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Intermission

I manage clubs on Football Manager Mobile and then tell you what happens.
Started on 7 December 2020 by Harleygator
Latest Reply on 5 March 2021 by Harleygator
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S2E7 – FA Trophy Final 2021/22

(Leamington FC, National League)



The first news article I received upon winning the National League had nothing to do with my success. Instead, I was informed that Middlesbrough were being liquidated; I didn’t even know that was a thing in FM. I recall, way back on LMA Manager 2006, being fired from Bologna in Italy after 6 weeks in the job and 8 consecutive wins because the club went bankrupt, and for whatever reason they deemed that to be my fault. An odd decision, though I do recall signing a mid-30s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a rather lucrative contract – at the time, around £40’000 or so – which may have been a contributing factor. But in FM, I have both seen and led many clubs into financial ruin, yet I don’t think I’ve ever seen even a points deduction, let alone the aforementioned liquidation and dissolution of an entire club.

In other news, the modestly famous Hermann Hreiðarsson rode to the rescue for Dagenham & Redbridge, taking over the vacant manager’s position and winning the play-offs. I think this is a fair and just result after Dagenham’s old manager abandoned them in the heat of a title fight. Somewhat to my detriment, I credit our National League title to Dagenham having had the rug pulled from under their boots; as mentioned in previous updates, prior to the great desertion, Dagenham hadn’t lost since November 30th and would, in my view, have fairly decidedly clinched the title instead of us. While one shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, were this real I would readily expect our opposition’s fan to be putting out a fatwa.

I have this season talked a lot about my future at Leamington. I have sensed quite strongly that I wish to leave the club sooner rather than later, but I will not do so if I am in contention for honours – say, by occupying a play-off position – or immediately following a successful promotion campaign. I don’t think it is right to leave a club in either situation, not least out of pure self-interest to bolster one’s own reputation. I feel that I have a duty to manage Leamington for at least 3 months of the next season, in order to consolidate our promotion with a safe league position and the proper replacement of players to vacated positions. One worry is that I find myself very confident in my recruitment policies so far, and head into a league with an already-competitive core of players. To namedrop as many as I care to mention, I will proclaim without apology that I think a large handful of my players are at or above the level of a League 2 starting player, and still at an age where further development is possible – Connor Johnson, Jernade Meade, Mason Goodridge, Joe Bateman, Reece Cole and Jodi Jones are all products of my transfer efforts who would make an immediate impact in any League Two side, and they’re supported by a cast of carefully selected young players whose inexpense belies their effectiveness in my tactical setup. I suspect this squad will be much stronger than the odds will initially credit us for, and a successful campaign will lock me at the club a while longer. No bad thing when things are going well, of course, and I’ve already said one ought not to look a gift horse in the mouth, especially if you made it yourself.

Oh, by the way, we also won the FA Trophy.



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@Tango, looking forward to be able to spend on some starting players for a change. Almost every player I've brought in from another club has been below 19, and while they all get rotated for gametime, it's hardly the same as making a real key signing to impact the club right away.

@Jack and ScottT, thanks a lot. Finding that, after 2 seasons of the same pattern (slow start, invincible end) with players becoming more comfortable after a few months of bedding in, and I like to rotate in the youngsters, so that's important in the later runs I'm getting. Hoping we can find some earlier consistency next year, though.
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