4 years (real-time) have passed since I succumbed to one of CM2's most
annoying bugs - the automatic job switch.
After guiding my hometown club (Cardiff City) to the Premiership title, Coca
Cola cup semi and a UEFA Cup 5th round place all in one season, I thought
things could only continue to improve. After all, there was further conquest
in Europe, the ongoing contract negotiations with Alan Shearer (he did join
the year before but on a 1 year contract), and a trip to Wembley against
Little did I know that Paul and Olly Collyer had designs
on my future and bundled me off to Liverpool. Aw s**t! Sub-standard
performances by the biggest bunch of Spice Boys ever seen caused me to have
a virtual-paranoia attack. What's worse, Graeme Souness was mucking about
back down at Ninian Park, selling Michael Oakes for a paltry sum and giving
a free transfer to Andy Mainwaring (my non-league prodigy).
A few months
later, after losing a european spot on goal difference, I handed in my
notice and returned to the south, taking on the mighty West Ham of Division
1 (don't laugh). Bringing in Andy Mainwaring (him again!); and a young Emile
Heskey, things began to prosper and lo, I slowly climbed the table,
clinching the playoff final against Oldham (3-1 aet - Andy Mainwaring 2,
Boogers 1). Back in the Premier and an international offer from Wales. It
just shows that the big clubs are not always good for your career.
To all those still playing CM2 (get updated guys), if you get stuck with a
club you don't want. Quit and join another. It may not make much sense but
Incidentally, Wales were knocked out of Euro 2004 by a late goal from Del
Piero. But at least I got them that far.