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[FM19] Devon Is a Place on Earth

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Hello, and welcome to my latest Football Manager Career Thread. 

Premise

As the title suggests, I will only be managing teams in Devon. As I'm using the standard database, that means Torquay United (National League South), Exeter City (League Two), and my own club, Plymouth Argyle (League One)

Manager

I will be undertaking this career as myself. I have given myself a National A Licence, as that is the minimum requirement for a job in the football league. I have given myself Professional Footballer (Local) as past experience. Here I am

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and I'll be starting with Torquay United, as the lowest ranked of the possible teams, the ambition being to get them to at least the National League, but preferably to League Two

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This is the squad I inherited

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I've added four players since arriving. The first two were before my arrival

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Nathan Bishop is a goalkeeper

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Sam Squire is a defensive minded midfielder

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Connor Hunt is also a goalkeeper

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and Templeton is a right back, but can also play centre back

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December was much busier, and very nearly a perfect month

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although we remain third in the table, with Bath remaining top

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I love English lower league saves, best of luck with this. :thup:

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5 minutes ago, Rikulec said:

I love English lower league saves, best of luck with this. :thup:

Thanks Rikulec :)

I'm hoping however, that it won't be forever a lower league save ;)

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Great idea for a career

If Tiverton get promoted into the National League South there's another option!

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3 minutes ago, Crispypaul said:

Great idea for a career

If Tiverton get promoted into the National League South there's another option!

True. I'll keep an eye out

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January wasn't bad, but blowing a 2-0 lead against our tenants, Truro City, was annoying. We had a player sent off against Hemel Hempstead

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and we are up to second, two points adrift of Dulwich

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Two more players have been added since the August transfer update

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Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 

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and Luke Guttridge, who returns to one of his former clubs

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Good read so far! I'm following.

What's your ultimate goal for this challenge? Or are you going to play until FM20? 

Last question, are you allowed to manage any of the English National Teams? Main, U21, U18 etc.

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12 hours ago, Neotropolis said:

Good read so far! I'm following.

What's your ultimate goal for this challenge? Or are you going to play until FM20? 

Last question, are you allowed to manage any of the English National Teams? Main, U21, U18 etc.

I haven't set any rules at all other than managing Devon teams. So therefore yes, I can manage English national teams as well. 

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An unbeaten, but mildly disappointing February

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as we failed to capitalise on beating Dulwich Hamlet, and so go top of the table, but only on goal difference

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March wasn't great either

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but our rivals also faltered, so we're two points clear, with a game in hand

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5 hours ago, Mark Heath said:

Great start to your career. Looking forward to following this one.

Thanks Mark :)

Edited by Northernpilgrim

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Despite a less than brilliant end to the season

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We've done it

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Coming out on top in what ended up a three horse race

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Within a few days, I've been offered, and accepted, an extension to my contract. No brainer as Exeter have got promoted and Argyle haven't changed their manager either

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Well done winning promotion Pilgrim.

Must be unique to played two home league games against the same opponent in the space of a week.

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Preseason was a bit of a mixed bag of results, but we scored a lot, which is encouraging

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We made three signings

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and released or retired several players

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Not too bad a start to the season

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and that leaves us just a point outside the playoffs, with survival the only objective

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Looking good! Congrats on last season's league win! 

Was that what the board expected last season?

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4 minutes ago, Neotropolis said:

Looking good! Congrats on last season's league win! 

Was that what the board expected last season?

Thanks Neotropolis :) The board expected us to win promotion, so a minimum of playoffs, and they were happy with the title win. They're only asking that we fight bravely against relegation this season. September update coming in a minute (already done screenshots, just need to add the text)

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Apart from defeat to Maidstone, I was very happy with September's results

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and they have seen us move into a playoff position. Survival remains the target until we pass 50 points (or don't)

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The Maidstone game was really, really annoying. We took the lead, but ended up losing 3-1, and they only had three shots on target, while we had 7, and the goalkeeper ratings weren't all that different

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October wasn't bad either

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and we're over halfway to the 50 point survival target, and in the playoffs too, despite the disappointing draw with Gateshead

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I assume you'll be looking to get some free loans from Leeds in January?

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2 hours ago, Neotropolis said:

I assume you'll be looking to get some free loans from Leeds in January?

That's the plan, if they'll let me have players who can make us better

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I'm guessing Hartlepool isn't in Devonshire. 

(Ignorant American of English geography even though I have a cloth map of Lancashire)

Looks like your gonna need some reinforcements from Leeds...to make your title challenge.

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3 hours ago, Hootieleece said:

I'm guessing Hartlepool isn't in Devonshire. 

(Ignorant American of English geography even though I have a cloth map of Lancashire)

Looks like your gonna need some reinforcements from Leeds...to make your title challenge.

Definitely not. Just the 350 miles away from Devon

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A title challenge was never expected this season. I'd be doing cartwheels if we were 17th at Christmas, never mind 7th!! The Leeds hookup should help us push on towards the top four, if we can get some decent players from them

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On the 18th December, I got another interview invite that I didn't want.....

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....and a vacancy has arisen that I definitely do

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Telling you that you are "disliked by a significant core of the clubs support" is a bit harsh?

how do you go about turning that around?

enjoying reading, good luck with the reinforcements from my home town!

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Wishing you all the best with this, as a Devon boy myself!

Shame you're on the wrong side of Dartmoor though... ;)

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51 minutes ago, Saintmat said:

Wishing you all the best with this, as a Devon boy myself!

Shame you're on the wrong side of Dartmoor though... ;)

As an Argyle fan, I'm looking forward to managing them, and bizarrely, I was looking forward to managing the Grecians as well. Not that it was easy writing that sentence!

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and my board responded by offering to extend my contract, which was due to expire at the end of the season

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