Jogo Bonito

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Forgot to mention two transfer sagas that rumbled through the summer. Semedo was wanted by Braga and Belenenses and Dalby by a whole host of Championship clubs. Managed to get Dalby to sign a new long contract to ward off the interest but Semedo wasn't pleased and asked for a transfer. I stood firm and rejected bids upwards of £500k and the deadline passed. He's now willing to discuss a new contract so I'm hoping to tie him down long term.

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It has just occurred to me as well that this will be the last year for a while that I'll be able to post my Orient save updates in this thread as we've now been relegated out of the Football League :( 

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6 hours ago, OrientTillIDie said:

It has just occurred to me as well that this will be the last year for a while that I'll be able to post my Orient save updates in this thread as we've now been relegated out of the Football League :( 

That's very unfortunate mate, sad what can happen to a club if the wrong person puts their hands on it. I hope you come back stronger.

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48 minutes ago, nightwalker22 said:

That's very unfortunate mate, sad what can happen to a club if the wrong person puts their hands on it. I hope you come back stronger.

Thanks mate. I'm hopeful he sells up asap but he's mental so wouldn't surprise me if he hung around. Lots of new grounds to visit though!

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Just finished my second season at Forest. I shall try to do a more detailed update soon. However, first season the media predicted us to finish 16th whilst the 2 boards wanted a top half finish. We ended up finishing 14th. I managed to scrape another contract out of the board for 2 years somehow. Mid-table expectations for second season and we finished 15th. Wage expenditure has dropped by about £100k so far. The last 5 games of the season and we've managed to win 4 and draw 1. First time we've managed to win 3 on the bounce.

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I'm in with my Hartlepool save, will post updates later.

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Inspired by this thread to take on Wycombe Wanderers in League 2. It is also due to a particular player in the squad which may help my club+country aspiration. Start with zero budget, little wages and a squad with many new faces.

As alluded by @Jogo Bonito, the defence is, on paper, one of the best in the league. The previous manager has recruited well to play 4-4-2, but the team still lacks in the GK and FB department. Furthermore, he has signed plenty of players at the wrong side of 30, so it is up to the human manager to right the ship. 

For me, I have signed many young midfielders on loan to support my 4-3-3 tactic. Though defensively solid, it lacks the bite and it can be hard coming from behind. Recently switched to a 4-4-2 against weaker teams and it has worked. I have been knocked out of the EFL and likely, the checksdale cup. Will concentrate on gaining automatic promotion.

 

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Posted (edited)

Looking to win the league, it is well within reach.

 

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Was lucky with injuries, only a few minor setbacks to my key players, we managed to get through that and now it's the winter transfer window and I'm already looking to improve the squad depth.

 

Edit: Conceding a lot through set pieces, my team is the shortest in the league. I managed to add some new loans to the club in January, unfortunately the club stature gets in the way of loaning better players, for example Sterling from Spurs chose Carlisle over us. 

I had to adapt my tactic a bit more lately because my left back (top assists) and striker (top goalscorer) are both out injured. Currently joint leaders.

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A while ago I got back to the Peterborough save I posted updates on earlier, which I abandoned due to pure frustration with off-form attackers. Struggling to get into a new long term save I ended up coming back with new found determination. Managed to turn our form around to some extent but the top teams were too far ahead for me to catch. Ended up just about scraping the last playoff position, beat Bristol on penalties and faced Sunderland in the final. And promptly went 3-0 down within 15 minutes. :mad: Their strike pair of Chuba Akpom and Britt Assombalonga was just impossible to stop on the day. The former ended up as top scorer in the premier league next season, so no wonder I had a hard time with him...

Anyway, a good transfer summer followed, despite the fact we lost a couple of important players thanks to non-promotion release clauses. But replaced them well and, more importantly, on the cheap! Also made my first ridiculous free transfer in this save:

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Had to offer him a new deal in January to fend off interest from several top flight clubs.

Also free:

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Ended up breaking the clubs assists record.

And I love me a Finnish regen:

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I was looking at possible left back targets, noticed a Finnish guy and was immediately attracted to his physicals and determination. Signed him for 650k without even scouting him. His performances have been pretty mixed but will be a great player if his potential is as high as it looks to be at this point.

Here's the full transfer history:

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Signed a whole bunch of kids released by other clubs as the youth quality was abysmal.

I changed a few roles in my main tactic to try something different. Didn't start the season too well as we only got W5 D1 L4 from our first ten games, and it definitely looked like we'd continue where we left off with our dismal scoring record. Then did a final few adjustments, things fell into place and off we went:

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Highest goals scored in the league, lowest conceded (albeit just barely) and even had my main striker finish the season as (joint) top scorer for the first time in this year's FM. In the top ten of highest average ratings in the league were four of our defenders. :lol: Casasola (obviously), Kingsley (obviously, joint 2nd most assists in the league), Kevin Mbabu and Ryan Bennett.

As for next season, I'm fairly comfortable with our GK, DR, CB's, DM and AML. Possibly DL as well, although I'm a bit wary of Kingsley's pace. DL will be an attacking full back and we'll obviously be facing a truckload of super fast right wingers so it could be a problem. We definitely need a new starter for both CM positions, right wing and striker. I do fortunately have enough backups (for now) so I only need the starters. Did get a decent kitty of 17 million, available wage budget for now is 280k per week but promotion wage rises haven't kicked in yet.

Also I got a brexit I haven't seen before. Basically work permits have been removed from the premier league, instead there's a limit of 17 foreign players in a full 25 man squad, in addition to the usual 8 HG players. Sign all the cheap Argentinian wonderkids! :D

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Got a good little save going with Oxford Utd. Took over end of first and currently in Jan 2018 sitting first in league one, 2 points ahead of Blackburn and MK Dons and 6 ahead of Fleetwood in fourth. No budget and hardly any wages. 

Got Chelsea as a feeder club.

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Posted (edited)

So we've promoted to League 1! Great achievement considering that this is my first lower league save and Hartlepool were tipped to finish bottom of the league at the start of the season.

 

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We may aswell try and win the league, that's what I aim, we had a pretty poor run of three or four games before the winning run that secured the promotion. Anyway, the board already set the budget for the next season (72k for transfers, 2m for wage :lol: ).

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Hey @Joga Bonito and fellow followers / posters on this thread.

Unfortunately due to movements in work and personal life, I've had hardly any time to get a good save going on this years FM.

I've recently found a bit of time and had a few shots at lower Prem clubs such as Sunderland, Hull and Watford, but now I have the bug to get back to where my most enjoyable FM saves have come from, The Football League.

I've decided that I'm going to start in League 1. I want a club who is preferably expected to finish between automatic promotion and relegation certainties. I want to be given room to grow and try new tactics and ideas without the pressure of instant success, whilst building the club. I want to focus on all aspects of the club and not just the performance on the pitch. 

Does anyone have any good suggestions from experience in League 1?

I have a couple in mind, but will look to confirm my club at some point tonight. I want this to be a proper and big save and I'm actually excited about it!

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Posted (edited)

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Quite disappointed to finish third, considering that I had two opportunities to overtake the two teams above me and blew them both against lesser opponents.

 

Got to rebuild the squad, most of the players at the club are good League Two players at best so we've got a long list of players we've been scouting, just hope that they will sign for us (most of them are not reportedly not interested).

 

Won Manager of the Year and my two star players, Walker and Kavanagh were selected in the Team of the Year.

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won league 1 with oxford, 4 points ahead of MK Dons. On to the Championship

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Hello to all. Apologies that I have not posted any updates or comments recently, but good to see a few of you still enjoying the EFL.

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Good to see this thread is active once again. I tend to manage in the lower-leagues, usually in the Conference North/South however have mixed my year up with a few different saves across League One and Two this FM. I've decided I'm going to do another save in League Two to most likely round off the rest of this years game, who with I'm not quite sure yet... Decision will be made soon, I look forward to posting here. :)

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@DefinitelyTaylor Good luck for whoever you decide to go.

@Cesc_cil Thanks for the advice, but I have decided that Swindon are the club I'm going to go with. From looking at the club, everything seems to be 'ok' or 'average' with the media predicting a mid table finish and the board wanting a minimum of just avoiding relegation. 

This gives me a bit of room to work and build the club and figure out a way in which I want to play.

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2 hours ago, smplfc123 said:

@DefinitelyTaylor Good luck for whoever you decide to go.

@Cesc_cil Thanks for the advice, but I have decided that Swindon are the club I'm going to go with. From looking at the club, everything seems to be 'ok' or 'average' with the media predicting a mid table finish and the board wanting a minimum of just avoiding relegation. 

This gives me a bit of room to work and build the club and figure out a way in which I want to play.

Best of luck in Wiltshire, it's good to have you around again.

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Posted (edited)

My biggest problem has always been lack of motivation to continue a long term save. I quickly got bored of Hartlepool save, even though it became interesting, I struggled exactly at the job I like the most - rebuilding. :lol:

Can't say I felt too motivated to go on, so I am putting this on hold for now. Will probably take over Oxford United.

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No reason not to enjoy short spells of 1-2 seasons with lots of different clubs.

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I intended to post a start of season update but forgot, so will post a mid-season one now.

Had a busy summer, once again:

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In terms of fees we broke pretty much even but in terms of wages our spending has probably doubled since last season.  BTW, who knew that once a non-promotion release clause activates it doesn't deactivate if you get promoted later? Lost Boschilia this way, thankfully he wasn't a first choice player so I just replaced him by loaning Marcus Edwards from Spurs.

We had a terrible start to the season, losing our first five games, and after having sat at the bottom of the table with 4 points from first 8 games I was starting to fear the worst. My underdog possession tactic wasn't producing any goals and trying to play more aggressive led us to concede so many that scoring didn't make a difference. I did a few adjustments with the possession system, and started picking up results, ending with a table like this in early January:

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Have gotten some very decent results. Beat Arsenal twice in a row, first in the league cup with a second string team and then in the league, drew with Spurs and United and just managed to beat City 2-1. Beat both Sunderland and Newcastle 5-1.

This guy has been the signing of the season so far:

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5 million from Nantes. Joint highest average rating in the league with Christian Eriksen (7,51) and most PoM awards with 4. Lowish fee and ridiculously low wage too, absolute bargain. I expect I'll have to give him a new contract to ward off interest before January is over, although he isn't currently wanted by anyone. I've been given more money to spend and wage budget has been bumped as well, but I'm not sure there are too many affordable players that would improve the team AND be interested in joining so probably won't sign anyone unless there are major outgoings. A few first choice players are wanted by other clubs though, so it wouldn't surprise me if one or two end up leaving.

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So, our second premier league season is well on the way. In terms of player quality we've drastically improved, but in terms of results our start to the new season has been almost as bad as the first season. The fixture list hasn't been too kind, but we've had some truly woeful displays against sides we should be beating. But that's probably down, at least partly, to the huge player turnover we had. Tactical familiarity is at a better level than I'd probably expect at this point, but squad harmony isn't. In our latest game we demolished Watford 6-1 though, so hopefully that's a turning point and we're starting to click. We drew with Liverpool and Spurs away and beat Arsenal away in the league cup so the potential is there.

Immediately after the previous season I got some news:

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I would've hoped they'd have waited a couple of years, by which point we'll hopefully be in Europe, so we'd have built an even bigger stadium. We sold 12k season tickets for this season, so I don't expect getting that 28k in on a weekly basis to be much of a problem. Hopefully there will be room to expand.

Here's the summer transfer history (not all released and loaned out players are visible because the list was so long...)

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Newcastle has been an absolute thorn in my side the whole summer. They've had a board takeover at some point, have ridiculous amounts of money but a mid table level squad, so they're keeping track of everyone and the moment a player found out he was wanted by them, he'd be knocking on my door demanding to move. Although funnily enough, those three players unsettled by them I did end up selling all went to other clubs :lol: (That's Casasola, Sissako and Kessie) Managed to keep hold of both Gino Peruzzi and Borthwick-Jackson who were demanding to move.

Here's the three major regen signings we made:

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Has been an absolute rock so far.

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Has had limited game time as I'm trying to retrain him as a right winger, he's also the second choice striker behind this guy:

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...who has been so good that I haven't really had reasons to sub him off. Six goals in eight games so far. I scouted him for ages, went to see him several times myself and he scored in almost every game I watched. Great personality and all the qualities of a future captain - if I can keep hold of him. Actually, given the lack of leaders in the team he'll probably be the captain next season, if he stays and learns English before that :D

And last, and probably least, the Finnish left back, who's coming along nicely but will likely never be the left back I really need because of his weak crossing:

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Plenty of bang for the buck though (signed for 650k) and will be home grown starting next season so he'll probably be here a while yet, if I can keep him happy with his game time.

Edit: That's them pics fixed. Shame about all the older stuff, can't be arsed to started uploading and fixing them...

Edited by kozmik

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2 hours ago, nightwalker22 said:

For some reason the pictures do not work.

Yeah, apparently Photobucket has changed their policy so that free accounts no longer support third party hosting. They worked fine when I posted them, now it seems all the pics I've posted previously show that same image. Will have to find another service, I guess...

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Recently got myself a new laptop so I've fired up a new save with my local team Colchester United in league 2.

I'll put together a proper post this evening!

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Welcome, @RickH, good luck with Colchester!

Won my first "major" trophy:

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Too bad we've been woeful in the league. I've been away from the game for about a week on holiday, and since coming back our already shaky form went from bad to worse, including going eight games without a win in the league. Somewhere in the middle of that run we managed to somehow beat Southampton 5-0 on aggregate in the league cup, but in the league we've been crap. Now we've got four back to back wins, two of them in the league. Have to keep this form going as we're definitely not safe from relegation, currently 16th with 33 points, four above Everton in 18th and two above Palace in 17th. We've got a game in hand, though. 10 games left to play.

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Domestic cup double! :D Managed to win even without my star striker Marzierli, who got a torn hamstring in our penultimate league game. Hopefully his injury means no one will be looking to buy him in the summer. ;) In the final we took an early lead through Mahrez, who's been underwhelming all season. We kept reasonably well in control of the game, hit the post once and had a couple of good chances but couldn't score more. Origi missed a sitter for Arsenal, apart from that they didn't really threaten that much. My favorite game of the season, though, was the semi final against United:

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Well in control of the game, but just couldn't score, until out of nowhere Reinhardt skips past a couple of defenders and curls one into the top corner from the edge of the box.

The league season was a travesty, though.

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Should've been comfortably 6th at the very least. Starting with a 2-0 home defeat against City on October 31st and ending in a 2-2 draw at Brighton on February 12th we played 16 league games, W3 D4 L9. Abysmal. After that we only lost two and drew two, and one of the defeats was away at Palace on the last day of the season, where they secured premier league survival.

We'll be playing in the Europa next season, so I'll be needing to add numbers to the squad. I've already agreed deals for three young Brazilians (striker, midfielder and winger) and will need to add at least one decent center back in the summer. But again a lot will depend on who we can keep over the summer. Five of our regular starters are currently wanted by either Newcastle or the bigger clubs, so we might be in for a struggle.

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