The Academy : A Mist Rolling In From The Trent (19-20) 1.2

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Welcome to the latest from the banks of the River Trent. Our season is finally underway and I am really enjoying the save. I have remained true to my favoured formation 4-3-3 or 4-1-2-2-1 whichever way you interpret the shape. It’s taken me an age to get in to the season probably spending the most time ever in Pre Season laying down the foundations of what I hope will be a long stay in Nottingham. I wrote a brief post about our Pre-Season here if you want to take a look.

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A Mist Rolling In From The Trent (1.1) Pre-Season 19-20

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Welcome to the latest instalment from the banks of the River Trent were we have just completed our first Pre Season on the save. With the full release of FM20 now behind us it is time to knuckle down and start our bid to return to the Premier League but first things first I had to sort one or two things out before clicking that continue button.

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The Academy : A Mist Rolling In From The Trent (FM20) Introduction

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Welcome to the Introduction post for what I have decided will be my FM20 save, The Academy will be the name and focus for my save with the team I have supported for over 40 years, Nottingham Forest. I am going to manage both the 1st team and one of the youth teams in a hope that I can take the already successful Academy to the next level and make the pathway to the first team a smooth transition for our rising stars.

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Florence And The Goal Machine : (10.0) The Final Chapter 2027-2028

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Welcome to the latest and Final Chapter of Florence And The Goal Machine. After ten seasons with La Viola the curtain comes down on one of my all time favourite FM saves and we went out in style by winning the Serie A title for the third time of the duration of the save. The Champions League eluded us yet again but overall I am more than satisfied with what we have achieved over the last 10 years.

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Florence And The Goal Machine : (9.0) When The Going Gets Tough 2026-2027

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Welcome back, its season nine in to the save and things in Florence are starting to change with Abdou Diakhate on his way to China at the end of August after agreeing a deal early in the summer, it feels like the save is coming to an end with the loss of my trusted warrior on the pitch but maybe that gives someone else the chance to step up and replace the Senegalese midfielder.

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Florence And The Goal Machine : (8.1) Helter Skelter (Part Two) 2025-2026

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Welcome to Part Two of my 2025-2026 season review. I left off last time at the end of December with us in 5th position in the league, out of the Champions League at the group stage but in the Europa League and last but not least in the Semi Final of the Coppa Italia. Our form in my opinion was a bit patchy but what was about to happen simply had me stunned and the very reason why the sub title this season is Helter Skelter.

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Florence And The Goal Machine : (8.0) Helter Skelter (Part 1) 2025-2026

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Welcome to a round up of season 8 of Florence And The Goal Machine. Things are really kicking on in Florence with me taking every opportunity to delve in to the save  I made two additions to the club squads with young Brazilian defender Arnaldo (Newgen) coming in to our Under 20 squad after a £1m move from Santos. Another Brazilian 24 year old winger Vinícius Júnior joins us on a free transfer after running his contract down at Real Madrid.

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Florence And The Goal Machine : (7.0) Campioni 2024-2025

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Welcome to the latest ramblings from Florence where we have reached the end of our seventh season together. Going in to the season my priority was to try and bring home a second Scudetto after three consecutive 2nd place finishes. Making the decision to prioritise the League over the Champions League could be a costly one when it comes to the club finances but it is a decision that I was prepared to take and who knows we may even have a decent run in the Champions League.

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The Velvet Revolution (La Nazionale) Azzurri 1.0 (2024)

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Welcome to my first blog post since my appointment to be the Italian National Team Manager. I will be running separate blog posts on The Azzurri to keep them separate from my posts about ACF Fiorentina. If you have read my last blog post you will already know that I turned down the England job to become manager of Italy and become the first foreign manager to manage the Italian National Team.

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