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Fiorentina are relegated, Jovetic fails to lead

After I quit AC Milan I was really happy to be offered the Fiorentina job even though they were bottom of Serie A.

There was still 15-20 games remaining and with talented players, such as Stevan Jovetic and Borja Valero, I thought it’d be a piece of cake.

As you can tell from the title of this post, my thoughts were misled.

When I took over the Viola were bottom and unfortunately in the time I was there I wasn’t able to improve their position.

If I had a second chance there I’d probably play a more pragmatic 4-4-2 or something similar.

Instead I chose to continue with the style they had been playing using a 4-2-3-1 with two attacking wingers and Jovetic as the lone frontman.

I thought Jovetic would be our saviour with a 4.5 star rating and some incredible stats but he struggled for goals and since joining Manchester United has failed to score in seven games.

I resigned from Fiorentina about five games before the season’s end as I couldn’t bear going down with a sinking ship and was getting more and more frustrated with my underperforming players.

Keep a look out for my next article about joining Parma and see if I can do better with them!

Fiorentina: New job after AC Milan resignation

 

Intro

I lost my love for AC Milan, didn’t feel a bond with the players and it was putting me off playing Football Manager altogether.

SO, I quit and applied for the Fiorentina job which became available about a fortnight later and they were only too happy to offer me a contract.

Results

The Viola were languishing at the bottom of Serie A when I joined a few games ago.

We’re still there now after losing 0-3 to Catania but we did manage to beat Cesena 1-0 in the Italian Cup 4th Qual. Round.

I can tell straight away it’s not going to be easy to sort this shambles of a club out.

The defence is pretty dire apart from Gabriel Paletta who’s very good on paper but hardly showing his ability on the pitch.

Maybe if he had a better centre defensive partner, he’d buck up his ideas, however, it’s the full back spots where we’re weakest.

Club philosophy

I’ve been reading http://footballmanageranalysis.wordpress.com and Lee Scott who writes the blog is embarking on a new FM career with Molde in Norway.

He set himself a philosophy to stick to similar to what Barcelona and Ajax follow and this really inspired me to do something similar with Fiorentina.

I think setting yourself goals in FM and not just buying whoever’s available adds character to your squad and makes playing the game more fun in general.

So here is my ‘philosophy’:

  • Buy only Italian players under 25-years-old.
  • Buy only Italian staff.
  • Pay no player, regardless of ability, more than a five-figure weekly wage.
  • Look to the under-20s squad for talent and if anyone shows potential play them in the first team.
  • Only buy players with high determination and high teamwork mental attributes (more than 10) unless player is under 20-years-old.
  • Sell any player who is unhappy at sitting on the bench and is no better than the player/s who start ahead of him.

I think that’s enough rules for now! Let’s try to stick to them.

Transfers: ins and outs

As soon as I joined, I noticed Alberto Aquilani wanted to leave and I’m not the type of manager to get in the way of an ungrateful, underperforming douche so I sold him for £2.5m to Napoli. He’s 29 too so not a bad price.

We’re really weak in the goalkeeper department so I’ve signed Christian Abbiati on a free.

I had him at AC Milan and although he’s a year older now at 36 I’m hoping he’ll be equally reliable.

If you’ve been reading carefully you’ve realised I’ve signed a player over 25-years-old, however, I made this signing before I drew up my philosophy.

The rules kick in now! haha

That’s it for now. I’ll have an update come the January transfer window!

Carrying unfit Pato in Football Manager 2013 – AC Milan

If you’ve given AC Milan a go in FM 13 you’ll know they’re in financial trouble and only have a poultry transfer budget of around £2.5m.

Of course, you can free up a bit of cash by selling players but when you’ve just let go of two of your best players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, you won’t want to weaken any further.

However, Alexandre Pato, 23, the super talented Brazilian striker, is let’s say, somewhat injury-prone.

He made 19 appearances in total in 2012/13 and scored only four goals whereas my top goalscorer Giampaolo Pazzini made 30 appearances and scored 12 goals.

Robinho actually scored an incredible 19 goals in 34 appearances in the same season from the left wing!

I think this shows the importance of a regular run in the first team, especially for a striker.

Pato won’t get many games though if he’s always injured which he tends to be!

This is why I’m attempting to sell him but no-one seems interested in a player who has only shown glimpses of his potential in my first year and a half at Milan.

Do you have any injury-hit players who you’re struggling to sell? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments section!

Here’s an article from Goal.com about why Pato struggles so much with injuries

Football Manager 2013 – prima donna problems

“Knowing the right thing to say to motivate your team and avoid making them annoyed or over-relaxed can be akin to solving a riddle.”

The game’s only been out for 11 days but I’ve already taken control of five clubs in four careers.

I’m not sure why this is, but I’ve found it hard to get attached to a club.

Players seem more temperamental than ever and it can feel like you’re in a constant battle to keep them happy and avoid tantrums.

I know it’s not real life but one of the things I enjoyed most about past editions of FM is how you can develop an in-game bond with a player.

For example, when David Villa scored about 40 goals in one season for my Man United team, I loved him!

But it seems in FM13 players can’t wait to fall out with you and ask for ridiculous pay packets when you want to renew their contracts.

Even coaches are greedy sods now.

You might argue it just reflects how demanding footballers are in reality, however, it can negate from the overall fun experience of the game.

Considering how hard players can be to deal with it’s surprising that the player I’m getting along with as well as any other is the moody Robinho!

He has been brilliant for my Milan side so I’ve had little reason to criticize him, however he has made the odd negative comment about my team talks.

That’s another thing: team talks.

Knowing the right thing to say to motivate your team and avoid making them annoyed or over-relaxed can be akin to solving a riddle.

If you really upset your more over-sensitive players they can potentially hate you for weeks; it can even lead to the player refusing to talk to you.

I guess keeping your players happy is just one of the important challenges of being a football manager though and if you can do this success is sure to come.