DazRTaylor

A Story of a Thousand Miles Must Begin With a Single Step

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Great first season at Lyon, almost caught PSG but they were just too far in front.

Thanks mate. :thup:

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I always set really asking prices for my most promising youngsters seems to work.

Good season with Lyon but PSG were too far ahead after 19 games to catch, I'm sure you will give them a real go this season.

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MID SEASON REVIEW

A fantastic season so far though there is still a long way to go.

Champions League

On paper we had quite an easy group having been paired with German champions Borussia Dortmund, the Russian side Rubin Kazan and finally Swiss outfit Young Boys of Bern. In reality it proved to be simple enough as we won all our games with the exception of the away match in Germany, where we lost narrowly, 2-1. We have a tough draw in the first knockout round having been paired with another German side, Bayern Munich, with the first leg in Germany.

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League

Champions for the past seven years, Paris Saint Germain are nowhere this season and it looks lime a straight fight between us and Marseille. I would normally expect the team who has won as many games as we have to be ahead by a country mile but so far, Marseille have kept pace. Our only loss was away to...Marseille.

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Coupe de France

We enter in the ninth round and we have been drawn to play fourth tier side USJA Carquefou, away from home.

Coupe de la Ligue

I entered the competition in the fourth round, which is the round of sixteen and we hammered fellow top flight side Le Mans, 4-0 at home. We have been drawn against another Ligue 1 outfit, Valenciennes, in the quarter final at home.

PLAYERS

Not a lot wrong with my squad so I don't see the need in signing many.

Players In

Just the one new signing, a player I agreed to buy a year ago, but he couldn't move due to his age. One of the most versatile players I have ever seen as he is equally adept in four positions.

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Players Out

One big departure in that I agreed to sell 29 year old Italian international Franco Rolando to Manchester City for £40m. Although a terrific player, he is 29, I have more than good enough replacements already and I feel £40m is a great deal for us.

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I always set really asking prices for my most promising youngsters seems to work.

Good season with Lyon but PSG were too far ahead after 19 games to catch, I'm sure you will give them a real go this season.

Thanks mate. :thup:

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Very nice start in the league :thup:.

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Great start the the league. PSG is lingering quite a ways down too.

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YOUTH CANDIDATES DAY

A reasonable crop but one in particular looks class.

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And here is that potentially class player:

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Very nice start in the league :thup:.
Great start the the league. PSG is lingering quite a ways down too.

Thanks guys. :thup:

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Belkheir definitely looks like a special one.

He looks a class above. :)

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END OF SEASON REVIEW

SEASON 2031-32

Champions League

A fantastic competition for us! FC Bayern were surprisingly defeated with ease (4-1 away, 2-1 at home, 6-2 on aggregate) in the first knockout round, Chelsea (3-0 away, 3-0 at home, 6-0 on aggregate) in the quarter final and Valencia (4-1 at home, 3-0 away, 7-1 on aggregate) in the semi final which meant a first Champions League final for Olympique Lyonnais since they were runners up to Tottenham Hotspur twelve seasons ago. The game itself was quite exciting with Barcelona scoring after 9 minutes. Cesar Marronkle equalised after 20 minutes and goal machine Beto putting us ahead just before half time, after 43 minutes to give us a 2-1 half time lead. Barcelona rallied in the second period and they drew level after 58 minutes as Englishman Bradley Pavey got his second of the game. I brought Bradley Pavey through the youth ranks at Arsenal so it was pleasing, in a warped kind of way, to see him perform at the top level. No further scoring meant extra time and penalties. The shootout was heartbreaking as the pressure clearly got to my side and we missed three of the four we took as Barcelona overcame us 3-1.

League

Marseille, who were keeping up with us at the mid season review, soon dropped away and the league title became a formality. Our first title for eight years and a positive goal difference of over a hundred goals!

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Coupe de France

Victories against fourth tier sides USJA Carquefou (ninth round, 2-0 away) & SR Colmar (tenth round, 4-1 away) & Ligue 2 Orleans Loiret Football (eleventh round, 6-0 at home), set up a home quarter final against second tier side Montpellier. Although we played well, we didn't capitalise on our chances, whereas Montpellier certainly did to surprisingly win 2-1. So no trophy defence this season!

Coupe de la Ligue

Victories against fellow Ligue 1 sides in the quarter final (Valenciennes, 5-3 at home) & semi final (Paris Saint Germain, 2-0 at home) made sure we progressed to the final and a date with another Ligue 1 outfit in OGC Nice. A dour game in which we dominated resulted in a 0-0 draw at the end of extra time, but we won 5-4 on penalties to lift the minor trophy.

PLAYERS

Player of the Season

Emmanuel Zwane was sensational all season. Absolutely sublime.

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Special Mention

Beto scored a bagful with his head and was a rock at the back. Any other season he would be my Player of the Season, but Emmanuel Zwane was on another planet.

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FORMER CLUB WATCH

Perugia

[u][b]Season       Champions League   Europa League         Final League Position            Coppa Italia                Serie C Cup[/b][/u]
2011-12             N/a              N/a              3rd Italian Serie C2/B (P)            N/a                    Group stage
2012-13             N/a              N/a              5th Italian Serie C1/B           1st qualifying round        1st round
2013-14             N/a              N/a             18th Italian Serie C1/B (R)       1st qualifying round        Group stage
2014-15             N/a              N/a              4th Italian Serie C2/A (P)            N/a                    2nd round
2015-16             N/a              N/a             12th Italian Serie C1/B           2nd qualifying round        1st round
2016-17             N/a              N/a              8th Italian Serie C1/B                N/a                    1st round
2017-18             N/a              N/a              6th Italian Serie C1/B           2nd qualifying round        1st round
2018-19             N/a              N/a             14th Italian Serie C1/B           2nd qualifying round        1st round
2019-20             N/a              N/a              4th Italian Serie C1/B                N/a                    3rd round
2020-21             N/a              N/a             10th Italian Serie C1/B           2nd qualifying round        2nd round
2021-22             N/a              N/a              1st Italian Serie C1/B (P)            N/a                    3rd round
2022-23             N/a              N/a             17th Italian Serie B              2nd qualifying round           N/a
2023-24             N/a              N/a             21st Italian Serie B    (R)       1st round                      N/a
2024-25             N/a              N/a              1st Italian Serie C1/B (P)       1st qualifying round        2nd round
2025-26             N/a              N/a              1st Italian Serie B (P)          3rd qualifying round           N/a
2026-27             N/a              N/a             20th Italian Serie A (R)          1st round                      N/a
2027-28             N/a              N/a             13th Italian Serie B              3rd qualifying round           N/a
2028-29             N/a              N/a             17th Italian Serie B              3rd qualifying round           N/a
2029-30             N/a              N/a             21st Italian Serie B (R)          4th qualifying round           N/a
2030-31             N/a              N/a              2nd Italian Serie C1/B           2nd qualifying round        Semi final
2031-32             N/a              N/a              8th Italian Serie C1/B           2nd qualifying round        Group Stage

Hartlepool United

[u][b]Season       Champions League    Europa League         Final League Position            F. A. Cup                  Carling Cup           Johnstone's Paint Trophy[/b][/u]
2012-13             N/a               N/a              1st English League Two   (P)     1st round                  1st round                     2nd round
2013-14             N/a               N/a              1st English League One   (P)     Quarter final              1st round                     2nd round
2014-15             N/a               N/a             15th English Championship         3rd round                  2nd round                        N/a
2015-16             N/a               N/a             15th English Championship         3rd round                  1st round                        N/a
2016-17             N/a               N/a              9th English Championship         3rd round                  2nd round                        N/a
2017-18             N/a               N/a             22nd English Championship (R)     5th round                  2nd round                        N/a
2018-19             N/a               N/a              3rd English League One   (P)     5th round                  3rd round                     2nd round
2019-20             N/a               N/a             11th English Championship         3rd round                  2nd round                        N/a
2020-21             N/a               N/a             22nd English Championship (R)     3rd round                  3rd round                        N/a
2021-22             N/a               N/a              9th English League One           4th round                  2nd round                     2nd round
2022-23             N/a               N/a              2nd English League One   (P)     3rd round                  2nd round                     2nd round
2023-24             N/a               N/a             21st English Championship         4th round                  2nd round                        N/a
2024-25             N/a               N/a             22nd English Championship (R)     3rd round                  3rd round                        N/a
2025-26             N/a               N/a              6th English League One (P)       2nd round                  2nd round                     2nd round
2026-27             N/a               N/a             23rd English Championship (R)     4th round                  3rd round                        N/a
2027-28             N/a               N/a             10th English League One           1st round                  2nd round                     2nd round
2028-29             N/a               N/a              4th English League One (P)       3rd round                  2nd round                     1st round
2029-30             N/a               N/a             22nd English Championship (R)     3rd round                  2nd round                        N/a
2030-31             N/a               N/a             10th English League One           1st round                  2nd round                     Winners
2031-32             N/a               N/a              8th English League One           4th round                  2nd round                     2nd round

Wigan Athletic

[u][b]Season       Champions League    Europa League         Final League Position            F. A. Cup                  Carling Cup[/b][/u]
2014-15             N/a               N/a              6th English Premier League       4th round                  Runners Up
2015-16             N/a          Quarter finals        4th English Premier League       5th round                  Winners
2016-17      Quarter final            N/a              5th English Premier League       4th round                  3rd round
2017-18             N/a          Winners               3rd English Premier League       5th round                  Semi final
2018-19      Quarter final            N/a              7th English Premier League       Semi final                 Quarter final
2019-20             N/a               N/a              7th English Premier League       Winners                    3rd round
2020-21             N/a          2nd knockout round    5th English Premier League       Quarter final              3rd round
2021-22             N/a          Winners               9th English Premier League       3rd round                  4th round
2022-23             N/a          1st knockout round    2nd English Premier League       Quarter final              3rd round
2023-24      Group stage         2nd knockout round    7th English Premier League       Quarter final              3rd round
2024-25             N/a               N/a              4th English Premier League       4th round                  2nd round
2025-26      Quarter final            N/a              8th English Premier League       5th round                  3rd round
2026-27             N/a               N/a             10th English Premier League       5th round                  4th round
2027-28             N/a               N/a             15th English Premier League       4th round                  4th round
2028-29             N/a               N/a             12th English Premier League       4th round                  4th round
2029-30             N/a               N/a             19th English Premier League (R)   5th round                  4th round
2030-31             N/a               N/a              1st English Championship (P)     Quarter final              2nd round
2031-32             N/a               N/a             12th English Premier League       4th round                  Semi final

Arsenal

[u][b]Season       Champions League    Europa League         Final League Position            F. A. Cup                  Carling Cup[/b][/u]
2016-17      Runners up               N/a              2nd English Premier League       Runners up                 3rd round
2017-18      Winners                  N/a              1st English Premier League       Winners                    3rd round
2018-19      Runners up               N/a              1st English Premier League       Runners up                 Semi final
2019-20      Quarter final            N/a              1st English Premier League       5th round                  3rd round
2020-21      Runners up               N/a              3rd English Premier League       5th round                  Semi final
2021-22      Runners up               N/a              2nd English Premier League       Quarter final              3rd round
2022-23      Winners                  N/a              1st English Premier League       5th round                  Runners up
2023-24      Winners                  N/a              1st English Premier League       4th round                  Winners
2024-25      Group stage         Winners               5th English Premier League       Quarter final              4th round
2025-26             N/a          Semi final            1st English Premier League       3rd round                  Semi final
2026-27      Semi final               N/a              2nd English Premier League       4th round                  3rd round
2027-28      1st knockout round       N/a              5th English Premier League       5th round                  4th round
2028-29             N/a          2nd knockout round    6th English Premier League       5th round                  Semi final
2029-30             N/a          Semi final           10th English Premier League       Winners                    Quarter final
2030-31             N/a          Winners               6th English Premier League       5th round                  3rd round
2031-32             N/a          Winners               4th English Premier League       3rd round                  3rd round

Valencia

[u][b]Season       Champions League    Europa League         Final League Position            Copa del Rey[/b][/u]
2018-19      Winners                  N/a              3rd Spanish LIGA BBVA            Winners
2019-20      Semi final               N/a              1st Spanish LIGA BBVA            Winners
2020-21      Winners                  N/a              1st Spanish LIGA BBVA            Winners
2021-22      Quarter final            N/a              2nd Spanish LIGA BBVA            Winners
2022-23      Runners up               N/a              1st Spanish LIGA BBVA            Quarter final
2023-24      1st knockout round       N/a              2nd Spanish LIGA BBVA            Winners
2024-25      Runners up               N/a              1st Spanish LIGA BBVA            Quarter final
2025-26      Winners                  N/a              2nd Spanish LIGA BBVA            Runners up
2026-27      Runners up               N/a              3rd Spanish LIGA BBVA            5th round
2027-28      Quarter final            N/a              2nd Spanish LIGA BBVA            5th round
2028-29      Quarter final            N/a              4th Spanish LIGA BBVA            Semi final
2029-30      1st knockout round       N/a              2nd Spanish LIGA BBVA            5th round
2030-31      Quarter final            N/a              2nd Spanish LIGA BBVA            Semi final
2031-32      Semi final               N/a              1st Spanish LIGA BBVA            5th round

Borussia Dortmund

[u][b]Season       Champions League    Europa League         Final League Position            DFB-Pokal[/b][/u]
2020-21      Semi final               N/a              2nd German Bundesliga            Semi final
2021-22      Winners                  N/a              1st German Bundesliga            Winners
2022-23      Quarter final            N/a              1st German Bundesliga            1st round
2023-24      1st knockout round       N/a              2nd German Bundesliga            1st round
2024-25      Semi final               N/a              2nd German Bundesliga            1st round
2025-26      1st knockout round       N/a              1st German Bundesliga            Quarter final
2026-27      Quarter final            N/a              1st German Bundesliga            2nd round
2027-28      Quarter final            N/a              1st German Bundesliga            2nd round
2028-29      Group stage         Winners               2nd German Bundesliga            Quarter final
2029-30      Semi final               N/a              2nd German Bundesliga            1st round
2030-31      1st knockout round       N/a              1st German Bundesliga            Semi final
2031-32      1st knockout round       N/a              1st German Bundesliga            1st round

Barcelona

[u][b]Season       Champions League    Europa League         Final League Position            Copa del Rey[/b][/u]
2023-24             N/a          Winners               1st Spanish LIGA BBVA            Runners up
2024-25      Winners                  N/a              3rd Spanish LIGA BBVA            Runners up
2025-26      Quarter final            N/a              3rd Spanish LIGA BBVA            Semi final
2026-27      Group stage         Winners               4th Spanish LIGA BBVA            Winners
2027-28      Winners                  N/a              5th Spanish LIGA BBVA            5th round
2028-29      Runners up               N/a              1st Spanish LIGA BBVA            Semi final
2029-30      Winners                  N/a              4th Spanish LIGA BBVA            Semi final
2030-31      1st knockout round       N/a              1st Spanish LIGA BBVA            5th round
2031-32      Winners                  N/a              1st Spanish LIGA BBVA            Runners up

AS Monaco

[u][b]Season       Champions League    Europa League         Final League Position            Coupe de France            Coupe de la Ligue[/b][/u]
2024-25             N/a               N/a              3rd French Ligue 1               11th round                 3rd round
2025-26      1st knockout round       N/a              2nd French Ligue 1               Winners                    Runners up
2026-27      1st knockout round       N/a              3rd French Ligue 1               10th round                 Quarter final
2027-28      Best placed playoff 1st knockout round    7th French Ligue 1               Winners                    Quarter final
2028-29             N/a          1st knockout round    4th French Ligue 1               9th round                  Semi final
2029-30             N/a          Group stage           4th French Ligue 1               10th round                 Quarter final
2030-31             N/a          2nd knockout round   10th French Ligue 1               10th round                 Quarter final
2031-32             N/a               N/a              7th French Ligue 1               Runners up                 Quarter final

Ipswich Town

[u][b]Season       Champions League    Europa League         Final League Position            F. A. Cup                  Carling Cup[/b][/u]
2026-27             N/a               N/a              4th English Championship (P)     Semi final                 4th round
2027-28             N/a               N/a              4th English Premier League       Winners                    Winners
2028-29      Quarter final            N/a              2nd English Premier League       Winners                    Quarter final
2029-30      Runners up               N/a              1st English Premier League       Semi final                 Winners
2030-31      1st knockout round       N/a              5th English Premier League       5th round                  Semi final
2031-32             N/a          2nd knockout round    3rd English Premier League       Quarter final              3rd round

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Over a couple of days I've read this from start to finish and what a read it's been. Fantastic work and really well done on that season with Lyon and unlucky with the big cups. I don't think I've ever managed to score that many goals in a season and to concede so few at the same time so kudos to you. I'm going to guess that next season you will be hoping to get a clean sweep of trophies next season?

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Over a couple of days I've read this from start to finish and what a read it's been. Fantastic work and really well done on that season with Lyon and unlucky with the big cups. I don't think I've ever managed to score that many goals in a season and to concede so few at the same time so kudos to you. I'm going to guess that next season you will be hoping to get a clean sweep of trophies next season?

Thank you for the kind words. :thup:

I would love to get a clean sweep but I am not sure it is possible - just one bad performance and it has gone. I will definitely try though. :D

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Wow, you dominated that league table! Congrats on the win :)

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Wow, you dominated that league table! Congrats on the win :)

Thank you. :)

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SEASON 2030-31 PREVIEW

Media Prediction - 2nd.

My Expectation - 1st. As defending champions, we must aim to retain.

Transfer Budget - £50,000,000.

Wage Budget - £2,328,134 per week. As I am currently spending less than £1.2m per week, I have scope to add to the squad should I feel the need.

PLAYERS

Players In

Younger players were recruited with an eye on the future.

Mikel Martin - Spanish central midfielder arriving from Real Madrid.

Jonathan Hillerby - Versatile young English player who can play at centre half, defensive midfield or central midfield. Signed from Newcastle United.

Tommy Hucker - Another young Englishman, this striker started his football life at Arsenal.

Trevor Gibson - This lad completes my hat trick of young English signings. Predominantly an attacking midfielder, he comes to Lyon from Sheffield Wednesday.

Sasa Gasparevic - This 15 year old Serbian central defender can also play at right back. Signed for a bargain £180,000 from Red Start Belgrade.

Players Out

The only departure was a major one, Beto who was unsettled. He was sold for £46m plus a 20% sell on clause.

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I didn't apply so very interesting to be offered these two. What do you think? England?

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Absolutely dominant in the league. Where bouts are England and Portugal ranked? It's a hard choice, but I'd go with the nation that hasn't done as well over your save.

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If England is your background, it's always difficult to say no. I'd probably do that.

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I say go to Portugal if you want to enter international management.

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Easily done, as it has been since your arrival.
Absolutely dominant in the league. Where bouts are England and Portugal ranked? It's a hard choice, but I'd go with the nation that hasn't done as well over your save.
If England is your background, it's always difficult to say no. I'd probably do that.
I say go to Portugal if you want to enter international management.

Thanks for your input guys...

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I have accepted the England job after a lot of thought. I am English so I may not get another opportunity and they recently beat Portugal in the Euro semi finals (though lost to Germany in the final).

I also remain the manager of Olympique Lyonnais.

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Good to see we're still losing to Germany... :rolleyes:

Great season, well done. 119 goals :cool:

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Good to see we're still losing to Germany... :rolleyes:

Great season, well done. 119 goals :cool:

Some things never change. :(

And thank you. :thup:

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FINAL ADDITION

Another youngster, he will bolster the goalkeeper ranks as Mihaita Starpici is not getting any younger!

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After 16 league games, I have conceded just two goals. Two. I am finding the ease of winning game after game a little tiresome to say the least.

So I may take a new challenge, should I get such an offer. Nottingham Forest are currently bottom of the Blue Square Premier. Blackburn Rovers are fifth from bottom of the Blue Square South. To name but two.

I will persist at Lyon though, until such a challenge becomes available, as it is better than being unemployed.

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MID SEASON REVIEW

A fantastic season so far though there is still a long way to go.

Champions League

Another straightforward group campaign. We won the group with relative ease, having drawn Germans Borussia Dortmund again, together with surprise Italian qualifiers Atalanta and Serbian side Partizan Belgrade. The highlight was a 5-1 win in Germany.

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We are due to play my former side, Ipswich Town, in the first knockout round with the first leg at Portman Road.

League

A very comfortable campaign so far, especially in defence. I feel we will win the league at a canter.

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Coupe de France

We enter the competition in the ninth round and we have been drawn to play third tier AC Arles-Avignon, away from home.

Coupe de la Ligue

Entering in the fourth round, my young reserves beat top flight Valenciennes 4-2 at home to set up a quarter final tie at second tier Stade Malherbe Caen.

PLAYERS

I am more than happy with my squad, so I have no plans for any major signings or departures.

Players In

No one!

Players Out

No one!

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Great season so far! Doing well to have a 13 point lead in the table.

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Both of those sound interesting.

I agree. I would love to lead Nottingham Forest to Champions League glory!

Great season so far! Doing well to have a 13 point lead in the table.

Thanks mate. :thup:

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