N/a             15th English Championship         3rd round                  1st round                     N/a

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You just keep getting better and better gems!

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You just keep getting better and better gems!

Never underestimate the power of (expensive) scouts!

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Out of the blue:

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Lower wage, less wage budget and less transfer budget.

I said no. Obviously. :D

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