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About withnail316


  • Biography
    Massive football fan. I'm lucky enough to watch football for a living, but if I'm not watching it, I'm playing FM.

About Me

  • About Me
    In the manager's office


  • Interests
    Football, FM, films, gigs, stand up comedy, GTA, a beer or two.

Favourite Team

  • Favourite Team
    Notts County

Currently Managing

  • Currently Managing
    Athletic Club

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  1. It turns out that after four years with Scotland, Malky Mackay was tempted back into club management by Championship West Ham. Crazy on the eve of a World Cup, if you ask me. Still, I won't complain. I must add that I don't see me managing at international level beyond the World Cup, but I couldn't turn it down when it was offered to me. Unfortunately, I have had to resign from Athletic after a little over three months in the job, but still. For what it's worth, I fancy our chances of getting out of the group:
  2. This stay at Athletic is going to be unexpectedly short, but I've never managed at a World Cup before...
  3. May LL: Athletic Club 2-1 Real Madrid Not really sure what happened here, but I'll take the win which should just about secure Europa League football next year. Madrid were in front just before the half hour mark, and stayed that way until half time. I set the lads out to be more adventurous in the second half, but we had to wait until the 72nd minute to get level. The goal came from 17 year old Justo Moreno, and 9 minutes we were in front from a long throw, as Moreno slotted in a second. LL: Athletic Club 2-0 Valencia After the final whistle of this one, we somehow found ourselves in the Champions League places! It only lasted until the evening, when Sevilla had played, but it was nice all the same. Arteaga and De la Fuente got the goals in the first and last minute respectively. LL: Espanyol 0-2 Athletic Club Two more from Arteaga ensure we finish the season with three points, and a direct spot in the Europa League group stage next season.
  4. She's on the mend cheers, although we're waiting on a result from a lab before we get too excited. Fingers crossed.
  5. UEFA Europa League Semi Final 1st leg: PSV 1-1 Athletic Club Not a great performance in the first leg, so I'm happy to get out of a newly expanded Phillips Stadion with a draw. We fell behind after 6 minutes, conceding a sloppy goal from a corner, and that was how it stayed to half time. I tore into the players at the break, and set them out to play more on the front foot, and on the hour Imanol Franco was fouled inside the area. The winger stepped up himself to smash the penalty home, and that was that. 2nd leg: Athletic Club 2-0 PSV Much more convincing, and we're through to the final. Muniain slotted us in front from close range after 20 minutes, then made a second for De la Fuente late in the second half. We'll meet Tottenham in the final next month.
  6. Thanks man. Hugely unexpected with our striker shortage.
  7. A few days off this while worrying about a really poorly dog. Going to try and get back on ASAP as a distraction, if nothing else.
  8. withnail316

    The New FMCU General Discussion Thread

    Welcome to the forum, mate. When I first started posting here regularly about 7-8 years ago, I barely stepped foot out of England on FM. Reading other adventures here encouraged me to spread my wings and try other leagues - maybe it'll do the same for you. Best of luck.
  9. Europa League Quarter final 1st Leg: Athletic Club 2-1 Liverpool I had us as second favourites for this tie even with our best players fit, but to win the first leg with both strikers injured was a huge achievement. We were in front after 7 minutes, Alex de la Fuente finishing off a four man move on the left to slot home. It was two after 35 minutes, when Iker Muniain curled home a peach from 30 yards, but the away goal scored in the second half could be crucial. 2nd Leg: Liverpool 0-1 Athletic Club Or not! A terrific, backs to the wall performance and a goal from Imanol Franco right on half time sees us through to the semi finals. We'll meet PSV, while Sevilla play Spurs in the other.
  10. Thanks Nobby. Don't believe I've ever taken the Athletic job before, having fun so far.
  11. withnail316

    The New FMCU General Discussion Thread

    Best player I've had in a youth intake for quite a while:
  12. Youth intake 2022 I'd hoped for a couple of decent prospects when I joined Athletic, but I didn't expect to see "one of the best players of his generation" so early on. Both of these two look outstanding, but Zabala is going to be out of this world.
  13. February & March It would be fair to say that things have started pretty well in Bilbao. We've been really strong in the league playing a 4-2-3-1, although I'm not convinced I've done too much - I've simply played good players in their best positions. I've also continued to ignore my assistant, especially over our defenders. I'm using our third and fourth best centre backs according to the team report, but unlike 1 & 2, neither have any noticeable weaknesses, so we've been pretty solid back there. As for Europe, we'll meet Liverpool in the quarter final of the Europa League, but we have a major shortage of strikers for the tie. Top scorer Iban Arteaga picked up a knock in the second leg against Maritimo, and he's out of action until the end of April at the earliest, and his understudy Fernando Pareda won't play again this season. That means we're relying on a pair of youth teamers, neither of whom is especially ready for first team football. I have managed to persuade Laporte to stay next season btw, and he'll be joined by Antoine Griezmann, who is coming in from Atleti for €5.5m to offer back up in the number 10 role.
  14. So the first game against Barcelona (led by a front three of Messi, Neymar and Lewandowski) didn't go well, we lost 2-0 but it could have been six or seven. I responded by questioning my assistant's opinion on a few players, most notably 32 year old centre back Mikel San Jose, who is allegedly our best defender. I switched him out for wantaway Aymeric Laporte, who was a monster in our 5-0 second leg demolition of Metalist. Losing both Laporte and Larrazabal would be criminal, but I think Larrazabal's mind is made up.