I've been having a rather long email discussion with Hammer1000 regarding the problems he perceives with FM09. Ultimately, it seems to come down to issues with randomness of performance on a season by season basis, which he argued meant the game was unplayable. In reply, I suggested that his method of playing ensured randomness and actually illustrated how robust the ME and AI actually were. The following is a rough summary of our debate.
I started a game with West Ham and us