Jump to content
FMM Vibe
  • Sign Up
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...
Foxy

FMM19: Tips For Lower League Success


title.png.4304c37a41f79fd53adab1be04ed3bc7.png

FMM19: Tips for Lower League Success

Lower league management (LLM) is one of the most satisfying ways to play FMM19 as you take your chosen team from lower league obscurity to the top table of world football. There are many aspects of management that you need to master to build your club and hopefully this guide will give you some ideas that will help you on your road to glory.

This is written with a focus on the English lower leagues or more specifically my save with Oxford Utd but the tips can be transferred to any other nations lower leagues in the game.

 

Don’t look for the perfect player, look for the effective player.

This may sound obvious but you are never going to find the perfect player when you are down in the lower leagues and you will need to compromise somewhere when you sign players or evaluate your squad. This isn’t as big a problem as it sounds as every club is in the same position so it’s just a case of being clever and sniffing out the players that can be effective for you.

What you need to do is concentrate on the key attributes for the roles you need and build from there. It is unlikely you will find a winger who can cross, dribble, run like Usain Bolt and also have good shooting and passing. The key is to work out what you want your players to do within your tactic and then look for players that have those specific attributes. If you have a big target man striker in your squad then look for players that can cross and are quite quick, if you have a quick striker with good finishing then look for midfielders who have good passing and creativity who can play through balls for him to run onto.

Remember that the number you are looking for in each attribute gets lower as you go down the leagues so 14 crossing would be ok in the Championship but excellent once you get to the Vanarama leagues.

To find out more on player attributes and what roles need which attribute please check out @PriZe A-Z guide under this link.

Take this guy for example.

IMG_0272.thumb.PNG.6db2205ecb6987dfd8f01525e3d50d88.PNG

Inih isn’t the greatest striker to ever lace up a pair of football boots, he lacks football intelligence and his stamina isn’t up to much either but he has some attributes that can make him very effective right up to League 1 level with the right players around him as well.

You can see from his highlighted attributes that he has good key attributes for a target man but he is still a compromise as he lacks technique, aggression, teamwork and passing that would make him an even better target man. You can sign him from Dover for around £35k and if you can get wingers that can cross the ball he will get you goals as I proved in League 1 when I used him for Oxford.

IMG_0269.thumb.PNG.35857a49c4a60e974fdfaf2b44b60aed.PNG

After his 44 goal season I then managed to sell him for £1m to Blackburn making an excellent profit on a £35k initial outlay whilst he also got the goals to help me win League 1.

This brings me onto my next tip.

 

No player is bigger then the club so sell if a good offer comes in and reinvest

It’s understandable that you will become attached to the players that have been doing the business for you and that you may want to stay loyal to them as you move up the leagues but money talks at all levels of football. After promotion to the Championship it was clear to me that I would need a better striker than Inih if I wanted to challenge for promotion and his value had grown from £30k  when I bought him to £1.1m so it was the perfect time to sell whilst he was relatively hot property following his 44 goal season. I offered him out and Blackburn came in with a £1m so he was off.

IMG_0274.thumb.PNG.ee3bbc2d229671dcb3b6e6c41873fbd7.PNG 

Sometimes it’s not a player that you know isn’t good enough for the level above and it’s a player that you would like to keep but the money is just too good to turn down.

That’s the situation I faced with Cameron Brannagan who was developing into a good Championship level midfielder but that was attracting the attention of other clubs.

IMG_0328.thumb.PNG.d7963f6b4afce9e0c8a8c3a4ba9df60d.PNG

As good as he is for the level of football we play when Leeds came in with £6m for him I didn’t think too much about it before I accepted the deal. That £6m could go a long way with half of it going into improving the squad, plus a good increase on the wage budget which help in getting us promotion ready. I was then able to convince the board to improve the training ground twice meaning it went from a below average to a good rating which will enable more of my players to improve then just one midfielder and it sets us up for the next few seasons behind the scenes.

 

Look to sign youngsters who have been released or transfer listed

This method can be applied to any age of player and you want a good balance in the squad between youngsters who are developing through game time and training and players that are at their peak and are good consistent performers at the level you currently play.

 You can often pick up bargains at the end of the season as bigger clubs cull there reserve players that are out of contract. They may be players that will never make it at the top level but they could be good enough at your current level and they may develop to play a level or two higher or after a good season or two you may sell them at a profit. This rule also applies in the transfer market and it is possible to pick up players that other clubs don’t want at a cut price if you spend the time to look for them and are willing to haggle.

Personally I love a freebie so I like to look for the players that have been released and start to look around for these players in January using the player search. You could look by positions and add in some attribute filters as well but I like to start with a general search of all players that have contracts expiring,  are 21 or under, have an EU passport (if I am managing in an EU country) and would be interested in signing for me. I can then look through the full list and see if anyone takes my fancy but that is a personal choice and you may want to refine the list by position from the start. I can then start to refine my search after I can had a scan through the full list and I often use value as a guide as if I can get a fairly high value player for nothing then great.

IMG_E0562.thumb.JPG.202f7b1872e0714134a10a60f434a6e7.JPG  

This search turned up a few interesting players that I could then add to my shortlist to make sure I can keep an eye on them. One useful thing to do is not be blinded by looking for attributes that are good enough at the time of signing for the to play in the team now. This Italian striker caught my eye as a good example of the type of player I would look for as he has some good base attributes as a target man and he is only 17.

IMG_0564.thumb.PNG.2fe48c3747ae43542ec6dd2a01ab64eb.PNG

He isn’t going to be good enough at a higher level but if you could get him in at a smaller club he could be a useful player and with playing time he is very likely to improve and could prove to be a good player that you eventually sell for much more then he cost.

You can’t solely go on value though as I found this GK as I looked based on youngest players and he would be a good signing lower down the leagues in my opinion as he again has the base attributes and if you can give him some game time then he could develop and with a current wage of £50 I’m sure he would be affordable.

IMG_0563.thumb.PNG.2e4971abfb1301c8988f3e645d3ac4c4.PNG

The important thing to remember is that these players need to get some playing time in order to develop so it’s important not to stockpile these players and then stick them in the reserves to rot. Time on the bench can often see a player improve a little when they are young and you can also try and loan them out for a while if you don’t feel they will get the playing time they need.

 

Improve the club facilities as often as the board will allow you

IMG_0277.thumb.PNG.70482638e0257e84ab05de10c5784759.PNG

If you want to get even more out of these players then better facilities are going to help, as this allows you to have more backroom staff which is going to benefit the players development and health as you can have extra physios as well. I personally would always focus on the training ground before the youth facilities as I can’t see much point having good youngsters come through the youth setup if they have a ploughed field to play on once they are in the first team. Once the training ground is getting better you can then think about asking the board to improve the youth facilities but trying to do both at the same time is going to eat into your transfer and wage budgets so I like to concentrate on just one at a time.

 

Exploit the loan market

IMG_0369.thumb.PNG.5a889a1b2e179e10dee61af63bf0e043.PNG

This might not be everyone’s cup of tea as it isn’t realistic because in real life there are restrictions on loans that aren’t in the game but this is a game and I am happy to exploit something that is in the game and isn’t cheating.

It could be seen as short term thinking as you are essentially helping other clubs develop there youngsters but in the lower leagues you need to balance long term thinking like updating the training ground alongside the immediate priority of getting promoted. When money is tight you need to make every penny count and the loan market can mean you bring in players that are of a better quality then you can actually afford if you tried to buy them and of course with regular game time they are likely to get better as the season goes on.

I hope I have given you a few things that might help you in your next LLM save and help you achieve your goals. If you have any tips of your own why not comment below.

Cheers guys  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Recommended Posts

2 hours ago, Nucleus said:

Another excellent guide that I’m sure will help  lot of members looking to start in the lower leagues. Great work Foxy

Cheers mate, hopefully there are a few tips in here that people will find helpful.

21 minutes ago, Restart said:

Excellent guide.I'm going to do LLM save😀

Nice one, who you going to manage?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
38 minutes ago, Foxy said:

Cheers mate, hopefully there are a few tips in here that people will find helpful.

Nice one, who you going to manage?

I don't know.Maybe a team from Vanarama National or League One

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, panathas said:

usefull guide.contract  expiring and players from lower divison with good atributes are also a good idea.

 

5 hours ago, Dianto Billy Nova said:

Great guide mate, very helpful and I must try in my Blyth Spartans save 👍🍻

Thanks guys, glad it will be of help.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice guide.  Helpful for some teams in the upper leagues too as not every team has a great amount of money to throw around and have to make due with a mediocre squad rather than one full of superstars!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, geordiekrispy said:

Nice guide.  Helpful for some teams in the upper leagues too as not every team has a great amount of money to throw around and have to make due with a mediocre squad rather than one full of superstars!

Thats very true.

3 hours ago, Restart said:

I start Edinburgh City save(Scottish Last League)

  Reveal hidden contents

 

 

Good luck 👍🏻

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry I missed this @Foxy (been away).

Great guide mate! I agree with everything you covered there. I would add 3 things that worked well for me at Macclesfield:

  • When trying to buy a transfer listed player, always offer £0 to start. Occasionally they go for it, but even if they don't, they will often come back with a much lower lower price than you may have expected.
  • When finding youngsters, look for those with good base attributes (as suggested above), but then also look at those with the biggest CA to PA difference or with a Potential to improve a lot message. It's not always right, but increases the chances of buying a player who will develop a lot on top of those base attributes.
  • In the lower leagues, long ball with a fast striker is just golden.

Playing in the lower leagues is actually a load of fun and I plan to spend some time there again soon. 

Anyway, great guide, thanks! 🙂

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Scratch said:

Sorry I missed this @Foxy (been away).

Great guide mate! I agree with everything you covered there. I would add 3 things that worked well for me at Macclesfield:

  • When trying to buy a transfer listed player, always offer £0 to start. Occasionally they go for it, but even if they don't, they will often come back with a much lower lower price than you may have expected.
  • When finding youngsters, look for those with good base attributes (as suggested above), but then also look at those with the biggest CA to PA difference or with a Potential to improve a lot message. It's not always right, but increases the chances of buying a player who will develop a lot on top of those base attributes.
  • In the lower leagues, long ball with a fast striker is just golden.

Playing in the lower leagues is actually a load of fun and I plan to spend some time there again soon. 

Anyway, great guide, thanks! 🙂

Some excellent tips there as well.

I haven't tried the long ball with fast strikers yet as I played my usual short passing tactic with Oxford. Is that actually long ball that you found effective or direct passing?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
45 minutes ago, Foxy said:

I haven't tried the long ball with fast strikers yet as I played my usual short passing tactic with Oxford. Is that actually long ball that you found effective or direct passing?

It was actually long ball. And it was glorious: 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 minutes ago, Scratch said:

It was actually long ball. And it was glorious: 

 

I remember you posting that video now actually. I just wasn’t sure as I have used direct passing before and never seen a huge difference in the passing you see in the actual highlights but I have never used long ball I don’t think which is a travesty and needs to change at some point.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Foxy said:

I remember you posting that video now actually. I just wasn’t sure as I have used direct passing before and never seen a huge difference in the passing you see in the actual highlights but I have never used long ball I don’t think which is a travesty and needs to change at some point.

Yeah, I've never noticed a huge amount of difference between short and direct (although the stats show my midfielders are a lot more busy with short).

I'd never tried long passing either... I mean, I would never ever stoop to long ball. What sort of football is that? I'm a purist thank you very much...

Fast forward to me struggling in the CC (the Queens Park in Scotland one) and someone (Damilere I think) hinted to remember it's lower leagues, so I switched to long ball for the first time ever, and goals like these started happening. Absolutely love it.

But it stops working as you go up the leagues. I think I only used it in L2 and started going back to my more normal approach in L1, definitely by the Championship. Higher up the defenders read the game better and cut out those long balls much more effectively. At the bottom though they are a bit clueless and just let the striker through... 😄

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
42 minutes ago, Scratch said:

But it stops working as you go up the leagues. I think I only used it in L2 and started going back to my more normal approach in L1, definitely by the Championship. Higher up the defenders read the game better and cut out those long balls much more effectively. At the bottom though they are a bit clueless and just let the striker through..

That’s interesting because I have always had a theory even before changing to FMM that if you have the right players for the style you want to play and level you play you can use any style at any level so long ball at the top level or passing at the bottom levels but maybe that isn’t the case.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
10 hours ago, Foxy said:

That’s interesting because I have always had a theory even before changing to FMM that if you have the right players for the style you want to play and level you play you can use any style at any level so long ball at the top level or passing at the bottom levels but maybe that isn’t the case.

Well, it could do with some more testing. That's just my conclusions on what I saw.

The long ball goals definitely dried up, but maybe it was because I didn't upgrade the striker or other players fast enough to keep them in line with the level we were playing (though we still were winning). Or maybe the tactic just went off and would have come back if I'd persisted. Or maybe I needed to tweak things. Or maybe it was something else. 

To me, it just made sense that it was because the opposing defenders were better at intercepting those long passes, whether because they were faster, or in a better position to start with, or made better decisions. But I'm mapping the real world onto the game there and we all know that it doesn't always work exactly like the real world...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×