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Blackburn Rovers – Arte Et Labore (Part 4 – 16/17 Season)

Welcome back to my latest instalment of my Blackburn Rovers save. When I left you in my previous part we had just finished pre-season, it had gone OK, my main issue was my tactics, as always I couldn’t get it right. We had 1 signing, Right Back Motta and we were haemorrhaging money! This part will take you through the season as a whole, what has happened, tactics, transfers, results, etc, etc.

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Blackburn Rovers – Arte et Labore (Part 3)

Part 3 already hey? And at the end of this post I STILL won’t have started the season! Well pre-season is now over and it’s been pretty mixed, as expected the tactics I tried to implement haven’t gone well and there been a few changes. Hopefully as the domestic season begins the players will get to grips with my ideas more and we can have a decent start.

This post will take you through pre-season, the results, the transfers in and out, a bit about my staff and also a bit about my shambolic tactical setup.

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Blackburn Rovers – Arte et Labore – Part 2 (Meet The Squad)

Welcome back! By now I’m hoping you will have checked out Part One, if not click the link and take a read. It takes you through the club I have decided to manage for my new series and the reasons behind it.

This post will take you a bit deeper into the playing squad I have at my disposal at the start of the game, what I plan to do with each of them and at the end a little bit about the tactics (I will delve more into this once I have completed pre-season). Continue reading Blackburn Rovers – Arte et Labore – Part 2 (Meet The Squad)

A New Save – Part 1 (The Club Reveal)

After my little break the one thing I really wanted to do was have a blog save, no silly long challenges, no more Twitter updates alongside, just play a game I enjoy and blog once, maybe twice a season.

I have decided the best thing to do would be to start in England, somewhere where I don’t tend to play many saves but over time I’ve had my most enjoyable times, from my Huddersfield save in FM16 to my crazy Hinckley AFC save in FM15, they have all been brilliant, so I now have to make a choice on who to be and to be honest it’s a tough one.

There is a no way I can start with my supported team Leicester City, firstly I hate starting in the Premier League, I’d rather build up to that and secondly, after winning the League last season there is no way I could replicate that.

I don’t really have any other teams I support in England, I live in Crawley so kind of follow them but my thoughts are I’d like to start in either League One or the Championship, a team with lower expectations, something I can build over a period of time without any pressure.

After a bit of deliberation I’ve decided to dive straight into the deep end and join the crazy world of the chicken farmers at Blackburn Rovers!

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Why Blackburn?

The main thing that drew me was their amazing facilities:

  1. Excellent Training Facs
  2. Great Youth Facs
  3. Youth Level – 1
  4. Good Junior Coaching
  5. Established Junior Recruitment

I love nothing more than bringing through and nurturing young talent, seeing them progress and either selling them on for a big fee or making them an integral part of my side. The above facilities should help me achieve that quickly, without the need to keep constantly nagging the board for improvements.

The second thing that drew me to them if obviously their past, it was in the mid-90s they benefited from large amounts of funding from Sir Jack Walker and with the likes of Alan Shearer in their squad won the Premier League.

This era was when I really started getting into football. I had started going to watch Leicester every week and loved watching Match of the Day, the Blackburn players in that era epitomised everything I loved about football and to see them lift the trophy (even though it was helped by sh*t loads of money) was a great moment in my teenage-hood.

After that they have fallen away and are now predicted to end way down in the Championship table, their fortunes have wavered over the past few years with numerous managers coming and going and the fans protesting about the rather, let’s say, eccentric board. Remember the Chicken advert? My god that was weird!

Go on watch it, you know you want to!

So with low expectations, good facilities and in my eyes a pretty decent looking squad I can certainly give it a damn good shot at turning their fortunes around, over a period of time of course.

The main aim is to get promoted, this really shouldn’t happen in season one but I’ve been known to massively overachieve in my first campaign, if it happens then it does but I will be aiming to push for the playoffs, get the clubs finances on a sounder footing (we currently have a debt totaling £83m, although £66m of that is a gift loan, the other £17m is to be paid off by May 2017 at a rate of £430k a month).

So if all goes to plan we should be aiming for promotion to the Premier League in the 2017/18 season. From there it’s all about safety, try and bring through some of the youth prospects as we go and keep improving season on season.

With regards to my transfer philosophy, well I don’t really have one. I always like to bring youth through ahead of paying silly fees but it will be done on a season by season basis, do I need to buy a top quality player? Or will a youth prospect do just as good a job?

Tactically I like to keep things basic, my own philosophy is to play a loan striker and make the most of advanced wide players and good creativity in the middle of the park. I really am not good at tactics and normally download them and pray they work, in this save I will putting 110% into creating my own tactics, learning from my mistakes and trying to implement a style of play that the fans will enjoy and also provide results on the pitch. If all goes to plan I will do a tactical post at some point, once I feel I have it all bang on.

My aim for posts are to do a transfer special each season, taking you through the in’s and out’s and the squad for the upcoming season, there will then be an end of season review post showing you how I have done. I may do interim posts if I feel there is something important to talk about, i.e tactics, and interesting news or information on player development, etc.

My next post will be a review of the club as it stands at the start of the game, revolving mainly around the playing squad and backroom staff.

I hope you enjoyed the opening post and will follow me on my journey. Feedback is always welcomed whether positive or negative either on here via a comment or on twitter @thatfmregen.

FM16 – A final word

I wasn’t going to write any kind of epilogue to my time playing FM16 but I wanted to put down in writing a few things, a few words regarding my FM16 journey.

Firstly a big thank you. I have had some unbelievable feedback from my followers. Each and every one of you has been so supportive and helpful. The help in promoting my work doesn’t go unnoticed and for that I will forever be grateful to all the people who have liked, shared, RT’d and commented on my content. I hope that I can repay all of you with helping support your channels and the excellent work you do. The FM community as a whole is one I am very proud of, there are some amazing people out there.

Secondly, I’d like to talk a little bit about my FM16 journey. I have to say this years FM has been kinda tough for me. With regards to the game I have loved it, it’s been by far the best and most immersive. But overall I have to say I have struggled a lot of the time. Numerous saves, crashes, screwed up databases and laptop issues, along with health problems have hampered what I have wanted to do. I am not one for chopping and changing saves and in this version that’s all I have seemed to do. I understand that this can come across as boring or inconsistent for my viewers and for that I apologise. I hope that for FM17 I can play just 1 save and make all of you proud of me.

Finally, a few words for a few people. These people I am unable to contact because they have unfollowed me. I seem to have lost a lot of support, support that I was immensely grateful for, from a lot of FM players and bloggers, these people I massively respected and always took their feedback and opinions on board. If these people are reading this they will know exactly who they are. I won’t name them but my closest friends and followers will know who I am talking about.

If somehow you are reading this. I know I have annoyed a lot of people this year, I have sometimes come across as arrogant, selfish, unhelpful and rude. This isn’t me or how I want to come across. I like to think myself as a nice, helpful, kind person but over this year I have sometimes overstepped the mark with things I have said and also over-reacted to things when it definitely wasn’t required.

I want to wholeheartedly apologise if my behaviour has made you unfollow me and I hope that in time I can gain forgiveness off of you. I appreciate everyone’s help and support in making my blog and Twitter account what it has become and I hope when FM17 comes out I can produce content worthy of gaining your love and support once again.

This will be the end of my blog until FM17 comes out, until then I will always be available on Twitter for anyone who would like speak to me, whether it’s for content advice or help with promotion. I want to give everything back to this wonderful FM community

Thanks and speak to you all very soon

Huddersfield Town – Season 5 Part 2

Welcome back to the latest instalment of my save with the mighty Terriers aka Huddersfield Town where I’m not as you can see above in my 5th season in charge. Last season’s 13th place finish, our 2nd 13th place finish in a row was incredibly frustrating, we could beat the big boys, but struggled against the smaller teams. This season is the season it needs sorting out!

As you will have seen from my last post I went a bit mad on transfers signing more experienced heads and shipped a lot of players out. I’m really hopeful we can eclipse the past 2 seasons and start heading upwards. Continue reading Huddersfield Town – Season 5 Part 2