Football Manager Diary – January 2016 – Dont expect any Transfers!

Football Manager 2014 LogoSo its January, usually one of the biggest periods for me, but for once I’m not expecting it to be.

We need players, in an ideal world I’d like a new striker, but we havent got any budget without sacrificing somewhere, and theres no one in the 1st team squad I really see as expendable.

Wow Taff, youve changed.

Heres how the tables looking

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And heres the fixtures for the month

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If we can get 9 points from the 1st 3 games then we’d be in a really good position to face Liverpool.

Joey OBrien asks to get 1st team football. I tell him I cant guarantee him it, and agree to let him leave. He’s valued at 600k, so I offer him out for a million.

Looking at the squad I cant see anyone really expendable, I’d even like OBrien to stay till the end of the season. Maybe the only one is to cancel Mertesackers loan. Finances are in the bin so theres no way we will get more from the board.

I hold a team meeting

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BIG PER YOU BEAST YOURE STAYING AND WE’RE WINNING THE TITLE

2-1-2016 – Norwich vs West Ham – FA Cup

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Norwich take the lead through Rodriguez from a corner, but a cross from Chadli sees Kasami head in his own net. Just before half time Chadli then bags a goal smashing in from the edge of the box.

At half time I’m happy, but on 58 mins Tomkins brings down Rodriguez as he goes through and gets sent off. I cant be arsed changing, so just move Boyata into the middle and play 1 CB. Norwich push, but Hernandez seals the win with 20 mins to go with a tidy finish from Davies cross.

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Norwich 1-3 West Ham
Rodriguez (13) – Kasami Own goal (31), Chadli (45) Hernandez (70)

And then we follow their bus back to London

9-1-2016 – West Ham (1st) vs Norwich (10th)

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This report is an accurate representation of the match

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West Ham 0-0 Norwich
League Position – 1st

🙁 There goes my chance of MOTM

12-1-2016 – Cardiff (15th) vs West Ham (1st)

CARDIFF

We have the early chances, but Cardiff take the lead from a Vigurs free kick.  Luckily Vydras up for this match, and he dribbles past the defence then shoots past the keeper. A minute before half time he puts in Chadli, who scores. Its all us for the rest of the match, and Vydra caps the win with a good finish 3 mins from time, then Nedelev puts the cherry on top in the dying seconds heading in a Morrison cross. Oh but wait, theres still time for Nedelev to score another with a good finish from Vydras pass.

CARDIFF stats

Cardiff 1-5 West Ham
Vigurs (10) – Vydra (35, 88) Chadli (45) Nedelev (90, 91)
League Position – 1st

Come on son!

No ones bidding for Joey O’Brien which I’m happy with, as I’d like him to stay. He can play LB or RB and is a good option if we get an injury.

16-1-2016 – West Ham (1st) vs Southampton (18th)

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Seman getting another chance up front. Complete domination in the 1st half, with 12 shots to their 2, but no goals. 8 mins into the 2nd half a ball is flicked through by Kondogbia to Vydra, and he finishes well. 7 mins after that Hangeland scores from a corner. With 8 mins to go Vydra finishes off a dominant performance after stealing the ball.

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West Ham 3-0 Southampton
Vydra (58, 82) Hangeland (65)
League Position – 1st

21-1-2016 – Leeds vs West Ham – FA Cup

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A chance to let some of the fringe players play. We edge the 1st half but its pretty poor with a lack of highlights. I make some changes but its the 76th minute before a highlight with big Per Mertesacker knocking in a corner. With just 7 minutes left Leeds equalise when Sinclair knocks in from the angle. Juanmi has a chance to win it, but shoots wide. Its an unneeded fucking replay.

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Leeds 1-1 West Ham
Sinclair (83) – Mertesacker (76)

Real Madrid come in with a 9.5 million bid for Schneiderlin. I consider it but reject.

Next up is 1st against 2nd. We’ve got a massive 9 point lead over them, but they have a game in hand. The kicker is we face 3rd placed Man City next who are 3rd, 10 points behind on the same amount of games. Its a HUGE two games to end the month

26-1-2016 – Liverpool (2nd) vs West Ham (1st)

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An extremely even 1st half ends goalless. The second starts well for us, with Reina saving from Chadli, but then at the other end Menez skips past Davies and Hangeland and scores. Fucker. Davies then picks up an injury, so I bring on Mertesacker as a CD and Morrison on for Coleman and switch to a 31231. BUT FUCK ALL HAPPENS

liverpoo stats

Liverpool 1-0 West Ham
Menez (55)
League Position – 1st

Fucks sake. I need to buy Menez now he’s cost me 6 points this season and absolutely tore us apart both times

Davies injury will put him out for 2 weeks. Looks lke Rat will get a run in the 1st team

Liverpool manage to win their next match, which puts them 3 points behind us on the same games. City are 7 points behind us going into our game

31-1-2016 – Man City (3rd) vs West Ham (1st)

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Dzeko gets through after Boyata slips, but Valdes saves. At the other end Schneiderlin dances through and scores!

In the 2nd half Nedelev has a great chance but Hart saves. City are pressuring so I take off the two wingers for Mertesacker, put him in central defence, then Rafina who goes into CM, and Hernandez comes on for Vydra. With just 8 mins left Coleman breaks, and gets tackled, but the ball falls to Hernandez to tap in!

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Man City 0-2 West Ham
Schneiderlin (16), Hernandez (82)
League Position – 1st

You know what day it is now?

Transfer deadline day logoI go to the board

boardmeetThey give me 600k. We sign and sell no one. Lol.

Player of the month, 1st and 3rd is two of our players

POTMjan

Manager of the Month and we must be in with a shot…

MOTMjanFUCK OFF.

League is looking like this

league jan6 points in front!!!

Heres next months fixtures

fix febA fairly reasonable month, till you realise thats 3 top half teams, the 14th place, an unneeded replay and a HUGE game against Schalke

OH WAIT

We have time for one transfer.

An offer of 1.5 million after 50 league games gets accepted for a player with just 6 months left on his contract

This ridiculous contract gets offered and accepted

contract1Who is it? Find out… NEXT TIME