The end of the road

I toyed with not writing this but after some thought decided I would pen a few words.

As the name suggests, this is a note to say that I am giving up FM Ramblings.  The very few who paid any attention will notice that there have not been as many updates as late.

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It’s not you, its me

Jumping in to the world of a journeyman was a new experience and one that at times didn’t sit easily with me.  Much as the annoying player who is too big for his boots, I planned on treating Lokomotiva Kosice as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.  As a result I didn’t feel the need to invest in youth or put anything in place for the longer term (sounds like the Mourinho approach!) and instead focused on the short term.

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Wherever I lay my hat

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas? Balls to that retail induced horror show, I’m talking about the annual Football Manager release.

In years gone by I’ve ended up with over elaborate ‘reveals’ with teams whittled down from 10+ the final pick. This year I’ve been missing inspiration to the point where I’m penning this piece with no clue where I’ll end up plying my trade.

What I do know is that the lack of desire to start an empire is leading me down a different path. In years gone by I’ve had saves from the lower reaches of France, Germany, Italy and Spain that have all culminated in top flight football and in three of the four titles and elite competition. Failed attempts at the same challenge in smaller leagues rules that plan out, so I am trying something different (for me) and giving a journeyman save a try.

Only once in the last six years of FM have I left a club to move to another. As in real life, I tend to fall in love easily and don’t like to leave. I’ll be breaking out of my comfort zone and experiencing more clubs than Geordie Shore on tour.

The plan is to wind up with a big job in a big league, but for the first time I’ll work my way up to it rather than start with said club or turn a David in to a Goliath.

I don’t want to start in England and also want to give the aforementioned league a miss. I’ve also been to Sweden and Belgium recently so they are out.

With that in mind, my bags are packed and I’m off to FC Lokomotiva Kosice in deepest, darkest…….let me check…….yep, Slovakia.

The plan? Win games, build my rep and move on. Add leagues, play in Europe, build my rep and move on. Will it work? God knows! I’ll give it a damn good try though.

Thanks for reading. Poďme to urobiť as they said in Kosice

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”