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  1. Thanks, I really appreciate your comment.
  2. added 0 minutes later Thanks for following! I will indeed need a good set of skills
  3. Chapter 4: Two struggling subjects, one objective — “Welcome to Bury, Mr. Fernandez. How has your stay been?”— said Steve Dale in a amicable voice. He was the chairman here at Bury FC, which he had just bought for 1£. He had been a somewhat successful businessman until now but as for today he was sick here at Bury, just as me. Is that ironic? I don’t really care. —“It’s been good, I arrived today so nothing to write home about”—I said, my words came out too rude, but well, one can’t erase what’s already been said — “So what’s the deal? What am I here for?”— —“Ok. As you know the club has been going through tough times lately and we feel a manager with your reputation and coaching ability can help us achieve our short and long term goals”— —“Yes, I understand that, that’s applies almost to every managerial interview I’ve been to. What I mean is what do you want me for? What are your goals? What do you offer me? Why me?”— —“Thought we might hit it off with some small talk, but I see you want the raw facts straight from the beginning”— he said understandably reluctantly— “Let’s start with the goals” —“Ok then”— I said as I opened my notebook, pulled out a pen and leaned back in my chair- —“As I’ve said, the institution has both short and long-term goals. Our short-term goals are promotion to League One in the next two seasons, we also want you to rebuild the squad and give game time to our youngsters”— this felt very rehearsed—“as of the long-term goals, we are expecting the team to play Championship football in no more than 5 years and Premier League in no more than 10. We also want you to know that the economic stability of the club relies heavily on you, so try buying cheap and selling high” —“The long-term goals are somewhat unrealistic, but I understand.” — I replied — “Now let’s talk numbers, how much will I earn?” —“You’ve probably heard it somewhere that Bury are going through a very tough time financially speaking, so there’s no too much to offer you. As you are a top manager coming down the leagues, we can pay you a little bit more than what managers at this level are paid, around 200,000£ per annum, and we can offer you full control of some important club affairs. We thought you could use us as stepping stone to revitalize your career, which as Bury FC is having an all time low. You help us grow, we help you grow, that’s it”.—he mentioned trembling. To be fair 200K is a lot for a manager at this level, but I wasn’t changing the comfortability of Spain for Bury for that amount. As if I hadn’t been enough of a cunt already I said: —“200k? If you pay peanuts, expect monkeys. I’m sorry Dale but I won’t take that”— —“Mr.Fernandez…uhm… we really wan’t you here at Bury, but we can’t risk our stability because of only one man, 250,000£ is my final offer”— That’s what I’m talking about, those 50K are enough to pay one year rent for a decent house, a new car and my son’s school. The remaining 200K were worth the risk of managing such a small team. —“I’ll take it, when do I sign?”— —“Why not now? We can get the paper work ready in ten minutes”— his eyes lid up —“All right”— I said, “Why am I doing this to myself?” I thought
  4. Chapter 3: Never read Bury's Newspaper before an interview — “You can wait right here, Mr. Dale will receive you in a few minutes” — said the secretary as she showed me into the wait room. It was a comfortable room. A regular sized couch and a small table, filled the tiny room. The dim light and relative heat inside the room helped me with the nerves. an interview was an interview and therefore should be treated as one. I’ve always said job interview were among an adult’s most nerve-racking moments (imagine being judged, with uncomfortable questions, false emotions and cliché phrase being thrown at you for an hour straight; something like a family reunion), and today wasn’t the exception. To ease myself I picked up the newspaper: The Bury Today; I skipped through it until I reached the sports section “Nothing new” I thought as I saw it packed with Manchester City and United news, again. I kept reading until… — “Ok, that definitely changes everything”— I said aloud as I read “Bury FC in danger of disappearing: board owes players 2 months salary” What was I doing here? Could I ditch the interview with a fake excuse and get myself our of here? —“Mr. Fernandez, Mr. Dale is ready, please follow me”—said the secretary from the other side of the room. Too late, I’d have to stay here at least for another hour.
  5. S4NCH0

    Kanchelskis also goes Dutch! (Season 5)

    Didn't really expect a lot from a lot from your batch of players, but damn are they good. Congratulations man! Keep it going, and you'll get every objective
  6. Chapter 2: Great Manchester has a new dweller I got out of the plane at Manchester Airport. What a cold morning it was, and to imagine just months ago I was at Vigo with a beach walking distance away from my home. I regretted the decisions that brought me here. As I waited for my bus I walked into a newsstand and read some of that days newspapers, “Will Ole last any longer at the wheel?”, “Is this year’s Champions League success an ultimatum for Guardiola?”, and “Pogba gets yet another haircut” were some of the headlines. I read through the sport section, bloody Manchester United and Manchester City were every where, guess I’d have to get used to it, until my bus arrived. The bus arrived, I hoped on it and took my seat. As I was getting comfortable and ready to take a nap someone approached me: — “Mr. Fernandez, we’ve heard them rumors and are delighted to have you as our new head coach, the papers say you are here to sign the contract”— he said in a trembling, excited voice. — “Ummm not really, nothing’s sure yet, I’m just here to negotiate. Now if you’d like a picture or something it has to be now cause I’m about to take a nap” We took a picture together, I signed his jersey and turned my head to the window. I woke up around 80 minutes later, we were almost there, the traffic and the various stops had made the bus ride a slow one. Some minutes later I hoped off the bus, called a taxi and headed to my final destination. — “To Gigg Lane, please” — I said
  7. Thanks! I'll try to upload the next part tonight.
  8. Mini articles: Some challenge to tackle if the league is added You Can't Win Anything with Niños As mentioned before Atlas and Pumas UNAM are both famous in Mexico due to their ability to produce youngsters, but recently they haven't lived up to that reputation. So a good challenge could be to revitalize the Academy of these teams. Maybe you could try to play using only players promoted through your ranks, or try an easier challenge and play with purely U-23s giving some priority to your youth. Bring Back their Glory Can you take Atlas and Cruz Azul back to their glory days? Atlas has forgotten what lifting a title feels and with 69 years without a league teaching them how to win and channeling their efforts towards a title could be a tough, fun challenge. As for Cruz Azul, their last title win is more recent (22 years ago) so the memory of glory is still there, however, more than 20 head-coaches have come and go and haven't been able to take Cruz Azul to the top. Their "Big Team" status, their economic strength and their recent investment in youngsters are all good foundations upon which you could build a project. Save the Drowning Shark The Tiburones (sharks) of Veracruz have gone through 33 games without winning and are on the verge of breaking a world record. Have you got what's needed to save them from that horrid record and revert their current situation? Their very bad players and precarious economic situation won't make your job easier. Club World Campeones As a more general one, can you get Mexican football its first ever Club World Championship? Thanks for reading. Till next time.
  9. Bonfiglio turns into an absolute beast as he grows older,I remember seeing a career thread (can't remember whose) where he was used, and he progressed insanely. Also, more than one goal per game for a 16 year old are very positive stats. Keep it up.
  10. Bzzzz…. Bzzzz…. Bzzzz… —“Ughrrrrr self-reminder: don’t wake up so early”— I said as, without lifting my face from the pillow, I searched for the snooze button. Bzzzz…. Bzzzz…. Bzzzz…. No snooze button, I couldn’t turn off the alarm, it was someone calling. — “Who can it be so early in the morning?”— I cleared my eyes and opened them with difficulty. Bzzzz… Bzzzz… Bzzzz… It wasn’t “early in the morning” it was 1:20 pm, guess I had no choice but to pick the phone up. Bzzzz… —“Yes?” —I said — “Santiago, hope you weren’t sleeping again at this time of the day”— said the voice on the other side of the phone, it was George my agent. — “No, no, no, how could I? I was working on some… err… manager stuff. You wouldn’t know”— my voice made it clear that I had been, indeed, sleeping just seconds ago. — “Yeah sure, so I asume there’s no point in asking if you saw the interview I got you, is there?”— he was getting sick of me, I had been unemployed for the last 3 months since I was dismissed from my post as Celta de Vigo’s manager, and while he hadn’t stopped working, searching for new jobs, I had been packing some weight and living the worst life. —“Santiago, are you still there?”— —“Ah, ah yes of course”—I had drifted into my thoughts —“the offer, of course I saw it” —“And what do you think?”— you could hear he was getting overwhelmed by the situation —“Yeah, it’s great, I’ll pack some stuff and travel to my appointment, can you arrange that?”— —“Yeah whatever, just don’t let it slip away this time, your last interview with Zaragoza was a disgrace”— he said in a serious voice— “ if you don’t start managing soon, there’s no point in me being here”— He hung up. What could be the offer? I asked myself as I processed the conversation I had just had. Would I be managing a team in Southern Spain, enjoying life by the beach with some drinks and beautiful views? Or would I manage a team in a big european city, with good restaurants and historic landmarks to walk around? Both ideas excited me. As I browsed my email looking for the offer George had got me, I couldn’t stop thinking about the possibilities my future held, until I found the email. I was in shock when I found out about the interview my agent had gotten me. I immediately called my agent: —“You got to be kidding me George”— to be continued…
  11. Yeah, it is almost imposible to implement and maybe the article now has no point hahaha, but still I think it is cool to read about other leagues and get to know other cultures. An article on indian football would be delightful to say the least. Thanks for your comments.
  12. Big, Historic, Rich and other Liga Mx Teams As the title says, in this new topic I will be going over the 19 teams of Liga Mx. Some in more detail than others, and for some of them I’ll even add a challenge you the user could take on if the League were ever to be added. I’ll divide the teams into some categories, let’s start: The “Fantastic” 4 Known as the Big Four (Los cuatro grandes) they have been, except for Club America, everything but fantastic in recent years. However, their history, fanbase, traditions, and players give them a “Big” team status. The North $uper Power$ Although the capital is Mexico City and its located in the center of the country, the real industrial development and economic capital is up-north, precisely in Monterrey. This richness translates to football as well, and in recent years both of Monterrey’s teams have seen an economic boom which has brought value to their squad. The remaining 13 Ahead, I will quickly go over the remaining 13 teams, I won’t go into detail and just mention a few aspects and players to look out for. That’s all for today, tomorrow I’ll post a mini-article where I talk through some interesting challenges the Liga Mx offers to its users. As for today, I’m out. Thanks for reading, a comment would be really appreciated. Till next time.
  13. Well, let's not compare Liga MX to the almighty Brazilian and Argentinian leagues hahaha, but I do agree it would have some big impact on the game. It would definitely enhance the experience. Problem is we can't get the three of them, so we will have to see what SEGA decides to add. MLS is already very interesting (my favorite league to watch after the Prem and Liga MX atm) , and I agree Liga Mx would boost the experience. But I guess SEGA will continue down its european bias (which is fully understandable and enjoyable) and add maybe Ukraine and Switzerland. Hope I'm wrong tho. Thanks for your comments, I really do appreciate them.
  14. Thanks for the response, I understand reading all of it would be exhausting hahaha, I thought maybe it could be useful as a background article to come back to if you ever want to play with a Liga MX team. I also agree that the implementation of Liga Mx to the game would be a headache, but leagues like the Belgian and Australian ones already play a "liguilla" format. The problem lies in the relegation system, which in essence is the opposite to the European Coeficients we already have.
  15. It seems like this hasn't been a popular article despite my efforts. Any way, I'll be posting the 4th. point today and the 5th and 6th points along the week.