Livin’ the Dream is the third and final installment following the journey of Mason Bradshaw’s football manager career. His most recent role was with Braintree Town FC, in the Vanarama South, where he managed to keep them up.
The date is now July 2018 – and Mason has received a life changing offer – to become manager of Sydney FC, who play in Hyundai A-League, in Australia! A new start for Mason, his wife Sophie and his daughter April. He’s livin’ the dream…
Mason Bradshaw was officially introduced as the new Sydney FC boss, during a press conference. An unexpected move, Bradshaw is expected to take up the role for the cup game against Uni QLD, and will now return home to the UK to sort out final details.
Following the announcement by the club, Bradshaw then tweeted his reaction to being appointed the new boss on his Twitter account… He’s ready…are you?
Rumours were high in the following days whether Mason would bring his long-time friend and staff member, Andrew Smith down under, he was most recently his assistant manager at Braintree.
Jake Smith, the senior sports reporter for the Sydney Times, understands talks are underway for Smith to join Bradshaw at the Sydney club, but not as an assistant manager, saying, “talks are underway with Mister Smith, however he will not be joining as an assistant manager.”
True to Jake’s word, he was announced as a coach a few hours later… both the club and Mason were happy to have the veteran coach as part of the club.
Sydney Times – Anderson to The Sky Blues?
By Jake Smith
August 1st 2018
Bradshaw has officially taken up the role, and has now moved down under with his family, they are currently staying in a local hotel until they can find a place to rent.
Bradshaw has quickly evaluated his squad and has decided he needs a winger andwhilst scouting for a new winger, he remembered a young player at Lincoln, Harry Anderson. Bradshaw thinks he will be perfect for the club.
Sydney FC officials have been back and forth between Sydney and Lincoln trying to strike a deal, and despite Lincoln’s reluctance to sell him, they have agreed a deal. We expect the signing to be confirmed within a matter of days.
Harry Anderson signed for The Sky Blues for a fee of 400k, and Mason was delighted tweeting “delighted to have you here.”
The First Game – Cup Game v Uni QLD
The first game came quickly after the pre season – with Mason being unable to sign many players apart from Harry Anderson, who was ineligible to play in this match, due to not receiving his work permit at time of kick off.The Sky Blues were the heavy favourites for the match, and former Socceroo striker, Tim Cahill said “Bradshaw couldn’t have a easier first game. They should hit at least six!”
Mason didn’t think that was realistic though adding “I think the talk of us scoring six-or-seven goals is simply nonsense. It’s our first competitive game of the season, and our opponents will not be any easy task. We need to respect them like any other opponent.”
Sky Bet were offering odds of 1/2 for Bradshaw’s boys to win the tie, whilst Uni QLD were a staggering 80/1, worth a few dollars?!
The game started out dull, although Bradshaw’s men had the better chances and the deadlock was broken on the 34th minute as Milos Ninkovic converted his chance, and the score was doubled in the second half as Jop van der Linden scored a penalty kick on the 59th minute. A first win for Bradshaw, and through to the new round!
There it is, Mason gets his first victory as Sydney boss at his first attempt, his next competitive match isn’t until the 29th August which you will see in part 2. Livin’ the Dream will be released every three weeks on Friday.
Just remember, Bradshaw’s back, and he’s livin’ the dream…
Mega Project was a unique Football Manager experience. Mega Project featured Mason Bradshaw, a rookie manager who never played professionally, who attempted to climb the football ladder from the first job to becoming a world-class manager. Mega Project was something that was never been done before as we looked from all angles, from Mason himself, the clubs, his family and friends, colleagues, the world of football and more. Mason is now livin’ the dream down under as manager of Sydney FC.
You can read Mega Project & Mason’s Comeback below:
- Mega Project #1 -Where it all Begins
- Mega Project #2 – Recruitment Process
- Mega Project #3 – Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.
- Mega Project #4 – Up North We Go!
- Mega Project #5 – Wow! I have an office!
- Mega Project #6
- Mega Project #7 – The League Begins…
- Mega Project #8 – Time to turn it around
- Mega Project #9 – Points, Points and more Points
- Mega Project #10 – It begins with S!
- Mega Project #11 – Drama!
- Mega Project #12 – A New Start
- Mega Project #13 – Survial?
- Mega Project #14 – Mason’s Off-Season Adventures
- Mega Project #15 – The End?
- Mason’s Comeback – #1
- Mason’s Comeback – #2
- Mason’s Comeback – #3
- Mason’s Comeback #4
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