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  1. * I feel like I've messed up my seasons somewhere or I've just forgotten to post about my international exploits whilst at Guanghzou but this should bring me up to date properly... well almost, I've always been a season or two ahead of updates, which has probably caused my own confusion, oh well * A couple months before the 2032 Chinese domestic season ended I had an opportunity to take charge of South Africa. They'd basically qualified for the African Cup of Nations which was only a handful of months away so I saw it as another opportunity to get this elusive title chalked of
  2. @vikeologistThanks, I'm glad I've not been ostracised for my behaviour haha. I don't think the cup win was ever in doubt, it was just nice to make them think twice about FM-ing me.
  3. 2032 I messed up big time. I'm not sure exactly how but unawares to me, we had failed FFP regulations. I only found out when trying to register my squad for the forthcoming season. We'd been cut a foreign player slot as punishment, so I had to choose one of my new overseas signings to basically miss out on playing football for an entire season. I'd also failed to sell wantaway midfielder, Carlo Antonio. So that was two foreign players on the books not playing any football for me. Just to compound my misery it turns out that we could only register 3 foreign players for the Asian Cham
  4. December of 2031 I was approached by West Ham who were languishing in 19th place in the Premier League, this gave me the hope that I'd be considered for much more appealing jobs and I'd be able to cherry pick some of the better teams in the smaller leagues to help speed up my progress in this challenge. I didn't get the West Ham job, Vincent Kompany beat me to it. But shortly after I was given an interview by Everton (who Kompany left for West Ham) and Guangzhou of the Chinese Super League. Both clubs offered me the role as manager so I had a bit of a decision to make. Everton were 18th i
  5. 2031 With the disappointment of the African Cup of Nations behind me I thought it was a good idea to try get my head around the whole MLS contract situation! I failed. I ended up buying a few too many "international" players and basically releasing a couple of half decent players through the waiver system. So there was some accidental upheaval of the squad in the close season. I'd also pretty much left myself short when it comes to depth of the squad as well. There was a lot of potential for the season to be a wasted one! Despite this we started the season playing some decent footbal
  6. Yes I know, another International job. Back to Nigeria this time with the senior squad, hoping to emulate my record with the Nigerian u23's side. I obviously remember a few of the players from my time with the u23's and Osimhen is still going strong so I'm hopeful that the up coming Africa Cup Of Nations will be a good tournament for me. 2030 But first we had to qualify. Two games had already been played, with us winning both. It was a poor start for my reign against one of the stronger teams on the continent, South Africa. They beat us comfortably 2-0. A 5-0 win over Mauritania
  7. 2030 - World Cup We only had 4 friendlies in preparation for the World Cup, the two games in March were against Serbia and Spain. We beat the former 1-0 courtesy of a Gustavo Vasquez goal (21 year old right sided winger who has only just moved to Aston Villa), we played well but struggled to capitalise on the chances created. The second match, against Spain, was an absolute nightmare. We ended up losing 5-1, our right back to a red card just before half time Bryan Rodriguez to injury in the second half. This result pretty much set the tone for the rest of the Summer. A 0-0 draw with
  8. Oh look, another job! I wasn't too eager to rush back into domestic football, so I had planned to wait for the right job. I had been turned down by a few clubs that would have given me a chance to challenge for a proper title. Despite my reputation growing from being the Uruguay manager, teams were still hesitant to give me an interview! But fortunately enough the right job came up at the right time for me... 2029/30 Back to Wales I go, to the team that had won the league 8 out of the last 9 seasons, TNS! What surprised me most was the £4.7m transfer budget and £57k
  9. 2028 So I've found myself in my 4th job in only two years. Though there was no way I was turning down a chance at Uruguay, it's a fairly straight forward World Cup qualifying process, almost guaranteed to get there. When I took the reigns they had already won three of their first five matches, losing to Brazil and drawing against Argentina. My first two games in charge were against two of the struggling nations, Peru (a) and Bolivia (h). We dispatched of them both in 3-0 victories. The following month we chalked up two more wins, 2-1 away to Venezuela and a 3-1 home victory against Paragu
  10. I wasn't sure if being in international employment would help with my reputation in other parts of the world. Was worried I wouldn't get a job outside of Wales without the International jobs. Maybe there's been a reluctance to hire me domestically with the international commitments though. It's all a learning process for me right now though.
  11. Another small update in my challenge... Shortly after the u23's AFCON victory I was approached by the Kosovan national team. I wasn't sure if it was a step up or not from the Nigerian u23 job, but I took it anyway after seeing they had a European Championship qualifier against Luxembourg a few months away. I saw this as an outside opportunity to get to a major international tournament, not that I'd have any hope in winning it. All about the experience. I know I've taken a strange route on this challenge so far, but I'm really struggling to even get interviews for domestic jobs, let
  12. Out of a job for the first time in my career and struggling with finding a team willing to give me an interview. It was looking like I may end up back in the second tier of Welsh football! That was until I was given an opportunity to take charge of the Nigerian u23's... With the Africa Cup of Nations u23 tournament just a few months away I thought it was a good opportunity to get myself some silverware with what is regarded as one of the better nations on this continent. 2027 Our first job was to secure qualification for the u23's Africa Cup Of Nations which was only two
  13. 2026/27 Second season at Connah's Quay started off brightly, we navigated the first qualifying round of the Uefa Conference league with ease, beating Maltese based Birkirkara FC 10-0 on aggregate. Unfortunately we were drawn against Spartak Moscow in the next round. Despite a giving a good account of ourselves over the two legs we ended up losing 4-1 on aggregate. We put the disappointment of losing to Spartak Moscow behind us and made a positive start in the league, keeping pace with TNS and Bangor City who had also outlined their intentions for a title challenge. 20 games into t
  14. I've finally been given a chance at a bigger club, albeit still in the Cymru Premier. Connah's Quay finished last season in 3rd place and are predicted to finish 2nd this time round. Hopefully I'm able to kick start my career here after hitting a wall at Afan Lido. Looking back at my time at Afan Lido, I think the clubs decision to go professional really hampered me, we ended up losing a lot of money having to sign every player at the club on professional terms which really tanked our finances. The clubs low reputation also meant I wasn't able to sign players that really improved on what I a
  15. 2024/25 Another season complete at Afan Lido with no progress made. My cause wasn't helped at all by a huge injury crisis at the beginning of the season that left me without my star striker Kinsey, my first choice keeper and basically my entire midfield for a couple of months. In the absence of Kinsey, Ioan Clatworthy stepped up big time ending the season with 31 league goals in as many games (13 clear of anyone else in the league) and he also got named as Cymru Premier Player of The Year. Despite only finishing 9th in the league we were top scorers by 9 goals, but defensively we were l
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