Unemployed, Unskilled & Inexperienced – Season 1 Episode 1

Right, here we go then. The hardest football manager challenge there is in my opinion. We start as a 26 year old manager with no coaching badges, no football experience, and no club.

Where will we start? No idea. What’s the aim? Manage a massive football club (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, etc) and take them to champions league glory. Potentially become the greatest manager in history in the process… we’re in for a long one ladies and gents!

First of all, let’s take a look at what countries and leagues are open to us:

Quite a lot of countries I know, but they’re all leagues I would be open to manage in at some point throughout this long career.

Now let’s take a look at my managerial profile starting the game:

I would say some of the ratings are harsh, but it is the default ratings for a manager with no qualifications and no experience, which is fair enough.

I would question what chairman would even consider giving this manager a job, but I guess we’re about to find out. I’m off on an indefinite holiday with the instruction to apply for any jobs that are going, let’s see what interviews we get!

I received interview invitations from Karabukspor (Turkish 3rd Division), Baltika (Russian First Division) & Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (Russian First Division), however despite all of them having pretty decent reputation for a starting club (between 1 and 2 star) I decided early on that my first club would be a club in the UK. I just think it’s more realistic given my situation.

In real life I was born in Welwyn Garden City and moved to Wales at the age of 18 for University, and I have lived here ever since. Strangely enough, the first interview invite I attended was from a welsh side local to myself, Llanelli Town.

They are a semi-professional side who play their football in the JD Cymru South, the second division (split between north and south) of Welsh football. Located about an hour away from where I live in real life, I really fancied this as quite a realistic starting job, and I only went and nailed the interview to be offered an 8 month contract… the journey begins!

With a weekly wage of £170 per week I may need to ask the other half to be the bread winner for a while, and with the whole wage budget at just £1.6k per week the players and staff will need to do the same. Luckily as we’re only semi-professional there is plenty of time to squeeze in another job.

The board want us to finish in the top 4, and with our current league position (8th) and a media prediction of 5th, I would like to think this is possible. I have also promised not to apply for any other jobs during the 8 month contract which I do not see to be an issue, as well as promising to maintain acceptable managerial support from the squad, something that may be easier said than done given my age and lack of experience or qualifications.

Before I bring this first post to an end, let’s take a look at the league table as it is currently on the day we take over:

Plenty of work to be done but really excited to get the journey started! I will post updates at least twice a week so keep checking in to see how the save is going. You can subscribe with your email address below to have updates from the series sent directly to you.

If you have any suggestions on signings or tactics that could help me along the way at this level then leave a comment below or get in touch with us through our contact page. Thank you for reading and see you again soon!

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