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    I was going to wait for 12.1 to launch my career game but my patience has worn thin so have started it today. I loaded the following leagues, down to the lowest available league (only editors loaded is Correct Competition Names, so no England tier 7 for example):

    Belgium
    England
    France
    Germany
    Holland
    Italy
    Portugal
    Scotland
    Spain


    I have managed in England, Germany, Spain, Scotland and Italy previously so would like a post in Belgium, France, Holland and Portugal at some point. I see City2000 having tremendous fun with FC Twente and wouldn't mind a bash at that, if I get offered the post.

    I have started unemployed, Sunday League Reputation and I holidayed, applying for all vacancies until I was offered a post. I didn't have to wait long as at the end of September I was offered the post of manager at and accepted:

    Career Overview

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    Season     Club               League                                      Position           Achievements
    
    2011/12    Regensburg         German Third Division                       2nd                Promotion.  Resigned 14 May 2012.
    2012/13    Santa Clara        Portuguese Second Division                  1st                Appointed 2 June 2012.  Promoted as Champions.  Runner up in Portuguese Cup.  Europa League Qualification.
    2013/14    Santa Clara        Portuguese First Division                   14th on leaving    Resigned on 23 September 2013
    2013/14    Lokeren            Belgian Pro League                          5th                Joined on 17 October 2013.  Belgian Cup winners.
    2014/15    Lokeren            Belgian Pro League                          2nd on leaving     Resigned on 19 December 2014
    2014/15    Anderlecht         Belgian Pro League                          1st                Champions.  Belgian Cup winners.
    2015/16    Anderlecht         Belgian Pro League                          1st                Champions.  Belgian Cup winners.
    2016/17    Werder Bremen      Bundesliga                                  1st                Champions.  German Cup winners.
    2017/18    Werder Bremen      Bundesliga                                  2nd on leaving     Resigned on 2 January 2018
    2017/18    Tottenham Hotspur  Premier League                              3rd                Champions League runners up.
    2018/19    Tottenham Hotspur  Premier League

    Honours


    Continental Honours

    Domestic League Titles

    Portuguese Second Division Champions 2013 (Santa Clara)
    Belgian League Champions 2015 (Anderlecht)
    Belgian League Champions 2016 (Anderlecht)
    German League Champions 2017 (Werder Bremen)

    Domestic Cups

    Belgian Cup Winners 2014 (Lokeren)
    Belgian Cup Winners 2015 (Anderlecht)
    Belgian Cup Winners 2016 (Anderlecht)
    German Cup Winners 2017 (Werder Bremen)

    Other Honours

    Belgian Super Cup Winners 2014 (Lokeren)
    Belgian Super Cup Winners 2015 (Anderlecht)

    Summary

    1 x German League Title
    2 x Belgian League Title
    1 x Portuguese Second Division Title
    1 x German Cup
    3 x Belgian Cup
    2 x Belgian Super Cup
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    SVV JAHN 2000 REGENSBURG




    They play in the German Third Division and are 18th out of 20. A look at the squad and it is not immediately obvious why they are struggling. Time will tell.


    I don't have a transfer budget, nor any room in the wage budget so will have to work with what I have.

    This should be interesting.
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    Good luck in Germany, should be a good place to start off

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    Quote Originally Posted by roganp View Post
    Good luck in Germany, should be a good place to start off
    Thank you

    I confess to having never heard of Regensburg before! Strange I was offered this job but couldn't get a job in the BSP in England (No BSN/S vacancies came up).

    First two games have been completed. A good 2-1 home win over mid table Wehen and an encouraging 0-0 draw away to Oberhausen have shown we are clearly in a false position. The latter was one of those exciting goalless draws - I hit the post twice and the bar in injury time. My keeper kept me in it too with two one-on-one saves. A real challenge next though. Home to Bughausen who are 4th.

    In terms of tactics, I have two good DMs with reasonable wingers and some good players in the centre of the park. So my tried and tested 4-5-1 will be in operation, flat back four, a DM, two MC, AML, AMR and a ST.

    I am already out of the cup so the league is all I have left.

    A major cause of concern is the state of the finances. £51,000 overdrawn with no cup run to look forward to. I may need to arrange some mid season friendlies, during the break, against Bundesliga sides to bolster the coffers. Also, some of my fringe players will have to go. My squad is not big, I have no reserve players and no youth players so I may be forced to bring some loans in.

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    Good luck with Regensburg

    I wouldn't worry about the financial side too much as most teams in 3.liga are Okay or insecure so the majority of clubs will be in a similar situation.The only exception will probably be RB Leipzig (Start off below 3.liga but will more then likely be promoted) due to their Sponsorship deal which was a 10 Year deal at £4.39 million.Also,see if you can get some loans in as that may help boost your numbers for the team.

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    They were good in the 50s I think, with one or 2 members of the 54 WC winning side.

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    Should be fun, they have a proper stadium too. Is it big?

    Have wanted to play in Germany but never done it yet.

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    German football . Best league(s) on the game. Good luck with this mate .

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Good luck with Regensburg

    I wouldn't worry about the financial side too much as most teams in 3.liga are Okay or insecure so the majority of clubs will be in a similar situation.The only exception will probably be RB Leipzig (Start off below 3.liga but will more then likely be promoted) due to their Sponsorship deal which was a 10 Year deal at £4.39 million.Also,see if you can get some loans in as that may help boost your numbers for the team.
    Thanks - As you say, I think loans will be the key. There is certainly no money for fees.

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    They were good in the 50s I think, with one or 2 members of the 54 WC winning side.
    Wouldn't surprise me - though the history of the club in the game starts in 1964 with plenty of gaps in the Domestic League places - I assume they went bust or dropped into non league.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    Should be fun, they have a proper stadium too. Is it big?

    Have wanted to play in Germany but never done it yet.
    11,800 capacity of which 2,000 are seated (I assume this being the stand in the picture at start of thread).

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    German football . Best league(s) on the game. Good luck with this mate .
    It is certainly exciting!

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    SVV JAHN 2000 REGENSBURG



    WINTER BREAK UPDATE


    We are comfortably mid table after a good run of form. Only fair to point out though, we have only played one game against the top six in my time here - against the league leaders which we lost.

    I have decided this will probably be my only season here - the finances continue to crumble, losing £200,000 per month. I can't offer new deals so my players have started declaring they will leave on frees at the end of the season. I have 15 players out of contract at the end of the season and with the finances the way they are, I dont fancy rebuilding here.

    On a positive, I have linked up with Borussia Dortmund so hope I can obtain a loan or two for the rest of the season.
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    I managed to bolster my squad in January with a centre back and striker from Dortmund, my parent club. The striker hasn't done a great deal but the defender has been nothing short of magnificent. With 3 league games to go, he averages over 7.90 in 14 games, scoring 6 goals from defence! Details below:


    I am still totally baffled why Regensburg struggled prior to my arrival. I am now 3rd and in the playoff place.
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    Really good start to your managerial career - good luck winning promotion to cap it off!

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    Nice place to start, good luck!

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    SVV JAHN 2000 REGENSBURG

    END OF SEASON REVIEW




    Well, we finished 2nd - all rather simple to be honest. No real scares, no issues. To be fair, I didn't have many injuries at all and this certainly helped.

    Player of the Season


    No surprise. Only arrived in January and was dominant. A fantastic loan signing.

    Special Mention


    This chap had not been used at all when I joined. Although his best position is AMC and I dont use this position, I tried him in MC and he never let me down. Excellent season.

    The finances are a major concern though. £1.53m in the red with no prospect of improvement. The board gave me no transfer budget for Division Two and actually CUT my wage budget. As a result:


    So, a new adventure awaits!
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    So, I arrive in the Portuguese Second Division at Santa Clara, the only club from the Azores Islands to ever play in the Portuguese top flight.

    I arrive at the end of the season so the projections and board expectations have not been declared yet. More to follow.

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    Good luck in the Azores!

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    Good luck in the Azores. Hopefully the weather above is on a bad day ;)

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    Could have 2 football pitches in that stadium with the amount of unused grass!

    Good luck

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    Good luck with Santa Clara mate. Hope you get a few more fans than the ones I see in the picture.

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    Congrats on winning promotion with Regensburg and good luck with Santa Clara

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    Thanks guys

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    Playing on the Azores? I didn't even know that had a side!

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    SANTA CLARA

    SEASON PREVIEW SEASON 2012/13


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    My players certainly have the potential but the midfield and wingers especially, are currently lacking on aurrent ability. I had to wheel and deal as I received no transfer budget and a minimal wage budget. I was declined for loans by no less than 17 players so my poor solitary scout has been working overtime whilst taking his Red Bull.

    I have high hopes for this chap, offered by his agent for free:


    EXPECTATIONS

    Second Division: The board expect promotion. I have looked around the league at other clubs and their players and to be honest, I agree with the board. Anything less than a top two finish I will consider a failure.

    Portuguese Cup: The board expect me to reach the fourth round. So do I, assuming I avoid any top flight clubs. An early draw against Porto, fopr example, and I am screwed.

    League Cup: The board expect me to be competitive. As do I!

    I will be using my tried and tested 4-5-1 formation with a DM and two wingers to compliment the two central midfielders.
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    Well done on promotion, shame the club was too much of a mess to keep going.

    Good luck with Santa Clara!

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    It's always devastating to leave a club after getting them promoted, but I certainly can't blame you with the budget issue.

    I'm determined to find my way to Germany at some point, but best of luck in Portugal.

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    I loved playing in Portugal and I hope you will too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnakeXe View Post
    Well done on promotion, shame the club was too much of a mess to keep going.

    Good luck with Santa Clara!
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by withnail316 View Post
    It's always devastating to leave a club after getting them promoted, but I certainly can't blame you with the budget issue.

    I'm determined to find my way to Germany at some point, but best of luck in Portugal.
    Thanks, early indication is that it is a lot of fun

    Quote Originally Posted by Deisler26 View Post
    I loved playing in Portugal and I hope you will too!
    So far so good.

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    As others have already said, well done on the promotion in Germany

    Probably a wise move to jump, considering the precarious financial state, but do you think it is a slight step down going to Portugal? Surely, your reputation would have increased somewhat from a season in Bundesliga 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    As others have already said, well done on the promotion in Germany

    Probably a wise move to jump, considering the precarious financial state, but do you think it is a slight step down going to Portugal? Surely, your reputation would have increased somewhat from a season in Bundesliga 2.
    I would of thought so too, but I was declined for seventeen jobs before I ended up at Santa Clara. Even the likes of FC Eindhoven in the lower reaches of the Dutch 2nd Division "laughed off interest from Taylor". It was demoralising but hey ho.

    Santa Clara are an interesting club - I am top of the 2nd Division and it is a cruise right now. Yet my reputation has remained at "Regional". It needs to be National I think for the next jump.
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    While we are on this point, I have twice been laughed off by Sheffield United and they've gone on and hired someone that has a poorer record than me, with less games and is the same reputation as me (Regional).

    It just seems odd that teams are turning down managers so abruptly even though they hire someone as good/worse than you. It seems thats what happened with you Daz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    While we are on this point, I have twice been laughed off by Sheffield United and they've gone on and hired someone that has a poorer record than me, with less games and is the same reputation as me (Regional).

    It just seems odd that teams are turning down managers so abruptly even though they hire someone as good/worse than you. It seems thats what happened with you Daz?
    Was that when you were applying for them or declaring interest? As I've been laughed off for jobs after declaring an interest only to get them a few months later when they were vacant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel16 View Post
    Was that when you were applying for them or declaring interest? As I've been laughed off for jobs after declaring an interest only to get them a few months later when they were vacant.
    Applied for them. The second time round I lost my job because of the application

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    Applied for them. The second time round I lost my job because of the application
    lol unlucky, Is that 2012? I'm about halfway through your thread now.

    I think I've noticed it being harder to get a job with your favourite team as well, maybe I'm just being paranoid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel16 View Post
    lol unlucky, Is that 2012? I'm about halfway through your thread now.

    I think I've noticed it being harder to get a job with your favourite team as well, maybe I'm just being paranoid.
    Nope, I'm currently in 2020.

    Back to the thread, that Richard Gray looks quality, real shame he hasn't got the physical stats though. Get him a gym membership?

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    Well, the Portuguese Cup has been really bizarre to date. I am in the Quarter Finals and as you can see from this screenie, so is another second tier side, a third tier side and a non league side. In the Quarters. Ridiculous. Vianense actually beat Maritimo in the last round. Porto should win this cup at a canter.


    HotChocolate - Yes, safe to say Mr Gray is lacking in the guns department! He has been injured a lot this season so no doubt his physical stats will decline a bit more.

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    SANTA CLARA

    MID SEASON UPDATE



    League - So a comfortable first half to the season. 4 points ahead of Gil Vicente in 2nd, who are a further 4 ahead of Oliveirense in 3rd. So a comfortable 8 points ahead of a non promotion place.

    Portuguese Cup - See previous post for how weird the cup has been this season. I am in the semi finals, drawn to Vitoria Setubal over 2 legs .

    League Cup - Disappointing despite reaching the quarter finals. I was drawn against Olhanense, a top flight club and won the first leg 2-0. I lost the return leg, away, 3-0. Gutted.

    I was offered Mads Laudrup by his agent for free, a player whose stats are far better than anything I have:


    With a few players refusing to sign new deals, I have let them leave now for free and replaced them with the likes of Reece Brown, released by Man Utd and other hungry, young professionals. Again, agents offered them to me for free.

    15 league games left, I hope I dont blow it.

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    Nice work so far mate .

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    Looking good so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    [center]I was offered Mads Laudrup by his agent for free, a player whose stats are far better than anything I have:

    If he's half as good as his dad then you've got a real gem of a player!

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    Oh man! I had Mads AND Andreas Laudrup playing for me at Leiria on my first FM12 go-around. Mads' stats were not as good as Andreas', but having him as an AML Inside Forward meant he was devestating!!!

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    SANTA CLARA

    END OF SEASON REVIEW


    Cracking season. Simple as that!

    League - Top of the pile with no major concerns:


    Portuguese Cup - As stated earlier, truly bizarre. I reached the final but was thoroughly ouclassed by Porto. Still, I hope to make some progress in the Europa League:


    League Cup - Went out in Quarter Finals 3-2 on aggregate.

    Player of the Season

    Alex - Winger who played 39 games, scoring 14 goals averaging over 7.60. Worth noting the few game he missed in the season, we struggled.


    Spencial Mentions

    Solobodan Dincic - Lone striker for much of the season, rewarding me with 27 goals in all competitions.


    One more player to mention but can only link 4 pictures per post. See next message for news Irineu's performances.
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    Irineu - An absolute beast from the heart of defence. Also scored a phenomenal 16 goals. He isn't even the penalty taker! 16 goals from centre back is sublime in anyone's book.


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    Looks good for a promising Premier League season.

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    FORMER CLUB WATCH

    SVV Jahn 2000 Regensburg - Finished a very respectable 12th, quite a bit clear from relegation. Good to see.

    Also, this just happened:


    Your thoughts? I declined primarily because they are massively over their wage budget!

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    Not sure I'd go for a B team.

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    Villarreal do have one of the better B teams in spain though i think? would have probably done 1 season with them and moved on myself.

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    I wouldn't go for a B team either, plus that massive overspend on wages would definitely put me off. Stay at Santa Clara, you're building something special there.

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    SANTA CLARA

    SEASON PREVIEW 2013-14



    Squad

    I was not given any transfer budget - we dipped into the red last season - but the board did increase my wage budget from £13k per week to £43k. A huge spike.

    I have brought in a fair few players on free transfers, courtesy of my scouts. IMO, the pick of them are below. Custodio is a brilliant player for a club like mine.




    Board Expectations

    League - Avoid relegation. Amen to that!

    Europa League - Gain some experience. I think the Group Stage is a possibility.

    Portuguese Cup - Fifth Round. I want the Quarters at least.

    League Cup - Be competitive. I want the Quarters at least.
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    Well done on the promotion

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    Exciting result! I drew Mlada Boleslav of the Czech Republic in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Europa League. I lose 1-0 away and then had a man sent off in the return early on. I took the lead which is how it stayed until extra time. We score to go 2-1 up on aggregate but they score, to take the lead on away goals. Then we score a winner! I was screaming at my monitor haha :-)


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    God bless results like that Congrats on the promotion

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    Quote Originally Posted by roganp View Post
    Well done on the promotion
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by abulezz View Post
    God bless results like that Congrats on the promotion
    Thank you

    Now, the difference in standard between the Portguese top division and the second tier is a chasm I am finding. Just played my first home game against (I thought), a relegation threatened team. Feriense. I lost 4-0. And was lucky to get nil.

    Another cracking tie in the Europa Lerague though. I was drawn to play Lausanne of Switzerland in the 4th Qualifying Round. I won 2-0 at home, quite comfortably and am then on a hiding away, until this happened (look at time of last goal):


    I have drawn Sampdoria, FC Twente & Dynamo Kiev in the Group Stage.

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    Gutted. Absolutely gutted. But I wont stand for it either.

    I lost 6 games on the trot - two in Europe and 4 in the league (including Porto, Benfica and Braga) and my job is suddenly listed as "Very Insecure". The board's confidence was unhappy with me and the pressure was on. After winning promotion, qualifying for the Europa League, reaching the group stages, I am under pressure.

    So I resigned.

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    I can imagine that it looked bleak.

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    ooft big decision, you would have probably turned it around imo.

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    I think you may have made the wrong call in resigning, they probably wouldn't have sacked you.

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    All is not lost. Within 1 month, I was offered and accepted:

    SPORTING LOKEREN OVI


    Lokeren are a traditional top flight club in Belgium, with top ten finishes for the last 3 seasons. Two years ago they finished 4th so they have plenty of potential.

    Looking through their squad, they have some real classy players. Havn't got a clue why they have struggled, a bit like Regensburg. I fully expect a top 8 finish this season.


    I have been given a healthy transfer budget, £3.2m, but I cant see myself spending all that. I may need to adjust the budgets anyway as, although I am not over my wage budget (£71k per week), I am close to it.

    Board Expectations

    League - The board expect a respectable position. I take over with the side second from bottom. As I say above, I fully expect to finish in the top eight.

    Belgian Cup - The board expect a quarter final spot. If the draw is kind, I would like to win it. I may prioritise this, once league safety is guaranteed.

    Final word on my youth team. Some decent youngsters here, the best of which I fully expect to become a superstar:


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    First problem I have is that the club has 41 professionals. Way too many. I need to shift at least 15 out in January. I also plan on freshening up the squad a little.

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    Karaisaridis is absolute class. Look to the future - unappreciative boards are best dealt with swiftly

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    41? Wow.

    Good luck getting rid

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    Quote Originally Posted by abulezz View Post
    Karaisaridis is absolute class. Look to the future - unappreciative boards are best dealt with swiftly
    Exactly what I thought too. Unappreciative and I walk And he does indeed look awesome. I immediately promoted him to the senior squad but he just got injured and is out for 2 months though before I could give him his debut

    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    41? Wow.

    Good luck getting rid
    12 of those were earning under £200 per week so I have just released them.

    Something funny happened though. Jose Enrique has gone to the press and said he is unhappy at Liverpool...because he wants to move to a bigger club. Hahahaha.

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    Typical Spanish.

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    Congrats on promotion and finishing runner up in the Cup with Santa Clara.

    Good luck in Belgium with Lokeren

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    41 pros? Time to clean house.

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    Nice move there mate. Good luck .

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    Good luck in Belgium

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    SPORTING LOKEREN OVI



    MID SEASON UPDATE


    League - As you can see from the table above, I still have a lot of work to do. I need to get into the top eight by game 30, otherwise I am in the bottom half when the league splits.

    Belgian Cup - The good news is that I am in the Quarter Final. The bad news is that I have drawn Anderlecht. My new signings will be here by then though so I have a chance.

    Squad

    As I said, I inherited 41 professionals. About 15 of those were patently not good enough and were on less than £200 per week so after trying to shift them without much joy, I released them. Five others were out of contract in the coming summer and two of those can go. The other three refused to sign new deals so I have arranged transfers for them as I found buyers. Agents offered me some players for free within a few days so I snapped up five on frees, three of which will go straight into my squad:

    Davino Verhulst - Pretty good keeper, my new number 1, replacing Copa, who refused to sign a new deal.
    Claudio Beauvue - Right winger who has done okish but I expected more.
    José Shaffer - Argentine left back who my scouts raved about. I am yet to share their enthusiasm.
    Clément Job - May not look like much by my scouts rate him as 4.5* potential. One for the future.
    Alban Bunjaku - Young Albanian signed for the future. Currently on a break as has struggled to settle.

    My scouts also found some genuinely classy youngsters from South America. So the following have all come in and I fully expect some of them to become superstars:

    Andrey - Striker and left winger. 4.5* potential
    Cristian Yacuzzi - Awesome looking striker. Already 4* ability with a potential of 5*
    Joab - Right winger who can also play in the support role behind the strikers. Already 2.5* ability and 4.5* potential
    Joginho Paulista - Sensational looking centre back who can also play in midfield. 4.5* potential though is already 2.5* ability.
    Ronaldo - Signed for his versatility as he can play on either wing or up front and I love my wingers!

    I am going to build a side around these South Americans - the league will not know what has hit them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    Typical Spanish.
    Indeed

    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Congrats on promotion and finishing runner up in the Cup with Santa Clara.

    Good luck in Belgium with Lokeren
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    41 pros? Time to clean house.
    They have now gone

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Nice move there mate. Good luck .
    Quote Originally Posted by roganp View Post
    Good luck in Belgium
    Thanks guys

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    A shock resignation! But, as has been said, unappreciative boards are best to get away from. Looks like the grass is greener now though with a steady club move and some fantastic signings, especially Yacuzzi .

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    Belgium splits differently though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Belgium splits differently though.
    Yep, I meant top six for the top playoffs.

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    The season is nearly over and now would be a good time to explain the league system in Belgium, because it is totally barmy.

    - 16 teams comprise the top division in Belgium.
    - You play each other home and away. So far so good.
    - The league is then split into four unequal groups.
    - Top six go into Championship Group. Positions 7 through 14 are split into two groups of four (European Playoff Group). The bottom two form the Relegation Group. You only carry half your points (rounded up) into the Groups.

    Championship Group

    - Play each other twice, home and away.
    - Winners are Champions
    - Runners up also go into CL
    - Third place enters Europa League.
    - Fourth place enters a playoff.

    European Playoff Group

    - The eight teams are divided into two groups of four.
    - Play each other in your mini group twice, home and away.
    - The two winners of each group play off, home and away.
    - Aggregate winner then plays the fourth place side from the Championship group.
    - Winner of this enters Europa League.

    Relegation Group

    - Bottom two sides enter this "group"
    - You play a best of five game series. Yes, you really did read that right. The best of five.
    - The loser is relegated.
    - The winner enters a playoff group with three sides from the Second Division (This division is even more mental).
    - The four teams play each other home and away.
    - Winner plays in the top division the following season.

    So, did everyone get that? Absolutely ridiculous system.
    Last edited by DazRTaylor; 11-12-2011 at 20:42.

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    I've read that three or four times and it still is mental. I must go and manage in Belgium at some point!

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    SPORTING LOKEREN

    END OF SEASON REVIEW





    League - I finished 5th after qualifying for the Championship Group. No European Qualification from this route. I was quite a bit behind the champions, Club Bruges, too.

    Belgian Cup - VICTORS!!! Brilliant performance from my guys. Knocked Anderlecht out 8-6 on aggregate in the quarter finals. My first major trophy.

    Speaking of goals, my team are anything but boring. Over 150 goals in our games (combined for and against).

    Players

    Player of the Season - Tough one to call. I will go for South African George Lebese, whose stats speak for themselves. Six weeks ago I would of said Cristian Borja, but he has lost all form.


    Special Mention - Cristian Yacuzzi. Only managed 11 starts plus 1 as a sub as he got himself a nasty ankle injury resulting in two months out. Despite this, he still managed 8 goals in those 11 starts. Brilliant stuff from the 18 year old.

    Last edited by DazRTaylor; 11-12-2011 at 20:46.

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    Yacuzzi should fire you far.

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    With a league system like that, no wonder they couldn't get a government in place in 18 months or however long it was in the end.

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    FORMER CLUB WATCH

    SVV Jahn 2000 Regensburg - Finished 13th in the German Second Division and once again, they survived quite comfortably. They also won the German Cup and qualify for the Europa League.

    Santa Clara - Recovered to finish a mightily impressive 6th in the top flight. They lost all 6 games in the Europa League group stage.

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    Great career so far! Makes me so keen to ditch my Stoke save and start a journeyman thread.

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    Great stuff from Santa Clara.

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    Great league finish and add in the cup win a brilliant season

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    A good league finish in your 1st season. Plus a cup win. Well done.

    The Belgium league structure looks fun! Hopefully i get to manage there in my save.

    Cristian Yacuzzi looks like hes going to be a star.

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    A very good first season and congratulations on the cup win

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    Quote Originally Posted by hursty2 View Post
    Great career so far! Makes me so keen to ditch my Stoke save and start a journeyman thread.
    I know what you mean - I never expected to have a game like this until I started reading this forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Great stuff from Santa Clara.
    I was shocked when I saw their final position!

    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    Great league finish and add in the cup win a brilliant season
    Quote Originally Posted by Fletchdt View Post
    A good league finish in your 1st season. Plus a cup win. Well done.

    The Belgium league structure looks fun! Hopefully i get to manage there in my save.

    Cristian Yacuzzi looks like hes going to be a star.
    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    A very good first season and congratulations on the cup win
    Thanks guys

    I have decided to add, from the start of next season, the two tiers from both Russia and Ukraine.

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    A more than respectable league finish . I said Yacuzzi was going to be a star ;) .

    Any reason why you've chosen to add the Russian and Ukrainian leagues? Aspirations to manage there later on in this save or is just to see what's going on in those leagues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raware View Post
    A more than respectable league finish . I said Yacuzzi was going to be a star ;) .

    Any reason why you've chosen to add the Russian and Ukrainian leagues? Aspirations to manage there later on in this save or is just to see what's going on in those leagues?
    I have never played there and I am enjoying The save by TheSupremeNTM in video form. He has gone to Ukraine and seems to be loving it. IMO you can't have Ukraine without Russia

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    SPORTING LOKEREN

    SEASON PREVIEW 2014-15


    So, a European adventure awaits!

    In the league, I have been made 4th favourites to win it though have long odds of 33-1. I hope to finish in the top three, but time will tell.

    Squad

    I signed only 2 immediate first teamers. I also signed a spate of youngsters, mainly on frees, in the hope they come good. If not, they were mainly free and are on low wages so there is no risk. All these youngsters have at least 4* potential. My two major signings are:

    Roy Beerens, signed for £2.2m from Zulte Waregem:


    Jaguaré, signed for a mere £800,000 from Sao Paulo:


    So my squad, which has plenty of potential as you can see, now looks like this:


    I am taking a risk though, as the squad is very young, with only 3 players over the age of 30. I hope they cope with the demands of up to 60 games this season.

    Before I forget, Argentina won the World Cup, beating Chile in the final, 2-0. I bet that went down well in Brazil.

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    That is a very young squad - but you definitely have alot of potential talent. Jaguare looks great!

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    Looks like you have put together a potentially great squad, cracking first season aswell, good luck in Europe!

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    Good luck this season

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    Looks like an amazing squad. Good luck.

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    Lokeren and load!

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    Good luck!

    Also, Jaguaré is one of the more badass common names I've ever seen.

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    Crikey, I go away for a few days and all hell breaks loose!

    Promotion, European football, surprise resignation, crazy Belgium league structure, cup winners... all the makings for a great career thread

    Don't think I've ever managed in Belgium; the domestic structure looks like it was invented by a lost South American!

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    Quote Originally Posted by abulezz View Post
    That is a very young squad - but you definitely have alot of potential talent. Jaguare looks great!
    He does indeed - So far so good from him.

    Quote Originally Posted by City2000 View Post
    Looks like you have put together a potentially great squad, cracking first season aswell, good luck in Europe!
    Thanks mate. Having a blast at Lokeren!

    Quote Originally Posted by HotChocolate View Post
    Good luck this season
    Cheers mate

    Quote Originally Posted by Pangaea View Post
    Looks like an amazing squad. Good luck.
    I am having trouble keeping them all happy though...

    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Lokeren and load!
    Haha - that would be a great thread title for a one club ga,e as Lokeren

    Quote Originally Posted by C-Mon View Post
    Good luck!

    Also, Jaguaré is one of the more badass common names I've ever seen.
    It is great isn't it?

    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Crikey, I go away for a few days and all hell breaks loose!

    Promotion, European football, surprise resignation, crazy Belgium league structure, cup winners... all the makings for a great career thread

    Don't think I've ever managed in Belgium; the domestic structure looks like it was invented by a lost South American!
    Welcome back I dont do things by half!

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    Quick question - I am apparently the leading contender for the Anderlecht job. TGhe biggest club in Belgium - big budget, big crowds, CL regulars. If offered (I haven't applied and nor will I), what would you do?

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    I just turned Millwall down. Swapping the Europa League Group Stage for a relegation scrap in the Championship? Gee, let me think!

    But this just happened:


    As you can see, I have delayed it for a bit.

    I would be sad to depart from Lokeren as my squad is coming along nicely. I have lost only once in the league so far (after 17 games) and that was at home to...Anderlecht. They mullered me. My current wage budget is just over £83k. That is over £250k. I would probably win the league this season. I would be CL regulars.

    Your advice guys?
    Last edited by DazRTaylor; 14-12-2011 at 21:50.

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    I would take it.

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    I was planning on playing until January 1 tonight, writing up my mid season report, then logging off for the night. But I have now logged off to think over the Anderlecht offer.

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    I think it would be good to go there.

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