I honestly think we’ve turned a corner. We’re unbeaten in five, winning four, and although we finished September in the same position we started it, I feel we have the momentum. The double delight is working a treat, and despite conceding a couple against Swindon I think it’s made us more solid. The centre forwards might be struggling to find the net as often as I’d like, but Liam O’Brien is keeping us in the hunt. Next up, we take on Brighton, who have actually started the season worse than us. There’s a rarity. Continue reading Championship Manager 89/90 Challenge: October 89
Let’s not beat around the bush, August was tough. In modern football, I’d probably already be out on my ear, looking for a new job, and hated as part of the ‘Cockney Mafia’ in Newcastle. As it happens, probably only the last one is true at the moment. I should have taken the job at Leyton Orient. I know them. And they have no expectations. But here I am, more beloved Wearside than Tyneside, and it doesn’t get any easier. The international break won’t save me in the Second Division – seven games, five of the top eight. Including the top two. Great. Continue reading Championship Manager 89/90 Challenge: September ’89
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It is August 1989. Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers are top of the charts with Swing the Mood. This is important. This is what I’ve let myself in for… Continue reading Championship Manager 89/90 Challenge: August ’89
It is 1989. There is a female Prime Minister. The Conservatives have been in government for a decade, but their grip on power is now tentative. Labour are ahead in the polls, but are tearing themselves apart as the Centrists do battle with the traditional Left. Unemployment is falling, but the economy is still fragile. The far-right protests against Islamic influence in Britain, while British holidaymakers are stranded at airports in Europe. It really is 1989, honest. Continue reading Championship Manager 89/90 Challenge: Pre-season ’89