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  1. Quote Originally Posted by FMAdicct View Post
    Nice story mate,but why you don't use LOGO for teams?
    Cheers mate. Tbh it's just not something I have ever bothered doing. I am gonna sit and download club logos and face packs now though

  2. Been away with work for couple of days so only just caught up now! was delighted to read you beat Everton, how they must regret over looking you now! Even better to see the Wally sacked!

    I know what you mean about playing Newcastle, that's why I always manage them. But hey ho, you're doing well and proving the preseason stats/prediction wrong so far. KIU

  3. Really enjoying this so far, hopefully you can find consistency now and keep it going. What are Gollinis attributes like before you sold him? Can't afford fm17 but found a updated database for this season and know he starts with a ton of potential to start. Also woodman and Augustinsson are superb signings, always go to signings when I'm managing in prem

  4. Quote Originally Posted by neavie pops23 View Post
    Been away with work for couple of days so only just caught up now! was delighted to read you beat Everton, how they must regret over looking you now! Even better to see the Wally sacked!

    I know what you mean about playing Newcastle, that's why I always manage them. But hey ho, you're doing well and proving the preseason stats/prediction wrong so far. KIU
    I was very happy we won the first battle over our new rival, the war has only just begun though. Yeah I always feel like I have betrayed the Toon when I beat them, we have them in the next round of the FA Cup as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by FMSaddler96 View Post
    Really enjoying this so far, hopefully you can find consistency now and keep it going. What are Gollinis attributes like before you sold him? Can't afford fm17 but found a updated database for this season and know he starts with a ton of potential to start. Also woodman and Augustinsson are superb signings, always go to signings when I'm managing in prem
    Cheers mate, glad you are enjoying it. Consistency has been an issue for us so far, once again our home for is much better than away. Gollini actually had very good attributes, probably better than Perin and Scuffet, I will try and post a screenie if I remember when I get home. Woodman is a terrific back up for now, hopefully he develops. Augustinsson is a really well rounded left back, although he is finding it difficult to dislodge Wendell at the moment.

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    December



    December is notoriously the most difficult month of the English football calendar, fixtures come thick and fast and most clubs are just waiting for the January transfer window to open so much needed improvements can be made.

    Despite a few niggling injuries and some inconsistent form, I was still relatively happy with the squad in general. The harmony is right at the moment and for the most part everyone seems happy with my management style, I think I have a group of lads who are happy to be ruled with an iron fist.


    Results

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    I feel like we let ourselves down at home to Bournemouth, but it would only be fair if I took the blame. With the likes of Evander and Griffiths out, it meant we had to rely on Akpom and the so far disappointing Patrick Lucas up front, I decided on giving Lucas another start and he was for the most part very poor. Were it not for the individual brilliance of Andre Green, first giving us the lead and then equalising late on.

    Next was West Ham at the London Stadium and this was yet another away-day game we didn’t deserve to lose. We have made Villa Park something of a fortress, but away from home we lack any clinical edge. A few key players were still out but that was no excuse, we kept the ball well but getting the best out of Aky and Lucas is proving difficult and with Grealish being out of form, it means we are relying more and more on Andre Green. Whilst I do not want to replace Griffiths, a new forward may be needed for competition.

    Well I was not expecting the result against Man Utd. I opted to start with Aky as a lone forward, but I adapted our set up to utilise his pace and I have to say it was a bit of tactical genius, not something I am famous for. They could not deal with the sheer power and speed of our play, with both Akpom and Green ripping them apart with devastating effect. This will definitely go down as my best win to date and a very proud moment.

    Back down to earth with another away loss, at least this time it was to a very good Tottenham side. There were still plenty of positives on display, Aky was superb again and Griffiths made an appearance, albeit for the last 15 mins. We could have had more from this game but such is our away form at the moment it just wasn’t to be.

    A win against Sunderland was the perfect way to spend Boxing day for me. The game was settled by a superb Chuba Akpom goal, he has now scored in three consecutive games, 5 goals in total. Despite the low score line and the Mackems poor recent history, this result wasn’t as bad as it appears. Sunderland have been performing above expectations this season and as such will be going into the new year occupying a mid-table position for the first time in several years. Our defence was tight and despite the stats, there was only ever going to be one winner here.

    There isn’t much I can say about our trip to Anfield, Liverpool were a class apart and it showed. With Evander and Griffiths now back in the starting line-up after a few cameo appearances, I was hoping our attack would have strengthened, as it turned out both were very poor. We never really looked like threatening and Sirigu had to pull off a string of world class saves to keep the score line to just three.

    Our fans were treated to a New Year’s Day derby game against West Brom. We started the far more lively and given his great form in December I decided to give Aky another chance, he didn’t let me down grabbing another early goal. From then on we kept banging on the door but we just couldn’t break down a resilient Baggies defence. My rage was clear for all to see when we conceded a last minute equaliser through some sloppy defending of a set piece routine. This game was the perfect example of the importance of taking your chances when you are on time.


    League Table

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    We have to be pretty happy with where we are going into January, especially when you look at the teams currently sitting above us.



    Awards

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    January Results

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    Another tie against my beloved Newcastle, this time it was a 3rd round FA Cup tie. Despite my love for the club, I really didn’t want to see us exit the competition early. We started off poorly and went into the halftime break 2-0 down and with only one shot on target. A ‘stern’ team talk in the dressing room and the team come out fired up with all guns blazing. Antonio hasn’t featured much at all for me this season but he was in sensational form, grabbing a brace and setting Akpom up for the winner in the last 10 mins. A superb performance in the second half, just a shame I had to stick a rocket up their arse to get a reaction.

    Southampton were struggling in the league but I was just happy to get a point and a clean sheet away from home. To be fair the Saints shouldn’t be down in the relegation places but something is clearly wrong for them this season. We were impotent up top, particularly Leigh Griffiths, who has struggled for form since coming back from injury.

    Before the game at Crystal Palace I spoke with Griffiths about his recent form, I felt as if he took what I had said on board and he would improve. Clearly our talk had no effect, his first half performance was abysmal, to the point where we were 2-0 down at half time again and I had to bring him off. Luckily for us we have Chuba Akpom at our disposal, who again was in sensational goal scoring form getting both goals to bring us level and salvage a point. I now have to question Leigh’s place in the team, especially with Akpom now topping our scoring charts.

    I was extremely pleased with the manner of our win over Watford, we kept Deeney quiet all game and dominated every area of the pitch. It was also good to see Griffiths get the opener after what was becoming his last chance saloon. Antonio is on form since his motm performance against Newcastle, keeping Grealish out of the side in the process. The only negative was conceding a very late goal yet again, this is something of a problem for us.

    The 3-1 away win to Leeds was the best result of the month, putting an end to a lengthy spell without an away win. Griffiths getting on the score sheet was a big positive in my eyes and he looks to find his feet again and build some momentum. We controlled this game from the first whistle and probably should have won by a larger margin. However, once again we conceded in the last few minutes of the game, complacency is clear a big issue for us.


    League Table

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    With 13 games to go we are just 1 draw away from the 40 point mark. We have managed to put ourselves in to a sort of grey area of safety, by that I mean we may not be able to enter the fight for European places with the top teams, but we have a remarkable 10 point cushion on Watford and Newcastle. I would like to think we can go on to secure an 8th place spot at least, the only thing left to do now is look up the table.


  7. Another good month there, only down side is seeing both Sunderland and Everton safely in midtable. Akpom has been immense for you!
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  8. Chuba

    What instructions and role do you give Chuba Akpom, just signed him and you seem to get the best out of him?
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  9. Still reading this, good to see you succeed in your move to England!
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  10. Quote Originally Posted by jonnylaverty View Post
    What instructions and role do you give Chuba Akpom, just signed him and you seem to get the best out of him?
    I have been playing him in a Poacher role with an Attacking Playmaker support behind him. His pace and acceleration are too much for teams to handle.
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    New Prospects

    Aleksander Paunovic - £525,000

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    Despite not being able to obtain a work permit in this instance, I am sure Alek will still prove to be a good signing in the future. He was in sensational from for his previous employers Red Star and he will be sent straight out on loan to Italian club Bari where he will hopefully continue to impress.


    Dzenis Osmancevic - £500,000

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    Dzenis is another youngster from Serbian club Red Star and another player with a fair amount of talent. Dzenis has already made 2 appearances for his country, scoring on his debut. He isn’t necessarily my kind of player but I believe he could be a really good investment, he will spend the remainder of the season out on loan to Real Salt Lake in the MLS.


    Jose Veloso – £140,000

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    Jose was my third and last signing of the window and will be another one who will hopefully will be a sound financial investment. Like Osmancevic, I don’t plan to draught him into the first team but he will hopefully get some first team action elsewhere to improve and gather interest. No clubs are interested in the loan deal at this time.




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    February Results

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    We made things difficult for ourselves but we got there in the end against Gillingham in the FA Cup fourth round. I decided to rest most of the first team in preparation for some big league games coming up, but we still should have had this game put to bed much sooner, twice we threw away the lead before eventually giving ourselves a two goal cushion in the dying seconds.

    The definition of a bore draw against Leicester, I literally have nothing to say. One positive was the clean sheet I suppose.

    Andre Green was superb once again against Man City. Twice we took the lead through the young winger in the early part of the game but twice we was pegged back by Luciano Vietto, who went on the grab his hat trick and secure the win from them before half time. The second half was a lot more safe from both teams, City actually sat back and defended the last 45 and we just couldn’t break them down.

    Really disappointed with the defeat to Bristol City, I did name another rotated side but we still should have had enough about us to win easily. We also received the news that Chuba Akpom will be out for up to 4 weeks with a groin strain, all in all it was a bad day at the office.

    Not that it would have taken a genius to call it but Everton’s fortunes have improved drastically since the departure of McClaren, the Merseyside club were now among the most in-form in the league and it showed. I was bitterly disappointed with the result, even more so with the manner of the defeat, conceding in last minute of the match via an own goal. It’s now 1-1 in this newly created derby, all we need to do now is make sure we finish above them in the league.


    February League

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    After a poor run of results Sunderland are only 5 points behind us and Everton are now only 8 points away, two teams I have to finish above!


    Young Player of the Month
    Andre Green

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    Andre picks up yet another award this season and he fully deserves it. He must now be the front runner for PFA Young Player of the Year?
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    March Results

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    We faced Newcastle for the third time this season and I am pleased we managed to keep our unbeaten record against them intact. The two halves couldn’t have been more polar opposite, with all 6 goals coming in the first and virtually no action to report in the second. This was another occasion where our attack was sensational and our defence abysmal, I am finding it hard to get the balance right at the moment.

    I had almost zero confidence in getting a result against Arsenal at the Emirates, a feeling I did not enjoy. Yet again we got the first goal, something we manage in a high proportion of our games, especially against the top teams, but then it all falls apart shortly after. Morata was sublime, our defence had no idea how to deal with him at all. It was good to see Griffiths get on the scoresheet in consecutive games again.

    We finally managed to break our run of six games without a win, but it wasn’t the most convincing of results against bottom of the league Wolves. Akpom opened the scoring within 15 minutes of his return, but once again we conceded shortly after through more shoddy defending. Antonio’s goal before half time sealed the win but the 3 points were never secure until the final whistle. As was the case at Kaiserslaurtern, my teams seem to struggle through the second half of the season and consistency seems to be very hard to come by.


    March League

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    Sunderland, Everton and Watford all now sit just 6 points away from us, all of which are in better form then we are. It is clear that our defensive record is what has let us down this season and this is something I want to rectify during the last 7 games of the campaign.


    Young Player of the Month
    Evander

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    April Fixtures

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    If we can secure a win at both Stoke and Bournemouth, then pick up a point or two at Chelsea and West Ham, that should be enough to keep our 8th place spot going into the final month.

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  14. Good to see you letting Newcastle have a point

    Whose in charge of NUFC these days?

  15. Quote Originally Posted by neavie pops23 View Post
    Good to see you letting Newcastle have a point

    Whose in charge of NUFC these days?
    Well you know I thought it would only be fair.

    Still Rafa in charge, he has been doing a great job. Although there have been stories linking him with Roma.

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    April


    I decided now would be the best time to implement a new set of tactics and a new philosophy, we were already safe from the drop and with 7 games left to go I thought this would be an ideal opportunity to test some new ideas in competitive matches. We still have my core philosophy of being a strong and hard hitting team, but I want to look more at the organisation of the team and the way we penetrate in attack.

    Results

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    Well our first test of my new strategy went down an absolute treat as we demolished Chelsea at home. Evander and Akpom were fantastic in our attack along with Andre Green who was being asked to play in an unfamiliar central attacking role. We broke down their attacks with ease and won every battle in the middle of the park, hats off to Kante though for his belter of a goal, a screamer from 30 yards. I am not going to get ahead of myself but so far the lads seems to have taken well to our new style, considering their lack of familiarity.

    That is how poor our away form has been this year, going from a terrific win at home against a top side to a 1-0 loss away to struggling Stoke. The signs were still encouraging though, we managed 64% possession and registered twice as many shots on goal, it just so happens that ex-Villa keeper Gollini obviously wanted to prove a point, making a string of important saves. We should have won but there were signs of improvement so I won’t tear out the page of my tactics scrapbook just yet.

    Bournemouth were another side languishing down the bottom but with the fixture being played at home we had no issue in finishing this game off. Our new ‘front three’ smashed it again, their intricate link up play up top has been a joy to behold, with each of them assisting each other as well as getting on the scoresheet, they were like my own ‘MSN’. We conceded yet again, which was frustrating as the goal come from nowhere, clearly our concentration is lacking at the back.

    We rounded the month off with another superb win against West Ham, who were sitting just above us in the league. This victory meant we were now within touching distance of a possible European qualification place. Our front three were again on the score sheet, this time with Griffiths in in-place of Akpom. The hammers barely had a sniff of the ball throughout most of this game, our new tactics have really taken shape and the lads have clearly responded well to their new roles and instructions.


    League Table

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    Even if Liverpool win their game in hand, we still have 1 point over them, with a better goal difference and we are in much better form, oh and we still have to play them. Our victory over West Ham means we are just one point behind them, again with better goal difference. We actually have something to play for now, with the chance of European football a real possibility.


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    Remaining Fixtures

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    Not the easiest of fixtures for our final run in, I certainly don’t expect a win at Old Trafford, but I do feel we are in a good position to beat Liverpool and Sunderland at their ground. It would be a perfect way to end the season if we could secure European qualification on the final day at the home of my personal rivals.

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    May Results

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    Never at any point did we look like taking any points away from Old Trafford, Man Utd were almost unplayable at times, in particular Marcus Rashford was on another level. To our credit we did manage to get two goals in a much better second half, but the first 45 let us down and we just didn’t have enough in us to pull it back. Sirigu was in sensational form once again.

    Although the score line might not depict it, we absolutely dominated Liverpool, we controlled every aspect of the game and limited them to just the one shot on target which Sirigu comfortably saved. Andre Green has been going from strength to strength this season and is relishing his new role through the middle, so much so his valuation has rocketed to £30m, with a contract clause of £24m to Champions League clubs, a new contract needs to be my top priority.

    We were sitting in 6th place going into our last fixture against Sunderland, so a win was all we needed to guarantee our place in the Europa League next season. It was touch and go for a while but we were definitely the better side and getting the result away from home was important. I was extremely happy with the resilience and determination from the team in the last 10 minutes as we held on to the vital 3 points.


    Final League Table

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    What a season it has been. Originally touted as the joint favourites to go down, a huge squad overhaul, ups and downs and some strange results, but we have managed to make it into a European competition for the first time in a decade.

    There was a surprise at the bottom with Souhampton being relegated after losing their final fixture, they do down with Wolves and Bournemouth.

    Annoyingly Everton have still qualified for Europe after winning the FA Cup, I was hoping we could use European football as bait to lure some of their players over. At least we finished above them, phase one of my mission complete.


    Next up.. Awards




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    Awards


    English Players' Young Player of the Year

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    English Players' Premier Division Select

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    English Premier Division Manager of the Year

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    Season Review

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    Aston Villa Best Eleven

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  19. Been following from the start! That andre green just loves a goal don't he ! I'm currently enjoying my hansa Rostock save hoping for something similar to your story managed to get them promoted second season struggling just staying out the relegation zone. Keep it up mate deadly villa side
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  20. Cracking season mate, surely 6th was way beyond your expectations at the start of the season. Unlucky with Everton s FA Cup win, plenty time left to crush them!
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  21. Quote Originally Posted by Cacace8 View Post
    Been following from the start! That andre green just loves a goal don't he ! I'm currently enjoying my hansa Rostock save hoping for something similar to your story managed to get them promoted second season struggling just staying out the relegation zone. Keep it up mate deadly villa side
    Thanks for following. Green has been pretty deadly so far, I just hoped he can continue that into next season. Good luck with Rostock, the German leagues are really difficult to find consistency. Well I have played through pre-season and will be updating shortly, this Villa side is even more deadly now.


    Quote Originally Posted by neavie pops23 View Post
    Cracking season mate, surely 6th was way beyond your expectations at the start of the season. Unlucky with Everton s FA Cup win, plenty time left to crush them!
    Cheers, I never ever contemplated European qualification, I thought that would be way beyond us. I know, very annoying, they now have a huge backing financially, a very very good squad and European football.. I will topple them!

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    Pre-season 2020-21

    I have been so busy during this year’s pre-season, not only have I been working tirelessly on a number of transfers, but we also had a pretty action packed match schedule. Before I had even had a chance to take a well needed holiday, I was made aware that several players were not happy about promises I had early made, most of whom were annoyed I had not strengthened our attack.. is that really such a problem, given how we finished the 5th highest scoring team in the league? Odd I thought, but they shortly dropped their concerns.
    Then I had Chuba Akpom at my desk, he was also aggrieved I hadn’t kept an earlier promise, I said I would let him treat the club as a ‘stepping stone’, this was basically how the conversation went:


    CA – Boss I am upset, you told me I could use my time hear as a way to showcase my talent and gain a move to a bigger club.

    Me – Right?! But no-one has made an offer for you? How have I broken my promise?

    CA - I don’t know, but I am upset anyway!

    Me – Right, but there are no clubs even interested in you at this moment in time, I fail to see what I have done wrong!

    CA – Well I am upset anyway, I am now going to have a bitch-fit to the rest of the team and unsettle every one.

    Me – F*ck off you tw*t!


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    It is a shame to see him go but I am not going to stand for that nonsense. Not a bad return for a playing signed on a free less than 12 months ago.





    Transfer Dealings

    After that unsavoury event, I then got to work on improving our squad, despite our impressive finish last season, there was still a lot to be done if we were going to evolve. I decided I would make two types of signings, firstly those that fit my philosophy and bring something extra to the first team. Then there will be those that do not necessarily fit my criteria i.e. may not be determined, strong, aggressive etc. but they will hopefully grab us some profit. Money talks in modern day football and if we are ever to break the top four then we need some serious cash.

    There were so many transfer deals in this window I thought I would just categorise our deals by those that are 'Key Signings' and those that are 'Money Makers'.



    Key Transfers

    Edoardo Goldaniga - £6,500,000

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    He is a good defender. Will improve our defence for sure.


    Tammy Abraham - £5,000,000

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    Could be hit or miss, good English prospect.


    Bradley Holdsworth - £15,500,000 (£17,000,000)

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    Young English talent, shows a lot of potential. One to watch.


    Kyriakos Papadopoulos - £9,000,000

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    He does have some awful stats, but he is exactly what I look for in a defender.


    Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg - £13,250,000

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    Superb all-round stats. He really is my kind of player.


    Antonio Rudiger – Free

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    Could be a great signing, if not a great profit.


    Javier Mascherano – Free

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    Still adds something to the team despite his age, good experience for our youngsters.


    Money Maker

    Boschilia – Free

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    Should be an easy money spinner, will make the odd appearance.


    Adam Armstrong - Free

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    I like the lad, being a Newcastle fan. Will give him his chance but only from the bench.


    Callum Gribbin - £1,000,000,

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    Signed as a bargain, too light weight for me. Hopefully make some profit after a loan deal or two.


    Ben Woodburn - Loan


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    Strange one I know, I am hoping to make the deal permanent. Kid isn't my cup of tea but a serious talent.


    Axel Tuanzebex - £4,000,000

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    Missing a the edge I require. Will get game time and hopefully sold for profit.


    Rafael Santos Borre - £800,000

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    Profit will be made on this one. Loaned straight out to Osasuna for first team football.



    Player Sales

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    There was also 12 players sent out on loan. Most players leaving were either dead wood or unhappy. Most of them though were on ridiculously high wages and freed up the budget for new arrivals.





  23. I had Kyriakos Papadopoulos in a Schalke Save in FM15. He should prove a good signing for your side. Good story mate keep it coming!
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  24. Quote Originally Posted by jmckenzie View Post
    I had Kyriakos Papadopoulos in a Schalke Save in FM15. He should prove a good signing for your side. Good story mate keep it coming!
    Cheers matey. I have always been a fan of Papadopoulos on FM, tends to be very consistent. I hope your right, we desperately need to improve our defence.

  25. Some big transfers there and some good business. I must admit I'm always signing players that I don't think will take me to the "next level" but can and will be sold for a profit, think my best bit of business I ever did was a young Spanish regen I signed for free on FM14 in July 15 window and sold him 2 year later for £25m. I also doubled my money on Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho on that save buying them for £15m (July 14) and £10m (July 15) and selling them for £28m (Jul 17) and £20m (Jan 18) respectively.
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    Pre-Season Results

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    I am delighted with the way the team has performed throughout the entirety of the summer, including our two solid results in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League. Every single player has staked a claim for their place come the start of the new campaign, what’s more impressive is we did so without our star man Andre Green, who isn’t due back from injury until mid-August. I also like that the results against strong European opposition like Shakhtar, Young Boys and Dinamo prove we can definitely hold our own in the Europa League.

    Choosing my starting front three is going to be extremely difficult with Evander, Griffiths, Abraham, Grealish, Boschilla, Woodburn and Armstrong all performing well above expectations, goal scoring has clearly not been an issue for us:

    Evander – 5 Apps – 3 Goals – 5 Assists
    Griffiths – 6 Apps – 6 Goals – 1 Assists
    Abraham – 5 Apps – 2 Goals – 2 Assists
    Grealish – 2 Apps – 1 Goal – 2 Assists
    Boschilla – 2 Apps – 2 Goals – 1 Assist
    Woodburn – 4 Apps – 4 Goals – 0 Assists
    Armstrong – 4 Apps – 6 Goals – 0 Assists


    Expectations


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    Some reasonable targets set by the Board, although reaching the second knockout round of the Europa could be a challenge should we progress through the group stages and face a club exiting the Champions League at any stage.


    Season Odds


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    So the bookies seem to think a mid-table finish would be a decent season for us, with relegation being much more likely then winning the league, bit harsh but I prefer to be an under dog.


    Europa Play-Off Draw

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    A decent draw really, I am not too worried about our chances over both legs and I am very confident we will be in the hat for the league stage draw.


    August Fixtures

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    So we have 5 games in the space of 2 weeks in August, a sign of things to come with the introduction of European football in to our schedule. I strongly believe we are stronger as a squad then we were last season but I honestly do not know what to expect going in to this campaign.



  27. Quote Originally Posted by neavie pops23 View Post
    Some big transfers there and some good business. I must admit I'm always signing players that I don't think will take me to the "next level" but can and will be sold for a profit, think my best bit of business I ever did was a young Spanish regen I signed for free on FM14 in July 15 window and sold him 2 year later for £25m. I also doubled my money on Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho on that save buying them for £15m (July 14) and £10m (July 15) and selling them for £28m (Jul 17) and £20m (Jan 18) respectively.

    Cheers, I am very happy with the business performed this window, although it is very difficult finding players that fit my criteria on our budget, I refuse to spend £30-£40m+ on a player. The transfers that are going through on this save are ridiculous, there was a regen valued at £400k, I offered £10m and they refused, asking for £114m? Crazy. I always like buying players on the cheap and making a profit. As a club we have zero debt and a value of £450m, I want to get us into the top 10 richest.

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    August Results

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    We opened the new Premier League campaign with a superb win over Leicester in a game where victory was never in doubt. Our front three were once again responsible for getting on the scoresheet, although Woodburn was introduced from the bench in place of Tammy Abraham who was having a quiet afternoon. I couldn’t really pick any wholes in our performance, with several players performing well in what was their first official appearance for the club.

    We despatched of Viking in the away leg with ease, with the Norwegian club only registering the one shot, which was off target. It was good to see all 3 of our new lads getting their first goals for the club, in particular Holdsworth put in a terrific performance on his debut. A place in the group stages was ours to throw away, after this professional performance I had no doubt we would secure our progression.

    The victory at Palace was a hard fought but well deserved 3 points. We conceded early on and for a long period we struggled to break them down, often shooting from distance and missing the target. Griffiths was poor so I introduced youngster Woodburn at half time and he made the difference, assisting Armstrong and then finding the net himself shortly after. Our first half was the worst 45 minutes I have seen from the lads in a long time.

    As if our 3-0 away win in the first leg wasn’t enough, we finished off Viking in the first third of the game we three well taken goals. It is hard to be disappointed when you have won a tie so easily but we really took our foot off the pedal in the second half and in truth it was equally as poor as our first 45 at Palace. I understand the result was all-but confirmed but that’s not the point, it was a very poor second half display, even for a rotated side.

    The match against Arsenal is one that will haunt me for some time, they had lost their opening two games and I saw this as a perfect opportunity to take three points from them whilst their morale was poor. We was 2-0 up and coasting going into the break thanks to a superb early brace from Abraham, we were controlling the game and Arsenal were struggling to find any rhythm. Then 50 minutes in to the game, Wendell, our stand out player of the season so far, got himself sent off for an idiotic and ill-timed tackle, taking us down to 10 men with 40+ minutes to hold our lead. They were now spurred on, the impetus was with them and we unfortunately crumbled. Four goals in 28 minutes, including a hattrick from Morata, meant we had thrown away what should have been a superb win. There are often fine lines between a win and a loss in the Premier League and today I think the sending off was definitely pivotal in our collapse.


    League Table


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    Young Player of the Month

    Ben Woodburn


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    Originally brought in as a backup, Ben has started brightly and has scored in both his appearances from the bench. It’s a catch-22, if he performs well, Liverpool will continue to ask for silly money, if he performs poorly, his development may be effected and he wouldn’t necessarily be a worthwhile signing. For now I am happy for him to keep making an impact off the bench.



  29. I 've lost a little bit my friend ! I thought you were still in Germany ha ha !!! A good first season with Aston Villa and some very interesting transfer deals for the new season. I have the feeling though that a big transfer from you is just around the corner !

  30. Is this Dead?

  31. Quote Originally Posted by Dobbi View Post
    Is this Dead?
    No I will be continuing this one. Just focusing on my Chapecoense story at the moment, will have a few updates posted soon.

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