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February 2026

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A great start to the league this season!  We haven't had any major additions, aside from two loan players, so the team are starting to come together.

Michael Pugh is a CM from Reading who will be part of my first-choice squad.

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Mike Linn is a Striker from Dundee who will lead the line for my second-choice squad.  We finally have a reliable striker for when we rotate.

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March 2026

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Not a good month.  AGAIN, we can work our way deeper into the Leinster Cup.

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We are top of the table on GD.  We just can't stop the ball going into our net.

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April 2026

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Our worst month in Rank's time as manager.  Goalscoring completely dried up and we got abused by our rivals.

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We sit second and it will only get tougher with Champions League on the horizon.

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May 2026

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I benched my main striker, Jack Larkin, to send a message and Jephcott came up huge for us!  I also benched my young goalkeeper, Gavin Doherty and re-inserted Bohan.  It was probably a mistake to try to rush Doherty in full-time.

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Back on top of the table.

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Anthony O'Rourke Transfer

We've lost O'Rourke to Aston Villa due to his paltry $1.3M release clause.  Oh well, it's a good bit of money.

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He scored 14 goals for us through the first 20 matches and assisted 6 times.

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Champions League First Qualifying Round

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Well, we rotated our entire squad in the first leg due to our upcoming league match with Dundalk and lost 3-0 away.  So, in the second leg, we put out a full-strength squad and smashed them.

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Champions League Third Qualifying Round

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Oh, boy!  What a second leg performance!

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Onto the next one!

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And it's a manageable draw!

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August 2026

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A good month with a disappointing draw at home to Sligo Rovers.

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Cork City has held serve with us, we need some breathing room.

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Champion's League, Group D

What a start!  Three points on the road!

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We've gone top of the group after one matchday!

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And a little bonus for our trouble!

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October 2026

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A decent month but we had to wait longer than expected to clinch the league after our draw with Longford.

It took longer than I'd hoped, but we clinched it!

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Opportunity Abroad

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I'll be finishing the season at Bohemian F.C. and moving onto my next challenge at Bolton Wanderers, currently in League One.

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I didn't realize that the season ended in just a few days, with the Irish Champions Cup on the horizon.

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I'll also write-up the club information tomorrow.

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13 hours ago, ranks39 said:

Opportunity Abroad

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I'll be finishing the season at Bohemian F.C. and moving onto my next challenge at Bolton Wanderers, currently in League One.

I had a feeling it could be someone like Sunderland or Bolton! Good luck - they have fairly good infrastructure, as long as the debts are (hopefully) cleared by the time you are there.

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Club Information

Obviously, once a club that had spent about a decade consecutively in the Premier League, Bolton has tumbled down the pyramid and now find themselves a firmly-entrenched League One Club.  They won promotion to the Championship in 22/23 via the playoff but were immediately relegated the following season.  During the 24/25 season, they finished 18th in League One and in the 25/26 season, they finished 4th.  

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Bolton Wanderers currently sit at 18th in the League One table.

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In terms of competitions, Bolton are still active in the FA Cup and the Leasing.com Trophy.  They've been knocked out of the Carabao Cup in the Third Round by Everton.

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The club vision is quite unambitious....

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The Finances aren't in bad shape and we currently come in just over $1M/year under the wage budget.

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Facilities are decent but there is certainly room for improvement.

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We are decently well-staffed but I'll look to fill out the coaching staff and the scout positions.

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Finally, the Squad.  On first glance, the squad looks fine and should definitely be performing at a higher level in League One.

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Jack Black looks a quality piece, on-loan from Everton.

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Ben Bruce is our first-choice striker but he doesn't seem to be able to put the ball in the net with just 9 Finishing ability.

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Christoph Kramer, the longtime Bundesliga man(267 appearances with Gladbach) and former German International, is the man in the middle of the pitch for us.

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Luke Matheson looks like a player who can hold down the right back position for us for years to come.

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We've also got some interesting youngsters who aren't far from significant playing time.

Taylor Teague looks like a great partner to Kramer.

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Mark Griffiths looks like he can race up and down the right side of the pitch, creating problems for opposing left backs.

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Rhys Giles looks a decent left back(we need to train up his ball control a bit to make him dangerous going forward) and he has been capped for Wales.

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I will be using the 4-2-3-1 again, as I did at Bohemian F.C. to try to control possession and dominate on the front foot.

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21 minutes ago, Johnny-Trotter said:

I had a feeling it could be someone like Sunderland or Bolton! Good luck - they have fairly good infrastructure, as long as the debts are (hopefully) cleared by the time you are there.

You beat me to the punch, my friend!  I don't feel bad about the place that I left Bohemians, they were good when I arrived and I feel as though I improved the infrastructure and the stature.  Time for another challenge!

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Speaking of infrastructure, it looks like Bolton have a new stadium incoming so something to look forward to. I will predict the future again and say it will be the Nat Lofthouse Stadium. Looks like you have very solid foundations to work from - I doubt it'll be long til you are moving up the leagues.

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15 minutes ago, Johnny-Trotter said:

Speaking of infrastructure, it looks like Bolton have a new stadium incoming so something to look forward to. I will predict the future again and say it will be the Nat Lofthouse Stadium. Looks like you have very solid foundations to work from - I doubt it'll be long til you are moving up the leagues.

You know, I didn't even see that!  Smaller stadium but definitely state-of-the-art.  

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December 2026

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Well, we really couldn't have gotten off to a better start.  We've been playing well and dictating matches but we have had some very close wins.

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As a result, we've shot up the table!  We sit 9th but only 10 points separate teams 4-17.

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January 2027

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A great month with just the two losses, one in the FA Cup Third Round.  We rotated the team completely in every cup match - I'm prioritizing promotion over cup success for now.

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We've enjoyed tons of the ball and we're knocking it around nicely.

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We continue our rapid ascent.  To be fair, this is where we should be - the squad is far too strong to be anywhere but in contention for the playoff.

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And we've signed John Terry.....strangely, as a U23 Assistant.

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He was most recently the Manager at Notts County before being out of football for 4 seasons.

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Giles is a first-choice player and with a match against Hull on 27 March, he will miss it.

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Youth Intake

And we've got some extremely interesting prospects!

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Cyprus-born Roger Mulder was apparently poached from Paralimni.  He grew up a Bolton Wanderers supporter.  Wow, he is already very advanced technically but certainly has room to grow physically and mentally.

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Thomas Fitzhenry and Paul Donaldson look like they could become decent as well.

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March 2027

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A perfect month with all league fixtures and we're flying!

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And we've hit the automatic promotion spots!

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Future Acquisitions

Sean Romanis will come to us from Celtic on a Bosman.  I'm playing my cards on him developing into a rotational player.

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Jack Black will permanently join us from Everton this summer for about $1.5M.

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