Not a great player but decent enough for this level will play mostly as a back up to Nouha Dicko the quickest and best striker at Crewe according to the ass man.
The best signing so far, will probably fit into the team on the right wing but if I go with an AMC he will play there. He is lacking in certain areas but is miles ahead of most of the players in League Two. Really looking forward to seeing him in action.
Bit of experience in the middle of the pitch and is a decent CM to have but at 32 is only a short term measure.
Only on loan and still young but is a better play than most of the CB's currently at the club, I expect him to start a lot of game this season.
Another loan signing, I tried to get him on a proper transfer but couldn't offer enough in wages despite a £0 asking price. I got him on loan and only had to pay 50 percent of his wage so didn't mind the £12k loan fee. Looks very good for this level.
The Ones That Got Away
I tried to bring in two players both of which were willing to discuss contracts the first being Andy Reid, he would have been class for League Two but in the end choose to go to Plymouth in League One instead. The other was Adam La Fondre unwanted at Blackburn but he ended up at League One Millwall instead and on £3,700 a week a wage we could not match. I also tried to get Ji-Won Dong from Sunderland when his contract expired but he wouldn't talk about a contract and ended up back in South Korea.
Next up was trying to improve the staff at the club. I sacked every apart from Andy Franks who is surprisingly a 4 star fitness coach. I tried ambitiously to bring in Alessandro Del Piero and Pablo Aimar as assistants both willing to discuss a contract but both wanting way too much in wages. In the end I got Kevin Phillips one of my favourite players of all time. I got in two coaches for the GK's both 4 star in Jimmy Walker and Darryl Flahavan. I got Dave Artell in who used to play for Crewe and in real life is still there for some reason he always turns into a decent coach on my save, he is a 4 star defending coach. James Collins also came in but he is not the Aston Villa defender he is an ex-Crewe player and youth coach released at the start of the game but I got him in as a 4 star attacking coach. Gareth Ainsworth was the last man in and is a 4 star tactics coach but is currently doing tactics and ball control.
A decent bunch of coaches but we could do with another fitness coach and a ball control coach but they are hard to find and the board will not allow any more coaches for now.
I like to have between 5 and 7 pre-season friendlies but opted for only 5 this time. Some decent results won what we were expected to win and lost to Bristol City but recovered to pick up a surprise win over Coventry. Despite me not being sure about Nouha Dicko because of low finishing attributes he has smashed in the goals in pre-season and I expect he will be key for anything we achieve this season.
Board League Expectations - To achieve a respectable position in League Two.
My League Expectations - To get into the play-off's.
Board Cup Expectations - 2nd Round of FA Cup and JPT and to simply enjoy the experience of the League Cup.
My Cup Expectations - Really all depends on the draw, I will be looking and hoping to progress depending on who we play if we go out to teams in our league I will be disappointed.
Keys to Success
If Wright-Phillips and Dicko can form a decent partnership then we should score a few goals with Santana providing the creativity. Long term things could be good, there are several youg player under 18 who have 5 star potential and it will be interesting to see how they develop. Crewe have always given youth a chance in real life and I hope to give them a go in the first team at some point as well mainly because there are so many games and a big-ish squad is needed to cope with the 46 league matches.