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39 minutes ago, siLKEAPE said:

what has happened with Coventry

Not much! I'm currently in December 2019 (season and a half in). First season, they finished in 14th place; this season they're predicted to finish 13th and that's exactly where they are. According to the club landmarks, there was a change of chairman in April 2019 but that's noted as 'internal promotion' so not an external takeover. Club finances  are now marked 'okay', so they may have stabilised a bit but I doubt there was a cash windfall. In the summer transfer window they spent precisely nothing, signing two free transfers and five loans.

Edit: Check out Bergbatov's report here:

Looks like his experience mirrors what's happened in my save.

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1 hour ago, siLKEAPE said:

Hello.

I am contemplating starting a new save with Coventry City. As you probably already know the club is struggling financially. My question is: what has happened with Coventry in your save?
Did they change owners and manage to become a stable club, or did they end up being bankrupt and relegated? A screenshot of their history of owners would be much appreciated.

Thanks.

No screenshots now as it's a save I deleted. I started with Coventry as one of my first saves. They did have new ownership in my 2nd season but it wasn't a tycoon or anything. They just came in a restructured the debts. If it wasn't for getting premier league football I don't think I would have been able to cope. Upon getting promoted in the first season to the championship, they actually lowered my wage budget.

I would say you probably have a window of 3-4 seasons to try get to the premier league and bolster the finances or be very savy in the transfer market and make a lot on player sales. No easy task though either way.

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Mansfield Town: Season 2 - L1 mid-season

Had a long post written, but lost it somehow, so a couple of images will have to tell the story:

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Hoping not to do any business in January - ie, hope I don't have to fend off bids for several players who are currently attracting attention.

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@warlock: Glad to see your form is still very much strong and you sit in first. A dream season so far and if you can keep everyone in January, there is a strong chance that you could be on for back-to-back promotions. No pressure! ;) 

On a personal level I started a save with Yeovil, but ultimately grew tired as nearly everyone in the first-team ended up suffering long-term injuries. With the winter update out soon, I have a few saves planned but I'm currently looking at getting something going before then. We'll see, I guess! 

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2 minutes ago, DefinitelyTaylor said:

On a personal level I started a save with Yeovil, but ultimately grew tired as nearly everyone in the first-team ended up suffering long-term injuries

Yeah, that's done it for me every time I've tried to get a Brentford save going. Hope you find something to get stuck into :thup:.

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Long time no see. I've been enjoying a mixture of revision and a Man Utd save.

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Wow! Unbelievable, the win against Shrewsbury pot us top for the first time this season. We've been flying somewhat under the radar gradually catching up the big boys of the league. MK Dons are really playing well, the best team we've played this season and the only team to outplay us.

I wonder whether this form will continue through the rest of the season, we are definitely overachieving but the additions we made in the summer look to have been very smart ones.

@ellzo Farrugia has been brilliant for me so far, although he keeps going off on international duty :thdn:

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Billy Kee top scorer in the division again! With 14 goals.

Oh and anyone wanting a cheap loan player Nishan Burkart is quality.

Hopefully we continue this form and who knows is the impossible possible? 

 

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26 minutes ago, Jamesbfc1887 said:

Hopefully we continue this form and who knows is the impossible possible?

Considering the situation off the pitch too, you have done absolutely fantastic so far. :D 

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12 hours ago, Jamesbfc1887 said:

I've been enjoying a mixture of revision and a Man Utd save.

I've been following your high-spending adventure with United, but have to say that your achievements with Stanley are probably more impressive :thup:. Interesting to see Burkart at that level, and I just lost to Fleetwood who were helped on their way by a Mason Greenwood goal.

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Here's a look at my Forest squad at this point of the season (2022-23). We finally put three games together without a loss, 2-1 wins over Aston Villa and Newcastle, and a 2-2 draw with Cardiff. You'll see we've used rotation a good bit with the heavy fixture congestion before the World Cup mid-season break. But now it's one match per week almost always so the team basically picks itself. I've got the one major injury, the left back McQueen who broke his leg after wanting away to Blackburn. Blackburn?!?!?! Serves him right.

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Starting to feel a little safe in the table. Despite being well under the payroll budget, the club is increasingly referred to as being debt-ridden and the board keeps reducing the amount of transfer revenue I can use on player signings. Means I'm less likely to sell anyone at this point,even thought this group of players seem a bit edgy with one another (supposedly they love me, but I can't get much of a rise from them whereas my Port Vale players would walk barefoot through broken glass for me.

 

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1 hour ago, IndyManager said:

Here's a look at my Forest squad

Robson-Kanu, Bridcutt and Batth must be nearing pension age in that save! But 14th in April must surely be safe :thup:.

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Wembley.
 

For a period of about 15 years, from the late 1970s, to the early 90s, it was a second home for Nottingham Forest, and the fans, having played in 6 League Cup finals, winning 4 of them, 1 FA Cup final, and countless 'Members' Trophies, as well as a Charity Shield, where Ipswich were despatched 4-0.

We'd experienced it three times last season, the FA Cup Semi against Brentford, before losing in the final of the FA Cup against Manchester City, then into the Playoffs, and winning the final against Middlesbrough.

An unwritten target I've set myself, is to try and resurrect the annual Forest pilgrimage to North West London.

This season, we've been there twice. Thanks in particular, to the newest member of our academy to break into our first team.

16 year old Jack Andrew came to light on the Youth Intake day, on the 7th March. A natural left sided player, able to play on either wing, and up front, he was ready for the first team, and more.

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He made his debut, shortly after coming into the youth setup, and, after signing a long term deal, became a fixture on the left wing.

He chose perhaps the biggest stage of English football, Wembley, to make his first impact on the senior game.

9 minutes into the FA Cup Semi Final against a very strong Arsenal team, he broke into the box and made a beeline for the far post, knowing that Lewie Coyles cross would be coming across. He met it with the sort of header that Cristiano Ronaldo had made his trademark scoring, and left David Ospina grasping at air.

Despite Wilfried Zaha scoring an equaliser, the youngster found himself free on the left side of the box following a swift counter attack. The sliderule pass from Patrick Cutrone was met with a hammer like left foot, the ball flying past Ospina, who didn't even move.

In playing the full 90 minutes, he had more than shown his potential, and had also secured a place in a second successive FA Cup final.

Just over 6 weeks after that fixture, the League campaign had drawn to a disappointing end, with essential players collecting injuries, saw a run of 2 wins in the last 7 Premier League games ensure us dropping to 5th place. The highest finish for Forest since the 1994/95 season, and the Stan Collymore / Bryan Roy inspired team.

As disappointing as the falloff was, finishing 5th was far beyond the targets set. I wanted a lower mid table finish, to consolidate for the coming seasons, and when I finally implement the style and recruitment policy the way I want it.

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Which, brings us back to where I started this recap.

Wembley.

Its just after 5:15pm on the 15th May, 2021. The final has been over for about 20 minutes, and the presentations are about to start.

As manager of Forest, and a supporter, these days should be great, but, for the last 95 minutes of football, I've been a bundle of nerves. Especially after a first half showing which saw Domingos Quina curl a free kick into the top corner from 20 yards, and Pontus Dahlberg playing like Petr Cech in his prime.

A slight change of formation at half time, and the introduction of Ryan Gauld saw the pendulum swing in our favour.

4 minutes into the half, Jack Andrew, who was now being earmarked as the hottest property in England, after scoring 4 goals in his 7 league appearances, found himself unmarked at the back post, as Lewie Coyle drilled a cross in, and met it on the volley to put it past Dahlberg.

It took 16 minutes for the next goal to come, and this one was going to end up on highlight reels all over.

Dennis Man, who had found himself going through a slight loss of form in recent weeks, drifted in from the right wing, collected a loose ball, and getting towards the edge of the box, and not being closed down by Liam Moore and Marc Cucurella, hit the shot across the face of goal, and into the far bottom corner. 2-1, and hopefully, the Watford team would lose their way in trying to get back in the game.

With Watford trying to push forward, and attempting to get the equaliser, it was only fitting that we hit on the break, although, the scorer of our 3rd goal was somewhat surprising.

Finding the ball at his feet following a breakdown, Lewie Coyle drove forward, and hit a ball into the box, where 3 red shirts were waiting to score. Cutrone and Andrew were unable to connect, as left back, Josh Tymon came screaming forward, putting his left foot through the ball, and drilling an unstoppable effort from the penalty spot past Dahlberg.

Mason Greenwood came on shortly after this, with the aim of using his pace to counter.

This paid off, as the Manchester United loanee put the game beyond reach, with a pair of identical goals, breaking forward and scoring on the counter attack.

5-1.

The full time whistle came, with one half of the stadium celebrating, and the other half already mostly empty.

Lewie Coyle picked up the man of the match, and it was left to the home grown captain, Ryan Yates, to collect the FA Cup for the first time in 62 years.

There was going to be a party in NG2 tonight.

After that was done, it would be time to sit down with the board to sort out the targets for next season.

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1 hour ago, robterrace said:

Hmmmm...

Looks like your board needs some sorting out! Congrats on the silverware :applause:

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3 minutes ago, warlock said:

Looks like your board needs some sorting out! Congrats on the silverware :applause:

Well, I did also get this a few weeks back...

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Just now, robterrace said:

Well, I did also get this a few weeks back...

Ah, the double-edged sword! A new stadium is a good thing to have, but - in my limited experience - it usually comes with massive pressure on other parts of the budget. Realistic, I suppose - as Arsenal and Tottenham would no doubt confirm.

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2 hours ago, warlock said:

Robson-Kanu, Bridcutt and Batth must be nearing pension age in that save! But 14th in April must surely be safe :thup:.

Arghhh, copied the table screen shot and forgot to paste. We're not so far clear of 22nd that we couldn't still bottle it, but it would take some doing. Batth is still doing a job for me but R-K and Liam are usually in the stand at kickoff (edit: at this point of the season and after loan signing Aloese for the back and Guessand up front).

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Mansfield Town: Season 2 - L1, the crunch

So we're down to the last two games of the season and the teams in the top three have been swapping places on a weekly basis. In the last month we have been 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 2nd and now we're top again. On goal difference. Our nemesis has been Portsmouth, when they've dropped points so have we and we haven't been able to shake them off. Barnsley and Peterborough are also pushing hard, so a 2-0 win against Barnsley last week was significant for us.

Unfortunately, our penultimate game is against... Portsmouth. So that's likely to be a winner-take-all title decider. Our last game will be away at Yeovil, who - theoretically - have nothing to play for as they are out of the play-off spots and out of the relegation battle. That might give us the chance for a final win, but Portsmouth's last game is at home to mid-table Exeter, which looks like a safe 3 points.

Two games to go and - whatever happens - I'm going to need to lie down in a quiet room!

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And the day before the big game I lose both my right-wingers to injury. Both out for the rest of the season :seagull:

Edit: All the media hype and hysteria came to nought - we managed a scruffy 1-1 draw, thanks to a second-half penalty after going a goal down. We were rubbish.

And now I'm laughing hysterically, because two days before the last match of the season, with everything to play for, my two best centrebacks join the injury list. Why is there no option to lock the squad in a padded room for 48 hours!

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Final day and ourselves, Portsmouth and Barnsley go into it level on points and separated only by goal difference...

We did this:

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A thoroughly depressing performance, and I was contemplating the playoffs.

Portsmouth and Barnsley did this:

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Resulting in this:

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My nerves are completely shredded. I'll do a season roundup when I've recovered :idiot:

 

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3 hours ago, warlock said:

Final day and ourselves, Portsmouth and Barnsley go into it level on points and separated only by goal difference...

We did this:

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A thoroughly depressing performance, and I was contemplating the playoffs.

Portsmouth and Barnsley did this:

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Resulting in this:

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My nerves are completely shredded. I'll do a season roundup when I've recovered :idiot:

 

@warlock - congrats on winning league one.

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Purely for the mentoring of my midfielders, although, he may retire before he gets to me..

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10 hours ago, IndyManager said:

Here's a look at my Forest squad at this point of the season (2022-23).

There's some decent players in the mix, I'm a big fan of Matty Cash irl. Definitely a few areas that need to be improved if you want to push on. However, with the situation you've described, it seems like that will require some clever business. Best of luck with that. 

8 hours ago, robterrace said:

The full time whistle came, with one half of the stadium celebrating, and the other half already mostly empty.

That completes a vastly successful season. You simply can't sniff at that, I don't think. :D 

5 hours ago, warlock said:

My nerves are completely shredded. I'll do a season roundup when I've recovered :idiot:

That's probably one of the most anti-climatic title victories ever, but I'm sure you're not complaining! Back-to-back promotions is a fantastic achievement. Very much deserved considering how strong you've been all season, from what your previous posts suggest anyway. Next season should be a challenge but given your first two seasons, the clubs in the Championship can't afford to underestimate you. I wouldn't be shocked to see you upset the apple cart a little and push into mid-table, rather comfortably. Although, simply surviving is by far good enough and will still be viewed as a success in my eyes!

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Here is the table I failed to paste in this morning.  As you can see, we don't have as much separation as you might thing for being 14th. Hopefully a couple more good results tonight will put me in the safety zone.

 

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I call this a bit of an upgrade.

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Sorry for the long wait chaps, I had a little rest from FM but now my Northampton save is ready to go here with a season preview. 

Northampton 2018/19 Season Preview

Transfers IN - Corey Jordan (Loan), Matty Foulds (Loan), Callum Slattery (Loan), Reo Griffiths (Loan)

Transfer OUT - N/A

SKS - Ward/Coddington/Cornell
WBS - Facey/Odoffin
BPD - Jordan/Turnbull
CDD - Taylor/Pierre/Barnett
WBS - Buchanan/Foulds
CMS - O'Toole/Foley/McWilliams/Bridge
BWMD - Crooks/Kasim
WING - Powell/Whaler
APS - Slattery
IFS - Bowditch/Roberts
DLFA - Van Veen/Griffiths/Iaciofano/Williams/Waters/Hoskins/Morais

Right so 4-2-3-1 control possession again with 4-1-4-1 DM Wide and 5-2-3 WB also being trained. 2 each used in pre-season friendlies against local sides and affiliates, P6 W6. I didn't wanna sign the same loans as i did with MK Dons so that is the reasoning behind that. As you can see i have too many players and without an U23 squad but keeping them around for now see if i can fit any square pegs in round holes. I am going to have to make and break some promises between now and January but i will have to find a balance between dynamics contract types form and philosophy, that being said i would like to develop youth products Whaler, Roberts and Iaciofano.

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14 hours ago, DefinitelyTaylor said:

probably one of the most anti-climatic title victories ever

It certainly was... no on-pitch celebration, no trophy presentation (I think they sent it round in a mincab on Sunday morning).

12 hours ago, IndyManager said:

we don't have as much separation as you might think for being 14th

Yeah, it's a bit tight down there. But I'm sure you'll be able to avoid getting dragged into the mudfight.

1 hour ago, robterrace said:

I call this a bit of an upgrade.

I'm surprised he's still there at that date, but definitely a top signing!

1 hour ago, TottenhamBoi90 said:

my Northampton save is ready to go

I'm a fan of Slattery's - used him several times last year - so will watch with interest to see how he does for you (especially in the 4231, a formation I've never had much success with).

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49 minutes ago, warlock said:

I'm surprised he's still there at that date, but definitely a top signing!

Massively so.

I had Josh Tymon out there, so Tierney is a big upgrade, even if he only spends a season with me.

 

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