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    Them be sweet curves I could spend some time with, fo sho!

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    H” is done.

    It looked like being another runaway as we started the season with 5 straight wins, including another victory over Bayern. I even managed to record a 9-0 cup win as the goals went flying in. However a combination of a constant tinkering with the squad rotation and formation resulted in the goals drying up and we wnent on a terrible run through November and December. 3 times Dortmund could have taken the lead of the league, and once for Wolfsburg, but somehow they contrived to lose or draw.

    The Christmas break came with a resolution to have a settled first 11 and to maintain the 4-4-2 formation. 7 wins in a row and we were clear. Dortmund managed to hold on, but with 3 games to spare, we took the title.



    It had been a busy summer with Spain winning the Euros. That would be my final act as being World Cup defending champions and Euro hosts, there were only friendlies on the horizon. The only international jobs to come up were Czech Republic (didn't fancy) and Germany (which I considered before deciding on taking a break). That left time to concentrate of finding the strikers that I needed.

    It took a while. Either clubs didn't want to sell or players didn't want to come to a club that was out of Europe. I had almost given up, having landed a 29 year old Argentine who had 47 goals in 147 games, when 2 absolute top strikers came along together ! I had tried many times to land Swiss star Goran Zwyssig from CSKA, but he had no intention of leaving CSKA. I then noticed a little yellow Unh on my shortlist and spotted that he was homesick. I resubmitted my £17m bid and landed one of my prime targets.



    A couple of days later and Gustavo Cisneros decided to leave Zaragoza on a bosman …. Swoop …. I landed a guy who had been shortlisted for World Player of the year for the last 3 years.



    For me though, the star buy was a young Swiss midfielder who couldn't stop scoring crucial goals. It was his second half strike against Leverkusen that broke the deadlock and effectively won the title. Not bad for £300k !



    I've got one job application in for a club in Turkey and there are a few others that might be developing into vacancies.
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    Great work mate, them strikers came along like buses! Looks like Leicester last season and Chelsea this season no European Football helped you out, especially once you'd settled on your formation and starting 11.

    I'm guessing the Turkish job is either one of the big clubs you can do quick, or an obscure letter you can get out the way.

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    So Morton have been great fun but I have a new Job in the top flight, hoping its a chance to get that elusive 2nd Letter.


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    King Billy's 2nd XI !

    (should be a good job to get a title)
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    Quote Originally Posted by AMC View Post
    Great work mate, them strikers came along like buses! Looks like Leicester last season and Chelsea this season no European Football helped you out, especially once you'd settled on your formation and starting 11.

    I'm guessing the Turkish job is either one of the big clubs you can do quick, or an obscure letter you can get out the way.
    It was Trabzonspor, but I didn't get it. I had been offered a few days before winning the title, so I had rejected then reapplied (It sometinmes works). Annoyingly loads of jobs came up in the run in Twente (another chance to return), West Ham, Tenerife, Atletico Madrid and Everton that I can remember.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    King Billy's 2nd XI !

    (should be a good job to get a title)
    Can't see the pic as blocked in work but guessing it's Hearts

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    And I too have a new job



    Estudiantes (LP) with £3.5m to spend for those who can't see the pics. Top club with money to spend so I hope this will be a quick title. First glance I have a huge squad with some decent players. First job will be to remove the dross.

    I did reject Kaiserslautern (big ask to win with newly promoted club) and Atalanta (no money to spend and easy letter) before taking up this job.
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    I really, really wanted the Union job, but ended up at Odense BK. Hope it's a quickie!

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    Eight days since my last update, can tell I've been busy helping out with updating

    My time at Partick Thistle had been fun to say the least. After frustrating spells at Odd, Los Angeles and Man City, I'd returned to Scotland where I had truly made my name at Kilmarnock. Those who have followed my progress will know that after taking over late in the season, I finished 3rd with Partick before then improving on the point tally in my first full season but finished 2nd, just 4 points behind Dundee.

    What you won't know is that I have been using the loan market to its extreme since arriving at Partick. 15 players had come in (including Man City duo Ashley Batea and Michael Carpenter) in my first season, 28 last season (including Brett Martin and Lee Bryan, another two Man City youngsters) and a whopping 33 players this season which saw us loan Craig Moore (making it 3 times that I've managed him, having signed him at Los Angeles and Man City) and bring back both Lee Bryan and Brett Martin along with 4 others returning that I'd loaned last season too. Admittedly, that 33 was exaggerated by players joining other teams on permanent spells but I continued to bring in replacements on loan. There was no limit to how many players that I could sign on loan and what's more, I wasn't paying a single penny for their wages which was boosting the club's finances at the same time.

    The squad I had inherited had been ripped apart. £4,142,000 had been raised from selling those players and I'd made up the majority of the squad with said loanees. Having said that, I did bring in players on permanent contracts. £6,325,000 had been spent on 7 players with one of them moving on soon after failing to settle, for a £300K profit.

    What was the end result of this business? Well, Europe had started well, beating Bangor City 2:0 on aggregate but then narrowly being beaten by Betis 4:3 in the first round. As far as I was concerned, we bowed out with grace and would be able to concentrate solely on domestic football.

    The league campaign started with a shock 4:2 defeat at home to Queen of the South but we soon got going with 4:0, 3:0 and 2:0 wins over Aberdeen, Celtic and Dundee themselves. It soon became clear despite the odd blip here or there, that I had put together a team that was capable of thrashing anyone on their day. This was summed up by this Christmas special which served as great revenge for losing the title to Dundee last year when they had beaten us with two injury time goals!



    A few months later, we reached the League Cup Final after enjoying a run to the big stage. Our opponents were St. Johnstone who were beaten 3:1 to land Partick their first League Cup trophy since 1957!



    St. Johnstone nearly got revenge on us in the Scottish Cup Semi Final though, scoring in the 83rd minute to lead only for an injury time equaliser forcing it to a replay. We fell behind again against them in that replay but couldn't find a response this time, losing 1:0. There was to be no domestic treble after all.

    With that out of the way, we had no distractions as we prepared for the final five matches in the Championship group. We were in a similar position last year but suffered a loss of form that handed the title to Dundee who were once again in 2nd place.



    We kicked things off with a trip to Dundee Utd and came home with a point but an crucial player got injured for 3 weeks, who'd scored 15 goals from midfield. Thankfully, Dundee drew too!

    Next came Hearts who were given a lesson in football with an astounding win that set a club record. With Dundee again drawing, we pulled 7 points clear!



    Who dares to take on Partick after that? Ross County? OK, move along! If only Nixon had converted his penalty, it would have been another 6:0 win! But no matter, the title was ours!



    A 2:1 win over Livingston and a 2:2 draw against Dundee ensured that ended the season 9 games without defeat, 7 points clear of Dundee. For me, I was pleased to see our defence had been so solid which isn't a Hendo trait!



    Plenty of players had been superb throughout the season but none more so than Craig Phillips, a striker on loan from Brentford who I tried to sign permanently on a Bosman but sadly, he'll be joining Aston Villa.



    I had arrived at Partick with my world ranking at 214. It's now at a healthy looking 149th!



    And so ends season 19 as I tick off only my fourth letter in this challenge!

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     Partick Thistle - Saturday 13th May 2034
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     Squad
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    No  Name                       Position(s)  Nat  Born      Age  Caps Gls  Wages     Expires   Value
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    23  Alispahic, Ivan            F RLC        BIH  7.8.07    26   4    -    £0        1.6.34    £1.3M     
    4   Beattie, Keith             F LC         ENG  22.1.09   25   -    -    £0        5.6.34    £725K     
    36  Benjamin, Kim              DM C         ENG  3.11.08   25   -    -    £0        3.6.34    £220K     
    11  Bryan, Lee                 AM/F L       ENG  23.2.03   31   -    -    £0        1.6.34    £550K     
    3   Byrne, Alex                D L          ENG  9.6.08    25   -    -    £0        2.6.34    £900K     
    18  Campbell, Matt             D RL         SCO  22.10.09  24   -    -    £0        2.6.34    £675K     
    30  Craig, David               GK           SCO  6.12.06   27   -    -    £90       10.6.35   £18K      
    16  Dick, Liam                 D LC         SCO  25.1.12   22   -    -    £0        17.6.34   £375K     
    8   Doolan, Leigh              AM/F RLC     ENG  14.12.06  27   -    -    £2.1K     14.5.36   £675K     
    37  Edge, Johnny               M C          ENG  2.8.08    25   -    -    £0        10.6.34   £450K     
    14  Forster, Jay               D RC         ENG  7.6.08    25   -    -    £0        6.6.34    £75K      
    2   Hales, Ryan                D/AM R       ENG  14.2.10   24   -    -    £1.6K     8.6.36    £850K     
    1   Hamzah, Sufian             GK           SIN  14.12.04  29   30   -    £1.5K     18.5.38   £625K     
    20  Harrison, Shaun            D C          WAL  21.10.06  27   33   -    £0        1.6.34    £1.5M     
    19  Hughes, Colin              D/AM RL      NIR  17.7.13   20   -    -    £0        3.6.34    £300K     
    33  Hunter, Derek              AM C         SCO  28.11.10  23   -    -    £325      14.6.35   £45K      
    32  Jenkins, Alex              F LC         WAL  4.7.09    24   8    2    £0        1.6.34    £3.2M     
    34  Kelly, John                GK           SCO  10.6.15   18   -    -    £85       21.5.36   £24K      
    10  Khosla, Mike               S C          ENG  22.3.06   28   -    -    £0        1.6.34    £2.2M     
    22  Marsh, Joe                 F LC         ENG  14.5.12   21   -    -    £0        4.6.34    £1.1M     
    28  Martin, Brett              M C          ENG  12.6.10   23   -    -    £0        1.6.34    £230K     
    24  McManus, Mark              DM C         SCO  15.12.11  22   -    -    £0        4.6.34    £375K     
    29  McNeil, Brett              D C          ENG  8.2.13    21   -    -    £0        10.6.34   £525K     
    12  Milne, Stevie              D C          SCO  8.8.12    21   4    -    £0        2.6.34    £675K     
    7   Moore, Craig               AM RL        SCO  23.4.05   29   37   3    £0        1.6.34    £1.2M     
    9   Moss, Paul                 F RC         ENG  18.7.10   23   -    -    £0        1.6.34    £925K     
    6   Nixon, Jeff                D/DM RLC     NIR  8.11.05   28   19   -    £0        9.6.34    £110K     
    15  O'Hanlon, Gary             M C          IRL  28.8.09   24   -    -    £3.7K     11.5.38   £475K     
    26  O'Leary, Derek             D L          IRL  28.11.09  24   1    -    £4.1K     24.5.36   £325K     
    21  Phillips, Craig            S C          WAL  24.2.08   26   29   10   £0        2.6.34    £230K     
    27  Rhodes, Anthony            S C          ENG  14.4.11   23   -    -    £0        4.6.34    £725K     
    5   Robson, Barrie             D/DM C       ENG  13.4.02   32   -    -    £0        6.6.34    £850K     
    17  Sealey, Nathan             GK           ENG  7.3.05    29   -    -    £0        1.6.34    £875K     
    31  Segura, Mariano            DM C         ESP  24.1.07   27   -    -    £4.6K     18.6.40   £600K     
    35  Shearer, Tommy             S C          SCO  25.12.16  17   -    -    £100      23.5.36   £65K      
    
    
     
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     2033/4 Senior Club Stats
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    No  Name                       Apps     Gls    Con    Pens     Asts   Yel    Red    MoM    Av R
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    23  Alispahic, Ivan            41       16     0      2 (2)    5      2      0      3      7.63   
    4   Beattie, Keith             2 (1)    0      0      0        0      0      0      0      6.33   
    36  Benjamin, Kim              0 (5)    0      0      0        0      0      0      0      6.40   
    11  Bryan, Lee                 17 (9)   5      0      0        1      0      0      0      7.00   
    3   Byrne, Alex                35       1      0      0        3      7      1      0      7.00   
    18  Campbell, Matt             3 (2)    0      0      0        0      0      0      0      5.80   
    30  Craig, David               -        -      -      -        -      -      -      -      ----   
    16  Dick, Liam                 19 (6)   0      0      0        1      3      0      0      6.64   
    8   Doolan, Leigh              21 (10)  3      0      0        8      1      0      3      7.10   
    37  Edge, Johnny               13 (2)   2      0      0        1      1      0      0      7.07   
    14  Forster, Jay               3 (3)    0      0      0        2      0      0      0      6.17   
    2   Hales, Ryan                16 (8)   6      0      0        3      4      0      1      7.17   
    1   Hamzah, Sufian             0        0      0      0        0      0      0      0      ----   
    20  Harrison, Shaun            13 (1)   0      0      0        1      3      0      0      6.86   
    19  Hughes, Colin              16 (4)   1      0      0        1      1      0      0      6.80   
    33  Hunter, Derek              0 (8)    0      0      0        2      0      0      0      6.50   
    32  Jenkins, Alex              14 (7)   5      0      0        1      2      0      1      7.10   
    34  Kelly, John                40       0      60     0        0      1      0      2      6.85   
    10  Khosla, Mike               0 (1)    0      0      0        0      0      0      0      6.00   
    22  Marsh, Joe                 43 (1)   18     0      0        13     8      1      6      7.66   
    28  Martin, Brett              1 (1)    0      0      0        0      0      0      0      6.50   
    24  McManus, Mark              13 (3)   0      0      0        0      2      0      0      6.69   
    29  McNeil, Brett              4 (1)    0      0      0        0      0      0      0      6.00   
    12  Milne, Stevie              25       1      0      0        2      2      0      0      6.80   
    7   Moore, Craig               12 (3)   3      0      0        3      0      0      1      7.00   
    9   Moss, Paul                 2 (4)    1      0      0        0      0      0      0      6.67   
    6   Nixon, Jeff                30 (6)   3      0      2 (1)    2      2      0      0      7.00   
    15  O'Hanlon, Gary             12 (1)   2      0      0        1      1      0      0      7.23   
    26  O'Leary, Derek             1 (2)    0      0      0        0      0      0      0      6.00   
    21  Phillips, Craig            45       26     0      0        11     4      0      9      8.00   
    27  Rhodes, Anthony            4 (3)    1      0      0        1      0      0      0      7.29   
    5   Robson, Barrie             2 (1)    0      0      0        0      1      0      0      6.00   
    17  Sealey, Nathan             51       0      52     0        0      0      0      1      7.49   
    31  Segura, Mariano            33 (1)   7      0      0        8      5      0      6      7.76   
    35  Shearer, Tommy             36       12     0      0        3      0      0      2      7.00   
    
    
     
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    2.7.33    Stuart Lambert             Brentford                  Loan      
    2.7.33    Brett Martin               Man City                   Loan      
    2.7.33    Ryan Hales                 Fulham                     Loan      
    2.7.33    Kevin Still                Shrewsbury                 Loan      
    2.7.33    Craig Moore                Man City                   Loan      
    2.7.33    Ivan Alispahic             Almería                    Loan      
    2.7.33    Lee Bryan                  Man City                   Loan      
    2.7.33    Gary Doherty               Rochdale                   Loan      
    2.7.33    Nathan Sealey              Middlesbrough              Loan      
    2.7.33    Paul Moss                  Derby                      Loan      
    3.7.33    Mike Khosla                Derby                      Loan      
    3.7.33    Craig Phillips             Brentford                  Loan      
    3.7.33    Justin Marsh               Port Vale                  Loan      
    4.7.33    Brian Jarman               Birmingham                 Loan      
    4.7.33    Matt Campbell              Middlesbrough              Loan      
    4.7.33    Alex Byrne                 Arsenal                    Loan      
    4.7.33    Colin Hughes               Port Vale                  Loan      
    4.7.33    Stevie Milne               Wolves                     Loan      
    5.7.33    Mark McManus               Charlton                   Loan      
    5.7.33    Joe Marsh                  Doncaster                  Loan      
    5.7.33    Anthony Rhodes             Rochdale                   Loan      
    7.7.33    Keith Beattie              West Brom                  Loan      
    7.7.33    Jay Forster                Wolves                     Loan      
    9.7.33    Jeff Nixon                 Crawley                    Loan      
    10.7.33   Stephen Mitchell           Swansea                    Loan      
    11.7.33   Brett McNeil               Wolves                     Loan      
    9.8.33    Ryan Hales                 Fulham                     £1.1M     
    18.8.33   Liam Dick                  Middlesbrough              Loan      
    19.8.33   Mariano Segura             Port Vale                  £825K     
    2.1.34    Darren McDonald            Derby                      Loan      
    3.1.34    Alex Jenkins               Brighton                   Loan      
    3.1.34    Shaun Harrison             Newcastle                  Loan      
    5.1.34    Kim Benjamin               Q.P.R.                     Loan      
    8.1.34    Barrie Robson              Portsmouth                 Loan      
    11.1.34   Johnny Edge                Nottm Forest               Loan      
    
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    28.6.33   Steve Allan                Cumberland Utd             Bos       
    1.7.33    Walter McPherson           Ayr                        Bos       
    1.7.33    Gerry Fisher               York                       Bos       
    7.7.33    John Kelly                 Hibernian                  Loan      
    19.7.33   Tommy Shearer              Stenhousemuir              Loan      
    1.8.33    Boubacar Diarra            Bursaspor                  £1.1M     
    
    
    
     
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    Date      Opposition                 Ven  Competition                     Res    Attend  Scorers
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    13.7.33   Orléans               FRA   H   Friendly                        1:0    3855    Phillips
    17.7.33   Odd                   NOR   A   Friendly                        5:2    5982    Phillips 3, Alispahic, Marsh
    21.7.33   Jeonbuk               KOR   H   Friendly                        3:1    4070    Alispahic, Lambert, M.McManus
    30.7.33   Queen of the South          H   Premier Division                2:4    4277    Phillips, Lambert
    6.8.33    Aberdeen                    A   Premier Division                4:0    20804   C.Moore, Marsh 2, Phillips
    11.8.33   Bangor City           WAL   A   UEFA Cup Qual. Rnd Leg 1        0:0    2973    
    14.8.33   Celtic                      H   Premier Division                3:0    6921    Marsh 2, Alispahic pen
    20.8.33   Dundee                      A   Premier Division                2:0    8667    Alispahic 2
    25.8.33   Bangor City           WAL   H   UEFA Cup Qual. Rnd Leg 2        2:0    5037    C.Phillips 2
    28.8.33   Livingston                  H   Premier Division                0:0    4185    
    10.9.33   Ross County                 A   Premier Division                1:3    7042    Marsh
    15.9.33   Betis                 ESP   H   UEFA Cup 1st Rnd Leg 1          1:1    4057    Marsh
    18.9.33   St. Johnstone               H   Premier Division                1:0    4845    Marsh
    21.9.33   Hamilton                    H   League Cup 3rd Rnd              5:2    5145    Alispahic 2, J.Marsh, Phillips, Segura
    24.9.33   Hearts                      A   Premier Division                4:0    10604   Marsh, Phillips, Moore, Nixon
    29.9.33   Betis                 ESP   A   UEFA Cup 1st Rnd Leg 2          2:3    21640   Lambert, Bryan
    2.10.33   Kilmarnock                  A   Premier Division                0:1    10810   
    15.10.33  Dundee Utd                  H   Premier Division                2:1    5233    Bryan, Byrne
    18.10.33  Aberdeen                    H   Premier Division                2:0    6521    Hales, Lambert
    22.10.33  Celtic                      A   Premier Division                3:1    69226   Marsh, Mitchell, Alispahic
    29.10.33  Motherwell                  A   Premier Division                4:1    10367   Alispahic 2, C.Phillips 2
    5.11.33   Queen of the South          A   Premier Division                3:2    7019    Phillips, Bryan, Marsh
    19.11.33  St. Johnstone               A   Premier Division                1:2    9575    Marsh
    26.11.33  Ross County                 H   Premier Division                3:1    4186    J.Marsh, Marsh, Phillips
    30.11.33  Arbroath                    A   League Cup Qtr Final            4:0    4559    Phillips, Lambert, Doolan, C.Moore
    3.12.33   Hearts                      H   Premier Division                0:2    5042    
    7.12.33   Livingston                  A   Premier Division                2:1    7058    Bryan, Marsh
    10.12.33  Kilmarnock                  H   Premier Division                4:0    5326    Phillips, Alispahic, Lambert, Bryan
    17.12.33  Dundee Utd                  A   Premier Division                0:1    13834   
    20.12.33  Motherwell                  H   Premier Division                2:1    5266    J.Marsh, C.Phillips
    26.12.33  Queen of the South          H   Premier Division                1:0    4212    Phillips
    28.12.33  Dundee                      H   Premier Division                5:4    4090    Jarman, Hughes, Segura, Phillips 2
    3.1.34    Aberdeen                    A   Premier Division                2:2    20774   Marsh, Lambert
    21.1.34   Celtic                      H   Premier Division                3:1    5285    O'Hanlon, Alispahic, Phillips
    28.1.34   Rangers                     A   Scottish Cup 3rd Rnd            2:1    23852   Phillips 2
    1.2.34    Dundee                      A   Premier Division                2:2    10404   Phillips, Marsh
    4.2.34    St. Johnstone               H   Premier Division                2:0    5005    Jenkins, Rhodes
    11.2.34   Ross County                 A   Premier Division                1:1    7040    Marsh
    15.2.34   Livingston                  N   League Cup Semi Final           3:1    9678    Jenkins, Milne, Hales
    18.2.34   Ayr                         A   Scottish Cup 4th Rnd            3:2    9745    Doolan, Segura, Alispahic
    25.2.34   Livingston                  H   Premier Division                0:1    4385    
    4.3.34    Hearts                      A   Premier Division                2:0    11778   Jenkins, Alispahic
    11.3.34   Motherwell                  A   Scottish Cup 5th Rnd            2:1    10930   Edge, Doolan
    19.3.34   St. Johnstone               N   League Cup Final                3:1    34941   Alispahic 2 (1 pen), Phillips
    22.3.34   Kilmarnock                  A   Premier Division                4:0    10703   Marsh, Segura, Hales 2
    1.4.34    Dundee Utd                  H   Premier Division                1:1    5254    Alispahic
    8.4.34    St. Johnstone               N   Scottish Cup Semi Final         1:1    12532   Jenkins
    10.4.34   Motherwell                  A   Premier Division                2:1    10181   Moss, Hales
    12.4.34   St. Johnstone               N   Scottish Cup Semi Final Replay  0:1    12114   
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    Awesome mate, can't wait to see where you end up next, wouldn't surprise me if you wanted to stay in Scotland with that loan system

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    A magnificent feat to win the UEFA Cup with a very, very average squad. Also included a solid wtf moment.

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    After 3 season and 3 promotions myself and the board of directors at Elgin came to the mutual decision to part company.

    The board had become upset when they realised we were £5million in debt from the enforced stadium improvements. Despite clearing 75% of the debt and staying clear of relegation (against far superior teams) the board remained unhappy. The only way this side would win the top prize would be with a wealthy new owner throwing money at the problem (or me wibwobbing my tits off!)

    With perfect timing Dundee offered me the top job there. They were in 2nd place in the first division after about 1/3 of the season gone. I decided to drop down a league, hoping I could improve my reputation and attract better players at a 'bigger' club.

    Dundee were paying players over £1k a week! bloody mental!
    Anyone who was too old (37yo LB), crap, worth over £100k or paid more than 600 quid a week (double what I had been able to pay anyone anywhere else!) was quickly transfer listed and replaced with a player on loan.

    A cup final (which we lost in a close fought battle with Rangers (4-0!), who incidentally won everything this year in Scotland) and a quick promotion meant we would be going into top flight football next season with about £4million to splash out... although I'd probably look to pocket a fair chunk of that myself.

    After winning the 1st division for a second season in a row (surely a record!?) my reputation is soaring... I've almost broken into the 1200's!

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    Shame you couldn't take Elgin all the way, but understandable, and a great decision to move to the Arabs despite them being in the league below. Hopefully one step back for a few forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMC View Post
    Shame you couldn't take Elgin all the way, but understandable, and a great decision to move to the Arabs despite them being in the league below. Hopefully one step back for a few forward.
    It feels like I've gone up a step, with the quality of players and wages being paid, but the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Rangers points to maybe another couple of season before I get the elusive 2nd letter!

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    My job with Elgin wasn't insecure but I definitely got the feeling the axe was being sharpened in a back room!

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    Scotland seems to be the place to be.

    Well Done Mark!!! 4 down, 22 to go.
    Best of luck Sunmancisco (as we both continue the hunt for that 2nd letter)

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    Wise move in the end sunmancisco - That's why I jumped ship from Berwick, felt that it would be too tough a challenge to get them to the top tier and win it. The promotion with them meant that I had earned myself at least a job in an obscure country whih took me to Ireland and South Korea. It paid off, I'd say!

    Only 9 letters left for you then, AJ! I see Kingsley hasn't sent Beyonce round yet.
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    still waiting for all the single ladies.

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    Currently at Kaiserslautern who managed to escape relegation but only just. And had a massively shit squad. Transferlisted about 70 % of them.

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    No X or Z jobs available at the moment but plenty of intriguing jobs such as Galatasaray, Inter, Villarreal, Valencia, Liverpool and Man Utd are available. Much to my delight, I was offered the Valencia job which gives me an opportunity to tick off a difficult letter.

    I'm taking over a squad of 50 players and a transfer kitty of £54M. 7 players have already arranged moves away including their best player who is joining Barcelona for £11.5M! That's a bit of a blow but at least I'll have the chance to rebuild the squad as I think it needs it. The club have just finished 11th and haven't finished higher than 8th for the past 10 years.

    It kind of reminds me of taking over at Man City where they had a squad full of players who weren't quite good enough. My mistake there was to give everyone time to impress me which I think cost me the job. That won't be happening here!
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    A very nice job indeed Mark, all the best in Spain!

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    E” is done …..

    …. and a new job already !

    It was a very close thing, and I was tempted to jump ship to Espanyol or Everton when the jobs came up, but I'm glad I stayed on at Estudiantes (LP) as they came good in the end. Once I managed to get through the deadwood, the squad was pretty decent, nothing that a couple of leftbacks and a goalkeeper couldn't sort out. There was no width on the left, and only defensive on the right, so the formation was always going to be a problem. In the end, I decided that they had so much firepower upfront, I would blitz the league with a 4-3-3. It didn't quite work out like that as we struggled to get any possession and the front 3 got very little service. 10 games in and it our chances weren't looking too clever.



    I had to change something while there was still hope and as the transfer window was closed, I couldn't change the players, so it had to be the formation. The midfield had no option for width, so I considered a 4-1-3-2, but my Uruguan midfielder, Alfredo Sosa, had got me a lot of goals and I wanted to play him further forward. I therefore settled on a 4-4-2 narrow diamond (4-1-2-1-2)

    What a transformation. 6 wins in the next 7 games and we had closed to 1 point behind Newell's, who we hosted in our penultimate game.



    Mathematically, Banfield could still win (if we drew with Newell's then both lost our final games), but realistically, this was for the title. Both sides were going out for the win. There was no parking of buses in this one ! There had been chances at both ends, Rossi had one disallowed after just 3 minutes. 36 minutes in, midfielder Agustin Merlo took a pot-shot. The keeper fumbled, Angel Vega pounced and our leading scorer added another to his tally. That was the only goal of an exciting first half. Newell's made a couple of changes and came out looking to get back in the game. It took them 10 minutes for Olivera to head the visitors level and silence the home support. Both teams were now going for the winner …. we got it. A throw in on the left, our left back overhits his cross and it falls to the right back who takes a touch to control the ball before lashing it through a crowd of players. The man who won us the title ? Fabio Turdo !

    It wasn't quite the title, we still had to visit Belgrano knowing that a draw should be enough to win on goal difference. We didn't take the risk. A goal in each half for Merlo and Sosa gave us a 2-0 win, and Newell's could only draw, so it was a 4 point margin at the end.



    I didn't even have to look for a job. A couple of days before the Belgrano game, I got this message …..



    Title won, the application was submitted and a few clicks later …..



    If I can't win this one, I aught to give in !



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    @Mark I am wearing my Champion's scarf now ! Good luck in Valencia, that is a big step up !

    @AJ. Rattling though them. Kaiserslautern could be tough. The Bundesliga is very competative so you will need a lot of resources

    @sunmancisco. Good move. I doubt that Elgin would ever be able to mount a serious challange on their resources. Dundee should give you a good chance.
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