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  1. FM17 Brexit Challenge

    Hi all, this is my first post on here after reading a few of the stories on here. I thought I would join in and post some updates on my current fm play-through. My Brexit challenge.

    The premise of this challenge is that the protagonist is leaving the UK following the Brexit result. It is the usual rags to riches challenge (e.g. unemployed start, Sunday league experience, no coaching badges) but only leagues in EU countries (discounting Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and along the way the protagonist aims to pick up citizenship in an EU country asap.

    Due to laptop restrictions, I am starting with only leagues in EU countries adjacent to the UK playable on moving to a country I will remove leagues no longer neighbouring that country, and add any new leagues for new neighbours not previously enabled (I didn’t enable Ireland as it would have been a cul-de-sac of sorts). So, the starting nations were France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark (Norway and Iceland non-EU), with all leagues enabled.

    The list of length of stay requirements for citizenship I am working from is as follows:
    • Belgium – 5 years (dual citizenship possible)
    • Finland – 5 years (dual citizenship possible)
    • France – 5 years (dual citizenship possible)
    • Ireland – 5 years (dual citizenship possible)
    • Romania – 5 years (dual citizenship possible)
    • Sweden – 5 years (dual citizenship possible)
    • Netherlands – 5 years (dual citizenship not possible)
    • Poland – 5 years (dual citizenship not possible)
    • Bulgaria – 5 years (dual citizenship not possible)
    • Portugal – 6 years (dual citizenship possible)
    • Germany – 6 years (dual citizenship not possible)
    • Hungary – 8 years (dual citizenship possible)
    • Croatia – 8 years (dual citizenship not possible)
    • Slovakia – 8 years (dual citizenship not possible)
    • Denmark – 9 years (dual citizenship possible)
    • Greece – 10 years (dual citizenship possible)
    • Italy – 10 years (dual citizenship possible)
    • Spain – 10 years (dual citizenship not possible)
    • Austria – 10 years (dual citizenship not possible)
    (open to corrections if any of these are wrong or change since writing). I will be working on the rule that if dual UK/EU citizenship is obtained, then the UK leagues will become playable (in my save, so long as they border the country I am in). The end goal of this challenge will be winning the champions league (in addition to the citizenship).

    I actually played 2 and a half seasons of game time before deciding to do this. I will start with a flurry of posts summarising my progress so far. More structured regularly spaced (in game time) posts will follow.
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  2. Initially, the only level I seemed able to have much chance of a job was the Danish second division and even then, I had to wait half a season to get a job offer. I managed to land a job with Hvidovre Idrætsforening (HIF) which seems to be a pretty good opportunity despite being the Danish second division. They have won the Danish top division 3 times (1966, 1973 & 1981), with 19 seasons at that level, the Danish Cup in 1 time (1980), the first division 3 times (1964, 1986 & 1996) and the second divison 2 times (1964 & 2013). However, on closer inspection, the finances were a shambles, there was less than nothing in the bank, around minus 5 million Krone (~£565,600 - I change the currency to that of the country I am in for realism, there is a part of me that wants to change the language too, but I try to ignore that part).

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    The Danish 2nd Division has two stages a group stage, 3 groups of 8, from which the top 4 teams go to the promotion stage and the bottom 4 teams go to the relegation stage. There is a winter break between the two halves of the season, which is where I came in, with my team in the relegation stage. But at least I get a kind of a pre-season (or a mid-season [winter break]) to work with the team. The technical ability of the team is very good for this level so I will be looking to play a passing game. I’ve gone for a diamond, which operates as a normal back four with a midfield triangle and an attacking triangle. The wing backs will provide all the width as wide players have been sacrificed to provide more passing option down the middle of the pitch.

    As time progressed, I found that the club was haemorrhaging cash around 200,000 Krone (~£22,600) a month so I didn’t intend on retaining any players on contract over DKK 1,000 (~£113) p/w which means most of the best players left at the end of the season (the club was also paying over the wage limit so added reason for players to have to leave). Although, there are plenty of players who seem willing to come to the club on amateur contracts, which I intend to take full advantage of. On the topic of wages, the upper limit I set for the players was roughly what I was earning myself, which meant that in terms of living situation a house share in Hvidovre, a suburb of Copenhagen, is all I could afford, and just about at that.

    Results-wise, the team was too good to be in the relegation stage, they adapted to the tactics well and found the going quite easy, picking up 10 wins, 3 draws and 3 loses (scoring 21 goals and conceding 13) to finish first in the relegation stage (13th overall in the 2nd division). The pre-season actually got off to a terrible start getting hammered in 4 consecutive games against 3 1st division sides and a 2nd division side. At that point I decided to cancel the remaining pre-season games and organise 3 games against 3 tiddly Danish sides to boost morale and get the team used to winning, which seemed to work.


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  3. Hvidovre Idrætsforening - Danish Second Division - 2017/18 Season

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    By the end of the season the balance was something like DKK 6 million (~£678,700) in the red however most of the big earners left the club in the summer, 19 players left in total, some youth players but a lot of senior players and most of the key players at the club. The outgoing players were replaced by players on amateur contracts, twelve in total, and a striker on loan. Although these players aren’t of the same quality as those leaving, I still felt we had the quality to be making it to the promotion stage this season, and in fact the board expected me to be around the top of the league. Over the summer I was given a new 2 year deal on slightly more money, but not enough to get me out of the house share.

    I decided on a similar pre-season strategy to my first. We were beaten in our first game against 1st division side Vejle, but won all our 5 games against the tiddlers with a 5-0 win in the last game of pre-season. In the competitive matches we won 6, drew 3 and lost 5 (scoring 15 and conceding 14) to finish 4th, just enough to qualify for the promotion stage. Also, with the big earners gone the monthly deficit has be cut to around DKK 20,000 (~£2,260).

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    Over the winter break deficit was back up to around DKK 100,000 (~£11,300), without going up the leagues I’m not sure how to solve the problem, I’m only spending about DKK 20,000 p/w of a DKK 60,000 (~£6,790) p/w wage budget. The worst part of all this is that the financials are so bad the board aren’t willing to stump up the £600 (~DKK 5,300) to send me on a coaching course.

    More of the same in the midseason friendlies, 4 wins, mostly agains lower rep sides and a loss to a first division side. My goal for the friendlies is to come into the competitive matches with better morale and fitness than other sides, to try and get the edge. The first match of the promotion stage was a 2 all draw, this was followed up by an inexplicable 7-1 win which really ignited the season. We went on an incredible winning streak winning the next 6 games on the bounce. One game from the end of the season we sat top of the league having won 11 games, drawn 2 and lost only one. Due to some weird points carryover rule for the promotion stage our lead wasn’t as big as it should have been with second place side FC Sydvest having won only 6 games and drawing 9 games. We went on to lose the last game of the season and FC Sydvest won, meaning we missed out on the title, but went up as runners up.


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    We had our first pop at the Danish cup this season and made it to the 3rd round, a decent little run.


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  4. Hvidovre Idrætsforening - Danish First Division - 2018/19 Season

    (2018)

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    Being a division higher I decided to offer out some contracts to give us the best chance of staying up a centre back with a 4 star rating on DKK 2.3k p/w (~£260) to replace an outgoing equally rated centre back on DKK 4k p/w, a 4 star centre mid on DKK 2.3k p/w and a left back on DKK 1.9k p/w (~£210). This, along with new contracts for centre back 3.5 stars, centre mid 3 stars (4.5 potential), a ‘keeper 3 stars (4.5 potential), right back 3 stars (4 potential) and a centre back 2.5 stars (4 potential) took the wage spending to almost DKK 30k (~£3,400).

    Pre-season – same again, first match we got smashed 5-0 by a superliga side, by the end of the friendlies the fitness and morale was good. The Danish First division is split into 3 periods, the first period and half the second period before the winter break and the remainder after. We finished the first period in 8th with 3 wins 3 draws and 5 loses, which meant we got DKK 1.2 million (~£135,700) prize money, a very pleasant surprise as I had not paid attention to the prize money. Also, the television cameras seem to love us, must be the slick football. We’ve been on the telly 5 times at DKK 90,000 (~£10,200) a pop, a welcome boost to the bank balance. So far the balance has gone back up to DKK 5 million in the red, by the end of the season, regardless of position the balance will be better than when I arrived at the club. If I can keep the club up, the club will be in a much better position than when I found it, by the end of the following season the club would then be back in the black, and have the loan debt payed off.

    In the Danish Cup we went out in the first round to a team 2 tiers bellows, on the telly too.

    We played 8 more games in the league before the winter break, winning 3 drawing 3 and losing 2 games, leaving us sitting in 7th place in the league.


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  5. Hvidovre Idrætsforening - Danish First Division - 2018/19 Season

    (2019)

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    We’re now caught up with the game progress I will show my Manager profile, squad and tactics. I’ve still not managed to convince the board to fund a training course. I noticed when taking the screenshots that I am wanted by Brondby IF in the Superliga, to say I would be interested would be an understatement. I am considering leaving HIF at the end of the season to look for a role where the club will fund my coaching courses. Also, Denmark is one of the harder countries to get citizenship, I am currently 817/3,287 (25%) of my way towards citizenship, still over 6 years away. A move to Sweden would speed up achieving my first goal a year earlier. But I would be happy to wait an extra year for a job like Brondby.


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    First 11 players are;
    • Oliver Korch – highly rated by my assistant, has been alright whilst I’ve been here, lost his place for a while but has returned to the side and stayed there;
    • Anders Vestergaard - a centre back and striker who, in my time here, has put in some great performances for me;
    • Soren Jensen – brought in to replace an outgoing 4 star left sided defender, Jensen has done a grand job since coming in, his ability to play left back too is handy;
    • Mikkel Hansen – brought in during my first season here on an amateur contract and still happy on it, Hansen has become first choice, being pushed hard by the player behind him though;
    • Emil Faver – unspectacular left back Faver is one of the few players on a contract, his numbers are good but the performances don’t live up to the profile;
    • Morten Andersen – the anchor man hasn’t endeared himself to me in the same way as his predecessor but he is a better player on paper;
    • Ferdinand Bangsgaard – best player at the club according to my assistant, averaging over a 7 in the league so is doing well, usually plays deep lying playmaker but happy with him as box to box too;
    • Jonas Jakobsen – a weird one this, Jakobsen was brought in as the box to box player but was largely kept out of the team until recently by another player, that player decided to leave the club in the winter break but re-signed on an amateur deal, but Jakobsen moves back to first choice, a gaping hole for determination and dodgy finishing aside, not a bad player;
    • Benjamin Poulsen – my main man, originally brought in as back-up to our original advanced playmaker, Poulsen fought his way into the first team and singled handedly turned our form around, this guy makes things happen in the final third, love him;
    • Frederik Sundstrup – one of our two frustrating strikers, Sundstrup seems to score more goals from deep and is the more skilful of the two, so the logical choice to play deeper, both strikers squander so many chances though, we’d be so much better off if we could find a striker who could score consistently;
    • Tobais Perto – signing permanently in summer after as season last season on loan with us, Perto got 8 goals in 15 starts last season and has 4 in 14 this season, he plays the advanced forward role but both him and Sundstrup can play both forward postions.

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    The arse has fallen out of the finances for some reason. Over the months November, December and January we lost over a million Krone (~£113,000), with DKK 400,000 (~£45,000) loses in the latter two months. In February, with the friendly games, this fell below DKK 400,000 to DKK 360,000 but all that prize money has gone, luckily it’s only 3 games until the end of the second third and we’ll be getting more prize money in. Either way, it’s going to take longer to get the club back in the black than I first thought.


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    Comfortable defeat at home against Swedish Premier Division side GAIS in a game where dominated the possession but didn’t match up with their cutting-edge.


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    Dominant win against Swedish fourth division side, good win in a game we should be winning, goals from all the front 3.


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    Same again against another Swedish fourth division side, goals from some back-up players this time.


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    Tougher opposition in Swedish first division elite side Falkenbergs dominated the game again but couldn’t take our chances, it’s been a familiar story this season.

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    Last game against another tiddler from Denmark, 2 goals from backup midfielder Hermansen.


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    We were robbed here, and only just managed to snatch a point thanks to disappointing reserve striker Bramer, totally battered them but couldn’t score.

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    Battered but we had 57% possession…

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    You can probably guess what happened in this game, defence bailed us out this time though.

    At the end of the second period we finish again in 8th netting another DKK 1.18 million taking the balance to DKK -5.8 million, slowly slowly catchy monkey. We also had another 2 tv games, so that’s DKK 180k more, I’m getting a bit tired of counting the pennies.


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    Good start to the final period controlled the game quite well and managed to bag the 3 points.

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    Two goals in two games for Sundstrup and a good point against 3rd placed Roskilde.

    Despite umming and ahhing over whether to stay at the club, the board came in with a contract offer which I managed to negotiate up to a decent enough wage, actually making me the best paid person at the club. This pay rise should be enough to end the Danish house share nightmare and move in to a small apartment in the centre of Copenhagen.

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    Feeling pretty smug, hauled of both strikers and he two replacements scored to secure the 3 points and celebrate my new contract.

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    Hate this team, keep losing to them, and in this game they’ve condemned my leading goal scorer to the sidelines for 3-4 weeks.


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    Dissapointing draw against the bottom side.

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    Clear cut chances: Hvidovre - 3, Skive – 0.

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    Perto scored a late equaliser to end his 11 hour goal drought and get us a point, no more than we deserved, we were the better side.

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    We picked up a player on the free transfer deadline day, competition for Perto, who until today had been struggling for form. Perhaps just the kick up the backside he needs.

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    Did well to come out of this one with a win, second best on the day, but one point closer to safety.

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    Solid win, a goal from a free-kick from our second choice right back who has fought his way into the side, another good performace from our back up advanced playmaker Kim Have who has found his way into the side with Benjamin Poulsen out of form. This result was enough to secure us a place in the first division next season.

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    Good result and a good performance against the team that walked the league this season, and Pedersen’s first goal for the club on his first start.

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    Meh. Terrible performance and result to finish the season. We end it in 8th place, again, and get another DKK 1.18 million, again.

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  6. Hvidovre Idrætsforening - Danish First Division - 2019/20 Season

    (First Period) - 1,052/3,287 towards Danish Citizenship

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    With their contracts running out at the end Oliver Korch, captain Anders Vestergaard and Emil Farver will be leaving the club as they were after significant pay rises, which were not an option with the clubs current financial state. All three players have been replaced with players willing to play on amateur contract.

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    All three players are like for like, and of more or less equal quality, perhaps better.

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    The above two players have been brought in to add depth to the squad, the latter replacing two retiring back up strikers.

    In terms of finances, the club has a new kit sponsorship work DKK 1.6 million, a DKK 1 million increase on the last deal, that is sure to help get the club out of it current financial state, and maybe even get me on a coaching course in some distant future.

    The media seem to think we have improved, our league prediction is up to 9th from 11th last season. Our odds for the title have dropped from 1000-1 to 250-1, worth a few Krone? Probably not.

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    Not a terrible result against Polish top tier outfit Pogon. The new ‘keeper was poor for both goals, but a well taken finish from our new striker softened the blow somewhat.

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    You’re welcome.

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    Solid win as expected against a much weaker side.

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    Comprehensive dismantling of a similar side.

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    Standard.

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    Another howler from the new ‘keeper, let’s hope he’s got it all out of his system.

    We’ve made it to the end of pre-season and two of the players who didn’t get new contracts at the end of last season are still at the club on month-to-month deals – Anders Vestergaard and Emil Farver.

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    Abysmal performace, going to need to be a lot better than this if we are going to stay up.

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    Not a bad effort against a side relegated from the Superliga last season, need to pick up some points soon though.

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    First point with this draw, but it felt like a loss, at the start of the season I was worried that I might be found out as this is my first season in the same division. It’s not looking good so far but still a long time to turn things around.

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    Solid win against a side 2 divisions below us in the Danish cup, hopefully this will give morale a little boost. Unfortunately our new striker picked up a dislocated jaw and will be out for up to 7 weeks.

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    Grrrrr. We looked class in the first half, a funny 5 minutes halfway through the second half and we pissed it away. Just the one point.

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    Robbed. They only had two bloody shots.

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    Great result that against top of the table Avarta, they only had one shot on target and two altogether, that one shot did find its way in, I’m not super convinced by our new ‘keeper, but I’m going to give him a chance.

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    Hate these guys. I’m surprised this hasn’t happened more. Lost a pretty important player on a free. I tried to offer him a new contract but he wanted money – imagine that. Would be much less annoying if he wasn’t on an amateur contract at Avarta.

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    Extremely hard done by to lose 4-0, regardless, we’re out of the cup.

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    Disappointing draw at home against our relegation rivals.

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    Was thinking during this game that Nielsen seems to have cut the mistakes out of his game and looks a decent keeper. As if he could read my mind he bundles the ball into the back of the net under no pressure to score a shambolic own goal. Luckily Vestergaard, filling in up front due to the departure of Sundstrup and injury to Holten, managed to grab a very late equaliser.

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    3 shots, 3 on target 3 goals, a hattrick from Perto in the first 20 minutes, the opposition ‘keeper and his tracky bottoms couldn’t hold him back. Unfortunately we lost Perto with a torn hamstring in the second half, out for 3 months.

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    Another 3-0 win, this time against recently relegated Hobro who had a man sent off in the first half, we managed to take full advantage.

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    Hell of a game this one, the goal that won it was a fine example of the way we try to play, a slick passing move.

    With that win, it’s 3 on the bounce and we move up to 6th place, which draws to a close the first period. Finishing in 6th place nets us DKK 1.6 million, taking us to just over negative DKK 4 million.


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    Two new contract, one for Soren Jensen, one of our best players, and new boy Christian Thorup’s agent managed to get a semi-pro deal out of me.
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  7. Hvidovre Idrætsforening - Danish First Division - 2019/20 Season


    (Second Period) - 2,077 Days Until Danish Citizenship


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    First game of the second period and a good result this against the top team.


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    This however was not a good result against a team that looks set to drop out of the division.


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    Second loss on the bounce against one of the relegated Superliga sides, who move top with this result.


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    More dropped points against a relegation rival.


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    This time a visit to a relegation rival, but this time we get the result we want, 3 in 3 now for Pedersen, about time he got started.


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    Good result this, very clinical. Recently we have moved Poulsen to deep lying forward and brought Kim Have into the advanced playmaker role, with Pedersen advanced forward. The team looks much better going forward for it.


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    This was a return to the Kæmpernes Arena for Sundstrup, and an unhappy one thankfully. Avarta took the lead after a bad mistake from Hansen, but that was about all they managed, we totally dominated and a good performance from their ‘keeper made it look more comfortable than it was, aside from a howler for Pedersen’s second. Pedersen really is on fire at the moment, the winter break is coming at an unfortunate time.


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    Our fourth win in a row and again inspired by Pedersen. Perhaps he is the consistent scorer the team has been crying out for. This result takes us to 3rd in the table going into the winter break.


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    We lost another first team player, this time he left for a paid contract so I can blame him. He played well for us, averaging over a 7 in 19 games. However, with Vestergaard still at the club, he has a replacement here already.


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    Good set of friendlies against a higher average level of teams than usual. The team are looking very fit and the performances have been very good, particularly in terms of goal-scoring.


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    Tough restart, made more difficult with two suspensions to deal with, and even more so with a player sent off.

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    This one was there for the taking against a side in the group eyeing up the final playoff place.


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    Dominant win this, Holten breaks a 24 hour dry spell with a hat-trick, Nielsen saved a penalty too. This result was enough to take us to 4th place at the end of the second period.


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    With that position we net DKK 2.18 million (~£250,000).


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  8. Hvidovre Idrætsforening - Danish First Division - 2019/20 Season


    (Third Period) - 1,969 Days Until Danish Citizenship


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    As the game might say, we we’re made to rue missed chances. A great goalkeeping display from the man between the opposition sticks, they scored their only shot on target.

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    The ball just wouldn’t go into the back of the net again. I’m not concerned just yet as we are creating good chances, with a bit more luck we will start to put them away.

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    One of my favourite results in my time here. A win away against a very strong Vejle side in a very entertaining game. Towards the end of the game the my players looked fitter than theirs and the substitutions I made really made a difference, it’s very satisfying when things work as you want them to in this game isn’t it.

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    Damn we were good in this game, we passed it around lovely and they couldn’t deal with it. Poulsen cut through them with 2 assists which draws him level with the club record of 10 assists for the season, and closing in on the league record 12 assists for the season with plenty of time left to break that record.

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    A real humbling of the bottom of the table side. Emil Holten really looked good in this game. It was one of those games where everything we hit went in. And with this result Poulten broke the club record for assists…

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    Terrible performance at home against second bottom. Not a single shot on target.

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    More exciting game than I would have liked, especially after Avarta had a man sent off. They managed to go ahead and I thought it was all over. Holten had hit the post 2 times and I thought it wasn’t going to be our day. And it almost wasn’t, it took a fluky cross from Hansen finding its way in to give us the 3 points.

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    Not a great performance here, lucky to pull a draw out of the bag truth be told. Pedersen’s goal actually turned out to be a record breaking goal…

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    Routine win to keep the pressure on, with the teams above us winning and 6 points behind with 2 games to go it’s not looking good for a playoff spot.

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    A good draw really but it’s the end to our playoff dream, but we have 4th place tied up too.

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    Nice solid win to round of the season with nothing on the line.

    Even before the game 4th place was guaranteed, the final table looked very nice indeed, especially so given the board expectation of avoiding relegation.

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    And with 4th place came another DKK 2.14 million.

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    Here is the best 11 and the end of season awards. Player of the season was Bangsgaard who may or may not be leaving at the end of the season. His agent is asking for a huge fee, a big signing on fee and a sizeable wage increase. I am not willing to offer that so I will just see if he hangs around on a month to month version of his current contract. Signing of the season went to our new 'keeper Nielsen. I had my doubts at the start of the season but kept faith and he really did become a solid 'keeper. In fact he actually equalled the clubs clean sheet record for the season with 8 clean sheets.

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    With nothing better on offer at the time of the offer and the board not allowing me to delay after already delayed 2 weeks I decided to accept the offer of a new 2 year contract with a DKK 500 p/w pay rise.

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    With the success of this season we managed to increase the profit at the club by over 100% to DKK 4.71 million (~£577,000), we are very nearly out of the red now.

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    The current chairman decided not to run for a second term and the club held elections and there is a new man at the helm, Henrik Henriksen. Who decided to take out a DKK 1.66 million loan which is far from ideal. Yes it takes us into the black, but I would have managed that this season without it and we were close to paying off the current loan (2023), and now we have another loan on top of it (2030).

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    Although, being in the black now I was finally able to go on my first coaching course. If I can get a few more qualifications done all this stressing over the finances will have been worth it.

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    Despite having signed a new contract I decided to apply for the vacant managers position at FC Nordsjælland who have just been relegated from the Superliga.

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    Unfortunately they decided to appoint the longtime assistant and twice caretaker manager Otto Abbo, which is fair enough I guess. I do think it may have been the DKK 400,000 they would have had to pay in compensation because of my new contract that put them off.

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    The season review came through and I was pleased to see that we were the biggest overachievers, I assume there is no manager of the season award as I was not in the conversation. We also had the leagues top assist maker in the record breaking Benjamin Poulsen.

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    Finally, despite being one of the lead characters of this save so far. There haven't been any screenshots of the clubs finances. So I will end this post with one showing the balance in the black. My plan for this new 2 year deal is to have another season of building the balance, and then to really go for the Superliga the season after that. That said, I will be applying for any Superliga jobs that come up, and for the first season, also the Swedish Premier Division, as it will still be quicker to grab citizenship in Sweden for the first half year at least.

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  9. Hvidovre Idrætsforening - Danish First Division - 2020/21 Season


    (First Period) - 1,873 towards Danish Citizenship


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    Not my best organised pre-season, I was bit distracted by off the field matters. Still, all wins. I also decided not to bring in any new players or let any players go, just go again with the same squad as last season.

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    Disappointing result, took the lead but they had way too many chances. This lack of fitness was a bit worrying.

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    Poor result against a side just promoted at home. Had the better of the stats, except the one that matters.

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    With a bid in for Emil Holten, I went out and signed a good young striker to provide a bit of back-up. We are pretty well stocked for strikers, could play either of the front two positions.

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    Ferdinand Bangsgaard decided to leave the club now his contract is up. We also shipped out a back-up midfielder who was never going to play, so we are now in the market for a couple of midfielders as we are looking a bit thin on the ground.

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    The struggles continue. Luck just isn’t with us. I must admit that I am starting to think that I have made a major balls-up with pre-season. I didn’t get the team fit enough with not enough friendly games and I forgot to up the training intensity. I also didn’t sign any players, and with players now leaving things are looking a bit shaky.

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    We also lost our best young player who had just broken into the first team. He went to Silkeborg in the Superliga on a pre-contract deal.

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    Emil Holten decided to stick with us, turning down a contract from fierce rivals Frem. Good lad.

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    This is the first of the midfielders we brought in. Guldbrandsen will challenge Thourp for the box-to-box midfielder role, and in all honestly will probably rob him of it.

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    A chance to get a win to end our poor run of form against a fierce rival, who are a division below, in the Danish cup. We got off to a terrible start with Andersen gifting them a goal, and I thought we were going to lose it. The full time bollocking was half written in my head and Perto sends it to extra time, then goes up to bag himself a hat-trick. I think he will be starting the next game.

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    Another comfortable defeat, although the game thought we were unlucky, which I thought we were but by the end of the match I thought we looked second best.

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    Another player decides to leave. Vestergaard has been struggling to get in the side recently and was still picking up a wage, so not devastated by this news.

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    At last, a win, against the team in 10th going into the match (we were 11th).

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    Another win and that makes it two on the bounce, this time against Viborg – relegated from the Superliga last season. There can be no bemoaning our luck in this game. A deflection off a free-kick took it in and they had a player sent off which meant we saw out the match. We actually have more points than at this stage last season, perhaps my whinging about the start was pre-mature, perhaps the success of last season has raised my expectation unrealistically, especially considering we have a weaker squad.

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    We lost two centre backs on deadline day, one who had just broken into our first team left to join a team a division below. I will be looking to bring in a centre back in the free transfer window and maybe promote a youth player for cover.

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    Nicolai Pedersen comes in as the replacement for Anders Vestergaard, probably a better player. I would have rathered a right footed centre back but beggars can’t be choosers, this guy was happy to come in on an amateur deal.

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    Holten decides to leave for another amateur deal with another club in the first division. I have a new striker I have brought in, I have promoted a player from the youth squad as fourth choice. If it isn’t working out I have my eye on a player, but he is after a contract.

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    Our final signing is the replacement for Bangsgaard, one of the main reasons we have signed this guy is his free kicks. We get tons of free kicks but hardly ever score them. Our next best free kick taker in and around the first team has a free kick taking of 10, so Hechmann is a significant improvement.

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    A difficult task was made much more difficult by gifting the Superliga side 2 penalties in the first half. It was a reasonably even game aside from that. Regardless, that is the end of the Danish cup for this season.

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    Worst performance of the season, mistakes all over the pitch and couldn’t string our passes together. Luckily this was against bottom of the table HB Koge, a better side would have destroyed us. We lost Soren Jensen for 6 weeks, not ideal when we are thin at the back as it is.

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    A real humbling at home against a very strong FC Nordsjælland, from early in the match it looked like it was going to be a matter of keeping the score down. Poulsen picked up a very serious spinal injury, I sent him to a specialist rather for 2-3 months rather than have my physio take 10-12 month to fix him.

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    Good result to hold top of the table Vejle to a draw at home. An extremely well taken goal on his debut from the striker promoted to our first team.

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    Good to get a win here, pretty routine. Looked better, but were helped to hold on to our lead by a sending off.

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    We were just about the better team but we just couldn’t find the back of the net, they did.

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    At the end of the first period we finish 8th with 12 points fom 11 games, 5 less than at this stage last season.

    And with that finish we net DKK 1.34 million.
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    The managers job at Randers FC in the Superliga was available, so I thought I would get the CV updated and sent over there...

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    ...and the interview technique was clearly sharp as I was made an offer, and I could quite simply, could not refuse - a pay rise of over DKK 30k (~£3,400) a week! Also there was the small matter of making the step up to the Superliga.

    I spent a total of 1417 days (3.88 years) at the club, taking them from a terrible financial mess in the second division, to being back in the black in the first division. I feel proud of the work that I did there. Although I have left them mid-season, they do get DKK 350k for their troubles.

    My record at HIF was as follows:

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    Anyway, on to Randers FC.

    I made the 3 hour journey from Copenhagen to town of Randers on the mainland.

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    My first act as manager is to release 5 players on amateur contracts who were unhappy, they were never in any danger of making the first team and I’d rather have them out than affecting morale.

    I’ve joined a club with less in the trophy cabinet than HIF but the finances are a completely different story:

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    The targets set by the board are as follows:

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    The passing stats for the teams season so far are less than impressive so I am leaning towards a counter-attacking system, the first tactic I have put together is the following:

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    The players in the possitions in the image are those who I consider to be the first team (before a game has been played mind).

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    Will be playing this player as a Trequartista, his preferred position, he's not a bad player.

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    Due to a lack of left wingers I will be playing Bruhn as an inside forward on the left hand side.

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    Markus Bay is a pretty good young player who will take up the advanced playmaker role.

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    Viktor Lundberg looks like an ok winger, could definitely be better though.

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    The intimidating looking Finn will be playing the ball winning midfielder, winning the ball back with just a look I imagine.

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    Poulsen looks like a decent player to play in the deep lying playmaker role.

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    Would rather more of a wing back than the defensive full back that Marxen seem to be, but he is the best we have at left full back.

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    Not bad where he needs to be, gash almost every where else, Gartenmann will play the left sided centre back, would rather a left footed player but I don't have any.

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    Similar situation for Enghardt, this time he is a right footed defender on the right had side of defence.

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    Jonas Bager (the Badger) is probably the best player at the club. More of a centre back but will probably be finding himself playing at right back until I can bring someone in.

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    And finally the man between the sticks.

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    I will be training another counter attacking tactic, just because.

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    Looks like there is a lot going on back in Hvidovre.

    So it is fair to say that Randers are not having the best of seasons...

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    Yet to pick up a win, nailed to the bottom of the table.

    And here are the result, not pretty reading. Won't take much to better that.

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  11. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2020/21 Season

    (Preliminary Stage 2nd half) - 1,706 until Danish Citizenship


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    Not hard to see why Randers have not won a game yet, a lot of work to do. After the dismissal we changed to the 532 (522 with the man less) and I think we looked better, I might persist with that formation if the next game is poor also.

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    National C complete, on to National B.

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    Our ‘keeper is awful, the first 3 goals should never have gone in, perhaps it’s his morale but I will be looking for a replacement immediately. We went 3 down and looked pathetic, so I changed to a 3231 dm wide on control with shorter passing and we looked much better. So less of this counter attacking football, which I don’t like personally, I will be looking to bring a passing game to Randers.

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    My first signing at Randers is Bassogog, a left winger, the first at the club anywhere near first team. Pretty happy with him for a free transfer and he will be straight into the first team and the inside forward will be changed to a winger.

    In fact, here is the new, more possession based tactic that I will be playing this season…

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    A nice handsome win in the Danish cup against a side from the second division. Hopefully will instil a bit of belief in the lads and we can carry some momentum into the league games. Another fine performance from Odgaard, fingers crossed he is the man to fire us out of danger.

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    A great win, must be a huge relief for the fans. Hopefully we can build on this and make our way up what it a very tight table.

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    We weren’t as bad as the scoreline suggests, they were clinical, we were wasteful. Although their first was down to a blunder from our ‘keeper.

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    Another win, this result moves us off bottom, although the team replacing us has two games in hand. But more results like this will see us moving in the right direction.

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    Quality performance against a decent side. Two wins on the bounce now.

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    We should have gone on to win this game, instead, three mistakes at the back and we give them three goals. Very disappointing. We should have been beating these at home.

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    Another disappointing results, one absolute goalkeeping howler and one where he should have done a lot better give Hobro 2 goals. Luckily we claw one back to get a point, should have been getting 3 here.

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    Again, I am disappointed. We never really put them under any pressure. We got awarded a penalty which we took but didn’t create anything else. I switched more defensive towards the end but a long shot found its way in. I went even more defensive and we held on for a draw.

    The last 3 games I was targeting 9 points, we got 2. They were all winnable games but defensive and goalkeeping mistakes cost us. Going into the winter break we’re 13th with 16 points from 22 games (12 points from 9 games in my time here), with bottom of the table Hobro on 14 point from 21 games.

    This team needs a new goalkeeper, a left back a right back a centre back and an attacking midfielder, that’s if nobody leaves. I have DKK 10 million to spend but no wage budget.

    So after a very hectic winter break I have managed to bring in:

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    Pretty much like for like for Bay, but with half the wages and no potential. A free-kick taker though, which we lacked.

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    A familiar player. I’m a fan of this guy in real life so I am happy to bring him in. Getting on a bit and he will hardly be bombing down the wing but should have enough about him for this level. He is also a crap scout, and I inadvertently brought him in as a player/scout and had to let one of my scouts go, sorry.

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    One of my scouts in Africa noticed this guy, brought in to provide competition at the back, might go straight in if he has a good pre-season.

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    The replacement ‘keeper, relief. It’s a young lad from Chelsea, better than our old ‘keeper, and with potential still to be fulfilled. Looking forwards to seeing how he develops.

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    Another young African. I had a real mare signing him as my head of youth development cocked up the contract multiple times so I took over, but at that stage time was running out and I panicked and offered him more than I would have liked. Hell of a cross on him mind, will replace Kallesøe when he joins Austria Wien at the end of the season.

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    A decent looking Danish prospect willing to come in on a smallish contract who I am happy to take a chance on.

    I offloaded two players including one of my highest earners who didn’t justify his wage, in fact neither did. I was also hoping to offload a further two player, including our goalkeeper, who has been replaced, and another player not justifying his wage.

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    I went with my trusty preseason routine; the first team are looking fit and hopefully have a winning mentality going into the league games. Unfortunately, we picked up 3 injuries over the pre-season, 2 in the last game. Mikkel Rygaard, our new advanced playmaker, is out for 4-5 weeks, Joni Kauko, our ball winning midfielder, is out for a week, and our backup ball winning midfielder is out for 3 weeks.

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    We probably mugged Bronby a bit here. They had more clear cut chances, but aside from that it was fairly even. It took us a while to get going, but when we did we matched them.

    I have now completed my National B licence, but the board won’t let me study for my National A as they want me on the training ground.

    We also picked up another injury, and this one is a blow. We have lost Viktor Lundberg for 2-3 with a hip injury. The right winger has been one of the best performers since I have joined the club.

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    Terrible result, two mistakes from the young centre back we brought in lost us the game, we couldn’t take our chances either which didn’t help. So much for a winning mentality. Icing on the cake was losing the player replacing Rygaard for 3 weeks.

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    A good result, and a needed win. They really struggled to break us down and Rygaard destroyed them with a back heel, on his debut.

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    A very limp performance, but this one was in the cup. Thompson should have done better for the goal.

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    A very harsh result. We held our own well until we had a man sent off. After that we were under the cosh but not doing too bad. We then conceded a penalty and the floodgates opened. Not the best way to finish off the preliminary stage.

    We were never really going to qualify for anything other than the relegation stage. I did manage to lift the team off the bottom though.

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  12. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2020/21 Season


    (Relegation Stage) - 1,630 days until Danish Citizenship

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    The draw for the relegation group gives us a favourable group in terms of teams, but we will have to move above AC Horsens if we want to avoid a relegation playoff, which I clearly do. So, 6 games to overcome a 4 point gap.

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    We get off to a good start with a 2-0 win against Silkeborg, Horsens lost so the gap is down to 1 point.

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    Great result, we’re now up to third. Another clean sheet and another goal from Odgaard.

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    Probably not a bad result, we were the better side and this should be the toughest fixture.

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    Would have wanted a win here, but at least Horsens don’t gain any ground on us. Three points ahead, two games to go.

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    Another good win and we still haven’t conceded a goal. Unfortunately, Horsens won their game so the gap is still 3 points and they have a better goal difference.

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    Another good result and that makes it the whole relegation stage without conceding a goal. We have managed to avoid relegation – the target set by the board.

    I thought we must have been nearing a record…

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    Actually, I was wrong, there is a semi-final stage to the relegation playoff, I’m a professional honest. So, all that work is for nothing. But it is good to be going into this in good form.

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    Wasn’t our best performance but we came out with the result. Very poor from Thompson for the first goal, let’s hope it doesn’t come back to haunt us in the second leg.

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    Another win to take us into the playoff final, I must admit, I’m not sure what I’m playing off for.

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    We did well to get a draw in this game, Thompson made 4 really good saves that I thought for sure were goals, but they got though in the end. We have an away goal heading into the second leg though which might be important.

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    Comfortable result but it wasn’t a comfortable game. They had us on clear cut chances 2-0 but another set of impressive stops from Thompson kept them out.

    And that brings an end to the season. So it turns out that I was playing off for safety! The two losers of the semi-final play a third place play off with the loser being relegated and the winner going into a relegation playoff with the team that finished 2nd in the first division. The loser of the final then plays the team that finished 3rd. Much better to avoid these playoffs all together.

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    Best 11 for the season, with a few of my signings in there which is good to see.

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    End of season awards, was surprised Odgaard didn't get player of the season, he came second behind Poulsen. He did get young player of the season and goal of the season. One of my signings, the young Cameroonian centre back, got signing of the season.

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    And with his heroics in front of goal in the relegation stage, Odgaard actually manages to finish as the Superliga top goalscorer with 20 goals.

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    And he makes it into the team of the season too.
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  13. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2021/22 Season

    (Preliminary Stage 1st half) - 1,439 until Danish Citizenship

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    So, this season the board are looking for a top half finish. In order for me to do this they have given me a transfer budget of DKK 6m (~£690k) and an increase to the wage budget.

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    And it looks like the press think we’re good for a top half finish. I have to admit, I was aiming a little lower, at the top of the relegation stage and into the European places playoff.

    I’ll start off with the transfers even if they went on into the season a bit.

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    Here’s a round-up of the window, we were quite active.

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    A young Brazilian winger came in to act as backup for Bassogog, and maybe out him one day, he’s never really got going for me.

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    A young Ivorian left back, he will actually go into the first team with Charlie Daniels (a very disappointing signing) dropping to backup.

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    I actually signed this guy by mistake, I wrote the wrong name down on my list of targets. He was cheap and will act as backup with fringe players on larger contracts leaving to free up more money.

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    A young Moroccan comes in as competition for Rygaard but in all honestly I think he is better than him already and is only going to improve, excited by this guy.

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    Another Moroccan comes in and again straight into the first team. Afkir can play both positions, just like Poulsen, so will give me the flexibility to swap them around when the ball winner picks up a yellow.


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    A harsh lesson here, never ever passionately well done at half time. We destroyed them first half they destroyed us second half. Really annoyed to lose that game.

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    What to do to get over a disappointing capitulation? Go out and smash your rivals in the next match. What a reaction from the boys. The badger got a goal from a corner to make it 3 goals in 2 games from set pieces, but it was on the break where we destroyed them. That’s 7 goals in 2 games now and none from last seasons’ top scorer Odgaard.

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    We’ve been extraordinarily unlucky in this game. Their first goal was a long shot that took a big deflection taking it away from Thompson. Then Bassogog manages to get himself sent off for a terrible two-footed challenge. Their final goal was a cross that bounced off the badger and found it’s way in. Two fluky goals and a red card, we were always up against it, but still dominated the possession with only 10 men.

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    Good to bounce back with a win, and it comes courtesy of a 30-yard free-kick from our right back (which was awarded goal of the month). Not much else happened in this game. Odgaards slow start to the season continues.

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    A little bit hard done by here again, but we are really struggling to put our chances away. Thompson made a few top class saves but dropped the ball into his own net for their third. Bassogog missed two brilliant chances and Lundberg missed a good one too. One positive though is that Odgaard got his first goal. This was the toughest fixture of the season so far though, so any points would have been a bonus.

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    A thumping win and it really could have been more. Poulsen reacted quickest after a spilled save to tap in the first, Derhem scored another free-kick, with the help of a deflection off the wall and Georges scored again from a set piece, clubs will be sniffing after him and Derhem before long I expect.

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    A missed opportunity for 3 points, our finishing was not good enough. We had 2 clear cut chances and 6 half chances and no-one could put them away. Odgaard still couldn’t hit a cow’s arse with a banjo. The closest we came is when our backup striker came on and hit the post.

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    Probably a fair result in the end, good to see Odgaard on the scoresheet again. We lost Lundberg for 3 months in this game and I have to say I have been disappointed with him so far this season. Afkir scored a screamer on the volley which went on to win goal of the month.

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    Not a perfect game, but a win and we’re into the next round. I would have preferred a bigger win and for Odgaard to score. El Hachimi pick up an injury that will keep him out for 3 weeks, luckily Rygaard is just about fit.

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    So, we made another signing, and we splurged a bit here. We brought in a right winger who really looks the business, he will fill in for Lundberg while he was out and will almost certainly replace him full stop.

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    Finally managed to convince the board to pay for me to study my national A licence.

    Unbelievable, our new superstar winger picked up an injury building fitness in a reserve game and will be out for 5 weeks.

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    Well that was a fantastic result in a game I was very pessimistic about going into it. We were without Bassogog, Poulsen, El Hachimi, Lundberg and David, so we were heavily depleted. We came out of the blocks very strong and in the first 15 minutes Copenhagen didn’t know what hit them. They grew into the game as it went on an I thought we would go on to lose. We had to take Rygaard of at 60 minutes as that was all he was able for after coming back from injury so due to lack of players we had to change the shape to one defensive midfielder and 2 central midfielders. I also dropped back to counter and it kept them at bay, then we scored from a corner late on.

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    This was last season’s relegation playoff final, 9 games into this season it’s 3rd v 4th. They were the better team, even before we had a man sent off after a stupid tackle by Poulsen, there was only one team in it then and Thompson kept it respectable.

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    Decent enough result against Midtjylland, who are a good team.

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    A little disappointed at this result but we were away from home. Esbjerg took the lead after Thompson dropped the ball. We had chances to win it late on but couldn’t quite manage it.

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    Two teams in poor form up against each other apparently, and the match started like two drunks going at in a pub car park. We sobered up midway through the first half and ended up leathering the other guy. Two goals for Odgaard and two for El Hachimi, hopefully Odgaard can find some form after this.

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    That brings us up to the halfway stage of the preliminary round and things are going well so far. We find ourselves in 5th place with 19 points from 13 games, 5 wins, 4 draws and 4 loses. This position nets us DKK 10.9m.
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  14. I figured out how to alter the size of the image thumbnails, imo it makes easier reading on a mobile. Hopefully, for people following, it is better than before.
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    Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2021/22 Season

    (Preliminary Stage 2nd half) - 1,341 until Danish Citizenship

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    Solid win to start of the second half of the preliminary stage. Another 30-yard free-kick from Derhem and 2 more goals for Odgaard.

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    Comprehensive dismantling of our rivals away from home, they hardly threatened us at all. He didn’t do much on his debut but David certainly introduced himself in the derby.

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    A solid win against a second division side with a heavily rotated team.

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    A great win this. Somehow the badger was the furthest man forwards on a breakaway to get our first and David bags us the 3 points with his 3rd goal in 3 games. On the down side we did lose El Hachimi for 5 weeks.

    In between matches we lost Odgaard for 5 weeks, Zacho is just coming back to full fitness so this is his big chance. We also lost Nsangou-Sohna for 3 weeks and Jacobsen for 6 months.

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    The run had to end somewhere, but I am disappointed it ended here and in such limp fashion. We just didn’t threaten going forwards, neither did they but a wonder goal of a long shot went in. I guess we just don’t have the depth to deal with the current injury crisis.

    David is now added to our injury list, out for 3 weeks. I’m a little concerned with that being his second injury already.

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    Our set piece game was strong in this match, and it is a good job too because we’re struggling from open play. The first goal came from a corner routine I’ve been working on, the first time I’ve tried, and it worked exactly how I planned it. We don’t have anyone to take a decent corner on the left, so Derhem takes it short to Poulsen who lays it back of to Derhem to whip in a cross, he put it on the badger’s head and he scored. The second was a penalty which came back of the post, there was a scramble and it came off one of their players last. The third goal was a lovely free-kick from Rygaard.

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    What a result this was, AaB hadn’t lost a match all season heading into this game. Not only did we beat them but we kept a clean sheet. Zacho managed to end a run of 27 games without a goal, good for him.

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    A thumping win against a good side. We are edging back towards a full-strength side, and also towards the winter break. Poulsen scored an absolute worldy in this game, which was goal of the month, that’s 3 this season.

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    A derby day win away from home. Zecho came off the bench after Odgaard picked up an injury. He scored 2 goals and got man of the match. Odgaard is out for 3 weeks, luckily, Zecho looks to be in form.

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    Despite his struggles to actually score a goal, Bassogog has broken an assist record, with plenty of the season left to go.

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    Has to go down as a good result away from home this. Poulsen celebrates a new 4 year contract with a top corner screamer. I thought we would go on to win it and we came close but just not to be.

    We go into the winter break in 3rd, 6 points above 4th 2 points behind 2nd who have a game in hand and 9 points behind 1st who also have a game in hand.

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    I’m obviously impressing the board as I was offered a 2-year extension on my contract, that would keep me here until June 2024, with a DKK 13k a week pay increase. After tax, I’m now on over £4k a week. For a mere DKK 24k a month I can rent an 8 bed villa in the Randers area, complete with home cinema (for watching match dvd’s of course). I’ve come a long way from the Danish house-share nightmare.

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    The badger makes it into the Danish team of the year (including foreign players), Odgaard named in the substitutes.

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    All national courses complete, I now move on to study for my continental c licence.

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    I decided to sell the badger, yes he has been a great player for us, but he was after ridiculous money for a new contract and his demands just kept going up, so I decided to sell him before his contract ran out and I got DKK 6m for him.

    With the badger leaving and also our backup right back who wasn’t really a right back leaving I brought in 2 replacements…

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    The first is 22 year old Senegalese right back Mouhameth Sall, who I picked up for DKK 140k, he will act as backup for Derhem, I don’t see him outing him any time soon, but it is good to have a specialist back up at full back.

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    Really happy with this guy, not least because he is Welsh. Comes in from Bangor, who it looks have somehow managed to get themselves relegated, for only DKK 40k. This guy might just go straight into the first team.

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    I also sold Viktor Lundberg, and got DKK 5.25m for him! He had a decent rating so far but watching him play, he just lacks something I feel. Also he has already been replaced by David.

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    I decided to also bring in a more capable backup left back, I am not so sure Daniels is up to it. Aksel comes in as only my third Danish signing, I am looking to keep an eye on the number of home grown players. It’s nowhere near an issue at the moment, but best to keep an eye on it.

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    I also decided to bring in stronger competition for Odgaard, and I think we should have that in El Amrani. He also has the potential to be better than Odgaard.

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    A solid set of mid-season friendlies, no defeats and the fitness of the first team is very good. Someone at the club booked a training camp in Spain, personally I wouldn’t have done that but the whole squad looks fit, not sure if it is coincidence. In that last resounding win, our new striker scored 4 goals, look out Odgaard.

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    First competitive game back and a good solid win. In all honesty, it felt rather easy. Debuts for Bruce and El Amrani. El Amrani had missed 2 sitters badly and had another good chance saved, what a debut it could have been for him. Markus Bay bless him, must have forgotten he doesn't play for us anymore.

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    With that win we qualify for the championship group with 3 games to go.

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    Disappointing draw, at this stage I am starting to look up towards the top of the table, and this is a missed opportunity to gain a little ground. El Amrani came off the bench to score his first goal for the club, but we lost El Hachimi for 4 months with a broken foot.

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    Glad to get a win, we’re not as threatening due to an enforced tactical change. Both of our attacking midfielders are injured so we are playing with two central midfielders and a defensive midfielder.

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    Same formation but with a bit more of a rotated side, we get the win to take us into the quarter finals and meet our board expectations.

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    A disappointing draw in the final game of the preliminary stage sees us concede 2nd place to Copenhagen. More frustrating that it was a penalty that did it, which was the only shot on target they had in the first half. On the positive side we were able to revert back to our familiar formation with Rygaard able for 60 minutes. Also glad for Bassogog to get a goal, finishing his chances has been the main thing missing from his game, aside from that he has been in great form this season.

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    As mentioned above we just lost 2nd place at the last. But go into the championship group in 3rd place, 1 point of 2nd and 8 points off top.

  15. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2021/22 Season

    (Championship Stage) - 1,268 until Danish Citizenship

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    A HUGE blow going into the championship group, Thompson, who has been such an important player for us, will miss most of it. I feel that any title hopes may have gone with this news. It’s been a terrible season for injuries.

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    We were the better side but we just couldn’t hit the target. We did have a shot cleared of the line and hit the post. A fine goalkeeping display from our young goalkeeper who is stepping in to cover for Thompson.

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    I took a risk by heavily rotating the side again for the cup game, but we managed to get through to the next round courtesy of a Mohamed El Amrani goal. Some more smart stops from Hansen.

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    We didn’t play well here, but we managed to get the win, as the old football cliché goes, it’s the sign of a good team. El Amrani came off the bench to score a special goal to win it. We were help by a missed penalty following a moment of madness from our captain Poulsen.

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    Harshly punished for poor finishing, we had good chances but couldn’t finish, Bassogog’s finishing is just awful, I have him working on his finishing now. Copenhagen didn’t have any decent chances according to the stats but won 2-0.

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    A great win here to bounce back. Horsens really didn’t know what hit them with 4 goals in the opening 25 minutes. But the star man for me was our young ‘keeper Hansen. He pulled off some incredible saves, and two absolute world class saves from point blank range. He ended the game on an 8 rating! Thompson won’t be walking back into the team that’s for sure.

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    A good efficient performance. Another clean sheet for Hansen and two more goals for Odgaard. Thompson was on the bench but I have decided, for the rest of the season at least, that the goalkeepers position is Hansen’s to lose. The win keeps the pressure on the top two who we are 2 and 5 points behind with 5 games to go.

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    A disappointing performance, we never really threatened Copenhagen and we are knocked out of the Danish cup in the semi-final. Still, we exceeded the boards expectations of reaching the quarter final.

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    A familiar scoreline just days later. We were at home this time and we were more of a threat. However, we just couldn’t finish a move off, and Copenhagen jus had that little bit more quality. This might just have ended our slim title hopes, we certainly won’t be helped by Odgaard missing the next game. We’re 5 points of 2nd and 7 points of 1st who we have a game in hand on, next up is second placed AaB, which is a must win game.

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    These games are the hardest in the division, and I feel we just don’t quite have the quality to match the very top teams. I also feel we have really missed El Hachimi since his injury, Rygaard is too careless on the ball. That’s 3 loses in a row now. I think we will just concentrate on finishing as high as we can, and trying to beat the record points total of 66 points (currently on 59 points). Who knows maybe one of the teams ahead of us will blow it.

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    Poulsen’s been a bit naughty this season.

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    Blood awful performance. Luckily El Amrani bailed us out with another screamer but we really didn’t look threatening at all. Now we can only match the record points total, not break it.

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    A fairly routine win and needed too to stop the rot. A long range shot from the edge of the area from David and another belter of a free kick from Derhem.

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    With 3rd gaurnteed regardless of the result and no records to play for I rotated the team and gave debuts to 2 promising youth players. The game ended as a draw but their second goal should never have stood, Poulsen was fouled in the build-up.

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    We finished the season in 3rd place, 3 places above our media prediction. This meant we went straight into the Europa league group stage.

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    Three of our players, all defenders, made it into the team of the season, although one of the players has moved on.

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    Much higher average ratings on the best 11 this season.

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    Poulsen wins player of the season by a mile this season, despite spending a not inconsiderable amount of time suspended. Derhem got goal of the season for one of his long range free kicks. El Hechimi got signing of the season. We really missed him at the end of the season when he was injured, he also got young player of the seaon.

  16. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2022/23 Season

    (Preliminary Stage 1st half) - 1,145 until Danish Citizenship


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    Most of our signings this season have been young players for the future, that maybe in a few years will be in and around the first team squad and will qualify as home grown. Two players that came in who are worth mentioning are…

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    A young Moroccan left back who comes in young enough to count as home grown by the time he is 21 (I think).

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    A Danish centre back to replace an outgoing backup, not as good as him, on almost twice the wages.

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    This season the media have us down to finish 1 higher than their prediction last season. After the last season, even with Europe, I would be disappointed to not to be in the top 3.

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    This is unfortunate. No Danish teams will go directly into the group stages of European competitions in the future.

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    New average attendance record for the season just gone.

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    Clean sweep in the friendlies, looking very good. We played some decent teams and battered them all. We didn’t pick up any injuries so we are looking good going into the season.

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    Fantastic start to the season, a win away at AaB, and a goal and an assist from Odgaard.

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    A disgraceful result against newly promoted Vejle, we didn’t look likely to break them down and two long shots found their way in. Any more of that and Thompson will find himself out of the team again.

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    Nice win to bounce back, another goal from Bassogog. Not sure whether to pat myself on the back for the extra finishing training we’ve been doing or if last season was just an unlucky one in front of goal for him. I wasn’t completely convinced by Thompson again this game, conceded at his near post (although our stand-in right back could have done more), he gets another game though.

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    A very good 3-0 win away to get us back on track after the disappointment of the last game.

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    A very routine win away from home. We never really had to make our way up the gears to win the game which is pleasing.

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    A disappointing result. Giving away a penalty and Thompson getting beaten at his near post again.

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    Terrible result, not sure we had a highlight with a shot on target. We gave ourselves a tough job to do by giving away a penalty for the second game running.

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    As a fourth seed I think that is a decent enough draw, let’s see how we get on.

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    Fantastic reaction, we absolutely destroyed Copenhagen in this game.

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    Could have been much more comfortable but we got the win. Odgaard, chipped a penalty into the ‘keepers arms, and David had a great chance that was well saved.

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    A fantastic result this, in what is on paper the toughest game of the group, away to the top seed. We matched them and were good value for our lead.

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    A European hangover? We were dire in this game. We never really challenged and it was way too easy for them to get through our defence.

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    Could have got more from this but our finishing wasn’t there, to be fair, our all-around game wasn’t at its peak.

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    Boooring. Our finishing was poor again today.

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    I would have hoped to have won this game but PAOK did beat Fiorentina in their last game.

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    Frustrating game again, we just aren’t putting our chances away. This makes it 5 games without a win in all competitions and no goals in the last 3 games. I am now strongly considering bringing in a striker to replace Odgaard.

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    Despite our terrible form, we still find ourselves in 3rd position, oh what could have been.
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  17. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2022/23 Season

    (Preliminary Stage 2nd half) - 974 until Danish Citizenship


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    A simply awesome result. We absolutely blew AaB away in this match. David was on fire, 2 goals and 2 assists, Odgaard weren’t bad either with the same return but David was a deserving man of the match. One of David’s goals was goal of the month, must be in with a shout for goal of the season.

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    A fantastic result, it seems we love a big European away day. We got a bit lucky with our goal, Bassogog cut inside and his shot took a deflection off Odgaard to put us 1-0 up. But there was nothing lucky about our defending…

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    I celebrate that fantastic result with another training course.

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    A very good win. We dominated the game and prevented OB from getting a shot on target. David was in great form again and Odgaard shined in another goal. I have signed a new striker and attacking midfielder to strengthen the side when things weren’t going well, however they will not be joining until January, although the striker may not be needed.

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    Another fantastic European night for Randers. David got us off to a great start with a wicked assist for Georges, 3 minutes later Bassogog doubles our lead, all inside of 10 minutes. For the remainder of the game we kept out Fiorentina well. This game also set a new record for a gate receipt high – DKK 2.4m (previous DKK 2.3m).

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    Another good win and another clean sheet, that’s 3 games without conceding, and only 4 goals conceded in the last 10 games. Another goal from Bassogog, his 5th of the season, his finishing has really improved this season.

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    Another record for the CV, this time it’s Randers consecutive win record.

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    We were without Bassogog and Odgaard in this match and were made to fight a little more than usual for a win. El Amrani stepped up to score a goal, and Kouassi coolly tucked away his first of the season from the penalty spot.

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    Another routine win in the Europa league, another goal for El Amrani, and a Derhem special from a free-kick. This result sees us qualify top of our group, with a game spare.

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    We were forced into playing a heavily rotated side for this match. Georges and Bruce were too tired to start this match, Afkir picked up a 5 week injury in training and Poulsen is injured and Odgaard is still out. All that means a second string central defence, deep midfield and striker, with one of the young midfielders signed this summer coming in for a debut in midfield. Even with all those changes we still managed to pick up 3 points. It wasn’t the prettiest win of the season but another goal from El Amrani scores again to extend our lead at the top of the table.

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    A feisty derby and an easy win. It’s now 4 in 4 for El Amrani, it seems easy to score with David laying them on a plate for you. It’s now 10 wins on the bounce according to the achievement that just came through.

    I just had the vote for Danish Superliga Autumn player of the year and 8/16 of the players were Randers players.

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    We lost Thompson in the run up to the game and it really hurt us. We brought Hansen in to cover for him and he should have done better for the 1st and 3rd goal, particularly the 1st. Bassogog scored a great goal nutmegging their ‘keeper. The run is over, time to dust ourselves off and go again.

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    We were sucker punched again in this game, I’m looking forward to Thompson coming back this time.

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    Had to get a picture of this, we only took 40 fans with us to Greece but some legend snuck in a few flairs. Not a single shit was given, by him or the stewards apparently.

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    A pathetic performance. We’re in danger of going on a run of bad form. Poulsen gave away a penalty, and we just could not score and never looked like we would. Odgaard has been terrible in the last two games he’s been back.

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    So, there is a manager of the season award, and this year I have won it. This is the first award I have won in my career.

    With the window open over the winter break my two new signings arrive…

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    I’m really excited about this guy, a big upgrade on El Hachimi, who is not a bad player. Looking forward to seeing what he can do.

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    Jensen comes in to hopefully provide stiffer competition to Odgaard, although El Amrani did step up when he played, but last few games Odgaard didn’t look good at all. Jensen’s goal record isn’t the best but I am hoping I can get more out of him.

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    Unfortunately Braga matched the release clause for Kouassi, who has become a really important player. I will promote Khairi to first choice for the remainder of the season as my coaching staff think he is ready for first team football.

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    With a new striker coming in I let El Amrani go out on loan to get more game time than he would here, see what he can achieve.

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    Luis Gustavo would not sign a new deal, AGF came in and he decided to leave, not much I can do. With Paulo Cesar not far off ousting Bassogog already, he was going to find his game time limited, so this is not the end of the world.

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    We had another training camp, this time I was able to choose where. We went to the Algarve. The friendlies were pretty standard. No loses and no long term injuries.

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    Afkir managed to pull us back to a draw and get us our second away goal heading back to our place for the second leg. We’re in a good position.

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    This game was a story of penalties, Odgaard missed one in the first half and it really affected his game. I subbed him at half time and we managed to pull it back to 2-2 late on again, this time from El Hechimi. We took it to a penalty shootout, both takers missed their first penalties, eventually we lost with Georges penalty being saved. This was a tough tie and we’ve done well, certainly not embarrassed ourselves. Due to a bit of a balls-up with the squad registration and an injury to Derhem, we played a youth right back, who had a tough game.

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    A very good win to help get over the disappointment of getting knocked out of the Europa league. Two first goals for the club today. The first for N’Diaye, and a lovely goal it was, fantastic first touch and turn to take their defence out of the game and a top corner finish. Paulo Cesar got is first too with a cheeky close range finish.

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    And with that result we qualify for the championship group with 4 games to go.

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    David breaks Bassogog’s assist record from last season, there is still plenty of games left for him to get a few more.

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    A disappointing result and we were quite lucky to get a draw. Odgaard started and was poor. They scored in the first minute after a mistake from Georges Nsangou-Sohna, who has also gone off the boil recently. Paulo Cesar came off the bench to rescue a draw, winning the man of the match for the second game in a row.

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    We were poor for most of this game, but after the hour things clicked. Jensen got his first two league goals for the club which should give him a confidence boost. Third straight man of the match for Paulo Cesar who is making the left wing his own.

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    Disappointing we weren’t able to break down Brondby at home, but we didn’t lose any ground to Kobenhavn.

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    And with that clean sheet, we broke another record, this time for clean sheets.

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    An easy win with a very rotated side, when injuries are taken into account.

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    A fine win to end the preliminary stage, no goal from Odgaard but a resounding win nonetheless.

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    That win extends our lead at the top of the table due to Kobenhavn drawing their game.

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    Unfortunately, going into the championship stage, we have a considerable injury list. We will be without 3 first team players for at least 3 weeks.

  18. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2022/23 Season

    (Championship Stage) - 904 until Danish Citizenship

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    Decent result, but disappointing performance. We lost it late as we weren’t able to hold on. Odgaard managed to end an 11-hour goal drought, but we lost Isaque David for 9 weeks – the rest of the season.

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    Awful performance see us out of the cup. We lost Khairi in the build up to the game, out for a week, so Charlie Daniels played left back and struggled. Odgaard had a poor game, as did Bassogog, those two are out of form, but our new striker is not much better. I have another striker I have my eye on as Jensen may not make the cut here.

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    So frustrating, we are in serious danger of bottling it. We gave away two penalties in this game, one from Georges, who played so badly he had to come off, and one from N’Diaye, who is being forced to play wide right due to injuries. We are really struggling to create much without David, and Bassogog is unrecognisable he is so out of form but has to play because Cesar is inured. AaB have now gone top, we have a game in hand but they have 2 better goal difference.

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    We needed a performance in this game and step up Ahmed Derhem. N’Diaye at right wing didn’t work, so I did what I should have done as soon as David was injured, move Derhem to right wing. After a slow start Derhem decided to grab the game by the bollocks, 2 goals and 2 assists for Odgaard, sends us back top and gives us an 8-goal swing in the goal difference.

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    A good win, could have been so much more comfortable but we were wayward with our shooting. We are close to full strength now, only David and Cesar on either wing are out and there isn’t much between Cesar and Bassogog who is inching his way back to form. Or was, he is out for 10 days. Khairi, who returned today will be suspended next match for picking up too many yellows. It’s never ending. However, this was our game in hand so we are now 3 points clear at the top.

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    Really frustrating dropping points here, 20 shots, 1 on target is not good enough, but it’s happened too much recently. Our lead is now down to 1 point.

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    Not the worst result ever, I thought we could have got more out of it but we are still top.

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    Well this just happened, I have been saying to myself that this is the only job I would leave for in Denmark.

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    A good win, 2 goals for Odgaard and one for Bassogog, it took a while but our finishing was much better than some recent matches.

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    Legend. With that game Poulsen goes on to set record for number of appearances for the club.

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    Just couldn’t quite finish it off today, we were the better side, but we don’t lose any ground with this result, but we missed a chance to put ourselves in a really commanding position.

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    I missed out on the Kobenhavn job, I am almost certain this is because I said I wouldn’t take it until the end of the season. I wanted to see out this title challenge. I hope I don’t live to regret that.

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    Poulsen lost us this match, no question about it. Sent off for a crazy tackle 4 minutes into the game. It’s so frustrating, if we would have won that, we would have won the league. Luckily Kobenhavn beat Aab, so we still have the lead, but we have to win our next game.

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    Unbelievable, we have lost the title on the last day of the season. Their only shot, a long hopeful one went in, and we hit the bar twice and just couldn’t find the back of the net. It feels horrific. The last game. We have just not been good enough for a while now and it is a cruel end to the season. If we can hold on to our best players then maybe we can go again next season but the vultures are circling, and I essentially turned down the best job in Denmark for nothing.

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    There is the final table for confirmation, we at least get a shot at the champions league next season, but it’s scant consolation.

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    Isaque David picked up the Spring player of the year, if only we had him for the championship stage.

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    Five players in the team of the season, hopefully we can hold on to them all, David and Georges are unhappy that I will only sell them for their minimum release clauses.

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    Few surprises in the best 11 for the seasons, aside from there being 3 defensive midfielders it.

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    Poulsen wins player of the season again, obviously, the fans find it easier to forgive him for throwing away the title than I do. Khairi gets signing of the season, I look forward to seeing how he gets on next season, and Afkir gets young player of the season, a bit old for that award at 24 if you ask me.

  19. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2023/24 Season


    (Preliminary Stage 1st half) - 774 until Danish Citizenship

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    It’s getting even harder to get in the champions league. Only the champion will go into the competition, and will still have to navigate two qualifying rounds.

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    Jensen was a flop and Odgaard can blow hot and cold, so I have brought this lad in to take over up top. This will also see me change from deep-lying-forward attack to complete forward attack.

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    The record average attendance was broken for a second consecutive season, it was smashed in fact. That isn’t far off the capacity of the ground, almost expansion time.

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    Last season showed us up as short of depth at right wing, so I have brought in a young player a bit closer to challenging David.

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    We were in the market for a backup goalkeeper and this guy’s agent offered him to me. He is probably better than Thompson already, and has considerable potential to improve, unlike Thompson.

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    Celtic were willing to match Bruce’s release fee. I’m gutted to see him go, but I’m sure he will go on to big things, he improved so much whilst with me.

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    Risvanis comes in as Bruce’s replacement, aside from physicals he is better than Bruce, hopefully he can step up to fill the void.

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    Really disappointed with this, it was unexpected too. Oliver just would not sign a new contract. He was developing really well and was not far off fighting his way into the first team this season. But he has gone, and it is back to France and to a big team too so I don’t blame him. It’s just that deep lying defensive midfielders in the defensive midfielder slot aren’t easy to come by.

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    Targets for the season: after last season anything other than winning the title would be a disappointment. I’d like to make the Danish Cup final this season and the group stage of the champions league. But I won’t be telling the board that.

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    A solid set of friendlies, only new boy Dallo is injured but is coming back to fitness, although he did miss the entire preseason.

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    The board have now agreed to let me study for a Continental A licence, almost at the top of the tree.

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    The club’s bank balance was looking very healthy given the large amount of prize money I have been raking in, along with large transfer profits in the last few windows. The balance was over DKK 100m. I decided to request to the board to improve the youth and training facilities. The club seems capable of producing a decent number of players capable of playing in the Superliga, but there is no reason to not to improve the facilities, and leave the club in a better state than I found it.

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    Mustapha Khaïri, Mamadou N'Diaye, Rayane El Hachimi and Lamine Pouye were away at the Olympics and missed this match. This allowed a debut for an extremely promising product of our youth academy who got an assist from attacking midfield. This is a good result to start the season, Odgaard staking a claim for his spot which he will keep for now. Also, a debut goal for Risvanis who looked deadly from set plays.

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    I have loaned Jensen out to Zaragoza, who have the option to buy him for DKK 4m, I haven’t been impressed but might keep him around if he can score goals in La Liga.

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    Odgaard wins player of the month to keep Pouye on the bench for now. Ahmed Derhem gets second best player.

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    We dominated Besiktas and should have beaten them comfortably. Disappointed to concede the away goal but I feel that we can score one too.

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    A new gate receipt record.

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    A great win with 5 away on international duty, a goal and 2 assists from David to give him man of the match, unfortunately the Krasnodar manager was there to watch him.

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    A great goal from Bassogog gives us another win to send us through to the next qualifying round.

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    Well that couldn’t have gone any worse.

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    A good win against a title rival, another goal from Risvanis, and a first for the club for Pouye who came off the bench to fill in on the right wing.

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    Kauko wanted to leave and he was on pretty high wages and didn’t play that much so I let him go.

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    And to replace him comes a young Danish player on less than half his wages, as good as him at only 20.

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    We were completely mugged off in this game, not much more to say about it.

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    Really disappointing result, but it is our own fault. A really unlucky own goal to concede, but we should have scored more.

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    Showed absolutely nothing in this match, nothing at all. If it wasn’t for Thompson then it could have been ugly.

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    Unsurprisingly we set another gate record with that match.

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    Took us a while to get going but David took the game by the scruff of the neck and won it for us with 2 goals and an assist. Pouye played well with a goal and an assist too.

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    Pretty much the same as the last match against Utd., but this time Rashford came on and destroyed us. I thought we were out as soon as I saw the draw. Back into the Europa league with us.

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    Krasnodar finally matched the release clause for David, I wish they could have done this earlier in the window.

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    In the transfer saga of the window N’Diaye finally decides on joining Barcelona, turning down Real Madrid.

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    A well-earned player of the of the month for Risvanis, what a revelation he’s been.

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    This is the player we have brought in with the daunting task of replacing Isaque David. At DKK 15m he is the club’s record signing, but that is less than half the fee we received for David and he is on almost half the wages.

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    Jesus H. Christ, that is a champions league group not a Europa league group, I don’t see us finishing anything other than bottom of that.

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    With all the money coming into the club in the window I decided to put some of it towards expanding the stadium.

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    When I was looking at the stadium I noticed we didn’t own it, so I asked the chairman about buying it and he is looking into it.

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    I have no idea what was going on in this game, we should have blown them away. We had a penalty saved and shortly after, a world class triple save from 3 clear cut chance in a row. We finally took the lead through Risvanis from heading in from a free kick, after a rash decision from their ‘keeper to come out for the ball. We finished the match with 5 clear cut chance, without scoring from any, and hit the post twice.

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    Terrible result, we gave away two poor goals then Poulsen went in with a stupid tackle. He does this far too often, I am losing patience with him.

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    Harsh result, and a disappointing one, we needed to be picking up points here if we wanted to progress. I think we scored too early and couldn’t hold on but it was shambolic defending and misfortune, coupled with an unconvincing debut from the new ‘keeper that gave them the game. The ball hit Derhem and trickled under the ‘keeper for their first. Their second, Murphy pushed it in the back of the net rather than wide. Their third was a goal line clearance that hit their player and went in, the fourth was from our corner, 3 of our defenders went chasing the short option, leaving all the time in the world for their player to score an easy goal. Shambles, but the game was over by then, we need to beat Everton at home and beat Zenit home and away.

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    Terrible performance but we mugged Esbjerg and got the result. We had to go defensive and waste time for the last 10 minutes and were under the cosh a bit but we held out. We could have had no complaints if it ended a draw, or even a loss, but El Amrani off the bench got the all important goal. That result moves us back top of the league as Kobenhavn lost.

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    No fluking this, we put them under pressure from the kick off but were struggling to get through them. Eventually the pressure told and they gave away a penalty. They went down to 10 men not long after and it was even more comfortable after that. First game where new boy on the right looked like he could contribute anything. He’s been hauled off every game he’s played so far on a 6.5 rating max. Hopefully he will get used to the right wing roll and we can train some preferred moves into him to getting playing like David used to.

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    Disappointing result. We were the better team first half but couldn’t take advantage. Second half they came out better and scored from a corner. We pulled level and our new winger got his first assist. However, they scored a clever goal from a free kick late in the game. But with this Kobenhavn rob us of the top spot.

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    Another disappointing loss, this is the easiest game of the group on paper and losing here is the end the competition for us.

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    Here we go, road to the sack. Our Europa league woes are carrying on into the league. To be fair we were very unlucky, 6 half chances, 3 clear cut chances, hit the post once, they nicked it late on. The morale of the team is rock bottom.

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    So, we finish the first half of the preliminary stage in 3rd, we’re in poor overall form and we have 4 games in the Europa league to suck any morale we can muster out of the team.

  20. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2023/24 Season

    (Preliminary Stage 2nd half) - 607 until Danish Citizenship

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    Well we bounced back here, hopefully this is the awakening of Pouye, who bagged a hat-trick today. This and the last game he looked head and shoulders above everyone else, I think we might have a real player on our hands. I must admit that when they scored I was working out my resignation letter, but we’re now top of the league again. It’s amazing how this game makes you so bi-polar.

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    Blown away by Bayern, but hardly surprised. Glad to score a goal to be honest.

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    Grrrr, Poulsen again. He just makes these mad tackles out of nowhere, with no reason. I think I’m done, he needs to be replaced.

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    Well we’re out, I wish we could just stop playing now. This result was harsh, we had really good chances to win it, but in the end their quality was just too much.

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    We lost Pouye early in the match and after that never really looked threatening, Brondby have improved this season so probably not a terrible result.

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    Just want to move on from this, they owe us after we battered them a few times last season, but to be fair they did win the title.

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    So, we turned up for our bi-weekly beating, and Everton obliged us. To be fair we matched them and could easily have got a win, a draw would have been a fair result.

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    A nice comfortable win here, El Amrani starts with Odgaard struggling for form and Pouye still out injured. He got himself a goal and Hvilsom put the game to bed from a corner.

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    No idea what happened. In a game we should have won easily we were hammered. We had good chanced but missed them they didn’t have a single even halfway decent chance and they scored 3. I guess it is just one of those results but there have been too many of these this season.

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    Punished again for more missed chances.

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    Not a bad performance, but we didn’t threaten much going forward. We were the better team though. At least we finish with a point, restoring some pride at least.

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    Glad it is over, we finish rock bottom with no wins but we got a point at least. With this now over I hope to try and get a run together in the league.

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    Another loss, this time to a title rival, although at this early stage I think we are out of the title race realistically.

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    I came third in the manager of the year award. At this moment in time it doesn’t feel like I deserve to be on the list.

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    Our young prospect who has been acting as back up in the advanced playmaker role wins the U17 talent of the year, he looks a real good prospect.

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    Risvanis gets the players player of the year…

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    …and the media player of the year…

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    …and runner-up in the autumn player of the year. Not a bad signing.

    The window opens and I will bring in a few players to strengthen the squad to hopefully turn things around.

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    A back-up left back to provide stiffer competition for Khairi than Smith-Petersen, who I will look to ship out.

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    This is really the replacement for N’Diaye, who I did not replace to give El Hachimi a chance to claim the place. He hasn’t impressed, and so I have brought in Galal.

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    Given the success of our last Greek I have brought in another. Nikos comes in to replace Poulsen, I have had enough of his red cards.

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    With Barcelona and Real Madrid both in for Pouye it seems inevitable that he will leave. He replacement is Anthony Gerard, who comes in for more than 10 times the price and on more than 10 times the wages. He comes with a decent scoring record in Ligue 2, let’s hope he can be more effective than Pouye.

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    And here is the confirmation, Pouye goes to join N’Diaye at Barcelona.

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    Jensen has now made enough appearances for Zaragoza that he signs for them permanently for DKK 4m, I don’t think he will be a big loss.

    Friendlies…

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    I may have left the UK, but being raised in UK the culture of the country has left an indelible mark upon me. When things aren’t going well, and the weather is shite, there’s only one thing for it…

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    More friendlies.

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    He’s never completely convinced me and every big team in England are after him. I let Murphy go after the window shut so we have until the summer to replace him. It was City that finally sealed the deal, but Liverpool, Chelsea, Utd., Arsenal and Spurs were all for him.

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    Back to business and Gerrard scores in the 4th minute of his debut. A good performance from their ‘keeper kept the score to 1-0, more of the same please lads.

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    I put out an unchanged side 3 days later against Lyngby at home again. Gerrard and Galal link up with Paulo Cesar in a sumptuous first goal. Gerrard then goes on to grab his second in as many games. Lyngby are having a great season and we leapfrog them into 3rd with this result.

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    More dropped points, we had so many chances including a penalty but we couldn’t take them. We also had a man advantage for most of the game but we have to settle for a point.

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    I played a full-strength side in the cup as I wanted to make the final to try put some shine on what is shaping up to be a poor season. They took us all the way to penalties thanks in part to a mistake from Thompson, but mostly poor finishing again. Only the league to concentrate on now but we’re 11 points off top, sitting in 4th place with 12 games left.

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    A nice win on the face of it but all the goals came from set plays, we just don’t look like finishing from open play this season.

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    A gutting result, but probably fair. I thought we were going to win it, and we would have but for an unlucky deflection. An eventful 100th game for Nsangou-Sohna.

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    So there it is, we go into the Championship Group in 3rd place, 8 points behind Kobenhavn in 2nd place and 13 points behind Midtjylland, who are going like an absolute steam train. Realistically we aren’t going to win the league and will probably do well to keep hold of 3rd place. If we are to win the league we will need to beat Midtjylland home and away, and even then, we can’t afford to lose a single game, on top of that Midtjylland would have to bottle it. Then there is Kobenhavn also above us who we would have to at least beat home and away and hope they slip up in another game. Just not going to happen.
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  21. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2023/24 Season

    (Championship Stage) - 533 until Danish Citizenship

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    During the last window I found this guy, who I could pick up for free. Too good not to get I offered him a contract, which he accepted. He comes in now his contract is up, giving us very good options at DM.

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    Well there it is, the title is over in the first game of the championship group. I thought we had enough about us to win the game. Risvanis missed a header which let their player through, Thompson came charging out to give their striker an open goal. Shortly after Khairi got sent off and that was it.

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    We can’t even beat Lyngby.

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    Although we were good value for our win, it took two penalties for us to get the goals we needed.

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    A great result, hopefully the kind of result and performance that can kick-start a little run to end the season. We’re 10 points behind Kobenhavn in 2nd and 15 points behind Midtjylland in 1st, with 6 games left to play, we have to play them both. It would take a spectacular capitulation for us to win the league, but we might just catch Kobanhavn with some luck.

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    Another win and we gain ground on Kobenhavn with a goal and an assist from Drazic. Yeah, they both came from corners, Drazic takes them now Poulsen is out of the side, but he has to gain confidence from somewhere.

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    A great win, we really had to fight for it. Murphy saved another penalty today, we had some good chances. Midtjylland are really tough to deal with when they go 3 up front.

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    A disappointing result and it could have been worse had Odgaard not come off the bench to rescue a point.

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    A good result, Odgaard and El Amrani save the result. I have been experimenting with a 433 and after they had a man sent off we switched to it and got the result.

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    I had been thinking about leaving the club but any such thoughts were quickly put to bed when I was offered a DKK 12k p/w pay rise. The board have given me a wage budget of DKK 1.3m and a transfer budget of DKK 157m, time to go for it next season.

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    We were the better side and deserved to win, and we got there in the end but our finishing was disappointing and typically of much of the season. I have been experimenting with ways off getting Gerard more support up top and we played a 433 and 442 narrow diamond either half of this game.

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    A fitting end to the season. In a game where we could have broken the record for most points accumulated we got hammered. In fairness I tested the 2 new formations away from home which was clearly a mistake but it was a defensive horror show today with none breaking the 6.5 mark.

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    So after all that I actually finish the season on exactly the same points total as the last 2 seasons. With the enormous upheaval player-wise this season and a morale draining European run it should probably go down as a decent season but I just can’t help but feel disappointed. Next season I want to have a real good go at the title. I think the team needs a goalkeeper, right back, left back, centre back and left winger all at least 4 star to do that. There is plenty of money to spend, and I have players I can offload too.

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    It appears we are big in France.

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    We say goodbye to a colossus in my time at Randers. Georges Nsangou-Sohna leaves the club after making 135 appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals, making 4 assists, picking up 16 man of the match awards and averaging a 7.28. He also counted as trained at the club. We’ll miss him.

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    Ahmed Derhem gets player of the season, goal of the season and young player of the season, Risvanis only gets signing of the season I thought he was nailed on for player of the season.

    Best 11:

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  22. This season I am going to experiment with shorter posts, splitting the preliminary stage into quarters rather than halves.
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    Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2024/25 Season

    (Preliminary Stage 1st Quarter) - 459 Days until Danish Citizenship

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    A hefty loan has been taken out to expand the stadium, I thought it would have come out of the money we raked in from transfers but there you go.

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    The board have taken the initiative on improving the youth and training facilities again.

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    Here is Murphy’s replacement, he’s better than him. Looking forward to seeing what this guy can do.

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    The board were willing to accept lower compensation to let me leave but Kobenhavn decided to promote their assistant manager to the top job.

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    Europe gets harder for the 3rd year running. I can take my share of the blame this time after a poor showing in Europe.

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    New right back, better all-round player than Derhem, who I will now consider offers for.

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    New left winger, with him coming in I will look to offload Bassogog.

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    The replacement for Georges Nsangou-Sohna, very similar to Risvanis, hopefully they can work together.

    Results from the friendlies:

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    We despatched the side from Slovenia with ease, Gerard looked good in this match and the woodwork prevented him from getting a hat-trick.

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    Another good player for us leaves, this is simply a matter of squad evolution that has forced him out. Over his time with us Bassogog played 126 games for us in all competition, scoring 17 goals, making 25 more goals, picking up 4 man of the match awards and averaging a 6.99.

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    A polite reminder of the board expectations. Making the groups in the Europa league is my minimum expectation, Personally I want to win the league, if I can’t do that I want to win the cup.

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    No post could stop Gerard from getting his hat-trick today. Hopefully he can maintain some form this season.

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    Given how easy we found things in the first game I decided to rotate the side at home. I actually gave a debut to a very promising centre back that came through our youth system. He managed to score, making him the club’s youngest ever goalscorer.

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    A derby match and Gerard was superb again today. The shine was taken off by El Hachimi breaking his ankle in a collision.

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    With my National A in the bag I move on to my final coaching course.

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    Gerard picks up player of the month, hardly surprising with 5 goals in 2 games, and that’s just in the league.

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    Next up was a tie against a side from Luxembourg, not a bad draw. We put them away with ease.

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    A great win, we lost Afkir in this game with a broken collarbone, he’ll be out for a few months. I’ve been struggling to get my newest DM into the side, this will give him a chance for some game time.

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    He wouldn’t sign a new contract so I decided to cash in on our young right back. I’d rather have kept him but better to get something for him than lose him for nothing.

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    I know it’s only a side from Luxembourg, but Drazic looked excellent today. His form this season has been much better so far.

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    All square in an even game. Not a perfect result but AaB are a good side.

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    A good thumping win against a side we should be beating. Nikos scored a screamer and Khairi got his first goal for the club.

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    Keystone cops at the back at the end of the first half. 3-0 was too big a mountain to climb, we gave it a good go but Nikos got carried away and that was the end of that.

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    That last result meant we lost top spot to AaB.
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  23. Apologies for the little spoiler I put on the end of the last post this morning, I have confused myself with these shorter posts
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    Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2024/25 Season

    (Preliminary Stage 2nd Quarter) - 417 Days until Danish Citizenship

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    My experimentation with overlapping wingbacks are over, outside of that we were very sloppy with the ball. Gerard was great, as was Drazic, Galal popped up with this cheeky little finish.

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    This was a mad game. They scored 3 goals out of nowhere that just seemed to go in, I’m sat there 3-0 down no idea what is going on. We pulled two back but just like the last league game it was too little too late.

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    A good win in the second leg puts us into the group stages.

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    I consider that to be a favourable draw, especially after last season.

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    Good solid win, bringing Paulo Cesar seems to have made a difference.

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    We’ve been hit hard by injuries, but a depleted side got a great result away at Brondby, Odgaard should have had a hat-trick.

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    Good win to kick us off in the Europa league courtesy of Paulo Cesar, record attendance and record gate thanks to our temporary 26k stadium.

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    A routine win in the league to keep us top, Odgaard has been good since returning to the first team.

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    A tough game which we had to fight hard to come out on top, and we did. We lost Castillo for 7 weeks and Khairi and Odgaard picked up minor knocks.

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    A superb win, Galal bagged a hat-trick and this season is looking like the advanced playmaker I have never been able to find. Drazic has been awesome this season but picked up a 3 week injury in the game. The large number of games must be taking its toll on the squad.

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    Halfway through the season and we’re top, we’ve been here before and let it slip, I’m keen not to let that happen again. We have AaB breathing down our necks, Kobenhavn are a long way off (they should have hired me in the summer) and Midtyjlland are nowhere to be seen.

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    Off to a solid start in the Europa league, still a long way to go yet though.
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  24. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2024/25 Season

    (Preliminary Stage 3rd Quarter) - 355 Days until Danish Citizenship

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    A great result, not so much of a smash and grab as it seems. We could have played better attack-wise but we defended well enough. Nsangou-Sohna came off the bench in the second half to play against us for the first time. This was also 20 consecutive games we have scored.

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    Our patchwork back five struggled in this match, big time. We had to dig deep in the squad to put a defence out but we might has well had a raffle for the fans to be in it. The first goal 3 of our players were chasing one of theirs, he got a shot away, Thompson should have saved it, his angles were right, but he didn’t. Our young left back gave away a penalty. They then scored a long shot out of nowhere, and did the same again in the second half. Abysmal, and top spot it gone.

    I’ve seen too many of these defensive shambles this season so straight after the game I went out and signed a player:

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    My god, we tried to throw it away, we really tried our best. We came out with the win in the end thank god. It came at a cost though, we lost Cesar and Drazic, for 4 and 3 weeks respectively.

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    A decent result, it’s not our strongest side we put out but we got a point to keep us top. Another record attendance and gate, why can’t we just move into this stadium, it’s in Randers?

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    It’s getting a bit beyond a joke now.

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    We had to face Jagerbomb in the 3rd round, could have, maybe should have, been more comfortable, but we are through to the next round to face Midtjylland in the next round.

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    We were on top but gave away a goal, we started the better side too but our finishing was wayward. We went a man down shortly after going 433, a moment of madness from Nikos, not his first. Odgaard did managed to pull a goal back, we stayed 432 but couldn’t get the win.

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    A disappointing result, we went 2 down and decided to go for it with a 433, we pulled one back then we conceded a goal from 30 yards that Thompson should have saved. He’s not up to it any more. Gerard ended a 10 hour goal drought but picked up a 3 week injury.

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    A must win game, away, bookies had us 10-1. Our starting 11 was without 7 first team players through injury, tiredness and suspension, 4 of them were on the bench but so was a youth striker – down to bare bones. I feel like I have said this multiple times before. We let in a disappointing and a bit unfortunate goal and we couldn’t get back into the game. Early days but I think the title has gone, AaB are on absolute fire without Europe, I just don’t see us catching them.

    We finished upgrading the youth and training facilities, the training facilities are now impressive and the youth facilities average. With plenty of money left in the bank I asked the board to upgrade them both again and they agreed.

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    We now have the joint second best training facilities in the league, behind Kobenhavn, tied with Brondby. The youth facilities however are only exactly mid table.

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    A good win and boy it was needed, hopefully it gives the team a morale boost. We looked good going forward and aside from Gerard we were at full strength, but still looked suspect at the back. Drazic was lethal with a goal and 3 assists, but unfortunately, we lost him for 3 weeks. Oh, and Risvanis scored a nice goal, not bad for a defender.

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    Disappointing and unfortunate. The first 2 goals were shots saved but knocked back into play that they got to first, Castillo has to do better. We lost Paulo Cesar for 9 months with damaged cruciate ligament, this season has been so brutal with injuries.

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    What a result, after Nikos was sent off in the 3rd minute I feared the worst but we managed to go on a score 3 goals. They will feel very disappointed with that result. This keeps us in the hunt for the title.

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    We’re 3/4 of the way through the preliminary stage and 6 points behind AaB with a game in hand over them. It’s not over yet.

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    With one game left in the group we have to win it, it’s Vitesse at home, so if we we were going to pick a must win game that would probably be it.
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  25. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2024/25 Season

    (Preliminary Stage 4th Quarter) - 243 Days until Danish Citizenship

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    Unreal, missed loads of chances, they have one and the put it away, we missed all of ours.

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    They seem determined to throw away the title, in reality it’s probably already gone. We were very lucky to come out of this with a point. We’re 9 points behind with just 1 game in hand.

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    A good win to see us through to the first knockout round. Gerard isn’t doing it so Odgaard is back in the side. I’d rather get the results in the league.

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    Diallo has been good on the right, we’re short on the left, so we moved Drazic over to the left and Diallo keeps his place on the right. Thank god, he got us the goal to give us 3 points.

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    Big draw, probably the end of our Europa league run. Hopefully we can get a full house in the home leg, not embarrass ourselves then concentrate on the league.

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    My scouts picked up this guy and I just couldn’t resist. I’m not sure what to do about Gerard, he started off the season so we but has gone off the boil big style. I’ll probably use him as a winger for the rest of the season but will probably accept offers.

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    Good god. The board tried to sell Diallo out from under me. I almost missed it but protested the transfer and told them I didn’t think I could carry on if they sold him and they backed down.

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    After what happened with Diallo, the board only went and sold Afkir, an even more important player without my blessing. Couldn't resist the offer?! I could have got a much better deal! Normally I would resign under these circumstances, but I have my citizenship, which is less than a year away, to consider, I want my next move to be to Germany, not somewhere else in Denmark. We’ve lost another big player from my time here, 143 appearances, 12 goals, 9 assists, 6 man-of-the-matches and a rating of 7.19 in all competitions.

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    Panic, I’m not panicing. The other young Afkir didn’t want to sign a contract and has actually decided to join Bologna at the end of his contract. I have taken the opportunity to begin the process of migrating my DMs to the centre mid position.

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    So much for a quiet window.

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    An okay bunch of mid-season friendlies. I’ve been trying out a new tweak to the formation, the 2 DMs move to MCs with the same roles with the ball-winning midfielder on defend. The right winger changes to Raumdeuter with Gerard playing there and the left winger changes to an inside forward with Drazic playing there, both on attack. The advanced playmaker changes to a Trequartista on attack and the striker to a complete forward support. It’s looked ok, especially in the last match, but the quality of opponent isn’t great. I will give it a go against Arsenal. Unfortunately, we will be without Maulid and Genc for the first game.

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    Close, but no cigar. We gave Arsenal a hell of a game, they had a monster of a regen up front, the kind the game like to churn out every now and then. He put two past us. I thought we might nick a draw but we certainly didn’t embarrass ourselves. It wouldn’t be a match without an injury – we lost Drazic for 5 weeks.

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    AaB suffered a surprise defeat to OB so this was a must win match. I feared the worst when Risvanis was sent off for a daft tackle, but we held on. We actually could have won by more but Baertelsen missed a penalty. Even a man down we were the better side so a fair result. We actually made it through a match without picking up an injury and we qualified for the championship stage.

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    A harsh result that we didn’t really deserve, but at the end of the day they are a lot better than us. Risvanis and Odgaard both put in sub 6 perfromances and we lost the ball high up the pitch and were punished on the break time and time again. I could have changed it but we needed the win. It was over at 4-2 and the heads dropped, but we gave Arsenal a scare going in 2-2 at half time. Oh, and our ‘keeper picked up a 2 week injury.

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    It wasn’t as comfortable as it looked in the end. A debut goal from our new striker and a great performance from Hjulsager filling in for Drazic as the left inside forward.

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    My 200th game in charge of Randers and a pretty routine win. We’re persisting with the new system, it’s really allowing Galal to shine, and he grabs us the 3 points. We’re only 3 off AaB now.

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    Disappointing result we lose ground on AaB and Kobenhavn.

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    A good win in the cup against a decent side. Galal and Hjulsager lead the way whilst the strikers work through whatever they’re going through.

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    A good thumping win to see out the preliminary stage. Two more goals for Hjulsager who is in a rich vein of form, a great finish from Gerard who ended a 13 hour goal drought and Drazic’s first goal since coming back from injury. A needed boost to morale heading into the championship stage.

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    So, there it is, we’re in 3rd, 4 points behind AaB and Kobenhavn. Kobenhavn have moved top on goal difference, they have been blowing teams away for a while now and look really good.

  26. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2024/25 Season

    (Championship Stage) - 168 Days until Danish Citizenship

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    Fantastic win, showing great spirit. We were the better team, they went ahead against the run off play. We went 433, but had a man sent off. Despite that we still went on to win thanks to 2 goals from Gerard and one from Maulid. We couldn’t go 433 for the rest of the season, could we?

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    Sweet, sweet victory. This was a simply must win game and we pulled it out of the bag. Gerard is back in form, Hjulsager continues to impress and it’s great to have Drazic back. It’s amazing what a full strength side can do.

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    Drazic manages to break David’s old record with 17 assists. Still a few games left yet.

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    We couldn’t afford to lose this game but we did. The title is now out of our hands. We’re 7 points behind AaB.

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    Nikos has actually managed to beat Poulsen’s old discipline record. I never thought I’d see the day.

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    A win and we had to fight very hard for it. We’ve lost the last 2 on the bounce in the derby, glad to break the bad run.

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    Really frustrating. We were by far the better team but we couldn’t get the goal we deserved. All the more frustrating as Kobenhaven did us a favour by beating AaB.

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    It wasn’t the prettiest performance but we got the result here. We were the better side even if we didn’t dominate possession how I would like. We limited them to 2 long shots, and despite our lack of quality in front of goal we got two goals to win it. Victory made all the sweeter by AGF getting a late equalizer against AaB.

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    A good win to take us into the final, we got off to a bit of a shaky start but it was quite comfortable in the end. The defence put in a great display.

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    Well and truly mugged off. They punished 2 mistakes, we were wastful. Luckily AaB only drew, but with a game against Kobenhavn and 2 games against Brondby Monday, Wednesday, Sunday, it doesn’t look good.

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    A great win. We looked excellent in the first half. Not so much in the second half but we held out. If we win out game in hand we go top.

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    We finally break the points record, with 3 games to go still.

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    TOP.

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    Record number of wins, two games left.

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    Brondby could not have done much more for us to win the game, two men sent off and a penalty conceded. We couldn’t win it and we lost top spot to AaB. We play them in the next match though so all is not lost.

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    Our reserve team won their league, let’s hope our first team can repeat the feat.

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    So close, so, so close. 26 shots, 20 long shots, no idea what more I can do to stop players being so wasteful. We have work into box selected. Player are told to shoot less, what else is there. We have to go on and win the cup to alleviate some of the disappointment.

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    What a way to win it. Surely Gerard has his name in the record books with a cup final hat-trick. That’s the first trophy of my career.

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    So there it is, we were one game away from the title, the closest we have come yet. AaB have been fantastic this season so they are deserving winners.

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    With the cup win I am now one of the best Welsh managers of all time.

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    Second best in fact. Some way off Toshack though.

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    Gerard breaks Odgaards goal record with his cup final heroics.

    Our best 11:

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    End of season awards:

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    Surprised to see Derham get player of the season, more so that he was young player of the season.

  27. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2025/26 Season

    (Preliminary Stage 1st Quarter) - 95 Days until Danish Citizenship

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    The finances have gone a bit weird. The board put in DKK 31m, then another DKK 45m. The club now has a debt of DKK 230m, whilst only being valued at DKK215m. The debt has to be related to buying the stadium. This season I will dial back the spending.

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    The expansion is complete, we now have a 16,500 all-seater stadium, with the potential to go up to 20k. It’s a little bit of a comedown after out season in a 26k stadium.

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    We’ve gone flying up the European club rankings to 73rd. We’re now the second highest Danish team in the rankings, behind Kobenhavn in 52nd.

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    The nation coefficient goes up, not quite to where it was but it’s getting better. I feel we played a part this season.

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    Smashed the last average attendance record. We could accommodate more in our expanded stadium, which should be the aim.

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    A decent set of friendlies, no injuries, all wins.

    The season expectations:

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    We got the win, but disappointed to concede the away goal. Still I’m confident of getting a result in Dublin.

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    A disappointing start to the season. Drazic scored a free-kick, we couldn’t muster anything else.

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    He’s back. Paulo Cesar’s first competitive start since his injury and he picks up where he left off, a goal, an assist, and a man-of-the-match 9.2 rating. Good to have him back.

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    Our poor league start continues. They came straight out with a 433 and got us on the break despite us dominating.

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    A good win which leaves us in a good position for the second leg.

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    We got fm’d real hard in this game. They scored with their first 3 shots, all hopeful hits from 25/30 yards. We managed to pull one back, but 1 point from 3 games is a terrible start to the season.

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    Great first half, terrible second half. I let the players know as much. I made the mistake of giving them a passionate well done at half time. Maulid was excellent, 2 goals and 2 assists, but he picked up a 3 week injury.

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    Our terrible league start continues. Another game we shoudnt have lost, but we did.

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    With the game still nil-nil I brought on Diallo, in the 74th minute he gave away a penalty. Before it was taken I changed to 433 and took Diallo off for a Odgaard. Castillo saved the penalty, Odgaard got us a goal in the 78th minute, Galal secured the result in the 88th.

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    Really shook up the team and it seemed to work. We got a good win, hopefully we are back on track. Two goals and an assist for Drazic, two assists from Diallo.

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    Our poor start has us down in 9th. The last 2 games have been better so hopefully that’s behind us now. Luckily our usual rivals around the top of the league have got off to slower starts too.

  28. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2025/26 Season

    (Preliminary Stage 2nd Quarter) - 53 Days until Danish Citizenship

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    We had a favourable draw for the Europa league playoff, getting Cypriot side APOEL. We fell behind in the first half, we pulled it back with Maulid getting 2 goals of the bench and Paulo Cesar getting man of the match off the bench with 2 assists.

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    Another win in the league, 3 wins, 3 clean sheets and we edge up the league.

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    APOEL were dispatched with relative ease. We are into the group stage.

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    Bit of a tricky draw for the group stage. We might be able to just sneak out.

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    A great win against top of the table Lyngby. Lyngby have been doing well the last few seasons but are smashing it this season. That is until they came up against us. We absolutely battered them.

    The transfer window closed without any key players leaving, my objective for the window. I’ve not brought anyone in but with no one leaving I don’t think I need anyone to come in.

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    Our run of clean sheets continues as we smash newly promoted Skive. Paulo Cesar picks up another man of the match for a goal and an assist, he’s playing so well again this season, his injury has wiped most of his potential though.

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    A fantastic result. We went 2-0 down and it didn’t look good. A half time bollocking and we turned things around, grabbing the winner in the 3rd minute of extra time.

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    A bit disappointed to concede a goal but delighted to keep our winning run going.

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    Horrific result. Goals just kept going in. I guess it’s just one of those games but it’s not the first time it’s happened this season.

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    We did well to come back and get a draw in this game. I had to change things up and go for a more direct passing style, which my assistant has been nagging me to do for a few seasons.

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    Halfway through the preliminary stage and to be honest I feel lucky to even be in the top 6. The only saving grace is that other teams are dropping points.

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    One game played and we sit in second after a good away result against Bordeaux.

  29. Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2025/26 Season

    (Preliminary Stage 3rd Quarter [and a bit])

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    A dramatic last gasp winner. This was at home against the bottom seed so we really had to be winning this if we are looking to make it out of the group.

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    When things aren’t going well you can take perverse comfort in the fact that it is going a lot worse for someone else. AaB are having a real season to forget, we were only too happy to gain a bit of confidence from giving them a kicking.

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    I couldn’t resist this guy. He’s someone I know from looking for a winger previously. He was a free agent now so I picked him up for a very reasonable wage.

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    Yet more disappointment at more dropped points.

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    A great result against Utd., we approached the game with a more direct counter-attacking style. A great finish from Galal and a solid defensive display got us a hard-earned point.

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    We played a strong side so I hoped for a bit more of a hammering, but we got the win. Galal was awesome.

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    Goals from Remy and Maulid give us our derby revenge against AGF.

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    Brutalised by Utd. I’d didn’t try very hard for this match. Kept our usual tactic and they hammered us. We got off to a terrible start with an own goal. It didn’t get much better. Luckily, goal difference doesn’t matter that much tie break is done on head to head, and we’re ahead of Bordeaux somehow.

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    We got off to the usual bad start, but pulled it out of the bag in the end Maulid is having a great season, 2 goals here.

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    A very good win against league high flyers Brondby keeps us in the title race.

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    A great win, and it sees us through to the knock out stages with a game to spare.

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    Our hot run of form blazes on with Maulid pouring petrol on it. He got player of the month with 6 goals in 3 games. He has 25 goals in 25 starts and is set to break the goal record very early in the season.

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    Disappointing result, Nikos killed our chances getting sent off. We missed a penalty though and a hatfull of chances too.

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    We recover from the disappointment against Hobro with handsome 4-0 win, with the goals nicely spread around the side.

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    There it is. Maulid breaks the goal-scoring record, and I expect him to go on and set a real big record.

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    We rescued a late draw. It was a nothing game but I would have rathered the win for the extra prize money.

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    Somehow clueless Bob was still manager of the Swans when I turned the English leagues back on. Didn’t take long for them to sack him and my name is in the hat to replace him. Would obviously love the job but I can’t take it until my citizenship comes though.

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    A great away win against Lyngby, it keeps us in the position of being able to go top on goal difference if we win our game in hand.

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    We go into the winter break in second place, a win away from top.

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    We qualified from our group in second place. I’m pleased with that given it was a reasonable tough group.

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    Was hoping we might finally get an easier draw in the first knockout round, but obviously not.

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    It’s 27th December, the squad are away on winter break. The Christmas celebrations are still ongoing at the villa as I am celebrating 9 years in Denmark and my new dual nationality. Sitting on the balcony overlooking the Grund Fjord I contemplate what I have achieved so far in my career, and what direction it is going in.

    I feel I have almost a job for life here at Randers. I’m the highest paid manager in the Superliga, earning almost twice as much as the next highest earner. It’s possibly questionable if I deserve my wage, having only delivered a Danish Cup in my 4 years here. I have transformed the side from winless relegation candidate to the nearly men of Danish football, with 2 second place finishes and 2 3rd place finishes. I’ve had relative success in Europe progressing out of the group stages in the Europa league on 3 out of 4 attempts. I just don’t feel I can progress any further with a Danish side.

    Both here and at HIF I feel, if I was to leave Randers now, I have left both clubs in a better condition than I found them. When I took charge of HIF, they were in financial difficulties in the Second Division, when I left they were solvent and in the First Division. Randers, having a terrible season when I arrived, I kept them in the Superliga and never looked back. On the field, since that first season, I have finished no lower than 3rd place, and have been real title contender twice. I’ve also won the cup, and done quite well in Europe. Off the field, I have made a lot of money off transfers and prize money, I’ve used this money to oversee the purchase and expansion of the stadium and also the improvement of the youth and training facilities twice.

    Despite being my new home, and it does feel like home. I feel I have to leave Denmark to progress my career, unfortunately. I have interest in my former home, Swansea. It feels a little like giving up to return to the UK, the Bundesliga seems the most logical route for me now. It’s time to polish the CV and send them south…

    CV

    Managerial History

    Hvidovre Idrætsforening:
    • 2016/17 - Danish Second Division - 13th*
    • 2017/18 - Danish Second Division - 2nd(P), Danish Cup - 3rdR
    • 2018/19 - Danish First Division - 8th, Danish Cup - 1stR
    • 2019/20 - Danish First Division - 4th, Danish Cup - 2ndR
    • 2020/21 - Danish First Division - 8th**, Danish Cup - 2ndR
    Randers Football Club:
    • 2020/21 - Danish Superliga - 13th*** [Relegation Stage: Group - 3rd, Playoff - W], Danish Cup - 4thR
    • 2021/22 - Danish Superliga - 3rd, Danish Cup – SF
    • 2022/23 - Danish Superliga - 2nd, Danish Cup - QF, Europa Cup - 1stKOR[G(1st)]
    • 2023/24 - Danish Superliga - 3rd, Danish Cup - 4thR, Champions League - PO, Europa League - G(4th)
    • 2024/25 - Danish Superliga - 2nd, Danish Cup - W, Europa League - 1stKOR[G(2nd)]
    * - relegation stage only
    ** - first period only
    *** - 14 games of preliminary stage only

    Managerial Record


    Hvidovre Idrætsforening:

    Played – 131, Won – 58, Drawn – 36, Lost – 37, For – 177, Against – 144, GD - +33, WP – 44%, Cups – 0, Leagues – 0, Promotions – 1, Relegations – 0.

    Randers Football Club*:

    Played – 250, Won – 138, Drawn – 49, Lost – 63, For – 431, Against – 248, GD - +183, WP – 55%, Cups – 1, Leagues – 0, Promotions – 0, Relegations – 0.

    * - up to 27/12/2025

    Awards


    One time winner of, and twice shortlisted for, Danish Manager of the Year.

    Trophies


    Danish Cup Winner – 2024/25, Superliga Runner-Up – 2022/23, 2024/25, Danish Second Division Runner-Up – 2017/18

    Qualifications
    • National A
    • National B
    • National C
    • Continental C
    • Continental B
    • Continental A
    • Continental Pro
    Profile

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  31. Really enjoyed this and always check to see next update while at work. Good Work

  32. shame you couldn't get the elusive title. must admit I hope you continue to stay away from the UK for a while, enjoying this

  33. Thanks EnglishYeti glad to provide some procrastination material for you, I like to browse the stories on here at slow periods in work myself.

    That title is a slippery b*****d TheBatman. The Swansea job is a real curve ball, one of the only jobs I would really consider, I intend to say away from the prem and try win the champions league with a team from a different league.

    Sorry about the delay with the posts, a lot has gone on in game and I've been busy.

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    Randers FC - Danish Superliga - 2025/26 Season

    (Championship Stage [and a bit])

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    Deserving winner of the player’s player of the year – Drazic.

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    First and second in the media player of the year Drazic and Maulid respectively.

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    A clean sweep for Randers players in the Autumn player of the year Risvanis, Drazic and Mualid respectively.

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    I didn’t even apply for this one, they sought me out.

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    I didn’t get the Swansea job. Same as the Kobenhavn job, I didn’t want to come in mid-season, especially not for a relegation battle. They decided to bring back Micheal Laudrup instead.

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    I decided to let Gerard go, he wasn’t getting in the side and he was on DKK 140k p/w. We got a tidy DKK 35m, a profit of DKK 13m. It wasn’t popular with the squad but I talked them around.

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    For similar reasons, I offloaded Thompson.

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    Once again, a high earning player not getting game time has been offloaded. Achleitner has been replaced by a young Brazilian who will act as backup Derham…

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    We lose a good coach, but he is off to manage a decent side so best of luck to him.

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    Yes mate! The board accepted an offer for Tayou, who has been very good since signing, without my permission and I was not able to object. He turned the contract down though and will therefore be staying.

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    Our upgrade to the youth and training facilities has been completed, we now have training facilites second only to Kobenhavn, whilst our youth facilities are tied 3rd behind Lyngby and Kobenhavn, level with Brondby, Midtjylland, Vejle and AaB. With a little bit of nagging the board were willing to again upgrade the youth facilities.

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    We’ve come though the other side of the mid-season friendlies, not unscathed however. Diallo (4 months), Galal (2 weeks), Remy (3 days) and Genc (2 days) are out for the Liverpool game. The window is shut and I am pretty happy with it overall. No big players left other than the ones I chose to let go. The squad is weaker but if we can keep our best players fit, I think we can have another crack at the title.

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    A harsh result, we were good for at least a draw, but they really are a lot better than us.

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    Maulid really is having a fantastic season. Keeping hold of him in the last window is the main reason I am staying till the end of the season. With him I really think we have a chance of finally winning the league.

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    We were unable to do anything in this game, we’re out but that’s as much as I thought. We can focus on the league now. We lost Genc for 3 months which is probably the rest of the season.

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    Odgaard comes off the bench to get us the win, just like the good old days.

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    Injuries are just starting to mount for the first time this season. Hopefully it doesn’t impact our form.

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    We went into this game with 7 of the first team squad either injured or suspended. We were only able to pick 6 subs. We still managed to get the win we needed to keep us top.

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    Disappointing result, especially considering we had 3 clear cut chances to their 1. Their goal was a long range free-kick. Castillo got to it but couldn’t keep it out.

    Championship Stage

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    I feel like teams are figuring out how to play us. We were dominating but they we getting loads of chances, we changed to 433 and our fortunes changed. Maulid really is carrying us this season.

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    Same again, but this time Maulid wasn’t able to bail us out. We missed a lot of chances, and we lost top spot with Brondby beating Kobenhavn 6-1, they’re going to beat us to the title aren’t they.

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    Blew Brondby away in the cup quarter final, hopefully we can repeat the act in the league in a weeks time.

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    We lost a title 6-pointer. We managed to pull it back to 2-2 and decided to stick with 433 to go for the win, but Castillo spilled the save then fell over on the way to close down the player going for ball. We’re 6 points behind Brondy now, still 7 games to go and we play Brondby, anything could happen but it won’t be easy.

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    We bounce back with a win, although it was a laboured one. Unfortunately, we lost Maulid for 5 weeks, which will mean he misses the lion’s share of the remaining season.

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    A huge win, we were the better side. Unfortunately, Brondby just won’t stop winning.

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    A very pleasing win, and needed too, Brondby won again. Paulo Cesar scored a great goal to seal it for us but he also picked up an injury keeping him out for a month.

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    Whilst we were busy with the cup Kobenhavn gave Brondby a 4-0 maulling. We just about got away with this, I could have done without extra time. We had to go 433 towards the end of the game and we just got the result.

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    I think a special mention should go to Fredensborg for the 4 penalties they gave us.

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    A fantastic victory, well deserved. Since Maulid’s injury, Drazic has really stepped up to fill the void. I can’t believe I ever doubted this guy. We have played our games in hand now and are a single point behind Brondby, we still have to beat them and Kobenhavn if we want to win the title.

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    He’s back! Maulid comes off the bench, still not fully fit to get us 2 goals to win us the game. Lyngby beat Brondby 3-1 so we are top with a 2 point lead. We still have to avoid defeat against Brondby in the last game of the season if we are to win the title. A fine way to celebrate my 400th game in management.

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    With his heroics off the bench Maulid breaks the league goal-scoring record.

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    And the record for most man of the matches.

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    Extremely disappointing. We were poor. Lyngby didn’t even play well, we were just very poor. Every bounce of the ball seemed to favour them, and we went down to 10 men due to injury. Yaw Akrofi-Mohammed had a very poor game and had to be substituted. After the match his agent asked for an improved contract, I told him to f**k off. I had dreams of the double, so I am very disappointed. Before the game my assistant recommended an odd reshuffle of the side I didn’t listen to him and put Nikos into the side, he repaid me by giving away a penalty.

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    What an epic this game was. We went 2 down seeing the kind of misfortune we saw in the cup final, I really thought we were going to blow it all. With nothing to lose I went 433, we pulled 2 goals back before half time and I returned to 451. Hjulsager put us ahead after the restart against his old club, the club he spent 14 years at, his only other club. They had a man sent off but were still a threat and caught us on the break but we held on and got the draw we needed to win the title.

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    At last, at bloody last.

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    So, after much soul-searching, I have decided to step down as Randers manager. It was a hard decision, I really do feel a real affinity for this club. In the end, I just didn't have the stomach to keep fighting to keep and then replacing players, especially with the board starting to sell players without my say. I won the title and the cup here, I could have continued to win trophies I think, but having never gotten past the 1st round of the Europa league, and no idea how to go any further with the club, I decided that in order to win the champions league, I will have to move to a bigger club in a bigger league.

    My record at Randers is as follows:

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  34. Job Hunt - Summer 2026

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    A few of my backroom staff followed me out of the door at Randers, if I need any of them I will bring them with me to my new club.

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    The most interesting job available after my resignation was Everton, and I got an interview…

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    …which was unsuccessful.

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    This is a biggy, a job I REALLY want, but I think it is too big for me at the moment. In fact I didn’t even get an interview.

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    Leicester actually approached me, I’m not keen on the job but I will go to the interview.

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    Randers went for the current manager of Silkeborg as my replacement. Not quite the big name replacement many may have hoped for.

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    They didn’t even want me either.

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    The Leipzig job came up they won the Bundesliga last season, very keen on this one too but again it was too soon.

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    The CV went on a round the world trip following the world cup. I was offered the job at Norway, Ukraine, Mexico, Colombia, South Korea, and Georgia. After a lot of thinking, I turned down them all, it was very difficult to say no to Mexico and Columbia. Especially with Mexico offering 25k Euros a week, but I decided to stay in Europe.

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    The media are linking me to the Austria job which has just become available. I’ll send a CV off sure…

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    …and I was offer the job and decided to take it on a wage of 14k Euros a week.

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    Just a bit of a bigger move than the last one, I think I’ll probably take the plane. I think Vienna is the most suitable base for the national team manager, it’s the capital, well connected to get to see players playing abroad, and having actually been ther – what a city it is.

    Earning 728k Euro a year, for less than a year’s salary I could buy a 3 bed apartment in Vienna. I went for a place with a view from the terrace

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    I see this job as a chance to bring in a wage, learn German, and give my reputation a boost whilst looking for other job. With more countries surrounding Austria than Denmark I have a load more opportunities available to me.

  35. Austria - UEFA Nations League Division A - 2026

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    This is my first Austria squad, I have gone for a strong a squad – per my coach reports – as possible. I have picked it myself based on playing the 451 I played at Randers, which I see as the tactic that best allows me to field my strongest players together…

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    The strongest 11 players in this squad, and almost the strongest 11 in the country are the following…

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    A really good, and young, goalkeeper, always good to have. His day job is at Napoli, where he is first choice.

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    A familiar face. We know Achleitner from Randers, he is currently a bit-part player at Frankfurt, right back is not a strength in the national pool.

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    No real need for introduction for this guy. A well-known player, he’s still at Bayern, and getting game time. He is still our first choice left back.

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    A decent centre back, currently at Man Utd., who are farming him out, to Ligue 1 clubs the last 2 seasons.

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    This guy is a first team player for Southampton in the prem, he reminds me a bit of Risvanis from Randers.

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    Ball winning midfielder is a real weakness in the squad, at least ones who can play in the MC position. Mann is probably the best we have, it’s not his best position though. First teamer at Sturm Graz in the Austrian Prem.

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    My assistant thinks this is our best player, I don’t think he is far off. Mario will play the deep-lying-playmaker role. When not playing for Austria he players for Dortmund, regularly.

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    The right wing is another of our weaknesses. Murg, the Udinese winger is currently our first choice, but I am keeping an eye out for better.

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    Another Dortmund player, this one not such a regular, but I really like the look of this guy.

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    This guy looks good, he’s just moved to Villa in the championship, where of course he is a regular so far.

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    The Utd. man looks like a beast but his goal return is disappointing, for both club and country. Hopefully I can get more out of him.

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    Our first game is a friendly against Jamaica. Not a bad side but given the performance I would have wanted a bigger win, especially with them down to 10 men.

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    What are the chances? My first competitive game in charge of Austria and it’s against Denmark. Unfortunately, it’s a disappointing result. I have to say though, our left winger Florian Fliess has caught the eye with 2 man of the matches in 2 games.

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    An expected defeat to Spain, to keep it to 1-0 might just be a good result.

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    Terrible result, we got f**ked over a bit here, they had 1 clear cut chance to our 3. It was still a poor performance and we were well beaten. I changed up to the 433, I don’t think the 451 is going to work.

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    Our bad performance means were relegated from the top level of the international league.

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    Maybe this could be what we do now, we can just try and score more goals than the opposition. We played the whole game 433, it certainly wasn’t dull.

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    We went 2 down playing my old narrow diamond from my HIF days. I changed it to the 433 and we got 2 goals back and looks much better. I think I will play the 433 from now on.

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    We my first competitive, if you can even call it that, games as Austria manager were a clusterf**k. We were relegated in from the European International League Division A without a single win.
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  36. Austria - UEFA European Championship Qualifying - 2027

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    Well, got to be happy with that draw. Denmark again! Will be good to go back to return to my adopted home. If we can’t qualify from that group, then we’re a shambles.

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    A great result and some revenge on Denmark. A good hat-trick from Thuller. We went for the 433 from the off, the whole squad has been picked to play that way, and raised a few eyebrows in the press.

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    Nice to get the win, the performance was not as convincing as the last match.

    I’ve applied for the jobs at Koln, Stuttgart and Shalke, not getting an interview at any.

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    We had 22 shots 9 goals first half, finished the game 13-0, my biggest win so far in FM17. A perfect 10 from Blechschmidt (striker) with 5 goals and an assist, a 9.9 for Thuller with 2 goals and 5 assists, and 4 goals on his debut for our young striker Milenkovic. They also never got a shot the whole game, perfect performance.

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    We set a goal record with that match.

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    And no surprise we got the biggest win record.

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    Another fine performance and another hat-trick for Thuller, who has really come alive with the 433.

    The Bayern and Salzburg jobs came up and I applied for both but was offered an interview at neither.

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    We went up 3 places in the world rankings, and set a new record.

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    Another favourable draw, this time for the world cup Qualifiers. Being so high in the rankings is great.

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    We get started on our hardest pair of games away against the Czech Republic and Denmark with a fantastic 4-0 win against the Czech Republic, and a hat-trick from Thuller.

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    For the first time we fail to win in the European Championship qualifying. We managed to pull things back to get a draw after going 2-0 down, then 3-1 down.

    I have decided to dial back the job search and focus on the Austria job, see what is available after the world cup when I will step down regardless.

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    A new high in the world rankings.

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    Thuller continues his goal-scoring exploits to fire us to another win.

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    His goal-scoring in fact breaks a record.

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    And gets us through the qualifying for the Euros.

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    A fine handsome win away to Andorra, with goals spread all around the side.

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    Fair play to Simon Achleitner, he’s been far better for me for Austria than he ever was for Randers.

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    Another big win and another clean sheet, our 6th in this qualifying campaign. A hat-trick from Michael Blechschmidt who has done very well in this competition so far.

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    Our final game of the qualifying stage and we blow Lithuania away on their home turf. A hat-trick for Michael Gregoritsch and seven unanswered goals. We have blown away the competition so far.

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    Undefeated in qualifying, 46 goals in 10 games, only 5 conceded. We have looked fantastic so far.

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    Our fine performances have seen us break our highest ranking record yet again.

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    The best 11 for the year 2028 I think, although it says World Cup up the top so who knows, no idea why it is only coming through now if that is the case.
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  37. Austria - UEFA European Championships - 2028

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    We do okay, nothing spectacular, in a friendly against Algeria.

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    Not the easiest group for the Euros. I’d like to think we can get out of it though, at least as runner up.

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    Only 2 players missing with injury. I also picked 2 wingers, who can also play other positions (just about), so I can switch to 451 should I need/want to.

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    We also got the draw for the European nations league. We drew Albania again, and also have a short trip to Switzerland. I'd like to think I can win that group and gain promotion back to Division A.

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    Good to get off to a winning start David Alaba and Johann Thuller were out for 2-4 weeks and 1-6 days respectively at the start of the match. Albania gave us a much tougher game than I expected. They sat deep and looked to get us on the break and were dangerous. If a tougher team tries that against us then I think we will have to switch to the 451 as we are vulnerable on the break playing the 433.

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    Another win, and the same result. Johan Thuller still 1 day away from full fitness so was on the bench again. We got off to a great start with goals from Gregoritsch and Blechschmidt. Achleitner had an interesting first half, he got both the assists, he then gave away a penalty and got 2 yellow cards in a minute. I don’t know if they were both for the same incident or what. Thuller actually saved the penalty and made a string of impressive saves throughout the game. We managed to hold on despite conceding in the second half to see us through the group with a game to spare.

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    Confirmation of meeting the boards expectation and progressing to the next round.

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    We avoid defeat again to keep our impressive run going. We were without Achleitner through suspension and Alaba is still 6 days to 2 weeks away from fitness. Belgium played the same game Albania did, so I changed it to 451 after conceding and we were more in the game, still, Belgium were the better side and if anyone was going to win the match it was them.

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    We finish the group stage top, undefeated, with 7 points from 3 games. Belgium came second with 5 points.

    The rest of the groups finished like this:

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    Our good performances so far have given us a winnable fixture against Ireland in the second round.

    The fixtures for the second round look like this:

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    The winner of our game against Ireland will go on and play the winner of the Denmark Italy game in the quarter-final. The winner of that match would then go on to play one of France/Greece or Poland/Holland in the semi-final.

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    Ireland gave us a hell of a game, and I may have made the mistake of underestimating Walter Mazzarri’s side. We were still without Alaba who is now only out for 5-10 days. Ireland played a counter attacking 532(WB) which we struggled to break down in the first half. They came out in the second half with a 343. We broke them down after a mistake from their ‘keeper who rashly came out for a free-kick leaving an open goal for Kvasina to head home his first goal for Austria. Thuller then scored 2 goals in 5 minutes to make it 3-0. I decided to play a more conservative game to hold on to the lead. The Irish heads didn’t drop and they clawed back 2 goals, showing the typical Irish fight. I was worried but we held on to get the win.

    Here’s the results from the rest of the games:

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    And the quarter-final games:

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    The winner of our game against Italy plays the winner of the France v Holland game in the semi-final, with the winner of that game taking on either England/Portugal or Turkey/Spain (England or Spain one would think).

    Alaba, still 4 days away from full fitness was able to sit on the bench for this game Jakupovic is out for the rest of the tournament after picking up an injury only minutes after coming off the bench in the Ireland game, and Schwab is suspended after picking up a second yellow card of the tournament in the Ireland game. Italy play a 442, and have all tournament. So, I decide to stick with the 433 that has served me so well so far.

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    We can consider ourselves unlucky. We had two penalties saved. Our ‘keeper picked up a knock and it affected his game, a fully fit Thuller would never concede the goal he did for Italy’s equaliser. They got a second to put them ahead in injury time, we went all out for an equaliser, they got a third. We played most of the game 451 and played well. Italy were the favourite and are probably better than us so we did well, but given the chances we had we should have won.

    The results from the other quarter-finals:

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    It’s a shame we lost, as I would have fancied our chances against Holland.

    Semi-final results:

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    Final:

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    Past winners:

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    A real Austrian legend, David Alaba, retires after the Euros. He won 169 caps and scored 20 goals for his country. He will be missed.

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    The board are pleased with our performance in the Euros. As am I. I can’t help but be a little disappointed with our luck in the Italy game, as we might have been able to make the final.

  38. Austria - UEFA Nations League Division B - 2028

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    After the Euros, being the summer, I decided to look at what jobs were available. Two jobs interested me Borussia Mönchengladbach and Slavia Prague. Obviously BMG is the much better job, but Prague is Prague, and the one I’m more likely to have a chance at.

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    I didn’t get the BMG gig, I’m not really surprised. The AC Milan job became available though, might as well send a hopeful CV that way.

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    An interview, I’ve not had one of those in a while. No interview for the AC Milan job though, quelle surprise.

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    Man, I got my hopes up.

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    This squad has been picked to give the 451 another chance. I switched to it a lot during the Euros, and since trying last time, some very good wingers have come on the scene. This is the first squad since Alaba retired, and a new 17 year old left back prospect is in the squad, and he looks a very good prospect indeed.

    Here are the 2 wingers that have changed my thinking on the formation:

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    And here is Alaba’s long-term replacement.

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    A decent enough performance and the result we wanted away from home. Lukas Kellnreitner made his debut in this match.

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    A very disappointing result this. Thuller came out rashly and didn’t win the ball leaving the goal open for their equaliser. We changed it up to 433 but couldn’t break down their back 4 and 2 DM formation.

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    Some fantastic defending and almost an equal measure of luck sees us beat Italy in a friendly. The will feel hard done by having 4 clear cut chances to our 0.

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    We needed a big win as Switzerland had gone ahead of us on goal difference. A very good result, even without Thuller up front.

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    I think our assistant might have a holiday home in Italy or something, he’s organised another away friendly against Italy. Italy were clinical, we were wasteful.

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    A good win, Ott stepped up today with 2 goals. We got ourselves a nice handsome win which sees us top the group, and gain promotion to Division A.

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    Final table, unbeaten. We go into the world cup qualifiers with another chance to have a go at the undefeated record – 17 games. We came within a game of it and the quarter final would have been 18.

  39. Austria - FIFA World Cup Qualifying (UEFA) - 2029

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    The best 11 from the Euros came through, a lot of real quality performances in there.

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    I had an interview for the Freiburg job in the Bundesliga, didn’t get the gig though.

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    I have been thinking that I may have to go for a Bundesliga 2 job, however I’m a little hesitant about it. That said there is one job down there I would like and that is at alternative Kult club St. Pauli. Amazingly, despite getting an interview, I didn’t get the job. I’m pretty worried at this point.

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    We matched our biggest ever win to get out world cup qualifying campaign off to a great start. Johann Thuller was on a 10 at half time. He finished the game with 9 goals and 2 assists, a hat-trick of hat-tricks. Ott finished the game with 2 goals and 5 assists.

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    Thuller breaks the record for goals in a match and become Austria’s all-time leading goal-scorer, currently on 50 goals.

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    A bit of a shock loss, but that is the hardest fixture of the campaign out of the way. We were unlucky but their pacey wingers caused us trouble on the break.

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    I got myself an interview with Bremen, all the noise in the press is very positive.

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    I said I didn’t fancy signing high profile players, I knew straight away that was a mistake, just say you’ll do it then don’t do it mun. Everyone lies in job interviews. That is easily the closest I have come to a job, and it was one in the Bundesliga too.

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    Palermo have given me an interview. They have actually been relegated to Serie B, could be a good challenge to get them back up, I’d fancy getting the title if I were to get the job.

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    A pretty routine win, Gerogia were more of a challenge than I expected truth be told but we put them away.

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    Another big win for our collection, I expect there are 2 more to come. Six more goals and another perfect 10 from Thuller, he’s having quite the campaign.

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    He has broken Ronaldo’s old goal-scoring record for the World Cup Qualifiers, in just 4 games, 18 goals, in 4 games. He’s going to set a record that will never be broken this year.

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    Palermo came back and offered me the job. The wage offered was considerably lower than what I was on at Randers. Their reputation is considerably lower than Randers, lower even than Swansea in the championship. Also, being a long way from Vienna (I’m not going to give up the Austria gig for such a low wage) would make things difficult juggling the two jobs. So, after much deliberation, I turned them down (I actually didn’t notice they had been relegated when I applied).

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    Terrible performance, we were lucky to come out of this game with anything, and it was at home. Ukraine beat Romania 3-0 away, we may well have to go through the playoff now. We’re 5 points of Ukraine now with 5 games to go.

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    Back to winning ways with an expected result against Malta. Ukraine drew with Georgia so we make up some ground.

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    A huge game against Ukraine. A win would have put us top. I was too worried about them getting us on the break which they always looked capable of doing. We couldn’t afford to lose, I would have rathered win but I’ll settle for a draw. We drop to 3rd as Romania won their game, but we play them next. We’re 3 points behind Ukraine and 2 points behind Romania with 3 games to go.

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    A hard fought and imperative win. Ukraine expectedly beat San Marino so we had to win here to keep ourselves in with a chance of topping the group. We’re 3 points behind Ukraine with 2 games to go, both at home, against Georgia and San Marino, 2 winnable games. Ukraine have Romania and Malta at home, it’s going to be tight.

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    A thumping win against Georgia, with Blechschmidt celebrating his 60th cap with 4 goals. Romania beat Ukraine which sends us top thanks to our enormous goal difference.

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    As I expected, a good solid win against San Marino. With Thuller out injured Blechschmidt has stepped up to fill the void the last two games.

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    That result sees us through to the World Cup in in Italy.

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    We finish top of our group, automatically qualifying for the World cup. It was a close run affair, that’s for sure.

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    have to say no sorry, but one day.

  40. Austria - FIFA World Cup - 2030 Italy

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    The draw for the World Cup group stage has been made. Not the worst draw ever, we have previous with Italy, the others I fancy my chances against them.

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    I got an interview for the Sparta Prague job, I really want this one.

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    I didn’t get the job

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    Best 11 for 2029, quite a few players there averaging over an 8.

    I’ve been applying for a host of jobs in the pre-January sales. The likes of Sampdoria, Sassuolo, Fiorentina, Freiburg, Maribor, Grasshoppers, Slovan Liberec, SV Ried, Young Boys, Lazio, Koln, Cheivo, Shalke and Bremen. I wasn’t offered any of the jobs. Not taking the Palermo job feels pretty stupid right now.

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    It might look a bit like a smash and grab, but it wasn’t that bad. We scored the only clear cut chance of the game. Almost half of Germany’s shots were long shots, and a lot came at the end when they went 433 and it was attack vs defence. A pleasing performance showing we can mix it with the big boys, which we will no doubt have to do at the world cup. The defence were awesome in this game.

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    Really tough decisions had to be made for this squad. I’ve gone for the same idea as the Euros, having a squad that can play both 451 and 433.

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    A brutal draw for the Nations League, I think whoever replaces me will be relegated.

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    The odds for the world cup have us as a 20-1 outside chance. Realistically we aren’t going to win it. But last time Ivory Coast won it so who knows.

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    We started with the 451 and got an early goal. We kept the lead till the 70th minute. We were probably just about second best. I changed to the 433, because f**k it, it’s a friendly, and straight away we were better. I think the plan has to be wait for them to come at me then switch to the 433, obviously it only works if we get the early lead.

    Didn’t get the INTER job.

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    Welcome to Italia '30. Off to a losing start, we went down to the hosts. We were very much in it until the sending off. We need to bounce back now.

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    We went out with a 433 from the start, I’ve beaten Chile with that formation in the past. It worked again. We’re back on course for the next round.

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    A nice looking win, it sees us finish second and qualify for the second round.

    The groups finished as follows:

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    The second round:

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    It’s going to take something special to beat Spain, but this is the world cup, it was always going to be tough. The winner of our match takes on the winner of the Poland v Morocco match.

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    Disappointing as we were by far the better side up until the sending off. It was a ridiculous sending off. A straight red tackle miles out, player going nowhere. I went 432 (the 433 less a striker), maybe I should have been more cautious and played for penalties, who knows. It was always going to be a tough ask.

    The results for the remainder of the world cup:

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    It was always my intention when taking the job to do a single rotation (Euros and World Cup) then leave. So I stepped down to give some one else a crack at the job.

    My record as Austria manager (1448 days, not 0):

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    I'm pretty pleased with that. A very nice win percentage. No cups but that was always going to be hard with Austria.

    My profile:

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    My coaching stats haven't done much, then again, I haven't been doing much coaching. My reputation is now up to 3.5 stars, 70%, so I am pleased with that. Also fluent in German, handy as the Bundesliga is where I want to go.
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  41. Job Hunt - 2030/31

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    Italy, Croatia, Holland, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, France, England and Portugal turned me down. But, with many nations replacing their managers, a few nice club jobs came up: Hoffenheim, Red Bull Leipzig, Napoli and Red Bull Salzburg. I think the RBL and Napoli jobs are too big for me, I really fancy the Salzburg job though.

    I got interviews for all four jobs but missed out on the Napoli and RBL jobs to Slavan Bilic and Diddier Deschamps respectively. The other 2 jobs I missed out to managers I’ve never heard of. Without the fall-back of saying “it is probably the fact that I am managing Austria putting them off” my ego has taken a bit of a bruising with these rejections. There were a lot of good managers out of work after the national team sackings/resignations. Perhaps I should aim a little lower.

    Then up came the Maribor job, “perfect” I thought to myself, “just the smaller job I’ve been looking for”. I got an interview, I was media favourite, but I didn’t get the gig. I was worried by this point.

    Over the period of almost a year I had unsuccessful interviews at: Grasshoppers, Luzern, Dresden, Ternana, Avellino, Trapani, Brescia, Admira Wacker Mödling, Slavia Prague, Újpest, Karlsruhe, Lazio, Udinese, SV Ried, Padova, Young Boys, Perugia, Austria Wien, Braunschweig, Cheivo, Unterhaching, Frankfurt, Sampdoria, Köln, Novara, INTER, Rostock, Crotone, Freiburg, Kladno, Kaiserslautern, First Vienna 1894, Torino, SV Grödig, Düsseldorf, Servette, Maribor (again), Senica, Erfurt, St.Pauli and Slovan Liberec.

    Eventually the pre-January sales came around for the second time in my stint away from football, determined to finally get back into the game I sent applications only to the better jobs: Mainz, Wolfsburg, Udinese, Slava Prague and Roma...

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    I’ve been out of the game for a while now, but it has been worth the wait. I have my move to the Bundesliga, and to a good club in Wolfsburg.

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    Not a huge move, in terms of distance, from Vienna to the heart of Germany. A very different city to Vienna. We picked up a 3 bed apartment in the heart of Wolfsburg for E500k, with a lovely view of the Volkswagen factory, and only 7 minutes from the stadium.

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    In order to get the job, I had to make a lot of promises. Not sure I can meet them all, especially making the most of set pieces, I’ve never been able to. I should be able to get an attacking direct system though.

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    A nice, transfer and wage budget, and a not too stressful league target. The club are already through to the first knockout round of the Europa league, where we will play Braga. After that there is one more round to meet the target of reaching the quarter-finals.

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    The media fancied Wolfsburg for a champions league spot this season. That’s not going to happen, but I will be looking for that next season if I survive in the job.

    Competitive results up to this point:

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    The table (plus a loss to Bayern):

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    Our friendlies over the winter break. I have been working on new tactics with the group. My initial feelings are that our finishing is not as good as it could be.

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    I brought in a backup right back and centre back (Niklas Schäf and Tadej Zupan respectively), I also had to replace a want-away centre back, Walter Vieira, we got E45m for him, and replaced him with an Argentine prospect for E15m.

    The first 11 in a 451 looks like this:

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  42. VfL Wolfsburg - German Bundesliga - 2031/32 Season

    3rd Quarter

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    Talk about a baptism of fire, away to Bayern first game. Not as bad as 2-0, maybe I shouldn’t have tried to play counter attacking after going 1 down. I tried a 343 towards the game, the team played it around nicely, shame the board want to play direct.

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    At home against a side around the bottom of the table, I went out with a 433 from the start, we played quite well and got a decent result.

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    Terrible, we missed tons of chances. They skimmed our fullbacks twice to get the cross in and score. Not finishing the game off when we have the chance put pressure on our defence it couldn’t handle.

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    It was terrible goalkeeping that saw us throw this game away, maybe I should have sat on my lead, then tried to defend the point rather than go for the win.

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    Had to come from behind in this, glad we did because I was real worried.

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    Couldn’t convert more than one of our ample opportunities. We then gave away a penalty at the end.

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    I felt really out of my depth in this game, a decent side but one that a club like Wolfsburg should be beating if they had top 4 ambitions (which they do). We get so many chances, decent ones too, and we just can’t put them away.

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    Another timid performance. We create loads of chances, just don’t score them. They’re decent chances too. Then the opposition go up the other end, score their first chance. No idea what to do. Only think I can think I can do is just carry on, hope I don’t get sacked, try sign new players in the summer.

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    A real and smash and grab here but I’ll take it. I really need the points to come from somewhere.

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    Another 1-0 win, it might not be what the board want, but I have to get the points on the board. We might have been at home but it was counter attacking and direct from the off (yuck).

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    We’re as we were when I took over, 12 points from 8 games, an average of 1.5 points per game. Better than the 1.11 points per game prior to my arrival, not as good as I would have liked though.

  43. VfL Wolfsburg - German Bundesliga - 2031/32 Season

    4th Quarter

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    A fantastic result against a side enjoying a good season. We persisted with 451dm counter attacking system and it worked extremely well. Board promises be damned.

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    We didn’t start well with the counter attacking system, we tweaked it to go attacking, took the lead, then at half time tweaked things again to go control. We saw the game out with ease in the second half and even added to our lead.

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    Got to be happy with that. We took the lead but then had a player sent off with a straight red for a needless challenge. I was hoping we could hold on, but we did more than that, we went on to score 2 goals. The fans are getting on my back about not playing a direct style. The passing is on more direct, I’m not going route 1.

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    Take that haters, a new clean sheet record, 5 games.

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    The run of consecutive clean sheets is over but who cares, we just came from behind twice to beat league leaders Dortmund to make it 6 wins on the bounce. To celebrate I went out and bought 3 players. Wait till you see them.

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    Another win against a team I turned down for this job. We’re marching on for continental qualification. The 3 players I signed, a winger either side and a midfielder, have gone through for a total of E37.25m.

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    Not happy, back to missing chances, disappointing as we were only 12 points off guaranteed Europa league place.

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    We managed to rescue a draw late on but this was a pathetic performance, just dreadful. We might just sneak 7th but 6th doesn’t look good, better hope Dortmund beat Hoffenheim in the cup final.

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    Got the result here, we were conservative once we got the goal and managed to hold out. I just need the points this season.

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    A real talent this kid is, fantastic player.

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    And we see the season out with a win. The post was their best player, pulled off some outstanding saves. We got there in the end though, Lainez back to his best.

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    That awesome run we went on saw us finish 6th, in the automatic Europa league qualification spots. A great achievement imo. In the last 9 games we picked up 7 wins, a draw and a loss, an average 2.44 points a game, that’s title winning form. Hopefully we can carry that form into the next season and go one better and qualify for the Champions league.

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    That’s a lot of money, I had no idea each place higher was worth so much money.

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    Oh mother, look at that. Can’t wait to get stuck into that.

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    There is the season best 11, I’m only responsible for half of it so I feel a bit meh.

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    End of season awards, Lainez gets young player of the season, was player of the season too for me but there you go.

  44. It's been a few days since an update, apologies. I've been busier and will be going forward. I will change the update format to monthly for this season, and possibly for the foreseeable.
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    VfL Wolfsburg - German Bundesliga - 2032/33 Season

    Pre-Season

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    A four star Argentine right winger arrives from Rosario Central for E6.75m, and it the first of the 3 players I bought in celebration of beating Dortmund.

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    And an Argentine left winger, 4.5 starts, ouff. This guy looks good. He comes in for E19m from Monterey in Mexico. Can’t wait to see what this guy can do.

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    And rounding off the celebration signings is a Brazilian central midfielder who will play the deep-lying-playmaker/advanced-playmaker role in the midfield. He comes in for E10.25m from Palmerias.

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    Down to business now. Gilhaus comes in fresh from wining the Europa league with PSV last season. I wasn’t overly impressed with our man between the sticks, and at E9m, I think this guy is good value.

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    This fellah comes in as backup for the defensive midfield ball winning position. In reality one of our better centre backs will move forward of better midfielders move back. He comes in from Karlsruhe in the 2. Bundesliga for E3m. He’s cheap and he’s German, so will help with the squad rules. In fairness to him, he has the stats where he needs them for a ball-winner.

    With those signings the squad is full. I have been courting a wunderkind left back from Koln, as our first choice left back is kicking off about not qualifying for the champions league. I had a E40m bid accepted for this kid but ballsed up the contract offer. I’m going to wait for his agent to cool down and have another go. I’ve not had an offer made for my want-away left back, but Tottenham are said to be very interested.

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    The board expectations for the season. Very reasonable, matching my own, and a generous budget to achieve the task (sorry the screen shot is in the wrong currency, the transfer budget was like E80m, and the wage budget about E3.2m).

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    The media have us down to finish top 4, I’ll be disappointed if I don’t achieve that, not to mention most likely sacked.

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    Yeah, I did do that.

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    Pre-season friendlies have gone well. Some good sides in there. I’m especially happy with getting one over on my arch-nemesis Carlo Ancelotti and his Monaco side.

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    I got my man in the end. Leider is the kind of player I want to fill my team with, young, German and with bags of potential. He comes in for E40m.
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    September 2032

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    First round of the German cup against a non-league side. I treated it as a final pre-season friendly and used it to build the fitness of the squad, we still won comfortably.

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    Draw for the group stage is alright, I think we can win the group if we play to our potential.

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    A laboured start to proceedings in the Bundesliga. We started counter in a counter attacking style, it just wasn’t working, we couldn’t even get a shot. I changed it to control half time, short passing. Moretti got us started with a wonderful free-kick, then Lainez (who Real Madrid boss Zidaine was there to watch) made it comfortable for us.

    I had a meeting with the board about the philosophies I’m to be judged on but they wouldn’t get rid of focus on set plays. I’m just going to ignore them and try play slick passing football, if they want to sack me for that they can go ahead.

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    Window has closed and I’ve gone big in this window with over E70m net spend and 2 of the biggest signings of the window.

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    Got the win in the end, can’t help but feel that we wouldn’t have without the sending off. It is what it is though and we’re on 6 from 6. Also, Leinez’s first was a free kick, helps with the set play target.

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    Struggled for shots on targets, still, we didn’t lose and the hardest game of the group is out of the way.

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    Gutted to lose 2 points so late in the game. They really went for it and are a good team so it’s hard to live with. Still it’s another point on the board and we are still undefeated in all competitions.

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    Really annoying to lose this, they’re having a good start yeah but still. We had 3 clear cut chances to their none. Our finishing was just not good enough. I regret not getting that striker in, perhaps too soon.

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    We were poor in front of goal again today, but were bailed out in by a late own goal. I’m starting to think of trying a 442 if things don’t improve.

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    It was the same old story in this game, not enough shots on target. We went 442 in this game with Schroder coming off the bench and bagging 2 goals. I think I’ll start 442 next match.

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    An ok start, if we keep up the current w/d/l ratio it should be enough for 4th, wouldn’t complain if it improved though.

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    I think we’re on course here to get through to the knockout rounds.

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    October 2032
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    The debut of the 442, we got the win, 1-0, it wasn’t that pretty, but that somehow feels right.

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    Schroder picked up a hernia so we are back to 1 up front, we started with 451dm switched to 451am and were much better.

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    We played the 451am from the start here and looked good, we will be rolling with it into the next match. Lainez ended his goal drought, I must be as glad as him.

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    What a result this was. It didn’t look good when we went a man down but damn we were clinical with our finishing, which feels great to say. A 4-0 win a man down away from home, that’s the kind of result that can kick-start a season.

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    A good win with 9 changes to the side. Lainez came off the bench to put us back in front, after that it was comfortable.

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    A decent result. We had a chance to win it with a penalty but Renan missed for the first time this season. This result continues our undefeated month.

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    We’re up to 4th now after a great month, with the current ratio we would be nailed on top 4.

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    Almost there in the Group stage.
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  47. Mike Bassett, football genius.

    Bringing a bit of English flair to Bundesliga, good start to the season all round!

  48. Thanks DerbyJack. "If I have seen further, it's by standing on the shoulders of giants."

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    VfL Wolfsburg - German Bundesliga - 2032/33 Season

    November & December 2032

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    Good win against Dnipro, they were having the kind of game where things were going in for them, but luckily we were able to out score them. Lainez becoming quite the player for us, which is actually a bit awkward for us. I have bought another striker that I’ve had my eye one, back when we were playing 442. This new formation looks like the one for now, which means we’ll have too many strikers, I can’t really offload the two backups I have at the moment because they are both German so Lainez would be the one to go and there is interest, but I don’t really want him to go.

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    That win sees us qualify for the knockout rounds, we even played a rotated side in the last match.

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    Frankfurt had a game plan and executed it well. They came out very defensive from the start and scored their only 2 shots on target. I had to throw the kitchen sink forward to get just a draw. Dropped points here.

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    Again, Schalke came out very defensive. They managed to score their first shot not long after Lainez missed a sitter. We had to really go for it and did get a goal back. Not the worst result ever but disappointing nonetheless.

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    Terrible in this match, not a single shot on target.

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    Just fucking awful. We’re back to not being able to finish our chances. Back to 442 for the next game now that Schroder is fit again.

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    Much better here with the 442, Hamburg were hammered in this game. We will defo be keeping with this formation for now.

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    We started out with a counter attacking 451dm ended with an attacking 442 trying to get back into the game. Can’t beat ourselves up over this loss, but with the other loses we’ve had this season it’s hard not to be annoyed.

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    We sign off the group stages in fine fashion. A comprehensive hammering of the Greek outfit PAOK. It was a complete performance, all the front 3 over 9 good defensive display, and the Gilhaus making some fine saves when asked to.

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    A good solid win here, even if Lainez wasn’t with it today (he lacks just that little bit of consistency). I stuck with a counter attacking style, even against a newly promoted side. Teams sit deep against us, so I will just sit back a little too and be patient, we have players who can make things happen.

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    Not the easiest side in the draw but there were some bigger I sides I could have come up against.

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    A tight one this. Started off with the 451dm-counter, weren’t that threatening. Went 451am-control, bit better. Went 442-attacking, got the goal. Straight back to 451dm-defensive to see the game out. Not what the board are after but we need to put the points on the board, I’m outside the top 4 as it stands.

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    So frustrating. Again a team came and sat deep, they were all over us though and took the lead through a set piece. The rest of the match was spent trying to get a goal back. We ended up 424-overload and eventually got something. We had the chances to win it but couldn’t put them away.

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    We go into the winter break in 5th, only a point off 3rd. We’re still well in the discussion for champions league, but I can’t help but feel a little disappointed with our performance so far, especially considering how much we’ve spent. Perhaps the steam still need to gel?

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    We came second in our group, missing out on goal difference to Saint-Etienne.

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    January 2033

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    This lad comes in as 4th choice centre back. He’s German and replaces a non-German back up. Not much else to say, he might make it to the first team one day.

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    Facundo comes in potentially as a replacement for Lainez. He’s better than him and has the attributes I like for a lone striker.

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    This guy knows me and I know him from my time in charge of Austria. We didn’t have anyone fully comfortable playing attacking midfield. I’m happy to be reunited.

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    Hmmm, didn’t seem that much when I was spending it.

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    Just the one friendly, a decent performance.

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    F**king terrible. We had 20 shots, 4 on target, gave away 2 penalties. Dropped points again. Furious.

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    Right at the end of the window Real Madrid and PSG came in for Moretti, we had a falling out over him wanting to go to Madrid, who he didn't even go to in the end, so I let him leave. We got the full minimum release clause for him and turned a tidy E27.5m profit on him after just half a season.

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    This is the man I've brought in to replace Moretti, it's a bit of a strange one as he's a striker. He can play on the left wing and with a bit of training should be fine out there. With the number of strikers we have now we have the opportunity to play 433. This guy is world class and I've had my eye on him for a while, at E15.25m he's a real bargain.

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    With those final transfers the net spend is down to E96m, what happens with that record now? Bit premature eh?

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    Oh boy, this seems to happen to me a lot in this save. In Denmark I built up a bit of a reputation as a wheeler dealer. Those last two transfers both went through on deadline day. I'm sure the press love me.

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    (This took me ages, and I love it all the more for being shit)

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    February 2033


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    Disappointing performance. We were never in the game, it was individual brilliance by Iglesias. There was an incident with him though. He’s on the transfer list already. I didn’t put him in the Europa league squad because I couldn’t. He kicked off and now wants to leave. Hopefully he will cool down before we get an offer for him.

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    A good win against a side seemingly always willing to give us one in the German cup. Macho’s first goal for the club, and an assist for him too.

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    Disappointing, our shooting was woeful.

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    Gah, disappointing again. Their only shot on target, so late in the game gives them the draw.

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    Our dominance in the first half was almost total, but we couldn’t score. We went more attacking, but still couldn’t get the goal, despite putting the ball in the back of the net and having a penalty. More emphasis on attack let them back into the game but thank god they couldn’t get through. I called a team meeting about performances and it went well, hopefully it makes a difference.

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    Coming up to my 500th game in management. It’s really flown by to be fair and I’ve come a long way from the Danish second Division.

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    What a performance this was, and hopefully just the tonic for our stuttering season. Pereira was outstanding and bagged a hattrick. We celebrate my big 5-0-0 with a big 5-0.


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    Not the hardest draw, we just dodged Athletico Madrid, but there are much easier teams we could have played. We’re one of the bigger sides still in the competition, so there is a chance for a trophy here.

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    The second game in a row we’ve scored 5, hopefully we can keep the goals flowing for the rest of the season. It was a funny old game and it seemed like they would score every attack, which wasn’t that often for most of the game.

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    We’re back up to 5th after slumping to 6th for a time. We really need to kick on as I’ve been in the odds for the sack race the last two times a Bundesliga boss has been sacked. With the board annoyed over broken promises from my interview, I really don’t think they would accept anything but top 4 come the end of the season.

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