Non League to Legend: Introduction

Welcome to my first ‘successfully past the first season’ save game on Football Manager 2018. It comes, inspired by Youtuber Lollujo’s long-running, and very popular save game: Non-league to Legend The principles of Non-league to Legend are pretty simple, and to summarise the rules, here is Lollujo’s handy rules explainer: You must start in the lowest…

Clement Sacking Hides Deeper Issues

It was news that would not have come as a surprise. News that had been hovering in the background threatening to break. Paul Clement had, for some weeks now, shown the demeanour of a man who knew he had run out of options, so when a gloating text from a Cardiff fan hinted that he…

The Easiest Job in Football – Meet the Boss

Meet Kevin Rudd. Kevin is just twenty-three years old. He is a Manchester City fan and a complete football nut. He has posters of Shaun Goater and Georgi Kinkladze in his bedroom, refuses to wear red and listens to Blue Moon every night before bed. Most importantly, after the shock departure of Pep Guardiola in…

Swansea have (yet another) chance to start their season

  It was supposed to be a fresh start. It was supposed to be this season that, having resurrected Swansea City’s Premier League life in the space of five months, Paul Clement could make this team and this club his own. A full summer transfer window should have given Clement enough time to shape the…

#FM18 The Easiest Job in Football: ‘A Proper Football Man™’

Pep Guardiola is renowned as one of, if not the best football managers in the world, establishing Barcelona as a world-beating force before securing seven trophies in three years at Bayern Munich. With such glorious success on his managerial record, Pep Guardiola turned his attention toward little old Manchester City. ‘Finally!’ yelled the likes of…

Bony injury is good news for Swansea – for now

In his press conference ahead of the Leicester game this Saturday, Paul Clement revealed that Wilfried Bony will not be available for selection. Having missed the home win against Huddersfield, Bony remains unavailable due to a hamstring injury. On first reading, this news is not positive for the Swans, as they look to build upon…

Nothing to Lose – Wales’ shot at (more) history

Six nights. Six nights in France that felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Euro 2016 was, for many Welsh football fans, the greatest sporting moment that we thought we would ever see. In our first major tournament in fifty-eight years, Wales achieved far more than seemed possible, reaching the semi-finals only to be defeated by a…

What if Spurs’ Wembley Hoodoo stays true?

With Swansea travelling to London this weekend to face Tottenham Hotspur, I wondered what might happen if the “Spurs at Wembley” struggles that we’ve witnessed in the last few weeks continue to haunt Tottenham throughout the season. What would happen if you applied their ‘home’ form at Wembley so far to the remainder of the…

New Season, Same Old Story: Swansea’s season rests on Sigurdsson

Having narrowly avoided relegation last season, Swansea are able to look at the last 12 months or so and take stock of quite what has happened. In the late summer of 2016, the South Wales club was approaching a new season, having scrapped for top-flight survival in the season prior. There were reasons for optimism,…

#FM17 – The Great Managerial Reset: Who goes where?

Chaos reigned on July 1st 2016. Each and every Premier League manager was summarily dismissed from his job. With Gareth Southgate also losing his position as England manager, twenty-one top level jobs were suddenly available to managers all over the world. Premier league clubs were not slow in appointing new managers, with nineteen of the…

#FM17 – The Great Managerial Reset: Introduction

In the summer of 2016, basking in the glory of what many called the greatest Premier League season, the men behind the Premier League decided to make a change that would spice up the future of the “world’s most competitive league”. Seeing Leicester claim the title against all the odds inspired the bosses to enact…

Football Manager 2017: Should I stay or should I go now?

Let me take you seven years into the future, to the summer of 2024. Newcastle United are busy preparing for the next season, having won the FA Cup and reached the Champions League final in 2023/24. In the season before that, they won the Premier League for the first time in 96 years. They did…