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Lower League Tips and Tricks 2.0

 

Credit to Dar J for the original idea

 

There are times it’s fun to pick a big club, wield their ginormous transfer kitties and buy yourself Trebles and quadruples on FM; there are also times when it’s fun to roll your sleeves up, go down to the muddy pitches of the lower leagues and drag yourself up the divisions. With boards in FMM17 being just as impatient as their real-life equivalents, you may find yourself turfed out the door with surprising regularity if you fail to adapt, and nobody wants that. This guide aims to help you become more a Graham Turner than a Graham Westley and stay long enough to come up from the Fourth to the First Division.

 

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Be more like this guy.....

 

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.... instead of this P45-collecting ponce-nugget!

Quick note: Most of these tips are colored in from my experience knocking around in the lower English leagues, so the mindset leans more towards that context.

 

1.       Dipping into the player pool

-          Setting up your database at the start of the save presents an interesting question, as it can shape the direction majority of your moves make. Do you go for a database range where your initial pool is shallow, but opens up more range for signings – or vice-versa, with a pool that helps you rocket up the leagues early but locks you out of phenoms long-term?  Don’t be afraid to test various database combinations for the best results, and take note of what certain countries tend to produce so you can plan ahead depending on what you want your squad to have.

 

2.       Squad-building 101

-          Remember that you’re not managing United or Chelsea that can afford 27-man squads and a zillion players out on loan; in signing players, jacks-of-all-trades tend to be worth more than specialists, at least until you reach at least League One/challenge for the promotion playoffs. Each signing matters due to small budgets so look for players that have relatively high primary stats for their roles and balanced stats in the others – and don’t be afraid to refresh the squad at intervals depending on where you are in the League.

 

3.       K.I.S.S(Keep it Simple, Sunshine)

-          Going along with the squad-building, it’ll be hard if not impossible to run esoteric tactics like gegenpressing or the Leicester version of 4-4-2 when your players run the gamut from Wayne Shaw-esque laddies to youth team cast-offs in League One; it’s sometimes just not technically or physically feasible to run those kinds of tactics. Don’t be ashamed in using basic 4-4-2 while you’re still climbing up the leagues, and use your planned tactic whenever possible with your youngsters to blood them in it.

 

4.       Work with the board

-          Before you even pick a season expectation, take a look at your surroundings and ask yourself if it truly is possible to achieve it without hitting a rich vein of form; if it doesn’t, go pick the next lower objective. It both shields yourself from underachieving and benefits you in the medium-term as board members are sometimes more amenable to requests after an unexpected success.

 

5.       Study your division

-          This really goes side-by-side with the 4th point but it’s also important – make sure you at least study the promotion structure in your league. Spain’s 3rd division and Lega Pro have funky promotion systems so make sure you find out exactly how you don’t get stuck there for a long time.

 

6.       Look around at how lucky(or unlucky) you are

-          Variances in facility quality are more pronounced at this level; factor this in everything you do, from picking expectations to tactics to your signings to how you go forward in building your team. Don’t be afraid to scout your planned club and see where they’re better at; if you have good training facilities, use that to attract relatively better players to your squad while you build up your youth systems; if your youth academy is the better-equipped, be confident in flooding your squad with your prospects.

 

7.       Club over all

-          I understand it’s tempting to keep your star players with you for the climb upwards the divisions a la Andy King or Ashley Williams; sometimes, the AI will make a bid for them though. If keeping them means the beginning of discontent within the squad and your season spinning out of control, don’t be afraid to let them leave – and use whatever funds you get to both bring in quality replacements in the short-term and invest in club facilities long-term.

 

8.       Do a Lincoln

-          Don’t be afraid to play a round of Cup roulette; it raises your club’s profile if you perform a giant-killing and can lead to funding facility upgrades if you do well and even nick a pot here or there. Never let a Cup run be detrimental to your League progress though – what’s the point of 30 FA Trophies and several scalps if you never leave the Conference? Let it go if it’s hampering your League form.

 

9.       Talk to your players

-          Morale management is just as important here, if not even more than the higher divisions since fired up players can and often will do more for you! Make use of the interactions as necessary – and never be afraid to give ‘em a rollicking if need be!

 

I hope these tips help you out and that you give the lower leagues a spin on your next save! Get out there and have fun!

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Very decent guide this! 

I couldn't agree more with number 7... if someone wants out then in my experience it's normally better to let them go, no matter how much you want to keep them. And then when their transfer fee helps you sign 3 decent players in return, it's a win all round. With Lower League teams I'm very much focused on who's good for that particular season, rather than long term players. There's not much room for sentiment, except maybe with the odd player.

One thing I would add is that it's always worth looking for players to sign that aren't under the 'interested category on the player search. You'll be surprised, sometimes you can attract a player that's a nobody elsewhere, in say the division above, but they will be a star for you. I also find that there's sometimes a player from maybe the Irish League, that stats-wise looks too good for you, but can be tempted by an offer, which is always very satisfying.  

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Great read and some really helpful tips, the only place I tend to struggle is training (i.e. Too many injuries/low condition) how do you setup your regimes?

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5 minutes ago, Brenty92 said:

Great read and some really helpful tips, the only place I tend to struggle is training (i.e. Too many injuries/low condition) how do you setup your regimes?

I'm working on that and it should be up next week Saturday hopefully  (I'm not promising)

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Great read this, I always enjoy lower league saves. I took concord from bottom league to the prem. Was 3rd season in the prem and stupidly saved over my save ?

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23 minutes ago, kylieboi88 said:

Great read this, I always enjoy lower league saves. I took concord from bottom league to the prem. Was 3rd season in the prem and stupidly saved over my save ?

Save your games in a different folder after certain intervals like at the end of every season or every January so even if you do something stupid like that you won't loose the whole save

I learnt that the hard way

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I love the idea of taking a team from the depths of non league to the heights of the Prestigious Prem league but I am never able to continue I always lose interest by mid way through the first season any Idea on how to fight on and continue playing

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7 minutes ago, Pogba said:

I love the idea of taking a team from the depths of non league to the heights of the Prestigious Prem league but I am never able to continue I always lose interest by mid way through the first season any Idea on how to fight on and continue playing

Personally I always run 2 saves simultaneously one with the lower league team and an easy one with a big team then I play the until I'm bored with the lower leagues so I move to the easier one where I usually find something that motivates me. It could be a tactic I'm building or a player that came through my academy

Another method is to give yourself short term goals for example I want to get at least 12 points in my next 5 games or I want to go 5 games unbeaten by doing that you'd find yourself progressing because you're eager to see if you'd achieve your goals or not.

Hope this helps

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thank you I will keep these in mind currently running a Liverpool save with the objective of creating a pure home grown talented squad.

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41 minutes ago, Dar J said:

Save your games in a different folder after certain intervals like at the end of every season or every January so even if you do something stupid like that you won't loose the whole save

I learnt that the hard way

I had 4 saves going in the for available slots and I dont upload my saves to cloud or whatever so I lost it all lol

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7 hours ago, KennyMiller27 said:

  Talk to your players

 

-          Morale management is just as important here, if not even more than the higher divisions since fired up players can and often will do more for you! Make use of the interactions as necessary – and never be afraid to give ‘em a rollicking if need be!

Player interaction is broken isn't it? Every time I try, no matter what I do, their morale always plummets

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46 minutes ago, CmonJustTheTip said:

Player interaction is broken isn't it? Every time I try, no matter what I do, their morale always plummets

Keep trying and don't over do it. Praise only when a player deserves it for example I won't praise a defender that got an 8 rating because he scored a hole while he attempted 10 headers and won only 1. He's job is to defend not to score so I'd judge his performance only based on that 

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6 hours ago, CmonJustTheTip said:

Player interaction is broken isn't it? Every time I try, no matter what I do, their morale always plummets

Not totally,though it does need some finesse - it's IT that's guaranteed to f*** morale up

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Reading this article inspired me to start a new llm save, decided to go with ebbsfleet purely because of the 'good' training facilities, it's going unbelievable, I actually have Charlie sheringham shining as the bright star in the family atm, teddy who?... Lol

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2 hours ago, Brenty92 said:

Reading this article inspired me to start a new llm save, decided to go with ebbsfleet purely because of the 'good' training facilities, it's going unbelievable, I actually have Charlie sheringham shining as the bright star in the family atm, teddy who?... Lol

Good luck man!Hope you post a career thread with it!Would love to see you fly up the leagues!

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Don't have the time to post as a thread unfortunately, it's my best ever first year to be honest, it's almost not believable how many goals we're scoring! Won the league after 30 games ?

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