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  1. What a story this has been. Definitely one of my favourite threads to read on FMCU over the past nearly two years and well deserving of its Best Story award. Good luck on the next one.
  2. Well they deserved their loss for not playing the ween.
  3. They could be inflicting more psychological harm on him depending on where in Cork they're sending him.
  4. So I haven't really been feeling like playing FM for a while now. I don't think it's anything to do with this version, it's just that it's been the only game I played for a couple of years now and I need a break for a few weeks/months. In the meantime, I'll f*** around on other games . I'll probably still come to FMCU during that time though and I'll try to read and comment on threads. My thread is suffering the consequences of my apathy towards FM at the moment so I think I'm gonna end it here. Even when I do come back, I don't really see myself updating this. Anyway, thanks for reading and following up until this point and sorry to end so abruptly.
  5. August Update: Long month I had planned on posting this a lot earlier but it's been a hectic week. It was a pretty tough one too, we got destroyed by injuries. Maguire, Barkhuizen, Robinson were just some of those out for a few weeks at a time. We started off with a great win away to Derby before effectively undoing that with a disappointing home lose to Reading. Our second XI scraped through against Leyton Orient in the Carabao Cup before knocking Forest Green out in the next round. The draw against Leeds was certainly a result I'll take as they're a better side than us. The loss against Norwich was also somewhat expected. The draw against Portsmouth was a bad result, we really should be beating a newly promoted club. It's not terrible but not ideal either. We ended the month though with a superb win over Fulham. I really didn't expect any points out of this and we did brilliantly to get all three. We counter attacked for the majority of the match and turned a 1-0 defecit into a 2-1 win. Brilliant win. League Table: We're doing alright I suppose. Meeting expectations with a solid mid-table placing. If we can keep like this, I'd take it given it's my first season in charge. Huddersfield are the surprise strugglers while Nottingham Forest are flying high early on.
  6. A pretty good preseason, Ajax result aside. Even that wasn't too bad as it was a narrow loss against a much better club. The last two games were just morale boosters but back-to-back 5-0 victories are always welcome. Hopefully we can carry this into the new season.
  7. Transfer Window Despite the budget restraints, we've done some pretty good business and strengthened where we needed to. Cuco Martina: He's a very solid option for the championship who can play anywhere across the back line. Great for squad with and he'll probably rotate in and out of the squad. He's fairly well-rounded which should hopefully stand to him when he plays for us. Korey Smith: We needed some depth for the BWM position and this guy is a great option to have. He's very versatile and is capable of playing as the playmaker for us or even as a right back, if needs be. His physicals are very good and his tackling is impressive too. He'll be important to us. Jordan Hugill: Guess who's back... Honestly, he's probably straight into the first team ahead of Maguire. He's really good for this level. His mentals are incredible, his physicals solid and his finishing is pretty good too. I think he'll be great for us this season. Kyle Walker-Peters: He'll be battling Martina for that right back spot. In case of injuries, he can fill in at left back too. Like Martina, he's very well-rounded and is quite good for a lower level Championship club. I really like his work rate and stamina. Reece James: He's not that good to be honest My assman rates him as a League 1 player. His attacking attributes are pretty good to be fair so I guess we could play him against wekaer sides maybe in the cup. And he adds a bit of depth to the squad which is always good. So, all in all, that's some pretty good business. Our squad is good and our depth is great as well in most positions. First month of the season will hopefully be posted tomorrow.
  8. 2nd July 2019 It was Tony's first day on the job and he'd just been given the full tour of the stadium. They were now in Tony's new office. “Well Tony, welcome to Preston!” said Preston's chairman, David Sharpe. David was a tall, thin, black man, somewhere in his late fifties. He wore a smart-looking suit along with a light blue tie. Tony, wearing am all black tracksuit get-up was feeling a little shabby in comparison. “Cheers David. Good to be here. I'm really looking forward to this,” Tony responded. “Yeah, I bet you are. This is a great club. Certainly a step up from your former club, mind. So, speaking of which, tell me about your season at Cork. I know most of it but I just want to know your full story.” Tony filled him in on everything, from his first game to his last, from Mr Feconi to Terry, from his first signing to his last. “Wow!” David exclaimed when he'd finished. “Two arch enemies within the space of a year. Damn, that's impressive. Concerning, but also impressive. “Well, I'd say that they're both overreacting so it's more their fault than anything anything and–” “Yeah, yeah but I suppose you would say that,” said David laughingly. Tony didn't join in. David cleared his throat before speaking again. “Well, I'll leave you to get used to everything. Call me if you need me.” Tony smiled and said “Will do” before examining his surroundings. He'd a much bigger office than at Cork. The stadium and facilities were much more impressive too. Tony decided to check Twitter to see what they were saying about his arrival. “F*** Tony, that cock ran away the first chance he got,” read the first, from an irate Cork City fan. The wnxt few were from Preston supporters. “We barely survive relegation and so we hire a manager from what's basically a farmer's league. Wtf?” “Lmao, joke of a club.” And the next tweet was this gif with the caption, “Who?” There was a long road ahead.
  9. The ol' financial situation isn't looking too good but I knew that going in. We'll have to rely on loans and even then we'll be hoping for ones where we barely have to pay wages/monthly fee. At least the scouting budget is healthy.
  10. These are the lads I'll have playing for me. Squad depth needs to be improved at right back, up front and maybe in central midfield. Overall, they're a pretty good bunch of players so I'm cautiously optimistic. One or two like Lustig will need to go as they're too old and on too high wages which we're already well over budget on.
  11. So, why Preston? A couple of reasons really. • The Irish connection. They've a load of Irish players. • Sean Maguire who is down as a legend at my old club plays for them which I thought was kind of funny. • Ironically, their nickname is the Lilywhites. That's the same as my former rivals, Dundalk. • They have history, namely the fact that they were the first Invincibles. • The squad is decent, good without being great. It should be a decent challenge to get them out of mid-table obscurity. This will probably be a 3 season job as opposed to my one year at City. I might go longer than 3 seasons if I feel I'm very close to major progress but it's unlikely I'll push it beyond the 3. • Narrative wise it's handy as well. If I'd gone to Italy, I might've had to forget about some important characters and leave them behind in Ireland. Now that I'm only in England, they can still play a role.
  12. Cheers mate. It seems the best choice out of the three for me as well. I'll probably go through why that is in more detail soon.
  13. Part 2 In the end, it came down to three clubs. Empoli who had been relegated from Serie A, Blackburn who'd finished lowish mid-table and Preston who had narrowly avoided the drop. Empoli were a very tempting option as I like Italy in FM and they'd a good squad. The problem was I think it would've been too easy to get promoted. Not much work was needed. Blackburn were the wealthiest and had a very good squad to boot. Their backroom staff were also great and there were very few changes I needed to propose. The main problem was their aging squad. The majority of their players seem to be anywhere from 28-32. It was off-putting. Preston were the third option. They had a pretty good team and I thought that I could do a job with their squad. The main issue was the fact that their financial situation isn't great. In fact it was weakest of the three clubs. All three offered contracts. Preston first, then Blackburn and then Empoli. I delayed all offers for a week or two before deciding. And the club I chose was Preston! And hey presto(n) I was back in management again by July 2019.
  14. Great result for the save, not a good result for football (if it happened in real life anyway). Congratulations, man!
  15. I'm barely gone a few weeks and The Irish Football Free Press are already making up stories. I'll give you some real news about Tony Cochrane though. He's got a new job. And you'll find out about it tomorrow when we move onto Part 2.
  16. Leaving Cork City (3/3) The hardest announcement had been made. The one where Tony had to tell the media, and by extension the fans, that he was leaving the club. It had come as a shock to the media and supporters alike. Understandably so. He'd given Cork City their best season in recent history and signed a new contract. But how he was going. The reaction had been quite mixed. Some were thankful for what he'd done and wished him luck. Others branded him a mercenary and where disgusted at him. None more so, it seemed, than Terry. It was the end of season get-together/Tony's farewell party and Terry had sought Tony out to speak to him. Tony was caught on the hop somewhat. “So, you're leaving us. After just one season,” Terry said flatly. “Yeah, look I'm sorry to disappoint but–” “F*** you Tony,” Terry blurted. Tony was thrown by the sudden fierceness in his voice. Terry continued, “You ungrateful bastard! This club took a chance on you and this is how you repay us?!” “Look–” “And then you toy with the supporters by signing a new deal? Pretending you'll stay? It's disgraceful. You've completely disrespected everyone at this club.” “Well look, that wasn't my inten–” “I don't give a flying f*** about your intentions. You're an absolute embarrassment! You don't give a s*** about this club or its fans. You just care about the five minutes of fame you call a career.” “I'm sorry you feel that way Terry but I'm simply doing what's best for me as a manager,” Tony said, trying to defend himself. “Yeah, and that's exactly the problem. You're only looking out for you. Well I'm gonna make it so that there's no manager and no career. Just some forgotten stain on a great club. You want the world to know your name? The people in this country will have forgotten it within a year. I'll make sure of it.” And with that, Terry turned and stormed off. That was a blow for Tony. He'd hoped that Terry would take it well but he'd taken it even worse than Tony could've imagined. Tony tried to push that conversation to the back of his mind for the rest of the party. He mingled with the various well-wishers and friends of his as well as some of the staff. They relived some memories of his short time at the club and laughed about some of the weird and wilder stories from the season gone by. Various people went up to give the karaoke machine a go throughout the night. It was very much a mixed ability group, singing wise. He found himself reminiscing with Liam Kearney about their playing days while a guy with a grating voice belted into ‘Don't You Want Me’. It was a song that was popular amongst the Cork City support as the chorus was turned into a chant of “Mark McNulty baby”. That was redundant now of course as he'd retired. Liam was in the middle of an anecdote about that time he'd singlehandedly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a hat trick (This never happened, he just likes to BS a bit when he's drunk) when he suddenly trailed off. “Hey!” Tony said. “What's the matter? You actually gonna finish this story or what?” “That s*** singer on the mic up there,” said Liam corncernedly. “He's really staring you out of it.” Tony glanced at where Liam was staring and he became aware of the fact that the terrible singer blundering his way through ‘Don't You Want Me’ was Terry Stokes. And he was staring Tony dead in the eye as he sang the next few lines. “Success has been so easy for youuu. But don't forget it's me who put you where you are now. And I can put you back down too...” End of Part 1.
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