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KUTGW Canvey!!

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Update 19

Years: 1, Months: 19, Days: 573

The year 2010 has dawned, yet the report starts badly for one manager who hoped to see in the new year at his club in Spain. He has been on the edge for several months now, ever since relegating his side last year, and Saul Goode was finally dismissed ten days into the month. A home win against Córdoba was not matched in the next match, where Osasuna lost 0-2 to Real Unión. With his side lying seventh in the table, six places below the predicted position at the start of the season, he got his marching orders. The other managers in trouble are Clark Aitken, whose Roma team do not look to repeat last year’s feat of the Serie A title, and Super Lampard at Lecce. For Aitken, the dream of a title this year is slim as his team lie 13 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus. This month was extremely poor save for some sort of recovery at the end: losses to Tyler Burrows’s Udinese, who are fourth, to Juventus and to Genoa sandwiched a lame home draw against Lampard’s team. Bologna were then beaten 2-0, before a tricky win was grafted at home to A.C. Milan. Super Lampard actually had a decent month, including that 2-2 Roma draw, achieving the same scoreline against Catania and drawing with A.C. Milan. And a 4-0 away win over bermybhoy’s Atalanta should appease fans despite the month’s two losses.

Of course this month saw the reopening of the transfer window, and the most important transfer was that of Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o, who swapped the Nou Camp for the San Siro while Ben Cee swapped £14.25M for him. Haowan Madridstas spent almost all of the proceeds, however, on Mesut Özil from Werder Bremen. Ricky Nakano splashed the cash for Middlesbrough, spending £11.75M on Clément Chantôme from Paris Saint-Germain. Surprisingly, Manchester City made only one purchase, bringing in Mark González for £8.25M on a player exchange, Michael Johnson being the player joining González’s sellers, Wobill Luman’s Betis.

Two of the most exciting weekends for English football fans fell this month, that is, the FA Cup played both its Third and Fourth Rounds. There were no shocks in the Third Round, although Tottenham did have to knock out Martin Bojangles’s Hull in a 5-1 victory at White Hart Lane. Ricky Nakano also found he could not progress any further in the competition when travelling to Anfield for the Third Round, despite having claimed a historic victory at Old Trafford last month. Liverpool have halted Boro’s progress in both the League Cup and the FA Cup this season. Manchester United needed no help in their 2-0 away win over Tranmere while Fulham squeaked past Colchester 2-1. Manchester City claimed a health 4-0 margin over Peterborough, and Chelsea a healthy 3-0 one over Plymouth Argyle. The Fourth Round carried a few more shocks. Barnsley pulled of a superb 4-1 victory over Brucie Bonus’s West Brom, and Blackpool beat Roland Nilsson’s West Ham. Leo Dodge also found his Spurs side falling 0-1 on a trip to Preston, although Manchester City still had a healthy winning margin over Southampton, just like Tom Smith’s Arsenal over Wrexham. Aston Villa and Norwich, Bolton and Leeds, Chelsea and Liverpool and Fulham and Portsmouth take their matches to replays to determine who gets through to the Fifth Round.

The Spanish Cup also played two rounds this month, with four matches being played as each round was two-legged. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona and Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid met in the Fifth Round where Madrid sneaked through 5-4 on aggregate. Cristobal Blanco’s Recreativo and Joe Gleeson’s Espanyol both sneaked through, on away goals against Sporting and on penalties against Sevilla respectively. Lars Tommersen’s had a convincing win as his Villarreal team knocked out Numancia 6-1. In the Quarter Final, Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia claimed an important win over holder Real Madrid, on away goals after a 5-5 draw, and Tommersen’s Villarreal claimed two 1-0 wins over Recreativo. Getafe and Valladolid will face each other in the other Semi Final.

Over to Italy now, where Lisa Jeffries, as you know, maintains Juventus’ grip on the league top spot. However, she lies only two points clear of her rival competitor Inter, a situation that developed after damaging and convincing losses to A.C. Milan and Fiorentina this month. Livorno, Roma and Theo Stigarakis’s Catania were seen off in other matches, and a draw came against Atalanta, but Jeffries will have to stay focused if she want her team to claim the Scudetto. Lord Weeman’s Napoli are in 9th, and had a varying month, winning against Livorno, Catania and Fiorentina, losing against Parma and Atalanta and drawing against Mikey Twigge’s Palermo. The Italian Cup Quarter Final took place this month, with Lazio knocking out Sampdoria 3-0, and Will de Mote’s A.C. Milan knocking out Genoa 3-1. Inter are also through, as are Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina who have had a poor month. Obviously they beat Juventus, and they also beat Lecce, but the loss to Napoli was joined by losses to Inter, Reggina and Siena. The team are in 7th.

Over to England now, where Tom Smith’s Arsenal have wrestled control of top spot, and the three Premier League newcomers all find themselves in the drop zone, the best of them six points adrift of safety. Despite a couple of difficult games this month, Smith has taken the Gunners to top spot after four consecutive wins scoring four goals, including the cup one over Wrexham. Liam Ferguson’s Manchester City, who have dropped to third, were seen off 4-1, Fulham were seen off 4-2 and Middlesbrough were seen off 4-1. The month started with a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Brucie Bonus’s West Brom are in trouble in 16th place, but relegation looks absolutely avoidable, although they lost badly to Man City and to Portsmouth this month, picking up four points in their other two games. Bryan McGuinness’s Everton are stranded in 9th, having had an average month, winning one, drawing two and losing one. They also beat Northampton 3-0 away in the FA Cup Fourth Round and sold Colin Kazim-Richards to Napoli for £3.1M. Tottenham will face Chelsea in the League Cup final after Spurs knocked out Sunderland and Chelsea knocked out Rafa Benítez’s Liverpool in the two-legged Semi Final.

It is over to Spain to conclude the update, and Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid have rejoined Barcelona as one of the top two teams, although they are still six points behind the leaders. Recently-promoted Zaragoza hold fourth position. Volman’s side won four of their five games this month, the blip being a 1-1 draw at home to Villarreal, but went out of the cup after a 1-3 loss away to 3rd-placed Valencia sent them home on away goals. Haowan Madridstas experienced a similar situation, winning all but one of his league games, that being a draw, yet he went out of the cup a round earlier thanks to the match-up of his Barcelona against Volman’s Real Madrid. Jellybean Man’s Numancia are in 15th, and the closest of our relevant sides to the drop, and he won two games but lost three games this month. Just above him are Andy Morton’s Sporting, who haven’t won since a 2-0 victory over Athletic on the third of the month. Sirus Lannock’s Málaga are now the only side of our representation in the LIGA adelante, and they are closing in on promotion, sitting in 4th place three points behind top spot. They enjoyed three wins this month, encountered a draw and suffered a loss, but even this form should be good enough that, if they repeat it next month, they can sneak into the top three.

All of our managers are experiencing relatively easy seasons at the moment, with the ones who weren’t already gone. But don’t rest on your laurels: that sacking could be just around the corner!

Manager of the Update

I give this month’s award to;

Tom Smith, Arsenal

for an unbeaten month which saw him claim top spot and got him a place in the FA Cup 5th Round with style. It is quite an achievement to beat Manchester City, even if you are Arsenal! The two Spanish giants came close but both Haowan Madridstas and Lucas Volman missed out due to their cup performance: neither made it to the Spanish Cup Semi Final despite being the top two teams in the country. Arsenal have the chance to get to the FA Cup Semi Final if they win their next two FA Cup matches.

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    573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid  Very Secure    573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull        Very Secure    573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta    Very Secure    573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia    Very Secure    573
 [/font][font=Courier New] 6th Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting    Secure         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    Secure         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania     Secure         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing      Secure         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Secure         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Secure         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Secure         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]16th fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia    Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea     Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena       Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - MikaelS              Mikael Schøler      Bologna     Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United  Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal  Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom   Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid  Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton      Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - conners              Sirus Lannock       Málaga      Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable         573
 [/font][font=Courier New]41st clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma        Insecure       573
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Insecure       573
 [/font][font=Courier New]43rd Swafe                Saul Goode          Osasuna                    551
 [/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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Samuel Eto'o!

And a promotion to Secure. :thup:

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How did I get away up there? Took me ages to find it, far more used to being near the bottom :D

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Hmmm Great work with Lazio to get into the Italian Cup Semis and also to see my job move to secure, enjoying this season looks like another solid year in the books.

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Not mentioned in the update but still happy with stable :thup:

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Top spot, Manager of the Update, and now secure job status!! \o/

All in all, a good month. :D

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Secure now \o/

KUTGW canvey!!

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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][font=Courier New]Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal[/font]

Top Seven – Trophies

[font=Courier New]  [b] Pos Username      Manager           Club Trophies[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st ian_1982      Maurice Jobson    Man United  4
 [/font][font=Courier New] 2nd Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid 3
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   3
 [/font][font=Courier New] 4th clrkaitken    Clark Aitken      Roma        2
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski Valencia    2
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter       2
 [/font][font=Courier New] 7th tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal     1[/font]

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Update 20

Years: 1, Months: 20, Days: 601

February has passed with little to phone home about, and all of our managers remain in their jobs as the end-of-season really dawns on them. Tom Smith’s Arsenal still lead the Premier League, holding a slender two-point advantage over Manchester City and having played a game less. This month they beat Hull and Sunderland but fell 2-3 at Fratton Park. However, they have fared well in cup competitions, knocking Mark Cator’s Aston Villa out of the FA Cup in the 5th Round 2-1, and tallying up the same score in the first, away, leg of the Champions League Knockout stages against PSV Eindhoven. City, under the management of Englishman Liam Ferguson, fell a point behind the Gunners after winning one and drawing twice, but they too won in both the FA Cup 5th Round and the Champions League First Knockout Round First Leg.

In Spain, Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid now lead Barcelona in La Liga, after a clash of the titans between the two. Madrid won 2-1, giving them a 100% winning record for the month, including a 1-0 win in Ukraine over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. Haowan Madridstas’s team, on the other hand, struggled this month, winning only one game, 2-0 over Neji Hyuuga’s Deportivo. They drew their other two league games and lost at Old Trafford in the first leg of their knockout tie. Wobill Luman’s Betis are the most endangered of any of our sides, as they sit in 18th place fighting to avoid relegation. They picked up only two points from a possible twelve this month, drawing 2-2 at home to Barcelona and 0-0 away to equally-impotent fellow relegation battlers Real Sociedad. However, the most endangered manager is Andy Morton, whose Sporting team are in 14th, above their predicted position, yet Morton is Insecure. He suffered two away losses this month, but scraped together four points at home, including a shabby 1-0 win over Luman’s side.

Lisa Jeffries has not been able to retain control of the top spot in Serie A, and this month she handed it over to Ben Cee’s Inter. The Singaporean guided his team to ten from a possible twelve points in February, failing to beat Lord Weeman’s Napoli away from home. This means Inter could not beat Napoli at all this season, after a 0-2 loss to them earlier in the year. The highlight of the month would be the 3-1 victory over Reggina, beat that is marred by a 1-2 deficit to make up in the Champions League against Bayern Munich. But Juventus had a worse month, with Jeffries struggling to get together any cohesion to wrestle that title off of Inter. Frustrating draws against Parma and Palermo were followed by a loss to Sampdoria, although on the plus side, Brescia were beaten 1-0 at the end of the month, and the Old Lady has secured her place in the next round of the Europa League, knocking out Braga 3-0 on aggregate. Clark Aitken’s Roma have drifted away from the title chase and are in 5th, but that represents and improvement over the last month. Aitken is no longer Insecure, but failed to complete an unbeaten month after a 1-4 smashing at the hands of Fiorentina. However, Standard Liege were beaten in the Europa League, 5-0 on aggregate.

Brucie Bonus holds the mantle of being the lowest-placed of our managers in the Premier League. West Brom are in 16th but Bonus need not worry: they are 10 points clear of 18th-placed Birmingham City and I can almost guarantee that the Baggies will not be relegated. Losses to Hull and Sunderland were followed with a draw against Tottenham and a win over Birmingham City themselves. Yet Bonus is still Insecure. Martin Bojangles’s Hull are in 14th place, and they beat Aston Villa as well as the victory in the West Brom game. Yet trips to play Arsenal and Liverpool were demotivating: they resulted in a 0-4 and a 0-2 loss respectively. Fulham and Everton are our other sides of interest in the bottom half.

The tie of the Sixth Round in the FA Cup is a neo-Manchester Derby: Rafa Benítez’s Liverpool face Liam Ferguson’s Manchester City at Anfield. Birmingham will host Arsenal while Arnold J. Rimmer’s Championship side Bolton face a trip to Old Trafford if they want to make the semifinals. Derby face Newcastle at Pride Park in the fourth tie, which is a very open tie. Newcastle, formerly managed by Shazad Ali, are in 17th place in the Premier League and two seasons ago, Derby managed to take four points off the Magpies.

That was not the only cup action that kept viewers stuck to their Setanta and Sky screens. Cool Manager’s Atlético Madrid cleared the hurdle of Sampdoria 5-3 on aggregate in the Europa League First Knockout Round. Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina knocked out CSKA Moscow 4-1, while Lars Tommersen’s Villarreal won and Tyler Burrows’s Udinese lost. Leo Dodge and Neji Hyuuga faced off in their tie, and Deportivo progressed after winning 1-0 at home following a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane. Juventus face Liverpool and Roma face Sevilla in the next round, but there is a battle of Spain as Villarreal are to meet Atlético Madrid.

James Salter’s Reggina are doing quite well for themselves in Italy. Predicted to finish 17th, they have recovered from a little meltdown at the start of the season and are at present 14th. They had a decent haul this month, five points, including a 1-0 win over Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio at home, with two draws and a loss only to Inter. Lazio are also achieving, with their month marred by the loss to Salter’s side and a loss to table-toppers Inter. They travelled to play James Ridley’s Siena and won 3-1, as well as drawing against Napoli. Siena are the most endangered side in Serie A, sitting in 19th, but they are only one place below Mikael Schøler’s Bologna, who failed to gain a point this month. Just above the drop zone are Super Lampard’s Lecce, infamous for struggling. They have pulled themselves clear of the mire, if only on goal difference, by not losing this month, although 75% of their games were 0-0 draws, the other being a 3-1 victory.

In Spain, Maz Armley’s Racing are middling in 11th place. They lost to Numancia but beat Getafe before drawing to Valladolid and Villarreal this month. Both those sides are in the Spanish Cup semifinals, and Villarreal drew 3-3 with Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia in their first leg, while Phill Ewles and Valladolid drew 1-1 with Getafe. In Spain’s second division, Málaga remain 4th, unable to close the gap after losing too many games this month. Sirus Lannock achieved a 50-50 split between wins and losses in his four games, but that isn’t enough to chase down that promotion spot.

With the end of the season just around the corner, will any of our managers be sacked before the year is out? Logic says no: they are all enjoying security in their cushy jobs, but you never know when a chairman might get a bit over-eager with that red button. I don’t know, some of them just love interactive services.

Manager of the Update

I am going to be very supportive, giving this award to;

Super Lampard, Lecce

for his sturdy defence in only conceding one goal on his way to an unbeaten month that would pull him out of the drop zone. Lucas Volman also had an unbeaten month, and arguably deserved this award more, but nobody is going to prise it from Lampard’s fingers now after he worked so hard to get it. Not even Ben Taylor or Tom Smith, who also enjoyed reasonably successful months.

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    601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid  Very Secure    601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull        Very Secure    601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia    Very Secure    601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing      Very Secure    601
 [/font][font=Courier New] 6th bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta    Secure         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    Secure         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Secure         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Secure         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal  Secure         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Secure         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]15th ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania     Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia    Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea     Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena       Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - MikaelS              Mikael Schøler      Bologna     Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United  Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid  Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton      Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - conners              Sirus Lannock       Málaga      Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma        Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Stable         601
 [/font][font=Courier New]41st Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting    Insecure       601
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom   Insecure       601
 [/font][font=Courier New]43rd Swafe                Saul Goode          Osasuna                    551
 [/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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I wonder what do I have to do to get Manager of the Month.

It seems that managing a high profile club with big expectations does me no favours, but even still...

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It's always good that I'm performing above expectations with Boro. No news is good news. :D

KUTGW as usual canvey!! :thup:

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Still top of the Premier League with a game in hand. Looking good so far. 601 days passed of the 60:1 challenge. ;)

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Out of the relegation zone, back to stable security and of course manager of the update :D :D

Great update as usual canvey :thup:

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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][font=Courier New]Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce[/font]

Top Ten – Matches Played

[font=Courier New]  [b] Pos Username      Manager            Club        Pl[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st ian_1982      Maurice Jobson     Man United 108
 [/font][font=Courier New] 2nd tadr          Andre da Conceiçao Chelsea    104
 [/font][font=Courier New] 3rd tomsmith1989  Tom Smith          Arsenal    103
 [/font][font=Courier New] 4th SCIAG         Leo Dodge          Tottenham   99
 [/font][font=Courier New] 5th Waghlon       Lars Tommersen     Villarreal  98
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski  Valencia    98
 [/font][font=Courier New] 7th fergysafc     Liam Ferguson      Man City    97
 [/font][font=Courier New] 8th Romanista1994 Lucas Volman       Real Madrid 96
 [/font][font=Courier New] 9th Haowan        Haowan Madridstas  Barcelona   95
 [/font][font=Courier New]10th el sid        Cool Manager       At. Madrid  94
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neji          Neji Hyuuga        Deportivo   94[/font]

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Really happy, secure again!!!

KUTGW Canvey!! your effort isn't going un-noticed!!

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Very happy to still be stable, an average looking month from Lazio, but at least my job is not under threat. Only two managers at insecure means this could go on for a while.

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Update 21

Years: 1, Months: 21, Days: 632

The clock is ticking towards the end of the season, but time has already run out for one club in each of England, Spain and Italy. Our managers in England can rest easy: the time has run out only for Steve Coppell’s Ipswich, who are relegated with six games to play and only seven days after Coppell came in to replace Jim Magilton, who jumped ship to 18th-placed Birmingham in the hope of maybe avoiding the yawning relegation chasm. However, that doesn’t seem likely, as they are 13 points adrift of 17th-placed West Brom. In Spain and Italy, however, the alarm clock ringing is more unfortunate for two of our managers. Which two, it will become clear. When will it become clear? In time, of course.

We’ll start this update with a foray into European waters. This month, the Champions League First Knockout Round concluded, and the Quarter Final draw was made. It is better luck next time for two of our managers, and in fact a whole city has been eradicated from the competition as both Liam Ferguson’s Manchester City and Maurice Jobson’s Manchester United found themselves packing their bags. Penalties denied City against Lyon, after 1-0 wins for the home team in both legs of their tie. With four each scored from the initial five, Nigel de Jong missed while Sidney Govou scored to send the French into the last eight. Maurice Jobson was always going to have a hard time with a tie against Barcelona, and a 1-0 Old Trafford win was cancelled at and more with a 2-0 home victory at the Nou Camp. It will not go down well among United fans, and although the team had a decent month if not great, with their current position of 5th, they need to be steamrollering ahead, particularly if they want to defend last year’s title. While West Ham and Bolton were beaten, the latter in the FA Cup 6th Round, a loss to West Brom leaves Jobson and his followers uneasy, and the benefit of a game in hand is little as it involves an Old Trafford match with leaders Arsenal. City, on the other hand, had a good month, although all cup hopes vanished as they also fell in the FA Cup away to Liverpool, 1-3. But their scorelines in the league got progressively better. They started off with a 1-1 draw at the KC, then followed it up with a 2-1 win over Sunderland then a 3-1 one over Spurs.

The most delectable tie of the Champions League Quarter Finals will be when Barcelona attempt to wrestle another English giant to the ground in their match-up with Chelsea, while their domestic rivals Real Madrid will face Ben Cee’s Inter. Lyon and Benfica, the two remaining non-Anglo-Italo-Spanish sides, have difficult ties but they are easier than any other possible ones. Lyon will face A.C. Milan while the Portuguese are to meet Premier League leaders Arsenal.

A very delicate title battle is taking place at the top of La Liga. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid and Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona both have 64 points, 13 points more than 3rd-placed Atlético Madrid, and Barcelona are ahead by virtue of their superior goal difference (the results between the teams cancel each other out). Madridstas’s team had an excellent month, with of course that Champions League progression, as well as three wins in the league, including a 5-0 victory over Andy Morton’s Sporting. However, a 1-1 draw away to bottom-placed Murcia left room for improvement. On the other hand, seeing as Volman’s trip to the same ground resulted in a 1-2 defeat for Real Madrid, who enjoyed the same scenario to Barcelona in other fixtures, that extra point might be a lifesaver. Cool Manager’s Atlético Madrid jumped into 3rd place with a decent month that included a 4-0 victory over Phill Ewles’s Valladolid, although there was a 2-3 loss to Getafe. They also progressed in the Europa League after a 5-1 aggregate victory over compatriots Villarreal, and are set to face Roma in the next round.

Roma are a team in turmoil. Clark Aitken’s team fell to 7th in Serie A this month after a missed opportunity to catch up on Inter and Juventus, who played each other in the month. An away loss to Parma was followed by an unconvincing 1-0 win over Palermo and then a 1-1 draw against Sampdoria. These were intertwined with the slightly more convincing 3-0 home win over Sevilla in the Europa League, and the follow-up 1-0 win in Spain. Aitken is currently Stable, but with the side falling behind the future is murky. At the sharp end of the table, the competition is fierce and tight. Lisa Jeffries’s Juventus and Ben Cee’s Inter are locked in a fiery battle for the Scudetto crown. The Old Lady triumphed 3-0 in a clash between the two this month, but crashed out of the Europa League against Liverpool. Jeffries also beat Reggina, Napoli and Lazio in a successful month. Yet apart from that blip, Inter arguably had a better month, winning 2-1 over rivals A.C. Milan in the Cup Semifinal First Leg, smashing Siena and Bayern Munich and beating Lecce and Udinese. But the victory at Olimpico, Turin, will be the one on Juventus fans’ lips and could cost the Nerazzurri at the end of the season, a mere eight games away.

At the other end of the Serie A table, Super Lampard’s Lecce are pulling away from the bottom three and despite two 0-2 defeats this month against good teams, they beat Napoli 2-1 and Reggina 4-1 to send them to a dizzying 15th. From the sounds of it, James Salter’s Reggina had a torrid month, and they did, losing all four of their games. But the situation is worst for Mikael Schøler, whose Bologna team are the lowest of ours in a depressing 19th place. Schøler guided his team to two losses this month, against bermybhoy’s Atalanta, who won all four of their games this month and are in 4th place, and against Napoli, before being shown the door by Alfredo Cazzola, having lasted 613 days in charge. James Ridley’s Siena are sandwiched between Bologna and Reggina in 18th place, and Ridley had a good if not lucky month, as after a 1-4 loss to Inter, he beat Reggina then Napoli, and then had the fortune to be able to finish the month against Bologna, a match that Ridley drew 0-0 with Schøler’s successor.

Over in Albion, well, the England part of Albion, Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea beat Tottenham Hostpur 2-1 in an exciting Carling Cup final (this actually happened on the last day of last month but I think I forgot to mention it). Tom Huddlestone levelled for Spurs three minutes from time so it took extra time, where Ivorian Didier Drogba settled the scores in the 110th minute. Chelsea have had a poor March, with their clearest result a 2-0 home win over Schalke to send them into the Champions League Quarter Finals 4-0 on aggregate. They also beat Ipswich, 3-2, but drew against West Brom and lost to West Ham and to Newcastle. They are currently in 4th looking out of the title race. Tottenham are in 6th place after a mixed month, but the surprise of the top half is the presence of Ricky Nakano’s Middlesbrough, who have climbed up to 7th from 10th this month. With only three games this month, they drew away to Hull and Blackburn, but achieved a 3-0 win when Juande Ramos’s Portsmouth came to the Riverside. Portsmouth are only one place below Boro in 8th, but Ramos is Insecure. If he were to go, Pompey could be looking at their fourth manager in two seasons. Down in the bottom half of the Premier League, there is little concern for our managers as I’ve emphasised many times, as the bottom three are composed of last season’s Championship roster, although Brucie Bonus still finds his West Brom position Insecure.

And so we take another foray into European waters, with the Europa League Second Knockout Round, which was started and finished this month. Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina finished off Porto, winning 5-4 over both legs. As you already know, Liverpool progressed over Juventus, Roma over Sevilla and Atlético Madrid over Villarreal, but the battle of Iberia resulted in Sporting CP taking out Neji Hyuuga’s Deportivo, with the Englishman currently Insecure, and the battle of Britain saw Newcastle knocking Celtic out of the tournament. And there was Russian success in the other two ties, as Spartak Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow beat Olympiakos and Anderlecht respectively. The Russian sides will face Liverpool and Fiorentina in the Quarter Finals, while Atlético Madrid and Roma will meet.

Moving on to the time running out for the third club this month. We know that Mikael Schøler has clocked off already, and that Ipswich are counting down their final few games as they are guaranteed to drop back to the Championship, but the third hourglass has emptied at Málaga this month. After coming so close to breaching the top three and perhaps reclaiming La Liga football, Sirus Lannock’s season fell apart and so he was dismissed from management. This month saw them fall to 8th without a single win, as they drew both their home games and lost both their away games by a one-goal margin. The news isn’t much of a shock to be honest, with floundering Málaga desperately seeking a return to the top flight but messing up, with Lannock’s team already having dropped 47 points from 32 games. Málaga don’t look likely to make that return, and could be joined next season by Wobill Luman’s Betis. Although the Spanish bottom three are made up of Murcia, Real Sociedad and Mallorca, Betis hover just above Sociedad on 26 points. They had three 1-1 draws in a row this month which is not a bad result at all for a 17th-placed team, but any hope of an unbeaten mediocre month evaporated with a 0-2 loss at the end of the month to Cristobal Blanco’s Recreativo. Betis will still have to continue the fight to avoid being dragged into the drop zone as the number of games to play ticks away.

Over to the English Championship now, where Arnold J. Rimmer’s Bolton have secured a playoff spot. They were knocked out of the FA Cup 1-3 at Old Trafford but their fans aren’t depressed, nor are they by the trip to Wales that saw a 0-2 loss for the Trotters. Instead, the wins over Coventry, Plymouth and Sheffield Wednesday have seen Bolton sure of a playoff spot and remaining top of the league, by a “mere” ten points, a position which they have enjoyed since the second game of the season, because 20th-placed Preston held it after the first. Stoke and Wigan are also in the playoff spots, meaning next season’s Premier League could be the same as last’s. The Premier League strugglers at the moment are 13th-placed Everton, who sold off their better players to Manchester City last season. Bryan McGuinness’s team got 3 points from a possible 9 this month, losing to both Arsenal and Aston Villa but beating mildly-troubled West Brom. One place below the Toffees are Tim Aubel’s Fulham, who had a close shave with relegation last season. They had one of each this month, beating Hull but losing to Portsmouth and drawing against Sunderland.

A handful of games remain, and it’s been proven from this month that just because these last few months have been relatively sacking-free it doesn’t means that these next few ones will be. Chairman of struggling sides might be hitting the panic button just about now, just as has happened at Bologna…

Manager of the Update

There was a lot of competition this month, and the award goes to;

bermybhoy, Atalanta

for being the only manager to achieve wins in all of his games. Tom Smith came close but drew with PSV, Birmingham and Tottenham, Haowan Madridstas came close but drew against Murcia, and Lisa Jeffries came close with a table-topping performance, but lost to Liverpool. bermybhoy is currently flying high eight places above his predicted position, and this month is another one of the great ones that got him there.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid  Very Secure    632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull        Very Secure    632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia    Very Secure    632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing      Very Secure    632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta    Very Secure    632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania     Very Secure    632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Very Secure    632
 [/font][font=Courier New] 8th [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Secure         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal  Secure         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Secure         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid  Secure         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Secure         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]16th Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia    Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea     Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena       Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United  Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton      Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma        Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting    Stable         632
 [/font][font=Courier New]39th Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   Insecure       632
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom   Insecure       632
 [/font][font=Courier New]41st conners              Sirus Lannock       Málaga                     628
 [/font][font=Courier New]42nd MikaelS              Mikael Schøler      Bologna                    613
 [/font][font=Courier New]43rd Swafe                Saul Goode          Osasuna                    551
 [/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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Back to stable. How did I end up insecure when I am overachieving at the club?! Damn Sporting chairman doesn't know what he is on about!

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Hmmm still stable and Lazio just rocking along as if nothing has changed, we need to see some more managers dropping or this will never finish haha.

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Boro fighting for a European place in 7th, and I'm now 1st and very secure! :D:D

KUTGW canvey!! :thup:

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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][font=Courier New]Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta[/font]

Top Ten – Matches Won

[font=Courier New]  [b] Pos Username      Manager            Club       Won[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st ian_1982      Maurice Jobson     Man United  73
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994 Lucas Volman       Real Madrid 73
 [/font][font=Courier New] 3rd tomsmith1989  Tom Smith          Arsenal     72
 [/font][font=Courier New] 4th BenArsenal    Ben Cee            Inter       69
 [/font][font=Courier New] 5th tadr          Andre da Conceiçao Chelsea     66
 [/font][font=Courier New] 6th Haowan        Haowan Madridstas  Barcelona   65
 [/font][font=Courier New] 7th fergysafc     Liam Ferguson      Man City    62
 [/font][font=Courier New] 8th clrkaitken    Clark Aitken       Roma        60
 [/font][font=Courier New] 9th spartans5     Lawrence Lazewski  Valencia    58
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - AtilasMiserly Will de Mote       A.C. Milan  58[/font]

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Looks like the end if nearing for me :(

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Secure and advancing in the Europa League :cool: 3rd in the league too :thup:

kutgw canvey

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Update 22

Years: 1, Months: 22, Days: 662

It hasn’t been a hugely interesting month and all that has happened is that tournaments have ticked over to their finale. The only sackings this month have been in the Championship, which Arnold J. Rimmer’s Bolton have just won with 96 points. Two away losses were accompanied by three wins this month for the Trotters, including two 4-0 victories over Swansea and Southampton. They will find themselves in the Premier League next season, alongside Bristol City, and one of either Stoke, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading, Wigan, Wolves, Charlton or Coventry.

The Champions League has also been heading towards its conclusion, with the Quarter Finals and the first leg of the Semi Finals being played this month. Olympique Lyonnais claimed a nice little victory over A.C. Milan in the Last 8, while Ben Cee’s Inter managed to overcome Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate, with a 2-0 win at the Bernabéu. Chelsea and Benfica went home as Barcelona and Arsenal won, leaving the Champions League Semi Finals just as they should be: with one team each from four nations. Tom Smith’s Arsenal won 3-2 in France for the first leg, while Barcelona hold a similar one-goal lead over Inter in the other tie.

Let’s travel over to Spain now, where the league is still quite open due to relatively few games having been played. In unlucky thirteenth are Jellybean Man’s Numancia, who won two but lost three this month. Surrounding him are Maz Armley’s Racing and Getafe. This month, Racing did slightly worse than Numanica, winning only one, drawing once, and losing their other three games. At the top of the table, Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid have a comfortable 9-point lead over rivals Barcelona, with 77 points. They won four of their five games this month, the other a draw, including two 3-0 victories over Sevilla and Cristobal Blanco’s Recreativo. Haowan Madridstas’s team, however, had a torrid time, and they actually lost to Recreativo. They also lost to Atlético Madrid and Athletic, gaining four points for the month with a win and a draw. Although they progressed in the Champions League and have a chance of reaching the final, I’m not sure that Barcelona fans will be happy with the way in which they rolled over to allow Real to take the title (a feat which has yet to happen, but will happen, no doubt).

My next tip for the sack is James Ridley of Siena, whose team are in 18th place in Serie A. However, it all depends on who fills that relegation place, with Brescia, Lecce, Catania and James Salter’s Reggina trying to avoid it. This month, Siena lost three games in a row before bouncing back to two draws, including one against Roma. Reggina managed a win and a draw but lost their other three, and Theo Stigarakis’s Catania managed to lose all five games this month. Just safe are Cardio Vascular’s Genoa, who had a wild month, winning once, drawing twice and losing three times.

In the English FA Cup Semifinal, it took both Arsenal and Maurice Jobson’s Manchester United extra time to reach the next and ultimate round. The Gunners knocked out ten-man Liverpool thanks to a 109th minute Emmanuel Adebayor goal. 10-man Manchester United beat 10-man Newcastle 1-0 thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 91st minute goal. Despite this, Jobson is Insecure as his team lies 5th in the Premier League, with a real danger of not making the Champions League spots. Generally, they had a poor month this month. A 0-0 draw with Mark Cator’s Aston Villa was disappointing, and while a 2-0 win over Fulham was great for the end of the month, in between those two matches the Red Devils had already lost 1-2 to Liverpool, and 3-4 at the City of Manchester Stadium. They travel to the Riverside next before home ties against Arsenal and Portsmouth.

Tom Smith’s Arsenal retain top spot despite a 0-2 defeat to already-relegated Ipswich. They are two points ahead of Manchester City with a game in hand. Chelsea and Crystal Palace were beaten this month, as well as of course Benfica and Liverpool in the cups, and there was also a 2-2 draw at home to Newcastle. Smith faces West Ham in his final home league game of the season, before that all-important Manchester United match followed by an away trip to Brucie Bonus’s West Brom. Bonus’s worries are behind him as it is now impossible for his 15th-place team to get relegated, as Ipswich, Crystal Palace and Birmingham have already saturated the drop zone and will be playing in the Championship next season. The disappointment of the month was for Ricky Nakano, whose Middlesbrough team sunk from 7th to 12th with heavy losses to Tottenham and Everton.

Just like the Champions League, the Europa League played a Quarter Final and the first leg of a Semi Final this month. Lokomotiv and Spartak Moscow lost to Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina and to Liverpool respectively, while Newcastle knocked out Sporting CP of Portugal, and the clash of the titans saw Cool Manager’s Atlético Madrid oust Clark Aitken’s Roma on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw. Manager is drawing 1-1 with Liverpool after the first leg of the semifinal, and the other semifinal is also at the 1-1 stage, Fiorentina holding Newcastle.

That wasn’t the only cup action this month, of course, and in Italy, the Italian Cup semifinals were concluded. Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio knocked out Fiorentina 4-1 on aggregate while Will de Mote’s A.C. Milan knocked out rivals Inter on penalties after a 3-3 draw. It is no longer that close at the top of Serie A, with Lisa Jeffries’s Juventus 9 points ahead of Ben Cee’s Inter while Inter have four games left to play. Juventus won all but one of their games this month, picking up 13 points as they drew with Lecce. Inter struggled all month, losing 0-3 to Roma at the beginning, losing to A.C. Milan, narrowly beating Genoa and drawing against bermybhoy’s Atalanta. A.C. Milan, Roma and Udinese are further off the chase in the next three positions, while Mikey Twigge’s Palermo sit way down in 13th, unbeaten this month but for an away trip to Parma.

In Spain, due to so few games being played, many teams are still in with a slight danger of relegation. The most likely of these would be Wobill Luman’s Betis, who are 16th, winning two, losing two and drawing one this month. On the verge of safety is Joe Gleeson’s Espanyol, who picked up just two points this month, and Phill Ewles’s Valladolid, who are almost safe, and who will face Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia, a team who won all five games this month with a 17-4 margin, in next month’s Spanish Cup Final.

It has been a quiet month, but perhaps it is just the calm before the storm? I predict some casualties at the foot of the Italian league next month, and who knows, perhaps some high profile managers such as Maurice Jobson could join those casualties in hospital?

Manager of the Update

There is only one real outcome here. The winner is;

Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia

for winning all of his games this month with some nice scorelines. He scored four goals in three of his matches this month, and two and three goals in the other two. Table-toppers Juventus and Real Madrid and their managers Lisa Jeffries and Lucas Volman were in the running too, but they weren’t perfect this month, neither were Tom Smith or Arnold J. Rimmer, who did well to top the leagues in England.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid  Very Secure    662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull        Very Secure    662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia    Very Secure    662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing      Very Secure    662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta    Very Secure    662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton      Very Secure    662
 [/font][font=Courier New] 7th ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania     Secure         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Secure         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal  Secure         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Secure         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid  Secure         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Secure         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    Secure         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Secure         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  Secure         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting    Secure         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]19th rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia    Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea     Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena       Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma        Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom   Stable         662
 [/font][font=Courier New]39th ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United  Insecure       662
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   Insecure       662
 [/font][font=Courier New]41st conners              Sirus Lannock       Málaga                     628
 [/font][font=Courier New]42nd MikaelS              Mikael Schøler      Bologna                    613
 [/font][font=Courier New]43rd Swafe                Saul Goode          Osasuna                    551
 [/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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Very nice, Manager of the Month :), 17-4 in 5 games, that's pretty ridiculous

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A lead in the semis of the Champions League is looking good. Sitting top of the Premiership too, although i'm more than a little disappointed that we didn't capitalise against Ipswich to stretch our lead at the top. Hopefully we won't have any more slip-ups in the league.

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Sorry for not posting for a long while but I've been away from the forums and game for that time. I forgot I was in this but it's good to see I'm still in it.

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Still secure, So I must be doing alright!!

KUTGW Canvey!!

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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][font=Courier New]Jan 10 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 10 bermybhoy, Atalanta
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 10 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia[/font]

Top Ten – Matches Drawn

[font=Courier New]  [b] Pos Username           Manager            Club          Drawn[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st Waghlon            Lars Tommersen     Villarreal      30
 [/font][font=Courier New] 2nd el sid             Cool Manager       Atlético Madrid 27
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989       Tom Smith          Arsenal         27
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge        Mikey Twigge       Palermo         27
 [/font][font=Courier New] 5th Lower Leagues Rule Jonte Rhodes       Lazio           26
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - m1234566778        Maz Armley         Racing          26
 [/font][font=Courier New] 7th hasdgfas           Tim Aubel          Fulham          24
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr               Andre da Conceiçao Chelsea         24
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JoeLatics          Joe Gleeson        Espanyol        24
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006      Mark Cator         Aston Villa     24
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~              Bryan McGuinness   Everton         24[/font]

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Wooohooo Up to Secure, and also into the Coppa Italia Final :) Also nice to see 26 draws over 2 seasons ;) Looks like a fair while to go here Canvey lol.

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You're always bringing everyone down with your negative attitude :p - is that the third time you've said that?

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You're always bringing everyone down with your negative attitude :p - is that the third time you've said that?

Haha to me its not negative haha, its a good thing, a great sign-up with a long time to go makes me happy :)

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West Brom have survived in the Premiership for a 2nd season in a row - I'm impressed.

However, we need to be looking over our shoulders during the summer to ensure we are not properly in a relegation battle come the end of the season.

I also need to be looking over my shoulder as well, as the board are starting to get itchy feet over my role at the club :(

KUTGW :thup:

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Update 23

Years: 1, Months: 23, Days: 693

And so the busy month of May has concluded. No sackings this month, which comes as a bit of a surprise, but for the relegated teams of interest, perhaps their managers might be heading for the door at some point through next season.

We’ll start with the Premier League, which concluded first. Martin Bojangles’s Hull suffered a very poor month losing 0-3 at home to already-relegated Birmingham and then falling 0-2 at Goodison Park. Still, in the end, the Tigers enjoyed a nice 10-point cushion over 18th-placed Birmingham. Of course, you are more interested in things at the top, where Tom Smith’s Arsenal claimed the title in slightly lacklustre form, with a 1-0 win and two 1-1 draws this month, but it was enough. After 4-3 aggregate progress in the Champions League Semi Final against Lyon, he now has two finals to look forward to in the pursuit of a treble. Second-placed Manchester City were three points behind the Gunners in the end, concluding their season with a win against Crystal Palace and a draw against 9th-placed Newcastle.

Italy seems the logical place to go next, and the manager in with a chance of a sacking next season is James Ridley, whose Siena team got relegated in 18th place. Alongside Siena are Bologna and Livorno, meaning that two of last season’s promoted teams, Brescia and Parma, survived. With the chasm of relegation yawning, Ridley did manage a win this month, 2-1 at home to Theo Stigarakis’s Catania, but he also managed two losses and went down. James Salter’s Reggina finished just above the drop zone with Catania just above that. This month Salter’s team claimed a nice 3-1 victory over Fiorentina but also lost two games. Super Lampard’s Lecce finished 15th.

Where better to go next but to stay in Italy? The Italian Cup final saw an attendance of 81,177 packing the stands of Olimpico, where Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio were to meet Will de Mote’s A.C. Milan.

Road to the Final: Italian Cup

Lazio started off in the Third Qualfying Round where they met, and dismissed, Cagliari, with a 3-0 win. They achieved a similar feat in the Fourth Qualifying Round, playing away to Rimini, scoring three goals and conceding none. Will de Mote’s team joined them in the First Round, and dismissed the side who would go on to prop up Serie A: Livorno, 2-1 at home. Lazio faced a tough away trip to Roma but came away from it with a 1-0 win. They went back to their comfortable wins in the Quarter Final, beating Sampdoria 3-0 while A.C. Milan achieved a 3-1 victory over Genoa. A.C. Milan’s semifinal line-up saw them against bitter rivals Inter, where penalties carried them through as the “away” team won 2-1 in both legs. Lazio were all the more comfortable in their 4-1 aggregate win over Fiorentina.

With Lazio finishing tenth in the league and A.C. Milan third, you wouldn’t blame someone for backing Will de Mote’s team to win. However, as a final, it was difficult to say which way the result would go. Within five minutes there was action as A.C. Milan gained and converted a penalty thanks to the spot-kick from Andrea Pirlo. Yet just two minutes later, Lazio had brought it level with a penalty of their own, Tommaso Rocchi slotting it home. The match was over by half time, as A.C. Milan scored again through Guilherme in the 18th minute, and the Lazio equaliser came in the 29th. Nothing else of interest happened during the rest of the 90 minutes or extra time, so the match went to penalties. After five penalties each, the scores were level at 5-5, but Cristian Brocchi’s miss when Gianluca Zambrotta scored meant that A.C. Milan would get to lift the cup.

In Spain, the close title race evaporated last month as Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid clinched the title this month, winning three games, drawing one and losing one. Barcelona did slightly worse and came nowhere near to bridging the gap that had opened, winning and drawing twice each and losing on the final day to third-place finishers Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia. Atlético Madrid completed the top four, but at the bottom, Wobill Luman finds his prospects dull as he goes down to the LIGA adelante with his Betis team. Winning his first two games of the month, survival was perhaps on the cards, but he lost the next three and the club went down. Real Sociedad and Murcia join him, which means that Zaragoza survive, in the lofty position of 7th. Maz Armley’s Racing, Andy Morton’s Sporting, Jellybean Man’s Numancia and Athletic were all close to the drop, tallying 40 points and finishing in the four spots above 18th, 1 point clear of Real Sociedad.

In both European finals it was a battle of England and Spain. We’ll start with the slightly lower profile one, the inaugural final of the Europa League.

Road to the Final: Europa League

EPL side Newcastle, under the management of Dick Advocaat, started their Europa League campaign against AaB in the Fourth Qualifying Round. The Danes were dimissed 6-0 on aggregate and Newcastle were drawn in a group with Standard Liège, Sparta Prague and Russians Khimki. They opened the group with an excellent 5-0 win over Khimki and went on to win the group, unbeaten. This meant a tie against Galatasary in the next round and, despite a 0-2 defeat in Turkey, The Magpies continued through 4-3 on aggregate to face Celtic in the next round. They knocked the Scots out 3-2 on aggregate and were drawn against Sporting CP in the Quarter Finals. It was a close tie, and the Toon Army won on away goals after a 2-3 loss in Portugal was followed by a 2-1 win in the UK. A narrow win in Italy saw Newcastle reach the final after a draw with Fiorentina at St. James’ Park.

Cool Manager’s Atlético Madrid also started in the Fourth Qualfying Round against Scandinavian opposition. They beat Finns HJK 7-2 on aggregate and were drawn in a group with Vitesse, Juventus and Maccabi Haifa. They lost and drew to Juventus but won every other game to finish second in their group, setting up a knockout round tie with Sampdoria, which they won 5-3. Countrymen Villarreal were beaten 5-1 in the Second Knockout Round and a tougher tie followed, against Roma in the Quarter Final. Still, away goals saw Atlético triumph despite a 1-3 loss in Rome, and they squeaked through their semifinal against Liverpool 4-2 on penalties after two 1-1 draws. That was despite having two men sent off in the second, home, leg.

Close to 57,000 packed the HSH-Nordbank-Arena in Hamburg for a rather dull match. The atmosphere was electric, however, and Cool Manager’s side once again found discipline hard to control as Simão was sent off in the 88th minute. Yet the Spaniards had already scored by then, courtesy of Diego Forlán at the recommencement of the second half, and they held out the final few minutes to win the first ever Europa League.
Road to the Final: Champions League

Barcelona were drawn into a group of Udinese, Bayern Munich and CSKA Sofia. Not an easy group by any stretch of the imagination, but Haowan Madridstas’s team topped it thanks to four wins and two draws. They faced Manchester United in the Round of 16, and knocked the Red Devils out with a 2-0 win at the Nou Camp, and would face another English side, Chelsea, in the next round. The Blues lost that match, 4-5 on aggregate, and the glamorous opponents continued with a tie against Inter. A 2-1 win in Spain was followed by a marvellous 3-0 victory at the San Siro to see Barcelona into the final.

Tom Smith’s Arsenal had an easier group: Rosenborg, Olympiakos and Valencia. They topped it, dropping only two points, in the most difficult game, away to Valencia, and met PSV Eindhoven in the First Knockout Round. The result was closer than expected as the Gunners went through 4-3, and their luck in weaker opponents continued into the Quarter Finals as they drew Benfica. They sent the Portuguese side packing 5-1 and faced Lyon in the Semifinal. A 3-2 victory in France meant a 1-1 draw at the Emirates was good enough for progression.

The match was at the Bernabéu, which meant a significantly smaller travelling distance for Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona. The match looked quite steady and controlled in front of its 75,000 spectators, but in 3 minutes Barcelona certainly had the advantage, as Henry’s 30th minute goal was added to by Yaya Touré in the 33rd. Arsenal did little in response, and Barcelona ran out 3-0 winners with Thierry Henry adding a second in the 58th minute.

Back over to Italy now, where the title race was concluded relatively early. Lisa Jeffries’s Juventus clinched first place this month with a win against Roma, then 1-1 draws against A.C. Milan and Catania. Ben Cee’s Inter finished 4 points short of Juventus’ 84-point haul, but made up some superfluous ground this month, winning thrice and drawing once. Clark Aitken’s Roma recovered to take 4th in the end after beating Lecce and Tyler Burrows’s Udinese both 2-0 following that Juventus result. The surprise story is bermybhoy’s Atalanta finishing 7 places above expectations in 5th to claim a Europa League spot. The Scot won two of his games and lost one this month.

Over in England, with Arsenal having won the title over Liam Ferguson’s Manchester City; Liverpool and Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea completed the top four. da Conceiçao beat Fulham and Liverpool this month although drew to Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge. Maurice Jobson’s Manchester United finished 5th and so Jobson rightfully feared for his job, but a good performance in the FA Cup Final could redeem him.

Road to the Final: FA Cup

The Third Round saw a trip to Southend for Tom Smith’s Arsenal, which he won 1-0. It was another away day in the Fourth Round, this time to Wales, where Wrexham were beaten 4-0. Two Birmingham teams followed in the next two rounds, with Aston Villa being beaten 2-1 at Villa Park in the Fifth and Birmingham being beaten 3-0 in an Emirates replay in the Sixth. The Semifinal saw the visit of Liverpool, who were beaten 2-1. Manchester United started the competition with an away trip also, as they beat Tranmere 2-0. They then faced Sunderland and rallied a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light, returning to Old Trafford for the Fifth Round match against MK Dons. An easy 4-0 win followed, as did an easy 3-1 win in the Sixth Round over Bolton. Europa League runners-up Newcastle were the opponents in the semifinal, and were beaten 1-0.

Wembley was full but for one person, and Tom Smith was eager to avoid the 0-3 drubbing he was going to receive in the Champions Leauge final. Maurice Jobson knew that a bad performance here could result in his dismissal, but a win would put him so much closer to security. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 29th minute to give the Red Devils the lead. Carlos Tevez converted a penalty in the 37th minute and the misery was completed in the 83rd minute when Tevez scored again to give United the win. Two finals, two 0-3 losses, but a title to ease the pain of Tom Smith and his Arsenal supporters.

Cristobal Blanco’s Recreativo had the comfort of securing mid-table mediocrity in Spain, finishing 10th. He won just one match this month. Just below him finished Neji Hyuuga’s Deportivo. They also won once this month (both teams won against Racing), and Hyuuga’s position is Insecure. The main highlight of the month was the Spanish Cup final, where Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia would meet Phill Ewles’s Valladolid.

Road to the Final: Spanish Cup

The first two rounds of Valencia’s Spanish Cup journey were easy ties. Cartagena were defeated 6-1 on aggregate in the Fourth Round, and Hércules were defeated 5-1 on aggregate in the Fifth. Yet a tie against Real Madrid awaited in the Quarter Final, and an expected loss at the Bernabéu opened the tie. Yet a 3-1 win in the home leg meant that Lawrence Lazewski’s side would continue on away goals. They had a slightly easier tie in the next round, against Villarreal, and won 5-4 on aggregate after an exciting 3-3 draw in the away leg.

Valladolid got to the final without having to face any giants, but met with La Liga sides all the way. First they beat Real Sociedad 5-2 on aggregate, and would meet Mallorca in the 5th Round. They won 3-2, but both of those opponents got relegated so they still had tougher ties to come. The Quarter Final came in the form of Espanyol, and it looked as if their cup dream was over as the Barcelona team won 2-0 in the first leg. But taking it back to Valladolid saw a 3-0 win overcome the deficit. Getafe were beaten 3-1 in the Semifinal.

The final was quite exciting as Valencia carved out a 2-0 lead in the first half in front of 75,000 supporters. Valladolid closed the gap in the 54th minute but could not get a second goal to force extra time, and Lawrence Lazewski’s side claimed the victory, although Phill Ewles had made a valiant effort in getting this far.

With the World Cup approaching next month, all eyes turn away from the domestic arena. It’s likely that nobody will get sacked, for the mean time at least.

Manager of the Update

This month, the award goes to;

Will de Mote, A.C. Milan

for achieving success in the Italian Cup. Other candidates were Lisa Jeffries, whose Juventus won Serie A, Maurice Jobson, whose Man United came back from the brink to have a good season with an FA Cup win, Haowan Madridstas for the Champions League win or Lawrence Lazewski for a good month including a Spanish Cup win. Tom Smith came nowhere near this award after messing up so disastrously his potential treble.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid  Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull        Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta    Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton      Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania     Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia    Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Very Secure    693
 [/font][font=Courier New]22nd IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia    Secure         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid  Secure         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  Secure         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting    Secure         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea     Secure         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]27th m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing      Stable         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Stable         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal  Stable         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena       Stable         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    Stable         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       Stable         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma        Stable         693
 [/font][font=Courier New]36th AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  Insecure       693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom   Insecure       693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United  Insecure       693
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   Insecure       693
 [/font][font=Courier New]40th Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Very Insecure  693
 [/font][font=Courier New]41st conners              Sirus Lannock       Málaga                     628
 [/font][font=Courier New]42nd MikaelS              Mikael Schøler      Bologna                    613
 [/font][font=Courier New]43rd Swafe                Saul Goode          Osasuna                    551
 [/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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Surprised I lasted that one. Hopefully, I can survive until next season now.

Great work keeping this going canvey!!! :thup:

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