A MAN has looked back at his life and concluded that all of the achievements he is proudest of came while playing simulations of managing football teams.
Nathan Muir is particularly proud of taking Graficar Vodovod all the way to European Cup glory on Championship Manager: Season 01/02, six years of Premier League titles topped with a domestic treble for Ipswich Town on Football Manager 2012, and winning the office Fantasy Football league in 1997.
He said: “You wouldn’t think, to look at me, that I have one of the finest football managing records of all time going back 40 years.
“But from Kevin Toms’ Football Manager on the ZX Spectrum, where I won the FA Cup for Colchester in front of a cheering crowd of both uncles and my dad, to 2016’s unlikely promotion for Alsager Town, it’s created every happy memory I’ve ever had.
“The League Cups, the near misses, the underdog battles against relegation turned into promotion within the space of two seasons, I remember every one as if it were yesterday.
“I don’t play as much as I used to – like Sam Allardyce, the complexity of the modern game has left me behind – but I’ll always be a legend in my own mind for what I achieved.
“Other stuff? Ah, I’ll always remember when my son Stian was born in 1998. The wife was in hospital for three days. I took us to the league and the Cup Winners’ Cup.”