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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][font=Courier New]Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough[/font]

Top Seven – Trophies

[font=Courier New]  [b]Pos +- Username      Manager           Club Trophies[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New]1st  [color=blue]0[/color] Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona  11
 [/font][font=Courier New]2nd  [color=blue]0[/color] Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid 8
 [/font][font=Courier New]3rd  [color=blue]0[/color] tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal     6
 [/font][font=Courier New]4th [color=green]+1[/color] BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter       5
 [/font][font=Courier New]5th NE ~Ian~         Bryan McGuinness  Everton     1
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - NE fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City    1
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - NE weeeman27bob  Lord Weeman       Napoli      1[/font]

Lifespan – 1 to 2 Years

[font=Courier New]  [b] Pos Username             Manager             Club      Days[/b]
 [/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]

Lifespan – Less than 1 Year

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

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This still going?! Great effort canvey!! :thup: Surprised that I'm still in it.

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It's my birthday today! You should be giving me the gifts but here's one for you anyway.

Update 50

Years: 4, Months: 50, Days: 1516

So, we reach the half ton of updates, and the managers reach their 1500th day in charge of their clubs. Fortunately, the baking heat of the summer has been dissipated in England, although the weather is still fine. None of our managers are under pressure and so the conditions couldn’t be better to celebrate a 50th update, or a 50th month in management.

To be honest, the month hasn’t been that interesting. The English Premier League has kicked off, as his the Spanish La Liga. But in Spain, our two teams have not played any domestic fixtures, and the Italian Serie A hasn’t even yet started. But there were some big transfers, with two big spenders in particular. Aside from those two, who I’ll cover later, Lucas Volman signed Simon Kjær for Barcelona, taking him off the hands of Villarreal for £14.5M. But the Spanish giants were still in profit for the month, selling Diogo to Valencia for £10.75M, Hernanes to Sevilla for £9.5M, Emilio Roca to Leicester for £2M and Miguel to Valladolid for £1.8M. Leo Dodge welcomed Ibrahim Afellay to White Hart Lane after he signed the Dutchman from Liverpool for £10.5M. Jonte Rhodes at Lazio signed Celtic’s Simone Padoin for £8.25M, as well as Atalanta’s Albin Ekdal for £3.4M and Lecce’s Raffaele Schiavi for £2.2M. Super Lampard’s team made a number of outgoing transfers this month. As well as Schiavi leaving, Matteo Ferrari quit for Genoa for £2.4M and Cristhian Stuani left for Bologna for £2.3M. The English manager brought in Schalke’s Massimo Gobbi for that same price. Tim Aubel’s Fulham made a few moves in the month, selling Adam Lallana to Sunderland for £5M and signing Richard Stearman from Wolves for £2.1M.

Other than those who might drop into the competition from the Champions League, Bryan McGuinness’s Everton are our only representatives in the Europa League. The Toffees this month travelled to Monaco to contest the European Super Cup. Gonzalo Higuaín scored the winner and only goal for their opponents Real Madrid, and in truth the Spaniards deserved to win by a bigger margin. In that sense, therefore, it was a solid performance from Everton and a true experience to be sure. Other Super Cups taking place this month were the Italian one, where Ben Cee’s Inter lost 1-2 to Napoli, the Spanish one, where Atlético Madrid beat Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona 2-2 on away goals, and the English Community Shield, which was won by Arsenal, 2-1 over Man City.

While Everton are the only team of ours in the Europa League, being the only team allowed to skip qualifying in their position as the holders, we have three pairs of our teams clashing in the Champions League. First, the final qualifying round, which saw two of our teams. Tom Smith’s Arsenal came to a 0-0 draw at Ibrox, but beat Rangers 3-0 in the second leg of their qualifying match. And the team at the other end of the alphabet, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese won 3-1 away and 3-0 at home to knock out Russians Lokomotiv Moscow in style. Udinese are one of the teams involved in the clashes between our teams, and they are joined in Group G by Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, as well as Olympique de Marseille and Austria Wien. Arsenal have an easier group, facing Partizan Belgarde, Sporting CP and Spartak Moscow. Lucas Volman and Lord Weeman will meet in their Group B, with holders Real Madrid facing Italian champions Napoli. Besiktas and Celtic will most likely end up competing for 3rd place. And Ben Cee’s Inter and Liam Ferguson’s Man City will also play each other, this in Group F, with Hapoel Tel-Aviv and HSV completing the group. Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina have a tough group, facing Man United, Zaragoza and Zürich. Tottenham have an easier group, facing Fiorentina, Aris and Br*øndby.

Now, back to those transfers, and those two managers spending quite a bit of moolah. At Napoli, Lord Weeman made four major transfers: winger-striker Takayuki Morimoto joined from Sampdoria for £16.5M, attacking midfielder Fernandinho joined from Genoa for £11M, left winger and leftback Filipe joined from Deportivo for £9M and attacking midfielder-cum-forward Choco joined from Feyenoord for £8.25M. Needless to say, the first of those is Japanese and the last three are Brazilian. At Man City, Liam Ferguson made two major transfers: Burkinabe midfielder Charles Kaboré joined from Roma for £15.25M and Turkish midfielder Arda joined from Galatasaray for £15.5M. Both are versatile players, and look like good signings for the Man City boss so far.

Now, without further ado, onto the only domestic action of interest of the month. Two games have been played by each team in the English Premier League, and Ricky Nakano’s Middlesbrough have not fared too well so far. They sit 19th without any points, just above bottom-placed Leeds. A trip to Tim Aubel’s Fulham saw a 2-4 loss and a home tie against Man City saw a 1-4 loss. As a consolation, Peterborough were beaten 2-0 in an away tie in the Carling Cup 2nd Round. Fulham lost their second game, away to Aston Villa, 0-3, but won 1-0 after extra time at home to Scunthorpe in the League Cup. Our other four teams crowd the top five: Man City top on 6 points, shared with Man United and Tottenham. Spurs beat Aston Villa 2-1 at home and Wigan 2-0 away. Everton, Arsenal and Liverpool are on 4 points. Everton beat Newcastle 3-0 at drew 3-3 away to Blackburn, while Tom Smith’s side drew 1-1 away to Stoke (Andrés Guardado’s injury there keeps him out for just two weeks, thankfully) and beat Birmingham 3-0 at home, with a missed penalty to boot.

So, all of our managers are currently Stable or better. It’s been a good month, and every single one of them is looking forward to the new season with anticipation. Well…except for perhaps Ricky Nakano who, if this month is an indication, may not keep his job ‘til the end.

Manager of the Update

My choice for this momentous 50th Manager of the Month is;

Lucas Volman, Real Madrid

who not only won the European Super Cup, but made quite a profit from many outgoing transfers. Lord Weeman is evidently keen to keep his mitts on the Serie A title, hence a lot of spending, and he also secured the Italian Super Cup this month, while Liam Ferguson tops the Premier League with Man City and spent a lot of time and money on transfers. Yet Volman’s ability to whip up a profit while performing well wins him this accolade.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   1516
 [/font][font=Courier New] 2nd fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Secure        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New] 5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Stable        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Stable        1516
 [/font][font=Courier New]18th ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania                   1405
 [/font][font=Courier New]19th bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta                  1320
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia                  1320
 [/font][font=Courier New]21st m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing                    1288
 [/font][font=Courier New]22nd el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid                1263
 [/font][font=Courier New]23rd spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia                  1259
 [/font][font=Courier New]24th Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting                  1244
 [/font][font=Courier New]25th Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull                      1241
 [/font][font=Courier New]26th clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma                      1237
 [/font][font=Courier New]27th Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal                1230
 [/font][font=Courier New]28th Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom                 1210
 [/font][font=Courier New]29th Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton                    1208
 [/font][font=Courier New]30th Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo                  999
 [/font][font=Courier New]31st Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus                   925
 [/font][font=Courier New]32nd pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis                      889
 [/font][font=Courier New]33rd AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan                 882
 [/font][font=Courier New]34th JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol                   873
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo                 873
 [/font][font=Courier New]36th ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United                 852
 [/font][font=Courier New]37th Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena                      843
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa[/font]

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Stable which is awesome, but hopfully we can launch a serious title bid this season instead of fading to finish 4th.

KUTGW Canvey!!

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Happy birthday Canvey!!! and KUTGW.

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Happy birthday Canvey :) still doing good topping the league :)

KUTGW :thup:

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Nice to know that Chelsea is doing well with me at the helm

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happy birthday canvey :thup:

also, moving to liverpool was the worst. decision. ever.

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Happy Birthday Canvey, great to see Jonte Rhodes holding his job and getting some good deals into the squad to replace his big sale last month, hopefully by the end of the next month the signings have shown their worth. :)

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Happy (belated) birthday mate. :thup:

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Happy (belated) birthday mate. :thup:

I'll second this :D

Good to see this still going, even if I'm out :(

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Thanks for all the birthday wishes.

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][font=Courier New]Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid[/font]

Top Eight – Games Played

[font=Courier New]  [b]Pos +- Username      Manager           Club     Played[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New]1st  [color=blue]0[/color] tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal     250
 [/font][font=Courier New]2nd [color=green]+1[/color] Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   243
 [/font][font=Courier New]3rd  [color=blue]0[/color] Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid 236
 [/font][font=Courier New]4th [color=green]+4[/color] SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham   226
 [/font][font=Courier New]5th [color=green]+5[/color] fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City    217
 [/font][font=Courier New]6th [color=green]+3[/color] BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter       214
 [/font][font=Courier New]7th NE ~Ian~         Bryan McGuinness  Everton     211
 [/font][font=Courier New]8th NE PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese     208[/font]

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Happy birthday for yesterday, canvey!!

Really pleased with my transfer activity :)

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Interesting transfers for Leece, hopefully we havent lost too much

Happy birthday for yesterday :thup:

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Update 51

Years: 4, Months: 51, Days: 1546

It is the start of October and September has just been completed. Needless to say, that means the football season has truly kicked off, and our seventeen managers will have to hold on tight to the rollercoaster of the football season if they expect to still be holding on come the end. Last season saw 12 dismissals; if we have the same this season, we would be down to just under a half dozen managers plying their trade. We’ll start, for a change, with the Champions League.

Each team has played one game and it is impossible to deny that Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona have had the best start. Austria Wien were the Spaniard’s opponents in the first game, and Madridstas’s team matched the current record set by Man City in 2011 for a Champions League win, smashing their Alpine opponents 9-0. In addition to this, 4-0, 3-0, 4-2 and 3-2 wins, as well as a 1-1 draw, have put the team top of La Liga after five games played. The other big team Real Madrid, who beat Celtic 4-0 in their Champions League, sit a point behind Barcelona after having lost one rather than drawn it, with Atlético Madrid separating the two on as many points as Barça with obviously an inferior goal difference. Back to the Champions League, Barcelona’s groupmates, Tyler Burrows’s Udinese, also won, beating Marseille 3-1 in France. In other groups, Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina narrowly beat Zaragoza 2-1 to go second in their group behind Man United, Napoli beat Besiktas 3-1 to go just behind Real Madrid, and Leo Dodge’s Tottenham also entered themselves into history, matching Madridstas’s result in thrashing Aris Thessalonika 9-0. This is good news for me as it means that the Greek team’s current manager cannot be worse than me when I managed them in FM2006. However, the truth be told, I failed to get them out of the second division, whereas he has got them into the Champions League. But I went on to manage Canvey Island and a legend was born… In Group F, Inter and Man City shared the points in a positively thrilling 0-0 encouter, and Tom Smith’s Arsenal beat Partisan Belgrade 4-0 to top Group H.

That’s enough of those shenanigans. Let’s move now to Italy, where the league season has started, and Juventus top the tables. Tied with them, however, on 12 points with an 80% winning record, are Ben Cee’s Inter and Tyler Burrows’s Udinese. Inter beat Genoa, Roma, Napoli and Torino, but lost to Fiorentina, while Udinese beat Fiorentina, Brescia, Cagliari and Parma but lost to Napoli. No surprise then that Napoli are fourth, sharing 10 points with Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio. Towards the bottom, James Salter’s Reggina are our worst team, 15th with 5 points, after they beat Cagliari at home and got two draws and two losses from their other games. Cardio Vascular’s Genoa are 14th, beating Roma but also suffering two draws and two losses, and Super Lampard’s Lecce are 13th, beating Cagliari and Parma, drawing with A.C. Milan and losing their other two fixtures.

The Carling Cup Third Round took place this month in England. Ricky Nakano’s Middlesbrough travelled to Elland Road, the home of fellow Premier League team Leeds, where they won 2-1. Everton thrashed Bristol City 3-0 at Bristol City, with Arsenal matching that result against Preston. Tottenham progressed but Premier League holders Man City went out by losing 0-3 at Anfield, and Tim Aubel’s Fulham went out by losing 0-2 at home to Aston Villa. Liverpool meet Arsenal in the fixture of the next round. Despite their League Cup progress, Nakano’s Middlesbrough aren’t faring too well in the Premier League. Having beaten Leeds away, they beat them by the same scoreline at home to pick up their first win of the season. They lost to Everton and Sunderland this month but drew with West Brom. Boro are currently 18th. Aubel’s Fulham did worse this month, drawing twice and losing twice. They are 15th. Leo Dodge’s Tottenham are second in the league behind Man City, and they won two and drew two this month. Their rivals Arsenal must try harder, sitting as they do in 9th place.

Back to Europe for a second, with the Europa League. As we only have one team in the competition, we only have one team to update on. Bryan McGuinness’s Everton travelled to Romania where they beat Rapid Bucharest 3-0. However, their win wasn’t as good as Juventus’, who beat Lillestrøm 5-0 in Italy. Everton face Juventus at Goodison and then Lillestrøm in Norway next month.

And finally, back to Italy for a look at the Coppa Italia. Super Lampard’s Lecce beat Cagliari 2-1 away to make it into the First Round, while James Salter’s Reggina beat Serie B team Cittadella 3-1 away. Lazio won 3-1, and theirs was at home, to Torino, the former club of manager dafuge, who hasn’t been sacked as Bolton manager yet! However, they are 10th in the Championship despite still being unbeaten. Genoa also made it through the Fourth Qualifying Round, while Napoli and Lecce, Inter and Reggina and Udinese and Lazio form the three pairs of our teams playing against each other in the First Round.

A nice little introductory month to the season, with plenty more still in store. Stay tuned!

Manager of the Update

This month’s award goes to;

Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

for his 9-0 victory in the Champions League and his fine performance in the league. Leo Dodge was another manager to accrue a 9-0 victory but didn’t produce the league results to match, although they made League Cup progress. Tyler Burrows, Ben Cee and Jonte Rhodes are three of our managers that are doing well in Italy.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   1546
 [/font][font=Courier New] 2nd fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Secure        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New] 5th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Stable        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Stable        1546
 [/font][font=Courier New]18th ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania                   1405
 [/font][font=Courier New]19th bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta                  1320
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia                  1320
 [/font][font=Courier New]21st m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing                    1288
 [/font][font=Courier New]22nd el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid                1263
 [/font][font=Courier New]23rd spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia                  1259
 [/font][font=Courier New]24th Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting                  1244
 [/font][font=Courier New]25th Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull                      1241
 [/font][font=Courier New]26th clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma                      1237
 [/font][font=Courier New]27th Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal                1230
 [/font][font=Courier New]28th Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom                 1210
 [/font][font=Courier New]29th Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton                    1208
 [/font][font=Courier New]30th Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo                  999
 [/font][font=Courier New]31st Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus                   925
 [/font][font=Courier New]32nd pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis                      889
 [/font][font=Courier New]33rd AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan                 882
 [/font][font=Courier New]34th JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol                   873
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo                 873
 [/font][font=Courier New]36th ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United                 852
 [/font][font=Courier New]37th Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena                      843
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa[/font]

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dafuge, who hasn’t been sacked as Bolton manager yet!

This must be some kind of record for me :D

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Another super solid start to the season with Udinese :)

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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][font=Courier New]Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona[/font]

Top Eight – Games Won (Chnge represents the change in win percentage since the last table)

[font=Courier New]  [b]Pos +- Username      Manager           Club        Won Percent Chnge [/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New]1st [color=green]+2[/color] Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona   172 (69.1%) [color=green]+1.9%[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]2nd  [color=blue]0[/color] tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal     169 (66.0%) [color=red]-0.7%[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]3rd [color=red]-2[/color] Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid 167 (69.0%) [color=red]-0.5%[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]4th [color=green]+1[/color] BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter       146 (66.4%) [color=green]+1.0%[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]5th [color=green]+4[/color] fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City    131 (58.7%) [color=green]+2.4%[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]6th NE SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham   125 (53.9%)  n/a
 [/font][font=Courier New]7th NE PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese     116 (54.2%)  n/a
 [/font][font=Courier New]8th NE TaylorB       Ben Taylor        Fiorentina  110 (53.1%)  n/a[/font]

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Jonte is still stable and Lazio are in 4th place, this is an excellent start to the new season, haven't managed to lose one yet though.

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Update 52

Years: 4, Months: 52, Days: 1577

There have been quite a few sackings this month, but the problem is with so few managers that when there are sackings, your managers usually aren’t involved in them. What is more, none of our managers are even close to the sack at present, with Fréderico Canvey being the closest to fall into that category. Despite being super-amazing, he is Very Insecure in his second job as Valladolid manager.

We’ll start in England for this update, where Leo Dodge’s Tottenham have ascended to the top of the Premier League. October saw them win all of their games, from a narrow 1-0 win away to West Brom, to a 4-0 demolition of Leeds at home. They also had the joy of two Champions League group stages victories, quite decisive ones too. A trip to Norway saw a 2-0 victory over Brøndby and a visit from Benfica saw the Portuguese team leaving demoralised after a 0-4 defeat. Liam Ferguson’s Man City have some catching up to do. They are only one point behind Spurs, but are separated from the London club by their own cross-city rivals, José Mourinho’s Manchester United. A trip to Goodison to face Bryan McGuinness’s Everton saw the Toffees win a hard-fought game 1-0, but the Sky Blues improved their performance in the next game at home to Sunderland, a team they thrashed 5-0. They won 1-0 at Fratton Park in their third game of the month, while they achieved their second consecutive Champions League draw with a trip to Hamburg, taking their first win 3-0 over Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Meanwhile, Ricky Nakano’s Middlesbrough have worked hard to strengthen their position slightly. They won at home to Stoke, drew at Fratton Park and it’s fine to write off the loss to Chelsea. Four points accrued lifts Boro to 16th.

Over to Italy now, where Juventus still top the table. Ben Cee’s Inter are level with the Old Lady on 22 points, after having won three of their four games in October. Bizarrely, away trips to Mantova and Atalanta saw no problem and 2-0 wins, an away trip to Udinese saw few problems and a 2-1 win but a home tie against Mikey Twigge’s Palermo saw many problems and a 1-1 draw. After the far-from-exciting 0-0 draw in Manchester last month, Cee improved his team’s Champions League performance by beating Hapoel Tel-Aviv 6-0 and HSV 3-1. Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio follow Inter in 3rd place in Serie A, having achieved good wins against Cagliari, Fiorentina and Brescia this month, all by two-goal winning margins, but losing quite magnificently away to Lord Weeman’s Napoli. Napoli, in fourth place, won that game 4-1, yet that was by far their best result of the month. Livorno were narrowly beaten 1-0, and a 4-4 draw came against Sampdoria, but a trip to Lecce saw Super Lampard’s team win 1-0. After having beaten Beskitas 3-1 last month, Napoli did the same this month against Celtic, and only just fell 0-1 at home to Real Madrid. Lampard’s Lecce, by the way, got no wins other than that Napoli one, attaining two draws and a loss.

Bryan McGuinness’s European form seems to be quite inconsistent at the moment. A home tie against Juventus, even though the team are good, should not have resulted in a 2-0 win for the visitors. Fortunately, Everton won their second away match of the group stage, by the same margin as they first in Bucharest, beating Lillestrøm 3-0. To be honest, neither Lillestrøm nor Rapid are going to come anywhere near progressing, but one would have thought that the Toffees would have been able to put up more of a fight against the Italian leaders.

Now we travel to the Iberian land of Spain, where Atlético Madrid have floundered slightly, allowing the Spanish giants to take the top two spots. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid sit top, having beaten all their opponents this month. Mallorca 4-0, Murcia 3-0, Villarreal 2-0 and Getafe 2-1. The first two were at home, the second two away. They did of course win in Naples, but drew against Besiktas in Turkey in their Champions League group. An away tie for the Spanish Cup 4th Round First Leg saw Zamora beaten 1-0. Come on Bobby! Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, two points behind Madrid, won absolutely all their games this month, thrashing both Elche and Villarreal 4-0 away, beating Murcia 2-0 at home, beating Marseille 6-2 away and Udinese 1-0 away in the Champions League (Udinese won their other Champions League match this month, 5-0 over Austria Wien), and beating Universidad LP 3-0 away in the Spanish Cup. Great things appear in store for Madridstas’s team.

Now to conclude with some Champions League news. Most relevant managers should know how their team fared by now, save a few. Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina travelled to Old Trafford and came away with a 2-2 draw, and while United drew away to Zaragoza in the next fixture, Fiorentina thrashed Zürich 3-0. As a result, the Italians top the group on 7 points, two more than their English counterparts. Tom Smith’sArsenal beat Sporting CP 4-2 away and Spartak Moscow 4-0 at home to top Group H. In fact, they won all their matches this month, beating also West Ham 2-0 at home, Newcastle 1-0 away and Aston Villa 2-1 at home.

!!STOP PRESS!!

I do not know how this did not come to my attention before, but Jeremy English is the manager of England. He lasted only 204 days at his original club, Liverpool (now managed by Cool Manager), but the FA obviously saw fit to hire the manager as Fabio Capello’s replacement, after the Italian’s retirement. Despite just those 204 days of managerial experience, English now heads the nation that bears his name. Since taking charge in July (after the Euros), English has drawn 1-1 in Scotland, beaten Wales 2-1 at home and beaten Estonia 2-0 at home, all in the World Cup Qualifying Group. They top the group, sharing 7 points with their Celtic neighbours. No, not those Celtic neighbours: Scotland are the second-placed team. The other Celtic neigbours are third, followed by Ukraine, Estonia then Andorra. There’s definitely hope of a home nation qualifying!

Manager of the Update

There were a number of good performances this month, but I shall stick to the status quo and make;

Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona

the winner of this award for the second month running. However, he was pushed to manage it. In England, Leo Dodge and Tom Smith had good months both in domestic football and European football, the former particulary. Ben Cee also did well but could have done a little better, and Lucas Volman had a good month too. An honourable mention goes to Ben Taylor for taking his Fiorentina side to a draw at Old Trafford.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   1577
 [/font][font=Courier New] 2nd tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Secure        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New] 4th fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Stable        1577
 [/font][font=Courier New]18th ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania                   1405
 [/font][font=Courier New]19th bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta                  1320
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia                  1320
 [/font][font=Courier New]21st m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing                    1288
 [/font][font=Courier New]22nd el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid                1263
 [/font][font=Courier New]23rd spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia                  1259
 [/font][font=Courier New]24th Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting                  1244
 [/font][font=Courier New]25th Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull                      1241
 [/font][font=Courier New]26th clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma                      1237
 [/font][font=Courier New]27th Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal                1230
 [/font][font=Courier New]28th Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom                 1210
 [/font][font=Courier New]29th Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton                    1208
 [/font][font=Courier New]30th Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo                  999
 [/font][font=Courier New]31st Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus                   925
 [/font][font=Courier New]32nd pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis                      889
 [/font][font=Courier New]33rd AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan                 882
 [/font][font=Courier New]34th JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol                   873
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo                 873
 [/font][font=Courier New]36th ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United                 852
 [/font][font=Courier New]37th Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena                      843
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa[/font]

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Jeremy English the England Manager, how?!?! :D

We're destined to fail, and fail badly! :D

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English for England. Nice headline. :D

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Ummm Lazio 3rd is overperforming, please can we slip back...slowly to about 5th? :)

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Still doing fairly well in the league it seems :)

Well done to English on the England job, a perfect name for the job :D

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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][font=Courier New]Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona[/font]

Top Eight – Games Drawn (Chnge represents the change in draw percentage since the last table)

[font=Courier New]  [b]Pos +- Username           Manager          Club  [/b][/font][font=Courier New]      [b]Drawn Percent Chnge [/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New]1st [color=green]+2[/color] tomsmith1989       Tom Smith        Arsenal       56  (21.5%) [color=green]+0.2%[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]2nd [color=red]-1[/color] Lower Leagues Rule Jonte Rhodes     Lazio         55  (28.1%) [color=red]-4.0%[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]3rd NE hasdgfas           Tim Aubel        Fulham        51  (27.9%)  n/a
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - [color=green]+6[/color] ~Ian~              Bryan McGuinness Everton       51  (23.0%) [color=red]-1.3%[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]5th [color=green]+2[/color] super_lampard      Super Lampard    Lecce         50  (24.2%) [color=red]-0.5%[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]6th NE rancer890          Ricky Nakano     Middlesbrough 48  (26.4%)  n/a
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - NE mikeytwigge        Mikey Twigge     Palermo       48  (26.1%)  n/a
 [/font][font=Courier New]8th NE SCIAG              Leo Dodge        Tottenham     45  (19.0%)  n/a
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - NE Cardiovascular     Cardio Vascular  Genoa         45  (25.7%)  n/a
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - NE PluckaDuck         Tyler Burrows    Udinese       45  (20.5%)  n/a[/font]

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Nooooo I dropped off the most games drawn top spot, thats really not fair, lets go Lazio get back our title.

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Update 53

Years: 4, Months: 53, Days: 1607

It has come to that time of year again, when our managers open the first little window on their Advent calendar and pray that they’ll still be in their job when they open the last. Christmas is coming, which means that families will be needing presents and food, but first let us take a look at how November went for our 17 managers.

In Italy, there were quite a few good months to be had. Juventus’ reign at the top of the table had to come to an end, and it did, with the team dropping seven points this month. Ben Cee’s Inter saw the opportunity and swooped for the pole position. His team beat Reggina, Lecce and Lazio with nice and convincing margins, but actually lost away to Livorno. However, their three points dropped was fewer than Juventus’, so they could move up to take the leadership place. Cardio Vascular’s Genoa are in 4th after having won three of their four games this month with a draw in the fourth. They really had to fight for their ten points, with two 3-2 wins in the mix and no more than a one goal winning margin, but they did eventually achieve them and have reaped the rewards. Lord Weeman’s Napoli sit in the cold in 5th place, after having lost 0-2 to A.C. Milan this month. They did win two of their games, including a 3-0 away thrashing of Cagliari, but dropped two points in their fourth. They share 24 points with Jonte Rhodes’s Lazio, who won once, drew twice and lost once this month. Following those two on 23 points are Mikey Twigge’s Palermo who did well, winning thrice but losing once.

Another two of our teams left the 2012-13 Carling Cup in the Fourth Round, as Tom Smith’s Arsenal fell 0-1 at Anfield after extra time, and Ricky Nakano’s Middlesbrough fell 1-2 at Upton Park after extra time. Tottenham thumped Reading 5-0 to set up a tie with Aston Villa, while Everton won 1-0 at the Stadium of Light to win the right to face Boro’s conquerors West Ham. Liverpool face Chelsea and Manchester United face Wigan elsewhere in the Quarter Finals. But it’s not all doom and gloom for the Gunners despite their Liverpool loss. Their Portuguese manager has brought them back into contention after a poor start to the season. Three wins and a draw this month take them up to fifth where the dream of Champions League football next season can be accomplished with a little hard work. Liam Ferguson’s Man City currently rule the roost, after three wins and a draw this month. Leeds were beaten 4-0 at home and Stoke 3-0 at home. But Ricky Nakano’s Middlesbrough are in deep trouble again, sitting in 18th place. Losses to Birmingham, Arsenal and Liverpool, despite a points picked up at home to Man United, make the Canadian manager Very Insecure. With a few easier ties next month, however, he can hope for an improvement in his fortunes very soon.

In the Champions League, none of our sides have been locked out of qualifying for the next stage. In fact, many have already qualified and there are some who have yet to do so but are sitting in the qualification places. Instead of dealing with who has secured their Round of 16 place, I’ll just deal with some of the biggest results of the month. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid welcomed Napoli to the Bernabéu but struggled to a 1-1 draw with the Italians. Liam Ferguson’s Man City travelled to Israel to beat Hapoel Tel-Aviv 4-0, while Udinese travelled to Austria to beat Austria Wien 4-1, with their groupmates Barcelona matching that scoreline at home to Marseille. Ben Cee’s Inter and Ferguson’s Man City contested an epic 3-3 draw at the San Siro, while Arsenal travelled to Serbia to thrash Partizan Belgrade 6-0. Manchester United bettered that the following day in their home match against Zürich, while their groupmates Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina could only impotently draw at Zaragoza. Taylor is in a world of danger: bad league results have seen his team slip to 13th and his security slip to Very Insecure. Fortunately, he has qualified from his group alongside the Red Devils. Meanwhile, Tottenham travelled to Greece to beat Aris Thessalonika 4-0.

In Spain, there was an incredible sacking of an extremely talented manager. Moronic Valladolid chairman Carlos Suárez relieved brilliant genius Fréderico Canvey from his managerial role after 285 days in charge. Looking to revitalise his career after his dismissal from Stoke, the Spaniard only succeeded in making a tenure just 60% as long as his first one. Suárez chose Juan Ramón López Caro as Canvey’s replacement who, if you were in El Aprendiz: Tú eres Despedidos!, you will remember is one of Vicente del Bosque’s advisors. Another manager hired this month was Neilio, who was taken on by Alavés to avenge his rather short tenure at Almería. But back into La Liga, where Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid top the table. They are four points clear of Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, on 37 points. This month, Real won all their games but for an away trip to Real Sociedad, which ended 0-0. Still, they picked up 13 points in the month which, unless you’re superstitious, is a good tally in anyone’s books. Barcelona, on the other hand, picked up 11, dropping four points with draws away to Atlético Madrid and Getafe. They did beat Sevilla 5-0 at home, which is strange considering that Sevilla manager Maz Armley is Very Secure. Valencia join Barcelona on 33 points, but despite an early lead by the team from the capital, things are far from decided and there will surely be a season-long tug of war between the two teams. In the Spanish Cup, Volman’s team compounded their earlier 1-0 victory over Zamora with a 2-0 home one, and Barcelona did the same, beating Universidad LP 4-0 after their earlier 3-0 away win. They face Racing and Espanyol respectively in the next round.

Bryan McGuinness’s Everton confirmed their passage into the next round of the Europa League alongside their groupmates Juventus. They only played the one game this month, welcoming Rapid Bucharest and dismissing the Romanians with a tight 1-0 victory. The two matches next month allow the Toffees to mount the three point deficit they have against Juventus, but given that they play the table-toppers in Italy, it doesn’t look likely to happen. Domestically, Everton are 6th in the Premier League after beating Sunderland and West Brom this month, but drawing 1-1 with both Portsmouth and Stoke. McGuinness is Stable which looks a fair assessment from my point of view.

So, two managers who are Very Insecure? It looks like next month could bring us some holiday bloodshed, if the managers’ respective chairmen decide they have had enough of Ben Taylor or Ricky Nakano. They have made it this far, but somebody has to get fired next. Will it be one of them?

Manager of the Update

It is a tough choice this month as no one was that good and the two best were pretty similar.

Liam Ferguson, Man City

gets the award for topping the Premier League with a very good month, although Lucas Volman could also have perceivably won the award. Ferguson also went to Israel to win 4-0. Tom Smith, Bryan McGuinness, Cardio Vascular and Ben Cee also all did pretty well, but didn’t do well enough to match the eventual winner.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   1607
 [/font][font=Courier New] 3rd tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure        1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Secure        1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Secure        1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Secure        1607
 [/font][font=Courier New] 7th weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Stable        1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable        1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable        1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Stable        1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable        1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Stable        1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]16th rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro  Very Insecure 1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Very Insecure 1607
 [/font][font=Courier New]18th ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania                   1405
 [/font][font=Courier New]19th bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta                  1320
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia                  1320
 [/font][font=Courier New]21st m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing                    1288
 [/font][font=Courier New]22nd el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid                1263
 [/font][font=Courier New]23rd spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia                  1259
 [/font][font=Courier New]24th Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting                  1244
 [/font][font=Courier New]25th Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull                      1241
 [/font][font=Courier New]26th clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma                      1237
 [/font][font=Courier New]27th Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal                1230
 [/font][font=Courier New]28th Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom                 1210
 [/font][font=Courier New]29th Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton                    1208
 [/font][font=Courier New]30th Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo                  999
 [/font][font=Courier New]31st Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus                   925
 [/font][font=Courier New]32nd pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis                      889
 [/font][font=Courier New]33rd AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan                 882
 [/font][font=Courier New]34th JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol                   873
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo                 873
 [/font][font=Courier New]36th ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United                 852
 [/font][font=Courier New]37th Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena                      843
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa[/font]

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A one spot drop in the league, and still stable its the way of the Lazio, we can keep this up and pull it all the way home from here.

Looks like we may be down to 15 before the end of January :)

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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][font=Courier New]Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City[/font]

Top Eight – Games Lost (Chnge represents the change in loss percentage since the last table)

[font=Courier New]  [b]Pos +- Username       Manager          Club  [/b][/font][font=Courier New]       [b]Lost Percent Chnge [/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New]1st [color=green]+3[/color] JSalter        James Salter     Reggina       84  (47.2%) [color=red]+0.4%[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]2nd NE hasdgfas       Tim Aubel        Fulham        83  (44.4%)  n/a
 [/font][font=Courier New]  - [color=green]+8[/color] super_lampard  Super Lampard    Lecce         83  (39.3%) [color=red]+2.9%[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]4th [color=green]+4[/color] rancer890      Ricky Nakano     Middlesbrough 78  (41.7%) [color=green]-1.0%[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]5th NE TaylorB        Ben Taylor       Fiorentina    71  (32.4%)  n/a
 [/font][font=Courier New]6th NE ~Ian~          Bryan McGuinness Everton       65  (28.5%)  n/a
 [/font][font=Courier New]7th NE SCIAG          Leo Dodge        Tottenham     63  (25.8%)  n/a
 [/font][font=Courier New]8th NE Cardiovascular Cardio Vascular  Genoa         60  (33.5%)  n/a[/font]

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No mention in there, staying stable, I'm hoping for a run of good matches to bring Udinese towards the pointy end of the table soon.

KUTGW Canvey!!!

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Update 54

Years: 4, Months: 54, Days: 1638

It’s 2013, and the world is now safe from apocalyptic disaster…for now. The Mayans were wrong, and understandably: if they couldn’t do anything about their own extinction from European diseases, they can’t be very good fortune tellers. However, what even I could have predicted was that one of our number would have been fired in the month of December, and that turned out to be true. With this dismissal coming an amazing 209 days after the last one (just six days short of our record for time between two consecutive dismissals), it has certainly livened things up a bit, but I am sure that two readers will be fearing that it is them down at the end of the barrel of the gun.

With the lowest chance of a sacking occurring in the country, you can guarantee that it is not a Spanish-based manager that was fired, so that is where we shall start. Lucas Volman’s Real Madrid have carved a phenomenal 11-point lead over nearest challengers Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Zaragoza, Tenerife and Sporting were beaten 2-0, and Valencia were beaten 1-0. In the midst of all this, the Italian’s team travelled to Japan to contest the Club World Championship. The last three winners were Barcelona, so this offered the perfect opportunity to continue the game of one-upmanship between the two Spanish titans. Madrid entered the competition against Shanghai Shenhua, whom they beat 6-0. Even New York Red Bulls could offer no resistance as the Americans were conquered 0-4. In addition to those two competitions, the team from the Spanish capital won 1-0 in their final Champions League Group Stage match against Besiktas. Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona, on the other hand, had a turbulent month. They did beat Hércules 3-0 and Udinese 2-1 in the Champions League, but two draws alongside a loss to Real Sociedad meant that the team couldn’t help but watch as Real Madrid soared on ahead of them at the top.

In Italy, Ben Cee’s Inter still lead the way, but all of our sides are doing well. Inter won twice and drew twice to retain their grip on the top of the Serie A table, while beating Hapoel Tel Aviv 5-0 in Israel. Lord Weeman’s Napoli improved their position to fourth with three wins and a loss, while beating Celtic 3-0 at home. More modestly, Super Lampard’s Lecce have ascended to 13th splitting their four games of the month equally with wins and losses. James Salter’s Reggina hover just above them, having done exactly the same. The six points picked up by Reggina and Lecce give them 22 and 20 respectively.

In England, Middlesbrough have pulled themselves out of the relegation mire once again but now Tim Aubel’s Fulham are in it! We’ll deal with Middlesbrough first, who used a tried and tested method to escape the drop: sacking their manager. After 1614 days of service to the Teeside club, Canadian manager Ricky Nakano saw his contract terminated following a poor start to this season. Losses to West Ham and Newcastle started the month, and so the board felt they had no choice. New manager Arnold J. Rimmer has improved the club’s fortunes dramatically, taking them up to 14th. He has already cut his managerial teeth at Bolton, who are currently controlled by dafuge. The one-named bandit will be proud to hear that his tenure at Bolton is now just two days short of the 236 he managed at Torino, his first and his longest. And, even better, the Wanderers are now second in the Championship with an eye on promotion. Rimmer wasn’t the only one of our sacked managers to find work this month, with Martin Bojangles taking Mark Cator’s old place at Aston Villa. But back to the managers who are still in the running for the 60 to One crown, with Tim Aubel at Fulham. His team have sunk to 19th following five straight losses in December. This ate into Aubel’s leeway with the board, dropping him from Secure to Stable. But that should be the least of his concerns, seeing as that could get a whole lot lower next month. Speaking of next month, the FA Cup 3rd Round draw has been made, and holders Arsenal will host Birmingham at the Emirates. Tottenham travel to Old Trafford in a nightmare tie, while Everton host Preston. Fulham will travel to West Ham for a crucial match, while two of our teams (or one of our teams and one very recently retired team) have easy home ties against non-league opposition. Man City host Exeter and, is if to rub salt in the wounds of Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough host Bishop’s Stortford.

The Champions League Group Stages have concluded, with the Round of 16 set to start in February. All of our managers made it safely into the next round, with there being plenty of big wins this month. Zaragoza beat Zürich 6-1 in Switzerland, Benfica welcomed Aris Thessalonika, whom they beat 5-0, Inter of course travelled to Israel to win 5-0, and Tom Smith’s Arsenal annihilated Sporting CP 6-0. Some interesting ties are thrown up by the next round: Tyler Burrows’s Udinese face Arsenal, while Napoli and Tottenham shall collide. Fiorentina face Benfica, Barcelona face Man United, Man City face Bayern Munich while Inter and Real Madrid both have Portuguese opponents. In the Europa League, after having having dispatched their last two opponents 2-0 and 3-0 (Juventus away and Lillestrøm home respectively), Bryan McGuinness’s Everton will face A.C. Milan in the next round. Excuse my pessimism, but I believe I will very soon be able to stop giving reports on this competition for the rest of the season.

Now we travel back to Italy, for a report on the Italian Cup. Lord Weeman’s Napoli progressed from the 1st Round with a 4-0 demolition of Lecce. Mikey Twigge’s Palermo did just as well, beating Mantova 3-0. Tyler Burrows’s Udinese just squeaked past Lazio while Inter beat Reggina. Ben Taylor’s Fiorentina lost 1-2 at home to Sampdoria, but the Englishman has done a lot to secure his position after last month’s doubt. Cagliari, Mantova and even Napoli were beaten this month, without a single defeat in the league, and even English titans Manchester United were beaten 2-1 when they came to the Artemio Franchi in the Champions League.

Both our teams progressed from the Carling Cup Quarter Finals. Everton held off a West Ham battle to win 1-0, while Leo Dodge’s Tottenham achieved a very successful 4-1 victory over Aston Villa. Dodge’s team had a number of good results this month but also a number of bad ones. West Ham, Blackburn and Newcastle were beaten, as were Brøndby, but Man United and Arnold J. Rimmer’s Middlesbrough managed to beat the London team. Tottenham and Everton will now go head to head in the Round of 4, with Man United and Liverpool contesting the other Semi Final.

One manager has piloted himself away from danger, another has fallen through the threshold and lost his job. A third is now teetering on the brink: stable for now, Tim Aubel will have to watch what he does if he wants to continue as Fulham manager. The transfer window is about to open, so if he wants to make any moves they will be assessed rigorously come the end of the season…or earlier. Other managers will be looking to make purchases as the world enters the exciting new year of 2013.

Manager of the Update

Just a little thought can allocate this award.

Lucas Volman, Real Madrid

wins this month’s award for piloting his team to a rip-roaring success domestically, continentally and intercontinentally. There were very few managers who came close to Volman’s level of prowess this month, with Ben Cee being the best manager of the rest. Leo Dodge had a good month as did Ben Taylor who recovered from a wobble, but Volman well and truly deserves this award, even if it be only because of an unfairly dominant Spanish league.

Job Securities

[font=Courier New]  [b]Rank Username             Manager             Club        Security      Days[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New] 1st Haowan               Haowan Madridstas   Barcelona   Very Secure   1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Romanista1994        Lucas Volman        Real Madrid Very Secure   1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - super_lampard        Super Lampard       Lecce       Very Secure   1638
 [/font][font=Courier New] 4th tomsmith1989         Tom Smith           Arsenal     Secure        1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - fergysafc            Liam Ferguson       Man City    Secure        1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - JSalter              James Salter        Reggina     Secure        1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - BenArsenal           Ben Cee             Inter       Secure        1638
 [/font][font=Courier New] 8th SCIAG                Leo Dodge           Tottenham   Stable        1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - [/font][font=Courier New]hasdgfas             Tim Aubel           Fulham      Stable        1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - weeeman27bob         Lord Weeman         Napoli      Stable        1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - mikeytwigge          Mikey Twigge        Palermo     Stable        1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Cardiovascular       Cardio Vascular     Genoa       Stable        1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Lower Leagues Rule   Jonte Rhodes        Lazio       Stable        1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - ~Ian~                Bryan McGuinness    Everton     Stable        1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - PluckaDuck           Tyler Burrows       Udinese     Stable        1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - TaylorB              Ben Taylor          Fiorentina  Stable        1638
 [/font][font=Courier New]17th rancer890            Ricky Nakano        Middlesbro                1614
 [/font][font=Courier New]18th ssestig              Theo Stigarakis     Catania                   1405
 [/font][font=Courier New]19th bermybhoy            bermybhoy           Atalanta                  1320
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - IlikeJellybeans      Jellybean Man       Numancia                  1320
 [/font][font=Courier New]21st m1234566778          Maz Armley          Racing                    1288
 [/font][font=Courier New]22nd el sid               Cool Manager        At. Madrid                1263
 [/font][font=Courier New]23rd spartans5            Lawrence Lazewski   Valencia                  1259
 [/font][font=Courier New]24th Greasy Chip Butty    Andy Morton         Sporting                  1244
 [/font][font=Courier New]25th Martin_              Martin Bojangles    Hull                      1241
 [/font][font=Courier New]26th clrkaitken           Clark Aitken        Roma                      1237
 [/font][font=Courier New]27th Waghlon              Lars Tommersen      Villarreal                1230
 [/font][font=Courier New]28th Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus        West Brom                 1210
 [/font][font=Courier New]29th Almondo              Arnold J. Rimmer    Bolton                    1208
 [/font][font=Courier New]30th Neji                 Neji Hyuuga         Deportivo                  999
 [/font][font=Courier New]31st Jack Rudd            Lisa Jeffries       Juventus                   925
 [/font][font=Courier New]32nd pnefc22              Wobill Luman        Betis                      889
 [/font][font=Courier New]33rd AtilasMiserly        Will de Mote        A.C. Milan                 882
 [/font][font=Courier New]34th JoeLatics            Joe Gleeson         Espanyol                   873
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Blanco               Cristobal Blanco    Recreativo                 873
 [/font][font=Courier New]36th ian_1982             Maurice Jobson      Man United                 852
 [/font][font=Courier New]37th Ridleys              James Ridley        Siena                      843
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - Chimpos              Phill Ewles         Valladolid
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - tadr                 Andre da Conceiçao  Chelsea
 [/font][font=Courier New]   - markcator3006        Mark Cator          Aston Villa[/font]

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No mention and still stable as we drop to 16 managers remaining...looking very good for Lazio, Jonte & Italy in general. If I am counting right 10 of the remaining 16 are from Italy, that means we have lost 10 while the others have lost 34...

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From my recollection (I didn't bother looking :D) there should be nine from Italy, as there are five from England (Arsenal, Tottenham, Fulham, Everton, Man City) and two from Spain.

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I'm feeling very good up there with a job security rating of 'secure'. Nice victory against Sporting CP, and I look forward to my tie with Udinese in the next round.

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From my recollection (I didn't bother looking :D) there should be nine from Italy, as there are five from England (Arsenal, Tottenham, Fulham, Everton, Man City) and two from Spain.

Haha yeah seems I counted wrong somehow haha, useless...

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Bouncing back with Inter. :thup:

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Fairly good season so far, especially now i am very secure in my position :thup:

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Still stable but would like to be more secure. Unlucky to Nakano as well, he's come a long way!

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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][font=Courier New]Nov 10 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 10 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 11 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 11 Tom Smith, Arsenal
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 11 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 11 Super Lampard, Lecce
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 11 Mark Cator, Aston Villa
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 11 Bryan McGuiness, Everton
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 11 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 11 Cool Manager, Atlético Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 11 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jan 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Feb 12 Ben Taylor, Fiorentina
 [/font][font=Courier New]Mar 12 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
 [/font][font=Courier New]Apr 12 Lord Weeman, Napoli
 [/font][font=Courier New]May 12 Ben Cee, Inter
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jun 12 Cardio Vascular, Genoa
 [/font][font=Courier New]Jul 12 Ricky Nakano, Middlesbrough
 [/font][font=Courier New]Aug 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
 [/font][font=Courier New]Sep 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Oct 12 Haowan Madridstas, Barcelona
 [/font][font=Courier New]Nov 12 Liam Ferguson, Man City
 [/font][font=Courier New]Dec 12 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid[/font]

Top Eight – Goals Scored (Pr/G = Per Game, Chnge = Change in Goals/Game)

[font=Courier New]  [b]Pos +- Username      Manager           Club  [/b][/font][font=Courier New]       [b]Gls (Pr/G) Chnge[/b]
 [/font][font=Courier New]1st  [color=blue]0[/color] Haowan        Haowan Madridstas Barcelona    630 (2.35) [color=green]+0.07[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]2nd  [color=blue]0[/color] tomsmith1989  Tom Smith         Arsenal      585 (2.13) [color=green]+0.05[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]3rd  [color=blue]0[/color] Romanista1994 Lucas Volman      Real Madrid  551 (2.09)  [color=blue]0.00[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]4th [color=green]+2[/color] fergysafc     Liam Ferguson     Man City     483 (2.00) [color=green]+0.03[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]5th [color=green]+4[/color] SCIAG         Leo Dodge         Tottenham    453 (1.80) [color=green]+0.03[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]6th [color=green]+4[/color] BenArsenal    Ben Cee           Inter        452 (1.90) [color=green]+0.16[/color]
 [/font][font=Courier New]7th NE ~Ian~         Bryan McGuinness  Everton      370 (1.56)  n/a
 [/font][font=Courier New]8th NE PluckaDuck    Tyler Burrows     Udinese      341 (1.47)  n/a [/font]

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Barcelona have scored nearly a goal a game more than us, but Italy is built of defence, so I ain't worried.

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