ha! I was sure it was going to be Man Utd in the final when you said it'd be weird. Swansea is strange though, and I guess you'll have mixed feelings in the end. A very good sign for your management of Swans though, that they are still challenging three years later. I feel like many teams drop once you (one) leave(s) a club - maybe due to consistency, not sure
Thomas Lewis' Career - 2021/22 - Manchester City
FA Cup Final
How We Got To The Final
Apart from the third round against League Two Stockport, we were drawn againt very tough opposition all the way through the competition. First was the 4th round tie and replay against United, then former club Swansea. If that wasn't enough we faced Arsenal in the quarters and in a replay that was settled by penalties. And then to top it all off we had to play Chelsea in the semi's! Easily my toughet cup run with City!
vs.West Bromwich Albion
Well we won, but I am annoyed by the scoreline. We should have abolutely battered them, but our finishing wasn't up to scratch, and we made the last few minutes extremely nervy as we gifted them a second goal. In all honesty I've never been more cheesed off when winning a trophy.
Fantastic acheivement winning the league four years in a row!
And a well deserved FA Cup win, considering the opposition you faced!
Now to complete the treble!
Aghh thats a mean draw :/
But its good to see swansea doing well still :P
Congrats on the FA Cup and League title. Winning the league 4 years in a row isnt easy.
4 times in a row
I think you'll do it in Europe this time.
Great event then.
Thomas Lewis' Career - 2021/22 - Manchester City
Champions League Final
How We Got To The Final
A group that could have produced the odd problem was negotiated with relative ease. Galatasary were much poorer than I imagined, and strangely enough Anderlecht much tougher - they could have snatched a win in Belgium had it not been for Joe Hart's brilliance. We beat Milan easily enoughat the Etihad, and the group finished with a much changed team getting an excellent result in the San Siro to ensure we topped the group.
We went through the knockout stages in mixed fashion. We were professional in two legs against CSKA Moscow, before being excellent in Marseille and infact fortunate to go thrugh againt them after a poor second leg at the Etihad. Real Madrid was massive, and in both legs we got it spot on. The players really stood up to be counted, espeically in the second leg where we defended deep and countered excellently. A terrific 4-1 aggregate win.
The final could have actually been an El Clasico, but after we knocked out Real my old club decided to get rid of the other Spanish side aswell. How ironic it is that it is Swansea who we face. Football is amzingly romantic sometimes.
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What a stonking final. It more or less had everything, except a penalty shootout!
The game was a strange affair; we had the majority of the possession, whereas they had more shots, though most of them were from long range. We on the other hand bided our time, creating better chances closer to goal. After and hour and with the scoreline at 0-0, I thought things could get tough when star man Jason Malpass picked up an injury. However, Necati Yildiz replaced him and after being left out of the line up, he seemed determined to prove a point. He put us ahead, but Swansea came back just minutes later.
Eventually it went to extra time, and throughout the first period there was no addition to the scoreline, but just before halftime we went down to 10 men when after using all three subs, Kyle Walker got injured. In the second period we rallied together and after a spell of Swnaea pressure we broke clear. Necati Yildiz dribbled to byeline and former Swanea man Danny Welbeck had come from the right wing to tap in the Turkishmans pullback. In the final six minutes they had a man sent off, making it 10vs.10, and we saw it out with relative comfort.
At fulltime the players and fans went wild, as captain for the day Joe Hart and legend Vincent Kompany, an unued substitute, lifted the trophy.
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You finally did it! Well played to Swansea though.
Excellent work winning the treble Tom. Brilliant achievement .
It's going to be a very emotional Champions League final, whatever the result
Are you definitely going to leave?
In terms of jobs already available, only in Italy has there been major movement since the end of the league campaign. Four jobs have become available, but the only one I would even entertain is the Roma job. They haven't done very well at all in my save, and have finished in the bottom half of the table in six of the last eight years. Also their finances are in a mess after a consortium took over.
The thing is I don't want to leave it too late before possibly moving clubs. The World Cup doesn't finish until July 10th, and I'd rather have things sorted before then.
Go to the club you love or stick out the last year of your contract!!! Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!
The City fans would hate you for it, but surely you have to go for it?
Thomas Lewis' Career - May 2022 - Manchester City
Well I was very pleased with that end to the campaign, even though the results weren't massively spectacular. We opened up by securing the league title with a thumping win over Ipswich, Necati Yildiz giving me a timely reminder of his qualities before the upcoming finals. After we did indeed play the FA Cup final, (see next post), we played just two days later against Arsenal, and then just another two days later again against rivals Manchester United. In both games I had to rotate, and was pleased to come out of those games with two 0-0 draws. We finished the season off with another cleansheet, this time in a 1-0 away win at Sheffield Wednesday. Not the greatest result, but I did rest players with the Champins League final just six days away.
May 2022 Continued
FA Cup - Final
After loing out at the the semi final stage lat year, I wwas delighted that we went all the way this term. We didn't perform brilliantly in the final, indeed we made it nervy for ourselves by conceding a late goal, but we got our hands on the trophy. My third FA Cup with City.
Champions League - Final
What an occasion this ways. My 600th game in management was prestigious enough with it being the Champions League final, but for it to be againt Swansea made it all the more romantic. The match its self was superb, just about anything that could happen, did. It was also a former Swansea player of mine, Danny Welbeck, who got the winner in extra time.
Football is beautiful sometimes.
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What a season for Watford .
He's my FM hero. 21 goals and 9 nine assist in 34 apperances - a fair few of which were from the AMR position - says it all.
The fourth year in a row he has won this now. Only marginally worse than last season, when he kept 28 cleanheets and conceded just 10 goals.
A good show from the boys. I'm sure there could have been more, but I rortated alot at times this term as I saught Champions League glory.
Amazing work winning the treble! Congratulations! Some seriously tough decisions coming up. Can't wait to see the outcome!
Thomas Lewis' Career - Season Review 2021/22 - Manchester City
Results 1 - Results 2 - Final Table (Champions)
Well we did, four in a row, and English league record. Once again we did much of the hard work in the first half of the season, winning seventeen of our first nineteen games. In the second half of the campaign players were being rotated for Champions League fixtures, but we still won fourteen of our nineteen games, including a vital eight game winning streak between mid January and mid March.
As with last season the success was again built on defence - we conceded jut eleven league goals all season, and Joe Hart kept 27 cleansheets. Altogether we scored 78 goals, not huge amount but a very good amount all the same.
Surely a fifth title in a row next term isn't possible?
After missing out last season due to being eliminated in the semi's, this term we regained the FA Cup - the third in four seasons at City under my manageement. Along the way we had some corking games of football, including two against United in the 4th round and then two against Arsenal in the quarters. We also knocked ut Swansea along the way, aswell as seeing off Chelsea in the semi finals.
In the final we faced West Brom, and despite not being at our most convincing performance, we won the match 3-2 to take the trophy.
Eliminated in the Semi Finals
Unfortunately we couldn't equal the record of four trophies in a row set by Liverpool and later equalled by Swansea. We did well againt United in the semis and were fairly unlucky in both games against them. You can't win them all.
United were hammered 3-0 in the final by their other big rivals, Liverpool.
An excellent achievement. Absolutely thrilled would be an understatement. A very good group phase was followed up by a throughly professional 3-0 aggregate win over CSKA Moscow. We followed that up with an excellent win in Marseille, before a poor performance in the second leg could have seen us eliminated, however we squeezed through 2-1 on aggregate. Real Madrid were our opponents in the semi finals, and in the first leg at the Etihad we performed excellently in a 3-0 win. I the reutn leg we went to Spain to defend, and in the main we did it well. We earned a 1-1 draw, and a 4-1 aggregate win, meaning a meeting in the final against my former club Swansea.
As strange as it was meeting Swansea, (if you recall I won the Champions League with Swansea after defeating City in the final), it was a truly romantic occassion. It was also my 600th game in management to add a sense of destiny to proceedings. The game had everything apart from a penalty shootout, as we won it 2-1 in extra time thanks to a late Danny Welbeck goal. What a signing he turned out to be!
Squad Stats - Transfers - Finances
The squad stats tell quite a tale. As good as what some players were, others were just average. Lord knows what happened to Neymar this term - his return of jut six goals and seven assists in 51 appearances was frankly appalling. Nestor Schmidt, such a good performer for me here at City and Swansea previously, also had an average campaign. Neymar inparticular should fear for hi future at the club.
During the summer of 2021 and over the course of the campaign the transfer spending was cut back massively compared to other seasons. The biggest chunk of the investment was on 17 year old centre back Gregg Morton. In terms of bringing money in, we made £32.5million from sales, meaning we only had a net spend of £9.5million.
Financially the club is in a great position. With a bucket load of sponsorship money due at the start of June, the balance will be up around £90million. What was very pleasing was that the level of investment from the chairman this term dropped from £129million to £88million, meaning that the club is heading in the righ direction in terms of making it self self-sufficient. A long way to go yet of course though.
Top 3 Players
It's hardly a surprise is it? Another great campaign from him, though I think there is more to come from him. Gutted for him that the injury he picked up in the Champions League final has ruled him out of the World Cup.
An excellent season from the man who makes us tick. Asked to do a different role this term, he stepped up to the plate. He may not score many goals from the middle of the park, or actually get loads of assists, but what he does do it keep things moving. Outstanding camapign.
He's a rock for us. He only missed four games all season, meaning he put in a tremendous workload. Aswell as been immense at the back, he also popped up with one or two important goals at the other end of the field. He is Englands premier centre half, and surely future captain material.
Well as you have seen the Manchester United job is available. What some of you may not know is that it is the club I support. They have been trophyless since 2015 so need to be resurrected somewhat. Dare I leave City for United?
Would be great to see you leave Man City and go to United.
If you are doubting the situation then I would wait until after the World Cup. See what jobs come available then. If there is none that you fancy then give it another season with City and leave when your contract expires.
I see your point and I think you would have to resign to get the United job.
United of coure is a big draw for me for obvius reasons. Maybe not being in the Champions League for a season wouldn't be a bad thing. I mean with City I wasn't in Europe at all in the first season.
I don't think the lack of CL football should stop you going there. I'm a bit childish when it comes to managing my rivals so personally I wouldn't do it on FM. If for some reason I did I would love to stab them in the back and sign on as manager of the team I support. Obviously the choice is yours and I'm looking forward to seeing what you decide.
You have to take it surely.
Thomas Lewis' Career - May 2022
Statement by Thomas Lewis;
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you all for attending this press conference.
As you all know Manchester United have offered me the chance to move across the city from the blue half to the red half and become their new manager. I have thought long and hard about this decision, and have decided that now is the time for a new challenge away from Manchester City.
My time at Manchester City has been indescribable. Over the last four years the club has achieved so much on and off the field. On the field it has been the most successful period in the clubs history. Off it, the facilities have improved greatly, from the stadium expansion to the training ground improvements.
This season culminated with the club winning their very first Champions League crown. When I first joined the club that was the overall aim, and now that that aim has been realised I feel that my job is done.
Manchester United on the other hand have had seven trophyless years, and for a club of its size that is unacceptable. The challenge is a great one, and I simply couldn't turn my back on it.
I know that by taking this job I will have earned alot of new enemies, both amongst City and indeed United supporters. But sometimes in life you are at a cold swimming pool; you want to swim but don't want to get in the water because you know it will be cold. You can remain comfortable on the side of the pool, or you can jump in feet first and get on with your swim. I have chosen to jump in and go for a swim.
I hope the Manchester City fans can forgive me, and will look back on my time at the club with as much fondness and pride as what I do. As for the United supporters, they need to give me a chance and get behind the club. For too long they have been trophy starved and I intend to change that.
Finally I would like to thank everyone at Manchster City for all their efforts over the last four years. From the owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubabrak for their tireless efforts off the field, to all the coaching staff and players who have helped the club to achieve so much.
The fans deserve a special mention; for years they followed the club through thick and thin, and although they won't be pleased with me at the minute, I hope that in time that they will remember all the good I helped the club to achieve.
Thank you for your time.
Did not see the move to United coming, but I'm keen to see how you do. Congrats on winning the CL with City too! But the big question is whether you'll try and buy Malpass again
Surprize that Man City's reaction wasn't more...vitriolic. All the best with Man United
haha, yes! Surely you must be the first manager to make that move? Or maybe my knowledge of the club I support is not what I think... Good luck getting them back to their winning ways. Don't think Malpass will be your first signing with that transfer budget. Like cerud I am surprised at Man City's reaction to the move...
Great move it will be good to watch you build Man United back up.
Good move Tom, even if its one which will make this thread a struggle to read now ;). Suppose you did have to put up with me managing Liverpool for 9 years .
Interesting move to United, now you just have to topple your City team!
Leaving after finally winning the CL was something I expected, Man Utd less so, not least as I wouldn't have been at City in the first place.
Thomas Lewis' Career - New Club - Manchester United F.C
Name: Manchester Unied F.C
Nickname: The Red Devils
Year Founded: 1878
Stadium: Old Trafford (75,797)
I weighed this up for some time. Infact I left the game on the date for over an hour while watching the tennis as I thought about it. Eventually the decision becmae clear; it's the club I support, I can't say no to the chance to restore them to greatness. As I have said already, they haven't won a single trophy since 2015. Infact ince then they have only finihed in the top two in the Premier League once an last season dropped as low as fifth.
I have signed a five year contract on a whopping £120,000 p/w and my brief is simple; bring them back to where they belong.
Finances And Squad
Well I was pleasently surprised when I saw these! Having not played with United on FM I was unsure as to when all the loans expired in game, and I was delighted to find that the loans have been cleared and things are in a very good state. Of course with no Champions League this season things probably won't be as good come this time next year, however I can worry about that nearer the time.
The squad isn't in a bad way but some younger blood is needed. It is a concern that Gylfi Sigurdsson (32) and Javier Hernandez (33) were the teams top performers during the last campaign.
A season preview with board and personal expectations will follow after the season reset date.
That's almost like Pep Guardiola on my save. He has a stint at AC Milan, but other than that he has swapped between Barca and the Spanish national team about 8 or 9 times.
Not the worst of losses.
Thomas Lewis' Career - Season Preview - 2022/23 - Manchester United F.C
Premier Legaue: Qualify for Champions League
FA Cup: Get to the Semi's
League Cup: Not Important
Europa League: Quarter Final Place
Premier League: Finish in the top three - automatic Champions League spot
FA Cup: The semi finals would do
League Cup: Why not go and win it again?
Europa League: I'm not overlly bothered
Wages: £2,169,660 (Currently spending £1,456,971)
Decent budget, and with some player sales we can free up more funds for spending and in the wages section as there are alot of players on silly wages who just aren't needed. It could be a busy summer at Old Trafford.
My favourite part of the game is getting stuck into the transfers at a new club. What percentage of sales can you keep?
First, well done on the treble! What better way to finish your last season!
Wasn't expecting what happened next though, but as you say it is hard to turn down a rebuilding job at your favourite team!
Good luck with United! ( Just doesn't feel right typing that haha)
It's always hard to turn down the club you follow. Congrat on the move to the other side of Mancester!
Looking forward to seeing the comings and goings at Old Trafford during the summer.
Making United a side that challenges would be a great first season...and of course lifting the Tom Lewis Cup ;).
Congrats on winning the CL with City,hope the Utd fans go easy on you!
Well I wasn't expecting what came next either to be honest, and as I've already said, the reaction of Manchester City really amazed and delighted me.
Not followed the thread for a day or so, so was shocked when I see you've gone to Utd. Although it does make sense and I'd have done same if I was in the same boat as you.
I couldn't turn my back on the challenge.
good move, You'll no doubt end up with some great prospects through the academy too usually do on my saves anyhow. How many of ur ex players/coaches have you signed up?
Only one player so far has become availbale for transfer, and I have signed him up.
As for Jason Malpass, it is of course very unlikely I will manage him again. There is a slight bit of hope though in the fact that he has twice slammed Mancini for loaning out good young players, inparticular Aaron Parle who last season made over 30 appearances in the first team under me.
Suprised some didn't want to join up, im sure they would have IRL especially as you've been a team for years. I for one hope you eventually manage to sign Malpass in the near future!
Would you do all you can to bring him back? i mean break the bank for him? like you say he's only going to available to you for a world record kinda fee
well you never know in the football world! so fingers crossed he makes the move. Been a superb career to follow this, and has admittedly being my favourite read in this section and there are some amazing careers
Surprised to see you left City for Utd But I'm sure you've done everything at City, and left for new challenge with your beloved club.
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And thank you very much for the kind words. They are very much appreciated.
With United it is similar really, though leaving them may not be so easy.
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Thomas Lewis' Career - Preseason - 2022/23 - Manchester United
As you can see there was a fair bit of activity over the summer as I looked to shape the squad. In terms of players coming in, most of it went on one man who I had been chasing while at City, and inactual fact snatched from under their noe!. Apart from that I brought in a mix of young and experienced players, a couple of the experienced ones I have had before and trust to do a job for us.
In terms of players going out, they were all either average, a bit old, or in Yann M'villa's case, on stupid money with one year of his contract left and was asking for even stupider money to stay. £10million was the best I could get for him, and frankly, good riddance.
An excellent young player, who with a god amount of first team football can develop excellently. City have let a potential gem go.
I needed another rightback as I didn't want to have to use Chris Smalling there. Also his versatility will come in handy. He is 31 but has hopefully got a good 3-4 years left.
Bargain buy at £8million. Very similar to Gylfi Sigurdsson, and I see him as the heir to the throne.
The summers marquee signing. Very similar, (in more ways than one), to Jason Malpass - lets hope he can bring golas galore and not just depression because of his lack of hair.
A good player who can play a variety of positions. Not an immediate first choice, but can slot in when needs be. A free transfer, so a good deal.
Joined on a free as back-up to De Gea. Will probably get a few games in the Europa League campaign.
Comes in as firt choice left back. Small fee, small wages. Can't really lose in this deal.
Brought into to add more experience/numbers to the frontline. He's on pretty small wages, (around £1million a year), and if he can give us 10-15 goals I'll see as a job well done.
Solid player who does a good job of screnning the back four. His experience will be invaluable aswell.
Has come in for next to nothing as a back up player. Despite his age he can still do a job when called upon, as he demonstrated under me last term at City.
A good balance to the quad, with plenty of players who can play a few positions each. I don't necessarily think we will be winning the league this term, but i think we could put up a decent challenge with the players we have.
Gylfi Sigurdsson has been retained as captain, and Chris Smalling vice-captain.
Some good morale boosting wins, with a couple of much needed tougher workouts coming in Japan. The only problem was an injury picked up by Gomes, who will miss the first month of the campaign.
Some nice signings there, but the squad definitely needs making younger over the next year or two.
Europa League - 4th Qualifying Round
A routine passage through to the group phase, with a solid 1-0 win in Portugla followed up with a crushing 7-0 victory back at Old Traffoerd to give us an 8-0 aggregate win. Hopefully it will give Javier Hernandez some confidence for the league games.
Group Stage Draw
A fairly simple group, with only the away trip to Spain likely to provide any real issues.
The Europa League games were played after the start of the league season, but I forgot to do a screenshot of the league table before our first September fixture, meaning my first update will be a joint August and September one, with the start of the league campaign and Europa League group stage.
Also I didn't bother posting all the Europa League groups as there are too many to be botherd with!!
Never thought I'd see the day that Swansea had a higer rating than Man Utd ;)
Hairless strikers has been a strength of Utd for years (cf. pre-transplant Rooney) - Gomes will come good for sure! Good luck with the new season at the Theatre of Dreams!