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  1. Love the challenge! I have a Czech Republic shirt somewhere with Baros' name on the back. I got it on holiday in Prague after Baros' played a season for Portsmouth in 2008. He didn't score a single goal for us, but still endeared himself to the Pompey fans - I hope he does better for you!
  2. The Great Escape - The Final Chapter: Well, there it is! We did our part. Easy enough again the team bottom of the table. But, it wasn't in our own hands. We needed 2 out of the 3 teams above us to drop points - over to you Burnley, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace. Tiny pixelated Norwich fans anxiously turned to their phones to search for the results... And its confirmed, the Great Escape is complete. Move over Houdini Harry, we now have, errr... Unbelievable Ulysses? Perhaps not! For the first time since I took over we are above 19th place in the table. In FM20 Mobile I've had some fun careers: I've won the champions league with Man Utd with an all home-grown squad; I've got Pompey into the Premiership all whilst making a profit on transfers; I've won the World Cup with Wales; but I think this was my favourite! It was a roller coaster ride, but I'll forever have a soft spot for Cantwell and Duda now, and perhaps always harbour a grudge against Joelinton! There's just one think left to do: the FA Cup final... Yeah, it was a step too far, but a great day out at Wembley for the fans. Epilogue:
  3. The Great Escape - The Penultimate Chapter: So, losing to Liverpool in our game in hand meant we lost the chance to climb to the heady heights of 18th, but this tidy result keeps us in the fight: My January signings are paying off... Although perhaps I should have signed Joelinton! Just two games left now, next up is 3rd placed Chelsea: And again we manage a surprise draw against them! Which means, going into the final day of the season the table looks like this: There's hope! Especially as our next game is Villa at home! Ok, its a slim hope I'll give you that, but its there. Which, no matter what happens next, I'm proud of, especially considering Norwich had 1 point from their first 9 games when I took over as manager!
  4. So, with my (still fairly new) job already hanging in the balance, can we start to move away from 20th place? In a word... no! Apparently my defence don't get paid enough to tackle Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Or, it seems, Raul Jimenez: At this point the only consolation is that the teams around me are just as bad as I am! But a kind draw in the FA Cup sends us to Wembley and keeps my career going for a while longer: Then, this happened... Finally, a much needed win, against a Palace side that were in the top half of the table when I took over at Norwich but are now 18th. In fact, it's enough to move us up to 19th! Can we build on this? For goodness sake Norwich! Next up is the FA Cup semi final, against table topping Man City. It's a guaranteed loss anyway and the league is more important, so I rest my first XI, and this happens: Why can't you do that in the league Adam?! Southampton up next and it's a chance for some easy 3 points Win our game in hand and we'll be up to 18th and within sight of staying in the promised land for another year... Come on, what did you expect?
  5. The escape attempt continues... Beginning with a few ins and outs in the Jan Transfer Window: The fact that a midfield was our top scorer meant we desperately needed that sought-after 20-goal a season striker, and then a couple of signings to sure things up defensively were the main items on the agenda. After the short winter break the action resumed: It started off so well, but Harry Kane was just too good for us! But that's ok because we picked up an important win in our next game Followed by a nice bonus in the FA Cup So, we're almost there! And by "there" I mean not last anymore! But our next three games on the fixture list don't look good! And we pull of no shocks, in fact getting more and more destroyed each game! After that run my standing with the board has taken a big hit, which seems a tad harsh if you ask me! The FA Cup run is saving my job at the moment it seems:
  6. Yeah we're very inconsistent - pretty decent upfront but have a leaky defence so I tend to just go all out attack from the off. Sometimes that works out well but sometimes we just get thrashed. I guess that is what you get when you take over a club in such bad form.
  7. Our valiant, yet perhaps doomed, efforts to escape relegation, continue... Chelsea were surprisingly weak, table topping Man City on the other hand were not, despite Rhodri's sending off. Our home form is definitely on the up as we dispatch fellow strugglers Sheff Utd, which means that a win in our next game against Bournemouth will bring us level on points with them in 19th. But alas... And the poor away form continues as our ten men get destroyed by the hammers and we stay rooted in last place as the Jan transfer window cranks open, but now only 4 points behind Bournemouth. But, on a positive note, my second XI get a result (just about) in the FA Cup. Left back Sam McCallum with a debut goal.
  8. So, after the discouraging start again the Cherries, how can we do in the next handful of games? Well, our next one was against another relegation rival in Crystal Palace. A good start after top scorer Duda won and converted an early penalty, but everything went downhill from there! Burnley up next, and finally we get some points on the board. In fact we quadruple our season total! Southampton away are just too strong! But our home form is improving! And a lucky win away to Wolves makes it two on the bounce for the first time this season! And then, for the first time during my managerial reign, and, if I'm not mistaken possible my last, we actually keep a clean sheet in the league! So, things are looking up: The board are happy; the January transfer window is just around the corner and we have £40 million in the bank to spend; and two of my players even played well enough to win some awards! The only downsides are we're still 6 points off 19th and face Chelsea and Man City next - what could go wrong?!
  9. Hi all, I dont post on here all that often but enjoy following along. My first football management game was Ultimate Soccer Manager 2, but I converted to Sports Interactive around 1999 and have ben playing their games ever since, mostly the mobile versions since I got married in 2010 as i just don't have time for the full on FM these days. Anyway, being a Pompey fan I know a thing or two about relegation dog-fights, so I noticed when Chris Sutton recently stated his belief that Norwich City are the best team to have ever been bottom of the Premier League. Make of that what you will. But it seems FMM disagrees, judging but this situation: So, when this happened, having started a new career unemployed, I couldn't refuse the challenge: Can I turn things around and pull off the great escape? At least I've got an easy 6 pointer at home against fellow strugglers Bournemouth to begin with, I though to myself as I settled in to my new office: Ah, this may be harder than I thought!
  10. I've been doing a similar career for a while. I went on holiday thorough the first season without making any transfers at all, with my Ass Man (Zola) coming third in the league, losing the Carabao Cup final and winning the FA Cup. The board almost sacked me (harsh I felt), but I just about survived to the next season. Then I made all the requisite transfers and effectively began the challenge at the start of Season 2. Currently top of the league on goal difference and into the Champions League semi-finals. But out of both domestic cups. Finding a lack of real strength in depth the biggest challenge, especially up front.
  11. I used him alongside Tonali for Milan during my Grand Slam challenge as a CM. He was a very useful player. More expensive to sign than Tonali, and not quite at the same level, but still world-class. Italy are stupidity blessed for young, potentially great players.
  12. Hi @Chazza111, good luck with this. As a Pompey fan I'll be following along. I always start any new FMM with a Portsmouth career and this year in particular we've got some good young players to work with - I hope you enjoy.
  13. Season 9 Welcome to season 9. Last season we won a shock quadruple, so now we're aiming to tie up the challenge with the loose ends of the Euro Super Cup and the Club World Championship. But first, the transfers: Sad to see Holding leave the club after he captained the team last year, but he wanted to go and was getting on in age, so I couldn't say no. In came Alese from West Ham after his breakthrough season to replace him. Results: It should have been easy, with 20 shots and my old mate Ceballos getting Stef card, but we could only score the once. But still, that was enough as Bayern posed no attacking threat at all. And neither did San Lorenzo in the Club World Championship as two of the standout performers combine again to complete the journey! It's been fun jumping around from club to club and using lots of different players. There's been some great bargains and surprises along the way. Thanks @EvzeyWales for the idea. Team of the Challenge: Choosing between Foden, Asensio and Isco to play alongside Havertz was difficult, and picking between Nelson, Brandt, Werner and Oyarzabal for the wings was near impossible, but here you go: Thanks for reading and following the journey!
  14. Season 8 I forgot last season to mention the Confederations Cup. We made it to the final but Spain, current World Cup holders, got some small revenge for the Euro's and won with a last min penalty: Onto the domestic season then: Transers: Jarrod Bowen was sold on and replaced with Hudson-Odoi, who was unhappy at Chelsea. Which also allows me to retrain him as a natural right winger, which will be a positive for my England squad as we have too many right footed left wingers but too few natural left-footed right wingers! Results: Two of my stars from last season picking up where they left off. Brewster has a habit of scoring against Liverpool. We had a tough Champions League group but managed to scrape through with a few draws. Usually I play my reserves in the Carabao Cup, but seeing as I won the FA Cup last year I really went for it in the Carabao. However it was a substitute who scored the winning goal - thanks Smith Rowe. So instead I played my reserve team in the FA Cup, but still surprisingly made it all the way to the final. I had to play a strong team against Liverpool, and we again came out on top: We also claimed back to back League wins, although by a much closer margin this time, reflecting the greater emphasis placed on the Carabao Cup and the pressure of Champions League football. So, what about that Champions League? How did we do? I was hoping for a Quarter final run, maybe even a semi, something to build upon next season... I bet Poch and Kane didn't enjoy that very much. Foden commenting his place as one of the best in the world. Maddison a true set-piece specialist. Awards: Post Script: After the season came the world cup, with a brand new format of three teams per group and an extra knock out stage. I'm not convinced by it, to be honest. The group stage was easy, despite Winks' red card. His replacement Rice did well so he never regained his place in the side. A fairly easy win against Argentina. An exciting game against Portugal in the "third round" meant we progressed to the Quarter finals. Where it just wasn't meant to be. My old mate Oyarzabal scoring the only goal of the game as we lost to our recent rivals Spain: Spain, by the way, went on to defend their World Cup crown, so at least we lost to the best, right? So, onto next season with Arsenal. Can these English players get over the World Cup disappointment and claim the Euro Super Cup and Club World Cup and help me finish off this challenge? Thanks for reading!