An Idiot Abroad – Introduction

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Welcome to a new look at an old save. This series will see me, FM Brooklyn with my profile that I used for the “This is England” series, take the hot seat at FC Modena.

Who are FC Modena?

FC Modena are a phoenix club created by yours truly. I created them after hearing that Modena FC had ceased and had gone into liquidation. (see – Rise of the Fenix – FC Modena).

The previous blog told the story of Hernan Crespo who was placed at the helm of Fc Modena and was give the hefty task of making them a football team. He succeeded that aim and swiftly took them from being a side just registered in Lega Pro – Girona B to Serie A runners up. The end of Modena’s most successful season ever. Hernan felt he had helped the club reach as far as he could. With the board unwilling to give money to improve the squad despite spending money on players of there choice, Hernan left Italian football to manage PSG. This left me with a void for FC Modena. So I created Franco Baresi (Yes the Italian Superstar Sweeper and all-round good guy of Milano). Franco was employed as a Director of Football. To help guide Modena away from the expected drop from Serie A.

Now here lay my problem. Playing the game as two profiles in the same save. Not that unusual, certainly not pure for the purists of FM. But we did it. I managed to process two manager profiles for one season. The 2020/21 season.

Hernan lead PSG through a very successful 2020/21 campaign. Winning a domestic treble of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue. And being Semi Finalists in the European Champions League, losing to Arsenal the eventual winners of the competition.

Franco led Fc Modena to the Serie A title and to the Semi final of the TIM Cup.

With a heavy heart both of these managers left their respective posts. First Franco as I could no longer bare managing a club without being hands on. And then Hernan. Hernan applied for the vacant position at Modena but the board declined the offer of his services. Hernan took this personally. And has since left Europe to grow grapes in Argentina.

This then left the void for FM Brooklyn to take up the reigns of FC Modena.

This new series will tell the story and progress of the performances and fortunes of FC Modena. The stories will be punctuated throughout the seasonal save to highlight player performances and personalities, tactical thoughts, and of course showing results of our games. If I can figure it out I may try to present the odd game in video to highlight our performances.

Thank you for your time, I must now take a look at this squad and staff, and probably get on the blower to Steve Holland to see if he is up for an Italian job.