Incredible Turnaround |MVV Review & Groningen #1 | Football Manager 2019 Stories

It’s the 1st June 2025 and Erwin van Dijk is sat at home in his birthplace of Groningen, the Netherlands. It has been 15 months since the debacle at Plymouth, where van Dijk resigned from his role one game away from being sacked after a poor run of form. The past 15 months have seen an incredible turnaround in the fortunes for van Dijk – this turnaround began in late September 2024 with MVV Maastricht taking the opportunity to hire Erwin van Dijk. Continue reading

Van Dijk, Aguero, Fellaini & Failure | Plymouth Argyle #3 | Football Manager 2019 Stories

Plymouth Argyle seemed a rejuvenated side throughout last season under Erwin van Dijk. After a tricky start under the Dutchman, in which they struggled to a mid-table finish in his first year, Plymouth then excelled in season two, finishing in 3rd place and narrowly missing out on promotion through the playoffs. Van Dijk was credited for turning the fortunes around through deploying an impressive playing style with a young, vibrant squad of players blended with the right amount of experienced heads. Continue reading

A Five-Year Plan with Plymouth | Plymouth Argyle #2 | Football Manager 2019 Stories

Erwin van Dijk has landed on his feet in English football. After being sacked by Eastbourne Borough, van Dijk found a job at a club three divisions higher – Plymouth Argyle. Yet it hasn’t been plain sailing for van Dijk and the Dutchman found himself invited into another board meeting at the end of his first season with Plymouth. Continue reading

Green Army | Plymouth Argyle #1 | Football Manager 2019 Stories

Erwin van Dijk was without a job at the end of the previous episode. However he wasn’t without interest as Vanarama National side Bromley had approached van Dijk to become their manager. In this post, we will see if Bromley became the second club of the series and if not, who will? Continue reading

3rd Place Was Our Summit | Eastbourne Borough #5 | Football Manager 2019 Stories

In the previous post in the series, I questioned whether a 3rd place finish with Eastbourne was the slope or the summit. Was this the start of something big, would we push on an earn promotion off the back of finishing 3rd? Or was it the summit, the peak of our performance? Would it be downhill from there onwards? This post will reveal all. Continue reading

The Slope or the Summit | Eastbourne Borough #4 | Football Manager 2019 Stories

Erwin van Dijk has successfully navigated two seasons in English football and remains with the club who gave him his first managerial post: Eastbourne Borough. In this post, we’ll review the entire second season with Eastbourne to see if van Dijk has built upon the encouraging signs we saw in the previous post. Continue reading

Encouraging Signs | Eastbourne Borough #3 | Football Manager 2019 Stories

Erwin van Dijk has now been in charge of Eastbourne Borough for a full season and is said to be very happy with the progress made by his southern English side. On the face of it, this season has been a relatively mediocre season with Eastbourne finishing 14th in the league, but taking a closer look at the club will uncover huge improvements off the pitch. Van Dijk is the man to thank for that. Continue reading