Man who has spent 8 per cent of his life playing Football Manager becomes boss of real team after double relegation

A FOOTBALL MANAGER addict has become a real-life boss aged just 27 – of a professional team relegated twice in a row.

Orri Thorisson claims he’s spent eight per cent of his life playing the computer game. 

Orri Thorisson says he feels like he's succeeding in life when he does well online


Orri Thorisson says he feels like he’s succeeding in life when he does well onlineCredit:

And Icelandic fourth-tier side KV admit they’ve gone down a “different route” in appointing the rookie to their top job.

Chairman Auounn Orn Gylfason agrees Thorisson has no “magic wand”.

But he does have a wizard record on Football Manager.

Thorisson recently won his sixth successive Premier League crown with Leicester City – at least, on his keyboard and screen.

He saved 600 hours of playing time to achieve that feat… no doubt at the King Powered-up Stadium.

But it’s not all it seems – as until last year he was a gamer of two halves.

Thorisson shared his love for Football Manager online with almost equal playing time on the pitch.

But hip surgery ended his physically-active career, leaving him feeling he had “lost something in my life”.


But incredibly Thorisson was quickly appointed head coach of sixth-tier Kria – thanks to his friends owning the local club.

He won instant promotion after 13 wins in 16 games, before agreeing to move to KV on a one-year contract.

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Thorisson insists Football Manager has helped him in the dugout as well as tackling personal demons.

He told SportBible: “I genuinely believe it’s had a positive impact on my real-life management abilities.

“The game’s intricate mechanics, strategic decision-making and pressure-filled scenarios have allowed me to hone my analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.”

Thorisson also called the game a “therapeutic escape during harder periods in my life”.

He added: “I find solace and distraction from playing the game and it allows my mind to momentarily detach from real-world struggles.

“I know it sounds bad but when I’m doing good in the game, I feel like I’m doing good in life.

“For me, it’s the thrill of leading your favourite team to victory and the satisfaction of nurturing young talents.

The job could be a really good stepping stone… And to have some extra income for my family, including my pregnant girlfriend, is huge.

Orri Thorisson

“Oh, and the 4-2-3-1 formation I’ve used throughout my entire FM career? I’ll definitely play a form of that tactic in real life.”

Thorisson dreams of one day matching the levels he’s reached gaming with real-life achievements.

He said: “I took the job knowing it could be a really good stepping stone in my career.

“And to have some extra income to provide for my family, including my pregnant girlfriend, is huge.”

Club supremo Gylfason confessed: “We know success in Football Manager doesn’t just happen with the swing of a magic wand.

“You need to have a deep understanding of the game and now time will tell if he can meet up to our expectations in real life.”

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