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Think Dalvík/Reynir's facilities might need updating - two months ago they finished laying artificial turf on their stadium where they train and play. In winter they have access to an indoor artificial grass hall in Akureyri, half an hour away from Dalvík.

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18 minutes ago, Sysiphus said:

Think Dalvík/Reynir's facilities might need updating - two months ago they finished laying artificial turf on their stadium where they train and play. In winter they have access to an indoor artificial grass hall in Akureyri, half an hour away from Dalvík.

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When I say Facilities I really mean Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment. 

Their facilities might still need updating though. This is what FM20 is showing. 

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These are the facilities of  ÍA, (Knattspyrnufélag ÍA), who I think you are saying share their facilities with Knattspyrnufélagið Dalvík/Reynir. There is no link to that in FM20. 

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Oct 2022.

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I took over a side that expected to fight bravely against relegation and left a club who are expected to qualify for the Playoffs next season. It might only be modest improvement, but it's still improvement. I just don't want to spend another season there. 

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Available jobs

If we ignore Denmark for the moment, and Norway, then that leaves us with the following Nations as options. (I'm going to ignore Denmark and Norway as job options using the filters). 

Stay in Sweden. 
Move to Iceland.
Move to Finland. 

If I stay in Sweden then I don't want to move to another club in the 4th tier, so using the filters I'm going to ignore job in the 4th tier, but also in the 1st and 2nd tier. Had we won the league or even gone up via the Playoffs then I would have considered the 2nd tier, but as we choked..... No. 

If I move to Iceland then I'm going to filter out the Premier Division and only consider First Division clubs. 

If I move to Finland then then I'm going to filter out the Premier Division and only consider First Division clubs. 

This is what is available now, (or might be available soon). 

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KuFu98 culture looks great here, but the Youth Intake Facilities as I call them are poor. 8a57d1614748d396de09f620f2c5f095.png

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Arameiska-Syrianska are being relegated back to the 4th Tier in Sweden so I'm not interested. 10ced7c302a1b77e257b87f6ba5ee4df.png

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IK Frej Täby might only be Semi-Pro in Swedish tier 3 & not great financially, but I like the facilities. b188d8868c13dec1ecbb66d4cf90e4fd.png

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The Þróttur job isn't available now, but might be soon. They have decent facilities but poor finances. I might consider them if Milan Jankovic gets the push.

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Application. Nov 2022

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Víðir are a club newly promoted to the Icelandic First Division, after not playing at this level since 1999. It will be a tough job but I think it's also a realistic move, (which is important with the issues that have already been discussed). Their facilities aren't great, but they are also easily upgraded in Iceland. 

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Unsuccessful. Dec 2022

Has there been an update since I raised the rep. issues? I can get a job at a big Swedish club but can't get one at a newly promoted Icelandic First Division club? :kriss:

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I think I'm going to limit my targets to another Swedish club. 

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This is a really fascinating read so far. I'm so used to top levels that a low-level save like this would completely throw me off. 

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Åtvidabergs FF job offer. Jan 2023.

They are offering me a 2 year contract from the off. That's a little unusual. 

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They are a biggish sized club who have fallen on hard times. 

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The facilities are ok. 

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As mentioned, the club have a rich history. Maybe not quite a sleeping giant, but certainly an opportunity to replicate past glories. 

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Best player at the club

He only scored 1 goal in 25(3) appearances last season. 

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PA

There are no less than 22 players at the club with a PA of 5.0. I'm really pleased to report that 20 of them are products of our Academy. It will be my job to try and get them close to their potential.

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35 minutes ago, hasdgfas said:

This is a really fascinating read so far. I'm so used to top levels that a low-level save like this would completely throw me off. 

I've got to admit that I like starting from the bottom, but at the same time I'm not fond at all of managing a Semi-Pro or Amateur club. Having said that, with no qualifications and Sunday League experience I think it's the only place to start if you want realism. 

Although I didn't get them promoted, (proper gutted if I'm honest), I think I did well, and the fact that I have completed 3 coaching badges since the start of the game adds weight and realism to me stepping up a league, especially when I'm still managing a Semi-Pro club. 

I just refuse to give in. Had this been a Youth Only save then I wouldn't have been been bothered in the slightest about missing the Playoffs because my mantra is very much tiny steps forward and that it's a marathon not a sprint. With a Journeyman save though, (and I think I have mentioned this before), I think my expectations have to be different and I need to change the way I think, (hence the disappointment about missing out on promotion). 

In contrast to you, in many ways I'm better at the lower league stuff, (certainly better at over-achieving to avoid relegation than I am over-achieving to win a title at the top level), but that doesn't make it any less of a slog when you are not progressing. My plan while at AFK Linköping was for me to progress as a manager and I think I did that, (certainly gaining 3 badges and driving the club forward), but at the same time I have to keep my eye on the fact that it's a big wide World out there and I don't actually HAVE to win every Nordic title available, (although I can always go back at a later date if I want to). Just as I didn't make the jump to the Premier League clubs when they came calling because it wasn't realistic, I think it's very realistic to move up 1 league now after missing out in the Playoffs. I'm not properly loving the save at the moment, but I'm certainly loving the challenge. ;)

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3 hours ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

When I say Facilities I really mean Junior Coaching and Youth Recruitment. 

Their facilities might still need updating though. This is what FM20 is showing. 

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These are the facilities of  ÍA, (Knattspyrnufélag ÍA), who I think you are saying share their facilities with Knattspyrnufélagið Dalvík/Reynir. There is no link to that in FM20. 

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Really do not want to hijack this great thread with talk about Icelandic football and geography (send me a pm if you're interested in that) :lol: - but...

...you can see this map of Iceland, where Dalvík is in the north and Akureyri just south of it - where they share an indoor hall with both KA (Knattspyrnufélag Akureyrar) and Þór Akureyri. ÍA (Íþróttafélag Akraness) that you talk about and managed in your FM19 nordic save, are just north of Reykjavík (about 30 mins) in the south-west of Iceland.

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Nice move btw - looking forward to see how it goes with Atvidabergs!

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2 minutes ago, Sysiphus said:

Really do not want to hijack this great thread with talk about Icelandic football and geography (send me a pm if you're interested in that) :lol: - but...

...you can see this map of Iceland, where Dalvík is in the north and Akureyri just south of it - where they share an indoor hall with both KA (Knattspyrnufélag Akureyrar) and Þór Akureyri. ÍA (Íþróttafélag Akraness) that you talk about and managed in your FM19 nordic save, are just north of Reykjavík (about 30 mins) in the south-west of Iceland.

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Nice move btw - looking forward to see how it goes with Atvidabergs!

This sort of thing is absolutely NOT hijacking the thread. Post as much of it as you want. :thup:

Love it. :applause:

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Finances. Mar 2023.

I wasn't expecting us to be quite this much in the red, but at the same time it really doesn't matter, (just so long as I am within the wage budget, and we are). The only thing that I would say is, that I'm not sure there is any way to resolve the financial issues other than restructuring the debt. 

Although it's not easy to see, it appears as if we haven't been in credit since the save started, although we don't have any loans at least. 

If we win this league we get £80,000 in prize money, 8th gets £45,000 and 16th gets £5,000, so that's not not likely to put much of a dent in the overdraft if we remain in this league. Even if we get promoted though, while the winner of Tier 2 gets £308,000, you have to finish 5th to get more than £50,000 and if you are auto-relegated then you get nothing at all. 

We are still Semi-Pro too so it's also hard to sell players for as profit, but having said that, our facilities do seem to significantly better than what I have had to work with so far in this save so I'm certainly not complaining. 

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Tough start. Apr & May 2023.

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Luckily we got a draw against IK Frej Täby after I changed the tactic in the previous game. We have stopped getting hammered, but we still aren't winning. I think this is going to be a pretty short stay before I am looking for another job. 

Swedish First Division South. Remembering that they offered me a 2 year deal, I'm hoping that this might encourage them to stick with me and even stick with me if/when we go down. remember that the goal was to fight bravely against relegation so I was quite surprised when I saw that message after just 7 games. The difference here compared to the previous job is that they will let me offer contracts of up to 4 years and as we have a ridiculously young squad that makes sense. 

7 of the starting line-up in the last game are products of the Academy and 6 of the match day squad are teenagers. That's VERY young. 

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This is decent, but I'm not sure that I will be around long enough to meet them never mind about manage them in the senior squad. 

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Jun 2023.

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Swedish First Division South. I've had 2 meetings with the Chairman about our poor performance and survived them both. If I survive another it will be as a result of them giving me a points target that I will be unlikely to be able to meet. 

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Jul 2023.

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I knew that a points total would spell the end of me so I just blagged it and told them that there was lots of football still to be played and everything was under control. They bought it. :lol:

Swedish First Division South. Other clubs will be queuing up to sign me up after this. 

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Åtvidabergs FF are a brilliant club with great intakes coming through, but the problem is there is no senior players to play with the kids and as a result they are not able to improve. I would have loved to have done better there, stabalised them and then got my teeth stuck into them over a few years. It wasn't to be. 

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Jul 2023.

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Summary. After my dismal performance at Åtvidabergs FF I have dropped back to to the Swedish 4th Tier to rebuild my reputation. What's that I hear you say? I shouldn't have left AFK Linköping in the first place? Yes, you are probably right and I think that's the lesson I need to take from this debacle. We're not in a great position in the league, but the teams around us should be in a similar position. With any luck I should at the very least be able to eke a little more out of the squad than the last bloke. 

  • We don't have any left backs at the club, (I mean absolutely none, even youth players).
  • There are only 2 right backs, (and 1 of them is a rubbish kid). 
  • Our strikers are rubbish, (I mean really rubbish)
  • There doesn't seem to be an awful lot of quality anywhere.

 

On the plus side.....

  • The opposition at this level is also rubbish. 
  • I've proved already that I can do well at this level. 
  • We have a decent GK and a decent PA youngster.
  • We're only spending £1,134 of a £1,732 wage budget so there is scope to bring in new players if needed.
  • All we have to do is avoid relegation and if we can't do that then I deserve to be sacked. 

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Reborn. Aug 2023.

Swedish Second Division North Götaland. We may have needed a last minute leveller to take a point from our 1st game, but since then we have gone from strength to strength. The star of the show has undoubtedly been 18 year old striker (21) Stenström, who blanked in the 1st game, but since then has scored 2 , 3, 3 & 4 goals including a perfect hat-trick for 12 goals in 5 games after 3 goals in the previous 15 before I arrived. We've moved up from 10th in the league to 7th and I haven't signed anyone at all. Isn't it weird how things can go so badly at one club and then so well at another. 

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Swedish Cup. I used the same tactic as last season where I gave up home advantage in the 2nd Round for a fee and for a £50k increase in shared gate receipts. It means that we are immediately back in credit. As we are also within the wage budget I would suggest that things are looking pretty decent at this early stage. 

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Finances. We earned £40,026 from gate receipts last month bringing us to £50,015 for the whole season. That shows how important it was to swap home advantage in the Cup. 

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Youth Intake. Sep 2023

We have decent facilities for a Youth Intake and I'm hopeful that this could be decent.

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Usually I'm not overly hopeful when I see "Golden Generation" mentioned, but partly due to our decent facilities and partly down to the poor CA of our existing playing squad, I'm quite hopeful of this one. 

Bloody hell! :eek:  This is astonishing. This is the best "relative" Youth Intake, (in terms of CA), that I think I have ever had. :applause:

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"Kriss" (23a) Johansson (2023) *.

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(23b) Ohlsson *.

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(23i) Engberg.

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To try and help quantify exactly how good it is, here is the comparison between (21) Stenström, (who has scored 13 goals in 8 games for me since I took over), and (23b) Ohlsson *

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Sept 2023

Swedish Second Division North Götaland. We finished the season strongly and in total won 8 of 12 games, drawing 2 and losing 2, (and one of them was "thrown" in the Cup). I'm astonished by how well we have performed if I'm honest. 

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(21) Stenström couldn't quite keep up his prolific 1st month's form, but still managed to score 18 goals in 11 games, (which is quite frankly ridiculous). 

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After the absolute battering I took in my last job, I'm really happy to have hit the ground running at IK Oddevold.

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That looks like an excellent intake! Must be a relief after all the teasing at your first club :) 

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1 minute ago, hasdgfas said:

That looks like an excellent intake! Must be a relief after all the teasing at your first club :) 

You know, it's not so much the bad intakes at AFK Linköping that caused me a problem, but my absolute inability to make even the slightest impact at Åtvidabergs FF. We were shocking! :lol:

Thank God it's over and I seem to be at a club that's a good fit again. It will be interesting to keep my eye on Åtvidabergs FF and see if anyone else there is able to do any better than me or are they in serious proper trouble. 

Just for the record, here are how my old clubs finished the season. 

The squad that I built at AFK Linköping won the league title and will be playing in Tier 3 next season. 

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I left Åtvidabergs FF on 08.07.2023 and after the caretaker Manager struggled, they appointed someone who seems to have the answers.

They are in the relegation Playoffs but at least go into them in good form, unbeaten in 4. 

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This has been a brilliant read so far!Shame about things not working out at Åtvidabergs FF,hopefully you can have a more successful time at IK Oddevold.

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4 minutes ago, B.W.G said:

This has been a brilliant read so far!Shame about things not working out at Åtvidabergs FF,hopefully you can have a more successful time at IK Oddevold.

What's the saying? "Without the bad times there are no good times!" (Something like that anyway. Fingers crossed we will smash it next season and the early part of 2023 will be a dim and distant memory. 

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Reminder. Dec 2023.

Don't ask the board to pay for a new coaching course as soon as the season ends. Although the season has ended and there is no training, the board don't understand that because other Swedish clubs are still playing domestic football. Wait until the end of the season properly ticks over and THEN make the request. Otherwise you won't be able to make the request when the time is right and by the time you get to ask again pre-season will be looking large on the horizon. 

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Apr 2024

Swedish Second Division North Götaland. Part of me is annoyed and frustrated at our start to the season, but at the same time I need to accept where we are and why. My last club Åtvidabergs FF, (where I had a nightmare), have just been relegated into this league and are likely to be one of the big-hitters and Lidköpings FK finished 2nd last season so are likely to be strong. all things considered we have had an ok start and we just need to build on it and slowly move up the table. We have lost 3 key players over the Summer, but that's the way of it and we need to just accept it and move on. I'm really happy with the youth coming through and I think we are going to score a LOT of goals. 

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Youth Intake Preview. Jun 2024

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  • :thdn:Healthy number of full-backs/anything is completely irrelevant. It's all about the quality rather than the quantity.
  • :thdn:As above, it doesn't matter how many wingers/anything we have coming through.
  • :thup:A great prospect at GK. 
  • :thdn:Where the GK is from doesn't matter. 
  • :thup:A Golden Generation being mentioned already is great, but remember the chance is high here at the moment because the CA of our best players is low. 
  • :thup:I don't use DM's at the moment so no problem there. 
  • :thup:I also don't use AM's either. 
  • :thup:I use WB's, but WB's in the FB line and they are talking about WB's in the WB line. 
  • :thdn:The full backs are not good. 
  • :thdn:Most of the DC's are not good. 
  • :thdn:Most of the MC's are not good. 
  • :thdn:ML & MR are not good. 
  • :thup:There are few good wingers in general is listed as a negative, but that also suggests that there is 1 good winger.
  • :thup:Again, most of the strikers look like they will fall short is listed as a negative, but if "most" of them will fall short, some of them will make it. 

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May 2024

Swedish Second Division North Götaland. It's been a slow start but we are gradually getting there. The target is the Playoffs remember so we hale a lot of work to do to get us there. We are scoring enough goals, but we are conceding too many, (despite the fact that we have conceded just 1 this month). As the young players play more we will improve in all areas. 

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Jun 2024.

Swedish Second Division North Götaland. All the games are close and we just need a little luck or even just to score the 1st goal and the results will come. The board took significant exception to the IFK Tidaholm result and at a subsequent meeting they have given me a target of 9 points from the next 5 games to keep my job. I REALLY don't want to lose this job because I have quite a few good youngsters at the club and I think things are looking up. At the same time though we only have 13 games over 3 months to move up the table and 3 of the next 4 games are away from home. It's going to be a stretch to take 9 points from these 5 games. 

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Playoffs means 2nd and that's an especially tough ask this season because 2nd place Stenungsunds IF have only lost 1 game all season. They are 12 points ahead and I think it's highly unlikely we are going to overhaul them. The best I can hope for I think is to still be in the job come the end of the season and hope that they keep me on. 

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Jul & Aug 2024

Swedish Second Division North Götaland. We smashed the 9 point target by collecting 13 points in the 5 games, but while I'm still in a job, the board don't seem overly happy. We are up to 4th in the league but we are still 10 points behind 2nd place. That just isn't going to happen and I have a sneaking suspicion that it's going to cost me my job at the end of the season. :(

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What do they want? Blood?

No, what they want is a Playoff spot and I'm not able to deliver. :(

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The end? Sep 2024.

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I'm obviously going to attend the meeting, because I want to stay here, but it's not looking good. On the plus side they just didn't auto-sack me, which I was sort of expecting. In real life I wouldn't be sacked. I just wouldn't be offered a new contract. 

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WTF!!! :eek: I'm miles inside the wage budget! c303eed99ca098c2817018246fbcbc90.png

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That was close. 

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2 hours ago, deltablue said:

That 'buying home advantage' thing is interesting.

It really is. The 1st time I did it just for the hell of it, but this last season I got something like £16k for the swap, (I think), and then the swap created the knock-on effect of +50k in gate receipts, of which we get half. So that's approx £41k for a game that we are in all likelyhood going to lose anyway, and £41k is a significant amount of money at this club.

I absolutely love the English FA Cup, but I also like those Nations who make a club from a higher division play away. The flip side of that is that drawing a Giant away in the Cup brings it's own significant rewards. 

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14 hours ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

Youth Intake Preview. Jun 2024

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  • :thdn:Healthy number of full-backs/anything is completely irrelevant. It's all about the quality rather than the quantity.
  • :thdn:As above, it doesn't matter how many wingers/anything we have coming through.
  • :thup:A great prospect at GK. 
  • :thdn:Where the GK is from doesn't matter. 
  • :thup:A Golden Generation being mentioned already is great, but remember the chance is high here at the moment because the CA of our best players is low. 
  • :thup:I don't use DM's at the moment so no problem there. 
  • :thup:I also don't use AM's either. 
  • :thup:I use WB's, but WB's in the FB line and they are talking about WB's in the WB line. 
  • :thdn:The full backs are not good. 
  • :thdn:Most of the DC's are not good. 
  • :thdn:Most of the MC's are not good. 
  • :thdn:ML & MR are not good. 
  • :thup:There are few good wingers in general is listed as a negative, but that also suggests that there is 1 good winger.
  • :thup:Again, most of the strikers look like they will fall short is listed as a negative, but if "most" of them will fall short, some of them will make it. 

Youth Intake. Sep 2024

It will be interesting to see how much my/their predictions match what we have actually got. 

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So it is actually a "Golden Generation", at least of sorts.

3x 5.0 PA players is a "win" in any intake, and when you add in that there is a fair amount of CA on show, (7 players with at least 1.0 CA), then this is a good intake. Despite that, maybe I'm just not used to managing down at this level bit the players look poor, (and I don't think they are poor, I just think they look poor). 

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"Kriss" (24a) Blomgren (2024) *.

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  • There are a healthy number of full-backs in the pipeline. Yes, there are 3. :thup:
  • There are a lot of wingers in the system. Yes there are 5. :thup:
  • At least 1 of our GK's is a great prospect. No. My Ass Man gives him just 2.5 PA. :thdn:
  • A GK from Uddevalla has caught the eye. (24p) is from Uddevalla but he really doesn't look great. :thdn:

I'm really not sure that the "Preview" tells us much at all. 

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End of Season. Sept 2024

Swedish Second Division North Götaland. We've won 10 out of our last 13 games, (losing just 2), and we have finished the season in 3rd. That's as good as I can have expected to be honest. There is still no sign of my contract being extended yet and expires at the end of next month. I think I've done quite well, but I also have to admit that I haven't achieved the agreed expectations. 

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The board seem willing to let us overspend in order to gain promotion. £3,722 per week is an awful lot of money at this level and I don't intend spending anywhere near that, (assuming I'm still here). 

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U19's Promoted. Oct 2024

You might think that this is just the U19's and isn't really note-worthy and normally I would agree with you, but seeing as we are in the 4th Tier of Swedish football and our U19's have just been promoted to the Top tier at that level containing only 14 sides, I actually think it's significant. 

There are 16 clubs in the Swedish Premier league, (1st tier) and then there are also 16 teams in the Swedish 2nd Division Elite, (2nd tier), and then there are 16 in both the First Division North and First Division South, (3rd tier), means that there are 48 clubs playing at a Senior level above us and then we have 14 clubs in each of the 6 leagues at the level we play at, bringing the total to 48 + 84 = 132 sides playing at our level or higher. In these circumstances I think it astonishing that our U19's are playing at the top tier. When you then consider that we have 10 teenagers in our senior side, (who have been playing for the senior side rather than the U19's), then it makes it all the more remarkable. It will be interesting to see how we do at this level next season. 

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The end? Oct 2024

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Gutted. Proper gutted. I really like this club. :(

I've never been sacked after a run of form like this, but I think it's realistic because we failed to reach the Playoffs as agreed. 

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That's really bad luck,  the clubs seem really demanding in Sweden this year by the looks of it with no room for falling just short.

What was your rating in the job by the end as C seems like you are doing ok rather than on the point of being sacked.

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4 minutes ago, Thebaker said:

That's really bad luck,  the clubs seem really demanding in Sweden this year by the looks of it with no room for falling just short.

What was your rating in the job by the end as C seems like you are doing ok rather than on the point of being sacked.

I think that the lowest it was at any point was C-

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Much as I'm gutted about being sacked, I think it's correct and I think it's a good thing for the game. I certainly wouldn't have been sacked in FM19 for this performance.

There is no point in introducing a 5 year vision feature though if nothing happens if you don;t live up to your side of the agreement. The year 1 stage of the 5 year vision was Playoffs and we finished 3rd rather than 2nd so I really can't complain. 

Edited by Jimbokav1971

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That's a tough break, looks like negotiating 5 year plan if possible is essential this year

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4 minutes ago, rodesire said:

That's a tough break, looks like negotiating 5 year plan if possible is essential this year

You could be right,

I haven't negotiated at all yet. I just accept what they want and sign on the dotted line. When you think about it though, it is right. If I'm going to pick a team with good facilities over a team with poor facilities, then their demands need to be higher and there needs to be a price to pay if you fail to meet those expectations. Otherwise, where is the attraction in picking the smaller club with poorer facilities and possibly less money? 

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FK Karlskrona. Nov 2024.

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This is a good club and as such the expectations will be high. If it doesn't work out here then my next position will me at a club with much lower expectations. (Yes, I'm a sucker for punishment). 

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This is why I'm here. If you thought my facilities at IK Oddevold were good, the facilities at FK Karlskrona are remarkable. I had assumed initially that we were the B Team or Reserve Team of one of the big boys, but I have checked and we're not. b5fcedde770c0beaf3f6bc9fd80e2667.png

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Some of you might not have any interest in producing and developing your own players, and for you I will point out exactly what is quite so astonishing. 

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Here are the clubs at the top of the Swedish structure. 

Djurgårdens IF won the league this season in real life for the 1st time in a long time and also won the 2024 title in game. 

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BK Häcken won the league in 2021 and have excellent facilities. I would love to manage them one day. 

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Hammarby IF are probably the big-hitters in the league, having won 3 league titles since the game started and never finishing outside the top 5. 

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AIK make up what I call the "Big 4" in Sweden;s top tier. 

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The Finances here are surprisingly good. I'm really not sure why we have so much money. We are already within the wage budget and I expect to be able to off-load a few before bringing some new players in. 

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There are 8 players at the club who have 5.0 PA. One of them is Makwan Sawsani. who is the best player at the club and he will be leaving the club on a free shortly. 

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The knock-on effect of that is that while he is rated at 4.0 CA, once he leaves the best player, (by CA), will be Philip Olsson who's CA is a whole 0.5 lower at 3.5 CA. The significance of that is that once Makwan Sawsani. leaves, then the level at which our other players are being judged will be lowered and this should mean that we have more players rated at 5.0 PA but I will keep an eye on it. 

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While the board here have high expectations, (and rightly so because of the wage budget and facilities available), they dropped down from the 3rd tier in 2023 and only managed a 7th placed finish last season when the board wanted an immediate return to tier 3. 

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Good luck this time, should make for an interesting time.

the facilities are a bug i think- i have seen the same in the english lower leagues where a team had the best possible coaching and recruitment in the VNS, it changed at the season start.  In my game the club has basic and fairly basic.

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38 minutes ago, Nobby_McDonald said:

It's not going too well for you in Sweden Jimbo.

You know what, I actually think it's going well. :lol:

Season 1. Avoided relegation. :thup:
Season 2. Finished 4th. :thup:
Season 3. Finished 3rd. :thup:
Season 4. Finished 2nd. :thup: (Should never have left). 
Season 5a. Absolute shambles. :thdn: 
Season 5b. Avoided relegation. :thup:
Season 6. Finished 3rd rather than 2nd. :thdn: (We just started a little slowly and couldn't close the gap). 
Season 7. Going ok so far. ;)

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31 minutes ago, BillHoudini24 said:

This is a keeper. I would like to see you taking this club to Nordic and then European glory.

I'm not sure how long I'm going to stay anywhere. I was all set to stay at Oddevold for a while and that didn't work out. I jumped ship at AFK Linköping when in hindsight I should have stayed. (They finished Runners Up in tier 3 last season by the way). I think the answer in a save like this is just to take it season by season and see it goes. 

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ps AFK Linköping finished 2nd and FC Linköping City finished 14th and were relegated in last seasons Swedish First Division South. My goal was to topple City. I just wasn't still in charge when it happened. It was very much the team that I built though. I also fully expect IK Oddevold to do well over the next couple of seasons.  Åtvidabergs FF on the other hand? Not so much. :lol:

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May 2025

Swedish Second Division East Götaland. We not only lost our unbeaten record, but even lost at home against Tomelilla IF to give us a huge wake-up call. 

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