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Upturn in form, definitely starting to put it together and the team is getting behind me as well. Pushing for a Top 10 Finish and maybe a sneaky look at the playoffs, we just demolished Blyth 3-0 and gave Hednesford and FC United some very tough matches so the squad has the ability for sure. 

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Merthyr Town Season 2019/20 Report

League- Our aims were to break into the top ten and hopefully grab a spot in the playoffs but we fell way short. This season went really badly and we ended up finishing in 14th, 3 places below last year. We started pretty well and had a few good performances here and there but also had long runs of horrible performances. The two major problems were that none of our strikers were able to find any kind of goalscoring form and that our defence was just so, so awful. I started no less than 7 different strikers throughout the season, with most of them characterised by long dry spells interrupted by the odd goal. I finished the season with a strike pairing of a 17 year old from our youth setup and a 36 year old Ivorian I picked up on a free a few weeks previously, and that was honestly the best strike partnership we had all season! My defence is abysmal as well, and our best centre back was injured for 4 months in the middle of the season. I hate my left back with a passion, but I have no one else at the club who can even remotely play there so that will be target number 1 for next season. This has not stopped me taking him off before half time in 3 of our last 5 games.

Cups- The FA cup saw us draw 3-3 with Havant & Waterlooville and then lose a ridiculous game 8-4 in the replay. My goalie was then furious that I fined him for conceding 11 goals in 2 games against a pretty average team! The FA trophy saw us get 2 good wins but then lose a close one to Sutton.

Finances- Really, really bad. 

Transfers- 14 in and 1 out. Clearly I am still struggling with the new scouting system and finding good players. Could have done without about 12 of the 14 new additions.

Youth Intake- Not as good as last year but a few decent players. The only positive of this season was the emergence of one of last season's intake Sean Edwards who looks like a very good prospect.

Best players- Most goals: Cameron Walker- 11 This guy is pretty trash, got those goals from about 40 appearances and was somehow better than most of my other strikers.

Most assists: James Morton- 7 Our left midfielder was not as good as last season but still one of our better players.

Highest avg rating: Kyran Wiltshire- 7.27 This guy is the shining light of the team. As a ball-winning midfielder in such a crappy team, to get the kind of ratings he does is insane. One of my few good signings so far in the challenge.

Most POM: Wiltshire- 7

 

Next year- I haven't actually been offered a new contract yet, so still hoping that there will be a next year. If they do keep me around, I'm just going to aim for an improved squad and to aim for a top 10 finish. The team desperately needs a new left back and striker, and could definitely do with some more quality across the board.

Season          League          Position       FA Cup          FA Trophy          Top Scorer          Most Assists          Highest Avg Rating
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2018/19         Vanarama South  11th           3rd qual round  3rd qual round     Fleetwood(28)       Morton(10)            Patten(7.25)
2019/20         Vanarama South  14th           2nd qual round  Second round       Walker(11)          Morton(7)             Wiltshire(7.27)

 

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Giving up on Lancaster as I couldn't help but try a bunch of random experiments and new feature tinkering instead of, you know, going for results. In hindsight making this my very first save before testing the new features and ME on something else was decidedly unwise, but perhaps a few lessons were learned.

Starting over with Mickleover.

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Just searching for an assistant manager now, god they're all so dreadful!! haha

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Just lost 2-0 to Shaw Lane in my friendly debut. Need to secure some signings (players and staff) if we want to remain competitive this season.

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4 minutes ago, Hypanimz said:

After getting a hard brexit on last years FM I am super happy to get this!

I got the hard one...again. Everyone need work permits except Ireland.

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1 minute ago, XaW said:

I got the hard one...again. Everyone need work permits except Ireland.

I had that one last year. It was a pain to begin with and I thought it impossible and quit the challenge. I did come back to it and complete it. If you understand the rules you can still bring in plenty of foreign players. 

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2 minutes ago, Hypanimz said:

I had that one last year. It was a pain to begin with and I thought it impossible and quit the challenge. I did come back to it and complete it. If you understand the rules you can still bring in plenty of foreign players. 

Yeah, I just usually love to bring in youngster from all over the world and develop them, but that's much harder with the hard brexit for the European countries at least. I got the feeling the work permits got stricter for players from outside Europe as well.

These are the ones here. I don't know if these are stricter than at the start?

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The only difference is that your percentages are 33-66% whereas mine are currently 25-50%

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2 minutes ago, Hypanimz said:

The only difference is that your percentages are 33-66% whereas mine are currently 25-50%

Ok, not that much worse than normal then. It's something..

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Finally after some reloads got a challenge I liked and I'm in!

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Just now, jsar said:

No Weymouth saves around??

Weymouth seem to be a lot rarer this year than in previous years. You could always holiday a for a second year which can open up more teams getting promoted.

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Hmmm.  Tried a more defensive setup for a game against Chelmsford, lost 5-0.

5 games in record is 5 losses, goals scored 0, conceded 15.  Really don't know what is going on.

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This is not going well. In 10th with Billericay, cannot score despite being statistically better than the opposition in almost every game. My main central midfielder out for 5-6 months. I think I am going to get sacked at some stage unless results improve, perhaps not for a while but I need to be doing better.

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23 hours ago, Swindon69 said:

Getting seriously narked off with the dynamics tbh I told my 4th choice centre half he'd have to wait for his chance and ended up pretty much with a full scale rebellion due to his influence.

My vice captain complained in jan when i signed another midfielder, my answer annoyed most of the squad - i got 5 points from 7 games. Then another player complained about the poor atmosphere, i said winning would help, this dragged them down further, they lost the next 14 games - scoring in only 1 game. I survived relegation in the last game due to the 2 teams below me not winning.

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13 minutes ago, Thebaker said:

My vice captain complained in jan when i signed another midfielder, my answer annoyed most of the squad - i got 5 points from 7 games. Then another player complained about the poor atmosphere, i said winning would help, this dragged them down further, they lost the next 14 games - scoring in only 1 game. I survived relegation in the last game due to the 2 teams below me not winning.

I get the feeling this is being quite heavily looked at.

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20 minutes ago, Crispypaul said:

Hmmm.  Tried a more defensive setup for a game against Chelmsford, lost 5-0.

5 games in record is 5 losses, goals scored 0, conceded 15.  Really don't know what is going on.

I actually have been more successful attacking instead of trying to defend in points. At the moment I'm playing much more attacking than should be suitable for me, but it works somehow. These are the results since I started attacking more.

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It might just be me, but it's worth a try if you are losing anyway.

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1 minute ago, Swindon69 said:

I get the feeling this is being quite heavily looked at.

I actually don't have any issues with the dynamics at the moment, but I might be lucky. I have had a couple of players nagging for game time, but I've moved them on pretty quick to avoid issues. I had the team come and talk to me about losing a player who started the fuss and I told them he had a negative influence on the atmosphere and they loved it and said good riddance. 

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In preseason I had a central midfielder complain that I had signed another central midfielder because he feared being replaced. That was never the case as they play different roles and despite him play almost every match, the vast majority starting he is still unhappy. Fortunately it does not seem to effected anyone else, but surely if he is playing and they other midfielder is sitting on the bench he should not be unhappy.

With my main playmaker injured, this other mifielder, my back up playmaker is going to get a lot more game time. This did not him coming to me and complaining about lack of first team football. Fortunately I was able to promising him game time and he went away happy.

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10 minutes ago, Swindon69 said:

I get the feeling this is being quite heavily looked at.

This player is kicking off at the start of the next season when i made an offer for a player who hasn't even joined yet. It seems as he is a team leader he infects everyone.

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Looks like I'll be going down at the end of my first season - 12 points from safety with 12 games left. I've lost count of the number of late goals that have doomed me to draws or losses. In my latest game I was beating Halifax (2nd) 2-1 until they equalised in the 89th minute. :( Heartbreaking stuff

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2 hours ago, Hypanimz said:

Weymouth seem to be a lot rarer this year than in previous years. You could always holiday a for a second year which can open up more teams getting promoted.

Yeah is weird as their rep is not that low and have had lower rep teams come up. Might do the second year thing and see how that goes.

 

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1 minute ago, jsar said:

Yeah is weird as their rep is not that low and have had lower rep teams come up. Might do the second year thing and see how that goes.

 

Those reps are from last year - perhaps it has changed and gone down.

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Playing the FA cup so have 7 players on the bench including two strikers. My first choice striker injured in the first minute, replace him. The replacement striker injured in the 6th minute. On comes the third striker who is in a massive goal drought after seeming like he was going to be a star early in the season.

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Interesting Brexit Option, what ones have other people had so far?

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1 hour ago, wynter said:

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Interesting Brexit Option, what ones have other people had so far?

Just received the same message.

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7 hours ago, XaW said:

I actually don't have any issues with the dynamics at the moment, but I might be lucky. I have had a couple of players nagging for game time, but I've moved them on pretty quick to avoid issues. I had the team come and talk to me about losing a player who started the fuss and I told them he had a negative influence on the atmosphere and they loved it and said good riddance. 

I briefly had dynamic problems when I issued a warning to my team captain (37yo DM -- for a dismissal in the match) --- he wasn't happy and dragged a few players down (3 if I recall)...but it never went further than that.  After a few matches (matches he didn't play in) he got off his high horse and the rest of team fell in line.  

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10 hours ago, Thebaker said:

My vice captain complained in jan when i signed another midfielder, my answer annoyed most of the squad - i got 5 points from 7 games. Then another player complained about the poor atmosphere, i said winning would help, this dragged them down further, they lost the next 14 games - scoring in only 1 game. I survived relegation in the last game due to the 2 teams below me not winning.

Not gonna lie, that is probably the dumbest thing you could say. Especially given your low rep and determination attribute. 

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2 hours ago, G_D_K said:

I briefly had dynamic problems when I issued a warning to my team captain (37yo DM -- for a dismissal in the match) --- he wasn't happy and dragged a few players down (3 if I recall)...but it never went further than that.  After a few matches (matches he didn't play in) he got off his high horse and the rest of team fell in line.  

I like the new dynamics feature, I must admit. At least a lot better than how it worked in FM17. For me it feels like the players actually, for the most part at least, come to me with valid issues. I've had a couple who wanted more game time, and a couple who are afraid of being replaced. I've managed to resolve all without much issue by selecting what I consider to be good replies that work in the context of the situation. Granted, I might have worded myself different had this been real life, but the gist of it was the same as I would have said.

I've noticed I treat players different though, as I put more into pleasing the more influential players. And I think this is a good thing, and more down the line of a real world approach. You wouldn't treat your loyal veteran the same as another older player you brought in to fill a void short term. I think that was one of my mistakes the first season, I let too many of the influential players leave so we had a gap in the hierarchy. The "advise" on the right actually tells you some of your issues with the dynamics in the squad and also how scouted players might fit into the current squad.

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39 minutes ago, XaW said:

I like the new dynamics feature, I must admit. At least a lot better than how it worked in FM17. For me it feels like the players actually, for the most part at least, come to me with valid issues. I've had a couple who wanted more game time, and a couple who are afraid of being replaced. I've managed to resolve all without much issue by selecting what I consider to be good replies that work in the context of the situation. Granted, I might have worded myself different had this been real life, but the gist of it was the same as I would have said.

I've noticed I treat players different though, as I put more into pleasing the more influential players. And I think this is a good thing, and more down the line of a real world approach. You wouldn't treat your loyal veteran the same as another older player you brought in to fill a void short term. I think that was one of my mistakes the first season, I let too many of the influential players leave so we had a gap in the hierarchy. The "advise" on the right actually tells you some of your issues with the dynamics in the squad and also how scouted players might fit into the current squad.

I am starting to get the hang of it also, but at first when I was an inexperienced manager, the experienced players where a real pain the ass. Realistic? Yeah maybe but still pain :p lol

BUT not regarding to this years Dynamics, but still some issues as to realistic response from the players: Season 2 with Billericay pre-season talk, I only had one option to tell the team we where gonna win the league and thus get promoted. 7 players then responded that my only option was not optimistic enough... What the h*** where I gonna say then? Maybe: Lets play Barca in a friendly, and I expect nothing but a win at Camp Nou :p

 

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Another questions: anyone racked up some Steam achievements from playing this challenge only in FM18 so far? 11 out of 86 here.

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5 minutes ago, TheEarl said:

I am starting to get the hang of it also, but at first when I was an inexperienced manager, the experienced players where a real pain the ass. Realistic? Yeah maybe but still pain :p lol

BUT not regarding to this years Dynamics, but still some issues as to realistic response from the players: Season 2 with Billericay pre-season talk, I only had one option to tell the team we where gonna win the league and thus get promoted. 7 players then responded that my only option was not optimistic enough... What the h*** where I gonna say then? Maybe: Lets play Barca in a friendly, and I expect nothing but a win at Camp Nou :p

Heh, yeah, that's what I mean. It's a bit of a pain, but managing entitled brats shouldn't be easy! :p

I would report that as a bug. It's not like you can be more ambitious, is it? Like "We should bully the other teams and I'll kick your asses if we concede a single goal" or something like it?

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8 minutes ago, TheEarl said:

Another questions: anyone racked up some Steam achievements from playing this challenge only in FM18 so far? 11 out of 86 here.

I have 9 of 86 so far.

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Just now, Fadedaf said:

@TheEarl I've managed 14 achievements so far

nice, the one I really miss so far is Manager of the Month. Tells that I am still too inconsistent. 4th in the first season, now top of the table around half way in the second season, and still no Manager Award for me :p

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@TheEarl I managed to grab manager of the month once in my first season and we finished eleventh, so it is a bit luck of the draw I guess

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32 minutes ago, Fadedaf said:

@TheEarl I managed to grab manager of the month once in my first season and we finished eleventh, so it is a bit luck of the draw I guess

Got it now after 1,5 seasons. So thats 12/86

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