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  1. Back in the day there used to be many members who would post in here about random stuff. Over the years it's died down like the forums somewhat. Edit: I think it this is the 2nd/3rd thread of it's kind in here since I've been on the forums.
  2. 7 in 15 for a newly promoted side isn't too bad tbh. Either way good stuff.
  3. Yeah, slow progression but I feel we're slowly building something special.
  4. Season Six 2020-21 Season Pre-Season Middlesbrough Going into my 3rd season as Boro boss I wanted to start tying down more backroom staff to longer deals. That meant Adam Kerr(Fitness Coach), Adam Reed(Physio), Barry Heffernan(Physio), Ben Davies(Coach), Chris Moseley(Head Physio), Daniel Donachie(Physio), Darren Ambrose(Coach), Graeme Lindsay(Scout), Harry Jamieson(Scout), Nick Grantham(Fitness Coach), Richie Kyle(Coach) and Steve McCall(Chief Scout) all penned new deals. The board increased the amount of scouts that I could employ at the end of last season which meant I was looking for 4 more scouts. The 4 that joined were Mark Stow, Jorge Cordero, Malcolm Esajas and Vicente Valcarce. Chris Cohen also joined the club after his release by Nottingham Forest as he was deemed as the best under 18s assistant manager I could find. Unfortunately as part of the deal he's also on a playing contract. Whilst his attributes aren't too bad, I already have enough central midfielders and left backs to cover the worst injury crisis so he probably won't play a game for the club. Joe Cole and Neal Bishop left their roles as under 18 and under assistant managers respectively. Board, Media Expections & Other Bits Sky Bet Championship: Mid-table Media Prediction: 14th (Last season 16th) Title Odds: 40-1 FA Cup: Fourth Round Capital One Cup: Third Round Season Ticket Sales: 14,771 (Last season 14,555 - Up 216) Finances: £22,076,121 Transfer Budget: £11,370,000 (£8,626,763 remaining) Wage Budget: £406,499 (£52,196 remaining) Transfers & New Player Contracts After last seasons dip in form over the latter half of the season I felt that I needed to add a few more experienced faces to the squad whilst also remaining true to the club by bringing through youngsters. I'll be honest and admit I wasn't planning on bringing as many players in as I did but in the end, I feel as though we now have the best possible chance to push for a play-off spot through a tough Championship season. 7 players departed the club at the end of their contracts whilst 18 players departed the club on loans to gain first team football. The full list of outgoings is here. Incoming we saw the following join us on Teesside; Britt Assombalonga - The former Nottingham Forest player joins us from Southampton for £1.5m. Britt managed to score 36 in 118 league games since the 2015/16 season which earned him a £4m move to Southampton. Just 2 league games there sees him move to us for a reasonable fee and hoping to recapture the form that he had when he helped Forest to promotion a couple of seasons ago. Dimitar Evtimov - The 26 year old Bulgarian has had a tough couple of seasons as he's now at his 4th club in 3 seasons. He's joined us for £275k and I'm hoping he'll provide some great competition to 1st choice Daniel Bentley. Eduardo - At 21 year, Eduardo is entering the prime of his career. Unfortunately he wasn't granted a work permit which means he'll be spending the next 5 seasons out on loan in Belgium. Whether he makes the grade here or not is another thing and he could well prove to be costly flop at £950k. Has only played 33 competitive games which has seen him score just 5 goals. Hopefully he can improve on that record. Elio Capradossi - The former Roma youngster has spent the past 5 seasons out on loan with his best spell coming last season at Dundee in the Scottish Premiership. He's joined on a free as 4th choice but he's rated extremely highly by my staff and hopefully when called upon he can perform well. Jack Price - The former Wolves man didn't make any appearances last season for them and I doubt he'll make too many here. He was signed as back up when a couple of first choice central midfielders were hit by injuries. Hopefully if needed he'll be a steady signing. James Husband - James initially joined as first choice left back until a couple of my younger left backs were ready to step into the first team and I was extremely pleased to bring him back to the Riverside after 2 and a half seasons away. He's only cost £350k which is an extremely good deal. Whether he gets the playing time now with the other new left back remains to be seen. James Fleming - The young Scottish right back joins from Alloa for £5k. He's nothing more than a good prospect at the moment but hopefully with the right support and training he could push for a place in the first team squad. If not, then he should be able to provide us with a reasonable sale profit. Josh Scowen - Much like Price, Scowen was signed due to a couple of injuries to first choice players. Scowen has a better chance to stake a claim for a first team spot as he's had a reasonable career to date. Last season he struggled in the Premier League with Brighton so hopefully he'll feel more settled in the Championship when he's called upon. For a free transfer he should be a good acquisition. Karel Jares - Just 17 years old and already considered my best left back! My scouts spotted him towards the end of last season and when I saw that his contract was running down I wanted to sign him. Initially it looked like he'd sign a new deal with Mlada Boleslav, where he made 36 appearances in 2 and a bit seasons. However, when he was released I took him on trial. As soon as he joined I wanted to sign him and whilst he's on £9k per week, he should prove a great signing for a number of years. Morgan Sanson - The 25 year old joins for £1.7m from Inter Milan and I have to say I'm delighted with signing. He should be able to perform to a reasonable standard and should slot into our midfield fairly well. Ruben Loftus-Cheek - Ruben joins the club from Bournemouth where he's not had the best of times. I'm thrilled to bring him to the club on a free transfer and I'm hoping he can provide the rest of the midfield with some competition. Daniel Bentley, Laurence Morgan and Mathieu Rousseau have all signed new deals whilst I have triggered the contract extension clauses for Romário, Bradley Dack, Oliver Burke, Gregory Guyon, Stephane Tanguy, Alan Skinner, Pearce Tymon and Alex Thorpe. Graeme Saunders and Sunday Okoye have turned professional whilst Luke Hayford has signed a pre-contract deal. Friendlies I arranged 10 friendlies for this pre-season and we managed to win 8 and draw 2. Whilst the 2 draws came against 'lesser' teams we performed well in both so I am not concerned. Other News We received this seasons TV money which stands at £3.07m. I applied for the Leicester City role but was rejected.
  5. Career Summary Season Team League Position Achievements Notes ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2015/16 Bristol Rovers League Two 21st None Took over on April 10th. 2016/17 Bristol Rovers League Two 3rd Promoted 2017/18 Bristol Rovers League One 23rd None Resigned on 23rd December. 2017/18 Middlesbrough Championship 17th None Took over on 24th April. 2018/19 Middlesbrough Championship 13th None 2019/20 Middlesbrough Championship 11th None
  6. Season Five 2019-20 Season January-May Middlesbrough League We started off the New Year with a entertaining 4-3 win over Preston North End. Jordan Rhodes grabbed himself two goals whilst Neil Lowson and Romário grabbed the other goals. The next two games were against Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town as we picked up maximum points from those games. Jordan Rhodes grabbed 2 more goals in the Sheffield Wednesday result along with Luke Freeman whilst Oliver Burke grabbed the only goal of the game just before half-time against Ipswich. Against Peterborough United we got played off the park as they beat us 3-0 before we picked up a point against Hull City. A convincing 5-1 win against Nottingham Forest followed as we should of had 7 but the linesman decided to rule out 2 perfectly good goals. Jordan Rhodes and Dave Allsop getting braces before Romário grabbed the 5th in what should have been his hat-trick. We've had a few issues against Bolton Wanderers in the past but we managed to beat them 2-0 with another Jordan Rhodes double. The next 7 games saw us ruin any hopes of us making the play-offs or claiming an automatic promotion spot as we picked up just 2 points from 21. We started off with 3 defeats against Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Leeds United before we managed to claim a draw against Birmingham City. The last 3 of the 7 saw us pick up a point against Cardiff City between defeats to QPR and Swansea. Our final 8 games of the season us pick up 4 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats as good promise in some games but appeared clueless in others. In the league we have finished 11th, just 6 points off the play-offs. It's an improvement on last season but it's also a case of what could have been because had we not had that blip of 7 games without a win, we'd possibly have taken the final play-off spot. FA Cup In the FA Cup lost 1-0 at home to Oxford United in a close game. They scored the winner in the 63rd minute. Star Players Jordan Rhodes - Rhodes went 1 better than last season as he managed to score 29 in 44 league games. Has expressed his desire to leave so I'm not sure how much longer we'll be able to keep hold of him. Liam Palmer - The right back is just Mr Consistent. He's had his best season for the club as he played all 46 league games as he chipped in with 12 assists. Craig Clay - Craig continues to defy my coaches opinion of him and continues to link the midfield and attack. Whilst he didn't score any he's got himself 8 assists from 40 games this season. Dave Allsop - The academy graduate started to show his true potential as the season went on as he completed 29 league games with 3 goals and 4 assists. He sits in the middle of the park doing the dirty work. Youth Candidates Once again we had another great year of youth candidates as 7 players were offered youth contracts. They were Luke Hayford, Sunday Okoye, Dale Barrett, Steve Thomas, Lee Haynes, Lee Smith and Ashley James. The best of the bunch was Luke Hayford, who with the correct training could become a great centre half for the club. Finances As another season done and we're still in a good position financially despite the £6m loss or so since December. Other News Milan Lalkovic and Brice Samba departed the club as both moaned about their lack of first team football. Incoming we saw Brazilian, Tuta join the club. Unfortunately he hasn't been given a work permit so I'll be looking to send him to feeder club Eeklo when opportunity arises. The board offered me the chance to change the season expectations which I politely declined. Dave Allsop, Luke Freeman, Neil Lowson and Jay Atkinson all signed new deals whilst Jordan Crawford and Craig Mason turned professional. José Eduardo went back to Ituano on loan. I also activated the contract extension clause which will see him remain at the club until 2023. I've completed my continental B licence but the board have refused me the chance to take my A so far. We've also been granted an increase into the amount of physios and scouts we're allowed. I've put an advert out for a scout whilst Luke Anthony joins from my old club Bristol Rovers as physio. I've taken charge of my 100th game as Boro boss. Despite our reasonable financial situation, Steve Gibson still invested some of his own cash whilst we got news that our facilities were being upgraded. The youth setup has remained the same after an audit as we once again picked up the solidarity payment. The club also gave me the option to decide where we'd like to go for our training camp during pre-season so we're off to Portugal. The board gave me the initial budgets and I have to say I'm rather pleased with the transfer budget that I have been given which should enable me to add the relevant players to the squad that I want.
  7. Yeah it's been frustrating as one minute we're great and then the next we're useless.
  8. Yeah, I'm not quite sure how it happens. The chicken pox virus as such always remains in your body, dormant. Then it can hit you. I'll always carry it now for life yeah.
  9. Season Five 2019-20 Season August-December Middlesbrough League With a strong pre-season behind us we started off the season with a trip to Deepdale where we faced Preston. Chris Martin gave the hosts an early lead after 2 minutes. Despite bossing the game in terms of possession we didn't equalise until five minutes before half-time as Oliver Burke grabbed his first goal for the club. Jordan Rhodes grabbed what turned out to be the winner after 57 minutes. Against Sheffield Wednesday we were once again the better side. Unfortunately our finishing let us down as we lost 1-0 through a Tom Carroll goal on 35 minutes. The third game of the month was a visit to Ipswich Town where once again we had the majority of possession but just couldn't get the goal we needed as the game finished 0-0. In the Peterborough United game I decided to change things up slightly in terms of how we used the possession and this seemed to work. We created a lot more chances and still most of the possession. Jordan Rhodes got his 2nd of the season after 13 minutes before Ivan Lombardo pulled the visitors level. Oliver Burke restored our lead 6 minutes later before Neil Lowson rounded off a comfortable win on 83 minutes. Our final game of the month before the international break saw us visit Hull City. Once again possession and chances were pivotal in us winning the game as Jordan Rhodes got the only goal of the game just before the half hour mark. The international break didn't do us good as we lost our next 2 games against Bolton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest. We didn't actually play too badly in the Bolton game as we once again had the majority of the possession and more chances. We just couldn't break the Bolton defence down as they took the lead after 17 minutes. Gianluca Lapadula got 2 goals on 54 and 78 minutes which sandwiched a Paulinho for the guests as they scored 3 in 24 minutes. Our only goal of the game was scored by Milan Lalkovic on 78 minutes as well. A tight affair against Nottingham Forest was won by them through an own goal from Daniel Bentley just 7 minutes from time. A 5 match unbeaten run followed with 3 wins and 2 draws as we beat Huddersfield Town, Leeds United and QPR. The 2 draws coming against fierce rivals Newcastle United and Birmingham City. The game against Leeds saw us record 26 shots with 13 of those on target whilst the game against Birmingham saw them grab a deserved equaliser with 3 minutes to go. The 5 match unbeaten run was abruptly ended by Cardiff City as they hammered us 3-0 as they scored 3 goals within the first 30 minutes to kill off any hope we had. That defeat saw us put together another 6 match unbeaten run as we picked up points against Swansea City, Millwall and Fulham. The first 5 games of the 6 match unbeaten run saw us claim 5 clean sheets. The 3 wins came against Wolves, Brentford and Burnley as Jordan Rhodes grabbed 4 goals from those 3 games. In the month of December we failed to win any of the 5 games we had as we only collected 1 point from a possible 15. That point coming against Sunderland in a closely fought game. Against Rotherham United we decided to gift them a 3 goal headstart before the first half was complete. As if that wasn't enough we decided to allow them a 4th just 2 minutes after the restart. Jordan Rhodes had managed to pull 3 goals back by the 70th minute but despite our best efforts we couldn't get the equaliser. I'm not quite sure what it is about Aston Villa but I just don't like playing them. We had two games against them over the festive period as we lost both 3-0 and 4-2. Whilst I'd like to say we played well, we didn't. So I guess we just have to move on. The Boxing Day fixture saw us travel to Valley Parade to face Bradford City. We took the lead through Jordan Rhodes before Joe Garner pulled them level in the 70th minute. Old player curse struck again as Adam Reach grabbed the winner for Bradford in the 89th minute. In the league we currently occupy 8th place as we sit just 2 points off the play-offs. Capital One Cup In the Capital One Cup we entertained Tranmere Rovers in the 1st round as I swapped all 11 players. We managed to secure a 1-0 win thanks to young striker Tony Richardson. Against Notts County I once again swapped all 11 players as we took an early lead through Dael Fry. Sean Goss and Jay Simpson gave County a 2-1 lead at half-time before Luke Freeman equalised on 64 minutes. Just 5 minutes later though, Josh Magennis grabbed the winner for County. Star Players Over the 1st half of the season there have been 5 players who I would class as key players and they have been Jordan Rhodes, Craig Clay, Jack Stephens, Oliver Burke and Liam Palmer. Finances Our finances have taken a little bit of a hit since pre-season as we've lost about £7m. We're still doing well financially though. Other News In other news, we saw George Friend depart the club as he went off to Swansea. I once again managed to get Craig Clay to sack his agent as he signed a new deal. Bobby Winkelman, Paul Jenkins, Michael Carrick, Peter Bulmer, Phillip Hudson and Stephen Pears signed new deals to remain on my coaching staff whilst Tony Douglas signed a new deal to stay at the club as a player. Matty Robson turned professional at the club. Corey Hopkins and Nathan Day joined the club as youngsters although they'll probably never make the grade. Álex Gomez and Daniel Chichillanne joined as new scouts whilst Steve Bissix joins as an under 21s physio from Bristol Rovers. The board agreed to some youth facilities upgrades, gave me a new deal and allowed me to go to take my next coaching badge. Unfortunately there was no success with getting a feeder team.
  10. Indeed it is, but we're doing well and it's about getting a structure in place that enables the club to move forward.
  11. Still feel slightly bad occasionally on temperature but I seem to have been quite lucky so far **touches wood**. I've been told I'm a carrier of the virus, if I heard the doctor right so I could get it in years to come as well.
  12. Apart from aching, temperature and tingling, yeah.
  13. Sorted it anyway, Belgium seems to be one still. I thought it wasn't.
  14. Thought Belgium had changed but nope, I have a team from there. Thanks anyway.
  15. I'm sure there have been ample threads on this subject before, but I'll honest and can't be bothered to use the search function and I believe it's changed for FM16. What are the best nations to try and find a feeder club where I can send one of my South American players to so he can gain a work permit quickly. I know Belgium and Bulgaria used to be but I think they've changed recently.