Back on Football Manager 2013, my unemployed journey did not get off to the best of starts. I had set my past footballing experience to Sunday League Footballer and my first club was HSV in the German Bundesliga. I was set up to fail as the players that were at the club didn’t want to listen to a novice who had had no previous managing experience. It was simply impossible to get them on side. Ultimately, I got sacked and finally found my way to Rotherham United which went much better with me helping them gain promotion in my first season in charge. The arrival of FM14 halted any further progress I am confident I could have made.
This time around I have managed to avoid being sacked but instead have decided to resign from my position as manager of Grimsby Town. I am absolutely gutted that I could not achieve even a play-off spot with this club as I had managed to steer them into a great position just the previous month. We were destined to get a play-off spot, head to Wembley for the second time this season, and get ourselves promoted to Sky Bet League 2. What actually occurred was disastrous. We went on an abysmal losing streak which saw us slide far away from the play-off spots and instead to a mid-table position. I will take sole blame for this dramatic change in fortunes but would also say that the long term injury to our main man, Liam Hearn, did have a big impact on the team. We were simply lost without him and just found it difficult up front. The team’s morale was shattered more and more after each game and our destiny changed from play-off contenders to a mid-table finish. I will come away with my first trophy of my unemployment challenge but I will also walk away with the disappointment of a terrible end to the season.
It is going to be interesting to see which teams, if any, offer me their manager’s position after this poor showing as Grimsby Town boss but I will go into it confident of doing well, just like I did with Rotherham United.