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The Magpies FM 2010 Story – February 2012

Hello dear friends, welcome back to my Football Manager 2010 story! My mighty Magpies had a tough time in January, it was probably the worst month since I took charge of the team. We were down to 2nd place at the end of the month and my physios had their hands full with injured players.

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Hello dear friends, welcome back to my Football Manager 2010 story! My mighty Magpies had a tough time in January, it was probably the worst month since I took charge of the team. We were down to 2nd place at the end of the month and my physios had their hands full with injured players.

Due to all the injuries I had to find another player to bring in on loan. Luckily my parent club, Arsenal, had midfielder Francisco Merida available and they agreed to help me out by sending him to us for the rest of the season.

We had to get back on track, otherwise our promotion dream could be shattered. The first game of the month was a tough one, at home with 5th placed Bristol City. We came out with a draw from the away game back in September, a hard fought one. Our first half was extremely poor, the team looked unable to play our usual passing game. We looked a bit better in the second half and got the draw thanks to a debut goal from Francisco Merida, he rifled in a beautiful shot from 25 yards out. It was an even game overall but we could have won it with a better first half.

It was our third consecutive Championship game without winning, we had to do something about that sooner rather than later. The next game was another difficult one, away at 7th placed Ipswich. We managed to win the home game 2-1 in October but it wasn’t easy at all. Somehow the game turned out to be easier than I expected, my boys produced a breathtaking display. Alibec and Szalai ran the show in the first half while centre back Marc Muniesa put the cherry on the cake with a corner kick header. We had a lot of fun in the second half and bagged another two goals, our fans were ecstatic!

We demolished Ipswich in the Championship but we had to prepare to receive the same treatment in our next game, mighty Arsenal were coming at Meadow Lane in the 5th round of the FA Cup. We had nothing to lose though, we just had to try and fight. We didn’t play bad at all, we even created a few chances… The problem was that I couldn’t find a way to stop Arshavin, he played two perfect assists and Arsenal scored twice, beautiful goals too I might add. Anyway, I was pleased with the team’s efforts, we could have hoped for more with a bit of luck.

Back to the Championship, we had to fight to get back on top of the table. The next game was at home with 19th placed Huddersfield, we defeated them 2-0 away from home in November. We played pretty well again but their goalkeeper, Alex Smithies, was like friggin Spiderman, he saved anything that we threw at him! We did score one though, from a corner kick. The ball bounced back and forth in a crowded penalty area and eventually found the way towards the net… The bad news was that we had another long term injury after the game, Ritchie De Laet was going to be out for 3 months!

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  1. Martin

    January 4, 2010 at 14:34

    Yeah You’ll Get Promoted
    If You Do, Will You Be Looking For A Squad Makeover Or Keep It Near Enough The Same, With Maybe One Or Two Signings?
    Good Luck In Next Months Nottingham Derby!
    By The Way, New Post

  2. Rooneye

    January 4, 2010 at 14:56

    Good stuff as usual mate! Looks like next month will be a really hard test though, some tough opponents there, however having been a reader of your blog since way back, I have confidence that you will pull it off :D Good luck!

    Oh, and yeah I was thinking about doing a new blog for FM10, but I will need to find a new site to host it on, as I was having problems with MobileMe which is why my blog stopped, so yeah I might do one on Blogspot or WordPress or something. Reason I haven’t started one earlier is because I had a really good career game going and i didnt want to start a blog half way through the game. So when I decide what team I want to be and get a host site I will start a new blog.

    • Johnny Karp

      January 4, 2010 at 15:08

      Thanks buddy, I didn’t think about the transfers yet, first get promotion and then think about anything else.
      Happy to see you back Liam and thanks for commenting! I would be happy to host you here as a guest blogger if you want, I loved reading your story last year.

  3. James

    January 4, 2010 at 17:08

    johnny, will you please help me ive started a blog but i dont know ho to take screen shots will you help me good luck getting promoted i’d bet £100 that you do xD

  4. Johnny Karp

    January 4, 2010 at 17:17

    James, as I suggested to Martin before, I recommend using PicPick or Screen Hunter Free. These are two free programs that can help you to make nice screen shots.

  5. Martin

    January 4, 2010 at 17:32

    Johnny, Your’e Kinda Like A Wise Old Blog Man (Except Your Not Old)
    Helping People Who Are New To The Blog World And Making Sure They Get Up And Running :P
    That Was A Bit Random :P

  6. Johnny Karp

    January 4, 2010 at 17:39

    I am a bit old, at least compared to you I am :)

  7. Martin

    January 4, 2010 at 17:43

    Hmm…I’m Sure Your’e Not That Old:)

  8. Kevin

    January 4, 2010 at 19:50

    I’m probably very old compared to all of you:)

    Great bounce back win against Ipswich. That has put you right back on track for going up to the Premeier League. Good luck in the next “derby” game too.

    >> James
    I made a rough screenshot guide for Martin so if you want to send me your email I can send it to you. I am in Canada so possibly 5 hours behind you so be patient.

    • Johnny Karp

      January 4, 2010 at 20:27

      Thanks Kevin, our fans will want another win over Forest, I’m sure about that.

  9. Lye

    January 4, 2010 at 20:43

    Hey mate, you should not face any problem on the promotion. You can do some scouting on and off for next season. All the best..

  10. Johnny Karp

    January 4, 2010 at 20:53

    Thanks for the confidence Lye :) I’ll try to focus on the games until the end of March and then see where we stand.

  11. James

    January 4, 2010 at 22:05

    thanx kev but ive give up making a blog it all went wrong 4 me the pic just wouldnt go in the blog =/

  12. Laxeyman

    January 5, 2010 at 12:31

    Well done Johnny, you are doing a good job, hope you get promoted.
    James- on my blog to take the screenshots I do this:
    1. Get up page you want to take screenshot of
    2. Press alt+prtscr together
    3. Open up Microsoft Paint and go to edit-paste
    4. Save screenshot on Paint
    5. Go on to blog, press image icon and select pictures you want to upload
    6. Upload pictures and then do the writing and publish the post.

  13. Martin

    January 5, 2010 at 18:12

  14. James

    January 5, 2010 at 20:59

    thank you to kevin and LaxeyMan but it turns out that my Prt Scr button doesnt work ='( by the way Johnny you are the best manager i have EVER seen =)

    • Johnny Karp

      January 5, 2010 at 21:14

      Thanks James, I’m sure there are better managers out there though, I’ve seen some myself :)

  15. Martin

    January 5, 2010 at 21:31

    Like Jose Mourinho!

  16. James

    January 6, 2010 at 00:47

    ok then martin best VIRTUAL manager ive ever seen =D and Johnny when you doing march mate?

    • Johnny Karp

      January 6, 2010 at 09:20

      I finished playing the month of March, I’ll write and publish the post later today. ;)

  17. eddie eddie

    January 14, 2010 at 22:07

    Good results for you there.

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