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A massive thanks to @Dan for letting me copy his style of story!
1st June 2016

We, the Scottish FA, today announce that Gordon Strachan will be leaving his role as manager of Scotland. Gordon leaves with our thanks and our best wishes, but having seen all of the other home nations qualifying for the European Championships in France, we need to make changes to ensure that we will not miss out again.

In Strachan's place, we are looking to bring in a young coach who will oversee the rebuild of Scottish football, and build the nation's football on the back of some key factors:
  • Introduce new players to the national set up
  • Create a new, attacking brand of football from U19 to first team
  • Bring in excellent coaches throughout the leagues to encourage player development
With this in mind, we are delighted to announce Will Schoolar as the new manager of the Scottish national side. Will is an integral part of the way we would like this nation and FA to evolve, and we will be looking for him to get his feet under the desk this summer as we prepare for our World Cup qualifying tournament. Our aim for this qualifying period is to reach the play off phase.
Awesome to see Adam Armstrong firing for you @Dan - he's a favourite of mine since the season he had at Coventry last year, and great to see him banging them in for 'Frank'.
Really liking the layout @Dan think it's very clear, and good updates!! Think you need Scholes in there somewhere :p
Good luck @Dan this could be a really interesting story.
Season 1: August - October



So far so good in the league, with only two defeats in our first sixteen games. Some really good results in there, particularly the 4-0 win over Colchester, whilst our 5-3 defeat at Plymouth was really disappointing.

Early exits in the Carling Cup (2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday after extra time) and the JPT (2-1 to Blackpool) aren't of any real significance other than loss of income from ticket sales.



Really good start, and a slender lead over Portsmouth who really should be doing a lot better in my opinion. Mansfield and Blackpool have also been very good early season, and it should make for an interesting promotion race. The board are only looking at us to secure a top half finish this season, so we have a lot of room to bring some younger players into the first team without losing any of their faith in me.

Players of the quarter

3. Callum Saunders


Our young striker has been really good for us this season, despite picking up a knock early on. He's scored 7 goals in all competitions, and looks to be making some good improvements to his stats.

2. Ryan Seager (loan from Southampton)


I don't intend to use the loan market too much in this save, but Seager was already at the club and is in great form. 10 goals and 7 assists so far this season is just fantastic, and if he becomes available, I'd love to add him permanently.

1. Oli Turton


Oli has been superb so far this season at right back, and has really been a star performer. He has the highest average rating in the squad, but his five assists have been a great addition to our attacks. He is solid at the back, and I am really pleased with his progression so far even if the green arrows aren't reflecting this just yet.

Player of the quarter

August - October

1. Oliver Turton
2. Ryan Seager
3. Callum Saunders

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2028/29: Cruzeiro


Minas State - 1st

Most pointless league ever... highlights were an 11-0 and a 12-0 win. 62 goals scored, zero conceded as we ran all the way through the league and won the play offs to secure another trophy.


Copa Libertadores won, and that's three Champions League trophies won over two continents. I've now loaded South Africa, Australia, Mexico and the MLS as I look to push for the remaining three titles to complete my pentagon.

Just the distraction of the Olympics with France U23, and a quick side step to a club I've been eager to manage for a long time... Paris Saint-Germain!
2027/28: Cruzeiro


National First Division - 1st

I've never managed in Brazil before, so this was a very interesting side step. The main aim of this leg of the tour is to win the Copa Libertadores, but as I arrived, Cruzeiro had already been knocked out.


We did however have an excellent run in the other competitions, winning everything. I just have the Minas State division and the Copa Libertadores left to win in Brazil with Cruzeiro, so this hopefully won't last much longer than a season!


Manager of the Year once more, and this time on another continent altogether. Delighted with this career progression, and it has the potential to be a pentagon save!
2026/27: FC Barcelona


La Liga - 1st

After departing Ipswich Town, I headed for one of the biggest clubs in European football... Barcelona! We went unbeaten all season in the league, crowned with the league title at the first attempt, and also managed to pick up the Spanish Cup and Super Cup.


To top off a very incredible first season, we managed to win the Champions League as well, meaning I had now won the tournament with two different sides. With our haul of trophies, me being named Manager of the Year in Spain, and dominance of the Spanish league, I decided to resign and find a new challenge.


I was linked with Arsenal and Liverpool, and was offered the job at the Emirates, but I decided that I didn't want to return to England's top table just yet, and looked for a club outside of Europe... the next leg of my career takes me to Brazil, and Cruzeiro!

Premier League: Watford 2 - 0 West Bromwich Albion

Troy Deeney scored the second for Watford

After their opening day victory over Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion were powerless to compete with Watford at Vicarage Road. Steven Berghuis and Troy Deeney netted for the Hornets.

West Brom were powerless to resist the counter attacking ability of the home side, and despite several changes at the hour mark, the Baggies couldn't pull a goal back.

Team: Myhill, Gamboa, Olsson, Evans, Pocognoli, Yacob, Fletcher, Pritchard, Brunt, Rondon, Berahino
Subs: Dawson, Morrison, McClean.

Other Results

Chelsea 1 - 0 Swansea
Aston Villa 0 - 1 Manchester City
Everton 3 - 3 Crystal Palace
Manchester United 3 - 0 Sunderland
Stoke City 0 - 0 Tottenham
Newcastle 1 - 0 Liverpool

Bournemouth 1 - 3 Southampton
Arsenal 2 - 0 West Ham

Leicester 1 - 2 Norwich

Premier League: West Bromwich Albion 4 - 1 Stoke City

Rondon at the double for West Brom

West Bromwich Albion made the perfect start to the season with an excellent 4-1 win over Stoke City. Salomon Rondon was the Man of the Match with two goals on his debut.

Alex Pritchard also netted on his first competitive start for the club, with Salomon ROndon completing the rout. Mame Diouf scored the consolation goal for the visitors.

Team: Myhill; Gamboa, Olsson, Evans, Pocognoli; Fletcher, Yacob, Pritchard, Brunt; Rondon, Berahino
Subs: Chester.

Other Results

Everton 1 - 0 Manchester United
Crystal Palace 2 - 1 Liverpool
Norwich City 3 - 2 Bournemouth
Sunderland 1 - 0 Watford
Swansea 3 - 3 Arsenal
Tottenham 2 - 0 Leicester
Manchester City 0 - 1 Newcastle

West Ham 2 - 1 Aston Villa
Southampton 0 - 0 Chelsea

Seasonal objectives set

The Hawthorns is set for the new season

At their annual pre-season press conference, the West Bromwich Albion media team have released the seasonal objectives for the club.

After their thirteenth placed finish last season, fans and the board expect another mid-table finish, whilst the club are expected to reach the fourth and fifth round of the League Cup and FA Cup respectively.

In an earlier tweet, manager Will Schoolar commented that if the players perform the way they have in pre-season, it should be an excellent season for the fans.

Abdul Razak signs

Razak in action for Ivory Coast

West Bromwich Albion have completed the free transfer signing of former Manchester City midfielder Abdul Razak.

Razak comes in as part of the first team squad despite only a handful of appearances at the Etihad.

Razak also had periods at West Ham, Charlton and Doncaster Rovers.

Bari 0 - 3 West Bromwich Albion

Salomon Rondon continues his good pre-season form

West Bromwich Albion completed their pre-season preparations with a comfortable 3-0 win in Italy. Salomon Rondon, Darren Fletcher and Saido Berahino scored the goals in a comfortable finish to a brilliant pre-season for the Baggies.

Christian Gamboa starred at right back, as the Costa Rican looks to stamp his authority on the full back position.

Darren Fletcher to remain as club captain

Darren Fletcher upon signing for WBA

Scotland international Darren Fletcher has been confirmed as captain of West Bromwich Albion for the upcoming season. Fletcher was captain last season, and despite the change in regime, he will continue this season.

Chris Brunt remains vice captain. Both players have a wealth of Premier League experience, and Schoolar will be looking to draw on this as he begins his journey at the Hawthorns.

West Bromwich Albion begin loan repayments

WBA Chairman Jeremy Peace

West Bromwich Albion have today confirmed they have begun repayments on a £24m loan to the bank. The loan was taken out prior to this season, and is reported to be costing the club £1m a month for the next two years.

The board have commented that the repayments will not affect investment in the footballing side of the club, although many fans are worried that if they cannot remain in the Premier League this season, finances will become a lot stricter.

West Bromwich Albion 2 - 1 RSC Anderlecht

Chris Brunt scores for West Brom

A small crowd gathered for West Bromwich Albion's only home friendly, as the Baggies overcame RSC Anderlecht. The Belgian side, who will compete in the Europa League this season, were second best as the home side gave debuts to Christian Walton and Nicolai Boilesen.

Alex Pritchard opened the scoring after 14 minutes, before Chris Brunt doubled the lead just before half time. Steven Defour scored two minutes before time for the visitors, but the home side were fully in control throughout.

Team: Walton; Gamboa, Dawson, Evans, Boilesen; Yacob, Fletcher, Pritchard, Brunt; Rondon, Berahino
Subs: Jones, Roberts, McClean.

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Nicolai Boilesen arrives on loan

Boilesen arrives on loan from Ajax

Nicolai Boilesen has joined West Bromwich Albion on a season loan from Ajax. Boilesen will compete with Sebastien Pocognoli at left back.

Unfortunately, Daniele Rugani has decided to reject a move to the Hawthorns, instead signing for Tottenham Hotspur for the season.

Germany Tour Review

West Brom were based in Chemnitz

West Bromwich Albion have now completed their four game of Germany. All four opponents were from the lower leagues, but it was a good opportunity for the players and staff to gel and gain fitness.

Chemnitz 1 - 2 West Bromwich Albion
Scorers: Callum McManaman, Saido Berahino

Team: Jones; Gamboa, Dawson, Evans, Brunt; Yacob, Morrison, Pritchard, McManaman; Rondon, Berahino
Subs: Myhill, Chester, Fletcher, McClean, Olsson.

Greuther Furth 1 - 2 West Bromwich Albion
Scorers: James McClean, Salomon Rondon

Team: Myhill; Gamboa, Chester, Evans, Pocognoli; Yacob, Fletcher, McManaman, McClean; Lambert, Berahino
Subs: Jones, Brunt, Rondon, Olsson, Roberts.

Wurzburg 0 - 2 West Bromwich Albion
Scorers: Tyler Roberts, Salomon Rondon

Team: Myhill; Dawson, Chester, Evans, Brunt; Yacob, Morrison, Pritchard, Roberts; Rondon, Leko
Subs: Jones, Berahino, Olsson, McManaman.

Magdeburg 1 - 3 West Bromwich Albion
Scorers: Darren Fletcher (2), Rondon

Team: Myhill; Gamboa, Dawson, Evans, Pocognoli; Yacob, Fletcher, McManaman, McClean; Rondon, Berahino
Subs: Jones, Brunt.

Four games, four wins, and some very interesting performances. Salomon Rondon, Tyler Roberts and Darren Fletcher all impressed on the tour, and West Brom head home for a friendly against Anderlecht before a final friendly away at Bari.

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Brad Jones signs until the end of the season

Australia goalkeeper Brad Jones in action for Liverpool

Just days after signing Christian Walton from Brighton on loan, West Bromwich Albion have secured the free transfer signing of Brad Jones. The Australian shot stopper will provide competition for Myhill, and gives West Brom three options in goal during Ben Foster's absence.

In other news, West Brom have made a loan approach for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and Chelsea forward Loic Remy.

Anichebe heads for exit door

Anichebe is surplus to requirements at the club

Victor Anichebe has completed his loan move to Hull City this afternoon, with the Championship side looking to test the water before a permanent deal for the player.

Gareth McAuley has also left the club, with a temporary move to Queens Park Rangers. Stephane Sessegnon completes the trio of departures as he heads for Galatasaray on loan.

West Bromwich Albion have also confirmed the loan signing of Christian Walton from Brighton & Hove Albion. Walton will be backup to Boaz Myhill until Ben Foster recovers from his injury.

West Bromwich Albion 5 - 1 West Bromwich Albion U21

Alex Pritchard opened the scoring

West Bromwich Albion began their preseason preparation with a comfortable 5-1 win over their Under 21 squad. Alex Pritchard opened the scoring after six minutes, before Stephane Sessegnon equalised a minute later for the U21 side.

Jonathan Leko and Jonny Evans scored before half time to give the Baggies a 3-1 lead, before wholesale changes were made at the break.

Salomon Rondon and Rickie Lambert completed the scoring, with Schoolar having a good look at the players at his disposal.

Team: Myhill; Dawson, Chester, Evans, Brunt; Yacob, Fletcher, Pritchard, McClean; Roberts, Leko

Subs: Gamboa, Morrison, Lambert, Pocognoli, McManaman, Berahino, Olsson, Rondon

Gareth McAuley amongst players told to find new club

Gareth McAuley in action for Northern Ireland

With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, Northern Ireland international Gareth McAuley has been told to find a new club. This move comes as a surprise to many fans, with McAuley a firm favourite at the Hawthorns.

However, with his increasing years, fans have also noted that they are excited to see who will replace the commanding centre back.

Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe have also been told to find new clubs, whilst Jonathan Leko and Tyler Roberts have been promoted to the first team squad.

Liam Brady joins WBA Staff

Liam Brady at Arsenal

With the appointment of Will Schoolar, West Bromwich Albion have added five new staff members to the backroom team. Liam Brady has arrived as Head of Youth Development, whilst Michael Lindemann will be Schoolar's new assistant manager.

Ray Clarke arrives as Director of Football, replacing Richard Garlick, with Kevin Hitchcock and Stewart Houston signing as goalkeeper coach and scout respectively.

The new appointments have been met with positive reactions from fans who are pleased to see change at the club.
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Former player Will Schoolar announced as manager

Schoolar left the club in 2013

Former midfielder Will Schoolar has been appointed as the new manager of West Bromwich Albion. Schoolar, who spent his formative years in the club's academy, left in 2009 before rejoining four years later for another season.

Injury during an international call up ended Schoolar's career, with the midfield maestro not completing a full England cap. The player's previous roles have been on the coaching staff at Coventry City, and has jumped at the chance to make the step up.

Schoolar is known for his attacking football and use of wide players, with fans delighted that this new philosphy will replace Pulis' defensive style.

Staff follow Pulis out the door

Director of Football Richard Garlick among the resignations

After the shock departure of Tony Pulis, four more of the club's back room staff have departed. Director of Football Richard Garlick, Head of Youth Development Mark Harrison, Assistant Manager David Kemp, and goalkeeper coach Jonathan Gould have all left.

With rumours of a new manager being appointed in a few days growing, the departures are not a shock as the club will look to restructure after Pulis' departure. Former player Will Schoolar has been linked with the role, amongst other leading candidates such as Sean Dyche and Lee Clark.

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Tony Pulis Sacked by West Bromwich Albion

Pulis leaves after 13th placed finish

West Bromwich Albion have today announced that they have parted company with manager Tony Pulis as the club prepare for the 2015/16 season. Former Stoke City manager Pulis led the Baggies to a 13th position finish last season, but the club have decided to look at other options. The decision comes as a surprise to fans, although many hope that a more attack minded manager will be put in place to lead the club this season.
2025/26: Ipswich Town


Premier League - 2nd

Manchester United completely dominated this season in the league, but I am pleased to secured 2nd place behind them. We were second for a long time, but we never came close to pushing Manchester United and they secure a very well deserved league win... and I guess we will have to make do with this instead:


A fantastic achievement for us to win the Champions League, and we looked excellent throughout! Highlight of my career to date, and really pleased to have taken Ipswich Town from the Championship relegation fight to the Champions League.


Throw in two more cup wins, with the League Cup and FA Cup also being won, and it's a big treble for us. It was a shame not to get the Community Shield and the league, but we can't be too greedy!


Not too many well known names still around, but Dele Alli and James Ward-Prowse have been incredible players this season. Kevin Moore has come through our youth ranks (hence the + after his name so I didn't forget him!) and has established himself as one of the best right backs in the world!


1990 days after being hired as Ipswich manager, I have decided to resign and look for a new challenge. I have a good number of leagues loaded, but no particular destination in mind as yet... who knows where I will end up!


One final piece of silverware, and France win the World Cup under my stewardship. It's been a fun distraction with the French national side, but with the World Cup won, I have decided to step down and focus on my new role.