Avoiding the sack by the skin of my teeth. I’m doing every post-match press conference in a bid to keep the players’ morale high, but the game is ready for that trick and never quite raises morale high enough for it to seem to make much difference in the following match.
I am more or less resigned to being sacked eventually. I am scrapping hard for every result, and some results are coming, but the overall stature of the club right now blatantly doesn’t measure up to my board expectations. Even if I muddle through somehow to the end of the season, which I think I will, I anticipate the bullet then.
I have actually been sacked in this Leeds career before — back when I was trying out Tactical Defending, and was conceding a goal on almost every AI attack and getting thumped 8-0. I got sacked back then, but reverted to a side-save (and to Legacy Defending).
This time, as detailed last time, whatever happens there will be no do-overs.
I’ve only managed to play one session since last post. A session of 5 matches that yielded 1 win, 2 draws, and 2 defeats. I’m still just above the relegation zone, but not far above.
In my favour there is a 5-point cushion between the bottom 3 and the rest of us. I feared the worst after the last match, a heavy 0-3 reversal at home. The palpable sounds of booing echoing around New Elland Road…
Here is a little 1-minute rapid highlight of key moments from the session. (Apologies for mouse cursor, which I have just now noticed on playback. It is always invisible to me in-game.)
We start with one of the best goals the AI has scored against me – took me by surprise, so it did.
Then there is yet another embarrassing Semi-Assisted miss that I include for comedy value.
Then something the football purists here will approve of – an example of me adjusting to Semi-Assisted shooting by declining to take a low-% shooting chance, and squaring the ball to a teammate in better position. Composure, in Football Manager terms – I has it when I wants it. You rarely see me doing that sort of thing because I hardly ever do that sort of thing. When given the chance to shoot, I shoot. It’s a game, meant to be enjoyed, and shooting from non-optimal angles and ranges is what makes it enjoyable for me. In FM I have my team set to ‘work the ball into the box’ and I frown on long-range shooting, so my stance in FIFA/PES is purely a gamepad-football thing for me.
Finally here is a little moment that occurred after I’d put together the Miscellany above – all Semi-Assisted passing, remember (I’ll stop going on about that soon), and it nearly ends with a fine dinked finish. Good save from the keeper. This is how fine the margins are at the bottom. The match ended 0-0 (a rarity) and this was my best chance.
If I do end up saying farewell to Leeds Utd after 4 seasons it’ll be with great regret.
I could do with one more season to fix my noob errors of the early seasons (and this season).
I am still suffering the effects of my confusion and ineptitudein the transfer market.
I have been stuck with a perennially weak squad for all my time in the Premier League. My First XI is decent, and can give anyone a game, but if more than one or two players are out for any reason, I suffer, because the squad as a whole is massively below-par for the level we’re playing at.
By Tuesday’s post this will all have been resolved, one way or the other.