HOW DO I BUILD MY SQUAD? – (1) THE DRAFT
We will be using a draft to select the first 4 players in everyone’s squad.There is a separate thread explaining how the draft works for those unfamiliar with draft systems. This needs to take place on a date when as many competing managers as possible can be around at the same time The plan at present is for it to take place around 10pm-ish on SATURDAY 29 JULY. (speak now if this is bad for you!!! As a last resort you can leave an ordinal lists of bid preferences with me but please try to be here yourself!)
(2) THE PLAYER AUCTION
Now that each squad has their 4 “star players” you now need to fill the other 10 spots in your squad. This is done by having a player auction. Here is a summary of how the auction will work and a few tips for you all too.
After the draft picks have been finalised the board will be opened up for each manager to start a new thread which relates to a player which you want to bid for. Each thread will just start with the players name in the title and your minimum bid (usually £2m). Bidding will then proceed similar to an Ebay auction. Anyone else interested in that player can raise that bid. After a £2m bid, the next bid must be £3m (or more); this process will continue in all player threads until the auction ends. The person who has made the highest legal bid when the auction closes will "own" that player.
The Auction can open as soon as the Draft has ended (see above) and I propose to close it around 11pm-ish on SUNDAY 6 AUGUST.
Again please let me know if time is an issue, as it can - and often is - amended to suit the majority of managers
(3) SEALED BIDS
At the end of the auction period, if you dont have a full squad of 14, you can "buy" ANY other PL player not already taken, by making a “sealed bid”. This is just a PM to me stating player wanted and how much of your remaining funds you want to bid for him.
WARNING: Please ensure that you do NOT exceed your overall budget of £100m for your squad!! I will be keeping a check on how much each manager has spent on his squad but remember you MUST have 14 players; so if for example you only have 9 players at the end of the Player Auction you must make sure your total bid on those 9 players does not exceed £90m, as you will need £10m in reserve to buy your 5 "make up numbers" players at £2m each. You should be keeping some sort of record on how much you have spent after each stage of the process.
The only limitation on who you can buy is the overall £100m limit. You can blow nearly all your money on 2-3 massive signings and have lots of “make up the numbers” players at the end @ £2m each. A more pragmatic approach would be to spend around £7-8m on each player and have a very balanced squad. A course somewhere between those 2 extremes is probably the way to go but that is where your own strategy comes into play.
Plan at present is for the Sealed Bids to close around 11pm on TUESDAY 8th AUGUST.
At this stage any players still not bought will remain in the "player pool" and will be available at £2m as “top up” signings. In case of multiple £2m bids for the same player, I will analyse each manager’s squad and then rank them by priority, so that 'weaker' squads will have preference.
You need to PM me the names of the players you are interested in and I will let you know asap if you are successful or not.
THis whole process must end by 10pm THURSDAY 10th August as the season starts on Friday night!
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