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Update 15

Years: 1, Months: 15, Days: 450

September has rolled around and we will start in Italy, where the Old Lady has been navigated to the top of the Serie A table by the relatively young lady. Lisa Jeffries is 65 years younger than the club but the Canadian has sent them top with an unbeaten month, giving her an unbeaten season so far. Fiorentina, Livorno, Parma and Brescia were all beaten in the league, alongside a 0-0 draw with Palermo. A tie against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League group stages also saw a 0-0 draw. However, for the moment at least, her rivals cannot keep up, with Inter and Roma close behind, and Mikey Twigge’s Palermo, predicted 11th, sitting in 4th place. Aside from that draw against Juventus and a further one against James Ridley’s 6th-placed Siena; Super Lampard’s Lecce, Napoli and Reggina were all beaten, alongside Vicenza in the Italian Cup 4th Qualifying Round.

For some people, particularly those who aren’t fans of Juventus or Palermo, the World Cup Qualifying may have been of more interest. Two further European teams secured their places in South Africa 2010, that being England and Portugal. Brazil and Argentina also secured the first two South American qualifications. As for our other two countries, both are top of their groups with Italy looking certain to qualify and Spain having a little bit of work to scoot away from Belgium. The match of the round would have to be Liechtenstein’s 2-1 win over Finland.

There was further action in Europe on a more domestic front. Italian sides are doing well in the Champions League group stages, with A.C. Milan, Inter Milan and Roma top of their groups having a 100% record. However, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are in third, albeit just one point behind both of the top two. Burrows had a poor month, although Theo Stigarakis’s Catania were beaten 2-1 at the start of the month and CSKA (Sofia) were beaten 3-0 in Europe to give the Andorran his only two wins of the month. Barcelona top his group, and their rivals Real Madrid sit atop Group D with Manchester United just behind them.

The League Cup Third Round was rather interesting. Roland Nilsson’s West Ham beat Preston 4-0 away, but two Premier League sides lost out to those from the Championship. Fréderico Canvey’s Stoke scalped Martin Bojangles’s Hull 3-2 after extra time at the Britannia, although Queen’s Park Rangers did the same over Mark Cator’s Aston Villa, but away. It was part of a poor month for Cator, who lost to both Blackburn and Liverpool. But a draw against Manchester City and a win against Fulham at the end of the month might give the Englishman some hope. Brucie Bonus’s West Brom are through to the next round after beating Swansea 3-0, but Ricky Nakano and Middlesbrough were knocked out at the Riverside 1-2 to Liverpool.

There was also cup action from Italy and Spain, and in the Italian Cup Fourth Qualifying Round, bermybhoy’s Atalanta lost on penalties to Pescara, while Serie B Torino, formerly managed by dafuge, beat James Ridley’s Siena 3-2. In the Spanish Cup Second Round, Sirus Lannock’s Málaga found themselves destroyed 0-4 by Cádiz, and Osasuna also lost, 1-2 to Real Unión. This puts both Lannock and Saul Goode as Insecure, particularly as Málaga are 13th in LIGA adelante and Osasuna are 5th. In La Liga, Barcelona are top of the pile although they are followed by Lars Tommersen’s Villarreal, who had an excellent month, losing only once, to Inter in the Champions League. Valladolid are third, under the wise control of Phill Ewles, and the Englishman guided the club to two wins, a draw and a loss this month. Murcia lie bottom but Betis are just three points above that, losing 0-6 combined to Barcelon and Real Madrid this month, although beating Andy Morton’s Sporting, the team directly above them making up the bottom three, 3-0.

In England, Tom Smith’s Arsenal have prised top spot away from Manchester City, although the Sky Blues remain the only side unbeaten, and were the only side to beat the Gunners this month, as the London-based club romped to five wins, including a 4-0 victory over Fulham and a 5-0 one over Rosenborg in the Champions League. Harry Redknapp’s Blackburn are in third place, with Manchester United in fourth. Shazad Ali had a good month at Newcastle, who are eighth, beating Hull and rivals Sunderland, and securing a 5-0 win over Russians Khimki in the Europa League. Their only loss was to Arsenal in the League Cup Third Round, although they also drew against Tottenham. Scott Tysoe’s Sunderland started the month badly, drawing against Crystal Palace and that loss to Newcastle, but a win over Wolves in the League Cup and one over Ipswich in the league puts them 15th, just above Bryan McGuinness’s Everton who failed to win this month.

Back over to Italy now, where Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio had a decent month, losing to Lord Weeman’s Napoli 1-2, but reversing the scoreline away to Inter, drawing against James Salter’s hapless Reggina side, defeating Rimini 3-0 in the cup, and beating Mikael Schøler’s Bologna 2-0. Bologna are currently 7th and had a tough month, with Roma, Inter, A.C. Milan and of course Lazio among their opponents. Despite 0-2 losses to Clark Aitken’s Roma and to Lazio, and a 1-5 defeat from Inter, A.C. Milan were beaten 2-0 at home, some consolation for those league results and a 1-2 loss to Cardio Vascular’s Genoa in the cup.

There has been one game played in the Europa League, which was won by Da Hoover Man’s Sampdoria over FC Timisoara; Fiorentina, Leo Dodge’s Tottenham and Deportivo. Atlético Madrid, Juventus and Newcastle were also in action and their results have been detailed elsewhere.

In Spain, Joe Gleeson’s Espanyol are in a safe mid-table position. They achieved ultimate mediocrity this month with three 2-2 draws, against Sevilla, Atlético Madrid and Jellybean Man’s Numancia, who also had three draws this month. But both sides got a 2-1 win, over Zaragoza for Man, and Deportivo for Gleeson. Cristobal Blanco’s Recreativo are in the healthy position of eighth, despite two losses this month to Athletic and Atlético Madrid. A win over Getafe and a draw against Valladolid made up their month. Maz Armley’s Racing had two draws, a win and a loss this month and the club are 17th, one place above the relegation zone.

October finishes the World Cup Qualifying Campaign in Europe, and there is the Third Round and First Leg of the Fourth Round in the Spanish Cup. Added to this, three lots of games in Europe and six Premier League, three Serie A and three La Liga games. However, right at the end of the month is Hallowe’en. Could it be a horror story for any of our managers?

Manager of the Update

After a strong month for the cream of the Italian crop, the award goes to;

Lisa Jeffries, Juventus

for steering her side to top spot in an unbeaten month. Her team showed some true grit and determination to edge out the wins but turned on the goal machine somewhat with a 3-0 win over Parma. Mikey Twigge’s unbeaten month, propelling his Palermo team above expected positions, and Clark Aitken’s Roma also came close, but Jeffries’s top spot is sign of a good season to follow.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United  Secure         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure         450
 [/font][font=Courier New] 3rd IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia    Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting    Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia    Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid  Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid  Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - hamilton162          Tom Hamilton        Mallorca    Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma        Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ScottT!              Scott Tysoe         Sunderland  Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom   Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull        Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - kashmirshazad        Shazad Ali          Newcastle   Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania     Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - DiscoStu94           Da Hoover Man       Sampdoria   Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - MikaelS              Mikael Schøler      Bologna     Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal  Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - canvey!!             Fréderico Canvey    Stoke       Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta    Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton      Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena       Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea     Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing      Stable         450
 [/font][font=Courier New]47th conners              Sirus Lannock       Málaga      Insecure       450
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Swafe                Saul Goode          Osasuna     Insecure       450[/font]

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Good victory over Inter for Lazio & we continue with stability, makes for good reading early in the new season. :) Kep it up boys, and great updates as always Canvey :)

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No mention in the update, but lying 3rd and at stable makes this season seem promising so far :)

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Top of the table, and a good month. It'd be nice to see my job security rise a little soon, but stable is good enough for now.

Kutgw!! :thup:

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*gazes serenely down from the top of the table*

*makes gratuitous misandristic comments about other Serie A managers*

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Manager of the Update – Previous Winners

[font=Courier New]  [b]Update Winner, Club                [/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus[/font]

Top Ten – Players Bought (Number)

[font=Courier New]  [b]Po[/b][b]s Username           Manager            Club           No[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New]1st Almondo            Arnold J. Rimmer   Bolton         15
 [/font][font=Courier New]2nd fergysafc          Liam Ferguson      Man City       12
 [/font][font=Courier New]3rd bermybhoy          bermybhoy          Atalanta       11
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - Martin_            Martin Bojangles   Hull           11
 [/font][font=Courier New]5th ~Ian~              Bryan McGuinness   Everton        10
 [/font][font=Courier New]6th el sid             Cool Manager       Atlético Madrid 9
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - Swafe              Saul Goode         Osasuna         9
 [/font][font=Courier New]8th kashmirshazad      Shazad Ali         Newcastle       8
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - tadr               Andre da Conceiçao Chelsea         8
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - Lower Leagues Rule Jonte Rhodes       Lazio           8
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - PluckaDuck         Tyler Burrows      Udinese         8
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - canvey!!           Fréderico Canvey   Stoke           8
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - BenArsenal         Ben Cee            Inter           8[/font]

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still going along steadily and keeping myself anonymous enough not to be poached by a larger team unless i keep up the unbeaten run for too long

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Update 16

Years: 1, Months: 16, Days: 481

October has passed, and with it Hallow’een, and it was a horror story for one of our managers. Which manager it was will become clear in time, but the horror film most akin to the situation might be Texas Chainsaw Massacre: as this poor defenceless manager was shown the door by an evil and vindictive corporation.

We’ll start in Spain this time around, where Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona top the table. Right down at the other end, however, are Wobill Luman’s Betis. The international break dictated that the sides could only play three league games this month, but Madridstas managed to convert seven on the nine possible points into those in his pocket, sharing the spoils against Zaragoza, and beating Andy Morton’s Sporting 3-1 away. Betis, on the other hand, gained just two points, including a 0-0 draw at home to Cristobal Blanco’s Recreativo. He then faced Blanco in the Spanish Cup 4th Round First Leg, and lost 0-2 away, while Madridstas’s Barcelona won 3-2 away to Terrassa.

Over to England where there is already a bit of a power fight at the top of the Premier League table, and it seems that the top four are already beginning to carve out a lead over fifth-placed Everton. Harry Redknapp’s Blackburn found themselves in the mix at the start of the month, but fell out after a tough set of fixtures and are now six points adrift of Tom Smith’s fourth-placed Arsenal. Arsenal drew three matches 1-1 this month, winning one and losing one also. Birmingham were seen off 4-2, but a trip to White Hart Lane in a fierce North London Derby saw Leo Dodge’s Tottenham trump 1-0 with a Darren Bent goal. Dodge is having a comfortable season so far, but lingers in 8th spot by virtue of two games in hand. Aside from Arsenal, West Brom and Aston Villa were also seen off this month, with Ipswich proving a challenge too far; Spurs lost at Portman Road.

Elsewhere in England, Arnold J. Rimmer is still keeping his head above water in the Championship, and his Bolton team remain a point clear of Bristol City in first place, with Wigan in third. Bolton’s month was improving throughout, beginning with a 1-1 draw against Q.P.R., followed by three wins and a draw in four games with a 10-1 total, but the Wanderers were brought down to earth by Coventry City, who downed them 2-0 at The Ricoh Arena. Towards the other end of the Championship, however, Fréderico Canvey’s Stoke found themselves in turmoil but could see the light at the end of the tunnel. A 3-3 draw with Preston was not good for Canvey’s Job Security, but three consecutive wins over Watford, Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall put him in a safer position. However, a 0-1 loss at home to Coventry saw Canvey shown the door in a selfish and heartless act by the chairman. Brutally sacked, the Spaniard went home to see his mother, who has been beaten by Stoke City as well. The club then set fire to Canvey’s home. The monsters. Canvey’s replacement, Alan Irvine, guided the club in the wrong direction by losing 1-2 to Cardiff.

The World Cup is ever looming, and the vast majority of qualification worldwide is complete. Aside from the host nation, South Africa, there are five other African nations qualified: Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal and Tunisia. From North America, they are joined by Honduras, Mexico and the United States, while Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay make up the South American contingent. Australia, Iran, Japan and Saudi Arabia represent Asia, while Europe sends the Czech Republic, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Spain and Switzerland. Six more qualification spots are available, with one going to South Korea or New Zealand, one going to Costa Rica or Chile, and one going to the eight European nations playing off for a place. Sweden meet France, Russia meet Greece, Bulgaria meet Slovakia and Belgium meet Ukraine in the final showdown.

That was not the only action that happened in Europe this month. The Champions League Group Stage has reached its halfway point, and four teams have a 100% record. Lyon and Benfica join the two Milan teams in having nine points from nine. Will de Mote’s A.C. Milan beat Nancy Lorraine 3-2 this month alongside 4-1 win-loss record in the league, with some matches against newly-promoted teams seen as an opportunity to amass points, although Parma were their undoing. Ben Cee’s Inter secured a 2-0 win at Ibrox this month but had a varied league month. Siena and Juventus were seen off to begin with, but the Singaporean’s team lost to Lord Weeman’s Napoli before beginning damage control with a 2-2 draw against Lecce. As for teams in trouble in the Champions League, Liam Ferguson’s Manchester City, who lead the Premier League, find themselves third in their group with Inter, losing 0-2 to Lars Tommersen’s Villarreal this month. The flip of the tie at the City of Manchester Stadium should be the key to who progresses in second.

Meanwhile, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese are adrift in third place in Group F, behind Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The Andorran’s team lost 0-2 to the Germans this month, but are in 8th place in Serie A. Lord Weeman’s Napoli leapt from 14th to 6th in Serie A this month with a very impressive 100% performance: a 5-0 win over Bologna, a 2-0 win over Bologna and of course that 2-0 win away to Inter.

There is only one relevant team outside the top spots in the Europa League group stages, with Da Hoover Man’s Sampdoria sitting in third place in their group, behind AZ Alkmaar and Dortmund. This month, Tottenham beat Rubin Kazan 4-0 while Lisa Jeffries’s Juventus and Cool Manager’s Atlético Madrid both secured 2-0 away victories, over Maccabi Haifa and Vitesse respectively.

Back over to Spain now, where the Spanish Cup 4th Round First Leg has taken place. We have already seen how Barcelona and Betis got on, but Joe Gleeson’s Espanyol are in danger after losing the first leg 0-1 to Xerez. Phill Ewles and Valladolid should see themselves safely through, after a 3-1 away win over Real Sociedad, and the same can be said of Jellybean Man’s Numancia, who beat Celta 2-0 away in the first leg. Others are pretty safe in thinking ahead to Round Five, such as Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid, who beat Ponferradina 3-0 in the First Leg. Maz Armley also looks secure after a 3-0 win over Murcia at home puts him in a good position. Meanwhile, in the Liga adelante, Málaga, Osasuna and Almería make up a chain from 6th to 8th. Sirus Lannock’s Málaga had a decent if not spectacular month, claiming ten points from twelve after a defeat at the start of the month to Tenerife. It should be enough for the Málaga fans, who won’t be baying for blood just yet. Saul Goode’s future is still uncertain, and he won the first two games of the month before losing 0-3 to Lannock’s team, and then drawing against Albacete. He may still want to keep those old job sections from newspapers, unless his luck changes. Levante currently sit atop Liga adelante with Celta second.

Fortunately for English sides in the Premier League, Ipswich are looking likely to go down unless they see a change in fortunes, and Crystal Palace could be likely to drop, but they currently sit 16th. Strangeley, West Ham sit in the relegation zone, seemingly ending their rejuvenation under Roland Nilsson, but they are above Martin Bojangles’s Hull, everyone’s tip for the drop this season. Hull picked up one point this month at home to Arsenal but lost every other game, but Liverpool and Manchester City were two of their conquerors. The progress of Scott Tysoe’s Sunderland seems to have halted, as they sit 17th, and the Englishman picked them up four points this month, and one of theirs was also against Arsenal with a 1-1 draw at the Emirates. In fact, they played exactly the same games as Hull, except Hull played their West Ham game in September, and the home/away varied. Tim Aubel’s Fulham sit in 11th place, fresh off a 4-0 drubbing of Javier Aguirre’s Portmsouth, and two games before that a 3-0 one of Redknapp’s Blackburn. Ricky Nakano’s Middlesbrough, who are 15th, an improvement on the start of the month, sandwiched the two with a 1-1 draw.

Over to Italy to conclude, and Clark Aitken’s Roma once again have the upper hand as they lead the way in Serie A. They are one point clear of Inter, and the Canadian’s team put nine points on the board, although they lost to newly-promoted Livorno. Losing to newly-promoted teams seems to be the in thing in Italy, and Parma sit 10th, Brescia 11th and Livorno 16th. Roma also lost 0-1 to Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League but should not distress too much. Theo Stigarakis’s Catania should, however, as they sit bottom of the league with a measly five points. None of those were procured this month. James Salter’s Reggina sit in 18th and have picked up a bit this month, beating Siena 1-0 and Mikel Schøler’s Bologna 4-0. The 0-5 loss to Napoli at the start of the month may have been the catalyst.

Four of our managers are in danger but three are Very Secure. Jobs are starting to appear, meaning that perhaps some of the less loyal managers (Coffee Ice Cream lovers, for instance), might be jumping ship before they capsize. Almost one-and-a-half years in, the pool of managers created by the influx of sixty managers at the beginning is starting to empty, and maybe the services of those already fired, or those still in their posts, will be required.

Manager of the Update

There was little competition this month to tackle;

Lord Weeman, Napoli

for his 100% league campaign, which included nine unreturned goals and a 2-0 win over Inter away. Spain had a decent month this month, with Lucas Volman at Real Madrid a good candidate. Cool Manager and Haowan Madridstas also did well, while Will de Mote was the second best manager in Italy with a good performance this month.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom   Very Secure    481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - MikaelS              Mikael Schøler      Bologna     Very Secure    481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Very Secure    481
 [/font][font=Courier New] 4th ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United  Secure         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma        Secure         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Secure         481
 [/font][font=Courier New] 8th IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia    Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting    Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia    Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid  Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid  Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - hamilton162          Tom Hamilton        Mallorca    Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull        Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania     Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - DiscoStu94           Da Hoover Man       Sampdoria   Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal  Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta    Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton      Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena       Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea     Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing      Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - conners              Sirus Lannock       Málaga      Stable         481
 [/font][font=Courier New]44th mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Insecure       481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - kashmirshazad        Shazad Ali          Newcastle   Insecure       481
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Swafe                Saul Goode          Osasuna     Insecure       481
 [/font][font=Courier New]47th ScottT!              Scott Tysoe         Sunderland  Very Insecure  481
 [/font][font=Courier New]48th canvey!!             Fréderico Canvey    Stoke                      476[/font]

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Tough luck there canvey. Sacked and homeless. :(

On the bright side, I'm still surviving in 15th in the EPL, still stable, and tied for 8th in job security. :D

KUTGW :thup:

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I must be the most boring manager. Aside from a period of insecurity at the end of last season, my status has hardly changed.

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Unlucky there canvey!! :( But no mention from me and still stable, good news :thup:

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I always did like Stoke :D

Happy with Stable. Flirted with the sack early on, so glad to still be in it. Good work canvey!! :thup:

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Doing pretty fair at Udinese, looks like my job is pretty safe for now!

KUTGW Canvey!!!

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Unlucky canvey :(

Happy with a Stable job status and oooh, a mention in this update :D

KUTGW mate

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Manager of the Update – Previous Winners

[font=Courier New]  [b]Update Winner, Club                [/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli[/font]

Top Ten – Players Bought (Value)

[font=Courier New]  [b] Pos Username           Manager            Club             Value[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st fergysafc          Liam Ferguson      Man City        £185  M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 2nd BenArsenal         Ben Cee            Inter           £ 89  M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 3rd AtilasMiserly      Will de Mote       A.C. Milan      £ 78  M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 4th tadr               Andre da Conceiçao Chelsea         £ 69  M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 5th tomsmith1989       Tom Smith          Arsenal         £ 63  M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 6th Haowan             Haowan Madridstas  Barcelona       £ 52  M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 7th spartans5          Lawrence Lazewski  Valencia        £ 50  M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 8th kashmirshazad      Shazad Ali         Newcastle       £ 48  M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 9th Jack Rudd          Lisa Jeffries      Juventus        £ 42  M
 [/font][font=Courier New]10th el sid             Cool Manager       Atlético Madrid £ 41.5M[/font]

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Oh dear gone from Very Secure to Very Insecure in the space of about four months! SORT IT OUT SUNDERLAND!

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Update 17

Years: 1, Months: 17, Days: 511

Get those Advent calendars and Christmas decorations down from the loft, managers! Advent begins with the end of this update, as November rolled its way past us. For four of our managers, there will be even more time to celebrate Christmas as they now find themselves without a job.

We’ll start this month’s report off with the Champions League, where teams have begun securing their qualification from the group stage with just one game to play. From Italy, Inter and Will de Mote’s A.C. Milan have secured qualification. From England, Chelsea and Arsenal will definitely progress, and from Spain, Real Madrid, Valencia and Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona have seen their way into the next round. They will be joined by Lyon, PSV Eindhoven and Schalke, with six spots still available. There were many high-scoring games this month, particularly for our teams over lower opposition.

Over to Italy now, where Lisa Jeffries’s Juventus are top again after rediscovering some form. This month Reggina, Napoli, Siena and Bologna were beaten without scoring a single goal, with the conquest of Cool Manager’s Atlético Madrid in the Champions League an added bonus. Down the opposite end of the table there are two teams that aren’t doing quite as well as Juventus. Firstly, Theo Stigarakis’s Catania got two convincing 3-0 wins this month but are still bottom. Any potential gain in goal difference was also eradicated after a combined 0-6 defeat to Sampdoria and Mikey Twigge’s Palermo. Catania’s close neighbours table-wise, Sampdoria, are on the same number of points with a better goal difference. Their month was an average one but when you are struggling in the relegation zones you need better than average. Draws against Genoa then Roma were not bad results, neither was a 1-2 away loss to A.C. Milan. However, the Sampdoria board saw fit to dispose of the services of Da Hoover Man after his performances. His replacement was responsible for the win over Catania.

English people celebrated the Fourth Round of their League Cup, with a nice and decisive win being secured for Liam Ferguson’s Manchester City over Tom Smith’s Arsenal. Vagner Love bagged a hattrick and Arsenal’s Adebayor got one as City won 5-1. Combined with their league form which puts them top of the EPL, after a win and two draws this month, Ferguson is in a Secure position. Arsenal are second but are slowly closing the gap, as they got two wins and a draw this month, including a 3-1 triumph over Manchester United and a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Those two teams also find themselves in the Quarter Final, along with Liverpool and West Ham and Tottenham and Sunderland. Q.P.R.’s 1-0 extra-time win over Alan Irvine’s Stoke puts them through as the last remaining Championship team.

Over to the Spanish LIGA adelante now, where our three relegated teams are finding it difficult to stay within touching distance of the leading pack. They sit in a block of teams on 24 points, with league leaders Levante and second-placed Celta having 31. In fact, Levante were beaten 1-3 by Sirus Lannock’s Málaga, although Celta handed Lannock a 0-1 defeat this month. Málaga had a poor month, also losing to Almería and Las Palmas. Saul Goode’s Osasuna are in 10th, two places behind Málaga, and they also had a poor month, winning only one game and drawing many.

Wobill Luman and his faithful Betis are still deep in trouble at the bottom of La Liga. They lost two out of four games this month but there are some positives as a 3-1 win over Athletic at the end of the month keeps the packs of wolves from Luman’s front door, for now at least. Meanwhile, Neji Hyuuga’s Deportivo have a sneaky scheme going on, and sit in 6th place, posing a minimal but sinister threat to the teams at the top. Hyuuga actually won every single game this month, gaining him nine league points, Spanish Cup progression and top spot in his Europa League group. Real Madrid are adrift in 5th place in the league, and Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia occupy second place. Three 3-0 wins were his this month, including one over Cristobal Blanco’s Recreativo. A fourth was added in the Spanish Cup and Lazewski trumped this with a 4-0 win over Rosenborg in the Champions League to secure his knockout round qualification. However, low points were a 0-3 loss to Arsenal in the same competition and a 1-1 draw with Jellybean Man’s Numancia at the end of the month.

In the Europa League, only a handful of teams have secured qualification to the next round. Celtic, AEK Athens, Shakhtar, HSV, Newcastle, Liverpool and sc Heerenveen claim their places, while only the place of recently-fired Da Hoover Man and Sampdoria is a relevant one in jeapordy. With one game left, many of our teams look set to qualify for continuation. In other European competition, France, Greece, Slovakia and Belgium secured World Cup qualification over Sweden, Russia, Bulgaria and Ukraine respectively. Chile overcame Costa Rica and South Korea also packed their bags for South Africa after winning over New Zealand in the Asia-Oceania playoff.

It is back to Italy for the second half of the update, where Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina are in pursuit of a Champions League spot. This month, they won all three games, as well as defeating Rubin Kazan in the Europa League. Livorno and Parma were beaten 2-0 while Palermo left their own home ground on the back of a 1-2 defeat. bermybhoy's Atalanta are in a comfortable 8th place and enjoyed an unbeaten month, while Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio were the giant-killers of the month as they beat both Roma and A.C. Milan, as well as drawing 0-0 with Cardio Vascular’s Genoa. All in all, it was a profitable month at the top end of the Italian table.

Over in England, Sunderland still find themselves sandwiched in the relegation zone between two newly-promoted teams. Losses to Manchester City, Tim Aubel’s Fulham and to Middlesbrough this month surrounded a win over Southend in the League Cup. However, after a visit from the Teeside club to the Stadium of Light resulting in a 2-1 win for Ricky Nakano’s side, the Sunderland board could take it no longer and sacked Scott Tysoe. He had overperformed last season and underperformance this season left his position untenable. In fact, Nakano himself is one of a dying breed as the North-East managers pop their clogs. Shazad Ali also found himself out of a job this month after a 1-2 loss to West Brom. This followed on from losses to Ipswich and Bryan McGuinness’s Everton. And there is still one more sacked manager for me to reveal.

At the top of the Premier League table, Manchester City reign supreme but their rivals, Maurice Jobson’s Manchester United, are three points behind in third place. They lost to Arsenal this month, also drawing against Liverpool and scraping a win against Mark Cator’s Aston Villa. Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea are just behind United in 4th, having lost to Cator’s side and drawn against Arsenal and West Brom.

Over to Spain finally for some bad news. With the team 15th in La Liga, five places below their predicted position, after a 1-3 loss to Atlético Madrid, Mallorca decided to part company with Tom Hamilton. Despite a win over Maz Armley’s Racing earlier in the month, results such as the Atlético Madrid one and a 0-2 away defeat to Joe Gleeson’s Espanyol meant the end of the line for Hamilton.

Manager of the Update

There were a few good managers this month, so I agonisingly give this award to;

Lisa Jeffries, Juventus

for her unbeaten performance without a goal conceded. This helped her climb to the pinnacle of Italian football. Ben Taylor at Fiorentina did well with an unbeaten month, as did Jonte Rhodes whose Lazio team beat two big guns domestically. Also, Neji Hyuuga missed out despite a very good month with Deportivo.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Very Secure    511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia    Very Secure    511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid  Very Secure    511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena       Very Secure    511
 [/font][font=Courier New] 5th MikaelS              Mikael Schøler      Bologna     Secure         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United  Secure         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma        Secure         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Secure         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting    Secure         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia    Secure         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull        Secure         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal  Secure         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta    Secure         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    Secure         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]17th Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom   Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid  Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania     Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton      Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea     Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing      Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - conners              Sirus Lannock       Málaga      Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable         511
 [/font][font=Courier New]43rd Swafe                Saul Goode          Osasuna     Precarious     511
 [/font][font=Courier New]44th hamilton162          Tom Hamilton        Mallorca                   509
 [/font][font=Courier New]45th kashmirshazad        Shazad Ali          Newcastle                  508
 [/font][font=Courier New]46th DiscoStu94           Da Hoover Man       Sampdoria                  501
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ScottT!              Scott Tysoe         Sunderland                 501
 [/font][font=Courier New]48th canvey!!             Fréderico Canvey    Stoke                      476[/font]

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New Zealand also packed their bags for South Africa after winning over New Zealand in the Asia-Oceania playoff.

Eh? :confused:

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They are very talented, New Zealand :). South Korea beat New Zealand in the playoff.

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Out of the Champions League :(

Still stable though

KUTGW canvey :thup:

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Sorry ScottT!, didn't mean it...

But I'm still stable. KUTGW canvey!! :thup:

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Stable at Udinese, but we have lost our star player :( :(

KUTGW Canvey!!

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el sid: I made a mistake on that bit - Atlético Madrid and Juventus are both in the Europa League. However, is the Group Stage so Juventus winning did not knock Atlético out.

Manager of the Update – Previous Winners

[font=Courier New]  [b]Update Winner, Club                [/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus[/font]

Top Ten – Players Sold (Number)

[font=Courier New]  [b]Pos Username   Manager            Club            No[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New]1st Almondo    Arnold J. Rimmer   Bolton          14
 [/font][font=Courier New]2nd el sid     Cool Manager       Atlético Madrid 11
 [/font][font=Courier New]3rd fergysafc  Liam Ferguson      Man City        10
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - PluckaDuck Tyler Burrows      Udinese         10
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - Haowan     Haowan Madridstas  Barcelona       10
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - Swafe      Saul Goode         Osasuna         10
 [/font][font=Courier New]7th tadr       Andre da Conceiçao Chelsea          9
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - JSalter    James Salter       Reggina          9
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - Jack Rudd  Lisa Jeffries      Juventus         9
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - conners    Sirus Lannock      Málaga           9
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - BenArsenal Ben Cee            Inter            9[/font]

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Writer's Notes: Ignore all the bleedin' jolliness [noparse]:)[/noparse]. I was naïvely jolly when I wrote this update.

Update 18

Years: 1, Months: 18, Days: 542

Deck the halls with bows and holly! Tra la la la la, la la la la! ‘Tis the season to be jolly! Tra la la la la, la la la la! Unless you’re a Manchester United fan, in which case you might put this Christmas up there with the worst of them as the Red Devils had an absolutely dire month, by their standards at least. First of all, a trip to Craven Cottage resulted in a 1-2 loss to Tim Aubel’s Fulham. Next came draws against Saturn of Moscow in the Champions League and Liverpool of Liverpool in the Carling Cup Quarter Final, the latter one being lost on penalties. They then lost at Old Trafford, 2-3, to cross-town rivals Manchester City, and once again failed to claim any points at Old Trafford when Ricky Nakano’s Middlesbrough sneaked a 1-0 win. However, the recovery has been seen and Maurice Jobson, who is currently Stable, ended the month with a 3-0 win over Portsmouth, who then sacked their manager Javier Aguirre, a 2-2 away draw against Martin Bojangles’s Hull, and a 3-2 victory over Sunderland.

As stated, Rafa Benítez’s Liverpool made the Semi Finals of the Carling Cup, and they are joined by Leo Dodge’s Tottenham, who drew the short straw but won, beating Manchester City 2-1, by Frédéric Remola’s Sunderland who beat West Ham, and by Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea who had an easy time against Championship Q.P.R., winning 3-0. The Pensioners have had a good month all in all this month, despite a narrow away loss to a newly-invigorated Portsmouth team under Juande Ramos. A 5-1 win over Fulham was one of the best results, but a trip to Eastlands where Chelsea still managed to win 2-0 was also a great outcome. In another plus for Premier League teams, none of our managers occupy the relegation zone, and in fact the three teams in danger there are the three recently promoted from the Championship. Arnold J. Rimmer’s Bolton are top of the second tier of English football, having won all but two of their games this month: losses away to Reading and Charlton.

Over in Italy, Lisa Jeffries still maintains a tight grip on Serie A with her Juventus team top of the table by seven points. Udinese and Lecce were beaten this month, as were Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League, but two matches against Cardio Vascular’s Genoa saw a 0-0 draw in the league and a 1-2 home defeat in the Italian Cup First Round. Jeffries and the Old Lady leave Ben Cee and Inter flailing in second place, with the Singaporean’s team winning two and losing one this month, with the loss coming to fierce rivals A.C. Milan, who are third. Last year’s Serie A winners, Roma, are floundering in fourth place.

Recently-promoted Livorno sit bottom of the table in Italy, but two of our managers are just above Amaranto, with Super Lampard’s Lecce in meltdown in 19th and James Ridley’s Siena notably flailing one place above that. This month, Lecce failed to get a win, with a 1-1 draw at home to Mikael Schøler’s Bologna giving them their only point, sandwiched between losses to Juventus and Udinese. Siena managed to beat Genoa but shipped six goals without responding in matches against Udinese and Roma. Maybe those two points mark the difference between Stable and Insecure, as they have done here with Lampard in trouble but Ridley with a little more time on his side.

European football has concluded its Group Stages, with the most successful teams going onto the knockout rounds. In the Champions League, three of our teams failed to reach the next round, and perhaps the most embarrassing case of failing to finish second or better in the group was that of Clark Aitken’s Roma, who were pushed aside by Werder Bremen and Dynamo Kiev. Roma will be going into the Europa League, to be joined by Tyler Burrows’s Udinese who lost out on goal difference, and Lars Tommersen’s Villarreal who were one of three of our managers in Group A. The most interesting tie of the First Knockout Round is Maurice Jobson’s Manchester United clashing with the giants of Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, although there is another tie of extreme interest to us with Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia meeting A.C. Milan. There is also hope of representation from someone outside of England, Italy or Spain in the Quarter Finals, with Benfica meeting Werder Bremen.

Now we travel over to Spain, where Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona are topping the league with Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid six points back in third place. Real Madrid had a decent month but could have done more if they wished to close that gap. Sevilla and Athletic were beaten 3-2 and 3-0 respectively, but a trip to Joe Gleeson’s Espanyol resulted in a 1-1 draw for Real. Their cross-town rivals, Cool Manager’s Atlético Madrid, had a better month, winning all three league games, including a 3-2 conquest of table-toppers themselves Barcelona. They also beat Vitesse 4-0 in the Europa League. Andy Morton’s Sporting are in 11th place and drew two of their games, losing their opener against Cristobal Blanco’s Recreativo. Finally, Phill Ewles is in a Very Secure position with his Valladolid team sitting eighth. They didn’t have an ideal December, winning once, drawing once and losing once.

Being top of the league is not the only thing Barcelona are good at. They also travelled to the United Arab Emirates to compete in the Club World Championship. First, Osaka AC were destroyed 9-0 in the Semi-Final, before New York Red Bulls were also dismissed in the Final, 4-0. A convincing win in a tournament halfway across the world.

Back to England now where Brucie Bonus’s West Bromwich Albion are sitting in the unlucky position of 13th. They had a very poor month this month, with successive losses to Ipswich, Blackburn, Arsenal and Aston Villa. These were bookended by an opening day win over West Ham and a final day draw against Liverpool, but so much more could have been earned in a six-game month than four points. At Villa Park, Mark Cator has had a yo-yo month, losing three and winning three. There was the triumph of the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, but then the disappointment of a 0-2 turnover by Ipswich. Villa are struggling to find form and are currently in 10th, reflective of their win-half lose-half mentality.

The Europa League has concluded its Group Stage, and fortunately none of our teams were knocked out. There are two delectable ties in the First Knockout Round, as Leo Dodge’s Tottenham face Neji Hyuuga’s Deportivo, and Cool Manager’s Atlético Madrid face Sampdoria, who recently sacked Da Hoover Man.Of those joining from the Champions League, Udinese face Sporting CP of Portugal, Roma face Standard Liege and Villarreal face Shakhtar. Italian Serie A leaders Juventus face Braga of Portugal.

Concluding with news from the Italian Cup First Round, the round of sixteen teams. Two legendary scalps came in the aforementioned one of Genoa over Juventus, and Clark Aitken’s Roma also lost at home, to Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio. The two remaining Serie B sides lost, with Pescara falling to Inter and Torino to Udinese. Palermo, A.C. Milan and Sampdoria are also through, as are Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina who beat James Salter’s Reggina 1-0. Udinese versus Inter is probably the most interesting of the Quarter Final line-up, and the winner of that will face A.C. Milan or Genoa. Do I detect a derby?

Manager of the Update

It’s a tough choice this month, and I give this award to;

Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid

for maximum points in the league and a 4-0 Europa League win. He may not have got it with the competitition out there, such as Haowan Madridstas who secured the Club World Championship, and Tyler Burrows and Andre da Conceiçao who also had great months, but the win over La Liga leaders Barcelona sealed the victory for the Anglo-Spaniard.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Very Secure    542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid  Very Secure    542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull        Very Secure    542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta    Very Secure    542
 [/font][font=Courier New] 5th Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Secure         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting    Secure         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia    Secure         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    Secure         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania     Secure         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea     Secure         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing      Secure         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]14th IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia    Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena       Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - MikaelS              Mikael Schøler      Bologna     Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United  Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma        Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal  Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom   Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid  Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton      Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - conners              Sirus Lannock       Málaga      Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable         542
 [/font][font=Courier New]42nd super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Insecure       542
 [/font][font=Courier New]43rd Swafe                Saul Goode          Osasuna     Precarious     542
 [/font][font=Courier New]44th hamilton162          Tom Hamilton        Mallorca                   509
 [/font][font=Courier New]45th kashmirshazad        Shazad Ali          Newcastle                  508
 [/font][font=Courier New]46th DiscoStu94           Da Hoover Man       Sampdoria                  501
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ScottT!              Scott Tysoe         Sunderland                 501
 [/font][font=Courier New]48th canvey!!             Fréderico Canvey    Stoke                      476[/font]

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Still Very Secure, and beat Man Utd at the fortress known as Craven Cottage :cool:

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Manager of the month :cool:

el sid: I made a mistake on that bit - Atlético Madrid and Juventus are both in the Europa League. However, is the Group Stage so Juventus winning did not knock Atlético out.

Still in Europe then :thup::D

KUTGW mate

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Manager of the Update – Previous Winners

[font=Courier New]  [b]Update Winner, Club                [/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma 
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham 
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 09 Jonte Rhodes, Lazio
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 09 Wobill Luman, Betis
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 09 Liam Ferguson, Man City
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 09 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 09 Lisa Jeffries, Juventus
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 09 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid[/font]

Top Ten – Players Sold (Value)

[font=Courier New]  [b] Pos Username   Manager            Club          Value[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st ~Ian~      Bryan McGuinness   Everton     £68   M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 2nd fergysafc  Liam Ferguson      Man City    £45.50M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 3rd BenArsenal Ben Cee            Inter       £44   M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 4th tadr       Andre da Conceiçao Chelsea     £43   M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 5th Jack Rudd  Lisa Jeffries      Juventus    £36   M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 6th ian_1982   Maurice Jobson     Man United  £34.50M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 7th PluckaDuck Tyler Burrows      Udinese     £25.50M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 8th Neji       Neji Hyuuga        Deportivo   £24.50M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 9th Haowan     Haowan Madridstas  Barcelona   £23   M
 [/font][font=Courier New]10th Swafe      Saul Goode         Osasuna     £19.75M[/font]

Lifespan – Less than 1 Year

[font=Courier New]  [b]Po[/b][b]s  Username             Manager             Club      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New]49th corinthiano          Mathias Brunckhorst Chievo     327
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neilio               Neilio              Almería    327
 [/font][font=Courier New]51st Robert_296           Robert Boyle        Blackburn  326
 [/font][font=Courier New]52nd brettney1980         Brettney Joven      Wigan      320
 [/font][font=Courier New]53rd TigerJoe             Joe Seddon          Getafe     271
 [/font][font=Courier New]54th jack.browne          Jack Browne         Sevilla    250
 [/font][font=Courier New]55th NepentheZ            Neppo Monster       Cagliari   236
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - dafuge               dafuge              Torino     236
 [/font][font=Courier New]57th KiddingChoc          Zach Machios        Portsmouth 235
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Whoopy D             Whoopy D            West Ham   235
 [/font][font=Courier New]59th d-machine            David Machine       Athletic   229
 [/font][font=Courier New]60th PaulHartman71        Jeremy English      Liverpool  204[/font]

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Still in every competition. This could be a good year. KUTGW!

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