End of 2012/2013 Season Report, Salerno, Italy, June 18th, 2013
Italian Serie C2/A
Salernitana Soccer 1919, Salerno, Campania, Italy
I finally have internet access at the dinky little place I call home! Yay! I'm not going to say that winning Serie C2/A had any influence on that finally getting done or not, but it totally did. Believe me, if I had sucked as much as everyone expected me to, I would have to connect to the internet via smoke signal from my place still.
Now, in spite of all that, of my staff, only my dear assistant Roberto Bandirali has agreed to sign on for next season with me. That may be because the rest of my staff were so horrible that I didn't offer any of them new contracts. I just wish I could get Roberto to lose his internet access. He emails me almost every single day with the same goddamn message and, no matter how much I yell at him, "I don't want to hear another WORD ABOUT MATCH PREPARATION!!" he just ignores me. Even when I yell it in Italian!
On average I get one email like this about it at least every match:
I can't tell if he thinks I'm too drunk/incompetent to handle the match prep or if he just has horrible match preparation anxiety and that's the only way he can address it.
So anyway, we won that and we won the Serie C Super Cup like a bunch of bosses 5-2 on aggregate. Hah! Suck on that Perugia!
Overall it was a pretty amazing year. No one expected us to do anything this year after crawling out of Serie D. The media expected us to finish 9th. Shows what they know.
Here are the transfers we made this year: Transfers
I tried like hell to get someone, anyone worth a damn really, to come on loan at the beginning of the year but no one was even remotely interested in playing for us. By mid season, we had almost topped the table and finally, after harassing the board into signing a new parent club agreement with Udinese, we were able to pick up three very handy players on loan for the end of the season. Our backfield is still pretty woeful and some of these guys are too old to even extend their contracts on but with them leaving, I'll have more cash available for transfers for next year. Overall the best transfers in were the three loaners, Stefano Olivieri and Giuseppe De Luca. De Luca snagged top goal scorer for Serie C2/A with 20 goals. The last kid I picked up, Florian Müller looks like he may be very promising. My scouts found him out free from the youth system at FC Bayern. Time will tell as it always does. I think he'll do ok but the fans think he was a bad signing.
2012/2013 End of Year League Table: Yes, we won by +1 goal difference, we still are the champs though!
Promoted Serie C2/A: Salerno(C), Bellaria (P), Pro Patria(PL)
Promoted Serie C2/B: Perugia(C), Feralpi Salò (P), Virtus Entella (PL)
Promoted Serie C1/A: Varese(C), Benevento (P)
Relegated Serie C1/A: Spal, Reggiana, Carpi
Promoted Serie C1/B: Piacenza (C), Spezia (P)
Relegated Serie C1/B: Portosummaga, Paganese, Aprilia (That's what they get for knocking us out of the Serie C Cup)
Promoted Serie B: Torino (C), Novara (P), Cagliari (PL)
Relegated Serie B: Triestina, Avellino, Juve Stabia, Livorno
Relegated Serie A: Siena, Brescia, Padova
Serie A top 3 teams: Roma (77pts), Juventus (76pts), Inter (76pts)
Here's my current squad: SQUAD
Here's my Profile and my Personal info.
And here's the Salerno information, nice to see I'm one of their favored personnel. Our rep went up (duh) and we're 55th in Italy financially @725k value.
Plans for next year
Playing our home games in Serie C in a stadium that seats about 37,000 people where our average attendance was about a tenth of that it was a reminder of how low the club had fallen from once lofty heights. Hopefully we can bring that attendance up next year and sell more than 4,000 season tickets. In all honesty, the skill jump from Serie C2 to Serie C1 is almost negligible so I'm going to push these guys to try and get promoted two seasons in a row. I doubt we'll be able to directly trump whoever gets relegated from Serie B and win but we should be able to at least hold our own in the playoffs and edge out victory in the end. In any case, I should be able to afford some better wine next season, I'm sure they'll offer me a raise...
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