Ten winning entries in our computer game competition…Last month, to celebrate the return of Brian McDermott to Madejski Stadium, we ran a Football Manager 2016 giveaway, with 10 copies of the game on offer for winning entries!
Fans were asked to provide a virtual ‘job application’, with a write-up of how and why they would be the right person to embark on a game campaign as the Royals boss.
We received entries by the dozen – after carefully sifting through those applications, 10 winning entries were selected.
All of the winners have been contacted – commiserations to all those that missed out this time, but keep your eyes peeled for more competitions and giveaways in future!
Here are some snippets from the winning applicants…
I am interested in the vacant post of <insert job title> at the prestigious <insert team> fc. I have the exact experience you have been looking for including <insert over inflated self praise> and <insert slightly less exaggerated but nevertheless relevant information>.
• Won the Champions League with Reading five times in a row, winning the Premier League in each season from 2019/20 to 2026/27.
• Jordan Obita made captain of club and country and won multiple Golden Balls/Ballon d’Ors.
• Jose Mourinho quoted as saying he one day wishes he could reach my heights in football management.
I can confirm that I have no tax issues or any debts. Though I did once inadvertently forget to scan some Drench juice in a self checkout at Asda.
I was an unused substitute for my Local Team who suffered a 23-0 defeat (only if I was playing!) However my managerial career is far more successful, I started my career at minnows Woking FC where I won promotion to the Football League (on Football Manager of course!) My performances were recognised by Oxford United, becoming their manager where I achieved relegation however I regard it as a success.
I’ve already played 15 hours with Reading on FM Mobile 2016, and really need to step up to the actual game. I once met Fosu in town, I met Jimmy Kebe on my way home from school once, and Simon Church gave me his game-worn top.
Hugh Van de l’isle
As I write this sat in my RFC embroidered dressing gown I have just finished celebrating victory in the 2024 European Super Cup against Real Madrid with Reading, a 4-3 classic. This came after winning a third Champions League title in a row with the Royals. If this were reality I have no doubt that by now I would have received a knighthood for services to sport.
Why do I feel I should be the next manager? Simple, I will attach my CV in this email with my previous football employment and you will see that my CV will be a blank document. Even though I don't have any skills regarding football management…
I'm the best man for the job because I'm not the special one. I'm the only one. I'm the only one for the job. If you're hiring me you're not only hiring a dashing young man, you're hiring success.
A few years ago, after promotion and a couple of Premier League wins, I led the Royals to the Premier League title, FA Cup and League Cup in one incredible season. We had AC Milan in the final of the Champions League, to complete the quadruple. 3-0 up at half time, it looked like the Royals were about to make history. But in scenes reminiscent of the 1995 playoff final, Milan staged a heroic comeback and won the game in extra time. The players couldn't have done any better and I blame some poor tactical decisions on my part for the capitulation. This May will be the ten year anniversary, and I need a chance to redeem myself and finally get closure.
I'm going to get straight to the facts. I have quite a colourful Football Manager background. The salient facts are these:
• Took Altrincham from the conference to Champions League glory
• Signed Klaas Jan Huntelaar for Shrewsbury
• Sold an injury prone Michele Arrigoni for £35m, his career ended soon after
I patiently await my invite to the press conference.
Thanks once again to all that entered the competition!