Football Manager 2018 does not come out until November. However, the Football Manager community are already preparing for the release by choosing which team to be. In this post, I give five suggestions for a save with an English team.
- Blackburn Rovers
Finally relegated from the Premier League after years teetering on the brink, Sunderland are in a miserable state at the moment. Having lost Jordan Pickford, and Jermain Defoe some star quality might be required.
Their tiny squad needs a host of new faces, but you may be restricting to trawling the free agent market for bargains.
A season of consolidation may be in order, and while Sunderland’s prospects should improve in the event of a takeover, their first in-game season has the potential to be absolutely brutal.
- Billericay Town
For those Football Manager fans that love a long-term challenge, Billericay Town will prove to be very popular on the 2018 version. Backed by multi-millionaire owner Glenn Tamplin, the Essex club have famously signed the likes of Jamie O’Hara and Paul Konchesky, while Jermaine Pennant has also turned out for the Isthmian League Premier Division club during pre-season.
Starting in the seventh tier of English football, an immediate promotion would see Billericay Town move into the National League South. From there is a direct route into the National League, and the chance to enjoy an FA Cup journey in the mould of Lincoln City’s last term could well be on the horizon.
- Coventry City
Coventry City is a club that have had a bad few years. Those words go with their first trophy win since their FA Cup success in 1987. Last season, Coventry won the Checkertrade Trophy. But, even with that success, Coventry got relegated to League 2 following a few seasons of turmoil. Their owners are in and out of court, the club doesn’t own their ground and have to ground share with the now local Rugby team the Wasps. A Coventry save is a big rebuilding process and could take a lot of patience and reliance on their youth academy or various free agents.
- Yeovil Town
Fancy a real challenge lower down the English pyramid?
Well, Yeovil Town – of League Two, the fourth tier – just lost their first game of the season 8-2 against Luton Town.
Yeovil Town will have little to no money to spend despite their wafer-thin squad, meaning you will have to get creative if you want to keep them out of the relegation zone.