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  1. The Luis Garcia Chronicles

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    I am Luis Garcia. You may know me well, I’m an ex-Spanish winger, with a little bit of a journeyman reputation. I had spells with At. Mad, Racing Santander and Panathinaikos, but my most well-known spell was at Liverpool, where I made 77 league appearances, scoring 18.

    My career defining moment came at Anfield on the 3rd May 2005. My 4th minute goal put us on the road to Istanbul. The final itself is history, and one of my proudest moments in football.

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    Now it’s my turn to hit management. It’s high time I gave back to the world that gave me so much joy, and I am determined to have my own Istanbul moment, this time as a manager.

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    As an aside, I'd like to credit both Lippo and JamieWilliams for the inspiration behind this story, Manuel Pablo and JC now have a new rival on the block!
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  2. You start more saves than I do

  3. Quote Originally Posted by SamPeters View Post
    You start more saves than I do
    Blame my PC! And my lack of backing up, but that's another story for another day...

    In seriousness, I wanted a story to run alongside my BAP. All being well, this will be it.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by Godfish93 View Post
    Blame my PC! And my lack of backing up, but that's another story for another day...

    In seriousness, I wanted a story to run alongside my BAP. All being well, this will be it.
    I feel ya pain with that haha but good luck

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    Well, it is a start. I haven't been back to Barca since my youth days, and I would definitely consider it. I am doubtful though, the lack of a possibility of promotion does put me off slightly.

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    My wait continues. I could be more disappointed I missed out, but there are some interesting jobs under threat, so I remain poised to jump in.

  7. Love it! Thanks for the mention, but what a player to choose! Used to love Garcia so much!
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    I've got a job! Sporting are expecting a lot of me, but they are a talented enough team, and really shouldn't be down in 19th. I'm looking forward to meeting the squad, and getting this season back on track. It's good to be back in football.
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  9. Nice job, look forward to it. Had plans for a Dennis Bergkamp story after seeing his "footballs greatest" but happy with my road to glory at the minute! Good luck.
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  10. Quote Originally Posted by CantGetEnoughOfJelavic View Post
    Nice job, look forward to it. Had plans for a Dennis Bergkamp story after seeing his "footballs greatest" but happy with my road to glory at the minute! Good luck.
    Haha thanks! Taking great care to back this one up this time....

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    The trophy cabinet looks very bare. My first task will be to try and add to those Liga Adelente trophies we have. Then we start fighting against the big boys.


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    These are the players I have to work with. I'll be honest, I've been more impressed. We have a good centre back pairing who I'll be looking to make the heart of my team. The lack of variety up front is worrying though, given my inclination not to use a target man.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by xJamieWilliams View Post
    Love it! Thanks for the mention, but what a player to choose! Used to love Garcia so much!
    One of my favourite players, really enjoyed watching him play for us!

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    Not a bombshell I needed dropping on me just before my first game!

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    Not the start I was looking for. We were undone by a masterclass by Halilovic. In the end, it was two long range efforts that undid us, but it was promising for about 60 minutes. The players are up for the fight, and we will get out of this quickly.

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    Don't get me wrong, I'm delighted with the point. I'm also delighted with the clean sheet. But, we could, and should, have won this one. Our distinct lack of striking options is causing problems, and I'll be looking to resolve that if possible in January.

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    Get in! My first win as manager, and it feels very sweet. Even the manner of our win was dominant, the lads have reacted well in the face of off-field problems.

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    Glad to see my old mate JC join me in the management game.
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  18. Doncaster? That Carragher has no taste!

  19. Quote Originally Posted by xJamieWilliams View Post
    Doncaster? That Carragher has no taste!
    It was either them or Peterborough, neither are attractive propositions.

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    Two in a row! We continue our revival with another decent win, taking us out the drop zone. Was nice to see Carlos get on the scoresheet as well, I'm expecting more from him.

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    Slightly disappointed we didn't win here. Mallorca are in the same boat as us though; a good team struggling at the foot of the table. I'm still looking for a clinical striker though, our front line options continue to let us down.

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    End of November, and we are out the drop zone. I couldn't ask for more really. We are still only 7 off the playoffs as well, I'll be looking for a push towards those next.

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    Things are looking slightly better on the financial front. Still not great, mind, I have no money for players, and we remain in administration. Players want to leave as well, and if they go, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that I will go with them.

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    Another poor performance in reality. We had some good chances, but we didn't take them. Hopefully we can kick on and not let ourselves drop back down the table with more efforts like this.

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    That was beautiful to watch. The team hit all the right notes out there, and I couldn't be prouder. Carry on like this, and we'll be in the right end of the table in no time.


    Unfortunately, my good mood wouldn't last...

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    It was only a matter of time before I entertained bids for my best players. I'm still disappointed though, Jony has been superb since I joined.

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    The exodus begins with one of my best players. If this were to continue, I may be forced to consider my position.

  26. Hey mate - you're doing really well here to have turned things around so quickly! Good job!

  27. Quote Originally Posted by Yeti01 View Post
    Hey mate - you're doing really well here to have turned things around so quickly! Good job!
    Thanks! I'm not really sure how the club were doing so badly when I joined, they have some very decent players for this level. Having said that, I suspect the board is about to sell them all from underneath me.

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    A disappointing last game before the winter break. We were on top for most of this, but once again, our lack of finishers cost us. If I'm able, I'll be trying to sort that next month.

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    The league does look healthier than when I took over though. Up to mid-table now, and our momentum was propelling us up the table. In honesty, the break has come at the wrong time.

    In financial news...

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    Again?! Bit late though, cost me my only left winger.

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    It was as I feared, we looked sluggish in our first game back. I'll be drilling them hard in training over the next few days to get their edge back; we need that playoff spot. I certainly do if I still want a job.

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    My first ever signing. He's largely in as a back up striker, but it is entirely possible he will see game time. Still looking for a left winger though.

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    That's more reassuring. It does at least mean that I have control of my players futures again. The search now continues for me to find a left sided midfielder. At this rate, I'll have to come out of retirement!

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    We are most definitely suffering the after effects of the winter break. Before it, we were in great shape. Now we are just incredibly inconsistent. The win against Betis was a personal favourite. We may not have played well, but a win against a team of their calibre is not to be sniffed at.

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    Away from the pitch, Alvarez shrugs off interest to stay with us. He's been quality in the centre for us since I joined, and is very much first choice these days. I'm delighted that he chose to stick with us for the forseeable future, especially with La Liga clubs circling.

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    The board pushed me once too often. Calling me in to discuss my teams morale was the final straw; after they had undermined me at every turn, and despite my climb up the table, still labelled my progress as inadequate. I'm not entirely sure my job was ever stable.

    Still, I hopefully won't be out of management too long, and I'll be searching high and low for my next position.

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    Could I be about to go on a French adventure?

    Edit: Nope.
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    I'm to stay in Spain. Not only that, I move up a league to a former Champions League team. This will be a serious test of my credentials, but one I am more than ready for.

  35. Really want to see where you will be going.

  36. Quote Originally Posted by alexjoker2105 View Post
    Really want to see where you will be going.
    At the moment, I have no pre-determined destination. There are a few things I would like to achieve, a champions league at Liverpool being one of them, but that's a side task. I would quite like to go back to Sporting at some point as well, I was enjoying it until the board forced me out.

  37. So, Malaga. A fresh new challenge for me. But first, I need to run over the season so far for the club.

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    Facilities wise, we look pretty good. A distinct lack of silverware, but I can work on that. La Liga survival is my only priority for the season.

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    The squad could be better. Camacho is still at the club, and I envisage him being my key player once he returns from injury. I've seen and heard good things about Horta and Darder as well, and am looking forward to utilising them. As with Sporting, I still lack a good striker. I'll be making that a priority in the upcoming transfer market at the end of the season.

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    We are 4 above the drop as it stands, but it is close down the bottom. We also have some difficult games approaching, so if we can retain our current position then I would be satisfied. Anything else would be an added bonus.

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    A less than satisfactory start to my Malaga career, as we take 1 point from 9. The only positive thing is that Camacho has returned from injury. Our poor form, when combined with other teams picking up points, sees us drop to 18th, and in the drop zone. We can still pull ourselves clear, but we really need to start winning games fast. I have no desire to be seeing Sporting anytime soon.

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    Our youth grads weren't much cop in the end. A couple of future squad players, but I'm not holding out much hope.
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    Well, a clean sheet is something I guess. We need to kick on though, that performance was dreadful, and at this rate, we won't deserve to stay up.

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    A simply superb finish from Torres did for us against my old team. It was an end to end game, and a pleasure to watch. I can't fault the boys, they put in a good performance. Now for the other Madrid, at the Bernabeu...

    God help us.
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  41. ^ That Torres goal won Goal of the week. I'm now going to watch for the 4 horseman of the Apocalypse.

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    The least surprising result possible. At least we scored.


  43. Real at the Bernabau is a tough ask!! I'm sure you'll turn it around soon.

  44. Quote Originally Posted by Yeti01 View Post
    Real at the Bernabau is a tough ask!! I'm sure you'll turn it around soon.
    It's between Malaga, Elche, Deportivo and Sociedad for 2 relegation spots. I've got Depor at home next, a win would be crucial in that one.

    The depressing thing about the R Mad game is we had chances. Camacho hit the cross bar, Guerra missed a sitter, and we had a chance go just wide after 40 seconds. Had I got a capable striker, I may have been ok. Unfortunately, 3 of my best 4 strikers are on loan, because the ex-manager is a moron.
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    We couldn't even beat 10 men. I'm speechless.

  46. Haha hard going there mate!

    I'm sure you can start making things work

  47. Great idea to do Luis García! Loved him! Unlucky at Sporting, but I reckon you should just about have enough to stay up with Malaga!

    I hope you don't mind me asking, but could you check out my new story if you have the time? Thanks! I'll be following this story !

    Fabio Terzi - A Manager's Story

  48. Quote Originally Posted by clarky1683 View Post
    Great idea to do Luis García! Loved him! Unlucky at Sporting, but I reckon you should just about have enough to stay up with Malaga!

    I hope you don't mind me asking, but could you check out my new story if you have the time? Thanks! I'll be following this story !

    Fabio Terzi - A Manager's Story
    It'll be close, I've got a tough run potentially.

    And way ahead of you, already keeping an eye on it.
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  49. Quote Originally Posted by Average Joe View Post
    Haha hard going there mate!

    I'm sure you can start making things work
    I hope so, but I really need to start winning matches!

  50. Bloody hell it's not working here is it! Don't worry, it took me 3 clubs before I started a good run!

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