Saturday, 5 December 2009
Friday, 29 May 2009
My two wingbacks will get forward as often as possible - often acting as wingers, supported by Gerrard on the right and Barry on the left when needed. When my wingbacks get forward, my Defensive Midfielder, Owen Hargreaves, will stay back acting a third defender.
GK David James (Portsmouth)
DR Glen Johnson (Portsmouth)
DL Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
DC John Terry (Chelsea)
DC Rio Ferdinand (Man Utd)
DM C Owen Hargreaves (Man Utd)
MC Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
MC Gareth Barry (Aston Villa)
AM C Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
ST Peter Crouch (Portsmouth)
ST Wayne Rooney (Man Utd)
My Midfield is packed with world class midfielders. Gerrard and Barry can also act as wingers, when needed. Peter Crouch is my target man and Wayne Rooney will drop off and receive the ball to feet, as well as creating chances for other team players. Glen Johnson wins the place at right back, mainly because he is so good going forward. Owen Hargreaves wins the place at DM C, just edging out Ledley King.
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Friday, 22 May 2009
Theo Walcott (5-stars)
Theo may be a forward, but he plays better on the right wing - a position he played in his early career, for Southampton. He has lightning pace and acceleration with decent dribbling and crossing. He is likely to improve as his career in the game develops.
Nathan Dyer (4-stars)
He is a very similar player to Shaun Wright-Phillips. He is currently on loan at Swansea, but is contracted to Southampton. He is very quick and his other attributes are likely to improve over time. Sign him, if you cannot afford the price-tag of Walcott.
Friday, 8 May 2009
Peter Crouch (5-stars)
It will be hard to sign him, only the best premier league sides will have the opportunity to. His height of 201cm makes him ideal to win headers to flick balls on to other players.
Nicola Zigic (4-stars)
This serbian is probably the tallest forward in the game. He players for Villareal and would be available for around £12 million.
Andy Carroll (3-stars)
You could probably sign this player on loan during the first season. He is a young player from Newcastle. His young age will make this player more attractive to sign and he would be available for around £5 million.
Monday, 4 May 2009
Check it out and post your pics today! It is aiming to be a collection of pictures from all over the world!
Monday, 20 April 2009
However, this post will focus on the wishlist for new features in fm2010.
- FM2010 needs to be faster & more responsive than 2009.
- Stadium building needs to be better than just saying the capacity has increased by 3,782!
- There is only one camera view in the 3d match that I like (corner) - there needs to be more!
- A highlights package with a similar look to LMA or FIFA manager.
- Being a chairman of a club instead, or as well as, being a manager could be fun
- Press Conferences are not that good. I always send my assistant now.
- Tactics are poorer now! The arrows, indicating runs, are now more limiting.
- There are no fans in the stadium on matchday! I want fans, together with chants!
- International Managers don't have a shortlist anymore! It's easier than using the vast national pool.
The stadium expansion really does need looking into. On other games, such as LMA manager on the playstation, I used to love being a small team and developing their stadium. I was even the manager of Barnet for this reason. In the highlights, you got to see how your stadium looked and how development was progressing.
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Monday, 6 April 2009
Jeremie Aliadiere, Matty Ritchie, Stephen Bywater, Jordan Stewart, Richard Eckersley, Lubomir Michalik & Gylfi Sigurdsson.
I have set the target of avoiding relegation - anything more will be a bonus!
Swindon 3-0 W
Luton 1-3 L
Bradford 2-2 W
I used these games to bring in some youngers players to the team. I finished second in League 1 to gain promotion to the championship.
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Hutton 3, 27
Simpson 37, 61
A brilliant result against third placed Gillingham. This has guaranteed Carlisle promotion to the Championship. We have not conceded in 7 games and have won our last eight. I will start looking at the players whose contracts are close to expiry, to bag some free transfers.
I have four games left now, so I will bring in some younger players into the team.
Carlisle 2 v 0 Plymouth
Taundry 31 (og)
We got our fifth victory in a row here to close the gap on leaders Millwall. It is also our fifth cleen sheet in a row! The next game is against leaders Millwall (a). Gylfi Sigurdsson comes back into the starting line-up after injury. Jay Simpson and Gary Madine continue upfront, whilst David Hutton returns from his injury, on the bench.
Millwall 0 v 1 Carlisle
Over 11000 were at the new den for the match between League 1 leaders and second place. A single goal by Milan Aleksandrov won the game for Carlisle.
League Table P Pts
1 Millwall 42 91
2 Carlisle 41 85
3 Gillingham 42 75
The next game is away to third place Gillingham.
Saturday, 4 April 2009
David Hutton refused to take the injections to get him through this match, so Gary Madine, still lacking match fitness, comes in to replace him.
Carlisle 1 v 0 Leyton Orient
Darren Potter scored a cracking freekick after only 4 minutes to give Carlisle the win.
League Table P Pts
1 Millwall 39 85
2 Carlisle 39 79
3 Preston 39 67
4 Southend 39 67
5 Leyton Orient 39 66
6 Gillingham 39 66
Promotion to the Championship is looking very likely now, as we are 12 points clear of our nearest rivals.
The next game is against Leyton Orient, at home. They are sitting in third place, so this will be a tough game.
In other news, I have signed Stephen Bywater from Northampton, on a free transfer. The experienced goalkeeper should improve the quality in that area of the pitch.
Jay Simspon scored the only goal in the win against lowly Exeter. The win further cements our promotion place.
1 Millwall P 37 PTS 81
2 Carlisle P 37 PTS 73
3 Leyton Orient P36 PTS 65
4 Preston P 37 PTS 64
The next game is against my old club Notts County. Notts Co. are sitting in 17th place in League 1, so in theory it should be a win for Carlisle. However, County still have a lot of players who I'd taken to the club though, so i'm not expecting an easy game.
Gary Madine has recovered from his injury, so has a place on the bench, but he is Severely lacking match fitness.
Carlisle 2 v 0 Notts County
Two late goals won the game for me against my old club. Simpson and Hutton were replaced by Gary Madine & Sam Jerome, after 65 minutes, who both scored.
Vincent Pericard (2 months)
Kamil Tevfik (1-2 months)
Gylfi Sigurdsson (2-3 weeks)
Gary Madine (1 week)
I think I'll be playing top scorer David Hutton, along with Jay Simpson up front.
Kevin Thornton (Leeds)
Adam Drury (Norwich)
Mark Davies (Wolves)
Jaime Peters (Ipswich)
All were free transfers. The first 3 games were all defeats, but I managed to put in a good string of results to get County to a mid-table position. Then, I got linked with the Carlisle job. They were a team lower than County in League 1.
I decided to take the job, because I had taken Notts Co. all I could do with no money. Carlise already had a decent set of players, but they had money to spend as well. However, I didn't want to rush spending my money, so I looked into the loan market and free agents list.
(both on loan from my old Stoke team)
James Beattie (loan from Sheff U)
Matty Ritchie (loan from Portsmouth)
Martin Albrechsten (free transfer)
I managed to sign a few good players on free transfers - as there was no budget available to buy players! Including...
Leigh Mills (released by Tottenham)
Netan Sensara (released by Wallsall)
Tresor Kandol (released by Leeds)
Andrea Orlandi (released by Swansea)
and most impressively, Kayode Odejayi (released by Barnsley)
I had a good second half of the season with County, eventually finishing 16th!
Friday, 3 April 2009
Here are a few players that are worth a check. Most were out of my reach, as Stoke manager, but I also have bargain buys too!
Andy Carroll - You should be able to sign this player on loan from Newcastle. He is a young, very tall striker! Peter Crouch of the future!
Hatem Trabelsi - A right back who starts the game as a free transfer. You may be able to sign him as a good championship club upwards.
Joe Mattock - A young left back from Leicester. Sign him straight away! He will be a good player in the future.
Adel Taarabt - Young midfielder playing for Tottenham. Has the potential to be a star!
Darijo Srna - Brilliant attacking wing-back. A player that I always signed in fm2008 & 2007. He'll cost you a small fortune these days though.