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Will get on this when I can! Good luck all.
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Just caught up, unlucky at Basingstoke but you've done well to land on your feet at Limerick, and a play off place is well within reach, if not top spot if the other 2 sides drop points. Fingers crossed

That certainly did not go to plan at Basingstoke! However like Matt said above, you've landed on your feet with Limerick it would seem!

Thanks, as always!
Basingstoke went bad but Limerick was a good job to get so soon after, a few other jobs interested me but would've included a relegation battle - I chickened out and went for the promotion race instead.

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Roma is a great job to get. Wish you luck!
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Nicely done avoiding relegation!
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It has been an interesting start to my time with Limerick in the Republic of Ireland.

As shown above, we sit 3rd on 1 June 2022 and are in the midst of a three-way title race with Longford Town and UCD. Pre-season title favourites Shelbourne have struggled down in 5th.

It has been 'one of those' type of title races thus far, we were sitting 1st for all but three of the first thirteen matchdays but have dropped off a little recently - especially as Longford and UCD have, of course, been just as good as us throughout. UCD sit top, they're surprisingly still undefeated. Me & Limerick sit 3pts adrift of UCD, who are joined atop by Longford on 34pts.

As for the cups, we were knocked out of the Munster Senior Cup at the quarter-final stage to Cobh Ramblers - who, despite being 7th, have become our bogey team - W1 (narrowly), L2. Our EA Sports Cup journey also ended at the first hurdle as Premier Division outfit Galway United eliminated us. The FAI Cup will get underway in August.

Overall it has been a good first campaign for me at Limerick, given we were predicted to finish 5th. Still 11 First Division fixtures left to play, including home games against Longford and UCD. It's in our hands.

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There are my transfers. I signed three of those in Matthew Swann, Robin Shroot and Philip Gannon - the other three are youth team signings made by my assistant Michael Timlin; the former Southend United player.

Swann is a player I had at Lisburn Distillery and Basingstoke Town. He hasn't really got a look in just yet, due to the form of Cian Murphy (14gls in 16gms) and Kevin Buckley (2gls in 2starts) but is a useful back-up option - I signed him on loan until the end of June, though can sign him on a pre-contract arrangement for July if I desire.

Shroot, the one-time Birmingham City man, was signed as we needed a CAM, same reasoning for Gannon except he is a CDM. Both have featured a fair amount of times so far. Liam Benson was the only departure, as he joined Cobh Ramblers' U19s within days of my arrival.


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Squad dynamics and board ratings can be seen below. Managerial support is weirdly in the red despite no major or minor issues with the squad, which is lowering my manager performance rating to 'C+' - which is still fine, the board are happy with me.

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Thank you for reading!
Next? 29 September 2022! (hopefully)
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Career Recap:
Job 001, 2019–2021: https://i.imgur.com/5Sv2wEN.png Lisburn Distillery (NIR/III) | W:29 D:14 L:20 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 | resigned
Job 002, 2021: https://i.imgur.com/AnXerzs.png Basingstoke Town (ENG/VI) | W:6 D:7 L:19 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 | sacked
Job 003, 2022–: https://i.imgur.com/fWA7pnB.png Limerick (IRL/II) | W:9 D:4 L:5 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 |
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I'm off to the Republic of Ireland!

Limerick of the First Division have allowed me to manage them from the upcoming 2022 season. I'm able to join right at the beginning thanks to my Basingstoke Town mid-campaign sacking. Limerick are predicted to finish 5th in 2022, so are expected to be amongst the favourites to be chasing the three play-off places from 2nd to 4th.

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That's what awaits me, from the fixtures to the players. I'm excited to get started!
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Current Team: Limerick (Irish First Division) | Honours With Them: 0
This Season's (2022) Expectation(s): Reach Promotion Play-off
Overall Team #: 3 | Career Honours: 0
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Limerick were founded back in 1937, initially joining the top division prior to playing their first match in the Dublin City Cup in August of that year against Shamrock Rovers. They've won the Premier Division title on two occasions; in 1959–60 and 1979–80. However, nowadays they find themselves in the second tier after relegation in 2018. They've remained there in-game, finishing 7th, 8th and 4th across the last three seasons. The club's last trophy remains the 2016 First Division, though they did reach the Munster Senior Cup final last season - losing to Cork City.

Also in 2021, they came inches away from promotion to the Premier Division after reaching the play-offs. They defeated domestic rivals UCD and Longford Town, but would lose at the last hurdle to top-flight Drogheda United. Can I guide them one better in 2022?


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Journey So Far!

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Thank you for reading!
Next? 1 June 2022! (hopefully)
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Current Manager Profile:
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Career Recap:
Job 001, 2019–2021: https://i.imgur.com/5Sv2wEN.png Lisburn Distillery (NIR/III) | W:29 D:14 L:20 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 | resigned
Job 002, 2021: https://i.imgur.com/AnXerzs.png Basingstoke Town (ENG/VI) | W:6 D:7 L:19 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 | sacked
Job 003, 2022–: https://i.imgur.com/fWA7pnB.png Limerick (IRL/II) | W:0 D:0 L:0 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 |


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Well that went splendidly, didn't it?

169 days into my reign of Basingstoke Town in England, I was sacked on Boxing Day 2021 - happy holidays eh? I'll get into what occurred shortly, but it was probably deserved given our position - though I felt our form was slowly turning a corner.

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As you can see, it is understandable why chairman Ross Bettinelli felt a change was needed.

We actually started the campaign extremely well, given we were a newly-promoted outfit, after winning two of our opening three fixtures against Oxford City and Kingstonian. Things went south pretty quickly though, as we didn't pick up another three points until nine games later versus Welling United. That aforementioned win didn't do much, as we went on a fourteen-match winless streak in all competitions; notably getting knocked out of the FA Cup by lower league Aveley.

Mid-November saw a mini change in fortunes though, I led the team to beating Folkestone Invicta in the FA Trophy before securing a stunning 3-0 win over runaway league leaders Eastleigh. Sadly, that wasn't the start of a new dawn as we failed to get a National League South victory in my final month in charge - failure to beat relegation rivals Oxford City and Truro City saw Basingstoke fire me at Christmas.

A real shame. I get why I was sacked, but would've liked a further month in charge to see if the overall form had improved.


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Not that it matters all that much now, but here are the fifteen signings I made with Basingstoke Town.

My main incoming was Matthew Swann from former club Lisburn Distillery. He actually worked out pretty nicely, currently (28 January 2022) scoring 12 goals in 34 games in all competitions with an average rating of 6.77. His Basingstoke contract actually ends in the forthcoming June, he is oddly loan listed and is interested in joining me at my next club (revealed shortly), so I might be reunited with my only memorable Basingstoke player very soon.


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Onto the next one!
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Thank you for reading!
Next? New Job!
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Career Recap:
Job 001, 2019–2021: https://i.imgur.com/5Sv2wEN.png Lisburn Distillery (NIR/III) | W:29 D:14 L:20 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 | resigned
Job 002, 2021: https://i.imgur.com/AnXerzs.png Basingstoke Town (ENG/VI) | W:6 D:7 L:19 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 | sacked
My Careers:
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FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
Class work, Dan!
Intrigued by the outcome of your decision, I can see the reasoning behind potentially leaving.
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Great to see your return! It'll be cool to see North/South America getting some attention on here.
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Strange one @Sokque ... have you reported it over at the official SI games forums? That's probably the best place to ask for an answer/fix.
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Ah into England you go...can't have two careers in N.Ireland at the same time now can we?

Basingstoke will be fun, best of luck to you there my man!

Indeed! Shameful of you to go to Limavady after they beat me to promotion, tbh.
Thanks!
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I have moved across the Irish Sea to England, joining Basingstoke Town in the National League South.

As I've mentioned before, I don't have any sort of rules to stick to in my journeyman saves. I just (try to) enjoy the ride, experiencing different footballing cultures. This save could easily end with zero trophies/success, or I could become the next Sir Alex Ferguson. Either way, I like to take it all how it comes. Therefore, going to England makes sense for me. I don't remember the last time I managed in the English lower leagues, it has been a long, long while.

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Current Team: Basingstoke Town (National League South) | Honours With Them: 0
This Season's (2021-22) Expectation(s): Avoid Relegation
Overall Team #: 2 | Career Honours: 0
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Basingstoke Town hold a respectable - if not massively successful - history.

The Dragons were formed back in 1896, initially joining the Hampshire League from 1901. Fast forward to 2021 and they find themselves newly-promoted from the Southern League to the National League South - England's sixth tier. They've previously played at this level (most recently in 2015-16) but haven't progressed any higher. They play their home fixtures at the modest Winklebury Football Complex. Their spiritual home is actually Camrose, though that has been left abandoned following disagreements with owner/chairman Rafi Razzak.

In terms of honours, Basingstoke have a 1984–85 Southern League title to their name - their last major trophy. They've won a few other things, including the Hampshire Senior Cup seven times.


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Basingstoke Town have set me realistic expectations, with the key one being to avoid relegation. They would like us to reach the FA Cup third qualifying round and 'be competitive' in the FA Trophy.

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Here's what awaits me. The squad is looking extremely light at the minute so will need building up, I do have a £14k transfer kitty at my disposal to help with that. In terms of fixtures, they've already played one pre-season friendly - a defeat to Cardiff City's U23s.

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Thank you for reading!
Next? January 2022! (hopefully)
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Career Recap:
Job 001, 2019–2021: https://i.imgur.com/5Sv2wEN.png Lisburn Distillery (NIR/III) | W:29 D:14 L:20 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 | resigned
Job 002, 2021–: https://i.imgur.com/AnXerzs.png Basingstoke Town (ENG/VI) | W:0 D:0 L:0 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 |
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b | FM19a | FM19b | FM19c
FM20I: Trip to: United States (w/ Cincinnati) https://i.imgur.com/FQLsK4I.png / II: Earth Trip https://i.imgur.com/WvSK16U.png (journeyman)
Gotta love the Northern Irish system. Best of luck with Limavady United!

About the contracts: This could've been just in my experience there or maybe a bug, but a frankly ridiculous amount of clubs tried to poach my players; it truly felt like almost everyday, most of the time from random reserve teams. I always offered minor improved terms to avoid losing the players, so not sure how many would've actually departed.

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Absolute class, that! Thank you Cefn Druids!
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Big fan of stuff like this. I'll hopefully use it at some point.
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Current Team: Lisburn Distillery (Premier Intermediate League) | Honours With Them: 0
This Season's (2020-21) Expectation(s): Win The Title
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Update: January to May 2021
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2020/21 has come to a close. Could I lead Lisburn Distillery to any sort of success or would I face an early sacking?
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A terrific unbeaten second part of the season left us in 2nd with just one fixture left to play, but it was all to play for as we were being chased by two others: Limavady United and Portstewart. We would host Limavady on the final day, while Portstewart would head to ninth place Annagh United.

Could we secure that play-off place?


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Bottled it. We actually managed to bottle it.

We just didn't turn up on what turned out to be a gutting final day, as we narrowly lost out at home to Limavady United who went on to secure that play-off spot; and subsequent promotion after defeating Queen's University Belfast. We dropped down to finish 4th due to Portstewart's win over Annagh United. Very frustrating.


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There's the fixture list, which you can see we actually managed to reach the Intermediate Cup final. Having defeated runaway Premier Intermediate League winners Tobermore United in the semi-finals, we met mid-table Dollingstown in the final on neutral territory at Seaview.

Could we salvage a trophy from this disappointing campaign?


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Unbelievable. 90'+3 minutes...

We could've ended the campaign as play-off winners and Intermediate Cup holders, but instead we finish it trophyless and are still a third tier team.


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My board rating was at 'E' for the majority but they didn't sack me, despite numerous board meetings that I managed to blag my way through. After the cup final, my rating strangely went up to 'C-' and they even showed me their upcoming 'Club Vision' (suggesting a new contract offer?) which was to finish mid-table in our current division (??) but become an established Championship team in 2022/23 despite no promotion being in their vision. Needless to say, that feature has bugged out.


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Despite the possibility of a new contract, I decided to resign as Lisburn Distillery manager.

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I fancy a new challenge, so a good point for me to part ways with the club; arguably better for them too!
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Career Recap:
Job 001, 2019–2021: https://i.imgur.com/5Sv2wEN.png Lisburn Distillery (NIR/III) | W:29 D:14 L:20 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 | resigned

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Congrats on that promotion, shame you lost to Almeria in the overall final but going up was the goal; as you mention. Best of luck in the second tier!
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Congrats! That formation change worked out tremendously. Winning via the play-offs always feels great!
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Hard luck narrowly missing out last season, need a strong second half of the season this time around it seems.

Indeed we do. Tobermore are too good to be caught, but hopefully we can squeeze into that play-off spot.
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Good impact, that. Intrigued to see if you can build on that next season.
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Best of luck in Croatia! Relegation will hopefully be avoided thanks to how poor Varteks are.
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Current Team: Lisburn Distillery (Premier Intermediate League) | Honours With Them: 0
This Season's (2020-21) Expectation(s): Win The Title
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Update: July 2020 to January 2021
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January 2021 has arrived, as I've reached the midpoint of my second season in charge of Lisburn Distillery in Northern Ireland's third division. We narrowly missed out on the title and promotion last campaign as we failed the board's expectations, but we managed to snag a further year in charge of The Whites though the expectation now is to the win the division outright. A tough but very much doable task.

Here's our full expectations for 2020/21, while the bookies interestingly placed us as fifth favourites.

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In terms of transfers, I signed just two players - central midfielder Tiarnan Boorman (NIR) from Coleraine and centre-back Matteo Lavorca (ITA) from Linfield. Craig Kennedy, our back-up goalkeeper, left for newly-promoted Belfast Celtic, while Anthony Byrne's contract expired. Steven Ferguson (cm), Stephen Curley (cb) and Andrew Long (rb/cm) all retired.

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Thoughts
It hasn't gone great. We have been incredibly inconsistent, given we began the season in fine form beating our first three opponents in Dollingstown, Annagh United and Newington but that was coupled with a fall at the first hurdle in three different cup competitions; narrowly to Championship outfit Dergview in the League Cup and Belfast Celtic in the Steel & Sons Cup, but simply outclassed by last season's relegated Championship team PSNI; who beat us again days later.

We went winless in September, before winning just two of the four competitive matches in October - one of which being in the Intermediate Cup versus minnows Markethill Swifts; after extra time rather embarrassingly. Just two actual matches in November, as we lost to Banbridge Town but did progress in the aforementioned cup versus other lower leaguers Ardstraw. December was where it fell apart a little to be honest, despite losing just once - to Newington - we dropped points against Limavady United and Annagh United; securing a sole victory over Dollingstown.

We also met Dergview for the second time in a cup, again narrowly losing out to the team from the league above. It has been a frustrating campaign.

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Thoughts
That looks a tad worse than it actually is, given we're just one point from 3rd and six points off 2nd. 1st is totally out of reach, given Tobermore United's sensational form which leaves them eleven points ahead of Portstewart - they've certainly reacted well to missing promotion, us not so much.

Cup-wise, we are out of the Irish Cup, the League Cup, the County Antrim Shield and Steel & Sons Cup but do remain in the Intermediate Cup; where we'll face divisional rivals Armagh City in round three.

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Thoughts
As you can see, I still have the players on my side - all three categories are at least 'Good', with 'Managerial Support' even at 'Very Good'. The board are OK with me, though our title win league expectation has dropped to 'Disappointed' - much better than expected, given we are a massive seventeen points off reaching that target.

The next few months will be crucial in more ways than one, I fear I may be sacked/released unless we can sneak into the play-off spot come April.

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Thoughts
In other news, I completed my first coaching course earlier in the campaign; achieving my National C Licence. I'll (hopefully) take the next course in pre-season, as I feel that's probably the most realistic time to take it. You can see that below, along with the squad statistics.

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2020/21 almost done, just a few more months remaining; including that annoying mid-season break bug. A play-off place is all we can realistically hope for at this point, to get that we are going to have to improve tremendously.

Here's the fixture list.


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Thank you for reading!
Next? January to May 2021! (hopefully)
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Job 001, 2019–: https://i.imgur.com/5Sv2wEN.png Lisburn Distillery (NIR/III) | W:21 D:11 L:18 | Honours: 0 | Awards: 0 | Promotions: 0 | Relegations: 0 |



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Interesting stuff... will be following!
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Contract signed, now is motivation and confidence to do better next time, good luck!

Thanks! I'm hopeful of a better season!
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Great work getting that Europa League trophy! Onwards to next season!
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Some heartbreak in there! Fulham-esque run in the Europa League. Strong season overall I'd say, though - narrowly missing Champions League football.
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Tight at the top! Despite the disappointing losses, two big wins in there over TNS; that 1-0 late win must've been enjoyable!
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Congrats on your contract extension! Even if the terms are a little "do or die". Looks like a tough league to manage in, good luck with season 2.

Cheers! I'd definitely say this season is do or die, expectation raised from 'play-offs' to 'title win' indeed suggests that. It'll be tricky, for sure.
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