THIS IS GETTING ridiculous. It's now seemingly impossible for a football management game be sent in for review without it being accompanied by protestations that it's not trying to compete with Football Manager. What this
actually means is: 'We know our game is nowhere near as good as FM, so please don't piss all over it.'
While LMA07 isn't anywhere near FM's league, it's a huge improvement over the risible LMA Professional Manager 2005 and boasts a host of improvements that manage to make it a vaguely viable alternative to Sports Interactive's all-conquering series.
There's a decent number of leagues to be played, player stats are passable, while wheeling and dealing in the transfer market is a fairly entertaining affair. What's more, the presentation is slick and some great news reports help bring the world to life.
The basic team, tactical and training options are perfect for the less hardcore management enthusiast, despite the poor layout of player stats and the slightly clunky interface. In fact, it's not till you get on the pitch that the real problems arise.
While the 3D matches are vaguely novel for the fi rst ten minutes and feature plenty of nice TV-coverage touches, you simply can't escape the feeling that your tactics - and more importantly your tactical changes - have little or no bearing on the proceedings. And after watching a few games, you soon realise that the action is about as thrilling as watching The Dog & Twat vs The Hairless Badger Inn on a rainy Sunday morning.
There's certainly some promise here, but even as an alternative to the Football Manager series, it still only just warrants your attention.