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A Trip Down Memory Lane

Emulating Football Managerial Greats
Started on 8 September 2014 by Stumped / First Post
Latest Reply on 17 September 2014 by Stumped / Last Post
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5 yearsEdited

The Challenge

When playing FM I often look at the Hall of Fame to see how many points I am off the top. Plenty. It then occured to me that there are some names in there who are not recognized as much as Ferguson, Shankly, Paisley, Clough. Did you know the man with the most league championships after Ferguson is a fellow named George Ramsay? Did you also know he holds the record for most FA Cups as a manager? 6 for both. Over a 42 year period. Incredible!

This is where this challenge comes into play. I usually buy FM around New Year time. There are a few months to go. I want to try and tell the tale of my attempts of emulating managerial greats. From Fergie to Clough. Shankley to Ramsay. Guttmann to Sacchi. It will take time. It will cross over into FM 15. But it’s something I’m really keen on and to do in one single game file (on each game). I know my targets. I won’t manage for their full terms. Take Busby. In 24 years at United he won 5 titles, 3 FA Cups, 1 European Cup and 5 Charity Shields. I have a 24 year time period to emulate that in. Once it’s done I move on in their steps of their career or in Busby’s case retire. Then do it again with another manager.

The Challenge is set!
Stan Cullis

Stan Cullis managed three teams in his managerial career.His first club was a team in the Norwegian lower leagues called Fredrikstad. I’ve chosen to not take this up purely because he was only there for a matter of months and there is no record of achievement. In addition it wouldn’t be beneficial for me in getting my CV up to get the Wolves job.

He spent 16 years at his boyhood club Wolverhampton Wanderers. As a former player and captain he had respect and admiration and led the club to hugely successful times winning the league title 3 times and the FA Cup twice as well as 1 Charity Shield. However in his final years in charge Wolves struggled and he was surprisingly sacked in 1964.

Following a year out of the game he took up the post at Birmingham City. He spent 5 years in charge with no real achievement.

Wolves Appoint Stan Cullis

Wolverhamton Wanderers have appointed former captain Stan Cullis as their new manager. Cullis, a long serving player and fan favorite at the club has replaced Kenny Jackett.

Wolves have suffered the ignominy of back to back relegations and now sit in League 1. It's been a quick decline which has seen the club suffer both on the pitch and off it too.

Cullis is aware of the challenge ahead of him in what is his first senior management job. He told the press at his unveiling that "Wolves are the team in my heart and I am deeply unimpressed at our rapid downfall. I am determined and driven to get this club back up to the top level and with a period of stability and getting my plans into to place I will do so"

The Wolves directors weren't so forthright but nonetheless were delighted to see Cullis back at the club. His challenge in the short run is to get the club straight back to the Championship.
Great choice of manager and a great choice of club, will be following. Welcome to the site
Wolves is a really fun save

I know they don't have a large transfer budget but you don't really need it as their squad is easily Championship level already
Really interesting concept, good luck! I will be following.

Perfect Pre-Season

Stan Cullis's regime as manager has got off to a flying start. While pre-season is built up to be all about fitness and team bonding, the convincing results and goalscoring form gives everything to be optimistic about the upcoming season. The highlight of the friendly fixtures was that fantastic victory against Atletico Madrid in the new manager's first home game. Cullis has promised to bring back attacking football and high intensity football to the supporters. If pre-season was anything to go by the club are in for a good season.

Stan Cullis:
At Wolves the expectation of the board, fans and myself is to get promoted. It’s my intention to get the automatic spots. I want League 1 to be a quick job. There is no reason why with the players we have we can’t achieve this. Friendlies went very well. Yes we didn’t play against great opposition until Atletico. But the ruthlessness and clinical edge is what I want to achieve.
Pressing high up the pitch to force opposition players into errors. For this reason my attacking players like Sako, Henry, Dicko, Ismail who have the pace and attributes to be a menacing force have to be rotated. I want my players to be fit and fresh. We have a fairly large squad as it is because double relegation has meant everything at the club has happened rapidly. Under my leadership I have to balance things out.,,10794~12743294,00.jpg

Stearman Bids Rejected

Wolverhampton Wanderers have rejected bids of £1.5m from Celtic and Derby County for the transfer of Richard Stearman. The player is said to be wanting the move with club sources revealing that the demands of higher level football could push Wolves into a corner where they cannot refuse the sale.

Manager Stan Cullis was unavailable for comment.
Really like the layout of the story, keep up the good work! Great win against Atletico. Did they field a weakened side for the match, if not that is a great scalp, regardless of it being a friendly.
2014-09-09 16:22#193692 Terminal : Really like the layout of the story, keep up the good work! Great win against Atletico. Did they field a weakened side for the match, if not that is a great scalp, regardless of it being a friendly.

Thanks buddy :).

Yeah to be fair it was a weakened side, and we played our top eleven due to it being the last friendly. Still take it regardless!
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5 yearsEdited

No Wolves incomings - Cullis

Wolves manager Stan Cullis has given the squad he inherited from Kenny Jackett his backing to take the club to promotion during a promotional event featuring all Football League clubs.

Stan Cullis:
I know we were expected to win the league. The players I have are a talented group but in my system I need my players to be fit for purpose and in form. The young core of my squad is important and I could have bought some experience into the squad, but the challenge of playing and scrapping in this division will suit these younger players like Danny Baath, Jack Price, Liam McAlinden and others well.
We had interest in our captain Richard Stearman from Celtic and Derby. I raised his asking price to 3m, double his value because I want to ensure his qualities remain at this club. He wasn’t happy at the start. But it will work out I’m sure.We had interest in our captain Richard Stearman from Celtic and Derby. I raised his asking price to 3m, double his value because I want to ensure his qualities remain at this club. He wasn’t happy at the start. But it will work out I’m sure.

Good start for your first story! Interesting club as well, hopefully you can take them back to the Prem. Good luck!
A brilliant start to what promises to be a great story. Reading new stories like this make me want to go back on my decision and start a new one of my own! Keep it up.
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5 yearsEdited

Plenty of positives - Cullis

Wolverhampton Wanderers have started their new campaign with five victories out of seven in August. The club are expected to contend right at the top of League 1 which is recognized by the manager. A positive start is always fantastic to build momentum into a new season. As pre season goes to show goalscoring is a strong aspect for the team. A superb victory against Everton in the League Cup still resonates strongly with Leon Clarke netting a hattrick. To beat a strong, top level club like the Toffees will definitely be one of the highlights of the season, even at this early stage. Manager Cullis gave his review of the month below.

Stan Cullis:
Against Preston we played a team expected to go up along with us. It’s disappointing to lose the lead in the first half and by the 70th minute mark we were dead on our feet. We couldn’t handle Iain Hume’s strength. It was a tough day for our young backline but they’ll be better off for it.
Away against Bristol City was a good day. Again we played away to a challenger and we showed good intelligence on the counter to win this game. Bristol City have a good midfield, their 4-3-3 caused danger however it was important we got the ball and released it to our wingers. That’s where the goals came from.

Our home performances against Exeter in the Cup, Gillingham and Crawley were not to standards. We should never have gone to ET and I made sure my strikers and midfielders knew this. Goals all over the team is vital to winning. While the stats show a dominant performance, our play in the final third was poor. Crawley punished us for this and we have to take notice of this at the early part of the campaign. We'll move on.

Everton played a mixed team however they have strong ambitions to end their long trophy drought. Clarke responded with a hattrick and this was an incredible result given Everton have strong hopes for Champions League. Port Vale away to end the month was nice and comfortable.

Your Manager,
Stan Cullis


September was not a month to look back on with many smiles. One win in five, a two goal lead thrown away at home and elimination in the League Cup. Despite being firm favorites for promotion this set of results shows that not all is plain sailing. Manager Stan Cullis gave his review below.

Stan Cullis:

September was a really bad month. 1 win out of 5. Swansea in the Cup was a valiant effort but we haven’t shown it in the league. Maybe our players are more interested in playing good in front of Premier League managers, where more interest through TV is placed upon it. This must change, or there will be changes.

Your Manager
Stan Cullis

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