The European Journeyman | Episode 1

We’re delighted to bring you a brand new save from a brand new blogger – and our first guest blogger on the FMAddict website. So a warm welcome to Dave Goodger and his European Journeyman FM22 Football Manager Story!

So. Here we are. Halloween 2022 and as an inexperienced 47-year-old manager, I’ve been parachuted in to rescue AO Aigaleo. We’re currently sitting 16th in the Greek Super League 2 South.

12 – Levadeiakos P6 W2 D1 L3
13 – ErgoTelis P7 W1 D3 L3
14 – Karaiskakis Artas P6 W2 D0 L4
15 – Zakynthos P7 W1 D1 L5
16 – Aigaleo P7 W0 D3 L4
17 – OF Lerapetras P8 W0 D3 L5

We’ve no money and not a very good squad (obviously). I’ve dropped an experimental tactic onto them and told them to run with it!!

Our first match is against bottom club Lerapetras. Finger crossed for a positive start!!
Staff meetings aplenty and my first scout report has brought up a Cameroonian player of interest.

Got to be a purchase on name alone surely!

We go into my managerial debut with 14 players concerned with the lack of tactical knowledge (Well pay attention in the tactical training sessions then lads!!).

55mins and we go 0-1 down. Kontoes with a towering header from a corner. Then after a disallowed goal for offside Kontoes gets his 2nd and we go down 0-2. Not the start I was hoping for.

Things could go from bad to worse though. Our NEXT game is against league leaders Kalamata (P9 W5 D2 L2).
A small tweak to the starting lineup, Barbarousis in up top and Trimmatis out wide left.
Away to Kalamata and a solid start gives way to a penalty to Kala on the 17th minute and Tatos send the keeper the wrong way. 0-1 Kalamata.
MASSIVE chance for Aigelo in the 28th minute with Stamatkis smashing one off the cross bar then then follow up over the top. Promising stuff leads to another goal for Kalamata from the resulting goalkick. Hugo Borges with the 2nd of the game and a potential DISASTER is chalked off by VAR as they win the ball straight from kick off and Grivas nods in a would be 3rd from an offside position.
The second half is a pretty dull affair with no more goals and not many more highlights.
0-2 to Kalamata and the reason is glaringly obvious.

13 shots and NOT A SINGLE ONE ON TARGET!!!!!

Something isn’t working and I’m blaming the tactic. Time for me to dig into my bag of tricks and come up with a different formation.

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you…. The Jigsaw!!!

First up to test our new line up is Diagoras.
Despite 4 bookings and a missed penalty I get THE FIRST WIN OF MY MANAGERIAL CAREER!!!!!
Tsiligiris firing home in the 28th minute and despite Kalyvas missing a penalty in the 85th minute following a handball we hold on for a MASSIVE victory.

A week later and a trip to Irodotos brings a SECOND SUCCESSIVE WIN!! Goals from Tsiligiris and Stanovcic bring a 2-0 win.
The fairytale continues in the next game as we play mid-table Rodos. ANOTHER clean sheet with goals from Panagiotou and Arnarellis from the penalty spot gives us a second successive 2-0 win, third win on the bounce and more importantly, drags us out of the relegation zone!!

My first month in football management draws to a close and there’s light at the end of the tunnel for Aigaleo.

Thanks for reading!! You can catch me on my other social media sites:

TWITTER – http://www.twitter.com/dave_goodgerfm

TWITCH – https://twitch.tv/davegoodgfm

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