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[FM20] Sheffield Steel - An FM Personality Experiment

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This is a terrific thread @That There Phil! You’ve inspired me to have a go at something similar with Arsenal (we desperately need a mentality change IRL and in-game).

Daley Blind and Marco Parolo were my first model citizen signings and are now team leaders. Other model citizen signings were Darren Fletcher, Rodrigo Palacio, and Fran Rico. So far none of my mentoring groups have resulted in any new model citizens but I am seeing positive personality changes in my youngsters.

Please keep us updated!

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On 28/06/2020 at 22:35, futbol fan said:

This is a terrific thread @That There Phil! You’ve inspired me to have a go at something similar with Arsenal (we desperately need a mentality change IRL and in-game).

Daley Blind and Marco Parolo were my first model citizen signings and are now team leaders. Other model citizen signings were Darren Fletcher, Rodrigo Palacio, and Fran Rico. So far none of my mentoring groups have resulted in any new model citizens but I am seeing positive personality changes in my youngsters.

Please keep us updated!

I'm glad you're enjoying it and that it's inspired you to try something similar. Just remember that what I'm doing is really extreme, but if you improve the personality of your squad more slowly (not that hard with Arsenal), then it can only benefit you in the long term. Just make sure you get rid of Ozil as soon as possible! Parolo and Blind are both great tutors, just beware of passing on any of their player traits.

I took a bit of a break due to being a bit burnt out with FM, but I'll be playing some more and updating later today.

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Youth Intake 2021

Our 2nd youth intake is another disappointing one and I have no idea where we managed to find a Swedish/Lebanese player!

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A quick look at the overview tells me that there's only one player worth keeping in terms of personality and potential, and that is Tom Harrison.

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He looks like a decent prospect as a central defender, with attributes in all the right places and a good personality. He does have low natural fitness though, which I hate. If he develops into a world class player then I can probably overlook that, but otherwise I'll probably look to develop him to sell on in a few years time.

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A Note About Notes

I have to confess that if I'm not careful, I can often find myself clicking the continue button over and over in an attempt to get to the next match as quickly as possible - especially when things are going well. To make sure that I don't neglect important tasks by doing this, I use the system of notes in the game to stay on top of things. To get to the notebook, simply click on the home screen, then click notebook.

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As you can see I currently have the following 6 notes (I put them in upper case because it makes the reminder harder to miss in my inbox):

Check for expiring contracts - Reminder: 1st December, yearly. This is a reminder to check the player search and my shortlists for players with contracts due to expire in the summer, meaning they can be approached to sign on the 1st January. I search at the start of December to give me a month to get any scout reports etc that i need before making an approach.

Check for youth - Reminder: 23rd July then every 3 months. This is a reminder to search for any promising youth players. I have various ways that I do that, which I'll do a full post on later on so won't go into detail here, but I'll spend anywhere between 5 minutes and a couple of hours performing various manual searches to supplement the suggestions that my scouts provide.

Clean up shortlists x2 - Reminder: 3rd February and 3rd September, yearly. This is a reminder to go through my shortlist and get rid of any players that I'm no longer interested in. Perhaps they're too old, or they've signed for a big club putting them out of reach financially. Whatever the reason, I like to keep my shortlists streamlined and stop them becoming bloated and difficult to manage.

Development Centre - Reminder: 1st of the month, monthly. This is a new addition, recently stolen from Oliver Jensen. I've kind of neglected the development centre in FM 20, but it's a great place to get an overview of how your young players are developing; who is developing nicely, who needs work, and who is ready to move up to the next level. You can then take the appropriate action as soon as possible to keep their development ticking along.

Mentoring Check - Reminder: 15th of the month, monthly. This is a reminder to check my mentoring groups to make sure they are still optimum, or if I want to make any tweaks to them. It's obviously crucial in this save, but I make sure to micromanage them in all my saves - looking for those incremental improvements that can give me the edge.

Training Check - Reminder: 8th of the month, every 3 months. I manage the individual training for all my playing squads, so this is a reminder to go through all of the individual training assignments to make any changes that are needed as they develop or if things aren't working. To be honest I'd rather do this every 2 months, but the only options for reminders are monthly or three monthly.

Some of the dates I've chosen for things are deliberate, such as cleaning up shortlists just after the transfer windows close, but others are pretty arbitrary just to make sure that everything doesn't happen all at once on the 1st of the month.

 

I'd be interested to know if you do anything similar and what notes you use - basically I'm looking for more good ideas to steal! :D

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March - April 2021

Results

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March began in routine fashion with a 2-0 win away at Southampton, and continued in the same vein with a comfortable 2-0 home win against Fulham. The final game in a quiet month was the 2nd leg of our Champions League tie against Schalke, and a second consecutive 1-0 win gave us a 2-0 victory on aggregate. We drew Manchester City in the quarter final, giving us a tough route to the final 4.

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If March was routine, then April was anything but, and it began with a visit from Liverpool who were directly below us in the table, and most likely to take our Champions League spot. We matched them for most of the first half before Mohamed Salah got his marching orders for a bad foul in the 40th minute. We went for the jugular against 10 men in the second half, but we couldn't beat an inspired Allison and ended up with a slightly disappointing 0-0 draw. We went away to Manchester City in the Champions League and gave a really good account of ourselves, grabbing what I hoped would be a crucial away goal in the 49th minute, and holding out for a creditable 1-1 draw. Fixture congestion meant we put out a weakened team against second placed Arsenal, and they did themselves proud, only losing to a single deflected goal. Man City were in town next as we looked to book a place in the next round of the Champions League, and despite fighting back twice, we just couldn't find a winner, and ultimately went out on away goals after two solid results. We rounded out a tough month with a visit to top of the league Tottenham, and despite being dominated on the pitch, we held firm after scoring an early goal and left with the points.

 

Table

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The tough schedule in April saw us drop a place to 4th and has me looking over my shoulder at Liverpool who are only 3 points behind. We do have two games in hand though, and if we win them it will put us on the verge of securing 4th place and Champions League football for a 2nd year in a row.

 

Mentoring

We didn't have any mentoring success, but there was some other positive news to report.

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Camavinga gained a point of determination and took his place as our 12th model citizen. Interestingly he hasn't had any gains from mentoring - his first was from his welcoming period and the latest from the squads general character.

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And speaking of welcoming periods, Damian Ferrer gained a point of determination from his. His personality hasn't changed, but it's the first step on his journey with us.

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12 hours ago, That There Phil said:

He's good alright!

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He's also not interested in joining us. Sad times.

Time for a couple of trips to watch Porto?

And get a scout to follow him around permanently, wearing the mascot costume so he knows which team is interested

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2 hours ago, scousevasey said:

Time for a couple of trips to watch Porto?

And get a scout to follow him around permanently, wearing the mascot costume so he knows which team is interested

My chief scout is currently camped on his doorstep!

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It looks like age might finally be caching up with Rodrigo Palacio. Fortunately we only have 2 games to go this season, and he will only be an emergency backup player next year before he retires in June 2022. Hopefully we can still get some mentoring influence from him in his final season.

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On 02/07/2020 at 12:30, That There Phil said:

It looks like age might finally be caching up with Rodrigo Palacio. Fortunately we only have 2 games to go this season, and he will only be an emergency backup player next year before he retires in June 2022. Hopefully we can still get some mentoring influence from him in his final season.

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I've had him a few times now, I find he's quite hit and miss as a mentor unless he's significantly better than the player(s) he is mentoring. 

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19 hours ago, ShaunG95 said:

I've had him a few times now, I find he's quite hit and miss as a mentor unless he's significantly better than the player(s) he is mentoring. 

He's been great for me, and still has significant influence in my mentoring groups.

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