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Computer geeks bid for manager’s job

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Success on games like Football Manager and FIFA has left gamers thinking they could do it in the real world

Dumbarton lie rock bottom of the Scottish First Division so when they sacked their manager they must have been pleasantly surprised when they were inundated with applications for the vacant position.

Well that was until they started to scan the CVs of the wannabe replacements for Alan Adamson.

Club chief executive Gilbert Lawrie had dozens of people apply who had led their teams to Champions League glory — the only problem was that all their successes had come in computer games.

"I can tell you I've had dozens and dozens of applications and it takes a while to shift through the CVs of people who have won the Champions League on FIFA 12," he told the Daily Record.

"Probably 75 per cent of the applications so far are from people who have taken a team from a low ebb to great heights on a computer screen, which is a great achievement for them but perhaps not what we are looking for at this time.

"Thankfully we have had a good number of applications from people with genuine experience in the game as well and we will take our time going through them."

For now assistant manager Jack Ross has been given the 'control pad' for Dumbarton's home game against Airdrie United and he is hoping to move up a level and become full time boss.

"It's a big challenge for me," he said.

With Dumbarton having just two points from their opening nine games a challenge it certainly is.

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