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  1. Season 2036/37 Review - Premier League League | FA Cup | League Cup | Transfers | Squad | Finances Well first season after any promotion is always about staying up. That was the target and we did it well. A 10th place finish was more than I could have hoped for, we never really went close to the relegation battle despite having 2 separate months (October and December) where we lost every game and only scored 1 goal. We were officially safe with 7 games to go so in those last 7 I played 5 or 6 players that were on the fringe of the first team but all have potential to be players at this level. We did well with 3 wins, 3 draws and the one loss. An issue this year was our discipline - 122 yellow cards and 5 reds (3 of which came in the final 4 games) our high pressing game works but against the better sides they're bit too quick for us so we just end up kicking them it seems. Another issue is the make up of our squad, we have 3 or 4 players comfortably good enough to play at this level with a few more with the potential but currently playing at league one or two level. Lots of our team is made of players that are OK championship players at best. To show what we're up against Chelsea have won the past 7 titles (and 8 of the last 9) while Man City have won 3 straight champions leagues. I know it's far too soon to compare but it's gonna be a while before we can compete at that level. Right now though we're good enough to beat the bad sides and that's our aim for now. Transfers we didn't lose anyone we wanted to keep, loaned a few out as usual. The League cup saw Leciester beat us in our first round and the FA Cup saw us get to our now usual 5th round before Wolves beat us. I must say I love the money in the Premier League, started the season with 6m in the bank and end it with 99.5m! Another thing that being in this league is good with is helping me build a youth network, been asking for affilliates that we can get youth players from and as a result we have set up partnerships with Ajaccio in France and Defensor Sporting in Uruguay. Excited to get some players from there soon. This is now basically my plan from here - set these up and invest in the training ground and youth facilities. Youth Intake - easily the worst we've ever had, had to happen sooner or later but bit annoying to happen in our first prem season. Sascha Weber 37A - an Austrain born Englishman (seriously, has only English nationality despite being born in Austria. Feels odd) training to be our advanced playermaker in CM John Ifoni 37B - attacker that I think will be an IF from the left Career Progress Season League Position Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Notes 2020/21 VNLN 8th Adequate Fairly Basic 2021/22 NVLN 3rd Good Average Recruitment and coaching upgrades Lost playoff semi finals 2022/23 NVLN 14th Good Adequate Youth Recruitment upgrade, started first coaching badge 2023/24 VNLN 7th Excellent Good Got first coaching badge. Promotion via playoffs 2024/25 VNL 5th Excellent Good Won promotion via playoffs. Got Youth facility upgrade 2025/26 League 2 14th Excellent Good 2026/27 League 2 5th Excellent Good Lost in playoffs semi finals 2027/28 League 2 8th Excellent Good Finally got 2nd coaching badge 2028/29 League 2 1st Excellent Good National A Coaching badge 2029/30 League 1 4th Excellent Good Promotion via playoffs. Continental C coaching badge 2030/31 Championship 18th Exceptional Excellent 2031/32 Championship 19th Exceptional Exceptional 2032/33 Championship 4th Exceptional Exceptional Lost in playoff semi final, moved from youth level 4 to 3 2033/34 Championship 5th Exceptional Exceptional Lost in playoff semi finals 2034/35 Championship 5th Exceptional Exceptional Lost in playoff final, completed coaching badges 2035/36 Championship 1st Exceptional Exceptional 2036/37 Premier League 10th Exceptional Exceotional
  2. Season 2035/36 Review Championship League | FA Cup | League Cup | Transfers | Squad | Finances After losing in the playoffs for the past 3 season's I really thought this year could be the one to push the top sides. Sadly it didn't start well.Only 2 wins (and 9 goals) from out opening 9 games and it looked tough. We did win 3 of our next 7 but only scored 7 goals in that time. It needed a tinker with the tactics and it worked, only 3 defeats for the rest of the season but we were still drawing a lot of games, we struggled to break down sides near the bottom how defended well, in the end though we did push towards the top and even hit top spot with about 10 games to go, we then lost at home to mid table Shrewsbury and it looked like playoffs again for us, but then we clicked into another gear winning 9 of our final 10 games (drawing the other) to actually win the league! As you can see from the graph we timed our run well! In the cups our poor started + a rotated side meant that we were knocked out in the first round of the league cup. We had a nice little run in the FA Cup but Premier League Leeds beat us 1-0 with a late goal despite them being down to 10 men for most of the 2nd half (which is a bit of a worry as they were relegated from the Prem this season so not sure what that says about our chances next year) In terms of transfers we loaned a lot out and didn't lose anyone we wanted to keep. Youth Intake - had to change HOYD this summer as our old one retired, new fella did OK I think. Richard McKenna 36A - a solid looking CB, can never have too many of these, could also do a decent job at CB Michael Ojo 36B - a decent looking keeper, needs some work but the basics are there Nigel McDaid 36C - a CM, with his work rate and team work think he could be a decent option as a box to box midfielder Lawrence Prince 36D - can play either side which is ideal for our wide roles Graeme McLaughlin 36E - not the best forward we've had but some OK looking attributes to mould someone with, needs work on his personality too though. He's a long shot Career Progress Season League Position Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Notes 2020/21 VNLN 8th Adequate Fairly Basic 2021/22 NVLN 3rd Good Average Recruitment and coaching upgrades Lost playoff semi finals 2022/23 NVLN 14th Good Adequate Youth Recruitment upgrade, started first coaching badge 2023/24 VNLN 7th Excellent Good Got first coaching badge. Promotion via playoffs 2024/25 VNL 5th Excellent Good Won promotion via playoffs. Got Youth facility upgrade 2025/26 League 2 14th Excellent Good 2026/27 League 2 5th Excellent Good Lost in playoffs semi finals 2027/28 League 2 8th Excellent Good Finally got 2nd coaching badge 2028/29 League 2 1st Excellent Good National A Coaching badge 2029/30 League 1 4th Excellent Good Promotion via playoffs. Continental C coaching badge 2030/31 Championship 18th Exceptional Excellent 2031/32 Championship 19th Exceptional Exceptional 2032/33 Championship 4th Exceptional Exceptional Lost in playoff semi final, moved from youth level 4 to 3 2033/34 Championship 5th Exceptional Exceptional Lost in playoff semi finals 2034/35 Championship 5th Exceptional Exceptional Lost in playoff final, completed coaching badges 2035/36 Championship 1st Exceptional Exceptional After promotion we've spent some cash in upgrading the stadium (will now hold a massive 16k when completed but will have undersoil heating and finally be all seater) and will also be moving up to a level 2 youth side. The TV money will be used at the end of the season to sort out the facilities as we've somewhat neglected these because we've not had the money to upgrade.
  3. Congrats @dkouv as someone also attempting this in England I can only admire the patience it took Joining @vikeologist and @thomas_e on the leader board
  4. League | FA Cup | League Cup | Transfers | Squad | Finances Was a bit of an odd season really. After last season's playoff loss I felt we weren't too far behind the top sides and that maybe, with a bit of luck, we could challenge right at the top. So obviously we lost 1-0 at home to a newly promoted side on the opening day! We did then win 4 in a row but then only won once in the next 2 months (only 2 defeats in that time though) and from there we were consistently inconsistent for the rest of the season. We did manage to get ourselves in the playoff battle though towards the end of Feb before a run of 4 1-0 defeats in 7 games (all 4 games we conceded in either the 89th or 91st minute) made me accept we wouldn't challenge but then just as quickly we won 5 of the final 6 games (drawing the other) to end the season in 5th place and the playoffs just like last season. Also like last season we faced Norwich in the semi finals. In the first leg at home an early goal was the difference as we won 1-0. The away leg we struggled and for some reason my players just tried to kick Norwich off the pitch. They finally made the breakthrough after 68 minutes and I felt we were done then up popped Ross Angus 30A (top scorer with just 12 this year) in the 92nd minute to send us through to the final. In the final we faced a Fulham side that only missed out on promotion on the final day as they drew with Blackburn (who finished 2nd) and we just never turned up on the day, completely outplayed in a 2-0 loss. In the transfer market we were forced to sell Chris Lambert 33A an attacking full back but we have a lot of depth there so not upset especially with the fee. In the cups a rotated side lost home to league 2 Chesterfield in the League Cup while we had a nice little run in the FA Cup but still have never made it to the 1/4 finals or further. One thing I have been meaning to mention in my round ups but keep forgetting is how well our U18s have been doing. They've won their league 7 years in a row (and 8 of the last 9) need to move up our youth level as soon as we can I think, in order to play better u18 sides Youth Intake - Not a great one this time, my HOYD is retiring this summer so will be a new one for next year Alex Hudson 35A - like him, not sure yet what MC role he will be best for so training him as a roaming playmaker to work on the most attributes while I make up my mind Andrew Iddi 35B - another CB, nice to have one comfortable with either foot Daniel Nemth 35C - inside forward that needs a lot of work Career Progress Season League Position Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Notes 2020/21 VNLN 8th Adequate Fairly Basic 2021/22 NVLN 3rd Good Average Recruitment and coaching upgrades Lost playoff semi finals 2022/23 NVLN 14th Good Adequate Youth Recruitment upgrade, started first coaching badge 2023/24 VNLN 7th Excellent Good Got first coaching badge. Promotion via playoffs 2024/25 VNL 5th Excellent Good Won promotion via playoffs. Got Youth facility upgrade 2025/26 League 2 14th Excellent Good 2026/27 League 2 5th Excellent Good Lost in playoffs semi finals 2027/28 League 2 8th Excellent Good Finally got 2nd coaching badge 2028/29 League 2 1st Excellent Good National A Coaching badge 2029/30 League 1 4th Excellent Good Promotion via playoffs. Continental C coaching badge 2030/31 Championship 18th Exceptional Excellent 2031/32 Championship 19th Exceptional Exceptional 2032/33 Championship 4th Exceptional Exceptional Lost in playoff semi final, moved from youth level 4 to 3 2033/34 Championship 5th Exceptional Exceptional Lost in playoff semi finals 2034/35 Championship 5th Exceptional Exceptional Lost in playoff final, completed coaching badges
  5. League | FA Cup | League Cup | Transfers | Squad | Finances Just short update from me here as due to real life stuff it took me 10 days to complete this season and I've forgot most of what happened. Basically there were no big sales, we failed in the cups and still lack a regular scorer. We did though manage to finish in the playoffs again by finish 5th. In the home semi final Norwich beat us 2-0 which pretty much killed us. In the away leg it was 0-0 at HT but then an inspired 2nd half saw us go 3-0 up and heading to the final before an 88th minute goal from a corner tied us up. In extra time another goal from a corner made it 3-2 and we were out. Youth Intake - Not too bad, with a couple standouts. Paul Cheston 34A - CB with some sound attributes to start with Johnny Kearney 34B - always nice to have a keeper Michael Mackin 34C - promising wide man David Thorne 34D - DM, needs some work (namely his vision) but could be our DLP Career Progress Season League Position Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Notes 2020/21 VNLN 8th Adequate Fairly Basic 2021/22 NVLN 3rd Good Average Recruitment and coaching upgrades Lost playoff semi finals 2022/23 NVLN 14th Good Adequate Youth Recruitment upgrade, started first coaching badge 2023/24 VNLN 7th Excellent Good Got first coaching badge. Promotion via playoffs 2024/25 VNL 5th Excellent Good Won promotion via playoffs. Got Youth facility upgrade 2025/26 League 2 14th Excellent Good 2026/27 League 2 5th Excellent Good Lost in playoffs semi finals 2027/28 League 2 8th Excellent Good Finally got 2nd coaching badge 2028/29 League 2 1st Excellent Good National A Coaching badge 2029/30 League 1 4th Excellent Good Promotion via playoffs. Continental C coaching badge 2030/31 Championship 18th Exceptional Excellent 2031/32 Championship 19th Exceptional Exceptional 2032/33 Championship 4th Exceptional Exceptional Lost in playoff semi final, moved from youth level 4 to 3 2033/34 Championship 5th Exceptional Exceptional Lost in playoff semi finals
  6. Am a little bit annoyed that as I'm about to start my 14th season at the club we still don't have "develop youth players" as part of the vision. Wonder if the fact we have elections every 2 years is causing this?
  7. Season 2032/33 Review Championship League | FA Cup | League Cup | Transfers | Squad | Finances This was a slow season even by my standards. I stopped several times to work on my tactic and final league position suggests it worked, however by tightening up the defence (4th best this season) we struggled for goals only scoring 52 in 46 league games, with our top scorer from last season only getting 9 goals (after getting 19 in each of the previous 3 seasons) but we did spread the goals out more amongst the whole team this year which was the point of the tactic so guess it worked. Need to improve the goals for though for sure. Despite a couple of spells of no wins in 7 or 8 games we were in and around the top 6 all season without ever threatening the top spots. A 4th place finish was much more than we expected. In the playoffs we played a Hull side who we drew with twice so I knew it would be a couple of tight games. 0-0 away and a 1-0 loss at home thanks to an OG and our promotion dream was over. These games showed the issue with our formation as we dominated both games but couldn't find the breakthrough. In the cups it was our usual early exit. After the sales we have a healthy balance but a smaller squad with less Premier League potential, we did manage to move up a youth level though going from 4 to 3. Not totally sure how that will impact us but it's nice either way. Youth Intake - not so great really but think we were due a poor(ish) one anyway Chris Lambert 33A - could be an attacking full back in our system Joel Wallace 33B - some good starting points, can play wide or through the middle James Preece-Hooper 33C - another attacking full back but able to play either side which is a nice bonus Ronnie Irwin 33D - if we can get his physicals up he could be an option at centre back for us Career Progress Season League Position Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Notes 2020/21 VNLS 8th Adequate Fairly Basic 2021/22 NVLS 3rd Good Average Recruitment and coaching upgrades Lost playoff semi finals 2022/23 NVLS 14th Good Adequate Youth Recruitment upgrade, started first coaching badge 2023/24 VNLS 7th Excellent Good Got first coaching badge. Promotion via playoffs 2024/25 VNL 5th Excellent Good Won promotion via playoffs. Got Youth facility upgrade 2025/26 League 2 14th Excellent Good 2026/27 League 2 5th Excellent Good Lost in playoffs semi finals 2027/28 League 2 8th Excellent Good Finally got 2nd coaching badge 2028/29 League 2 1st Excellent Good National A Coaching badge 2029/30 League 1 4th Excellent Good Promotion via playoffs. Continental C coaching badge 2030/31 Championship 18th Exceptional Excellent 2031/32 Championship 19th Exceptional Exceptional 2032/33 Championship 4th Exceptional Exceptional Lost in playoff semi final, moved from youth level 4 to 3
  8. And a 3rd player sold by my board this season. Again good money (6.75m) but I do wish they would stop selling the only players with Premier League potential Hopefully we have a new general manager after elections this summer as this current one I really dislike. Selling players is one thing but not allowing me to use the money to upgrade is really annoying me
  9. As a flip to that We did deserve something from the game but I'd have needed a new laptop I think if it was the other way around
  10. Board sells another one. Good money (7.5m raising to 8.5) but still annoying
  11. Yeah that's my thinking too. Gonna use the money to build the club.
  12. Just had my board sell one of my better players. Annoyed but can't really moan about that fee can I?
  13. Season 2021/32 Review Championship League | FA Cup | League Cup | Transfers | Squad | Finances Once again this season was a real struggle. Every game felt like a battle and every point won was a point earned. Part of that is on me for trying to play a total football type of game but it's the way I like to play so it;s going to stay, it's also because we only really have 2 or 3 players good enough to play at this level, most of our starting 11 are good league two players so we really are punching above our weight in the championship. At our best we play some lovely stuff and can take teams apart, the trouble is those days are few and far between. Often long runs of poor form before a win or 2. We ended this season 3 points and 1 place worse than last season but did score more and conceded less so I think that's progress? We are finally moving up a level at youth level to level 3 and my recruitment of coaches last summer has been good. The only way we're going to improve is through our coaching. No sales this season as we did turn down some big bids for a couple of our young players that are on the fringes but I want to keep hold of them for now. The cups were nothing to really mention with early exists to Premier League clubs. So yeah, I'm not sure what to make of this season or where we go next year. Youth Intake - an OK one really, not great but some prospects Mark Barker 32A - wide or through the middle. Will likely use out wide and retrain to cut in from the right with his decent dribbling, nice passing and teamwork and work rate Matt Armstrong 32B - AMC which we don't use so will retrain to be a false 9 Noel Newall 32C - can play either wing, needs lots of work though Career Overview Season League Position Junior Coaching Youth Recruitment Notes 2020/21 VNLS 8th Adequate Fairly Basic 2021/22 NVLS 3rd Good Average Recruitment and coaching upgrades Lost playoff semi finals 2022/23 NVLS 14th Good Adequate Youth Recruitment upgrade, started first coaching badge 2023/24 VNLS 7th Excellent Good Got first coaching badge. Promotion via playoffs 2024/25 VNL 5th Excellent Good Won promotion via playoffs. Got Youth facility upgrade 2025/26 League 2 14th Excellent Good 2026/27 League 2 5th Excellent Good Lost in playoffs semi finals 2027/28 League 2 8th Excellent Good Finally got 2nd coaching badge 2028/29 League 2 1st Excellent Good National A Coaching badge 2029/30 League 1 4th Excellent Good Promotion via playoffs. Continental C coaching badge 2030/31 Championship 18th Exceptional Excellent 2031/32 Championship 19th Exceptional Exceptional
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