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A Long Term Challenge

Started on 23 August 2013 by Jamesg237
Latest Reply on 18 October 2013 by Jamesg237
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Top of the table, game in hand, good work so far James! Good to see you progress in the cup too. Who have you drawn in the next round? Someone big to bring in the $ perhaps? :P
2013-10-06 17:17#137066 Louis O. : Top of the table, game in hand, good work so far James! Good to see you progress in the cup too. Who have you drawn in the next round? Someone big to bring in the $ perhaps? :P

Things appear to have gotten much better and I feel a lot happier about the way tings are going. Unfortunately you will have to wait for a future update to find who I drew in the next round and how the match went; I am already a month ahead of where the story is on the site with the next three updates already written.
really interesting story mate, keep it up!
any chance you can post a screen of you first team overview of weekly wages?
just wondering what kind of money are your players sitting on currently.
good luck on promotion to championship!
2013-10-07 09:57#137141 j6k4 : really interesting story mate, keep it up!
any chance you can post a screen of you first team overview of weekly wages?
just wondering what kind of money are your players sitting on currently.
good luck on promotion to championship!

I'm sure that I can include one in a future update...kind of actually got to write some for starters! The players are not on much and I am within the wage budget after the board gave me some much needed money.
Let's hope you can get promoted, even though you'll still be over-achieving no matter what I hope you can continue to make that push on the second half of the season.
2013-10-06 19:39#137082 Jamesg237 :
2013-10-06 17:17#137066 Louis O. : Top of the table, game in hand, good work so far James! Good to see you progress in the cup too. Who have you drawn in the next round? Someone big to bring in the $ perhaps? :P

Things appear to have gotten much better and I feel a lot happier about the way tings are going. Unfortunately you will have to wait for a future update to find who I drew in the next round and how the match went; I am already a month ahead of where the story is on the site with the next three updates already written.

I lol'd when I saw that spelling error haha :P 200th reply too ;)


In the build up to this quarter final match I decided to take a risk which ultimately didn’t work out. I decided to take a chance, seen as this is a journeyman story, to apply for three other jobs. I did it merely out of interest and to see whether I would even be considered for the position and I did go into it knowing I wouldn’t get the jobs. I applied for the job at Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and AFC Fiorentina. With my reputation still being at the regional stage there wasn’t a cat in hells chance that I would get given the job. However, it was pleasing to see all three clubs state they were flattered by my interest in their vacant managerial role. In the end all three clubs rejected my application and employed more reputable managers...who can blame them. Of course the board of directors at Rotherham weren’t too pleased but they appear to be sticking with me, which is probably down to the fact we sit top of the league and are in the third round of the FA Cup. I will eventually leave Rotherham United, no matter where we are in terms of league and cup competitions, at some point...it just won’t be right now.


We went into this game as underdogs purely because we were the away team. We weren’t given a chance in the media or by the bookies and were expected to fall at the quarter final stage. Despite my eagerness to perform better in the league the cup competitions, you can imagine my delight when we came away with the one nil win. It was a close fought game, but with my side setting out in a 4-5-1 counter attacking formation, we managed to control possession and have a few shots on goal on the counter.

The only goal of the game came from a corner which Grant Hall thankfully nodded past the goalkeeper. The best part of the goal was that it was so late in the game and it seemed to put an end to any chance that Doncaster had of progressing to the next round as they then didn’t have another shot on goal in the remaining eight minutes. The goal was made even more crucial as it was our only shot on target the whole game, which would suggest we didn’t deserve to win but we played the better of the two sides...but of course I could just be being biased.


Once the game was over I took time to look at the history of Rotherham United and found that they have won next to nothing in their history. I had said in an earlier post that if we reached the semi final stage then I would take the competition seriously. Now with the added incentive of bringing the first trophy to the club since 1996 (not including my League Two win last season) I am definitely going to be sticking by my word and will be heading into the semi final game with the intention of winning and getting to the final. It just so happens that the last domestic cup trophy win that the Rotherham United fans experienced was the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy so it is pretty much written for us to win it now my mindset going into the next round has changed full circle.
james, well done. to be honest, id rather you stayed with rotherham...and made that trophy cabinet glorious. it is your choice nonetheless, but i believe you and rotherham can and will go places!!
A great update, good to see those three teams were flattered by your interest and it seems you have built a good relationship with the board as they didn't fire you ;)
2013-10-12 21:43#137680 AaronHJFT96 : james, well done. to be honest, id rather you stayed with rotherham...and made that trophy cabinet glorious. it is your choice nonetheless, but i believe you and rotherham can and will go places!!

For now I will be with Rotherham United, although I have applied for a further two jobs, got rejected and the board still see me as untouchable so they have a moan and move on from it. I will now probably hold out for a job offer at a bigger club. You have to remember this is a journeyman story so is a more about me getting to the top rather than a lower league side. :)

2013-10-12 21:51#137682 Walter : A great update, good to see those three teams were flattered by your interest and it seems you have built a good relationship with the board as they didn't fire you ;)

The board appear to want me to stay no matter how much I annoy them with applying for so many jobs! It was nice to know they thought about offering me the job but they were a bit above my reputation...for now!
Another story coming to the end. The reason is that as you can see, the story has not been updated for 5 days and that is unfortunately going to become a pattern for the next couple of weeks. Another reason is that in my absence there seems to have been a shift over to the FM14 story forum which I am excited about and eager to try and get involved in straight away. I am already thinking about my story plans and would like to spend time planning it out before FM14's official release.

Thank you to everyone who followed this story and it really did help me get back enjoying Football Mananger. I will return in hopefully the not too distant future with an FM14 story...decisions to made!

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