So after four months of holidaying, rejecting a job offer at Stirling Albion, came an offer from a club I had never heard of in my life. FC Canavese who are in Italy's Serie C2/A.
The Serie C is composed of 54 teams divided into three divisions of 18 teams each, whose teams will be divided geographically. Teams will play only other teams in their own division, once at home and once away for a total of 34 matches each.
The leagues season is divided into two phases: the regular season and the playoff phase. Once the regular season is over, teams placed 2nd to 5th enter a playoff to determine the second team in each division to be promoted to Serie C1. At the same time, teams placed 14th to 17th entered a playout for the right to remain in Serie C2 the following season.
I took over when previous manager Luca Prina had led the team to only 2 victories in 11 games putting them in 17th position and this didn't go down to well with the board as they was expecting a comfortable mid-table position. Well it wasn't his fault either the squad was terrible with the exceptions of Luca Avanzi and Daniele di Benedetto whom were their best players. From the looks of it it was all up hill from here on in. And it was.
Final League Position 15th- I was relatively happy with my teams performance in the last part of the season but in the initial transition I found it very hard to come up with a winning tactic and this is the part where we lost most of our points. But finishing 15th still meant I had to participate in the playouts where I faced Noceto whom finished one place below me. Playout Leg 1 Playout Leg 2
Transfers- I made a few transfers as you can see and the one I've been most impressed with is the 20 million dollar man, well 20K man. Alvaro Campos has been outstanding ever since he joined and was worth every penny for keeping me in a great deal of games. Next season I need to get rid of the excess players though because I'm losing money every month.
Canavese Squad- As you can see I have a very large squad and with there being no reserves league
it is un-needed so I will be shipping some people off.
Season Summary by World Soccer Magazine
Fan's POTY- Totally agree with the fans, once the whole team got into their stride Luca looked rock solid in defence all throughout, also chipping in with a couple of vital goals.
Daniele Di Benedetto- Got first and third in goal of the season with two absolute belters. Benedetto was the midfield that I couldn't keep out of my side and I wish I could say that for everyone.
Luca Avanzi- Top quality player who's too good for this league and I may have to succomb to selling him to raise some much needed funds for the club.
Next Season- Hopefully I can acheive a safe mid table position this season but with our financial crisis this may be hard to achieve as the board has capped our wage budget from 17K down to only 11K and have offered me no transfer budget. Luckily I have a few players already coming in.
Media Prediction- 15th