Newcastle United FC - The Toon Crusade
Hello, everybody, and welcome to my next Football Manager 2014 story. Let me just start by explaining what has happened with my last few stories and saves. For United, I took somebody's advice for starting stories and it didn't work out for me. Then, with Margate, the save corrupted due to me being impatient. Then, you'd think I would've learnt to be a bit more patient for the two experiments? Wrong. I was in a hurry to do something while closing FM both times and both saves corrupted. I do have rolling saves, but that doesn't work for something I update game by game.
Overall, since I joined in June, I've had a lot of fun with stories, but the ones I've enjoyed the most are where there's something different - for example, my Santos one on FMH. That was a completely different continent to where I'd ever been before and it was great to play in. Then there was my Margate save on FM14, which I enjoyed as it was on my English Mega Leagues custom database. This one isn't a custom league or a different continent, however. This is a completely different database which can make the save either harder or easier depending on your attitude towards it.
So, ages ago, I downloaded this free agent database off of some website I can't remember, and it is only now that I've decided to start a save with it, thinking it could be a fun save to play. And right I was. I decided to take Premier League club Newcastle United and sign as many under 21 players as I could. And that turned out well as, at this moment in time, I only have 7 over 21 players in my entire squad. And I'm in November.
My goals for this save and story are the following:
- Qualify for Champions League
- Win the Premier League
- Win the Champions League
- Win the Club World Championship
And a few FA Cups and Capital One Cups won't hurt along the way!
If I do achieve all of these targets, I will start looking for another club to join and do the exact same thing, although it'll probably be a lot, lot harder to do with a team without a squad, because that has happened with a team in the Premier League and it was very easy to beat them.
This story will be writing and graphics based. Some updates will include writing (for example: the monthly updates and the transfer updates), but others will include graphics (for example: the squad overview). Some will include both, expect some surprises in what the updates are!
The manager for this story will simply be myself - because I know myself and it's easier to write for myself in interviews and stuff. Also, I can't think of an original Newcastle manager, so I decided to just use myself for a change to make the writing easier for myself.
As I'm in November, I can't update with the league tables, but I will make up for that (hopefully) in the detail of the updates. The result updates will be monthly, with each game being described in detail. The rest will be a surprise to you.