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Lroy

And so the curtain comes down on Season 4 of my Managerial Career with Northampton Town. We took Champions League qualification all the way to the last game of the Premiership season this time round but alas, a goalless draw against relegation threatened Watford meant we finished 5th again - this time on goal difference - allowing Manchester City and Liverpool to leapfrog over us. We beat Manchester Utd the game before, ending their hopes of winning the league as Arsenal took the title.

Aside from obtaining a Top 5 finish again we also had the no small matter of our first venture into European football with the Europa League. Astoundingly we managed to defy all the odds and beat Neymar's Paris St. Germain in the Final. A solitary goal was enough for us to take the Cup and boy did we celebrate. Does this mean we do gain entry into the Champions League after all?

So another eventful season and one in which the team continues to grow and key personnel are brought in. Will be another summer of tweaking and rebuilding as we have more financial muscle than ever before and we say goodbye to some aging first-teamers who served us well over the years.

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@Lroy I recommend Meris Skenderovic if you're looking for another reliable striker in the close season. He's probably been the bargain of the century for my Crewe Alexandra team in the 3 seasons I've had him. Only 1m for his services and he's now up to 83 finishing and 76 OVR. Although not the speediest, he certainly knows where the goal is from almost any angle and complements his striking partner Brewster’s (Liverpool reserves, 18yo, 83 POT) speed and movement perfectly. Still only 23 (in 2021/22 season) too!

As for other positions, Sieve Schrijvers (CAM, KRC Genk) is another attacking player who scores regularly. I believe he's around 22yo and 77 OVR, four years in. Mason Mount (Vitesse Arnhem) is an awesome addition for this position too and someone who surprised me with his pace and eye for goal, considering his OVR rating isn't the best, though he does have 83 potential. A real bargain.

On the right side of midfield, Jarrod Bowen (Hull City, 20yo) is a player with great speed, ball control and attacking nous, with solid finishing ability. I believe i paid around 7.5-8m. Izquierdo (Brighton, LM) maybe a little older but his amazing speed and dribbling make him well worth it. Also has that 'something special,’ but on the downside, does get minor injuries now and again.

In defence, Kane Wilson (Exeter City, RB, though plays CB in this team) has been a real stalwart edition to the side. He's now up to 77 OVR and still only 21! My other regular centre backs, Ampadu (Chelsea reserves, POT 85) and Latibeaudiere (Man City reserves, POT 80) have allowed me to possess the best defence in the Premier League right now, having still yet to reach their peaks.

As for Goalkeeping, Albert Lafont (Tolouse, POT 89) has been exactly the solid foundation to the side I was looking for. Although not the cheapest at 24m, he's been undoubtedly worth every penny, as I'm not sure I'd find much better. Amartey (Leicester) has also been the best defensive player, alongside Ampadu and usually captains the side with Regan Poole in defensive midfield. They’re both around 79 OVR in their fourth season.

Settings wise, everything is kept on normal, with no sliders used as of yet, on Professional difficulty. Thus far, I've managed to gain 3 promotions in four seasons with the railwaymen (though first couple of seasons were on Semi-Pro), so not too shabby. I'll probably stick with this level for now, due to only just starting to score goals regularly and winning margins being usually small (The best result being a rare 4-0 away win in Montpellier, in the Champions League, the unstoppable Skendorovic bagging a memorable hat-trick - he's the only player I've thus far managed to score a bicycle kick with, too!)

I regularly train the side between games, usually using the automated system and found it to be particularly useful for younger players who sometimes can go up by as much as two points in one session, so very useful. I find it allows players to reach their full potential and doesn’t take up much time this way.

As for disappointments, I did have one hiccup at the start of the third campaign, my star player (with the potential to be special, no less) at the time, Afonso Cabral, signed through the youth academy via Brazil (through a 4 star Copenhagen scout), decided he wasn't sure his future lay with my young Railwaymen anymore. Before I knew it, the board placed him on the transfer list and promptly sold him within two games for 2m below asking price for 10.5m. Humph! To Man City no less! Just wow.

That definately brought my dedication to this otherwise great game into question.. Thankfully I’ve managed to overcome this small setback to firmly establish Crewe as a serious premier League side, with a slender 1 point lead at the top of the table. I’m now enjoying this game more than ever! πŸ˜ƒ

As a side note, I really look forward to hearing more of your stories, particularly in the run up to the world cup and the expansion coming in June. Hopefully at least some of my recommendations will prove useful to one or two of you and if anyone else can recommend some bargain stars in return, so much the better. Cheers.

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Lroy

@RETRO_J Thanks for the update on your progress buddy. Relieved to hear I'm not the only Manager playing on Professional difficulty πŸ˜‰ What Cups or Leagues have you won so far?

I've won the Checkatrade Trophy, the League Cup and now the Europa League Cup. Fingers crossed I can mount a challenge for the Premiership in this coming season, possibly my last with Northampton. Does anyone know if you do accept another job offer when you take charge of your new club. Is the change immediate or at the start of the next season?

What's your friend code by the way? Or sent me an invite if you like, my code is in my sig.

I'll be adding every player you mentioned to my shortlist. I'll also try and add to the three players I previously recommended in this thread in my next update.

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@Lroy @RETRO_J Nice updates, thanks. I'll try and post one later, but for now just wanted to post a video demonstrating the kind of goals/opportunities it seems quite easy to create using fast wingers.

I've only scored 4 goals doing it so far, but created several other very good openings.

This goal was scored by a new signing, only cost me about 1.5 million I think. His name is Sacko and is actually a ST, but my winger needed a rest so I gave him his first start, putting him on the wing. He has Acceleration 91 and Sprint Speed 89 (Dribbling 78, Finishing 72), but his overall rating is only 69, aged 21.

As you'll see, he picks it up inside his own half. And this is against 'World Class' difficulty opposition (excuse the framerate, I've had PC issues and had to set this up quickly on a backup OS so my capture settings are default):

Admittedly this was against SPAL, and I was 4-0 up by half-time

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Lroy

@gcunit Great run and finish ⚽️πŸ₯…

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Hi folks, thought I'd stop by as I'm just getting in to a bit of FIFA on the Switch. Having dabbled in a few games I've set off on a career with Coventry City. Having settled on 4-3-3 on Xbox for fifa 17 I'm sticking with that although the first few league games are proving hard work. Shots to goals ratio needs improving!

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Lroy

A 5th Season, mid-season update from me. So following @Retro_J 's advice (I will always listen to this man as he brought Neal Maupay 76 OVR from Brentford to my attention a season or so back, at last I have a goal scoring No. 9), I brought in both left-footed Striker, Meris Skenderovic for 1.4 million and attacking midfielder Sieve Schrijvers for I believe a club record fee of 8.75 million and smashed my club wage structure in the process, handing him 30,000 a week (my next highest paid player at the time was club Captain Matt Crooks (now 28 and 75 OVR) on 9,000).

Pre-season saw me experiment with some new formations, allowing me to try out having 3 at the back with attacking wing-backs, also tried having 5 in midfield with very wide wingers. Still not sold on either but helpful to allow me the opportunity to field nearly all of my large senior squad. Some 50 or so players, at least half promoted from the Youth Academy.

Once the season proper began I settled on a general starting eleven - handing Schrijvers the Attacking Midfield birth over club stalwart Hoskins and hot prospect Hamed Junior Traore - and set 4-3-3 formations, one more attuned for counter attacking when playing away from home and another built exclusively attacking to entertain at home. I also finally decided to make young keeper Frederick Rej-Rosenqvist my number 1. I'm expecting big things from the Scandinavian, signed a few seasons back for less than a million, as he continues to rise stats-wise (currently on 74 OVR and still only 22 in the 5th season). Can he be my Peter Schmeichel?

An early and most unwelcome pre-season hiccup occurred when one of my main defensive midfield players, a young unknown I had bought for pittance from a low league German side, Ron Schallenberg (still only 23 in the 5th season) and who was blossoming into a potential star and lynchpin of my team, suddenly claimed homesickness and my board granted his request to leave. I held on for as good a bid as I could get but wanted him out if he was going before our challenge for the Premiership title began in earnest. Thus he was sold to Norwich City for 5million (I wanted 10 million but was put under pressure by the board to accept). Quite how Norwich is closer to home, home being Germany for this player, than Northampton is beyond me but oh well.

The big curtain raiser for the season was the European Super Cup or whatever its called where as Europa League winners we got to play Manchester United (Yes, them again, seemingly our regular Cup rival) as they had won the Champions League last season. Hoping for a sign of things to come we managed to beat Man Utd and claim another piece of Silverware to add to our League Cup and Europa League Cup in the Trophy Cabinet.

Fast-forward 19 league games and despite being knocked out of the League Cup (I fielded a youthful, weaker side) we sat atop of the Premiership with 8 points breathing space and to date unbeaten. Schrijvers is having a decent first season, scoring some wonder strikes from distance, Dan Agyei my versatile forward and a free signing from Burnley after being on loan with us for years continues to progress stats wise and is likely to become my first 80 rated player, hence ensuring his place in my starting eleven. Thankfully, he has started to finish and chip in some key goals from the right side of my 3 pronged attack.

Meanwhile, my central striker and club talisman, Maupay leads my goal scorers and is mounting a modest challenge for the golden boot with an average of a goal every two games. 22 year-old (fifth season) Moussa Sylla (78 OVR) is my true rising star, a pacey, left sided, striker signed from Monaco last season IIRC for less than 2.5 million. He is now worth 10 million and rapidly rising. He is scoring vital goals and creating chances for others. Clubs are beginning to circle him in an attempt to unsettle him due to his sparkling form, especially in the Champions League.

Speaking of which, by the half-way mark of the season we had also successfully qualified from our Champions League group, seeing of Wolfsburg and Sporting Libson to progress along with old Europa League Cup rivals PSG into the knock-out stages. Barcelona await in what is most definitely destined to be the biggest game I have been involved in during my 5-year tenure at Northampton Town.

Other notable performers include my previously recommended left footed central defender: Daniel Matsuzaka. 24 years old now in the fifth season and has broken into the first team and rising to 73 OVR. Not bad for a 300, 000 signing from Southend United a few seasons back. As well as previously recommended midfielder Emil Bohinen, the Norwegian is still only 22 years of age in the 5th season and up to 74 OVR and rising.

Cue the Winter period where the game changes to snow and the orange ball and disaster, two defeats and two draws with barely a goal scored. Curses! I seem to find it much harder to play and score in the snow. To make matters worse my rising superstar striker Sylla picks up an injury and is out for 3 months. F%#k!!!

Alarm bells ringing as the goals had dried up from the usually reliable Maupay and Agyei. So with cap in hand I go to the board and ask for 20 million more to add to the 20 million I have already accrued in wages and transfer kitty. I promise Europa League qualification, knock-out stages in Europe (already achieved πŸ˜‰) and the last 16 of the FA Cup. I must get my challenge for the title back on track.... the board refuse and I have to lower my ask to 13million. Still no dice but I get 10million. So with about 25 million to spend, leaving cash for higher wages off to the shops I go.

I wanted and tried to get Marcus Rashford (ST 84 OVR) but simply couldn't afford what Man Utd wanted and other high profile strikers, Vitinho (PSG 80 OVR) wanted wages beyond my means. So on transfer deadline day, I signed an entire new 3-Man front-line to plug my existing injury gaps and hopefully give me quality cover in case of a similar scenario happening again.

The three players I bought were 22 year-old (5th Season) right-footed forward, Ben Brereton (ST 74 OVR) from Bayern Munich by way of Nottingham Forest - cost 8.5 million, Β£25,000 wages, Samuel Adegbenro (LW 78 OVR, 26 yrs old in 5th season) a versatile forward from Rosenberg who is comfortable with both feet and can play anywhere across the front line - cost club record fee of 10 million, 15,000 wages. Finally, took a punt on unknown but potentially great Emmanuel Latte Lath from Pescara in Italy. Plays RW but I intend to use him as a right sided striker as needed. 23 years-old in fifth season and 72 OVR. Cost 7 million and 4,000 wages.

Don't want any excuses if I don't win the league this season. Wanted to give it everything I had. So with the money spent it was time to push on despite Moussa Sylla's continued absence.

Despite all this new-blood it took tried and tested Neal Maupay to rekindle our title challenge as he returned to scoring ways and with a little help from new boy Adegbenro chipping in with a few goals we are now back ontop of the League albeit only on goal difference above an inform Spurs. We are making hard work of the FA Cup needing a replay to beat Newcastle in extra time and then drawing to Everton (again in the snow). So another stamina sapping replay awaits.

Up next is Barcelona in our first knockout round of the Champions League. Wish me luck, I'm gonna need it! Sylla can't come back to full fitness soon enough.

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@Lroy Epic update, nice, looks like you have a tight run-in on your hands and plenty of leg-sapping games to keep your injury list topped up

Seems like Fiorentina weren't entered into the national cup this season, presumably because we're playing in Europe, because I'm pretty sure I've been left out of the cup, so no chance to defend our crown but it does mean I get the occasional chance for players to recover.

I'm still only in my second season, and haven't played much in the last week. I wonder if my addiction harms my performance, because coming back to it for a single game yesterday worked wonders, tonking Roma 4-1 in a very one-sided game. Then played a single game this morning, which turned into an epic away against the formidable league leaders, Juventus. They scored early but we drew level after 25 minutes and then on 70 minutes we took the lead when an inspired break down the left and an early cross saw the Juve centre back nutmeg Buffon for an own goal. Minutes later and they'd equalised, only for the man who made our second goal to go into Titan mode and get a delightful third for us. But we couldn't hold on. Juve are just so clinical in and around the box and score goals you wouldn't expect others to score.

So it ended 3-3 and we're disappointed, but for us to take the game to them like that at their own ground tells me we can mount a title challenge next season. Some quality defenders should probably be my priority, as I always neglect this area.

As it is, we're currently sitting 4th with 6 games to play, 5 points clear of 5th, 3 behind 3rd. We've improved as the season's gone on, for the most part, thanks probably to my desperation for a new goalkeeper in the January transfer window causing me to buy the only one my scouts had found that looked worth getting. He has saved a lot of shots that my previous goalie would have let in, so I feel the money and extortionate wages I agreed to have been worth it.

Jamie Vardy has slowly risen up through the goal-scoring table to joint 4th. But too many games have been drawn, and I don't feel I've gotten enough out of Zaha. My fault more than his probably, as I tend not to favour the right side of the pitch when I attack, so I will soon begin experimenting with him in a more central position. Having seen the FA Cup Final on Saturday I've decided starting games cautiously is daft, and my default formation is 3-3-4, attacking.

Don't feel like experimenting too much now though as I've really got to try and finish 3rd to qualify for the Champions League...

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@Lroy Well, as you asked...

I snuck in a few games today and we are now reaching the climax of the season. We've shown very good form recently and despite losing 1-0 at home in the first leg of the Europa League quarter finals to Sporting Lisbon, we won the tie 3-3 on away goals in a titanic second leg at their ground. Up against Zenit St. Petersburg in the semis, the first leg of which is my next game.

Unfortunately though, that win at Lisbon took it's toll, with Jamie Vardy suffering a knee injury - out for 4 weeks which effectively ends his season and his late run for the league top scorer (he was joint 3rd before the injury).

And the games are coming so frequently that every game needs some squad juggling and fingers crossing to escape further injuries. The squad have hung in there really well for me, repeatedly finding late winners in tight games, goals from several different players just about plugging Vardy's gap.

We're on a bit of a winning streak in the league, but annoyingly, so are Inter, the team we were chasing for 3rd. Every time we win, so do they, so we've been stuck in 4th for weeks, 1 point behind them. And we don't play each other again this season. Only 2 league games to go. But luckily I'd misinterpreted the colour scheme on the league table, and it turns out finishing 4th, which is now guaranteed minimum for us, qualifies us for the Champions League, so my job is safe for another year and hopefully I might get a bumper transfer budget in the summer ...

I've dropped the half length from 6 minutes to 5, and haven't really missed those extra 2 minutes, so I'll go with 5 for a while to speed things up a bit. Though part of me was tempted to try 15 or 20 minute halves, and I will next season, just to see if the extended stamina let's me get out of sight in 1st half then rest in the 2nd.

@Lroy I keep checking your play time to see if Football Manager has pushed FIFA aside for you, so pleased to see you're still at it. But Norwich is closer to Germany than Northampton is, so I don't know what you're complaining about

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@Lroy I decided I had nothing to lose and set the match time for the first leg (home) of my Europa League semi final to 2 x 15 minutes.

And the crowd are certainly getting their money's worth - about 25 game minutes left and it's 4-3 to Fiorentina. Leandrinho has suddenly resurrected his form and has scored a hat-trick.

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I ended up drawing that game 4-4 annoyingly, having felt on top when I'd paused it at 4-3.

The second leg did not disappoint. We went 2-0 down inside the first 20 minutes, but a Zaha penalty got us back in the tie, before we equalised with some incisive passing and finishing. We then spotted the keeper about to pass the ball short and nabbed the ball off the defender with the keeper out of position, finishing coolly into the empty net - 3-2 ahead on the night and finally ahead on aggregate, 30 minutes to play.

Our lead lasted 6 minutes before they scored and the tie swung back to Zenit on away goals.

Into the closing stages my boys looked tired, constantly losing possession with sloppy control. But with 4 minutes to go, my very first signing Jessie Lingard goes round the outside of the centre back and lashes home the winner. So we're into the final, against Napoli, who we beat a few weeks ago in the league, so we can already smell the silverware...

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Lroy

FIFA 18 is now reduced to Β£18 on the UK eShop and presumably elsewhere too. That is an incredible price. What a game. Still glued to Manager Mode. Will post a progress update in the near future. Been offered a HUGE job based off my achievements over the last 5 seasons with Northampton Town.

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How is the physical version when it comes to space saving? I ask because it sure seems to cost a whole lot more.

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gcunit

Turned my Switch on last night with the intention of playing something different for once, probably Mario Kart.

FIFA was still 'playing' so I just had to go in and save wherever it was...

3.5 hours later "How tf is it half past one?"

Turns out playing 15 minutes halves really sucks you in

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@gcunit It is! But it is also a game for me that I easily could ingore for months without missing it. I don't have that with BotW, SMO or MK8D.
Edit: and Stardew Valley (man what an addictive game).

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Lroy

@JayJ All the game is on the cart I believe? I don't recall downloading anything outside of optional squad updates in game? I got it for Β£22 approx. Β£18 digital is the cheapest I have ever seen the game drop down to, to date. Obviously, the price of annual sports games decrease the closer we get to the next instalment but this actually works in favour of folks with a more casual interest in the series. If you don't envisage buying FIFA 19 (if it comes to Switch) on day 1, then Β£18 is an absolute steal for this game.

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Lroy wrote:

FIFA 18 is now reduced to Β£18 on the UK eShop and presumably elsewhere too. That is an incredible price. What a game. Still glued to Manager Mode. Will post a progress update in the near future. Been offered a HUGE job based off my achievements over the last 5 seasons with Northampton Town.

Been playing this game all season on my Xbox One S. Just wondering with this price drop whether the portability aspect would be justification alone to repurchase. Hmm.

Can anyone shed some light on how this holds up to the xbox comparatibly? I know career mode ommits such features like the interactive frostbite powered transfer negotiation and the matchday graphics package.

Although from reading through this thread you guys are having a ton of fun.

Consoles: Nintendo Switch and New Nintendo 3ds

Lroy

@JammyTWOsugars Perhaps @Agent721 can help? He plays on XBONE.

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@Lroy Thanks! I'm an American so our pricing seems to be worse for this game than it is for you guys, but thanks for the info. Good to know they managed to get the whole thing on the game card.

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