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  1. Nottingham Forest in Europe - Game 2 Our first away game would be against Red Bull Salzburg and after a slow 15 minutes, we came into the game and were able to get on the scoresheet first as Moussa Niakhate would power the head home at the near post from a corner. It would take a moment of individual brilliance to win the game as Morgan Gibbs-White from the left, took the ball inside and curled the ball home past the keeper to put Forest back ahead after Red Bull equalised on the 66th minute. A great away day victory and undefeated in Europe.
  2. I thought I had done the stats and end of season report, looks like I had only done this. We ended up not able to sustain the levels and as the season dragged on, we would finish 10th, a good 12 points from the play-off spots. What a season to even have been up as high as 6th at one point. We made some fantastic signings and managed to keep working towards our aims. To top it off a takeover with a new local owner. Exciting times for Boston United. New direction coming shortly for the new season.....
  3. Congratulations on the Double and the way you destroyed everyone, was a joy to see. And then, oh you know the vultures circle around and just come in and snap up all the players you dont want to sell! However, looks like the reinforcements and the team are going to be strong enough to perform well this season!
  4. Nottingham Forest - Back in Europe - Game 1 vs Anderlecht In what has been an eternity, Nottingham forest are back in Europe and have 8 games to show they belong. With a game against Wolves the Saturday before and Newcastle the Saturday after, this will test the team to see if they have enough depth to take on League and Europe. Glory is not on the cards but putting a decent show and gaining at least 2 or 3 wins must be the minimum objectives for this years campaign. Getting the win over Anderlecht will really help the cause.
  5. Transfer Business It started back in June with a flurry of activity leading up to a huge bid for Sangare, who had only joined the previous year for around half of that. That is good business, even if he was probably the best player on paper. With well over £100,000,000 coming in, we could use the money on British talent that we had been scouting for a while. For me, most excited about Josh Doig at that left wing-back role and the long term future of former Ajax Keeper Tommy Setford. Playing in Europe this season certainly helped get some of these over the line. Looking back at the Clough squads in the glory days, and I know times have changed, but he always had a very Great British look to his teams, and where is the fun in just keep buying cheap South American Wonderkids? Will touch more on this later I'm sure as is it possible to win it all with just British players, it would probably be hard and expensive now!
  6. Nottingham Forest - Season 2 We head into the second season with more than we thought we would get, a trophy and a European spot. It will be wonderful to have the City Ground hosting a European game once more. As in real life, the Forest squad is bloated with over paid bit part players who have not helped with FFP (Still waiting on points deduction in real life) so the first order or business is once everyone is back off loan, decide who is staying and who is off. I will entertain offers for most players but we need to get the wages down, money in the bank and look to build a DNA and style that is fit for Forest. Do we look to the past and the brilliance that was Brian Clough, or do we need something new for a new era of footballer?
  7. Takeover - Completed it! 3 days from rumours to new owners and £8,250,000 invested. Not a sugar daddy or big investment but it will all help. Asked straight away about building a new stadium, no wonder the previous owner had not given me an answer all season! Least he was a local investor....
  8. Garang Koul SIgned - Huge Signing for Boston United Wow, what a shock signing for Boston United as highly rated Australian International Garang Koul signs on a 4 year deal with a £25,000,000 release clause. After coming to England with Newcastle he has struggled to make an impact with his last real playing time with Lincoln City in the Championship in 2024/25. A fresh start and a new focus will hopefully bring the best out of him.
  9. I was really excited by Ola Aina coming in, game 1 and out with a hamstring injury for 2 months! Ouch.
  10. Transfer Window - 6 in 6 out Extremely annoyed we lost Jelle Debey as he was a first team regular, but he would only sign with a small release clause to higher division clubs, so we got £875,000 for him 6 months after signing for free and we get him back on loan for the season. Vivinho was unsettled after Fulham came in for him and we decided to cash in with a £2,000,000 up front and another £1,650,000 in possible additional fees and 50% of any future transfer. Again, not bad for a free transfer. Madani Diagouraga was another Malian who came in, o work permit on a free so another free sold to make money. We spent a little money on Ashton Muir from Celtic (Man City academy) and then landed a big free agency signing of Goncalo Bourges from Porto. The Portuguese player had been struggling to make an impact and short on confidence. He is on a high wage for us but he was worth taking a chance on as a top player for us and he may still be able to improve. Croatian Goalkeeper Emil Valentic looks to be a starter over Welsh international Eddie Beach who has been impressive over his 2.5 seasons with us. Robert Ramsak was a suggestion on Transfer deadline day from Bayern Munich and for a small wage contribution we took a late chance on a striker with Rees Gumbs struggling with injury once more and attracting offers from other clubs. Frederick Hogsholt would also come in for free from Esbjerg.
  11. The run of games was impressive, but we played most of the teams at the foot of the table who cannot buy a win. Expect results to even out over the next few months but we head to the Transfer Period opening and expecting to lose a few players and a few more to come in. Fulham have upset my Brazilian Vivinho with a poor bid, so we may see him as a casualty, but they will be paying much more as we triggered the extension in his contract! Oh, and they don't want to downgrade facilities despite the losses each month!
  12. Get news about Langstaff signing, that release clause may be an issue but lets hope not. Shame about Rodrigues and the work permit. Should be able to confirm the title soon and still in the hunt for silverware in the FA Trophy, could be one hell of a season!
  13. Double signing incoming with two players from Europe coming to bolster the ranks, picked up on free transfers. Nikola Music from Bosnia and Jelle Debey from Belgium bring starting quality to the line-up with some room to grow. We are now maybe a little heavy in places and may need to reduce the squad in January window with just a striker lacking now.
  14. New Signing Alert - Matt O'Riley Well, we finally found someone we wanted to push our wages budget for with the signing of English born Danish player Matt O'Riley. After making over 80 appearances for Celtic, he will be the best player at the team and to get him to come to us shows the progression we are making as a football team. With 5 caps at under 21 level, his ability to play any of the central midfield roles helps to open up options in games. Really pleased his agent offered him out to us and hopefully he can earn back a squad topping wage with his performances.
  15. New Signing Alert - Veldin Hodža Very excited by a player that was recommended by our scouts as "highly recommended" in Croatian Veldin Hodza. The central midfielder comes in on a free after playing for HNK Rijeka for several seasons. The 24 year old has 16 caps at under 21 level and comes in on a sensible £3,100 wage per week and takes up our second ESC spot. He has great physicals and no real weakness for the role we want for him, holding in the central midfield and stopping the opposition attacking. Language course it is and hopefully into the team shortly.
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