May 17, 2013
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Stepping Into Management - Following The Special One

Robbie Thomson
Born: 28th August 1982
Nationality: Scottish
Favourite Club: Liverpool

Many great managers have an unfulfilled playing career behind them. Few greats have never played. Son a former Scottish international goalkeeper - Robbie Thomson never set out to pursue a career in professional football as a player. Instead, he followed football vividly from a young age; learning many foreign languages and studying tactical analysis vigorously in his father's company. At the age of 29, Thomson has thrown himself into the managerial ring - with no experience behind him. He has told of his ambition to achieve success all across Europe, with different clubs - building his experience on a constant basis - in the hope that one day he will take the reigns at his beloved Liverpool FC and set them as England's dominant force, once again.

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The appointment of a relatively unknown Scot as the new manager of Dutch Jupiler League side, AGOVV Apeldoorn has bemused much of the Dutch press. 29 year-old Robbie Thomson had notably thrown his hat into the ring for a few vacant positions, but after discussions with his family and meetings with the board, he has decided to take the reigns with a one-year contract. Many pundits are tipping AGOVV to only narrowly avoid relegation this season, but Thomson is intent on pushing for a minimum of a top-half finish, with a potential play-off place in sight. An official press conference is expected in the next 48 hours.

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In short, I have started a career with automatic playing experience, with eight nations selected (all divisions/large database) across Europe. The nations are England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain. I applied for all vacant managerial positions at the beginning of the game (Coventry City, Lincoln City, Luton Town, Swindon Town, Oldham Athletic, Hayes & Yeading, Santa Clara *Portugal*, Mirandela *Portugal* and AGOVV Apeldoorn *Holland*). The only clubs to offer me a job were Hayes & Yeading, Santa Clara, Mirandela and AGOVV Apeldoorn. They were the most reputable side that offered me a job - so I accepted.

A Little Bit About The Club

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Key Players

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The two men above are my captain, Peter Reekers, and our left-back, Gieljan Tissingh. Clearly, they will both play pivotal roles and they are two players I will definitely hold on to and both will feature is an integral part of the side, with the team being build around them.

Upcoming Fixtures

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I will look to post monthly updates on the progress of my side and my management - posting notable updates and football occurrences in-between. This is the first story I have done on here and I thought it would make for an interesting read. I hope you will follow and enjoy my road to (hopeful) success! As a first-time story-poster, any feedback would be welcome. Cheers! Let's do this!
Pre-Season Update


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Staff Changes

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Key Signing

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I will look for Dominique van Dijk to offer a crucial impact of creativity in his AP Attacking Midfield role in my primary 4-2-3-1 set-up. His experience will be very beneficial, provided his fitness worries don't catch up with him. As you can see, I have implemented my own backroom team at the club, as I like to bring my own staff with me when taking over new clubs - and the members appointed seem suited to their roles - I have also always loathed the idea of a Director Of Football at any club. Onwards and upwards, first competitive game in management is a home league game against Fortuna Sittard. Here we go!