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Adventure to take over at Truro FC and try to put them on the football map.

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Bit of background rambling first. So having played FM (CM) for over 20 years now I am familiar with the game, although certainly no expert. In my early days of playing I always took over a team in the lowest playable English league and attempted to take them through the leagues, with varying degrees of success and lots of enjoyment. My save with Dorchester still invoking great memories years on having lifted them into the Premier League, before leaving them in the top half to save my beloved Wolves from the drop. There was also Leigh before that, who I guided to the edge of the Championship playoffs, League Cup Final (lost) and the FA Cup final before that inexplicable day when I decided to clean out the hard drive on my PC, with the save about 5-6 games from the end of the season, and deleted the whole save game grrrrrrrrrrrr.
Having got my brother in law interested in the game we moved over to network games in more recent years and with us playing less time (both working with families) always decided to take over clubs in the Premier or Championship instead of lower down, sadly after several FM games his love for the game fell away, sadly being sacked a few too many times for him to enjoy. So I went back to playing standard career modes, but carrying on with higher league saves, mainly with Wolves, but never really got a save going for one reason or another, particularly FM16 with my longest save being about 1 season. Was I falling out of love for the game? Did I not have the time anymore? Had I got other interests now?

In fact I could have answered yes and no to each so in contemplating my next move I decided to go back to ‘my roots’ and start a low league save, but take my time and enjoy it – it’s a game after all and should be fun (except when you lose that Cup Final, we have all been there with FM)

So here I am starting a new adventure, fun, enjoyable – the Vanarama North/South beckoned……………time to choose a team.
Truro City FC are currently the highest placed Cornish team and with my love of the county from many holidays it seemed the place to start.

I want to transfer my philosophy’s about the real game into my FM save, whilst hopefully bringing glory on the pitch as well. I like to see teams playing attacking, exciting, possession based football - this influence coming from people like Rinus Michels, Jack Reynolds, Johan Cruyff, Pep Guardiola, Arsene Wenger and teams like Ajax, Netherlands, Barcelona, Arsenal, Bayern Munich.

As well as playing football in the right way (from my point of view, there is of course no right or wrong way to play the game) these clubs also have a massive emphasis on youth development, players for the future, developing their own talent etc, which Is another thing I wanted to implement – such a great feeling as a Wolves fan to see players like Matt Murray, Joleon Lescott etc turning out for your team and of course it also means in time bringing through players who exactly fit the system you want to play, adding in players from outside the club to enhance the team, bringing in new ideas and methods to complement the system in place.

So the long term plan was to:

• Play a system built around a 4-3-3 framework
• Play attractive, attacking football, with plenty of attempts on goal
• Make the pitch as big as possible with the ball and as small as possible without it – giving us lots of options in possession but making it easier to win back the ball if we lose it
• Be able to keep the ball well, but with an end ‘goal’ in mind, if we have the ball the opposition cannot score
• Excite the fans
• Develop players for the future
Good luck with Truro, @hollow101!
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b
FM19
Journeyman's Journey II
Trip to: China | South Africa
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Full name
Truro City Football Club

Nickname(s)
City, White Tigers, The Tinners

Founded
1889

Ground
Treyew Road, Truro

Capacity
3,800 (1,675 seats)

Chairman
Peter Masters

League
National League South

2015–16
National League South, 4th
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First day in the Job, ready for the work to start................

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The first striking thing is the size of the squad, these are all the players at the club.........very small indeed. On looking in more detail the main gaps in depth are certainly upfront and at full back, for the way I want to play, so these are the areas I am going to need to focus on in terms of recruits..........which leads us nicely onto the another fix to make, no scouting team (see below)

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The backroom team is overall quite small as you would expect for a club in Vanarama South but the main issue is no scouts at all. Fortunately the board, without asking, are happy for me to employee some scouts so lets get on to that quickly to help us with overall recruitment. You will see there is also no Head of Youth Recruitment and whilst I would like one of these to aid us in the future, this may have to wait a while until we make some other quick fixes.
END OF PRESEASON UPDATE

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So preseason has gone ok, very busy time with lots to focus on in terms of friendlys, backroom staff, transfers etc.

In terms of the friendlys the results were mixed on paper, however we did ok in all games even the Man City u23 match, the score line being down to 3 terrible individual errors that hopefully will not happen each week. Good work out fitness wise and starting to getting used to the new formation and style of play.

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As you would expect there was very little wage or transfer fund wise to use for transfers and with the club overall having little in the way of cash (indeed most of preseason we have been in the red) I had to look mainly at frees etc.

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i am interested in starting my own lower league save having never managed at very low levels, so i appreciate the detail in your posts, good luck with the save and hopefully i can pick up some pointers
Always enjoy LLM saves! Best of luck here!
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First matches of the season

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So we are off for real now and opened with a win and a draw, 4 points very pleased overall for a team tipped to be fighting relegation, of course long way to go yet.

Always nice to get a win in the first game particularly when at home as we were.

Both games were very similar to be honest, some good pieces of play but lacking in the end product really. We looked ok at the back but it was obvious movement and getting players into position o score was the issue, but solid base to build from.
Decent start, can't go wrong with an opening win. Hopefully you can keep it going.
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b
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Journeyman's Journey II
Trip to: China | South Africa
Half Season Update

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So we are half way through the season (well I have a game in hand). Its been a roller-coaster in terms of results, with a run of 5 defeats really doing some damage to our good start to the season. I am hoping we have turned the corner a bit now, but if we are to get promoted this season we need to ensure no repeats of that bad run.

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