My FM18 Plans

I’ve been a bit quiet as everyone else around me has been revealing their FM18 plans left, right and centre. The new game has been fully released, and I’m now ready to get fired right about it.

If you know me, you’ll know I’m Scottish and that I love Scottish football. I’m also a big believer in focusing on your strengths, and that’s why I’m heading back to Scotland on FM18. I want to establish myself as the go-to when it comes to anything Football Manager and Scotland. If you’ve got a burning question about anything to do with Scottish football on Football Manager, you come to me. Alright pal?

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Why the Medical Centre on FM18 ISN’T Needed

The addition of the medical centre for FM18 was called out as one of SI’s crowning new features. It’s a feature that I hadn’t seen many people requesting, it’s one we’ve managed to live without so far up to this point and personally, it’s one I think can still be lived without. Have a read of how I’m managing injury prevention on FM18 without clicking into the medical centre.

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Samo’s Stirling – Matches that Made Season Three

You know you’re absolutely loving an FM save when you can power through the seasons at a faster rate than your usual. I’ve finished off my third season in charge of Stirling Albion on FM18 and, spoiler alert, it was a successful one for the club. After last season’s playoff final heartbreak, we only went and won the playoffs this season! That’s right, we’ve been promoted to the top tier of Scottish football (the resurrected SPL on this edited database). Trying something a little bit different for this update to get you up to speed, I’m going to highlight four matches across the season that really stood out for me and contributed to making it a successful one.

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Samo’s Stirling – Season Four – Operation Float

In my third season managing Stirling Albion on FM18 we were unexpectedly promoted to the top tier of Scottish football. The promised land. The resurrected SPL.

In the aim of growing the club, it’s where we need to be to properly kickstart things but I do feel it’s come slightly too soon…how the hell would we cope playing against the big clubs on a weekly basis?

For starters the odds are stacked massively against us. The media is expecting us to go right back down again with the other two promoted clubs, Dumbarton and Queen of the South. With Inverness and St Mirren also installed as relegation favourites alongside us, there was a sliver of hope that we could do enough to keep our heads above positions 16th-18th. Operation Float is on.

Add to that the fact that our reputation to attract some players I feel I’d like to still isn’t quite there and I’m predicting that this season will be a struggle. Let’s start off by taking a look at my summer transfer dealings.

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Samo’s Stirling – Season Five – WTF!?

I’ve only just managed dry myself off after being so close to not being able to keep our heads above the choppy water of the SPL relegation zone in season four and we’re back again for the season five review!

The media expects us to finish 16th this season, they’re not backing us to build on last season’s survival, while my board are more than happy to just avoid relegation again. My own feeling is that we need to significantly strengthen if we want to remain in the league, never mind improve on last season’s 13th place finish.

We had some really positive results last season, and even more positive performances. A couple of quality acquisitions might just see the mistakes decrease, a few more goals scored instead of missed chances and turn the disappointing reds and yellows on the results screen into a sea of green. Keep reading to see how we get on.

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Samo’s Stirling – Season Six – European Adventure

It’s been a couple of weeks now and I’m still in disbelief about last season. Going from battling relegation in our first season in the SPL to finishing 3rd and qualifying for Europe in our second season is ridiculous, quite frankly. We overachieved massively expectations-wise, but across the season, we actually deserved it. We played some brilliant football, with #Rog and Ryan Hardie firing on all cylinders and our young captain, Ryan Porteous, leading the backline.

So European football eh? Let’s just not embarrass ourselves, that’s the aim. Kilmarnock’s Scottish Cup win trumps our 3rd place league finish so the journey starts in the 2nd qualifying round with a trip to Sweden to face IFK Göteborg.

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