The more cynical among you out there may hypothesise that the new Champions League format is the natural first step towards the European Super League. So we tested out a new format in our first FM23 Experiment.
José Mourinho may consider himself "the special one" but there was no doubting that Roberto Nascimento da Silva Lazaró was "the great one."
A stellar first year back in English football saw Robinho Lazaró end Newcastle United's 170-year wait for a League Cup success and lead the club to a second-place finish in the Premier League.
A stellar start to the 2061/62 campaign saw Newcastle United sitting top of the Premier League heading into the new year. Surely they couldn't win their first English title since 1927 in Robinho Lazaró's first season in charge?!
After five years in Italy, 77-year-old Roberto Nascimento da Silva Lazaró left AC Milan on a high by winning his fourth successive Scudetto. He had an intriguing new opportunity that he'd accepted mid-way through the 2060/61 campaign, which would take him back to England with his 17th football club and 19th role as a Football Manager.
You may have heard the news that Southampton were recently the subject of a "tycoon takeover" from Serbian media mogul Dragan Solak. Having just completed our Spending Saudi Gold Football Manager Experiment following Newcastle's tycoon takeover, this presented the perfect opportunity to run another one.
Newcastle United became Champions of England for the first time after blowing more than £1 billion in four years to bring in some of the world's best young talent. And director of football Alan Shearer had even more money available to tweak the squad in a bid to defend that maiden title.
Newcastle United finished 2nd in the Premier League in 2023/24 - only behind surprise title winners Tottenham. But a bumper transfer budget meant 'Director of Football' Alan Shearer had a busy summer ahead of him.
Despite spending £469 million in two years and a bright start to the second season, Newcastle United 'only' finished sixth in 2022/23.