I'm sorry Jellybean Man but Sporting are going to end your hopes of survival and plunge you towards the sack!
I'm sorry Jellybean Man but Sporting are going to end your hopes of survival and plunge you towards the sack!
How the hell did Bolton win a trophy?
I think you'll find we won the Coca Cola Championship
League Tables follow in the list of past Managers of the Update.
Years: 2, Months: 35, Days: 1058
After having just reached the 1000 days milestone, the managers are soon to hit the 3-year milestone of management. Depsite there now being four Very Insecure managers, an eighth of our current crop, it is plausible that all 32 make it to that particular milestone. A month of action failed to see anyone sacked, but it does make for an interesting read, I hope you’ll find.
With Arsenal having already won the Premier League, and West Brom having already been relegated, there was actually no more of interest to us in the Premier League, which simply played out to its inevitable conclusion. Unlike the Baggies, who were relegated last month, it took until the last day of the season to see both Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City go down. They were up against it though, facing Arsenal and Chelsea at home. Of course, neither of them won, sparing the blushes of Newcastle and Scott Tysoe’s West Ham, who could have gone down in their place. Arsenal finished the season with a fairly good 88 points, reflecting their poorer start (they were 19th after one game) and the general inability of the Big Four to challenge early on. Wigan won the Championship, and go up with Cardiff and playoff-winners Stoke.
Spanish fans enjoyed a very prosperous month, starting with the Spanish Cup on the 11th May.
Close to 100,000 fans packed the Nou Camp for this electric showdown. The first half passed without a goal, but the atmosphere continued to buzz…someone had to break. It was Lucas Volman’s team first, as Manuel Fernandes fired the ball home for a Valencia lead in the 53rd minute. Only six minutes later, Lawrence Lazewski and his team were smiling again with David Silva doubling the lead. However, after a further two minutes, those smiles became frowns: a second yellow card for Christian Chivu saw Valencia down to 10 men. Now seemed the perfect moment for Real Madrid to strike, and strike they did, Edgar Barreto slotting home in the 70th minute. With the difference halved, Madrid pushed forward and after just another 5 minutes, Klaas Jan-Huntelaar levelled the tie to screams and shouts from the ebullient crowd. Shockingly, another pair of yellow cards saw Valencia down to nine men after 86 minutes. However, somehow they held their nerve through the remaining 5 or 6 minutes of normal play and the following 30 minutes of extra time. Penalties it would be, but goalscoring hero Klaas Jan-Huntelaar became goalmissing villain as he missed Real Madrid’s first spot-kick. Valencia’s conversion through David Villa put the pressure on. Raúl scored, as did David Silva, but Marcelo missed for Real Madrid. Blaise Matuidi made it 3-1 and all it took was one more penalty scored, by Joaquín, for Valencia to claim the Copa del Rey!Road to the Final – Copa del Rey
Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia started out their cup campaign with a trip to lowly Eibar, and quite a long trip at that. Fortunately, they were rewarded for their efforts with a 1-0 win to take back to Valencia. The home leg was more prosperous, with three unanswered goals sealing their passage into the 5th Round, where a tie against Real Sociedad awaited. Socieded, eventually getting promoted from LIGA adelante, were a tough tie, and sure enough, the away leg saw both sides deadlocked, 1-1. Valencia’s home advantage then saw them progress 3-1 on aggregate. Tenerife were their next opponents, and were dispatched with ease, a 3-0 home victory being bettered by a 4-0 away victory. Then the tough ties started, with one against Villarreal. However, this was already the Semi Final and Valencia proved they had the nerve and tenacity to go on, stunning their opponents with a 3-2 away victory. They couldn’t consolidate this in the return leg, but a 0-1 loss saw them through on away goals.
Real Madrid, under the management of Lucas Volman, faced Girona in the 4th Leg of the Copa del Rey. Surprisingly, they struggled to a 0-0 draw away, but showed their dominance in tallying a 3-0 home victory. This aggregate score was repeated with the tie against Numancia, a 2-0 away victory followed up by a solitary goal at home. However, the tie against Zaragoza, who had started the season sitting pretty at the top of La Liga, saw this aggregate score doubled, a whopping 6-0 score split evenly over two legs. This brought the team to the Semi Finals, where Barcelona awaited. Despite Barcelona being in the better form, the tie at the Nou Camp was goalless. Two Madrid goals in the return leg saw Volman’s side into the final.
The Italian Cup took place on the same day, where A.C. Milan defeated Sampdoria 2-1. Just a few days later, Ben Cee’s Inter confirmed their grip on the Serie A title with a 1-0 win over bermybhoy’s Atalanta, who ended up 8th, missing out on European football. Down south, Rimini, Cagliari and Chievo went down, saving Super Lampard’s Lecce, whose three draws this month were adequate for survival. James Salter’s Reggina also stayed up. Next season, the 17 clubs will be joined by Serie B winners Empoli, as well as Frosinone and one of Bologna, Livorno, Ascoli or Vincenza.
After the exciting Copa del Rey final, Spanish fans turned their attention to the Europa League where Real Madrid were competing once again, this time against Tyler Burrows’s Udinese.
Dublin was enlivened, and a little surprised as well, by the march of 50,000 Spanish and Italian fans to the Irish capital. The new Aviva Stadium was to be the host of the game, a game which Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid quickly took control of. That’s not to say that Udinese didn’t have their chances, but there was a potency in the Madrid attack that made them look that much sharper than Tyler Burrows’s team. It took 33 minutes for a score to develop, with Raúl hitting the back of the net to put the Spaniards in front. The rest of the match was a fairly fiery affair, but there was no rampant demolition from Madrid, who could only double their lead in the 71st minute, again through Raúl. That was it for the game, and Real Madrid made up for missing out on the Copa del Rey by winning the Europa League.Road to the Final – Europa League
Tyler Burrows’s Udinese started in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Europa League, and ended up playing 19 games in the competition. Despite this, they still maintained good league form to end up finishing second. A trip to Iceland against FH was their obscure tie in said 3rd Qualifying Round, and Udinese tried to make the point that they had entered the competition too soon by demolishing their Scandinavian counterparts 4-0, a result which they repeated back in Italy. A third consecutive 4-0 followed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, against Modrica Maxima, and what do you know, the return leg saw Udinese win 4-0. With two 8-0 qualifying wins out of the way, Udinese joined Aris Thessalonika, Porto and FC København in the Group Stage. Porto understandably won the group, but Udinese beat them on one occasion, losing away to the Portuguese team. However, Aris were beaten both home and away, and the team drew both home and away to the Danes, giving Udinese 11 points, plenty to go through in second place.
Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid started out in the Champions League, where Benfica were the surprise team in their group who walked the group without a loss. Just one point behind them came Liam Ferguson’s Man City, and Real Madrid, having beaten Rangers twice but accumulated just one point elsewhere, would have to settle for 3rd place and the Europa League. Their First Knockout Round tie saw them facing Zenit St. Petersburg, who they beat meekly but neatly, a 2-1 home victory followed by a 1-1 away draw to send them through 3-2 on aggregate. They were handed their Quarter Final ticket after thrashing Braga 3-0 in Portugal. They then won 4-1 in the return leg to set up a tie against Porto.
Udinese, meanwhile, would play Portsmouth in the Quarter Final, but that is after having beaten Shakhtar Donetsk narrowly, 2-1 on aggregate thanks to a 1-0 home win, and Villarreal by what was also a small margin. Their trip to Spain resulted in them losing 1-2, but the 2-0 home victory beforehand secured their trip to England. They lost 0-1 at Fratton Park, but a 2-0 home victory got them through. They would have to use all this grit and determination again in the Semi Final against Manchester United, after a 0-1 loss in Italy. ‘Oh well, at least we weren’t disgraced.’ Actually, through sheer willpower and with the help of a cunning Antonio Di Natale’s brace of goals at Old Trafford, the Italians made it to the Europa League final.
As expected, the away trip to Portugal was tough, and Real Madrid escaped it with a 2-2 draw. This was handy, as they demolished their Iberian neighbours 3-0 at home, with Porto having little say in the matter. Fenerbahçe, Real’s next opponents, fared even worse, with the Spanish Giants triumphing 2-0 in Turkey leaving the Turks almost certain to go out. Go out they did, and Real Madrid made the final, with a 2-1 victory being the match that sent them there, or secured that passage at least.
Just three days later Spanish football fans had to go through it all again, as Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona met Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea in the Champions League final.
It was a relief for Chelsea fans that the final would take place just about 10 miles away at Wembley stadium. Not a seat was empty, at kick-off at least, for some might have left early in mock disgust of their team’s performance. Despite Chelsea’s home advantage, rather significant despite the number of fans being equal, Haowan Madridstas’s team took control of the game, carving out the better chances while Andre da Conceiçao’s Blues seemed poor in attack. It took just 24 minutes for the first goal, Xavi’s, to put Barcelona ahead, and that was all it needed, for the tie ran out of steam and neither side was either to score a second goal to liven it up. Despondent Chelsea fans streamed out of Wembley afterwards, sore to the ecstatic cheers of the Spanish visitors.Road to the Final – Champions League
Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea found themselves in Group B of the Champions League, an easy group, with CSKA Moscow, PSV Eindhoven and Rosenborg being their groupmates. Although they lost in the Netherlands, the Londoners still walked the group, going through first ahead of Eindhoven due to a better goal difference, with both teams having 15 points. Chelsea’s reward for this? A.C. Milan in the Round of 16, who won their home leg 1-0. However, a resilient showing back at Stamford Bridge saw a 3-1 win, and progression to face Benfica. Benfica, as we know, were a surprise concotion who fought their way this far, and they wouldn’t go down without a fight against Chelsea, either. da Conceiçao could only win 1-0 in England, and lost 1-2 in Portugal. Fortunately for the manager, who had to knock out one of his native country’s teams here, the away goals rule sent his team into the Last Four.
Barcelona might have had a slightly tougher group, with Anderlecht and Schalke not offering great competition but arguably being better than those Chelsea had to beat. Maccabi Tel-Aviv completed the group, and although Haowan Madridstas’s team walked it with 18 points, their scorelines were all very close, and not once did they exceed two goals scored in a match. That didn’t change the further they got into the competition, either. An away trip to Juventus resulted in a 0-0 draw, and the Spaniards only progressed thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 home victory. They faced Inter in the Quarter Finals, and drew away again 1-1. A 1-0 victory saw them through in a tie that sounds boring, but was overflowing with tension. There was some respite, then, in the form of Bayern Munich, but the Germans still held Barcelona at home. But the victory in Spain was stronger, leading to a 2-0 aggregate progression to the final, to meet Chelsea who had faced Liverpool in the Last Four. They won 1-0 at Anfield, and struck a nerve with Liverpool fans by thrashing the Reds 3-1 at home for a safe passage to the final.
However, there was no rest for Barcelona fans. Their team had not yet secured the La Liga title, and the other three teams had formed a bit of an uprising, looking keen to snatch it off them. Earlier in the month, Valencia had beaten the team 1-0 and they had to fight off a snarling and growling Villarreal resistance to beat Lars Tommersen’s team 3-2. A home win against Zaragoza, a 3-1 victory, was not enough to seal the title, which went down in suitably dramatic fashion to the final game. By this time, Real Madrid had re-manifested themselves in 2nd place, and were the sole surviving fighter to claim that title. Both were away: now Zaragoza would have a second chance to affect the trophy’s destination, as they welcomed Real Madrid, while Barcelona went to Getafe hoping to protect their 3-point lead at the top. They did, as both teams won, and Barcelona took a Champions League and La Liga double. It was not so peachy at the bottom, though, where Jellybean Man’s Numancia joined Celta and Almería in being relegated. This month, they picked up six points, but could not catch up Tenerife, let alone Almería (the islanders, by the way, escaped by the skin of their teeth). Betis and Real Sociedad join from the league below, with Murcia or Gimnàstic too (more likely Murcia).
After the excitement of the Europa League final, Wembley Stadium would host another final just 10 days later. Looking to do the double were Tom Smith’s Arsenal, but looking to stop them were Rafa Benítez’s Liverpool.
The stadium was packed again, and the atmosphere was vibrant. It is always in these sorts of atmospheres that someone gets sent off, so who was it to be this time? Danny. 12 minutes in, Rafa Benítez’s Liverpool found themselves a man down due to the attacking midfielder’s second yellow card, so soon. Arsenal capitalised, with Emmanual Adebayor scoring 24 minutes in, before going off injured after 38 minutes. By this time, Dirk Kuyt had equalised for Liverpool, only a minute after the opener. This left the crowd in a buoyant mood, screaming for more goals, which wouldn’t come ‘til later. Tom Smith’s side went in level with the Reds, but eventually scored again, Robin van Persie netting 67 minutes in. That was that for the FA Cup Final, and the trophy was travelling to the Emirates.Road to the Final – FA Cup
An away trip to Macclesfield welcomed Tom Smith’s Arsenal in the FA Cup 3rd Round. The Gunners won in style, putting four goals past an impotent Macclesfield. Another away tie was theirs in the Fourth Round, a potential banana skin at Villa Park. Fortunately for Arsenal, Liédson and Eduardo goals salvaged a 2-2 draw, so that Aston Villa could be truly thrashed at the Emirates. Except…they couldn’t be thrashed at the Emirates, and that ended up 3-3, with penalties being needed for the London side to make the Fifth Round, where they welcomed Portsmout with open arms and four goals ready for scoring. Their 4-1 victory was almost matched in the 6th Round at home to José Mourinho’s lacklustre Man United, who were beaten 3-1. But then came a local derby to be played at Wembley, where Arsenal once again excelled to stuff Chelsea 3-0.
Rafa Benítez’s Liverpool did not require any replays to make it to the final, and their success started in the 3rd Round when they won 2-1 away to Birmingham. This scoreline was mirrored at home to Ipswich. Hardly electrifying stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree, so a 4-0 thrashing of Burnley, who ended up getting relegated from the Championship, was in order. After that, Liverpool went back to their careful and reserved wins, sneaking past West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns and then past Everton 2-1 at Wembley.
Concluding the report with a look at the managers in danger, who all happen to be in England. It could be an attempt at catching up by chairman here, as Spain have ejected four of their managers this season and Italy three, whereas only one has left us from the English crop. Mark Cator is in potentially hot water at Aston Villa, who finished their season in 13th place, two places below their predicted position, and with some poor results to boot. While Cator is almost sure to survive the summer, I expect a poor run of form next autumn will see him lose his job. Brucie Bonus is of course in trouble at West Brom, but as his chairman hasn’t seen fit to sack him yet, he will be sure to get a chance to play in the Championship to redeem his team’s poor performance this season. So far, Fréderico Canvey and Brettney Joven have gone down to the Championship and been sacked, but it is a kinder league than the second divisions of other countries, as Arnold J. Rimmer, whose Bolton achieved 8th place, to just miss out on Europe, acts as a success symbol. Finally, Liam Ferguson at Manchester City is also in danger. His side achieved 4th place and hence Champions League football, but there needs to be some improvement in fortunes for the board to not ditch him for a bigger name.
Manager of the Update
I think I have to give this to the manager who secured two trophies this month;
Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
as trophies are the central theme of the month of May. Tom Smith and Ben Cee also won trophies, and did so very well, as did Lucas Volman who had the chance to win two or even three but only won one. Lawrence Lazewski was another trophy-winning manager whose glorious victory over Real Madrid put him very close to the award this month.
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The Copa Del Rey and a presumably 3rd place finish in La Liga are only good enough for Stable? What is this
Finishing the season really well, just missing out on a major trophy.
Very Secure and a Top 2 in the league. Can't ask for much better!
Survived for another season and secure as manager
Just one trophy for Atletico Madrid Still stable though
Just missed out on Europe. Ah well Rimmer's still secure
Serie A champions!
FA Cup winners.
That was a great write up canvey. Keep it up.
Very nice work Canvey, and good to see Jonte Rhodes is still stable, but that seems to be the bottom of the barrel these days as anyone lower down falls off the bandwagon.
Very Secure, awesome
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English Premier League Table
Spanish La Liga Table
Italian Serie A Table
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Too many draws, need to work on that for next season and get 3 points out of those matches instead of just 1
Lower mid-table again
4th place and they going to sack me...no pleasing some people
Finished a long way behind Inter in the race for the Serie A title, but 2nd is a brilliant performance none the less!
Top half will do nicely for Atalanta.
12th. Should do better.
Nice work for 7th with Lazio, now to build up another spot next year.
5th is a decent enough position for Atletico Madrid, but 15 points off 4th place is ridiculous
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Years: 3, Months: 36, Days: 1088
Our managers were in need of a good rest after a long season, and with no World Cup distraction this season, the players, save for those travelling to the North American Gold Cup, also got a good rest. Well, there was one of our teams in fully-fledged action this month, but we’ll get to them in due course.
First we’ll take a look at some of the transfers in the past month. As has been the norm, Italy are the only country to have any transfers in June, so it is there that we will obviously turn our attention. Theo Stigarakis has been busy, collecting two high-value players to join his Catania squad. Last year Catania achieved 13th place; this year they are predicted 14th and Stigarakis appears to be bolstering his squad to keep the club safe from relegation, nestled into that comfortable lower-mid-table position. Pablo Ledesma joined from Lord Weeman’s Napoli for £12.5M, and Amr Zaki from Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio for £5.5M, the two biggest transfers of the month. A number of transfers insignificant to us followed the latter, while Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina offloaded Marcel Román to Cardio Vascular’s Genoa for £3.2M. I think it must have had something to do with co-ownership as Román’s profile shows no record of having been at Fiorentina at all. Still, Taylor won’t complain. Otherwise, Nicola Pozzi joined the fringe of Udinese players, giving his former club, newly-promoted Empoli, £2.1M. That was literally all the transfers involving our teams and money this month.
A look to England now, where Cardiff, Stoke and Wigan have joined the ranks of Premier League teams. Stoke are predicted to finish 18th, with Wigan 19th and Cardiff bottom. Unsurprisingly, given their poor form at the end of last season, Scott Tysoe’s West Ham are predicted to finish 17th, but they would be my tip for the drop with Wigan looking like potential survivors. Of our teams, Tim Aubel’s Fulham are predicted to be the closest to drop, with the bookies having them as likely 13th-placed finishers. Mark Cator’s Aston Villa are predicted twelfth, and both of these predictions are valid considering these two teams finished in those two positions last year, albeit the other way round. It’s interesting that Arsenal haven’t been tipped to take a second consecutive Premier League title, with the bookies opting for Liam Ferguson’s Man City to claim the crown this season. Based on last season’s poor performances against big clubs, I don’t believe the bookies’ prediction, and my bets would lie squarely with an Arsenal victory. Down in the Championship, West Brom are expected to bounce straight back up as champions, with Bristol City to follow in second place.
In Italy, Ben Cee’s Inter are believed to be capable of securing 1st place again, with Clark Aitken and Roma the favourites for second place. Last year’s nearly-there team Udinese are predicted 4th, just behind A.C. Milan. New arrivals Frosinone and Livorno are predicted to get relegated, as are Lecce. However, Reggina and Parma are also close to going down. My personal belief is that all three sides of non-interest to us will go down: that being Frosinone, Livorno and Parma, although newly-promoted Empoli, with a threadbare squad but a generous prediction of 15th, could go down. As for the top of the table, it is difficult to tell. While I think that Udinese won’t make it this year, and A.C. Milan are still experiencing a changeover period, it is still tough to choose between Roma and Inter. Roma are on a knife-edge now: there’s only black and white for them. In my opinion, they won’t finish second, but will either scoop the league title, or finish 5th or 6th and show Aitken the door in a blaze of fury and embarrassment. Soon we’ll see, and Ben Cee certainly wouldn’t roll over if Roma were to try to fall on the right side of the knife edge.
Due to finishing top of the Sporting Play table, Israel gained an extra Europa League place for this coming season, a place taken by Beitar Jerusalem, who failed to qualify normally ahead of some more obscure teams. The Sporting Play draw saw two other nations given the chance to enter an extra team, and these other two nations were Denmark and, for the second year running, Italy! Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? It hasn’t changed since last year, therefore Super Lampard’s Lecce are going back into Europe! Denmark sent in FC Midtjylland, incidentally. Last year Lecce secured a 9-0 win over Armenians Banants Yerevan in the First Qualifying Round, so this year they were keen to go one better. Or two better, or even six better, and one worse. If you can get your head round that, you can figure out that Lecce won their First Qualifying Round tie 15-1 against poor, humbled Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag of the Faroe Islands. It took just one minute for Lecce to score in the home leg, and just four minutes for them to be 3-0 up. At half time it was 6-0 and at full time it was 11-0, with Ivorian Cedric Konan bagging a hattrick and Guillermo Giacomazzi getting two goals, with the other six scored by six individuals. Even goalkeeper Ben Foster put in a good performance, with KÍ tallying three on-target shots. In the return leg in Klaksvík, the minnows took the lead, but it was 2-1 Lecce at half time, and the Italians won 4-1 thanks to a Landon Donovan brace and two other goalscorers. The next round wasn’t quite so spectacular but fun nonetheless: Lecce welcomed Moldovans Olimpia Bălţî and sent them back 0-6 worse off.
Looking at managers’ Job Securities, it is quite surprising how many Very Secure managers there are at the moment. With the Spanish League still to reset, obviously their chairman are not looking to the future just yet, but there are numerous managers in Italy up there too, which implies to me that the Italian league has not completely reset either. One thing is for sure: don’t expect those Very Secures to last long. Pretty soon we’ll be into the cold winter and those chairmen will be looking to punish some poor results. Our two managers in the second divisons should take extra care.
Manager of the Update
Well, this shan’t be too tricky;
Super Lampard, Lecce
wins this month’s award for managing to get into Europe two years running despite hovering about the relegation zone, and then absolutely caning the opposition when he does so! His combined 22-1 victory in his first three Europa League matches shows how much fun his Lecce team have in the early stages here. Had Italy not gotten that extra Europa League place, the award still would have been easy: Theo Stigarakis has clearly got some game going on and has already brought in two players to strengthen his squad. His middle-of-the-road stability looks like it will come to the fore again this season, and as this is a marathon, not a sprint, it could just get him ever so close to that 60 to One crown, if not all the way.
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Spending some serious (for Catania anyway) money.
No news is good news. KUTGW canvey!!
Well done Super lampard, that's a masssive win!
Nothing for me though, which is always a good thing.
no news is good news
Predicted 13th. Would like higher.
What a month, 15-1 and 6-0 great acheivement to be in europe again
And yet after all that i'm still only stable
Well, no mention, but finally very secure, even if the reset is about to occur.
No news except a transfer out, but a move to Very Secure, exactly what I needed.
What a win for Lecce
Very Secure for the first time ever
back to secure
The league reset system - really can be a hammerblow or an absolutely bonus depending on how you fared the previous system.
After the 1st season, where Brucie Bonus helped West Brom to a safe mid-table position, he was rated secure or very secure, only to be wiped back to stable.
After the 2nd season, when BB got WBA relegated, he was very insecure, only for the league reset season to pump him back up to stable!
'mon a good start to life in the Championship, or otherwise it really will be curtains for Brucie.
Manager of the Update – Previous WinnersTop Ten – Games WonCode: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, LecceCode:Pos +- Username Manager Club Won Percent 1st 0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman Real Madrid 123 (69.5%) 2nd +1 tomsmith1989 Tom Smith Arsenal 122 (66.7%) 3rd +3 Haowan Haowan Madridstas Barcelona 119 (67.2%) 4th +1 tadr Andre da Conceiçao Chelsea 110 (61.5%) 5th +4 spartans5 Lawrence Lazewski Valencia 104 (59.8%) - -1 BenArsenal Ben Cee Inter 104 (65.4%) 7th NE Waghlon Lars Tommersen Villarreal 93 (53.8%) 8th 0 clrkaitken Clark Aitken Roma 91 (58.7%) 9th -2 fergysafc Liam Ferguson Man City 89 (56.3%) 10th NE el sid Cool Manager At. Madrid 83 (48.8%)
Still in, still stable
As promised, I'm going to give those who need it a boot up the hindquarters for not posting. If you're manager's fired, you've posted since Update 35 or you've posted at least 10 times, you're okay.
~Ian~, IlikeJellybeans, Greasy Chip Butty, Taylor B and JSalter: I want you to try and post more as you have posted fewer than 10 times. I'll be keeping track of activity, and if you are reading along but not posting, I'll give you opportunities, like above, to come out of the woodwork. Please use these, as like you will see below, there may be penalties for posting too sparsely.
The following have posted fewer than 5 times. They will all be getting a PM, except for three of them.
4 times: Haowan
3 times: Martin_, mikeytwigge, clrkaitken
2 times: Waghlon
1 times: Romanista1994, m1234566778
0 times: markcator3006, tadr, Chimpos
Those last three, markcator3006 (Aston Villa), tadr (Chelsea) and Chimpos (Valladolid) have hereby been dropped from the sign-up and cannot win. I will stop featuring them in updates (although I've already written the next few). Ironically, one of the other two sign-up runners wanted to give markcator3006 an invitation.
Very secure, and top of the leader board.
1st in games won!
But only stable security.
I can confirm that when you put a lot of work into a sign-up, a lack of posting from the participants is annoying. I think you've done right to get rid of those who haven't posted at all.
However, whilst I understand that you have loads of people taking part and it's hard to update on everyone, some of the problem with a lack of posting might be down to a lack of mentions? After my manager's last mention in an update, I posted. Since then, my only mention has been in the stability list. I do read it regularly but if my stability hasn't changed and there is no mention, I'm not likely to have much to say. Not a criticism because the amount of work you're doing - it needs to be remembered that three of you started this - is phenomenal but I guess it is an excuse/reason. Not sure how the others view it.
Hopefully as the numbers fall, this might change anyway!
The attention I drew to those who had posted between 5 and 9 times was just a gentle reminder, although tbh having the 'penalties for posting sparsely' alongside it made it look more like it was directed at those 5 people, when it would be more directed at the ones who had posted fewer than 5 times. The reason you were included in those 5 people was because you had not posted since Update 35, although tbf you posted just before it. I know it may seem silly but when I make those little announcements for lurkers to come out of the woodwork I'd like to see a post (this is aimed at everyone reading), because it is actually a really good way of me finding out who is reading but not posting.
I feel like I am arguing with you all the time lately, GCB . So I sent you a friend request .
I think it is a massive sign-up (probably too big for one person) and you were always going to have the issue that you've got. Personally, I know that I'll post more nearer the end - if I'm still in. Like I said, I think in some situations - definitely mine - people are reading and don't have enough to say to make a post. I know that posts like ...
... would actually get on my nerves just as much so I don't post that way.Yay, I'm still stable!
The more managers that fall, the more the remaining people will post if they are reading. I'm sure of it.
Writer's Notes: This update was written before tadr, markcator3006 and Chimpos were ejected from the sign-up.
Years: 3, Months: 37, Days: 1119
The new season is almost upon us! With July gone, and with it a river of friendly games, transfers in European minnow action, later this month the players kick off their domestic league seasons. In Spain, Barcelona are tipped for a second consecutive title, while Murcia, Betis and Tenerife are predicted to go down, the former two having just been promoted and the latter narrowly missing the drop at the end of last season. Just because those are the three predicted to go down doesn’t mean Andy Morton should stop sweating – his Sporting team are the bookies’ favourite to finish 17th, and of course finishing any lower would be disastrous for the club. In the second division, Jellybean Man’s Numancia are predicted to finish 4th, a position which should they achieve it would not see them in La Liga next season. However, I have some faith in the team and think they are one of our better teams in recent years to have to make the drop down a tier.
Super Lampard’s Lecce completed their victory over Olimpia Bălţî with another 6-0 win, this time in Moldova, for a combined 12-0 aggregate; an impressive haul. In the next round, Lampard’s team were joined by some of our other managers, but they found themselves against FK Napredak Krusevac from Serbia. A 4-0 victory in Italy was followed up by a 3-0 one in Serbia for a combined 7-0 victory. Also in this round, Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio defeated Albanian’s KF Tirana 6-1, which matched the scoreline of Bryan McGuiness’s Everton against Swiss team Neuchâtel Xamax. Maz Armley’s Racing defeated Dinamo of Croatia 5-1. This brings an end to Dinamo’s high scoring run: of all the teams in the competition, Lecce lead goalscoring charts with 34 goals, and Dinamo are second with 16. Lecce scoring double the goals of their nearest competitor, however, is sure to be a boost to them, and this month they did all that as well as two 2-1 away wins over Perugia and Qingdao.
Of course July is a transfer-rich month, and there were a few clubs doing a lot of spending. Lord Weeman’s Napoli brought in the record signing for the month, that being Mathias Jørgensen from A.C. Milan for £32.5M. However, as before, I believe this means that they bought out a co-ownership agreement, seeing as I cannot find record of being at A.C. Milan in Jørgensen’s history. I also recall Jørgensen’s transfer before and I think it was a co-ownership. Why can’t Italy just have normal transfers? There were more transfers in Italy; Juventus spent a load of money, but the second-biggest transfer was Ben Cee bringing in Lúcio from Bayern Munich, for £22.5M. With Inter expected to take the title but me predicting a fight between themselves and Roma for it, the veteran Brazilian defender may be a good purchase. Whether he is worth quite that much remains to be seen. Some of the clubs benefitting from Juventus’ lucrative spending were Barcelona (Diego, £17.25M), Mikey Twigge’s Palermo (Mancini, £17.25M), Leverkusen, Shakhtar and Brucie Bonus’s West Brom (Gianni Zuiverloon, £8.25M). Indeed, what with their relegation to the Championship, Bonus has sold a number of players. As well as Zuiverloon, Borja Valero joined Zaragoza for £5.25M, Jonas Olsson joined Newcastle for £4.5M, Leeds signed Abdoulaye Meïté for £1.3M, and a further four players were sold to Leicester, Watford, Birmingham and Lille. Numancia, our other side to go down, also sold a number of their better players, acquiring £3.5M from Galatasaray for Dimas, £3.4M from Sporting for José Manuel Villegas, £1.9M from Recreativo for Juanra and £1.3M from Hércules for Ayoze.
Other transfers include Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea signing Demba Ba from Man City for £14.75M, and Mark Cator’s Aston Villa gaining £13.25M by selling Pape Diakhate to Portsmouth. Further Chelsea transfers include Jean Il Makoun joining from Lyon for £12.75M, and the same price tag being accorded to James Milner, whom Cator also sold. The Blues also bought Steven Davis from Rangers for £7.5M. Leo Dodge got £12.25M for selling Giovanni dos Santos to Portsmouth, and Lucas Volman spent £12M bringing Diogo to the Bernabéu. Cool Manager spent £26.15M on his three biggest transfers into Atlético Madrid, including Cristian Ledesma from Lazio for £10.75M. That covers all the transfers over £10M, but there were many more beyond: Aston Villa brought in Bristol City’s Jonathan Howson for £8.75M to replace their sales, and Lord Weeman’s Napoli also made another two big signings: Stéphane Sessègnon from PSG for £6.75M and Juan Forlin from Theo Stigarakis’s Catania for £250k less. Catania in turn made Bristol City manager Gary Johnson very happy in giving him a second large sale, taking from him Marvin Elliot for £6M. Nicolas Anelka got a transfer once again, this time joining Liam Ferguson’s Man City from Newcastle.
With a break from transfers just for a moment, the draw has been made for the Carling Cup 1st Round, and Brucie Bonus’s West Brom face a nice and comfortable home tie against Yeovil. The Italian Cup has also seen its first round drawn, but there are none of our teams involved in that, obviously, while the Copa del Rey has yet to start. Next month, however, in cup action; Real Madrid face Barcelona in the European Super Cup, while Barcelona face Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia in the Spanish Super Cup. The Community Shield sees Chelsea and Arsenal compete with Italian rivals Inter Milan and A.C. Milan fighting it out there.
Back to transfers for a moment, and it’s just a few mentions to teams who haven’t made big transfers but deserve a little mention. In Italy, Cardio Vascular’s Genoa raised £3.2M from three sales this month, although one was for nothing. Steve Pinau joined Lecce for £350k, and Luca Antonini joined Marco van Basten’s A.C. Milan for £2.8M. Vascular also made some signings, continuing on from the two he made last month. Two co-ownership deals from Livorno and Bari summed to £790k, while Hugo Viani was welcomed to Luigi Ferraris (that’s Genoa’s stadium) after £1.8M was given to Scott Tysoe’s West Ham. In Spain, Phill Ewles’s Valladolid brought in Carlos Caballero for £1.7M from Cádiz, making a load of free transfer outwards too. The team are predicted 15th so ought to do a little more spending if they want to avoid relegation for sure. And in England, Ricky Nakano did absolutely nothing at the Riverside. Well, that’s not strictly true, he did scratch his back. He also brought in Jason Koumas for free, got £0 for Seb Hines who joined Racing, and loaned out Joe Bennett to Bohemians as well as releasing three players, including Mido.
So, league football starts next month. You need to be there, or you’ll be square!
Manager of the Update
This month, a rare award to;
Mark Cator, Aston Villa
for having the confidence to sell some big players and the tact to bring in some lesser-known ones as replacements. Our early European entrants were also in the running, that being Super Lampard who continued his run with Lecce, and Maz Armley, Jonte Rhodes and Bryan McGuinness. Both Andre da Conceiçao and Lord Weeman spent a lot of money, but I will have to wait a while to be able to judge whether that was wisely spent. However, it’s clear that someone is certainly itching for a league title!
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Secure! Looking forward to next month's Community Shield action. I'm definitely hoping for some early silverware.
Stable, makes sense, and a date with Barcelona in the Super Cup, lets up that goes well.
5-1 and stable
Delighted that Andy Morton's Sporting are predicted low again. Makes achieving expectations (maybe even exceeding) and being secure/safe all the more easy. I'm beginning to think Sporting is a damn good pick!
Been reset back to stable, hoping for a big rise as Udinese make another charge at the Seie A title..
Manager of the Update – Previous WinnersTop Ten – Games DrawnCode: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 VillaLifespan – 1 to 2 YearsCode:Pos +- Username Manager Club Drawn Percent 1st +1 el sid Cool Manager At. Madrid 42 (24.7%) - +4 Lower Leagues Rule Jonte Rhodes Lazio 42 (32.1%) 3rd +2 m1234566778 Maz Armley Racing 39 (28.3%) - -1 tomsmith1989 Tom Smith Arsenal 39 (21.3%) 5th -4 Waghlon Lars Tommersen Villarreal 38 (22.0%) 6th NE spartans5 Lawrence Lazewski Valencia 37 (21.3%) 7th 0 markcator3006 Mark Cator Aston Villa 36 (24.7%) - NE super_lampard Super Lampard Lecce 36 (24.7%) 9th -2 tadr Andre da Conceiçao Chelsea 35 (19.6%) - NE Almondo Arnold J. Rimmer Bolton 35 (24.3%) - -2 ~Ian~ Bryan McGuinness Everton 35 (24.3%)Lifespan – Less than 1 YearCode:Pos Username Manager Club Days 41st conners Sirus Lannock Málaga 628 42nd MikaelS Mikael Schøler Bologna 613 43rd Swafe Saul Goode Osasuna 551 44th hamilton162 Tom Hamilton Mallorca 509 45th kashmirshazad Shazad Ali Newcastle 508 46th DiscoStu94 Da Hoover Man Sampdoria 501 - ScottT! Scott Tysoe Sunderland 501 48th canvey!! Fréderico Canvey Stoke 476Code:Pos Username Manager Club Days 49th corinthiano Mathias Brunckhorst Chievo 327 - Neilio Neilio Almería 327 51st Robert_296 Robert Boyle Blackburn 326 52nd brettney1980 Brettney Joven Wigan 320 53rd TigerJoe Joe Seddon Getafe 271 54th jack.browne Jack Browne Sevilla 250 55th NepentheZ Neppo Monster Cagliari 236 - dafuge dafuge Torino 236 57th KiddingChoc Zach Machios Portsmouth 235 - Whoopy D Whoopy D West Ham 235 59th d-machine David Machine Athletic 229 60th PaulHartman71 Jeremy English Liverpool 204
£26.15 million spent \o/ Ledesma
Also first in the number of games drawn category We could be on for a better challenge this season if we convert some of those into wins
Just had a quick check of who's posted in here, and aside from canvey who obviously has the most posts, 2nd to 6th posters are separated by just three posts.
I'm 4th, one behind the joint 2nd (el sid and LLR).
Keep posting everyone!
This was also written before the three managers were kicked out.
Years: 3, Months: 38, Days: 1150
The new season has kicked off, after a month full of exciting transfers and deals. Looking at the top of the English Premier League table, we see that four teams are closest so far with a perfect record after three games, with Bryan McGuiness’s Everton being the surprise contender. The team, who spent £6.1M this month on two players, have beaten Hull, Newcastle and Bolton this month, as well as progressed through the Europa League 4th Qualifying Round with a 4-0 aggregate over Aberdeen. Among them in the Premier League are Chelsea and the two teams from Manchester. Holders Tom Smith’s Arsenal find themselves wantonly in 8th place after the failed to beat Sunderland away and did even worse at Villa Park, going down 0-1. However, their last result came against bottom-placed Cardiff, a convincing 4-0 win. This month, Smith also saw his team lose the Community Shield on penalties to Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea. Smith made no transfers in August, although I don’t believe I mentioned last month’s £3.6M transfer of Andrey Arshavin to Napoli.
Over to Spain now, where we’ll start with a quick update on the Spanish Cup. Jellybean Man’s Numancia hold a 2-0 lead over fellow LIGA adelante side Lorca, with the away leg still to come. In the league, Numancia are 10th after opening their campaign with a 1-0 win over Melilla. Moving up a bit, and with just one game played in La Liga, it is not easy or accurate to say who might win the league based on that game. However, Andy Morton will be pleased that his Sporting team are third, as one of six teams to win. They travelled to Recreativo and came away with a 3-1 victory. Real Madrid and Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona being the top two will come as no surprise to anyone. Barcelona smashed newly-promoted Betis at home, and Real the same to Real Sociedad. These two teams also played each other in the European Super Cup, where just under 20,000 fans watched Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory.
The biggest transfer of the month was certainly a very interesting one. For the handsome sum of £29.5M, Giuseppe Rossi left Lars Tommersen’s Villarreal to join Clark Aitken’s Roma. Tommersen spent £4.6M bringing in David Trezeguet from Juventus. Some of the other major transfers were Mario Gómez joining Leo Dodge’s Tottenham for £21.5M from Stuttgart, Pepe heading from Real Madrid to Inter for £18M, and Simon Vukcevic leaving Sporting CP behind for the bright lights of Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina in a £13.75M deal. Taylor also spent £10M on Tottenham’s Leonardo Ponzio, but raised that back with an extra £500k through the sale of Freddy Adu to Inter on a co-ownership, while Clark Aitken, in an effort to offset his hefty Rossi transfer, sold John Obi Mikel to Lyon for £10.75M. Later in the month, Taylor and Fiorentina got another £7M for that Adu transfer. Like I said last month, why can’t Italian transfers be simpler? Meanwhile, Dimitar Berbatov swapped the bright lights at Real Madrid for those at relatively lowly Mark Cator’s Aston Villa, and he wasn’t the only player to do so. As well as that £8M Berbatov transfer, Cator brought in Olexandr Chyzhov for £10M from Lille.
The Italians have played two games of their season, and Lord Weeman’s Napoli sit top, as one of two teams with a perfect record. Thanks to Marek Hamsik’s four goals and those of three others, Weeman’s team defeated their first two opponents, Brescia and Reggina, 3-0. The scoreline was matched in the Italian Cup 3rd Qualifying Round match against Mantova, and Bari make up Napoli’s next opponents in that competition. Also on 6 points are Tyler Burrows’s Udinese, whose wins weren’t quite so extravagant but were just as good, if not better. He got his own 3-0 victory, over Livorno, but the better win might be the away trip to play Inter that ended in a 1-0 Udinese win. As a result, Ben Cee’s team are in 15th, drawing their second game, and Clark Aitken’s Roma are in 13th after drawing both games. Super Lampard’s Lecce also drew both their games, failing to score both against Catania and Palermo, but this month they secured progression into the Europa League Group Stage by beating Lillestrøm 3-0 on aggregate, and matched that scoreline in just the one leg in their cup tie with Vincenza.
With more news from the Europa League now, and as well as Lecce and Everton, many more of our teams made the Group Stages from the 4th Qualifying Round. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham defeated Cypriots Anorthosi 5-0 on aggregate, while Martin Bojangles’s Hull beat FC Inter of Finland 8-2. Maz Armley’s Racing progressed 4-0 against Israelis S.C. Ashdod, and their fellow Spaniards, Cool Manager’s Atlético Madrid, annihilated FC Moscow 14-0 on aggregate. Italian teams Palermo and Lazio also reached the Group Stage, with wins over Le Mans and Club Brugge respectively. In the Champions League, Liam Ferguson’s Man City reached the Group Stages with a win over Ajax, 7-4, as did Fiorentina who beat Stade Rennais 7-1, and Schalke, who knocked out Villarreal 4-2. The most interesting group for us is that involving both Fiorentina and Real Madrid, although we’ll also be keeping an eye on Valencia and Man City as they both try to qualify for the next round ahead of Porto and CFR Cluj.
The English Carling Cup played its first two rounds this month, and things went very smoothly for Brucie Bonus’s West Brom in the First Round, when they hammered Yeovil 6-1. They progressed to the Third Round with a 4-1 away victory over Nottingham Forest after extra time. Mark Cator’s Aston Villa had a fun time in the Second Round, smashing Brighton 6-0, and Ricky Nakano’s Middlesbrough beat Walsall 4-0. The scoreline for Tim Aubel’s Fulham was closer, as the American’s team beat Burnley 1-0 at the Cottage. Bolton also progressed, and will travel to Eastlands next to face Man City. Aston Villa will host Chelsea and one of the other matches of the Third Round. Arnold J. Rimmer’s Bolton side are not faring too well in the little Premier League action we have seen, they picked up a point at home to Hull, but lost to both Man City and Everton convincingly.
The Community Sheild and the European Super Cup we have already mentioned, but in Italy, Ben Cee’s Inter claimed the plate after a 3-2 victory over cross-town rivals A.C. Milan. And in Spain, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona achieved a comprehensive victory over Valencia, with the final score 3-0 after both legs.
Now a look into Italy to conclude the update. bermybhoy's Atalanta are 4th, as one of four teams on four points. His team beat Empoli 2-1 at home but the away trip to Parma saw them come home with just a draw. Parma, incidentally, are one of those four teams on four points. Cardio Vascular’s Genoa are further down in 8th, after beating Lazio 2-0 at home but experiencing an unfortunate 3-4 loss away to Fiorentina.
The season has begun, but it gets into full swing next month. Stay tuned for plenty of football action!
Manager of the Update
This month I shall give this to;
Bryan McGuiness, Everton
although there were many managers in contention. Pushing Everton back into the forefront of English fans’ minds was McGuiness’s achievement this month, and he did that by playing well and challenging in the Premier League, and progressing in Europe. It is a shame for Cool Manager to miss out after his 14-0 demolition of FC Moscow, and the award could also have gone to Lord Weeman, who won his last three matches 3-0 to sit top of Serie A. Brucie Bonus made a good start to his Championship and Carling Cup campaign, and both Andre da Conceiçao and Lucas Volman won silverware, as did Haowan Madridstas. There were some other managers who were a bit further away from winning, but did very well nonetheless.
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Hmmmm no mention, still stable, but 32% of my games are draws, I love it.
I got a mention for doing (nearly) absolutely nothing in the transfer window. Keep up the average-ness Boro!
And KUTGreatW canvey!!
Not a great start in the league, but at least we are into the europa league group stage
No mention in that update, so can't be too bad
Nothing much happening at Fulham, but at least I beat Burnley
Brucie Bonus has rung the changes at West Brom - got rid of all the dead wood and high wage earners hopefully for a half decent price and can now start to rebuild for the Premiership next season.
Good start to the League Cup campaign!
Delighted to see the chairman keep the faith with BB despite relegation, hopefully it can be repaid this season!
Looking really good, no sign of being sacked any time soon!
Not doing too well at the start of the season. Rimmer better buck his ideas up
Another good win.
Solid start to the season right there. Keep winning at home and I'll be happy.
What a terrible month. 8th in the league is not where I want to be. Not happy with the sale of Arshavin for £3.6m. Also lost out on the Community Shield. I think that is my least favourite update so far.
Despite that, keep up the good work!!
An absolute 14-0 thrashing of FC Moscow
No manager of the month though, I demand a recount
keep it up canvey
Manager of the Update – Previous WinnersTop Ten – Games LostCode: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, EvertonCode:Pos +- Username Manager Club Lost Percent 1st +6 IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man Numancia 63 (50.0%) 2nd -1 ssestig Theo Stigarakis Catania 62 (49.6%) 3rd +3 Chimpos Phill Ewles Valladolid 60 (44.8%) 4th +3 Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus West Brom 59 (42.8%) - 0 JSalter James Salter Reggina 59 (46.8%) 6th -4 Martin_ Martin Bojangles Hull 57 (43.8%) - +1 markcator3006 Mark Cator Aston Villa 57 (38.0%) 8th NE Greasy Chip Butty Andy Morton Sporting 56 (44.8%) - -1 rancer890 Ricky Nakano Middlesbrough 56 (42.7%) 10th NE super_lampard Super Lampard Lecce 55 (36.4%)
At least I made one top 10 list...
A 5-0 win, and Mario Gomez
Rancer - Come back when you're nearer the top though
had a quick read through. Has anyone actually been sacked yet?
27 Managers have now been sacked, leaving only 33 left Boris!
This is the last of the updates involving the three ejected managers.
Years: 3, Months: 39, Days: 1180
The month of September has passed, and the month of October is about to begin. First, let’s reflect on the month that’s just gone, starting firstly with the action in Europe.
Two games of the Europa League group stage are played in September, giving an idea already of who might be making it through to the next round. There are already small mountains to overcome for some teams in five groups: Group D, where PSG and Fenerbahçe have 6 points and Red Star Belgrade and Austria Wien none; Group E, where Ajax and Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio have 6 points with Panathanaikos and Hearts on none; Group G, where Olympiakos and Galatasaray both steam ahead with six, leaving Saturn Moskovskaya and Martin Bojangles’s Hull behind on none; Group I, where Rangers and Lars Tommersen’s Villarreal have six, Rapid Bucharest and Zürich none; and Group K, where Sporting CP and Super Lampard’s Lecce have six, Steaua Bucharest and Aris Salonika none. I won’t dwell on the other teams, but it’s safe to say they are still able to qualify with some ease.
Now let’s look to the Champions League, with a quick run-through of the group leaders. Liam Ferguson’s Man City sit atop Group A after wins over Valencia and Porto, scoring four goals in both. Another English side, Arsenal, lead Group B, after a narrow win in Ukraine against Shakhtar and a more confident 3-0 one at home to FC København. Group C is led by Real Madrid, who beat Standard Liege but drew away to Zenit St. Petersburg, and Ben Cee’s Inter top Group D, with 6 points from wins over Lyon and Besiktas. The next two groups, E and F, see none of our teams top, with Celtic and Bordeaux leading the way. In Group G, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese beat CSKA Moscow and CSKA Sofia, the latter 5-0, and Barcelona top Group H with 4-1 wins over both AZ Alkmaar and Benfica.
Now let’s look at domestic football, and it will come as a shock to find out which team sit top of the English Premier League. After 6 games, Roberto Mancini’s Portsmouth are in 1st place, with five wins and one draw. Joining them on 16 points are the two Manchester teams, but both Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea and Bryan McGuinness’s Everton have fallen away slightly, and have 13 points. Both won one, drew one and lost one this month, with Everton’s win and Chelsea’s loss coming from the same game, a 1-0 at Goodison. Everton lost away to the higher-placed Man City. West Ham follow in 6th place and they are followed by Leo Dodge’s Tottenham, who beat Wigan, drew with Liverpool and lost to Man United this month. Further down the table, Arnold J. Rimmer’s Bolton are in trouble in 18th place. This month was a tough one; away to Chelsea and Portsmouth, and at home to Arsenal, so it was actually a good performance for them to gain one point, drawing 2-2 with the Gunners thanks to goals from Steed Malbranque and El-Hadji Diouf. Brucie Bonus’s West Brom lead the Championship, winning every game this month. They also beat Cheltenham 3-1 to reach the Fourth Round of the Carling Cup.
Over in Spain, Numancia aren’t doing so well in their second division season. They are 8th, after having lost two and won two this month. Although Jellybean Man is currently Stable, a major increase in performance is likely to be necessary if he wants to keep his job. Maz Armley’s Racing have got off to a bad start in La Liga, and they hover over the drop zone in 16th place. Three draws and a loss were their reward this season, with four points picked up in the Europa League, and the fact that one of their draws came against Barcelona won’t offer much consolation for their fans. One place above them, a side that might be in danger of going down at the end of the season, are Phill Ewles’s Valladolid. They picked up four points this month but two 0-1 losses, the worse at home to Tenerife, will not make Ewles, or his employers, happy. All of our other sides are packed into the top half, which makes you realise how few managers we still have in Spain.
So perhaps it’s time to go to Italy, to start with the Italian Cup Fourth Qualifying Round. James Salter’s Reggina couldn’t overcome the difficulty of an away game to Sampdoria, and lost 0-1. Their league form has been a mish-mash: two wins and two losses this month, but a sneaky win away to Catania and a demoralising 1-4 home thrashing against Mikey Twigge’s Palermo were among them. Lecce suffered a similar fate to Reggina, losing 0-1 away, but Cardio Vascular’s Genoa reversed the odds with an extra time 1-0 away victory over Pisa. Napoli progressed, while Catania went out. In Serie A, Lord Weeman’s team still lead the way, having picked up nine points this month. Six of them came against two good teams: Atalanta and second-placed Udinese, but a loss to Roma has allowed Udinese and Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina to sneak up and level on 15 points. Fiorentina didn’t lose this month, winning all league games and not even losing in the Champions League where they picked up four points. Mikey Twiggeand Palermo are another side to win all their games, and they sit in 4th place, although the lost 0-1 at Goodison Park in the Europa League. Cardio Vascular is slightly further behind in 6th, and claimed 7 points from three league games this month.
Back to England now for a report on the Carling Cup. As I already mentioned, West Brom are through to the Fourth Round, where they will be joined by six more of our sides. Man City and Tom Smith’s Arsenal share the award for the biggest win from all our sides when they won 3-0 at home to Bolton and away at Derby respectively, although Frédéric Remola bettered them both by beating Plymouth 4-0 at the Stadium of Light. Mark Cator’s Aston Villa had themselves a nice little cupset as Chelsea came to Villa Park. Dimitar Berbatov, who is now looking like an inspired signing, put the Villains 2-0 up with two goals in the first half, one in stoppage time there, and Frank Lampard’s 68th minute goal was just a consolation. Bryan McGuiness’s Everton won at Fulham and Martin Bojangles’s Hull lost at Newcastle. Middlesbrough and Tottenham are our other two sides in the next round, where the two ties of the round are Aston Villa looking for another cupset as they host Man United, and Arsenal hosting West Brom.
I mentioned the success of both Super Lampard’s Lecce and Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio in the Europa League, but in Serie A they are not doing so well. Lecce are in 18th, cruising just inside the relegation zone, and look to be heading into another season of narrow escapes, or attempted ones at least. They lost all three games this month, and have two points. Lazio are 13th, trumping Lecce in three ways: being placed higher, earning five points this month, and earning three of those points away at Lecce. In between the two are Theo Stigarakis’s Catania, who lost three games this month, their two away games and the aforementioned home game against Reggina. In between, however, they picked up their form to win 4-2 over Frosinone, despite having lost 1-2 to them in the Cup Fourth Qualifying Round. The highlight of the First Round, by the way, will be Udinese hosting Juventus, although Lazio will have a tough time in hosting Napoli.
Manager of the Update
There were a number of good performances this month.
Brucie Bonus, West Brom;
gets the award for September because, as has been shown, it is not all that easy to get relegated and bounce straight back up. Bonus is looking to: this month he won every game, including that in the Carling Cup. Mikey Twigge’s Palermo was his closest rival, and was likely to have won it had it not been for a defeat at Everton. Ben Taylor and Cardio Vascular, as well as Liam Ferguson, were in the running this month, but an all-winning month from a team that is not as good as the competitors for the award means that Bonus clinches this bonus.
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Doesn't matter. I'm still in it.
Doing well in the europa league, but i won't keep my job unless we improve our league form
No direct mention, but a loss to Man City in the Champions League isn't ideal
Not mentioned, but still stable which will do for me
Well a little behind my previous season in the league, but a great start to the Europa League to be sitting on 6pts having beaten the Scottish & Greek entries already. Glad to still be stable as well as we drop to the halfway point.
Manager of the Update – Previous WinnersTop Ten – Goals Scored (Pr/G = Per Game)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 BromCode:Pos +- Username Manager Club Gls (Pr/G) 1st 0 Haowan Haowan Madridstas Barcelona 427 (2.28) 2nd 0 tomsmith1989 Tom Smith Arsenal 402 (2.08) 3rd -1 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman Real Madrid 387 (2.09) 4th 0 tadr Andre da Conceiçao Chelsea 372 (1.97) 5th +2 spartans5 Lawrence Lazewski Valencia 347 (1.90) 6th 0 fergysafc Liam Ferguson Man City 333 (1.97) 7th +2 Waghlon Lars Tommersen Villarreal 323 (1.77) 8th 0 el sid Cool Manager At. Madrid 312 (1.74) 9th NE SCIAG Leo Dodge Tottenham 309 (1.77) 10th 0 BenArsenal Ben Cee Inter 292 (1.74)
No mention in the last update is a good thing. KUTGW.
Just under 2 goals/game, that's not too bad
0 fergysafc Liam Ferguson Man City 333 (1.97
Manager of the month for Brucie Bonus
Great start to the season for West Brom.
Just spent a good half hour catching up with the last few pages. I'll admit that my interest waned somewhat when I got the boot from Sunderland but I'm delighted to see that I'm back in a job at West Ham! This doesn't affect my days/lives though does it? Still, nice to see my name still cropping up in posts. If it continues to do so, I'll keep reading/posting! Am I the only manager to have been re-hired? I'm sure you've probably mentioned that somewhere already of course!
Keep up the good work canvey!, this is a cracking sign-up. I'm sorry I stopped reading
Walcott's Wonderkids: Don't get your hopes up!
ScottT!: No, you're still out in your original finishing position despite being employed elsewhere. I can't actually tell you who has been rehired as I've played a few months further than this update and quite a few are reemployed at that point. dafuge, however, as you can see below, is the new Charlton boss.
Years: 3, Months: 40, Days: 1211
The month of October has passed, and it has been a busy one. A chain reaction has caused two managers to bow out of the competition, while another of our former charges has reentered management, that is, ex-Torino manager dafuge now finds himself the head honcho at Charlton Athletic. The Englishman lasted 236 days at Torino, so he’ll be hoping for a better career in his homeland of England. However, a sign of a bad start could be the manager storming out two questions into his first Charlton press conference.
We’ll start in Spain, where Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid top La Liga. This month, they racked up two good away wins over Racing and Villarreal, then backing that up with a 2-0 home win against Tenerife. However, an away trip to Murcia saw the capital’s team lose 1-2. In between all this, an away cup tie to Universidad LP saw a 6-0 win. Madrid share their first place with Wobill Luman’s Athletic and Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, all on 20 points. Barcelona’s month was slightly better, being concluded with a draw rather than a loss, although their cup game was certainly better, a 10-0 trashing of Badalona away. Trailing just behind the top three are Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia, who had a good month save for an embarrassing 0-3 loss to second-placed Athletic. The team of ours most in danger are Lars Tommersen’s Villarreal, on 8 points, and they failed to win this month, in the league at least.
In Italy, Udinese top the table, but Cardio Vascular’s Genoa sit just behind. Udinese, under the management of Tyler Burrows, won three and lost one this month, although they suffered a 0-3 thrashing in the Champions League at Anfield. Genoa played five games and won four of them, going down 2-3 at home to Lecce. Early table-toppers Lord Weeman’s Napoli are in 3rd place, with as many points as Genoa, and the collected seven of the things from their four games. Both bermybhoy’s Atalanta and Theo Stigarakis’s Catania are in danger toward the bottom; both have 8 points and sit just above the bottom three. Atalanta collected one point from a possible 12 this month with Catania collecting three. bermybhoy is Very Insecure and could get fired very soon.
Over to England now, where this aforementioned chain reaction becomes unavoidable. Down in 19th place in the Premier League are Arnold J. Rimmer’s Bolton, who, after having finished 8th in their first season back in the top flight, are not coping so well in their second. Unfortunately for Rimmer, who had picked up his first win of the year this month, beating Stoke 4-1, this meant his job was untenable, and on the 29th October he found himself without a job. Rimmer becomes the 29th manager of ours to be fired or leave their job, and in quick succession came the 30th. With his team in 1st place in the Championship, blitzing through the month conceding just one goal in six games, Brucie Bonus mad the decision to jump ship to floundering Bolton. It seems like a mistake to me now, and it will probably seem like one come the end of the season. Whatever happens, it has ended Bonus’s participation in the sign-up due to his lack of loyalty to his brave Baggies.
Now onto the Europa League, in which just the one set of games was played this month. In that set, there were three 5-0 victories, one for Stuttgart against Legia Warsaw, one for Mikey Twigge’s Palermo against Rapid Wien, and one for Martin Bojangles’s Hull against Saturn of Russia. The biggest results elsewhere of our teams was that of Cool Manager’s Atlético Madrid, who beat Maccabi Haifa 3-0. A round of the Champions League was also played, with very little to write home about. Liam Ferguson’s Man City travelled to Romania to see off CFR Cluj 5-2, while Ben Cee’s Inter won 3-0 at home to Wolfsburg. This was overshadowed by the other result in Inter’s group, with Lyon thrashing Besiktas 5-0.
Sitting in a mid-table position that can not be described as comfortable in Italy are Clark Aitken’s Roma. The Canadian started the month well, beating Catania and Palermo, and then winning 2-0 in Belgrade against Partizan in the Champions League. However, away losses followed to Genoa and Fiorentina, endangering Aitken somewhat. Just above Roma, surprisingly, are James Salter’s Reggina, who collected two 1-0 wins at home to A.C. Milan and Juventus, but who also lost away to Genoa. In Spain meanwhile, the Spanish Cup played two rounds, with Jellybean Man’s Numancia going out in the first of them, on penalties away to Las Palmas. Las Palmas then beat Espanyol 4-1 in the First Leg of the next round. As well as the two big teams winning that was mentioned earlier, Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia themselves got a 6-0 win, theirs away to Cartagena. Andy Morton’s Sporting, meanwhile, sneaked a 2-1 home victory against Recreativo, which will need to be consolidated in the second leg.
In the Premier League, as well as Bolton, Tim Aubel’s Fulham and Ricky Nakano’s Middlesbrough must try harder. They are both just four points off the drop zone, and this month Fulham won two and lost two of their four games, all by small margins. Middlesbrough did worse, drawing two and losing two. José Mourinho’s Manchester United top the table, with Liam Ferguson’s Man City second, after having picked up eight points this month. Chelsea are third with Leo Dodge’s Tottenham completing the top four. They won three games and draw their other one.
So, our number of managers has dropped to 27, and could be set to drop further with two of our managers in danger. Both of these are in Italy, a country which at present has more than its fair share of our managers. Only 7 remain in England and 8 in Spain. The competition is getting small, and the wheat is being sorted from the chaff.
Manager of the Update
There were many good performances this month, but I’ll give this award to;
Brucie Bonus, West Brom
for completing a perfect month but also for making the move of his dreams to Bolton, even if it wouldn’t be the move of anyone else’s dreams. Liam Ferguson and Leo Dodge both had good months in England, with Cardio Vascular and Ben Cee enjoying themselves in Italy, and Haowan Madridstas having a good month in Spain. It was difficult to give this award, but at least these near-misses have another shot next month!
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Considering how often Italian clubs change managers IRL, I'm surprised so many of us are still around.
Quiet month for Leece obviously with no mention, still stable though
I'm back \o/
Come on Boro, stay out of relegation, but still stable for now.
Nicely stable for Jonte Rhodes, just need to make sure I keep Lazio in mid-table once more.
Not the best of months or seasons so far. Need to improve.
Sporting de Gijon seem to have had another steady start to the season. All good. Through in the cup and we were 3rd in La Liga for a game!
Hopefully, La Mareona are still loving me. (Sporting fans)
Ah well fired but I had a good run.