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Filipower;2395684 said:how the **** do you get Gattuso, Klose, Borowski and Dani Alves to Juve in 2008?
Johnny_Big;2396172 said:Racing is quite an hard team to start with, good job there.
Parra Power;2416195 said:It's tough.... the board is incredibly short-sighted. For example I have another two years on a <200k pound a year sponsorship deal.... and I'm in IT Cup (if anyone cares, I had to play the last game again.. ended up 6th because Ipswich lost their final game this time, top 3 and Chelsea - champions - in the CL, Ipswich, Charlton, Norwich in UEFA). A couple of times they FORCED me to accept offers for my better players (though 4.5 million pounds for 2 League One players wasn't bad), which sort of sucks.
A huge problem was also that the stadium size always lagged behind where the club was. I was in League One with a sub-5000 stadium, Championship with a sub-10000 stadium, even now it's just a 17,7xx seater. It meant that a competitive side makes the finances a problem. Luckily I always had a supply of insanely good young players (just as an aside, scouting honestly feels like cheating now...... European u19 Championship and "UK/Ireland" search and I bought out a whole bunch of dirt cheap 6-star potential players who became very good). Without the ~13 million I made from transfers before I even got to the Premier League the club would have been very much screwed.
Reputation was the biggest problem. My squad, even right now, has an average age of 23. I'd have a whole bunch of high-potential young players and there'd always be interest from big clubs, and my players would inevitably want to leave. There was one point in my first EPL season where of my 15 rotation players about 10 were either wanting to leave, attracting interest from every 'big' club in the world or handing in transfer requests. Hopefully the reputation will catch up to the club's status soon.