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  1. Update April, May & June 2020: Where to begin, a lot has happened in these months, which I will now share with you. Looking at the games played we started the month decent, winning in the first round of the league cup and putting in a very strong performance against Shelbourne who relegated from the top flight last season, by crushing them 0-4. The draws against well performing sides Longford and Cabinteely, were none to be ashamed for. After the loss in the league cup second round against Cork City, things started going down hill a little till we played a magnificent game away from home against top of the table Longford, to claim that number 1 spot. We drew like 5 games in a row, simply because we failed to tuck away our chances. Well as you may see in the league table that our name is not blue anymore, our good performance with Cobh this season was causing my name to be subject of speculation quite often lately. After a quick interview, which were unsuccessful so far with other clubs, a day later the following reached my inbox. The champion of two season ago really fell down the table since then and made me an offer I could not refuse. This job would give me a big pay rise and they really got a decent squad that I love to work with. Naturally I accepted and I am looking forward to this new challenge. The expectation of the board is top half finish and at our time of arrival we sit just there. It is going to be very interesting to see where we stand and I will be sharing some details about our players and the club itself in future updates. One thing that was disappointing, although their financial status mentioned okay, they are actually 400.000 EUR in debt!
  2. Update January, February & March 2020: Here I am back with an update after a month of absence. I was very busy with work and I picked up another game which I was playing and enjoying a lot giving me less time for FM. I started the new season and so far things have been going very well. To start off with the transfers of my DoF, which he used to bring in a very nice striker loan player from Bohemians, as well as a back up striker for him from St. Pat's Athletic. Magnerusan who is half romanian half Irish gets his first chance for play time with us and is really showing to be a good signing. He started the season of with 5 goals in 6 matches! As far as results go we made a tremendous start to our season by winning 6 out of 7 to go top of the league. We are looking very solid especially in the back. After the first 2 wins where we played with an attacking midfielder we got torn apart defensively by Wexford conceding 5 goals. The decision I made to switch our attacking midfielder with 2 central midfielders to 2 central midfielder and a defensive midfielder paid off. I am really looking forward to what we can achieve this season, I am also giving some chance to some of our youth prospects who seem half decent after all. And our star player so far this season has obviously been Eoin Porter, he is an absolute beast, giving assists, scoring goals (3 direct free kicks already) and going head first into battle. What a player! Top of the league! We won both of the manager of the months awards for February and March, which should positively influence our reputation: The board is loving me and especially the support I am getting from the squad is contributing hugely. Even though we are getting good confidence ratings for our club finances we are in the red and hopefully with a good run this year we can start working towards earning some money for the club. At the moment I am unable to obtain any coaching badges or to improve the quality of the club's facilities, which I really would like to start doing.
  3. Thanks for the kind words! Update December 2019: For the last month it was the moment of truth where I would end up. I got job interviews with Shelbourne and Limerick, which would both be an upgrade compared to Cobh and as I did not receive a contract offer yet I went with them. In the end none of the three clubs offered me a contract and choose other candidates to be their head coach. After which... I got a 75 Euro a week salary increase and a new 1 year deal, I am happy to give the Ramblers a go for a second season. Also my DoF brought in some new players, the first one Eoin Wearen is more of a back up player in an area where we could use some depth. We could use him both in central defense as in midfield. The second player was a lot more exciting for me, because this guy seems like a great addition to our squad. So far we lacked any left footed defenders and we played with a loan inverted wingback on the left, and a right footed defender on the left position in the centre of the defense. This guy can play on both! Hopefully we can get some more players in, one of our best players Shane O'Connor left as mentioned before and our striker and top scorer with 7 goals, Paul Murphy, left on a free. He did not get a contract extension from the DoF, but honestly he was not that great. We definitely will need a striker for the upcoming season!
  4. Update November 2019: Before going into the playoffs games against Longford I was clinging to a little bit of hope of a good result, but when being realistic I was already prepared for the worst. We already signed for our doom in the first match when we got etched 0-3 at home. To be honest, we were the better team, we hit the woodwork 3 times, had some absolutely incredible chances, but simply failed to capitalize. Longford on the other hand, scored out of every single shot on goal they produced. After this first game we were already sure that we were defeated in the play offs, however during the second game away from home, after the quick 0-1 we had some serious sitters that we missed for doubling our lead. In the end they scored from one of their rare counters and we had to settle for a draw. You see a slight improvement of our side throughout the season and in the end we could be happy reaching the play off in the end, although a little undeserved. Let's see if we are still at Cobh next year to start improving. We actually came third in the manager of the year award, which I would not have expected. Actually coming back to the playoff topic, Longford got beaten by UCD in the final and UCD then went to beat Shelbourne over 2 games to earn promotion. Chester from the Vanorama North offered me a job interview and since I have not heard anything from the board of Cobh Ramblers I decided to attend it. Also I was named at Shelbourne and Limerick the two teams that went down this year from the Premier Division as the potential new manager, and I did not scuff at that opportunity neither. Let's see where our future lies!
  5. Update October 2019: So I did not update for a couple of days because I switched computer and it took me some time to set up FM19 on the new one with my old save etc. I finished the season and the last games were very poor. Against "lesser" opposition we did not come into our usual style of play and we squandered many chances. The loss at at Finn Harps was especially pathetic and this meant that we were entirely reliant on the results of Wexford and the teams below us to make up our standing at the end of the season. Well lucky for us Wexford did even worse, they lost against Galway at the end of the season at home with 1-4 and this meant that because of the draw of UCD, Galway took the championship on the last playing day. We just abouts finished in the playoffs resulting in a happy board, but to be honest we did not deserve it in the end. Hopefully we can get some good players in during the summer and that is only of course when they give me a new contract. Lets see! We play Longford in the play offs who we beat 2 times in the season and lost 1 to. This gives me a little bit of hope for a good result against them, but even though our chances are slim, I do not believe promotion is wise at this moment for Cobh Ramblers, as we would get crushed in the premier division. Just see how Limerick did and they got a squad that is clearly better than ours (they also stole loads of our players). Cork City our local rivals are champions of Ireland and they also won the Senior Challenge cup. We got a long way to go to become the best club in this part of Ireland!
  6. Thanks, they came more easy than usually this time around ;). Update September 2019: The season is coming to an end and it looks like we are competing with Wexford for that 4th place playoff spot. They ran away from us 2 points in September, although our results were pretty good with an eye on our competition. Against Galway it was a pretty equal game and we were rewarded for our play in the 86th minute thanks to a header of Cormac Raftery, who after a rough start playing as a centre back with a lot of mistakes, has seem to found his role as our defensive midfielder putting in weekly performances. Against Longford the game could have gone either way but we managed to score the 0-1 after, which we had some good chances to double the score, but failed to do so. With 3 games to go it will be pretty close between us and Wexford. I believe our schedule is a bit favorable compared to Wexford, only playing teams below us. However, we have seem to get most of our points this season upsetting the 3 teams that are clearly superior in this league, while putting in some miserable performances against the "weaker" opposition. I still did not get a new contract offered so I have no clue where our future lies next year. With regards to the youth intake, which I never really follow that closely because I like to move clubs more than stay at a single one, we had some good prospects. I have no clue if any of them will make it but if the opportunity arrises we will give them some minutes of playing time in our senior squad. Can anybody enlighten me what the mercenary personality is?
  7. Update August 2019: Naturally, after excitement and optimism comes disappointment! We managed to lose our two remaining games this month. Against amateur team and local rivals Cobh Wanderers we were pathetic, getting outplayed on every counter attack from them. The game against Athlone we were beating them heavily 2-0 up at half time, and they managed to score 3 goals out of 3 shots on target, very lucky to have beaten us there to be honest, but it left us with nothing. I told you already the goal from porter against Drogheda was an amazing one and it gets reflected in his monthly award. We become yet again the number 3 manager of the month could have won it for the first time if we won against Athlone there. We are still in the playoff spot after the loss, but we really need to end the season well if we want to end in a respectable position. We are out of all the cups, so a taste of the playoffs would be great, but to be honest I am already happy if we get a new contract offered.
  8. Update: Wow guys, every now and then you get that feeling when you play FM, the feeling of pulling it off, the excitement in winning matches, important goals. I wanted to make this update in between because after 3 games we already saved our job. I think this is one of the only times I managed, and after the board demanded 8 points out of the next 5 matches, we managed to go ahead and grab 9 out of the first 3. What an amazing matches and what a great time to be the manager of Cobh Ramblers, the squad really pulled together and played amazingly. The game against Drogheda United, we started of great, with the man Shane O'Connor who just signed for Galway scoring a brilliant goal from up close. It was very tight the rest of the game, but in the 87th minute Eoin Porter (what a player that is) ended all doubt and doubled our lead. Paul Murphy even thought it was necessary to make a move in the opponent's box, which could only be stopped with a foul, after which he stood up himself to give us a 0-3 victory. Against UCD, who are top of the table, we were massive underdogs and I came up with a very simple strategy, all man back and wish for the best. Then after I was extremely delighted with getting a point and putting us in a very good position of saving our job, in the 4th minute of stoppage time, Stephen Kelly was propelled forward and he gave a beautiful cross to again my man Eoin Porter, to send us home with the 3 points in the pocket. I am having a lot of fun with this save already and hopefully we can start building with the Ramblers now that I secured my spot as their manager!
  9. Update July 2019: I have been a little busy at work so I did not had much time to play, but I am back now for a small update. I went into the board meeting claiming that first job as a manager caused me to need some time to adjust, but the board did not see it as an excuse and was ruthless. They gave me 5 games to save my job, in which I have to accumulate 8 points minimum to stay on as manager of Cobh Ramblers. The good news is that the first game against Wexford we claimed our first 3 points towards our target, to get of to a good start. Worse news we received this month was the departure of probably our best player, Shane O'Connor. He is set to sign for Galway United, which might give him the chance to try his luck in the premier division, if they go up at the end of the season. Would have loved to keep him, but unfortunately my DoF offer for a new contract was rejected by him. This win finds us in 7th on the league table, with two hard games coming up. Next month will be three league games and a cup game coming up, which is again against our local rivals, Cobh Wanderers, for the Senior Challenge Cup. The first two league games will be difficult fixtures away against Drogheda and UCD, after which we finish off with a home game against Athlone Town. Wish me luck!
  10. Board Meeting: So our time at Cobh Ramblers can come to a shocking hault. I do not know what is causing it but for some reason we always seem to be dominating from the start and after we score and miss some chances, we suddenly collapse. Also we give away such stupid goals, we really need an extra defender to bolster our defense. Well lets see what the board says, probably they demand me to win some matches in which case I will come back after to let you guys know if I got sacked or not.
  11. Update June 2019: The month of July was a month we could either fall behind the teams below us or move up into the upper half of the table, at least that is what I mentioned in the previous update. In reality we drew both games and both of the draws were completely avoidable. Against Finn Harps we did not slot any of our chances, our complete front line seemed to be missing their glasses this game. Agains Bray Wanderers we went up 1-0 from an absolute stunner of Stephen Kenny, who I just talked to before the match he had to start playing better, because he was performing dreadfully. After the 1-0 we kept pressing, they got a red card and in their 1 shot on target they had in the match they scored the equalizer. This result really frustrated me as at the moment the games we need to draw we lose and the games we need to win based on the game stats, we end up drawing. Next month we play Cabinteely away and Wexford at home, which gives us yet another chance to get into that top half. Drogheda united the club above us actually fired their manager for the disappointing results they are having. Luckily my board is more patient than theirs. Even though the results are leaving something to be desired, the support of my players is keeping me steadily in my seat for now.
  12. Mental Update May 2019: In June we had a relatively relaxed schedule where we played 1 game a week in the league. We started out horribly, against Athlone we were by far the better side and after we went 2-1 up and they went 1 man down with a red card in the 60th minute I thought the points were coming back to Cobh, but they scored a late equalizer by scoring a header from a corner. Disappointing, especially because the next two games were agains the two teams who are way ahead of the rest of the league. We played well in both games, but the result agains UCD was especially gutting. We were the better side by far and got a penalty, which we missed obviously, and then they suddenly turned the game around and started crushing us. I managed to switch to a more defensive tactic stopping them off and then they got the winner a minute past the allocated stoppage time! After this crushing result, we turned it around for the Longford game to end the month on a positive. I had a team meeting, which greatly increased the moral and it really seemed to pay of in the match, where we fought like lions. The friendly game at the end of the month was because from now on we start playing games every two weeks. I want to keep my players fit and sharp in the weeks between these matches. The league table looks decent now and my squad harmony has taken a big increase and my players finally seem to be moving into a positive morale. Next month only 2 league games to play for against Finn Harps and Bray Wanderers, both teams below us in the table. This can either propel us up the top half or result into something terrible for my position as a manager.
  13. We are only semi-pro at the moment. It is likely to draw cork, because one of the cups only has 8 teams in it. For some reason this "local" cup is split into Munster and Leinster I believe, but the Leinster cup got like 64 teams instead of 8. I believe when I was at Derry city, instead of those cups, I was always playing in a local Northen Irish Cup.
  14. Update April 2019: Another month of in game time gone and well, lets be realistic, we have not set the ground running yet with the Ramblers. April was an awful month hopefully soon to be forgotten, where our tactic, which before let to a 3-0 victory as the only loss for top of the table Galway United, where we demolished them, got completely torn apart. We were awful in some matches, and in the matches we went up equally with the opposition, some terrible mistakes of my backline destroyed the hope of salvaging any points from them. We are out of both cups, thanks to our local rivals Cork City in both of them, they are just a little to big for us and in the league we really have to start putting in better performances as if we are not careful it can cost us our job. Also one of our best players Stephen Cristopher got injured for around 6 weeks at the start of the month: He has about 4 weeks left to go, so hopefully we will see him back next month. Our striker, Paul Murphy, also got injured in the Munster Senior Cup semi final that we played a couple days ago and will definitely miss the two upcoming matches. We have to see how we adjust our playing style for our upcoming fixtures. We got injuries and players that are in need of rest after the busy schedule last month, so we have to be creative. In the League we are in a disappointing 7th position, hopefully we can motivate the lads and start looking up again!
  15. Whalix thank you very much, first time so trying! I played in the Irish leagues since FM 2016 and have a save there every year, for some reason I really enjoy playing in its little bubble. 2016 I had a run with Athlone town from the first division for two or three seasons before moving on. I had a 4 star current ability player come from my youth team, who became a regular in the Irish team. FM17 I had a nice save with 4 seasons at Wexford Youth, after which I managed the Shamrock Rovers for three seasons (winning some cups but never the league). And last year after a couple of years in Scotland in its lower leagues I moved to Derry City, for a very successful period, winning the league and becoming the national coach of Ireland. I never go with any plans I just play and see what happens :). Hopefully we will turn the tie around, thank you very much! Thank you King Cactus, likewise I am very much enjoying your Scotland Leagues thread as well!
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