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You couldn't make this up but the Rayo Vallecano Chairman also has patience 1 and I'm already on shaky ground! Second pic are my results since coming in, apart from a horror show from my keeper in one game I think I've done extremely well winning all the others and drawing away at Barcelona and Real Madrid. Get me out of here asap!

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This manager is cursed all of a sudden :lol:

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Look at them tenures at previous clubs when I only moved on after I won something (Betis excluded as that was before I turned this into an A-Z story) and then check the last two!

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So after being sacked by Juventus and Rayo Vallecano and unable to even land a French National job I decided to leave the game for a couple weeks. When I loaded it back up I noticed the Stuttgart job available and applied and somehow I landed it! Then I remembered why I hadn't applied for it already, as their chairman had a patience stat of 1, the same value as the Juve and Vallecano chairman and now I feared a third sacking for the season :lol:

There were a couple of good players in the squad, none more so than club skipper and German striker Mario Gomez, but they were very light on numbers and midfield was particularly lacking in quality. There were 6 games left of the season and after losing my first two games 6-3 and 3-2 I thought I was in danger of my p45, but we finished with 2 wins, a draw and a loss as we didn't move from 7th, good enough for UEFA Cup football next year.

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Istanbulspor

The club finished last season in 10th place, 31 points behind Champions Trabzonspor and so I knew I'd have quite the job to have them challenging for honours this season.

In order to overcome the difference I looked to reshape the squad although there were some good players in there, no more so than Clint Dempsey who I expected a big season from. Over the season I signed 7 players permanently for just over £5m, while a massive 16 joined on loan (two of which signed permanently) with 11 players leaving the club for just over £2.2m.

League

It was a real barn burner with ourselves, Trabzonspor, Fenerbahce and Samsunspor in contention for the title for most of the season before we created a bit of daylight with five games to go, that was until we lost two of next four games, and despite losing our last game as well our goal difference was far too big for Samsunspor to trouble us despite them finishing with the same amount of points as us and I had my trophy.

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Turkish Cup

We made extremely light work of our first two games winning 5-0 away at G. Doganspor and 6-1 away at Kirkkalespor to make it to the quarters were we would face another away trip to G. Birligi. It was a tougher game but a good showing saw us triumph 3-1 to move into the semis and in an even tougher game we sneaked through on pens after drawing 2-2 AET away at Denizlispor to set up a final against Galatasaray. It was another pulsating game but unfortuntaley some wayward finishing from us was our undoing as we only scored twice from our 17 shots, while our opponents managed three from their eight, and we couldn't make it a double sadly.

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Player of the Season

Dempsey lived up to the hype despite finishing the season quietly as he managed 18 goals from 32 games with 8 assists to fire us to the league title.

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Once again I have my next job lined up and I'll be moving to a country I haven't managed in on this save, in fact I haven't managed there in a long time on 00/01 or 01/02 as I leave Turkey for Russia to take over Torpedo Moscow.

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Rangers

So after finally lifting the Champions Leagues and 9-in-a-row done, this would be my last season with Rangers and I wanted to go out with a bang.

Five players left over the season, captain Gary Blake wanted a new challenge after winning the Champions League and left for Roma for £20m, and he was joined by squad players Dave Tucker (£210k - Fulham), John Jones (£2.2m - Chelsea) and Ronnie Wallwork (free) leaving the club, while Marco Reus left for Real Madrid in December in an £11.25m deal. Heading into the club were six players, four before the season started, goalkeeper Brian Peacock on a bosman from Boro, centre backs Neil O'Neil and Graeme Wilson from Swansea and Lens for £250k and £4.2m respectively, and then the big one, Brazilian Superstar Neymar from Roma for £19m who I had high hopes for. The duo of left winger Diego Jongen and attacking midfielder Adam Cooper joined on the same day in October for £2m and £8m as we looked to bolster the numbers the fixture list soon demanded of the squad.

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Domination once again, we didn't drop our first point till the end of October at home to Inverness and our first defeat didn't come till the end of March as somehow I lost my final Old Firm game at home 5-1 (don't worry I avenged that a few weeks later beating them 6-1 at Celtic Park :D). In the end the title was won by 16 pts from Celtic, with two defeats in our final four games stopping us breaking the 100 point barrier.

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Scottish Cup

If I could pick one domestic cup this season to win it was this one, so I could leave the club tied with Celtic with 33 tournament wins. Things got off well as we beat Hearts 4-1 away and East Fife 3-0 at home before a 2-0 win over Morton took us through to the semis were we overcame Ayr Utd 5-1 at Hampden and we were in the final. Who would be waiting in the final though? Celtic obviously, double or quits then, either we tie them with 33 Scottish Cups or they extend their lead to 34 from our 32, to the game and we battered them from pillar to post, recording 9 shots on target to their 3, but unfortunately they had a keeper in form and we didn't and they somehow won 2-0 :(

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League Cup

Could we lift the other domestic cup though? Sadly not as after thumping Aberdeen 4-0 away, we then lost at home 1-0 to Dundee with them scoring with their only shot on target in the 90th minute :censored:

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Champions League

Defending Champions, it would be a hell of a task to retain it but we had the quality to do just that, and despite a tough opening group with Inter, Arsenal and Grasshopper Zurich we topped the table with 13 points. Next up were Betis, St-Etienne and Trabzonspor and this was slightly more trickier but once again we took 1st place with 11 points with Betis in 2nd a point behind and through to the last eight we went. Dutch giants Ajax stood in our way and it was a great tie for the neutral, we were leading the first leg 2-1 at Ibrox before a late double from Arjen Robben left us with it all to do in Amsterdam two weeks later, but somehow we found ourselves 3-0 up in the second leg after 50 mins but it was short lived as Ajax pulled two back moments later and to extra time we went. The extra half hour still couldn't separate us and so to pens we went, and unfortunately we missed two of our five penalties and Ajax made no mistake and we were eliminated.

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World Club Cup


Uruguayan side Penarol faced us in Tokyo, and we never do things easy do we? :D 2-0 down at half time, we soon turned it around in the second half thanks to Jongen and Sterling, but we couldn't be separated at full time so to extra time we went. Penarol were out on the feet and goals from Neymar and Skalidis ensured the trophy was ours.

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Club World Cup

Drawn in a group with Arsenal, America (MEX) and Perth Glory we got off to a terrible start losing our opening game 3-2 to America (MEX), and despite battering Perth Glory 5-2 in the next we were dependent on the Australian side getting a result against America (MEX) for us to take top spot, and that was with us having to beat Arsenal. We did our bit winning 2-1, and somehow despite having 10 men from the 53rd minute, Perth Glory managed to hold out for a 2-2 draw and we had managed to snatch 1st and a place in the final against Huracan of Argentina. What a game this was as well! 2-0 up in 12 mins, 3-0 at half time this was too easy, and it was as by the 80th minute it was 3-2 and then I experienced one of the most action packed last minutes ever, Neymar received a straight red, Huracan equalised, but then straight from kick off we took the lead again and this time we held onto it, phew!

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European Super Cup

Barcelona was as tricky as this could get led by one Lionel Messi, who at 28 was right in his prime and could boast 451 goals and 262 assists in his 598 games for the club (his stats as of the end of the season). Skalidis gave us the lead before Bojan levelled things, but another from our Greek striker gave us a half time lead. Queiroz made it 3-1 but Messi reduced the deficit once again, before Skalidis completed his hatrick on 70, and despite a late goal from Iker Muniain we stood firm to see out a 4-3 win.

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Player of the Season

Once again it goes to Skalidis, who despite now being 32 still banged in 73 goals in 55 games to lead us to multiple trophies this season.

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So that was that, after 10 seasons I will be leaving Rangers after winning 10 league titles, 5 league cups, 3 Scottish Cups, 1 Champions League, 1 Europa League, 1 World Club Cup, 1 Club World Championship and 1 European Super Cup, the question is where will I end up next?
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Torpedo Moscow

When I took over the club they had already played 10 league games and it didn't make great reading with just 9 points on the board, seeing them down in 14th place and only out of the relegation zone due to their better goal difference over city rivals Dinamo, and 15 pts behind leaders Kuzbass who already had a 4 point cushion at the top. On top of the on field issues it weren't much better off the pitch with the club £2.8m in debt and losing on average £300k a month and the training facilities could be described at best as sub par, but thankfully there were some good players in the squad with strikers Ruslan Afanasjev and Andreas Weimann much better than their record of 0 goals from their combined 10 games this season.

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We soon pulled away from the relegation zone accumulating 14 points from our next 6 games before losing away at Kuban, but come the end of gameweek 20 we were up to 6th and if we carried on as we had and the top two of Kuzbass and CSKA dropped a few more points an unbelievable title win could be in the offing. We tried our best recording 8 wins from our next 9 games but it was always going to be a big ask and a 3-0 away loss at CSKA put paid to our title hopes and a 2-2 draw in our last game against Champions Kuzbass saw us surrender 2nd place. 49 points from a possible 60 since I took over gives me great hope ahead of next season though, especially given Kuzbass could only manage 39 from their 20 games since I came in.

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Russian Cup


Although the league was in my sights for next season the Russian Cup is played across the two seasons so progression in the competition would give us the chance to lift silverware before the end of the next league campaign. We made light work in our first game winning 5-1 away at non league Spartak Ryazan before we were handed a tricky last 16 time at home to Uralmash who had just finished the season in 5th, nine points behind us. What a game it was too, we fell behind not once, not twice but three times before equalising on each occasion, the last in the 90th minute to save us and with no further goals in extra time we went to penalties. There was no mistake from the first five takers for each side and in sudden death we finally triumphed as Uralmash smashed their sixth spot kick over the bar, and we were through to the quarters, although as it is now the off season the game isn't for nearly five months in early April and as such we don't know our opponents yet.

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Player of the Season

I'd earmarked striker Ruslan Afanasjev earlier and he delivered the goals I expected with 9 goals in 13 games under my stewardship, the only blip being an 8 match ban for punching an opponent :lol:

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Stuttgart

After being sacked by both Juventus and Rayo Vallecano last season, Stuttgart where the third club to offer me a job for the 2013/14 season, but given the Chairman had a patience stat of 1 like the Juventus and Rayo Vallecano's Chairmen, who knows how long I maybe here for? There was 6 games left of the season were we recorded 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses giving us a 7th place finish, and now I had the summer to bring in the players I wanted and move on some of the ones I didn't. Unfortunately money was thin on the ground, and so I had to move mainly for players on a free, as 16 players signed (12 before the season started), 12 of which were on bosmans with the other four arriving for a combined £8.25m, the signing of goalkeeper Markus Proll the most expensive at £4.3m as a number 1 was one of the key areas we needed to strengthen. Heading out the door were 12 players for a combined £6.7m, as you can see it really was a case of sell before I could buy.

The squad was still some way behind the best in the division so I was hoping for a good cup run, but I also decided I would keep an eye out for any jobs where I needed to tick a letter off with. We started the season brilliantly winning 10 of our first 11 games, drawing the other as we made our way past Viking, Middlesbrough and Lyon in the Inter-Toto Cup to qualify for the Europa League properly, before we came crashing back down to Earth in a pulsating 5-4 defeat at home to Kaiserslautern. We regathered and continued to progress in the Europa League and German Cup, while also comfortably mid table in the league, and come the start of the December we were 11th in the league, 10 points behind leaders Freiburg, but 12 points clear of the relegation zone, while in the cups we had made it through to the quarter finals of the German Cup and last 32 of the Europa League, when an opportunity presented itself which I couldn't turn down, offering me a chance to tick off a letter and an outside chance of a trophy this season, as I headed north to Hamburg.

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My decision was further justified as my replacement Michael Ballack lasted less than 4 months in the job, as they went out of the Europa League in the next round, lost in the semis of the German Cup and unbelievably relegated from the Bundesliga, only managing 11 pts from their remaining 20 league games!
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Hamburg

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I took over a Hamburg side currently in 8th place in the 2. Bundesliga, 9 points behind leaders Monchengladbach but with 19 league games left in the season there was plenty of time to overhaul that difference. In order to do that I needed to strengthen the squad I inherited, both in numbers and quality and in total I brought 12 players in, 5 on loan for the rest of the season and 7 permanently for a combined £2m, the pick of which was the £1.5m signing of Brazilian midfielder Raul who I had managed at Milan when we won the Serie A and Italian Cup double. It took till my 10th game till we tasted defeat, but we had also drawn too many throwing away leads a few times which reminded me a lot of Hamburg IRL at the end of last season when they through away at least a playoff place. We returned to winning ways in our next game, but when we lost at home to Trier the title looked out of the question as with 6 games to play we were in 5th place, 6 points behind Wolfsburg, and I believed only 6 wins from our final 6 games would give us any chance of winning the league, especially given our last two games were at home to Wolfsburg and Munster who were currently 2nd.

We won our next three games to move into the top three but despite Wolfsburg dropping points, we still needed the new leaders Munster to drop points for us to have any chance of winning the league, and it was here I made a decision. Like I found at Stuttgart, the Bundesliga is an extremely tough league and if we did get promoted but not as champions I imagined it would take at least three seasons to challenge for the Bundesliga, therefore I decided if Munster didn't drop points in their next game then I would ensure we didn't go up in 2nd or 3rd as to have a full season at the 2. Bundesliga title next season. Sods law then that Munster did exactly that losing 3-1 away at Osnabruck, so we now had two massive finals against Wolfsburg who were now in 4th, and Munster who were still top but who we could leap frog into first place if we won both these games.

Wolfsburg had been stumbling, losing two and drawing once in their last three games and it was a good time for us to play them, but when they scored before half time to lead 1-0 I wasn't thinking that! Thankfully we were much better in the second half and scored three goals to win 3-1 which ensured our promotion to the Bundesliga, but sadly Munster didn't drop points and so we had to beat them next week, a draw wouldn't do. We dominated from the first whistle but couldn't score and when Munster were presented with their first chance on target they made no mistake - a real sucker punch indeed! Heads could easily have dropped but they didn't and within a minute we were level through striker Dirk Schroder and we went into the break honours even. It was more of the same in the second half but still we couldn't take the lead, and after passing up several good chances I thought we were done. I rolled one last roll of the dice, throwing everyone forward into the Munster box apart from our keeper and centre backs as we went direct, and with the last kick of the game we were given one last chance which Schroder put away, and somehow in the last minute of the season we had won the title!

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In 20 years of playing this game and CM 01/02 it's probably the tightest and most exciting title race I've ever seen or been apart of, with 5 teams all in the reckoning with 5 games to go.

Player of the Season

Despite midfielders Raul and Mohammed Sheliah Al-Owairan averaging higher than Dirk Schroder, it could only be the German striker after his last minute goal gave us the title.

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I didn't have long to wait for a new job, as I returned to Italy to take over Napoli, where I was hoping my stay would be more like my time with Milan as opposed to my tenure at Juventus when I was sacked without playing a game :D

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