Football Manager 2018


Approaching January window and managed to secure Silva (AC Milan) for 68M and buying back Chambers from Stoke for 19M (get 3M back on Percentage).

Downside, Otavia wants to leave, Mustafi being chased by Inter.

Monreal is off too but that’s a positive!


Well, seems my yoof is ok too - P26, W23, D1, L2, +92 GD…


I normally play little attention to the youth set up, though my under 20s are top of their league and flying but none of them look like they can set up or replace anyone in my 1sts. I have a few really good youth players who I have sent on loan to get 1st team experiences.


My youth team is ok - I have one superstar in the making and will blood him when he hits 18; 16 is too young.

I have a lot of deadwood in the young U18/U20s brackets. The EU Work Permit system is a pain as all U21s are subject to the rule meaning I have to ship them out on loan rather than have them on the bench ready to come on.

I am currently sitting in 2nd, one point behind LIverpool but 8 clear of Chelsea. Silva is still adjusting but it seems to have breathed fresh life into Augbamyeng and Mkatarian but they are big earners and will have to leave in the summer.

The group think I am an average manager as I am doing a fine but unspectacular job… should I be worried?


No need to worry - the change doesn’t kick in until end of season, depending on whether you hit your objectives.


Currently sitting 4th in the league, still only in my 1st full season at Roma. Liverpool knocked me out of the europa league at the quarters, Juve knocked me out of the cup in the semis. Very close at the top, though I think 3rd is my only realistic target unless there is some major upsets. Have a lot of injuries which isnt helping. Got Radja Nainggolan to stay with the promise we’ll get champions league football, which we should do (6 points clear of 5th with a game in hand) and have Dzeko playing out of his skin. Top rated player in the league and 3 top goal scorer (Ciro Immobile is way out in front!)

Hopefully finish the eage in the next few days and the look in to rebuilding again. Very little room with budget is hard, and no big names leaving (hopefully) means I’ll need to look to youth and loan market. Need a replacement LB for Kolarov as his 34 now and not getting the games he wants. And would like another shadow striker as back up to Nainggolan as dont really have anyone else who can play there.


AC Milan have missed out on the champions league due to failing fair play regulations! Not sen that one before.


wow, me neither. saw someone denied promotion a few years back (real years, so FM15 or 16), but not seen an AI managed club manage to run afoul of ffp before.

i’m always predicted to be failing on wage growth, then it rolls over and i’m fine.


Liverpool job has come up, tempted to go for it as Roma are in a mess financially, and to keep them competitive there is no quick fix. Wage bill is way too high, and I can’t afford to sign anyone. Just dont want to piss players/board off by going for it.


Finished the season in 1st Place but it was not a done deal until the final game of the season. Liverpool pushed me all the way, topsy-turvying each other until two games left.

I had a three point lead but they had a better goal difference - final game of the season, at home, we beat Southampton 3-0 and Liverpool could only draw.

When I arrived, I promised Champions League spots but we won the League!

Now the summer and time to get rid of some big earners


Liverpool job was gone by the time I applied for it. Sent to Simeone, so I went for Atletico Madrid job, but they gave it to Pep even though I gave a good interview. Roma looked fucked tbh. Projected to fail the fair play as the wage bill is mad and I can’t get it down without selling all my best players and have no-one to replace them. So, will be looking to change clubs when a good job comes up. Until then, just need to hope the champions league money comes in and helps me to the end of the season. Thouh I badly need a few new players as the squad needs reinforcements.


i’m always projected to fail the FFP wage limit but it never does, so you might be able to ignore that.


Been running a loss the last 2 years. This one might be close.


Google “sugar daddy” clubs - they woin’t let you fail :wink:


PSG decided to decimate my front line with lots of funds… took Augbamyang and Mkitarian off me for a combined 90M. Squad is unhappy, fans are unhappy.

Callum Wilson (brought before my time) requested to leave (Italian clubs were sniffing) and then pounced (55M)

My young French defender Diop poached by Monaco.

Managed to resist offers for Neves and Mandragora. Sold Galloway for a tidy sum (8M - brought him in for 2M) as I had managed to bring in Joe Gomez (Liverpool) and Rashford (Man Utd).

Got some nice South American regens - both 18-20. Torn by playing them in the first team or keeping them in reserves to get acclimitised. the 13 Foreigner rule is a pain as age means nothing…

Still need a forward (Capone needs to go back out on loan - but would like to keep him around).

One recognised Striker - Silva but he’s only one man.

I have had to bring in lots of players as Cech retired, Koscielney wanted to leave for a new challenge and Bellerin forced a move to Chelsea :angry: Supporters are “not another one”

And just when I manage to bring in Bernadischi (Juventus winger) not fully fit and another high profile player, whose name escapes me (again not fully fit) we lose the Community Shield 3-1 to Man Utd.

Think this is going to be a tough year. On the plus side, the average age of the squad is down to 24 and I have some decent young regens coming through. Whether I will still be in a job to see them mature is another story.


Andre Silva? I saw him go to arsenal last year and he only got 1 goal in hsit first season, before becoming a regular 20+ a season striker. he’s at man u in my current game and doing well as a lone striker, but i hate relying on one forward. Even with Benedetto i still kinda wish he’d have a rough spell and justify me playing anyone else in his place; Milik is the first second-choice striker I’ve had who’s been willing to hang around more than a season and it’ll be a hard sell keeping him for a third.

Bernardeschi’s kicking some ass with Chelsea in my current game., who’ve you got on the other side?

That’s a lot of money for Callum Wilson, I’ve bought him for 12 and sold him for 20+ before, never seen him go for that much though.

I’m refusing to sign players because i’ve no one i want to drop, and sent a couple of fringe players out on loan. end of the season i’ll be letting ronaldo go (gave him a 1 year contract when his madrid one expired after i had him on loan last season), and sorely tempted to sign Messi at the end of his, though at 34 it’d be for a cameo premier league season at most. I’ve plenty of cash but struggling to find available players in the positions and roles i want. Also experimenting with dropping my AMC back to MC to shore up midfield against teams that sit deeper against me.


First season Silva for me got 6 goals but he was in and out of the side… this is his second season.

On the left AML position I have Ryan Nelson (ENG) - his form is up and down - hence the Rashford buy.

Wilson for me was worth 40M in my Arsenal side and grabbed 15 goals last season, coming on from the bench.

Managed to get rid of Zivzokic (sp) - never hot form for my side (was he before me) - sold him to Barcelona for 58M (he was worth 53M) - I just needed him out.

Milik wont sign for me, he’s happy at Dortmund or whichever German side he’s at. Pellegrini wont leave Monaco nor will Belotti.

World class strikers are in short supply in my game.


I’m no longer failing the fair play but I can not sign anyone as no money to spend and wage bill is still massive! However new season is going well. Unbeaten in the league and just beat Barca 1-0 in the champions league at theirs.

Still thinking about changing clubs but no jobs


Nice job with Roma - I would expect some of the bigger jobs to either start appearing around the end of the Champions League Group Stages, Christmas or if you can wait that long, any time from March onwards.


Benjamin Rollheiser from Barca was my other buy