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2 minutes ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

I follow a non-League English team in real life, (Barnet), and don't take much notice of foreign leagues.

But...football started in 1992!

Anyway, with the HoYD thing, here's someone at SI saying his attributes don't affect your newgens:

Facilities affect quality, not his JPA/JPP. If he has high WWY it'll improve the impact of his coaching, and JPA/JPP will presumably improve his assessment of the guys brought in (although in my experience it doesn't matter who good they are, they always tell you just to sign everyone). A couple posts above there's someone saying which facilities affect CA / PA too. 

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I no longer record my games on this forum and won't again, so I cannot provide screenshots.  But talking about my personal experiences. here goes:

I have now clocked up 1,213 hours on FM19 according to Steam.  I have played over sixty completed seasons, across numerous saves in numerous countries across numerous levels.

I have only produced four world class players (by world class, I mean the biography describes them as "Global Superstars" once developed) in this time.  These four players were in three different saves (FC Twente in Holland, 1860 Munich in Germany & Billericay Town in England (when in Premier League)).  I have produced numerous wonderkids.

ALL of these players, had a HoYD with 3.5*+ reputation and JPA & JPP of 15+.  WWY I have found to be less relevant.  Once the players are here, the Under 18 Manager takes over training.

At FC Twente in particular, where my HoYD had JPA & JPP of 19 & 20 respectively, I regularly produced first team level potential players.  Usually two or more in an intake.

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36 minutes ago, DazRTaylor said:

I no longer record my games on this forum and won't again, so I cannot provide screenshots.  But talking about my personal experiences. here goes:

I have now clocked up 1,213 hours on FM19 according to Steam.  I have played over sixty completed seasons, across numerous saves in numerous countries across numerous levels.

I have only produced four world class players (by world class, I mean the biography describes them as "Global Superstars" once developed) in this time.  These four players were in three different saves (FC Twente in Holland, 1860 Munich in Germany & Billericay Town in England (when in Premier League)).  I have produced numerous wonderkids.

ALL of these players, had a HoYD with 3.5*+ reputation and JPA & JPP of 15+.  WWY I have found to be less relevant.  Once the players are here, the Under 18 Manager takes over training.

At FC Twente in particular, where my HoYD had JPA & JPP of 19 & 20 respectively, I regularly produced first team level potential players.  Usually two or more in an intake.

That's brilliant @DazRTaylorWell done. You are a man after my own heart. 

But...... you are only looking at it from 1 side of the argument. You have produced top potential players from top Academies with top level HoYD. That's great. We know that if you remove the National Youth Rating or you remove the facilities, (Junior Coaching or Youth Recruitment), then this has a direct impact on the players promoted. 

We also know that HoYD personality is an influence, but there is absolutely no evidence that the "labelled key attributes for a HoYD" influence the standard of players coming through the intake. Loads of people think it does and it's all commonly quoted, but I have never seen any evidence of it. When I get further into this save and we start producing good players, I'm going to edit the attributes of my HoYD, (both upwards to their max and downwards to their minimum), and compare multiple versions of the same intake in terms of real CA/PA using the editor. While I know what will happen in terms of personality impact, (it will be a slight impact but still an impact), I think there will be absolutely no impact due to the change of WWY/JPA/JPP.

In my opinion these attributes are only used within the coaching aspect of their role and not at all in the Recruitment aspect of their role. I think your opinion is a commonly held one within FMers, but I don't believe it to be true. 

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58 minutes ago, zlatanera said:

But...football started in 1992!

Anyway, with the HoYD thing, here's someone at SI saying his attributes don't affect your newgens:

Facilities affect quality, not his JPA/JPP. If he has high WWY it'll improve the impact of his coaching, and JPA/JPP will presumably improve his assessment of the guys brought in (although in my experience it doesn't matter who good they are, they always tell you just to sign everyone). A couple posts above there's someone saying which facilities affect CA / PA too. 

Exactly. :thup:

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13 hours ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

As for a lot depending on my HoYD....... I'm not sure I agree. I'm not sure that the attributes of a HoYD have much impact on anything. 

 

3 hours ago, DazRTaylor said:

Assuming you have the HoYD set as the person who brings the youth candidates to the club, then his attributes are very important indeed.

 

1 hour ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

I know that's what we are told @DazRTaylorbut I'm saying that I'm not sure I agree at all. 

For example the highlighted attributes for a HoYD are as follows. 

WWY
JPA
JPP

So in what way do these attributes impact on the players who populate the Youth Intake? 

I have a (F.Pro) HoYD and I understand and agree how his personality impacts on players who come through the Academy, but I am unconvinced as to the effectiveness of any of the 3 attributes listed above. 

If you know something that I know then feel free to share. :thup: 

I don't want something 2nd hand though. I want things that you have worked out based on your games. There is too much repeating of what others have said on these forums and just because it's written does not make it true. 

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On the other hand, I am more than willing to consider opinions based on experience even if there is little supporting evidence. At the moment I am still undecided. 

 

1 hour ago, zlatanera said:

But...football started in 1992!

Anyway, with the HoYD thing, here's someone at SI saying his attributes don't affect your newgens:

Facilities affect quality, not his JPA/JPP. If he has high WWY it'll improve the impact of his coaching, and JPA/JPP will presumably improve his assessment of the guys brought in (although in my experience it doesn't matter who good they are, they always tell you just to sign everyone). A couple posts above there's someone saying which facilities affect CA / PA too. 

 

59 minutes ago, DazRTaylor said:

I no longer record my games on this forum and won't again, so I cannot provide screenshots.  But talking about my personal experiences. here goes:

I have now clocked up 1,213 hours on FM19 according to Steam.  I have played over sixty completed seasons, across numerous saves in numerous countries across numerous levels.

I have only produced four world class players (by world class, I mean the biography describes them as "Global Superstars" once developed) in this time.  These four players were in three different saves (FC Twente in Holland, 1860 Munich in Germany & Billericay Town in England (when in Premier League)).  I have produced numerous wonderkids.

ALL of these players, had a HoYD with 3.5*+ reputation and JPA & JPP of 15+.  WWY I have found to be less relevant.  Once the players are here, the Under 18 Manager takes over training.

At FC Twente in particular, where my HoYD had JPA & JPP of 19 & 20 respectively, I regularly produced first team level potential players.  Usually two or more in an intake.

 

10 minutes ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

That's brilliant @DazRTaylorWell done. You are a man after my own heart. 

But...... you are only looking at it from 1 side of the argument. You have produced top potential players from top Academies with top level HoYD. That's great. We know that if you remove the National Youth Rating or you remove the facilities, (Junior Coaching or Youth Recruitment), then this has a direct impact on the players promoted. 

We also know that HoYD personality is an influence, but there is absolutely no evidence that the "labelled key attributes for a HoYD" influence the standard of players coming through the intake. Loads of people think it does and it's all commonly quoted, but I have never seen any evidence of it. When I get further into this save and we start producing good players, I'm going to edit the attributes of my HoYD, (both upwards to their max and downwards to their minimum), and compare multiple versions of the same intake in terms of real CA/PA using the editor. While I know what will happen in terms of personality impact, (it will be a slight impact but still an impact), I think there will be absolutely no impact due to the change of WWY/JPA/JPP.

In my opinion these attributes are only used within the coaching aspect of their role and not at all in the Recruitment aspect of their role. I think your opinion is a commonly held one within FMers, but I don't believe it to be true. 

I think this is a really interesting discussion because it's typical of a lot of the misinformation that goes around and around the FM community and the more it is said, the more it is read and believed.

There are some really experienced guys, (with regards to youth development), in this part of the forum, (not that you aren't @DazRTaylor), I just think that we sometimes fall into accepting a particular view of something and then don't look to challenge that view despite the fact that it might be incorrect. (From my point of view for example I was completely flabbergasted when it turned out that Det was of similar importance to Pro in terms of youth development). 

I would love to hear from the likes of @Makoto Nakamura @abulezz @smp20 @Rikulec @Deisler26 @Draakon @LPQR @rodesire @Sheriff7 @MadCatPT @noikeee @Wavelberry as to what they think, but ideally based on their experiences and personal opinions rather than what they have read here and elsewhere. 

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1 hour ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

 

 

 

 

 

I think this is a really interesting discussion because it's typical of a lot of the misinformation that goes around and around the FM community and the more it is said, the more it is read and believed.

There are some really experienced guys, (with regards to youth development), in this part of the forum, (not that you aren't @DazRTaylor), I just think that we sometimes fall into accepting a particular view of something and then don't look to challenge that view despite the fact that it might be incorrect. (From my point of view for example I was completely flabbergasted when it turned out that Det was of similar importance to Pro in terms of youth development).

This statement is right since i always thought that ambition had a part in youth development and determination only played a part in match situations. I have always hated having players with low determination so try to avoid them.

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1 hour ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

I just think that we sometimes fall into accepting a particular view of something and then don't look to challenge that view despite the fact that it might be incorrect.

I certainly don't and I cannot speak for others.

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I don't pay much attention to the attributes of my HoYD. My first and by far most crucial criterion is his personality, then WWY, then JPA/JPP. Sometimes I may also pay some attention to specific training attributes if I want the HoYD to cover an area of my youth team training.

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Job offer number 16. Feb 2033.

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Jobs offered.

FC Metz while 10th in Ligue 2. Dec 2025.
Dijon while 20th in Ligue 1. Dec 2025.
Troyes while 17th in Ligue 1. Dec 2025.
AJ Auxerre while 11th in Ligue 1. Nov 2026.
Strasbourg while 20th in Ligue 1. Jan 2027.
EA Guingamp were 14th in Ligue 1. Jun 2028.
Stade Lavallois were 1st in Ligue 2. Jun 2028.
Lille while 12th in Ligue 2. Oct 2028.
FC Lorient while 6th in Ligue 2. May 2030.
Nancy while 20th in League 1. Jun 2030.
AC Ajaccio while 1st in League 2. Jun 2030.
FC Lorient(2) were 17th in Ligue 2. Jun 2031.
Stade Lavallois(2) while 17th in Ligue 2 in Aug 2031.
Nancy(2) while 6th in Ligue 2 in Dec 2031.
Italy National Team. Jul 2032.
Lille while 2nd in Ligue 2. Feb 2033.

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Honestly, I have always had reasonably good Intakes, and my concentration for my HOYD has always been his actual Potential/Ability attributes, and them being as close to 20 as possible.  Personality has always been important, but if you guys remember my first Kafra save, I had some amazing players come through (albeit over 60+ years) having hired my HOYD on the things mentioned above.


From my personal experience, it seems to me that the Recruitment, Junior Coaching, and Facilities play a lot larger role as to the quality of the Intake as opposed to the HOYD.  That's just my two cents!

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Feb 2033.

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That looks like we had a poor month,  but it actually didn't feel like that when playing. That we ran Lyon so close but still lost is frustrating, but we have to be happy to just have got close I suppose. (They are currently 2nd in Ligue 1). 

The 3rd goal in the Grenoble game was a 97th min penalty from (23e) Bouchez (F.Det) *, (his 19th career goal). 

Despite only 1 league win this month, we still find ourselves sitting 3rd in the league with 2 auto-promotion spots and teams 3-5 qualifying for Playoffs. I'm not sure how a 3-team Playoffs system will work, but hopefully we will find out because Nantes and Lille have opened up a gap now. 

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Youth Day. Mar 2033.

The 3rd ranked player is the one highlighted. I must start comparing how the HoYD picks do in comparison to my Ass Man picks. 

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The 1st thing that I notice is that we have 4 players at the top of the list who all have at least 1.0 CA and player (33b) has 1.5 CA. In previous years the general rule of thumb was that all players would have 0.5 CA 

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"Kriss" (33a) Ramírez (Bal) (2033) *.

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Just now, DazRTaylor said:

The third from bottom side in Ligue 1 are also involved in the playoffs.

Ah cheers. Interesting. :thup:

Caen, VAFC, (which is Valenciennes) and Strasbourg currently fill the bottom 3 points, but Bordeaux and Reims also well and truly in the relegation mix.

Looking further above, Harve have lost their last 5 games and would seemingly be in serious danger of getting dragged into the battle. 

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As a long time youth only man, I don’t actually care what HOYD I have, as long as he doesn’t have a detrimental personality (Volatile or the like)

It’s the quality of the coaches at youth level that really drive the players IMO.

Once my intake is in, I monitor it every three months, looking at their stats improvement and their game stats.

I keep checking until I feel they could fit into a first team role at 18/19.

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5 hours ago, Rikulec said:

I don't pay much attention to the attributes of my HoYD. My first and by far most crucial criterion is his personality, then WWY, then JPA/JPP. Sometimes I may also pay some attention to specific training attributes if I want the HoYD to cover an area of my youth team training.

Seconded. I think in lower leagues (which is where I tend to play) this will be fine enough to get with decent enough players eventually to compete in the division you start in and then go on from there. Some of it is down to actually doing the spotting yourself on the youngsters that come through. Some that ain't rated or expected to do well can actually be mint (look at Danny Gormley who was only ever rated averagely in last year's Wick save) and then just shoot up.

I'm guessing eliting on HOYD specific attributes is a top end of the leagues game.

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Mar 2033.

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It's not often that we fail to score, but despite that we haven't exactly been flourishing in the lone striker position. The only win of the month came courtesy of 2 GK goals from (23e) Bouchez (F.Det) * to bring his career total to 21 goals.

Our top performer this season, (as far as goals anyway), is as follows

23 yo AML (25c) Martín García (F.Pro) who has 16 goals and 17 assists in 30(1) appearances this season. 
22 yo (26f) Beñat Goñi (Bal) plays at AMR on the opposite flank and he has 10 goals and 4 assists from 30(1) appearances. (He's not creating enough and I need to look at why). 
28 yo (20a) Rubén (Bal) (2020) * is a specialist TM who has asked to play as a Poacher through the middle, but has also played as a WTM on the right this season. The fact that I am asking a TM to play as a P is probably why he has not scored enough goals. 
26 yo (21b) Zubizarreta (Bal) * has been playing as the right hand side Vol(a) and surprisingly has 9 goals and 5 assists from 27(3) appearances. 
26 yo (22a) Fabio (Unamb) (2022) * is the 2nd choice striker and more suited to the P role, (although still not ideal either). He has scored 7 goals and 6 assists from 19(13) appearances. 

Rather than blaming the striker, (especially the TM trying to play as a P), I think I first need to look at why we are creating so few goals from the right hand side. Part of the reason could be when I have played a WTM on the right, but it's not enough of a reason. I have been playing with both wingers on (s) duty, and this seems to be working fine for the lefty but not nearly so well for the righty and I think this might be down to his "comes deep to get ball" PPM which I don't like at all. His crossing is also only 4, which doesn't help, so I need to work out how to get the best out of him and the right back.

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I don't want to do anything with the left, (because that's a hell of a return), but I want to look at the righty, and maybe see if I can change his instructions, and possibly those of the FBR(a) behind him.

Well this explains a few things. 

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So 2 of the instructions are not being followed, and a 3rd, "cross from deep", is something I don't want him to do with his crossing attribute of just 4. So let'e get rid of him early crossing for a start. With that done, he still has "cross more often" set, and I really don't want that, but at the same time I can't remove it because it's part of the pre-set for W(s). His finishing is also 4, so he's not a proper winger or an IF, so he sounds a little more like a WM, but you can't have a WM in the AM line. AP(s) is the next option. That asks him to shoot less and cross left, (which we want because he's rubbish at that), but that also gets him to cut inside and as someone who's left foot is just for standing on, that's not ideal. W(a) and W(s) are both out. AP(a) and AP(s) are also out. IF(s) and IF(a) are both out. T(a) is an option. I've never used that from a wide position. How does a wide Treq even work? Ity's at least an option though.

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So a wide Treq(a) is an option, but what else do we have?

The WTM options don't really fit, and then we have the RMD(a).... Well that could be interesting. Doesn't cross and doesn;t shoot that often. Just plays between the lines and creates havoc. You know this sounds interesting. If the Ramdeuter doesn't work then I will try the wide Treq.

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Just watch my save now guys with Andorra fc.I have good HYD and good stuff in my youth team and every year a have crap youths .I'm pretty sure youth facilities (we have awfull and aged facilities) play the most important role + players you already have in your team.And that's my experience from my saves to previous versions of fm..

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Apr 2033.

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The tactical changes weren't made in time for the Troyes defeat and then when I made them before the QRM match they didn't "take" for some reason. (I must have done something wrong. They were in full effect for both the CS Sedan Ardennes and USBCO victories though. 

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[Edit]

I don't usually look at heat maps and the like. (What's the point in not watching games if you are going to pour over data in fine detail), but I have been looking at stuff for this particular instance and enjoyed the heat map info for the DR below, so I'm going to compare the heat maps for the last 4 games in the AMR slot. The 1first two will be for the W(s) role and the second two will obviously be the raumdeuter role

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I'm really not sure why the pitch has been reversed in the 4th picture. (If it's a home/away think then the 2nd picture should also be reversed). In any case, what it shows me at least is that his average position is more advanced given the RMD(a) role, (which is a surprise to me), and he hasn't been playing narrower, (which is another surprise). It's more about what he does rather than where he does it, (and I like that a lot)

I'm trying to not get too bogged down to just player match stats from 2 games as a RMD(a), but initial signs are that his passing is less accurate and of course he scored in his last game as a W(s). What I did notice was the 7 out of 8 headers won by the RMD(a) in the USBCO game. The other thing I see is 1 key pass and 1 chance created. He had only created 1 chance in his last 6 games as a W(s). I'm hoping that this chance was a pass rather than a cross, (because remember that's what this change was all about), so let's go back and have a look at it. 

The start of the highlight shows (26f) Beñat Goñi (Bal) slightly tucked in and sees right back (25a) Martínez (Bal) (2025) * actually ahead of him on the right flank. The ball in behind results in what is a half cross/half cut-back but I class it as a pass rather than a cross, (but maybe because it suits my agenda to do so). 

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What I should also mention though is that right back (25a) Martínez (Bal) (2025) * got MOM in this game and when I'm looking at the output from the right sided midfielder, (whether it be a winger, a raumdeuter or something else), then I also need to take into account the output of the DR. 

He didn't play against CS Sedan Ardennes but he was decent against USBCO and the 1 stat that jumps out to me is that he was fouled no less than 6 times in the USBCO game.

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When reading this post back I got to this bit and wondered "where did the right back get fouled?" and it's probably pretty key actually if I'm allowing this to influence my opinion on the effectiveness of the changes. I want him to have been fouled deep in the opposition half, so let's have a look

That's not bad actually. 4 of the fouls were made in and around his own box, but 2 were made in the opposition half. That's exactly the confirmation that I was looking for that I'm on the right track

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In the previous 13 matches played under the old system, he was never fouled more than 4 times, (and that only on 1 occasion), so certainly something worth keeping an eye on there. 

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I don't want to pay too much attention to whoever played DR in the CS Sedan Ardennes game, (because he is a completely different player with different strengths and weaknesses but I do want to have a quick look at it. 

17 year old (30d) Núñez (F.Sport) made his senior debut in the previous game, and as you would expect it was a far more conservative performance from a player with significantly less athletic ability to get into advanced areas. 

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The other change that I was contemplating was adding a TM(a) individual role to 2 of the players who are in contention for the Poacher role up front. I might want to play a Poacher through the middle, but there is no point trying to force a square peg into a round hole. 

What I take from this is that he was far more involved in play, (as you would expect), and where as you could argue that the poacher is more likely to score, the fact remains that he hasn't been scoring and that was the reason for this change. My gut feeling after 1 single game is that the move is a positive one. 

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We have a game in hand over our competition, (against FCSM), and while I have given up hope of auto-promotion, I am determined that we will at least make the playoffs. 

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I will be completely honest with you and admit that I have considered "throwing" the  playoffs on the basis that it's theoretically possible that we will somehow get promoted, and then get hammered out of sight next season and this will result in my sacking after the inevitable relegation from Ligue 1. I mean I know I "shouldn't get sacked even if we somehow go up and then come straight back down, but there is always that element of doubt. All the way through this say I have under-promised and over-delivered and that's very much a mantra that I would like to continue. When they give me the 3 options for the season's objectives, I ALWAYS pick the lowest one. This is a marathon and not a sprint and I don't want the save to go boobies up simply because I have been too ambitious. 

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May 2033. 

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It wasn't a good end to the regular season at all as we stumbled across the line to finish in the Playoff positions.

We finished 4th in the league and what I expected to happen was that we would play Lille and Lorient, (who sneaked in on goal difference), would play whoever finished 3rd bottom in Ligue 1. Needless to say, that didn't happen at all. 

Ligue 2 Promotion/Playoff places.

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Ligue 1 Relegation/Playoff places.

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What actually happened is that we played FC Lorient in the Ligue 2 Playoff 1st Round, (which we won comfortably), before getting comfortably spanked by Lille in the "Final"

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Lille will now play Vanelciennes in the..... Ligue 1 Playoff, (over 2 legs), and the winner plays in Ligue 1 next season  and the loser plays in Ligue 2. 

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26 minutes ago, Saintmat said:

Great 1st season in Ligue 2! Going professional really must have helped.

Well it obviously did, but everything is relative and all the opposition teams are professional too, (I'm guessing because I haven't checked but I'm sure they are). I think a bigger reason is us becoming more settled with the tactic that I created at the start of last season, but the big thing is the players just being another year older. 

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The location of a club (I.E. City and Nation population) also makes a huge difference on youth intakes. I've done a lot of research on this with the in-game edtior running so I can see actual CA and PA amongst other things. If you are in a smaller location such as Fort William, or a smaller country such as San Marino, then regardless of how high your facilities and even YR and JC are, you will only be able to produce a set number of stars per generation. After that all players produced will have a PA cap of 115 until the small number of players who have a higher PA than that retire, allowing others to spawn in the intakes.

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End of 2032/33 Season Update

Overall Best XI.

Goal-scoring GK #1 Lesec absolutely rules the roost when it comes to all time appearances, (371 when nobody else has even 300), but is also the 2nd highest goal-scorer on the list. 

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Seasonal Best XI.

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Awards.

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You've got to love it when your GK collects the Goal of the Season award. :eek::lol::cool:

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Season Review. (I'm not sure why this is blank at the top). 

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Squad Dynamics.

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Confidence

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Finances.

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Loans. We only have 1 loan outstanding now and that's only to the tune of £925,000. We are in credit at the end of the season and that's before we receive the prize money of £652,000 that we get for finishing 4th in Ligue 2. I would like to be able to get us into a position where we are debt free and then start spending money on expanding the stadium and the like. I expect that the board will just continue to spend though and we will end up owing more money. Once we reach Ligue 1, (if we reach Ligue 1), then all our money worries will be over. 

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Facilities. I've made a bit of a mistake here. We have already had 2 lots of 2 upgrades this season, but instead of waiting until we received the £652,000 prize money, I opted to ask immediately at the end of the season and the board declined both on the basis of our financial position. I know we are getting the prize money, (but it would seem that the AI doesn't).

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4 hours ago, Saintmat said:

Great 1st season in Ligue 2! Going professional really must have helped.

 

1 hour ago, Deisler26 said:

Congrats on such an excellent season

Cheers lads. Was pretty surprised by the rapid progress after so much stagnation, but hopefully it means that Ligue 1 is not a million miles away. 

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Job offer number 17. Jun 2033.

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Jobs offered.

FC Metz while 10th in Ligue 2. Dec 2025.
Dijon while 20th in Ligue 1. Dec 2025.
Troyes while 17th in Ligue 1. Dec 2025.
AJ Auxerre while 11th in Ligue 1. Nov 2026.
Strasbourg while 20th in Ligue 1. Jan 2027.
EA Guingamp were 14th in Ligue 1. Jun 2028.
Stade Lavallois were 1st in Ligue 2. Jun 2028.
Lille while 12th in Ligue 2. Oct 2028.
FC Lorient while 6th in Ligue 2. May 2030.
Nancy while 20th in League 1. Jun 2030.
AC Ajaccio while 1st in League 2. Jun 2030.
FC Lorient(2) were 17th in Ligue 2. Jun 2031.
Stade Lavallois(2) while 17th in Ligue 2 in Aug 2031.
Nancy(2) while 6th in Ligue 2 in Dec 2031.
Italy National Team. Jul 2032.
Lille while 2nd in Ligue 2. Feb 2033.
Saint-Etienne finished 7th in Ligue 2. Jun 2033.

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Jimbo, you're the Bielsa of my FM world. Loved reading through the search for explanations for your AMR lack of creativity and the research on youth development. Keep it up!

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6 hours ago, Laurefinwe said:

Jimbo, you're the Bielsa of my FM world. Loved reading through the search for explanations for your AMR lack of creativity and the research on youth development. Keep it up!

 

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On 01/02/2019 at 23:39, Jimbokav1971 said:

Let me break this to you gently.......

I have also never heard of Malang Sarr and Dan-Axel Zagadou. :lol:

The way I have played FM for a few years now means that I never really have interaction with real wonderkids never mind about managed them. 

Malang Sarr sounds like a Malaysian meal.

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1 hour ago, Nobby_McDonald said:

Malang Sarr sounds like a Malaysian meal.

Yep. A lightly spiced veggie dish. :lol:

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Jul & Aug 2033.

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Pre-season went as pre-season does before we were rudely awoken with a loss away to FCSM. I had been tinkering with my front man's role(duty) and for this game I went with a TM(a). It didn't work but it was a lesson learned and I immediately opted to switch to a P(a) for future games but with the idea of possibly looking at AF roles at some point in the future. 

We bounced back by smashing 5 past Gaj. Ajaccio and another 5 past US Creteil-Luisitanos as we won 3 of 5 league games in August, drawing the other 2. We did crash out of the League Cup, but my priority is the league so I'm not overly bothered, (although I didn't rotate the squad as much as I might have).

(29d) Tristan Albert (Unamb) has scored 8 goals in 5(1) league appearances this season and has made a bit of a surprising impact on the team if I'm honest, (after failing to shine in the Reserves in recent season). He featured a little at the end of last season, but his impact this season is remarkable. 

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His new-found prowess in front of goal sees us to 4th place in Ligue 2, but there are still 3 undefeated teams looking to retain their unbeaten records. 

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I can see why you would try a target man with Albert, great attributes for it. Only his speed means he is not such an all round striker but perhaps you can intensively train it. A target man needs a 2nd striker up with him i found and you play with just 1 up front.

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@Jimbokav1971 does allowing your GK to take set pieces ever expose you defensively? I've started doing it again with River Plate, and one two occasions they'd fired it straight into the wall, been beaten to the rebound by an opposition player who then ran to halfway, shot and narrowly missed. Then one shot from half-way and scored to put us out of the cup. I'm wondering if its a common occurrence for you too, or if its some combination of me having slow goalkeepers and a 120m long pitch.

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11 hours ago, Saintmat said:

How would you feel about going up this year? Think you could handle Ligue 1?

I contemplated "throwing" the Playoffs last season, but in the end decided against it. I have no issue at all with going up and coming straight back down other than if I was sacked as a result of the relegation. I don't think I would get sacked, but I don't know for sure. 

My initial reaction is that of course we would get relegated, but now I'm not so sure. We would have got relegated this season had we gone up, (I think), but we have come on a long in the last year and maybe just maybe we might be good enough to finish 3rd bottom next season.

Either way, I'm certainly NOT going to be throwing the Playoffs this season if I qualify.

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10 hours ago, Thebaker said:

I can see why you would try a target man with Albert, great attributes for it. Only his speed means he is not such an all round striker but perhaps you can intensively train it. A target man needs a 2nd striker up with him i found and you play with just 1 up front.

Yeah. He, (and my previous 1st choice striker), were both so suited to TM that I decided to give it a go, but it just didn't work.

(29d) Tristan Albert (Unamb) * is being asked to give additional focus to quickness, (pace and acceleration).  He's never going to be quick, but his pace has risen from 6.8 in 09/32 to 9.4 in 09/33. That's better than decent progress for me.

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1 hour ago, zlatanera said:

@Jimbokav1971 does allowing your GK to take set pieces ever expose you defensively? I've started doing it again with River Plate, and one two occasions they'd fired it straight into the wall, been beaten to the rebound by an opposition player who then ran to halfway, shot and narrowly missed. Then one shot from half-way and scored to put us out of the cup. I'm wondering if its a common occurrence for you too, or if its some combination of me having slow goalkeepers and a 120m long pitch.

Yes they do expose me. 

I worked out a system that used to mean that in previous issues, (and in FM19 initially), I used to concede less than 1 goal per season in instances such as this, (largely by creating a multi-layered defence which allows us multiple opportunities to win the ball back). After the 2nd update of FM19, (I think it was the 2nd anyway), we were suddenly conceding goals all over the place and I had to stop my GK taking free-kicks from wide areas, (we were just being countered to death).

GK's are still set to take free-kicks that are DIRECT, DIRECT (SMALL CHANCE OF SHOT), and INDIRECT (DEEP), but they are no longer taking free-kicks from INDIRECT (WIDE) positions. 

I'm not saying we never concede now, (we have already conceded at least 1 this season), but just because of the enjoyment I get from it, it's still worth persisting with. 

(23e) Bouchez (F.Det) * scored a goal in the last friendly of pre-season, and has scored 3 goals in 11 competitive games so far this season.

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Without knowing where you are placing players, make sure that you have someone standing with taker and then try and cover all eventualities with other options.

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4 minutes ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

Yes they do expose me. 

I worked out a system that used to mean that in previous issues, (and in FM19 initially), I used to concede less than 1 goal per season in instances such as this, (largely by creating a multi-layered defence which allows us multiple opportunities to win the ball back). After the 2nd update of FM19, (I think it was the 2nd anyway), we were suddenly conceding goals all over the place and I had to stop my GK taking free-kicks from wide areas, (we were just being countered to death).

GK's are still set to take free-kicks that are DIRECT, DIRECT (SMALL CHANCE OF SHOT), and INDIRECT (DEEP), but they are no longer taking free-kicks from INDIRECT (WIDE) positions. 

I'm not saying we never concede now, (we have already conceded at least 1 this season), but just because of the enjoyment I get from it, it's still worth persisting with. 

(23e) Bouchez (F.Det) * scored a goal in the last friendly of pre-season, and has scored 3 goals in 11 competitive games so far this season.

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Without knowing where you are placing players, make sure that you have someone standing with taker and then try and cover all eventualities with other options.

I think the one we conceded off was a DIRECT (SMALL CHANCE OF SHOT) rebounding, but the other two close calls (about 1 yard wide, which at a range of about 70 metres from inside the guy's own half on our huge pitch, was still impressive, and hitting the post) were from INDIRECT (WIDE) ones, so might take them off those, give it to my playmaker (part of my reasoning for returning to this thing is that I have no good set piece takers, so I figure the best Vision might help, right?). 

I haven't touched my routines, so perhaps I'll stick my best midfield tackler to stand next to him as protection. 

I think I've played 22 games, no free kicks but 4/5 penalties scored. 

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Sept 2033.

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I can't remember the last time we failed to score in 2 consecutive games. 

Goal-scoring GK (23e) Bouchez (F.Det) * scored his 3rd of the season and the 25th of his career.

It was a poor month and has seen us drop down to 11th in the league. We are only 3 points off the Playoffs though so no issues yet.

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Oct 2033.

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2 decent home results this month and the away loss was against Clermont who are 2nd in the league. 

Goal-scoring GK (23e) Bouchez (F.Det) * scored his 4th goal of the season bringing him to 26 career goals. This goal was a peach though and very similar to the goal he scored last year that won goal of the season. it's set up on the wrong side for a righty, but that seems to confuse the GK who leaves his left hand post area to be covered by the wall and instead covers the right half of his goal. (23e) Bouchez (F.Det) * strikes right-footed around the wall and sneaks it in at the GK's left hand post. 

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We are up to 7th in the league and now just 1 point of a playoff position.

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What a great read. I hate it when I catch up with career updates!! GL getting up this season, momentum is gathering :D

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1 minute ago, numbas2 said:

What a great read. I hate it when I catch up with career updates!! GL getting up this season, momentum is gathering :D

Thanks very much. Glad you enjoyed it. 

After stagnating a little in the National League, things seem to be developing nicely now.

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Nov 2033.

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I was all set up for a 100% month with 5 wins and 0 goals conceded, but you know exactly what happens when you think that going into a home game against mid-table opposition..... That's right, you get your arse handed to you. :(

In goal-scoring GK news, (23e) Bouchez (F.Det) * scored his 5 goal in 20 games this season, bringing his career tally to 27.

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Still right in the mix despite that defeat. The fact relegation hasn't been a possibility in either season in Ligue 2 is the most important thing in my opinion, because of the financial benefits of being in this league it is just a matter of time before you get promoted.

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2 minutes ago, Reggiana said:

Still right in the mix despite that defeat. The fact relegation hasn't been a possibility in either season in Ligue 2 is the most important thing in my opinion, because of the financial benefits of being in this league it is just a matter of time before you get promoted.

Yeah. That;s my thinking too. Getting relegated would be a disaster because we have lots of players on full-time contracts and the pressure would be on to come straight back up. 

At the moment we are just popping along nicely. 

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On 04/02/2019 at 23:30, Jimbokav1971 said:

Yep. A lightly spiced veggie dish. :lol:

Not for me then. I need some meat.

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Dec 2033.

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Not a great month. We won in the Cup, and then lost in the Cup, (so the 1st win doesn't really count for much because we are still out), and then we had a narrow loss in the league against the team we spanked in the Cup, and somehow drew a game 3-3 against Gaz. Ajaccio where we should have scored at least 5 or 6. 

Either way we are out of the Cup and have dropped to 8th in the league, 2 points outside the Playoff zone. 

The only good news was that goal-scoring GK (23e) Bouchez (F.Det) * scored his 6th goal of the season from 24 games bringing him to 28 career goals.

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