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  1. Thanks andy_14Clark, there is plenty more to come over the seasons!

    Thanks Josh_brady.
    End of Season Round Up - 22nd May 2023

    The first half of the season had infact been very successful for us, we'd turned around the poor league start the previous manage had and were now sitting in contention for a playoff spot come mid season. But our main aim wasn't winning promotion, we'd already claimed that accolade last season, this was about the FA Trophy in which we would rest players for before each game.

    The last update we had played up to the Kettering game and in a game we should of won we ended up drawing, meaning we were forced to replay the Second Round away from home against the non league side. No issues second time around though picking up a more than comfortable four one victory. The Third Round drew us against Solihull Moors, a side a league lower than us and we beat them three nil. It was the same story in the Fourth Round against Havant & Waterlooville beating them two nil again at home. The Semi Final drew us with Newport County, winning three two at home before taking a strong side to defend a draw at least away from home, it finishing one a piece to set up a Final with mid table Boston United.

    A thrilling Final against Boston United at Wembley saw us narrowly nick the game with the winner coming in injury time! A fast pace to the game saw us take the lead after just six minutes through Rob Fowler the on loan striker from Norwich. However come the twentieth minute Brooks had netted twice for Boston United seeing them go into half time ahead. There wasn't much we could do except go on overload for the final ten minutes and it paid off! McEneff leveled things up for us eight minutes from time before Rob Fowler struck in the second of three added minutes of injury time, sealing the trophy we needed!

    Whilst we did rest players for the FA Trophy games, I tried to not desert our league form as there was a chance I could add another trophy to the collection, admittedly one I had already won but if it meant we could add to the cabinet it was worth it. We had only lost two games in the second half of the season, until the final two matches where we went on to lose both and this went on to cost us the league title.

    And as you can see, we did hit the playoff spots come the end of the season, finishing up in fourth spot, but this was expected as the club, relegated last season, were predicted to finish in the top two season, perhaps the slow start cost them by the previous manager. Its also worth noting, had we won both our final two matches of the season, we would of won the league!

    So it'd be the route of the playoffs once again in this save and this time we would face Wrexham over two legs in the Semi Finals. The first leg saw three goals in eleven minutes then none in the remaining seventy nine minutes. We were behind after the first minute but by the eleventh led two one thanks to McEneff and Omoregie. This is how it stayed as we took a two one lead into the second leg.

    But that proved to not be enough as we lost the second leg two nil away from home. Wrexham led one nil at the break and then scored a second with twenty two minutes remaining. We then lost Irving to a second yellow card and this pushed out any chance we had of securing a second promotion from the Vanarama National League in two season.

    And so after two hundred and twenty five days in charge at Oldham, on the twenty second of May 2023 it was once again time to pack up my bags and move on to pastures new. This will allow me to remove another league now as the Vanarama National will be chopped out of the game.

    For anyone that is wondering, this is now the setup that is left playing to date. As you can see the Vanarama National League will now be removed having gone back for the FA Trophy and winning it third time of asking! I'm tempted to take out Scotland as I've not too much motivation to go there yet so that'll also probably be removed in the Summer this year around. That'll leave me with both top tiers in Ireland and Northern Ireland and Wales as well as the four football leagues in England.

    Next Post: Another New Job

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    Another New Job - December 2023

    Its been a long summer and early winter for me as I've been without a job for almost seven months now. I've gone through the summer missing out on two real big jobs which could of both seen me set for the season ahead, however it wasn't to be. I now have three clubs on the table and need to find myself the right job so will need to start looking around the leagues and decide which is best for me.

    Here are the two 'big' jobs I missed out on this summer. Cliftonville, reigning Northern Ireland Premiership champions had got rid of their manager this summer. I chucked my name in the hat and attended the interview, unfortunately I didn't impress the big boss enough and was rejected. Then the biggest job in Ireland came up, Dundalk, again reigning champions, however this time I couldn't even succeed in getting an interview, maybe next time around.

    First offer I have on the table is League two side Fleetwood the board want the club to be hitting the playoffs this season, my luck in the playoffs this career hasn't been great so far so if we were to hit the playoffs its the fun and games of that. There is a small transfer budget available in the January window which is upcoming but time will tell if thats the path for me.

    The second opportunity that has arisen is also in League Two, a club slightly better off as its at Notts County who are sitting in ninth in the same League. However this club are only predicted to finish in the top half, so its not as likely to hit the top spot in the league. They're only a point outside the playoffs and nine points off Ebbsfleet off the top spot.

    The last club with the offer on the table is that of Championship side and current league leaders Watford. Currently topping the league over second place Blackburn by three points after twenty matches. Probably my best chance out of the three contracts on offer to seal the league title and another trophy to my cabinet, but at the same time it would mean returning to the two leagues lower.

    Next Post: The Chosen Club - December 2023
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  3. Great turn around of fortunes with AFC Fylde Dan! Routine stuff with Oldham and I'd take that Watford job whilst the league is set up on a platter for you!
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  4. I think the thought of ticking off the championship then having to go back down the leagues may demotivate me a bit 1magine,decision made though
    The Chosen Club - December 2023

    It made a change to have three job offers on the table at once, but come winter time clubs finally get fed up with underachieving managers and therefore the jobs become available. I had the three offers on the table and it took a while and a bit of input from you guys, but eventually the club were chosen that I felt were best to take forward with another possibility of a trophy.

    It ended up being overachieving Notts County of League Two that I would take forward. Sitting up in ninth with a small transfer budget and January just around the corner, a tight league, i feel I can bring forward and really compete for the league title. In the end it was a big toss up between these and Watford, I feel Watford will walk to that league title, but it may de motivate me to come back down to League Two and League one. Notts County are out the FA Cup and EFL Cup but remain in the Checkatrade trophy with that being my next game against League One title challengers Bradford. It could be best for us to bow out the competition to help our league season.

    We definitely currently have a strong squad here at Notts County and that is probably why they are up in ninth currently this season and just a point off the playoff spots. I'd like to sure up our defence a little bit and perhaps our midfield, focusing on the core of the side to fit my 4-2-2-2 formation and help us push for that automatic promotion spots.

    Another club with money behind them and this allows me to study another qualification, not too many to go now and I'll be top qualified and hopefully have bigger clubs finally wanting me in charge, meaning bigger and better trophies! Hopefully!

    Next Post: End of Season Round Up - 20th May 2023
    Last edited by dani3w; 11/11/2016 at 07:42 AM.

  5. Fair point Dan and in hindsight I see where you're coming from now, Notts County are in a great position too!

  6. Now just hoping it pays off 1magine.
    End of Season Round Up - 20th May 2024

    I had walked into another job with trophy ambitions on their mind and now it was time to once again try and work the managerial magic on Notts County. A club sitting just outside the playoff spots with a strong team were capable of winning the league title if they could string results together. Also still in the Checkatrade cup was there a chance of a double on this season.

    In red is from when I took over the job we managed to cause two upsets in the Checkatrade trophy, beating League One sides Bradford City and Bolton at home. The latter of the two a big victory over the League One side. But it was Wigan who went on to knock us out in the Norther Quarter Finals, beating us two nil.

    Just four league defeats lay in my path from when I took over the job to the end of the season and that include going on a ten game unbeaten run. We've been very good in the league since I took over in the winter and we're really knocking on the door for that league title. But would it be the title, automatic promotion or playoff agony once again. The lose to Stevenage really hit us hard come the end....

    Had we of beat Stevenage, we would of been league champions, unfortunately it wasn't the case, however it was enough for us to win automatic promotion and head up another league and it'll be another league I can remove from the game. My contract is up this summer at Notts County and as usual, I don't plan on renewing it. I'll be looking for a side relegated from the Championship.

    Before I leave though, I've managed to sneak one more coaching qualification out of the board here at Notts County.

    Next Post: Another New Job Coming...

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    Another New Job - 15th January 2025

    Well its finally happened, I've managed to get one of the bigger jobs in Ireland and this could finally see me tick off a whole country should all go to plan this season. I doubt I even need to go too much into detail who the selected club are, but I'll give you a quick run down anyway. I've been out of a job since July so after a fair few months out, the waiting paid off.

    Yes, a side that turned me down a season or two ago come calling this time around following a successful interview I had accepted the job at Dundalk. Despite not having a transfer budget, the squad is big enough to get rid of some players and the boards aims are simple, win the league and I expect that as well, could I complete Ireland in one season and wrap up a clean sweep...

    As I said, a very strong squad and big one here, I expect to make some changes this summer, may explore the loan links like usual to try and strengthen the squad to challenge to regain the title after losing it this year around.

    Next Post: Mid Season Round Up - June 2025

  8. Just read the whole thread, brilliant so far.
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  9. Wow appreciate that Mathlanber! Thank you!

    Mid Season Round Up - June 2025

    We're now just past the start of June and we've got time to update you guys on how the season has panned out to date. I shortly realised I couldn't win every trophy in Ireland here, so I'd need to keep the league loaded, however we can still take the majority of the trophies. There is very little competition against us here too so I'm expecting it!

    Unless I'm wrong, this should be my last coaching qualification in the bag. Dundalk agreeing to cover the cost to get me to the top. Big jobs, come at me!

    We've currently featured in three different cup competitions and won six games, progressing in each and every one of them. We are in the Semi Final of the League Cup, the Third Round of the Senior Challenge Cup and the Final of the Leinster Senior Cup. I'm still targetting all three of them come the end of the season.

    A fairly straight forward run through the league so far this season, except our small blip in the middle where we decided to lose three straight games, that wasn't great! But we soon returned back to normal form to be challenging for the top spot of the league title.

    We've played 16 of the 33 league games scheduled for this season and we're top of the league on goal difference at least. I'm hoping we can push on this second half of the season and move clearer at the top of the pile.

    Next Post: End Of Season Round Up - November 2025
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  10. Mate this is an awesome read just caught up. Dundalk is a fantastic stepping stone and I think your next job will be a big one. Will you stay if you get Europe or pack the bags up again.

  11. Thanks Tobey Mason, its the job I need to help boost trophies in Ireland. Nope, I'm not here for European football.
    End Of Season Round Up - 3rd November 2025

    A slightly busy weekend stopped me playing the remainder of my season out at Dundalk but I've finally had time to get through it and put together the update. We were sat top of the league going into the second half of the season and in all three cup competitions as well. We were also due to enter the Euro Cup in the summer which would slightly congest our fixture list, could we keep our nerve and bag the bunch...

    We had loads of cup action in the second half of the season, here is just the ones played since the last update. Lets start with the Euro Cup, we had a very good run through the competition, reaching the playoff rounds where English Premier League side Swansea dumped us out. But we made a good bit of money heading through three rounds of good football. We went on to reach three domestic cup finals as we were due to face Shamrock Rovers in the Leinster Senior Cup Final, St Pat's Athletic in the League Cup Final and Irish First division side Longford in the Senior Challenge Cup Final.

    A narrow victory in the Leinster Senior Cup Final saw us beat Shamrock Rovers infront of four and a half thousand fans. We had dominated the game possession wise and shot wise but only beat them one nil. Mulcahy netted the only goal of the game after twenty minutes.

    The League Cup Final was also played in front of four and a half thousand fans but a closer match against St Pat's Athletic. We fired the shots away and led two nil at half time. Goals from Montgomery and Mulhern sent us two up. Ellis pulled one back for the eventual runners up with fourteen minutes from time, their only shot on target.

    And that was the treble secured as beat Irish First Division side Longford in the Senior Challenge Cup. We raced out the block infront of seven and a half thousand fans with Horgan netting after eight minutes and Mulhern doubling our lead two minutes later. Mulhern could of killed it off ten minutes before the break, but his spot kick was saved. O#Connor netted to wrap the game up sixteen minutes from time.

    Our league form managed to remain strong for the majority of it, picking up twelve wins, two draws and three defeats in our seventeen remaining league games this second half of the league season. We were a little leaky defensively as we kept just five clean sheets in those seventeen games. We had netted thirty eight goals, averaging well over two goals per game. Was this enough for a fourth trophy this season though....

    Yep it sure was, four trophies this season has helped boost not only my reputation and trophy count but almost complete Ireland. We won the league by nine points in the end with St Pat's Athletic the surprise runners up in the league this season.

    Next Post: End Of Season Round Up - November 2025
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  12. Unfortunately I appear to have ran into the same issue @tongey did and I imagine @Shedender, @Parker26 and @Jamie3 will all run in to. I've just added in a few new leagues (France, Germany and Australia and nearly every single job is available as you can see below.

    This unfortunately affects every country I try to add in and it affects every division and nearly every single club which has almost ruined the save as its going to be easy to club hop from one to another with so many vacancies open whenever I want to move to somewhere else, this making it a lot less interesting for you guys as well as me.

    This could be my motivation killer!

  13. O no mate. Was really enjoying reading this stroy. I hope you find a way to work around it.

  14. Ahh I came on here thinking I was going to have loads to catch up on man that's a killer!

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