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About PaulHartman71

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  1. Oh I forgot to say, Marcus Madlung has impressed me enough that I put in a contract offer for him as he's in his last 6 months of his contract. I was pleased and surprised to see that he accepted (on a fairly low contract of only £12K), which means he will be joining us on a bosman in the summer.
  2. February We got a home tie against fellow Championship side Colchester in the 5th round. Madlung gave us an early lead but Colchester leveled soon after, which led to a stalemate and a fairly unwanted replay. We could do without having to play them again and I'm not sure if away from home we can do it, but we'll give it a good go for a place in the Quarter Final. A fantastic February with 4 wins from 5. It started off poorly as it looked like we'd lose to Birmingham, but Marcus Madlung popped up with a late equaliser, which was the start of a fantastic month for him as he got 8 goals in 6 games, including 4 in a 5-1 demolition of Leeds. That win over Leeds, for the time being at least, puts us into the Playoffs!
  3. I'm in mid-February now and they have picked up a little bit as they're now on 15 points.
  5. January We got a home tie to mid-table Premier League side Newcastle in the FA Cup 3rd round. I actually played a mixed team, with 3 or 4 squad players and youth prospects mixed in with some starters as I thought we had no chance in the FA Cup anyway. As it happened, we actually managed to beat Newcastle 1-0 after a stunning McCaffrey strike gave us the lead which Newcastle never pegged back. As far as 4th Round FA Cup draws for Championship sides go, a bottom half League 1 side (albeit away from home) is probably about as good as you can hope for. I put a mixed team out and once again a Gary McCaffrey goal gave us the win to put us through. 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses this month, about as mixed a month as you're gonna get. We showed some good character against Bristol City as we went from 1-0 up, to 2-1 down, to then get a late winner to win 3-2. Rhodri Green came off the bench against Bristol Rovers to score a winner with one of the best goals I've seen for a long while on FM. 16 games to go and the Playoffs aren't completely out of reach, although it would take some very good form to make a push for them.
  6. We're halfway into January and Afougou has broken his ankle, this is a big blow as he will pretty much be out for the rest of the season now. Marcus Madlung joins us on loan from Wolfsburg, he's a young striker who can hopefully help fill in for Afougou. Reece Stannard also joins, he's a young keeper, I didn't plan to replace Champod, but I saw Stannard was free and he's much better so it was a no brainer. Andrew Guest and Vazquez have both now left the club.
  7. December A fantastic December which saw us win our first 3 games of the month 2-1, with Afougou in fine form. Our victory run was put to a stop by Everton and we've also lost quite spectacularly to Burnley, but we did pick up another win against Brentford before the year was up. We've shot up the table and suddenly the Playoff places don't look all that far away!
  8. November A much better month with 2 wins from 3, which included an away 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday and a 2-0 home victory over Northampton. This puts some breathing space between us and the relegation zone and hopefully we can carry this form into December.
  9. A real interesting one here as Palace popped up offering me an interview for the vacant job there. At a first glance I saw them in the relegation zone and got quite worried I'd be making a big step down, but then they started talking transfer and wage budgets and I couldn't believe it. Just to stay up they'd have given me £18M to spend, as well as a crazy wage budget. Their yearly wage spend is £38M, which to put it into perspective, is £30M more than we spend at Cardiff I looked and they've got 6 players all on £50K p/w or more which is absolutely mental, especially as they're potentially on the verge of going down to League 1! Afougou is our highest paid player and he's on £18K p/w, he'd be the 15th best paid player if he was at Palace It's definitely a job where if I was playing a save without restrictions I would probably take, but... Cardiff swooped in and kept me. You'll soon see in the November update that it's not all doom and gloom though as results have picked up a little bit.
  10. October A pretty poor October, as we win 1, draw 1 and lose 3. It could be a long season ahead unfortunately. The one silver lining is that it's only really 2 relegation places we're fighting over, as Bristol Rovers are in an absolutely horrific state having only picked up 1 point in 15 games.
  11. We've picked up a new striker as Tony Butler has broken his foot, which will put him out for around 4-5 months. McCaffrey is 32 and was available since being released by Premier League side Bournemouth last season, he's been nothing more than a back-up for them for the last 3 years, but he's got 45 goals in 109 games for Northern Ireland, so he's clearly got the ability and experience we want. I'm also looking to try and sell Vazquez for a fee now rather than lose him for free in the summer, as his contract is up and I don't really want to renew it. There's a few Spanish sides interested so hopefully one of them will cough up some cash now rather than take their chances of getting him to sign for them in January on a pre-contract.
  12. September A couple of good wins this month at home to Bristol Rovers and away to Crystal Palace, although we lost 2-1 in our 3 other matches. The Sheffield United match was particularly annoying as we took an early lead and looked good value for it for a while, but we soon got torn apart in the second half. It's still early days and hard to see how our season will go, another month should give us a greater idea of whether we'll be battling relegation again, hopefully not though.
  13. August A goal from new boy Afougou got our League Cup campaign off to a winning start. I've used the tournament this year to play rotation players as well as giving starts to our promising young players, so I was pleased to see them get a win against Shrewsbury, albeit with Afougou playing to get used to English football. Maybe it was a bit stupid to play the 2nd string and kids away to a lower Prem team, but we were better than the 5-1 scoreline suggests. 2 of the goals came from worldie 25 yard free-kicks and there's not a massive amount you can do about those. It was valuable experience for the youngsters though even if we did get battered. Afougou got off to a promising start and overall I think we did reasonably well, with 1 win, 3 draws and 1 loss. We haven't kept a clean sheet yet but we've been scoring goals, it's hard to tell what sort of level we'll be at this season but we do seem to be playing a bit better than usual and have more of a goal threat.
  14. Transfers The most notable departure sees CB Jamie Sanders leave for Fulham for just under a million pounds. He was a good player but I wasn't turning that down. Nyran Roberts, a young DM/CM prospect left for Dunfermline as he was desperate to go, he was an alright player but we've got better prospects in that position coming through anyway. Nlend didn't impress me much so I let him go for a small fee to France to get him off the wage bill. Yannick Afougou joins on a free with the hope of getting us some goals, on £18K a week he better. He does have good stats though and he's valued at 9.5M which looks fairly promising. He's spent the last 5 years plying his trade in Ligue 2 for Stade Brestois, he got 77 goals in 183 league games which isn't too bad, last year he 21 in 36 games, so if he can translate that to the Championship that would be great. Krzysztof Jacek is a new CB who has signed for us after being released by Brondby in Denmark, he's 29 and has 20 odd caps for Poland so he's a fairly decent coup for a mid-tier Championship side like us. Mark Nicholls is a new CM who comes to Cardiff after having been let go by Watford. The other players all join as rotation or back-up options. I terminated Fabio Viana's loan with us last year in January because I thought he was **** and wasn't using him, but Liverpool offered him to me and I felt I should probably take it as I was worried if I didn't make use of our partnership they might bin us off. He managed to get 5 in 12 goals for Boavista in the Portuguese Premier League last year after joining them following our termination, so maybe he's not that bad and I can give him a bit of a chance again.
  15. They're a team based in Hampshire made up of the villages of Eversley and California. Just 8 seasons ago they were an unplayable team in the 10th tier, but 4 promotions in 5 years soon saw them wind up in the Conference South, their progress up the pyramid has stalled a bit in recent years, but in fairness they've finished in the Playoffs the last few years and narrowly missed out. What makes their rise impressive is that they've never had a tycoon and in 2047 they actually went into administration, which appears to have been an unfortunate consequence of building a new 3,000 capacity stadium. I'm not hugely sure how they've managed to get a parent club deal with Cardiff as it's not as if we're particularly close to Hampshire, but they've had it since before I joined and it's been a reasonably decent place to send some of our young players so no real complaints from me!