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You're absolutely smashing the league once again! Only one loss so far is immense!

Shame to see your playtime reduce but best of luck in your new job mate, you'll smash it!
Love a good Rags to Riches save! Best of luck here, I think you're going to need it early on!
@r96Skinner, one of my favourites films shamefully! Ha! Thanks for the support once again! Hopefully, it'll be more successful than Mexico was!



We were already a little way through the season, so time was running out to make transfers as the window was about to close, but I managed to get a few in through the door, which I'll talk about in the section below. Things are good here in Perth, and I've settled in well. I adopted the same tactic I usually apply, which is the 4-2-3-1 formation with a positive approach. It seems to work well and I have had good success with it so it's the one I'm going with here for now. Hopefully, I'll only be here for a short while as it really shouldn't take too long to tick off 3 trophies, but you never know what will happen.


I said I had managed to get a few players into the club, the total being 3. I think they are all good enough to make an instant impact and I've managed to get a player in each of the main positions too which is always helpful for squad depth. First in was Australian striker Phililp Jamieson who previously played at Melbourne City. He's got goals in him and has been out of the game for a while. He's got the eye for goal and has some amazing physical stats. Looking at him, he should just score goals for fun in this league. Second, in, was attacking midfielder Chris Barr from Aucklund City. He's only 22 years old and is impressive in his mental and physical stats, but his technical stats could do with improvement. He's a developmental player for sure. On the day the window closed, CB Kyle Pffeferkorn came into the club, and is mainly going to be used as a rotation option, but offers us a 3rd quality CB. He's a hard-working guy ad should do well for us for years to come.

Phillip Jamieson | ST | Melbourne City | Free

Chris Barr | CAM | Aucklund City | | £56k

Kyle Pffeferkorn | CB | Newcastle Jets | Free



When I came into the club, they were already 6 games into the season, and sat rock bottom of the league table. I didn't really know what the team was about and why they weren't living up to their mid-table finish prediction, but I got things changed around pretty quickly. We had good wins in the first 10 games against Adelaide United, Central Coast Mariners & Sydney United. We actually only lost 2 games in those first 10, against Newcastle Jets & Adelaide United, both who sat in the upper echelons of the league. If I thought that form was good, we excelled in the final 10 games of the season, losing only once more against Western Sydney Wanderers. We had another good win against Adelaide United, and earned a shock win against Newcastle Jets. We ended the season with a 7 match unbeaten run which included wins against Melbourne City & Macarthur FC. I'm really pleased with how the lads turned their season around and there is a positive atmosphere in the dressing room now.

Our record for the league games I took charge in this season was: 12 WINS, 5 DRAWS & 3 LOSSES.


With that good form, we snuck into the top 6 of the league table, which guaranteed us a spot in the A-League Finals competition. We ended up with 44 points, which was only 6 points behind the league winners Newcastle Jets, so next year, the league may be within our reach. 4th place was well more than I expected but I'm delighted that we showed that we have potential in this league.



The A-League Finals competition is a straight knockout which leads to a finale where the champion is crowned. In the Elimination Final, we were drawn against Melbourne City, and dispatched them comfortably, thanks to a Scott Millar penalty and a Phillip Jamieson strike. It wasn't to be this year though, as we faced Newcastle Jets the league winners in the Semi-Final, and got spanked. A 5-1 defeat put an end to our trophy hopes.


1 | Phillip Jamieson | 11
2 | Bill Clements | 9
3 | Samuel Ross | 7

1 | Bill Clements | 10
2 | Gabriel Beyer | 5
3 | Michael Butler | 4

1 | Phillip Jamieson | 7.55
2 | Bill Clements | 7.40
3 | Gabriel Beyer | 7.08

Next Post | End of Season Update | 2048/2049

What an effort that is! You'll definitely be going down in Dortmund folklore now! You're a legend and should be given the keys to the city!

I think Jonathan David is my new favourite player. What a legend! What next though?

It wasn't the end that I wanted in Mexico, but I think it's best that I leave the country for a short while and try management elsewhere. I've decided to move continents and head back to Asia, but more specifically, to the lovely country down under of Australia. I've visited a number of times when I was younger, and one of my favourite cities was Perth. Perth is a hustling and bustling city but it doesn't feel like it. When Perth Glory came and approached me to be their next manager, it was a no-brainer. I signed on the dotted line immediately and here I am now, sitting on the deck with a stubby of beer plotting my route to dominance here in the land down under.



Perth Glory, known simply as 'The Glory', are a professional team playing in the Hyundai A-League in Australia. Formed in 1996, they have won the Hyundai A-League once in 2019, and the FFA Cup on 2 separate occasions.

They call the Perth Rectangular Stadium, their home, which has a capacity of 20,500 which are all seated. They have excellent training facilities andaverage training facilities and train at the McGillvray Oval in Perth itself.

The club's finances seems table, and at the time of writing have a positive balance of 6.4m in the coffers. It's important to keep this positive so we can invest in the facilities.




It's a small squad here at Perth Glory, and I like it that way as I've mentioned before. I won't have too many on the bubble that keeps complaining and causing unrest in the camp. That being said, I hope I don't suffer too many injuries that will totally derail any momentum we can get. We don't currently have a right back in the first-team squad so I'll be looking to find one of those sharpish, and we could do with an extra striker to add to the depth so it doesn't all fall on Samuel Ross.

Bill Clements, the 28 year-old winger from Australia is currently the best player on our roll. He's quick, strong and has excellent dribbling skills. Hopefully, he can take the team to glory and lead the way in his performances.




You can see that I've got my work cut out for me here in Perth, as they sit rock bottom of the table after 6 games, and winning only the once. They've also been knocked out of the Asian Champions League and the FFA Cup, so it's all eyes on the league performance this season.

Next Post | End of Season Update 2047/2048


Well, this wasn't exactly what I had in mind for my stint in Mexico. Things did not go well from the outset this season, and we lost a lot of games which lead to the board calling me in for a meeting to discuss our recent performances. I did the usual pleading for my job saying we had a tough run of games, but that did nothing to convince them. They set me the target I needed to achieve in order to keep my job.

10 from 5 games

Needless to say, The first 3 games sealed my fate where we only picked up the one measly point and they fired me straight away. The second firing of my career. Back on the job hunt, I go...

@HawkAussie, cheers for the comment man! America can be a tricky place to conquer so I'm glad we've got that one ticked off! After North America, I'm thinking about heading into South America, maybe to Peru, or somewhere like that. It's often unreported on the forums too...



Since taking over as the manager of Universidad de Guadalaraja, things have gone quite well. It's a new league for me, but I'm enjoying it immensely. I feel like I'd love to manage here in real life due to the good food and the tequila! Mexican well be my favourite type of food! Anyway back to the game, and with no new updates regarding the club or the manager, it's onto the transfers.


I said I was on the hunt for some new defenders, and I found two of them. I've brought in two new CBs with the aim of them being my new starters. The first is Paraguayan international Jose Baez. He's the better of the two and is only 20 years old so has plenty of time to improve. He has good stats all over the board and should be a hell of a player here for years to come. Kiko was the next one and the Brazillian player is another exciting prospect. He's a little bit less talented but slots in straight away as the other starting CB. I hope the pair of them can forge a strong dominant partnership.

Jose Baez | CB | Libertad | £400k

Kiko | CB | Fresno | £225k



I quite like the way the Mexican league works, with it being split into two sections: the Opening Stage and the Closing Stage, with both winners getting promoted (I think). Anyway, we had already completed the opening stage before I took over, so I was in charge of the whole Closing Stage. It was a mixed set of results, as I tried to figure out the best formation to use here in Mexico, but I think I finally found one that works. We had a tricky start with not much success, as we gained 7 points from the first 5 games. We had a good win against Dorados early on which was nice to see. Our form finally improved consistency wise and we ended the season by winning 4 of the last 7 games, including against Albrejias, Tiaxcala, & Orizaba. We had a good run of games in the middle part as well when we won 3 on the trot against Correcaminos, Venados & Potros UAEM. Overall I'm happy with how we performed in my opening campaign with the club, and there is plenty to be positive about going forward.

Our record for the closing stage was: 9 WINS, 2 DRAWS & 6 LOSSES.



In what was a tightly contested league table, we managed to sneak into the knockout competition to decide the overall winner and who will be promoted. We finished in 6th position on 32 points and had to face Atletico San Luis in the 1st round. They finished just below us in the league table, so I thought we could beat them and progress into the next round. It wasn't to be as we drew the first leg, and came out losers in the second leg after a 1-0 defeat. I'm happy to have made the quarter-final though, so it's time to charge on and beat that next season.


1 | Mark Calderon | 14
2 | Adrien Michel | 10
3 | Abraham Cerventes | 6

1 | Rene Palma | 9
2 | Abraham Cervantes | 8
3 | Adrien Michel | 7

1 | Jose Baez | 7.06
2 | Adrien Michel | 7.05
3 | Abraham Cervantes | 6.99

Next Post | Mexican Promotion League Opening Stage Update | 2047/2048


Since stepping down as manager of Philadelphia Union (A club I would've loved to stay at and build a dynasty at! Maybe that could be my next save?), I knew exactly where I was going to head to next. I was going to stay in North America, but this time I was off to Mexico. The right job just had to pop up, and one did. The University of Guadalajara sacked their manager and I applied for the job. They are quite a big team, and you'll learn more about them below. I'm thrilled to be here, and I've signed a 2-year contract worth £1.8k per week which is a massive step down from Philadelphia, but it's necessary to complete the challenge.



Universidad de Guadalajara, known as 'Los Leones Nergros', are a professional team playing in the Mexican Promotion League in Meixco. Formed in 1970, they have won the Mexican Cup once in 1991, and the Mexican Promotion League on 13 separate occasions, so they've been bouncing around the leagues a bit.

They call the Estadio Jalisco, their home, which has a capacity of 56,713 which are all seated. They have average youth facilities andaverage training facilities and train at the Unidad la Primavera in Guadalajara itself.




Just by looking at the team, I can see we are missing a few players in key positions. We have no real quality in the squad between the sticks, so I'll be targetting one whenever I can. We could also do with addressing the full-back positions as we don't have many, and the middle fo the park is looking a bit sparse. Things to be getting on with, but there is quality there hidden away.

The best player at the club at the moment is Mark Calderon. The American striker, is only 25 so just about to enter his prime. He's pacey and has some excellent finishing and first touch stats. I'll be looking at him to lead the line and score the majority of our goals this season.


Next Post | End of Season 2046/2047

@r96Skinner, the question is whether or not I am still in Philadelphia or not next year? Will I have a better shot at winning the North American Champions League with a Mexican side?



Another season done and dusted! Management in the US, is really, really enjoyable and life in Philadelphia is almost as good. I get to manage my team on a Saturday, and then go and watch the NFL on a Sunday. Heaven. Anyway, the club offered me a brand spanking new contract once again, and I signed on the dotted line. It's a whopping 3-year contract worth, £23.5k per week. Happy days. That'll keep me going for a while eh?




Once again, we've been on one hell of an unbeaten run, and it's definitely what we needed. To start this half of the season, we didn't lose for 9 games and had excellent wins against Minnesota United & New York Red Bulls. We also managed a handy draw against Seattle. It's really important that we don't drop points and lose ground against the top teams in the league. Our first defeat came against Colombus Crew, as we lost 1-0, before going on a 3 match winning run against Inter Miami, DC United & NYCFC. We actually only lost once more in the league, and once again it was against Colombus Crew which is frustrating. We can't seem to get a good result against them at the moment.

Our record for this half of the season was: 9 WINS, 7 DRAWS and 2 LOSSES.


We won the Eastern Conference with a total of 66 points, a whopping 8 points ahead of Colombus Crew in 2nd place. We dominated the second half of the season and pulled away from the rest of the pack early on. I think we had more points this season than last time which is always good. Progress is the key.



We finally won the Eastern Conference Playoffs, and it's about time after getting further each year. We were the best team in the league this season so it's only right that we won the Eastern side of things. It also counts as one of the titles we needed to win so that's a bonus. In the semi-final, we faced NYCFC, and somehow won it on a penalty shootout. In the final, we faced off against Inter Miami, where every goal was scored in extra-time after a 0-0 draw in regulation. That's mad, 4 goals in extra time. I'm ecstatic that we won it anyway!



As you would've imagined, we've finished on top of the pile in the MLS Supporters Shield which means it's another trophy to add to our collection! We were some way ahead of the competition as it was our Eastern Conference rivals who occupied 2nd and 3rd place. One more ticked off the list.




So in the MLS, the winners of each conference playoffs, come together and play a 'SUPERBOWLesque match to decide who will be crowned the champions of the MLS Cup. We were representing the Eastern Conference, whilst Seattle Sounders were representing the Western Conference. It was a tight game and was end to end with both teams attacking well. We edged them out after goals from Mike Yates & Chris Rios. That's the final trophy we needed here in America if we don't count the Champions League




Once again we reached the final of the US Cup, and for the second year in a row, we lost at the final hurdle. Nashville beat us 3-1 in the final after a poor outing from the lads. It's a tough one to take as we were the overwhelming favourites. Oh well.



1 | Juan Pablo Fernandez | 23
2 | Fabio Jose | 43
3 | Chris Rios | 10

1 | Mike Yates | 13
2 | Fabio Jose | 9
3 | Juan Pablo Fernandez | 7

1 | Nugzar Chubindze | 7.24
2 | Juan Pablo Fernandez | 7.23
3 | Mike Yates| 7.20

Next Post | Do I stay or do I go?



The draft continues to be the main talking point of the pre-season, and I somehow had around 5 picks in the 1st round once again and I have no idea who the best players are in the draft. I usually just go with what my assistant recommends, after taking the positions of need. If someone could write a guide on this then that would be amazing. Anyway, we're half-way through the 2046 season now, and this is how it's gone...


Just the one player through the door this year, and I have raided my old team Pohang Steelers once again as it seems to do me well. Nugzar Chubinidze is the man to join the Union, and he will slot straight into the middle of the park. The Georgian international has good physical stats but could do with improving his technical but he can do that here. I'm happy to get him in and hopefully, he can perform well for us for years to come.

My 2046 draft class, consisted of 7 players:
Jon Smith (AMC), - Long Island Rough Riders
Andy Howarth (CB), - Alberquerque Sol
Daniel Smith (ST), - Discoveries SC
Lee Delgado (CM), - Portland Phoenix
Chase Martinez (AML) - Tobacco Road
Cesar Caballero (ST) - Tampa Bay Chill
Daniel Pomykal (LB) - Portland Phoenix

Nugzar Chibundize | CM | Pohang Steelers | £575k



I sound like I'm repeating myself half the time, but consistency is killing us once again. We go on a run of wins, then we lose a game, and this cycle goes on and on. It's so frustrating. We actually didn't lose for the first 5 games, and won 4 of them against Orlando City, Vancouver Whitecaps, & Chicago Fire (x2). Our defeats have come against the usual teams in Inter Miami, New England Revolution, Real Salt Lake & San Jose Earthquakes. We never seem to beat Real Salt Lake for some reason or another. The best result was probably the 4-1 win against Cincinatti, as it had everything for us. I'm frustrated with how the final game went for us, as we conceded in the 96th minute after only 5 minutes of injury time were given. ANNOYING.


In the Eastern Conference we are in 2nd place. A good position for us, but we want to be top now. We're in a prime position to push up to the top though, as we have a game in hand on NYCFC who are top at the moment. We're on 33 points which is 3 points better off than last season if that means anything.



In the MLS Supporters Shield, it's third place for us at the moment, with NYCFC & Minnesota United occupying the 2 spots above us. Minnesota are 2 points ahead after playing the same amount. We could face pressure from Seattle Sounders who have games in hand and could overtake us if they win them both. It's going to be a close league this season once again.



It's becoming a pattern in the North American Champions League, as we progressed all the way to the final once again, and lost once again. It's frustrating as we probably should've won the final this time, but that stupid penalty shootout bites us in the a** again.

En route to the final, we beat Real Esteli (Nicaragua), Chivas & Montreal Impact. We came up against Americas in the final and narrowly lost the 1st leg away from home. In the return leg, we got the win we deserved courtesy of a hattrick from Austin Lewis, before losing on penalties. It's a cruel way to lose a champions league final. Will we ever win this?



1 | Juan Pablo Fernandez | 11
2 | Fabio Jose | 9
3 | Austin Lewis, Chris Rios | 4

1 | Fabio Jose, Mike Yates | 6
2 | Martinho Birnstingl, Juan Pablo Fernandez | 5
3 | Julio Cesar Rios | 4

1 | Mike Yates | 7.28
2 | Fabio Jose | 7.27
3 | Julio Cesar Rios | 7.25

Next Post | End of Season Update 2046

@Dan, cheers mate! I've got a long way to go to recreate your epic journeyman back in FM15. Here's to the next 1000.



After celebrating reaching my 1000 game in management, I was also rewarded with a brand new contract here at Philadelphia Union which I gleefully accepted. I've been building something here and it's right that I get the chance to continue that. I'm really enjoying my stint in America, after not enjoying it at the start. Anyway, I'm now earning £22.5k a week, and I'm here until December 2047.




Look at that fixture list! No reds in the middle, but one at the beginning of this section, and one at the end. I'll call them the bookends. They came at the hands of Sporting Kansas City & Seattle Sounders. I'm over the moon with how we've pulled things back and have improved on the form we had last season. The best result we had was the 3-0 victory against Minnesota United! Our unbeaten run stood at 15 matches, which I think is the longest of the career so far. It would've been nice to go unbeaten for the whole second half of the season, but it wasn't to be. Maybe next year?

Our record for this half of the season was: 9 WINS, 6 DRAWS and 2 LOSSES.


We won the Eastern Conference with a total of 63 points, a massive 7 points ahead of Inter Miami in 2nd place. I'm delighted that we've managed to climb 3 places to the top after that impressive run of form! What an excellent performance by the lads! It's a nice title to have, but it's not a competition we need to win, as we need to win the MLS Cup which requires the playoffs to be navigated successfully. Did we manage it?



By winning the Eastern Conference, we were rewarded with a 1st round bye, which meant we enter the playoffs in the semi-final stage. We drew Colombus Crew who had given us some pretty tough games in the regular season. It was a frustrating afternoon, as we went down to a hard-working Columbus, who secured the passage through to the final after a dramatic penalty shootout. It's a gut-wrenching feeling for all involved when you lose via a lottery system like the penalty shootout. It's progress, however, as we have gone one round further than last season.



It's a 3rd place finish for us in the overall table involving both conferences. The MLS Supporters Shield is given to the top team from both after the regular season. Seattle Sounders win this honour, with Minnesota United taking the runners-up spot. It's a massive improvement on last season, so hopefully, next season we finish top of the pile.



Another US Cup, another successful outing. It wasn't the overall result we wanted though, as we made another run all the way to the final, beating Colorado Rapids, D.C United, Real Salt Lake, & New York Red Bulls on the way. In the final, we were up against Seattle Sounders, who demolished us in a pretty disappointing day. They were the better team by far, and it showed in the 4-1 scoreline. No trophy to add to the collection this year.



1 | Juan Pablo Fernandez | 20
2 | Fabio Jose, Mike Yates | 9
3 | Austin Lewis | 8

1 | Fabio Jose | 17
2 | Mike Yates | 10
3 | Austin Lewis | 9

1 | Fabio Jose | 7.25
2 | Juan Pablo Fernandez | 7.18
3 | Barry De Jonge | 7.16

Next Post | Mid Season Update 2046


It's that time, I've finally reached 1000 games in charge in my managerial career. The date is 23rd August 2045. I'll just post a few little bits about my career, with some stats so people can see how I've got on throughout my career.


You can see that I am now 52 years old, and prefer the 4-2-3-1 Gegenpress formation, and fluent in English, Romanian, Greek, Ukrainian & Korean, and I also know basic Slovenian. I'm known for laying a possession-based game at a high tempo and also signing younger players for the first team, and for the future.


I've had 11 jobs, with the longest being 1553 days at Caernarfon Town in Wales, and the shortest being 368 days at ND Ilirije in Slovenia. I've earnt £3.1m in my career which is not too shabby at all.

My 1000 game record: 519 WINS, 235 DRAWS & 246 LOSSES. This is a 51% win ratio

I've watched my teams score 1625 goals, and seen them concede 1076, so my overall goal difference is +549.




I've done it! I figured out the draft system and I figured out how to buy players from the same division! It's much the same as a normal transfer but it's called a trade instead, and the money comes out of a general allocation fund. On a personal note, I'm heading up towards the magic 1000 game mark. It's been a long time coming, but it's only the start. I think at this point, I'm only 14 games short of the milestone, so the next update will more than likely be the 1000 post update, going through a few stats so far this career.


I've managed to bring 2 players in via transfers from other clubs this pre-season, and I'm really happy with the quality we've got. The first player brought in is from Orlando City and goes by the name of Juan Pablo Fernandez. The Bolivian striker scored 25 in 31 games for them last season and was the perfect player to come in and lead the line for us. His physical skills are outstanding and he's making progress on his technical skills week upon week. The second player in through the door is from my old club Pohang Steelers. He's the second player I've brought in from them after the arrival of Hwang Ki-Bok last season. Cho Jung-Yong is a hell of a midfielder that can play in an attacking role or in a more neutral role. The 24-year-old is a bargain signing at only £475k

My 2045 draft class, consisted of 4 players: Andy Lopez (AMR), Daniel Garcia (AML), Heath Harrison (GK), Jacob Garcia (ST)

Juan Pablo Fernandez | ST | Orlando City | £4.2m

Cho Jung-Yong | CM | Pohang Steelers | £475k



It was a pretty tricky start to the season, where we only won once in the first six games. That lonely win came against NYCFC on an opening day, before losing Toronto FC & FC Dallas. After those first 6 games, our form drastically improved, as we won the next four on the bounce against Inter Miami, D.C United, Cincinnati & Atlanta United. Our form dipped once again after that as we struggle to find consistency, as we won once in the next 5 games. This win was against NYCFC once again. We managed to regain our form at the end as we won our final two games against New England Revolution & Colorado Rapids. Overall, I'm happy with our form, and it just needs to be a little bit more consistent. A massive improvement so far on last season.


We sit 4th position so far in the Eastern Conferencen, which is the highest we've been since I took over. I'm happy with that, but can we challenge higher? We are on 30 points from 17 matches, and have a few games in hand on those at the top of the league. Colombus Crew lead the way in then Eastern Conference, whilst NYCFC & New England lead the challenge behind them.



In the MLS Supporters Shield, we are in 8th position overall. That's as high as we've ever been and I think we can go even higher if our form hits a bit more consistently. It's Colombus Crew who lead the way once again, which shows the Eastern Conference is the stronger of the two divisions.



As we won the US Cup, we qualified for the North American Champions League which is a different format to the one I'm familiar with in Europe. It's just a straight knockout competition. In the 1st round, we were up against Panama side San Francisco but easily beat them over the two legs with a 9-0 aggregate score. In the Quarter-Final, we scraped through via a penalty shootout against Orlando City, but didn't deserve to at all. A lucky victory but one I'll take. Mexican side Leon were our semi-final opponents, and we edged them out 2-1 on aggregate to set up a final against Mexican champions Cruz Azul.

The final was a mismatch apparently, but we held our own and only lost 2-1 on aggregate. The first leg was the killer as we went 2-0 behind. A nice victory in front of our own fans was nice to see but it wasn't enough. To be honest, I didn't expect us to get anywhere near the final so it shows we are making progress as a team.



1 | Juan Pablo Fernandez | 13
2 | Fabio Jose | 6
3 | Mike Yates | 5

1 | Fabio Jose | 12
2 | Ausin Lewis | 6
3 | Mike Yates | 5

1 | Juan Pablo Fernandez | 7.29
2 | Fabio Jose | 7.27
3 | Juan Manuel Politano | 7.14

Next Post | End of Season Update 2045

You're building a team that's challenging now, but should be challenging for a long time to come. YOUTH & QUALITY. It's a great mix.

It's a shame to lose the season opener in the SuperCup, but it's not too important! Nice to see the board backing you in the transfer market as well.

At least you've still got the boards backing, which is good!

I believe in you, you're the man to settle this ship, and I'll put money on you bouncing back and doing well next season!
It's a tough start in league action for you mate, but it'll improve. The players will still be learning how to play your tactic, which looks alright to me. You can start to train players to play those positions needed now and specifically buy them in for that reason.

Good luck as you continue the league action!


I've had a little bit of a read up on the draft rules, and the whole buying of players rights and things like that I think I've got a better handle of it now that the season is up. We should be ready for next season. I've had fun managing this season, and I do like managing here in the USA, but it's not an easy place to do well in. Only one league, with a lot of teams, and only one glory spot to take.



Well, it's been an interesting second half to the season, and one that's been filled with my sworn enemy: the dreaded draw. We actually went on a run of 10 games, where we won 2 but lost only once meaning we drew a staggering 7 times in 10 games. That's insane. It's also really, really frustrating. Our end of season form was really impressive, as we won 4 on the bounce and went unbeaten in September. We beat New York Red Bulls, San Jose Earthquakes, Atlanta United & FC Dallas. The last match of the season wasn't anything spectacular, as we drew 1-1 with Colorado Rapids. It's been a strange old season here in the US, with a lot of draws, but also some good performances and results dotted in there for good measure.


We actually climbed 5 positions in the Eastern Conference, meaning we finished in 5th position, which is a hell of a rise for us. Orlando City won the Eastern Conference with Inter Miami, New York Red Bulls, & NYCFC all finishing above us. We ended up with 48 points which is fairly good considering where we were at the halfway stage. I'm happy with the fact that we managed to slip into the playoffs in my first year in charge. How did we get on in them?



In the 1st Round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, we were drawn away at NYCFC. A tough ask considering we couldn't beat them in the regular season. We couldn't find a way through in a tightly contested game, and we were knocked out after a 1-0 defeat. There endeth our playoff adventures.


In the MLS Supporters Shield, we finished in 12th position which is around half-way. It's up on where we were predicted to finish this season, so I'm happy with that. Vancouver Whitecaps ended up winning the entire thing.



It was an unexpected run in the US Open Cup, and I'm really proud of the lads on what they were able to achieve. We were drawn against the league leaders at the time, Orlando City, who we managed to beat in the 4th round with a 3-1 victory. In the 5th round, we knocked out NYCFC, after a dominant 2-0 display. We had an easier draw in the Qtr-Final, and beat Nashville, 1-0. It was back to the hard matchup, as we faced an inform Inter Miami team, and sent them packing as we reached the final in my first year here.

In the final, we were up against Sporting Kansas City, and it was a close enthralling game. It came down to extra-time, and Mike Yates, fired home in the 95th minute to send 'The Unionistas' into bedlam. The trophy was ours, and it's a hell of a feat for a team like us.




1 | Chris Rios | 15
2 | Mike Yates, Austin Lewis| 10
3 | Martinho Birnstingl | 6

1 | Fabio Jose, Mike Yates | 6
2 | Ausin Lewis | 5
3 | Jake McCarthy, Chris Rios, Martinho Birstingl, Hwang Ki-Bok | 4

1 | Mike Yates | 7.01
2 | Barry De Jonge | 6.96
3 | Samuli Laine | 6.94

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@r96Skinner, I'll be sure to play that song every time! It'll pump the fans up! Let's hope I'll need to play it a lot though eh?



God the US league system is a tough one to get your head around. I wasn't long into my reign in charge of The Union, and I was thrust into the draft, not knowing a thing about the players involved or how many picks I would have. It turns out I occupied about 75% of the 1st round picks for some reason or another, and not knowing how much they are worth, I kept them all like a King with all his gold. I chose my players and tried to keep them all in my squad registration, but failed to do so with 1/4 of them. What a weird system, that I'll need to read up on a bit to get my head around. It'll come, but it'll take time.



We're 17 games into the MLS season, and it's a tough slog I tell you! I remember managing Philadelphia in FM17 I believe, and it was really enjoyable. It seems different this time at the moment, but it'll click one day. We didn't manage to win a game until the 10th attempt, notching up 6 draws and 3 losses before that elusive win. Our first scalp was Inter Miami, who we beat 2-0. We've been unlucky in a lot of games, and draws are plaguing our season. They are a real momentum killer. We managed to win 2 in 2 when we faced Montreal Impact & New England Revolution. I thought we had started a bit of a run but we then went on a run of 3 games where we didn't win and only picked up 2 points. A win on the final day before we start our second half of the season was a lovely way to end things though. Houston Dynamo was on the end of a 2-1 scoreline. Our record so far is:



In the Eastern Conference, we are sitting down in 10th position on 20 points. We sit above Cincinatti, Colombus Crew & Toronto FC, but are outside of the playoffs at the moment. New England Revolution occupy the final playoff spot at the moment on 23 points, so we aren't too far off. It's doable.


In the MLS Supporters Shield, we're well off the pace and are in 19th position. We are 27 points off the top spot, so it doesn't look like we will be winning this one this season haha!



1 | Chris Rios | 8
2 | Mike Yates | 5
3 | Austin Lewis, Martinho Birnstingl | 3

1 | Fabio Jose | 4
2 | Chris Rios | 3
3 | Austin Lewis, Martinho Birnstingl, Hwang Ki-Bok, Julio Cesar Rios | 2

1 | Chris Rios | 7.06
2 | Mike Yates | 7.01
3 | Julio Cesar Rios | 6.89

Next Post | End of Season Update 2044

Love you to get that Montreal job! Seems like the next logical move!

It's only been a short time that I've stepped away from management in South Korea, which is exactly the way I wanted it to be. I didn't want to be out of management for too long as it starts to affect your standing in the game. I applied for one team, and one team only. I knew where I wanted to head and they offered me the chance to take over immediately. I'm moving from Korea to the United States of America, and more specifically, to the land of Philly Cheese Steaks & the place where the USA was born. The city of brotherly love is where I'll be calling home for the foreseeable future. I think this will be a big challenge as they are just a mid-table team at the moment, and I have to get my head around the registration rules and the draft system. It's going to be a fun one that's for sure.



Philadelphia Union, known as 'The Union', are a professional team playing in the MLS in the USA. Formed in 2010, they have a few rivals in the form of DC United & New York, both of which are because of their locality. They are yet to win any silverware, which needs to change soon, so hopefully, I'll be the one to spark that change.

They call the Talen Energy Stadium, their home, which has a capacity of 18,500 which are all seated. It's a relatively small stadium for the US market, so maybe we can improve that someday. They have Excellent training facilities andExcellent youth facilities which bode well for building the squad using the youth.




The squad is a very decent size and one that I like working with. We have 21 players on the books at the moment, and ideally, I won't go too much over this amount. We need to invest in a few positions to improve the depth of the squad. We need defenders, as the quality there is low, so I'll be looking at investing heavily here soon. It's also a fairly old squad with the youngest player being 21. Usually there are a few youngsters hovering around so I'll look into the youth team for players to promote.

The best player at the club is Italian left-back Graziano Belfiglio. He's 4* and 4 1/2* potential. He's determined and has unreal stamina so can get up and down that left wing to provide support whe we attack, whilst being defensively sound with his good defensive stats. Diego Barbona, the goalkeeper is also up there amongst the best players so it's nice to know we have confidence and quality between the sticks.

Next Post | Mid Season Update 2044



Absolutely nothing of note has happened at the club since my last update, apart from the fact that I have passed the 100 game mark at the helm of Pohang Steelers, and passed 900 in my total career. I can't wait to reach 1000 and post a little update of my stats so far. It's been one hell of a journey so far, and there is still loads to come...



As you can see from the fixture list above, we went on a really good run of form to kick off the second half of the season. We actually didn't lose for 9 games, and racked up 6 wins and 3 draws along the way. Looking back on that run of form, they were all against teams we should be beating so it wasn't a surprise to not lose against them. When we faced the teams above us and around us, it was a different story and were often on the losing side of things. We didn't manage a win against Seoul or Jeonbuk in this half of the season which is really, really disappointing. It's been a good season, but not a special one in terms of the league and I think the fans will be disappointed with us.



We dropped a position from where we were at the half-way mark, and finished the season in 3rd place. We were comfortably in 3rd and finished in the Champions League place which is good for the club in terms of stature and money, but it isn't where they should be finishing is it? Jeonbuk carried on their form and won the league at a canter, whilst Seoul overtook us and finished 4 points ahead of us in 2nd place. Sangju were relegated from the league.



I tell you what, we've had some luck in this cup this season. We sent Seongnam packing in the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win, and set up a semi-final tie against Jeonbuk who were flying in the league. We got so lucky against them as a draw in the first leg, meant that it was all to play for in the second leg. A late equaliser in the 72nd minute meant that we advanced to the final on away goals after being battered all game. The goal came after a poor backpass led to us intercepting and slotting home. I can't believe we got through, as we definitely didn't deserve to.

We made sure in the final against Gyenognam that we didn't slip up! A 0-0 draw in the 1st leg (I don't think 2 legged finals should be a thing though), and a 2-1 victory in the second leg saw us crowned champions, and saw me tick off the final trophy here in South Korea. Good on the lads!




We were drawn against Seoul in the next round, and I thought we would stand a good chance of advancing. We were blown out of the water in the 1st leg, as Seoul fired 4 past us and killed the tie off immediately. That was that, and we drew the second leg and exited the cup at the quarter-final stage which isn't too bad I suppose.



1 | Moon Jung-Hyun | 32
2 | Matthew Nash| 10
3 | Emmanuel Villereal| 6

1 | Chris Smith l | 9
2 | Kim Jong-Chul, Matthew Nash | 7
3 | Min Dae-Han | 6

1 | Moon Jung-Hyun | 7.19
2 | Seok Young-KI | 7.12
3 | Hwang Ki-Bok | 7.08

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You just can't find any luck in the Champions League. It'll come eventually!

Romping to the league title once again though! 0 losses!!
@r96Skinner, it's never too early to whip out that song! Thanks for the comment!

@bigmattb28, you're right Pohang are a massive club, so it would've been foolish to turn them down!



This season hopefully, will be my last here in South Korea, due to the fact that I'll have hopefully, ticked off all the competitions. I have to tick off the Korean FA Cup first, but things are progressing well in that department as you'll see below. I am loving my time here in Pohang with the Steelers, and I'm building a really good team of youth and experience. I do like trying to develop youth talent from the country I'm managing in, and I think I'm doing that well here. In particular, Moon Jung-Hyun, our 21-year-old striker, has already netted 21 times this season.




We've played steadily in the league campaign this season, and things have been going alright on the pitch. It's been tough for the players as we've been disrupted in the league, due to the Asian Champions League, and the added pressure of the Korean FA Cup which is obviously my target for this season. We actually didn't lose a game until the 5th game in where we ended up going down to Jeonbuk in a 5-2 demolition job. We then won 3 on the bounce against Seoul, Sangju & Jeju, before losing 1-0 to Suwon. May was an unbeaten month for us as we drew 2 games and won the other 4. June, however, hasn't started too well, as we've lost both games so far against Jeonbuk & Seoul. I'm happy with how we are doing though so far...



We're 17 games into the season, and the title race may already be over. We're in 2nd place on 31 points, but Jeonbuk have raced ahead and are sitting pretty at the top with a 13 point lead and a game in hand on the rest of us. That's crazy, to be honest. I'd like to challenge a bit more, but it is what it is. The race for the 2nd place spot is a thrilling one though as both Seoul & Suwon are pushing hard to hunt us down.



This is the one we want this year, and we're comfortably into the 6th round of the Korean FA Cup. In the 4th round, we dispatched Gwangju with a 3-0 victory, before heading on to the 4th round against Korea University. Again we scored 3 goals, but we conceded this time and ran out 3-1 winners to progress into the Quater Finals against Seongnam.



As we were the winners of the league title last season, we were automatically placed into the Asian Champions League Group Stages, where we were drawn into Group G alongside Melbourne City, Beijing & Higashiosaka Rosa. We comfortably progressed through the group losing only once to Melbourne City on an opening day. We ended up as group winners, with Melbourne City occupying 2nd place and progressing with us. In the Knockout Rounds, we faced Guangzhou Evergrande from China who was always going to be tough opponents. The first leg ended in a 0-0 draw so it was all to play for in the return fixture. We tonked them 3-0 to ensure we progress to the Quater Final, where anything can happen.



1 | Moon Jung-Hyun | 21
2 | Matthew Nash| 5
3 | Seok Young-Ki | 4

1 | Chris Smith l | 6
2 | Kim Jong-Chul, Matthew Nash | 5
3 | Ko Dong-Min, Moon Jung-Hyun, Wellington Felicio, Ko Jung-Min | 3

1 | Moon Jung-Hyun | 7.37
2 | Chris Smith | 7.19
3 | Seok Young-Ki | 7.18

Next Post | End of Season Update 2043

It was nearly over as it started in that Euro Cup Playoff game, which would've been a disaster for you really!

Excellent work in the league, that Jonathan David looks like a hell of a player! Now, go on and win it!
Just finished this save. I enjoyed the Southampton challenge more, but that's pure because I prefer club management. Was nice for a change of scenery though. Anyway, here's how I get on?

Silver League


I found this quite hard, and form wasn't easy to come by. We had a good run of results near the start though. Draws were a killer for me, as they killed any momentum, we were building! We ended up with:



We had a 4th placed finish in the league table, with Germany winning the whole thing. Italy came in 2nd, whilst Denmark finished 3rd.


In the playoff, we faced Denmark, and were smashed 3-0 in the first leg, leaving us little chance of success in the return leg. Ironically we beat them but we lost on aggregate. Nevermind.



This was where we excelled, as we reached the final, but lost to Germany in an appalling result. We had some cracking results along the way though dumping out some of the more fancied teams in Spain & Uruguay

Silver League - 4th placed finish - 35 POINTS
Cup of Nations - Runners Up - 75 POINTS
Top goalscorer - Nope - 0 points

TOTAL - 75 + 35 = 110 POINTS


I'm annoyed, but not to do with the footballing side of things, but the league rules and more specifically the country rules. I lost 3 of my players to National Service, and I'm not sure what it all means. They got to choose where to play their national service, and they moved clubs for some reason. Who knows what the hell is going on, but I don't that's for sure. Anyway, the good news is that I had my contract extended and I'm here until December 2044. It's nice to be able to have the time to build a team, and hopefully, I can cross South Korea off my list. I have a wage of £4.2k a week, which should provide me with a lovely new flat here in Pohang.




We went on a crazy run of games towards the end of the season that put us in a hell of a spot to challenge for that league title. In the regular season, we only lost 3 more games, this time against Ulsan, Jeju & Sangju, and kept up our unbeaten record against Jeonbuk & Seoul which is crucial if we want to win the league. I'm delighted with how we have performed in both phases of the game. The defence has stood up and has look strong all season, whereas we have goalscoring ability from multiple players. We conceded 14 goals in the second half of the regular season and scored 33 times ourselves which is decent. By finishing 2nd in the league at the end of the season, we qualified for the Championship Group which meant we played the top 6 teams once more.

We carried on our form nicely, only losing the once more, which could've been a crucial loss against Jeonbuk who were our only rivals for the title at this stage. We were comfortable winners in the other 4 games in this stage, as we beat Seongnam, Jeju, Sangju & Seoul. Was it enough to win the title, or were Jeonbuk going to win the double after they had won the Asian Champions League?



IT WAS ENOUGH! It's a close finish for the title, but we've come out on top! The boys battled all the way to the end and it's paid off! We ended up winning the league by one single point, as Jeonbuk finished in 2nd place. That's what it's all about!




It wasn't to be the double this year, as we bowed out of the Korean FA Cup in the semi-final for the second year in a row. We were knocked out by Jeonbuk over the two legs, but I'm proud of how we performed in this cup. Next year will be the one, I can tell! It's about time we got some luck in the cup!



1 | Matthew Nash | 16
2 | Moon Jung-Hyun| 12
3 | Wellington Felicio | 10

1 | Emmanuel Villereal | 11
2 | Chris Smith, Kim Sang-Joon | 7
3 | Matthew Nash | 5

1 | Min Dae-Han | 7.41
2 | Seok Young-Ki | 7.24
3 | Matthew Nash | 7.23

Next Post | Mid Season Update 2043

Wow, not the greatest of starts in Iceland! Keep your head and stay ice cool


I can tell you now, the position the team ended up in last season, was a total lie. They are a lot better than that and we are showing it this season already. The fact that they had no manager must've played into things a little bit. Anyway, I've had a better time recruiting staff members, as I came into the club with no backroom team with me. I pulled my assistant from Suwon in with me and from there we've added the key members we needed to ensure the smooth running of the team.

Finances have gone down, but nothing too disastrous as we're still well in the positives, and have just over £10m in the coffers. I could do with selling a few players to make us a bit more money but I'll focus on that come to the end of the season.


I set about trying to secure some extra top-quality to add to the first-team depth, and I'm really pleased with what I managed to find. The first player through the door was Chris Smith. The young Australian is an attacking threat who can play anywhere across the attacking third. He comes in from Newcastle Jets in the A-League. Seok Yung-Ki was the next man in. The South Korean U20 international comes in from our rivals FC Seoul, and I'm delighted to have weakened them whilst strengthening our backline. Our second South Korean U20 through the door was Min Dae-Han. He's as impressive as you can get, and can play anywhere in the middle of the pitch. I needed to strengthen the core of the pitch, and I did just that with these incomings. Happy days ahead.

Chris Smith

Seok Yung-Ki

Min Dae-Han



That fixture list looks a lot better than it did last season, and I'm ecstatic with how the players have turned things around. I've employed the 4-2-3-1 formation that focuses on pressing the opposition then wait patiently to create our own chances when we have the ball. It's working well, as we've only lost the 3 games so far this season. Those losses came against Seongnam, Suwon & Jeju. We've had a lot of good results, and the victories against FC Seoul was the highlight for me. They are a huge challenger for the title, and to beat them is impressive. The key for us has been our defence, and it's showing us we've only conceded 11 goals in 17 league games. We ended this half of the season with a brilliant performance and victory against Jeonbuk the current champions.



As you can see, it's tight at the top and we're right up there challenging for that league title. We've done excellently so far and have 36 points to our name. Jeonbuk lead the way 2 points ahead of us, whilst Seoul sit 2 points behind us in 3rd, with a game in hand. It's all to play for and should be a cracking end to the season.



Only the one round so far in the Korean FA Cup, and we were drawn against minnows Gangneung City. It was a total whitewash as I didn't rest anyone as I want to go far in this trophy. We battered them 7-0, and advance to the next round.



1 | Matthew Nash | 10
2 | Min Dae-Han | 5
3 | Chris Smith, Wellington Felicio, Emmanuel Villereal | 4

1 | Emmanuel Villereal | 7
2 | Chris Smith | 4
3 | Kim Sang-Joon, Matthew Nash | 3

1 | Min Dae-Han | 7.43
2 | Matthew Nash | 7.33
3 | Emmanuel Villereal | 7.32

Next Post | End of Season 2042

@r96Skinner, thanks for the comment man! Yeah, I must've clicked a wrong button that said something along the lines that I'd start at the end of next season so my bad.


Just a little bit of an update for you all. As you'll know if you read my latest update, is that I have accepted the role of manager at Pohang Steelers, so this post will be a 'CLUB OVERVIEW' and also an 'End of Season 2041 Update' because I decided to holiday through the season so that I could take over at Pohang Steelers after I made the mistake in saying I would join at the end of the next season. As I was still in charge of FC Suwon, they had taken away my responsibilities such as signing players, and staff contracts so it wasn't worthwhile, hence the holidaying until I took over at Pohang Steelers.


Pohang Steelers are a professional club playing in the Hana 1Q K League 1 in South Korea. They are one of the more famous names in South Korean football, having won the Hana 1Q K League 1 on 5 separate occasions. They've also won the highest honour in Asian football, the Asian Champions League on 3 occasions. They have 1 historic rival in Ulsan who provide a derby that has no rival in South Korean football.

They play their home games at the Steel Yard which is based in Pohang itself. It has a capacity of 17,443 all seated, which was built in 1990. They benefit from Good training facilities and good youth facilities. Financially the club are doing alright, having a positive bank balance of over £13m.




I have a decent-sized squad available to me, and it looks to be full of quality. You'll see that they haven't performed well at all this season, but I think that's due to them not having a manager all season thanks to my mistake. Goalkeeper wise, we have 2 options, one experienced, and one youngster which is fine by me. I'll be looking at tutoring the younger one to help him improve to be our number one in the future. We only have 2 CBs in the first team, so I'll be looking at bringing one or two in or using the youth team to find a gem to help fill the gaps. We have an absolute goal-scoring machine up top in the form of Matthew Nash, the Australian who's the club top goalscorer this season. It looks like I'll be having to delve into the transfer market to add to the spine of the squad as we are thin through the middle of the pitch.




I took charge of the first team just as the Relegation Group Phase had kicked off, so I only had 5 games in charge this season. Obviously, there is no way the club should be in this stage, and I'll be hoping that we can kick on next season to challenge at the right end of the league next time around. It's been a disappointing campaign for the fans so I'll be looking at putting a smile back on their faces.

This season, the club finished in 9th, whilst also participating in the Asian Champions League getting knocked out in the Group Stage that contained Adelaide United, FC Hiroshima & SIPG
. In the Korean FA Cup, they made it all the way to the Semi-Finals, but were knocked out by Ulsan which wouldn't have pleased the fans. You can see with the fixtures that they actually started really well, but went on a terrible run of games during the middle of the season where they couldn't find a win for anything.

Next Post | Mid-Season Update 2041
I agree with @r96Skinner. It'd be a shame to see it go down the pan completely, so maybe add the International sections after you've finished this part!

Orrr......come join me on a 'Win It All Journeyman'