A Swarm Of Bees - The Beginning (EP 1)
Just started my first FM20 journey and it's with Brentford FC.
This my first post here and I'm new to this so hope that you're gonna enjoy this.
A Swarm Of Bees - The Beginning (EP 1)
A Swarm Of Bees - First Battles (EP 2)
A Swarm of Bees - Flying High (EP 3)
A Swarm Of Bees - First Cracks (EP 4)
A Swarm Of Bees - Buzzin' (EP 5)
A Swarm Of Bees - High As The Sky (EP 6)
A Swarm Of Bees - Welcome & Farewell (EP 7)
A Swarm Of Bees - Troubles In Paradise (EP 8)
A Swarm Of Bees - The Bee's Knees (EP 9)
A Swarm Of Bees - Final Touches (EP 10)
A Swarm Of Bees - Season 19/20 Review (EP 11)
A Swarm Of Bees - EURO 2020 (EP 12)
A Swarm Of Bees - Chaotic Summer (EP 13)
A Swarm Of Bees - The New Beehive (EP 14)
A Swarm Of Bees - Stinging Bees (EP 15)
A Swarm Of Bees - What's All The Buzz (EP 16)
A Swarm Of Bees - London Calling (EP 17)
A Swarm Of Bees - Nations League 2020 (EP 18)
A Swarm Of Bees - Christmas Carol (EP 19)
A Swarm Of Bees - Freefall (EP 20)
A Swarm Of Bees - Out Of The Swamp (EP 21)
A Swarm Of Bees - The Golden Mean (EP 22)
A Swarm Of Bees - Establishing In PL (EP 23)
A Swarm Of Bees - Season 20/21 Review (EP 24)
A Swarm Of Bees - Chasing Talents (EP 25)
A Swarm Of Bees - Fresh Start (EP 26)
A Swarm Of Bees - Autumn of Hopes (EP 27)
A Swarm Of Bees - Flying Through Clouds (EP 28)
A Swarm Of Bees - Small Steps (EP 29)
A Swarm Of Bees - World Cup 2022 Qualifications (EP 30)
A Swarm Of Bees - Hunt Them Down (EP 31)
A Swarm Of Bees - Winter Business (EP 32)
A Swarm Of Bees - Unleashing The Swarm (EP33)
A Swarm Of Bees - Same Old Story (EP 34)
A Swarm Of Bees - Losing Ground (EP 35)
A Swarm Of Bees - A Path To Glory (EP 36)
On every Football Manager I've played, I always like to start with a championship side and try to make it powerful contender for the Premiership title (Had pretty decent saves with Sheffield United & Watford through the years.)
Also a few words about my playing style - I really try to keep it realistic as much as I can. This mean - I don't try to sign the wonderkids that are in every youtube video, never have used some other person's tactics. Also at the beginning of the game I really don't make many transfers as you should deal with what you've got.
Why I chose them?
This year I chose Brentford because I really was amused of the strategy of the club in real life as they ditched their academy because of the big teams in PL which took the good young players. They decided to change their recruitment process by scrapping the academy and simply bringing in kids released from Prem teams aged between 17-20 years old and also scouring the world for bargains. Basically - their U23 team doesn't play in the league, they play only friendlies. Their affiliate clubs are Man City (which will fall through if we make it in the PL) and FC Midtjylland (as they have the same owner). In the team there is a big amount of danish/scandinavian players and staff. Also their owner is a professional gambler.
Also the club never won many trophies - 1 time Championship, 1 time League One and 3 times League Two. Also it has only 5 seasons in the top division of English football. So it will be fun becoming legendary manager for this club.
The expectations were pretty high as I should reach minimum play-offs this year and win promotion in the next one. (Hope I do it at first attempt) The cups are just a bonus for now. The club culture is interesting as we don't like signing players older than 31. One missing club culture from real life will be signing scandinavian players.
I didn't know anything about the players before starting the game, just heard about the transfer of Pontus Jannson wast summer, On the first view - there were a couple of names that I've heard, nothing more.
I took Brentford in the beginning of July. As I said I don't like bringing too many new people in the game as you start with the transfers from the summer, also you've got the winter transfers (as I'm started playing in May). Also this makes the game more challenging. The only player I got in the summer transfer was Andre Gray from Watford until the next transfer window.
I brought three really promising players from the U23 to the first team so I'm comfortable with the squad depth - Luka Racic (DC), Dominic Thompson (DL) & Jan Zamburek (MC, AML).
The Pre-Season went great, win all my matches, however never encountered teams on my level. After the 4 matches I pretty much know which players will go straight into my starting XI, however there were some doubts. Upfront I have a lot of talented guys and struggled to find which players to use. I'll try to play the most inform player available.
So these were the players I thought will be my key players for the rest of the season.
I was really unsure who to play up-front, that is way I brought Andre Gray however Emiliano Marcondes scored 6 goals (3 from pens) in these four matches so I was impressed.
As I said one of the few players I really knew. Captain and with great stats he looks like my big star for now. Came from one of our biggest rivals from promotion - Leeds. Really like him IRL too as he is complete shithousery - arguing with officials, making absurd tackles to opponents & etc.
When I first looked at the roster of Brentford this was the guy that stood from the rest. Another new guy that came from Celta Vigo for just €3.8 mil. Hope that he contributes as much as I wish in these early stages.
I have a lot of talented player fighting for the attacking positions however Said looks like the guy who the Premier League sides will come after. I'll try to keep him as much as possible.
This was my tactic in the beginning, of course for different matches I changed some small things or positions. When I play weaker sides - I'm trying 4-3-2-1. Also sometimes I'm playing the 3 in the middle in one line. Also changing the roles for the wide attackers as I'm trying to find out which is best for the players I have. As I said I have really big variety of attacking players.
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy it.
Soon - the first matches.