Top 100 maintains various codes of conduct & sporting managers willing to risk it all in fairness to the game world. Current rules of the game world state that managers / clubs who finish in the bottom 2 places of a division (19th & 20th) will part ways in keeping things realistic to the point that the manager has not delivered what a club would aim for over the course of a season.
There are 3 current proposals in regards to the sackings of managers to discuss.
1: Managerial Sackings with Self-Imposed Stipulations
No criteria for keeping your job whatsoever. Upon taking a club you know the risks & must evaluate the clubs stance within the league & agree that in taking the club on you are doing so knowing that if you finish 19th or 20th you will be sacked. Should you join in game week 1 or 36 you do so knowing that finishing 19th or 20th will see your time at the club ended. A no ifs, no buts, ruling. We have managerial sackings in Top 100 & therefore they should be imposed no matter what.
Avoids any grey areas in why some managers receive more ‘leeway’ in keeping their job at a club compared to another.
It could also be proposed that managers wishing to seek a real challenge & also apply sporting / gentlemanly conduct could impose their own manager stipulations as an act of realism & also granting a fair & realistic opportunity to managers in Top 100 whom would revell at the chance to take on a club which without such stipulations could happily be managed continually without the worry of ever being in a sackable position.
Juventus under DP91 proposes that in an introduction of managerial stipulations he would ‘hand in his resignation’ should Juventus fail to achieve any of the following conditions in one season;
- Juventus finish below 7th in Division 1
- Juventus do not make a final in any of the cup competitions
In the scenario that Juventus finish in 8th-20th position in any seasonal campaign & also fail to make it to the final of any of Top 100’s cup competitions DP91 would resign with immediate effect & seek employment at another club within Top 100.
It is key to note that self-imposed stipulations are completely voluntary & no manager within Top 100 is asked to apply such criteria to their management of a club. These stipulations are proposed as a means of keeping the game world forward thinking, competitive, realistic & fair to all within Top 100 & are the basis of sporting / gentlemanly conduct in keeping to any proposed stipulations which cannot be enforced by Frank Hirst / any of the Top 100 community.
2: Criteria Based Managerial Sackings & Stipulations
Various criteria can however count in a managers favour when underachieving;
- Time in Charge – A manager’s total number of games with a club will be considered if they are in a position to warrant being sacked. Should a manager have had half a season or less in control of a club (>20 games) they may be granted extra time with the club in the following season.
- Managerial History – Should a manager have won promotion to a higher division the previous season to the one they find themselves in a position to warrant being sacked this will be considered.
- Club Achievements – If a manager has won a trophy during the season they find themselves in a position to warrant being sacked this will benefit their chances of maintaining their job.
- GameWorld Contributions – A mixture of contributions to the blog, news feed & general social scene within Top 100 could count as a positive in a managers favour should they see themselves in a position that would warrant being sacked.
Manager Stipulations have been proposed which would see managers whom, for whatever reasons avoided being sacked, would have to meet in the following season in order to keep their job in the following season. These stipulations would be agreed upon by a contingency of managers chosen from within the Top 100 community & would then be applied. These stipulations would be the basis of sporting / gentlemanly conduct due to restrains to apply such criteria within SM itself & would be the basis of the manager resigning themselves if they failed to meet the set targets.
These stipulations are proposed on the basis of positioning Top 100 as one of the most forward thinking custom game worlds in SM as well as being sporting & more than anything the most competitive & realistic.
Some example stipulations based on the current Season 2 campaign in Top 100.
Olympique Lyon appointed Warren Livesey midway through the season & upon finishing the season will have completed 13 games as Lyon manager. Should Lyon finish 19th he will be sacked however due to completing >20 games as manager will be offered the chance to take control of Lyon for the following season.
The proposal is now to introduce stipulations as a measure of the manager for the following campaign due to allowing said manager to continue further despite being sacked.
A proposed stipulation in this case would be that Olympique Lyon under Warren Livesey must finish in the top 7 (Playoffs or better) the following season or achieve a cup final or a trophy to keep his job past that forthcoming season, in this case it would be season 4.
- Olympique Lyon must finish 7th or better in season 3.
- Olympique Lyon can additionally achieve a cup final for Warren Livesey to maintain his job at the club.
An additional example from Division 1 is that of the potential season outcome that AC Milan under Stephen Beddows finish in 19th position which would warrant his sacking from Milan.
Stephen will have been in charge at Milan for a total of 74 games after the end of the season 2 campaign meaning he is illegible to keep his job on the basis of ‘Time in Charge’ coupled with ‘Managerial History’ & ‘Club Achievements’ however as the most influential in creating competitive competitions, as well as maintaining & promoting said competitions he could be granted managerial stipulations should he finish in 19th but want to continue as manager of AC Milan.
A proposed stipulation in this case would be that AC Milan under Stephen Beddows must finish in the top 7 (Playoffs or better) the following season only, in order to keep his job past that forthcoming season, in this case it would be season 4.
Due to Stephen’s failure to attain positive ‘Managerial History’ or ‘Club Achievements’ in his 74 games as Milan manager he would not have the chance to save his job by achieving such successes in the forthcoming season in comparison to Warren Livesey who is granted additional opportunities to save his job.
- AC Milan must finish in 7th or better in season 3 for Stephen Beddows to maintain his job at the club.
3: No Manager Sackings
Of course there is also an option to remove managerial sackings all together however that would take away from the competitive nature of Top 100 whilst also allowing managers who are in the bottom positions of each division to not fight to survive or even finish in 17th or 18th rather than 19th or 20th. An option all the same.
Due to the current standings & timings that Top 100 is in (Season 2, Game Week 37) the rule decided (1, 2, 3) would be enforced as of Season 3 onwards unless agreed upon otherwise.
I must add these are my personal / briefly discussed & concluded ideas or takes on the system currently in place & attempts to remove any grey areas on the subject.