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  1. LOOKING GOOD SO FAR..... The winter window has finished and Stoke have surpassed all expectations so far, the team sit in fifth spot joint on points with Chelsea and seven points behind fellow human Johannes. Its definitely a good start but there still a lot of hard work too come if I am to finish in a European slot which was what I described at the start of the season as being the most I could possibly hope for. I have managed to secure the signing if another top player from Brazil this window, finally Marlucio Costa has put pen to paper after I tried in the summer window he wasn't interested in discussing a contract but after the early season success I paid his release fee of only 9.25 million and he's already worth nearly 30. I had too fight off late interest from Johannes but after going through the same thing with Paulo Jose and Clayton I was ready to do battle. Costa has excellent attributes and looks like a proper superstar in the making he is a good age and has lots of room to improve. The Team has got a real good look and feel about it now, I have 2 players for every position and with all my players fit I think I can cause problems for even the top teams in this league. I am still sticking with a 442 but I have the players to modify it in game depending on certain situations my wingers cam play RM or AMR my midfielders can play CM or DMC so I have a lot of flexibility. Pedro Marques has played himself into the No 1 striker position I invested 25 million pounds when buying this striker but he's worth 30 now and he's at a good age being only 25 he's pacey and a good finisher with the ability off running in behind a defence, Rudler has put the hard work in so far this season and is performing as well as any striker in the league his attributes don't look that impressive but he gets on the end of crosses well and hardly ever puts in a poor performance. New signing Costa will have to move Rudler out of the way to get a starting slot but the competition for places is good for the team and I'm excited to see how far these strikers can take the team. Theres a lot of power in my midfield and to be honest its still a work in progress I have moved on players like Imbula and Deondonker who were the wrong side of 30 and replaced them with younger but similar alternatives. Sturaro has been immense for the team and is at an age were I would normally shift him on but he has kept his place and is one of the first names on the team sheet. Weston Mckenzie has come in for a bargain fee off 6.5 million from Man City and is a great playmaker in the middle of the park he can switch the ball to the flanks and pick a pass really well setting up attacks for the faster players. Gonzalez on the left and villalba on the right are my attacking wide men and Brady and De Paul the more defensive options all are excellent crossers of the ball and hard working fitting my system well. De Paul will probably be sold in the summer window and I will need a new CM too but I'm hoping De Mooij will come back from his loan spell a much improved player and Bogoda has so much potential its scary I think he can be better than Sturaro and go on to captain the team if he stays long enough. Josh Tymon at left back is real quality I've had too fight off Chelsea and Everton all summer and winter for him and I've also had to promise him European football or he wants to leave in the next window. I sold my other left back to Stu for 25 million in the summer and it was a straight shot which one I sold but I definitely picked the right one too keep especially after giving my old player Neil Stewart a torrid time in my last game against Stu. Paulo Jose is tremendous he's fast and tough in the tackle, he can pass the ball and gets his head on crosses a great all round centre back, I said it in my last post he is going to be very hard to keep a hold off in the summer window. Kevin Wimmer and Nathen Ake share the job of partnering Jose both are good but Ake edges it for me, he brings the ball out from the back well helping me counter teams quickly. My Right back is another who is going to be very hard too keep a hold off Clayton had a rocky first few games but he gets better every single game my coaches love him and he has green arrows all over the place. I have him on a nice long contract and il be looking to renew it sooner rather than later and get him on the kind of money he deserves. My goalkeeper has had a great season he is the under 21 keeper for the national team now and looks to be improving all the time. he is only 21 and I did look really hard at Mile Silvar from Benfica in the summer but I have put my faith on his young shoulders and he hasn't let me down. So its been a good season so far and I'm really happy with the team I have plenty of room in the wage budget to pull off a miracle in the free transfer market if I can achieve a high enough finish in the league but id settle for 5th place right now and European football too look forward to next year.
  2. SAMBA STARS LAND AT STOKE With finances looking okay at Stoke I have cast my net far and wide to bring in the type of player I think can improve the squad I have inherited at Stoke. I already have Luan here who is by far my best player so I have brought in a few of his fellow Brazilians to keep him company. With the transfer fees not being too painfull I have managed to bring in some real quality without breaking the bank and all the players have great potential to improve in value and ability. Clayton - A real top quality right back who was wanted by 4 other clubs I think he will improve leaps and bounds and my scouts love him. He has started pretty slowly and seems to be struggling a little but once he beds in I'm sure he will be just fine and make the starting right back position his own. Militao - I brought him in to initially train him up too play as a ball playing defender but now he is here I think he is going to be more suited to a deep laying playmaker. He has all the stats to play either position and will slot in as a DMC if my tactic needs to head that way. Paulo Jose - Another in demand defender with huge potential I'm happy I brought him in and he is my first choice CB now, he was a bargain at 8.5 million and I imagine il need to work hard to keep a hold of him in the coming years
  3. AND HELLO STOKE, ITS GOING TO BE FUN HERE So this was always going to be tight Stoke were in the relegation zone aswell and 4 points adrift of safety but they had some really good players and are a massive club with great resources and facilities. I went in and initially played with some wingers that didn't go well and the service to the lone striker was really poor I lost my first game which wasn't what I had planned. In desperation I resorted too a Tony Pulis inspired 442 with some really attacking wingers down the side and my new favourite player Luan up top. This was the business and results improved massively aswell as performances. The defeat to Hartlepool was tough to take but with the formation change came a real improvement and huge wins over Watford and Everton and Stus new club West ham put me in a good position to stay up. A win on the final day against already relegated Lincoln gave me a 6 point gap to the relagation places and a 15th place finish keeping the board and fans very very happy.
  4. AWFULL FIRST SEASON IN THE PREM The season started poorly and just got worse. I missed the first 2 weeks off the transfer window because of work and never really recovered, my tactics didn't sit well in a league were so many teams were so stronger than little old Lincoln and by the time I changed up I was already in a horrible dog fight with no morale. The second window the board backed me and to be fair to them they never put me under any pressure I brought in a couple of good players but it was a losing battle I was already 13 points from safety and the club was gonna get relegated. The board made it clear they were happy to keep me on as manager and I wasn't feeling any pressure but after losing to Watford 3 - 2 with a 95th minute goal I chucked a hissy fit and applied for the Stoke job. GOODBYE LINCOLN IT WAS EMOTIONAL.......
  5. ANOTHER TITLE FOR LINCOLN Finally the championship trophy is now in the cabinet, it look pretty good sitting beside the league 1 and 2 winners trophy's. The team performed well all season and if it wasn't for a stutter at the end of the season drawing a whole ton of games the team would have had the title tied up well before the end of the season. With the shock ( really there were no clues ) news that some tactics were causing the match engine problems came the inevitable arguments and "it wasn't me comments" we even had a drunken late night bitching session which was fun for all involved. 3 up front is now banned and so we move on. I won both my previous titles with 2 up top so it wasn't going to be a problem for my Lincoln side. The run in proved to be one of the most exciting we have had on clan for a while, three clan members fighting it out for the top 2 positions in the league and the play offs too. Preston were being a pain in everyone's side and were right in the mix too. Stu and his Hartlepool team were going great guns and Ali was trying to put his play off heartbreak from last season behind him. The success this year was definitely built on the team rather than individuals Jason clark had a good season up front on loan from Man U and Billy Kingsmill was a surprise in the CM slot playing his way into a starting position early on in the season. Izzy Brown added a touch off class this season and was my favourite addition to the squad in the summer coming in on a free from Chelsea and along with Keinan Davis they gave me pace and power up front and an opportunity to get in behind defences . Tom Field had a good season at LB and Colin Barlaser a loan signing from Spurs did the same at RB both making the Championship team of the year. A special mention too for Freddie Woodman who despite heavy interest from other clubs signed a new deal and went on too break the Lincoln clean sheets record for a season.
  6. MID TABLE AGAIN.... Another season of mid table mediocrity, the team played well in parts and shocking at times too. Late goals and poor decisions at the back cost the team any hope of the play offs, injuries played a part too and seems too be an on going theme for me this fm. I tried 4 different tactics this season and I am still struggling to find a perfect system. I want to try and incorporate the tight pressing game from last seasons fm with a 3 striker formation as it seems to be the in thing this year. I looked at 3 at the back but I cant make it work never have been able too so that's been ditched for the foreseeable future. Going ahead into the new season I'm going with a 4 3 3 it will either be a flat 3 in the middle or 2 with a DMC I have good squad depth for these positions and I don't need to rely on loan players anymore after 2 seasons of effective cut price shopping in the windows. The squad has taken significant steps forward in quality this summer The signing of Izzy brown was a surprise and eased the pain of losing my star striker too a shockingly low release fee. I fought of bids for my goalkeeper from wolves almost all summer there's no way I could let him go after taking so long to find a keeper off his quality that was within my budget. I used my link up with man U to good effect getting in Jason Clark a good young striker on loan and another couple of squad players to help cover for injuries. Ethan Ampadu and Ryan Bennet will hopefully form a good pairing at centre back after struggling at times last year I'm hoping the tactical shift will help cut out the mistakes at the back. The other lads had mixed seasons Johannes romped the league he has a new rich owner and a tactic that scores goals for fun he is also the first to make it to the Premier League so he has a great head start on the rest of us now. Ali aswell is using the 3 at the back 3 up top tactic and has had huge success with it little old Cambridge really should have went up after the season he had but his squad is stronger this year so he will definitely be in the mix again.Stu had a good season playing down his promotion hopes but realistically he had a great shot and didn't disappoint, he will need to spend well this window though to compete with the bigger clubs he will be facing now. Poor sean had a shocking window and struggled to get Stevenage going in the tougher championship, a late rally nearly pulled of a miracle but he has landed on his feet taking the Fulham job I fully expect him to win the league with ease. Mike is still stuck in League 1 but will probably make a good push for promotion this year and Scott it seems is afraid of heights so is doing his level best at keeping all of his clubs as low down in the table as he can.
  7. MANAGERS IN DEMAND In a day of manager madness Sean Black has been unveiled as the new Fulham manager. The manager was controversially sacked from Stevenage after putting together an unbelievable end of season run narrowly missing out on safety by a point. The story took a rather bizarre twist though when Hartlepool manager Stuart Abrey a life long Fulham fan turned up at the ground demanding an interview for the job, baffled stewards who didn't know who the manager was telephoned the police which infuriated the manager more resulting in shouts off " il have u I will " and " I hope ur next sh#t is a hedgehog" . The police arrested Abrey and after initially struggling to understand that u need to blow into a breathalizer and not suck on it he was found to have consumed high levels of alcohol and be under the influence of some rather serious painkillers. Abrey was released without charge and is now back in Hartlepool hoping to still have a job with the now championship club.
  8. So the team is shaping up nicely going into the new season, Last years mid table finish was excellent considering the standard of player at the club. I have tried my hardest to be loyal to the players who gained me promotion but there is no room for sentiment in football management and I have rung the changes. THE NEW LADS GOALKEEPER Freddie Woodman done really well for MK Dons down in league 1 he was on loan from Newcastle he was my first signing of the new season. my young keeper had worked wonders for the last 2 years but the championship was definitely a step too far for him. I have high hopes for this young lad he has a lot of potential to improve so I have brought in david stockdale as a back up and will be hoping that he tutors him over the next 6 months DEFENDERS Ethan Ampadu was a player I tried to loan last year he picked Barnsley instead though and had a pretty good season. There's lots more to come from him though, He can start attacks and is good on the ball but hes pretty solid as a centre back too. I'm over the moon I have got him in for a years loan and will be trying my hardest too secure him for next season. The first few games have shown how right I was about this young lad really tough in the tackle and good at breaking up the opponents attacks he is going to be very important for me this year. Ryan Bennett won this league with wolves so he definitely has what it takes. He is still a good young age at 24 and when I spotted he was a free agent I made him a top priority. He is the biggest earner at my club on 12k a week but its money well spent and alongside Ampadu I hope these 2 will form a formidable partnership. Tom Field is a player I thought I couldn't afford, luckily for me they transferlisted him and I begged and borrowed the board for enough to get the deal over the line. The player is everything I want in a good wing back and he can cross a ball really well too. My wingbacks are probably the most important players for my tactic so despite costing me a chunk of my budget if he plays as well as I think he can it will be money well spent. ATTACKERS Harvey Barnes is going to take a little work. Ive signed him up to play him as an AMC he is more of a winger but his stats look perfect to retrain him. He is on a good wage but is already worth 2.8 mill after I picked him up for free I think he's going to do fine and he is already chipping in with goals. To be honest with Foden in that position aswell when I push Foden back and play Barnes in there the team does start too look quite exciting going forward. Carlton Morris I had on loan last year but ive signed him up now with his contract running down at Norwich. He has a great scoring record in his 2 seasons on loan before I picked him up and I think he will make a great partner for Ched Evans who I'm hoping to get 1 more good year from. I have picked up an extra few loan strikers mainly due to some horrific luck with pre season injuries but Morris when fit will be one of the first names on the team sheet.
  9. Something to build on for Lincoln A good solid season from my team they had to work hard and grind out some important results but in the end a mid table finish is a good end to the season. I went into the season with a hope of making the play offs but looking back I think confidence was just high after back to back titles. The infrastructure and team are basically still league 2 quality so anything above the relegation places realistically is a cracking season. With no real stand out players in the team I tried to rely on hardwork and a solid tactic to see me through the season. Ched evans was my best player a lay out of 280k aswell was a lot for little old Lincoln but he repayed my faith with 20 league goals and finishing the clubs top goalscorer. There is some intrest in him from other clubs and at 31 I would normally sell but I think hes got a good season ahead of him and I'm going to keep him on. Phil Foden had a good season but theres plenty more to come from him hes signed on for another season and I'm expecting big things. he is going to see more of the ball this season as I drop him back a little instead of as the main playmaker. Other players like Richie Towell and Ben Turner did well for me and after a tough start Sean Kavanagh regained his position at LB. Darnell Furlong was a tough transfer to get done and it took nearly all the window to finalise but he really did tremendously well chipping in with 13 assists too meant he became an important part of how we got through teams defences. Theres a lot to do going into the new season but I have an extra 50k wages to work with I already have some intresting players lined up and think the team will be a lot healthier going into this new season. A new goalkeeper and striker is a must along with a strong fast CD and a tough tackling midfielder. I'm going to give a shout out to all the lads in League 1 this year I breezed through that league with just me and Sean in it but this year was a dogfight Johannes Sean and Ali were slitting each others throats right till the final day and it made for compulsive viewing. Its only fitting that all 3 went up and I'm looking forward to playing some human managers this year again..... Well done lads great effort.
  10. TWO IN A ROW FOR LINCOLN Winning is becoming a habit for this Lincoln team they really do look like world-beaters at the moment. The whole team from front to back looks so strong the pace I have in the forward positions causes huge problems for defences and the team really picks itself every week. If I'm honest the real class in the team is the loan players I have but finances have dictated my policy in the transfer market and at this level there really aren't a huge range of players to pick from. Daniel Iverson - The signing from Leicester had a great season one of the few players to cost any money at the club took over from OHara and brought a little more quality to the position January interest from Blackburn wasn't a surprise but I have tied the keeper down to a 2 year deal and he seems happy enough as my first choice Alex Lacey - The other player that I actually spent money on in the squad I signed Lacey from Gillingham for 235k I real bargain to be honest hes my first choice centre back and rarely makes any mistakes Kyle Jacobs - I really brought this lad in as cover for the CM position I stole him for peanuts from Queen of the South my local team up here in Dumfries, but he has slotted in as a RB very nicely 17 assists for the season and he never misses a game. I'm not too sure if he will continue that form into the championship though so a new RB is on the to do list Micheal Bostwick - The teams most important player can play anywhere in the midfield or as I have been using him as a CB. Solid reliable and now the teams captain he is signed to a new deal and will have no problem stepping up a level next season. Scott McTominay - A loanee from Man U this midfielder is an important player in my middle 3 he is very creative and his range of passing opens up the field for me. in all honesty this player is probably too good for this league but he has signed on to play next season also and I think he will remain a mainstay in the middle off the park for me. George Thomas - This player I chased all last year and couldn't get him in on loan from Leicester. he finally signed this season and has formed a lethal partnership with Nketiah he can play as an advanced forward or a deep laying one and can even fill in as a playmaker behind the front 2. Thomas is a great finisher and his pace enables him to get in behind defences with ease. Eddie Nkitiah - The superstar in the team, he scored 49 goals in 53 appearances and assisted another 20 or so. He never gets injured and works harder than any other player. His 2 years at Lincoln have been a huge success but he wont sign on for next year seems he thinks hes on to better things, to say I am disappointed would be a huge understatement. The team has to take all the plaudits but il give my assistant a shout out as he filled in for the last 10 games or so while I was away on a staff night out . He only lost 1 game and stuck too the plan keeping Lincoln at the top of the table and scoring plenty of goals. the stats are looking good with a win percentage of 65% for the 2 seasons ive been in charge a huge goal difference is also a major plus point and something I'm very proud off.
  11. LINCOLN DOMINATE A really impressive season has ended with a league title and a 15 point gap too second place. The team looked awesome from beginning to end. Some inspired loan signings and an effective attacking tactic has allowed the team to ease to the winners medals and even provide the fans with an exciting cup run. Stand out players for the season were probably Micheal Bostwick Josh DaSilva and Eddie Nkitiah, Kieran Ohara deserves a special mention too as he proved to be a solid goalkeeper and his performances left him rewarded with a contract for the new season. The loanees from arsenal signed fresh loan contracts I'm happy they can perform at a higher level and ive also signed up Bostwick to a new deal along with Woodyard who was attracting strong interest from Blackburn.
  12. LINCOLN CITY FC After the scandal of Scotland here we are, A new tactic, a new team and a fresh start. Lincoln have a good history and the team has a solid starting 11. Ive added a few loan signings, well more than a few if I'm honest but hopefully I can send some of them packing in the next window. I was initially going to try a 4 4 2 this year but after losing to Mikes diddy team in the first game I punted that idea and resorted to the 4 3 3 that served me so well last year. The season has went well so far with a good cup run and sitting 3rd in the league. Wins over Burton Leeds and Bristol Rovers in the caribou cup has left the team with a home tie against Southampton. The cup run has helped encourage the team onto league success with good wins over Sean's Stevenage side and Stu's Notts county team. Star players so far are Eddie Nketiaha loanee from Arsenal and DaSilva also from Arsenal, Bostwick also has started well playing at the back or in midfield.
  13. BERWICK NEARLY PROMOTED Well its been a tremendous season from my team, despite the odds being against them and an expected relegation fight the team dug in and not only produced a magnificent cup run but also a third place finish and a play off place in the post season. Unfortunately moneybags Stu broke my star strikers knee 2 weeks out from the playoffs and the team really struggled against Stirling failing to make it through the play offs. Notable mentions goes too star defender Ollie Fleming and striker Aaron Murrel they had outstanding seaons as did new signings Robbie Bruce and Connor Mcglinchey they have all signed on for next year. THE REST OF THEM Almost everyone seemed to struggle with the reality off the Scottish league its a tough nut too crack with no money poor players hardly any staff and no room to manoeuvre with your scouts. Everyone except Mike who obviously was a cub scout when he was younger cause he came prepared this year. The lad could survive 7 nights in the Sahara never mind 2 years at Edinburgh, hes got lists a plenty bringing in players that no mere mortal could scout. Obviously hes scouted every corner of the globe by hand and obviously theres nothing wrong with that I'm thinking as my new role as the manager of the "Wee Huns" I'm just getting bitter and twisted in my old age, next il be asking for his tax returns and filing for administration. Speaking of tax returns........... Stu doesn't seem to be having any problems hes got cash hidden in the sofa in the attic he could have a daytime tv show on channel 4 and we wouldn't even know about it. Lads spent a fortune on some right dodgy sorts and its not really improved his team too much with a mid table finish never troubling the play off spaces. Stu will defo be hoping for more this season after spending another tidy sum on players but his bank balance doesn't seem to have taken a hit yet so mayby he will make like Man City and just buy the league. My old pal sean has had a tough season its really not like him to be struggling down the league even less like him to be sacked but in honestly he went in blind and totally unprepared ( unlike mike) I don't think they have boy scouts where sean is from or they do but they just call them gangs. It was always gonna be an uphill struggle his star striker had crabs his defense was non exsistant and he had no money and his scouts were crap....... what the lad needed was a list I tried to tell him but u know how stubborn these Glaswegians can be. Out of the rest of the lads Pedro gave up half way through all that dodgy preparation still meant he was facing the sack and instead of facing the music like a man he decided to go dancing like a girl. Jonas worked hard all seaon but eventually faced relegation and Dan got sacked half way through the season.
  14. BERWICK RANGERS JUMPERS FOR GOALPOSTS A SCOTTISH ADVENTURE This year our mighty clan will be visiting Scotland. after years mincing about in England and mainland Europe we feel we are ready for a true test a real league without the advantages of foreign money or huge television deals ,were gonna get down and dirty in the mud.....literally. The draw took place while I was at work this year so after my first second and third picks all got snaffled up I decided to let my head chef pick my team for me. obviously me being a proud Scotsman and a huge celtic fan she decided to pick me a team that's actually from England and has the nickname " The Wee Gers". talk about a massive stitch up, The team is crap the stadium is crap and were skint. I have a hun for a goalkeeper and my best player isn't old enough to drink buckfast.
  15. Barca have done it again, another league title in the bag this one going down to head to head record. Sabadell pushed the title winners all the way and even though the team had the title wrapped up with two games to spare Seans team clawed and fought right to the end. Barca added a Spanish cup too this years trophy haul and narrowly lost on penalties to Recreativo in the champs league final. It was a hugely succesfull season with Barca stayin undefeated well into February in the league. The stand out player this year was Victor Prado who really is startin too show his true class scoring important goals in big games and controlling the midfield.
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