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Apologies and Suggestions…

Hey FMS readers!

Firstly I’d like to apologise for being away so long but my passion for Football Manager ran on empty just after Christmas and with that, my journey with Anzhi Makhachkala ended, Since January I haven’t be able to hold a save down, you play the game so much that you lose the passion for it…I really don’t know how Johnny, Darren and Ana do it…Hat’s off to them!.

You maybe thinking hang on he only lasted 4 season but the actual fact is that I was playing the save so much that I’d actually completed 7 seasons and was well on the way in the 8th before I hit the brick wall. The main reasons that the story came to an abrupt end was just how easy it was to win the Russian League and how there was no contest and only me fielding a stupidly young teams was the only way I could lose.

So…does this mean I’ll back…

Yes I’m ready to start a new story but I’m not entirely sure what type of save I want to do…that’s where you guys come in! I’ve searched high and low for Story ideas…Athletic Bilbao…San Marino Challenge…Pentagon Challenge but what do you guy want to see after all…you guys make this site!

So this is your chance to stamp your mark on my new save…comment me with your suggestions :)

Regards

Martin

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MS
MS
8 years ago

I would recommend a Lower League Manager challenge. You said that you lose easilyyour passion about the game so this could make you get a bit more interested. Otherwise, start a save in a relatively lower european league like Belgium, Portugal.

Jack
Jack
8 years ago

Tonbridge Angles in the blue square south (england) are a decent challenge

bigbaz
bigbaz
8 years ago

Manage Wolves! iv not seen a decent wolves story around plus i can never get them higher than 7th so that could be a challenge

Peter_G
Peter_G
8 years ago
Reply to  Martin Pickard

I finished 4th with Wolves in my 4th Season yesterday :)

Got CSKA Moscow in my qualifier though.

My main starting XI

GK Ospina
DR Romario / Walker
DL Naughton / Good Regen
DC Munoz
DC Rodolfo / Johnson
MC Jali / Mariga / Gago
MC Rodwell
AMR Weiss / Montilo
AML Adam Johnson
AMC Eriksen/ Montilo
FC Mbaye Niang/Sturridge/P.Cisse

John
John
8 years ago

How about doing something completely different Martin. I’m thinking something like only being allowed to stay at a club for one season, only allowed to sign players from the country you’re in… I doubt either of those are something you would want to do but really think about something completely unique. The problem with you lot who write the stories is that you’re all to good (somehow that works against you haha) but doing lower league team challenges and stuff are too easy. Just a suggestion mate, I’ll be reading anyway ;)

Rob
Rob
8 years ago

Gutted that you’ve got bored of the saved as I really enjoyed reading your story. Personally I love managing Droylsden in the Conference North and trying to get them to the top.

pedro roriz
pedro roriz
8 years ago

hey mate!
personally, i’d not go into a britain club like the suggestions above. we all have read so many stories on them.

i have two suggestions.

i’m currently playing the san marino challenge. and boy, is that tough! it is not difficult for the first seasons as the average level is reaaally low and you should be able to attract some decent players. but, as you get to serie b, it is quite a journey as you are already considered a relegation candidate. when you get to serie a, then, stuff gets real. you are by far the least known club, you have the lowest attendance by thousands, you can’t produce nice youngsters, you are practically bankrupted (the finances don’t keep up to your evolution). therefore, you will need to scout thoroughlly to cheap and good players. i’m in my first season in serie a, sitting in 13th, with extreme effort and a godlike goalkeeper. but i reckon i have a squad fitting 15th tops. with the national coach, i was let go after two years in charge, making san marino national side the 192th in fifa’s ranking. and, with that coach, i was offered russia’s kayserispor bench and i took it.

the second suggestion is the feeder club challenge – i don’t know if it really exists, i’m just creating now. taking a relatively weak squad with one coach and, with another coach, taking a feeder club. the objectives are to grow that weak squad to a huge national squad and to make the feeder club even bigger. for instance; getting bologna in serie A and one of their feeders to the top as well. san marino, in fact, has a developed connection with cesena.

hope i helped.

cya

john
john
8 years ago

Do a challenge that once you got to the premier league you can only buy British players, and have to sell everyone else.

Jamie
Jamie
8 years ago

Sion in Switzerland. -36 points

Jake
Jake
8 years ago

Go Vitesse. They have never won anything and have a sugar daddy owner but a very poor squad first season.

Jack
Jack
8 years ago

Will be able to download your anzhi game?

George Dobson
8 years ago
Reply to  Martin Pickard
Jack
Jack
8 years ago
Reply to  George Dobson

Thanks and good luck with tenerife!

Karl
Karl
8 years ago

I like stories where you travel around a lot, something like an unemployment/pentagon challenge

Ed Wylie
Ed Wylie
8 years ago

Non League management in England is the best. Build a young squad that compete in the league above, FA Cup runs, FA Trophy, pre-season friendlies to make money, parent clubs, loan signings. So fun, try it! I’d recommend Tamworth.

ri916
ri916
8 years ago
Dan
Dan
8 years ago

Hey Martin,
Queens Park is always a difficult an interesting story due to the whole amateur status thing. To be honest though it’s up to you, in the past I’ve chosen to do a story on a team that people have voted for but then becuase it wasn’t my choice I lose interest. Although that could just be me and my terrible attention span! ;)

Hope you find something you like soon.

saltwater
saltwater
8 years ago

Firstly, welcome back!
I was a “silent reader” while you done your Anzi story but I really enjoyed nevertheless.
It does feel like everyone is doing every type of story at the moment so choices are hard to come by. I would love to see you doing an youth academy challange! I know Jake is doing one in the forums but it would be brilliant to see one on the main site! Plus, I don’t think any challange gets harder than using resources and promoting from within so that is a real test.
Good luck with whatever story you choose though!

Ivo Knežević
8 years ago

It would be interesting if you manage wolves to the top

Darren Smith
Admin
8 years ago

I always say that you should pick your own saves purely because remaining interested in a save will only come if you have a passion for what you’re doing. When I used to stop my saves around the 5-6 season mark it was because I was winning everything and couldn’t be bothered with a transitional period just to carry on the same thing…that was when I created the Y2G system and that seems to keep my saves going way longer. Alternatively I combined this with managing my local side that I really have a passion for and hey presto I’ve done my longest save yet.

Maybe have a sit down and consider what you really want to do, I’m sure all the suggestions in readers comments will help get the fire going.

Billy
Billy
8 years ago

Swindon Town in league 2!

Bruno
Bruno
8 years ago

I think that Union Berlim, of the german 2nd division, would be a intresting challenge.

Ana Garcia
8 years ago

Erm, South Africa?!

If you want a league that’s always competitive, without the riches of millionaires that’s the place!

In all honesty go where you feel you will enjoy it the most, if you are enjoying the game/writing about it I enjoy it more knowing that.

I like unique stories away from the bigger nations in Europe but I do like Spanish stories as well so go where you feel you will enjoy it the most.

Am sure there is a league out their that is just for you, I think you should go a journey and try and find it! :)

Kevin
8 years ago

Hi Martin
I have to agree with Darren and Ana, you should choose something that’s meaningful to you that’s why I went for Vancouver as I live in Canada (actually Toronto) and created a Moneyball system as a side interest and a different way of signing players. Sure success adds longevity to any saved game but you beed to find that niche to make the story really yours and for it to come alive.

1. Is their a local team close to where you live?
2. Maybe a team from a country where you had a memorable vacation?
3. Do you speak a second language then a team from that country?

The demand for English team stories can get quite intense but you’ve already proven that something different can add value to this site and your own enjoyment.

Luke Robinson
Luke Robinson
8 years ago

I liked the comment about doing the Sion challenge where you start off -36 points, maybe a belgian league 2 side or a second division croation team.. always a challenge

Conor Donovan
8 years ago

I’m currently alternating between two saves. I find that this way if I get bored with one, I can go to the other and I then come back to the bored one later refreshed and enthusiastic once more.

The more prominent of the two is my non-league challenge where I’m trying to emulate Darren’s achievements with Scarborough but I have to start in the 11th tier, whereas Darren started in Level 9 I think. It’s a nice challenge for sure.
And the other one I’m doing is the Pentagon Challenge. I haven’t got much of that done yet so I may go back to it soon.

They’re just 2 ideas for you. My overall suggestion would be to go for something very challenging, but something fairly realistic and something you know you’ll stay with.

Best of luck!

Sam Birch
8 years ago

Please do a Bilbao save!!!!!!!!!!!

Johnny Karp
8 years ago

It is your choice mate. I remember that the Anzhi career was a community choice, right? Well, I guess this time it is you who should choose ;)

Dan Ireland
8 years ago

Heey what about low league scottish team? Or the san marino challenge sounds like an good idea!:)

lo
lo
8 years ago

hm.. how about taking a unknown club in asia to try to win world club cup , with the exception of some countries such as japan , korea, china, other countries have terrible facilities, players, poor etc…. lacking in many ways, to a club that can pose a challenge in world club cup is quite a feat!

Harry
Harry
8 years ago

Maybe, start off at a really small club or something like st mirren, then use them to ‘leapfrog’ between clubs and gaining reputation , to evenually find a team that can win the champions league.

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