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  1. Let's be realistic here, we'd probably need Watson to phone him.
  2. the_bully_wee

    FIFA 22

    Against my better judgement I piled back in for more WL torture this weekend, but it was actually a pretty straightforward and very quick one. Controlled every single game and only a few vintage incidences of BS denied me a perfect record; only lost two games before I reached Rank 1, then was given a win and gave one to someone else. Piss poor rewards again but it's all #MoneyInTheBank I suppose. Anyone who likes to play on the front foot, I'd strongly recommend trying out the narrow diamond formation with high depth. Kind of depends on the personnel you have available but I couldn't say no to Fekir and am playing him as an attacking centre mid, a role in which he's registered 13G and 5A from 26 games (all WL/Elite division). Elsewhere, my long-term investment in Theo Hernandez's IF has taken a total bodying in the last week so I'm thinking about just cashing out and replacing him with that new Jordan Amavi card, which is very similar and less than a fifth of the price.
  3. They've had three months now to "fix" the catalogue of glaring tactics, selection and personnel-based sins that were evident to many Clyde fans as soon as we were allowed back in a stadium. There's been little evidence of much changing and Danny's post-match comments are extremely familiar and foreboding; he's all out of ideas, because he's tied his own hands behind his back with utterly risible recruitment. This is, indeed, true, but this is not an isolated tough patch and is quite clearly the culmination and continuation of a two-and-a-half-year decline which commenced with the dire signings ahead of our League One campaign, all of whom barely featured and were emptied after varying degrees and durations of participation. David Mitchell was, of course, the exception to this, but his signing was handled by Chris Fahey and not Lennon himself. Supporting Danny evidently isn't going to make things any better as, with the goodwill and trust of Clyde fans, he's managed to get us into this position. A change now is a risk, but it is also a massive risk to bank on a guy who has overseen such sustained regression. A new face with new ideas, and who can actually spot/sign a player, might represent a better chance at stirring the club from its current sleepwalk to relegation. We all know how hard it was to get out of it the first time, and it's only getting harder. This, also, is very interesting. Nobody among us will deny that Lennon did an absolutely outstanding job in his first year and a half at the club, and for that - alongside his personal character - he will always be someone held in the utmost respect by Clyde fans. He galvanised the club when it was in an extremely toxic condition and teetering on the edge, and I personally will never forget the pleasure that it was to behold the transformation in the second half of that first season. The recruitment was youthful and exciting, he transformed players who were already at the club and forged both new and existing players into a system which brought the apex of playing style that PT Scottish teams can hope for. He followed this up with his first real mixed bag of signings when it mattered, albeit he did to his credit bring in Rankin and retain the majority of those who were so impressive in 17/18. We all know what happened the next season and despite initial struggles, which largely stemmed from shoehorning Nicoll into the team at times and not trusting Grant/McStay as a pair, it was a brilliant season which resulted in a thoroughly merited promotion. Then the problems started. The recruitment of Johnston, Wallace and Smith - the former in particular - actually looked alright, but it became clear pretty evident early on that the latter pair were brought in without any discernible plan around how to fit them in. I think he was a bit unlucky with Johnston who was the most exciting of the three, but all in hindsight were very much Cameron Jerome type players who shone at the lower level and couldn't make the step up (in Smith's case, it was probably just a bit late for him). Grant and McStay grew into things, as we all knew they would, and the big regret is that we've never been able to carry out similar recruitment since. Every possible effort should've been made to retain both of them and make them the heart of our team for as long as possible. Decent loan signings in January fixed papered over massive holes that existed in the squad as a result of poor and sentimental recruitment, and we picked up a bit before Covid after a bit of a disappointing first half of the campaign. Despite this slight upturn we then assembled another squad which was a downgrade on the one before it, filled out with masses of kids on loan throughout the season (a few of which finally came good or good-ish and helped us to safety). I don't think anyone could complain too much had we been relegated last season though, because much of the fair was garbage and we were second best in most games. Optimism was then renewed ahead of this season, with hopes that last year's awful recruitment was indeed Covid-related (even though many suspected it really wasn't). It soon became evident that it wasn't. As a result, we've been left with an absolutely hopeless squad which absolutely nobody could achieve well at this level with. As I've sort of touched on above, you won't find anyone arguing with that. He's the kind of guy who, if he either departs honourably or somehow turns this around and leaves further down the line, would be welcomed back to the club with the warmest of receptions any time he visited. The problem is that this pattern of incompetence, primarily in the non-coaching side of management, has eroded the implicit trust that many fans had in him completely. This is, of course, complete nonsense and utterly desperate stuff. Cowdenbeath were relegated because Lennon had worked miracles there, inevitably moved on and then had the better players in their squad emptied, being left with the lowest budget in the second-tier and having to replace probably their best-ever manager. They were massive favourites to struggle. In the case of St. Mirren, it was their decision to replace Lennon with Tommy Craig (a manager about whom Saints fans have almost nothing positive to say) that paid for them. Interestingly, you fail to mention his stint at Alloa which is basically exactly what has happened here but in a fraction of the timespan; massive initial improvement, better football, development of existing players and then horrific recruitment leading to a gargantuan struggle. It genuinely hurts to say it, but this story is going to have to end the same way if we're to have any chance of maintaining our League One status from here.
  4. the_bully_wee

    FIFA 22

    Should've seen my Elite division red pick. 81 rated Philadelphia Union keeper.
  5. That was tear gas to behold but to complain too much about it would be ridiculous - you only have to look at the fact that Denmark, a significantly better side than us, could only manage a breakthrough very late on to realise that the Faroes are very good at frustrating teams, particularly at home. They're also not the complete minnows they were back in 2002 etc, either.
  6. the_bully_wee

    FIFA 22

    Finished with 17 wins and in the top rank, but dear lord those rewards were absolutely dire. Bunch of fodder red picks and then a host of useless 84s and 83s from the ultimate pack. It's good to be back! At least I didn't have to wait until Thursday to be disappointed, right enough.
  7. the_bully_wee

    FIFA 22

    I'm 10-1 myself, a couple of tight games today but plenty of really early rage quits and I'd say over the piece my record is about spot on. Surprised to have started so well, and even the one I did lose I was simply out-teamed in against Mbappe, Kante etc (one of the few guys I've played so far who's done such cards any justice). Connection has been a touch better for me in the second lot of games I've played this evening and hopefully I'll be in a fit enough state to convert this strong start into a Rank II finish come Sunday. I do quite like the new format overall, had it still been a straight 30 at the weekend I'd probably not have bothered whatsoever but I might find myself entering a few WLs when time/boredom permits this year. The rewards are pretty decent, and combined with the play-off ones represent a pretty big upgrade. I'm still not sure what the script is with red picks, though (can anyone explain?) - not that I expect to ever get anyone remotely decent.
  8. the_bully_wee

    FIFA 22

    Champs servers clearly a bit of a mess again, would hope it's just the result of hype around the first WL and the fact it's a Friday night but the gameplay is so unresponsive at the moment. Off to a 5-0 flier but it's going to be a slog getting through more if it keeps up like this.
  9. the_bully_wee

    FIFA 22

    Aye, maybe worth double-checking elsewhere but I'm pretty certain you could play the PS4 standard edition simultaneously by undertaking the same steps I outlined above. Not missing out on a great deal anyway - it's pretty much just aesthetics, and definitely not ones worth almost double the price.
  10. the_bully_wee

    FIFA 22

    If you buy it digitally then yes - you couldn't do it with a physical copy as you'd need a disc to launch the game and resultantly only one of you could play at any given time. To concurrently play the same version of a digital game, you'll have to create a new user and set the 'foreign' PSN account which the game was bought from as the primary account on the other console, which will then allow other users on said console to play digital games from the primary account's library (ie. FIFA 22 Ultimate Edition). The entire thing is a mess, tbh. If you go ahead with splashing out 90 sheets then I'd recommend at least buying a wallet top-up to shave some cash off that (click).
  11. the_bully_wee

    FIFA 22

    I played mine over the weekend there (can't mind when I started) and it was a bit of a sweatfest, but I would imagine I was quite early to the party and therefore the quality was a tad skewed. Managed to win 6/8 which left one dead rubber, and my two losses were a result of Mbappe/Pele loans being brought on. I've primarily been rocking the 4-4-2 and counter-attacking on folk which has been working well for me, also gives you enough out wide that you can stretch a defence if someone's packing it and you have to be more patient. It's not quite as defensively stable as I'd like though, even with both CMs set to stay back (which they seldom do, mostly due to how I play). That Correa card is annoyingly good, I've not used him myself yet but he's a more meta option than Benzema if you're toiling. It's complicated and has taken me a while to understand what's going on; their in-game guide is absolutely horrendous. Basically, you start off in Division 10 and it is a step forward/hold/step back situation for a W/D/L, however once you reach certain checkpoints *I think* you can't then take a step back from it. Winning a streak of games will give you a x2 multiplier and propel you forward two steps for each consecutive win. In each Division, there are Rank III, II and I stages which define how many coins you get with that division's pack rewards. If you win 3 games in your current division during a week, you get what they are calling "weekly rewards", while 7 wins will grant you "upgrade rewards". If you get up to Division 1 and then progress from it, you then enter the Elite Division (not got much of a clue about that) from which you're apparently unable to get relegated until the next season begins and all of the ranks reset. I'm not sure how brutal the rank reset will be each season; I'd imagine everyone will get knocked down a few divisions or something. Much of this could be very wrong but that's what I've made of it all. Yep, unfortunately the only way to get dual entitlement this year is to fork out at least 80 quid for the ultimate edition. A bit of a disgrace when there are so many people, through no fault of their own, unable to get PS5s and who will be looking to get them during the game's cycle. I'm fortunate enough to have one but all my pals are marooned on PS4, so I just bought the PS4 standard edition.
  12. the_bully_wee

    FIFA 22

    Madness. Also incredibly annoying that you can still use loan cards in friendlies (I believe), which will once again render any future objectives based there very very tedious. I've gone on a few mad win streaks and quickly shot up to Division 2 in UT, and the squads are becoming absolutely ridiculous. I've picked up a few half decent players in packs recently, and my team atm has cost about 150k all-in (most of that being IF Barella), but I've just played a guy with a 5.5m coin team including Neymar, Mbappe and Ronaldo. This is on the PS4 version as well, not even the most relevant iteration of the game. Crazy. Rather deliciously, I won 2-0.
  13. the_bully_wee

    FIFA 22

    I had this precise problem back when I got my PS5, too, with occasional lag on some other games but regular spells of absolutely crippling lag on FIFA. After trying all sorts, including the modestly successful switch of Wi-Fi band on the PS5, I ended up just buying an ethernet cable which has completely solved the problem. Any time I've used Wi-Fi with the console since, I've experienced similar issues, so I think it's something to do with the Wi-Fi receiver in the actual console. If you can work an ethernet cable in with minimal fuss (I bought a flat one and ran it under the carpets and carpet splitters from router to console), then I would recommend going for that - any connection issues or spots of lag I've had with a wired connection have been because of the router/ISP, and downloads are now comparatively rapid. After about 6 hours of play, I'm not sure what to make of this FIFA; I appreciate a slower pace and more methodical build-up, but it feels a little too 'PES' and I really don't think the general low-scoring nature of it (unless you've mastered the broken lobbed through balls and 30-yard finesse shots) will resonate well with much of the player base. I think we'll see significant early patches to raise the effectiveness of skill moves. Contrary to the above, the best players I've played against have almost exclusively utilised a deep and narrow defence with drop back, and simply picked up from the worst spell of last year's game when the best method of defending was to manually control defensive midfielders and leave a parked-bus back four untouched until absolutely necessary. When the vast majority of folk already have a full complement of 90+ pace defenders to add to that tactic, it's making for an incredibly infuriating experience, and I'm finding myself continually done on the counter because I'm trying to play on the front foot and my 75-pace centre backs are left exposed to aforementioned through balls, and extremely pacy/pricy attackers. I always try to play a narrow 4-4-2 diamond in FIFA when it's competitive, but I'm going to have to change to a wider formation to compete with the game, and my team, in their current states. In saying that, I'm really quite exhausted by UT in general nowadays given the amount of folk who very transparently spend hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds annually to pay to win.
  14. the_bully_wee

    FIFA 22

    The teams that folk have already are frightening. Third game in, using a non-rare team I put together for 6k, I came up against a guy with Sterling, Alisson and a bunch of the more OP PL starter players (Ake, Raphinha, Oxlade-Chamberlain etc). It's been a similar theme since, even just played guys with Van Dijk (200k+). What planet are these boys living on?
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