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    [STORY] CMSG Ltd Trilogy - PtP - the Third Phase!














    We are embarking onto a trilogy of CMSG Ltd Pass the Parcel events, from the first one that was solely handled by Rossinho and one which was co-run with myself and CMAdventurer. Both of which can be found in the links below:



    CMSG Ltd - Pass the Parcel



    CMSG Ltd Returns - Pass the Parcel - Part II




    After the disappearance of CMAdventurer, and due to the problems that arose from the save from the previous CMSG Ltd challenge, I will be co-heading this for a second time, but this time with my new partner, AMC.



    What is CMSG Ltd?



    CMSG Ltd (Championship Manager Sports Group Limited) is a sports based international investment fund. It works similar to the well known MSI group where the company owns rights to certain players and sells those rights on to interested sports clubs. Most famously they loaned Carlos Tevez to Manchester United over a 2 years period spanning 2007-09 where he helped United win an array of trophies including the English Premier League and the Champions League.

    CMSG Ltd owns the rights to an array of managerial talent that are waiting in the wings to prove themselves to prospective employers. You are these managerial talent waiting for the opportunity to take over a club for one season to show your worth.

    Back by huge investments from around the globe by an anonymous consortium, which has made us possible to branch out our expectations for the future and the long-term goal for the companies success in terms of the successful employers we want to have under our surveillance – as we start our new journey in the African continent, but playing the Spanish leagues.



    How it Works:



    It works like this

    -A game will be set-up of CM 01/02 September 2011 ODB update, with the 8 nations that is stated below.
    -Normal database will be used to reduce the game size as well as the minimum storage for matches (5000).
    -Various forum members who have signed up will take control of the teams, one at a time.
    -Each participant has a week (7) days at most to complete one season only. If they haven't completed it by that time, the next guy in line will pick up the save game from the previous participant.
    -When the season is effectively over (last game of the season or end of May for European leagues works well), the person in the hot seat must save and upload it for the next player.
    -If CMSG Ltd are sacked whoever is responsible has to own up to their inadequacy post their progress, and the next person takes over at that point, until the end of the NEXT season. Therefore they will be playing for longer than 12 months and applies to domestic jobs only.
    -Players must read and stick to the rules set out below.







    The Rules



    Rules for playing the game

    When it’s your turn

    -Each player will control the club for a maximum of one season at a time.
    -Your season should be completed within 7 days, but everyone is encouraged to be as quick as they can. This thread requires a good momentum to keep the story going. If you can't complete the season within seven days, you may ask for an extension which may or may not be given. If we feel that you've had too long, the parcel will be passed on to the next in line. AMC and I will make the final decision on whether to grant an extension or not.
    -You must use compressed saving. This reduces the size of the file, hence upload/download times.
    -Please use auto save. It’s disappointing when people lose their game and have to replay or give up.
    -You must be using the latest available patch (3.9.68) and an untapanified version of your game.
    -Everyone has other commitments. If you feel you can’t complete the season, please let us know so we can work out how best to progress. You will most likely go back of the list

    When you’re finished
    -The game must be saved after the final game of the season, and no later than May 31 for major European leagues. For other countries with seasons running at different times (such as Brazil), just use your own judgement but I recommend that you do it as soon as the final game of the season is over to give the new manager as much time as possible to prepare for next season.
    -The save game file must then be uploaded for the next player (using filefront, megaupload or similar)
    -You takeover as the
    existing manager in the game. Edit the nickname to your username for correct identification if you like but DO NOT delete the existing manager.

    Signing players
    -Each manager has a free reign over signings. However, be sensitive in regards to players that other participants have said they like, or who've been at the club a while...be courteous and engage in some conversation before making anything that looks like a big decision. Following the story should identify such players to you as well as PM’s with previous managers if possible.
    -Please try and cut down your shortlist by the end of the season and only leave players on there that you feel are relevant to the club on your departure. Otherwise, we will be building up pages and pages of possibly useless players.
    -The next manager is not obliged to sign any bosman signings negotiated by the previous manager and hence has the power to cancel any signings that does not figure in their plans. Remember to check the future transfers page out first!

    What’s considered cheating
    -Please do not exploit flaws in the game by offering players who wouldn’t realistically join the club month to month contracts or hijacking bids for any players who may be on loan to your club.
    -Downloaded tactics may not be used. Each player should create their own tactics for their team. It's not meant to be easy and does of course give you greater bragging rights when you do well.

    Rules of the thread
    -This is an interactive thread for dedicated forum members who take a keen interest in the ups and downs of CMSG Ltd. Therefore if you're taking part:
    -One post per season. You can make this post as long as you like but try to refrain from a complete match-to-match review. Make it a summary and highlight key players, runs, transfers, league positions, cup runs and games if you wish. Anything you think is relevant...and try to back up with some screenshots. Using one post means that I can edit the post below so that readers can navigate themselves to relevant seasons more easily once the story starts to take shape.
    -At the start of the season, try to provide at least the following: the board's expectations; your OWN expectations; player predictions and players to look out for.
    -At the end of the season, provide a summary of the season, with screenshots.
    -Also provide some feedback to the next person, with a discussion of which players to keep, sell, and potential signings. Also provide the squad print outs that include Transfers, Fixtures and squad details. The print button for these can be found in the top right corner of the squad screen.

    How to Post a Screenshot
    -While in CM, press 'Alt + Prt Sc' buttons (Prt Sc is usually next to F12 on your keyboard).
    -Open an image editing program such as Paint and paste the image, delete any white bits around the edge
    Save the file as a JPEG
    -Upload the image to an image hosting website such as Photobucket or Imageshack or Tiny Pic.
    -Post the direct Url to the image here with IMG tags around.

    Menubars
    There are a couple of menubars available to use in game should you wish, these can be found in the first pass the parcel thread below
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    Menubars





    Manager Restriction, External Tools and Overall Objective



    - At the end of their writeup, the manager may set a restriction for the next manager in line. By all means make it a challenge but don't make it impossible. If we think that the restriction is too harsh, AMC and I will ask the user to change it. Restrictions are NOT compulsory but they make the game more of a challenge, which makes for better reading.


    - A saved game editor may be used to change the manager's nationality ONLY. Do not use external CM tools (CM Scout, CM Explorer etc.) for any other purposes, such as scouting players, editing attributes, CA/PA, reputation or anything like that. It can be notoriously difficult to find a job abroad if you're not the right nationality so we have decided that in this case it would not be cheating. Swiss nationality is selected by default, which gives French, Italian and German languages so there may not be any need to change it anyway.


    - Please do not delete the save until the next in line has completed their season. That way, you'll definitely be able to pass on the link if the next manager does not complete their season in time. It is not enough just to keep the download links as they expire after a certain period of time.



    -Due to the high level of changes of team during the last seasons of the previous save, I and AMC have concluded that we will aim to win the WCC with each team we are in, and then will move on after winning it to another club in the lower leagues of another nation. This way we would be spending more time at one club, with an aim for the more experienced members. We also want to win the WCC from teams from different continents from the chosen nations (posted below) in order to ensure there is a more length of continuity of the save. An example would be; a Turkish side would represent Europe once won the WCC, and then we moved to a Asian based nation side, and start from stratch for the same goal.



    Selected Nations



    In order to correspond with our over-all objective, AMC and I have selected nations that will ensure a large amount of length needed in order to fully complete the long objective, which branches out of different continents, while also have enough to go back to do it again if needed. Our overall aim is to win the WCC with teams from each continent, and have therefore selected the following leagues - Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and USA:

    Africa - Spanish league selected for Ceuta and Mellila who are geographically in Africa but play in Spain.
    Asia - South Korea
    Europe - Belgium, Portugal and Turkey
    North America - U.S.A
    Oceania - Australia
    South America - Argentina




    Review



    CMSG Ltd (Championship Manager Sports Group Limited) is a company which has a bizarre policy of rotating managers every season. The new setup sees AMC and ZanSnake appointed as joint leaders, with AMC taking over from CMAdventurer, whilst ZanSnake continues in his role. As well as rotating managers every season, each outgoing manager placed a restriction on the incoming manager to make their job just a little more difficult. Despite the strange policy, CMSG Ltd has had unprecedented success in the past. Brazil was the first destination for their last project, and 3rd division side Ituiutaba were the lucky participants of that project.

    CMAdventurer was the first manager to try his hand in Brazil, and consolidated Ituiutaba’s position in the 3rd division finishing 5th in the table, as well as achieving a 5th place finish in the State Championships. ZanSnake was next to take over, and this saw Ituiutaba’s first silverware under CMSG’s control, as they were crowned champions of the 3rd division, after a playoff win over Mirassol. ZanSnake also signed striker Clayton Carioca.during his tenure, and Carioca’s exploits for the club over the next few seasons surely enlisted him in to Ituiutaba history. The Eejit was the manager for the team’s first season in the 2nd division, and he made sure we didn’t get relegated as they finished comfortably in mid table ending the season in 11th place. The Eejit’s greatest achievement though, was breaking the duopoly of Cruzeiro and Atletico Mineiro in the State Championships as the club finished 2nd, ahead of Atletico Mineiro on goal difference. AMC took the reins next, and it proved a fruitful season for the club, as they achieved a remarkable double of the State Championship and 2nd Division, as well as runners up in the Champions Cup. ozchampman retained the State Championship, but astonishingly also won the 1st division at the first attempt! Mark made it a 3rd State Championship in a row as well as keeping our place in the top flight.

    Merkezekrem’s time at the club saw further success, as the Champions Cup was won for the first time, as well as the State Championships once again, and a 5th placed finish in the league. The next 3 seasons saw the club win the 1st division as Fodster, Kuy and Centurion all win the league, and the club also won a couple of State Championships and a Champions Cup in that time, and achieve a runners up spot in the continent’s biggest competition, the Copa Libertadores. When Filthy Monkey took over, the club was one of the most feared not just in Brazil, but in South America as well, and this was clearly evident as the club enjoyed their most successful season ever, winning the League, State Championship, the elusive Copa Libertadores title and the Intercontinental Cup. That would be CMSG’s last full season with Ituitaba, as they turned their attentions east.

    Dermotron ensured Ituiutaba’s place as the best club side in the world, when he won the FIFA World Club Championships, before moving to Japan to start a new adventure for CMSG with Yokohama F. Marinos. Dermotron only had a few months in Japan, but made a big impact, winning all 6 of the league games he managed, moving the club up from 13th to 4th, as well as getting to the final of the Japanese Cup coming unstuck against Urawa Reds on penalties. CMAdventurer would be the first manager to work for CMSG twice, and would continue Dermotron’s good work, by achieving a great double, winning the league and the Japanese Cup. AMC would retain that double as well as add the Japanese Super Cup to the trophy cabinet, and leave the club with a place in the Emperor’s Cup Final, and through to the group stages of the Asian Club Championships. Dermotron wouldn’t have long to enjoy a full season in Japan as he replaced AMC, and despite losing the Emperor’s Cup Final in his first game in charge, he went on to achieve fantastic success, winning the treble of the Asian Club Championships, the 1st division title and the Japanese Cup. Winning the Asian Club Championships gave new manager ozchampman the chance to win the FIFA World Club Championship for the 2nd time under CMSG management, and he made no mistake with a pulsating 3-2 win over Hamburg in the final, but he also retained the league and won the Asian Super Cup.

    Oz’s replacement The Eejit decided that CMSG had achieved all they could in Japan, and so he decided to take a job in Europe for the first time, taking over at English League One side Darlington. With half of the league season already played, The Eejit did a tremendous job lifting the club up from 18th to 3rd in his time their, but he unfortunately lost the Playoff Final against Southend in his last game. With a full league campaign at his exposure, Filthy Monkey romped the league, finishing top by 28 pts, but the main story was the unbelievable run in the FA Cup, that took the club to the final, were they unfortunately lost a narrow game 2-1 against Spurs. It was only a short stop with Darlington though, as ZanSnake moved to Spain to take on Spanish 2B side Legrones. Despite fielding several unusual tactics, Zan met the boards objectives of staying in the division, as his 15th placed finish was enough to stay up. CMSG was on the move once again though, as we would head for French giants Paris St. Germain, were Merkezekrem achieved promotion from the French 2nd division after finishing 3rd.

    Sadly, this signalled the end of the road for the 2nd incarnation of CMSG Ltd. In a career which spanned nearly 20 years, their numerous managers had achieved great success in South America and Asia, as well as try their luck in Europe. Unfortunately, due to problems with the speed/size of the save the project ended somewhat prematurely compared to the original CMSG project. After a short break, the new CMSG Ltd is looking for a fresh start, with the emphasis on creating special relationships with smaller sides and bringing them to glory, just like our time with Ituiutaba. ZanSnake and I would like to thank and congratulate everyone who participated in the previous thread and ask people to sign up for the new one in order to make it just as good, if not better than the previous two.




    How to Take Part



    Incase some of you intrigued people want to join this awesome function, post ''Football" in bold, and you will be added to the waiting list. After a player has completed his season, and posted it in this thread – he shall pass it onto the next person in the list, and after that it will go, until every person in the list has played, where the next round will be starting, which could mean an added element or not – but will be essentially the same process as before.


    The List!


    AMC
    - In Play


    Remember to post the code in bold to ensure your passage into the third re-enactment of CMSG Ltd's Pass The Parcel


    History


    In order to fully develop the continued ambition and hard work of keeping up to the task, we shall record every season that is played and posted here - passed on for teh long haul, or a failure with the passing of the save - in order to fully be able to respect the people who have had an effect on our journey of gaming glory, and the little hinderous we put on each other to fully test our skills with the game we love!



    Round 1:

    Year of Season -- Member -- Continent/Nation -- Club -- Seasonal Acomplishments

    2001/02 -- AMC -- Africa/Spain -- Melilla -- 1st Spanish Second Division B (Promotion!)
    2002/03 -- Centurion -- Africa/Spain -- Melilla -- Spanish 2nd Division Champions!
    2003/04 -- merkezekrem -- Africa/Spain -- Melilla -- 4th La Liga (CL Qualification!)
    2004/05 -- wato20 -- Africa/Spain -- Melilla -- 4th La Liga (CL Qualification!)
    2005/06 -- Dermotron -- Africa/Spain -- Melilla -- 6th La Liga/UEFA Cup Winners!
    2006/07 -- Jesus -- Africa/Spain -- Melilla -- 3rd La Liga (CL Qualification!)
    2007/08 -- The Eejit -- Africa/Spain - Melilla -- La Liga Winners!/Spanish Cup Winners!

    Round 2:Year of Season -- Member -- Continent/Nation -- Club -- Seasonal Acomplishments

    2008/09 -- AMC -- Africa/Spain -- Melilla -- Champions League Winners!/3rd La Liga (CL Qualification!)/Spanish Cup Winners!/Spanish Super Cup Winners!
    2009/10 -- Dermotron -- Africa/Spain -- Melilla --
    Intercontinental Cup Winners!/European Super Cup Winners!/La Liga Winners!
    2010/11 -- wato20 -- Africa/Spain -- Melilla -- Champions League Winners!/La Liga Winners!/Spanish Super Cup Winners!
    2011/12 -- merkezekrem -- Africa/Spain -- Melilla -- Champions League Winners!/European Super Cup Winners!/La Liga Winners!/Spanish Super Cup Winners!

    Round 3:Year of Season -- Member -- Continent/Nation -- Club -- Seasonal Acomplishments

    2012/13 -- AMC -- Africa/Spain -- Melilla -- La Liga Winners!/European Super Cup Winners!/Intercontinental Cup Winners!
    2013 -- Dermotron -- Africa/Spain, Asia/South Korea -- Melilla/Jeonbuk -- FIFA Club World Championship Winners!/Korean FA Cup Winners!/4th Korean League
    2014 -- Chris_3_16 -- Asia/South Korea -- Jeonbuk -- Korean Super Cup Winners!/2nd Korean League
    2015 -- wato20 -- Asia/South Korea -- Jeonbuk -- 2nd Korean League
    2016 -- merkezekrem -- Asia/South Korea -- Jeonbuk -- Korean League Winners!
    2017 -- kuy -- Asia/South Korea -- Jeonbuk -- Korean League Winners!/Korean FA Cup Winners!

    Round 4:Year of Season -- Member -- Continent/Nation -- Club -- Seasonal Acomplishments

    2018 -- AMC -- Asia/South Korea -- Jeonbuk -- Asian Club Championship Winners!/Asian Super Cup Winners!/Korean League Winners!/Korean League Cup Winners!/Korean Super Cup Winners!
    2019 -- Dermotron -- Asia/South Korea -- Jeonbuk -- FIFA Club World Championship Winners!/Korean League Cup Winners!/Korean Super Cup Winners!
    2020/21 -- wato20 -- South America/Argentina -- Independiente Mza -- Argentinian 2nd Division Champions!
    2021/22 -- Lo.Fi -- South America/Argentina -- Independiente Mza -- 7th Argentinian 1st Division Opening Stage/2nd Argentinian 1st Division Closing Stage
    2022/23 -- Patinoz -- South America/Argentina -- Independiente Mza -- Argentinian 1st Division Closing Stage Champions!/7th Argentinian 1st Division Opening Stage
    2023/24 -- merkezekrem -- South America/Argentina -- Independiente Mza -- Argentinian 1st Division Opening Stage Champions!/Argentinian 1st Division Closing Stage Champions!
    2024/25 -- Baz -- South America/Argentina -- Independiente Mza -- Copa Libertadores Winners!/Argentinian 1st Division Closing Stage Champions!/2nd Argentinian 1st Division Opening Stage
    2025/26 -- Cam F -- South America/Argentina -- Independiente Mza/France -- Copa Libertadores Winners!/Argentinian 1st Division Opening Stage Champions!/Argentinian 1st Division Closing Stage Champions!/Intercontinental Cup Winners!/World Cup Winners!

    Round 5:
    Year of Season -- Member -- Continent/Nation -- Club -- Seasonal Acomplishments

    2026/27 -- AMC -- South America/Argentina -- Independiente Mza/France --
    Copa Libertadores Winners!/Argentinian 1st Division Opening Stage Champions!/Argentinian 1st Division Closing Stage Champions!/Intercontinental Cup Winners!/Inter-American Cup Winners!
    2027/28 -- Dermotron -- South America/Argentina, Europe/Belgium -- Independiente Mza/Cercle Brugge/France-- FIFA Club World Championship Winners!/European Championship Winners!/1st Belgium Third Division Group A (Promotion!)
    2028/29 -- Patinoz -- Europe/Belgium -- Cercle Brugge/Italy -- Belgium 2nd Division Winners!
    2029/2030 -- wato20 -- Europe/Belgium -- Cercle Brugge -- 16th Belgium 1st Division
    2030/2031 -- ozRooster -- Europe/Belgium -- Cercle Brugge -- 12th Belgium 1st Division
    2031/2032 -- kuy -- Europe/Belgium -- Cercle Brugge -- 2nd Belgium 1st Division (CL Qualification!)
    2032/2033 -- merkezekrem -- Europe/Belgium --
    Cercle Brugge -- 2nd Belgium 1st Division (CL Qualification!)

    Round 6:Year of Season -- Member -- Continent/Nation -- Club -- Seasonal Acomplishments

    2033/34 -- Patinoz -- Europe/Belgium -- Cercle Brugge -- Belgium 1st Division Winners!
    2034/2035 -- wato20 -- Europe/Belgium -- Cercle Brugge -- Champions League Winners!/Belgian 1st Division Winners!/Belgian Super Cup Winners!
    2035/2036 -- ozRooster -- Europe/Belgium --
    Cercle Brugge -- European Super Cup Winners!/Intercontinental Cup Winners!/4th Belgian 1st Division (UEFA Cup Qualification!)
    2036/2037 -- AMC -- Europe/Belgium --
    Cercle Brugge -- Belgian 1st Division Winners!/Belgian Cup Winners!
    2037/2038 -- Dermotron -- Europe/Belgium --
    Cercle Brugge -- Champions League Winners!/Belgian 1st Division Winners!/Belgian Cup Winners!/Belgian Super Cup Winners!
    2038/2039 -- merkezekrem -- Europe/Belgium --
    Cercle Brugge -- Champions League Winners!/Intercontinental Winners!/Belgian 1st Division Winners!/Belgian Cup Winners!/Belgian Super Cup Winners!

    Round 7:
    Year of Season -- Member -- Continent/Nation -- Club -- Seasonal Acomplishments

    2039/2040 -- ozRooster -- Europe/Belgium --
    Cercle Brugge -- FIFA Club World Championship Winners!/Champions League Winners!/Intercontinental Winners!/Belgian 1st Division Winners!/Belgian Cup Winners!
    2040 -- kuy -- North America/U.S.A -- Chicago Fire -- US Open Cup Winners!/Major League Playoff Quarter Finalists

    2041 -- Cam F -- North America/U.S.A -- Chicago Fire/Italy -- MLS Champions!/US Open Cup Winners!

    2042 -- Dermotron -- North America/U.S.A -- Chicago Fire/Italy --
    CONCACAF Champions Cup!/MLS Champions!/US Open Cup Winners!
    2043 -- AMC -- North America/U.S.A -- Chicago Fire --
    FIFA Club World Championship Winners!/CONCACAF Champions Cup!/Inter-American Cup Winners!/MLS Champions!/US Open Cup Winners!
    2043/44 -- Patinoz -- Oceania/Australia -- Sutherland Sharks -- 4th A-League
    2044/45 -- wato20 -- Oceania/Australia -- Sutherland Sharks -- 4th A-League
    2045/46 -- merkezekrem -- Oceania/Australia -- Sutherland Sharks -- A-League Winners!

    Round 8:Year of Season -- Member -- Continent/Nation -- Club -- Seasonal Acomplishments

    2046/47 -- AMC -- Oceania/Australia -- Central Coast Mariners/Germany -- 5th A-League
    2047/48 -- ozRooster -- Oceania/Australia -- Central Coast Mariners/Germany -- A-League Winners!
    2048/49 -- kuy -- Oceania/Australia -- Central Coast Mariners/Germany --
    European Championship Winners!/7th A-League
    2049/50 -- merkezekrem -- Oceania/Australia -- Central Coast Mariners -- FIFA Club World Championship Winners!


    Accomplishments!


    This is a collection of the competitions and cups we win over the course of the challenge with each club in each nation.


    Spain

    5x Spanish First Division Champions
    2x Spanish Cup
    3x Spanish Super Cup
    1x Spanish Second Division Champions



    South Korea

    3x Korean League Champions
    2x Korean FA Cup
    3x Korean Super Cup
    2x Korean League Cup


    Argentina

    5x Argentinian First Division Closing Stage Champions
    3x Argentinian First Division Opening Stage Champions
    1x Argentine Second Division Champions


    Belgium

    6x Belgian First Division Champions
    4x Belgian Cup
    3x Belgian Super Cup
    1x Belgian Second Division Champions


    USA

    3x MLS Champions
    4x US Open Cup


    Australia

    1x A-League



    Continental Competitions/Cups


    6x FIFA Club World Championship (Melilla, Jeonbuk, Independiente Mza, Cercle Brugge, Chicago Fire, Central Coast Mariners)
    7x Champions League (3x Melilla, 4x Cercle Brugge)
    3x Copa Libertadores
    2x CONCACAF Champions Cup

    1x Asian Club Championship
    1x UEFA Cup
    7x Intercontinental Cup
    4x European Super Cup

    2x Inter-American Cup
    1x Asian Super Cup


    National
    Competitions/Cups

    1x World Cup (France)
    2x European Championship (France, Germany)
    Last edited by AMC; 18-05-13 at 01:53 PM.

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    ***RING RING, RING RING, RING RING***

    Me: Hello

    Mystery Man: Hello, is this AMC?

    Me: It is, how can I help you?

    Mystery Man: I represent CMSG Ltd a Football agency you signed up with some time ago. After having some trouble with a previous candidate, we are pleased to offer you the position.

    Me: Great stuff! When do I start? Where is it?

    Mystery Man: You'll be managing Spanish Division 2B side Melilla and you start straight away!

    Me: Wow! But how am I meant to get to Melilla?

    Mystery Man: That has been taken care off, this very minute an envelope will be falling through your letter box containing your flight tickets. Your assistant manager Felipe Sanchez will meet you at the airport. Please note this is a one year temporary contract, with no guarantee of a permanent position at the end of it. Goodbye.

    (Races to the door to see an envelope with the CMSG Ltd logo on, and hastily opens it)

    Me: MOROCCO! WTF!


    On reaching Morocco, Felipe informed me that Melilla and rivals Ceuta are both autonomous Spanish cities situated in the African mainland, as can be seen in the following picture.




    After a short trip in Felipe's car, we arrived at the 12,000 all seater stadium known as "Municipal Alvarez Claro", where I witnessed the first team going through their paces by a couple of coaches. They didn't look much, but I was informed they were good enough for this level, and that striker Samuel and midfielder Azrack Mahamat had bright futures. Under a load of files in my office, I found a scrap of paper with the following tactic scribbled on it, which I considered an omen so decided to use it for the season ahead (My UTL tactic)




    It was a wise decision. With zero funds to play with I had to make do with the squad already at my disposal, although I was given £200k to spend once the transfer window had shut! It mattered little though as we overcame rivals Ceuta 1-0 away with a late goal in my first game in charge, and then embarked on an impressive 9 consecutive league wins, before drawing 1-1 at home to Badajoz, despite being down to 10 men from the 27th minute. We were scoring goals for fun, with 5-1 being our most common scoreline, and Samuel was really excelling in the formation, averaging 1.5 goals a game! We also played non league Extremadura in the preliminary rounds of the Spanish Cup, and beat them 3-1 at home to set up a 1st round tie against fellow Division 2B side Cadiz.




    With our first dropped points in the league I'd expect us to settle down after our great start, but instead we found another gear, with 5-1, 4-0, 3-1, 4-1 and 3-0 wins in our next 5 games. Our good performances were coming at a cost though, as the big teams became interested in my players, with Mahamat and Fragoso attracting attention from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid. Before the cup game I agreed to sell Mahamat for £1m to Atletico Madrid (he turned down Barcelona and Twente), as he became unhappy and I couldn't really stand in the way of such a great chance for the defensive midfielder. Centre back Fausto was next to leave in a £250k deal to Osasuna, and right back Daniel Fragoso also left in the new year to Real Madrid in another £1m deal. All were still in the side when we narrowly beat Cadiz 1-0 thanks to a Fragoso goal. Our next game after the short winter break would be the 2nd round which would see us play La Liga side Granada at home, and with them sitting rock bottom of La Liga, I thought we had a good chance of a cup upset. The wins kept coming in the league, and come the start of 2002, we had a 14 point lead at the top of the table.




    It weren't all one way traffic in terms of transfers, as we brought in eight new faces for a total £1.8m, with the two big signings of forward Mario Rondon from Nacional and right back Isidoro from Betis, both for £600k. They both started the cup game against Granada, with Rondon having to play on the left wing, with Samuel now boasting more than 30 goals to his name! It was the other winger who opened the scoring however, as Beninian/Nigerian Salomon Wisdom scored after 21 mins to put us ahead, and it was all Melilla as we battered the 1st division side, but met an inspired Julio Cesar (obviously not the Inter keeper). We eventually got a second though, as ironically midfielder Granada scored against his namesake, and when the final whistle was blown, we had a scalp to our name. The 3rd round drew an even bigger name. Despite a number of 2B sides left, and even a non league side left in the draw for the last 16, but it would be Sevilla we would play. I was happy we would be at home for the game, but club official Alan informed me that the game would in fact be over two legs. At the very least we'd get a good share of the gate receipts, but instead we would have two pulsating games. Things didn't start well in the home leg when Negredo gave Sevilla the lead after 19 mins, but Samuel levelled the scores just before half time. Midfielder Velasco became a hero when his 2nd half strike gave us the lead, and when the 90 mins were up I was cursing this was a two legged affair. Our team was short on fitness for the second leg, but despite this we made it to half time at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuain at 0-0. Unfortunately it didn't last, a terrible opening 15 mins in the 2nd half saw Sevilla go 2-0 up and ahead in the tie, and they added a 3rd 15 mins from the end. A Samuel goal shortly afterwards gave us some hope, but it weren't to be. Still a great learning experience for the club, and some money into the bargain




    Still we were going great in the league, running into little opposition as we recorded our 19th consecutive win, which put us 20 pts clear with two thirds of the season gone, although we did almost come unstuck at home to Ceuta, but despite conceeding an equaliser in the 90th minute, we went straight up the other end to regain our lead. It was around this time that club official Alan also informed me that no Champions are actually crowned in this division, instead the top 4 teams in each of the 4 Spanish Division 2B leagues, go into a promotion group stage featuring 4 mini leagues, with each team playing home and away, and the winners of these 4 groups would be promoted. We couldn't make it 20 wins on the bounce however, as we finally lost in the league 1-0 away at Almeria B, but our playoff position was ensured in the next game as we beat Linense 3-0. We finished the league off in style winning 5-0, 4-0 and 6-0, giving us great confidence going into the Promotion Group stage.




    Our mini league would contain Hospitalet (had finished 2nd), Leganes (3rd) and Palencia (4th) and our first game would be away at Leganes, and we started poorly conceeding after just 5 mins. We got more into the game after the goal and by half time we were 3-1 to the good. We ran riot in the 2nd half, scoring a further 3 goals without reply, and midfielders Curras and Enguix as well as forward Samuel could all boast braces (2 goals not dental ware or clothing ) Another comprehensive win over Palenica at home (5-2), and when we recorded our 31st goal in just 6 games in a 5-1 win over Hospitalet we were in a very good place. A 0-0 draw at home to Leganes was just a minor blip as consecutiv 3-0 wins made sure we finished top of the league, and thus promotion!




    Star of the show was undoubtedly striker Samuel, who unfortunately has been attracting Barcelona amongst others, and has a £375k minimum fee release clause, and won't negotiate a new contract. The next manager has a real task getting him to stay next season, although Rondon should be an decent replacement (and looks a better player stats wise).




    Restriction for next manager:
    I've sent Klosec a detailed report on the squad and what not. There's a fair bit of money about, £1m in the bank, with £1.3m to spend, and more to come in the shape of TV revenue, Season tickets and potential player sales. I didn't want to set anything too hard as it is still early days, and I don't know how we'll fair in the 2nd division, so I've told him that no free transfers are allowed, i.e. all transfers must be bought.


    Best of luck klosec!

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    It's the day after my birthday and I'm having a not so well deserved lie in.



    I'm not in the mood to do much today and just as I have convinced myself of this the phone rings...

    Me: Grmpfh...eh..Hello?
    Caller: Hello Centurion
    Me: Yeah, hello...
    Caller: It's time, are you ready?
    Me: What?!
    Caller: You have to go to Africa right away.
    Me: Africa?!!
    Caller: I have here in front of me a contract that you have signed with CMSG Ltd. stating that you are one of the chosen elite managers signed for their next mission. U.D. Melila need a new manager to steer them towards success. Again I will ask the questions. Are you ready?
    Me: Yes, yes of course. Please send me the details and I'll be sure to make it.

    On arrival at the club I notice that things aren't as bad as they seem, some of the players seem up the the task for the Spanish 2nd tier but we really need a keeper. Some of the scouts are already busy looking for a stopper so I make myself busy introducing my new modern 4-3-3 system to the players.



    The board informed me that they feel we have a good squad and they would settle for a decent final position in the league. They did tell me however they were very willing to give me money for whatever players I needed to buy. At the time I was very confident in my new tactical system and I informed them that I would do my best for the club. And then it all went horribly wrong.

    I was feeling so confident that things at the club were so well set up that I, well...., I fecked off to the pub. One pint turned into two and I was always planning to "Get the next bus home". On a quick toilet break I was grabbed from behind and a bag put over my head. The next thing I know I'm in a dark room somewhere with a light shining in my face. I quickly realise that this is a serious situation and have a dead pain inside telling me this is not going to end well.

    "Comrade Centurion, I do apologise that we have to meet like this. This is not our country so we have to be careful, yes? Now listen to me and do as I say and everything will be fine. You and I have a mutual acquaintance yes? Sergei has informed me that you too used do some jobs together before.

    Then the realisation hits home hard. The bloody Russian Mafia!

    There is no need to be worried Centurion. As I said if you do what we want then there will be no problems. My boss has asked me to to ask a favour of you. He has heard you are in charge at Melila now. He knows you are a good manager and maybe you can be useful in the future so he doesn't want to ruin your career. He instead expects that you...how do you say...become a checkbook manager I think is the expression yes? What my boss expects is for you to spend spend spend yes! He doesn't care about where the club finishes...just once it is on the brink of going out of business. You don't need to know why he wants this, but you do need to know that if my boss is not happy then we are going to have to use this!



    Immediately a bag is placed over my head again and I am dragged outside, driven away and thrown in a ditch.

    I had no trouble buying players and the board were happy to make funds available to me. 21 players were brought in altogether and I as determined to make this a brilliant season after all the hassle with the Russians. Here are some of the better prospects.











    And of course Andreev who was sent to spy on me





    After a flurry friendlies our league campaign got off to a great start winning most games by a 2 goal margin.



    We had the perfect start. Star striker Samuel hadn't produced the same form as last season but was scoring prolifically all the same. Jaoquín Moso was
    marshalling a very tight defence from between the posts and I was very proud of my signings and worrying less and less about the Russian Mafia. Valladolid were the only stumbling block in the league and close-to-bankrupcy Mallorca were chasing us too.

    My tactic and it's 4-5-1 variation were working a treat . In the cup we despatched Oviedo 3-1 with goals from Quinín, Jonan and Rondón. We faced Elche in the next round and my confidence turned into overconfidence as I rested a few first teamers and played some youngsters. We crashed out by the odd goal in 5 after extra time.



    From here we began to stutter a little as I tinkered with the tactic and Valladolid were closing the gap on is at the top of the league...

    In the end we got our winning streak going again. We won the league by 9 points with Valladolid in 2nd. The club is in a bit of debt but funds are still available for transfers. The poor board have every trust in me. The high wages will make the situation worse in the summer and with loss of out keeper Moso and AM/FC Bastres both on minimum fees it's going to be a tough season in La Liga.

    I never did see those pesky Russians after...

    My restriction(s) for you if you can do them are:

    On promotion to the top division the club will need a new talisman. The fans will need someone to be entertained by even when they could be struggling in the division. A relatively big signing would show your intent on staying up this season. This signing will have to come in the form of a quality goalkeeper or a new "Number 10". If you see someone in the squad who you already think can be our new number 10 then a keeper is your main priority.

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    It was 6:22 am. I've been awake for 14 minutes when the phone rang. I pushed the green button on the phone before the first ring was over and said:

    - Which airway?

    - Eh? ... Iberia...

    I hung up the phone, took my suitcase and left the apartment. 3 hours of flight, 3 hours of boat trip and some minutes later I was at the boardroom of U.D. Melilla, telling them I wasn't going to stay here another minute if they didn't improver the training facilities. That they did, for about 3M £, the awfull facilities changed to top training facilities plus youth academy.

    -Good

    I said. Went to my room and checked the team sheet. Some player came and said he'll be leaving the team with a min fee clause. Told him to off.

    Heard sneaky footsteps outside, put my gun in the drawer and left it open. Pretended to check the team sheet. It was a very young lad, telling me that his name was Angel Saez and he's been promoted to the A-Team from the youth academy. I nearly told him that my A-Team days were over but came to my senses. He looks like a good player. Gave him a ball and told him to off.

    Man, this was a team full of useless overpaid ers.

    Carlos Ruiz; off.
    Migue; off.
    Sergio Rodriguez; off.
    Llamas; off.
    Jeremy Huyghebaert; off.
    Inaki Casado; off.
    Roberto Casabella; off.

    They did.

    Heard sneaky footsteps outside again. Thought it was another youth coming to claim to be Messi and kept my head down. Turned out different. A Russian thug pointing a gun at my head gave me simple instructions.

    - Play with Centurions's tactic and play for relegation. Otherwise he dies!

    -Ok.

    I told him. Waited for him to leave and put my gun back to the drawer. Picked up the phone and called the police.

    Found the note Centurion left me, asking me to buy either a kepper or a "No 10" player. Looking at the team sheet, I decided we needed a keeper more. Called in the scouts and after listening to their suggestions decided to gamble on Cristiano, the back up keeper of Portugal. 475£ paid to him. While looking at the scouts reports, I realized that David De Paula of Palencia was worth his min fee clause. A FRC his calibre for 180K £ was a bargain so signed him with a min fee of 500K £.

    After some friendlies the league started. Playing with Centurion's tactic was a disaster, as bad as the new keepers start. A red card for him in the 2nd minute of the first match against Betis destroyed us. 0-5! After the second lost 0-2, to Espanyol the Spanish police called me and told me to play one more game with Centurion's tactic as they were closing on the Russians. Another 0-2 loose helped the police to round up and jail the Russians which gave me my tactical freedom. Whatever happened to Centurion, I don't know. We'll porbably learn about it when he works for CMSG again.

    We played well for the rest of the season, only loosing once to the Giants Barça and Real, getting 3 draws and 1 win. Shame the loose was against Barça in the first leg of q-final of the cup. We finished a great 4th, 3 points behind the 3rd Atletico. We managed 20 wins, 12 draws and 6 looses. Scoring 64, conceeding 31.

    I don't know who won the league as when I left the town Barça had 2 games in hand (coz they won our aim cup) with 96 points and Real had 100.

    The Team:

    Goalkeepers:

    Domingo Alonso: The young keeper played good after coming in in a friendly but didn't manage to impress me in the 5 matches he played in league. He probably needs 10 years to become a good keeper.

    Arturo: Veteran sub, subbed very veteranly. 6 goals he conceeded in 3 sub apps was fair, 3 of them was penalties. Good sub, good vet. off.

    Cristiano: My hopes of fullfilling Centurions wish..wasn't fullfilled. Altho he played a 7.10 rating in 21 games, conceeding 18, well, he was shitty. Conceeded when he shouldn't. Giving away penalties and getting red cards. Conceeding in the last minutes. Thank god he's only 23. He'll surely be better than Alonso. He also gets to be Portuguese 2nd keeper. But as I said I needed a better keeper so in the imd transfer season I bought:

    Sebastian Viera: My best buy, even for his high 2M £ price tag and mind blowing 13,250£ per week wage and 5M£ min fee, the guy took us to another level. He didn't conceed for his first 7 games, only to be beaten by Pedro. And Higuain was the only other player to score in the 15 matches he played. Awesome keeper. Here you go Mr. Centurion.

    Defenders:

    D/L's:

    24 y/o Manu started to play in Dl, was doing eh and sometimes meh. Then he got injured for 2 months and French Camille got in and played ehher and mehher. But even his 7.21 rating couldnt stop Manu getting his shirt back. (Coz he had lots of 6's) Manu finished with a 7.29 and a great looking future.

    D/R's

    32 y/o Alegre did well, 7.12 with 4 assist and 2 goals. Not so good in defence tho, 1.2 tackels avarage. Isidoro the DRC was his only sub and he managed a 6.96 in 20(8) matches. So Alegre gets injured and unfit a lot. We probably need a transfer here.

    D/C's

    Thank god Capo retires at the end of the season. He's shit. Or he might not be but i havent played him for a match.

    Henrique looks good but plays shit. 6.63 in 16 matches and 3.2 tackles. Dont be misguided by tackles, last form: 6-7-6-6-6.

    David Rives is much more consistent. At age 30, he managed not to play bad in most of his 22(4) matches. 7.04 and 2.7 tackles combined with solid performance. Like.

    Xabier Etxebarria. I tried. Not much but 6 matches and he was unhappy all the time. Decided to join Puertollano when his contract ends. Well, off.

    Quinin is solid and reliable. 18 games, 2 goals and 7.22 avarage. But not a constant player. Got into a 6-6 form so made way to my transfer:

    Saifoulaye Bagayoko! The transfer like a boss, paid 85k£ for him. 1.900 a week and min fee of 1.8M. He played 21(3) matches with a rating of 7.42! Tackle avarage of 5! and last worth of 1.5M. He made me proud.

    Midfielders:

    DM's:

    Vainqueur, another French. He played awesome 7.43 in 6(1) matches but I dont like him. "jösvi, lö lö" off.

    First I bought Icelandic O. I. Skulason, aged 31. Cheap, for 300K. He started well and played 7.15 but got injured for long and I bought:

    Abdoul Karim Toure for 100K from Fello Stars Labe (?). He was looking promising but didnt get more than 1 started. Managed good tho, 7.

    Now, the Italian Andrea Bertolacci is a great buy. Not that he played great, only 7 rating, 4 assist and 1 goal in 25 matches but he has been called twice to the Italian National team (The Boots). Which is in a way coz we'll have to pay 875K if he gets 10 caps. He looks awesome and sure to be awesome as he has a non-playing release clause of 1.9M. Wato, If you dont play him, info0 will come after you!

    MC's:

    Fernando Velasco is a good back up player. He played well in 13 straight 11's and 3 subs. Good to keep.

    AML's

    Garcia is right only,

    Cabello is 18 only,

    Curra Iglesisas, I have to apogolise to this guy. Forgot to play him he played 8 games and managed a goal and 2 assist. meh.

    Sergio Moreno played both in AML and FC but couldnt impress me anywhere. Good price tag if can be sold.

    Lider Meija played veryvery well, 7.63 and 5 goals 6 assists in 16 matches. But he decided to retire at the end of the season. Farewell Ecuadoran!

    That kid i gave the ball to play has some potential, Saez managed to get 4 goals and 2 assist in 3(3) matches, most important was a dramatic equilizer in R.Madrit match. Wato: DON'T SELL HIM!


    AMR's

    Our weakest position as De Paula is not playing well here, Garcia is not playing well here and our only AMR Iriome sucks balls. 22 matches, 3 goals and 6 assists rounded up with lots of 6's and some 5's and then a 9. Pfft. Wato: Get an AMR!

    AMC's:

    The no"10" Centurion asked for was in the team, 31 y/o Jonan was simply magnificent all season. 40 matches! 11 Goals! 8 assists! 7.47 Avarage rating.

    Wisdom: good but signed for another team. off.

    Sergio Moreno scored 5 goals but 2 in one match and 3 in another. Did shit zip on the other 19 matches. off, imo.

    Forwards:

    FC's

    Mario Rondon was our highest valued player. 1.9M Did he play so? Do they ever! 25(5) matches, 7 goals 5 assists 6.97. Just enough to save his ass.

    De Paula, my buy wasn't impressive too. 17(10) and 5 goals.

    SC's:

    Yeah, the "Great" Samuel! FUCK YOU! (un) 8 matches, 1 goal 2 assists.

    Cervera was the highlight of the season here. He scored 8 goals in 10(7) matches. Great prospect.

    Andreev? who?

    I bought a giant, Juanjo for only 275K, hoped he'll score tons with crosses with 20 jumping and heading but think he has some adaptation problems. he sored 5 and asisted 2 in 13(4) matches. Give him a chence, wato.

    So I leave my chair to wato, I dont know if we can get in the CL, being fourth. Hope so. You!, wato, Shall only buy African players! Second nationalities, i don't care of. You shall find your shortlist full of only africans, for a bit of a help. Alright, don't cry. You can buy only spanish players if you have to. But only you really have to! Othervise I send the Turkish mafia after you!

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    It was 10:45am, and the Phone rang.


    I was having a lie in since i was out on the piss the night before, but I thought it could be something to do with the taxi ride home, and answered.

    I had just flagged down a normal taxi, or so I thought, but inside the taxi, a man was already sat in the back and i was pulled in as the door opened.
    He had a briefcase of money.


    The strange man Said.
    "Are You Wato?"

    I confirmed.

    He said, he had seen my excellent man management with players from all over the world, and my name had come up in several meetings, with "The boss"

    I was the one chosen to lead the african assault on Europe.
    With U.D. Melilla.

    Last season they had managed to qualify for the Champions League qualifying round.
    And it was my responsibilty to get them to the group stage, and further increase the clubs image in europe.

    As I was leaving the taxi with the briefcase and airplane tickets
    The man added one thing.

    "You can only buy African players... We need to improve the african image"

    ..................................

    The Phone call was a Limo Driver confirming he was picking me up to take me to the airport for my 1 season contract to begin.



    On arrival, looking at the squad, it was obvious a striker was needed.
    There were some decent players in the team, with the Goalkeeper, Viera.
    The Defenders Bagayoko and Quinin.
    And the italian Midfielder enforcer - Bertolacci
    And the Spanish playmaker Jonan...
    All looking decent enough.

    But before the Season started, a solid player from the previous season came to tell me he was retiring with immeadiate effect.


    The Board were not expecting much this season.


    I made my first signing, an all round decent African Striker who also had a Belgian Passport.


    The Draw was made for the Champions League Qualifer.

    Tough Draw, Kiev, but the 1st leg would be at home.

    My 2nd signing was a Congelese international winger.
    I hope'd he would have a good impact and could replace the retired veteran.


    I made my 3rd African Signging, a back up defender for free.


    My Tactic for the 1st match would be 4-4-2. With just a few runs in the midfield.


    All the build up was to the Kiev Game. It was massive for the club.
    And....
    What a first game of the season:
    A 3-0 Thumping of Dinamo Kiev to surely seal the passage to the Champions Leauge Group.
    It was all about the Debutants, as Mokulu and Gangate bagged all 3 goals between them.


    A 0-0 away draw made it look easy, as the club was awarded £1.8 Million for qualifying for the Group Stage.

    After the fantastic qualifying, the group stage draw was made.
    It was a tough draw. Ajax, Dortmund and Zenit.
    Spoiler:




    The1st League Game of the Season would be away to Barcelona.
    They dont get tougher than this:
    a 3-0 Defeat.. Spoiler:




    It was pretty tough in the Champs League too, and it wasnt helped in a big game away at Zenit, having both my Keepers sent off by the 41st Minute.
    I had to put an outfield player in net, and decided to change to a very defensive tactic.

    I only went on to lose 4-0, which i thought was a great result. Spoiler:




    In my 2nd League Game, I had to come back from 1-0 down.
    And managed to win 3-2.
    This showed great Character in the Team, with my New Striker scoring his 1st league goal for the club.


    I was wanting to make a marquee signing, but Anderlect would not let go of a promising striker. Spoiler:




    The league was looking pretty good though:
    8 Games in.


    However....
    The Champions League journey would come to an end.
    At one point in the final game though, Melilla were in 3rd in the group and looking at a possible Uefa Cup place.
    But a late goal by Ajax V Dortmund and a late equiliser for Zenit, left Melilla bottom of the group. Spoiler:





    I hoped to shore up the Defence with a 4th signing, the Nigerian English Man - Nedum Onuoha


    Melilla had money to spend, but no good African Strikers seemed to want to join.

    By The New Year, the Table was still making pretty good reading...
    January 1st Table:

    But as with all teams, Melilla hit a sticky patch.
    2 Draws followed by 2 defeats....

    But right at the end, a Lucky 4-3 away victory, followed by a narrow 1-0 home win in Early February put an end the rough patch.

    With 10 games to go, Melilla were still in 4th, but only 3 points clear of 5th.
    So all was to play for: Spoiler:




    The End of season fight for the top 4 was not aided by various injuries to my better players.
    This being one of the worst. 2 months out for the best player. Spoiler:




    However with 5 games to go, there was now a 4 point gap back to 5th. Spoiler:




    2 games to go and 3 points clear of 5th placed Villarreal, and fate would pit us together for the penultimate league Match.


    And I managed to sneak a draw. A Massive point.

    Which left me 3 points ahead of them, with 1 game remaining.
    So all I needed was a point from my last game to secure the 4th spot again, and Champs League Football for next season.

    And it was away to Real Madrid.

    Melilla lost 1-0......................


    Which as it turned out, was just enough to sneak 4th place.
    a 2-0 defeat or an extra goal in Villarreal's home win V Athletico and U.D. Melilla would have finished 5th.
    Final League Standings:


    It was the good Away form that helped Melilla to finish 4th. Only losing 5 on the road and winning 7. Spoiler:




    The Valencia Job came up.. and I applied.. But didnt get it. Spoiler:




    The Spanish Cup was won by Real Madrid
    Spoiler:




    The Champs League Final was between Real Madrid and Barcelona


    Two of Melilla's players were fantastic Tacklers... Amazing.


    The player of the year for me, was the Keeper, he had a stormer with a 7.54 average rating.
    Some defenders also played well, with Henrique filling in at left back towards the end of the season and playing well.
    With Quinin and Bagayoko also playing well.
    The New Striker scored 15 goals, but was never on top form, and never had a consistant partner.
    End of Season Stats:




    The Team is losing a few players as a lot refused new contracts and are moving on Bosman free transfers: Spoiler:




    The Finances are looking pretty good though with £11 Million to spend.



    So with this. I hand over the challenge to Dermotron.

    My restriction, if you can call it that, is that your most expensive signing must be a striker.
    So plan your spending wisely.

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    The sun was beating down on me for what must have been the 500th day in a row, life on the beaches of Antigua was suiting me fine. Rich from my prize money cut when winning the World Club Championship with one time giants of Brazilian football, Ituiutaba, I chose to go to ground and get out of the management game and chillout. Even though I was still well connected to the world (what with the Japs sending me tons of new gadgets every year as thanks for winning the J-League and Asian Club Championship), time lying on the beach everyday was just the ticket to unwind from the stresses of the modern game. Of course I spoke to soon.




    Jeeves arrived down with my phone explaining that ‘The call is quiet urgent sir’. I was a bit surprised by this as I’d told him never to answer or take a call on my behalf let alone tell me about one. Once I took the call I found out why he’d taken it

    “Afternoon Dermotron, how is the tan coming along”

    “Eh, who is this”

    “Come now, you surely remember the voice”

    “No, and how did you get this number”

    “Why our boy Jeeves of course”

    Jeeves? WTF . . . . . our boy? Oh fuck . .

    “Listen here you CMSG prick, I’m done with you and your fucking . . “

    “Now, now Dermotron, you owe us a favour”

    “I owe you? You’ve gotten plenty out of the titles I’ve won”

    “Yes, but business has been, a little slow. Things weren’t moving as quick as we’d liked but now we’re back and we’re calling in the tried and trusted to get us back in the black”

    “I’m out of the game”

    “Hmmm, no you’re not I’m afraid”

    “How so?”

    “Jeevesy boy has a rather interesting video of you”

    “Video??”

    “Yes, of you . . . and Miss Antigua”

    Spoiler:




    Shit, fuck, fuck, cunt

    “Eh, ok, let’s talk”

    “Indeed, let’s. Her husband might not take to kindly to you showing up in a vid banging the daylights out of his wife. . . We have a job for you. We’ve recently ‘acquired’ Spanish club UD Melilla. You might know of them but they are a Spanish club based in North Africa, Morocco to be specific. It’s an autonomous territory of Spain and thus their football club plays in the Spanish leagues.”




    “Doesn’t sound so bad, at least I’ll be able to keep the tan”

    “It’s not going to be so bad at all. As you know Morocco produces one of the world’s finest variation of a product – whilst on away duty we will supply a plane and our own pilot to bring to the games to bring this product to the mainland”

    “Ok, sounds fair enough, takes the hassle away from the club. Saves on the shipping costs too”

    “Sure, sure, George is a good pilot with a decent record in ‘profit making’ and ‘transporting’”

    “What is this product that ‘George’ will be transporting?”

    “Mr. Jung would rather you didn’t know”

    Mr. Jung? George Jung? . . . Oh you gotten be fucking kidding me

    “Oh you gotten be fucking kidding me, George fucking Jung. I thought he was locked up?”

    Moroccan fucking hash trafficking. Christ, Miss Antigua wasn’t worth this . . . (well almost not worth it )

    Spoiler:




    “He’s been out since 2009 and he’s an ideal candidate for our side job, just like you’re the ideal candidate for the Melilla job”


    FFS


    “Ok, give me the job details”

    “You have about £11m to spend on new players and the previous imcumbent, wato20 has made a fairly straight forward request – your most expensive player be a striker”

    “That’s not so bad”

    “That’s not all, you are also in the UEFA Champions League after wato secured 4th spot in the league. You start in 2 weeks. Our personal request is to not bother George when he’s flying. He will get you there on time every time, what he does while your landed is none of your business, just concentrate on the football side of things”

    “Ok”


    “Great, speak to you in 12 months, ciao”

    Fucking CMSG
    Fucking George fucking Jung
    Fucking Miss Antigua (yeah that was good)
    Fucking Jeeves

    What could possibly go wrong?


    A lot.
    9 league games played.
    2 wins
    4 draws
    3 losses
    16th in the league. Distastrous start. Thank fuck we had gotten to the group stages of the Champions League. A group that contained Chelsea, Lyon and FC Copenhagen was doable but unfortunately not to be. Whilst we beat the group whipping boys Copenhagen home and away (5-0 away), we only took 2 points from our meetings with Chelsea and Lyon and 8 points was never going to be enough. At least we had secured UEFA Cup football to keep us in Europe.

    The league form was slowly improving as the 19 players I’d brought in (to be joined with another 10 at Xmas) were taking awhile to gel. Also, after a blistering start, new ‘biggest transfer striker’ Lucas Oscampos form dropped dramatically. I had bought him as a striker (£3.7m and record signing) and though I persisted in playing him, he was clearly a winger – which his form towards the end of the season proved. We had still managed to pull ourselves up to 7th and back up to within range of the top 4, which was becoming an obsession of mine. So much so I probably chopped and changed the side so much we never really got into a balanced rhythm to push for the top 4.





    Also the refusal of our best player, Bertolacci, to sign and new contract and agree to terms with Valencia, hit the team hard. Amalfitano was an adequate and willing replacement but just didn’t have the same class.

    By the end of March the chance to break in there was gone but ironically, due to all the wheeling and dealing, we had a settled squad for the European competition due to the squad only be 18 strong. This wasn’t a hinderence at all as we powered through round after round

    3rd Round Vs Anorthosis (CYP) 4-0, 2-0 (6-0 agg)

    4th Round Vs Ajax (HOL) 2-0, 1-0 (3-0 agg)

    Quarter Final Vs Marseille 5-0, 0-1 (5-1 agg)

    Semi Final Vs Man Utd 2-0, 1-2 (3-2 agg)

    Final Vs Valencia


    Spoiler:





    Our league form improved a bit too late but it was the form of Nigerian striker Obinna that provided the catalyst. I switched him from the left wing to striker (Oscampos going to the wing) and his power and industry proved invaluable. We had a decent run of 4 wins in the last 4 games to leave us in 5th place when all was said and done. Even with the extra 5pts wato managed to get we’d have still finished 5th as the gap was just too large.










    We proved to be Cup specialists as we got to the Spanish Cup final where we went done on penalties to League runners-up and Champions League semi-finalists, Real Madrid. Unfortunately the lottery of penalties went the way of Real and the UEFA Cup was our ‘only’ piece of silverware.






    It was the 9th of June and private flight to the mainland and ultimately Antigua, awaited. George was nowhere to be seen thankfully but I did get one last call.


    “Enjoy your holiday, we’ll be looking for your services again soon”










    This time I look forward to it.


    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Stats & Stuff
    Spoiler:




    The clubs finances are in good shape for the next manager to work with - £12.5m in Transfer Funds. The main issue with club is the club is still semi-pro and the CMSG management aren’t willing to budge on that – it seems to be a deterrent for a lot of the top players. It makes scouting a bit more important but there are still some top players around if you put in the time to find them. DC's are needed and probably a beasty striker but I think the midfield is very strong with Oscampos, Callejos and Canales in there.


    Getting to the WCC by winning the European Super Cup might change that



    Originally Posted by Chris_3_16
    The Messiah can take us to the promised land



    Yes he can



    If he can overcome this restriction:

    Sign 4 players from 4 of the 8 playable leagues. All must be of the nationality of the league they are bought from. ALL must be used in every game they are available for. Only 1 from each league. Screenies required if players get badly injured. Simples

  7. #7

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    *** RING RING – unknown number ***

    JC: Uh.. hello?
    ??: It is time Mr. Christ.
    JC: Chico?
    ??: Chico..? No! No, it’s not Chico time. I do however, have a parcel for you.
    JC: Oh an early Christmas present! How nice of you!
    ??: Er. Whatever. Make your way to Picadilly Station. It’ll be waiting for you there.

    So a random bloke had rang me and had instructed me to go to Picadilly Station where there would be a random package waiting for me; “what’s the worst that could happen?” I grinned. I quickly grabbed a festive jumper, bid farewell to my Gran and jumped on my only mode of transport…


    I finally made it to Picadilly Station without too many troubles (if you exclude being chased by dogs, the numerous break downs and being held at knifepoint for my shitty scooter). When I got there I made my way over to a shifty looking guy stood near the portaloos.


    JC: The names Jesus. Jesus Christ.
    ??: And a big fucking hell to you too!
    JC: So, have you got it?
    ??: You what? Listen son, if you wanna use the loo you’ll have to pay 20p.
    JC: Twenty fucking pence to piss in a hole!?
    ??: If you don’t like it you can fuck off.
    JC: *rummages in pocket* Got change for a fiver mate?
    ??: Have I fuck! Now fuck off, I’ve got a job to do.

    And with that he waddled off to buy a Yazoo from the nearby shop.

    Confused, I walked over to where the trains were when a sharp “PSSST” caught my attention. A man emerged from the shadows, dressed from head to toe in black and wearing a big sloppy hat.


    Without saying a word he pushed a locker key in to my hand and vanished in a puff of smoke. “Doesn’t he know passive smoking is a bigger killer than smoking itself!?” I grumbled as I took a look at the key in my hand. The number 18 was etched in to a small keyring and using my logic, wit, intelligence and pure cleverness, I made my way over to the lockers nearby.


    Inside locker 18 was a set of train tickets, a CMSG contract signed by yours truly and a note from the previous manager.

    “Good fucking luck with this pile of shit mate. You’ve got your work cut out. Oh. And to make it harder for you I’ve set some restrictions for you. Basically, you’ve got to sign four players from either Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Turkey or the USA. One from each country and they’ve got to play most, if not all games during your season. Oh yeah, and they’ve got to be the nationality of from where they’ve come from as well, just to be a twat. POTATOE!”

    Sighing, I made my way to Platform 9 and three quarters and waited for my first of seventeen trains to Africa.

    ***


    I arrived in Melilla and immediately made my way to the Municipal Álvarez Claro where the squad was already busy training hard in the African heat. I opted to sit in the stands (and the shade!) whilst I reviewed the squad’s calibre. In short, they were shit. Nobody really fitted in to the dream team I had in my head except a keeper and a handful of midfielders come attackers.

    Transfers

    Once training had concluded I met the lads on the pitch and one by one told them that their futures fell outside of the semi-professional outfit. There were many disappointed faces but the previous manager had done well to build up their reputations so they were immediately shipped out of Africa. In total, 29 players left U.D. Melilla which left me with a lot of work to do; however it also armed me with a tidy £26.5million warchest. The most notable faces to leave were Carles Puyol, Nedum Onuoha and Sergio Canales.

    Code:

    ************************************************** ********************************************** U.D. Melilla - Sunday 3rd June 2007 ************************************************** ********************************************** ================================================== ============================================== 2006/7 Transfers ================================================== ============================================== Date Player Out To Fee ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 9.6.06 Ion Mosquera Released Free 9.6.06 Javier Orta Released Free 9.6.06 Manuel Antonio Fernández Released Free 9.6.06 Marco Antonio Verdejo Released Free 9.6.06 Rigobert Song Released Free 9.6.06 Santiago Peña Released Free 9.6.06 Antonio Vílchez Released Free 9.6.06 Jaime Moreno Released Free 9.6.06 Joan Espinosa Released Free 9.6.06 Juan Ruiz Released Free 9.6.06 José Ramón Arcos Released Free 9.6.06 Víctor Manuel Aguado Released Free 9.6.06 Julio Vílchez Released Free 15.6.06 Cristiano Levante Bos 15.6.06 Andrea Bertolacci Valencia Bos 15.6.06 Nicolás Colazo Mallorca Free 20.6.06 Julio Cabello Released Free 22.6.06 Ángel Sáez Albacete Free 23.6.06 Pichu Atienza Deportivo £300K 23.6.06 Iñaki Castillejo Shandong £825K 24.6.06 Nedum Onuoha Chivas £4.5M 25.6.06 Juanjo Released Free 25.6.06 Carlos Soriano Numancia Free 25.6.06 Francisco Feito Olympiacos £725K 27.6.06 Walter García Albacete £35K 29.6.06 Kiko Femenía Atlético Madrid £4.4M 30.6.06 Pape Diakhate Cúcuta £700K 1.7.06 Sergio Canales Zenit £3.6M 1.7.06 Umberto Della Monica Inter £1.3M 1.7.06 Oskar Hatten Engerbakk Hércules Free 3.7.06 Agustín Gomez Released Free 9.7.06 Juan Carlos Iriarte Released Free 13.7.06 Kaby Necaxa £500K 23.7.06 Jack Barmby Middlesbrough Free 24.7.06 Ignacio Panadero Vélez £425K 24.7.06 Benjamin Mokulu Tembé Platense £525K 24.7.06 Saïfoulaye Bagayoko Racing £700K 24.7.06 Stéphane Adam Independiente £600K 24.7.06 Hugo Blanco Belgrano £675K 24.7.06 David Addy All Boys £250K 24.7.06 José Callejón Racing £1M 24.7.06 Lucas Oscampos Vélez £1M 26.7.06 David De Paula Released Free 8.8.06 Carles Puyol Released Free 13.8.06 Baba Ousmaïla Gavá Loan 24.12.06 Sergio Cortés Oviedo Loan 26.12.06 Rubén Pérez Atlético Madrid £4.4M
    Upon reviewing the funds that I had at my disposal, I decided to plump for the most exciting, brightest, magical, fantastic, amazing, inspirational, game-winning, technically-gifted, passionate, superb, wonderful, outstanding, exceptional, marvellous, dazzling, astounding, genius, magnificent, splendid, impressive players in the whole entire world…

    Spoiler:



    Unfortunately he didn’t fancy a life in Africa (and who can fucking blame him!?) so I pressed forward on and rebuilt the squad to my taste. In came a total of fifteen new faces but this wasn’t enough to keep everyone happy; throughout the whole season there was a distinct lack of squad depth and this was reflected in some of the players attitudes.

    Code:

    ************************************************** ********************************************** U.D. Melilla - Sunday 3rd June 2007 ************************************************** ********************************************** ================================================== ============================================== 2006/7 Transfers ================================================== ============================================== Date Player In From Fee ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 15.6.06 Ben Amos Man Utd £500K 21.6.06 Ione Sporting Gijón £500K 21.6.06 Josh McEachran Chelsea £75K 21.6.06 Michael Ortega Osasuna £1M 21.6.06 Joselu Real Madrid £2.8M 21.6.06 Saïd Mehamha Lyon £1M 21.6.06 Emmanuel Riviere Lyon £1.5M 22.6.06 Rodri Celta £500K 22.6.06 Jack Rodwell Everton £1M 22.6.06 Marc Torrejón Racing Santander £900K 22.6.06 Frédéric Nimani Lyon £2.9M 27.6.06 Jesús María Cabanillas Glenn Hoddle Academy Free 27.6.06 Manuel Antonio Fernández Free Transfer Free 28.6.06 Juan Francisco Falcón Chantrea Free 28.6.06 Xabier Costa Negreira Free 28.6.06 Sergi Benítez Free Transfer Free 28.6.06 Santiago Peña Free Transfer Free 28.6.06 Marco Antonio Verdejo Free Transfer Free 28.6.06 Juan Luis Fuentes Free Transfer Free 1.7.06 Óscar Valverde Amurrio £12K 1.7.06 Pedro Espinosa San Roque Free 2.7.06 José Ramón Espinosa Cardassar Free 17.7.06 Joeri Dequevy RC Genk £1.4M 26.7.06 Maxime Gonalons Marseille £2.2M 5.8.06 Emanuel Nosa Igiebor U. Madeira £1.8M 17.8.06 Mauro dos Santos Banfield £2.5M 17.8.06 Diogo Salomão Benfica £675K
    Out of the players I had bought, four of them would be playing regular football at Melilla (due to Dermotron’s shitty restrictions!). My first signing was 31 year old Ione from Real Sporting de Gijón B. The Spaniard moved to us in a £500,000 deal and would be a rock at the back. My second signing was 30 year old Joeri Dequevy from Belgium side RC Genk. Joeri fitted the perfect template that I have in mind for a winger and at £1,400,000 I couldn’t grumble. My final two signings were Mauro dos Santos and Diogo Salomão. Mauro came to Melilla from Argentine side Banfield and was of duel nationality; Argentina and Italy. He cost a pricey sum of £2,500,000 but in the end it was well worth it for the 27 year old defender. Diogo came to Melilla from Portuguese side Benfica for paltry £675,000. The Portuguese star would play on the opposing wing to Dequevy.

    Spoiler:



    The Tactic

    I decided to adopt my hugely successful non-wib/wob tactic that I had used with AS Everton (my all Italian Everton side) and this fit in well with the players that I had purchased.


    Board Expectations


    Pre-Season

    My first game in charge of the African outfit would be against Mallorca after we received an invite from them to play in the Friendly League. Athlético Madrid and Zenit had also been invited to the shindig. We got off to a super start beating Mallorca 4-0 before drawing to Athlético and then polishing it off with a win over Zenit (2-0) to leave us top of the group and with a good idea of what my squad was capable of. Unfortunately it seemed as this was a sabotage move from Mallorca on our trophy cabinet as four days after the fixture with Zenit we would face AC Milan in the Super Cup.

    The Super Cup

    The AC Milan team of the 2006/2007 was a very different outfit from that of 2001. Boasting the likes of Rossi, Nani, and David Luiz, I knew this was going to be a tough match. In addition, all of our players weren’t 100% fit. We managed to fend them off in the first half but it was only a matter of time before sheer class put AC Milan ahead and they won the game 2-0.

    The League

    The league was a bit of a rollercoaster for me despite what the statistics said. We got off to a flyer in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Málaga and continued to win for the next three games. However we were brought crashing back down to earth after being beaten by Valencia and Real Madrid. We managed to brush these two defeats under the carpet however and by the 19th game of the season we were sitting in a respectable 4th place. I spurred my players on and we finished strongly, finishing in a commanding 3rd place, a whopping 12 points ahead of 4th place Villarreal. During the last 19 games of the season we beat a tough Real Madrid side (who had acquired the signature of Wayne Rooney by this point) at their place and but lost to 3rd place contenders Villarreal.


    The Spanish Cup

    Not much to say here other than that I think it helped us to finish in such a good position in the league. We crashed out in the second round to Mallorca and it was Celta caused the biggest upset by beating Real Madrid in the final.

    The UEFA Cup

    I was hoping to follow in Dermotron’s footsteps and campaign successfully in the UEFA cup. First round pitted us against Portuguese side Nacional which we won comfortably 4-1. This put us through to the second round against Belgium side AA Gent. Again, we won this battle by the same scoreline to propel us in to the third round. Who would it be? No other than... Manchester United? “What the fuck” I muttered as I watched the draw. Man United had bowed out in the first phase to Barcelona and Zenit after only gaining 7 points which wasn’t enough. I spurred my Melilla side on and we took the first leg at home 1-0 thanks to a Rubén Pérez goal. The second leg was a scrappy affair and Rooney had scored in the 12th minute to tie the aggregate score. We pulled one back thanks to Dequenvy and we went in to half time in the lead. I instructed my players to defend with all their hearts but two quick fire goals from Lisandro sunk our hopes of progressing to the next round and we crashed out.

    Squad Review (for Chris)

    Favourite Lineup:

    GK: Amos
    DC: dos Santos
    DC: Rodri
    DC: Ione
    DMC: Gonalons
    MC: McEachren
    ML: Salomão
    MR: Dequenvy
    AMC: Ortega
    AMC: Igiebor
    FC: Riviere

    Goalkeepers need investment. Neither were consistent enough for me and so a world class keeper would be a good idea to make a priority. In defence, make sure you keep dos Santos. He averaged 5.0 tackles per game despite his 6.97 rating. Other than that I’d suggest investing a new back line. I got rid of all Full Backs so make sure you bring in some quality there in case you play a back four. In midfield make sure you keep hold of Gonalons. He was absolutely amazing for me all season, averaging 5.5 tackles per game and a very cool 8.07 rating. Also Belgian Dequenvy was brilliant for me on right flank, chipping in with 14 assists. Salomão also put in a decent shift on the left although I think you could get better. Up front.. well.. I don’t know. No striker impressed me immensely and my main signing of Riviere only score 14 goals. Investment up front would be wise, as would selling Obinna. Nimani and Joselu make good back ups.

    Well my adventure is over at Melilla and I leave with this restriction for Chris:

    With the upcoming World Club Championship you must play a 4-4-2 Defensive tactic to show that defensive power is the way forward. You already have Gonalons as an ideal DMC so give him a half decent partner and boss that midfield. Wib/wob, player instructions, arrows and team settings can all be altered but you must play a 4-4-2 formation with two DMCs.

  8. #8

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    “You have got to be fucking joking”



    It was an outburst which to me summed up a bizarre day which was just getting worse. It all started with Mrs Eejit and myself planning a little holiday. We wanted to go somewhere different, but didn't want to stray too far, so I had rashly written on a piece of paper “To Madeira”, dismissed the idea as there were no direct flights from Manchester, crumpled up the piece of paper and threw it into the bin. To my surprise it landed in the middle, first time ! Why was it a surprise ? It is a technique that I have been using with lottery tickets for years. If I scrunch up the worthless ticket and can throw it in a beer glass then next week it will be a winner. It is a system that I have been using for some time and so far with a 100% success rate. I have never got the ticket in the glass and I have never won a brass farthing. However, I digress.


    Little did I know that eddies in the space time continuum had permeated the base of the bin, opening up a wormhole which swallowed up the paper, spitting it out thousands of miles away on the desk of an executive of a shady organisation known as CMSG Ltd. This organisation have been compared to The Mafia, however while the Italian based gangsters pimp prostitutes, rip off drug users and rape the wifes of opponents, CMSG Ltd are a football based organisation who pimp players, rip off agents and rape the leagues of any country they play in. Little did I know that the codeword “To Madeira” was the binding agreement to work for the organisation for a year on whatever was their latest project. It was fortunate for CMSG Ltd that I was an experienced football manager with time on his hands.


    As soon as that ill fated, scrunched up piece of paper hit the bottom of the bin, an unmarked van drew up outside the house. Masked gunmen forced entry, bundled me into the van and depositted me on a private jet heading for god knows where. As the jet sped over mainland Europe, I was briefed on my mission. I was to take over a club who had been previously managed by “The son of God”, but who looked nothing like Diego Armando Maradona Sinagra. He had guided the club to a 3rd place finish in the league, but had failed to defend the Continental title that the previous manager had won. That title had gained the club entry to this season's World Club Championship and my first mission was to take that trophy back to CMSG Ltd headquarters. Should I do that, I was then to find a new opportunity for CMSG Ltd in another continent. If I fail then I would have to see out the season at this club. However, while this “Son of God” geezer had adopted an open attacking style, often with 3 players up front, I had to show CMSG Ltd the advantages of defence, with a 4-4-2 formation that included 2 holding midfielders. No big ask then, especially as divine intervention had managed only 3rd !Eventually the plane landed at the tiny airport of Melilla.





    An anonymous black Mercedes drew up and I was ushered into the back seat.


    “Where the fuck is Melilla ?”
    “North Africa” said the goon who was preventing me from opening the door and jumping out.
    “Afri-fucking-ca ! I know nothing about African club football other than it is shit. It this club were only 3rd in their league, they must be really shit !”
    “Shut it ! They play in Spain and were only beaten by Barcelona and Real Madrid”


    Maybe this wouldn't be so bad after all. I decided to make the most of it and see out the deal. Anyway, the local beach did hold some attraction for me.





    It was straight to the training ground to meet the new squad. It was here that the “You have got to be fucking joking !” exclamation came.


    It wasn't a result of the squad size although only 20 fit players was a disappointment. One guy ( Emanuel Igiebor) was out for 3 months while 2 others were almost back to fitness following injuries. 2 others, a keeper and a striker were away on loan.


    It wasn't a result of the transfer budget which had been set at £21 million. Enough to make some improvements to the squad.


    It wasn't even a result of the exceedingly boring blue strip that UD Melilla played in





    What got me was when I asked the defenders to take a step forward. Just 5 players did so, although a 6th did take a step forward, went back, took another forward, then went back again.


    I asked the same of the holding midfielders. 3 guys stepped forward, while same guy took a step forward, went back, took another forward, then went back again. I think that I was fully justified in saying


    “You have got to be fucking joking !”


    I was later to discover that the ditherer was none other than Jack “Captain Jack” Rodwell and all would be forgiven. For now though I had work to do to improve the squad. I had earlier been warned of a potential fixture clash between the World Club Championship semi final and the Champions League final qualifying round, so squad numbers would be a important as quality. With just 6 weeks before the WCC, I left training in the hands of the new assistant, Eric Abidal, who was heading up a brand new coaching team. The previous one had been very biased towards fitness.


    As said I had £21 million to spend and if that meant buying a trophy then so be it. I was after some marquee signings, the sort of name that would put Melilla on the map. I was amazed at some of the deals that I was able to set up Marcello and Coentrao from Real Madrid, Gabriel from Juventus and van der Wiel from Ajax. When it came to personal terms though, some refused to talk to us while others wanted Minimum Fee clauses of less than we were paying and refused point blank to negotiate. Time therefore to look at less famous names, especially when the squad was further depleted when Real Sociedad met Maxime Gonalon's £10 million minimum fee release clause and left me 1 down in the defensive midfield department that I was trying to enhance.


    So, who came in ?



    Young French defender Cedric Buigues was a bit of a panic buy, although he did have a great record at Martigues. He looks like one for the future, but his versatility at either full back would be invaluable in a small squad. Right back was sorted when Chilean Bryan Carrasco cost £3.6 million from Racing Santander. Malian captain Ladji Niane and Serbian Ivan Obradovic would be battling for the left back slot. They cost £450K (Djoliba AC) and £500K (Zaragoza) respectively. The final defensive addition was KV Mechelen's Iranian international Saeed Lotfi (aka “Lofty”) who can also cover as a defensive midfielder and was well worth the £500K spent.


    In midfield I was after a replacement for Gonalon and settled on Racing Santander's South African George Maluleka who at £2.3 million left me with a significant profit on my DMC changes. (Ghanaian George Osei King would later arrive on a free transfer after his release by Rangers). I can't resist a bargain and so Osasuna's Keko came as an extra man for the right wing slot £1.6 million was all that they wanted for the former U21 starlet. Finally, just before the transfer window closed, a deal was settled at £2.3 million for Betis winger Vadillo who can play either flank.


    Finally up front where I didn't fancy either Obina or Baba Ousmaila which left me with just 3 starters. With money still to spend, I took up an option on Sevilla's powerhouse Alberto Perea who became the clubs record transfer at a cool £5.75 million. All of that would be repaid if he scored the winner at the Olimpico in Rome.





    Perhaps I should have paid more attention to the training. Perhaps if I had maintained the fitness bias it may have helped. Perhaps it would have made no difference. After the rollercoaster of the transfer market, I met up with the squad again on the eve of our World Club Championship opener with Enyimba in Milan. I was appalled at the fitness levels with most of the squad less than 70% match ready. Even so, it should be enough to take on a shit African club. I did the best I could with selection, keeping players in position and playing the ones closest to match ready. The formation was a derivation of my flat 4-4-2 with the central midfielders pulled back when we were defending.





    Despite my concerns at the tactic being untested with this squad, things were looking hopeful as we dominated the early play. A goal was on the cards and it came in the 20th minute, but at the wrong end and with Enyimba's first attack. Plenty of time to get the goal back, but as much as we huffed and puffed, nothing was happening. With time running out, Parea finally combined with Riviere and we salvaged a draw. Damage limitation although we would now need something from the Santos game. Fintness resulted in 9 changes for Al Gharafa, also at the San Siro. This time we were totally out played, however Nimani stuck the ball in the net 1st half and we hung on for the 3 points. We did though have to beat Santos. They were above us on goal difference, so a draw would put us second on 5 points. In Group 3, Inter and Orlando already had 6 points and one of them would be best runner up. Again we were out played, but survived until just past the hour when Diogo put the Brazilians in front. All or nothing, I attacked as well as the strict formation allowed and 3 minutes later Everton Mello levelled. Sadly though there would be no dramatic late winner for either side, and we were out, but unbeaten.





    That answers Zan's question as to where he will be playing. Still with Melilla !


    Time to concentrate on domestic matters. You can't win the league in the first 10 games, but you can loose it. It is therefore important to stay with the leaders and to be hard to beat. Another 2 1-0 wins over Moldovan opponents earned a Champions League spot while a 1-0 win at home to Sociedad made it 6 games in a row where we had scored a single goal. Watching Melilla was like watching paint dry. For Betis, the tactic was changed to bring the wingers inside in the final quarter to support the attackers. Bingo ! The most boring team on the planet come out best in a 5-2 mauling. Any thoughts of a new beginning were unfounded though as we went back to the boring 1-0 or 1-1 scorelines in the league. Never out of the top 6, we finally found some form, winning the last 4 games of the opening 10 and Beating Barcelona 2-0 and Bilbao 4-0 to finally take top spot from Osasuna in a very tight league. Happy days looking down on Spain's ugly sisters who had been struggling.





    So much for the league, but what about Europe. Milan, Lyon and Valerenga were the challenge. We almost beat Milan who needed a late goal for a 2-2 draw. We should have taken Lyon but couldn't find the net so 0-0. Valerenga were the whipping boys, loosing every game and 5-1 from the back to back fixtures left us still unbeaten off to Milan wher we shocked the home side with an early goal, played 80 minutes with 10 men before again conceding a late equaliser. That left us on 9 points, 1 behind Lyon who had beaten and lost to Milan. With Milan expected to beat Valerenga and move onto 11, it ment that we had to beat Lyon to qualify. A draw would unbelievably send us home from our second tournament unbeaten. Could we pull of the win ? We'll find out after the next round of league games !


    Consolodation was the name of the game, however the unbeaten record went when Villareal took us 1-0 and that put us behind the wee team from Madrid. Indeed we trailed them for most of this quarter which was again dominated with 1-0 wins. “Boring Boring Melilla” sang the fans, and I was more than tempted to join in. The 3-0 thumping of Gijon being an island of happyness in the dismal gray of North Africa. Once again though a win in the final game, 1-0 over Betis, put us back on top after 20 games, but we did have a game in hand. It was looking ominous when we saw who was in 3rd and 4th, especially with a 6 pointer at home to Atheltico next up.





    OK. Back to Europe and the crucial visit of Lyon. It looked like being a typical Melilla game. Perea netted first half and with 5 minutes to play, that looked to be that. In an astonishing (by Melilla standards) last 5 minutes we had a red card, a penalty and 2 goals, in that order !


    Spoiler:





    This was dream land taking this team to the second phase, but could we go further ? Beating CSKA in Moscow and Man City in Melilla said yes, however Dortmund were next to come to Africa and their 1-0 win put qualification in the balance. Perhaps the winter transfer window signings would help. We'll find out after we have seen who they are and what happens in the important 3rd quarter of the league program.


    First though some departures. As an attacking midfielder, there was no role for Kevin “Irn” Bru who had not even made a sub appearance. Likewise Obinna, Baba Ousmaila Ortega, Torrejon, Ben Amos and Amalfitano were not getting games, so I cashed in especially as some had contract up for renewal.


    With the last round of transfers, I had not appreciated the 3 foreigner rule in Spanish league games. This time I was going for EU players, and looking for youth, as there were some aging players in the squad.


    Valencia's Xabier Terroba was the 19 year old direct replacement for Ben Amos who had left for Sunderland at £1.1 million, we still had £100k change from the deal. In defence Lorenzo Acosta (19) and Roger Ely (24) were both already quality central defenders. Acosta could also cover at right back where young Buigues had been struggling when Carassco was unavailable. Borja Castro (19)was also brought in following a short trial. Castro and Ely were both free signings while River wanted £1.2 million for Acosta


    Right wing was the other problem as Dequevy was simply no backup to Keko. Markel Susaeta and Juan Ignacio Surraco helped to pad out the right wing department at a combined cost of £4.2 million from Bilbao and Santander respectively.





    And that would have been that. The squad now had a nice balance with good cover for every position. Indead the “B” team was perfectly capable of winning games as well as the “A” team. However, on the last day of the transfer window, an old deal suddenly came back to life. Betis had a bid accepted for a player that I had been after from the start, I matched the bid and too my delight, the 63 time s capped Portugal defender became a Melilla player.


    Spoiler:





    Sir Alex Ferguson will tell you that the League starts after Christmas. This is the time for the real challengers to stake their claim. Our bid for the title started with a late Josh McEacheran goal that put us 6 clear of Athletico. It also ended the Wee Madrid teams challenge as they went on a run of 4 consecutive defeats. Barcelona took up the baton of challengers, however they were completely outgunned at the Nou Camp. Mehama, Riviera and dos Santos all finding the net in the game that ended the Catalan's challenge. Rearranged fixtures resulted in the league games with Real being back to back in a 4 day period. They won one and we won one. The end result, a 16 point lead with 8 games to play. By my calculation we needed 9 points to be champions.





    Champions play in the Champions League, so we return there, with a promising start to the second phase undermined by a home defeat to Dortmund. The return match in Germany was a dismal afair, with a total of just 4 goalward efforts in the entire game. Just the sort of match to suit Melilla and when Perea scored on the hour, qualification was back on track. It was secured by a Keko brace that sunk CSKA 2-1, so I could play a reserve team at the Etihad and not worry about the 1-0 defeat. I wanted Porto or Marseilles. I got Barcelona.


    January brings the start of the Spanish cup. The first round with Guijuelo was a no contest as we racked up a 4-0 win. Sevilla away was a sterner test, but a 1-0 win was celebrated with news that both of the Ugly Sisters were out ! The cup was certainly up for grabs now. From the third round the games are 2 legged. Granada should have been easy but were anything but. A single Perea goal in the first game was all that separated the sides, but that was enough for a Quarter final encounter with Elche. 4-0 in the first game ended the tie and although the minnows gave us a fright by scoring first in the second leg, Riviere's leveller ended the contest. The gods smiled by sending us Compostella for the semi final. They might as well have give us a bye as the D2B side offered little opposition to a largely second string side. Both games ended 2-0 and so we were through to our second final in 3 years. Last time Real Madrid had mugged us on penalties after a man of the match performance by Casillas. Could we go one better against another Real, this time the one from Zaragoza.


    First of all, lets wrap up the league. At first glance, a 0-0 draw with Osasuna might be thought of as 2 points lost. That became 4 gained when Athletico Madrid lost again. 5 points needed from 7 games. That became 3 from 7 when Barcelona beat Athletico in the midweek game and with a home game against virtually relegated Castellon next on the schedule, they might as well have handed us the title. To be fair though, both Barca and Athletico won on the Saturday which did make us win it, but a goal in each half, from “Captain Jack” and Riviere was way too much for the visitors. Melilla were champions with 6 games to spare. Those involved with Melilla are a fickle lot, and the hard work of previous managers was instantly forgotten in the excitement. Not that it bothered me in the slightest.





    The run in was unimportant and so it was a chance to play some of the fringe players and rest the “A” team for the cups, hence the winning margin was only 15 points in the end.




    And so to the cups. Could we make it a treble to remember ? It was 3 wins on the spin against Barcelona, going back to the second league game of last season, and with the first leg at home, I was looking to make that 4. In typical Melilla style Everton Mello scored the only goal to give us a slender advantage. Could we make it 5 in a row ? Could we make the semi finals ? A third queston. Can you guess the score ? Yip. Riviere got the only goal at the Nou Camp. I crossed my fingers wishing for Porto. Atleast we missed Real Madrid, but another 2 games with Milan could have been kinder. An early Mehamha strike put us in the driving seat. Rossi leveled midway through the second half only for Vadillo to restore the lead 4 minutes later. We had the lead, but would that away goal be costly ? It was the best of starts at the San Siro. Riviere cancelled out the away goal just 17 minutes in. Rossi levelled straight away to put the pressure back on. 72 minutes to hold out. That was how it stayed until 9 minutes into the second half when Riviere put us firmly in control. 2-1 up on the night, 4-2 on aggregate. Milan had to score 3, a feat that noone had done this season and indead we had only let in 2 goals 4 times. The Ultras started to leave, but soon returned to their seats when Douglas Costa levelled on the night. We were still in control and just had to defend the way we normally do. Alarm bells started wringing when Douglas Costa got his second and Milan had 20 minutes to find a winner. They threw everything at us, but somehow the defence stood tall and held out. The ref looked at his watch. He put his whistle to his lips. I left the dugout ready to celebrate with the players. Nani was on the ball. He beat Carassco. He beat Mehamha. He took aim for the top corner. He found the top corner ! The ref blew for full time. Milan were through





    That leaves just the Spanish cup final to round off the season we had already beaten them twice this season, both league games ending 1-0. Bookies stopped taking bets on another 1-0 Melilla win, however all bets were off when Keko netted after just 89 seconds of play, surely there would be more this time ! 88 minutes and 31 seconds for any of the 22 players on the park to score a goal. They all failed and yes, it was another 1-0 win





    Summary


    A domestic double and a Champions League semi final should have made me happy, but I can't say that I enjoyed the season. Watching Melilla record 1-0 wins was dull, dull, dull and when Real, Barca and Wee Madrid surrendered the title in the 3rd quarter kind of took the excitement out of the last 12 games. From then on it was always a when not an if. Comparing this to Ituataba there was no contest. Somehow the Brazilians had some sort of emotional tie that Melilla never managed to match. With luck we will be onto another club before I get another chance. I have to say (and you can probably guess this) the write up was far more interesting than the game play !




    The tactic I am pleased with. It did what it was supposed to, 16 goals conceded in 38 league games proves the old cliche that “attack wins games and defence wins titles”. It was though the nightmare challenge for me. Restricted to the 4-4-2 defensive left no plan B when we went behind and had to chase games. I can honestly say though that I played every second with that formation (even when we had players sent off. I'd love to have another crack at the World Championships with a free hand at tactics. Even so, that is going to be a really hard challenge for Melilla with fitness levels so low for the group phase.



    Notes for the next manager



    Firstly, I want to know who gets the fans player of the year. Everton Melo is the favourite and to be fair he was brilliant all year. Second highest scorer from the left wing shows the attackers what they should have been doing. I would love to see what damage he could do in a more central role behind a solo front man. My player of the year though is Bryan Carassco. Played as a right back he managed to average 7.50 in 55(3) starts, which is pretty good for a full back. The clincher though was 18 assists ! Absolutely awsome and it was no surprise that the big clubs were bidding close to his 10 million release clause. I offered him a new contract without any clause which I was delighted he accepted. I hope he will be a Melilla player for a long time.







    Who else to note. Sebastian Viera is the undisputed number 1. Cortez and Terroba did well when called on, but neither had the confidence that Seb gave. Problem is that at 35 he must be close to calling it a day and if so, a new number 1 will be needed. It would be risky to rely on the youngsters for a full season.



    I've already said that I want to have Carassco's babies, but with Contreao and dos Santos in the middle we have a very solid defence. Niane was fine at left back, but if it was me, I'd be looking at moving Contreao out wide and brining in another Centre Half (hint …. look in the future transfers). Another hint, dos Santos does like collecting cards !



    “Captain Jack” Rodwell is another superstar and with Maluleka formed an excellent central pair. Keko takes the nod for right wing. Up front I expected more from Perea, maybe with better service he would have done more, but he always seemed to score in streaks. Riviere was the only striker to get pass marks from me.



    I have done a bit of work to tidy up the short list, and to get shot of unessential foreign players. Everton Melo now has a Spanish passport which helps a lot ! The squad does look quite big, however I would expect a few retirements, particularly from the 3 player coaches. You also have several key players with contracts up next season and almost daily bids coming in for players with release fees. It won't be long before another is forced to go. Keeping the current squad is the first challenge you face.



    Which brings me to the challenge. What Melilla needs is a marquee signing. The sort of name that will set the hearts of Melilla fans racing (currently they are on pacemakers after the 1-0 wins). I want you to start the story of the Melilla Galacticos !



    Good luck. I'm off to watch some paint dry.

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    It had been six years since I left Melilla and a lot had changed in that time. Melilla were now one of the top clubs in Spain, and had also made an impact in Europe. A League and Cup double last season followed on from the marvellous UEFA Cup win the season before. When I first took the reins of Melilla, it was a small club in the Spanish 3rd tier, and truth be told there was not much pressure on me to do much, that certainly wasn’t the case now! After meeting the Chairman, I attended the Fans Player of the Year awards, and it raised a few eyebrows when French striker Emmanuel Riviere was given the honour, ahead of favourites Everton Melo and Bryan Carrasco.

    I was told that I had to sign a marquee signing, and with £32.5m available in transfer funds I was confident I could attract some world class players to the club - how wrong was I? Over the course of the season offers were accepted for Messi, Sanchez, Busquets, Di Maria, Higuain, Pato, Douglas Costa, Neymar, Gotze and many others, but not one would even entertain talks! Hopefully two of the big guns I brought in at the start of the season would satisfy the fans. The first of these was the Portuguese and Real Madrid tenacious defender Pepe, who would add great experience and ability in central defence. Next to join was a former World Cup winner, and could boast the likes of Roma and Man Utd on his CV, and that was defensive midfielder Daniele De Rossi. Both players joined on a free after their contracts expired at their previous clubs.

    Also joining the club was Colombian winger Victor Ibarbo who joined on a free from Milan, Goalkeeper Vincenzo Fiorillo from Juventus for £1.4m, Ghanaian forward Ransford Osei from Granada for 975k and the pre-arranged transfer of centre back Mikel San Jose from Athletic Bilbao for £1.2m, although the transfer of Mehmet Topal was cancelled. Leaving the club were several reserve players, but first teamers Said Mehamha (£5m to Lyon), and Frederic Nimani (£1.2m to PSG) were also shown the exit door.




    My first games of the season would be the two legged Spanish Super Cup against Real Zaragoza, and despite the players lacking fitness we managed to take the trophy, winning the first leg away 2-0, before securing our advantage with a 1-0 win at home. Two games, one trophy, I could get used to this! Our first league game would be at home to Extremadura and we continued our 100% record with a 3-1 victory, De Rossi with his first for the club. Our start in the league was solid if not flashy, with tight wins away at Malaga and home to Osasuna, until we finall dropped points in a 1-1 draw away at Atletico Madrid. Another draw away at Getafe sandwiched home wins over Tenerife and Real Sociedad, and we finally recored a comfortable away win at Betis 4-1 which set us up nicely for the home tie against Real Madrid. Unlike last year Barcelona and Real Madrid had started well, and so we would need to be at our best to get anything from the game. On the day however we had no cutting edge, and goals from Sahin and Benzema had Real 2-0 up before a Riviere late goal set up a tight finish, but the capital side hung on. We looked to bounce back away at Deportivo, but despite dominating proccedings, we met a brick wall in the Depor goal, and we would have to settle for a 0-0. Still after 10 games we were still up there, be it with Barcelona and Real Madrid just above us.




    At the same time we were contesting our Champions League 1st group stage, that featured ourselves, Marseille, Olympiakos and Rapid Bucharest, and I was confident we could make it through. A 4-0 win at home over Rapid Bucharest was a great start, but losing late in Greece after sharing 5 goals was a blow. Things were looking bad in France too as we were 2-0 down at half time, until we got our act together and salvaged a point. A nervy 1-0 win over Marseille at home put us in a good position for the next stage, and a win over Rapid away would make sure of it. Unfortunately, we could only manage a 2-2 draw, so it was all down to the home game against Olympiakos, and despite having De Rossi sent off late on, we’d already sewn the game up, and a 4-0 win put us through to the 2nd group stage to take on Man Utd, Inter and Lyon - it certainly could have been easier!




    In the league a 2-0 win over Valencia and a 4-1 win over Almeria at home kept us up at the top, but back-to-back 1-0 defeats home to Barcelona and away to Sporting Gijon prompted a change of formation from 4-2-3-1 to a 4-4-2 as I looked to change our fortunes. It started well as wins over Mallorca, Zaragoza, Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla, closed the gap at the top, before a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Madrid marked the halfway stage of the league.




    In the new year, I’d decided to bring in a few more players. Biram Kayal arrived from Huesca for 2m, and right back Gaston Diaz joined him at the club after a £1m deal was struck with Godoy Cruz, although striker Joselu did leave for Olympiakos for £5m which was a good deal with his contract up in the summer. Oscar De Marcos later came in from Athletic Bilbao for £2.5m as a replacement for Joselu, although Oscar could also feature on the wings if needed.

    The Spanish Cup had also commenced, and as defending champions I wanted a good show. After overcoming Osasuna and Ejido in the first two rounds we were handed a nightmare draw against Real Madrid in the new year. Thankfully the rounds were now over two legs, and being away first may be seen as an advantage, but after losing at home to them already, I didn’t see it like that. We performed well in the first leg, and a 2-1 scoreline in favour of Real probably flattered them, but we were still in the tie. A remarkably half empty stadium was not a good sign for the 2nd leg, but midfielder Keko put us 1-0 on 25, but Ronaldo hit back mins later. Midfielder Josh McEachran restored our lead midway through the second half, and at the end of 90 mins we would go to extra time, all be it down to 10 men after Acosta was sent off on 89, for a challenge that was no more than a booking. Robinho scored mins into the first period, but fellow Brazilian Everton Melo equalised for us, and then another red card ten mins from time meant we had to survive ten mins with 9 men and then the lottery of penalties. Despite missing our first 3 spot kicks, scoring our last two was enough to progress!




    Our good run in the league continued as we recorded 17 pts from our next 7 games, with draws away at Osasuna and Real Sociedad the only hiccups. Despite this good run we were still a bit behind the ugly sisters, and an away game at the Bernabeu was being dubbed a must win if we wanted to retain our league title. We took a shock lead after just a minute, but once again it was short lived with Higuain levelling on 10. Benzema gave them the lead early in the second half, but a Perea goal on 81 looked like we salvaged a draw, but a 90th minute Ronaldo winner was a cruel blow. A 3-0 win at home over Deportivo kept up our faint hopes, but defeat away at Valencia practically ensured we wouldn’t be lifting the league trophy.




    If the league was out of reach, the Champions League and Spanish Cup were still very much in sight. We stormed through the 2nd group stage, with our only dropped points coming in a draw away at Utd and a 3-1 defeat in the San Siro, but we were never in trouble of going out. AC Milan were our opponents in the quarter finals, and we came back from 2-1 and 3-2 to equalise late on and get a great 3-3 draw in the San Siro. Come the home leg and there was only one team in it, with a brace from Everton Melo and a goal from Mikel San Jose took us through 6-3 on agg. The semi final draw contained Melilla, Werder Bremen, Barcelona and Real Madrid, and we got some luck when we were drawn against Werder. Again we were away first, and although De Rossi was giving his marching orders early in the first half, we gave Werder few chances of scoring, and we escaped Germany with a 0-0 draw. It was another close game in the 2nd leg, but a 2nd half goal from Riviere finally separated the two sides, and after the heartbreak of going out in the semis last year, we were through to the final!




    In the Spanish Cup our reward for beating Real Madrid was a tie with Valencia, but unlike in the league we were much the better side, going through 4-1 on agg, to take on Barcelona! I had been guilty of giving Barcelona too much respect so far, fielding a 4-5-1 against them in previous games, and so I decided to take the game too them this time. It worked a treat this time as we won the first leg at home 2-0, and managed to hold them at bay in the return leg 0-0. Villarreal would be our opponents in the final after they over came Real Betis.




    The last 9 league games were played with a weakened side as I decided to rest the first team for the CL and Spanish Cup. It could have failed spectacularly but they obviously were looking to impress, and we only lost one of them games. We revelled in a 4-0 win over Almeria at home, and then drew away at Barcelona and home to Gijon. A good 3-1 win away at Mallorca proceeded the CL Final, and an entertaining 3-3 draw away at Villarreal was our first game after the CL final. Back-to-back wins over Zaragoza and Athletic Bilbao and a defeat in our last home game to Betis was not the kind of farewell I wanted. The last game of the season saw a 1-0 win away at Sevilla, and meant we finished the league season in 3rd place.




    So just two games left to speak off. First the Spanish Cup, and all I can say is total domination! Everton Melo scored after just 5 mins, and Kayal and Ibarbo made it 3-0 after just 21 mins. We showed no sign of stopping as a second from Kayal and one from Riviere put us 5-0 up at half time, and the Villarreal fans were already leaving in their droves. Melo got his second from the pen spot in the second half, but thankfully for Villarreal that was the end of the scoring as we retained the Spanish Cup and in style!




    The Champions League, we were just 90 mins from being crowned Champions of Europe, a remarkable achievement given where Melilla were when I took over them the first time. Our opponents would be Real Madrid who overcame Barcelona 2-1 on agg in the semis. Our record so far against Real this season was played 4 won 1 lost 3, but in a final anything can happen! It was a very tight game with both sides just registering the one shot on target in the 90 mins, but one of them resulted in the only goal of the game, but who’s was it? On 36 mins Riviere flicked on a long ball from the back which Ibarbo chased after. He collected the ball and with defenders closing him down he tried a shot at goal, he hit it hard and sweet and it crashed into the top corner! Real tried to level but we were defensively solid, despite the injured De Rossi, and we hung on to win the Champions League!




    For the next manager:

    You'll find plenty of money at your disposal, with £49m in the way of transfer funds, but only since the CL win have any world class players shown on the interested list. Hopefully with the CL now under our belts we can get some of the players I missed out on!

    To the squad I'll go through each area one by one,

    Goalkeepers - The most inconsistant area all season, but Fernandez finished the season well and was my No. 1 for the last couple of months. Despite being magnificent for Eejit, Viera seems past it to me now, despite decent stats, and my signing of Fiorillo who showed some early promise, seems to have fallen away, which hopefully is just down to him settling in.

    Defenders - Definitely the weakest area of the outfield positions. First choice we look good, but we need some better backups for sure. Coentrao and Carrasco are great full backs, and centre back San Jose surprised me. Pepe is getting on, and consistency seems to be a problem with the other centre backs so I'd definitely try bring some in (Tony Huston is unprotected but he isn't interested unfortunately, maybe try again though). Niane is a good left back too, but suffers due to being a FGN player, and Carrasco and Ibarbo were the 2 FGN players picked when available.

    Midfield - Pretty strong I'd say, with the wide areas particularly decent, Everton Melo and Ibarbo arguably the two best players at the club. Because of Eejit's restriction, there isn't much of a creative presence in the centre, with all the centre midfielders defensive minded. I'm not going to set you a tactic restriction so I'd recommend bringing in some some attacking centre mids.

    Strikers - Riviere is the pick, while the others look good on paper, but blow hot and cold, and in the case of Osei mainly cold. As you can see from the marquee signings I went for, a world class forward was high on my agenda.

    The restriction:

    Seeing as there's no aim of winning the CL/UEFA for the WCC, which will be the season after yours, I'll just say this. When I took over Melilla, France had just won Euro 2008, what I'd like is you to bring in 5 French players to the club, and they must start at least 20 games over the season, so no crap players just to meet the restriction! I'd also like to get back the league title but that goes without saying, so I'll just say this, good luck!

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    It had been 4 years taking Melilla to UEFA Cup glory and to be honest I can't remember much in between. Being connected to Morocco I took advantage of the countries local produce and flew back to Ireland with a nice stash of the finest ganga I've ever known. So much I've been pretty much stoned for 4 years and only recently run out. Probably just as well I got the call to return to the North of Africa then. Yep CMSG Ltd. Had come knocking again. Fucking lovely.



    When last I'd been here we hadn't much luck in the league and only the 2003 Second Division title to our name. My 1st spell added the UEFA Cup to the cabinet but since then, CMSG Ltd.'s finest recruits had added the La Liga (2008), Spanish Cup (2008, 2009), andSpanish Super Cup (2008) titles to the trophy cabinet. Abroad we had won the Champions League (2009) and I had an early chance to add the European Super Cup and Intercontinental Cup to the cabinet.


    Before I'd arrived I gotten a fax from previous manager AMC with a list ofwho had been the star players from the previous season. I was excited to see that the class to keep winning titles was there. But within 3 weeks a couple of those big names had gone. Lorenzo Acosta went to Palermo for £7.5m (with us retaining 25% of his next paid sale) and the really unfortunate sale of Alberto Perea to Milan for £10m (but he's sinced caused trouble at Milan so hopefully it was for the best). The sales kept going and I was really disappointed to see Victor Ibarbo go the other Milan side, Inter, for another £10m. Afew old players (like great servant Viera) left and it was time toget into the market. First off, I had to keep the previous managers restrictions -
    • Buy 5 French players and all had to start more than 20 games in season

    1st man in the door was Senegales international Kara to stop players giving out about the squad not having enough depth. He was in the door an hour and start moaning too, hence he only played 5 games all season.


    Our realistic 1st signing of the season was Frenchman Christophe Tafer who met the criteria by starting 22 games during the year. The other players to meeting the criteria were Hassan LeBris, Etienne Capoue, Tony Huston, Romain Alessandrini and god himself Sebastien Haller.




    My 1st game was the chance to take win a coveted Euro title, the European Super Cup. Our oppenents Chelsea looked strong on paperbut were dispatched 3-1 after an early scare.









    We next beat Barca 3-2 at home in the 1st leg of the SuperCup but lost the 2nd leg 2-0. Disappointing but was still only getting used to the squad of players and what system, suited best.



    The domestic season started slowly but mostly due to a heavy schedule with competing in Europe and we had games to make up. During the 1st few weeks Emmanuel Riviere announced he wanted to leave and just aswell, jungle beast Cristian Nazarith was leading the line well andtop of the La Liga goalscoring charts.


    I started to figure out my best 11 and a few new players were starting to shine. Huston and Le Bris were the best I'd signed but the likes of Coentrao, San Jose, Everton Melo and Eto'o's 'cousin', Komol were leading the way too. We kept nicely within range of Real Madrid and Barca up until Xmas but then disaster struck. San Jose's min fee release clause was activated by rivals Madrid for £10m and we had no hope of keeping hold of him. We wobbled a bit after Xmas and found ourselves 14pts behind Madrid in the 2nd Week of February (albeit with 2 games in hand).


    In between we landed some silverware by beating Argentina's Boca Juniors 2-1 in Japan.







    One of the shining lights of a poor run of form was Guinea-Bissau winger Bruma who amazingly ended the seasons with 11 assists . . . . . from only 20 starts!!!!!


    We also landed one of Europes hottest prospects, David Alaba from Bayern Munich. Sure to be a big fan favourite in future. His versatility proved an asset for the 2nd half of the season.





    But the shining light was the arrival of French Haller. 15 goals in th 1st 6 games, we had found the missing piece of the puzzle. I brought in a few players to plug the gap left by San Jose (Jack Rodwell was constantly injured and poor when he played) but we didnt need to worry so much due to the form of Haller.







    With 10 games to go the table looked ok with us 4 points Madrid but we were starting to get up a head of steam. The last 10 games looked like this with our future Euro fixtures to come.








    Our focus on the league had its downside though, we went out of the Spanish Cup 2-1 to Sevilla and had a Champions League capitulation against Man Utd. A result that nearly had me selling star goal keeper Fernandez.








    That aside the juggenaut kept on rolling 8 wins and a draw left us 3pts clear with only one team that could catch us – our final day opponents

    Spoiler:





    The build up to the game was tense. A sandstorm threatened to cancel ourtrip to Madrid but thankfully it passed and we got to the game with 30mins to spare. The team changed on the coach to the game, 1st time I'd experienced that since my schooldays. With all the omens against us heading to the Bernabeu should have had the players on edge. But maybe not. We exploded out of the blocks and could well have been 4 up after 35mins but 2-0 would have to do. Rooney pulled one back before halftime as Real started to get back into the game.The 2nd have was so open that is could have ended 5-5 but alas it didn't and we held on for a famous victory, especially since a point would have done the same job.


    LA LIGA WAS OURS AGAIN!!

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    So 28pts for 30pts ended a magical run-in for us where they were so many heroes.
    Huston, Coentrao and Le Bris were majestic at the back (backline only really needs a DC).
    Capoue was the surprise of the season, ending as joint top assister with 10 as DMC and 11 in allgames and nearly an 8 average over 36 games.
    Everton Melo is a great servant to the club and it was great that he wanted a new contract which we gladly agreed to.
    I wish we had signed Bruma earlier as he was a great compliment to De Marcos when both lined up on the right side of the midfield 4.
    Spanish u21 international Dani was a great future and was a solid performer.
    Komol played well and after a season settling in could be an explosive player for the next manager.
    But it was upfront where the team excelled, Nazarith found himself terribly unfortunate to have been replaced by the all conquering Haller. Nazarith was more a team player but 25 goals in 22 starts shows what a goal machine he is.


    Spoiler:







    And just like that season was over and alas my 2nd stint at the Alvarez Claro was over. But 1st I went by some 'souvenirs', just in case my next CMSG job wasnt in North Africa.

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    Restrictions:

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    Restrictions for next manager:


    As we struggle to buy the top players due to wages and being semi-pro,we need to find proper gems. At DC we are really struggling. So we need an excellent DC, to play in a back line of Huston, Le Bris and Coentrao. Yep, part of the restriction means these 3 must be 1st picks in the starting line-up, along with the new DC. The new DC needs to be signed BEFORE the 1st transfer window closes and must form part of the awesome foursome atthe back. So 30 starts minimum for each player (screens needed if injured for long spells, upgrade contracts if necessary).

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    The first thing I remember is waking up in darkness.
    My hands were tied and my mouth taped.
    I was in the boot of a moving car.


    The Car stopped. The boot opened.
    "Hello Wato, nice to see you again...
    Sorry we had to do this to you, but we had to make sure you would come.."


    As I tried to move, they helped me out of the car.

    "We need you Wato. U.D Melilla needs to win a European Trophy to get back on the world Scene."

    I was handed a bag of money and keys to an apartment and a car.

    "You have a lot of money to spend at U.D Melilla. You must sign a central defender.
    Also, Three of our players are good friends with the boss, if you know what I mean.
    So, when fit, you must play Fabio Coentrao, Hassan Le Bris and Tony Huston."

    "Right, get some rest and be on the training ground at 10am tomorrow."


    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    I arrived at the training ground after I had been to the stadium to look around and check the dimensions of the pitch and make sure the grass was the right length.


    When I got to my office, I rang the Board member and asked that since we had so much money, could we upgrade the stadium.
    The board concured and expanded the ground by 1250 seats.



    A couple of days later and my services were in demand.
    The Spanish job had become available.
    I didnt realise there was a tournament going on, or I may have accepted it just for the World Cup.
    But i decided against it.



    I looked at the squad and it seemed to be massive.
    A few players were going out of Contract at the end of the season, and so I cashed in on them.
    Selling Jack Rodwell for £4.9 million.
    A winger Tafer for £7.5 Million.
    The Keeper Diego Fernandez for £10.25 Million.
    And got rid of a few other players, some i released....
    I felt we needed a Centre Back and a left Winger.

    I started looking for a defender but couldnt find one that I felt was definitely going to improve the team.
    I put in a few offers...
    Nothing happened.
    I looked further afield at non interested players. And Noticed that Neymar was unhappy at Santos.
    He wasnt on the list but wanted a new challenge and was unhappy with the treatment of a team mate.
    I eventually had a £26 million offer accepted.
    He spoke to me, but didnt want to move due to the change in Lifestyle.
    I offered him everything i could.
    Unbelivably.......
    Spoiler:




    I saw that Rooney was on a free.... He wasnt interested but i thought i'd bang in an offer..

    He took his time but rejected my offer for Barcelona's.

    I eventually got myself a Centre back from Lille OSC for £3.1 Million.
    Benjamin Stambouli.

    The Super Cup came round. It was a good chance to see how the Tactic from last season would work.
    It was a League Winning Tactic and so I didnt want to change it much.
    The Super Cup was a formality.


    Tactics:


    It showed me the great players we had in the team and how Haller in front of that midfield 5 was going to be great.

    So after 8 Games in, things were looking good.


    Things were also going well in the Champions League Phase 1 with a comfortable qualification despite resting key players in the later games.


    By The midpoint of the season it was still tight between Melilla and Barcelona.


    We played them off the park in the 18th game and won 2-0 to take a 4 point lead at the top.

    Things were going well, but after selling the keeper from last year who had only 1 year on his contract left for a sizeable £10.25 Million.
    Star Striker Haller was unhappy at the sale and the bids began to come in.
    Luckily no one reached his £20 million buy out clause.


    The Team were also unhappy with reserve left back Niane. They hoped he learned from his mistakes so i quickly got him out of the door.

    With the threat of losing Haller, I had full faith in back up Nazarith, who was a classy Columbian.
    But behind that, i wasnt sure.
    So I agreed to bring in 34 year old legend Falcao as cover on a free.

    I was dominating teams but went on a sticky patch losing away to Barca and drawing three in a row 1-1.
    It looked like things werent going my way after having 20 shots to Villarreal's 2, but still drawing 1-1.


    Things started to turn back my way, and I again eased through the Champions League 2nd Phase Group Stage.
    Resting players in the final 2 games.



    With 10 games to go in the League, it looked like they were starting to put UD Melilla on the Trophy.
    13 points clear with 10 games to go.


    Dortmund were picked out of the hat for the Champs League Quarter Finals.
    Both games were tight affairs but it was Melilla who won both legs 1-0.


    The Pressure started to Build and a few sendings off, including the keeper twice in a couple of weeks, threatened the Melilla Dominance.
    And I was fined by the FA.


    With Barca 2nd in the League, in the Opposite Semi Final in the Spanish Cup and in the Draw for the Champs League Semi's.
    I felt sure we would be meeting in the final.
    But we were drawn together for the semi's.
    It was all over after the 1st leg.
    Spoiler:




    The rest of the league was a formality with Barca not really putting up a fight.
    Final League Table.


    Haller finished the season as Top Scorer despite being rested for the Cups in the last 5 or so matches.
    Spanish League Goals:


    So it was to the Cup Finals.
    I was into the Champions League final after a 5-1 Aggregate Victory over Barca. I was sure of Victory.
    It was 0-0 at half time. I was the better side, but not dominating like I had other teams.
    My wife came in, i told her to come back in 10 mins....
    Werder Bremen took the lead against the run of play with 20 mins to go.
    Time was ticking away.
    I decided I had to stick Nazarith on and go with 2 up front.
    Only minutes later he scored. It was the 87th minute.
    Surely extra time now.
    No..... There was to be 1 more goal.
    Spoiler:




    So onto the Spanish Cup Final. I had won 7-0 on aggregate over Sevilla in the Semi's after an amazing 5-0 1st leg win in Sevilla.
    It was Barcelona in the final. UD Melilla going for the Quadruple including the Spanish Super Cup.
    We took the lead through Haller.
    Bojan eqaulised. It stayed 1-1 and went to Penalties.
    Spoiler:




    So an amazing season all round.
    It was definitely down to the tactic I inherited.
    Even the reserves were too good for some teams in the league and Europe when selected.

    End of Season Squad Stats:


    The new goalkeeper was a great signing considering I sold the last one for £8 million more than I paid for him.
    A few of the bigger clubs were coming in and making bids for him.

    The Defence were amazing.
    A lot of teams want Hassan Le Bris and Barca started bidding near his clause fee, he signed a new deal without a clause.
    Tony Huston was my Captain. He was amazing. His release clause is a massive £29 Million, teams were bidding but he didnt mind when they were rejected.
    The new centre back didnt do too well. Only a 7.15 rating.

    The Midfield were also amazing.
    Oscar De Marcos, who I didnt think would be much good, moved to Left Mid and scored 11 and got 14 assists.
    But he would be moving on. He didnt sign a contract and his contract was not protected.
    Bruma was also brilliant getting 19 assists.
    Some of the bigger clubs want him, but I gave him a new deal without a Clause.
    Everton Melo is a genius. He was voted Fans Player of the Year at the awards ceremony when i arrived.
    Not sure who will get it this year..
    Neymar was pretty good, getting 14 goals from midfield.

    But the stars of the show were the Striker and his deputy.
    Haller banged in 41 goals in 46 games, getting 8.07 average rating.
    Nazarith when called on scored 19 in 20 starts.
    And getting the important 1st goal in the Champs League final was a great end to a great season for the lad.

    Other bit part players deserve a mention.
    Gerrard who was a free at the start of the season, played well but is moving on...
    As is David Alba. He was unhappy, the bids starting flooding in, players werent happy with him.
    And so £6.5 million was too good to turn down.

    Transfers out:

    Transfers in:

    Future Transfers:



    So overall..
    I would keep that Tactic.
    The World Club Cup is coming up next month but we arent involved.
    So i guess we must win the Euro Super Cup and Intercontinental Cups this season.
    To be involved in 2 years time.......
    But the issue will be keeping the squad and team together.
    I was getting some high bids in for Haller, close to his Release Fee.
    I moved his value to £1 Million to stop this, but I was rejecting about 10 transfers a day.
    I decided in April that if someone wanted him they could have him, and put his fee at his £20 million release fee.
    but no one has bid as of yet.

    We have too many foreigners in the Squad.
    So for my restriction:
    You must buy two EU Players and play them.
    A Centre back and an Attacking Midfielder and play them in at least 19 league matches.

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    "Merk:



    GMSG"

    This e-mail explained it all. Ah, never thought doing sweet bussiness with Derm would get me to work for GMSG again. Well, it was worth it.

    So I took a cab to the club, got in the manager's room and started to read the team sheet and previous manager wato's "will".

    I was supposed to buy a DC and an AMC. But we'll get to that later.

    I sold some players, bought some. We'll get to that later too.

    The season started with the Spanish Super cup, for some reason played in 2 legs. The season started horrible! Terrible!



    Loosing in our first match, in front of our wild 14248 fans, giving Barça the hope of the Super Cup! That cost a lot.

    Next match was again a Super Cup, this time against Paris SG, the Europian Super cup.

    It was played in Stade Luis II, Monaco. In the end it was a happy day for Monaconians, We beat PSG 1-0, thanks to Melo's goal.

    Next up was the 2nd leg of Spanish Super Cup:

    Well, Beating Barça 2-0 in Nou Camp in front of 85.249 Barça fans was priceless.

    Spoiler:




    League came underway. I was very frustrated to let in a goal in the 8th match, a 2-1 win against Villareal. Before that we scored 22 goals in 7 matches. No thanks to Haller, but we'll get to that later.

    The first group stage of CL has also started. We Lost 4 points to Beşiktaş () but 0 points lost against Chelsea and Zillina meant that we were up and Chelsea was down.

    The first lost of the season came from Barça, the first upsetter of the season. 1-0

    It took 21 more weeks to get beaten again. Right after we calimed the La Liga Championship! and breaking our non-loosing rercord to 32 games!

    The CL second group was a bit tougher, ManU, Ajax and Bayern. We lost 4 points, two to Bayern and two to Manu. ManU came second.

    Somewhere in between we lost our first cup, a 1-0 loose to International in Intercontinental Cup. This meant we had to get the CL. Right?

    Oh, then Spanish cup started. We eleminated Hercules, Teruel, Salamanca, Getafe and Valencia to play against Real Madrid in the Final.

    In the CL we proceeded. 2-0 and 1-0 wins against Barça and 4-0 and 1-1 against Marseille got us to the final against Milan.

    But we'll come to the finals later.

    Now the team and transfers:

    First, generally this being a Semi-por team sucks. So many players was frustrated for not being allowed to move clubs, it was annoying. And so little players wanted to come to us. Even the ones that were interested hold a hard bargain and low min.fees.

    The Goalkeepers:

    The first player to jump the ship was Terroba. He went to Atletico for 2.9M.

    J.P Caminero somehow declared that he wanted to move to a club for some fee while he was "happy to stay at the club". Made lots of players dislike him and become unhappy. So he was dropped from the team, filling in for unimportant 19(3) matches. Conceeded 14 with 7.39 rating.

    Sergio Cortes (25) became my first keeper. In his 5th season in Melilla he played awesome, 16 goals in 48 matches! 7.48 rating. Good chap.

    Defenders:

    Lots of going and coming happened here. Sadest to see go was Le Bris. He didnt want a new contract so went to Real for 4.6M. Hofstede, Quinonez and Machalicky also left. Good right back Castro leaving under bosman and Coentrao, Mijuskovic will also leave.

    My buy for Wato was Victor Bleda a 23 y/o Spanish DC. He played 37 and got 7.08... not so good.

    Also bought another Castro, DRL, Wynter a D/M RC, De la Pena D/DMC and Perez another D/DM C.

    Best buy was Castro 16(4) in 7.45

    Best defender was Tony Huston, 8.26 in 44(3)

    Defender Mids:

    Capue left to PSG, he was 33 ffs.

    Best buy was Jesus Garcia, a free from Real. 7.56 in 15(3). was injured for 5 months.

    Kayal was best with 7.76 in 31(6) but now he's 34

    Mid Centres

    De Marcos and Mota left.

    The wanted AMC to come was Greek National AM/F C Dimitris Raptis. Meh, wast so great. 7.14, 2 goals and assists in 20(1)

    Best buy was English international Ross Barkley. Played 7.16 in 28(16) scored and assisted 6.

    Best player was Neymar, of course. He keeps the team up in the big level. 13 goals 7 assists and 7.58 in 42(6).

    Wingers:

    Verdu and Komol leaving soon. Sold Bruma for 6.5M but deal was cancelled later.

    Best buy and player was Alex Chamberlain, 10 goals 9 assist and 7.24 raitng in 44(2)

    Another buy Alfonso Dominguez was also good, 7.42 - 5 goals 6 assists in 35(5)

    Strikers:

    Haller left for Celtic for 20M. Wanted to go and i couldnt stop him.

    Best buy was from youth team, Iker Rico. Scored 5 in 8(8) matches and 6.69 . But aged 17. Jesus: Dont sell him!

    Best player was Nazarith. Colombian scored 29 in 39(2) and 7.98 rating.


    Soooo, the CL final:

    Nazarith injured in 13th!

    Milan scored first with Pato in 14th!!

    But was disallowed

    Milan scored first again in 55!

    Neymar equilized in 59th!!

    No goals from then on took the game to penalties....

    Spoiler:





    Spoiler:




    Spoiler:




    Spoiler:




    Then we lost 3-1 to Real in Spanish Cup final


    So, for Jesus:

    There are 5 players to come and 8 to leave. Just dont cancel Tolga Cigerci.

    And try to buy these guys:


    Spoiler:




    They're worth 180 and 130K. Sounds like a piece of cake?

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    Fair fucks to you copying that across AMC

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    Weren't too bad really, left out the comments though. Next to do is my Sir Bobby Robson story though! I feel for Eejit if he's going to do it with his Centurion story

    Just so people know Jesus has had to pull out, so I sent the save to Eejit before.

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    Sorry guys, but after the 2 least enjoyable sessions of CM in my life, I'm calling a halt on my stint and would like to pass on the parcel again. I just don't have the heart to sort out the mess that Melilla is in.

    Neymar won't sign a new contract, so the minute that he goes unprotected, Madrid snap him uo for about £3m
    Nazereth wont sign a new contract. He is pissed of at Coentrao being sold and gets pissed off further when he is not allowed to move to Madrid. That pisses off all the others who have 1 year left on their contract and none will sign. Huston and Melo go unprotected and both move for peanuts and Bruma will be off for free before the WCC unless he is sold first.

    Replacing them is virtually impossible. I can't get anyone to sign without a min fee clause that is less than what I am paying. I did sign 2 players and within a month both were off when the min fee clause was activated and I lost another £5m. As for the 2 players that Merk asked me to sign, it is not hard to do deals with the clubs, but neither has the slightest interest in signing for Melilla. They won't even begin to talk terms.

    On field, what is left of the squad have picked up 2 points in 10 games after 7 superkeeper performances and are bottom of the league. My job is "Slightly Insecure" and to be perfectly honest, I don't have enough interest to sort it out.

    I think what this is telling me is that I need to take a break from CM. I won't be moving Centurion over here, too much work and I'll loose the individual posts which is part of the point. It will be impossible to find the story for each individual club, which was part of the pleasure in it for me. If anyone wants to finish it off for me, I am happy to pass over the save and the tracker spreadsheet if they want to e-mail me - eejitian@gmx.com. I'll post up the final updates that I've already written once the old forum is back online.

    I'm going to take a break now for 6 months. I may or may not be back and I have broken my game CD just to ensure that I'm not tempted to pick it up again. Thanks to all who have given me support over the years and I hope that the new site flourishes.

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    Fuck me Eejit..

    That is some way to bow out...

    Cant sort the Melilla mess out, and has given up on CM...

    We've all felt like that at times.
    But Melilla will come back strong.

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    wow. Sad to hear about all that.

    Hope to see you back later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Eejit View Post
    Sorry guys, but after the 2 least enjoyable sessions of CM in my life, I'm calling a halt on my stint and would like to pass on the parcel again. I just don't have the heart to sort out the mess that Melilla is in.

    Neymar won't sign a new contract, so the minute that he goes unprotected, Madrid snap him uo for about £3m
    Nazereth wont sign a new contract. He is pissed of at Coentrao being sold and gets pissed off further when he is not allowed to move to Madrid. That pisses off all the others who have 1 year left on their contract and none will sign. Huston and Melo go unprotected and both move for peanuts and Bruma will be off for free before the WCC unless he is sold first.

    Replacing them is virtually impossible. I can't get anyone to sign without a min fee clause that is less than what I am paying. I did sign 2 players and within a month both were off when the min fee clause was activated and I lost another £5m. As for the 2 players that Merk asked me to sign, it is not hard to do deals with the clubs, but neither has the slightest interest in signing for Melilla. They won't even begin to talk terms.

    On field, what is left of the squad have picked up 2 points in 10 games after 7 superkeeper performances and are bottom of the league. My job is "Slightly Insecure" and to be perfectly honest, I don't have enough interest to sort it out.

    I think what this is telling me is that I need to take a break from CM. I won't be moving Centurion over here, too much work and I'll loose the individual posts which is part of the point. It will be impossible to find the story for each individual club, which was part of the pleasure in it for me. If anyone wants to finish it off for me, I am happy to pass over the save and the tracker spreadsheet if they want to e-mail me - eejitian@gmx.com. I'll post up the final updates that I've already written once the old forum is back online.

    I'm going to take a break now for 6 months. I may or may not be back and I have broken my game CD just to ensure that I'm not tempted to pick it up again. Thanks to all who have given me support over the years and I hope that the new site flourishes.
    Wow!

    First of all I'm sorry to hear that mate, but it's fully understandable. I've taken many 2-3 month breaks when CM isn't doing it for me, and out with my own story and the challenges, I can't remember the last time I embarked on a new long term save despite downloading the updates when they come out.

    It really is a shame there is no easy way round copying stuff from the old site to hear, and after the heartbreak of losing your A-Z story when so close to the end this is a double kick in the balls.

    Even if you aren't playing the game I hope to see you around the forums, others like Churky, Merv, info0 and Cam (well hardly) play the game anymore but still visit the site due to the excellent community.

    Once again I'd like to thank you for all your work on the site, and especially your stories, and your support with the challenges and the feedback on mine and many other people's story.

    I'll forward the save on to Chris when the old site is back up and I can get the link for the save from my PMs.

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    Yep...

    + 1

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    wowzers, you broke the game CD?
    that is harsh, I'm well proud of mine I don't even use it but would never part with it!

    You'll be back Eejit, the fans of your stories will demand it

    This sounds like a fucking hot potato rather than a parcel by the way, lets have a look through and see what can be done
    Perhaps demanding the board upgrades something to make the club pro, what would that be? staduim, training facilities?

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    The only way of becoming professional is to make sure everyone (players and staff) are on pro contracts, which everyone probably is except ourselves, so we'd have to resign and apply for the job again and hope we get it. We could also use a saved game editor to change it, but we won't be doing either.

    All going well this will be our last full season with Melilla anyway, as the WCC is next summer and if we win that we are free to leave there.

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    +1 AMC


    Part of the lure of this challenge is the toughness of it.

    Anyhow, many left til next round, getting itchy for another spin

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    I'm glad someone else is mate!

    Just klosec after Chris actually so I'll wait till Chris has done his season and I'll get the waiting list for round 3 sorted.

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    Thanks..

    Bring it on!

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