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A team in the 2nd Division by the name of Fana Idrettslag

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England

Teams in order of wealth from lowest to highest:

Wigan

Domestic Competitions: Relegated from the Premier League in 2010/11, Relegated from the Championship in 2011/12, Promoted to the Championship in 2012/13, Relegated to League 1 in 2018/19, Promoted to the Championship in 2019/20, Relegated to League 1 in 2020/21, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Runners up on 2 occasions

Europe: N/A

Past Managers: Roberto Martinez, Brian McDermott, Ian Holloway, Trevor Francis, Felix Sarriugarte, Steve Beaglehole, Noel Blake, Nicky Butt, Lewis Young

Current Manager: Graeme Jones

Notable ex-Players: Rui Pedro, Charles N'Zogbia, Dexter Blackstock

Notes: Have gone into administration on 4 occasions

Portsmouth

Domestic Competitions: Relegated from the Premier League in 2010/11, Relegated from the Championship in 2012/13, Promoted as League 1 Champions in 2013/14, Relegated from the Championship in 2015/16, Promoted from League 1 in 2016/17, Relegated from the Championship in 2020/21, Johnstone's Paint Trophy Runners up on 2 occasions

Europe: N/A

Past Managers: Avram Grant, Lee Clark, Simon Davey, Glenn Roeder, Alan Smith

Current Manager: Glen Johnson

Notable ex-Players: Nikola Vujadinovic, Ross Jenkins, Dave Nugent, John Utaka

Notes: Have gone into administration on 3 occasions

Bolton

Domestic Competitions: Relegated from the Premier League in 2013/14, Promoted from the Championship in 2014/15, Relegated from the Premier League in 2017/18, Promoted from the Championship in 2018/19, Relegated from the Premier League in 2020/21, Promoted from the Championship in 2021/22, Relegated from the Premier League in 2022/23, FA Cup Runners up on 1 occasion, League Cup runners up on 1 occasion

Europe: N/A

Past Managers: Owen Coyle, Alan Curbishley, Simon Davey, Brian Laws, Michael Zewlakov

Current Manager: Lee Sinnott

Notable ex-Players: Gary Cahill, Kevin Davies, Gianmarco Zigoni

Notes: Have gone into administration on 1 occasion

Birmingham

Domestic Competitions: Relegated from the Premier League in 2009/10, Promoted from the Championship in 2010/11, Relegated from the Premier League in 2020/21, Promoted from the Championship in 2022/23, Relegated from the Premier League in 2023/24, FA Cup Runners up in 2016/17

Europe: N/A

Past Managers: Alex McCleish, Dave Jones, Landon Donavon, Ryan Nelsen

Current Manager: Michael Gray

Notable ex-Players: Scott Dann, Frank Lampard, Christian Benitez, Sebastian Larsson

Notes: Have gone into administration on 2 occasions

Wolves

Domestic Competitions: Relegated from the Premier League in 2009/10, Promoted from the Championship in 2010/11, Relegated from the Premier League in 2014/15,

Europe: First Knockout round of the Europa League in 2010

Past Managers: Mick McCarthy, Paul Ince, Andy Ritchie, Steve Coppell, Brian Stein, Colin Malone, Rob Jones

Current Manager: Lee Clark

Notable ex-Players: Wayne Hennessey, Michael Kightly, Andrew Keogh, Sylvain Ebanks-Blake

Notes:

Fulham

Domestic Competitions: Relegated from the Premier League in 2009/10, Promoted from the Championship in 2011/12, Relegated from the Premier League in 2012/13, Promoted from the Championship in 2013/14, Relegated from the Premier League in 2015/16, Promoted from the Championship in 2016/17, Relegated from the Premier League in 2018/19, Promoted from the Championship in 2019/20, Relegated from the Premier League in 2023/24, FA Cup Winners in 2011/12

Europe: First Knockout round of the Europa League in 2012

Past Managers: Roy Hodgson, Chris Coleman, Ronny Johnsen, Preki, Oguchi Onyewu

Current Manager: Wes Brown

Notable ex-Players: Nicky Shorey, Aaron Hughes, Andy Johnson, Markus Rosenborg

Notes:

Burnley

Domestic Competitions: Relegated from the Premier League in 2016/17, Promoted from the Championship in 2018/19

Europe: Quarter Final of the Europa League in 2016

Past Managers: Brian Laws, Stanley Menzo, Steve McClaren

Current Manager: Alan Pardew

Notable ex-Players: Andre Bikey, Jay Roriguez, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Notes:

Newcastle

Domestic Competitions: Promoted from the Championship in 2009/10, Relegated from the Premier League in 2011/12, Promoted from the Championship in 2015/16, Relegated from the Premier League in 2016/17, Promoted from the Championship in 2017/18, Relegated from the Premier League in 2018/19, Promoted from the Championship in 2020/21, Relegated from the Premier League in 2021/22, Promoted from the Championship in 2022/23, Relegated from the Premier League in 2023/24

Europe: N/A

Past Managers: Chris Hughton

Current Manager: Scott Parker

Notable ex-Players: Steven Taylor, Fabricio Collicinni, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton

Notes: Have gone into administration on 1 occasion

Stoke

Domestic Competitions: Relegated from the Premier League in 2017/18, Promoted from the Championship in 2018/19, Relegated from the Premier League in 2019/20, Promoted from the Championship in 2020/21, League Cup runners up in 2011/12

Europe: N/A

Past Managers: Tony Pulis, Teitur Thordarson, Gordon Strachan, Peter Reid, Joaquin Caparros

Current Manager: Kjetil Waehler

Notable ex-Players: Asmir Begovic, Tuncay Sanli, Kevin Doyle

Notes:

Sunderland

Domestic Competitions: Relegated from the Premier League in 2015/16, Promoted from the Championship in 2016/17, FA Cup winners in 2022/23

Europe: Second Knockout round of Europa League in 2023

Past Managers: Steve Bruce, Paul Lambert

Current Manager: Paul Ince

Notable ex-Players: Craig Gordon, David Wheater, Lee Catermole, Darren Bent

Notes: Zhang Cheng (tycoon) saw a takeover bid fail in 2023

Blackburn

Domestic Competitions: FA Cup winners in 2010/11

Europe: Second Knockout Round of the Europa League on one occasion

Past Managers: Sam Allardyce, Alan Shearer, Tony Pulis, Chris Hutchings, Michael Owen

Current Manager: Ahmed Fathi

Notable ex-Players: Brett Emerton, Chris Samba, Darron Gibson, Nikola Kalinic, Moussa Dembele

Notes:

Everton

Domestic Competitions: FA Cup winners on 2 occasions, League Cup winners on 1 occasion

Europe: Group Stage of Champions League on 1 occasion, Europa League winners on 1 occasion

Past Managers: David Moyes, Kenny Jackett, John Terry, Colin Mahone, Aaron Hughes, Brian Laws

Current Manager: Ledley King

Notable ex-Players: Leighton Baines, Dan Gosling, Marouane Fellaini, Jack Rodwell, Jo, Steven Pienaar, Tim Cahill

Notes:

Aston Villa

Domestic Competitions: FA Cup winners on 2 occasions, League Cup winners on 1 occasion

Europe: Quarter final of the Europa League on 1 occasion

Past Managers: Martin O'Neil, Jose Antonio Camacho, Per Mathias Hogmo, Brad Friedel, Robert Warzycha

Current Manager: Preki

Notable ex-Players: Kyle Naughton, James Milner, Jack Collison, Clive Perry*, Ashley Young, Gabby Agbonlahor, HESKEY

Notes:

Tottenham

Domestic Competitions: FA Cup winners on 1 occasion, League Cup winners on 2 occasions

Europe: Quarter final of the Champions League on 1 occasion, Europa League winners on 1 occasion

Past Managers: Harry Redknapp, Vincente Del Bosque, Alan Shearer, Tore Rismo, Atle Roar Haland,

Current Manager: Morten Pedersen

Notable ex-Players: Cristian Chivu, Aaron Lennon, John Arne Riise, Franco Zuculini, Federicho Macheda, Yaya Sanogo

Notes:

Hull City

Domestic Competitions: Relegated from the Premier League in 2014/15, Promoted from the Championship in 2015/16, Relegated from the Premier League in 2018/19, Promoted from the Championship in 2019/20,

Europe: Champions League best place playoff on 1 occasion, Europa League winners on 1 occasion

Past Managers: Phil Brown,

Current Manager: Ricardo Clark

Notable ex-Players: Boaz Myhill, Alex Pearce, Steven N'Zonzi, Nedum Onouhoa

Notes: Raymond van Leeuwen (tycoon) took over in 2020

Arsenal

Domestic Competitions: League Cup runners up on 1 occasion

Europe: Champions League semi final on 2 occasions, Europa League quarter final on 2 occasions

Past Managers: Arsene Wenger, Faruk Hadzibegic, Luke Wilkshire, Frank Rijkaard

Current Manager: Gertjan Verbeek

Notable ex-Players: Havard Nordveit, Jack Wilshere, Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner

Notes:

West Brom

Domestic Competitions: Promotion from the Championship in 2012/13, Premier League winners on 1 occasion, League Cup winners on 2 occasions

Europe: Champions League runners up on 1 occasion, 2nd Knockout round of the Europa League on 2 occasions

Past Managers: Roberto Di Matteo, Eddie Newton

Current Manager: Darren Ferguson

Notable ex-Players: Scott Carson, Dan Stoica*, Chris Wood, Royston Drenthe, Borja Valero

Notes: Mark Ashton (tycoon) took over in 2011, Stadium capacity has been increased to 33,000

West Ham

Domestic Competitions: Premier League runners up on 2 occasions, FA Cup winners on 1 occasion, League Cup runners up on 1 occasion

Europe: Champions League quarter final on 1 occasion, Europa League runners up on 1 occasion

Past Managers: Gianfranco Zola, Bryan Jones, Jesus Ramirez, Roberto Mancini

Current Manager: Rio Ferdinand

Notable ex-Players: Sandro, Yann M'Vila, Ashley Young, Romelu Lukaku, Loic Remy, Americo Pedroso*

Notes: Ralph Gold (tycoon) took over in 2011

Chelsea

Domestic Competitions: Premier League winners on 2 occasions, FA Cup winners on 2 occasions, League Cup winners on 2 occasions

Europe: Champions League semi final on 1 occasion, Europa League winners on 1 occasion

Past Managers: Carlo Ancellotti

Current Manager: Roberto Mancini

Notable ex-Players: Petr Cech, John Terry, Branislav 'wont play in the final' Ivanovic, Ishak Belfodil, Haris Vuckic, Frank Lampard

Notes: Stamford Bridge was increased to 42,000, but the club moved to the 58,000 Zola Stadium in 2020

Man City

Domestic Competitions: Premier League winners on 5 occasions, FA Cup winners on 1 occasion, League Cup winners on 1 occasion

Europe: Champions League winners on 1 occasion, Europa League winners on 1 occasion

Past Managers: Roberto Mancini, Jesus Ramirez

Current Manager: Hristo Stoichkov

Notable ex-Players: Joe Hart, Esteban Cambiasso, Luka Modric, Stevan Jovetic, Davide Santon, Unai Dominguez*, Carlos Tevez, Robinho,

Notes: Moved to the 64,000 capacity Man City Stadium in 2015

Liverpool

Domestic Competitions: Premier League winners on 5 occasions, FA Cup winners on 2 occasions, League Cup winners 1 occasion

Europe: Champions League winners on 2 occasions, Europa League winners on 1 occasion

Past Managers: Rafa Benitez, Mircea Lucescu, Juande Ramos, Alan Shearer

Current Manager: Stale Solbakken

Notable ex-Players: Pepe Reina, Mesut Ozil, Steven Gerrard, Yoann Gourcuff, Fernando Torres, Lindomar*

Notes: Moved to the 60,000 all seater Rush Park in 2016

Man Utd

Domestic Competitions: Premier League winners on 2 occasions, FA Cup runners up on 3 occasions, League Cup winners on 4 occasions

Europe: Champions League semi final on 2 occasions, Europa League winners on 1 occasion

Past Managers: Sir Alex Ferguson, Javier Aguirre, Tony Mowbray, Carlo Ancelotti,

Current Manager: Michel

Notable ex-Players: Jonny Evans, Yohan Cabaye, Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney, Toni Kroos

Notes: Ben Williams (tycoon) took over in 2024

England National Team

World Cup: Runner up in 2010, Third in 2022

Euros: Winners in 2020 and 2024, Runners up in 2016

Past Managers: Fabio Capello, Stuart Pearce

Current Manager: Tony Mowbray

Notable ex-Players: Ryan Shawcross, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Aaron Foreman*, Joe Hart, Jack Rodwell

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Congrats! Enjoy the job in Norway :)

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So far I've enjoyed success in taking sides such as Bradford PA, Casa Pia and East Fife from relegation battles and the bottom of their league, to avoiding relegation and even promotion. I hope to do this at Fana as well, it wont be easy however, as with just 12 games left in the current season things are not looking good for them...

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After a busy transfer window and 7 games later things are looking a little more promising...

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It's a pretty tight division though, with just 5 games left we could still mathematically finish top or bottom.

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cheers SLR and great to see your optimism back in the thread delta!

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Overall I achieved 25 points out of a possible 36, which is pretty decent for a team that were relegation fodder when I took over. A more in-depth look at my first few months at the club will appear later.

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An excellent start. If you can keep that kind of form up, you'll be right up there next season.

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Just read the whole thread, brilliant challenge and success! Lower leagues and Norway and Sweden are such a pain, good luck with them.

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thanks AK, i'm hoping we can at least challenge for the title next year. And yeah I can see why this league could be a pain Shanghai, it's just so open due to number of teams/games which could be quite frustrating if you're on a bad run of form.

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Wow Paul, this is impressive. Something I attempted on FM10 or 11, I only managed to get to C, and spent 4 seasons unemployed and could get no job. Loving your story though and will keep looking back now. Good Luck with Fana and finding a G job.

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F is for Fana Idrettslag

So after resigning in June from East Fife I went out looking for a job, the Norwegian third tier wasn't my first choice, but it gave me a new challenge and the chance to jump straight back into management due to Norway's unconventional season schedule, compared to the majority of other European leagues. When I took over Fana were in a relegation battle, after bringing a lot of players in the team ultimately finished in 7th place, with our last 10 games of the season being title challenging form. All of my transfers in and out were freebies aside from a few players who I paid a several thousand for at the start of my reign. The finances at the club aren't looking to good to be honest, since 2021 the club seems to have been on a downward spiral and it seems only inevitable that without a promotion or good cup run, the club will be in the red by the end of next season.

They key man was a player already at the club prior to my arrival, Orjan Johansen finished as the top scorer at the club with 12 goals in 25 league games. Bendik Andersen was another decent striker, he ended up with 7 goals in 14 games. Martin Gregersen was a good Danish defender I brought into the club. Knut Kanck was signed late in and only played 5 games but he's a pretty good player and will most likely feature heavily next season. Poul Erik Andersen was another Danish defender that I signed who was good in the few appearances he got the chance to play in. Magne Bakken was a left back who I signed that's pretty decent, has a very good passing ratio for a left back as well. Geir Aaland was signed from Brann and did pretty well in the games he played in once I'd signed him. Tony Sinclair is an English midfielder I signed on a freebie, he's looking like he will improve and be better next season.

History


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Season Club League Position Achievements
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2009/10 Annagh United N.Irish 2nd Div 9th Joined in July
2010/11 Annagh United N.Irish 2nd Div 11th Screwed over by the board and sacked in April
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2011/12 Bradford Park Avenue Blue Square North 19th Joined in June
2012/13 Bradford Park Avenue Blue Square North 9th None
2013/14 Bradford Park Avenue Blue Square North 5th Promoted via play-offs
2014/15 Bradford Park Avenue Blue Square Premier 1st Promoted as Champions, resigned in June
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2015/16 Casa Pia A.C Portuguese 2nd Div S 8th Joined in November
2016/17 Casa Pia A.C Portuguese 2nd Div C 1st Champions, Promoted via playoff, resigned in June
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2017/18 Distillery N.Irish 1st Div 10th Joined in November
2018/19 Distillery N.Irish 1st Div 10th Sacked in January
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2019/20 East Fife Scottish 3rd Div 10th Joined in May
2020/21 East Fife Scottish 3rd Div 3rd Lost in playoff semi final
2021/22 East Fife Scottish 3rd Div 1st Promoted as Champions
2022/23 East Fife Scottish 2nd Div 1st Promoted as Champions
2023/24 East Fife Scottish 1st Div 5th Resigned in June
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2024 Fana Idrettslag Norwegian 2nd Div 3 7th Joined in July


Trophy Cabinet


Bradford Park Avenue
- Blue Square Premier x1 - 2014/15

Casa Pia
- Portuguese 2nd Div C x1 - 2016/17

East Fife
- Scottish 3rd Div x1 - 2021/22
- Scottish 2nd Div x1 - 2022/23

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Wow Paul, this is impressive. Something I attempted on FM10 or 11, I only managed to get to C, and spent 4 seasons unemployed and could get no job. Loving your story though and will keep looking back now. Good Luck with Fana and finding a G job.

thanks LLR, yeah canvey!! originally started the challenge in CSE for FM10 I think, everyone seemed to give up or get no job offers after B or C, myself included!

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There's definitely a few gems in Norway that will help you with promotion. Plus they have pretty lenient foreign player rules.

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Another letter ticked off. Good luck with these.

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Great job with Fana so far!

thanks man :thup:

There's definitely a few gems in Norway that will help you with promotion. Plus they have pretty lenient foreign player rules.

Yeah there are, I'm hoping that it's me that spots them before any of my rivals! I don't think there really are that many foreign player rules which I found a bit surprising.

Another letter ticked off. Good luck with these.

thanks SLR :thup:

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It's been a decent start to the season so far, carrying on our good form from the end of last season...

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The Premier League has frustrating rules on max 11 non-homegrown players, which affects all young players and Norwegians that were either generated late or moved abroad early, not just foreigners, plus work permits mean there's little point chasing players from outside Europe, so not much chance to get good Latin American or African talent. I've been there rather a lot on FM10 and 11 at while obviously I love it, it is always frustrating for squad-building for those reasons.

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I'll have to bare that in mind if I do eventually get promoted to the Premier League. Are there are any drastic differences in HG/Foreign players in the First Division?

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Never managed in that division, but looking it up on FM11 they have the same rules as the Premier Division, which includes needing 2 players homegrown at the club in a match squad. Might be different (as FM10 Sweden didn't have squad rules but FM11 Sweden does) but likely to be the same.

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yeah just had a check, maximum of 11 non-HG players in the squad. should be interesting if we go up :D

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Brilliant start to the season, obviously promotion would be great but any improvement on 5th would be brilliant too.

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thanks Shanghai, I'd love to get promoted but the general competitiveness of the league and the fact only one team goes up makes me less optimistic! 5 games more and still doing decently, position slightly flatters us due to games in hand for the teams around us.

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thanks Shanghai, I'd love to get promoted but the general competitiveness of the league and the fact only one team goes up makes me less optimistic!

That's why I've always found it very tough. Still making good early strides so could be on course to do it in the near future.

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Yeah I'm pleased to be keeping up with the pace early on, although a bad of run 3 or 4 games and that could be it for promotion, I suppose it's a bit easier than managing in the Portuguse 2nd Division as you can win your league and still not go up.

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The only one team moving up can be difficult. A little slip up and that's the season. Hopefully, the final five matches go well for you though! :)

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thanks SLR :thup:

Its SRL :).

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The only one team moving up can be difficult. A little slip up and that's the season. Hopefully, the final five matches go well for you though! :)

Yeah that's true, I'm hoping that they go well for me to!

Its SRL :).

Oh so it is, I've always read it as 'S-L-R' :D

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Things are still going pretty swimmingly with just 11 games to go now - Bryne, Floy and Lillehammer could all capitalise on us if we slip up slightly. I'm hoping our goal difference will come into play and help us later in the season.

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You're forgiven ha. Still going strong as well.

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If you're not careful 'Fana-tastic' will become the new 'Friggin'.

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If you're not careful 'Fana-tastic' will become the new 'Friggin'.

....wah, wah.... :D

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If you're not careful 'Fana-tastic' will become the new 'Friggin'.

:D

What on earth happened to Ardal, 3 points in 6 games?!

Yeah think their good start flattered their team, contrasts with Lillehammer who were getting hammered at the start of the season...

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Great job so far this season. How many fans would say are Fana-tics? :D

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Great job so far this season. How many fans would say are Fana-tics? :D

I think some of the more fana-tical fans will be slightly disappointed, 7 points from a possible 12 has left us trailing to Floy by 5 points with just 6 games left, with Bryne only behind us on goal difference...

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Could do with turning those draws into wins.

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A terrible run of form with just 2 points out of 9 has seen us lose any hope of the title, it is still mathematically possible but it isn't going to happen.

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We could realistically finish lower than we did last season which would have made this season a massive let down.

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Too bad on the end of season form... Still, a 3rd place finish is a good place. Just hurts more cause of only one promotion spot.

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Shame about the run of form....but hopefully you can push for a good finish.

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6 points from 9 saw us drop down to 4th, an improvement upon last season and the best finish the club has ever had, still quite disappointing though.

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I imagine you feel a little gutted and let down. At least you know you can contend for the title.

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Tough run at the end of the season. But next year with a few choice signings should see you a strong competitor for the title. I had a striker named Fosu Boateng on my Frigg team that destroyed that league if it helps :)

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It does feel like the team bottled it, not sure if I will stay for another season, what do you guys think?

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