Always White and Blue! – The Club

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Greetings once again. Today I hope to do a few updates. Firstly, we are going to have a brief look at the club itself to get an idea of how they are represented in FM and how that aligns with my plans for this career. 1860, as you will see, have some great potential to overtake Bayern as the premier club in Germany. Secondly we shall be having an in depth look at the squad. There are some good kids and younger players in the group who we hope will form the spine of the club as we move towards our goals. The players section shall be broken into parts to avoid a wall of text and allow for a closer look at any players of interest. The breakdown will be by position groups with the goalkeepers being lumped in with the defenders.

After we have been through all this, we shall have a look at the tactics that we hope to employ with Die Löwen. As a little spoiler, it seems that we are blessed(?) with a plethora of defensive forwards. Anyways, onto the club!

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As we can clearly see, 1860 Munich have a strong base for a 2.Bundesliga club. However this comes with potential issues. Playing in the massive Allianz Arena is a double edged sword as we will need to keep attendances high in order to go some way to paying the ruinous rent that we are responsible for, but the stadium can certainly accept those numbers.

The thing that will no doubt spring to your attention is the amount of debt. We are carrying £26 million pounds of it. That’s a lot. That’s a helluva lot! We don’t have to worry about this quite yet as the loan only kicks in when we are back in the Bundesliga. Given that our intention is to get there as soon as possible it may be a small window of breathing space. But that’s OK, we like a challenge.

The facilities are nothing short of excellent. Especially for our division. We have impressive training facilities and superb youth facilities. The club currently has around £18 million pounds in funds and has given me around £6.4 million to spend in transfers. But I hope to be somewhat selective with transfers as the facilities will require constant investment to retain their efficacy.

National reputation is about par for the course, but with the inherent fanbase one would expect it to be not too difficult to raise this to continental.

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As we have essentially covered the facilities above, this section is here more to remind you all of the onerous obligations imposed on us by our red, %%$**&# overlord. £2.58 million pounds a year. The sooner we get into our own stadium the better.

As for our youth focus, we can see that we have well established youth recruitment and average junior coaching. We need to improve the youth coaching part as soon as possible and I will be asking the board to put more money into that when I can. Oddly, the board philosophy was to “sign high profile players”. I am having no truck with that philosophy and will be seeking to have the philosophies pertaining to signing lots of youth players installed when that meeting happens in a few days.

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£18 million in the bank. Nice!

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Around £1.6 million in sponsorship per season which will go up 35% when reaching the Bundesliga. Nice!

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£25.84 million loan. Repayable upon promotion to the Bundesliga. £215,000 per month until 2026??!?!? Not so nice. In fact, That is almost £1 million pounds more than our sponsorships are bringing in. *mutter*

So, good and bad, yin and yang (to get all hipster on you). 1860 has it all! As of this point it is more than likely that we need to get to the Bundesliga as soon as humanly possible even if it means that we start paying that loan off. The projections make for grim reading indeed.

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Naturally these projections will change as time goes by, but seeing a balance of £32.59 million in the red by the end of the 2018/19 season is not for the faint of heart.

Well, that’s all for this update. Stay tuned for the positional breakdowns coming up next. There are some young starlets and an older star having a final swansong. Some of you know who this is. But it may prove to be an interesting surprise!

FÜR IMMER WEIß UND BLAU!

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