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Bolton- Wandering to the Premier League

Me managing Bolton as Fabrice Muamba
Started on 18 August 2012 by jamstoe
Latest Reply on 18 August 2012 by jamstoe
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N.B I am using LFCMarhsall's Summer Update 4.8.12 and I have also added transfers like Rodwell and Van Persie in.

Fabrice Muamba has signed a contract to be . He was trying to find a way back into the Bolton Wanderers set-up and after Owen Coyle was sacked Muamba was chosen to replace him as . He will be hoping to guide Bolton back in the .

How It All Started

I walked into the board room and everybody cheered. I was finally back! Suddenly, 20 people started talking to me at once.
"Fabrice! How are you?"
" Good to have you back Fabrice!"

I turned around and saw my ex-manager Owen Coyle stood there.
"I wish you all the best of luck with the job!
"Thanks," I replied.

Chairman Phil Gartside then invited me into his office to discuss admin.
" I will give you two options for your transfer budget," he said, "the first option is a £2m transfer budget and a £1.6k wage budget but I expect you to achieve promotion and the second option is a £2.4m transfer budget and a £43.01k wage budget per week but you must the league."
" I think I will choose the second one please Phil." I replied.
"Aaah. You are confiedent. I like that in a ," Gartside said, " Thank you for your time Mr Muamba. Now you can go and meet your ."

I walked into the changing rooms and saw all my ex-teammates. There was a massive cheer. Zat Knight, Mark Davies, Chris Eagles and Kevin Davies came up and lifted me up on their shoulders. I then got them all to sit down and we started a meeting. I told them I expected them to give me the best they've got and I'll give them the best I've got. Then captain Kevin Davies said a few words.

I then sat down with my backroom staff and told them this is the time they could give me advice. The first to step up was assistant Sandy Stewart. He suggested signing a young Paraguayan attacking-right-middfielder called Hernan Perez. Stewart, John Henry and Steve Davis then suggested some set-piece takers but I said I would sort them out by myself.

Just as I left the room, youth David Lee said there were some reasonable youth prospects in the under 18s including Jay Lynch.

After that I decided to head home for the night and have a good night's sleep ready for another tough day.

Talking Transfers

When I arrived in my office I sat down at my computer and decided to put together a list of transfer targets. I looked at my emails and my scouts had sent me reports on some players I could possibly sign. I studied them for a while and finally drew up a list of 6 players:

Jamal Blackman
Jason Lowe
George Elokobi
Jack Robinson (loan)
Mamady Sidibe
Mohamed Abou

I then immedietly emailed Chelsea, Blackburn and Manchester City to make offers for Blackman, Lowe and Abou respectiveley. I made a £50k bid for Blackman, to match Chelsea's asking price, a £1.1m offer for Lowe to match the asking price that Blackburn had set, and a £5m offer to Man City for Abou.

I also sent off for a scout report on Elokobi and Robinson before calling up Mamady Sidibe's agent. Sidibe had been without a club since leaving Stoke at the end of the season and I thought he would be a great signing for the club. He asked for £6500 per week deal for one-year and I accepted gleefully.

I then got a phone call from Jamal Blackman's agent saying he wanted a £2200 per week for 3 years but when he had played 30 league games he wanted an £8250 per week deal. I also accepted that.

Almost immedietly after that I got another phone call from Jason Lowe's agent saying he wanted an £8500 per week deal for 3 years. I said he would have to lower his offer to £7500 per week but he refused. I then said we should meet in the middle and stick on £8000 per week. He accepted.

I then left my office and got in my car but then I felt a vibration in my pocket and answered the call quickly. It was Mohamed Abou's agent saying he would like a £7000 per week deal for 3 years and I immedietly accepted as I just wanted to get home for the night after a long day.

I then watched a bit of Corrie before going to bed knowing I had a friendly against the reserves in a few days and needed some tactics.

Tactics Time

I sat down at my desk and got out my tactics whiteboard. I first decided on a 4-1-1-2-2 formation. This would be my formation I would use for most of my matches. Here it is:

I next decided on a 5-1-2-2 formation. This would be my attacking formation. Here is the tactic.

I decided I should have a defensive formation- just in case I met a Premier League team in a cup or something. It is a 4-1-2-3 formation.

After that I came into the training ground and signalled to first team coach Steve Davis to send the boys to me for a team talk. I showed them my tactics and I knew it would take a while for them to learn these tactics as they are not used to playing much other than the 4-4-2. They seemed happy about these formations though.

I then went back to my office and checked on my transfer offers, I saw on the transfers that our Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday were interested in Jason Lowe. I wasn't that worried though as he would want to come to a top side rather than a recently promoted side.

I then decided to head home for the night as the next day I would manage my first match as Bolton manager against the reserves.

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