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FM17 Youth Academy Challenge - Tandragee - First Season Review

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FM17 Youth Academy Challenge - Tandragee - First Season Review


In the previous update on our Tandragee story we reviewed the first win of the season. In this update we are going to be fast forwarding to the end of the first season.

So how did it go?

Well I am pleased to say we managed to survive our first season and we did not get relegated. Although at some stages we did go very close to getting relegated.

FM 2017 Youth Academy Challenge - End of Season 1
FM 2017 Youth Academy Challenge - End of Season 1
I managed to complete the National C coaching qualification, which does have a big impact on my attributes. I have started to work on the National B coaching award also.

Working on coaching badges fm 2017
Working on coaching badges fm 2017
It is very important to make sure you do your coaching badges if you want to improve your attributes as a manager and offer your team better coaching.

When you are on a tight budget, if you improve yourself as a coach, this can mean you are able to coach and train your players to a better standard.

The most important part of the youth academy challenge is the youth intake you get every season.

Review of the first youth intake

So how was the first intake I received through my academy?

Season 1 Youth Intake FM 2017
Season 1 Youth Intake FM 2017
To be honest I was pretty pleased with the players we managed to get through. We really needed a goalkeeper, which we managed to get.

The players potential is very high as the players we have in our first team are not very good. Remember that when you are checking out current and potential ability the star ratings are compared to players you have in your first team squad.

How will I develop these players?

It will be important to make sure any youth players we get through are good enough for the first team. I will leave most of the young players in the development squad to get some time to develop and to play games at the under 18 level.

I will be trying to tutor the players (although I don't have a great deal of tutors at the moment). I will be working on their training schedules. Its going to be important to work on their physical attributes and the key attributes for the role I want to play them in.

I will move some of the better youth players into my first team. These players will develop quicker, but I don't want to have to many of them in my first team as they are only 16-17, so they will be inconsistent.

As the idea of the youth academy challenge is to not sign any players at all, here is a screenshot of the transfers for the first season:

1st season transfers
1st season transfers
In terms of developments for next season, it will be vital to make sure we keep the more experienced players in the squad. This will not be an easy task, but I need to keep the more experienced players around long enough so I can try to develop some of the younger players. Once the first batch of academy players get to the age of about 20+ then we can look to just increase the quality we have in the squad.

Next season is all about survival, but season three I will be looking to gain promotion if we can. We need to push the club on to try and earn more money so we can invest that into the facilities of the club. It will be a very long process considering that in Northern Ireland the money is not going to be very good. The only way we will really make any money is to try and get into the Europa cup. A decent tie in the qualifying round would be great in terms of making money.

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