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FM14 Újpest 2019/20: The year of the agent

Following a text-less update for the 2018-19 season, I’m somewhat re-invigorated and so you’re back to having to read words. Unlucky. I’ve still got some pretty pictures though.

A domestic quadruple was always going to be the most we could hope for as we’re still some way off making a dent in Europe. I consider us to be firmly in the ‘Continental Consolidation’ phase of the club’s development — winning every single domestic trophy suggests we’ve gone past the ‘Domestic Dominance’ phase. But this progression has been a bit of a bitch in terms of keeping player wages down. Several key players had contracts expiring at the end of the 2019-20 season meaning we either had to negotiate a new deal or risk losing them on a free transfer. The three main men were Nassir el Aissati, Kadú and Fernando Canesin Matos; all signed new deals worth £6k, £6.5k and £4.2k p/w. As manager I’ve spent very little on transfer fees, meaning our finances are excellent and we’ve got a massive wage budget; following the end of the 2019-20 season, we were spending £77k p/w on wages with a total budget of over £300k p/w. But giving those wages to guys who were happily accepting ~£1.5k p/w only a few seasons ago grates me slightly.

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FM14 Újpest 2016/17: The league breakthrough…

Before I start, I’d just like to advise anyone who reads these posts and enjoys them to follow me on Twitter. I post about my game quite a lot and there’s things I put on there that don’t really suit the format of a blog, so you could well miss them if you don’t follow me. Thanks.

At the very beginning of this string of Újpest posts, I noted that there were five stages we needed to complete before my job with the Budapestians was finished. The ‘domestic consolidation’ phase that we started with went on slightly longer (four years in total) than I was hoping, but after a wonderful 2016/17 season, we’ve finally reached stage two: ‘domestic dominance’. The criteria for completing this phase are as follows:
• Consistent title challenges year-on-year
• Steadily improving youth academy
• Beginning to focus more on Hungarian talent

With the step up to the next phase (‘continental consolidation’) being:
• Improved performances in continental competition each year.
• Viable youth academy
• Beginning to focus more on Hungarian talent

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Summer 2016 Újpest mini-update

~~~ Before reading this update, make sure you’ve caught up on our 2015/16 season progress: ~~~ https://fmcoffeehouse.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/fm-14-ujpest-domestic-consolidation-phase-nears-end/ 

It’s only been a day since my last update but a lot’s happened in the FM world of Hungarian football. For a number of reasons, this has turned into probably my biggest off-season at the club and as such I reckon it deserves its own update.

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FM 14 Ujpest: Domestic Consolidation phase nears end

Following a relatively decent if unspectacular 2014/15 season, there was more progression needed if we were to take the league title and get any sort of progress in Europe. Unfortunately, despite another fairly good season, we were unable to do either. This was largely because we spent the season re-building the squad following the loss of several key players (although these were all my choice).

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