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

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Manager of the Update - Previous Winners

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[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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Update 11

Years: 0, Months: 11, Days: 328

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.

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 Lucas Volman in the first game of May was a win. His Real Madrid side were on the road to face Jellybean Man’s Numancia. Barcelona had a problem: time was running out to mount any attack on this Real Madrid side. They were at home to Neilio’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 Lars Tommersen’s Villarreal in the Spanish Cup final the very next game.

The Road to the Final – Spanish Cup

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 Lucas Volman, swept aside Fuerteventura 3-0 away and 5-0 at home. There was also a comfortable 6-1 aggregate win for Lars Tommersen 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.

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.

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 Lucas Volman’s second competition win. He finishes the month as Very Secure, with Lars Tommersen stable.

On the same day was the Italian Cup final, where virtual Serie A champions Roma, managed by Canadian Clark Aitken, would face their close league rivals, Ben Cee’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.

The Road to the Final – Italian Cup

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. Clark Aitken’s Roma squeezed past Cagliari with a 1-0 win while Ben Cee’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.

Of course Clark Aitken’s Roma would have the advantage in the final, traditionally held at the Olimpico, home of Lazio and Roma. Despite bossing possession and chances, Ben Cee’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.

Roma would go on to win the Serie A title four days later with a 2-1 win over Cagliari, but not before Maurice Jobson 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.

After thirty-six La Liga games had been played, two of the three relegation spots had already been confirmed. Sirus Lannock’s Málaga went into that thiry-sixth game, against Wobill Luman’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 Saul Goode’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.

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. Lawrence Lazewski took his Valencia team to face Thomas Schaaf’s Werder Bremen.

The Road to the Final – UEFA Cup

Lawrence Lazewski 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.

Valencia’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.

Valencia 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.

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 Lawrence Lazewski’s team were not too keen on extra time or penalties, so wrapped up the win three minutes later with a goal from Miguel.

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, Tim Aubel and Fulham, Brettney Joven and Wigan, Fréderico Canvey and Stoke and Arnold J. Rimmer 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 Brettney Joven was given her marching orders to leave Lisa Jeffries 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.

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

The Road to the Final – Champions League

Both teams had to qualify and Haowan Madridstas’s Barcelona did it with ease with a 11-0 aggregate win over Wisla Krakow. The Jeremy English 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.

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.

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 Haowan Madridstas 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.

And we move on to the last final of the season, the English FA Cup Final, where Robert Boyle’s Blackburn would face Arsenal, whose manager Tom Smith 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.

The Road to the Final – FA Cup

Both teams entered in the Third Round of course, and both teams won 1-0. Robert Boyle’s Blackburn beat Leicester 1-0 at home, while it was a trip to St. Mary’s for Tom Smith 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.

One person had failed to make his or her way to Wembley for the final, where the attendance was 89,999. The whipping that Tom Smith’s Arsenal team gave Robert Boyle’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.

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, Phill Ewles’s Valladolid, Maz Armley’s Racing, Neilio’s Almería, Athletic, Wobill Luman’s Betis or Jellybean Man’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.

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. James Ridley’s Siena had pulled safe just at the end, so it was a fight between Theo Stigarakis of Catania and Mathias Brunckhorst of Chievo to avoid that 18th place. Both teams lost, away, in the end, Catania to already relegated Torino, and Chievo to Da Hoover Man’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.

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 Andre da Conceiçao and Inter manager Ben Cee. Mark Cator of Aston Villa and Mikey Twigge of Palermo are two of the other seven managers who might not make it through one whole year of management.

Manager of the Update

There isn’t too much choice this month and this award goes to;

Lucas Volman, Real Madrid

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 Tim Aubel, whose Fulham side beat a full-strenght Manchester City side away to secure survival, or Clark Aitken who also won two titles, and lost out only because he had already won two Manager of the Update awards to Volman’s zero.

Writer's Notes: The League Table Screenshots will be posted alongside the Manager of the Update Previous Winners

Job Securities

[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]

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woooooo, survival :)

also, there's a problem in this sentence:

Stoke drawing 2-2 at home to Everton and going down in 17th place

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also, there's a problem in this sentence:

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

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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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Bummer. Lost out. Now I'm insecure. :(

I was unbeatable on the other two saves...

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

KUTGW canvey!!, fantastic update :thup:

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Manager of the Update - Previous Winners

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[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
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English Premier League 2008-09

Spanish La Liga 2008-09

Italian Serie A 2008-09

Top Ten - Age (with each update I will do one of these based on different stats each time)

[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]

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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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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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Update 12

Years: 1, Months: 12, Days: 358

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.

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 Clark Aitken’s Roma for £35M. Jonte Rhodes 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 Da Hoover Man’s Sampdoria to Theo Stigarakis’s Catania.

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. Fréderico Canvey’s Stoke are predicted to finish in 3rd place, with Arnold J. Rimmer’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.

Italy, 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 Lisa Jeffries’s Juventus to Sampdoria for a fee of £3.6M and Tyler Burrows raised £2.4M for Udinese by selling Nicola Pozzi to Empoli.

Da Hoover Man’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. Maz Armley also generated £2M by selling Mohammed Tchité to Ajax and James Salter 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.

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. Tim Aubel’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 Martin Bojangles are predicted bottom. It should also come as no surprise that Manchester United are expected to take a fourth consecutive title and finish first. Liam Ferguson’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.

Brescia, Livorno and Parma join the Serie A clubs this season and are expected to finish 16th, 15th and 13th respectively. This means that Mikel Schøler, James Ridley and Theo Stigarakis 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 Clark Aitken’s Roma, and will travel to Ben Cee’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.

Manager of the Update

It’s a very boring month but a manager of the update should be chosen and that is;

Jonte Rhodes, Lazio

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. Da Hoover Man was also a potential candidate because you could tell he was thinking and tinkering, but he made a loss despite some potentially good acquisitions.

Job Securities

[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]

Writer's Notes: 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!

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

That's just the season reset date.

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