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May 2039


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Well, we got flogged in the Conference League final which I expected, Lyon were far too good for us. But we had no business being there in the first place, and us reaching the final as based on luck more than skill. That being said, the potential of this team is immense, and I think there's more talent here than with Zalgiris. Maybe the home grown nature of the squad makes me think that. One thing is for sure: Ireland's coefficient is going to get a massive boost as a result of ours and Dundalk's performances. In the league we're doing quite well, mathematically around 3rd plkace accounting for Dundalk's many games in hand.

 

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June 2039


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June was an eventful month, even though we only had 3 matches. I'll document the rest below. But on the field we were flawless, including an away win over Shamrock Rovers which ended their 28 match unbeaten streak. It's very much looking like a 3 horse race.

 

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I suppose this is to be expected, given our Conference League final appearance. Dundalk are still the best ranked Irish team, at 47th.

 

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On the back of the ours and Dundalk's performances this season in the Conference League, we now gain a Champions League place, as well as a Europa League place! Ireland now has 5 European spots instead of 4, but we've got to aim for the Champions League spot at this point.

 

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It looks like we'll be getting a good CB in, which is always a good thing.

 

 

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Finally, after 9 months, we are able to operate in the transfer market again! The chairman seems to want to help, as he increased our budget by about 800k. It's perfect timing too, as the window has just opened. So on the hunt I go!

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July 2039


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It's definitely a 3 horse race now, and it's shaping up to be a close one. We start our Conference League off with a nice win as well.

 

Transfers (In)


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McLoughlin is a great pickup for us, already a starting CM at 18. Comrie is a depth option at LWB.


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Transfers (Out)


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Cork absolutely overpaid for a youth player with an expiring contract, McCartan didn't have a place in the team after making 148 appearances for us, and the board went over my head and sold Schofield to EPL side Norwich. I'm not too mad, as we get a great fee out of him as well as a 20% profit clause. Schofield's departure also allows our 17 year old promising goalkeeper Joe Byrne 7F to step up. Here's a screen of Schofield, who was way too good for us and would likely leave on a free next season anyway:

 

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August 2039

 

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After an impressive win against Parma, we're in the Conference League again. Going in as 1st seed, I was hopeful we'd get a decent draw.


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We didn't. We got probably the hardest group from the perspective of a 1st seed, except for maybe group D. Good to see Dundalk again, as well as two Bosnian teams, as well as teams from  Northern Ireland, Albania, Lithuania and Georgia.

 

Transfers (Out)


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Another player leaves who hasn't had a game in a year and a half.

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2039 Youth Intake


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This is our first intake without a 5* potential player, and also our shallowest intake. That being said, Roche and Berry look pretty good, so hopefully something can come from them.

 

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September 2039


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The only loss this month was against St Pats, and that was because I rested players before our ECL game against Ried. At this point it has cost us the outright league lead, which is going right down to the wire. I'm really surprised we beat Trabzonspor too, as we had a bunch of players out playing against the youth candidates, but we got the result so I'm not complaining. 

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October 2039


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We faltered a little bit in the league towards the end as player fatigue began to build up, but we had a full team for our final game against Dundalk and it showed, smashing them and leapfrogging them on the final day to win our first ever league title! We lost the cup, but who cares?

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Safely through to the knockout rounds of the Conference League, and we add the All Ireland Cup to our cabinet.

 

Best XI


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Joe Byrne 7F  -  Mick Monaghan  -  Dan O'Keeffe 5D*

 

Byrne stepped in after Schofield left, and he did a fantastic job, Monaghan had another great season scoring goals and O'Keeffe bossed the defensive line. It's good to see the youth academy featuring here, with 6 players in the first team.

 

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Record Breakers


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Awards


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Previously Managed Teams


Zalgiris Vilnius: Won the league for the 20th consecutive year, made the Europa League quarter finals for the 2nd year running after beating Celtic and Gladbach and then losing to Atletico Madrid 2-1. They then made the Champions League groups, but came last behind Bayern, Brighton and PSV.

 

Progress


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Preseason 2040


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An okay preseason, a decent draw against AaB.


Transfers (In)

 

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Mackintosh, Ferguson and Carey come in as backups at RWB, CB and DM respectively. Rea instantly becomes our best CB at only 18, he could be destined to go far, and we welcome back OG academy player Chris Purdy 1G* after he left us on a free 7 seasons ago.

 

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Transfers (Out)


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A bunch of youth players that didn't progress enough leave, as well as 76 gamer Dean Devlin.

 

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Predicted 3rd, moving on up. I think it'll be a 3 horse race again.

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February 2040


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Apart from the defeat in the Super Cup, it's been a great start to the season, especially in the Conference League. We face Young Boys in the 2nd knockout round, where we're joined by Dundalk who play Darmstadt. 

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March 2040


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Saw off Young Boys, but the journey will be over in the Quarter Finals, as we face Stoke City. Dundalk beat Darmstadt and now play Albanian side KF Tirana who've had a great run. Surely Dundalk can win that one.

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April 2040


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As expected, our Conference League run ends at the hands of Stoke. Dundalk made it to the last four before falling 2-1 to Rangers who will play Hibernian in an all Scottish final.

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