Years: 16, Months: 197, Days: 5990
Our managers are on the brink of another milestone, that of 6000 days at the one club, but before they can move forward, we must examine their performances in November 2024, starting in jolly old England.
It was an improved month for Tom Smith’s Arsenal, but it wasn’t without imperfections, and plenty more of these months will be necessary before the Gunners can be considered to be in a desirable position. They currently sit 11th: Smith guided his team to victory over Ipswich, Sheffield United and Ben Cee’s Man City this month, but they drew 2-2 at Pride Park and also came out of the North London derby at White Hart Lane poorly. With just over ten minutes remaining on the clock, Francesc Fabrègas got Arsenal an equalising goal, nullifying the Spurs opener scored 17 minutes in. However, a minute later, Tottenham had regained the lead, and further goals in the 90th and 90+2nd minutes turned the result into a painful 1-4 defeat. Tottenham themselves are in contention for the Champions League places, while Liverpool and Chelsea run away at the top of the league.
It’s been another good month for Lucas Volman, and Real Madrid have a rather impressive seven-point lead at the top of La Liga, after twelve games. In fact, second-placed Valencia have played an extra match. In November, Real got one-goal away victories over Racing and, importantly, rivals Atlético, a 3-2 home win over Sevilla, and a commanding 8-1 home win over Athletic. They also secured passage to the Copa del Rey Fifth Round after beating Talavera 3-0 in their Fourth Round second leg. 6-0 was the overall score. Meanwhile, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are struggling, languishing in sixth place after draws with Zaragoza, Hércules and Valencia this month, a loss to Atlético and a sole victory over Málaga. They did, however, knock the stuffing out of Pájara Playas in their cup tie, winning 7-0 at home and advancing 12-0 on aggregate. Lars Tommersen’s Betis await them in the next round, while Real Madrid play Valencia, and, in a clash of the titans, Zaragoza play Atlético Madrid.
Another two games were played in Europe this month, but before we go to those, a different international fixture: Tim Aubel’s United States travelled to Costa Rica for the final game of their World Cup qualifying Second Phase. There, with two Jozy Altidore goals, they won 2-1, and so topped their group. They start the Third Phase at home to Trinidad & Tobago. Anyway, back to Europe, and the Champions League. Two of our teams are through to the next round, two aren’t. This month, Lord Weeman’s Napoli held Bryan McGuinness’s Chelsea to a laudable goalless draw at San Paolo, before beating hapless visitors Bayer Leverkusen 6-0, with a hattrick from club favourite Vittorio Mattioli. Napoli are safely into the next round. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona drew two away games 1-1, at Werder Bremen and at Benfica. They are second, but, being the only team in the group with a positive goal difference and hosting FC Zürich next, they are likely to secure qualification with their next game.
Tom Smith ’s Arsenal breezed through the month in the Champions League. Firstly, they beat visitors Feyenoord 3-0, and then they travelled to Porto, and won what would be considered their most difficult match, 2-0. Naturally, they have secured progression, as have their Portuguese groupmates. And finally, Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid have yet to get themselves into that next round. This month, they drew 2-2 at home to Super Lampard’s Newcastle, before a surprising 3-0 win over A.C. Milan, who have already qualified. The Magpies travel to Giuseppe Meazza in their next game, while Real play at Zenit Saint Petersburg, and Volman’s side have a three-point advantage, so are likely to finish second in their group. Juventus, Lyon, Liverpool, Atlético Madrid, Inter and Bayern Munich have all qualified after five games.
In Italy, I’m afraid to say, the wheels have fallen off Napoli’s title wagon. A slump in form has seen Lord Weeman’s side drop to third, two points behind both Inter and A.C. Milan. In November, despite victory over dafuge’s Genoa at the start of the month, they picked up just four points, also drawing goalless at home to Frosinone. They lost an away game at A.C. Milan, and, in meeting Tyler Burrows’s Udinese at Friuli, lost 1-4. Udinese are fourth, and just two points behind the Neapolitans, after beating Catania and Fiorentina this month, as well as Napoli themselves, and drawing goalless away to Mikael Schøler’s Juventus, who are fifth. I also noticed that Schøler, who is coming up to the ten year milestone at Delle Alpi, has a son in Juventus’ reserve squad, a 21-year-old central midfielder called Jakob. Jakob made three senior appearances last year, averaging a rating of 6.83.
All that remains is for me to wish the managers a merry Christmas, and let them get on with the last ten days of their first 6000-day tenure in peace.
Manager of the Update
For the second month running;
Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
scoops this award. Volman won all but one game this month, a draw, guiding his team to twelve points from twelve in the league, and Copa del Rey progression. Tyler Burrows also had a good month, dropping just two points from twelve in Serie A, and that with a draw away to Juventus. Still, some spectacular results came Volman’s way this month, and this is (part of) his reward.
Job SecuritiesCode:Rank Username Manager Club Security Days 1st Haowan Haowan Madridstas Barcelona Very Secure 5990 - Romanista1994 Lucas Volman Real Madrid Very Secure 5990 3rd tomsmith1989 Tom Smith Arsenal Stable 5990 - weeeman27bob Lord Weeman Napoli Stable 5990 - PluckaDuck Tyler Burrows Udinese Stable 5990 6th SCIAG Leo Dodge Tottenham 3800