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Final of the FA Cup, and possibly the final of the Champions League too. It's looking good for me so far. Considered for 'Manager of the Update' but let down by league form. Still, a good month. :thup:

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Nakano still stable. :)

Nice wins against Chelsea and Villa.

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Would love to finish the first season on top :thup: :D

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Not mentioned in the update, but still very happy with Secure :thup:

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[B]Manager of the Update - Previous Winners[/B][code][FONT=Courier New]
[B]Update Winner, Club [/B]
Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
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[B][FONT=Verdana]Update 11[/FONT][/B]
[B][FONT=Verdana]Years: 0, Months: 11, Days: 328[/FONT][/B]

[FONT=Verdana]It’s business time and there is no more faffing about for some of our managers if they want to stay in their jobs. With just a handful of games to go until the end of the season in England, Spain and Italy, results here are crucial. For some managers it determines how many trophies and medals they will have next season, for some it determines which league they will play in and for some it determines whether they will have a job at all.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]We will start in Spain, where the first major event of the month occurred in the form of the bestowal of the Liga BBVA. With the foundations having been set over the previous months, all it would take for [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Lucas Volman [/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]in the first game of May was a win. His Real Madrid side were on the road to face [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Jellybean Man[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s Numancia. Barcelona had a problem: time was running out to mount any attack on this Real Madrid side. They were at home to [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Neilio[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s Almería, who faced their own problems: a rapidly disappearing place in the La Liga. Of course Volman and Los Galácticos won, 2-1, and despite Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Almería, the championship would stay in Madrid. But before they could celebrate too much, there was work to do: they would face [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Lars Tommersen[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s Villarreal in the Spanish Cup final the very next game.[/FONT]

[QUOTE][I][FONT=Verdana]The Road to the Final – Spanish Cup[/FONT][/I]

[FONT=Verdana]The Fourth Round of the Spanish Cup is largely academic and pointless, for upper-end La Liga sides at least. Real Madrid, under the control of [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Lucas Volman[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana], swept aside Fuerteventura 3-0 away and 5-0 at home. There was also a comfortable 6-1 aggregate win for [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Lars Tommersen[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana] and Villarreal, despite a first leg draw away to opponents Ejido. They faced Espanyol in the Fifth Round who they despatched 3-2, with a 3-0 victory in the first leg being marred by a 0-2 defeat in the second. Meanwhile Real Madrid had a calm but controlled 3-1 aggregate victory over Deportivo.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]Real Madrid then went on to face Sevilla, where a 3-1 home win in the first leg was enough to get through with a 1-1 draw in the second, while Villarreal lost the second leg again, 1-2 to Atlético Madrid, but a 3-0 home victory in the first leg secured them passage. Way back in February and March, the Semi Final was played, and it was no surprise that Villarreal lost the second leg. But the scoreline was identical to their quarter final, 3-0 at home and 1-2 away to Valladolid, sending them to the final, while their opponents had beaten Osasuna in the other semi, virtually decided from the first leg, a 4-0 home victory for Real Madrid, tied up with a 1-1 away draw.[/FONT][/QUOTE] [FONT=Verdana]A 97,978 crowd packed the Nou Camp to witness the action, action which Real Madrid were expected to dominate. The match wasn’t extremely one sided, about 2 to 1 in Madrid’s favour, and Los Galácticos won 2-0, with goals from Fernando Gago and Raúl securing [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Lucas Volman[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s second competition win. He finishes the month as Very Secure, with [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Lars Tommersen[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana] stable.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]On the same day was the Italian Cup final, where virtual Serie A champions Roma, managed by Canadian [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Clark[/FONT][/B][B][FONT=Verdana] Aitken[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana], would face their close league rivals, [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Ben Cee[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s Inter. They had met three times in the season so far, with Inter winning the Super Cup in August and the two league games ending as stalemates.[/FONT]

[QUOTE][I][FONT=Verdana]The Road to the Final – Italian Cup[/FONT][/I]

[FONT=Verdana]In Italy, there is a network of Qualifying Rounds meaning that there are no easy ties, even in the First Round, the entry point of our two teams. [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Clark Aitken[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s Roma squeezed past Cagliari with a 1-0 win while [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Ben Cee[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s Inter won 3-0 at home to Catania. Sampdoria were despatched by Inter in the Quarter Final, 1-0, while Roma beat Atalanta 2-1. Two 2-1 victories in the two-legged semifinal against Juventus saw Roma through to the final, and a slightly easier tie in the form of Napoli awaited Ben Cee, who progressed with ease, 3-0 on aggregate.[/FONT][/QUOTE] [FONT=Verdana]Of course [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Clark[/FONT][/B][B][FONT=Verdana] Aitken[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s Roma would have the advantage in the final, traditionally held at the Olimpico, home of Lazio and Roma. Despite bossing possession and chances, [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Ben Cee[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s Inter couldn’t get a breakthrough in front of the 81,171 crowd, and a Marco Cassetti goal in the fifth minute won the title for Aitken. No worries though, as they now each had one win from the two finals they had played against each other.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]Roma would go on to win the Serie A title four days later with a 2-1 win over Cagliari, but not before [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Maurice Jobson [/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]and Manchester United could get their hands on the Premier League crown. A hattrick of titles was secured after thirty-seven games, with only Arsenal having been able to stop the Red Devils. But a 3-0 home victory over close rivals Manchester City tightened up the win, giving Jobson a third title in an already successful career at Manchester United after just one season.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]After thirty-six La Liga games had been played, two of the three relegation spots had already been confirmed. [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Sirus Lannock[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s Málaga went into that thiry-sixth game, against [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Wobill Luman[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s Betis, knowing that a win would be essential if they were to hope for La Liga football next season. They didn’t get it, and neither did [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Saul Goode[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s Osasuna, with both teams losing 1-2, the latter to Almería. They would end up meeting on the final day of the season, with Osasuna winning 2-1, but it would be scant consolation as both teams would be in the LIGA adelante next season.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]And now an expedition into Europe, with the UEFA Cup Final. One of our managers was in it, meaning a manager of ours in the final of every European and domestic competition, and even the Club World Championship. [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Lawrence[/FONT][/B][B][FONT=Verdana] Lazewski [/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]took his Valencia team to face Thomas Schaaf’s Werder Bremen.[/FONT]

[QUOTE][I][FONT=Verdana]The Road to the Final – UEFA Cup[/FONT][/I]

[B][FONT=Verdana]Lawrence[/FONT][/B][B][FONT=Verdana] Lazewski [/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]and Valencia would start off their UEFA Cup campaign in the First Round while Werder Bremen, under the control of Thomas Schaaf, entered the competition in a less conventional manner. Their journey starts in the Champions League, where they finished third in Group A behind Barcelona and Dinamo Kiev, staying ahead of Zenit St. Petersburg on goal difference. While this was happening, Valencia had beaten Romanians FC Vaslui 7-2 on aggregate in the First Round of the UEFA Cup, and then finished first in Group C ahead of other qualifiers Everton and Sparta Prague, and above Partizan Belgrade and Salzburg.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]Valencia[/FONT][FONT=Verdana]’s First Knockout Round draw saw them drawn to Turkey to face Besiktas. The travel didn’t put them off, as they secured a 3-0 away victory, sealed with an impressive 2-0 home win too. The Second Knockout Round was less secure but they still won away, 3-2 against Fiorentina, while drawing 1-1 at home to reach the Quarter Final. Meanwhile Werder Bremen, freshly deposited from the Champions League, beat Sampdoria 2-0 at home and 2-1 away, and then Aston Villa 2-1 on aggregate after a superb 0-0 performance at Villa Park.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]Valencia[/FONT][FONT=Verdana] would face yet more Italians in the Quarter Final, A.C. Milan, who were seen off despite a 0-1 away loss, the 2-0 home win making up for that. It looked like they might go out to Ajax in the semifinal after a 1-2 away defeat, but winning 3-1 at home set them up for the final. Bremen had meanwhile squeaked past Olympique Lyonnais on away goals, with no goals at home and one for each team in France, and then past another Spanish team in Sevilla, 3-2 after a 1-2 away defeat.[/FONT]
[/QUOTE] [FONT=Verdana]The Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium was the venue, packed with 50,508 fans. Valencia had taken the lead on 52 minutes with a Rubén Baraja strike, but their lead looked delicate when David Albelda was sent off with a second yellow in the eightieth minute. Sure enough, seven minutes later Werder Bremen equalised through Naldo. But [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Lawrence[/FONT][/B][B][FONT=Verdana] Lazewski[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s team were not too keen on extra time or penalties, so wrapped up the win three minutes later with a goal from Miguel.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]The English Premier League was going right down to the wire, at least in terms of the bottom three. There were four competing for the one place of safety, [/FONT][B][FONT=Verdana]Tim Aubel [/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]and Fulham, [B]Brettney Joven [/B]and Wigan, [B]Fréderico Canvey [/B]and Stoke and [B]Arnold[/B][B] J. Rimmer [/B]and Bolton. It would all be decided on the final day, 24th May, and Fulham had the toughest draw because they would face 3rd-placed Manchester City. Ironically, it was actually Fulham who won, 3-1, with Bolton losing 1-2 away to Hull and going down in 19th place, Stoke drawing 2-2 at home to Everton and going down in 18th place and Wigan drawing 0-0 at home to Sunderland and going down in 20th place. However, their manager wouldn’t be going down with them, as on that day [B]Brettney Joven [/B]was given her marching orders to leave [B]Lisa Jeffries [/B]as the last remaining female manager in the competition, although there were only two. These three teams would be replaced by Championship winners Ipswich, by Crystal Palace and by fifth-placed finishers Birmingham.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]It’s back into Europe for the penultimate final of the season, and it may come as a shock to [B]Maurice Jobson [/B]and [B]Tom Smith [/B]who, at the last mention, had healthy opportunities to reach the final, but will find now that their teams are out. [B]Haowan[/B][B] Madridstas[/B]’s Barcelona face up against another Spanish team in Rafa Benítez’s Liverpool.[/FONT]

[QUOTE][I][FONT=Verdana]The Road to the Final – Champions League[/FONT][/I]

[FONT=Verdana]Both teams had to qualify and [B]Haowan Madridstas[/B]’s Barcelona did it with ease with a 11-0 aggregate win over Wisla Krakow. The [B]Jeremy English [/B]Liverpool win was not so dramatic but comfortable nonetheless, as Rapid Wien were seen off 2-0 in each leg. Liverpool then progressed through Group E ahead of Atlético Madrid and Rangers, but behind Roma. Barcelona lost two of their first three Group Stage games but progressed in first ahead of Dinamo Kiev, UEFA Cup Runners-up Werder Bremen and Zenit St. Petersburg.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]The First Knockout Round saw Barcelona travelling to Scotland where Celtic were beaten 4-1. 4-0 was the home result in the second leg, summing up a comfortable victory for Madridstas’s team. By this point, Rafael Benítez had taken over Liverpool to knock out Real Madrid 4-1 on aggregate and then Chelsea on penalties in the Quarter Finals after two 2-0 results to the home team. Barcelona’s Quarter Final was against Dinamo Kiev from their group, who they beat 4-3 on aggregate after winning 2-0 at the Nou Camp but losing 2-3 in Ukraine. Arsenal looked to have sealed the fate of the Spanish Giants in the Semi Final after a 2-0 win at the Emirates, but a 4-0 return leg win sent Barcelona through to the final in Rome. Benítez’s Liverpool went through with a 3-1 aggregate win over Manchester United, winning 2-0 at Anfield.[/FONT][/QUOTE] [FONT=Verdana]81,193 packed Olimpico in Rome but the Liverpool half were mortified when the Reds were 0-2 down at half time, and 0-1 down after one minute, Thierry Henry netting first with a penalty and again in the 27th minute. To add insult to injury, Liverpool were playing against 10 men for the last 40 minutes after [B]Haowan[/B][B] Madridstas [/B]had Carles Puyol sent off. But Daniel Alves scored in the 52nd minute, and Ryan Babel’s 57th-minute consolation was cancelled out as the three-goal lead was restored by Rodrigo Palacio in the 88th minute.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]And we move on to the last final of the season, the English FA Cup Final, where [B]Robert Boyle[/B]’s Blackburn would face Arsenal, whose manager [B]Tom Smith [/B]was looking to nab a title after his disappointment in the Champions League and, to some extent, in the Premier League. Due to some poor league form, victory here could be just what Robert Boyle needs to keep his job.[/FONT]

[QUOTE][I][FONT=Verdana]The Road to the Final – FA Cup[/FONT][/I]

[FONT=Verdana]Both teams entered in the Third Round of course, and both teams won 1-0. [B]Robert Boyle[/B]’s Blackburn beat Leicester 1-0 at home, while it was a trip to St. Mary’s for [B]Tom Smith [/B]and Arsenal. Blackburn were at home again in the Fourth Round, where Grimsby visited, leaving after a 4-0 thrashing from Boyle’s team. Arsenal beat Sheffield United 3-0 at the Emirates, setting up a Fifth Round tie against Everton. This was also won, 2-0 at Goodison, but the Blackburn result was more memorable as the team welcomed big spenders Manchester City to Ewood Park, and sent them away with a 1-0 victory. It was another big scalp in the Sixth Round for Blackburn, Manchester United beaten 2-1, while Arsenal struggled to a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane. The 4-0 replay result was convincing though, as was the 3-0 victory over Portsmouth in the Semi Final, setting up the second Wembley trip against Blackburn, who beat Chelsea 2-0 in the other Semi Final.[/FONT][/QUOTE] [FONT=Verdana]One person had failed to make his or her way to Wembley for the final, where the attendance was 89,999. The whipping that [B]Tom Smith[/B]’s Arsenal team gave [B]Robert Boyle[/B]’s Blackburn was well deserved considering the stats, but it was surprisingly tight until the 50th minute, when the Mark Bunn floodgates opened. The Blackburn goalkeeper was first treated to a Cesc Fàbregas strike that gave the Gunners the lead, then an Emmanuel Adebayor goal, then an Eduardo goal and finally with one from Theo Walcott in just the 77th minute to wrap up the win. Those 17 minutes were probably the most torrid in Robert Boyle’s career, and maybe the most defining as the Blackburn board fired him before the Wembley turf was even cold.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]But while that was the English season over and put away, there was still dramatic action to witness in Italy and Spain, more specifically around the relegation zones. In Spain, Osasuna and Málaga had already confirmed their LIGA adelante place next season and would be joined by any one from Getafe, [B]Phill Ewles[/B]’s Valladolid, [B]Maz Armley[/B]’s Racing, [B]Neilio[/B]’s Almería, Athletic, [B]Wobill Luman[/B]’s Betis or [B]Jellybean Man[/B]’s Numancia. With several final-day wins for these teams, it was Neilio and Almería who finally ended up getting relegated after losing 0-1 at home to UEFA Cup Winners Valencia. To make matters worse, the English manager then found himself out of a job as the Almería board decided to fire him for finishing six places below expectations.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]It was also the deciding day in Italy, where one team would join the two teams already relegated, Torino and Cagliari, who had already sacked their managers. [B]James Ridley[/B]’s Siena had pulled safe just at the end, so it was a fight between [B]Theo St[/B][B]igarakis [/B]of Catania and [B]Mathias Brunckhorst [/B]of Chievo to avoid that 18th place. Both teams lost, away, in the end, Catania to already relegated Torino, and Chievo to [B]Da Hoover Man[/B]’s Sampdoria, and as the present occupiers of 18th place, Chievo went down, although they wouldn’t be taking Mathias Brunckhorst with them as the Brazilian was sacked following the match.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]But just because the season is over doesn’t mean you are safe. There are still managers fearing for their jobs, including even Chelsea boss [B]Andre da Conceiçao[/B] and Inter manager [B]Ben Cee[/B]. [B]Mark Cator [/B]of Aston Villa and [B]Mikey Twigge [/B]of Palermo are two of the other seven managers who might not make it through one whole year of management.[/FONT]

[B][FONT=Verdana]Manager of the Update[/FONT][/B]
[FONT=Verdana]There isn’t too much choice this month and this award goes to;[/FONT]

[B][FONT=Verdana]Lucas Volman[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana], Real Madrid[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]for wrapping up two titles. May is about the dramatic climax to the season so if you had a winning streak that moves you up only one place to 10th, you’re out of luck for this award. Although other contenders included [B]Tim Aubel[/B], whose Fulham side beat a full-strenght Manchester City side away to secure survival, or [B]Clark Aitken [/B]who also won two titles, and lost out only because he had already won two Manager of the Update awards to Volman’s zero.[/FONT]

[I][B]Writer's Notes: [/B]The League Table Screenshots will be posted alongside the Manager of the Update Previous Winners[/I]

[B][FONT=Verdana]Job Securities[/FONT][/B][code]
[FONT=Courier New] [B]Rank Username Manager Club Security Days [/B]
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] 1st ScottT! Scott Tysoe Sunderland Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man Numancia Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Greasy Chip Butty Andy Morton Sporting Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Blanco Cristobal Blanco Recreativo Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus West Brom Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - super_lampard Super Lampard Lecce Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - clrkaitken Clark Aitken Roma Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - JSalter James Salter Reggina Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - ian_1982 Maurice Jobson Man United Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Martin_ Martin Bojangles Hull Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - spartans5 Lawrence Lazewski Valencia Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - kashmirshazad Shazad Ali Newcastle Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - tomsmith1989 Tom Smith Arsenal Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - AtilasMiserly Will de Mote A.C. Milan Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Romanista1994 Lucas Volman Real Madrid Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - ~Ian~ Bryan McGuinness Everton Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - SCIAG Leo Dodge Tottenham Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - rancer890 Ricky Nakano Middlesbro Very Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New]19th ssestig Theo Stigarakis Catania Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - el sid Cool Manager At. Madrid Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - DiscoStu94 Da Hoover Man Sampdoria Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Chimpos Phill Ewles Valladolid Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - MikaelS Mikael Schøler Bologna Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - hasdgfas Tim Aubel Fulham Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - PluckaDuck Tyler Burrows Udinese Secure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New]26th Waghlon Lars Tommersen Villarreal Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - canvey!! Fréderico Canvey Stoke Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Haowan Haowan Madridstas Barcelona Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - conners Sirus Lannock Málaga Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Neji Neji Hyuuga Deportivo Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - weeeman27bob Lord Weeman Napoli Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Cardiovascular Cardio Vascular Genoa Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - fergysafc Liam Ferguson Man City Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Lower Leagues Rule Jonte Rhodes Lazio Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - TaylorB Ben Taylor Fiorentina Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - JoeLatics Joe Gleeson Espanyol Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - bermybhoy bermybhoy Atalanta Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - hamilton162 Tom Hamilton Mallorca Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - pnefc22 Wobill Luman Betis Stable 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New]40th Ben Arsenal Ben Cee Inter Insecure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - mikeytwigge Mikey Twigge Palermo Insecure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - m1234566778 Maz Armley Racing Insecure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New]43rd Almondo Arnold J. Rimmer Bolton Very Insecure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Jack Rudd Lisa Jeffries Juventus Very Insecure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Ridleys James Ridley Siena Very Insecure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - tadr Andre da Conceiçao Chelsea Very Insecure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Swafe Saul Goode Osasuna Very Insecure 328
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - markcator3006 Mark Cator Aston Villa Very Insecure 328
[/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][/code]

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woooooo, survival :)

also, there's a problem in this sentence:
[quote]Stoke drawing 2-2 at home to Everton and going down in 17th place[/quote]

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[quote name='hasdgfas']
also, there's a problem in this sentence:[/QUOTE]

Thanks, fixed - although I'm Stoke (:() so I'm only entertaining false hope :D.

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Season One Champion :cool: :D along with a few others, admittedly...

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Secure at Udinese!!

A pretty good season by all acounts, KUTGW Canvey!!

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Still Secure at Atletico Madrid :thup: Shame about the Spanish cup though.

KUTGW canvey

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Stable :) Pleased to have survived the first season at least! :D

KUTGW canvey!!, fantastic update :thup:

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[B]Manager of the Update - Previous Winners[/B][code][FONT=Courier New]
[B]Update Winner, Club [/B]
Jul 08 James Salter, Reggina
Aug 08 Lawrence Lazewski, Valencia
Sep 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
Oct 08 Clark Aitken, Roma
Nov 08 Leo Dodge, Tottenham
Dec 08 Maurice Jobson, Man United
Jan 09 Bryan McGuinness, Everton
Feb 09 Robert Boyle, Blackburn
Mar 09 Brucie Bonus, West Brom
Apr 09 Neji Hyuuga, Deportivo
May 09 Lucas Volman, Real Madrid
[/FONT][/code][URL="http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr222/canvey-/Football%20Manager%202009/60%20to%20One/EnglishPremierDivision.png?t=1252750174"]English Premier League 2008-09[/URL]
[URL="http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr222/canvey-/Football%20Manager%202009/60%20to%20One/LIGABBVA.png?t=1252750175"]Spanish La Liga 2008-09[/URL]
[URL="http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr222/canvey-/Football%20Manager%202009/60%20to%20One/SerieA.png?t=1252750175"]Italian Serie A 2008-09[/URL]

[B]Top Ten - Age [/B][I](with each update I will do one of these based on different stats each time)[/I][code]
[FONT=Courier New][B]Pos Username Manager Club Age[/B]
1st Cardiovascular Cardio Vascular Genoa 50
- markcator3006 Mark Cator Aston Villa 50
3rd IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man Numancia 49
- Swafe Saul Goode Osasuna 49
5th Almondo Arnold J. Rimmer Bolton 48
- Romanista1994 Lucas Volman Real Madrid 48
- AtilasMiserly Will de Mote A.C. Milan 48
8th SCIAG Leo Dodge Tottenham 47
- Blanco Cristobal Blanco Recreativo 47
- DiscoStu94 Da Hoover Man Sampdoria 47
- Haowan Haowan Madridstas Barcelona 47[/FONT][/code][FONT=Courier New]
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Lazio have to be happy with 9th spot in the league, and we have clearly shown that we can hold mid-table and stability for my job, hopefully those who went to very secure by overachieving now have high expectations and fall apart in the new season :)

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Wow, a surprise or two in there for me and Arsenal. Firstly, I was expecting to travel to the Nou Camp and lose 4-0. That'll teach me to almost 'expect' reaching a final before the second leg. The second surprise was the FA Cup final. It seemed relatively tight up to 50 minutes, then all of a sudden it became a huge win for us. Do I feel gulty about causing another managers demise? Naaaah. :D

Also happy with 2nd in the table really. Would've been nice to win it, but second will do. Moved up to very secure job status now. The best it's been yet. Things are looking quite good so far. Kutgw canvey!!(!) :thup:

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Secure still and still in Serie A :thup:
KUTGW Canvey!!

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7th with Sampdoria :cool:

Good work canvey, keep it up.

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Boro finished 13th. :)

Just keep this up with them and I'm sure there won't be any fear of the sack. :)

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When you say I'm in the top 10 for age, does that mean I'm one of the oldest in the game?

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You are the joint eighth (in years, I haven't included it by days also) manager in terms of age of the ones still in their jobs.

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Wigan Relegated, I lose my Job and finish 52nd in all. Poor really but hey what can you do when you draw Wigan.

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Only just missed out on Europe with Sunderland. Seems like a great season!

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[B][FONT=Verdana]Update 12[/FONT][/B]
[B][FONT=Verdana]Years: 1, Months: 12, Days: 358[/FONT][/B]

[FONT=Verdana]The close-season is usually quite a tedious place, with the action from the last season fully concluded and the action from the next yet to begin. In terms of actual football, fans could only really turn to international games for comfort during the month of June, and alongside the hosts, five nations have already qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, although only one is from our continent of interest. Asia have concluded the bulk of their qualification system, and Australia, Iran, Japan and Saudi Arabia join the Netherlands and South Africa in qualifying.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]The other news in the back pages is of transfers, and there was only one really big news transfer this month, that being the move of Goran Pandev from Lazio to [B]Clark[/B][B] Aitken[/B]’s Roma for £35M. [B]Jonte Rhodes [/B]hasn’t yet done anything with the money but it should prove useful for the team’s aim to settle in or above that 9th-place predicted position. All other transfers were below £5M, with the largest of those being the £4.6M switch of Jorge Martínez from [B]Da Hoover Man[/B]’s Sampdoria to [B]Theo Stigarakis[/B]’s Catania.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]Three of our teams took the step down from the English Premier League to the Coca-Cola Championship this month, although only two managers went down with them. [B]Fréderico Canvey[/B]’s Stoke are predicted to finish in 3rd place, with [B]Arnold[/B][B] J. Rimmer[/B]’s Bolton unsurprisingly expected to take 1st. Wigan are believed to finish 2nd and Reading, Charlton and Nottingham Forest are expected to be the sides completing the top six and making the playoffs.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]Italy[/FONT][FONT=Verdana], Scotland and the Netherlands all seemed to see the bulk of this month’s transfers, and with Italy one of our leagues we will shift our focus there. But the transfer windows in Spain and England are soon to open and even bigger money deals will be tendered for sure. Meanwhile, Vincenzo Fiorillo moved from [B]Lisa Jeffries[/B]’s Juventus to Sampdoria for a fee of £3.6M and [B]Tyler[/B][B] Burrows [/B]raised £2.4M for Udinese by selling Nicola Pozzi to Empoli.[/FONT]

[B][FONT=Verdana]Da Hoover Man[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana]’s Sampdoria have been the most active club so far, and as well as buying Fiorillo from Juventus, they brought in a further three players totalling £4.1M. He of course tried to offset this with the transfer of Jorge Martínez to Catania. [B]Maz Armley [/B]also generated £2M by selling Mohammed Tchité to Ajax and [B]James Salter [/B]and Reggina got £75k for selling Benito Nicolas Viola to Torino. Premier League new boys Birmingham sold Artur Krysiak to Aberdeen for £20k, but will need more than that much cash in hand if they are to reach their predicted position of 16th and survive relegation.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]They are joined by Crystal Palace and Ipswich in the Premier League and Ipswich are also expected to survive, with 17th place being their end-of-season position as touted by the media. Crystal Palace are expected to go down in 18th which means that two of the original Premier League sides are expected to finish bottom. [B]Tim Aubel[/B]’s Fulham are believed to be the team that will finish 19th and, much like real life, Hull are expected to go down after surviving in season one, and they and manager [B]Martin Bojangles [/B]are predicted bottom. It should also come as no surprise that Manchester United are expected to take a fourth consecutive title and finish first. [B]Liam Ferguson[/B]’s Manchester City are expected to be the runners-up, which means that Rafa Benítez’s Liverpool are, the media feels, the Big Four club that will lose out on the top four once again.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]Brescia[/FONT][FONT=Verdana], Livorno and Parma join the Serie A clubs this season and are expected to finish 16th, 15th and 13th respectively. This means that [B]Mikel Schøler[/B], [B]James Ridley [/B]and [B]Theo St[/B][B]igarakis [/B]need to hold onto their hats as they are each expected to be relegated. The media don’t believe the title will be held by [B]Clark[/B][B] Aitken[/B]’s Roma, and will travel to [B]Ben Cee[/B]’s Inter instead, back to the team who won it three times back to back before Aitken interrupted that. With the reset date in Spain yet to occur, the media have yet to comment on the clubs there, but with the transfer windows opening, an influx of transfers is expected and certain, so let us see who will strengthen their squads and perhaps solidify their tenure for years to come.[/FONT]

[B][FONT=Verdana]Manager of the Update[/FONT][/B]
[FONT=Verdana]It’s a very boring month but a manager of the update should be chosen and that is;[/FONT]

[B][FONT=Verdana]Jonte Rhodes[/FONT][/B][FONT=Verdana], Lazio[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana]for raising £34M selling Goran Pandev. We don’t know how that will pan out yet but it could lead to plenty of money for squad strengthening. [B]Da Hoover Man [/B]was also a potential candidate because you could tell he was thinking and tinkering, but he made a loss despite some potentially good acquisitions.[/FONT]

[B][FONT=Verdana]Job Securities[/FONT][/B][code]
[FONT=Courier New] [B]Rank Username Manager Club Security Days [/B]
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] 1st IlikeJellybeans Jellybean Man Numancia Very Secure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Greasy Chip Butty Andy Morton Sporting Very Secure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Blanco Cristobal Blanco Recreativo Very Secure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - spartans5 Lawrence Lazewski Valencia Very Secure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Romanista1994 Lucas Volman Real Madrid Very Secure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - el sid Cool Manager At. Madrid Very Secure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Chimpos Phill Ewles Valladolid Very Secure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Neji Neji Hyuuga Deportivo Very Secure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - JoeLatics Joe Gleeson Espanyol Very Secure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - hamilton162 Tom Hamilton Mallorca Very Secure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New]11th clrkaitken Clark Aitken Roma Secure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - ian_1982 Maurice Jobson Man United Secure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New]13th ScottT! Scott Tysoe Sunderland Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Walcott’s Wonderkids Brucie Bonus West Brom Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - super_lampard Super Lampard Lecce Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - JSalter James Salter Reggina Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Martin_ Martin Bojangles Hull Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - kashmirshazad Shazad Ali Newcastle Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - tomsmith1989 Tom Smith Arsenal Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - AtilasMiserly Will de Mote A.C. Milan Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - ~Ian~ Bryan McGuinness Everton Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - SCIAG Leo Dodge Tottenham Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - rancer890 Ricky Nakano Middlesbro Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - ssestig Theo Stigarakis Catania Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - DiscoStu94 Da Hoover Man Sampdoria Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - MikaelS Mikael Schøler Bologna Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - hasdgfas Tim Aubel Fulham Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - PluckaDuck Tyler Burrows Udinese Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Waghlon Lars Tommersen Villarreal Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - canvey!! Fréderico Canvey Stoke Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Haowan Haowan Madridstas Barcelona Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - conners Sirus Lannock Málaga Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - weeeman27bob Lord Weeman Napoli Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Cardiovascular Cardio Vascular Genoa Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - fergysafc Liam Ferguson Man City Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Lower Leagues Rule Jonte Rhodes Lazio Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - TaylorB Ben Taylor Fiorentina Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - bermybhoy bermybhoy Atalanta Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Ben Arsenal Ben Cee Inter Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - mikeytwigge Mikey Twigge Palermo Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Almondo Arnold J. Rimmer Bolton Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Jack Rudd Lisa Jeffries Juventus Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Ridleys James Ridley Siena Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - tadr Andre da Conceiçao Chelsea Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - markcator3006 Mark Cator Aston Villa Stable 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New]46th pnefc22 Wobill Luman Betis Very Insecure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - m1234566778 Maz Armley Racing Very Insecure 358
[/FONT][FONT=Courier New] - Swafe Saul Goode Osasuna Very Insecure 358
[/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][/code]

[I][B]Writer's Notes: [/B]Now that we're down to 50 managers, I think I'll speed up the pace to an update every five days. And once we get down to 40 managers I will probably crank it up to once every four days, three days for 30, two days for 20, every day for 10. I'm also slightly concerned about this thread dying mini-deaths in between each update![/I]

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Jonte Rhodes comes bolting in to accept his award, "I'd like to thank the Lazio fans, the players, the chairman and the board, but most of all I wanna thank myself. A great piece of business here as we target going to a move of two places up the board. We are looking forward to a finish around 6th or 7th this season."

Looking good Canvey keep up the great work :)

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Currently stable and done a good deal in selling that guy. He's been trash on my save!!

KUTGW Canvey!!

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Down from very secure to stable without doing much. Not great. Hopefully this will not be the start of my demise.

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[quote name='tomsmith1989']Down from very secure to stable without doing much. Not great. Hopefully this will not be the start of my demise.[/QUOTE]

That's just the season reset date.

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