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1 hour ago, _Ben_ said:

Some really interesting things in here @Jimbokav1971 that I want to dig into over the next few days of reading etc and I must admit that I appear to have been very wrong about (30a) James (DMA) * as he truly is special!

I'm pretty sure that I said he would never make it as a top end player because of his physical limitations......... :idiot:

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Hang on. How come Sutton get 0.5% (£316k) and we get nothing? :mad:

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Scouting. Aug 2035

Because I will not be buying any players that haven't come through our Academy, (I will sign players who are poached from the Academy but that hasn't happened as yet, surprisingly), I have my scouts scouting my shortlist which contains just products of our Academy who have moved on, and I ask them to keep the reports up to date. This is a waste of money, but helos with the feel of the save. 

This came through today. 

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  • Resolute
  • Enjoys big matches
  • Fairly consistent
  • Injury prone

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2 goals in 2 games is a decent start. I think he's going to score a LOT of goals. 

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France isn't an active structure so I'm afraid I can't go into more detail. Liverpool were looking at him before he moved to PSG. It would have been nice for him to stay in an active league. I'm not sure how players develop in a simulated structure. Has anyone looked at it before? 

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you do realise keeping scout reports up to date is costing a fortune, how much did you spend on scouting costs last year?

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22 minutes ago, Thebaker said:

you do realise keeping scout reports up to date is costing a fortune, how much did you spend on scouting costs last year?

I have been determined not to look. :lol:

With (30a) James (DMA) * playing in France and (31a) Liam Watts (FIN) * playing in Spain, I know it's something I'm going to have to look at so here goes. Having said that, how are we even scouting (30a) James (DMA) *  in France? Surely we can only scout the UK? 

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£23,444 last season. 

£10,907 this season so far.

£3,627 last month. 

£2792 this month. 

Is it a waste? Yeah possibly, but I like keeping a track on players. Is it going to break us? No, not on it's own. 

Should I stop it? Yeah, probably. 

Am I going to? :lol:

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Mini-update. Sep 2035.

After 10 league games this season we have finally been beaten. (W6 D3 L1)

We've been workmanlike at best and have had to grind out a few results. We're not scoring as freely as we have in the past and I think we need to create some new partnerships that will improve our form. 

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Usually that sort of form would be fine, but when Billericay have taken 26 points from a possible 30 at the start of the season we need more. I really don't want a 3rd go at the Playoffs. 

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8 minutes ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

Mini-update. Sep 2035.

After 10 league games this season we have finally been beaten. (W6 D3 L1)

We've been workmanlike at best and have had to grind out a few results. We're not scoring as freely as we have in the past and I think we need to create some new partnerships that will improve our form. 

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Usually that sort of form would be fine, but when Billericay have taken 26 points from a possible 30 at the start of the season we need more. I really don't want a 3rd go at the Playoffs. 

What the hell are Essex based Billericay doing in the North?? :idiot:

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2 minutes ago, Pompeyboyz said:

What the hell are Essex based Billericay doing in the North?? :idiot:

That's a very good question and one I hadn't considered, (although @Nobby_McDonalddid point out a similar issue in a previous league). 

That being said, Billericay is almost as far North as Watford, (mind the gap), and I know that Hitchin have been moved between geographical leagues in real life and they are not far North of Watford. 

Let's look at Conference South. 

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Ebbsfleet is South of the Thames. 
Jersey Bulls are basically French.
Wealdstone is South of Watford.
Torquay is on the South coast. 
Kinstonian is South London.
Maidenhead is West London.
Weston-super-mare is West of Bath but South of London.
Newport Co is in Wales obviously, but still slightly South of Watford. 
Dorchester is.... near Weymouth.
Dartford is South of the Thames.
Chelmsford..... could be close actually. It's just North of Billericay. 

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So basically it's not right, but it's not way out either looking at the clubs lower in the league. 

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Who is in the North as well then?

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Borehamwood could have been upped too.....or Newport.  Gloucester have generally played in the North so Newport might have been a better option too.  Can even make a good case for Cirencester :rolleyes:

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16 minutes ago, Pompeyboyz said:

Who is in the North as well then?

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Borehamwood could have been upped too.....or Newport.  Gloucester have generally played in the North so Newport might have been a better option too :rolleyes:

Yeah, Boreamwood are certainly on the border. 

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Irchester is the Midlands.
Curzon Ashton is Manchester.
Matlock is...... Peak District.
Needham Market is just North of Ipswich.
Morecambe is North of Blackpool.
Runcorn is Liverpool.
Spennymoor is..... North East.
Grimsby is East Coast (But North).
Salford is Manchester.
Gateshead is Newcastle.
Kings Lynn is North of Norwich.
Hereford is as far North as Milton Keynes, (so plenty far North for this). 
Altrincham is Manchester.
Tamworth is the Midlands.
Braintree is about as far North from Chelmsford as Chelmsford is from Billericay. 
Brackley is the Midlands.
Guiseley is Leeds.
Hyde is Manchester.
Farsley is Leeds.
Blyth is Newcastle. 
Basford is the Midlands. 

So yeah, like I said, it's not been too bad actually. I've certainly seen it worse in game than this. I remember having nightmares with Hitchin getting swapped about in an older FM game. 

Boreham Wood are definitely right on the border too. In game they have only ever played in Conference South and Conference National, and that's true in real life too.

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Let's have a look and see who has been relegated from Conference National and try and split them into North, South, and "on the border". 

North.

Harrogate. (2020)
Stockport. (2021)
Kings Lynn. (2021)
Southport. (2022)
Chorley FC. (2022)
Gloucester. (2022)
FC Halifax. (2023)
Spennymoor. (2023)
Barrow. (2024)
Port Vale. (2025)
St Neots. (2025)
Gateshead. (2025)
Chorley. (2026)
Kiddermister. (2026)
Curzon Ashton. (2027)
Morecambe. (2027)
St Neots. (2027)

Border

Boreham Wood. (2020)
Chelmsford. (2021)
Barnet. (2025)

South

Woking. (2020)
Eastleigh. (2020)
Dartford. (2021)
Wealdstone. (2022)
Dover. (2023)
Havant & W. (2023)
Bromley. (2024)
Bath. (2024)
Maidenhead. 2024.
Eastleigh. (2027)
Dag & Red. (2026)
Woking. (2026)

Without going on and on, the suggestion here is that there are more teams getting relegated from the North, (which stands to reason if you look at the clubs in League 2), so it's quite normal for the border to have to move slightly Southwards during the game. I don't know how the game does it now, but however it works, it's not quite right. 

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I think if you look at the map I did and use that as a basis of a line across  England for the North/South divide on the leagues, it shows the south is very south

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The South is very South. 

If we're looking at Boreham Wood, Billericay & Chelmsford being on the border, then it's basically the M25, (or level with). 

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When you look at where that line is in the Country then.....

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Just above the M4 has always been the cutoff for these leagues as there are so many clubs in and around london. There are very few clubs below london and too far from the M4 in the conf south league currently or even the league below that.

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Expectations update. Oct 2035

We've still only lost 1 game. but Billericay are flying and I have just worked out why. 

If I count just their top 11 earners at the club, then they are paid £9,675 per week, and they are not even the top spenders in the division. 

Our whole weekly budget for the whole squad is £4,285 per week.

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We're spending £173k per year on wages. 

Hereford are spending £970k per year. (That manager needs sacking!)

Billericay are spending £936k per year. Their finances are insecure. I wonder why? 

I need to accept that if we are going up this season, then it will be via the playoffs. :(

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3rd Failure to control players fine of the season. Nov 2035

We've only played 16 league games, but already we have racked up at least 6 yellow cards in 3 different games. (That's seriously impressive fouling). :applause:

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you know your finances would be a little more healthier with a cleaner discipline :brock:

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1 minute ago, Pompeyboyz said:

you know your finances would be a little more healthier with a cleaner discipline :brock:

Don't you know anything!

It's an investment in character building and personal development. :lol:

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Job offer #22. Nov 2035.

This is the 2nd occasion that Boston Utd have approached me. They have been promoted to League 2 and turned Pro since the last time, and the value of the club has almost doubled too. 

They appointed Scott Hier who was sacked after a year and a half and then appointed Lewis Cook, (of Bournemouth player fame). Under his tenure they won the FA Trophy and gained promotion to League 2, but he has recently joined Leyton Orient in a strange move if you ask me. 

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On 23/07/2020 at 13:06, Jimbokav1971 said:

Forward planning/contracts. May 2035.

(35c) Craig Barnett (Unamb) * is an awful conundrum. I've basically just said in my last post that Unamb players who are also L.Det are a waste of my time, and now I'm looking at this bloke, (who also fit into my formation), but I think he looks great, (everything is relative remember), and I think we are especially weak at ML and I wonder if I could start him there and see how he goes....... The attractive part of it is that it's a problem area, but also that he is on a youth contract for 2 years, so by playing him there it might allow me to release other players and maybe keep one of our best players for another year. I'm so torn. If I have decided that I was going to keep these players until their youth contract expires, then if they are good enough they should play right? 

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Nov 2035. (so 6 months on). 

We're short of a left-sided midfielder, and as mentioned previously, I quite like the look of this bloke despite his Low Determination Unambitious nature. 

We had a gap there and I decided while writing the quoted post that I was going to start with him this season and just see how it goes. I know we have looked at a Low Det Unamb player before and he actually regressed never mind about progressed, but we also have to remember that he wasn't playing in the Senior side. This bloke is. 

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If we look at his CA, then it has dropped from 2.0 to 1.5 and his PA has dropped from 5.0 to 1.5, but that could be completely normal as the best player at the club increases faster then he does, (which you would expect). What does concern me though is that he is dropping attributes, (remember (33k) CA 44 PA 52 went on loan and popped 2 attribute points shortly afterwards, but then dropped 3 attribute points the following season), well this is similar, but without the initial pop. Free-kick taking has dropped from 14 to 13. As my GK takes free-kicks, I actually think this is good, because it means there is more CA points to be spread around elsewhere. The problem is that he has also dropped in marking, concentration, decisions and balance although he has popped in determination, vision, agility & stamina.

You've got to remember that some of these will not be "weighted" meaning that there will be no impact on his CA, however others will. Either way it's really not ideal. He's regressing as fact as I can develop him in other areas. 

Of course the Low Det will be a problem that impacts his training, and sow will his lack of Amb, (but hang on a minute, he was a Low Det Unamb personality before, now he's just a Low Amb. That means that his Amb was 5 at max and now it's 6 at min. 

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He's still classed as Low Det though, but all it would take is 1 more pop in Det and he would move to another personality. 

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These are tiny improvements and even though we might move from Unamb to Low Det and then on to Bal perhaps, very very little has changed. 

While this player is not developing as I would hope, (I wasn't expecting much), he's doing a job for us on the pitch, (without excelling). 

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When you consider that he is playing in a team that is sitting 2nd in the league and has only lost 1 of 18 league games, of course that's a poor performance, but it seemed silly not to play him when his actual attributes suggested that he was the best we had. Now we know Det has an on-pitch impact, but I don't think it has this sort of impact. 

I haven't got any conclusions here, (and I hope this is something that @_Ben_will pick up on when he has time, but it's certainly interesting. (Isn't it?). If I wasn';t so invested in this save then I would run an experiment by using the editor to improve our facilities for a few months and track his CA growth and PA< but this isn't an experiment save, this is my proper save. So I'm afraid I can only pose questions that don't have answers at this stage. 

It goes without saying however that if and when I am able to improve our facilities, I will absolutely see if having improved them, this improves our ability to develop these problem players. (I'm almost positive it will). I also think that the standard of coaching being improved will help. 

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Favoured Personnel. Nov 2035

I've led the club to 1 league title, 3 Cup titles and 5 promotions. 

I'm still only on the favoured personnel list rather than an Icon or a Legend. :(

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Youth Intake preview. Dec 2035.

@deez0rwill love this. It's another Golden Generation, (not that it means much). 

What I want from this intake is a centre-half and a central midfielder. 

What we seem to have got is a full-back, (cool), and a Faroese centre-half, (flipping amazing!)

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6 minutes ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

Youth Intake preview. Dec 2035.

@deez0rwill love this. It's another Golden Generation, (not that it means much). 

What I want from this intake is a centre-half and a central midfielder. 

What we seem to have got is a full-back, (cool), and a Faroese centre-half, (flipping amazing!)

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The promising Faroese player has my attention.....love playing there

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New record. Dec 2035

It's Christmas Eve Eve, but despite only having lost 1 game all season we still trail leaders Billericay by 8 points. 

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Ridiculous Transfer. Jan 2036

I had the option to both protest and renegotiate the deal. I'm happy for any player to go just so long as we get a sell-on clause, so I chose to renegotiate and to my astonishment they refused because they needed the money. (All £21,000 of it). :mad:

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I'm going to try and offer him out. I'm happy to let him go on a free if we get a sell-on clause. £21,000 is an insult! 

My ploy doesn't work and he joins Championship side Wigan for a pittance. :mad:

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4th fine for failing to control players. Jan 2036.

The players were obviously none too happy with the sale of (34a) Nieminen (FIN) (Driven)* for little more than a months wages and proceeded to kick Braintree off the pitch. 

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Another ridiculous transfer. Jan 2036

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Again I tried to renegotiate the deal but they wouldn't have it. 

This is making this phase of the save pretty tough going. They have just sold our 2 best strikers for next to nothing. 

We're still £416k in debt, (plus the loan). This strategy just doesn't make sense. 

We have no chance of getting promoted now. 

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Another transfer. :( Jan 2035.

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This bloke was so disgusted by the transfers that he simple left on a free as soon as the last transfer was announced.

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We have been 2nd all season. With these players gone we are not even going to make the Playoffs. 

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I was really gutted when we lost the players last night. REALLY gutted. :(

We were all set to comfortably finish 2nd, (and I've got to admit that I still hadn't given up hope of over-hauling moneybags Billericay), but the loss of these players absolutely knocked the stuffing out of me. I really don't mind them going. I expect them to go. I actively want them to go. But to let them go for £20k with no add-ons is just ridiculous. :mad:

I was on the verge of jacking last night, but that's even more ridiculous after the time I have invested, (and it's not like me to give up when it gets tough), so I calmly saved and decided I would look at things again this morning. 

Well I did and I'm going nowhere. I'm determined to overcome this. :kriss:

In our last 5 games, (since the debacle), we have conceded 2, 4, 2, 2 and 2 goals, (which isn't good), but we've actually won 3 out of the 5 and lost the other 2 by a single goal margin, so things aren't as bad as they might have seemed last night. They just aren't nearly as positive. 

There are 8 games still to play and I'm determined that we will make the playoffs, but as I have mentioned that I had secret designs on clawing back Billericay at the top of the table, they have imploded, losing their last 3 games and we are now only 6 points behind them. :eek: With my full squad intact I have absolutely no doubt that we would have reeled them in and won the league, but that's not how it went. Instead we just need to consolidate our position, make the playoffs and have a go at winning them.

If we lose then we lose, but we're due another intake in the next couple of weeks and with the 3 best players at the club suddenly gone, (and another left on a free), I expect the CA/PA ratings to be much higher because those they are being judged against are much poorer, (so be warned @deez0r, I think this intake might just make you weep). :lol:

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14 hours ago, Jimbokav1971 said:

Youth Intake preview. Dec 2035.

@deez0rwill love this. It's another Golden Generation, (not that it means much). 

What I want from this intake is a centre-half and a central midfielder. 

What we seem to have got is a full-back, (cool), and a Faroese centre-half, (flipping amazing!)

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Youth Intake day. Mar 2036

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Squad by PPA.

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Nations already represented in previous Intakes. 
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New Nations represented in this intake. 1f64d4efbc6c6ce8ea2b68b81bb1b167.png 378c2d393a413daf853f5f304a78b34a.png 6411870020a8d1df6e46898a896a0a13.png  @nie jem frytekwill confirm, but I'm pretty sure that's 3 new Nationalities. 

In terms of Nations we are most like to see next, I think France, Iceland, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Greece or Japan.

(36a) Sani (NGA) (L.Heart) coming through at 3.0 CA is decent, but you will see that he isn't actually brilliant and that's a reflection on the level of our best players. 

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(36b) Dec Dixon (IRL) (Det) looked like a Godsend to our problems on the left, until you realise that he's actually a righty. Sometimes I think I might as well embrace the devil-worship that is wrong-footedness, but on the other hand, there will be another batch of youngsters along soon and it's best not to rely on anyone because the chances are they will be nicked anyway. 

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(36d) Rey Thomas (BEL) (F.Det) is probably the player that personally catches my eye from this intake. We already have 2 decent right backs, but the reality is that 1 of them will probably leave because we can't really have 3 players playing in 1 position in terms of either wages or development. 

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Repair the Financial damage. May 2036

I mentioned a couple of years ago that there was an entry in the "Club visions and expectations" that I hadn't seen before. It's back and I have been keeping an eye out for it so.....

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So this makes a little more sense. It's the board themselves who are tasked with doing it, and as a result they have slashed our wage budget from £4,200 pw it was this season to £2,200 pw it will be next season. That sounds really challenging, but actually we have already cut it to £2,980 by 4 of our best players leaving, and we have a committed spending for next season of £2,294 pw, (so if I offer nobody a new contract then we will still be over budget, but only slightly). :(

While there is not an easy solution to our financial woes, (other than another board takeover and another consolidation loan), I think I need to take some sort of responsibility for the finances and try and be more proactive with regards to selling players and being in control of the fees we receive. How I do that without the board jumping in is quite another thing, but I'm going to try. 

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Season Summary. May 2036

Conference North. We started off the season on fire with just 1 loss in the opening 22 games, but then we fell apart after the loss of 3 senior players late in the season. 

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Playoffs. We're not good enough to go up without the senior players who have left. There is no point pretending otherwise. 

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Final League Table. I knew Billericay were going to choke. I just knew it. They were miles ahead of us and everyone else and were eventually pipped by Runcorn on goal difference after winning just 3 of their last 11 games, losing 5 times in that period when they only lost twice before that all season. 

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FA Cup. I concentrated on the league because I thought we were capable of getting promoted. It might be the other way around next season. 

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FA Trophy

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Goal-scoring keepers. 7 goals and 9 assists is not a great return for (33e) Lee Ward (NIR) (Bal) * in a team that finished in the Playoffs. 

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Overall Best XI

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Awards.

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(34c) Guy Bacon (Driven) * was our 3rd choice striker for most of the season, the the 2 players ahead of him in the pecking order have now left. I need to sign him for another year and then sell him for free but with 50% and hopefully get him loaned back in. The priority though is the new contract and the 50% clause. If he has to go without returning on loan then so be it. 

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Squad by Appearances

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Discipline

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Finances

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Nieminen is excellent, it’s a shame you’ve lost him so soon. I know you play with two attack duties up front but he would have made a top notch DLF

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2 minutes ago, Fosse said:

Nieminen is excellent, it’s a shame you’ve lost him so soon. I know you play with two attack duties up front but he would have made a top notch DLF

Yeah, there is no doubt that I didn't get the best out of him, (he's now scoring goals in the Championship), but there is a balance between an individual player performance and the overall team performance. In hindsight I think I probably got that a bit wrong with him and should have experimented a bit more. 

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Compensation Question. Jun 2036

It's been bugging me that we have produced some really good players but got little or nothing for them. 

I've worked out that if we keep players on a youth contract for as long as possible, then when they are stolen we get compensation as follows. 

£5,000 cash, £170 per league appearance for 40 games, £1,700 after 1 International game, 15% of re-sale profit. Now while that's not good, (and I hate that it's profit rather than full value), it's better than I'm getting at the moment. 

(28c) Ryan Chance (JAM) went to Scunthorpe on a free, but was then sold to Lincoln for £375,000. 15% would amount to £56,250.

(31a) Liam Watts (FIN) * went to Crawley on a free, but was then sold to UD Almeira in Spain for £425,000. 15% would amount to £63,750.

So on these 2 players we would have made £120,000.

I think this is the way forward and we have to be prepared to lose players more regularly just to ensure a steady cash flow. Does anyone have any thoughts? 

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Now this is what I'm talking about. Jun 2036

Our strongest area of depth is right back. We seem to have loads of them and some of them are among the best players at the club. 

This shows we have 7 specialist right backs at the club and has them ranked by PA, but actually I probably want to look at them in terms of CA too. 

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DR's by CA. 

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The 4 players I want you to look at are as follows.

(34b) Sam Siddons (Pro) * is 1 of the 2 best players at the club and obviously our best right back despite being only 18. 

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(36a) Sani (NGA) (L.Heart) * has just come through the intake at the end of last season and while he is 2nd in terms of right-back PA, and also doesn't have a brilliant personality, I think he looks great. My thinking is that I could squeeze a few games in for him at MR due to the depth we have in this area. 

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(29i) Jordan Barron * has just signed a new 1 year contract and the plan is that I either sell him, or sell 1 of the guys above. I don't really care what I sell him for in terms of cash. I just want a friendly and a sell-on fee. 

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(36d) Rey Thomas (BEL)(F.Det)* is #4, (and there is even a #5 that I won't go into). I'm only including him to really show the depth here. 

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And now we have the reason for this post. 

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I would much prefer it was (29i) Jordan Barron * who they were in for, and I would also prefer that it was 50% rather than 40%, (but I'm going to try and renegotiate that), but other than that this is exactly what we need to do. We need to be proactive and I need to accept that he is going, get the deal done and just use the next best player. 

I've renegotiated to 50% re-sale for both and now I just hope he agrees terms. 

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He's eventually agreed to join League 1 AFC Wimbledon.

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I think I need to be smarter and make better use of the resources available to us, and I also think I need to make more use of players going out on loan who aren't quite ready for senior football. 

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International recognition. Jun 2036

I've just noticed that (30a) James (DMA) * has been capped for England:eek:

He scored 24 league goals in his 1st season in France, but PSG didn't win the title, so he will have to do more next season. PSG are currently managed by Frank Lampard by the way. 37 year old TAA is still playing for ENG and has 176 caps, but his legs are gone and he shouldn't be playing now. 

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Another sale. Aug 2036

(36a) Sani (NGA) (L.Heart) * is another right back which means we have sold our 1st and 2nd choices within a couple of months, but this was exactly the reason I signed (29i) Jordan Barron *, so I could sell them if need be. With both (34b) Sam Siddons (Pro) * and (36a) Sani (NGA) (L.Heart) * gone, (29i) Jordan Barron * will start and (36d) Rey Thomas (BEL)(F.Det)* will provide back-up. I'm still happy with that. 

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Bid for old product of our Academy. Aug 2036.

I really like the look of (31a) Liam Watts (FIN) *, but while he scored at a goal a game for us, he's not been at all prolific since he left. Inter would be a HUGE move for him. 

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Mini update. Nov 2036.

We've been on fire in the league. 8 wins on the bounce to start the season and then didn't lose until the 16th game.

I'm not really surprised that we have scored so many goals, but 2 while 2 clean sheets is sort of expected, conceding 1 goal on 8 occasions is brilliant stuff. 

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It's meant that we are in a very strong position in the league. 

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The money that some of these clubs are spending on wages is astonishing. It's good to see that Needham Market are also defying the odds. 

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Unusual strategy maybe? Nov 2036.

It's something quite simple, but I also think it's something that a lot of FM players don't do, or try to, but relax on when it suits them. It's only playing players who are fit. I don't mean match fit, and I don't mean 100% condition, but I so mean trying to keep starting condition at 95% and always keeping starting condition at 92%. If the starting condition isn't at 92% then the player just DOES NOT START. 

This has benefits in that game, but it also seriously reduces the occurrences of injuries, and this is the big thing, means that the players you leave out perform at an increased level in the following game because they have had that much more time to recover. 

When you have Worldclass players, or even star players at this level like we had last season, then there is an incentive to play them in all games, (or most games at least). As well as making them more fatigued, diluting performances and increasing the chance of injury, (at which time they will need to replaced with someone who hasn't played very much, likely doesn't have great morale and isn't match fit, you are also completely neglecting the other areas of your squad. 

In a save like this I have had to reconsider the really basic stuff like squad selection and here's why. 

Let's look at right back as an example. I decided at the outset that I was expecting/hoping to sell 2 players in that position so it meant that I had to re-sign an extra right back, (to become 3rd choice at that stage), using wage budget that I would really much rather save, but I have to look at the long-term plan and that is absolutely to sell pro-actively sell players for really low fees, (or even no initial fee), to clubs higher up the pyramid, just so long as the deal included a 50% clause and a friendly. How does this work if 1 right back plays all the games? It doesn't does it. We need a steady stream of players, (right backs in this case), who are developing as best they can. We can't throw all our eggs in 1 basket with the likes of (34b) Sam Siddons (Pro) *, (who has already become a regular starter with AFC Wimbledon in League 1), because we have to invest in his replacement (36a) Sani (NGA) (L.Heart) *, because he is the next in line, and then we have (29i) Jordan Barron * and (36d) Rey Thomas (BEL)(F.Det)* who were 3rd and 4th choice but are now 1st and 2nd choice. If I just play 1 of the 1st 2 players then the 2nd player probably doesn't get sold. If I play just 1 of the second 2 players then what happens when (29i) Jordan Barron * gets sold? As luck would have it, (actually it has absolutely nothing to do with luck), (36d) Rey Thomas (BEL)(F.Det)* who was our 4th choice DR at the beginning of the season, has the 4th best average rating in our squad, (7.37 over 6 games), is improving rather nicely and is now on the verge of becoming 1st choice at the age of 17, (he only came through in last season's intake). It goes further than that though. While I think it unlikely that teams will come in for (29i) Jordan Barron *, (don't get me wrong, I would love it if they do), he's 24 now so is unlikely to attract the attention in the same way the younger guys have, they are pretty likely to come in for (36d) Rey Thomas (BEL)(F.Det)*, and I have to anticipate that and have the 5th right back of this season not just ready to go in terms of condition, match fitness * morale, but also make sure that we have been developing him while he's not getting a look-in. The 5th right back is (35d) Luke Butterfield (Spir) and he actually looks decent. I have already trained him to get further forward and dive into tackles, and he arrived with the argues with officials trait which I love for this save. He's 18 now so it's fine to keep him in the U18's squad at the moment where he is assisting like he is a reincarnation of TAA at the moment. When he becomes older though I need to think about what to do with him and where. If we have lost another right back then he will become 2nd choice, but if he's still 3rd choice then I will probably loan him out rather than play him in the U23's, (which I consider a bit of a graveyard). 

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I know this is really boring, but because of the nature of this save I really do need to look as far down as 5th choice in a position. That might be a little extreme when you only play 1 right back at a time, (and I'm not suggesting that we have 10 strikers or centre-backs on the production line at this stage), but especially where you think you have string depth the it's something that you have to do, (apologies, correction), something that I have to do

What I had been too guilty of in previous seasons is playing the star strikers, 1 particular centre-half or 2 particular midfielders too much. I was relying on them and when they became fatigued we really struggled as a team. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely a balancing act and the 1 league game we have lost this season was completely my fault. My starting strikers are on fire and have scored 17 goals each at a rate of better than a goal per game. I rested them both for the game we lost and played our 3rd choice striker and an U23 player who is ok but really not on the same level as the other 3 in terms of potential. 

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Because of the way I play, I delegate an awful lot and use an IR button so don't even play the matches, the 1 area that I can't afford to fall down on is squad selection. It's vital. Huge! If I get that wrong we are completely screwed. When I get really lazy and a bit too blase I even sometimes get the Ass Man to pick a match squad, (but still check it and often change the subs, only very very rarely letting him actually select a full match squad. This is such a basic part of the game. It's more basic than even tactics or formations, but i also think it's something that a lot of us sometimes don't pay close enough attention to. 

My plan here is to have a much deeper production, line than we have now, utilising all 3 squads and increasingly the out-going loan market. It will obviously be much easier when we have competitive games at U18 and U23 level, but I'm not sure if that comes at Conference National or League 2 level. 

We've already used 29 players this season, (and only 1 of them is a GK), and on that note, GK is probably the 1 position I don't rotate at all. There is no Cup GK or rotation GK. There is just the 1st choice GK and then there is everyone else. It really is the exception to the rule. 

Apologies for the long post. 

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Deals for sell-on clauses. Nov 2036

Something that I have spent a bit of time on in other threads is my DoF doing deals for clubs we have sold to offering to buy us out of any sell-on clauses. There isn't always a deal on the table for every clause that exists, and it is often renegotiated over time.

We have 8 clauses for 4 players owed to us at this time.

The DoF has done a deal for clauses for 2 of these players and that's why they have a "£" on the right hand side.

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(33b) Dean Cooke (Pro) * has a 50% sell-on clause and our board have negotiated with the Working board so that if we were to relinquish our claim on this future fee, they would be willing to pay is £122,000 cash immediately. That's a LOT of money for a Conference North side. 

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Before we agree to sell the clause, we have to look at the player and decide if it's a good idea, or if possibly this player might make us more money in the future when and if he is sold. 

  • He's 20 years old so you would expect him to still be improving (and his value rising). :thup:
  • He's a regular starter. :thup:
  • He's got 2.5 years left on his contract. :thup:
  • He's playing in League 2. :thup:
  • Woking are 17th in League 2. :thdn:
  • He's not wanted by anyone else. :thdn:
  • It's hard to judge his potential because his CA is already 5.0 so of course his PA is 5.0 but the report says that he could play in League 1, (which might encourage a sale). :thup:

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I think that while £122,000 is a lot of money for us, it's just going to be swallowed up by the overdraft anyway and I think it likely that we will get a bigger fee by either renegotiating this deal at a later date or by waiting until he actually moves again. I think that while the money is good, we shouldn't cash in now. I think we will be able to get more out of it. 

(33d) Jim Hanna (NIR) (F.Pro) * is a player who was stolen while on a Youth Contract so we get the standard 15% profit clause which is pretty rubbish if you ask me. The Boston Utd board are only willing to pay us £16,430 to relinquish this deal, (so it hardly seems worth it), but let's have a look anyway.

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  • He's 20 so is still developing. :thup:
  • He features regularly, even if it's often from the bench. :thup:
  • He's got about 18 months left on his contract. :thup:
  • He's playing in the Conference National. 
  • Boston are 21st in the league. :thdn:
  • He's not wanted by anyone else. :thdn:
  • It's hard to judge his potential but he has 4.5 CA and 5.0 PA and the scout thinks that he could play at a higher level than he currently is. :thup:
  • The scout suggests that Boston would sell him for between £140k and £375k. If he went for £140k, that would generate £125k profit for Boston so we would be entitled to £18,750. :thup:(which is more than we are currently being offered). If on the other hand he goes for £375,000, then that would generate £360k profit for Boston so we would be entitled to £54,000. :thup:

This is a rubbish deal and there is no way we are accepting. :herman:

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He's scored against his old club! Nov 2036

I'm pretty sure that (26a) McDonald has just become the 1st Academy product to score against us in a competitive game. 

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After we scored goals in the 70th, 71st & 78th minutes to make it 4-2 I thought we had won, and when we scored in the 88th min to make it 5-3 I was sure we had won.

But they came back to score in the 89th and 95th minutes to grab a point. 

That we also missed a penalty is pretty galling. 

(26a) McDonald has gone on to have a decent career after leaving us. I think his level is Conference North/South rather than Conference national, but he certainly scores goals at this level. 

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Youth Intake preview. Dec 2036

I was really looking for a centre-back and a centre-mid, so a SC, and an AMC isn't great, but as long as they are decent I won't complain. 

@deez0rwill again be jealous that it's another Golden Generation, but from what I've seen he's producing better players. They just don't look as good because the squad they are being compared against is of a better quality. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it). 

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