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Leeds United: Where we Belong

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    Leeds United: Where we Belong

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    Located right in the center of England; the administrative hub of Yorkshire and the Humber,
    lies the third largest city in the United Kingdom. Home to one of Europe's most historic clubs.

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    There is not a single Leeds fan who dose not know the name 'Don Revie',
    and for good reason. He made the club what it is; what it's remembered for!

    Two Football League First Division titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup, two
    Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, one Football League Second Division title and one Charity
    Shield.... 8 trophies in 13 years. He built a dynasty.



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    Leeds United are a sleeping Giant of English Football. A team with Premier
    League History, the fan-base and facilities. A 40,000 seater stadium: the 12th
    largest in the country. There is a missing ingredient here. Something needed
    to tip them over the edge and bring them forward to be the footballing
    Goliath they were always meant to be.... that thing is me!


    Welcome to Leeds United: Where we belong.


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  2. Keen to follow this!

  3. Brendn's Avatar Brendn
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    This will be my last story before FM16. Fancied something new and it's been a few years since I've had a Leeds save. I'll try get to this as often as I can but I'm fairly swamped at home so there may be 2-3 days between updates. Either or, I hope ye enjoy this save.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by Brendn View Post
    Something needed
    to tip them over the edge and bring them forward to be the footballing
    Goliath they were always meant to be.... that thing is me!
    Confident much Brendn?

  5. Leeds United stories always catch my eye...Good luck with this. I'll be following.

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    Massimo Cellino
    Owner of Leeds United


    Massimo Cellino:
    "Good day friend. So tell me... Why should I hire you?"
    John McDermot:
    "Because I'm stupid enough to work for you...."


    That pretty much was how the Interview went. That crazy Italian bastard. I'm just hoping
    to Christ that I don't have to deal with him too often... Though let's be realistic, he
    owns the club, of course I'm going to have to deal with him!

    The state of afairs at the club as current are quite woeful... the backroom staff for example
    is severely lacking. Not of quality; literally lacking.

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    The Squad is what you'd expect of a championship side. Decent but I probably wouldn't
    buy them had they not already been here. Leeds dose however have a decent Youth
    setup so I'll be looking to make the most out of the academe: Be it 1st team potential
    or sales to finance transfers.



    In my opinion, what's held Leeds back is their obsession with returning to the top flight...
    In their current condition, we'd be 10,000/1 odds to stay up, and I've no interest in
    subjecting myself to a season like that. No, my plan is to consolidate in the Championship
    and mount a Promotion challenge in year 3.

    Though the main aim, is to buy back Elland Road! Then we can really push on

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  7. Brendn's Avatar Brendn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lippo255 View Post
    Confident much Brendn?
    No-one bats and eye when Murinho said it! I'm beginning to see a double stand here

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    Quote Originally Posted by mask0991 View Post
    Leeds United stories always catch my eye...Good luck with this. I'll be following.
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    Keen to follow this!
    Cheers friends. That's for the interest
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  9. Looks good Brendn - will be following. Last story before 16 though, aren't we a good 6 months off FM16?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeti01 View Post
    Looks good Brendn - will be following. Last story before 16 though, aren't we a good 6 months off FM16?
    My Liverpool Story started the second week of Beta and that one ran until mid-Feburary.... If this save gets off the ground, it'll be a long one

  11. Don't worry Cellino will have a court case every other day so don't worry about seeing him often! Good luck with Leeds, they're an annoying team to manage on FM. Just want to note if you score with Antenucci it's Mirco Antenucci (FM spelt his name wrong) I know it's no big deal haha.

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    It's a pretty solid squad with good depth but a shocking lack of wingers. Playing the ball wide
    is not a viable option with this team which surprised me since half the team is 6'+

    Still, I've devised a '4-3-1-2 Narrow' system to work on over pre-season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeedsUnitedAndProud View Post
    Don't worry Cellino will have a court case every other day so don't worry about seeing him often! Good luck with Leeds, they're an annoying team to manage on FM. Just want to note if you score with Antenucci it's Mirco Antenucci (FM spelt his name wrong) I know it's no big deal haha.
    Haha, I think his name was corrected in one of the .xml files I downloaded (real comp' names and nicknames, ect ).
    Leeds used to be a lot of fun back in FM10/11 with Beckford and becchio Pace and power; always a good combination. I'm not aiming for promotion off the bat. I want to spend a year or two building a core squad and strengthening the spine of the team since I feel we'd be destroyed in the Premier League if we went up this season.

  14. This story seems interesting...
    Will follow this ! Good fortune !
    What a crazy reply

  15. Quote Originally Posted by Brendn View Post
    Haha, I think his name was corrected in one of the .xml files I downloaded (real comp' names and nicknames, ect ).
    Leeds used to be a lot of fun back in FM10/11 with Beckford and becchio Pace and power; always a good combination. I'm not aiming for promotion off the bat. I want to spend a year or two building a core squad and strengthening the spine of the team since I feel we'd be destroyed in the Premier League if we went up this season.
    What you said there summed up one of my saves with them on this FM, I finished second after a very strong second half of the season and got battered in the prem, just scraping past the 11 point Derby record.

    A lot of players have potential rather than already having the current ability like other Championship clubs do.

    SI have been very generous towards Bellusci and have given him some pretty good stats and makes him a good player to have in defence (unlike real life)

    Obviously as a Leeds fan, I could talk about every player in position and who I think is better than others, but I need to bite my tongue.. take a back seat and enjoy the story

  16. Oh, for the good ol' days of 'arry & Dukes!

    This story is bringing out my nostalgic side....
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    The 5 year plan:



    2014/15 Season: Year 1
    • Maintain our status as a mid-table Championship Club.
    • Evaluate the Key players and identify youth players ready to come into the senior set up.
    • Identify long term transfer targets for positions we do not have players, or youth available for.

    2015/16 Season: Year 2
    • Push for a top half finish 10th-7th position.
    • Try to sign Key transfers
    • Sell players who are not part of the long term future of the club
    • Move towards a more disciplined squad with higher determination.

    2016/17 Season: Year 3
    • Mount a promotion charge.
    • Develop a fail plan in-case we miss out on promotion.
    • Start plans to upgrade training and youth facilities.

    2017/18 Season: Year 4

    • Using the Premier League T.V. money, buy back Elland Road.
    • Survive Relegation from the premier League
    • Be prepared to sell 1-2 key players in Janurary to fund our survival.

    2018/19 Season: Year 5
    • Once again, avoid relegation.
    • Sign Premier League standard players from the relegated teams to replace the players I'll loose to the bigger cubs.
    • To to maintain a core squad of 8-10 players who the team will be built around.




    Long term transfer Targets.

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    I see Marco Silvestri more as a top end Championship Goalkeeper. I don't see him staying with us long after we get into the Premiership. The long term replacement I have in mind is Norwich City U21's Goalkeeper Declan Rudd.

    A very solid a capable goalkeeper, Rudd is only being kept out of the first team by a 27 year old John Ruddy (Who I think is one of the best keepers IRL). With Marc Bunn firmly established as their no.2 I have a real chance of being able to lure him away on a loan deal; with option to buy, next year if Norwich get promoted.

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    I was quite happy with how our pre-season went. There are goals in this team,
    that much is for certain. Though we've a lot of work to do at the back as we
    can't rely on out-scoring the opponent every week. Tightening up that defense
    is a major priority.

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    The stand out performer during pre season as definitely Billy Sharp. 7 goals and
    4 assist gives me huge hope for this season as he could be a creative force up
    front. Antenucci did well for himself, netting 4 goals and 4 assists while Casper Sloth,
    when played in that ACM role, he links up so well with the front men, as shown by
    his 5 assists. Going forward, I can no fears for this team at all.


    I'm genuinely torn between who do I start in Goal. Both Taylor and Silvestri had similar
    per-seasons. Both conceded goals but both made vital saves. I think I'll rotate between
    them for the first half of the season and see who takes the challenge!

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    First half of the 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship Season.

  20. Always admired Billy Sharp in real life, he's a brilliant player

  21. Good luck mate. I like the five year plan - not too ambitious and very much possible.

  22. Quote Originally Posted by xJamieWilliams View Post
    Always admired Billy Sharp in real life, he's a brilliant player
    Can be yes, also a moaning brat when he's not playing haha

  23. Also good start, if you manage to sort the defence you should look into applying for the actual job

  24. Good so far mate! Lewis Cook/Alex mowatt can turn into future England players with game time

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    Quote Originally Posted by mask0991 View Post
    Good luck mate. I like the five year plan - not too ambitious and very much possible.
    Cheers mate. I find what happens to people is they overachieve int eh first season and then freak out at the game when the second season gives them more 'realistic results'. I'm trying to avoid second season syndrome by not having an overachieving first season. I want to slowly build this squad without the pressure of a relegation scrap.

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    Also good start, if you manage to sort the defence you should look into applying for the actual job
    Haha, time will tell. The defense is pretty much brand new. Everyone is settling into the club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrylFMgenius View Post
    Good so far mate! Lewis Cook/Alex mowatt can turn into future England players with game time
    Aye. I'm spoiled for choice with a lot of the young players at Leeds. All have the potential to be decent Premier League players so I need to focus on getting them there.

  27. Good luck with this mate although as long as you dont beat Brighton then we are cool

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    Of the 24 players in the first team squad. 15 are new signings.
    3 players are only in their 2nd year at the club leaving only 6
    regular players.

    62.5% are new signings
    12.5% are into their second year
    25% are well established at the club


    Staying up is going to be a tough ask indeed. This squad
    is going to have no tactical fluidity at all and their awareness
    is going to be utter shit. Only time will tell but staying up is
    our no.1 priority.



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  29. That is an extraordinary turnover of players!

  30. Quote Originally Posted by PatrickLFC View Post
    That is an extraordinary turnover of players!
    Aye in real life most are utter dross

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    Great to start the season with a win. A clean sheet
    is always a lovely addition since they are going to be
    far and few between this season.



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    Taylor gave a good show of himself in goal
    and Sharp opened his Leeds account with 2.




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    Beaten at the death! We were so damn close
    taking a point from this game having done well
    to come back from 1-0 down.



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    Another case of bad defending and we
    conceded. Couldn't find a way back into
    the game and we left with 0 points.




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    But... But we scored 3




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    An absolute demolition. We held our own
    in the first half but they turned the screw in
    the second half ad that was the tell!




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    Once again, a close fought game but again
    we were on the wrong end of the scoreboard.




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    All in all, not a bad month. We lost to the teams ranked 1st, 3rd and 7th,
    while beating the team above us ranked 20th. This tells me that we're not ready
    to go up but we're not bad enough to go down. There are plenty more points
    to be fought for before the end of the season.

  32. You sure that's not a bad month? You'll recover from it though!

  33. Not a great start but happy that Super Baldock got the winner for Brighton! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by xJamieWilliams View Post
    You sure that's not a bad month? You'll recover from it though!
    Results are fickle, they never tell you the true story. Given the teams we had to play, our goal difference is quite healthy.

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    Not a great start but happy that Super Baldock got the winner for Brighton! lol
    Haha, You and your Brighton One of these days I'll start a story about them just for you

  35. Not the best start, hopefully results will improve. Always been a fan of Leeds, hope you can take them right back to the top!

  36. Brendn's Avatar Brendn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmzeh View Post
    Not the best start, hopefully results will improve. Always been a fan of Leeds, hope you can take them right back to the top!
    Aye, that;s the plan I'm a closet Leeds fan myself

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    I'm after loosing this save. Quite gutted as I was enjoying it
    I'm in the middle of moving house and my Laptop fell down a flight of stairs. I'm shocked the thing still works but the HHD didn't survive the fall so I had to wipe the system (As if I needed more motivation to invest in a SSD!)

  38. Which means what story will be next?

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