Beating off the second season syndrome (Part 3 of 3) Saturday, Oct 25 2008 

Second season in the EPL. I wonder what great events will happen. I decided to change my defensive, counter-attacking formation to a more attacking formation. It was kinda from VM’s 4-1-2-2-1 formation but I decided to move one up front to ensure that there is someone to help out and control each of their own area. Teams Instruction. I decided to use a playmaker which totally help. The results were brilliant during the pre-season. One of the matches was against Wycombe and the Saints totally hammered them 8-1! So, I love this formation 😀 !

I gotten around 30 million to spend as I believe that Saints can get in the top half of the table. I also hope to get the Euro Vase! Transfers were done in stages. I checked the quality of Southampton. They lacked defensive qualities and they don’t have a good AMR or AMC. In fact there isn’t a single AMR. MR players couldn’t adapt to the position, I needed to buy one. Other than that there is the AMC. I found some hot prospects for this such as Martin Galvan but wasn’t of present quality. There was one totally hot prospect from Shalke in the name of L.Kenia. Wonderkid quality. Totally young, 19 I think and had brilliant qualities. Still, he haven’t reached his peak. I wanted him but his price could have totally make a big hole in the transfer chest. Around 18.5 mill. Even if I tried to negotiate, they disagreed. Soon, Leverkusen bought him.

First off, selling players. Wijnaldum was totally unhappy when I rejected Bolton’s enquiry. So, I decided to sell him since a very poor player is equilvalent to a stupid player. So, Reading came knocking and they got theirs. He was my only AMR but another person’s loss is another person’s gain.

Maceo Rigters

Gotten him from Ipswich. He got that good attributes. He could also finish well. He was my number one choice for AMR. In the pre-season, he gotten the man-of-the-match award for almost all of the matches. GS was pleased by this transfer and the fans also love him.

Simon Kjaer

Got him from Murcia.  Many FM gamers and guides found him a hot prospect. He was attracting attention from A.Madrid and I decided to come in first as his release clause was only $7 Mill! So, I got him first. He build up a good partnership with H. Nordtveit during the pre-season matches. Amazing, he scored from corners better than Nordtveit even though Nordtveit’s heading stats were far better than him. So, I believe I manage to found the player that can help to lessen the leaks.

Steed Malbranque

Found him transfer-listed ($1.9 mill). I needed him since Martin Galvan wasn’t premiership quality yet. At 30 years old, he still holds great stats. He have a healthy dose of 16s. Even though he don’t has the speed, he has the creativity and technique. Started off brilliantly in the pre-seasons.

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Overall, the transfers was quite good. If you realize there was one player which might be costly. Brian Smith, a right back which has great potential to be a world-class full back. 25 million maybe costly but anything will do for a quality player. Now, staff thinks he’s equivalent to A.Davies. So, he’s still good enough to play Premiership. So, with the players I’ve bought, I think we’re good to get that top-table place.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

No, I’m not buying an old player. I just bought a great staff. He help me in the set pieces training. From 3 stars to 6 stars. Thats double. Great personnel.

The media thinks a place higher than last year’s prediction. Totally bogus. The stadium is going renovation. I hope they can expand it bigger since the club’s sponsor has change and the amount of money left drop drasticly for a moment. Also, Jack Cork has become the man of the club at only a tender age of 21! To be honest, I wonder why Matt Le Tissier wasn’t in the Favourite Personnel list.

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End of the Season (Part 1 of 3) Saturday, Oct 25 2008 

First of all, I’ll now use photobucket to host my pictures when the post needs a lot of pics. Obviously, this needs a lot of them.

The season ended at a high note. Getting 14th in position helped me a lot. I was utterly shocked when I saw Boro relegated. Their players were of better quality than mine. Afonso Alves was the EPL’s top scorer. Sadly enough, that didn’t help Boro. On the other note, kudos to the Saints players in getting 14th position, in which they cofounded the media. The media thought the Saints getting bottom place! ARGH! Anyway, the awards were given out to players for their outstanding performance. The young player of the month award has been given to the Saints players, Serin Diop and Wijnaldum-to name a few, for almost all the months except some. So, the Player’s Young Player of the Year was totally surprising! Wijnaldum and Jack Cork beating other youngstars to get the second and third place respectively. Congratulations to them. Without their creativity and utter brilliance, Saints could have struggled. Still, there was one other guy who I may say, single-handedly gave goals to Saints. In the name of Ezequiel Lavezzi, we gotten the needed firepower. He’s different from Serin Diop, who is more of a target man. Thanks to his efforts, he has gotten the Best Signing of the Season. Amazing since he move only in mid-season. Overall, brilliant play by the players of Southampton up front but sadly enough, I would say only congrats to my main defender, Havard Nordtveit. Without him, who knows many more goals could have leaked in.

Going afloat in the Premiership Monday, Oct 13 2008 

Things are going great in the premiership. Ever since I changed my formation from VM’s 4-1-2-2-1 to a 4-1-3-2 similar to a 4-4-2 formation. Seems like Saints love playing through both flanks. It did wonders with the goals but quite okay to my defense since Saints is the leakiest team in the Premiership.

Still, I managed to draw and win games. The great form started in January. As you all know, January is the Winter transfers and yes, I did buy a player. Actually I wanted to buy a defender but a striker was good enough. Martin Galvan was on my mind but I didn’t have the money to buy him, he only cost $1.2m. Hehe. Now my transfer funds is zero, zilch, kosong, nil. Anyway the player which I bought is….

EZEQUIEL LAVEZZI

The guy which Chelsea wanted to buy in reality. Well, he is doing wonders for me. Snapped him up from Napoli for $4.5 million as he requested to be transfered out. Wow, he want to go to Saints in FM but he don’t want to go to Chelsea in reality. So, he got good stats. I find his speed really helpful. He’s like the 2007/2008 Fraizer Campbell.

He’s in brilliant form recently. Scoring almost every single game!

Also, Serin Diop did well partnering him, when Bouazza was on African Cup duty. Weird though, Serin Diop is rated as a Coca-cola league 1 player by the staff. Seem to prove everyone wrong! Serin Diop and Lavezzi both grabbed the young player of the month and the player of the month respectively on January.

One of the best matches so far was Chelsea versus Saints. We lost to them twice, 5-1 and 4-2. I thought we were going to make a 3-3, going with the pattern, but it didn’t happen. We actually trashed them 5-2!

Chelsea fielded a reserve-side of players. They seem to be underestimating Saints. Anyway the match started well, with Bouazza equalising for us. It’s been 10 hours of competitive football since he scored! Then, during half time, I decided to change a little bit. Using a target-man, passing the ball on foot, I gotten better chances. Lavezzi’s goal made me jump. The stupid thing is A.Davies keeps making penalties and he did one in this game. Goal to Chelsea. Unbelievable comback by Saints. We managed to score 3 more past Petr Cech. Lavezzi got the man-of-the-match and a 10-rating. Just brilliant work by the Saints.

Aside from the glory, I got another job as Ivory Coast manager. So I gonna test my skills in the International Stage. Really excited managing a team with the likes of Didier Drogba, Eboue and Kalou. Sad to say, they don’t even have a suitable goalkeeper among their star-studded players. The team got only 1 and he’s getting older. The others are young but don’t seem to have the potential. Hope we get something good in this.

Also, I was testing out my power by going around with the coaches and ask to help to manage Ivory Coast with me. Then there was a slight glitch. Arsene Wenger just turned 4-years-old! Congratulations!

Going into the Premiership! Saturday, Sep 27 2008 

I got through promotion! A solid comeback from 0-1 to 2-1. Birmingham just couldn’t make it. This is all thanks to Marek Saganowski and also Basile Camerling. Superb form!

So, to my horror, I only got $25 million to spend. This is of course because of my holiday antics. Thats what you get if you’re not patient. -_- Anyway, I was off searching for a goalkeeper, a defender, a winger and a striker. I also brought in some great scouts since my former ones where only good at one thing per person. Peter Distin is a great scout! I needed a goalkeeper as my defence is super leaky. A defender to replace my old former captain and also to give way for Jack Cork in midfield. A winger as the only great winger I have currently is Georginio Wijnaldum. A striker as I wasn’t really sure of Serin Diop and Basile Camerling and also a replacement for Saganowski who is currently 30 yrs old.

Transfers

I seriously need to strengthen my team. So players are bought and sold. More were on loan to allow my youngsters to get to feel first team football. Also I released some unwanted players except Jason Euell who is now with my by a month to month contract. -_-

Buys

A hot prospect for only 9k! Too bad I need to wait before he is fully matured.

Another hot prospect. The future DC for Southampton. Able to be one of the wonderkids. Still quite sadly, I gotta wait before he blooms.

An unexpected buy. He actually didn’t want to go to my club because I don’t have the resources, but he accepted my contract. Great buy.  Good defensive skills. A present and future for the club. He’s currently the best DC of Saints.

Wasn’t really my taste but I had to go for it because Kelvin Davis is getting older and Bialkowski is only Championship material. He was the 4th or 6th choice. My first was Felipe (Santos) but the club just don’t want to sell him. My next was Benalgio (Wolfsburg) which was great but the club just don’t want to sell him. Others were due to work permits. Sigh. Anyway, Claudio Bravo is decent but currently he seriously suck. No offence. It may be my worst buy just before Jonathan Grounds (loan).

Last minute buy. Found him in Fulhams reserve squad and felt that he was quite good. Anyway, I seriously need a person in that position or else I need to play others who aren’t so good in that position. He is great. Just that he’s kinda low on stamina. 11 ain’t enough.

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So, after few days of playing, Southampton is currently 14th. Not bad but they have never won in the EPL since Reading. There were few which Southampton was nearly winning but too bad the opponent got a last minute goal, like Everton. Now, morale is quite ok but still some are just at okay or poor. Still there are good and very good and superb. Also, I checked out my stats record. Southampton can score, ours are like half of Chelsea’s and twice as Fulham (20th position). But, we have the worst defence record with the most conceded team. Seriously, I need to get a new Goalkeeper or maybe a back-up defender (Ngoyi?).

The recent success is seriously owed to one man and that man is GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM!!! 😀 *clap*

He was in almost every team of the week. He topped the ratings board. He nearly have 8 per match. He have 5 assists which really helps. He was the Young Player of the Month in September, snatching it away from Theo Walcott. He’s more of a man, he’s superMAN!

Anyway, luckily I bought him in on winter for $5 million. He was pressured but in the premiership, he’s playing he’s own game. Congratulations Wijnaldum! He’s the Saints player of the Month! (According to me :D)