Career so far:
2010 - Enkopings SK - Swedish Division 2 West-Svealand - 12th (relegated)
2011 - Gjøvik FF - Norwegian 2nd Division Group 4 - 4th
2012 - Gjøvik FF - Norwegian 2nd Division Group 4 - 2nd
2013 - Gjøvik FF - Norwegian 2nd Division Group 4 - 2nd (promotion)
2014 - Gjøvik FF - Norwegian 1st Division - 5th
2015 - Gjøvik FF - Norwegian 1st Division - 3rd
2016 - Gjøvik FF - Norwegian 1st Division - 4th & Norwegian Cup winners
2017-2018 - Sydney FC - Hyundai A-League - (sacked before end of season)
2018 - Henan Jianye - Chinese First National Division - (sacked before end of season)
2018 - Kinna IF - Swedish 2dn Division West-Gotaland - 12th (relegated)
2019-2020 - US Forcoli - Italian Seria C2/B - 17th (relegated)
2020-2021 - Bath City FC - English Blue Square Bet South - 2nd (promotion)
2021-2022 - Bath City FC - English Blue Square Bet Premier - 4th
2022-2023 - Bath City FC - English Blue Square Bet Premier - 1st (promotion)
2023-2024 - Bath City FC - English npower League 2 - 18th
2024-2025 - Bath City FC - English npower League 2 - 6th
2025-2026 - Bath City FC - English npower League 2 - 2nd (promotion)
2026-2027 - Bath City FC - English npower League 1 - 3rd
2027-2028 - Bath City FC - English npower League 1 - 2nd (promotion)
2028-2029 - Bath City FC - English npower Championship - 11th
2029-2030 - Bath City FC - English npower Championship - 9th
2030-2031 - Bath City FC - English npower Championship - 5th (promotion)
2031-2032 - Bath City FC - English Premier League - 18th (relegation)
2032-2033 - Bath City FC - English npower Championship - 1st (promotion)
2033-2034 - Bath City FC - English Premier League - 12th
2034-2035 - Arsenal - English Premier League - 1st, Champions Cup Winners, Carling Cup Winners, Community Shield Winners
2035-2036 - Arsenal - English Premier League - 1st, FA Cup Winners, World Club Championship Winners, Community Shield Winners
2036-2037 - Arsenal - English Premier League - 1st, Champions Cup winners, FA Cup Winners, Carling Cup winners, Community Shield Winners
6/6/2037 - Retired from club management
2024-2025 - Fiji - resigned after major defeats
2028-2029 - Ukraine under 21 - resigned after accepting Hungary role
2029-2032 - Hungary - qualified for European Championship, but sacked after poor results in European Championship.
2033-2034 - USA - qualified for World Cup
2034-2036 - Spain - qualified for European Championships, but lost in 2nd Round. Resigned after poor results in World Cup qualification
I’ve put myself for the task of managing a team the LLM-way. I’ve brought teams to successes before, but most of them have been modified in some way, or not according to LLM guidelines. So, to see if I can be a good manager without all the tricks, I started a career the LLM-way.
All the leagues of following countries have been loaded:
Australia, Belgium, China, England, Finland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain and Sweden.
I loaded a few countries that have a different schedule as mainland Europe, just to mix it up a bit.
I have both Belgian and Australian nationality so I got this into the game as well. I have no manager experience so I've put myself as “Sunday League” experience, and started off unemployed.
It did not take long before a Swedish team accepted me to manage them. There were about half way the season and were in need of some good results.
Swedish Division 2 West-Svealand
The team fired the previous manager due to poor results in the Swedish 2nd division West-Svealand. We were last (12th) with 3 points behind the 2nd last and 6 points behind the 3rd last. We needed to be placed 9th to avoid relegation, or 10th for play offs. Our squad was quite bad, and apparently we were tipped to win the league. Don’t think even Sir Alex Ferguson himself could have won with this squad. We have 1 young striker who seems quite promising but the previous manager did not like him and he stayed on the bench all the time. My mission was clear, since I was only given a half-year contract, I did not focus on next season as there might not even be a next season. So I did not get any new players, but I tried to get a player on loan here and there to improve the squad temporarily, but no one really wanted to play with us. Must work on my negotiation skills…
My young striker turned out to be half decent and scored a few. Unfortunately we conceded heaps because of a bad defense and a terrible goalie. A drunk fan told me after a game that a cardboad cutout would be better. We could not even challenge the 11th spot. We stayed dead last and got relegated to a non-playable league. My contract ran out, and the last thing the board saw of me was my backside.
After my Swedish experience, I went to have a look accross the border and found a country full of teams ready to be managed by an unknown Belgian/Australian manager. Both recently promoted teams Bossekop UL and Gjøvik FF wanted to hire me so I decided to go with the team that has the warmer temperatures.
Norwegian 2nd Division Group 4
Gjøvik is a good opportunity for me to start building up the squad. I started off getting an assman and 2 scouts, who were responsible for the influx of a few good players. The current squad has little talent, so I brought in about 10 players within my given budget. I even stayed well within budget as I figured I would have a better knowledge of the Norwegian market later in the season when my scouts have done their work, and I might be able to sign them. I signed 2 good strikers with very different characteristics. The dynamic duo, nicknamed Laurel & Hardy (since they are small & big), turned out to be magic together. Our season was great and we managed to finish 4th. Laurel was top scorer in the league and Hardy followed not far behind.
The board was happy, and offered me another 1 season contract. Time to hit the market and sign some quality players with the money that I had not yet spent.
Highlight of the season: Playing a cup game at home vs. Stabaek in front of 835 people (our season avg is 300), getting a red card in the 7th minute in the penalty area. 0-1 behind by half time. Came out firing after the break and scored the most beautiful long range shot I’ve seen in FM2011 so far, by our experienced midfielder. Held them 1-1 with 10 people, until the 82nd minute, when they scored 1-2, 1-3 and 1-4. Aside from the last 8 minutes, our team fought like champions.
Norwegian 2nd Division Group 4
I brought in a few players and kept our expenditure on wages far below our allowance. This because we had a board take-over in between seasons, and the new Chairman's first action was to get a loan to pay off the debts. I was worried about our next season and our financial situation. I could stay as manager though.
Best player I signed was a 26yo Senegalese fast winger/striker who could fill in for Laurel or Hardy when they got injured. Laurel got injured for the first half dozen of games so the Senegalese side-kick came in handy, and performed quite well: 3 goals out of 7 games. When Laurel recovered, side-kick got moved to the wing and the dynamic duo perfomed in a similar fashion as they did last season, only this time, the goals were evenly spread between the two. Side-kick became player of the year according to our fans, and we ended in an amazing 2nd spot. I secretly hoped on winning the league, but Lorenskog was tipped to win it, and so they did. They were too strong for us. With them out of the league, maybe next season we have a chance.
Highlight of the season: Drew Rosenborg in the first round of the cup at home. Great for the fans, but difficult to get through to the 2nd round. With 30 mins to go we were 2-1 up (after a comeback being 0-1 down), and it looked like we were going to cause an upset. However, their best striker woke up and whacked 3 balls in the back of our nets. Lost 2-4. Not having a lot of luck in the cup. Not really a great highlight, but is was a memorbale moment when Hardy knocked in the 2nd goal. Scoring against Goliath is always memorable.
Switserland - England 0-2
Portugal - Croatia 2-3 et
Italy - Netherlands 0-2
France - Spain 0-0 (France wins penalty shoot out)
England - France 2-0
Croatia - Netherlands 2-4
England - Netherlands 1-2 et
Norwegian 2nd Division Group 4
Gjøvik is constantly in the red, and I hope to see the figures go in the black one day, so I got rid of lots of deadwood to lower my salary expenditure, and I secretly hope we can get a promotion so we could get some more income next season.
Again I was tipped 25-1 to win the league, but history tells me we are overachievers so surely promotion should be possible.
The last dozen of games of last season, we didn't lose a single match, and we continued the same trend in the new season. We had an unbeatun run since september 2012, and it ended in mid august 2013 after 22 undefeted games. Great run, and it got us up the ladder early in the season. We kept the same trend although nearing the end of the season we slacked off a little by losing to direct competitors for the title and Tromsø 2 eventually won the league. I was pulling my hair out on missing promotion until I realised they can't go up a league since they are a "B" squad so the honour of playing in div 1 next year is ours! A bitter sweet moment, and a welcome promotion.
My best players include Laurel & Hardy again, with both of them nr 1 & 2 topscorers in the league. Laurel had 22 out of 26 and Hardy 17 out of 22. We conceded less this season thanks to our sturdy defence and our goalie who unfortunately decided to play elsewhere next season. We did not have enough money in the bank to keep him. Senegalese sidekick performed great as well, and our seasoned playmaker who managed to get 7 goals and 10 assists out of 24 games. MVP turned out to be Hardy.
We still suck in Cup-games and got kicked out in the 2nd round by div2 team Steinkjer 1-0
Norwegian 1st Division
During the cold winter of 2013-2014, our chairman has been busy and was able to secure a few sponsorship deals, and decided to get a loan to expand our current stadium from 1350 to 2793. That will all be finished next season so thats something to look forward to. I feel the pressure of staying in div1 now. Luckily there was still some money left over for me to strengthen my squad. I'm starting to like this new chairman.
We signed a new 23yo peruvian playmaker and got an american to replace our goalie who left us for another club. Further we also got a young talented local striker to hopefully replace Laurel when he is too old for this level.
We started off with Laurel in the sick bay, so senegalese sidekick stepped up and scored one after the other. We managed to get 6 wins out of 7 games until both my strikers both got a broken arm in the same game! What are the odds? We lost form and some players got moody so we never reached this same level again. Even late in the season when they recovered again, the level was average. The ranking wasnt too bad since we ended up in a nice 5th place. The honour of MVP this season went to our left wing back since he was the most consistent player. He was one of my first signings and I'm happy to see he finally got some recognition for his good consistent work.
Our finances are starting to look positive as well. We even had a few months where we actually made a profit. With a bigger stadium next year, our financial future is starting to look good.
Another positive sign for the future is a 15yo striker who came into our youth squad at the start of season. He's been performing well in the u19s and the major Scandinavian clubs are following him. Brann, Rosenborg, Lillestrom and the finnish HJK all have publicly announced they want him to play for them next year. He's almost 1st squad material so I gave him a run once in a while and he managed to score 2 goals in 6 matches. Not bad for a 15yo... Hope we can keep him...
The Norwegian Cup is still not our cup of tea. Got kicked out in the 2nd round against 2nd div club Pors Grenland.
World Cup news:
Greece - Mexico 1-0
Scotland - Croatia 1-2
Spain - Argentina 0-2
Italy - France 2-0
Greece - Croatia 1-0
Argentina - Italy 0-1
Croatia - Argentina 3-2
Greece - Italy 0-1
Norwegian 1st Division
2015 is a transition year as we welcome a fair few young players, and we say goodbye to a couple of old(er) players.
Senegalese Sidekick wanted to go to a bigger club, and last season I had promised him that I would let him go after the season, so I offered him to interested clubs for a nice price. Now he is playing in Spain for Guadelajara. A few others left with contracts I didn't want to extend because I wanted to free up some money for better and younger players to try to rush to the premiership in a few seasons. My scouts have done great work and I have signed a few people that are very promising players, including an 18yo Nigerian striker who joined us mid-season.
These teenagers have delivered some good results at this level and surprisingly we were contenders for promotion. Five draws in the last 6 games saw us miss out on promotion, but finishing 3rd with a young squad is very promising for the future. Laurel is too old so he has played in the 2nd team this season and his contract wont be extended, while Hardy is slow-ish but he is still better than his younger and faster team mates. Too bad I had to say goodbye to the dynamic duo, but at this level we needed some faster players.
Our MVP is our newly acquired 19yo, 199cm tall Centre Back. Very consistent for his age and a great talent for the future. Special mention also for our Nigerian gun as he joined us mid season, and was solely responsible for getting us from 7th spot to 3rd. Deportivo is now interested in him.
The cup was slightly better this season and we managed to get to the 3rd round this time. We got kicked out by premiership team Odd Grenland.
Norwegian 1st Division
With the 3rd spot and the financial benefits attached to it, I asked the board to build a youth academy, and surprisingly, they agreed! I have been very lucky so far with 2 players coming through our youth ranks that have somehow made an impact on the first team. This season nothing decent came through so I hope we'll get some more good ones in the future. Our chairman also decided we convert 2000 of the 2793 standing spots of our stadium to seats. Brilliant idea mate!
My request of scouting different areas was also approved and it brought us a talented fast 19yo spaghetti loving italian CB. No other players were brought in as I want to make these youngster gel with not too much change every season.
To my surprise, we did not get to the same level as we did last year and never challenged the titel. We were constantly between 7th and 12th spot throughout the season, but a last surge at the end of the season saw us claiming a 4th spot. Best ranking all season and happy we actually made it up to that spot. It didn't help our nigerian striker was on international duty or injured half of the season, and our other strikers could not find the goals. Nigerian Striker got MVP for the year, even though he missed half of the season. He is been followed by most of the major clubs in Europe. Jose Mourinho's successor at Real Madrid even personally came to have a look at him in one of our home games. Too bad we couldn't offer him a seat as our stadium hadn't build the seats yet.
The cup was a different story this year. We finally got some results by actually winning the damn thing! We defeated 5 Premiership teams: Stabaek (2nd place in Premiership), Aalesund (12th), Rosenborg on penalties (3rd), Valerenga (9th) and the final against Fredrikstad (7th). 2-1 after extra time. I felt euphoric, surprised, disbelief, confused and worried at the same time. Not bad for a div 1 team to qualify for Europe. I made it on the favourite staff list of the club because of this. Yay!
Germany - Scotland 2-0
France - Italy 1-2
Turkey - England 0-1
Wales - Croatia 1-2
Germany - Italy 2-3
England - Croatia 2-1
Italy - England 2-1
Norwegian 1st Division
With the good results came a sh!tload of money for our moderate sized club. I didn't need a lot of conviction to pursuade the chairman to expand the stadium since we got a lot of money in the bank and a promotion to the highest norwegian level is imminent. He's planning it for the next year.
I also tried very hard signing some experienced players that can help me in Europe this season, but none of them would even negotiate a contract. As a response, I've send my scouts to a few african countries to try my luck there. Snapped up a Ivorian AM C/S to replace my nigerian gun striker as he doesn't want to extend his contract that ends at the end of this season. I'm expecting to sell him in August when I finished my European adventure and the rest of Europe still has their transferwindow open. At least I'll get some money out of him then. When I am about to sign 3 young Nigerian lads, Sydney FC came knocking on my door, offering me a 3 year contract for 4x the wage that I got at Gjovik. We just won our first league game with 3-0 vs Haugesund who relegated from the premiership last year and is tipped to win the league, making the decision to jump ship even harder. There is no doubt in my mind that Gjovik will be promoted this season with the quality of players we have now. The only question is: Will I bring them to the Premiership? I switched off my computer and went to sleep to have a think about it.
The Gjovik local newspaper called me a money obsessed manager with a stone cold heart. My former club didn't appreciate it either as I was promptly removed from the favourite staff list. Don't mind all the success I brought to my ex-club, including making sure there is plenty of money in the bank to succeed at the highest level. My successor didn't start off that well with a 5th spot after 8 games, and he sold Nigerian gun striker to Al-Ahli for an amount so pityfull, the club barely made any profit out of the sale. What an AI-muppet!
Oh well, looking forward to play ball in the soaring temperatures in Sydney. Something I haven't felt in the past 7 seasons.
The club had a 3mil AUD debt, and little cash for transfers. Our best striker got transferred to Valerenga and I couldn't extend the contracts of the promising youngsters as they were demanding more money than the board would allow me. Oh boy... do I feel sorry for this move already.
Anyway, I joined Sydney in late april and was able to send my scouts around the globe to find some cheap and decent players before the season started. I bought an australian promising winger, and a Nigerian striker (again), from the same agent as the nigerian gun. I'm on his favourites list now... sweet! And some other youngster who seem like a good investment.
The results during the season were terrible. We got heaps of penalties and red cards against and we barely won any games. The morale dropped for both players and board and after 12 games in the season we were dead last with 2 wins and 1 draw. The position of Adelaide United became available and I thought I'd give that a crack as we were going nowhere. The board was not happy with my interest in another club, and even after my public apology, Sydney FC sacked me.
I stayed in my rented apartment overlooking Circular Quay for a few weeks while thinking about my future. I did not have to think too long since 2 teams were throwing contracts at my head. Welling Utd (BSS) and Henan Jianye (Chinese 1st nat). I love Chinese food so I went for the latter.
Chinese First National Division
Henan is a club that has played at the highest level in China, but somehow got relegated and is now struggling to get back in the highest division. The news reporter called it a step back for me, but with such a financially healthy club, and some good (old) players we should be able to challenge the title as the board expects me to. The previous manager got sacked for ending third... Scary times await if I don't get promoted.
With the excessive amount of money, I brought in a ******** of promising young players (x=9), so we can build towards the future. Our Bosnian full back welcomed 4 new young signings and he is rapidly becoming Mr. Social of the team. They always laugh with him when his strong Bosnian accent gets out of control after a few Tsingtao's too many.
Our pre-season was brilliant with 4 games against top division teams and all of them were won comfortably. Unfortunately, that is no indication of how the season will be. We won and lost a few and were 5th mid-season. We did well in the cup though as we qualified for the semi finals, but the board decided my reign at Henan was over after we lost 3-2 to leader Anhui. We played beautifully and were ahead 0-2 until we got 2 red cards in the 2nd half and lost eventually. Matches like this was pretty much what happened all season. We were 9th when I got the sack. Bummer, cause I enjoyed my time here in China.
Congo-Germany 2-1 et
Congo-Brazil 0-0 (pen 1-4)
Swedish 2dn Division West-Gotaland
Kinna needed a manager for their last 4 games in the Swedish 2nd division. Basically they were last on the ladder, and they needed some idiot to try and win their last games to make sure they avoided relegation or at least get into a spot for a play off position. That idiot turned out to be me. They were tipped to be 8th in the league so a disappointing 12th spot made the previous manager pack his suitcases. I had a good look at the team, decided on a radical change in tactics, and failed. We did win our first game, but it didn't help that the next 3 games were against the 2nd, 3rd and 6th in the league. A loss, loss and a loss. As usual, the last game saw our team getting a red card while we were in control of the game and losing it with 0-2. Soon after, I met the previous manager in the airport and we had a good laugh about the team while waiting for our plane to arrive to get the hell out of Sweden.
After months of holidaying accross Europe, I finally landed a contract at newly promoted Seria C2 club US Forcoli.
Italian Seria C2/B
The club was founded in 1921 and has never played at Seria C2 level before.
I had to get new staff and players in if I was to survive in the league. I only had 1.5 months to find players and decided to invest in good defenders, and a few other key players that could lead the club to hopefully a mid-table finish. I managed to stay within my given budget.
We didn't survive the group stage of the Seria C Cup, but we managed to get some promising results early in the league. Instead of the expected 17th (out of 18 teams) position, after 6 games we were ranked 12th, and it all went downhill from then onwards. We plumeted to 17th spot and stayed there pretty much the whole season. A few wins nearing the end of the season made us swap positions with the other play-off placed teams, but in the end we finished 17th.
The board offered me a contract for one more year, but I told them to wait until the end of the season as we might be back in the Seria D.
We played 1-1 at home in the play-offs against Prato, and were 2-2 in Prato with 10 mins to go. I had to put everything on attack since they are going through if we don't win. They changed their line-up which screwed me over and I eventually lost 5-2. Needless to say I didn't extend my contract at US Forcoli.
European Championships 2020:
Bulgaria-Holland 0-2 et
A quick look at my previous team Gjovik: they are still in div1 in Norway, around mid-table. The Nigerian gun striker I had there is now one of the best strikers in the Bundesliga, playing for 1.FC Koln. 25 goals out of 34 games is quite impressive, and has been called up for the Nigerian national team as well. Gjovik is still his favourite team.
Bath City FC
English Blue Square Bet South
This team has been yo-yoing between BSS and BSP for the last 10 years. They just relegated to BSS when I took over and the board expects a top 5 finish. Luckily they don't demand to go back to BSP straight away. The team looks good, aside from a few high paid players that are relatively good so it should be a fun season.
I brought in a few young defenders and attackers as our current squad was ageing. The season started off quite well with the team hovering between 7th and 3rd spot all the way to mid-season. We picked up the pace and managed to finish in a 2nd spot, 7 points behind the champions Dover. The board was happy so they extended my contract. After a few failures, it felt good to be wanted again and I signed for a 2nd season with Bath City.
Ending 2nd gives you the right to battle it our with 3 other teams for the last promotion spot to the BSP. Bishop's Stortford was pushed aside 3-2 in our first game, and we met Wealdstone in the final. They are the revelation of the season as they were just promoted and expected to finish 21st. We drew 0-0 at home, untill our experienced overpaid striker woke up and netted 2 balls in extra time, securing promotion to BSP. Too bad he is moving to Sligo Rovers next season, but then again, I got a few youngsters who could fill his position.
Our performance in the FA Cup and FA Trophy this season isn't worth mentioning as we got kicked out straight away.
My speedy young striker I signed for free at the start of the season received player of the year in BSP. He's got a great record with 14 goals, 22 assists, 7.29avg in 33 games. Topscorer and crowd favourite is my 2m tall CB who knocked in 19 goals in 33 games.
PS: Gjovik finally got promoted to the Norwegian Premiership. Good on them!