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Peter Packett's Potters

Started on 15 August 2012 by Rex_Wrex_Wrecks
Latest Reply on 25 August 2012 by Glenn T
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#63353 Gurdit :
"Ronnie Sinclair and Denis Smith, get back to work. The rest of you," Peter cleared his throat, "thank you very much for your service to this club. You're fired."


"Ah, bloody brilliant. What was the name of the scout who told us we wouldn't?"

"Erm..." Coton hesitated, "Lindsay Pearsons."

"Fire him," Packett was authoritative.

"But boss..."Coton began to protest.

"Fire the rest of the scouts too. They're useless. I'm going to send you a list of potential new scouts. Let's try to get them in."

LOL and nice story keep it going :D
I am loving the wit in this story. Had me laughing throughout.

Chapter 3 - And so, it begins

Peter Packett was alone in the darkened manager's office. The players had left early to get some rest before the first game of the season. He thought about the last few weeks of frantic transfers, the change in personnel, the attitude of his players. It hadn't been easy.

He wasn't sure how he was perceived by the others at the club. The players hadn't been responding to his pep-talks very well, and he hadn't done a team meeting yet. No point in conducting a team meeting, he mused, if I haven't got the 100% confidence of the team..

Tony Coton walked into the room and switched on the lights. He pulled a chair and sat across the table from Packett.

"Shouldn't you be going home, boss? Big day tomorrow," he said gently.

Peter nodded. Tomorrow was the season's first match. Stoke City would be hosting a Sunderland side rejuvenated by the arrival of experienced manager Martin O'Neill. Sunderland were tipped to finish in the top half of the table. Stoke were tipped to finish 12th. Peter wondered vacantly whether they were about to start the season punching above their weight. To cap it off a baptism by fire, the next league match was Chelsea away.

He thought about the tactics he had asked his players to employ tomorrow. He was playing with a rigid philosophy, and he wondered whether the players had had enough time to get accustomed to his tactics. Though he had never considered playing a targetman, he had to reluctantly acknowledge that Kenwyne Jones' strength and Peter Crouch's height were Stoke's calling cards in attack.

As far as the transfers were concerned, Peter felt that overall, he had done a fair job. With a number of free signings and a raft of players taken in on loan, he had covered all positions with sufficient depth. The signings of Tshabalala, Tagliafico and Gordon pleased him. He felt he had managed to get rid of quite a bit of the deadwood for a decent price. With a net transfer spend of merely 2.25 million pounds, he felt he had managed to strengthen the squad significantly.

"Peter," Tony Coton said again, "time to go home, wake up early in the morning and win tomorrow's game."

"Yeah," Peter agreed, getting off his chair.

He turned out the lights and followed Coton out the door.

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Transfers

STAFF TRANSFERS:
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PLAYER TRANSFERS
http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm287/gurdit1/footballmanager/fm12peterpackett/StokeTransfers_History.png
This screenshot does not show the capture of 17 yo Lucas Ocampos from River (Argentina), joining us on 11/Jul/2012.

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Tactics


I've so far decided on a 4-4-2 for most games, but I've also got 4-5-1 and 4-1-4-1. I will post separately about tactics, if you're interested.

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Next Update Preview


Matches played in August (and maybe September)
Team dynamics (how the players are reacting to me)
Tactics.

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Appeal


Ok guys, at this point, I'm about to start writing about the actual games. I will still have plenty of wit and drama to write about because my plan is to focus my updates on what's happening off the pitch rather than on the pitch.

What I need from you guys is feedback. Tell me what's working, what are you enjoying reading. And how much detail should I get into for the matches?

Appeal


Ok guys, at this point, I'm about to start writing about the actual games. I will still have plenty of wit and drama to write about because my plan is to focus my updates on what's happening off the pitch rather than on the pitch.

What I need from you guys is feedback. Tell me what's working, what are you enjoying reading. And how much detail should I get into for the matches?

This story is extremely appealing. I would love for a lot of off-the-pitch details, because "yes, we won" gets boring after a while. Also, I would love to see a story which appeals to non-FM fans as well.
Make sure you get the results and goals from every match, add in your thoughts but not too much apart from that (if you plan to be an off-the-pitch writer)
#63415 akash.vidyasagar :

Appeal


Ok guys, at this point, I'm about to start writing about the actual games. I will still have plenty of wit and drama to write about because my plan is to focus my updates on what's happening off the pitch rather than on the pitch.

What I need from you guys is feedback. Tell me what's working, what are you enjoying reading. And how much detail should I get into for the matches?


This story is extremely appealing. I would love for a lot of off-the-pitch details, because "yes, we won" gets boring after a while. Also, I would love to see a story which appeals to non-FM fans as well.
Make sure you get the results and goals from every match, add in your thoughts but not too much apart from that (if you plan to be an off-the-pitch writer)
Exactly!!!! Akash.

Chapter 4 - The Debut of Peter Packett

Kevin Bell, 10, was literally bouncing with excitement. He held on tightly to his grandfather so as not to get separated in the crowd. He had painted his face with red and white stripes, and he looked excitedly around as fans started pouring into the 27,740 capacity stadium. Kevin and his grandfather took their seats at the Seddon stand, close to the tunnel from which the players would be entering.

http://www.aisa.org/uploaded/other_clubs/stoke_city-britannia_stadium.jpg

At a quarter to 3, the players began to walk out onto the pitch. Sunderland manager Martin O' Neill, dressed in a black tracksuit with the Sunderland badge on this chest, tried to weigh up Peter Packett as he walked over to shake his hand. Packett was wearing a dark grey suit with a red tie, and looked quite dapper. He had, however, forgotten to polish his shoes.

"All the best," Martin said, extending his hand.

"May the best team win," Packett said, shaking his hand firmly.

In a few minutes, the captains had shaken hands, greeted the referee and lined up in starting formations. Both teams appeared to be starting with a traditional 4-4-2 formation. The referee blew his whistle, and Sunderland kicked off. The home fans began instantly to sing the Stoke City anthem, 'Delilah'.

In the dugout, Packett sat nervously next to Tony Coton. The crowd were not sure what to make of him, and he avoided eye-contact. He kept leaning in to say something to Tony, who kept giving him friendly advice. He wondered who would score the first goal, wishing it was his team. He wasn't sure how they would respond to going a goal down. He didn't have long to find out.

With less than 4 minutes on the clock, the two Matthews combined as Upson passed the ball to Etherington, who began to dribble down the left flank. John O'Shea, now 30 and slower than ever, stuck his leg out and brought him down. Packett was up in arms, yelling at the cynical foul. O'Shea helped Etherington up and apologised. No harm done. The players got into position for the free-kick. Etherington, the free-kick winner, was also the taker, and he lofted a glorious cross at the far post. Ryan Shawcross shook off his marker, raced forward to meet the ball, and passed it expertly into the back of the net with his left foot. GOAL FOR STOKE CITY! The crowd went wild! Kevin Bell and Peter Packett were both up on their feet. He couldn't have asked for a better start to his career.

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As the game progressed, the action began to shift from end to end. Both teams managed to test the opposition goalkeeper on a couple of occasions, and Packett was thanking his lucky stars that he had managed to sign Craig Gordon. At half-time, the score was still 1-0 in Stoke's favour.

Looking at his players, Packett decided not to complicate things. He told them gently that they were doing ok, and just needed to make sure they didn't become complacent. He was confident they would walk out of the stadium today as winners.

Martin O'Neill, on the other hand, had other ideas. He was not a coveted and well-respected manager for no reason. After the break, the Sunderland players came on to the pitch with a new hunger. They won a couple of free kicks, which thankfully were either underhit or went harmless above the bar. However, with the clock running into the 52nd minute, disaster struck.

Huth attempted an inaccurate long-ball clearance, giving possession away. Sunderland quickly turned defence into attack with a few slick moves which saw Fraizer Campbell put Kieran Richardson through on goal, who took a couple of steps forward and slotted the ball neatly past Craig Gordon's near post. GOAL FOR SUNDERLAND.

Packett was immediately on the touchline, yelling at his defenders for losing concentration and encouraging them to keep their heads up and get back in it.

On 63 minutes, Packett was forced to make his first substitution of the match, with striker JohN Guidetti (on loan from Man City), going off injured. He was replaced by Cameron Jerome. Within two minutes of the restart, Packett made his second change and replaced the under-performing Robert Huth with new signing John Mensah. The game restarted, and once again, the action shifted from one end to the other, but neither team was able to break the deadlock. With less than 8 minutes left to play, Packett seemed consigned to a draw in his first game in charge.

But that changed in the 84th minute when Stoke won a corner. Jonathan Walters swung the ball in, and once again, Ryan Shawcross lost his marker, ran forward and headed the ball powerfully into the net. GOAL FOR STOKE CITY!. The stadium erupted once again. Surely, such a late goal would be the winner, wouldn't it? Packett shifted his tactics immediately to counter-attacking, asking his defenders to sit deep and make sure they didn't concede.

But the drama wasn't done!

With 87 minutes on the clock, Gordon kicked the ball deep into the opposition half. Peter Crouch got on the end of it and played a lovely through-ball for Cameron Jerome, who took possession of the ball and started to round the keeper.

"Shoot it! Shoot it!" Packett yelled excitedly.

And that's exactly what he did. GOAL FOR STOKE CITY! Jerome had scored on his debut.

Packett was delighted. He put his hands in the air and celebrated with the wild crowd. The match finally finished 3-1 in favour of Stoke City. Packett had won his first game in charge with what turned out, in the end, to be an emphatic victory.

"He's not half bad, is he, grampa?" Kevin asked as they took the train home.

"Who's that, love?" his grandfather asked.

"Peter Packett, grampa, winning his very first game and all."

"Indeed, love, indeed. Now let's hope he can perform a miracle at Stamford Bridge next weekend!"

Chapter 4.1 - August Fixtures Summary


(EPL) Stoke City 3 - 1 Sunderland
Shawcross (5, 84)
Richardson (52)
Jerome (87)

Summary: Seriously? I just wrote a bloody match report up there and you expect me to write a summary for this?

(EPL) Chelsea 1 - 0 Stoke City
Ramires (90+2)

Summary: Though they had 17 shots (6 on target), my defence worked together as a unit to deny Chelsea until the very end, when a beautiful cross from Essien to Ramires deep into injury time could result in one thing - goal for Chelsea. We did a fine job of neutralising their attacking prowess as players such as Marko Marin, Eden Hazard, Fernando Torres and Lukaku got average ratings of between 6.4 - 6.6. In fact, the Chelsea defence was top-class, with Gary Cahill being named the MOTM.

(COC) Notts Co 0 - 3 Stoke City
K Jones (21)
R Shawcross (59)
M Etheringtonn (pen 82)

Summary: An easy win against a League 1 opponent we were expected to beat. My team selection here was influenced by the match-fitness of some of my new recruits, as well as by my desire to make sure I go as far as possible in the cup.

(EPL) Stoke City 2 - 0 Swansea
S Tshabalala (37)
M Wilson (pen 90+4)

Summary: A home game we dominated and perhaps should have scored more. Tshabalala's goal was a long-range thunder-strike that no keeper could have stopped.

Preview for next month

A fairly straightforward month lies ahead with league games against Norwich (A), Fulham (H) and Everton (A), and the Capital One Cup 3rd round against QPR (A).

Player of the Month

http://u.goal.com/45600/45665hp2.jpg
Ryan Shawcross, for scoring 3 goals this month and being defensively responsible.
(Ok, I admit I stole this idea from FMRegen, so props to him :D

Please Note

I will not be writing such extensive match reports for every match. I will only do so if I feel the match deserves it or if it's an important match. Also, I will be balancing the off-the-field fiction with match reports in order to not overload you with too many updates.
Nice to see u got John Mensah. His nickname here in Ghana is the "Rock of Gilbraltar"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He seems to be among the most solid of my defenders. He's probably going to be a regular starter for me, especially if Huth doesn't improve his performances and his attitude.
surprisd you got rid of glenn whelan, thought he would have been one of the better CM's there
this is great, will keep on reading updates

Chapter 5 - September Match Summaries

(EPL) Norwich 2 - 3 Stoke City
R Snodgrass (8, 16)
R Shawcross (31)
J Guidetti (46)
C Jerome (77)

Summary: We were expected to teach Norwich a lesson. But they got an early 2 goal-lead against us. Thankfully, we pulled one pack through a Shawcross header. Just before HT, we earned a penalty which M Wilson missed. Packett pulled him aside during half-time and whispered sweetly in his ear, "If we lose the game by a single goal today, I am going to make you run around the pitch naked during training for missing that penalty, so you better work your socks off and get us a goal somehow." It appeared to galvanise the team as Guidetti scored shortly after the restart. And then the hero turned villain. We won another penalty-and missed it again! This time the culprit was Guidetti, who was quickly subbed off. Tekkers! His substitute Jerome scored the winning goal.

(EPL) Stoke 1 - 0 Fulham
K Jones (65)

Summary: I was hoping for a bigger victory against a struggling Fulham side. But at times, we rode out luck and sent them home with a close-run loss. Jones scored a sublime finish, which surprised Packett so much that he choked on his chewing gum and had to be taken away for a few minutes while he coughed, sputtered and recovered his breath. Looking at him, some of the players couldn't help but chuckle and almost lost focus on the match. As a result of this, Packett has declared war on chewing gums.

(COC) QPR 2 - 1 Stoke City
N Eardley (9)
A Del Horno (OG) (69)
J Guidetti (82)

Summary: Packett decided to rest some players; he also thought that it would be a good game to get some match fitness into some other players. Well, he thought wrong. The team conceded within 10 minutes. Then Del Horno, who was rusty, was unfortunate to have the ball bounce off him and enter the net. At HT, Packett tried to encourage his team, but he got a lukewarm response. We had more possession but were not incisive enough. Finally, on 80 minutes, Packett decided to start chewing gum again, and Guidetti scored a goal within 2 minutes. Encouraged, Packett quickly stuffed his mouth with a few more pieces of gum. Unfortunately, they still ended up losing the match. And because of all that gum chewing, Packett's jaw was too hurting and he decided to be lenient in his post-match team talk.

After the match, Packett made sure to sneak out quietly and drive home quickly. This was done primarily to avoid Peter Coates and John Rudge, who had expected Stoke to reach at least the fourth round of the Cup (we crashed out at the third round). He switched off his mobile phone, and when he got home, he had a solitary message on his answering machine. It was Coates--"Peter, we need to talk."

(EPL) Everton 1 - 0 Stoke
S Coleman (37)

Summary: Playing Everton at Goodison Park is always a tough challenge. Defensive frailty allowed an unmarked Coleman to head the ball easily into the net. After the break, though, were were markedly better, but the breakthrough could not come ... our attackers failed us.

Chapter 5.1 - Coates Meets Packett

On the day after the Everton match, Packett walked into the ground, to start training. He was generally among the first people to reach the ground. His little black Opel Corsa backfired loudly as he parked. Muttering under his breath, he walked quickly towards his office. Just as he turned the corner, he saw Peter Coates waiting for him.

"Morning, Peter," Coates said.

"Morning, Peter," Packett returned, slightly nervous.

Coates stood aside to allow Packett to enter unlock the door and enter his office. He followed Packett inside and took a seat opposite the manager.

He was silent for a few minutes.

Peter, beginning to feel a little unnerved, said, "So ... am I fired or something?"

Apparently, this was a very surprising question because Coates almost fell out of his chair and said "What! Why would you think that?"

"Er ... I don't know ... two losses on the trot?" Peter ventured. Then, he shut up, realising he didn't need to give Coates any further reason to admonish him.

"You're not fired, you silly man," Coates said, "in fact, I've come to say you're doing a pretty decent job so far. We're sitting at 6th place in the league. Either we're doing pretty well, or everything else is doing pretty badly ... or both. In any case, I just wanted to let you know that I don't regret my decision. Keep up the good work."

"I ... er ... yes, thank you," Packett croaked.

"Just one little thing, Gaffer," Coates continued, "try to avoid running away from me in the future. I work at the same place you do, you know."

"Right," Packett agreed.

Coates got up to leave.

"By the way," he said, walking towards the door, "don't you think it's time you held a team meeting already?"

Player of the Month

http://d.yimg.com/i/ng/sp/empics/20110219/16/379210857-19022011161221.jpg
Again, Shawcross. Started the scoring against Norwich and was defensively our best player for the other matches. As of now, also is my leading goalscorer!

Next Month Preview

Next month is entirely Premier League month, with games against Aston Villa (H), Man United (A), Tottenham (A) and Newcastle (A).

Brr...I hope I get some results against those big 3. A very tough month lies ahead.
#63737 Gurdit :

Player of the Month

http://u.goal.com/45600/45665hp2.jpg
Ryan Shawcross, for scoring 3 goals this month and being defensively responsible.
(Ok, I admit I stole this idea from FMRegen, so props to him :D


Loving the story so far... and don't worry about ti :)
Mate, i'm really enjoying this story.
Not many people do stoke - most do Newcastle (Regens is the best newcastle story though :P)
Shawcross is usually rubbish for me, how do you make him score so much?
Great story so far! I think it's great with the few short match reports, in my opinion only the best matches are worthy enough to be reported in full detail. Good summaries on all of them.
Thanks for the positive comments, guys. :)

Atreidas: I don't do anything special. He's just good in the air. I make him attack the back post.

esbech: Thanks, that's what I plant to do. And in the next update ... some media/response to csome managers' comments, etc. :)

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