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  1. There's an ad on my Instagram feed saying it's available... but still no Twitter confirmation.
  2. About to finish my final season on FM20, would be the perfect end if you released this afternoon guys.... just saying
  3. The Journeyman The season is underway and we also did a little more transfer business before the window closed on 1/9/23. The player brought in to replace Paul Pogba was Ryan Gravenberch. He's a player I've seen a bit of over the last 12 months, most notably when he scored a hat-rick against my Everton side last season in the Champions League group stages. He joins from Ajax for a cool £70m, which means we've actually made a profit on the Pogba deal. Next in was Cristian Romero, again from my former club Everton. He was unhappy about not playing in the Champions League and afte
  4. The Journeyman On the eve of the new season beginning for us, let's take a look at some of the business done in this summer window. There were a couple of deals done before I arrived at the club, namely Daniel James to Aston Villa after he spent a period on loan there last season. The first deal I sanctioned of any worth was Anthony Martial leaving the club for £21.5m to Atalanta in Italy. Martial was bottom of the pile in terms of strikers and wide left players, therefore it made sense to cash in on him. As mentioned before, De Arrascaeta also left the club to join Juventus fo
  5. The Journeyman Before the Nations League, I decided to ask the club for a new contract and was duly rewarded. However, there were 3 jobs that had become available at clubs that finished higher than us in the Premier League that attracted me. Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham all needed new managers. I decided to apply for all 3, despite my new contract at Everton. I was offered interviews by all 3 clubs, however Tottenham decided to hire Zinedine Zidane as their new boss. Manchester United were the first to offer me their post, Arsenal did too a day later. Man U fin
  6. The Journeyman The Nations League finals are upon us and here are the 23 Frenchmen who'll compete to win the trophy. This screen shot was taken after the finals, therefore you'll notice a certain Mbappe had a very good couple of games for us. And that's why. The semi final looked over with an hour gone, Italy were 3-1 up thanks to 2 quickfire 2nd half goals by Federico Chiesa, however we roared back late on and won the semi final in extra time with Kylian Mbappe ending up with 4 goals in the match, the other was scored by Kingsley Coman late on to take the game to ex
  7. The Journeyman May. A month for winners, losers and everything in between. This year, we are the latter. That's not to say it hasn't been a successful season though. We had just 3 more league matches to play in May, the first of which was a thrilling 4-4 draw away to Brentford where Allan Saint-Maximin scored his 2nd hat-rick of the season, but unfortunately that wasn't enough to see us continue our winning run, however we did remain unbeaten. This run continued further with a thumping 5-1 win over already relegated Leeds at Elland Road. We ended the season back at Goodison wit
  8. The Journeyman As we enter April on the back of 4 points from a possible 6, I am hoping we can continue this kind of form as we approach the end of the season. And continue that form we did. We played 6 matches in April, all in the league and we won them all. We began with a 1-0 win over Wolves, then came 3-1 wins over Norwich and Arsenal. Bournemouth were our next prey as we beat them 2-1 and then we got revenge for back to back defeats against Watford with another 2-1 win. Our final win of the month came at home to struggling Leicester City by 3 goals to 1. If they were to go
  9. The Journeyman After the mammoth month that was February, we enter March with a somewhat less busy month, but no less important. Things didn't get off to the best of starts with a defeat against 2nd place Chelsea by 2 goals to 1. We then travelled to Lisbon to face Benfica in the Champions League and we won the match 1-0, however that wasn't enough and that aforementioned 2nd away goal for Benfica is what killed us and sent them through into the quarter finals. We can be proud of our performances in Europe though and I'm happy with our progress playing in Europe's elite competi
  10. The Journeyman Despite being the shortest month of the year, February is arguably our busiest so far with 9 matches squeezed into 28 days. We began the month brilliantly with a 5-1 victory over Fulham taking our winning run to 4 matches, however this was halted with a draw against Stoke then defeat to Manchester United. We got back to winning ways against bottom club Villa but lost the 1st leg of the Champions League 1st knockout round at home to Benfica, their 2 away goals really could hurt us in the 2nd leg in Lisbon. Again we responded well though with a 5-2 win over Newcast
  11. The Journeyman As we welcome in the new year, it's time to get some points on the board in the league if we're going to even try and better our league position of last year. We've drawn far too many matches and it's about time we started turning those draws into wins. First of all though, I want to round up the transfer activity done this month as there's been a fair bit done, both incoming and outgoing. Firstly, outgoings. Vitaly Mykolenko was moaning about a lack of game time towards the end of October, despite playing more matches than Luke Shaw at that time. I said he
  12. The Journeyman So the extended winter break for the World Cup is now over, here's how the World Cup unfolded. Brazil were crowned world champions for a 6th time, thrashing Belgium 5-1 in the final in Doha. It was a fine World Cup for Sean Dyche's England who unfortunately fell short at the semi final stage again, only this time to the eventual champions in Brazil. However they did go one further than 4 years previous by winning the 3rd/4th place playoff against the surprise package of the tournament the Swiss. It wasn't however a good World Cup for defending champions France wh
  13. The Journeyman November is here and due to the winter World Cup of 2022, we play just 2 matches this month before we break for the feast of international football from Qatar. The first of the 2 matches played was a vital one as we went into the final Champions League group stage match against Marseille looking to consolidate 2nd place. We were 3-1 down and about to finish bottom of the group with 24 minutes remaining, however 3 goals in those final 24 minutes ensured an unlikely comeback to see us through as runners up in the group and into the knockout stages of this seasons C
  14. The Journeyman After a disappointing month in terms of points picked up in the league, it was time to try and kick on and pick up as many as we could before we end the first half of the season ahead of the winter World Cup. And that is exactly what we did. We began the month getting back to winning ways in the Potteries with a good 1-0 win there. This would be the only away match of our 7 this month, our next 6 matches unbelievably all at home across 2 competitions. We then followed that up with a comfortable 3-0 win in the Carabao Cup 4th round to set up that aforementioned qu
  15. The Journeyman After a somewhat successful August, we were hoping September would bring some more decent results as we try to keep up with the top 7. First of all though, after scoring 6 goals in 10 matches for Blackburn early on in the season, and with us looking rather light upfront considering we have Champions League matches to contend with, I decided to bring Pellegri back to the club. As I say, he's started the season brilliantly and although he may not get as many games as he would while out on loan, he will definitely be coming off the bench and perhaps even starting ma
  16. The Journeyman So with the early start to the season due to this year's winter World Cup, the season began in late July so this update will include the first match of the season as well as August's action. The campaign got off to a shocking start with a mauling at the hands of our closest rivals at Anfield. The players counted the cost of their poor performance too by refunding those unlucky fans who had to witness it. Despite that shocking start at the end of July, August actually went quite well, particularly with the European Super Cup win against the mighty Barcelona in the
  17. The Journeyman After a fantastic end to last season, work began immediately on trying to improve our Premier League position as well as preparing for Europe's elite competition, the Champions League. First of all we'll take a look at our transfer business on the eve of the new season. First through the door was Andrea Conti for a fee just shy of £8m from AC Milan. With Coleman leaving the club, we were a little short at RB therefore we need extra cover in that position and Conti is an experienced player with European and international experience therefore he seemed like a
  18. The Journeyman We enter the final month of the season with just 3 matches left and the upper hand in the semi final of the Europa League after a brilliant 1st leg win over Man U. We began May with another defeat in the league, losing the Merseyside derby meaning Liverpool did the double over us this season. We followed that up with another defeat, this time at Old Trafford, but because it was only 1-0, we won the tie 3-2 on aggregate and would face Dortmund in the final at De Kuip in Rotterdam. After the elation of reaching the Europa League final, we beat the champions in wait
  19. The Journeyman After a poor month, April's fixture list looked like there were some winnable games in it. Unfortunately, we were shocking domestically. We kicked things off with a draw against Aston Villa, despite being 2-0 up at half time. We then thrashed Porto in the Europa League quarter final first leg which essentially gave us one foot in the semis. We then lost to the league's bottom club Crystal Palace who have subsequently been relegated before the end of April which was a real kick in the teeth following the win against Porto just 3 days before. We lost the second leg
  20. The Journeyman After a pretty poor February, we needed to try and bounce back in March with some good results as we welcomed European football back too. It's been relatively poor again domestically, however we did manage to progress into the Europa League quarter finals with a 2 legged win over Celtic. Losses in the league against Newcastle and Chelsea sandwiched an emphatic win against West Ham which all but got their manager Moyes the sack. After the wins against Celtic we've been drawn to face Porto in the quarter finals of the Europa League. We remain in the midd
  21. The Journeyman After a great result to round off January, we enter February in good spirits and hope to continue that kind of form. We did manage to record another win against Southampton thanks to 2 Moise Kean goals, but unfortunately things fell apart away to Man U again, as well as poor defeat to round off the month at home to struggling Wolves. Kean and Richarlison both now stand on 19 goals for the season though so while it's clear we don't seem to have too much trouble scoring goals, it's keeping them out at the other end where we seem to be having issues. Romero and Holg
  22. The Journeyman Just a quick update to round off January and the remainder of the transfer market. First off, we did sell Gerard Deulofeu to Beijing in a deal which could reach over £35m. In the meantime, we signed Bellingham from Birmingham for £22m. He signed just before the semi final 2nd leg against Man U but unfortunately was cup tied. We also sent a few youngsters out on loan including Anthony Gordon who had been in and around the first team but needs some regular first team minutes so he's gone to Sheff Wed. The final 2 matches of the month couldn't have been m
  23. The Journeyman So after picking up my 4th job in the space of 2 seasons, I now hope it's time to kick on and really put my stamp on a team in the top half of the Premier League and hopefully beyond. Ancelotti had left for the red and white half of Madrid in Atletico and Goodison was my new home. Here's the transfer business done before my arrival and after. The club made 2 signings before my arrival, Ludovic Blas and Yusuf Yazici. My first signing was Bryan Heynen who was my captain back at Genk. A tenacious central midfielder, I hope he can become a real favourite here at
  24. The Journeyman So after a short an unsuccessful spell in my hometown, a huge opportunity presented itself in the shape of KRC Genk of Belgium. Genk are famed for their academy with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois and Leandro Trosssard, therefore if I can help the club nurture talent anywhere near that good I'm sure it'll make my life much easier. I took over on 1/3/21. The club found themselves down in 6th place after a poor run ahead of my appointment, therefore we really needed to ensure we finished in the Championship group, where the season splits in the midd
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