I've done some searching and rooting through forums for an answer and have yet to see a satisfactory one unfortunately, so I'll detail the situation and hopefully someone in the know can post an answer.
Playing with Brighton and Hove Albion, I am onto the 2018-19 season and have been winning constantly to the point that the club are ranked third in the world for reputation and obviously has a worldwide reputation. The club has relatively good finances; at each time of requesting a feeder club I always have a healthy amount in the bank balance so there are funds to secure a link.
Every half a year roughly whenever the option to look for a feeder club becomes available I have requested that the board search for one to improve our profile in another country, so looking for a financial benefit link. Most of the time but not all of the time they have challenged the request stating they don't see the benefit, however upon my pressing they agree and begin the search. I haven't been asked to search for one, though from my experiences in FM12 and reading other people's experiences it wouldn't be worth my time trying to pick a team anyway since its winning the lottery odds it'll be accepted.
Without fail, every time the board returns their feedback on prospective links they turn up empty, never a single club for me to choose from.
The club has no links with any other clubs at all, and really all I need for the moment are links for financial reasons so I have yet to attempt any other kinds. It is however getting frustrating that they fail to manage to find any team in the entire world which will suit the request.
I have checked the FM13editor to see the chairman's stats on the off chance it is his/her stats which affect how well the board manage their duties. He has a business rating of 18 so runs the club incredibly well as a business, and resources of 14 so has a decent amount of financial clout. The other two ratings are set to 0 so I assume random upon starting a game, but shouldn't be stats which affect whether or not the board find clubs to link with.
If the chairman's stats are not important, don't post that they don't matter, the information is only there on the off chance they do.
What I want to know is anything about how I can in my current game influence a successful linkup with a club which will suit my wishes, as it feels pretty pathetic requesting constantly to no avail. Is ultimately the only way I'll get my linkup if there is a board takeover to one which is more able or more willing to generate these links? Or am I doomed to never get the desired links?