30 years in Football Manager: Year 0

I’ve always wondered just how far I could take football manager. A game that has consumed more hours of my life than I care to admit but that I never really felt I did justice. My longest season was just shy of ten years, and to be honest, past the 6th year it was all plain sailing for my all conquering Manchester United side.

So I thought why not road test it by simulating through 30 years of the beautiful game, recapping each year and seeing just where the world of football may end up in 2047. For the sake of my computers safety, I’ve limited it to just  English football, but important world football events will most likely make an appearance.

Year 0  (sounds ominous, no?) 

2016/17

1st half of the season

Leicester City are still on a high from their previous year’s success, but wary that without N’golo Kante in the side, a repeat feat seems unlikely. Ernesto Valverde takes the hot seat at the King Power stadium, with big boots to fill. Guardiola and Mourinho are set to battle it out to be kings of Manchester, whilst Conte looks to revitalise Chelsea.

In the Championship, it’s not long before the first managerial change is made. Ryan Giggs takes on his first managerial role at Nottingham Forrest with the side languishing in 11th 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic takes to the Premier League like a duck to water – scoring 5 goals in 4 games.

Winston Reid takes out his frustrations of still being at West Ham by getting back to back red cards. Pedro Obiang joins in on the action as the West Ham board take Green Street out of the film library at the London Stadium.

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Reid with consecutive red cards for the Hammers.

The Premier League’s first high profile sacking comes in the shape of Slaven Bilic, sacked with his side bottom of the Premier League table – possibly due to having an entire team out suspended. Cue Francesco Guidolin – who joins the Hammers with the hope of turning things around.

Wednesday 7th December – Manchester City’s draw with Villarreal, leave them 3rd in their CL group and unable to qualify for the next round. Both Arsenal and Leicester qualify comfortably for the round of 16. Manchester United top their Europa League group – Mourinho’s ecstatic, or sad, or angry – We can’t tell. 

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Guardiola’s City draw their way to the Europa League.

The first half of the Premier League draws to a close, with Liverpool leading the way – surprisingly without having strengthened in the summer. Chelsea and Arsenal sit just behind them, with defending champions Leicester down in 10th.

In the Championship, Huddersfield lead the way, with Newcastle in hot pursuit. Ryan Giggs has successfully achieved nothing during his first 2 months at Forrest, they remain in 11th.

Next up, Winter transfers, hiring and firing that would give the apprentice a run for its money, and possibly the strangest signing you’ll ever see.

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