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  1. I haven’t had time to write up an update for the past few seasons, but I have just completed the challenge! I will try and get round to do some season write ups soon
  2. Click on the globe, country, transfers and then released. Off the top of my head, that’s the spot
  3. Yeah I have been stadium sharing since season 2 due to capacity limitations and had a decent cup run early in my game which funded training facility upgrades. We have definitely had more money than our competitors during every pre-Championship season. I do also consider myself a very good FM player having played religiously since CM95
  4. Ha, thanks! I am the first to admit that my run looks suspect, but its all genuine. FC United is definitely the least challenging of all the teams I could have picked
  5. FC United 2024/25 Season Review Profile|History|Table|Transfers|Finances|Squad 1 2 Sky Bet League One: Based on previous form, I don't know why I expected any less. 46 league games and 33 wins was enough for us to absolutely walk the league and claim another promotion. Our form was incredible and we only lost once all season - more importantly than that, we were consistent! 54 points in the first half of the season and 57 in the season half saw us finish the season on 111 points; 20 points more than second place. What a stress free league campaign The Emirates FA Cup: Whilst our league campaign was stress free, our FA Cup run wasn't! An opening 5-1 domination of rivals Salford gave us hope, but we were soon knocked back to earth when we faced off against Flyde who put six past us and sent us packing Carabao Cup: To go far in the cup you need some luck and we did not have that this season. We opened up our Carabao campaign against Sunderland and put them firmly in their place, winning 3-1 and earning the right to play Everton at Goodison. We were actually well on our way to winning before Sigurdsson worked his magic in the 89th minute to force a penalty shootout. We had enough about us to pick up the win and set up a match against titans Man City. The difference in class was evident and City didn't even break a sweat whilst putting four past us and sending home Checkatrade Trophy: A league featuring Flyde, Lincoln and Norwich Under 23s gave me some hope that we could go far in one cup and we lived up to those expectations with 3 wins in 3, scoring 8 along the way. Turns out that Man City really didn't want us to win any cups this season and they sent their under 23s to put an end to any run we could put together Top Goalscorer: Michael Lee is my favourite player. A local lad who grabbed his chance in the first team and didn't look back. Whilst he didn't hit the heights of his 37 goals last season, he did manage 21 to finish as joint top goalscorer along with loanee Ciaran Patterson. Patterson arrived from Villa having never played a professional game so he had to learn quickly. He featured in 46 games, scoring 21 goals and assisting in 11 more as he formed a great partnership with Lee Most Assists: What can I say about Charlie Massey? West Ham saw it fit to send him to Manchester after his £2.8m transfer from Bristol City. He found himself filling the vacant role of box to box midfielder and really made it his own. 52 games, 7 goals and an amazing 21 assists! Honourable Mentions: Kieran Hughes earned an honourable mention last season and he has earned an honourable mention this season! Pairing off with Massey in the centre midfield, Hughes acted as our deep lying playmaker. Whilst his goals and assist tally could have been better (G4, A9), he was the ultimate example of consistency. 9 POTMs and an average rating of 7.31 over 53 games Next Season Plans: The Championship will surely prove to be more of a challenge than the other leagues have thus far? My plan, just like always, is to avoid any relegation battles and hopefully put together a decent cup run with some nice away days to increase our finances. We desperately need to improve our facilities and our stadium needs a lot of work; we have actually spent the season playing at Rochdales ground Season League Position Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 National League North 3rd Lost in the Playoff Semi Final 2021/22 National League North 2nd Playoff winner 2022/23 National League 1st FA Trophy winner 2023/24 League Two 3rd 2024/25 League One 1st
  6. FC United 2023/24 Season Review Profile|Table|Transfers|Finances|Squad 1 2 3 Sky Bet League Two: Regular readers might remember that after last season I mentioned that things would surely slow going forward; well I was wrong. Another season, another promotion - after an impressive 3rd place finish. I will be honest, I was actually disappointed that we only finished 3rd after topping the league for a large chunk of the season. Things started very slowly, five league losses in the first nine league games and I was sure that we would be lucky to finish in any position that isn't in the bottom 2. How wrong I was! The following 21 league games involved 18 wins and three draws, before Doncaster finally put a stop to that run. This sent us into a comparative rough patch with 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 loses in the remaining 15 games which sent us falling from top to 3rd. If you had offered me a third place finish at the start of the season, I'd have bitten your hand off, but after a 21 game unbeaten run, I really feel a bit hard done by. The Emirates FA Cup: We have had some run cup runs over the past few years, but this wasn't one of them. Tamworth were no match for us in the first round, as we knocked two past them for the 2-0 win. The next round saw us facing off with AFC Wimbledon, a match that we had every chance of winning. Unfortunately win it we didn't. Possession and shots were on our side, but it is goals that count and the scored one more than we did as they ran out 2-1 winners Carabao Cup: Drawing Hull in the first round was a little tougher than I had hoped and my fears were proven correct when they took the early lead. A lead they held until the 83rd minute when Malley stepped up and put away a penalty to draw us level. Turns out penalties were the theme of the game and five of our best faced off against five of their best from the spot. Turned out we wouldn't need five as they missed 4 on their way to a 2-1 penalty shootout loss. Round two saw us face off against an impressively inform Leed Utd at Elland Road. Turns out we aren't quite on par with the Championship elite yet and they put five passed us as they marched on to a 5-0 win Checkatrade Trophy: This was an annoying cup run. We shared a group with Hull, Norwich Under 23s and Wrexham and with form on our side, I was sure we could go far. We didn't. Hull beat us, Norwich beat us and a win over Wrexham wouldn't be enough to see us progress any further than the group stages. Top Goalscorer: Michael Lee was always going to win this! The young local lad scored 37 goals in 50 games to make it 89 in 103 at his boyhood club Most Assist: Jonathan Forbes has done something no other man has done during my time in charge of FC United - beat Joe West to the crown of most assists! He might not have lived up to the heights of the previous holder, but 13 assists in 31 games isn't a bad return Honourable Mentions: Kieran Hughes came to me on a free last season after being released from our fellow red Manchester team, Man Utd. He didn't get too many chances last year, but a space opened up for him this time around and he did everything he could to secure that spot going forward. 36 games, 4 goals and 8 assists don't tell the whole tale of the impact he had. The following two players weren't especially stand out performers, but they definitely deserve a shout out for being my first truly huge signings as FC United boss! The first was Leicester legend Jamie Vardy who joined us after being let go from Feyenoord. He went on to feature in 16 games - scoring 3 goals - in a frustrating stint at the club where he clearly was still capable but was let down by a complete lack of pace. He was joined in the squad by a young scarlet by the name of James Milner, who at 39 years young still had fantastic mental attributes that would sure to be a benefit to my young squad. He appeared 15 times for us before a torn abdominal muscle put an end to his season and career. Next Season Plans: Okay, this time I am certain that our form won't continue into League One. I won't make any predications on my league finish, but anything in the top half would be lovely. I feel like the Checkatrade is a winnable trophy for us so I will be trying hard to lift this come season end. After some impressive years with our finances, we spent a lot of this season in the red. Turning professional, improving our training and youth facilities and increasing our stadium capacity was too much for us to handle and our figures showed. We stayed massively under our wage budget all year (50k a week spare!!), but that didn't help much, so increasing our finances need to be a priority next season Season League Position Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 National League North 3rd Lost in the Playoff Semi Final 2021/22 National League North 2nd Playoff winner 2022/23 National League 1st FA Trophy winner 2023/24 League Two 3rd
  7. FC United 2022/23 Season Review Profile|Table|Transfers|Finances|Squad 1 2 Vanarama National League: This promotion stuff is easy, hey?! We started the season by going unbeaten in 17 - drawing just three games along the way - and then continued in similar fashion for the rest of the season. 37 wins, 4 loses and a massive 116 points was enough for us to coast to the league title. Averaging a huge 2.52 points a game, in really wasn't even competitive. Records were bowing in our wake as we stormed to a 26 point buffer and secured a second promotion in as many years The Emirates FA Cup: Another year and another FA Cup third round loss - this time to Premier League team Derby. We nearly didn't make it past the 1st round when Torquay held us to a 0-0 draw at their place, luckily the penalty gods were on our side and we scraped our way through. The next round wasn't so difficult and we showed League 1 side Crawley why we are a team to respect by putting 3 past them setting us up for a home game against Derby. Despite losing 1-2 , we did our self proud and could hold our head up high The Buildbase FA Trophy: As if winning the league wasn't enough, adding the FA Trophy to our ever-growing cabinet really helped make this a wonderful season! With the exception of a draw against Halifax in the 3rd round, it was plain sailing all the way to the bus parade. 15 goals scored and 5 conceded, nobody could stop the mighty United! Top Goalscorer: Michael Lee entered our squad last season when we needed cover for the prolific Heardman and forced his way into the starting lineup by season end. The local lad topped his impressive debutante season by scoring 40 goals in 49 games to help us on the way to the double! Most Assists: Joe West might not look like much in the attribute department, but time and time again he shows up when it matters most. The left back played 44 games this season and hit 20 assists to once again claim the title of most assists. Honourable Mentions: Ethan Walker - loaned in from Preston as cover for the last half of the season, the winger scored 14 goals and assisted in a further 8 in 22 games. Jahmel Hector-Ingram - the young striker had his chance to shine this season and shine he did! 36 games and 30 goals as he formed a deadly partnership with strike partner Lee. Any other season he would be the standout performer Rhys Hughes - another loanee who made an impact in our title winning squad was young Hughes who came to us from Stoke. He played a massive 54 games for us, scoring 8 and assisting 17 Next Season Plans: Well we are certainly ahead of schedule so I expect that momentum to slow down slightly going forward. If we can add some depth to our squad, then a mid table finish wouldn't be unachievable Season League Position Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 National League North 3rd Lost in the Playoff Semi Final 2021/22 National League North 2nd Playoff winner 2022/23 National League 1st FA Trophy winner
  8. Currently in March of my fourth season in charge of FC United and I have just made two very interesting signings
  9. FC United 2021/22 Season Review Profile|Table|Transfers|Finances|Squad 1 2 Vanarama National League North: If finishing four points off of top spot didn't hurt me, then finishing one point off top spot after drawing the final game of the season did! Luckily for us, our season form continued into the playoffs and wins over Gateshead (3-1) and Buxton (2-1) saw us gain promotion on the second attempt! One loss in the first 23 league games really put us in position for that top spot - a position we flirted with all season. Unfortunately, 2 wins from our last 9 games (6 draws!) just wasn't title winning form and we had to make do with a playoff spot. All in all, a great season but missing out by a point really stings. The Emirates FA Cup: Our only goal for the FA Cup is to have fun! Well fun is exactly what we had as we romped our way to a 4th round tie against Premiership side Cardiff! We were really made to earn our spot, beating Bolton 2-0 in the 2nd round and Reading 1-0 in the 3rd, but in the end the class difference was evident as Cardiff ran riot on the way to a 5-1 win at Broadhurst Park. The Buildbase FA Trophy: With the form we were in this season, we were should have performed much better in the FA Trophy. Playing in front of the home fans made no difference as Halifax embarrassed us 4-2 and sent us packing in the 1st round. Top Goalscorer: Tom Heardman - for the second time in as many years, Heardman was our star player and we have a lot to thank him for. 31 goals beats his tally from last season and won him award after award Most Assists: Joe West 16 assists in 44 games and the left back was once again the man with the plan when it came to winning us games. He spent the season on a non-contract and I was convinced that I would lose him at some point. Luckily we didn't and he helped carry us to a playoff win. Honourable Mentions: Matty Lund - signed on a free from Scunthorpe to offer some experience to the midfield, Lund chipped in with 5 goals and 9 assists on his way to a 7.14 rating over 56 games. Kain Reed had a great season out on the right, scoring 11 and assisting the same. The surprise package of the season was Michael Lee - the FC United youth prospect had big boots to fill when he had to fill in for Heardman after a injury. He filled them and then some, scoring 7 in his first three and forcing me to change my tactics to a 2 man forward partnership. A brilliant decision by me, if I do say so myself, as the breakthrough prospect smashed in 18 goals in 20 starts and averaged a rating of 7.52. Something tells me that I might struggle to keep hold of this one Next Season Plan: I think we should be aiming for a top half spot next season. Our finances are a thing of beauty so I am expecting a comparatively large transfer budget. Season League Position Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 National League North 3rd Lost in the Playoff Semi Final 2021/22 National League North 2nd Playoff winner
  10. FC United 2020/21 Season Review Profile|Table|Transfers|Finances|Squad 1 2 Vanarama National League North: We started the season expected to finish just above the relegation zone, so all things considered, we had a great season. However, I can't help but to be a little bit disappointed. Our end of season form was phenomenal, with only Gateshead having better form over the last 23 games of the season. In fact our form was so good, at won point we won 9 league games in a row. It seems out early season form, which actually wasn't terrible just not consistent, was our downfall as we ended up 3rd, just four points behind champions Hereford. I had hoped we would be able to carry our form into the playoffs but a 90th minute winner from Boston took the wind out of our sails and doomed us to another season of northern football! The team did brilliantly but missing out by 4 points hurts The Emirates FA Cup: We weren't expected to go far in the FA Cup (and we didn't), but making it to the 1st round proper was enough for me. The Buildbase FA Trophy: This one hurt. When we drew Merthyr in the 3rd qualifying round, I was confident of securing the victory and going on a little run, but my boys had other plans. A 2-2 draw at our place meant we had to fill our already busy diaries with a replay. The always helpful Merthyr decided to lend us a hand and reduce of fixture list by scoring in the 88th and 90th to snatch the 2-0 win and send us packing Top Goalscorer: Tom Heardman really pulled his weight this season and helped carry us to heights we had previously only dreamed about! A free transfer from Farsley, the lanky Newcastle reject scored 29 goals in 49 games as the focal point on my attack Most Assists: Joe West, booted out of the Sheffield Wednesday squad and in need of some love, found himself holding down the left back position in my starting 11 for the duration of the season. He repaid me by assisting in 18 goals! Honourable Mentions: D'Mani Mellor - stolen from under the noses of local rivals Man Utd (after they released him on a free...), the wide man scored 19 goals and had 7 assists to his name when Hereford decided they wanted in on the action and offered him a contract that tickled his fancy. With six games to go, he left us high and dry Next Season Plan: After the let down that was the playoffs, I want to go on and secure promotion next season. I think that is absolutely doable if we can keep the core of this team Season League Position Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2020/21 National League North 3rd Lost in the Playoff Semi Final
  11. Three crash dumps in a row in my fourth qualifying round replay - each time with me leading. Think that’s it for tonight
  12. Ten games into my FC United career and we’re sat in a playoff place. Completely revamped the squad with free transfers after taking several squads worth of players on trial. Pretty happy with my starting 11 but I know that I’ll lose some of my key players over the season as they are on non-contracts. Currently trying to get rid of some of the weaker players who are taking up too much of my wage budget, who just so happen to be influential figures in my squad so I can’t foresee any issues there... I’ve managed non league several times and the thing to remember is to not get attached to anyone because you’ll either lose them on a free or they will be redundant the next season. It’s also not worth signing a 5 star potential player because initially you need to think short term and not waste your budget on someone who may never play a role. Haven’t managed to pick up anyone on loan yet because I’m quickly running out of scouting budget. Hoping to get a parent club soon
  13. I normally attempt the Ultimate Challenge and it has been a while since I worked my way up the English leagues so I will give it a go!
  14. 2023 Season Review After throwing away the league on the last day last season, I had revenge on my mind. I couldn’t leave China without claiming a league victory so with that in mind and the AFC Champions League to defend; I was prepared for another action packed year Chinese Super League: I was devastated after losing out on the league last season as I really felt like we deserved to win it. I was so annoyed, in fact, that I rejected job offers in order to stay in China and make amends. And make amends I did! We didn’t leave it so late this season and 22 wins from 30 games was enough to finish the season top with a 7 point gap. Interestingly, 4 teams scored more league goals than us, but it was our defence who won us the league – conceding just 21 in 30 games. Redemption Chinese FA Cup: Remember how we won this last season? Well back to back FA cups were not on the agenda as we crashed out in the semi-finals to eventual winners Evergrande Chinese FA Super Cup: Evergrande stopped me from winning my first trophy as Jiangsu manager last season, but we got a morsel of revenge when we beat them 2-0 to start this season AFC Champions League: Against all odds, we somehow won the Champions League last season and winning back to back would really show that we belonged. However, with our attentions elsewhere (the league) we really struggled in the Champions League this year. Finishing second in our group behind Melbourne City, was enough to earn us a match against Japanese team Kawasaki Frontale. A comfortable 3-1 away win in the first leg meant we could take our foot off of the gas in the home leg and settle for a 0-0. Up next was league winners Melbourne City who were always going to be tough. First leg, away at Melbourne, finished with a 1-0 win to the home side. The reverse leg saw the same result, as we ran out 1-0 winners. Penalities were on the agenda and they did not go well for us. The defending champions crashed out in the quarter-final, much to the annoyance of the fans and the board. Top Goalscorer: Liu Ruofan found himself again topping the scoring charts, but only managed 16 this season Most Assists: Veteran winger Zhang Xizhe claimed the title from Teixeira with 8 assists. Highest Ave. Rating: Teixeira did enough to keep hold of this one, though, finishing with a 7.13 Most POTM: Somehow, 4 POTMs was enough to finish top and Ruofan managed just that International: Winning the World Cup with Brazil was my goal last season and after leaving to take over at Mexico, my goal was to follow it up with the Gold Cup. We got off to a good start by beating El Salvador, Martinique and St Kitts to claim three wins from three in the group. The quarter-final wasn’t much harder and we beat Haiti 3-1 to set up a game with USA; a game that we struggled with, but ultimately won 1-0. It was much the same in the final as we put two past Panama to win 2-1 and ensure that my stint as Mexico manager was a short one. Next Season Plan: With league redemption complete, and the cup and Champions League medals already in my cabinet, I will be looking for a new challenge now the season is up. Hopefully I will get a chance to head to South America next. I will also be stepping down as Mexico manager. We have won the Gold Cup so they have nothing else to offer me. Season Team Position Continental Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Cobresal 1st n/a Won Copa Chile MTS and Manager of the Year 2019/20 Hibernian 1st n/a Lost in Scottish Cup final 2020/21 Kaizer Chiefs 1st Winners Won Telkom Knockout. Lost in MTN 8 Final 2021 Kaizer Chiefs - - Left 13th Jan '22 with the club top of the league. Won CAF Super Cup & MTN 8 2022 Jiangsu Suning 2nd Winners Won Chinese FA Cup 2023 Jiangsu Suning 1st QF Won FA Super Cup Challenge Progress Club 4/10 top domestic leagues - Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank (Cobresal 2019), Scottish Premiership (Hibernian 2019/20), ABSA Premiership (Kaizer Chiefs 2020/21), Chinese Super League (Jiangsu Suning 2023) 3/10 domestic cups - Copa Chile MTS (Cobresal 2019), Telkom Knockout (Kaizer Chiefs 2020/21), Chinese FA Cup (Jiangsu Suning 2022) 2/5 club continental championships - CAF Champions League (Kaizer Chiefs 2020/21), AFC Champions League (Jiangsu Suning 2022) 0/1 club world championship - International 2/5 continental tournaments - Copa America (Colombia 2020), Gold Cup (Mexico 2023) 1/2 world tournaments - World Cup (Brazil 2022) International: Season Team Notes and Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------- 2019 China Under 23s Qualified for Under 23s Asian Cup 2019 Colombia --- 2019/20 Colombia Qualified for Olympic Games. Won Copa America 2020/21 Brazil Qualified for World Cup. Lost in Olympic Games quarter final 2022 Brazil Won World Cup 2022 Mexico --- 2023 Mexico Won Gold Cup
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