I'm not a possession based player (although I'd rather make sure I get at least over 51% in most games at home and against weak oppostion), so most likely I'd get it rid of it as soon as I can. Unfortunately the game seems to want to ignore my instructions and the players just long ball it incessantly.@The Mitcher
Sounds like a good start then, all things considered! Will you be looking to remove the possession-based style at the nearest convenience, or are you going to make it a feature of your play as you progress? I’d be tempted to implement it long term and mark it a feature of your philosophy going forward! A hallmark of all your sides, if you will!
I’m currently playing as Sampdoria for a medium length save and part of the board’s desired criteria is that I sign players from the lower leagues - Definitely looking to remove that one when I can!
Also, as an aside., Fabio Quagliarella is 36 years old IIRC, 20 determination and ‘Born Leader’ personality. I might never let the man retire - Stats/Traits like those are so rare and incredible for tutoring. Helps that he can still score for fun, of course.
What stage are you at with the pictures?So, first 11 games with Kidderminster unbeaten. I have to play a possession based game because the board wants me to, no tactical freedom for whatever reason, don't understand how we can do that to a good standard in conference-north but oh well. We started off with a boring 1-0 win but eventually gained steam and were even in first place for a bit. Since then, it has been draw after draw. The goals even dried up for a bit as you can tell. We also had a tough home game against the league leaders, but came back from behind for another draw. I think we're going to avoid relegation which is my primary objective.
Unfortunately the forum won't let me upload my pictures, if anyone can help with me with that, that would be really helpful!
Ah the bbcode, I was posting the wrong one!What stage are you at with the pictures?
I use imgur which is good, but all sites work pretty much the same way.
Step 1. Save a screenshot to your hard drive.
Step 2. Go to imgur.com or similar.
3. Click "new post" top left.
4. Drag and drop the image to where it tells you to or click choose/photo video then go to where the picture is located in your computer and click open. This will upload the pic.
5. Click the 3 dots at the top right of the uploaded image then "get share links".
6. Copy and paste the BBCode option into your post on here.
7-10. (an alternative method to steps 5 and 6) when you're on the screen with your upload, right click and "view image".
8. Copy the link from your browser bar at the top.
9. Come to where you're posting on the caf and click the insert image button
10. Paste the link into the box that pops up and click "insert"
I actually use neither of these exact methods, I have a little program downloaded that takes care of most of this called Sharex. I recommend it as it makes the whole process easier. It's a screenshot management program that automatically uploads things to imgur by default and you can also configure to upload to different sites if you prefer. All you do once it's downloaded and running in the background is press CTRL + Print Screen and a frame will pop up around the edges of your screen. Left-click will take a snapshot of your full screen, or you can drag your mouse over a portion of the screen while holding down left click to just take picture of part of your screen. The image is captured when you release left-click then uploaded automatically.
When you open Sharex you can see all the screenshots you've taken with it like this:
If you right-click on any of the images in there, then hover the cursor over copy a new sub-menu pops up and you want to choose Forum (BBCode) image then paste it straight into your post on here.
You can select multiple images at once from within Sharex too. Holding down Ctrl and left clicking on them puts a little white box around them (see the first 4 image thumbnails on the following picture).
Following the same process from there of right-clicking one of them, hovering over copy then clicking on Forum (BBCode) Image will copy the relevant thing for all 4 of the selected images to your clipboard. Then just paste into your post on here and you'd have all 4 images sorted in one batch.
Suppose Sharex takes a bit of learning, but I think it's well worth it. That's the basics, you only really have to look at the "hotkey settings" from the main menu so you know know what to press and away you go. It can actually do much more besides that like capturing gifs/recording your screen but I've never full explored all it's functions.
Of course, you can put stuff inside a spoiler tag or not, depending on whether you want to clog up everyone's screen with your images when they open the post or let them choose whether or not they want to see them.
So update, I managed to somehow in the league! I drew a ridiculous amount of games (as did my competiton I assume) but won just enough to gain promotion to the Conference. Now it's about keeping the best players and signing quality for the first team. I am aiming for 4-6 targets, and then I will re-evaluate in January and the summer. So far I have got a Left-back and a striker. I need a right-back, a midfielder, a goalkeeper and a centreback (I plan on playing one of my breakthrough youngsters). I have far too many centreback prospects who need to go on loan, and also some other players who need game time I can't give them. For some reason it's hard just to get regional teams to loan a player for free. Like seriously?
I kept all the possession, would sometimes fail to score but defend well, other times score but concede, or even a comeback. It was a mixed bag and often the patterns didn't last long. My possession based system almost worked in a friendly against a league 1/2 team but conceded 5 against rochdale (did score 2 though), friendlys are just fitness sessions anyway for a team like mine. As for keeping faith, they may or may not last long after january but a lot of the squad still has potential that could be unlocked if played at a higher level. But I have too many kids that need game time and I can only offer the very talented a posititon in my team. I've also been using trials to get some good free transfers.Nice one, well done!
Good to see you keeping faith with much of the squad. I was changing loads of players of every season on the way up, still am really.
Was there any pattern to your draws? Conceding late on? Dominating the stats but not winning? I don't know, maybe you could do something differently in the future if it happens again and tinker with the tactics although that can of course make things worse too. Overall it sounds like you have a winning strategy in place that works in the game so maybe that's not even needed. Just finding the best players you can to fit what sounds like a working system could be the way to go.
Promising with all the younger players coming through. I think when I was in that league I was just signing up whoever would do it for me now. They often were younger players but it wasn't necessarily a policy of thinking about the future and it was more of a coincidence than anything else.So update:
First 10 games and currently sitting in 10th place! We started very well with two wins and then we slipped with three defeats, but then we've been picking them up. Should have won a match against Boreham Wood who are relegation candidates, but I chose to give the kids a chance. One of them did very well, one terribly, one ok. The one who did very well has now scored two in two from both wings (he's an AMC though, of course). I think keeping faith in my team is working out @Chipper but I will definitely have to cull it, because I have a lot of decent kids coming in and it's kind of bloated. For some reason I don't have an Under 23's side to put the 18-23 year olds in, so I will need to consolidate and get rid of any people who are in the way of better players.
Yeah, money is tight, but I'll check once we get a bit more. I've been blowing the wage bill a bit by accident.Promising with all the younger players coming through. I think when I was in that league I was just signing up whoever would do it for me now. They often were younger players but it wasn't necessarily a policy of thinking about the future and it was more of a coincidence than anything else.
Nice recovery after those 3 defeats on the bounce, especially as two of them are heavy. Notts Co are a big team with lots of money at that level aren't they? So I suppose that one was no surprise, they'll simply have better players than lots of teams in that division.
I remember I had to ask for U23 team and then an U18 side a couple of years after that , is it an option within you at all? Club vision on the left then make board request on the right. Still not got either into a league even though we're in the PL and are still just playing friendlies but that's better than nothing. Think I have to have what they're calling a level 2 youth setup to even be eligible for a league place in U18 Premier League Professional League at this point and I'm only a level 3 despite often trying to upgrade youth facilities and levels. Sometimes the board would turn me down.
There are U23/U18 leagues for lower league sides too but again I never got invited to them. Not entirely sure why when I was at that level. I read somewhere that it can be a bit luck of the draw, that if the leagues are 'full' you have to wait for an AI club to turn down their invitation one season so that new teams can get invited. I don't know if that's true, but like I said, at least I still had friendlies. Better than nothing for player development and also to keep players fit and give them some match sharpness. There's the FA Youth Cup too for the U18s even though they're not in a recognised league.
Hope you smash the league and europa! I've also stabilised my team, got into some good form but then lost twice on the trot to the first and 2nd placed teams in very tight matches.Had a big transfer window, spend £214m, getting back £91m.
Transfer budget has actually gone up from £130m to £148m as I do that thing of only paying part up front and the rest in installments, whereas I like to get transfer fees received all in one go where possible. I usually do 1/3rd now, 2/3rds across 3 payments. Helps with the cash flow, and can help stretch budgets in times of need but that's not really now.
Brought 6 players in for the first team squad and 1 more on loan, sold 7 players. Biggest deal was £69m for a young Brazilian midfielder from Atletico. Just easing him in gently so far and he's not actually done that great so far. Plenty of time for him though.
Had a very solid start to the season, we're at an international break in October and unbeaten in all comps. 5-3-0 in the league, which is good enough for 2nd. Won 2 out of 2 in the Europa League against Marseille (A) and Red Star (H). Sneaked past Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup on penalties after a 1-1 draw at home.
The goal is top 4 after last season's 5th place finish. Would love a cup as this is the 30/31 season and the last time we won anything was League One back in 23/24.
Cheers. How's it going now? Still in a nice safe position I hope.Hope you smash the league and europa! I've also stabilised my team, got into some good form but then lost twice on the trot to the first and 2nd placed teams in very tight matches.
Well, I narrowly missed out on the play offs. My team bottled it big time in the last two matches and finished 8th. Very disappointed but also relieved I don't have to do a complete rebuild, I can build at my leisure. I plan on getting into the play off spots and staying there for next season. My board AND team reckon we can't even become established, boy are they wrong!Cheers. How's it going now? Still in a nice safe position I hope.
Halfway through the season now for me. Just beat City 3-1 at home in the previous match which was a big one, if we'd have lost it we'd be 4th but the win keeps us 2nd. It's close at the top. Pleased there's 9 point gap between us and Spurs in 5th as top 4 still remains the first target. Will obviously take and am trying for better than that, and we're in the title race.
Only defeats so far were against Liverpool at home (2-0), which is looking costly right now and Fulham away (3-2). Europa League group stage was really easy up until now and because of the Europa Conference League the group winners get a bye into the 2nd knockout round so that's a bonus. Liverpool in the Carabao semis will be tough but if you want to win stuff you have to beat the good teams.
My defence is miles better this season, and that's what's enabling the step up. Let in 17 at the halfway point so on course to concede 34. Last season we let in 56 and 60 the season before. Not changed tactics, we just have better players. Scoring slightly less too, and the top scorer so far is a winger who is on pens. Strikers not quite as prolific as they have been but we're doing alright. On course to score 78. Got 83 and 80 the past 2 seasons.
Unlucky but well done at the same time! Really nice platform to build upon and with no pressure of expectations from the board is a good position to be in.Well, I narrowly missed out on the play offs. My team bottled it big time in the last two matches and finished 8th. Very disappointed but also relieved I don't have to do a complete rebuild, I can build at my leisure. I plan on getting into the play off spots and staying there for next season. My board AND team reckon we can't even become established, boy are they wrong!
So far I'm 3rd, and my attacking midfielder who got the most assists the previous season, but had much less goals, is now top scorer, and fast approaching top assists. My 20 goal striker didn't score for about seven games! I hope it's just bad form. I think I will have to purge the squad if I make it to League 2. I will keep the best performers, and kids/first teamers with league 2 or more potential, and build around them. I want to make sure my team is no more than 23 players. Considering I play 4-2-3-1 I should limit how many players I have at my disposal. Financially we aren't doing very well, so I am aiming to go far into the cups again this season. I've got the team to do it, just got to hope we get the wins. I hope to draw a big and popular league side in the FA cup so the gate reciepts make me some money.Unlucky but well done at the same time! Really nice platform to build upon and with no pressure of expectations from the board is a good position to be in.
Ten games to go for me and we're sitting top. Just lost the Carabao Cup final to Chelsea who are turning out to be our nemesis at the moment. They put us out of the FA Cup too and with a game in hand over us in the league they'll move into second if they win it.
Great game for the neutrals in the Carabao but a bit of a sickener for me. 0-1 (24 mins), 0-2 (64 mins), 1-2 (72 mins), 2-2 (75 mins) and into extra time we went. 3-2 (91 mins), red card for them and missed penalty for me on 114 then they made it 3-3 with 10 men in injury time (120 +1 mins). Lost in the shootout and the same player who had the pen to make it 4-2 and wrap it up missed again and was the only player who did. He's not my usual penalty taker, would actually be the 5th player I'd normally look out of the whole squad to take one but he had the best stats of who was on the pitch at the time.
Got Aberdeen next in the Europa League and have to my fancy my chances not just in this game in the tournament. Whoever is top of the Premier League simply has to be a very strong contender to win the Europa League if they're in it. Brighton won it last season in my save and they were mid-table.
Don’t want to sell to a rival tax. I’ve had the same issue as Roma. Juventus fell apart and I tried to sign Dybala. Barcelona and PSG bid £80m accepted. I got quoted £153mSo I've just looked to buy Saka from Arsenal (playing as Man Utd) - he's put in a transfer request and Arsenal have set a £22.5m asking price. I've put in the bid of that amount and they've put a negotiation of £44m and 40% of profit from next sale!!!
Asking price is still at £22.5m - what gives???