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This article was published on February 24, 2011

    Football Manager expert (game) applies for Premier League position (real life)

    Football Manager expert (game) applies for Premier League position (real life)
    Francis Tan
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    Francis Tan

    Francis Tan is the Asia editor of TNW, who is based in the Philippines. He is particularly interested in Asian Internet startups, social me Francis Tan is the Asia editor of TNW, who is based in the Philippines. He is particularly interested in Asian Internet startups, social media and e-commerce. Get in touch with him via Twitter @francistan or Email [email protected].

    John Boileau, a 25-year-old man armed with vast experience in the highly addictive video game, Football Manager, and a short-lived career managing a real-life Under-11 team, decided to apply for the vacant managerial position at English football club Middlesbrough F. C.

    This seemingly overqualified gentleman has brought victory to well-known football clubs such as Nuneaton Borough, Rushden and Diamonds, Doncaster Rovers… on Football Manager. John’s experience with the video game, according his letter below, has allowed him to become an expert in work permits, scouting, tactics and man management.

    He sent a letter to Steve Gibson, chairman of the Middlesbrough, who in turn sent a very apt response.

    TL:DR – He didn’t get the job because his “undoubted talent would result in one of the big European clubs seeking [his] services.”