Taking A Risk

TSVMunchendarkblueWell, I’ve reached the end of the January transfer window, so it’s time for me to update you all on how things are going in the TSV München save. You might ask why I’ve played until the end of the January transfer window, but all will be explained later in this post. In the last update, I covered the early decisions I’d made through the pre-season, covering signings (both staff and player) and results in the early part of the 2. Bundesliga season.

I’d also gone into tactics (as always), and discussed the theory and style of the counter attacking 4-1-4-1 system I was using, and waxing lyrical about its brilliance over the first two games of the league season, where we effortlessly beat Heidenheim and Frankfurt 2-0, only allowing one shot on target over the two games and countering lethally. At that point, we were top of the 2. Bundesliga with 6 points, so have we managed to keep that up? Or despite the re-brand, do we still have 1860’s bad luck?

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Well, 19 games in we currently sit 5 points clear of Greuther Fürth at the top of the table, and 9 points clear of Kaiserslauten in the playoff place. We regained first place around week the 5th or 6th week of fixtures, and haven’t relinquished it since. As always with my sides, this success is built on the strength of our defensive work, and in those 19 games, we’ve only conceded 13 goals, a record that is the best in the league. In terms of scoring, we’re currently only the third best in the league, something I’d really like to work on towards the end of the season.

In fact, these statistics and the control we have over our own destiny in the league somewhat hides some problems that I’ve encountered as the season goes on. In a way, I really understand how Manchester United fans feel watching their side under Van Gaal. We’re getting the results, but the play is less than inspiring, and we’re not dominating teams how I would like us to.

Part of that was the counter attacking 4-1-4-1 that I was using. Whilst it helped us dominate in the first few games of the season, and pick up some easy wins, after the 8th or 9th game I really started to notice the counter attacks drying up, and teams started to allow us to control possession, and control the ball. That’s all well and good, but we weren’t set up to have the ball, and that meant at times we struggled to break down defences. Furthermore, bigger sides would allow us to have the ball, but then press us aggressively. Again, we weren’t set up to play this type of football, and it meant that we suffered, and played some horrible, boring football on the way to 1-0 and 2-1 wins, results that just weren’t convincing, and on another day, we could easily have lost those games.

It’s meant that the last 6 or so games have been spent developing a more possession based tactic, and whilst performances have been improving, and we’ve looked far more capable with the ball, there’s still been areas we can improve. It’s odd to say, but the team itself simply wasn’t right for the type of possession football I want to play.

On top of that, Daniel Adlung‘s contract was about to run out. It might seem strange that I allowed it to run so close to the point where he could be signed for a free, but in fact I’ve repeatedly tried to re-sign him throughout my first few months in charge of TSV, but he’s wanting at least 29k a week (recently moving up to 31k) and I simply cannot afford that. The most I can afford is about 13.5k a week. It’s extremely irritating as Adlung has not only been our best player, but the best player in the league. However, finances forced my hand, and I decided to cash in on Adlung, selling him to Besiktas for 900k. It’s much less than I could have got for him if he wasn’t coming towards the end of his contract, but in reality, I was quite happy with 900k, and set out to make some changes to the side, and look for players who would fit the new possession based tactic I’m using, and help ensure that not only do we achieve promotion to the Bundesliga, but that we do well once we make it there.

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The first signing I made was Agim Ibraimi from Slovenian side Maribor for 625k. In the new system I’m using, the quality (or lack therof) of our wingers has really been exposed, with both Rama and Claasen being poor finishers. They were more than adequate when they were playing as WM-S’s in the 4-1-4-1, but now one of them has to play an important IF-A role, and they’re just simply not good enough, and it’s costing us. I’ve lost count of the amount of times we finish games 1-0 despite having 4 clear cut chances. We need to convert these chances, and as a result, a new right winger was badly needed. Ibraimi has all the attributes I’m looking for, and is a far more rounded football than either Rama or Claasen. On top of that he’s a good dribbler, and can finish well. Hopefully he should perform well cutting in from the right flank, and provide us with a lot more goals from that position. A bonus is that he’s valued at £1.2M, so getting him for 625k is an absolute bargain.

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I then spent 300k to replace Adlung in central midfield, bringing in the Spaniard Chevi from Logrones. Again, he’s a well rounded player, the type I like, and should do very well for us in the centre of the park. We’ve also managed to sign him for lower than his value, with the game valuing him at 375k. I’m very happy with this transfer, and actually think we’ve upgraded on Adlung, with a player that is 4 years younger. Chevi will sit alongside Liendl in central midfield, and hopefully control the centre of the park whilst supporting the forward players.

At this point I’d pretty much decided that those would be my only two transfers in the January window. There were still weaknesses within the squad, but I felt I would deal with them in the Summer. However, top scorer Rubin Okotie decided that my decision to actually make some money out of the inevitable loss of Adlung was a terrible idea, and split the squad (which presumably is a new feature for FM16, and one I like), the majority in favour of my decision, but a few dissenters flocked to Okotie’s side, and I decided rather than risk the rest of the season, I would sell Okotie and remove the cancer in the squad, and bring in his replacement, and prepare for the step up to the Bundesliga. Furthermore, Okotie had started the season on fire, but since then had really been in and out of form, and had looked limited in the role I need the striker to play in my new system. In addition, Okotie was 28 and I knew I could find a younger player that would play better, and would also be able to develop and bed into the side before the (fingers crossed) promotion to the Bundesliga. Okotie was therefore sold for 500k, and I went into the market looking for a new first choice striker.

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I found exactly what I was after in Johannes Wurtz, and signed him for 675k. He’s only 23, so still has plenty of time to develop as well. I signed him from the second placed team Greuther Fürth, where he was transfer listed at his own request, wanting to play first team football. The game appears to see him more as a Number 10, but with that 14 finishing along with his creative ability, I see him as the perfect striker for my system. I’ve given him the Number 13, just because I’m a lover of football history and know how important that number is in German football. I really do believe that Wurtz can develop into a fantastic striker for us, one that will do very well in the Bundesliga. Again, I signed him for well below his 900k value.

After that, I really was in full on ‘let’s get ready for the Bundesliga’ mode, and decided to strengthen the squad wherever I could. Yes, our form could be affected by an influx of new players, but with a fairly comfortable gap in the 2. Bundesliga, it was a risk I was prepared to take. Also, let’s face it, despite the results we’ve had, our form itself has hardly been fantastic, and I was yearning for some good performances by this point. It was also around this time that Brighton came in for Gary Kagelmacher, and I somehow negotiated them up to £1.9M, giving me enough money to really upgrade the squad, whilst having enough left over to put into the club’s coffers. I also sold backup striker Stefan Mugosa and third string goalkeeper Vitus Eicher for a combined 300k. With this, the next area I wanted to upgrade was centre back.

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I’ve had issues with the defence all through the season, so signed Israel Puerto from CD Lugo for 375k. Rodnei has been by far our best centre back, but the other options have either been too slow, or just not good enough at defending. Therefore, I wanted to sign a defender both with the ability to play the position well, and with the pace to cover deep. With the move to a possession orientated style, the mentality has been cranked up, and therefore the defensive line. As a result, it’s important to have defenders with pace who can cover a large amount of space behind them. Puerto is a fantastic defender for this level, and has plenty of pace. On top of that, he’s more than capable with the ball, and should hopefully aid our playing out from the back.

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With the sale of Mugosa, I also needed a backup striker, and signed Yesim Ben Mohamadi on a free from Sparta Rotterdam. He’s only young at 19, but has plenty of potential and looks like he’ll be a fantastic backup to Wurtz in the striker position. I’m not expecting much from him, but he’ll do a job if Wurtz gets injured or suspended, and it’ll be interesting to see how he progresses over the next few seasons. At the very least, he will provide fantastic resale value in a few years time.

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All this transfer activity leaves the first choice lineup as this on the right. As you can see, the new system that I’ve moved to is a 4-3-3, basically an attacking upgrade on the 4-1-4-1. This is a far better lineup than we had when this season began, and not only do I believe it is the best lineup in the 2. Bundesliga, I also believe that it would cope more than comfortably with the rigours and demands of football in the Bundesliga itself. Not only is this simply a lineup with players of a higher quality, this is also a lineup of players far more accustomed to the style that I’m looking to develop.

The tactic itself is an evolution of a 4-3-3 that I’ve used in a testing save with Napoli, but it has become far more refined since that time, and less ‘battering ram’ type football. I don’t mean that in terms of long ball football, but more in terms of an uncultured attempt to just batter the opposition’s defence with attacking players. It was the kind of style that doesn’t thrive in the FM16 match engine, and as a result, I’ve tweaked it to include the playmaker out wide on the left, and the roaming playmaker in the centre, where Liendl should dominate games with his intelligence and guile.

This tactic still isn’t finalised though. I haven’t been totally happy with how we’ve played over the last few games before the winter break, however I have a feeling that this is largely due to the players available to me rather than the tactic itself. The squad now has a lot more creativity, and should be able to break down the defences we will face until the end of the 2. Bundesliga season.

18602It may seem presumptuous for me to be planning for the Bundesliga now and making transfers ahead of time, but I really would be surprised if we didn’t achieve promotion now. We have a comfortable gap down to the playoff places, and even if we suffer a loss of form due to the influx of new players, I believe the increase in quality will balance this out, and by the time we play in the Bundesliga next season, we should have a quality squad who have gelled together, and can comfortably compete in the Bundesliga. I must say, I haven’t been as excited to play the second half of a season this much in a long time, and I can’t wait to see how the new signings do. I can re-evaluate now as I said I would, and say that anything less than promotion would now be a failure, and that is 100% my aim. It’s going to be an interesting second half of the season, but one that I can’t wait to get through.

So, that’s the mid-season update of the TSV München save, and I’ll hopefully be back soon with the end of season update, and news of our promotion to the Bundesliga. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this update, and as always, if you have any questions regarding this save, or Football Manager, then please contact me via the comments section, or on Twitter (@JLAspey). Until next time, thank you for reading.

Well, Let’s Kick Off

TSVMunchendarkblueWell, it’s time to properly kick off the new save for FM16 with the newly re-branded TSV München. The last post covered the ins and outs of what I’ve done and why, but now it’s time to really kick the save off, and cover what I’ve done in the pre-season. As usual, this save will largely consist of pre-season updates, mid-season updates (usually as the game switches to January), and end of season updates. The only times I’ll ever stretch to more posts a season is if I happen to have a very busy transfer window in January, and therefore need to cover some major signings or decisions, or a tactical switch. Other than that you can largely expect three posts per season.

But anyway, enough rambling, and it’s time for me to cover what I’ve done in the early going, and how I’m adjusting to the new side. The first thing that I do once I start a new save is look at the staff available at the club. I decided that some were good and worth keeping (mainly on the medical side of things) but brought in a new Assistant Manager, Head of Youth Development, Under 19’s staff, and several new scouts. It’s an often forgotten element of Football Manager (and a mistake I’ve made many times), but having the right staff really can make a massive difference, especially early on if your scouts can give you an advantage over the other clubs in your league.

A quick point to mention is that during the early exchange with the Chairman, he included that would like me to bring players through the youth system. That really appeals to what I’d like to do with this save, and there are already a couple of prospects in the TSV Under 19’s, one of whom has already been brought up to the full team, in order to provide depth and give him increased experience and competition.

18601 2Looking at the squad, it was clear that it would need some changes early on. The issue wasn’t with a lack of quality, but more a lack of balance within the squad. Usually, I prefer to have at least 2 players for each position (along with a few universal James Milner/Emre Can types who can play a range of positions), but this wasn’t the case with the old 1860 Munich squad. TSV had around 6 AMLR/ST types. The system I’m going to use does demand players of this type, but 6 was just far too many. Furthermore, there simply weren’t enough central midfielders, or at least many of any quality (bar Michael Liendl and Daniel Adlung, probably the club’s best players). What’s more, the only cover at left back was far below the standard required for the 2. Bundesliga. Therefore, I knew changes had to be made, and players needed to be sold in order to bring in replacements and backups for other positions. I’ve made changes, but they’re not radical and I haven’t splashed the cash. In fact, I’ve barely spent anything at all.

The only money I did spend was £85k on left back Phillipp Steinhart. In the system I want to play, our full backs will be very important, and although Maximillian Wittek is one of the best players on TSV’s books, he was the only left back worthy of the first team, and the only left back in the squad after I shipped a Dortmund loanee back to North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Steinhart isn’t outstanding, but he’s still young and has time to develop. At the very least, he’ll provide solid backup for Wittek before being sold on for a profit after a few years. Still, he has some areas where he’s very useful. He can cross extremely well, and is solid both going forward and whilst defending, as you can see from his passing and tackling attributes. He’s never going to set the world alight, but he’s a fantastic backup at the level I’m at, and £85k is more than worth it. The only slightly iffy detail about this transfer is that I signed him from Bayern’s second team, which of course has meant that the fans aren’t too keen on him. However, I’m sure they’ll get over it when they realise what a good piece of business this is.

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The second (and last) piece of business I made was the signing of the free agent Florian Riedel. He certainly has areas of weakness (that 7 composure does worry me), but I needed a more attacking right back in order to fit my system (Gary Kagelmacher was the best right back at the club when I arrived, but he’s just not good enough in an attacking sense for my liking and instead will be a backup centre back this season). Furthermore, I really didn’t want to spend very much in this first window. Sure, I could have gone out and spent on a superior right back, but I want to focus on the stability and slow progression of the club. This isn’t a Manchester City/Chelsea story. I want to slowly build the club season by season. Still, early on Riedel has more than pulled his weight at right back, and so far this looks to be a good signing.

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As I mentioned above, the squad was also severely lacking in central midfield, and I’d resigned myself to having to spend some of the cash the board had provided me with. However, I then had a look through the Under 19’s squad, and discovered Richard Neudecker and immediately promoted him to the senior squad, and gave him a new contract. As you can see, he’s a fantastic prospect, and looks like he will probably be best as a central midfielder. However, he’s also very versatile and can play anywhere down the centre of the pitch, which will give me some tactical flexibility down the line. He will spend this season backing up Adlung and Liedl, but hopefully should get some valuable experience in the 2. Bundesliga. I see him as a Bundesliga standard player down the line, and he clearly has the potential.

In terms of sales, I only made 2, the aforemenioned AMLR/ST’s. I sold Fejsal Mulic to Darmstadt for £100k, and Marius Wolf to the hateful, disgusting RB Leipzig for £650k. Neither of them were going to play in my system, and I really didn’t need that much backup for effectively 2 positions. I didn’t see much potential in either as well, and was quite frankly stunned when Leipzig offered £650k for Wolf. Sure, he’s fast, but that’s it. Either way I was happy to take the money, lose the player and his wages, and run before Leipzig changed their mind.

With those moves, we have a much more balanced squad. We’ve got rid of the ridiculous amount of wingers, brought in some cover at the full back positions, and promoted a fantastically talented young central midfielder, who will get plenty of playing time through the season and hopefully should develop plenty. So, what am I doing tactically to fit these players in and make the most of their abilities? Those of you reading that have never read my blog will quickly become aware how important the tactical side of the game is to me, and is arguably the main reason I play the game every year.

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Here’s what I’m using to the left, a 4-1-4-1. I’ve used many different formations through the end of the beta period and the early stages of FM16, and so far the 4-1-4-1 is by far my favourite formation, balancing out attacking threat and defensive cover fantastically. Those of you who read this blog last year will remember that I used a 4-1-4-1 in the early going at Sturm Graz, but this is a far different animal, and it is far more potent.

I’m using the ‘counter’ mentality, and as it says on the tin, that’s exactly what this tactic intends to do. Counter. This tactic is highly influenced by the fantastic work I’ve seen @Cleon81 and @RTHerringbone doing, and here I’ve created my own version. You’ll notice a distinct lack of ‘attack’ roles, but that isn’t to say that this tactic lacks vertical thrust. Instead, the team is just a little bit more measured in its movements. We still break teams down, but it’s a little less cavalier and as a result we feel so much more in control during games.

I’ve been a lot less complex with the Team Instructions, and have really kept it simple, only selecting ‘play out from defence’ to make sure that we build the counter well and ‘prevent short GK distribution’ to make things more difficult for the opposition defence. But that’s it. I’ve had no need to make it any more complicated. In my early testing saves I’d stuck a bunch of TI’s in my tactics as usual, and noticed that it could have quite a detrimental effect. I really do believe that simplicity is a good thing this year.

I’ve also found the counter mentality to be the perfect combination of styles. With the player’s mentalities being low, when we are in possession of the ball they are far more likely to be patient and measured in their decisions, meaning when teams sit back against us we can break them down and lure them out of their defensive shape, rather than aggressively battering their defensive line and being exposed on the counter. We’ve also got the WB’s providing us with vital width, and their ‘support’ duties don’t mean that they get forward less, just that there’s less risk in their play. On the other hand, when teams come forward against us, we’ve got a strong enough defensive shape (and enough men back and not high up the pitch with cavalier attack duties) that when we do pick up the ball, we can counter and usually a ball over the top to our fast lone striker Rubin Okotie puts him in on goal. Defensively, we’re also incredibly strong, and in the league games I’ve played so far, we haven’t conceded, and haven’t even looked threatened.

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Here’s the games I’ve played so far, and I thought I would include the two 2. Bundesliga games to show how well things have started for us. The 4-1-4-1 was still very much in development through pre-season (I was still persisting with a CM-A and a WM-A, before noticing their disjointedness from the rest of the side, and reigning them in somewhat, whilst making them much more of a threat. Still, we went unbeaten throughout pre-season defeating Olimpik Donetsk, Ingolstadt II and KM Torhout, with only a 1-1 draw with Bayern’s II team to blot our pre-season. However, it was that match that persuaded me that Steinhart was worth signing, so it’s difficult to see it as a negative. Going into the season proper, I’d converted the 4-1-4-1 into the shape and roles you see above, and we simply swept Frankfurt aside, defeating them 2-0 with a goal from Okotie and an own goal that was forced by some great play by Wittek from left back. On top of the result, we only allowed them 2 shots on goal through the entirety of the match (none of those on target), showing our defensive strength. It was probably the moment I felt things had ‘clicked’ tactically, but it was only one match, and I couldn’t be certain.

However, we then effortlessly dealt with Heidenheim in the second game of the season, and had them beaten within 20 minutes with goals from Liendl and Rama, as Okotie played fantastically upfront, moving into the channels and providing for the runners from midfield. Although he didn’t score (and the media had to mention it after the game) he was undoubtedly the best player on the pitch. We allowed them more shots than Frankfurt with 9, but of those only 1 was on target. Those two results show how defensively strong we are. In two games we haven’t conceded, have only allowed one shot on target, and have eased to wins with a two goal cushion.

R01Suit3Those two fantastic and dominant performances have left us top of the 2. Bundesliga for now, but I’m still not getting carried away. Those of you that have followed this blog for a while will know I’m always very cautious with my expectations in a first season with a club, and the aim for this season is still to get used to the players, finalise the tactic, and make sure that we stay in the 2. Bundesliga at the very least. Perhaps I’ll re-evaluate my aims in January, but for now I’ll try not to get carried away, and hopefully just keep amassing wins, and remain near the top of the league. I’m still aware that we’ve got bigger clubs like RB Leipzig, Kaiserslauten and Nürnberg to play as well.

So, until I reach January (which I don’t think will take long, as I’m really enjoying this save so far) thank you very much for reading, and for the early support for this new save. I hope you’re enjoying reading about it as much as I’m enjoying playing it. As always, if you have any questions about this save or about Football Manager 2016, please feel free to ask in the comments section of this blog, or contact me via Twitter (@JLAspey). Again, thank you for reading.

FM16 – The Beginning

FM16_PRIMARYDATED_LOGO_RGB_zpscpg8phclWell, The Tactical Annals is back. I apologise for my lack of content throughout the latter part of FM15, but as the game winded down and we moved towards the release of FM16, my motivation to play severely decreased. Along with real life commitments at University and work, I simply didn’t have the time to play Football Manager, and I certainly didn’t have the time to write about it to the standard that I would have wanted to. Annoying, I know. However, this blog is well and truly back for FM16, and I’m really enjoying this year’s version so far. I’m certainly finding the game harder, in that you can’t simply just throw men forward this year and expect to score. Indeed, if you do that, the AI will exploit your foolishness and counterattack you ruthlessly, and you’ll often find yourself losing games. However, this increased intelligence is making the game even more enjoyable for me. For sure I’ve had to adjust to the demands of FM16, but in the end it’s a smarter, more intelligent and in a way, more engrossing game (especially for me), because the game is tactically far better.

So, where am I going this year, and who am I going to be playing as this year?

Well, after some considerable deliberation over the past several months, I’ve gone back to my favourite stomping grounds from FM15 in Germany. I’ve chosen Germany for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because the Bayer Leverkusen save was my favourite save by far on FM15, and one of my favourites in all my time playing Football Manager. Another second factor is that of all the football I watch, I most enjoy watching German football, and particularly the Bundesliga more than any other league. Not only is the football exciting, but it is tactically interesting. People may say that Bayern dominate the league, and they absolutely do, but Pep’s side are tactically fascinating, and I love dissecting their tactics throughout games, even when it’s 4-0. Of all the major leagues in Europe, I would always choose to watch the German leagues if given the choice. Compare this to the Premier League, where the matches are often ‘exciting’ in terms of competition, but the standard of play itself can sometimes be lacking.

So, the German club I’ve chosen is the 2. Bundesliga side 1860 Munich…..Well, sort of. Ish.

TSVMunchendarkblueInspired by my good friend @StatisticalApp’s fantastic work on his Stamford Struggle and You, Me & USV series (I strongly encourage you to check his channel out, even if you aren’t a fan of FM YouTubers), I’ve somewhat rebranded 1860 Munich, into ‘TSV München‘. You can see the new logo for the club on the right, an edited version of the current 1860 logo (although the actual in game logo is white). Hopefully, the TSV lionmark will go on to become a regular feature in the Bundesliga for years to come, and we can eventually challenge city neighbours Bayern for the Bundesliga crown.

Speaking of Bayern, I’ve very literally moved TSV out of the shadow of their bigger rivals, and out of the Allianz Arena, the stadium that both clubs have shared since 2005, but that the real life 1860 no longer have any rights to, after being forced to sell their 50% share in the stadium to Bayern in order to avoid financial ruin. Instead, I’ve moved TSV back into 1860’s old stadium, the Grünwalder Stadion, a stadium that they played in from 1911 to 1995. I’ve found plans for a redevelopment of Grünwalder Stadion into a 33,500 capacity arena, and have updated the stadium to follow those plans. You can see below an artist’s impression of what the stadium would look like, with the club’s logo visible on the outside.


The theoretical idea behind this save is that a new board (not a Sugar Daddy owner) have come in and sparked this change from 1860 to TSV München, and as a result, I felt it was realistic that a new board would have cleared the debts that the club had, and also provided a very small cash injection to put the club on the same financial footing as the rest of the teams in the 2. Bundesliga (bar RB Leipzig, who long time readers of this blog will know I now automatically hate for their association to Red Bull). This save is not me simply giving a struggling club a lot of money, and taking them to the top. I’ve kept the finances realistic, and will look to build the club slowly through the gradual progression you usually see in my saves.

On top of the updated logo and the new modern stadium, there’s also been further cosmetic changes, and I’ve had some new kits made for TSV. The kits were made by @StatisticalApp, and I have to thank him for being kind enough to do this, despite only ever making kits for his own saves. The kits feature a new colour scheme to reflect the board’s new direction for the club moving forward.

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I’ve made a departure from 1860’s traditional light blue with the home kit, moving to a much darker all midnight blue kit for TSV. However, there are sky blue features, as I didn’t want to move entirely away from the colours of 1860, but rather to move TSV forward, with a new brand and a new look whilst remembering the history of the club. The away kit is all white, with midnight blue features, in the same style as the home kit. The third kit is a bit of a hommage to 1860’s history, and is a lighter shade of sky blue, with black features for the logo and manufacturer Nike. The club’s new look is sharp, simple, classy and looks effortlessly modern, exactly the image I want the club to portray as this save continues.

However, I don’t expect this save to be easy, especially early on. The former 1860 Munich finished a lowly 16th in the 2. Bundesliga in the 2014/15 season, and only stayed up through winning the relegation playoff via an injury time goal. Clearly, despite the rebrand and the changes I’ve made to the club itself there is still a lot of work to do to return this club to the Bundesliga, and even think about challenging Bayern for supremacy of Munich and German football.

I’ll update this save again very soon to cover the pre-season and early decisions I’ve made, along with what I’m doing tactically. Moreover, after I’ve evaluated the squad, and made any potential transfers, I’ll cover my expectations for the coming season (those of you who know me well will know I rarely expect much from a first season). However, until then thank you as always for reading, and if you have any questions about the save, or the changes I’ve made (or indeed FM16 in general), then please feel free to ask via the comments section, or on Twitter (@JLAspey). I hope you all enjoy reading this save, as the new TSV München progress in German football.