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Introduction

I have read santy001 and oliscots great Harrogate and Salford story and wanted to try out lower league management again in FM18 to see how quickly I can promote to the Premier League.

To make it a real challenge I didn't want to take over any of the best teams teams in Vanarama North and a semi-professional one.

Since I'm a Manchester United fan, I choose FC Manchester of United and my goal is to one day be the best team i Manchester :)
 

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Initial analysis

-Because we are semi-professional and has poor trainings facilities, training won't develop the players much. So to develop players so that they can stay in the team a few promotions, I have to focus on buying youngsters (age 17-22) who develops more than older players and can be tutored. Tutoring will increase their determination, which I think is very important for players in the lower leagues.

-With a team with many young players it's important to have good leaders, so I need to sign good captains and vice-captains.

-Poor youth facilities, minimal junior coaching and basic youth recruitment means that I can't expect any youth candidates to ever play for the first team before the facilities are upgraded a lot. So all youngsters, before the facilities are upgraded, must be signed after they are released from other teams or found in a National U18/19/20/21-team. (many regens from smaller nations appears in National teams before they are signed by a club)

-We have only £ 8,722 in the bank and wage- and transfer budgets of £3,917 and £8,372, so many players must be loaned to save some money and players must be signed on a free transfer.

 

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-The team comparison shows that the team are worst in many important attributes: str, com, off, dri, pas... So most of the existing team has to be sold, loaned out or released.

Of the existing squad only Allinson and Irwin seems to be good enough to secure promotion to Vanarama National.

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Exciting news so, Glory, glory united Man, I guess.

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Season 1 - 2017/18

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The media prediction was that we were going to finish 18th, but that was with a completely different squad.

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Hone, Brown and Shuker were older players signed on non-contracts to tutor the younger players. Only Brown played one game as a sub, during an injury crisis. Apart from them, Doyle was the oldest player signed. He was 22 when I signed him, and teams average age is 20,76 years. Everest (8->15), Hancocks (13->15) and Juanma (10->14) all increased determination, before Hone, Brown and Shuker started to complain about lack of first team football or had to low reputation to tutor. So more tutors have to be signed for the next season.

There is not much of a difference between Vanarama North and National, so most of the players will keep their place in the team. Malowiejski will improve our options in attack when he turns 17 and can sign. I found him playing for Poland U19 and at 16 he is almost as good as my best forward Cregan.

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Cregan must be one of the best signings I have ever had. 47 goals and 15 assists in 42 games in his first season. 

Everest, Thomas and my captain Lawton has been great too. The board turned down my request to turn the club professional, but agreed to improve facilities. So I hope they are able to show some progress next season.

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Season 2 - 2018/19

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In season 2 we were predicted to finish 20th and most of the team were at the club at the beginning of the season. So it should have been easy to predict.

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Signing of the season have to be Simen Møller from Biggleswade Utd. 26 Goals and 14 assists in 36 (2) games and avg. rating 7,48. Graham was my best defender for the first two seasons, but he wouldn't have made it in League 2 and it saved a lot of money sell him and loan a DC instead. 

Unfortunately Cregan has started to slow down after a fantastic first season. At the end of the season, he have only scored one goal in his last 10 games. He had ratings of 6,2-6,4 in 5 of them and hasn't improved determination or work rate after warnings or fines lately. The board decided to turn the club professional (also expanded the stadium) after we were promoted, but I don't think Cregans development will help him keep a place in the squad for the next season. Malowiejski has already taken Cregans place in the first 11, and it is more expensive to give Cregan a new contract, than loaning a forward. By the way, the board also accepted my requests to improve facilities.

Goodman, Winnard and Nolan didn't play for the first team, but helped Hancocks (15->16), Wassi (8->11), Booker (7->12) and Doyle (14->15) to improve determination and our average determination are highest in both V. National and League 2. Apart from increased determination and work rate after disciplinary actions, Booker and Doyle hasn't improved a whole point in any important attributes. Too bad I didn't sign more non-contract players before we turned professional.

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I wouldn't expect to see my 4th best striker in the best eleven, but McAtee has been starting a lot of games against weaker teams in the league and cups and have been brought on late in games we already had won. Cregan should have been alongside Møller. Another back up in the first eleven is Wassi with 16 (15) games. Booker 48 (5) have mostly been playing as a fullback and Graham 28 (0) should have been DC as he has played more and better than Wassi. I don't know how they are calculation this, but something is wrong.

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I haven't been adapting my tactics to my squad this season and most players are not getting more familiar after training. Only two players are a perfect fit and many players have not improved at all. So next season the tactics will be adapted more. 

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Allinson was my last player from the original squad and just left for Crystal Palace. He might be my first player to play in the Premier League, as he is their 3rd best goalkeeper and their 2nd are injured. I also had a chance to be in Premier League soon, as I were offered job interviews with Cardiff and Millwall in Championship (I can't remember which, but I think it was one from Premier League too). Of course I turned them down. Just have to wait a few more seasons to beat City and United.

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Season 3 update

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We are knocked out of all cups and are leading League 2 by a lot, so the rest of this season will be all about developing youngsters and saving money.

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In our first three seasons all our players have either been signed on free transfer or loaned. Apart from Allinson (45 k), who have played in five Premier League games so far, we haven't collected any real fees from selling our star players. No one were willing to pay anything to sign Cregan, who scored 73 goals in 81 games. To compete with clubs in Championship in a few years time, with their huge parachute payments from their last season in Premier League, we have to make a lot more money. After expanding our stadium we have sold out all 5 998 seats in most games, but we don't have enough money at the moment to expand further. So I can't see any other way of making money than selling players. 

But the way, I forgot that we can only use five loan players in a League 2 game, so a lot of loan deals have been terminated early (Brewitt, Close, Folami and Agyei) and some players will not play too many games.

Diaz and Caser have been great this season and I hope to sell them one day for at least 1 mill. each.

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We signed a new captain before Lawton was sold. Raglan also played for the club five years ago and have played for us both in Northern Premier League and League Two. I really don't like to use players with extremely low values in important attributes, but Raglan (aggression 4) seems to play well in a cover role. Gribbin's (on loan/det 4) determination could increase a lot if I'am able to sign him in 1,5 years time and tutor him. Might make a lot of money on him to, as he seems to have a great potensial.

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Our tactics are now fitting our players a lot better, but Møller, who is a target man are now out of the first 11. It is not that he is playing bad, Møller has been one of our best players since he joined the club, but he has retired from professional football. So I can't renew his contract and no team wants to buy him, either because they are professional or because they can't afford his wage (he is paid £1,600 per week and is our best paid player). It's just not worth it to pay him bonuses for playing or scoring and Caser needs time on the pitch to develop. 

Since we are not going to use a target man, the loan of our back up TM Folami were terminated. But before he left I had a look at his last game for Australia U20 and found a player named Cashman. (just what we needed, right :))

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Cashman will join us when he turns 18 and high values in attributes which does not change much over time (bra, det, fit, wor) indicates a great potensial. His club FFA COE have superb training facilities, excellent youth facilities, good junior coaching and extensive youth recruitment. They have a lot of current and former players in the Australian U-teams, but they are an amateur club so all players can leave on free transfer. What a waste for them, but it would make them a perfect affiliate for us. 

Unfortunately the rest of FFA COE's players are either not interested or demands a min. fee release clause of 40-60 k, so it's not worth developing them.

Also found this guy in Georgia U21, but he won't sign at the moment. Could make a lot of money on him, even though his bra and jr are not exactly impressing.

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Allinson have played in five Premier League games already, just two years after he played in Vanarama North. But with that 6,2 average, it shouldn't happen again...

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Well, it might seem easy when the season is over, but it takes a lot of time to find the right players, motivate them before and during matches, speak to them after matches about what they did right and wrong… And it is important to really know if a player "needs to work harder to get into positions" or if his "passing in the last game was not good enough". If not, a players morale will decrease and that might outweigh te potential benefit.

Anyway, I should be focusing more on playing faster than trying to do everything "perfect". 

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Season 3 - 2019/20

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We haven't bought or sold any players since January, but both Caser and Malowiejski have drawn attention from a number of clubs. I hope to receive some decent bids, but Malowiejski will be very hard to replace. I think Caser is our signing of the season, but he can't really be compared to Cregan or Møller from season 1 and 2. 

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I still can't understad why Booker isn't in the best eleven, he still plays more and better than Wassi. Malowiejski has improved a lot and he is our best player. It is not often you see a player who are to stay in the first eleven after consecutive promotions. He is now playing for Germany and not Poland and that slows down his progression as he does not play as many games because of more competition in their U-teams. 

It's fun to play against a real Premier League legend, but with 4 or 5 in most physical attributes Rooney should have retired a while ago. All 4 goals scored were scored on pens, must be the only way to score when you can't move that much. 

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York doesn't seem to find out where they belong. They have three relegations and two promotions in the last five years and with their insecure finances I'm sure they will be relegated again next season.

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The board agreed to upgrade both youth and training facilities. They also expanded the stadium, but 750 more seats will not be enough to satisfy demand in League One.

I haven't been able to buy any more promising youngsters, but this guy could be our GK for the next decade, if he ever would be interested. Even at his age he would be our first choice GK and a player with attributes like that could be of of the best players in the world at twenty.

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Chelsea replaced Peterborough as our affiliate. This means £50 k more each year  and maybe some extra money from that annual friendly. I hope to loan players who can improve our team, as we were not able to loan anyone who made an impact from Peterborough.

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Season 4 update

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We have been reached far in the cups this year. Too bad most games have been away as we really needed the extra money from home games.

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Lazio made a bid for Caser on the last day of the transfer window and I rejected it. Of course my "favourite" general manager accepted a lower bid from Lazio just a few hours later and I couldn't find a new striker before the window closed. I hope to see him replaced in the election next October...

It might look like we made some money when Moore-Taylor, Raglan, Hedges and Wassi were sold. But it didn't help our finances much because the first three were paid about 15 % in sell on fees, £133 k were instalments and we have to pay Hedges 900 p/w until his contract would have ended next year. Can't be too happy with our outgoing transfers this year.

We still need to sell some players at a huge profit to be able to reinvest in players, who can bring us to Premier League next season. So I signed Ricci, Drazic, D'Urso and Batth on free transfer. At the moment they are worth £8,7M, but their value might decrease when I try to sell them this summer.

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We have not paid any fee to sign any player or contributed to any wages for players on loan, before García was bought from Atlético Nacional. Apart from his heading, he looks like a first team player already. 

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I have noticed that we are effectively playing with one more player in a lot of games this season. Just like these games against Leeds and Charlton. At half time against Leeds our total condition were 924 and they had 821 in total. That's 103 more than them, when their average was 75 %. At the beginning of the game against Charlton we had a total condition of 1037 against their 954. That's 83 more and their average was 86.

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And we had higher morale in both games, even though I don't know how to measure the difference in morale, so we won both games. It is just too easy when the ai aren't even able to field a team with acceptable condition or manage morale.

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Season 4 2020/21

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Another promotion this year, but it will be more difficult to secure promotion next year when we compete against a lot richer clubs who have been relegated from Premier League.

We have one of the strongest squads in League One so our promotion should have been expected.

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Players on loan have been essential to our success this year, with 55 goals and 54 assists in 233 (47) games divided among eleven players on loan. Sanchez and Macdonald were signed after one season on loan and I don't think they would have been interested if they hadn't been here a season on loan first.

Loaning players are saving us a lot of money on wages. Because some loans have been terminated when a player starts to complain about lack of time on the pitch, it seems like we on average have had eight players on loan this season. If we would have paid an average wage (wage, bonuses and fees) of £2,500 pw that's saving us £1million this year. We should have loan more players during our first two seasons, even though it is hard some times to select a match squad of eighteen players and only include five players on loan:)

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The board are planning to expand our stadium (3rd year in a row), but i don't think it will be enough to satisfy demand in Championship. They seem to reject all requests until our balance could have financed the whole expansion. Then the board usually will finance 50 % with a bank loan and a grant covers the rest. I just can't see the logic in that. 

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For the first time a player from our youth intake have been given a contract, and Phil Pell looks like a really good player already. I haven't seen many 15-year-old players with 19 attributes of 10 or higher. 

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Season 5 update

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It's really a close race in league this year. Hull started the season with 15 games unbeaten, but we just have managed to take the lead after Hull have had a bad period.

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I have sold Ricci, Drazic, D'Urso and Batth (and a few more players) and that brought in £9,5m. Unfortunately we can't use all that money because it's impossible to find more expensive players who are interested. (Might be caused by our low reputation) The players we have bought are young and it will take a few years to develop them, before we can sell them at a profitt.

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Nkoudou, Cardozo, Valdivia, Lausenísio and Rojas are very promising, but they all need tutoring and we only have three players who can do it: Damian, D'Urso and Inler. Inler has complained a lot about lack of first team football, so we will have to let him go. At least he helped Gribbin increase his determination from 4 to 9 (the first increase happened right after he signed and the graph does not show), so Gribbin might still be able to reach his potensial. That is if I'm able to increase his determination further by warning/fining him after bad performances and work on his off the ball.

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Both Billericay and Middlesbrough have seen some interesting developments in recent years. Middlesbrough have been promoted three times to Premier League and relegated three times in their last six seasons. Billericay have seen three promotions in their last four seasons and can still reach playoffs this season. 

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Billericay were actually just one point (or a better playoff) away from three consecutive promotions.

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Season 5 2021/22

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It was a close race between us and Hull for the title and we were only one point ahead before the last game.

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Malowiejski didn't end up as our top goalscorer this year, because a major drought. It shouldn't have lasted this long, and I should have made him take a few penalties just to end the drought.

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Malowiejski made it to the best eleven this year, that's three times in a row. Holland and James will sign on a free transfer, but Grabara wasn't interested so we had to buy a few goalkeepers.

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It's getting even harder to find players, both because of our limited budget and our low reputation. Our reputation are lower than many League One teams and the budget of £350K per week is less than half of what our promotion contenders Brighton and Crystal Palace spent this year.

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£9,8M of our "income" this season (£28,6M) were a bank loan or investments as the game have called it. So about half of our real income came from player sales (£9,0M/£18,8M), but we can't expect this to happen again.

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We really need to expand the stadium or build a new one to be able to compete financially. We have sold out every game in the Championship, but still have the lowest average attendance (6,148). Our highest attendance this year have actually been lower that no less that three teams in Vanarama National. 

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For the first half of the next season Bolton will share their 28,000-seat stadium with us, while our stadium are expanded to the league minimum of 12,500 seats. That's less than Bolton, who are playing two divisions below us after two consecutive relegations. Boltons 28,000-seat stadium are more than twice the size of ours, when the expansion is completed, so I it's delayed.

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On ‎05‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 22:40, Nobby_McDonald said:

Have you won every division in consecutive seasons?

Yes, it's five consecutive promotions. Two or three seasons into the save I considered starting all over somewhere below Vanarama North/South, aiming to set a new world record. But I was a bit tired of lower leagues by then.

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Season 6 Preview

Just a short update before the first season in Premier League.

Manchester United have really dominated English Football in this save. They were nr. 2 in the first season and have won Premier League four times in a row since. They have won Champions League twice and lost one final against Bayern. In 2018-2019 and 2019/20 United were knocked out by Bayern on penalties and away goals.

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United have signed Kane, Asensio, Rugani and Mané. Looks like a strong team, even before Dybala joined them this summer.

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England were looking for a new manager after a disappointing World Cup and offered me the job. I accepted.

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I hope to give my English players (Gribbin and two new goalkeepers) some caps and use their scouts and knowledge of English youngster to find youngsters we can buy.

And with that contract I will make more money in five weeks, than I have done in the first five seasons. 

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We have signed some players to make the team ready for Premier League, but I hope to sign two or three more.

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On ‎12‎/‎08‎/‎2019 at 21:23, Northernpilgrim said:

Good luck in the Premier League.  Made it look way easier than it actually is so far.

Thanks. Good luck with City.

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Season 6 update

I have had a good start with England and Mannion, Woodman and Gribbin have got a few caps.

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We have been playing well in Premier League, but were knocked out of the cups at the earliest opportunity by Manchester City and Bradford City, who are 14th in League One at the moment. I'm pleased with our league performance, but really needed some cup games to develop our youngsters. Most of our youngsters are loaned out now, but no one wants to loan the rest of them. So I'm controlling our U23-team to give them some experience in Checkatrade. I don't know if it will help their development much, but it looks like Checkatrade is our only chance to win something this year.

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Part from Upamecane, who was wasn't playing much at RBL after they signed Phil Jones, we have only signed backup players in January. I tried to sign a transfer listed Harry Winks, but he wasn't interested and joined Everton instead (£6,75M).

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I don't know how FM are valuating players, but something seems wrong. Just look at Mannion, who have played 1/2 season in Premier League and the national team, he is only worth £550K...

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Season 6 2022/23

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The first season as a national coach have been as expected, but a loss against Belgium can result in a play off given the low quality of the rest of the group. Wasn't expecting Gribbin to be top goalscorer and best player, but I guess it might help me not getting fired for using players from my own club who really aren't good enough. I have tried to sign more English players, as a lot of players have to be sold or go on loan to get us down to 17 foreign players next season, but most players who are good enough to play in Premier League and for England are not interested.

United were knocked out by Bayern again this year, but at least they managed to beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final. (and win the league again, 5th time in a row)

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Liverpool didn't play well in league and needed to win the final to play continental football next season. Instead we got the last place in the Euro Cup. I thought it was over after we lost the last two games of the season, but I'm ok with rearranging our plans for the pre season:)

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After we qualified for Europe, our debt were paid, facilities upgraded and the stadium expanded. I'm most pleased with the fact that this expansion takes two months longer that the last one, so we can stay in Macron stadium a bit longer. Bolton, but the way, are playing in League One now and are planning to build a new stadium with a capacity of 15 000. 

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This will be the first season we have spent more on transfers that we have brought inn, but with a £60M budget for next season our spending will only increase. The increase might be caused by the fact that we are spending 1/10 of what Manchester United does on wages…

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I'm surprised to see seven of the players from last seasons team still in the first 11. I was expecting a higher turnover this season. Most of the players will not be good enough to one day win Premier League, so the turnover should increase next season.

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Just an update on the players.

I have signed a few players this season who could be good enough to win Premier League in a few years time. In the best eleven last year there were some players who obviously can't take the club to the next level. James with an average of 6,71, Holland 6,79, Nebegleras 6,77 and Pellegrini 6,88 had to be replaced. D'Urso 6,96 and Gribbin 7,11 are 26 and 25 years old, so they are not going to improve enough to be more than backup players. 

Mannion 6,81 and Upamecano 6,79 didn't play too well either, but both of them have the attributes to play a lot better. And they have been developing a lot since the start of last season.

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I have seen Mannion, Pellegrini, Marchizza, Gribbin and Sportelli getting a lot of caps in another save, but because of lack of playing time and injuries I were able to sign them very cheaply. I hope to be able to develop them a lot and make some money on them, but it could already be to late for Pellegrini (24), Marchizza (25) and Gribbin (25) to ever reach their potential. 

I didn't notice before just now that Pellegrini was named worst signing of the season last year. I feel that's a bit unfair as he only cost £105K in fees and he is paid £6K per week. 

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Pellegrini (£105K) played 24 (3) Premier League games with a rating of 6,88, while Mendes (£31M, might increase to £39,5M) were only good enough to play 6 (8) games with a rating of 6,54. I still think we made the better deal. 

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Pellegrini will only be a backup anyway, after we signed Tymon. With Tymons £19M fee and 6,87 average I'm looking forward to see who is named worst signing this season. Tymon is only 24 and English, so he will be given at least a few years to improve. Stoke actually sent him on loan to League One and Championship the first two seasons and then only played him in 7 (6) games over the following three seasons before he went on loan to Championship again. They really mismanaged one of the best English DLs in this game. 

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To take over Gribbins responsibilities on AMR we signed Wilson (£4,7M). His attributes makes Wilson look like a huge improvement on Gribbin, but so far he hasn't played according to his abilities. 

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Because a lot of teams started to understand our tactical weaknesses halfway through last season (big red area behind our two MCs), many teams played with an AMC against us. I have actually seen a team play no less than three AMCs. So we are replacing one FC with an DMC in our lineup when the opposition team are going to play an AMC. Last season I signed Ilic and Maksimovic to do the job, but both failed. Maksimovic were sent to Fiorentina on loan with a mandatory fee of £9M, so he wasn't a financial failure at least. No one were willing to pay anything to sign Ilic, but I was able to offload him to Getafe. 

This season we have signed Gomes (£1,4M) who are a natural DMC, so we don't have to play any MCs out of position. (well, Ilic was a natural DMC, but he didn't play well anyway). The change in tactics should cause us to score fewer goals but we should no longer concede 3-4 goals against teams who are playing an AMC like we did last season.

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 On the right back Martínez (£18,5M) may be our man for the next ten season, but I don't expect him to play much for Spain as he is only the third best DR in the Spanish U21-team. 

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As we are now only are playing with one FC, I though that it was best to have a player who are able to do everything by himself. So I wanted a complete forward, but didn't really find one. In the end we signed Pereira and are trying to retrain him into a CF. 

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With only one forward we need the rest of our players to score more goals, so our AML needs to score more goals. Da Cruz is a natural winger and only scored 0,12 goals per game last season, so we signed Richard to play as a IF. 

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I think we still need a DC and maybe a MC, but we should be able to challenge for a place in Champions League soon.

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Season 7 update

Gribbin is still our top goalscorer and have scored 7 goals in 14 games. Still after seven season we have only one newgen in the squad and with an ageing squad I think it is best to leave soon as England does not seem to have much of a future. Also, it get a bit tiring to play 8-9 games each month.

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Last season our only trophy was Checktrade, but our achievement of the season will be even greater. Our 2-1 win against Liverpool was the final nail in Mancini's coffin, as he was sacked later the same day. Must be a bit expensive to sign Guardiola and a lot of staff from City only to terminate their contracts one year later, sign Mancini and a lot of staff from Dortmund and then terminate their contract after a year. One of Mancini's guys wasn't too bad, so he joined us. 

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Even though the team should be improved by new and better players, and progression from the rest, we are not doing that much better in league than last season. We had 39 point after 22 games last season and have 38 this season. It may be because the other teams adopted to our tactics and started to say that then knew how we were going to play in January last season. In our last 16 league games last season we played 7-3-6, so we should be able to beat the 63 points from last season.

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We have a few players away on loan who are developing very well (13 players in top divisions in England, Germany, Italy and Spain). Most of them will not play any more games for us, and I'm planning to sell them in 1-2 years time, when they are closer to their peak. Ideye, Abdennour, Lulic and Layún have done well as tutors. Sparv have been important too. I think he is the first tutor who haven't started to complain about lack of playing time and left after 1/2-1 season. 

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Season 7 2023/24

This season we were involved in the title race, but only managed to get four point in the last five games. Not that we really had a chance anyway, as we could have had 83 points if we had won all five games, while Man Utd ended at 88 points. For some reason we are losing a lot of points as soon as the media starts to talk about our chances to win the league or qualify for some European competition. Last season we only got one point from the last three games, scored once and conceded eight.

Liverpool didn't play European football this season after they finished 10th last season and they won't do it season either, after they lost 0-5 against Chelsea in the Carabao cup final and were 9th in Premier League. They are winning 53 % of their games with their new manager, while Mancini and Guardiola won 50 % and 57 %, so they might sack another manager soon. They have signed a bit old players and their five DCs are Bonucci (37), van Dijk (32), Matip (32), Maguire (31) and Diego Llorente (30), so they need to buy many players during the next few years. It doesn't help their future that they also have Firminio (32), Luan (31) and Salah (32 in 14 days) and it will be hard to replace these old, overpaid players.

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After we started to play with a DM against teams who used an AMC, we have conceded 21 fewer goals than last season (63 vs 42). Man Utd have conceded 29 and 24 goals, so I think we have to reduce the number of goals conceded by another 21 goals to be able to win Premier League. 15 of the 42 goals we conceded were free kicks or corners and another 4 were penalties. Man Utd only conceded 5 from cor/fre/pen. I will take a look at our set pieces again, but I think the problem is that our midfielders aren't good enough at heading and jumping.

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Before the season started I saw that we were losing the ball way too often when our goalkeepers were passing, so they were asked to make fewer risky passes and distribute to defenders. Mannions pas % increased from 42 % last season to 73 % this season, so we are keeping possession a lot better. When our defenders are going to receive more passes, their own pass % becomes more important. Martínez (80 %), Tymon (84 %) and Pellegrini (87 %) have been really good, while Marchizza (69 %) and García (68 %) have not been good enough. I have been trying to improve their passing, but I think we have to buy a new DC, who are better at passing. The board gave us a transfer budget of £60m out of a balance of £81m, so we should be able to find someone. They also improved our facilities and expanded the stadium with 1,250 seats and after the expansion the stadium will reach its maximum capacity (20,000). It would have been better if they used the £2m for the expansion and some of that £81m from our balance to build a new stadium as we are already sold out in our 18,750 cap. stadium. I don't know how FM calculates how high maximum capacity it gives a team who are building a new stadium and I hope we don't have to build a 40,000-stadium only to expand it to 60,000 and then build a new one in a few years time.

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Manchester United have dominated English football in this save with 6 consecutive Premier League titles, elsewhere Bayern and Juventus have just won their 12th and 13th consecutive titles.

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I haven't mentioned it before, but the promising striker Pell never developed at all and were released last summer. This year three promising youngsters have been given a contract, and I'm hoping they at least will develop more than Pell.

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This seasons summary isn't in yet, so I can't see who is named the worst signing of the season yet. As expected there are a lot of new players in our best eleven this year, but I think we will be playing with about the same team next year. As said, I'm hoping to sign a new DC, and Cashman should develop enough to push D'Urso out of the team. Tymon will do the same to Pellegrini, as Pellegrinis high rating are caused by the fact that he is mainly playing against weaker teams. Some part of our transfer budget has to be used to sign contracts, as we have a number of players with only 1-2 years remaining on their existing contracts.

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Our ST and AMR/Ls have scored 98 goals this season, while the rest of the team only scored 21 goals. The more defensive players are too bad at shooting to ever be a real threat to our oppositions goalkeeper, so we have to increase the number of goals scored by the front 3 (or 4) positions. Da Cruz are now scoring 0,23 goals per 90 min and have to improve further. Wilson, Richard and Gribbin are at 0,29, 0,31 and 0,32 respectively and will also have to score more goals. Wilsons goalscoring rate was disappointing for a player with his attributes, but I hope a few PPMs will help all four of them next season.

 

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Summer update

This summer I played my first European Championship with England. It was a bit disappointing. I arranged no less than four friendlies before the competition to give some players international experience - only to discover that the squad had to be registered before the first friendly. So while other teams rested their players after a long season, we played four games before the tournament and were knocked out after a goal in the 119th minute of the 2nd round game against Germany. Germany had two newgens and the rest of their team were not real players and started at full fitness. At least I learned something.

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I also discovered that we can't build a new stadium for the next 15 years, as our existing stadium were built in 2015. Apparently you have to wait at least 25 years to build a new one. Should have considered how old the stadium were when I choose a team.

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Now we don't have to worry about building a too small stadium, only to wait another 25 years to build a new one. I had a look at Manchester Uniteds income and the small stadium shouldn't affect our income too much. Last season they had an income of £824m and we only had £197m. Only £77m out of £627m of the difference between us were caused by their higher income from season tickets and gate receipts (and I guess we would have had to pay a lot in interest on a new stadium loan). About 1/3 of the difference were due to lower income from sponsorship.

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We really just signed the two brazilians Magrão (DC) and Wallace (DL) and Lo Celso for the first team this summer. The others were either planned to go on loan or are here to tutor youngsters. With £55m received from transfers we will set a new record this season. £33,5m of that will come from loans and should at least close a part of the financial gap between us and Manchester United. Most of the 21 players out on loan have a few years left on their contracts, so we make money on them for some time.

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Season 8 update

The three lions finished the year without any more defeats, but Kane retired from international football, so we are in need of a new world class forward.

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Both Rogers and Kabiru have been capped at the U19 level this season. It looks promising, but they will have to be retrained as our HOYD seems to like defensive forward more than I do.

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After 22 Premier League games this season we had 39 points, not much of an improvement there. It will be hard to improve our 3rd place from last season as both Man. City and Chelsea have been good this year. City just bought a £143m DC from Juventus and it will be nearly impossible to close that 10 point gap between us in the last 14 games.

Unfortunately we were drawn against Bayern in Champions League, so our only remaining chance to win a trophy will be in the FA cup.

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A week ago we won our first game against Man. Utd, 3-0. Great to get our revenge after they knocked us out of the Carabao cup, and a few more defeats.

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And Liverpool have sacked another manager. Guardiola went to Paris SG where he won everything except the Champions League and were unbeaten in Ligue 1 after he was sacked. It doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the managers they are sacking...

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We signed two more brazilians, but had to send one away on loan as we had more that 17 foreign players.

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Márcio José are a younger and better version of Magrão, but for some reason I can't find a good DC who can play with a cover duty. All of our DCs are stoppers and someone have to be retrained. Valdir Silva Vieria are a right footed complete forward, but will be retrained to a Inside forward to play at the left side, as Da Cruz now are down to 0,10 goals/90 min. Da Cruz will have to leave in the summer unless he improves a lot for the rest of the season.

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Season 8 2024/25

We were really close to win something with England, and were only five minutes away from penalties when Italy scored after Alexander-Arnold were sent off and gave away a penalty. Yeah, and we were four minutes away from winning when they scored their first goal.

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In Premier League, we are getting closer to United and were only 10 points behind them in the end, but conceded 42 goals against their 26. I tried to reduce the number of goals conceded from corners, free kicks and penalties and we only conceded 10 goals this season. That's a huge improvement from 19 conceded in the previous season, but for some reason we are now conceding more goals from open play. Even with 9 fewer goals conceded from set pieces we still conceded the same number of goals as last season.

We also scored 20 goals from Cor/FK/pen (13 last season), but still we scored 2 goals less than last season (72 vs 70). Whatever I do we seem to both score and concede about the same number of goals.

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I don't know what to do to concede fewer goals, but Gribbin and Da Cruz will have to leave as their 0,16 and 0,17 goals scored/90 min are not good enough. Silva Vieira (0,45) were bought in January and will replace Da Cruz on the left, while Díaz (0,47) who were recalled from loan the same month will replace Gribbin on the right. Da Cruz also have a horrible cross accuracy and with only 7 % he is one of the worst crossers in my team, despite being a natural winger. Gribbin (9 %) aren't that much better.

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Nkoudou are not good enough as his pass completion are just 73 % and his technical stats aren't Premier League standard. Gomes on the other hand were the best in the league with 93 %, and he doesn't have any PPMs to increase his pass % or any tactical instructions. Against Swansea he didn't miss a single one of his 120 passes.

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Financially we are doing well and made a profitt of £93m, £43m were fees from outgoing loans. So I have the cash to strengthen a few positions before our next season.

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Two years ago I extended John English' loan from Liverpool by another two years as they didn't demand any payments in return. While English only have played 7 (9) games in these two years he is still selling the most shirts. Guess it's best to extend his loan by another year...

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I'm not planning to use too much of our £150m transfer budget, but would like a DC(C) as the rest of our DCs are DC(s). Also I would like to buy a young promising GK to replace Mannion in a few years time and be a back up now, as Woodman are a Championship quality goalkeeper. But we might have to keep him to not have more than 17 foreign players. Lo Celso just turned 29 and started to complain about his contract, so we should find a new MC too.

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Season 9 Winter update

We have had a great start in Premier League this season and Pogba, De Gea, Dybala and Kane have started to decline, so this could be the season we finish on the top. With an average age of 23,68 years we have the youngest squad in PL and are going to improve a lot during the season.

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We are going to receive at least £74M in loan fees this season, but I can't really find many players to improve he team.

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Corti are our new first choice GK and arrived from Genoa after they were relegated. Genoa even allowed him to leave for less than his relegation clause of about £40M, but it's only fair that we get a discount as we have sent four players their way on loan to save them from relegation for the last two seasons. 

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We have also signed a new backup MC after Lo Celso left on loan (with an £13,6M mandatory fee) and Herrera were sold (£14->18M). So we are  making a profit of almost £30M on the two backup MCs signed on free transfer last season. Febas and Guichón were signed on a free transfer this season and are valued at £37M and £22M, so I'm looking forward to see their next transfer fees.

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After a few changes the goals per 90 min ration are acceptable for our offensive players, but Díaz numbers are a bit high because he played against APOEL in CL. 

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