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    Default *** | iacovone's Behind The Curtain: Travels in Eastern Europe | ***

    Hello, welcome. You may remember me from such careers as....oh what? It appears last year's career has been purged. Taken against it's will (allegedly). Anyway, I once had a good career that I documented here okay?

    Where to begin...I've spent most of FM12 seeing to the big European nation small club to big club challenge. If you're at all interested in my Novese file (which went on to Champions League victory no less) you can find it here.

    Now, onto more pressing matters. This is a career I hoped to get underway last year but never got round to. It had endured countless discussions with Crouchaldinho but sadly never came to fruition because of various commitments.

    This time however, I'm taking the plunge!



    The plan?


    Based on Jonathan Wilson's book Behind the Curtain I will embark on an escapade around the Eastern European nations. Therefore I have loaded the following leagues:

    Belarus | Bulgaria | Croatia | Czech Rep. | Hungary | Poland | Romania | Russia | Serbia | Slovakia | Slovenia | Ukraine |

    To provide a source of crap south American's to the database I've also added:

    Brazil | Argentina | Mexico

    I may add some more leagues as I progress but the plan is to remain in eastern Europe. Hopefully I'll be able to create one of the great dynasties, much like Valeriy Lobanovsky's Dynamo Kiev. Because that's the beauty of eastern European football. As fractious as the nationhood is, there has always been enduring tales from truly unlikely places.

    I hope to create the next in the list.

    My setup:


    Start Date: June 2011

    Manager Name: Alexander Romantsev
    Manager Nationality: Lithuanian
    Manager Reputation: Sunday League footballer
    Attribute masking is on
    Starting unemployed

    My rules


    As ever, I will play this game as realistically as possible. So if a genuinely fantastic managerial offer comes in, I'll take it. I won't deliberately plunge my team into hideous debt just for the sake of signing the 'next whoever'. I will attempt to manage in all 12 nations along the way but will begin with the lowest reputation possible.

    I think that's everything. Wish me luck


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    Code:
    | Season  |      Club     |      League      | Position |      Achievements      | Wage p/w |
    |---------|---------------|------------------|----------|------------------------|----------|
    | 2011/12 |      HASK     |  Croatian Div 2  |   11th   |        Survived        |  £1,000  |
    | 2012/13 |      HASK     |  Croatian Div 2  |   16th   |  Sacked after 5 games  |  £1,000  |
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    | 2013    | Dnepr Mogilev | Belorusian Div 2 |   16th   | Resigned after 5 games |  £1,200  |
    |-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Last edited by iacovone; 10-05-2012 at 22:42.

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    Woo you're back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Woo you're back!
    Hi delta! Good to be back

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    And straight off the bat, I have a job!



    This is where it all begins people, the Croatian 2nd Division with HASK

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    Looking forward to this!

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    Good luck mate!

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    Good luck iacovone, it will make for a good change to be back at a very low level after winning everything with Novese.

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    Good Luck with this.

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    Humble Beginnings

    NK HASK


    Transfer Budget: £2,600
    Wage Budget: £3.6k p/w

    Founded in 1903 and based in Zagreb, HASK have long tradition in Croatian football. They were refounded in 1990 and later merged with NK Naftas in 2006. The NK HASK Stadion holds a mere 2000 people with the vast majority housed in the below stand.

    We're predicted to come 12th out of 15 in a league that relegates four teams. This could be tricky.



    The club are affectionately known as 'Akademicari' or The Academics

    Last edited by iacovone; 27-04-2012 at 22:49.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcidBurn View Post
    Looking forward to this!
    Quote Originally Posted by iHeadHunta x View Post
    Good luck mate!
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Good Luck with this.
    Thanks chaps

    Quote Originally Posted by Romanista1994 View Post
    Good luck iacovone, it will make for a good change to be back at a very low level after winning everything with Novese.
    I think so too Romanista. I've missed slugging it out at the very bottom! Going to avoid using the tactic I used with Novese and develop something new. See if I've learnt anything

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    This is going to be worth following. It just HASK to be!

    Best of luck.

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    Good Luck Iacovone, this looks excellent, I will follow with interest, as I do all your stories. This here is something I have always thought about doing as well, some sort of Eastern European Career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike7077 View Post
    This is going to be worth following. It just HASK to be!

    Best of luck.
    Brilliant.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lower Leagues Rule View Post
    Good Luck Iacovone, this looks excellent, I will follow with interest, as I do all your stories. This here is something I have always thought about doing as well, some sort of Eastern European Career.
    Cheers LLR, I'm excited

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    Welcome back Iacovone and good luck with Hask

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    Awesome stuff! Great opening and looking forward to following your adventures, Iacovone!

    And I may even be tempted to 'join' you in the not too distant future.

    Good luck in your first job at HASK!

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    Good to see you back iacovone! Looking forward to this.

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    An iacovone career!

    Yeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssss.

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    This is awesome. They guy who got me reading this forum is back.

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    I was sorta lurking in the Big Euro Nation challenge thread towards the end of your career with Novese, so I will be following this one all the way Good luck in Croatia!

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    Quote Originally Posted by B.W.G View Post
    Welcome back Iacovone and good luck with Hask
    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    Awesome stuff! Great opening and looking forward to following your adventures, Iacovone!

    And I may even be tempted to 'join' you in the not too distant future.

    Good luck in your first job at HASK!
    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Good to see you back iacovone! Looking forward to this.
    Quote Originally Posted by ToffeeViola View Post
    An iacovone career!

    Yeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssss.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scarman View Post
    I was sorta lurking in the Big Euro Nation challenge thread towards the end of your career with Novese, so I will be following this one all the way Good luck in Croatia!
    Thanks guys, I feel like a celebrity

    Quote Originally Posted by BadManager View Post
    This is awesome. They guy who got me reading this forum is back.
    Too kind!

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    Suitably crap ground.

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    Welcome back! Should be an interesting mix of relegation, sackings, and eventual success

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    Hope you don't have so long a wait to get anywhere.

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    HASK - August 2011 Update


    So I've managed to upset the players already.

    After saying it wasn't my dream job, I proceeded to offer them a 'low' bonus for the league and cup. We've got to stay reasonably financially prudent after all!

    Then, they alerted me to the fact we didn't have a coach with fitness > 1. So I'm addressing that now. But suffice to say, with a few days before the league season kicks off, we're already in a bit of bother!

    Anyway, the players I believe will be good enough to keep us in the division:

    Stipe Nevistic (GK)
    Igor Tolic (SW/DRC)
    Mirko Selak (AML/ST)
    Dado Hamzagic (M/AMC)

    I don't expect much, just a bit of fight! Hamzagic should be the best of the lot whilst Nevistic is a very useful keeper for this level (particularly being 18 too). Tolic is the club captain and Selak looks good enough to grab some goals. Let's see.

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    Looking at that bunch, they should see you through alright.

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    Hopefully you can make them work. What are your tactics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Hopefully you can make them work. What are your tactics?
    Going to try a 4-2-3-1 to kick this career off.

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    welcome back iacovone!

    Hope your players are 'smart' enough for you to be successful.

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    Won our first game of the season 3-0 with a hat-trick from striker Marko Lepinjica. Very promising!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    welcome back iacovone!

    Hope your players are 'smart' enough for you to be successful.
    Thanks rancer! I see the humor in here is as good as ever

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    looking forward to seeing how you get on with this career mate, even though you have turned your back on Big Euro Nation... ;) good luck with it - hopefully it's more successful than your last career save....

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    A quick update: we're doing ok. Sitting mid-table after 7 games. But I have a major problem! My captain Tolic just refuses to listen to me! Every team talk I give he switches off and loses morale. It's 'abysmal' every game. Not good!

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    This is the type of situation where I look for the "kick the guy in the goolies" option. If you find it, please let me know, it must be there somewhere.
    Odds are it wouldn't help his morale, but it might help yours.

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    Is it the old 'not motivated to play for you' line in assistant feedback? I've had that problem with starting at Sunday League rep.

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    Great to have you back, iacovone

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    Stupid Players ;)

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    Cheers SnakeXe.

    Yes Crouchy, it's that plus the low win bonus I've offered the squad and the high intensity training I'm giving them. Basically, I'm a b*stard and they don't like it

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    HASK - November 2011 Update

    So it's been a pretty good start to my time at HASK. The main man has been Kresimir Trepsic who joined us on loan from Zagreb. He has 5 in 5 so far. I was particularly disappointed with our heavy 4-0 loss to 10 man Junar but the win at Medimurje more than made up for it. I'm getting stuck into the other managers in the league who keep touting us for relegation too. Love a bit of verbal sparring with these two-bob nobodies! Unlike me of course...






    It's a fairly short season - just the 28 games so we're making good progress. If we carry on in this vein we should stay up. Not bad for my first venture!


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    Going well so far. Really tempted to join you on this adventure in my own save.

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    going well hope you stay up so good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    Going well so far. Really tempted to join you on this adventure in my own save.
    Ha! I forgot how much I missed a career save. Having the option to just up sticks and leave if I get bored is great. Though I'm also a little regretful that I only did eastern Europe (despite the name of the thread and idea behind it!). May well open up a ton of new leagues at the end of the season

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    Staying up looks pretty good. Does only one team go up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Staying up looks pretty good. Does only one team go up?
    It's strange. I think in the first year there's a re-calibration of the leagues as only 1 goes up from 2nd Division but 5 go down from the top tier

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    I'm also a massive fan of Jonathan Wilson's book, obviously seen what you can do in the big club big nation challenge as well over the years, so can't wait to see how you get on in Eastern Europe

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    My new club, Brescia, have just picked up their first point with me as manager against Taranto at the Erasmo Iacovone. Reminded me of someone but I can't think who.......

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    Adje Hrvatska!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    My new club, Brescia, have just picked up their first point with me as manager against Taranto at the Erasmo Iacovone. Reminded me of someone but I can't think who.......
    Love those little guys

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    HASK - April 2012 Update





    So with just seven games remaining we're just about on course to survive the dreaded relegation in my first year at HASK. As you can see, results up to the Winter break were pretty awful and that led to my decision to switch to formations.

    We're now playing with a much more open 3-5-2 set-up which has been much more productive. Aside from the thrashing Solin handed us, we've competed well in 2012, snatching three victories and a couple of draws to keep our heads above water.

    We should be okay in the run-in though I am acutely aware that we've not won in three games now. If I can address that mini-slump, we'll be charging our glasses to a wonderful campaign (ish).

    Off the pitch has been eventful. Making Igor Tolic my captain is just about the worst decision I've made on FM. He's now been relegated to the bench even despite me adding an additional CB in our formation. He switches off in teamtalks, has scored an own goal and is constantly injured. He really hates me. But in spite of all that, I've kept him as far from disrupting the team as possible. I may have to rethink that captaincy choice in the summer.

    I'll hopefully be reporting on a survival story come the next update. Stay tuned!


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    Nice one. You look safe for the season.
    Do you look like being in a position to do so some off-season signings in preparation for the climb up the table next season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadManager View Post
    Nice one. You look safe for the season.
    Do you look like being in a position to do so some off-season signings in preparation for the climb up the table next season?
    Unsure really. Finances are a mess at -£300k but I've already tied up a deal for a really promising 16-year-old AMC. Should know more in the summer where I can cut a lot of the deadwood from the squad. I'll go from there. There should be more than 1 place available for promotion next year but also 5 relegated Division 1 teams in the league. It won't be easy!

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    Oh dear. I've never been good at this. On the back of a loss I called a team meeting. Now look :


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    Clearly you've not lost your touch, Iacovone. ;)

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    Ouch...mutiny!! Toss them all overboard!

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    Mass exodus to come!!

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    OUCH. I only call these meetings when we are on a bad run in an attempt to turn it around, only bad reaction I had was when my daughter had hit the space bar, so I went back to see if I could finish the meeting and the answer was "OH Great another Meeting"

    Hopefully that meeting doesn't hurt too much as you head down the stretch. Good Luck.
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    Probably going to stumble over the line now.

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    HASK - June 2012 End of Season Update



    We escaped. But only just! A dreadful run of results, sparked by my underwhelming (to say the least) team meeting had me thinking we were headed for relegation. Fortunately those below us were just that bit worse!

    So it's a mildly successful first year in management for me. I see no reason to leave and look forward to dumping the deadwood and snapping up some flotillas of footballing prowess in the summer. One slight problem - we're £450k in debt and the board have just done this:



    The idiots.

    Career so far

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    2011/12 | HASK | Croatian Div 2 |   11th   |   Survived   |
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    If there's any other screenshots people would like to see or if you want more detail in these updates, let me know as I'm very open to trying different styles of updates



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    Just as I thought regarding the close escape. Stupid board as well. You're surrounded by idiots.

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    That was one bad team meeting. Bad morale makes things nigh on impossile in this game.
    Still, you got through and the new seaosn is always full new (and I find usually false) hope. The extra expense on the stadium hurts, that's rough luck just when you are loking to turn over some players and hunt for more talent.
    Another 3300 capacity when you start with just 2000 seems like overkill, even if it is "to comply with league requirements".

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    Yeah I'm none too pleased but there you go.

    So, I know everyone's been wondering about the league structure for this season...

    Four went down last season and just one side got promoted.

    Well, this year, one gets promoted (still) and SEVEN teams get relegated from Div 2 .

    Three come down from Div 1. So next year there will be a top division with just 10 teams - it's bizarre! And also terrible news for us - how can you have 7 teams relegated from a 16 team division?! We're in major trouble

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    7 down out of 18!!!! Probably officially the toughest league to survive in ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    7 down out of 18!!!! Probably officially the toughest league to survive in ever.
    Worse - 7 from 16! Almost half the division

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    Well done in gaining survival,not sure I'd fancy my chances in a league where 7/16 go down so the best of luck to you

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    That's an insane relegation mark! Wonder why it's so fluid from one year to the next...

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    My board also committed stadium lunacy recently. They built a brand new 37,000-seater stadium in 2015 for 80,000,000... only to decide to build another new one for 2018 before we'd played our first match at the new venue

    I can only envisage it's some sort of temporary athletics-related arrangement or something

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    Going to enjoy reading this. Good luck mate.

    Congratulations on survival at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToffeeViola View Post
    My board also committed stadium lunacy recently. They built a brand new 37,000-seater stadium in 2015 for 80,000,000... only to decide to build another new one for 2018 before we'd played our first match at the new venue

    I can only envisage it's some sort of temporary athletics-related arrangement or something
    What!? That's insane haha!

    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Going to enjoy reading this. Good luck mate.

    Congratulations on survival at least.
    Thanks, I'm sure this next season will get markedly more interesting...

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    HASK - August 2012 Update

    I have some new signings to introduce. With SEVEN (that's right, I just can't get over how ridiculous this league is!) teams going down this year, the odds are massively stacked against us. Predicted to come 15th of 16 teams, I really have my work cut out for me...

    Anyway, to the signings:

    Mario Tadic (AMC) - 16-year-old who looks to have a fair bit of potential. He's determined at least.
    Josip Bojo (ST) - the man entrusted to score our goals this year.
    Samir Pohizek (DRC) - someone to shore up the defence? Hope so.
    Tabi (DM/MC) - an African workhorse for the midfield.
    Robert Deak (DC) - another defender to improve a leaky defence? Again, I hope so.

    We're not going to set Croatian football alight but we may just have a chance of survival...


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    HASK Update - SACKED! - 23rd September 2012

    Erm, well that was swift. There's clearly no messing about in Croatia - a dreadful start to the season saw me relieved of my duties. I suppose when you look at the results and league position you can understand why. Still, I thought I'd be given slightly longer than that to see if we were capable of sticking around in the division!





    Yes, I've included friendlies! It's to pad out my CV alright? I should add - this season I decided to turn into an utter b*stard and criticised any manager who dared question HASK or my management. I made NO friends in Croatia. I wonder if that impacted the board's decision to sack me?

    So, the first step into Eastern Europe ends fairly badly. Where will I end up next? You shall see...


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    Wow, harsh stuff. I mean, your record in friendly matches was incredible. I don't understand why they didn't keep you on. ;)

    Good luck with the next move. Hopefully to somewhere where you can get a bit more stability than you did in Croatia!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crouchaldinho View Post
    Wow, harsh stuff. I mean, your record in friendly matches was incredible. I don't understand why they didn't keep you on. ;)

    Good luck with the next move. Hopefully to somewhere where you can get a bit more stability than you did in Croatia!
    Ha! Thanks (I think...) ;)

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    Five games in, that was harsh. Sure, 7 get the drop so perhaps there was pressure to move because of that. But you were predicted to finish 15th, what did they expect.
    Its the early setbacks and eventual sucess that make an iacovone career what they are, good reading and often better than playing the game myself.

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    So two months passed and I got offered this:



    Now the problem (aside from being utter crap) is that their season has just finished (in November) and doesn't restart until April. So I'll be sitting around staring blankly at a map of Belarus for 6 months...

    Also, another problem - they came 14th out of 16, just escaping relegation to the third tier...

    I'll leave it to you to give me some advice - I'm going for a run to ponder where it all went wrong at HASK

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadManager View Post
    Five games in, that was harsh. Sure, 7 get the drop so perhaps there was pressure to move because of that. But you were predicted to finish 15th, what did they expect.
    Its the early setbacks and eventual sucess that make an iacovone career what they are, good reading and often better than playing the game myself.
    Thanks! I don't know what they expected either tbh!

    What do you think about a trip to Belarus?

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    You've got time to find players to build a squad better than 14th. If there a few you can axe without paying out their contracts and the wage budget isn't too far off the other lower clubs in the league, take it. I'd be less inclined to take it if I had to sell complete duds in order to free up some wage budget, quite often you just can't get rid of them without paying them out.
    Are there any other jobs under pressure in the lower leagues that you might be a shot at?

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    If I were you I'd wait. Find yourself a job with a useless crap in a more exciting league such as CZ, SK, PL, HR, RS, RO. That break is too long and you'll get bored as hell and there aren't enough good teams in Belarus to make the league exciting to play imo.

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    Ok, so I took your advice and rejected Belcard - mainly because the season was 6 months away.

    However I've now got a job, and it's actually in the same league

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    Possibly even more humble beginnings

    FC Dnepr Mogilev


    Transfer Budget: £2,800
    Wage Budget: £3.2k p/w


    My next step in this adventure finds me posting up in the Belarusian First League (amusingly, the 2nd tier). Mogilev have just been relegated from the Highest League after initially surviving their first campaign. So who to turn to in times of trouble? Well Alexander Romantsev of course - that Lithuanian manager despised in Croatia . That's me by the way...

    So who are we?

    Well we hail from Mogilev (as you might suspect), which is located in the east of Belarus. The city has a reasonably large smattering of Belarusian's - 360,918 by 2011's estimate - making it the 3rd largest city in Belarus.

    Founded in 1267, Mogilev has been through the mill in it's time. Claimed by Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Germany, the Soviets and now Belarus, it is likely to be an ethnically diverse place. It is also twinned with 12 cities from around Europe - all of which are alien to me.

    What about the club?

    Well, we play at the Spartak Stadion, which holds a decent 7,990 people in an all-seater. We have well established youth recruitment and excellent junior coaching - a brilliant surprise for me on arrival. I'm pleased with that.

    We hate Dinamo Minsk and Slavia Mozyr - neither of which are in our division. They're in the Highest Division - one that we've won once in our history - in 1998.

    Speaking of - this is a 16 team league. Two go up, two go down. And we're predicted to come 1st .

    The Spartak Stadion:


    Wish me luck!

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    Best of luck iacovone - I have always had an interest in the Belarusian leagues, just a shame that whenever I manage there I fail miserably The strict foreigner rules means having those good facilities to produce good youngsters will be hepful. Hope you manage to gain promotin at your first attempt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by corinthiano View Post
    Best of luck iacovone - I have always had an interest in the Belarusian leagues, just a shame that whenever I manage there I fail miserably The strict foreigner rules means having those good facilities to produce good youngsters will be hepful. Hope you manage to gain promotin at your first attempt.
    Thanks mate. Yeah, I've got 1 foreign player in the squad. He was fine in the top flight where those restrictions don't exist but I'll have to get rid of him whilst in the 2nd tier. Shame. We look to have a decent squad.

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    Ah, it seems I've got a few mutinous Belarusian's in my camp. The three best players - all represented by the same agent are transfer listed by request. With us a cool half a million in debt, I'll be offloading the three sadly. I'm particularly annoyed at losing Denis Obrazov our left-back as he's rated as a 5 star ability man.

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    Unlucky with the sacking but hopefully this job you can have more success. Hope you can get some talent this season to replace your 3 best players too...

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    Dnepr Mogilev - April 2013 Update


    So, the new season is upon us and I won't lie, I'm concerned. We don't have a good strike-force nor a decent central midfield. Our tag as favourites to go up could be wildly misplaced!

    Anyway, I'll show you our key players for the upcoming year. I'm pleased to say I kept our 5 star man:

    Denis Obrazov (D/WBL) - the 5 star man. Will be great but not in a vital key position.
    Andrey Orochko (AMRLC/ST) - signed on loan for the campaign, he'll give us plenty of options across the three AM positions behind the striker.
    Fyodor Tchernykh (AMLR/ST) - annoying surname but one of the best players in the squad. May have to be used up front.
    Aliaksandr Tarlikovskiy (D/WBR/DM/MC) - a versatile defensive minded player with decent physical and mental attributes. Useful.
    Kirill Demenkovets (DM/MC) - another loanee, but brought in mainly to give us some depth in CM. But may have to start we're so short in quality at CM. At least he can run about.

    Yep, that's my best. Doesn't look as though they are promotion contending standard but we'll see what happens...

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    Congrats on the move to Belarus. Obrazov, for a 5 star man, looks good. ANd it helpsthat he's still only 24 years old!

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    What a pity then, that he and the other players (and I use that term loosely), have yet to show up and lost our opening two matches

    This could be a swift failure

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    Dnepr Mogilev - RESIGNED - 1st May 2013

    Deary me, this is beginning to resemble my career on FM11! We were tipped to come first and although I expressed my trepidition, I didn't expect it to be as bad as this. We lost 5 out of 5, including 5-1 to Belcard - the other side I had a job offer from. There was no way I was going to stay after that. The job hunt starts again.






    Even our friendlies were poor this time. I really need to find a tactic that's going to work in the lower reaches of Eastern Europe, and a decent club to build up. This is going dreadfully


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    Well that was rather fast.

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    The humblest beginnings

    CF Braila


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    Well at least I'm getting a good tour of Eastern Europe right? After the Belarusian disaster, I really couldn't show my face there again. Fortunately little-known Romanian 2nd Division side CF Braila decided I was the right man to save them relegation in the upcoming 2013/14 season. Ha.

    So who are we?

    Founded in 1922, Braila are one of the oldest clubs in Romania. The club enjoyed the best period of success in the early 90s, finishing 6th in the top flight and reaching the Romanian Cup final (and losing). Since then, they've flitted between the 2nd and 3rd tier.

    Braila is the 11th most populous city in Romania (thanks Wiki) just shy of 170,000 people. It is also in the east of the country. It's also twinned with Calais - I guess because it's a port town on the Danube.

    What about the club?

    Alarmingly we're £1m in debt as I take over - doesn't bode well.

    The Municipal stadium holds 18,000 people (8,000 seats) which is rather impressive. Our facilities are basic across the board so nothing to see there.

    I'm also back to the tricky league structure where 5 go down and 2 go up. 14 teams in the division.

    The Municipal Stadium:



    Lovely eh? Here we go again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatTraveler View Post
    Well that was rather fast.
    I know. The sack was coming anyway

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    Unlucky iacovone, but Belarusia really is tough, I have tried a small to big club save there twice and got relegated twice, badly! Just not enough good players around. Hope you finally get your lucky break in Romania.

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    Good Luck in Romania!
    Third Time Lucky?

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    Bad luck in Croatia and Belarus, hopefully Romania will be kinder

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    Quote Originally Posted by iacovone View Post
    Ah, it seems I've got a few mutinous Belarusian's in my camp. The three best players - all represented by the same agent are transfer listed by request. With us a cool half a million in debt, I'll be offloading the three sadly. I'm particularly annoyed at losing Denis Obrazov our left-back as he's rated as a 5 star ability man.
    Should have sent them to the gulag. I'm sure Lukashenko would have some places available. ;)

    I had a trip to Belarus in FM 12 and did about as well as you did. Friendlies went well, then the league started and we were getting humped 5- and 6-0 every time.
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    Wow. You got out of Belarus before I could give the advice "Don't rush into a team meeting".

    Best of luck in Romania.

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    'Cracking stadium' .

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    Well, can't start much worse than the previous two places.

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    Third time is the charm, Iacovone!

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    I think you're just doing a tour of historical sites from WWII ;)

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    Oh dear... let's hope that Romania proves slightly more successful than Belarus!

    I'm sure you'll stumble across some success soon

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