Inverted Wing-Backs in FM19: How to Utilise Your Silent Assassins.

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Inverted wing-backs: what’s the point?

Inverted wing-backs are often just seen as full-backs standing in central midfield. An excuse to pass sideways. An excuse to bring natural full-backs out of position. An excuse to play 20,000 bleeding passes for the sake of it!

However, believe it or not, using inverted wing-backs correctly can give your side an unrivalled attacking threat. If you’re still with me, I’ll try to explain how! Continue reading

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Saving English Football! – Part 1

So last year I created a series in which I tried to Ruin English Football. I basically created an alternate world in which top teams lost their ability to sign players meaning they relied heavily on their youth in turn creating a quality generation of English talent. However what ended up happening was League One and Two teams became huge and took over and Wigan and Blackburn won everything. If you want to read about that you can check out parts here:

England managed to win another 4 world cups, a European Championship and 4 Nations League Titles in around 50 seasons.

So this save has some similarities but I decided that instead of ruining another country or another simulation, I’d try and make up for what I’d done previously. This time round I’m going to save English football. I know the current national team is doing fantastically, its kind of sad that around this time last year I wrote an article on Why England won’t win a major competition in our lifetimes. That makes me look really pessimistic in retrospect. However despite how much I applaud Gareth Southgate; I’m stealing his job.

I have a few things on my ‘checklist’ that I’d like to achieve in this save: 

  • Climb the Leagues with the Unicorn, relying on young English talent either from my academy or an extensive scouting network provided by the national team. 
  • Keep the average age of the national team 24 or lower, without losing quality of players. Keep older players for key roles and rotate teams during friendlies/easy qualifiers. 
  • Improve the facilities as early as possible, as that is paramount to early climbing. 
  • DO NOT GET ATTACHED TO PLAYERS! Players will stay for a maximum of two years. 

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La Grande INTER: Bringing Catenaccio to 2019

A Tactical Replication for Modern Football

Why does it seem like the Catenaccio preset in Football Manager 2019 doesn’t work? Or at least, certainly not work for a long term system. Well, it’s because the system itself no longer works in the modern football game. I’ve heard chatter that Sports Interactive didn’t replicate the system instructions the “right way” but I think they did… and that’s why it doesn’t work.

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Dynamo Project Tactic Creation – Step 2: Transition Unit

I planned this article as a three part series. In this extensive guide I intend to go step-by-step through the process of creating my 3-5-2 tactic, from examining the formations strengths in the context of the primary three units: defensive, transition and offensive to showing you what kind of players you would need for this tactic. The first part dealt with the 3 Men Defensive Unit. This following one will be looking at the Transition Unit of the two midfielders and two wingbacks, and how their roles fit in my tactical system. So read on!

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Keeping an interest in your Football Manager Save | FM19 Guide

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It’s that time of year where people are looking forward to the release of the latest edition of Football Manager and slowly losing interest in their current saves. People are playing less and less. I have a few ideas and tips which could help you find that spark to your save again.

In this article I break down five different categories in which I find to be the biggest influences in terms of keeping that spark in your save, or finding a save that will give you that spark.

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Ipswich Town: Where did it go wrong?

When Mick McCarthy’s resignation as Ipswich Town boss was announced last season, the news was met with a sigh of relief. Despite an unlikely play-off place in 2015, many Ipswich fans felt that the football being played under McCarthy offered little in the way of imagination. In fact, between January and March of the 2017/18 season, fans witnessed a barren spell of form, having failed to score in over 8 hours of football. Continue reading

Rebuilding with Lazio

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I took over at Lazio with the club in a perilous position of 16th in the standings. The club was in an average shape off the field, with a balance of £10m in the red, and the squad required extensive rebuilding.

In this post I will look at:

  • How I evaluate a club after taking over
  • An overhaul of  the backroom staff
  • Full evaluation of the playing squad
  • Results through to the end of the season
  • Planning for next season

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