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  1. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Shorpe United 1 Chesterfield 4 Chesterfield started the season in the best way possible with a resounding 4-1 win over Shorpe United. Goals to MOTM Alain Traore who grabbed two, English striker Rickie Lambert and English midfielder Leon Britton capped off a masterful display while the Iron's Galloppa got a consolation goal. To be honest, this was the most dominant display that I have experienced since I joined 7046 setup. Three players in my squad managed to get 10 ratings with Alain Traore, Rickie Lambert and Leon Britton, we certainly showed a relentlessness streak on the day. Took a few chances on the day with Kevin Vogt apart of the three man backline, midfielders Koo Ja Cheol and Alain Traore who impressed towards the end of last season and in the preseason were given an opportunity and they proved decisive. With little to no investment aside from Brazilian youngster Wellington Silva who cost a grand $1.1 million. We haven't had many transfers to report but our purchases last season are coming good which is pleasing to see, especially since we had to sell in order to reduce our heavy wage budget. But with a result like that today, we can look forward to our next fixture.
  2. Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread A huge thanks to Sirmarkhughes, JHM and Dom for helping me out. The squad looks really strong and I'm excited to get to work.
  3. Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread Manager Glory Days will give the Gills an added boost in their relegation fight. The Gillingham Board have appointed Manager Glory Days on a three year deal. Manager Glory Days was delighted to guide the Gills. "I'm excited to be here at Gillingham and get to work straight away. Our first goal is to get out of the relegation zone."
  4. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Chesterfield's season awards have been completed. I would usually post this on 7046 Blog but I have had some issues uploading, so I decided to put it on the reporting thread instead. The Chesterfield awards would include a season overview, most valuable player, golden boot, most assists, fan's favourite and surprise packet of the season. Hope you all enjoy the read http://forum.soccermanager.com/showpost.php?p=2969391&postcount=2346
  5. Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread I think I have a job offer in the works atm but my SM name is GLORY_DAYS, my team is Chesterfield in 7046
  6. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread I'm sorry for your loss, take your time. The blog can manage for the time being.
  7. Re: English Championship 7046 Match Report/Tranfer Gossip Thread Season in review: Chesterfield Final Standing: 11th Overview A mid table finish in a tumultuous season where Chesterfield had been at both ends of the table. A bad start to the season was met by a late, late flurry of wins which culminated in the best attacking football that has been seen by the Spireites faithful in a long while. Considering that the Spireites were mired in the relegation zone for the majority of the season, the Spireites should consider a mid-table finish a success. The Spireites started brightly with two solid win against Rotherham United and Birmingham City however Chesterfield’s form dropped with a seven game losing streak. The losing streak was finally snapped with a resounding 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle however the Spireites found it difficult to produce a vein of consistency and was left mired at the bottom half of the table. In contrast, Chesterfield produced their best domestic cup run in the last three seasons with a fourth round (English Shield) and third round (English Cup) finish which served as a welcome distraction. However Chesterfield produced when it mattered most with crucial wins against relegation candidates Leicester City, Shorpe United and Rochdale. A key component to their success was the Spireites defensive record, derided last season for their leaky defence; the predominately same personnel were able to become watertight and registered the third best defence in the Division after automatic promotes Manchester City and play-off chasing Coventry City. However the Spireites created some of their best attacking football after they secured their Division Three status with four win in their last five matches (13 from a possible 15 points) to climb to their highest position since the early part of the season. Most Valuable Player: Claudio Bravo Captain Marvel Claudio Bravo caps off remarkable season Matches are defined by moments and in those moments; it’s the leaders that stand tall, one such leader is Claudio Bravo. Chesterfield’s goalkeeper and Captain Claudio Bravo enjoyed a stellar season and although keepers sometimes aren’t given the credit they deserve, Bravo produced when it mattered most. Captain Marvel came into his own when the pressure was on, in particular in relegation six pointers against Shorpe United and Leicester City where he kept everything and anything out of his goal and was crucial in Chesterfield’s 1-0 and 2-0 wins respectively. Credit should be given to Bravo’s leadership in forming the third best defence in Division Three, shouting out orders, marshalling the troops and producing splendid saves. After taking over the captaincy three seasons ago, Bravo has well and truly made the captaincy his own. While the Chilean international is Chesterfield’s longest serving player with 274 appearances over eight seasons. It could have all been different if he settled in Blackpool but on his return to the club, he produced his career best form playing a vital part of Chesterfield gaining promotion. The mark of a captain is to lead by example and produce when it’s needed most; captain marvel Claudio Bravo has proven that. Golden Boot: Adam Lallana 9 goals (33 appearances) English midfielder Adam Lallana’s star has continued to rise at Chesterfield The meteoric rise of Adam Lallana has been a headline story at Chesterfield this season. From squad player to first team star, Lallana has shown the value of perseverance, producing his ever best season for the Spireites with nine goals and four assists, winning the Golden Boot in the process. Lallana is the first midfielder to win the prestigious Golden Boot since Russian maestro Dmitri Torbinsky who is still the only player in Chesterfield history to win the most valuable player in two consecutive seasons and the Golden Boot and most valuable player honours in the same season. Since his arrival from Walsall for $3.8 million, he has steadily grown into his role as a first team selection but this season, Lallana has exploded displaying an excellent first touch, superb movement and mesmeric dribbling ability. The English midfielder has been a constant menace for opposing defences; in particular his performances against Rotherham United and Birmingham City where he scored two valuable braces in consecutive matches however it was his decisive goal in the 88th minute against Gillingham which ensured a surprise 1-0 victory that will live long in the memory. However manager Glory Days expects that with added confidence, the best may still be yet to come. “Adam is a confident player but the difference now is that he knows he belongs and he will be itching to prove to others that he is a world class player, which can only bode well for Chesterfield.” Leading Assists: Rickie Lambert 8 assists (20 appearances) English striker Rickie Lambert has shown an eye for a pass “Bargain or bust” were the fan’s sentiments upon the unveiling of English striker Rickie Lambert for $6 million from Preston North End, derided for superficial aspects he couldn’t control such as age and transfer fee, Lambert demonstrated that he’s wasn’t a prototypical English striker. Lambert’s game isn’t dependant on the predictable long ball to the big man rather it’s based on diversity. He is capable of interplaying with the midfielders and holding up the ball to allow the onrushing midfielders to attack the goal. Blessed with strength, solid heading ability and good finishing, it was Lambert’s other aspects which make him underappreciated like his intelligent runs, great passing ability and vision to pick out a pass. Lambert, 32 made the best possible start to his Spireites career with three assists in a crucial relegation six pointer against Leicester City. The English striker had a hand in every Spireites goal and provided a best on ground performance next to man of the match Leon Britton. A striker that isn’t always about the goals, Lambert has proven that he doesn’t only a score goals but also is a provider of chances with eight assists. Lambert has shown that despite his injury ridden start, there is more to come and that the Spireites may have picked up an absolute bargain for the 32 year old striker. Fan's Favourite: Mikel San Jose (33 appearances) Spanish Defender Mikel San Jose has completely turned around last season’s performances Last season you wouldn’t have associated a solid defence with Chesterfield with their poor defensive record almost costing the Spireites their Division Three status with 12 goals conceded in the last four matches however there has been complete turnaround with Chesterfield registering the third best defensive record in Division Three behind automatic promotion side Manchester City and play-off candidate Coventry City with largely the same squad. A key to their dramatic change in form is Spanish central defender Mikel San Jose. Criticised last season for a lack of effort and being too slow to the ball, San Jose came into the new season with an air of desire. What he lacked in pace, he made up with great positioning, strong heading ability and inch perfect tackling. Many fans screamed for San Jose to be dropped for the first team but now he’s one of the first names on the team sheet. However playing as a centre back, the success of defensive unit is dependent on the central defensive partnership and while San Jose has played to good effect with Argentine defender Marcos Rojo forming a formidable defensive unit, the Spaniard has been able to adapt with different partners (Kevin Vogt and Havard Nordtveit) and still maintain a solid defensive core. One aspect of San Jose that may be overlooked is his penalty taking which he hasn’t missed one spot kick in the last two seasons, providing three important goals to help the Spireites cause. Surprise Packet: Kevin Vogt (18 appearances) Kevin Vogt’s versatility has been crucial to his rise in the Chesterfield ranks Tipped as one of the young brigade ready for breakout season, Kevin Vogt has done just that. Providing the Chesterfield faithful with a glimpse of what he could potentially offer in the future but with one marked difference: consistency. Since joining Chesterfield from Augsburg, the 23 year old initially struggled for consistent performances but Vogt has now developed into a solid contributor which Manager Glory Days is happy to put his faith in. Due to injuries in the first team, Vogt’s versatility has allowed him to plug numerous holes in the Chesterfield first XI. While predominately playing in the centre of defence, he managed to form a strong defensive partnership with Spanish centre back Mikel San Jose but his most resounding performance came when he was moved to right back for the injured Hiroki Sakai. Although the Spireites lost to a dominant Northampton Town 2-1, Vogt was the Chesterfield’s stand out player, even managing to grab a goal. The future looks bright for a player that many fans didn't expect much from but if his performances this season are any indication, he will be featuring regularly in the upcoming season.
  8. Re: English Championship 28697 Discussion Thread Doncaster Rovers 1 Burnley 0 Doncaster's unbelievable unbeaten run continued with a 1-0 win over the highly rated Burnley. Brazilian livewire Marlos grabbed the crucial goal for the victory, the Brazilian winger has been one of survivors since my clearout of the Rovers and he has been impressive with 10 goals in 20 matches.
  9. Re: English Championship 7777 - Discussion Thread Any managing vacancies? I'm a semi-regular forumer on 7046 but I'm eager to get into this gameworld as well:)
  10. Re: English Championship 28697 Discussion Thread The Dons carry on with a sterling 3-2 win over Rochdale. Credit to Rochdale, they came back twice to level but record signing Korean midfielder Koo Ja Cheol grabbed a timely brace (including the winner) while Paraguayian striker Cardozo managed to get a goal from the penalty spot. However we have lost midfielder Koo and versatile defender Cameron for the next week, so our depth will be tested. The Dons machine continues to churn out positive wins with three wins a row and 8 wins out of the last 9 matches. We are on the brink of an unlikely promotion challenge but we face juggernauts Burnley and I expect my unbeaten record to end.
  11. Re: English Championship 28697 Discussion Thread Another excellent win by the Dons, coming back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 with goals to Colback and Cardozo. The Dons charge to play-off promotion spots continues but we will be without defensive stalwart Joesph Yobo who picked up a minor injury and will be out for a week. Our great run in the league continues with our 12th unbeaten match and Glory Days is breaking new ground at Doncaster. It's certainly a turn around from two losses that I had at the start of my tenor here.
  12. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Some rare transfer news to report at Chesterfield Very pleased to acquire this talented youngster who has played well in real life with Real Murcia where he saw some regular playing time. He's now moved on loan to Almeria after failing to get a work permit in England but I will hope he looks for first team minutes, so definitely worth a punt.
  13. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Chesterfield ran out 2-1 winners against Rochdale with goals to German utility man Kevin Vogt and Mexican midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos with Jackson Martinez grabbing a goal in reply. Good game MaoaM Good finish to the end of the season, after we sealed our Division Three status, we managed to get three wins in a row and finished in a season high 11th spot. I have a few of the fringe players an opportunity to play with Sergio Canales, Jonathan Dos Santos, Koo Ja Cheol, Alain Traore, Hiroki Sakai and Kevin Vogt and they all performed really well, better than expected. In particular Kevin Vogt and Jonathan Dos Santos who showed their potential in the starting XI. We moved into next season with only a few injuries but I guess it will depend on the draw whether it will heavily impact my team.
  14. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Chesterfield 1 Shorpe United 0 Chesterfield secured their Division Three status, thanks to a scrappy 1-0 over Shorpe United with Amercian fullback Fabian Johnson scoring the winner. It was Johnson's first goal of the season and what a time to score to secure our place next season in Division Three. With 17th placed Plymouth Argyle being eight points away from us with two matches to go, Chesterfield are mathematically safe from relegation for another season. Very pleased with that but we will need to improve next season, as we have one of the lowest goals scored in the entire Division Three. But that is for next season, now I want us to go as high as we possibly can in the final two matches of the season and see where that takes us. Next up is Barnsley
  15. Re: English Championship 28697 Discussion Thread The Dons record 7 match unbeaten run continues with a 1-0 win over MK Dons. Brazilian winger Marlos scored the decisive goal! The Rovers had a bit more to report with transfer reinforcements An absolute bargain for the Dons for the powerful midfielder Abou Diaby. Although plague with injuries in real life for Arsenal, Diaby will provide great depth to our midfield group and at $3.6 million, the offer was too hard to pass up. With only Prib and Colback as viable options in the centre of midfield prior to the capture of Diaby, the former French International can play defensive midfield, center midfield and attacking midfield which will give us a lot of versatility. Doncaster Rovers broke our transfer record with the signing of Korean international Koo Ja Cheol. Quite a bargain given the price tag, a player who can virtually play all around in the midfield with good effect. I have him in my Chesterfield side in 7046 and he has proven quite a treat there, so hopefully he will prove to be a value signing.
  16. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Chesterfield suffered another demoralising loss against Rutt's Norwich City with a 1-0 loss. Well done Rutts. An own goal by American fullback Fabian Johnson sealed our fate but the match a relatively close affair and I guess the score line did reflect that. Although a disappoint result, we are managing to play at a certain level that I want my team to play at and given the upcoming relegation six pointers against Shorpe United and Rochdale, we will have to be at our best. In regard to transfers at Chesterfield Very pleased with this transfer and with all the talk about making profit on players, this is one such example. We paid $2.6 million but his chairman value is already $4.2 million, so a handy profit there already! But in purely football terms, Dos Santos has recently completed a move to Villarreal to join his brother, Giovianni at the Yellow Submarines. Given his injuries and limited opportunities at Barcelona, I viewed his move as a logical next step and if he can play on a semi-regular basis, Dos Santos move to Chesterfield may be touted for more than just a money maker move. I've taken a chance on two supposedly 'injury-prone' players in Canales and now Dos Santos but since Canales was given a sufficient amount of game time last season at Real Sociedad and hopefully Dos Santos will be given the same, I am hopeful that Dos Santos can potentially be a Nemanja Matic when I bought him as a 86 unopposed and he managed to grow to an 88 rated player prior to his departure to Walsall.
  17. Re: English Championship 28697 Discussion Thread The Doncaster revival is slowly but surely coming along with an impressive 3-1 victory over Leyton Orient. Goals to Man of the Match Jack Colback and new signing Paraguyuan striker Oscar Cardozo got a valuable brace on debut. The changes at the Dons have been slow, mostly due to the player's being on transfer ban but after the transfers of keeper Benoit Costil and central defender Joseph Yobo, we are delighted to introduce new signings Oscar Cardozo and Loris Benito. Along with loan signing Laurens De Bock from Manchester City. Paraguayan striker Oscar Cardozo, 31 will add some much needed bite in the Dons attack and scoring a brace on his debut was just the start that he was looking for. Left fullback Loris Benito, 22 will provide versatility on the left hand side (being able to play leftback, left midfield and defensive midfield) and since we don't have a designated left footed fullback on the left hand side of the defense, this signing made sense to me. The loan signing of central defender Laurens De Bock, 21 will provide the Dons some much needed depth in our most weak area, central defense. His ability to play on left fullback will help as well with no real designated left back at the moment. With the imminent return of Russian central defender Vladimir Granat, he will most likely form a strong partnership with Joesph Yobo at the heart of my defense. Since my tenor at Doncaster, I haven't had a side this solid all season and I'm looking forward to see what they can do. Just a quick question about transfers, can someone tell me why players from external sides, reject my offers when they are of chairman value?
  18. Re: English Championship 28697 Discussion Thread The slow rebuild at Doncaster Rovers continues with a 3-3 draw against Wycombe Wanderers. Our second team certainly challenged the Wanderers to be better but the sending off of Pereirinha was a massive shot in the foot as the Wycombe scored all three goals after his sending off! Given that most of my players were on transfer ban, I've had to be patient and try to find new ways of getting results but our new recruits Costil and man mountain Joseph Yobo have helped our cause. Hopefully Vladimir Granat can come back within the next two matches and form a formidable central defensive partnership with Yobo. However since the distraction of the cups are gone, we can fully focus on the league and slowly but surely go onwards and upwards
  19. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Posted an article on Chesterfield's newest acquisition Sergio Canales Hope you all enjoy the read http://ec7046-blog.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/spanish-starlet-sergio-canales-arrives.html
  20. Re: English Championship 7046 Discussion Thread Chesterfield 1 Queens Park Rangers 1 Chesterfield's dismal season continued with a 1-0 loss to QPR. Ranger's scored with their only shot on goal and I'm gutted to lose, Swiss keeper Diego Benaglio was on fire today and we just couldn't get a shot past him. To be fair, QPR did have more possession but carved out more shots at goal and on target but if we reproduce this kind of efficiency surely we will be able to get a few good results to move away from the relegation zone but the gap has lessened to 3 points now... In transfer news Absolutely delighted to get such a highly rated youngster at Chesterfield and he would be in keeping with the youth policy that I have at the club. Technically gifted and one of the to watch talents of next season, I think he has made the right move in real life to Real Sociedad where talents like Greizemann and Vela have developed into top talents. His versatility to play on the wings and through the middle of the park will give us a lot of options in the midfield. A huge thanks to Sirmarkhughes from Liverpool who made a quick and easy transaction.
  21. Re: English Championship 28697 Discussion Thread Doncaster Rovers first Glory Days signing, keeper Benoit Costil After struggling with the old keeper Carrizo, Rovers have finally found got their man Benoit Costil. The 26 year old has had a solid campaign with Rennes in the French League in real life and in order to build a solid side, we need a good keeper and that's just what we have.
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