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  1. Another Update... Season 2 begins, money is not a problem to me, but they kindly offer me some First game sees me in the Charity Shield vs Man Utd Not a good result, can't believe we threw this one away, more shots, more shots on target, and we lose 2-1, heartbroken Next is the Euro. Super Cup vs Barcelona We was a little overwhelmed by the day, eventually going down 2-1 in extra time, maybe next year. A few more awards Maybe I have surprised a few and clubs out there believe I can help them, well Man Utd does... Sorry but I have to much still to do with Chelsea... Ledesma is such a young player, but he has so much talent, this shows making the top 11 of the World. Could I succeed with the Cups as I did last season, well the Carabao Cup was the first for me to try and succeed with, Bournemouth had done well reaching the final, but we was definitely on form with this one. we had to work for this one, they certainly showed why they was in the Final, but we demonstrated how lethal we could be scoring 3 in the first half, and an own goal helps us get to 4-0. As well as the first team doing well, I was surprised to learnt the Reserves had done themselves proud. Firstly, the Leasing.com Trophy - winning this 3-0 against Scunthorpe. Secondly - The League As well as the Leasing Cup, they go on and complete the double with the League So how did the First Team do in the Premier League this season... Jan Hurtado wins Player' Player of the Year To make this even better, we make 1 - 2 and 3 in regards to Players' Player of the year Ledesma makes the Players' Young Players top 3, second place is a good award in this league. Players' Team of the year - 4 places are taken by my players, which is brilliant Top Goalscorer - Belotti for Crystal Palace shows me why I shouldn't of left, but Hurtado wasn't far off with 1 goal out. League Finish 2025/2026 What a difference, I just could't clinch it letting myself down with to many losses and draws, it's getting there though, still considering I haven't spent a penny... Fixture FA Cup Final vs Man Utd A second cup game, could we make amends for the Community Shield, as you will see the answer is NO, we drew 0-0 in the normal 90 minutes, to lose on penalties, another cup thrown away to Man Utd 😫 But our sadness was soon to be changed with a chance at the Champions Cup, Valencia was the team we faced, could we win the Eliste cup... Of course we could, a 4-0 win brings the Champions Cup home to London. Transfers Transfer In: Sadio Mane was brought in to boost the attacking positions Mason Greenwood was brought in on a Free due to swapping him for Tammy Abraham who just wanted to leave no matter what I offered him Transfers Out Nothing to report, more about the Loans of the up and coming youth squad Final Player Attributes Goals Hurtado keeps up the good run, but Greenwood and Solanke ket me down a little. Assists Nothing to shout about here, but this is expected as I allow anybody to score the goals, so assists are not a big problem Av. Rating An excellent season for us, plenty of attacking play lead to some outstanding results. Manager History so far Thanks for reading as always
  2. Thanks Rob, I want to make the success to complete everything in the Premier Thanks Woody, its not easy as it looks getting the right players for FREE Sorry Mr Tree, I had to take it just for the higher Wage structure, it's got to be better than the Man Utd job any day
  3. Very good start mate, 60 goals first season is brilliant, good luck
  4. Hi All, another Update to this interesting (to me) challenge I set myself, a little different than those out there in the Challenge Section, but why not give something a go that makes this game more of personal challenge, rather than the 'Norm' of simply playing for 4 or 5 seasons and the get bored due to having a full team of Regens, and then it get repetitive I guess, with this I might get a Regen that is worth looking at, but I won't know unless he is worth ZERO. So moving on, I was a little bit of a Plank, yes posting the League table, and then asking who could it be when CLEARLY it says 10th position, meaning only Chelsea could be the team, yes, yes, I'm a thick Northern Monkey sometimes, so be it!!! I had to take it, only for the prospect of larger wages, meaning more options for bigger players, yes I could of continued to bring up, Curzon, Carlisle or Palace, but as this challenge is all about getting the right players for FREE, I guess bigger clubs, bigger wage structures and then bigger players, well my analogy anyway. Where are they at this stage, obviously desperate as they have offered me the job... League Table - 10th Position, 20points behind the leaders Man Utd, with Liverpool just a point behind. Current fixtures doesn't show a good picture, they have already lost 8 games out of the first 21 games, conceding nearly as much as they have scored throughout the first half of the season. A recent bad run has seen them lose against 2 of the big clubs, and a draw at home against Man City, can I stop the rot (quick note, as you can see I beat them 4-0 with my Palace team only a few weeks before) or have I made a big mistake... First Game - As you can see the first game is facing me is Arsenal in the Third round of the FA Cup, can the rot start here getting me through to the next round... Final Whistle - What a start to my Chelsea career, my trusted Tactics that I have used (and not changed anytime) has not let me down, Jan Hurtardo wasn't being used as much as he should of, so I brought him in to play alongside Tammy, and with a World Class IF in Ledesma, we simply was to much in the end, showing our class with 15 shots to their 3. So I continued the season trying to get them to a reasonable league position for my first full season, along the way I continued to have success, as the next slides show... Managerial Awards We continued to have success throughout all avenues, especially in the Cup competitions... The FA Cup was where I started beating Arsenal in the 5th Round, now it was the Final, I had fought off all the big boys to get my day at Wembley agains another big player, Man City... Hudson-Odoi got himself a Brace, with Ledesma helping himself to a 54th minute goal, the game a little marred with Maatsen being given a straight RED in extra time, but by then the Cup was coming back home with us. We was as you can see all over them in every area, possession was the main key in their game, and we had an abundance of it. So the success of the FA Cup already highlighted the path this team is going, I had lifted the hearts of all Chelsea fans by bringing the first piece of Silverware, hopefully not the last, well certainly not yet, as we had just got ourselves through to the EURO Cup Final... EURO Cup Final Vs AZ Another well fought game at the State Roi Baudouin, this season has been turned around, have I made the right decision leaving Palace, this looks as though I have so far... Another brace by Hudson-Odoi and one from Tammy in the first half clinched it for us. Possession was evens, but we had much more in regards to Shots, our 16 to their 4 is what made the biggest difference, obviously we took 3 of our chances, where their 4 wasn't even on target. END of Season 1 - Chelsea Fixture List (after Arsenal game) - So the Arsenal game was my first, and the AZ game was my last, and in all the games remaining I lost 2 of them, which is a good run considering they had lost 8 already before I took them over. Final Standings As you can see in my Managerial career, I finished the season in 7th which was a little disappointing, but it's a start and we can only see how the rest of my time will develop season after season... Player Stats Goals - Bringing in Hurtardo to the squad saw him score 19 goals alongside Tammy Abraham who simply wants to leave moaning constantly, I will see whether I can change his mind next season. Main strike force was Ledesma scoring from the IF role, which is fine with me as long as we win. Assists - Not much to shout about, Reece James did well coming in from a right back position to set up 13, Ledesma scoring more than he assists Av Rating - For a side who was quite low on Morale when I took over, did well to get a few decent strong 7.00+, always room for improvement. Final Managerial Stats Still not spent a penny, and reasonable success so far, can I win the League next year by getting more Freebies to strengthen the team, can I have the same success in the Cups, all will be revealed when I have more time for these updates... Nothing to really report on the Ghana front, just a way to boost some managerial reputation. Trophy Cabinet so far. Not bad considering what this challenge is all about, not the usual buying low, and selling high, just to buy back for even lower the next day/week or season, just buying what looks good for FREE or those being released due to not being wanted, and so far with 5 cups, 3 league wins and 16 awards, I'm pretty impressed with myself if I do say so, I'm sure there is more tactical awareness people out there who could smash this out of the park and win everything in half the time, but it's all about enjoyment, and so far it's been brilliant and more challenging than anything I have done so far with this type of Managerial game since 1982 when I got my first Football Manager on the ZX81 and ZX82 (for those who remember it was a Sinclair) Thanks for reading anybody who is, recommendations and comments welcomed 😁...
  5. I find it If you just keep winning and bring in better players the mood can change, otherwise like Danish said you sometimes have to simply sell him, and then if you really need him try and buy back, but there is probably 2/3 players out there who could fill his role even better
  6. What a plank I was not thinking about posting the Table above, but yes Chelsea What a plank I was not thinking about posting the Table above, but yes Chelsea, thanks Mike What a plank I was not thinking about posting the Table above, but yes Chelsea, I have taken them on due to being a bigger club anf=d a higher wage structure to encourage bigger and better players who could be leaving their clubs
  7. Keep grinding away BG , you will reach your final goal or die of boredom attempting to finish, I think 2021 version will be out soon at this rate 🤣
  8. Thanks Rob, just thought it would be something different and not the norm I guess Another Update Finished the season with a poor GA again, but the EURO Cup win helped me change the disappointment to a good ending. Season 3 starts as well as the end of Season 2, with a Cup win... This time it was the EURO Super Cup, against Valencia We stated well with a goal in the 39th Minute, and then conceding just before half time. \ We take the lead in the 65th minute, just after we get the advantage in the 48th with them going a man down, eventually winning the game in the 81st minute, 3-1 to end it... So I take you to 21 games in, and another change is about to happen, but to where and with who you say?? That will have to wait, let me show the final pages of this period of this Challenge... Where I left them, 21 games in and I was doing well, currently in 5th spot, with the highest GF at 52 goals in 21 games, but disappointment in the GA again, the highest in the top 10, just couldn't get the players in that area that I required. Team Statistics Highest Av R - All the top 5 players in the instance cost me ZERO, yep FREE Malcom leading the way with 16 assists and Gomes not to far behind, all these as a IF's Goals wasn't a problem with my 2 man strike force, Belotti and Icardi already in double figures this early in the season Transfers made... In Who was the Stars of the Freebies whilst in charge of Crystal Palace Malcom Angel Gomes Donny Van de Beek Hamed Junior Traore Andrea Belotti Granit Xhaka Some of the players had the honour of making the top Elite - World Best XI 2025 Malcom and Van De Beek make the list Anybody want to take a shot at who the next club is, I will explain my reasons for leaving Palace and why I took the up the offer... Thanks for reading as always...
  9. So to kick this season off, I am going to start with my Ghana Management which is to simply raise my profile... African Nations... Not so special, but came 3rd in the African Cup of Nations, this brought in some good results by my players... Best Player of the tournament, including third - Thomas Partley & Joseph Aidoo Golden Boot Award - Raphael Dwamena Season 2 of my crystal Palace Management. Awards... Some good Results throughout the season, some to mention which did me well in the cup runs, my defence was still very weak which didn't help me keep the numbers conceded... A good result to mention in the Quarter Final of the FA Cup, beating Man Utd 2-1 at Old Trafford. I didn't take it through the Champions League Group stage, again the defence was not strong enough to get good enough results, so I ended up dropping into the Euro Cup, at this stage getting to the Semi Final by beating Juventus (Zebra 2020) over 2 legs, in the Home leg I clinch a good 3-0 win, and with the 2-2 draw got me through to the Final. A cancelled Goal by Paulo Dybala was the only scare by the away team, things didn't help in the 86th minute having Emre Can sent off, this was the final straw and helped me clinch the win. Next was the Semi Final, drawn against Arsenal, which would not be an easy draw, with the League not going so well, I didn't expect to much out of this. 2 Legs followed, could I pull another miracle, 1st leg same beat them 1-3 giving me a good lead for the second leg. A strong home win would help clinch the aggregate and get me through to the Final. 2 Goals by Andrej Kramaric clinched the win, Crystal Palace into the EURO Final at Hampden Park. Didn't fully dominate, but the stats looked good at the Final whistle. End of Season Awards Angel Gomes wins Young Player of the Year Players' Team of the Year Emerson, Traore and Gomes makes up 3 of the positions Gomes clinches English Footballer of the Year, got to be the best FREE player EVER!!!! Tammy Abraham clinches the Top Goalscorer award with 22 Premier League Goals, my FREE striker Mariusz Stepinski clinching second. Final League Table A low 10th is disappointing, again the GA killed me, Freebies in the defensive area is not going to well so far, another season where to many conceded led to many defeats. Transfer So who to mention this year, as always Free/Bosman players make up the whole of my Transfers In, but who makes the List of mentions: Andrea Belotti - Fantastic Striker Donny Van de Beek - Seriously, let go for free, what an addition to the midfield Final Stats So the Managerial Statistics shows I have not spent a penny, so the Challenge is still going strong so far The Last and Best part of this Update (well for me anyway) EURO Final vs Chelsea Full time whistle sounds, what a game, 2-2 with us taking the lead twice, only to concede in the 79th minute to push it to Extra Time. Kick off in the first Half sees my young attacking midfielder Kian Flanagan clinch the winner, Final whistle goes, 19 shots to their 7 is what gets us the win, the EURO Cup is coming back to London and Crystal Palace... Thanks as always for reading...
  10. Thank you Hoeey, it is a good challenge and i'm really enjoying it Ok ok don't rub it in, the GA could be better, but getting them into Europe is a big bonus
  11. Hi All, another quick update to keep this going. So I am now the proud manager of a Premier Club, yes Crystal Palace from London. As you saw above they ended the season mid table, with some work needing to be done. Well I kicked off season 22/23 with a few freebies to get me going. Transfers... As you can see there is plenty of Talent simply let go by clubs who don't understand there own guys potential, well I do and as you will see these guys did me proud throughout a hard fought season. A couple of wins put me in the limelight, a win against Chelsea kicked this off to put me in the Semi final of the Carabao Cup.. 2 goals in the last 10 minutes got through, but it ends there as I didn't make it any further... Not so much in regards to a season update you say, but hold on, the end is what I wanted to share, now to remind anybody who is reading this for the first time, my success has been completely down to buying Freebies, either those on a free, or those let released by Bosnan transfers, so here goes the end of my first full season... Achievement made... Does this allow me to change my name to Jose Mourinho!!!! One good year with Palace worked out well for me, earning the prestigious Manager of the Year award... Then came the players... First Angel Gomes who was let go by Manchester United... Players' Player of the year Players' Young Player of the year Footballer of the year... Andre Gray... Takes top goalscorer of the Division... Players' Team of the Year - We made up 4 positions... League Table... This is my delight, first season, yes I had some players, but I let a few of the better ones go to bring in my own type needed for my Formation, and well, they can be proud... I'm happy with a Top 4 finish, the GA was a little ropey, something I will have to look at as the seasons go by. Final Statistics... So to finish off, 2 big player brought in on a FREE that changed the way this team played was... Angel Gomes, trained him to be a more versatile IF, which paid me dividends in the end... And Sheyi Ojo - Let go by Liverpool, another player who worked tirelessly as IF for me... Anyway Season 1 of the Premiership over and a good one all round I would say... Thanks as always if your reading this...
  12. Thanks Anders, it is actual a good challenge for myself, you see all the good work by others, which I truly a man impressed by, but they spend millions to get the results, which I understand that is what football is about, but!! Can you do the same without spending a penny?? I present this Challenge, and it's actually fun whilst doing it, I'm not getting as bored as some that I've done where you just win everything year in year out after buying all the regens Let me know how you get on, like I said it's something I have used before and I get enough success without having to change it! Let me know if you like or dislike
  13. Wow Scratch just caught up to this, let's go back to the beginning! Your mad, raving mad!! You must be praying for a miracle each season as it comes to an end, your stats say they should walk past everyone, but this year, as I see it isn't as kind in regards to shots vs goals ratio, I've played games in my own challenge where I've had over 25 shots and only scored 1 goal! How does that happen? Anyway continue as you are mate, Lady Luck might just shine over your roof sometime soon and give you the numbers your looking for, fingers crossed for you mate 🤞
  14. Your team are looking better than the recent man utd team bati, and could probably give them a run for their money right now 😂
  15. Nothing special, but it works for me, the only thing I ever change is 'work into box' to 'shoot on site', mainly on away games no explanation apart from I used it before in 2018 and it simply continued to work and in any league, simple