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Southampton Story - FM14

Aiming to make Southampton the giants of English and European football
Started on 25 November 2013 by joel333
Latest Reply on 28 May 2014 by joel333
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This is my first attempt at writing a football manager story, so feedback would be appreciated. I hope this entertains a few of you.

Anyway, as you may have already worked out from the title I have decided to manage Southampton. Southampton looks like a very exciting team to manage this year with vast amounts of potential included in the team (with the likes of Luke Shaw; Nathaniel Clyne;James Ward-Prowse and more), making it achievable in my opinion to make Southampton the giants of English football. With the outspoken Italian businessman, Nicolas Cortese, as the chairman it makes the job even more excitable, with the vast amount of philosophies I am sure he will be expecting to run throughout Southampton. He is also a rather young individual, and Southampton gives me the feeling that they are ready to prosper.

Good luck with your first story bud!! :)
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Southampton Boss Mauricio Pochettino Lined-Up as Potential Replacement for Tottenham Manager Andre Villas-Boas

It has been revealed today that Tottenham have sacked the talented 36 year old Portuguese football manager. This has come as shocking and surprising news for football fans across the world and has left them puzzled to why Daniel Levy has sacked AVB after what was a very successful season for Spurs last season. It has also been revealed that Tottenham are hours away from approaching another young talented manager, Southampton's Mauricio Pochettino.

COFIRMED: AVB and Pochettino in Club Swap

Mauricio Pochettino has left Souhtampton after being approached by Tottenham. The departure of Andres Villas-Boas left the whole world stunned, including AVB himself. As soon as the angered AVB was brought the news of his replacement, he personally got in touch with Southampton himself and declared his interest in the job to prove he was the greater of the two individuals. After what at first seemed to be a bad day for Nicolas Cortese soon proved to be one of great news, and after a quick discussion between himself and the 36 year old manager, pen was put to paper and AVB attended his first press conference as Southampton's manager.

AVB answered many questions about his sacking at Tottenham but his response was always "My concentration is on Southampton, and I am excited for this new stage in my life".
He also stated "Southampton is a young, talented team, one which I promise Saint's fans I will lead to glory".
A decent start, good luck.

Unsure if you are aware, but you have posted the story twice. The other link is here, you may want to get a moderator to delete it.
I was Southampton for a while but I couldn't really get them going. So good luck and I will be following! :)
2013-11-25 16:20#145993 CharlieM92 : I was Southampton for a while but I couldn't really get them going. So good luck and I will be following! :)

Thank you, quite excited at first sight, perhaps harder than I'm imagining then? Definitely a few things that need to be changed though (defence particularly if I'm wanting to be a force straight from the off). And thank you, much appreciated

Schneiderlin Is The First Player to Leave AVB's Southampton

Talented Morgan Schneiderlin has left Southampton to join Tottenham, and former manager Pochettino, in the first action so far for Southampton in the transfer window. Southampton will miss the midfielder, however the fans are said to be pleased to sell him for the reported £12.25 million pound fee.

The news has not come to much of a shock to fans due to Southamptons Chairman demanding high profile Italian signings, something which will prove to be hard with the £7 million AVB started with, and not to mention Southamptons current club stature. This departure will therefore give AVB a little extra money in reaching Nicola Cortese's demands.
good start mate
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Aquilani joins Southampton and makes a return to the Premier League

The cultured 29 year old midfielder, Alberto Aquilani, has joined Southampton from Fiorienta for £5.5 million. This is the first face Andres Villas Boas has brought into his Southampton set up. Coming in only 5 days after Schneiderlin's departure, it is clear Alberto is his replacement. The signing will no doubt please Nicola Cortese (Southampton's Chairman) in the light that Aquilani is an Italian International player.

With previous spells at Liverpool, Alberto Aquilani is no stranger to the premier league. He has also played for the likes of Roma and AC Milan and had a good season for Fiorienta last year scoring 7 goals in midfield from 25 games. Alberto seems to fit Southampton's system particularly well through their heavy use of central midfielders - at first glance this certainly looks like a great bit of business for Southampton. However, he did not have one of his most successful spells when at Liverpool, and there is some worries Alberto is not suited to the Premier League. It will be interesting to see how Aquilani performs this season.
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AVB's Pre-Season Review

A great pre-season for Southampton! This will certainly give us confidence going into the domestic matches. We have proven to be deathly in attack scoring 25 goals in 7 matches - I am extremely happy with this knowing my chairman wants me to play attacking football. However, rather disappointingly our defence has not matched the skill of our attack, leading us to concede 9 in 7 games - you could say I'm being harsh but I want our defensive work to improve in order to compete with the top teams in the EPL. I am looking for an extra defender in the transfer market, however time and finances may hinder this plan. The only loss came against Valencia however it is important to notice we competed with them showing we really can compete in Europe.

Player Of Pre Season

Alberto Aquilani

My first signing of the season, Alberto Aquilani, has made a promising start for Southampton in pre-season, proving his quality by scoring a hatrick in his debut, only 2 days after joining the club. Aquilani certainly looks an attacking threat in the midfield and could prove to be a key player for Southampton this season .

Club News

I have named Jack Cork as the new Club Captain, as I believe he fits my ideal leader for my Southampton philosophy(young and hardworking). Adam Lallana has been stripped of the captaincy, unfortunately much to his discrepancy and as a result relationships have been broken and he has been transfer listed. I would have ideally kept Lallana as backup for the CAM role (in which I am playing two at the moment)however he may have to sold.

Transfers Out
Tadanari Lee (Free)
Jonathon Forte (Free)

Feedback would be much appreciated boys, this is my first attempt at a story so I'm determined to make it as good as possible.

Current Tactics


When I came to Southampton there was a clear lack of wide attacking players, but vast amounts of central attacking players. Instead of delving into the market, I decided to make use of this central players, as I believe they are better players than the wide players I could have bought. This is my current starting tactic.

The philosophies asked of me from the Chairman (in relation to playing style) were as follows:
- Possession Football
- Attacking Football

In order to stick to these philosophies, I have set our mentality to control to try and enhance our attacking philosophy and not sit back.
I have also instructed the team to pass shorter (in order to keep possession) and to work the ball into the box so that our players have a clear aim of keeping the ball and getting it from one side of the pitch to the other without losing it. At the moment I have not instructed them to keep possession as I believe this strays away from our attacking philosophy and doesn't make us as dangerous when attacking.

Advanced Tactics

When going into more detail I have targeted a few players and given them separate roles and instructions.

My defence is fairly basic with two central defenders doing a job in defence. I have set my left and right back to wing backs in order to get them forward when possible so that we have some options out wide. Our current young wing backs suit this role perfectly. I have also given them the following instructions:

I have three central midfielders, all with a different role to fill.
My first is the Box to Box midfielder. He is the 'all rounder' who I want to be hard working and contribute to all phases of play. My Captain, Jack Cork, suits this role perfectly (with work rate of 18).
My second is the Advanced playmaker. This player is a key man who should set up chances and even create chances for himself. I want him to be more focused on attack, but still have some role to play in defence. My first choice in this position is more than likely to be Aquilani.
My third is the Ball Winning midfielder. This player will be the defensive minded player looking to win the ball back for our team before the opposition becomes a danger in our final third. He will need to work hard and have good attributes defensively. Victor Wanyama is the definition of this role, and I am very glad to have him.

I play two Central Attacking midfielders, with different roles. One being more of a chance creator (the Trequartista) and the other being a goal threat (the Shadow Striker).

I play a lone striker. I have set his role to a poacher in the hope he will bag lots of goals, or atleast create a lot of chances for himself through the outlet of my advanced playmaker or trequartista. My starting striker will often be the very talented Osvaldo.
Ooh, good to see my banner being used :P And on a decent story. A solid start, with a lot of detail. Wanyama looks like a beast for you, and it's great to see you playing my little baby Luke Shaw. Good luck!
Hahah yes glad I found it!Thank you very much

Monthly Review


A disappointing start it has to be said. Although tough fixtures I would have at least wanted to come away with one win, and compete with Chelsea a lot more - however this was not done. Rather disappointingly not one goal was scored in the Premier League, which is confusing as we scored a lot in pre season.

Premier League table

Player of the Month

Luke Shaw has had a great month, especially knowing the teams he played against at only 18 years old. This shows me he really is ready for the standard of football. However, as a side note he is not a safe bet for playing well in every game and may have a run of bad form at multiple times in the season due to his lack of experience - therefore I am looking to bring in another young talented left back to enhance competitiveness for this position and therefore performance.

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