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    Alright decided to pick up on this since there is not a sign of a new Alphabet Game yet (And I will just restart when there will be one!)

    At Belenenses I had to clean up the mess following the relegation first. There were a couple of players leaving on a Bosman and already some signed. I cancelled all but one of the new arrivals, because they were really bad.

    With 4.2 M in the minus I had nothing to work with and in the summer I landed mostly free transfers. Two 1.5 M board injections and some sold players later, I had just over 2 M to invest in players. There were little to no quality players interested to join us so I decided to make due with what I had and only bought three players for squad depth.

    The season started well and we quickly had a lead over the rest of the teams. The Taca de Portugal ended for us in the 5th round when we lost after penalties to Gil Vicente. Despite a quick red card for us we still dominated the game, but couldn't score and lost the penalty lottery.





    In the league we steadily build our lead to giant proportions and clinched the title with 8 games left to play. With this price and the promotion in the bag, I started my search for a 'C' job.





    At the beginning of August 2018 (3rd season) the position I've had my eyes on for some time finally came available. I'm going back to my home country of Holland to manage Cambuur Leeuwarden who just relegated from the Eredivise.








    A: Ards (Champions '16/'17 NIFL Championship, Winners '16/'17 NIFL Cup)
    B: Belenenses (Champions '17/'18 Portugese Segunda Liga)

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    How do you find enough hours in the day for all you are doing GFRay?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebfatz View Post
    How do you find enough hours in the day for all you are doing GFRay?!
    Haha, not sure mate!

    I've got a relaxed job which allows me to work a lot from home. Besides that I have no missus right now to bother me or spend time on!

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    Dominance with Watford continues as we win the Championship with 107 points. Now for the Premier League; I've £18m in the transfer kitty so hopefully can get us ready to be competitive at that level, but I'd be surprised if we beat Man Utd to the title first time given the form they are currently enjoying both domestically and in Europe.

    XV de Piracicaba seem to be enjoying life under Thiago Henrique Zanelli but I continue to monitor his situation and pray for another eligible club or two to emerge back into playable leagues...

    Previous Clubs:
    Ards: 9th in Premiership, lost playoff & relegated
    Ballyclare: 4th in Championship
    Cliftonville: 5th in Championship
    Derry City: 8th in Premier Division
    Esbjerg: 12th in 1st Division
    Falkirk: non-league
    Gamba: 7th in J2 League
    Huddersfield: 17th in Premier League
    Independiente: 14th in Primera B Nactional, 7th in Primera B Nacional Group 1
    Jämshög: 1st in Division 1 S.G., won promotion playoff
    Kayserispor: 11th in Super Lig
    Leganés: 7th in La Liga
    Man Utd: 1st in Premier League, UEFA CL winner, EFL Cup runner-up
    NEC: 17th in Eredivisie, 4th in Playoff Group 1, relegated
    Osasuna: 2nd in La Liga
    Panegialios: 9th in Superleague
    Queen of the South: 9th in Premiership
    Rotherham: 1st in League One
    Sivasspor: 3rd in Super Lig
    Telstar: 7th in Eredivisie
    Ural: 3rd in Premier League
    Ventforet: 8th in J1 League, Club World Cup runner-up

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    At Cambuur I faced the same situation at Belenenses: There was no money and a debt so nothing to work with. Luckily Cambuur had already attracted some decent players on a Bosman and the squad was pretty well balanced. As it turned out I only needed a backup left central defender and a good striker which I both brought in on loan. At the winter break I sold some dead weight and loaned three more players as their replacement. Since our wages where too high and I couldn't get rid of some top earners, the board had to inject 1.9 M and 925 K into the club to help with the running costs.

    In the KNVB Beker we qualified from our group stage with all wins. We cruised through the 2nd and 3rd round with ease and managed to beat mighty Ajax 4-3 in the quarterfinals in a thriller of a game. In the semi-finals we played VVV Venlo, but undeservedly lost 3-1 which denied us the final.






    We started the Eerste Divisie with 10 won games in a row and quickly build a gap. Eventually we easily clinched the Eerste Divisie title with 7 games left to play.





    And so the search for a 'D' team begins...




    A: Ards (Champions '16/'17 NIFL Championship, Winners '16/'17 NIFL Cup)
    B: Belenenses (Champions '17/'18 Portugese Segunda Liga)
    C: Cambuur Leeuwarden (Champions '18/'19 Dutch Eerste Divisie)


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    I've only gone and pipped Man Utd to the title!!

    We led them for a lot of the campaign but they always had games in hand. When we slipped slightly in March I thought they'd overtake us, but they continued to stumble in the games in hand and after we drew at Old Trafford in the penultimate game they duly slipped up in midweek to miss out on the chance to even take it to the final day.

    Somewhat ridiculousy, my counterpart at Man Utd won Manager of the Year. I get that he's a world champion, but he didn't just win the league with a newly promoted team, did he?

    XV de Piracicaba remain one of the most stable clubs in the world, but there are a lot of insecure jobs in Brazil so I'm hopeful of Thiago Henrique Zanelli being tempted away somewhere to give me a chance to advance in the alphabet. If not, I'll see what I can do with Watford in the Champions League...

    Previous Clubs:
    Ards: 1st in Championship
    Ballyclare: 9th in Championship, relegated
    Cliftonville: 6th in Championship
    Derry City: 1st in Premier Division
    Esbjerg: 13th in 1st Division, DBU Pokalen runner-up
    Falkirk: non-league
    Gamba: 11th in J2 League, relegated
    Huddersfield: 18th in Premier League, relegated
    Independiente: 1st in Primera B Nacional
    Jämshög: 13th in Superettan
    Kayserispor: 5th in Super Lig
    Leganés: 5th in La Liga
    Man Utd: 2nd in Premier League, Club World Cup winner, EFL Cup winner, UEFA CL runner-up
    NEC: 7th in Eerste Divisie, 2nd in Playoff Group 2
    Osasuna: 1st in La Liga, Copa del Rey winner
    Panegialios: 10th in Superleague
    Queen of the South: 9th in Premiership, Scottish Cup runner-up
    Rotherham: 22nd in Championship, relegated
    Sivasspor: 4th in Super Lig, Turkiye Kupasi runner up
    Telstar: 8th in Eredivisie
    Ural: 2nd in Premier League
    Ventforet: 8th in J1 League

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