Football Manager cover star Manager Man has hung up his boots

This may be worthless information for many of you, but as someone who has lost hours, months, even relationships, at the hands of Football Manager over the years, it’s newsworthy to me. No one is forcing you to hit the Read More… button, okay. But do.

Right, I’m assuming that you hit the Read More… button because you also have at least a passing interest in Football Manager. If so, you will surely recall the half-faced everyman who has appeared on every box cover since the dawn of time? Stubble, suit, passionate…  chin? He seems to be in a perpetual state of shoutyness, and each year I like to look at him and wonder what he’s shouting. “Bang it in, you bloody idiot!”, most of the time, I’m guessing.

Well, after 14 years of stardom, he’s calling it a day.

The Eurogamer chaps, who clearly take their Football Manager as seriously as I do, asked Sports Interactive to explain this sudden and ground shaking decision.

“It’s a big year of change for us as a studio – we’ve taken the opportunity with moving to our fantastic new office in the Olympic Park to make many changes, such as bringing in our first COO, putting a better structure in place, changing some of our practises as part of what we call SI 3.0 – and a release in Germany for the first time too,” said studio boss Miles Jacobson.

“So with all that going on, it seemed the perfect opportunity for us to have a think about our branding and try and be as fresh with that as we are being with the other changes in the studio, hence the new logo and a point of view perspective for the key art and pack shot.”

“Fans of Manager Man shouldn’t be worried though. He’s currently sitting on a beach in Santorini, sipping on a delicious cocktail, deciding what his next career move will be. He’s likely waiting til Xmas to get a new job – the bonuses for keeping clubs up for experienced managers will likely tempt him back in.”

I, for one, am glad to see the back of him. He always weirded me out a bit, with that immaculately pressed suit and designer stubble. Still, cheers, Manager Man, it’s been a journey.