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I take on my biggest challenge and join Aberdeen… no trophies in 6 years and no team outside of Rangers or Celtic have won the league since 84/85.
Both United and PSG have had the dons as a feeder team so hoping to get loans to offset lack of budget.
3rd biggest stadium but finished 6th last season 38 pts off top spot. Ranked behind Hibs who won a cup final / Motherwell / St Johnstone who made a cup final and both Glasgow clubs .
Will look out for an international team as World Cup tends to see many vacancies…forgot to apply and 10 teams went to 1 in 5 days.
Opening league fixture ..home to Dundee Utd .
Board expect Top Half finish and QF performances in both cups.
Players want European football.
Sold ….Reed (35yrs and on 3.3k) frees up wages and budget in kitty boosted.
Monteiro (30 yrs on 7.5k) ..this gives me scope to sign a player…until 2 signings made before I joined arrived on 1/7/30
4 went before I arrived .
Turton poached by former manager McInnes to Millwall.
In .. 3 free signings b4 I joined
…. I arrange for 4 loan signings using my favourite status with young players from Utd and PSG who i had set up feeder status with over the years…this allows me to keep budget under control and move on older players with limited pace and higher wages.
4-2-3-1 set as my tactic …. lacking a defence minded midfielder and 1 wing back.
Win opening friendly 10-0 vs Cambridge City
Free signing Prunty from Celtic out of 2 months and has an attitude when speaking too him.
my loan signings are :
BBM .. Bruyninckx ( 21) … no league appearances for United ..had a good loan spell under me at Rochdale
and had 3 cup games under my management.
AMR …Perkovic (19) … no appearances for United
AMC …Palmer (18) ..( 1 cup and 3 sub appearances)
Striker ..Ithurralde ..made his debut under me at PSG as 3rd choice striker ..6 sub appearances
Free loans from link up only way to stay in budget … I could spend but have no wage cap left.
i think a cup run and top half is possible with these signings.
Betfred Cup sees my Aberdeen debut vs Cowdenbeath…Perkovic (8) with my first goal..Win 4-0 with 3 loan signings and a free transfer on as sub getting the goals.
11 changes for Montrose …Win 3 -0 and some depth in squad shown.
Rotate back for Dunfermline and Palmer gets his first goals. Win 6-0
11 changes again for Stirling Albion ..Win 5-0
Next …Hamilton from championship in last 16 ( Neil Lennon ..another former Aberdeen mgr)
St.Johnstone next and board expectation met of a QF….lead twice but go out on penalties after a 3-3 thriller.
St.Johnstone match real life today (beating Livingston 28/2/21) by beating Rangers on pens ( 1st Dec 30).
Having those initial 4 competitive matches pre the league has been very useful to sort out a 22 man squad.
in the World Cup England beat Uruguay 6-0 in the semi final ! ….Italy next.
England aet to retain the World Cup I won in 2022/2026
Pep takes charge of Olympic Lyon.
Perkovic early form makes him favourite to be best player & young player… other 5 from the Big 2 for top player……I think they are wrong.
St.Mirren manager says we will be relegated … the rivalries have started .
Livingston Mgr Moyes says the same after 8 games with Aberdeen top on 19pts and Livingston bottom with 1 !!
Sell out for Dundee Utd ….quizzed why Aberdeen lose opening fixture regularly .
1min 50 seconds to open the scoring ( Ithurrade) ..Perkovic (12) as my league campaign starts like a dream.
89 min goal for Dundee Utd but we hang on.( Aberdeen had no wins in last 7 league matches).
Hearts look to break their transfer record with a £1 mill bid for McKenzie
St.Mirren next in manager grudge match ..( Kennedy was Aberdeen mgr for 1 yr before being sacked in 2028)
Come from 1-0 to win 4-1 …looking forward to the press conference .
Yohan Benard offered by agent for loan by PSG … with injuries striking I accept. ( i gave him his PSG debut and another as sub )
Young Icelandic left back signed as Prunty keeps getting injured….Only signing to cost money £12.5k
Great Start ends … despite 61% possession hammered 3-0 at Ibrox….Rangers go top. Celtic go top a few games later after also taking their chances to win 3-0.
5 key players now injured as we struggle stay in the Top 4 after 13 matches. ( Hearts up their ). Celtic unbeaten….get some back but lose 2 more.
Dec 2030 ….. My transfer budget is 1.34m and I have 7.79k wages available.
The press are saying do I wish to buy Perkovic …value £26m and on £60k !
Gone defensive for Rangers at home ….they are 8 pts behind in third …seems it’s onply us that can’t beat them currently ….Ithurralde scores on the hour …Palmer against the run of play adds a late 2nd and finally I beat a Glasgow giant.
Back to earth as Kilmarnock outplay my tired and injury deprived squad.
With the transfer window approaching 3 players have said they want new challenges …Jan will be busy .
21/12/21 and Celtic finally lose (Hibs) in their 18th match ..we close the gap to 1pt but played a game more.
Game 800 as a manger vs St.Johnstone who I wanted to manage but the job wasn’t available.
Played 799 Won 636 Drawn 90 Lost 73. For 2275. Against 526. Leagues 8. Cups 34. Win 2-0
Rangers beat Celtic … 20 games gone and 1 pt gap still but level on games played.
Game 21 ..home to Celtic …go defensive again as I did to beat Rangers ..Palmer pen after half time gives me hope of a famous win … but not to be and a late equaliser stops the Dons being top as 2031 starts.
Transfer window :
Liveston bid from Hamilton (gk)below value and rejected ( have promised to sell ! )…Barnsley bid 275k
Edwards goes to Charlton.
2 players bid For by Hamilton as less than 6 months on contracts.
Stoke after Coyle ( injury prone no1 keeper)…that could be both Keepers taken as both want a move now.
Blackburn come in with promised amount bid so Im left hoping my number 3 keeper can step up.
Free signing Steven Evans in …fans underwhelmed.( replaces Edwards)
Sign Vural with 5 months on contract left for 57k ( I gave him his debut 3 yrs ago) but frozen out at United ever since I left. Cover for midfield.
Loan for Bernard converted to a buy…free up a loan spot.
Sign Dutton ..makes his professional debut as sub in 2-2 draw at Hibs.
Vural / Evans and reserve keeper Simeri make debuts in come from behind revenge cup win over St.Johnstone.
Draw to let Celtic go 5 pts clear .. they lose to Rangers but from 2-0 can not hold on when injuries leave us 10 against Ayr .. 4 instead of 2 pts behind.
Robbed vs Hearts of a goal …drawn 5 of last 6 matches ..Celtic 6 clear after 26 matches
Press ask why I’ve used 28 players ……constant injuries ..2 more vs Hearts.
Hamilton again in the other cup competition ….( Lennon has been sacked) ..Won 3-0 16yr old Baxter makes his debut at Centre Back / Scott 18yr old makes debut in Goal.
3 injured away to Rangers ..go down 2 nil and drop to third …Celtic 9 pts clear of Rangers/ Dons .
Despite a decent season and a £3.5m profit from transfers … the board have to inject £4m quid into the club to avoid receivership and we are cash strapped …. I just hope I can loan again from Utd/PSG to keep costs down next season. I will sell reserves and work with U18 squad only in reserve team.
31 games in …. qualified for Euro Cup. 32 games and Celtic lose ..4 point gap ..
Aberdeen reserves win first cup in 13 years ( only 1 previous final)
Match 33 and I final beat an out of form Celtic …2-0 away ..Rangers draw
Celtic 74 Aberdeen 73 Rangers 69 …. at one point I was down to third in the first half before late goals…. could I nick a title I had thought out of range 6 games ago.
Beat Hibs 2-0 and 10 man Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 in the cup semi finals.
Title challenges crashes after Palmer sent off and lose at Rangers …it’s almost Celtic Title as Scotland continues to be the most predictable league in the World .
Cant get loans to resign so far .. hoping European football attracts them.
Lose to Kilmarnock and it’s the Big 2 who will win the title ( 3 pts in it)… tired squad rotated and no cutting edge.Draw at Hibs and Celtic thrash Rangers to take the title. ( There main players have played 14 more games than us but fully fit !?)
Lose final game to Celtic despite outplaying them to end up 3rd.
Going to look at going 4-3-3 next season
Southampton win in England
PSG in France
Bayern in Germany
Scottish Cup Final and all fit for a change….not won this trophy since 1990
Go positive and Ithurralde scores (68) before shutting up shop and (87) he adds another….WIN 😀🥃
Rangers were missing two key players and it made the difference .
Perkovic fans player of the year( also young player)
I win Scottish Football Writers manager of the year.
Jardim (Rangers) beats Perkovic to Player of the Year
Perkovic wins young player
Perkovic runner up for goal of the year.
I rank winning the Scottish Cup just behind the Southampton League win on this save and on par with my old Leeds cup win when it was pre premier league and I was Division 2.
Linked with vacant Man Utd job ( they do not approach and hire Porto manager)… but feel unfinished business at the Dons.
10 in ( I have been scouting young talent whose contracts are ending)..includes 3 loaners from United ( Gale/Hickman and Oliver)
Dunfermline who were promoted have 12 new signings.
10 sold …1 released and 5 loaned out….Change of formation means I do Not require wingers.
Switching to back up 4-3-3 formation for the season . Mainly because none of the loan signings are returning. United want lots of money for a second season (Perkovic/Palmer/Bruyninckx)and Ithurralde turned us down despite First team football and Europa league.( Later linked with St.Johnstone who finished lower in the league and joins them)….they have a higher rankings currently in Scotland than the Dons.
Dundee Utd opening premier fixture again ..new formation sees 4 first half goals.( Celtic have shock loss at St.Mirren). Hickman who I bought And gave United debut in 27/28 season scores twice. Gale & Oliver also made their United debuts in the cup under me but have not broken into first team since.
Win despite 10 men for large portion of the match vs Hearts …Celtic draw and Rangers lose.
Win in the cup despite rotating but Celtic knocked out as they have horror start to the season.
Playing Celtic who have gone very defensive under the new manager ..Win 4-0 and I suspect Roberto Di Matteo will not last long ( Celtic 11th place now)…I think they have financial issues as a number of players sold including on the transfer window shutdown.
Euro Cup draw reasonable ..Schalke toughest test.
Wins away at Rennes ( familiar foes ) and surprisingly home to Schalke have set up a chance of progressing. oddly Schalke was the first time being slightly less offensive ( balanced) worked well for the new tactic .
Amazing win away at AZ …Hickman scores 6 with Suanes( 4 assists) … win 2-8……. just didn’t see that coming.
Beat Rennes at home to secure qualification .
Return leg 7-0 and Hickman doesn’t score …..The worst side I have faced in Europe in 14 seasons
Secure a 6/6 wins ….away at Schalke who fall apart chasing a win once Rennes came from behind against AZ.
£511k per win has brought in over £3m so far this run …plus 897k for topping the group…184k tv revenue.
League … St.Mirren end our perfect start with a tough fought draw … W7 D 1 … 2 pts clear of Rangers.
Massive win at Ibrox and I’m beginning to hope I’ve found a way to break Glasgow domination ….Celtic continue to struggle .
Betfred Cup secured by going from attacking to balanced to see off an average Rangers 3-0
England manager seen looking at 4 of my English recruits
Game 19 … my more defensive style out possessions Rangers again and win 3-1 … 11 points clear …Celtic are getting better and up to 6th and no panic sacking .
Almost gave up on save when I couldn’t upload records ..this is an attempt to break many FM19 records but will need many more seasons for all the career ones.
Rangers and Celtic stuttering form has me 14 pts clear after the transfer window in Jan 32… added just the one Serbian striker ..talented youngsters but whilst I have a better budget …Scottish League rep and wages are an issue…late on add a right full back Min-Soo
Celtic finally sack Di Matteo after 20 games … they hire Mulgrew who holds Rangers and helps extend my lead to 16 pts over them…25 pts ahead of Celtic who have only won 10/22 this season.
47 years of Glasgow titles is now under threat….. my next challenge may be an English team who have never won the league ( only Saints -3 and United 8) have won since 2020. Bristol City are an option going forward…but they are doing well in League 1 so probably not available .
Europa first knockout and one of my best European nights
Roma 3 vs Aberdeen 4 …hat tricks on both sides and came back from 3-2 down. Hickman again the Star just wish he would join as his contract is ending …may change if we secure the title and Champions League.
Rotating tired Squad before second leg fails ..lose to Motherwell (10th) but Rangers are held at St.Mirren so little damage to title hopes.
Aberdeen vs Roma…6 mins gone and Roma level tie (4-4) ..just before HT Hickman makes it 5-4 agg.
new signing Mitrovic makes it 2-1 on 79mins and I can finally relax. Cooper seals the win 3-1 ( 7-4 agg)
On a night Benfica / Liverpool / PSV / Lyon and Rangers …all get eliminated ..this is a great result and one I will look back on as special.
Next Round …Athletic Bilbao
Rangers lose for the 6th time in a shock at lowly Dundee Utd …we beat St Mirren to go 18 points clear ( Aberdeen played 26 Rangers 27)
Celtic Beat Rangers next match and 10 changes see off lowly Ayr to extend the gap too 21pts
Rangers lose in the cup and sack Steve Clarke…win next 3 matches .
Home vs Bilbao … Cooper (24) starts me dreaming …Bilbao seems to want a kicking contest …we win 1-0 …..Bilbao 6-1 on yellow cards.
New gate receipt record of £775k
Elsewhere top of tables in Germany and France sees Dortmund beat OM.
Bottom placed Dunfermline … I rotate all and name 6 U18‘s subs including 4 just taken through intake.
Goal down in 23 seconds but 3 second half goals in five minutes and it’s time for the 15yr olds.
4 debutants and qualify for Champions League. Brad Mair becomes our youngest ever player at 15 years 253 days ( 23 days younger than Premier Record and 167 days younger than Dons record).
Euro (2nd leg) ..Cooper & Gale and its (3-0 agg at HT)..Cooper again and it’s a 4-1 agg win.
Full rotate again ..have loaned in Omar Mebarakou to break youth record on a short deal with view to. It for my U18. I noted you get 14 yr old intakes in France but they can’t play.( 6 pts needed for the title)
Bozak gets his first goal and Mebarakou comes on after 60 mins.
Win 2-1 vs Ayr. Record broken at 14 yrs and 220 days For club & league.
Hibs next and on the verge of the title after 47 years …. looking back the awful Celtic start and a change Of formation set up the chance .
Loanees have all fired and got it right in January with striker / full back cover as injuries struck and bringing back loaned out players to add cover , especially GrIgoras who is able to play in many positions without dropping performance.
Press say Suanes not scoring befor kick off …. 2 mins in he converts the penalty…(30mins) his second….I had said I had faith 😀…hat trick stopped by an offside ……But we are champions with this 2-0 win …well not quite but Rangers need to win all ..we lose all and overturn 25 goals….oh and Rangers next After the International break.
Missing a full back away with Korea for the away game at Rangers …a point will do it and we have won the last 4 meetings .
1-0 …1-1 ..2-1 down at half time…. I go more attacking for the second half ..attacking subs and equalise on 78 mins through Suanes. ..back to balanced and hold on for the point 🍾🍾🍾
Back in International Management ….Ivory Coast … never managed an African team in the many versions I have played of FM.
Rotation fails away at Celtic who score 4 in the second half to win 4-1….but it does pay off as a rested first team beat Motherwell in the cup SF
Money wise its 28k to win a Cup semi …..but I’m pulling in 500k minimum in Europe.
100th Aberdeen game ..rotation again before Lazio ….get a 1-1 draw but deserved more.
Lazio Europa QF ….away goal against run of play Suanes(22) ..go defensive but Lazio level. Then 2-1 b4 we level on HT. Hold on 2-2.
Return leg and Gale back from suspension…Hickman (10) …1-0 HT and 3-2agg…even contest… Vural(53) makes it 2-0 and dreamland Cooper against a Lazio side pushing makes it 3 and we win 3-1 ( 5-3 agg)…£1.34m prize money is handy .
Hickman still not interested in signing with 3 months left on his expiring Man Utd contract and we have Champions League next season .
Aberdeen vs Dortmund (SF) … Hickman scores and 1-0 half time….hold until 81st min ….ends 1-1 and VAR stops it being worse.
Dortmund vs Aberdeen ..last time I had Mbappe when i beat Dortmund with PSG in the Europa QF.
1-0 down at half time ..time to attack ….gets worse and 2-0 …4-0 chasing the game before a late Hickman consolation.
Old foe Simeone ( Athletico and Spurs) will have an all German final …which he Wins vs Bayer04
My Jan signings and loaned player brought back do not show as winning the league despite 10 plus appearances? Reserve keeper also no award but may be only 9 appearances….gets a tenth and no sign.
I am Manager of the Year … Kilmarnock 2nd & St Johnstone 3rd …shows a bad season in Glasgow …they will only come second and third in the league ! Also win Writers award ( Hearats/ St.J)
Not bad for a squad with only 5 players with senior International caps 33/14/8/2/2…one of those capped this season.
Europa exit has flattened the squad ..Mitrovic ten without a goal and get held 0-0 by St.J. Eleven after 1-1 with Celtic.
Heparts last game of the league ..find form before cup final…..6 first half goals do that …sub Mitrovic fails again.
Hickman still not interested in joinIngs and 2 weeks left on his Man U contract…but he was the Europa top scorer & player of the season.
He is also named Scottish Golden Boot.
Scottish Cup Final ..and Celtic are favourites 🤯…can we win back to back Scottish cups ..media are doubting it…Celtic winning 42 cups must be the basis of this….. surprisingly no injuries in week leading up to the game.
Straight Red afterwards 7 mins …Suanes converts pen…dream start to the domestic treble…another on (21) ..Hickman(34) ..3-0 half time.
Hickman(47) …Mitrovic on to end his drought ….not to be but I’ll take the win 4-0.
Season Round up …. Brilliant effort …loans worked and right decisions in Jan window. Lucky Celtic started so slowly .
3rd most players used ..28.
88% ground capacity 25872.
Club made a £86.7m profit ..mainly Euro earnings…..get taxed £7.25m
El Armani pips Hickman to best player Fans award plus signing and young player.
Back Campbell wins goal of the season….his only goal.
Simieri sets clean sheet record (23)
Hickman most Aberdeen goals/assists/Pom ….United have given him a new 4 year contract. 18/42 goals in the league 17 in Europe.
Players player and all Football Writers awards & Golden boot…Hickman
England …..United by 1pt from City ..Saints 4 adrift and Spurs miles back. Watford make Europe …Liverpool and big spending Leicester miss out.
Germany ..Bayern pip Dortmund by 1pt
France ..PSG well ahead of OM.
June 2032 ..loanees go back ….United want too much to bring Hickman back from initial negotiations .
Overall I have enjoyed breaking the Scottish monopoly on titles.
Season 15…. June 2032.
My Ivory Coast journey starts with 2 friendlies….. failed with persuading 3 dual nationality players ..all pick France..only 1 has made their squad.
Aged squad and 2 retire before the fixtures.
Ivory Coast vs CAR ….Same 4-3-3 as Aberdeen …..Konan(3) for dream start. ..odd match they have more of the ball …we have 26 shots to nil and a 5-0 win. …debutant Konate scores….. also a record for lowest attendance ..not a great start from the fans. Both debutants declare how happy they are.
8 players released and 2 staff from scouting set up.
My first transfer bids are for players I have worked with Ithurralde (free)& Oliver( staged payments 3.2m but 1m will never be paid as will or make 20 England caps) ….. land both.
Warren sulks at refusal to sell to Liverpool ..agree a min 25m release
Aberdeen move up from 153 to 57th in European rankings ….United top despite Spurs winning Champions League
Ivory Coast vs Djibouti ….Konan(2) ..even quicker than last match ..hat trick in (34th)..7-0 at half time.
Finishes 13-0 ..Konan gets 5. ( A new scoring record) No Time to train international teams …hence weak opponents to build momentum .
Konan for sale at 240k … I take the risk.
Warren release fee met so board agree to sell….. ( he moaned he wanted Liverpool and goes to Newcastle) I use the money to bid for a youngster at Fulham who did well on loan at Celtic. Sale was an Aberdeen record ..helped that 3 clubs were bidding…£28m plus extras sets a Scottish record as well.
Pick up former don youngster McAndrew from Celtic.
Unsettled Kozak returns to Croatia.
Gale comes back on loan from Man Utd.
I kept getting messages to improve depth of attackers last season from squad ..despite record goals …sign some defenders ( 1 ready for Warren going) and its …I’m worried they are signed to replace me !
Bid for 6 youngsters to boost my U18 squad…. get most.
Board expects …Final of both cups ..win the league and Group stages of Champions League …..I’m getting sacked .
Hire Scholes for the third time ( Utd and PSG)
Scotland knock out Wales & England plus favourites France before losing the Euro Finals in extra time to Spain.
England sack World Cup & Confed Cup winner Bilic….Patricio of Stoke takes over.
Season starts with 3-1 home win over Hibs ( Konan who scored in all 4 friendlies ..no goals and injured).
Rashford at 34yrs leaves United for Inter ( I failed with my loan bid)
Season tickets up 1100
Im away for African Nations qualification and have persuaded someone to join us not France.
Zimbabwe (5-0 HT) ..Konan again main man. Ends 5-1 and clear at the Top of the table.
Burundi..they park the bus..(2-0 HT and another 2 ruled out) ..Konan gets late goals ..Win 5-0
Last day of transfer window and with 4 hours to go PSG trigger our star defender El Amrani £39.5m clause .. devastated . It’s a Scottish and club record but leaves me no time to get a replacement.
Rangers top spenders . Fans unhappy with sale despite it being the clause and a high one plus Ferguson sale despite it being by his request .
Elesewhere Celtic have again started slowly with W0 D3 L1. Rangers again main rivals after 4 games with there 10point haul…next up away at Celtic Park.
Celtic race 2-0 before a late comeback rescues a point …allowing Rangers to go level with the Dons after 5 matches.
Champions League sees me drawn with Man City / Barcelona & PSV …help !
PSV(a) to kick off theDons first ever Champions League fixture….a lack of pace at Centre Half to expose. All Dons first half but 0-0 (HT)… second half and 2 goals in first 7 mins are a proper reward for 70% possession …Cooper hat trick sees a fantastic 4-0 win ..matched by City over Barca.
Back to Back hat tricks for Cooper as he does a first treble against Dundee Utd…..Celtic lose again and are 9th ..no idea why they have gone so bad …they were very good against us for 75mins.
10 changes For St.Mirren in Betfred QF as squad are tired ..keep Cooper in to see if he can get 3 hat tricks in a row…he doesn’t and it takes a second half comeback to progress…Mitrovic finally scores in the 94th minute…an 18 match drought but many as sub.
After a tough 2-2 draw with Hearts ( Konan given pen for hat trick and missed it ) ..we were lucky Rangers lost to stay top By 1pt.
Next up Man City and the gulf in finances ….
Aberdeen stats in Premier League.
1.Top earner on 25.5k per week. ( Celtic top earner £86k)
2. Average wage £5525 … league average £6398
3. Average caps 5 …league 4
4.4 Current internationals …Celtic 9
Man City 17 internationals . Average 21 caps Top earner on £400k per week …min first team salary 12k. Average £144k
I go balanced from Positive …does not work as I go a goal down in 65 seconds …2 down in 6 mins …pull one back from a corner ..HT 1-2
Gale equalises deservedly on 83 …only for a 91st min City winner.Ancelotti admits they were lucky.
New gate receipt record of £925k……Europe is the financial boost to move to compete with the Glasgow Clubs.
Southampton I have just noticed now play at the Matt Le Tissier Park ..and have attendances of 101513.
Game 900 is against Motherwell …. so far W 711 D 107 L 81 …..For 2534. Against 604 37 Cups & 9 Leagues. Bought 91 Sold 139
Grandolfo makes 150th league appearance ..need an 88th min penalty to win …thought the park the bus routine was going work.
African World Cup Qualification …
Sierra Leone vs Ivory Coast … Konan has scored in six straight matches ..6-0 at half time but none for Konan…finishes 6-0 after a drab second half but young Sangare makes his debut.
Ivory Coast vs Madagascar ….Rotate a bit but not a strong squad of reserves. 8-0 and Sangare gets a hat trick.
Mitrovic gets first cap for Serbia….and scores.
Held 0-0 by St Johnstone before getting a lesson in finishing at home to Barcelona.(1-3)
Betfred SF ..make some changes and struggle to see off Hearts … needs an Extra Winner (3-2)..get Hibs who surprised everyone to beat Rangers.
Narrow win over St.Mirren who have taken points off both the Glasgow giants
then Continue to struggle with a hard fought draw with Rangers …(Forster makes 300th league appearance) but I am missing the goals Hickman scored last season ..Konan off form ..Mitrovic has 1 and Ithurralde not firing either. Suanes good in the league again and Cooper seems better in the cups.
Away to Barca is not making my fixture list easier .Klopp has just won manager of the month as well.
8 mins gone they take their only chance …3-0 down at half time…I clearly have players who don’t turn up on the big stage…can’t score when they go down to ten men.
Mitrovic goes in Jan ..on another goalless streak…5 hrs plus.
However sorry I feel for myself …Man City put 10 past PSV .
Held by lowly (9th) Hibs and Rangers go top …think my formation has been sussed and the lack of a potent striker. Celtic and 10 new signings embedding and they are flying.
African Nations Qual ..Cape Verde (a) ..Kinnear to make debut ..trying to persuade anyone my scouts find to join our country. 3 up at HT. Win 6-0 and hopefully Konan is getting goal rhythm back.
Zimbabwe (a) 1 up HT … Win 4-0
Elsewhere Egypt / Senegal / South Africa / Tunisia / DRC / Morocco / Mali & Algeria also won there groups with maximum 18 pts.
After beating bottom placed Hamilton its PSV and hopefully build momentum after a poor run of form. Mitrovic dumped in the reserves and will be sold ( 25 league appearances and 2 goals)(Head of Youth Develpoment immediately praises him).. 3-0 win and Europa league sealed . Two wins useful before Betfred Final vs lowly Hibs.
Dani Alves ..Brazil legend …new Motherwell manager.(11th) ..wins first match.
Betfred Cup Final …A Turkish bid for a 3.2m player we have …40k offer !
Hibs goal up in (2) ..two up (34) …get level (57/59) but Hibs score (60) ..we have hit woodwork 4 times ..Suanes 3-3 on (89)
Extra Time ..Suanes ( 105) ..first time we have led …go very defensive and they make it 4-4 and pens. Aberdeen win 5-4 on pens ….total relief. Konan not only ended goal drought but got winning penalty …he missed his last one.
i can’t seem to get the balance right ..tactically I have no plan B and the AI has a plan for my 433.
not helped by strikers hitting posts and bars unlike last year where Hickman put away 40+ goals.
After Barca easily dispose of me in the Nou Camp we drop more points in the league( lose to Kilmarnock) … Hearts go second after beating Rangers giving me 2 games in hand to overhaul Rangers (1st) and Hearts (2nd) .. but after being 2 up on Celtic (4th) they hold us 2-2 with late goals.
Man City provides the shock of a comeback win …they then lose top spot in Premier league to Saints next match.
I hope the form and luck has changed ..go 1 down to Hearts and then 2-1 down … before scoring 4 in the last 10 mins to win 6-2.
As year is ending just top from Rangers but 4 teams in it.
I need to recall Dutton/ Souttar and sign a striker/midfielder who are good quality ..my reliance on youth prospects was fine but I have a bigger budget …wages are the greater issue..may need some expensive loans.
Nearly quit to take Rochdale job …. they are my favourite lower league club and I usually manage them …but I need to see if I can fight through and adapt …my first real challenge since taking over relegation threatened Saints at the beginning of this save.
Mitrovic will go as will Spencer / Campbell and possibly Grandoni…all moaning about playing time.
Beat Dundee Utd but then get held 2-2 by bottom of the table Motherwell ..thankfully Rangers are dropping points e.g. Losing to St.Mirren ….. I really need the transfer window .. thinking for adding 442 formation.
Narrow win over St.J ..has Aberdeen Top after 19 games with 40 pts ..Rangers who I play next on 39 points. Celtic 37 (22 Dec 2032)…Glasgow pair have played 20.
Rangers last 9 premier games is won 5 lost 4 .
Aberdeens historic record vs Rangers W8 D9 L31
Rangers start well but giveaway a pen and it’s 2 soon after ..Suanes of course who completes his hat trick on 40 mins. Without him I would be 5th in this league . Goes 3-1 as I make subs but my own Ithurralde actually finds the net ..his first in the league.
Gets better as I see off St.Mirren …10 man Rangers draw and Celtic lose.
The Dons top by 6 pts and a game in hand as 2033 starts.( Perhaps I’m being hard on myself but it seems I’m there by the poor form of others ).
Reviewing list of contracts about to run out and Chelsea reject bid for Scottish International who rarely plays.
Trent AA turns me down as apparently 11th placed Liverpool and last won a trophy 8 years ago and not in Europe are too good a standard to leave for trophy winning and still in Europa League Dons.
Suanes wins European Golden Boy award.
Yang Min-Soo in Asian XI
4 debutants in the Cup plus Dutton and Souttar after loan Recalls in a new formation … ends 1-1 as again I can’t score the chances.
Kept with 4-2-4 after 5 wins …Celtic hold us to 1-1 and then an injury ravaged squad play Rangers (cup) ..3-0 up by HT ..the AI can’t work out my change of formation … win 4-0.
Europa league knockout vs Schalke next….4-2-4 is an issue with Dutton unable to be registered ..switch at half time to 4-3-3 and sneak a 1-0 away win.
Kept 4-3-3 and failed to scored despite dominating vs Dundee Utd ..however it is too good for Schalke …goal up in a minute , 2 up by half time ..3 up ( 4-0 on agg ) …but Schalke pull two back ..goals rain in Suanes ends with 4 goals and win 6-3 ( 7-3 agg).
Struggling to score in the league but Feyenoord on receiving end as cup contests go well ..3-0 in 2nd knockout.
6/3/33 … Aberdeen Pl29 ..64 pts. Rangers & Celtic Pl30 ..58pts Hearts & St.Mirren the surprises …St.Mirren over the old firm is why I am top despite 10 draws.
Moving to 4-2-4 has seen 5 clean sheets in last 6 ..was not expecting that …but only 7 scored …in the cups scored 14 in 4 .
Loan signing Frasanella has 5 cup and 1 league goal.
Allowing my contract to run down ..ends 31/5.
Quality of youth intake ok this year.
Feyenoord return ..injuries mean back to 4-3-3 within 6 minutes ..both loan signings injured by 21st…win 2-1 and through…both injuries are weeks.
Europa QF …Watford are my opponents ( avoid Arsenal / Chelsea )
In a week when Ancelloti left Everton for Real Madrid …. Fm19 in 2033 has him joining Real Madrid .
Ivory Coast .. issues with a player withdrawn and another refuses a call out ..he is booted from my National Pool.
Sudan in a friendly ..all about momentum ….win 4-0 ..expected more.
Beat Kilmarnock to reach cup final.
Game 33 …Beat Rangers with an 85th minute wonder strike …. 7 pts clear of Celtic who have won 8 in a row.
Europa QF ..Watford(a) …Behind twice …ends 2-2 …those away goals are useful.
Switch to 4-3-3 for home leg after injuries ..Watford have not won in last 4 games ..var awards them an early goal and its 0-1 at half time…they score from all 3 shots and Dons lose 1-3 and 3-5 agg..they nose to Napoli ion away goals in SF.
Title decider with Celtic …(4-2-4 back) ..1-1 ht despite dominated possession.2-2 as comeback twice then lead 3-2 before Celtic level with 3 mins left …then the drama of our 94th min winner from the sub .
Suanes breaks Hickman goal record with number 43 .. just as well as next best is 14 and on,y one other in double figures .Young centre half McAndrew has 9 ..my corner routine has worked well this season.
Hibs away for the title ..2 up quickly ..corner goal again and keeper saves their penalty. Bad start tom2nd half as Bernard sent off…no difference as go 3-0 ….in fact Suanes reaches 50 league goals for the club overall as he hits a hat trick …end 3-5 and Champions again….despite Celtic getting a 90th min winner. St.Mirren beat Rangers again and they may not even get third.
Rotate vs St.Mirren and comeback to draw from 3-0 ..Frasanella 7 min hat trick.
Bayern have sealed German title.
Saints despite a loss to City just hold off United ( those 2 have won last 13 titles)
African Cup of Nations 2033 .. I get Algeria (33) Tunisia (48) and Zambia (87) we are 20th in the World.
Cameroon and South Africa are topped ranked African countries in the World 16/18.
Hearts Manager wins Scottish Players Manager of the Year…for coming 3rd.
Win Scottish Cup after 2-2 draw ….Suanes gets 50th of the season Win 5-3 pen.
Not a bad way to finish with 10 days left on my contract……linked with Borussia Dortmund (5th) ..after Simeone sacked….not won the Bundesliga since 2011/12.
Awards .. Suanes Fans Player / Young player of the season.
Goal …de Koning. Signing ..McAndrew
Scottish Writers Winner …Me
Scot Wrinter ..Player …Grossi…also gets Young Player …I don’t agree
Goal Scorer ..Suanes
Napoli win Europa League.
Psg ..mbappe inspires 4-1 win over Saints.
Starts with me out of contract and preparing for African Cup of Nations.
Friendlies first …all low key Ranked 150 ish opposition to build form.
IC vs Chad .. Win 4-0 ..need to finish better.
IC vs Ethiopia Win 6-0 ..Kobe first goal.
IC vs Eritrea Win 7-0 Kinnear first goals . N’Da first goal.
Job interview held with Dortmund…overlooked for it. United job goes elsewhere and Atletico say it’s too late to apply…..all this and I am still no.2 behind Pep in Hall of Fame…..There hire lasted 169 days and looking at Mar 33 ..Poch is the mgr and doing very well.
StoKE job available ..they came 5th in Premier ..will they contact me ? They want Conte from PSG…he has just won Champions League…But they hire Van Bommell who finished 16th in Bundesliga.
Cup of Nations ..Holders are Cameroon.
First shock Zimbabwe beat Egypt …33 ranks higher.
IC vs Zambia ..weakest opponents to start ….Our ranking of 20 makes us 3rd best in Africa… Nando (15) for 1-0 HT lead. Gnolou(47) for dream start to 2nd half ..Nandi(87) puts it to bed ..Win 3-0.
Algeria and Tunisia draw there derby 0-0.
IC vs Algeria ..see saw match which ends in a 3-4 defeat…..Algeria were very good in attack And my centre half’s rated at 6.
IC vs Tunisia …This time we score after 2 mins ..again on (7) ..number 3 on (52) ..an o.g. Makes it nervous end ..Win 3-1 ..elsewhere Algeria hit 7
2nd Round ..get South Africa in a world ranking Top 20 clash…it seems we are now ranked 22 to there 16. We have a record of 1 win 6 matches against them.
IC vs SA ..Cagey match 1-0 at HT ..end 1-1 … take our chances in extra time to win 3-1.
QF ..Going attack again as I did with SA.
IC vs Nigeria … easy 3-0 win with a new snake formation ( looks like a backward S) due to suspensions…took 3rd striker out and an AMR in. Moved Left full back to WBL. mystery why Chukwueze not in team ( Celtic nemesis)
SF ..Tunisia again …Algeria in the other SF …clearly had the toughest group.
Kone (1) ..we do like an early goal against Tunisia ..Star of the tournament Ouattrara (23) Doumbia (46) with a dream start to 2nd half. 3-1 (64) ..go one up Top and crowd midfield…Win 3-1
Final ..our 9th in the competitions history.( W4 L4)
IC vs Senegal …I’m pleased to avoid Algeria….Senegal are based on defence ..Scored just 7 goals and needed pens vs Ghana.
Algeria beat Tunisia to 3rd place.
Game has it all…1-0 down at half time …a dramatic sending off sees us 2-1 up with 1 minute left having scored what I thought was a winner (87) ..extra time and a penalty (Ouattara) plus counter attack goal (Konan)seal a 4-2 win.
39 shots to 6 as I went for it .
That is my first ever African Cup of Nations win in any of the many FM versions I have played.
Ivory Coast up to 14th in World Rankings …I’m hoping this Championship will allow me to attract those who are thinking France or IC. ( One does in Sept 2033)
My 9th International Trophy takes me Top in Hall of Fame .
No teams available to manage except USA ..tempted to win another trophy I haven’t won before but choose to stay .
Sept 2033 …African World Cup Qualifiers …We won first two games earlier.
IC vs Ghana …One sided and 1-0 HT…2-0 and it takes Ghana 85 mins for a shot…Win 2-0.
IC vs Sierra Leone …4 changes due to suspension risk …0-0 ht and lay into them ..Win 3-0
Move up to 13th in Rankings
Franck Bamba first to switch from France to IC ..3 others decline….all over 30 with no sign of playing for them.
IC vs Madagascar ( 136) away ..rest some players ..18 shots to nil ..but goalless …move 4-2-4 and sub Konan scores ..Bamba makes debut ..other Depode scores ..Win 2-0:and qualify For World Cup.
Ghana (39) vs IC ….Best XI play ..1 up at HT …win 3-1
A Peruvian has applied to play for us .
Reached Nov 2033 and not one club has approached me ..Dortmund are languishing in lower half of Bundesliga so that choice worked for them .
I decide to go for the Stockport job ( Top of Vanarama) ..their manager went to Aldershot in L2….also 2 month gap until next international after Iraq match.
IC vs USA (16) ..want to test myself for World Cup …USA playing 8 back behind half way ..one sided 4-1 HT ( 20 shots to 1) ..Loba makes his debut …win 4-1 …the USA were woeful for their ranking.
IC. vs Iraq …Diallo 50th cap ..easy win …5-0
I have sort of done my managerial career backwards ..started with England then UTD / PSG before moving down reputation to the Dons and now looking at Vanarama Stockport.
Takes 10 days but I get an interview …job is mine …( lost last 2 matches) .they are now 5th in Vanarama. 150th year anniversary of being founded.
Only an Asst Mgr and a Chief Scout as staff.
At least I get lowly Chorley for opening fixture ..Youngster Beeney scores winner on debut.
FA Trophy draw is former league club Blackpool.
Beat Blackpool (13th) 1-2 away and then 1-0 home in FAT ..helped by 3 loan signings who joined between matches.
4k over wage budget ..need to sell and pick up free loans
World Cup Drawer … Haiti (78) and you couldn’t write it ..Scotland(22)
CHAN squad wants only domestic ..I go on hols for 1 day as unable to pick a squad (IC)…first time I have used holiday in 16 seasons.
My squad is mainly greyed out players and I’m stuck with them for two friendlies and a competition.
My fullback (IC) wins young African footballer …senior squad not in Top 3 African players.
Morecombe (19th) next as I am lucky with low level opponents ..0-3 away win.
Kidderminster (22nd)…Tough 2-1 win.
Dagenham (5th) first real test ..3 up HT …win 4-0 and with Boreham Wood dropping points again we are 4 pts clear. Had 3613 crowd .
Striker Reece is player of the month ..I get Manager of the Month .
Jan transfer window …need to sell .especially Colback who is sulking and moaning to the press…tells me he has given so much to the club ..played 1 season.
Coback is wanted by Everton & Motherwell ..why is beyond me ..Motherwell take him .
Get a fourth loanee and after a fullback
See off Macclesfield field in the derby and on a good run.
FAT ..destroy Hereford with a faultless performance.
Next round Eastleigh and make a lot of changes to maintain League Title tilt ..Win 1-4
IC vs China with 18/23 greyed out and uncapped . Squad has 39 Caps and 5 goals in total….lose 3-1.
IC vs Morocco …Surprisingly win 3-1
Competition starts ..Holders South Africa
DRC vs IC …no records produced for greyed outplayers ..no form or tactical from friendlies …very difficult to manage.
Win one sided match 0-3
IC vs Somalia …. 2 up HT and QF spot almost booked …finishes 2-0
IC vs Burkina Faso ..battle of the 100% teams …2-1 HT ..bit harsh on BF….they deserve the 2-2 draw.
Defending champs out in Group stages ..came bottom.
QF IC vs Senegal …not seeing much ball but chances even and sneak a goal 1-0 HT ..experienced fullback Lago scores the winner 2-0 after much more defensive and seeing more of the ball.
SF IC vs Morocco ..I make them favourites 20/23 proper players and lots of caps…Go and attack and 1-0 ..now back to balanced. 1-0 HT…somehow hang on .
Other SF Guinea have surprisingly beaten Algeria Aet.
Final IC vs Guinea …1 up in 25 seconds …before my star of the tournament Lago concedes a pen.. 1-1 HT ..ref only Booking our fouls .
1-1 FT …extra time …attack for last 15 mins …Pens ..win 4-3. IC first win since 2028.
However it appears that the computer has changed my captain and now people are angry with me ..very confused. Especially as the captain appointed is not in the squad. Lago set new avg high rating of 8.15
Then I have to appoint another who again is not in the squad which has 5 players but I can’t add any.
Cancelled the next Friendly and hope a tournament later will let me pick a squad.
You know it’s your time when you concede a 91st min equaliser and still win it …Stockport on a roll…11 in a row in the league.
Run ends with Stevenage scoring a great goal to hold us 1-1 ..Boreham Wood close the gap.
Odd referee decisions see us with 5 yellow cards and a red …10 men hang on 0-0 at lowly Billericay.
….Social feed quote ..They could use that game to cure insomnia
View incident which unlocks armchair expert but stops me appealing.
Lots of changes for FAT vs Stevenage …oddly enough win 0-2 …bit of a surprise.
Rest has worked and player I suspended ..3up HT ..ends 3-2 ..a nervous finish . 8 pts clear with 10 games to go after second/third both drawer.
Back in form home to Ebbsfleet (6th) ..3 up again ..this time no comebacks …Win 5-1 . Fylde comeback To maintain challenge ..Boreham W are falling away and Barnet making a charge.
IC squad will let me change after using suggested squad ..pity I cancelled England for a lowly opponent in case of squad issue continuing.
Tried to sign IC players to Stockport Who out of contract from IC clubs ..they don’t want to travel.
Dover 1 up but we score two in 41 seconds .. 3 disallowed goals and a missed penalty later ….lose 4-2 away…bottom team Wealdstone next …Flyde 5 Points behind.
Our left back must know I’m searching for a signing ..2 in 2 from long range ..They have no shots until 80 mins then lots but hold on 1-0
IC African Nations Qual.
Benin vs IC ..Try 4-2-4 as we look to break the undefeared record for this competition going back before my tenure .
Youngster Lybohy makes debut …( Aberdeen 2 sub appearances at 16yrs and Stockport loaned)
Held 0-0 HT ..lots of the ball and shots …..Goal comes (61) ..og to complete a rather laboured 2-0 win.
Break records started b4 I was hired for wins and unbeaten in this competition .
FAT SF … Harrogate ..I have 2 away on international duty and others tired … counter attack win 1-3 first leg.
IC vs Namibia …and lowly Maidstone vs Stockport played at the same time !
Once game went to vs 10 men ..easy IC win ….4-0
Another player wants to wait for France …why give me the option to talk to him.
Also 4-0 in Stockport match …Fylde lose … 6 matches left and 8:pts clear
Win at home to Harrogate 3-2 to secure FAT final…..meet York.
Beat Boreham Wood (3rd) to keep gap at 8 points with 5 to play ….4 to play …both teams have similar run ins and both play Barnet (4th)..it will turn out that despite being out of form…Barnet beat both in successive matches….they take that momentum to win the Playoff place and get promoted.
Injuries strike before York match ..untried CD brought in ..slow start But improve ..Flyde losing ..7 on target to 1 but ends 0-0 …ten man Fylde lose. 9 points and 3 games ..plus 17 goal difference ..should be up.
Out of form Barnet go 1 up ..and then 2 as I chase the game ..The team did not react Well in the most part to my pre match title chat.
Lose 2-0 but Flyde drop points and we are Champions ….my first Promotion in this save …I started at the Top and worked down in a reverse of usual management ( but I did say I was a former international so perhaps not).
Stockport turn professional.
The 5 loaned players made the difference especially at AML and RB.
Final game ends 0-0 and with a cup final looming we do appear to have lost the knack of scoring…Crowd high in the league of 6661 ( avg 2800)
All the leagues With exciting finishes
Premier ..Utd And City 88. Saints and Spurs 87 with 1 game left…..Top 3 win …United take the title.
Saints win FA Cup and sack Zidane.
Aberdeen beat Celtic to go top on goal difference with 3 to go…Celtic win it by 2 points.
Barca 2 pts ahead of Real with 2 left…Barca hold on.
FAT ..in the 20 day run up ..2 long injuries and 3 minor…vs York … Beeney finally scores after a goalless first half…and it’s a winner …11 hours without a goal before this .44909 crowd….I now have more domestic cup wins than the Legend Fergie…in England.
It is 2 days for Euro England vs Scotland ….and FM in 2034 draws England / Scotland /Wales in International League.
World Cup squad due and Saints job is available …so tempted…. but also fancy resurrecting Ipswich who have been relegated to League 1.
I apply for Saints …but turned down as they have better candidates ….who when I am Highest rated manager in hall of fame.
I apply for Ipswich …and Atletico Madrid ….PSG also up.
World Cup. holders England …Hosts …China
Group Haiti and Scotland.
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