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    Originally from Mansfield, now reside in Rotherham.

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    Rotherham

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    Mansfield Town

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    FC Barcelona and Spain

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  1. andychar

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    Let’s put it this way has I been Manager if Fuli (HK) I wouldn’t have even finished my cup of team before running for the door!
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    Executive Decision I didn't want to be out of action to long and went for every job free. I have an interview in the A League which surprised me. I didn't get it. There were a few jobs that looked good. I went for a South African job, had an interview but didn't get it. In the end 3 teams wanted my services in 3 different countries. Home United from Indonesia Slenagor from Singapore Eastern from Hong Kong In the end I didn't travel very far. As you can see they finished 2nd last season. I'm obviously not going to win the Champions League with Eastern but the plan here is to get a few titles under my belt, get my reputation up so I can at least stand a chance of maybe moving to Korea, Australia or go crawling back to a bigger team in China. The good thing because its the off season it gives me a chance to craft my own team. This was important! I don't mind the whole maximum foreign player rule. It was the fact I couldn't sign any Chinese players over a certain age. Now I know the rules I can plan better. So I had a good Keeper and 2 great strikers. Something tells me Bruno and Manolo aren't Hong Kong names. I have 4 Brazilians, 1 Spanish and a Japanese in the current squad. This meant I was really held to just Hong Kong players. That's fine by me...its time to raid...
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    Big Trouble in Little China Was hoping it was going to be longer before I had to use this title. This month saw a change of tactic. I went with the same flat 4-3-3 that won the trophy for Australia in the hopes it would rejuvenate my time here. It really did nothing. Cant say I'm not playing entertaining football. It wasn't the end of the month but... I was not enjoying this at all. Way way way too many restrictions. You cant have this many foreign players. You cant have this many over 23 players. You cant have this many over 17 players. How about balls to you. I can take losing but I was feeling the life and joy being sapped from this save at an alarming rate. Cut my losses and start again. Preferably somewhere I can actually sign players without jumping through several thousand hoops. Highlights of the Month Standard. I am awesome. Can't grumble with the club on this front. The Asian U23 cup win really gave my reputation a real shot in the arm. The time at Rongda probably erased that.
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    Anger Management I didn't take control of any friendly. Two games against Super League teams both high scoring one win and one loss. The rest were teams below us but an encouraging preseason. Shows how good Owoeri is when he's one of the favourites for the Golden Boot. Apparently 200-1 was too generous. It could be a long and ultimately disappointing season. So the Chinese League think its a great idea to have U19 internationals on opening day of the season so I will be without my first choice GK and a good young CB. Seriously getting sick of this screwy country. At this rate I might not even make a few months. Just the casual 5 debuts for opening game. It would have been 7 if I had my U19's. We were dominated in the opening game and only game in March. We only lost 1-0 but I think its time for a completely different tactic.
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    A Few Good Men Young? Chinese? Do I have the job for you! I think at this point I was panic buying any Chinese player who was interested. There are so many different rules its really putting me off staying in China long term. I'm going to see how this season goes and asses my options. According to the media it could be a long season. The board want me to avoid a relegation battle. It seems the bottom 4 are cut away from the rest of the league. I had 6 days between the AFC U23 final and the first friendly. I wanted to improve my WRB and WLB but truth be told at this point I didn't know who I could or couldn't sign...and at this point I was too afraid to ask. I made a decision if I wasn't sure what to do in the transfer market I was going to have to take matter into my own hands. Just in case I was here long term. So the cull didn't go as well as I wanted and truth be told I've probably got more crap than when I started. Heading into the friendlies this is the team I was left with. Lots of average players and a few good players. I would need to get the best out of everybody in order to have what could be classed as a good season. I'm not feeling China at all. Too many restrictions. I'll see what happens but personally I don't see my long term future at this club.
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    Fantastic Four (Good one) After the loss against Saudi Arabia I changed tactics. Got rid of wingbacks and went for a rigid 4-3-3. Its working so far but lets be honest, I've not had any stiff competition. We went into the Semi Final against UAE full of confidence. That changed after 5 minutes when we found ourselves 1-0 down after being unable to deal with a cross. A defensive mistake gifted us an equaliser just before the half hour mark. The turnaround was completed 3 minutes later, although I wasn't feeling confident. It was 3-1 on the 41st minute and I was starting to relax...which of course meant 2 minutes later it was 3-2. The first goal of the second half was crucial, I thought whoever got it would end up winning. Another defensive error gifted it us on the hour mark. 4-2. The game was won with 15 minutes to go as we made it 5-2. We had time for another to make it 6-2, probably a bit unfair on UAE but I wasn't complaining! We were in the final. Well hello again. The route to finals. Only the loss to Saudi Arabia in the opening game. No clean sheets. 100% for them and they deserved the win against us. We were going to set up completely different than we did in the opening game so this will be interesting. Another game and another early goal. It took 3 minutes to break the dead lock as we stormed into a 1-0 lead. Saudi Arabia equalised with a brilliant free kick mid way through the second half. 1-1 at the break and a very even game. I pulled out the "get revenge" half time team talk...and within 9 minutes we were 2-1 up! There was a 4th goal in stoppage time...and a 5th goal.... We dominated the second half and fully deserved the win. Great start to my International Career. Now attention had to turn back to Domestic issues.
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    The Asian Connection* A lot earlier than expected it was time for my first international Tournament. With this group I should be getting through to the knockout stages at least. First up was Saudi Arabia. Get something out of this then knockout stages should be in the bag. We started strongly going 1-0 down after 6 minutes. It stayed that way to the half. Even game so far. I rolled the dice on the hour mark and the score 1-0 by making all 3 subs. We were reduced to 10 men on the 81st minute. Despite being the marginal better team we started with a 1-0 loss and a very disappointing result. Brunei were next. Probably the easiest team in the group. We needed a win. Preferably a big win. We had to wait until the 25th minute to break the deadlock with a 25 yard screamer. I was hoping the floodgates would open and 10 minutes later it was 2-0. We got a 3rd on the stroke of half time. I wanted a thrashing. We didn't bother in the second half and it was 3-1 with 10 minutes to go and that's how it would finish. A win is a win and although we didn't spank them we set ourselves up for qualification. Straight shootout between us and Syria for a place in the knockout stage. Thanks to our GD a point was enough to limp through. It took 4 minutes for us to break the deadlock. Perfect start. We doubled the lead on the 15 minute and it looked like passage through was secure. 2-0 was the score at the break. I've often found 2-0 is a dangerous lead at HT. Luckily any worries were stopped before the hour mark when we made it 3-0. Once again another late sloppy goal was conceded. This time we had the last laugh to make it 4-1 in stoppage time. We drew Indonesia in the Quarter Final. I had a choice between Australia and Indonesia so this is an interesting game for me. Once again we took an early lead. 2 and a half minutes this time. It was 2-0 within 6 minutes and I was starting to believe I made the right decision. It was game over on the 35th minute as we made it 3-0. It was 4 two minutes later. Indonesia made it 4-1 before the half although we still looked comfortable. We made it 5-1 in first half stoppage time and it was all about resting players in the second. Indonesia did make it 5-2 in the second half with the goal of the game but it was 6-2 give minutes later and that's how it finished. UAE awaited in the Semi final with Saudi Arabia v South Korea making up the other Semi Final. *Yeah I can't believe its a movie either.
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    Thanks @kidthekid it’s so so much fun
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    The New Kids Truth be told I was starting to regret heading to China. There were plenty of players who wanted to come to us who would fit straight into the first time. Problem was they were all foreign or worse....old! We are currently spending 24k at the moment so it gives us scope to bring in quite a few players. And here is the first wave. All the players I bought before the transfer window opened. Young and Chinese. Not going to be lifting any trees...which is a shame because they are growing all over the pitch. Another young Chinese player. Happy with this one. We lack fire power so hoping he can fill a hole. So I like my Chinese Poachers big whop wanna fight about it? Number 3 of 3 foreign allowed. Worse than what my scouts told me. Probably won't feature much if at all. Number 4 of 3 foreign players allowed. Excited about this one. No firepower means we need to be good at the back and this one could really help that. Got this guy because he was the only Chinese RWB I could get...his stats were hidden from me...now I know why. Another centre back but this time hes Chinese, just in case I can't play one of the foreign players. Easily my best signing so far. Chinese and fills the 1 player under 18 slot perfectly. Last up another dirty foreigner. I have some decisions to make! Highlights of The Month This came out of the blue. Great chance for me to get my face out there...or crash and burn...I was going to be competing in the Asian Games (my missing will be to screw Tottenham's Son out of getting out of Military Service. Proper living the dream.) A woo hoo which obviously meant... Yeeeeeaaaaaah
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    This Is The End (of the season) The first mistake of the off season happened a full 48 hours after the last game (like I said I wasn't wasting any time). So the Chinese rules are brutal. No more than 3 foreign players. Have to field one player under 23 at all time and a limit of 5 domestic players over 21 players. I honestly have no idea how I'm going to build a team good enough. Here are the awards for the season. Yeah...it means nothing to me either. Good to see I was in charge of the best and worst matches of the season. I'm calling it a good season for the club. I was put in a good position and managed to consolidate the clubs position. Fingers crossed we can improve on it next year. The board are happy with me so far however... This could be a problem....I mean I say problem I plan on completely destroying the club and building it from the ground up...see what the dressing room atmosphere is like then. Transfer window opens 1st January the season starts normally beginning of March. Give me plenty of time to mould the team I want. I'm very much open to being a mercenary. If I can't do what I want with this team I will very happily move on. Next update will be transfers and hopefully some highlights!
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    The Hunt For Red October (Not going to lie. I'm proud of this post title.) Only 2 games in October to finish off the month. Both again teams blow us so a really good chance to finish the season strong and give us a platform to build on for next year...you can guess what happened can't you. In all fairness to my team both games were away from home and nobody clearly gave a f***. Final table. Not going to turn any heads but I'm happy. It was always going to be a nothing spell in charge. I had no say on players or anything. I will be judge on next season. I have already made a splash in the transfers window...I already have way too many foreigners. I have a problem. Will update awards and whatnot but really I just cant wait for 1st January for the transfer window to open. No highlights this month. It was a very dull month.
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    Money Talks For anybody in any doubt on how pointless these final two games are...here is the difference in prize money for finishing 9th, 10th or 11th. The incentive is there! I have signed 5 players to come in January but will update on them when they come. Some I'm expecting big things and some are purely filler. I didn't however consult the rules for foreign players first. Maximum of 3 foreign players...so that's fine as long as I stick to Chinese players...easy right. Luckily only one out of 5 of my new signings are foreign. Just a quick look at my existing team. These are my only current foreign players and they are pretty much 2 of my best players. Unless they go (which I really hope they don't) its Chinese talent from here. I'm going to have to find a small Chinese village to raid. Old habits die hard.
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    Split Could we build on a good month to finish the season strong or would we limp towards the line? A couple of injuries really showcased the lack of strength in depth. But it was a month that could have been better could have been worse. Considering everything I'm classing it as a good month. Believe it or not with a 5-2 loss it was probably the best we have played minus the 3-0 win. They were clinical, not much else can be said about it. We were against the worse team in the league and we were lucky to grab a win. We were awful and if we played anybody else we would have been spanked. We were 2-0 up at half time. Good to see my team talks are making a lasting impression! It was the game that won the league for Renhe...good for them. A good performance although we were second best. We took the lead twice and held on in the end. 9th is now an impossibility but 10th is still a good finish. Lowest I can finish is 12th but we don't want that. Highlights of the Month! Sometimes this stuff writes itself. I'm starting to think maybe, just maybe Rongda aren't used to playing so many games in a season. 2 more games before the end of the season. I smell a cull coming!
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    August Rush* Before I update you of my first full month in charge I thought you would like to know the place I have moved too. The first image that comes up on google when search for Baoding which is where Rongda is based. Its truly a magical place. Anyway back to the football. I was stuck with what I had which was ok except the squad didn't match the formation or tactics I wanted to play. I had a decision to make. Be stubborn and make players play how I want or adapt my tactics to best fit the players I got. If marriage has taught me anything its never to compromise. These players were going to play how I wanted! The results would show me I made the right choice. Dance puppets dance! We followed up the first win with an amazing away win against the team in 2nd. We were dominated and actually FMed FM. We had one shot on target and guess what...we scored it. We followed it up with another lucky point. We were dominated from start to finish and although we had more attempts than the last game (not hard) we were still lucky to pick up a point. We flexed a bit of muscle against a team who were below us in the league (first time we played somebody below us). No dramas and a good win. Just to prove that the last result was a flash in the pan we played poorly and were probably lucky it was only 1-0 to round off the month. Technically not safe but not sweating it. I feel I have a chance of finishing as high as 9th if I can repeat the month. If so it would be a good finish for the club and give me a good platform for next season. Highlights of the Month! The bar has truly been set high! We had one International Call up this month. Somehow I think he either took a wrong turn home one day or got lost on a stag do and just decided to integrate into society. *2007 film starring Freddie Highmore and Keri Russell
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    Just My Luck* So after winning my opening game I was in a great mood. Nothing could bring me down! Oh...well...I'm sorry about that. I really had my heart set on the Brunei job :'( So anyway after beating 3rd at home I was hoping for a nice easy next game... Right...ok...so good news please... It is currently August...its going to be a long season! *Its a film Staring Lindsey Lohan...don't worry I am completely 100% ashamed.
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