You start the game as Unemployed Manager, and your manager level is 1 (of max 16), to chase your glory in the field of dreams of a sport we all love, FOOTBALL...
There are some icons you need to get familiar with, from left to right:
mail - where you send/receive mail - it will blink when you receive a new mail
preferences - you set your preferences about different things
hotlist - where you add players, teams and managers
world - a map of Europe to click on any country and examine leagues, divisions, teams, players, staff
search - search for a player, team or manager by name
managerlist - a list of managers with online status and levels
rankings - manager ranking list sorted by performance
ingame forums - forums that exist only for this instance of the game.
exit - leave the game world.