Welcome to this unplanned post which I have put together after a few days of events in which I have totally changed my FM18 plans. It all started with an in depth conversation about the 4141 formation with my friend over the pond Saadiq Bey aka @Rovazzz who is a long time admirer of the 4141 formation which he used on FM16 to great effect. I also spoke to James aka @FMPressure another long time advocate of the formation and Cleon aka @Cleon81 (the king of FM analysis) who needs no introduction. Now myself I have never used the 4141 but after talking and reading cleon’s post on the Si Forums I have been more than convinced that it’s an avenue I am eager to explore. Secondly I was impressed with the news that FM18 released about the new scouting system and scouting packages that will have an impact on your budget making it more realistic. I was then involved in a discussion about the Football League which resulted in a colleague asking me which lower league managers that I rated? Without a second thought I said Paul Tisdale at Exeter City who has been at the Devonshire club for 11 years, why? Because season after season Tisdale has had to wheel and deal his way putting together a squad of players to compete whilst sticking to a controlled financial strategy.
After the discussion I decided to have a closer look at Exeter City and their history and found myself absorbed in reading a large chunk of the Exeter City Supporters Trust website which I have found to be fantastic. For anybody who does not know Exeter City’s majority shareholders are the fans with 53.6% of the shares. Whilst looking through the various sections on the trusts website I came across the trusts Exeter City Vision which you can see below or you can visit the trusts website here http://ecfcst.org.uk/
The Exeter City Vision:
TO BE AN OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY OWNED CLUB PLAYING FOOTBALL AT THE HIGHEST SUSTAINABLE LEVEL.
The Mission of the Trust and Club is to deliver our vision through:
• Growing a Trust ownership model which underpins all aspects of the Vision
• Sporting excellence
• Developing home grown academy talent
• Actively engaging with our members, supporters and the wider community
• Delivering viable financial performance within an integrated business strategy
• Developing first class enabling capabilities – people, premises, pitches, pride
Both the Trust and Club will have a part to play in creating an integrated strategy and identifying action plans to deliver the Mission and Vision.
With all this in mind I decided that Exeter City in the 4th tier would be a good challenge for me to take on in FM18 because I want to work with a club with a strict financial strategy which along with the new scouting packages will hopefully provide a test season on season has I attempt to grow the club whilst developing our own players using the club’s development strategy. So I need to set myself some goals at a club who have spent most of their time in the bottom tier of professional football, although I am a keen follower of the lower leagues it’s been some time since I have managed a team in the lower leagues so I have put together a list of goals that I would like to achieve at Exeter City, however I have not put a timescale on this but it’s a very ambitious list that will take a long time to achieve.
- Improve the youth and training facilities
- Parent Club that enables us to loan players
- Promotion to League One
- Take the club to their highest League Position (League One Runners Up 1933)
- Promotion to the Championship
- Promotion to the Premier League
- Break the club’s player single season goals record (Fred Whitlow 33 1932-33)
- Break the club’s all time top scorer record (Tony Kellow 129)
- Break the club’s all time appearance record (Arnold Mitchell 495)
- Win the League Cup
- Win the FA Cup
- Stadium Expansion or build a new ground
- Build A Youth Development System that the club can rely on
- Build a top class scouting network
- Qualify for a European Competition
- Win a European Competition
- Become a club legend
Rules for the save :
- Only sign players that the scouting network recommend
- Only sign a player if there is not an adequate replacement already at the club
- Maximum number of 2 non British players signed in a single season
- Financial prudence by keeping the clubs Finances in check
Life after Tisdale will be all about embracing all the good what Paul Tisdale and the Exeter City Supporters Trust have done at the club in the last decade and taking it to the next level. I am looking forward to the difference in managing at a lower level than I do usually. Like I said above I admire what Paul Tisdale has done for Exeter City and we also have one thing in common we both have a liking for a certain style of clothing. Thanks for reading.