I wanted to start from the bottom and build a League 2 team into a BPL team. I wanted to do this by simming the games. I choose to go with Dagenham and Redbridge as my team. I knew that I would need some money to get started, so before I began I went to edit teams and sent FCB's top four guys to my roster at D&R. I sold them all the first chance I could for the money and built my team with free agents.
My goal was to build a team through the Youth Academy. I destroyed League 2 after having those FCB guys early on and gained promotion. The board wanted automatic promotion for year two. I won League 1 fairly easy and gained promotion again; mostly with Free Agents that got a little better and a few mid level young guys I bought from other teams. Now in the FLC, the board yet again wanted automatic promotion. After setting up my youth academy with full stars on all my scouts, waiting late to promote players to main squad then sending them on loan if I wasn't going to play them a lot, most of my starting team were now my own youth academy home grown talent.
Most of these guys were 73-79 at this point and all very young. I do not think this is a team to compete in the BPL quite yet, however the board once again wanted automatic promotion. I met the goal by wining the league, however still had a poor showing in all Cup formats.
Now in the BPL and with only a few players rated above 80, I felt that I was further along than I should be at this point. The board wanted me to win the league but I didn't think I had the team to go up against the powerhouse teams near the top of the BPL.
I once again was bounced from Cup matches early. My team was young but all had the 'potential to be special' and were under 21. Most were high 70s or low 80s. I did well and finished near the top of the league which was a shock to me. The board wasn't happy but I survived. I then started the next season with the board wanting me to win the league again. I once again felt the young teams was only good enough to avoid relegation. I finished mid league and was FIRED!
My team's rating was no where near most of the teams in the BPL. So why did the board always want me to win the league? I was building something through the youth academy to be great for a long period of time; I just wasn't there yet. I did have a high transfer amount that I could have used, but I was building good young talent myself. Does the transfer funds available to you help determine the board's goals for your season, or is it only based on the team talent? I for sure think that my board's goals were always too high for the talent I had on the team at the time.
Any tips, tricks, etc. would be nice as this was a disheartening result after putting so much time into building it from the ground up. I took a job at FLC team after and burned my financial takeover perk from the catalog to help get that team going with the same goal of building through the youth academy. Gained promotion but was fired rom that job after a poor showing in the BPL. I'm now at Notts County with no money, no more catalog perks, and no hope to even buy a single scout much less a good player or two.
Any ideas to help me out for the next go around?