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[FM17] The Hart Chronicles - Volume II: Adam Hart is 'Yes Man'!

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1 hour ago, andychar said:

But...but...but...he's the yes man.

I see your point re rejecting but as above you are the YES man :)

 

I defo think you should have accepted it, just to literally play the odd international game - not spending any time picking the squad or scouting for players for the NT< just use whats available based on caps/value etc.  Would have been v interesting to see how you did.

 

I really hope there is a FM18 save brewing from you too, maybe in the form of Matt Hart..... 

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Yeah I've known what I plan to do with FM18 for months, even had a contingency plan to get around it if I never got a son through. Will probably start weaning towards the new save in this thread the week or so before FM18 is released as I'll be able to start it as soon as the game is out. 

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September

 

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A 2-1 win at Reading to see our 2nd string through in the League Cup. 

 

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I played a slightly weakened team at home to the Romanians and we still beat them 2-0. Happy days. 

 

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We've got a fairly decent group. I wasn't expecting too much of RB Salzburg, but tbf to them they just beat Monaco, so who knows. 

 

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Some good wins against Wolves and Villa, but losses to Leicester and Arsenal. 

 

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Hoping business will pick up soon

 

 

 

 

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L-Wiz   

just want to say its take me over 3 days whilst at work to read through all this. incredible journey. 

How do you manage to play so much?

on average how many hours a day do you fit in? (let alone the time to write it all up).

brilliant read, well done!

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1 hour ago, L-Wiz said:

just want to say its take me over 3 days whilst at work to read through all this. incredible journey. 

How do you manage to play so much?

on average how many hours a day do you fit in? (let alone the time to write it all up).

brilliant read, well done!

 

Thanks! 

Depends if I have work or what I end up doing on my days off. A lot of the time I'll work 4 days on, 3 days off, usually at least 1 of those days off I'll spend binge playing FM. I think I've averaged around 1 season in FM time per each week in real life time since I started this thread, I do have most of the games on Key highlights, but I also tend to holiday the dead rubber cup games in the lower leagues or the early cup games against lower league sides since being in charge of bigger clubs. I also sometimes holiday the last 4 or 5 league games if there's nothing to play for in them. I've only had 2 or 3 seasons where I was a bit disinterested and holidayed most of the games, think the last time I did that was my first full season at Gillingham. The average write up for each month/end of season normally takes a few minutes, it's only really the write ups to the big matches that take a bit of time but I like doing it as it adds a bit of drama/story to the thread. The real silver lining when I get suckered by a late goal in a 3-2 or have an Arsenal style failed comeback is "damn, this will make for a pretty dramatic write up" :D  

 

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October

 

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A 1-0 win against relegation threatened Newcastle saw us through again in the League Cup. 

 

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I wasn't too sure what to expect from our trip to Austria, it was a fairly tight game for a while until Yianni's opener, Verdier then came off the bench in the 75th minute and ended up with a 13 minute hat-trick :D A capitulation of epic proportions. Monaco away was always going to be the hardest game of the group and despite their early failings, they upped their game for us and came from behind to beat us 3-1. 

 

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We top the group on goal difference. I think we should qualify as despite them having beaten the other, I really don't think RB Salzburg are that good. We could lose the other Monaco game I think, but we'll surely beat Dinamo Bucharest again and I fancy us against the Austrians at home. 

 

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A fantastic month with 3 wins from 3 in the Premier League. The first two were good victories in games we probably should have won, but the latter was a fantastic win in a difficult game against Liverpool. I was really impressed by our performance against them. 

 

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Oh also not sure if I mentioned, but Matt ended up going on loan to Forest Green Rovers of the Conference South this season. Another step up when maybe he didn't warrant it, but the interest was there from clubs at that level so off he went. 

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19 hours ago, PaulHartman71 said:

 

Thanks! 

Depends if I have work or what I end up doing on my days off. A lot of the time I'll work 4 days on, 3 days off, usually at least 1 of those days off I'll spend binge playing FM. I think I've averaged around 1 season in FM time per each week in real life time since I started this thread, I do have most of the games on Key highlights, but I also tend to holiday the dead rubber cup games in the lower leagues or the early cup games against lower league sides since being in charge of bigger clubs. I also sometimes holiday the last 4 or 5 league games if there's nothing to play for in them. I've only had 2 or 3 seasons where I was a bit disinterested and holidayed most of the games, think the last time I did that was my first full season at Gillingham. The average write up for each month/end of season normally takes a few minutes, it's only really the write ups to the big matches that take a bit of time but I like doing it as it adds a bit of drama/story to the thread. The real silver lining when I get suckered by a late goal in a 3-2 or have an Arsenal style failed comeback is "damn, this will make for a pretty dramatic write up" :D  

 

i hear ya! an epic journey and great read. cant believe you will abandon when FM 18 comes out.

 

for what its worth im still on FM13 save, in something like 2042 so only circa 30 seasons its taken me to play in 4 years of real life lol.

Just wish i had the time to squeeze more in.

 

KUTGW

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November

 

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A decent draw with Monaco in our home match against them. 

 

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I played a full strength team in Romania and we absolutely levelled them :D  7-1 ffs hahaha. 

 

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We go into the last game with RB Salzburg with a point being enough, but if we lose then we're out if Monaco beat Dinamo Bucharest which they should do really. 

 

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A very poor loss at Sunderland, but other than that, two positive results against QPR and Norwich. 

 

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They've given me a new deal a lot earlier than last season, with yet another pay rise to go with it! 

 

 

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December

 

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I ballsed up when playing forward a bit so didn't get a printscreen of the table in December. But we smashed RB Salzburg to go through in the Europa League, we will play Schalke in the next round which will be a real test for us. We sadly lost to Liverpool in the League Cup Quarter Final, we went 3-0 down so to take it back to 3-1 just before half-time, then get an early goal in the second half, I thought we could Istanbul Liverpool, but they were too strong for us even though we did grab a 3rd. 

We won 3 and lost 3 in the league, hugely impressive wins away to Fulham and at home to Chelsea, but disappointing losses later in the month, with the one to Man City a bit of an embarrassment. 

A fair bit of action happened in the January transfer window, with a few big names going out and some potentially exciting South Americans coming in!

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January Transfers

 

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£76M came in this month as back-up RB Elias left for QPR in the most low key departure, with Lucio and Ethan Verdier both being tempted by big name Champions League sides. Lucio was kicking off big time and I thought a £19M profit on him after 18 months was fairly decent business. Verdier had a £33M release for Champions League clubs and he wouldn't sign a new deal without it being in there, so perhaps inevitable to lose him, but we made about a £25M profit on him. 

 

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3 of our 5 signings in January were Brazilians. They could well be the core spine of our team for the indefinite future. Moalisson Brener joins to be a new starting left winger, as the Turkish lad I signed in the summer hasn't impressed much. Brener has crazy attributes for a player signed for £7M and he could well get better, I was very happy to get a work permit for him. Romulo is another guy with a 2nd nationality, him being a bit Portuguese meant we could get him at just 19 for £11M from Fluminese. He spent last season on loan at Watford so he can speak some English too which is always good, he's not quite at the level to be a starter for us regularly, but with training and guidance he will hopefully get there. Ross Hayes joins to replace Elias as a back-up/rotation RB, he counts as HG which is always a bonus. David Pickering is a defender I've had my eyes on for a while and I nearly signed him instead of Girard in the summer, so when Lucio left he was the natural guy to go for, he counts as HG too which is a bonus too, maybe not as good as Lucio yet, but he could maybe get there. Silvio Luiz is the final player that joined us, the 21 year old Brazilian striker joins for £20M, which is big money for a player from Brazil, but he looks a real talent and if he is as good as he looks we may not rue having to sell Verdier for very long. 

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January

 

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Our 2nd string did enough to beat Southend away from home in the 3rd round. 

 

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Unfortunately they didn't quite have enough for Blackburn, so we will have to go there again at some point next month. 

 

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A bloody good month. The 6-3 win against Spurs was incredible, we were 4-1 up at half-time ffs :D They came back a bit in the 2nd half but we had enough. We went 1-0 up and then 2-1 down at United, but then fought back to hold onto a point which was good, then we won our next 3 games against Southampton, Wolves and Leicester which was really great. Verdier scored a last minute winner in what turned out to be his last ever appearance for the club, so it was hard to say goodbye to him, but Silvio Luiz got a goal in his debut in his next match, so happy days. 

 

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With 14 games to go we're somewhat incredibly up to 4th with 3 points between us and Chelsea! I'm not sure if we are strong enough to hold onto Top 4 especially since we still have Chelsea, United and City all to play, but we'll give it a good go. 

 

Haythem Riahi, our starting creative midfielder, has torn his hamstring which will put him out for several months, a blow, but it will give new boy Brazilian, Romulo, a real chance to show what he can do early on with a good run of games. 

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The one pickle I did have was struggling to get all of the new players into the Europa League squad for the knockout rounds as you can only make 2 replacements. I got in Pickering and Silvio Luiz, but unfortunately Romulo and Moalisson Brener will have to miss out. Brener actually kicked off about it a bit but I explained to him that there wasn't room and he seemed alright about it thankfully. 

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wow, great stuff in the league. Hope you can keep up this form and get Champions League place at least

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February

 

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A 3-1 win in our replay at Blackburn, which puts us into the 5th Round. 

 

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I was a bit nervous about playing a side like Schalke, but in the end they didn't really offer much at all over two legs. The away leg was very tight but we held on in there and got a late away goal from a corner which was really great, then in the home leg we kept it tight again and then dug into them into the 2nd half to put it beyond doubt.

We will play Roma in the next round which is probably one of the most difficult ties we could've got. Interesting times ahead. 

 

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We lost at Arsenal, but since then we've been in fine form, with 3 wins from 3 against Villa, West Brom and Reading. 

 

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With 10 games to go we're in 3rd place, if we win our game in hand we're in a really strong and interesting position going into the last 9 games. It would be amazing if we could hold onto Top 4 or do any better than that. 

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