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The Quest for 129: Creating the Gegenpress in FM

It’s been a while. I’m still with Wolves. It’s 2036. I guess a good place to start would be to give you the end results on the guys who ‘made it’, from my youth development series. If you haven’t been following it then I recommend you skip the next couple of paragraphs.

If you’d like any screenshots then let me know on Twitter, @MrEdsFM.

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FM13 Wolves: Summer of ’31

Welcome to another article on my Wolves side. I’m going to wrap everything into this post, including my youth development update. It’s been a bit of an exciting season and I’m getting into the save and into the game more with every passing day (week/month/season). However, the season before was a bit of a tricky one in that lots of trainees got injured and I got a bit disillusioned with the game so holidayed the majority of the season. This worked a treat and as the squad regained health and fitness over the Summer, so did my motivation to play. If ever you’re struggling to remain interested in your save game, it’s worked for me. Just make sure you control the transfer windows, wouldn’t want your assistant manager selling that young 5* PA striker.

Basically, keep in mind that the youth development update is effectively Year Four and that Year Three has been skipped.

I suppose a good place to start would be to tell you about the season that just unfolded. Well, it was a bit of a goodie. Those of you who follow me on Twitter (plug: http://www.twitter.com/MrEdsFM) will know that I managed to bag myself a six-trophy haul, or a sextuple, for the first time in any Football Manager game. I was understandably delighted despite missing out on the magical ‘win every competition you possibly can’ mark of seven. However, I found this particularly interesting given the tactical shift I made in the year, from a 4-2-2-2, to a more regular 4-4-2. I’ll talk more about this later on.

The first thing I’ll do is the Year Four youth development update as it’ll lead into my thinking later on in the post. We’ve had some excellent progression from lots of players.

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FM13 Wolves’ Trainee Development: Year Two

Hiya chaps, welcome to the second season of the tracking of my Wolves’ trainees. As you’d expect, some have progressed really well, some not so much. But I’ve written a short analysis of each player’s respective situations and what I’d hope for them this year. 15 becomes 14 and two others will need to seriously buck up their ideas unless they wish to be shipped out too. Lay on…

note: the screenshots have the player’s old attributes as well as new attributes so you can easily see the development they’ve made over the season rather than having to go to the old article again. The player’s old attributes are on the left, and new attributes on the right.

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Wolves FM13: Developing the next generation

First update in a long while, and it’s more of an organisational post than anything letting you see into what I look at when bringing through the next youth generation. Having played very little FM14, I decided to return to FM13 and with Wolves I’ve found it particularly interesting following the progression of my youth sides. I’ll do an update on these players at a later date to explain what I did and how they turned out. I’ll probably also do an article on the tactics I use with the first team, at some point, too. This may not (see: probably won’t) interest you. No worries. Stop reading when you get bored. It’s a basis for more interesting things to come.

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Overhauling your Squad: Wolves 2026

note: all players mentioned in this can be viewed in this imgur album: here.

Welcome to a slightly different update. I’ve returned to Wolves in a bid to create a properly dominant side, based on attacking football. Reading records from FMers on Twitter about games unbeaten has made me realise that I’ve never actually gone a season unbeaten on any Football Manager, and it’s about time I did. With £300m in the transfer kitty, my Wolves side should be more than capable of doing just that. So, this article will hopefully allow me to not only get my thoughts down on ‘paper’, but to also illustrate the methodology I employ when overhauling my squad.

The reason a squad overhaul is necessary is the relative failings of last season. Whilst we won the Community Shield, European Super Cup and Club World Cup in the first half of the season, we were only able to add the FA Cup to this. Falling to PSG in the quarter finals of the Champions League was frustrating, however, losing the title for the first time in eight years was even more so. This was compounded by the 92 point tally we recorded being enough to win the league in any other Premier League season except this one. And yet, Man City rack up 94. Great.

So here we are.

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Exploiting Space: The False Eight

Hi chaps, first of all I’d like to apologise for the lack of posts recently. I did an update on my Le Mans save but I’ll be surprised if anyone managed to get through all of it, so hopefully this is a tad more exciting. For the time being I’ve abandoned my Le Mans save and returned to Palmeiras where my Copa Libertadores winning team is open to tactical innovations.

But from a brief overview of the team, I decided that the role to create would be the False Eight. It’s a fairly dire coinage but I feel it most accurately describes what I’ve attempted to create. I’m sure the vast majority of my readers will have heard of the False Nine, and even the False Ten. Although for those of you who haven’t, the False Nine (for example) is a player who plays as a traditional number 9 striker in the offensive phase of play, but whilst the opposition have the ball, he drops deep in an attempt to retain possession.

As followers of the blog will know, I have something of a fascination with players contributing more to the team than they perhaps should. And [hopefully], that’s what I’ve managed to do with the False Eight.

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Summer Transfer Window 2029: Le Mans FC

Hello and welcome to my first update in a while. There’s a number of reasons why it’s been a while but one of those is I just haven’t had time to play Football Manager lately. As well as this, there’s been a few in-game issues which I’ll go into throughout the update.

But the best way to go is just to plough on, and I did that with Le Mans. It was always going to be a difficult Summer, though, for two major reasons. Firstly, much like the situation QPR find themselves in presently, Le Mans had players on Ligue 1 wages. The drop to Ligue 2 was a hitch in the road but unfortunately not gaining promotion at the latter end of last year has really sent the bills spiralling out of control. The revenue generated in Ligue 2 simply isn’t enough. And because of this, the board have slashed the transfer and wage budgets. Last season, I had £7m in my transfer kitty and spent £215k per week on wages. This year, I’m expected to push on with no transfer budget (and 0% of the revenue earnt re-invested into transfers) and a £175k p/w wage budget. Because of that, I had to make some extremely tough decisions.

The second reason this was a particularly difficult Summer was the particularly odd rule put in place by the FFA in regards to number of non-EU players, for Ligue 2 clubs. For relegated Ligue 1 teams, you’re allowed 4 non-EU players registered in your squad. This rule somewhat limited me last season in that I had a fifth player from Brazil unable to play. This annoyed me but I was willing to wait until the new season to bring him in. Then I realise that if you were in Ligue 2 last season, you’re only allowed 2 non-EU players. This meant I had to cut my transfer prices dramatically. And I was not happy.

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