Pre-Season Build Up - Novese - 2014/15 - Serie C1A
Media Prediction: 18th
Transfer Budget: £0 (last year: £0)
Wage Budget: £17,676 p/w (last year: £11,118 p/w)
Squad Wage Bill: £17,253 p/w (last year: £11,862 p/w)
This summer saw another mini clear out as 11 players waved goodbye to Novese. Incoming saw 7 players all arrive on free transfers. The aim was obviously to get this squad up to Serie C1 standards.
Marco Marcandelli (GK) -I needed a new goalkeeper, or at least a 2nd goalkeeper as our backup from last year left the club. I hadn't initially intended on signing a new number 1 but this guy was available and is rated highly. He'll start as number 1.
Jean Mbida (D/WBL) - We were without a left back in the squad, so filling this position was a priority. Mbida looks to be very good at this level and will most certainly be first choice at left back.
Alessandro Polinesi (D/WBL) - He has competition from Polinesi though, who also looks strong at this level. We now have good depth for the left flank.
Michele Pini (DRC) - Pini was signed to be backup to the two center backs but it's transpired that he is now the best RB at the club. This means I'll be looking to move on our 3rd choice in this position ASAP to save on wages.
Cosmo Palumbo (DM/MC) - Palumbo gives further defensive stability in the midfield. We allowed a mainstay of CM leave this summer but fortunately Palumbo looks to be an upgrade.
Massimo Cianci (DM/MC/ML) - This 18 year-old excited the fans on his arrival. He brings some quality to CM but also gives me the option of playing wingers with him on the left.
Marcello Rosati (MC/AMC/L) - Another option on the left could be Rosati, who at just 16 years old already looks set for a good future at Novese. First impressions remind me of Natale at 16 - hopefully he'll develop just as well.