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Initially I did not have time for a full season , developing youngsters from scratch etc so seeing how long I can last as England Manager. ( This has changed over the last few months). Aim is to try and play every nation at least once so look out for some odd Friendly requests. However I then saw Southampton struggling and as it’s the wife’s team I decided to see if I could combine getting more English players with game time to aid the National side. After a successful relegation battle ..The next season has become one of my best ever ... I have a played a lost of different FM titles but this is my first 6 team battle for the title .. loving it. The English players have had more game time and this has helped , especially in midfield where I really lack depth if Henderson gets injured. By season 6 Regens beginning to come through and World Cup joy at last .

I have gone for 4-2-3-1 wing play . Balanced vs top sides and attacking for the weaker nations. Ranked 6th in the World.

I am 24 yrs old with an International Pedigree to start the game but no management experience.

Opener is Euro Int League away to Croatia. 6/9/2018

Croatia 0 v England 3 ... spurs duo Alli (2) and Kane see us win surprisingly easily. Sancho gets his debut.

Now ranked 5th

England 8 v Anguilla 0 .. Kane gets 4 and Sancho his first goal .Henderson His first goal on his 46th appearance.
England 3 v Spain 1 ... Cook get his first goal and Kane has 3 game scoring streak.
England 3 v Croatia 0 . Cook gets another but Kane fails .Maddison & Grealish make debuts.
Now ranked 4th .

Last time I did Bath and England save I couldn’t keep a clean sheet ... this time with same formation I have 3/4.

Should not have said about the clean sheets

Spain 3 v England 2 .. 2 up at half time but totally outplayed after that ... only good news is we top the group.
England 11 v British Virgin Islands 0... as expected with 200 places between them in the rankings but another country off my play everyone list
Gunn made his debut and Grealish his first goal.

Euro Groups drawn starting March 2019
England ( 4th in World) , Albania (65) Austria (21) Georgia (88) and Ireland (27)
Only regret was next group had Wales & Scotland which would have almost been like and old Home Nations Comp.

Germany drawn in a Euro League Semi Finals ... greyed out team so no scouting them first.

7th March 2019 in game ... invited to interview to manage Everton who are 14th in Prem League after 29 games... but overlooked for Mircea Lucescu.

England 3 v Ireland 0 .. comfortable against 10 men. Declan Rice makes his debut after late call up ( lost Maddison & Barkley)
Goal machine Henderson scores again😂

Austria 1 v England 1 .. held by an screamer of an equaliser .. just didn’t take our chances.

Semi Final .. Germany 1 v England 3 (aet) .. Trailing until late when a red card changed the game. Winks debut. Maddison gets debut goal. Team stripped by me of u21’s for their Euro Tournament which having lost my U21 mgr I am running.

Germany come 3rd with a 10 man win over Italy.

Applied for Man Utd job but do not get an interview.

Belgium away in the Final.

Winners ... Rashford with only moment of quality in a drab match🏆

Next U21 with opener against Russia.. Won 4-2 with my Senior team members Trent A-Arnold and Sancho being key.
However the win does not count on my manager stats so that answers that question.
Draw with Germany .Beat Poland but lose semi final to France after Skipp early Red ..Mbappe just too good.

Last Friendly of 18/19 Season ... SAN Marino 0 v England 11 .. Wilson debut in 2nd half. Winks first goal.

In summary Won 9 Drew 1 Lost 1 . Won a Trophy. Good First Season.

Good luck! Nice little win over Spain there, but the Caribbean has taken a bit of a hammering away from home...
My Careers:
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Season 2

After a decent first season I look at a Squad with an avg age of 23 and don’t think I will be changing many , bar any injuries.

The squad lacks cover if I lose Henderson or Cook with most midfielders having poor tackling or in the case or Rice or Dier being a deep DM which is not the set up I have ..Cook ( DLP) and Henderson (BBM)

6/9/19 - England 5 v Albania 0 ... Rashford on a five goal scoring streak.
9/9/19 - Georgia 1 v England 3 ... Streak over but goal machine Henderson has his 4th Int goal
10/10/19 Ireland 0 v England 4 ...Goal Machine Henderson now has 6 in last 9 internationals. Gomez gets his first goal.
15/10 England 4 v Austria 2 .. struggled again against them but a saved penalty saw us home. Henderson & Gomez score again as Top Spot and qualification is gained.
In other matches France win 20-0 against SAN Marino ( Lemar gets 7 ) and Ronaldo is up to 103 Int goals.

Looking at SAN Marino they have conceded 11 twice to Denmark and 7 against N.Ireland in their qualifying.

My First Choice Squad is Pickford,Trippier,Bertrand,Stones,Gomez,Cook,Henderson , Alli,Rashford,Kane,Sterling.

18/11 Albania 1 v England 2 ... late and not entirely justified winner ... Shaw sets up both Sterling goals from set pieces.
19/11 England 4 v Georgia 0 ... Brought back Sancho and Trent AA ( his First goal) both score in easy win.

World Ranking ... still 4th but Brazil have taken over from Belgium at the Top.

Lots of club jobs in Dec available ... missed out on Rochdale as job closed but have been interviewed by Relegation strugglers Southampton ... On Christmas Day !

After losing their next match to be 18th after 20 games ... Saints offer a 2 year deal.

19th at kick off and the squad in review are missing key areas .. no Redmond and no obvious attacking threats down the right. Defence ok but centrally no pace.

First up 7th placed Newcastle away but they are on a poor run.

Armstrong scores after 27 seconds but have to settle for a point .. 3 times hit the woodwork .

Transfers ... bid for Patrick Roberts at 7mill accepted and will be looking for more of the U21 squad to energise this team
Bid for Smalling , Da Silva , Oxlade-Chamberlain, Skipp .. both smalling and the ox are on the transfer list ... and cost 50 mill to sign ( Budget was 89m)

Dragovic wanted and sold to Brighton
Carrillo to Monaco.
Clasie already agreed to move to Nantes before I arrived.

Fa Cup against Newport next up to try and get some winning confidence back in the team. The ox and Smalling enjoy goal scoring debuts in a 3 nil win.

Some odd players for sale apart from Smalling & the Ox ..I have picked up Drinkwater ( no surprise ) and Trippier who was. Roberts completes my business whilst all but Armstrong who are unhappy have been moved out.

Home to Everton next and still 19th so need a boost.

Change of formation to 4-3-3 with the new signings and make us a bit tighter in midfield.

Ox double , Roberts on debut and even a sub pays off with Lemina scoring .. 4-2 ... not exactly tight but the new signings will have to gel. 7 without a win before and out of the drop zone. Villa/Saints/Fulham 17 pts .. Leeds/Brentford 15pts and Watford 11pts but bottom 3 have a game in hand.

Top of the Table Spurs away and I lose 4 players in the run up ... oddly enough I go down 4-2 but still one place above the drop zone.

FA Cup again against Derby ... 2 back and Trippier cup tied. Easy win and Bournemouth next.

Chelsea at home is the best we have played 4 up at HT .. my jibes about too many foreigners seems to have worked ..there best rating is 6.5 down to 5.5 ... I’ll take points anyway I can.

Draw- Bournemouth/ win - Burnley/ win - Lecicester & win Brentford in the league follow . Bournemouth who also knock us out in the FA Cup aet during these league results. Takes us up to 14th above Burnley & Brentford ( both had a man sent off) ..Leicester was due to playing them right after their Extra Time League Cup triumph over Man U in the final. 28 games down and 30 pts.

Hammered away at City affecting morale b4 the relegation double headers with Watford & Villa.

Somehow draw with Watford despite a classic FM goalie error passing to Ings and one of their defenders rating at 4.7.

Villa away sees us move up to 12th after 31 games ( Spurs 9pts clear at the Top) and 10 clear of the drop zone.

England Duty ..Eritrea & Latvia. Brought in a number of Saints players to boost their confidence and reflect my bias towards signing Saints players. Alli withdrawn from squad by Spurs. Foden gets his first call up.

England 8 v Eritrea 0 . 7 up at half time so a bit disappointed by second half. Shaw & Roberts on debut with their first goals. Wilson gets his first and goes on for a Hat Trick. Foden makes his debut.

Latvia 1 v England 4 ... Dull performance .. too many complacent which makes me laugh when they are getting a chance in national side after media Inbox messages pushing their claims.

My other favourite media was being criticised for being Saints biased ( true as trying to build that team around England players) but the next Inbox message says I should have picked a Saints players I did not add ( Ings).

Blew a 2 nil to draw with Arsenal then an easy win over rock bottom Fulham ... 12th and almost safe with 5 games left.

2020 Euro Group drawer .. England (4th World Ranked ) Swiss (14) Sweden (16) Scotland (32)

Our chance to spoil Liverpool’s bid for the title ... Ox and Ings before Virgil pull ones back and its 2 all after 13 mins. Ox again and its 3 -2 HT. Certainly a first half for the players haunting their old clubs.
Smalling sent off on the hour and my lack of a Centre Half on the bench haunts me.
15 seconds left ... 3-3. Where was VAR to save me as it did Arsenal.
Hammered at home to the Hammers ... hating VAR now
Love VAR .. 2 down at Utd .. fight back and then 2 disallowed goals for Utd in last 5 mins.
Relegation avoided ✌️
Easy win over Wolves ...12th with one game to go.
Spurs win the league after Burnley save themselves from relegation beating title chasing Liverpool.
Finish with a draw and 12th Place Won 10 Drew 7 Lost 4

Now to review the 16 on loan and move out at least 4 on the first team squad.... going to look at which young English players are available.

Euro League draw gives me Germany (10)& Iceland (35)

Back to the International scene ... picking a 23... touch and go if Henderson back from his broken leg.

Henderson made it back but Gunn & Maguire miss out through injury.

I ignore the Europeans teams put to me for friendlies and pick Sao Tome for a goal scoring morale boost ... 14 nil does the trick.

Euro Championship -Opening Round

Bosnia beat Belgium 4-3

Rashford hits 5 in a 7-0 win over Scotland ... my favourite FM moment in sometime.
Sterling rescues a point .. poor performance and trailing for most the the game... 1-1.
Better 2nd half sees a 3-1 win over Switzerland

Qualification achieved and season ends with this new format.

Portugal failed to qualify plus Scotland & Wales and 5 others.

Premier League ...Transfers of note

Mbappe signed by City for 153mill. ....... I pick up a disgruntled Demarai Gray for 3.9mill plus too U16s

Watford being relegated opens up the chance to raid some English players ... Chalobah signs

Season 3 20/21

Transfers from 24th June 2020

Will Hughes joins from Watford

Lascelles signed from Arsenal for 11m .. picking up cheap unhappy English talent.


27/6/20 Iceland v England carries forward the Euro championship tournament with Henderson suspended. Iceland are home team at the neutral venue of Wembley . Narrow 2-1 win

3/7/20 QF .. Holland v England to be played in Russia. 3-0 but only after VAR pen for the Dutch turned down when they were on top. Greater fitness of not playing too many pre tournament friendlies helped.
Somehow Belgium are still in it despite only 1 win in the groups and a penalty win over Sweden.
Old foes Spain await after there 118 min winner over Belgium. Italy knock out the annoying greyed out Germans to meet Goal machines France.
No Shaw for me .. no Busquets for Spain.
An injured Sterling scores as I go to sub him .. 2 up at half time and 4 nil by the end as the counter attack pays off.

Final will be France whose 10 men one aet .. hopefully they are going to suffer from tiredness in the final as Lemar and Mbappe are scoring for fun.

Matuidi suspended, Mbappe injured....Must be my final .

19 mins gone and France down to 10 ... from the free kick a VAR pen and don’t look back.
4-1 with goal machine Henderson scoring again.
11 yellows and 1 red ... always seem to get lots of cards when I play France on any of my saves.


Match day Income & Revenue... Title Winners Spurs Top ... we are 12th ... exactly where we finished. Chelsea and Newcastle matched with most teams within a place of that listing.

Betting odds are in ... Fav Man City 2-1 ... we get 45-1 with 20-1 to go down.... Bookies Predict 9th.

Betting Top Scorer .. Kane then Jesus ... oddly then Gomez(wolves) and Ings ( Saints) ahead of Rashford .

First Team squad trimmed to 23 after losing 13 players and looking to trim some more U23s.

Burnley have signed 10 ... we have 7 to make us 4th highest.

August 2020

4 wins and a late Utd equaliser sees 5 games and 13 points ... Man City Top and our next opponents after beating a lacklustre West Ham in the Carabao Cup.

Saints 9th for Commercial Income.
Top Spenders City 197 mill / Chelsea 168 mill & Man Utd 166mill pounds

Danny Ings player of the month.

Sept 2020

Starts with two England wins ... Friendly vs Turks & Caicos and International League over the greyed out Germans.
Still Ranked 3rd in the World with Brazil Top.

City drop points at Leicester so a chance to go back top away at the Toon. Despite Roberts return the 1-1 result sees us stay 3rd.
Elsewhere Utd are 9th and Chelsea 19th .. they still have Kante and Hazard and Marcelino in for sacked Sarri.

Next up Saints 3rd vs Arsenal 4th. Lascelles playing both his former clubs in 2 matches and inspires a 1 nil win but gets injured.

Carabao Cup and 10 changes sees us see off Man City 3-2 courtesy of a late Keeper howler.

Not sure why I bothered resting players as Ings / Ox & Clarke join Lascelles injured.

Held nil-nil at Leicester and go Top briefly after City lose again.

As all teams finish their first 8 games its Spurs 19pts then Liverpool /Saints/City on 18pts with Arsenal 16pts in 5th. Baggies/Brentford/Leeds are bottom 3.

Oct 2020

An injury depleted squad do well .. WDW to go 2nd behind Liverpool.

Beat championship Villa with 10 changes ... Lankester finally scores his first Saints goal.

Chalobah demands a transfer

Nov 2020

Var pen in 91st min sees off a stubborn Leeds at Elland Rnd. City lose again ( 1 league win in 5) and drop to 6th despite Mbappe being fit during that spell.
Var pen and another win .... except Higuan against the run of play scores a 94th min equaliser for relegation threatened Chelsea.
Mirroring real life Liverpool beat City to stretch their lead Top of the table.

I don’t check my fitness levels and Germany beat England 2-1 .. need to beat Iceland to qualify on head to head
Get my squad right and 3-0 see us through to another semi final.

City(5th) vs Saints (6th) in last match of the day. VAR for 3rd game running .. allows Ings as onside .. easy 3 nil win over a side who have lost 6/7 in the league. Up next Liverpool which is now Top vs 2nd. United are now 3rd and Chelsea 16th and only 3 clear of the drop zone.

Saints 2 - Liverpool 1 ... Up there as one of my most dramatic FM games . No Salah was a boost. First 30 mins we were great and took the lead through a cracking Gray effort. VAR for the 4th game running then took over .... penalty given and we then struggled to get going until VAR ruled out another penalty with 5 mins to go and then in the 92nd minute Ings comes back to haunt his former club.

Klopp who before kick off was very complimentary is now all .. I can’t believe it / they are ordinary/ they will soon fall back.

These sees Southampton Top after 15 matches ... 35pts / Utd 35 /Liverpool 34//Arsenal 34/Spurs 30.

Dec 2020

Spurs away .. Gunn injured before .. Ings scores and Ox injured in first 5 mins before we are kicked off the park and Kane puts us to the sword .. first loss and its 4-1 .. down to 4th .. Zidane has United top for the first time.

Ings scores against another former club as we in away at Burnley

Leicester ( Carabao cup QF) less changes ..Wembley beckons ! 28 shots to 2 but ended 1-1 .. win 5-3 on pens. 3 injured and 2 suspended so will take that any day. Adrian Lee breaks youngest player record at 16yrs 126 days

Euro qualifiers ..drawn Swiss(19 ranked) Bosnia (50) Albania(70) Faroe (108)

Held away at West Ham as injuries and tiredness take affect ... 10 days until the transfer window....decisions to make.
Subs help me clawback to win 2-1 at relegation threatened WBA.
Stoke .. same again Sub score winner in 2-1 from behind win.......Chelsea win 8-1 in relegation 6 pointer against Brentford.
The year ends with Saints 4th... 5 pts off United and 2 off Arsenal & 1 from Liverpool.

January 2021

Transfer window opens with Benitez trying take grab Hojberg to Arsenal...Euro Cup has him interested.promise he can go If we fail to qualify this year.
Huddersfield want Lankester .. sulks when rejected and agent stirring it... I transfer list and will recall Ajeti from Celtic.
Jesus goes to Real for 93mill.
Lankester goes for 8.5mill to Brentford .. turning down Burnley.
Smallbone on loan to Rochdale.
Bid for Garner at his value rejected .. they want 143 mill for a 3.4 mill player.
Bid for Oxford again £3mill but they want 63 mill.
Bid 38m for Winks ... they want 146 mil
Targett of to Palace .. Voked promoted as cover to first team. Sims to Fulham.
Bid 20 m for Bowen ..valued at 16m .. Brentford was £46m
Bid £6 m. For Leeds Bennett ..They settle for 15m
Celtic want Forster... sold and Lewis promoted from reserves ...
1 in 7 out and promoted youth players per my club philosophy .

FA Cup ..Cardiff..Sims/Stephens/Targett brought in .. pen save with 5 mins left and weakened side working .. 89th min and they equalise....Only after I see they are Top Of Championship. Replay 3 nil and comfortable.

Carabao Cup semi 1st Leg Leeds. 4-0 and comfortable home win. Away leg rest players and Delph runs the show 1-4 win. Vokins make debut.

Confed Cup draw has England(3rd) /Australia(27)/USA (14)& oddly Nigeria B(28)

Brentford (18th) 3-1 should have been more.
Man U of the back of FA cup replay loss to Chelsea who hold Arsenal in the league ... the winner goes Top.
42 mins Ox injured but sub Clarke sets up a goal immediately. Lose other winger Gray on 52 mins. 95th minute and again a last second equaliser conceded. 4 points separate Top Six Teams.

Everton twice in 3 days .. FA Cup (a) win ..lose another injured winger...League(a) ..9 changes for us 11 for Everton..Ings hat trick helped by Darmian rated 4.7.

2 pts between Top 5...City 4 pts further back in 6th

My squad to see out this season:

GK- Gunn or Lewis
WBR - Trippier or Cedric
WBL - Bertrand or Vokes
CD - Lascelles /Smalling / Stephens / Chalobah
MCL - Hughes or Delph
CM - Hojberg or Drinkwater
MCR - Lemina or Ox
AML - Gray or Bennetts
AMR - Roberts or Clarke
CF - Ings or Ajeti

Talented back ups in reserves

Tchaptchet 19yr DC
Tal 17yr CF

Last game of Jan and blow an opportunity as Newcastle hold us nil nil at home.

Feb 2021.. 24 games ..5th and 4 pts off Top.

Arsenal(4th) ..Massive win against the team just above us..Clyne has a mare like most of there side.
Leicester (7th)...Gray haunts old side as we consolidate 4th place .. City &Arsenal drop points
Newcastle .... 10 changes in FA cup ahead of Carabao Final. Lewis makes debut in goal and get a surprise narrow win.
Man Utd .....Carabao Final .. My aim was to try win a cup.. Not to be ... Saints lose 3-2 with Lascelles having a mare... always find it odd trying to win against the team I support but gutted to get so close. Delph was the player to get injured b4 the final in usual FM training occurence when any Cup Final is due.
Wolves(16th away)..win but loseTrippier to injury. 2nd as Utd / Spurs drop points..Liverpool 3 pts clear and better goal diff.
Brighton... 1-1 after Ajeti scores in 93rd min. Drop to second as Utd and Liverpool win.

March 2021
Bournemouth(11th). . Jan player of the Month hits two as we win away. Ings gets his 23rd of the season. Playe 29 ..3rd to Liverpool /Utd by 2 pts.
Palace (20th) ..6 changes to freshen squad ... 2 of them score against bottom side in 3-3 draw. Missed opportunity as Top 2 drop points.
Leeds(12th)...Ings inspired win .. We go Top but other teams have 1 to 3 games in hand.

FA Cup Rnd 6 (QF) Villa again in a cup tie...9 changes a penalty without VAR and easy 1-3 away win. Two Villa players rate under 6.
Asked who I want in Semis .. Pick Watford (championship) who are still to play Liverpool .. they win and I get them. ( I picked Leeds in Carabao cup and got them .. hope I keep getting asked ).

Guardiola sacked after losing to Stoke in FA Cup. They are 6th in Premier 8 pts off top with a game in hand. They are still in Champions League and next up Liverpool in the league.

England duty starts with Pickford getting injured. My 100th game as manager of England (36) & Saints (64)
WCQ (H) Albania ... Lots of shots but held until almost half time .. 5-0 ..up next the Swiss who have scored 7.
WCQ (A) Swiss ..Lose 2 nil . Soft penalty and poor team shooting from 34 shots. Perhaps a mistake to rest all my Saints internationals in this match.

England U20 .. Win Elite League

Saints U23s win League

Chelsea((12th away) ..Liverpool held by City ..United win to open up 4 pts lead before this game we have in hand.
1 down and awful at half time. 2-1 down to an og before 2 goals in last 5 mins see a dramatic 3-2 win.

8 pts cover top 5 but Arsenal(5th) & Spurs (4th) have 3 games in hand and could go top.

City (6th) ..All Saints first half but goalless... Gray & Ings score.....Mbappe anonymous...only Sterling trying. Allegra has his work cut out.

April 2021
Watford (FA Cup SF) ....8 changes as squad is tired. Pushed all the way but narrowly get through. Certainly helped having championship sides in last couple of rounds. Stoke beat Spurs on pens in other semi final.. A big chance as Spurs are a bogey side.

Last 5 games ..Liverpool/Spurs//Burnley/Stoke/West Ham.. next 2 will decide my fate I believe.

Utd draw .Arsenal/Spurs/City win before Liverpool 1 vs Saints 2 ... Ings with late winner .. I’ve not been so nervous or excited in a FM save since a Championship Leeds side beat 4 Top teams to win the FA Cup.

Saints 79pts Utd 78pts Arsenal 73pts with game in hand Spurs 72 with 3 games in hand. Liverpool 72 City 67.

Lose Ings before the Spurs match and the Ox during it. But the dream goes on with 1-0 win from an own goal. Our early kick off applies pressure as even better Utd & Arsenal lose but Liverpool win a 7 goal thriller.

Next up Gerrard’s relegation threatened Burnley. WBA & Palace gone and a fight between Hammers/Toffees/Burnley.
Everyone else plays first with Utd drawing Spurs beating Arsenal & Liverpool winning.
No Ings or Ox so up to Roberts and Ajeti ... Win and we guarantee Champions League
3-0 Ajeti gets 2 and Watch our champions League .. little Saints are coming... Cedric gets injured but not seriously.

Saints ranked as making the biggest loss .... City made the highest Profit.
Lascelles injured in training ... Chalobah I’ll ....running out of players

May 2021

Prequel to the FA Cup ...Stoke (8th) ...0-0 HT. Roberts puts us ahead .. having had to rest Hojberg and Needing to bring on 16yr old Hrebeniak for Smalling. Stone equalise with 1 min to go before super sub Clarke replaces a tired Roberts to score the winner from Delph ( in for Hughes) Cross.

Saints Win the League ... I have won many times over many FM versions but this is my finest achievement . Not a money bag side with great players (United) or a falsely funded lower league (Rochdale) .. this was a save that started as making a better England squad and the players genuinely joined.. no replaying games by not saving ... simply my greatest triumph.

City won at West Ham to relegate them.

West Brom (19th) is last game but resting squad with only 6 days until cup final ... 8 new faces from the U23/18 squads and a 1 nil win over the bottom side with 5 debuts made.

Saints/liverpool/Utd/Spurs ...Top 4. Arsenal & City miss out by 1 point.

Ings top scorer and Footballer of the Year. Gray Young player of the year... 3.9mill what a bargain signing.

Now can we do the double ...leaving youngsters in First Team to see if that stops the Pre Final injury curse... worked as no one injured in build up.

We are named as best profit for transfers ... I did clear out a lot of players .. City lost 208m but mainly on Mbappe

Cup Final .. 1-0 down at HT and not at the races ...Ings gamble fails and Gray & Lemina not up for it ..caught on the break and Stoke deservedly win the final.

Season 2021/2022

After the excitement of my favourite ever League Win ... I am back to the original purpose of my save and managing England in two competitions.

First up the semi finals of the International League against Portugal before moving on to the Confed Cup.

Wingers make the difference (Sancho/Sterling) paving the way to an easy win over a Ronaldo less Portugal. France next.

Hughes after his Saints form made his debut.

Final...first blood Sancho to Sterling who scores again...1-0 HT. Hughes sets up Alli for the important second in what has been a very even contest...Trophy defended . 2-0 Win over the country that is now my main playing rival.

Next up Comoros away on route to Confed game against USA

June 2021

I have continued my Mainly English approach ...bids made for

Chilwell/..Delayed decision then accepted.
Cook/ Bournemouth want £107m ...I bid 38m Wolves bid 34m)..increase to 40m after 39 rejected in favour of Wolves bidding less. They want 103m after matching Wolves offer...give up at 41.5m
Grealish/ Accepted
Boorley ..16yr old and 925k bid accepted
director of football bid for Tagseth ( Norway)
Ajeti wants out and signs for Brentford who are now 3rd season in premier.
Aguero is a free agent and is signed as replacement.

More surprisingly Brentford pick up Rakitic on a free

Ings awarded Golden Boot
Saints up 14 places to 78th in European club rankings

Comoros vs England ... another new team on my way to playing all countries if I can.
Capt Dier leads by example. Chilwell debut and Ings & Lascelles first goals.

USA 1 vs England 1 ...Sterling rescues a point
Nigeria B ( due to African nations) thrashed 4-0
July 2021
Australia ..4-2 win as subs Foden & Kane make the difference... Qualified for next stage. Foden gets his first England goal.

SF - Brazil (Top of world rankings) .... even for 30 mins before being hit by 2 quick Brazil goals. Sub Foden pulls one back on 80 mins as I attack more ...hit on the break 3 mins later...think I was too defensive and paid for it in a 3-1 defeat .

Third place play off with USA who went out to France. Ings in for underperforming Kane ..Ox for a tired Sterling .. Ox with both as we win a one sided affair 2-1 .. they score from only shot in first 70mins.

The media call it a failed campaign .... The team ranked higher than us won !! France win it aet.

France now Top of world rankings / Brazil 2nd and England 3rd.

WCQ in September ... biggest concern is Kane and someone to cover Henderson.

England U19 win Euros

Back at Saints

Bertrand worried by Chilwell signing and Hughes still annoyed I rejected poor Utd and Chelsea offer. Arsenal want Gunn.

Match day Revenue ... Spurs top with £105m... Saints 8th with 26.83m
Ranked 7th favourites for title at 25-1 . City favourites.
Ings top scorer at 2-1 with bookies ( favourite)
Mbappe 4-1 to be top player.

Ward-Prowse resigned from Arsenal for 10.5mill as I increase my home grown players for Europe.

Aug 2021

Revenge over 10 man Stoke as we win Community Shield 4-0 .... Aguero gets 2 and Grealish & Chilwell make debut.

Biggest spenders Man Utd (201m) but they sold (185m). Chelsea biggest net spenders (123m)

Saints in August ...W4 D1 L0 ...Top from Liverpool/Arsenal on GD...but Klopp wins manager of the month

Commercial Income has Saints (9th) £43.75m.... City top £103m with Utd £99.09m

Sept 2021

Injuries wrecking my game vs Faroe Islands. Garner gets first call up and cap and Goal .
Thrash Bosnia with Rashford scoring again to go second in the group.

Beat Brugge 4-0 as Ings gets a hatrick in our first Champions League match
Ings scores 2 including 92nd min VAR pen in narrow 2-1 away win at Dortmund
Beat Birmingham 2-1 after 11 changes in Carabao Cup.
Premier League ... beat 10 Man City & Arsenal but lose to Stoke... Top 3 ... Arsenal/Saints/Stoke on 19pts

4 youngsters brought into main squad to boost training ( all available for u23)

Oct 2021

International weekend ..... But before I have looked at all English players under scouting and found a dozen youngsters who have good quality but not showing in my National Pool ... if playing International save I recommend reviewing this more regularly than I have.

Henderson is lacking game time / pace going and skill as my BBM has diminished ... not great choices to replace him

Albania (away) WCQ .... The Ox gets cap 50.....and gets his 20th goal to put us back in front. Leaders Switzerland are 6 up on the Faroe Islands.
Next up home to table toppers Switzerland...Kane finally comes good and win 3-1. Gap back to 1 point.
Stay 3rd in World Rankings

Win all 4 league matches .
Carabao cup see off Blackburn
Lose to Salzburg ... better of the stats but they are just clinical
Aguero is on 12 games without scoring

Nov 2021

Beat Salzburg 3-0 to gain revenge on 2-0 away defeat ... top the group by head 2 head ... 3 way battle with Dortmund for qualification .

Narrow win over Spurs (8th)

50th England match as manager vs Faroe Islands (a) ..goal down in 29sec ...Rashford gets 4 as win 1-7
Sterling and Sancho injured b4 match...N.Chalobah makes his debut.

Bosnia ...Gomez 50th cap ...Alli and Kane see us top the group and England+Swiss qualify for Word Cup.

Beat Won 2 ..Lost 1 ... Hammered by Utd away on Gunns 100th game .. 4-1 ht and 5-3 at the end.

Draw with Brugge sees us progress to next round.

Worry is Aguero who scored on debut but has failed in next 17 appearances .... pace has gone to 8

Dec 2021

Liverpool away ... 44 shots / 23 on target .. 1 down .. 4-1 up and then 3-4 before finally 3-5 win ... quite simply a fantastic match
Leeds beaten by as I rotate squad
Dortmund next..need a point but comfortable 3-0 win with youngster Ramsay setting up 18yr Tal for his first senior goal. Group topped after rivals draw.
Watford will be my 100th Saints game as manager...bore 0-0 draw

City sack Allegra as they languish 8th after 18 games but only 4pts off fourth.

Chelsea in 9th place offer me a job interview

World Cup Drawer

England get ... Australia (24). Croatia (12) and Ghana (26) in Qatar in Nov

Carabao Cup vs Stoke .. 10 changes to freshen squad and bring injured players back in Aguero still can’t score but Tal gets his 2nd in 2 starts. Win 3-1 in QF.....My powers of picking opponent fail .. get Leicester not Preston as asked for in press conference.

Dec finishes with lose to Brighton as injuries mount .. before beating Burnley who fail to have a shot all game

21 games gone second to United by 2 pts

Jan 2022

Transfer decisions ...Aguero/Delph & Smalling out.
Week left of window and both strikers and right wingers are injured.... United loan me Greenwood

FA Cup Wigan ..11 changes ..come from behind for narrow win
Carabao SF ...Gray inspires 4-2 agg win over former club Leicester
FA Cup Palace.. rotation works .. Tal scores 5th goal of season but then injured.
Premier ... loss at Newcastle after losing 5 to injuries . Beat bottom 2 just with VAR help ..VAR against at City in 1-0 loss
25 games gone .. Utd 60pts /Saints 56/Liverpool 53/Arsenal 53


Premier .. WWD ...now 7 pts behind Utd and level with Liverpool with a game in hand.
FA Cup aet win at Burnley
Champions League .. outplay Real Madrid away ... but some how lose 2-0...gutted
Carabao Cup Final vs Arsenal .. can I finally win a final ...4 mins gone and 1 down .. still 1 down after 57 mins and then Saints get 2 in 2 minutes to turn it round ..... followed by 4 more to win 6-1 ... Benitez will not be happy.

Mar 2022

5 x Premier 1 x FA Cup and Champions League this month ... squad is going to be stretched.

Lose game in hand at Arsenal .. think that takes the title away and all but United’s now
Beat Leicester who have been hit for 8 and 6 this season

Totally outplay Real Madrid 43-3 in shots 12-2 on Target and score twice before losing on Penalties 4-5

FA Cup .Leicester for the 5th time this season ...Youth come good ..16yr old Richards(keeper) / Vokins & Ramsay 21 see us home 3-4
Richards at 16yrs 16 days is a new club record ..beating Lee 16 yrs 126 days both oddly in cup ties vs Leicester

England Duty .. multiple injuries for game against Belize
Kane makes 75th appearance ... Gray debut and sets up Kane second & third ..expected large win ends 7-0..Chilwell gets a debut goal after running 60yards

Greenwood scores for U21 .. 7 games on loan for me with no goals and injured. & two red cards for my U21’s on duty
Ox injured in training and out for 3 months
Narrow win at Spurs should help cement a Top 4 finish with 7 games left
Easy Chelsea win but still 5 pts adrift of Utd.

Apr 2022
Bournemouth twice in a row ... starting with FA Cup semi
Tight affair 0-0 before 4-3 penalty win
After Manchester Derby draw I have a chance to get 2 pts nearer and Liverpool/Utd are next games
Blow it in last seconds to draw 2-2... wonder kid Greenwood misses another 1 on 1 at 2-1 and no goals in 9 games.

Man City (£89m) top profits table despite being 6th and champions league... Saints 17th with a £29m loss

Utd win early kick off ...Liverpool tired after beating Real Madrid ...go for attacking style HT 2-1 from set pieces ..Ings from a corner and I go cautious as end to end ..counter for Ings To score again / Grealish and Ings set up each other as Liverpool collapse 6-1 but probably just handed UTd the title.
Perhaps not as a late Ings goal at home means my first ever win over United

3 games left ... Utd 81/Saints 79/Liverpool 78/Arsenal 68 so champions league qualification.

Greenwood finally scores (header ..his lowest rating at 8) at relegation threatened Leeds to maintain our title defence.
Finally end the month beating lowly Watford.
Elsewhere Villa survive in winner stays up win vs Leeds

England wise I am disappointed by level of new talent coming through and worried about my squad going forward ..Best players seem to be French or South American

Int League Draw

Belgium (8th)and Norway(42nd)

May 2022

Final game of season Utd 2 pts and 18 goals ahead of Saints. Liverpool 3 pts and 13 goals as step too far for the title.

Saints have Wolves ... Utd have Villa ( 5 days after ECC semi)

Last Day ...
Liverpool score early .... then Rashford for Utd ... Saints wait until the 43rd min to break down a stubborn Wolves but so does Pogba as Utd and Liverpool both 2 up at HT
68 mins and Villa pull one back ... only for Lukaku to make it 3-1 on 73 mins... Wolves are down to 10 men but it does not matter
United are champions. ... only lost twice ... this time 6 for Saints ... last season they would be draws and we would be champions again..squad not quite strong enough.
The owners reaction .. disappointed as looked like title contenders at one point ... hang on .. it went to the last day !!

Leeds /Brentford and Cardiff down. City 6th and Chelsea 12th
Only Trippier makes team of year.. 7 Utd but not De Gea who had most clean sheets
Transfer news ..Everton &Leicester make profits ... the rest losses ..Saints 7th best at 16.56m ..Chelsea 112m Villa 74 Utd 61 City 52 m ... proving spending does not guarantee much.

Income Ration .. worst Bournemouth 57%. Top 3 clubs all 44%...Villa best at 31%

Lewis Cook ( 31m but 40m to buy) demands transfer ... rejected at 80m plus demanded
Also bid for Mbappe and Kane as no champions league football but not even sulking about it.
Garner bid also rejected.(18m they want 127m at Utd)

FA Cup Final vs City ...Go balanced style and a De Bruyne error lets Gray score after 2 mins. Corner and its 2 for Gray after 12 mins. Bernado 30 free kick pulls one back but Ings on 43 hits them in the counter...HT 3-1.. why do they play Mbappe as a right winger?
They change that after 71 mins as Jovic who has rated less than 6 is hauled off. Switch to cautious.
No more goals and it’s a cup double.

Transfers ... I place Cedric/Drinkwater & Chalobah on list ... all rotation players

Awards .. Gray is fans player of the year . Signing Goldson. Young player Bennetts

Top selling shirt Ings then Grealish and Hughes.

Spurs Win Champions League over OM

Utd/Saints/Liverpool And both north London clubs in ECC
City and Everton get Europa

June 2022

England international league time...... I check all Premier clubs for players not in the Pool that look a good bet .

Gomez banned for first match
Lascelles dropped for Holding as tired . Trent back after injury for a Walker. Garner in for Henderson who now seems only to be a slow Dc/DM ... miss his BBM role. (81 caps and 8 goals). Foden back after injury for Grealish my most difficult call.

June 2022

International League

Norway away... Trippier set for cap 50 and Kane can beat Rooney goal scoring record of 53.

Kane penalty from Trippier set piece opens the scoring and takes the Record.... Norway deservedly level by half time.
Below par performance and lucky to escape 1-1

Belgium next at home .... Kane again ( Trent assist) as the 9 changes look to improved the side ... HT 1-0. Sub Foden doubles the lead b4 Belgium hit back. Sancho on 88mins restores a deserved 2 goal lead. 89mins 3-2 and Foden strikes again ..classic.


Arsenal activate Chilwell 47.5m release clause and he leaves .
United are after Hughes again....initial offer way too low of 51m for 49.5m value player .. he sulks ... but see below how inlflated it is for me.

Club up 7 to 71st in Euro club rankings

I target City players due to no champions league plus Dier and Bale.
Sterling 64m bid rejected...demand 199m
Dier 58m ... rejected initially but finally get my man and another new Record transfer
Bale 57m rejected but 63m accepted but salary way beyond my budget.
Stones bid met with inflated 117m counter by City..I keep trying and slowly they are asking less..down to 88m after 7 rising bids
82m accepted and 3rd time this window I smash transfer record.
Shaw bid of 34m accepted surprisingly and so is the contract...Chilwell replaced
Cook demanding transfer so try again with 31m offer...player is angry and finally get him for 38m...a new Southampton record transfer fee.
Nketiah signed as a free agent

Spurs Top the match day revenue with 114m ... Saints 9th with £34.6m

Title odds 25-1 ranking us 7th ... Utd /City/Spurs/LiverpoolArsenal & Chelsea make Top 6

Kane 2-1 fav to be Top scorer again...Ings 6th favourite at 16-1

Mo Salah 5-2 fav to be best player again

Mbappe 2-1 fav for young player ... doubt it if played as a winger again all season

Community Shield ... Draw 1-1 but lose on penalties to Man Utd

League starts in July as World Cup in November
Schedule is anAwful start .. Spurs /Liverpool/Arsenal and Chelsea in first 5 games.

WLD ..4pts and 11th in League as July ends.....Everton ,Liverpool and United only teams to win all 3.

12 fringe and youth players sent out on loan .. I’m accused of stockpiling players

August 2022

Top Spenders Saints 212m then Utd /Liverpool /City
Premiership WDWWW up to 3rd..... Spurs top

Champions League Draw ..Barcelona / Inter Milan and AS Monaco .. yuk

Commercial Income ..United top £93.15m ...Saints are 7th with just under £50m...Norwich bottom 11.27m

Kane out of my games with Norway and Belgium .. Wilson called up
Alli joins injured list ...Maddison back

Sept 2022

Belgium vs England

Trippier injured ..Clyne drafted in
Garner injured ...Grealish back

1-1 ..Sancho rescues deserved draw

Only need a point home to Norway .. go cautious to make them attack and counter at pace ..2 up in 20 mins ..Hughes and Sterling bossing it....both Double their scores and teams after an hour 4-1 up ...sub Gray makes it 5 ...then 6 his first international goals.
6-1 with 3 screamers from outside the box between the sides.
Grealish is injured

Premier .... WW to go second behind Liverpool

Champions League ..4-1 win at home to Inter. Counter attacked Barca ..outplayed them but like Real Madrid last season they score and we lose 1-0
Finish the month destroying Monaco away 4-0 having played on the counter.

Carabao Cup ..11 changes .....My 200th game in charge of ( Saints 144 ...England 56).....win 2-0 at Reading...Nketiah finally scores after 16hours

Oct 2022 .... a ridiculous 9 games

Premier WW( Ox 100th game ..10 changes made) D ( last minute Grealish equaliser) ..3rd vs 4th playing United ..as usual robbed at Old Trafford to a late a Rashford goal. Elsewhere Liverpool hit Arsenal for 7. Draw at Bournemouth with rotated squad before Monaco ....Draw and finally our first win in 5 games ...my English priority squad has not handled the rush of games as unable to sign enough top level players.

5th after 17 games ...Liverpool top having scored a ridiculous 52 goals so far

Champions league .. rested squad win 4-2 to top group with 2 games to go.
Carabao ..fully rotated squad beat Leeds

England stay 3rd in World Rankings ...never seems to change.....1 month until I pick World Cup Squad

Nov 2022 ...Dec 2022

Inter Milan ..end to end 5 goal thriller ...win 2-3 and qualify

World Cup Squad
Gk ..Butland /Gunn/Pickford
WIng Backs ..Trent AA /Trippier /Shaw/Chilwell
Centre Backs .. Stones /Holding/Gomez /Dier
Midfield ..Winks/Hughes /Cook/Foden /Alli/Grealish
Forwards .Sancho/Gray /Roberts /Kane /Sterling /Rashford

Fav Brazil 5-2 , France & Spain 3-1 , Argentina , Italy & England 4-1

Mbappe 5-1 ....Neymar 8-1 ....Kane 10-1 for Top Scorer and Top Player
Mbappe /Foden/de Ligt for Young Player award

Friendlies ..easy picks and countries I have yet to play

South Sudan ... Fringe players to get confidence boost ....Expected 5-0 win...Foden and Roberts shine.

Bangladesh ...Full squad change ..they all click ...16-0 ...Kane gets 6 ..lowest player rating 8.7...Record Win

Cambodia last warm up .. fringe players again and easy 8-0 win ... just about getting a happy confident squad.

First time I can recall ... no injuries in the run up or friendlies.


Croatia first up in the Group Stages ...Kane goal wins it 1-0 .....Mbappe starts with a hat trick in race for Golden Boot...

Ghana .... 3-1 ... Sterling gets 2

Milik gets 5 vs Qatar .. Mbappe 2 more

Oddly the draw for the Euros is made before the Ghana match ....Finland(52). Georgia(92) Luxembourg(138) Serbia (37)

Euro International sf draw ... Spain

Last Group game ..already through so rest squad ..Australia ...Stones gets his 75th cap ..Matt Ryan keeps us at bay until the hour mark ..two late goals see Croatia pip Ghana who were 2 minutes from holding on.

Colombia in 2nd Round who knocked out the Dutch in the group decider

Elsewhere Costa Rica knock out Germany in group decider

Round 2
Poland 1 vs Denmark 0
Brazil 3 vs USA 1
France 3 vs Senegal 2 ....Senegal had 2 sent off
Italy 0 vs Portugal 1.....scored in first minute
Belgium 0 vs Croatia 3 ....did not see that coming based on group games
England 3 vs Colombia 0 .... kept Foden in and inspired the victory ..Sterling /Foden/Kane score
Spain 2 vs Argentina 0 ... we get Spain in QF
Costa 2 vs Mexico 2 ... penalties win for Costa Rica

Brazil 2 vs Portugal 2 ...penalty win for Portugal
Poland 2 vs France 3
Croatia 3 vs Costa Rica ...aet
England 3 vs Spain 1 ... 1 down until the half hour mark ...Sterling low corners along the ground to outside the box and twice Sancho drills it home. Foden Forman hour sensational and gets a fine goal.

England move up to 2nd in World Rankings ... highest ever

France 2 vs Croatia 1 (aet) ...Madrid red card after 118mins ..France win it in 119th min
Portugal 3 vs England 5 ....
Brought Alli in for a tired Foden ...Alli scores .. Portugal score after 14 mins & 21 minsthen Alli & Sterling score in 44th & 45th min .. 3-2 up at half time.
Sub Grealish makes in 4 after 82 mins ... go Defensive ... so Portugal score again in 88th min before Grealish scores whilst playing very defensive in the 92nd min ..... France again in a final.

World Cup Final

Since I started as England Manager 1079 days ago ... I have played 65 matches but the French only twice .. both times to win the International League final
( 38 countries met with Spain & Albania ..four times each the most common foe)

3rd Place Playoff ... Croatia 1 vs Portugal 1 ... Croatia win on pens

Lemar out for the French..3 goals in last 3 games

The Final

Butland for Pickford and Trippier ahead of Trent with Alli getting nod over Foden

Mbappe and Pogba are carrying minor injuries and fitness levels down
Kane misses a 1 on 1 after 6 mins
Martial hits the post on 31 mins ... I change to cautious as giving up too many shots
Half time 0-0
Alli on 54 mins gives us the lead .... finishes Player of the Match
Trent /Cook & Shaw come on as subs as legs tire and Trippier on a yellow.
Shaw sets up Kane for the second and 56 years of hurt come to an end
England 2 vs France 0 .... WORLD CHAMPIONS 🏆

Now Ranked Number 1 in the World

Top Scorers

Mbappe & Milik with 5......Alli & Sterling got 4
Top Rated Mbappe ....Lewandowski(4 goals). Alli was 5th and Sterling 7th
Assists Sterling (6) Neymar (4) Guedes(4)
Headers Won Gomez 47 with Kane 3rd on 36

STERLING .. Winner of World Cup Best Player....4 goals and 6 assists
Mbappe ..Golden Boot
Dream Team includes ...Chilwell..Gomez..Sterling & Kane

Usual manager fallout after a competition with Spain & Italy bosses quitting..... Spain offer me the job....as do Brazil...

Back to normality ...player contracts and the Jan window ...how do I top winning a World Cup ... goals are now Confederation Cup as never won it playing FM and playing every country .. approx 166 to go

End the year away at Hull in the FA Cup ..4-1 win with back up squad

Bury and Ipswich sign my coaches as Managers.

Greenwood injured and loan likely to be terminated.

Mbappe names World Player of the Year.... has won nothing with France ... last trophy 2 years ago with Man City who have not been Top 3 for 3 years... don’t understand. Ronaldo 2nd and Messi 3rd also have little silverware so award makes no sense .

I won 3 cups if you include community shield ...United won the league ...Spurs won champions league ... not one player in the Top 3

Jan 2023

Draw 0-0 with Barcelona to top group..Valencia next in knock outs

Transfers ... very quiet from all clubs

Newcastle beaten in Carabao Cup...get Everton in SF..lose Dier & Ings ... 0-0 but win 4-2 on pens ..3rd successive Final and second against Utd.

FA Cup ..Millwall ...still no Dier or Ings ...comfortable 2-0 win

Premier ..Draw away at Spurs...Draw home to Liverpool ..I’m 15 pts off top and time to adjust tactics as just not scoring ..going more wing direct.

Stephens sold as unhappy with limited opportunities.
No purchases this window....City spend £93m ..

Premier .. new attacking tactic vs Arsenal ( battle of 5th vs 6th).. 1-0 win at home but 23-3 shots show an improvement

Feb 2023

Norwich (h)..21 shots and 2 goals by half time..34 shots and 5-0 at the end....still 5th
Chelsea (a..11th)....2 nil away win .. the new tactics are working
Burnley (h)..(16th)..Dier ignores stay on feet and gets straight red after 6 mins (.3 game ban). hang on for 0-0
Stoke (a)..bounce back from cup final loss ..Ings gets 2 and win 4-0
Brighton(h)..Cook scores two from outside the box ..gets his first hat trick ..win 4-1

FA Cup 5th Rnd (h) Brentford ...Dier dropped .Hrebeniak cup tied ..Richards played for U18’s ...Bennett’s gets injured after 20 mins and win 2-0
ECC (a) Valencia .. looked like a repeat of Madrid away last season but Ings gets the away goal. Win 3-1

My Cup dreams are now linked to Man Utd..drawn in the FA Cup and now its the Carabao Cup Final... Saints have one won of the last 11 meetings.

Repeat of last League game.. Rashford scores in 2nd half and United take the Cup Win 1-0
Young Jones makes his debut in the Final.

March 2023

Wolves away ..Gunn makes 150th league appearance...subs Jones and Grealish combine for the winner..drab 1-0

City draw and sack Manager whilst 5th with games in hand and still in Europa league

ECC Valencia 2nd leg ...Ward -Prowse set piece opens scoring .Grealish completes 2-0 win...agg 5-1

Spurs /Saints/Arsenal & Liverpool through with Utd 1-1 with away goal against PSG..and they do it 5 English clubs in last 8

Spurs vs United
Saints vs Porto
Bayern vs Arsenal
Atletico vs Liverpool

England squad to meet Luxembourg and Serbia ...two new teams will take me to 40 countries met..Kane out injured
Ings in as form better than Wilson .. 10 Saints in squad ..unsurprising as I have signed English only
Criticised for too many of my own but then questioned why no Ox in the team !
Sancho then gets injured ..Hudson-Odoi in.

First a QF FA Cup tie away at Man U ...Greenwood comes back to haunt us after his loan spell last season . Lose 1-0 for the third time this season to Man Utd in a row.

Luxembourg(h)..Hudson-Odoi scores 2 on debut and has 3 more disallowed ...Win 4-0

Serbia (a)...Alli scores twice on his 75th appearance ..lucky narrow 2-1 win...

Premier League .. 5 losses to Man Utd this season and this is the 4th time 1-0 in a row. Currently 4th but City level on points and two games in hand
Premier .. Ings inspired win at Villa .. fourth a possibility with City dropping points ..Spurs Top but United have games in hand.

April 2023

QF ECC ... Porto(H) ..win 3-0 ( elsewhere Bayern under new mgr recently sacked by Man City Tuchel beat Arsenal 3-0 and Atletico beat Liverpool also 3-0 ... Spurs take a slender 1-0 home advantage to old Trafford)

Premier ..Watford ..rotation needed for ECC 2nd leg .....they park the bus and held 0-0

ECC 2nd legs ...Porto score on the hour against run of play ..VAR pen missed by Ings ...I go defensive and they score another set piece .. lose 2-0 but through 3-2 on agg
Elsewhere Spurs draw to see off United
Bayern see off Arsenal and Atletico win at Anfield...weird how you get the game mirror real life on occasion
We get Spurs in the semi finals....based on this season pleased to avoid United

Premier ...City sack another manager ...Bournemouth for Saints..Lemina makes 175th appearance..Nketiah strike seals a narrow win.

Profits made in Premier ...Norwich ( bottom of league) tip with £47m ..only 7 clubs make a profit ..yes that includes Arsenal
Saints lost £13m just behind Liverpool
Stoke then Bournemouth bottom losing 46m or more
Managerless City away next ...They have no confidence lost 5 in a row and play like world beaters against me ..nice to see the FM cheating at its best..lose 2-1 ...elsewhere United hit 7 as they go 6 points clear at the top.
Leicester away ..Gray inspires win ...3-0
Everton away between ECC semis .. rotated squad see Bennett’s goal seal 1-0 win

ECC away to Spurs ... after my City rant I realise I tweaked tactics and left a great big hole for opposition to exploit

Tweak back worked and get vital away goal in 1-1 lucky 1-1 draw.

May 2023

ECC 2nd leg ... I have gone very defensive and hold what I have ...22-9 shots in my favour 6-3 on target and draw 0-0 to make our first ever Final !

We have played at Wembley all season whilst St.Marys expanded ...90000 watch this match .

Atletico win legs to see off Bayern.

City at home ends 1-1 but at least my tactics were better this time..Youngster Jones gets his first goal
Birmingham (a) .. Grealish starts against the old enemy and scores a cracker ..gets a 2nd in 4-1 win ...Ings 13 hrs with no goal
West Ham (h)win 2-0 ....Elsewhere..United retain the title to go with Carabao Cup & Community Shield
2 games left and 3 pts clear of 5th placed City... relegation threatened Newcastle next
Bertrand makes 275th appearance ... get 1-1 draw against 10 men

Transfer spends ..only Everton make a profit . Saints 2nd with 2.46m loss.
Wages to turnover ..Chelsea spend 63% ...Saints 19th 27%

Last Premier game ..1 point ahead of City in battle for 4th place...I forget to change my defensive set up for an hour .. var penalty gives Ings a chance ( 16 hours with no goal) and he doubles it shortly after ...City held at Bournemouth
Elsewhere Gerrard sacked as Burnley join Norwich and Birmingham being relegated.
Poch resigns from Spurs
Liverpool scores 104 goals ..25 more than anyone else but come 3rd......they do win the FA Cup against United

De Gea Golden Glove ....Gunn 3rd
Gunn names keeper for team of the year ...6 other United players in that squad .. but why not De Gea?
Top Scorers Jovic of City & Hazard with 20 ...favourite Kane 5th
Young Player ..bookies wrong again ...Ba (Stoke)

June 2023

Saints first ever Champions League Final ..hopefully Ings back in form at right time.

Griezman missing for Atletico ....Trippier back after injury ..Ramsay unlucky to miss out but going with experience

Lose 4-3 aet .... Gunn o.g 24 mins ...2 nil down bang on half time. Comeback to 2-1 ...Stones ignores stay on feet to get a staging red card (71mins) ...Ings gets penalty to level (84) ....91 mins they immediately score before another shot hits the post and goes in off Gunn for his second own goal ... Ward Prowse scores on 120 mins.
Looks like I was not meant to win this game.

June 2023

International League SF ...winners play Germany who saw off Italy

Sterling 100th cap .... Jones debut

30 mins gone and 5 up ..with Hudson Odoi 2 / Alli/Sterling & Rashford. Spain then go to 10 men on half time.
Hudson hat trick on the hour ..Stones from a corner for number 7 ..Sterling gets the 8th ..

I may not have been due to win the Champions League final against Spanish opposition but the game certainly wanted me to win this . 8-0 is ridiculous . Where were Koke and Williams awful ratings against Southampton when I needed them.

Spain beat Italy to take 3rd

Final vs Germany ...always a mystery match as I play with them all greyed out
1 down at half time ..go all out attack ...Sterling x 2 and Hudson seal the trophy
Three times Winners ... I love this tournament

Transfers... Relaxing my English only policy to keep squad in Top 4

United linked with Cook after taking Hughes last year...then Chelsea bid several times of 60m
Leicester pursue Hojberg for third year running
I bid for free agent Skipp as back up
Brighton want Gunn or Pickford...they get Pickford...so Everton bid for Gunn
I bid 70m for Rashford after United sign another striker...then Lukaku which is accepted for 61m
Free signing Nketiah leaves for Burnley
Bertrand pace fading so reluctantly let go after 10 years ..
Tagseth after successful loan joins Forest
Goldson wants more games .. goes to Brighton
Stoke want the Ox.
Ings stats dropping .. difficult decision ..goes to Valencia
Rangers sign Clarke & Bertrand...takeover money being splashed
Reserve keeper Lewis to Derby

Spurs offer me a job interview ... I am trying for the ten years at club award so decline it....Guardiola takes the job.

Trying to find a striker as Ings pace is going

Saints up 36 places to 35th in European Club rankings

Match day Revenue .. up to 4th after being at Wembley for the stadium upgrades earning 73m...Spurs Top 109m

Commercial income 7th with 53m Utd top with 93m

St Mary’s now holds 50240

Top Scorer ...Jovic / Lauwers / Wilson / Kane
Top Player ...Mbappe / Salah / Ascensio / Pogba
Young Player ....Ramsay /Foden / Jones / Tal

Tactics ..Going for my England 4-2-3-1

August 2023

Liverpool win community shield on pens

Transfer round up
United spend 103m on Felix and 82m on Ba.
Liverpool by French wonder kid Pottier for 69m
Saints 3 in and 17 out including loans ..73m spent and 112m received

I’m not going to give a game by game review going forward as time limited... just some key updates

100% start as I mix 4-2-3-1 and 4-2-4 formations ....Ward-Prowse makes 225th appearance

England squad injury ravaged .. Ramsay / Richards called up....lose Alli and Sancho in run up to matches

England vs Georgia ...Ramsay full debut ..Rashford 75th cap ..scores pen after 2 mins ..scores on 7mins and hat trick on 15 mins
Richards debut at 6-0 up ...Win 8-0 ..Rashford gets 4. Georgia have a player 4.7 rating

Finland vs England ..having played more games Finland are ahead of us in 2nd place in the group
A new country for me to play against
I make 9 changes ..wear them down to win 3-0

Premier League .. 4-2-3-1 destroys Liverpool and win 2-0 but should have been more .. change of tactic working ... they have gone more defensive this year and it’s Arsenal & Everton leading the charge.

Champions League is my 200th Saints game ..Barcelona awaits...Stones suspended ..Lascelles in.
2-2 ..still can not beat them ....but at least I scored this time
Lose away but Top Group after late win with rotation squad whilst Barcelona draw again with Dortmund .

200 games
Won 137 Win percentage 68%
Drawn 38
Lost 25
Scored 417
Against 167

England is 72 games ...63/5/4. 87% win..... 300 scored 44 against.

Beat West Ham ..Wilshere still playing and scores own goal ... I really thought he had retired .. but he’s played 150 matches in 6 seasons ... just wish with his talent that was really the case.

Ox plays 125th appearance League game in 5-0 hammering of Leicester.

Luxembourg (a) ...Tal injured and misses out after being called up...Dier 75th cap ...Rashford scores in 22sec ...Sessegnon debut ..Holding first England goal ..Greenwood debut as sub..Jones first England goal ...Win 7-0 and 3 Luxembourg players rate less than 6.

Serbia (h) .. Top two which will decide the group ...Kane misses 2nd min pen ..scores soon after..Sterling two more by h/t ..finishes 3-0 ... beat 2nd from bottom Georgia next and qualification complete ..30 games unbeaten run for us.

Elsewhere after France hit 9 ...Portugal beat Liechtenstein 18-0

Shaw makes 100th appearance vs Watford ..winning streak ends but 2-2 from 2 down keeps us top.

Basing my team around Grealish is working .. trying to get Foden in as he’s unhappy about his contract

Georgia vs England ..Tal makes debut ..and scores ...6-1 win and qualification
England vs Finland ..6-0 ..great end to the campaign.

Club philosophy changed as new tactics do not have as much possession .. added by younger players to training younger ones from youth set up.

Hojberg demands to leave .. I agree but not yet transfer window ... some squad moan about treatment,

Carabao Cup ..Lukaku scores “ Perfect first half hat trick”..win 4-0 with 38% possession..lose Sterling for 4 months from England squad

Premier game 18 .Top 2 ....United ..having lost last 5 ..can I at least score after losing last four one nil .....An improvement ..get a nil nil draw...United accused off constant fouling.

Game 19 totally outplay Chelsea away 6-21 shots .. and yet a VAR pen 13 sec before the end of extra time gives them a 3-2 win ...gutted.

Bounce back against Wolves and Trippier starts 100th league appearance...Grealish stars but injured again.

Jan window and I need a decent AMC.... Foden contract is running down !

Neymar wins World Player of the Year ... why ..winning Ligue 1 ...went out of Champions League in 1st knockouts and Brazil won nothing ..Lemar 2nd for winning a cup with Liverpool and runner up in World Cup...Hazard 3rd in a Chelsea/Belgium side who did nothing.
Rashford won the league ...winner in a cup and two international trophies ...makes no sense

Stones named a sub in team of the year ...3 Real and 3 PSG players ..Pogba only United player in squad

Jan 2024....Saints Top by 1 point

Bayern try to sign Foden on free so I bid 40m and land him ...was likely to be 128m from past scouting.

300 games in management up with easy win over League 2 Peterborough in FA Cup 3rd round .. Liverpool next.

Gunn moans I will not sell him to 3rd place Spurs who he says have better players ... placate him with end of season sale promise.

Hojberg wants away but turns down Bournemouth contract

Leeds Carabao Cup SF ...Foden cup tied ....1-0 away win

Foden scores on league debut ..in derby away win

17 yr old Althausen finally got ... been after him since he generated 2 seasons back

Highest league spenders and with Grealish going down with a Virus ! Gave me depth to cope ...Roberts also gets a Virus ... is this game linked to real life ... don’t recall virus before only colds /flu

Make another Carabao Cup Final 3 time in 4 years vs Man Utd
Lose FA Cup at home in 4th round to Liverpool but scape a 1-1 league draw at Anfield after and counter attack win at Spurs to stay 1 point clear after 26 games ... United are still unbeaten.

England maintain world ranking of First ⚽️

Champions League ...Lyon (a) ..2 down to win 4-2 ...Lukaku and Foden star. Win 4-2 at home ... Porto in QF

Carabao Cup Final ... Dreamland ... finally beat Man Utd .. 3-0 up by half time and Lukaku adds his second in 4-0 win.

Tal hits 5 at injury hit Everton but league is still tight with 3 pts in it....8 games left

March 2024 ..messed up two England friendlies by picking teams I have played before .. still on 40 countries played ... must learn to check and not rely on my old memory !

11 Southampton players in squad ...8 start vs Eritrea. Other 3 come on as subs

Ramsay gets first international goal. At 11-0 up and all subs made I lose 2 to injury ...Win 13-0 and they have 9 players with ratings of 5.5 or less.

Pointless mismatch but great for boosting squad harmony ready for the few tournaments I get to play .

Saints players rested for second game ... let’s knacker the other teams players and give me an edge in the league .
Klopp /Zidane & Guardiola of Spurs refuse to criticise.

Reiss-Nelson debut start ...and scores plus 4 assists.... Aaron’s debut as sub ....complacent attitude !

April 2024

6 Premier league games left .. nearly blow a 3 goal lead against Arsenal but hang on ..United in FA Cup action ..6pts clear .they have a game in hand and we play each other in game 37 .
Foden destroys Leeds as we move closer to the title ...can City de-rail Utd....No..but they do screw me as I’m held despite their awful form ..had beaten 10 man Newcastle before that game...United keep on winning.

36 games gone ..United still unbeaten on 94pts ..Saints 95pts ...Old Trafford showdown awaits..they had 1 less day to rest after playing twice in 3 days
United 1 up in 12 mins ..equalise on 31 mins ..go to balanced from positive and 2-1 up 49mins ...goal line clearance on 73 mins as we hang on ..Champions ...just as well as lost last game to Chelsea who again were outplayed but won.

Top 4 ...Saints / Utd / Liverpool / Spurs.......becoming the normal over last 4 seasons.
Guardiola sacked by Spurs
Villa join WBA and a woeful Newcastle in relegation.

Tal top scorer ... Jones best young player... 6xSaints 3xUtd and 2 xLiverpool make up Team of the Year

Roberts is fans player of the year ...Lukaku best signing .... I think Foden was better signing and Jones would have been my player.

Big changes needed to freshen up squad as 3 want to leave having achieved enough Gunn /Hojberg ( no one wants him until Leicester comeback in for the third year running) & Lemina.

Is this better than the first ...No ....that was a total surprise given the signings and squad ..Leicester like and built on solid defence
However this is based and seeing for 2 years Utd and Liverpool were better and changing squad and tactics ..albeit as a successful club the recruitment is easier. My best XI are all English and all played at International level which was the aim all those seasons back to improve the National squad.

Liverpool hit 111 goals for third .. Saints 97 is up from 69 last season ... we won the league with 78 goals last time.

Klopp joins Man City ... Why would he leave is beyond me...... Conte new manager

Champions League ..Porto ..Trippier injured but can use Dier who is banned in the league for 3 matches. Lukaku back for Tal .
At 1-1 the AI gives me an own goal and a Lukaku running by himself as Porto watch ..4-1 by half time. If this was the other way the lap top would have gone flying. 5 Porto players rated under 6. My lowest in 7.8 before subs. Win 7-1 . Agg9-5 after resting team in 2nd leg....Milan is semi finals.... Utd vs Liverpool in the other.
Utd 2 up in first leg .. Saints a goal down in 30secs at home ..lose 1-0
Going for it away .. need goals ...goal down in 6 mins ..2 down in 28 mins ..Var pen on half time kills us off ..Lukaku 51 mins consolation having gone all out attack..a game too far after the league exploits at Old Trafford... Champions League still eludes me.
Utd vs Milan for the trophy.... United make up for losing FA Cup again in the final to Liverpool to Win 3-1 vs Milan.

Mystery ... Top 4 Champions League 5th and 6th Europa ..7th Everton nothing and then 8th places City are Champions League !?

Profits ...United top 76m ...Saints 14th losing 9m
Wage turnover still good ..ranked 15th with 38%
The Ox gets a new contract .. reward for another great season

Southampton Euro ranking up to 14 to 21st.

Euro Championship Draw

England ... Holland ...Belgium...North Macedonia

International League Drawer

Germany and Wales.

Euros Squad...... England have youngest squad but most home based (22) and most international goals (301)

GK ... Pickford / Butland / Gunn
Fullbacks ... Trent AA / Ramsay / Chilwell / Sessegnon
Centre Backs .. Stones / Dier / Gomez / Holding
Midfield ... Hughes / Cook / Jones / Alli / Foden / Sancho / Hudson Odoi / Sterling / Roberts
Attack ... Rashford / Kane / Tal

Low key warm up .. just get goals and confidence up ... Kane gets 4 and Trent / Sancho 50th caps. Sessegnon first goal.

June 2024 ... Hosts Germany ... Holders ..England

Opening match France vs Bosnia .... 5-0 ...Pogba and Mbappe star.

England thrash Belgium 4-0 ....Sancho on 13 seconds ..2 more canx by VAR .. Odd selections and positions by Martinez ..after losing to Holland he is under pressure..they lose to North Macedonia

13 seconds breaks England record ( set 1947) ... Euro Championships (2020) ..both 17 seconds

Also new defensive record of 7 successive matches

Play well but struggle to finish in 2-0 win over North Macedonia ... Var pen for the second and another disallowed goal.

Holland vs England for Top Spot ...9 yellow cards as ref goes bonkers .. win 3-1 ..Rashford unlike Kane can score in the tournament ...Kane was smashing them in pre-tournament but can’t hit the target so far.
Jones missed this match suspended ... Dier misses the next vs Serbia

France ...Ireland ... Germany ..Swiss...Romania (3rd placed) ..Wales ..Croatia ..Serbia (3rd place) ..Italy ..Poland ..Portugal (3rd) ..Spain ..Denmark ..Ukraine(3rd) ..England ..Holland progress.
France /Germany / Italy & England all 100% from group games.

Kiss of death on Italy who go out to Holland. France see off Croatia and Ireland march past the Swiss.
Germany on pens over Portugal ..Ukraine surprise Wales ..Denmark battle past Poland.
England 1 - Serbia 1 ...win 5-4 on pens ... Should have been easy but late on Hughes passes straight to Jovic in front of goal ..Butland gets the blame on the commentary . Jovic misses the penalty. Given Serbia kicked us off the park they get 1 yellow card.
Romania shock Spain in last match of the 2nd round.

QF France vs Germany...shock 2-3 aet sees hosts through
Ireland vs England. 2 down after 54 mins as again Butland watches ball passed to their striker ..Kane inspires win.2-3 aet
Denmark vs Romania 2-1
Ukraine vs Holland ..... 1-2 as Holland come from behind.

Sf Denmark vs Holland 2-2 penalty win for Denmark
England vs Germany ..Cook suspended...which mystery German team will turn up ..Kane var pen after 12 mins ..Sancho after 29mins ...Humpenoder pulls one back on half time ...Sterling scores after the counter attack on 62 mins ..Humpenoder gets another on 65mins ..they hit post on 82 mins ...despite dominating that was another close run game.

Final England vs Denmark. .... a new nation for me to play ..number 46 out of 209.

They played extra time ..but 1 day longer off ... see who is fittest.

Half Time 0-0 ..Denmark playing two upfront in a 5-3-2...neither team have anyone rated above 6.8 as we boss the stats but no clear chances for either team. 4 players are nervous...i replace two of them Sterling /Gomez and immediately score through regen Jones ....sub Alli adds a second on 90mins...Kane rubs it in on 92 mins.

Back to back Euros... that should keep me in the job for a while longer.

Dream Team includes Chilwell, Stones, Ramsay , Jones & Kane ...two Danes , three French and a Dutchman.

Cook and Alli makes subs....alongside 5 more French players.

Lemar wins best player ..quarter finalist
Mionic best young player..Croatia didn’t make it past last 16
Pogba best goal
Depay gets Golden boot

July 2024

I have put the Euro win in the 2023 comments and start with transfer news .

During the Euros ... Jones signs new contract.....City sign Klopp and are tracking Ramsay for last 3 months

Trippier ..Lemina &. Hojberg gone ....Gunn wants away with Brighton only interested party so far .. youngster Vokes sold.

Leeds loan Bennett’s ..... I am going to try regen Borley as back up winger .. did well with Wales in Euros.

Bids for Mbappe and Rashford rejected.

Did get Garner from Utd due to Zidane liking me .

Sheffield Utd finally let me have the young English CB I wanted in Jan for less than January offer.

May keep Skipp as Cardiff loan went well last season.


I moaned about the stupid picks last season ... I am going to predict Lemar wins major player award... some one who came third with Liverpool and again only won an FA Cup...Mbappe 8th with City also in mix
Saints two trophies plus 9 players in Euro winning squad
Utd ..Champions League .. two x cup finals and league runners up with one loss all season.
None of these will win.


Going to check if per comments last season City who came 8th are really In Champions League.

Job Move .... Man Utd ..France job for Zidane and They want me ... agree to interview 11 days before Communtiy Shield ..get interviewed day before

Community Shield ... 1 up ...2-1 down ...Foden levels and Penalties

Southampton beat Liverpool 8-7 with newly resigned Calum Chambers getting the winner... both the famous Liverpool fullbacks miss. Saints second Shield win after 2021 victory.

On deadline day ... Man Utd offer me the job ....unlocks a trophy of dream job but seriously ..how can I put my stamp on it.

Saints gets 20m in compensation.

This will also give me a chance to play in the Super Cup and World Club ..trophies I’m yet to win on this save.

I know the youth set up is good ..I’ve been trying to sign them without success...sad I got Garner for Saints and now I’m here !

Tactics 4-1-4-1 was working here before so will initially stick with that.

Lingard in the reserves out to Leicester

I bid for Ramsay .. can’t let City have him now I’m gone from Saints and I have a fullback issue.
Also Dier for DM role
Both rejected

Meeting the squad ... Pogba as captain welcomes my experience ... complete opposite of job interview questions.

Not enough time to sign ...Gedson / Lopez and Upamecano in before I arrived

Out went Martial /Sarr/ Lingard / Garner and 5 others on transfers plus loans.

My United debut is away at Chelsea ... the team I lost both league matches too last season.

Former Saint ... Hughes gets the winner late on ...annoyed when l lost him .. glad he’s here now .

Next my first Super Cup and the answer to my City confusion ... they won the Europa League ... didn’t notice !...hence why eighth placed team in Champions League.

Early goal down but end up changing to 4-2-3-1 with Felix and two others back from International duty. Win 3-1

Saints next .. who appt France manager Jardim.... narrow 2-1 home win .. feel sad

2nd placed Leicester seen off next as go back Top. Chiesa and Ascensio have been sensational.

Destroy Liverpool 4-1 ..Pogba with a captains performance .... Conte tactics do not sort this Klopp side.

Gets better over a decent Fulham side with whole team performing in 8-1 win .. Ascensio and Chiesa are stunningly good ..Rashford yet to get going but converting the penalties ..Ba is in better form up front .. I didn’t buy at Saints due to injury record but so far good. North and Jones are decent regens I am integrating. The signings I inherited are very good. In jan window I want Ramsay as Dalot linked to PSG ... O Busquets will go as not wanting DM role. 4-2-3-1 working well.
Also get 8-2 win over Wolves ..both keepers make errors

Biggest transfer spenders were Simeone at Spurs and Chelsea again.

West Ham drawn in Carabao Cup...narrow win with rotated squad ..Birmingham next.

I get Barcelona again in Champions League .. can I win at last......Hughes get my first Champions league goal in 5-1 win over Kobenhaven. Dominate at Nou camp but held nil nil. Cska I drop points with 10 men ..group going to the wire.

England squad ... Sessegnon and Gunn put ... Da Silva and Richards in.

Germany vs England ...International League.....Having been thrashed by Wales the Germans are good against me and only a late Kane equaliser on his 100th appearance saves a draw ...Da Silva makes debut for an injured Chilwell.

Trying to get B team to work ... I have 5 players in there I did not put there and no team when I go to arrange friendly will play me.

Squad decimated before next double header .. lose Trent ,Butland , Sancho (Carrying illness) and Tal and then Ext day Kane and Ramsay.

First call up for North....he will start...sets up 2 goals

Stones 100th cap vs Wales...Wales set up 5-4-1 ...England 3 up in 9mins as The bus is breached ...Foden hat trick is his 20th goal Rashford as his 51st as 5 up on the hour ..Bring on Welshman Da Silva to rub it in ...ends 8-0 ..... Connor Roberts is rated 4.5 ..Ben Davies and Aaron Ramsay 5.2 ..two others 6 or less.

Now the lottery of Germany ...VAR double in 5 mins gives Rashford 2 goals ..Jones world beating free kick ..3-1 at full time

Noticed ....Odd signings ..Kyle Walker at Sheffield Weds ... no way a blade would have joined.

Next England squad ...American Samoa and Wales games .... Tal back..Rashford dropped on form ..Ramsay back for Aarons.

Rashford gets 2 as sub after being dropped ..hopefully the start of some form.

England vs American Samoa .. a new country to my aim of playing them all...Rotation of team as main squad for Wales game.
9-0 unsurprising win.... Tal gets 4 and Richards /North & Da Silva get more experience
Rashford back as Sterling picks up an injury

Wales do double over Germany ..need a point to ensure Topping group ...Germany relegated.
Spain and France already through. Italy despite defeat pip Portugal on Goals

Wales vs England ...Sancho on 22 mins as our fitter squad plié on the pressure ..Kane (29 mins 56mins) Roberts (32) wonder goal ..Foden (60mins) ..Garner (81mins) ... Ampadu scores again against me having scored for Wolves in last premier game b4 Internationals. Win 6-1 and through.

By December I am 14/14 in the league ...Saints 2nd & Bournemouth 3rd.

After seeing off Top 4 Spurs I go into the Derby confidently .. 2 nil down in 8 mins and after fighting back lose in the last 5 mins as Klopp gets the better of me ( they lose 5-1 to mid table Chelsea next match and gets sacked ).

World Club Squad picked with Lindelof / Gomes missed out .. aiming to prune fringe members in Jan window and try to get RB and AMR as Chiesa was missing for a month and lack cover.
Use weaker squad to beat Atlanta Utd before the surprise of Meeting Al Shabab who beat SAN .
Win the final with my fitter squad easily .. 3-0. Matches one of the boards expectations .

Jet lag affects next match back ..92nd min winner spares my blushes. 0-0 next up as fitness struggles kick in.
Italy in SF of International League ...a new country as surprisingly not met them yet.
World Cup group for 2025 drawn with Romania the only threat.

Confed Cup draw ... Argentina , Canada and China

Transfer window looms with Barcelona linked to both my strikers ...Chelsea want both my wingers.
Pochettino at Real Madrid after Rashford and one other.
PSG offer 141m for Chiesa..he sulks when it’s rejected despite dynamics stating he loves being at United etc

Mbappe wins Footballer of the Year from Foden and Lemar ...
de Gea wins Keeper
Foden in World Team and Dias for Utd

I want to trim squad by 3 overall. Wages 4.611 mill

Jan 2025
Top Man Utd 49 Liverpool 46 Saints 45 Arsenal & Spurs 42 Bournemouth 39

Foden inducted into England team of season with 10 goals and 7.83avg rating ... should have been player of the year not Mbappe for me.

Pogba reaches 275th appearance for the club ...Saints spoil it as another below par effort sees a 2-1 loss.

Heymans signed to cover right wing ...Chiesa leaves for 150 mill after initial 141 mill was rejected...New English transfer record.
Saints spend 109m on Prades from Barcelona

Rashford Scores in win over Liverpool ...his 300th appearance. DevGea reaches 475 league appearances against Everton.

I have rotated a cup team with My top XI used in league side until Carabao cup final ...want the win and my top side hammer Spurs in 5-1 win ....was 1-1 until 43mins.

Champions League has Rashford destroying Marseille in home 2nd leg ... English sides are dominating again.

With injuries mounting I’m playing my weaker cup side against Saints in FA Cup QF. Win 2-1 with two U23’s making debuts and another only his second appearance.

Persuade Luis Francisco to choose England over Brazil but not in time for the Cyprus and Romania World Cup qualifiers.

England vs Cyprus ...Kane with 84th goal (102 games) sets us on our way in opening fixture Sterling nets 60th ( 119 games) ..Kane gets another ...easy 3-0 win. ( Kane has gone 17 games for Spurs without scoring )

50 games unbeaten .... forgot we were on such an impressive run.

England U20 win Elite League for 3rd time in 5 years... Germany have 3 in last 7 years

Romania vs England .. narrow 3-1 win ..Sancho scores on birthday and Sterling nets again...3 months until the Italy semi final match.

That is 2 more new countries played.

As I move near to the title and Champions League place obtained ..board set a transfer budget of 413m

Wolves host my 400th game as a manager ..rotation needed before FA Cup semi final....Dull 0-0..13 pts clear with 6 games left

Win semi final and subsequent first leg at A. Madrid 3-2 ... Only 3 of 5 English teams win first leg matches .

I am for the first time I remember playing a chance to win the title in a derby match ..a draw with goal difference will probably do to pip Saints after Liverpool lost the Merseyside Derby and are a point further back.

City have gone 442 .. Dull match until VAR pen on 37 mins which Rashford converts. 71 mins Rashford doubles the lead and Ba seals it on 88 mins ..dream result ...Old Trafford goes wild..

Now 17th on Hall of Fame list

Relegation 2 pts covers bottom 5 with 4 games left

Profits ..United 3rd 64m behind Arsenal and Leicester ... Spurs bottom losing 105m

I go Cautious to see off A.Madrid .... VAR denies them a penalty on the hour ..but on 69 mins they counter attack and score ..Ba on as sub scores to draw level ..win 4-3 on agg .... down to Oblak giving the ball away in own penalty area in the away fixture.
Liverpool fail to overcome PSG but Saints do against Bayern to join us and Spurs...Yes I get Saints again !

I’m going to use youngsters to keep squad fit in the league as I could clean sweep the the competitions which would be a first on this save.
Youngsters come behind against relegation threatened Burnley ..3 make debuts another gets his first goal. Bacon at 15 Yrs 261 days becomes youngster ever player....lose next two games but squad for fit for semi finals.
U23 team win league and a International cup And semi finals of checkatrade.....U18 were 2nd and won a cup.

Win first leg 2-1 away with .... Rashford dominates at Old Trafford but 5-4 classic as 7 goals in second half leaves result in the balance until last kick.
PSG ahead over a Spurs and finish the job to win 4-1 on agg

Premier Places ..United /Saints/Liverpool/Spurs. Relegated Burnley / Brighton/Fulham. United score 100 goals , Saints 88 but Conte is more reserved than Klopp and they drop too 63.
Arsenal and Bournemouth get Europa League
Chelsea (8th) needed to win FA Cup ..losing sees City (7th) get Europa and Allegri sacked.
34 players used is most of all teams.

Premier Awards
Asensio new high League rating of 7.88 in 32 games get Player Player & Footballer of the Year
Tal 26 goals easily clear of Rashford & Asensio with 17 for Golden Boot
De Gea gets Golden Glove for 4th year in a row with Strakhosa second for 4th year
I get Manager for 3/5 years ..Zidane had the other 2
Team of year 8 United 2 Saints and 1 Bournemouth

United made a profit in transfers due Chiesa and no summer window for me...Saints spent 164m

FA Cup vs Chelsea
..Chelsea lose Sane...Pogba fitness test
Chelsea lose Casemiro on day of game...Hazard not in team.
1 up on the counter attack in 7 mins .(Fernandes) 2 up fromAsensio free kick after 17 mins as 2-0 half time
Second half change to balanced from positive .. Emerson pulls one back on 51 mins ..Heymans on 70 mins 3-1

The clean sweep still on ....just PSG and Chiesa to overcome.

RECAP of Winners
Who has won what since I started save in 2018

Premier. FA Cup. Carabao Cup. Champions League. Europa World Club
18/19. City. Liverpool. Liverpool City. Chelsea SAN
19/20. Spurs. Utd. Leicester. City Roma. City
20/21. Saints. Stoke. Utd. A.Madrid. OM City
21/22 Utd. Saints. Saints. Spurs. Inter. A.Madrid
22/23. Utd. Liverpool. Utd. A.Madrid. Dortmund. Not played
23/24. Saints. Liverpool Saints. Utd. City A.Madrid
24/25. Utd Utd. Utd . .Inter Utd

In 7 seasons Barcelona no finals or trophies ...Real 1 final in 19/20
Arsenal 1 Carabao final & 2 Europa

Champions League ..This for the clean sweep ( including Community Shield with Saints) .....Only just realised the final is at Old Trafford .
Dybala scores first before Fernandes equalisers and 1-1 at half time. Heymans makes it 2-1 on 47 mins before Dybala hits posts twice and has a one on one ...Rashford seals it in the 81st min And it’s my first Champions League of this save.
Rashford wins Golden Boot
8 players in Champions Team of year ..2 PSG and 1 Saints.
De Gea / North /Asensio and Rashford win individual awards.
Asensio pips Dybala and Neymar for best in Europe


Francisco gets first call up as does Halom of West Ham

My top 3 most experienced players Sterling / Stones & Kane all still there and performing.

England vs Italy semi final ... Old guard all picked and Sterling opens the scoring. As with the Champions League final I’m against Chiesa who is out of positioning as a ML ... Francisco makes debut as sub. Both teams hit the post before Foden seals it.

Final against Spain who popped France on penalties...Sancho injured as we ended up with 10 men for last 10 mins.

4th International League Final appearance

Sancho passes fitness test and starts
Kane who was questioned after the semi final opens the scoring from a Sterling pass. Spain hit the post. Sancho subbed after an average effort .. Ceballos equalises with 5 mins to go .. sub Rashford counters to set up Kane in the 91st ..And the trophy is ours again

Kane is now 105 caps and 87 goals and I often rest him for the low ranked friendlies.

Friendly vs Algeria and time to see the youngsters I drafted

July 2025

England vs Algeria ... Inexperienced squad rise to the challenge against a decent Algeria (47th) team ..5-0
England vs CAR ... Tal hat trick in 27mins ..North & Francisco get debut goals ..6-0

Next up Confed Cup

England(1) vs Argentina (4) Messi last tournament before retiring in October... Will by my 100th game as England mgr and Butland set for 50th cap...playing at my American Football Team ..The Redskins Fedex.
Kane has one disallowed , Sterling hits crossbar 3 times..before he sets up Kane(25mins)..one sided first half. Argentina score twice in 2 mins with there only shots (74/76 mins)before Kane (88)scores late from the penalty spot.
I risk banning by criticising ref..get a warning.
China by Canada 6-3 in other match.
Argentina by Canada 2-0 ..Takes 69 mins to break down China ..Rashford as sub involved in two and Sterling seals 3-0
Eng vs Canada ..Kane (7) Sancho(78) ..laboured 2-0 win ..Argentina top group after 5-0 vs China.
Other Group sees NZ beat Ivory Coast and USA draw with Denmark.. USA by NZ Denmark by Ivory Coast.. USA & Denmark seal wins to progress in last group matches.

SF England vs hosts USA ..Kane scores after one sided but drab first half...USA level late on behalf an own goal with 2 mins of extra time left gives England a win and first final of the Confed Cup ( Denmark but Argentina 1-0)
Sterling breaks cap record with his 126th...he has been the best right midfielder throughout this save.
USA by Argentina on pens for 3rd place.
Final... Denmark lead on 10 mins ..lead at half time...Kane misses pen on 50mins ..despite dominating the stats it is Denmark who lift the trophy .
Press reaction to a tournament never won and despite being World /European & International league holders is negative and FA only just let me keep my job .


United up 3 to Top European club.

Not sure how to improve on a perfect season. Want more English but who do they replace .

Arsenal offer 77m for Back up winger Guedes ..he rejects them and wants to fight for place.
PSG offer 78m for Pogba...his agent wants the move....comeback in for 90m
Lopez sold with Henderson bid for to replace with a home grown...West Ham outbid me with silly bid.
Borisov bid for ..Guardiola at A.Madrid fallen out with player...PSG trying to hijack deal...his work permit rejected..appeal works
PSG bid for Rashford ...92m
Gaillardo sold ...bid for Shaw at 21m ..Saints want 62m
Grealish released so I approach on a free...Hazard available but his pace has gone.
Barcelona and Bayern want Ba.
Arsenal making multiple large bids for De Gea... I refuse and give a new contract.

United Top matchday income ...more than bottom 7 clubs combined.

Althausen signed at end of next season to allow development.

United 5-2 fav ..Saints ...Spurs ..Liverpool ...City
Young player is between 3 United and 3 Saints players per the bookies.

Going to limit commentary to key awards/games/transfers and Internationals.

Community Shield vs Saints ... Felix 45+1mins .. Rashford misses pen ..Asensio 62 mins ..Felix has pen saved ..Win 2-0

Euro Super Cup ..Thrash Inter 4-0 .... 3-0 before they went to 10 men.... all round great performance .

Top Transfer Spenders .. Southampton 223m. Spurs 195m. Chelsea 191m

Commercial Income ..City with Utd 4th and Saints 5th

England vs Slovenia ..Tal and .Kane out Injured Chilwell suspended...Aly Khalifa first call up and comes on as sub.
5-0 ...Sterling x2 ...Sancho ...og....Dier. Comfortable win.

Georgia vs England ... Chilwell 50th appearance.....Francisco ....Dier ...Alli (pen) ... 3-0 win.

Cyprus and Romania seen off next as Rashford makes 100th appearance and Kane back after injury ..Tal still out.

Slovenia and Georgia to finish World Cup Qualification

Kane & Sterling from my original squad in 2018 both score to get the points needed.
I fully swap the squad for the dead game and hammer Georgia 11-0 with Rashford having a hat trick by the 9th minute. Tal also gets a hat trick and even Dier gets his 10th International goal.
Khalifa gets first International goal ... 91 more to catch Kane
Top Scorers in National Pool
Kane 92 (113 caps)
Sterling 67 ( 130)
Rashford 61 (101)
Sancho 38 (68)
Alli 37 (103)
Foden 23 (54)

Hudson-Odoi has 20 in 26 but his youth figures are. Record 35 in 30 U21 games

Lost to Liverpool and City away to annoyance of board

World Cup Draw...hosts USA and Canada ..holders England 🥇

Group England ( Rank 1 ). DR Congo (20th) and Peru ( 51st)

Finally have a Player win World Golden Ball...Asensio with Rashford 2nd.🏅🥈 They also were the Top 2 for World Player of the Year.

However Neymar wins Footballer of the Year ..by 5 pts from Asensio who scored more , assisted more , avg more and won more.

De Gea 🥉 for Keeper of the Year

At 1/1/26 ...United played one game less but 1 point ahead of Liverpool/Spurs and Saints ... losing to Leeds has made it very tight.

Try to sign Da Silva as cover ..8m but Villa whack up price to 21m.

Sessegnon signed from Spurs
I want Foden but Saints not letting go.

Reach 100 games as United manager with a trip to Wolves (Jan 2026)

Won 84 D8 L8

Double header with lowly Caribbean sides ... chance to bring in some youngsters

Aruba demolished 9-0 as my new players blend with experience . Rashford (5) & Tal (4) Follows there 4/3 goals last game
Hrebeniak (start) Codling ( sub)
Six players in squad 21 or younger

Antigua & Barbuda next ...Greenwood & Hrebeniak get 1st International goal ..Rashford two more in 6-0 win.

Premier league almost won after 30 games with stupid defensive errors from West Ham and Chelsea gifting Rashford goals and giving me wins ... but soon levels up In 50 mins after going 4-0 down ( 3 giveaways to concede) in ECC to Real Madrid ..even miss one of two pens....and dominating all the stats.
Took out my frustration by thrashing City ..albeit with no Mbappe fit.

Most Profitable teams ...Arsenal (80m) with Utd 4th (27m) ..Southampton worst with loss of (64m)
Transfer Spend Saints 199m Arsenal 163m Spurs 136m ...United made a profit of 39m

2nd leg .. goalkeeper howler for 1 down ..(1-5agg) ..pull 3 back by 48mins (4-5) ..but comeback stops there and we are out.

Record gate receipts of 3.3m

No new contract offered yet ... maybe on my way out... title decider with 2nd place Spurs next..end Spurs 17 game unbeaten run with come from behind win ...Champions

A record 105 league goals ...4 games left is a new record.... will be rotating to keep squad fit for Cup Final.
2 games left of league and finally board want to discuss contract

New 4 yr contract ...break 101pts ... scored 113 goals

Utd/Spurs/Saints/Liverpool .... Cardiff/Wolves /Blackburn relegated

Utd 18’s win their league .. some interesting talent to bring through

Footballer of Year & Players Player of the Year.....Asensio
Top Scorer .....Rashford
Young Player ...Borisov
Keeper ..Alison with De Gea 2nd
Team of Year 10/11 from Utd
Best Player in Europe ..Asensio ... Rashford and oddly Mbappe

Prior to World Cup ...the draw for the International League ...draw Norway and Poland.

World Cup ...16 groups of 3 teams. Across USA /Canada & Mexico

Saudi Arabia only homegrown squad. 7 squads all play abroad including Argentina.
China have youngest squad
England most goals (396) ..although Kane injured in run up to Bahamas friendly....Greenwood hits 1st half hat trick ..Rashford gets 2 ( 4 games in a row).
Bahrain next as I maintain low key matches to meep fitness up for tournament ..( Gomez 100th cap and he scores ) Rashford scores again ..Greenwood another hat trick.

World Cup - Starts 5th June 2026 ... Starting new comments for 26/27 Season

Transfer window 9/6/26 .. Going to clear out U23 squad and look for more English players as squad needs an overhaul.. main target Khalifa from PSG ... PSG/Barca / Arsenal & Leicester linked with half my squad.
Althausen and Garner join from Saints per Jan window signings for end of season.

Rashford gets European Golden Boot Ahead of Asensio and transfer target Khalifa

England vs DRC (14/6/26) ..Rashford gets us Off to a flyer after 3mins ..Greenwood (24 mins) ..2-0 half time. Alli on as sub gets a late third ..credit the keeper who faced 20 shots on target. 3-0 and a solid start.

No shocks In other groups ... Mali beat Scotland but are 18 places higher in rankings

England vs Peru ...Rashford (pen 7mins)(54mins) ...2-0 and no injuries

DRC (19th) follow rankings to see off Peru (57th)

2nd Rnd sees Senegal vs England ..Sancho(4mins) NDiaye levels ..Sancho(49) Rashford(60) Kane(66) 4-1 Win Sancho stars on his 75th cap.

Rashford 8 game scoring streak

First shock as Swiss 15th overcome Germany ranked 6th Nigeria see off Mexico but both teams closely ranked. As was Ukraine beating DRC . USA beat Spain but were higher ranked.

Croatia score new quickest goal in 18 sec...Sukur and Robson from old tournaments would disagree with this.

3rd Round gets Portugal ..tough tie as I have a number of the squad in my Utd side .

5 United players in Portugal team....Sterling (2 mins) .Narrow 1-0 win

Brazil who I have not beaten before next in QF

Rashford pen (55 mins) confirms our superior play in the first hour ..Sterling (70) settles it ..Kane(80) adds to his earlier assist , Sessegnon goal disallowed but Foden (86j wraps up victory over the international side I like least IRL.

SF ..Holland (9j vs England (1) Plus France (2)vs Croatia (6). 4 Top 10 ranked sides Through with England having had to beat two in the top 5.

Kane in for tired Rashford ... Sancho goal disallowed by VAR (9) ..Possession all Holland ..shots all England ..0-0 half time.

Subs on Khalifa for Kane and he sets up Man of the Match Sterling (75) ...just after Chong missed a sitter ..Stones (86) from a set piece seals it.

France beat Croatia with a extra time pen from Pogba (117) ..almost survived having 10 men for last 26 mins( were 2-1 up)

Top Two to face off again.

More rest and they played extra time ... fitness advantage with England.

Mbappe shoved on the wing ( injured after 50 mins) and recent PSG signing from Utd Ba makes a sub appearance

Foden latches onto Sancho pass to open scoring after 15 mins ... 1-0 half time
Rashford hunt for top scorer aided by a goal (52) and secures it (72) as sub Greenwood feeds him. Foden adds (82) , moment of history as Rashford (91) does a Sir Geoff and gets a Hat Trick.
5-0 ... my best win over Zidane.

Kane retires as Captain ... but still available.

Winning Team 2026. 4-2-3-1 Positive
Butland (Stoke)
Ramsay (Saints)
Stones ( Saints)
Gomez ( Liverpool)
Chilwell ( Arsenal)
Jones ( Saints)
Cook ( Saints)
Sterling ( Man City)
Foden ( Saints)
Sancho ( Spurs)
Rashford ( Man Utd)

Greenwood ( Man Utd)
Dier (Saints)
North ( Man Utd)

Man Utd ... Friendly tour of China ... scarily first game is Wuhan !

Transfer window busy as I clear out squad ready to rebuild.

Game 499 of my overall career .... Beat 9 man Spurs in Community Shield.

Game 500 Premiership opened vs Liverpool (They have the most expensive £110m signing Jose Ferraz up front) Joint 2nd to a UK club behind Mbappe who was £153m

New club Capt Tierney makes 200th League appearance

Rashford misses penalty and despite dominating need a Gedson Fernandes Equaliser to salvage a point.

500 games (England / Saints / United). Won 394 Drawn 60 Lost 46 scored 1435 conceded 362 Cups 23 Leagues 4

Next International is Norway away in International League .. they were stubborn opponents lasts time
Decision on Kane ..pace going but he is 6 shy of the 100 international goals.

My best XI looking tired after World Cup and Community Shield / Premier opener ... full rotation needs at club and bottom side
Brentford is ideal..except goal down early and need Khalifa first United goal at half time. Danny Jones set up both Khalifa goals and scored himself in MoM performance and is knocking on International call up to vie with Gomez. Michael Jones at 16yr makes debut at left back after scouting Championship found him in Blackburn academy.

Commercial Income ..Utd (108m) City (104) Arsenal/Spurs/Liverpool/Saints /Chelsea well clear of the rest.
Premier League top spenders in transfer window by 1 billion from La Liga . Utd (239m) Saints (186) Arsenal (181). Madrid & Barcelona both 200+

International League
Norway(a) ...Drew this fixture last time and were lucky to get that .
Vino Jones makes 50th appearance ..Scores Direct freekick after 3 mins ..Rashford (44) and Sancho has had one disallowed as World Cup winning Team continue their winning ways at half time.
Sterling sets up Rashford again . Nice 3-0 start to the group.

Iraq friendly .. full rotation and Trent is captain. Youthful team doing well as 4 up by half time. Khalifa / /Tal / Garner / Greenwood.
Tal completes perfect hat trick as Utd / Saints players get all the goals in 8-0 win. Hrebeniak other scorer

31 United players on international duty across the 3 squads

Young squad sees Kane (118 caps and 94 goals) still not recalled for Barbados (127) Poland( 23) and Burkina Faso (71)

Sterling ( 140 caps and 70 goals) injured and Stones ( 124 caps and 9 goals) dropped due to lack of playing time and pace drop ..

Top 3 appearance holders in squad out but 4 more left with 100 caps or more...D Jones gets first call up

England vs Barbados ..Jones debut paired with Hrebeniak on 6 caps at centre back ..8/11 have 20 caps or less as I build a squad.

Hrebeniak (6) from a corner North(28) Using outside of left foot from right back ...and 2 nil half time.
6 subs at the hour mark ... 7 complacent or disinterested players including debutant Jones .
Sancho (87) but only 3-0 from 38 shots.

66 Countries I have now played.
Country 67 is Poland ( International League) .. brought back more experienced players and 5-0 up by half time and 8-0 at the end.

Rashford (4) Foden (2) Sancho and Jones were all 9+ ratings with goals and avg over 9 for whole team. Sancho and Rashford Combining were unplayable.

Country 68 on my attempt to play them all is Burkina Faso. Slow start and Trent AA pen only goal at half time. Subs improve performance as 3 late goals see a comfortable 4-0 win. V Jones scores a world class volley .

World Rankings at 13/10/26.
8.Germany ... now seeing regen players in the team and not just greyed out players.

Others ....Italy 11 .Belgium 27. Wales 33 .. Eire 43 ..Scotland 50 and N Ireland 70. San Marino bottom of ranked sides in 211th and there are 16 non ranked sides with no points.

Sterling returns but no Kane despite being fit as we beat Norway 4-0 at home. Foden Sterling (2) Rashford. Qualification secured before the final match against Poland.

Hrebeniak suspended and Sancho out for 6 months after cruciate ligament injury early in the match.

Poland last ..chance for a record 9 game unbeaten in the International League..Rashford has 25 goals this international season so far.

0-0 (ht) .. different match to 8-0 drubbing last time. 1-1 by the hour mark ..Foden opened the scoring with our only decent piece of play....Glad to get a draw at the final whistle.

Nov 2026 .. draw for Euro Quals drawn
England (1) Holland (7) Scotland (52) Kosovo (82) Armenia (104)

Highlight is Scotland for me .. love a derby ...... which comes true next match as United hammer City 6-0 ( Rashford hat trick)

4 United players in the World Footballer of the Year list . Asensio. Borisov. Fernandes. Rashford

Dec 2026 sees Benitez (Arsenal 11th) and Simeone ( Spurs 6th) sacked....and yes my next two games are Spurs/Arsenal both won by goals from Asensio..should retain World Player title. ( Asensio passed 100 goals for the club in all comps)

Sure Enough ... Marco Asensio ... World Player/ Golden Ball Winner ( Martinez PSG 2nd and Borisov 3rd)

Footballer of the Year ...Asensio. Mbappe . Borisov

Rashford hits his 150th league goal for United .....PSG bid 68m with 32m add ons

Jan 2027 .. City spend most (192m) in Europe ( new 93m striker Khellaf) ... We sell biggest (Premier) 83m Francisco and Atletico sell 2 big stars including Khellaf to rake in £260m

3 youngsters out on loan to gain higher level experience ( Fulham and Glasgow Rangers)

United have set A new defensive record of 15 clean sheets in The Premier League ( have conceded in cups in between ) next up second place Saints.

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