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  1. That's what I'm trying to figure out too. I think they applied to be in level 10, combined counties league next season, but it got rejected. I think they are in one of the leagues in level 11.
  2. Hello, Thank you for your work. Do you know if Dial Square FC has been included in this database: https://twitter.com/DialSquareFC1
  3. Summer 2024 During the months of June and July, we sold 3, let 1 go off on loan, and signed 2 players permanently. Transfers Out My first decision of the Summer is to send my 3rd choice Target Man, out on loan to Cheltenham Town, who have been recently promoted to League Two. Parkin, 21, hasn’t seen many minutes since Massanka arrived last January. Adam Lewis has been sold to Championship side, Fulham, for 525K this summer. The versatile attacking full-back joins the Cottagers, after spending a season and a half in Devon, where he scored 9 goals in 75 appearances for the Argyle. Dougie Nyaupembe, our Zimbabwean attacking full-back, will play in League Two next season, after he joined AFC Wimbledon for 40k. Nyaupembe, 24, joined the Argyle in January 2022. And help us achieve promotion that season from League Two. His departure leaves us a bit bare in the right-wing back position, so I may need to convert Adam Pearce-Vince into that role. Mason Bloomfield has joined Danish club, FC Copenhagen, for 245K this summer. The 27 year-old has spent 4 seasons in Devon, where he scored over 50 goals for the Argyle. In Dominic Telford has joined on a free transfer from Bury, as a replacement for the departing Mason Bloomfield. The 27 year-old has spent the last 6 seasons at Bury, where he has scored 62 goals. Telford’s main strengths are his pace, movement and work rate, making him an ideal replacement for Bloomfield. Hopefully he can strike up a partnership with Proctor over the course of the coming season. Mal Benning, the 30 year-old attacking full-back, has also joined us on a free. He has spent the last 9 seasons at Mansfield Town and he is a replacement for the departed left wing-back, Adam Lewis. Birmingham City have agreed to allow Otis Khan, the 28 year-old winger, to join us on loan for the upcoming season. I’m hopeful his pace, flair, and ability to score goals from distance, will be a vital asset during the upcoming season. Middlesbrough have agreed to extend our loan deals for both Matthew Gibbins and Chris Todd, for the upcoming season. Gibbins, the 20 year-old right full-back, made 18 starts for us last season, while Chris Todd, the 21 year-old forward, scored 2 goals in 10 appearances, since joining us on loan last January. England Job On the 21st of July, this bolt out of the blue appeared in my inbox... The FA offered me a 62K a week contract to manage England. This came as a total surprise. And although I was worried I might need to leave my project in Devon, I accepted knowing it was too good to turn down. From now on, I’ll be double-jobbing as both England and Plymouth Argyle boss. It is the first time England have hired a Manager working in their 3rd tier, since they appointed Kevin Keegan in 1999, so maybe it is not such a good omen. We’ll see how England get on with my hoofball approach. This is the squad Sean Dyche used at Euro 2024, when they went out in the quarter finals to Portugal. My reign as England Manager kicks off on the 7th of September, when we face Belgium away in the UEFA Nations League. My 1st match in Wembley as England Manager is a friendly against Croatia on the 10th of September. The serious stuff won’t start until the draw takes place for World Cup qualification in December. 2024/25 Season Preview In the draw for the 1st Round of the League Cup, we’ve drawn Gillingham away in the Priestfield Stadium. That match will take place on Tuesday the 13th of August. The board expects me to repeat last years form, by finishing in the top half of League One, whilst also reaching the 3rd Round of the FA Cup and the 2nd Round of the League Cup. The bookies have made Jamie Proctor 7-2 favourite to repeat last years heroics and become the topscorer in League One. They don’t have much faith in the rest of the team however, having priced us at 35-1 to win promotion and 18-1 to get relegated. We won 4 out of the 5 friendly matches in pre-season, including a 1-0 win over last seasons Europa League Champions, Arsenal. Our only defeat was an unlucky 1-0 defeat to West Ham in Home Park. We kick-off the season proper in Home Park, on Saturday the 3rd of August, when Charlton Athletic visit. On Wednesday the 7th of August, we travel to Bristol Rovers, before facing Notts County at Home on the 10th of August. The Tuesday night after that, we’ll play Gillingham in the 1st Round of the League Cup, before facing Crewe away on Saturday the 17th. On Tuesday the 20th of August, we’ll be on the road again, to face Bolton Wanderers. Later that week, we face Wycombe Wanderers in Home Park, before ending the month of August a week later, with another home match against Carlisle United. A total of 8 matches makes it a busy month ahead. And with 8 days left in the transfer window, there could be a few more incomings and outgoings ahead.
  4. The 2023/24 Season Review English Football The Premier League Liverpool won their 2nd consecutive Premier League title this season, finishing 7 points clear of Manchester City in 2nd place. It’s the 2nd League title won by Pep Guardiola, since he was appointed Liverpool Manager in 2022. Their rivals, Manchester United, finished the season in 3rd place, while Chelsea piped Tottenham Hotspurs to 4th place, by a single point. Spurs will be joined in the Europa League next season, by Arsenal and Wolves, who finished 6th and 7th. At the other end of the table, Watford, West Brom, and Huddersfield Town were relegated into next seasons Championship. The Championship Stoke City were promoted back to the Premier League, after finishing the season as Champions of England’s 2nd tier. They’ll be joined by Swansea City, who finished 2nd, and Crystal Palace, who finished 3rd and won promotion through the playoffs. Last seasons League One Champions, Fleetwood Town, were relegated back to the 3rd tier, after finishing bottom of the Championship. They’ll be joined in next seasons League One, by both Portsmouth and Bolton Wanderers. League One Playoffs Shrewsbury Town won promotion to the Championship, after they emerged through the League One playoffs at the end of this season, beating Notts County in the Final in Wembley. It’s the 2nd consecutive promotion for Shrewsbury, after they won League Two last season. League Two Oldham were crowned League Two Champions for the 2023/24 Season. Joining them in next seasons League One, are Yeovil Town, Carlisle United, and my old club, Newport County, who went up via the Playoffs. Torquay United will return to non-league football next season, after spending one season struggling at the bottom of League Two. They’ll be joined in next season’s National League by Swindon Town. National League After last years relegation from League football, Scunthorpe United bounced straight back, by finishing the season as National League Champions. Cheltenham Town will join them in League Two next season, after they won promotion via the playoffs this season. Blackpool have slid into the National League North, after finishing this season bottom of the National League. Halifax Town, Woking, and Southport will join them next season in the 6th tier of English football. National League North and South Boston United and Hereford won promotion from the National League North, while Bath City and Wealdstone won promotion from the National League South. Spennymoor, Stourbridge, and Mickleover were relegated from the National League North, while Hungerford Town, Cambridge City, and Hendon were relegated from the National League South. 2024 FA Cup Liverpool and Pep Guardiola were celebrating a double-double this season, after they beat Wolves in Wembley to claim the 2024 FA Cup. It is the 2nd year in a row, Liverpool have achieved this double. European Football The Champions League Manchester United won the 2024 Champions League, after beating Real Madrid on penalties. It is the 4th time Manchester United have been crowned Champions of Europe. Europa League Arsenal won the 2024 Europa League, beating Valencia on penalties in the final. Euro 2024 The European Championships were held in Germany this season... The reigning Champions, Wales, were knocked out by Spain in the Second Round, while Sean Dyche’s England exited at the Quarter Final stage of Euro 24, losing to Portugal in extra-time. The tournament hosts, Germany, progressed to the Final, where they met fierce rivals Holland. The host Nation beat the Dutch 2-0 in the Final. After England's exit to Portugal in the Quarter Final, the FA decided it was time for change. Sean Dyche leaves his job as England Manager, only 2 years after guiding them to a World Cup Final.
  5. May 2024 The Last Day of the 2023/24 Season In our must-win final match of the season against recently crowned League One Champions, Luton Town, Cameron Sangster struck a late winner, to give us the 1-0 win in Home Park. Unfortunately we knew his goal was futile, because Leyton Orient were winning 4-0 at home against Burton Albion. We end the season in 7th place in the League One Table, with 72 points from the 46 matches, 2 points behind 6th placed Leyton Orient. It makes me think back to drawn matches in the season, that should’ve been wins. Especially the time we went 2 up away to Wycombe Wanderers, and let it slip. 5th of May 2024 The day after the season ended, I signed a 1 year extension on my contract, that’ll keep me with Plymouth Argyle until June 2026. This could be the last contact I sign with the club, if I fail to achieve back-to-back promotions in the next two seasons. Part of signing the new contract was to agree to sign a higher profile player. Hopefully this will propel us forward to the Premier League within the next 2 years. Plymouth Argyle End of Season Awards At the Plymouth Argyle End of Season Awards, Jamie Proctor, our big number 9, won the fans player of the season award for the third consecutive season. It’s unsurprising really, considering he scored 27 goals this season. Jordan Adebayo-Smith won goal of the season, for his free-kick goal against Northampton Town last December. Adam Pearce-Vince won Signing of the Season, providing 7 assists and 1 goal in the 22 starts he made this season. And Cameron Sangster won our Young Player of the Season award, after he scored 6 goals and provided 4 assists in 41 appearances, where he started 30 times. Plymouth Argyle 2023/24 Season Review Proctors Season Jamie Proctor’s 25 goals in League One this season, earned him the League One topscorer award. His fantastic season also earned him a place upfront on the League One players Team of the Season.
  6. April 2024 1st of April 2024 Another January signing, Ntumba Massanka, scored his 1st goal for the Argyle, when he came off the bench to nod home a late winner in injury time. It’s a massive goal for us, that moves us to within 2 points of 6th placed Notts County, who have a game in hand to play. 6th of April 2024 Chuks Aneke scored the games only goal, to give MK Dons a 1-0 win in Home Park. The 30 year-old struck the winner in the 69th minute in a tight match that could have gone either way. This defeat at home, leaves us 4 points adrift of the playoff places, with only 4 matches left in the season. 9th of April 2024 Wycombe Wanderers lost 3-1 to Wrexham in the first of their 2 games in hand. It’s a good result for us because it keeps the gap between ourselves and the playoff places to 4 points. 13th of April 2024 We moved back to within 2 points of the playoffs, by beating Bristol Rovers, 3-1 away from home. Tristan Nydam scored, his 1st for Argyle, in the 40th minute, to put us 1 up at the break. Immediately after halftime, Adam Lewis added our 2nd goal. And then Jamie Proctor added our third goal, just before the hour mark. David Noble scored a consolation goal for Bristol Rovers in injury time, as we went onto claim the 3 points, that puts us back in contention for a place in the League One playoffs, with 3 games left. 20th of April 2024 We went into this match with a lot of optimism, that we could jump into the playoff places with a win. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out as planned and we got hammered 4-0. Alfie Boddy, the 21 year-old forward on loan from Ipswich Town, opened the scoring in the 10th minute. Scott Wharton, their 26 year-old Centre-half, doubled Northampton Town’s lead, 5 minutes before the halftime break. Late in the second half, Boddy got his 2nd goal to put the home side out of reach. And three minutes later, their 19 year-old forward, Ed Nisbet, on loan from Watford, made it 4-0 to Northampton. This result puts Northampton Town 6th in the table, with 2 matches left to play in their season. We are in 10th place, 5 points behind Northampton, which means we must win our remaining 2 matches and hope for a series of results elsewhere to go in our favour, if we are to reach the playoffs. 23rd of April 2024 Wycombe Wanderers lost their 2nd game in hand, when they got beaten 2-0 by Preston North End. They are 9th in the table, level with us on 66 points. 27th of April 2024 In a must win match against Salford City in Home Park, we raced into a 3-1 lead, had a man sent off and eventually won 4-3, after Salford drew level. Chris Todd, on loan from Middlesbrough, opened the scoring in the 5th minute, with his 2nd goal for the Argyle. Only 4 minutes later, Salford equalised through their left full-back, Hayden Coulson. A brace by Jamie Proctor put us 3-1 up by the 27th minute, before our left full-back, Cameron Pring, received a straight red on the half hour mark. We didn’t react well to the sending off and Salford City made it 3-3 at the halftime break, through goals by their Centre-half, Japhet Tanganga, and midfielder, Bright Enobakhare. In the 2nd half, Jamie Proctor scored his hat-trick goal in the 65th minute, to put us 4-3 up. Thankfully our ten men were able to see out the win from then. This win has given us a chance of sneaking into the playoffs, after we learnt that already relegated, Burton Albion, had surprisingly beaten Northampton Town 1-0. Elsewhere, our next opponents, Luton Town were crowned League One Champions for this season. Review We’re still there fighting. And we still have hope. Three wins out of the 5 matches this month, have given us a chance of qualifying for the playoffs, although we need results elsewhere to go in our favour. Looking at the permutations needed ahead of the final day of this season, we see that 5 clubs still have a chance of qualifying for the playoffs. Due to their superior goal difference, we need Wycombe Wanderers to lose their final match away to Wigan Athletic. We also need Northampton not to win their away match against Notts County and the match between Leyton Orient and Burton Albion to end in a draw or defeat for Leyton Orient. We need all of this, coupled with a win at Home Park, against recently crowned League One Champions Luton Town. Maybe it’s too much to ask for, but we’ll see what happens.
  7. Does anyone know can you stay on as club manager, after accepting an international management job? In FM 19? Or if I accept the international job, does it automatically resign me from the club I'm managing?
  8. March 2024 2nd of March 2024 Mason Bloomfield and his partner up front, Jamie Proctor, both scored a goal each, to defeat Wrexham 2-0 at the Racecourse Ground. The 3 points puts us 10th in the table, 7 points behind Northampton Town in 6th. 9th of March 2024 We couldn’t find the goal to give us all 3 points, when Preston visited Home Park. The disappointing draw at home, keeps us 10th in the table, 8 points adrift of the playoffs with now 10 matches left. 12th of March 2024 We travelled to 5th in the table Wycombe on a Tuesday night, were 2 up at halftime, but let the lead slip in the 2nd half and ended drawing 2-2. Jamie Proctor put 1 up in the 4th minute. And when Tyreeq Bakinson scored in the 32rd minute, it left us 2-0 up and cruising at the break. Wycombe were awarded a penalty and a way back into the match, with half an hour to go. Their 24 year-old midfielder, Jake Taylor,stepped up and converted the penalty to make it 2-1. Just when it looked like we had done enough to earn the win away from home, Dan Happe equalised with a strike from distance in the 87th minute. This must go down as 2 points dropped and we remain 10th in the table, 8 points adrift of the playoff places, with only 9 matches left in our season. 13th of March 2024 Huddersfield Town are the latest Premier League club to offer me a chance to interview. They sacked David Wagner two weeks ago, after he spent 8 years as the Manager of the club. 16th of March 2024 A brace of goals by our midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson, helped us to overcome bottom of the table Mansfield Town and continue our unbeaten run to 5 matches. Mason Bloomfield got our 1st goal in the 10th minute, before Bakinson doubled our lead, with a direct free-kick just before the halftime break. In the 65th minute, Bakinson scored his 2nd goal, to put us 3-0 up. Mansfield refused to give up however. They scored two goals in the final fifteen minutes. Eighteen year-old midfielder, Andy Scott, scored in the 76th minute, to pull one back for the home side. And when Ben Johnson scored their 2nd goal in the 87th minute, it set up a nervy end to the match for us. Thankfully we held onto all 3 points in the end. 20th of March 2024 A week after my interview with Huddersfield Town, the Yorkshire club have informed me of their decision to appoint Ernesto Valverde instead. The 60 year-old former Barcelona manager, has been tasked with the job of trying to save Huddersfield from relegation from the Premier League. 23rd of March 2024 Two 1st half goals by Bradford City Inside forward, Nathan Broadhead, in the space of 5 minutes, ended our 5 match unbeaten run. We’re still 10th in the table, 7 points adrift of Charlton in 6th, with only 7 matches remaining in our season. 30th of March 2024 In my 300th competitive match in Football management, Chris Todd struck his 1st goal for Argyle, in Sincil Bank against Lincoln City. We are now 4 points behind 6th in the table Charlton, with only 6 matches remaining in our season. 31st of March 2024 Bradford City won the 2024 EFL Trophy, after defeating Wycombe Wanderers in the Wembley final. Review Three wins and 2 draws in March, have revived hopes that we can sneak into the playoff places, come the end of this season. We begin April, by playing our 2nd match in just 3 days, when we play Rotherham in Home Park. Our 2nd match in April is another home match, when MK Dons visit Home Park on Saturday the 6th. The 1st of 2 consecutive away matches happen a week later, when we face Bristol Rovers on the 13th. Our final away match of the season is another week later, when we face Northampton Town on the 20th. And our final match in April happens on the 27th, when we face Salford City in Home Park.
  9. Too right. Yeah it has been one step forward, two step backwards. Frustrating to say the least.
  10. February 2024 3rd of February 2024 Having only made 5 appearances so this season, our young left full-back, Adam Morgan, has been kicking up a fuss and wanting to go out on loan. He joins National League side Woking until the Summer. We lost for the 2nd consecutive match, when Notts County visited Home Park. Noor Husin tucked away a penalty in the 27th minute, after Callum Brittain fouled on the edge of the penalty box. Jamie Proctor had returned to the side following his injury, but even he couldn’t help us find the equaliser. We’ve not scored in the last 2 matches now, as we drop down to 11th in the table again, 6 points behind playoffs. 10th of February 2024 We move back into 9th place again, after beating AFC Wimbledon 3-1 in Home Park. We had the ball in the back of the net after only 4 minutes, when our Captain Sam Lavelle headed in a free-kick delivery. In the 2nd half, it was Lavelle’s new partner in central defence, who put us 2-0 up. Jack Lee was at the back post to head in his 1st goal for Argyle, after a short corner went to Adam Pearce-Vince, who put in a great cross. Wimbledon scored in the 85th minute, through 18 year-old forward, Kevon James. It was getting nervy after that, until a great counter attack involving Pearce-Vince, left Proctor with a simple finish to seal all 3 points in injury time. 15th of February 2024 Brighton and Hove Albion are the latest Premier League club to offer an interview. They sacked Chris Hughton last week, after he had been their Manager for 9 years and 38 days. 17th of February 2024 In our only away match in February, we lost 2-0 to a promotion chasing Shrewsbury Town side. Shortly before the half hour mark, the home side took the lead, when their Centre-half, Luis Binks scored. And just before the halftime break, their 22 year-old Striker put the home side 2 up. Any hope of getting back into the match evaporated, when our new loan signing, Chris Todd, picked up a 2nd yellow card in the 76th minute. The win puts Shrewsbury Town in 3rd place in the table, while we drop back down to 11th position again now, 8 points behind Bristol City in 6th. 22nd of February 2024 A week after attending an interview to be their new boss, Brighton and Hove Albion have informed me of my unsuccessful interview. Dietmar Kuhbauer has been given the nod for the job. The 53 year-old Austrian, was sacked by Burnley only last December, and has previously managed both Southampton and Rapid Wien. 24th of February 2024 A 71st minute equaliser by Hull City’s Victor Adeboyejo cancelled out Mason Bloomfield’s opener in the 53rd minute of this match. The point at home means we drop to 12th place in the table now, 10 points behind the playoff places. After picking up a point in Home Park, Hull City are 2nd in the table, 3 points behind leaders Luton Town. 25th of February 2024 Manchester United beat rivals Liverpool in the 2024 League Cup final. Review Four points from the 4 matches in February and only one win in the last 5, has left us 10 points of where we want to be at the end of the season. We’ve only 12 matches remaining in our season and we need to start putting a run of wins together pronto. We will play half of our remaining season next month, when we have 6 matches to play. Our 1st match of March is away to 10th placed Wrexham on the 2nd. A week after that, we face Preston in Home Park, before travelling to play 7th place Wycombe away in a midweek match. Later that week, we face bottom of the table, Mansfield Town away, on Saturday the 16th. On the 23rd, we host Bradford City in Home Park. And then our final match in March will be on the 30th, when we face Lincoln City away in Sincil Bank.
  11. January 2024 8th of January 2024 Graham Taylor's old club, Watford, have decided against appointing me as Manager. Ben Wilkinson is the man who has been given the keys to Vicarage Road instead. 9th of January 2024 The day after I received the news of Watford's rejection, another Premier League club, Leicester City, have offered me a chance to interview for their vacant Managers job. They sacked former Dutch International, Mark Van Bommel, on the 30th of December. I also found out today that my interview for the Southampton job was unsuccessful. They’ve opted to appoint Alex Neil instead. I’ve agreed a deal that allows our young 20 year-old midfielder, Loric Manga, to join Billericay Town until the end of the season. Manga had been complaining about his lack of 1st team opportunities recently, as I struggled to find a place for him in any of my systems, so he’ll play out the final months of the season in the National League. 12th of January 2024 Two more clubs have been in contact about the possibility of becoming their next manager. The Championships Crystal Palace and Premier League League Leeds United have offered me the chance to talk to them. Palace are without a permanent manager, ever since Ben Wilkinson left to join Watford. And Leeds United are also without a permanent boss, since Alex Neil left his position to take up Southampton's job offer. Flynn Downes has been sold to Hull City for 60K. The defensive midfielder was entering his final 6 months of his contract, so I decided to accept the bid for the 24 year-old. Downes has spent the last 18 months in Devon, where he made 71 appearances for the Argyle in League One. As a result of Downes departure, I’ve decided to promote 19 year-old Ben Bolton to the 1st team squad. 13th of January 2024 We got back to winning ways in the 1st of our 4 consecutive away games, by beating Leyton Orient 3-1 in Brisbane Road. Two 1st half goals from the partnership of Proctor and Bloomfield, left us 2 up at the break. Ten minutes from the end, Tyreeq Bakinson sealed the win with a strike from just outside the box. Mohamed Eisa scored in the 90th minute for Leyton Orient, but it was no more than a consolation goal. This win ends our 4 match winless streak, while moving us up to 9th in the table. 16th of January 2024 We exit the EFL Trophy, after losing out to Barnet in a penalty shoot-out. We got off to a great start and were awarded a penalty, which Jamie Proctor dispatched to put us 1 up. It only took 5 minutes for Barnet to equalise however, when their 19 year-old right midfielder, Razak Idrissu scored in the 10th minute. Shortly before the half hour mark, Barnet went 2-1 up, when Ricardo Santos scored. Adam Lewis struck the equaliser with just over 20 minutes left, after linking up well with Dougie Nyaupembe. We were unable to find the winner before the full-time whistle went and ended up losing the penalty shoot-out. We’re out of all cup competitions now, which is disappointing, but at least we can fully focus on getting ourselves on the League. 17th of January 2024 Yet another letter of rejection was to be found in my inbox. This time, Leicester City informed me of their decision to appoint Steve Morison instead of me. 18th of January 2024 I signed Ntumba Massanka from Cheltenham Town for a fee of 98K. The 27 year-old is a 6’3” Target Man, who has spent the last 4 years playing for Cheltenham in the National League, where he scored 54 league goals, with 10 of those goals coming this season. The signing of Massanka leaves our young Target Man, Chris Parkin, looking for a loan , or else playing U23 football for the rest of the season. 20th of January 2024 We had a very easy and comfortable 3-0 win against struggling Burton Albion, as 1st choice ‘keeper Thomas McGill, finally made his return from a long-term injury. Another brace by the partnership of Bloomfield and Proctor, left us 2 goals up at the half-time break. Cameron Sangster added our 3rd goal in the 57 minute. And it went from bad to worse for the home side in the 73rd minute, when Billy Kee got sent off. We remain 9th in the table. Five points behind 6th placed Shrewsbury Town now. 21st of January 2024 Another rejection. This time Leeds United have informed me of their decision to appoint Mark Van Bommel instead. 23rd of January 2024 Our big Number 9, Jamie Proctor, one of our key men will miss our next match in the DW Stadium against Wigan, after picking up an injury in training. This means our new signing, Ntumba Massanka, will make his 1st start for the Argyle in Wigan. 24th of January 2024 Championship club Crystal Palace are the latest side to inform me of their decision to appoint another Manager. Karl Robinson is the chosen one in Selhurst Park. The 43 year-old joins the club after leaving his post at Middlesbrough with immediate effect. A week before the transfer window shuts, Birmingham City have once again swooped in for one of our hot prospects. Our Head of Youth Development accepted a bid of 71K, that could rise to 165K, for our 17 year-old forward Rob Cooper. The kid had been impressive playing for our U18s, so it’s a disappointment to see him leave Devon. 27th of January 2024 Our last match in the month of January was a 2-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic in the DW Stadium. As expected, due to Jamie Proctors absence, Massanka lined out for the Argyle for the very first time, but he was unable to really make an impact we wanted. Wigan had a 1-0 lead at the halftime break, thanks to a goal by Callum Lang in the 30th minute. In the 2nd half, their 17 year-old forward, Chris Jones, doubled the home side lead in the 54th minute. This defeat hasn’t damaged our position in the table, as we’re still 9th, but it has increased the gap between ourselves and the top 6 to 6 points. 30th of January 2024 I decided to sell our 28 year-old Alex Whitmore to Championship side Birmingham City for 200K. Whitmore spent 3 and a half seasons in Devon, where he 152 league appearances for the Argyle, scoring 4 times. He was one of the three leaders in the dressing room, alongside Proctor and Lavelle, so his absence will be missed. I accepted the bid because I felt the price was too good to turn down for a 28 year old defender who lacks pace. However his departure leaves us now with only 3 centre-halfs in the 1st team squad, a situation that needs rectifying quickly, with the window shutting in 24 hours. 31st of January 2024 We had a busy last day of the transfer window with 3 players coming in and 2 leaving. Two players joined on loan for the rest of the season. Middlesbrough have agreed to allow Chris Todd join us until the end of the season, after only recently joining them from Crewe for 230K. The 20 year-old forward, who scored for Crewe against us earlier in the season, will be used in the pressing forward role, when we need to pressure the oppositions defence better. The 2nd loan signing on the final day of the transfer window was Luke Dreher. The 25 year-old defensive midfielder has only made 9 appearances for Northampton Town this season, but we needed someone to replace Flynn Downes. The 3rd and final acquisition on the last day of the transfer window, is the signing of Jack Lee from rivals Bristol City, for a fee of 43K. The 25 year-old Centre-half, has been handed Alex Whitmore’s old number 13 jersey and is a much needed signing for our defence. Only 6 months after joining Argyle on a free, Ike Ugbo leaves to join Tranmere Rovers for a fee of 12.25K, having failed to make a single 1st team appearance for the club. Signing Ugbo last summer was a mistake, as I failed to look at his player traits before confirming his free transfer. At least we made a profit from the transfer though. The 2nd player to be sold on the final day of the transfer window was Target Man Joe Quigley. He moves to Bury for 22K, only a month after returning from Ireland, where he spent a year playing for Shamrock Rovers. The 6’4” Centre-forward was part of our promotion winning squad in 2022. A total of 6 players have left the club in January 2024, 5 permanently and 1 temporarily. I brought 5 players to Argyle this month, 3 permanent deals along with the 2 loan deals on the final day. Review Our results have picked up slightly in the post-Christmas time, with 2 consecutive wins in the league away from home. Our last match in Wigan was disappointing, but we’re still clinging onto those hopes of sneaking into a playoff come the end of the season. We have 4 matches coming up in February, with 3 of them at home. The first of these is on Saturday the 3rd, when fellow playoff challengers, Notts County visit Home Park. The following Saturday, we’ve another match in Home Park, when the relegation troubled, AFC Wimbledon visit. A week after that, we’ll play our only away match in February, when we visit high flying Shrewsbury Town on the 17th. Our final fixture takes place on the 24th of next month, when we face 2nd in the table Hull City at home.
  12. I just got an idea for a career update for FM20! The idea is to put Marcelo Bielsa's former translator, Salim Lamrani, in as an unemployed manager and see where we go from there. Obviously, he'd be playing with Bielsa ball tactics to begin with. What do you guys think?
  13. Christmas and New Year 23/24 A couple of days before Father Christmas visits, Burnley, a Premier League club, have offered me an interview. 23rd of December 2023 Two days before Christmas day, we travelled to Kenilworth Road and eked out a 1-0 win against 2nd place Luton Town. Our big number 9, Jamie Proctor scored the all important goal in the 9th minute, to maintain our recent good run of form and continue our push for a playoff spot. Boxing Day 2023 Burnley opted to appoint Marco Silva instead of me, because they didn’t want my hoofball at the club. In the traditional Boxing Day fixture, we lost 3-0 to rivals Bristol City in Ashton Gate. The home side took the lead after a quarter of an hour, when Matt Grimes scored a direct free-kick. In the 2nd half, Keinan Davis doubled Bristol City’s advantage, by finishing at the back post. Only 4 minutes after that, the match was effectively over, when their Centre-half Matt Miazga got on the end of a free-kick delivery, to put Bristol City 3 up. Jamie Proctor had a goal disallowed, which summed up a miserable Boxing Day for us. Our 5 match unbeaten run comes to a crashing halt. 30th of December 2023 We faced Oxford United in our final match of 2023 and drew 2-2. Just before the half hour mark Oxford took the lead, when their Irish central midfielder, Liam Kinsella, hit a shot from outside the area that deflected past Sam Howes in goal. Ten minutes after the restart of the 2nd half, Jamie Proctor equalised after being set up by Man of the Match, Dougie Nyaupembe. Only a minute after our equaliser, Oxford United retook the lead, when Kinsella struck his 2nd goal of the match. Mason Bloomfield made it 2-2 in the 63rd minute, when he bulleted a header to the top corner, after an excellent cross by Nyaupembe. Unfortunately, that is how it remained, as we couldn’t find a winning goal in the final half hour. We move up 1 place in the table to 8th, with 38 points from the first 25 matches. New Years Day 2024 George Shelford, the young Centre-half on loan from Stoke City, has only made 2 appearances in Devon, so I’ve agreed to terminate his loan deal as requested. Callum Brittain has joined us from MK Dons for a fee of 38K. He can play in all the positions down the right flank, so hopefully he’ll be a good addition to the squad, as a rotation option. On New Year’s Day, a late goal by Alex Whitmore salvaged a point for us, against another team struggling in the bottom half of the table, Crewe. They away side went in front after 11 minutes when Chris Todd capitalised on mix up at the back between Nyaupembe and our Goalkeeper Sam Howes. Whitmore equalised in the 88th minute, when he bundled the ball into the net, after Chris Parkin hit the post with a header on a corner. The late goal was better than nothing, but I still feel it’s 2 points dropped. 2nd of January 2024 I have also talked to Premier League Southampton about taking over as Manager, following the sacking Paulo Foncesca on the 23rd of December. 3rd of January 2024 The following day, another Premier League club, Watford, have spoken to me about their vacant managerial position. Ernesto Valverde was sacked on the 23rd of December, following just over 2 years at Watford. I won’t accept either job if they offer it to me, because I still want to bring Premier League football to Devon by 2026. 6th of January 2024 Charlton Athletic moved to the top of the table, after beating us 2-1 in Home Park. Charlton had 1-0 lead at the half-time break, thanks to a goal by Sam Dalby in the 39th minute. Paolo Fernandes put Charlton 2-0 up in 66th minute. And in the 89th minute, their 19 year-old Kosovan Centre-half, Rilind Krasniqi, misplaced his backpass to his keeper and scored an own goal. Charlton held onto the 2-1 victory, to go top of the table, while slide down to 11th position. Review We’ve not had great results this Christmas and New Year’s, with only 1 win in the 5 matches. The 3-0 defeat in Ashton Gate seemed to have knocked the stuffing out of us and we barely scraped draws at home, against 2 clubs in the bottom half of the table. Hopefully, we’ll see an improvement for the rest of January, where we’ll have 4 consecutive away matches. The first of these is on the 13th, when we face Leyton Orient in Brisbane Road. On the Tuesday night after that, we’ll face Barnet away in the EFL Trophy, before facing Burton Albion away on the 20th. The final fixture in the month of January is another away match. We travel up to the North-West on the 27th, to take on Wigan Athletic in the DW Stadium.
  14. December 2023 I wasn’t surprised to find out I didn’t get the Norwich City job. However, I was surprised to find out Andy Carroll, one of the best known Target Men in the game, has been given the job. He began his career at Crewe, guided them to promotion from League Two in 2022, then immediately left them for Millwall, where he has been managing until accepting the Norwich job. 2nd of December 2023 We were knocked out of the FA Cup by Carlisle United, after a disastrous 1st half performance, saw us 3-0 down and reduced to 10 men at the break. The home team went in front as early as the 7th minute, when their young 18 year-old Centre-half, Scott McKellar, nodded them ahead. Luke James scored his 1st of 2 goals in the 22nd minute, to put us 2 down. James got his 2nd in the 38th minute, to put Carlisle 3-0 up, and 2 minutes later, it went from bad to worse, when Michael Phillips got his marching orders for picking up a 2nd yellow card. Five minutes from the end, our club captain Sam Lavelle scored a consolation, but it was too big a mountain to climb. Our 3rd defeat in a row, crashes us out of the FA Cup in the 2nd Round, having been expected to at least reach the 3rd Round by our board. 5th of December 2023 We ended our recent bad run of defeats, by coming from a goal down, to win 2-1, in the New York Stadium. Rotherham took the lead in the 11th minute, when Mark O’Hara was on hand to tap in from close range, after their midfielder Max Bird nodded a corner delivery towards goal. We equalised in the 20th minute, when Tyreeq Bakinson scored his 1st goal for the Argyle, after a Tristan Nydams cross deflected into his path. Mason Bloomfield scored our 2nd goal, and what proved to be the winning goal, when he intercepted a pass by Max Bird, dribbled past his marker Mark O’Hara, and finished from the edge of the box. That goal was enough to earn us a much needed victory, that moves us up 3 places in the table to 9th, after 20 matches. 9th of December 2023 Northampton Town had their 4 point lead at the top of League One cut down to just 2 points, when they visited Home Park and lost 3-0. Five minutes before the half-time break, Jamie Proctor put us 1-0 up, with his 12th League One goal of the season. In the 2nd half, 20 minutes from full-time, Cameron Sangster headed us 2-0 up. And then substitute Jordan Adebayo-Smith, put the icing on the cake in the 77th minute, by scoring a direct free-kick. Northampton’s day went from bad to worse, when their defender Scott Wharton was sent-off in the 88th minute. A great win over the League One leaders in Home Park, puts us in 8th place in the table, only 2 points behind 6th placed Hull City. 12th of December 2023 I only made 3 changes from our 3-0 win against Northampton, for this EFL Trophy South 2nd Round match, and one of those changes opened the scoring for us in the 4th minute, when Chris Parkin got onto a long ball and finished. We went 2 up in the 23rd minute, when Alex Whitmore rose highest at the back post and nodded in a corner. In the subsequent draw for the next round of the EFL Trophy South, we’ve been paired to play Barnet, in a repeat of the 2022 League Two Playoff Final. 16th of December 2023 Salford City came from 3-1 down in this 6 goal thriller, with the late equalising goal scored by Dan Ormsby, a young striker on loan from Sheffield United. Bright Enobakhare put the home team ahead in the 20th minute, before Jamie Proctor struck twice before half-time, to put 2-1 up at the break. Five minutes after the restart of the 2nd half, Cameron Sangster headed in at the far post, to put us 3-1 up. Six minutes later, Tom Bayliss scored for Salford City, to make it 3-2. Just when we thought we had done enough to earn all 3 points, Dan Ormsby struck a shot from distance in the 87th minute, to equalise for the home team. The late goal meant that, instead of moving into the top 6, we remain 8th in the table. Review After getting knocked out of the FA Cup in Carlisle, we’ve recovered well and are now unbeaten in 4 matches. And if it wasn’t for conceding late against Salford, we’d have been sitting in the top 6 by now. Instead we’re 8th in the table, as we head into Christmas time. Two days before Christmas day, we’ll travel to Kenilworth Road, to take on a Luton side sitting currently 2nd in the table. Then on Boxing Day, we’ll face rivals Bristol City at Ashton Gate, before hosting the relegation threatened, Oxford City in Home Park. On New Year's day, we face another relegation threatened team in Home Park, when Crewe visit. The Christmas and New Year's schedule is completed on the 6th of January, when 4th place Charlton Athletic play us in our 3rd consecutive Home match. There’s some challenging fixtures ahead, so I’m hopeful of continuing our push for a playoff place.
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