The FM18 Journeyman: Movin’ On Up


Videoton FC
OTP Bank Liga


A short drive to the southeast found me at the Sostoi Stadium, my new home. A lot of things had changed since I first arrived in Hungary. I’d gone from unqualified failure to continentally licensed, league winning coach. I don’t think it would be a reach to say I was the hottest young coach in the country, having just taken the most lucrative job opening of the year. For the first time, all eyes were going to be firmly on me. Would I be able to continue to perform under this new pressure?

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The FM18 Journeyman: Word Travels Fast


Mosonmagyaróvári TE
Summer 2019

I love it when things just line up on their own. I had already started planning for life in the OTP Liga as soon as we broke away at the top of the table. The board, on the other hand, had been conspiring to trip me up at every possible opportunity. As thanks for delivering the club their best ever season and top flight football, I got a firm “no” to anything and everything. Increase wages for staff so we can actually fill our vacancies? No. Improve our training facilities to help the never-ending stream of injuries? No. Send my new assistant manager for a coaching badge since you wouldn’t pay the wages the old one wanted? No. Head, meet wall. Continue reading “The FM18 Journeyman: Word Travels Fast”

The FM18 Journeyman: Unprecedented


Mosonmagyaróvári TE
Winter Transfer Window 2018-2019


With things going as well as they are, it would be foolish to shake up the team in any major way. However, with Lady Injury always looming large right overhead I thought it would be wise to bring in some quality depth players. Zoltan Kodmon comes in to deputize Jovanovic on the left wing from our divisional rivals Gyor. Bence Pinter and Bence Pavkovics bring their matching first names to shore up the midfield three. Last but not least, Vladimir Ilic joins as a Russian mountain at the back. A relatively quiet January, but I’m pleased with all the new signings.  Continue reading “The FM18 Journeyman: Unprecedented”

The FM18 Journeyman: It’s Scary This High Up


Mosonmagyaróvári TE
Nemzeti Bajnokság II
August – December 2018



The table and fixture list are a better introduction than any written words would be. We’ve had a flying start to the new season so far, dropping points in only four of fifteen matches. While we’re only two points clear of second and third (and only four points above fourth), we do have a noticeably better goal difference to add just a little bit of comfort. Annoyingly, the scheduling computer did not hand us a match against either of the teams directly below us before the winter break. This means that there’s the potential for four or possibly five important six-pointers after the winter break. No pressure. Continue reading “The FM18 Journeyman: It’s Scary This High Up”

The FM18 Journeyman: Back in Business


Mosonmagyaróvári TE
Summer 2018

Last season made it clear that if we’re going to push on we need to make substantial changes. We finished above expectations largely due to Krisztian Hajos’ haul of goals. At the other end of the pitch, the defense had been disastrous. While the season ended with a nine match unbeaten run, we only kept three clean sheets between the winter break and the end of the season. We conceded at least one goal in all of our last fourteen matches. There will be no hope of promotion with a record like that. The other major issue has been depth. Major injuries have been frequent and it’s likely that several major players will spend a couple months on the sideline. In a lot of positions the drop in class is gigantic if our starter gets injured. That has to change if we want to push for the top of the table.  Continue reading “The FM18 Journeyman: Back in Business”

The FM18 Journeyman: Stable Employment


Mosonmagyaróvári TE
Transfers Winter/Spring 2018

I’ve been away for a while due to the holidays, so I’ll get right to business. Due to the amount of serious injuries we’ve suffered, I can only assume the training pitch is a former minefield. Despite limited resources, I needed to bring in several players during the first few months of the new year.


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The FM18 Journeyman: I’m Feelin’ Hungary


Mosonmagyaróvári TE
Nemzeti Bajnokság II


 After the nightmare that was my Municipal Liberia career, I wanted to bounce straight back into another job. There were several interesting positions that were available but they were mostly far above my level. Mosonmagyarovari were the only club that initially made me a contract offer, and even agreed to a delay while I held out hoping for a better job offer. No better offer materialized, so I’m off to northwestern Hungary.

Mosonmagyarovari TE 1904 currently play in the Nemzeti Bajnoksag II, the second tier of professional Hungarian football. Founded in 1904 (clearly), there’s even less information floating around than Liberia had. I’m not quite sure if or when they’ve been in the first tier. I do know, however, that the town the club is based in has the highest ratio of dentists to citizens of any town in the world. Who needs league trophies when you have that? Continue reading “The FM18 Journeyman: I’m Feelin’ Hungary”

The FM18 Journeyman: Starting the Climb on the Wrong Foot


AD Municipal Liberia
Transfers and Preseason


I was able to bring in a few players in our positions of need despite the club’s limited resources. Kevin Perez was not one of those players, as his transfer was already arranged when I took the job. He looks like he could turn into a decent player and covers several positions.  Thiago Gomes comes in as an aging but still decent 3rd or possibly 2nd center back. I already had my eye on Vini when lead striker Solorzano went down for five to six months with a hip injury and we had to bring someone in right away. James Carvell comes all the way from England to join our reserves until we can free up one of our four foreign player slots. Finally, Jorge Gutierrez came in later in the window to provide depth on the left wing. Overall I’ve got to be pleased with the window, we’ve brought in players in basically every area we needed that should be able to perform at a decent level. Continue reading “The FM18 Journeyman: Starting the Climb on the Wrong Foot”

The FM18 Journeyman: The First Club – AD Municipal Liberia


AD Municipal Liberia


 After receiving offers from Luxembourg, Finland, and three clubs in England, I ended up taking the closest AND most lucrative job of the bunch at Municipal Liberia in Costa Rica. A £450/week salary was much higher than any of the others on offer and the club is fully professional as well. The media predict to finish firmly mid-table in 6th place out of 12, although in real life the club are rock bottom with a -34 goal differential as of my writing this. I certainly hope I can elicit better performances than that if I want to start my career on a good note.  Continue reading “The FM18 Journeyman: The First Club – AD Municipal Liberia”

The Football Manager 2018 Journeyman: Introduction


It’s that time of year again. Time to dust off the tracksuit, slip the nice suit and tie into a travel bag, and make sure my passport is up to date. There’s a whole wide world of football out there, waiting for me to conquer it. Following in the footsteps of Bela Guttmann, the original football journeyman, I’ll be managing wherever, whenever, and however I please. Inspired by Guttmann and FM18’s increased focus on realism, I’ll be attempting to guide this journey with a more human touch. No more holding back from leaking a story to the press or walking away from an obstinate board for the sake of whats best for the game. Even the best managers in history let their emotions get the better of them from time to time, why should I be any different?  Continue reading “The Football Manager 2018 Journeyman: Introduction”