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Management History Introduction "Hang on a minute lads, I've got a great idea" There's a common turn of phrase in football where fans will identify their favourite team from a particular country. For example, my French team happens to be St Etienne (because I like the band). Well, when I lived in Wales for a few years around the turn of the century, I developed a fondness for Bangor City. Over the years that attachment has not gone, but I've not really kept up with them as much as I would English football. Last year I noticed they had been demoted a number of leagues with the restructuring of Welsh football. I didn't know too much about what had gone on, but with the release of FM20 I noticed Bangor City were playing in the second tier of Welsh football and I thought it would make an interesting long term save. So I set about setting up a new save and noticed that a majority of their players are foreigners, and most of them Italians. So that covers the title. Bangor City, it seems have been taken over by an Italian-Argentinian chairman and he has imprinted his nation on his new club. Bangor had been badly run by another in a far too large group of poor chairmen, and it seems like things might have turned a corner with the arrival of Mr Domenico Serafino. In the real world he appointed a friend of his, from his life spent in Argentina, to manage the team. A certain Pedro Pasculli, who roomed with Maradona at the 1986 world cup. Bizarre, I know. Things changed in my world. Pedro said "Bangor?" and Mr Serafino had to turn his search a little closer to home. In the end he plumped for a little known local coach. Me. Problematically, I don't speak Italian, and three quarters of my squad are Italian. I also have a Bissau-Guinean, a Guinean, an Angolan, a Ghanaian, a Burkinabe, a Uganda, an Argentinian and a few Englishmen. Would you believe it, I even have a Welsh goalkeeper? Just the one though; I am after all in Wales. Luckily I have an Italian Director Of Football, so he'll be helping me with the languages. He's brought along his son too, and he's a reasonable young talent. He's no owner's son though. This is Francesco Serafino; the bosses lad. He'll be leading the line this season. Here's my entire squad: The board want us to gain promotion to the Premier League as champions of the Cymru North. They also want us to reach the final of the Welsh Cup. It's no small ask, but we have a good squad and a few hundred to spend on wages. I could do with another full back and cover for the defensive midfielder position, but if the squad stays fit, and based on pre-season so far, we should be able to walk this league. We're predicted to finish first - in fact we're 2-5 on. We also have eight players in the media dream eleven (though bizarrely our DM is included as GK). They have Yalany Baio as the league's star player, so here is: We have such a talented squad that I'm looking to play a shorter passing formation. Serafino is a natural F9, so he'll be playing deep and the aim is to get IFs and CMs forward with nice link up play. Baio will sit deep to provide a shield to the defense and allow our full backs to get forward. It's a lot more technical than I've ever played at this level of football before, but I believe we have the players to make it work. The worry is what happens if Serafino or Baio get injured. Finger's crossed. I'm no tactical genius, so this is a work in progress. Bangor should be a top Welsh club. Let's bring the good times back to the city of Bangor. The Italian-way. "It's a very difficult job and the only way to get through it is we all work together as a team. And that means you do everything I say." Further Plans This save will hopefully be my long term save for FM20. It's not definite that I'll stay with Bangor. My aim is to improve myself and have a career. I would like to get Bangor back where they belong first though. It will take a big job to drag me away from North Wales if I've not done much with Bangor. The disclaimer is that I'm not a fast player. I put a lot of detail in to my games and I progress slowly. I've tried to keep one of these career updates going before but speed of updates was slow and it got buried. I've not really had an aim with a club before though, like I do with Bangor, because I usually start unemployed. This is the most intriguing start I've had to an FM career for some number of years. I'm not expecting multiple updates per week though. I also have the whole of Euope loaded, plus USA and Australia. Plenty of scope on where I end up. The white text background near the end is because I copied a quote from elsewhere - not typing all that again and editor doesn't seem to have that option.