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  1. St Neots Town Premier League – 2038/39 – 5th Squad Transfers Overview Another good season. Although we only(!) finished 5th following last seasons 3rd place, we were fighting in the Champions League this season and lack of quality in the reserves came into play. Arguably we were better this season and were fighting for the title till just after Christmas. We started the season with the massive signing of Abacherli Cailler from Borussia Dortmund for £85m. He did not disappoint scoring 20 goals. The only big money signing to join him was Marco Maiella from Inter for £80m. It is quite funny that he kicked off with Inter when they rejected a bid from St Neots Town.. As mentioned we were very strong up to January, topping the table for large spells. Form was disrupted in the new year however due to transfer activity. £250m of players left the club when Liverpool signed Marcio Galvao for £150m and Barcelona signed Edmilson Balde for £90m. I did not sit back however and spent all of that money on Dutch international Ferry De Ruiter from Arsenal for £110m and Pavol Kuzma from PSG for £140. I actually think I got the better of the bargain but form stuttered as I tried to bed in both players. Kuzma in particular struggled but he is a more natural DLF than Balde so should come good. Having walked through a relatively tough Champions League group including Sevilla and Porto we had a difficult draw in the first knockout round. Barcelona looked like a bridge too far but we took a 1-0 victory from the Nou Camp before seeing through to the quarter finals with a 0-0 draw at home. Another tricky draw in the quarters against PSG looked to be going our way when we pulled off a 6-3 victory in the home leg. Not to be however as they turned it round with a 6-2 win in Paris. The revenue was helpful and we should be able to re-inforce in the summer. I signed an 18 year old Scot Derek Wardrope from Kilmarnock three seasons ago. He has spent the past two seasons out on loan, at Derby then Newcastle. He has developed into a bit of a star and at 21 needs his chance in the team. He won’t get into the two spots upfront (although isn’t a million miles off) but has the attributes to make a good left winger. To accommodate this, two footed Gabriel Speck will switch to the right allowing me to offload Diego Guerra who is the weak link in the side. Beyond this, it is difficult to see what positions I need to re-inforce. A good central midfielder would be nice, apart from that I may start looking to youth and bringing some players through. Key Players GK – Flavio – Brazilian keeper in his second season with the club has developed well. FB – Espen Rosvolli – Norwegian fullback had a great season but looks likely to leave as is attracting big bigs. CB – Cory Ford – Captain fantastic has been a mainstay for five seasons and did well again but is now one of the weaker players in the squad. CB – Ferry De Ruiter – Dutch international signed in January for £110m to replace departing Galvao. FB – Maxim Seguin – The Belgian international has developed into one of the best fullbacks in Europe in his three seasons at the club. W – Diego Guerra – Played on loan two seasons ago and signed on a free from PSG last summer. Sold to WBA for £21m at the end of the season. DLP – Marco Maiella – 19 year old Italian international signed from £80m from Inter. CM – Casper Rasmussen – A massive signing two summers ago but now may lose his starting spot. W – Gabriel Speck – 28 year old Argentine signed from Porto for £38m and scored double figures. AF – Abacherli Callier – Marquee signing last summer, the Swiss striker scored 20 goals in 33 games. DLF – Pavol Kuzma – A £140m signing from PSG to replace Barca bound Balde in january. Struggled only scoring 3 goals. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 13th 2020/21 Conference North 2nd FA Trophy Semis, Playoff Finalists. 2021/22 Conference North 1st FA Trophy Winner, Champions, Promoted 2022/23 Conference National 1st Champions, Promoted 2023/24 League Two 6th Playoff Winners, Promoted, EFL Trophy Winners 2024/25 League One 5th Playoff Winners, Promoted 2025/26 Championship 10th 2026/27 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2027/28 Championship 15th 2028/29 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2029/30 Championship 4th Playoff Semi-Finalists 2030/31 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2031/32 Premiership 18th Relegated 2032/33 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2033/34 Premiership 10th 2034/35 Premiership 17th 2035/36 Premiership 7th 2036/37 Premiership 14th EL Semi Europa League Semi Finalists 2037/38 Premiership 11th 2038/39 Premiership 3rd 2039/40 Premiership 5th ECL Qtr Champions League Quarter Finals
  2. St Neots Town Premier League – 2038/39 – 3rd Squad Transfers Overview Perhaps our breakout season with a 3rd place finish securing Champions League football for next season. I continued last seasons transfer model in bringing in quality foreign signings of an age which would ensure a hefty re-sale value. I targeted the midfield in particular with Brazilian Maninho arriving to play the playmaker role. The jewel in the crown was Casper Rasmussen who signed for his clause value of £19.5m. He had multiple bids in including one from Real Madrid so I was delighted to secure his signing as he adds massive quality to the midfield. I was disappointed to see Gabriel Michel leave in July for £61m to Man City. He had fallen out with me over rejected offers and I cut my losses. Another of my best English players left when Ricky Colbran departed for Chelsea for £64m. This was less disappointing however as he had lost his place. Over the past couple of seasons he had failed to push on to the level of quality I needed. This leaves me with a massive budget by the end of the season. I have spent out £85m on Swiss striker Callier who should prove to be a great signing. Key Players GK – Flavio – Brazilian keeper signed in January for £24m from Flamengo. FB – Espen Rosvolli – Pacy Norweigan fullback in his second season with the club. CB – Cory Ford – Club captain Ford is still only 23 but has 41 caps for England. CB – Marcio Galvao – World class Portuguese defender had a superb season. FB – Maxim Seguin – Young Belgian fullback signed for £25m from Zulte Waregem. W – Michel – 21 year old Brazilian signed from Newcastle for £35m to replace Man City bound Gabriel Michel. DLP – Maninho – Brazilian playmaker signed from Cruzeiro for £21m. CM – Casper Rasmussen – A massive signing at the start of the season. Competition from Real Madrid was fought off to secure him from FC Copenhagen. W – Oktal Yuksel – Turkish left winger cost a bargain £5m to replace big money sale Francisco. Only likely to be a stopgap. AF – Abacherli Callier – Big money signing at the end of the season. Swiss striker Callier signed from Dortmund for £85m. DLF – Edmilson Balde – Quality signing from Sporting Lisbon for £30m at the start of the season. Scored 19 goals. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 13th 2020/21 Conference North 2nd FA Trophy Semis, Playoff Finalists. 2021/22 Conference North 1st FA Trophy Winner, Champions, Promoted 2022/23 Conference National 1st Champions, Promoted 2023/24 League Two 6th Playoff Winners, Promoted, EFL Trophy Winners 2024/25 League One 5th Playoff Winners, Promoted 2025/26 Championship 10th 2026/27 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2027/28 Championship 15th 2028/29 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2029/30 Championship 4th Playoff Semi-Finalists 2030/31 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2031/32 Premiership 18th Relegated 2032/33 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2033/34 Premiership 10th 2034/35 Premiership 17th 2035/36 Premiership 7th 2036/37 Premiership 14th EL Semi Europa League Semi Finalists 2037/38 Premiership 11th 2038/39 Premiership 3rd
  3. St Neots Town Premier League – 2037/38 – 11th Squad Transfers Overview A better season than last with relegation never a threat. I moved my transfer model from last season’s acquisitions of the best English youngsters to bringing in complete foreign internationals who add immediate quality. I aimed at bringing in young players who would have big re-sale values. Hence teenagers Norwegian Rosvoli, Czech Michael Kubala and Portuguese Galvao signed along with Brazilians Francisco and Buiu. All were in the 19-21 age bracket but with immediate quality. I will move to this model of signings going forward with an aim to compete regularly in Europe and maybe actually win something. Key Players GK – Louis Collings White – Young goalkeeper now 18 has been a first team player for two seasons and is developing well. FB – Espen Rosvolli – 20 year old Norwegian arrived from Forest for £55m last summer. CB – Cory Ford – A third season as a first team regular Ford is still a colossus at the back for club and country. CB – Marcio Galvao – Young Portuguese defender was an awesome acquisition at the back from Benfica for £32m in January. FB – Russell Bingham – The England international fills a gap at left back but I am looking out for a replacement. W – Gabriel Michael –English winger had a season distracted by interest from bigger clubs but still hit double figures in goals. DLP – Michael Kubala – A bargain signing from Duhla Prague at £9.75m. Very promising in midfield. CM – Omar Arenas – Classy Mexican midfielder cost £7.5m from Club America. W – Francisco – Young Brazilian signed from West Brom for £59m. AF – Ricky Colbran – Striker in his third season at the club, had a slower season than last with only 15 goals but won his first England cap. DLF – Baiu – Picked up from Vasco De Gama for £18m, the Brazilian international has fantastic potential. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 13th 2020/21 Conference North 2nd FA Trophy Semis, Playoff Finalists. 2021/22 Conference North 1st FA Trophy Winner, Champions, Promoted 2022/23 Conference National 1st Champions, Promoted 2023/24 League Two 6th Playoff Winners, Promoted, EFL Trophy Winners 2024/25 League One 5th Playoff Winners, Promoted 2025/26 Championship 10th 2026/27 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2027/28 Championship 15th 2028/29 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2029/30 Championship 4th Playoff Semi-Finalists 2030/31 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2031/32 Premiership 18th Relegated 2032/33 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2033/34 Premiership 10th 2034/35 Premiership 17th 2035/36 Premiership 7th 2036/37 Premiership 14th EL Semi Europa League Semi Finalists 2037/38 Premiership 11th
  4. St Neots Town Premier League – 2036/37 – 14th Squad Transfers Overview A difficult season where relegation was always a prospect. This was prompted by my purchase of two 16 year olds with massive potential. Goalkeeper Collings-White and Centre-Back Tom Wagster arrived for a combined £85m. My aim is to build for the future but was aware that these players are raw and this might affect performances. Form was difficult as we were challenging in Europe right up to the Europa League semis where Arsenal overturned a 2-1 deficit to eliminate us 4-3 on aggregate. The European campaign was satisfying with knockout wins against Wolfsburg, Spartak Moscow and Slavia Prague a highlight of the season. Key Players GK – Louis Collings White – Signed at the start of the season as a 16 year old from Southampton for £40m. A real prospect. FB – Josh Day – English 23 year old full back. Signed from Rangers for £10m at the start of the season. CB – Cory Ford – 21 year old England international. The centre-back had a good second season and added to his England caps. CB – Tom Wagster – Another young English prospect signed at the start of the season. This time a £45m signing from Everton. FB – Russell Bingham – England international full back who returned for £30m five seasons after leaving following our relegation. W – Gabriel Michael – Right winger with 10 caps for England. Had a fantastic season scoring 18 goals. DLP – Billy Southern – English midfielder had another steady season in the midfield. CM – Morris Wahling – A rare non-English player, German international Wahling added class in the midfield arriving on a free from Bayern. W – Mark Ferguson – Once a wonderkid, Ferguson has not developed as I had hoped but is a regular in England squads and added 16 assists. AF – Ricky Colbran – Young English striker is very promising and scored 30 goals. DLF – Jair Cardoso – Marquee striker had another decent season scoring 20 goals Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 13th 2020/21 Conference North 2nd FA Trophy Semis, Playoff Finalists. 2021/22 Conference North 1st FA Trophy Winner, Champions, Promoted 2022/23 Conference National 1st Champions, Promoted 2023/24 League Two 6th Playoff Winners, Promoted, EFL Trophy Winners 2024/25 League One 5th Playoff Winners, Promoted 2025/26 Championship 10th 2026/27 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2027/28 Championship 15th 2028/29 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2029/30 Championship 4th Playoff Semi-Finalists 2030/31 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2031/32 Premiership 18th Relegated 2032/33 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2033/34 Premiership 10th 2034/35 Premiership 17th 2035/36 Premiership 7th 2036/37 Premiership 14th EL Semi Europa League Semi Finalists
  5. I've a few seasons to update on so I'm going to rattle through them now.
  6. St Neots Town Premier League – 2035/36 – 7th Squad Transfers Overview A much improved season on the previous with no relegation fight in sight and European football secured for next season. At the start of the season I realised a focal point in attack was sorely missing. I dually spent £35m on forward Jair Cardoso from Brighton who was both relatively affordable and head an shoulders at the club in terms of ability. In keeping with my model of bringing in young British talent, I signed Southampton’s 17 year old striker Ricky Cobrain. Cobrain hit 11 league goals and looks like he will develop as an effective partner to Cardoso. My other big signing of the summer was Cory Ford, a £45m signing from Charlton. The previous January I had been rebuffed in my pursuit of Ford with £100m quoted for his signature. Following Charlton’s relegation however, a few bids unsettled the player and I was able to get the club to agree to a much reduced (but still expensive) £45m fee. The season saw us consistent without being spectacular. We sat in 7th place at the start of October and only deviated briefly to either 6th or 8th place. The top six clubs pulled away to an unreachable distance and we were strong enough to stay clear of the clubs in the chasing pack behind us. Cardoso was immense in attack and Cory Ford was a revelation in defence. He established himself as first choice for England at just 20 years old and looks a massive prospect. I will be continuing my policy of bringing in the best British prospects I can afford although my budget for this season may be reduced somewhat. The club announced that a new stadium will be built to open in 2038. We have groundshared with MK Dons and Watford for our Premier League seasons thus far so this will be a massive step forwards. Key Players GK – Fabrizio Bertini – ex-Inter keeper signed from Bournemouth two season ago for £6.5M. FB – Tomaz Berntsson – Swedish right back was a bargain £3.5m signing when arriving last summer from Brighton. CB – Cory Ford – The 20 year old was a long standing target when acquired from relegated Charlton for £45m. Already a regular in the England first XI. CB – Kabiru Ibrahim – The 26 year old defender signed four seasons ago and is a regular for England as well as club captain. FB – Stanislas Ndonigala – Signed from Leeds for £32m three seasons ago the Belgain international has been a volatile presence. W – Gabriel Michael – 21 year old wonderkid who has won 3 England caps. Signed from Wolves two years ago for £18m. DLP – Billy Southern – Signed for a bargain £4.4m from Southampton two seasons ago he won his place following the departure of Billy Scarisbrick. CM – Hakki Saglam – Promising Turkish midfielder signed from Antalyaspor last summer for £10m. W – Mark Ferguson – Having signed as an 18 year old, now 22 Ferguson has not developed as well as I might have hoped but still a good first team player. AF – Ricky Colbran – 18 year old striker who had a good first season scoring 11 goals following his move from Southampton for £34m. DLF – Jair Cardoso – Immense Portuguese striker who arrived from Brighton last summer for £35m. Hit an impressive 19 goals as a number 10. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 13th 2020/21 Conference North 2nd FA Trophy Semis, Playoff Finalists. 2021/22 Conference North 1st FA Trophy Winner, Champions, Promoted 2022/23 Conference National 1st Champions, Promoted 2023/24 League Two 6th Playoff Winners, Promoted, EFL Trophy Winners 2024/25 League One 5th Playoff Winners, Promoted 2025/26 Championship 10th 2026/27 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2027/28 Championship 15th 2028/29 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2029/30 Championship 4th Playoff Semi-Finalists 2030/31 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2031/32 Premiership 18th Relegated 2032/33 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2033/34 Premiership 10th 2034/35 Premiership 17th 2035/36 Premiership 7th
  7. St Neots Town Premier League – 2034/35 – 17th Squad Transfers Overview A difficult second season in the Premier League saw relegation only averted in the penultimate game. There were not wholesale changes in pre-season to the team that did very well in our first Premier League season. There was a new keeper in Fabrizio Bertini from Bournemouth and a new centre-back in Mamadi Sani from Sporting Lisbon but the remainder of my considerable budget went on 19 year old striker Chris Miller. Miller arrived from Arsenal for £68m but slightly disappointed in that the scouts seemed to have misjudged his potential somewhat. He did okay, hitting 13 goals in the end and developed somewhat but I’m not sure he’s likely to repay the huge investment. We started the season well but form disintegrated during the second half of the season. Firepower was definitely a problem and when key striker Cosmin Manea picked up an injury we struggled for goals. Going into the second to last game we held a four point gap on the relegation zone which sounds fairly safe but we were away at 18th placed Sheffield United who would move to a point of us if we lost. With a final game of the season against Arsenal and our form catastrophic I was distinctly worried. A 3-0 win secured our Premier League status however and a point against Arsenal meant the gap to relegation finished at seven points. My aim is to recruit a team of young players from the home nations who I will develop to form my ultimate team. Therefore I have been reserving my transfer funds for big money transfers of young players. Chris Miller was not a success but fit the mould. In January I was lucky in that 18 year old Wolves winger Gabriel Michel suddenly appeared on my radar. I hadn’t been following him previously but he was available for £19m and had wonderkid status. I snapped him up and put him straight in the first team. This caused a minor revolt as he displaced popular winger James White. This summer I have considerable funds to spend (£80m plus sales) and I will try to follow the same model of signings. Miller will probably go out on loan but I have already replaced him with 17 year old Ricky Cobran from Southampton for £34m. 19 year old defender Cory Ford is also on my shopping list. Again a wonderkid, Charlton quoted me upwards of £80m for him in January but they were relegated so I fancy my chances of getting him on the cheap. Key Players Mark Ferguson – 21 year old left winger did not have the impact of his first season at the club but still massively promising. Gabriel Michel – Wonderkid 20 year old picked up from Wolves for £19m in January. Stanislas Ndongala – Massively talented Belgian left back. Don’t know what I did to upset him but he hates me. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 13th 2020/21 Conference North 2nd FA Trophy Semis, Playoff Finalists. 2021/22 Conference North 1st FA Trophy Winner, Champions, Promoted 2022/23 Conference National 1st Champions, Promoted 2023/24 League Two 6th Playoff Winners, Promoted, EFL Trophy Winners 2024/25 League One 5th Playoff Winners, Promoted 2025/26 Championship 10th 2026/27 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2027/28 Championship 15th 2028/29 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2029/30 Championship 4th Playoff Semi-Finalists 2030/31 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2031/32 Premiership 18th Relegated 2032/33 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2033/34 Premiership 10th 2034/35 Premiership 17th
  8. St Neots Town Premier League – 2033/34 – 10th Squad Transfers Overview Our second crack at the Premier League was a success in that we stayed up this time. At the start of the season I took the view that the team was strong enough to compete in the Premier League without major surgery. Therefore I filled the one weak link I the squad with an excellent striker in Romanian Cosmin Manea from PSG for £5m. Manea was a player I was familiar with as he had spent the second half of our first stint in the Premier League and all of last season on loan with us. He was not first choice but if he hadn’t been on loan definitely would have been. This signing left me with a significant budget still to spend. I invested the vast majority of this at £52m in Liverpool’s winger Mark Ferguson, an English 18 year old rated as a wonderkid. My intention is to look at a single player in this mould every summer, spending all the funds available to try and create a team of young players to develop. The season was solid in terms of results. We consistently returned points against opposition outside the top six but rarely caused any shocks beyond a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield in December. Ferguson was probably the star of the season returning double figures for both goals and assists. Funds are good so I should be able to look at another marquee signing. I did add left back Ndongala from Leeds in January. Expensive at £32m but another wonderkid and he won young player of the tournament in the summers World Cup. Key Players Mark Ferguson – First of what I intend to be yearly marquee young English signings. Costing £52m from Liverpool he had a fine first season. Cosmin Manea – Romanian striker and one of just two first team signings in the summer costing £5m from PSG to add much needed firepower. Stanislas Ndongala – A £32m January signing, the young Belgian wonderkid has a big future. Record 2019/20 Conference North 13th 2020/21 Conference North 2nd FA Trophy Semis, Playoff Finalists. 2021/22 Conference North 1st FA Trophy Winner, Champions, Promoted 2022/23 Conference National 1st Champions, Promoted 2023/24 League Two 6th Playoff Winners, Promoted, EFL Trophy Winners 2024/25 League One 5th Playoff Winners, Promoted 2025/26 Championship 10th 2026/27 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2027/28 Championship 15th 2028/29 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2029/30 Championship 4th Playoff Semi-Finalists 2030/31 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2031/32 Premiership 18th Relegated 2032/33 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2033/34 Premiership 10th
  9. St Neots Town Championship – 2032/33 – 1st Squad Transfers Overview Following last seasons relegation from the Premier League I needed to regroup. I was aided by a sizable bank balance going into the close season. In addition I had no desire to retain unhappy players. Top players like fullbacks Russell Bingham and Anthony Cornelia asked for transfers and I reciprocated (Everton for £25m and Charlton for £14.5m). I also took most offers put on the table on the logic that I could recruit for far lower transfer fees. In the end I only had Lian Canham of the Premier League team left, although Grant Eastham signed permanently and 17 year old James Byles stepped up from bit part player to first choice. I was left with a massive transfer budget pushing £100m to rebuild the team. Most of my recruitment was players in the 22-23 year old bracket who were on their way out of the top clubs having fallen short of the grade. In came Centre-back Kabiru Ibrahim and Winger James White from Tottenham, Left Back Phil Mason from Liverpool, Striker Aaron Hughes and Midfielders Billy Scarisbrick and Grant Eastham from Man United. All these should be pushing for the England squad next season (except Hughes… who is Welsh). In total I spent £69m and built a solid squad which looked ready to fight for promotion. Scarisbrick was an extravagant signing at £22 million but at the time I had a budget of £70m and £120m in the bank so I though it money well spent. We didn’t immediately run away with the league and didn’t even hold the top spot until February. We did always stay in touching distance however and we hit form at the end of January remaining unbeaten to the end of the season. Eventually we won promotion by 16 points and the title by 12 points although the season didn’t feel that easy. In truth I’m not sure how we managed this as my strikers weren’t exactly prolific. Hughes in the advanced forward role only hit 15 goals in 52 games. I have had players in this position scoring a goal a game previously. His striker partner Byles scored 18 goals which is okay for a number 10 but not exactly setting the world on fire. Only winger James White hit double figures beyond this. Sheffield United in 5th place scored 15 more goals than we did. On the other side of the coin, our defence was solid. We only conceded 26 goals all season. I don’t feel we will need masses of signings next season to stay up so I will content myself with a couple of marquee signings. Targets will be a striker as a priority and perhaps a left winger and a centre-back. Key Players Grant Eastham – Signed on a permanent deal from Man United following his loan spell last year. Billy Scarisbrick – Another recruit from Man United partnering Eastham in midfield. Cost an eye watering £22 million. Aaron Hughes – Welsh striker signed for £6.25m again from Man United. Spent three season on loan with us previously. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 13th 2020/21 Conference North 2nd FA Trophy Semis, Playoff Finalists. 2021/22 Conference North 1st FA Trophy Winner, Champions, Promoted 2022/23 Conference National 1st Champions, Promoted 2023/24 League Two 6th Playoff Winners, Promoted, EFL Trophy Winners 2024/25 League One 5th Playoff Winners, Promoted 2025/26 Championship 10th 2026/27 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2027/28 Championship 15th 2028/29 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2029/30 Championship 4th Playoff Semi-Finalists 2030/31 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2031/32 Premiership 18th Relegated 2032/33 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted
  10. St Neots Town Premier League – 2031/32 – 18th Squad Transfers Overview Our first season in the Premier League ended in relegation. Recruitment was decent at the start of the season was decent. I brought in two great full backs in Cornelia and Bingham, Dutch and English internationals respectively. I was happy with my strikers and left winger Liam Canham returned to the club for 7.5m from West Ham having starred on loan in 26/27. I was only short a decent centre-back and a midfielder and I would have been more happy. Youngster Marcel Toth was a decent shout in the midfield spot and looks a real talent for the future. Centre-back was more tricky and I signed Millwall’s Polish defender Lukasz Bejger on loan in the end. In contrast to most of my previous seasons I started really well, we were in the top half at Christmas. Unfortunately a victory over Bournemouth on boxing day was the last time we would win all season. I can’t really explain why we folded so badly but we failed to win again. A definite issue was scoring goals. My two Spaniards in attack Juan Manuel Abellan and Gerard Portoles saw goals dry up and without many goals coming from other avenues we couldn’t capitalise on some reasonable performances. Our good start was so close to being enough however. Another point would have done it. I looked at my last eight games, of which seven were at home (due to a weird fixture build up I never could quite explain) and figured a win would just about see us up. That win never came. I look at games at home in the last four games like Newcastle (drawn 0-0) and Bournemouth (lost 1-0) and think we should have got that elusive victory. Beyond disappointment at relegation there are still positives. I have some good youngsters, am sure to offload some of my more experienced players for big fees and have £120m in the bank (before parachute payments). Hopefully I will be given a big budget and can do some shopping. I might get to have have the cracking Championship promotion season I was denied previously. Key Players Grant Eastham – Central midfielder signed on loan from Man United. My best average rating and signed a permanent deal for next season. Anthony Cornelia – Dutch international right back signed on a free from Freiburg. Russell Bingham – English international left back signed from Man United for £15m and did okay. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 13th 2020/21 Conference North 2nd FA Trophy Semis, Playoff Finalists. 2021/22 Conference North 1st FA Trophy Winner, Champions, Promoted 2022/23 Conference National 1st Champions, Promoted 2023/24 League Two 6th Playoff Winners, Promoted, EFL Trophy Winners 2024/25 League One 5th Playoff Winners, Promoted 2025/26 Championship 10th 2026/27 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2027/28 Championship 15th 2028/29 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2029/30 Championship 4th Playoff Semi-Finalists 2030/31 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted 2031/32 Premiership 18th Relegated
  11. St Neots Town Championship– 2030/31 – 1st Squad Transfers Overview After six seasons in the Championship promotion to the Premier League has been obtained. The season had started with an extraordinary set of bids for my players. £15m for Christian Coulibaly, £10m for Rachid Vila, £9m for Modefi Massole and £8.25m for Lewis Miles. Left back Sid Ali Hamidi was also subject of a £10m bid which he rejected (he would eventually leave in January). These funds left me free to go out and spend on building the team I wanted. Some big fees were spent, notably on England u21 midfielders Gary Matthews and James Turner for a combined £7.8m. Foreign reinforcements also came in including Vincent Alioum and Gerard Portoles from PSG and Imael Montes from Barcelona. Number 10 Portoles would be one of the stars of the season. He started however with a goal-less first 12 games before finding his touch, ultimately scoring 18 goals. It was a good thing that he did as big money striker partner Borislav Andonov (£2.5m fee and £60k wages) disappointed. 15 goals is not disastrous but for a player with his ability and fee to match I expected more. We went up as champions with a game to spare but this does not tell the story. We were poor for much of the season and sat in lower mid-table for the first half of the season. Inconsistency in results meant that we couldn’t rise further although we did stay in touching distance of the playoffs. Good form, notably in October and December was mixed with terrible form. Often a series of four or five wins would be followed by an equally long run winless. Midway through February we embarked on a run however of 15 games in which we dropped only 4 points. We climbed the table rapidly and I expected a play-off finish. The teams in the mix for automatic promotion stuttered and as we continued to win, automatic promotion looked a possibility. When we been league leaders Charlton 5-2 we looked to be on course. In the end we finished five points clear at the top of the table and seven points clear of the playoffs. There is a lot of work to be done for next season but I still have a decent amount of money in the bank for reinforcements and TV money should allow me a good shopping spree. Key Players Vincent Alioum – French centre-back signed from PSG on a free transfer last summer. Gerard Portoles – Although a Spaniard signed from PSG for £3.6m, Portoles came through the youth ranks at Charlton and is half English. Andrew Owens – Signed on a free from Liverpool, the 24 year old winger had a successful loan spell here a couple of years back. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 13th 2020/21 Conference North 2nd FA Trophy Semis, Playoff Finalists. 2021/22 Conference North 1st FA Trophy Winner, Champions, Promoted 2022/23 Conference National 1st Champions, Promoted 2023/24 League Two 6th Playoff Winners, Promoted, EFL Trophy Winners 2024/25 League One 5th Playoff Winners, Promoted 2025/26 Championship 10th 2026/27 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2027/28 Championship 15th 2028/29 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2029/30 Championship 4th Playoff Semi-Finalists 2030/31 Championship 1st Champions, Promoted
  12. My problem is having an aggressive transfer policy. II'm bringing in a lot of revenue each year which then gets re-invested usually improving the side. It means that every year the standard of the squad increases but this unsettles the side and leads to poor starts to the season quite often. I am also prone to selling a player for big money but not immediately being able to replace them. Eventually the increase in the standard of the squad will overrule the instability and we'll go up. Maybe this year, I sold £45m of players in the summer when I already had £20m in the bank. I've gone past the transfer window and I've still got £45m so will have significant funds to spend next season. It looks like you're making steady progress. Making the playoffs is positive.
  13. St Neots Town Championship– 2029/30 – 4th Squad Transfers Overview On paper this season looks like a decent season where we came close to automatic promotion and fell short in the playoffs. This doesn’t tell the story however. The season started terribly and we were looking at another season where we fought relegation despite having a strong squad. By the end of November I was starting to worry about my position as matters showed no sign of improving. A reorganisation of the first XI saw us pick up a few results and as confidence returned we won seven games on the trot. Form from there stayed strong and we briefly moved into second place with six games to play. In the end we sat in third going into our final game. If we won away at 20th placed Mansfield and either of the top two dropped points we would be promoted. We could only manage a draw however. If we had won we would have been champions on goal difference. In the end we weren’t good enough in the playoff semi’s. Wolves beat us home and away. It would have felt unjust if we had gone up as I don’t believe we were really good enough. Recruitment was very successful in pre-season. I picked up a number of really good players from the reserves of some of Europe’s biggest teams. This mix of Nationalities probably went a long way to explain the slow start to the season. Key Players Rachid Vila – French centre-back signed from Nimes on a free was excellent at the back and is attracting attention. Christian Coulibaly – 24 year old Ivorian arrived from Juventus last summer and had a great season. Pedro Pinto – A January signing for £925k from Benfica. Pinto is the first truly class keeper I’ve had for a long time. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 13th 2020/21 Conference North 2nd FA Trophy Semis, Playoff Finalists. 2021/22 Conference North 1st FA Trophy Winner, Champions, Promoted 2022/23 Conference National 1st Champions, Promoted 2023/24 League Two 6th Playoff Winners, Promoted, EFL Trophy Winners 2024/25 League One 5th Playoff Winners, Promoted 2025/26 Championship 10th 2026/27 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2027/28 Championship 15th 2028/29 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2029/30 Championship 4th Playoff Semi-Finalists
  14. St Neots Town Championship– 2028/29 – 3rd Squad Transfers Overview A massive improvement on last season. We were consistent all season and ran the top two close for automatic promotion. Ultimately we fell short by only two points. The playoffs were a similar story to two seasons ago with Norwich thrashed 9-1 on aggregate in the semis. We fell short in the final however with Middlesbrough easily running out 3-0 winners. After the debacle of last season I cleared out a large proportion of the squad with some big name players moved on. I was able to bring in a number of decent players on free transfers and loans while moving on the players they replaced for decent fees. This granted me enough funds to pay out £3.7m on Jordan Sayer and Bernard Butler. Both were similar players as attacking forwards. Butler converted to play on the wing to accommodate both in the first XI. In January, young midfielder Ryan Walters left for Reading for £7.5m. I did not significantly spend these funds so I should be able to spend in the summer to push on next season and hopefully reach the Premier League. Key Players Bernard Butler – English winger signed for £2.2 million from Everton did well. Philip Rolfe – The 24 year old returned to the club on a free having played for the club on loan in League Two. Jordan Sayer – A £1.5m signing from Arsenal. The 22 year old hit 30 goals. Record Season League Position Europe Achievements ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2019/20 Conference North 13th 2020/21 Conference North 2nd FA Trophy Semis, Playoff Finalists. 2021/22 Conference North 1st FA Trophy Winner, Champions, Promoted 2022/23 Conference National 1st Champions, Promoted 2023/24 League Two 6th Playoff Winners, Promoted, EFL Trophy Winners 2024/25 League One 5th Playoff Winners, Promoted 2025/26 Championship 10th 2026/27 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists 2027/28 Championship 15th 2028/29 Championship 3rd Playoff Finalists
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