Open Season

The 06/07 season is actually turning into one of my favourites yet. The game has reached a point where many of the established stars are beginning to retire or decline and their replacements are either not up to scratch or developing. Let me talk you through it In the last update, I was drawn away to Leeds in the League Cup, my first visit back to Elland Road. In theory I should receive a wonderful welcome, afterall I did bring the good times back. Before that though Leeds visit Anfield, which is a good day for me. liv leedsI’ve been through a lot with Michael Landreau including the Auxerre experiment, the league win with Leeds and then a World Cup win, the little ungrateful bugger tries to deny me but Bochenski eventually beats him. Then I’m off to Leeds just 4 days later leeds liverpool pensGreat result for me, Leeds will be livid. Anyway, this means we’re in the business end of the League Cup and I brush First Divsion Derby aside in the Quarters, before a 2 legged semi final with Boro LC semis 07We just about sneak through into the final where we’ll play Brian Little’s Villa. It’s a pointless trophy, but seems to carry a lot of favour despite no European place. Strange. Anyway, it’s another day out at Wembley. After initially letting my promoted squad run wild, things were a bit dull so I’ve spiced it up a bit with an England international and an old pal wicks liverpoolbakayoko liverpoolThat sets us up nicely. In other news, Shearer appointed Magpies manager! shearer notts countyThe wrong Magpies, Alan! County are near the foot of division 1 having just sacked Steve Bruce, so they obviously love a Geordie. Shearer is probably still useful as a player at that level, despite being 36. There’s some decent transfers taking place too collier to villa gallas to lyon burrgink man utd hellebuyck barcaCollier you might recall is the re-generated Peter Beardsley, so he has some good stats behind him. I took him to Leeds but he was backup to Victor Marco. Bruggink scored 6 in a game for Holland once, whilst Gallas & Hellebuyck both won the World Cup with me. How lovely. Meanwhile, let’s see how Chelsea are getting on with Tony Adams chelsea lose 6Oh dear. In truth, they’re doing ok and are in an FA Cup Semi Final, as they beat Burnley in a replay FA Cup Semis 07Colin Todd’s Bolton are still hanging in there. The Champions League has 3 familiar names…and Malmo CL semi finalsSweden’s improvement was apparent in the World Cup so it’s good to see some consistency. I mentioned this was my favourite season so far – here’s why: Prem top march 07Ten points between 1st and 12th with 8/9 games to go, is ridiculous. It’s such a level playing field. West Ham, managed by Tony Gale, have come from nowhere to be second. Sunderland, who played a blinder appointing O’Neill after his Arsenal failure and were promoted alongside me, have been flying recently including that 6-0 win. With only 2 Champions League spots up for grabs, it could be anybody’s. Man Utd down in 9th is interesting, but their game in hand could take them back to 5th. The bottom of the table is not far behind prem bottom 0714 points from 1st to 15th is just hideous. Everton’s yo-yo existence looks set to continue but Anderton is scrapping hard to keep Arsenal up, believe it or not they were bottom for a long time, but maybe he’s finally getting it right. The next update promises to be the most interesting yet – I’m really looking forward to playing out these final 2 months so I’ll see you back here for the outcome

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