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Pickard: New Start

Hey everyone!

Thanks again for the comments yesterday…your support has been brilliant and now its time to give something back to you’s :)

So like I said yesterday…I’m back and I’m back with a new save, a save I have been wanting to start since FM2011 came out. The team I have chosen caught my eye for the first time back in 2000 and have looked for their results ever since. They are currently crippled with debt and have sold so many fantastic players. They are a decent team, one of the best supported…but deserve so much better and hopefully I can help achieve this.

So without further ado…

Now for people who don’t know much about Valencia CF let me give you a background into them…

Valencia CF have won the La Liga title 6 times in their history and come runners-up 6 times also, they have never won the Champions League…but have come runners up twice.

As I said earlier in the post, Valencia CF are crippled by debt and looking at the ‘Loan Outstanding’ the task became harder…

With the club in such a financial mess I knew that the only way to improve the squad was to sell, similar to the process that has been used before me with the likes of David Villa and David Silva departing the club. But anyway lets see what the Valencia CF board expect from me this season…

I agreed with their expectations, if the club were to ever improve their finances Champions League football would be need every season from now on…so no pressure. The Champions League generate so much money and hopefully I could guide Los Che to the knockouts this season and improve the books. One thing I did notice on the ‘Finance’ page was that 90% of transfer revenue would be available to me so sell to improve is definitely what has to be done.

Now…I can here you all screaming…What Tactics you going to use? Well here is the formation and tactics that will be used every game. Yes I know I should have a back-up formation for hard matches against the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid but…why? I don’t want to be a manager that goes defensive to try and claim a point…I want to win! Might be my downfall but I want to attack, attack!

To make sure that the team is fully up to scratch with these tactics, I have arranged 2 tours of USA and then a friendly against our feeder team Racing.

So thats about it for this post, the next post which will come in a few days once I have got pre-season out of the way, will show the pre-season results and also any ins and outs at the club.

Thanks and any questions, just ask :)

Martin

 

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Laxeyman
Laxeyman
10 years ago

Good to see you back Martin, and Valencia will be a good challenge I’m sure. I like your tactic too, very attacking and entertaining :) Good luck mate!

Darren Smith
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10 years ago

Nice choice mate but you had me guessing someone else by the intro…Portsmouth. :)

That debt is ridiculous and you’ll be paying at least £1.4 million every month for the next 15 years…not to mention your repayments are £3 million every month for the first two years.

To counter this you need to be making around £30 million in the transfer market over the first two seasons and then half that every season for the next 15 years!!! What a task…but I managed it with Newcastle so its not impossible mate, you’ve just got no platform to start from that’s all.

Dan
Dan
10 years ago

Wow I thought that my monthly loan repayments for Hull were bad!

You duped me too, I thought Portsmouth was going to be your choice but Valencia are a great team, my 2nd favourite in Spain (behind Real Murcia) :)

This is such a difficult challenge and I think you’ll need to rely heavily on home grown talent for a while. Like your tactics though, no point in playing football if you’re not going to try to win every game! Good luck!

Johnny Karp
Johnny Karp
10 years ago

Excellent choice mate, looking forward to seeing that mighty attack in action! :) Good luck!

dami
dami
10 years ago

Welcome back. Good choice with picking Valencia, a really good team though i got fired from after one season with them. If you can sign Bodgan Stancu he’ll be a gem…

Cheers

rolando
rolando
10 years ago

Welcome back. A very nice choice, young decent team, crippled with debt. First two years will be essential but then you’ll move to the new 75k seater, so at least an extra 10m a season guaranteed. Good luck and let the attacking football flow!

vaibhavc
vaibhavc
10 years ago

Hey Pickard
Interesting team to choose. It seems like a good challenge. I guess I agree with your tactic, you want to win so keep an attacking tactic. It might backfire against big teams, but against small teams, you can easily win.

Jayzinho
Jayzinho
10 years ago

Great choice mate, Valencia are a great side but with so many problems, it’ll be interesting to see how you balance the club on and off the pitch! Trying to clear your debt whilst still remaining competitive against Real and Barca will be tough! Good luck mate :-)

Martin - F.M.J.S
10 years ago

Hey Pickard

Good choice. Its going to be a challenge but the tactics look good and you have some good player already in the side. Good Luck!

Sears
10 years ago

Good luck with Valencia mate, and sorry to hear about your family losses.

Kevin
10 years ago

Martin – good luck to you in Spain and I’m excited to see how this tactic works for you and a great choice of team too!!

Nicholas Phipps
Nicholas Phipps
10 years ago

Good luck mate, the tactic looks very exciting and it will be interesting to see if you can break the duopoly of Barca-Real :)

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