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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
  15. It’s an honour. I’d like to thank my parents and siblings and all the cheap centre forwards who have gotten me to this point
  16. 2022 Season Review I took over Kaizer Chiefs when they were riding high from winning the league, but having to replace a lot of players who had moved on. I left them 18 months later with them having reclaimed the league and added cup & Champions League trophies to the cabinet. When I walked away on 13th January, Kaizer Chiefs were sitting atop of the league and had snatched the CAF Super Cup away from league rivals Bidwist. Naturally, my replacement couldn’t replicate what I had done and they sunk to a 4th place finish – it didn’t help that they decided to bench the clubs best striker. I guess it was always going to be difficult to replace the 16th most successful manager to ever work in Africa. For me, it was time to up sticks and head to my fourth continent and Chinese club Jiangsu Suning were my destination. The club were predicted to finish 4th but had a £40m warchest to push for the top spot – so it was a handsome proposition for me. It took a while to get used to the new rules (100% tax on marquee signings, limit to over 21 year old Chinese signings), but in the end it proved to be a wise move Chinese Super League: We started as 4th favourites but we soon claimed the top spot for our own as we laid wake to everyone who stood in our way. That was until October when a run of three games with no wins saw us drop to 3rd, with Guoan and defending champions Evergrande overtaking us. It was neck and neck (and neck) between the three of us until the final three games, where a 3-2 win over Guoan saw them dip out of the race. Unfortunately, and perhaps undeservedly, we would concede the league by drawing the final two games; allowing Evergrande to claim back to back league wins. Chinese FA Cup: This one wasn’t so difficult, with a great run of performances right up until the final where we faced Shanghai Shenhua in what should have been an easy cup victory. We made it hard for ourselves by letting Shenhua claim a 2-1 win in the first leg, needed a stroke of luck to even get the consolation goal. The second leg was no less nerve-racking, where even an early goal from Liu Ruofan wasn’t enough to stop the rampaging Shenhua who scored two more to lead 4-2 on aggregate. However, sometimes luck goes your way and Ruofan chipped in with another in 87th before centreback Zhunyi scored a header in the 94th to make us champions by away goals. Chinese FA Super Cup: It is always nice to start your reign with a trophy and that is exactly what we didn’t do when we matched up against Evergrande who took the 1-0 win with a 39th minute goal. AFC Champions League: Whilst winning the league would have been nice, this was the competition I really wanted to win. We got off to a perfect start; winning all of our group games before finally being knocked down to earth by Melbourne Victory when they put two past us during a busy 7 minutes that also saw them have a player sent off. With luck on our side once again, the second leg couldn’t have been any more of a polar performance as Liu Ruofan scored three goals to put us into the next round. The quarter final saw us face another team from Melbourne – this time City being our opponents. The first leg went slightly better than against their neighbours, as a late goal secured the home draw, but it turns out we really like a trip down under as evidenced by the two goals that gave us a 3-1 aggregate win and a place in the semi-finals. In what had almost become tradition, we faced off against our third Australian team in a row – this time in the form of Western Sydney Wanderers. Our trip down under proved to be much more of a boring affair this time, as we only managed to snatch a 0-0 draw in front of our 312 travelling fans, but back at home we proved to be too strong and picked up the 2-1 win despite playing 45 minutes a man down. After the three tough Australian games it was nice to play someone a bit different and Iranian team Sepahan fitted that bill perfectly. After facing three of the most difficult teams in the competition, playing Sepahan in the final seemed almost anti-climatic, but maybe they would surprise me and take advantage of our lack of concentration. They didn’t. Two goals from Alex Teixeira and one from summer signing Oxlade-Chamberlain gave us an easy 3-0 win before goals from Jin Jingdao, Erpan and two more from the Ox saw us win 7-0 on aggregate. FIFA Club World Cup: Entering off of the back of our Champions League win, I was keen to top the 3rd place finish I had achieved the year before with Kaizer Chiefs. Unfortunately, despite beating Auckland in the first game, we were downed by Man City who put six past us. The third placed playoff wasn’t much better as Flamengo beat us on penalties to relegate us to 4th place Top Goalscorer: Signed for £3.5m from Shandong Luneng, striker Lio Ruofan repaid that faith by scoring 21 goals in 27 starts. Honourable mention to winger Oxlade-Chamberlaine who chipped in with 15 goals Most Assists: Not too surprising that playmaker Alex Teixeira takes the crown with 16 assists and 12 goals. Another honourable mention goes to the Ox who had 15 assists Highest Ave. Rating: Another one for Teixeira who finished with a 7,41 Most POTM: Three in a row for Tex, who managed 9 POTM awards International: As per my last post, I guided Brazil to another World Cup victory before leaving to take over at Mexico. It is definitely a much harder challenge, but we have a chance at Gold Cup glory in six months so that is what we are focused on Next Season Plan: Despite a cup and continental double, I am really annoyed that we lost the league from such an advantageous position. I have applied for two interesting jobs but I might have to stick around just to make up for the league slip-up 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. Challenge Progress Club 3/10 top domestic leagues - Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank (Cobresal 2019), Scottish Premiership (Hibernian 2019/20), ABSA Premiership (Kaizer Chiefs 2020/21) 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 1/5 continental tournaments - Copa America (Colombia 2020) 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 ---
  17. 2022 World Cup Review After two years in charge of world number one Brazil, it was time for the most important summer of my young career. We went into the tournament as joint favourites and I knew we would need to be at our best to get anything, especially with fellow favourites Spain in our group Group Stage Second Round Quarter Final Semi Final Final What Next
  18. I have a dilemma. I have been offered three jobs and don’t know which to take. 1) is a semi-high profile role with a decent squad. League title is possible but would need some luck. Still in the running for a cup and has an easy tie in Europa league 2) is a less high profile role but in a league I need to manage in. Club finished fourth last season and predicted to finish 3rd this season. A very very healthy transfer budget and could probably win the league with a couple tactical signings. In the group stages of their continental cup 3) the top rated club in their league, going into the new season as defending champions. One of a few leagues I could visit in this continent that has a chance of champions league glory. Clubs seems to be struggling financially and lacks almost all staff and the wage budget needed to change that
  19. 2020-2021 Season Review So after what has to be considered a pretty good season in Scotland, I grew tired of the cold climates and decided that it was time to find someplace warm again. I shopped myself around for something that excited me but it wasn’t until South African giants Kaizer Chief became managerless after Ernst Middendorp retired that I decided upon my next step towards football management world domination. I was lucky enough to take over the club before pre-season began so had a complete clean slate to work from. The club were defending champions but they were going through a bit of a transition period with a number of aging players losing a step and all of their stars wanting to jump ship to bigger things. In the end, I shipped out 8 players before the season started and another 5 in January and replaced them with a massive 21 players! Not all were players for now but the ones that were would prove to be real difference makers. The fans weren’t happy as we really did lose some huge players; including club captain Itumeleng Khune who went to Feyenoord for a massive 700k; but by the end of the season, I’m pretty sure I won them around ABSA Premiership: My league season went exactly how I like it and we had the title sewn up with five games to go. Unbeaten until our 16th game, it was pretty smooth running all the way to the title, with the toughest run of results being a back to back draw/lose to title challengers Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC. Other than that, we ran roughshod and finished 21 points clear of second place – breaking numerous scoring and win records along the way. Telkom Knockout: 4 matches, 4 wins and only one goal conceded. A tough quarter-final against Cape Town City nearly saw us knocked out but a extra time penalty from misfiring striker Tokelo Rantie saw us pick up the 1-0 win. We faced rivals Bidvest Wits in the final and was lucky enough to score an early goal and hold out for the unconvincing 1-0 win Nedback Cup: A first round 2-3 loss to Bidvest ruined our chances of a cup double but freed us up to focus our attentions elsewhere MTN 8: We made hard work of this whole cup, only managing a close 1-0 in the quarter final before being taken to a replay from our cup sparring partner Bidvest. We managed a 2-1 win in that replay but unfortunately were beaten by Mamelodi Sundowns on penalties in the final. Be the Coach Challenge: We faced off against Orlando Pirates in this season opener and I got my Kaizer Chiefs career off to a winning start. Goals from Castro, Manyama and Phiri was enough for a very good 3-0 win where we never really looked in trouble. Orange CAF Champions League: The big one. Qualification was easy with a 10-0 aggregate win in the first round and a 4-2 one in the second saw us grouped with ASC Diaraf, Al-Merreikh and Al-Ahly. It was a tougher group than I’d have liked but the guys did me proud and we won 5 of the six, only dropping points to Al-Merreikh. Next up was league rivals Mamelodi Sundowns and I was confident of securing a result against a team I had beaten several times already. I was right to be confident and we walked away as 4-2 winners over the two games. We were drawn against the defending champiosn ES Sahel in the semi-finals and I was worried for the first time. Turns out I shouldn’t have bothered worrying and we ran out 7-1 winners with their only goal coming late in the second game. After that convincing win I was less worried about a final against Club Africain and two 1-0 wins was enough for us to life the Champions League and for me to write my name in the history books! Top Goalscorer: Striker Leonardo Castro walked into my team at the start of the season and he never walked out – scoring 29 goals on the way to finishing top goalscorer Most Assists: Whilst Castro might have picked up the most goals, I was more impressed by new signing Gift Links who assisted 12 and scored 23 from out on the left. He would have challenged for the top goalscorer title if he hadn’t picked up a mid-season injury Highest Ave. Rating: 250k signing Gift Links paired his impressive season in front of goal with an impressive 7.60 rating Most POTM: Links again with 8 International: Whilst I was busy winning the Copa America, world number 2 Brazil was knocked out in the quarter-finals and promptly sacked their manager. Silly to pass up the opportunity, I applied and was quickly offered the job. It has been pretty par for the course since then and we have won 7 of the 8 games played under my management. We will be heading to the World Cup next year and I have high hopes of winning the biggest trophy in international football Next Season Plan: Well, another season down and another league/cup double completed. That coupled with my Champions League win has made for my best season yet. The only thing left to win would be the World Club Cup but Kaizer Chiefs probably aren’t strong enough to do that. I plan on sticking around for now but will keep a keen eye on the job market this summer 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 Challenge Progress Club 3/10 top domestic leagues - Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank (Cobresal 2019), Scottish Premiership (Hibernian 2019/20), ABSA Premiership (Kaizer Chiefs 2020/21) 1/10 domestic cups - Copa Chile MTS (Cobresal 2019), Telkom Knockout (Kaizer Chiefs 2020/21) 1/5 club continental championships - CAF Champions League (Kaizer Chiefs 2020/21) 0/1 club world championship - International 1/5 continental tournaments - Copa America (Colombia 2020) 0/2 world tournaments 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
  20. 2020 Summer Review After a brilliant year in charge of Hibs, I had a busy summer ahead of me with my first international tournament with Colombia – the Copa America. We had a tough group with the likes of regular finalist Argentina, Paraguay and Mexico B. Our pre tournament expectations were that we reached the semi final, a task that would require the likes of Falcao and Rodriguez to be on form. Group Stage Quarter-final Semi-final Third Placed Playoff Final What Next 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 Challenge Progress Club 2/10 top domestic leagues - Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank (Cobresal 2019), Scottish Premiership (Hibernian 2019/20) 1/10 domestic cups - Copa Chile MTS (Cobresal 2019) 0/5 club continental championships - 0/1 club world championship - International 1/5 continental tournaments - Copa America (Colombia 2020) 0/2 world tournaments 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
  21. 2019-2020 Season Review After a brilliant year in Chile, I decided to pack my bags and head to colder climates in the form of Scotland! I had several offers, but liked the look of Hibs the most. They were still in with a shout of a cup and were sat in 4th spot in the league – although Celtic were 9 points and a game in hand ahead Scottish Premiership: I started off my Scottish adventure with a 6-1 away win to St Johnstone and followed this up with five straight league wins before being put back in our place by 2nd placed Rangers. This lose, however, seemed to be the kick up the backside that my Hibs squad needed and what followed was quite frankly a miracle. A 18 league game win streak, including 2 wins against Premiership powerhouse Celtic was another to see us lift the title for the first time since 1952! We needed help from Celtic who somehow lost 4 of their final six games to hand us the title with a game to spare William Hill Scottish Cup: four games played, twelve goals scored and zero conceded set us up for a final against the only team to beat me as Hibs manager – Rangers. An early second half goal saw us take the lead, a lead we held until the 75th minute when we were pegged back. We pushed for a winner but a late Rangers free kick saw us throw away a chance at the double. Scottish Communities League Cup: Lost to Celtic in the Quarter Final before I joined UEFA Europa League: Lost to Levski Sofia in the Best Placed Second Qualifying Round before I joined Top Goalscorer: Chief striker, Florian Kamberi finished the season with 16 goals in 40 starts, but its playmaker Steve Mallan who really impressed, scoring 12 goals in 24 games after forcing his way into my team late in the season. Most Assists: 16 year old scarlet Kevin Ross chipped in with 11 assists from centre midfield to add to his 5 goals. He had a brilliant season and had Spurs sniffing around him before signing a new contract with us Highest Ave. Rating: as well as scoring 12 goals and six assists, Mallan also finished with a rating of 7,28 Most POTM: Mallan added seven POTM awards to his growing list of accolades that also included Premiership goal of the season, Football Writers Player of the year and Players' Player of the year International: It has been a bit up and down on the international front after losing back to back World Cup qualifying games, leaving us 5th after six games. On a positive note, I took charge of the under 23s during their Olympic game qualifies and thanks to some good results, will be leading them in Japan shortly. We also have a chance at some silverware in a month’s time when we head to USA for the Copa America Next Season Plan: I am now in a similar situation as last season with my team qualified for Europe but very unlikely to get past the first couple games successfully. I could stick around and try and claim a cup to add to my cabinet, but that seems like a wasted year. I think I will see how my two upcoming international tournaments go and then see where my reputation stands before starting to look for new opportunities 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 Challenge Progress Club 2/10 top domestic leagues - Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank (Cobresal 2019), Scottish Premiership (Hibernian 2019/20) 1/10 domestic cups - Copa Chile MTS (Cobresal 2019) 0/5 club continental championships - 0/1 club world championship - International 0/5 continental tournaments - 0/2 world tournaments 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
  22. 2019 Season Review I decided to restart this challenge after having a lot of success trying it over the past two years and struggling to get into a game this year. I decided to pick a mixture of some random nations I have never managed in as well as some of the leagues I have had early success in in the past. After six months of unemployment and several unsuccessful interviews, I was offered my first role that excited me. Off to South America I went Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank: Fresh off a 9th placed finish and with the media expecting us to finish 14th (out of 16), I took over a Cobresal squad that needed a lot of rebuilding. 9 carefully signed players later and we embarked on what should have been a really difficult season. 4 wins and 3 draws in my first 7 league games gave us an early season lift before a shot in the arm at the hands of Universidad Catolica who gave us our first loss. What followed was an amazing and unpredictable 19 game unbeaten run that saw us win the title with 3 games, blowing all pre-season predictions out of the water. 19 wins and 7 draws in those 27 games was enough to lead 2nd place by a massive 14 points with three games to spare. It really was an amazing season that was actually pretty close until my two nearest competitors decided to throw away a lot of points in the final third of the season. We actually lost some really important players half way through the season and many more wanted to leave for a chance at playing continental football (even though we were top). Luckily my club pulled themselves together and stepped up in their absence Copa Chile MTS: Luckily for us, our impressive league formed carried over into the cup and it was routine all the way to the final, where we faced off against lower league Santiago Wanderers. It was much the same in the final as we scored three first leg goals on our way to a 3-1 aggregate win and a domestic double. Top Goalscorer: With 19 goals each, winger Israel Poblete and on loan playmaker Oscar Hernandez share the honours. Hernandez really stood out, playing a deeper role and scoring free kicks from angles that he had no right to challenge from. Most Assists: Oscar Hernandez takes this, too, with 11 assists to go with his 19 goals. Highest Ave. Rating: Not much surprise that this went to Hernandez with a 7.76 rating over 39 games Most POTM: you guessed it, Hernandez again with 14 International: An eventful year on the international front when I snapped up a chance to take over the China under 23s in February. Three wins out of three saw us qualify for the under 23s Asian Cup and I had silverware on my mind. That was until three optimistic applications for the vacant Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica posts paid off and three job offers arrived on my doorstep. I decided 13th ranked Colombia was the best match for me and in July I headed off to take up position as head coach. As things stand, we are four games into our World Cup qualifying campaign and have managed to pick up 10 points against the likes of Brazil and Argentina. With a potentially successful campaign on our hands, and a Copa America to look forward to next year, it could be an eventful few years for us. Next Season Plan: Well what can I say? What a season! We really defied expectations and ran away with the double. We have qualified for the Copa Libertadores, but realistically stand no chance at winning the tournament historically dominated by Brazilian and Argentinean teams. I won’t gain much by sticking around and maybe retaining the league, so I guess I will try and venture elsewhere and head back to South America when a big role in Brazil opens up. Season Team Position Continental Notes and Achievements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019 Cobresal 1st n/a Won Copa Chile MTS and Manager of the Year Challenge Progress Club 1/10 top domestic leagues - Campeonato Nacional Scotiabank (Cobresal 2019) 1/10 domestic cups - Copa Chile MTS (Cobresal 2019) 0/5 club continental championships - 0/1 club world championship - International 0/5 continental tournaments - 0/2 world tournaments International: Season Team Notes and Achievements ---------------------------------------------------------- 2019 China Under 23s Qualified for Under 23s Asian Cup 2019 Colombia ---
  23. This was my main game last year and I got quite far into it. I have hardly played this years game as I just can't find the motivation, so I am going to give it another go and see what happens. Got a bit of free time over the time couple weeks
  24. The Copa is very Brazil heavy on the game. I basically faced Brazilian teams throughout the entire competition and I think 6/8 quarter finalists were from Brazil.
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