A_Sober_Paddy Registered User
#181

I started a game with Canvey Island earlier this, its going ok but it is really tough as my squad is useless

But have done a good chunk of my first season and if I keep going the way I'm going looks like I'll avoid the drop

...May even blog about it, seen a user earlier in the thread who blogs about his game, may steal his layout

James__10 Registered User
#182

A_Sober_Paddy said:
I started a game with Canvey Island earlier this, its going ok but it is really tough as my squad is useless

But have done a good chunk of my first season and if I keep going the way I'm going looks like I'll avoid the drop

...May even blog about it, seen a user earlier in the thread who blogs about his game, may steal his layout


Your first port of call should be to sign Paul Dunphy from Dublin Bus he'll bang in the goals and non-league level. Paul Smyth (free agent ) Martin Camano (free agent ) and if you can afford him Pablo Couango.

A_Sober_Paddy Registered User
#183

James__10 said:
Your first port of call should be to sign Paul Dunphy from Dublin Bus he'll bang in the goals and non-league level. Paul Smyth (free agent ) Martin Camano (free agent ) and if you can afford him Pablo Couango.


Cheers mate, but my first seaosn in charge is 2012/13(the season season in game), as Canvey Island are in the league below the Blue Square South I had to wait for them to get promoted, so I'm assuming all those players are gone now, also I'm on the updated database from after the January window so again the free agents would prob be gone

Equium Registered User
#184

antomorro-sei said:
Crazy. My dislike to French teams in this game started when the first time I got the CL Semi Final, they scored 2 goals after the 85th minute to go through to the Final on away goals. Sick I was.


I've managed Pro Vercelli in Italy from July 2010 until eh, March 22nd 2026 is the present date. Won Serie C2 straight away. Then got promoted in the Playoffs the next season from C1 to B. One season of medicroty in Serie B but then in the second year there, I made a mistake in only having one winger at the starts of the 2013/14 season, so I decided to play a 4312, which smashed the division finishing on 101pts. Finished 14th in A the next season, but mainly because the 3 that got relegated were terrible and I took 18pts off them three over the year. But it took me like another 7 seasons in Serie A before winning anything, which was the 2021 Serie A. I did lose the 19/20 season by one point on the last day, which was poxy! I won the Coppa Italia in 2020 and have won it 3 other times since.

So, 4 Serie A's, 4 Coppa Italia's, 4 Italian Super Cups, 2 UEFA Champions Leagues, 1 European Super Cup and 2 World Club Championship. As well as the Serie C2, Serie C2 Super Cup and Serie B.

Then managed Republic of Ireland from 2020 and resigned after the 2022 World Cup because I didn't like the job. WC Group was so easy, yet I made a meal of it, finishing 2nd to Congo in a group with Honduras and Qatar. Got Mexico in the Second Round, winning on penos. Drew 0-0 with Italy in the 1/4s, again winning on penos. Strangely, Austria knocked out Spain so I got them in the 1/2 Final. No goals in the 90, but scored twice in extra time to get to the final, which I lost 2-0 to Argentina. So, 1 win in 90 minutes with Ireland and I "drew" my way to the final. Resigned after though.

Took charge of Spain in July 2024 as they sacked their manager for only getting to the Second Round of the 2024 Euros. The squad is class though and I won every game in my Qual. Group bar one, drawing with Hungary in the final game.


So yeah, that's who I've managed. If I win the World Cup I reckon I'll "retire" from this game and move onto FM12


Fair play! Do you not get bored or disinterested with the game after bringing your small club through the divisions to win the CL though? I think the longest save that I've ever had was with Havant and Waterlooville, a seven year journey which ended when I won the Premier League. Normally I wait until winning the CL before giving up as there is nothing left to achieve, but in this case I just couldn't go any further... Leaving the club for a new one is something that I've never done either. I couldn't stand to see my old side fall apart!

Maybe I'd find it more interesting if they increased the difficulty. Since maybe the 2008 version I think that it has become far too easy to win leagues, even with relative minnows. My current plan to make things more difficult is to develop an all-homegrown team to take the world. Unfortunately, the temptation to sign each new batch of African superstars is too great!

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antomorro-sei Registered User
#185

Equium said:
Fair play! Do you not get bored or disinterested with the game after bringing your small club through the divisions to win the CL though? I think the longest save that I've ever had was with Havant and Waterlooville, a seven year journey which ended when I won the Premier League. Normally I wait until winning the CL before giving up as there is nothing left to achieve, but in this case I just couldn't go any further... Leaving the club for a new one is something that I've never done either. I couldn't stand to see my old side fall apart!

Maybe I'd find it more interesting if they increased the difficulty. Since maybe the 2008 version I think that it has become far too easy to win leagues, even with relative minnows. My current plan to make things more difficult is to develop an all-homegrown team to take the world. Unfortunately, the temptation to sign each new batch of African superstars is too great!


Well, I really just wanted to win Pro Vercelli their tenth Scudetto as they had 7 previously. And I dunno, I've gone long periods without playing the game but I just keep going back to it. It's not easy though, I've never ran away with the league and I don't dominate. AC, Inter and Sampadoria are ridiculously strong in the game so we're always the top 4.

But yeah, there's always some African or South American superstar that you always have to sign. The temptations too much! Altho in Italy, you can only sign one non-eu player per season so I guess that makes it a bit more difficult!

And yeah, twice I thought about leaving the club. Once when Real Madrid offered, and then the second time was when St Patrick's Atheltic got relegated to Div 1 in Ireland and they sacked their manager, although that would have been pretty unrealistic!!

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retalivity Registered User
#186

Equium said:
Leaving the club for a new one is something that I've never done either. I couldn't stand to see my old side fall apart!


This.

Its why ive gone 20-30 seasons with the same club in older fm's

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A_Sober_Paddy Registered User
#187

Finished my first season with Canvey Island...

Blog of my first season is here: http://asoberpaddy.blogspot.com/2012/05/can-ve-avoid-relegation.html

P.S yes I did shamelessly copy the layout of my blog from someone else on this thread

gnfnrhead Registered User
#188

Started unemployed with every single league loaded. Got a job offer straight away so I accepted it. Perseba in the third tier of Indonesia.

Semi-Pro status and a media prediction of 10th (out of 12).
Basic training facilities and no youth system along with minimal scouting. Essentially the bare minimum. Wage budget of only £2,000 pw and no transfer budget. Finances are insecure.

Had a horrible pre-season. Drew one, won two and lost eight, including one against my under 21's who are all greyed out.

Six games played in the league (16 to go) and my record stands at:
Pld: 6 Won: 1 Drew: 0 Lost: 5 GS: 7 GC: 23 Pts: 3

I'm 11th with my only victory coming against the side in 12th place. I like a challenge but I'm already over my wage budget and don't have the option to loan players. Nobody wants to buy any of my players either. On top of that, I'm not allowed sign players who aren't Indonesian!

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retalivity Registered User
#189

ah if only kurniawan was still around.
does anyone remember him? Think it was from cm 01/02

gnfnrhead Registered User
#190

gnfnrhead said:
Started unemployed with every single league loaded. Got a job offer straight away so I accepted it. Perseba in the third tier of Indonesia.

Semi-Pro status and a media prediction of 10th (out of 12).
Basic training facilities and no youth system along with minimal scouting. Essentially the bare minimum. Wage budget of only £2,000 pw and no transfer budget. Finances are insecure.

Had a horrible pre-season. Drew one, won two and lost eight, including one against my under 21's who are all greyed out.

Six games played in the league (16 to go) and my record stands at:
Pld: 6 Won: 1 Drew: 0 Lost: 5 GS: 7 GC: 23 Pts: 3

I'm 11th with my only victory coming against the side in 12th place. I like a challenge but I'm already over my wage budget and don't have the option to loan players. Nobody wants to buy any of my players either. On top of that, I'm not allowed sign players who aren't Indonesian!


I've had enough and am resigning. The team is just too bad.

Pld:12 Won:1 Drew:1 Lost:10 GS:10 GC:36 Pts:4

Now dead last seven points away from safety but with a crap goal difference so essentially eight points. Even four points behind 11th place now.

I tried to continue with my tried and trusted 4-2-4 tactic but it wasn't working. The final straw was a 1-5 thumping in the cup against a mid table team in the same division. Yes, five goals conceded at home. Changed to a super defensive 1-4-2-2-1 formation and got a 1-1 draw in the league then a 1-1 draw in the second leg of the cup. Maybe there was hope? Nope! Lost 1-3 the next time out and every game since. Because its so defensive I'm conceding less, but also getting less shots on goal meaning less goals too.

First failure

Had a hard time in Russia before with getting relegated but I only joined that club half way through the season. Two or three more games and I'd have kept them up so I don't count that as a failure considering how bad a shape they were in when I joined.

Off on holidays now until I get another job offer.

Resigned on December 31st 2011. Wonder how long I'll be sitting at home now. At least I got to learn Indonesian

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gnfnrhead Registered User
#191

February 12th 2012

A little over a month of holidays and I've packed my bags to move from Indonesia to Columbia. Had three job offers during that time but wasn't interested in any of them since they were all in the Irish First Division which I did only recently. Wanted something different so I waited. 

Now in charge of Escuela Carlos Sarmiento Lora in the Columbian Second Division. Not sure what happened the previous manager as preseason is finished and one game has been played. A 1-1 draw so hopefully that means the media prediction of 18th (out of 18) is wrong.

No staff this time but decent facilities. Basic for Youth Recruitment, Average for Training and Junior Coaching while the Youth Facilities are rated as good. A transfer budget of nearly £10,000 with a wage budget of nearly £6,000 not yet used up.

Average squad age of 22 and currently 7 players injured. Six of them due back within two weeks, the other about three months. Allowed a maximum of four foreign players, currently have one so I've put in a few loan offers. Need them to hit the ground running as I don't have a preseason to work with.

The Volt Registered User
#192

Voltwad said:
Having a wonderful time with Yeovil. Promoted to the Championship after one season, via the playoffs and finished a respectable 14th in our first season there. Got £2m to spend and used it mostly on wages but we're in with a real chance of promotion. Scoring for fun too. Just trounced Millwall 8-1 too. Have won at Stamford Bridge two seasons running in the cup and lost to Liverpool on pens in the League Cup.

I've completely overhauled the first team, mostly with free transfers. Reliable Championship standard names are there like Hayden Mullins, Iain Turner, Clint Hill and Neil Mellor but a couple of gems that I picked up for nothing are worth special mentions - Simen Wangberd on a free from Gent, Curtis Nelson on a free from Plymouth, Antony Golec who I paid 3k for from an A-League team and Ole Kristian Selnæs on a free from Rosenberg.

Yeovil are quite a small club and being promoted so soon may turn out to be a tough experience. Huish Park only holds 9.5k at the moment but I'm hoping to build a dynasty

I play a 4-1-2-3, fluid and attacking most of the time. It took the players a while to get used to but we score in pretty much every game, giving the wingbacks the duty of getting high up the pitch while having a DM, a BBM and a supporting CM. Up front it's a TM and two DLFs either side.

Loving this


Missed out via the playoffs that season but just beat Hull in the 2015 Playoff final. I've been given 15m to spend for the Premier League and Huish Park will be extended to 12,000

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retalivity Registered User
#193

after winning the irish premier division for the 2nd year in a row (4th overall), and beating Inter Milan 3-2 at Finn Park in the champions league group stage, I decided it was time to leave.
Applied for the spurs job but they apopinted poyet instead. Aimed my sights a bit lower, and the swansea job came up (recently relegated to the championship, mid table). However, they were unable to afford the compensation to get me out of my finn harps contract and went with someone else - i stupidly signed a 4 year contract at the start of the season. In the end i resigned at the end of december, freeing myself up for a job & a transfer window.
Rangers kept fluttering their eyes at me, telling me mccoist was one game from the sack for a month, but nothing happened. Finally, I got offered a job at brighton in feb (L1, bottom half), who wanted me to turn around their fortunes after being relegated last year. the team has some good players, but also some real rubbish on massive wages. Brought in a young dm released form juventus who has gone straight in as a DLP in my 4-1-2-2-1, and results have been ok so far (won my first match 5-0 at home ).
I missed the transfer window, so aiming for a top 10 finish (outside chance at the playoffs, but highly unlikely), and letting most people leave on frees in the summer.
Raided my former club for my brazilian inside forward Charles, who was averaging 7.40+ for my last 2 seasons. Only costing me 50k!
Looking at my old club, they replaced me with Gary Waddock, and he immediately sold my key MC/AM(R) to St Pats for 9k (Hes only 26, was worth 240k), and my top goalscorer to Shamrock Rovers for 2 million. eplaced him with some reject from aberdeen reserves for 300k. Will be keeping a close eye on them (with a tinge of sadness) but all the while ready to pick off some of the players if they become available.

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Mars Bar I belong here. As do you.
#194

I've started a new game.

Started unemployed and got offered the Hereford, Galway United and Hansa Rostock (German Second Division).

I've taken the Hansa job as I have some cash and a huge squad to work with. I'm gonna need to loan out a lot of promising youngsters and I also want to take down the wage costs too.

The club also starts paying back a €9m loan this month. Works out at just under €300,000 a month.

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MrKingsley Registered User
#195

Coming to the end of my second season with dortmund. Won the bundesliga in the first season (thanks to a previously rampant Bayern losing to Hannover on the last day). But performed horribly in Europe. Drew 4 and lost 2 of my CL games and didnt make the Europa.

Didnt make any major signings in the first year because theyd previously agreed to buy Marco Rues from gladbach at the end of the first year for 17Mil .

Was more active in the transfer market the secound summer. Brought in Mikel, caulker and adler for a combined 11 mil plus a young GK and RB regen for 2 million a piece. Also balotelli and wilshere came in on loan.

The problems then came with trying to cut my wage bill. Im currently spending 900,000 a week on wages but about 150 of that is made up of players who I just cant shift.

Back to the football though and im 9 points behind Bayern in March and on my way out of the CL after losing to Arsenal in the 1st leg 7-2 (turns out my regen GK may well be a pile of muck!!!)

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