John’s Beginnings

So as part of The Journeyman experiment with Ronnie I started a new FM17 save. Small database with leagues in England, France, Germany, Italy & Spain. The game starts in July and immediately I got an interview for the Grimsby job. Unfortunately Paul Ince was deemed a better candidate. We’ll see how that pans out for them in the seasons to come.

After applying for countless jobs and getting interviews at USL Dunkerque, AS Beziers, Arenas Club de Getxo, Lecce, Siracusa, Citta di Pontedera, SD Leioa, Fidelis Andria, Teramo, Cosenza, Atletico Mancha Real and Renate (apparently i need to work on my interview technique, it is like real life!) I finally got a job with Siena in Lega Pro Girone A, the 3rd tier of Italian football. At least I’ve heard of them.

I’m expected to reach the playoffs (already out the Italian Cup) and I’m starting in 11th place on 29 points from 21 games. Bizarrely teams in positions 2-10 qualify for the playoffs so I’m starting in a decent position. Certainly better than Ronnie’s. Busy few days so I’ll assess the squad and staff and update soon.

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Les Herbiers VF

My first club in the Journeymen series is the French outfit Les Herbiers VF.

Les Herbiers Vendée Football is a French football club based in Les Herbiers (Vendée). It was founded in 1919. They play at the Stade Massabielle, which has a capacity of 5,000 people. The colours of the club are red and black. Wiki

#FM17 says they were founded in 1949. Their info is usually pretty spot-on, so I’d be interested to understand why there is a difference of 30 years between these two sources.

The first team squad looks not bad, actually. We could probably do with some work at the back, but going forward, there’s a lot of talent – Greg Houla, Moulaye Idrissa-Ba, and Maxime Thonnel look like my best players.

Expectations

Les Herbiers are in the third-tier of French football, in the Championnat de France National. By the time I take charge, they have played 14 of 34 games and are in dead last, in 18th. The bottom 4 teams get relegated and the minimum expectation from the board is that we’re not in that group of 4.

The league target is set: 14th or higher.

There’s also an expectation that we qualify for the 9th round of the Coupe de France. By the time I take charge we’re in the 8th round, so winning one match against a team further down the standings is all that’s required. I feel it won’t quite be as straightforward as that.

Getting started

As part of this new Journeymen challenge, this afternoon I started a new #fm17 game; small database: England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain.

The game starts in July 2016, and over the course of the following months, I applied for jobs at TSV 1860 Munchen, Stevenage, Port Vale, St Pauli, Brentford, Watford and Vendée Herbiers Football.

Of these, the only club that even considered me for an interview were the French minnows VHF, and I was successfully offered the job in mid-November.

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“In a move being dubbed a massive surprise by many, VHF have named Ronnie Brown as their manager”.