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  1. Great score mate! Will be hard to beat
  2. GOODBYE JO - HELLO LEANDRO Europe’s Best Player earns a move to the Premier League, moving on to Spurs for 10 million pounds. I had all the same options available to me as I did last time, since this is another Brazilian. Leandro Damiao is another Target Man with experience and I’ll be hoping he delivers. Although we had 7.5 million to spend he was the best player available to us and 2.5 million is a steal. He was my second target, I did try to sign Alexandre Pato but could not get him for within this valuation. Expect big changes to the rest of my squad as I aim to improve the teams creativity. The next update will focus on a new tactic, our learnings from last season and summer transfer update.
  3. Thanks mate, shame about the injuries or I reckon Jo would have reached that 60 mark I’m aiming for!
  4. END OF SEASON UPDATE We fell short of our 60 goal target which I put down to a couple of injuries in the latter part of the season. 46 goals in 50 matches is a still a great return for a 4.5 million signing. I learned a lot this season about what works and what doesn’t and this will hopefully see us improve on the goal tally for our next striker Jo raked in the honours winning Best Player in Europe, La Liga Player of the Year. He was also in the La Liga Team of the Year and World Best XI As for the team we finished 3rd in La Liga, disappointing and ironically this is the worst I’ve ever performed in FM18, despite Barca being the best team I’ve managed. Our saving grace was winning the Champions League, Jo instrumental in our success with 9 goals in 9 matches. OTHER TRANSFERS It’s time for an emotional farewell to Jo and for us to replace him with our next Brazilian. Who will it be....
  5. Thanks man! I know he’s doing well so far, long may it continue
  6. JO INSPIRED TACTICS As you will see we are playing Jo as a solo striker with Suarez and Messi having to adopt a more creative role as AP’s in the wide positions. I planned on selling both but nobody would take them, I couldn’t risk an unhappy squad so they’ll have to adapt. With Jo favouring the target man role I’ve asked the lads to get early crosses into the box for him to capitalise on. MID JANUARY UPDATE 37 goals in 34 goals is good going for a striker who has never been prolific anywhere he’s played. He’s relishing the lone striker role and getting plenty service. Long may it continue, aiming for at least 60 before the season ends. The new style of play isn’t pretty and our league form has suffered as a result, but remember, this is a player challenge and as long as we don’t get sacked and Jo scores goals I’m a happy man. 6 defeats in 21 isn’t good going but if you look at the goals, Jo has contributed to 21 of our 40 league goals, incredible considering Suarez and Messi are still in the side.
  7. LETS GET THE PARTY STARTED STRIKER 1/8 - 5 MILLION BRAZILIAN I underestimated how hard this first selection was going to be, but this is a challenge after all! We bring in forgotten man Jo who was once on the books of Manchester City. He cost us 4.5 million, so within our limits, I opted for experience rather than bringing in young talent purely because I need a one season wonder and instant results. Stay tuned for our formation, I sacrificed the Barca way to suit Jo, Tiki-Taki no more! added 0 minutes later Thanks mate, I’m not used to managing a top top side so will be good pushing myself out my comfort zone.
  8. All credit goes to danovic78 for coming up with this amazing challenge! RULES Load up Spain and any other countries you like. Become manager of Barcelona. You must first buy in a Brazilian striker to start the challenge. You have one season with each nominated Number 9 before they are demoted or Sold, never to play first team football again. You must follow the list below to sign a new Number 9 each season from country of birth, these players must be bought in at the start of each season. To make this challenge tougher I have set a limit on the transfer fee for each Number 9! Ronaldo - BRA - Max Fee - £5m Anderson - BRA - Max Fee - £7.5m Kluivert - HOL -Max Fee - £10m Eto'o - CAM - Max Fee - £12.5m Krkic - SPA - Max Fee - £15m Ibrahimovic - SWE - Max Fee - £17.5m Sanchez - CHI - Max Fee - £20m Suarez - URU - Max Fee - £22.5m Each season your Number 9's goals will become your total. In total, 8 seasons with 8 players to post the highest combined total of goals. Usual other rules apply. No Regens allowed My first task will be to sign a Brazilian striker for under 5 million pounds, but question is, who will this be!
  9. Good luck, original player choices, intrigued to see how you get on
  10. WHAT’S NEXT? By finishing second last season we go into the Europa League qualifiers. This is my first opportunity to test myself on this stage and one I can’t walk away from. My next career move will be to manage in either the French or Dutch league but I feel I have unfinished business at Hamilton.
  11. HAMILTON IN THE PREMIERSHIP We were predicted to be relegated but managed to finish 2nd behind Celtic, overachieving my own expectations! I expected more of a challenge from Rangers, Celtic finished 16 points ahead of us which reflects the financial gap between us. We also manage to score 100 goals making us the highest scoring side in the league. We suffered a major blow on the last day of the season, losing in the Scottish Cup final to Aberdeen. This meant I experienced my first trophyless season as a football manager. TRANSFER ACTIVITY I talked about transforming our old retiring squad into a young ambitious side and this is reflected in the signings I made. I raided the English Premier League sides for young loanees and brought in some young Scottish talent to go with it. I've noticed we are still seen as a small club and my players are all after moves to bigger clubs, slightly too ambitious maybe! This saw Lyon and Rojano sold for reletively low transfer fees. I didn't want to have an unhappy squad but in future I'll negotiate for bigger fees. KEY PLAYERS We see four players claim a place in the team of the year. Ali Crawford the pick of the bunch with 13 goals and 23 assists. HUGE RESULTS DANIEL AGYEI Excellent loan signing who played as our lone striker in the advanced forward role. He scored 52 and assisted 14 in 43 matches. I finished the season winning both manager of the year awards just as I did the previous season
  12. One thing I always do is praise my players after they’ve played a great game, as in scored a 9 or 10. Either publicly or privately depending on my assistants recommendation. I feel this is particularly beneficial to a striker and keeps his scoring run going for a longer period of time. I do find it annoying however that you can’t praise a player that’s on loan at your club, unsure of the reasoning for this.
  13. Great read mate, good to see someone else’s perspective on the game. I do struggle with players being unhappy with training so might try putting them all on general like you’ve mentioned. A question on holidaying, do you use the holiday to next match feature? I’ve always been scared incase I miss out on important stuff but with the speeds some people go through seasons I’d assume this is how they do it.
  14. PROMOTION TO THE PREMIERSHIP As I took over halfway through the season I wanted to keep this update short and sweet. We were far from amazing and I won the league with a points tally of 69. I don't think I've ever been a champion with a points tally that low but I'll take it. We have 4 players in the team of the week including Ali Crawford who ended the campaign with player of the year. I won both manager of the year award, interestingly the two previous winners were managers of Celtic in the premiership, Brendan Rodgers and Gus Hiddink. Hamilton must not have been expected to bounce straight back to the top flight. Performance of the Season Can't fault an 8-0 win against a team I considered our bogey team before this match. OTHER LEAGUE WINNERS I left Clyde in a strong position and they done me proud by gaining promotion to the Championship. Liverpool finally winning a premier league title and also a champions league trophy! Manager Profile My profile is very poor at the moment, suggesting I'm good with my transfers but an unloyal money blower. Liking the 73.12 win percentage as well as 3.09 goals per match. I'm looking forward to the Premiership, televised matches and an opportunity to showcase my abilities.
  15. NEW JOB - HALF SEASON TAKEOVER I decided this opportunity was too good to turn down. If I get Hamilton promoted this season, I can go from a Scottish League Two manager to Scottish Premiership in the space of two seasons. TACTICS I'm going to be playing the same 4-2-3-1 which gave me so much success at Clyde, although I was keen to try out the defensive forward role in place of the target man we previusly used. KEY PLAYERS I signed Goncalves on a free transfer as soon as I joined, he has experience of playing in the scottish premiership. He will be used in the inside forward role but can also be used as a striker, his preferred postion. Ali Crawford is a great player at this level and ideal for my AP role. Was surprised he remained with the club after there relegation the previous season. Rojano has been doing well in the defensive forward role. Accidentally stumbled across this although he may not have the relevant stats its working wonders.