FMM18 update or: How I learned to stop worrying and love my save

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The Football Manager Mobile 2018 update has been released. I could start a new save, bringing a new challenge with updated squads following the winter transfer window and bugs fixed. I could. But I haven’t. And I won’t. Why not?

Squads have been updated, but whichever club I’ve taken charge at, the previous incumbent has left me with a squad full of players I don’t want or need. After reviewing my squad, it’s straight into the transfer market and securing the signings needed to get my club moving in the right direction. In my current save, six out of my regular starting eleven are signings that I made. Not that high a change? That’s at the end of my first season. I’m sure I’m not the only one who delves into the transfer market and there are bound to be managers who have a preferred starting XI with even fewer players than they inherited. Whilst the squads may be accurate, it won’t stay that way for long.

If I were to start a new game as the Liverpool manager, I’d have Virgil van Dijk available for the season, but I’d still be looking at strengthening the defence and bringing in a goalkeeper. The accurate, up-to-date squads would soon not be accurate, up-to-date squads. Liverpool is only an example and whichever club I picked, I’d be looking at improving the team.

There are some bugs in the game, but the ones I’ve encountered have been more of a mild irritant than making the game unplayable. For example, it’s irritating that a player’s preferred role seems to change almost every match at times, but it hasn’t prevented me from playing the game or achieving a title victory. I have found tactics that work and the change to a player’s preferred role hasn’t had any noticeable impact. It’s incredibly strange that my opponents frequently make a substitution within one minute of the second half starting, but it doesn’t have a major impact.

I don’t want to start a new save as I’m enjoying my current one. It’s a save I’d been thinking about doing for a while and it’s going well. I’m producing content about the save and don’t want to stop that and start a new series just for the removal of some minor bugs and up-to-date squads.

So thanks for the update SI, but no thanks from me. Of course, if you can persuade me otherwise, leave a comment.


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Teams to manage following the January transfer window

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The transfer window has, as all football reporters like to say, slammed shut. Whilst the transfer window always brings to mind Harry Redknapp being interviewed in his car, it signifies, as all football reporters like to say, the business end of the season Managers now have to work with what they’ve got to secure the title/top four/play-offs/avoid relegation. Below are five teams you may consider managing following the transfer window.


The #WengerOut campaign finally succeeds and the Arsenal board turn to you. Walcott, Giroud and Sanchez have all gone, but Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang (finally) have come in. Manchester United appear to have got the better of the deal, with Sanchez adapting well to the Premier League, whilst Mkhitaryan has struggled. Of course, with regular football, Mkhitaryan could adapt and if he links up with Aubameyang like at Dortmund then goals will be flying in. There’s still the matter of strengthening the defence though, especially after the sale of defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin.

Atlanta United

Gerardo Martino leaves and Atlanta ask you to take charge. With the exception of Brad Guzan in goal, it may be an unfamiliar squad you inherit. However, Ezequiel Barco has been signed by Atlanta. Never heard of him? You soon might, as this wonderkid could help improve on the 4th placed finish of 2017.


With Big Sam’s work of averting a relegation crisis achieved, he resigns and Everton announce you as the new manager. Goals will surely start to flow with the addition of Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun. The defence could be improved on though, so it’s more a work in progress than the finished article that is Manchester City. Will the loan of Ellaquim Mangala help the defence?


With continued mixed results, Klopp leaves Liverpool and you take charge. Liverpool have looked unstoppable going forward, but vulnerable at the back. Will that change with the signing of Van Dijk and the selling of Coutinho? Probably not, as more than one good defender is required, whilst Mane, Firmino and Salah remain a potent trio. A Cup is the most likely route to success, but shrewd signings in the next window could see the Premier League trophy at Anfield…

West Bromwich Albion

With Alan Pardew showing few signs of turning things around, the board go for broke and replace him with you. Forget worries about relegation for West Brom, it’s full on crisis. Draws won’t cut it now; wins are needed. To win matches though, goals are needed. Enter Daniel Sturridge. Goals should become easier to come by and a few wins can put pressure on those around. If you can keep him fit…


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