The BeginningIn this game I will be starting with the following leagues loaded (top two from each country); English, German, Spanish, Italian, Argentinian, Brazilian and Mexican.
I will be starting with a random team selected for me by the computer, however if the the computer suggests a powerhouse from one of their respective leagues I will simply randomise again until another team of a lower stature is suggested as I don't think an unknown manager should be starting at the top (I know, I know, I'm only loading the first two leagues from each country and it's a little unrealistic that an unknown manager would walk into their second divisions either, but listen to my managers backstory before you judge :-D).
The ManagerTo avoid the use of my real name, I will be adopting the name 'Pat McGroin' (It was either that or 'Yorrick Hunt'). McGroin was actually a professional footballer, playing in the lower leagues of British football (for the likes of Northampton Town, Yeovil and Hartlepool United) but not really breaking through the ranks and had to retire early at the age of 27 due to injury.
Not wanting to leave football Pat toyed with the idea of getting his coaching badges and taking up management. After a bit of research it turned out that it would be cheaper and quicker to get a South American coaching qualification and ply his trade over there whilst completing a European qualification in the off season.
My PhilosophyI think there are two schools of management. There is the dictatorial manager and there is the friendly father figure, the counsellor. I believe myself to be the latter. I would never say 'we are going to play 4-4-2 because I say so'. Some managers are like that. They put their drawing up on the board and say this is how we are going to play, and that's it. Take Juan Román Riquelme at Barcelona, he went from Boca to Barca and Louis Van Gaal wanted a very interesting type of football, but with a very rigid scheme. Riquelme didn't fit in so he was sacrificed, he may have been the most expensive but he was sacrifced.
I've never been like that I'm more about looking at the players I have and then devising a system that will allow each and every one of them to shine. If I have three very good central defenders I'll try to fit a formation that fits all three in comfortably. If I have two very good forwards I'll play both. If I only have one, I'll play just one. If I have good wingers I'll play them. I like to mould myself to the situation.
And after that you can start to change a bit. Change is very important, flexibility is key to allow for me to adapt to different and new situations. That is how it is for a player, and a manager as well. If there is a formula that works very well at one club, and you go to another club and try to implement the same formula, it won't work.
That's enough about me... the next post will consist of the team information.