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On 31/01/2020 at 10:45, Kingofcm03 said:

If not too late, I can also join this. If the plan is actually A-league then awesome! I am infact Australian and an A-league fan.

I'm playing the season before you so....... you never know what might happen. :lol:

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On 28/01/2020 at 12:05, andychar said:

Haha go on Nobby you know you want 2! 
 

I’m going to get a list of everybody who has said they are interested tomorrow. Anybody who is interested give me a team they would start with if they are randomly picked first and that’s how we will start. 


Whoever would be following me would probably have to wait about 3 months. :D

 

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Just so everybody knows. I have started to recover from my alcohol induced Superbowl Coma and have the save downloaded and loaded on FM!

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25 minutes ago, andychar said:

How often do people want updates?

You could just do one big review of the season or break it up into 2 parts of the season if you want mate. Either way suits me.

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Was thinking a halfway stage update and end of season. Only 26 games in the Australian league. Thought there were more!

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39 minutes ago, andychar said:

How often do people want updates?

When you feel like it and find it's a good time for you. :)

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8 minutes ago, andychar said:

Was thinking a halfway stage update and end of season. Only 26 games in the Australian league. Thought there were more!

At least it wont take you long to complete the season.

Are we just sticking with the one team then, so we are just going to be that Macarthur team the whole thread ?

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16 minutes ago, andychar said:

Was thinking a halfway stage update and end of season. Only 26 games in the Australian league. Thought there were more!

26 games if you're a horrendous manager and miss the finals.

@wynter why aren't i surprised at all by your selection :lol:

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1 hour ago, vara said:

26 games if you're a horrendous manager and miss the finals.

@wynter why aren't i surprised at all by your selection :lol:

:ackter:

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1 hour ago, vara said:

26 games if you're a horrendous manager and miss the finals.

Can’t wait to only have to do 26 games!

1 hour ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

At least it wont take you long to complete the season.

Are we just sticking with the one team then, so we are just going to be that Macarthur team the whole thread ?

Absolutely not. If you wanna move you move. 

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1 minute ago, andychar said:

Can’t wait to only have to do 26 games!

Absolutely not. If you wanna move you move. 

Ok cool, I will see what the person does before me.

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Mid Season Report 

2020-21

MacArthur FC

I took over the squad @wynter built. 

The season expectation was "To be competitive" which mean the pressure was off...except the judging eyes of you guys!

We didn't take part in the cup this season, I assume this is due to being a new team. It meant I had nothing to focus on other than the league.

We are currently studying for the next badge after Wynter got us up to National C.

So the big question is how have we gone?

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6 wins. 6 losses and a draw. Absolutely band even. 

There are certain games we have been dominated. The first match against Wellington Phoenix being one. The hardest game was against Melbourne Victory, we were the better side but were wasteful, losing 3-1. Obviously the stand out game was the 3-0 win against the poor Jets. 

At one point we were top of the league but followed it up with 3 straight losses.

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Its anybodies in the Top 9 really. I don't think we will get there. We haven't had the best of runs and the consistency just isn't there. 

I think we have gotten unlucky with injuries. It seems whenever a player hits some form they go down.

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As you can tell I still haven't been able to get a goalscorer going. I've signed Cook on loan until the end of next season, he will only get better. 

My only new signing has been this guy...

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He is not great at all. But he provides cover in an area of the field we are struggling.

I've also got this guy coming at the end of his contract...

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Not bad for the league and will only get better.

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We signed a new contract in December.

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At one point it was A+ but I'll take a B!

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Finances aren't great. Despite being under wage budget and 20k in the transfer kitty we just continue to lose money. I asked for a Senior Affiliate but despite then accepting one it they didn't come back with anybody. Which is a shame. 

Other than that nothing much else has happened. The squad is strong and young in key areas. A few more signings and we could be challenging.

I think heading into the final 13 games if we continue to challenge for the playoffs I'll be happy although ultimately I'm not expecting to get there.

If you want to know anything about the save let me know and I'll post some screenshots.

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USA.

Just for FYI...

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This is based off this spec for my laptop...

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Not going to lie lads...I forgot there was a wage cap....whoops.

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20 minutes ago, andychar said:

Not going to lie lads...I forgot there was a wage cap....whoops.

:D

It's okay, if we bankrupt this club or get punished in some horrible way, we can always bugger off to somewhere else. 

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4 minutes ago, noikeee said:

:D

It's okay, if we bankrupt this club or get punished in some horrible way, we can always bugger off to somewhere else. 

Now that’s my way of playing FM!

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4 hours ago, andychar said:

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Strange table..

Sydney FC are struggling, WSW and the Mariners are doing well but as you said from 1st to 9th it can go anywhere.

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10 hours ago, Kingofcm03 said:

Strange table..

Sydney FC are struggling, WSW and the Mariners are doing well but as you said from 1st to 9th it can go anywhere.

Sydney actually won the Grand Final last season as well. Fired their manager before getting a play in the Champions League. 

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14 hours ago, andychar said:

Sydney actually won the Grand Final last season as well. Fired their manager before getting a play in the Champions League. 

Thats a shame, I despise Sydney FC.

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Will be finishing the season today with a full update and the passing of the torch. So get ready @Rikulec

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End of Season Report 2020-21

The first thing that struck me about the Australian A-League was the competitiveness. Can't just look at a team 12th and assume you'll win, its a league where anybody can beat anybody. There was no form, no consistency. 

In my head I wanted to challenge for the playoffs, the board wanted me to be competitive and the media thought 7th would be our finish...

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For the most part of the season this is the formation and tactics I was working with. I take no credit. The formation I like to play is very CB and CM heavy and we just didn't have the personell. So I stuck with what I assumed the team was built around. 

For the last 5 games I went with this....

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If you have followed my career in England you'll know I have struggled to find a striker who will bang goals in, this save has been no different!

Cook on paper I loved, Cook on the field was driving me crazy! 

Sergio who was our only DP this season it seemed spent more time on the sidelines through injury than actually on the pitch.

All in all I'd say it was a very frustrating season...so where did we finish?

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This is what it looked like with 2 games to go. We didn't face Wellington.

After a 0-0 Wellington game and a 3-0 victory for us it meant heading into the final game things looked like this...

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We were away to 4th they were away to 9th (the team we just beat 3-0).

So how did the final table look?

Well the A-League not one to ramp up the excitement had Wellington play first, they lost so the pressure was completely off.

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Last Season 41 points was enough for 3rd this season its just enough to get a playoff place. 

We won the last 2 games 3-0 and 4-0. We had a GD of 1 heading into those games.

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We lost Cook to injury just before the game so I wasn't hopeful in the slightest. Was just hoping not to be outclassed. We played them 3 times in the regular season with 1 draw and 2 losses.

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But the Playoffs are a different beast.

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Another away game awaited us as you'll have already guessed. 

We played Central Coast Mariners twice in the regular season and lost both games.

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My heart nearly gave way not going to lie. Amazingly against all odds we were in the Grand Final.

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It was 4th vs 6th to decide who would be the Champion.

3 games against Victory in the regular season 1 draw and 2 losses...we've been in this situation before.

Its another away game which is a shame. Was hoping neutral.

So after a long and hard season it all came down to 90 minutes.

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Terrible game of football and a sad way for my season to end. Proud to get to the Final though.

So only thing left is award time.

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Tomas came out of nowhere to be the star of the team really.

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Sergio top goalscorer but didn't hit double figures as once again in a save I struggle to get the strikers going.

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Fuzato won Goalkeeper of the Year. Agoume had a very strong end of the season. Generally speaking not many had standout seasons but the dynamics are looking better than when I took over.

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Financially we are...what's the word?

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Screwed. With that its over to you @Rikulec. Good luck!

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Well done @andychar, unique formation as well which I like.

Looking forward to seeing where this goes, maybe a change of scenery is needed but up to @Rikulec in what he does as it is his turn next and then I take over lol.

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Nice one mate! Gonna get started tomorrow. :thup:

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Long way down the list! I like it, have to see where we are after you lot have had your wicked way with the save! 

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I have absolutely no doubt I won’t be having another crack at the A League by time it comes back around. 

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I'd probably find a new league but only if Macarthur has won a title first, i'd probably wanna see that happen first.

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Alright, I'm getting started. Will probably get through pre-season tomorrow, so expect an update at some point in the evening.

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Maybe we'll get someone good!

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I got junior coaching upgraded, the board didn't agree to upgrade youth recruitment as well though.

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Here's our first intake. Not great, not terrible.

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And we're done with the preseason, finally. How did it go?

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A clean sweep, the opponents weren't really demanding, it was all about morale and fitness. Nice to see plenty of goals scored and just one conceded.

This season we also participated in the FFA Cup...

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And it didn't go very well. The board expected a semi-final, we crashed out in the round of 16. Failing to convert the chances we created proved costly, we lost to a penalty in extra time. Boo.

As for transfers, five players joined on a free. Doherty was already arranged when I took over, the other guys were brought in by me.

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Let's get going!

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25 minutes ago, Rikulec said:

And we're done with the preseason, finally. How did it go?

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A clean sweep, the opponents weren't really demanding, it was all about morale and fitness. Nice to see plenty of goals scored and just one conceded.

This season we also participated in the FFA Cup...

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And it didn't go very well. The board expected a semi-final, we crashed out in the round of 16. Failing to convert the chances we created proved costly, we lost to a penalty in extra time. Boo.

As for transfers, five players joined on a free. Doherty was already arranged when I took over, the other guys were brought in by me.

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Let's get going!

Some good signings there.

Can I ask @Rikulec what tactics and style of play are you using so I can get an idea what to do moving forward from the hard work you and others have put in.

Can you post a screenshot of your tactics when you can please.

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Sorry for the state I left the club in. I forgot there was a wage budget and rules...I went a bit crazy...

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2 hours ago, andychar said:

Sorry for the state I left the club in. I forgot there was a wage budget and rules...I went a bit crazy...

Haha, don't worry about that. :D We received over £2M in sponsorship money when the new season started and the loanees coming back to their clubs left plenty of space in the budget, so I didn't really have any difficulties other than finding players that are good enough and willing to join.

I'll post a screenshot of the tactics later in the evening.

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And here it is. A very simple tactic based on the one I developed for my Unia Janikowo save. I'm a huge fan of tactical simplicity on FM, I believe this is something I could actually use in real life with real players and they would be able to understand it. Few instructions, no fancy roles... and it works!

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15 hours ago, Rikulec said:

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And here it is. A very simple tactic based on the one I developed for my Unia Janikowo save. I'm a huge fan of tactical simplicity on FM, I believe this is something I could actually use in real life with real players and they would be able to understand it. Few instructions, no fancy roles... and it works!

That's good, makes my job easier when I take over from you.

Looking forward to seeing how you do this season.

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We've reached the halfway point.

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And it's been a rather bumpy ride so far. We're hard to beat, but we also struggle to pick up wins. @andychar was right, the league is ridiculously even and at times it seems the results are generated at random. A good run of form should be enough to shoot us up into top 6, but can we get one?

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will make this comment so someone can prove me wrong!

when we go once through the players list before we win an A-League title and move on

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I feel like every answer to the question “How do you think you’ll do?” should be “The f*** do I know!”

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14 minutes ago, andychar said:

I feel like every answer to the question “How do you think you’ll do?” should be “The f*** do I know!”

I second that. :lol:

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12 minutes ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

How are you getting on @Rikulec ?

Should be done today if all goes well. :thup:

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4 minutes ago, Rikulec said:

Should be done today if all goes well. :thup:

Excellent stuff. Good to see this is still progressing nicely.

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1 hour ago, Rikulec said:

Should be done today if all goes well. :thup:

Good to hear, I am looking forward to seeing what I can do with the squad you leave me with.

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Regular season done.

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We really struggled for consistency for the most part of the season, but we kicked off when it mattered the most and got five wins in the last seven games, ensuring a 3rd place finish, which not only gives us a shot at the A-League Finals, but we've also qualified for the Asian Champions League play-off! With that in mind, we enter the most exciting part of the season...

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5 minutes ago, Rikulec said:

With that in mind, we enter the most exciting part of the season...

What, is it time for Neymar's birthday party already? 

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10 minutes ago, Rikulec said:

Regular season done.

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We really struggled for consistency for the most part of the season, but we kicked off when it mattered the most and got five wins in the last seven games, ensuring a 3rd place finish, which not only gives us a shot at the A-League Finals, but we've also qualified for the Asian Champions League play-off! With that in mind, we enter the most exciting part of the season...

Well done mate.

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51 minutes ago, noikeee said:

What, is it time for Neymar's birthday party already? 

  :brock:

47 minutes ago, Ronaldo Beckham said:

Well done mate.

Cheers!

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On 27/01/2020 at 22:15, Nobby_McDonald said:

Considering it's taken me 18 months to do 3 seasons and 2 months on my FM18 save, I don't think I had better join the list of players. :D

LOL, and I thought my 2 seasons in 2 months was slow!

Still, we play at our own pace and are restricted somewhat by hardware.  I can complete a season much quicker with my current laptop than I could with my old one for example, purely because the processing is that much quicker.

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