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Notts County Story – My Last Month In Charge

Hello folks and welcome back to the Notts County story! The moment has finally arrived, this will be the last post of the long journey that saw me taking Notts County from League Two to Premier League and European glory. It’s been a long and challenging road, now there are only five games left of it. As you know from the previous post we already clinched our fourth consecutive Premier League title so our only remaining challenge was to win the Champions League once again.

Hello folks and welcome back to the Notts County story! The moment has finally arrived, this will be the last post of the long journey that saw me taking Notts County from League Two to Premier League and European glory. It’s been a long and challenging road, now there are only five games left of it. As you know from the previous post we already clinched our fourth consecutive Premier League title so our only remaining challenge was to win the Champions League once again.

The last four league games were not important for the league table anymore but I surely wanted to see some good displays from my players. Unfortunately they showed a somewhat oscillating form: they played an impressive game against Manchester City, then a poor match against Burnley, then a solid display against Arsenal and then ended the Premier League season with a dismal performance and got beaten by Portsmouth, the weakest team in the league. That didn’t affect the team’s morale though, I guess I failed to motivate them properly.

Here’s the final Premier League table, the title was ours and Forest were going down again, our fans were happy about that.


We had to leave everything behind, the last game of the season was coming up and it was the most important one too: the Champions League final. You might remember that we met Juventus in the final last season too and had to fight pretty hard to beat them. This time they had an important absence in the team, their new and big signing Wayne Rooney was injured. We had a few problems ourselves: Joe Barton was suspended, Hinshelwood was injured, Gergely Varga was injured too and Cristian Zapata was not fully fit following a minor injury in training. Anyway, Juventus were considered to be the favourites and I had nothing against that, I like being the underdog.

So, the game was underway. We were looking fairly confident in the initial minutes but none of the teams was determined enough to display serious attacks. The first one came 12 minutes into the game, we were keeping Juventus in their own half for a while and Jonjo Shelvey eventually found the space to shoot from the edge of the area, it went just wide! Two minutes later Juventus came forward, a through pass from Giovinco to Vela and the Mexican tapped it in! It was disallowed though, offside!

21 minutes into the game, corner kick from the left side. Van Dijk took it, Simon Kjaer got his head to it but it went just over the bar. Juventus‘ striker Lucchini got injured and was replaced by Kalou.

Eleven minutes later, the same situation: corner kick from the left taken by van Dijk, Simon Kjaer beat his marker in the air but the ball thundered off the crossbar and went out of play! That was the biggest chance that came around in the first half. As you can see from the half time stats we were in control of the game but Juventus were defending very well, my strikers were not given any inch of space.


I didn’t make any changes at half time, the team played well in the first 45 minutes and there were no fitness problems. We got our first chance immediately after the break, a long shot again but this time from the other central midfielder, Fabian Delph. It didn’t go better though, wide of the post. Juventus tried their luck four minutes later but Carlos Vela‘s shot from distance went sailing over the crossbar.

60 minutes into the game, we were still in control of the game but we were unable to find space in Juventus‘ defense. My Italians invented something though: Andrea Romano received the ball just outside the box and he touched it first time further to Bonetti who came inside from the right flank. Juventus‘ left back was surprised and that gave Nicola Bonetti a few inches of space inside the box. He didn’t think twice about it, he rifled it in with his right foot and it went straight past the keeper! Get in!

I was expecting a fierce reaction from Juventus but that didn’t come, the first time they came forward after the goal was seven minutes later but Marchisio‘s shot from distance went well wide. I decided not to pull back, I wanted to score a second goal and settle the game. My wingers were pretty tired so I decided to replace both of them, Milner came in for Bonetti and Agnaldo for Ashley Young. I was hoping that some fresh pace down the flanks could give us a boost in attack.

In fact, we had a few good runs down the flanks but they all ended by being cleared by the defense. The only emotion came 12 minutes from time when a shot from Fabian Delph was saved by Juventus‘ keeper. We were still dominating the game and Juventus were not seeing much of the ball.

6 minutes from time, I made the third substitution and sent in Steven Defour to replace Fabian Delph. I wanted a bit more strength in the middle of the pitch and Delph had a yellow card, I didn’t want to take any chances with the referee. I also switched the strategy to counter, we just had to keep the ball, move it around and wait for the final whistle.

And that’s what happened, we just moved the ball around until the ref decided to end the game, we won the Champions League for the second time in a row! It was not a spectacular game but we totally deserved to win it, Juventus didn’t get any shots on target during the whole 90 minutes!


That result pushed me to the 18th place of the worldwide hall of fame, a log way behind the top managers in the world but still in great company there :)

Andrea Romano was our player of the season once again, he scored 33 goals and made 17 assists. He could have done even more if he hadn’t been injured for more than a month. New signing Sergio Aguero did very well too, scored 28 goals and made 16 assists. Overall I was satisfied with the whole lot but that doesn’t matter too much anymore, I was going to hand in my resignation…

Just a quick recap of our league history before that, it started in season 2009/2010 when we won the League Two with an impressive 120 points! It all went smoothly from there, now it seems like it was too easy!

The club’s trophy room welcomed quite a bunch of new shiny silverware, we won everything there was to be won from the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to the Club World Cup!

Here are the manager stats for those of you who are curious enough to see them.

And finally, the resignation. I was quite flattered to see that Guardiola was the favourite to replace me :)

And I was shocked to see that 21 members of the backroom staff left the club following my resignation, I didn’t expect that.

That’s how it ends, I feel a bit sad to leave the club after so many years but I surely need a new challenge. It’s been a great journey and if any of you wants to continue it you can download the last saved game, just before the resignation. Big thanks to all of you for following the Notts County story throughout the eight seasons, your support was very important for my eventual success.

Now I will take a couple of days off, no Football Manager at all, but then I’ll gather my strengths and embark on a new journey with the aim of taking Dorchester Town from Blue Square South to the peak of European Football.

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Matt
Matt
11 years ago

What an ending to an amazing story!

Well Done

Ana Garcia
11 years ago

Great story, and the perfect way to bow out with a few trophies!

21 staff left! Shows the love they have for you! :)

Anyways best of luck on your new adventure and I look forward to reading it.

Lye
Lye
11 years ago

I share your sadness mate. I think its been a bit hard to press that resign button. How i miss all your players. Its been a amazing journey and story. On the other hand, we can look forward to another chapter of your Dorchester story and they will be a force to reckon with in few years. Have a good rest and we will see you back soon.

Calum
11 years ago

Congratulations on an absolutely terrific career with Notts County Johnny, it has really been a pleasure reading it. Good luck with Dorchester, which will be hard! :)

markjulian
markjulian
11 years ago

So why aren’t any new authors allowed?
Do you have too many or something?

ravenie
ravenie
11 years ago

I will definitely try and download that game, I will try to live on the legacy of the greatest pixelated Romanian Manager of all time, ME, Johnny :p. Great job I came across this site by accident, I haven’t stopped reading it since :)

ravenie
ravenie
11 years ago

How do I get rid of the zip code?

ravenie
ravenie
11 years ago

I am downloading Peazip

ravenie
ravenie
11 years ago

should I turn off football manager and then it should be there? how do I go into the game?

Kevin Mayo
11 years ago

Hello Johnny
Firstly, congratulations on winning the Champions League, a fitting way to end such an illustrious career. It is with a hint of sadness I write this as your exploits with Notts County have become part of our lives over the last several months so I’m sorry to see it end though on the other hand you have provided inspiration to many others including myself to try and achieve such greatness.Change though must have it’s way whether in the real world or that of fantasy so I wish you a good rest and good fortune as you prepare to embark on your new journey with Dorchester. Thank you for the impact you have made on us all whether we realize it or not.

Jake
Jake
11 years ago

Congratulations Jonny
Another good story and looking forward to next one

What patch are you using because I downloaded your game and it won’t load.
I think this is because of different patches as i’m using the default

Jake
Jake
11 years ago

Congratulations Jonny
Another good story and looking forward to next one

What patch are you using because I downloaded your game and it won’t load.
I think this is because of different patches as i’m using the default

Majk
Majk
11 years ago

You get a bit teary-eyed realizing this is the last Notts County post we’ll see. It’s been a great journey. What an epic ending with 21 staff members showing their loyalty to you. Wonder if Notts County is going to plummet in the PL from now on? :P

markjulian
markjulian
11 years ago

I cannot believe this, you have done fantastically well to take Notts Co to this many trophies!
I just can’t achieve that sort of thing with Football manager.

I shall send you an email soon.

Mark.

ravenie
ravenie
11 years ago

Im in the folder the others have steam icons but this one has a zippea?

Martin
Martin
11 years ago

Great, Great Story Johnny And A Dramatic And Exciting Ending!
Kevin Is Right, You Have Certainly Inspired A Lot Of People!
Have A Nice Break And Try To Prepare For The Dorchester Challenge

Laxeyman
11 years ago

Hi Johnny great ending with the Champions League win, it has been inspiring to read your Notts Co story. Good luck with Dorchester, I’m sure you’ll do well with them.

John
John
11 years ago

Hey Johnny congratulations on an epic career with County! I’m relishing your new story with Dorchester, my Blyth career crashed, so now I have started with Havant & Waterlooville as they are pretty local to where I’m currently living and will try getting to some of their matches next season. So far I’m top of Blue Square South and in the 2nd round of FA cup having beaten Rochdale 3-2 after extra time! You should try getting Charles Devineau, he is with a french club but available on a free transfer and is a 5 star left midfielder. Good luck!

Martin
Martin
11 years ago

I’ve Downloaded The Save.
Lots Of Exciting Things Could’ve Happened! These Are The Things That Happened When I Played On That Save. No Lies!
1. The Board Planned To Build A New 43000 Capacity Stadium Named The ‘Karp Arena’ In Honour Of Their Greatest Ever Manager.
2. The Board Set The Transfer Budget To £82m With About 200k Extra Wage Budget
3. Brazil Sacked Their Manager And Approached Virtual Johnny Karp (LOL)I Didn’t Want To Say ‘Me’ Because That Sounds Like I Created That Manager And Did All The Hard Work Etc. :P

dami
dami
11 years ago

http://i865.photobucket.com/albums/ab213/dami007/JohnnyKarp-1.jpg

No kidding…a stadium named after you is truly extraodinary…

Congrats on your unrivalled success…

Goodluck with dorchester…it’s going to be extremely difficult…

dami
dami
11 years ago

unfortunately for you I’ll be the one to launch the new grounds…

Tuckersears
11 years ago

Johnny,sorry,I have not benn able to comment lately but I have been reading the fantastic blog on my old computer with a few minor problems.Im in school as I write this haha.It’s my computer again,internet does not work now and the same problem that came up before it got sent away has come up again.Anyway,I have been able to play football manager though and I’m doing really good.First manager to win champions league with shakhtar!Its rude for me to speak about my game now so I’ll stop.Anyway,your progress as notts county has been amazing.You are truly a fantastic manager and you desrve all the credit you get.By the way,Who are you going to be next?

ravenie
ravenie
11 years ago

Could you possibly recommend two replacements for Guilherme and Ashley Young :)

ravenie
ravenie
11 years ago

Ooh Balotelli says come and get me :)

cory berman
cory berman
11 years ago

wot a career cant really add anything to wot everyone else has said but im sure you’re very proud

dami
dami
11 years ago

i’ll try not to sell hinshlewood…but others may go(especially those who play out wide)since i don’t play wingers…

it’s a new regime in notts co.

Sears
11 years ago

Johnny,yes it is.Just checked them out.Predicted bottom!But after your very succesfull Chester + Blyth’s story’s as weak teams,I’m confident you’ll be even more succesfull as Dorchester Town boss.I wish you luck in a long journey!

ravenie
ravenie
11 years ago

selling defour at 29 lol £9.25 mill.

You couldnt get Balotelli for £100m I can get him for £25m :D

Should I sell Sobis? Or one more season?

Dan
Dan
11 years ago

Great achievement mate, your record is untouchable! I seriously think you’re the best around. What makes it more impressive is you make tactics that others then go on to use. Was all that success with your version 3 tactic? Amazing stuff mate, I look forward to the next story!

Andries
Andries
11 years ago

Enjoy your few days off. You know you earned it!! I’m really looking forward to your Dorchester Town adventure! Good Luck!

Joseph
Joseph
11 years ago

Fantastic story-loved every single month of it. What sort of changes to you make to your tactic every time you edit it?

Mícheál
11 years ago

well done jonny. sad to see you leave but hopefully you can do the same with dorchester. would i be able to download the game for 2009

callum
callum
11 years ago

well done mate

are you using the same save or a new one?

angel
angel
11 years ago

hola Karp me gustaria saber como se hace para segir con la partida que usted dejo para seguir la campaña con el nots

Lewis
Lewis
11 years ago

amazing story! one question though, can you link me to whatever skin your using? its quality!

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