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  1. Vikeologist's 2030/31 Bradford Park Avenue Report  Took over newly promoted to Vanarama North Bradford Park Avenue. Thought it would be a challenge, but honestly, I also thought I’d be able to challenge for promotion in season 1. In fact we spent most of the season uncomfortably close to the relegation places. The bottom 3 teams were very bad, so there was never much actual danger, but it was certainly disappointing. We finished in 15th place thanks to picking up 17 points from our last 7 matches. I actually tried to jump ship mid-season to my old and favourite club Bradford City, but they clearly haven’t forgiven my abandonment. I did want to manage them again, and try to take them to Champions League glory, but maybe that’s not going to happen. At the moment I plan to stay with Park Avenue, but I will be looking at summer job vacancies. Internationally with Wales things were better. We won promotion from a weak Nations League B group against Croatia and Bulgaria, and our Euros Qualification has got off to an ok start with a draw against Portugal. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup 28/9 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st NMG Cup, league and reached group stage of Europa League. 29/30 Newcastle Ch 1st Cakewalk. 30/31 Bradford PA Van North 15th International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24-28 Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B 2028 Euros - 1 point from group stage and sacked. 28- Wales Failed to win promotion from Nations League B or qualify for the 2030 World Cup Promotion from Nations League B. Challenge Progress 8/38 Club England 4/12 (VNL, L2, L1, Ch) Scotland 1/7 (Irn Bru Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 3/3 (WPL, WC, NMGC)
  2. Any domestic cup where all top division sides are in it.
  3. Nothing in the rules about managing other nations. I mean, there's no one monitoring the rules anyway, so we can do whatever helps us to enjoy the save, I think. Personally I'm only managing home nations, but I'm on my 3rd already, and it seems that they don't give you the job for a second time, so if I don't manage England, I only have N Ireland left, but I'm not trying to achieve the international side anyway. There was an outside chance I could have won something with Scotland though.
  4. It will be good to have company. Are you going to go for all 45 landmarks including the internationals?
  5. Vikeologist's 2029/30 Newcastle Report  After completing the landmarks for Wales halfway through the previous season, I stayed at Carmarthen until the end of the 28/29 season, finally triumphing in what was quite an exciting title chase. There were no interesting jobs became available, but I quit at the end of the season. I then took over at Newcastle, newly relegated from the Premier League. This was a mistake; not because I didn’t win the Championship at the third time of trying in this challenge, but because it was just boringly easy. We won the league with 4 matches to spare. Also, I kind of wanted to manage my favourite club, Bradford, again, who are currently still in the Championship, having been relegated straight back down after my promotion to the Premier League with them. I’m going to have to be a lot more careful about the jobs I take, so I don’t get too bored with this challenge. Managing in a different country should help, but there are other options. If I go to a premier League club, there will be plenty of different trophies to try to win, and going to the lower English leagues could be a challenge. Internationally, I have a few years to catch y’all up on. I was sacked by Scotland in 2028 after only picking up a point in the Euros. This was a pity as I hoped to stay for much longer than 4 years. I then took over at Wales, but results have been good, but not good enough. We finished 2nd in the Nations League, and very narrowly failed to qualify for the 2030 World Cup. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup 28/9 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st NMG Cup, league and reached group stage of Europa League. 29/30 Newcastle Ch 1st Cakewalk. International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24-28 Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B 2028 Euros - 1 point from group stage and sacked. 28- Wales Failed to win promotion from Nations League B or qualify for the 2030 World Cup Challenge Progress 8/38 Club England 4/12 (VNL, L2, L1, Ch) Scotland 1/7 (Irn Bru Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 3/3 (WPL, WC, NMGC) Promotion Count: 8
  6. Vikeologist's 2028/29 Carmarthen Report    To recap, in my 4th season with Carmarthen, I only needed to win the elusive Nathaniel MG Cup, having won the Welsh Cup and League, plus (very unexpectedly) the Irn-Bru Cup for teams from all the home nations. We did it, and my time in Wales can now come to a close. It will be a bit of a wrench to leave, because we have accomplished so much. Even though I’ll be leaving mid-season, it has been a long, long season. It was our 44th competitive match of the season, and it was only late January. The main reason for that number of games was that we reached the group stage of the Europa League. In fact we had a shot at the Champions League group. All we had to do was get past Dundalk who we beat in the Irn-Bru final last season. Unfortunately, that was a bit of a fluke result, and we were outclassed in both legs. Obviously I wasn’t expecting much from the Europa League group, but we won our first 2 matches, including against Lazio. We came very close to finishing second in the group. We just needed to win our penultimate match, We were 2-1, up and I was going to substitute both my players who had been booked, but one of them was sent off before that could happen, and later in the match the other players was as well. With only 9 men, we could only manage a draw, and then Lazio kicked our arse in the last game. But that doesn’t really matter. The club obviously made a lot of money, and will be going professional at the end of the season. Without me though. It has been fun building up the club, but progress is painfully slow. Also, we are by no means certain of even retaining the league. My squad of part-time players are, as you may imagine, a little bit tired, and we ae in 3rd, 5 points behind the leaders, with just 10 matches to go. It is tempting to stay for those 10 matches though, plus however many Welsh Cup fixtures. The 44 matches don’t of course include my international exploits since the last update, but I’ll leave that for another time. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup 28/9 Carmarthen Welsh PL n/a NMG Cup, and reached group stage of Europa League. International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24-28 Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B 2028 Euros - 1 point from group stage and sacked. 28- Wales Challenge Progress 7/38 Club England 3/12 (VNL, L2, L1) Scotland 1/7 (Irn Bru Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 3/3 (WPL, WC, NMGC) Promotion Count: 7
  7. Good luck with this. I'll be following, as I'm doing this (as posted in CSE) but I'm doing it under different rules. Do you have (favourite) clubs you hope to manage along the way, or are you going to be all business?
  8. @2481 I think it will be hard for me to complete the challenge, so I'm more interested in enjoying it, even if I stay a while with the same club. At first I bounced from club to club, but the thing is that I can pretty much win the league every single season if I cherry pick clubs, (though not as you will note from my progress so much with cups), which quickly started to become boring, so I'm now about to start my 4th season with the same club. Mind you, once I get that pesky remaining cup, I will leave.
  9. Vikeologist's 2027/28 Carmarthen (and Scotland) End of Season Report     So, on to my third season with Carmarthen, still needing just that one (Nathaniel MG) cup, and for the third time of asking we fell short, or to be exact, shorter going out in the QF. Our failure to win the league the previous season meant that we had to take the tough road of Europa League qualifying, and we were unlucky to get Maribor in the first round and go straight out, ending our chances of making any money from the season. We did however regain our league title though, and we did it by a country mile. The best part of the season though was that we somehow managed to win the Irn Bru Cup, meaning that the season wasn’t a dead loss challenge wise. Not sure where it should go, but I think it really qualifies as a Scottish competition. I’m obviously going to give it one more part-season at least in Wales to try to get the NMG Cup. Not sure yet whether I’ll stay beyond that, but I’d also like to get to at least the group stage of the Europa League, or who knows, maybe even the Champions League. As regards the Scottish national side, we didn’t have it all our own way in Euros Qualifying only getting a draw and defeat against Russia, but we still qualified reasonably easily via the second placed team table. We now have a tough group draw against Belgium, Spain and Switzerland. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup 27/8 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League /Irn Bru Cup International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24- Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B Challenge Progress 6/38 Club England 3/12 (VNL, L2, L1) Scotland 1/7 (Irn Bru Cup) Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 2/3 (WPL, WC) Promotion Count: 7
  10. Vikeologist's 2026/27 Carmarthen (and Scotland) End of Season Report    Near the end of the season, I had a choice to make regarding my approach to this challenge. We had failed to win the remaining cup I need in Wales, and worse, were only going to finish runner up in the league, and thus no Champions League football, and money, next season. The Larne job in N Ireland became available. They were going to win the league and were still in one of the cups. Here was a golden opportunity to pick up at least one extra landmark. I.n The Ultimate Challenge, taking over a team just before the final of a competition or near the end of the league when they’re in top place, is coined ‘doing a vike’. Truthfully, I haven’t actually done a vike in years. The choice was whether to plod along managing the teams that I have an attachment to; Carmarthen, Hibs, Bradford City, even when that’s making it difficult for myself, or to make progress in this challenge as quickly and mercenarily as possible. I was very tempted, but taking over Larne 9 points clear with 5 matches to play would have felt like a hollow victory. Also, if I do complete the challenge, I will need that other cup at some point. Mostly though, I think I’ve improved the Carmarthen team a lot. Maybe they haven’t gelled this season, and some signings have disappointed, but I think we’ll be better next season. The season did get off to a good start, and nearly a fantastic start. We nearly qualified for the Europa League group stage. We had a 2 goal aggregate lead, but gave away a penalty and then a ridiculous own goal. The cup I need is the Nathaniel MG Cup, and once again we went out in the semi-final. TNS beat us in the first league match, and then ran away with the title. We were comfortably second, but finished 7 points in arrears, which was about as close as we ever got to them. With Scotland, there’s so much to tell, but as the international side is only a side challenge I don’t intend or expect to complete, I’ll keep it brief. In the 2026 World Cup, we easily won our 2 group stage matches, but had the misfortune to come up against Holland in the first knockout round. With 4 minutes to go in the first half, we were 2-0 up and I thought this was going to be an easy victory. By the time the half time whistle blow, we were 3-2 down, and we eventually lost 4-2. It’s pointless to be too upset about losing to a top ten side, although of course now I wish I’d parked the bus. The England job was available at the end of the tournament, but I didn’t apply for it. We had an easy draw in the Nations League, with Denmark and Norway, and won all our matches to gain promotion to division A. We're currently ranked 17th. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double 26/7 Carmarthen Welsh PL 2nd Welsh Cup International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24- Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. 2026 World Cup 2nd round. Promotion from Nations League B Challenge Progress 5/38 Club England 3/12 (VNL, L2, L1) Scotland 0/7 Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 2/3 (WPL, WC) Promotion Count: 7
  11. Vikeologist's 2025/26 Carmarthen (and Scotland) End of Season Report   My run of straight promotions came to a halt; because I took over at Welsh top flight club, Carmarthen. My approach to this challenge has changed, and from now on I’m going to take over clubs that I want to manage, even if they’re not the lowest hanging fruit. Carmarthen are nowhere near the biggest club, so I didn’t expect to be able to win all 3 Welsh trophies in my first season, but I almost did. I won the league and Welsh Cup, but was sent out on penalties in the semi-finals of the Nathaniel MG Cup. I don’t mind staying a bit longer, taking them into Europe, albeit probably briefly, and seeing how far I can develop the club. Hopefully I can win that final trophy next season and move on, but if it takes longer, I will stay as long as I'm enjoying it. To be honest, I may stay even longer. There was a fantastic career thread I enjoyed reading that stopped just as they'd got Carmarthen into the Champions League group stage, were having a new stadium built, and things were about to get really interesting. Things continue to go well with Scotland. We won every match in our World Cup Qualifying, including beating Belgium twice, and are now 24th in the world. I’m about to have my first new-style World Cup Finals, and we have an easy group stage with hosts, USA, and South Africa. It’s a young and promising squad. I’d be surprised if we actually won anything, but I’m not targeting that side of the challenge anyway. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd 25/26 Carmarthen Welsh PL 1st League/Welsh Cup Double International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24- Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. Qualified for 2026 World Cup. Challenge Progress 5/38 Club England 3/12 (VNL, L2, L1) Scotland 0/7 Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 2/3 (WPL, WC) Promotion Count: 7
  12. Vikeologist's 2024/25 Derby End of Season Report  For almost the first half of the season I thought we were favourites for the title, but Newcastle had a fantastic second half of the campaign, winning the league by 24 points, while our record in the back half was only 7th best. We stayed in 2nd place throughout, but automatic promotion was only secured in the last match. My 7th straight promotion, 8th straight if you include the one season I completed on FM1 before starting this challenge. That’s a bit misleading though, because it doesn’t include the final half season with Shelbourne, though as we were in the top division, it’s not as though promotion was actually a possibility there. I’m a little bit annoyed at not securing the Championship landmark. I still don’t think I’ll complete the whole challenge, so it doesn’t matter. I’m definitely going to leave Derby now. I’ll quit once I’ve done a bit more scouting. I’ll have to quit as I’ll probably be going to a much smaller club who won’t want to pay any compensation. It might be a good idea to apply for the job at Halifax who’ve just been relegated from the VNL. I’m just not feeling it at the moment. Plus their finances are insecure. A year ago I was managing Ireland, but I left them after 2 defeats when the Scotland job became available. I am Scottish, so I hope to be there for a long time. I have a lot of good young players. My one wonderkid, an attacking right winger, doesn’t play any of the positions in my formation, but I’m squeezing him in as a striker for the moment. Despite one defeat, embarrassingly to my ex, Ireland, we have won promotion in the Nations League from C to B. I expected there to be a playoff for the group winners, but apparently not. Domestic Season Team Division Position Notes 18 Shelbourne Ire 1st 2nd Promoted through playoffs. 19 Shelbourne Ire Prem Left midway through season with club mid-table (5th). 19/20 Tranmere Van NL 1st Lost in FA Trophy S/F on penalties. 20/21 Tranmere L2 1st 21/22 Bradford L1 2nd Automatic promotion as best losers. Good for Bradford. Bad for my challenge. 22/23 Bradford Ch 2nd Runners up (and promoted) again 23/24 Derby L1 1st 24/25 Derby Ch 2nd Promotion International Year Team Achievements 23-24 Ireland 7 months, 2 defeats. 24- Scotland Promotion from Nations League C. Challenge Progress 3/38 Club England 3/12 (VNL, L2, L1) Scotland 0/7 Ireland 0/7 N Ireland 0/9 Wales 0/3 Promotion Count: 7
  13. @Crispypaul Are you going to do the international side of things / get an international job at some point?
  14. I'm managing an international side. On player search the players in the senior squad don't show. (they do appear on the scouted players screen). Is this a known issue?
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