After a brief break, Liam is back with the A-Z challenge. Espanyol are make great progress but can they overcome their illustrious neighbours?
As we approach the end of the season, that has been incredibly difficult and inconsistent, we do indeed still find ourselves in the semi finals of the Copa Del Rey, facing Real Sociedad. They sit 5th in the league, 2 places above us as we have surprisingly climbed to 7th spot. Funnily enough, the first leg is next.
It is only at half time, that I see some of the quality this club have to offer. Bixente Lizarazu, Aitor Karanka, Sabri Lamouchi and Marcio Amoroso will give us a lot of trouble. The first half ends drab 0-0 but as we hit the 2nd half, the game comes to life. Hagi gives us the lead, but is cancelled out by Urzaiz, and that is how it finishes. A strong away goal to take into the 2nd leg.
Merry Monday to you! Rob is here with the start of season 5 for Sao Paulo in the World League. Will they feel the pressure of being defending champions?
Welcome to Season five, this will be the last season of our Sao Paulo adventure, we are the reigning English International Champions. The mission in this final season is clear, defend the league title and FA Cup and win the Champions League, a small ask. The squad is pretty stable and since I don’t need to invest for the future I only make three purchases, Bodo Illgner is in as backup keeper and hopefully these two will add a little extra spark.
Greetings and welcome back to the Retirement Home. In a rare turn up, we aren’t in a relegation scrap at this point of the season. The league table makes you realise we’re up against teams who have conceded three times fewer goals than we have. Let’s see if we can look up rather than down.
You may remember earlier in the year when Ross tried – and failed – to make Leeds United a force again. Spurred on by their real life achievements, Ross is back in the dugout in 1997 to give it another go…
Let’s try this again shall we! Way back in January 2020 back when things were normal and no one ever wore a facemask I took on a task set to me by our overlord here Dave to try and have a successful season with Leeds…It went badly to say the very least, we survived relegation on the final day thanks to a 0-0 draw with Wimbledon.
So let’s run it back, we’ve all had time to grow and learn, let’s see if I can make it work 8 months down the road.
First up just like last time is Spurs, this time it’s different, not massively we still fail to actually beat them but a 1-1 draw is sure better than a 4-3 loss! Oh yeah you may notice some much smarter signings this time around. Emmers and Page lead me to a league title with Liverpool and I needed an AMC so please welcome Par Zetterberg to partner David Hopkin in the AMC roles.
Hello fellow Champ man-ers, and welcome to part 4. Last week the Aces began to hit some form, continuing to take points off the big sides, and putting one foot into the cup quarter-finals. We rejoin the action with a trip to 14th-placed Genoa…
Genoa are another side who joined us in promotion from Serie B last season, and they haven’t won in 4 games. Hofland returns for Klompe and Kerr is in for the injured Lundén. It’s level at half time after Madeira cancels out Varini’s early goal. We continue to threaten in the second half, but despite 6/12 shots on target, it’s another frustrating draw. We really could have done with a win there with the games we’ve got coming up.
“Fit to manage? No, not to live. O Alloa miserable. With an untitled tyrant bloody-sceptered, what shall thou see they wholesome days again?” Not one for optimism, this Macduff fella, that we can turn the season around. Although he has sensed how low the morale is in the dressing room. What’s up with everyone?? I know we’re following the Steve Seagal approved method of anti-therapy but we’re in the Premiership lads! Come on!
A bad run of form has seen us wallowing in the mud and mire. We’re pretty much safe from the drop but nothing higher than 4th can realistically achieved.
I’ve place McDaid, the all-round wizard, into the advancing midfield role and he returns my confidence in his abilities by getting a goal and an assist in the space of two minutes.
I decide to bolster the front line up even more, and the Bunnymen are robbed of their front man. He’s injured at the moment but at least he’s feeling alright, unlike the rest of the miserable lot he’s about to join.
After his 2nd goal, McDaid gives me same look Jay Boothroyd gave Mick McCarthy after his one and only dazzling display in Old Gold. 5 (five) goals?? Worryingly, they’re all coming from midfield.
The Jack-the-Green clad Hibs are put aside by another McDaid goal. He’s really proving a point now…
McCulloch plays his first match and grabs a brace while McDaid is really taking the piss now.
It’s coming to international break time while more matches are being re-arranged through the cup progress of other teams so we’re able to have a nice break. I also decide to bring in another striker to nail on our goalscoring streak. Billy Spence has been moaning and he’s sold on deadline day. You’ve been good but £800k is a pretty good return.
I also sign the Scottish one and only, complete with a leather jacket, unplugged Strat and beauty spot. He’s bursting with joy and song!
Thomo gets one in on his debut and we’ve played the bottom four in the last five games to bring our form back on line.
Our new frontline in clicking nicely and we match our previous meetings result. Amazingly, we’re up to 3rd!
Our optimism is dashed by a very drab 0-0. Spring is in the air, but not in our feet.
Two days later, we’re at Ibrox being slaughtered. Cairns, hands and legs ablur, and we nick a point.
At least the board are happy with that, even though we drop back down to 4th.
Hibs come back for more punishment but our Bunnyman is striking the right chord.
With two matches to go, Dundee are a point above us in 3rd. They quickly turn on the Brown stuff and it looks like we’ll have to settle for 4th. But side 2 has the better tunes and Denham gets a last minute winner!
Just Celtic to play to try on the last day of the season to secure 3rd. Emile, the fasted man over 6 yards (standing to the floor) gives us the nerve-jangles. But that man McDaid pulls one back and we’re left to tune into Ray Stubbs who has control over the vidiprinter these days.
Word comes through that Dundee Utd have have also drawn and amazingly, we finshed 3rd. 3RD!!!!!
Money!!! Actual money too!
I decide to skip the end of year awards bash and have an early night. By dawn and my sleep filled eyes are trying to make out the words on p302 and news hits we’ve won the Fair Play Award which UEFA gives out an extra cup place! If we don’t qualify through 3rd, we’ve got to get our passports renewed!
Hello! For those of you who follow my Twitter ramblings, you’ll know a good friend of mine built a program to help find regens. I’ve had a go with it and it’s really quite good though it has some shortcomings. As a disclaimer, neither of us are in a position to offer an awful lot of help right now so I have put my understandings below and if you want to play around and report back, that would be great.
Hello and welcome back to The Wonderkids where our minus men are closing out season 5 of their existence. If you missed it, you can catch-up with last week here. We had a torrid start to our season and started out in the bottom half of the table. Multiple cup-runs have left us playing catch-up and we remain 5 points behind the leaders, but this time with a game in hand and 11 games to go. Here’s a reminder of our position:
Good day! I’m delighted to bring you episode 8 of Champ Manager on the Post, our podcast celebrating the CM series. You can listen to the episode here
We’ve now covered all of the individual games so we have a slightly different approach for this and all future episodes. We’ll be talking to various members of the community to celebrate everybody keeping the series alive. Read on for the full synopsis of this episode!
Good morning! It might be a bank holiday but Rob is still here with the latest from Sao Paulo and the CM World League
It’s the final run in of season four, we are in a position to win both the Premier League and FA Cup. Winning both would mean that we will have won every domestic trophy possible in four seasons. It seems a long time since we won the Auto Windscreen Shield and Division 3 in season one. There is a long way to go before that though.
Our first game is at home to Sporting Lisbon, the stats for this game are ridiculous and I really hope it is not a sign of things to come. By the looks of it they barely touched the ball in our defensive third but we only hit the target 33% of the time so only have ourselves to blame for this 0-0 draw.