“I’m a football nut. I can go down the park and watch a game and still enjoy it. Football is my life - and I want to win.”

The words of Tony Pulis shortly after his appointment as Boro boss on Boxing Day 2017.

FM2019’s stunningly realistic game world now extends to more than half a million footballers, from 2,500 clubs in 51 nations.

A veteran of more than 1,000 games in charge with nine different clubs, the Welshman understands as well as anybody that being in the managerial hotseat is a bug, an obsession, a passion.

And nothing brings you closer to that buzz of the beautiful game than Football Manager 2019.

The latest iteration of a now legendary franchise in the fan fraternity - one which began over 25 years ago - Football Manager 2019’s stunningly realistic and ever-expanding game world now extends to more than half a million footballers, from 2,500 clubs in 51 nations.

It’s that level of immersion and attention to detail which saw players rack up over 250 million hours of game-time in last year’s edition.

Whether it’s Boro or Nuneaton Borough you choose to lead to glory, fine-tune your tactics on the training ground and take them to the biggest stage thanks to the dynamic 3D match engine.

Plus, there’s more control more than ever before, with every aspect of the club at your fingertips. Wheel and deal in the transfer market, pluck youngsters from obscurity and lead them to stardom, massage or manage the egos in the dressing room, and go face to face with the media.

For the first time, the creators of Football Manager are offering you the chance to buy a copy - for yourself or as a gift - direct through a Middlesbrough FC portal, meaning you can support the club’s real-life success with your purchase.

Baseball caps at the ready. It’s time to create your own football story.

Buy Football Manager 2019 online