Y'know, reading and understanding Sun Tzu's 'the Art of War' is good preparation for playing this game.
It's really useful for any kind of managing, even in real life, I guess.
Anyway, I'm into my third season with Nottm Forest and everything is going really well. I've a couple of other games on the go, but I'm focussing mainly on continuing my fortunes with this club.
First season - won the Championship
Second season - finished 8th in the Premier League
Third season - finish 4th and qualify for the Champions League?
It's currently looking like that, and I'm more than halfway through the season.
I signed Claudio Lopez on a free during the summer and he's been the best player in the league. Closely followed by Didier Drogba, who I signed on the cheap at the beginning of my second season, as well. So if my two forwards stay on fire, then I should be able to finish in a high position again. Really having fun improving the club in general. I've just revamped the stadium, added another 10,000+ seats and we're working on improving the training facilities. Hopefully adding a youth academy, too (had to force to get those changes made).
Plus, I was chosen as the Republic of Ireland national team manager, just into the start of the World Cup. With the World Cup finals coming up, I'd decided to add another user to the game and play as Ireland, with the hopes of helping their chances of doing well. But after qualifying, I found that the game was f**king with my squad. Robbie Keane, Shay Given and a few others withdrew from the squad for whatever reasons. I wasn't even informed, nor did I get a chance to replace them. So, this f**ked me off and I resigned and retired as manager. But as my other user, I noticed that when the news was announced, my name was being put forward as one of the potential replacements as manager.
I was still p**sed off with the game, but felt determined to improve my country's chances regardless of everything and offered to take on the job. They gave it to me after being beaten by France in their first World Cup match. After I was put in charge, I helped push them onto the Semis, amazingly. Lost to Argentina, though I won the third place final against Italy 2-0. Incredible tournament, really, considering I was missing all my star players.
So, I got the job very honestly...sort of.
I'm doing well, anyway, helping the country qualify for the Euro's.
And it's about time I won a trophy. Can't be going two seasons without any silver-ware. I got knocked out of the League Cup in the 2nd round (used my second-string players) against Derby, though, which leaves the F.A. Cup. Perhaps I'll win it, if I get favourable draws? Preston in the third round is a nice start, thankfully...
Edit: By the way, I've been pretty annoyed with my chances in the game. Like in my second season, I finished 8th but I was tied with the 7th placed club, Tottenham, who then qualified for Europe! Bastards. And I've had pretty decent runs in the cup competitions, but alas, I can't win one...
Just got my single Championship medal to look at.