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[FM20] I'm here for a good time, not a long time. A Northernpilgrim journeyman story

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Hello, and welcome to the latest in a long line of Northernpilgrim adventures. 

So, let's get started, and meet the manager. ME!

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Starting Point

Like many people, my first save of a new FM is with the team I support, which means I'm managing Plymouth Argyle

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Club Vision

I forgot to include this originally, so the club vision screen is from October 2019, and shows how we're doing, and what's expected of us over the next few seasons. So far, so good

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Preseason results were encouraging, as we gave Cardiff a stern test, going behind to a penalty just before half time, and only conceding a second in the final 10 minutes of the match. The Blackpool game was a horror show, but you get those in preseason, so I'm not panicking...yet

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and this is the formation I'm using. I do change the mentality between standard and positive, and leave OIs to my Ass Man

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Most of the transfer business listed was completed ahead of my arrival

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but I did bring in Tunji Akinola

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and John Kitolano, both on loan

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Which left the squad for the new season looking like this

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We had a slow start to the season, failing to win any of our first three games

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but four successive wins followed, and we ended the month in second, just a point behind surprise leaders Leyton Orient

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September also began with a defeat

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but we won all our remaining games in the month, ending it top of the table, a point clear of new nearest challengers, Swindon Town

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November was a month of two halves. Three wins, followed by three draws

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but we remain top of the table, and the lead is still a healthy 7 points

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and the good news is that the save will continue, as the hidden attributes bug has been fixed for saved games too

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December was a decent, but not brilliant month. The defeat to Cheltenham was completely deserved, and the victory over Stevenage was the sort of match that makes you think your name might be on the league title this season (i.e ridiculously lucky)

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All of which leaves us 11 points clear at the top, the sound of Auld Lang Syne ringing in our ears

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A message to Mansfield, Forest Green and the rest

 

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We made three signings in January

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Making goalkeeper Alex Palmer's loan move permanent

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Defender Harry Clarke joins on loan, with a view to this being permanent in the summer

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Likewise Radulovic, a striker

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Another unspectacular month in March

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but the win over Grimsby was enough to return us to the top of the table, having been deposed by Forest Green when we lost to Leyton Orient. And we face Forest Green at home next

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4 hours ago, ManUtd1 said:

Enjoying this!

Yeah, there is some pleasure to be had in watching someone struggle, isn't there? 😂

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Let's hope that February form won't cost you the title!

A very nice start.

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Is this THE Northernpilgrim :eek: 
I remember you from a few years back...'Knocking Fergie off his Perch'!

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2 hours ago, SRL88 said:

Is this THE Northernpilgrim :eek: 
I remember you from a few years back...'Knocking Fergie off his Perch'!

Yep, that's me. That was from FM15. 

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Hey  manage Plymouth argyle too .I promoted them to league one
and even though i have a substantial wage budget to sign players (mainy free players)
when i sign one player either the board cancels the transfer or it freezes my wage salary
to 0 so i cant offer anything to them

It says something about finacial fair play and that i have to reduce my total wage expenses
(which is ridiculus because i just got promoted i should have bigger wage expenses)

anybody know anything about that?

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11 hours ago, metalhead765 said:

Hey  manage Plymouth argyle too .I promoted them to league one
and even though i have a substantial wage budget to sign players (mainy free players)
when i sign one player either the board cancels the transfer or it freezes my wage salary
to 0 so i cant offer anything to them

It says something about finacial fair play and that i have to reduce my total wage expenses
(which is ridiculus because i just got promoted i should have bigger wage expenses)

anybody know anything about that?

Read the rules on Financial Fair Play.  It will either be in the league rules or finances section.  There will be a reason the transfers are being cancelled.

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Great start Pilgrim!  Enjoyed your stuff last year, good to see you're picking up where you left off.

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A decent final month of the season, despite it not being an unbeaten one

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which was enough to win the title

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as we finish a point clear of Swindon, 6 ahead of Forest Green, and 10 ahead of 4th place.

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8 hours ago, andychar said:

Always enjoy following your saves. KUTGW and get over the line.

 

10 hours ago, kevhamster said:

Great start Pilgrim!  Enjoyed your stuff last year, good to see you're picking up where you left off.

Thanks guys. I got there. Now to work out how to STAY there!!

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I've been offered, and accepted, a contract extension

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With the signing of a new contract, of course the club vision gets an upgrade too

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On to the League Two awards, and we begin with the Player of the Year, won by our own Joe Riley

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and the team of the year, with no less than seven Pilgrims in the team

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Danny Mayor did his best to fill the top three in Goal of the Season, but in the end had to settle for two out of three, which ain't bad

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My Ass Man has recommended I promote one of my youngsters to the first team squad. He's made a few appearances IRL, so I have gone with that advice, and Adam Randell joins the squad for next season

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The only negative for me (and it's a subjective one) is that nobody threatened the goalscoring charts this season. Here is how we spread the goals out

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Preseason results were pretty good

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and we managed to strengthen the squad with three signings

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Centre back Akinola's loan becomes permanent

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Jamie Bowden joins from Tottenham

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and striker Aaron Collins won the league two golden boot last season

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Those signings were followed by bad news

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so that means we will have to keep our current squad for the rest of the season, and realistically we need some players to leave too

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So, the plan originally was to get Argyle to the Championship, and then look at moving on. I hope that is still possible, but it certainly just got that bit harder, so it might be that I look to consolidate in League 1 this season (as per club vision), and then think about moving on. We will see.

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Not a bad start to the season

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but it could have been better, as we blew a 2-0 lead against Barnsley

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and also let Rotherham take two late points from us

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which means we missed the opportunity to end the month in at least a playoff place, but we are on target for survival, which is the aim this season

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On 30/11/2019 at 15:14, SRL88 said:

Pretty good start to the season.

It got better in September :)

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and that was enough to take us up to third in League 1, but more importantly, with just over a quarter of the season gone, we're almost half way to safety

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October started with a defeat, but was otherwise a really good month

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and we could have got a result against Southend, but it could've been worse, as Alex Palmer was Man of the Match and saved a penalty

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8 points from 5 games moves us closer to the 50 point safety target, but has seen us fall out of the playoff spots

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21 hours ago, kevhamster said:

Looking good!

 

48 minutes ago, SRL88 said:

Nice run of form

I think you guys might have jinxed it!! :lol:

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On 02/12/2019 at 23:21, Nobby_McDonald said:

Going very very well thus far.

Less so now

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but we remain just outside the playoffs, and with 36 points, well on the way to safety

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A bit of a mixed bag in December, but only one defeat

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and that keeps us just outside the top 6, with another 6 points gathered towards the 50 target

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19 minutes ago, Makoto Nakamura said:

Good progress made with Plymouth, best of luck with The Posh!

Thanks Makoto. In some ways I'm disappointed to leave Argyle, but the transfer embargo means they have to sell players, so I would not have been able to sustain a challenge for promotion to the Championship. Hopefully Peterborough can get me there instead :)

 

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