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  1. Transfers - July 2028 Two players left this summer, Alpizar permanently to the MLS in a deal which made most of the squad unhappy but there's no option to say he wouldn't sign a new contract and Orellana who was my Honduran right back, he was first choice but we needed to shift a foreigner to allow me to register both of my two new first team signings. Murillo will prove to be a bit of a bargain at £20k, he joins from Panamanian side Arabe Unido and becomes first choice AMR, scored on his debut too. Calderon is a replacement for Alpizar, not directly as he's a Target Man but can play as an Advanced Forward if we need to change things. He's a perfectionist too which will help in the long run with squad personality/mentoring. We then spent big on two youngsters from Saprissa. Manfred Mora and William Coto Ortega who both signed for £400k each which looks at lot but in the long run I envisage both of these becoming integral players in our squad for seasons to come.
  2. The board have revised the plans and increased the capacity to double it in size.
  3. Upgrades - June 2028 With the above sale I've decided to reinvest that money into the club, not the squad, well yet anyway.
  4. Significant Sale - May 2028 He was coming up to his last year of his contract and wouldn't renew so I decided to cash in now rather than losing him for nothing. We will miss his goals for sure and we're weaker for it but it will give Hudson the chance to really make the step up after a couple of bit part seasons.
  5. 2027/28 Season Review Firstly I'll start by saying that despite being Champions we weren't entered into a continental competition on the basis that we finished 4th. Well we finished in 3rd this season, so lets see if we get entered this season or is it just the top two. Alajuelense were runaway league winners and were joined by Saprissa in 2nd, ourselves and fourth placed Herediano in the Champions Play-Offs. After last season we now know how much of a lottery the play-offs are. We were up against Saprissa in our semi-final. Home leg first, so we needed to put in a solid performance as we were yet to beat them this season. And that run continued as we lost 1-0 to an own goal in the third minute of injury time. We went into the away leg short of confidence and that was telling as we lost 2-1 but had twice as many clear cut chances as them, enough to win the tie at least. League Table We signed just two players this season, a CB to beef up the squad depth a little and in January we signed young Australian Carlo Beukhof from CU Academy for a pittance. Squad wise we had some better depth now, we were able to promote Mario Madrigal (YP24a) from the reserves to fill the void left by Blanco after his sale to Colorado. I also gave Esteban Arias a more prominent role in the first team either playing left or right back mainly but he could fill in at CB when needed and that has helped his progression massively. Alejandro Alpizar finished top goalscorer with 24, his strike partner Villalobos managed 18 goals but also made 10 assists, they had more help this season as Campos, Salazar and Hudson contributed 26 goals mainly from midfield. Edgar Zungia made the most assists with 13 from central midfield. Squad Financially we've improved no end; season ticket sales were up, gate receipts were up over £500k on last season, match day income thus doubled, merchandising more than doubled, sponsorship tripled and we sold £1.5m worth of players. We were granted the improvement of the Training Facilities by the board at a cost of £170k (seen in above post) and they are also looking for a site for the new stadium which we can now see has a planned capacity of 4472 which is less than we currently have and to top it off our average attendance for this season was 4379, we will be selling out before long as we sit at 97% of capacity filled. Youth Intake was the worse one yet, we now have the money to make a couple more improvements to the Youth Recruitment and Junior Coaching which I will make in due course. Season Summary
  6. Facilities Upgrade - Apr 2028 Finally decided to make an improvement to the currently "poor" training facilities. We're currently becoming more and more sustainable through player sales and increased ticket revenue which means we can easily afford one or two upgrades at this current level of costing.
  7. Significant Sale - Mar 2028 We've sold our first player abroad and its our first choice GK. £1.2m is a lot for us at the moment + 50% profit could become fruitful.
  8. New Contract - Dec 2027 New 3 year deal and a small wage increase
  9. Stolen Staff - June 2027 Disappointed to have lost my AssMan to an inferior club, he had progressed from Reserves Manager to First Team in recent seasons.
  10. 2026/27 Season Review After breaking the top four last season I wanted to remain there and we did just that, securing a fourth place finish with a slightly worse result overall, less GD and two less points. Alajeulense were a class above all season and we were drawn against them in the Champions Play-Off semi finals. Our form had been poor to the end of the season and rightly so we lost 2-1 in the first leg. My assistant manager then said maybe we should have a team meeting, we did so and then pulled off a miraculous recovery and won the second leg 4-1, with 17 year old Alpizar scoring a hat-trick. In the final, again over two legs we would face Saprissa who had just beaten Herediano. At home in the first leg Alpizar scored again to give us a 1-1 draw, four days later we travelled to Tibas for the finale. 0-0 at HT, Saprissa struck first, former player Solozarno striking first blood but my Jamiacan CB Wallace replied 10 minutes later. We went into extra time, 3 minutes from penalties we were rewarded with one, Villalobos slotted it home. A minute later we struck again, Villalobos again, we were 3-1 up. Deep into extra-time, injury-time Saprissa struck one back but it was all over we were somehow, Champions! League Table | Play-Offs There's two players I want to mention from this season, Villalobos and Alpizar. The former scored 31 goals this season and was instrumental in our season, scoring many important goals including those two in the play-off final second leg. Alejandro Alpizar is a 17 year old who I had poached from Golfito for £375 at the beginning of this season, he was thrust into the first team purely as a replacement for Khan, who firstly had been in poor form all season and secondly signed a deal to join Saprissa at the end of his contract so he was dumped in the reserves. This young lad scored 7 goals in 13(1) games and made two assists. However, no other player apart from Villalobos managed double figures for goals, that's something I need to try and address. Squad I let the game run a bit further than normal and we got two important messages, we got new sponsorship deals which doubled in income and the board want to build a new stadium, citing that poor corporate facilities in the current old stadium are not good enough and we can't attract fair weather fans. With the sponsorship we made a profit overall this season despite the expenditure on transfers this season. Youth Intake was poor again with just a handful of players signed to beef up the U21 squad. Season Summary There's no denying that we've won this title far too soon, my expectation was to at least reach the final in the next season or two then win the title but it just goes to show that the play-offs on a two-legged system is always a lottery. We've seen Guadeloupe win the title twice so far but had finished mid-table before and since winning those titles.
  11. Takeover Completed - Jan 2027 It was on, it was off, back on again, then off again but finally we've been taken over.
  12. Injury - Aug 2026 Fell from where exactly? Typical that my new £600k striker has injured himself this badly at a young age, could be detrimental to his development.
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