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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

A story chronicling the revived managerial career of Socceroos legend Harry Kewell
Started on 19 May 2020 by Feliks
Latest Reply on 25 May 2020 by Zed
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Introduction



This FM20 story will cover the revival of Harry Kewell's managerial career. The 41 year old, widely known as Australia's greatest ever footballer, was sacked by Notts County in 2018 in real life, after just 14 games in charge, and his tumultous start to the season was widely seen as the catalyst to their relegation from the Football League. His reputation in tatters, I will be taking over as Kewell as he seeks to restart his career back in his native land.

The Manager


Fact File
Name: Harold 'Harry' Kewell
Date of Birth: 22 September 1979
Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia
Nationalities: Australian, English
International: Australia, 58 caps, 17 goals
Playing Career
Leeds United, 1996-2003
Liverpool, 2003-2008
Galatasaray, 2008-2011
Melbourne Victory, 2011-12
Al-Gharafa, 2013
Melbourne City, 2013-14
Managerial Career
Watford U-23, 2015-17
Crawley Town, 2017-18
Notts County, 2018
Macarthur FC, 2019-
Honours
Player Honours
UEFA Champions League x1 (2004/05)
FA Cup x1 (2005/06)
Turkish Super Cup x1 (2008)
OFC Nations Cup x1 (2004)
Ballon D'Or nominee x1 (2001)
FIFA Confederations Cup All-Star Team x1 (2001)
PFA Team of the Year x1 (1999/00)
PFA Young Player of the Year x1 (1999/00)
Oceania Player of the Year x3 (1999, 2001, 2003)
AFC Asian Cup Team of the Tournament x1 (2011)
A-League Team of the Season x1 (2011/12)

Manager Honours
N/A

The Club


Fact File
Full Name: Macarthur Football Club
Nickname: The Bulls
Year Founded: 2018
Chairman: Gino Marra
Rivals: Western Sydney Wanderers (local), Sydney FC (local)

Personnel
Manager: Harry Kewell
Captain: n/a
Vice Captain: n/a
Marquees: n/a

Facilities

Stadium: Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Sydney (capacity 20,000)
Training Facilities: Poor
Youth Facilities: Basic

Story History & Index

League History
Season Club Division Position Continental
2020/21 Macarthur FC A-League

Index
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Macarthur land Kewell



15 May 2019 | Staff Writers

A-League's newest side, Macarthur FC, have unveiled their manager for their inaugural season with Socceroos legend Harry Kewell set to take the reigns.

The 41 year old was revealed as the Bulls' manager in Campbelltown this morning as he returns to the area of Sydney he grew up in.

Macarthur chairman Gino Marra has labelled the signing as a 'massive coup' for the club, with Kewell not only bringing immense football pedigree, but also represents the Macarthur region's best ever football export.


"To have Harry on board as the club's first ever manager is a historic moment for football in this country. Harry grew up in Fairfield before making his name as Australia's greatest ever player. He will do wonders as we grow this football club and this community."

Kewell has not held a managerial position since being sacked by League 2 side Notts County in September last year, just 14 games into his time there. He previously held positions at Crawley Town and Watford Under-23s and this will be his first role in Australian football since retiring as a player at Melbourne Heart back in 2014.

Macarthur FC are set to join the A-League at the start of next season, with Western United making their debut in the upcoming 2019/20 season. Kewell will have plenty of time to shape his squad for the inaugaral campaign.

Kewell: Macarthur is "a unique challenge"



15 June 2019 | Staff Writers

Macarthur FC may be in its infancy, but new manager Harry Kewell is already acutely aware of the task that lays before him in Campbelltown.

The Bulls will not be playing any league football for 18 months but the 41 year old Socceroos legend is already working full time with the club to get it operational.



"It's been a hectic few weeks, that's for sure. There's been plenty of meetings, meetings with staff, sponsors, members of the community. We're building not only a football department but an entire club from the ground up, definite a unique challenge but one that I welcome."

Kewell is yet to announce any members of his backroom staff but a number of prominent football personalities have been hired as consultants in this early stage of the club, including Brett Emerton and Paul Okon. Major sponsorship has also been secured with Sydney property developer Wisdom Homes set to don the front of the kit for the 2020/21 season.
Welcome back. Looking forward to seeing how this story goes! Good luck!
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Welcome back. I thought Kewell was unfairly done by a football club whose track-record with managers is absolutely atricious. I hope he can begin to rebuild his reputation with this ambitious and interesting project.
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Yes.
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Staff Announcement: Moore & Aloisi Sign



7 September 2019

Macarthur FC can announce that Craig Moore and John Aloisi have joined the club in preparation for our inaugural A-League season.

Moore (above, left) will be working directly with Harry Kewell as our Director of Football, and will take charge of setting up our football department to be amongst the best in the country. The 44 year old has represented Australia at the World Cup as both a player and as a coach, and spent 3 seasons at the head of Brisbane Roar's football department before making the move to Sydney.



John Aloisi is also no stranger to A-League football and brings a wealth of knowledge, having managed Melbourne Heart and Brisbane Roar for a number of seasons. He will be working closely with Kewell who will no doubt benefit from Aloisi's experience as a manager. He will also be taking a hands-on role in the community outreach of the club as Macarthur looks to expand across Sydney's southwest with junior training.
Having these two experienced and knowledgeable heads will be reassuring for Kewell.
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BREAKING: Oar signs for Macarthur



1 January 2020

Central Coast Mariners winger and ex-Socceroo Tommy Oar has been announced as Macarthur FC's first signing, and will join the club at the end of his contract in June.

The 28 year old, who started his A-League career at Brisbane Roar before stints in Holland, England and Cyprus, was revealed as the Bulls' first signing this morning and has all the necessary ability to make a big impact at Campbelltown Stadium in 2020/21.

Having only recently moved back to the A-League from APOEL, Oar has been one of the Mariners' top performers this season and causes constant headaches for opposition defenders.

Director of Football Craig Moore was delighted to secure the deal, with much speculation in recent weeks over who Macarthur would indeed sign first. Oar will undoubtedly be the first of many signings to be announced over the next six months as the Bulls build their foundation squad.



Good to see you back again, hope you stick with a story and make it last mate!

Oar is a good signing, interested to see who you bring in to build up this new club
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I thought he was a little older than 28. A decent first recruit!
I remember Oar playing at PEC Zwolle years back on Fifa :)) Decent player with some good attributes, and he still has much to give only being 28. His international experience both with his club and national team career should also bode well within the heart of the squad.
swanny8589 Glad to be back mate.
TheLFCFan Me too!
ScottT Sad to see his time in England end, hoping to try and resurrect his career here.
Justice OK.
Griffo Will be interesting to see how I can build the squad from the ground up.
Eoin97 He used to be a gem in older games, regressed a little but still should be very handy for this level.

Chianese becomes second Macarthur signing



7 January 2020

Perth Glory forward Joel Chianese has become Macarthur's second signing within a week, and will join the club in June.

A vital part of the side that were crowned premiers last season, the 28 year old has been a regular again this season but with Perth Glory hesitant to commit to a new contract, Macarthur FC have swooped in to secure his services.

The Bulls will be Chianese's third A-League club, having made over 100 appearances in the competition with Sydney FC and the Glory.

In other news, Macarthur FC have added Hayden Foxe and Jason Culina to their staff ranks, with Foxe set to work directly under Harry Kewell as his assistant whilst Culina will be overseeing the club's youth academy.



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