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  1. when you finish writing this, can you publish it as a book? i will buy it

  2. For once I hope you lose

  3. Uwww. I like the twist! Wondered why you brought NotW involved but now I know. Nice read man. Cant wait for the next one

  4. there is only one prodigal son, and that is Charlie Mulgrew !
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  5. Quote Originally Posted by GreenBrigadeUltra View Post
    there is only one prodigal son, and that is Charlie Mulgrew !
    this is the guy that leaves his new born in his car alone

  6. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Sorry for the lack of updates lads, have quite a bit of work to do for college and been doing my BaP game.

    Should have one up by Christmas Day (Nice present for you all )
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  7. ahhh come on dude these are awesome, i can't wait

  8. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Aye guys, apologies for the delay - I haven't forgotten about you lot. Unfortunately, lots of coursework etc for the next month (8 exams - ugh.)

    Looking to continue by February, if not earlier.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by I7IDanny View Post
    Sorry for the lack of updates lads, have quite a bit of work to do for college and been doing my BaP game.

    Should have one up by Christmas Day (Nice present for you all )
    Quote Originally Posted by I7IDanny View Post
    Aye guys, apologies for the delay - I haven't forgotten about you lot. Unfortunately, lots of coursework etc for the next month (8 exams - ugh.)

    Looking to continue by February, if not earlier.
    You liar !
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  10. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chokopop View Post
    You liar !
    Need I remind you of your story? :L

  11. Quote Originally Posted by I7IDanny View Post
    Need I remind you of your story? :L
    No need. Lost the save, along with everything else on my computer :L

  12. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Chapter 15:
    21st September, 2011.
    Physio Room, Brisbane Road, London

    “You’ll be fine, Ravel. Just a slight knock, let Rob have a proper look at it back at OT”

    I motioned to the doorway. “Come on now, the rest of the lads are waiting”
    I’d taken a predominantly young team to the 3rd round tie at Leyton Orient, and they hadn’t disappointed. A comfortable 4-1 win, with up and coming Belgian star Adnan Januzaj netting twice, Ravel and Will Keane both grabbing a goal apiece.
    He got off the bed and winced as his foot touched the floor. I couldn’t have just gone back to the bus after seeing the lad launched into the air by an over-zealous Leyton player in the last few minutes. At the age of 18, he was younger than I was when I got my injury, and I felt glad that it wasn’t serious.

    There was another reason I wanted to see him alone, however. After the 4-4 draw at Old Trafford with Liverpool the previous weekend, I’d arranged a meeting with Bill Peterson. Safe to say it hadn’t gone well. I accused him of stealing my phone – a point he instantly denied, and he promptly launched into a story about how he’d waited for a meeting then left. At which point I showed him the CCTV footage of his pilfering, he then hastily stood up and bade me farewell.

    What happened next happened very quickly indeed.

    3 days earlier:

    “... And that is the last time you will ever enter Old Trafford! Not as a fan, not as a journalist, not even as a tourist! Get out of here, before I call security and have you thrown out!” I yelled after Peterson, as he turned to leave, just as Morrison stuck his head around the door.

    “Everything OK, boss?” He asked. Before I could answer, Peterson got there first.
    “Oh... It’s you. The talented troublemaker, is it? You two make quite the pair. Mr Scandal and Scandal Jr.” He sneered. – I could see Ravel losing it – “What was it you did, beat up your mum, or something? Bet your boss is so pro-“

    He didn’t get to finish that sentence as Ravel landed a huge punch to the side of his face. And another. The journo fell backwards, almost taking the door off the hinges. I took this chance to grab the infuriated teen by the collar, as Peterson scrambled to his feet.

    “O-ho. You’re in for it now, just imagine tomorrow’s headlines, lad” he said, triumphantly, as he walked away briskly, like the school bully who’d nearly been caught out.

    “Shit Rav, what the hell did you just do?” I asked.
    “Look, boss, I-“ He stammered.
    “It’s ok lad.” I reassured him. “He asked for it, if you hadn’t done it, I’d have. And the club is less likely to stand behind me than you. Just one thing.”
    “Yeah boss?”
    “I’m docking you 2 weeks wages. I liked that door.”

    Present Day:

    “Ravel? Wait up, I need a word with you.”
    “About last Sunday?” He quizzed.
    “Yeah. Look, the bastard’s pressed charges for assault. Just wanted you to know, as a club, we stand behind you 100%.”
    I heard a voice over my shoulder.
    “Mr Newton, Mr Morrison? Would you like to come with me, please?” I turned to see a stern man in a suit and a police officer.
    “Detective Constable Hughes, and this is Sgt. Flynn.”
    He turned to Ravel. “Ravel Morrison, I’m arresting you on suspicion of assault and actual bodily harm with intent. You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defense if you do not mention when questioned...”
    As Flynn lead Ravel away to the waiting car, Hughes turned to me.
    “If you’d step this way Mr Newton, we'd like to take you to the station for a few questions. You apparently witnessed the incident?”
    “Yes, but-“ I started.
    “Follow me, then.”

  13. Shit man! Please write to a book publisher, this stuff right here needs to be made into a book, I can't stop reading it, its just quality! Love the fact the Journo got what was coming to him.

    Line of the Chaper: “I’m docking you 2 weeks wages. I liked that door.”

  14. This is top mate, you are an amazing writer you should make a book mate this is top stuff
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  15. Shit hot mate, keep it up... Good reading material while I’m at work wanting to be at home playing FM!
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  16. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    OK guys, got a side project coming up I hope you'll all love... might be today, might be tomorrow.

    Watch this space

    Introducing... My joint story with Steve*! http://www.fm-base.co.uk/forum/footb...ml#post1409970
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  17. Player that play football manager 12
    and use manchester united ,
    Should read this kind of bible ...
    Good job my fellow red devil supporter .

  18. mate, amazing read- brilliant! seriously if you wrote a book of this i'd buy it. honestly.
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  19. Yeah... This story is dope. 1 question though, why did you sell Anderson? And who else did you get rid of? I hope Jonny Evans was one of them.

  20. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lylinho View Post
    Yeah... This story is dope. 1 question though, why did you sell Anderson? And who else did you get rid of? I hope Jonny Evans was one of them.
    Sold Anderson plain and simply cos I could get 20m for him Think I sold Carrick, Evans, Berbatov and Kuszscak, and a couple other squad players

  21. Just stumbled across this story, and it's amazing :L i hope you can update soon, i'm hanging by a thread waiting for what happens next

  22. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Chapter 16:
    20th October, 2011.
    Salford, Manchester.

    ‘Cause you do... Oh you - you use your heart as a weapon. And it hurts like heaven...

    Chris Martin’s energetic lyrics rung out as I drove back to my flat after today’s training. The team was performing brilliantly, they hadn’t lost a game in a month and a half, scoring 14 goals in 4 games, including a 4-0 demolition of Aston Villa at Villa Park. I pulled up in the drive of my house – and something didn’t seem right. Alice was always home when I came back from training, she’d even said when I left she would be home today. As I stood thinking in the hall, my mobile buzzed. I flicked open the handset.

    “Hello?”

    “Dan? Its Mark.” Mark Lyons was Alice’s brother. He sounded panicked and close to tears, which if you saw the size of the man, you would have thought next to impossible.
    “Yeah, what’s up with you mate, you sound shaken?” I had a bad feeling. I could almost sense the news coming.
    “It’s Alice. She’s been in a car accident, head-on collision. Just get to Royal Salford, now.”
    “How is she?”
    “Not looking good. You’re supposed to be her fucking fiancée, get here!”

    Fucking hell. I had sworn to myself never to step foot in that place again. One last thing worried me though.

    “Mark, what about the baby?”
    A silence answered me.
    “Mark. Tell me. Now.” I feared the worst. People don’t pause like that if it is good news.
    “Sorry mate.” And with that he ended the call.

    I sprinted back out the door and drove as fast as I could to the hospital. Please, God no. I thought to myself. As I passed into the whitewashed halls of RSH I almost ran at the receptionist.

    “Yes?”
    “Alice Lyons, where is she?” I demanded.
    “Intensive Care Unit, Room 4C”

    “Mr Newton?” A doctor in a white coat approached me. “Come with me.”
    “How is she?” I needed to know.
    “In a coma at the moment. She’ll come through though. There doesn’t appear to be any major damage.”
    “And the baby?” The doc turned with a sombre look on his face. He paused before continuing.
    “Please take a seat, Mr Newton.” As I sat down the doctor continued. “Breaking this is never easy. Miss Lyons was in a very critical condition when she was brought in. In order to save her life, we had to put her into a medically-induced coma. Unfortunately, she lost the baby. You have to understand, Mr Newton, both would have died if we hadn’t.”

    I just stared at the floor in shock. “What about the other driver? Will the police charge them?” I asked.

    “The other driver was killed instantly.” He said, matter-of-factly.
    “I’m sorry for your loss, Mr Newton. Follow me to the ward, please. I understand you’d like to be at your fiancée’s bedside.”

    The doctor offered a hand up. I just sat there, still in shock. I just couldn’t take it in.

  23. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Gonna get another chapter up today

  24. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Chapter 17:
    3rd November, 2011
    Salford, Manchester

    “Still quiet on the whereabouts of United manager Danny Newton, after not appearing for the fourth game running...”

    I sat in my flat, watching the TV with Alice. She’d only been released from hospital a couple of nights before. She seemed lively - as lively as a woman who’d just lost her unborn child could be – as she turned to me and said, “Dan, just go back, for my sake”
    I sighed. “There’s an international break now, at least I can keep it quiet. I’ll go back in at the end of the week.”
    It was easy enough to tell her that, but deep down I knew I would have to drag myself back to Old Trafford.
    Get a fucking grip on yourself! A small voice in my head said. You are the manager of Manchester United! A job that people would kill for, you included!
    I turned back to Alice. “Actually, I’ll go back in tomorrow, explain why I wasn’t there. Gill will understand, surely.” She smiled at me and thanked me with a hug.

    The next day I walked to Old Trafford and straight up to Gill’s office. Knocking, I heard a stiff reply of “Come in” followed by a look that quickly turned to anger as he saw me.
    “And where the fuck have you been, sonny!” He looked ready to pull the trigger as he snapped at me.
    I snarled back at him. “I’ve been with my fiancée after a car accident left her in a coma. Boss.” I added in with added sarcasm, and as his anger drained away I also said “In which we lost our unborn son”
    Gill instantly looked apologetic. “I’m sorry, no-one here knew. For all we knew you could have been dead. Or worse, lining up the Liverpool job. Want a drink? There’s no training today -”
    “I know, international break. One thing though boss.” I interrupted.
    “That is?”
    “No press conferences for my return. I don’t want any media quizzing me about this rather... personal time in my life.”
    “That can be arranged sonny. Some of the players who aren’t on ‘duty’ with their countries are down at Carrington if you want to go. I imagine they’d like to know you’re back.”
    I thanked Gill for his time and understanding, a good job, saying that if he hadn’t, I would have offered my resignation, and headed off to Carrington. Back into the grind – 4 wins on the trot when I was off meant we sat comfortably top of both the CL group and the Premier League, including wins over Spurs, Arsenal and Leverkusen. Next up after the break was a nice run of relegation threatened teams, playing Swansea, Norwich and Wolves, before 2 hard games at Napoli and Chelsea.

  25. More top updates mate. You really get into the characters persona and you get a sense of who he is
    KUTGW

  26. Could not agree more with Steve there. Excellent work laddie..
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  27. top stuff danny! keeping me gripped do give us all a shout if you're doing anything else in a similar style- loving your stuff


  28. Stop playing your lame Real Madrid save - and get back on with writing this.

  29. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Stuck in Wales with nothing to do... so I'm writing the next chapter Will be up tonight.
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  30. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Chapter 18:
    22nd May, 2010
    Wembley Stadium, London.

    Here I was. Wembley. The whole season had led to this moment. I just stood there, in awe of the glory of the national stadium, where every manager dreamed to be at least once in their career. To lead their team out for a cup final, to go on to win it. This was ours. The final game of the 2009-10 season, the nPower Championship Play-off final. Derby County vs Blackpool. At 24 years old, I was the youngest manager ever to lead a team out at Wembley, either Old or New.

    I walked back into the dressing room as the squad filtered in. Rob Hulse, our own, and the league’s, top scorer with 32 goals, my appointed captain Robbie Savage, for whom this game would be his last, and Kris Commons, the midfield maestro who had set up most of Rob’s goals, along with my own imports such as Chris Eagles, who had been in the year below me in United’s academy, and Nigel Reo-Coker from Villa, who, with Savage had formed a formidable partnership. I called the team over.

    “We’ve earnt this, lads. We’ve got here, to Wembley, through hard work. Through determination. Through playing the opposition off the field. This is your chance to prove how good you are. The chance to take County back where we belong. Who would you rather be playing come September? Arsenal? Tottenham? Or would you rather be playing Norwich? Maybe Millwall? I know where we’d rather be come then. There are 40’000 fans out there supporting you, believing in you. Go out there, and let them dream!”

    Smiles broke out all around, as we lined up in the tunnel. Ian Holloway stood next to me, and with an exchange of “good luck”, I followed my team out of the tunnel and onto the hallowed turf. The roar of 90’000 supporters, and a sea of white and tangerine overcame my senses as I took my seat in the dugout. Bit of a difference in quality from Pride Park, I thought to myself, as the teams kicked off.

    Five minutes in, and both teams had come out, all guns blazing. Then, as Reo-Coker won the ball in the centre and sprayed it wide to Eagles, who ripped Eardley apart and whipped in a ball that could have graced a Champion’s League final. From 15 yards out, Hulse made a darting run from the edge of the box and met it with aplomb, and the ball rifled past Gilks in the Blackpool net. 1-0 within 5 minutes! By the 20th minute Blackpool were chasing shadows. My Derby team was playing the best football I’d seen them play all season. On the brink of half-time, Savage shifted through the centre, only to be brought down by Evatt. Commons stepped up, 25 yards from goal, and bent a perfect strike around the wall and into the top corner. 2-0 at half time, and the team were flying.

    Soon after the restart we reinforced our hold on the trophy. Hulse broke through and unselfishly squared the ball for Eagles, returning the favour as he stroked the ball into the empty net. Even Gary Taylor-Fletcher finally beating Bywater to pull a goal back for the Seasiders didn’t spoil the party mood shared by both us and the Rams fans in the terraces. Still, at the back of my mind was the bittersweet fact that I wouldn’t be here come August. I’d accepted an offer from Sevilla to take over as their boss, on the basis that Derby were promoted. And, with the score at 3-1 with 5 more minutes to play, it seemed that Robbie’s last game would also be mine. As the final whistle blew, pronouncing Derby County’s return to the top flight, I leapt from the dugout to embrace victory. 48 games, and I could now be called the youngest ever manager to gain access to the top flight. As I left Wembley, my phone buzzed. 1 missed call, beginning with 34. Spanish.

    I stood from my seat on the team bus to applause and cheers from the squad.
    “Let me talk. I know you’re all buzzing from, what has to be said, your greatest 90 minutes played this season-“
    More cheers.
    “But, I have to announce something. I’d like to take this opportunity to, regretfully, step down as your coach. I’ve had a word with the chairman, and he encouraged me to take this opportunity. You’ve been a great team, and I wish you luck for the Premier League. I also want to be the one who introduces you to your new boss, one many of you have worked with, and knows the club. Robbie Savage.”
    Last edited by I7IDanny; 19/02/2012 at 10:59 PM.
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  31. Been waiting ages for the next update, very good update! Cant wait for the next one
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  32. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Thanks for the support and feedback guys. Here's a little something to show the extent of this project


  33. Crikey mate that's alot of words. This is cracking though a great read. Please have a look at mine and see what you think. Manchester United: A Red Devil In Us All!

  34. wait i dont get this up date what happened derby county wtf

  35. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Quote Originally Posted by hapoo View Post
    wait i dont get this up date what happened derby county wtf
    *facepalm* Check the date of the chapter. It's called backstory with imagination.


    Also, From the first page. I talk about manager history. Bury, Derby, Sevilla then United. -.-
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  36. sorry lol

  37. Been following this story for ages yet unable to comment, excellent set out and great plot
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  38. One of the best stories around! Keep on going mate!
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  39. An excellent story. I agree with others, if this was published i would buy it.

    Any chance of maybe getting a list of transfers in and out and your current line up?
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  40. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy_14clark View Post
    An excellent story. I agree with others, if this was published i would buy it.

    Any chance of maybe getting a list of transfers in and out and your current line up?
    I have finished the first season... so my transfers and line-up would contain some spoilers

    So, I'm not gonna upload them, sorry

    Thanks for the feedback though

  41. Manchester City- world domination project

    Hi Danny- hope your still posting, was really enjoying prodigal son- I've started a story of my own but as manchester city-
    ive used a similar format to yours, hope you like

  42. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Chapter 19:
    19th November, 2011
    Old Trafford, Manchester.

    “Navas with the ball in... Torres misses it, but Rooney pokes home at the back post! United take the lead with only 10 minutes to play!”

    I breathed a sigh of relief from the dugout as Wayne ran toward the fans behind the goal. For 76 minutes Wolves had held out admirably, with Hennessey making save after save, denying Torres, Navas and Young. The game came as the 3rd in 2 weeks, with a 2-0 win at home against Swansea and a 3-0 win at Carrow Road since I returned. The team looked as bright as ever, and none of the players had questioned any deeper past my absence.

    I watched on as Torres lifted the ball over Hennessey, only for Zubar to hook the ball off the line. Groaning with the rest of the fans, I knew that would have sealed the game. From his clearance Doyle bombed forward, cut inside Evra and slipped, just inside the box. Even Kevin himself made no fuss of the fall, getting up and chasing after the ball.
    Then the ref blew. 86 minutes in, and Wolves had a penalty. Uproar filled the stands as Mike Dean marched toward the spot, pointing with one hand and summoning Patrice with the other. As the Frenchman protested his truthful innocence, Dean produced the yellow card. This meant he’d be banned for the Chelsea match. Not good news at all for us, but the night could get worse.

    Doyle picked up the ball, walked to the spot and placed the ball down. David De Gea’s wiry frame wasn’t the most intimidating figure at the best of times, but the Spaniard was trying his best to upset the Irish striker. As Dean blew a short blast on his whistle, Doyle almost lazily scuffed the ball toward the corner, only to be met by the big gloves of De Gea, who picked up the ball almost bemused. Doyle just stood there, in disbelief. He partially turned, almost in apology to the sea of baying orange shirts in the corner of the stand. As the results stood, this win would only just keep us one point in front of City, who were winning 1-0 at Bolton with 10 minutes to play.

    I stood in the foyer outside the dressing room, watching the television mounted on the wall showing Sky Sports News. I held my breath as the presenters switched the emphasis to the Reebok.
    “And with 3 minutes to play, David N’Gog may have given Manchester United breathing room with his equaliser! From the Reebok, it’s Man City 1, Bolton Wanderers 1!”
    I exhaled with relief. That result puts us 3 points in front of City. I turned away to tell the lads in the dressing room, when a flurry of sound drew my attention back to the television.
    “Back to the Reebok! And it’s Ivan Klasnic! Bolton have achieved the improbable! Man City 1, Bolton 2 with less than a minute to play!”
    I almost leapt with joy. 4 points clear! I stuck my head in the dressing room with a massive smile.
    “Lads. City just lost at Bolton.” I announced.
    The cheer that went up was the loudest I’d heard from the players for a while. This was a brilliant morale boost leading up to a tricky Chelsea game. Tricky being an understatement.

  43. Great update mate. Can't believe you got Torres and Navas for the United team how did you manage that?

  44. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seabear View Post
    Great update mate. Can't believe you got Torres and Navas for the United team how did you manage that?
    Erick Torres
    And Navas was £31m
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  45. Quote Originally Posted by I7IDanny View Post
    Erick Torres
    And Navas was £31m
    ohh right was thinking fernando. Bit pricey for Navas? Have you sold Nani,Young or Valencia?
    I bought Gaston Ramirez for 2.6 million second season who's doing brilliant for me. Itching for your next update.

  46. I7IDanny's Avatar I7IDanny
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seabear View Post
    ohh right was thinking fernando. Bit pricey for Navas? Have you sold Nani,Young or Valencia?
    I bought Gaston Ramirez for 2.6 million second season who's doing brilliant for me. Itching for your next update.
    Transfers over 48 months. Yeah, it fucks with your finances, but I made a few sales. Although, Jan will bring a twist...

  47. This is fantastic mate - although you don't need telling! Best active story
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  48. I waited over a week for this pitiful update... TROLLED.

    lol, nice update, compelling as ever! Lucky with that Bolton result!



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