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Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff Met are an Amateur football club located in the heart of Cardiff University. Last year they were promoted to the Welsh Premier League after Caernarfon Town and Denbigh Town failed to secure licenses to play in the top flight of Welsh football. The club was founded in 2000 after Cardiff Met and Inter Cardiff merged to create one club, this is the first season since the merge that they have secured promotion to the Premier League. In terms of trophy success, Cardiff have been promoted 3 times from the Welsh Football League division 3 up till the Premier League, in the past four years.
The most notable current player is Chris Willis who has been at the club since 2009 and been a key part to the success. Other notable players include 16 year old Craig Garrett who looks set to have a bright future, as well as 20 year old Harry Owen.
Cardiff Met are the only Amateur club in the league. They currently have basic youth facilities and average training facilities. Is this challenge a step too far for 24 year old Mason Bradshaw? Or will this be the perfect club for Mason to build a reputation for himself? Who knows that the future holds for Cardiff and Mason.
Kashima Antlers are the current J. League Champions and are also one of only two teams to have competed in Japan’s top flight of professional football every year since its inception. Kashima have proved by far Japan’s most successful club team, having won the J. League title a record eight times, the J. League Cup a record six times and the Emperor’s Cup four times for an unprecedented total of eighteen major domestic titles.
Kashima have finished in the top five of the league for over seventy percent of all seasons played to date; recording an average end of season league placings of 3rd Place and have captured a major domestic title in over sixty percent of all seasons played to date.
The Antlers would expect instant success in the form of winning the J.League. They have a wage bill of 11k, with Ok finances and impressive training facilities.
Sanfreece Hiroshima currently play in the J.League, having won the J.League 4 times over their existence . Their wage bill is a fairly manageable 16.25k with the club having ok finances with impressive training and youth facilities.
Sanfreece would expect an incoming manager to come into the side and immediately challenge for the J.League title.
Mason might struggle under the weight of expectation here in a league where he holds no advantage, not being well-versed in the Japanese lifestyle or football scene. At least a positive for Mason is that, there’s no expectations from the Asian media and fans, as they have no source material to base their opinions on someone who is an enigma to the league.
Grimsby Town FC, based in North-East Lincolnshire are a small but up-and-coming club with recent success in a promotion to the football league in 2016. The Mariners are one of the best supported clubs in the lower leagues with over 5,300 supporters at Blundell Park. Grimsby town have also had some incredible players and managers over the years including Graham Taylor OBE (former England manager) and Elemér Berkessy (The first foreign manager in English Football).
Their current squad, led by Craig Disley contains 7 nationalities and 24 players. The clubs main rivals are Hull City and Scunthorpe United due to their close proximity on Humberside (Known as a Humber Derby). However due to the other clubs success these matches happen rarely, and Lincoln City has proved a more competitive rivalry.
The clubs position mean the job is a rather fine line. Do well and you can really make a name for yourself as a manager who steered a relegation doomed club to a miraculous survival. However, if it doesn’t work out, you’ll have given Grimsby another relegation, and after 3 relegations between 2003 and 2010, I don’t think the board and footballing world will be impressed. Masons new on the scene and would be bold to take on such a high risk job, and he still has to apply and hope that the board see something in him
Hailing from the beautiful Scottish Capital of Edinburgh, Stirling Albion is a one of a kind club. The Forthbank Stadium has enjoyed mild success in its times, roaming around the Scottish League 1 and occasionally moving up to the Championship, but the club couldn’t stay up, eventually dropping to the League 2, which is the fourth tier of Football in Scotland.
With amazing defenders such as Darren Petrie, Ross McMillan and the high potential youngster, Jamie Mills, Stirling Albion doesn’t let in many goals. They also have a good attack, with Alloa player Isaac Layne being brought to the club on loan and Hearts winger Callum Morrison staying for a season. The club also enjoys a flurry of young players, with an average age of 24. Despite all this, Stirling Albion remains a Semi Professional club, with an estimated worth of £375K and a ticket price of £13.
As Mason looks to the club as a potential stepping stone into management, the Bradshaws look on with delight. Speaking to Angela Bradshaw, Mason’s mother, she claimed she was “Delighted to see that Mason is looking for jobs close to her.”
Needless to say, I doubt Mason will choose a club purely based on the fact that he is close to his mother, but stranger things have happened. All we know is that time will tell, and I’m sure Mason Bradshaw will enjoy a spell at Stirling Albion, given the chance.
Currently lying in the Irish Premier Division, alongside the likes of Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers and Dundalk, Galway United is without a manager despite being in the middle of their season and lying in 6th place.
Switching between the Premier Division and the First Division seems to be the norm for the Irish club, who have enjoyed good success over the years such as winning the Irish Senior Challenge Cup in 1991 and coming second in the Premier Division back in 1986.
Since joining in 2014, new Captain, Ryan Connolly, has led the club well alongside players such as Vinny Faherty, Alex Byrne and amazing defender, Colm Horgan. Eamonn Deacy Park has never failed to surprise, with legends such as Alan Murphy once playing at the club from 2000 to 2011. But Galway doesn’t only deal in legends of past times, they also have decent young players, with an average age of 22. Players such as Padraic Cunningham and Conor Melody have a good future with the club.
For Mason, however, it’s a big step to move to Ireland. It’s a country that isn’t particularly close to his family, and he might be a bit out of his league running a club in the Irish Premier Division. Competition will be tough on and off the pitch. Is Mason ready for it?
Currently playing in America’s highest flight of football, Seattle are a professional club. Founded in 2009, they are one of MLS’ youngest clubs, but there is huge history in football in Seattle. Since being founded, they have won six pieces of silverware, the most notable being their MLS Cup win in 2016. Other trophies include MLS Supporters Shield and four Open Cup victories.
A few notable players for the Sounders include Clint Dempsey, former Spurs player and Loderio who are both DPs (Designated Player, which don’t count against the salary cap) for the MLS side. Since being founded in 2009, they have had two head coaches, but now see themselves looking for a new coach, is Mason that man?
It would be a big jump from youth football and would Seattle be willing to risk an English lad who is just 24? Only time will tell.
The Impact joined the MLS in 2012 as an expansion team, before this they played in the USL then later joined the NASL from 1992 to 2011. Being founded in 2012, they are one of the newest teams to have joined the league. Since joining the MLS, the Impact are yet to win any major honours, but they did manage to finish as the runner up of the Eastern Conference last year.
Notable players for the Impact include Piatti who on his day is unstoppable, and Chris Duvall who the Impact recently acquired from New York Red Bulls at the start of the season. Unlike most MLS clubs, Montreal have actually retired two numbers, they are: number 12 to represent the fans support as the 12th man, and number 20 for Mauro Biello, who had a career spanning over 9 years for the Impact, then serving as an assistant manager for 4 years before getting the the manager job in 2015.
After a poor start to this season, they are looking for a new manager. Could Mason be the man to improve Impact’s season and possibly get some silverware in that trophy cabinet for the Impact? It would be a risky move for the Canadian team, but it is one that could pay off if they win the MLS Cup. Perhaps Mason is just what they need, young and fresh ideas to try and win the ultimate prize, the MLS cup. Will he end up at Montreal Impact. Who knows what will happen in the future?
Founded in 1934 and after several name changes, Sibir Novosibirsk play their football at Spartak Stadium, Novorsibirsk. Sibir are a professional team that play in the Russian First Division, and have a transfer ban until the 2nd of December 2016. The club have enjoyed some success, but not in recent years where they’ve found themselves declining and last year finished 11th.
In the 2010/11 season they qualified for a third round qualifying spot where they beat Apollon Limassol on away goals, then went on to play PSV where they won the first leg 1-0 but on the away trip they lost 5-0, sending them out of the Europa League. Would this interest Mason? A team that needs a spark to get them back to where they were in 2010.
The club currently have below average training facilities and adequate youth facilities. In terms of players, 40 year old Tomas Vychodil is the clubs captain who has been at the club since 2004, although he did move to Metallurg-Kuzbass Novokuznetsk for a year, but then returned. Sibir’s key player is 31 year old Defensive Midfielder Eugeniu Cebotaru, who has been at the club since 2013.
Is this job perfect for Mason? A professional team which are on the decline, an ageing squad looking for a manager to change things up. Or perhaps the transfer ban will be punishing and with no ways of improving the squad it could prove costly. It will definitely get Mason Bradshaw out of the English media, that’s for sure – unless he massively messes up.
What club do you think Mason will end up at, if any? We understand that Mason has applied for all the above jobs. We also understand that at least two clubs have arranged interviews with the Brighton born manager, who continues his search for his first job in football management.