I was struggling to get hooked this year. I tried twice to play games with Swansea (my team, and the team I've always played first since CM 97/98). I tried starting in the Swedish 3rd Division, then the Scottish 3rd Division, and it always felt like something was missing.
I then decided to play a game where I concentrate on my career rather than the club I take over. Do everything on a short term basis. Screw concentrating on youth and putting everything right behind the scenes. Taking over Blyth Spartans in the Blue Square North, I decided for the first time to not get my team to play passing football, but go for some good old fashioned British hoofball, with a strong focus on big players and set pieces.
There's something really satisfying about watching the free-kick/corner specialist I brought in, whip a ball right onto the head of the huge central defender I brought in, that's pushing up, who nods it into the net. Two players brought in specifically for that situation, executing it perfectly
We had a slow start, but after 13 games we're now 6th, just one place short of the play-offs. We're the second highest scorers in the league and haven't lost for 9 games.
My fondest memory in any CM/FM game is still a save that started out a bit like this. I'd been sacked by Swansea (then in League Two), and ended up taking over a Torquay side that had been recently relegated to the same level. A 24 game unbeaten run saw us easily crowned as Champions, but we struggled in the new division. With my reputation enhanced by the League Two title win, I managed to get a job at Hull, who were in the play-off spots. I brought in some of the key players from my Torquay side, and in a couple of seasons we were Champions. Exactly the same pattern followed, struggling in the higher league, so I jumped ship again, this time to Leicester, and took the best players with me. We got promoted through the play-offs, and I think a new CM came along shortly after, but that remains the only time I've ever gone from the bottom division available to the top.