Doncaster make it to the promised land…

Today I can forget about the fact that I’ve been sacked from Anderlecht and Torino. I can pretend it never happened, or, if it did, it was a freak occurrence. Surely 3 successive promotions for Doncaster proves that I still know how to play this game, right? Err yeah I’ll ignore the game I just lost in Italy to a team who are bottom of Serie B, already relegated and with only one win all season

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To be fair, look who their goalie is…

Or maybe I just know how to manage in England then…

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Three very similar seasons. I wouldn’t mind 91 points in the Premier League next year…

What else has been going on? This, for starters

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Christian Vieri at the double. Remarkably it’s Milan’s first trophy of any sort since the game started. Their cross-town neighbours and Juve have been dominating at home and abroad. They’ve been loyal to their manager though, Cappello has lasted all three seasons and is beginning to repay them

Milan are nowhere near the title race, which is going down to the wire. Juve have to be favourites, needing 3 points at home to underacheivers Lazio

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Sure enough, they left it late, but Zidane set up Thomas Helveg for the decisive goal late on.seriafinalSo Francesco Guidolin wins the league in his first year at the helm of Juventus, but their standards have slipped since Lippi left. Their lowest points total yet, and an early Champions League exit. Bologna have had a season to remember, and they still had a UEFA Cup Final to look forward to…

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Two trophies lost by the narrowest of margins. Was it a one-off or will they be back to challenge again next year?

And more importantly, will my Monza team be lining up with them in Serie A? Losing at Ternana was a set-back, but thankfully the other teams in the promotion race were just as inconsistent.

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Our final game was at home against Perugia, and just a point would be enough to see us promoted. The game clashed with an Italian under-21 match, so we were controversially missing two first-choice players (Comotto and Daino) as well as suffering from a number of injuries

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We went with in with a weakened team, I was left with no choice but to start transfer listed Mirko Cammarieri for the first time since September.

I was fearing the worst, but this was the half-time score

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Yep, Cammerieri scoring his first-ever goal for us. I always had faith in him <cough>. With Lucchese also losing, we finished in 3rd place, our highest position all season

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We finished as the level top scorers in Serie B, but check out Torino’s defence in comparison to ours. I think next year will be a struggle in Serie A. A lot of success was down to this lad we picked up on a free transfer

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All three of my teams will be in the top flight for the first team next year. Waregem finished a very average season in the middle of the table in Belgium

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Anderlecht still without a league title then. Each year that goes past makes my one season there look like less of a failure.

Remember how the last two Belgian Cup Finals have finished 7-1 and 6-1? Well guess what…

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Antwerp beat me on penalties in the semis.

Man Utd had the Premier League sewn up a long time ago, but the relegation battle went down to the final day

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Sheff Utd and Coventry are long gone, but it’s between Steve Coppell’s Palace and Bryan Robson’s Spurs. Wimbledon, managed by Gordon Milne, have collapsed since Joe Kinnear’s departure and only just avoided the drop.

Spurs squad on paper looked too good to go down, and on the big occasion, their talent finally shone through. Three of their big-name players getting on the scoresheet to secure their safety

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Decent seasons for Man City and Aston Villa. Liverpool under Joe Kinnear underachieved in the league, but took the FA Cup back to Anfield

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0-0 after 90 minutes. Maybe Forest need to work on their fitness for next season?

As for the Champions League Final, it was last year’s beaten finalists Barcelona, surely the favourites against Monaco. The French side do have some CM9798 legends like Fabien Barthez, Martin Djetou, Sylvain Legwinski and Thierry Henry, but are featuring in their first final.

Barca can afford to leave players like Rivaldo, Alfonso and Kiko on the bench and still run out 1-0 winners

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Only one substitution made in the entire 120 minutes by both teams combined. And that was in the 119th minute. Monaco may live to regret leaving Trezeguet and N’Doram on the bench for the entire game.

Back in the Premier League, Gordon Milne pays the price for a poor season at Wimbledon. Look who comes jetting back after a 10th place finish in the Jupiler League

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Kinnear and Evans have effectively swapped jobs.

Euro 2000 is on the way. Without England, thanks to Glenn Hoddle’s incompetence. So stay tuned for more!

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