JULY - OCTOBER 2011 UPDATE
First thing I did when took over as Stoke, was to look through the all 3 squads and figure out what I was working with and what I needed to do with it all. I noticed the sheer amount of deadwood in the reserve side and full first team squad, whilst also noticing a couple of promising youngsters. I was only given about 300K to spend on transfer markets so I had to sell if I wanted any players to come in to the side, in hope of improving it. Therefore I sold Tom Soares and Carlo Nash, as well as sending out no less than 10 players out on free transfers. This gave me an extra 1M to play with in the transfer market and after careful scouting and deliberation I signed a 19yr old Danish AM/ST, Rasmus Falk. He was definitely a signing for the future but also allowed me another option up front because of my seemingly injury prone strike force.
This saw me go on a tour of Holland (Netherlands, whatever you want to call it) and play a few other decent teams just to slowly build up the fitness and bring them back up to speed. Overall, however it was quite a disappointing set of results and not really setting out as I mean to continue!
Only 6 games into the season but I sit in a poor 14th position, with 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses. Although I have to say that it has been a difficult start in terms of teams we have played. A disappointing performance against Tottenham was the only heavy loss, whilst in other games it has gone right down to the wire.
After convincingly making it through the qualifying rounds of the competition I got drawn in, in my opinion, the group of the death. Schalke, Anderlecht and CSKA Sofia. Two great results in the first two games leaves me top of the group and in a good position to qualify for the knockout rounds.
A great comeback from my side and a well fought victory against Man City, up yours!
New signing Palacios has done well, slotting in brilliantly with his determined attitude and workrate, he has dominated midfield and scored a few on the way.