One of the accepted rules of football is: "Jimmy Hill - you love him or you hate him". Obviously the BBC have realised that the majority's view of Jimmy was shifting to one of these extremes and so replaced him with Gary Lineker and Alan Hansen (on Match of the Day at least). Obviously, Zeppelin haven't cottoned on to this and have retained Jimmy alongside Des 'Twinky-
What's all this got to do with the game? Simply that it plays like a game that the chinned-one would enjoy (and that Des would understand).
The game is palyed solely by mouse control. You click on icons to chose various appointments to see people. On the left of your screen is your personal organiser; on the right is a bank of icons. Take an icon from the bag, and drag it on to a vacant time slot - that is a major part of the game. Each page represents a day in a week at a club of your choice. There are five time slots per page.
You don't have to fill up all of them, but it is wise to keep a busy schedule, meeting with people, and with the chairman, talking to the fans, and checking on how the team's doing.
Your 'Lads' have a match every week, so you have to plan your time in advance depending on how well your team is performing. This is a bit difficult when you first start the game, as your team haven't played any games yet. The fact that your team starts off in Division 4 does mean that you players aren't going to be tremendously good, so in the first week it's wise to send out your scout.
One good point about the game is that if your scout, or any staff member, isn't pulling his weight, you can sack him and hire anew. Everybody has a job to do and everybody is expendable in this game, even you.
If you don't employ a method of keeping yourself busy, and let the club run down hill, you can be sure that the chairman will call a 'meeting'.
For the most part, meeting people is part of a manager's job. You must lias with the trainer and the physio to make sure that all your players are performing to their best, and that if they have been injured, that they recover as quickly as possible. If of course you do have some unruly players in your squad, it is time to have a stern talk with them, and if necessary exclude him from your current playing team with a view to selling him.
The long bore game
Having gone through the week meeting loads of people (even fans), and doing lots of deals, you also have some meetings that are made for you, such as by another club when they want to buy a player from your squad.
The final icon that corp up at the end of the week, of course, is the Match Of The Day icon. This is where you see the highlights of your team's performance every week with (just to make it all so real) commentary from Jimmy and Desmond!
Although there are plenty of options, the gameplay is quite shallow. The highlights of every Saturday game make even a home match at Wimbledon or Cambridge seem exciting, stylish football. The interaction between the actual football side of things and the managerial side is very, very limited.
The result? Match of the Day fails to hook you to any real extent. Ultimately, this shows that having a big name licence doesn't always make a good game. The Amiga's the loser in the end Jim.