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…

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…

#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…

#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…

The Fixer: Bottom at Christmas pt. 1

  Having been thrust into the limelight at the Stadium of Light, our hero finds himself planning how to take down a disgraced former England manager. Merry Christmas, one and all.   Most people hope to spend their Christmas Day with their family, opening presents, sharing turkey and stuffing and watching the Queen give her…

The Fixer: Introduction

We all have a different way of playing Football Manager. Perhaps you follow the ways of Moneyball and statistics, maybe you spend hours and hours poring through youth academies looking for the next Cherno Samba or Mark Kerr, or perhaps you enjoy turning Barcelona into tough-tackling, hoofball merchants. However you play Football Manager, it is…

NEW YEAR, NEW SAVE:  Welcome to the Memorial

It’s time for a fresh save, to see if I can re-ignite my desire to play Football Manager. It’s been a hard slog with first West Ham and then struggling to settle at Roma, so I’ve decided to start again. This time, to the West Country!   We rock up at The Memorial Stadium, and…

Roma wasn’t built in a day…

As I announced in my previous post, I no longer hold the keys to the Olympic Stadium but rather will lead my side out at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. At the time of my appointment, Roma sat in 8th place with what seems to be an insanely talented squad. The likes of Daniele De…

Goodbye Olympic Stadium

It’s been a while since I updated you on my save. That’s mostly because I haven’t played anywhere near as much as I would have liked recently. My frustration with the game has largely stemmed from struggling to push on with West Ham in our second season. So…  I resigned. We were slowly slipping down…

WEST HAM – To the Olympic Stadium!

Last year was a middling first season for me and West Ham. A half-decent Europa League run and a solid run to the League Cup Semi-finals brightened something of a damp squib in the league. Therefore, this year is vital. With no Europe to worry about, hopefully we can push on domestically. But first, let’s…