Sometimes choosing a team can be a challenge on its own. Who should you be? Why? What’s the connection? What can I achieve? There are wide-ranging reasons as to why we eventually settle on a team. It might be the team you support, some people like to start at the very bottom and work their way up, some enjoy a ‘journeyman’ save while others develop a nostalgic connection to a club or country.
Each season there’s usually a few obvious saves that capture the imagination, taking Rangers back to the top tier of Scottish football after they went in to administration back in 2012, returning Juventus to Champions League glory after being relegated in 2006 for their involvement in match fixing. These are always good to look up before a season starts.
A personal favourite of mine is to manage clubs in locations that I’ve visited on my holidays. These include Club Brugge (Belgium) and Antalyaspor (Turkey) in recent years. Buying the shirt while I’m there is another ritual of mine. As an Englishman I also have an affection for the English game and enjoy taking a club from either the Championship or League 1 up to the Premiership, at which point I often lose interest.
What’s your method for choosing a club? Are you a manager who needs a pot of cash? Or are you a manager who likes to build a club from the ground up, focusing on developing your own talent? What are some of your all time favourite saves and why?
I’d love to hear your views so let me know in the comments below.