Thanks, AcidBurn. I'm a bit worried about getting to grips with the squad rules in Australia, but I'm determined to make a go of this.
Welcome to Gold Coast United
Skilled Park (capacity: 27,400)
Robina, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Introduction to the Club
So my mangerial career begins in the affluent, leafy surroundings of the city of Gold Coast in Queensland. Surprisingly for a club that finished 4th in the previous A-League season (and then 3rd in the play-off phase), they are predicted to finish 9th out of 10 this coming season. So I anticipate a tough season ahead.
Aims and Expectations: With the club predicted such a lowly finish, I'd be satisfied with even a modest overachievement. I'm not fully availed of the way in which the A-League works, but I intend, in my first season, simply to achieve respectability. Anything else would be a bonus.
Finances: These are described in the game as "okay". I get no transfer budget, and a salary cap budget of £25,000-per-week. We are currently spending £21,000, so maybe there's a little room to bring in a player or two, but not much.
Key Players: It's hard to evaluate who will be key players, but the below strike me as having at least something I can work with. Strangely, there are three Eritreans in the squad.
Maceo Rigters - A former Dutch U-21 international, Rigters is a striker who spent several seasons with Blackburn Rovers, but made only two league appearances. He may not have been good enough for the Premier League, but I suspect he might have a thing or two about him in Australian football. I'll be hoping for goals from Rigters in the forthcoming season.
Peter Jungschlager - Another Dutchman, Jungschlager is a 27-year old midfielder with experience in the Eredivisie with De Graafschap, VVV and ADO Den Haag.
Michael Thwaite - The Australian defender is one of the few squad members with full international caps to his name. He's been a regular for the club for two seasons and will need to perform well if we're to exceed our lowly expectations.