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Newcastle United: The Era of Vieira

Started on 4 February 2014 by Trop
Latest Reply on 19 February 2014 by PJGrieve7
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So I've decided to write a new story. The challenge is to achieve all my goals (listed below) within five years. The story is planned to end at the end of the five years, but who knows? Not everything goes to plan.

Reasons For Choosing Newcastle

Newcastle are a team I've always loved to manage on FM, and I thought I'd take a moment to apprise you on the reasons that make Newcastle such a great club to manage. Not only do they have a polished squad (for the most part, it could do with a few tweaks here and there), but the spirit of the players and the staff is to be admired. Of course they don't win every game, and they don't finish in the top six every season, but the determination and mindset in general of the squad makes them such a delight to manage, as they're a team that are always open to new suggestions, tactics and signings. They take nothing negative from changes being made to the squad. And change the squad is exactly what I intend to do. The first team are such a talented bunch, but their youth squad? Not so much. The only two worth a mention are Brandon Miele and Remie Streete, and they're not exactly shining with potential either. Tim Krul, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote being our fundamental players and of course Hatem Ben Arfa, our most vital player, but he is yet to culminate. Hatem isn't for sale, but if an offer is made that I cannot refuse, I shall consider letting him go. I plan to be very active in the upcoming transfer window, there will be a few ins, and a few outs, but it will be for the good of the club.

My Goals For The Upcoming Five Years:

- Win the Premier League within five seasons
- Sell ten players from, and sign ten players for the first team
- Win the final of the FA Cup
- Win the Capital One Cup
- Win the 'manager of the year' award
- Have two or more players selected for team of the year
- Reach the semi finals of the Champions League

My main focus (aside from achieving my goals), is to improve the youth squad. As I mentioned earlier, the youth squad is below average in comparison to others. I shall be signing many youngsters, who will look to earn themselves a place in the first team in years to come. Just to clarify, youth signings will not be part of my 'Sign ten first team players' goal, as well, they're not in the first team. Haha.

Meet The Manager
I will be taking over as Patrick Vieira. Who else could fit the team better? Although originally from Dakar, Senegal, Vieira's primary nation is now France, the same nationality of nine of players in the Newcastle first team. Vieira is a footballing giant when it comes to midfielders. Vieira has played for Cannes, Milan, Juventus, Manchester City, Internazionale (Inter Milan), and most of all Arsenal. Vieira was outstanding for Arsenal, although I'm a Chelsea fan, I used to turn on the Arsenal game, just to see this man play. He has 107 appearances for the France national team, and quite recently became manager of the Manchester City reserves, after retiring from football whilst a player for their club. Vieira spoke freely in conference - "I would like to take this opportunity, to thank every fan, friend, teammates, manager, everyone involved in the sport, for the moments, memories and footballing experience you have gave me. The time has come to retire from football, a sport I always have, and always will love. I have decided to leave Manchester City, a club dear to my heart, to take over as the Newcastle United manager. It is an honour to manage alongside some of the greatest managers the world has seen, especially Wenger. A man I seen as a second father. I feel I will have a long, and successful career, and I can't wait to see what the future brings. Thank you."
  • Good luck! Paddy V is a top man! Nice banner too :)
    Title is catchy for some reason :') Good luck pal!
    good luck mate i tried to do a newcastle story but got fired lol
    Nice start lad, loved vista so will follow:P loving the banner, black & gold goes well it seems :)
    Good luck mate! :)
    Good luck Trop :)
    Good luck Trop!
    Good Luck Trop!
    Good luck! Nice banner!
    Good luck
    In the past week we've managed to pen a sponsorship deal with Lionsgate, the contract is said to last three years. Hopefully the fact the kits are Umbro doesn't hurt the team's morale. Haha. (Thanks to Tanay for making the kits)


    So we're into pre-season. I decided to play my first three friendlies before making any major transfers, to give me the opportunity to analyse the squad before making any big moves in terms of transfers. However, I did sign three free agenta within the first week: Frederic Kanoute, Diacko Fofana and Lewis Putman.

    Putman may seem a bit of an odd signing, but he is mainly for the reserves. Although he has low ability, both current and potential, I am sure he can contribute to the team with his 17 finishing. Kanoute is an outstanding player, but he is ageing. He is a temporary signing, for the upcoming season. I highly doubt he will be part of next years squad, as although he has great ability, I look to bring my future signings into the first team. Fofana is a great signing in my opinion. He is one for the future of course, but with the potential he offers, I couldn't turn him down. Especially on a free.

    Our first friendly was against the U21's. We dominated. Although we only scored three, we dominated in possesion. They had 0 shots the whole game, but Sissoko scored an own goal. #Benched. Ben Arfa claimed man of the match after assisting both Cisse and Marveaux.

    Our second friendly was against Legia. I expected a win, even with only four of my regular starting line-up playing. We dominated the game, and the two frequent benchwarmers Gosling and Sammy Ameobi bagged themselves a goal.

    The third game was a big one, Atletico. To be honest, I was very pessimistic coming into this game. I rested both Coloccini and Mbiwa, but Taylor and Williamson proved worthy. Kanoute also made his debut, winning a penalty, which Debuchy tucked away comfortably.

    After agreeing that top half of the table is a reasonable target, the board are yet to confront me with my transfer budget for the season. Eder Alvarez Balanta, Yassine Benzia, Mattia Destro, Doria and Luciano Vietto are all rumoured to be in talks with Newcastle. Let's hope the board are generous.
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    @Paddy Thanks :P
    @Lucas Haha, I guess it kind of is :)
    @Jason Well, hopefully I don't get fired :D
    @Aaron Thanks :) it's one of the few colours that does
    @Jonteraronsson & Pompey & Edu & Walter & Jonaldinho & Captainbrickarms You all said the same thing :P Thanks!
    Tanay made decent kits? :O
    Very nice graphics and kits! Pretty good pre-season results too!

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