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    That puts Coffee Ice Cream down to 1 manager. Only Chocolate has more than one remaining (2).

    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
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
    All Star Top Ten – Games Won at Current Club
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       Pos +- Username      Manager           Original Club Current Club Won Percent Chnge
       1st +1 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      401 (70.0%)  0.0% *
       2nd -1 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    396 (69.1%) -1.5% *
       3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  384 (67.4%) -0.4% *
       4th  0 SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Tottenham    293 (55.4%) +0.9% *
       5th NE PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      258 (55.1%)  n/a  *
       6th NE weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       237 (53.5%)  n/a  *
       7th NE Martin_       Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa  140 (52.4%)  n/a
       8th NE m1234566778   Maz Armley        Racing        Sevilla      113 (41.4%)  n/a
       9th NE el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter         90 (69.2%)  n/a
      10th NE BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia      89 (70.6%)  n/a

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    I'm now going to knock the pace up a notch, to one update a day. That means one of these...

    Update 115

    Years: 9, Months: 115, Days: 3495

    There were no further sackings this month although there were transfers galore. Let’s see how the six remaining managers are doing in their attempts to get their campaigns back on track.

    Atlético Madrid still lead La Liga and they aren’t showing any signs of relenting. On the plus side for our managers, Lucas Volman has moved his Real Madrid side up into second place, although the gap between the two cross-city rivals is still 10 points. In January, Real won three of their four league games, including a 1-0 win over Barcelona, but the emphasis was more on cups for them. They sealed the Club World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Cruz Azul in Nigeria. They also powered their way through the Copa del Rey Fifth Round with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Real Sociedad, including a 3-1 win away. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, as well as dropping three points against Real, dropped a further four in the form of two draws, only managing one victory this month. This sees them in 5th place, although they also cleared their Spanish Cup Fifth Round tie, beating Málaga 3-0 at home in the first leg, and going through despite a 1-3 away defeat. Our two managers met in the Quarter Finals, in a repeat of last year’s Final. Barcelona won the first match, at the Nou Camp, but only 1-0. When they achieved a 2-2 draw at the Bernabéu, they went through to face Atlético Madrid or Theo Stigarakis’s Athletic in the Semi Final. Valencia play Sevilla.

    In England, Tom Smith’sArsenal are not looking likely candidates to retain the title, with three teams above them in the Premier League table. This month was a strange one; they suffered a humiliating 0-3 defeat at Anfield, but enjoyed euphoric victories: 3-0 over Man City, 3-1 over league leaders Chelsea, 4-0 over Newcastle and 7-0 at Scunthorpe in the FA Cup 3rd Round. They also cleared their Fourth Round tie in dramatic fashion, winning 4-2 at Hull, and they got into the Carling Cup Final by beating Aston Villa 2-0 at home and drawing 1-1 at Villa Park. Their opponents will be Sunderland, who knocked out Crystal Palace. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham are 6th, which isn’t too shabby. This month, they beat Everton, Fulham and Blackburn but drew with Portsmouth and Leicester. They also drew with Chelsea in the FA Cup Fourth Round, after beating Crewe 2-0 in the Third, and will face a replay that they will likely lose. If they were to win, a trip to St James’ Park would be their reward, while Arsenal will also go to the Tyne-Tees area, playing away to Middlesbrough. In the Championship, Coventry lost their manager this month as Neppo Monster left to fill the vacant seat at Empoli. They hired Paul Jewell as his replacement.

    Okay, so let’s talk transfers. Cool Manager’s Inter made the biggest transfers of the month, bringing in Leeds’ Chris Heslop for a massive £32.5M, and Real Madrid’s Marcelo for £14M. Real also sold goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo to A.C. Milan for £900k, and so brought in Zakarie Boucher from Deportivo for £2.4M as a replacement. At Tottenham, Leo Dodge splashed the cash on Ipswich’s Gökhan Töre, who joined Spurs for £12M. Dodge meanwhile sold Ben Atkins to Wigan for £2.3M, and Ryan Babel to Aston Villa for £9.75M plus German forward Deniz Naki. Barcelona sold Carlos Eduardo to Hamburger SV for £6.75M, and Lord Weeman was also seen dipping into the transfer market. He bought half of Sampdoria’s 19-year-old Czech midfielder Jaroslav Zima for £4M. He also bought the second half of defender Paolo Ruggiero from Mantova for £5.5M, and then sold the whole player to Genoa for £5M. Sorry Weeman, that isn’t sound transfer logic. Udinese sold 23-year-old fullback Antonio Annunziata to Juventus for £10.25M.

    Unfortunately for Tyler Burrows, his side are currently 8th in Serie A, not where he wants them to be. In January, a big win came against Mantova and a small one against Empoli, draws came against Juventus and Atalanta, and a loss came at home to Napoli. Lord Weeman’s side are currently 3rd and won all their games this month, 2-1 at Torino, 2-0 at Sampdoria, 4-0 hosting A.C. Milan and 5-2 hosting Frosinone, as well as that Udinese result. They also powered through the Coppa Italia Quarter Final, beating Palermo 3-1. The good news for Partenopei is that both Milan sides crashed out in this round, but the bad news is that they still have to get past a Semi Final against Juventus and a Final against Roma or Europa League holders Lazio to retain their title. Elsewhere in Italy, Bologna, who are in mid-table in Serie B, appointed Super Lampard as their new manager. The 50-year-old enjoyed a 2119 day-long spell at Lecce, who, incidentally, are his next opponents. He has won his first three matches, 2-1 against Verona and Pescara and 6-4 against Reggina.

    The draw for the 2018 World Cup was made a little while ago, and while I won’t go through it all since I’ll cover that in more detail in the summer, I will say that England and Scotland have been drawn into the same group! In the meantime, these managers have been put in optimistic moods and so will be trying to make the most out of this season.

    Manager of the Update
    For me this month, it’s gotta be;

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    after he guided his team to fifteen out of a possible fifteen points in the league this month, and through the Coppa Italia Quarter Final. No one else impressed me that much this month, although Tom Smith got some big wins this month, and Leo Dodge went unbeaten.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3495
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   3495
       3rd tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure        3495
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3495
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        3495
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        3495
       7th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina                3442
       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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    ...and one of these, each day.

    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
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
    All Star Top Ten – Games Drawn at Current Club
    Code:
       Pos +- Username      Manager           Original Club Current Club Drn Percent Chnge
       1st  0 SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Tottenham    114 (21.3%) -0.1% *
         - +1 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  114 (19.7%) +1.0% *
       3rd  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       105 (23.4%) -0.5% *
       4th  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      103 (17.7%) +0.1% *
       5th  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    101 (17.4%) +0.3% *
       6th NE PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese       89 (18.8%)  n/a  *
       7th NE m1234566778   Maz Armley        Racing        Sevilla       68 (24.2%)  n/a
       8th NE Martin_       Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa   54 (19.6%)  n/a
       9th NE MikaelS       Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus      27 (20.3%)  n/a
      10th NE el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter         25 (18.4%)  n/a
         - NE ScottT!       Scott Tysoe       Sunderland    Everton       25 (25.0%)  n/a
    Lifespan – 2 to 5 Years
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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
      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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    Missed a few days, but we are playing far from well lately. Bad luck to Ben Taylor, nearly 10 years is a long time to come only to be sacked for a poor start

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    Update 116
    Years: 9, Months: 116, Days: 3523

    So we’re well into 2018 now, and we are still with six managers. Let’s see how those six performed in the month of February.

    We’ll start with European competition, that’ll be fun. In the Champions League, Barcelona look like they won’t be making this year’s Final either, after Tom Smith’s Arsenal pulled off a sensational 2-0 win at the Nou Camp, with Theo Walcott scoring a brace. Meanwhile, Real Madrid beat Man City 1-0 at home, meaning the Citizens can sneak through if they play well enough in Manchester. In the Europa League, Udinese grabbed a 0-0 draw at home to Villarreal, meaning they will probably go out in the Last 32, while Napoli beat their Spanish visitors, Racing, 3-1. Tottenham won 3-1 in Austria against Red Bull Salzburg, while dafuge’s 0-3 loss in Germany means his Besiktas side will most likely go out to Bayer Leverkusen. Roma are the only side confirmed as through, having beaten Panathanaikos 3-0 away and 2-1 at home.

    Unfortunately for Tom Smith, despite his teams Champions League performance, he hasn’t been able to make any progress in his pursuit of the Premier League. In fact, he continues his flirt with Champions League qualification, currently sitting 5th. This month, the Gunners played three league games, drawing goalless at Elland Road but beating Sunderland and Wigan. The former bodes well for Smith’s Carling Cup Final next month. They also won 2-1 at the Riverside in the FA Cup 5th Round, setting up a tie against Portsmouth or Aston Villa, both of whom have won the cup in the last ten years. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham unsurprisingly lost their replay to Chelsea, but only 0-1, and they have climbed into the Champions League spots. In February, they beat Hull, Ipswich and Aston Villa, without conceding any goals, but they conceded two in an away trip to bottom-placed Crystal Palace, drawing 2-2. Their next match comes at the Emirates. In the Championship, Jellybean Man’s West Ham lead by four points, with West Brom and Sheffield Wednesday also in realistic contention for the title. Carlisle, Hartlepool and Burnley currently occupy the relegation places.

    Over to Spain we shall now go, where Atlético Madrid still lead La Liga but have had that lead diminished by two points. Their cross-city rivals Real are still the challengers, and this month, Lucas Volman’s team won all four matches, beating Zaragoza, Sevilla and Real Sociedad 1-0, and Elche 2-0. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona currently sit 5th, but no doubt they’ll find their way into the Champions League spots before the end of the season. They couldn’t beat Elche this month, drawing 2-2, albeit away, but they got big wins against Tenerife and Valencia, 7-0 and 4-1 respectively, and a smaller one against Recreativo. Unfortunately, they were absolutely stuffed in the first leg of their Copa del Rey Semi Final, losing 0-4 away to Atlético Madrid.

    Lord Weeman’s consistent good form at Napoli has almost paid off, but they aren’t quite top of Serie A just yet. They did win all four games this month, 2-1 against Mantova, Palermo and Genoa, and 2-0 against Parma. They are just two points behind leaders Inter, although 20 goal difference worse off. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are 8th, having won one, drawn two and lost one this month. The win came away to Fiorentina, 1-0, while the loss came at home to A.C. Milan, 2-3.

    So, our sides are all being kept away from the tops of their tables. Is there any time for them to mount a title challenge? What will happen if they don’t?

    Manager of the Update
    This isn’t an easy award to give.

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    wins it for the third time running, just as I was about to give it to Tom Smith. Weeman guided his team to another set of maximum points this month, and topped it off with a convincing European win. Smith’s European win was amazing, 2-0 at the Nou Camp, but he didn’t quite provide the league form to back it up. Lucas Volman got some small but crucial wins in his month managing Real Madrid, while Leo Dodge brought his Tottenham side into the Top Four.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3523
       2nd Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure        3523
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure        3523
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Secure        3523
       5th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3523
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        3523
       7th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina                3442
       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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    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
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
    All Star Top Ten – Games Lost at Current Club
    Code:
       Pos +- Username      Manager           Original Club Current Club Lst Percent Chnge
       1st +1 SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Tottenham    126 (23.2%) -0.9% *
         - +1 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      126 (26.3%) -1.3% *
       3rd +1 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       101 (22.2%) -0.6% *
       4th NE m1234566778   Maz Armley        Racing        Sevilla       98 (34.3%)  n/a
       5th NE Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona     83 (14.1%)  n/a  *
       6th NE Martin_       Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa   81 (28.6%)  n/a
       7th -2 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid   75 (12.8%) -0.8% *
       8th NE tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal       71 (12.1%)  n/a  *
       9th NE ScottT!       Scott Tysoe       Sunderland    Everton       45 (43.3%)  n/a
      10th NE MikaelS       Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus      26 (18.8%)  n/a
         - NE canvey!!      Fréderico Canvey  Stoke         Alavés        26 (47.3%)  n/a

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    Update 117
    Years: 9, Months: 117, Days: 3554

    There were some strong performances from our teams in the month of March, which are pushing the league leaders. Can any of them seal the domestic title this season, and what will happen if they do not?

    We’ll start in Spain, where Atlético Madrid’s lead has diminished to a meagre point. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid are the challengers, after picking up 12 points this month. They started with away wins over Tenerife and Valencia, and finished with home wins over Recreativo and Málaga. They did lose in the Champions League, 1-2 at the City of Manchester Stadium, but survive thanks to the away goals rule. The third-placed team are Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona. They also won all their games this month, beating Málaga, Athletic and leaders Atlético Madrid away, and Sporting and Betis at home. Their Champions League campaign ended this month, after a 0-0 draw at the Emirates put them out 0-2 on aggregate, and their Copa del Rey campaign also ended when, despite a 3-0 victory at home to Atlético Madrid, they lost 3-4 on aggregate.

    In England, Chelsea’s lead over second-placed Newcastle is a slim four points, with Tom Smith’s Arsenal a further two points behind the Magpies. The Gunners won three games in March, but it is the four points dropped in the form of two draws that the Arsenal fans will be thinking about. They came in difficult away fixtures, away to Portsmouth and to Man United, and Chelsea didn’t get any points out of those two fixtures when they played them earlier in the season, but they are points dropped nonetheless. The Man United game was the just the second of Arnold J. Rimmer’s tenure at the club, after the Red Devils appointed the 56-year-old to replace Bryan McGuinness. Meanwhile, the cups offer a shining beacon of light for Arsenal fans. The team cleared the FA Cup 6th Round this month with a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa and, as mentioned before, got themselves into the Champions League Quarter Finals. They also competed in the Carling Cup Final this month, against Frédéric Remola’s Sunderland. They took the lead in just the 4th minute, thanks to an own goal from the Black Cats’ goalkeeper Ben Amos, and were 3-0 up before half time thanks to Eduardo and Gökhan Inler. 3-0 was the final score, although Arsenal had even more chances, missing two penalties in five minutes in the second half. Still, Smith won’t complain about his 18th career title.

    Elsewhere in London, it’s been a brutal month for Leo Dodge. He started with a 2-0 victory over Salzburg, putting his Tottenham team into the Europa League Last 16, but against Juventus. A solid performance led to just a 0-1 defeat in Italy, before a home league game against Man City ended level at 1-1. The second leg of the European tie also ended level, 2-2, at White Hart Lane, putting Spurs out 2-3 on aggregate. An away trip to Anfield saw Rafa Benítez’s Liverpool romp to a 3-0 victory, a trip to the Emirates led to a 2-5 Spurs loss, and a home game against Chelsea saw the Blues win 3-0 too. Tottenham are now fifth, six points behind fourth-placed Man City. A home game against Newcastle and an away game against Leeds spoil a relatively easy final run-in for them. Leaders Chelsea do not have any really difficult games left; they face Man United at home and Everton away, but those two teams are 11th and 14th respectively. Arsenal have tricky away ties against Hull and Aston Villa, but should have enough to keep them in the top four. Arsenal’s FA Cup Semi Final, in a replay of the League Cup Final, comes against Sunderland, while Chelsea play Man City.

    In Italy, Napoli’s chase of Inter slipped a little this month, and the gap between the two teams has now opened to five points. To be fair to Lord Weeman, he had a difficult month and coped admirably. Victories came over Roma and Atalanta, but Napoli were held by both Inter and Juventus. Or, to put it another way, Napoli held both Inter and Juventus. They drew goalless at Racing in the second leg of their Europa League Last 32 tie, meaning a Last 16 tie with fellow Italians Roma. A 2-0 win at home, matching the result from earlier in the month, was followed by a 2-3 defeat away, meaning Weeman’s side made the Quarter Finals 4-3 on aggregate. They also won the first leg of their Coppa Italia Semi Final, 2-1 against Juventus, and if they can match the result they achieved in the league this month in the second leg, they will reach their third consecutive Final. Elsewhere in Italy, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese went out of the Europa League as expected, but they went down fighting, losing 2-3 at Villarreal. Their league performance in March was so-so, as they beat both Sampdoria and Frosinone 3-0, but drew 0-0 with Torino and lost 1-3 to Brescia.

    So, we are down to our final three teams in Europe, with both competitions at the Quarter Final stage. In the Champions League, there are two intranational ties, with Valencia taking on Zaragoza in the Battle of Spain, and Chelsea taking on Liverpool in the Battle of England. Meanwhile, our two sides will meet as Real Madrid take on Arsenal, and last year’s Runners-Up Bayern Munich play Cool Manager’s Inter Milan. In the Europa League, Napoli face their second consecutive Italian side in the form of holders Lazio, while Lars Tommersen’s Rangers meet Marseille. Atlético Madrid take on Juventus and Bayer Leverkusen, who knocked out dafuge’s Besiktas then Phill Ewles’s Olympiakos, meet Villarreal.

    I don’t know if you are as excited as I am about the rest of the season, but there’s plenty of action still to come, and you’d be foolish to miss it!

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

    Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

    who was punished by the Haowan Madridstas of last month, because some good results in the cups still saw his team eliminated. Even so, his team put in strong league performances to settle in third place. Tom Smith was a candidate, but drew slightly too much for me, and Lord Weeman and Lucas Volman also had good months. But in fairness, these four are just the ones who didn’t have bad months, so not having a bad month now seems good enough to get you in this little passage here.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3554
       2nd Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure        3554
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure        3554
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Secure        3554
       5th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3554
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        3554
       7th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina                3442
       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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    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
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
    All Star Top Ten – Goals Scored at Current Club
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       Pos +- Username      Manager           Original Club Current Club Goals (Pr/G) Chnge
       1st  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona     1417 (2.39)  0.00 *
       2nd  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal       1334 (2.25) +0.02 *
       3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid   1189 (2.02) -0.02 *
       4th  0 SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Tottenham      999 (1.82) +0.01 *
       5th NE PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese        828 (1.71)  n/a  *
       6th NE weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli         823 (1.78)  n/a  *
       7th NE Martin_       Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa    521 (1.79)  n/a
       8th NE m1234566778   Maz Armley        Racing        Sevilla        385 (1.32)  n/a
       9th NE el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter          326 (2.23)  n/a
      10th NE BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia       313 (2.14)  n/a

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    Update 118
    Years: 9, Months: 118, Days: 3584

    Well, the time is running out for our managers, if they aren’t in the positions that want to be in, there is little time to rectify that. Let’s take a look at their performances in March, and hence deduce their proximity to the sack, beginning with the wonderful country of Italy.

    Although the result isn’t a foregone conclusion, Inter Milan are looking like they will recapture the Serie A title from their rivals A.C.. Under the charge of Cool Manager, they have opened up a five point gap over second-placed Napoli, who have five games left to play. Inter only have three, but should pick up points in all of them, if not nine all together. It must be so agonising for Lord Weeman just to have his campaign fall apart at the last, but that is what has happened. A 5-0 and a 4-0 win in the first two league games of the month made it look like the excellent form would continue, and that Inter could be caught, given that the leaders lost three games this month, including Udinese’s only win of the month, but, though those two results were followed by a 2-1 away win over Siena, Lazio beat them 1-0 in Rome. Their Coppa Italia campaign also ended, at the hands of Mikael Schøler’s Juventus, who beat them 3-1 at Delle Alpi to overcome Napoli’s 2-1 win in the first leg. Brazilian forward Hulk scored all three goals for Juvé. Lazio beat them in the league, but also in the Europa League. The first leg ended goalless at Napoli, and in the second, Alberto Malesani’s team ran out 2-0 winners at home. Five more points will seal Champions League football next season for Napoli, although they are very likely to get it anyway.

    I touched on Napoli’s Europa League performance, and I’ll go into a bit more detail on all of the European football here. Bayer Leverkusen needed away goals to get past Villarreal, after losing 0-1 at home but winning 3-2 away, and Atlético Madrid also progressed on away goals, drawing goalless at home but 2-2 away to Juventus. Marseille put out Lars Tommersen’s Rangers, winning 1-0 in France and 3-1 in Scotland. Marseille meet Leverkusen for a place in the Final, while Lazio play Atlético Madrid. In the Champions League, Zaragoza won the Battle of Spain, drawing 2-2 at Valencia and 1-1 ahead to also progress thanks to away goals. Liverpool won the Battle of England, losing 0-1 at Stamford Bridge but beating Chelsea 3-0 at Anfield. Bayern Munich were knocked out when Inter followed up a 1-1 draw in Germany with a 2-0 win in Italy, and Tom Smith’s Arsenal lost narrowly in Spain to Real Madrid, 2-3. This gave them a great opportunity to reach the Semi Final, with one goal all that was needed, but Real Madrid did like Barcelona, holding Arsenal goalless at the Emirates, and securing their own passage into the next round. They play Zaragoza, while Cool Manager takes his Inter team to meet his former club Liverpool, invigorated under new manager Rafa Benítez.

    Over in Spain, Atlético Madrid finally buckled under the pressure, and allowed Real Madrid to swoop in to take top spot in La Liga. Lucas Volman’s side won five of their six games this month, beating Sporting, Atlético themselves, Hércules, Racing and Athletic on the way to a sixteen point haul. Away ties to Villarreal, Barcelona and Getafe mean the job isn’t done yet, but Atlético do play Valencia away and Zaragoza at home. And there’s no suggestion that Ben Cee’s Valencia will roll over to allow another side to break the Real-Barcelona monopoly. Aside from the fact that his job is in jeopardy, precious points are available in order to stave off Barcelona and keep fourth place. That’s right, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are back down to fourth despite an average month, showing just how hot the heat is. A loss to Zaragoza and a draw against Murcia sent them tumbling, despite maximum points in their other three games. The season really is going down to the wire!

    Some saving grace for Tom Smith and Arsenal is that Champions League football is now secured for next season. Whether the Portuguese manager will be playing it, it is not yet known, but the club certainly will. In March, his team beat Blackburn and Leicester at home, but drew away to Neilio’s Ipswich and lost away to Hull. The fact that just two games remain has saved them from any indignity of not getting that top four spot, but has finished off for good this season’s title challenge. Chelsea still lead the table, and while Newcastle and Man City are both within reach, it doesn’t seem that Chelsea will drop the necessary four or five points, respectively, to lose the title. Of course, Arsenal’s Champions League qualification (or qualification for the playoff), means that Tottenham’s chances fall to zero. This month, Leo Dodge’s team continued their form of last month, losing the first game 1-4 away to Leeds. However, Dodge showed his team’s bouncebackability with a 5-0 demolition of second-placed Newcastle. Spurs then beat Sunderland and Wigan.

    Down the bottom of the table and the top of the Championship, the Brettney Joven alumni association has done a swap, with Wigan definitely going down, and Jellybean Man’s West Ham definitely coming up, as winners of the Championship. Joven herself is trying to get Leeds into Europe, but may well be keeping an eye out for her former clubs. Crystal Palace are also relegated, while the next five teams in the Championship will all be in the Playoff or better. West Brom are second but there’s a good chance Sheffield Wednesday will catch them up, and those two are followed by Huddersfield, Stoke and Reading. And finally, there will be scintillating match-up in the FA Cup Final, as Arsenal take on Chelsea. The Gunners romped to a 3-1 Wembley victory over Sunderland, while Chelsea were more modest in their win, beating Man City 1-0 in front of 90,000, thanks to one half of their Scottish striker pairing, John Fleck.

    Now just a quick word on international friendlies. England ran out 3-0 winners against Serbia, in front of a depleted crowd at Wembley. Scotland won 3-1 in the Faroe Islands. Saul Goode’s Wales drew 2-2 in Sweden, and the Republic of Ireland also drew, 1-1 at home to Switzerland. Northern Ireland lost 0-2 at home to Germany.

    There’s still plenty to play for this season. Come back next time for the standard annual end-of-season bonanza!

    Manager of the Update
    This month’s winner is;

    Lucas Volman, Real Madrid

    after he steered his side to the top of La Liga with sixteen points from eighteen, and got them into the Champions League Semi Final. He still needs to hold on to win the Spanish title, and overcome two more opponents in Europe, but he has put in the effort this month and reaped the reward.

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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3584
       2nd tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure        3584
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Secure        3584
       4th Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Stable        3584
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3584
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        3584
       7th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina                3442
       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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    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
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
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       1st  0 SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Tottenham    565 (1.02) -0.01 *
       2nd +1 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      531 (0.88)  0.00 *
       3rd +1 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    476 (0.79) +0.04 *
       4th +1 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      449 (0.92) +0.01 *
       5th NE weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       438 (0.93)  n/a  *
       6th NE Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  409 (0.69)  n/a  *
       7th NE Martin_       Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa  339 (1.15)  n/a
       8th NE m1234566778   Maz Armley        Racing        Sevilla      297 (1.00)  n/a
       9th NE ScottT!       Scott Tysoe       Sunderland    Everton      158 (1.41)  n/a
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    Great few months for Inter Milan, looking very good to retain the Serie A title and in the semifinal of the Champions League

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    Update 119
    Years: 9, Months: 119, Days: 3615

    Let’s see how season 2017-18 finished, starting in the English Premier League.

    The title was captured by Chelsea, as expected, sealed with a 3-1 win over Hull in the penultimate game, allowing Leicester to win the last match 3-0 so the Blues could focus on the Champions League Final. Tom Smith’s Arsenal finished fourth, ending the season with two wins over Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, and Leo Dodge’s Tottenham ended the season sixth, picking up four points from their final two games. They’ll enter the Europa League, along with Liverpool and Hull. Middlesbrough join Crystal Palace and Wigan in getting relegated, while West Brom join West Ham by grabbing the second promotion spot. Stoke beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 at Wembley in the Playoff Final to win back top flight status. Wembley was also host to the 2018 FA Cup Final…

    Road to the Final – FA Cup
    Tom Smith’s Arsenal started their FA Cup campaign in Round 3, with a 7-0 victory away to Scunthorpe. They then travelled to Hull, where they won 4-2 to seal a place in the Round of 16. Meanwhile, Pim Verbeek’s Chelsea commenced their quest to defend the title with a home tie against Burnley, beating the Clarets 3-0. They then faced a tricky tie at White Hart Lane, surviving to claim a replay after a 2-2 draw. Winning the replay 1-0, the Pensioners then went on to play Newcastle in the Fifth Round. Here they needed another replay after a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park, but a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge saw them through. Arsenal won their Fifth Round tie, beating Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Riverside. Their next tie would come at home, and they won 4-0 to set up a Semi Final at Wembley. Chelsea won their Sixth Round tie, without a replay this time, beating Liverpool 1-0 at home. They then won by the same scoreline at Wembley, over Man City. Arsenal won their Semi Final, 3-1 over Sunderland.
    Howard Webb was the referee, and there was not a single empty seat as the two London giants took each other on, in a replay of the 2002 Final. The sides were well-matched, and as such, the goals were not quick in coming. Both teams defended well, and attacked rather poorly, leaving it level and goalless at half time. Then, the game changed completely with a three-minute period a quarter of an hour into the second half. Demba Ba scored Chelsea’s first goal, breaking free from a tangle of Arsenal and Chelsea players to head the ball past an unaware César Ruiz Díaz. Scottish striker John Fleck got the second in minute 63. Andy Stones’s cross caught out the Arsenal defence, leaving three of their defenders backtracking to deal with Fleck, running with the ball. Fortunately, Ruiz Díaz was reading, going down low to grab the ball. Only…he didn’t, allowing Fleck to chip the ball over his prostrate body for the 2-0 lead. Arsenal, thoroughly demoralised, could do nothing else but let the time run away, giving Chelsea their second consecutive FA Cup.

    In Italy, Inter kept a hold of their lead at the top of Serie A, to recover the title after A.C. Milan’s Scudetto last season. This officially proves that they have managed to make the transition from Ben Cee to Cool Manager effectively, and they also reached the Champions League Final, hosted at their own ground, after knocking out Liverpool in the Semi Final, with a goal at Giuseppe Meazza being the only one in the tie. Their opponents were Zaragoza, who drew 0-0 at home to Real Madrid and 1-1 away to knock out the defending champions on goal difference. The Spaniards took the lead in the very first minute of the Final, thanks to a powerful header from Brazilian Nicão. But they went a man down with Neven Subotic’s dismissal just before half time. For all their dominance, Inter just couldn’t find a goal, until £32.5M signing Chris Heslop proved his worth in the 79th minute with a rebound flick into the goal. That remained the score, and penalties were used to decide the match. Inter went first, but Dutch fullback Peter Jansen’s shot was saved. Fullback José Manuel Villegas scored for Zaragoza, and Artem Milevskyi scored for Inter. First minute antic-maker Nicão scored for Zaragoza, but for Inter, Garry Bocaly’s shot was saved. Onyekachi Apam scored for Zaragoza, meaning Alessandro Rosina had to score to stay in it. Vincenzo Fiorillo saved his shot too, giving Zaragoza the Champions League! Just like last year’s Europa League Final, the win came against the dominant team, but it’s goals that count, or in this case penalties, and here they did indeed count.

    Staying in Italy, Lord Weeman’s Napoli maintained their performances to finish second, an improvement of one place on last year’s finish. Three wins and two draws were good enough for the runner-up spot. Meanwhile, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese finished 9th, meaning no European football for them next season. They beat Rimini and Atalanta but lost to Juventus this month. Mikael Schøler’s Juventus also competed in the Coppa Italia Final, beating Roma 1-0. Siena, Rimini and Torino were relegated from Serie A, to be replaced by Livorno and one other team.

    Atlético Madrid ran out 3-0 winners in their Europa League Semi Final at home to holders Lazio, and a 0-1 defeat in Rome couldn’t put them out, meaning that they progressed to the Final. Bayer Leverkusen also advanced, losing the first leg of their tie 0-2 at the Stade Vélodrome, but beating Marseille 3-0 at home in the second leg. The Spaniards won the Final, going 2-0 up thanks to a period of pressure in the first half giving them two goals in three minutes, and they ran out 2-1 winners to capture the Europa League for the first time since the inaugral competition in 2010, when they beat Dick Advocaat’s Newcastle.

    As for Atlético Madrid’s domestic campaign, Josep Guardiola’s side will be finishing second or even third in La Liga. Their cross-city rivals Real Madrid pulled away this month to claim the title, beating Villarreal, Murcia and Valladolid. But Atlético did complete a double, beating Sevilla 1-0 in the Copa del Rey Final. Meanwhile, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona and Valencia are battling it out for fourth place, with Barça currently holding the advantage. Madridstas won three out of four matches this month, beating Valladolid 3-0 and Getafe 4-1. They then pulled off an amazing 7-0 win over title winners Real Madrid, with goals from seven different players. The month then ended very differently with a 0-0 draw at Sevilla. Murcia and Tenerife will be going down from La Liga, with Hércules or Recreativo joining them, and Mallorca will be coming up as LIGA adelante champions, alongside two from Cádiz, Deportivo and Las Palmas.

    Well, this is probably the first season before an International competition where I haven’t been pointing out as early as January that all eyes would be turning to the international stage soon enough. Such an enticing season has kept me enthralled, but now eyes will well and truly turn to Spain, where the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup takes place.

    Manager of the Update
    Let’s be honest; our managers didn’t do that well this month.

    Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

    wins this month’s award, as it isn’t every day you beat Real Madrid 7-0. Three wins in four may just see Madridstas’s team qualified for the Champions League. The other manager who gets a mention is Lord Weeman, who finished off the season well with Napoli, claiming a second-placed finish.

    Job Securities
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       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3615
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Very Secure   3615
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   3615
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Very Secure   3615
       5th tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Stable        3615
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Stable        3615
       7th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina                3442
       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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    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
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
    All Star Top Ten – Goal Difference at Current Club
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       1st  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona   +966 *
       2nd  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal     +819 *
       3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid +799 *
       4th  0 SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Tottenham   +447 *
       5th NE weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli      +405 *
       6th -1 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese     +383 *
       7th NE el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter       +220
       8th NE BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia    +209
       9th NE Martin_       Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa +189
      10th NE spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City    +151

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    Retained the Serie A but losing the Champions League final, that too on penalties, harsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by el sid View Post
    Retained the Serie A but losing the Champions League final, that too on penalties, harsh
    You won it with my team, you won it with my team.....

    Kidding.

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    Beating Liverpool though

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    A pretty poor season, but the board seem to have undoubted faith in me, hope that can continue!!!

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    World Cup Preview

    So, it’s that time again and we look ahead to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Spain.

    Host and holders Spain are the benchmark of Group A, and are obviously strong favourites to proceed from the group. They’ll be playing against Egypt, Norway and Paraguay, and despite the strong showing of the South American teams at the 2010 World Cup in real life, I’d tip Norway to be the runners-up, at the expense of Gerardo Martino’s side, with Egypt fourth.

    The qualification spots in Group B will be up for grabs in a fiery battle, which will most likely see Brazil come on top. But the second place is really open, and the first place is achievable for any nation too. The United States, the Czech Republic and Japan are the other three teams in this battle, and while I really cannot predict who will get through, the Czech Republic seem to do better on Football Manager than in real life so I will tip them. I like Japan so they would be my third-place finishers.

    2006 World Cup Winners Italy are in Group C, and should proceed even though they couldn’t get through the 2010 group stage in real life. But their opponents here aren’t as good as there, and I predict that Iran and Romania will fall by the wayside as Nigeria squeeze through. Iran would be my third-placed finisher, as they pulled off a win in the Afrovision Managerial Contest incarnation of the 2010 World Cup.

    Group D is the tantalising group you’ve all been waiting for, the one where everyone speaks English. We see Stuart Pearce’s England against George Burley’s Scotland, with Australia and Ghana thrown into the mix. Excuse me for being rather predictable and fairly patriotic, but I believe that Euro 2016 winners England will top the group, with Scotland qualifying in second place. I don’t know who will pick up third, but I’ll plump for Australia. Sorry Ghana!

    Two Middle Eastern teams are in the mix in Group E. Turkey and Saudi Arabia will fight against Germany and Cameroon for a place in the next round, which makes it quite a nice group for a nation that isn’t one of the biggest to do well. Germany’s all-grey team are beginning to be replaced by regen players, who should hold together to secure top spot in the group. Saudi Arabia will fall by the wayside, while Turkey will pip the Cameroonians to the second of qualification places.

    Group F is a potentially tricky one for Argentina. They’ll be assaulted by fellow Americans Costa Rica, as well as South Korea and Denmark. I think Denmark are usually solid bets to proceed, and that South Korea can pull off an upset, despite their real life performance against the Argentines. That will leave the South Americans to put Costa Rica in their place, that place being bottom.

    Group G is a tantalising concotion, and probably my pick for the group of the tournament. That being said, there are a few beautiful groups this time around, with Group D and Group H also being sweet. Perennial underachievers Portugal face talented Uruguay, with the Ivory Coast, among Africa’s elite, and Belgium, keen to spring a surprise, also in the group. I think the Portuguese are better in this game that in real life, so I would tip Portugal to top the group. As for second place, I think I’ll give it to the Ivory Coast, with Uruguay dampening Belgium’s spirits by putting the Europeans into fourth.

    Two big guns are in the running in Group H, and the other two teams aren’t bad either. The Netherlands should be able to qualify despite the challenge, and as much as I want it to be the other way around, I think France will pip Mexico to second place, leaving Chile unfortunately ranked fourth.

    So, my picks in summary:
    Group A: Spain, Norway, Paraguay, Egypt
    Group B: Brazil, Czech Republic, Japan, United States
    Group C: Italy, Nigeria, Iran, Romania
    Group D: England, Scotland, Australia, Ghana
    Group E: Germany, Turkey, Cameroon, Saudi Arabia
    Group F: Denmark, South Korea, Argentina, Costa Rica
    Group G: Portugal, Ivory Coast, Uruguay, Belgium
    Group H: Netherlands, France, Mexico, Chile

    And a little (and I do mean little!) stats lowdown from the tournament, regarding the top goalscorers for each nation in Spain for the global showcase. Asterisks represent regens.
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      Nation         Player             Goals
      Egypt          Amr Zaki              79
      Portugal       Cristiano Ronaldo     76
      Brazil         Vagner Love           68
      Chile          Alexis Sánchez        63
      Paraguay       Oscar Cardozo         59
      Argentina      Carlos Tevez          56
      South Korea    Park Joo-Young        56
      Mexico         Carlos Vela           52
      Ivory Coast    Salomon Kalou         51
      Australia      Tim Cahill            50
      Netherlands    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar   50
      Iran           Ghazi Al-Sader*       45
      France         Karim Benzema         44
      Italy          Giuseppe Rossi        40
      England        Wayne Rooney          40
      Ghana          André Ayew            39
      Turkey         Arda Turan            35
      Nigeria        Obafemi Martins       33
      Cameroon       Achille Emana         33
      Denmark        Nicklas Bendtner      31
      Belgium        Marouane Fellaini     28
      Costa Rica     Celso Borges          27
      Romania        Rãzvan Ochirosii      26
      United States  Eddie Johnson         25
      Scotland       John Fleck            24
      Saudi Arabia   Nayef Al-Harbi*       24
      Czech Republic Martin Fenin          20
      Uruguay        Cristian Rodríguez    19
      Norway         Runar Nilsen*         17
                     Morten Gamst Pedersen 17
      Spain          Andrés Iniesta        14
      Japan          Masayuki Watanabe*    10
      Germany        Luis Manuel Molina*    7
    Come on then Spain, let’s see what you’ve got!

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    Update 120 and World Cup Report Part I
    Years: 10, Months: 120, Days: 3645

    The 2018 FIFA World Cup is upon us, and there is plenty of action to tell you about. Before I do, however, let’s round off the report for season ten by taking a look at how the final fixtures of the La Liga season finished up.

    Barcelona had to match Valencia’s result at home to Real Sociedad, while Ben Cee’s team were playing away to Hércules. Valencia won 2-1, but fortunately for Haowan Madridstas, his Barcelona team beat Real Sociedad 6-2, thanks to a brace from Juan Manuel Mata, and Sociedad’s Mikel González scoring a goal for each team. Real Madrid concluded their season with a goalless draw at Getafe. Hércules, Murcia and Tenerife are relegated, to be replaced by Mallorca, Cádiz and Deportivo.

    Hosts and holders Spain kicked off the World Cup, playing the opening game against Norway. In front of just under 100,000 fans at the Nou Camp, Bjørn Kristiansen’s goal was the only one separating the two teams, and the Spanish slumped to a humiliating and rather unfair defeat. Egypt beat Paraguy 3-0, with two goals from 27-year-old striker Ahmed Abbas, to take top spot in Group A.

    Groups B and C started the next day. Brazil began their tournament well, if a little defensively sloppy, by beating Japan 4-2. Napoli’s Choco scored all four goals in the first half, netting a hattrick before Japan could grab one back. Japan then scored their second goal in the 66th minute, but couldn’t get any closer to victory. The United States also won, humiliating the Czech Republic 5-0 and blowing my prediction out of the water. Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 8th minute, and Freddy Adu made it 4-0 at half time with a hattrick, getting his fourth with a 62nd minute penalty. In Group C, Italy beat Iran 2-0, going ahead with an Iranian own goal, with Man City’s Marco Davide Faraoni doubling the lead in the 63rd minute.

    The next lot of games it the one you’ve all been waiting for: England, Scotland, Australia and Ghana. But first, the remaining Group C game, where Romania beat Nigeria 2-0 thanks to a brace from 28-year-old Werder Bremen striker Dumitru Dobre. Christian Chivu squandered the opportunity to go 3-0 up by missing his 65th-minute penalty. Over to Group D, where Scotland made a disastrous start against Ghana. André Ayew took the lead for Ghana in the 3rd minute, and John Fleck missed a potential equaliser when his 6th minute penalty was saved by 22-year-old Ghanaian keeper Joe Asare. Scotland did eventually equalise through Alex Pearce in the 68th minute, but Ghana took the lead again three minutes later. However, Ipswich midfielder Lee Wood was on hand to save the day, with a headed equalising goal in the 90+5th minute. Meanwhile, England drew 0-0 with Australia despite having the Socceroos pretty well contained.

    Group E opened with a shock, as Germany went down to Cameroon. São Paolo striker François Obele got the only goal of the match in the 15th minute. Turkey overcame the pressure put on them by Saudi Arabia to run out 3-2 winners. Porto’s Nayef Al-Harbi put the Saudis into the lead in the 5th minute, but Gökhan Gönül levelled things. Saudi Arabia went 2-1 up just before half time, but Sanli Tuncay levelled again before 22-year-old Hamburger SV striker Köksal Günes scored the winner. Meanwhile, Denmark beat Costa Rica 2-0 thanks to goals from Niki Zimling and Nikola Saric.

    It looks like South Korea won’t be pulling off the upset I predicted, as they lost 1-2 to Argentina. Lionel Messi opened with a penalty, but the South Americans were pegged back by 19-year-old (grey) Han Kyung-Min. Pablo Zabaleta scored the winner 10 minutes from time. Meanwhile, Uruguay smashed the Ivory Coast, pouncing on the first red of the tournament for Ivorian Zoro. Edison Cavani put Uruguay 1-0 up in the 10th minute, but Salomon Kalou levelled 14 minutes later. 24-year-old Sylvain Kalou scored an own goal in the 64th minute, two minutes before Zoro saw red. Valencia striker Emilio Medina added two to complete the victory against the ten-man team. Portugal beat Belgium 2-0, with Hugo Almeida scoring a brace.

    The four teams in Group H rounded up the first round of matches. Chile grabbed a point against France, and although France had the better of the play, it would have been unfair on Chile to have lost given their solid defensive performance. Moussa Sissoko put the French into the lead in the 12th minute, but Matías Fernadez converted a penalty to level in minute 32. Meanwhile, the Netherlands beat Mexico 3-1. 26-year-old Inter right-winger Peter Jansen scored their first in the 33rd minute, but Mexico levelled in the second half via Nery Castillo. 26-year-old PSV striker Rutger Jansen made it 2-1 four minutes from time, and Aston Villa’s Ryan Babel doubled the lead in the 90+5th minute. It seems a bit harsh on Mexico, but the Netherlands really did outplay them.

    Middlesbrough are having a fire sale after their relegation from the English Premier League. Newcastle bought two of the five big names that left the Riverside this summer; Hungarian midfielder Zoltán Szalma and England international Mike Hay for £10.75M. The Magpies, gearing up for their first Champions League football for three years, also bought Barcelona’s Blaise Matuidi for £3.8M. Incidentally, the two teams met in the group stages the last time Newcastle were in the Champions League; Barcelona won by a combined scoreline of 9-0. Back to Middlesbrough, who also sold Spanish central defender Xavier García to Leeds for £10.25M, and both English defensive midfielder Alan Green and Brazilian Guilherme to Martin Bojangles’s Aston Villa, for £5.5M and £5M respectively. The biggest transfer of the month was Ben Cee’s £18.75M spend on Morgan Schneiderlin from Atlético Madrid. As well as the money, Atlético got 24-year-old Ghanaian midfielder Lawrence Agyemang.

    Back to the World Cup now, with the conclusion of Group A. Spain bounced back from their opening-day defeat to beat Paraguay 5-1, despite going 0-1 down. Norway and Egypt drew goalless, keeping them both ahead of Spain and eliminating Paraguay. Paraguay continued their embarrassing performance with a 0-5 defeat to Norway, including two penalties converted by 21-year-old Austria Wien defender John Einar Andersen, who then ruled himself out of the rest of the tournament with a fractured wrist in the 78th minute. Holders and hosts Spain avoided any further slip-ups, beating Egypt 3-0 and scoring in the extremeties of the game; Torres opened in the first minute, young right-back Ignacio doubled in 45+2, and 33-year-old Rubén De la Red completed the victory in the 89th minute. Norway top the group with the Iberians second.

    Brazil continued their fine form with two more wins, which sent them through as group winners. First they beat the Czech Republic 2-0, scoring just before half time and then 30 minutes later too (45 if you include the interval). Then they defeated the United States 2-1 with a brace from Vagner Love. But the Americans still qualified, by virtue of having beaten Japan 2-0 in their second game. The Czech Republic salvaged some dignity in the final game by beating Japan 2-0.

    Italy also continued their good form, building on their 2-0 victory over Iran with a 3-0 one over Romania. Meanwhile, Iran beat Nigeria 1-0 with a goal from Zaragoza’s Shahram Mozafari. But Iran couldn’t follow through to escape the group, losing to Romania in their final game. Striker Dumitru Dobre scored another brace in the 2-0 win. Meanwhile, Italy and Nigeria drew 1-1, meaning they finish the group stage at opposite ends of the table.

    Australia and Ghana dished out the third consecutive draw of Group D, with both scoring a goal in their game against each other. But the real game of interest was England versus Scotland. Scotland raced into the lead thanks to Chelsea striker Gavin Brown’s fourth-minute goal. England didn’t level before the break, and time was running out for them. However, with 20 minutes to go, Scotland’s Scott Brown tripped Theo Walcott in the penalty area. Sunderland midfielder Alex Tompkins dispatched the penalty to level the score, and now the momentum was with the English. Ten minutes later, and with the remaining ten minutes seeming to stretch into a really long time for both teams, Adam Pepper pounced on Scottish defensive slacking to fire home the ball to give England the lead. Scottish hopes evaporated when eventual man of the match Alex Tompkins knocked Craig Gordon’s save from Theo Walcott’s shot into the net for his second goal of the game, in the third minute of stoppage time. In the final match, Ghana got another draw, holding England thanks to 50% of their shots going in, with Lawrence Agyemang (you know, the one who has just joined Atlético Madrid) scoring in the 4th minute. England levelled in the 61st minute via Chelsea’s Andy Stones, but couldn’t do anything more. Scotland cost Ghana their qualification spot by sneaking to a 3-2 victory over Australia. John Fleck took the lead in the 13th minute, but Scotland were pegged back three minutes later by 27-year-old CSKA Moscow striker Darren Zappia. Robert Stambolziev gave Australia the lead with his 34th-minute strike, but Scotland won the match thanks to another goal from John Fleck and a winner from Gavin Brown.

    The English Premier League is all ready for another season, after it reset this month. Tom Smith’s Arsenal aren’t predicted to bounce back to title-winning ways, although that isn’t saying much, since even though they are predicted to finish 2nd, holders Chelsea are tipped to finish 3rd. Man City are once again the favourites to take home the title, despite Lawrence Lazewski’s team consistently thwarting that prediction. West Brom and Stoke, who both came up from the Championship last season, are expected to go right back down, in 20th and 19th respectively, although Jellybean Man’s West Ham are tipped to survive. Leicester are the favourites to fill that final relegation spot. Bookies believe that Middlesbrough can win the Championship despite their outflux of players, and Crystal Palace are believed to be capable of taking the other promotion spot into the big league.

    Germany bounced back from their defeat in their first game to top the group. They beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 with a penalty from adopted Spaniard Luis Manuel Molina, and then got a convincing 3-1 victory over Turkey, where Nottingham-born Matt Thornhill scored Turkey’s only goal. This knocked the Turks out of the tournament, despite them winning their first game. They had drawn their second, 2-2 with Cameroon, and despite Cameroon’s 0-1 defeat by Saudi Arabia, the Cameroonians qualified for the next round with a better goal difference.

    Argentina built on their victory over South Korea with two further victories, showing me that I was wrong to tip their downfall. First they beat Denmark 1-0, with Carlos Tevez scoring, then they beat Costa Rica 2-0, thanks to another two goals from the Valencia forward. Denmark, who also won their first game, drew their final game goalless with South Korea, but qualified ahead of the South Koreans on goal difference. South Korea had beaten Costa Rica 1-0 in their second game.

    The glory group continued to excite, with Uruguay running out surprise winners. After their annihilation of the Ivory Coast, they beat Portugal 2-1, guaranteeing passage into the next round. They concluded with a 2-1 victory over Belgium to see them through with a 100% record. Portugal held firm and beat the Ivory Coast 1-0 with a Cristiano Ronaldo strike, and the Africans and Belgium both recorded points as they drew 1-1, much to the disdain of the Ivory Coast, since Belgium gained that draw with a 90+2nd minute equaliser.

    After the Netherlands had impressed in their first game, France decided to steal the spotlight in Group H. They beat the Dutch 5-1, with Arsenal’s Henri Saivet netting a hattrick. Meanwhile, Mexico beat Chile 1-0, with Giovanni dos Santos scoring. Finally, the Netherlands bowed out of the competition after they failed to beat Chile. Arturo Vidal took the lead for the Chileans in the 21st minute, but 12 minutes later, Dirk Kuyt had a chance to level from the spot. He missed, but tucked away the rebound. For all their shots, the Dutch couldn’t get another goal, and France went through with Mexico second after the two drew 0-0 in Sevilla.

    After a quite frankly pitiful performance last year, in which they finished 5th, A.C. Milan are tipped to win Serie A again. They’ll have to fight off Inter, who are predicted to finish 2nd. Lord Weeman’s Napoli are favourites for third place, with Juventus taking the last Champions League spot, while Udinese are forecast a two-place improvement, rated the 7th best team in the league. Livorno and Bologna, both of whom came up from Serie B for this season, are tipped for relegation, but Lecce are said to be able to survive, with Neppo Monster’s Empoli candidates for the bottom spot. Modena are odds-on to win Serie B. As for Italian transfers, there were just two of interest to us. 20-year-old Czech midfielder Jaroslav Zima left Napoli for Sampdoria for £8M, and young defender Salvatore De Luca also left Napoli, joining A.C. Milan for £975k.

    Back to the World Cup now, with the knockout stages beginning to be played. The United States were the first team to book their Quarter Finals place after an extra time victory over Norway. They got their standard good start, with Jozy Altidore netting after two minutes, but Norway’s Rocky Lekaj levelled the scores five minutes before half time. That didn’t deter the Americans, however, who came out firing, and took the lead again two minutes after the restart, this time through Michael Bradley. And once again the Norwegians levelled late on, with Runar Nilsen, a 25-year-old striker playing for AEK Athens, making it 2-2 five minutes before full time. So the United States had to score another goal, which, fortunately for them, they did, with Maurice Edu making it 3-2 in minute 99, and with the American defence holding on for the rest of extra time. Hosts and holders Spain also booked their ticket into the next round by knocking out one of the big guns, Brazil. Sergio Ramos’s 48th minute penalty was enough to send the Spanish one step closer to defending their title.

    The two home nations have the next opportunity to reach the Last Eight, and England’s chances are greater than Scotland’s. The English face Romania, while the Scottish have a tougher time against Italy. Argentina look likely to eliminate the last African team left standing, Cameroon, while Denmark take on neighbours Germany. France face Portugal in a battle of the big guns, while Mexico meet Uruguay in a battle of the smaller guns. If they can beat Romania, England face the Americans, and Scotland, even if they pull off the remarkable feat of beating Italy, would need to pull off an even more remarkable one to beat Spain. The other two Quarter Finals will feature, respectively, two European teams and no European teams. Work that one out for yourself.

    It’s been a busy month, and the true excitement remains around the corner.

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

    Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

    and;

    Tom Smith, Arsenal

    and;

    Tyler Burrows, Udinese

    and;

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    and;

    Lucas Volman, Real Madrid

    and;

    Leo Dodge, Tottenham

    for making it to ten years in football management at one club. That isn’t at all easy, and is a true testament to their skills. Fifty-four managers started this quest and have since failed, and one of these six will go on to haul the 60 to One crown.

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       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3645
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   3645
       3rd weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        3645
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3645
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        3645
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Stable        3645
       7th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina                3442
       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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      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
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
    All Star Top Ten – Age
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       1st +3 IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man     Numancia      West Ham      58
         -  0 Swafe           Saul Goode        Osasuna       Wales         58
       3rd +3 Almondo         Arnold J. Rimmer  Bolton        Man United    57
         - +1 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid   57 *
       5th +1 NepentheZ       Neppo Monster     Cagliari      Empoli        56
         - +1 SCIAG           Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Tottenham     56 *
         - +1 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona     56 *
       8th +2 ScottT!         Scott Tysoe       Sunderland    Everton       55
         - +2 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia      55
      10th NE Waghlon         Lars Tommersen    Villarreal    Rangers       54
         - NE PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese       54 *

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    10 years at the same club is an achievement. 10 years at Real Madrid is quite something.

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    Update 121 and World Cup Report Part II
    Years: 10, Months: 121, Days: 3676

    The World Cup is over; there is a new world champion. Well, I saw new – we’ll get to that.

    First we’ll continue the report on how the first knockout stage of the competition went. England were due to play Romania, in a game that looked easy on paper. But football matches aren’t played on paper. The competition was fierce and both sides looked to have each other pretty much under control. But England were the first to lapse, allowing Roma’s (that is supposed to be Roma; I haven’t missed a ‘nia’ off) Vlad Pop to score the first goal of the match five minutes from half time. But Newcastle midfielder Mike Hay levelled the scores for England minutes later, picking up on Petre Pescu’s poor headed clearance to hit the ball into the net. The scores remained level throughout the second half, and extra time was needed. But it was used well by England, who went ahead through Wayne Rooney’s goal in the 94th minute. Romania could offer no comeback, and Stuart Pearce’s England got themselves into the Quarter Finals.

    Scotland were next to kick off, in their tie against Italy. They matched their opponents at times and outplayed them at other ones, but Italy were far too clinical on the attack, taking the lead within ten minutes when Giuseppe Rossi collected the ball in the penalty area, turned, and slotted it home between two Scottish defenders. Within 10 minutes Italy were 2-0 up, and this time Rossi’s shot bounced off Craig Gordon at close range, onto Christophe Berra, and into the net. Andrea Mazzarini rounded off the victory three minutes after the second half kicked off, pouncing after yet another Giuseppe Rossi shot hit the bar this time.

    Next up were our South American and African pairing, Argentina and Cameroon. Just when we thought that the teams would go into half time level at 0-0, Cameroon’s Franck Songo’o popped up, with his corner going straight into the net. But Argentina were not to be deterred, and pegged the Cameroonians right back through Portsmouth youngster Cristian Iglesias. It turned out the sides would go into half time level, but not at 0-0. And the action didn’t stop in the second half. Lionel Messi powered the Argentines into the lead in the 65th minute, and they doubled that lead in minute 73 thanks to Gonzalo Higuaín. Yet Cameroon were still as determined as ever, and they grabbed a goal back three minutes after Higuaín’s, with Stéphane Mbia scoring a cracking long-range shot. And after only two further minutes, Guillaume Nkendo made it 3-3 with a headed goal. They forced extra time, and then forced penalties, but could Cameroon win the match? Argentina went first, with Fernando Gago netting. However, Cameroon countered that with goalscorer Franck Songo’o. Cameroon also countered Argentina’s next two spot kicks, scored by Emiliano Insúa and Gonzalo Higuaín, with André Bikey and Eyong Enoh. However, when Federico Fazio scored for Argentina, 20-year-old Marc Mbamba’s shot was saved by Juan Pablo Carrizo. 22-year-old Bayern Munich striker Adrián Villagra scored to win the match for Argentina.

    Denmark and Germany were up next, and although Denmark had the better of the chances, they just couldn’t get through a robust German defence. They scored the opening goal, seven minutes before half time, but Germany’s Christian Weigl equalised seven minutes after half time. No further impact was made by Denmark in normal time, and the Germans won it in extra time when Boris Zimmermann scored in the 98th minute. Another all-European tie saw France play Portugal. Inter’s Antunes gave his side (Portugal) the lead in the ninth minute, converting a penalty after Thimothée Kolodzieczak tripped Cristiano Ronaldo in the box. For all their attacks, France couldn’t equalise, and with the game dying out, Portugal punished their attacking style, going up the other end and scoring via Nani. The match ended 2-0 to the Portuguese.

    The last Second Round match saw Mexico meet Uruguay in Sevilla. The match was close but not particularly interesting. The two sides went into half-time level, but Mexico finally broke the deadlock after an hour of play, with Andrés Guardado rifling an almost-casual shot into the Uruguay net. César Villaluz made it 2-0 less than a quarter of an hour later, running past the Uruguay defence to poach Guardado’s cross and send it goalbound. Uruguay, demoralised, simply played the match out with some efforts of a comeback, but Mexico turned out to be easy winners.

    The Spanish La Liga has reset, and Ben Cee’s Valencia are expected to recover the title from Real Madrid, despite their fifth-placed finish last season. Barcelona are tipped to finish 3rd, with Zaragoza completing the Champions League spots. Deportivo and Cádiz, who both came up last season, are both expected to drop back down, although Mallorca are tipped for survival, with Valladolid not tipped for a second season in Spain’s top flight. In transfers, Valencia were in the headlines, bringing brilliant Australian striker Matty Barton to Nuevo Mestalla for £19.75M. But they sold 32-year-old Raúl García to Real Madrid for only £250k less, and covered their losses with the £18M sale of 25-year-old midfielder Iñigo Fraile to Barcelona. And they then sold Breno to Man City for £10.25M. Barcelona, managed by Haowan Madridstas, were also very busy in the transfer market. As well as buying Fraile, they purchased Matías Fernández from Inter for £17M, and sold Nani to Tom Smith’s Arsenal for £13.75M. In return, they bought Arsenal’s César Ruiz Díaz for £2.4M, and then sold the Paraguayan goalkeeper on to Inter for £7.75M. Saudi goalkeeper Suliman Al-Shihri joined from Al-Hilal for £875k.

    Spain versus Italy was the first of the delectable Quarter Final matches in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It looked like it wouldn’t be a good day for Spain, after a penalty miss in the 12th minute. Giorgio Chiellini, who would probably reach his 100th cap for his country if Italy could reach the Semi Finals, fouled Atlético Madrid youngster Ignacio, giving away the spot kick. But Fernando Torres’s shot was saved by 22-year-old ‘keeper Matteo Acquafresca, and the corner from Torres’s shot off the rebound came to nothing. Italy punished the Spanish for their wastefulness, taking the lead midway through the first half, with Salvatore Foti heading home from a corner.

    The Italians held their lead to the break, but Spain had a few tricks up their sleeves. Fernando Torres, making amends for his penalty miss, got the equalising goal in the 54th minute, running up the right wing and scoring a great solo effort. Spain then took the lead just over ten minutes later, through Sergio Ramos, another headed corner.But Salvatore Foti struck again, bringing Italy back into the game, slotting the ball in the goal’s bottom-left corner in a shot nearly impossible to save. The 90 minutes ended with the teams level, so extra time became necessary.

    Spain used it to their advantage, and with just a few minutes remaining of the first half of extra time, Daniel Aquino scored for the Iberians. But seconds after the teams restarted for the second half, Robert Acquafresca made things level again with a powerful curling shot. Normal time couldn’t separate them, extra time couldn’t separate them, so it now came down to simple spot kicks to decide who was making it into the World Cup Semi Finals. Italy went first, with Daniele de Rossi scoring. Daniel Aquino scored for Spain. Brace-scorer Salvatore Foti stepped up next for Italy, but he blasted his penalty straight at Iker Casillas, who made the save. Sergio Ramos netted to put Spain into the lead. Andrea Mazzarani scored for Italy, with Gerard Piqué maintaining Spain’s lead. Lorenzo De Silvestri scored for Italy, but once again Spain’s lead was preserved, this time by Fernando Torres. Robert Acquafresca scored for Italy, but Raúl García made no mistake, and put Spain into the Semi Finals.

    The next Quarter Final saw the Old World against the new, as England took on the United States. England made a great start to the match, going ahead in the second minute through 24-year-old Leicester striker Craig Robson, who delivered a brilliant curling shot from 30 yards out. England held that lead until half time, and while the Americans made occasional threatening forays, Stuart Pearce’s side did look comfortable. However, ten minutes after the restart, Freddy Adu drew his nation level with a simple finish after he was left unmarked in the penalty area. But that didn’t stop England. After a further ten minutes, Wayne Rooney netted to give his side the lead once again when he powered a shot low down into the goal from a fairly tight angle. Theo Walcott made the result complete with a cheeky shot that rebounded in off US ‘keeper Brad Guzan five minutes from time.

    The third Quarter Final took place between Argentina and Mexico. Like Mexico’s last match, it wasn’t particularly interesting. But Argentina had the better of the game, and although they scored the only goal of the game in the 90+1st minute, there wasn’t too much injustice in that. Gonzalo Rodríguez got the winner, chipping in Lautaro Acosta’s corner. The last Quarter Final was between Germany and Portugal, and was against decided with a late winner. Adopted German Luis Manuel Molina put his side in front in the fifth minute, but they were pegged back by Portugal after a further fifteen minutes, when 23-year-old Leicester midfielder Mário Teixeira delivered a powerful shot into the back of the net. But grey Julian Wimmer scored the winner in minute 90+4, heading Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Stefan Müller’s corner into the net. The result was nonetheless a fair one, since German shots outnumbered Portuguese ones three to one.

    Cool Manager’s Inter were certainly busy in the transfer window. As well as the aforementioned sale of Matías Fernández to Barcelona, Franco Zucilini left for Man City for £10.75M, 20-year-old attacking midfielder Alessandro Miele joined Bayern Munich for £6.25M, and Santiago Villafañe joined Genoa for £2.1M. Inter also made a purchase, alongside that of César Ruiz Díaz, buying Ipswich’s Scottish goalkeeper Steven O’Brien for £17.25M. As for our managers, Napoli brought in Davide Santon from Palermo for £10.25M, and Udinese sold 21-year-old striker Matteo Fabiani to Genoa for £2.2M. The two teams also played friendly matches this month; Udinese won 3-2 at Craven Cottage and Napoli beat Bari 3-1 away.

    Just four teams remained in the running for the World Cup, and our very own England was one of them. They were due to play Argentina at the Santiago Bernabéu. Some might say the 1-0 win for the South Americans was an injustice; others might say England were wasteful with their shooting, since both sides had two clear cut chances. But nobody could deny the result, where Lionel Messi scored the winning goal in the 36th minute, firing past both Micah Richards and Scott Carson. Spain’s Semi Final against Germany also ended 1-0. It was the Spanish who won it, scoring the crucial goal in the 11th minute. 23-year-old Sevilla winger Antonio Fueyo fired past a sloppy German wall to net his free kick. The Spanish kept the Germans pretty well contained for the rest of the match, and reached their second consecutive World Cup Final.

    In England, Leo Dodge’s Tottenham Hostpur made one incoming transfer this month, signing Lille’s Håvard Nordtveit for £4.7M. Spurs also released Robinho, who was snatched up by Villarreal, and they kicked off their pre-season campaign with two wins and a draw, beating Polonia Warszawa 3-0 in Warsaw, drawing goalless at Vicarage Road, and beating Queen’s Park Rangers 2-0 away. Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal were also involved in friendly action this month, and also played all games away. They beat Levski Sofia 3-0, Celtic 4-1, Excelsior Mouscron from Belgium 4-0, but lost 1-3 to Racing. Other than the Nani and César Ruiz Díaz transfers, the only transfer news of interest was the £120k sale of 17-year-old defender Philip Sutton to Watford.

    A third place finish would by no means be disastrous for England, but their chances of that had almost fizzled away after the end of the first half of their match with Germany. Leverkusen midfielder Stefan Müller put the Germans in front in the 31st minute in a well-crafted move by his team. And when Luis Manuel Molina converted a penalty, just before half time, given for Michah Richards’s trip of the Spanish-born striker, the England team and fans were understandably dejected. The English couldn’t make any in-roads in the second half, and the time ticked away until there was just ten minutes remaining. Then, 34-year-old Nigel Reo-Coker grabbed his fourth goal for England when he volleyed Joe Mattock’s cross into the net. But was it enough? Yes! Liverpool defender Steve James made it 2-2 six minutes later, and three minutes from time, when he ran Mark Halsall’s corner into the net, almost straight through the German goalkeeper. Germany never should have conceded that goal, and now they were going to be punished. 27-year-old Hull striker Nathan Delfouneso finished off the unlikely, nay, nearly-impossible, victory, in the 90+3rd minute when he made a superb run along the byline and knocked the ball against German ‘keeper Johannes Ketterl’s feet and into the goal. What a way to finish the match and the tournament for England!

    The tournament’s Final, as always, was not as exciting as the Third Place Playoff. It was held at Barcelona’s Camp Nou, and although Argentina had much possession and many chances in the first half, they couldn’t make any of it count, and the two teams (them and Spain) went into the break level. Spain’s best chance of the first half fell to Ignacio Camacho, whose long-range shot sprung off the post. Argentina started the second half well, creating a great chance with a cross into the box, if only somebody had been there to tap the ball into the goal. Spain countered with an almost-deadly header from a corner, but Argentina goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo punched it away. But Spain did make the breakthrough in the 52nd minute, when Juan Manuel Mata found himself through on goal, with the defenders too far away to stop him. He sliced the ball past Carrizo to give Spain the lead. The advantage, in the possession and chances also, now fell to Spain, and although they tried to grab a second goal, they couldn’t, and they had to hold on tentatively. But hold on they did, becoming only the third team to defend the World Cup. Understandably, Iker Casillas won the Best Goalkeeper award, with Argentina’s Juan Pablo Carrizo as runner-up. But the Americans did well in the other awards, with Freddy Adu picking up Best Player ahead of Jozy Altidore, and also getting the Golden Boot, ahead of Brazil’s Choco. The Dream Team featured six Spaniards, four Italians, three Americans, two English, Argentines and Mexicans, and a Frenchman, a Norwegian and a Cameroonian. Iker Casillas and Gerard Piqué made their second consecutive Dream Team.

    A number of big countries sacked their managers after their performances at the World Cup. Brazil’s Muricy Ramalho was left looking for a new job after their Second Round exit, and Ghana, Scotland, Belgium, South Korea and Egypt also dismissed their head coaches. Strangely, Romania got rid of Victor Piturcã, when a Second Round appearance was surely a respectable performance. But the biggest sacking, at least from a domestic point of view, was of Stuart Pearce’s England, when it seemed that a third placed finish wasn’t good enough. After a European Championship win, you’d have thought that the board would have cut him some slack, but it seems not. Former Man City manager Liam Ferguson was brought in as his replacement, and Ferguson hired his old friend Robert Boyle, former Blackburn and Newcastle manager, as his under 21s manager. Meanwhile, France were announced as hosts of the 2026 World Cup.

    The excitement of Spain 2018 has passed, and now our six remaining managers have to focus on their domestic seasons. After some teams finished last season poorly, another round of similar performances might see a couple of our lot get the boot.

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

    Liam Ferguson , England (formerly of Man City)

    for becoming the second manager of ours to manage England, and only the third to take a national team job. After losing his job at Man City, I thought that Ferguson wouldn’t get another job in football, but he proved me wrong and signed his dream contract with the Football Association. Another manager under consideration for this award was Haowan Madridstas, who was very busy in the transfer market this month.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3676
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   3676
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   3676
       4th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        3676
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3676
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        3676

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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
      Oct 15 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Dec 15 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
    All Star Top Ten – Highest Fee Spent
    Code:
       Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club Player                Fee
       1st  0 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    John Heitinga     £37.5 M *
       2nd +6 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        Chris Heslop#     £32.5 M
       3rd -1 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     Cristiano Ronaldo £30.5 M
       4th -1 ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness  Everton                    Carlos Vela       £27   M
       5th -1 fergysafc       Liam Ferguson     Man City      England      Michael Essien    £26.5 M
       6th -1 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  Adriano           £23   M *
       7th -1 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      Andrés Guardado   £22   M *
       8th -1 SCIAG           Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Tottenham    Mario Gómez       £21.5 M *
       9th  0 spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     John Fleck        £19.75M
      10th  0 TaylorB         Ben Taylor        Fiorentina                 Thiago Neves      £17   M
         - NE mikeytwigge     Mikey Twigge      Palermo                    Edison Cavani     £17   M
    Lifespan – 5 to 10 Years
    Code:
       Pos Username             Manager             Club       Days
       7th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina 3442
       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
    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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    The final 6!!!!! MON the Udinese.

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    Update 122
    Years: 10, Months: 122, Days: 3707

    So the season is under way, with the last transfers being made and the first games being played. We’ll start by looking at the transfer market during the month of August.

    Real Madrid were the busiest of our sides on the transfer market, making three major signings and one major sale. 25-year-old central defender and midfielder Miguel joined Lucas Volman’s side from Valencia for £16.5M, and another 25-year-old midfielder, Marco Larini, joined from Tyler Burrows’s Udinese for £13.25M. 24-year-old Brazilian left winger Anderson joined from Toulouse for £11.25M. Simon Kjær was the one to leave, joining Chelsea for £13M. Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s Spanish friends Barcelona made only one major transfer, signing Giovani dos Santos from Valencia for £23M. Cool Manager’s Inter made the two biggest transfers of the month, bringing in Fulham’s Portuguese right winger Pedro Valente for £30M and Leicester’s 20-year-old attacking midfielder Matt Hazell for £25M. That money should keep Leicester in the Premier League, as well as their talented captain, England striker Craig Robson. The only other major transfer involving our sides was the £4.1M sale of Loïc Nestor from Aston Villa to Tottenham, although Udinese did bring in Lazio’s Loreto Lo Bosco for one million pounds.

    Newcastle took on Chelsea in an enthralling Community Shield match at Wembley. The Pensioners were in front within ten minutes, with John Fleck converting a penalty awarded for Steven Taylor tripping him in the box. But Newcastle levelled the score in the 26th minute, when Raúl Nava scored. Chelsea went ahead again ten minutes later, with Taylor once again the culprit, scoring an own goal, but the Magpies had things level at half time, with Diego Suarez netting in first half stoppage time. And Newcastle led the match within ten minutes of restarting after the break, with 23-year-old Czech defender Jiri Mracek heading in a corner. Just when it looked like the lead might be held this time, Chelsea got a penalty in the dying minutes of the match, with that signing from Middlesbrough Zoltán Szalma this time the one who fouled. Fleck stepped up to take it, and to keep Chelsea in with a chance, but he hit it straight at Marek Stech. Chelsea’s player of the season last year Robin Ridley, an Irish midfielder, ran forward and slotted the ball home. Extra time couldn’t settle the scores, so penalties were needed. The first six were all scored, but 26-year-old Spanish left winger Francesc missed for Chelsea. Szalma scored to take the lead, but Chelsea equalised through Robin Ridley (again). Kieran Gibbs scored to win the trophy for Newcastle.

    The Premier League also kicked off this month, with Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal leading the way, all on six points. This month, Arsenal, managed by Tom Smith, won 2-0 at home to Sunderland and 1-0 away to West Brom. Tottenham won 1-0 at Leicester and beat Newcastle 3-1 at home. Both sides also competed in Europe. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham played Trabzonspor in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the Europa League, winning 3-1 in Turkey and 2-1 at home, and Arsenal played Marseille in the Champions League, beating the French team 4-1 at home, and progressing despite a 0-1 loss at the tricky Stade Vélodrome. Barcelona also competed in this round, showing they are just as good as Fulham by winning 1-0 at VfL Wolfsburg, and winning 4-1 at home too.

    Staying in Europe, and staying with Spanish clubs, Zaragoza and Atlético Madrid met in the UEFA Super Cup. Zaragoza took the lead through expensive Iranian Shahram Mozafari in the 18th minute, and doubled it five minutes before half time thanks to Mesut Özil. Atlético got one back in the second half, with Sergio Agüero scoring a clean strike from range in the 66th minute, but they couldn’t come back to tie the match. In another Super Cup involving two Spanish teams, Atlético lost again, this time to rivals Real, in the Supercopa de España. Atlético gave themselves a good chance with a 3-0 victory in the home leg, but two goals from World Cup Runner-Up Gonzalo Higuaín allowed Real to match that scoreline. Sergio Ramos missed a penalty for Real, but David Luiz missed the potential winner for Atlético. 26-year-old defender Diego González scored for Real, and Danish youngster Klaus Weibel missed for Atlético, giving Lucas Volman the cup. Meanwhile, Inter beat Juventus 2-1 in the Italian Super Cup.

    The groups for the Champions League have been drawn, and our teams are all in for a few competitive matches. Tom Smith’s Arsenal will meet Inter, and both are expected to qualify ahead of CSKA Moscow and Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Barcelona have simple but fiersome ties against Rangers and Panathanaikos, but should prove far too strong for group stage debutants Tampere United. Real Madrid face Juventus, but should clinch victory over CFR Cluj and Spartak Moscow, while Napoli meet Chelsea, and will face a difficult battle for qualification, with trips to Ukraine and Croatia to face the two Dinamos.

    That’s what you can look forward to, but you’ll have to wait until next month. The managers are champing at the bit; for some, competitive football is still to come this season.

    Manager of the Update
    This month’s winner is;

    Leo Dodge, Tottenham

    for two wins in the league and two in the Europa League. He relished his four games this month and made a solid start to the season by winning all of them. Haowan Madridstas was also under consideration, for winning through the Champions League qualifying round, and all credit to Lucas Volman for claiming a title despite a 0-3 deficit, but Dodge’s performance in two competitions won him this.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3707
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   3707
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   3707
       4th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        3707
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3707
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        3707

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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
      Oct 15 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Dec 15 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
    All Star Top Ten – Highest Fee Received
    Code:
       Pos +- Username      Manager           Original Club Current Club Player               Fee
       1st NE brettney1980  Brettney Joven    Wigan         Leeds        Chris Heslop#     £32.5M
       2nd -1 Waghlon       Lars Tommersen    Villarreal    Rangers      Giuseppe Rossi    £29.5M
       3rd -1 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     Freddy Adu        £27  M
         - -1 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      Carlos Vela       £27  M *
       5th -1 spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     Michael Essien    £26.5M
       6th -1 ~Ian~         Bryan McGuinness  Everton                    Mikel Arteta      £25.5M
       7th -1 Robert_296    Robert Boyle      Blackburn     England u21s Roque Santa Cruz  £23  M
         - -1 m1234566778   Maz Armley        Racing        Sevilla      Adriano           £23  M
       9th -1 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       Takayuki Morimoto £21  M *
      10th -1 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  Adriano           £20.5M

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    will you be starting again once this one has finished.

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    I'm afraid not, I think I'll be too exhausted once this one finally ends!

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    ok not a problem.

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    Italian Super Cup winners, my trophy cabinet is growing

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    Continuing to sell sell sell players, hopefully that keeps the board happy!

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    Update 123
    Years: 10, Months: 123, Days: 3737

    The season is a-go-go; let’s see how our manager performed during September.

    Haowan Madridstas and his Barcelona team seem to be struggling in La Liga, and they currently occupy 9th place after five games have been played. They did get a good home win over Valencia this month, and they beat Málaga, but they drew at home to Elche and lost both away games, at Mallorca and at Zaragoza. Their league form, however, didn’t seep into their European form, as they thrashed Tampere United 4-0. As for Real Madrid, they are also not having a peachy time. They were only beaten once, by league leaders Racing, but are currently fifth. They got wins over Betis, Elche and Theo Stigarakis’s Athletic, but also drew with Cádiz. They beat Spartak Moscow 3-0 in the Champions League.

    In England, Tom Smith’s Arsenal lead the way, and are one of three teams unbeaten, alongside Chelsea and Brettney Joven’s Leeds. In September, Arsenal trounced Manchester United 3-1, before drawing with Blackburn. However, they then secured two 1-0 victories at the end of the month, at Craven Cottage and at home to Liverpool. Fulham were also their opponents in the Carling Cup 3rd Round, and Smith’s team won 2-1. They also won 4-0 at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

    Meanwhile, Leo Dodge’s Tottenham are in 4th place, but they did have a decent month. They also drew with Blackburn in the league, but beat Aston Villa, Man City, Sevilla and Blackburn themselves 1-0, in the Premier League, Premier League, Europa League and Carling Cup respectively. Their defeat was a respectable one, 1-2 at Stamford Bridge, home of the Champions. In the Carling Cup Fourth Round, Tottenham play Man United at home, although that isn’t as difficult as it sounds since the Red Devils are bottom of the league. Arsenal travel to West Brom, while Leeds versus Man City is one of the ties of interest.

    Lord Weeman’s Napoli sit top of Serie A, after five games. In September, they beat Frosinone, Brescia, Lazio and Genoa, but drew away to Palermo. They also drew away to Chelsea, an excellent result in the most difficult of their Champions League group stage games. Napoli are one of three unbeaten sides in Italy’s top flight, with one of the others being second-placed Inter, who won their first three games of the month but ended it with two 0-0 draws. The third is Tyler Burrows’s Udinese, although they are further back in 7th place. They started the month with a 2-2 draw at home to Juventus, and then had a 1-1 draw sandwich with two slices of 1-1 draw, and the bread being a 3-2 win at Parma and a 3-1 home win over Palermo. Due to their rather poor league finish last season, they were entered into the early stages of the Coppa Italia, where they beat Avellino 3-0 in the 3rd Qualifying Round, and beat Frosinone 2-0 in the 4th Qualifying Round. The 1st Round sees them travel to Roma, while Napoli host Neppo Monster’s Empoli.

    One game of Euro 2020 qualifying was played this month. Unfortunately, new England manager Liam Ferguson wasn’t able to exhibit his skills since England are hosting the tournament. But Saul Goode’s Wales grabbed a 2-1 win in Lithuania, while Scotland won 3-0 in Nicosia. Ireland drew 2-2 in Latvia, but Northern Ireland didn’t play. Bosnia & Herzegovina and Poland beat Sweden and the Faroe Islands in Northern Ireland’s group. Elsewhere, Croatia striker Eduardo helped his team to a 5-2 victory over Malta with a hattrick.

    The season is up and running, and Manchester United might already be falling by the wayside. If our managers do a similar thing, they won’t have a job too much longer.

    Manager of the Update
    This month’s winner is;

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    for taking his side to the top of the league with an unbeaten month, and grabbing a point at Stamford Bridge. His performance was not spectacular but it was solid, and that is what is necessary. Similarly, Tyler Burrows had a good month at Udinese, going unbeaten in the league although for only nine points, and clearing two rounds in the Coppa Italia. Tom Smith has taken his side to the top of the Premier League, and Leo Dodge didn’t do too badly either, despite a defeat.

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       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3737
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   3737
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   3737
       4th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        3737
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3737
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        3737

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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
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
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       1st  0 SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Tottenham    3737 *
         -  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  3737 *
         -  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       3737 *
         -  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      3737 *
         -  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      3737 *
         -  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    3737 *
       7th +1 m1234566778   Maz Armley        Racing        Sevilla      2449
       8th +1 Chimpos       Phill Ewles       Valladolid    Olympiakos   2445
       9th +1 Martin_       Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa  2120
      10th NE Swafe         Saul Goode        Osasuna       Wales        1939

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    A consistent month for me, hopefully I can have more of that this season, consistency!!

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    Update 124
    Years: 10, Months: 124, Days: 3768

    Time goes by, and our managers continue to play matches. Let’s see how our top tenth percentile did in the month of October, starting in the lovely nation of Italy.

    The bad news is that Napoli are no longer top of Serie A. The good news is that Lord Weeman’s side, are, however, level on points with leaders A.C. Milan. A defeat in a difficult away match against Inter opened the month, although Weeman’s team bounced back with victories over Livorno, Atalanta and Lecce. Elsewhere in Serie A, Tyler Burrows and Udinese had a mixed month. They also lost to Inter, although it was at home, and they lost too to Brescia. Victories came over Lazio and Genoa. Burrows’s contract runs until 2022, so there shouldn’t be too much fear of losing his job, but he’ll want to do better for the sake of his pride. Weeman’s contract expires in 2020. Meanwhile, Serie B side Torino sacked their manager Giovanni De Biasi this month, and brought in former Reggina manager James Salter. Salter’s team are 19th in the Italian second tier, so success is certainly necessary to reach their third-placed expectations.

    Brettney Joven is continuing her quest to become the first woman to win the Premier League, as she currently has her Leeds side atop the English Premier League. However, Chelsea, who are level on points, are not going to give up, and neither are Tom Smith’s Arsenal, one point further back. The Gunners lost for the first time this month, 2-3 at Elland Road, although they beat Stoke and Hull and drew at St James’ Park. Man City are fourth, with Leo Dodge’s Tottenham just outside the Champions League places in 5th. Spurs had a fair-to-middlin’ month, losing at Upton Park to Jellybean Man’s West Ham, but beating Sunderland and Ipswich by three-goal margins. The London club also drew 0-0 at home to Everton. However, there are transfer talks in the air, and the incoming chairman may want a “change of direction”, aka a new manager. Dodge can only sit and wait, and get wins while he does that.

    More European football took place this month. In the Champions League, Tom Smith’s Arsenal romped to a 6-0 victory at home to Maccabi Tel-Aviv, and then beat Inter 2-1 at the Emirates. Barcelona were held 1-1 by Lars Tommersen’s Rangers, before they crushed Panathanaikos 6-0 at home. Real Madrid beat CFR Cluj 1-0 in Romania and Juventus 1-0 in Spain, and Lord Weeman’s Napoli beat Dinamo Kiev 3-1 at home, followed by a 3-0 victory in Croatia against NK Dinamo. Chelsea also beat these two teams, both away, so the Pensioners are tied with Napoli for the group’s top spot. In the Europa League, Leo Dodge’s Tottenham beat FC Twente 2-1 away, before enjoying a 5-0 victory in Poland against Lech Poznan.

    Over to Spain, where Atlético Madrid lead the league. They and second-placed Zaragoza are the only two teams who remain unbeaten, and Atlético’s cross-city rivals Real Madrid currently sit in 6th place. This month, Real beat Villarreal, drew with Barcelona and lost to Sporting. They also secured a 2-1 away win over Alicante in the first leg of their Copa del Rey Fourth Round tie. Meanwhile, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are 5th, and started their cup campaign with a 5-1 win at Vecindario. They also beat Athletic and Betis in the league. Both sides are actually level on points, and Barcelona sit higher simply because their 2-2 draw this month was at the Bernabéu.

    The month also saw a couple more games in Euro 2020 qualifying. Scotland lost 0-1 at home to Turkey but won 2-0 in Bulgaria; Saul Goode’s Wales won 6-0 away to Andorra and 2-1 at home to Romania; Ireland beat visitors Ukraine 1-0 before losing 0-2 in France, and Northern Ireland drew both games 1-1, firstly away to the Faroe Islands, and secondly at home to Sweden. That concludes the qualification campaign until 2019, and that also concludes this month’s report.

    Manager of the Update
    This month’s award has to go to;

    Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

    for being the only manager unbeaten. His team beat Athletic and Betis in the league, and Panathanaikos and Vecindario in cups, and drew with Barcelona and Rangers. However, in another month, Madridstas might not have come close to this award.

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       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3768
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   3768
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   3768
       4th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        3768
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3768
         - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        3768

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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
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
    All Star Top Ten – Longest Time at a Club
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       1st NE TaylorB       Ben Taylor        Fiorentina    Fiorentina 3442
       2nd -1 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City      Man City   2783
       3rd -1 JSalter       James Salter      Reggina       Reggina    2710
       4th -1 mikeytwigge   Mikey Twigge      Palermo       Palermo    2507
       5th -1 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter         Inter      2502
       6th -1 Robert_296    Robert Boyle      Blackburn     Newcastle  2127
       7th -1 super_lampard Super Lampard     Lecce         Lecce      2119
       8th +1 hasdgfas      Tim Aubel         Fulham        Fulham     1705
       9th +1 ~Ian~         Bryan McGuinness  Everton       Everton    1701
      10th NE Neilio        Neilio            Almería       Alavés     1486

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    Seemingly beating all the top teams but somehow not atop the Serie A

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    Sorry, folks: real life and all that jazz!

    Update 125

    Years: 10, Months: 125, Days: 3798

    The sackings have started to come in full flow, and given the current league positions of some of our managers, their dismissals might be the next ones on the bulletin board.

    We’ll start in Spain, where a number of our former managers lost their job this month, that number being two. But before we get to them, we’ll discuss those two managers who remain in their very first job in Spain. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid are 5th in La Liga, and that’s not a position they want to be staying in for much longer. Actually, this month didn’t go too badly, but the form displayed wasn’t exactly a title-winning performance. Or was it? Narrow victories came away to Deportivo and at home to both Getafe and Real Sociedad, and the team drew goalless at Recreativo. They drew 0-0 at home to Alicante in the Copa del Rey Fourth Round, but a 2-1 win away in the first leg last month sees them through regardless. As for Barcelona, they are doing even worse, sitting in 7th place. But, like Real, they went unbeaten this month. They beat Racing 5-1 at home and Cádiz 2-0 away, but dropped four points in the form of 1-1 draws against both Sporting and Villarreal. A 6-1 victory at home to Vecindario in the Spanish Cup sees them through 11-2 on aggregate. In the Fifth Round, Barca meet Racing, while Real Madrid play Getafe.

    Now, onto those Spanish sackings. The first was of Jesús Ramírez, who was dismissed from Villarreal with his team sat 17th, eight places below their predicted finish. Villarreal chairman Javier Mas hired former Fulham and Portsmouth boss Tim Aubel as a replacement, while Ramírez is rumoured to be the target of consortium leader Ellis Gleeson if his takeover of Tottenham Hotspur is successful. The other sackings in Spain saw Maz Armley lose his job at Sevilla after 2504 days (6 years 10 months) in charge. After defeat by Betis marked their third consecutive loss, and with the team 15th and hence underperforming by eight places, the chairman gave Armley his marching orders. The other manager of ours sacked this month is Theo Stigarakis. Athletic gave him the boot after his 328 day stint with the side second-from-bottom in La Liga, nine places below the pre-season expectations. At least Stigarakis walked away with Basque nationality.

    Next we’ll travel over to England, where Pim Verbeek’s Chelsea lead the Premier League. Tom Smith’s Arsenal are in hot pursuit, just two points behind in second, but my money would be on Chelsea to lift the title for the second consecutive year. In November, Arsenal beat Leicester, Aston Villa and Tottenham, the latter 2-0 in a dominant North London derby, but they fell victim to a 1-2 defeat at the City of Manchester Stadium, despite Theo Walcott’s fourth-minute goal. In the Carling Cup, the good news is that the Gunners trounced West Brom 5-0, the bad news is that they must return to the scene of that defeat; their Quarter Final tie is away to Man City. They also travel to Stamford Bridge in their next match in what could turn out to be a crucial fixture. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham had a torrid month. They did beat Manchester United 3-1 at home in the Carling Cup, but couldn’t build on that momentum, and drew 1-1 in the repeat fixture in the league the very next game. But the United draw wasn’t so bad when you compare it to their other results this month; they lost to Portsmouth, West Brom and Arsenal, with the worst defeat being a 0-3 humiliation at the Hawthorns. That’s not exactly good form to display when there are rumours of your replacement by a new chairman. They play Portsmouth again in the Carling Cup Quarter Final, but will be at home this time.

    More European football took place this month, and only two places remain for qualification into the next stage of the Champions League. In Group B, Arsenal suffered a 1-2 defeat away to Cool Manager’s Inter, but bounced back with an 8-1 thrashing of CSKA Moscow during the Russians’ trip to London. As long as they can match Inter’s result in their next game (Arsenal are away to Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Inter to CSKA), they will top the group, but the two teams are through regardless. In Group D, Barcelona ground out a 1-0 victory away to Panathanaikos, and followed it up with a 6-0 victory in Finland against Tampere United. If Rangers can beat them in Spain, the Scots will top the group, but that doesn’t look like happening, and both are already through to the next round. Barcelona’s Spanish friends Real Madrid are also through to the next round, after drawing at Mikael Schøler’s Juventus and winning at Spartak Moscow this month. Juventus themselves are through with Lucas Volman’s team. And in Group H, Lord Weeman’s Napoli are through to the next round despite a 0-1 home loss to Chelsea this month. They beat NK Dinamo 5-0 earlier in the month, and, unless the Croatians beat Chelsea and Napoli beat Dinamo Kiev, the Italians will go through from the group in second place. The other teams which have secured places in the next round are Roma, Zaragoza, Bayern Munich, Lyon, Atlético Madrid and Man City. Bordeaux and Phill Ewles’s Olympiakos compete for one of the remaining spaces and Sporting CP and Stuttgart compete for the other.

    There are also a few teams through in the Europa League. Lazio, Liverpool, Porto, Wolfsburg, Benfica, Werder Bremen, A.C. Milan and Ajax have all booked their places in the Last 32. As for our representative in the competition, Leo Dodge’s Tottenham, they drew goalless away to Maz Armley’s Sevilla (before he was sacked) and could still be caught. A point in their next game, at home to FC Twente, will secure their qualification. Elsewhere, Ben Cee’s Valencia top Group D, yet a loss away to Shakhtar Donetsk this month makes things far from clear cut. Victory in their next match, at home to Austria Wien, will put them into the next round. In Group G, dafuge’s Besiktas are second, behind already-qualified Werder Bremen. If they can grab a point in their next match, away to Saint Mirren, qualification will be virtually secured. They then face Werder Bremen, although the threat to their own position also comes from Irishmen Cork City.

    We’ll conclude the report in Italy, where A.C. Milan and Napoli are fighting to the death for that Serie A title. They remain deadlocked on points, with third-placed Inter ready for any slip-ups. In November, Lord Weeman’s team won three of their four games, beating Empoli, Fiorentina and Bologna. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese, meanwhile, are ninth, and won just one from four this month, beating Empoli also. They lost to Lecce but bagged two draws, away to Livorno and at home to Napoli.

    Oh, and by the way, Liam Ferguson’s England career got off to a good start with a 6-0 friendly victory over Egypt. Saul Goode’s Wales drew their friendly, 2-2 at home to Iceland. As people make their way back to their hometowns for Christmas, there’s sure to be a lot of indoor time, and plenty of football on the subscription channels. There’s money in that, sure, but also danger, and Leo Dodge may not want to have too much pressure going into the midway point of the season.

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

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    for being the only manager really performing to expectations right now. He ties A.C. Milan for the Serie A lead, and steered his team through their Champions League group. Udinese and both the Spanish teams are falling below expectations, Tottenham’s manager had a very poor month, and I could forgive Tom Smith his defeat to Man City as he got some good wins in cup competitions, but Weeman edges this one for me.

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       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3798
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   3798
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   3798
       4th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Secure        3798
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Secure        3798
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        3798

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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
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
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       1st +2 dafuge        dafuge            Torino        Charlton     209
       2nd +2 NepentheZ     Neppo Monster     Cagliari      Cagliari     236
       3rd +2 canvey!!      Fréderico Canvey  Stoke         Valladolid   285
       4th +2 brettney1980  Brettney Joven    Wigan         Wigan        320
       5th +2 Robert_296    Robert Boyle      Blackburn     Blackburn    326
       6th +2 Neilio        Neilio            Almería       Almería      327
       7th NE ssestig       Theo Stigarakis   Catania       Athletic     328
       8th NE ~Ian~         Bryan McGuinness  Everton       Man United   341
       9th  0 Waghlon       Lars Tommersen    Villarreal    Racing       351
      10th  0 ScottT!       Scott Tysoe       Sunderland    Sunderland   501

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    Mid-Table mediocrity for Udinese at the moment, as long as we don't go any further down I look safe for now.

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    Update 126
    Years: 10, Months: 126, Days: 3829

    Welcome to the year 2019. Plenty has happened in the month of December, so let’s review it.

    We’ll start in England, as that’s where all the action took place this month. Said action started very early on when Manchester United decided to get rid of manager Arnold J. Rimmer on December 1st. Rimmer, who enjoyed spells at Bolton and Middlesbrough before his move to Old Trafford, was given his marching orders with his side 16th in the Premier League, and Robert Boyle, Theo Stigarakis, Alan Curbishley and Jesús Ramírez were linked to the job, with Ramírez being the favourite. But instead, the United board made an offer to Tottenham manager Leo Dodge; one he couldn’t refuse since he was on the verge of being edged out of his current job. So Dodge, after a nice round 3800 days at his club, left for the verdant lawns of Old Trafford for a fee of £1M paid to Spurs. Dodge had drawn his first game of the month at home to Fulham, and the consortium takeover did go ahead, with new chairman Ellis Gleeson appointing, as expected, Jesús Ramírez after a fortnight of searching and interviewing.

    So that leaves one remaining manager in England, Arsenal’s Tom Smith. The Gunners are currently second in the Premier League, after 11 points were collected from 18 this month. The crunch match at the start of the month, at Stamford Bridge, was won by Chelsea 1-0, and Arsenal then drew goalless at Upton Park. Victories came over Everton and Ipswich, before a 4-4 draw at Portsmouth and then a 4-2 victory at the Stadium of Light. Arsenal’s Carling Cup campaign also ended this month, with a 0-1 defeat away to Man City, although they won 4-1 in Israel against Maccabi Tel-Aviv. In the Carling Cup Semi Finals, Man City play Liverpool and Martin Bojangles’s Aston Villa play Tottenham. Meanwhile, Everton, languishing in 18th place and following the defeat to Arsenal, 0-3, and a 1-4 loss to rivals Liverpool, terminated the contract of Scott Tysoe. They chose as replacement a manager who had been enjoying some success in Turkey, but hadn’t been resoundingly successful when managing in England, dafuge. The Englishman has drawn his first two games.

    In Italy, Napoli and A.C. Milan are both level on points still, but Cool Manager’s Inter have seized the opportunity to take the lead in Serie A, and one point separates them from the happy couple. In December, Lord Weeman’s Napoli had a two-game patch best forgotten. They started with a 1-0 win over Roma, before a penalty win over Neppo Monster’s Empoli in the Coppa Italia First Round. Then they crashed to an inexplicable 0-6 defeat at Sampdoria, before a 0-2 put-down at Delle Alpi by Juventus. They then leapt right back to form, with a brace from Brazilian Choco giving them a 2-0 victory over A.C. Milan. They also beat Dinamo Kiev 2-0 this month, and go through second in their Champions League group. Elsewhere in Italy, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese had a fairly poor month. Draws at Atalanta and Roma are valuable points earnt, but don’t do much to lift the club to the Champions League spots they were competing for a couple of seasons ago. The month also saw defeat by Fiorentina and a victory over Bologna, although the club were knocked out of the Coppa Italia on penalties after another draw away to Roma. The Italian Cup Quarter Final sees Napoli meet Parma, while Juventus and Inter will clash, as will A.C. Milan and Roma. Sampdoria can continue their good season with a tie against Lazio.

    Josep Guardiola’s Atlético Madrid lead La Liga, with a seven-point advantage over second-placed Zaragoza. Ben Cee’s Valencia are 3rd, with Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid occupying the final Champions League qualification spot. In December, Real Madrid beat Sevilla, Valladolid and Málaga, but lost at home to Atlético Madrid. They face Zaragoza away next, and a win can move them up to second, but at the very least it will solidify their position in the top four. They also won in the Champions League this month, beating CFR Cluj 7-0. As for Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, they racked up some big wins this month. The month started with a 2-2 draw at Recreativo, before a 5-2 victory over Getafe, a 5-0 victory over Deportivo, and a 6-0 victory over Real Sociedad. They also beat Rangers 4-1 to seal the top spot in their Champions League group.

    A number of cup draws are out, including the UEFA Champions League. In the Round of 16, two of our managers will meet, and it always seems that Napoli get the difficult ties. Lord Weeman’s side will take on Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona. Arsenal, meanwhile, will play Sporting CP, and Real Madrid will meet Cool Manager’s Inter. The other ties see Lyon against holders Zaragoza, Roma against Chelsea, Bordeaux against Bayern Munich, Rangers against Atlético Madrid and Juventus against Man City. In a select few ties from the Europa League Last 32, Ben Cee’s Valencia play Dortmund, Hull play Benfica, Steve McLaren’s sc Heerenveen meet Tottenham, Sevilla play Wolfsburg, Celtic play high-scoring Werder Bremen, Liverpool play Standard Liège, Phill Ewles’s Olympiakos play Ajax and Newcastle meet A.C. Milan. In the FA Cup 3rd Round, Tom Smith’s Arsenal host Swindon, while the tie of the round is Tottenham hosting dafuge’s Everton.

    So, six become five, and who knows if there is more on the horizon. Be afraid, be very afraid.

    Manager of the Update
    For me it has to be;

    Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

    after his team racked up some pretty impressive victories. They were the only side unbeaten this month, although fellow Spain-based manager Lucas Volman had a good month with a momentary blip. Leo Dodge also gets a mention as he was clever enough to jump before he was pushed, but his participation in the sign-up, unfortunately, ends here.

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       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3829
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   3829
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   3829
       4th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        3829
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3829
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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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
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
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       2nd -1 Martin_         Martin Bojangles Hull          Aston Villa  67
       3rd +7 Neilio          Neilio           Almería       Ipswich      59
         - +1 BenArsenal      Ben Cee          Inter         Valencia     59
       5th +4 m1234566778     Maz Armley       Racing                     58
       6th -3 ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness Everton                    57
       7th NE ssestig         Theo Stigarakis  Catania                    56
       8th NE el sid          Cool Manager     At. Madrid    Inter        54
       9th -4 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman      Napoli        Napoli       53 *
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    Everton, not bad. How many clubs is that now?

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    5: Torino, Charlton, Bolton, Besiktas & Everton

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    Another pretty terrible month, but at least I have made the top 5 now, not bad for a boy from Andorra!

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    Back to the top of the Serie A Real Madrid in the Champions League though

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    And...we're down to 5.

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    Update 127
    Years: 10, Months: 127, Days: 3860

    So, with our newly-thinned fleet of just five managers, let’s analyse the performances during January, starting in Italy.

    A.C. Milan are now back at the top of Serie A, and Cool Manager’s Inter have fallen away. Juventus are second, with Lord Weeman’s Napoli, in third place, joining them on 48 points. This month, Napoli beat Parma, Mantova and Palermo, but drew with Frosinone. They beat Parma for a second time in the Coppa Italia Quarter Final, with a 5-1 victory sending them into the Last Four. There, they’ll have a tough time against A.C. Milan, while Lazio play Juventus. Napoli only made one transfer this month, selling 17-year-old defender Gaetano Costantini to Cagliari for £600k.

    Elsewhere in Italy, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are 7th, with a half-win, half-loss month. They beat Sampdoria and Parma, the latter only just, but suffered defeats in difficult games against A.C. Milan and Juventus. They brought in Athletic’s Roberto Santamaría, but their real big transfer was selling half of talented Uruguayan central defender Juan Bruno to Inter for £16M.

    Over in Spain, Atlético Madrid continue to lead La Liga, and it will surely become more and more difficult for our teams to get themselves back into the running. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid are fourth, and this month won two of their four games, against Mallorca and Elche. However, they drew with Valencia at home and lost to Zaragoza away, and crashed out of the Copa del Rey in the Fifth Round when Getafe beat them 3-2 on aggregate, helped by a 1-1 draw at the Bernabéu. Volman made a couple of sales this month, shipping Sofiane Feghouli out to Man City for £11.75M and goalkeeper Zakarie Boucher out to Sevilla for £1.3M.

    Meanwhile, Haowan Madridstas’s month at Barcelona saw two wins and two losses. They started their league campaign this month with a 1-0 win at Valladolid and a 2-0 victory over struggling Sevilla. However, a home tie against Atlético Madrid saw the league leaders win 2-1, and Barca then went on to lose 2-3 at Málaga. But they got safely through two rounds of the Copa del Rey, beating Racing 3-1 away before a 2-2 home draw, and then eliminating Real Madrid’s conquerors Getafe with two 1-0 victories. A tie against Ben Cee’s Valencia, however, could see them out in the Semi Finals. Barca made full use of the transfer window, or at least some use, bringing in 32-year-old Kasper Schmeichel from Sevilla for £525k, and selling Diogo to Arsenal for £11M.

    Chelsea are stilling gunning away at the top of the English Premier League. Their pursuers, Tom Smith’s Arsenal, dropped three points in the chase this month when they were beaten at Old Trafford by Leo Dodge’s Manchester United. But they beat both Blackburn and Fulham 1-0, and West Brom 6-0. They also made their way into the Last Sixteen of the FA Cup by beating Swindon 3-0 in the Third Round and Barnsley 6-0 in the Fourth Round. However, their campaign might end there, since their Fifth Round opponents are Manchester City, the team who knocked the Gunners out of the Carling Cup, and who will now contest the Final against Martin Bojangles’s Aston Villa. Other than that £11M signing of Diogo, Arsenal made no money transfers this month, although they did bring in AIK goalkeeper Moussa Sidibé on a free transfer.

    So, the first performances of 2019 haven’t been too bad. Will we see any more managers drop out of the race for the 60 to One crown before the end of the season?

    Manager of the Update
    Once again the award goes to;

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    simply for being better than all of his competitors this month. The two Spanish teams had poor months, as did Udinese, and Weeman kept an unbeaten record, unlike Tom Smith. Smith did do well to record some big victories, but he slipped up at the crucial time, or in the crucial place, against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3860
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   3860
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   3860
       4th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        3860
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3860
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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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
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
    All Star Top Ten – Players Bought (Value)
    Code:
       Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club Value
       1st  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     £622M
       2nd +1 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    £535M *
       3rd -1 fergysafc       Liam Ferguson     Man City      England      £515M
       4th +4 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        £474M
       5th -1 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  £463M *
       6th -1 spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     £426M
       7th -1 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       £311M *
       8th -2 ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness  Everton                    £293M
       9th  0 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      £261M *
      10th NE Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa  £258M
    Lifespan – 5 to 10 Years
    Code:
       Pos Username             Manager             Club       Days
       7th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina 3442
       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
    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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    Oh, such a terrible month How we fell from 1st to outside of the top 3 I will never understand

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    Solid month from Udinese, beating sides we should be beating

    The team of seller's just keep selling.

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    Update 128
    Years: 10, Months: 128, Days: 3888

    Let’s get Update 128 straight under way by starting off in Spain. Atlético Madrid still lead La Liga, although they did lose their first game of the season this month, away to a revitalised Sevilla. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid are 4th, but they did win all three games this month, beating Athletic and Betis by one-goal margins before a 6-0 victory over Cádiz. Their efforts to recover the Champions League are also continuing after a 0-0 draw at the San Siro in their Round of 16 tie against Inter leaves them likely to progress. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are 5th, and had a considerably worse month. It started with a 3-4 home loss to Mallorca, before a 2-3 away loss to Valencia. The team just about beat Zaragoza, 3-2, before a 2-2 draw with Elche. However, Barca did do well in the cup competitions, in that they leave themselves in a good position to qualify in second legs. First they drew 1-1 at Valencia in the Copa del Rey, and they held Napoli to a 1-0 win in the Champions League fixture in Italy, although Barcelona themselves failed to get an away goal.

    Over in Italy, Marco van Basten’s A.C. Milan lead the way. Lord Weeman’s Napoli are still going strong, but they are three points behind the leaders presently. In February, Napoli beat Brescia and Lazio before a disappointing 1-2 home defeat to Inter. But they won their final league game 4-0 at Genoa, before their Champions League victory over Barcelona. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese have sneaked up to 6th, despite not winning all their games this month. They opened with a 0-3 defeat at Mantova, but perhaps that was the catalyst for three consecutive wins, over Frosinone, Brescia and Palermo. Speaking of Palermo, they fired their manager Giuseppe Galderisi this month, with the team 14th in the league. They appointed experienced manager Neilio as his replacement, an Englishman who has enjoyed spells at Almería, Alavés and Ipswich. This makes Neilio the second of our managers to manage in the three different countries, after Cool Manager first completed the feat with Atlético Madrid, Liverpool then Inter. Bologna’s Super Lampard took the vacant Ipswich post, taking him to his home nation after two consecutive jobs in Italy.

    Our only original manager remaining in England, Tom Smith, had a decent month with Arsenal. However, the one moment of dropped points in the month results in the Gunners sitting in third place in the Premier League at the moment, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea and also behind Manchester City, with Fulham and Liverpool in 4th and 5th ready to give Arsenal a hard time. In fact, it was the game against Liverpool that resulted in the dropped points, as Rafa Benítez’s side beat Smith’s London club 4-1 at Anfield. Arsenal won their other two league games this month, against Leeds and Stoke, and they also enjoyed solid cup wins, 4-0 at the City of Manchester Stadium in the FA Cup Fifth Round, with new boy Nani netting twice, and 2-0 in Portugal against Sporting CP in the Champions League. With 11 games left in the league, it is time for Arsenal to start showing some mettle, although many people, myself included, have ruled them out of the title race entirely. Their FA Cup Sixth Round tie sees them host sixth-placed Aston Villa, who have actually won the cup more recently than Arsenal, and beat the Gunners in the Final that year.

    So, decent months all round, and while our clubs will be there or there abouts this season, I don’t think any of them will be coating themselves in glory. My best tip for silverware this season would be with Arsenal. With Chelsea out of the running for the FA Cup following a home loss to Birmingham, and after the Gunners themselves knocked out Man City, Newcastle seem the biggest threats. The Magpies host Huddersfield in the Last Eight, while Stoke play Birmingham and Hull play Leeds or Liverpool. Mind, if Arsenal come up against Liverpool, they might not fare well. The time also seems ripe for an Arsenal Champions League win, but we’ll see about that.

    Manager of the Update
    Well, there were losses for most of our managers this month, and I think that;

    Lucas Volman, Real Madrid

    should win this award for his unbeaten month, with 100% of league points converted, despite his side seeming marooned in 4th place. Lord Weeman also did well, with some good league wins and a victory over Barcelona, but struggled in a crucial home game. Tom Smith’s month in general was good, but one blip struck him out of major contention for this award.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3888
         - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   3888
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   3888
       4th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Secure        3888
       5th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3888
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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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
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
    All Star Top Ten – Players Sold (Number)
    Code:
       Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club No
       1st +1 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     78
       2nd -1 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      72 *
       3rd  0 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  71 *
       4th  0 m1234566778     Maz Armley        Racing                     69
       5th  0 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        68
       6th NE Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa  58
       7th -1 IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man     Numancia      West Ham     57
         - +2 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    57 *
       9th -2 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       55 *
      10th  0 hasdgfas        Tim Aubel         Fulham        Villarreal   52
         - -3 ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness  Everton                    52

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    The least stable of the top 5, but a great finish to the season approaching, snuck up really well

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    Update 129
    Years: 10, Months: 129, Days: 3919

    Another month has passed in the world of football, so let’s see how our managers fared during it, starting with a trip to Merry Old England.

    Chelsea continue to lead the Premier League, but they now have just a seven-point lead over second-placed Arsenal. With Leeds, Liverpool, Arsenal, Fulham and Man United to play in the coming months, Chelsea could slip up, and Tom Smith’s Gunners might have the opportunity to take top spot if that does happen. In March, Arsenal picked up ten points from a maximum of twelve, beating Hull, Newcastle and Aston Villa but drawing with Leicester. They also beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the FA Cup Sixth Round, and matched that scoreline at home to Sporting CP in the Champions League, enabling a 4-0 aggregate win over the Portuguese team.

    In the FA Cup Semi Final, Arsenal will play Championship side Birmingham, after the Blues won 1-0 at the Brittania Stadium in the Sixth Round. Despite this success in the cup, Birmingham recently entered administration, which sees ten points deducted from their league points total, a penalty which could see them lose their playoff place. Meanwhile, Walsall, with Gareth Barry as their assistant manager, were relegated from the Championship, having earnt just five points from forty games, and with a goal difference of -125. Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday have guaranteed themselves playoff places. The other FA Cup Semi Final sees Newcastle play Liverpool.

    Lord Weeman’s Napoli gained a point on Serie A leaders A.C. Milan this month, but gaining one point per month won’t win them the title with so little time remaining. In March, they beat Livorno, Atalanta and Lecce before drawing goalless at Neppo Monster’s Empoli. They also hold a tenous Coppa Italia lead after beating A.C. 3-2 in the first leg of their Semi Final, but a 1-3 loss at the Nou Camp saw them out of the Champions League 2-3 on aggregate. Meanwhile, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese mirrored last month; losing their opener but winning the next three games. Lazio were the side to beat them, 2-0 in Rome, but Udinese bounced back with victories over Genoa and Livorno sandwiching a surprise 1-0 away win against Inter. In the next match, Udinese will take on Weeman’s Napoli, while an away tie (alongside that in the cup) against Marco van Basten’s table-toppers also awaits for the second-placed team, which could be the title decider.

    In Spain, the way is still led by Atlético Madrid, who converted all twelve of the available points this month. Our teams are still struggling, with Real Madrid in 4th and Barcelona 5th. In March, Real, managed by outspoken Italian manager Lucas Volman, beat Sporting 3-1, beat Racing 1-0 and then drew 2-2 at Tim Aubel’s Villarreal, before a crucial away match to Barcelona that could settle fourth place, that vital Champions League spot. Up to that point in the month, Haowan Madridstas’s Catalonian side had drawn 3-3 at Betis and beaten Athletic 4-1. In the match between the two teams, El Clásico, Juan Manuel Mata gave Barcelona the lead after three minutes, a lead which was doubled just after the half hour mark by a Lionel Messi penalty. Real Madrid grabbed a goal just past the hour mark, with Roberto Soldado netting, but Marquinhos made sure of the result eight minutes later when he scored Barca’s third and final goal. But Barcelona drew their final match of the month, at Racing, while Real Madrid beat Recreativo 3-0, and so the team from the capital currently have a nine-point lead over Barca. The two clubs also saw cup action this month; Barcelona’s Champions League campaign I’ve already discussed, but they beat Valencia 2-1 at home to send them into the Copa del Rey Final 3-2 on aggregate, where they’ll face league leaders Atlético Madrid. Real Madrid, unfortunately, were knocked out of the Champions League when they lost 0-1 at home to Cool Manager’s Inter, with Artem Milevskyi scoring the only goal of the two-legged tie in extra time.

    In the other Champions League ties, holders Zaragoza knocked out Lyon on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw; Chelsea defeated Roma 5-4 on aggregate despite a 2-4 first leg loss; Bayern Munich knocked out Bordeaux 3-2; Atlético Madrid crushed Rangers with a 3-1 victory in Scotland and a 4-0 one in Spain, and Man City beat Juventus 3-1 in total. The Quarter Finals see Chelsea meeting Zaragoza, Atlético Madrid playing Man City, and Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona playing Bayern Munich, the team who proved to be their demise at this point two years ago. Cool Manager’s Inter, after stunning Real Madrid, take on Tom Smith’s Arsenal as they try to reach their second consecutive Final, and atone for last year’s wasted opportunity. In the Europa League, Liverpool’s Quarter Final against A.C. Milan is the tie of the round, but in addition, Tottenham will be playing Ben Cee’s Valencia, Marseille will be playing Racing, and Sevilla will be playing Lazio. Finally, Manchester City won the Carling Cup, with 25-year-old Scottish rightback Alan Maxwell’s penalty being the winner after a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa at Wembley. In truth, it was a deserved victory for Lawrence Lazewski’s Citizens, and it is only the American’s first title at the club, although he racked up four cup wins with Valencia and one at Chelsea.

    Before I leave you, here’s a little round up of all sixty managers. All but the five at their original club are sorted by their finishing position, with the lowest first.

    At Original Club (5):
    Tom Smith (Arsenal), Haowan Madridstas (Barcelona), Lucas Volman (Real Madrid), Lord Weeman (Napoli), Tyler Burrows (Udinese)

    Managing in England (9):
    dafuge (Everton), Brettney Joven (Leeds), Robert Boyle (England u21s), Martin Bojangles (Aston Villa), Lawrence Lazewski (Man City), Jellybean Man (West Ham), Super Lampard (Ipswich), Liam Ferguson (England), Leo Dodge (Man United)

    Managing in Italy (6):
    Neppo Monster (Empoli), Neilio (Palermo), Mikael Schøler (Juventus), James Ridley (Sampdoria), Cool Manager (Inter), James Salter (Torino)

    Managing in Spain (3):
    Fréderico Canvey (Alavés), Tim Aubel (Villarreal), Ben Cee (Valencia)

    Managing Elsewhere (3):
    Phill Ewles (Besiktas), Saul Goode (Wales), Lars Tommersen (Rangers)

    Unemployed (7):
    Scott Tysoe, Arnold J. Rimmer, Maz Armley, Theo Stigarakis, Bryan McGuinness, Mikey Twigge, Ben Taylor

    Retired (27):
    Mark Cator, Andre da Conceiçao, Jeremy English, David Machine, Whoopy D, Zach Machios, Jack Browne, Joe Seddon, Mathias Brunckhorst, Da Hoover Man, Shazad Ali, Tom Hamilton, Sirus Lannock, Maurice Jobson, Cristobal Blanco, Joe Gleeson, Will de Mote, Wobill Luman, Lisa Jeffries, Neji Hyuuga, Brucie Bonus, Clark Aitken, Andy Morton, bermybhoy, Ricky Nakano, Jonte Rhodes, Cardio Vascular

    Manager of the Update
    I think this month’s winner should be;

    Tom Smith, Arsenal

    after he guided his team through to the next rounds of two cup competitions, and had a good month in the league that moves him ever-closer to a rampant Chelsea side. Haowan Madridstas at Barcelona also had a good month that might be the keystone in a challenge for fourth place, a month which included overturning a deficit against Napoli to reach the next round of the Champions League. Credit must also be given to Tyler Burrows, who once again came back from a defeat at the start of the month to record three victories, one of them away to Inter.

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         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Secure        3919
       4th Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Stable        3919
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3919
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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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
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Mar 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
    All Star Top Ten – Players Sold (Value)
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       1st  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     £436M
       2nd  0 ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness  Everton                    £269M
       3rd  0 fergysafc       Liam Ferguson     Man City      England      £266M
       4th  0 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      £261M *
       5th +5 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        £250M
       6th +3 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  £234M *
       7th  0 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa  £229M
       8th NE spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     £226M
       9th NE Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    £214M *
      10th -4 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       £208M *

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    Update 130
    Years: 10, Months: 130, Days: 3949

    April has passed, and the clock is ticking on another season. All those pre-season ambitions now have a finite time in which to be realised, and in some countries the top division title has already been decided.

    But Italy is not one of those countries. There, A.C. Milan still lead the way, and their chasers, Lord Weeman’s Napoli, dropped two points on the leaders this month. All in all, the month was a particularly bad one, despite wins over Udinese and Bologna opening it. A 1-1 draw at Roma then followed, before the team were knocked out of the Coppa Italia after a 0-1 loss at the San Siro, sending through A.C. Milan on away goals. April then ended with a crushing 0-3 defeat away to Fiorentina. Meanwhile, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese recovered from the loss in the Napoli game to beat Empoli and Atalanta 1-0, and then Lecce 4-0. They are currently sixth, and while Champions League qualification isn’t out of the question, it would be a bit of a stretch.

    Over in England, an Arsenal upset of Premier League leaders Chelsea is still on the cards. With three games to go and a five-point deficit to recover, it is entirely possible that Tom Smith’s side could be crowned title winners, especially considering that Arsenal’s final games all come against teams in the bottom half, and Chelsea have to play 5th-placed Liverpool and 7th-placed Leeds. However, the Pensioners end the season at Stoke, a team who are 20th, so that should be a guaranteed three points. That means that Chelsea would ideally have to lose both of the prior two games, alongside Arsenal winning three times. Anyway, in April, the Gunners drew with Man City, Tottenham and Everton, but beat Chelsea. They also played the FA Cup Semi Final, beating Birmingham 3-1, and that will set up a Final against Liverpool, who crushed Newcastle 3-0.

    April also saw the Quarter Finals of the Champions League. Barcelona triumphed over Bayern Munich, winning 1-0 in Germany and drawing 0-0 at home. Holder Zaragoza left the competition, also drawing goalless at home but after a 2-3 defeat at Stamford Bridge. Atlético Madrid were knocked out by Man City, going down 1-2 on aggregate despite a 1-0 home win. Finally, Tom Smith’s Arsenal suffered a 1-2 defeat in the first leg of their tie against Inter in Italy. But they bounced back with a 5-1 victory at the Emirates, including a hattrick from Frenchman Henri Saivet. The Gunners drew the first leg of their Semi Final goalless at home to Chelsea, who were down to ten men for virtually all of the second half. Barcelona meet Man City in the other Semi Final. In the Europa League, 2017 winners Lazio showed their dominance with a 4-0 aggregate victory over Sevilla, while A.C. Milan knocked out Liverpool on penalties after a 3-3 aggregate draw. Marseille edged past Racing, 2-1, and Ben Cee’s Valencia hammered Tottenham Hotspur in the second leg of their tie, winning 6-0 to overcome a 1-2 deficit. Marseille meet Valencia in the Semi Final, while an all-Italian affair sees Lazio playing A.C. Milan.

    The country I mentioned at the start, with the league title decided, is of course Spain. After leading from game nine, Atlético Madrid finally finished off their onslaught of the La Liga title, sealing it with five games to go, and rather aptly with a 2-0 victory over rivals Real Madrid. Real, managed by Lucas Volman, moved up a place this month to 3rd, after three wins from their five games. As well as the defeat to Atlético, Real dropped points with a goalless draw away to Getafe. Other than that they beat Real Sociedad and Sevilla 2-0, and Deportivo, whose relegation from the division has just been confirmed, 4-0. Meanwhile, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are still outside the Champions League qualification spots, but could still sneak in there. Unfortunately, their quest to do so took a serious blow in the middle of this month when they were thumped 1-6 at Sporting. But they did pick up ten of the other twelve points on offer, beating Villarreal, Cádiz and Recreativo but also drawing at Getafe. An away tie to Atlético remains in their fixture list, and Madridstas will want the champions to put out a weakened side, although the game comes after the cup final. Other than that, there are matches against Deportivo and Real Sociedad, who are both either relegated or in the drop zone, and Valladolid and Sevilla, who are both in the bottom half. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Barca made the top four this season, although Ben Cee’s Valencia will have something to say about that.

    So the season all boils down to next month. Titles and many other prestigious accolades can be won or lost in May. Don’t miss it.

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    I’m reluctant to do this but I see no choice.

    Tom Smith, Arsenal

    gets the award this month, for going unbeaten despite doing it in such a dull way. Three draws from four games isn’t exciting football, and certainly isn’t too useful in a title chase, but credit must be given to Arsenal’s other performances this month; reaching the FA Cup Final, knocking Inter out of the Champions League and beating league leaders Chelsea. If you look at the other contenders, no-one really came close to Smith: Napoli lost quite heavily to Fiorentina, Udinese suffered another lose-one win-three month, Real Madrid lost to their rivals, handing them the title, and Barcelona suffered a 1-6 humiliation at the hands of Sporting. So well done Smith, I guess!

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       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   3949
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   3949
       3rd Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure        3949
       4th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        3949
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        3949
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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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
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Mar 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
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    Update 131
    Years: 10, Months: 131, Days: 3980

    Well, May has passed, but the season isn’t actually complete. Presumably due to the World Cup last summer, there are still some games to be played. But we’ll work with what has happened during May, going through the countries in alphabetical order.

    That means we’ll start with England, where Pim Verbeek’s Chelsea wrapped up the Premier League title this month with victory away at Stoke on the last day of the season. Tom Smith’s Arsenal pushed them hard, finishing just two points behind the champions in the end. Arsenal beat West Ham 3-0, Ipswich 2-0 and Portsmouth 6-1 this month. They still have the FA Cup Final to look forward to, next month against Liverpool. Meanwhile, at Everton, dafuge didn’t do the job he was tasked with doing: keeping the Toffees up, so he was sacked after a meagre 145 days. The Liverpool club hired Alavés manager Fréderico Canvey to replace dafuge. Ipswich and Stoke, both also managed by former Alavés managers, also went down, with Middlesbrough winning the Championship and coming up with Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday. Scunthorpe, Millwall and Walsall joined League One.

    Next on the list is Italy, where the title has been decided even though there is still a game to play. Marco van Basten’s A.C. Milan have recovered the Scudetto after rivals Inter’s win last season, and they completed the double by beating Juventus 1-0 in the Coppa Italia Final in Rome. Lord Weeman’s Napoli sit second in Serie A as things stand, but that could change with the final game. In May, they beat Sampdoria 3-1 before suffering a reversal to A.C. Milan which moved van Basten’s side closer to the title. Although Napoli beat Juventus 4-0 on May 19th, A.C. had claimed the title the day before, leaving Napoli to draw their penultimate game at Parma. Meanwhile, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese finished fifth, managing to get four wins out of four this month, rather than the customary three. His team started with victory over Fiorentina, 4-2, before beating Bologna 3-0, Roma 5-2 and Sampdoria 1-0. They conclude the season hosting A.C. Milan. Empoli and Lecce are the two sides so far relegated from the division, with Pisa guaranteed Serie B promotion.

    Before we go on over to Spain, let’s take a look at how the European competitions shaped up this month. After their 0-0 draw at the Emirates, Tom Smith’s Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League in the Semi Finals with a 1-2 defeat away to Chelsea. The match was being drawn 1-1, which would have sent the Gunners through on away goals, but Irish midfielder Robin Ridley, last year’s Premier League Players’ Player of the Year, popped up with a 90+1st minute winner that sent the Chelsea fans crazy and almost led to a pitch invasion. The other Semi Final saw Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City lose 0-1 at the Nou Camp in the first leg, despite dominating the match. However, a 2-0 victory at the City of Manchester Stadium put the Citizens into their first ever Champions League Final. It is also worth noting that this is the first Final with an English side featuring since 2011 and the first without a Spanish one since 2008. Porto’s Estádio do Dragão hosted the Final, which Lazewski’s Man City won 1-0, thanks to 26-year-old Spanish central defender Andrés converting a penalty in the 78th minute. Meanwhile, Ben Cee’s Valencia knocked out Marseille in the Europa League Semi Final with a 4-2 aggregate win, and A.C. Milan knocked out Lazio with two 1-0 victories. Valencia denied A.C. Milan a treble by winning the Final, hosted by Hamburg’s HSH Nordbank Arena, 1-0. The decider was another penalty, this time converted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

    But how did the other Spanish teams do this month? Well, Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid cemented their Champions League place and will finish either second or third. They beat Valladolid, Málaga and Mallorca this month before drawing away to Valencia. A home match to Zaragoza on the last day of the season will settle second place. As for Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, Champions League football next season is now out of the question for them, as they couldn’t catch up Valencia, and even allowed Racing to move ahead of them this month. They started their belated quest for the top four beautifully, with an 8-0 win over bottom-placed Deportivo. They kept it on track by grinding out a 4-3 win at Real Sociedad, and then they beat Sevilla 2-0 at home. But an away loss to Atlético Madrid sealed Barca’s fate. However, they had a chance to guarantee Europa League qualification in the Copa del Rey Final.

    Road to the Final – Copa del Rey
    Atlético Madrid opened both of their first two rounds in the Copa del Rey with 3-0 away victories. First, they beat Badalona in the Fourth Round, winning the second leg 3-1 at home for a 6-1 aggregate victory. Then, they steered through the Fifth Round with another 3-0 first leg victory away, this time against Hércules. They won the second leg 1-0 for a 4-0 win in total. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, meanwhile, trounced Vecindario in the Fourth Round, winning 5-1 away from home and better that result by a goal at home, for an 11-2 rout. They then defeated Racing in the Fifth Round, winning 3-1 away in the first leg, which made a 2-2 home draw in the second leg academic. They booked their Semi Final place with two 1-0 wins over Getafe.

    Atlético Madrid came through their Quarter Final match, where they played Elche. A 1-0 away victory in the first leg stood them in good stead to go through, which they did do, 4-0 on aggregate. Their Semi Final opponents were Zaragoza, and a 0-1 away defeat in the first leg meant that victory was achievable. Indeed, it was achieved, with a 2-0 win at home sealing their place in the Final. Barcelona booked their place by drawing 1-1 away to Valencia in the first leg, which set them up nicely for progress, which was achieved with a 2-1 second leg victory.
    Valencia’s Nuevo Mestalla hosted the Final, and the 74,987 fans didn’t have to wait long for a goal, with summer signing Iñigo Fraile putting Barcelona ahead in the second minute. They could have gone 2-0 up just before the half hour mark, but Gerard Piqué missed the penalty given for David Luiz’s foul on Marquinhos. Atlético Madrid’s 67th minute goal, then, courtesy of Turk Arda Turan, proved to be critical, which it wouldn’t have been had Italy goalkeeper Matteo Acquafresca not saved Piqué’s spot kick. Atlético bossed the game, but they couldn’t get a winner in normal time, so the match went into an additional period of thirty minutes. Just three minutes into that, however, Lionel Messi struck for Barcelona, and their 2-1 lead was never nullified by Atlético, giving the Catalonians their third Copa del Rey win under Haowan Madridstas.

    Real Sociedad, Athletic and Deportivo were relegated from La Liga. And even though much has been decided, the season isn’t over yet. There is still a game to come in both La Liga and Serie A, as well as that all-important FA Cup Final.

    Manager of the Update
    This month’s winner has to be;

    Tyler Burrows, Udinese

    after he finally got that 100% winning month he had been searching for. Lucas Volman also had a good month, and while Haowan Madridstas was never going to win this award, given that he was knocked out of two seasons’ Champions Leagues this month, he gets a mention for being the only manager of our five to win silverware in May.

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         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        3980
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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
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Mar 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 19 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
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       7th  0 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli        3 *
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    Meanwhile, at Everton, dafuge didn’t do the job he was tasked with doing: keeping the Toffees up, so he was sacked after a meagre 145 days.
    I'm not too good at this 'keeping your job' game am I?

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    Europa League winners.

    One more trophy to add to my collection.

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    Ohhhh god, last night I had a dream or shall I say nightmare that I left Udinese to take up the national team job at Djibouti

    A fantastic finish to the season for Udinese. We looked in all-sorts mid-season but unlike most years, we fought back strongly and finished off really well. 5th place was an awesome achievment and a MOTM to go with it

    KUTGW Canvey!!

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    Losing 1-5 to Arsenal ftl

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    Update 132
    Years: 11, Months: 132, Days: 4010

    Another year is under the belt and our managers are celebrating 4000 days at their clubs. With the exception of Tyler Burrows at Udinese, the managers’ contracts expire at the end of this (2019-20) season, so now is the time to show some form and get the board’s backing. Anyway, let’s take a look at the last fleeting glimpses of the 2018-19 season, starting with the FA Cup Final.

    Road to the Final – FA Cup
    Tom Smith’s Arsenal went four FA Cup rounds before conceding a goal. They opened their campaign at home to Swindon, whom they despatched 3-0. They then doubled that scoreline away to Barnsley, winning 6-0. Meanwhile, Rafa Benítez’s Liverpool won their Third Round tie 2-1 away to Northampton, before beating Reading 4-0 at the Madejski Stadium in the Fourth Round. Liverpool’s Fifth Round tie came against Leeds, with whom they drew 1-1 away before winning the replay 2-0 at Anfield.

    Arsenal came through their Fifth Round match surprisingly easily, beating Champions League winner Manchester City 4-0 away. The Gunners then hosted Aston Villa in the Sixth Round, knocking Martin Bojangles’s Aston Villa out with a 2-0 victory. Liverpool booked their Semi Final place with another replay, drawing 1-1 away to Hull but winning the decider 3-0. And the Reds booked their Final place with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle at Wembley. Their opponents were to be Arsenal, after the Gunners knocked out Championship side Birmingham 3-1 in the other Semi Final.
    Howard Webb was once again the referee in charge of the Final, where the full ninety thousand fans packed Wembley stadium hoping to see a spectacle. Diogo, signed from Barcelona in January, put Arsenal in front in the 23rd minute, when he netted the rebound from Pepe Reina’s save of his original shot. Arsenal held on to half time, and looked to be holding on to full time too, but Uruguayan attacking midfielder Edison Cavani had something to say about that. He found himself through on goal in the 90+1st minute, and lobbed the ball over Arsenal ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianski. The only notable incident in extra time was the sending off of Liverpool’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos for a second yellow card just before half time in the additional period. He had come on at half time to replace the injured Steven Smith. So penalties were used to decide the result of the game. Both teams converted the first five of their spot kicks, so Fernando Torres took the first penalty of sudden death, although in reality the last pair had also been sudden death. Torres scored, as did Arsenal’s Gaël Clichy. Javier Mascherano scored for Liverpool, and Moussa Sissoko equalised for Arsenal. Daniel Agger scored for Liverpool, before rhyming 22-year-old central defender Mark Clark sent his penalty straight at Reina, who saved with his legs. Liverpool won the cup!

    In our other two countries, this month simply saw the conclusion of the domestic season. Lord Weeman’sNapoli beat Mantova 4-0 in their last game of the season, and Udinese lost 1-3 to A.C. Milan. Real Madrid drew goalless at home to Zaragoza and so didn’t finish 2nd, and Barcelona beat Valladolid 4-0 and so finished 5th. Two of our sides also made transfers this month, with Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid selling Swiss goalkeeper Michele Cavalieri to Grasshopper Zurich for £2M, even though they bought the 21-year-old from the Swiss team for nothing, and Tyler Burrows’s Udinese bringing in Frosinone’s 18-year-old striker Fabio Manzini for £600k.

    A.C. Milan are tipped to retain the Serie A title, with rivals Inter favourites for second place. Napoli are predicted third, with Roma taking the final Champions League spot. Pisa and Catania, who both came up last season, are expected to be relegated, with Rimini believed to be capable of survival, at the expense of Bologna. In England, Man City are once again favourites for the title, somehow, with holders Chelsea tipped to finish 3rd. Tom Smith’s Arsenal would be the second-placed finishers, with Liverpool taking the final Champions League spot. Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace are both likely, according to the media, to fall back into the Championship, but bookies say Middlesbrough will survive, costing West Brom their Premier League status.

    June also saw some more qualifiers for the 2020 European Championships, in England. Saul Goode’s Wales played one game, beating Andorra 6-0. Ireland played two home games, beating Moldova 1-0 and Latvia 3-1, while Northern Ireland lost 1-2 at home to Poland. Scotland beat Georgia 5-1 at home and Cyprus 2-0 at home. Switzerland, Norway, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Poland, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Portugal and France currently top their respective groups. The North American Gold Cup also took place this month, with Mexico winning their fourth consecutive title by beating Costa Rica 2-0 in the Final. Robert Boyle’s England won the u21 European Championship with a 4-1 Final victory over the Netherlands. The England senior team, managed by Liam Ferguson, beat Iran 2-1 this month, with two goals from Theo Walcott giving England an insurmountable lead within six minutes of the game’s start.

    Our managers’ eyes look on to next season, which, for many, might be a crucial one. If they don’t get what they want, or more specifically what the board wants, they might be out that door.

    Manager of the Update
    I’m going to give this one to;

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    for his 4-0 win over Mantova. Barcelona got a similar win but Napoli secured Champions League football this season. Robert Boyle was also in the hat after he got the first trophy of his career in the u21 European Championship. Saul Goode also did well in his quite frankly underappreciated job as Wales manager.

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         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4010
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Very Secure   4010
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   4010
       5th Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Stable        4010
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Italian Serie A
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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
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Mar 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 19 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jun 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
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       3rd  0 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  656 *
       4th +2 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      534 *
       5th +2 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       524 *
       6th +3 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa  348
       7th NE BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     222
       8th NE el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        211
         - NE MikaelS         Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus     211
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    How old is Howard Webb at this point? I'm kinda surprised he's still reffing at such a high level 8-9 years into the future. But maybe he's younger than I thought.

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    He's 47 at this point IIRC, which made him younger than I thought, but I don't know whether that fits into the regulations for a Premier League referee.

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    A fantastic finish, but Udinese have a little more work to do if they want to get with the top 4....

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    Update 133
    Years: 11, Months: 133, Days: 4041

    Here I am, supplying you with news from July 2019.

    Lord Weeman’s Napoli made only one big transfer this month, bringing in Juventus’ Nikola Saric for £3.4M, although they also signed 33-year-old Claudio Marchisio on a free transfer, and released several players. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese, however, were busy this month. They bought two players from Champions League winners Man City; Fernando Tissone for nothing, and Mauro Zárate for £2.3M. After selling half of Uruguayan defender Juan Bruno to Inter last season, they bought out the 21-year-old in a £32M-spend. They also bought half of two players from Catania; goalkeeper Alessandro Gigante for £110k and left winger Antonio Cusimano for £200k. Meanwhile, 35-year-old goalkeeper Michael Agazzi joined Neilio’s Palermo for £600k.

    In Spain, Haowan Madridstas has been busy, bringing five players to Barcelona for a combined total of £37.5M. Manchester City’s Franco Zuculini joined for £10.75M, Bordeaux’s Dean Bouzanis for £70k, Hamburger SV’s 23-year-old Ivorian attacking midfielder and striker Jacques Cissé for £16M, Zenit St. Petersburg’s 22-year-old goalkeeper Matteo Ancelotti for £95k, and Roma’s Dalton for £10.5M. There were also some high-profile departures: Matías Fernández joined Atlético Madrid for £17M, and Alberto Aquilani, John Heitinga (the most expensive purchase by any of our managers) and Kasper Schmeichel left on frees, the latter straight to Arsenal. Tom Smith’s side also released some players who were big in their day: Emmanuel Adebayor, Gökhan Inler and Bacary Sagna left the Emirates.

    Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid released thousands and thousands of youth and reserve players, although among the released players were Roberto Soldado and Rafael Sóbis. 25-year-old Brazilian left winger Anderson joined Roma for £11.25M and 17-year-old Spanish goalkeeper Borja joined Elche for £525k. Basque attacking midfielder Iosu Alkorta joined Real from Athletic, for the sum of £11.75M. Eros Corradini also joined the club, signing on a free transfer. Elsewhere in Spain, R.C.D. Mallorca S.A.D. appointed Theo Stigarakis as their new manager. This marks the fourth club for the Greco-English manager, and one more move would level him with dafuge, who has spent time at five clubs, including a 145-day spell at Everton.

    Our teams also played some friendly matches this month. Napoli won 2-0 in Germany against VfL Bochum. Udinese also played in Germany, losing 2-3 to VfL Wolfsburg. Real Madrid beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 in Utah, while Barcelona won 4-1 away to Rayo Vallecano de Madrid. Arsenal played three games, beating Japanese side Nagoya Stolz 5-1 away, Belgians Mouscron 2-0 away, and drawing 1-1 at Málaga. They conclude their pre-season by hosting perennial adversaries, Cool Manager’s Inter.

    La Liga has reset, with Ben Cee’s Valencia once again tipped for the title. Last year’s winners, Atlético Madrid, are predicted to finish second, with Real Madrid and Zaragoza taking up the final Champions League spots. Bookies and the papers say that Barcelona will repeat last year’s fifth-placed finish. Of the three sides promoted into the league, Murcia are the only one tipped to go down: Hércules and Tenerife are believed to be capable of surviving. The media say that Valladolid and Cádiz will be taking their places in the drop zone. At Barcelona, Haowan Madridstas got a one-year contract extension, as did Real Madrid’s Lucas Volman. Tom Smith also got one, but Lord Weeman got a three-year extension. Tyler Burrows’s contract was unchanged, but he still has two years to run on it.

    Manager of the Update
    This month’s winner is;

    Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

    for really making some waves in the transfer market. He brought in five players for the sum of £37.5M, and sold £18.25M worth of footballers, including Matías Fernández. All in all it was a pretty even month, given that no competitive football took place, but Madridstas gets the award anyway.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4041
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4041
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Very Secure   4041
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4041
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Stable        4041
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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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
      Oct 15 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Dec 15 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Mar 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 19 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jun 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jul 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
    All Star Top Ten – Games Won at Current Club
    Code:
       Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club Won Percent Chnge
       1st  0 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      462 (69.5%) -0.5% *
       2nd  0 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    453 (68.1%) -1.0% *
       3rd  0 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  439 (66.9%) -0.5% *
       4th +2 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       291 (55.5%) +2.0% *
       5th  0 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      289 (54.1%) -1.0% *
       6th +1 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa  178 (51.1%) -1.3%
       7th +3 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     147 (66.2%) -4.4%
       8th +1 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        143 (67.8%) -1.4%
       9th NE MikaelS         Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus     120 (56.9%)  n/a
      10th NE spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     115 (61.2%)  n/a
    Lifespan – 5 to 10 Years
    Code:
       Pos Username             Manager             Club       Days
       7th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina 3442
       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
    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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    Update 134
    Years: 11, Months: 134, Days: 4072

    The new season is under way, so let’s see how it has started, beginning in merry old England.

    Tom Smith’s Arsenal seem to be struggling after two games. Some teams in the league have played three, but a 17th-place position isn’t exactly optimum. In August, the Gunners lost 0-2 at Leeds and drew 2-2 at home to Newcastle. Smith also made a few big transfers this month, bringing in Raúl García from Real Madrid for £16.75M, and selling two players. Nani left for Zaragoza for £10M, meaning each appearance he made for the club cost them £110k, and Samir Nasri joined Newcastle for £6.75M. Meanwhile, Fulham, Liverpool, Tottenham and Man City are all struggling after their first couple of games, sitting in the bottom half, while Hull top the league, having played three games and won two of them. West Brom and Manchester United joined the Tigers on six points. Arsenal’s Carling Cup Third Round opponents will be Gary Johnson’s Southampton.

    Over in Italy, just four games have been played in the entire top flight. Inter beat Roma 5-0, and Brescia achieved a laudable 2-0 victory over Fiorentina. As for our teams, Napoli were extremely busy with transfers this month, while Udinese did a little bit less. Lord Weeman’s side spent £22.5M on Lauri Dalla Valle from Bayern Munich, and also spent £19.5M, £9.75M each to A.C. Milan and Atalanta, on versatile 19-year-old Australian defender Christopher Newsham. £16.5M was spent on 23-year-old Spanish defender Raúl Leiro from Benfica, £7.5M on 22-year-old Spanish midfielder Manuel, also from Benfica, and £4.6M on Isla Mauricio from Lazio. Manchester United’s 25-year-old goalkeeper Dave Boyd also joined for £875k. As for Udinese, they brought in half of Parma’s 17-year-old midfielder Antonio Ceccarelli for £170k, and half of Atalanta’s 17-year-old left winger Alberto Antoniolo, also for £170k.

    Just the one game has been played in Spain, where title holders Atlético Madrid beat Sevilla 2-0. Transfer-wise this month, Real Madrid obviously sold Raúl García, while Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona made two incoming transfers. Daniel Aquino joined from Inter for £4.6M, and Gaël Kakuta arrived from Leo Dodge’s Manchester United for £20.5M. Barcelona also took part in two cup competitions this month. They knocked Montenegrin side Buducnost out of the Europa League in the Fourth Qualifying Round with a 6-1 home victory and a 3-0 away one. But they fell to Atlético Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, drawing 3-3 at home and being thumped 0-3 away. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese were also in the Europa League Fourth Qualifying Round, and they scraped through against AS PAOK Salonika, drawing 1-1 in Greece and 0-0 in Italy, hence progressing on away goals.

    So Atlético Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup with a 6-3 victory, but what of the other ones? The Community Shield was claimed by Pim Verbeek’s Chelsea after a 4-1 victory over Liverpool. John Fleck, Lee Taylor (AM, ENG, 23), Robin Ridley and Artem Rybak (AM/FW, BLR, 28) all scored in the emphatic victory. In Italy, another Dutchman took the crown, with A.C. Milan beating Juventus 1-0. Lawrence Lazewski got the victory over his former side in the UEFA Super Cup, with his current Manchester City team beating Ben Cee’s Valencia 2-0, scoring both goals in the first half.

    The Citizens will be hopeful of another good performance in this year’s Champions League, but they have Bayern Munich, PSV Eindhoven and Zenit St. Petersburg in their group, which makes it by no means easy. Arsenal will also have a tough time, drawn alongside Werder Bremen and Sporting CP, although Austria Wien should relent an easy six points. Napoli should get through their group: Levadia and Panathanaikos aren’t likely to challenge. But winners from two years ago, Zaragoza, will offer a tricky two fixtures. Real Madrid are in a group with Anderlecht, FC København and Lars Tommersen’sRangers. Other groups see A.C. Milan, Celtic, Valencia and Lille; Red Star Belgrade, Stuttgart, Roma and Fulham; Chelsea, Benfica, Metalist Kharkiv and Galatasaray and Rosenborg, Ajax, Bordeaux and Atlético Madrid.

    Everything is set up for a beautiful season! Let’s see how it goes!

    Manager of the Update
    It’s not easy to give this one.

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    takes this one home as it is clear he has made an ambitious attempt to bring the Scudetto to San Paolo this season. The award might have also gone to Lucas Volman, who made a bit of money by selling Raúl García to Arsenal.

    Job Securities
    Code:
      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4072
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4072
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Very Secure   4072
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4072
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Stable        4072
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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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
      Oct 15 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Dec 15 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Mar 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 19 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jun 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jul 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
    All Star Top Ten – Games Drawn at Current Club
    Code:
       Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club Drn Percent Chnge
       1st  0 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  131 (20.0%) +0.3% *
       2nd +2 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      120 (18.0%) +0.3% *
       3rd  0 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       119 (22.7%) -0.7% *
         - +2 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    119 (17.8%) +0.4% *
       5th +1 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      104 (19.4%) +0.6% *
       6th +2 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa   70 (19.9%) +0.3%
       7th +2 MikaelS         Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus      49 (22.9%) +2.6%
       8th NE spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City      43 (22.5%)  n/a
       9th +1 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter         41 (19.2%) +0.8%
      10th NE BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia      39 (17.3%)  n/a

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    Update 135
    Years: 11, Months: 135, Days: 4102

    Let’s see how our managers did in the month of September.

    Despite the spending this summer, Lord Weeman’s Napoli haven’t got off to a spectacular start in Serie A and it is in fact Udinese who have started the brighter of our two teams. Napoli bookened the month of September with two victories; against Frosinone and Fiorentina, but within the month, they drew with Lazio, Palermo and Parma and lost to A.C. Milan. As for Udinese, they drew four of their games, against Parma, Palermo, Fiorentina and Rimini, but they beat both Frosinone and Pisa 1-0, making them one of three as-yet undefeated sides in the league. Mikael Schøler’s Juventus top the table, with Udinese and Napoli 6th and 8th respectively. Napoli made one transfer on September 1st, the final day of the transfer window, and it was another big one. 25-year-old Italian goalkeeper Luca Nardi joined from Benfica for £11M.

    Over in Spain, our two sides have started brightly. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are 2nd in the league; they beat Sporting, Tenerife, Villarreal and Atlético Madrid this month, but lost to Elche. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid are 3rd, after wins over Málaga, Hércules, Betis and Getafe, but a humiliating 0-4 loss at Murcia. Ben Cee’s Valencia lead the way.

    September also saw some European football. In the Champions League, Napoli beat Panathanaikos 2-0 at home, Real Madrid beat Rangers 4-0 at home and Arsenal won 3-0 away to Austria Wien. The biggest win was for Napoli’s groupmates Zaragoza, who won 5-0 in Estonia against Levadia. Two English sides drew in Germany: Man City against Bayern Munich and Fulham against Stuttgart, and Celtic sprung a bit of an upset by beating Valencia 1-0. In the Europa League Group C, Barcelona beat Feyenoord 4-1 in Spain while Stade Rennais drew 1-1 with Belgians Charleroi. In Group L, Udinese travelled to Denmark, where they beat Brøndby 2-0. Getafe hosted Romania’s FC Vaslui, beating them 4-0. Inter, who entered the competition after defeat to Werder Bremen in the Champions Legaue playoff, Besiktas, Liverpool, Juventus, Newcastle, Leeds, Aston Villa and Lazio are a selection of teams who won their first group stage match.

    Over in England, Tom Smith’s Arsenal are still enduring a tough start to the Premier League season. This month they got an excellent 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage, before beating Leo Dodge’s Manchester United 2-0 and then West Ham by the same scoreline. They are currently 8th, after ending the month with a 0-2 defeat at the Hawthorns, with West Brom scoring two goals in three minutes. On the plus side, the Gunners trounced Southampton 4-0 in the Third Round of the Carling Cup, but unfortunately, their Fourth Round tie is away to West Brom. Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City lead the Premier League, with Sunderland, Leicester and Blackburn also in the top four. Title holders Chelsea are actually lower than Arsenal, in 11th, followed consecutively by European competitors Liverpool, Fulham, Aston Villa and Leeds.

    The Czech Republic this month became the second side to qualify for Euro 2020, after hosts England. They beat Hungary and drew with Armenia this month and so will top their group, Group C, leaving Hungary and Belgium to compete for the playoff place. Group A is currently led by Switzerland, who are seeking to qualify ahead of the Netherlands. Israel are also potential qualifiers from that group. Norway lead Group B, although Croatia and Russia could still qualify, and given the strength in depth, surely one of them will. Group D is led by Turkey, but Scotland have also guaranteed themselves a playoff place, after winning in Turkey and drawing at home to Bulgaria this month. Each side has one more match to try and claim top spot, which Turkey are likely to do given that theirs is at home to Cyprus. Sweden lead Group E and are guaranteed a playoff place at least, with Bosnia & Herzegovina and Poland also in contention. Northern Ireland, despite only a narrow loss to Sweden and a 3-0 win over the Bosnians this month, are no longer able to qualify.

    In Group F, Germany have booked themselves a playoff place, but Greece and Finland are also still targeting qualification. Italy lead Group G and will be in the playoffs at least. Saul Goode’s Wales are second and Lithuania don’t look like catching them. In September, the Welsh beat Lithuania 3-1 before losing 0-3 in Italy. They travel to Romania for their final game. Spain lead Group H, and will be in the playoffs, with Serbia the most likely second-placed finisher, although Slovenia can mathematically make up the distance, although they have to make up the difference in goal differences, which is currently nineteen, in two games. In Group I, Portugal and Denmark will be the top two finishers, and Portugal host Denmark in the next match, where a point will see them qualified top. Finally, France have booked themselves a playoff place from Group J, with Ukraine and Ireland also in the running. This month, the Irish lost 0-3 away to Ukraine and 1-2 at home to France.

    The season is in full flow now. There’s plenty of action next month: five Premier League games, three Serie A games, three La Liga games, the first leg of the Copa del Rey Fourth Round, two Champions League matches, two Europa League matches and the final qualifiers for Euro 2020. Don’t miss it!

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    I think this month’s winner should be;

    Haowan Madristas, Barcelona

    for getting some good wins which put his side 2nd in La Liga. Barca recovered from a poor month last month to beat several teams well, including title holders Atlético Madrid. They did slip up at Elche, but the other contenders for this award, Tom Smith and Lucas Volman, also slipped up, and arguably worse.

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       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4102
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4102
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4102
       4th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4102
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4102
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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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
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Mar 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 19 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jun 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jul 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
    All Star Top Ten – Games Lost at Current Club
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       1st  0 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      143 (26.3%)  0.0% *
       2nd +1 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       115 (21.7%) -0.5% *
       3rd +3 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa  104 (29.1%) +0.5%
       4th +1 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona     96 (14.2%) +0.1% *
       5th +2 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid   87 (13.1%) +0.3% *
       6th +2 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal       86 (12.8%) +0.7% *
       7th +3 MikaelS         Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus      43 (19.5%) +0.7%
       8th NE NepentheZ       Neppo Monster     Cagliari      Empoli        40 (55.6%)  n/a
       9th NE BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia      39 (16.9%)  n/a
      10th NE Ridleys         James Ridley      Siena         Sampdoria     33 (33.3%)  n/a

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    Some great signings there, hopefully they can add depth to the side and push for Europe!!!

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    Update 136
    Years: 11, Months: 136, Days: 4133

    We’re into November, but before we delve any further, let’s see how our five remaining managers performed in October.

    The campaign of our Spanish sides is still going strong, although Ben Cee’s Valencia continue to lead La Liga. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are second, after winning twice and drawing once this month. They won 3-2 in Seville and 4-2 in Málaga, although were held 3-3 at home to Zaragoza. They also drew when they travelled to Bilbao to face Athletic in the Copa del Rey Fourth Round first leg, but should progress with a home victory in the second leg. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid are third, and they won two and lost one game this month. The month started with a loss at Nuevo Mestalla to league leaders Valencia, but the team bounced back (slightly) with narrow victories over Cádiz and Tenerife. They got another narrow victory against Numancia, beating the Segunda División B team 1-0 away in the Copa del Rey.

    In Italy, Mikael Schøler’s Juventus continue to lead Serie A, with James Ridley’s Siena in second place. Lord Weeman’s Napoli are fifth, after winning all three games this month. They beat Rimini and Genoa 2-0, before a 1-0 victory over Pisa. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are eighth. They had a mixed month, losing away to Roma, drawing at home to Inter and beating Genoa at home. Both sides also competed in European football. Napoli drew goalless at Zaragoza before beating Levadia 3-1 away, and are currently second in their Champions League group. Udinese drew 0-0 at home to Getafe before a 3-0 home victory over FC Vaslui of Romania, and top their Europa League group.

    As for other European games, Real Madrid won both their Champions League games this month. They won 2-0 in Belgium against Anderlecht, before a 5-0 home victory over FC København. Tom Smith’s Arsenal beat Werder Bremen 4-0 at the Emirates before a goalless draw in the same location against Sporting CP. Both Real and the Gunners top their Champions League groups; Man City, Zaragoza, A.C. Milan, Roma, Chelsea and Atlético Madrid also top their respective groups. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona won both their Europa League games this month, getting a spectacular 7-0 away win against Charleroi and a 4-1 home win over Stade Rennais. They top their group, and Inter, Liverpool, Racing, Spartak Moscow, Newcastle, Basel, Wolfsburg, Aston Villa, Shakhtar Donetsk and Lazio join Barca and Udinese as group leaders.

    In England, Tom Smith’s Arsenal have improved their position and now sit 3rd, tied on 19 points with Leicester and Manchester United. Man City lead the Premier League, five points further ahead. In October, the Gunners drew most of their five games, but they did get two victories. They were held goalless in consecutive matches against Leicester and Sunderland, before a 5-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. The London club then drew 1-1 at Anfield before beating Middlesbrough 4-1, in a match that featured a Diogo hattrick. This month, 15th-placed Newcastle sacked their manager Carlos Queiroz. Arnold J. Rimmer, Scott Tysoe and Maz Armley have all been linked the job.

    The Euro 2020 qualifying groups concluded this month. Northern Ireland beat the Faroe Islands 4-1 before losing 0-2 in Poland. Their neighbours, the Republic of Ireland, won 2-0 in Moldova. Saul Goode’s Wales lost 0-2 away to Romania but weren’t caught by Lithuania, while Scotland won 4-0 away to Georgia. The Netherlands, Norway, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Poland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Denmark and France topped their groups and so will qualify for the tournament automatically. The second-placed finishers, however, need to get the better of one another in a two-legged playoff. Belgium play Sweden, Croatia play Germany and Serbia play Switzerland. Meanwhile, Wales will be hopeful of overcoming Ukraine, but Scotland will be up against it in their playoff with Portugal.

    Those playoffs will be played next month. Until then, adios!

    Manager of the Update
    I think this month’s winner has to be;

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    after he guided his team to three victories in the league, and four points in the Champions League, including a well-earned point at the home of former Champions League winners Zaragoza. Tom Smith and Haowan Madridstas also had good months, with the former managing to climb several places in the league, but they lacked the cutting edge I felt Napoli exhibited this month.

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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4133
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4133
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4133
       4th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4133
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4133
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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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
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Mar 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 19 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jun 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jul 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
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       1st  0 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona     1658 (2.43) +0.04 *
       2nd  0 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal       1532 (2.25)  0.00 *
       3rd  0 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid   1327 (1.99) -0.03 *
       4th +2 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli         967 (1.80) +0.02 *
       5th  0 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese        930 (1.70) -0.01 *
       6th +1 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa    649 (1.78) -0.01
       7th +3 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia       512 (2.16) +0.02
       8th +1 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter          474 (2.11) -0.12
       9th NE spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City       401 (1.97)  n/a
      10th NE MikaelS         Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus       400 (1.77)  n/a

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    Going strong in La Liga.

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    8th is a solid position, but I was hoping to challenge for the Champions League this season

    MON the run!!!!

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    Update 137
    Years: 11, Months: 137, Days: 4163

    Another thirty days have passed in the lives of our six managers. Let’s see how well they managed to use them.

    We’ll start in England this time, where Tom Smith’s Arsenal are floating in the unfavourable (for them) position of 7th. They faced a difficult month in November, but with that being said, they might have still done a better job of it. It started with a bitter 0-4 derby defeat at Stamford Bridge, before a 2-2 home draw against the current table-toppers, Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City. The third and final game of the month was a win, 3-2 over a demoralised Tottenham Hotspur. The results was not good enough for the Spurs board, who sacked Jesús Ramírez with the team 13th in the league. I’ll tell you who they hired later on. The Gunners also got through their Carling Cup Fourth Round match, banishing any ghosts by winning 3-2 away to West Brom. They host Ipswich in the Quarter Final.

    Newcastle United hired Arnold J. Rimmer as successor to Carlos Queiroz. He’ll face the task of dragging them out of the relegation zone. As said, Manchester City currently lead the Premier League, and they are followed by Sunderland, Chelsea, Blackburn then Hull. Super Lampard’s Ipswich currently lead the Premier League, followed by Q.P.R. and then Fréderico Canvey’s Everton. Yes, I did just tell you about the Championship for the sole purpose of getting my name in there. What are you gonna do about it?

    More European action this month means that all of our sides have booked their places in the knockout stages of the Champions League. This month, Arsenal beat Sporting CP 1-0 in Portugal before welcoming Austria Wien to the Emirates and winning 4-0. This puts them through as group winners, with either Werder Bremen or (more likely) Sporting CP joining them in the next round. Lord Weeman’s Napoli also booked their place in the last sixteen, beating Levadia 4-0 and winning 3-1 at Panathanaikos. They host Zaragoza in the group decider, but both sides are already through. Real Madrid are also through. They won 2-0 in Denmark against FC København this month, before winning 2-1 away to Rangers. A spiritied performance from Rangers, I’m sure you’ll agree. They were playing under new manager Scott Tysoe, after Lars Tommersen was invited to take the vacant position at Fiorentina after the sacking of Luigi De Canio. Tommersen has now managed in a hattrick of countries, but not the hattrick that Neilio and Cool Manager have. Back to the Champions League, other confirmed group stage qualifiers are Man City, Bayern Munich, A.C. Milan, Roma, Fulham, Chelsea, Benfica and Atlético Madrid.

    Over to Spain now, where Ben Cee’s Valencia continue to lead La Liga. However, they have a wafer-thin one-point margin over second-placed Real Madrid, who this month won all four of their games. Lucas Volman’s team also steered their way through the Copa del Rey Fourth Round with a 4-0 second-leg victory over Numancia. They face Theo Stigarakis’s Mallorca in the next round, although Stigarakis may not be the manager when the two sides meet. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are third but are seven points behind Real Madrid. They lost to Racing, drew at Mallorca and beat Valladolid this month. They also beat Athletic 4-2 in the Copa del Rey, ensuring a 5-3 aggregate progression. They will meet Elche, who beat them in September, in the Fifth Round.

    I’ve talked about the Champions League, but what of the Europa League? November wasn’t a good month for Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, who lost their only European game of the month, 1-3 away to Feyenoord. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese beat Brøndby 4-0 at home and so qualify for the next round. The biggest victories this month went to Lazio, who won 6-1 in Greece against AEK Athens, and Inter, who beat Beitar Jerusalem 5-0 in Israel. Inter, Dinamo Kiev, Liverpool, Spartak Moscow, Newcastle, Wolfsburg, Lazio, Udinese and Getafe have all booked their places in the next round.

    Cool Manager’s Inter are the team at the top of Serie A, followed by James Ridley’s Sampdoria and then Mikael Schøler’s Juventus. So our former managers are doing well in Italy, but what of our incumbents? Lord Weeman’s Napoli, like Arsenal, are 7th in the league, after a poor but difficult month. They lost to Inter and Roma, the latter at home, before winning 5-1 away to Bologna. They are level with Tyler Burrows’s Udinese on 21 points, but the Andorran arguably had a better month. Udinese started with a worse result at Bologna, a goalless draw, but won both their next games, against Atalanta and Catania. They’ll host Palermo in the Coppa Italia First Round in December, while Napoli will host Reggina, who are currently 3rd in Serie B.

    We’ll conclude the report with news on the Euro 2020 qualification playoffs. Saul Goode’s Wales started their playoff against Ukraine with a tentative 2-1 victory at home. Scotland, meanwhile, grabbed an epic 2-2 draw in Portugal, with a goal from adopted Chinese player Zhang Xin. In the other first legs, the home sides all won, with Belgium beating Sweden 2-0, Croatia beating Germany 2-1, and Serbia beating Switzerland 4-0. The last result led to the Swiss sacking manager Lucien Favre before the second leg could even be played. They replaced him with Christian Gross. In the second legs, Belgium progressed by winning 3-2 in Sweden, while Serbia beat Switzerland 2-1 in the Alps to seal a 6-1 aggregate victory. Germany could only draw 1-1 at home to Croatia, so Reuven Atar’s side qualified. Nani put Portugal into the lead in Scotland just after half time, and the Scots went a man down in the 69th minute. But three minutes later, Scott Brown scored to level the match, and 1-1 was the final result, putting Scotland through on away goals. Meanwhile, Wales travelled to Ukraine where they went 0-2 down but salvaged a 1-2 loss. They made an excellent start in the penalty shootout, with both Welsh players scoring and both Ukrainians missing. Neal Eardley made it 3-0, Oleg Husyev made it 3-1, Sam Vokes missed, Kostyantyn Kravchenko made it 3-2, Gareth Bale missed, Yaroslav Rakitskyi made it 3-3. Jack Collison scored for Wales, before Mykhaylo Gavrylenko’s miss put Saul Goode’s side into the European Championships. Ukraine were the only losing side not to fire their manager, with Germany turfing our Jürgen Klinsmann, Portugal firing José Mourinho, and Sweden sacking Roland Nilsson. Klinsmann walked into the job at Tottenham, and Germany hired Thomas Schaaf. Portugal appointed Paulo Bento, and Sweden chose Tobias Linderoth as their new manager.

    So, some shockers in the Euro 2020 qualifying. With the performance of our sides beginning to wane, will we see some more shockers a bit closer to home?

    Manager of the Update
    This month’s winner is;

    Lucas Volman, Real Madrid

    for winning every game. Small but sweet league victories came over Elche, Villarreal, Sporting and most importantly away to Atlético Madrid, with more important victories in the Champions League, over FC København and Rangers, and a 4-0 thumping of Numancia. Tyler Burrows was also under consideration, after seven points from nine in the league and a 4-0 Europa League victory which put his side into the next round.

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       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4163
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4163
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4163
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Secure        4163
       5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4163
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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
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Mar 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 19 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jun 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jul 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
    All Star Top Ten – Goals Conceded at Current Club
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       1st +1 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      603 (0.88)  0.00 *
       2nd +1 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    577 (0.84) +0.05 *
       3rd +1 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      511 (0.93) +0.01 *
       4th +1 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       500 (0.92) -0.01 *
       5th +1 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  463 (0.69)  0.00 *
       6th +1 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa  424 (1.15)  0.00
       7th +3 MikaelS         Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus     214 (0.93) +0.01
       8th NE BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     188 (0.77)  n/a
       9th NE el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        182 (0.79)  n/a
      10th NE spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     168 (0.80)  n/a

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    A really good month that one,, consistency is certainly the key for this season.

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    Back to the top, yeah

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    Update 138
    Years: 11, Months: 138, Days: 4194

    My, my, my, it has been a busy month, with plenty of manager hopping and jumping around, some of them because their chairman had just shot them in the foot since they were too slow in clearing their desk. But our five managers remaining in the competition need not worry: they keep their jobs. It is the former managers, who went on to pastures new, who have found these pastures studded with manure and discovered that these pastures get rather soggy when it rains.

    We’ll start in Spain, why not, where Ben Cee’s Valencia have bravely pulled away from the peloton and now lead La Liga by a convincing nine points. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid are in second, but allowed the Singaporean’s team to get away after a rather poor month. Real won 3-0 at home to Sevilla, before losing by a single goal away to third-placed Zaragoza. To end the month, they played Barcelona at the Bernabéu. Barca, managed by ‘talented manager’ Haowan Madridstas, had scraped through the month and did slightly better than Real. First, they won 2-1 at home to Recreativo, before drawing at Murcia, and matching the Recreativo result against Hércules. It turned out that in their away match to Real Madrid, they matched the Murcia result, drawing 1-1. Gonzalo Higuaín put Real in front in the 14th minute before Ivan Rakitic’s equaliser just before the hour mark. All in all, a draw was a fair result, but it doesn’t do a lot for the two teams’ championship chances. They also played European football this month, with Barcelona winning 3-0 at home to Charleroi before a four-goal draw away to Stade Rennais, meaning they top their Europa League group. Real Madrid beat Anderlecht 3-1 to complete a perfect Champions League group stage.

    I’d better get that complicated manager tangle over with, so let’s see how that chain reaction, or many chain reactions, upended many jobs this month. First off, Championship side Wigan sacked manager Steve Bruce. Neppo Monster was appointed as Bruce’s replacement, leaving Ivano Bonetti to step in at Empoli. Meanwhile, Sporting sacked Javi López. James Salter was chosen as his replacement, and so Torino appointed Mario Beretta. West Ham sacked Jellybean Man, and hired Wolves’ George Burley. Wolves hired Blackpool’s Martin Ling. Fulham sacked Dave Jones and Stoke sacked Darren Ferguson. The Potters appointed Manolo Jiménez, meaning Deportivo had to choose Bartolomé Llompart as their new manager. Former Hammers manager Jellybean Man was appointed at Craven Cottage, and as a Fulham fan that doesn’t please me! But it turns out the tangly web of sackings wasn’t as tangly as I first thought.

    Seeing as a lot of that hiring and firing took place in England, we’ll tackle the Premier League now. Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City lead the way, but Tom Smith’s Arsenal are hot on their tail. December was a good month for Arsenal, despite a couple of draws. They beat Aston Villa, Blackburn, Crystal Palace and Leeds, all at home, while drawing away to both Hull and Portsmouth. In cup competitions, they beat Ipswich 3-1 in the Carling Cup Quarter Final, and beat Werder Bremen 2-1 in Germany in the Champions League. They face George Burley’s West Ham in the League Cup Semi Final, while Chelsea play Portsmouth, and they travel to Norwich for the FA Cup Third Round while Aston Villa vs Chelsea and Newcastle vs Man City are other ties on offer.

    I don’t think either of our managers in Italy would be happy with their current positions. Lord Weeman’s Napoli are fifth, after three wins and a draw this month. They beat Atalanta and Catania before drawing 2-2 at home to Brescia. They then won 3-2 away to Tyler Burrows’s Udinese. Earlier in the month, Udinese had beaten Brescia, drawn at Mantova and lost away to Juventus. Both sides, however, got through their Coppa Italia First Round ties with 3-0 victories, Napoli over Reggina and Udinese over Palermo. Napoli host Juventus while Udinese travel to Brescia in the Quarter Finals. In the Champions League, Napoli drew 1-1 at home to Zaragoza and so exit their group in second place, and in the Europa League, Udinese played two away games, losing 1-2 at Getafe but beating FC Vaslui 6-0, with 23-year-old forward Iacopo Cappiello adding two late goals, in the 89th and 90+2nd minutes. This brace and that of Brazilian attacking midfielder and forward Willians bookended the match. Burrows’s team leave their group in second place.

    So there was success in Europe for our teams. But who do they face in the next round? Tom Smith’s Arsenal face a tricky tie against Ben Cee’s Valencia, while Fulham meet Zaragoza in the other Anglo-Spanish tie. Lord Weeman’s Napoli also have it tough, meeting La Liga holders Atlético Madrid, but Weeman will be hoping that Atlético’s form will continue to be worse this season than it was last. Real Madrid will play Bayern Munich in a repeat of the 2017 Final. Other ties see Sporting CP against A.C. Milan, Bordeaux against Roma, Benfica against Man City and Anderlecht against Chelsea. In the Europa League, Udinese will play Spartak Moscow in the First Knockout Round while Barcelona meet Phill Ewles’s Besiktas. Arnold J. Rimmer’s Newcastle versus Cool Manager’s Inter is one of the best ties of the round. In the Last 16, if the teams get there, Udinese will either play PSV Eindhoven or meet groupmates Getafe, and Barcelona should cruise through a tie against AEK Athens or Lyon. Juventus could meet Liverpool here while the two potential single-nationality ties would be Fenerbahçe against Galatasaray and Aston Villa against Leeds.

    The transfer window is now open, so what tricks will our managers have up their sleeves?

    Manager of the Update

    Tom Smith, Arsenal

    just about edges this one, over Lord Weeman. They both had decent if unspectacular months, which in Smith’s case meant four wins, two draws and two cup victories, and in Weeman’s meant three wins, a draw, a cup win and a cup draw. Smith gets it as his side is much closer to contention for the domestic title.

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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4194
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4194
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4194
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Secure        4194
       5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4194
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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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
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Mar 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 19 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jun 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jul 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
    All Star Top Ten – Goal Difference at Current Club
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       Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club   GD
       1st  0 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona   +1096 *
       2nd  0 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal     + 955 *
       3rd  0 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid + 882 *
       4th +1 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli      + 487 *
       5th +1 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese     + 433 *
       6th +2 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia    + 357
       7th  0 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter       + 316
       8th +2 spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City    + 262
       9th  0 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa + 233
      10th NE MikaelS         Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus    + 202

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    Ooh, a meeting with Arsenal....

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    Update 139
    Years: 11, Months: 139, Days: 4225

    Let’s take a look at the performance of the five managers remaining in 60 to One during the month of January. That’s right, 2020 is upon us folks, and there are just 126 days to go before Euro 2020 kicks off in England.

    We’ll start in Spain, where I’m afraid it’s the same old story. Although that comes as good news for Ben Cee, whose Valencia team still lead the league, and have an 11-point lead over second-placed Real Madrid. This month, Real, managed by Lucas Volman, kept up the chase with three victories in four games. They beat Mallorca and Valladolid, both 3-0, before drawing away to Racing, and ended the month with a 4-0 victory over Recreativo. They won their Copa del Rey Fifth Round tie against Mallorca, winning 2-0 at home and 1-0 away, but went out in the Quarter Finals to Getafe, after a 2-2 home draw and a 1-1 away draw led to away goal elimination. Volman made two transfers to bolster his squad, bringing in Mantova’s Ugo Gabrieli for £600k and Inter’s Francesco Bolzoni for £13M.

    Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are third, although they still need to do some hard graft to cement any such position. In January, they got three 3-0 victories, beating Betis, Getafe and Cádiz, but they lost 2-3 at home to Valencia. However, unlike Real Madrid, they breezed through both cup rounds, beating Elche 6-1 on aggregate in the Fifth Round thanks to a 4-0 away victory, and knocking Real Sociedad out by the same aggregate scoreline in the Quarter Final, this time winning just 3-0 away. A tie against Zaragoza might put a stop to their progress, while Getafe meet Recreativo in the other Semi Final. Barca only made one significant transfer this month, selling Saudi goalkeeper Suliman Al-Shihri to FC København for £775k, £100k less than they paid for him a year and a half ago.

    In England, Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City lead the Premier League, while Tom Smith’s Arsenal are in a poor fourth place. The Gunners scraped through January in some respects, winning 3-2 at St James’ Park, beating Fulham 2-0 at home, losing at West Ham but winning 3-1 against Leo Dodge’s Man United at Old Trafford, thanks to two goals from Raúl García. They also played four cup games this month, clearing two FA Cup rounds with a 5-0 win at Norwich and a 4-0 one at home to Crystal Palace, and knocking West Ham out of the Carling Cup 5-2 on aggregate, with qualification well-secured after a 3-0 win in the first leg at home. A trip to either League 1 Oldham or Championship Swansea in the FA Cup Fifth Round should be child’s play, but a Carling Cup Final against Chelsea will be tough. The Gunners signed Keirrison from Atlético Madrid for £9M this month, while selling Kasper Schmeichel, who joined from Barcelona on a free last summer, to Jellybean Man’s Fulham for £1.7M. Elsewhere in England, long-serving Aston Villa boss Martin Bojangles was fired this month, with the team 15th in the Premier League. Bojangles, who started his career at Hull, had spent 2591 days (7 years) at the Birmingham club, and had won two titles there. Chelsea youth coach Frank Lampard was selected as his successor.

    The biggest news in Italy is that Lord Weeman’s job is on the line. My sources tell me that the Englishman is currently Insecure in his role at Napoli. The team are sixth in Serie A, and they won twice and drew three times this month. The victories were narrow but over strong teams, Juventus and A.C. Milan, while the draws came away to Sampdoria, Mantova and Lazio. Napoli crushed Juventus 3-0 in the Coppa Italia Quarter Finals, and face Lazio in the Semis. They also made a number of outgoing transfers this month: Thiago Alcântara joined AS Monaco for £4.3M, Juan Forlin joined Genoa for £375k, Mathias Jørgensen joined Tottenham for £12M and 23-year-old Spanish midfielder Manuel joined Racing for £6.25M. All in all, it was a lucrative month for Weeman’s club.

    For Udinese, the month wasn’t great. They lost two of their four games, away to A.C. Milan and at home to Lazio, the latter an unfortunate 0-3 loss, but won the other three, beating fifth-placed Sampdoria 2-0 away and both Frosinone and Palermo 1-0. Another 1-0 victory came in the Coppa Italia, away to Brescia. Tyler Burrows’s side face A.C. Milan in the Semi Finals. The Andorran manager also made a few transfers this month. Uruguayan defender Juan Bruno finally left the club, entirely this time, joining Zaragoza for £11.75M. Alessandro Gigante, a 17-year-old goalkeeper who joined Udinese in the summer from Catania, left for James Ridley’s Sampdoria for £240k, and another 17-year-old, this time a left winger, Carmine Fusco, joined the club, signing from Frosinone for £275k. Twenty days later he left the club, joining Empoli for £220k. Half of 20-year-old left winger Marco Rossini joined from Bologna for £375k. Burrows really does like his co-ownerships.

    Next month sees the return of European football. Will it also see the return of Lord Weeman to his homeland? His mother, Madge Weeman, is very keen to see him.

    Manager of the Update
    I call this one quite a toughie.

    Tom Smith, Arsenal

    is my choice this month as he managed to get through two rounds of the FA Cup, one round of the Carling Cup, which sees him into the Final, and he did okay in the league despite a loss at West Ham. He also spun a profit by selling Kasper Schmeichel, which means he has more business nous than Tyler Burrows. Haowan Madridstas did well other than a home loss to Valencia, and while Lord Weeman’s month wasn’t too bad and he made some good money from transfers, he is Insecure and far away from that title he wanted at the start of the year.

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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4225
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4225
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4225
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4225
       5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Insecure      4225
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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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
      Oct 15 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Dec 15 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Mar 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 19 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jun 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jul 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Jan 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
    All Star Top Ten – Age
    Code:
       Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club Age
       1st  0 Swafe           Saul Goode        Osasuna       Wales         60
       2nd +1 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid   59 *
         - -1 IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man     Numancia      Fulham        59
       4th +1 NepentheZ       Neppo Monster     Cagliari      Wigan         58
         - +1 SCIAG           Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Man United    58
         - -1 Almondo         Arnold J. Rimmer  Bolton        Newcastle     58
         - +1 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona     58 *
       8th  0 ScottT!         Scott Tysoe       Sunderland    Rangers       57
         -  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia      57
      10th  0 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese       56 *
    Lifespan – 5 to 10 Years
    Code:
       Pos Username             Manager             Club       Days
       7th TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina 3442
       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
    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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    Weeman

    Could be, but hopefully not a top 4 soon. Would be a shame to see him go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PluckaDuck View Post
    Weeman

    Could be, but hopefully not a top 4 soon. Would be a shame to see him go.
    I'm just doing it to tease everyone.

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    Update 140
    Years: 11, Months: 140, Days: 4254

    Okay, let’s examine our managers’ performances in February.

    Cool Manager’s Inter lead Serie A, and are currently six points clear of second-placed Roma. A.C. Milan are third, and, after a good month, Lord Weeman’s Napoli have climbed up to fourth. They beat Frosinone, Palermo, Pisa and Fiorentina this month, although dropped points in a 3-3 draw at Parma. Scoring 13 league goals shows that Weeman has turned on the attacking tap with some good timing, saving him his job, it seems. Further goalscoring prowess was evidenced in the Champions League, with a 4-3 victory over Atlético Madrid in the first leg of their Last 16 tie. Montenegrin defender Ivan Fatic scored a brace, as did Marek Hamsik, although the latter’s were both penalties and the former’s both free kicks. However, the result, which was declared as flattering Atlético, will probably see Weeman’s side eliminated by defeat in the return leg in Spain.

    Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are 8th, and their month wasn’t too shabby: about what you’d expect from an eighth-placed team. They opened with two victories, over Parma and Fiorentina, before two draws at Pisa and Genoa. They also made it through the Europa League Round of 32 by beating Spartak Moscow 6-2 on aggregate, including an admirable 4-2 victory in Russia thanks to a Willians hattrick. Getafe are Udinese’s next opponents, which might mean bad news, since the Spaniards beat them and drew with them in the group stages.

    We’ll take England on next, and Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City still lead the Premier League, and have six points on their nearest competitors. Those nearest competitors are tied on points: Pim Verbeek’s defending champions Chelsea and Tom Smith’s Arsenal. The Gunners won all their league games in February, beating Leicester and West Brom 3-1, Sunderland 4-0 and Sheffield Wednesday 2-0. That final game saw new signing Keirrison get his first two league goals for the club, after he scored one of the four in Arsenal’s 4-0 drubbing of Swansea in their FA Cup Fifth Round tie in Wales. West Brom await in the Last Eight, but I don’t think the Baggies will pose much threat this time: Arsenal have banished those demons. Other Sixth Round ties see Brettney Joven’s Leeds host Chelsea, Portsmouth play Middlesbrough and table-toppers Man City meeting defending champions Liverpool. Back to Arsenal, who travelled to Nuevo Mestalla to start their Champions League knockout stage campaign. They lost 2-3, thanks to a Mohamed Diamé winner for Ben Cee’s team in the 90+3rd minute, but will be hopeful of an aggregate victory.

    Speaking of Valencia, they continue to lead La Liga, and maintain their 11-point lead over second-placed Real Madrid. In February, Lucas Volman’s chasing team did well, but obviously not well enough to recover any ground. They beat Murcia, Hércules and Málaga, but drew with Betis. They also travelled to Germany for their Champions League Round of 16 tie, beating Bayern Munich 1-0. Meanwhile, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona slumped to fourth, and if they’re not careful, could miss out on the Champions League again. This month, the Catalonians lost 0-1 at Tenerife and at home to Elche. That second result meant that Elche had done the double over Madridstas’s team. Fortunately, six points were accrued in the form of dominant wins over Villarreal and Sporting, but an away match to Atlético Madrid will start March, and could see the side drop to fourth. Also, a 1-2 defeat away to Zaragoza in the Copa del Rey Semi Final could mean Barca will get through, but I wouldn’t count on it. They did, however, smash Phill Ewles’s Besiktas in their Europa League, winning 5-1 in Turkey and 3-0 at home. Lyon are Barcelona’s Round of 16 opponents. Juventus meet Liverpool in another tantalising tie in the same round.

    With the second half of the season well and truly under way, one manager has already survived a mini-scare. Who’s to say that if Barcelona don’t finish in the top four, they won’t can their manager? I am, because for some reason gave him a contract extension earlier this season, tagging an extra £35,000 per week to his wage. Still, if there’s no job threat excitement, there is Euro 2020 to look forward to.

    Manager of the Update
    It’s been a particularly good month.

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    just about edges this one for me. He had a brilliant month, winning four out of his five league games, and going unbeaten. The win over Atlético Madrid in the Champions League was very narrow, but it was a victory. Weeman edged the award over Lucas Volman, who picked up ten points from twelve in the league and won at Bayern Munich; Tom Smith, whose brilliant league and cup month was dashed by a narrow loss away to the La Liga leaders Valencia, and Tyler Burrows, who had an unbeaten month alongside a strong European performance.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4254
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4254
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4254
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4254
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4254
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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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
      Oct 15 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Dec 15 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Mar 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 19 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jun 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jul 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Jan 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
    All Star Top Ten – Highest Fee Spent
    Code:
       Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club Player                Fee
       1st  0 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    John Heitinga     £37.5 M *
       2nd  0 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        Chris Heslop#     £32.5 M
       3rd  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     Cristiano Ronaldo £30.5 M
       4th  0 ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness  Everton                    Carlos Vela       £27   M
       5th  0 fergysafc       Liam Ferguson     Man City      England      Michael Essien    £26.5 M
       6th  0 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  Adriano           £23   M *
       7th NE weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       Laure Dalla Valle £22.5 M *
       8th -1 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      Andrés Guardado   £22   M *
       9th -1 SCIAG           Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Man United   Mario Gómez       £21.5 M
      10th -1 spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     John Fleck        £19.75M

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    I'm going on a two week holiday tomorrow so am putting this sign-up on hiatus until I get back. It is unlikely that I'll be able to give you an update tomorrow before I go, but there is a small chance I'll get the opportunity to.

    Update 141

    Years: 11, Months: 141, Days: 4285

    March is over and the season is heading towards its conclusion. Before we move on to the closing stages, let’s see how our managers have performed in this past month, starting in England.

    Man City continue to lead the Premier League, but Tom Smith’s Chelsea are hot on their trail, and sit just six points behind the Citizens with six games to play. In March, Smith did well in a difficult month, beating Liverpool 3-1 and Tottenham 3-2, and drawing away to both Middlesbrough and Man City. A 4-1 home victory over Valencia in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg sees the Gunners through 6-4 on aggregate, while a 3-1 win at West Brom puts them into the FA Cup Semi Final, where they’ll face Man City, while Chelsea play Portsmouth. Arsenal also took part in the Carling Cup Final this month. They travelled the ten miles to Wembley Stadium to face Pim Verbeek’s Chelsea. Chelsea took the lead late on in the first half through Scottish striker John Fleck. However, minutes later, 27-year-old Spanish left winger Francesc got himself sent off for the Pensioners. Arsenal took a long time to make their one-man advantage count, but Diogo levelled for them in the 80th minute. Yet John Fleck struck again with just two minutes of normal time remaining, giving Chelsea the cup and Arsenal their third consecutive Final defeat.

    Cool Manager’s Inter lead the way in Italy, and a one-place slip has seen Lord Weeman get into trouble again. The league leaders Inter have seven points more than their closest competitors Roma, with eight games to play. Napoli, meanwhile, fell to fifth this month after dropping points against those two teams. They started with victories over Rimini and Genoa, but drew at home to Roma and lost away to Inter. Meanwhile, a 2-0 victory at home to Lazio in the Coppa Italia Semi Final is a positive start, but the team will need to be on their guard, and they crashed out of the Champions League with a 0-4 defeat at the hands of Atlético Madrid. Meanwhile, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are eighth and I would say they had a fairly good month. They also dropped points against Roma and Inter, losing both these games, but they beat Rimini, Atalanta and Bologna. A narrow 0-1 loss away to A.C. Milan in the Coppa Italia Semi Final breeds hopes of winning the tie, and the team also sneaked through the Europa League Last 16, beating Getafe 1-0 at home but losing 0-1 away, and triumphing 4-2 on penalties.

    In Spain, the title is now within touching distance for Ben Cee’s Valencia. They currently have a fourteen-point lead over second-placed Real Madrid with ten games to be played. In March, Real, managed by Lucas Volman, beat Getafe, Tenerife and Villarreal, drew with Cádiz and lost to Valencia. A 1-0 victory at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League puts them into the Quarter Finals 2-0 on aggregate. Meanwhile, Haowan Madridstas has had a terrible month at Barcelona which has seen his team drop to fourth. After they lost the last league game of last month, they continued that form into March, losing consecutive games to Atlético Madrid, Zaragoza and Sevilla. They did bounce back, however, with wins over Málaga and Mallorca. But the poor form seeped into the Europa League, where their 3-1 home win over Lyon was followed by a 0-4 crushing in France which sees the Catalonians exit the competition. But Barcelona did reach their second consecutive Copa del Rey Final, beating Zaragoza 2-0 at home for a 3-2 aggregate win. They face Recreativo in the Final. Elsewhere in Spain this month, Villarreal sacked their manager Tim Aubel, with the club 11th in La Liga, and Mallorca also fired their boss, Theo Stigarakis, following two consecutive home defeats; 0-3 to Atlético Madrid and 0-6 to Zaragoza, and with the side 18th.

    So I told you how our sides got on in Europe, but what of the other sides? In the Champions League, Zaragoza knocked out Fulham with a 4-2 aggregate win, with Chelsea matching that scoreline against Anderlecht. A.C. Milan smashed Sporting CP 6-1 on aggregate, while Roma knocked out Bordeaux with a rather more modest 3-1 total win. Man City are also through, after a 3-0 win over Benfica. The Quarter Finals see two Anglo-Spanish encounters. Tom Smith’s Arsenal meet Zaragoza, while Real Madrid take on Chelsea. Also, A.C. Milan will play Atlético Madrid, while Man City play Roma. In the Europa League, Rangers, Liverpool and Leeds were the three British sides to make it into the Quarter Finals, beating Panathanaikos, Juventus and Frank Lampard’s Aston Villa respectively. Inter got through after knocking out Celtic 3-1 on aggregate, and Porto knocked Werder Bremen out 8-2 on aggregate. Udinese meet Lyon in the Last Eight, which is a much better tie for Tyler Burrows than the Barcelona one would be, while Lazio play Liverpool, Leeds play Rangers and Porto play Inter. Udinese would face Lazio or Liverpool in the Semi Final.

    And so commences the big rush towards the end of the season. Before that happens, let’s look at how well our sides are doing: Real Madrid are in contention for the Champions League, as are Arsenal, who are also in the FA Cup Semi Finals and could catch Man City in the league. Barcelona are in the Copa del Rey Final and are almost a certainty to win it. Napoli and Udinese could both get into the Coppa Italia Final, with the latter also in the closing stages of the Europa League. Of course, dreams can be fulfilled or shattered in these next few months.

    Manager of the Update
    This month’s winner would have to be;

    Tom Smith, Arsenal

    even though he lost his third Final on the trot. I have to say, nobody really impressed me this month, but Smith did get some good wins in the FA Cup and Champions League. Lucas Volman also did well, but for a crucial defeat to title rivals Valencia.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4285
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4285
       3rd Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure        4285
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Secure        4285
       5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Insecure      4285
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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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
      Oct 15 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 15 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Dec 15 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Feb 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Mar 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Apr 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jul 16 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Oct 16 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Nov 16 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 16 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jan 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Apr 17 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      May 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Jun 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Jul 17 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Aug 17 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
      Sep 17 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Oct 17 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 17 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 17 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jan 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Apr 18 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      May 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jun 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
             Tom Smith, Arsenal
             Tyler Burrows, Udinese
             Lord Weeman, Napoli
             Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
             Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Jul 18 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Aug 18 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
      Sep 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Nov 18 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Dec 18 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Jan 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Mar 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      May 19 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Jun 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jul 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Sep 19 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Oct 19 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Nov 19 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 19 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Jan 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
    All Star Top Ten – Highest Fee Received
    Code:
       Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club Player               Fee
       1st  0 brettney1980    Brettney Joven    Wigan         Leeds        Chris Heslop#     £32.5M
       2nd  0 Waghlon         Lars Tommersen    Villarreal    Fiorentina   Giuseppe Rossi    £29.5M
       3rd  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     Freddy Adu        £27  M
         -  0 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      Carlos Vela       £27  M *
       5th  0 spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     Michael Essien    £26.5M
       6th  0 ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness  Everton                    Mikel Arteta      £25.5M
       7th  0 Robert_296      Robert Boyle      Blackburn     England u21s Roque Santa Cruz  £23  M
         -  0 m1234566778     Maz Armley        Racing                     Adriano           £23  M
       9th  0 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       Takayuki Morimoto £21  M *
      10th NE SCIAG           Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Man United   Gaël Kakuta       £20.5M
         -  0 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  Adriano           £20.5M *

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