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A Fabrice Muamba Tale: To Be Champions, We Have To Spend Like Champions!


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#1 Declan Byrnes

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 11:52 AM

16.07.2012

The doctors said it would help my recovery, mentally more than physically, if I wrote about what happens to me as I try to work my way into management and, more importantly, normal everyday life. I'm lucky to be alive, and I want to grab life with both hands and get back into the game I love. Ever since I was told I wouldn't be able to play professionally again, there was only one career move on my mind: management. I had always planned to move into coaching and potentially being a manager, but now it's arrived at my feet ten years earlier than I planned. I never got the chance to reach the very top as a player, but I'll be damned if I won't as a manager. Obviously I have no non-playing experience, but I've been working on coaching badges since I got out of hospital and I just hope that somebody will give me a chance. I'm not expecting to replace Fergie, or take over at the Nou Camp or the Bernabeu - not yet anyway - but I hope that one day Fabrice Muamba will be a name that will be up there with the managerial greats.

17.07.2012

I can't believe it. Only one day after I applied for a few jobs, ranging from the Championship to the Blue Square Premier, I got an email forwarded from my agent.

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There was no way I was going to pass this opportunity up and I accepted it straight away.

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Once I'd taken the job, I thought it best to try and find out what I could about the team's history, and I found out that they have had no major success - I hope that I can change that.

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During my meeting with Mr. Mitchell, he let me know what was expected of me, and that getting a respectable finish around the top half of the division was the aim this year. He also let me know the budgets I had available to me, as well as telling me I would get a good proportion of the transfer fees I can get in to spend on new players.

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19.07.2012

I made my very first signing today by bringing in experienced centre-back Eric Addo. He's played nearly 50 times for Ghana and should steady up the back line, at least for this season.

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22.07.2012

Because of the fact my budgets aren't fantastic at present, I will really need to make use of the loan market, and I did that today by bringing in two loan signings, both of whom cost nothing in fees or wages. They really are bargains, both from Premier League teams and very good for this level.

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24.07.2012

I sold four players in the last three days and brought in loads of money for the club, some of which I hope I'll be able to spend. I would have liked to have kept Pugh, as in my first few training sessions he looked very good, but me and the Chairman both agreed that we couldn't turn down £2 million for one player

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04.08.2012

It's been a very busy time at Bournemouth as I have been able to spend some of the money that has been brought in and I signed 6 more players in just under 2 weeks. I brought in four permanent transfers and Lappin and Wilson on loan.

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We also played our last friendly today and they went well during pre-season, with the team seemingly starting to merge despite a lot of new players. Having played through our friendlies, it's also helped me decide on our formations for the season. I want to play attacking football so a 4-3-3/4-5-1 will be my main formation, but I also have more defensive one for when it's needed.

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I'm really looking forward to the start of the season and I hope that I may even be able to pick up a couple more signings before the window slams shut...


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#2 ThatWagstaffKid

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:36 PM

Very well written mate, perfect for a diary-style design.
Here's to hoping you can take Bournemouth to the top!

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:31 PM

Some good signings there, a great mix of technical midfielders and fast pacey strikers that can stretch defences, which are important in the lower leagues. I do hope you can reach the play-offs minimum, good luck!

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:22 PM

Really well wrote mate and a great idea to be Muamba! Some good signings too and I'll do my best to follow

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 05:48 PM

Well written so far. Great idea to be Muamba. You have some great loan signings. Ephraim will dominate the league.
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:36 PM

Wonderful idea for a story, I must admit I considered doing a story with Muamba as the manager. As mentioned above, good signings and I'm sure you'll do well in the league. :)

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#7 Declan Byrnes

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:13 PM

Very well written mate, perfect for a diary-style design.
Here's to hoping you can take Bournemouth to the top!


Some good signings there, a great mix of technical midfielders and fast pacey strikers that can stretch defences, which are important in the lower leagues. I do hope you can reach the play-offs minimum, good luck!


Really well wrote mate and a great idea to be Muamba! Some good signings too and I'll do my best to follow


Well written so far. Great idea to be Muamba. You have some great loan signings. Ephraim will dominate the league.


Wonderful idea for a story, I must admit I considered doing a story with Muamba as the manager. As mentioned above, good signings and I'm sure you'll do well in the league. :)


Thanks guys! :D The signings so far have been pretty good and I've still got a couple more to pull out of the bag in the next update ;)

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:57 PM

Nice idea! Good signings and good luck!

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:59 AM

Love the Muamba idea! Good luck for the season!

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#10 Karl Deighton

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:03 AM

I like the diary format, easy to read and follow.

Good pre-season, you made good signings, Ephraim is my favourite, I think he will do well in League 1.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:52 AM

Nice idea! Good signings and good luck!


Love the Muamba idea! Good luck for the season!


I like the diary format, easy to read and follow.

Good pre-season, you made good signings, Ephraim is my favourite, I think he will do well in League 1.

Good luck


Glad you all seem to like the idea and the style. Should be able to have the next update out sometime today :)

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:04 AM

Best of luck with the story mate, loved the first episode :)


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 01:41 PM

Best of luck with the story mate, loved the first episode :)


Thanks Johnny, glad you enjoyed it! :)

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:30 PM

12.08.2012

With the start of the season just days away, I managed to clinch another two loan signings. Meyler will add some steel to the centre of midfield, while Mackie will mainly be used in one of the wide roles to support the main striker.

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13.08.2012

First proper match tomorrow. I can't say I'm not nervous, but i'm really looking forward to it as well. It's my first real step in my new career in management, and I just hope it'll go well.

14.08.2012

We had our first competitive match today and we managed to start with a win in the Capital One Cup. We played some great stuff and created a lot of chances. The only downside was that we picked up a couple of injuries, but tluckily hey don't look too serious at the moment.

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18.08.2012

First league game today. Not the result, or the performance, I was looking for. Colchester dominated and we just weren't good enough. On the upside, the home fans gave me a great reception, and I hope I can show them some better display's at Dean Court.

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21.08.2012

Great result today! It was a pretty tight match in all honesty, but we just took our chances where Tranmere didn't. It feels great to get some league points on the board and I hope it'll be the first of many.

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25.08.2012

We lost another league game at home this afternoon. We definitely could've got something out of this game but when it's not your day...

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28.08.2012

I'm so proud of the lads after this match. We may have lost, and we're out of the league cup for this year, but none of them gave up and we nearly pulled off a great, late comeback. Wolves are favourites to win promotion in the Championship so getting close to holding them was enough for me to be pleased with. Three defeats in the last four games, but with lots of new players the team is still gelling.

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01.09.2012

The transfer window shut last night but I managed bring in one last player. Yet another loan, but the League 1 match rules mean I can pick 5 players loaned from within England per game, and I think the only way I managed to convince Adam to join us was because he didn't want to spend a year sat in the reserves at Reading. I've watched the lad play a few times and he's a fantastic finisher, meaning that my last addition is probably my best.

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With my squad in place I could move on from a disappointing few games on the pitch and look forward to hopefully turning things around and picking up a few more wins...
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 06:55 PM

Good signings Fabrice, unlucky about the home defeats!

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 07:04 PM

Your away form is better than your home form! But you are doing decent so far. If you can pick up a few more wins, your team will be awesome. Le Fondre isa great finisher. He will do well for you.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:41 PM

Very good signings indeed, Le Fondre and Mackie are both fantastic players for this level.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 12:33 AM

Great coup in Le Fondre but the results don't seem to add up with the performances and it does seem you are unlucky. Points will come soon enough

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:30 AM

Results will come mate, maybes the time needs sqaud to gel. Le Fondre and Mackie should be very good signings/

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:17 PM

Things will surely improve, your team is leaking a few goals at the moment but that should be fixed once the lads gel.


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