A second season in Valencia saw us lead Los Cules to an unexpected second place finish, only behind an increasingly ridiculously good Real Madrid. We'll take a quick look back at the season just gone and our key players throughout the campaign.
The Journeyman | Vamos Valencia: Part 8 – The Toughest End to a Season
We headed into the second half of our second season with Valencia sandwiched by Spanish giants Barcelona and the increasingly untouchable Real Madrid.
The Journeyman | Vamos Valencia: Part 4 – Unexpected Success
Valencia went into the final ten games of La Liga in 2025/26 locked in a four-way battle for the final two Champions League places with Espanyol, Villarreal and Atletico Madrid.
The Journeyman | Vamos Valencia: Part 3 – Neymar Is On Fire
Last time out, we'd made a superb start to life in Valencia by winning eight of our first ten matches and only trailed a goal-crazy Real Madrid and Barcelona. And our form was near enough totally reliant on a free-scoring 33-year-old Son Heung-Min playing as a makeshift striker.
The Journeyman | Vamos Valencia: Part 2 – Nice One Sonny, Nice One Son
In the first part of our new adventure in Valencia we picked up a big opening day win and introduced you to our brand new squad, and new signing Neymar.
The Journeyman | Vamos Valencia: Part 1 – Old Boys and an Ageing Superstar
Last time out, I explained my decision to, with rather a heavy heart, move on from my six seasons with Sporting and explore pastures new by embarking on the start of a Journeyman save.
The Journeyman | Saving Sporting: Part 19 – Season 4 Reflection
Our fourth campaign as Sporting Lisbon manager had plenty of drama, including a board intervention that had me questioning my position at the club. However, it soon became our best season so far in the save.
The Journeyman | Saving Sporting: Part 16 – Fuming with the President!
I've built some exciting young teams during my time playing Football Manager but this new-look Sporting Lisbon side has to be one of the most inexperienced but exciting. However, all of my good work could come to a dramatic ending after a ridiculous move by the club's incumbent President.
The Journeyman | Saving Sporting: Part 15 – Season 3 Reflection
I normally like to summarise the season just gone within the last post of the season, but this time around the finale to Primeira Liga was too frantic for that!
The Journeyman | Saving Sporting: Part 14 – Bizarre Title Battle
Sporting Lisbon's chances of a third straight Primeira Liga title looked unlikely going into the last few months of the season. Despite being only three points behind off the top of the league we faced a tough task toppling the unbeaten FC Porto.