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About robterrace

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    Nottingham Forest Researcher

Biography

  • Biography
    Mentalist from Nottingham, but now live in Doncaster. Researcher for NFFC. Stats geek.

About Me

  • About Me
    Twit - @rmt_1982 .XBL - P057code PSN - BB_P057code

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    Football, Photography, Rugby, Photography

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  • Favourite Team
    Nottingham Forest FC

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  • Currently Managing
    Nottingham Forest, Doncaster Rovers

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  1. So far, I've made a couple of small signings compared to how I normally go, as most of my business has been setup for a bit. In comes, perhaps a massive signing for the Championship, on a free, which allows me a little leeway with the wages. Also paid £300k, for this lad I was watching at the U20 World Cup. We also lose Jordan Storey, who heads off to the Premier League with newly promoted Bristol City for £8.75m, in to replace him, whilst the youngsters in my squad are getting experience, comes Uruguayan, Emiliano Velazquez. The 29 year old brings some experience to the backline alongside Ben Davies, and also has a bit of physicality as well. He fits the new club philosophy as well, which allows me to sign players up to 30 years of age, but still develop the youth. Another area we lacked in was in defensive midfield, as if Ben Pearson was out, it meant that Solskjaer had to drop back. The free transfer market was used again, with Montenegrin international Ilija Vukotic joining on a 4 year contract from Benfica. Again he offers a nice balance for the base of midfield, and also is good in the air if needed. That concludes the business for the summer, unless a stupid offer comes in for a player, or we're offered something special coming in.
  2. So. A run of form that sees us only lose 3 games in the 2nd half of the season propels us into the Playoff places. Last game of the season coming up. Made even more fun by this fixture... A 4-0 victory for us wasn't enough, as Brentford won at Doncaster, leaving us to play against Reading over 2 legs. A repeat of the last fixture of the season, with West Brom seeing off Forest over 2 legs. We never really recovered from letting slip a 2-0 lead, and although Alan Browne scored a deserved equaliser, we ran out of steam. Our player of the season, was Stephen Duffy, with 42 goals in 48 games (40 in the League), so, if we can keep hold of him in the summer, we stand a good chance of doing something next season. Honourable mentions to Noah Solskjaer and Alan Browne who were almost metronome like in the centre of midfield, with Caoimhin Kelleher keeping 19 clean sheets (and making a total of 227 saves) in his 48 appearances (including playoffs).
  3. Must do. To be honest, I need him to go, as the money from the sale will cover my 'warchest' for next season. Although, if Stephen Duffy keeps up this form, he may go for a silly price. Getting offered a new contract which, gives me 2 seasons to get promoted after this season is also fun. And, since I told him to start placing his shots, Duffy is a bit unstoppable
  4. This young lad is ridiculous. Accepted an offer of £15m for him, and he turned down the move. Accepted £18m a fortnight later, and he turned down the move again. Its probably going to take nearer £25m to get him to go
  5. They're packs created by - https://twitter.com/chilled_moose
  6. I'm lining up a raid on Cambridge again. At the end of the first season, I spotted a young Swedish midfielder with a few decent attributes, and brought him to Cambridge on a free. He needed to learn the game, and develop physically. Hes developed physically since I've left Cambridge, however, hes not played in the first team there, and the scout reports coming back on him are pretty optimistic. So, for £500k (£250k up front, plus some installments and a sell on), hes coming to me at the end of the season. I've also, thanks to a recommendation from my Argentinian U18 manager, got an Argentinian goalkeeper coming in. He has the potential to be a Jose Luis Chilavert type for me
  7. The season I'm in now, the 2022/23, has the Qatar World Cup, so, we started less than 6 weeks after the end of our last season. On the same day that we signed Alexis Sanchez (who, has been a bit of a dead ball specialist for us, swinging freekicks in from the left wing, a couple of which have been headed in by the first attacker, but others go in with the following up player), we completed deals for a youngster from the Welsh League who will offer us something in the future. Young full back, Aaron Ferguson had been at TNS, and had come onto our radar during a loan spell at Barry Town last season. A physical specimen, he can go up and down the wing all day, but needs some work on the technical aspects of the game. Our first choice right back, Alpha Dionkou has gone down with a hamstring injury, and is set to miss a few games, so, Ferguson may get his chance soon. In terms of performances, we have drawn far too many games so far, which has seen us sitting 6th as a result. Several signings have been made, in preparation for the opening of the transfer window, in January, the key one being young winger, Amadou Traore from Lille. He will come in as a potential replacement for Tom Barkhuizen, who has attracted scouts from the lower half of the Premier League with his performances this season, but, should the South African not leave, the competition for places hots up. Arriving from Cork City, will be full back Darren Murphy. Philip Heise, who was our backup left back, departed in August to Heidenheim for £2m, and Murphy was a player that had appeared on scout reports as a possible replacement. He has gone from strength to strength this season, playing in Europe for his club side, and breaking into the Irish U21 squad. Another U21 player arriving, albeit, a Northern Irish U21, is Christopher Ferguson, from Cliftonville. Also coming over from the Emerald Isle, Northern Irish youth international, Joel Hegarty. The last youth signings we're making this coming window (and, that should also be our transfer activity complete, pending any outgoing transfers), are a player from French Guiana, who is a bit of a risk, and a young Austrian striker, who may have something about him. Neveu came to light when I was watching a Barbados player in a match, and he ran the game and scored the winner. I was unable to scout him, so based the signing on the couple of other international matches I watched. Hes a risk, but, he may work out. Austrian youngster Robert Huth is also on his way from Bergenland in the Austrian Junior leagues. He has decent mental and physical attributes where needed, and can afford a little bit of time to 'grow' into his new club. Lastly, in 'Duffywatch', he missed the first few games due to injury, but seems to have found his stride a bit now.
  8. I enjoyed my save on the Beta with Brentford. Theres something about them.
  9. So, 11th after 6 games, which, is exactly where the board expect me to be, and I get this. All because I've drawn a few games.
  10. Couldn't avoid that one. If he pulls the strings a little bit, then hes done his job
  11. Also, this is the first time I've seen this.. Bloody Man United. Although, I do like this.. And, a 33 year old Alexis Sanchez in the Championship
  12. Coming up to the start of the new season, we're making a few moves in, and a few moves out. Departing at the start of July, will be Patrick Bauer. The German centre half is out of contract in June 2023, and his demands for wages were well above what I wanted to pay. He heads back to Germany and Werder Bremen for £7.5m. Also departing, is Vaclav Hladky. Again, he was out of contract in 2023, and, his demands were above what I wanted to pay him. He goes to Millwall for £1.9m. We also got just under £2m in for selling a couple of clauses to do with the Adam O'Reilly sale. The replacement for Bauer comes in from Portugal, where he'd been playing at Braga, but had spent last season on loan at Penafiel. He is quick and has the height to cover balls over the top as well, and for £300k, is a decent purchase. The replacement for Hladky, which, in the long term, will be Vladan Dekic, whom I'm trying to send out on loan to get a bit more experience, is Caoimhin Kelliher, who arrives from Liverpool for a fee of £450k. He has spent a season on loan in Cyprus at APOEL, and a season in League One at Doncaster. He is a well rounded keeper, and has a decent level of determination so will want to do well. A further defensive signing was made, with 23 year old Scot, Tom McIntyre signing from Reading for £75k. A left footed centre back, he will initially back up Ben Davies. Moves have also been made to strengthen the options in midfield, with some going into the Under 23s to develop, and others coming to provide some competition. First is French Congolese midfielder, Durel Avounou, who joins on a free transfer from Caen of Ligue 2 in France. The energetic centre midfielder will offer a different option for us. Next to arrive, also on a free, from within the setup at PSG is playmaking midfielder, Adil Aouchiche. The 19 year old French Algerian lacks experience at any level, and will head out on loan until December to get experience. 22 year old Irish midfielder Kian Flanagan comes in from Crystal Palace on a free. Hes spent a couple of seasons on loan in League One and Two, as well as time in Ireland at Dundalk. Theres stuff to like about him, but, again, he needs some work. Coming in specifically to play in the U23s is Diogo Teixeira, who arrives from Rio Ave in Portugal. The 23 year old attacking midfielder, who can play anywhere in midfield, is 'middle of the road' in terms of talent, and will need nurturing if hes to make it in England. The last signing of this bunch, is a player I've been watching for a couple of seasons, but, hes developed so well this last season, I've jumped in to sign him on a free. Dave Ward is a Welsh U19 international, who has been a regular at Connahs Quay Nomads in the Cymru Premier. Quick, and good in the air, hes definitely one for the future. Theres also this lad, whos just agreed a deal with me for January, although, I don't think I'll use him at centre half due to his size.
  13. So, the season has ended at Preston, having taken over in December with us in 15th, I wanted to maintain the position, then build onwards. Lots of victories, and some rather disappointing defeats at times. Stephen Duffy, my signing from Cambridge, won the clubs signing of the season, as he scored 6 in 11 in the run in, he has shown improvements in most areas, so, will only get better. The one thing that was highlighted, however, was we were lacking a playmaker/ballplayer in the centre of midfield, as we had a lot of possession, but, didn't use it well, and, from watching the games back, a lot of that was because the final ball was missing. So far, we've agreed 6 signings coming in this summer, with another 5 coming from abroad in 2023, joining on their 18th birthdays. The first signing coming in is Scottish midfielder Liam Burt. At 23, hes towards the top end of the age range I want to work with, but, he's a little project at no cost, and may make money in the future. The next is big centre half, Chris Bennett, who will cost us £250k from Middlesbrough. Technically, hes a little lacking, but, with some work, he'll fulfil a role for me. Alen Hari was found in the Under 18s at FC United, and whilst low in determination, has decent Flair, First Touch, and Teamwork, as well as technique, so may find more of a home at the base of midfield. North Macedonian U21, Aleksandar Krstevski was playing in Serie B in Italy, and, is a natural striker or left winger. Hes got some very good attributes in most areas, but just needs a bit more in terms of acceleration and his decision making. Another player whose low determination has seen his scout report slew towards a lower number, Anestis Touloupakis may find his feet further forward in midfield, however, he will develop in the U23s for the future. The last of our free signings for next season, is Portuguese midfielder, Bernardo Sousa. Having been released from Sporting last summer, he dropped down to play for Amora in the Portuguese third division, finishing as the stand out player for them, with 16 goals and 7 assists in 31 matches. This doesn't translate completely to Championship football, but, he is a well rounded player, with attributes that don't need a great deal of work, and all being well, will be our playmaker this next season. ------- There is some interest in a couple of our long standing players, so, should an offer come in that matches our valuations of them, we can work along those lines, and look to strengthen from our scouting reports.
  14. I have seen that, its a little concerning, but, not surprising.
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