Hello and welcome back to Football Manager Ambition.
There's been a lot happening for me away from football and Football Manager, so it's just a quick update in this blog on how the save is going.
It's not long now before the FM19 beta hits us, and then FM18 will become a distant memory. I will, of course, move on to a FM19 game, which means I'm running out of time to achieve my ambition on this game - the ambition to see the England squad filled exclusively with players from my SWFC team. I'm close, but I'm not quite there yet. It was starting to look like I'd never get any closer, but there has been a major development in the transfer market, as you will see...
But first, here's the latest
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#Fullergate... and #Holtgate?
The #Fullergate saga continues, as Chelsea refuse to accept any offers. But the situation is complicated by the fact that my first choice right-inside forward is in decline, and the world class player I want to replace him - Joe Holt - is at Spurs, and they will not sell him for love or money!
It had been looking like a really difficult season for me, but a recent run of form saw me move back into contention for a title challenge. However, I've just suffered a real humiliation, going down 2-0 at Palace. Fortunately, I'm still going strong in the Champions League and FA Cup.
At a routine scouting meeting, I received an update on Joe Holt that suggested Spurs might sell him after all. So this happened!
So, the England team now looks like this:
There are seven players not at SWFC, but Holt will now joining. I expect Rashford or Simpson to lose their place when my striker McGreal is fit again. Richardson and Fuller look un-buyable at the moment, but we'll see.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
I'm going to give myself until the end of the next summer transfer window to be able to see an England squad containing only SWFC players, so it'll be succeed or fail then. As I'm running out of time, I'm going to move the goalposts on my challenge slightly: If I'm offered the England job, I'll take it, and I will make sure it's an SWFC-only England. Of course, there's no guarantee I'll get the England job. It's last-throw-of-the-dice. I'll let you know how it turns out in the next Football Manager Ambition!