Genoa CFC: A Shimmer Of Promise
It's never easy taking over a club mid-season; the majority of the transfer budget has been spent, the players are used to the existing tactics, and there's very little time to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the squad. Due to this, I feel it's vital to follow your gut instinct when trying to hit the ground running.
Unfortunately, I didn't like the look of things; the midfield lacked a lot of creativity, and we didn't possess a born goalscorer. However, defensively we seemed quite robust, and having decided to play to our initial strengths, I set the team up with two defensively minded tactics. Our main approach, which was the slightly more attacking of the two, a basic 4-4-1-1, used for the majority of our home matches, as well as games on the road where were the favourites. Alternatively, a 4-1-4-1 was devised for matches when I wanted to keep things extremely tight, using the counter attack as our main threat at goal. There's some really strong attacking teams in this league, so going gung-ho against them at this stage is only asking for trouble; parking the bus is the only viable option for now. Well, at least until we're able to compete tit-for-tat with the big boys, that is.
Finances | Transfer Summary
Serie A 2032/33 End of Season
Position Graph | Fixtures | Season Summary | Miglior Squandra dell'Anno
We drew my first two games in charge 0-0, and in hindsight, this really sums up the rest of the season.
Our defence has been excellent, the third best in the league, keeping regular clean sheets and comfortably keeping the opposition's strikers in check. However, as expected, its going forward where the main problems lie, as we've only managed to score, on average, just over one goal a game. No doubt, the tactics I've been playing have contributed to this, but I still feel we could have scored more goals if the quality of players have been better; we're making chances, just not being clinical enough to convert them.
Thankfully, with us being so sound at the back, we've still been able to rack up enough results to climb up the league table, taking 40 points from the 25 games played under my stewardship, and finishing in a very respectable 7th place. In fact, if Bari hadn't gone and beaten Fiorentina in the final of the Coppa Italia, we would have sneaked into Europa League qualification! To be fair, this will probably turn out to be a blessing in disguise, meaning we can concentrate fully on a top six finish in next season's Serie A without any outside distractions.
Cagliari 0-4 Genoa - Three games in, and my first league victory; a comfortable win over relegation fodder.
Napoli 3-0 Genoa - A game later, and my first defeat. We were right in the game, so the scoreline looks a lot worse than it was.
Sampdoria 0-2 Genoa - It may have been a cup game, but this was a great result over our local rivals. Feisty!
Sampdoria 0-1 Genoa - We seem to enjoy our trips across the city to Montella Stadium! Although we were extremely lucky this time!!
Genoa 3-0 Napoli - One of our finest victories, avenging our early season defeat, with Yoann Daniel bagging all three goals.
Genoa 0-1 Cagliari - A poor defeat against a side already relegated. This saw us say goodbye to any hopes of a top six finish.
Key Players: Giorgos Kousidis (Av R: 7.31), Yoann Daniel (19 goals), Mauricio Vázquez (10 clean sheets), Ghalem Rekkab (8 assists), Lior Hai (11 goals)
Fans Player of the Year: Giorgos Kousidis
Team of the Year | Overall Best XI
Considering the wage budget I've got available to me, there's no reason why I can't build a side capable of a title challenge in a few year's time, but first, the deadwood must go. There's only a handful of players that I'd like to keep for next season, so the rest of the squad is very much up for grabs, and we may see some very dramatic transfer activity over the coming summer.
I'd love to add a top class striker to the team, someone who can easily score 20 goals a season, as well as linking the play up nicely for the attacking midfielders. Yoann Daniel has done this reasonably well for us this year, however, I do feel he lacks the technical ability to competently play the lone striker role I've implemented at the club, and would be better served as an impact player from the bench, when he can use his blistering pace against tired, leggy defences. The midfield also needs a bit of work too, as it's lacking pace and creativity. I know that pace isn't the be-all and end-all for success in the Italian leagues, but I do feel a decent playmaker is essential if we are going to succeed long term.
Season Team League Finish Cups
2012/13 Kingstonian Blue Square Bet South 3rd FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round, FA Trophy 2nd Round
2013/14 Kingstonian Blue Square Bet Premier 3rd FA Cup 1st Round, FA Trophy 1st Round
2014/15 Kingstonian npower League Two 16th FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT 1st Round
2015/16 Kingstonian npower League Two 17th** **Resigned 19/12/2015
Hull City npower League One 6th FA Cup 4th Round
2016/17 Hull City npower League One 1st FA Cup 1st Round, Carling Cup 1st Round, JPT Winner
2017/18 Hull City npower Championship 2nd FA Cup 5th Round, Carling Cup 2nd Round
2018/19 Fulham Barclays Premier League 5th FA Cup Semi-Final, Carling Cup Semi-Final
2019/20 Fulham Barclays Premier League 7th Europa League 2nd KO Rd, FA Cup 6th Rd, Carling Cup 3rd Rd
2020/21 Fulham Barclays Premier League 8th** **Resigned 13/11/2020
Liverpool Barclays Premier League 6th Europa League 1st KO Rd, FA Cup 5th Rd
2021/22 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 3rd Europa League Winners, FA Cup 4th Rd, Carling Cup QF
2022/23 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 1st Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup 3rd Rd, Carling Cup QF
2023/24 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 1st Champions League SF, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup QF
2024/25 Liverpool Barclays Premier League 2nd Champions League Runner-Up, FA Cup SF, Carling Cup Winners
2025/26 Estudiantes Primera División Apertura 4th N/A
Primera División Clausura 3rd Copa Argentina QF
2026/27 Estudiantes Primera División Apertura 1st Copa Sudamericana SF
Primera División Clausura 3rd Copa Libertadores RU, Copa Argentina 7th Rd
2027/28 Estudiantes Primera División Apertura 2nd Copa Sudamericana Winner
Primera División Clausura 1st Copa Libertadores SF, Copa Argentina RU
2028/29 Leverkusen Bundesliga 1st Champions League 1st KO Rd, DFB-Pokal QF
2029/30 Leverkusen Bundesliga 1st Champions League Winners, DFB-Pokal Winners
2030/31 Leverkusen Bundesliga 2nd Europa League Winners, Club World Cup Winners
2031/32 Leverkusen Bundesliga 1st Champions League Runner-Up
2032/33 Leverkusen Bundesliga 3rd** **Resigned 25/11/2032
Genoa Serie A 7th TIM Cup Quarter Final