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Mister Spong

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    I beat Rob Watts for fun.
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  1. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    Adrian hasn't been online since last Friday and hasn't logged on to his teams for 2 weeks. I fear this isn't going to happen. Pinning him down is nigh on impossible and Bod is having similar problems. :(
  2. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    I agree. I've already lost a couple.
  3. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    Any news from Adrian on this, Bod.
  4. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    * drums fingers *
  5. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    At level 2 academy I think you can sign up to 80 rated so maybe that was it. I signed an 89 this morning but he wasn't a youth. And he's piss poor.
  6. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    It didn't happen. I've been checking all weekend.
  7. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    Hmmmm.
  8. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    I personally like Rob's idea.
  9. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    I said that I didn't think that was the reason he was doing it! I was using Barry as an example as it was his comment I was replying to. You on the other hand are a player hoarding charlatan and I demand something.. I just don't know what it is yet!
  10. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    So maybe the answer is that for the first x turns someone has managed a club, the restrictions don't apply? My challenge is both my clubs were stripped to the absolute minimum and skinted as well.
  11. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    Which helps new managers, but not those of us still picking up the pieces from previous managers? It does need a solution, and I'm not 100% convinced by my suggestion... but something needs to happen to mean that people managing clubs aren't left unable to buy decent youth players for 9 months+. The smaller clubs will also be affected as that would be a potential revenue stream closed off to them... bigger clubs aren't going to want to buy 19/80 rated players.
  12. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    But it's not a challenge in your case because you've already got the players. MUFC in 101 have 18 players under the age of 20. Chelsea have 13 of which 5 are below 65. What I am asking for is a fighting chance to try and close the gap before the doors are shut. I've got players on my shortlist that aren't world beaters but would give me strength in depth to build with. As is it I am down to the bones of my arse with a minimum size squad.
  13. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    In my case it's both squads for both sides, but this isn't just about me. It's about everybody managing in the game. If you look at G101, Barry has Man Utd. They are the best team in the game and his youth team are also exceptionally good... so it doesn't affect him if these changes stop him buying youth players for 6 months or 9 months. I'm sure that isn't why he's saying don't change things, but all it does is allow his already great youth side to get even better while those that can't sign players to strengthen stand still - and thus drop back even further. As it is, if Man Utd sign a 17/90 they probably won't even get a game in the youth team whereas Chelsea sign a 17/90 and they are in the first team. What would effectively happen is those clubs that have been managed the longest and have had the most time to build a decent youth side will create a monopoly that will prevent other teams from being competitive, because by the time they have got level 5 facilities, the other clubs will also have level 5 facilities, and their youths from before the change will be 12 months of training better off... so I could sign a 17/90 now, but the 17/90 that Barca signed the day before the change could easily be a 94 or 95 by then. It would be saying that G101 isn't worth playing for people that haven't been in from the start because there is no incentive to join or stick around because you can't develop a youth setup to make you competitive for the best part of a year. Would I walk from 101? Yes quite possibly, but not because I'm throwing my toys - it's about can I be bothered to stick around for the best part of a year to try and catch up, knowing that in a year I will still be lagging behind because of all those sides that had good youth sides before. I'd be reduced to the old TATT equivalent of ticking the "same team as last time" box every week for a year. The simple solution is that this only comes in for new games, but that isn't practical.
  14. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    My view is that on one day I could sign youth players, the next I couldn't and I didn't have chance to do anything about it. Yes everybody is in the same position, but we're not all starting from the same position squadwise. My problem is not in 102, my problem is in 101 where I have youth players that aren't great but would make a massive difference to me. It's all well and good people saying "leave it as it is" but these are people with top drawer teams who have no need for anything. You have to remember that in my case my teams had one or other of the Chuckle Brothers pillaging and looting them which has left them both in a horrible horrible state. Being able to bring in some of these players now would help to make me and the game more competitive. A lot of teams didn't even have that - they have been unmanaged for 5 seasons until their current manager came in... no training, no money making, no stadium increases. If I'm stranded for maybe the next 10 turns before I can complete a level 2, then 24 before I can hit level 3, then presumably 32 and 40 for levels 4 and 5, that's suddenly a season and a half before I can sign anything half way decent.... in the meantime all the clubs that have got the squads full of 95 and 96 rated players haven't got to worry because their squad is already built. At 3 turns a week that's 9 months of going through the motions and hoping a team becomes unmanaged and I can snap something up or hope that someone wants to sell something. Do I want to spend 9 months of basically picking the same 14 players every week? No. There's little point in playing 101 at the moment if that's the case. I'm not saying don't do it, I agree with doing it. I'm just saying don't go from one day you can to the next you can't.... you'd be better off saying you can build now and in x turns time when you've had chance to get up to a level 3 or 4 we'll switch that part on.
  15. Youth Academy/Scouting Update

    I think I had an 80 this morning. For me it's not the implementation, it was the sudden switching on which didn't give people time to upgrade the facilities. We should have... "you can start building facilities now and in 10 turns you will need a level 2 academy and in 25 turns you'll need a level 3..." I feel we've gone from nothing to everything and a phased roll-out is what we needed.
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