And after a demoralising 7-1 defeat, England trudge back to the dressing room.
Doubtless Bobby Robson will be rather unhappy at his team's performance, eh Brian?
'Indded he will, Jimmy. I think he'll have a few words to say to them.'
'Too true, Brian. The fans seem to have something to say too. What's that
they're shouting?' 'Er, I think it's **** off and die, Robson you old *******, Jimmy.'
'Ah.... I see...'
Isn't that always the case? England's losses are always blamed on the hapless
manager. This last upset seems to have been the straw that broke the camel's back
as Bobby has upped sticks and left the team to it!
The scouts soon dash off in search of a replacement: 'Will all would-be managers
please take one pace forward' Aha! So you want to manage England, eh? Well just come
So you're left in charge of an international football team for a minimum of four
years. It's the beginning of July and the team is in need of sorting out before the
They need to be ready by the first round, in October... Tracksuit Manager
places you in exactly this position, but if the thought of managing England
absolutely disgusts you, you have the option of managing any European team you choose.
Having chosen the nationality of your team, you must then select your squad
from a list of up to 100 players. It would be a good idea if this glorious team
had a matach to play in, would it not?
Fixtures can be arranged under the DIARY option. You choose to play a tour or single
match, the date for the match, the team you wish to play and whether to play at
home or away.
On a day when there are matches taking place, you can go along and watch any
of the games, though scouts can be sent out to watch the matches that you don't
attend. You can read their reports later on.
On your own team's matchday, 11 men
must be selected from your squad (it may be an idea to check out their records
to see if they are fit to play at this point).
You need to decide the tactics for the game, including tackling and defence
styles, team formation and overall game plan.
Having got the right men on to the right field at the right time, you're
treated to a play-by-play account of the game: the next pauses and changes colour
at moments of high tension. At the half, you can send on the subs and change
tactics if the situation calls for it.
However, players that have been sent off cannot be replaced by substitutes
and a ban is enforced for a subsequent number of games. Seriously injured players
are removed from the squad altogether.
At the end of the full 90 minutes, a synopsis of the game is printed including
a count of the bookings, attempts at goal and other general information. The dreaded
press reports of the game are also displayed (ugh!). Matches continue to be played
as scheduled until October, when the two-year Nations' Cup championship begins.
Cup matches are scheduled automatically depending on the group placings and are
played out much as any other match. The results of these games are placed into a
table showing your group position, goals scored and other relevant information.
If you play well enough you pass through to the next round (woooooh!).
In the second two years things start hotting up for the next main competition.
It's real biggie: the World Cup!