FM23 : GOLAZZO (1.0)

Welcome to the first of my blog posts covering my exploits on Football Manager 2023. I have given my website a bit of a makeover ahead of the new release which at the time of writing is around 4 weeks away. The website is now called golazzofm.com after my love for Italian football, and of…

FM22 : MILLWALL FC (Part 6)

Welcome to the latest blog post covering my time on FM22 managing Millwall FC. After a top 6 finish last season the supporters expectations had rose. I had made up my mind that this would be the last of my FM22 blog posts but I will be back for the release of Football Manager 2023…

FM22: MILLWALL FC (Part 5)

Welcome to the latest blog post following my FM22 save with Millwall FC. After losing to Sheffield United in the play off final it meant that I would be looking to make sure any dealings regarding player contracts and new signings would financially be correct for the club. We can only sign players who have…

FM22: MILLWALL FC (Part 4)

Welcome to my latest blog post covering my journey on FM22 with Millwall FC. Millwall FC The second half of the season at The Den turned out to be a memorable one with us continuing our good form in pushing for a playoff position. In fact we only finished 4 points off automatic promotion with…

FM22: MILLWALL FC (Part 3)

Welcome to Part 3 of my FM22 journey with Millwall FC. You can get up to speed with Part 1 and Part 2 if you wish or you can dive straight in here and see what it’s all about. We have now reached the end of the year so let’s have a look at hos…

FM22: MILLWALL FC (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of my Millwall FC save. The season is underway after a good Pre-Season that included a training camp in Ireland which you can read about in Part 1 of the series here Millwall FC 2021-2022 Saturday 7th August 2021 We took the short trip to The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium (Loftus…

FM22: Millwall FC (Part 1)

Welcome to Part One of my last FM22 blog save which is with Millwall FC. I had originally started the save in the 3rd season 2023-2024 however due to an unfortunate error I have decided to restart the save from season 1 2021-2022. MILLWALL FC 2021-2022 So it’s the summer of 2021 and Michael Van…

FM21 : ASTON VILLA (10)

Welcome to the latest blog post covering my FM21 save. The save itself is now in season 9, we are with Aston Villa in the Premier League. Grealish And The Children Of The Revolution  Club captain 31 year old Jack Grealish finished the season having made 37 appearances scoring 8 goals and having 14 assists to…

FM21 : ASTON VILLA (9)

Welcome to the latest blog post covering my FM21 save. After guiding Aston Villa to safety in the Premier League  last season I am now embarking on my first full season in the West Midlands. I thought that I would bring you up to speed with the save so here goes.  Pre-Season  It was always going…

FM21 : ASTON VILLA (8)

Welcome to my latest FM21 blog post, I am about to embark on the 2026-2027 season which will be the 7th season of my managerial career which so far is a really enjoyable save.  The Velvet Revolution  After spending two seasons in Holland with Willem II where we did the double 🏆🏆 of winning the Dutch 2nd tier…

FM21 : WILLEM II TILBURG (7)

Welcome to the last blog post tracking my journey on Football Manager 2021. After spending three years in Germany. I decided to accept the challenge of taking the managers job at relegated Dutch club Willem II Tilburg where I wanted to implement my Velvet Revolution philosophy in the hope that we could gain promotion back to…

FM21 : Willem II Tilburg (6)

Welcome to my latest blog post, well Mr Van Skidder is in to his 4th season in management and his first season in the Netherlands managing Willem II Tilburg who after last season find themselves in the the Dutch 2nd tier which is called Eerste Divisie. Eerste Divisie  A brief overview of the Eerste Divisie which…

FM21 : Willem II Tilburg (5)

Welcome to my latest blog post following the interactive managerial career of my interactive manager Michael Van Skidder who is now embarking on his 4th season by taking over the reigns at Dutch 2nd tier club Willem II Tilburg after three seasons at München 1860. The Velvet Revolution  What is The Velvet Revolution? Simple its my…

FM21 : TSV 1860 München (4)

Welcome to Part 4 of my save with TSV 1860 München which is now our 3rd season in to the save and our first season back in the 2nd tier after winning promotion from 3.Liga last season. The board wanted us to avoid relegation but I think we are better than that. Bundesliga 2 2022-2023  Pre-Season…

FM21 : TSV 1860 München (3)

Welcome to the my latest FM21 post covering the managerial career of Michael Van Skidders who is currently managing TSV 1860 München in 3.Liga, the 3rd tier in Germany. We are now in season two with Die Löwen.  The Lion, The Pitch And The Playmaker  The smell of fresh cut grass greets me as I walk…

FM21 : TSV 1860 München (2)

Welcome to my second blog post covering my manager Van Skidder’s journey in management starting in the German third tier (3.Liga) with TSV 1860 München. Changing The System  So I set out to implement a 442 system and that is exactly what I did however after a reasonable good start I was never fully confident in…

FM21 : TSV 1860 München (1)

Welcome to a somewhat unplanned opening to what will be my FM21 save with TSV 1860 München. My original plan was to manage FC St.Pauli in the Bundesliga 2 however after starting a save with them on the Beta I realised that I needed to drop down to a 3.Liga club to make the save a…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (16) 26-27

Welcome to Part Two of my 2026/2027 round up, my last update finished with us in the relegation zone of our first season in the Championship struggling to get a winning run going heading in to the new year on the back of three consecutive defeats.  EFL CHAMPIONSHIP 2026/2027  January 2027 We kicked the New Year…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (15) 26-27

Welcome to my latest offerings from my save with Torquay United. If you have been following my journey on the English Riviera you will already know that after 7 seasons we managed to get promotion to the Championship but it was now time to make some tough decisions. Summer Holidays  The playing squad fresh from celebrating…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (14) 25-26

Welcome to the second part of the 2025/2026 season review our 7th season in to the save. The first part of the season review ended with us sat in 2nd place in the table six points behind Luton Town with two games in hand.  EFL League One 2025/2026  January 2026  The new year started off with…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (13) 25-26

Welcome to my blog opening post of the 2025/2026 season which is my 7th with Torquay United and the 4th in the EFL League One after yet another last day bottle job. Maybe I should not be so harsh due to the fact that 3we are punching above our weight and have been doing for some…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (12) 24-25

Welcome to Part Two of my sixth season review with Torquay United in the the third tier (EFL League One). This is the third season at this level after falling short in the previous two seasons, can it be third time lucky. EFL LEAGUE ONE 2024/2025 January 2025  We started the New Year off with a…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (11) 24-25

Welcome to Part One of my season 6 update managing Torquay United in the EFL League One which will be our third year at this level. Can we gather ourselves and make a push for promotion or will we come up short like our two previous attempts. Transfer News  Mamadou Koné and Jeremy Ngakia were both…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (10) 23-24

Welcome to my season 5 round up of my FM save with Torquay United battling our way up the football pyramid to see if we can reach the Premier League. By the end of the last update we were sat in 3rd position of League One which is our second season in the 3rd tier. EFL…

Fm20 : TORQUAY UTD (9) 23-24

Welcome to the opening post of Season 5 of my save with Torquay United. We have been on an incredible journey so far and with the announcement that FM21 will be released later on in the year there is plenty of time left to get a few more seasons in. save Re-Cap 2019 to 2023 You…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (8) 22-23

Welcome to the second part of my 2022/2023 season review, my 4th season at Torquay United and our first back in the EFL League One. EFL LEAGUE ONE 2022-2023 January 2023 We ended the year in 2nd place in the table and started the new year with a 1-0 win at Tranmere Rovers thanks to a Kalvin Kalala goal just…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (7) 22-23

Welcome to the opening post of season 4 the EFL League One. We are about to embark on our 4th season after two back to back promotions. This summer will see us have the least amount of activity in terms of bringing players in to the club with the media prediction of us finishing 24th.  Torquay…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (6) 21-22

Welcome to the latest blog post covering my time with Torquay United as we reach the end of my third season in charge. Three seasons all enjoyable in their own way non less so than this one. EFL League Two 2021-2022 January 2022 We enter the month with an 11 point lead at the top of…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (5) 21-22

Welcome to the latest from my save with Torquay United who we are now in to our third season and our first back in the Football League after gaining promotion via the Playoffs last season. Pre-Season Hot off the heels of our dramatic end of last season it was time to start planning for the season…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (4) 20-21

Welcome to Part Two of my second season review of together anything is possible my save with Torquay United in the National League which is level 5 of the English Pyramid. National League 2020/2021  January / February 2021 Coming off the back of two wins at the end of the year we travelled to Dagenham and Redbridge and came…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (3) 20-21

After last seasons epic season in the National League (read here) where we missed out on the title and promotion on the last day of the season and then losing on penalties in the Playoff Final I had a busy summer rebuilding the squad for the new season. Rebuilding The Gulls The boards expectation this season is that…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (2) 19-20

Welcome to my review of the season managing Torquay United in the Vanarama National League. The season turned out to be an absolute epic that had just about everything. National League 2019-2020 Part One I was pretty excited for us to start the season after a good summer of getting the squad fit and improving team…

FM20 : TORQUAY UTD (1) 19-20

Torquay United Football Club are the football club who I have picked to have a go at lower league management. I know a lot of folk go a lot lower but I wanted a club at level 5 or 6 that I could manage without downloading a custom database. Together Anything Is Possible  Why Torquay United?…

FM19 : FIORENTINA (10.0)

Welcome to the latest and Final Chapter of Florence And The Goal Machine. After ten seasons with La Viola the curtain comes down on one of my all time favourite FM saves and we went out in style by winning the Serie A title for the third time of the duration of the save. The Champions…

FM19 : FIORENTINA (9.0) 26-27

Welcome back, its season nine in to the save and things in Florence are starting to change with Abdou Diakhate on his way to China at the end of August after agreeing a deal early in the summer, it feels like the save is coming to an end with the loss of my trusted warrior on the pitch…

FM19 : FIORENTINA (8.1) 25-26

Welcome to Part Two of my 2025-2026 season review. I left off last time at the end of December with us in 5th position in the league, out of the Champions League at the group stage but in the Europa League and last but not least in the Semi Final of the Coppa Italia. Our form…

FM19 : FIORENTINA (8.0) 25-26

Welcome to a round up of season 8 of Florence And The Goal Machine. Things are really kicking on in Florence with me taking every opportunity to delve in to the save  I made two additions to the club squads with young Brazilian defender Arnaldo (Newgen) coming in to our Under 20 squad after a £1m move from…

FM19 : FIORENTINA (7.0) 24-25

Welcome to the latest ramblings from Florence where we have reached the end of our seventh season together. Going in to the season my priority was to try and bring home a second Scudetto after three consecutive 2nd place finishes. Making the decision to prioritise the League over the Champions League could be a costly one…

FM19 : Italia (1.0) 24-25

Welcome to my first blog post since my appointment to be the Italian National Team Manager. I will be running separate blog posts on The Azzurri to keep them separate from my posts about ACF Fiorentina. If you have read my last blog post you will already know that I turned down the England job to become manager…