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    Title within reach....

    Enjoy your holiday canvey!!

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    Fired again \o/ ;)

    Enjoy your holiday canvey!!

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    Comfortably atop the Serie A
    have a good holiday canvey!

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    Weeeman 'toying' with us all again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PluckaDuck View Post
    Weeeman 'toying' with us all again.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZGY8...eature=related

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    Okay, I'm back and we're back under way.

    Update 142

    Years: 11, Months: 142, Days: 4315

    A wise man once said to me ‘If you haven’t finished your week’s work by lunchtime on Monday, you’re doing something wrong’. It is only now that I wish I had asked him in retort ‘What if you are fifth in La Liga with Barcelona? Are you doing something wrong then?’. And the answer would surely be yes.

    Even so, Haowan Madridstas remains in charge of Barcelona, and his mighty pay packet makes sure he is Secure in his job. Okay, maybe I’m being slightly harsh on Madridstas: he did have a very good month his month. Although it started with a 1-1 draw at Valladolid, Barca went on to beat Racing 4-0, Murcia 8-0, with four Marquinhos goals, Hércules 1-0 and Recreativo 2-0. But they remain fifth, and time is beginning to run out for an assault on the Champions League places.

    One could also argue that Lucas Volman is underperforming in Spain. His Real Madrid side dropped one place this month to 3rd, after seven dropped points this month. Victories came over Sporting and Sevilla, but Real couldn’t capitalise in tough home matches against Atlético Madrid and Zaragoza, drawing them both 1-1, and lost 0-2 at Elche. An away trip to Barcelona opens next month.

    Over in England, things are pretty much nicely sorted. Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City lifted the Premier League with a win at home to Sheffield Wednesday, who had just been relegated following a loss to Chelsea. West Ham and Middlesbrough also ended up going down, canning their managers in the process, but with two games still to go in the league not everything is done and dusted. Tom Smith’s Arsenal are guaranteed a Champions League berth for next season, and will probably finish 2nd in the league for the second year running. In April, they drew both home games, against Chelsea and Hull, and won both away games, against Aston Villa and Blackburn. A goal from 23-year-old Danish midfielder Michael Hansen, however, put the Gunners out of the FA Cup in the Semi Finals. Man City, Hansen’s team, will go on to face Chelsea in the Final after the Pensioners knocked out Portsmouth in a 3-2 thriller decided by a Robin Ridley goal in the 90+1st minute. To be fair, Chelsea out-shot Portsmouth 10-1. Meanwhile, Super Lampard’s Ipswich won the Championship, after garnering 99 points from 45 games. Q.P.R., Fréderico Canvey’s Everton and Cardiff booked themselves playoff places, and Bristol City, Carlisle and Bristol Rovers all went down. Birmingham suffered another 10-point deduction for entering administration, but have avoided the drop quite comfortably.

    This month also saw European football. In the Champions League, Arsenal travelled to Zaragoza, only to lose 0-2. But the Gunners won the home leg 5-0, with a hattrick from Diogo, allowing them to reach the Semi Finals. Meanwhile, Chelsea beat Real Madrid 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, but were eliminated when they lost 0-2 in Spain. Atlético Madrid won 2-1 away to A.C. Milan and proceeded with ease after a 3-1 home victory meant a 5-2 aggregate win. Roma and Man City were deadlocked, after the home sides won both of their legs 1-0, but Liam Ferguson’s side won the penalty shootout in Italy 5-4. In the Semi Finals, Arsenal welcomed Atlético Madrid, and won 1-0, and Man City welcomed Real Madrid, and also won 1-0. Good luck to the Spanish police forces who will attempt to patrol their capital city for two consecutive days with two fiery football matches.

    In the Europa League, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese went out to Lyon on away goals after a 1-1 home draw and a 0-0 away one. Lazio stunned Liverpool, drawing 1-1 in Italy but sneaking a 1-0 win at Anfield. Brettney Joven’s Leeds knocked out Rangers, winning 3-1 at home, meaning a 2-3 defeat in Scotland was enough to send them through. And Inter had little trouble against Porto, drawing 2-2 in Portugal and clinching victory with a 3-1 home win. They will be hopeful of reaching the Final after they grabbed an away goal in their Semi Final against Leeds, losing 1-2 at Elland Road. Lyon and Lazio drew 1-1 in France, which will probably mean the Italians will reach their second Europa League Final in four years.

    We’ll conclude with Italy, where Lord Weeman’s Napoli are continuing their flirt with Champions League qualification. They won all their games in April, beating Bologna, Atalanta, Udinese, Brescia and Catania in the league, and winning 2-1 at the home of Europa League Semi-Finalists Lazio in the Coppa Italia, sending them through to the Final 4-1 on aggregate. Yet Weeman is still Insecure in his job. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are 8th after a pretty balanced month. As well as the defeat to Napoli, they lost to Juventus, and they also lost 0-2 at home to A.C. Milan in the Coppa Italia, putting them out 0-3 on aggregate. But victories, albeit narrow, came over Catania, Brescia and Mantova. Burrows’s team are virtually guaranteed to finish 8th or higher, and Sampdoria and Lazio are both only two points ahead. They need 7th if they want European football next year.

    As promised, some hopes and dreams were shattered this month. We’ll see how the season finishes up next month. I’ll leave you with this: Liam Ferguson managed his fifth England game this month, in what seems to be an annual friendly against the Netherlands. This time it was in Amsterdam, and the Dutch won 3-1, thanks in part to two Klaas-Jan Huntelaar goals. That’s something to think about, especially considering that the Netherlands are in England’s Euro 2020 group.

    Manager of the Update
    This month;

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    pips Haowan Madridstas to the post. Weeman won every single game this month, which keeps him in contention for Champions League football next season, and put him into the Coppa Italia Final. Madridstas won all but one, a draw, and his victories included an 8-0 win over Murcia and a 4-0 one over Racing. But I have to punish that draw and give the award to Weeman.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4315
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4315
       3rd Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure        4315
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Secure        4315
       5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Insecure      4315
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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
      Jan 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
    All Star Top Ten – Time at Current Club/Nation
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       Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club Days
       1st  0 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  4315 *
         -  0 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       4315 *
         -  0 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      4315 *
         -  0 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      4315 *
         -  0 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    4315 *
       6th +4 Swafe           Saul Goode        Osasuna       Wales        2517
       7th NE BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     1813
       8th NE el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        1810
       9th NE MikaelS         Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus     1762
      10th NE spartan5        Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     1526

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    Update 143
    Years: 11, Months: 143, Days: 4346

    Another season out of the way but our final five stay as five. How did the managers do in May?

    Cool Manager’s Inter did hold up to lift the Serie A title, holding back Roma with a 12-point gap. Fortunately for Lord Weeman, his side did do well enough to get into the Champions League, and they in fact finished 3rd. In May, they won 3-2 away to Juventus, before victory over Mantova and a draw against Sampdoria. A.C. Milan claimed the final Champions League spot, with Juventus, Lazio and James Ridley’s Sampdoria making it into the Europa League. That does of course mean that Tyler Burrows’s Udinese didn’t, after they picked up just two from nine points in a difficult month. They lost to Sampdoria and drew with Lazio and A.C. Milan. Fiorentina were relegated in 18th place, 10 places below their expected finish, so understandably, Lars Tommersen got the sack, after just 174 days in charge. Theo Stigarakis, who was fired from Mallorca earlier in the year, returned to Italy after almost a three year absence to manage Fiorentina. Catania and Pisa also went down, while Livorno, Reggina and one of Bari, Torino, Lecce and Siena will make the step up. And Lord Weeman, after ending the season well, was looking for his fourth title with Napoli in the Coppa Italia Final.

    Road to the Final – Coppa Italia
    Napoli’s Italian Cup campaign started in the First Round, when they beat Reggina 3-0. This was followed by the same scoreline against Juventus in the Quarter Finals, after a particularly strong performance. Meanwhile, Marco van Basten’s A.C. Milan got through the First Round with a 2-0 victory over Livorno, and knocked out Empoli 3-1 in the Last Eight. They beat Udinese in the Semi Finals, winning 1-0 at home and 2-0 away, while Napoli booked their place in the Final by beating Lazio 2-0 at home and 2-1 away.
    Rome’s Olimpico was, as is tradition, the host for the Final, and just over 81,000 fans came out to see the spectacle. A.C. Milan bossed the match, but were unable to find a breakthrough. Lord Weeman’s Napoli weren’t completely outplayed, but they certainly spent a lot of time on the back foot, and so it was a great relief for Weeman that when the deadlock was broken, in the 83rd minute, it was by his team. Argentine striker Federico Laurito received the ball from Marek Hamsik, ran past the challenge of Norwegian defender Fredrik Klungervik and slotted the ball into the bottom corner from just outside the penalty area. A.C. Milan, slightly stunned I’d say, couldn’t react and so Weeman won his second Coppa Italia, three years after winning his first.

    We’ll just wrap up things in England, where Tom Smith’s Arsenal won their last two games of the season, beating fellow FA Cup Semi-Finalists Portsmouth 2-0 at home and Crystal Palace 1-0 away. They finish 2nd, while Chelsea and Liverpool join the Gunners and Man City in the Champions League next season. High-flying Leicester, whom many predicted at the start of the season would be struggling against relegation, took 5th place, while Man United, where Leo Dodge has performed quite a revolution, finished sixth. Despite a crisis in the middle of the season which saw Dave Jones out and Jellybean Man in, Fulham finished seventh, and all three of those sides will take Europa League places next season. In the FA Cup Final, which was again given to Howard Webb, Chelsea denied Man City the double, winning 1-0 thanks to a John Fleck penalty. Super Lampard’s Ipswich and Queens Park Rangers got automatic promotion to the Premier League, although Q.P.R. boss Glenn Hoddle jumped ship this month to Murcia. Fréderico Canvey’s Everton were knocked out in the Playoff Semi Finals by Huddersfield, 4-6 on aggregate, while Wigan beat Cardiff 3-2 despite a 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium. An extra time winner from 27-year-old striker Mark Deakin saw the Terriers into the Premier League.

    I left you with the European Semi Finals in limbo, so let’s see how those concluded. Arsenal, who had beaten Atlético Madrid 1-0 at the Emirates, travelled to Spain and were thumped 0-4, with legendary forward Sergio Agüero netting two of the goals for Atlético. They faced a derby seeing as Real Madrid had held Man City to a 1-0 home win. All Lucas Volman needed to do was win 1-0 or better at home to set up a fiery Madrid finale. But, for all their dominance, Real couldn’t score in their home match, which ended 0-0, and so Atlético faced City in the Final. Atlético Madrid attacked and attacked but Man City caused a bit of an upset, winning 1-0 thanks to Rubén Ramos’s scrappy goal in the fourth minute. This could be considered atonement for Man City’s unfortunate loss to Lazio in the Europa League Final three years ago, if last year’s Champions League win hadn’t been that. Lens’s Stade Félix Bollaert hosted the Final.

    In the Europa League, Brettney Joven’s Leeds held on to their advantage against Inter, denying the Italians an away goal win by equalising through Jake Thompson in the 90+1st minute in Italy. Another late winner settled the other tie, with Karim Benzema netting in the 90+4th minute to give Lyon a 2-1 win at Lazio, sending them through to the Final 3-2 on aggregate. The Final, hosted in Vienna, needed extra time to settle it, but once Leeds went two men down in the 103rd minute, the result was surely going Lyon’s way. David Campos put the French in front in first half stoppage time, before Romanian Viorel Nicolin’s equaliser in minute 54. In extra time, Owen Garvan’s challenge on goalscorer Campos saw him receive a straight red, and José María Begoña’s vehement complaint to the referee saw him get a second yellow and an early bath. Michael Lumb sealed the victory for Lyon 10 minutes later with a cheeky goal.

    Okay then, I’ll leave you with news from Spain, where Ben Cee’s Valencia wrapped up the La Liga title with a draw at Atlético Madrid in the first game of the month. The league title represents the 13th title for the Singaporean Cee, and his fourth at Nuevo Mestalla. Zaragoza finished second, with Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid taking third place. Real’s month started with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona, before victories over Mallorca, Valladolid, Racing and a closing-day draw with Recreativo. Atlético Madrid finished fourth, after Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona dropped some vital points this month. As well as the draw hosting Real Madrid, they lost 0-1 at Betis and drew 3-3 at Valencia. Their victories were confident though, beating Getafe 3-1 and Cádiz 5-0. But after two consecutive fifth-placed finishes, isn’t it time for the Barcelona board to let go? I’m sure they would if they could, but Madridstas earns £175,000p/w, more than his entire backroom staff put together. He still has £9.8M remaining on his contract. On the plus side, he took his side to the Copa del Rey Final this season…

    Road to the Final – Copa del Rey
    Barcelona’s Spanish Cup run began in the Fourth Round with a tie against Athletic. They drew 1-1 in Basque country but proceeded thanks to a 4-2 home win. They then got a 2-1 victory over Elche in the home leg of their Fifth Round tie, before smashing their opponents 4-0 in the second, away, leg. Recreativo, meanwhile, beat Tim Aubel’s Villarreal in the Fourth Round, despite a 1-1 home draw in the First Leg making it look like they would go out. They won 2-0 away to make the next round, where they beat Racing 2-1 away and proceeded despite a 0-1 home loss. Their Quarter Final match came against Sevilla, whom they beat 2-0 on aggregate, drawing the second match goalless away.

    Barcelona’s Quarter Final was against Real Sociedad, whom they beat with ease, 3-0 away and 3-1 at home. This set up a Semi Final against Zaragoza, and despite losing the first leg 1-2, Barca triumphed by winning 2-0 at the Nou Camp to reach the Final. Recreativo lost their first leg at home to Getafe, 1-2, but reached the Final by winning 3-1 away.
    Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu hosted the Final, in front of just over 75,000 fans. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona dominated the match, and were rewarded for that. Marquinhos put them in front in the 34th minute, eventually putting the ball home after he was let in by a sloppy Recreativo defence, who tried to play some sort of offside trap. Five minutes later, the ball was in the net again and Lionel Messi had made it 2-0 with a sneaky shot from the edge of the area that clipped into the net. With 15 minutes to go in the match, Gaël Kakuta, who had been stellar on the wing throughout the game, completed the win when his header bounced off the head of Recreativo goalkeeper Roberto and into the net. Copa del Rey number four for Madridstas, and title number twenty-five.

    Just to conclude Spain: Mallorca, Málaga and Sporting were relegated, and so the latter fired their manager James Salter. Real Sociedad, Lorca and Athletic were promoted from the LIGA adelante, although the divison has one more game to play.

    Now, all attention turns to Euro 2020 in England!

    Manager of the Update
    He’s only gone and done it again;

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    has picked up another Manager of the Update award. This month, he lifted his team to third in Serie A, and won the Coppa Italia. Haowan Madridstas was also in contention for winning the Copa del Rey, but couldn’t get his team into the top four, and Lucas Volman had a good month despite a draw which put his team out of the Champions League.

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       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4346
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4346
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   4346
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Very Secure   4346
       5th Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Stable        4346
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    English Premier League
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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
      Jan 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
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       2nd -1 TaylorB     Ben Taylor        Fiorentina    Fiorentina  3442
       3rd -1 fergysafc   Liam Ferguson     Man City      Man City    2783
       4th -1 JSalter     James Salter      Reggina       Reggina     2710
       5th NE Martin_     Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa 2591
       6th NE Chimpos     Phill Ewles       Valladolid    Olympiakos  2532
       7th -3 mikeytwigge Mikey Twigge      Palermo       Palermo     2507
       8th NE m1234566778 Maz Armley        Racing        Sevilla     2504
       9th -4 BenArsenal  Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia    2502
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    Looking very safe for now. Udinese board just love me

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    Euro 2020 Preview

    England hosts the 2020 European Championship, the 16th edition of the tournament. Let’s take a look at the teams involved and let me give you my picks from each of the four groups.

    Group A contains hosts and holders England. As I revealed to you earlier, the Netherlands make up part of England’s tough group. The other parts are Croatia and the Czech Republic, and it’s rather difficult to predict. I think the Netherlands should get through: their record against England alone in the last two years should make them strong enough in this group. I’m actually going to tip the Czech Republic for second place here; Liam Ferguson hasn’t impressed me in his two years in charge of England, and I fear they could fizzle out to a fourth-placed finish. But it’s anyone’s group so I won’t be blushing if I get this one wrong.

    Italy are the clear favourites to sweep Group B, since the teams there to stop them are Denmark, Serbia and Wales. Unfortunately, I don’t think Saul Goode’s Wales can make an impact, leaving Serbia and Denmark to fight for the second-placed spot. I think I’m going to have to go for Denmark, who have been a stronger team than Serbia in recent years.

    Group C is the home of world champions Spain. They will encounter little difficulty in trying to get out of this group, leaving Norway, Belgium and Greece to compete for the second place. I really like this group, as I feel these teams are pretty equivalent on ability. Unfortunately, I don’t think Belgium will do too well, so they’re my fourth-place picks. Norway should pip Greece to second, although I’d like to see Greece do well here.

    The last of our home nations, Scotland, find themselves in Group D. They have France to contend with there, as well as a resilient Turkey side. Poland complete the group, but I don’t think Maciej Skorza’s side will do very well. France should get through; in a tougher group they might slip up but shouldn’t do here, and Scotland would be my picks for second. I wouldn’t pick them in real life, but they are better here than there, especially with their strike partnership of John Fleck and Gavin Brown.

    So, my picks in summary:
    Group A: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Croatia, England
    Group B: Italy, Denmark, Serbia, Wales
    Group C: Spain, Norway, Greece, Belgium
    Group D: France, Scotland, Turkey, Poland

    And our stats-burst this time will tell you about the real players in the squads. The players shown are sorted by age, oldest first.
    Code:
      Team        No Players
      France      19 Lassana Diarra, Steve Mandanda, Blaise Matuidi, Hugo Lloris, Yoann Gourcuff, Clément Chantôme,
                     Garry Bocaly, Karim Benzema, Mohamed Diamé, Samir Nasri, Loïc Nestor, Gabriel Obertan,
                     Djamel Bakar, Mamadou Sakho, Moussa Sissoko, Morgan Schneiderlin, Yannis Tafer, Henri Saivet,
                     Thimothée Kolodzieczak
      Wales       18 David Edwards, Wayne Hennessey, Joe Ledley, Lloyd James, James Wilson, Neal Eardley,
                     Ched Evans, Jack Collison, Rhys Williams, Lewin Nyatanga, Christian Ribeiro, Joe Allen,
                     Sam Vokes, Gareth Bale, Rhys Taylor, Aaron Ramsey, Jonathan North, Reece Jones
      Serbia      15 Vladimir Stojkovic, Dusan Basta, Milos Krasic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Zoran Tosic, Gojko Kacar,
                     Nikola Vujadinovic, Ognjen Krasic, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Ivan Radovanovic, Neven Subotic, Miralem Sulejmani,
                     Slobodan Rajkovic, Danijel Aleksic, Adem Ljajic
      Belgium     14 Nicolas Lombaerts, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini, Steven Defour, Moussa Dembélé,
                     Anthony Vanden Borre, Emmanuel Sarki, Samir Ujkani, Axel Witsel, Ritchie Kitoko, Flavio Fragapane,
                     Dedryck Boyata, Eden Hazard
      Netherlands 13 Maarten Stekelenburg, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Wesley Sneijder, Ibrahim Afellay, Gianni Zuiverloon, Ryan Babel,
                     Dirk Marcellis, Tim Krul, Ismail Aissati, Nacer Barazite, Jeroen Zoet, Patrick van Aanholt,
                     Georginio Wijnaldum
      Italy       13 Alessandro Rosina, Giorgio Chiellini, Emiliano Viviano, Domenico Criscito, Giuseppe Rossi, Lorenzo De Silvestri,
                     Alberto Paloschi, Vincenzo Fiorillo, Andrea Mazzarini, Fausto Rossi, Mattia Destro, Mario Balotelli,
                     Marco Davide Faraoni
      Spain       13 Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Francesc Fabrègas, Raúl García, Juan Manuel Mata,
                     Iván Marcano, Rubén Ramos, Ignacio Camacho, Sergio Asenjo, Piojo, Daniel Aquino,
                     Bojan
      Poland      12 Lukasz Fabianski, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Ben Starosta, Adam Kokoszka, Blazej Augustyn, Tomasz Cywka,
                     Lukas Jutkiewicz, Robert Lewandowski, Artur Krysiak, Tomasz Kupisz, Bartosz Salamon, Michal Janota
      Scotland    11 Craig Gordon, Alan Hutton, Scott Robertson, Scott Brown, James Morrison, Brian Easton,
                     James McArthur, Iain Vigurs, Scott Cuthbert, Alex Pearce, John Fleck
      Croatia     10 Ivica Olic, Eduardo, Niko Kranjcar, Luka Modric, Nikola Pokrivac, Vedran Corluka,
                     Mihael Kovacevic, Ivan Rakitic, Nikola Kalinic, Mario Ticinovic
      Turkey      10 Hamit Altintop, Mehmet Topal, Ibrahim Kas, Arda Turan, Mehmet Güven, Nuri Sahin,
                     Caner Erkin, Matt Thornhill, Jem Karacan, Özgür Çek
      Denmark      9 Daniel Agger, Niki Zimling, Kasper Schmeichel, Nicklas Bendtner, Michael Lumb, Magnus Troest,
                     Simon Kjær, Mathias Jørgensen, Nikola Saric
      England      8 Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart, Theo Walcott, Micah Richards, Omar Komora, Joe Mattock,
                     Nathan Delfouneso, Adam Pepper
      Norway       8 Kristofer Hæstad, Rune Almenning Jarstein, Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Dag Alexander Olsen, Rocky Lekaj, Lars Stubhaug,
                     Håvard Nordtveit, Jo Inge Berget
      Czech        7 Petr Cech, Martin Fenin, Marek Suchy, Tomás Pekhart, Milan Misun, Marek Stech,
      Republic       Tomas Necid
      Greece       7 Michalis Sifakis, Alexandros Tziolis, Vasilis Torosidis, Sokriatis Papastathopoulos, Sotiris Ninis, Dean Bouzanis,
                     Kyriakos Papadopoulos
    So plenty of the old guys still playing then! Expect some geriatric hattricks in Euro 2020, coming up!

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    Wales qualified for a major tournament!

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    @BenArsenal: Saul Goode has been one of Wales' best ever managers; he's got them to a few tournaments.
    @PluckaDuck: Adam Pepper has been a consistent fixture in the England squad for a while now :)

    Update 144 and Euro 2020 Report

    Years: 12, Months: 144, Days: 4376

    12 years into the job and our managers, at least five of them, are still going strong at their original clubs. What would it take for one of them to leave? Perhaps if a juicy international job came up…?

    For some reason, Italy played the opener to Euro 2020, and they did indeed open the tournament…with a 1-1 draw with Serbia at New Anfield (which Liverpool don’t play in). The next day, their fellow Group B teams Wales and Denmark were in action, and the Danes took a 2-0 victory over Saul Goode’s side in that match at the City of Manchester Stadium, thanks to two goals from 26-year-old FC København striker Mads Gade. Wales were well and truly outclassed, taking one shot for each Danish goal. Turkey, Scotland, Poland and France all also played on the second day, with the Scots losing 1-2 to Turkey at St James’ Park and France trouncing Poland 4-0 at New Anfield. Two Arda Turan strikes bookended egg-headed 24-year-old striker Sam Law’s goal for Scotland, and the Scots couldn’t level in the last 25 minutes despite Nuri Sahin’s dismissal for Turkey in minute 65. Two penalties helped the French to victory; one was part of Karim Benzema’s brace, and the other was scored by Gabriel Obertan, after Moussa Sissoko opened the scoring in the 17th minute.

    Matchday three was the one everyone was waiting for, with hosts and holders England kicking off their campaign. First, though, their Group A teammates Croatia and the Czech Republic were playing each other at (Old) Anfield. Croatia saw their 1-0 lead overturned by a strong Czech period around the hour mark, but they levelled again in minute 65. 26-year-old A.C. Milan attacking midfielder Karel Vagner won the match for the Czech Republic in the 72nd minute. England and the Netherlands kicked off later that night at the Stadium of Light. A brace from Leicester striker Craig Robson wasn’t enough, as Ryan Babel scored a hattrick, including a penalty, which, alongside Toulouse forward Martijn van Deisnen’s 20th-minute goal, gave the Dutch the win, 4-2. Despite taking the lead, England found themselves 1-3 down at half time and had to contend the second half with 10 men after Chris Heslop’s dismissal.

    World Champions Spain kicked off next, and they started very strongly against Norway at Old Trafford, with Bojan scoring in the first minute. Piojo made it 2-0 just before the half hour mark, and Bojan made it 3-0 just after the half hour mark. Norway were well and truly outclassed. In the other game, at the Stadium of Light, Greece beat Belgium with Olympiakos striker Sami da Silva scoring the only goal of the game.

    So what have our managers been doing during the tournament? Not a lot, it transpires. Tyler Burrows, whom we have discovered loves to spend, brought two players to Udinese this month, both of which were buy-outs of co-ownerships. The defender Alberto Antonioli joined completely from Atalanta for £325k, and Parma central midfielder Antonio Ceccarelli joined for £350k.

    We’ll go back to the Euro 2020 action, then. England’s group, Group A, was concluded, and Liam Ferguson’s side managed to qualify. They beat the Czech Republic 3-0 at Anfield, with three real players scoring: Micah Richards, Wayne Rooney and Nathan Delfouneso, before reversing that legendary defeat in Euro 2008 qualifying by beating Croatia 3-2 at Old Trafford, with three non-real players scoring, including Inter’s Matt Hazell, and Leicester’s Craig Robson, who got his third goal of the tournament. The Netherlands left as group winners, beating Croatia 2-1 at the Emirates, where Ryan Babel bagged his fourth goal of the tournament, and drawing 1-1 with the Czechs at Anfield, where Martijn van Deinsen got his second.

    Wales never really got their campaign going. After the defeat by Denmark, they went to St James’ Park where they lost 0-1 to Serbia. They remained there for their final match; a goalless draw with Italy, but it wasn’t enough, obviously. Italy had beaten Denmark 3-1 at New Anfield, with Fausto Rossi scoring twice and Giuseppe Rossi once, but the Danes topped the group with a 2-1 win over Serbia. The Serbs went out, and Manchester United’s Danijel Aleksic scored all three of their goals in the tournament.

    Spain continued their dominance in Group C. They beat Belgium 2-1, with another goal from Bojan, and Greece 2-0. The Greeks, however, had already amassed six points through 1-0 victories over Belgium and Norway, the latter thanks to a 2nd-minute goal, so qualified second. Norway beat Belgium 3-0 in the final game but it wasn’t enough. And Scotland’s Group D campaign was a bit of a disaster. They crashed to a 1-3 defeat by Poland at New Anfield, with John Fleck scoring their only goal only after they were 0-2 down. Their campaign finally fell apart with defeat by France at the same venue; Karim Benzema put the French ahead in the 64th minute, and the lead was doubled by Yoann Gourcuff nine minutes later. A late goal from Scott Brown was scant consolation. Turkey went through along with France; they lost to the French at St James’ Park thanks to Gabriel Obertan’s 90th minute goal, but a 1-1 draw with Poland, made so by a similarly late goal from Hamburger SV’s Köksal Günes, put them through on goal difference.

    England got an extra place in the Europa League thanks to the Fair Play system. It was taken by Brettney Joven’s Leeds, and they kicked off their new Europa League campaign less than a month after their heartbreaking Final in last year’s competition. They travelled to Finland, beating IFK Mariehamn 4-0, and then progressed after a 2-1 home victory. Romanian striker Rãzvan Constantin scored two goals in each of the matches, and Leeds face Sweden’s Halmstad next. Bookies have tipped Leeds to finish 11th in the Premier League this season, which would be a two-place improvement on last year. Unsurprisingly, Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City are favourites to lift the title, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool also predicted to finish in the top four. Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and Queen’s Park Rangers should go down, say the newspapers, which means Super Lampard’s Ipswich can clinch survival. The London Football Daily reports that Arsenal are looking at two players: Real Madrid’s £4.7M-rated Daniel Schwaab, and goalkeeper Rhys Taylor, who sits in Aston Villa’s reserves.

    It’s Quarter Final time people, and we’ll start with England’s. They outclassed their opponents Denmark at New Anfield, but only ran out 1-0 winners, with Theo Walcott scoring in the 14th minute. Even Niki Zimling’s dismissal just before the hour mark couldn’t encourage Liam Ferguson’s side to score more goals. Spain were the most prolific in their Quarter Final, beating Turkey by three goals to nil. Barcelona’s Iñigo Fraile doubled his international goal count with a brace, while Sergio Ramos grabbed the other in the game at Old Trafford. Oddly enough, the Spanish didn’t start scoring until after they’d gone a man down due to Ignacio Camacho’s red card.

    France had little problem in seeing off Greece in their Quarter Final at St James’ Park. In fact, the Greeks were well and truly outclassed, although France were somehow kept to just two goals. Karim Benzema scored the first, in the 38th minute, and Lassana Diarra made it two just past the hour mark. In the last Quarter Final, at the Emirates, the Netherlands met Italy. Ryan Babel continued his prolific goalscoring, giving the Dutch the lead, but they were pegged back just before the hour mark by Mattia Destro’s goal. Penalties were eventually needed, and it looked like the Netherlands would be going home, since Italy scored their first three penalties but Gianni Zuiverloon missed the Dutch third. However, Destro missed for Italy, before Babel scored, and 27-year-old Napoli winger Vittorio Mattioli also missed for Italy. Wesley Sneijder scored the winning penalty. The Dutch would face France in the Last Four, while England played Spain.

    Despite lifting the crown last season, Cool Manager’s Inter are not Scudetto favourites this time around. That distinction goes to their cross-city rivals A.C. Milan, although Inter are tipped to finish second. Critics say that Lord Weeman’s Napoli can also make the top four, alongside Roma, who are tipped to drop two places. Of the new sides to the division, Livorno and Torino are believed to be capable of survival, unlike Reggina. Bologna and Rimini are the other favourites to fall back to Serie B. The papers say that Udinese can climb one place to finish 7th. They also say that Udinese manager Tyler Burrows is chasing Roma’s 21-year-old £3M-rated striker Eros Brunetti, and A.C. Milan’s Patrick van Aanholt, whose contract has just expired. Napoli are supposedly hot on the heels of Portsmouth’s £4.5M-rated defender Diego Viana, and Catania’s 25-year-old attacking midfielder Alessandro Gentili, who would cost £2M.

    The Netherlands were the first side to book their place in the Euro 2020 Final after an incisive 2-0 win over France at New Anfield. The French seemed to have the better of the game, but were frustrated by the solid performance of Tim Krul in the Dutch goal and the clinical finishing of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. He got the second of the goals just after the restart from half time, after the Dutch had taken the lead through Schalke defender Martin de Weerdt’s penalty in the 11th minute, given for Timothée Kolodzieczak’s reckless challenge on Nacer Barazite. In the other Semi Final, at the Emirates, World Champions Spain took the lead in the 33rd minute thanks to a penalty from Iñigo Fraile, given for Manchester United midfielder Chris Bailey’s trip of Rubén Ramos. But Liam Ferguson’s England bounced straight back, with Theo Walcott netting an equaliser three minutes later. However, the England star was forced off with an injury just before full time, and wouldn’t contest the additional 30 minutes. Rubén Ramos gave Spain the victory with his 103rd minute strike.

    Roll up, roll up, to the Euro 2020 Final. 76,211 Dutch and Spanish fans congregated at Old Trafford for the match between their teams. The only recent meeting (last 10 years) of the teams was in a Friendly in 2018, which Spain won 2-0. The Dutch started strongly, but the Spanish didn’t take too long to warm up either, and it was less than ten minutes into the match when Daniel Aquino put the ball into the net for his team, heading in Sergio Ramos’s insightful cross. Three minutes later, Ramos himself got on the scoresheet, in a virtual reversal; Aquino provided the assist, and Ramos headed it in, although this time Aquino’s cross was a free kick. Stunned, the Netherlands, for all their oh-so-near-almost-promising attacks, couldn’t score, and the match emulated that friendly match. World champions two times in a row, and now European champions. No one could argue with Spain’s dominance.

    The golden boot award went to Ryan Babel, of course, with Iñigo Fraile winning the Best Player award. Lee Taylor, Chelsea’s attacking midfielder, was the only British player to get into the dream team, although Craig Robson and Inter’s Matt Hazell featured on the bench. Liam Ferguson kept his job, which pleases me as his performance wasn’t bad, but there were three sacked managers. Turkey, who reached the Quarter Finals, sacked Michael Skibbe, and both Poland and Serbia fired their bosses after falling in the group stages, Maciej Skorza and Slavisa Jokanovic respectively. Martin Jol retired after taking the Netherlands to another European Championship Final. Brian Eastick retired, giving up his role as England u19s manager and as Blackburn manager. The latter role was filled by Aston Villa youth coach Steven Gerrard, who returns to the club where he ended his career.

    I hope you all had a great time at Euro 2020 but it’s time to get back to domestic football now. Our five managers have a long and difficult season ahead of them. Tyler Burrows has a long and difficult season after that one, and Lord Weeman has three long and difficult seasons remaining on his contract.

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

    Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)

    for taking England to the Semi Finals of the European Championship, which is no easy feat, even if it was on home soil. Brettney Joven enjoyed a good win in the Europa League with Leeds, while Tyler Burrows was the best of our managers as he actually did something.

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         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4376
       3rd PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4376
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4376
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Stable        4376
       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
      Jan 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jun 20 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
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       1st  0 dafuge       dafuge            Torino        Everton      145
       2nd NE JSalter      James Salter      Reggina       Sporting     153
       3rd +6 Waghlon      Lars Tommersen    Villarreal    Fiorentina   174
       4th -2 NepentheZ    Neppo Monster     Cagliari      Cagliari     236
       5th +2 ssestig      Theo Stigarakis   Catania       Mallorca     240
       6th NE Almondo      Arnold J. Rimmer  Bolton        Man United   268
       7th -4 canvey!!     Fréderico Canvey  Stoke         Valladolid   285
       8th -4 brettney1980 Brettney Joven    Wigan         Wigan        320
       9th -4 Robert_296   Robert Boyle      Blackburn     Blackburn    326
      10th -4 Neilio       Neilio            Almería       Almería      327

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    Update 145
    Years: 12, Months: 145, Days: 4407

    We’re into season thirteen with our five caped crusaders, our soccer superheroes. Let’s see how their pre-season preparations are getting along, and what they did during the month of July.

    My July wooden spoon award goes to Joan Laporta. I would have called the award something else but I felt it too rude to publish. He get this award for extending the contract of Haowan Madridstas by three years. That’s Haowan Madridstas, the manager who led Barcelona to two consecutive fifth-placed finishes. Madridstas must some very tender parts of Laporta in a vice or something, but if that’s the case, I don’t know why he didn’t barter himself some more money too. In July, Madridstas brought two players to the club, and sold one. Torric joined from La Liga champions Valencia for £19.25M, and 27-year-old Ghanaian goalkeeper Andrew Mensah joined from Benfica for £375k. 31-year-old Emirati defensive midfielder Saleh Ah-Sharji joined Wolfsburg after the German club agreed the £1.4M fee proposed by Madridstas. Barcelona played two friendlies this month, drawing 1-1 at Dortmund and beating Zamora 3-1.

    Lucas Volman also managed to wrangle himself a three-year contract extension, although his salary too remained unchanged. He was also involved in a bit of a spending frenzy this month, bringing in three players for a total of over £28.5M. Blackburn’s bald-headed left winger Steve Robertson joined the club for £10M, while right winger Stefano Bianchini joined from Brescia for £2.4M. The biggest transfer was that of Roma’s Mateo Musacchio, who cost Volman £16.25M. He did make a sale, however, and it was back to Roma. Midfielder Francesco Bolzoni joined the Italian club for £12M. Real played the first two games of a tour of Italy this month, beating Sassuolo 3-0 and Torino 3-2. They are tipped to finish 3rd again, after Valencia and Zaragoza. Atlético Madrid are expected to finish 4th again, which would push Barcelona into a third consecutive fifth-placed finish. Lorca are the only one of the new sides expected to fall back down, with Athletic and Real Sociedad believed to be capable of surviving. The papers tip Cádiz and Glenn Hoddle’s Murcia to finish in the bottom three.

    Over in England, Tom Smith also got his contract extended, albeit more modestly, by just a year. He brought in three players this month; West Brom goalkeeper Carl Mullen for £1.1M, Napoli goalkeeper Rudy Osti for £3M and Inter left-back Marcelo for £3.2M. Philippe Senderos was the most notable of the eight released players, and he joined Basel. Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Spain got off to a solid start, with a 2-1 win over Numancia and a 2-0 one over La Liga new boys Lorca. All three goalscorers were Brazilian, although Eduardo declared himself for Croatia, and has in fact scored 100 goals in 101 games for his country. Smith will be hoping for a slightly easier title run-in this season, as Chelsea boss Pim Verbeek retired. Former Everton, Roma and Manchester United manager Bryan McGuinness was hired as his successor. McGuinness is notable for a poor 341-day stint at Manchester United, in contrast to his 4 year 8 month spell at Everton. The other two appointments of our managers came in Spain: Maz Armley was chosen as Tim Aubel’s successor at Villarreal, who finished off last season with a caretaker manager, and Betis appointed Lars Tommersen as their boss after the retirement of the previous one. Tommersen had a successful stint at Villarreal but in recent time he dragged Fiorentina down to Serie B.

    Speaking of Fiorentina, we’re off over to Italy now. Lord Weeman’s Napoli were very busy in the transfer market this month. As well as the sale of Rudy Osti, whom Napoli had bought from CSKA Moscow a week earlier for £400k, English goalkeeper Dave Boyd joined Galatasaray for £1.2M. Gianni De Santis was another player whom Napoli shipped in-then-out, as the 21-year-old goalkeeper signed from Reggina for £6.5M (I think Napoli already owned half of him) and was sold to Sampdoria for £2.6M. Not the soundest logic by Weeman. Slovakian defender Eugen Nemec signed from Stuttgart for £11.5M, half of Livorno midfielder Rosario Bosi cost Napoli £2M, Ivorian fullback Franck Kone arrived from Cruzeiro for £9.25M, Fiorentina’s Salvatore Sirigu came dirt-cheap at £160k, and the biggest signing was that of Turkish striker Ugur Ates, who had impressed during the European Championship, £14.75M from Leverkusen. Napoli played one game this month, winning 1-0 at Ascoli.

    Tyler Burrows also made a few transfers this month, but was nowhere near as prolific as Lord Weeman. A.C. Milan forward Francesco Banti joined Udinese on a free, while left winger Marco Rossini arrived from Bologna for £1.2M and Burrows bought half of 18-year-old Livorno striker Paolo Mattioli. Udinese lost their first pre-season friendly, 2-3 at Bari.

    We’ll conclude with a little European action. In the Europa League, Brettney Joven’s Leeds continued their campaign, knocking out Sweden’s Halmstad 5-0 on aggregate in the Second Qualifying Round, before defeating Switzerland’s Bellinzona 7-0 on aggregate in the Third Qualifying Round. Jellybean Man’s Fulham also played in this round, knocking out AaB with two 4-0 wins, as did James Ridley’s Sampdoria, who beat Romanian club FC Otelul Galati 7-0 over the two legs. Sevilla beat Dinamo Tbilisi 13-2, with an 8-2 win in Spain. The Champions League Playoff draw was made this month: Liverpool will face AEK Athens or Grasshopper Zurich, A.C. Milan will face Dinamo Kiev or PSV Eindhoven and Atlético Madrid will face Zenit St. Petersburg or St. Mirren.

    The season starts next month, in all three countries. It’s time for Haowan Madridstas to reward the faith put in him by his chairman with a spectacular performance.

    Manager of the Update
    Plenty of shopping this month by our managers, and;

    Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

    gets the award from me as he wrangled himself a new contract. It looks like he’ll be wasting no time with his new lease of life, as he spent nearly £20M on players this month. Other candidates for the award were Lucas Volman, who spent almost £30M and got a more-deserved contract extension, and Lord Weeman, who spent £44.5M in a clear attempt to mount a title challenge this season, although the Napoli boss did make a rather strange loss on one player.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4407
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4407
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4407
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4407
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4407
       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
      Apr 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jun 20 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Jul 20 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
    All Star Top Ten – Players Bought (Number)
    Code:
       Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club No
       1st  0 IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man     Numancia      Fulham       86
       2nd +1 Neilio          Neilio            Almería       Palermo      80
       3rd -1 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull                       72
       4th +5 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       68 *
         - -1 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     68
       6th +2 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        63
       7th NE hasdgfas        Tim Aubel         Fulham                     60
         - -2 m1234566778     Maz Armley        Racing        Villarreal   60
         -  0 ssestig         Theo Stigarakis   Catania       Fiorentina   60
         - NE canvey!!        Fréderico Canvey  Stoke         Everton      60
    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 146
    Years: 12, Months: 146, Days: 4438

    We’re up and running on season 2020-21, so let’s see what our five managers got up to in the month of August.

    Barcelona managed to haul this year’s Supercopa de España, pipping Ben Cee’s Valencia to the post. Two strikes from Alexis Sánchez gave Barca a 3-1 victory in the home leg, which was followed up by a 2-2 draw at Nuevo Mestalla. The Italian equivalent was won by Inter, who beat Lord Weeman’s Napoli by two goals to one. Bryan McGuinness started his career at Chelsea with silverware in his very first game, as the Pensioners beat Lawrence Lazewski’s Manchester City 2-0 at Wembley. But there was consolation for City in the UEFA Super Cup, which was won on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Lyon. In fact, the Citizens had been leading 2-0 with five minutes to go, but found their easy victory snatched away from them by goals from Héctor Moreno and Abdou Traoré.

    We’ll start in Spain, where our two managers have made an encouraging start. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona won their first game of the season, and it was a strong win considering the opposition; 3-1 at home to Zaragoza. As well as that and the Super Cup win this month, they qualified for the Europa League group stages with a 7-0 aggregate win over Metalurg Donetsk in the Fourth Qualifying Round. Barca made three transfers this month: Japanese forward Naoya Sato joined from Juventus for £19.75M, and both Hatem Ben Arfa and Franco Zuculini left the club, to Arsenal for £3.4M and to Roma for £16.5M respectively. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid also made a winning start to the season, beating Racing 2-1. Volman made a couple of small sales this month too: goalkeeper Ugo Gabriele returned to Mantova, from whom Real had bought him last season, for £1M, a £400k profit, and 24-year-old central defender Carlos Ortiz joined Castellón for £525k.

    Over in England, Tom Smith’s Arsenal have made a very bright start to the season, winning all three games and sitting at the top of the Premier League. They got comprehensive wins away to Blackburn and Hull, before a 4-2 win over Portsmouth, including two goals from Keirrison. Arsenal start their Carling Cup campaign with a difficult tie; at Old Trafford against Leo Dodge’s Manchester United. United, however, made a poor start to the season and currently sit 12th. Chelsea and Sunderland are level on points with Arsenal, and Man City also have a 100% winning record but have played one game fewer due to the European Super Cup. Aside from the Hatem Ben Arfa purchase this month, Smith only sold 21-year-old midfielder Tony Whitbread to bottom-of-the-table Queen’s Park Rangers for £1.7M.

    Both of our Italian sides lost their games, unfortunately. However, for Lord Weeman, his fixture reflected that of the Super Cup; a 1-2 loss away to Cool Manager’s Inter. The result was going to be 2-0 before Choco’s 90+2nd minute goal for Weeman’s side. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese also lost 1-2 away, but to Parma, and that too was because of a fairly late goal: Pablo Piatti scored for Burrows’s side in the 87th minute. A Mirko Antenucci brace between the 66th and 69th minutes propelled Parma into the original 2-0 lead. Both sides made transfers this month, with Udinese pulling off quite a coup with the £4.4M signing of Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina. The Montenegrin is just three goals short of Mirko Vucinic’s 34-goal haul for his country. Italian goalkeeper Luca Anelli also joined Udinese, from Ponferradina for £900k. It is interesting to note that Anelli counts Clark Aitken among his favoured personnel. Burrows made a mint in selling half of 17-year-old goalkeeper Alessandro Carlucci to A.C. Milan for £6.25M, while both of Weeman’s transfers were incoming. 26-year-old centre-back Marco Visconti joined Napoli from Palermo for £8M, while Weeman also bought half of Genoa’s centre-back Aldo Finazzi for £4.4M.

    The Champions League draw has seen two of our teams put in the same group: Napoli and Arsenal. They will also face trips to Poland and Ukraine, with Wisla Krakow and Shakhtar Donetsk completing their ensemble. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid have Stuttgart, Panathanaikos and Club Brugge in their group, while there are plenty of delectable ties on offer. Chelsea meet Celtic and Bayern Munich in their group; Zaragoza play fellow Iberians Porto; Man City, Sporting CP and Roma share a group; Ben Cee takes on his former team as Valencia meet Inter; and Liverpool face last year’s Europa League finalists Lyon, with Ajax thrown into the mix there. Benfica, Rangers, Manchester United, Leicester, Barcelona, Juventus, Fulham, Sampdoria, Lazio, Werder Bremen, Leeds, Galatasaray, Bordeaux and Sevilla are just some of the teams awaiting their fate in the Europa League draw next month.

    Until then, I bid you adieu!

    Manager of the Update
    For me;

    Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

    just edges this one. He took his side to victory in the Europa League 4th Qualifying Round this month, as well as lifting the Supercopa de España and winning his first league game, against Zaragoza. I wanted to give it to Tom Smith for his three league victories, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it!

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4438
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4438
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4438
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4438
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4438
       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
      Apr 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jun 20 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Jul 20 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 20 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
    All Star Top Ten – Players Bought (Value)
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       1st  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     £690M
       2nd  0 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    £637M *
       3rd +1 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        £582M
       4th +1 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  £517M *
       5th -2 fergysafc       Liam Ferguson     Man City      England      £515M
       6th  0 spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     £472M
       7th  0 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       £452M *
       8th +1 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      £298M *
       9th -1 ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness  Everton       Chelsea      £297M
      10th  0 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull                       £269M

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    Not a great month that, gotta get more consistency and win a title, finally

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    Update 147
    Years: 12, Months: 147, Days: 4468

    Another month has passed in the world of football. ‘So what happened?’ I hear you say. Well, you’re about to find out.

    We’ll start in England, where Tom Smith’s Arsenal continue to lead the Premier League. In fact, no team has been able to keep toe-to-toe with them and they sit alone on 15 points. They beat West Brom and Man United this month, but lost 1-2 to Bryan McGuinness’s Chelsea at Chelsea Stadium (that’s right). But the Pensioners had trouble of their own this month, losing at Old Trafford and Anfield, so Rafa Benítez’s Liverpool are Arsenal’s closest contenders. The Gunners also travelled to Old Trafford for their Carling Cup Third Round tie, where they beat Leo Dodge’s Manchester United 2-0 with goals from Keirrison and Henri Saivet. Smith’s side face an interesting trip to face Fréderico Canvey’s Everton for the Fourth Round. Holders Chelsea were the biggest casualties of the Third Round, falling on penalties at Upton Park of Championship West Ham. The Hammers’ Reserves player Scott Robertson netted an 87th minute goal that forced extra time, where two more goals were scored before Chelsea were defeated 4-5 from the spot. All the other Premier League sides to lose here; Q.P.R., Leeds, Sunderland, Blackburn, Aston Villa and Leicester, did so to other Premier League sides.

    We’re off over to Italy now, where are two sides are now in much more respectable positions. Lord Weeman’s Napoli are 2nd and are leading the assault on Inter’s unbeaten performance so far. They cruised through September, beating Juventus 3-0, Frosinone 2-0, Parma 5-0 and Rimini 6-0. They face Bologna next, the team that happen to be their Coppa Italia First Round opponents. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are 7th, slap-bang on target, after going unbeaten this month. Three of their four games were victories; against Rimini, Bologna and Atalana, and the fourth was a 1-1 draw at home to Neilio’s Palermo, the only side other than Inter who are unbeaten in the league. A home tie against Frosinone, who are currently lurking just above the relegation zone, is their Coppa Italia First Round match. Those matches will be played in December.

    The Champions League group stages kicked off this month, and Napoli and Arsenal met at San Paolo. The Gunners won the match 1-0, and went on to win their second match 3-0 at home to Wisla Krakow. Napoli also won their second match, 2-0 in Ukraine against Shakhtar. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid top their group after a goalless draw in Greece against Panathanaikos and a 4-1 home win over Club Brugge. They are level with Stuttgart on four points. Bayern Munich, Atlético Madrid, Porto, Sporting CP, Inter and Lyon got their campaigns off to good starts and currently top their groups. Cool Manager’s Inter beat Ben Cee’s Valencia 2-0 in their match at Giuseppe Meazza: two goals in the first six minutes made Cee’s return to his former club quite unpleasurable. In the Europa League, Barcelona won their only game, 8-1 at home to Braga, with an Alexis Sánchez hattrick. Slavia Prague and CSKA Sofia are also in their group. Matches involving our former managers saw Leeds win 1-0 at FC Groningen, Man United draw 1-1 at Sparta Prague, Juventus beat Partizan 3-1 in Serbia, Sampdoria win 1-0 in Romania against FC Vaslui, Rangers beat Lille 2-0 at home and Fulham draw 1-1 at Olympiakos.

    Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid lead La Liga, and if he can bring the Spanish title back to the Bernabéu after a two-year absence, he may be worth that contract extension. In September, Real won all but one of their games, beating Sevilla, Real Sociedad and Hércules but drawing goalless at Valladolid. Meanwhile, 4th-placed Barcelona beat Lorca and Racing this month, drew with Sevilla and lost to Valencia. Elsewhere in La Liga, Zaragoza are struggling in 17th place while Cádiz and Lorca have made bright starts to the season, sitting 5th and 9th respectively.

    The nations of Europe started their journey along the road to Buenos Aires this month with the first games of their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign. Liam Ferguson’s England travelled to play Andorra, whom they beat 4-0 with two goals from Theo Walcott. Saul Goode’s Wales suffered the reverse of that, a 0-4 drubbing, in their away trip to Serbia. Scotland won 2-1 in Belgium, Northern Ireland drew goalless at home to Romania, and Ireland lost 0-3 in Poland. The biggest victory of the round was Slovakia’s 6-1 win over San Marino.

    Manager of the Update
    I find it difficult to give this award.

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    just about edges it for me. He won five of his six games this month, including a 5-0 win over Parma and a 6-0 one at Rimini. However, Napoli came unstuck in a home game against Arsenal. The award could have easily gone to Tom Smith, who guided Arsenal to the same five wins and one loss, and who lost out simply because of those 5- and 6-0 victories, or Lucas Volman, who had a good month but looked to be just about getting through at times. Tyler Burrows and Haowan Madridstas also did well, although the latter lost an important game to Valencia. Now you see why I found it difficult to give this award.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4468
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4468
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4468
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4468
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4468
       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
      Jan 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jun 20 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Jul 20 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 20 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
    All Star Top Ten – Players Sold (Number)
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       Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club No
       1st  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     85
       2nd +1 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  80 *
       3rd -1 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      76 *
       4th +1 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        75
       5th -1 m1234566778     Maz Armley        Racing        Villarreal   73
       6th +1 IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man     Numancia      Fulham       65
         - +1 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    65 *
       8th +1 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       63
       9th -3 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull                       61
      10th  0 hasdgfas        Tim Aubel         Fulham                     58

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    A solid month, nothing special but very consistent

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    Update 148
    Years: 12, Months: 148, Days: 4499

    The managers are teetering on the edge of their 4500th day in management at their clubs, but before they can achieve that, you’re going to have to read the October report from me.

    Said report commences in Spain, where Atlético Madrid lead La Liga. Their rivals, Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid, sit two points further back in 2nd. In October, Real won their first three games, beating Tenerife, Getafe and Tim Aubel’s Villarreal. They also beat Real Unión 3-0 in the Copa del Rey Fourth Round First Leg, but continued their indifferent Champions League campaign with a 1-4 defeat in Germany against Stuttgart. Their last game of the month was against Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, who had beaten Real Sociedad and Tenerife that month, but lost to Hércules. Barca also got two 2-0 victories in the Europa League, over CSKA Sofia and Slavia Prague, but drew 1-1 at Osasuna in their Spanish Cup tie. The match between the two sides, at the Nou Camp, swung decisively in Barcelona’s favour as they took a 4-0 lead within half an hour, and ended up winning 5-0 in what was a huge blow to Real’s title campaign. Barca are currently 3rd.

    Over in Italy, our two sides are doing very well. Lord Weeman’s Napoli are 2nd and are chasing down Serie A leaders Inter. In October, they beat Bologna, Palermo, Atalanta and Lazio on their way to an unbeaten month, which ended with a goalless draw at home to James Ridley’s Sampdoria. Napoli also won 1-0 in Poland against Wisla Krakow in the Champions League. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are three points behind Napoli and in 3rd place, but would draw level if they were to win their game in hand. This month, the Andorran manager guided his team to victory in all four of their games; over Lazio, Sampdoria, Torino, and, most importantly, A.C. Milan. New signing Stevan Jovetic scored the winner in that last game, and, at his current strike rate, after eight games, has cost his club £1.5M a goal. That figure should diminish substantially as the season goes on.

    In England, Tom Smith’s Arsenal have been cast off the top spot by a rampant Manchester City. This month, Lawrence Lazewski’s team won all their games, with big victories coming at home to relegation fodder Huddersfield and sixth-placed Portsmouth. As for Arsenal, they beat Crystal Palace and Sunderland but drew at Anfield, not bad, and lost at home to Newcastle, bad. Scottish striker Jamie Mitchell scored a brace for Arnold J. Rimmer’s Magpies during their trip to the Emirates. On the plus side, Arsenal reversed the 1-3 loss against Shakhtar, winning 3-1 in Ukraine to put them well and truly top of their Champions League group. Leeds and Liverpool are the other two sides in the top four of the Premier League, while Fréderico Canvey’s Everton have opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Championship. His former team Stoke sacked manager Manuel Jiménez Jiménez this month and appointed former Reggina, Sporting and Torino manager James Salter, who becomes the third of our managers to complete the hattrick, managing in each of our countries.

    More World Cup qualifying for you now: Liam Ferguson’s England won both their games this month by three-goal margins, netting four at Wembley against Norway, with a Theo Walcott hattrick, and keeping a clean sheet during a trip to Moldova, with Walcott grabbing another couple of goals. The 31-year-old Arsenal man currently tops the European qualification’s goalscoring chart on seven goals, but has to be wary of Wales’ Ched Evans, the Czech Republic’s Martin Fenin, Albania’s Edgar Cani and Russia’s 28-year-old Zenit striker Denis Bochkov, who have each scored five. Saul Goode’s Wales netted huge wins in their games against Georgia and the Faroe Islands, which were 4-0 and 5-0 victories respectively. Needless to say, Evans grabbed five goals in the two games. Scotland lost both their games, at home to Macedonia and away to France; Northern Ireland won in Bulgaria and Ireland beat Liechtenstein and got a good home win over the Czech Republic. England, Spain, Ukraine, Portugal, the Netherlands, Russia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia and Romania currently top the groups, which means some big teams are struggling to put points on the board.

    I’ll leave you with a little exposé of the current managers in the Premier League. If they are real, I’ll tell you what they are doing in real life (at the time of writing). You can have the clubs that started in the Premier League, too.

    Arsenal: Tom Smith
    Aston Villa: Frank Lampard (plays for Chelsea)
    Blackburn: Steven Gerrard (plays for Liverpool)
    Chelsea: Bryan McGuinness
    Crystal Palace: Keld Bordinggaard (manages Denmark u21s)
    Fulham: Jellybean Man
    Huddersfield: Aidy Boothroyd (manages Coventry)
    Hull: Alan Irvine (manages Sheffield Wednesday)
    Ipswich: Super Lampard
    Leeds: Brettney Joven
    Leicester: Javier Manjarín (unemployed, never managed)
    Liverpool: Rafa Benítez (manages Inter)
    Man City: Lawrence Lazewski
    Man United: Leo Dodge
    Newcastle: Arnold J. Rimmer
    Portsmouth: Ian Holloway (manages Blackpool)
    Queen’s Park Rangers: Abel Resino (unemployed, formerly At. Madrid)
    Sunderland: Frédéric Rémola (manages FC Sète)
    Tottenham: Jürgen Klinsmann (unemployed, formerly Bayern Munich)
    West Brom: Jim Magilton (unemployed, formerly Q.P.R. & Ipswich)

    Bolton: Phil Brown (unemployed, formerly Hull)
    Everton: Fréderico Canvey
    Middlesbrough: Steve Tilson (unemployed, formerly Southend)
    Stoke: James Salter
    West Ham: Steve Bruce (manages Sunderland)
    Wigan: Neppo Monster

    So that’s 11 of our managers among the 26 current and former Premier League clubs. Not bad going.

    Manager of the Update
    This month, it has to be;

    Tyler Burrows, Udinese

    for taking his side to four wins out of four this month, including victory over A.C. Milan. He takes home his first Manager of the Update award since May 2019, but it could also have gone to Lord Weeman, who won all of his games but for one draw or Haowan Madridstas, whose team but Real Madrid 5-0.

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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4499
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4499
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4499
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4499
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4499
       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
      Jan 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jun 20 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Jul 20 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 20 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 20 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
    All Star Top Ten – Players Sold (Value)
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       1st  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     £470M
       2nd +4 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  £278M *
       3rd +5 spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     £277M
       4th +1 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        £274M
         -  0 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      £274M *
       6th -4 ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness  Everton       Chelsea      £269M
       7th -4 fergysafc       Liam Ferguson     Man City      England      £266M
       8th +1 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    £255M *
       9th +1 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       £238M *
      10th -3 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull                       £234M

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    Update 149
    Years: 12, Months: 149, Days: 4529

    Our managers completed their 4500th day at one club this month, with another milestone lurking on the horizon: the 150 month one. Still, let’s see what happened in November 2020.

    Tom Smith’s Arsenal are at the head of the English Premier League, and are pushing back Manchester City with just a point separating the two sides. Smith’s side got off to a very good start in the league this month, beating Ipswich 4-0, Leeds 3-0 and Aston Villa 5-0, before their spirits were dampened at Craven Cottage with a 1-1 draw. They host Man City in their next game in a real six-pointer, and their Carling Cup Fourth Round trip to Fréderico Canvey’s Everton did not go as planned, when the Toffees proceeded on penalties following a 0-0 draw. Everton will go on to face a tie at the City of Manchester Stadium (Lawrence Lazewski’s side are cropping up everywhere), while the other Quarter Finals see Crystal Palace host Portsmouth, Reading host Tottenham and Liverpool face West Ham. In other England news, two managers jumped ship to Italy this month. Leo Dodge left Manchester United to replace Pierluigi Casiraghi at Roma, so Casiraghi took the seat at Old Trafford. A vacancy opened at Parma, so Super Lampard left Ipswich to go back to Italy. George Burley was appointed at Portman Road in Lampard’s place.

    It seems logical to go over to Italy now, as that’s what our England-based managers are doing. Cool Manager’s Inter lead Serie A, but Lord Weeman’s Napoli are level with them on points and have a vastly superior goal difference. In November, Napoli bounced back from defeat at A.C. Milan to beat Torino, Reggina and Udinese. The last of those teams now sits in 5th, having won once, drawn three times and lost just that one game this month.

    With just one group stage game to be played in the Champions League, most of the teams that will secure qualification to the next round have done so already. In Group D, Arsenal and Napoli both won their first game this month, beating Shakhtar 4-0 and Wisla 6-0 respectively, and despite at the Emirates, Lord Weeman’s Napoli qualified alongside Arsenal. Real Madrid reversed the 1-4 drubbing they had suffered at Stuttgart, beating the German team by the same scoreline, before trouncing Panathanaikos 7-0, so they qualified with Stuttgart. Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Atlético Madrid, Porto, Zaragoza, Man City, Inter, Valencia, Liverpool and Lyon also booked their placed in the Last 16. Only one game was played in the Europa League this month: in Barcelona’s group, both fixtures ended 0-0, so the Catalan team qualify for the next round. Benfica, Racing, Leeds, Juventus, Sampdoria, Werder Bremen, A.C. Milan and Sevilla are all guaranteed to be featuring in the next round.

    We’ll conclude the report in Spain, where Atlético Madrid and their cross-city rivals Real are battling it out for the title. Real Madrid, who are managed by £20M-a-year manager Lucas Volman, won all their games this month, beating Recreativo, Cádiz and Betis all 4-0, and Athletic 4-3. They also won 5-0 at home to Real Unión in the Copa del Rey Fourth Round, so they proceed to the Fifth Round, where they meet Athletic, 8-0 on aggregate. Yes, it was a good month, but whether that justifies a salary 800 times that of the average person is a different question. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona and Ben Cee’s Valencia are battling it out for third place. Barca continued their generally poor form this month, drawing with Valladolid and losing to Getafe before beating Villarreal and Recreativo. A Marquinhos hattrick helped them to the win over Maz Armley’s Villarreal, which was a 6-0 victory. Armley is currently Very Insecure. Madridstas booked passage for his team to the Copa del Rey Fifth Round with a 2-0 win over Osasuna which sees them through 3-1 on aggregate. Elche await, and the double-legged tie means Barcelona will face three consecutive games against Elche.

    With the grand old sesquicentenary coming up (okay, it’s not years but months), I’ll leave you to prepare your celebrations.

    Manager of the Update
    It’s clear that this month’s winner is;

    Lucas Volman, Real Madrid

    after his side tonked away to seven victories this month, with five clean sheets. This all comes after a 0-5 loss to Barcelona at the end of last month; talk about a comeback! Tom Smith’s Arsenal also had a good month, winning five of their seven games, and even if they hadn’t been knocked out of the Carling Cup at Everton, there was no way they would have been able to match Real Madrid this month.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4529
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4529
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4529
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4529
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4529
       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
      Apr 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jun 20 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Jul 20 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 20 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 20 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Nov 20 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
    All Star Top Eight - Hall of Fame (Nty = Nationality, Ntn = Nation, Eur = Europe, Wld = World. Lawrence Lazewski is in the England HOF)
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       Pos +- Username      Manager           NAT Original Club Current Club Nty Ntn Eur Wld
       1st  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas ESP Barcelona     Barcelona    1st 1st 2nd 2nd *
       2nd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      ITA Real Madrid   Real Madrid  2nd 2nd 4th 4th *
       3rd  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         POR Arsenal       Arsenal      1st 3rd         *
       4th NE spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski USA Valencia      Man City     1st 8th
       5th NE BenArsenal    Ben Cee           SIN Inter         Valencia     1st
         - NE ian_1982      Maurice Jobson    RWA Man United    (retired)    1st
       7th NE Jack_Rudd     Lisa Jeffries     CAN Juventus      (retired)    3rd
       8th NE el sid        Cool Manager      ENG At. Madrid    Inter        6th

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    Not too bad, the only manager in a hall of fame (not nationality) that isn't in the game still

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    Happy 150th update! I'm moving home tomorrow, so obviously will be busy in the impending weeks. Expect updates to be a bit more erratic.

    Update 150

    Years: 12, Months: 150, Days: 4560

    Our five managers reached their 150th month in charge of the same club this month, and, as if to celebrate, the Premier League launched fireworks of sackings, with many managers there losing their jobs. There were also sackings elsewhere, although our five will surely be relieved to know that they were not among them.

    We’ll start in Spain, where the title race is still as close as ever. Atlético Madrid lead the way, and they gained two points on their cross-city rivals Real this month, after Lucas Volman’s team drew at Elche. The match between the two teams that opened the month was also a draw, and both draws saw no goals. Real did end the month with a 3-0 win over Glenn Hoddle’s Murcia however, and beat Club Brugge 2-0 in the Europa League. Ben Cee’s Valencia are third, with Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona three points further back in fourth place. In December, Barcelona bagged two 4-2 wins, over Cádiz and Athletic, but they were three goals short when they lost 1-2 to Betis. They beat CSKA Sofia and Slavia Prague in the Europa League. In other La Liga news, bottom-placed Real Sociedad went out with the old and in with the new this month as they fired and hired managers.

    In Italy too the title race is close, with Lord Weeman’s Napoli pushing Cool Manager’s Inter all the way to the finish line, which is not yet in sight. The two teams are level on 43 points, after Napoli beat Livorno, Brescia and Mantova this month. Their nearest opponents, A.C. Milan, are third and seven points further back. Meanwhile, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are continuing their good season, sitting 5th after one of each result this month, including a 3-1 win over Leo Dodge’s Roma. Udinese powered through their Coppa Italia First Round match with a 3-0 win over Frosinone, a scoreline that was matched by Napoli, who beat Bologna. Partenopei also got that result against Shakhtar in the Champions League. In the Italian Cup Quarter Finals, Udinese travel to Mikael Schøler’s Juventus, while Napoli travel to James Ridley’s Sampdoria. Italy, ever a haven for managers, saw no sackings this month.

    A new horse has emerged in the race for the Premier League, although it is not one that should be too surprising. However, I applaud Bryan McGuinness’s apparent turnaround of fortunes at Chelsea, as not too long ago he was looking at the door. They sit top, and are a point clear of Tom Smith’s Arsenal, and two points clear of third-placed Liverpool. Arsenal’s pursuit of the title took big blows early on this month with a 0-1 defeat at home to Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City and a 2-4 loss at Tottenham. They beat Huddersfield, Q.P.R. and Hull this month, and drew with Leicester, but the two opening games were the most harmful, particularly in the fans’ eyes. They won their final Champions League group stage match 4-0 in Poland against Wisla Krakow. For a bit of context; Leicester, who finished 5th last year, Huddersfield and Q.P.R. are in the relegation zone, with the Rs yet to get into double figures with points. Fréderico Canvey’s Everton lead the Championship, although they are level on 55 points with Steve Bruce’s West Ham.

    Now, for those sackings. Aston Villa were the first English side to can their manager this month, and Randy Lerner ended the contract of Frank Lampard with the club 16th, eight places below expectations. Robert Boyle was appointed as Lampard’s successor, although Boyle retains his job with England u21s. His appointment was announced just after that of Hull’s Alan Irvine at Leicester, who had sacked Javier Manjarín just after Villa had sacked Lampard. Wolves sacked their manager and hired Nottingham Forest’s, who hired Numancia’s. Hull sought the services of former Torino, Charlton, Bolton, Besiktas and Everton boss dafuge, and they got those services, so they’ll be going down this season. dafuge has only been relegated twice at his five clubs, although he was sacked from Torino before they did go down, left Bolton after getting them promoted (they went down) and he couldn’t have been relegated at Besiktas. Finally, Watford sacked Sol Campbell and hired Peterborough’s Jonathan Woodgate.

    Now it’s time to talk cup draws. I’ve already told you some of the Italian and Spanish cup draws; those with our teams, but what about the FA Cup and the European competitions? There’s also the Carling Cup, which I’ll start with: Arsenal’s conquerors Everton lost heavily at Man City, who will face Tottenham in the Semi Final. Liverpool will play Crystal Palace. In the FA Cup Third Round, Tom Smith’s Arsenal won’t have to go too far, travelling to Jonathan Woodgate’s Watford. Fulham play Tottenham in my pick of the round, while two other all-Premier League fixtures see Liverpool host West Brom and Chelsea host Ipswich. In the Champions League, Arsenal play Porto, Napoli play holders Man City, and Real Madrid play last year’s Europa League winners Lyon. Other notable ties see Chelsea against Atlético Madrid, Valencia against Bayern Munich and Leo Dodge’s Roma playing Liverpool. Barcelona’s Europa League Last 32 tie comes against Jellybean Man’s Fulham, with Schalke or last year’s runners-up Leeds in the next round. A.C. Milan playing Sporting CP is probably the biggest tie of the round, although as a Fulham fan I’d choose Fulham v Barcelona any day.

    All that delectable football is to look forward to then! In addition, the transfer window opens and the managers begin the mad, mad dash to the finish line.

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

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    after he won every single game this month, in the league, Champions League and Coppa Italia. A mention goes to Haowan Madridstas, who won all but one of his during a month where great performances were few and far between.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4560
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4560
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4560
       4th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Secure        4560
       5th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4560
       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
      Jan 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 20 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jun 20 Liam Ferguson, England (formerly of Man City)
      Jul 20 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Aug 20 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
      Sep 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Oct 20 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Nov 20 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Dec 20 Lord Weeman, Napoli
    All Star Top Ten - Trophies
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       1st  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    26 *
       2nd -1 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  24 *
       3rd  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      18 *
       4th +2 spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     13
         -  0 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     13
       6th -1 el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        12
       7th  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli        4 *
       8th  0 SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Roma          2
         -  0 Martin_       Martin Bojangles  Hull                        2
         - NE ~Ian~         Bryan McGuinness  Everton       Chelsea       2
         -  0 MikaelS       Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus      2
         -  0 fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City      England       2

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    Nice set of updates canvey, Inter still holding on to top spot, mon mon mon.

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    I look forward to my next managerial failure, with Hull.

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    Terrible statistic, that we haven't even won 2 trophies in my 13 seasons at Udinese,, I'd be surprised if I had won any to be honest

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    Update 151

    Years: 12, Months: 151, Days: 4591


    It’s a new year, that of 2021, so what have our managers been up to during the month of January?

    Unfortunately, it’s been a very poor month for Napoli, who have fallen five points behind Serie A leaders Inter and are now third, also behind A.C. Milan. Lord Weeman’s side drew two big games this month: at Roma and at home to Inter, but lost away to Juventus. Victories came over Genoa and Frosinone, but it wasn’t enough, and the title dreams may need to be put away for another day. However, the Coppa Italia dreams are still on track after a 1-0 victory at Sampdoria in the Quarter Final. Udinese also won their match, on penalties at Juventus, and the two will meet in their Semi Final, while Roma play Inter. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese team are going solidly in Serie A, still sitting fifth after wins over Frosinone, Rimini and Bologna this month. They drew with Parma, and also lost their league game at Delle Alpi.

    As for transfers, Burrows continued his busying in the transfer market, bringing in three players and shipping out two. He signed Michele Camporese from Fenerbahçe for £850k, Deniz Naki from Fulham for £5.25M, and Roma’s Tiago Luís for £2.2M. Half of talented centreback Vincenzo Calzavara was bought by A.C. Milan for £7.5M, while goalkeeper Luca Anelli joined Atalanta for £875k. Lord Weeman was also busy this month, signing Wolfsburg’s Portuguese wonderkid Hélder Trindade for £14.25M. Trindade is 20, born on April Fool’s Day, plays on the left wing or in central midfield, and has four caps for his country. A whole host of former big names left Napoli: Nikola Saric to Atalanta for £3.3M, Éder to Grêmio for £150k and Albin Ekdal to Neilio’s Palermo for £10.75M.

    We’ll hop over to England now, where Tom Smith’s Arsenal are back on top of the Premier League. The advantage swung strongly in Arsenal’s favour this month when they won all four games in the league, beating Portsmouth, Blackburn, West Brom and finally, with the aid of a 90th minute own goal, title chasers Chelsea. The Gunners also successfully navigated through two rounds of the FA Cup, beating Watford 5-0 at Vicarage Road and Stoke 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium. A home tie with turbulent Sheffield Wednesday awaits. Smith, obviously keen to bring the title back to the Emirates after a three-year absence, dipped into his transfer kitty this month, signing A.C. Milan’s ‘cultured’ Croatian attacking midfielder Dinko Leovac for £27.5M, and Aston Villa’s crazy-haired Libyan central midfielder Redouane Bacha for £30M. If that’s not ambitious, I don’t know what is. Chelsea are second, followed by Leeds, Man City, Liverpool and then Portsmouth. Man City beat Tottenham and Liverpool beat Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup Semi Final, so those two will meet at Wembley on February 28th.

    In Spain, January may well be remembered as the month Real Madrid’s title hopes withered away. Despite challenging strongly at this point last month, their cross-city rivals Atlético have run away, and are now seven points clear at the top. Lucas Volman’s Real side beat Lorca, Racing and Sevilla this month, but drew with Valencia and lost to Zaragoza. On the plus side, two rounds of the Copa del Rey were successfully hurdled: a 3-0 win over Athletic allowed progress despite a 1-3 defeat in the second leg, and a 4-1 aggregate win over Getafe was achieved with victories both home and away. Real made three small transfers this month, bringing in Inter’s Maor Bozaglo for £2M and selling Eros Corradini to Roma for £500k and right winger Stefano Bianchini to Parma for £2.4M.

    Barcelona had a similar troubled time this month. Whereas last month they were neck-and-neck with third-placed Valencia, a similar seven-point lead has emerged for Ben Cee’s team. Now, Barcelona must compete with Zaragoza to avoid a third consecutive fifth-placed finish. Barca did actually beat Zaragoza this month, 3-2 away, but lost to Atlético Madrid and Murcia. The other games were a win over Elche and a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia, a result which matched Real Madrid’s in the same fixture. Barcelona won’t be retaining the Copa del Rey: despite beating Elche 3-1 on aggregate, they lost 1-2 in total to Atlético Madrid. They only made one transfer move, and that was loaning out a 16-year-old to small team Reus. Ben Cee’s Valencia were by far the busiest of the Spanish teams in the transfer window: the Singaporean brought in seven players this month for a total of £91M, while selling my personal favourite Australian striker Matty Barton to Aston Villa for £5M. In other Spain news, Maz Armley was sacked from his post at Villarreal after 180 days in charge. It’s a stark difference from his reign at Sevilla, which, lasting 2504 days, was 14 times longer. Marcos Alonso, who was sacked from then-bottom-placed Real Sociedad earlier in the season (Real Sociedad are currently 19th, ahead of Villarreal) became the new boss.

    So what awaits next month? European football resumes with both legs of the Europa League Last 32, and one leg of the Champions League Last 16. There are three Premier League games, four Serie A matches and four La Liga fixtures. The Carling Cup Final, FA Cup Fifth Round and Copa del Rey Semi Final First Leg all also take place. Plenty to look forward to, and look forward we shall!

    Manager of the Update

    This month’s winner is;

    Tom Smith
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    for winning all six of his games, including two FA Cup matches, and showing distinct ambition with a big transfer spend. Things are looking good for Arsenal, who top the Premier League, and it is obvious that Smith intends his team to stay in that first-placed position. Tyler Burrows also had another solid month, progressing in the Coppa Italia and not doing too badly in the league either.

    Job Securities

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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4591
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4591
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4591
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Secure        4591
       5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4591
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
    I’m starting a new list as it got rather long, but here’s the awards breakdown from the first 150 Manager of the Update awards:

    25: Lord Weeman
    21: Haowan Madridstas
    19: Tom Smith
    13: Lucas Volman
    12: Tyler Burrows
    9: Leo Dodge
    8: Liam Ferguson, Ben Taylor
    4: Mikey Twigge, Lawrence Lazewski
    3: Brucie Bonus, Super Lampard
    2: James Salter, Clark Aitken, Bryan McGuinness, Jonte Rhodes, Lisa Jeffries, Cool Manager, Will de Mote, Ben Cee
    1: Maurice Jobson, Robert Boyle, Neji Hyuuga, Wobill Luman, bermybhoy, Mark Cator, Cardio Vascular, Ricky Nakano, Tim Aubel, Martin Bojangles
    0: The other 30 managers

    All Star Top Ten – Games Played at Current Club

    Code:
       Pos +- Username      Manager           Original Club Current Club Pld
       1st  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    763 *
       2nd -1 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      760 *
       3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  745 *
       4th  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      614 *
       5th  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       606 *
       6th +1 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     312
       7th +1 el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        297
       8th  0 MikaelS       Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus     296
       9th +1 spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     292
      10th NE brettney1980  Brettney Joven    Wigan         Leeds        186
    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:
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      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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    Another good update canvey, Inter topping Serie A

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    Update 152
    Years: 12, Months: 152, Days: 4619


    With another month under their belts, the managers are continuing to blaze a trail into the future. Let’s see how they did in February, starting in Spain.

    It would require one hell of a choke for Atlético Madrid to lose the title from here. They sit nine points clear of second-placed Real Madrid with 13 games to play, although they do count among their future opponents Zaragoza, Valencia, Barcelona and Real Madrid themselves. Still, one would expect Atlético to lock down the title this season. In February, Lucas Volman’s Real side did well in the league, beating Real Sociedad, Valladolid and Hércules, and drawing with Tenerife. They didn’t do so well in cups, losing 0-2 at Valencia in the first leg of their Copa del Rey Semi-Final, and losing 1-2 at Lyon in the Champions League, which resumed this month. Meanwhile, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona have slipped to fifth and, if previous seasons are anything to go on, the gap separating them and Champions League qualification will only get wider. This month, they beat Lorca, Racing and Real Sociedad in La Liga, before tumbling to defeat at Sevilla. They knocked Jellybean Man’s Fulham out of the Europa League with a 3-2 aggregate victory, and face another English side, Brettney Joven’s Leeds, next.

    This month and the next ones look like they will just be catch-up missions for Lord Weeman’s Napoli, after a poor January saw them plummet from the Serie A chase with Inter. The Milan club are managed by Englishman Cool Manager, who pockets £170,000 each week, are four points ahead of Napoli and of their rivals A.C. Milan. Napoli’s quest to regain the top spot went well in February, with three wins and a draw. Parma and Rimini were both beaten 3-0, Palermo 2-1, while the match at Bologna ended goalless. Their Champions League Last 16 first leg tie at home to Lawrence Lazewski’s defending champions Man City went well: Napoli won 1-0. Meanwhile, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are 7th after a poor month. To be fair, their results were balanced: two wins and two losses, but they sunk a couple of places regardless.

    We’ll finish in England, where Tom Smith’s Arsenal are steaming away in pursuit of the Premier League title. They netted three 2-0 wins this month, against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Newcastle, and drew goalless at Old Trafford, which isn’t the fortress it used to be. Arsenal also steered through the FA Cup 5th Round with a 3-1 victory at home to Sheffield Wednesday, and will be treated to a home match with Blackburn in the Quarter Finals. The other 6th Round ties see Sunderland hosting Liverpool, Chelsea hosting Portsmouth, and Championship Wolves hosting Leeds. Arsenal’s Champions League game this month ended positively: it was a 2-2 draw in Portugal against Porto, which means progress into the Last Eight is looking likely. Meanwhile, Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City hauled the Carling Cup with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Wembley. The scores were level at 90 minutes, although Liverpool were a man down, but central defender Breno scored the winner for City, who missed their chance to go 3-1 up in the 103rd minute when Czech fullback Roman Cerny fluffed his penalty.

    It’s coming to crunch time, and some losses here could define the season. Arsenal need to stave off Chelsea to get the Premier League title, Napoli are in pursuit of Serie A, and Udinese need to bag 7th to stop their season falling to pieces. Real Madrid still harbour hopes of the La Liga crown, and Barcelona surely need to get into the Champions League this season or things will be going very wrong. Stay tuned!

    Manager of the Update


    Lord Weeman
    , Napoli

    takes it this month based on statistics: he won four games out of five (drawing the fifth), while Tom Smith won four games out of six (drawing the other two). Regardless, they both gave good performances this month. Haowan Madridstas almost did rather well before his month finished so poorly against Sevilla.

    Job Securities

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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4619
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4619
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4619
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4619
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4619
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 21 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  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      531 (69.3%) -0.2% *
       2nd  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    518 (67.4%) -0.7% *
       3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  504 (67.1%) +0.2% *
       4th  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       351 (57.4%) +1.9% *
       5th  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      330 (53.4%) -0.7% *
       6th +2 el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        213 (70.5%) +2.7%
       7th  0 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     211 (66.4%) +0.2%
       8th +2 spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     189 (63.4%) +2.2%
       9th  0 MikaelS       Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus     180 (59.6%) +2.7%
      10th NE brettney1980  Brettney Joven    Wigan         Leeds         92 (47.9%)  n/a

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    £170,000, that's a pretty decent weekly wage isn't it? ;)

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    Update 153
    Years: 12, Months: 153, Days: 4650


    The season is creeping into its finishing stages now. Let’s see how our five managers, the most durable of our original sixty, peformed in March 2021.

    With as many games to be played, Tom Smith’s Arsenal lead the Premier League by eight points. Bryan McGuinness’s Chelsea are in keen pursuit, and Lawrence Lazewski’s third-placed Manchester City are also ready to pounce. In March, Arsenal played three games, netting three goals in away ties with Ipswich and Aston Villa but being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Sunderland. The Gunners booked an FA Cup Semi Final place with a 2-0 home win over Blackburn in the Sixth Round, and it is Brettney Joven’s Leeds, who reached last year’s Europa League Final, who stand in their way, while Liverpool meet Chelsea in the other Semi Final.

    Only two sets of league games were played in Spain this month, and so Atlético Madrid are still cruising at the top of La Liga. They tallied four points from their games, a total that was matched by Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid, after they beat Getafe but drew with Barcelona this month. I’ve decided not to rule out Real’s title chances just yet; they overcame two deficits to win this month, beating Valencia 3-0 in the Copa del Rey Semi Final second leg to win 3-2 on aggregate, and beating Lyon 3-1 in the Champions League Last 16 second leg to win 4-3 on aggregate. I’d be happy, however, to categorically say that Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona won’t finish in the top four this season. Their poor form continued this month, with a home draw against Hércules following the 2-2 one at Real Madrid.

    As you may have guessed, the Champions League Last 16 second legs took place this month. Obviously Real Madrid got themselves through, but what of our other sides? Tom Smith’s Arsenal sealed a convincing 5-0 win at the Emirates to beat Porto 7-2 on aggregate, and the happiness was redoubled when Chelsea crashed out, drawing 0-0 in Spain against Atlético Madrid, thus being knocked out 2-2 on away goals. In fact, Arsenal are the only English side left standing, with Liverpool falling 3-5 on aggregate to Leo Dodge’s Roma, and Lord Weeman’s Napoli holding Man City to a 3-2 win at the City of Manchester Stadium and thus knocking the Champions League holders out on away goals. Cool Manager’s Inter also won on away goals, having drawn 2-2 in the Netherlands and goalless at home to AZ Alkmaar.

    In the two matches between Spanish and German sides, Bayern Munich knocked out Ben Cee’s Valencia 2-0 on aggregate but Zaragoza beat Stuttgart 6-2. Two of our sides meet in the Quarter Finals, as Napoli take on Real Madrid, while Arsenal will face Roma. Atlético Madrid play Bayern Munich and Inter play Zaragoza. In the Europa League, Barcelona came through their Last 16 tie with Leeds, drawing 2-2 at Elland Road and winning 3-0 at home. They face Bob Bradley’s Celtic in the Quarter Finals, while we have two managers left in: James Ridley’s Sampdoria face Barca’s groupmates Braga, and Mikael Schøler’s Juventus face Sevilla. But the tie of the round is A.C. Milan against Manchester United.

    I suppose the logical place to head to next is Italy, so I will do just that. We’ll start with Tyler Burrows at Udinese, although he’ll wish we hadn’t, because they slumped to 9th place after the two games they played this month. Like last month, they had a 50% win rate, but it just wasn’t good enough, and a defeat to A.C. Milan set them back so that a 3-0 win over Torio wouldn’t recover things. However, they are level with Mantova and Lazio, who both sit ahead of them, and sixth-placed Roma are just a point away. Even Champions League qualification is only seven points away, although Burrows should be focused on getting his team into the Europa League. As for Lord Weeman’s Napoli, they didn’t have a great month in terms of title-chasing, beating Lazio and Sampdoria but fell to a twisted defeat at Atalanta, with Nikola Saric, who Weeman sold to bermybhoy’s former club in January, netting a brace for the home team and pretty much sealing the 2-1 win single-handedly.

    Weeman and Burrows met for the 26th time this month when Udinese hosted Napoli in the first leg of their Coppa Italia Semi Final, which was their first ever meeting outside Serie A. Napoli have reached the Final three times in the last five years, lifting the cup twice, and look to get themselves there again, as they won 3-0 in what was a disastrous game for Tyler Burrows. European qualification are the two words on the lips of every Udinese fan right now, although I’ll grant that they speak Italian. Elsewhere in Italy, Theo Stigarakis’s 11-month tenure at Fiorentina ended this month after he was sacked. He leaves the side 3rd in Serie B, which was really not acceptable.

    European nations continued their steps towards Argentina this month with another game in the World Cup qualifying series. Liam Ferguson’s England beat Turkey 3-1 and now top their group, but Saul Goode’s Wales lost 1-2 at home to Spain, with Barcelona’s prolific forward Daniel Aquino netting both Spanish goals. Scotland put in a spirited performance to beat Armenia 5-1 at Celtic Park, while both Ireland and Northern Ireland drew; 2-2 in Bosnia and 1-1 at home to Belarus respectively. So far, hosts Argentina remain the only side qualified for the tournament next summer, although Brazil have won every single qualifying game, and Australia and China have both booked places in the Asian Playoff system. Whoever wins through that system, which probably won’t be either of those two as they’ll likely ensure automatic qualification, will face Oceania’s entrant New Zealand.

    That’s all for this month, but remember to check back to see what is going to happen in April, as the season rolls its weighty cargo into the depot at the end of the line.

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    There were some good performances this month, but;

    Lucas Volman
    , Real Madrid

    was the best performer in my opinion. He only played two league games, drawing one of them against Barcelona, but he inspired two comebacks in his team and so made his way into a Copa del Rey Final and a Champions League Quarter Final. Tom Smith had a very good month, inching closer to the Premier League title and winning in the cups, and Lord Weeman gets a mention despite a poor league defeat to Atalanta: he won 3-0 at Udinese to virtually guarantee the Coppa Italia Final and held Champions League holders Man City to a narrow win to thus book Napoli’s first ever Champions League Quarter Final.

    Job Securities

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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4650
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4650
       3rd Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure        4650
       4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4650
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4650
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
    All Star Top Ten – Games Drawn at Current Club
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       Pos +- Username      Manager           Original Club Current Club Drn Percent Chnge
       1st  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  149 (19.7%) -0.3% *
       2nd  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      139 (18.0%)  0.0% *
         - +1 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    139 (18.0%) +0.2% *
       4th -1 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       135 (21.9%) -0.8% *
       5th  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      125 (20.1%) +0.7% *
       6th +2 spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City      64 (21.2%) -1.3%
       7th  0 MikaelS       Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus      61 (19.9%) -3.0%
       8th +1 el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter         57 (18.5%) -0.7%
       9th +1 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia      55 (17.1%) -0.2%
      10th NE brettney1980  Brettney Joven    Wigan         Leeds         46 (23.1%)  n/a

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    Wooo. Another sacking ;)
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    Not a good month for Andorra's greatest consistency is non-existent this season, hopefully the board will keep the faith...

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    Update 154
    Years: 12, Months: 154, Days: 4680


    Okay, folks, the end of the season is almost upon us and some very exciting things have been happening in April. Let’s take a look at them all!

    Just two more games should seal the title for Atlético Madrid, who boast a commendable nine-point lead at the top of La Liga. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid are second, but looked to have lost the title race this month after a 0-3 loss at their cross-city rivals. They won all their other games, beating Cádiz, Athletic, Betis, Elche and Villarreal, but the derby defeat will surely be the game that sticks in the fans’ minds. They face a Copa del Rey Final against the league leaders next month, and that will be the perfect chance to either avenge their league campaign, or to have their season blown to smithereens. Elsewhere in La Liga, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona remain fifth, but made promising moves towards a top four finish this month. They achieved narrow victories over Getafe, Recreativo, Cádiz and Villarreal, and pounded Betis 6-0 at the end of the month. A home tie against Atlético Madrid remains the most difficult in their calendar, while Zaragoza, three points ahead in fourth, face a trip to Real next month.

    I must say, I found this month’s Champions League action very exciting. We’ll start with Tom Smith’s Arsenal, who won 2-1 at home to Roma, thanks to an own goal in the 90+2nd minute, and progressed to the Semi Finals after a 1-1 draw in Italy. Atlético Madrid looked to have good measure of their opponents Bayern Munich, beating the Germans 4-1 at home, but they actually limped out on away goals when they lost 0-3 at the Allianz-Arena. Cool Manager’s Inter left the competition at this point too, drawing 1-1 at home to Zaragoza and being knocked out in extra time in the away leg. And the big tie: Napoli versus Real Madrid. In the first leg in Italy, Lord Weeman’s side recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory thanks to a brace from Argentine striker Federico Laurito. Over in Spain, Sergio Ramos put Real in front in the 14th minute, and Lucas Volman’s team battered and battered the Napoli defence, but couldn’t get a goal to level the tie. Napoli were in the Semi Finals! There, they faced Tom Smith’s Arsenal, and it looks like the Italians will be heading for the Final as they romped to a 4-1 victory at home, with a Lauri Dalla Valle hattrick. However, we all saw what happened to Atlético Madrid, and Smith will be keen to win the tie. Bayern Munich won 1-0 at Zaragoza in the other Semi Final, with former Udinese player Juan Bruno missing a penalty for the home side.

    We’ll head over to England now, where the biggest surprise is that dafuge’s Hull have definitely avoided relegation! And just in time too, as matches with Chelsea and Man United end the season. With three games to play, Huddersfield and Q.P.R. have been relegated, while West Brom are likely to join them, since 17th-placed Leicester are seven points ahead of the Baggies. Fréderico Canvey’s Everton will be replacing one of these teams; they guaranteed promotion this month, with West Ham and Middlesbrough in contention for the second automatic promotion spot and Wigan, Southampton, Bolton, Sheffield Wednesday and Northampton chasing the playoffs. Anyway, Portuguese manager Tom Smith sealed his 19th trophy this month by lifting the Premier League with Arsenal. Man City’s defeat by Liverpool gave the Gunners the title, although they had it coming their way on their own merits, beating Fulham and Leeds this month, winning 3-2 in the North London derby and drawing 2-2 at Eastlands to not let City gain any ground at all. Another piece of silverware could be just around the corner after a 1-0 win over Leeds in the FA Cup Semi Final put them into the gold medal match. There, they’ll face Liverpool, who beat Chelsea by the same scoreline.

    April has been a successful month in the Europa League for our managers. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona grabbed a 1-1 draw at Celtic with a goal a minute from time, and won the tie with a 3-1 home victory. James Ridley’s Sampdoria knocked out Braga with a 3-0 win in Portugal and a 2-1 one in Italy, and Mikael Schøler’s Juventus’ 3-1 home victory was enough for progression despite a 0-1 loss away to Sevilla in the second leg. Manchester United triumphed 4-3 against A.C. Milan in the other Quarter Final, and they won the first leg of their Semi Final, at home to Sampdoria, 2-0. Barcelona travelled to play Juventus, and got a 1-1 draw that leaves them hopeful of reaching the Final.

    Now it’s over to Italy to conclude this report. Lord Weeman’s Napoli continue their pursuit of the Scudetto, and now sit just five points behind leaders Inter with a game in hand. After they level up, both teams have four matches to play, but Inter look to have an easy run-in, while Napoli count A.C. Milan and Roma among their opponents to come. In April, Weeman’s side lost vital ground in the pursuit when they suffered a 1-2 defeat away to Tyler Burrows’s Udinese. They achieved comfortable wins in their other games, 4-0 over Reggina and 3-0 over both Torino and Livorno, and they got their revenge on Udinese by winning 2-0 at home in the Coppa Italia second leg, reaching the Final 5-0 on aggregate. Roma await, after Leo Dodge’s side knocked out Inter 3-1 on aggregate. As for Udinese’s month in the league, they didn’t do spectacularly and still sit ninth. Although they beat Napoli, and also Livorno, they drew goalless at Reggina, Brescia and Roma, and lost 0-3 in a trip to face Mantova. Inter and Juventus await next month, but Udinese are just four points behind Mikael Schøler’s fourth-placed side.

    I must say that in general, the month has been very good for our managers. But the season isn’t yet over! Napoli and Arsenal remain gripped in battle in their Champions League Semi Final, while the Italians are still in pursuit of the Serie A title. Udinese need to improve rapidly to secure European football. Real Madrid have an important cup final to come, and Barcelona will be aiming for Europa League glory. The best days are yet to come…

    Manager of the Update

    It’s been an excellent month for our managers and so it isn’t easy to pick a winner. I think I’m tipping towards;

    Lord Weeman
    , Napoli

    after his excellent exploits in the Champions League. This is fresh ground for Napoli, but he has done brilliantly, beating Real Madrid and notching up a huge win over Arsenal. Incidentally, Tom Smith was also in the running this month, after securing the Premier League and, like Weeman, reaching his domestic cup final. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona did well, but couldn’t reach the glamorous heights of the others, and Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid put in a solid month, but a loss to their rivals cost them, and both Volman and Smith lost out on this award as Weeman’s Napoli defeated both of their teams.

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       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4680
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4680
       3rd Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure        4680
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Secure        4680
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Secure        4680
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800
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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
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       1st  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      167 (26.6%) +0.3% *
       2nd  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       129 (20.7%) -1.0% *
       3rd +1 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    115 (14.7%) +0.5% *
       4th +1 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  101 (13.2%) +0.1% *
       5th +1 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal       98 (12.6%) -0.2% *
       6th +1 MikaelS       Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus      65 (20.6%) +1.1%
       7th NE brettney1980  Brettney Joven    Wigan         Leeds         62 (30.2%)  n/a
       8th +2 Ridleys       James Ridley      Siena         Sampdoria     59 (31.7%) -1.6%
       9th  0 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia      58 (17.6%) +0.7%
      10th NE spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City      47 (15.3%)  n/a

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    Update 155
    Years: 12, Months: 155, Days: 4711

    It’s the end of the season, so what have our canny managers got up to in May? As promised, there was plenty of exciting football action, but what became of it?

    Tyler Burrows’s Udinese continued their half-and-half football into the final month of the season, thrashing Juventus 4-0 this month, drawing with Genoa but losing to both Inter and Frosinone. They did climb one place and ended the season 8th. Meanwhile, Lord Weeman’s Napoli never closed that gap on Cool Manager’s Inter, and they in fact slipped behind A.C. Milan to third on results between teams. They actually ended the season well, beating Mantova, Brescia and A.C. Milan and drawing with Roma and Genoa. But Napoli won’t complain too much, as they still had a chance to do a double, since they competed in two finals this month.

    Road to the Final – Coppa Italia
    Lord Weeman’s Napoli hit the ground running in their Coppa Italia campaign, knocking out Bologna in the 1st Round with a 3-0 home victory. Their Quarter Final tie, away to Sampdoria, wasn’t as comfortable, but a 1-0 win put them in the Last Four. Roma, less than a month after hiring former Manchester United manager Leo Dodge, won their 1st Round tie with a 4-0 victory at home to Atalanta. They cleared the Quarter Final with a 2-1 win over Serie A runners-up A.C. Milan, and set up a two-legged Semi Final with Inter. The first leg, at home, was won by Roma 1-0, and the second leg was also won by Roma, a strong 2-1 victory at the San Siro. Napoli, meanwhile, thrashed opponents Udinese with a 3-0 win away and a 2-0 one at home.
    Roma’s Olimpico traditionally hosted the Final, which does seem a bit unfair. Still, Napoli were there and up for the challenge, in front of the 81,161 fans from both camps and from the neutral camp. The game was pretty level over both halves, but Spanish forward Bojan put Roma into the lead in the 23rd minute with a free kick. He doubled that lead a minute from half time, when he slotted home at the end of a move from the back by Roma. Napoli, who understandably had the better of the second half, couldn’t score at all, but then neither could Roma. A 2-0 win gave Leo Dodge only his third career title.

    Road to the Final – Champions League
    Lord Weeman’s Napoli were drawn into Champions League Group D, alongside Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk and Wisla Krakow. It looked like any progress through the group stage would only just be secured, but in the end, Napoli won all games without conceding, with the exception of the two fixtures against Arsenal, which they lost without scoring. Pavel Nedved’s Bayern Munich, meanwhile, started in Group A, alongside Celtic, Chelsea and APOEL Nicosia. Bayern won both matches against APOEL, of course, and both matches against Celtic, and both matches against Chelsea. That is, they forced their way through the group stage with eighteen goals scored and five conceded.

    Bayern’s Last 16 tie came against Valencia, a force to be reckoned with for sure. However, the Germans weathered the storm and won 1-0 in Spain, a result followed up by the same scoreline at home. Napoli, meanwhile, faced more English opponents in their Last 16 tie, being pitted against holders Man City. A 1-0 home win didn’t look like it would be enough, but when City won 3-2 at home, Lord Weeman’s side found themselves not only in the next round, but as giant killers. They would have to continue giant-killing if they wanted further progress: Real Madrid waited in the Quarter Finals. A 2-0 win at home meant Napoli were in with a decent chance, and when they held Real to a 1-0 win in Spain, they had done it again and were in the Last Four.

    Bayern’s Quarter Final match was against La Liga leaders Atlético Madrid. They looked down and out when they travelled to Spain and were met with a 1-4 drubbing, but a fantastic comeback in Germany, a 3-0 win, put them through thanks to the majesty of away goals. A third consecutive Spanish side would welcome them in the Semi Finals, and it was 2018 winners Zaragoza this time. Bayern won 1-0 in Spain, but celebrations couldn’t begin too early. They found themselves 0-2 down in the home leg, but a brace from German midfielder Christian Weigl helped them to a 3-2 victory that put them into the Final. Napoli, meanwhile, continued their fantastic run with a 4-1 home victory over Arsenal. The Gunners won 1-0 at the Emirates with the lion’s share of dominance, but, like Real Madrid and Man City, and despite doing the double over Weeman’s side in the group stage, they couldn’t win the tie, and Napoli found themselves in the Final.
    The Veltins-Arena, home to Schalke 04, hosted the Final, which meant that Bayern’s journey was two-and-a-half times shorter than Napoli’s. 61,482 fans were packed into the stands, while English referee Ross Hughes took on another high-profile game. Just like the Coppa Italia game, the teams were pretty level, but Napoli went ahead just before the end of the first half, with 30-year-old Bayern defender Gustavo Baretta trying to steal the ball from fellow Argentine Federico Laurito very close to the goal, but running it into his own net. Bayern Munich started the second half the stronger, for good reason, but 15 minute into it Napoli found themselves an opportune moment to strike back, with Finland’s Lauri Dalla Valle striking the ball beautifully past yet another Argentine, 23-year-old Munich ‘keeper Nicolás Farías, and with man of the match Laurito once again the provider. The match ended 2-0, and Lord Weeman was paraded out onto the turf of the stadium, showered in champagne and covered in confetti.

    In the other European competition, the Europa League, despite their 1-1 draw in Italy, Barcelona crashed out in the Semi Finals when Mikael Schøler’s Juventus won 5-1 at the Nou Camp. Manchester United also lost their second leg, 1-3 at James Ridley’s Sampdoria, but the away goals rule put the Old Trafford team into the Final at Wembley. Schøler’s side romped to victory, going 1-0 up in the sixth minute, 2-0 up thanks to an own goal at the half hour mark, and closing the victory with Northern Ireland’s Peter Heron ten minutes from time. This is Schøler’s greatest honour, although not his only one: he won the Coppa Italia with Juvé and the LIGA adelante with Deportivo. I’m fairly sure it doesn’t work like this in real life, but Juventus’ victory here means that Udinese get into next season’s Europa League despite only finishing eighth.


    So, Barcelona’s European dreams were shattered, but could they avoid a third consecutive fifth-placed finish? Unfortunately, it didn’t look likely as Haowan Madridstas’s month started with two away draws, 1-1 against both Athletic and Tenerife. They then lost 2-3 at home to Atlético Madrid, who won La Liga a week earlier, sealing their second title in three years when Real Madrid lost at Glenn Hoddle’s Murcia. Barcelona beat Valladolid 4-1, but lost 0-1 away to Elche, and by now the fourth-placed finish was out of sight. That’s no reason to slack however, and the Catalan team ended their season with a 7-0 win over the Murcia team that undid Real. Lucas Volman’s side had some good wins this month, but also some bad losses. As well as losing the Murcia game, they lost 1-3 at home to Zaragoza, but won two away matches 3-0, at Recreativo and at Valencia, and beat Lorca 2-0 on the last day of the season. However, they had their chance to avenge their loss to Atlético in the title battle, by playing them in the Copa del Rey Final.

    Road to the Final – Copa del Rey
    Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid, like most La Liga teams, started their Copa del Rey campaign in the Fourth Round. There, they faced another Real, Real Unión, and they didn’t let their opponents have a look-in, winning 3-0 away and 5-0 at home to notch up eight goals over the two-legged tie. They continued their goalscoring prowess in the first leg of their Fifth Round tie, at home to Athletic, which they won 3-0. Unfortunately, they shipped three goals in the return leg, but still advanced thanks to the one goal they scored in Bilbao. Atlético Madrid, meanwhile, had an easier time in the first two rounds, beating Huesca 2-0 away and 4-0 at home in the Fourth Round, and winning their Fifth Round home tie 4-0 as well, against Valladolid, winning 7-0 in total. They faced a trickier Quarter Final, against Barcelona, but came through it 2-1 on aggregate despite a 0-1 loss at the Nou Camp.

    Real Madrid returned to more comfortable matches in their Quarter Final, winning both legs of their Last Eight tie with Getafe, 2-1 away and 2-0 at home. This sent them through to the Semi-Finals, where they met Valencia. They lost the away leg, 0-2, but optimism inspired a comeback in the match at the Bernabéu, where they won 3-0 to put themselves in the Final. Atlético booked their ticket to the Nou Camp with a 2-1 win over Zaragoza, helped by a 1-1 win on Zaragoza’s turf.
    Atlético Madrid came into the Final fighting, and dominated Real for much of the game, although Lucas Volman’s side were not completely against the wall. Just like the other Finals so far, a goal came just before half time, when Sergio Agüero completed a cool finish in the first minute of first half stoppage time. El Derbi madrileño was won by Atlético with Coutinho’s goal just after the hour mark. The Brazilian forward started in his own half, but ran through the middle of the field and let loose a shot from a tight angle to make the scoreline 2-0, which was how it ended.

    We’ll conclude in England, of course, where West Brom took the final relegation spot, and ended up finishing ten points behind 17th-placed Leicester. West Ham joined Everton in gaining automatic promotion from the Championship, while Middlesbrough, Wigan, Bolton and Southampton entered the playoffs. Steve Tilson’s Middlesbrough put out Southampton 5-4 in the Semi-Final, while Wigan got two 1-0 wins over Bolton. The Final at Wembley ended 1-1, and penalties made Middlesbrough the winners, after Wigan missed their first and last kicks from the spot. As for Tom Smith’s Arsenal, they played three dead rubbers, drawing 2-2 at Q.P.R. but beating both Leicester and Huddersfield. The real match of the month for them, other than the Champions League Semi-Final where they needed to win 3-0, was the FA Cup Final, against Liverpool.

    Road to the Final – FA Cup
    Tom Smith’s Arsenal had a very easy tie in their FA Cup Third Round match upon their entry into the competition: an away trip to Watford, who finished the season bottom of the Championship. The Gunners won 5-0, setting up a Fourth Round tie with Stoke. Rafa Benítez’s Liverpool, meanwhile, had a more tentative start to their campaign, drawing 1-1 at home to West Brom but banishing any demons with a 2-0 win away in the replay. The Reds then faced a brutal Merseyside derby at Goodison Park, but Everton aren’t what they used to be, even though they won the Championship this year, and Liverpool won the match 1-0. Arsenal also won their match 1-0 at the Britannia, and were rewarded with a home tie against Sheffield Wednesday in the Fifth Round. The Owls were seen off 3-1, allowing the Gunners to proceed to the Sixth Round to face Blackburn.

    Liverpool’s Fifth Round match was at Loftus Road, a very tiny stadium where the Reds eked out a 2-1 win. This meant a trip to the rather bigger Stadium of Light for the Last Eight, where a 2-2 draw followed. Sunderland were duly knocked out in the replay at Anfield, 3-0. Arsenal’s Sixth Round went easier: they beat Rovers 2-0 at the Emirates. And the Gunners booked their Final place with a 1-0 win over Leeds at Wembley. Liverpool also won 1-0, beating Chelsea to reach their second FA Cup Final in three years.
    Wembley was literally full, and you’ll never guess who refereed the Final? That’s correct: Howard Melton Webb. Francesc Fabrègas put Arsenal in front in the 13th minute, with an impulsive and accurate shot from just outside the penalty area. But hold on! Wait one minute! Go back to Update 132, and see what happened then. Arsenal took the lead, held the lead, held the lead, held the lead, before Edison Cavani scored in the last minute. Liverpool then went on to win the FA Cup on penalties. This time, Tom Smith’s team held the lead, held the lead, held the lead, before Edison Cavani scored in the last minute, taking full advantage of Arsenal follow-the-ball defending, striking Georginio Wijnaldum’s beautiful cross sweetly, and scoring probably one of the greatest goals ever in terms of technique. Now, as the full time whistle went and extra time passed without incident, Arsenal would need to avoid groundhog day. Now, as the full time whistle went and extra time passed without incident, Arsenal would need to avoid groundhog day. Liverpool started, with their assist-man Giorginio Wijnaldum scoring the first spot kick. Now, as the full time whistle went and extra time passed without incident, Arsenal would need to avoid groundhog day. January signing Dinko Leovac whizzed his penalty into the bottom-left corner of the net to level the scores. Steve James scored for Liverpool, Andrés Guardado for Arsenal. Zhang Xin scored for Liverpool, but Víctor Manuel Marañón hit the post with his shot, swinging the advantage the Reds’ way. But then Fabianski saved! Edison Cavani took his penalty high and central, and Lukasz Fabianski simply jumped to keep Arsenal in it. Henri Saivet levelled the scores. Jack Wilshere scored for Liverpool, Diogo for Arsenal, meaning it was time for sudden death. Denílson scored for Liverpool, and Francesc Fabrègas, like fellow goalscorer Edison Cavani, put his high and central and had it saved. Liverpool did it again! Now, as the full time whistle went and extra time passed without incident, Arsenal would need to avoid groundhog day. But they didn’t.

    Manager of the Update
    As this update is so long, I thought it would be really difficult to give this award. Actually, it turns out it’s not, and;

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    wins the award as the only manager to take home silverware this month. Although they didn’t manage to close any more of that gap on Serie A leaders Inter, they did have a decent month in the league, and Weeman pulled off the incredible feat of winning them the Champions League. They lost their domestic cup final, but then so did Lucas Volman and Tom Smith, the latter of whom was also under consideration this month.

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      1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4711
        - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4711
        - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   4711
        - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Very Secure   4711
      5th Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Stable        4711
      6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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     Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
     Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
     Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     May 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
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      1st  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona     1903 (2.41) -0.02 *
      2nd  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal       1765 (2.25)  0.00 *
      3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid   1519 (1.98) -0.01 *
      4th  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli        1159 (1.83) +0.03 *
      5th  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese       1051 (1.66) -0.04 *
      6th +1 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia       726 (2.18) +0.02
      7th +1 el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter          680 (2.13) +0.02
      8th +1 spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City       603 (1.95) -0.02
      9th +1 MikaelS       Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus       555 (1.73) -0.04
     10th NE brettney1980  Brettney Joven    Wigan         Leeds          340 (1.63)  n/a

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    I thought about this just before when I was reading the latest batch of updates, you are a very, very good writer Canvey!! Both fictionally and factually, you are really informative. Just came to my head

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    Thank you very much :).

    Update 156

    Years: 13, Months: 156, Days: 4741

    The failures and successes of last season are already being swept under the carpet as a new season unrolls. And that’s a darned shame, as Lord Weeman’s Napoli deserve to revel in their Champions League victory, and Arsenal really did well to secure the English Premier League last year. Still, onwards and upwards as they say, so let’s see what our managers got up to in June, starting in Italy.

    Tyler Burrows’s continued his kooky transfer workings this month. 19-year-old central defender Vincenzo Calzavara was sold to A.C. Milan this month for £1.5M. Marco van Basten’s side already owned half of the youngster, who came through the youth system at Udinese, after they bought that 50% last season for £7.5M. Udinese also gave the half of 17-year-old left winger Antonio Cusimano that they owned to Catania for nothing, after they bought their stake two years ago for £200k, while three players were released from the club.

    Napoli had no notable transfer dealings, but they are predicted to finish 3rd this year, an accurate forecast in my opinion, given their two consecutive placings there. Lord Weeman became the first of our managers to get themselves on their club’s Favoured Personnel list, earning the honour for taking the Neapolitan side to Champions League glory. Udinese, meanwhile, are tipped to finish 7th, which would be an improvement if it occurs.

    Bookies say that A.C. Milan will pip their rivals and roommates Inter to the title, but I’m not so sure. Fiorentina, who were promoted from Serie B last year, are tipped to finish 14th. Hopefully the management of Walter Zenga will prove better than that of either Lars Tommersen or Theo Stigarakis, who proved to be among the worst managers in the club’s long history.

    Over in England, where the transfer window has just opened, Tom Smith’s Arsenal obviously haven’t been involved in any dealings. However, Smith is reported to be interested in Leicester’s Craig Robson, a 27-year-old striker with 14 England goals to his name. The Foxes survived last season thanks in part to nine goals from their captain, while he scored 19 in all competitions. Chelsea and Valencia are also rumoured to be interested in securing his services.

    The Gunners, who have Portuguese manager Smith available for one more season at £245k p/w unless they choose to renew his contract, are the bookies’ favourites to finish 2nd this season, behind Lawrence Lazewski’s Carling Cup-, Club World Championship- and UEFA Super Cup-holders Man City. Personally, I would pick the London side in the title race, given the work Smith has done recently to successfully end his three-season estrangement from the title and the spend that he is still predicted to make. West Ham and Middlesbrough, two of the sides promoted from last season’s Championship, are both expected to make the drop back down, but Fréderico Canvey’s Everton are, according to the papers, capable of a 15th-placed finish, with Crystal Palace the team likely to fill the void, although I’m sure dafuge’s Hull will give them a run for their money. Queens Park Rangers are Championship title favourites after their relegation from the top flight last year. Blackpool feature in the Championship for the first time since 2009 after Joey Barton guided them to promotion last year.

    Spain, as usual, has yet to reset, although there are the standard transfer rumours in the Spanish press. Real Madrid have been linked with two goalkeepers, either of whom is expected to make the journey to the Bernabéu when their contract runs out. Barcelona are apparently hot on the trail of Atlético Madrid’s 24-year-old Danish fullback Klaus Weibel, who would cost £4.6M and who speaks Danish, England, Spanish and, to basic levels, German, Norweigan and Swedish. Napoli’s Marouane Fellaini are a target for Racing, who could pay as much as £1.1M for the 33-year-old’s services.

    June is also a month packed full with international dates. World Cup qualifying was one of the chief items on the agenda. Liam Ferguson’s England won both their games, beating Lithuania 2-1 in Vilnius with goals from Theo Walcott and Arsenal target Craig Robson. They then destroyed powerless Andorra 8-0 at Wembley, with Robson grabbing five goals. Saul Goode’s Wales also won both games, neither of which were easy, beating Sweden 1-0 and Serbia 2-0, both at home. Spain drew two away matches so the Welsh are level on points. Scotland beat Albania 2-1 and drew goalless in Macedonia; Ireland thumped Kazakhstan 6-0 but drew goalless at home to Poland, and Northern Ireland lost in Italy and in Romania.

    Brazil became South America’s second qualifier for the World Cup, after hosts Argentina, when they drew with Uruguay and beat Paraguay this month. They also travelled to Argentina for the Confederations Cup, where they lost to the host nation on penalties in the Final, with Pato, who scored Brazil’s only goal in the headline match, missing the decisive spot kick. Spain beat the Netherlands to claim third place, but while the Final penalty shootout was a paradigm, with Pato’s miss being the only one, the one in this match saw nine penalties missed and just seven scored. Peru, Chile and Uruguay also sit in the South America’s qualifying spots, with Colombia looking to reach the intercontinental playoffs. They could face Honduras, who occupy the respective spot in North America. Mexico, the United States and Guatemala sit in the automatic qualification places there, with Panama and Bermuda somewhat adrift.

    Asia’s qualifying groups are now completed, with Australia, China, the United Arab Emirates and Japan taking the automatic qualification spots. Iran will face Saudi Arabia for the right to play New Zealand, while Kuwait, Oman, Uzbekistan and North Korea miss out altogether. One game was played in African qualification, and it’s Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Nigeria and Ghana that top the groups after two games. In youth competitions, one of the many tournaments this month saw Robert Boyle’s England u21s travel to Turkey for the European u21 Championship. Victory over Switzerland was followed by defeat by Ireland, with Reading striker Andy Porter netting a hattrick, and the English ended their group stage by drawing with group-toppers Italy. Ireland went through in second place, meaning England’s campaign was much less successful than the last tournament in 2019, when they won the trophy. Ireland knocked out Greece in the Semi-Finals, thanks to another two goals from eventual top goalscorer Porter, while Italy beat Spain 4-0. Italy won the title with a 4-2 win at the Izmir Atatürk.

    So that’s all for this month. Next month sees some early action in European competition, along with transfers galore if the papers are to be believed. See you then.

    Manager of the Update
    It’s never easy to give the June award, but;

    Saul Goode, Wales (formerly of Osasuna)

    picks this one up, almost as a reward for his eight years of service to his national team. This month, their World Cup qualifying campaign was bolstered with small but important wins over Sweden and Serbia, which puts them level with Spain, the winners of the past two World Cups. Liam Ferguson’s England also did well, winning both games with an 8-0 trashing of Andorra, while Tyler Burrows was the only manager of ours to really do anything significant.

    Job Securities
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     Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
      1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4741
        - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4741
      3rd PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4741
        - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4741
        - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Stable        4741
      6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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     Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
     Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
     Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     May 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Jun 21 Saul Goode, Wales (formerly of Osasuna)
    All Star Top Ten – Goals Conceded at Current Club
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      Pos +- Username      Manager           Original Club Current Club Gls (Pr/G) Chnge
      1st  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      682 (0.87) -0.01 *
      2nd  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    670 (0.85) +0.01 *
      3rd  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      594 (0.94) +0.01 *
      4th  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       564 (0.89) -0.03 *
      5th  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  532 (0.69)  0.00 *
      6th +1 MikaelS       Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus     290 (0.90) -0.03
      7th +1 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     283 (0.85) +0.08
      8th NE brettney1980  Brettney Joven    Wigan         Leeds        244 (1.17)  n/a
      9th  0 el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        234 (0.73) -0.06
     10th  0 spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     232 (0.75) -0.05

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    Haowan losing his 'very secure' stance at Barca, could be a sign of things to come... (Clutching at straws of course )

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    These 5 are incredibly impressive. How long has it been just them at this point?

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    About 3 seasons since the last go got sacked I think.

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    Yes, as of that last update, it was 941 days since Leo Dodge left Tottenham.

    Update 157

    Years: 13, Months: 157, Days: 4772

    It’s August and mere days remain before the commencement of the domestic football season in England. Still, there is July to talk about, so we’ll do that now, starting in Spain.

    Valencia have been made title favourites for La Liga this season, and their continuing oscillation between first and fourth place says that they're due victory this year. Although Atlético Madrid, who are predicted second and who want to protect their crown, will have something to say about that, of course. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid are tipped to finish 3rd, and a £16.75M spend this month is actually around about that level. They brought in 28-year-old goalkeeper Iker Vázquez, 12 years younger than the other Real Madrid ‘keeper Iker, Casillas, for £1.4M, and tireless 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder Tiago for £15.25M. Both signings were from Valencia, while two young fringe players moved out to Zamora for a combined total of £750k. 30-year-old Brazilian fullback Andrade joined Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona for £8.75M, 21-year-old goalkeeper Oriol Sanz joined Villarreal for £230k, and is soon off to Xerez, and Daniel Schwaab, after 222 league games for the club, joins Roma for £2.3M.

    It was in fact Barcelona who made the bigger spending waves, perhaps in an effort to avoid a fourth consecutive fifth-placed finish, which is, incidentally, the papers’ prediction for them. As well as the Andrade signing, Barcelona confirmed the speculation that they were in for 24-year-old Danish player Klaus Weibel, signing the fullback for £5.5M. Weibel once missed a decisive penalty for Atlético Madrid to give their rivals Real the Copa del Rey. Central midfielder Francesco Bolzoni joined from Roma, and cost the most of all three, £14.75M, giving Haowan Madridstas a total spend of £29M. Some of this was recouped with the sale of Gaël Kakuta, who signed from Man United two years ago, for £11.75M. He’ll be back in Manchester, playing for his former rivals, Lawrence Lazewski’s Manchester City, who spent £37.5M this month. Albacete, Gimnàstic and Lorca are all expected to get relegated from La Liga, which would be good for newly-promoted Málaga, who are capable of a 13th-place finish, according to the Spanish Football Post.

    Our friend in England, Tom Smith, has made a number of signing this month, but has shown austerity in his spending. Liverpool’s 20-year-old Scottish goalkeeper David Barker and 35-year-old goalkeeper Tom Heaton joined for free, while commanding fullback Micah Richards, with 83 England caps to his name, cost the club just £2.9M when he arrived from Man City. Walter Díaz, the Honduras captain who has been at A.C. Milan for the past seven years, signed from Marco van Basten’s team for £4M. I consider the defender (right, centre), wing back (right), defensive midfielder, midfielder (right, centre) a steal considering his versatility, ambition, and the fact that he has 60 caps for the Central American country at the age of 28. Since two goalkeepers came in, 27-year-old Italian one Rudy Osti had to leave after a year at the club, joining Cool Manager’s Inter for £2.7M.

    So, what about Europe? Two rounds of the Europa League took place this month, and Falkirk, Steaua Bucharest, Llanelli, IFK Göteborg, Shamrock Rovers, Derry City and Wisla Krakow were among the winners in the Second Qualifying Round, of which Steaua, Shamrock Rovers and Wisla made it through the Third. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese were also playing in the Third Qualifying Round, against Dinamo Tirana. They romped to victory, winning the first leg 4-0 in Albania and the second 5-0 in Italy. They await the Fourth Qualifying Round draw, along with Leeds, Galatasaray, Sevilla, AEK Athens, AZ Alkmaar and Motherwell, who also won in this round. The winners in that round will join Juventus, the defending champions, in the group stages.

    The Champions League qualifying also took place, and my highlight is Dundee United’s 3-0 lead over Fenerbahçe in the Best Placed Second Qualifying Round, after the first leg in Scotland. CSKA Moscow look sure of progression after they beat Young Boys 4-0 in Switzerland. Isn’t that illegal? Valencia await for one team in the next round, that team being either Metalist Kharkov or Panathanaikos, while Liverpool will meet Standard Liège or Red Bull Salzburg. The winner of the Dundee United match will have to beat 2017 Europa League winners Lazio if they want to make the group stages.

    It’s time to conclude in Italy, where transfers galore mean I guarantee this won’t make you snore! It’s been a busy time at Lord Weeman’s Napoli, after a Champions League title has netted them a large windfall. They opened the month signing Torino’s Mattia Silvestri, an 18-year-old striker with a ‘Finishing’ attribute of 16, for a grand total of £7.2M. Later that week Mike Hay joined the club, departing St James’ Park for San Paolo for £15.75M. The former West Ham, Rangers, Ipswich and Middlesbrough central midfielder has taken to the field 15 times for England (listing Jeremy English, who managed Hay at under-21 level, among his favoured personnel) and scored thrice, including in the Euro 2016 Final and in World Cup 2018 against Romania. Napoli then bought half of Rimini’s 19-year-old right winger and striker Luca Pastore two days later for £6.25M. Later in the month, Spanish striker Daniel Resino, who is aged 26, has a ‘Finishing’ attribute of 17 and lists Lucas Volman among his favoured personnel despite only playing ten times under the Italian, joined from Cádiz for £7.75M. 25-year-old Croatian goalkeeper Ivan Dumancic joined from A.C. Milan for £350k, but was subsequently sold to Lyon after five days for £1.8M. That goalkeeping void (although it was just a backup position) was filled by Juventus’ Antonio Piccolo, who joined for £170k on the penultimate day of the month.

    But Napoli’s spend was not just financed by their Champions League money. Lord Weeman was keen to sell players too, and not just the wheeling-and-dealing involved in the Dumancic switch. Mauricio Isla joined Blackburn for £1.3M, 25-year-old leftback Lorenzo Viscido joined Atalanta for £1.6M, and 20-year-old midfielder Rosario Bosi left for Livorno for £4M. But the biggest sale was the £8.75M transfer of 23-year-old central defender, described as towering due to his 6’4’’ stature and his brilliant heading, to Genoa*. 21-year-old left winger Joe Egan, who was born in the small town of Cleator Moor, Cumbria, but who came through Napoli’s youth system, presumably due to Weeman’s English influence, was one of thirteen players to be released by the club. Rhyl, King’s Lynn and Port Talbot are said to be interested in the two-footed player.

    Writer's Notes: * =I obviously forgot to include this guy's name, and am actually unable to check at the moment!

    Napoli weren’t the only ones spending money in Italy, as
    Tyler Burrows will be all too keen to point out. As if buoyed by the cash cow of European football after a year’s absence, the Andorran manager, who this month received a contract extension which takes him to 2025, bought four players for a total of £13.75M. Half of Siena’s 24-year-old striker Antonio Martino joined Udinese for £375k and Belarus captain Vladimir Yurchenko signed from Robert Boyle’s Aston Villa for £2.8M. Burrows bought two players for £5.25M each; Roma’s 24-year-old central defender Davide Anaclerio and Getafe’s 22-year-old central midfielder Luca Mattioli, who will now play his fourth consecutive season at a different club and at his sixth Italian club, but who has never commanded a price tag of over a million pounds before. 19-year-old central defender Vincenzo Calzavara left the club for title chasers A.C. Milan, netting Burrows’s club £1.5M.

    That’s all for this month, and about time too! Our managers should stop spending money: it doubles the size of the report I have to write!

    Manager of the Update
    It was a month of heavy spending and some selling too. But he normally gets this award around this time and I wouldn’t want to let him down.

    Tyler Burrows, Udinese

    picks up the trophy for his 9-0 win over Dinamo Tirana in the Europa League qualifying phases. Usually, those ties do nothing to tax a team from our three nations, but to win it with nine goals is still a powerful showing. Tom Smith gets a mention for making the smallest transfer loss of all of our managers, and while normally that could betray a lack of ambition, plenty of spending last season implies the opposite. If I wanted to reward ambition I would give Lord Weeman the award, but he doesn’t get among the headlines here despite his £20M loss as we’ve yet to see how that manifests itself.

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     Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
      1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4772
        - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4772
        - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4772
      4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4772
        - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4772
      6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800
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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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     Update Winner, Club                 
     Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
     Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
     Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     May 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Jun 21 Saul Goode, Wales (formerly of Osasuna)
     Jul 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
    All Star Top Ten – Goal Difference at Current Club
    Code:
      Pos +- Username      Manager           Original Club Current Club GlDif
      1st  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    +1233 *
      2nd  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      +1083 *
      3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  + 987 *
      4th  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       + 595 *
      5th  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      + 466 *
      6th +1 el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        + 446
      7th -1 BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     + 443
      8th  0 spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     + 371
      9th +1 MikaelS       Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus     + 265
     10th NE brettney1980  Brettney Joven    Wigan         Leeds        + 106


    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
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      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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    First manager of the month award in a while. Hopefully these new signings can make a good difference in the team as we look for trophies finally!

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    Sorry about the five-day wait between updates!

    Update 158

    Years: 13, Months: 158, Days: 4803

    The new season is under way, so we’ll get straight down to business by starting with the news in England during the month of August.

    Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City lead the Premier League after three games played, and are in fact the only side to have won all three, beating Liverpool, Newcastle and Blackburn this month. Fulham, Chelsea, Tottenham and Ipswich are all two points further back after two wins and a draw, but it isn’t going so well for Tom Smith’s Arsenal. Although it is early days, the title holders are in a poor 11th place, having lost 1-5 at home to Bryan McGuinness’s Chelsea, before a win over Blackburn and a draw at Anfield. A match against Man City awaits next month, but Arsenal’s league position should increase nonetheless, after Smith made the most expensive transfer ever (given that Ronaldo’s, Kaká’s and Ibrahimović’s haven’t happened in this game) when he bought Leicester’s powerful striker Craig Robson, with whom he had been linked, for £48M. Robson, whose ‘Finishing’ is rated as 17 and ‘First Touch’ at 18, has been at Leicester since 2016 and got his first England cap in 2018. Incidentally, he shares my birthday. He already picked up his first piece of silverware at Arsenal as the Gunners ran out 1-0 victors over Liverpool in the Community Shield at Wembley. It took a 90th-minute goal from Spanish midfielder Víctor Manuel Marañón for them to reap the rewards of their two-to-one shot ratio.

    Over in Spain, the league has just got under way, but Atlético Madrid and Valencia proved their desire for the title by each being one of the eight sides to win their first game. Barcelona lost, suffering a 0-1 defeat at home to Valladolid, and Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid drew at Racing. Volman is currently Secure, presumably due to a humiliating home derby defeat to Atlético Madrid in the Super Cup. Real lost that home leg 0-2, and a 1-0 victory away wasn’t enough to clinch the title. The Spanish giants continued their raid on Valencia this month, bringing in 31-year-old French player Morgan Schneiderlin, who played at Atlético before his move to Ben Cee’s side, for £8M. Barcelona also made one transfer, selling Spanish (that’s right) midfielder Mark Byrne to Deportivo for £325k.

    This month saw the conclusion of the qualifying stages of European football. CSKA Moscow won 6-0 at home to Young Boys in the Champions League Best Placed Second Qualifying Phase to compound a 10-0 drubbing, while Dundee United progressed on away goals despite a 1-4 defeat at Fenerbahçe. A similar 1-4 away loss in the first leg of their Third Qualifying Phase match, at Lazio, wasn’t returned with a 3-0 home win, but instead with a 0-1 home loss, so Dundee United enter the Europa League. CKSA Moscow, Valencia and Liverpool all won their first legs away, at FC Twente, Panathanaikos and Standard Liège respectively, and all went through with home victories too. Bayern Munich beat PSG 6-1 at home and so the French 3-2 victory wasn’t enough to stop last year’s runners-up. The group stage draw sees holders Napoli playing against CKSA Moscow, FC København and Lyon, while Arsenal play Basel, Benfica and Trabzonspor and Real Madrid play Dortmund, Lillestrøm and Liverpool. Inter and Valencia meet yet again, in their group with Braga and Partizan Belgrade.

    In the Europa League, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese beat Rapid Wien with a 2-0 home win and a 3-0 one in Austria, while Barcelona beat Lokomotiv Moscow 5-0 at home, meaning a 0-2 defeat in Russia had no effect. PSV Eindhoven, Portsmouth, Palermo, Rangers, Wolfsburg, Leeds, Betis, Sevilla, Porto, Tottenham, Roma, Galatasaray and Shakhtar Donetsk were some of the other sides to make it through the Fourth Qualifying Round.

    The season has kicked off in Italy, although our two sides have yet to play. Cool Manager’s Inter lead the league, after their 2-1 victory at Sampdoria, although Parma also won by the same scoreline. A.C. Milan, however, were held to a draw at home to Lazio, so Inter already have two points in their favour in the title race. But they did lose the Italian Super Cup this month, being beaten on penalties by Roma. Lord Weeman’s Napoli travelled to Monaco this month to play the UEFA Super Cup against fellow Italians, Mikael Schøler’s Juventus. A brace from Lauri Dalla Valle epitomised the clinical finishing of the Neapolitans as they ran out 4-0 victors in front of an 18,500-strong crowd. Weeman made four transfers this month, continuing his spending by buying Palermo’s 25-year-old winger Raffaele Conti for £3.9M, Lazio’s 28-year-old centreback Francesco Andreoletti for £4.6M and Genoa’s 24-year-old central midfielder Gianluca Di Clemente for £8.25M. Youngster Raffaello Casadei left the club for £450k, joining Bologna. Udinese made two transfers, signing for free a promising 17-year-old Argentine goalkeeper Filippo Manzini, and selling 28-year-old ‘keeper Maurizio Magnani to Modena for £1.6M.

    Based on the spending of all our managers so far this season, I have a few predictions. Napoli, who have just had two consecutive third-placed finishes, will finish second or higher, and are likely to win the league. A cup double is also on the cards for them, although fixture congestion tells me that they will win exactly one of those cups (Champions League & Coppa Italia). Udinese will make an improvement in their fortunes, but won’t get Champions League football. Arsenal will lose out on the title to Man City, and will finish second, but may win either the Carling Cup or the FA Cup. Barcelona will finish fifth again, although a slump to sixth isn’t out of the question, and Real Madrid will not win La Liga, and will probably finish third. We can only wait and see.

    Manager of the Update
    This month’s winner is;

    Tyler Burrows, Udinese

    after he swept through his European match against Rapid Wien and made a £1.6M profit with some wise transfer dealings. He beat Lord Weeman to the award after the Napoli manager won the UEFA Super Cup in style. Tom Smith showed his ambition with a £48M transfer, and won the Community Shield, but made an indifferent start to the league season.

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      1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4803
        - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4803
      3rd Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure        4803
      4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4803
        - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4803
      6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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     Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
     Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
     Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     May 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Jun 21 Saul Goode, Wales (formerly of Osasuna)
     Jul 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Aug 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
    Hall of Experience – Top Ten Oldest Managers (I’m now going to do these lists in a Hall of Fame vs. Hall of Shame style format)
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      1st +1 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid   61 *
        - +1 IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man     Numancia      Fulham        61
        -  0 Swafe           Saul Goode        Osasuna       Wales         61
      4th  0 NepentheZ       Neppo Monster     Cagliari      Wigan         60
        -  0 Almondo         Arnold J. Rimmer  Bolton        Newcastle     60
      6th -2 SCIAG           Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Roma          59
        - +2 ScottT!         Scott Tysoe       Sunderland    Rangers       59
        - -2 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona     59 *
        - +2 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia      59
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        -  0 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese       57 *
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        - NE MikaelS         Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus      47
      3rd NE mikeytwigge     Mikey Twigge      Palermo                     48
        - NE fergysafc       Liam Ferguson     Man City      England       48
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        - NE Robert_296      Robert Boyle      Blackburn     AV/ENG u21s   51
        - NE el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter         51
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    Update 159
    Years: 13, Months: 159, Days: 4833

    Italy is our first port of call as we seek to examine what went on in the month of September, and how well our managers did in their attempts to start the new season brightly. Bob Bradley’s Lazio lead Serie A, but they are level on points with second-placed Inter. The next two places are filled by our clubs, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese and Lord Weeman’s Napoli respectively, although while the majority of clubs, Lazio included, have played six games, our two have only played four. In September, Udinese won all four matches, beating Catania 4-1, Frosinone 3-0, Modena 2-1 and Fiorentina 1-0. Napoli also beat Modena and Fiorentina, but drew at home to Parma. They ended their month on a high, beating Leo Dodge’s Roma 3-0.

    In Spain, not only are Cádiz the unlikely leaders of La Liga, but Gimnàstic are the unlikely second-placed team, while title favourites Valencia are eighth. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid are 4th, five games into the new season, after they got three 1-0 wins over Elche, Sevilla and Getafe this month. Unfortunately, the month started with a 1-2 loss at home to Albacete. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are sixth: they beat Athletic and Gimnàstic in confident showings, 3-0 and 4-0 respectively, but were overcome by an even more confident showing when they lost 0-5 at Cádiz. They ended the month with a 3-1 victory at home to Champions League hopefuls Zaragoza.

    The European competition group stages are now well under way, and we’ll start with the Champions League. Arsenal travelled to Switzerland to beat Basel 3-1, and then hosted Benfica at the Emirates, romping to a 5-0 victory. Napoli also won 5-0, this time away to FC København, but that was followed by a 3-3 draw at home to CSKA Moscow. They lead the way on goal difference but CSKA are a threat, and Lyon, with their 6-0 win over the Danes, also mean business. Real Madrid have a tough opponent in their group in the form of Liverpool, and so want to do as well as possible in the other games. Unfortunately, this month they drew at Dortmund before beating Lillestrøm 2-0 at home, but are in second place behind the Reds.

    In the Europa League, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese found themselves in a group with Standard Liège, Kayserispor and CFR Cluj. They won their first two games, 3-0 in Romania and 2-0 at home to Standard. Barcelona, meanwhile, meet two relatively big names in their group. However, Paris Saint-Germain’s heavy defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League qualifying and PSV Eindhoven’s 1-4 home loss to Barca in the first match of this group stage implies that they won’t offer much resistance. The other team in the group are Israel’s Maccabi Netanya (Netanya incidentally is twinned with my hometown), whom Barcelona beat 5-0 at the Nou Camp and who lost their first game at home to the French also.

    In England, Bryan McGuinness’s Chelsea have taken the spot at the top of the Premier League, but Man City are still looming close by, as are Fulham and Tottenham. Tom Smith’s Arsenal are ninth, but they got another difficult game out of the way this month, a 0-1 defeat at Man City. Their other games they won, over West Ham and Middlesbrough, and they also reached the Carling Cup Fourth Round after a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Third Round. Theo Walcott scored the winner deep into first half stoppage time at the Emirates, and the Gunners go on to face a trip to Southampton. Liverpool are out of the way after they lost at the Chelsea Stadium in Round 3, and a Manchester derby at Old Trafford in the Fourth Round will take another of the bigger sides out of the draw.

    There was more World Cup qualifying this month, and England became one of the first European sides to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Liam Ferguson’s team won 4-0 in Norway and 5-0 at home to Moldova this month, meaning that they are eight points beyond the second-placed Norwegians, and therefore will be making the trip to Argentina. New Arsenal signing Craig Robson got two of the goals in the Norway victory, but sprained his ankle in the Wembley match, where five different players scored, and so is out of action for a week. France were the other team to qualify from Europe, after they won 2-1 in Scotland and beat Armenia 4-0. The Scots still harbour some hope, with games against Albania and Armenia, but second-placed Belgium shouldn’t have any difficulty winning at home to Armenia or FYR Macedonia. Saul Goode’s Wales beat the Faroe Islands 2-1 this month but suffered a reversal of that scoreline in Spain. But a Spanish loss in Serbia means the two sides are still level on 15 points, alongside Sweden. However, the Spanish have two home games against the bottom two teams, the Faroes and Georgia, while Wales travel to Georgia and Sweden. Germany, Portugal, Israel, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Romania all top their groups.

    Peru became the third nation to qualify from South America, joining hosts Argentina and qualification group winners Brazil. The rest of the teams are very closely-knit and sixth-placed Paraguay could catch up any one of Chile, Colombia and Uruguay, who occupy the next two qualification spaces and the playoff place respectively. Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia are out. In North America, the United States booked their place with wins over Mexico and Honduras, and Guatemala also secured their very first World Cup appearance when they beat Panama and Mexico this month. The Mexicans are in third place, and with matches against the two bottom-placed teams (Panama and Bermuda), look likely to nab the last qualification space, leaving Honduras content with the playoffs. Africa also qualified its first side, after Cameroon ran rampant in their group with Gabon, Benin and Zambia, and Morocco, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Ghana lead the groups with four of the six games played.

    So that’s all for September. With European football, domestic football, international football and cups awaiting in October, it isn’t to be missed!

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    All of our teams played six games this month so it is easy to declare;

    Tyler Burrows, Udinese

    as the winner of this award, as his team won all six of their matches. They made a fine start to the league season with four victories, and have notched up impressive clean sheet victories in both Europa League matches. Tom Smith won five of his matches, but lost a tricky game at Man City, while Lord Weeman, whose side won four of their matches, was held to two home draws against Parma and CSKA Moscow. Our two Spanish sides, however, both suffered undignified losses to teams considered relegation fodder.

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        - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4833
      3rd Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure        4833
      4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4833
        - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4833
      6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800
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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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     Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
     Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
     Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     May 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Jun 21 Saul Goode, Wales (formerly of Osasuna)
     Jul 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Aug 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Sep 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
    Hall of Profligacy – Top Ten Highest Fee Spent
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      1st +7 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      Craig Robson#     £48   M *
      2nd -1 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    John Heitinga     £37.5 M *
      3rd -1 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        Chris Heslop#     £32.5 M
      4th -1 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     Cristiano Ronaldo £30.5 M
      5th -1 ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness  Everton       Chelsea      Carlos Vela       £27   M
      6th -1 fergysafc       Liam Ferguson     Man City      England      Michael Essien    £26.5 M
      7th -1 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  Adriano           £23   M *
      8th -1 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       Laure Dalla Valle £22.5 M *
      9th  0 SCIAG           Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Roma         Mario Gómez       £21.5 M
     10th  0 spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     John Fleck        £19.75M

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      1st  0 brettney1980    Brettney Joven    Wigan         Leeds        Chris Heslop#     £32.5M
      2nd +5 Robert_296      Robert Boyle      Blackburn     AV/ENG u21s  Redouane Bacha#   £30  M
      3rd -1 Waghlon         Lars Tommersen    Villarreal    Betis        Giuseppe Rossi    £29.5M
      4th -1 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     Freddy Adu        £27  M
        - -1 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      Carlos Vela       £27  M *
      6th -1 spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     Michael Essien    £26.5M
      7th -1 ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness  Everton       Chelsea      Mikel Arteta      £25.5M
      8th -1 m1234566778     Maz Armley        Racing                     Adriano           £23  M
      9th  0 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       Takayuki Morimoto £21  M *
     10th  0 SCIAG           Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Roma         Gaël Kakuta       £20.5M
        -  0 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  Adriano           £20.5M *

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    Liking the hall of fame/shame type updates canvey, kutgw

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    Great month there, a super start to the season

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    Update 160
    Years: 13, Months: 160, Days: 4864

    We’ll start the October report with World Cup news.

    Liam Ferguson’s England concluded their World Cup qualifying campaign this month with two dead rubbers, drawing 2-2 in Turkey and beating Lithuania 6-0 at Wembley. 33-year-old striker James Vaughan got two of the eight goals, as did Adam Pepper who scored a brace in the Lithuania match. Norway, who lost to Lithuania but beat Moldova, took second place over Turkey, who won 5-0 in Andorra in their final game, but the Norwegians won’t enter the playoff. In Group 2, Spain held off Saul Goode’s Wales to take the qualification spot when the Spanish thrashed the Faroes 6-0 and Georgia 3-0. Wales also won both games, 2-0 in Georgia and 4-1 in Sweden, but lost out on results between teams. Serbia finished third, a point behind the Welsh. Group 3 saw Denmark win both their games this month, and so cost Germany an automatic trip to Argentina. The Germans were held to a draw in Ukraine in the first game of the month, and a win there would have put them top. But they enter the playoffs, after fighting off Finland and Ukraine for that right.

    The Portuguese finished atop Group 4, beating San Marino and drawing in Greece this month. The Greeks missed out on qualification altogether, as Hungary’s two 1-1 draws this month got them the playoff spot. In Group 5, the Netherlands continued their general decline by finishing third. Despite two victories this month, including one over group winners Israel, they couldn’t catch up second-placed Switzerland, who got 2-0 wins over Cyprus and Iceland to conclude their group stage. Croatia won Group 6, holding off Slovenia with two victories this month, scoring three goals in both. Slovenia, who also won both matches, held off the campaign of Russia and of fourth-placed Austria.

    October was a very good month for the Irish national football team, who overturned the Czech Republic to win Group 7. The Irish beat Bosnia & Herzegovina 5-0 before winning 1-0 in Kazakhstan, while the Czechs drew in both Poland and Bosnia. Those two nations came the closest to making the playoff spot, but a two-point cushion seperates the Czech Republic from third-placed Poland. In Group 8, Scotland won the last two of their games, but as predicted, they couldn’t catch up Belgium, who also won both games. France, of course, top the group, and the Belgians enter the playoff. And finally, Italy held off Romania’s challenge and ended up winning Group 9 comfortably, smashing their main contenders 4-0 this month. They ended their campaign with a 2-1 win in Northern Ireland, who finished 3rd behind Romania.

    So the playoff draw has been made, and I would say Wales have a favourable one, with their two-legged tie coming against Romania. Germany should get through against Slovenia, while I’d tip Belgium to beat Hungary. The Czech Republic face Switzerland in the fourth playoff, and though it isn’t easy to call, I’ve been impressed by Switzerland in recent years and so will opt for them. In South America, Uruguay and Colombia took the last two qualification spots, leaving Chile to enter the intercontinental playoff. Mexico thrashed Bermuda 4-0 and Panama 6-0 to ensure qualification, and even finished above Guatemala, and so Honduras enter the playoff from the North of the continent. Egypt, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Ghana joined Cameroon in qualifying from Africa, while Iran will face New Zealand to qualify after they beat Saudi Arabia 6-4 on aggregate in the Asian playoff.

    So now we can return to domestic football, starting in Spain. Atlético Madrid lead La Liga after a brilliant month, but Cádiz are still going strong in second place. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid are third, having beaten Valladolid, Athletic and Lorca this month, and drawn with Gimnàstic. Volman also led his side to victory in the first leg of their Copa del Rey Fourth Round match, where they won 2-0 at Eibar. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are continuing their poor form, and sit 7th, losing to Lorca and drawing with Betis this month, but beating both Hércules and Valencia, the latter with a convicing 4-1 victory. Barcelona travelled to Rayo for their cup tie, where they won 1-0. Atlético Madrid await in their next league match.

    In England, Tom Smith’s Arsenal are continuing their slow but steady settlement into form, and a consequent rise in positions. This month started fairly poorly, with 2-2 draws against Hull and Portsmouth, but the Gunners won 3-0 at the Stadium of Light and 2-1 at Elland Road in the second half of the month. Chelsea lead the league on 28 points and another two London sides, Tottenham and Fulham, are three points further back. Huddersfield lead the Championship but Stoke, after a 1-4 loss at Bolton and with the team 20th, sacked their manager James Salter, and appointed Lee Clark as his replacement. Salter, who enjoyed a 2710 day-long spell at Reggina, was only in charge of this club for less than a year, although that is longer than his 153-day spell at Sporting. Reading also sacked their manager this month, as did Portsmouth, who sit 18th in the Premier League. Salter, as well as Ben Taylor and Maz Armley, have been linked to the latter, although the favourite is Theo Stigarakis.

    I mentioned European football at the end of the last update and that is what you shall get now. Just one game was played in each of the European competitions this month. In the Europa League, Udinese travelled to Turkey where they beat Kayserispor 4-0. Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 at the Nou Camp, while the biggest victory of the round was for Portsmouth, who beat fellow Brits Dundee United 6-0. Fans were riding on a wave of joy after the match but little did they know that manager Ian Holloway would be sacked nine days later after defeat at home to Man City. In the Champions League, all three of our sides won. Tom Smith’s Arsenal also travelled to Turkey, where they beat Trabzonspor 2-0, while title holders Napoli beat Lyon 2-1 at home, securing the result with two goals in the first four minutes. Real Madrid hosted Liverpool, and despite an absolute domination of their Merseyside opponents, they only got a goal, and a win, thanks to a goal from Basque attacking midfielder Iosu Alkorta in the 90th minute.

    Our two Italian clubs remain in much the same position as last month after October elapsed. Cool Manager’s Inter lead Serie A, and following in one-point intervals are Juventus, Udinese and Napoli. Third-placed Udinese, managed by outspoken Andorran head coach Tyler Burrows, won four of their six games, beating Parma at home and Livorno, A.C. Milan and Sampdoria away. Logically, their two defeats came to the two teams above them, as they lost 0-5 at Inter and 1-2 in Turin to Mikael Schøler’s Juventus. Lord Weeman’s Napoli did slightly better, winning bread-and-butter games over Sampdoria, Brescia, Livorno and Mantova, but also losing at Inter and drawing at home to Neilio’s Palermo. The draw for the Coppa Italia First Round, which will be played in December, has been made, and Napoli host Torino while Udinese host Mantova. There was one sacking of note in Italy this month; Parma dispensed with the services of Super Lampard when he left them in 18th in the league. Lampard, who has also enjoyed spells at Lecce, Bologna and Ipswich, lasted 341 days at Parma, his shortest ever club tenure. James Salter and Theo Stigarakis have also been linked with this job.

    That’s the month over, but there’s plenty to come next month, including World Cup qualifying playoffs. Until then, goodbye, auf wiedersehen, ciao ciao!

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    Lucas Volman, Real Madrid

    for putting in a solid month, not being spectacular but winning five games and drawing just one. Tom Smith at Arsenal also did well, winning thrice and drawing twice. And Lord Weeman’s month wasn’t too bad either, it’s just a shame about a close and possibly crucial defeat at Inter.

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      1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4864
        - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4864
        - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4864
      4th PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        4864
        - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4864
      6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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     Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
     Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
     Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     May 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Jun 21 Saul Goode, Wales (formerly of Osasuna)
     Jul 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Aug 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Sep 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Oct 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
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      1st  0 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  4864 *
        -  0 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       4864 *
        -  0 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      4864 *
        -  0 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      4864 *
        -  0 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    4864 *
      6th  0 Swafe           Saul Goode        Osasuna       Wales        3066
      7th  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Valencia     2362
      8th  0 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        2359
      9th  0 MikaelS         Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus     2311
     10th  0 spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     2075
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      1st NE dafuge          dafuge            Torino        Hull          326
      2nd NE Robert_296      Robert Boyle      Blackburn     Aston Villa   329
      3rd NE SCIAG           Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Roma          356
      4th NE Waghlon         Lars Tommersen    Villarreal    Betis         464
      5th NE ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness  Everton       Chelsea       478
      6th NE IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man     Numancia      Fulham        679
      7th NE NepentheZ       Neppo Monster     Cagliari      Wigan         693
      8th NE ScottT!         Scott Tysoe       Sunderland    Rangers       718
      9th NE Almondo         Arnold J. Rimmer  Bolton        Newcastle     730
     10th NE canvey!!        Fréderico Canvey  Stoke         Everton       894

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    Update 161
    Years: 13, Months: 161, Days: 4894

    My goodness, it’s December already, and it doesn’t seem that long since the season started! The managers, in a few hours time, will open the first window of their advent calendars. Unfortunately for Tyler Burrows, the Andorra national football team heroes calendar was discontinued due to lack of demand, so he has gone for a Power Rangers calendar this year. Rumour has it his favourite is the pink one.

    The Udinese manager is having a stellar season so far, and his team sit in third place after 13 games, with a neat six-point cushion protecting them from fourth-placed A.C. Milan. In November, Tyler Burrows played Leo Dodge’s Roma, beating them 2-0 before winning 3-0 at home to Brescia. Udinese also hosted CFR Cluj in the Europa League, beating the Romanians 4-0 and hence qualifying for the knockout stages, along with Standard Liège. Lord Weeman’s Napoli drew 1-1 at Rimini, and our two managers met in an encounter in Naples to end the month. New signing Luca Mattioli opened the scoring for Udinese just after half time, but Marek Hamsik levelled the scores for the home team on the hour mark. Two goals then came at ten minute intervals, first Choco for Napoli, and then Stevan Jovetic with the equaliser for the visitors ten minutes from time. 2-2 was the final score, leaving Napoli fifth in the league. In the Champions League this month, they travelled to Lyon, where they lost 1-2 to the French side, but atoned for that defeat with a 7-0 drubbing at home to FC København, with brace-scorer Choco being the only player to net more than once. Elsewhere in Italy, the Parma vacancy was filled by former Fiorentina boss Ben Taylor, it being his first job back in the game since his dismissal from Artemio Franchi in 2017.

    We’ll travel to Spain next, where La Liga is led by a Madrid duo. Atlético are the top team, of course, although Lucas Volman’s second-placed Real are just a point behind them. This month was a very good one for Volman, as his team beat Cádiz and Hércules 4-1 and Zaragoza 2-1 away. They also beat Eibar 2-0 to record a 4-0 aggregate win in the Spanish Cup. Champions League football saw a hard-earned draw at Liverpool and a 4-0 win over Dortmund. As for Barcelona, Haowan Madridstas’s side sit in a very poor ninth place. They drew with Atlético Madrid and Málaga this month, and lost to Recreativo. The cups were some respite, as they thrashed Rayo 5-1 for a 6-1 aggregate win, and beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 in their Europa League group, which they currently lead with a 100% record. Racing sacked manager Víctor Fernández this month, with the team one place above the drop zone, and hired as a replacement former Fulham, Portsmouth and Villarreal manager Tim Aubel, whose sole title came in the form of the 2017 Carling Cup with Pompey.

    This month saw the conclusion of the World Cup qualifying, with playoff rounds on five continents. Saul Goode’s Wales were drawn against Romania, but suffered a 1-3 away defeat, with Werder Bremen striker Dumitru Dobre, fairly prolific in the 2018 World Cup, netting twice. Belgium and Slovenia drew at home, 2-2 with Hungary and 1-1 with Germany respectively, so looked in danger of losing out in the second legs. The Czech Republic hosted Switzerland, and the Alpine nation, impressive under the management of Marco Padalino, won 2-1. Sure enough, Switzerland progressed, drawing 1-1 at home, thanks to Czech striker Tomás Pekhart scoring in the 89th minute. Germany beat Slovenia 4-0, with three goals from everyone’s favourite adoptee Luis Manuel Molina. The Hungary-Belgium match was similar to the Switzerland-Czech Republic match, in that it ended 1-1 with a late goal from the visitors. Despite having two men sent off, Hungary held on until the 87th minute, when Anthony Vanden Borre netted the rebound of his missed penalty. But the Hungarians proceed on away goals nevertheless. Wales’ match also ended a draw, which does put them out. Sam Vokes scored twice in two minutes a quarter of an hour into the match, but Dimitru Dobre scored again at the end of the first half, with 2-2 being the final score. The Czech Republic sacked their manager, Jozef Chovanec, and appointed Bayern Munich manager Pavel Nedved as his successor. The four times Champions League winners looked to Fulham to fill their vacancy, appointing Jellybean Man. His tenure in Germany will be a far cry from the days of getting Numancia relegated to the second division. We’ll examine in due course Fulham’s replacement manager.

    After losing out on an automatic qualification spot to Guatemala, Honduras would have to beat Chile if they wanted to make the 4000-mile journey to Argentina next year. As it was, they made the 3500-mile journey to Santiago, but it didn’t seem worthwhile, after Honduras lost the home leg to the South Americans, 1-4. Chile simply compounded their victory at home with a 3-0 win. Meanwhile, Iran faced New Zealand in the Asia-Oceania playoff. Young Olympiakos striker Holger Leschinski netted twice in a 3-0 victory in Tehran, and the Iranians also won 2-0 in Auckland to pile the misery on New Zealand and to book their own World Cup place.

    It’s time to end in England, and where better to start than at Craven Cottage? Fulham were left reeling at the departure of Jellybean Man, who left them fourth in the league, but, on the plus side, seemed to be going downhill with both league and cup defeats to Blackburn (who were doing so badly they sacked Steven Gerrard at the end of the month) and a 0-5 implosion at Chelsea (John Fleck scored thrice with two spot kicks). James Ridley, who had had success at a club of similar stature to Fulham, Sampdoria, was called in as a replacement, directly from the Genoan team for £1M. Former Lecce, Bologna and Parma manager Super Lampard took the Sampdoria position. Elsewhere in England, former Fiorentina manager Theo Stigarakis completed the treble of nations when he was appointed as head coach at Fratton Park, and Wigan, after he left them 11th in the Championship when they were predicted 4th, sacked Neppo Monster, replacing him with Sol Campbell.

    As for Arsenal, Tom Smith’s Gunners continued their climb, moving up one place this month to third. They share the 27-point mark with title favourites Man City, but are a massive eight point behind Bryan McGuinness’s Chelsea. McGuinness, who has won the Community Shield with the Blues and the Europa League with Everton, would like to add the Premier League to his repertoire. Arsenal won all their games this month, winning 6-0 at home to Trabzonspor and 2-0 at home to Basel in the Champions League, and therefore qualifying along with Benfica, and beating Southampton 2-0 away in the Carling Cup Fourth Round. 2-0 victories also came in the league against Everton and Ridley’s Fulham, with the home match with Crystal Palace having ended 3-0 in Arsenal’s favour. Bolton, the last Championship side remaining in the competition, will host the Gunners in the League Cup Quarter Final, while Leicester are already in the Final Four after beating Blackburn 4-0. Everton take on Chelsea and Man City face Spurs. In the FA Cup Third Round, Arsenal have a very favourable home tie with Wolves. Middlesbrough-Blackburn, Man City-Hull and Crystal Palace-Sunderland make up the three all-top flight ties of the round.

    Here’s to a good Christmas for all of our managers!

    Manager of the Update
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    Tom Smith, Arsenal

    after he guided his team to six wins out of six, without conceding any goals. He had a fine month, which Tyler Burrows and Lucas Volman, though they both won all of their games but for one draw, couldn’t even come close to matching.

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      1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4894
        - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4894
        - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4894
        - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   4894
      5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4894
      6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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     Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
     Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
     Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     May 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Jun 21 Saul Goode, Wales (formerly of Osasuna)
     Jul 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Aug 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Sep 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Oct 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
     Nov 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
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      1st  0 SCIAG           Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Tottenham   3800
      2nd  0 TaylorB         Ben Taylor        Fiorentina    Fiorentina  3442
      3rd  0 fergysafc       Liam Ferguson     Man City      Man City    2783
      4th  0 JSalter         James Salter      Reggina       Reggina     2710
      5th  0 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull          Aston Villa 2591
      6th  0 Chimpos         Phill Ewles       Valladolid    Olympiakos  2532
      7th  0 mikeytwigge     Mikey Twigge      Palermo       Palermo     2507
      8th  0 m1234566778     Maz Armley        Racing        Sevilla     2504
      9th  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter         Inter       2502
     10th  0 Robert_296      Robert Boyle      Blackburn     Newcastle   2127
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      1st  0 dafuge          dafuge            Torino        Everton      145
      2nd  0 JSalter         James Salter      Reggina       Sporting     153
      3rd  0 Waghlon         Lars Tommersen    Villarreal    Fiorentina   174
      4th NE m1234566778     Maz Armley        Racing        Villarreal   180
      5th -1 NepentheZ       Neppo Monster     Cagliari      Cagliari     236
      6th -1 ssestig         Theo Stigarakis   Catania       Mallorca     240
      7th -1 Almondo         Arnold J. Rimmer  Bolton        Man United   268
      8th -1 canvey!!        Fréderico Canvey  Stoke         Valladolid   285
      9th -1 brettney1980    Brettney Joven    Wigan         Wigan        320
     10th -1 Robert_296      Robert Boyle      Blackburn     Blackburn    326

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    I preferred 'hall of flexibility' to 'hall of shame'

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    Update 162
    Years: 13, Months: 162, Days: 4925

    Happy new year, everyone! Let’s see what our five managers did in December 2021, starting on the Iberian peninsula.

    Atlético Madrid continue to lead La Liga, and their rivals, Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid, have fallen a place this month to third. They opened the month with a win over Lars Tommersen’s Betis, but then lost to both Atlético themselves, and to Recreativo. Still, it could be worse: Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are eighth, although he is still Very Secure in his position. They actually had a good month, beating Getafe 2-1, Racing 3-0 and Murcia 6-0, but they’ll need to continue those good months to rise up the table. One place below them are Valencia, who beat Albacete 2-0 this month before an 8-0 win over Elche. That was followed, however, by a loss to Sevilla, and the board saw fit to get rid of manager Ben Cee, who had spent 2410 days in charge, 92 days short of his longer tenure at Inter. Martin Bojangles was the favourite for the job, but it went instead to Manchester United manager Pierluigi Casiraghi. The Red Devils appointed Dave Jones at Old Trafford. James Salter also started work in Spain, replacing Félix Sarriugarte who was sacked as Athletic boss this month.

    Over in Italy, Lord Weeman’s Napoli are continuing their mediocre season, perhaps suffering from a Champions League hangover. They won half and lost half of their games this month, opening with defeats against Genoa and Lazio before bouncing back for two 2-0 away wins at A.C. Milan and Atalanta. Napoli also travelled to China this month to play the Club World Championship. They beat South Korea’s Seongnam 6-0 in the Semi-Final, with four goals from Brazilian forward Choco, before beating Brazil’s Grêmio 2-0 to lift the title. Meanwhile, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are having a great season. Inter fell away from the top of the league this month, to be replaced by Mikael Schøler’s Juventus, but Udinese are second, two points behind the leaders. In December, they beat both Rimini and Atalanta and drew at Palermo. They also booked their passage into the Coppa Italia Quarter Final with a 3-1 win over Mantova. Napoli got there by beating Torino 3-0. Both sides travel to Rome for the next round, with Udinese facing Lazio and Napoli facing Roma.

    This month saw the conclusion of the European competitions’ group stages. Udinese ended their Europa League round robin with two wins, achieving a 3-1 victory in Belgium against Standard Liège, and then winning 2-0 at home to Kayserispor. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona also won both their European games this month, with a 5-0 win over Maccabi Netanya and a 3-1 one over Paris Saint-Germain, both away. Both teams top their groups, while Juventus, Portsmouth, Roma, Tottenham, Sevilla, Palermo, Betis and Leeds are the other teams from our three nations through. Barcelona face Spartak Moscow in the Last 32, with a tie against Portsmouth or Roma to follow, while Udinese face AS Monaco, while PSV Eindhoven or Leeds await.

    As for the Champions League, Arsenal won 3-1 at Benfica this month, although they had already sealed top spot in the group. Holders Napoli drew goalless at CSKA Moscow, and so finish behind group winners Lyon. And Real Madrid travelled to Dortmund where they secured a 2-0 victory, allowing them to beat Liverpool to the top of the table. Chelsea, Man City, Inter, Lazio and A.C. Milan also topped their groups. The matches between Valencia and Cool Manager’s Inter ended 1-1 in Spain and 1-0 to Inter in Italy. The Round of 16 has been drawn, and holders Napoli have a tough time of it, as they play Arsenal. However, they did beat the Gunners in last year’s Semi-Final. Jellybean Man’s Bayern Munich will play host to Real Madrid (and vice versa), in a replay of the 2017 Final. Other interesting ties see Liverpool meet A.C. Milan, Valencia meet Chelsea and Atlético Madrid play Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City.

    It’s time to conclude the report in England. The vacant Blackburn hot seat was filled by former Racing and Sevilla boss Maz Armley. He won three and lost three of his first six games in charge. Other hiring and firing news saw the inevitable arrive as dafuge was sacked from Hull, following his 366-day stint which left them 18th in the Premier League. Assistant manager John Terry was promoted to take full charge of the team. Shifting our focus now to successful teams, Tom Smith’s Arsenal are second in the league, but leaders Chelsea have a mammoth ten-point lead at the top. In December, the Gunners won all but one of their games, beating Tottenham, Ipswich and Aston Villa at home, and Man United and Leicester away, but drawing at St James’ Park, thanks to a 90+4th minute equaliser for the Magpies, who dominated the match. The London club also quelled any hopes of an upset by thrashing Bolton 5-1 in the Carling Cup Quarter Final. Yet Smith’s team are not expected to go any further, as Chelsea await in the two-legged Semi-Final. Leicester meet Man City in the other match.

    The transfer window is now open, and, given the poor seasons some of our managers are having, may need to be utilised to maximum effect. Two rounds of the FA Cup and of the Copa del Rey await next month, with European football commencing in February, including that tantalising Napoli-Arsenal match. It’s not to be missed!

    Manager of the Update
    It’s a close one this month, but;

    Tom Smith, Arsenal

    just edges it for me. He won seven of his matches this month, and was only denied an eighth by a 90+4th minute goal at Newcastle. Haowan Madridstas, who won all five of his games, pushed him close, but the fact that Smith played more games and a generally healthier season so far gave him this one. Tyler Burrows continues his great season at Udinese with another unbeaten month, and Lord Weeman won the Club World Championship this month, although it came at the cost of league form.

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     Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
      1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4925
        - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4925
        - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4925
        - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   4925
      5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        4925
      6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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     Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
     Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
     Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     May 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Jun 21 Saul Goode, Wales (formerly of Osasuna)
     Jul 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Aug 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Sep 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Oct 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
     Nov 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
     Dec 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
    Hall of Receiving - Top Ten Players Bought (Number)
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      Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club  No
      1st  0 IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man     Numancia      Bayern Munich 97
      2nd  0 Neilio          Neilio            Almería       Palermo       89
      3rd +1 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter                       79
      4th  0 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli        78 *
      5th +2 canvey!!        Fréderico Canvey  Stoke         Everton       74
      6th -3 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull                        72
      7th -1 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter         68
        - NE spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City      68
      9th NE PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese       67 *
     10th -3 ssestig         Theo Stigarakis   Catania       Portsmouth    66
    Hall of Giving – Top Ten Players Sold (Number)
    Code:
      Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club  No
      1st  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter                       89
      2nd  0 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid   87 *
      3rd +1 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter         80
      4th -1 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese       79 *
      5th  0 m1234566778     Maz Armley        Racing        Blackburn     73
      6th  0 IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man     Numancia      Bayern Munich 72
      7th +1 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli        71 *
      8th -2 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona     67 *
      9th NE canvey!!        Fréderico Canvey  Stoke         Everton       63

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    Sacked!

    F***! :mad:


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    Not a good month for Inter Come on lads!

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    Sacked again

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    Final 5 still trudging along. A great season this one, hopefully I can make a real charge in the second half of the season

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    Update 163
    Years: 13, Months: 163, Days: 4956

    Let’s examine our managers’ antics in January, starting in England.

    I think it’s time for Tom Smith to rule out any hopes of winning the Premier League this year. Not only did his Arsenal team slip to third this month, but Chelsea have opened a sixteen-point gap over second-placed Man City, with fourteen games to play. Arsenal sit a point behind the Citizens, after the Gunners opened the month with two difficult games, both of which they lost. A trip to Chelsea Stadium saw Bryan McGuinness’s Pensioners win 3-1, before Man City won 1-0 at the Emirates. Arsenal ended the month with a 2-0 win over visiting Liverpool and a 5-0 one over visiting Hull. Despite the league loss, Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Carling Cup Semi-Final, winning 3-1 at home and progressing on aggregate when the Blues could only win 1-0 in the return leg. Smith’s side also got through two rounds of the FA Cup, beating Wolves 3-0 and, like their Carling Cup equivalent, playing at St Mary’s in the Fourth Round, where they beat Southampton 1-0. Hartlepool await in the next round, while Man City await in the League Cup Final. Elsewhere in England, after he won only three of his fifteen league games in charge, Theo Stigarakis was sacked from Portsmouth after 90 days. Keen to avoid relegation and looking for a manager that could stabilise the club and provide a lasting legacy, they hired…dafuge? Still, he couldn’t do worse than Stigarakis, who gave Mr Get-Fired-a-Lot a run for his money.

    Over in Italy, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese have dropped form a bit, but they remain in a desirable position. January saw them struggle a bit, and despite wins over Mantova and Lazio, they drew with A.C. Milan and Juventus and lost to Genoa and Catania. They did, however, also beat Lazio in the Coppa Italia Quarter Final, 4-2 after extra time in Rome, and so face Roma in the Semi-Final. They sit 3rd in Serie A, one place ahead of Lord Weeman’s Napoli, who have patched up their lacklustre season with a good month. 3-0 wins over Catania and Livorno and 2-0 ones over Frosinone, Modena and Fiorentina were marred slightly by a loss at league leaders Juventus, and also a loss to Leo Dodge’s Roma in the Coppa Italia.

    Of course, January wouldn’t be January without transfers. Our Italian teams were busy in the transfer window this month, with Udinese signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Liverpool for £2.6M while selling youngster Alberto Antoniolo to Empoli for £240k and central midfielder Luca Mattioli to Inter for a whopping £19.5M. Udinese also made a bit of money on 18-year-old goalkeeper Filippo Manzini, who had joined for free from Argentina, first selling half of him to Inter for £5.75M, then selling all of him to Man City for £1.6M. Napoli were also very busy, buying ‘cultured’ 23-year-old defensive midfielder Gianni De Santis for £14.5M, split between his two owners Inter and Sampdoria. Lord Weeman also bought half of Atalanta’s 18-year-old right winger Fausto Piazza for £7.75M, while egg-headed (and not very good) centreback Emanuele Rinaldi joined Ascoli for £675k, 30-year-old Turkish striker Ugur Ates joined Sampdoria for £5.25M and unambitious centreback Francesco Andreoletti joined Roma for £9.25M. But Napoli’s biggest outgoing transfer was the sale of 23-year-old Ivorian rightback Franck Kone to A.C. Milan for £19M, almost a £10M increase on his purchase price last season.

    In England, Tom Smith’s Arsenal made two big incoming transfers, presumably in an attempt to rectify their title challenge. 28-year-old Australian centreback Don Taylor arrived from Man City for an extravagant £11.25M, and 26-year-old striker Wesley Oliver from Trinidad and Tobago joined from Portsmouth for £17.25M. Oliver, who scored in his first game for the club (and only one so far), has a ‘Finishing’ attribute of 18, a ‘First Touch’ one of 16, and already lists Smith among his favoured personnel. Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Iker Vázquez, who had cost Lucas Volman £1.4M from Valencia, arrived at the Emirates for £1.3M. Two players left Arsenal; Tom Heaton signed for Hull for £525k and 22-year-old centreback Charlie Hall joined Rapid Wien for £1.8M. Alongisde the sale of Vázquez, Real Madrid offloaded 20-year-old fullback Javier Susaete to Zamora for £400k and 20-year-old midfielder Diego Sánchez Yepes to Levante for £850k. 25-year-old Italian leftback Ermanno Maradini arrived at the Bernabéu from Mantova for a fee of £6.5M. Real Madrid’s rivals Barcelona were slightly less active, making a profit on goalkeeper Matteo Ancelotti, who joined Getafe for £350k, and buying a replacement goalkeeper, Andrea Ventura, from Roma for £525k.

    As for Barcelona’s league performance, it was another indifferent months. While victories, and good ones too, came over Albacete and Sevilla, Haowan Madridstas’s team drew with Elche and Valladolid and lost to Real Madrid. Real Madrid were also their Copa del Rey Fifth Round opponents, but here Barca won, 6-4 on aggregate after an enthralling 3-3 second leg draw at the Bernabéu. The Catalonian team also squeezed past Lars Tommersen’s Betis, winning 4-3 on aggregate despite a 1-3 loss in the first, away leg. Atlético Madrid await. Real Madrid had a decent month in the league. As well as that win over Barca, they beat Málaga, Murcia and Racing this month. But the year started badly with a 1-4 loss at Valencia, which marked a third consecutive loss, and that cup exit won’t be welcomed by the fans.

    Onwards we roll, then. To February!

    Manager of the Update
    It was a pretty poor month all round, but;

    Lord Weeman, Napoli

    gets this award for being the best of a bad lot. He lost two games, at Roma in the Coppa Italia and at Serie A leaders Juventus, but won every other game with ease. Tom Smith guided his Arsenal team through two competitions, taking them to the Final in one of them, but it didn’t come without his team losing games.

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     Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
      1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4956
        - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4956
        - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4956
        - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   4956
      5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Secure        4956
      6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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     Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
     Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
     Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     May 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
     Jun 21 Saul Goode, Wales (formerly of Osasuna)
     Jul 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Aug 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Sep 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
     Oct 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
     Nov 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
     Dec 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
     Jan 22 Lord Weeman, Napoli

    Hall of Spending – Top Ten Players Bought (Value)
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      1st  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter                       £804M
      2nd  0 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona     £666M *
      3rd  0 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter         £624M
      4th +2 spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City      £577M
      5th -1 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid   £551M *
      6th +1 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli        £521M *
      7th -2 fergysafc       Liam Ferguson     Man City      England       £515M
      8th  0 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal       £441M *
      9th  0 ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness  Everton       Chelsea       £347M
     10th  0 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull                        £269M

    Hall of Earning – Top Ten Players Sold (Value)
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      Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club  Value
      1st  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter                       £499M
      2nd +1 spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City      £333M
      3rd +1 el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter         £306M
      4th  0 PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese       £299M *
      5th -3 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid   £295M *
      6th +3 weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli        £292M *
      7th -1 ~Ian~           Bryan McGuinness  Everton       Chelsea       £287M
      8th  0 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona     £267M *
      9th -2 fergysafc       Liam Ferguson     Man City      England       £266M
     10th  0 Martin_         Martin Bojangles  Hull                        £234M

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    3rd in both hall of earning and hall of spending

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    Is 90 days the shortest stint by any of our managers? Pretty sure Daf can break it for me if it is


    Edit: After looking at post #1472 I am \o/
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    My laptop's hard drive has corrupted so I'm without internet access for the moment. It may also turn out that I am without the 60 to One save files, at least until December 11th. I will try and keep you posted!

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    Note: I now have my laptop back and at least a smattering of files from my corrupted hard drive. Among these was one 60 to One save file, but not the database or anything else. Upon loading up the game, it tells me that it cannot find the database and will now play with the default database, but all the managers are still there, so I hope that that won't make a difference.

    Update 164

    Years: 13, Months: 164, Days: 4984


    Let’s see how our managers did in February, starting in Spain.

    It looks very likely that this season’s La Liga title will be going to Vicente Calderón. Josep Guardiola’s Atlético Madrid lead the league by ten points, with second-placed Real Madrid having just fifteen games to try to make up that deficit. This month, Lucas Volman’s side beat Elche and Getafe 2-1, and Albacete 4-0. However, they suffered defeat in Germany when they travelled to play Bayern Munich, as Jellybean Man’s Bundesliga side won 2-0 with a brace from 31-year-old midfielder Christian Weigl. Elsewhere in Spain, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona won all four league games, beating Athletic, Gimnàstic, Cádiz and Zaragoza. The Catalonian side sit fifth in the league, but had mixed success in the cups this month. While they cleared the Europa League Round of 32 with a 5-2 aggregate victory over Spartak Moscow, the first leg of their Copa del Rey Semi-Final at the Nou Camp saw visitors Atlético Madrid win 3-1.

    Another good month has kept Tyler Burrows’s Udinese in title contention in Serie A. They got two 1-0 away wins over Frosinone and Fiorentina, a 2-1 home victory over Modena and a 3-1 home victory over Livorno, which puts them second and two points behind leaders Juventus. Burrows’s side also had no problem in progressing in the Europa League, beating AS Monaco 2-1 away and 2-0 at home. As for Lord Weeman’s Napoli, they are hanging in the Champions League qualification places. They beat Parma this month before falling to defeat at Roma. This was followed by a goalless draw with Sampdoria, although the month did end with a 2-0 win over Inter. In the Champions League, Napoli welcomed Arsenal to San Paolo, and came away with a 1-0 win thanks to a 70th minute goal from right winger Vittorio Mattioli. Given that Arsenal won their own home leg against Napoli 1-0 last year, this result doesn’t look good enough to get Napoli through without, at least, penalties. But Weeman is confident of another upset over the Gunners.

    Who, by the way, have had a good month in the league. Tom Smith’s side beat Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, West Ham and Blackburn this month, the latter two both 4-0, and currently sit third behind Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City, who played five games and won all five. The two teams also met in the Carling Cup Final at Wembley, where, despite Man City’s pressure, the match remained goalless at half time. It took 25-year-old Scottish striker Sam Law seven minutes after the restart to net for the Citizens, splitting the Arsenal defence as he powered the ball into the bottom corner. The Gunners had their chances, but the result for Man City was put beyond doubt in the 90+4th minute, when 24-year-old central midfielder Bobby Hall curled a wicked shot into the net. Such an amazing strike seemed apt to give Lazewski his 10th title with the club, and his 15th one overall. But some cup respite did come for Arsenal among their Carling Cup and Champions League defeats, as they beat Hartlepool 3-0 in the FA Cup Fifth Round. A home tie against Middlesbrough awaits in the Last Eight, while Chelsea play Man City, and Huddersfield, the last Championship side in the competition, travel to White Hart Lane.

    Just over three months remain now before Spain open the 2022 FIFA World Cup against Egypt. But plenty of challenges remain ahead for our managers. Who will win, Arsenal or Napoli? Can Udinese take the title? Will Real Madrid overcome Bayern Munich? And will Barcelona be forced into yet another 5th-placed finish?

    Manager of the Update

    It’s pretty clear that;

    Tyler Burrows
    , Udinese

    should win the award this month, after he guided his team to six wins from six, which put him in close contention for the title, despite the pre-season predicted finish of seventh, and put them through to Europa League Last 16. Lucas Volman also had a good league month, but saw his team lose at Bayern Munich.

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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   4984
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   4984
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   4984
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   4984
       5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Secure        4984
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jun 21 Saul Goode, Wales (formerly of Osasuna)
      Jul 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Jan 22 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 22 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
    Hall of Fame – Top Ten Hall of Fame (Nty = Nationality, Ntn = Nation, Eur = Europe, Wld = World. Lawrence Lazewski is in the England HOF)
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       Pos +- Username        Manager           NAT Original Club Current Club Nty Ntn Eur Wld
       1st  0 Haowan          Haowan Madridstas ESP Barcelona     Barcelona    1st 1st 3rd 3rd
       2nd  0 Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      ITA Real Madrid   Real Madrid  3rd 2nd 5th 5th
       3rd  0 tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         POR Arsenal       Arsenal      1st 3rd
       4th  0 spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski USA Valencia      Man City     1st 8th
       5th  0 ian_1982        Maurice Jobson    RWA Man United    (retired)    1st
         -  0 BenArsenal      Ben Cee           SIN Inter                      1st
       7th NE clrkaitken      Clark Aitken      CAN Roma          (retired)    2nd
         - +1 el sid          Cool Manager      ENG At. Madrid    Inter        2nd
       9th -2 Jack_Rudd       Lisa Jeffries     CAN Juventus      (retired)    3rd
      10th NE MikaelS         Mikael Schøler    DEN Bologna       Juventus     7th

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    Fantastic return this month, worth the wait. KUTGW Canvey!! and mon a sacking.

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    Hot off the presses:

    Update 165

    Years: 13, Months: 165, Days: 5015


    Our managers clear the 5000-day mark, so let’s examine their performances in March, with the season rapidly drawing towards its close.

    In England, Tom Smith’s Arsenal enjoyed victory all month. First, they beat visiting team Brettney Joven’s Leeds 3-1, before a 4-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the FA Cup Sixth Round. Napoli then came to visit, and the Italians were knocked out of the Champions League after the Gunners won 2-0 in their London home. League victories over Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Everton and James Ridley’s Fulham then followed. Arsenal currently sit second, but, with six games to go, they are ten points behind leaders Chelsea, and are almost certainly not going to win the league.

    Over in Spain, Barcelona’s troubles continue, and, after a dreadful month in which they picked up just three points, Haowan Madridstas’s side have been dragged down to seventh in La Liga. They first played away to Atlético Madrid in the Copa del Rey Semi-Final, losing 0-2 to go down 1-5 on aggregate. Then, in the league, they thrashed visitors Lorca 5-1. Their next three domestic fixtures, however, weren’t so good: they lost away to both Hércules and Atlético, and at home to Betis, a fellow battler for a top four position. Their European adventure also came to an end: Leo Dodge’s Roma won the first leg of the two teams’ tie 2-0 at home, and the Italians, despite losing 3-5 at the Nou Camp, went through on away goals.

    Our other manager in Spain, Lucas Volman, had a better month, although his team Real Madrid also left Europe after being unable to muster anything more than a 1-1 draw at home to Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League tie, leading to a 1-3 aggregate elimination. However, three very comfortable victories in the league, against Sevilla, Valladolid and Gimnàstic, accompanied a 1-0 win in Bilbao against Athletic, and a rather disappointing 0-3 loss at Cádiz at the end of the month. Real are second, and, if they are to beat rivals Atlético to the title, will need to get an average of one point more per game than the leaders; Volman’s side are ten points behind with that many fixtures to fulfil.

    Let’s travel over to Italy now, where both our managers are in fiery contention for Champions League spots. We’ll go top to bottom, which means we start with Tyler Burrows’s Udinese, who are third. All in all, they had a good month. They played four league fixtures, notching up wins over Parma and Sampdoria, drawing at Roma, and unfortunately losing at home to second-placed Inter. They booked their place in the Europa League Last Eight with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Brettney Joven’s Leeds, and also got a narrow but important 1-0 win in the first, home, leg of their Coppa Italia Semi-Final with Roma.

    Napoli also had a decent month. As already revealed, their campaign to defend the Champions League ended when they were knocked out by Arsenal, so they just have the league to concentrate on now. They beat Brescia, Mantova and Rimini before a credible 2-2 draw at Sicilian giants Palermo, home to former Ipswich manager Neilio. Napoli travel to Udinese in the first game of next month, a crucial fixture in the race for third or even for fourth place. Mikael Schøler’s Juventus maintain a narrow two-point lead over Inter at the top of the table. Fiorentina are 19th.

    While we had five managers in Europe at the start of the month, we now just have two. As well as Champions League victories for Arsenal and Bayern Munich, A.C. Milan triumphed over Liverpool on penalties, Inter knocked out Zaragoza, and Chelsea beat a struggling Valencia. Benfica overcame Lazio, Lawrence Lazewski’s Man City triumphed over La Liga leaders Atlético Madrid, and Feyenoord went down at the hands of Lyon. In the next round, Arsenal face Bayern Munich, while Inter and A.C. meet in a Milan derby. In the Europa League Quarter Finals, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese face Sevilla. Every Europa League Quarter Final has an Italian team involved, so they may be very prominent in the Semi-Finals. Burrows, I’m sure, will want to get his team as far as possible.

    Manager of the Update

    Without doubt;

    Tom Smith
    , Arsenal

    deserves this month’s award. Knocking Middlesbrough and Napoli (last season’s Champions League winners) out of cups, he also took his team to victories to five victories from as many games in the league. Tyler Burrows gets an honourable mention for being the only other manager to not be eliminated from a cup competition this month.

    Job Securities
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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   5015
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   5015
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   5015
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   5015
       5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Secure        5015
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Update Winner, Club                
      Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jun 21 Saul Goode, Wales (formerly of Osasuna)
      Jul 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Jan 22 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 22 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 22 Tom Smith, Arsenal
    Hall of Consistency – Top Ten Most League Wins
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       Pos +- Username      Manager           Original Club Current Club Wins
       1st NE tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal        8  *
       2nd NE BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter                        6  *
       3rd NE Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona      5  *
       4th NE el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter          4
         - NE Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid    4  *
       6th    10 others                                                    1
    Hall of Glory – Top Ten Most Cup Wins
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       Pos +- Username        Manager           Original Club Current Club Wins
       1st NE Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona     21  *
       2nd NE Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid   20  *
       3rd NE spartans5       Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City      14
       4th NE tomsmith1989    Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal       12  *
       5th NE el sid          Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter          9
       6th NE BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter                        7
       7th NE weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli         6  *
       8th NE SCIAG           Leo Dodge         Tottenham     Roma           4
       9th    4 others                                                       2

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    They are still going strong. Amazing.

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    Update 166
    Years: 13, Months: 166, Days: 5045


    With the season rapidly reaching its close, the first title winners and relegated teams have already been confirmed. Let’s take a look at our managers’ performances in April, starting in the wonderful boot that is Italy.

    Mikael Schøler
    ’s Juventus lead Serie A like a beacon, but things are so close that any of the top four could be considered title contenders. The Old Lady, with 78 points, is level with Cool Manager’s Inter, two points ahead of Napoli and four points ahead of Udinese. The latter, managed by 58-year-old Andorran Tyler Burrows, won 75% of their league games this month, beating Rimini, Brescia and Atalanta, all away. Ironically, Udinese’s loss was their only home game, when Lord Weeman’s Napoli beat them 2-1 at Friuli. Napoli had a good month; after that victory, they went on to beat Genoa, Atalanta and A.C. Milan, with some convincing margins too, before a 2-2 draw away to Lazio. Udinese’s Coppa Italia dream came to an end this month, when their 0-2 loss at Roma put them out in the Semi-Finals, 1-2 on aggregate. Leo Dodge’s victors will face A.C. Milan in the Final, but the best they can realistically hope for league-wise is a fifth-placed finish. Fiorentina became the first team to be relegated from Serie A, and would do well to finish 19th.

    Over to the Premier League now, where just a game or two remain for each top-flight side. Tom Smith’s Arsenal are one of the teams with two games to play, but no matter what happens, they will end this season as league runners-up. This month, Bryan McGuinness’s Chelsea clinched the league title with a 1-0 win at home to Ipswich. Earlier in the month, Arsenal had travelled to play the East Anglian side, and drawn 1-1. This was followed by the same result at White Hart Lane in the North London derby, before wins over Man United and Leicester. The Red Devils, who have been enjoying mixed results under Dave Jones, also lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley. The tie was goalless after ninety minutes, before Diogo broke the deadlock in the first minute of extra time. 26-year-old Tobagan striker Wesley Oliver then netted a brace to make the result look much more convincing than it was. Arsenal will get the opportunity to deny Chelsea a double, as they meet the Blues at Wembley next month. In other Premier League news, Blackburn and West Ham have been relegated, with the former sacking manager Maz Armley and replacing him with Jim Magilton. Crystal Palace are also likely to go down, but could survive at Aston Villa’s or Hull’s expense. Q.P.R. won the Championship and will be joined in next season’s Premier League by runners-up Sheffield Wednesday.

    How did our two European contenders get on this month? In the Europa League, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese had to travel to Spain, to face mid-table La Liga side Sevilla. Unfortunately for Burrows, two own goals and a penalty helped Sevilla to a dominant 4-0 victory, even though the Italian side had the better of shots and possession. In the return leg, Udinese threw the kitchen sink at their Spanish opponents, but could only muster a nonetheless-impressive 3-0 win, which saw them narrowly and painfully eliminated. Sevilla went on to face table-toppers Juventus in the Semi-Final, while an all-Italian encounter sees Palermo face Roma. After legs in Sicily and Spain, the ties are level, so it looks like a Roma-Juventus Final is on.

    As for the Champions League, and Tom Smith’s Arsenal, they faced Germany’s Bayern Munich this month. Although Toni Kroos put Bayern 1-0 up at the Emirates after four minutes, Arsenal were 3-1 up before half time, and, despite a missed penalty, won 4-2. A brace of goals in the first seven minutes at the Allianz-Arena pushed the aggregate to 5-3, before an own goal from grey defender Stefan Bader put the Gunners 2-1 ahead on the night. Craig Robson made it three just after the hour, but a concentrated effort from the home side in the last ten minutes saw them push the aggregate to 7-4, then 7-5, and finally 7-6, the latter with Victor Irineu’s 90+1st minute goal. However, Arsenal weathered the storm to progress. Meanwhile, A.C. Milan got two 1-0 victories on their way to beating Inter in the Derby della Madonnina. Man City and Chelsea both tallied massive aggregate wins, 4-0 over Lyon and 6-0 over Benfica respectively. After the Semi-Finals, Arsenal hold a narrow 1-0 lead over A.C. Milan, with a trip to Italy awaiting them, and a five minute double salvo gives Chelsea the advantage over Manchester City.

    It’s time to end our report in Spain. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid started April very well, beating Zaragoza, Lorca and Hércules before a goalless draw at Betis. A 3-1 win over Valencia followed, before the Derbi madrileño at the Bernabéu. Atlético Madrid took the lead within 15 minutes, thanks to Freddy Adu, but Real had it level before half time. However, in a thirteen-minute spell around the hour mark in the second half, visitors Atlético netted a further three times. Morgan Schneiderlin’s 88th minute goal for Volman’s side was scant consolation, as Atlético’s 4-2 victory in the derby meant they had secured the La Liga title.

    Meanwhile, eager to get the season back on track, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona really pummelled some opposition at the Nou Camp this month. Recreativo were beaten 6-1, and Málaga 8-0. Yet away trips were less profitable: Valencia won 3-1 at the Nuevo Mestalla, and Murcia put up a big fight in their match hosting Barça, leading to Madridstas’s team winning 6-5 in a stunning encounter. Finally, the month ended with a 2-2 draw at Albacete. For all their efforts, however, Barcelona still sit in 7th place. La Liga, with about five games left to be played, hasn’t relegated any teams yet.

    Cup finals and races to the finish line await next month, so don’t miss that. I’ll see you then.

    Manager of the Update

    This month’s winner is;

    Lord Weeman
    , Napoli

    for an unbeaten month with four wins out of five, including victory over fellow Champions League spot contenders Udinese. Honourable mentions go to Tom Smith, who guided his Arsenal team through two cups, and Haowan Madridstas, who knocked up some impressive wins even though his team’s league position remained unchanged.

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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   5045
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   5045
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   5045
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   5045
       5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Secure        5045
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Update Winner, Club                
      Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jun 21 Saul Goode, Wales (formerly of Osasuna)
      Jul 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Jan 22 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 22 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 22 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 22 Lord Weeman, Napoli
    Hall of Fame – Top Ten Most Games Played at Current Club/Nation
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       Pos +- Username      Manager           Original Club Current Club Pld
       1st +1 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      843 *
       2nd -1 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    841 *
       3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  817 *
       4th  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      686 *
       5th  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       680 *
       6th +2 MikaelS       Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus     371
       7th  0 el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        369
       8th +1 spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     368
       9th +1 brettney1980  Brettney Joven    Wigan         Leeds        262
      10th NE canvey!!      Fréderico Canvey  Stoke         Everton      150

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    Joint top of the Serie A, MON :mad:

    Losing to AC Milan in the CL though

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    Update 167
    Years: 13, Months: 167, Days: 5076


    The 14th season of thrilling football in 60 to One has come to an end. At this point ten years ago, seventeen managers remained in contention for the 60 to One crown. Now just five are left, but they are doing their best to extend the contest for as long as possible.

    We’ll start our May review in Spain, where the rain falls mainly on the plain. Atlético Madrid had already won the league, but second place was on the card for Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid, and indeed that was what they achieved. Victories over Recreativo and Murcia, and draws with Málaga and Barcelona, gave them the runners-up medal. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, meanwhile, beat Getafe, Racing and Elche, and then lost at Sevilla before the final-day El Classico, which finished 2-2 at the Nou Camp. Unfortunately for Barça, the sixteen goals that they scored in their three wins weren’t enough to lift them any higher than seventh, which is where they finish. However, seeing as Atlético Madrid lifted the Copa del Rey with victory over Zaragoza, and both those sides finished in the top four, Madridstas’s team will be in next season’s Europa League. Albacete, Lorca and Racing were fired, and the latter ended Tim Aubel’s 166-day tenure at the club, replacing him with former Fiorentina and Portsmouth boss Theo Stigarakis.

    So how did the season end in Italy? Lord Weeman’s Napoli beat Catania 4-2 and Juventus 3-0 before losing the final game of the season to Frosinone. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese were thrashed 0-4 at Mantova, but got big wins over Genoa and Palermo before losing at Lazio. Cool Manager’s Inter drew with Frosinone before beating Modena and Fiorentina, and Mikael Schøler’s Juventus got convincing wins over Brescia, Roma and Rimini, alongside that loss to Napoli. All this meant that Juventus took the title, ending a nine-year streak of Milan dominance. Inter followed up, with Napoli third and Udinese fourth. Parma, Brescia and Fiorentina were relegated. Fiorentina, who sacked their previous manager after relegation was confirmed in April, appointed former Wigan boss Neppo Monster. Former Fiorentina manager Ben Taylor, who had been managing Parma, got the sack this month. A.C. Milan won the Coppa Italia with victory over Leo Dodge’s Roma

    But Roma still had the Europa League Final to play, in Clermont-Ferrand, and Juventus were their opponents. Leo Dodge’s side took the lead in the 17th minute and consolidated it with three minutes left in the half, but a late first half goal for Juventus left things close at the break. On the hour mark, an Andrea Mazzarani miss from the spot put Roma on shaky ground, and sure enough, Mikael Schøler’s side equalised seven minutes later. The match was settled neither in normal time nor in extra time, so penalties were needed. Both sides scored their first nine, but a miss from Romanian midfielder Vlad Pop meant that Juventus defended their Europa League title with a 10-9 penalty win.

    Indeed, that wasn’t the only European final this month.

    Road to the Final – Champions League
    Lawrence Lazewski
    ’s Manchester City were drawn into Group B of the Champions League, alongside Bayern Munich, Zenit St Petersburg and AS Monaco. Not an easy group, but then again, not too difficult. Indeed, City romped past their Russian and French counterparts, beating Monaco 6-0 at the City of Manchester Stadium, and netting that aggregated score in their two games against Zenit. They also beat Bayern both times, 1-0 in Germany and 2-1 at home, and didn’t take their foot off the pedal until the final game, a 0-0 draw on the Mediterranean coast. This, however, still gave them a difficult Last 16 tie, against La Liga leaders Atlético Madrid. A 1-0 win in Spain set up progression, after a 1-1 home draw.

    Meanwhile, Tom Smith’s Arsenal were in Group F, and weren’t likely to be troubled by Benfica, Basel or Trabzonspor. Indeed, the Gunners won all six matches, beating (home then away) Benfica 5-0 and 3-1, Basel 2-0 and 3-1, and Trabzonspor 6-0 and 2-0. Yet they too had what looked like, on paper at least, a tough draw: defending champions Napoli. They fell 0-1 in Italy, but made it up with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates, which put them into the Quarter Finals. Here, they faced Bayern Munich, last year’s runners-up. A 4-2 win at home didn’t make Arsenal that comfortable, although they soon consolidated that by taking a confident lead in Germany. But Bayern pulled goals back, three of them, winning 4-3 on the night. A narrow 7-6 aggregate victory put Arsenal through.

    Man City had an easier Quarter Final tie, against Lyon. A 3-0 win in Manchester was followed by a 1-0 one in France, sealing and all-English Semi-Final against the Premier League winners, Bryan McGuinness’s Chelsea. The trip to the Chelsea Stadium ended badly, with the Pensioners netting a 2-0 victory, but that score was reversed back up north, meaning penalties had to be used to settle the scores. Both teams scored one from their first two spot kicks, but Chelsea missed their fifth while City scored their next three, putting the Citizens into the Final. Arsenal, meanwhile, beat A.C. Milan 1-0 at home with an Henri Saivet goal, and another goal from the 31-year-old Frenchman secured a draw in Milan and 2-1 aggregate progression.


    After an exhausting five mile drive, the Manchester City team disembarked from their coach at Old Trafford for the Champions League Final. Although Man City really dominated the opening stages of play, the Arsenal defensive line held firm and all their shots, albeit frequently on target, came from long range. The breakthrough came in the 22nd minute, when such a long shot from Peruvian forward Reimond Manco was parried by Arsenal ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianski, allowing Paraguayan right winger Julio Samaniego to knock the ball home. Arsenal had a couple of half-chances, before, in the 34th minute, some good passing football was capped with a wonderful long-range strike from England midfielder Adam Pepper. With Hatem Ben Arfa missing for the Gunners what could be described as a sitter, Arsenal couldn’t muster any response before half time, and so entered the break two goals down. Things went from bad to worse for them after the restart, when a succession of poor clearances allowed Man City’s Scottish striker Sam Law the space and opportunity to rifle a shot into the goal, which he gladly did. Arsenal bossed the rest of the game, but some decent City defending, some poor composure in the penalty area from the London team’s strikers, and some spectacular saves from City ‘keeper Oded Nachmias kept the score at 3-0, and gave Lawrence Lazewski’s team their third Champions League title in four years.

    As we’re with the English teams, we’ll finish off in England. Tom Smith’s Arsenal won both their games this month 2-1, against Aston Villa and Newcastle, and finished the season second. Crystal Palace beat Everton but drew with James Ridley’s fifth-placed Fulham, and so were relegated alongside Blackburn and West Ham. Huddersfield beat Coventry in the Championship Playoff Final, and so will join Q.P.R. and Sheffield Wednesday in promotion to the top flight. The FA Cup Final took place in front of a capacity crowd at Wembley.

    Road to the Final – FA Cup
    Tom Smith
    ’s Arsenal started their cup campaign in the Third Round, like any other Premier League team. Here, they beat Championship side Wolves 3-0, leading to a Fourth Round tie at St Mary’s. Southampton were seen off with a 1-0 Arsenal win. Arsenal’s Final opponents, Bryan McGuinness’s Chelsea, met Nottingham Forest in the Third Round, and ran out 2-0 victors at the City Ground. Crystal Palace awaited, and a rather disappointing 2-1 home victory put the Eagles to bed. Then; a Fifth Round tie hosting Liverpool. The Reds were seen off by the same scoreline.

    Arsenal’s Fifth Round tie was their easiest yet: League One Hartlepool. They beat the Monkey Hangers 3-0, and went one better against Middlesbrough in the Sixth Round. They booked their Final place with a 3-0 victory over Man United at Wembley, and got there without having conceded a goal. Chelsea, meanwhile, beat Man City 3-1 in the Sixth Round, before winning 2-1 against Tottenham in their Semi-Final.


    With a heavy downpour in HA9, Arsenal made the brighter start to the Final, going ahead in the 19th minute with £48M striker Craig Robson pouncing on Lukasz Fabianski’s goal kick to open the scoring. However, Chelsea had it level before half time, with a goal from 23-year-old Serbian striker Stefan Pejic. And the Pensioners were the next to take the lead, going ahead with just eighteen minutes to play. It looked like Arsenal were going to go down at the death, before home-grown Gunner Jay Hewitt, 23, made it 2-2 with a scrappy finish in the 90+3rd minute. The first half of extra time passed without incident, but, five minute into the second half, 25-year-old attacking midfielder Lee Taylor delivered the hammer blow for Arsenal with his header from Joe Mattock’s cross. Mattock himself made it 4-2 with just seconds left on the clock. It is worth considering that for two sides considered to not particularly nurture English talent, a whopping eight (!) of the starting 22 players were English, with a Scot and an Irishman playing too. Anyway, Bryan McGuinness had done the double, and netted the fourth trophy of his career.

    Manager of the Update

    With all the sides ending the season pretty poorly, I feel obliged to give this one to;

    Lucas Volman
    , Real Madrid

    for winning twice and drawing twice this month, and thefore being the only manager unbeaten. To be honest, Volman was the only manager whose work for the season was done, and while one must give credit to Haowan Madridstas for some big wins this month, the Barcelona manager couldn’t lift his side to any higher than 7th. Similarly, our other three managers fell a bit short of the mark.

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      Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days
       1st tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure   5076
         - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   5076
         - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   5076
         - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure   5076
         - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Very Secure   5076
       6th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham                 3800

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    Italian Serie A Table
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    Manager of the Update – Previous Winners
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      Update Winner, Club                
      Jan 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Feb 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Mar 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Apr 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 21 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Jun 21 Saul Goode, Wales (formerly of Osasuna)
      Jul 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Aug 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Sep 21 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Oct 21 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
      Nov 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Dec 21 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Jan 22 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      Feb 22 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
      Mar 22 Tom Smith, Arsenal
      Apr 22 Lord Weeman, Napoli
      May 22 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
    Hall of Victory – Top Ten Most Games Won at Current Club
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       1st  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      590 (69.6%) +0.3% *
       2nd  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    562 (66.4%) -1.0% *
       3rd  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  550 (67.0%) -0.1% *
       4th  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       397 (58.1%) +0.7% *
       5th  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      377 (54.6%) +1.2% *
       6th  0 el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter        255 (68.5%) -2.0%
       7th +1 spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City     243 (65.5%) +2.1%
       8th +1 MikaelS       Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus     227 (60.2%) +0.6%
       9th +1 brettney1980  Brettney Joven    Wigan         Leeds        120 (45.6%) -2.3%
      10th NE ~Ian~         Bryan McGuinness  Everton       Chelsea       82 (71.9%)  n/a
         - NE canvey!!      Fréderico Canvey  Stoke         Everton       82 (53.9%)  n/a
    Hall of Defeat – Top Ten Most Games Lost at Current Club
    Code:
       Pos +- Username      Manager           Original Club Current Club Lst Percent Chnge
       1st  0 PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese       Udinese      179 (25.9%) -0.7% *
       2nd  0 weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli        Napoli       140 (20.5%) -0.2% *
       3rd  0 Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona     Barcelona    133 (15.7%) +1.0% *
       4th  0 Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid   Real Madrid  113 (13.8%) +0.6% *
       5th  0 tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal       Arsenal      108 (12.7%) +0.1% *
       6th +1 brettney1980  Brettney Joven    Wigan         Leeds         82 (31.2%) +1.0%
       7th -1 MikaelS       Mikael Schøler    Bologna       Juventus      74 (19.6%) -1.0%
       8th +2 spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia      Man City      57 (15.4%) +0.1%
       9th NE Neilio        Neilio            Almería       Palermo       51 (33.8%)  n/a
      10th NE el sid        Cool Manager      At. Madrid    Inter         46 (12.4%)  n/a
    Last edited by canvey!!; 12-12-2010 at 13:01. Reason: Added league tables

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    Manager of the Month.

    Losing to Atletico.

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    wow amazed this is still going well done canvey, excellent sign up

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    Thank you, Jim.

    World Cup Preview


    With another exciting season over, the exodus of fans from Europe, and from other places worldwide, to South America has begun. Argentina are the hosts of the 22nd FIFA World Cup, and will be looking to claim a victory on home soil like they did in 1978. As last year’s runners-up, that is entirely possible for Néstor Gorosito’s team.

    We’ll start the preview, logically, in Group A, where champions Spain are the clear favourites to win the group. They’re in pursuit of their third consecutive Jules Rimet trophy, and are looking to reinforce their position as the only European team to have won the title outside of Europe. I would probably tip Uruguay to join Spain in the Last 16, although Hungary could pose a threat. Egypt could too, of course, but I think the North African side will leave the group empty-handed, or at least bottom.

    Group B
    sees a nice eclectic mix from four continents. Germany are looking to claim their first title as a unified country, and, to be honest, I don’t see any of their groupmates going any way to impeding that. Colombia will surely finish bottom, while I think Cameroon will also lose out in the battle against Australia, who, in my opinion, have the tenacity to reach the knockout stages for the first time since 2006. In Group C, hosts Argentina might see some resistance from Mexico, but otherwise have an easy group. China, appearing for the first time in twenty years, will be fighting it out with Israel for third place, in my view, with the Mexicans joining the host nation in qualification.

    Group D
    also offers a poor choice of opposition for the big seed. France are clear favourites to proceed, having reached the Final in 2006 and 2010, and still being a major player on the world stage, while Nigeria would be my tip to join them. Having said that, Romania could put up a struggle, although I expect the United Arab Emirates to go down pretty easily. In Group E, Italy are the team of choice, but the group is one of the more difficult ones. Japan and Ghana are two high-performing nations from outside Europe or South America, while Ireland can’t be completely discounted. Still, I’m going to completely discount Ireland, and just about tip Japan to finish second, ahead of the Gold Coast team.

    Groups F and H
    offer some tantalising football. In the former, Brazil should progress with ease, and should net plenty of goals in their games against Iran, Guatemala and Switzerland. I think the Swiss have what it takes to pick up the pieces and finish second, but Iran might just do that instead. In Group H, one might normally pick Portugal to proceed, but with Chile, Denmark and the United States as opponents, it isn’t so simple. I think Denmark will lose out in a tough group, and that the United States will profit. I’m thinking that Chile can oust Portugal to get through too, although don’t quote me on that.

    And finally, Group G, where Liam Ferguson’s England lie. The teams on offer here aren’t easy, but the 1966 winners should pull through. Peru are obvious favourites to finish bottom, with Côte d’Ivoire and Croatia fighting it out with England for progression. I think England and Croatia will do it, with the Eastern Europeans capable of topping the group.

    So, my picks in order of expected finishing position,
    Group A: Spain, Uruguay, Hungary, Egypt
    Group B: Germany, Australia, Cameroon, Colombia
    Group C: Argentina, Mexico, Israel, China
    Group D: France, Nigeria, Romania, United Arab Emirates
    Group E: Italy, Japan, Ghana, Ireland
    Group F: Brazil, Switzerland, Iran, Guatemala
    Group G: Croatia, England, Côte d’Ivoire, Peru
    Group H: United States, Chile, Portugal, Denmark

    And now, a stats burst. This time, we’ll look at which countries the World Cup superstars ply their trade in.
    Code:
      League System No National Team(s)
      England      116 Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, England,
                       France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria,
                       Peru, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay
      Spain        102 Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt,
                       England, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico,
                       Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay
      Italy         80 Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Denmark,
                       England, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Nigeria, Portugal,
                       Spain, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay
      France        48 Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Denmark, France, Guatemala,
                       Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Uruguay
      Germany       38 Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Nigeria, Romania,
                       United Arab Emirates, United States
      Netherlands   25 Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Croatia, Ghana, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Japan,
                       Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, United States
      Brazil        23 Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria,
                       Peru, Switzerland, Uruguay
      Portugal      19 Brazil, Hungary, Portugal, United States, Uruguay
      Denmark       16 Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Iran, Romania, United Arab Emirates
      Switzerland   15 China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Guatemala, Hungary, Iran, Mexico, Romania, Switzerland,
                       Uruguay
      Argentina     12 Argentina, Cameroon, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru
      Mexico        12 Argentina, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Iran, Japan, Mexico, United States
      Greece        11 Argentina, China, Colombia, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Romania
      Ukraine        9 Ghana, Hungary, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay
      United States  9 Mexico, United States, Uruguay
      Scotland       7 Australia, China, Denmark, Ireland, Nigeria
      Turkey         7 Denmark, Hungary, Iran, Romania
      Russia         6 Cameroon, Iran, Japan, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay
      Croatia        5 Chile, China, Croatia, Denmark
      UAE            5 China, United Arab Emirates
      Australia      4 Australia, Chile, Hungary
      Austria        3 Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria
      Belgium        3 Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Romania
      Czech Republic 3 Côte d’Ivoire, Hungary
      Estonia        3 Cameroon, China, Japan
      Israel         3 Israel
      Japan          3 Japan
      Norway         3 Japan, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates
      Poland         3 Colombia, Egypt, Nigeria
      Romania        3 Croatia, Romania
      Sweden         3 Australia, Denmark
      2 PLAYERS: Colombia (Colombia), Cyprus (Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire), Finland (China, Hungary)
                 Qatar (Colombia), Saudi Arabia (Ghana, Nigeria)
      1 PLAYER: Albania (Egypt), Algeria (Nigeria), Cameroon (Cameroon), Georgia (Chile), Guatemala (Guatemala),
                Iceland (Cameroon), Ireland (Ireland), Lithuania (Peru), Moldova (Côte d’Ivoire), Nigeria (Nigeria),
                Peru (Peru), Slovenia (Guatemala), Uruguay (Uruguay)
    Next time, the 2022 FIFA World Cup!

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    Losing out on the title to Juventus

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