darren1983

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  1. League Table | Graph | Transfers | Squad | Finances At the end of last season my board at Accrington cut my budget to such an extent that I couldn't even afford to discuss new deals with my staff so I stepped down, took 9 moths but finally landed a new job with struggling Stevenage, we were 20th when I took over but 3 straight losses saw us drop to 23rd and had me fearing for our survival, however after once again replacing my favourite 4231 formation (may have to leave this formation till I'm in the bigger leagues) with a more simple 442 we went on a 10 match unbeaten run (9 of those wins) which meant we managed to pull clear of the relegation battle and finished 15th. With a year left on my deal I'll stay here as don't really want a reputation for walking out on clubs. Also be nice to finally try and build a team. Career Overview Season Club League Position Achievements 2015/16 Accrington Stanley Sky Bet League 2 14th Took Over 6/01/16 2016/17 Stevenage Sky Bet League 2 15th Took Over 1/03/17
  2. So I wasn't really feeling playing in China so started again with the idea of being more "realistic" (or as realistic as this game can be) to my nationality (Half English and half Irish) so thought I'd start in the UK, I holidayed without applying for jobs till the end of October then started applying, finally got a job in January with....Accrington Stanley League Table - I took over and we were 20th in the table, my usual 4231 formation wasn't working too well so went to a basic 442 and we found form and shot up the table JPT - out before I arrived League Cup - out before I arrived FA Cup - guess what? Out before I arrived Transfers - just a handful of loans really Squad - not bad, losing our 3 best players in the summer will hurt though Finances - really bad Key Players Matt Crooks - our box to box guy, scored and made goals, off to Rangers so will be a big loss Josh Windass - top scorer and also off to Rangers Piero Mingoia - wide man, refuses to sign a new deal Kealan Steeson - was away on loan when I took over but gave him a run when he returned as was fantastic Tom Davies - became my rock in defence after I gave him a chance Career Overview Season Club League Position Achievements 2015/16 Accrington Stanley Sky Bet League 2 14th Took Over 6/01/16
  3. Gone a different route to last time, starting in China this time
  4. Around a month ago I was playing this challenge (was in Africa after 5 seasons) when my laptop broke, finally managed to get it fixed but I lost the save (thought I'd saved it to the cloud but it appears not) and haven't been able to face loading up FM since but have got the itch again so am going to settle in this afternoon and get back involved. Gonna have a read through of how everyone has been doing since I've been away as now while I reinstall FM (I deleted it after I lost my save)
  5. Season 2020/21 Review Black Leopards - South African League Table - was closer than it should have been, we won our first 13 games making me think it was going to be a stroll to the title, but injuries and rotation as I made the champions league my main target meant we did our best to allow Sundowns back in to the MTN 8- lost in the semi finals, wasn't great from us really Telkom Cup - a nice run to the final before a comfortable win Nedbank Cup - good run to our first ever final in this, and a tight win in the final CAF Champions League - our campaign has been pretty straight forward toward the end of our domestic campaign as we have qualified for the group stages, it's the last trophy I need to win in Africa so the sooner I do it the sooner I can move on Transfers- we didn't need much so in stead I targeted areas I felt we needed Squad - looking good, maybe bit more strength in depth Finances - getting better season by season Nigeria We qualified for this year's ACON and went into it on the back of 6 straight wins where we conceded 0 goals so I felt like we had a shot at going all the way. Our opening game was against DR Congo, a 3-1 lead at HT was thrown away as we only managed a 3-3 draw. Next up was my adopted country of South Africa who we smashed 5-0, final group game was Algeria, a draw would be enough to see us through, a win would mean we win the group, Algeria needed a win to qualify, a cagey game saw us run out 3-1 winners and progress to the quarter finals where we would face Ivory Cost we dominated the match with chance after chance while they scored with their only 2 chances on target as we lost 2-1. After the game my time with Nigeria came to an end. Career Overview Season Team Country League Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Black Leopards KSA National First Division 2nd Took over on 31.12.2015 2016/17 Black Leopards KSA National First Division 1st Promoted as champions 2017/18 Black Leopards KSA Premier League 7th 2018/19 Black Leopards KSA Premier League 9th Cup winners 2019/20 Black Leopards KSA Premier League 1st Champions! 2020/21 Black Leopards KSA Premier League 1st Champions, Telkom Cup winners, Nedbank Cup winners [b] [u]International[/u][/b] 2019 Nigeria 26th Took over in March 2019/20 Nigeria 31st 2020/21 Nigeria 20th ACON quarter finals, resigned Challenge Progress Club 1/10 top domestic leagues (South Africa) 1/10 domestic cups (South Africa) 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments Next Season Target is the champions league, if I can win it this season then great, otherwise I will have to stay around for another, I do think it's time to move on (though I've been saying that for the past 3 seasons )
  6. The tycoon funding Jomo Cosmos has withdrawn his funding leaving them in some trouble. Plus the Kaizer Chiefs manager retired so I applied for the role, had the interview, they were offering 14m transfer fund - the things I could do with that! Didn't get it though 3 days after missing out our opening league was at home to.....yep, you guessed it, Kaizer Chiefs! Beat them 2-0
  7. Season 2019/20 Review Black Leopards - South African Premier League League Table - Well this was unexpected to say the least! A very good start where we were unbeaten in our first 16 games (half the season) meant we had a lead we never really looked like losing despite suffering 4 defeats in our final 12 games (2 of which came after we had won the title) Seems my progress in the transfer market over the past couple of seasons finally paid off here as the team just clicked. It's safe to say I'm happy to have stayed another season. Telkom Cup - our defence of this ended right at the start as I gave some squad players a chance to get some minutes considering our league form Nedbank Cup - a nice run to the semi finals but we didn't really turn up on the day Transfers - Not much money spent it was quality over quantity with a couple of players really improving the team Squad - heroes! Finances - Slow steady improvement here Nigeria Mixed sums it up best, our African Nations Championship campaign was a disaster,only allowed to pick domestic based players we were smashed 4-1 away to Togo in the first leg of qualifying and a 1-0 home win wasn't enough to see us through. However despite a 1-0 loss away to Congo we still sit top of our qualifying group with one game to go. Career Overview Season Team Country League Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Black Leopards KSA National First Division 2nd Took over on 31.12.2015 2016/17 Black Leopards KSA National First Division 1st Promoted as champions 2017/18 Black Leopards KSA Premier League 7th 2018/19 Black Leopards KSA Premier League 9th Cup winners 2019/20 Black Leopards KSA Premier League 1st Champions! [b] [u]International[/u][/b] 2019 Nigeria 26th Took over in March 2019/20 Nigeria 31st Challenge Progress Club 1/10 top domestic leagues (South Africa) 1/10 domestic cups (South Africa) 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments Next Season Now the title has been won I think I'll stay for just one more season to have a crack at the CAF Champions League and then move on. My reputation is now 2 stars but still can't get an interview with teams in Australia or even league one sides in England.
  8. fadeaf - congrats on the title, good luck in the Champions League vikeologist - cheers. Yeah no idea how the job acquisition works either, did notice my reputation jump from half a star to 1 and a half after taking the Nigeria job (have yet to be able to do a coaching course due to finances and timing) but the board have given me a good sized transfer budget this season so have decided to give it at least one more year here to see how it goes. On another note looking at the wage budgets for this season - Jomo Cosmos (tycoon side) have 11m with the next highest being Oralndo Pirates with 3.7m - I have a huge 1.1m
  9. Season 2018/19 Review Black Leopards South African Premiership League Table - pretty average season for us, form would change from game to game, would win 6-0 one week before losing 5-1 the next. Think I've taken them as far as I can MTN 8 - cup for the top 8 from last season. Got smashed after being 3-1 up with 25 mins to go Telkom - couple of early struggles needed extra time to advance before getting to the final. Tight 1st half but our best players showed up after half time leading us to the win and my first trophy. Nedbank Cup - Out at the first hurdle Transfers - spent some money for once but also recouped most of it in sales. Squad - decent but not much more Finances - have turned finances around but just can't compete with the bigger boys Nigeria After the ACON some international jobs came up and thought I'd apply, got the Nigeria job. Lost our first friendly 5-2 away to Argentina (mainly as I spent the game messing with formations) but beat Iran 4-0 next up, stuck with that line up for out only competitive game so far and secured an easy win. Career Overview Season Team Country League Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Black Leopards KSA National First Division 2nd Took over on 31.12.2015 2016/17 Black Leopards KSA National First Division 1st Promoted as champions 2017/18 Black Leopards KSA Premier League 7th 2018/19 Black Leopards KSA Premier League 9th Cup winners 2019 Nigeria 26th Took over in March Challenge Progress Club 0/10 top domestic leagues 1/10 domestic cups (South Africa) 0/5 club continental championships 0/1 club world championship International 0/5 continental tournaments 0/2 world tournaments Next Season Not sure what to do now, tempted to have one final season now I have a transfer fund to use (850k up from 100k last season) but we're not even close to competing with the big boys over a season, have won a cup so think with the Nigeria job to hold me over for a while I will look for a new team.
  10. I'll have an update later this afternoon once I make up my mind if I stay or not, been a busy season all told Jomo Cosmos got the tycoon, they got relegated same time as I got promoted.
  11. Also just to ask - if a cup is only open to top flight teams does it still count towards my overall total?
  12. Yeah, they started the season slowly so was keeping an eye on them, but they're running away with the league now so not too hopeful of taking over
  13. Think this is going to be my last season with the Leopards, just can't compete with the big 3 teams and it's only going to get harder as a team in the 1st division just got a tycoon takeover and they're paying one player 32k a week - I spend 21K a week on my whole team! My wage bill is 900k a year, Orlando Pirates (biggest side in the league) spend 3.4m a year - this first division side is spending 9.5m this season Going to try and win a cup then bugger off I think (have added the English leagues and might add Ireland and/or Scotland before the season ends)
  14. Fadedaf - well done with Clyde and good luck at Lech Poznan
  15. Season 2017/18 Review Black Leopards - South African Premiership League Table - a very good first season in the top flight, we never dropped lower than 7th and with 7/8 games to go we were just a couple of points off a 4th place finish (and continental football) but the players just switched off and we only won one of our last 7 which was on the final day. Telkom Knockout - not much to see here as we were smashed in the first round by Kaizer Chiefs Nedbank Cup - a good run to the semi finals here before losing to league champions Sundowns Transfers - again with no money to spend it was frees and loans, worst transfer was an out one in the shape of young Tsktetsi, a player I spent 2 years getting ready for first team football, but 100K was too much for our board to turn down so we lost him. He's unhappy with the amount of game time he's had so I'm going to try and bring him home on loan next season Squad - bunch of frees and loans, missed the goals from Jacobus this year with our top scorer only getting 14 and even then he missed 2/3 months with injury. Need to strengthen all areas I think Finances - finally looking better Key Players Siphelele Ntshangese - easily our best player, the number 10 role is is and no one comes close when he misses games Ayanda Nkosi - scored 1 goal in 20 games last season (all as sub) scored 14 this year and was top scorer Phathutshedzo Nange - wide player that started the season as back on both sides but ended as a key player Career Overview Season Team Country League Position Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Black Leopards KSA National First Division 2nd Took over on 31.12.2015 2016/17 Black Leopards KSA National First Division 1st Promoted as champions 2017/18 Black Leopards KSA Premier League 7th Challenge Progress Club 0/10 0/10 0/5 0/1 International 0/5 0/2