This is going to be my third and final public blog, alongside Fullmetal Feminist (feminism, pop culture, other stuff) and The Expansion Board (gaming generally), and this one is specifically about one of my greatest devotions in gaming, Football Manager.

At the moment, I’m still running FM13 (Football Manager 2013, simulating the 2013-2014 season in Europe, 2014 in  (North’s summer) leagues). If anyone feels like donating to help me get a copy of FM15, well, I’ll let you. 🙂

Until then, I’ll be writing about match preparation strategies, choosing tactics, team selection, squad rotation, a lot of the “softer” stuff that doesn’t get focused on a lot in many other places. The “man management” side of things. How to organize presenting your game information so you can use it more efficiently. Press strategies.

I’ll also probably be starting one or two ongoing stories, based around games I’m managing. Everything will be tagged and categorised, so feel free to only read the posts you’re interested in.

I’ll initially be using examples from my longest-running current game, in which I have taken Fortaleza, an unfashionable team from the Northeast of Brasil, from the Serie C to the World Club Championship in eight years. The current time in the game is November of 2020, and I’m concurrently manager of the international team from Serbia, fresh off quarterfinal appearances in a World Cup and Euro Championship in turn. As is common with my teams, the Forza Forta side are stuffed with gifted youngsters – often too young, as I just tend to favour youthful, highly fit players.

I hope wherever you’ve come from to get here, you enjoy your time at The Gaffer’s a Bird.

PS – the name. Well, she is, innit? For those who are not among the cognoscenti of English working-class slang, the “gaffer” is the manager, and “a bird” is a woman. FM 13 allowed (finally!) the option of playing as a woman within the game, and almost every pronoun was fixed to make it work in English. It’s a tiny thing, but see this post about how the tiny things can make a big difference.