2032 - 2037 The Tottenham era
After one sabbatical year Luke Henderson
is back! I wanted a big club and I was waiting for the right one passing by. That happened in the summer of 2032 when Jürgen Klopp
got sacked and I took my chance. After I had a good chat with chairman Daniel Levy
he gave me the Tottenham
job! A dream was coming true, being a manager at one of the biggest clubs in England and one of my favourite ones personally as well. But it wasn’t that bright to be honest. Again I had to deal with a big mess in the first place. There were more than sixty(!) players over here with a full professional contract. So I had to use my sweeper once more. Which made the importancy of money even more clear. I sold more then twenty players in only one month time, gaining a total amount of money of around £170,000,000 and spending not a single penny for new players. That wasn’t really needed either, there were some very good players over here already.
In my first year we finished fifth. Nothing great, but decent enough to keep myself in the saddle for building further into the future. Tottenham
still didn’t win the Premier League yet since 1961. After this first year I started to invest and the first big names were joining us. You remember Ronnie Adams
for sure, but also Carl Cordner
and Stijn Bredewolt
joined us. We did slighty better and ended fourth in the league, the best performance for Spurs
since the 2018/2019 season. We also managed to win the FA Cup, my second major trophy this career and my first one after seven years of drought. Next summer we went really big! I spend over £230,000,000 for new players, amongst them were Nathan Reyes
, Guglielmo Tocci
and Craig MacDonald
. But it didn’t sort out properly. We finished fourth again in the league, which was very disappointingly for sure. Luckily we did way better in Europe. We reached into the final of the Champions League, my only European Cup final during this entire career. Sadly we lost after penalties against Liverpool
, who were in their greatest time that period.
But the fourth season was all mine. After a ridiculous end of the season we reached our main goal, winning the Premier League! An absolutely brilliant performance, also because we managed to win the League Cup and another FA Cup! In my fifth and final season at Spurs
I tried to push once more to win the Champions League, but it didn’t sort out. We lost in the semi’s against Napoli
after a very poor performance… A very close loss, but a loss is a loss. In the league we performed terrible as well, we only ended fifth and I felt my end was near. I decided to left the club at the end of the season before they taking their shot to sack me anyway.
It’s eleven years ago now when I left Spurs
, so it might be possible some players are still active currently. One of them is Ronnie Adams
of course. I just mentioned him already and I do have a very strong connection with him this entire career. I bought him for big money when he was only seventeen, but I believed in him from the very first day on. He was my starting player very soon and I met him again when being the Scotland
manager. But his career is well known already, so I’m not highlighting him this time. No, there were some very interesting other players as well during my period at Spurs
. And some of them are still playing!
The first one is Guglielmo Tocci
, an attacking right-winger. One of the very few players I fell in love with immediately when I first saw him. I wanted him earlier already, but sadly he chose for Bayern Munich
in the first place. But no hard feelings. Although he didn’t performed really bad over there he couldn’t convince their manager completely and I picked him up in 2034. He did a great job, especially in the 2035/2036 season when we handled to win all three major trophies in England. But after I left Spurs
the new appointed manager (Klopp
again) immediately sold him to Udinese
. After only one season AS Roma
picked up their former youth player and he stayed with them for five seasons where he became one of their starting players. After he scored eight goals in the 2042/2043 season Juventus
made him an offer, but he made it to become a key player over there as well. He spend his final years in Spain in the Segunda Division, which is definitely not the end he deserved in my opinion. After he handled to win all prizes with me at Spurs
he never won another trophy afterwards. His only achievement was the relegation with Udinese
in 2038. After his retirement in 2047 he became a manager (a very bad one actually given his attributes), now waiting for his chance to take the lead somewhere.
Another guy I signed became a world-class superstar. I bought Belgium striker Julien Gautier
in 2035 for around £26,500,000. After I brought him in slightly during my last two years at Tottenham
the next managers could take the benefits from him. And so they did. Until now he banged in 240 league goals in 421 appearances. But even more insane: 99 international goals for Belgium
in only 128 matches. What about that! Absolutely stunning. Currently he is still one of the best strikers in the world and with 32 years old definitely not written off yet.
Underneath you will find some other guys you might recognize. The career of Carl Cordner
, one of my very first signings when I joined Spurs
, slightly faded away into anonymity throughout the years. Although he won 14 trophies during his career, even a European Championship with England
in 2032. But his best period was at Spurs
for sure. Nathan Reyes
was the player I paid the most for during my entire career (over £90,000,000) but it doesn’t sort out at all. After he performed amazingly well at Bayern Munich
he never faced a really good season afterwards beside the 2041/2042 season whilst at Juventus
. An highly overrated player for which I paid way to much money with the knowledge afterwards. After he left Spurs
in 2040 he never won another prize.
was one of my big signings as well. Although he had a successful career all day long I was expecting a little bit more to be honest. His attributes were absolute gold but that didn’t sort out on the pitch entirely I would say. His career ended two years ago at the age of 37. Edoardo Grieco
was one of my centre backs who was already at Spurs
when I joined them. An Italian beast who I spotted just a couple of weeks ago whilst at the European Championship, he was still taking part of the Italian squad! In 2045 he returned to Italy for joining Lazio Roma
and currently he is playing at Sassuolo
. Probably his last year as a footballer, but I won’t argue him if you can earn that amount of money at this age!
The last two guys are called Fabien Gasser
and Flavien Peter
being one of my best players all around in this career and the other one (Peter
) being one of my biggest bad buys ever. I mean he should be amazingly good given his attributes but it didn’t sort out in either way. But when this bastard left Spurs
he become insane again at Real Madrid
and there after at Manchester United
as well… Apparently I didn’t use him in his best role (I did, but for some reason it doesn’t worked out). Well, sometimes you have to admit a relationship isn’t working and that was the case with Peter
for sure. Currently he is still a footballer, joining Bournemouth
the upcoming season. During his career he has won almost thirty trophies until now. Quite amazing I would say!
How performed Tottenham since I left
Well, definitely not bad at all! After I left all the following managers have won some silverwork at some point. Jürgen Klopp
managed to win another Premiership title in 2039, but he is mostly renowned because he handled to win the Champions League in 2040, where after he immediately ended his career at the age of 72(!). Furthermore he has won two consecutive FA Cup titles in 2038 and 2039, one League cup and one Community Shield. Then Kristoffer Ajer
kept the wheel in his hands. Although he was fired after only one-and-a-half season he managed to win another FA Cup trophy and the Community Shield a couple of months later.
But the true legend became Tamas Kadar
who joined Spurs in 2042 and kept in charge for the next five years after he was sacked. He managed to win three league titles in a row between 2044 and 2046 and did win both the FA Cup and League Cup and two Community Shields as well. As a player he wasn’t very successful, but as a manager he definitely is! Currently Vincent Camara
is in charge, a 48-year old regen manager. In his first year he managed to win the Europa League in 2048. So we could say after I realised the big breakthrough by winning the league in 2036 Spurs
became very successful afterwards!
2037 - 2038 The fall
How to ruin your own career in just one year time. Well, that is what happened in Bilbao. Another dream came true when this job came available just after I left Tottenham
. I’m a huge fan of Athletic
in real life, not in the last place because of their unique club philosophy. I knew this was going to be a hard one for sure, but I couldn’t resist the call to join Athletic
at this point in my career. I’m usually playing with Athletic
from scratch in nearly every version of Football Manager. So this is a whole different way for me to join this remarkable club.
is struggling. For many years already. Last season they finished even eleventh. Far to low for a club like this. I was completely prepared for a long term contract again, which is definitely needed for a club like Athletic
. They are completely dependent on their youth system and if there are not many good youngsters available at some point you have to accept a couple of dull seasons. But apparently the board couldn’t and expected me to reach at least into European football. Nearly impossible I would say, but I just had to do it. After a changeable season in which we were eliminated in the Copa Del Rey early on as well, we finished eight. Not great, not bad either. Just solid I would say and a good starting point to build further onwards. But the board didn’t agree… Maybe I discussed a little bit to much with them during the meeting we had at the end of the season, but before I even knew everything about the club I was sacked already…
Maybe they does have give me another chance when I agreed with them completely during the chat, but saying what they like to hear didn’t felt good to me. So I argued their opinion, a little bit too much at the end I think. Anyway, my reputation was hugely broken after only one season. My star reputation dropped down from 4,5 till 3,5 and no other big club wanted me at that point. Quite strange, because other ‘big’ managers who are messing up everything year after year are still being asked by the big clubs over and over again. But to be honest I didn’t wanted a big club at all anymore. No. I want to go back to Scotland. For doing the one unfulfilled task I started this career for.
The funny thing is that a couple of players I signed or brought into the main squad from the academy in this single year are still playing for Athletic
currently and some of them did become a club icon as well. So their recent successes are actually part of mine as well I would say, ha-ha! Still have the idea they didn’t gave me enough time tough… Anyway, it’s always fun to see how those players performed throughout the years. The first one is called Miguel Royo
. I bought him one year in advance by the time, a very talented striker who joined Athletic
when I was already sacked. Quite insane if you think about it actually. But this guy was an amazing signing and one of the main reasons why Athletic
did slightly better year after year since I left. He is 31-years old right now and already started to decline physically sadly. But he is still one of their best players, who took care for 105 goals in 333 league appearances. Not really great for a striker, but I think he wasn’t always used as I striker, more like a winger, which isn’t his best position given his lack of pace I would say. Who knows how much he could have scored if they didn’t sack me… Unfortunately I don’t have a screenshot of him when he was young.
Another huge signing was Julen Calderón
who joined us for around £20,000,000 from Inter Milan
. A very good right full-back who played a lot of games for Athletic
. Not the best average ratings during his career for sure, but full-backs are a bit underpowered in this version of FM I would say, just as the goalkeepers ratings are. At some point they even sold him for big money to Manchester United
. Although that didn’t sort out properly. Currently he is still playing football at Sporting Portugal
I also bought a very decent goalkeeper who was actually getting better and better afterwards! Since I left the club he played almost every match and currently he is still their starting goalkeeper at the age of 35. He kept a decent amount of clean sheets throughout his career and his average ratings are really not bad for a goalkeeper. Although it might become a problem when this guy is retiring. Currently in game I couldn’t find another decent Basque goalkeeper yet…
There were also a few youngsters from the academy I introduced into the main squad who are still at the club. Néstor López
for instance was one of my greatest talents. Iker Estrada
became a key player at a certain point after there were many doubts about him in his early days (even by me). Left full-back Igor Flaño
is one of the starting players as well and what about Fernando Agirre
who I bought in the winter of 2037 from Osasuna
. He is still their main centre back currently.
Actually It’s quite surprising how many players are still there after all those years. And even a handful of players I bought or introduced in the main squad. It caresses my ego partly I have to admit. I definitely did something good over there, although that board during my days over there doesn’t confirm that for sure. Oh dear, I still have some anger in me if I think about my sacking once again… I could have done such nice thinks with this club with all those players. At least way better then the other managers did over the last decade as you can read below… At the other hand, then I would have missed my insane return at Spartans
How performed Athletic since I left
As expected it wasn’t great at all. Actually it was getting more worse again in the following year after I left when they finished eleventh… I’m pretty sure I will have done better then that. Without any doubts. The next year they recovered a little bit with finishing eight and from then on they took their benefits from the developed youngsters I brought in. During the next eight years they finished seventh last year, sixth twice, fifth once, fourth three times and their best performance took place during the 2045/2046 season when they finished third. Not really special at all I would say, I think I could have done at least the same. They didn’t won a Copa del Rey or Supercopa either but then there was the year 2046/2047.
Suddenly from nowhere they handled to win the Europa League after Nestor Lopez
(had to mentioned him!) banged in a 120+1st minute winner in the additional time under the command of manager Reto Ziegler
! A couple of months later he also managed to win the European Super Cup as well, although he was getting fired only six months later. This club doesn’t have any patience at all, don’t they? I’m worried already when I do start a game with this club from scratch soon…