In this Football Manager 2018 experiment, we have placed a 32-year-old Alex Ferguson into FM18 to see how he’ll progress. If you missed the previous post in this series, do go back and see how Ferguson made his move to the Scottish Premier League.
In this post, we see what Ferguson was up to between the years of 2032 and 2034. Will Ferguson still be with Dundee?
Sir Alex Reborn | Three Clubs in Two Seasons
Alex Ferguson has left Dundee and moved to Celtic. What a great move this is for Ferguson. In the real-world, Ferguson joined Aberdeen before his big move to Manchester United. Could Celtic be his stepping stone to England?
He will join Celtic straight from Dundee in June 2032 and so has the entire summer to assemble his squad. How will he fare in his first season with Celtic? Can he emulate his real-life success with Aberdeen at his new club in FM18?
2032-2033 | Season Sixteen
Alex Ferguson has lost out on the SPL title to fierce rivals Rangers! Despite losing two fewer matches, Celtic failed to retain their title and have handed back the title to Rangers.
Incredibly, a match between the two sides decided the title on the final day of the season.
Celtic came into the match behind Rangers, but knew that a win would see them win the SPL. Unfortunately for them, Rangers won the game comfortably 2-0 and secured the title. I can’t imagine what the reaction would be like in the real world!
- BetFred Cup: Runners-Up. Lost to Aberdeen 1-0
- Scottish Cup: Semi-Finals
- Champions League: 3rd in Group Stage
- Europa League: 1st Knockout Round. Lost v FC Porto
As predicted, Ferguson’s appointment with Celtic has increased his reputation down south in England and at the end of the 32/33 season a couple of English clubs came in for his services. And despite having lost the SPL to Rangers, of all teams, he has been offered the chance to take charge of an English Premier League side.
After less than a year in charge, Ferguson departed Celtic Park with a 59% win ratio to join a club in the EPL.
2033-2034 | Season Seventeen
- Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolves were the team to bring Ferguson back to England after they earned promotion back to the Premier League. They have been a true yo-yo club so far and would have been hoping that Ferguson could turn them into a stable PL club.
Sadly, Alex Ferguson endured a rotten time with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League and, despite being predicted to finish just above the relegation places, he was sacked shortly before Christmas. Somewhat surprisingly he wasn’t out of work for long and it was another Premier League side who came calling!
- Leicester City
Ferguson was appointed Leicester City manager just 8 days after he was sacked by Wolves. Leicester sat in 15th place in the league but under Fergie’s leadership, they rose to 7th. An impressive turnaround from the side – this will give Ferguson huge hope as he takes his new club forward.
- FA Cup: 5th Round
- Champions League: 1st Knockout Round. Lost v Sevilla
It’s going to be great fun seeing how Ferguson will fare with Leicester City. He surely can’t repeat Claudio Ranieri’s feat of winning the Premier League, but will he be able to turn Leicester into a consistent top 6/7 club?
Alex Ferguson has now managed 711 matches and is chasing his 300th win. A win percentage of just 42 is far below par for the Scottish manager, you’d have expected Ferguson to have dominated with one of his lower league teams of yesteryear. Nonetheless, Fergie now has the chance to build something with Leicester and will be hoping that his win percent can continue to rise.
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As you can see, Ferguson was sacked by Wolves even though they were predicted to finish 17th in the league. With Leicester, he performed a remarkable recovery which saw them rise eight places in the league since his arrival.
Ferguson is continuing to grow in terms of his current ability. Nearly aged 50, at what point does he reach his peak as staff? It will be interesting to see when he stops developing. His potential is 200 but whether he will reach that is part of this experiment. We are going to find out!
Ferguson’s reputation rose significantly after leaving Dundee to join Celtic. It then fell slightly as a result of being sacked by Wolves. He’ll be hoping that a better season with his new club will help to repair his slightly damaged rep.
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