Started this today, the Stoke players are little bitches.
Shawcross moaning about lack of leaders now I've sold Charlie Adam - fuck sake.
Shawcross is toss. I've just sold him for 7 mil or so after getting promoted. I dropped him for half a season and sent Williams back. Wimmer is still decently rated. Berahino did the usual not turn up for training shit so i sent him off to Feyenoord on loan not having it.
After having a break for FM18 I downloaded FM19 on Monday and I've been loving it so far.
Personally taking over Stoke held no interest at all, with our squad and finances it would be a walk in the park to get back up. Instead I've gone for the Non-League to Legends challenge (check out "Lollujo" on Youtube, he's got a seriously entertaining FM series going) and the premise is to pick the lowest playable level and then the team closest to where you live. For me that meant starting off in the Vanarama North as manager of AFC Telford.
I'm at the end of October in the first season now, unbeaten in the league and through to the first round of the FA Cup, but there are only 3 points separating the top 3, and 5 points down to 6th place. This level is brutally competitive. Due to only having one semi-decent winger, I'm playing a mixture of a wingerless 4-3-1-2 (home/easy games) or 4-1-3-2 (away/difficult games) with a high-pressing, fast counter style and it's working extremely well. Some of the newer roles, such as the Carrilero at CM (I play two on the outsides) and the Pressing Forward at ST are seriously effective.
As ever, the same golden rules of FM still apply:
- Praise them for absolutely everything during pre-season to get morale up - Only sign and try to play under 25s (under 23s ideally). Essential in lower leagues for money making. - Try and pick a positive team talk and then individually tell every player that you believe in them before each game (works for 80%+ of players) - Bollock them at half time if they aren't winning, regardless of how the game is going - Guard against complacency if they are winning at half time, again regardless of how the game is going - ALWAYS praise them after a game, or sympathise with a loss.
For absolutely years now, squad morale is EVERYTHING.