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Hey Dan, im not really interested in this challenge, but can you maybe share the tactic you are using? Thank you in advance.

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Hey Dan, I'm not really interested in the tactic but I am interested in the challenge... did you get Becks assisting? The new guy doesn't have much except pace... what do you see him becoming?

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Recap

We’ve just finished season 2 - we’ve won the 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 VNS + 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 VNL titles in consecutive seasons …

Points
Everything is (kinda) going to plan. We’re on 26 points, needing to hit 100 points to achieve this GOAT challenge.

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Aim
This GOAT challenge is ridiculously hard.

The first two seasons were doable. Next are 3 seasons to (hopefully) win the 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 English League 2, League 1, and Championship … with all 4 narratives on … Not easy. 

… then after all this, if we succeed, we have to win the Premier League and all cups - that’s going to be near impossible.

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Q&A
Some good questions here:

On 18/06/2024 at 22:10, Sverg said:

but can you maybe share the tactic you are using? 

I’m using my ‘attacking 4213’ tactic (available <here>) - except I’m using an IWB + a ‘central’ passing focus when I don’t have a super-aerial striker 🙂

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8 minutes ago, StuartM said:

did you get Becks assisting? The new guy doesn't have much except pace... what do you see him becoming?

Ah. To be honest, he’s a bit rubbish.

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I got him for sone fun + in the hope he’d have great set piece abilities - but so far he’s been very mediocre 😞 I guess he’ll be loaned out and hope he improves?

 
Next
I haven’t progressed into the in-game summer yet - was sick for most of this week - will start to progress this weekend!

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Early Season 3

If you try this GOAT challenge yourself, you will be facing these kind of problems … 

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Problem #1 - Big Clubs
This challenge requires you to achieve consecutive promotions by WINNING the league every season. BUT there is a huge risk like this …

… guess who are in league two with us?! 😱

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Big boys Wigan had two successive relegations from the Championship …

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… but even now, they still have a much better squad, 10x our wage budget, plus made some big purchases this summer.

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They are strong enough to be ‘invincible’ this season. Somehow we must beat them to the title?! Oh dear.

 

Problem 2 - Time  
Raising cash is fine right now. We made some big player sales once the ‘asset stripper’ narrative stopped late last season.

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Big Player Sales
(where I keep the cash!)

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Instead the problem is with spending that cash. Some cash went to improved facilities …

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Improved training + youth facilities! Finally.

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YES - now we finally can afford a 2nd coach AND our assistant upgrades to gold. 

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… some cash went to player purchases - but many players don’t want to join …

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… but you only have 1 week to finalize deals when the new season starts - as if you run out of time, then some key deals get cancelled …

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Problem 3 - Asset Stripping  
You’ll see this one again and again.

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My chairman / administrator will transfer list players (hurting morale) - then sells them for ‘almost nothing’. Bye bye guys.

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SIX rounds of players being listed …

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Here’s the most painful sale  …

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Problem 4 - Austerity  
Here’s the big NEW problem.

What do you do with any remaining cash? I put it into our wage budget, to fund our squad’s +£20k / week wages (+£1m / year!).

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With a nice £23k / week budget …

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… with £17k / week actuals

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BUT look what happened
when we turned on ‘Austerity Measures’ …

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F***. I’ve got to cut this squad down to £11.5k / week. 

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We did reduce our wages down - BUT we’ve had to do it by loaning out great players …

… which leaves our squad lacking in title-winning quality

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… that’s our bench quality 🔻 and look at their motivation!

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Problem 5 - Injury Crisis  
One week before our first league game. We’ve finished pre-season. We have a 25-26 man squad. 

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26 players = 25 fit, 1 injured 

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Look at our 1st team’s stars (from a gold quality coach) - that’s not really good enough to win the league, as we had to cut wages a lot

 
… then we have to ‘turn on’ INJURY CRISIS … 

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How bad will it be?

 

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PS. Yes double-relegated Wigan will be a HUGE problem this season …

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… can you see where our Taunton are in the table?! 

😱

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Bonus - Injury Crisis 

We need to turn on the ‘injury crisis’ narrative. Do you want to see what happens?! (see GIF below)

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Injury Crisis
Well that’s a problem. 8 of my first team out. 16 injuries across my squad

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Three players are out for most of the season - many others out just for 1-4 months.

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Plus - horrifyingly - even ‘loaned out’ players in my first team get injured 😱

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Next
Well that makes things difficult.

Somehow we still need to win the league.  
We still need to cope with player sales.  
We still need to stay with wage budgets.  
We still need a fit first team.

… and we still need to stop an ‘invincible’ Wigan.

Wish us luck

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54 minutes ago, DanEnglish said:

… and we still need to stop an ‘invincible’ Wigan.


🎵 BOOM, shake shake shake the room … 🎵 

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🎵… tick tick tick, tick BOOM 🎵 

 

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On 13/6/2024 at 2:45, DanEnglish said:

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Media temporada 2

Tenemos ambas 👍  BUENAS noticias + 🔻  MALAS noticias… 
 

👍 Liga 
31 de diciembre: somosTOPcon una buena ventaja

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👍 Star Striker 
¿Por qué? Es principalmente por este delantero estrella🔥 

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  Ocultar contenidos

Asante fue LETAL al comienzo de la temporada: 22 goles enormes en 11 partidos 🔥 

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… pero tuvimos que cederlo lo antes posible cuando los clubes más grandes se interesaron por él

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Fueron necesarias 4 rondas consecutivas de tutoría para elevar su antena del 13 al 17; ahora es demasiado bueno para esta División.   
 


🔻  Delantero suplente 
Después de volver a prestar a Asante, ahora dependemos del desarrollo del delantero suplente Faal, que simplemente NO es tan bueno. 

  Ocultar contenidos

Sólo 3 goles en 9 partidos...

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…y sus atributos son mucho peores 

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🔻  Presupuestos salariales 
Si bien nos mantenemos dentro de los presupuestos salariales para todos los partidos competitivos,necesitamos constantemente liberar o prestar jugadorespara liberar salarios (para reemplazar a los jugadores lesionados o vendidos)

  Revelar contenidos ocultos

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🔻  Ventas de jugadores 
Desafortunadamente, nuestropresidente enumera jugadores repetidamente, lo que realmente daña la moral...

  Revelar contenidos ocultos

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Editar: cualquier lector con "ojos de águila" notará que el joven delantero "Fenwick" ha sido transferido dos veces...

Supongo que de alguna manera lo eliminé de la lista una vez, por lo que el presidente lo incluyó nuevamente. No estoy seguro.

 
¿Recuerdas esos 'cuatro favoritos de los fanáticos' de la temporada 1? Bueno, el presidente VENDIÓ el único que quedó en forma + juega 😢 

  Revelar contenidos ocultos

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Me encantó este IF zurdo...

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… sus atributos son pobres - pero sus actuaciones fueron geniales 

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🔻  Moral del jugador  
Nuestros jugadores actuales todavía me ODIAN...

  Revelar contenidos ocultos

Aquí está el nuevo fichaje gratuito de Scott.

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…y aquí está su compañero del Lyon

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🔻  Ingreso Juvenil  
… y todos los jugadores de la cantera son basura (otra vez)…

  Revelar contenidos ocultos

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Siguiente
... entonces, ¿dónde están nuestrasnuevas futuras superestrellas? 😉

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¿Beckham
firmará o no firmará?

great challenge, my congratulations first of all, I have a question for you, my tutorials last approximately one season, how do you manage to have 4 tutorials for the same player? cancel as soon as you have news of improvement? Doesn't that diminish the morale of the two players? Thank you in advance and don't give up, you can handle any challenge.
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10 hours ago, fufi said:
I have a question for you, my tutorials last approximately one season, how do you manage to have 4 tutorials for the same player? cancel as soon as you have news of improvement? Doesn't that diminish the morale of the two players?

You are referring to the +4 aerial that star young striker Asante received through mentoring from experienced Tom Elliott.

Yea usually I cancel the mentoring as soon as I receive a ‘news item’ of the improvement (a half-round of mentoring). I think for Asante, I left it until the 2nd news item of improvement (2x full-rounds of mentoring). It took just over 1 full season.

Yes cancelling it can hurt their morale. But it’s worth it 🔥 unfortunately most of my mentoring is NOT as successful as this one ☹️

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Mid Season 3

We are 2nd in the league,  
but this has been a difficult half-season …

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No Scouts?  
My only scout retired suddenly in pre-season, and my Board won’t let me replace him (‘no budget’). So searching for free contract signings has to be done manually without scouts. Sigh.

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No Youth?  
This surprised me. Not only did the Administrators sell our newly-improved youth facilities, BUT they also released our youth academy players! Argh!

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I almost got fired by ‘publicly protesting’!

 
No Morale?!?  
The ‘unrest at home’ narrative was switched on a week before the season started. Our players hate me. Again.

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No Revenue?!  
The Administrators continued to sell our players for almost nothing. Urgh.

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No Fitness?!?!  
You’ll remember we also switched in the ‘injury crisis’ narrative - which wiped out most of our squad. So I had to recall a bunch of low-wage players back from loans. Doable.

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Now a 36 man squad with 16 of those injured!

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Our New Stars  
Some new key players joined this summer + were urgently recalled from loan …

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Phillips 16 shooting is lethal in 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 League Two

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Ex-Man United Will Keane was meant to be our chief creator - but actually was a bit useless.

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And one-dimensional Clough is good at defending - but again wasn’t great.

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Our Squad  
*NEW!* a deep-dive into our first team players

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You can see our DCs are a weak point

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Good pace in attack, good aerial in defense, but only mediocre stamina - I’m using a high-press so will need to use a lot of subs

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One good shooter, a few decent crossers, but mostly good passing / technique across the first team.

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Mostly good decisions, movement and teamwork … but very low aggression.

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… and my subs are extremely weak 😞 

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Our Wages  
We stayed below wage budgets the whole time

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Status  
So here’s the league table now …

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We are sitting in 2nd place, while the leaders have two games-in-hand over us. We just need really good form during the … wait … what?

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Next
Oh no! We now need to SWITCH ON ‘injury crisis’ again on Jan 1st !!!

 

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On 25/06/2024 at 20:21, DanEnglish said:

You are referring to the +4 aerial that star young striker Asante received through mentoring from experienced Tom Elliott.

Yea usually I cancel the mentoring as soon as I receive a ‘news item’ of the improvement (a half-round of mentoring). I think for Asante, I left it until the 2nd news item of improvement (2x full-rounds of mentoring). It took just over 1 full season.

Yes cancelling it can hurt their morale. But it’s worth it 🔥 unfortunately most of my mentoring is NOT as successful as this one ☹️

Thank you for responding, I will put it into practice since I always wait for them to finish. By canceling, I understand that in a single season there could be about three tutorials per player. If the first news is that there is no progress, it is also advisable to cancel, right? And one last question, do I put the same tutor again in the case of improvement? Don't give up on the event, if anyone is capable it is you. I send you a lot of strength
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For anyone who wants to see how BAD the ‘injury crisis’ narrative is …

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From 3 injured in a 23 man squad - to a huge 17 injured 🤕 

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For anyone who wants to see how BAD the ‘injury crisis’ narrative is …

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From 3 injured in a 23 man squad - to a huge 17 injured 🤕 

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End Season 3

You’ll remember we were 2nd in the league - but did we manage to win the title - as this GOAT challenge requires ?!

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Where’s Wigan?!
Remember big boys Wigan? They were relegated twice and got an early lead through their ‘invincible’ form. 

But where are they now … ?!

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After an ‘invincible’ start - their form plummeted

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As they started the season with this keeper - who had <1.0 goals conceded per game …

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but he was SOLD …

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… and Wigan’s backup GKs performed much worse

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Woohoo! 🎉   
 

 
Three Narratives
As you saw in the gif in the post above - we turned on three narratives on January 1st

They were painful, especially the new injury crisis which destroyed our squad.

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From 3 injuries in a 23 man squad …

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… to 17 injuries !!!

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… which included most of the 1st team!  
 

Thankfully I’d prepared in advance - so in early December I started freeing up the wage budgets - by loaning out + even selling high earning players for free!

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Wages dropped down to <£6k/week - giving me space to recall / recruit players

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Our Squad
So here is our ‘new look’ squad for the 2nd half season - after recalling back some other players from loan, plus a couple of cheap free transfer signings.

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Here’s our 1st team - defence a averages only 2.5 stars, while we are very light in central midfield.

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Physically - we have decent pace + terrible aerial a except in central defense which is the opposite.

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Mentals - our aggression is REALLY LOW, but our movement + positioning is fine. Plus our decisions and teamwork are generally good.

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Technicals - we have one good crosser, one good passer + one good shooter …

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… our passing + technique suit a short passing game 👍   
 


Our Form
We struggled. Especially when playing 2 league matches each week. But slowly we caught up. 

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The key match was against the league leaders

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… we SMASHED them …

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… and a few matches later overlook them

 
Our Finish
Did we win 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 League Two?!

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Thankfully - yes we did - with 2 matches spare.

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However you’ll notice this was our WORST season so far - with less than 100 points - that 2nd injury crisis really hurt.

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Next
We have terrible in-game news

… so even when we start season 4 (next week) - this terrible news may mean this GOAT challenge ends in FAILURE much sooner than I’d hope?! 😱

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Points   
We remain on-track to hit 100 points - if (big ‘if’) we can finish this GOAT challenge 🐐 

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Next - we’ll look at that TERRIBLE news 😱

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Terrible News

This was unexpected. With a terrible impact. 

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Usually the ‘asset stripper’ narrative turns off either (1) once you win the league, or (2) at the end-season …

… but what’s this?!

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Yes.  
The ‘asset stripper’ narrative has stayed ON.   
  -  Won the league? Still on.  
  -  End of season? Still on.  
  -  Start of next season? STILL ON.

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This is TERRIBLE because it means:

  •  can’t SELL any players (and keep the money)
  •  no money to BUY players
  •  no money to afford higher wages

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  •  no money for new facilities.

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  •  no money to hire a scout !!!

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We have now been in administration for OVER 1 year - and I have no idea when it’ll end …

… this is TERRIBLE news 😢 

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Early Season 4

Consecutive promotions lead us to 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿  League One 1 - but our summer preseason was HORRIFIC 😱

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Administrators  
As the terrible news in the last post showed - the asset stripping narrative has now been on for over a season - which means we have ZERO cash 🔻

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It also means we can’t afford decent wages for any 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 League One players 🔻

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Plus you’ll remember we have essential ZERO facilities - as they were sold last season 🔻

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Summer Sales  
Players continued to get transfer listed - really hurting morale 🔻 I tried to rapidly loan them out just to keep them in our squad!

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… and the administrators sell players for ‘almost nothing’ 🔻 only 1.5k for my only decent academy player? 

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Summer Wages  
1st day of the season. We switched on ‘austerity measures’. 

It had almost no impact - as we already had such low wages for a 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 League One club. Except it hurt morale.l 🔻

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Summer Morale  
A week before our 1st league game - we switched on the other two narratives. This ‘unrest’ means our players hate me 🔻

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Summer Signings
I ‘thought’ this was good news (spoiler: it’s not) - but we signed this ex-Liverpool player, our new 1st team right-sided IF ?!

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Summer Injuries  
… BUT also a week before our 1st league game, we switched on ‘injury crisis’ …

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Before: from 5 injuries in our 23 man squad …

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… to 17 injuries in our 23 man squad

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Ouch. 
 

… and yes - that included a 4 month injury for our ex-Liverpool signing Ojo 🔻 plus injuries to most of our 1st team 🔻

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Next  
Despite this - we start the season with HOPE and …

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… oh ☹️ we got DESTROYED + was lucky it was only a 2-1 loss in our first league game.

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Bonus 

Early Season 4 in 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 League One  
Finally some good news!

 
Good News #1
After a horrible summer, we are out of administration  🎉  now we can keep (& reinvest)  cash from player sales!

Spoiler

The ‘austerity measures’ narrative is ‘off’ - after being ‘on’ for over a season

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Good News #2  
Finally we got some good luck - we have earned £650k of past sales’ sell-on clauses 💰

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These were two players sold previously by my Chairman / Administrator for ‘almost nothing’

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Good News #3
Plus we (very luckily) squeezed past Luton’s backup team to earn an extra £80k in the Carabao Cup 💰

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Good News #4
Plus we SOLD our Captain for £1.4m!

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Look at this negotiation GIF 💰💰💰

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Though this aggressive / ‘high ask’ only works <50% of the time though.

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Bye bye Captain


Next 
Now we finally have money to spend 😀

… before we switch ‘on’ ALL 4 narratives again in early Jan 😵 and lose it all !

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