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    Machine got a reaction from sirmarkhughes in English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread   
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    Cris, Baptista, Floro Flores etc stayed at home tonight as I wanted to see what the youngsters could do against top quality opposition.
    Nervo & Lopez both had +1's to 86 giving the team an average 87 but I was still fearing a hammering when I saw Liverpool's average 93-rated line-up.
    Shouldn't have worried though!



    Oh yeah and only 10 men for the last 40 minutes
    This will of course make no difference to next season at which point normal inconsistent service will doubtless resume (although average 1st XI age is up to 22/23 so hopefully learned some discipline ) - but I'll enjoy it for tonight anyway
    P.S - to all you Borini-watchers: he would have replaced Park and played so he is still very much not for sale
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    Machine got a reaction from sirmarkhughes in English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread   
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    Rotherham are delighted to announce the arrivals of Hugo Nervo, Bogdan Butko and Necip Uysal who join fellow new signing Diego Reyes
    They were some of the last remaining rated 85+ externals who are 21 or under so I'm happy to bring them in even if they did cost me some decent players and risers going the other way.
    It all means that when the TB's of Cris, Yepes, Baptista, Park and Flores expire they can be sold for a combined total of approx £30m and I'll still have a team along the lines of:
    Asenjo
    Vida - Manolas - Lopez
    Romulo
    Maicon - Pereira - Fabian - Feghouli
    Walter - Borini

    Average rating 86, average age 22
    Cup team of:
    Asenjo
    Papp - Nervo - Reyes
    Uysal
    Butko - Ozdoev - Potuk - Ibarbo
    Andre - Immobile

    Average rating 85, average age 21
    I'll celebrate 15 months with Rotherham on 15/07 so considering the debt and squad I inherited back then I'm pleased with the progress - next season might be too soon but we'll make it out of D4 eventually...!
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    Machine reacted to Dannyb01y in Squad Sizes   
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    I dont think that allowing a manger 100 players instead of 255 would have any negative affect on any manager. If a manager isnt good enough to select 100 players 70 of which can easily be future prospects then its basically allowing any half wit to buy every youth player from all the worlds biggest teams in the hope they will one day become great. It allows players devoid of skill to prosper. Even in super competetitve worlds/gold championships its a reasonable number.
    Shouldnt there be some kind of challenge to being a manager? Considering player concerns dont affect the majority of players rated 89 and under its not a viable solution to prevent player hogging on its own.
    Thirdly there are no real financial constraints in SM so you can buy 255 players and not worry about being sanctioned. If you go in debt you just sell players to balance the books though presumably anyone with some degree of knowledge will constantly be selling risers who have hit a ceiling and will have hundreds of millions in the bank.
    That leads me to point 4. Limiting the number of players a manager can "money spin" will limit the money in game worlds possibly making money have some kind of valus again though this will be limtied as human managers are naturally out for the best players and deals they can get so money only transfers will be rare.
    Some sort of financial fair play rule implemented into SM would be interesting but I'm not sure really viable.
    I'm sure what I've said has been said before but there we go!
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    Machine reacted to CCFC_2009 in Squad Sizes   
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    Squad sizes in real life don't have a minimum limit either so I await the the lifting of the minimum 21 squad rule in the next few days
    Maybe not a squad limit as such needs to be implemented but maybe tighter restriction on finances which forces people to have lower squad sizes as a consequence.
    A reasonable squad size is 50-60 including youth players, once you start going over 90 it is a bit of a joke.
    No squad in world football has or could afford 120+ players Fact.
    With the uefa financial fair play rules no squad will be able to have that many players even if there owners could afford it as clubs are only permitted to spend an amount based on income.
    There should be a squad limit (or at least features which force it) and there should be greater rewards given out on league performance/cup wins etc. as the reason so many youth are signed are for the future financial gain as well as the rating they will reach.
    This would encourage people to be more wise and shrewd in the transfer market as you have to balance signing few high rated players for the gain of winning the league and the money it brings opposed to signing all the latest talents for long term gain. People will have to be more clever in the transfer market, instead of coming onto the forum and signing a bunch of names fed to you, as you would be more limited in how many you can sign you will actually have to do some research and use your brain to sign the best players of the pack. It would help differentiate between the managers who can spot a player and do the research and those who just sign a name given to them.
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    Machine got a reaction from garryc300 in English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread   
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    Machine got a reaction from Jooles in English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread   
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    Wow!
    At least it wasn't against anyone who will make a big deal of it
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    Machine got a reaction from garryc300 in English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread   
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    Wow!
    At least it wasn't against anyone who will make a big deal of it
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    Machine got a reaction from Longnose in English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread   
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    Wow!
    At least it wasn't against anyone who will make a big deal of it
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    Machine got a reaction from sirmarkhughes in English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread   
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    Wow!
    At least it wasn't against anyone who will make a big deal of it
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    Machine got a reaction from S04 in English Championship 1   
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    Thought I'd celebrate my 500th game in charge of Chesterfield with a wee tribute to EC1, but as I felt it deserved a wider audience it has it's own thread:
    http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?p=2030575#post2030575
    Makes me feel very proud of the old girl!
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    Machine got a reaction from 433 in English Championship 1   
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    I had such high hopes too
    If this pattern continues Teb's Fulham are in for a hammering
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    Machine reacted to EdMoses in English Championship 5579 - Discussion Thread   
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    Guys it's really not that annoying. Let me tell you why.
    These players go to external.
    In 10 weeks the mother of all battles to sign them starts.
    Given the relative love cash flows (most of us now trade in PX, I'm sure some have extraordinary amounts of cash stowed away tho) the winning bids will most likely include PX, 2 players at that.
    Given the high value of these players (£50m plus for Ronnie due to the depleted Real squad) the PX players will most likely need to be decent.
    10 weeks later the PX players start the cycle again.
    In other words, selling quality players back to external will actually stimulate the external market to a degree and see that have a knock on affect for some time.
    In other, other words what is happening is better than, say, simply not managing the side and not particiapting in the GW.
    As for the Chelsea plan? It's most likely he/she (still don't know) will get bored of doing them over and quit, most likely then repeating the same at another club. Or not - who knows and, quite frankly, who cares? They are entitled to "manage to their ambition" whatever that ambition is.
    If there's one thing we should have learned from Hammer Time ("uh-oh, uh-oh, here comes the hammer") it's that the more attention, the more wound up, the more affected you become, the more encouragement it provides.
    There are fair more important and interesting things happening in 5579 than one manager's preoccupation to, ruin/change/adapt/whatever thier side. Let him/her get on with his/her isolated individual game, the rest of us can continue to enjoy the whole GW experience.
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    Machine reacted to A2R in English Championship 5579 - Discussion Thread   
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    Machine reacted to Zakkoo in English Championship 5579 - Discussion Thread   
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    No one deal with him then? Easy as that really.
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    Machine reacted to Dai in English Championship 106 - Discussion Thread   
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    Yeah. Congratulate me for turning up?
    A massive well done to you. My misery this season gets even worse. Only three points off the relegation places and my strongest team outclassed in the Cup final by a Division 4 side.
    Well done, again. Fully deserved.
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    Machine reacted to kev-nffc in Official Gold Championships Discussions Thread   
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    I've stuck with Forest
    Don't want a team of 93 +s handing to me for nothing, I'd rather build from scratch.
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    Machine reacted to Dom Latouche in English Championship 106 - Discussion Thread   
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    Machine got a reaction from RieceM96 in English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread   
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    Brilliant! Only found out on Thursday that he'd signed with Twente and he's on the DB already!
    Bit pricey for a 35 year old 84 and goes against my youth policy, but couldn't pass up the chance to have him at Rotherham
    Only minimal competition too, guess everyone was too busy with Sterling and Lukaku to notice him
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    Machine reacted to Bunder in English Championship 1   
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    Well I am a very proud manager tonight! After taking over Wednesday when they were rock bottom of division 2 two seasons ago I just missed out on saving them from relegation but since that relegation it has been a great 2 seasons.
    Firstly I managed to get promotion immediately back to Division 2 and stabilise my team. I was hoping to consolidate there and maybe strengthen the squad but this season has been unbelievable bar a few hiccups. With 1 game to go Wednesday sit top of division 2 with promotion guarenteed and a piece of silverware sat in the club cabinet for the first time in EC1 history.
    I may not win the division although my fixture (away to Preston) appears much easier than Leeds tough game with Sunderland although Sunderland will likely rest players, but promotion is more than enough and I look forward to mixing it with the bigboys next season!
    I most look forward to re-igniting the steel city derby as the last was just prior to me taking over Wednesday in the cup and Wednesday suffered the indignity of a 9-0 mauling so setting my goals as doing a bit better than that seems realistic! But if I can survive in division 1 next year that'll be a great achievement.
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    Machine got a reaction from jr231990 in English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread   
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    Posted this on the 106 thread originally, but some of the 7046 lads found it amusing so thought i'd share it here too:
    I think you'll agree it's a fair assessment of 7046
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    Machine got a reaction from Darlo1883 in English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread   
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    Posted this on the 106 thread originally, but some of the 7046 lads found it amusing so thought i'd share it here too:
    I think you'll agree it's a fair assessment of 7046
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    Machine got a reaction from Alurcard in English Championship 106 - Discussion Thread   
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    Had a busy weekend so only now seeing all the drama
    It's a shame about the departures, but I entirely understand the reasons.
    EC106 in my opinion is a victim of it's own success in the same way that EC1 was/is, there is definitely a similar pattern:
    * Loads of new/ enthusiastic managers join the gameworld in it's infancy
    * Match reports and banter is high during the early seasons as a "core" group of managers is established and the EC gains a good reputation and stays full
    * Constant high demand to enter the gameworld makes existing managers wary of leaving even when not enjoying so much anymore, for fear of not getting back in or (for some) of losing the "prestige" of being in the hot forum gameworld
    * This leads to a higher percentage of less dedicated managers, which results in match reports tailing off as there is not as much enthusiastic "new blood" to keep the momentum going
    The "core" of EC1 are all now 6 years older than when it started and likewise the "core" of EC106 are now, what, 3/4 years older, so different life demands start to bite too.
    I still enjoy EC1 as what it's lost in post-counts is made up for by the fact i'm competing against forumers i've known for years; EC106 may one day end up the same but that day is a long way off yet.
    If SM EC's were English teams I reckon it'd be a bit like:
    EC1 - Liverpool - enjoyed a long period of dominance, now not so strong but still respected the world over
    EC106 - Manchester United - current champions but starting to creak under pressure, will they bounce back stronger than ever or slowly slip down the league in seasons to come?
    EC7777 - Manchester City - with larger resources and an intensely loyal fanbase they seem to be on the way up, not quite the finished article yet but the raw potential is certainly there
    EC7046 - Tottenham Hotspur - contain a lot of mavericks and egotistical maniacs and have an individual of dubious moral standards at the helm, yet somehow it all seems to work as a tightly run outfit capable of being the best on their day
    EC5579 - Chelsea - a solid outfit who not so long ago were genuine champion contenders, have proven to be the real deal and are firmly established
    EC2933 - Arsenal - easy on the eye but ultimately too lightweight to challenge the big guns
    EC10000 - Newcastle - got off to a great start, too early to say yet if they can be up there season after season
    EC8888 - Norwich City - doing better than many pundits predicted and seem stable enough
    EC2 - Stoke City - don't get the media exposure the stats deserve but consistency is key
    EC7345 - Aston Villa - their fans will feel they should be doing much better as seemed a classy bunch not so long ago but fading away in recent seasons
    Oh, and in the spirit of getting internal deals going I'll check my squad and see if there are any players I can add to the transfer list
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    Machine got a reaction from Longnose in English Championship 106 - Discussion Thread   
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    Had a busy weekend so only now seeing all the drama
    It's a shame about the departures, but I entirely understand the reasons.
    EC106 in my opinion is a victim of it's own success in the same way that EC1 was/is, there is definitely a similar pattern:
    * Loads of new/ enthusiastic managers join the gameworld in it's infancy
    * Match reports and banter is high during the early seasons as a "core" group of managers is established and the EC gains a good reputation and stays full
    * Constant high demand to enter the gameworld makes existing managers wary of leaving even when not enjoying so much anymore, for fear of not getting back in or (for some) of losing the "prestige" of being in the hot forum gameworld
    * This leads to a higher percentage of less dedicated managers, which results in match reports tailing off as there is not as much enthusiastic "new blood" to keep the momentum going
    The "core" of EC1 are all now 6 years older than when it started and likewise the "core" of EC106 are now, what, 3/4 years older, so different life demands start to bite too.
    I still enjoy EC1 as what it's lost in post-counts is made up for by the fact i'm competing against forumers i've known for years; EC106 may one day end up the same but that day is a long way off yet.
    If SM EC's were English teams I reckon it'd be a bit like:
    EC1 - Liverpool - enjoyed a long period of dominance, now not so strong but still respected the world over
    EC106 - Manchester United - current champions but starting to creak under pressure, will they bounce back stronger than ever or slowly slip down the league in seasons to come?
    EC7777 - Manchester City - with larger resources and an intensely loyal fanbase they seem to be on the way up, not quite the finished article yet but the raw potential is certainly there
    EC7046 - Tottenham Hotspur - contain a lot of mavericks and egotistical maniacs and have an individual of dubious moral standards at the helm, yet somehow it all seems to work as a tightly run outfit capable of being the best on their day
    EC5579 - Chelsea - a solid outfit who not so long ago were genuine champion contenders, have proven to be the real deal and are firmly established
    EC2933 - Arsenal - easy on the eye but ultimately too lightweight to challenge the big guns
    EC10000 - Newcastle - got off to a great start, too early to say yet if they can be up there season after season
    EC8888 - Norwich City - doing better than many pundits predicted and seem stable enough
    EC2 - Stoke City - don't get the media exposure the stats deserve but consistency is key
    EC7345 - Aston Villa - their fans will feel they should be doing much better as seemed a classy bunch not so long ago but fading away in recent seasons
    Oh, and in the spirit of getting internal deals going I'll check my squad and see if there are any players I can add to the transfer list
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    Machine got a reaction from Will in English Championship 106 - Discussion Thread   
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    Had a busy weekend so only now seeing all the drama
    It's a shame about the departures, but I entirely understand the reasons.
    EC106 in my opinion is a victim of it's own success in the same way that EC1 was/is, there is definitely a similar pattern:
    * Loads of new/ enthusiastic managers join the gameworld in it's infancy
    * Match reports and banter is high during the early seasons as a "core" group of managers is established and the EC gains a good reputation and stays full
    * Constant high demand to enter the gameworld makes existing managers wary of leaving even when not enjoying so much anymore, for fear of not getting back in or (for some) of losing the "prestige" of being in the hot forum gameworld
    * This leads to a higher percentage of less dedicated managers, which results in match reports tailing off as there is not as much enthusiastic "new blood" to keep the momentum going
    The "core" of EC1 are all now 6 years older than when it started and likewise the "core" of EC106 are now, what, 3/4 years older, so different life demands start to bite too.
    I still enjoy EC1 as what it's lost in post-counts is made up for by the fact i'm competing against forumers i've known for years; EC106 may one day end up the same but that day is a long way off yet.
    If SM EC's were English teams I reckon it'd be a bit like:
    EC1 - Liverpool - enjoyed a long period of dominance, now not so strong but still respected the world over
    EC106 - Manchester United - current champions but starting to creak under pressure, will they bounce back stronger than ever or slowly slip down the league in seasons to come?
    EC7777 - Manchester City - with larger resources and an intensely loyal fanbase they seem to be on the way up, not quite the finished article yet but the raw potential is certainly there
    EC7046 - Tottenham Hotspur - contain a lot of mavericks and egotistical maniacs and have an individual of dubious moral standards at the helm, yet somehow it all seems to work as a tightly run outfit capable of being the best on their day
    EC5579 - Chelsea - a solid outfit who not so long ago were genuine champion contenders, have proven to be the real deal and are firmly established
    EC2933 - Arsenal - easy on the eye but ultimately too lightweight to challenge the big guns
    EC10000 - Newcastle - got off to a great start, too early to say yet if they can be up there season after season
    EC8888 - Norwich City - doing better than many pundits predicted and seem stable enough
    EC2 - Stoke City - don't get the media exposure the stats deserve but consistency is key
    EC7345 - Aston Villa - their fans will feel they should be doing much better as seemed a classy bunch not so long ago but fading away in recent seasons
    Oh, and in the spirit of getting internal deals going I'll check my squad and see if there are any players I can add to the transfer list
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    Machine reacted to Stewart Henry in English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread   
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    Official Stoke City Announcment
    Stewart Henry:
    Afternoon everybody,
    Firstly I would like to say the previous regime had left the club in tatters. It dealt with injurys and moral badly and I intend to turn this around.
    Effective immediately, Carlos Tevez will be reinstated as Captain and returned to his natural Striker role. I feel Carlos has had a tough 6months and he is the spark that can help encourage this revival.
    Next, I would like to public ally announce I am looking for quality wingers to fit into Stoke City's new style of attacking football. I have made a number of enquirys but feel free to contact me if you have anybody available for the rest of the season. (90+)
    And finally, Our RB Maicon is unfortunately still recovering from a bad injury. the previous regime has piled the pressure on somebody I think is not quite ready to step up to the first 11, therefore I am also in the market for a short term RB loan. Again a few enquirys have been made but any offers are welcome. (90+)
    Thank you form your time, no more questions please.


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