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PlayStation football manager gets real club job


Just when scandals seem to have taken the beauty out of the game, something that happened in Azerbaijan recently gave me hope.

A good friend of mine once told some women that Arsenal fans are the perfect men to date because, according to him, the Gunners fan’s patience is tried and tested. Basically he meant we can put up with anything.

Since then I have looked back and realised that Arsene Wenger has trodden on the fan’s nerves but still the commitment and patience for a better day remains.

I had a dream of myself managing the Gunners. They were doing so well under my tutelage. I scouted and signed players based on the averages on PlayStation. I conquered England and went on to dominate Europe for six seasons.

The fans and management loved me, the team that I put together fought for each other not with each other. The football they played was top notch, more like the refined version of famous ‘Invincibles’ Gunners team.

In my six-season tenure I beat Real Madrid 5-0 at home and 3-2 away in the champions league semis followed it with the drubbing of Barcelona 13-3 on aggregate. My Gunners team played with the 3-5-2 formation but when things where not happening I would just change gears and they responded accordingly.

Yes my football coaching or managing skills don’t go beyond the Fifa PlayStation game but who said this dream can’t and won’t come true. Call me crazy but I do believe it is possible. I mean Vugar Guloglan oglu Huseynzade did it.

Who is Vugar Guloglan oglu Huseynzade?

Vugar Guloglan oglu Huseynzade is a 21-year-old who is not shy, like me, to say his only experience in managing a club is limited to a simulated football manager game. The youngster recently made waves and inspired my dream of taking charge of the Gunners after he was appointed manager of the Azerbaijan Premier League club, FC Baku.

The new Baku manager is much more experienced than me though, having played the soccer management simulator game, Football Manager, for 10 years before being hired to a real manager’s job. He took over the reins from the former Olympiacos defender Bozidar Bandovic.

Huseynzade worked his way up as a behind-the-scenes advisor earlier this year and reportedly beat out former France striker Jean-Pierre Papin -- a man who has previous managerial experience with Strasbourg, Lens and Chateauroux.

Follow me on Twitter @clydegoal


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