You can be my Wingman any time

With half the season gone we were sitting happy at the top of the league.  As with most FM saves, when things are going well, it is easier to fire it up and get some game time in.  This was proving to be no exception and I was rattling through the games at a rate of knots.  What I hadn’t really done was look at squad development in any depth.  I had brought a couple of younger players through to the first team squad but didn’t look at how things might pan out in the future. Continue reading You can be my Wingman any time

Adios Spain, Halla Sweden

You know that feeling when an FM save is ebbing away?  The urge to play has faded and it is habit that brings you back.  Well alas I realised I had reached that point with Alcoyano.  Rather than plod on, I decided that with a number of months left before FM18 I could easily get in to a new save, so that is what I’ve done.

All my recent successful saves have involved bringing a club up through the divisions (Amiens, Hansa Rostock, Sudtirol and Alcoyano).  This time round I have decided to chance my arm at a youth development save.  I think part of the reason I wasn’t enjoying Alcoyano was it was a real struggle to develop the club enough to bring players through.  I had pots of money from wheeler dealing but the infrastructure developments were taking too long. Continue reading Adios Spain, Halla Sweden

Breaking the duopoly

Fourth place in our second La Liga campaign was way more than I’d ever anticipated.  Little Alcoyano from the Valencian foothills were off to have bash in the Champions League having never played a competitive continental game ever.  Whilst this was obviously a huge achievement it is something we were not really equipped for.  The squad that finished fourth was small and still contained a number of players from the Segunda campaign who whilst trying their hardest were not of the greatest quality.

I decided to invest as much as we could across the board strengthening all positions.  We had £14m available to spend but not a lot of wriggle room in the wage bill (more of which later). Continue reading Breaking the duopoly

Sixth season successes

Finishing 10th in our first La Liga campaign was more that I could have dreamed of given the scant resources at Alcoyano.  As I alluded to in the last post, we would have settled for fourth bottom but instead thrived amongst the big boys.

Rather than resting on our laurels I immediately set about making changes that could help continue our progress.  With some money in the bank and my achievements setting me in good stead I approached the board to ask for investment in both the training and youth facilities.  Whilst I was happy being a wheeler dealer I always like the academy to through a decent player my way every now and then.  Unfortunately in this save I haven’t had anyone of sufficient quality to challenge for a place in the first team, even lower down the leagues. Continue reading Sixth season successes

Sink or swim

My first game in charge of CD Alcoyano was an inauspicious 0-1 defeat to the unfortunately named Prat in August 2016.  Since then we’ve been on a bit a journey and find ourselves at the top table in La Liga for the first time in the club’s history.   Having secured second place in Segunda it was time to welcome to big guns to El Collao, and they don’t get any bigger than the pride of Catyluna.

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Pushing On

I am writing this with the knowledge it will be a shorter piece than normal.  The main reason is that I am pressing on with the save and want to get an update out there before I get too far ahead of myself.

As those paying attention will recall, my last update saw Alcoyano narrowly miss out and a very unexpected promotion in their first season in the second tier.  We made it to the play off final and lost 5-4 to Levante over two legs.  Whlist I was upset at this we were expected to be closer to the relegation places that the promotion mix so it was a great achievement. Continue reading Pushing On