At the end of the Euros, I found myself questioning whether I had lost sight of what truly made a manager valorous. We had guided Denmark to the FFS Euros semi final, a noble achievement in itself but what followed was unbearable. My co-manager took the lion’s share of the credit (so what if it was true) and departed for Italy for a new career at one of Serie A’s big boys. I could only find work at one of the EPL’s relegation scrappers. It was a dark time. I needed time to reflect and meditate (and do other things that bravery-judging Knights do) so I left Norwich with the instructions of keeping things tight at the back (admittedly they took the piss a bit) and departed for 6 months of wandering through the wilderness (settling for Birmingham but it’s close enough). I return now to declare that I have rediscovered my faith in the valour of my fellow managers and am ready to induct a new gallant member to the Order of Extreme Valour.
I judged the award by the rules posted here. http://uefaffs.weebly.com/7/post/2012/06/the-order-of-extreme-valour.html
A “successful gamble” is defined as a single player choice that returns an unexpectedly high number of points. The awards will be given on these criteria:
– Underdog team
Honourable Mentions – A couple of decisions which were worthy of note if not the award:
– Gifs B…I mean Giggs Boson showed true courage by selecting Kolarov. Such a choice can make you a laughing stock, a pain GB knows only too well from giving him the armband for a one pointer. But vindication was found in GW 7 when a 20 point haul caused a spamming of http://i34.tinypic.com/259zv3q.gif ,the likes of which FFS will never see again.
– Wild Rover made a late charge for the award by captaining Bale in GW 19. WR had just brought in the Welshman and threw him in at the deep end and boy did he deliver. The monster 42 point haul alone highlights the need to bravely go against the grain.
And now for the winner:
This season’s winner is a man who made a bold declaration before the season had begun and stuck to his guns no matter what. He backed a certain Afroed individual to become Everton’s star man. While all other were bringing in Pienaar, he held firm and brought in Fellaini for GW 10 and a 15 point haul no one else in the EPL got a sniff of. Ladies and gentlemen, please offer your congratulations to Mr. Merry Differential himself, Doosra. His time in charge of his beloved Hammers may have ended, but he has left behind a valiant legacy to be proud of.
I leave you now by reminding you that your reign as an FFS UEFA manager is never secure. Be sure to make the most of the time you have by courageously turning your back on the norm and finding your own unique path to glory.