#FM17 : The Hapoel Hope 1.35 : Accrington all over again?

The 1886 squad can’t have been worse than my FM15 squad.

My second league match in charge of Hapoel Ashkelon FC, away to the might Maccabi Tel-Aviv, ended 1-4.

Our defending was, as in the opening match, extremely was courteous: ‘You’d like to find yourself unmarked in the box? Certainly, sir, come this way. May I suggest the space between the full-back and the centre-back, especially on the left – that’s the space most of our guests prefer’.

4 cup games plus 2 in the league make it 6 in a row without a win. Apparently some kind of record. My older son, Jonty, texts to ask if I’d like him to place another illegal bet on us going down. Yes, please.

‘Can I tell Mum this time?’


‘She says we need to do some financial planning for when you’re sacked. She doesn’t want another Accrington.’

I thought I’d asked everyone in the family never to mention Accrington.

Perhaps their chairman was right to sack me ─ but did he have to add those parting words, ‘We wish you’d never come to our club’?