Dipping a toe in the water Jun 27, 2020 19:25:12 GMT
Post by Marshdweller on Jun 27, 2020 19:25:12 GMT
If you've read the thread I started in the General Discussion board, you'll know that I haven't played a version of FM since FMT17, so a lot has changed since I last started a new save. A lot. So I've decided to take the plunge and (a) start a save, and (b) share my progress on here in the hope that doing so will force me to have an actual, coherent thought process behind any decisions I make, and will also give you wiser heads the chance to offer me advice and constructive criticism as I go, hopefully steering me away from any disastrous moves and/or reassuring me that what I'm doing isn't all that daft.
I don't get a huge amount of time to play FM these days, so in order to keep playing I have to be managing a club I care about. I have a deep admiration for those of you who can pick an interesting league and then plump for a club and just go for it, but that approach is beyond me!
The club I've chosen is FC Volendam.
I first came across Volendam back in FM14 and had a brief save with them then. I followed that up with an FMC save on FM15 which is probably my best and favourite save of all time. I managed the club for 27 years, winning a lot of silverware as I merrily churned through the seasons. Apart from one misguided transfer (€140,000) in the second season, I didn't spend a penny in transfer fees for the first 6 years. I won the Champions League three times and the Club World Championship once. I had a son. You get the idea - it was a save that got under my skin. Since then, they've basically been my second team.
The main reason I chose Volendam is that their club vision sounds like a pretty soft target:
Basically, as long as we're mid-table in the first season and make upward progress, I should be able to keep my job. Considering the number of rookie errors I am likely to make, this should give me some margin for error.
The squad looks like this:
As chaodck found with his NEC save, there's youngsters everywhere!
As far as the best players go, left back Gijs Smal is one but with 12 months left on his contract I have reluctantly followed my coaches' advice and transfer-listed him now rather than lose him on a free. I also have Alex Plat (DM), Kevin Visser (MC), Jari Vlak (MC) and Francesco Antonucci (M/AMC) although the latter is only on loan for the season.
Dynamics is something new to me, but this also looks like a pretty simple starting point:
Only one social group and the only team leader is my club captain, one of the key players and should be around for a while.
I've played through about ten days of pre-season, and won my match against Jong Volendam 2-0. My next match is at home to Ajax, so I'm hoping it won't be too damaging to morale.
My assistant manager is in charge of training, though I interfere every now and then, adding some Team Bonding to quiet days to improve the team cohesion.
I've had a quick look at the staff and attempted to plug any obvious gaps. The coaching team is pretty good for the level already but the scouting and medical staff needed attention. Due to financial limits, this meant adding one scout, one data analyst and a sports scientist.
Tactics-wise, I've opted for the following as my main two tactical approaches (both straight out of the presets box for now):
Before I carry on with the rest of pre-season, is there anything else you think I should be considering, or that I've missed so far?