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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 4

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With confidence rebuilt after a second set of friendlies, the league campaign got off to a much better start. Comfortable wins over KR and IBV led to an away fixture against last season's title winners Stjarnan - my goal was to take a point and that's what we managed to do thanks to a penalty from Leo dos Reis on the stroke of half time. 

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Only 3 games in but this is a brilliant start to the season.

 

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 4

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June (and part of July) continued to be positive as we went on a long unbeaten run. Joel Mumbongo's pace has been really effective and he's picked up 6 goals in 5 games. We're also making great progress in the cup, helped out by some favourable ties and we're into the semi-finals for the first time.

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Second place behind last season's champions is a great place to be at this point in the season - only 4 points separating 2nd to 6th though

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Some of my players are starting to attract the interest of much larger clubs - and with low fee minimum release clauses in their contracts that I can't negotiate out, I'm expecting to lose a number of big name players this month. Nice to have an Arsenal legend coming to watch up play though!

 

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I'm also attracting some plaudits and was invited to an interview for the Valur manager's position. They sacked their manager after only 10 games with a dismal 20% win ratio. They are a bigger club than us with 23 Premier league titles in their trophy cabinet but they are in the relegation zone whilst I'm pushing for the league title - it wasn't a hard decision to turn them down at this point in time.

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As expected the July transfer window was a busy one, with bigger clubs meeting the (very low) minimum release clause for both dos Reis and Gudmondsson. Gudmundsson who is moving to Bordeaux has been loaned back to me as part of the deal until the end of the season, so I can delay finding a replacement until then. dos Reis is a big loss though, so finding a replacement for him was really key.

Along with moving a number of squad players on, we recouped £140k in transfer fee's in the month, which will help make a small dent in our overall debts.

 

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Jeppe Gangsted joins on loan from one of our senior affiliates HB Koge in Denmark and looks to have plenty of talent and will help us out to the end of the season.

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Valerio Crespi is the natural long term successor to dos Reis, but securing Gangsted will give Crespi some time to settle into the side before all the pressure lands on him.

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I'd already signed both Crespi and Gangsted before my scouts highlighted that Gudjohnsen had been released by Real Madrid. Whilst I couldn't turn a player of his quality down, I'll probably end up regretting it as I now have too many players to squeeze into my squad - so I'm going to have to carefully manage their happiness. Gudjohnsen also has a pretty poor injury record, so he is definitely a risk!

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 4

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What a month! Given all the distractions off the field I couldn't be happier to see a field of green across our results.

 

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We're top of the table - although Stjarnan have 2 games in hand which will close what looks on the face of it like a really big gap. Stjarnan remain fighting in Europe which is causing them a real build up of fixture congestion. I'm hoping that this will play into my advantage. They've also lost a number of their biggest stars this month to transfers, so fingers crossed we could have an exceptional year!

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Ooh! I'm hoping this is big news.

I've been pushing the board for a new senior affiliate and along with the cash (ok not a lot, but given our financial situation it all counts) I'm hoping that this will give our scouting and youth recruitment network a boost along with helping us to secure some Rangers youngsters on loan.

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Youth Intake

 

This looks like a really interesting youth intake and a distinct improvement on the last couple of years. Grzegorz Nowak in particular doesn't look far off a slot in the senior squad.

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 4

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The nerves are kicking in now after a really tricky month in August. It didn't start well as we fell to defeat in the cup semi-final to Grindavik, in what was a very tight game we had taken the lead from our first goal from a long through courtesy of Gabriel Robinson, but they hit back with 2 spectacular goals within 3 minutes and we weren't able to recover from it.

I didn't think confidence had been dented too much as we came back to another win in our next league encounter against KA, but we should have won at home to Vikingur and ended up dropping all 3 points, before dropping more points away to Fylkir and at home to Keflavik.

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We're still in the driving seat and have a 3 point cushion along with a healthy GD advantage, but it's tighter than I would want it to be with anybody from 5th up capable of lifting the title!

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We play both Grindavik and HK in our final 2 games along with Breidablik (who are no pushovers) and Valur in our final 4 fixtures.

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 4

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Our first game of the run-in was a tough away fixture against Breidablik and the main priority was not to lose - and that's exactly what we managed to do. HK lost to drop a point to us, but 3rd placed Grindavik had won, so remained within touching distance with 3 games to play and a tricky game which looked increasingly like it might be a decider against Grindavik to come

The next round of fixtures we had an evening kick off, so we had the benefit of seeing all of our main competition play first - and everybody dropped points - so suddenly the prospect of a win meant that our gap would become almost insurmountable.

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How quickly things change when it's tight at the top - we did get the win and then with the fresh confidence of clear air between us and our competitors we won the final 2 games without conceeding.

We were champions!

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 4 Review

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A fantastic season all in all, slightly spoilt by the disappointment in the League Cup A back in March and April.

Leo dos Reis was the pick of the players before he departed for a fee that met his minimum release clause. Leo has bigger ambitions than us, so whilst I'm gutted to see him go, I'm pleased to have got a fee for him. Jeppe Gangsted was one of three strikers I signed to replace him and picks up a deserved sub appearance in the best eleven for his 7 goals in 10 appearances.

William Clem and Marcelo Saraiva were also big performers in central midfield for us, controlling the play. Hilmarsson was a rock at the back, picking up 5 crucial goals along the way as well.

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Financially we're still in a mess, even having sold 2 of our best players. I can only hope that we generate some more income from gate receipts and prize money from competing in Europe.

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I think I was somewhat fortunate to be awarded manager of the year, other managers had some good cup runs in Europe along with domestic cup triumphs, but they don't appear to count for much in the awards

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Two of my players made it into the team of the year this time around.

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Joel Mumbungo's pace was devastating, either from the central striker position, or from an attacking Inside Forward. William Clem hasn't completely replaced the form of Bobby Carroll from a couple of seasons ago, but is very clearly in my first choice set of midfielders.

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 5 Transfer Summary

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After our first league title, our transfer activity slowed down significantly ahead of my 5th season at the club. Firstly I had a largely settled team and squad with the required quality across all positions, secondly players were starting to ask for salaries that I felt were unreasonable. Yes, we'll be fighting in Europe this season, but the club is approaching £1m of debt and even though the board have increased my wage budget to about £15k per week, I don't think we can afford it.

More players left than arrived, so we've slightly trimmed the squad - there is probably more that we could do in this space, but I think the fixtures will pile up later in the season with European football so I've been a bit more conservative.

Whilst he's not going to get much game time I couldn't stop myself from re-signing Baldur Hannes Stefannson, who the chairman had sold from under my nose in my first season at the club after he'd been released by Breidablik.

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Adam Devine becomes my first loan signing following our new affiliation wit Rangers and given he is able to play in all positions across our defence will add some real squad depth.

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Dagur Gretarsson is very much a future prospect, partly signed because of a new vision to sign players under the age of 20. He immediately goes out on loan for the season as he won't get many opportunities to play given he is competing against Crespi and Gudjohnsen.

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Left back has been a bit of a concern for me. Lucas Boje-Larsen has played reasonably well last season, but it's probably the weakest area on the pitch for me. Logi Tomasson isn't the final solution but will add more depth and options in that position as well as playing higher up in the park in midfield.

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Axel Uddstrom is a really solid defensive midfielder who will compete against Marcelo Saraiva, but is also there as an understudy should one of the big boys come in for Saraiva.

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 5

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The League Cup has been a huge disappointment in previous seasons, so I really wanted to make an effort to progress in this competition this year.

We played well against the Premier League opposition, but once again complacency clearly kicked in against the First Division side - a draw at home against Thor, before a devastating loss away at Afturelding. That left us needing a victory to progress in the final game against Vikingur and Joshua Pynadath picked up his 3rd goal in the group stage of the competition as we picked up our 3rd 1-0 victory against our Premier League opponents to qualify for the semi-final for the first time.

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The goals started to flow in the latter stages of the competition. In a really close semi-final, we were 1-1 after 90 minutes and Grindavik scored early in the 92 minute. We weren't to be defeated though and struck back with goals in the 108th and 115th minute to sink Grindavik.

The final was a different affair as we dominated the game, Valentino Crespi scoring twice as we took a 4-1 lead by midway through the second half. KA picked up their second in the 94th minute once the game was already won.

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Next up we competed in the Icelandic equivalent of the Community Shield, the Deidablik against last seasons cup winners Grindavik.

The less said about the actual result the better as we were completely annihilated.

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 5

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The main season got underway with a reasonable start - a good win to kick the season off, followed by a disappointing draw against Valur. We then got our revenge over Grindavik for our defeat in the Deidablikar with an away draw, followed by a victory in the Bikarkeppni karla to knock them out in the 3rd round.

A victory in our 3rd away league fixture in a row leaves us reasonably positioned towards the top of the table.

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An impressive start from Keflavik with 4 straight wins are sitting comfortably at the top of the league.

 

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 5

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Another reasonable if not spectacular month for us. We started off repeating our trick against Grindavik with HK - drawing away in the league before knocking the same team out in the cup. We then went on to pick up back to back victories including an impressive victory against Stjarnan, before falling apart against Keflavik who are really pushing us at the top of the table.

We quickly recovered from that dissapointment to hit Breidablik for 5 in a brilliant result for us.

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Those 5 goals lifted us, temporarily at least, into top spot in the league, but it's very tight with Keflavik and KA on equal points

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 5

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July see's the start of our first ever adventure into Europe - but it also leads to an absolutely crazy set of fixtures with 9 games played in the month.

We started off with another loss to Keflavik in the cup - whilst I'm gutted to be knocked out of the cup, if we'd stayed in our fixture congestion would have been even worse. The Champions League was always going to be a really big ask for us and the qualifying draw was really harsh, matching us up against Partizan Belgrade. 

As expected we were significantly outclassed, losing 6-2 on aggregate, but in between we managed to pick up 3 points in the league. We played Valur afterwards and comfortably won, before the European Conference League draw - a much easier ask against KF Laci to give our first, very comfortable, European scalp.

Another league tie was sandwiched in between our European fixtures and we were tired and disappointing in another heavy defeat at home to Grindavik

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We stay on top of the table, but it is very tight with 5 teams separated by only 2 points

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The transfer window re-opened in July, along with transfer windows opening across most of Europe, allowing me to source some much needed reinforcements to help deal with the crazy fixture congestion.

To add to my problems FC Nordsjaelland met William Clem's minimum release clause and whilst I was pleased to see £115k come into the club's coffers, he is a massive part of my midfield.

 

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My scouts have been tracking Jon Kristinn Axelsson for a few seasons. A 19 year old Icelandic midfielder playing for IA in the First Division, he is a great talent and I'm sure he will go onto play for the Iceland senior team. His signing also meets our club vision of signing players under the age of 20. The cash from the sale of William Clem is being very well invested in this purchase!

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Adel Ziaratis signed very much as emergency / squad back-up, but with the number of games we've potentially got coming up, he may well be needed. He had 3 very good seasons for Keflavik before choosing not to renew his contract at the end of last season. I let Gabriel Robinson leave to First Division Fram in exchange, he had been unhappy about a lack of game time and he was never going to be my first choice, so it was the right thing to do to give him more opportunities elsewhere - the exchange also saves me £150 p/w in wages

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Charlie Lindsay is my second loan signing from Rangers. I'd been trying to get him to sign for months, but he kept turning us down. I finally managed to persuade him, but only on a 2 month deal.

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Kristian Webster is my thrid and final Rangers loan signing and will significantly strengthen my options at the back.

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My final signing, another Scottish defensive arrival is Wallace Duffy, who joins on a free transfer from Queen of the South

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 5

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The fixtures continued to pile up in August with another 9 games as we continued to play in Europe and the league entered it's second half.

In the league we had a really disappointing start to the month with a 1-0 defeat at home to mid-table Fylkir. We had completely dominated the game with countless chances and 11 shots on target, but their keeper was outstanding and they hit us on the break to snatch an unlikely win.

After that though, interspersed with European games we went on a brilliant run with 4 wins out of 4, opening up a small lead at the top of the league.

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In Europe we played the Romanian side Rukh Brest - a comfortable win at home gave me the freedom to rest a number of first team players in the away leg where we secured a scoreless draw. A win in the 3rd round would see us qualify for the group stage and really rake in the prize money and we got a favourable draw against the Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol. This was a much tighter affair and despite dominating the first leg we only emerged with a one goal advantage. In the second leg our players dragged their exhausted legs out and just managed to sneak a 2-2 draw to qualify for the group stages.

 

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Get in! That will make a huge difference......

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The group stage draw could have been worse, we're not going to qualify by a long shot, but I'm hoping we won't be completely embarrassed by anybody

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I requested the board to immediately invest some of the money in improving the youth set-up

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After taking William Clem from me in the summer FC Norsjaelland weren't done and in mid August, after our transfer window was already closed, they came back in for Andri Lucas Gudjohnsen. Whilst they weren't willing to meet his release clause, he wasn't willing to renegotiate his contract which expires next summer - and given both he and Valerio Crespi has expressed dissatisfaction at not starting often enough - I decided to take the money.

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Of course what happens as soon as he leaves.....

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Suddenly I'm incredibly short up top. I have Joel Mumbungo who will move up from Inside Forward on the left to be my main striker but I will just have youngster Grzegorz Nowak and Kairo Edwards-John as back-up's.

An offer also came in for Marcelo Saraiva, but I was able to reject it without upsetting the player - thankfully I'd only recently got him to re-sign a contract which removed his minimum fee release clause

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Youth Intake

My staff reckon this is an excellent intake; I'm less than convinced. Whilst Styrkar Gunnarson is a decent defensive prospect, he doesn't have the best personality and I'm less than convinced by the rest of the prospects.

I'm also getting far too many goalkeeping prospects through...... no chance they can all develop into decent players

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 5

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Eeek! This is really not good, this has been a bit of a disaster and the gap has really closed in. In a crazy fixture pile up we faced 3 games in 5 days, including an away tie in Anderlecht!

We started well with a tight 1-0 win away to Keflavik, but tired legs then allowed Keflavik to steal a win from us at home. Given the importance of the league campaign I had no choice other than sending out the kids against Anderlecht - we were incredibly lucky to escape with only a 2-0 loss.

Returning to Iceland, I thought we'd escaped as we roared to a 4-0 win at KA and a win in the next match at title rivals Breidablik would have given us the title. In a really high scoring game we threw away a 3-2 lead and fell to a devestating defeat.

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With one game to go, we remain top of the table by one point. So if we win away to Fylkir (they beat us 1-0 at home) we will be champions, if we slip up though either Keflavik or Breidablik can steal the title from us on the last day.

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WE MADE IT!

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Much like the last time we played Fylkir we absolutely dominated the game with chance after chance, but their goalkeeper stood up strong and made some fantastic saves. Having been burnt last time out though I was a little bit more cautious at the back to stop being caught out on the break and the game remained 0-0.

That meant that a Breidablik win would leave them champions or a heavy Keflavik victory by 4 goals or more. Keflavik did win, but only managed the one goal and Breidablik bottled it and lost leaving us as champions!

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 5

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After the celebrations of the league win, we needed to settle back down to concentrate on the Europa League. This was a complete change for the players who would otherwise have been going off for a well deserved rest for several months during the Icelandic winter - instead they had another 5 games to play, spanned across the next 3 months.

We never expected to progress beyond the group stage and were really there for the learning experience and to a certain extent it allowed me to give some youth players some playing time. Even so, the next 6 games were a bit of a disaster.

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No points, one goal scored and a goal difference of minus 13 was a big disappointment. We had surpassed our expectations by qualifying for the groups stages, but we must do better next time.

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur - Season 5 Review

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A really hectic season, competing on multiple fronts, resulted in a crazily busy July and August. However we managed to pull through it and just about retain the league championship on the final day thanks to goal difference.

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Our first European campaign should definitely be counted as a success, we're the first Icelandic team to have qualified for the group stages since the inaugaral Conference League competition and the financial reward has allowed us to make significant investments into the club insfrastructure.

We finally managed to lift the League Cup after several seasons of disappointment, but the Bikarkeppni karla (FA Cup) continues to elude us - and with it being the only major trophy that we haven't lifted will be a major focus for us next season, before I seriously start to consider whether my future lies elsewhere.

 

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Joel Mumbungo was the clear outstanding performer this season, pitching in with 20 goals - at this level the defences just can't cope with his pace. I will be looking to renew his contract which expires at the end of next season as soon as possible, but it will probably cost me a lot! Joshua Pynadath also put in some stand out performances with 11 goals and 15 assists. I'm also particularly impressed with Jon Kristinn Axelsson who joined from First Division side IA in mid-season to replace William Clem and slotted straight into the team. I'm confident that he is going to go from strength to strength next season.

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With the exception of Axelsson, my other arrivals were slightly underwhelming - but they had always been expected to add depth to my squad rather than be significant upgrades. The loan arrivals from Rangers disappointed me slightly.......

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The finances obviously took a massive boost as a result of the European prize money, but it's scary to see how quickly it's being eroded by our investments! The pressure is on to repeat next seasons run in Europe otherwise we will quickly be in difficulty again.

The long term revenue is still incredibly low and comes nowhere near covering our expenditure.

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Our investment in our youth facilities was completed just prior to the start of the 2026 season....

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Hopefully it will pay off with a decent intake this year, although I'll not get too excited as I'd been promised an excellent intake last season as well

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I have had another player poached by a rival though - we'll have to see if that's something we'll end up regretting (I expect not!)

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