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Jul 05, 11 at 7:22am ^How do you become a "big club"....
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So my question is what mechanism (if any) needs to happen in order to make my club a big club, or at least be considered by European players when I bid for them?
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Sep 21, 12 at 9:57pm ^re: How do you become a "big club"....
Interesting question. I'm playing the original game with v2.93 GBR - patch. And by original I mean that the star players to begin with are Ronaldo, Zidane, Del Piero, Shearer, Fowler, etc. I started off with Notts Co in the 3rd division and a budget of £100 000 Now the way I understand it is that clubs/teams have two values that are relevant to your question; reputation and blend, both of which range from 1-20.
Reputation (value range: 1-20)
The rating of a club on a world scale in terms of reputation (size of club).
e.g. Man U = 17, Barcelona = 20, Juventus = 19, Coventry = 11, Average English 1st Division club = 10
Average English 3rd Division club = 5, English Non League = 3
Blend (value range 1-20)
How settled the team is in real life. The higher the number the more settled the team.
The definitions above are straight from the edithelp document that comes with the game. My theory (that I can't back up with official documentation however) is that the club's reputation value is the one that matters when it comes to players considering joining your club or not (or wanting to stay with you, if already contracted). This I guess is somehow checked in proportion to the players own reputation value which will change continuously during a season, whereas the teams value is only updated once every season. In the end, around the time of the Player- and Manager of the Year- awards. This explains why sometimes players tend to outgrow your team if they are doing well, and will want to move to a bigger club in the middle of a season.
The Blend value might have something to do with player being willing to join your club, but I think It's more like what kind of advantage a team has going in to a game, all other factors aside. Again, this is my own theory, but I think it's the blend value that makes Man U, Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus, etc so difficult to beat, especially if you are a small club. Or you might even find yourself struggling against Everton or Southampton for example, even though you are say 15 positions ahead of them in the league table... Say you would clone the entire Man U squad put these guys in Hartlepool and have the two teams play each other a bunch of times, alternating home/away... Chances are Man U will come out on top most of the times due to their high blend. And teams with high blend will not "fall through" the divisions, and end up out of the game by getting relegated from div. 3. At least that's what I think
A final thing that might influence whether a player is willing to sit down and discuss a contract with you is your reputation as a Manager. You always start off at [ok] and can get up to [superb] and these ratings can be found under Manager info within the game. However, manager rep is also a numeric value between 1-200.
Notts Co starts the game off with rep. = 5 and blend = 0, and my performance so far is;
97/98: Team rep. = 7 and blend = 6, Manager rep. = 85,
Finished 1st in 3rd div. / FA Cup 4th rnd / League Cup 3rd rnd / Auto Windsc. Shield Area SemiF.
£23M at seasons end
98/99: Team rep. = 9 and blend = 6, Manager rep. = 84 (-1 despite promotion!?),
Finished 1st in 2nd div. / FA Cup 4th rnd / League Cup 4th rnd / Auto Windsc. Sield Area QuarterF.
£25M at seasons end
99/00: Team rep. = 11 and blend = 6, Manager rep. = 95,
Finished 2nd in 1st div. / FA Cup 2nd place / League Cup 4th rnd
£36M at seasons end
00/01: Team rep. = 11 and blend = 6, Manager rep. = 107,
Finished 1st in Premier League. / FA Cup QuarterF. / League Cup QuarterF. / Cup Winner's Cup Winner
£49M at seasons end
01/02 -october: Team rep. = 12 and blend = 6, Manager rep = 200,
Managed to sign Michael Owen in the pre.season. Won the Charity Shield
Conclusion: So even preforming quite well will only raise your clubs reputation about a point or two per season, and as you can see my blend is stuck at 6 which seems to be the value that the computer set it to from the start of the game. Winning PL and the Cup Winners Cup maximized manager rep., but didn't do all that much to team values. Oh well, I'll just keep at it. By the way, don't know if it factors into the equation but, I received Manager of the year awards 3/4 seasons (the years Notts Co won the league) and had the top scoring Striker in the league every season so far, no other individual awards though... I don't think I've been able to sign a player from any lower division team using his big-club release clause, so Notts Co is not considered a "Big club" yet.
If anyone else has any clue to these things or can point out errors in my thoughts above, please don't hesitate to write
When I play I use CMX v 1.0 save game ed. to be able to see hidden values, but I never cheat using [shift]+[*] or manipulate data in any way.
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