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Okay knocked out of the league cup by Sheffield Wednesday but on the plus side beat both Chelsea and Arsenal 3-2, Nice one

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Along as we stay up in the league, im not too bothered if our league form is suffering because of the europa league

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My first manager of the Month Award :)

Made a brilliant start to the season and if I keep going like this, who knows, one of the big three could be knocked off! Must be the Andorran magic!!

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][font=Courier New]May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese[/font]

Top Ten – Age

 [font=Courier New] [b]Pos +- Username        Manager           Club       Age[/b]
  [/font][font=Courier New]1st  [color=#3366ff]0[/color] Cardiovascular  Cardio Vascular   Genoa       51
 [/font][font=Courier New]   -  [color=#3366ff]0[/color] markcator3006   Mark Cator        Aston Villa 51
 [/font][font=Courier New] 3rd [color=green]+2[/color] Romanista1994   Lucas Volman      Real Madrid 50
 [/font][font=Courier New]   -  [color=#3366ff]0[/color] IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man     Numancia    50
 [/font][font=Courier New] 5th [color=green]+3[/color] Blanco          Cristobal Blanco  Recreativo  49
 [/font][font=Courier New]   -  [color=#3366ff]0[/color] Almondo         Arnold J. Rimmer  Bolton      49
 [/font][font=Courier New]   -  [color=#3366ff]0[/color] AtilasMiserly   Will de Mote      A.C. Milan  49
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [color=green]+3[/color] Haowan          Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   49
 [/font][font=Courier New] 9th [color=red]-1[/color] SCIAG           Leo Dodge         Tottenham   48
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - NE Neji            Neji Hyuuga       Deportivo   48
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - NE BenArsenal      Ben Cee           Inter       48[/font]

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We are now 27 updates in but there are still people who are posting at an unsatisfactory level. Considering the duration of the sign-up so far, I would request anyone with fewer than 10 posts in this thread (never mind any former 60 to One threads) to start posting. Those with 0 posts will be getting a PM. If you have fewer than 10 posts but your manager has been fired, then obviously I am not expecting you to continue to post (although it would be nice if you did from time to time :)).

9 posts: ~Ian~, spartans5, TaylorB

7 posts: Walcott's Wonderkids, bermybhoy, JSalter

6 posts: Cardiovascular, pnefc22

5 posts: Almondo, IlikeJellybeans, Greasy Chip Butty

4 posts: Jack Rudd, AtilasMiserly

3 posts: Martin_, Haowan, mikeytwigge, clrkaitken, Blanco

2 posts: Waghlon

1 post: Romanista1994, ian_1982

0 posts: markcator3006, tadr, m1234566778, Chimpos, JoeLatics

I am very surprised at some of these people and it's very disappointing to see that 45% of those who signed-up are rarely posting. While posting is not a neccessity after every update, it is important to post regularly so that I know who's following!

I want everyone to have posted 5 times by the time we reach the end of the third season.

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Forgot about this, very sorry canvey as it's an excellent sign up. KUTGW!

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Gloriously inconsistent, as always. It's actually just about right for a club like Atalanta, which probably serves me well. Too successful, and another team might come a-calling, too many defeats and I'd face the bullet...so overall, happy at how things look.

Canvey!!: point noted, chief.

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Sorry, I didn't realize how sparingly I had posted. I have been reading this entire thing and will definitely be more involved in posting going forward. Anyway, a good draw against AC Milan and hopefully can defeat them in the second fixture and win the group

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Sorry Canvey. Thought I'd posted more than that. Will post more on upcoming updates.

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My Christmas gift to you all: two updates today.

Update 28

Years: 2, Months: 28, Days: 846

60 to One has just spit out its 21st casualty, and we’ll reach the tragic story of that young man’s demise in good time, but let’s start off in Spain, where the warm sun may get rid of some of that cold wintery Christmas day feeling! Zaragoza still maintain their tight grip on that 1st place position in La Liga, and the holders, Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid, find themselves in the groin-grabbingly low position of 7th. The team from the capital won only once this month, over Almería, and when they welcomed Deportivo to the Bernabéu, Neji Hyuuga’s team beat them 2-1. Volman also drew games against Espanyol and Racing, while Hyuuga also beat Celta and Andy Morton’s Sporting this month, putting them in a stable position of 9th. That’s more than can be said for Cristobal Blanco’s Recreativo who, with 6 points, are in 17th place. They did pick up four points this October, with the highlight being a 2-1 win over Villarreal. The lowlight would be the 0-2 home humbling by Getafe.

The English Carling Cup didn’t see any matches this month, but the Premier League was in full flow, despite an international break. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham still sit top, with three draws but a close 3-2 victory over Arsenal this month. That isn’t the form they can continue, however, if they want to stay up there, and although they are four points clear, they are being hunted down by Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal and, surprisingly, Arnold J. Rimmer’s Bolton. The Englishman’s team have had a solid start to their new division, and this month they managed to beat Man United, and faced a North-East hattrick with matches against Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Newcastle. The trip to St James’ Park resulted in a loss, but victories in the other two games led to third place in the Manager of the Month for Rimmer. Out of the rest of the chasing pack, Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea and Liam Ferguson’s Manchester City have the best form, with the Blues winning all but one of their league games this month, including a 3-0 win over Manchester United, and their slightly lighter coloured counterparts winning twice and drawing twice.

Into Europe now where the Europa League plays out, and due to the international break there was only one set of fixtures this month. Tottenham beat Danes OB 3-0 but their Group B counterparts Roda JC beat that in demolishing Braga 4-0. There was a win for Super Lampard’s Lecce over AZ Alkmaar, putting the Italians into second place, and Lars Tommersen’s Villarreal beat Boavista 4-1 away. Slovaks Zilina fell to bermybhoy’s Atalanta’s 4-0 triumph, and there was a win of the same magnitude for Manchester United. Roma and Udinese both won 1-0. In the Champions League there was also only one set of fixtures, with Tom Smith’s Arsenal losing 2-3 to Sporting CP of Portugal, with the female manager Lisa Jeffries thrashing Young Boys 3-0 to lift Juventus into 2nd place, and with further 3-0 wins for Chelsea and A.C. Milan. Inter, Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Real Madrid also won, although by a lesser margin, while Manchester City struggled to a 2-2 draw with Benfica at Eastlands.

Over to Italy right now, and we’ll focus initially on Serie B, because that won’t take long. With Siena sitting in 15th place among the 22 teams in the second division of Italian football, James Ridley was, quite rightly, shown the door. This was one of the Englishman’s better months, collecting two wins and a total of eight points, but two losses aren’t good enough for a team coming straight down from Serie A, and neither is 15th place, so Ridley left after 843 days of service. In Serie A, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese and Mikey Twigge’s Palermo top the table. The Andorran’s team won only two while losing their other three this month, while Palermo went unbeaten, including a 3-1 victory over A.C. Milan at the San Siro. Roma are third and had a decent month with a few too many draws. James Salter’s Reggina are floundering in the relegation zone, in 19th place, and they picked up just the solitary point this month, drawing against the 20th-placed team. Lecce and Theo Stigarakis’s Catania are also in danger in the bottom half of Serie A, although the latter enjoyed a brief respite in the form of a 3-0 victory after a trip to Atalanta.

Back over to England, where Maurice Jobson’s Manchester United are very much in trouble. The side are sitting in 13th place, and not due to any lack of fixtures: they have no games in hand on any team in the league. A rather tepid start to the month included a loss to Bolton and a dull 0-0 draw with Mark Cator’s Aston Villa, but a 4-1 win over Everton following the abysmal Chelsea result gives hope to Red Devils everywhere. At present, they lie just above Ricky Nakano’s Middlesbrough, who have just lost three successive games after a 1-0 win over Sheffield United. The two teams in real danger in the EPL are Fulham and Brucie Bonus’s West Brom. The Baggies are bottom, and two draws this month took them up to seven points before losses to Portsmouth and West Ham. Tim Aubel’s side actually beat Portsmouth in their last fixture of October, which avoided a month of four losses, and the American might be able to look forward to more funds with a board takeover. Then again, the takeover could see him fired, or could simply have no effect.

Over in Spain, the first leg of the two-legged affair known as the Spanish Cup Fourth Round took place. Lucas Volman’s problems continued as his Real Madrid team could only draw 0-0 away to Girona. Joe Gleeson’s Espanyol look set to go out after losing 0-2 at Getafe, and Phill Ewles’s Valladolid lost 0-2 to Racing. However, there were nice and large wins for the managers of Barcelona and Atlético Madrid. Haowan Madridstas’s side beat Pájara Playas 3-0 while Cool Manager’s Atlético Madrid won 4-0 at Ceuta. His team are 6th in La Liga, but lost to both Valencia and Barcelona this month. Their 19 points keeps them on a par with Lars Tommersen’s Villarreal, who lost to Recreativo at the start of the month but reinforced their position with two wins and a draw.

Serie A holders Juventus are sitting pretty poorly in 10th place, and although they started the month with wins over Lecce and Udinese, their recent form leaves much to be desired, as Canadian Lisa Jeffries’s side picked up just a point from their last three matches. Close to them are bermybhoy’s Atalanta, who recorded that 4-0 European victory, and in the league their form has been yo-yoing. Most recently, however, they travelled to play Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina, the side directly below them, and won 2-1. Other than that, this month Taylor’s side drew two and won two, never recording remarkable victories but never being thrashed either.

Next month brings two sets of Champions League games, one set of Europa League games, the next fixtures in the Spanish and Carling Cups, as well as four matches in the top division of every country. It isn’t the most exciting, but it has plenty of action, and is fundamental to the progression towards the end of the season. The winter months are barren ones, not least because managers tend to get chucked out of their jobs! Stay tuned.

Manager of the Update

This month, the award goes to;

Mikey Twigge, Palermo

for a good month which sees him rise to become one of the top teams in Serie A, despite Palermo’s pre-season prediction of 11th. Andre da Conceiçao and Haowan Madridstas were two managers who had very good months, but it is sometimes difficult to choose a Manager of the Update, and Twigge is the one I have plumped for here.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Very Secure    846
 [/font][font=Courier New] 2nd Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure         846
 [/font][font=Courier New] 5th Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid  Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta    Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia    Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia    Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo  Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing      Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal  Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol    Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid  Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull        Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton      Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania     Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting    Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea     Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma        Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United  Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   Stable         846
 [/font][font=Courier New]38th Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom   Insecure       846
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       Insecure       846
 [/font][font=Courier New]40th Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena                      843[/font]

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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][font=Courier New]May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo[/font]

Top Ten – Highest Fee Spent (I’m not including the Reputation chart as there are about 20 managers on Continental!)

[font=Courier New]  [b] Pos +- Username      Manager            Club        Player                 Fee[/b]
  [/font][font=Courier New]1st  [color=blue]0[/color] Haowan        Haowan Madridstas  Barcelona   Nani               £28.5 M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 2nd  [color=blue]0[/color] fergysafc     Liam Ferguson      Man City    Mikel Arteta       £25.5 M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 3rd  [color=blue]0[/color] BenArsenal    Ben Cee            Inter       Antonio Cassano    £22   M
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [color=green]+1[/color] tomsmith1989  Tom Smith          Arsenal     Andrés Guardado    £22   M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 5th [color=green]+1[/color] Romanista1994 Lucas Volman       Real Madrid Hernanes           £20   M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 6th [color=green]+4[/color] clrkaitken    Clark Aitken       Roma        Fabio Quagliarella £19.5 M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 7th [color=red]-2 [/color]tadr          Andre da Conceiçao Chelsea     Amauri             £16   M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 8th [color=red]-1 [/color]AtilasMiserly Will de Mote       A.C. Milan  Roberto Soldado    £15   M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 9th NE SCIAG         Leo Dodge          Tottenham   Darren Fletcher    £14.75M
 [/font][font=Courier New]10th  [color=blue]0[/color] Jack Rudd     Lisa Jeffries      Juventus    Hulk               £13.75M[/font]

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Update 29

Years: 2, Months: 29, Days: 876

It is the 1st December, and right now our 36 managers are opening the first windows of their Advent Calendars. And we have only 36 managers, as this month three of the worst-performing ones were sacked, with a manager of a very high-profile club in the mix. Of course, it is my job to keep you waiting, so we will naturally start in the country that was kind enough to keep all 14 of its managers this month, Italy.

When we last took a look at Italian football, Udinese were top of the league, with a plucky Palermo saddling alongside. During November, however, Clark Aitken’s Roma found a return to form, taking that top spot with Udinese in second, joint on points and goal difference. This month, the Canadian’s team did not lose, and dropped points only twice. The first was a rather unfortunate trip to Croatia in the Europa League, where Rijeka fought for a 1-1 draw, and the second was when A.C. Milan came to visit, leaving with two goals for Roma’s own two. Cagliari were beaten 4-1 in the most convincing result of the month. Tyler Burrows’s team also had an extremely strong month, also drawing in the Europa League but beating Inter, Parma and Chievo. However, a 0-1 loss at Brescia handed Aitken the advantage. bermybhoy’s Atalanta, who also went the whole month without a league loss despite losing to Lille, take up 3rd place, their best result being a 3-0 victory over James Salter’s Reggina. Mikey Twigge’s Palermo are still up there, in 4th, but losses to Atalanta and Fiorentina cost them.

Leo Dodge’s Tottenham finally lost their grip on the Premier League pole position, but remain competitive with as many points as leaders Liverpool. Rafa Benítez’s team won three and drew one this month, with Tottenham’s two wins and two losses not matching up. Despite a slightly embarrassing loss to Sunderland, Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea are in third place after clean sheet wins over Tottenham and at Blackburn, an the top four is completed by Tom Smith’s Arsenal, who started the month off abysmally with a 0-4 home implosion to Harry Redknapp’s Blackburn. You may be thinking, ‘There’s one Big Four side missing from there’ and you’d be right. Manchester United, who won the title in 2009, sit in a lowly 15th place, and just seven days into the month, with the Red Devils one place lower in 16th, David Gill decided he had had enough of everybody’s favourite Rwandan manager, Maurice Jobson, and sacked the 41-year-old, opting instead for José Mourinho. A 4-1 win in the Europa League meant little to United fans who yearned for some improvement in the league, and when that failed to manifest itself with high-fliers Martin Bojangles’s Hull winning 2-1 at Old Trafford, it was the end of the line for the Rwandan. Although Mourinho guided the team to a good 4-0 win over lowly Stoke in the Carling Cup the next game, the three following Premier League matches have all ended deadlocked. Another Premier League manager who should be worrying is Brucie Bonus, who is understandably Very Insecure with his Baggies in 20th place. They are 3 points below 19th place and 5 points from safety, and this month picked up a solitary point with a draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

Over to Spain where there has been a marked improvement in Betis’ fortunes in the Liga adelante. Wobill Luman’s side dropped points away to lowly Granada 74 and lowly Albacete, but won all three other games, including a 3-0 win over Córdoba. This puts Béticos del Universo Verdiblancos in 6th place, and while it isn’t championship-winning form, it is certainly well on the way to improvement. With this, the position of their manager is now Stable. In the top division, Zaragoza still lead the way but the wolves are right behind now. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona went unbeaten this month with some great scorelines. Sevilla lost 0-4 and Pájara Playas lost 0-5 to Barça this month, the latter in the Second Leg of the Spanish Cup Fourth Round. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid also went unbeaten, in the league and cup at least, thrashing Athletic 3-0 and Jellybean Man’s Numancia 4-1. Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia and Lars Tommersen’s Villarreal share 29 points with Real Madrid, with the nearest opposition lying 5 points further back.

Into the grand auditorium of Europe now, and the Champions League moved a lot closer to the completion of its group stages with two sets of games this month. 11 teams have now qualified which means just five spots are available to claim with the next game. Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea are through despite a loss this month to their fellow Group B qualifiers PSV Eindhoven, and another English team in the form of Tom Smith’s Arsenal have already made it through. The Gunners squeaked past Sporting CP before thrashing Dinamo Bucharest, and are through to the next round along with the former. In one of two groups involved two teams of interest, Group C, both Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia and Will de Mote’s A.C. Milan are through with 100% winning records this month, and will face off in December to see which one qualifies as group winner. Juventus, Inter and Barcelona have also qualified, while Liam Ferguson’s Manchester City, Real Madrid and Benfica will face off for two qualifying spots from Group D, with the other guaranteed a Europa League spot. This month, Benfica beat both of our teams while Madrid beat Rangers 3-0 and Man City drew 1-1 with the Scottish side.

Let us now go back to England, where the League Cup Fourth Round took place. The last Championship sides exited the competition, Stoke losing to a newly invigorated Mourinho’s Man United, Sheffield United crumbling 0-5 at the hands of Mark Cator’s Aston Villa, Crystal Palace losing to Chelse and Swansea losing to near neighbours Bristol City. Tim Aubel’s Fulham also went out, to Portsmouth, and the board takeover was completed without incident in a month where the American won thrice and lost once in the league. The only other Fourth Round match with a side of interest was Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. One Quarter Final match has already been played, with Chelsea triumphing 3-0 over Villa, who won twice and lost twice in the Premier League this month, but the remaining three are to be played. Arsenal will meet Manchester United while the other two matches hold no interest and will be cunningly kept secret. As for the league, overachievers Bolton continue their pleasant form, with Arnold J. Rimmer’s side in 7th place after an even split of wins and losses this month.

Back over to Italy now with a focus on the bottom of the table. James Salter’s Reggina look to continue their decline in recent years and sit bottom, but sneaked a 2-1 win away to Fiorentina in their last game of the month. Cagliari and Rimini are above Reggina but also have eight points, and both have won fewer games. In general, our surviving Italian managers are doing fairly decently, and packed into the top half are Jonte Rhodes and Lisa Jeffries, with their teams in 9th and 10th respectively. Lazio took all month to get a win, but got one over Parma, while Juventus had a contented month, with one of each result. However, with the team being 9 places below last season’s finishing position, the female manager is Very Insecure and the board may sack her sooner rather than later. Perhaps a turn of fortunes is on the cards? Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina lie just above those two teams and beat Chievo and Palermo convincingly this month, but picked up only one point from their other two games. In 7th, Will de Mote’s A.C. Milan are underperforming and had a poor month, particularly from a defensive point of view. Above that, Lord Weeman’s Napoli are solid, and they won every single game this month, although their calendar wasn’t the toughest.

The Europa league concludes next month, and we’ll not discuss any of the events from this month’s set of fixtures and focus on the competition in December. Instead, we move back to Spain to finally find out the identities of the other two manager who got sacked this month with a look at the bottom of the La Liga table. Andy Morton holds his Sporting side precariously close to the drop zone in 17th place, but he picked up two points this month and is still Stable. Jellybean Man’s Numancia are next moving upwards, and the comically-named manager lost all of his league games this month. Still, he was not the one sacked. Instead, Espanyol boss Joe Gleeson saw his luck run out with his team in 15th place. He followed up four consecutive draws with a win over Sporting, but losing the next game to Mallorca was too much. 18th-placed Recreativo parted company with their Peruvian manager Cristobal Blanco on the same date. It was a similar situation: the team had just won, this time 4-0 over Mallorca, but following this up with a loss resulted in a P45. Almería were the undoers of Blanco’s Recreativo reign. Finally, in the Spanish Cup, it was pretty standard stuff, with the only upsets being Real Sociedad’s win over Neji Hyuuga’s Deportivo and Alavés’ over Athletic. Valladolid, Espanyol and Recreativo were the other relevant teams who lost.

So, 39 becomes 36, and with three more managers sitting in Insecure or Very Insecure positions, it could be even lower by the close of 2010. Some time next month the managers will reach their 900th day of management, and that is the target for all. But I’m predicting that two, possibly more, will not make that.

Manager of the Update

This month’s award goes to;

Lord Weeman, Napoli

for winning all of their games, a feat not equalled throughout the three countries. Other strong contenders were Clark Aitken and bermybhoy, whose good months take them to the pinnacle of Italian football, as well as Haowan Madridstas who performed well with his Barcelona team. He had many games to play and fared well, but Weeman shouldn’t be penalised for not winning games he wasn’t able to play, and so Napoli take this trophy, ahead of Wobill Luman too, who oversaw an improvement in Betis’ performances.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing      Very Secure    876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull        Very Secure    876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton      Very Secure    876
 [/font][font=Courier New] 4th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Secure         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Secure         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid  Secure         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia    Secure         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia    Secure         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Secure         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Secure         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]13th bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta    Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal  Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid  Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania     Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting    Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea     Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma        Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan  Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis       Stable         876
 [/font][font=Courier New]34th fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Insecure       876
 [/font][font=Courier New]35th Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    Very Insecure  876
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom   Very Insecure  876
 [/font][font=Courier New]37th JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol                   873
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo                 873
 [/font][font=Courier New]39th ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United                 852
 [/font][font=Courier New]40th Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena                      843[/font]

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No mention and still stable. :cool:

I must be the most boring manager here....

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Rearrange the following words and I think you'll probably get the envitable message about to be told to Brucie Bonus in the next month or so:

numbered

days

my

are

My own fault for doing relatively well last season... false expectations!! :D:(

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Dropped down to 6th in league and not done anything great to get a mention in the second update :(

Still Stable though :cool:

KUTGW canvey

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Still Stable and sitting in 9th in the league, gotta be happy with that and it seems the club are too. Keeping up appearances is what it is all about.

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The Italian League is really competetive this season, with a number of teams capable of winning. But we have remained really consistent throughout the season and have a brilliant chance of making history.

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Two updates on Christmas day, that's commitment :thup:

Got to be quite pleased with a win at the Bernabéu, looks like I'm going the same way as previous seasons though. Nothing spectacular, but hopefully I can remain in my job :\

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Still in a job \o/

KUTGW canvey!!

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Fantastic. Two updates!! Sort of a mixed bag. I'm not completely happy with 4th in the league, and a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Blackburn certainly wasn't expected. Although, continental progression softens that blow. Up to secure in my job status gives me at least a little more time.

Kutgw!!! This has been great so far. :thup:

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Thanks for all the compliments, and for posting more. Hope everyone had a good Christmas.

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][font=Courier New]May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli[/font]

Top Ten – Highest Fee Received

[font=Courier New]  [b] Pos +- Username     Manager           Club            Player                 Fee[/b]
  [/font][font=Courier New]1st [color=green]+1[/color] ~Ian~        Bryan McGuinness  Everton         Mikel Arteta       £25.5 M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 2nd [color=green]+8[/color] spartans5    Lawrence Lazewski Valencia        Juan Manuel Mata   £25   M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 3rd  [color=blue]0[/color] Neji         Neji Hyuuga       Deportivo       Andrés Guardado    £22   M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 4th [color=green]+2[/color] PluckaDuck   Tyler Burrows     Udinese         Fabio Quagliarella £19.5 M
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [color=green]+4[/color] fergysafc    Liam Ferguson     Man City        Nigel de Jong      £19.5 M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 6th [color=red]-1[/color] BenArsenal   Ben Cee           Inter           Nicolás Burdisso   £17.75M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 7th NE el sid       Cool Manager      Atlético Madrid Simão              £16.25M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 8th [color=red]-1[/color] Jack Rudd    Lisa Jeffries     Juventus        Amauri             £16   M
 [/font][font=Courier New] 9th NE Haowan       Haowan Madridstas Barcelona       Samuel Eto’o       £14.25M
 [/font][font=Courier New]10th NE weeeman27bob Lord Weeman       Napoli          Leandro Rinaudo    £13.25M[/font]

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Update 30

Years: 2, Months: 30, Days: 907

Well I was right in saying that two of our managers would not make the 900 day mark, but I was absolutely stunned about the circumstances in which that happened. We’ll start in England, where London clubs are dominating the league, making up its top three teams. In first place is Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea, who had a strong month despite an away loss to Man City. As December is one of the most fixture-packed months, they still managed to pick up 11 points during the festive season. Tom Smith’s Arsenal are 2nd, which does of course mean that Leo Dodge’s Tottenham have slipped down to 3rd place. This month, the Gunners did not lose, and only conceded one goal, in a tricky away trip to Lokomotiv Moscow in a near-meaningless Champions League tie. The two teams drew 1-1. Their only home game of the month saw them trounce Man City 3-0, and they then went on to do the same away to Bristol City. What followed was a 2-0 win at the Boleyn Ground which forced West Ham to sack manager Roland Nilsson and hire former Sunderland boss Scott Tysoe. Smith’s men wrapped up the month in style, thrashing high-fliers Hull 3-0 at the KC. Tottenham continue to drop points, drawing all but one of their games this month. In doing so, they continued José Mourinho’s string of draws at Manchester United, but the Portuguese manager finally won over Blackburn, finishing the year with two more wins under his belt. Smith did beat Newcastle in the one game that wasn’t a draw, and thrashed his two Europa League opponents. If only he could transfer that European form to the domestic scene.

Last month I touched on how A.C. Milan were underperforming. What I didn’t say was that I expected them to attain their standard annual 3rd-placed position, and for everything to be nicey-nicey. Which was a good thing, in a way, because everything will not be nicey-nicey, and Will de Mote did not have a nicey-nicey Christmas after finding himself without a job. It was the Champions League what done it, as they say, in a rather weird way. With both A.C. Milan and our fellow team of interest Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia certain to progress from their European group, the match between the two saw the Spaniards triumph 2-0 at home. That was no big deal, especially not with Milan having beaten Parma 3-0 away in the last game, and having sealed Italian Cup progression just before that. Perhaps last month’s derby loss, 2-4 to rivals Inter, was what the board were really unhappy about and de Mote’s sacking notice got delayed in the very early Christmas mail. But anyhow, de Mote was sacked, although he will actually have a nicey-nicey Christmas because of the many millions of compensation A.C. surely gave him. The board opted for another Dutch manager, hiring Ajax’s Marco van Basten, and the Dutch club found their replacement in Athletic’s Louis van Gaal. This is where our second manager finds themselves unable to make that 900-day mark. Athletic would now need a manager, and with the sudden ability of our former managers to get new jobs, who better than a manager struggling away in the second division but who had had first division experience. On Tuesday 14th December, Athletic pulled Wobill Luman from Betis to coach their team. Thus far, Luman had not had a good month with Betis, drawing and losing once each. He managed a 2-2 draw against Recreativo in his first Athletic game. As nice as it is for Wobill to have a shiny new desk and to be back managing in La Liga, this is an endurance competition and it doesn’t do to leave your club halfway through for another. I never thought that this would actually happen, but it has, and as per the terms at the start of the sign-up, Luman finishes in 35th place.

When we last took a look at the Champions League, there were only three clubs whose positions were dubious. Firstly, Cool Manager’s Atlético Madrid qualified for the next stage despite only drawing with Inter and despite Shakhtar’s 3-1 win. In Group D, Benfica stormed to a definitive victory by thrashing Rangers 5-0, while Liam Ferguson’s Man City and Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid fought for the other place in the Round of 16. Vagner Love’s 14th-minute strike settled the tie at the City of Manchester Stadium to send the Englishmen through, causing the biggest upset of the competition so far. Volman’s team will enter the Europa League. The draw for the Round of 16 has already been made, and the two most important ties from our point of view are Lisa Jeffries’s Juventus against Barcelona, and Arsenal against Ben Cee’s Inter. Other ties see Chelsea face Marco van Basten’s A.C. Milan and Atlético Madrid face all-conquering Benfica. Valencia will meet Lyon and Man City will meet Sporting Lisbon. In the Europa League, all of our teams qualified for the next round which is good news. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham failed to lose, closing out their campaign with 2-0, 4-0 and 3-0 wins. Super Lampard’s Lecce got through their group in 2nd place, which was to be expected as their opponents were Sivasspor and Steaua Bucharest, and AZ Alkmaar. The Italians qualified after a 3-0 win over the Romanians, so didn’t worry too much about a 0-5 loss to the Dutch in their next game. Lars Tommersen’s Villarreal qualified top of their group, winning by a combined 7-0 this month, and Roma did exactly the same. Udinese and Atalanta also qualified. In the next round, Tottenham will face Spanish high-fliers Zaragoza, but none of our teams will play each other. Following that, Udinese may play Villarreal if they can overcome Shakhtar and Sampdoria respectively, but all other clubs don’t face such a draw in the Round of 16 either.

Lucas Volman getting knocked out of the Champions League is not his only worry, too. While his rival Haowan Madridstas has caught up and even overtaken Zaragoza to claim top spot for Barcelona, Madrid have falled to fifth, six points behind the Catalan side. This month, Volman had a mixed bag: one of each result, but the 0-2 loss to Valencia was the most damaging. Barcelona, on the other hand, won all three games, as well as beating Anderlecht 2-1 in the Champions League and travelling to Abu Dhabi for the Club World Championships. First, they beat UAE side Al-Ain 6-0, then they beat Argentines San Lorenzo 3-0 to capture the crown. Towards the bottom of La Liga, Andy Morton’s Sporting have found themselves dragged into the bottom three, but the manager is still Stable despite this and picking up a single point in December. Threatened side Numancia are only four points above Sporting, with Jellybean Man’s team getting a mixed bag himself this month. Even Phill Ewles’s Valladolid could be deemed to be in trouble: their cushion of 8 points could easily be worn away given some poor form. At the moment, however, they are doing decently, having beaten leaders Zargoza 1-0 but lost their other two games this month, including one to Barcelona.

In Italy, Lisa Jeffries still finds herself very much in danger as her Juventus side linger in 9th place. They won once and drew twice this month, which is fine form, but not if you are way behind in a title chase and looking to catch up. Ben Cee’s Inter have now claimed the top spot, winning all their league games this month including a 4-0 hammering of Reggina. Back in the swing of things too are Clark Aitken’s Roma, who sit second, and who got two important wins this month, masking the pain of a defeat to fourth-placed Atalanta. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese have dropped to third after a humiliating 0-3 defeat to Lecce and further dropped points in the home game against Napoli. Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina had a fairly good month, winning all three league games but going out of the cup. They are in 5th place.

Back over to England now, with some focus on the Carling Cup, but more focus on the league and on the FA Cup. Arsenal beat Manchester United 3-0 in the Quarter Final, to qualify for the Semis alongside Chelsea, who did that last month, and Liverpool and Portsmouth. Our two managers can both make the final, with Arsenal playing Liverpool and Chelsea Portsmouth. The FA Cup Third Round draw has been made and the undoubted highlight is Liam Ferguson’s Manchester City playing host to Chelsea. Also watch out for Martin Bojangles’s Hull travelling to Craven Cottage to face Fulham as well as Aston Villa versus Blackburn and Bolton away to Southampton. Tottenham will also face a Premier League side in the form of Sheffield United at White Hart Lane. At the bottom of the Premier League, Brucie Bonus has rustled up some form to pull his West Brom side off the bottom of the table. He secured a sneaky 1-0 win as Everton came to visit, and then exploded into fine form with a 4-0 victory over Newcastle. The following two away games ended in losses, but the team suddenly have a whole new packet of morale. Securely in 9th place are Bryan McGuiness’s Everton, whose poor month was improved at the end with wins over Man City and Bristol City. They face Swansea in the FA Cup. Many of the surviving Premier League managers are packed in the top half, and Middlesbrough and Fulham still seem safe. Bonus is the only Premier League manager in trouble, and it is very likely that he won’t be a Premier League manager for very long.

The Italian Cup 1st Round passed with much jubilation. Juventus had little problem overcoming Padova 2-1, and Udinese also progressed against a lower-quality opposition, Reggina, by the same scoreline. Atalanta knocked out Parma, A.C. Milan Brescia and Inter Ascoli, while Super Lampard’s Lecce achieved a nice extra-time win over Roma. There is no doubt about the highlight of the next round: Inter and A.C. Milan will face off for a semifinal place. Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio will play Udinese, Lecce will play Atalanta and Sampdoria will play Juventus. Concluding the report with some mid-table news from Spain: Neji Hyuuga’s Deportivo are in 10th place and loving it. They won their easy two games this month but lost to Atlético Madrid. Maz Armley’s Racing are in 8th after having won all three games by one-goal margins. In Italy, Genoa will get a mention very soon.

The transfer window awaits: who will strengthen their squad in the mad dash for the 1000 days mark? That’s in about three months time, and making it there unscathed will probably ensure the rest of the season will be safe too.

Manager of the Update

Finally, a pick up in form universally. This month,

Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

wins the Manager of the Update award for very successfully negotiating an ascent to the top of La Liga while travelling to Abu Dhabi to tear apart the competition in the Club World Championship. All without losing or drawing! Maz Armley and Ben Taylor also won all their games, and Tom Smith and Ben Cee had very fine months indeed, but there isn’t much equivalent to picking up a piece of silverware, giving Madridstas even more reason to collect the award.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing      Very Secure    907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull        Very Secure    907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton      Very Secure    907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure    907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia    Very Secure    907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Very Secure    907
 [/font][font=Courier New] 7th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Secure         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Secure         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta    Secure         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea     Secure         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Secure         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma        Secure         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]14th Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid  Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia    Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal  Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid  Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania     Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting    Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   Stable         907
 [/font][font=Courier New]32nd fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Insecure       907
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom   Insecure       907
 [/font][font=Courier New]34th Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus    Very Insecure  907
 [/font][font=Courier New]35th pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis                      889
 [/font][font=Courier New]36th AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan                 882
 [/font][font=Courier New]37th JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol                   873
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo                 873
 [/font][font=Courier New]39th ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United                 852
 [/font][font=Courier New]40th Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena                      843[/font]

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Secure!

First change in months! :D

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A great month there for me. :D A really good run of results. Six sackings sees the competition lose a 15% of the runners in a month. That's also good news. :p

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Not mentioned but stable still.

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Happy New Year - no two updates for you today but you might see one tomorrow.

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][font=Courier New]May 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 10 Will de Mote, A.C. Milan
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 10 Super Lampard, Lecce
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 10 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 10 Tyler Burrows, Udinese
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 10 Mikey Twigge, Palermo
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona[/font]

Top Ten – Players Bought (Number)

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  [/font][font=Courier New]1st  [color=blue]0[/color] Almondo         Arnold J. Rimmer Bolton     20
 [/font][font=Courier New] 2nd [color=green]+1[/color] Martin_         Martin Bojangles Hull       18
 [/font][font=Courier New] 3rd NE IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man    Numancia   17
 [/font][font=Courier New] 4th [color=green]+4[/color] PluckaDuck      Tyler Burrows    Udinese    16
 [/font][font=Courier New] 5th NE TaylorB         Ben Taylor       Fiorentina 15
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - NE clrkaitken      Clark Aitken     Roma       15
 [/font][font=Courier New] 7th [color=red]-1[/color] el sid          Cool Manager     At. Madrid 14
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - NE Waghlon         Lars Tommersen   Villarreal 14
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [color=red]-2[/color] ~Ian~           Bryan McGuiness  Everton    14
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - NE weeeman27bob    Lord Weeman      Napoli     14
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - NE ssestig         Theo Stigarakis  Catania    14
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [color=green]+1[/color] BenArsenal      Ben Cee          Inter      14[/font]

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A 3-0 defeat to Leece.........

That'll eally hurt the title aspirations.... :(

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I wrote this last decade, hence the bit about my lovely Cottagers. I guess that'll be 'I wish had mirrored...' then.

Update 31

Years: 2, Months: 31, Days: 938

We are one month into 2011 and one manager has been fired this month. It shouldn’t be difficult to work out which one, given that they have been clinging on to their position for the last few months. With no European action this month, we have five league games from each division as well as plenty of cup action for you to feast on.

We’ll start in Albion, that great fortress in the sea, and the London contingent that had clogged up the top of the table have been dispersed somewhat. Tom Smith’s Arsenal sit top, but Chelsea and Tottenham lie down in 5th and 6th. This month, the Portuguese manager guided his Gunners to four league wins and a home draw with Chelsea. Beating his countryman’s Manchester United 3-0 may have been a highlight, or it could have been the victory of the same magnitude at Goodison Park. The Gunners also progressed past Liverpool in the League Cup Semifinal and will face Chelsea at Wembley next month. The current top two reflects last year’s finishing positions, with Liam Ferguson’s Manchester City in second place. They played six games this month and dropped points only once, in a home match against Blackburn, but have yet to confirm their Big Four calibre as they lost to Chelsea in the FA Cup 3rd Round. Brucie Bonus’s West Brom have fallen back to the bottom of the Premier League, after failing to collect a league win this month. A 1-1 draw at Old Trafford highlights United’s poor form rather than being close to a West Brom upset. After progressing through two FA Cup Rounds with ease, they face Wigan, 2nd placed in the Championship, and I’d see them going out at that hurdle. However, Bonus still survives with his job, which is more than can be said for his fellow struggler, Lisa Jeffries. The Canadian’s time at Juventus came to an end after an Italian Cup Quarter Final loss to Samdporia. She started the month with a win, but only over Rimini, and could not win at Fiorentina. With the side 10th and out of the cup, the board decided they’d had enough. If it’s any consolation, Goalkeeping Coach Enzo Biato quit in disgust, ready to follow Jeffries around the world.

In Spain, Jellybean Man and his team Numancia skirt closer and closer to the relegation zone. The Englishman’s team failed to win this month, going out of the Spanish Cup in the process, and picked up just a brace of points in the league. Hovering just above his team is Andy Morton’s, a Sporting side desperately in need of some points. They did have a brighter month this month, winning both away at Valladolid and at home to Zaragoza, the early leaders who are now 5th. Neji Hyuuga’s Deportivo are in a solid 9th place, winning thrice, drawing once, and bizarrely losing at home to 18th-placed Tenerife. Above Deportivo are Racing, and Maz Armley won two, drew one and lost two in the league, facing Atlético Madrid three times and achieving one of each result. Sadly for Racing fans, this put them out of the Spanish Cup as the draw and the defeat came in the two-legged 5th Round tie between the teams.

Of course, it was January, and so of course, there were transfers. Jonte Rhodes benefitted from the fresh tenure of Marco van Basten at A.C. Milan as the Dutchman sought to bring in players, including Lazio’s own Paolo Sammarco for £19.5M. Lord Weeman was another one who will be grateful for the £16.25M of trade generated by the appointment when A.C. Milan struck a co-ownership deal for Mathias Jørgensen. The Italians also brought in Jonny Evans for £14.75M from José Mourinho’s Manchester United, and now co-own James Salter’s Reggina’s Dalton after a £13.25M payment. The biggest transfer that did not involve A.C. Milan was Carlos Cuéllar moving from Villa Park to Arsenal for £500k shy of Sammarco’s pricetag. American Jozy Altidore moved from Sporting Lisbon to Lawrence Lazewski’s Valencia for £17.25M and David Wheater found himself as Cuéllar’s replacement as he went from Middlesbrough to Mark Cator’s Birmingham-based club for £13.75M. Ben Cee made a £9.5M loss on his biggest ever buy: Antonio Cassano went from Inter to Arsenal for £12.5M. In what is perhaps the most appropriate transfer ever, Antonio Valencia joined Valencia from Man City, giving Liam Ferguson £9.25M, and Ferguson replaced the attacking midfielder with two options in that position: Belgian Axel Witsel from Clark Aitken’s Roma for £12M and Jorge Valdivia from Everton for £14.25M. It was a heaving transfer window and that was only the most important transfers!

Over to Italy now, and it would be an injustice if we did not mention Cardio Vascular’s Genoa, who are sitting happily in 10th, but have been overlooked in recent months. They won three of their January games, gaining one each of the other outcomes, and their two best results were the 4-0 away victory over Rimini and the no less exhilarating 1-0 home one over Roma. James Salter’s Reggina are the closest to the drop zone but are four points clear after picking up six points this month. Super Lampard’s Lecce are keeping their feet dry and it isn’t because of a month without European football: they failed to win this month. Above them, in 13th place, are Theo Stigarakis’s Catania. They went unbeaten this month but only won two of their five games, and the Anglo-Greek manager spent almost £12M strengthening the squad, as opposed to a £4.2M income from player sales. Didier Zokora joined for £2.4M from Tottenham, as did Sébastian Puygrenier for £6.25M from Zenit St. Petersburg, and Bruno Fornaroli for £3.2M from Livorno. Stigarakis himself is currently Secure. The other one of our teams in the bottom half of Serie A, Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio, had a decent month, winning twice, losing twice, drawing once, and of course making that transfer profit, spending £4M on FC København’s winger/striker Barreto as Sammarco’s replacement.

Tom Smith’s Arsenal enjoyed their away trip to Macclesfield for the FA Cup 3rd Round, but not as much as Bryan McGuiness’s Everton enjoyed their home adventure against Swansea. Arsenal put four unanswered goals past the Silkmen, but McGuiness’s team put five past their Welsh opponents. Neither side could progress further, for the time being at least, as Arsenal face Aston Villa and Everton face Watford in replays. Other 3rd Round results include Ricky Nakano’s Middlesbrough thrashing Stoke 4-0 (which wouldn’t have happened had Fréderico Canvey still been in charge) and Fulham beating Martin Bojangles’s Hull 2-1 in a replay at the KC. Middlesbrough, who are doing well in the league, in 9th place picking up 9 points this month, will have to beat Cardiff in a replay at the Riverside if they want to proceed, while Tim Aubel’s Fulham beat Swindon 4-1, in a result I hope mirrors real life (or if you’re reading this after January 2nd, either: I wish had mirrored, I’m glad didn’t mirror or I’m glad mirrored). There are a lot of replays to do, but sides thus far into the Fifth Round are: Liverpool, who will play Burnley; Fulham; Wigan, who will play West Brom; Portsmouth; Southend; Tottenham and Andre da Conceiçao’s Chelsea, who will play Coventry.

Two rounds of the Spanish Cup also took place this month. Lars Tommersen’s Villarreal defeated Getafe 3-0 in the Fifth Round, and Andy Morton’s Sporting crashed out to Tenerife. Racing and Numancia were our other two defeated sides. Tommersen’s side have made the Semifinal with a Quarter Final win over Atlético Madrid and, predictably, Tenerife, Celta and Zaragoza went out in the Last Eight, to Valencia, Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively. Villarreal face Valencia in the Semis meaning that it won’t be a Clash of the Titans in the Final. However, these two sides are 2nd and 3rd in La Liga, with Lawrence Lazewski’s side 1 point behind Villarreal. The American gained his team 8 points this month, and Tommersen gained his 9. However, both are some way off the leaders, Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, who were angling for a month full of wins until they lost 0-2 at home at the hands of 4th-placed Real Madrid.

And of course Italy had its own cup adventure too. Atalanta lost out on penalties at the hands of Super Lampard’s Lecce, as did Tyler Burrows’s Udinese against Lazio and Inter against rivals A.C. Milan. Lecce have a good chance of making the final with a tie against Sampdoria while Lazio will play Marco van Basten’s side. In the league, Burrows’s pre-season squad tinkering is working well, as he tops Serie A, and he also spent £2.1M this month, but more than covering for it in almost £14M of income. Udinese drew on two occasions but won all of their other games. Just a point behind them are Ben Cee’s Inter, who won twice, lost twice and drew once this month. bermybhoy's Atalanta are a little surprise in 3rd place, and they had a good month save for a 0-4 demolition by Inter at the very start.

Next month brings the resumption of European football, and with two managers in Insecure positions, it could see the number of our managers in England drop by almost 20%.

Manager of the Update

The award this month has been one of the easiest in recent months to give. It goes to;

Tom Smith, Arsenal

who leads the Premier League and has guided his team into the League Cup final. However, two of the other contenders were very close indeed: Liam Ferguson and his team are in fine form despite losing in the FA Cup 3rd Round, and Tyler Burrows tops Serie A while spinning considerable profit. Lawrence Lazewski was also under consideration for his progress to the Spanish Cup Semifinal, but Smith takes home the award for a solid month.

Job Securities

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 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing      Very Secure    938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull        Very Secure    938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton      Very Secure    938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure    938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Very Secure    938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta    Very Secure    938
 [/font][font=Courier New] 7th IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia    Secure         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Secure         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Secure         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal  Secure         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania     Secure         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting    Secure         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]14th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea     Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma        Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid  Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia    Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid  Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo   Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable         938
 [/font][font=Courier New]32nd ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Insecure       938
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom   Insecure       938
 [/font][font=Courier New]34th Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus                   925
 [/font][font=Courier New]35th pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis                      889
 [/font][font=Courier New]36th AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan                 882
 [/font][font=Courier New]37th JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol                   873
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo                 873
 [/font][font=Courier New]39th ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United                 852
 [/font][font=Courier New]40th Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena                      843[/font]

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My man might have Sporting needing points desperately but they're still getting enough results to keep me secure!

I think I'm going to make the halfway point now! Woop!

Great updates as usual canvey!!

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Still doing pretty well at Fulham. Wish the result over Swindon had been mirrored by real life as well, but a win's a win, eh canvey!?

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Only three more need to drop before we make it to halfway this is getting interesting now. A very nice Sale for Lazio there, but they could've used the money to bring in a replacement, good to see we are still stable though. C'mon Jonte you can bring it home now.

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Still doing pretty well at Fulham. Wish the result over Swindon had been mirrored by real life as well, but a win's a win, eh canvey!?
They say a win's a win but a 1-0 win over Swindon isn't a win!!

I'm marginally irritated by that.

I already have that one covered :D.

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Back to stable...

Bye Cassano! :D

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Ah well not mentioned again bur at least Rimmer is still very secure

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Manager of the Update!! :D

It's looking good so far for me and my Arsenal side. Shame about having to take the FA Cup tie against Villa to a replay, but hopefully we can overcome that.

Great updates as usual canvey!! :thup: Keep it up!

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Just saw the posting thing..

sorry but I've been reading but not posting =D

hope this clears it up

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Brucie Bonus hanging in their by the skin of his teeth at West Brom!

Here's to the continuing successful cup run blinding the chairman from realising I'm taking the club down to the Championship for next season. :D

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