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Revamped AI RecruitmentIn the past, certain AI transfers would seem random or unnecessary.
That won't longer be the case, as the AI transfer decision-making has been improved to ensure that AI teams buy and sell players that make more sense.
Smarter opposition recruitment is super important in FM24. AI managers will now consider key factors such as form and reputation more than ever before.
AI Managers will be able to recognise imbalances in their squad and take their tactical style into consideration more prominently when shortlisting players.
That means they'll try to fill attribute gaps. For example, a manager with a gegenpress approach will look for midfielders with high stamina and work rate if their squad is missing such a player.
Furthermore, a stronger focus is placed on players' Potential Ability rather than their Current Ability when looking for depth options to first-team starters.
This improved logic also applies to outgoing transfers, with AI clubs now making much more considered and contextual decisions concerning loans for young players.
If it was felt that a player was lacking in terms of physicality, the club would try to facilitate a move to a more physical team to improve that aspect of his development.
All in all, your AI opponents will make more informed and reactive squad-building choices that feel more authentic and realistic, so brace for more transfer battles.
Finances System OverhauledThe finances system in Football Manager 2024 has been upgraded to better reflect the way it works in modern football.
You can expect increased clarity on your income and expenditure via numerous news items throughout the season. Getting notified about key financial information often, should help you maintain better control.
Furthermore, committed spend calculations for future transfers have been improved, while loan income and expenditure are now listed as separate from permanent deal income and expenditure.
Introducing Negative Transfer BudgetA brand new feature in FM24 is the ability to overspend your transfer budget. If you do that, you'll notice that your transfer budget becomes negative.
Once you go into the red, you'll be informed that you need to either sell players or transfer clauses in order to generate income that can help you break even.
The relevant news item will include examples and player candidates, as well as a clear indication of how much you need to recoup until you're in the green again.
Here comes the twist though. Should you fail to generate enough money within the agreed time period, the board will take matters into their own hands.
The control will then be relinquished back to you when either the cash has been raised or the transfer window has closed.
Note that if you take over at a club on a negative transfer budget, you’ll face a more challenging start in the dugout.
New Financial Fair Play SanctionsShould a club breach FFP rules in-game, there are now new sanctions in place, including squad size and transfer spending restrictions, as well as fines and competition income being withheld.
If your club is close to breaching the rules, there’ll be a note in the Finances menu to explain that your wage budget is locked.
When a club is placed into administration, you’ll receive a news item that shows their net debt, profit and loss graphs, overall expenditure and overall income.
If you’re unable to meet player wages, the players’ association will step in, and you’ll be under a transfer embargo until that money has been repaid.
A club can also now enter into a Company Voluntary Agreement, a government bond that allows an insolvent company to pay off their creditors over a fixed period while they continue to operate.
More Defined Income StreamsMore income streams have been included, such as fixed-length TV deals.
The relevant news will show changes in a deal’s value and what percentage effect that has on the competition prize money for the seasons the new agreement covers.
Elsewhere, news items have been added to provide you with contextual information on parachute payments and details on how your ticket prices and sponsorships have changed based on whether you’ve been promoted or relegated.
There’s also a new Season Tickets League Table located in the Competition Overview dropdown, which shows the clubs in order of the tickets sold and the revenue recouped.
All this improves the clarity of how finances work in-game and as a result, less money will now be described as ‘general’ or ‘other’ in the Finances menu.
Professional Status in Lower LeaguesFor clubs in the lower divisions, they will now turn Professional at the point of promotion rather than at the end of the season.
Conversely, there will be more discernible sporting and financial setbacks from not switching back from Professional to Semi-Professional following relegation in the lower divisions.
Information Source: footballmanager.com
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