Following my fairly dull update of the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons at Újpest, this one will give you a bit more detail on the squad and what’s actually going on at the club. During the season I’ve also been looking at the stats in slightly more detail in a bid to create a player radar (such as the one here: https://fmcoffeehouse.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/fm14-ujpest-201920-the-year-of-the-agent/) for full-backs. Unfortunately, because my full-backs play as Complete Wing Backs, they produce quite irregular stat-lines and therefore aren’t indicative of all players in their position.
One thing I’d like to address in relation to this is the question I often get where people seem confused as to why I actually collate these stats every year. If you’re not interested in the answer then you’re more than welcome to skip the next few paragraphs.
Welcome to an update to the increasingly irregular series where I focus on my save with Újpest in Hungary. I’ve planned for this update to be mainly pictures because my motivation to play Football Manager is pretty low at the moment, so when I do get the urge to play, I’d rather actually play than spend my time writing about it. Unfortunately this irregularity of update means the site has been rejected by Sports Interactive’s Affiliate Scheme. It’s a bit disappointing that this is the case because I’m sure a number of you read one-man FM blogs and it’s difficult for a single person to commit to regular content that they do just for fun. But oh well. On to the game.
During my last update I wrote about the 2019/20 season. It’s been a while so if you’ve forgotten what happened you can check it out here (https://fmcoffeehouse.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/fm14-ujpest-201920-the-year-of-the-agent/). Since then I’ve played two seasons, with steady progress in both. In those years, we’ve won;
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.
These updates are getting a bit samey for me so I’m just going to stick a load of pictures up for this season. I don’t want to stall my progress in the 2019/20 season to write an update but I want to keep everyone updated so here you go. Should be back to written updates soon.
The season after our first league title was always likely to be a crucial one, and it ended up being so. In order to improve the coefficients of the league and of Hungary itself, it was crucial we did well in the Champions League, and that ended up being our focus. Initially, this meant our league form suffered really quite badly. But with the young squad that won the league being kept largely intact, and further improving, I was confident in our ability to catch up the leaders (who were Videoton, as you may have guessed).
The only changes to the squad were…
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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
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).