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19 horas atrás, DavidBeckham disse:

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This is how we look in the 1st few fixtures of the new campaign! We are slowly integrating the new signings and most of them are on the bench for now :)

The plan is to play Mejbri as our play maker and move Bellingham back into the Box To Box Midfielder role. Exciting times! 

Ironic that i brought bellingham coz Mejibri didn't want to sign a new contract and eventually was sold. Ironic.

Mejibri is VERY good, but don't ever ask him to score a goal.

Cheers,
Bitner 

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On 31/01/2020 at 12:41, Bitner said:

Ironic that i brought bellingham coz Mejibri didn't want to sign a new contract and eventually was sold. Ironic.

Mejibri is VERY good, but don't ever ask him to score a goal.

Cheers,
Bitner 

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Did he struggle to score for you? He has impressed in his 6 starts for us thus far!

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He was pretty good, but couldn't score even with an open goal. And my AMC needs to score, so he didn't fit the bill.

Cheers,
Bitner 

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12 December 2024

Midfielders

Dear Diary,

Today's going to be all about our midfielders.

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Cannibal Mejbri has been excellent for me, scoring 6 and creating 7 in 16 starts while forming a decent partnership with Bellingham.

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Our best academy graduate in my tenure so far is developing along nicely. Together with Mejbri and Bellingham, we have three really youthful and promising midfielders. 

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Bellingham hasn't developed much though. He hasn't performed up to my expectations, scoring only one goal in twenty starts..

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..but it's an excellent one!

Edited by DavidBeckham

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Mejibri scoring Freely... i can't quite believe...

Cheers,
Bitner

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19 May 2025

End of Season 24/25

Dear Diary,

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We continued to progress in the league this campaign and managed to finish closer to the Champions League places behind Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea.

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We didn't do too well in the domestic cup competitions this time round. Man City knocked us out in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and our boys fell to an extra-time 1-2 defeat against Brighton in the FA Cup 5th Round. 

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The boys continued to perform well in Europe, winning all of our games to the semi-finals where AC Milan were too strong for us :(

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Our squad is still behind the big 6 in terms of quality but the lads did well again to finish ahead of their expectations. 

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Esposito & Mejbri both had decent seasons and dominated our End of Season Awards \o/ 

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..and the struggle to close the gap on the big 6 begins!

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Good work so far, will keep an eye on your progress! 

Hope that Bellingham starts making some more strides forward. 

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19 hours ago, karanhsingh said:

Good work so far, will keep an eye on your progress! 

Hope that Bellingham starts making some more strides forward. 

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Cheers mate! He's progressing well :)

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12 horas atrás, DavidBeckham disse:

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Cheers mate! He's progressing well :)

Sold him to China, coz he wanted to be a first teamer, when he couldn't.

Scored 16 goals for Shanghai SIPG hahaha.

Cheers,
Bitner 

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On 18/02/2020 at 23:44, Bitner said:

Sold him to China, coz he wanted to be a first teamer, when he couldn't.

Scored 16 goals for Shanghai SIPG hahaha.

Cheers,
Bitner 

That's a pity! He has been struggling for goals and assists for me in both the Box To Box Midfielder and Roaming Playmaker roles though :(

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9 August 2025

Transfer Struggles

Dear Diary,

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We have cash to spend but most of the players who can take us closer to the big six aren't willing to join us. A new number one, a set-piece specialist, a promising right-winger and an upgrade in the left-back position were prioritized.

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Aaron is slightly better than our old number one. I made the decision to bring him in as Omlin is in his thirties and entering the final year of his contract. The fact that Aaron's English will help with the foreign players' quota.

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Juan was brought in on loan two years ago and grew to be our best left-back in no time. When he left last campaign, we looked vulnerable defensively and I feel we had to bring him back. With extra cash in the bank, I was willing to overpay to sign the Spaniard permanently. 

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We need upgrades down our wide attacking positions badly but there are no ready-made players who were willing to move to St Andrew's. Gabriel was a squad player at Real Madrid and he has room to grow into a decent right winger. I'm pinning my hopes on his potential to come good for us eventually and seal that right wing spot. 

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..another tough start awaits..

Edited by DavidBeckham

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Juan is a hell of a LB.

And Bellingham is good, sad that he isn't scoring for you :(

Cheers,
Bitner 

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12 hours ago, kidthekid said:

Some good signings. Best of luck in the season.

Cheers and thanks mate! :D

8 hours ago, Bitner said:

Juan is a hell of a LB.

And Bellingham is good, sad that he isn't scoring for you :(

Cheers,
Bitner 

Juan was really consistent for us when he came in on loan a couple of years ago. I'm sure he will do well again for us!

Bellingham's biggest problem is his end product. He has the pace and ability to carry the ball through the midfield but his final pass/shot is often just short! Lets hope he improves on this with age!

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26 October 2025

Mixed Feelings

Dear Diary,

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This guy is an absolute goal machine..

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..and it has been a great day out at St Andrew's.

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This has dampened the mood greatly though :(

Edited by DavidBeckham

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31 December 2025

World Team of the Year

Dear Diary,

Today, we have our 1st player in the World Team of the Year.

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So proud :**)

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He has been banging them in for us this campaign. Lets hope that continues! \o/

Edited by DavidBeckham

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15 March 2026

Familiar January

Dear Diary,

Just like how Sir Alex brought myself and Vida to Man United in January 2006..

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..we brought in a center-back..

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..and a full-back who will hopefully be ready for 1st team football by the start of next season. They are both promising young defenders who are already useful squad players and they will be given time to grow into key players for us in the next few years \o/

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25 May 2026

End of Season 25/26

Dear Diary,

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We've done it! Champions League football is coming to St Andrew's next season \o/ We took more risks and played higher up the field in away league games and it paid off as we improved considerably on our points total. Exciting times lie ahead!

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We were knocked out of both domestic cup competitions in the quarter-finals as we prioritized the league and played our fringe players this campaign.

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The boys were brilliant in the group stages again, winning all 6 games but we came up short against a very strong Roma outfit in the quarter-finals.

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The heroes who secured Champions League football for the Blues! Left-back Miranda turned out to be a superb signing, Nelson reached double figures for goals and assists before breaking his ankle in April (:() and Esposito was an absolute goal machine. What a season.

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On a negative note, we get less money to upgrade our squad to close the gap on the giants in the Champions League :(

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23 August 2026

Negative Net Spend

Dear Diary,

The board gave us little to spend to prepare ourselves for our 1st ever season in the Champions League. We went a step further and achieved negative net spend this summer. 

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Barry and De la Fuente were brought in for free and 46k pounds respectively and they were sold for a healthy combined profit of 35.7 million pounds. We made full use of the loan market to strengthen our wide areas with a couple of familiar faces.

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The boy is back! Brewster spent 5 seasons on loan at St Andrew's before Liverpool recalled him back in the last 2 seasons. The Inside Forward was very much a squad player back at his parent club and became available on loan this summer. I snapped him up immediately. 

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Like Brewster, Gabriel was a previous loanee at the cub but didn't impress in his solitary season in Birmingham. He has improved on his game since, spending two full seasons on loan in Italy and performing admirably. He will provide some much needed depth in our attacking positions in the upcoming campaign. 

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Sunjic is declining and we needed to plan for his eventual departure. Nohan was brought in from Spurs to be the Croatian's successor and he will compete with his predecessor for games in the midfield holding role. 

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Harvey turned out to be our biggest signing this summer. The Englishman spent 4 seasons on loan at 3 different English clubs and struggled to secure his place in Liverpool's squad. He has developed well though and I think he will strengthen the right side of our attack considerably this campaign \o/

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Ce sont les meilleures équipes
Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften
The main event

Die Meister
Die Besten
Les grandes équipes
The champions

Une grande réunion
Eine grosse sportliche Veranstaltung
The main event

Die Meister
Die Besten
Les grandes équipes
The champions

Ils sont les meilleurs
Sie sind die Besten
These are the champions

Edited by DavidBeckham

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Em 07/03/2020 em 04:37, DavidBeckham disse:

23 August 2026

Negative Net Spend

Dear Diary,

The board gave us little to spend to prepare ourselves for our 1st ever season in the Champions League. We went a step further and achieved negative net spend this summer. 

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Barry and De la Fuente were brought in for free and 46k pounds respectively and they were sold for a healthy combined profit of 35.7 million pounds. We made full use of the loan market to strengthen our wide areas with a couple of familiar faces.

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The boy is back! Brewster spent 5 seasons on loan at St Andrew's before Liverpool recalled him back in the last 2 seasons. The Inside Forward was very much a squad player back at his parent club and became available on loan this summer. I snapped him up immediately. 

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Like Brewster, Gabriel was a previous loanee at the cub but didn't impress in his solitary season in Birmingham. He has improved on his game since, spending two full seasons on loan in Italy and performing admirably. He will provide some much needed depth in our attacking positions in the upcoming campaign. 

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Sunjic is declining and we needed to plan for his eventual departure. Nohan was brought in from Spurs to be the Croatian's successor and he will compete with his predecessor for games in the midfield holding role. 

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Harvey turned out to be our biggest signing this summer. The Englishman spent 4 seasons on loan at 3 different English clubs and struggled to secure his place in Liverpool's squad. He has developed well though and I think he will strengthen the right side of our attack considerably this campaign \o/

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:(

Ce sont les meilleures équipes
Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften
The main event

Die Meister
Die Besten
Les grandes équipes
The champions

Une grande réunion
Eine grosse sportliche Veranstaltung
The main event

Die Meister
Die Besten
Les grandes équipes
The champions

Ils sont les meilleurs
Sie sind die Besten
These are the champions

GL HF

Cheers,
Bitner

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28 December 2026

Reward for surviving Group of Death

Dear Diary,

We were unlucky with the group draw in our maiden season in the Champions League..

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..but we did incredibly well to top the group ahead of Barcelona and Dortmund. And what do we get from topping the group?

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A bloody 1st Knockout Rd tie with PSG :mad: 

 

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HAHAHAHAHAHA, come on PSG, St. andrews is rocking!

Cheers,
Bitner

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4 February 2027

Quiet January

Dear Diary,

We made that solitary signing this January.

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Another defensive midfielder was brought in to prepare for Sunjic's eventual departure.

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Sunjic has been my 1st choice midfield anchor since I arrived and the club captain has shown incredible consistency throughout his eight years at the club. It's a pity that he's declining and with only one year left on his contract, I will be looking for a new club for the club legend and Bernardo will take his place in the squad next campaign. 

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On a brighter note, our best academy graduate since Bellingham's emergence is ready for 1st team football \o/

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Mcnally looks really good.

Cheers,
Bitner

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On 05/02/2020 at 12:31, DavidBeckham said:

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On 26/02/2020 at 12:48, DavidBeckham said:

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Lovely squad you've been building!

 

 

 

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15 hours ago, Bitner said:

Mcnally looks really good.

Cheers,
Bitner

He's excellent! If we do not have Bellingham and Mejbri ahead of him in the squad, he would've gotten lots of game time at this stage!

15 hours ago, Benjoe said:

 

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Lovely squad you've been building!

 

 

 

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We have been lucky with those signings! Esposito came in on loan when he was 18 and while we were still in the Championship. He stayed for a further two years on loan and we decided to spend our whole summer budget on him after an excellent 22/23 season.

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We jumped at the chance to sign Mejbri after he dropped down to the Championship with Stoke. Both unbelievable players signed at the right time! 

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Posted (edited)

6 March 2027

1st Silverware!

Dear Diary,

We are the Carabao Cup Champions!

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Liverpool stood in our way of my 1st silverware with the Blues and the boys were excellent on the day, dominating possession and shots statistics as we emerged 1-0 victors. 

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Haaland bagged the winner \o/ 

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We fielded our reserves throughout the competition until the second leg of the semi-finals, when it came to my sudden realization that we can actually win this. A weakened eleven did brilliantly in the 1st leg of our semi-finals against Man United before the first-teamers came in to finish the job. Legends. 

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Let's hope this is the 1st of many!

Edited by DavidBeckham

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Congratulations, Patrice!

Cheers,
Bitner 

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31 May 2027

Football, bloody hell!

Dear Diary,

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I still can't f****** believe it!

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We finished top of the league, 4 points ahead of the Manchester clubs after I decided to play a more progressive style of football. We no longer play on the counter away from home and against the big 6, and I gave the boys the freedom to attack teams at home. That paid off handsomely as we emerged champions! Unbelievable. 

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The whole squad was fantastic in the domestic cup competitions. In addition to the Carabao Cup, the boys were superb in the oldest national football competition in the world, especially in the latter stages as we eliminated Man City, Liverpool and Man United in the quarters, semis and final respectively. Unbelievable. 

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The lads surprised me further in Europe. In our maiden Champions League campaign, we were drawn into the group of death with Barcelona, Dortmund and Benfica. Defying all odds, we finished top of the group but were unlucky with the draw again as we faced a tall order against PSG. Haaland's double sent us into the quarters, where we face my old club in another tough knockout tie. It was extremely emotional for me as we went thru on penalties after two very even games. Skipp was our hero in the semi-finals as his perfectly-timed double away at Bayern knocked the Germans out.

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Another German club stood in our way of the trophy and things got off to a terrible start. After Haaland smashed his penalty wide early in the game, Schalke pounced on an error from Chabot to put themselves in the lead.

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Esposito replaced the stricken Haaland in the second half and bagged the equalizer with a decent finish. We went into extra-time 1-1 and things stayed leveled until the 118th minute, when another substitute (Jude Bellingham) pounced on a loose pass like how Giggsy did against Arsenal in the treble season. My son went on a mazy run before delivering a pinpoint cross for Esposito to volley home his second. Unbelievable. 

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Mavropanos, Bellingham, Brewster, Martinelli, Marmol, Sunjic and Esposito have all been with me since the Championship days. They grew, they developed, and they have now won everything. Absolute legends :**)

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He is the Premier League Players' Young Player of the Year, our Fans' Player of the Season, and the scorer of our Goal of the Season. The Frenchman had a fantastic year to say the least. 'Cannibal' Mejbri ate up his opponents and finished the campaign with 14 goals and 12 assists in a record-breaking season. What a player. 

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However, Mejbri was not the player who impressed me the most. My right-back did. The Chilean doesn't appear to have the best quality on the ball but he somehow ended the campaign with 2 goals and 15 assists from right back. He was also Champions League's Defender of the Season. A fantastic bargain at 18.25 million pounds.   

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The goal machine. 30 goals. Top Scorer in the Champions League. Enough said.

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Last but not least, my son. The Vice-Captain. The Academy Graduate. Jude 'Birmingham'. 

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Given how this season had gone, and with 400 games under my belt, is it time for me to move on to pastures new? 

Edited by DavidBeckham

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1 June 2027

Hardest Decision of my Life

Dear Diary,

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This could be the hardest decision of my life yet.

Yes or No?

 

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On 28/03/2020 at 08:55, kidthekid said:

Great season. Amazing job.

Cheers mate! Everything went our way that season! :D

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11 June 2027

Decision Made

Dear Diary,

I have decided to stay.

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Despite the numerous attractive jobs available, I made the decision to stay at St Andrew's. Having seen the Juventus and Real Madrid squads, I felt strongly that I will be happier managing my current squad in the upcoming campaign. Joy is absolutely crucial in my life and I did not want to lose the joy of managing this very young and capable squad which I built from scratch.  

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It has been an emotional day for us as our club captain left for Swansea. 

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He has been an absolute legend, starting most of our games all the way back from our Championship days and reaching the top eventually in his final season at the club. We will definitely miss him :**)

Edited by DavidBeckham

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