I am really pleased to introduce you to a new member of the team here at Come on the Oviedo. In the short time I have been doing this I have wanted to give other bloggers a chance to get their stuff out there, and Nathan is the first one I have found that I feel compelled to share with people.
Tomorrow I will be posting the first blog that Nathan has written for this site, but I wanted to get to know him a little beforehand so I got him to answer a few questions.
Chris: Hey Nathan, welcome to the Come on the Oviedo team. Straight off the bat mate, tell my followers who you are?
Nathan: I’m a football obsessed, long-term Football Manager playing, recent graduate looking to make a break as a football writer. I’m a huge Swansea fan and a proud Welshman, and I love watching, reading and writing about football.
Chris: What has your greatest save been to date?
Nathan: Undoubtedly, it has to be my last save on FM14. I took Coventry from League One, to the edge of European football, before being offered the dream job at Barca, where I went on to win everything. The best bit was bringing through a 15-year old centre-back, who ended up being my captain at the Nou Camp. Happy days.
Chris: What has been your biggest FM failure so far?
Nathan: On FM13, I had a great career with Blackburn, taking them to the Champions League. Doesn’t sound like much of a failure, right? But one season, the board offered me the measly sum of £8 million as a transfer budget. Having recently been offered jobs elsewhere, I figured I would be better off elsewhere. I handed in my resignation, and spent two years in unemployment before Championship Sunderland took me on. We were relegated that season, and I was promptly sacked.
Chris: Who are you managing in FM15, and why?
Nathan: I’ve really struggled to get into a decent game so far, but I’m currently trying out Southampton and aiming to develop their youngsters into world-beaters. It’s not going well.
Chris: For you, what has been the best addition to FM15 and why?
Nathan: I’m a big fan of the touchline team-talks, they’ve come in handy a few times when my team are chasing a late goal. Also, the 3D match engine seems to be much improved. This is the first version of the game where I’ve been able to bear watching the game in 3D.
Chris: Equally, what has been the worst?
Nathan: Definitely the new tactics screen. I think compared to last year, it’s gone slightly backwards, since we’ve lost the ability to change roles on the pitch screen. There’s been plenty of good features, but that part of the game hasn’t improved, for me.
So, that’s Nathan – you can follow him on Twitter @nathdavidlewis
As well as blogs from Nathan I hope to announce a few more signings to the team over the next week or so, including one of Europe’s most forward thinking tactical analysts!
After Boxing Day I will also be publishing some interviews with a few FM15 legends, so keep your eyes peeled for them!
Nathan’s first blog will be online tomorrow.