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    Default Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

    After a much needed break from Football Manager, I am back, refreshed and raring to go!

    Game Type - Career. I intend to get to the top as soon as possible on merit alone. So if a bigger club offers me a deal, there will have to be a good reason not to take it.

    Editor's Used - Real Competition Names. Huge database added. No extra leagues being used.

    Leagues Loaded -
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • England
    • France
    • Germany
    • Holland
    • Italy
    • Portugal
    • Russia
    • Scotland
    • Spain
    • Switzerland
    • Ukraine
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    All have been loaded down to their lowest level.

    Database Size - Huge

    Objectives -
    • Win the league title in the five major European leagues (England, Spain, Italy, France & Germany)
    • Win a domestic cup
    • Win the Europa League
    • Win the Champions League
    • Win the Argentinian & Brazilian leagues
    • Win the Copa Libertadores
    • Win the CONCACAF Champions League
    • Win the World Cup
    • Win Manager of the Year award


    Updates -
    • Full Update at the start of every season
    • Full update in mid season
    • Updates when anything interesting happens!
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    OBJECTIVES TRACKER


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    Objective                                                                                                    Date Achieved                             
    Win the league title in the five major European leagues (England, France, Germany, Italy & Spain)            English Champions Season 2016-17
                                                                                                                 German Champions Season 2017-18
    Win a domestic cup                                                                                           DFB-Pokal Winners Season 2017-18
    Win the Europa League
    Win the Champions League
    Win the Argentinian & Brazilian leagues
    Win the Copa Libertadores
    Win the CONCACAF Champions League
    Win the World Cup
    Win Manager of the Year award                                                                                Season 2016-17, 2017-18

    RECORDS


    This section details the records I have achieved during this save. Each section is self explanitory and the records show the progression of each. All records are during competitive games only so friendlies do not count. Where I have equalled a record, only the first time I hit that record will be recorded.

    Biggest Win

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    Date               Playing As                            Playing Against                  Score                 Competition                    Location
    5 October 2011     Metalurg Zaparizhzhya                 Stal Alchevsk                     2-1                  Ukrainian First League         Slavutych-Arena
    22 October 2011    Metalurg Zaparizhzhya                 Helios Kharkiv                    4-0                  Ukrainian First League         Helios-Arena
    7 December 2013    Watford                               Yeovil Town                       6-1                  F.A. Cup                       Vicarage Road
    31 May 2014        Watford                               Brentford                         7-0                  League One Playoffs            Wembley Stadium
    24 September 2016  Chelsea                               Derby County                      8-1                  English Premier League         Stamford Bridge
    28 October 2017    Bayer Leverkusen                      Freiburg                          8-0                  Bundesliga                     Dreisamstadion
    Biggest Loss

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    Date               Playing As                            Playing Against                  Score                 Competition                    Location
    21 March 2012      Metalurg Zaparizhzhya                 Olimpic Donetsk                   0-1                  Ukrainian First League         Olimpic Donetsk
    1 September 2012   Metalurg Zaparizhzhya                 Metalurg Donetsk                  1-3                  Ukrainian Premier League       Metalurg Donetsk
    4 May 2013         Metalurg Zaparizhzhya                 Shakhtar Donetsk                  0-5                  Ukrainian Cup                  Dombas-Arena
    Highest Scoring Game

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    Date               Playing As                            Playing Against                  Score                 Competition                    Location
    5 October 2011     Metalurg Zaparizhzhya                 Stal Alchevsk                     2-1                  Ukrainian First League         Slavutych-Arena
    22 October 2011    Metalurg Zaparizhzhya                 Helios Kharkiv                    4-0                  Ukrainian First League         Helios-Arena
    4 August 2012      Metalurg Zaparizhzhya                 Vorskla                           3-2                  Ukrainian Premier League       Butovskiy Stadium Vorskla
    3 November 2012    Metalurg Zaparizhzhya                 Dynamo Kyiv                       2-4                  Ukrainian Premier League       Valeriy Lobanovs'kyi Stadium Dynamo
    7 December 2013    Watford                               Yeovil Town                       6-1                  F.A. Cup                       Vicarage Road
    13 January 2015    Watford                               Arsenal                           6-3                  Carling Cup                    Vicarage Road
    Most Games Won in a Row

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    Date From and To                                         Number of Games                   Playing As
    5 October 2011 to 24 November 2011                              7                          Metalurg Zaparizhzhya
    24 October 2015 to 27 December 2015                            12                          Chelsea
    Most Games Without Losing

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    Date From and To                                         Number of Games                   Playing As
    5 October 2011 to 24 November 2011                              7                          Metalurg Zaparizhzhya 
    9 October 2013 to 11 January 2014                              12                          Watford
    17 May 2014 to 1 November 2014                                 21                          Watford
    30 September 2017 to 21 February 2018                          27                          Bayer Leverkusen
    Most Games Lost in a Row

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    Date From and To                                         Number of Games                   Playing As
    4 May 2013 to 16 May 2013                                       2                          Metalurg Zaparizhzhya
    Most Games Without Winning

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    Date From and To                                         Number of Games                   Playing As
    15 May 2012 to 30 May 2012                                      3                          Metalurg Zaparizhzhya
    23 March 2013 17 April 2013                                     5                          Metalurg Zaparizhzhya
    Most Goals Scored In A Game

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    Date               Player                                Playing For                       Playing Against        Goals Scored        Game Score                Competition                    Location
    5 October 2011     Artem Putivtsev                       Metalurg Zaparizhzhya             Stal Alchevsk               1                 2-1                    Ukrainian First League         Slavutych-Arena
    12 May 2012        Adolphe Teikeu                        Metalurg Zaparizhzhya             Naftovyk-Ukrnafta           2                 4-0                    Ukrainian First League         Slavutych-Arena
    7 December 2012    Ross McCormack                        Watford                           Yeovil Town                 5                 6-1                    F.A. Cup                       Vicarage Road
    Most Goals Scored Over a Season (Minimum 20 Matches)

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    Season             Player                                Playing For                       Games Played           Goals Scored
    2013-14            Alex Nimely                           Watford                                25                     17
    2014-15            Luke James                            Watford                                54                     28
    Most Assists Over A Season (Minimum 20 Matches)

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    Season             Player                                Playing For                       Games Played           Assists
    2013-14            Nick Powell                           Watford                                20                  10
    2014-15            Luke James                            Watford                                54                  16
    2015-16            Leighton Baines                       Chelsea                                48                  20
    2016-17            Leighton Baines                       Chelsea                                33                  22
    2017-18            Tranquillo Barnetta                   Bayer Leverkusen                       40                  31
    Highest Average Rating Over A Season (Minimum 20 Matches)

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    Season             Player                                Playing For                       Games Played           Average Rating
    2013-14            Alex Nimely                           Watford                                25                      7.59
    2016-17            Leighton Baines                       Chelsea                                33                      7.78
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    CAREER HISTORY


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    2011-12    Metalurg Zaparizhzhya     Ukrainian First Division          2nd                        Promoted to the Ukrainian Premier League.
    2012-13    Metalurg Zaparizhzhya     Ukrainian Premier League          5th                        Qualified for the Europa League.  Ukrainian Cup semi finalists.
    2013-14    Watford                   English League One                3rd                        12th place when appointed on 9 November 2013.  Promoted via Playoffs to the Championship.
    2014-15    Watford                   English Championship              2nd                        Promoted to the Premier League.  Carling Cup winners.  F. A. Cup runners up.
    2015-16    Watford                   English Premier League            n/a                        Resigned on 1 October 2015.  4th place when I left.
    2015-16    Chelsea                   English Premier League            3rd                        Appointed 1 October 2015.  7th on arrival.  Qualified for the Champions League.
    2016-17    Chelsea                   English Premier League            1st                        English champions.  Semi final of the Champions League.  Resigned at the end of the season.
    2017-18    Bayer Leverkusen          German Bundesliga                 1st                        Appointed 27 June 2017.  German champions.  DFB-Pokal winners.  Resigned at the end of the season.
    2018-19    FC Sochaux-Montebeliard   French Ligue One                                             Appointed 12 October 2018.  20th on arrival.
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    HONOURS


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    2014-15    Watford               Carling Cup winners
    2016-17    Chelsea               Premier League champions
    2017-18    Bayer Leverkusen      Bundesliga champions
                                     DFB-Pokal Winners
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    1 x English Premier League title
    1 x German Bundesliga title
    1 x DFB-Pokal
    1 x English Carling Cup
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    So, after holidaying for a while, I apply for all jobs going. I reject a few - mainly those I have managed before in previous saves - before I accept a challenge:




    Club - Metalurg Zaparizhzhya

    Country - Ukraine

    Division - First Division (2nd tier)

    Current League Table


    I am only three points off the promotion places so I have high hopes.

    Squad


    As you can see, I have plenty of talent but a lot of players need to develop.
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    Tactics



    The last one I developed in a previous save and had tremendous success with it. I plan to adopt it in time.

    So, after relegation last season, Metalurg should go up again. We have the players fdor it and I fully expect promotion. Anything less and I feel my job will be on the line.
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    Looks a bit of a tough battle.

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    Good to see you back! Good luck in the Ukraine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Looks a bit of a tough battle.
    Yep, if/when I go up, I will be treading water in the top flight. Shakhtar and Kiev are so far ahead of everyone, it is ridiculous.

    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Good to see you back! Good luck in the Ukraine!
    Thanks

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    MID SEASON UPDATE


    I got a shock after my game on 19 November as my next game isn't scheduled until 24 March! A bit of a gap then. This update is after the mid season transfer window.

    League

    When I took over, I was only three points behind the league leaders and my predecessor had only had one defeat. League table below as I close the gap to being behind on the head to head record alone:


    Ukrainian Cup

    I was eliminated before I joined the club. We had lost 1-0 away to non league Avangard Kramatorsk.

    Transfers

    Players In

    Just the one new signing. A new goalkeeper, signed from Metalurg Donetsk for £550,000:


    Constantin Gángioveanu, a young Romanian I signed on a free transfer in October, left for pastures new after failing to settle in the Ukraine. Still, I received £120,000 for him.

    Finally, despite playing FM2012 for many hours, I have never seen this kind of message before. It made me laugh anyway:

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    One final piece of transfer business.

    Apparently, the Ukraine have a longer transfer window and I was able to sign Alexey Tupchiy from Belarussian top flight outfit Belshina. He cost £85,000:


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    Good reinforcements

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    Interesting tactics. Like a wiggly spine

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Good reinforcements
    Yes, they have both been solid though I lost Tupshiy for the last four weeks of the season with a injury.

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Interesting tactics. Like a wiggly spine
    It does a bit, doesn't it

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    END OF SEASON REVIEW



    League


    I am delighted to go up to the top flight. A wobble just after the transfer window couldn't prevent me from automatic promotion. Olimpic Donetsk the deserving winners who had a storming second half of the season.

    Ukrainian Cup

    Knocked out in the first round by non league Avangard Kramatorsk.

    Players

    Player of the Season

    Has to be Artem Putivtsev. Young centre half on loan from top flight Illichivets Mariupol. Missed just two games, both through suspension and chipped in with four goals. An excellent season.


    Special Mention

    Eugene Opanasenko. Young right back who excelled. Was on course to be Player of the Season until a bad training ground injury put him out for three months.


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    SEASON 2012-2013 PREVIEW



    Transfers

    Players In

    Marquee Signing - Valeriy Fedorchuk. 23 year old central midfielder signed for £275,000 from Dnipro. Easdily our best midfielder and I have high hopes for him.

    First Team Signings -
    • Sergiy Symonenko Experienced defender signed on a free transfer. The left back I have craved since I joined the club.
    • Batista Another experienced head, this time a Brazilian forward signed on a free transfer.

    Loan Signings -
    • Sergey Tkachev 23 year old Russian left winger, signed on a one year loan from Metalist.
    • Olexiy Prylepov Young Ukrainian defensive midfielder signed on a two year loan from Obolon.
    • Khoren Bairamyan Young Russian right winger signed on a one year loan from Rostov.
    • Lukas Stetina Young Slovakian Under 21 international centre back signed on a two year loan from Metalist.
    • Igor Duljaj Vastly experienced Serbian international defensive midfielder signed on a one year loan deal from Sevastopol.

    Players Out

    Quite a few left, but on my terms and say so. I didn't lose anyone I didn't want to lose.

    So my squad now looks like this:


    The squad should now be strong enough to survive and I hope for a mid table finish.

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    MID SEASON UPDATE


    League

    An excellent first season in the top flight. I am miles behind top, of course, but 5th has far exceeded my expectations.


    Ukrainian Cup

    I am through to the quarter final but have a very tough draw. Home to Metalist Kharkiv who have already beaten me at home this season.

    Transfers

    As before, no one has left without my say so. As for players coming in, despite having a transfer kitty of £1.9m to spend, I signed only free transfers as the club coffers continue to diminish. All four of these freebies signed after a trial and were offered by their respective agents:
    • Ferron Brazilian centre back, brought in due to an alarming number of defensive injuries this season.
    • Eduardo Ramos Another Brazilian, this central midfielder was wanted by a host of clubs but chose us.
    • Vlatko Grozdanoski Macedonian right winger. Will start from the off.
    • Nader Kara Libyan striker brought in as Batista, my existing front man, has had a shocking first half to the season.
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    END OF SEASON REVIEW


    League

    Far exceeded my expectations. A wobble of only one win in six in April scared me but a team meeting restored order. So a 5th place finish and Europa League qualification! I will add that the top four are so far ahead of everyone else, I doubt this club is capable of taking the next step.


    Ukrainian Cup

    I said we had a tough quarter final draw at home to Metalist Kharkiv but we romped home 4-1. The semi final, however, was a different story as we got hammered away to eventual league champions Shakhtar Donetsk, losing 5-0.

    Players

    Player of the Season

    Alexey Tupchiy. Central midfielder whose injuries allowed only 17 games. But we rarely lost when he bossed the middle.


    Special Mention

    Ferron. Brazilian centre back signed in January on a free transfer after a successful trial. A rock at the back and the wobble in April would of been even worse without him.

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    Solid season .

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    After a lot of thought, I decided to resign my position as manager of Metalurg Zaparizhzhya and seek pastures new. My reasons were twofold:
    • No exposure to the world game. No matter how much I achieve in the Ukraine, my stock would never rise a lot
    • I have taken the club as far as I can. Shakhtar, Dynamo Kiev et al are untouchable. I had average gates of circa 7,000. They were around the 40,000 mark for example

    So I applied for plenty of jobs, all rejected wehich proves my point about achivements going un-noticed. Eventually I landed a job I genuinely really fancy getting stuck into. They had been relegated to the English third tier the previous season and are currently mid table in League One. Ladies and gentlemen, Darren Taylor has been appointed as the new manager of:



    Club - Watford FC

    Country - England

    Division - League One

    Media Prediction - 7th

    My Expectation - 1st

    Current League Table

    Currently 12th, I fully expect a promotion push. I also have a huge transfer budget of £1.6m to spend if the need arises (huge for these league that is). Only two points off the playoffs and ten off top spot.


    Current Squad

    Plenty of talent to work with and some classy youngsters. To be honest, the setup here is perfect and I cannot wait to get stuck in.

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    MINI UPDATE


    Having started a new job with Watford, I have gone through the squad and it is still short in a few areas, some alarmingly so. With it being outrside the transfer window, I have read the scout reports to see if there are any unattached or loan players available for immediate signing. As a result, I offered a few contracts and made some loan offers, but could only get the following to join:


    Surprised he was unattached and should do well.

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    A decent squad you have there with Watford. Playoffs should be a reality.

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    Agreed. There are some good players there. A few of what you could class as Championship clubs in League 1 as well I see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    A decent squad you have there with Watford. Playoffs should be a reality.
    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Agreed. There are some good players there. A few of what you could class as Championship clubs in League 1 as well I see.
    Thanks guys, I have high hopes and have started well.

    I have put a new feature (new for me that is) on my initial posts at the top of the threads. Game Records. Hope people enjoy it.

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    MID SEASON UPDATE


    League

    Since I took over and introduced the new system, the players have been excellent and, as I expected, we have stormed up the league table. We are well in contention for an automatic promotion spot.


    F. A. Cup

    We drew non league Alfreton Town at home in the first round and, despite resting some key players, we won comfortably, 3-1. Round two saw the Glovers, Yeovil Town from League Two, come to Vicarage Road and they were hammered 6-1. As a real life Yeovil fan, I had mixed emotions. Another League Two outfit, Lincoln City, arrived and were equally stuffed 6-1. We have another home draw in the fourth round, drawing Middlebrough from the league above, the Championship.

    Carling Cup

    We were already eliminated when I arrived, losing away to League Two Cheltenham Town, 2-1.

    Johnstone's Paint Trophy

    As with the Carling Cup, we were already out by the time of my arrival, going down 1-0 at home to League Two Exeter City.

    Transfers

    As this was my first opportunity to rejig the squad, I shifted quite a few out and brought a fair few in. More than I was expecting but I was dictated by the high quality of players I could sign, courtesy of my scouts and some agents. With my player sales and savings on wages, I blew my entire budget.

    Players In

    All these signings have been spotted by either a scout or touted to me by their agents.

    Marquee Signings
    • Petar Jagic - 18 year old Croatian right back signed for £600,000 from Varazdin. Potential to be a Watford legend.
    • James Ward-Prowse - Cost a massive £1.3m but worth every penny. Signed from Luton Town, this central midfielder is aged just 19. Will play in the Premier League one day.
    • Nick Powell - 19 year old central midfielder signed from Crewe Alexandra for £700,000. Immediately got the fans on his back by declaring Watford is a mere stepping stone.
    • Grant Gillespie - Another central midfielder, this 22 year old Scot was signed for his ability to also act as cover in defensive midfield should the need arise. Cost £325,000 from Hamilton Academical.
    • Luke James - 19 year old striker signed from Hartlepool for £650,000. Big things expected.
    • Jonathan Schmid - 23 year old Austrian, this right winger, who can also cover at right back, cost £275,000 from FC Twente.
    First Team Signings
    • Daniel Alfei - 21 year old Welsh defender who can play anywhere across the back. Cost £210,000.
    • Anthony Loustallot - 21 year old French goalkeeper, he will go straight into the side. Cost only £120,000 from Motherwell.
    • Kagisho Dikgacoi - 29 year old South African international, he was languishing in League Two. Signed for £120,000 from free falling Crystal Palace. He will play in defensive midfield.
    • Joshua John - Winger who can play on either flank, this 25 year old Dutchman moved from FC Twente for £150,000.
    • Gary Mackay-Steven - 23 year old Scottish left winger signed for £70,000 from Dundee United. Exciting addition.
    • Alje Schut - Vastly experienced central defender. Signed for £70,000, also from FC Twente.
    Loan Signing
    • Pajtim Kasami - Excellent 21 year old Swiss central midfielder who can cover on the right wing. Signed on loan from Fulham for the rest of the season with Fulham paying his wages in full.
    Players for the Future
    • Greg King - 19 year old surprisingly released by Sligo Rovers in Ireland. Can play on either wing or up front. Squad player.
    • Simon Sinnott - 16 year old Irish lad signed for a bargain £40,000 from St Patrick's Athletic. Rated as a future Premier League player. Can play up front or on the right wing.

    Players Out

    In total, I allowed 15 players to leave. A mixture of youngsters who will never play in the first team and some core players. A risk, yes, but essential. The main personnel who have left the club are detailed below:
    • Ross McCormack - Whilst undoubtedly one of my best players, he was just on far too much money. So I sold him to my promotion rivals, Bristol City, for £400,000.
    • Adam Elliott - 17 year old youngster, in the first team squad and one for the future. Sold because he whinged a lot about lack of first team action. At 17. Sold to Aston Villa for £575,000. Plenty of first team action there then. Not.
    • Sanchez Watt - Winger sold to Middlesbrough for £170,000. He didn't do anything wrong, I merely replaced him with with a better player.
    • Martin Taylor - Also sold to promotion rivals Bristol City, this time for £190,000. Two reasons for the sale. 1) On too much money. 2) Injury prone. Missed as many game as he played.
    • Stephen McGinn - Squad player, sold to Swansea for £160,000. Surprised he went up a division as League One is where his ability is.
    • El-Hadji Diouf - Gave him a free transfer to Dutch outfit Telstar. Every single team talk he was coloured red and "seemed to lose interest". Well, I lost interest in him. Close the door on your way out, there's a good chap.
    • Gary McSheffrey - Free transfer to Notts County. Decent squad player but on far too much money.
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    Going really well so far.

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    Can go on and get a top 2 spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
    Going really well so far.
    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Can go on and get a top 2 spot.
    Thanks guys

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    One game to go and it is tight...


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    I was at home to Wycombe, who needed to win to avoid relegation. Notts County were away to bottom of the table and already relegated Swindon. Notts County won 2-0 but we got hammered, at hom, 3-0. Gutted. Playoffs it is.


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    END OF SEASON REVIEW


    League

    As detailed above, I blew a glorious chance of automatic promotion on the last day of the season. Mid march saw us win only one win in seven and these dropped points cost us big time. So we went through to the playoffs and faced Coventry City in the semi finals. A comfortable 2-0 win at The Ricoh Arena, made the home leg at Vicarage Road a formality, which was proved as we won 1-0 for an aggregate win of 3-0. The playoff final, at Wembley, saw us play Brentford who beat Preston North End on pemalties after a 4-4 aggregate draw. The final was an extraordinary game as it was one way traffic all the way as we dismantled Brentford for an astonishing 7-0 win. The Championship awaits!


    F. A. Cup

    As detailed in the mid season review, we had got to the fourth round and drew Middlesbrough at home and we drew 0-0. The replay saw us surprisingly win 4-2. In the fifth round we drew top flight SUnderland and I was shocked to see us win comfortably, 3-1 at Vicarage Road, setting up an interesting tie at home to another Premier League side, Norwich City, at home. Alas, it was a round to far and Norwich ran out 2-1 winners. The scoreline flattered us to be honest.

    Carling Cup

    We were already eliminated when I arrived, losing away to League Two Cheltenham Town, 2-1.

    Johnstone's Paint Trophy

    As with the Carling Cup, we were already out by the time of my arrival, going down 1-0 at home to League Two Exeter City.

    Players

    Player of the Season

    My very first signing for Watford, Alex Nimely was brought in on a free transfer and he settled straight away. 17 goals in 25 appearances, including a vital hat trick at Wembley in the playoff final, makes this chap my Player of the Season.


    Special Mention

    Signed as one for the future, Greg King saw more game time than I expected but he rose to the occasion, scoring 8 goals in just 12 appearances, including a goal at Wembley in the playoff final.


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    Congrats on promotion!

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    SEASON 2014-15 PREVIEW


    Transfers

    Players In

    Marquee Signings
    • Peter Whittingham 29 year old former Cardiff City midfielder, signed on a free transfer from Fulham.
    • Pedro Botelho Brazilian left back signed from Arsenal on a free transfer. This 24 year old also holds a Spanish passport.
    • Sacha Kljestan This 28 year old American international, who holds dual nationality with Belgium, was signed on a free transfer from Anderlecht.

    First Team Signings
    • Adam Banas 31 year old Polish centre half signed on a free transfer afdter he was released by Zaglebie Lubin in his native Poland
    • Adam Le Fondre Signed as a makeweight in the sale of reserve goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin, this 27 year old striker will be rotated.

    Loan Signings
    • Gael Andonian 19 year old Frech centre half signed on a season long loan from Chelsea
    • Soualiho Meite 20 year old French midfielder, signed on a season long loan from Wolves.

    Players for the Future
    • Hugh Scott 15 year old Northern Irish defensive midfielder signed for a bargain £20,000 from Linfield. Thank you scouts!
    • Scott Sharpe 18 year old midfielder, signed on a free transfer after he was released by Charlton Athletic.

    Players Out

    Eight players left including two youngsters for good fees. Sean Murray would not get much game time and he was itching to play more. He swelled the coffers by £400,000. Howard Lambert was sold to Premier League Huddersfield Town for £1.1m. My personal opinion is that he won't make it hence I took the fee, but I may be proved wrong.

    Finally, amongst the eight, I sold Alex Nimely, last season's Player of the Season. Why? Well, I have serious doubts that he cuts it at Championship level, so I let him leave for Bolton for £250,000. I will be astonished if he plays much as Bolton. I have developed a ruthless streak!

    Squad

    My squad now looks like this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Congrats on promotion!
    Thanks mate

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    Great work getting promoted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRL88 View Post
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    Thank you

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    Good squad there.

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    LAST MINUTE ADDITIONS


    I signed the following two players late on in the transfer window to bolster my squad:

    Kevin O'Reilly, 16 year old English central midfielder my scouts tell me is a future "Leading Premier League defender". He cotst £120,000 from Carlisle.


    Danijel Malec, an 18 year old Croatian goalkeeper rated 5* potential. He cost £200,000 from Varazdin.


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    Congrats on promotion! Interesting decision with Nimely, hope it works out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Good squad there.
    Quote Originally Posted by Paolo Willenté View Post
    Congrats on promotion! Interesting decision with Nimely, hope it works out!
    Thanks guys. Yes, it is a definite risk re Nimely but so far, he hasn't played much at Bolton...

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    You how you sometimes get a freak result? Semi finals here I come by the way...


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    Looking good! Cracking win by the way!

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    Some freak result!

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    MID SEASON UPDATE


    The indivisual competition breakdown is below but due to the results, especially my cup exploits, I really feel my side is ready for the Premier League. We are on course for back-to-back promotions.

    League

    A cracking first half of the season. Too many draws but I would obviously have bitten your hand off if offered the lead at this stage:


    F. A. Cup

    As I am back in the Championship, I get a bye until the third round, where I drew League Two AFC Wimbledon, beating them 3-0. I was drawn to play Huddersfield Town, now in the Premier League, in round four and we duly won 1-0 at the Galpharm. The draw has pitted us against West Ham, also back in the Premier League, at Upton Park.

    Carling Cup

    Bloody hell, what a competition this is for Watford! First round saw us luckily dispatch AFC Wimbledon 2-1 after extra time, away from home. The second round was a home tie against fellow Championship side Ipswich Town and we won again, this time 4-3. In the third round we were drawn away to League One Chesterfield and we won 2-0. Another 2-0 win occurred in the fourth round as Leeds were dispatched. Then we drew Man Utd in the quarter finals and as detailed above, we produced the greatest performance by a Watford side for decades, winning 5-0. Arsenal are my opponents, over two legs, in the semi final. The home leg was unbelieveable. Simply incredible:


    The second leg at the Emirates saw us under the cosh for large amounts but a breakaway goal saw us to another unlikely win, this time 1-0 for an aggregate victory of 7-3. Watford are going to Wembley! Our final opponents will be Premier League leaders Manchester City, who beat Liverpool 2-1 on aggregate over the two legs.

    Transfers

    Players In

    I normally differentiate my signings into Marquee, First Team, Loan & Players for the Future. This time I only signed a handful and they are listed below:

    Petr Kovar - A young central midfielder, aged just 20, signed for £1.2m from Slavia Prague.
    Iván González Ferreira - This 27 year old Paraguayan who also holds Spanish nationality cost £1.5m from Blackburn but solves my left wing problem.
    Jermaine Jones - A vastly experienced 33 year old American international midfielder with dual German nationality. Signed on a free transfer as was unattached.

    Players Out

    A few players were surplus to requirements and some were released from their contracts, other sold. The first team squad was trimmed by five players as a result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart_Drake View Post
    Looking good! Cracking win by the way!
    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Some freak result!
    It got better in the semis!

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    Did you beat Chelsea 6-0 or something?

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    Very happy to see you beat Arsenal down

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Did you beat Chelsea 6-0 or something?
    No, we beat Arsenal 6-3 and 1-0.

    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Very happy to see you beat Arsenal down
    So was I

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    CARLING CUP WINNERS!!! My first trophy.


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    Congratulations on the win!

    As a Crewe fan(and Sunderland) it's great to see you have Nick Powell, I signed him for Sunderland and have been trying to develop him. Here's a screenshot of him so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcidBurn View Post
    Congratulations on the win!

    As a Crewe fan(and Sunderland) it's great to see you have Nick Powell, I signed him for Sunderland and have been trying to develop him. Here's a screenshot of him so far
    Thanks mate

    Here is Nick Powell with me. I notice his determination is 7 points lower than with you but some others are higher. Good that they develop differently depending on the game:


    I have just played Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in the F. A. Cup quarter final. The result was especially pleasing as I was born in North Shields...

    All this cup success may jeapodise my promotion push. My team is shattered. Just drew three league games in a row, two of them home draws against teams in the bottom six.

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    Only reason his determination is so high is he was tutored by Cattermole and Lass Diarra, I like the way players can be developed slightly different, I notice you have him on the wing whereas I have been using him mainly as a CM I am annoyed that he is not natural at AMC because in real life he plays mostly as a deep striker/AMC.

    I am choosing to simply ignore the Sunderland result lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcidBurn View Post
    Only reason his determination is so high is he was tutored by Cattermole and Lass Diarra, I like the way players can be developed slightly different, I notice you have him on the wing whereas I have been using him mainly as a CM I am annoyed that he is not natural at AMC because in real life he plays mostly as a deep striker/AMC.

    I am choosing to simply ignore the Sunderland result lol.
    I have not had anyone to develop him - when I signed him last season, I was a League One side and he went straight into the first team. I agree re development - If you sign the same player in five different saves, you could get five different players. Brilliant

    Looks like playoffs again. I was top at end of January but now six points behind second place. Seven league games to go.

    And lol at your Sunderland comment

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    My teams usually go on a poor run in January.

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    All is going very well in Hertfordshire!

    What an excellent cup win; Europe awaits next season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcidBurn View Post
    My teams usually go on a poor run in January.
    Normally February for me, as it proved here.

    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    All is going very well in Hertfordshire!

    What an excellent cup win; Europe awaits next season!
    My contract is up and I am in two minds whether to renew it. I have been linked to some big jobs and may go for one of them...

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    Before the last game of the season and the table is:


    We are away to Nottingham Forest. Hull are at home to Brighton...

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    Final day promises to be a cracker! Hope Hull slip up

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    END OF SEASON REVIEW


    What can only be described as a memorable season, Watford played an astonishing 60 competitive games in 2014-2015. But what a season! Details are below:

    League

    Top at the end of the January transfer window, the team, almost hindered by their cup success, continued to drop points as the season went on. I was forced to rotate the side for every match as the players were exhausted. As you can see from my previous post, we had to win the last game and hope Hull slipped up. Well, what happened was something I didn't factor. Whilst I won, so did Hull...yet I still went up! Blackburn lost at home to Blackpool so went from 1st to 3rd in a game and enter the playoffs. Brilliant The final league table, after the playoffs, is as follows:


    F. A. Cup

    A 4-1 win at West Ham in round four, followed by a 3-0 win at Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, saw us draw fellow Championship outfit Fulham in the semi finals at Wembley Stadium. A comfortable 3-0 win means a second domestic cup final this season, where we played Premier League Tottenham Hotspur. Alas, it was a match too far and, despit Watford taking the lead, Spurs won the cup by beating us 4-2. To be honest, this hugely flatters us as Spurs could of scored seven or eight.

    Carling Cup

    WINNERS! As detailed elsewhere, the entire competition was memorable for Watford. Some huge scalps, albeit not their entire first team saw us dispatch Man Utd 5-0, Arsenal 7-3 on aggregate and Man City 3-2 in the final.

    Players

    Player of the Season

    On his own up front each and every match, Luke James deserves recognition for his season. 28 goals was a terrific effort and showed me he can step up to the mark.


    Special Mention

    A sensational season on the right wing for Jonathan Schmid. Any other season, he would of been Player of the Season. 22 goals and 10 assists.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarman View Post
    Final day promises to be a cracker! Hope Hull slip up
    Was great for the neutral, but not for me or my heart. Sky would of been besides themselves!
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    Wow, quite a squad your building at Watford. Excellent job winning the Carling Cup as well.

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    Fantastic achievement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yinga Garten View Post
    Wow, quite a squad your building at Watford. Excellent job winning the Carling Cup as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Fantastic achievement.
    Thanks guys

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    My first international offer:


    I declined as I do not want the distraction just yet.

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    Doing really well, keep it up.

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    SEASON 2015-2016 PREVIEW


    With the club in Europe this season, I seriously need to bolster the squad. Also, some will be jettisoned as they are Championship players. I am excited as I am now able to sign players my scouts found last year - they wouldn't come to a Championship side, but a Premier League club? Yes please.

    The board gave me a massive budget of £20.58m to spend and I spent it all. Indeed, it wasn't actually enough so some deals were put over 48 months.

    At this point, I will explain how I operate as a manager. I trust my scouts 100%. I always recruit as many as the board allow and always send them off to the various corners of the world, depending on where I am allowed to send them. I always recruit scouts with the highest possible "Judging Player Ability" & "Judging Player Potential". The following players have all been found, with the exception of Kevin Kern, by my scouts. Kevin Kern was found by his agent offering him to me. I am explaining this as I simply cannot stress just how important my scouts are to me.

    Players In

    Marquee Signings
    • Drissa Diomande - 20 year old Ivorian attacking midfielder who cost me a record £16.5m from Sparta Prague. A stunning signing. Potential to be an all time great.
    • Bakary Koné - 27 year old centre half from Burkina Faso. Signed from Lyon for £4.6m, he turned doen Inter to ply his trade at Vicarage Road.
    • Bartosz Szewczyk - 21 year old Polish centre half, highly rated by many clubs, signed for £5m from Lech Poznan.
    • Danut Nita - Very talented 19 year old Romanian international striker, signed for £5m from FC Vaslui.
    • Dusan Jevremovic - 21 year old Serbian international right back, signed for £4.2, from Slovan Bratislava.
    First Team Signings
    • Kosmas Gavranidis - Costing a bargain £750,000, this 21 year old Greek international has a huge future. Cannot believe Panathinaikos let him go so cheaply. Will be a beast on the left wing.
    • Yasin Azakli - 18 year old Turkish Under 21 international, this right winger arrives grom Galatasaray for £2.1m.
    • José Araujo - 20 year old Peruvian No 1, signed for only £1.5m from Universidad San Martin.
    • Kevin Kern - 18 year old German defensive midfielder signed on a free transfer after Augsburg released him. Will be a squad player.
    • Micrea Botis - Another 18 year old, this Romanian Under 21 international striker arrived from Otelul for £1m.
    • Waleed Awad - 20 year old Egyptian left winger signed from Al-Gharrafa, a professional club in Qatar for £2m. Amazingly, he failed to get a work permit so I have been forced to loan to my feeder club in Croatia, Vinogradar.
    • Salah Messaoudi - Also signed from Al-Gharrafa, this 19 year old Moroccan central midfielder cost £3m. He also failed to obtain a work permit, so he is on loan at Vinogradar.
    Loan Signing
    • Gael Andonion - 20 year old French centre half who I re-signed on another year long loan from Chelsea.
    Players for the Future
    • Aaron Anderson - 19 year old English striker, signed from Yeovil Town for £900,000. Immediately loaned to one of my feeder clubs, Woking, for the season.
    • James Bowerman - Stats wise this 16 year old English striker doesn't look like much but rated 4.5* by my scouts potential wise. Only cost £7,000 anyway, from Truro City, so no risk whatsoever.
    Players Out

    A grand total of 39 players have been shown the door. Of these, 31 were youth players who just won't make it with the other 8 a mixture of fringe players and players who would struggle in the Premier League.

    Squad Overview

    So my squad now looks like this. Unbelieveable potential.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    Doing really well, keep it up.
    Thanks mate

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    Good going, but where's your top scorer gone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nottingham Forest View Post
    Good going, but where's your top scorer gone?
    He is rotting in the reserves. His agent demanded a new contract, but we couldn't agree one as he wanted too much money. So he threw a strop, demanded a transfer, which I granted. But there are no takers.

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    Pretty decent squad you have there. Enjoyed your explanation on how you approach it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    Pretty decent squad you have there. Enjoyed your explanation on how you approach it.
    Thanks mate

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    Something has happened that demans a separate update. So, without further ado...

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    BREAKING NEWS


    Full details to follow...

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    Club - Chelsea FC

    Country - England

    Division - Premier League

    Media Prediction - 4th

    My Expectation - 3rd

    Current League Table

    We find ourselves in 7th spot, so a top four finish should be achieveable. Chelsea have had two years of struggle, so much so, that this season there is no Champions League football. So that is my priority this year above everything else. Get into the Champions League.


    Current Squad

    Plenty of ability here.


    Watford FC

    I leave Watford with a clear consicence. When I took over they were in League One. Now they lie in fourth position in the Premier League. They are Carling Cup holders. They are in the Europa League. They are two wins from two in their Europa League group. They have a talented group of young players. They will be fine.

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    The draw to larger clubs will always bring the quality managers. Now you're one of them Congrats on the move and best of luck at Stamford Bridge.

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    Too good to turn down. Still a few of the old guard there...will you be keeping them or bringing in new blood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerud View Post
    The draw to larger clubs will always bring the quality managers. Now you're one of them Congrats on the move and best of luck at Stamford Bridge.
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Raware View Post
    Too good to turn down. Still a few of the old guard there...will you be keeping them or bringing in new blood?
    Getting rid. John Terry switches off at every team talk, Torres is woeful, Cahill is out of his depth, Malouda I found rotting in the reserves and Lukaku has failed to fulfill his potential.

    I have already arranged the sale of six players, including Torres for £8.5m, Malouda for free, Cahill for £4.4m and Lukaku for £11.5m. Torres demanded I pay him £15.75k per week until the end of his contract which I agreed to: He is on £175k after all!

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    Bit of a revolution happening then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DazRTaylor View Post
    Getting rid. John Terry switches off at every team talk, Torres is woeful, Cahill is out of his depth, Malouda I found rotting in the reserves and Lukaku has failed to fulfill his potential.

    I have already arranged the sale of six players, including Torres for £8.5m, Malouda for free, Cahill for £4.4m and Lukaku for £11.5m. Torres demanded I pay him £15.75k per week until the end of his contract which I agreed to: He is on £175k after all!
    Doing well already off the pitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Bit of a revolution happening then.
    Quote Originally Posted by rancer890 View Post
    Doing well already off the pitch.
    The situation is worse than I thought. I am going to have to sell loads of players - I have people sat on the bench earning £170,000 per week!

    The second half of the season will be used to gel the replacement players.

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    MID SEASON UPDATE


    I would normally do this at the end of January, but so much is happening, I will do one now, with an additional update should I manage to sign some other players I am after.

    Europa League

    Chelsea were eliminated before I arrived. They didn't even qualify for the group phase, going down 3-2 on aggregate to Bordeaux of France.

    League

    We were reasonably placed when I arrived and now we sit in the Champions League spots, in 3rd. We won 11 league games in a row at one stage though have lost the last two, away to Liverpool & Arsenal.


    F. A. Cup

    We have drawn Southend United, from League One, in the third round.

    Carling Cup

    We were in the fourth round when I arrived, as Chelsea had already beaten Brentford on penalties in round three. A scare though, as it needed to penalties to beat the League Two side. Southampton, from the Championship, were dispatched 2-0 at home in the fourth round setting up a tie against another Championship side, Reading, in the quarter finals. The result was another 2-0 win. The semi finals see my Chelsea side play Manchester United in a mouthwatering draw.

    Transfers

    Players In

    I would normally separate the new arrivals into Marquee, First Team, Loan & Players for the Future but as I have only signed three players so far, they are as follows:
    • Gean - Hugely exciting 18 year old Brazilian striker. Already a full international, he turned me down at Watford in favour of Braga in Portugal. Six months later, he is mine at a cost of £17.5m
    • Remzi Yesil - 18 year old German centre back, signed for £9.5m from FC Bayern. Though young, he will see plenty of game time.
    • Youssouf Coulibaly - 23 year old Ivorian international goalkeeper, he has been signed for the future. Failed to obtain a work permit so is being farmed out to Westerlo until he obtains an EU passport.


    Players Out

    As detailed earlier, I undertook a huge clearout. 12 players have been sold, raising £53.45m in transfer fees but, more importantly, a massive £521,500 has been saved in wages per week.

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    We are a further week on game time than the post above and I have sold an additional five players, raising over £45m and saving just under £290,000 per week in wages.

    You can see just how bloated this squad was.

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    MORE NEW ARRIVALS


    They have all been signed for the figure indicated as their value. The first two are first team players, Aslak Tonne is the backup keeper and Siyabulea Motloung failed to obtain a work permit. So off to Westerlo for him until he becomes an EU citizen.








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    Good luck at the Bridge; hopefully your revolution doesn't go the same way that AVB's did

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK22 View Post
    Good luck at the Bridge; hopefully your revolution doesn't go the same way that AVB's did
    I lost away at Liverpool & Arsenal and got a lucky draw at West Ham.

    The natives love me already!

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    Motloung looks worth waiting for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Motloung looks worth waiting for.
    Thats what I thought too. I hope he fulfills his potential.

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    Two more additions and my last for this season. I have also agreed deals with some youngsters but they wont go through until this summer for some and next summer for others.




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    NEW YOUTH INTAKE


    For the first time, I get to update on youth day. Only one to show you, but I can hand on heart say, he looks one of the best youngsters ever to come through one of my youth teams.

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    I'd agree there.

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    END OF SEASON REVIEW


    Now, sometimes this game is not realistic. Arsenal won the domestic treble. Chelsea were already eliminated from Europe, as detailed in my previous update, so no mention of that in this review.

    League

    Really chuffed with my 3rd place. Yes, I was six points behind the champions, Arsenal, but one step at a time. More importantly, we are back in the Champions League.


    F. A. Cup

    We beat League One Southend 4-1 at home in Round three, Championship sides Peterborough (home) 2-0 and Southampton (away) 4-1 in rounds four and five respectively and Premier League Sunderland 4-2 away in the quarter final setting up a semi final with Arsenal at Wembley. Alas, they were too strong on the day and won 3-2.

    Carling Cup

    It was Manchester United over the two legs in the semi finals and a hard fought 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge saw us humiliated 5-2 at Old Trafford for a 7-4 aggregate drubbing. No Silverware for Chelsea this season.

    Players

    Player of the Season

    In his second season at the club since a £22m transfer from Wolves, the Ecuadoraian right winger was sublime all season. 16 goals & 16 assists are just two of the stats to prove how Antonio Valencia was Chelsea's Player of the Season.


    Special Mention

    Well, I expected big things from this wonderkid, but Gean has exceeded all expectations. 18 goals in 22 starts not to mention his 8 assists. And still only 19 years of age! Sensational.


    Former Club Watch

    Metalurg Zaparizhzhya

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    Season                        Final League Position       Ukrainian Cup             Champions League              Europa League                             
    2013-14                                8th                2nd round                       n/a                     4th qualifying Round
    2014-15                               11th                2nd round                       n/a                     n/a
    2015-16                                4th                2nd round                       n/a                     n/a
    Watford

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    Season                        Final League Position       F. A. Cup                 Carling Cup                   Champions League              Europa League 
    2015-16                                7th                5th round                  4th round                         n/a                      2nd knockout round
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    Good start at Chelsea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Good start at Chelsea.
    Yep, went as I hoped it would.
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    Great start with Chelsea! Congrats on making the CHapions League too.

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    SEASON 2016-17 PREVIEW


    A huge season this year. Roman Abramovic has fired several managers since this game started and with no silverware last season, this next one is massive. I still wanted to reshape the squad and that meant saying good bye to more of the old guard. I spent big on reinforcements. Their fees are their current valuation in the screenshot.

    Transfers

    Players In

    Marquee Signings
    • Douglas Costa - A brilliant Brazilian right winger signed from Shakhtar Donetsk
    • Drissa Diomande - Raided my former club Watford to sign the Ivorian.
    • José Araujo - Also from Watford, this Peruvian goalkeeper should be Chelsea number one for over a decade.
    First Team Signings
    • Brian Kayser - Argentine/French left winger. One to watch.
    • Carlinhos - Young Brazilian. He could the defensive midfielder I have been craving.
    • Salah Messaoudi - Moroccan I had previously signed for Watford. Now with a work permit so will be involved from the off.
    • Antonio - I am surprised Manchester City allowed this gifted striker to come to me. I have high hopes he will form a lethal partnership with fellow Brazilian Gean.
    • Saruh Kirsavoglu - This teenage Turk will compete with Carlinhos for the defensive midfield berth.
    • Sven Frank - German striker recruited from FC Bayern. Will compete with Gean & Antonio for the two forward spots.
    Players for the Future
    • Alex Okoro - Nigerian right winger denied a work permit so two years in Belgium with Westerlo await.
    • Camilo Escobar - Young American left winger off to Westerlo on loan as he has no work permit.
    • Christopher Hernández - Young Mexican defensive midfielder. Has a work permit but still going to be loaned out.
    • Jack Treloar - Young Australian goalkeeper denied a work permit so he is also off to Westerlo.
    • Jorgen Sigdal - Young Danish goalkeeper. Will be farmed out to the English lower leagues to gain experience.
    • Joseph Asante - Ghanaian striker going to Westerlo to obtain his EU passport.
    • Nick Hut - Dutch attacking midfielder. I will farm him out for a year then he should be in contection next season.
    • Pierre Leveque -French left back. I predict he will be a first team regular by the age of 18.
    • Thorstun Muller - Austrian defensive midfielder. At least a year on loan for him, if not two.
    • Carlos de Palacio - Spanish attacking midfielder. Will be loaned out.
    Players Out

    Players such as Peter Cech, Juan Mata etc left the club this summer. The funniest, though, was John Terry. He had a whinge to me about me dropping him to the reserves and he spectacularly threw his toys out of the pram - saying he cannot work with me anymore. So we mutually terminated for no compensation. £110,000 per week saved from this guy alone. I do accept prima donnas, no matter who they think they are. In total, eight players have been sold/released raising £57m.

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    I showed you all this tactic at the start of the this thread:


    I have only started using it this season as I have not been sufficently confident I had the right players to use it.

    The start to this season has been brilliant and judging by this league result, I think the self made tactic works:

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    Derby just as useless at ever

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltablue View Post
    Derby just as useless at ever
    They aren't the greatest side I have ever seen.

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    Man Utd had a close game...


    But then, Zilina are not the best team around either:


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