FM22: Millwall FC (Part 1)

Millwall FC Part One

Welcome to Part One of my last FM22 blog save which is with Millwall FC. I had originally started the save in the 3rd season 2023-2024 however due to an unfortunate error I have decided to restart the save from season 1 2021-2022.

MILLWALL FC 2021-2022

So it’s the summer of 2021 and Michael Van Skidder has been appointed as the manager of Millwall FC. The club have parted company with Gary Rowett after leading them to an 11th placed finish in the EFL Championship. I am starting the save with the first transfer window turned off.

Media Prediction 13th    Board Expectation Mid Table
FA Cup 4th Rd                   Carabao Cup 3rd Rd
Transfer Budget £0          Wage Budget £232,040 pw
Total Wage Cost £14.38m 
Net Debt £89m Gift loan payable on chairman departure

Players In on season long loan

Daniel Ballard from Arsenal (£3000 pw) DC
Sheyi Ojo from Liverpool (£17,500 pw) AM RLC
Luke Freeman from Sheff Utd (£15,000 pw) AM LC
Oliver Burke from Sheff Utd (13,250 pw) AMR FC
Benik Afobe from Stoke City (£6,750 pw) FC AM L

Contracts Expiring 2022
Alex Pearce DC (£8,000 pw)  (32) ⭐⭐⭐
Mason Bennett AM LCR FC  (£3,500pw) (25) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mahlon Romeo DWB R  (£6,000 pw) (25) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Maikel Kieftenbeld DM CM (£12,000 pw) (31) ⭐⭐⭐
Jed Wallace AM R FC (£12,000 pw) (27) ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Staff Additions
Assistant Manager  Dennis Bergkamp 🇳🇱
Head Of Youth Development Ged Roddy
Coach Jorge Andrade  🇵🇹
Director of Football Goran Vucevic 🇭🇷
Technical Director Nicky Butt
Chief Scout Steve Hitchen
Physio Falk Louwers 🇳🇱

Tactics

We are starting with two formations a 433 and 4231. The 433 is a lower intensity system were the 4231 is based on an higher tempo with both system using higher defensive lines and higher lines of engagement. The 433 is my go to formation however the 4231 is a good go to system if we need to up the intensity.

My main goal is to take Millwall in to Europe before the end of the FM22 cycle, if I don’t then I will consider it a failure despite the effort that I will be putting in to the save. Before thinking about a European adventure the club needs to get out of the EFL Championship unless we do the unthinkable and win a domestic cup. In terms of the squad I think with the loan signings we have a solid squad with the likes of Jake Cooper and Shaun Hutchinson with back up from the experienced Alex Pearce and on loan Daniel Ballard marshaling the central defence strata in front of Bialkowski between the sticks and both Murray Wallace and Scott Malone covering at left back. The right back area will be covered by utility men Ryan Leonard and Maikel Kieftenbeld in the absence of the injured Danny McNamara and Mahlon Romeo who is currently out on loan.

George Saville, Billy Mitchell and George Evans will look after the central midfield area with the option of Luke Freeman dropping in to a deeper position. Out on the flanks we look to have some quality options in Jed Wallace, Oliver Burke, Sheyi Ojo, Connor Mahoney, Mason Bennett and the promising Tyler Burey all capable of feeding our centre forward in either Tom Bradshaw or Benik Afobe whilst Wallace, Bennett, Burke and Burey can all cover the central forward role.

I am treating to create a good team cohesion with a squad of players who I would like to stick together over the next few seasons. I very much would like to renew contracts for Jed Wallace, Mason Bennett and Mahlon Romeo who have all entered their final year.

In terms of looking forward I am trying to turn us in to a club who can develop the quality players that can take the club forward over the coming years and beyond. The transfer market will be an area that will depend on the ability of our scouting network to identify talent that fits in to our philosophy. A rule that I will be adhering to is that I can only sign players that the scouting network identifies making it imperative that our scouts are up to the task.

I know from previous saves potentially the club could be part of a takeover in the future which in return could bring another dimension to the Den but until that moment in time we have a plan to get Millwall in to the top tier and Europe without any tycoon takeover.

Pre-Season

We had just 5 fixtures to give the squad playing time to hit the ground running for our season opener at Queens Park Rangers. Our training camp was over in Ireland where we had 3 warm up games with the first against University City Of Dublin which gave me an opportunity to have a good look at both our first team squad and youth prospects in a match that I used 22 players over the 90 minutes with a number of first team players yet to join up with the rest of the squad due to still being on holiday. It was a game that we had dominated without getting the goals that we should have but a 2-1 win was less important than getting playing time in to the legs of the squad. A goal in each half via Oliver Burke and Tom Bradshaw was enough to give us the victory. I was impressed with the work rate of our 20 year old forward Tyrese Briscoe who led the line very well in Dublin.

Match number 2 of the training camp took us to the North of Dublin and Tolka Park the home of Shelbourne FC who are managed by the one and only Damien Duff the former Irish International. Like our first game I decided to give game time to 22 players in an easy 4-0 win that saw goals from 3 loan players Benik Afobe (16,28), Oliver Burke (50) and Sheyi Ojo (88).

Tolka Park

Our third and final game in Ireland saw us run riot against Crumlin United winning 11-0 at their Pearse Park ground. Tom Bradshaw was the pick of the bunch netting 4 times all scored within the first 37 minutes of the game.

A return to England and a return from holiday for both Jed Wallace and Jake Cooper who joined the squad ahead of our 4th warm up games this time at The Den against Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs sent a mixed team of experience and youth for the televised local derby that saw us get off to a flying start with 3 goals inside the first half hour from Tyler Burey, Jake Cooper and Luke Freeman firing us in to a 3-0 lead. Spurs hit back in the second half with two goals but we held on for a 3-2 win.

Tyler Burey

We rounded our Pre-Season off with a 1-0 win at The Den against Charlton Athletic with close to our 1st choice line up that will kick the season off at Loftus Road against QPR next weekend. Tom Bradshaw got the only goal of the game in the first half. We played with the 433 formation which we will start the season with and although we only got a 1-0 win we looked fluid in our shape.

Pre-Season Results

Thank you for reading

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