Proud moment for Christopher as he takes charge of Portsmouth in Football Manager Cup
Pompey fan Christopher Proud has been chosen to represent the Blues in a charity Football Manager tournament.
The Football Manager YouTuber, also known as Proudie, was selected after receiving 60 per cent of a fans’ vote conducted on Twitter.
He will take charge of the club he has supported since he was six in a competition which will crown the best EFL team and raise money for Mind Charity.
Proudie said it was an honour to be chosen by supporters to take charge of his beloved Pompey in the Football Manager Cup.
He said: ‘I started creating content for the game around five years ago, and I could never have imagined this is where it has led to.
‘I hope to repay the fans’ faith shown in me by going on to win the tournament, because I know they will not settle for any less.’
Proudie’s first managerial test will be against Plymouth tomorrow night (7pm).
And with 17 years of Football Manager experience behind him, the Fratton Park regular said he will utilise every ounce of his tactical knowledge of the game.
‘It’s definitely a tough fixture, considering the rivalry that has been developed between the two teams over the past couple of years,’ said Proudie.
‘I don’t want to give too much away, but I know I’ll have to make the most of our attacking talent.
‘I have a lot of fire-power and strength in depth at my disposal and I’ll want to attack right from the off.
‘I may have a selection headache the closer we get to the game, though’.
Highlights of each round will be shown on the Football Manager YouTube channel, with developers Sports Interactive aiming to raise £20,000 for mental health charity Mind.
Proudie said he could not think of a better cause to raise money for while looking to earn Pompey their first ever piece of online silverware.
He added: ‘As someone who has suffered from mental health issues, and known people who have, it’s great that we have charities like Mind who offer an incredible amount of support to get us through these troubling times.
‘I’ve always endeavoured to raise money for charity in 24-hour streams I’ve done before, and I’m glad I can take part in a tournament aimed to raise money for a cause that is close to my heart.’
- Frederick Webb