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    Eek. It will be hard to get in the CL now

    Our defence is awful

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    It's rather long, this update - you might need refreshments!

    Update 71

    Years: 5, Months: 71, Days: 2154

    The season is now completed, and the managers will turn their eyes to Brazil. But first, let me tell you how each of them fared this month.

    Spain is to be our starting point, a country where Haowan Madridstas confirmed Barcelona’s status as title winners this month. Wins over Recreativo, Athletic and Tenerife were sufficient for the La Liga crown to be heading to the Nou Camp this season. Meanwhile, Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid will definitely be finishing in 5th place, a fact that will become meaningless if they turn out to have won the Champions League. Title winners Barcelona also participated in the Copa del Rey final which took place in Valencia.

    Road to the Final – Copa del Rey
    Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona started their cup campaign in the Fourth Round, beating Universidad LP 12-0 over two legs. An away draw at Racing in the Fifth Round was trumped by a 2-0 home victory, a victory matched in the away leg at Mallorca in the next round. A 4-1 win in the return leg ensured the islanders were beaten 1-6 on aggregate, and a tie against Getafe followed. Barca won 1-0 at home, and Getafe could only draw in the return leg, sending Madridstas and his team into the final.

    Josep Guardiola’s Atlético Madrid also started their cup campaign in the Fourth Round, where their away victory over Huesca was greater than their home one. They began with a 3-0 away victory, rounding the tie off for a 5-0 aggregate win, and then travelled to Sevilla to beat Maz Armley’s team 2-1. When Sevilla came a-visiting, Atlético thumped them 3-0, but their Quarter Final tie was a lot closer. After defeating Recreativo 2-0 at home, the away leg saw their opponents triumph 3-1. Fortunately, away goals saved Guardiola and allowed him a tie with his cross-city rivals, Real Madrid. The giants could only win 2-1 at the Bernabéu, meaning that Atlético’s 3-1 victory in the return leg carried them into the Final.
    Valencia’s five-year-old Nuevo Mestalla would host the Final, and it was just nine short of capacity. 74,991 fans cheered on their teams, and it took just four minutes for Barcelona to seize the lead, with Marquinhos’s head doing the damage. By half time Haowan Madridstas’s side were 3-0 up, courtesy of a goal from Alberto Aquilani and another from Marquinhos, and Atlético’s dream looked in tatters. They came back fighting, and grabbed a goal back through Victor Irineu nine minutes after the restart, and although it took some time, Barcelona restored their lead with a Lionel Messi penalty 10 minutes from time. Keirrison grabbed yet another goal back for Atlético three minutes later, but then after a second three minute had elapsed, Marquinhos completed his hattrick and put the game to bed.

    Barcelona also took part in the Champions League final, with Real Madrid making up their opponents.

    Road to the Final – Champions League
    Needless to say, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona commenced their Champions League crusade in the Group Stages. Celtic, Napoli and Man United formed their Group H. Despite a strong start with a 2-0 home win over United, two consecutive draws came away to the other two teams. Yet a 3-1 victory over Celtic put fans at ease slightly, although a trip to Old Trafford resulted in a 1-2 loss. Finally, Napoli visited and were beaten 3-1, allowing Barcelona to enter the Round of 16 and play A.C. Milan, a team they beat 3-0 at home in the first leg. Unfortunately, the second leg saw the Italians win 2-0, but Barca scraped through.

    Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid also started their campaign in the Group Stage, being the Defending Champions and the La Liga winners. Tottenham, Marseille and AEK Athens were their groupmates, and aside from a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane, Real won every game. Their only conceded goal was in a 2-1 home victory over Marseille, having won 3-0 at the Stade Vélodrome. This allowed them a Round of 16 tie against PSV Eindhoven, Dutch opponents which they dismissed 6-0 with a 4-0 home win, allowing a tie against cross-town rivals Atlético Madrid. A draw away set up the tie for a Real progression, which was achieved by virtue of a 4-0 home victory, powering them into the semifinals.

    Barcelona’s Quarter Final opponents were Manchester City. The Catalonians won the first leg, in Spain, 2-1, and City could only draw 1-1 back in Manchester, powerless to stop Barcelona reaching the Arsenal tie in the Semi Final. A 1-3 defeat at the Emirates looked like the end for the Spanish club; they would have to satiate themselves with five Champions League finals in a row. But this was not so: they won 4-1 in Spain to dump their strong English opponents out. Real Madrid, meanwhile, faced a second Spanish opponent, drawing 0-0 at Valencia and winning 2-1 at home to secure their Final place.
    The Olympiastadion in Berlin, home to Hertha, was just one short of capacity as 72,219 fans watched home referee Wolfgang Stark preside the meeting between the two Spanish giants. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid made the stronger start, but it wasn’t as soon as Barcelona started in the Copa del Rey final, taking the lead 27 minutes in thanks to a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar placement. Eight minutes later, things went from bad to worse for Haowan Madridstas, who saw Xavi given a second yellow card and therefore a red. Barcelona’s challenge for the match subsequently began to peter out, but it wasn’t until the 65th minute that Real doubled their lead, Huntelaar scoring again, with the 2-0 victory being sufficient for their third consecutive Champions League, and being good enough to qualify them next year despite their fifth-placed finish.

    But that’s enough of Spain. Let’s pop over to Italy, to ogle at the conclusion of their season. Ben Cee’s Inter secured their second consecutive Serie A title, winning all three of their games this month. Ben Taylor could not compete, winning one, drawing one and losing the third. They finished in 3rd place, while Mikey Twigge’s Palermo overcame the challenge and seized Roma’s initial 4th-place haven, having won three of four played games this month. Lord Weeman’s Napoli finished just behind Roma in 6th and won two from three in May, and they were followed by Tyler Burrows’s Udinese, who just missed out on a Europa League place. They achieved two 1-0 wins and lost their other two matches by that same scoreline this month, and despite finishing a place below their expected position, Burrows is Very Secure.

    Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina may have been disappointed over their failure to capture the Scudetto, but they still had a chance to prove themselves in the Coppa Italia final.

    Road to the Final – Coppa Italia
    The adventure started, logically, in the First Round for Arsène Wenger’s Juventus. They hosted Empoli and beat the eventually-relegated team 2-0. What followed was a trip to A.C. Milan, won remarkably, 2-1. The Semi Final paired them in Milan again, against Inter, to whom they lost the first leg away, 1-2. But a 1-0 home victory ensured progression on away goals. Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina also kicked out their pursuit in the First Round, beating Atalanta 2-1 at home. They achieved another home tie in the Second Round, enabling them to see off Reggina 4-1. A 2-2 draw at Udinese was a good result in the first leg of their Semi Final, allowing a 2-1 victory at home which was good enough for a place in the Final.
    34 fans couldn’t make it to their seats for the Final, but there was a strong crowd of 81,159. The match was destined to be a grizzly affair, and I don’t just say that because I have already seen it and it is a grizzly affair. Sébastien Bassong powered Juvé into the lead 23 minutes in, and then it all kicked off. Luca Cigarini found himself dismissed in the 34th minute, leaving Ben Taylor and his team one man down. After the break, Juventus added a second, with Hulk scoring, and waited considerably for that goal before getting the numbers of players level again. Mohamed Sissoko saw himself red-carded one minute after the goal, in the 52nd minute, and in the 66th minute Djamel Bakar was scythed and had to be taken off injured. Fortunately for Arsène Wenger, he hadn’t made any substitutions, so he could bring on Claudio Marchisio and hold out for the cup with 10 men, which he did.

    Mikey Twigge’s Palermo will have been delighted at their ability to sneak into the Champions League spots. But they had the chance to prove themselves once again and move their season from great to epic, by competing for the Europa League in the Netherlands.

    Road to the Final – Europa League
    Martin Jol’s Hamburger SV started their European season in the Fourth Qualifying Round. They met Rubin Kazan, and after beating the Russians 4-0 at home, won 3-1 in Kazan to propel themselves into the Group Stage. They were drawn into Group F among Bordeaux, Loko from Sofia and Lokomotiv Moscow. They won their first three games, including a 6-0 victory in Bulgaria, and managed a very credible 2-2 draw in the most difficult game in France. They then thrashed Loko again as they travelled to Germany, 9-0 this time, and with qualification in first place secured, they drew 1-1 at Lokomotiv Moscow. They were then given English opponents in the form of West Ham, and a 1-1 draw at Upton Park was followed by a 1-0 victory in Germany for a narrow but well-deserved tie win.

    Mikey Twigge’s Palermo also started in the Fourth Qualifying Round, against obscure Norwegian team Vålerenga. Two 1-0 victories were sufficient for progression. The Italians then met Dortmund, Lyon and Germinal Beerschot in their Group E. Despite opening with a 2-2 draw in Germany, Palermo started very well, beating Lyon 3-2, Germinal 2-0 and Dortmund 3-1 within their first four games. Their trip to France was tough, as expected, with Twigge’s team falling 1-3 to Lyon, but a 2-0 home win over Germinal in the final game ensured that they would top the group instead of their French opponents. This gave them a good Round of 32 matchup, against Standard Liege, and following a 1-1 draw in Belgium, Palermo won 4-1 at home to make the Last 16 with ease. Here they faced Zenit Saint Petersburg, and it was a long slog to the finish line. A 1-1 draw in Russia handed Palermo the advantage, but Twigge and his side couldn’t capitalise, drawing 0-0 at home. Away goals came to the rescue, however, putting them into the Quarter Finals.

    HSV’s Round of 16 tie was against another English side, Roy Hodgson’s Fulham. A 1-3 loss at Craven Cottage may have looked decisive, but as Fulham themselves proved against Juventus in real life, it wasn’t, as Jol’s team 3-0 at home to send out their English opponents. They achieved their Last Four place over fellow Germans Schalke 04 by winning 1-0 away, leaving a 1-1 home draw as a perfectly satisfactory result. Palermo, meanwhile, lost 0-2 at Anfield but stunned their illustrious opponents Liverpool 3-0 in the return leg to make the Semi Finals. Here they faced Celtic, and lost 1-3 at Celtic Park. All was not lost, as they had shown against Liverpool and as Hamburg had shown against Fulham. A 2-0 return victory sent home to Scots. And Palermo’s opponents for the final were decided when Hamburg beat Zaragoza 3-2 at home. It looked like the Spaniards were likely to seize the initiative to win, but a 1-1 draw meant that it was Jol’s side who made the final.
    Ajax’s Amsterdam ArenA hosted the match, in which 51,627 fans saw Hamburg take the early lead. Just 12 minutes in, Brazilian Alex Silva made a sparkling run from the halfway line and passed the ball past Palermo’s keeper’s legs. It looked like the Germans would romp to victory, but things stayed as they were until half time. Just after the restart, Palermo grabbed the lucky break and equalised via Edgar Cani. But before too long, HSV had restored their lead, with regen Bernd Böhm striking from 20 yards out. Two sensational goals weren’t enough to dampen Palermo’s spirits, as they fought their way back into the game, and levelled seven minutes from time thanks to Edison Cavani. Neither side could win before the ninety minutes, so extra time came, and was used wisely by Palermo who, in the 99th minute, had Brazilian attacking midfielder Alex unmarked in the box during a swift counter-attack. Alex placed the ball past Hamburg’s keeper to take the lead, and the German’s couldn’t fight back in the remaining 21 minutes, meaning Palermo had done it! They had won the Europa League!

    And last, and probably least this seasn, we come to England. The country had a bit of a fail in Europe this season, despite entering numerous clubs. All did well, but none made the elite step up to any finals, whereas Spain had two finalists, Italy had one, and even chasers Germany had one. In the Champions League, Arsenal made the Semi Final and Man United, Tottenham and Man City the Quarter Final. In the Europa League, Portsmouth, Liverpool and Chelsea made the Quarter Final, Fulham made the Last 16 and West Ham made the Last 32. Chelsea had the chance to qualify for Europe in the FA Cup final over Man United. Even if they lost, United had already secured Champions League qualification, meaning that Chelsea, as 7th-placed team, would take the Europa League spot. Lawrence Lazewski’s team did win the match though, with Amauri scoring either side of Wayne Rooney’s goal to seal the trophy, 2-1.

    So that’s it. The season came to a glorious close, and now the focus is absolutely directed towards South America. Can Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Brazil deliver a seventh title? Can Saul Goode’s Wales live up to the expectations (which, frankly, are nil)? Can Raymond Domenech’s France make a second consecutive final? All these questions, and more, are soon to be answered…

    Manager of the Update
    Although he got it last month, he has been managing well.

    Mikey Twigge, Palermo

    takes the award again, having won the Europa League and sneaked into a Champions League spot. To be honest, none of his competitors were good enough this month. Haowan Madridstas secured the league and the cup, but suffered a meltdown for the third time in a row in the Champions League final, and although Lucas Volman did win that trophy, elsewhere he was rather disappointing. Ben Cee at Inter also had a good month, of course, winning a second consecutive Scudetto. But Twigge has been so good this month it would be an injustice not to give this to him.

    Job Securities
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       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2154
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2154
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Very Secure   2154
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Very Secure   2154
         - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Very Secure   2154
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Very Secure   2154
         - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Very Secure   2154
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   2154
       9th Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure        2154
      10th fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Insecure      2154
      11th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Very Insecure 2154
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Phew, very secure. That's a relief.

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    Insecure

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    'mon not being sacked.

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    Up to Mery Secure, much better!! The worries I had are now erased

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    Champions!

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    League tables are on their way in the next one of these posts (three updates' time).

    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
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      1st  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   +581
      2nd +1 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal     +465
      3rd -1 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid +462
      4th  0 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter       +368
      5th  0 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City    +339

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    Glad to see us claim another Premiership title. Couldn't believe we got knocked out of the FA Cup, and then to lose 4-1 in Spain against Barca to miss out on the Champions League Final was a bitter pill to swallow.

    It's good to see us have such a good goal difference despite conceding a hell of a lot of goals.

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    World Cup Preview

    All eyes turn to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. The ultimate prize in football will be contested in the next two months, with, naturally, only one winner. Brazil are the favourites to retain the Jules Rimet trophy, being on home soil, and I’d be surprised if we didn’t see a few very big wins for the World number 4s. Let’s take a group-by-group analysis of the teams competing, and canvey!!’s official picks to make it through to the next round.

    We’ll start in a natural place to do so, Group A. This is where the hosts get drawn, so obviously Brazil are here. They are teamed up against some good, but not remarkable teams. Croatia will be representing Europe in one of three groups with only one UEFA team. 2012 African Cup of Nations Runners-up Egypt will be representing Africa, and the perennial Mexico are also in this group. Brazil will also qualify with ease, and I don’t think Egypt will be able to close the gap. Croatia are my favourites for the second place.

    The big gun in Group B is a European one: Vicente Del Bosque’s Spain. Romania are the other team from Europe here, and they are on the rise, having made an appearance in Euro 2012 too. Ghana represent Africa and Chile bring South America to the table, hoping to cause an upset against their founders. Spain will obviously walk the group, with ease, but it isn’t too easy to make a second-placed prediction. Romania didn’t score a goal at the Euros, I’d rule them out straight away. Chile and Ghana will fight a tough battle, and I’m going to plump for Ghana on this one, knowing that it will now probably be Chile.

    Another South American team looking to prove themselves in Group C; Ecuador. They’ll face off against South Korea, as well as Portugal and Saul Goode’s Wales. Portugal will qualify, and not just because they speak the lingo. Currently ranked 5th in the world, they were top last June and won Euro 2012. Their youth teams are also very good. I think Ecuador will fall apart when it comes to the actual finals, and South Korea will grab it ahead of a Wales side that aren’t too shabby.

    A very sexy group is Group D, and I’m not just saying that. Argentina, presently South America’s best side and the world’s second-best, will have opposition in the form of are-they-Oceanian-are-they-Asian Australia, and are-they-European-are-they-Asian Turkey. Jamaica also give a nice bit of reggae pizzazz to the group. That’s correct, I did just use four ‘z’s in one word. Argentina are the clear favourites to finish top, but I don’t think it will be all plain sailing. They’ll win all their games, sure, but no huge wins, just nice and simple, but narrow, victories. Jamaica won’t make it; they’re only good for bobsleighing and the 100m, and Australia will fall short of the mark, allowing Turkey to qualify in second place.

    Only two letters are used to begin the names of the countries in Group E. We have just one European team here, like in Groups D and A, and that is the Czech Republic. We are also graced with the presence of the very first World Cup winners, Uruguay, and their not-too-far-away American neighbours, the United States. Finally, an African representative in Cameroon. This is a nice group with plenty of opportunites for all. I don’t think Cameroon will be able to get themselves firing, and instead that the Czech Republic will make a sweet Second Round tie for whoever draws them. The United States are my other favourite to go through, probably in first place, with Uruguay missing out in third.

    Group F is an interesting one, with two clear candidates for progression and two clear candidates for implosion. Germany and the Netherlands are the two European teams here, and what teams! The Rest of the World teams that will be trying to stop them are Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. The Nigerians aren’t half-bad, but they’re not too great either, and will offer limited resistance. Saudi Arabi, sorry Saudis, but they aren’t worth talking about. The Netherlands should win the group with Germany in second, and seven points each seems a likely combination.

    3rd-ranked team Italy are among the competitors in Group G, with Norway being the other European one. The teams attempting to curtail them will be Africa’s Ivory Coast and Asia’s Japan. Not bad teams, but not good enough for Italy, although there will be an interesting battle for third place. I think it will be close, and I almost don’t want to make a prediction. The Ivory Coast reluctantly get my vote.

    At last, the group you’ve all been waiting for, the group of the world’s best team, at least according to the rankings, France. They are in Group H with some interesting opponents; Iran, Peru and Russia. Of course I fully expect France to qualify without so much as a blemish, and they may well reach their third consecutive World Cup final, and it’s not too difficult to choose the second-placed team too. They beat England in the playoff to qualify, and Russia are surely going to qualify again. Peru will salvage some dignity but Iran will be left blushing.

    So, those are the teams. Let’s see just how badly I mess up my predictions, in the next update.

    A summary of my picks for group qualification (in order of my expected finishing position, too):

    Group A: Brazil, Croatia
    Group B: Spain, Ghana
    Group C: Portugal, South Korea
    Group D: Argentina, Turkey
    Group E: United States, Czech Republic
    Group F: Netherlands, Germany
    Group G: Italy, Ivory Coast
    Group H: France, Russia

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    Update 72 and World Cup Update
    Years: 6, Months: 72, Days: 2184

    Well, it’s only natural that I start with the World Cup, given that literally nothing happened to any of our managers this month.

    Both Brazil and Croatia started off by doing well to move towards making my prediction correct, although the hosts and holders didn’t come flying out of the blocks like I had anticipated. Croatia achieved a 2-1 victory over Egypt, while Brazil beat Mexico 1-0. In Group B also, the two sides I had predicted to progress started off with wins; Ghana beat Chile 1-0 and Spain beat Romania 3-0. And Group C also followed the same pattern. Portugal beat Saul Goode’s Wales 2-0 and South Korea thumped their South American opponents Ecuador 3-0.

    In Group D both of my predicted sides couldn’t win, as Argentina and Turkey were playing each other. But that didn’t stop one hell of a mighty surprise, and my prediction that Argentina wouldn’t win by huge margins wasn’t too far off – Turkey beat them 2-0. Australia also confirmed my suspicions of jazzy Jamaica not being very good by beating them 3-1. Once again my two teams played each other in Group E, with the Czech Republic and the United States drawing 1-1. Cameroon beat Uruguay 2-1. Nigeria did end up putting up some opposition in Group F, holding the Netherlands to a 1-1 draw. Germany capitalised on that opportunity by beating Saudi Arabia 3-1. Italy were facing my other predicted side in Group G, beating the Ivory Coast 2-0, while Japan inched past Norway, 1-0. And in Group H, Peru, who probably wouldn’t have made it here without their continent hosting the competition, held World #1s France to a 1-1 draw. Russia were also held, flabbergastingly, by Iran, a match which finished goalless.

    In Group A, Brazil ended up with two more 1-0 wins, which rubbishes my theory of them winning every game in style, but they did, naturally, qualify top. The wheels on Croatia’s wagon came loose as they lost 1-2 to Mexico in their second game, with their final one being that Brazil one. Mexico only needed to draw 0-0 with Egypt to qualify in second place. Group B, meanwhile, saw Spain record a second 3-0 victory, over Chile, and then a 4-1 one over Ghana. Ghana had beaten Romania 1-0 and so, true to my prediction, qualified in second place, with Romania beating Chile 2-1 in the final game to take third.

    My predictions also came true in Group C, with Portugal struggling ever so slightly against South Korea, but still winning 2-1, and then beating Ecuador 3-0. Ecuador managed to pick up a point against Saul Goode’s Wales, with Neal Eardley scoring Wales’ goal in a 1-1 draw, and the only home nation in the tournament lost their final game 1-2 to South Korea, Ched Evans scoring. In Group D I was also proven correct, although the teams did not finish in the order I had anticipated. Turkey’s win over Argentina in the opening game set them up for first with a 0-0 draw with Australia and a 2-1 win over Jamaica. Argentina beat both Jamaica and Australia, 3-0 and 3-1 respectively, to regain dignity and make the Second Round.

    Once again, Nostradamus canvey!! is correct with his prediction of Group E. Sure enough, the United States trumped the Czech Republic to first place but both qualified for the next round. Following their 1-1 draw with the Czechs, the Americans went on to beat Cameroon 3-0 and then drew 1-1 again, this time with Uruguay. The Czech Republic also drew 1-1 with Uruguay, and achieved a narrow 1-0 victory over the Africans to get into second place. Amazingly, in Group F, the Netherlands finished bottom of the group in an abysmal campaign that will surely see Frank Rijkaard sacked. Drawing with Nigeria was only the start of it: that was the only point they picked up. They couldn’t quite catch up Germany in a game that the Germans won 3-2, and that was the case again in the Dutch game against Saudi Arabia, although the Saudis did snatch that one by scoring their third goal in the 90+1st minute. Nigeria beat Saudi Arabia 3-0 but suffered the reverse against Germany, putting Germany through first and Nigeria second.

    Group G went exactly to plan, with Italy beating Japan 4-1 before drawing 0-0 with Norway, securing their progress in first place. The Ivory Coast drew 3-3 with Norway but a nice and comprehensive 3-0 victory over Japan made sure that they also made the Second Round. And finally, in Group H, things did indeed happen as expected despite a weird opening pair of matches. France and Russia drew 1-1 with each other, while Peru beat Iran 1-0, but both France and Russia won in the final game, 5-0 over Iran and 2-1 over Peru respectively, in order to make sure they both made the next round.

    We’ll take a breather from the World Cup action to scour for something, anything, to share about our managers. Both the English and the Italian leagues reset this month, but Tom Smith’s Arsenal aren’t the bookies’ favourites to capture a third successive title. Instead, Liam Ferguson’s Man City are believed to be capable of taking top spot. Tottenham are expected to finish 5th again which, if true, would mean another season without Champions League football, not that Spurs can’t cope. Newcomers Ipswich are expected to drop straight back down in 20th place, but Birmingham and Stoke are said to be capable of staying up. Instead, West Brom and Leeds are the candidates to fill that relegation gap. England, by the way, got another place into the Europa League via the Fair Play system, allowing Martin Bojangles’s Aston Villa to thrash Xäzär of Azerbaijan 8-0 on aggregate.

    In Italy, the status quo is very much favoured, with Inter tipped for a third title in as many years. Fiorentina are expected to finish 3rd again, and Napoli are odds-on to sit 6th again, but Mikey Twigge’s Palermo are, according to the media, going to drop a place to 5th. To be honest, that isn’t a surprising prediction, given that they only just made 4th last year. Udinese are also expected to drop a place, down to 8th, and rock-solid Reggina will finish 14th again, as touted by the bookies. Brescia, Pisa and Mantova came up, and the latter two are expected to go back down again, but Brescia are tipped to finish 16th, with Frosinone, who survived last season in part due to Super Lampard’s implosion, believed to not have the power to avoid bottom when all is said and done. Spain has yet to reset, although Deportivo, Murcia and Osasuna will be joining the big guns in La Liga next season.

    Back to the World Cup now, and some of the Second Round ties were played this month, with some still to be played. Spain thumped their opponents Mexico, 5-1, and Brazil finally came to life in beating Ghana 3-0. Turkey were unfortunate to lost 0-1 to South Korea and dafuge, as our manager in the country (Besiktas have qualified for the Champions League group stages, by the way) will surely tell us of the misery of the Turks after that defeat. In a dramatic tie that only occurred because of Argentina’s inability to finish first ahead of Turkey, Portugal beat the South Americans 4-3 after extra time. Gonzalo Higuaín opened the scoring for Argentina in the 13th minute, with Portugal pulling it back three minutes later via Yannick Djaló. The same happened a bit later: Argentina took the lead with Javier Mascherano scoring in the 27th minute, but Portugal brought it back five minutes later thanks to Nani. 10 minutes after Nani’s 32nd-minute strike, Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal their first lead of the match, and it looked like that would be the final score until Argentina’s 88th-minute equaliser through Lisandro López. Finally, Djaló, who is on fire all the time for Portgual and plays for Ben Cee’s Inter, got the winner in the 101st minute.

    Germany defeated their neighbours the Czech Republic 2-0 while Nigeria spoke for the whole of Africa when they secured their Quarter Final spot. Obafemi Martin started the scoring in their match just eight minutes in, although Jozy Altidore had it back under control for the United States five minutes later. Christian Obodo gave Nigeria the lead again, and it stayed like that until half time. John Obi Mikel doubled that lead in the 50th minute, and while Clint Dempsey’s 74th minute goal gave the Americans reason to attack like mad, they couldn’t make the breakthrough to win. The Ivory Coast face France and Russia face Italy in the other Second Round ties, with the Quarter Final line-up looking like this:

    Brazil vs. South Korea

    Spain vs. Portugal

    Nigeria vs. Ivory Coast or France

    Germany vs. Russia or Italy

    Onwards we go, to July!

    Manager of the Update
    It’s a strange one this, because none of our managers did anything. There were some transfers in Italy, but not involving our teams. In a bold and unprecedented move;

    Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)

    gets the award despite having already been knocked out of the sign-up. There were no actual contenders for the award, so I gave it to him. Saul Goode’s Wales were in the biggest football competition on Earth, so they also get a mention.

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       2nd tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure        2184
       3rd TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2184
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2184
         - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        2184
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2184
         - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable        2184
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2184
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Stable        2184
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2184
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2184
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    A strange month in football

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    Quote Originally Posted by PluckaDuck View Post
    A strange month in football
    yep but back to stable

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    Italian Serie A
    Spanish La Liga

    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
    Code:
      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
    Top Five – Age
    Code:
      Pos +- Username      Manager           Club        Age
      1st +1 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid  53
      2nd +1 SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham    52
        - +1 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona    52
      4th +1 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter        51
      5th NE PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese      50
    Liam Ferguson is a sprightly 40!

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    Update 73
    Years: 6, Months: 73, Days: 2215

    Well, the World Cup has concluded and Time’s hourglass is moving towards the new season, our managers’ seventh season in charge of their clubs. The slate is wiped clean: we saw three managers fired last season, will we see any more in this? The chance of a manager bowing out decreases year on year, but one thing is certain: they can’t stay at their clubs forever. Let’s take a look at the latest 31 days in the lives of our managers, as well as the conclusion of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    A good thing to do first is to round off the World Cup Second Round with news on the two ties of said round which took place this month. A resilient Ivory Coast kept away the barrage of French attacks to draw 0-0, and the deadlock wasn’t broken in extra time, either. Penalties did come to the aid of a rather impotent France, though, with the Europeans taking the tie 3-1 from the spot. A fairly close match saw Russia unable to stop Italy winning by just a single goal. Alberto Aquilani’s strike just a minute from half time was not cancelled out by a Russia team that were frankly well-controlled by Italy, and so Carlo Ancelotti’s side progress to the Quarter Finals.

    The Spanish league has reset now, and, despite their inability to do so last year, Valencia are still the bookies’ favourites to win the league. Holders Barcelona, who made the magic 100 point mark last season, are tipped to finish second, but something tells me that the media and bookmakers will not be correct on this one. Haowan Madridstas’s team, without doubt, obviously have their sights on another title, which would be the manager’s fourth La Liga crown. Real Madrid are predicted third, but a lot of the neutrals will be hoping that they cannot make the top four again next season, and that they don’t win a fourth consecutive Champions League title which would remove the drawbacks to a fifth-placed finish. Valencia are making a good effort to strengthen their squad in preparation for that title assault, but it isn’t as if their two main title rivals have been sitting pretty. While Valencia’s four biggest incoming transfers totalled just over £70M, Barca matched them for the biggest transfer and both of our managers spent heavily, which is good news for Ben Cee whose Inter team netted £41.75M from these managers this month. Barcelona brought in Inter’s Hatem Ben Arfa for £22M, as well as Matías Fernández from Atlético Madrid for £26M. Real Madrid purchased Inter’s Rafael Sóbis for £19.75M, and also bought Adriano from Sevilla for £23M and Tiago Luís from Santos for £17M.

    The two opening World Cup Quarter Finals were 3-1 victories. Brazil faced South Korea, and you can be rather confident that South Korea weren’t the team that won 3-1. Ramires had the scoring opened after just two minutes, although the Koreans did get back into it with a Park Jong-Nam equaliser after 14 minutes. Kaká and Vagner Love goals in the space of four minutes just after half time put the result to bed for Brazil. Meanwhile, Spain were playing Portugal, a result which could go either way, but given Spain’s performance so far in the tournament, you’d be inclined to go with them for the 3-1 win. That would be a correct prediction. Although Nani put the Portuguese in front from 25 yards in the 26th minute, Ignacio Camacho had things level before half time, and goals from David Silva and Mikel Arteta in the second half, the latter a penalty, secured the win for Spain.

    Next up, Germany faced Italy and France faced high-flying Nigeria. Italy were constrained very effectively by the all-grey German team, not being able to break into the final third very much. The Germans kept the play very focused in the midfield and up front, but only got one goal to show for their efforts, coming from the fictional Ralf Dudek only minutes from time, in the 83rd minute. Meanwhile, Nigeria didn’t fail to disappoint. A strong performance not too much worse than the French one got them to half time without a goal going in either way, and it then got them to full time too. Karim Benzema put the French in front in the 112th minute, but Nigeria struck right back in the 115th through Elliot Omozusi. Philippe Mexès got himself sent off in extra time stoppage time to tarnish his performance, but Nigeria didn’t get the opportunity to profit from their one-man advantage. Nigeria would start the penalties, but Emmanuel Osey Okoduwa’s shot straight down the middle was saved by Hugo Lloris. Subsequent to this, all penalties were scored meaning that France won from the spot, 5-4.

    Our Italian clubs haven’t been too busy in this transfer window, with Inter being the busiest money-wise but making virtually only outgoing transfers, those two mentioned earlier. Lord Weeman’s Napoli made two big move for Nigel de Jong, acquiring the Dutchman for £10.25M from Roma, and for Marouane Fellaini, £8.5M from Everton, and they also made two small move for regen Saudi goalkeeper Nayef Al-Fareedi, securing his signature for £1.1M from Standard Liege, and Christian Maggio, who joined from Real Madrid for £850k. James Salter at Reggina did a little bit of tweaking. Marco Andreolli went to Juventus for £7M, Salvatore Burrai joined Triestina for £1.5M and Egyptian Amr Zaki came to Salter’s side from Lecce for £1.5M. Udinese sold David Luiz to Atlético Madrid for £11.75M and made a profit of £132k from other, minor transfers, while Palermo also made some minor transfers and Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina sold Alejandro Alfaro to Tim Aubel’s Portsmouth for £8.75M.

    I’d hate to be Oscar after Brazil’s match with Germany in the first of the World Cup Semi Finals. The match was a dull one, with Brazil carving out a number of decent chances but being unable to finish them, and Germany carving out just one on-target shot. Needless to say, half time came and went, full time came and went and extra time came and went. Both teams scored their first five penalties, but while the non-fictional Oscar’s shot was saved by the fictional Benjamin Krestschmer, the fictional Marco Krebs scored for Germany, putting them into the Final, 6-5. The other Semi Final was actually worse than the first, although it was a much more even affair with a much fairer result. France and Spain were locked into a pretty equal level of performance, but Spain capitalised whereas France did not, with Andrés Iniesta scoring in the 29th minute. That turned out to be the only goal of the match, sending Spain into the Final to face Germany. France would playoff with Brazil, in a repeat of the last World Cup Final, to see who would finish 3rd.

    In England, Giuseppe Rossi seemed to be the name on everybody’s lips. No, not the Republican candidate who failed in the Race for the Whitehouse, but the footballer. He signed for Liam Ferguson’s Manchester City from Roma for the exotic price tag of £22.5M. Actually, it isn’t that exotic, and could be considered, if Rossi plays well enough, to have been a good deal. City, in a bid to snatch that title of Arsenal, also made two other big transfers, capturing Ibrahim Afellay from Tottenham for £13.25M and Matty Barton from Shakhtar Donetsk for £9.25M. Barton is an Australian regen striker before you ask, but he has scored 15 goals in 20 games for his nation, two of those caps being at the World Cup, although he twisted his ankle in the second, barring him from the third. Ashley Cole also joined City on a free after being unattached. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham were busy beavers, being involved in that Afellay transfer but also being responsible for another big Man City transfer. Dodge brought Robinho to White Hart Lane for the price of £13M, while he also sold Jermaine Jenas to Newcastle for £5.25M, and Dean Parrett to Q.P.R. for £2.6M.

    Back to the World Cup now, for the Third Place Playoff match. It took just three minutes for the goals to start, with Lassana Diarra scoring for France. It looked like the French would go into half time one goal to the good, but for the remarkable effort of Ramires, who levelled the scores in the 45+1st minute. 90 minutes arrived with the score at 1-1, but the match was put to bed by Brazil, who had been playing themselves into it ever since that early setback, with Alex scoring in the 107th minute.

    Now for a little word about Europe: vast.

    No, no, seriously. Lord Weeman has reason to be pleased about European competitions this month. His Napoli team entered the Europa League in the Third Qualifying Round, and were drawn against Luzern of Switzerland. The first leg, in Italy, ended in a 9-0 victory for the home team. They then travelled to Switzerland and won 2-0, for a comprehensive victory. Other results from the Europa League were Martin Bojangles’s Aston Villa clearing two rounds this month. They knocked out Pobeda of Macedonia 8-0 on aggregate, with two 4-0 wins, to reach the Third Qualifying Round, where they beat Buducnost of Montenegro 6-0 on aggregate. Maz Armley’s Sevilla beat Brno of the Czech Republic 7-0 on aggregate, while Robert Boyle’s Newcastle beat Apollon Limassol 10-0 with a 7-0 home victory. Getafe also won.

    And now, without further ado, the World Cup Final! Germany and Spain would meet in the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, where 91,999 fans packed the stadium, and filled it with raucous noise. In truth, the match was over before half time, but that could only be said with hindsight. The two teams were evenly matched which, I suppose, is to be expected from teams whose position implies they are the best two in the world. Gerard Piqué opened the scoring for Spain in the 27th minute, heading home from a corner. Fifteen minutes later, a foul on César Azpilicueta in the Germany penalty area gave Spain a penalty. Fernando Torres smashed it high and central to give Spain a lead that would prove unassailable. The Iberians won 2-0 and were the Champions of the World! English peeps will be pleased to know that it was refereed by an Englishman for the first time since 1974 (forty years of hurt and all that), Eddie Thompson from Orpington.

    After the World Cup Final, Argentina were announced as the hosts of the 2022 tournament (I can’t remember who will be hosting the next one), and a number of managers got the sack. Frank Rijkaard, understandably, was dismissed by the Netherlands, as Pim Verbeek by Australia, Raymond Domenech by France, Fatih Terim by Turkey, Vahid Halilhodzic by the Ivory Coast, Bob Bradley by the United States and Petr Rada by the Czech Republic. But, bizarrely, Vicent del Bosque was sacked despite winning the World Cup for Spain! Raúl was his successor despite never having managed before, while Martin Jol took the Dutch job and Claude Puel takes the reins of France.

    So that’s that. The World Cup is over, now the season can truly begin!

    Manager of the Update
    It isn’t too difficult to give this award to;

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    for his comprehensive victory over Luzern, who, unlike some of these weird teams from Azerbaijan and such, aren’t extremely bad. Both Leo Dodge and James Salter impressed me with their tinkering, and Ben Cee did make a nice profit, but Weeman takes this award home.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2215
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2215
       3rd tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure        2215
       4th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2215
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2215
         - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        2215
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2215
         - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable        2215
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2215
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2215
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2215
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
    Code:
      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
    Top Five – Highest Fee Spent
    Code:
      Pos +- Username      Manager           Club        Player             Fee
      1st  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   John Heitinga   £37.5M
      2nd  0 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City    Michael Essien  £26.5M
      3rd +1 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid Adriano         £23  M
      4th -1 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter       Lúcio           £22.5M
      5th -1 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal     Andrés Guardado £22  M
    Lifespan – 2 to 5 Years
    Code:
       Pos Username             Manager             Club       Days
      15th hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham     1705
      16th ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton    1701
      17th rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro 1614
      18th ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania    1405
      19th bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta   1320
         - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia   1320
      21st m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing     1288
      22nd el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid 1263
      23rd spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia   1259
      24th Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting   1244
      25th Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull       1241
      26th clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma       1237
      27th Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal 1230
      28th Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom  1210
      29th Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton     1208
      30th Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   999
      31st Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    925
      32nd pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       889
      33rd AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  882
      34th JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    873
         - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  873
      36th ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United  852
      37th Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena       843
    Lifespan – 1 to 2 Years
    Code:
       Pos Username             Manager             Club      Days
      38th conners              Sirus Lannock       Málaga     628
      39th MikaelS              Mikael Schøler      Bologna    613
      40th Swafe                Saul Goode          Osasuna    551
      41st hamilton162          Tom Hamilton        Mallorca   509
      42nd kashmirshazad        Shazad Ali          Newcastle  508
      43rd DiscoStu94           Da Hoover Man       Sampdoria  501
         - ScottT!              Scott Tysoe         Sunderland 501
      45th canvey!!             Fréderico Canvey    Stoke      476
    Lifespan – Less than 1 Year
    Code:
       Pos Username             Manager             Club      Days
      46th corinthiano          Mathias Brunckhorst Chievo     327
         - Neilio               Neilio              Almería    327
      48th Robert_296           Robert Boyle        Blackburn  326
      49th brettney1980         Brettney Joven      Wigan      320
      50th TigerJoe             Joe Seddon          Getafe     271
      51st jack.browne          Jack Browne         Sevilla    250
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    Today's update:

    Update 74

    Years: 6, Months: 74, Days: 2246

    So the season has started, and it isn’t a surprise to learn that there have been no sackings this month. Instead, we can concentrate on how our eleven football managers began their seventh season in the job.

    England is the place to start, where Tom Smith’s Arsenal are doing well, having accumulated the full nine points from their first three games. Last season’s title chasers Manchester City were beaten 2-1 at home in the opening game, before West Brom were beaten 2-0 at home. A trip to Aston Villa saw the Gunners win 3-2, yet they still trail leaders Manchester United on goal difference. They also took part in the Community Shield, which they won over Chelsea thanks to goals from Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor in the first 17 minutes. Following their opening day defeat to Arsenal, Manchester City bounced back with wins over Ipswich and Blackburn, but Leo Dodge’s Tottenham are struggling in 12th place, although with two difficult games out of the way already. A 1-2 loss at Stamford Bridge was followed by a 2-1 win away over newly-promoted Birmingham, while United came to visit and beat Spurs 3-2. Tottenham also played the Europa League 4th Qualifying Round, beating Turks Bursaspor 5-0 at home and 1-0 away. They face Liverpool next but then have five games with the possibility for some good amount of points before the North London derby against Arsenal.

    In Italy, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese have come out of the blocks very swiftly, taking the lead at the top of the table, although the Andorran shouldn’t get too excited: just one game has been played. Yet that’s not to say that things aren’t particularly promising after that game; after all, it was a 5-2 win at Fiorentina, which places those opponents 18th in the table. Ben Cee’s Inter, of course, also won, and are looming behind Udinese in second place. They beat Sampdoria 3-0 after having beaten Juventus 1-0 in the Italian Super Cup. Napoli and Reggina also won, with the former, under the control of Lord Weeman, beating FK Zeljeznicar Sarajevo 13-0 on aggregate, including 7-0 away, and the latter losing on penalties in the Coppa Italia 3rd Qualifying Round following a 0-0 home draw to Bologna. Mikey Twigge’s Palermo, meanwhile, contested the UEFA Super Cup in Monaco, losing out to Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid 3-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw, and made the Champions League Group Stage by beating AEK Athens 8-2 on aggregate in the Qualifying Round, including a 5-2 away win. As a result, they have a game in hand on other teams in their division.

    Just because the season has started doesn’t mean that transfers should stop, and indeed there were a number of big transfers this month. Italian leaders Udinese had two major sales: Marco Motta joined A.C. Milan for £15.25M and Portuguese leftback Antunes joined Inter for £12M. Ben Cee’s side also bought Daniel Aquino from Manchester United for £15.5M, Adigun Salami from CSKA Moscow for £7.5M and Tales from Fiorentina for £18M, although they sold Sulley Muntari to Manchester City for £15.75M. City made a number of other big transfers, that number being two: Ashley Young joined from Martin Bojangles’s Aston Villa for £12M and Simon Vukcevic arrived from A.C. Milan for £9.25M. Real Madrid bought Roberto Soldado from A.C. Milan for £17.5M and sold Carlos Villanueva to Zaragoza for £5.25M, and Lord Weeman’s Napoli bought Vasco Regini from Torino for £5M, but made more than six times that in selling Marquinhos to A.C. Milan (£19.75M) and Fernandinho to Atlético Madrid (£10.75M).

    The Champions League groups have been drawn, and this year only two of our teams will face each other. Palermo and Real Madrid, who met in the UEFA Super Cup, are both drawn in Group D with Brøndby and Benfica. The group could go many ways, with Benfica ousting Palermo to second maybe, although Palermo and Benfica could both go through if they can do well enough. Mikey Twigge may feel that the task of stopping Real Madrid from winning their fourth consecutive Champions League lies on his shoulders. Meanwhile, Inter have sc Heerenveen, Fenerbahçe and Zenit Saint Petersburg; Barcelona have Bordeaux, Rangers and Manchester United, a nice and juicy group; Arsenal have Basel, Porto and Werder Bremen; Fiorentina have Panathanaikos, Liverpool and Feyenoord and Manchester City have Valencia, Sparta Prague and Red Star Belgrade. dafuge's Besiktas have a good chance of qualifying from their group, but it won’t be a walk in the park: Hertha Berlin, A.C. Milan and Celtic make up their groupmates.

    And last, but not least, we come to Spain. Teams here have played two games, although Real Madrid have of course only played the one. They lost that one, 1-3 at home to Real Sociedad, making people predict even this early on that they will finish outside the top four for the second year running. Even Barcelona won one and lost one, and are currently in 9th place. They lost away to Elche but beat highly-touted Valencia, which does not bode well for any hopes of a non-Big Two title winner. They lost the Spanish Super Cup 2-3 to Atlético Madrid, losing 1-2 in the capital and only drawing 1-1 at home. Zaragoza sit atop La Liga, although Racing and Villarreal also have six points.

    Manager of the Update
    There are two major contenders here, and apologies to;

    Tom Smith, Arsenal

    because I’m going to give this one to;

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    for spinning a transfer profit, winning his first game of the season and beating a Bosnian team 13-0 on aggregate. Arsenal also had the perfect start to the season although didn’t tally the transfer profit, winning all three games and winning the Community Shield. Meanwhile, Lucas Volman won the UEFA Super Cup but had a shocking domestic league opener, and Ben Cee at Inter won the Italian Super Cup and his league’s first game.

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       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2246
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2246
       3rd tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure        2246
         - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Secure        2246
       5th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2246
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2246
         - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        2246
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2246
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2246
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2246
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2246
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    9 points, and a Community Shield victory! Happy with that, but gutted I was so close to claiming Manager of the Update! I really thought I had it when I saw my name there. I don't like you playing these games with my emotions canvey!!

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    Mighty start, topping the table

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    I've nothing to comment on but am still following this sign up and canvey's brilliant write ups

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    Still going, another season of mediocrity please!

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
    Code:
      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
    Top Five – Highest Fee Received
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      1st +4 BenArsenal    Ben Cee       Inter       Freddy Adu    £27   M
        -  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows Udinese     Carlos Vela   £27   M
      3rd NE weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman   Napoli      Marquinhos    £19.75M
      4th -3 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson Man City    Nigel de Jong £19.5 M
      5th -1 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman  Real Madrid Pepe          £18   M
        - NE TaylorB       Ben Taylor    Fiorentina  Tales         £18   M

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    Two manager of the updates on the trot

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    Yesterday's update:

    Update 75

    Years: 6, Months: 75, Days: 2276

    There were no sackings at all this month either, but that isn’t surprising given that the season isn’t in full swing just yet. Of course, there was plenty of action, ranging from the early rounds of the FA Cup to international action in the form of Euro 2016 Qualifiers. Stuart Pearce’s England committed the cardinal sin of losing to Luxembourg, Northern Ireland drew 1-1 with Montenegro, Scotland won 2-1 in Israel, and Saul Goode’s Wales beat visitors Turkey 1-0. The biggest win was Croatia’s 6-1 victory over the Faroe Islands.

    In Spain, the big sides have ascended back towards the top of the table after a poor start to the season last month. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona won three of four games this month to place them in second, as well as defeating visitors Manchester United in their Champions League group. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid started the month with a 0-1 loss to leaders Villarreal, but won their next four games by an aggregate score of 11-0, including 4-0 home wins over Sporting and Deportivo. They also played in the Champions League, winning 2-0 at Benfica.

    Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are still top of Serie A, and have in fact gained two points on defending champions Inter this month. They won 3-0 at Pisa, 2-0 at Livorno and welcomed Parma to Friuli, beating them 6-0. A 1-1 draw at home to Atalanta was the only blip but it hasn’t cost them badly or anything like that. Lazio follow, with Ben Cee’s Inter in third place. They won two of their four games this month, drawing the other two. They also sneaked a narrow 1-0 in Turkey against Fenerbahçe. James Salter’s Reggina are in sixth place, but I’m sure both Jonte Rhodes and Icarus will tell us the dangers of flying too close to the sun. In September, Reggina won two, drew one and lost one, with the highlight coming without doubt in their 5-1 win over Fiorentina. Lord Weeman’s Napoli also beat Fiorentina, 2-0, as well as Pisa, but they drew at Inter and lost at Parma. The Europa League saw them draw 0-0 at Ajax, with Lokomotiv Moscow and Auxerre making up the rest of their group.

    In England, Arsenal’s ship goes steaming straight away, while their North London rivals Tottenham flounder in 15th place. This month, Tom Smith’s team won all their games, including 1-0 at Craven Cottage, 3-0 against visitors Everton and 2-0 at Fratton Park. They also had the easiest of their Champions League group stage games, at home to Basel, and won that 8-0. Finally, they secured Carling Cup progression by beating Stoke 3-0 away in the Third Round. Meanwhile, Liam Ferguson’s Man City are fifth, and their month could be considered a poor one, although it wasn’t too bad. Based on last season’s performance, however, they’ll want to be doing better than this month-in month-out. They beat Aston Villa 5-1 in the league but drew with West Brom and Fulham, and only narrowly beat visitors Bristol City in the Carling Cup, 1-0. But they did manage to beat the highly-touted Valencia 2-1 in the Champions League, and then travel to the Czech Republic to defeat Sparta Prague 3-0. In the Carling Cup, Tottenham are also through after beating Neppo Monster’s Bolton 4-0.

    Delving into Europe now, just for coverage on the games I haven’t mentioned. In the Champions League, Palermo beat visitors Brøndby 2-0, while Fiorentina lost 0-1 at Anfield and won 5-0 over visiting Feyenoord. dafuge's Besiktas lost 0-3 in Scotland against Celtic but beat Hertha Berlin 2-1, and the Turks currently sit at the bottom of their group. In the Europa League, Tottenham welcomed BATE of Belarus to White Hart Lane, in order to thrash them 6-0. CSKA Moscow and Aris are Spurs’ groupmates.

    I think now we could constitute the season as being in full swing. There are, needless to say, plenty of games to come, but we’re coming up to the time when chairmen start considering just how well their managers are doing.

    Manager of the Update
    There isn’t a single shadow of a doubt this month.

    Tom Smith, Arsenal

    takes this for his beautiful month in three competitions, without conceding a goal. He won all three Premier League games including a tough one at Craven Cottage, as well as beaten Stoke 3-0 in the Carling Cup and Basel 8-0 in the Champions League. Tyler Burrows also did very well, and both manages in Spain Haowan Madridstas and Lucas Volman had good months, but all three were a distance behind Smith and his Gunners firing on all cylinders.

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       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2276
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2276
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2276
       4th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Secure        2276
       5th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2276
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2276
         - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        2276
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2276
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2276
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2276
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2276
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968


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    Cracking start to the season, on top, this could just be our year!!!

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    6th? That's too high, 16th will be fine thanks.

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
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      1st  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman   Napoli      41
      2nd NE fergysafc     Liam Ferguson Man City    39
      3rd -2 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows Udinese     37
      4th -1 TaylorB       Ben Taylor    Fiorentina  33
        - NE BenArsenal    Ben Cee       Inter       33

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    Update 76
    Years: 5, Months: 76, Days: 2307

    No introductory paragraph this time, and instead we’ll travel directly to Spain, where both of our teams are having difficulties, with Real Madrid having greater ones. Lucas Volman’s side are in fifth place and three points behind leaders Zaragoza, having played an extra game. It’s still early days of course, but in the even earlier days of the first season, you would have already seen Real with a lead at the top. In October, they won two of their four games, but they drew with Valencia at home and lost to Tenerife away. This year, it was their turn to draw Universidad LP in the Copa del Rey 4th Round, and they beat their opponents 3-0 away. Barcelona, meanwhile, are in 3rd and are just two points off the pace. They’re the other team with a game in hand which means they can overtake Zaragoza by winning it. They played three games this month, winning two and drawing one, while beating Huesca 3-1 away in the first leg of their Spanish Cup tie.

    It probably won’t surprise you by now: Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are still top of Serie A, although it is not by points and only due to results between teams and their hefty goal difference. October started badly with a 0-1 home defeat to Brescia, although they bounced back by beating Genoa and Lazio and drawing at Juventus. Meanwhile, encroaching Inter secured an extra point by winning three of their four games, losing the fourth. Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina were their victors, beating them 3-1, as well as Roma 3-2. Those six points were six of seven for the four games played in the month, and Fiorentina are currently 10th. They form a cluster of our managers, with Reggina above them in 9th and Palermo below them in 11th. None of our managers in Italy had particularly good months domestically, with Lord Weeman at Napoli probably being the one who had the best: they beat Genoa and Lazio while drawing with Livorno and Brescia.

    There was plenty of action on the European stage this month, and we’ll start with the Champions League. Inter’s 3-0 victory over sc Heerenveen was the joint-highest scoreline of October 1st, while Arsenal overcame Werder Bremen 3-2 in a narrow game in Germany. Real Madrid beat Palermo 2-0 while Barcelona drew goalless at Ibrox. Later on in the month, both Fiorentina and Man City won 3-1 away, at Panathanaikos and Sparta Prague respectively, then Inter secured another 3-0 victory at home to Zenit Saint Petersburg, but Real Madrid’s came away to Brøndby. Arsenal drew 2-2 at Porto while Barcelona failed to win again, 1-1 at home to Bordeaux. Palermo did the same with Benfica. In the Europa League, Lord Weeman’s Napoli beat Lokomotiv Moscow before winning 2-1 at Auxerre, and Leo Dodge’s Tottenham won 3-1 at Aris and then scraped a narrow 1-0 away victory against CSKA Moscow.

    Over to England now: first, the Championship. With his side in 15th place despite having only just come down from the Premier League, Bolton manager Neppo Monster got the sack, with Bob Bradley coming in as replacement. Brettney Joven’s West Ham lead the way in the Championship with James Ridley’s Crystal Palace in second place. Up into the Premier League now, where Tom Smith’s Arsenal still lead the way, despite having lost this month. They beat Stoke, Newcastle and Birmingham, but it was Leo Dodge’s Tottenham who beat them. That was one of three wins for Spurs this month, but they also suffered two defeat, setting them back in 10th place. Meanwhile, Liam Ferguson’s Man City won all of their games without conceding a goal. First Tim Aubel’s Portsmouth were beaten 3-0 at Fratton Park, then visitors Newcastle were defeated 2-0 and visitors Everton 3-0. A trip to Leeds saw a 1-0 victory, and the visit of Stoke to the City of Mancheter Stadium saw the hosts run out 5-0 winners. A good month all round for Ferguson, with his two Champions League victories to boot.

    Well, in general some poor performances. Maybe it’s an omen. None of our managers are presently in danger, but there’s no room for complacency. Ever.

    Manager of the Update
    Well, there’s no doubt here.

    Liam Ferguson, Man City

    is the clear victor this month. He was the light shining through the grey overcast sky. Five wins out of five without a goal conceded, as well as two wins in the Champions League – you can’t ask for much more than that. Both Tyler Burrows and Tom Smith also get a mention – hi! – for remaining top of their respective leagues, but they were nowhere near Ferguson’s calibre this month.

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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2307
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2307
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2307
       4th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Secure        2307
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Secure        2307
       6th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2307
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2307
         - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        2307
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2307
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2307
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2307
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Come on managers, get sacked

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    No mention. Secure.

    Probably my longest lasting sign-up, ever.

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    probs my best ever month

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    Still up the top, but we can't slip like we have in previous seasons. KUTGW Canvey!!!!!

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
    Code:
      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
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      1st  0 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City    £465M
      2nd +1 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter       £329M
      3rd -1 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   £315M
      4th  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid £308M
      5th NE weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli      £219M

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    A great month in update 75, and Manager of the Update! Glad to see I'm still top of the Premier League, although the loss to Tottenham hurt a little.

    KUTGW!!

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    Update 77
    Years: 6, Months: 77, Days: 2337

    It’s been a busy month for chairmen, who were sacking managers like there’s no tomorrow, but credibly, all 11 of our managers were able to keep a hold of their jobs. If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, and – which is more – you’ll be a man, my son!

    It looks like it has all slipped through Tyler Burrows’s fingers in Italy. The Udinese manager now has his team down in a lowly sixth place, rather than the top spot he had been enjoying for a while. Wins against Reggina and Mantova were overshadowed by losses to A.C. Milan and Napoli, and the latter, under the control of Lord Weeman, beat them 3-0. Napoli are now top, having conceded the second-fewest goals in the league. They beat Juventus, Palermo and, of course, Udinese, at home, and got 1-0 away wins over both Reggina and A.C. Milan. They also beat Ajax 2-1 to put them top of their Europa League group. Meanwhile, Ben Cee’s Inter are just one point behind them in second place, also having won all their games this month, but having played one fewer than Napoli. Genoa were beaten 5-3 away and Livorno 5-2 away, although Zenit Saint Petersburg offered resistance in Russia as the two teams drew 2-2. Inter’s other Champions League group stage game saw them beat visitors Fenerbahçe 2-0 and secure qualification alongside sc Heerenveen.

    In England, Tom Smith’s Arsenal still top the Premier League but have had an absolutely torrid month. Well, wins over Man United and Chelsea, who both sacked their managers later in the month, make the month quite a bit sweeter, but the Gunners suffered twice as many defeats this month as they had done all season, and have now lost as many games as they did last season. Following those two results, a trip to Anfield saw Cool Manager’s Liverpool win 2-0, and although the Gunners won 2-0 over visiting Middlesbrough, a trip to the Circle saw Hull run out 1-0 winners. On the plus side, embarrassment was just about avoided in the Carling Cup Fourth Round, with Wolves’ resistance to claim a 1-1 draw futile, as Arsenal won on penalties to set up a Quarter Final tie with Blackburn. They also beat Porto 4-1 and Basel 4-0 in the Champions League this month, securing their progression to the later stages. Liam Ferguson’s Man City are Arsenal’s chasers, lying just one point behind the Gunners. They also lost at Anfield in November, but won all other games, including a 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane and a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford, one that saw Manchester United sack José Mourinho and install World Cup winning manager Vicente del Bosque as his successor. City lost out on penalties in the Carling Cup, which is a shame, as they instead would have met Arsenal if they could have beaten Blackburn. A 7-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade saw Ferguson’s team qualify for the Champions League Round of 16 despite a 1-2 loss in Valencia.

    Speaking of Valencia, let’s move over to Spain, where Rafa Benítez’s side are drifting out of competition for a Champions League spot, and are currently sixth. Zaragoza lead the way, but only hold a slender three-point lead over Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid and Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona. This month, Real Madrid won all but one of their games, at home to rivals Atlético. That was a 0-0 draw, but Volman’s side beat Athletic, Mallorca and Recreativo, as well as winning 1-0 at Barcelona. Universidad LP were beaten 2-0 for a 5-0 aggregate victory, and Brøndby were beaten 9-0 and Benfica 2-0 in the Champions League. Barcelona also racked up some impressive results: beating Villarreal 4-1 and Sporting 5-1 towards the end of the month. They also won at Bordeaux and drew at Old Trafford in order to secure their Champions League progress, and beat Huesca 2-1 for a 5-2 aggregate victory. That Real Madrid match, however, will long play on the minds of the fans. Elsewhere in Spain, Racing sacked their manager Lars Tommersen after just under a year at the club.

    Now to conclude with Europe, looking at some of the results I haven’t already covered. Mikey Twigge’s Palermo won 2-1 at Benfica in the Champions League. They then went on to draw 1-1 at Brøndby to seal their qualification from Group D. They’ll be hoping for European success to placate the fans who are unhappy with the current league position: 11th in Serie A. dafuge’s Besiktas lost to visitors A.C. Milan and drew with Celtic when the Scots came to play in Turkey. They travel to Germany next to battle it out with Hertha BSC for a Europa League place, given that both A.C. and Celtic have qualified for the Last 16. A draw would be good enough for dafuge’s side to make it into the secondary competition. Fiorentina beat Panathanaikos 2-0 and Liverpool 2-1 at home this month to qualify them first from Group G, with Liverpool looking likely to take second place. That is one of only two next round competitors undecided. Liverpool or Feyenoord and Porto or Werder Bremen will join the 14 teams that have already made the next round.

    The Europa League has half that, seven, teams already in the next round, and one of those is Leo Dodge’s Tottenham. This month, they beat BATE 2-0 in Belarus to secure their progress. With their indifferent league form – eight points collected from a possible fifteen this month, Spurs will be looking for success in the cups this season. As well as the Europa League progress, they beat Championship leaders Brettney Joven’s West Ham 4-1 in the Carling Cup to set up a Quarter Final with Sunderland. Chelsea are the other English side to have secured progression, but despite this, Lawrence Lazewski finds himself out of a job. The American manager took his team to victory in Romania over CFR Cluj this month, 4-2, but consecutive losses to Arsenal and Hull, leaving the club 12th in the Premier League, meant the end of the line for him after 1059 days at the club. He fell short of his record time at Valencia by 200 days, but just under three years at Chelsea is not a bad achievement.

    So, there was plenty of blood spilt this month, which is bad news for my beige carpeting. Who’s to say that there won’t be more next month, and that some of it won’t be that of one of our managers?

    Manager of the Update
    There were some good performances all round this month, but;

    Lucas Volman, Real Madrid

    gets this award. Other than a 0-0 draw against Atlético Madrid, they won all their games without conceding a goal, including the 9-0 demolition of Brøndby. Lord Weeman at Napoli was the obvious rival to Volman for the award, having won every game this month, a feat also accomplished by Ben Cee, domestically at least. Liam Ferguson’s 7-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade was one to savour, and was part of a good month for the Man City boss, but Volman taking his club back into contention for the La Liga title after a fifth-placed finish last year has got to be worth something. And it is! The Manager of the Month award for November 2014.

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         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2337
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2337
       4th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Secure        2337
       5th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2337
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2337
         - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        2337
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2337
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2337
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2337
      11th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Insecure      2337
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    still not sacking but a insecure

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    Dreadul month from us, we slipped from top spot all the way down to 6th .

    I don't know why, but we seem to do this every single season. On a slightly better note, the 10 to is getting nearer!

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
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      1st  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese     56
      2nd  0 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter       49
      3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid 45
      4th +1 mikeytwigge   Mikey Twigge      Palermo     42
      5th NE Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   38

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    Update 78
    Years: 6, Months: 78, Days: 2368

    This month has been yet another filled with sackings, but once again all of our managers have avoided the bullet. Only two firings and one hiring were of interest, one of the firings being Jellybean Man’s dismissal from Mallorca, five days short of being at the club for 1000 days, and the hiring being José Mourinho’s appointment at Valencia so soon after his sacking from Manchester United. He replaces Rafa Benítez who was sacked, and the Portuguese manager will need to be working towards Champions League qualification at the very least.

    We’ll start in England, where another loss has seen Arsenal relinquish control of the top spot in the Premier League. Tom Smith’s side looked all set to have a decent if not great month, with wins over Sunderland and Ipswich and a draw against Blackburn, a team they beat 3-0 in the Carling Cup Quarter Final. However, a 1-2 defeat at the Hawthorns allowed Liam Ferguson’s Man City to seize the top spot on goal difference. City beat Middlesbrough 5-0 and Ipswich 2-0, but only got 1-1 draws hosting Sunderland and visiting Hull. If they had had a bit more luck and tenacity, they could have been four points clear at this moment in time. West Brom were not just Arsenal’s victors: they also beat the Gunners’ North London rivals Tottenham when Leo Dodge brought his side to the Hawthorns, that being one of Dodge’s two away losses in December. They also fell 0-1 at Elland Road, yet a third away loss came in the Carling Cup when Sunderland beat Spurs 2-1. However, Dodge won his team’s two home games with ease: 3-0 over Stoke and 3-1 over Birmingham, and moved up two places in the league to 7th.

    In Spain, Zaragoza still lead the way by a narrow margin, although Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona have the chance to change all that in their home game in hand against the leaders next month. Yet in December, the Catalonian team won all three games, two of which were away. Osasuna were beaten 4-1 and Tenerife 3-0, both actually more impressive than Barca’s home game, which was a 2-0 victory over Deportivo. Meanwhile, Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid travelled to Ghana for the Club World Championship. They won 6-0 against Oceania’s entrant, Adelaide United, to make the final, and then beat North America’s América (MEX) 3-1 to retain the title for the third year running. During this, Volman’s side also won two league games, 4-0 over Murcia and 4-1 over Racing, and they did well to gain a 3-3 draw in their trip to Zaragoza for a fiercly contested league game at the end of the month. They lie three points behind Zaragoza, and Zaragoza of course have that game in hand, but Real have built up a seven-point lead over fifth place, which should help to ensure that they won’t need to win the Champions League again to qualify for it.

    Speaking of the Champions League, let’s take a foray into Europe for a look at this month’s results. Inter won 1-0 at sc Heerenveen, and Barcelona beat their visitors Rangers 2-0. Arsenal beat Werder Bremen 2-1, allowing Porto to qualify with their 3-2 victory over Basel, and Palermo and Real Madrid came to a 1-1 draw in Italy. Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina beat Feyenoord 4-2 in the Netherlands, ensuring that Liverpool would qualify (their 5-0 victory over Panathanaikos double that insurance). Man City beat Sparta Prague 3-0, and Hertha BSC drew 1-1 with Besiktas, sending dafuge’s side into the Europa League and the Germans out of all European competition. In the Europa League this month, Napoli won 1-0 at Lokomotiv Moscow and 3-0 hosting Auxerre sending them through alongside Ajax. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham beat Aris Thessalonika 7-0, and then CSKA Moscow 2-0, to ensure they topped the group with a perfect record but for one goal conceded.

    In the Last 32 of the Europa League, there are plenty of interesting ties, one of which is Tottenham against Ajax. Meanwhile, Martin Bojangles’s Aston Villa will play Getafe, Robert Boyle’s Newcastle will play CSKA Moscow, Napoli will play Sporting CP and Maz Armley’s Sevilla will play AS Monaco. dafuge's Besiktas will face Spanish leaders Zaragoza, which may well be the end of the line for his team, but we will see. In the Last 16, Napoli or Sporting CP will meet Aston Villa or Getafe and Tottenham or Ajax will meet Hamburger SV or Zenit Saint Petersburg. In the Champions League draw, the most interesting tie is a repeat of this year’s real life Semi Final; Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona will be playing Ben Cee’s Inter. That’s one of two matches involving two of our managers: Palermo and Arsenal will also face each other. Real Madrid have Shakhtar Donetsk to contend with, Man City have sc Heerenveen and Fiorentina have Porto. Cool Manager’s Liverpool face Marco van Basten’s A.C. Milan in another big name tie, while Man United face Celtic in a Battle of Britain.

    It’s time to conclude the report with a trip to Italy. Once again the league leader has changed, and it is currently Ben Cee’s Inter. They won the first three of their four games this month with increasing scorelines, culminating in a 3-0 victory over rivals A.C. Milan. However, what followed was a defeat of the same scoreline away to Arsène Wenger’s Juventus. Lord Weeman’s Napoli fell to second despite a good month, beating Sampdoria and Frosinone and drawing with Mantova. At Fiorentina, Ben Taylor guided his team to three wins out of three this month, steering him away from the slight danger he faced as a manager at the end of November. Brescia, Lazio and Genoa were beaten, with the scorelines doubling each time: 1-0, 2-0 and 4-0 respectively. Down in 13th place, James Salter’s Reggina picked up two points from a maximum of nine, at home to Sampdoria and Torino. They are six points behind 12th place, a plummeting Palermo who were unable to win this month, placing their manager in some trouble.

    Our Italian sides also played in the Coppa Italia, save for Reggina who were earlier knocked out by Genoa. Udinese thrashed Atalanta 5-0, as did Juventus to Bologna. Napoli went out on penalties after a 0-0 draw at home to Frosinone, but for Palermo penalties were welcomed, and were used to knock out Livorno following a 1-1 draw. Inter beat Mantova 3-0 and Fiorentina beat Torino 2-1. A.C. Milan and Lazio will also feature in the Quarter Final, whose biggest tie for us is Udinese against Inter. In other cup news, the draw for the FA Cup Third Round has been made, and all of our teams are at home. Man City will host Stoke, Tottenham will host Watford and Arsenal will host Swansea, like they did in 2012.

    It’s getting towards crunch time. The transfer window is soon to reopen and if we are going to have a sacking this season, it will be coming soon. Managers drift in and out of danger, but one of these days a manager has to get into so much danger that it is inescapable. How about one who last year qualified for the Champions League but is currently struggling to break into the top half?

    Manager of the Update
    There were quite a few candidates this month.

    Ben Taylor, Fiorentina

    gets the award. He won all of his games in the league, and won both cup games thrown at him. Lucas Volman won the Club World Championship for his side, but that becomes less and less remarkable each year. Haowan Madridstas and Lord Weeman also had good months, and Liam Ferguson did well, but these three were all unable to stop Taylor winning it.

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       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2368
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2368
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2368
       4th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Secure        2368
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Secure        2368
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Secure        2368
       7th JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2368
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2368
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2368
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2368
      11th mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Very Insecure 2368
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Still no one jumping over the edge, come on guys you know its time to go ;)

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    Still going strong at Inter. Excellent.

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
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      Pos +- Username    Manager           Club        Value
      1st  0 BenArsenal  Ben Cee           Inter       £240M
      2nd  0 PluckaDuck  Tyler Burrows     Udinese     £211M
      3rd  0 fergysafc   Liam Ferguson     Man City    £189M
      4th  0 Haowan      Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   £121M
      5th  0 mikeytwigge Mikey Twigge      Palermo     £116M

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    Becoming the king of selling players at Udinese! Up to secure though, which is pleasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PluckaDuck View Post
    Becoming the king of selling players at Udinese! Up to secure though, which is pleasing.
    That is still me though.

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    Update 79
    Years: 6, Months: 79, Days: 2399

    The managers are just one day short of their 2400th day at the club, and all have survived this month despite there being a number of sackings elsewhere. The amount of dismissals, however, is down from last month, so it looks like the trend is heading downwards for the rest of the season – can all of our managers make it to the seven year mark?

    We’ll start in England where the yo-yoing back-and-forth title race continues. Tom Smith’s Arsenal are back on top, although Manchester City hold a game in hand over the London club. Liam Ferguson’s side won the encounter between the two sides 4-2 to open the month, but they weren’t able to stop the Gunners winning every other game, including a 5-0 victory over Portsmouth. Arsenal also made their way through two cup competitions in style, beating Sunderland 8-2 on aggregate in the Carling Cup Semi Final, with a 3-1 victory at the Stadium of Light, and beating Swansea 3-0 at home in the FA Cup Third Round, and Chesterfield 6-1 at home in the Fourth Round. City’s cup adventure saw them fail to beat Blackburn in the Fourth Round following their 2-0 victory over Stoke, but a replay at the City of Manchester Stadium should swing things Ferguson’s way. Aside from a goalless draw at Villa Park, all league games were one, with the team accumulating ten points this month. Meanwhile, Tottenham are struggling on in 8th place, but did have a very difficult month this month. A 9-1 victory over Watford opened the month to achieve cup progression for Leo Dodge’s side, and promising a good January and a good start to 2015. Draws at Old Trafford and Anfield were good results, although Chelsea narrowly beat Spurs at White Hart Lane. Tottenham also beat Middlesbrough and Hull both by one goal margins, and got into the FA Cup Fifth Round by beating Aston Villa 1-0. Tottenham have a good shot at the Quarter Final with a tie against Championship derby, while Arsenal face Hull or Middlesbrough and Man City or Blackburn face Sheffield Wednesday or Fulham, with both of our teams being at home no matter which combination occurs.

    The season looks to be heading towards the same old conclusion in Italy, and that conclusion is Inter winning the title. Ben Cee’s team have carved out a five point lead over Napoli after a good month. Lord Weeman’s team had the chance to change things, but their home tie against Inter ended goalless this month. Reggina, Udinese and Frosinone were beaten by Inter this month, while Napoli beat Pisa 4-1 but drew with Roma and Torino. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are enjoying their current fourth place position but still have plenty of work to do to keep that Champions League place come the end of the season. They beat Torino, Pisa, and even Fiorentina this month, but of course lost that Inter game as well as losing at Atalanta. Our Italian teams also took part in the Coppa Italia Quarter Final this month. A.C. Milan beat Palermo 2-0 while Inter won 2-1 at Udinese thanks to extra time. Lazio and Fiorentina were locked goalless at the ninety minute mark, but Jonte Rhodes’s former club excelled into a two goal lead in extra time, sending Fiorentina out. Arsène Wenger’s Juventus beat Frosinone 3-1. It’s a local derby in the Semi Final as A.C. Milan play Inter. Meanwhile, Theo Stigarakis got back into management this month with a job at Serie B Empoli. He started with a loss and a win, putting his team 12th in the table.

    Of course, this being January, there were plenty of transfers to talk about. Lord Weeman’s Napoli raised some funds with two major outgoing transfers. Stéphane Mbia left to join A.C. Milan for £20.5M and Mauro Zárate left to join Chelsea for £16.75M. A small portion of this profit was spent on new players: Weeman bought Andrea Russotto from Lazio for £6.25M and Andrea Spuntarelli from Modena for £3.5M. Liam Ferguson’s Man City also made some money, selling Turkish attacking midfielder Arda Turan to Atlético Madrid for £12.25M, Simon Vukcevic also to Atlético Madrid for £10.25M, and Rafael van der Vaart to Arsenal for £8.75M. City’s big transfer was the signing of 32-year-old Kaká from Valencia for £15M. In what is evidently a clear-out under a new manager, Ricardo Faty also left Valencia to join Fiorentina for £6.75M. Two of our Italian teams made plenty of little move this month. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese were one: they sold Zoran Tosic to Juventus for £12.75M, buying Juan Surraco from Theo Stigarakis’s Empoli for £5.75M, Ciprian Marica from West Brom for £5.25M and Magnus Troest from Reggina for £3.9M. James Salter’s side also sold Giuliano to Juventus for £9.25M and Raffaele Palladino to Mantova for £3.8M, and bought both Arturo De Falco from Bari for £2.2M and Claudio Criniti for £2.1M from Triestina. Tottenham and Sunderland were talking to each other for quite a bit this month, with Spurs buying Sunderland’s Adam Lallana for £16M and the Black Cats buying Tottenham’s Tomasz Kuszczak for £2.1M. And in one of the biggest transfers of the month, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona bought Alexis Sánchez from Vicente del Bosque’s Man United for £19.5M.

    That signing is intended to help the Catalonians chase down Zaragoza at the top of La Liga. Their match against the leaders was postponed, presumably due to the Copa del Rey, so they still have the advantage although Zaragoza now have a game in hand. This month, however, didn’t represent a great one for that title pursuit, as it opened with a loss to Getafe. A 5-0 win over Elche followed, and then wins over Valencia and Athletic before January ended with a 1-1 draw at Atlético Madrid. Barcelona also went out of the Copa del Rey to Maz Armley’s Sevilla. A 3-2 away victory stood them in good stead, but they capitulated in the return match to lose 0-2. As for Lucas Volman’s third-placed Real Madrid, they also lost to Sevilla this month, but in a less important league game. Like Barca, that was their first game of the month resulting in a loss. They followed that with two 3-0 wins and a 2-0 win, while faring much better in the cup. They beat Osasuna 1-0 at home and quadrupled the aggregate with a 3-0 victory in the away leg, and sealed a Semi Final place with another 1-0 home victory, this time at home to Barcelona’s league conquerors Getafe, and a subsequent 4-1 away victory. Armley’s team await in the Last Four, with the winner facing either Atlético Madrid or Valencia in the Final.

    The Spanish league is still grabbing my interest: will Zaragoza end the Big Two retention of the title? But there is plenty of intrigue in the other leagues too. Arsenal are trying to retain the Premier League title; personally I think they can. And in Italy, while the league title will probably be going to Inter again, there is interest to be had into whether the two perennial troubled managers will finally drop off the scene.

    Manager of the Update
    There were a few good performances this month, but nobody was perfect.

    Tom Smith, Arsenal

    wins it in a rather tough decision. Despite losing to Man City in the first-versus-second match this month, he won all other games to keep the pressure on Liam Ferguson’s side, a manager who was also in contention this month. Arsenal also made their way forward in two competitions. Lucas Volman got Real Madrid through two rounds of the Spanish Cup, but that’s to be expected, and they also lost a league game. At Inter, Ben Cee is carving out a nice lead on the way to keeping the Serie A title.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2399
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2399
       3rd tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure        2399
         - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Secure        2399
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Secure        2399
       6th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2399
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2399
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2399
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2399
         - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        2399
      11th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Insecure      2399
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Back in management \o/

    Mid table in Serie B /o\

    KUTGW Canvey!!

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    some1 just get sacked except me

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    fergysafc, can you please send me your Afrovision votes?

    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jan 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
    Top Five – Trophies
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      Pos +- Username      Manager           Club  Trophies
      1st +1 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid 16
      2nd -1 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   15
      3rd  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal     11
      4th  0 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter        8
      5th NE fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City     2
        -  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli       2
    Lifespan – 2 to 5 Years
    Code:
       Pos Username             Manager             Club       Days
      15th hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham     1705
      16th ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton    1701
      17th rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro 1614
      18th ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania    1405
      19th bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta   1320
         - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia   1320
      21st m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing     1288
      22nd el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid 1263
      23rd spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia   1259
      24th Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting   1244
      25th Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull       1241
      26th clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma       1237
      27th Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal 1230
      28th Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom  1210
      29th Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton     1208
      30th Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   999
      31st Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    925
      32nd pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       889
      33rd AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  882
      34th JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    873
         - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  873
      36th ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United  852
      37th Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena       843
    Lifespan – 1 to 2 Years
    Code:
       Pos Username             Manager             Club      Days
      38th conners              Sirus Lannock       Málaga     628
      39th MikaelS              Mikael Schøler      Bologna    613
      40th Swafe                Saul Goode          Osasuna    551
      41st hamilton162          Tom Hamilton        Mallorca   509
      42nd kashmirshazad        Shazad Ali          Newcastle  508
      43rd DiscoStu94           Da Hoover Man       Sampdoria  501
         - ScottT!              Scott Tysoe         Sunderland 501
      45th canvey!!             Fréderico Canvey    Stoke      476
    Lifespan – Less than 1 Year
    Code:
       Pos Username             Manager             Club      Days
      46th corinthiano          Mathias Brunckhorst Chievo     327
         - Neilio               Neilio              Almería    327
      48th Robert_296           Robert Boyle        Blackburn  326
      49th brettney1980         Brettney Joven      Wigan      320
      50th TigerJoe             Joe Seddon          Getafe     271
      51st jack.browne          Jack Browne         Sevilla    250
      52nd NepentheZ            Neppo Monster       Cagliari   236
         - dafuge               dafuge              Torino     236
      54th KiddingChoc          Zach Machios        Portsmouth 235
         - Whoopy D             Whoopy D            West Ham   235
      56th d-machine            David Machine       Athletic   229
      57th PaulHartman71        Jeremy English      Liverpool  204
      58th Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid
         - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea
         - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa

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    Looks like we have slid down the table again, one day that magical victory will come!!

    KUTGW Canvey!!

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    Update 80
    Years: 6, Months: 80, Days: 2427

    Our managers have hit the magic eighty-month mark in their jobs, a true testament to their ability. They all seem to be safe in their jobs at present, which makes it look very likely that they will survive until the end of the season and beyond. The month of February was a short one, but by no means does that mean it was bereft of interesting events.

    We’ll start in Spain for a change, where I’m afraid Zaragoza have succumbed and fallen to second place. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, who have seized the top spot, this month won all of their games other than that against Zaragoza. Mallorca were beaten 2-0, Recreativo 3-0 and Málaga 4-0. They also beat Murcia 5-1. Meanwhile, Real Madrid, who will surely remain in the Top Four come the end of the season, won all their games, beating Osasuna 3-0 in the biggest of the four victories. They also played the home leg of their Spanish Cup Semi Final against Sevilla, beating Maz Armley’s team 3-1. With the month ending at midnight on the Sunday morning, Barcelona’s game against Murcia is one that the rest of the league have not played, so Zaragoza can still reclaim top spot with a win away to Atlético Madrid, but that is not an easy fixture.

    In Italy, Ben Cee’s Inter are up to their usual mischief of carving out a significant points lead at the top of Serie A. When they won it in 2011, they did so with 13 points to spare, and they had as many in 2013, although last year saw them claim the Scudetto by a solitary point. They currently have an eight point advantage over Lord Weeman’s Napoli, who are in pursuit of only their fourth ever Serie A title, and the second under their current manager. Yet this month, Inter racked up 12 points with a 100% winning record. Roma were beaten 3-1, while Sampdoria and Mantova were both beaten 4-0. Napoli simply could not complete due to a 0-3 loss at Fiorentina, giving them nine points from their four games, with a resounding 5-1 victory over Parma being the highlight. Further down the table, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are in pursuit of a Champions League place, sitting in sixth with a point less than fourth. This month they played three games and won two of them, losing 0-1 following a poor performance at Brescia. Sitting one place and two points behind them are Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina, who actually won all three games this month. There was of course that victory over Napoli, and they also beat Fiorentina and Sampdoria 3-1 and 4-1 respectively. Further back sit Palermo in 9th and Reggina in 13th.

    Of course, it being February, European competitions were back in action. In the Champions League, all but one of the Italian sides lost, all but one of the English sides one, and all but one of the Spanish sides drew. We’ll take the ties in the order they are listed on my screen, so that means that Cool Manager’s Liverpool beating A.C. Milan 2-0 is the most important fixture, in that it come first. Martin Skrtel and Fernando Torres scored early goals which gave Liverpool an undoubtedly good result, but there is absolutely no room for complacency in the return leg in Italy. Tom Smith’s Arsenal gained the advantage in their tie thanks to a very late Moussa Sissoko goal. Palermo manager Mikey Twigge was surely incensed by the 90+3rd minute winner, which sees his team having to travel to the Emirates to make up the 0-1 deficit. Meanwhile, Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk held Real Madrid to a 0-0 draw but can expect a stuffing in Spain, and Barcelona achieved victory over Inter, 3-2 despite the best efforts of Inter’s Yannick Djaló, Serie A’s joint-top goalscorer. However, two away goals are like gold dust for Ben Cee and his team, and they can be confident of getting the victory back in Italy.

    The Battle of Britain ended 1-0 to England, with Vicente del Bosque’s Man United winning 1-0 at Celtic’s Celtic Park. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the goal in the 90+1st minute to take the Red Devils back to Manchester with the initiative. The blue half of Manchester suffered a surprising defeat (surprising to them at least) against sc Heerenveen but, like Inter, procured two away goals to use to their advantage in the home leg. Marco van der Vall opened the scoring for the Dutch, but Vagner Love equalised and Michael Essien but Man City in front. However, with two more goals before half time, Heerenveen secured the win, and with it, hopes of an upset. Meanwhile, Valencia and Bayern Munich came to a 1-1 draw in Spain, and a draw was also the result in Portugal as Porto hosted Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina. Goran Pandev and Juan Manuel Vargas goals give the Italians plenty of optimism for progression with the return leg.

    Of course it would be silly to assume that the Champions League is the only European competition worth talking about. In fact, it could very well be said that an English team who make the Europa League final are in fact the best team in the world, regardless of whether or not they beat Atlético Madrid. Spanish high-fliers knocked out dafuge’s Besiktas in style in the Europa League First Knockout Round, winning 2-1 in Turkey and 4-0 in Spain. Of our two teams in the competition, one lost and one won. Lord Weeman’s Napoli managed to snatch a 0-0 draw in Portugal in their first leg, but made no use of it, with Sporting CP winning 1-0 in Italy to knock the Italians out. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham did exactly the same…as Sporting CP, winning 1-0 away to their opponents Ajax, drawing 0-0 at home in the second leg to make a Last 16 match against Hamburger SV. Atlético Madrid face Zaragoza in my highlighted match of the round: a Battle of Spain that is sure to be a fierce contest.

    Towards the update’s end we turn our attention to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and specifically the little part of it that they call England. One could say that the campaign of Tom Smith and his Arsenal team is disintegrating, although they aren’t too far behind, trailing Man City by five points and with a game in hand. Draws at Newcastle and Stoke were countered with a 5-2 victory over Leeds, but they’ll want some better form round the corner to make the charge on the Premier League crown. They also secured their trip to Anfield for the FA Cup 6th Round by beating Arnold J. Rimmer’s Middlesbrough 1-0 at home. Meanwhile, Leo Dodge’s Tottenham won two from two in the league this month, and also made the 6th Round by beating Derby 2-0. They’ll host Tim Aubel’s Portsmouth, while Sunderland or Newcastle will host Man United and Chelsea will host Man City. Arsenal face Portsmouth in the Carling Cup Final on March 1st.

    So thus ends a safe and solid month for all our managers. Efforts in the next few weeks could determine the destination of the title in the closing stages, so there is bound to be a lot of pressure on managers as the season heads towards its conclusion.

    Manager of the Update
    The award goes to;

    Leo Dodge, Tottenham

    for guiding his team through two cup competitions and having a good month in the league. Spurs won at Ajax in a memorable victory, and also won both their league games, and knocked Derby out of the FA Cup. Ben Taylor and Haowan Madridstas both had good months, as did Ben Cee at Inter despite his narrow Champions League defeat, but Dodge gets this award.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2427
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2427
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2427
       4th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Secure        2427
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Secure        2427
       6th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2427
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2427
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2427
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2427
         - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        2427
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2427
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Damn Barca.

    Dominating Serie A again.

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    Doesn't look as though anyone is leaving soon, the top 10 will have to wait by the looks!!

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jan 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
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      1st  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal     407
      2nd  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   405
      3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid 402
      4th  0 SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham   376
      5th  0 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City    369

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    Update 81
    Years: 6, Months: 81, Days: 2458

    March has elapsed, and the season’s finish line is very much in sight. There were no sudden sackings of our managers this month, which is hardly any surprise, so we’ll start off with news on the English Premier League.

    Arsenal haven’t been able to reclaim top spot, but then Man City haven’t been able to keep it. In fact, the honour of leading the way with seven games left has fallen to Cool Manager at Liverpool. In his quest to give the Reds their first league title for 25 years, manager guided his team to seven points out of a possible nine this month. Liam Ferguson’s Man City, who are currently second, two points behind Liverpool with a game in hand, played only one game in March, beating Stoke 4-2 away. Tom Smith’s Arsenal played three, drawing with Tottenham but beating both Birmingham and Man United. Eighth-placed Tottenham won their other game, beating Martin Bojangles’s Aston Villa 2-1. The sides also competed in the FA Cup 6th Round, where Tottenham knocked out Portsmouth, Liverpool knocked out Arsenal and Chelsea knocked out Man City. Man United won 1-0 at Sunderland to set up a Semi Final tie against Chelsea, while Liverpool will play Tottenham. Two teams also took part in the Carling Cup Final at the very start of this month.

    Wembley Stadium was 15 short of capacity for Tom Smith’s Arsenal’s match against Tim Aubel’s Portsmouth in the Carling Cup Final. The weather was dry and the temperature was moderate, but the fans were still disgruntled when the match trundled to half time still goalless. Eager to make up for this, Arsenal came out in the second half with all guns blazing, and Emmanuel Adebayor put them in front in the 46th minute. Just two minutes later, Theo Walcott doubled the Arsenal lead, and a Robin van Persie penalty in the 55th minute all but extinguished hopes for Portsmouth. Or so they thought. A 61st minute goal by Serbian midfielder Gojko Kacar put them back in the tie at 1-3, but Arsenal made sure to finish it off, with Theo Walcott adding his second, the final nail in the coffin, in the 67th minute. Jubilant Arsenal players claimed their medals as Smith got his hands on his 12th trophy.

    In Spain, neutrals will be glad to hear that Zaragoza are back atop La Liga with a six point lead. Even Barcelona’s game in hand would not close that gap, so the leaders would have to slip up now if they are to not win the title. In March, Haowan Madridstas and his team lost to Zaragoza in what was a crucial match, before bouncing back by demolishing managerless Racing 7-1 at home, and then the club who hold Racing’s original manager Maz Armley, Sevilla 3-0 away. At Real Madrid, Lucas Volman had a bad month but is actually not too far from mounting a title challenge, just three points behind Barca and therefore only nine behind Zaragoza. While home wins over Elche and Athletic were the higlights of the month, away losses to Getafe and rivals Atlético, as well as a 0-0 draw at Valencia, will be the worse moments no matter how much people try to console Volman with the sentiment that they were tough matches. On the plus side, Real, like Barcelona, beat Sevilla away, and this was in the Spanish Cup. They won 2-1 at Sevilla’s Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium to seal a 5-2 aggregate victory, giving them a Final match against Valencia, who beat Atlético Madrid 4-3 on aggregate.

    A foray into Europe now, where the Champions League Quarter Final is very Anglo-Spanish centric, although less so than last year when four English teams and four Spanish teams contested it. In the March results, Bayern Munich lost 0-1 at home to Valencia to send the Germans packing with a 1-2 aggregate defeat, while Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina used the first leg score to their advantage, beating Porto 2-0 at home for a 4-2 aggregate victory. Manchester City fans who were disheartened by their side’s away loss to sc Heerenveen were no doubt buoyed by Liam Ferguson’s team destroying their Dutch opponents back in Manchester, 6-0, and the red half of Manchester also got a team into the Final Eight, with United’s 1-0 win over Celtic giving them a 2-0 double header win. A.C. Milan’s 2-1 victory at home to Liverpool was not enough to counteract the English side’s first leg 2-0 victory. American Jozy Altidore scored for the Reds in between the two Milan goals, and even a third goal would not have seen the Italians through. Tom Smith’s Arsenal followed up their 1-0 in Palermo by defeating the Italians 4-2. Despite their opponents getting two goals at the Emirates, the Gunners strolled to a confident victory thanks to braces from Henri Saivet and Emmanuel Adebayor. In the biggest of all ties, at least from a 60 to One viewpoint, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona were able to hold on to their narrow 3-2 lead when they played the away leg of their tie at Inter, and a 0-0 draw sent the Italians out with a crushing blow. Meanwhile, Barca’s Spanish rivals Real Madrid got that one step closer to a fourth consecutive Champions League by thumping Ukrainian opponents Shakhtar 4-0 for a 4-0 win overall. In the Quarter Finals, we see two English match-ups and a Spanish one. Liverpool and Arsenal will face each other, a big tie you must admit. But then you see that Barcelona and Real Madrid will play against each other, a huge match in all circumstances. The two teams have contested the last three finals against each other but that is now an impossibility, and of course they are our only two managers left in Spain vying to be the best for that nation. There’s also a Manchester derby on the cards, and in a match of the ever-so-slightly-underdogs, Valencia play Fiorentina. It’s going to be a cracking Quarter Finals in one of the most exciting Champions Leagues in a good while.

    See how excited I got? I just wrote one mighty huge paragraph on the Champions League. We’ll head back to a greater perspective, that being a European one, later, by looking at the Europa League, but first let’s see how the Italian League has turned out in an exciting month of March.

    Of course it’s not at all surprising that Inter still command that massive lead at the top of Serie A. 13 points is the advantage now, over Arsène Wenger’s Juventus and over Napoli. This month, Ben Cee’s team won all their league games to tally up 12 points, but they of course lost that Champions League tie and have gone 0-1 down following the first leg of their Coppa Italia final against A.C.. Lord Weeman’s Napoli are in 3rd place and they did actually have a rather poor month. While they commanded six points at home, beating Brescia and Lazio by one-goal margins, they failed to beat Genoa and left with just a point, and they lost to second-placed Juvé away from home. This was the same in Ben Taylor’s case. His Fiorentina side beat Torino and Pisa at home, by a combined 8-1 score no less, but lost away to Inter and drew away to Roma. They are in 8th place, but with a considerable 12-point lead over 9th-placed Palermo, who won two and lost two this month. Down in unlucky 13th are James Salter’s Reggina who lost all three games this month, but against Juventus, A.C. Milan and Palermo.

    As promised, we return to Europe for a report on the Europa League. The Round of 16 took place this month, and our one remaining team got through it. A 3-0 win at Hamburg and a 3-1 win at White Hart Lane sent Tottenham Hotspur into the Quarter Finals for a match against Villarreal. Also in the Last Eight are Zaragoza, who play fellow Iberians Benfica, Chelsea, who’ll play Lyon, and Martin Bojangles’s Aston Villa, a team who will face Juventus. If both Tottenham and Chelsea win, they will face each other in the Semi Final.

    So there goes an exciting month. By next month, some more trophies, notably the Serie A crown, will probably have been decided.

    Manager of the Update
    I think I will have to give this month’s award to;

    Tom Smith, Arsenal

    as he claimed a trophy in the month, as well as secured seven points from nine in the league and made the next round of the Champions League. An FA Cup defeat to Liverpool was unfortunate, and the month was far from perfect, but in a month where results in both Spain and Italy fell below par, England seemed to do slightly better than the other two, with Liam Ferguson being another manager in contention despite a bitter 1-4 FA Cup loss to Chelsea.

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       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2458
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2458
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2458
       4th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Secure        2458
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Secure        2458
       6th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2458
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2458
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2458
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2458
         - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        2458
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2458
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    decent showing in the Carling Cup final against a strong Arsenal team.

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jan 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Mar 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
    Top Five – Games Won
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      Pos +- Username      Manager           Club        Won Percent Chnge
      1st  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal     289 (70.0%) +0.8%
      2nd  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   283 (69.2%)  0.0%
      3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid 280 (68.5%) -0.1%
      4th  0 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter       244 (67.6%) +1.7%
      5th  0 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City    230 (61.8%) +1.6%

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    Update 82
    Years: 6, Months: 82, Days: 2488

    Season Seven is ever so close to its finale now, so let’s see how our managers got on in the month of April.

    In the Champions League, April sees the Quarter Final and half the Semi Final being played. In the first leg of the Quarter Final, Cool Manager’s Liverpool hosted Arsenal but will have wanted a much better result than a 1-1 draw. Real Madrid did slightly better in hosting Barcelona, winning 1-0, but they have everything to fear in the return leg. In the Manchester derby, Liam Ferguson’s blue side hosted Vicente del Bosque’s red side and came away with a famous 2-0 victory. Valencia hosted Fiorentina and did wonders for their chances by beating the only Italian side left in the competition 3-1. Ben Taylor’s team got the win over Valencia in the return leg, but two nifty away goals sent Valencia into the Final Four instead. Man United beat Man City 1-0 at Old Trafford, which was clearly not enough to stop Ferguson’s Citizens advancing 2-1. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona sought to prove that Real Madrid’s fears were valid ones, smashing their countryfolk 3-0 with a goal each from Xavi, Alberto Aquilani and Marquinhos. So ends Real Madrid’s three consecutive Champions Leagues, but Barca can still protect their six consecutive Finals. In the last tie, Arsenal beat Liverpool 2-1 at the Emirates for a 3-2 aggregate victory. However, they hit a stumbling block at home in the Semi Final, only being capable of drawing 2-2 with Barcelona. Madridstas’s side looked set to win the tie in London with ease, but were left disgruntled after Eduardo equalised with a quick brace of goals in the 87th and 90+1th minute. In the other Semi Final, Valencia beat visitors Man City 1-0, which gives Ferguson’s side plenty to look forward to in the return leg in Manchester.

    Over to England, where Cool Manager’s Liverpool are still holding out for the Premier League top spot. Unfortunately for them, Arsenal are level with them on 79 points and on a +43 goal difference, so the Reds lead the way by a slim three goals scored margin with both teams having four games left to play. This month, Tom Smith’s team won all three games, starting out with a tricky 3-2 victory over Chelsea, to be followed by easy wins over Hull and Middlesbrough. Man City are one point behind and have one extra game to play. Liam Ferguson’s side beat Birmingham and Liverpool this month, drawing at Stamford Bridge. Down in sixth place, but only one point behind fourth place, are Leo Dodge’s Tottenham. April could have been better for them: they started it by beating Fulham 3-1, and then travelled to Spain for their Europa League Quarter Final. They left Villarreal with a 3-3 draw, which meant plenty of away goals, but that was followed by another 3-3 draw, this time at Newcastle. They couldn’t beat Villarreal at White Hart Lane but a 1-1 draw sent Spurs into the Semi Final on away goals, and then disaster struck at Wembley as an in-form Liverpool side knocked out Dodge and his team 3-0. Two more draws followed, 1-1 at Everton and 2-2 hosting Portsmouth, before a narrow 2-1 victory over Lyon was won in the Europa League, sacrificing an all-important away goal and leaving Spurs’ position in Europe on a knife-edge. Zaragoza knocked out Benfica and Aston Villa knocked out Juventus in the Quarter Finals, and the two drew 1-1 at Villa Park thanks to a late equaliser from the Spaniards. Chelsea beat Man United 2-1 in the other FA Cup tie, leading to a Liverpool vs. Chelsea final.

    With the title race in England going down to the wire, Spain didn’t want to miss out. As a result, Zaragoza dropped two points from twelve this month and Barcelona tallied the maximum attainable to them to bring the two sides ever so close at 86 points to 85, with three games to play. An away tie to Sporting and a home one against Villarreal shouldn’t be too difficult for leaders Zaragoza to win, but an away tie at Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid sure will be. Precedent says that a draw will be the result, but you can never rule out Real Madrid. For Barcelona, an away trip to already-relegated Deportivo, who sacked manager Mikael Schøler this month, and a home tie against 10th-placed Tenerife look like easy points in the bag, but the away trip to Getafe on the final day of the season could go either way, with Miguel Ángel Lotina’s side being a constant scourge for the Big Two this year. He remains at the club since replacing Joe Seddon in 2009, and has done a hell of a lot more with them than he did. Seddon has since retired. Barcelona performed superbly in March, starting out by accomplishing the feat which Zaragoza will soon be attempting, winning 1-0 at Real Madrid. Of course they then knocked Los Galácticos out of the Champions League, sandwiching a 3-0 conquest of Villarreal in between the two legs. They beat Sporting 2-0 away, Real Sociedad 4-0 at home and then Osasuna 7-0 at home. All in all it was a wonderful month for Haowan Madridstas, and it is still very much anyone’s title. Well, anyone out of Barcelona and Zaragoza. After losing to Barca, Volman’s Real Madrid beat Mallorca, Recreativo and Murcia and are almost guaranteed to finish in 3rd place in the league. But that is scant consolation for not being able to defend their Champions League title, and along with it their Club World Championship and their UEFA Super Cup.

    In Italy, the title is still not a foregone conclusion. By virtue of an embarrassing 0-4 loss to A.C. Milan this month, Ben Cee’s Inter have now a 12 point lead over second-placed Juventus, with five games to play. They beat Livorno and Genoa and drew with Brescia this month, but they also went out of the Italian Cup, drawing at home to A.C. 1-1 for a 1-2 aggregate defeat. Marco van Basten’s side will go on to play Juventus, who beat Lazio 4-2. Lord Weeman’s Napoli are third but Champions League football for next season is not yet secured for them. They drew their opening games of the month, against A.C. Milan and Palermo, before beating both Reggina and Frosinone 3-0. James Salter’s side are still in 13th place, having suffered the same scoreline against Roma. But they did beat Mantova and draw with seventh-placed Udinese in April. They are five points above the drop zone but there are plenty of teams between them and Frosinone that are “willing” to take the fall instead of Salter and his team. One manager who might take the fall is Ben Taylor, in charge of Fiorentina. They did of course qualify for the Champions League last season, and only just exited it, but are now eighth, five places below the media’s pre-season prediction. This month was a particularly bad one: alongside that European exit, they drew their first three games of the month and lost their fourth and final one. However, they are unlikely to drop any lower than 8th as Palermo are nine points behind them in 9th place. Yet Taylor won’t be fearing dropping from eighth: he’ll be fearing dropping from his managerial desk into the allele.

    Well that’s that then: three hefty paragraphs, one on each of the leagues, as well as the result of that exciting Champions League scenario. The season now boils down to a few basic things, and one of the ones that it was always going to boil down to has been dealt with: Real Madrid will not be winning a fourth consecutive Champions League. But will Barcelona reach their seventh consecutive final? Will Liverpool keep away Arsenal and Man City to claim their first league title in 25 years? Will Zaragoza keep Barcelona from the sweet prize of the La Liga crown? Will Ben Taylor keep his job? And can Tottenham win the Europa League three years after having lost in the Final? All these questions, and more, will be answered in the next update.

    Manager of the Update
    It’s obvious where this is going:

    Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

    scoops the prize. Not only did he end Real Madrid’s epic run on Champions League wins, but he won all league games without conceding a goal in order to chase down La Liga leaders Zaragoza. The 7-0 win over Osasuna and the 4-0 win over Real Sociedad were the biggest victories domestically, but the 1-0 one at Real Madrid was the best. As a bonus, they are set to reach their seventh consecutive Champions League final after drawing 2-2 at the Emirates. Tom Smith and his fellow England-based manager Liam Ferguson also had good months in April, but Madridstas ripped up the competition and in some cases swallowed them whole.

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       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2488
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2488
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2488
       4th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Secure        2488
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Secure        2488
       6th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2488
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2488
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2488
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2488
         - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        2488
      11th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Insecure      2488
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Absolutely no news on me lately. Seems like we are quietly plugging away with Europe on the mind.

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jan 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Mar 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
    Top Five – Games Drawn
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      Pos +- Username      Manager       Club        Dn Percent Chnge
      1st +1 mikeytwigge   Mikey Twigge  Palermo     84 (26.5%) +0.4%
      2nd +1 SCIAG         Leo Dodge     Tottenham   79 (20.3%) +0.9%
      3rd -2 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith     Arsenal     76 (18.1%) -1.3%
      4th -1 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson Man City    74 (19.6%) -0.7%
        - NE Romanista1994 Lucas Volman  Real Madrid 74 (17.8%)  n/a

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    WARNING! WARNING! Long update coming up!

    Update 83

    Years: 6, Months: 83, Days: 2519

    Wow, what a month! Not only was it the end of the season, but we dropped down from 11 managers to just nine! The end is nigh, and it may well get nigher!

    The sunny shores of England are always a nice place to start, so that is where we will start. Tom Smith’s Arsenal managed to battle through and defend their Premier League crown, leaving Liverpool in second place. This month, the Gunners, who ended up with just one point more than their Merseyside competitors, won three of their four games. Sunderland and Ipswich were beaten before Liverpool won 1-0 at the Emirates. You’d think that would be enough for Cool Manager’s side to win the league, but Tim Aubel’s Portsmouth held the Reds to a goalless draw at Anfield while Arsenal won 3-0 at Blackburn. Smith can hardly believe his luck! Liam Ferguson’s Man City finished in 3rd place, and the 41-year-old is currently Very Insecure, given that 1st was the media’s pre-season prediction. This month, City only won one of their five games, at home to Tottenham, but finished 20 points above fourth-placed Robert Boyle’s Newcastle, a surprise Champions League qualifier who were 10th with four games to play. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham finished 7th but, like City, won only one league match in the final month. Victory came over 19th-placed Ipswich, but losses came to Leeds and West Brom as well as City, while the team drew 1-1 with Stoke. The FA Cup Final was also played this month, with Liverpool facing Chelsea, but I’ll get onto that towards the end.

    Over to Spain now, where, to many people’s irritation, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona scooped the La Liga title. They concluded their season with clean sheet wins over Deportivo, Tenerife and Getafe, while Zaragoza beat Villarreal and Sporting but drew with Real Madrid. Barcelona claimed top spot by one point but fell six points short of last season’s century haul. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid finished 3rd and gained five points from their final three games, but they also contested the Copa del Rey final against Valencia, who finished 9th despite being touted as table toppers.

    Road to the Final – Copa del Rey
    José Mourinho’s Valencia started their Spanish Cup campaign under a different manager. Rafa Benítez got them through the Fourth Round against Leganés by beating them 4-1 away and 4-0 at home. By the time the Fifth Round tie against Recreativo came around, Benítez was gone and Mourinho was installed as manager. Recreativo were beaten 2-0 at home and 1-0 away, and then league runners-up Zaragoza were knocked out narrowly in the Quarter Final. A 4-3 home victory left a tenuous lead, but Valencia held out to draw 1-1 away. In the Semi Final, Atlético Madrid had the better start with a 2-1 home victory, but Valencia matched that and added a third in the return leg to make sure that they reached the Final.

    Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid had the annoying habit of beating their opponents by a greater margin away than at home. First off, Universidad LP were dismissed in the Fourth Round when Real beat them 3-0 away and 2-0 at home. A 1-0 home victory over Osasuna meant that Real’s opponents, who ended up getting relegated from La Liga, were in with a chance. However, a 3-0 victory away sent Volman’s team through. Again in the Quarter Final, a 1-0 win over Getafe at home was followed by a 4-1 one away. In the Last Four, Maz Armley’s Sevilla bucked the trend, losing 1-3 away to Real and 1-2 at home.
    Barcelona’s Camp Nou was the home for the Final, and it was five fans short of capacity. The match started with a few minutes of real end-to-end stuff, but settled down very quickly into a slightly dull affair. That is until Real Madrid livened it up towards the half hour mark. Edgar Barreto scored to put them ahead in the 26th minute, and then Wesley Sneijder doubled that lead in the 30th minute. After that, the action died down again and nothing much happened. Half time came and went, full time came…but didn’t go! In the 90+3rd minute, Brazilian striker Diogo clawed one back for Valencia. Could they do it? No, they couldn’t. It was obvious that they couldn’t. Real Madrid won the cup for the nineteenth time in their history, and the second under Lucas Volman.

    In Italy, James Salter’s Reggina kept up their solid and stable position, finishing in 13th. This shows an upward trend: last season they finished 14th, and the season before 15th. In May, they guaranteed their survival early on with wins over Frosinone and Sampdoria. Although losses to Torino, Inter and Pisa followed, they finished eight points clear of the drop zone. All of our other managers in Italy were camped out in the top half. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese finished 7th, one place above Palermo, despite failing to win this month. The highlight of the month was a 4-4 draw at Frosinone, and fortunately for Burrows, 8th is exactly where he was expected to finish. In 7th are Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina, and despite the season being fairly well-salvaged in the end, Taylor is Very Insecure. His side qualified for next season’s Europa League by winning three out of five games this month, including a 4-3 win over A.C. Milan. Meanwhile, Lord Weeman’s Napoli finished 2nd, beating Udinese and Roma this month and drawing with Mantova, Sampdoria and Torino. That does mean that Ben Cee and his team won the league. They secured victory after just two games this month, beating Lazio and Juventus, and Inter did go on to win their final three games against Palermo, Reggina and Udinese. In the Coppa Italia, A.C. Milan beat Juventus 2-1 in the Final thanks to an Andrea Pirlo goal in the 87th minute.

    And now, I’m afraid, I must relay the tragic news of the month. You may have noticed that I’ve mentioned by name all but one of our managers, and you may think “None of these have done badly enough to get sacked.” There, you’d be right. It all started on the fateful night of May 13th, when Valencia sacked José Mourinho following their cup final defeat. So, who would be the ideal man (or woman) for the job? Well, let’s try someone with 368 games’ experience, as well as nine trophies to his name. Feeling he had achieved all he could in Italian football, Ben Cee jumped ship to manage Valencia, and so to finish 11th out of 60 despite looking like such a good contender to finish 1st. Straight away, Cee had the chance to win one of the titles that eluded him, the Champions League, in the final against Barcelona.

    Road to the Final – Champions League
    Barcelona started their Champions League campaign in Group B. There, paired up with Manchester United, Rangers and Bordeaux, they made an indifferent start, beating United but drawing with Rangers and Bordeaux. Despite this, they actually beat Bordeaux in France, 2-1, and then travelled to Old Trafford where they drew 1-1. To conclude, they beat Rangers 2-0 at home to set up a Last 16 tie with Inter. In the first Madridstas-Cee match-up of the competition, Barcelona won (obviously), beating the Italians 3-2 at home and drawing goalless in Italy. What followed would be a stern test: a tie against Real Madrid in a repeat of last year’s final. And the year before that. And the year before that. A 0-1 loss away made it look like Real might once again gain the upper hand, but Madridstas and his team ran out 3-0 winners in the return leg to send them into the Semi Finals.

    For Valencia, Group H was the origin of their Champions League campaign, and they did not start well, losing 1-2 at the City of Manchester Stadium. However, the tide was quickly reversed, with big wins over Red Star Belgrade, Sparta Prague and then Sparta Prague again. The Spaniards reversed the scoreline in the home tie against City, and then beat Red Star 4-2 in Serbia to secure qualification, but only in second place. Under their new manager José Mourinho, they started the knockout stages with a tie against Bayern Munich, and although the tie in Spain ended 1-1, Valencia managed to win 1-0 in Germany to progress. The Quarter Finals saw them drawn against Fiorentina. They beat the Italians 3-1 at home and clung to victory by losing 2-3 away. This paired them up with their Group H nemeses Man City, whom they beat 1-0 at home. They then lost 0-1 away, in their second visit to Manchester in the season. Four penalties slotted home was too many for City, who only managed two, so Valencia made the Final, although Mourinho wouldn’t be managing in it, replaced instead by Singaporean Ben Cee. Their opponents for the Final were decided when Barcelona knocked Arsenal out 4-3, with a 2-2 draw at the Emirates followed by a 2-1 victory at the Camp Nou.
    Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium hosted the Final, and it was at full capacity for the all-Spanish occasion. It took a little while for the teams to get into the swing of things but it didn’t take too long for Barcelona to find an opening to get the goals flowing. Alberto Aquilani’s long shot put Haowan Madridstas’s side in front in the 36th minute. Valencia sought to get back into the game, but Christian Chivu’s foul on Marquinhos just minutes from the break gave Barca a penalty, a chance to double their lead. Oscar Cardozo stepped up and slotted home. The teams resumed, and although Valencia had that typical spell of possession of the losing team just after half time, nothing materialised, and it was up to Barcelona to score the next goal. Lionel Messi duly obliged with another long range shot, chipped in from 25 yards. With Barcelona three goals to the good and just 20 minutes to play, fans were already celebrating their victory. Diogo, who came on as a substitute, pulled one back for Ben Cee’s team just two minutes after Messi’s goal, but despite a frantic attempt and getting more, Valencia couldn’t and Barcelona ran out winners, for the fourth time under Madridstas’s management. Just a bit of trivia for you: Antonio Valencia was Valencia’s best player, other than goalscorer Diogo.

    So, Cee didn’t manage to claim that crown he so ardently desired, but he did get the runners-up medal, even though it was handed to him on a plate. What this left us with was a managerial vacancy at Inter. Following his success at Liverpool and Atlético Madrid, Inter called upon Cool Manager to join their ranks, which he did. His timing, however, wasn’t particularly intelligent, as although he had just missed out on the Premier League title, the FA Cup Final was yet to be played. Not only did Manager miss out on the silverware, but Liverpool needed a new manager, and fast! On the plus side for Manager, he became the first of our managers to complete The Treble; managing a side from each of our three countries. In looking for their new manager, Liverpool looked at the side who won last year’s Europa League, and qualified for this year’s Champions League in the same season. After 2507 days of service at Città di Palermo, Mikey Twigge packed up his bags and made his way to Anfield. He had 12 days to galvanise the squad for the FA Cup Final.

    In the end, Twigge’s Reds didn’t do too badly. In fact, they did very well. Fernando Torres put them infront just a minute from the break, and although they only kept that one-goal margin they kept danger at bay and looked as though they would creep over the finish line. However, Brazilian striker Amauri was criminally let through in the 90+2nd minute, and a cool finish brought Chelsea from zero to hero. Extra time passed without incident, and it looked as if Liverpool weren’t going to lose it in penalties either. Each side took eight penalties, each side scored them all, but whereas Joe Mattock scored the ninth for Chelsea, Brazilian Denílson missed for Liverpool, giving Pim Verbeek his first trophy as manager of the Pensioners.

    Of course there’s one cup we still haven’t covered, despite tallying up just over 2,000 words so far. That is the Europa League final where, much like real life, a Spanish side took to the pitch against an English one.

    Road to the Final – Europa League
    Marcelino’s Zaragoza started the season in the Champions League, albeit very briefly. A tie against Rangers proved too much for them in the Best Placed 3rd Qualifying Round, as they lost 0-2 in Scotland and couldn’t overcome that with a 1-0 win in Spain. Instead, they were dumped into the Europa League, and Group L was to be their home. Wins against Zilina, Partizan Belgrade and Spartak Moscow followed, in a group more Slavic than Janine’s cheekbones in Click, and Zaragoza completed the rout again in the same order, different locations. In the end, they waltzed the group with 18 points and a 22-1 aggregate. This put them in the Last 32 against dafuge’s Besiktas. A 2-1 win in Turkey was followed by a 4-0 victory at home, sending out the former Torino boss and his team, 6-1 on aggregate.

    Meanwhile, Leo Dodge’s Tottenham began their campaign in the Europa League itself. First, they needed to defeat Turks Bursaspor, which they did with ease. A 5-0 home leg victory gave Bursaspor almost no chance of getting back into it, and Spurs followed up with a 1-0 victory by the Sea of Marmara. They were drawn into Group G, alongside BATE Borisov, Aris Thessalonika and CSKA Moscow, in a group almost as Slavic as Janine’s cheekbones in Click. They, like Zaragoza, won all group games conceding just one goal, and ran out as 21-1 victors on goal aggregate. A 6-0 win over BATE and a 7-0 one over the Greeks were very welcome gifts to the White Hart Lane faithful. Next came a tie against Ajax, and remarkably, the team managed to win 1-0 in Amsterdam, and their 1-0 aggregate victory took any boredom away from the 0-0 draw that followed in London. Spurs then faced Hamburger SV in the Last 16. The Germans reached last year’s final only to lose to Palermo, so they couldn’t be written off. Or could they? A 3-0 away victory was followed by a 3-1 home one, which meant a 6-1 demolition of last year’s runners-up.

    Zaragoza’s Last 16 tie was not as easy. They faced fellow Spaniards Atlético Madrid. However, a 0-0 draw in the nation’s capital was a very good first leg result, and Zaragoza made it worthwile by winning 1-0 to reach the Quarter Final. There, they saw off another Iberian team, Benfica, by winning 3-1 at home and 1-0 in Portugal. Tottenham, meanwhile, faced Villarreal, and got the tough tie that Zaragoza had faced in the previous round. While a 3-3 draw in Spain was not necessarily a great result, as it showed just how capable the Spaniards were, it did mean three away goals that would make Spurs tough to beat if only they could draw or win. Draw they did, 1-1 at White Hart Lane, giving them a Semi Final tie with Lyon. A 2-1 victory in London was followed up with a 1-1 draw in France, sending Spurs to the Final for the second time in four years. Chances of an all-English Final were dashed when Zaragoza knocked out Martin Bojangles’s Aston Villa in the other Semi Final. A 1-1 draw at Villa Park always made Zaragoza the favourites, and they followed through with a 2-0 home victory.
    Bayern Munich’s Allianz-Arena hosted the Final, and the tickets were all sold out, which meant that some fans were standing. But they wouldn’t mind, as it was one exciting final. Just nineteen minutes, Ryan Babel got Tottenham off to a dream start with a blast from just outside the area. But Zaragoza were potent, and offered a powerful threat. Six minutes after Spurs’ opener, Ángel Lafita (not related to Queen Latifah) opened Zaragoza’s own tally with his head, following a quick dash into the penalty area. Things remained at 1-1 up to the break, but the atmosphere was electric and you could tell that more goals were forthcoming. Ryan Babel was again the hero for the English fans with a cool and collected placement past the keeper. 12 minutes later, with 20 minutes left to play, Adam Lallana slotted home to put Tottenham 3-1 in front. He went to the same school as me, and turned out to be one of only two hundred alumni of the school to score in the Europa League Final. Of course, Zaragoza could never be written off, and when the ball came to Axel Witsel (not related to Josef Fritzl) at the far post from a corner, he headed it home to glory to narrow the gap. And just four minute later and one from time, Borja Valero (related to Torville and Dean, actually), took all the time in the world slotting the ball home to level the tie. Extra time passed without incident, and then it came to penalties. Zaragoza fans watched as their side capitulated. It was going well even after the first penalties: both teams missed. But when Zaragoza continued to miss despite Gareth Bale, Robinho and Dan Gosling scoring for Spurs, they fell and Leo Dodge’s Tottenham took the title!

    So that’s May, and season seven, over and done with. Eyes will be looking forward, and which pair of those eighteen eyes will be the eyes of the manager who wins 60 to One. I know, it’s a crazy metaphor, but I just wanted to prove that I know that nine people have eighteen eyes between them. Unless Haowan Madridstas is secretly a pirate. I’ve always suspected.

    Manager of the Update
    Well, it’s been an exciting month, but this was only ever going to one place.

    Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

    wraps up his seventh Manager of the Update award in style, by securing a double despite not being in the strongest position to do so. Seeing off Arsenal and Valencia in the Champions League, and Zaragoza in La Liga, the ecstacy of Barcelona fans is unparalleled, and this month saw Madridstas bringing home his 17th title for the club. Other managers in the running were Leo Dodge, who completed a 63-game season by winning the Europa League; Lord Weeman, who had a good month although without silverware; Lucas Volman, whose Real Madrid team seized the Spanish Cup to make the best out of their season, and James Salter, who deserves some recognition for making Reggina into one of the most stable teams around.

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       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2519
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2519
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2519
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Very Secure   2519
       5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Secure        2519
       6th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2519
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2519
       8th fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Very Insecure 2519
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Very Insecure 2519
      10th mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo                   2507
      11th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter                     2502
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Creeping ever closer.

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    Secure for a long time, now very secure! And the Europa league!

    Keep up the hard work, canvey!!

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    Down to just 9 now with the possibility of more leaving. Congrats to Ben and Mikey, amazing effort to make it this far!!

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    Oh.My.Word.

    Not really the way I expected my tenure to end. At least I left with another league title.

    Inter has been fun. But alas, it's time to move on.

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    Writer’s Notes: Those two managers leaving mean that both Strawberry and Mint Choc Chip are left with their final managers (Lucas Volman and Lord Weeman). Coffee (Tyler Burrows, Ben Taylor) and Vanilla (Haowan Madridstas, James Salter) have two managers, but Chocolate has three (Liam Ferguson, Tom Smith, Leo Dodge).

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      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jan 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Mar 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      May 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
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      1st +1 JSalter       James Salter  Reggina     137 (48.1%)  0.0%
      2nd +2 SCIAG         Leo Dodge     Tottenham    99 (25.0%) -0.6%
      3rd +2 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows Udinese      98 (27.8%) +1.2%
      4th -1 TaylorB       Ben Taylor    Fiorentina   97 (28.3%) -1.7%
      5th NE weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman   Napoli       77 (24.3%)  n/a

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    Update 84
    Years: 7, Months: 84, Days: 2549

    Our managers have hit the seven-year mark, and in a month unmarked by the managerial chopping and changing that tarnished May, the managers prepared for their eighth season of football management.

    In Italy, Inter are expected to retain the Serie A title, making it their fourth title on the bounce. However, they will be without their favourite manager Ben Cee, who fled to Valencia, and so Cool Manager will attempt to take the club into a new era. Other clubs expected to qualify for the Champions League from Italy are Napoli, Juventus and Roma, in that order. Fiorentina and Udinese are expected to finish in the same position as last season, seventh and eighth respectively, and James Salter’s Reggina are also tipped to secure a second thirteenth-placed finish in a row. Modena, Bologna and Triestina are the bookies’ favourites to get relegated.

    In England, Liam Ferguson’s Man City have been touted as title winners despite Arsenal having won the last three Premier League titles, and City only managing an average position of 2.6th in the past three seasons. Arsenal are tipped to finish 2nd, with Liverpool and Manchester United also in as the favourites for Champions League qualification. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham are tipped to finish 6th but fourth place will surely be the Englishman’s target. Of the newly-promoted clubs, two are expected to go down: Leicester City in 20th and James Ridley’s Crystal Palace in 19th, but Brettney Joven’s West Ham are believed to be capable of moderate safety with a 13th-placed finish, despite the fact that West Ham were the team that won promotion through the playoffs. Taking their place in the yawning chasm of the relegation zone are, at least according to the bookies, Leeds United.

    In the transfer market, a few of our Italian clubs did some deals. Tyler Burrows brought two new players into his Udinese team: Matteo Fabiani from Atalanta for £1.1M and Iacopo Cappiello from Reggina for £800k. James Salter made another outgoing transfer from Reggina, selling Marco Civilleri to Arezzo for £450k.

    Now seems like a good time to update you on the quest for Euro 2016 qualification. Italy qualify as hosts, but let’s see how the home nations are doing in pursuing a place in the Last 16. The group winner qualifies, and the 10 group runners-up will play against one other for a place. In Group B, England’s campaign is solid, with a 5-0-1 record so far. A loss came to Luxembourg last September, but since then, England have beaten Belgium, Macedonia, Armenia, Bulgaria and then Luxembourg itself to put them in first place. Victory in Belgium and hosting Macedonia should see them through, although they have games against Armenia and Bulgaria if necessary. In Group C, Northern Ireland are actually top of their group, holding back Spain! The two actually drew in Spain, but the lead is tight and Spain have a game in hand. The Irish travel to Greece and the Spaniards to Latvia in their next games.

    In Group G, Scotland are top of their group and very near to qualifying. They won all five of their games, even beating Euro holders Portugal at home. Their next game is in Portugal, and while it wouldn’t be a disaster if they lost, it would qualify them if they won. In Group H, Ireland relinquished an early group lead to the Netherlands after the Dutch beat them 1-0. Their next game is against Malta while the Netherlands play Lithuania, but the most important one will be the away trip to Serbia to see if Ireland can hold them off in order to get a playoff place. Ironically, Saul Goode’s Wales, the only home nation to qualify for the last World Cup, are the nation doing the worst. Losses to Turkey and Ukraine have blighted their campaign and leave them in 4th place with 7 points, but their two remaining home games come against the top two nations, while their away game is against lowly Liechtenstein. Wales wouldn’t lose away to them, that would be like England losing away to…Luxembourg?

    Manager of the Update
    Only two to talk of this month.

    James Salter, Reggina

    gets the award for spinning a profit while Tyler Burrows spun a loss. Their numbers, however, were child’s play, and Burrows’s expenditure shows he is planning for the future, not that Salter isn’t. Unfortunately for Salter, he only seems to get these awards at this time of year.

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       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2549
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2549
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2549
       4th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2549
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2549
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2549
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2549
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2549
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2549
      10th mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo                   2507
      11th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter                     2502
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
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    How is my manager doing now canvey?

    Good luck to the 9 that are left.

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    Close to Manager of the Month, not that I did anything, KUTGW Canvey!

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    I'd like to mention something. A bit of a parting shot perhaps.

    Despite 9 trophies in my long tenure at Inter, I only managed to get Manager of the Month twice.

    Not bitter. Just saying.

    Good luck to the rest!

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    @ssestig: Empoli finished 8th out of 22 in Serie B (where 3rd-6th qualify for the playoffs)

    English Premier League Table
    Italian Serie A Table
    Spanish La Liga Table
    Sorry, I forgot again to take these before the reset dates.

    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
    Code:
      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jan 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Mar 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      May 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 15 James Salter, Reggina
    Top Five – Goals Scored
    Code:
      Pos +- Username      Manager           Club      Goals (Pr/G) Chnge
      1st  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   990 (2.35)  0.00
      2nd  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal     946 (2.23) +0.02
      3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid 861 (2.05) -0.01
      4th  0 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City    786 (2.05)  0.00
      5th NE SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham   704 (1.78)  n/a

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    Default Re: 60 to One

    Some immense changes for Cool Manager in the past few months. Ridiculous to lose the Premier League in that fashion Utter stupidity in taking up the Inter Milan job before the FA Cup final, missing great chances for silverware

    Inter Milan though

    Kutgw canvey

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    Update 85
    Years: 7, Months: 85, Days: 2580

    July has passed, and with it a number of transfers. Obviously, Ben Cee at his new club Valencia has been doing a lot of buying and selling, but I won’t be covering that as he is one of “the departed”. Some notable managers retired this month, including Roy Hodgson at Fulham, to be replaced by Dave Jones, and Arsène Wenger at Juventus, to be replaced by Mikael Schøler.

    We’ll go to Spain first, Schøler’s home before taking the Juventus job (a big step up considering he was sacked by Deportivo in April for relegating them from La Liga). That league reset this month, and, despite their 9th placed finish last season, Valencia are expected to win it. That would be four consecutive titles for Ben Cee. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are predicted to finish second with Real Madrid tipped to come third. Betis, Hércules and Valladolid, having all made the step up from the LIGA adelante last season, are all expected to get relegated, and in the order they finished last season too. As for transfers in Spain, Real Madrid made £41M by selling three players: Adriano joined Lazio for £20.5M, Yury Zhirkov joined Man City for £11M and Philippe Senderos joined Arsenal (again) for £9.5M. Barcelona made one sale and three purchases, with Matías Fernández joining Atlético Madrid for £13M, Blaise Matuidi joining from Valencia for £14.25M, Rafael van der Vaart arriving from Arsenal for £13M and César Ruiz Díaz, a Paraguayan regen goalkeeper, joining from Getafe for £150k.

    There were some transfers in Italy last month, but they did of course continue in July. Ben Taylor sold Ricardo Faty to Inter for £15.25M and the Fiorentina manager bought both Frosinone’s Benito Nicolas Viola for £5.5M and Brescia’s Robert Acquafresca for £7.5M. At Reggina, James Salter carried on with a number of moves: talented young defender Arturo De Falco half-joined A.C. Milan for £8.25M when a co-ownership deal was struck, English midfielder Ben Watson joined Torino for £375k, and another co-ownership saw Salter earn £140k by letting Lazio buy half of regen defender Marcello Gandini. Tyler Burrows also continued his tinkering into this month, signing Ajax’s Dmitry Torbinskiy for £4.2M and signing both Tim Krul from Celta for £1.4M and Antonio Martino, regen striker, from Cagliari for £675k. 34-year-old John Arne Riise left the club on a free transfer. As for Napoli, they sold Vasco Regini to Marseille for £2.5M and bought half of Frosinone regen Salvatore de Luca for £1.5M.

    In Europe, a few of the early entrants to the Europa League have played their first matches. Fiorentina are the only one of our teams to do this, and they beat Ireland’s Bohemians 4-0 in both legs for an 8-0 aggregate scoreline. They’ll also have to win a Fourth Qualifying Round tie before they can join Tottenham in the Group Stages. With the exception of Reggina and Udinese, all of our other sides will be involved in the Champions League, and will all join in the Group Stages: Barcelona, Manchester City, Arsenal, Napoli and Real Madrid.

    Concluding with transfers in England then. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham made the biggest transfer, signing Anderson from Vicente del Bosque’s Manchester United for £17M. Rhys Taylor’s £40k signature from recently-relegated Birmingham seems like pennies in comparison. Liam Ferguson at Man City was busy too, bringing in Franco Zuculini from Valencia in a Player Exchange for £11.75M (Yannis Tafer made way), Villarreal’s Andrés for £10M, and of course that Yury Zhirkov transfer. Arsenal’s only two transfers were outlined earlier: Rafael van der Vaart left and Philippe Senderos arrived (that’s three times now!).

    The managers have less than a month before the new season starts (and it has already started for Taylor). We lost two last season and three the season before that. How many will go this year?

    Manager of the Update
    My manager of the update is;

    Ben Taylor, Fiorentina

    who navigated his Europa League tie with ease and was an active force in the transfer market. At Reggina, James Salter kept making sales which endeared him to me, and Haowan Madridstas made a healthy profit this month, but cup progression is very important and Taylor secured it for his team.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2580
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2580
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2580
       4th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2580
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2580
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2580
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2580
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2580
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2580
      10th mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo                   2507
      11th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter                     2502
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jan 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Mar 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      May 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 15 James Salter, Reggina
      Jul 15 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
    Top Five – Goals Conceded
    Code:
      Pos +- Username      Manager           Club      Goals (Pr/G) Chnge
      1st  0 JSalter       James Salter      Reggina     438 (1.54) +0.05
      2nd  0 SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham   409 (1.03) -0.01
      3rd  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal     386 (0.91)  0.00
      4th  0 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City    370 (0.96) -0.02
      5th  0 TaylorB       Ben Taylor        Fiorentina  361 (1.05) +0.02
    Lifespan – 2 to 5 Years
    Code:
       Pos Username             Manager             Club       Days
      15th hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham     1705
      16th ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton    1701
      17th rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro 1614
      18th ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania    1405
      19th bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta   1320
         - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia   1320
      21st m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing     1288
      22nd el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid 1263
      23rd spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia   1259
      24th Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting   1244
      25th Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull       1241
      26th clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma       1237
      27th Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal 1230
      28th Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom  1210
      29th Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton     1208
      30th Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   999
      31st Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    925
      32nd pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       889
      33rd AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  882
      34th JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    873
         - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  873
      36th ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United  852
      37th Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena       843
    Lifespan – 1 to 2 Years
    Code:
       Pos Username             Manager             Club      Days
      38th conners              Sirus Lannock       Málaga     628
      39th MikaelS              Mikael Schøler      Bologna    613
      40th Swafe                Saul Goode          Osasuna    551
      41st hamilton162          Tom Hamilton        Mallorca   509
      42nd kashmirshazad        Shazad Ali          Newcastle  508
      43rd DiscoStu94           Da Hoover Man       Sampdoria  501
         - ScottT!              Scott Tysoe         Sunderland 501
      45th canvey!!             Fréderico Canvey    Stoke      476
    Lifespan – Less than 1 Year
    Code:
       Pos Username             Manager             Club      Days
      46th corinthiano          Mathias Brunckhorst Chievo     327
         - Neilio               Neilio              Almería    327
      48th Robert_296           Robert Boyle        Blackburn  326
      49th brettney1980         Brettney Joven      Wigan      320
      50th TigerJoe             Joe Seddon          Getafe     271
      51st jack.browne          Jack Browne         Sevilla    250
      52nd NepentheZ            Neppo Monster       Cagliari   236
         - dafuge               dafuge              Torino     236
      54th KiddingChoc          Zach Machios        Portsmouth 235
         - Whoopy D             Whoopy D            West Ham   235
      56th d-machine            David Machine       Athletic   229
      57th PaulHartman71        Jeremy English      Liverpool  204
      58th Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid
         - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea
         - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa

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    Default Re: 60 to One

    Lots of signings as usual for Udinese, constant tinkering seems to keep everyone on their toes. MON THE TITLE THIS SEASON!!!!

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    Update 86
    Years: 7, Months: 86, Days: 2611

    And we’re under way! The season has started in all three of our countries.

    Let’s start with England, where Robert Boyle has taken his Newcastle team to top spot. They beat Hull, Aston Villa and Leicester this month to end it with a perfect record. The other Tyne-Tees side, Arnold J. Rimmer’s Middlesbrough, have also started their season undefeated, as have Tottenham, Liverpool, Man City and Tom Smith’s Arsenal. Arsenal beat Chelsea and Everton but drew with Manchester United, while Man City beat West Ham and Portsmouth and have a game in hand. Arsenal also took part in a London derby at Wembley, where the Community Shield was settled on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Francesc Fàbregas put the Gunners in front after just one minute, but Giampaolo Pazzini levelled for Chelsea in the 51st minute. One penalty scored from three wasn’t good enough for the Pensioners, and Arsenal took and scored their fourth to take the title. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham, against whom Man City have that game in hand, drew goalless hosting Liverpool and beat West Ham. They also travelled to Monaco where Mario Gómez scored the only goal in a fantastic 1-0 victory over Barcelona, giving Tottenham England’s second UEFA Super Cup in two years.

    Despite this match, Barcelona did manage to play a game in La Liga. It was a weird game with which to start the season, but they drew goalless with Real Madrid nonetheless. This was after just having beaten Lucas Volman’s team in the Spanish Super Cup. A 2-1 away victory was followed by a draw at home to give the prize to Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate. Also this month, Barca made three outgoing transfers: Carlos Eduardo joined Atlético Madrid for £8.5M, Ricardo Campos joined Deportivo for £2M, and you know that Paraguayan goalkeeper César Ruiz Díaz? He joined Barca last month but left for Zaragoza with an £850k price tag (£700k profit). He has now agreed to join Real Madrid at the end of the season for £1.2M (£350k profit). Real’s only other transfer activity this month was selling youngster Iván Villar to Cartagena for £80k.

    In the Champions League, Ireland got their first ever representative in the Group Stages (as did Estonia, incidentally). Cork City will be in Arsenal’s group, Group A, alongside Fenerbahçe and FC Twente. Other groups of interest to us are Group B, where Barcelona will shape up against Newcastle, Rapid Wien and Porto; Group E, where Man City will face Ajax as well as Anderlecht and Estonians Levadia; Group F where Real Madrid will try their luck against Bordeaux, Werder Bremen and Galatasaray; and Group H where Napoli try to overcome Benfica, Liverpool and Basel. In the Europa League, Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina beat Levski Sofia 5-0 away and 9-1 at home in order to secure their qualification for the Group Stages in style. Chelsea, Roma, Villarreal, Man United, Elche, A.C. Milan, Getafe, Blackburn and of course Tottenham will join them from our nations. dafuge's Besiktas also made the groups by beating Slovenia’s Interblock 8-1 on aggregate, as did Phill Ewles’s Olympiakos who lost to Lazio in the Champions League playoff.

    We mentioned Barcelona’s and Real Madrid’s transfers this month, but they obviously weren’t the only teams making transfers. Lord Weeman bought Palermo’s Federico Laurito for £14.5M while sending Brazilian Filipe the other way for £375k. James Salter continued his work in the transfer markets, as did Tyler Burrows, with the Reggina manager signing Siena’s Montenegrin regen defender Dragan Rasic for £2.2M and selling Antonio Barillà to Sampdoria for £5.5M, and the Udinese boss bringing in Real Sociedad’s £7.25M Pablo Piatto and Ajax’s £375k Tommaso Berni, and selling Alessandro Tuia to Ascoli for £1.3M in the bigger of his two outgoing transfers. Arsenal bought Gökhan Inler for £17.25M from Inter, and sold wingback Steven Smith to Ipswich for £4M, as well as two smaller transfers, and Ben Taylor made three outgoing Fiorentina transfers. Cheick Diabaté joined Mikael Schøler’s Juventus for £9M, half of young striker Piero Bellani was sold to Inter for £3.3M, and all of young striker Niccolò Simeoni joined Triestina for £375k.

    As for the Italian league, Fiorentina are sitting pretty nicely after one game played. They beat Triestina 3-0 (Simeoni came on as a sub and got a 6.1 rating) and are second behind A.C. Milan. James Salter’s Reggina also won, beating their Coppa Italia 4th Qualifying Round opponents Torino 1-0. They reached that round by beating Foggia 1-0 in the 3rd Qualifying Round. Udinese did well to draw goalless with Inter, while Napoli lost to Juventus, despite finishing higher than them last season. In the Italian Super Cup, Cool Manager’s Inter beat A.C. Milan 2-1.

    So that’s that. The season’s under way, there’s no going back now. Who will survive right through ‘til the end? There’s no way of knowing until we get there!

    Manager of the Update
    I think I’ll give this award to;

    Leo Dodge, Tottenham

    as he managed to win the UEFA Super Cup against the odds. He also started his Premier League campaign rather well. Tom Smith was another manager in England who started undefeated, while I have to give credit to Ben Taylor, whose Fiorentina team made a nice transfer profit, won in the Europa League and won their first league game 3-0, and to James Salter, who is still doing transfers and who also won his first game of the season.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2611
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2611
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2611
       4th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2611
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2611
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2611
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2611
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2611
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2611
      10th mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo                   2507
      11th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter                     2502
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Already a cup victory

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jan 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Mar 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      May 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 15 James Salter, Reggina
      Jul 15 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Aug 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
    Top Five – Goal Difference
    Code:
      Pos +- Username      Manager           Club  Goal Diff.
      1st  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   +675
      2nd  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal     +563
      3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid +558
      4th +1 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City    +419
      5th NE SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham   +298

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    Still in it Good to see we're making slow progress up the league, maybe it will be a 12th place finish this season.

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    Update 87
    Years: 7, Months: 87, Days: 2641

    With the month of September completed, let’s see how our managers fared as the new season developed.

    In Italy, Inter don’t seem to be suffering too much after Ben Cee’s departure. Cool Manager has them top of the league after six games, and with 16 points they are as yet undefeated. The only other team that can boast that feat are Tyler Burrows’s Udinese. They rattled up some impressive results in September, and while a 2-1 away win over Torino was nothing special, 3-0 victories over Triestina and Modena and a 4-0 one over Brescia were. The month ended with a credible goalless draw at Napoli. However, Burrows and his team always start seasons well, only to drop off when the going gets tough. The target for the Andorran this year will be European qualification of any kind. Lord Weeman’s Napoli are in 5th place, recovering after last month’s defeat to Juventus. They beat Parma 3-2, Fiorentina 5-1 and Reggina 3-0 this month, but could only draw against Palermo and Udinese. Down south, James Salter’s Reggina suffered two further defeats this month, and goalless draws against Triestina and Modena are likely to be four points dropped rather than two gained. On the plus side, they beat Torino again, 4-3, to clinch progress to the Coppa Italia 1st Round, but they are a little close for comfort league-wise, one point above the drop zone – although it is early days. They’ll travel to A.C. Milan for the cup’s next round, surely ending their participation. The other three teams have easy home ties: Fiorentina with Mantova, Udinese with Livorno and Napoli with Brescia.

    In Spain, Zaragoza have made a strong start to the season, rising to 1st place with 15 points out of 15, but one does wonder whether they can sustain that. Obviously, Real Madrid dropped points last month due to their draw with Barcelona, but Lucas Volman’s side won all this month. Murcia, Athletic, Sevilla and Elche all fell to the club from the capital, and none of those were easy victories, with all but one of them coming with a one-goal margin. Barcelona dropped a further two points in drawing with Ben Cee’s Valencia in their second game of the season. However, that’s two of the toughest ties out of the way and with wins over Racing, Valladolid and Getafe in relative comfort, it shows that Haowan Madridstas and his team look to be building up some momentum. However, those dropped points against Valencia could be crucial when the end of the season rolls around.

    September saw the start of European competition in all its majesty. In the Champions League, four out of five of our teams lead their groups. Lord Weeman’s Napoli won 3-0 in Basel but drew 1-1 hosting Benfica and so are second behind Mikey Twigge’s Liverpool. In order of ascending goal difference, Real Madrid snuck narrow 1-0 wins over both Bordeaux and Werder Bremen. While they weren’t spectacular results, the points are on the boards and, hopefully, the Real fans won’t mind if the entire group passes like this. In Group A, Arsenal beat Fenerbahçe 2-0 at home and achieved a hard-fought 1-0 victory in Enschede. In their next tie, they welcome Cork City, which should be an opportunity for goals. The other newcoming country, Estonia, saw their entrant defeated 5-0 by Liam Ferguson’s Man City in the first match of the campaign. City then went on to win 2-1 at Ajax while Levadia lost 2-3 at home to Anderlecht. Finally, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona romped to victory in their two games, annihilating Robert Boyle’s Newcastle 7-0 at home, and then winning 6-0 in Austria against Rapid Wien. Let’s hope Porto can put up at least some resistance against the holders. As for Europe’s secondary competition, only one game was played by each team. Tottenham beat NK Zagreb 6-0 while Fiorentina drew 2-2 at Phill Ewles’s Olympiakos. dafuge's Besiktas beat OGC Nice Côte d’Azur 2-0 but the biggest win was for Manchester United, who triumphed 9-0 over Lithuania’s FBK Kaunas.

    On England’s fair shores, both Arsenal and Middlesbrough are still going strong in the Premier League. Tottenham also remain undefeated. Tom Smith’s side scored four goals in all three games this month, beating West Brom 4-0 and both Leeds and third-placed Newcastle 4-1. They also travelled to Derby where a 3-0 win put them into the Carling Cup Fourth Round. As for Tottenham, they drew with Man City, Fulham and Leicester, all 1-1 and all away, and beat Aston Villa 1-0 in their only home tie. Yet they lost 0-1 as Man United put them out of the Carling Cup at White Hart Lane. And Man City are really struggling. Liam Ferguson’s side may be doing well in the Champions League, but they lost both away league games, 0-4 to Liverpool and 0-2 to Aston Villa, and could only draw at home against both Fulham and Spurs. They also crashed out of the League Cup due to having the misfortune of travelling to Anfield for the 3rd Round. That leaves Arsenal as our last team standing, and they travel to bottom-of-the-table Blackburn to defend that status, as well as to defend the cup itself.

    So, we’ve already had some interesting results. All’s fine and dandy on the European front, but there are a couple of teams in mild danger in their leagues. Results should pick up soon, but if they don’t…

    Manager of the Update
    This isn’t an easy one to give. I think I’ll award it based on improvement, so;

    Tyler Burrows, Udinese

    takes this award. He has his team 2nd in Serie A and won four games from five this month, drawing the other and attaining a 12-1 aggregate. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona were dominant in the Champions League, but then you would expect that, and Lucas Volman ground out a good if uninspiring month with Real Madrid. Tom Smith won all his games in three competitions.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2641
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2641
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2641
       4th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2641
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2641
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2641
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2641
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        2641
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2641
      10th mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo                   2507
      11th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter                     2502
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    A fantastic performance this month. Manager of the Month rewards a few months of really solid work, hopefully we can keep it up and not continue the mid-season form-lapses we have been suffering from. The time has come!

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
    Code:
      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jan 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Mar 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      May 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 15 James Salter, Reggina
      Jul 15 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Aug 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 15 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
    Top Five – Age
    Code:
      Pos +- Username      Manager           Club       Age
      1st  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid 55
      2nd  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   54
      3rd -1 SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham   53
      4th +1 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese     51
      5th NE TaylorB       Ben Taylor        Fiorentina  50

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    Update 88
    Years: 7, Months: 88, Days: 2672

    October saw a few sackings, but not any of our managers. That’s a good thing, surely? However, we do have two managers who are Insecure in their jobs. Let’s take a look at the month of October to see how that situation arose.

    Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid lead La Liga, and have yet to lose a game. They continued their fabulous winning streak in the first three games of the month, beating Málaga 3-1, Racing 2-0 and Valladolid 4-0. However, Valencia put up ample resistance and the two sides drew 3-3 at Nuevo Mestalla. A 3-0 win at Alicante puts them in a good position to reach the Copa del Rey 5th Round. As for Barcelona, they sit 4th, also unbeaten, but they dropped four points this month in the form of draws against Betis and Zaragoza. On the plus side, Sporting were beaten 4-1 and Real Sociedad 4-0, and they beat Palencia 7-0 away to pretty much guarantee cup progression.

    In the Europa League, both our sides tallied two victories this month. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham thrashed Brøndby 6-0 and Toulouse 3-0, and Ben Taylor’sFiorentina achieved comfortable wins over Beitar Jerusalem and Belenenses, 3-0 and 4-0 respectively. In Europe’s daddy competition, the biggest wins of the month were Arsenal’s 9-0 destruction of Cork City, Real Madrid’s 7-0 annihilation of Galatasaray and Man City’s 4-0 win over Anderlecht. The month also carried two major surprises: Levadia did Estonia proud by beating Ajax 2-1 at home, and Porto defeated their fellow Iberians Barcelona, a team who had chalked up 13 goals from the first two games, 3-1.

    Robert Boyle’s Newcastle lead the Premier League, much to the delight of (read the following two words in a Geordie accent) Geordies worldwide. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham are fourth, one point behind Middlesbrough and five behind 2nd-placed Arsenal, and they had a tight month, sneaking wins against Man United and Blackburn at home, and Arsenal away – a truly delightful result for the fans – while only being able to draw with Hull and Crystal Palace, and going down to a solitary goal at Goodison Park. Liam Ferguson’s Man City seemed to be recovering from last month’s woes, beating Leicester 5-0 at the start of the month and beating Arsenal 2-0 in the third game – giving the Gunners their second of two defeats this month and season – but a 0-1 loss to Blackburn followed a 3-1 victory over James Ridley’s Crystal Palace, and then a trip to Old Trafford for a fiercely contested Manchester derby saw Vicente del Bosque’s Red Devils winning 2-0. With Everton, Chelsea and Newcastle all coming up in the next four games, Ferguson is Insecure and a possible candidate to get sacked before the year is out.

    Another Insecure manager is James Salter, whose Reggina side have slid ever closer to the drop. Two 2-2 draws bookmarked the month: they opened with one at home to Sampdoria, and closed with one away to Mikael Schøler’s Juventus (Schøler, incidentally, is Very Insecure). Inbetween came losses to Lazio and A.C. Milan. Our other three Italian teams are concentrated in the 3rd-5th range. Lord Weeman’s Napoli, who won two and drew two this month, a feat which included handing Inter their first defeat of the season, sit 3rd, with Udinese, who got one of each result, one point behind. Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina are then a further two points back, and did well out of a tough month, getting six points from Lazio, A.C. Milan and Juventus.

    Onwards we go, to November! I hope everyone had a Happy Hallowe’en!

    Manager of the Update
    There weren’t any exemplary performances this month.

    Lucas Volman, Real Madrid

    gets the award and was pretty much the only candidate. Despite a 3-3 draw at Zaragoza, the Real Madrid manager guided his team to five wins in three competitions, a 19-1 aggregate, which becomes 22-4 if the final league game is included. Not too shabby!

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2672
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2672
       3rd Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure        2672
       4th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2672
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2672
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2672
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2672
       8th JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Insecure      2672
         - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Insecure      2672
      10th mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo                   2507
      11th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter                     2502
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Still going strong with my Arsenal team! It's getting quite tense now as it comes to the final few managers, although this could still go on for some time! Keep up the good work canvey, and apologies for not being around here so much recently, real life is getting in the way.

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    Good to have you back, Tom - I was worried about you! Good to see you reading, too, GCB ;).

    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jan 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Mar 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      May 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 15 James Salter, Reggina
      Jul 15 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Aug 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 15 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 15 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
    Top Five – Highest Fee Spent
    Code:
      Pos +- Username      Manager           Club        Player             Fee
      1st  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   John Heitinga   £37.5M
      2nd  0 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City    Michael Essien  £26.5M
      3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid Adriano         £23  M
      4th +1 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal     Andrés Guardado £22  M
      5th NE SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham   Mario Gómez     £21.5M

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    Hmmm looks like Salter & Ferguson could be in trouble, they might need to do something about that or they will end up falling out before the end...Still looking excellent Canvey. Please KUTGW I am also still reading every update.

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    Update 89
    Years: 7, Months: 89, Days: 2702

    It’s December, and the managers are opening the first doors on their advent calendars. Rumour has it Leo Dodge has opted for a Tweenies one this year, while Tyler Burrows has gone with his standard fare: Andorran football heroes. Sorry, that was a typo – Andorran football hero. The production costs are limited because the chocolates are all the same shape, that of the best Andorran player ever, Ildefons Lima. Anyway, before we get all Christmassy, let’s take a look at how the managers did in November, with detailed analysis from yours truly.

    We’ll start with the Champions League, where two more sets of fixtures were played this month. Several sides have already qualified, including Tom Smith’s Arsenal, who won 5-0 in Cork but lost 0-1 in Istanbul. FC Twente qualify alongside them, while Fenerbahçe are guaranteed to take the Europa League place. Liam Ferguson’s Man City drew 1-1 with Anderlecht but beat Levadia 6-0 in Estonia to seal their qualification alongside Ajax, and Real Madrid won 2-0 at Galatasaray before drawing goalless in Bordeaux to put themselves through as the first qualifier from their group. Barcelona and Napoli have yet to qualify, but the Spaniards won both games this month and the Italians beat Basel 5-0. They’ll travel to Benfica next to decide which of those two will join Liverpool in making the Knockout Stages. As for the Europa League, just one game was played this month. Tottenham beat NK Zagreb 4-0 away and Fiorentina beat Olympiakos 5-2 at home. Roma, Atlético Madrid, Spurs, Villarreal, Chelsea, A.C. Milan and Manchester United have sealed their progression to the next round with two games to spare.

    In Italy, Reggina have now fallen into the drop zone, but manager James Salter finds himself Stable. The team beat Palermo this month but lost to Parma and Fiorentina. Meanwhile, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese have embedded themselves in the Toup Four with an unbeaten month. But Udinese fans oughtn’t get too excited: two of the games ended level. A great 3-0 win over an underperforming Juventus and a 5-0 victory over Parma were the two higlights. Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina, like Udinese, won two and drew two. Palermo resisted in Sicily, Parma resisted in Florence, but neither Mantova nor Reggina could offer resistance at their own grounds.

    In England, Liam Ferguson’s Man City are continuing their quest to restore themselves to glory, ascending two places to 7th after a decent November. Everton were beaten 4-1 and West Brom 3-1, but a crunch game at Stamford Bridge saw Pim Verbeek’s Chelsea win 2-1, aiding the Pensioners in the pursuit of fourth-placed Tottenham. In other English news, Tom Smith’s Arsenal have regained the top of the Premier League with wins over Fulham, Aston Villa and Leicester. The FA Cup 3rd Round draw was also announced this month: Arsenal will be hosting fellow Londoners Charlton, Tottenham will travel to Peterborough and Man City will host Sheffield United. The Gunners also dumped Blackburn out of the Carling Cup in the Fourth Round, but look likely to be dumped out themselves when they travel to Anfield for the Quarter Final.

    The playoffs took place this month, and the qualification for Euro 2016 is complete. Both England and Scotland qualified in first position in their groups, holding off Belgium and holders Portugal respectively. The Republic of Ireland suffered 0-1 home defeats to both the Netherlands and, of all countries, Malta, and suffered a 0-6 thrashing in Serbia, which alone is enough to justify the Serbs’ second-placed finish ahead of them. Northern Ireland resisted the Greeks and claimed second place in their group, behind Spain, and Saul Goode’s Wales finished above both Hungary and Turkey to qualify for the playoffs too, with Ukraine being Group J’s automatic representative. In the playoffs, Wales would face Ireland’s conquerors Serbia, and Northern Ireland would face Switzerland, who recently appointed a new manager.

    In the first leg, the Welsh managed a narrow 2-1 victory over Serbia, thanks to goals from Ched Evans and Neal Eardley. The Swiss beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in the Alps, and while the result was disappointing, qualification was still achievable. The Czech Republic missed their chance to damage Portugal, hosting the holders and drawing 1-1, while the advantage swung to Denmark and Belgium, who drew 0-0 in Russia and 2-2 in Sweden respectively. However, both of those two lost when all was considered: they both lost 0-1 at home. Portugal got the desired result – a 3-1 victory – to send them to Italy instead of the Czech Republic, and, unfortunately for Wales, Serbia thrashed Saul Goode’s side 4-0, two thirds as badly as they did to Ireland. Serbia is to Wales as Northern Ireland is to Switzerland: Nigel Worthington’s side beat the Swiss 4-0 at Windsor Park to become the third home nation represented in the tournament. Jonny Evans and Steven Davis both scored, with Martin Paterson getting a brace. All eyes now turn back to the domestic season, before the tournament kicks off next June.

    In Spain, Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid continue to lead La Liga. They hosted both Getafe and second-placed Zaragoza this month, beating them 5-0 and 2-0 respectively. However, they dropped points on an away trip to Gijón. In their Copa del Rey Fourth Round Second Leg match against Alicante, they notched up double figures with a 10-0 victory. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona did much the same as Real this month: two league victories bookending a draw, with a big cup win inbetween. They beat Hércules and Villarreal, 3-0 and 3-1 respectively, but drew with Atlético Madrid, and beat Palencia 8-0 in the cup for a 15-0 aggregate victory. In the next round, Barcelona play second league Alavés and Real will play mid-table Mallorca.

    Here’s wishing all the managers a Merry Christmas! Especially Liam Ferguson; he may need one.

    Manager of the Update
    I’m afraid this goes to Spain once again.

    Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

    is chosen as my Manager of the Update. Two Champions League wins, two league victories and an 8-0 domination in the Spanish Cup were all his this month. But for a draw with Bordeaux, Lucas Volman would have had it, while Ben Taylor, Tyler Burrows and Tom Smith also deserve a mention.

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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2702
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2702
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2702
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   2702
       5th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2702
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2702
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2702
         - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        2702
       9th fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Very Insecure 2702
      10th mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo                   2507
      11th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter                     2502
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Very Secure, a great month from Udinese's finest and the Greatest Manager Andorra has produced

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    Sorry, I neglected to give you an update yesterday.

    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
    Code:
      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jan 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Mar 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      May 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 15 James Salter, Reggina
      Jul 15 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Aug 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 15 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 15 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
    Top Five – Highest Fee Received
    Code:
      Pos +- Username      Manager       Club        Player           Fee
      1st  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows Udinese     Carlos Vela   £27  M
      2nd +1 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman   Napoli      Stéphane Mbia £20.5M
        - +3 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman  Real Madrid Adriano       £20.5M
      4th  0 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson Man City    Nigel de Jong £19.5M
      5th  0 TaylorB       Ben Taylor    Fiorentina  Tales         £18  M

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    Update 90
    Years: 7, Months: 90, Days: 2733

    And then there were eight. Our managers celebrated their 90th month in management this month. Well, most of them did. One manager lost his job, and although it should be fairly obvious who that was, we’ll not mention it ‘til later on.

    So, we’ll start in Spain, where we have a new contender for the La Liga title: Atlético Madrid. They’re currently top but level on points with their cross-city rivals, due to those rivals having lost at home to newly-promoted Betis. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona moved up to third, winning all three league games, beating Rapid Wien 7-0 in the Champions League to qualify from their group, and travelling to Mexico to defeat two Mexican teams en route to the Club World Championship: América (MEX) 1-0 and Chivas Guadalajara 3-0.

    The Champions League group stages were completed this month, and our two undecided teams were put out of their misery. As above, Barcelona qualified, and Lord Weeman’s Napoli also made their way into the First Knockout Round by winning 3-2 at Benfica. Other notable results were several 4-1 wins: Fenerbahçe at Cork City, Bayern Munich at Zenit, Man City hosting Ajax, Bordeaux at Galatasaray and Inter hosting Rangers. Arsenal beat FC Twente 4-0. The next round sees two of our teams drawn against each other: Napoli play Barcelona. Man City and Arsenal swapped Dutch teams, meaning City will play FC Twente and Arsenal will play Ajax. Real Madrid will play AS Monaco who, along with Bordeaux, are the first French team(s) to reach this stage for four years. Two sets of Europa League games were played this month, with Tottenham beating Brøndby 5-0 and winning 1-0 in Toulouse to proceed with six wins, no draws, no losses, 25 goals scored and no goals conceded. Fiorentina won twice by five-goal margins, winning 6-1 in Jerusalem against Beitar and 5-0 hosting Belenenses. dafuge's Besiktas won both games this month but still missed out due to goal difference. In the First Knockout Round, Fiorentina drew Tottenham’s groupmates Toulouse, while Spurs will face Champions League dropouts Fenerbahçe. Of our other managers in the competition; Bryan McGuinness’s Roma drew Getafe and Phill Ewles’s Olympiakos drew Sporting CP.

    Over to Italy now, where Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are keen to chase down first-placed Inter. A 4-1 win over Mantova and a 5-0 one over Reggina, coupled with a draw at Fiorentina, gave them seven points for the month, keeping them in touch. Just one point further back are Lord Weeman’s Napoli, who beat Atalanta 1-0, Mantova 2-0 and Brescia 3-0 this month. The Italian managers also played the Coppa Italia First Round: Mantova become victim to yet another of our sides as they lost 2-4 to Fiorentina, Napoli beat Brescia 3-1, Udinese beat Livorno 3-0, and Reggina lost 1-5 to A.C. Milan. Udinese will face Fiorentina in the next round, while Napoli play Roma. As for Reggina, they became the 52nd side to lose their manager as they sacked James Salter following that game. Mantova then fell victim to the fourth of our sides, as Reggina poached their manager for £675k. That manager, Luigi Del Neri, had just beaten Reggina 2-0 in the league.

    Liam Ferguson is still in trouble in England, but he has moved from Very Insecure to Insecure. Positive, morale-boosting wins over Newcastle, Leeds, Sunderland and Portsmouth, all with a good degree of dominance, came interspersed with crucial and demoralising losses to Tottenham and Middlesbrough. The side are 8th, seven places below the media’s pre-season prediction. Despite their win over City, Spurs fell to 5th, losing to Sunderland and drawing with both West Ham and Newcastle. Tom Smith’s Arsenal are top of the league, and hold a seven-point advantage over Martin Bojangles’s Aston Villa. The Gunners tallied up some nice wins this month; 5-0 over Crystal Palace, 3-1 over West Ham and 2-0 over both Man United and Everton, of whom the latter hired Scott Tysoe as their new manager this month. But Arsenal dropped four points hosting Hull and Blackburn, and went out of the Carling Cup 1-2 at Anfield. Liverpool will face Chelsea in the next round while Man United will face surprise package Hull.

    2016 has begun; a land of new opportunites. For James Salter, that is certainly true. You know, he’s always wanted to try gardening.

    Manager of the Update
    December’s award goes to;

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    for wriggling out of a tricky situation in order to qualify for the next stage of the Champions League. He also won all three league games this month and sealed progression in the Italian Cup. Haowan Madridstas lifted the Club World Championship for his club for the fourth time, but it was not in the style that one would expect. Just one goal settled their Semi Final tie. Tom Smith gets a mention despite losing in the Carling Cup and dropping some valuable home points, and Tyler Burrows does also for keeping his pursuit of Inter hot.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2733
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2733
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2733
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   2733
       5th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2733
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2733
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2733
       8th fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Insecure      2733
       9th JSalter              James Salter        Reggina                   2710
      10th mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo                   2507
      11th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter                     2502
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    And then there were 8, I was a little surprised to see Salter go & Ferguson survive, but its getting to the point where managers only need a slight slip up now.

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    Keeping the pressure, surprised as usually we would have had that average month where we drop back to 6th and ruins our season. Lets hope me can continue just wining every match and keeping the pressure on Inter. Been a brilliant season so far, KUTGW Canvey!!

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Update Winner, Club                
      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jan 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Mar 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      May 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 15 James Salter, Reggina
      Jul 15 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Aug 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 15 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 15 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Dec 15 Lord Weeman, Napoli
    Top Five – Players Bought (No)
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      Pos +- Username      Manager       Club        No
      1st +1 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson Man City    46
      2nd +1 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows Udinese     45
      3rd -2 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman   Napoli      44
      4th  0 TaylorB       Ben Taylor    Fiorentina  38
      5th NE Romanista1994 Lucas Volman  Real Madrid 32

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    Michael Essien left Chelsea?

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    Essien left Chelsea in 2012 - see Update 49.

    Update 91

    Years: 7, Months: 91, Days: 2764

    The year of 2016 is already under way, with January and its associated transfers having been completed. Let’s take a look at how our managers fared in that first month of the new year.

    Cool Manager’s Inter are waltzing away with the Scudetto, which is not particularly good new for Lord Weeman’s Napoli. However, Napoli aren’t upholding their half of the bargain, and only won two of four games this month, against Lazio and lacklustre Juventus. Inter now lead the way by eight points. As well as beating Genoa and Bologna, they beat Fiorentina and drew with Udinese this month. In the Coppa Italia, Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina knocked out Udinese by winning 2-1 in extra time. Although they were away from home, a one-man advantage created by Rolando Bianchi’s dismissal right before half time saw Fiorentina snatch victory from 0-1 down. Napoli took a 1-0 lead against Roma, doubling it in first half stoppage time. Roma scored in the second half but the advantage was restored with another stoppage time goal, in the 90+1st minute for a 3-1 win. Napoli face Fiorentina in the Semi Final, while Juventus play A.C. Milan.

    In La Liga, Barcelona lead the way by four points. This month, Haowan Madridstas’s side won all five games without conceding a goal. They beat Murcia and Sevilla both 2-0 away, and Elche 3-0 at home. They beat Athletic 6-0 at home, but what was most impressive was the 5-0 win over Real Madrid. 3-0 up before half time, Andrés Iniesta and Gerard Piqué added second half goals to utterly thrash supposedly the best or second-best team in the country. In addition to this, Barca made the Cup Semi Final by beating Alavés 5-1 on aggregate and Hércules 6-1 on aggregate. They will face Valencia while Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid will face Zaragoza after overcoming Mallorca and Getafe. Strangely, despite winning both legs of the tie against Mallorca, the island team beat Real 1-0 in their league match. Volman’s side are now fourth and two points ahead of fifth-placed Valencia. Don’t be surprised if they don’t finish in the Top Four this season.

    Just like points mean prizes, January means transfers, and I have a raft of transfers to tell you about. Lord Weeman’s Napoli were very busy, and Liam Ferguson’s Man City made several sales. Weeman bought A.C. Milan’s Marquinhos for £13.25M, incidentally the price Napoli paid Sporting CP for when they signed him the first time, before selling him on to A.C.. Perhaps they got him confused with Barcelona’s Marquinhos, who has been playing particularly well recently. They also bought Vittorio Mattioli, a regen attacking midfielder, from the two teams that co-owned him, A.C. Milan and Parma, paying each of them £5.5M. Nigel de Jong left the club for Palermo for £5.75M, a £4.5M loss, and Andrea Spuntarelli joined Fiorentina for £2.6M, a £900k loss. As for Man City, Ferguson took the opportunity to clear out dead wood. Ashley Young joined Aston Villa for £9.5M, Ibrahim Afellay joined Liverpool for £12M, Steven Davis joined Bayern Munich for £2.7M, and do you remember that Australian striker I raved about? Ferguson sold Matty Barton to Racing for £8M. He also signed Leeds goalkeeper Ben Atkins for £1.3M. Fiorentina sold Henok Goitom to Palermo for £5M.

    And now it’s over to England, where we’ll first deal with the FA Cup. Arsenal beat visitors Charlton in the Third Round, 3-0, and then won 3-0 at St Mary’s in the Fourth Round. They’ll be away again in the Fifth Round, against Leicester or Wigan. Tottenham won 3-0 at Peterborough in the Third Round, but lost 1-3 at Old Trafford in the Fourth Round, and Man City beat Sheffield United 3-0 in the Third Round before knocking out a second Steel City team, Sheffield Wednesday, 2-0 away in the next round. They’ll face Hull, who have just replaced Brian Eastick, who fled to Blackburn, with Alan Irvine. In the Premier League, things aren’t going as well for Liam Ferguson’s side. They carved out a nine-point lead over 10th-placed Portsmouth, but given that the media tipped them for the title, 9th place is not good enough. Stoke hired Ferguson this month, but luckily for Liam, it was Darren Ferguson they hired. City had an all right month in January but missed the chance to pick up crucial points at home to Liverpool when they lost 0-2. However, February marks a golden opportunity for the Sky Blues, with ties against Hull, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Blackburn. They’ll want maximum points from those, as the next ties come against Arsenal, Man United, Scott Tysoe’s Everton and Chelsea.

    As for the other two teams in England, Leo Dodge’s Tottenham had a half-and-half month, winning two of their league games and losing the other two. They beat Fulham and Leicester but lost to Liverpool and Martin Bojangles’s Aston Villa. Tom Smith’s Arsenal now have an eleven point lead at the top of the Premier League, and this month they won all their games, beating Chelsea 4-1, West Brom 2-1, Leeds 2-0 and Newcastle 2-1. They face fourth-placed Middlesbrough next, whose manager Arnold J. Rimmer just claimed Manager of the Month award for a similar 100% winning record.

    So that’s January. Liam Ferguson is obviously in trouble. Can he weather the storm by succeeding in his next few games? There’s only one way to find out…

    Manager of the Update
    I’m giving this award to;

    Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

    for not conceding a league goal this month, winning all five games in style, getting through two rounds of the Spanish Cup, a thumping rivals Real Madrid 5-0. He’s had a great month and is always moving ever closer to seizing another La Liga title. Tom Smith also had a winful month, although not with the massive wins that Barcelona enjoyed, and despite being so insecure in his job, Liam Ferguson gets a mention by selling lots of players, and perhaps his soul, in making a transfer profit.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2764
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2764
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2764
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2764
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2764
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2764
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2764
       8th fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Very Insecure 2764
       9th JSalter              James Salter        Reggina                   2710
      10th mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo                   2507
      11th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter                     2502
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
      Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
      Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
      Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
      Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
      Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
      Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
      Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
      May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
      Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
      Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
      Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
      Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
      Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
      Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
      Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
      Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
      Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
      Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
      Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
      Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
      Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jan 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 13 Tim Aubel, Fulham
      Mar 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 13 Ben Cee, Inter
      May 13 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
      Jun 13 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 13 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 13 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Oct 13 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 13 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Dec 13 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Feb 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Mar 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Apr 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      May 14 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
      Jun 14 Martin Bojangles, Aston Villa (formerly of Hull)
      Jul 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Aug 14 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 14 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 14 Liam Ferguson, Man City
      Nov 14 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 14 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jan 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Mar 15 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      May 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 15 James Salter, Reggina
      Jul 15 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Aug 15 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 15 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 15 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Dec 15 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
    Top Five – Players Bought (Value)
    Code:
      Pos +- Username      Manager           Club        Value
      1st  0 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City    £515M
      2nd +1 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   £362M
      3rd +1 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid £309M
      4th +1 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli      £267M
      5th NE TaylorB       Ben Taylor        Fiorentina  £205M
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       Pos Username             Manager             Club       Days
      15th hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham     1705
      16th ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton    1701
      17th rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro 1614
      18th ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania    1405
      19th bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta   1320
         - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia   1320
      21st m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing     1288
      22nd el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid 1263
      23rd spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia   1259
      24th Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting   1244
      25th Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull       1241
      26th clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma       1237
      27th Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal 1230
      28th Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom  1210
      29th Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton     1208
      30th Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   999
      31st Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    925
      32nd pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       889
      33rd AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  882
      34th JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    873
         - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  873
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      37th Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena       843
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      39th MikaelS              Mikael Schøler      Bologna    613
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      41st hamilton162          Tom Hamilton        Mallorca   509
      42nd kashmirshazad        Shazad Ali          Newcastle  508
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      45th canvey!!             Fréderico Canvey    Stoke      476
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      48th Robert_296           Robert Boyle        Blackburn  326
      49th brettney1980         Brettney Joven      Wigan      320
      50th TigerJoe             Joe Seddon          Getafe     271
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    Default Re: 60 to One

    Writer's Notes: Truth be told, I fell a bit in love with writing updates, so developed a bit of a surplus. So here's a free update. Although you wouldn't guess that I was that enthused from the opening paragraph of this update, which I must have written about two or three weeks ago.

    Update 92

    Years: 7, Months: 92, Days: 2793

    I find it increasingly difficult to write an opening paragraph. I don’t want to be mundane and just say ‘Let’s see how the managers did in February’, so I’ll open with a joke. I saw a man on the train the other day, using his Dictaphone. I don’t know why he couldn’t use his finger like everybody else.

    We’ll start in England, where Tom Smith’s Arsenal’s lead at the top of the Premier League has been extended to 14 points. They got two wins in February, against Sunderland and Portsmouth, followed by a draw at White Hart Lane. They also knocked Leicester out of the FA Cup in the Fifth Round, and drew 2-2 in the Netherlands to give them a good basis for Champions League progression against Ajax. They’ll face Fulham at home in the FA Cup Sixth Round. Meanwhile, their London rivals, Leo Dodge’s Tottenham, drew most of their games this month. As well as against Arsenal, they drew against Blackburn and Hull, but beat Crystal Palace 4-1 to tally six points for the month. They also knocked Fenerbahçe out of the Europa League with a 3-2 away victory and a 2-0 home one, but their next three games come against Manchester United; in the league and in the Europa League. Fiorentina are also through in Europe, against Toulouse, and will play Bayer Leverkusen.

    As for Man City, this was how their month went: they beat visitors Hull 2-0 in their first game, but missed out on vital points in an away trip to Leicester, drawing 1-1. They played Hull again, and knocked the Tigers out of the FA Cup 3-0, setting up a Sixth Round tie with Newcastle, and then travelled to London for a league game with Crystal Palace. James Ridley’s side beat them 4-2 despite a brace from Giuseppe Rossi, and Palace’s first win for 13 games was the last nail in Liam Ferguson’s coffin. Khaldoon Al Mubarak sacked the 42-year-old after 2783 days of service to the club. His replacement, Lawrence Lazewski, won his first league game in style by beating Blackburn 4-0. Lazewski’s former side, Chelsea, won the Carling Cup Final by beating Manchester United 2-1.

    And next we go over to our other nation with just two managers, Spain. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona still lead the title pursuit, and a 2-0 win at Ben Cee’s Valencia was among the highlights this month. That, alongside another three wins, meant a 100% winning month in the league and the accompanying 12 points. They also won 3-1 at Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League tie, pretty much guaranteeing that Lord Weeman’s side won’t be getting any further. However, they did lose their Copa del Rey Semi Final first leg 0-1 to Valencia. Real Madrid won three of their four games, drawing the fourth, and won 1-0 in Monaco to build a good foundation in their Champions League tie, yet they also lost their first leg in the Spanish Cup, 0-1 to Zaragoza.

    Lord Weeman’s Napoli have dropped down to third place in Serie A, due to a 2-4 loss to Tyler Burrows’s Udinese. The month was going swimmingly for Napoli; a 3-3 draw at Fiorentina, a 4-0 win over Reggina, a 4-1 win over Bologna, until that tie with Barcelona and that trip to Udinese. Burrows’s side, who are fifth in the league, two points behind fourth and ten points ahead of sixth, also won games against Modena and Brescia, but succumbed to their own 2-4 loss, against Atalanta.

    I’d say that that’s all the sackings you are going to get this season. Still, with just seven managers left, there will be a constant battle for the 60 to One crown!

    Manager of the Update
    This month’s award goes to;

    Tom Smith, Arsenal

    for a decent if unspectacular month. There’s not as much you can fit into 29 days, but Smith won three league games, assured FA Cup progression and got a good pedestal for Champions League progression this February. Leo Dodge also had an unbeaten month but with a few too many draws, and Haowan Madridstas’s narrow Spanish Cup defeat meant that Smith takes home this award.

    Job Securities
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       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   2793
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   2793
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   2793
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        2793
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        2793
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        2793
         - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        2793
       8th fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City                  2783
       9th JSalter              James Salter        Reggina                   2710
      10th mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo                   2507
      11th BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter                     2502
      12th super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce                     2119
      13th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa                     2010
      14th Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio                     1968

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    Default Re: 60 to One

    Some joke.


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    Default Re: 60 to One

    At Man City now, let's see what I can do with tons of money

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    Default Re: 60 to One

    Bad, Bad joke

    Into the final stages now, but once again did the whole Udinese screwing up a few games in December/January and dropping down to the competition for European places Becoming all to regular....

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