Post by Robson on Jan 16, 2021 16:41:16 GMT
Following a couple of months contemplating where I go with FM21, I return with a save much closer to home in the English leagues.
English football will hopefully bring about some nostalgia + familiarity although I’ve found a club that I don’t recall myself ever having a proper save with or maybe even managing at all. I’m heading to East Anglia and for a fresh challenge with Ipswich.
Synonymous with our nickname, The Tractor Boys, this area is known as much these days for its farming than its football, although that wasn’t always the case. In the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Ipswich was not only a regular name in the top tier but they challenged the big boys, won cups and were renowned for some pretty nice football. They produced two of England’s finest managers, Sir Alf Ramsay and Sir Bobby Robson as well as a number of international players like Mick Mills, Terry Butcher, John Wark and Paul Mariner to name but a few.
By the 90’s though Ipswich began crumbling as evidenced by a record 9-0 defeat to Man Utd in 1995. A couple of relegations were repaired with promotions but they finally left the top flight in 2001 and didn’t return. Then after years of Championship mediocrity they fell down another step to the 3rd tier (League One) in 2019 where I pick them up having finished 11th last season, the club's lowest finish since 1953.
The club has had debts during these times but now as I arrive these appear to have finally been cleared although we have next to no money for the season ahead. Big contracts and the ability to buy players is initially going to be a problem.
So as I open the doors to the training ground, what awaits me, and just how big a challenge is this going to be to turn things around?