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Darren – Newcastle’s normal start, Aug-Nov 2016/17

Hey guys, welcome back to my FM 2011 Newcastle story. The new season has begun and today I will reveal the results from August through to the end of November. After a busy pre-season my squad have to adjust, we have offloaded a few high value stars and brought in three very young prospects. The first team hasn’t been strengthened for the first year since my appointment, instead I have promoted young players from the reserves and tried to strengthen from within the club. My hope is that this won’t damage the quality of our football, and instead prove my Y2G system stronger than ever. Today’s post won’t go into much detail, but will show every result so far along with the usual run down on finances. So let’s get going and check up on Newcastle’s progress.

August 2016

We started the month with a tough match at Villa Park. With around 6 first team players unavailable (due to the Olympics) I had to field a weakened side and cross my fingers. A very close match was won 1-0 thanks to Dardouri, the midfielder has solved some personal problems and finally settled in at Saint James Park. Three of my missing stars returned to England from the Olympics for our next game. One of which was Yaya Sanogo, a good job too as the Frenchmen was instrumental to our 3-0 thrashing of Manchester City.

After a promising start, I left the Premier League behind for Europe and a Super Cup final against Sevilla. Using my strongest XI Newcastle ripped through the Spanish side in extravagant style. One Frenchmen helped our cause, but I’ll let you watch the highlights below to find out who.

View the match highlights by clicking here

We travelled back home after our triumph in Europe to face an even tougher opponent. Chelsea may have struggled in the league, but their quality was undeniable. However, none of these big stars turned up on the day as my boys thrashed Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Anconetani was sensational and my 19 year CM, Tinga also started to show some potential.

September 2016

You know what they say, all good things must come to an end. Well my boys managed to avoid this for two further matches in September. First of all Middlesborough took a 3-0 thumping at Saint James Park, then we travelled to Palermo and beat the Italians 3-1 in the opening Champions League group game. The winning streak ended at Wolves as they held us to a 1-1 draw, but was soon forgotten when we beat Manchester City away from home in the League Cup third round. September ended with a Sanogo swansong, the striker scored three goals to help us beat West Ham 2-0 in the EPL and Panathinaikos 4-0 in Europe.

October 2016

With the opening two months to a side, Newcastle embarked on a long October. The opening two matches were in the Premier League and provided some real entertaining football. Newly promoted Portsmouth felt strangers in their own home as we won 4-0. That was followed by the demolition of Spurs, 3-0. My wonderkid striker, Marcelo Santos, was really fulfilling the promise of his attributes. But fellow compatriot and rival striker, Fernando, wasn’t letting go of a first team place so easily. The 18 year scored against Rapid Bucharest in the 3-0 Champions League group stage win. Sanogo must have felt threatened by my young duo and didn’t let the next three games go to waste. The Frenchmen scored six goals in total as we beat Birmingham 5-0 in the league, West Ham 4-1 in the League Cup fourth round and Bolton 1-0 in the EPL.

November 2016

Getting closer to winter and November provided a mental set of fixtures, 8 matches to be exact.The first was at Saint James Park against Rapid Bucharest where my left winger Goetz played very well. That 3-0 victory was followed by four Premier League wins on the bounce. Another amazing run came to an end while playing Palermo in the Champions League. The Italians held us to a 1-1 draw and we suffered the same result against Stoke in the league. November did end on a nice note though, we visited the Emirates and beat Arsenal 2-1 in the League Cup fifth round.

League standings

The league looks fairly promising. Manchester City may prove difficult to shrug off, but we hold a five point lead in first with winter fast approaching.

As for the Champions League, we had an easy draw and battle it out with Palermo for top spot. That three point cushion should be secure after the last game.

Squad stats

After such a good start, there seems to be many names with a +7 average rating. Marcelo Santos has impressed with 9 goals from 5 starts, not to mention Sonogo’s 13 goals from 11 starts. These two have been rotated with my youngest striker, Fernando, who has scored 5 goals and assisted 5 from 7 starts. My best centre back is still Danny Wilson, the clubs captain has scored 6 goals from set pieces already. I’ve also been impressed by Anconetani’s 4 goals and 9 assists. To be honest I could go on forever, but check the list below for the full story.

Four long months have passed since I last reported on the clubs finances. We did have £144 million in the bank before the first ball was kicked. Since then Newcastle have made the usual losses and now have £136 million. Not too bad really but I do expect further losses before the end of season jackpot.

Now for the final part, my up and coming fixtures. The next post will take us from December to the end of February. The worst run has to be from the end of December to start of January, where the toon are scheduled to play Liverpool, Aston Villa, Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd. Ouch!

Well that is all for today’s update, I hope you enjoyed the post and thank you for reading. I did have hopes of posting some sort of a video diary, but due to bad quality and it just not coming out right I’ve postponed this for another day. Anyway, please feel free to comment below and I’ll see you next time.

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Johnny Karp
10 years ago

That was an almost perfect start, it seems that you’re only competing with the banks at the moment :)

Laxeyman
Laxeyman
10 years ago

Brilliant again, you’ll win the league by miles once again, and I reckon you’ll win everything else as well. Like Johnny says, there seems to be no real competition, and of course, good luck!

Sibo
10 years ago

Well done Darren, lots of trophies on the horizon again this season I believe as you are, quite frankly, on fire! Sanogo is on form once again and I am sure he will be banging them in for the rest of the season as usual.

BTW I saw the video on youtube because of the link for the Sevilla highlights, it is a really good video! You have said about your emphasis on tactics and instructions but seeing it in action like that, well it’s no wonder you win so much with that kind of eye to detail! Unlucky about the result, at least it wasn’t a loss! :D

Well done and good luck! :D

Lye
Lye
10 years ago

Hi Darren,

Another strong start and performance by the team. Not only Sanogo is doing very well but Marcelo Santos is absolutely on fire. Keep going mate as you are going to sweep all trophy again.

vaibhavc
vaibhavc
10 years ago

Hey Darren
Your squad looks very strong as they are all contributing to the great start. You have managed to go unbeaten so far, and your defence is going strong. Only four goals against you in the Prem.

Aaron
Aaron
10 years ago

I think the financial side gives your story an extra dimension, it’s fast becoming one of my favorites! Maybe if you get so around £300/400 million one summer you should splash out on one big player? Even Barca do it from time to time :)

Timmy
Timmy
10 years ago

your team is very rich,i want to apply your Y2G but still confused how to make a profit :P
ps:what is the most interesting free transfer action happened in your game?
good luck

Timmy
Timmy
10 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

wew,i know it now,thanks
ps:really?Robinho to PSV :P

Sibo
10 years ago
Reply to  Timmy

In one of my mates games Messi went from Barcelona to Ajax in 2018, he was 31…

You should make this a thread in the forum! :D

Timmy
Timmy
10 years ago
Reply to  Sibo

OMG Messi huh?how much is his wages?

Sibo
10 years ago
Reply to  Timmy

They were giving him like £300,00 a week, I don’t know how they got the money, maybe it was because they had won 5 consecutive Champion’s Leagues… ;-)

Sibo
10 years ago
Reply to  Sibo

*£300,000

Daniel
Daniel
10 years ago

Great story, great start. I love your new strikers, sanogo must be really feeling the heat for his place! the video’s are a good idea!
Keep the form going.. you will anyway..
Daniel :D

Matt Clark
10 years ago

Hi Darren this is just too easy for you that’s the only problem with this game after a while there’s no challenge btw what happened to you making profile posts of wonderkids

Kevin
10 years ago

Hi Darren
No surprise to see Santos and Sanogo leading the pplayer rankings and your form has been nothing short of breathtaking. As for your defensive record it’s phenominal! Did I spell that right? :)

Stromson
10 years ago

Aw man, no video, I was really looking forward to that. :( Aside from that disappointment, you’ve done pretty durn well for yourself at Newcastle. I’d say you’re officially in “dynasty” mode, and I think it’ll be quite some time before we see you facing any serious challenge to your pole position in the Premier League. Good luck in the CL, can’t wait to see the results!

Ana Garcia
10 years ago

How great would it be if you opened you own bank balance and saw that amount in it! :)

Sanogo as been amazing but nice to see a few Spaniards performing well, Santos looks like he is finding his feet in your team and he has a very impressive average rating.

Domestically you have been far superior and another title already looks like it is on the way, seeing as you always seem to find a way to win.

The champions league group was a very simple one but always nice to go through top in the hope to avoid the ‘bigger’ sides so you should be able to do that with a game left to play.

Good luck Darren!

liam101
liam101
10 years ago

great work darren. Some really impressive results there and those ratings are amazing. you must struggle who to pick.

Sears
10 years ago

Haha, I love the title… ”Newcastle’s normal start” lol. Were so used to you winning nearly every single match now :-D Btw, in your next post, can you show us your managerial stats, like wins, number of players bought/sold etc?

Anyhow, wonderful start, as usual :-) You’ll easily dominate in every competition again… I love looking at your finances too, £136 million is phenomenal..! If you continue this story for another long time, it’s inevitable that you make Newcastle the richest club in the world… Plus you’ll get revenge on greedy Mike Ashely too when you show him your bank accounts :-D! Good luck bud,,,!

CsAtlantis
10 years ago

A video diary? :P Wow, the fixture list from Boxing Day to 3rd of January is pretty tight, your squad will have to stay fit for that run of 4 games, still doing well in the league and Champions League, plus still striding through the League Cup, and Sanogo is doing the business as usual, what will you do with the bank balance though………..:D

Edward Wylie
Edward Wylie
10 years ago

Hi Darren, one of my mates was wondering what your pitch dimensions are?

Edward Wylie
Edward Wylie
10 years ago

Ok thanks mate.

Martin
10 years ago

Hey Darren!

Yet another fantastic post…great progression in all competitions…in which there isn’t much competition lol. The finances are look amazing lol…wont be long now until your the richest club. Keep up the good work bud.

Sears
10 years ago
Reply to  Darren Smith

Can you give us a hint what that surprise may be or will you keep us all in suspense :-D?

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