Season report, not done one for a while, it's definitely not concise enough :L
Started off how I usually do with a new team, by reading the guide and getting to know my players, who I've got, and the areas of my squad I need to improve, and then selecting a tactic that will best suit my team. I decided to stick with the same coaching staff for the first season, I usually change it round staff-wise once their contracts have run out.
Settled on a 433 starting formation, with a flat 442 as a backup, hoping to utilise the strong wingers at the club, particularly Joshua John. Set about trying to locate a left back as a bit of backup for Mtiliga and a right back, allowing me to use Stryger Larsen elsewhere (I ultimately failed in this task, instead using Larsen and Pascal Gregor).
Transfers - First Window
Vincenzo Iaquinta - Free
Erjon Bogdani - Free
Jonas Knudsen - 450k
Tommie Hoban - Loan
Nicolai Johanneson - Loan
Andreas Maxso - Loan
Nicklas Mouritsen - Loan
Hakan Redzep - Loan
Jannich Storch - Free
Oguzhan Aynaoglu - Loan
I got hold of Iaquinta and Bogdani as free agents, felt I needed a little bit of backup for Nordstrand, or maybe even as a partner. I was overjoyed with my signings, what a coup I had achieved! Well... Not exactly. With 2 goals in 17 games between them, and extortion wage demands, I released the pair of them in November, leaving myself Norstrand and Bech. Knudsen proved to be my most successful signing, at age 20 when he signed, I felt he could provide excellent cover for Mtiliga and ultimately take over the position in a season or two. Hoban was a youngster from Watford I brought in on a 3 month loan as I felt I may be a little short at the back in case of injury or poor form. He only played 4 games, didn't really set the world alight. Basically by November, I'd learnt my lesson. No big marquee signings who were good "in their day", this isn't the A-League.
As for the transfers out, well, not much to say, I've just loaned the young players I don't feel that I need just yet.
FC Frederica W1-0
HB Koge W2-0
Slovan Bratislava L0-1
No one particularly shone, pretty much had a different goalscorer for every goal.
I had what can only be described as a miserable start to the season, my first 7 games bringing me 1 win, 3 draws and 3 losses, and the start of what would turn out to be a recurring theme of the season, conceding extremely late goals costing me a ridiculous amount of points. Nordstrand was also sorely missed, those two OAPs up front could barely make any impact.
What followed was a run of 5 straight wins, John firing on all cylinders, Nordstrand back from injury and Martin Hansen showing some excellent form in goal.
In short, it was very very patchy, I'd put together 3 wins here, 5 losses there, what felt like 10 draws here and there, very very frustrating, but with a squad average age of around 24, I felt very positive.
Approaching the last 10 games in 8th place, suddenly I found what I hoped would be the catalyst for the rest of the season, another free transfer, Ciprian Marica, another high wage, but this time a debut goal, the first in a 2-1 away win at Brondby, and a 93rd minute penalty winner from Nicolai Stokholm (who was a massive force for me throughout the season). Unfortunately, it was Marica's last goal, last decent performance, and he got what shall now be known as "The Iaquinta Treatment". Wage budget back under control. Then came the horror moment - John "done a cruciate" and is out for 12 months! 12 months?! 4 losses and a draw in my last 5 games left me in 6th place to end the season, not disastrous, but certainly not what I was hoping for. What I also found strange was the fact my job was not once in danger, regardless of my poor league season.