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. He’s now down under managing Sydney FC, living on the harbour with his wife Sophie, and young daughter, April.
In this article, we will see Mason play three games, we will also hear from him about a big announcement regarding him and his wife, Sophie, plus Dan Smith, a local reporter, dishes out a transfer rumour about a potential signing.
League Match v Western Sydney Wanderers
Sydney FC, the home team, were 4-1 favourites to win the match, with Adam Le-Fondre having the odds of 8-2 to score first.
The match was not expected to be a sell out but the 48,000 capacity stadium was expected to be around 80% full.
Former England international, Emile Heskey, said “I think Bradshaw’s men will take this match, if they show up with the right attitude and desire”
However, former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, working for BEIN sports, disagreed, saying “I don’t think Bradshaw have them in the right shape either offensive or defensive, not to mention the squad depth is woeful.”
It was a mild October evening when the Wanderers came to town, and the Sydney Cricket Ground was the venue and Sydney FC got the game underway dead on 7:45pm.
The first ten minutes would shape the match, and as it turned out, it would be dire, with the only goal of the game coming for the visitors in the 9th minute with Patrick Zielger scoring the lone goal of the game to take the points back for the Sydney rivals.
After a disappointing derby loss, Mason spoke to BBC Sport saying, “That was an unacceptable performance. To only have one shot on target the whole game is just not acceptable. Maybe its time to freshen things up…”
Jose Mourinho added, “there’s a real lack of squad depth at this club, they need reinforcements and quick.”
My Life Update
By Mason Bradshaw
It’s been a while since I updated my blog, my friends. Life has changed a little since I last wrote, firstly I am now married to Sophie, and we have a daughter called April.
Secondly I am no longer living in London, but I have moved down under and I am living on the Sydney harbour, simply the best place in the entire world. Last but certainly not least, I am now the manager of Sydney FC.
How did this all happen, I hear you ask? Let me fill you in….
I had just left Braintree after a five month spell, having decided not to renew my contract mainly due to living in London at the time and the commute was not worthwhile and I wanted to spend more time with my family, so in the mean time I took a 9-5 job working at the local Sainsburys.
Then on the 24th June 2018, I got a call. I looked at the number and saw it was an Australian number, and I thought “who’s calling me from there?!?” and when I answered, I spoke to the chairman who flat out offered me talks to become the new Sydney FC boss.
I was actually on holiday at Hopton Holiday Village at the time with my wife and daughter, so a few days later, I flew straight out to Sydney and met with my future boss, who is a top bloke, and we instantly got on, and I knew straight away, I wasn’t leaving this wonderful country.
I returned home to sort out my visa and pick up the two main ladies in my life, and then it began, the Bradshaws down under…
Then a few days ago, the best news ever happened…. me and Sophie are having another baby!
So until next time, farewell and god bless
FFA Cup Semi Final
The biggest game of Bradshaw’s career, the chance to win silverware. After a flight to Brisbane was cancelled at the last minute, it wasn’t the perfect preparation for the big game.
Arriving the same day as the match, there wasn’t much time for preparation, and Bradshaw’s men were unable to get the win as they failed to register a single shot on target during the game, and fell to a consecutive one-nil defeat, thanks to a Thomas Kristensen goal on the 64th minute.
So close, yet so far. It hurt.
IS DAX THE MAN?
By Dan Smith
Rumours are swirling around Sydney that Sydney FC could sign Chicago Fire captain, Dax McCarty on a three year.
McCarty, a MLS veteran, has played for Chicago since January 2016, moving from New York Red Bulls after a five year spell in New York, including a two year spell as the club captain.
Bradshaw is known to be a long time admirer of the American international, having watched him as a fan of the Red Bulls, Mason even tweeted about the vet on Twitter in 2015
We can also exclusively reveal that Mason was spotted flying out to Chicago from Sydney Airport on the 3rd November to speak to McCarty.
We understand that Dax McCarty will officially be a Sydney player in the next few days.
Mason said, “I’m very pleased to welcome Dax to the Sydney family, and I look forward to working with him in January. Dax will be vice captain upon his arrival”
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 retired after two short spells at Stirling and Ards respectively due to personal reasons but came out of retirement last season to save Braintree from relegation, and has now moved down under to become the manager of A-League outfit, Sydney FC. He’s back – and you know, what? He’s livin’ the dream
You can read previous installments of Mason’s journey 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
- Livin’ the Dream #1
- Livin’ the Dream #2
- Livin’ the Dream #3
Follow Dictate the Game on our socials!
Other articles you may enjoy:
- FM19 Bargain Hunter – Part 1: Serie A
- Corners in FM19: How to maximise your chances without needing tall players.
- FM19 | Moneyball | Part 3
- Tactics Tested | The Libero Diamond Tactic