He did AK22, he almost had us! Thanks again delta, always appreciate the encouragement
Shinnik Yaroslavl 2012/13 - Russian Premier League
Those last two words didn't look particularly likely for large portions of last season, but we put runs together when it mattered and managed an epic comeback victory over Tom in the play-off to seal our place in the big leagues, and we'll be looking to make the most of it.
The board are realistic about our chances - they're asking for survival, and are giving me £384k to achieve it. Frankly, that's peanuts, less than a month's work for some of the division's highest paid players, and the financial gap between top and bottom is incredible. Survival is definitely the key.
As if to highlight that fact, our wage situation is no better. I've got to assemble a squad for around £60k/week, which again is nothing compared to some of the sides we'll be going up against. Not only we will be raiding the free transfer market and loan sales, we'll be doing so knowing that the best free agents on offer won't be willing to accept our cut-price offers.
To make the situation worse, the Russian Cup games begin in July, whereas even free transfers can't go through until 1st August, at which we have one month to assemble our squad. No time for gelling, friendlies or anything like that in Russia. With a whole host of contracts already expired, I have a grand total of 14 senior players available for our opening cup tie. I'm tempted to throw it, but the board expect us to make the next round and I'm not to start the season on a down note. We'll see what we can do.
Coming up next: Transfer time!