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The Royal Redemption

A tale of drama, hypocrisy and controversy, but most importantly; the journey of a football manager
Started on 18 October 2014 by Justice
Latest Reply on 31 October 2015 by Live For FM
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9 yearsEdited

Whitehawk Striker Has Found Golden Touch

Zach Clough Has Broken Psychological Barrier To Score Six In Last Five Games

Three months ago, Whitehawk striker Zach Clough broke the news that he was suffering from depression and was struggling with his personal life. This had been affecting his football and before the turn of the year, the Whitehawk striker had scored four goals in just nineteen appearances in all competitions. Having been dropped for Whitehawk's FA Cup match against West Ham, Zach Clough came back reinvigorated for a ten-goal thriller at Chelsea and in five games since the turn of the year, has scored six goals.

Of course, Zach Clough had help a long the way at his club, attending several counselling sessions during the last few months. He has become progressively healthier at mind and he has heaped praise on team mates Kevin Griffiths and Junior Stanislas and on manager Prince William for aiding him through a tough time.

Zach Clough: "It was a dark time for me those many months ago and it was difficult for me to publicly admit to this issue. I'm glad I did it, though. Since then, I've gotten a lot of help at the club which I am grateful for. My team mates have been great to me, especially Kevin Griffiths and Junior (Stanislas) who I have now struck up a great partnership with which you can see on the pitch in our very effective attacking trio. We have such a great understanding of each other and our abilities and it has been of great help, especially against Chelsea and Newcastle.

The manager, William, has been great too. He has helped me every step of the way and never pushed me in to doing anything I might be uncomfortable with. He is almost like a second father to me and I love working with him. He got me from zero to hero and I am grateful to him for showing so much faith in me."

The striker is keen for the future. He believes that he will continue to grow in confidence and that his goals will help Whitehawk to a mid-table position.

Zach Clough: "I'm feeling good right now and I know that there there is lot more to come from me. Obviously me scoring goals helps the team more than when I was not and we are on the rise now. If I can continue scoring goals this season, maybe six or seven more, maybe those goals will help the club achieve safety and maybe even a very respectable mid-table position, who knows!"

Previous Update: Season Seven: January
Next Update: Season Seven: February
The banner has had me laughing for few moments, brilliant. A great performances by Clough, he'll get you rising. ;)
Great to see he's hit form again, hopefully it continues for the rest of the season!
Oz96, thanks! Hopefully he'll help us climb the table :)
Lucas, <3
Walter, he's been great recently, his performances have helped us a lot! :)
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9 yearsEdited

Season Seven: February


League Match vs Southampton (A) 03/02/2021: On the back of a strong end to January, we began February with a difficult trip to St. Mary's to play Southampton. Southampton were probably the better side on the day as Dion Green opened the scoring for the hosts. Goals from Kevin Griffiths and Junior Stanislas either side of half-time turner the game on its head but Son Joo-Sung levelled for the Saints who deserved a share of the spoils. A positive result for us, none-the-less.
Man Of The Match: Kevin Griffiths (Whitehawk)

League Match vs Norwich (H) 08/02/2021: Norwich came to visit next and they came with an attacking game plan as they took the game to us from the off. Josh Murphy put them in front before five minutes had passed but Junior Stanislas came to the rescue once more, levelling from the spot before assisting Billy Roast's winner. It was a very hard-fought victory and one I am delighted with.
Man Of The Match: Billy Roast (Whitehawk)

League Match vs Swansea (H) 20/02/2021: Swansea visited us next and the Welshmen parked the bus from the very first whistle. We pressed and attacked and plunged and squeezed but to no avail. Swansea held on strong. Their keeper produced a string of magnificent saves to deny us a goal and the game ended goal-less.
Man Of The Match: Jonathan Bond (Swansea)

League Match vs Man City (A) 24/02/2021: We finished the month with a trip to the Etihad. As expected, we were completely blown out of the water and goals from Sergio Aguero, Domenico Berardi and Isco gave the Citizens a comfortable three goal cushion at half-time. With nothing to lose, we stepped it up a gear in the second half and Zach Clough grabbed us a consolation goal before the ever-brilliant Sergio Aguero got his second to round off proceedings.
Man Of The Match: Sergio Aguero (Man City)

Overall: I am very happy with this month. The games against Southampton and Man City were always going to be very difficult and to get a point out of Southampton is fantastic. We worked very hard for results at home to Norwich and Swansea, which is all I can ask for. Hopefully next month will bring more of the same.

Player Of The Month

Junior Stanislas reclaims his award after another fantastic month of performances. Two goals this month capped another great run of form for the Englishman and he is looking to score even more before the season's end. He's been incredible and has lifted the team when we have needed him.

Junior Stanislas' Season Stats
Appearances: 28
Goals: 10
Assists: 7
MotM Awards: 3

Yellow Cards: 0
Red Cards: 0

Pass Completion Ratio: 69%
Dribbles Per Game: 3.09
Fouls Committed: 13
Fouls Against: 658

Average Rating: 7.07

Barclays Premier League

Despite our impressive form, we remain just inside the relegation zone, on goal difference. We may only have ten games left to pull ourselves out but I'm not scared at all. Our performances are improving every single week and the confidence is building. We are picking up points quickly and I know that we will earn ourselves safety with time to spare.

March Fixtures

With international breaks and FA Cup weekends scheduled here-and-there, we play just two games in March. The first game is at home to a high-flying Fulham and promises to be an exciting encounter while the second game is a trip to struggling Everton who look ready to collapse as they sit deep in the relegation zone. I'm hoping for at least two points this month to aid our safety chase. I know we have it in us.

Previous Update: Whitehawk Striker Has Found Golden Touch
Next Update: The New Owner
You're so, so close to escaping the relegation zone it's not funny...

Just a couple more positive results (Everton is a must must win) and provided other results turn in your favour safety should be achieved! Keep going!
2015-02-27 05:16#209160 Walter : You're so, so close to escaping the relegation zone it's not funny...

Just a couple more positive results (Everton is a must must win) and provided other results turn in your favour safety should be achieved! Keep going!
Yeah we're close to escaping the drop which is why I'm not all too nervous. If we can pick up some points next month, we're flying! :)
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9 yearsEdited

The New Owner

It took over a year and a half, but it had finally happened. Money-greedy businessman Jim Collins had finally sold the club. After scaring away at least thirty different suitors, he finally found somebody crazy enough to buy our club! This man was Brazilian businessman Ronir Queiroz Cavalcante, a man who claims to be "close friends" with prestigious football managers such as Mick McCarthy, Martin O'Neill and Gary Bowyer.

As expected, I was called in to a meeting with the new owner of Whitehawk the day after it was confirmed that the club had been sold. He seemed to have a big heart for football and was willing to invest millions-upon-millions in to the club to help us catch the top teams. However, future spending was the least of my concerns after this meeting...

Ronir Queiroz: "Ah, Mister Prince William, please come in and sit!"

William: "Please, just call me William."

Ronir: "Of course, sorry. Well, I am the new chairman of Whitehawk Football Club and I envisage great things for this club. I felt that it was only right for me to call you for a meeting for us to get to know each other and so that we are both on the same wave length with regards to what is expected from the team this season."

William: "I absolutely one hundred percent agree with you, Ronir. We do have a lot to talk about so let's get to it."

Ronir: "I suppose that the most important thing for us to discuss is your future here at the club. I have followed this club's with great interest and I have the utmost respect for your accomplishments with this club so far. Five promotions in six seasons and picking up two trophies along the way is magnificent, William! You are a truly fantastic manager."

William: "Thank you, but of course a lot of the credit has to go to the incredible players which we have here."

Ronir: "Let's leave player discussion for another day. As fantastic a servant as you have been to this club, I do hope you understand that you are still replaceable. I am good friends with Mick McCarthy who I know would be very interested in this job and his achievements as a manager are certainly brilliant. While I would like to install a manager of my choice, I am a fair man and I do know how much this club means to you and how much you mean to this club. If you achieve safety this season, you may stay at this club if you chose to do so.

It is also worth noting that I have received two offers for your services from other Premier League clubs! Norwich City and Charlton Athletic would both like to have you as manager so if you would like to leave this club now, I would have nothing against you. So, you may stay until the end of the season and if you achieve safety, you may stay at this club permanently. Or, you may chose to leave now to another club. The choice is up to you."

William: "Firstly, I would completely understand why you would like to replace me with a manager of your own choosing. It is a new era for the football club under you. However, I am willing to stay at this club for a long time. Thank you for giving me a choice, but I reject the offers from Norwich and Charlton and I would like to remain here. Of course my objective will be to avoid relegation. Not just for my own job safety, but for the development of this football club."

Ronir: "Yes, the development is very important for this football club and I will be investing heavily in order to develop even further. I understand that the club is currently having a 15.5k seater stadium due to be fully built for the start of the 2022/2023 season. This is fantastic news, although it has left loan debts. The club has a loan debt of £30M, I believe. I will pay off this £30M but take out a smaller £14M loan for the club to be paid back over a ten year period. This means the club is paying less money back for loans, which decreases expenses.

Alongside this, I will be looking to begin development projects of the club's training and youth facilities and you can expect these projects to begin over the coming months. It is important for the club's infrastructure to be redeveloped as it will certainly make the club a great and attractive one. Alongside this, if you do secure safety, I can promise you a wage budget of 500% of what it currently is and a transfer budget of £40M for next season! Well, it looks like we're out of time. I have an interview to attend. Good luck against Fulham, see you soon!"

Previous Update: Season Seven: February
Next Update: Season Seven: March
Ronir Queiroz Calvacante! He certainly seems like a bit of a character :))
At least 1) He's Brazilian ;) and 2) He let you prove yourself, so now you have even more incentive to keep Whitehawk up - nice update!
2015-02-27 19:55#209243 Walter : Ronir Queiroz Calvacante! He certainly seems like a bit of a character :))
At least 1) He's Brazilian ;) and 2) He let you prove yourself, so now you have even more incentive to keep Whitehawk up - nice update!
Yeah but it's a big if at the moment. Safety is a must for Prince Willy's progress as a manager!
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9 yearsEdited

Season Seven: March


League Game vs Fulham (H) 13/03/2021: We went in to this game with confidence of getting a result against a team who were flying high and on form. This confidence showed as Kevin Griffiths scored with less than a minute on the clock! However, Fulham were not about to lie down this game and a Diego Rubio brace put them in front after just fifteen minutes. Junior Stanislas levelled the game with a precise spot-kick just before half-time. However, Fulham took the game to us in the second half and Delle Ali scored before we had even woken up. Fulham had the upper hand but it was that man Junior Stanislas who levelled the game once more, this time with a cool finish after an intricate passing move. With fifteen minutes on the clock, the on-form Zach Clough scored the match-winning goal with a composed finish from the edge of the area. What a game, and what a win!
Man Of The Match: Zach Clough (Whitehawk)

League Match vs Everton (A) 22/03/2021: We then travelled to an Everton side in desperate need for a win to help them fight against relegation. Truth be told, they played the better football this game. They took the game to us from the off and Martin Remacle's goal for us was clearly against the run of play. Had it not been for an excellent performance in goals by Piet Velthuizen and a fantastic defensive display lead by Matt Lowton, we could have easily lost by a rugby scoreline. A very difficult, ground-out victory, but still a very sweet one.
Man Of The Match: Matt Lowton (Whitehawk)

Overall: I can't complain about this month. We were fantastic and certainly achieved more than expected in both games. That win against Fulham showed great character to keep fighting, after going behind twice. The win against Everton showed even more from us, as we produced a defensive masterclass and nullified their attacks. Performances like that win you titles. Chelsea know how to do it, Real Madrid know how to do it. Only the best can completely kill off a dangerous opponent and still score.

Player Of The Month

I forgot to screenshot a player and his stats for this, sorry!

Barclays Premier League

A fantastic month saw us climb out of the bottom three and in to 16th! We are now two points clear of 18th and while it is not a safe gap with eight games to go, it shows that we now have the momentum. Hopefully we can continue climbing up the table in the final two months.

April Fixtures

We face a tricky month in April. We start by hosting an Arsenal side who are knocking on the door of the top four. This is followed by a tough trip to face Crystal Palace, before we then host an in-form QPR side. Our last game of the month is a trip to fellow safety-chasers Charlton, who will be throwing everything at us to avoid the drop. It will be a very tough month, but when do we ever have an easy one!

Previous Update: The New Owner
Next Update: Season Seven: April
You've done it - out of the drop zone! Can't get complacent now, hopefully you can grind out a few more matches and confirm safety after a long, hard fought season!
Great month, you can really look to consolidate that position now
Two wins out of two, excellent, and now you're outside the relegation zone - fantastic! As you say, another tricky month coming up, but if the players show the same fight and character then you should be able to grind out the results needed to confirm survival.

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