Northern Ireland: UEFA Nations League 2024

No sooner had we made our inglorious exit from Euro 2024 than we were ready to engage in the 2024 UEFA Nations League process. I really like this competition, sadly not a view that was widely shared in Northern Ireland footballing circles at its inception in 2018. International friendlies (or International Challenge Matches as theContinue reading “Northern Ireland: UEFA Nations League 2024”

Northern Ireland: UEFA Euro 2024 (Germany)

Make-believe has, in part, echoed reality in my Football Manager universe. Naturally, the circumstances are much different however as I took over the reins from departing manager Michael O’Neill I was stepping straight into a play off for the European Championships. In November 2023, Michael O’Neill moved on to take over at ailing Birmingham CityContinue reading “Northern Ireland: UEFA Euro 2024 (Germany)”

Alexander Fleming’s 4-4-2: The Matches

Even when a tactic brings overwhelming success, it can still be a useful exercise to sit back and analyse what has been going right and what hasn’t. Despite only losing 4 times in the league during a season that my Glentoran side claimed a total of five trophies, there are still obvious elements which IContinue reading “Alexander Fleming’s 4-4-2: The Matches”

Alexander Fleming’s 4-4-2: The Tactic

Serendipity /ˌsɛr(ə)nˈdɪpɪti/ (noun): the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Sir Alexander Fleming famously made the effective discovery of Penicillin by “accident”. One of the best known quotes attributed to Fleming is “One sometimes finds what one is not looking for” – pure serendipity. I’m not going toContinue reading “Alexander Fleming’s 4-4-2: The Tactic”

The Tale of The Three-Legged Playoff

Last season’s title win meant it would be a berth in the Champions League Qualifying Rounds for us this season! The added challenges of an earlier season start (6th July), additional fixtures in an already packed schedule and the possibility of humiliation by a bigger side are very much offset by the insane income (byContinue reading “The Tale of The Three-Legged Playoff”