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Might as well do a little breakdown and get into FM16 proper. So as I already said, my first season with Newcastle was a smashing success, although the weak Premier League was a factor. St. James' Park was a fortress, but we were not good away from home. By the end of the season, this was the lineup we had pretty much settled on:



Janmaat was poor for me, and he made a horrendous mistake with about 5-6 games to go that gave away a point which led me to declare that he would never play for me again. In January I loaned in Serge Aurier, so I went with him and he never disappointed. I also bought Danish left back Lukas Augustinsson in January because I was not happy with Haidara. I already mentioned Brooks and Romero.

Here was the table.



Unfortunately, we really really should have finished 3rd for Automatic CL Qualification, but blew it in the last 2 away fixtures.



Even a point would have done it for us. Pellegrini was fired mid season and replaced with Simeone. Klopp was also fired and replaced with Frank de Boer. That explains City and Liverpool's weak seasons. Arsenal were just poor and shot up to 5th in the last 5-8 games. Wenger retired at the end of the season.

The summer transfer window was always going to be interesting. Here were our many, many moves:



The big one was Perez out, which financed just about everything we did this summer. The most disappointing was Cabella, who had such a good season at Marseille that he worked his value up to 35m; 4 days before he came back, they exercised their 8m Euro option. The other important outbound transfer was John Brooks, who started crying about going to Bayern, so I just sold him for 10m profit after a successful year. I knew I needed to replace him and the horrendous club captain Coloccini, so I scouted high and wide for central defenders. I posted about Sergi Gomez earlier in this thread, so he was always a target. I also finalized the Chambers transfer just a bit too early. Only a few days after he agreed, John Stones became interested in us. I nearly pulled the trigger on him too, but he went to Man U for 43m.

I also brought in both Gaudino and Kimmich on loan for the season; Gaudino with a reasonable option to buy.

Even bigger, were the couple guys we agreed to terms with, but who chose to go elsewhere. Bayern didn't play Douglas Costa and had him listed for 13.75m. I nearly had him, but PSG came in at the last moment. That transfer would have been a game changer; we had no chance of signing him after PSG became involved, because we had negotiated that contract so far down.

The other one, before I had signed any of my defenders, was Sokratis Papadopoulos, who Dortmund listed for 12m. I was so excited about him, but Monaco came in at the last minute and stole him away. I think my team would be vastly better in the coming season with those 2 players.


Unfortunately, not getting to 3rd place in the league cost us: we drew Atletico Madrid in the CL Qualifying Round.

Fortress St. James' held in the first leg somehow. We had backup keeper Karl Darlow between the posts because new first choice Geronimo Rulli was at the Olympics.



The second leg would always be tough, and for the first time at Newcastle I didn't play a flat 4-4-2, instead I went with a 4-1-4-1 with Mitrovic alone up top. Starting alongside regulars Anita and Romero in midfield was Josh Kimmich. We held our position and counter attacked our ass off



Kimmich put Berehino, on for Mitrovic and now just playing as a poacher, through on goal and it secured the biggest win in Newcastle history! And we were rewarded despite being seeded 4th!



Well, this one was good too

 

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Chelsea 2nd? Clearly the game is going for an arcade-y feel this year, rather than realism :D :alex:
 

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To a dirt poor club like Dortmund at that.

I'm getting throttled in the second season. Doing okay in my group, but only 10 points from 10 games in the league. I'm incredibly frustrated right now.
 

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Yeah, my players are extremely tired and the squad depth isn't great. It's still very frustrating, and the media is all over me. I probably won't get fired either, I had a feeling we would regress, so I only picked CL Group Stage and Top Half of the Table for expectations.

I really have no idea how to fix it either, because my average ratings are pretty good. I lost my last game 2-0, but everyone except my strikers had between 7.0 and 7.2 average ratings.
 

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Hey! He was #2 in the Premier League for goals that season! LEAVE PEREZ ALONE!!!

I think I've turned a corner, and it doesn't hurt that the Premiership is so competitive that I can survive some lengthy runs of poor form without falling too far behind the CL spots.

Liverpool continue to underachieve, while I diagnose our biggest problem as a lack of a true #10. On January 1st, Coutinho will join for 55m. There is the Ayoze money.

I'll probably look to sell Mitrovic, who has been so disappointing in this season season.
 

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Out of the CL at the hands of PSG, and really just a blinder from Di Maria. All I want for Christmas is the FA Cup.
 

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ShiftyPowers;3891545 said:
Hey! He was #2 in the Premier League for goals that season! LEAVE PEREZ ALONE!!!

I think I've turned a corner, and it doesn't hurt that the Premiership is so competitive that I can survive some lengthy runs of poor form without falling too far behind the CL spots.

Liverpool continue to underachieve, while I diagnose our biggest problem as a lack of a true #10. On January 1st, Coutinho will join for 55m. There is the Ayoze money.

I'll probably look to sell Mitrovic, who has been so disappointing in this season season.

You love signing Coutinho :)

Nothing more frustrating in football manager than getting good ratings but losing
 

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You were actually the one who signed Coutinho for Chelmsford. I think this might be the first time I've had him.

Anyway, I finished 8th... with some possible thrown games to not have Europa League. I don't know how FM figures it, but I lost the FA Cup 2-1 in Extra Time from a totally bullshit goal, which is how all goals against are.
 

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ShiftyPowers;3892063 said:
You were actually the one who signed Coutinho for Chelmsford. I think this might be the first time I've had him.
Yeah, but I remember you saying that you always wanted him in your sides.
Anyway, I finished 8th... with some possible thrown games to not have Europa League. I don't know how FM figures it, but I lost the FA Cup 2-1 in Extra Time from a totally bullshit goal, which is how all goals against are.

I've just started a game with Liverpool and it's been pretty frustrating so far. Still getting used to the new interface, and I also feel like the game is getting a little too complex to get decent at. So much going on, so much to configure etc
 

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You just need to figure out the ins and outs involved with the match engine. Which boxes to tick to play certain ways. But for what it's worth, Liverpool are consistently pretty bad in my saves.
 

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ShiftyPowers;3892531 said:
You just need to figure out the ins and outs involved with the match engine. Which boxes to tick to play certain ways. But for what it's worth, Liverpool are consistently pretty bad in my saves.
Just frustrating as I struggle against league 1 teams in friendlies and my attributes are clearly better. Can't say anything to Lallana to make him happy during team talks either
 

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So this summer was brutal, and I had to fall back on all the well known wonderkids that hadn't got snatched up yet. The first stone to fall was Andrija Zivkovic, who was only 20 years old and on pace to be a dominant force in the Premier League for the next 10 years. This kid is incredible. I received a bid for him and told Monaco that his price was 75m. They accepted, so I lost him. I also lost Geronimo Rulli after 1 season for 50m, Rolando Aarons, a promising 21 year old winger who was homegrown at the club for 35m to STOKE, Serge Aurier for 40.5m (release clause) to Manchester United, Ludwig Augustinsson, my starting LB for 17.5m (release clause) to STOKE. I also sold Sergi Gomez for 13m, which is what he cost me, because he didn't work out in the Premier League. At this point I said "screw it" and I offloaded Wijnaldum for 40m and Anita for 20m and decided to go into full blown rebuilding mode. Coutinho did not like this, so now I have very poor morale. I brought in:

Cyrus Christi
Demarai Gray
Reece Oxford
Louis Reed

All English youngsters, because I'm getting killed on Homegrowns.

Emanuel Mammana
Predrag Rajkovic
Mateo Kovacic
Joao Cancelo
Sofiane Boufal
Jorge (Brazilian LB )
Rolando Mandragora
Carlos Guzman
David Raya
Juan Iturbe
Dabney dos Santos Souza

So it's going to be a slow start this season as we deal with Coutinho's low morale and like 12 new 21 year olds trying to blend in with the squad and the tactic.
 

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Seeing posts in the forum again makes me want to play a proper game to report on again! I started a game with Juve to get into the game, and it's going okay (not to big of a challenge), but I'll think of another one soon.
 

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FINALLY, in November, Coutinho has dropped his issue with me selling Rulli. We are sitting on 13 points from 13 games. Should start looking up. Again, the Premier League is very competitive, and my expectations again are just top half finish, so it's not nearly out of the question even with the shitty start.

For the first time all season every member of the squad isn't on "Poor" morale (except for Coutinho who was "abysmal").
 

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I started a new game with Sydney FC instead of Liverpool.

Going much better this game.

I signed Ronaldinho as my marquee player, and I've played 4 matches for 3 wins and 1 loss.

Starting to get used to the tactics set up now.
 

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I've been so hot and cold, but the Premier League is really hard and my board don't seem to really mind. Interviewed with City after they fired Jogi Low. Not sure why they'd hire me sitting at 15th place, but I did take Newcastle to the Champions League 2 years ago.
 


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