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A nice couple of results for NZ there bud.

It's always nice to see the Youth set-up made better aswell! :)

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Good job on promotion mate. :)
Grats on promotion man, knew you could do it.

Cheers lads :thup:.

A nice couple of results for NZ there bud.

It's always nice to see the Youth set-up made better aswell! :)

Cheers mate. Got my first World Cup game against Japan coming up to :p.

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Yay for the promotion!

Now its on to the World Cup to make Oceania proud!

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Yay for the promotion!

Now its on to the World Cup to make Oceania proud!

Cheers :thup:.

I will be playing the World Cup tonight at home, probably before the Liverpool match at which point I should have a pretty decent World Cup update if I do it the way I plan.

Hoping to reach the 2nd Round :cool:.

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Cheers :thup:.

I will be playing the World Cup tonight at home, probably before the Liverpool match at which point I should have a pretty decent World Cup update if I do it the way I plan.

Hoping to reach the 2nd Round :cool:.

Ooft, I'm now jealous. You have the prospect of playing a World Cup and then watching your team (hopefully) make it to Wembley.

Always wanted Liverpool to do well (mainly because my cousin is a fan).

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Pssh, my cousins a fan and I hate Liverpool, scum, scum scum!

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Ooft, I'm now jealous. You have the prospect of playing a World Cup and then watching your team (hopefully) make it to Wembley.

Always wanted Liverpool to do well (mainly because my cousin is a fan).

Fingers crossed. Not sure how we will approach it, but I am expecting a much better performance than on Saturday. Im hoping that defeat will give us the kick up our arse that we have needed all season. Much like how the 6-1 defeat for Man Utd did for them.

Pssh, my cousins a fan and I hate Liverpool, scum, scum scum!

I will ban you from this thread with comments like that :p.

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Great ahcievement getting promtion after where Blackpool were when you took over, that really is something indeed.

Also good luck in the World Cup, it certainly looks like second place is up for grabs in your group.

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Great season, World Cup should definitely be interesting :)

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Great read, this thread. Been following it for a while now. Really good progress in your management career. Looking forward to the premiership next season.

Good luck in the World cup from everyone in Brighton and Hove Albion FC :)

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Great ahcievement getting promtion after where Blackpool were when you took over, that really is something indeed.

Also good luck in the World Cup, it certainly looks like second place is up for grabs in your group.

Looking forward to seeing how you will do in the world cup :thup:
Great season, World Cup should definitely be interesting :)
Great read, this thread. Been following it for a while now. Really good progress in your management career. Looking forward to the premiership next season.

Good luck in the World cup from everyone in Brighton and Hove Albion FC :)

Cheers lads!!! Appreciate the comments!!!

I am loading my save up now after a fantastic result tonight :cool:.

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SRL88's Career - Season Review - 2017/18 - Blackpool FC

Championship - Results 1 - Results 2 (3rd - 18th on arrival - Promoted via Play-Off's)

What a fantastic season for us. When I took charge at the end of November the club were massively underachieving and that all changed pretty quickly. From my appointment until the end of the season we lost just 4 games in the league (excluding Play-Off's) to give ourselves a fantastic chance of promotion. Our form carried us all the way through until the last day of the season but sadly a disappointing draw against Wigan on the final day meant we had to settle for a play-off berth.

In the Play-Off's we had to battle our way past Swansea to make it to Wembley. In the first leg we probably deserved defeat but turned it around fantastically to give us a 3-2 win on aggregate. The Final pitted us against Norwich, who despite having a man sent off hung on and we had to rely on penalties to gain promotion to the Premiership. Overall though, fantastic achievement.

FA Cup (Lost in 4th Round)

An absolutely fantastic peformance and result away to Aston Villa drew us at home to Everton. Despite matching them, their composure was better than ours and they moved on into the 5th Round.

League Cup (Lost in 2nd Round)

Out before I arrived.

Transfers - Finances

A lot of transfer activity, some from the previous regime, some from me. The players I brought in were brilliant and had a vital part in our improvement.

Finances are ok. Im not worries though because when we hit the Premiership things will improve.

Squad

We have a pretty decent squad but to compete in the Premiership we need a few improvements. For the Championship its a good squad but there is room for improvement. Hopefully in the off season we can bring a few in.

My Top 3 Players

Frank Nouble - Although he was only brought in during the January window, his overall play, as well as his goals and assists were brilliant. A great signing!!!

Thomas Guerbert - An excellent left winger. When I joined he wanted to leave, but how his tune changed when he met the great man Steven Longstaff :cool:.

Mxolisi Mbambo - The clubs vice captain and what a player he is. Really vital to our defence and was rewared with the Young Player of the Year Award.

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| Season | Team | League | Country | League Position | Notes |
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| 2011/12 | Kirklareli Spor | Second Division Group A | Turkey | 5th | Play-Off Quater Finalists |
| 2012/13 | Kirklareli Spor | Second Division Group A | Turkey | 3rd | Play-Off Semi Finalists |
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| 2013/14 | Darlington | Blue Square Premier | England | 4th | Play-Off Semi Finalists, FA Trophy Runners-Up, |
Appointed in October |
| 2014/15 | Darlington | Blue Square Premier | England | 2nd | Promoted via Play-Offs, FA Trophy Runners-Up |
| 2015/16 | Darlington | League Two | England | 3rd | Promoted |
| 2016/17 | Darlington | League One | England | 5th | Promoted via Play-Offs |
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| 2017/18 | Blackpool | Championship | England | 3rd | Promoted via Play-Off's |[/Code]

[size=3][b]Next Season?[/b][/size]

Im staying, no doubt. Really looking forward to testing myself in the Premiership.

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How are my Former Clubs Doing?

Kirklareli Spor

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| Season | League | League Position | Notes |
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| 2013/14 | Second Division Group A | 11th | - |
| 2014/15 | Second Division Group A | 9th | - |
| 2015/16 | Second Division Group A | 5th | Lost in Play-Off Semi Final |
| 2016/17 | Second Division Group A | 5th | Lost in Play-Off Semi Final |
| 2017/18 | Second Division Group A | 6th | - |[/Code]

Just missed out on the Play-Off's.

[size=3]Darlington FC[/size]

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| Season | League | League Position | Notes |
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| 2017/18 | Championship | 24th | Relegated |[/Code]

By no means a disgrace. They battled hard but just wernt ready for this level.

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A Look Around The World

Here I will post the winners of the major competitions in and around the World. Any others, just ask and I can update for you!!!

Club - Domestic

English Premier League

2011/12 - 1st Man Utd 2nd Chelsea 3rd Man City

2012/13 - 1st Man Utd 2nd Arsenal 3rd Liverpool

2013/14 - 1st Liverpool 2nd Chelsea 3rd Man Utd

2014/15 - 1st Man Utd 2nd Liverpool 3rd Arsenal

2015/16 - 1st Man Utd 2nd Chelsea 3rd Man City

2016/17 - 1st Man Utd 2nd Man City 3rd Liverpool

2017/18 - 1st Arsenal 2nd Liverpool 3rd Chelsea

FA Cup

2011/12 - Winners Tottenham Runners-Up Everton

2012/13 - Winners West Ham Runners-Up Liverpool

2013/14 - Winners Man Utd Runners-Up Norwich

2014/15 - Winners Wolves Runners-Up Birmingham

2015/16 - Winners Arsenal Runners-Up Barnsley

2016/17 - Winners Leicester Runners-Up Chelsea

2017/18 - Winners Everton Runners-Up Arsenal

League Cup

2011/12 - Winners Fulham Runners-Up Reading

2012/13 - Winners Tottenham Runners-Up West Brom

2013/14 - Winners Wolves Runners-Up Chelsea

2014/15 - Winners Arsenal Runners-Up Aston Villa

2015/16 - Winners Arsenal Runners-Up Liverpool

2016/17 - Winners West Brom Runners-Up Man City

2017/18 - Winners Liverpool Runners-Up Man City

La Liga

2011/12 - 1st Barcelona 2nd Real Madrid 3rd Athletic Club

2012/13 - 1st Real Madrid 2nd Barcelona 3rd Villarreal

2013/14 - 1st Real Madrid 2nd Athletic Club 3rd Barcelona

2014/15 - 1st Real Madrid 2nd Barcelona 3rd Valencia

2015/16 - 1st Barcelona 2nd Real Madrid 3rd At. Madrid

2016/17 - 1st At.Madrid 2nd Barcelona 3rd Real Madrid

2017/18 - 1st Real Madrid 2nd Barcelona 3rd At.Madrid

Bundesliga

2011/12 - 1st Bayern Munich 2nd Werder Bremen 3rd Schalke

2012/13 - 1st Dortmund 2nd Bayern Munich 3rd Schalke

2013/14 - 1st Leverkusen 2nd Dortmund 3rd Bayern Munich

2014/15 - 1st Leverkusen 2nd Bayern Munich 3rd Schalke

2015/16 - 1st Bayern Munich 2nd Schalke 3rd Leverkusen

2016/17 - 1st Bayern Munich 2nd Schalke 3rd Leverkusen

2017/18 - 1st Bayern Munich 2nd Leverkusen 3rd Dortmund

Serie A

2011/12 - 1st AC Milan 2nd Napoli 3rd Lazio

2012/13 - 1st Inter 2nd Juventus 3rd Napoli

2013/14 - 1st AC Milan 2nd Inter 3rd Juventus

2014/15 - 1st AC Milan 2nd Inter 3rd Sampdoria

2015/16 - 1st AC Milan 2nd Parma 3rd Palermo

2016/17 - 1st Palermo 2nd AC Milan 3rd Fiorentina

2017/18 - 1st AC Milan 2nd Cagliari 3rd Juventus

French Ligue 1

2011/12 - 1st Valenciennes 2nd Bordeaux 3rd Marseille

2012/13 - 1st Lyon 2nd Marseille 3rd Sochaux

2013/14 - 1st Lyon 2nd PSG 3rd RC Lens

2014/15 - 1st Lyon 2nd PSG 3rd Marseille

2015/16 - 1st PSG 2nd Lyon 3rd Marseille

2016/17 - 1st Lyon 2nd PSG 3rd Marseille

2017/18 - 1st Lyon 2nd PSG 3rd Marseille

Club - Europe

Champions League

2011/12 - Winners Bayern Munich Runners-Up Man Utd

2012/13 - Winners AC Milan Runners-Up Barcelona

2013/14 - Winners Arsenal Runners-Up Liverpool

2014/15 - Winners PSG Runners-Up Barcelona

2015/16 - Winners AC Milan Runners-Up At. Madrid

2016/17 - Winners Barcelona Runners-Up Real Madrid

2017/18 - Winners Liverpool Runners-Up Bayern Munich

Europa League

2011/12 - Winners Arsenal Runners-Up Rubin Kazan

2012/13 - Winners Bayern Munich Runners-Up Porto

2013/14 - Winners Chelsea Runners-Up Napoli

2014/15 - Winners Benfica Runners-Up Bayern Munich

2015/16 - Winners Man City Runners-Up Aston Villa

2016/17 - Winners Liverpool Runners-Up Roma

2017/18 - Winners Arsenal Runners-Up Lyon

International

World Cup

2014 - Winners France Runners-Up Ghana 3rd Place England Hosts Brazil

2018 - Winners France Runners-Up Belgium 3rd Place Spain Hosts Russia

European Championships

2012 - Winners Germany Runners-Up France Hosts Ukraine/Poland

2016 - Winners Spain Runners-Up Belgium Hosts France

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Congrats on the Playoff victory....now for the small matter of the World Cup :D

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Congrats on the Playoff victory....now for the small matter of the World Cup :D

Just a tiny competition that thing :p.

Excellent results there for Blkpool and All Whites, congrats!

Cheers fella :thup:.

Mbambo looks class. Nouble is a beast in the Championship.

Mbambo's all round performances have been fantastic. Picked up from St.Johnstone for £250k :p.

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Congrats on making it to the big time!

Cheers :thup:.

Got a few things to update at some point tonight including links to the Fulham and Newcastle jobs and a World Cup update. Will probably be up about 9ish I would think.

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If I get offered them I will be staying at Blackpool. I want to test myself with them.

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Newcastle was a massive job opportunity, hope your decision to stick with Blackpool proves fruitful! :D

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Group Phase

[b]Group A[/b]
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| Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | W | D | L | For | Ag | GD | Pts |
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| 1 | Q | Russia | 3 | 2 | 1 | 0 | 11 | 3 | +8 | 7 |
| 2 | Q | Scotland | 3 | 2 | 0 | 1 | 8 | 7 | +1 | 6 |
| 3 | | Japan | 3 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 6 | 9 | -3 | 4 |
| 4 | | NEW ZEALAND | 3 | 0 | 0 | 3 | 5 | 11 | -6 | 0 |

[b]Group B[/b]
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| Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | W | D | L | For | Ag | GD | Pts |
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| 1 | Q | Argentina | 3 | 3 | 0 | 0 | 9 | 1 | +8 | 9 |
| 2 | Q | Republic of Ireland | 3 | 2 | 0 | 1 | 8 | 5 | +3 | 6 |
| 3 | | South Korea | 3 | 0 | 1 | 2 | 4 | 9 | -5 | 1 |
| 4 | | South Africa | 3 | 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | 9 | -6 | 1 |

[b]Group C[/b]
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| Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | W | D | L | For | Ag | GD | Pts |
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| 1 | Q | Senegal | 3 | 2 | 1 | 0 | 4 | 2 | +2 | 7 |
| 2 | Q | Spain | 3 | 1 | 2 | 0 | 3 | 1 | +2 | 5 |
| 3 | | Mexico | 3 | 0 | 2 | 1 | 2 | 3 | -1 | 2 |
| 4 | | Turkey | 3 | 0 | 1 | 2 | 1 | 4 | -3 | 1 |

[b]Group D[/b]
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| Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | W | D | L | For | Ag | GD | Pts |
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| 1 | Q | England | 3 | 3 | 0 | 0 | 8 | 3 | +5 | 9 |
| 2 | Q | Ecuador | 3 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 3 | 3 | 0 | 4 |
| 3 | | Portugal | 3 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 2 | 3 | -1 | 4 |
| 4 | | Australia | 3 | 0 | 0 | 3 | 1 | 5 | -4 | 0 |

[b]Group E[/b]
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| Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | W | D | L | For | Ag | GD | Pts |
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| 1 | Q | France | 3 | 2 | 1 | 0 | 5 | 2 | +3 | 7 |
| 2 | Q | Canada | 3 | 1 | 2 | 0 | 3 | 2 | +1 | 5 |
| 3 | | Germany | 3 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 4 | 4 | 0 | 4 |
| 4 | | Chile | 3 | 0 | 0 | 3 | 3 | 7 | -4 | 0 |

[b]Group F[/b]
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| Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | W | D | L | For | Ag | GD | Pts |
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| 1 | Q | Brazil | 3 | 3 | 0 | 0 | 9 | 1 | +8 | 9 |
| 2 | Q | Italy | 3 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 3 | 4 | -1 | 4 |
| 3 | | Nigeria | 3 | 0 | 2 | 1 | 0 | 3 | -3 | 1 |
| 4 | | Iran | 3 | 0 | 1 | 2 | 1 | 5 | -4 | 1 |

[b]Group G[/b]
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| Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | W | D | L | For | Ag | GD | Pts |
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| 1 | Q | Belgium | 3 | 3 | 0 | 0 | 8 | 2 | +6 | 9 |
| 2 | Q | Holland | 3 | 2 | 0 | 1 | 5 | 5 | 0 | 6 |
| 3 | | Ghana | 3 | 1 | 0 | 2 | 3 | 5 | -2 | 3 |
| 4 | | Uruguay | 3 | 0 | 0 | 3 | 2 | 6 | -4 | 0 |

[b]Group H[/b]
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| Pos | Inf | Team | Pld | W | D | L | For | Ag | GD | Pts |
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| 1 | Q | Ivory Coast | 3 | 2 | 0 | 1 | 6 | 5 | +1 | 6 |
| 2 | Q | Sweden | 3 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 4 | 4 | 0 | 4 |
| 3 | | USA | 3 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 3 | 3 | 0 | 4 |
| 4 | | Wales | 3 | 1 | 0 | 2 | 5 | 6 | -1 | 3 |[/Code]

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[center][b]Knockout Phase[/b][/center]

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So its France who lift the World Cup for the second tournament in a row. Some pretty suprising teams, especially Belgium who made it all the way to the Final in an impressive manner. The biggest shock of the tournament though probably goes to Canada finished second in a tough group and then went on to knock Brazil out.

[size=3][b]New Zealand Summary[/b][/size]

Pretty poor really, but we were playing much better opposition. We lost 3-2 to both Scotland and Japan in tight games, but were thrashed 5-1 off hosts Russia. Following the tournament I stepped down as manager of New Zealand.

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Newcastle was a massive job opportunity, hope your decision to stick with Blackpool proves fruitful! :D
Both of those jobs would have been great fun.
Hope you enjoy sticking around.

I would have enjoyed either, but having got Blackpool to this level I felt it was only right to have a crack with them.

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You did well against much better quality.Although my only response with Canada knocking out Brazil is :eek:

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You did well against much better quality.Although my only response with Canada knocking out Brazil is :eek:

Cheers. I :lol: at the situation. They got a great draw against Germany in the group phase to.

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SRL88's Career - Season Preview - 2018/19 - Blackpool FC

Board Expectations:

Premier League:- Stay Clear of Relegation

FA Cup:- Reach the 4th Round

League Cup:- Reach the 3rd Round

My Expectations:

Premier League:- Avoid Relegation

FA Cup:- Would love a trip to Wembley

League:- As above

Budgets:

Transfer:- £9.3m

Wage:- £549,806k (Currently spending £476,000k)

Balance:- £4,885,934 (-£9,853,510 - Im not to bothered though because we will receive a lot of money over the course of the season)

Squad:

A pretty packed squad with a lot of talent. We should do pretty well. There are a few players who I would like to bring in and hopefully that will happen soon.

Key Player(s):

Matt Phillips - The winger comes back to Blackpool in a £1.8m deal. More experienced and a better player, he will be a big player for us.

Mxolisi Mbambo - Clubs vice captain and a fantastic player.

Alphonse Areola - Probably my best signing in my career so far. How he was available on a free come January is beyond me, but everybody else's loss is my gain.

Lasha Akubardia - Signed on a free transfer and I may come to need his goals. Looks a fantastic player.

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New Zealand Summary

Pretty poor really, but we were playing much better opposition. We lost 3-2 to both Scotland and Japan in tight games, but were thrashed 5-1 off hosts Russia. Following the tournament I stepped down as manager of New Zealand.

You were probably on a hiding to nothing in NZ and their best two players had probably retied by then anyway. Kiwi's will console themselves they scored more goals than Australia. As an Australian I feel pretty disappointed that they performed just as dismally.

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You were probably on a hiding to nothing in NZ and their best two players had probably retied by then anyway. Kiwi's will console themselves they scored more goals than Australia. As an Australian I feel pretty disappointed that they performed just as dismally.

Haha. I will take that as a positive then :p.

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Oh yeah, go Canada. Canada >>> Germany, Brazil. :cool:

You fancy another international job soon?

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Team Canada. :lol:

World cup was as expected really, maybe disappointing you didn't snatch a point.

You looking for another national job?

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Just gone through and read it all, such a good read. Well done man.

All tho i would of liked to see if you got to the prem with darlington :p. If they go back down to L2 i expect you to go back and save them :p

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Oh yeah, go Canada. Canada >>> Germany, Brazil. :cool:

You fancy another international job soon?

Team Canada. :lol:

World cup was as expected really, maybe disappointing you didn't snatch a point.

You looking for another national job?

I think I will be having a break from the International scene. Might look at getting another job after Euro 2020.

Just gone through and read it all, such a good read. Well done man.

All tho i would of liked to see if you got to the prem with darlington :p. If they go back down to L2 i expect you to go back and save them :p

Cheers mate!!! I will take your advice regarding Darlington FC under consideration :p.

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Great promotion with Blackpool but always going to be difficult with NZ at the World Cup.

I reckon I might have found it hard to turn Newcastle down.

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Great promotion with Blackpool but always going to be difficult with NZ at the World Cup.

I reckon I might have found it hard to turn Newcastle down.

Was pretty easy for me. If my Dad found out, as a Sunderland fan he would have killed me :lol:. Plus, after managing Darlington I want a break from the North East of England (as you can see Im taking this seriously ;)).

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So Blyth's out as well?

Well...if I fancy the step down from Premier League to BSN I will look at them first :lol:.

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Unlucky at world cup but to be expected mate!

Cheers :thup:.

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I thought I would try my luck.

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But obviously it didnt sit to well.

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Did you apply for the job? :thup:

It hasnt come available yet, but I will try and force their hand the best I can :D. If McLeish (cant believe he is Liverpool manager) does get sacked, I will be first applying and I will travel to Liverpool every day to knock on the doors and beg for the job ha.

A decent pre season and some good signings there mate.

Cheers :thup:.

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