Steve Gregory
Colorado Rage

April 22nd
14:03:10 GMT
Jan Smolski auction bargain

:)
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 22nd
13:35:13 GMT
Auction

And not to go unnoticed, but we all just fell further behind USL with their 5/25 DF pick up.


Steve Gregory
Colorado Rage

April 22nd
12:45:00 GMT
Jan Smolski auction bargain

:)
Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

April 22nd
11:34:10 GMT
[SPOILER] Auction 5

Yes, it's always nice to pick up a player for 1K. Good to see Mike (HUA) pick up a decent FW for a
bargain price as well. Not so good night for myself as I appear to have 'hit the post' on a number
of occasions!


David King
Unsporting Lisbon

April 22nd
11:25:03 GMT
[SPOILER] Auction

Always nice when you get a player for 1k.
Only an age 2 so will be in the squad for 4 or 5 seasons too.
Well played with your bidding, Steve.
Jon Love
Adelaidonians F.C.

April 22nd
04:44:35 GMT
Jan Smolski auction bargain

Nice one Steve!
Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

April 21st
16:54:25 GMT
Maverick EL

Glad to hear that I wasn't the only one, Brian! I was beginning to think that advancing years were
getting the better of me.......


Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 21st
13:38:44 GMT
Maverick EL

I admit to having that same interpretation as Stewart. I guess that's my fault, as reading what Adam posted today makes sense, since all players recover after a match,
regardless if they played. I have to admit though, it's not been a big problem for our side as we assigned Maverick to our GK, so he really only plays 1 out of 2 (and
occasionally 3) matches. I see how it's a greater problem for Stewart.


Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

April 21st
12:00:36 GMT
Maverick EL

Thanks Adam. It looks like I've mis-interpreted the "after each match" bit and wrongly assumed that
the penalty would be applied to each match played.

That definitely kills the Maverick for me as a viable choice of characteristic.


Adam Meney
Sitan Dama

April 21st
10:33:50 GMT
Maverick EL

It's only the Mavericks recovery and SL that is affected
by his ability. Any time he recovers EL it will be with
a -12 penalty.

Rules as written. Gains permanent SL but will recover at
a lower EL rate after each match.


Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

April 21st
09:16:17 GMT
Maverick EL Recovery

I'm not convinced about that, David. I certainly didn't appreciate that the penalty would be applied
when the MAV didn't play. If I had realised that then I wouldn't have initiated the pre-season
discussion suggesting that the original Maverick EL of -8 was insufficient. A loss of -12 EL seems
fair when the MAV plays, even for 1 minute, but not when he rests completely.


David King
Unsporting Lisbon

April 21st
01:49:08 GMT
EL Recovery

"Thomas didn't play tonight so, being Age 3, he should have recovered 43 EL units."
That would be true except he'a a Mav SP. They recover less EL.
"It looks like the game programme applies the Maverick characteristic penalty of -12 after
EVERY game"
Yes, yes that's correct. Same as it applies the +5 EL Athletic Boost after EVERY game. Same as it applies the age 1, 2, 3 and 4 EL boosts after EVERY game.
(Default EL recovery is 40 based on the old system where it was a +4 recovery on the old decimal system.
It appears to be working just fine.
Colin Scott
Sparta Partick

April 20th
23:23:53 GMT
*

I have no idea who that might be
Colin Scott
Sparta Partick

April 20th
23:21:01 GMT
Rules

Read the rules or ask on the blog and someone will post the answer. Easy, either way.

If you check the rules then you know the answer fairly quickly but if you type out your question on the blog then you get
participation bonus and some other eejit does the spade work - result!

Meanwhile - the most knowledgeable manager* on The Manager looks up the answer for you and points you in the right
direction, explains the situation in full or just does a cut n paste of the rules. In any event, you score from posting and the
eejits score from posting. Result!
Colin Scott
Sparta Partick

April 20th
22:26:40 GMT
Difficult

I imagine it would be difficult to code the EL of a Mav, other than just saying he gains 12 less EL after every match. Age would
come into effect and minutes played, of course, so rather than have a second computer to work all that out, it's just 12 less
than whatever you were expecting. No other way for it.

Glad I steered clear but the wee Mav scored the winner against SPT so, every cloud as they say Stupot.
Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

April 20th
21:00:43 GMT
Maverick EL Coding Error? - 1

"Wee Mav's" apparent relatively slow recovery rate has been puzzling me for some time but I
couldn't quite put my finger on why until tonight! After Wednesday's game Buffel's EL value was
51. Thomas didn't play tonight so, being Age 3, he should have recovered 43 EL units to take him
up to an EL value of 94. However, my team landing page states that he currently has an EL value of
81. It looks like the game programme applies the Maverick characteristic penalty of -12 after
EVERY game, irrespective of whether the player plays or not! I had always understood that the -12
EL penalty would only be applied when the Maverick played some part in a game.


Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

April 20th
21:00:10 GMT
Maverick EL Coding Error? - 2

Adam, please could you look into this as a matter of urgency as it looks like those clubs with a
Maverick in their squad have had to endure an additional, hopefully unintentional, EL penalty
throughout the first half of the season.


Marc Roseblade
Irn Bru Allstars

April 20th
12:49:14 GMT
ELs

Just play them until they're deed, works for me Steve!


David King
Unsporting Lisbon

April 20th
11:59:03 GMT
EL

Hey Steve.
The general rule of thumb is to select your T11 including 1 Gk and then take 5 of the outfield players out and replace with the 5 next highest SL players you have so utilising your T16 players.
You also have to rotate in your secondary keeper for every 3rd match too.
The EL of your players doesn't affect their performance on the field but maintaing them above 60EL where you can does help lessen the impact of random injuries.

EG To maintain a 4 man defence for every game you will need 6 DF.* 2 playing from EL 100 down to 80. 2 playing from EL 80 down to EL 60 and the final 2 resting up from EL 60 back to EL100.
Then rotate for your next game.

*Random injuries and suspensions will impact this.
Steve Gregory
Colorado Rage

April 20th
11:07:31 GMT
ELs

Does anybody have any tips on how to rotate the squad to maintain EL levels?* Is it better, for
example, to have the entire squad (or most of it) at 100% in alternate matches, or to have half of
them at 100% in every match?

* And, yes, I know that's a tautology.
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 19th
16:44:06 GMT
Refs

Ah Stewart, I see your point. Considering there is morale code specific to your Teddybears, there is likely code that impacts
homefield for your side, too.


Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

April 19th
13:55:38 GMT
Refs

Yes, thanks Brian, but being an old skeptic I wondered if that is what is actually coded in the game
programme!


Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 19th
12:11:31 GMT
Refs

Hi Stewart,

I found this on page 29 of the rule book:

A referees Homefield tendency has no impact on neutral matches.

As Colin said previously, I should have just read the rules.


Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

April 19th
09:37:38 GMT
Refs

Nice explanations, David. One further query:

In "Neutral Venue" games does the first named team get any of the Ref advantages which would
normally be assigned to a "Home" club or does the game programme negate all "Home" Ref advantages
at neutral venues?


Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 18th
21:09:46 GMT
Referee Numbers

Hi David,

That explanation is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!


David King
Unsporting Lisbon

April 18th
20:36:21 GMT
Refs

Name: Armand Igboanugo
Nationality: Ivory Coast
Career Matches: 184
Homefield (Trend): HOMER (27)
Discipline (Trend): FAIR (10)

This Homer ref is average. He will give out roughly 27% more cards than usual to the Away team.
He's also a Fair ref, slightly strict at 10% so gives out slightly more cards in general to both teams.
David King
Unsporting Lisbon

April 18th
20:34:15 GMT
Refs

Homefield: 0.0
Discipline: -46.7
Name: Gaitza Goixachea
Nationality: Spain
Homefield (Trend): STRONG (0)
Discipline (Trend): LOOSE (-37)

So, he's a Homefield Strong. This means he doesn't get affected by whether you're the home or away team. So he dishes out cards equally to both teams.
He's a Disciplne Loose ref so at -46,7. That's pretty loose so he will give out -46.7% the number of yellows and reds compared to a +/- 0.00 ref
So a -ve means you get to play more Aggressive players.

Does that make sense?
Colin Scott
Sparta Partick

April 18th
15:47:59 GMT
Kind of

Most players add more than their actual SL to OFF and/or DEF except FW which are crap and mostly
only add their exact SL to OFF. A 20 SL WG will add 25 points to OFF (*1.25) which is better than
having 10 OFT which, as you say, will add 10 points to OFF and 10 points to DEF - in general.
Tactics will dictate exactly where the additional 20 points are used Press sends the lot to OFF
while Stall sends the lot to DEF but I'm sure you get the idea.
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 18th
15:27:52 GMT
Passer

Colin,

I hope I get this right (assume my memory is accurate), but an OTF of 8 is the near equivalent of having a 12th player on
the field at 16SL. If you have two Passers for 90 minutes, that brings that value up to a 20SL (10 OFF and 10 DEF). I may
be off on how OTF works, but I thought that is a broad way of looking at OTF.

I will await clarification from those who have a clear understanding of OTF.


Colin Scott
Sparta Partick

April 18th
14:41:46 GMT
Passer

I've been thinking..... Always dangerous.

The passer special ability is pretty crap compared to the others. It sounded good to start with, adding to your OTF, but the
reality is that the amount gained is significantly less than othe SBs. Most offer an additional 5 points to either OFF or DEF
while passer adds one point to OTF.

Looking at OTF - generally that adds 2 to your overall totals (unless EC or LB in which cases it add her haw), so an extra one
point to OFF and one point to DEF. That, for me, makes to crap compared to other SBs.

I should probably post in the SB discussion page. I might cut n paste....
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 18th
14:39:11 GMT
Referees (Ha)

Hi David,

I appreciate the details. I guess I still don't understand why the HOMEFIELD and DISCIPLINE stats fluctuate from positive
to negative values.

http://the-manager.com/refstats.php?id=2
Homefield: 26.5
Discipline: 10.5

http://the-manager.com/refstats.php?id=3
Homefield: 0.0
Discipline: -46.7

Sorry if the answer is in your previous reply. I feel I'm missing something that's obvious.

Thanks.


Colin Scott
Sparta Partick

April 18th
12:50:53 GMT
Haha

I could have cut n paste page 29....
Colin Scott
Sparta Partick

April 18th
12:50:04 GMT
Refs

Page 29 in the rules might have the answer.
David King
Unsporting Lisbon

April 18th
12:47:28 GMT
Referees

Discipline
LOOSE: This referee will let things go uncalled. This results in a team being called for 17-50% fewer YCs/RCs/PKs. Aggressive and dirty play has a better chance of going unpunished with this ref.
FAIR: Normal referee. He disciplines in a ‘normal’ manner and only slightly affects extra or fewer YCs/RCs/PKs.
STRICT: This referee never saw a challenge he didn't want to book. This results in a team being called for 17-50% more YCs/RCs/PKs. Be careful with playing aggressive or dirty on this ref.

So, basically the -ve modifiers are bringing down the chances of YCs/RCs/PKs and the normal or +ve modifiers are increasing them.
David King
Unsporting Lisbon

April 18th
12:46:06 GMT
Referees

HOMER: A homer referee will cause the away team to have a 15-50% chance of getting more YCs/RCs/PKs. The home team has a 15-50% chance of getting fewer YCs/RCs/PKs.
So the home team ref modifier will be -17% to -50% than usual for YCs/RCs/PKs.
So, if your teams base chances of a yellow based on passive/aggressive play per minute is 10% then this ref will bring that 10% down by 17% - 50%. So from 10% down to 8.3% or even down to 5% depending.
The away team have the opposite problem so their chances will be increased by a similar amount. Each refs homer tendencies vary through the season as well but restricted to the 17 - 50% values.
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 17th
23:21:10 GMT
Referees

Is anyone able to detail what the Homefield and Discipline numbers mean? They fluctuate between positive to negative, and
would like clarification.


Richard Burnett
Inbhir Narainn

April 17th
20:01:26 GMT
Disappointment

We were equally disappointed when I spotted the games had been pushed back, at least it gives everyone time to get their
lineups in for the games. Although in my excitement for having a semi I had my lineups in early.

Till tomorrow Brian.


Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 17th
19:28:50 GMT
Minor Disappointment

Went to the Scoreboard this afternoon, excited to see the result of our semifinal match vs Inbhir Narainn. "Where's the match
report? What's going on?" I look up at the header and see the match was moved to Wednesday 18 April. Until tomorrow, Richard.
:(


Adam Meney
Sitan Dama

April 16th
13:03:44 GMT
Morale

Yeah. Dont look at our morale.

It feels like our pants are down and you can all see my bum...


Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 15th
16:13:05 GMT
Rivalry Money

Hi David,

Both Sitan and Clarendon had relatively low morale for both our matches, so was surprised to see only 96k when we played the Rangers. Traditionally I've seen these rivalry
matches produce 100k+, more in the neighborhood of ~106k+. Perhaps my memory is off, I'd have to check past seasons. I will put this one to bed. G'night.


Mike Parnaby
Huascaran Heights

April 15th
08:36:12 GMT
Gate Income

Cheers David, I had been wondering about that too!


David King
Unsporting Lisbon

April 14th
23:40:02 GMT
Rivalry Money

Brian,
It's the home teams morale that governs the match revenue.
Plus a slight boost for any team morale bonuses for doing well last season.
Check your accounts page to see the pattern more clearly.
Neutral games use an average.
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 14th
22:48:49 GMT
Captaincy

Steve,

The only way to change your Captain is to trade your current Captain. You are then allowed to name a new Captain. In theory, you could
have a lot of Captains if you're willing to trade frequently. Of course, your fellow traders may then benefit from your Captain's Bonus.


Steve Allan
Aberdon F.C.

April 14th
20:44:25 GMT
Captaincy change ?

Can you change captain mid season ? If
yes how much ?
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 14th
19:35:41 GMT
Rivalry Money

Hi Adam,

I am curious about the significant difference in gate money between our two rivalry matches this weekend.

Old Colony and Sitan both received 110k from match 20. C=Old Colony and Clarendon both received 96k from match 21. This seems a
sizable difference between two matches.


Colin Scott
Sparta Partick

April 13th
12:14:12 GMT
Wee Mav

Buffel is an MA, therefore a midfielder if played in his correct position. Teddies play long ball and early cross so Buffel adds
only ( I know, only 33) to area totals. SPT not worried by the mav.


Watch this - wee mav scores a hat trick tonight 🤦‍♂️
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 12th
16:25:05 GMT
Maverick

If you're right about that, Steve, then perhaps that explains why Old Colony is near the bottom
of the table :(


Steve Allan
Aberdon F.C.

April 12th
15:47:52 GMT
Maverick

My main issue with it is (especially for top teams) is that at the end of the season, if you have a
stormer and reach the cup finals along with challenging for the title then you won't be able to
play him in all the big games. I think it might actually be better for mid table teams who are
trying to catch up.
Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

April 12th
14:43:16 GMT
Big Night For Evo 1

Tomorrow night's Evolution 1 fixture list throws up two intriguing table topping ties: 3rd v 2nd and
4th v 1st. It should be a great night!


Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 12th
14:34:13 GMT
Mavericks

I feel there is only one good position to use a Maverick.


Stewart Miller
Teddybears F.C.

April 12th
08:41:54 GMT
Mavericks

At the moment I agree with Steve and Brian. I wouldn't choose the Maverick characteristic again,
but not because "Wee Mav" isn't scoring. That's just down to pure bad luck. I still can't believe
that he's not yet scored in a league match! No, the main reason why I would not chose it again is
that as I stated before, my plan on how to manage his inherent EL loss was scuppered by the way
the game engine manages injury substitutions. We've suffered a lot of early game injuries this
season which meant that "Wee Mav" was forced onto the pitch long before I had intended. This
played havoc with his EL management which has meant that he hasn't always played as I planned.
However, I intended that his role would be primarily as an impact player in the big games so he
might yet prove his worth.


Steve Allan
Aberdon F.C.

April 12th
07:42:32 GMT
Mavericks

Going back I'm not sure if I would use Maverick again, the EL loss is proving to be a bigger issue than anticipated. Might all change if he goes on a scoring blitz but right now its not happening.
Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 12th
01:10:59 GMT
Buffel

Interestingly enough, Buffel only has 3 goals on 11 total shots. Joplin only has 1 goal on 7 total shots. I know the numbers add to total OFF, which adds more chances, but one
might expect that having a SL 30+ player would result in some better than average goal scoring numbers.


Brian Beerman
Old Colony F.C.

April 12th
01:07:39 GMT
SL 33 Rareties

Thomas Buffel TED MA 3/33
Bas Dost USL FW 5/32
Janis Joplin RUF UT 4/31

No real surprise those Mavericks in the forward line have gotten the most coaching.

We elected Maverick for our top GK, but decided against maxing out at SL 33 because I don't see a significant difference in GK of 27 vs
33, unlike a sizable difference in a FW/MA/UT of 27 vs 33. Happy with our choice so far.


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