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    Project El Jaish SC

    Mangers love their projects, don't they? In truth, most of the time the players of such projects outlast the manager...

    After the rather enjoyable project of managing a blank squad and investing 20m in players and taking Legia Warsaw from Division 2 to Division 1, having missed out early doors on the teams in the lower leagues, it's time to earn my corn. While other managers squandered their 20 million on ageing, overpaid dross and jumping ship because they went into debt, the challenge ahead is definitely tougher than the initial challenge of Division 5.

    Looking at the squad, I have 5 players who would be worthy of Division 2/3 (great management there!) but because of the 8.8m debt and negative weekly balance I will have to sell. Half thinking of keeping 89 rated Kostas MITROGLOU, but selling him pretty much wipes the debt as Marseille have a bid of 8.7m. He was a class act in one of the CM0102 updates if I recall. 49k wages is enough for me to say 'Get rid!'.
    Chelsea legend Yuri ZHIRKOV, rated 88 is next on the chopping block along with WBA legend Brown IDEYE, rated 88. Selling those 3 should take the club out of the red, but I'm going to have to crunch the numbers to see if I need to flog some more to gain a positive weekly balance...

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    Bitter pill to swallow but getting the club out of debt is surely the correct first step
    Good luck

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    Good luck to you! I'd definitely sell the 3 biggest rated/earning players and look for gems out there, that's what it's all about after all!

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    Good luck on this first step on a new challenge be interesting to see what happens

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    Kostas MITROGLOU was easily moved on to Marseille for 8.7m, a "profit" of 3m. It wasn't enough to take the team out of debt. Bids for my other listees weren't forthcoming either. It was a waiting game. I went about scouting hoping that the cash would roll in soon... Having dropped the ranks I pondered what ratings do I need? What's the highest rating I could afford wagewise?

    Finally, as the season appraoached, a few bids came through, I figured If I lost 2x88s and 1x89, I could afford to gamble on 1 x86 with potential to rise. 30 year old Martin HARNIK, once rated 89, performed admirably in the second tier of German football and helped get Hanover promoted. He appeared to bring his form with him to the Bundesliga. Here's hoping!

    With Tom Heaton getting injured I took a punt on Nick POPE (80). I went stateside and picked up Ben SWEAT (72), who moved from Tampa Bay and was playing most matches for NYC. Eriq ZAVALETA (78), who has been overlooked as he played a few matches for Toronto II, has been a feature for the main team this year. Michael PARKHURST (83) is abit long in the tooth but he's been one of the first names on the teamsheet since his move to Atlanta. Jukka RAITALA (82) is a big money move for us, 1.1m. He's brought in for his versatility. That concludes the shopping in the US. Better spread the purchases in the hunt for a ratings rise.

    Tony RALSTON (73) was charged with a tough one as he went head to head with Neymar. Conceding 5 isn't usually a trigger to buy a defender but the fact his gaffer has faith in him at such a young age, I'm hoping for a bit of an increase. With Leeds flying high, albeit early doors, I once again gamble on youth, Jay-Roy GROT (78) has been getting game time and goals. Jordan TELL (75) has been making inroads for Rennes. Andrew SURMAN (85) was another big purchase but I'm confident of an increase. Joe RALLS (82) was brought in from Cardiff and I probably should have waited until after his birthday... MArcos TAVARES (83) was old and cheap... maybe the champions league might stand to him...

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    The chairman wants us to battle against being bottom of the table. I should be able to do that...
    Spoiler!

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    I don't know much about some of those signings but Pope certainly looks like a gamble. Would be surprised if he gets a rise in all honesty!

    Ralston though, he'll definitely get a boost at some point. He has age on his side and will undoubtedly go on to become a regular.

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    Squad depth with potential risers is the order of the day.
    French youngster MickaŽl CUISANCE (73) is getting a few minutes off the bench for Mongladbach.
    Denis VAVRO (76) recently moved to KÝbenhavn and is playing regularly.
    Jamie HOPCUTT (73) is rocking up in the Europa league for ÷stersunds FK
    Charlie COLKETT (75) is on loan from Chelsea to Vitesse. He played a bit last season for Swindon. Overlooked in the past.
    Kaylen HINDS (70) has played 90 mins in the Bundesliga for Wolfsburg.
    Nathaniel MENDEZ-LAING (78) is in and out of the Cardiff side battling for the Championship.
    C.HAZARD (70) is a cheap and cheerful Celtic GK. I'm not expecting much outta this guy.
    Mattias SVANBERG (73) has clocked up over twice as many minutes this season than last, albeit for Malmo.
    Dennis HADZIKADUNIC (73) another Malmo youngster. On the fringes of the squad yet though.
    Tom PETTERSSON (80) is another man rocking it up for ÷stersunds FK
    Onto Brazil for our final two purchases...
    Bezerra PATRICK (78) and Lťo PEL… (70) ...hopefully they'll get a + soon.

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    10 games in and things are going better than I had hoped. 8 wins and 2 loses. Definitely better than the chairman had wished for(avoid finishing bottom). In third, behind arguably the strongest teams in the league, who I've already played and lost too. I'm aiming for a playoff spot but even if that happens, promotion will not be easy. I'm missing the squad I've left behind in Division 1, it seems like a long time ago. Having said that Division 5 is a bit of craic because I know I could freefall at any moment. I'm definitely punching...

    Financially, I'm walking a fine line between black and red... I really need a decent cup run as just as I'm in the red, a cup match bumps the coffers. With 24 players valued collectively at 15.2m, I may have pushed the club into a worse situation it was in before I arrived.

    No players have gotten a rise... or fall... but I know there'll be a sense of satisfaction when there's a +2 or +3... This is probably the only way I can strengthen the squad but I'm confident in my purchases...

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    23 games in and it's pretty clear cut that our defence is atrocious. We're the 8th worst. Attack on the other hand we're in the top 3. That equates to 6th on the table and just inside the play off spots.
    Considering the Chairman wanted us to avoid finishing last, that's an impossibility. I do miss my Warsaw side.

    We recently broke our attendance record with 3,109 fans showing for our game against Township Rollers. We're nearly 700k in depth but at least we've a squad of 24 players valued at 17.7m with the top 3 players worth 5.7m. Worst case scenario, I'll flog them.

    Jordan Tell +1 to 76 +360k
    Kaylen Hinds +6 to 76 +560k
    Mickael Cuisance +4 to 77 +460k
    Nick Pope +3 to 83 +1.1m
    Charlie Colkett +2 to 77 +400k

    Pondering on whether or not to sell the improved players and top earners to balance my defence and more importantly the books!
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    Nice update. Keep wheeling & dealing.

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    4 games on. 2 wins, 1 draw & 1 loss. With 11 games left to play I'm hoping to stay in the play off spots. 1m in the red and I've a 2.6m bid on the table for Harnik. He's No.3 in the goalscoring charts.

    A couple more risers.

    Bezerra Patrick +5 to 83 +1.42m
    Leo Pele +12 to 82 +1.86m

    Patrick was in around the first team but with that boost he's nearly the first name on the teamsheet. I don't think I'm gonna sell anyone as I just don't have time to research replacements/potential risers.

    I should go to the Chairman looking for a boost to the coffers. Cheapskate!

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    Well, selling Harnik seemed to kill any momentum we had going into the final games of last season. We'd a shocking run off form and fell out the play off spots. We needed to move him on as we were going deeper into the red with every game week.


    I do think this challenge is a bit bigger than me. Having said that the team is now liquid. There's money in the bank and the wages are not crippling the club.

    The time to research the next breakthrough star is one thing but having the patience to wait for a rise is another. Will ponder my future at the club but I don't it's possible to make them anyway competitive in the near future. I think here is where the squad cap impedes progression.

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    That's the troubling I'm having. I'm keeping things ticking over by buying decent-ish players and then selling them on once their transfer bans are up but occasionally, I'm signing players that are for the future too which isn't going to get me promoted. I'm usually very patient but I keep changing my mind on holding on to the youth players and sell them on right away. Going to have to settle on a long-term plan eventually.

    If we abolished the 25 man rule, I wouldn't have a problem then

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    Trimmed down the squad. Can't help but wonder if I'd kept Harnik, could I have pushed for the play offs...


    Decided to go with this team for another season. At the very least I'll leave them in a better situation than I found them. It's play-offs or jump ship to takeover another struggler and make them liquid.

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    With money in the bank and gate receipts covering wages I decided to gamble:

    Nils PETERSEN has completed his move to El Jaish SC from Freiburg for 3,676,000

    I'm hoping he can get the +1 to bump him to 88 and sell him on for £5m+ offsetting what his wages are going to set me back.

    I'm not saying he is paying dividends but we were 2-0 down at halftime versus Al Karamah and the new boy turned it on in the 2nd half as he scored 2 and assisted the 3rd. We got the 3 points.

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    A whole year has passed... Might do a recap some evening.

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    I regret not documenting this more, if not for others , then just for myself... it's been a slog but the wheeling , dealing and managing the finances is rewarding or at least has been for me. One tip I have for people is to be ruthless when it comes to transfers. It's no place for nostalgia. Always be selling. Buy an 83 rated player sell him as soon as he gets a rise unless your lucky enough to get a neymar or raheem who look destined for astronomical rises. Check what level the average squad in you league is and work towards a starting XI above that. Everyone else in the league is happy to wait for the end of season big 4 league reviews but there are other leagues being updated continuously. Obviously it takes a bit of time but soccerway and trabsfermarkt give a decent representation of how a player is developing. Whoscored is decent too.

    It's also a nice way to get clued into players who might be the next big thing...Other than the wonderkid thread on the best website there is, this one.

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    How are the finances looking? I keep building up a nice stack at FC Kallon but then blow it on a new signing Mind you, once their TB's are up, I'll often get a small profit so it's just a matter of ensuring they don't see their rating drop in that time.

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    2/3m in the bank. Team is worth 80.5m. Wage is 481k. Average rating 85. Highest rated 90.

    Wage bill us a tad high for my liking but if you wheelndeal it isn't really an issue.

    I did bring in two players that I anticipated, incorrectly, would get a rise. They didn't so that'll cost me as they are both 49k earners... Might have a chance at promotion though.

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    Ryan Fraser was rated 86, cost 4m. Increased to 88 and is worth 8m.

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