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.
Fed Up with winning multiple Champions League titles with the big boys of European football then why not try your hand at non league management. There are multiple club’s you can choose from but I am focusing on Alfreton Town FC, a club based in the small town of Alfreton in Derbyshire who play their football in the National League North of the English football pyramid which is the sixth tier. The club play their home games at North Street (The Impact Arena) which has a capacity of 3600. The club was formed in 1959 and in 2011 reached the Football Conference for the first time in the club’s history under the guidance of popular manager Nicky Law. They spent 4 seasons in the 5th tier before being relegated back to the National League North were they are now.
With FM18 just around the corner I have decided to put together a few short team guides for anyone looking for a team to manage. Rayo Vallecano are a Madrid based side from the working class neighbourhood of Vallecas plying their trade in the Spanish second tier ( Segunda División ). The clubs home shirt is distinctive with a red sash on a white shirt and because of this they adopted the nickname Los Franjirrojos (The Red Sashes). They were commonly talked about has Madrid’s 3rd team obviously in the shadow of Real and Atlético, but in recent times they have fell behind Getafe therefore if you were to rank the Madrid based sides they would be 4th in line. They play their football in the Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas which has a capacity of 14,708. The club were relegated to the 2nd tier at the end of the 2015-2016 season after their longest consecutive stint in the top tier that lasted 5 years. The clubs best finish in the top tier came in the 2012-2013 season when they finished in 8th place.
Welcome to my latest post looking back at my Botafogo save. If you have read my earlier posts you will know that we managed to pull off a domestic double by winning the Brazilian Cup and then the League title. So to the latest season and the board have raised their expectations, they want us to win both the state championship and Brasiliero and reach the Semi Finals of both the Copa Libertadores and Copa Brasil. Now that’s a considerable hike in expectations especially the Copa Libertadores however I had every confidence in the squad that I had at my disposal with just 2 players leaving the club during the break, Bruno Silva went to Fenerbahce and Airton joined Santos. I brought 2 players in on loan as cover both Leandro (AM) and Luis Henrique (CF) both with options to buy but I did not excersise that clause with both players playing very little as the season panned out.
Welcome to my second post about Botafogo, has you can see from the title Botafogo went on to win a fantastic double in my first season in charge which I did not expect but as the season went on we gained momentum and started to believe we were title candidates. We kicked the Campeonato Brasiliero off with a fantastic 2-0 win away at our Rio based rivals Fluminense with goals from Sassa, and Luis Ricardo in a game which we certainly hit the ground running. Our next game was a mouth-watering home clash with São Paulo which we trailed 0-2 at half time which was a fair reflection on the first period. I changed things around a little at the break including the formation reverting to a 3412 which sempt to work from the restart with us putting our guests on the back foot which we got our reward for courtesy of a brace from Walter Montillo an half time substitute playing has an Attacking Midfielder behind our front two, Montillo’s goals earned us a point and a 2-2 draw against one of the fancied sides at the start of the season.
Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas or you may know them as Botafogo FC, a Brazilian football club based in the state of Rio de Janeiro. I have spent a lot of time this last FM release watching footage of Botafogo from years gone by none less so from their golden age of the 1960’s which saw the club having 5 players which was the backbone to Brazils’ 1962 World Cup winning squad, they were Nilton Santos (the worlds first wing back), Didi, Mario Zagallo, Amarildo and last but not least the remarkable Garrincha who was born with 2 bowed legs in fact one was shorter than the other but this didn’t stop him becoming one of the greatest players of all time. But it was not just these 5 that caught my eye there are many more Jairzinho, Quarentinha, Carvalho Leite, Helenio De Freitas and Gerson to name a few. Now it’s 2022 and we are….. hang on a minute I have not told you about the previous years have I ?
Welcome to my season two round up with Wolves. If you read my season one round up you will know that we won promotion to the Premier League by winning the Championship, and if you are wondering about the title of this post, well you will have to read on. The board wanted us to avoid relegation from the Premier League and gave me a transfer budget of £9m in the summer and then £17m in December ready for the winter transfer window. I agreed to the avoid relegation option even though in my mind I never thought that we would be involved in a battle at the wrong end of the table come the end of the season but I don’t see no point in putting pressure on yourself in your first season back in the big time.