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Welcome to Nordicland. (Thanks @XaW)

So I was getting a bit bored in Brazil, (winning, winning and more winning is ok, but I need more), although it has been pointed out by @kidthekid that I left prematurely without winning the Copa Libertadores so I'm sure I will go back and do that at some point.

I have never managed properly in Scandinavia, (other than a damn good stint in Iceland), and this is an idea for a FM20 save so I am testing out the lay of the land so to speak in anticipation.

For some reason the @claassendatabases didn't work when I installed them, (I think he only updates the megapack after a certain time), so I'm not playing with a huge database for each Nation and instead am playing "out of the box". For that reason too, the Faroe Islands are not playable unfortunately. 

I saw that the Finnish structure is now ranked lower than that of Iceland, (certainly didn't use to be the case), so I decided immediately I was going to start there and I was obviously starting in the lowest League which is the First Division, (YKKÖNEN in real life). As is my style I simply looked at who had the best infrastructure and while all the Training and Youth Facilities were much of a muchness, I could see quickly that in terms of the Youth Intake, there was 1 club that was ahead of the curve. 

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So in I jumped to...... Klubi-04.

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Everything looks great. We even have some new signings joining us. 

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Background.

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The Squad. Looks amazing if I'm honest. No less than 14 out of 18 players have 5.0 PA. That's astonishing. :eek: Where is the catch......

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Facilities. Look amazing.

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Finances. We have £1.7M in the bank. What the hell!!! This is madness. 

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The U20's squad is simply phenomenal. 

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What on Earth have I stumbled into? :eek:

Oh hang on. I know what's happened. I have been here before. :lol:

We are a B-Team and we can't get promoted. :rolleyes:

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That's fine. This is a decent way to start the save for me as I start with minimum reputation and badges, and playing a season will be fine and probably better than holidaying until the end of the season and then taking over a newly promoted club, (that isn't a B-Team). 

just a point of note by the way...... I wonder what would happen if HJK got relegated and Klubi-04 won the 2nd tier at the same time? :kriss:

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The king is dead. Long live the king. Jan 2018.

Competitive game 1. I forgot to set GK as set-piece taker. 

Competitive game 2. 2 direct free-kicks for GK. :lol:

 

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Mar 2018.

Finnish Cup. The top 2 go through and then some of the 3rd placed teams also qualify for the next round. We weren't a million miles away, but either way we didn't make it.

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FC Lahti are in the Finnish Premier League.
SJK are in the Finnish Premier League. 
Ekenas IF are in the First Division.
IFK Mariehamn are in the Finnish Premier League. 
SalPa are non-league.  

We played IFK & SJK away and still only lost by a single goal. That might just have been the difference between qualification and not. 

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Apr 2018.

Pre-Season. Who cares really, but I have gone from playing 1 single pre-season friendly in my last season in Brazil to playing all of these so I thought I had better share. 

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First Division.

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Yeah I know 100-1 odds aren't great, but I don't plan on finishing near the bottom. I need to make a name for myself if I am going to jump ship at the end of the season and get myself a proper job. I really don't want to be stuck managing a B-Team for a 2nd season.

If I'm honest I don't really know how competitive we are going to be, but the fact that we were competitive with 2 Premier League clubs in pre-season suggests we might do ok. 

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GK Goal number 5 of the season

2 penalties from 2 attempted and 3 direct free-kicks give us a total of 5 for the season so far. 

 

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11 minutes ago, Carambau said:

Sounds interesting. And I just love the club name :)

good luck in finland!

Yeah, Klubi 01, 02 & 03 were already taken I think. :lol:

Thanks. :thup:

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5 hours ago, ToMexico!! said:

Looking forward to seeing what you can do in Scandinavia before FM20 comes out!

Thanks. It will be VERY laid back and posts perhaps not as structured as normal. 

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Another season? Sep 2018

Kubi-04 want me to stay on for another season, but I don't think it's a good career move to stay here too long. This season has been ok, (just 3 more games to go), but managing the B-Team of the best side in the Country, (who have surprisingly made it to the Groups Stages of the Europa League by the way), is not the sort of job that suits me.

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There is only 1 job available in Finland right now, (PS Kemi who have already been relegated from the Premier League with just 3 points from 29 matches so far). I don't think it's realistic that I take on a club recently promoted from the Premier League after just 1 season managing a B-Team, so instead I will be hanging on and waiting for another First Division side, or ideally a club that is promoted from non-playable. 

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Really would like to watch you develop some youth products. 

How do you get so many goals for your GK? Are you a Set-Piece master?  I sometimes have guys with 17+ Freekicking routinely hitting the Wall

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GK Goal number 7 of the season. Oct 2018.

Janne Österlund (Unamb) has now scored 3 penalties from 3 attempts and 4 direct free-kicks for a total of 7 goals from his 1st season.

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Haha. :lol:

You might notice that GK Jere Piirainen. has 13 all time league appearances and also 1 goal. This has absolutely nothing to do with me and the goal was scored in real life when he was at KäPa.

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Janne Österlund (Unamb).

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End of Season 1. Oct 2018.

Finnish First Division. A few more losses than I was used to in Brazil, but we still hugely over-performed and it's just a shame that we can't compete in the Playoffs because our parent-club, (HJK), is in the league above, (where they currently sit 2nd, 3 points behind the leaders with 2 games to play, and are raking in the cash after making it to the Group Stage of the Europa League).

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I've turned down a 2nd offer, (and now a 3rd offer), of a new contract from Klubi-04 and will be looking to see what options are open to us over the close season. KTP and JJK are both being relegated and I will be looking to take over at one of the newly promoted clubs. 

Finnish Premier League

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HJK European campaign

I personally think this is decent progress for the 1st season in a save for a Finnish club. The money should make a big difference to them.

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Nov 2018.

I've now turned down a 4th contract extension from Klubi-04. I'm holding out for 1 of the newly promoted teams or failing that one of the relegated teams. 

This is interesting though, (although it would be more interesting if I was staying). 

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The season has tripped over from 1 to 2 and we have the new league table. 

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PS Kemi must be in a terrible state because they have fallen out of the Premier League and are are favourites to be relegated again. We were 100-1 last season and are only 6-1 now so I must have done something right. 

VIFK are 20-1 

GrIFK are 70-1

Soft Brexit

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Good luck in Suomi.

I'm playing with Tampere United, a fallen club who's now in the 3rd tier. Im in 2032 and i've won the league only 2 times. Helsinki gives me hard time every year, they produce great regens each years (I would say a good 50% of the national team comes from their academy). But the league is very homogenous (a bit like Iceland, if im correct you had a save with HK) so every year there are different contenders. 

 

This season there should be no competition though :D

 

 

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7 minutes ago, ClemB said:

Good luck in Suomi.

I'm playing with Tampere United, a fallen club who's now in the 3rd tier. Im in 2032 and i've won the league only 2 times. Helsinki gives me hard time every year, they produce great regens each years (I would say a good 50% of the national team comes from their academy). But the league is very homogenous (a bit like Finland, if im correct you had a save with HK) so every year there are different contenders. 

This season there should be no competition though :D

Yes, I had a good save with HK. Good memories from there. 

I refused a contract extension with Klubi-04 five times and in the end resigned after I was still at the club 1 week after my contract expired. 

I didn't get the job at either of the promoted clubs and now I'm without a job and wish I had stayed where I was. They are 3rd in the league and I'm pretty sure I would be top now. I should have stayed and only left when I was walking straight into another job. 

HK in Iceland have recently sacked there Manager, but I want to stay in Finland so although I was tempted , I didn't apply. 

OGS has taken the job at Brann and then already been sacked, (he lasted just 163 days). 

I've just had an interview for the vacant position at FC Inter Turku but was unsuccessful.

I have applied for the positions at Honka and Ilves, but they are both Premier League clubs and I really want to manage in the Finnish First Division. I am also so eager to get any job that I am selling my soul a little in the interviews and I will basically manage any way they want just to get a job again. :lol:

Ilves have just offered me an interview but I am still waiting for Honka to reply. 

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IFK Mariehamn. Sep 2019.

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We haven't won much before, but I think I can change that. 

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The facilities are brilliant. Established Youth Recruitment is just what I need to get started here. 

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The finances are pretty rubbish. I am guessing that there is little I can do about that in the short term. I don't expect to have many quality player but I will certainly look to sell and saleable assets that I think we can do without., (even if it weakens us).

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This is a bigger problem. We have a budget of £13,194 but are spending £16,059 and even next season the wage spend will be £15,002. That's quite a big over-spend. When you consider that I will be probably signing all the Youth Intake and have also agreed to sign a large number of youngsters, then it looks like there will be some experienced players leaving, (and I haven't even looked at the squad yet). 

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Isn't it weird. I don't get jobs that I try to jump through hoops for and then when I can just be myself I get the job immediately. :lol:

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You know what I've just realised....... this is the side that was mentioned earlier in the General Discussion Thread. Yeah, here you go......

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I think that means we are on an Island between Sweden and Finland. Cool. :cool:

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What made me remember is that the Åland is the name of the Islands in that area and FC Åland is also the name of our Reserve side which is also a B-Team who play in non-League. 

Now it's time to have a look at the squad and see who I can get rid of. :brock:

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The Problems. Sep 2019

#1. Squad size and contract types

I have spent a fair bit of time pouring over and dissecting the squad and it's not a pretty sight I can tell you. 

We have 63 player at the club, which sounds quite a lot, but when you consider we have 3 squads, IFK MariehamnFC Åland, (our B/Reserve Team) & IFK U20's. 63 players into 3 squads is divided at 21 players in each squad and while that doesn't sound excessive, it probably is on the high side for an AI managed side. 

There are 28 teenagers at the club. I plan on culling a large number of these. 
15 players between 19 and 24.
13 players between 25 and 29.
7 players between 31 and 36. These 7 players are earning £3,095 per week

 

Within the above we have 10 players who are on Amateur contracts. I don't mind players at our B-Team being on Amateur contracts as a stop-gap, but I don't want anyone at either IFK or the U20's being on amateur contracts. To my mind they need to be on either Youth contracts or FT contracts. I want to completely do away with both Amateur and P/T contracts. Players on Amateur contracts will either be signed to FT contracts or released. (I've just decided right now to be firm on that).
We have 16 players on Youth contracts. I have absolutely no issue with Youth contracts and will continue to offer all/most of the Youth intake each season a Youth contract.
We have 12 players on P/T contracts. These contracts need to go. FT or releases. 
We have 25 players on FT contracts. 6 of these 7 players are also the older group of players and ideally I would like to lose all of these. 

#2. Squad balance in terms pf position

We seem to have loads of 1 position but very few in another. (We are desperately short of strikers for example). 

3. Squad age

We are an ageing squad and 7 players on the wrong side of 30 is something that's completely alien to me. I have just spent approx. a decade in Brazil without having any 30+ players at all. Now they are everywhere. 

4. Form

Finnish Cup.

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Finnish League Cup.

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Premier League.

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SJK have won the Finnish Cup already, and will therefore play in the Europa League next season. 

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Europa League.

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Progress

Amateur contracts released. 5
Youth contracts set for release either now or at end of season. 3
PT contracts set for release at the end of the season. 1
FT contracts set for release at the end of the season. 6

We have 7 league games remaining and the target is..... well I'm actually not sure what the target is for the league between now and the end of the season. 

We are 9 points ahead of AC Oulu and we play them next, so assuming we don't lose to them, we should at least avoid finishing bottom. If we finish 2nd bottom then we go into a playoff with the 2nd placed team in the First Division, and I would be hopeful if coming out on top there. 

From my personal point of view though, I'm looking up rather than down and with 2 games in hand over KPV I will be trying to overhaul them. The League table form shows that they have lost 3 and drawn 2 of their last 5 games, but when I actually look at their fixtures they are unbeaten in the last 6. :idiot:

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End of Season 2. Oct 2019.

I haven't played in any of the Cups so there is nothing to update you on since I first joined. 

I was in charge of the last 7 games of the Premier League and this is how we did. 

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Job done. That's all that matters.

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Best player sold. Oct 2019.

I'm not happy at losing our best player, but we have to balance the books £300,000 is a lot of money right now. additionally, he is earning £825 per week and the plan is that I can sign 3 decent prospects to FT contracts for that amount. 

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He only managed 2 assists all season, (even after I arrived when we scored 13 goals in 7 games), and he contributed just 1 goal and 1 assist in that period. 

All in all it seems like good business to me, and I would expect to have to make many more sales like this over the next few years. 

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Ah yes, I have (mostly) fond memories of Finland. Definitely managed to grab a few good youngsters from Mariehamn as well.

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4 hours ago, deltablue said:

Ah yes, I have (mostly) fond memories of Finland. Definitely managed to grab a few good youngsters from Mariehamn as well.

Yeah, I think the Youth Intakes are going to be decent here, (relatively speaking of course), but I've gone through 2 whole seasons now and not had an intake. I'm having withdrawal symptoms. :lol:

Season 1 I was managing a B Team and obviously didn't get an intake.

Season 2 I joined after the intake, (I think). I don't even know what time of year the Finnish intakes happen. 

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I have planned a FM2020 Scandinavia save. Never managed there before. This could be a good introduction, to see how their league systems work.

Good luck Jimbo. Not that you need it...

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1 hour ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

Yeah, I think the Youth Intakes are going to be decent here, (relatively speaking of course), but I've gone through 2 whole seasons now and not had an intake. I'm having withdrawal symptoms. :lol:

Season 1 I was managing a B Team and obviously didn't get an intake.

Season 2 I joined after the intake, (I think). I don't even know what time of year the Finnish intakes happen. 

Intakes in finland happen around the beginning of august I read :)

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45 minutes ago, Constantine said:

I have planned a FM2020 Scandinavia save. Never managed there before. This could be a good introduction, to see how their league systems work.

Good luck Jimbo. Not that you need it...

So far it seems pretty simple, (the league systems), but I will keep you updated as we move about. 

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41 minutes ago, Carambau said:

Intakes in finland happen around the beginning of august I read :)

I looked at a player who came through last season Youth Intake and he signed his youth contract on 8th August, so yes, I think you are correct. 

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Pre Season. Apr 2029.

Friendlies. Who cares. Honestly, not me. 

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Finnish Cup. I know this is a proper competition, but I really just used it as a tool to get the squad up and running in terms of fitness. I have completely shredded the squad to such an extent that we are now back within the wage budget and in my mind at least that means that I am no longer responsible for the financial issues. Despite that, I will still be doing my best to resolve them. 

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GK Goals 1 and 2 of the season. Apr 2029

19 year old GK Ellström (F.Sport) scored the 1st and 2nd goals of both the season and his career in the 2nd league game of the season. He opened his account with this free-kick and then added a penalty later. 

Ellström (F.Sport) isn't that good right now, but he is 1 of 2 GK's who appear to have good PA so I am just going with them come what may. The squad is very much based on PA rather than CA. It means that we are likely to struggle in the short-term, but it also means it should speed up their development and allow us to move forward with the club faster. 

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He also played in the 7 games that we played after my arrival at the end of last season, (although he didn't score). 

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Just for the record, those of you who are interested should have a look at his "Technicals". He's not good at either penalties or free-kicks as far as the game is concerned. I think some of you assume that I manage to find GK's who have good attributes for these things and it's this that both allows me to score so many GK goals and also puts you off from doing the same. I can promise I take absolutely no notice of these attributes and have only done so on this occasion to highlight it here. 

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Penalty taking = 1. 
1 penalty scored out of 1 penalty taken. 

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Mariehamn. :cool: This brings me back to my FM16 save, which is always great for me. :D I hope you stay there longer than I did!

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10 hours ago, Rikulec said:

Mariehamn. :cool: This brings me back to my FM16 save, which is always great for me. :D I hope you stay there longer than I did!

My plan was initially just to stay long enough to build my reputation enough for me to get a job with a First Division club and start again from there, but instead I think I might have a go at toppling HJK here before moving on. I am sure I am likely to be sacked at some point so maybe then will be the time to drop back down to the Finnish First Division club. 

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9 hours ago, Carambau said:

These goalkeeper goals :eek:

Thanks. Expect to see much more of the same.

I know a lot of people might have been put off by the 37 pages in my French/Brazil save, but if it's just Goal-scoring GK's you are interested in then might I suggest starting at the end and working backwards. I recently scored 20+ goals with a GK in 3 consecutive seasons including a record 24 goals in a single season by a GK. I think 30 goals a season with a GK is possible. 

 

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10 hours ago, Minuy600 said:

I didn't think this would be this interesting. Consider this followed.

I will take the positives out of that. Thanks. :lol:

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On 20/09/2019 at 00:57, Hootieleece said:

Really would like to watch you develop some youth products. 

How do you get so many goals for your GK? Are you a Set-Piece master?  I sometimes have guys with 17+ Freekicking routinely hitting the Wall

Really sorry for not replying to this sooner. Must have missed it somehow. Apologies. 

I have discussed at length in other threads that I am of the opinion that what some of us take for granted with regards to the inner workings of FM, (such as penalties are largely decided by the penalty taking attribute), is complete and utter rubbish. (And the same goes for free-kicks). How Goal-scoring GK's started was in response to someone complaining on here, (the GD/GQ Forum), that he couldn't get Messi to score penalties. 

As you will see from a more-recent post, I take absolutely no notice of technical attributes for free-kicks and penalties. I know others select penalty takers based on form/morale and even body language, (I particularly like the idea behind the body-language thinking), but all I know is that ignoring the technical attributes, (not technique in itself), works for me. 

I'm by no means a set-piece master, and I continue to struggle since the last update with conceding long range counters to attacking throw-ins where in the past I would over-load the opposition super-effectively, but now the AI seems more adept at exploiting the opposite side of the exploit if that makes sense, (which I love). I'm trying to do things to give me an advantage, (and it works), but when it doesn't work I get punished at the other end. It's exactly the same with taking free-kicks with my GK. The defensive set-up is not easy if we don't want to concede every time the keeper hits the wall, (which happens a lot). 

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1 hour ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

I've just tried to load the save this morning and lost all progress from last night. :(:rolleyes:

That is sadness...

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Pre-Season. Apr 2020.

League Cup. I don't care about these fixtures at all, and I should point out that the 1st time I played them, (yesterday), We only won 1 game and finished 2nd bottom of the group. We have somehow romped the group with almost the same players and the only thing I have done differently is that this time I remembered to change my "wrong-sided" players personalised instructions to either inverted wingback or inverted winger.

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Friendlies

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Goal-scoring Goal-Keepers. We scored 2 goals in the League Cup the 1st time we played these fixtures, (1 direct free-kick and 1 penalty), and this time around we scored 2 penalties. 

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1 hour ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

the only thing I have done differently is that this time I remembered to change my "wrong-sided" players personalised instructions to either inverted wingback or inverted winger.

I thought that this little tit-bit was worth of another post so here we are. 

This is what I would usually have.

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This is what I have changed things to, just for these "wrong-sided" players.

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Most of my wingers seem "wrong-sided" and I have 1 full-back who is also "wrong-sided". For many years I would simply not have played these players, or I would have played them on the side that their preferred foot suggested ie. a right-footed player being played on the right and a left-footed player playing on the left. It sounds pretty simple doesn't it?

The other thing I do after this, is that I decide that actually I still don't particularly like the idea of these wrong-sided players playing on the "wrong" side, and unless I am forced to because of availability issues, what I am actually going to do is ignore their suitability for certain positions and instead play them where I want to play them. 

Let's think about it for a minute. If I want to play with a DLP(s) and a BBM(s), and the best midfielder I have is best suited to a BWM, then do I play him as a BWM? No, of course I don't. Because if I played a BWM in this side he would get dragged all over the place and it would be like playing 1 in the middle. So if I'm not going to let player suitable position dictate what roles(duties) I play a player in in those circumstances, why am I going to do it in other circumstances? The simply answer is, I'm not. 

Don't get me wrong, there will be a time further in the save where I feel we might benefit from one of our wide players playing an "inverted" role, but the time isn't right yet. We aren't a good enough team yet and we just have to get the basics right. This is the only change I have made between the 1st time I played these matches (using the IR button remember), and the 2nd time I played these matches, (again using the IR button). 

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5th & 6th GK goals of the season. Apr 2020.

Ellström (F.Sport) scored his 5th & 6th goals of the season with a direct free-kick and another penalty against KPV

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5 out of 5 penalties and can you remember what his penalty taking attribute was? That's right, 1. :lol: :idiot:

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Apr 2020

First Division. We have started really well and have no problems scoring goals again, but keeping them out at the other end is a problem. Part of that will be down to a very young GK who is all PA rather than CA, but I hope that will change as time progresses. We are sitting mid-table but despite the fact that I will be happy with anything better than 11th this season, I can't help but be frustrated that we haven't finished the 1st month unbeaten.

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Finnish Cup. I feel a little dirty progressing in this competition as we didn't qualify 1st time round, but that's the way it goes and it has often often often gone the other way for me so I need to just get on with it. 

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20 year old Goal-scoring GK Ellström (F.Sport) has been in prolific form in the early part of the season and although he has scored no more direct free-kicks, he is up to 7 goals from 11 appearances with just the 1 direct free-kick and 6 penalties from 6 attempts. I feel the need to point out again that his penalty taking attribute is just 1, so make of that what you will. :kriss:

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May 2020.

Premier League. We're going really well and are up to the lofty heights of 2nd in the league, but it could and should be better because the single loss this month, (away to HIFK), was caused by me rotating the squad against the bottom placed team, for their only win of the season so far. :( You would think I would have learnt my lesson about rotating by now.

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Finnish Cup. I mentioned in last month's update that I felt a bit dirty to still be in this competition, and I'm not sure how I would have felt had we won it. Thankfully though I won't have to go through that as we crashed out at the Semi-Final stage. 

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Goal-scoring GK Ellström (F.Sport) has added another penalty to his goal tally, bringing him to 8 goals for the season. Unfortunately though, he also missed one in the 3-1 win over Honka. It means that he has converted 7 of 8 spot kicks and 1 direct free-kick to make his tally up to 8 in just 19 games. 

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June 2020.

Premier League. We're still in good form and are a little unlucky that we aren't unbeaten in 10 following a very narrow loss to KPV. We are top of the pile though as those around us have all dropped more points than us. 

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Something that I feel the need to point out is that giants of Finnish football HJK, (and my parent club in the 1st Season when I was at Klubi-04), are currently languishing near the bottom in 10th place, although they have a 6 point cushion ahead of VPS in the playoff place so they are unlikely to get relegated. If they do get relegated and the manager sacked, then I would have absolutely no hesitation in applying for the position as even the Klubi-04 side I had 2 seasons ago now contained better players than I am currently working with. As if things weren't tough enough for HJK, they are about to start their Champions League qualifying campaign so if anything their performances might suffer further. Let me show you how dominant HJK have been in recent seasons, (and remember they got to the Europa League Group Stage in 2018). 

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The above graphic shows quite how dominant HJK have been in the league and also shows that we have been decent in recent seasons. It's no wonder then that they sacked the Manager and signed me up towards the end of a dismal 2019 season. 

The next graphic shows the European qualification in Finland. 

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Honka have already nabbed the 4th qualifying place by virtue of winning the Finnish Cup, so we need to finish in the top 3 places to get a European spot. That's all I'm going for at the moment. I'm trying to take it nice and easy. 

Ellström (F.Sport) notched another penalty, (his 8th from 9 attempts), to bring him to 9 goals for the season. @Hootieleece& @Carambaushould note that my GK with a Penalty Taking attribute of 1 has now scored 8 of 9 penalties this season at 89%. I will let you make of that what you will. :cool:

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Youth Intake Day. Aug 2020

I've been playing for almost 3 seasons and this is my 1st Youth Intake! What the hell is going on? :lol:

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This isn't a great intake, but as always, you are not going to hear me complain about any intake where we get a 5.0 PA player through. Here is a quick reminder of what our facilities look like right now. Although it's decent, there is little scope for improvement until I can start injecting some European prize-money into the club. 

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Where as I usually sign all players to a youth contract, I am really struggling with the finances here and don't even want surplus Youth contracts adding to the wage bill. As a result I have opted to sign 5 players. 

(20a), (20b), (20c), (20d) and (20f) are all being signed to youth contracts. 

If you wonder why I have missed out (20e), (which would seem strange if I was reading this), it's because his attributes don't seem to match up with the role I see him playing. He's a Dm but I don't use a DM so that probably means he is going to either be a DLP(s) or a BBM(s). He doesn't have the passing ability to be a Playmaker, and he doesn't have the physical ability to play as a BBM. When I'm looking at players like this, I'm not really looking at why I should sign players because my preference is to sign all 16 players. I'm actually looking for reasons NOT to sign players. 

"Kriss" (20a) Pettersson (SWE) (L.Det).

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Jul 2020

Premier League. We started the month well, scoring 5 goals (twice). 4 goals and 3 goals, before HJK decided it was time to remember who they were and performed well to beat us 1-0. Although we have 2 points on FC Lahti, they have played a game more and the real threat is coming from SJK who have a game in hand and will draw level with us if they win it. There are 10 games left to play and we are in the driving seat and in with a great chance of our 1st piece of silverware. 

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While I wasn't really expecting to be in this position this early, it asks the question what do I do if we in the Premier League this season? 

I still have the League Cup and First Division to win, but do I stay and try for the League Cup here and play in Europe for the 1st time, or do I drop down and take over a club who I think I cabn win the First Division with? The other option of course is that I move somewhere else. 

My starting experience was Sunday league footballer and I don't think I have any badges at all, so whatever happens between now and the end of the season I really want to get on a coaching course during the close season. 

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New contract. Sep 2020

The IFK board have offered me a new contract, (and to be honest I'm not surprised), but because of the financial position at the club I have been unable to persuade them to upgrade anything, even to the point of refusing to sign a new contract unless they agree. The club just doesn't have the money, (but let's see how a season in Europe impacts on that!)

For a change though, I'm happy to be offered only a 1 year deal. It will get me through the Finnish Cup season and the European campaign, (assuming we don't get too far), so I could possibly get both campaigns out of the way before the contract expires and then be in a good position to move onto another club elsewhere with little/no compensation to be paid. 

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