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robterrace

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About robterrace

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    Nottingham Forest Researcher

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

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    Twit - @rmt_1982 .XBL - P057code PSN - BB_P057code

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    Football, Photography, Rugby, Photography

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    Nottingham Forest FC

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    Nottingham Forest, Doncaster Rovers

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  1. He will be doing on the new patch IIRC, due to Boltons mismanagement of the loan/transfer.
  2. I have no idea why this post appeared.. Ignore.
  3. To top this off, I've had an offer of £30m, which I've negotiated up to £44m for one of my CB.. This is getting a bit silly. Time to go shopping. EDIT Alvarez refused the deal.. :P
  4. So, at the end of season 2, Forest won their first FA Cup since 1959, and their first silverware since the 1990 defeat of Oldham in the League Cup final. The way certain things were going at the club in this save, meant that only one or two of the players within the squad were even born when that happened. With the transfer window coming fast and strong, a lot of time was dedicated to where we could make improvements, and defensively, a lot was brought up. Out went Tobias Figueiredo, to Inter for £25m + add ons, which would finance some incomings. Also departing was central midfielder, Ivaylo Chochev, who had found chances hard to come by with the arrival of Jordan Henderson on the midfield scene alongside Ryan Yates and Ryan Gauld. Goalkeeper Jordan Smith departed for a nominal fee to Chelsea, who signed him to cover their home grown player obligations. Along with the £50m allocated by the board, the £35m that had been raised in player sales was available to spend. The first arrival was an 18 year old goalkeeper who I'd been watching since he appeared on my radar when I was at Wigan. A current Portuguese U21 international, and with 45 appearances in the top flight in his homeland, José Cunha had a lot of the attributes that would make him the perfect sweeper keeper, but, would need a little bit of work. For £7.5m, and on a 3 year contract, its a slight risk, but, learning from Pereira and Rajkovic, he'll develop quickly, and will probably get some game time in cup competitions. Next through the door was a prearranged deal. Fernando Velasco had appeared on the radar, once more, when I was at Wigan, recommended by an analyst as one to watch, and a dual national. Playing in the youth setup at Lanús, in Argentina, a bid of £2m was enough to convince him to come to England, and ply his trade. Labelled as the next Diego Simeone, he has a lot of potential, and will only get better. He heads out on loan immediately to Lincoln in League Two to acclimatise to the English game. Another area where I'm slightly oversubscribed at the moment, is striker. With Karlan Grant joining from Charlton, and Stiepan Jukic returning from his loan at Dinamo, we didn't really need another striker. However, the scout reports on 17 year old Mamadouba Diallo, playing at Montpellier in France were very positive, and for £1m, he could be flipped for a profit pretty quickly if needed. He heads out on loan to Scunthorpe. The next transfer to come in, was in an area that I'd highlighted, and would be one of 3 transfers that would break our old transfer record of £13m. Kieran Tierney is one of the most highly rated full backs in European Football, and has been for the last few seasons. However, he was still at Celtic, winning the SPL for the last 6 seasons, making over 150 appearances in the process. It appeared possible that we could get a deal, and with no other clubs paying close attention, a fee of £20m was agreed, and he signed on a 4 year deal. Tierney has a definite resale value, as does Josh Tymon, who will drop to cover him. Next up, is 17 year old Dutch right back, Piter Rosadi. Signed for £5m from Heerenveen, he returns there on loan for the season, as Lewie Coyle is more than capable. One for the future. Next in is centre back, Jonathan Panzo, who joins from Club Brugge for £14.25m. The former Chelsea youngster is home grown, and has experience in both France and Belgium. He'll be backup to Alvarez and Mepham. A group of free transfers are next on the list, with former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas coming in on a 1 year deal. The 34 year old will be a backup, and will be involved in a mentoring group. Also coming in, is 20 year old Spanish midfielder, Sergio Gómez. The former Barcelona youth had spent the last few seasons in Germany, at Koln and Dortmund, and the latter had let his contract expire. Last of the signings for the midfield was 24 year old former Tottenham player, Joshua Onomah. Solid, strong, and a model professional, he will be on the fringes of the first team. Last signing so far, for £16m, is Jack O'Connell. The former Sheffield United and Brentford defender had been at Benfica, who had paid £11m for him in August 2020, making £5m profit. Hes homegrown, and another solid addition to the backline, which seemed to misfire a bit when Alvarez was added. Lots of fringe players headed out on loan, making a total of about £1m in monthly fees, with the potential to increase.
  5. Perhaps I paid a bit too much here, but, he counts as home grown.
  6. Massively so. I had Josh Tymon out there, so Tierney is a big upgrade, even if he only spends a season with me.
  7. Purely for the mentoring of my midfielders, although, he may retire before he gets to me..
  8. Wembley. For a period of about 15 years, from the late 1970s, to the early 90s, it was a second home for Nottingham Forest, and the fans, having played in 6 League Cup finals, winning 4 of them, 1 FA Cup final, and countless 'Members' Trophies, as well as a Charity Shield, where Ipswich were despatched 4-0. We'd experienced it three times last season, the FA Cup Semi against Brentford, before losing in the final of the FA Cup against Manchester City, then into the Playoffs, and winning the final against Middlesbrough. An unwritten target I've set myself, is to try and resurrect the annual Forest pilgrimage to North West London. This season, we've been there twice. Thanks in particular, to the newest member of our academy to break into our first team. 16 year old Jack Andrew came to light on the Youth Intake day, on the 7th March. A natural left sided player, able to play on either wing, and up front, he was ready for the first team, and more. He made his debut, shortly after coming into the youth setup, and, after signing a long term deal, became a fixture on the left wing. He chose perhaps the biggest stage of English football, Wembley, to make his first impact on the senior game. 9 minutes into the FA Cup Semi Final against a very strong Arsenal team, he broke into the box and made a beeline for the far post, knowing that Lewie Coyles cross would be coming across. He met it with the sort of header that Cristiano Ronaldo had made his trademark scoring, and left David Ospina grasping at air. Despite Wilfried Zaha scoring an equaliser, the youngster found himself free on the left side of the box following a swift counter attack. The sliderule pass from Patrick Cutrone was met with a hammer like left foot, the ball flying past Ospina, who didn't even move. In playing the full 90 minutes, he had more than shown his potential, and had also secured a place in a second successive FA Cup final. Just over 6 weeks after that fixture, the League campaign had drawn to a disappointing end, with essential players collecting injuries, saw a run of 2 wins in the last 7 Premier League games ensure us dropping to 5th place. The highest finish for Forest since the 1994/95 season, and the Stan Collymore / Bryan Roy inspired team. As disappointing as the falloff was, finishing 5th was far beyond the targets set. I wanted a lower mid table finish, to consolidate for the coming seasons, and when I finally implement the style and recruitment policy the way I want it. Which, brings us back to where I started this recap. Wembley. Its just after 5:15pm on the 15th May, 2021. The final has been over for about 20 minutes, and the presentations are about to start. As manager of Forest, and a supporter, these days should be great, but, for the last 95 minutes of football, I've been a bundle of nerves. Especially after a first half showing which saw Domingos Quina curl a free kick into the top corner from 20 yards, and Pontus Dahlberg playing like Petr Cech in his prime. A slight change of formation at half time, and the introduction of Ryan Gauld saw the pendulum swing in our favour. 4 minutes into the half, Jack Andrew, who was now being earmarked as the hottest property in England, after scoring 4 goals in his 7 league appearances, found himself unmarked at the back post, as Lewie Coyle drilled a cross in, and met it on the volley to put it past Dahlberg. It took 16 minutes for the next goal to come, and this one was going to end up on highlight reels all over. Dennis Man, who had found himself going through a slight loss of form in recent weeks, drifted in from the right wing, collected a loose ball, and getting towards the edge of the box, and not being closed down by Liam Moore and Marc Cucurella, hit the shot across the face of goal, and into the far bottom corner. 2-1, and hopefully, the Watford team would lose their way in trying to get back in the game. With Watford trying to push forward, and attempting to get the equaliser, it was only fitting that we hit on the break, although, the scorer of our 3rd goal was somewhat surprising. Finding the ball at his feet following a breakdown, Lewie Coyle drove forward, and hit a ball into the box, where 3 red shirts were waiting to score. Cutrone and Andrew were unable to connect, as left back, Josh Tymon came screaming forward, putting his left foot through the ball, and drilling an unstoppable effort from the penalty spot past Dahlberg. Mason Greenwood came on shortly after this, with the aim of using his pace to counter. This paid off, as the Manchester United loanee put the game beyond reach, with a pair of identical goals, breaking forward and scoring on the counter attack. 5-1. The full time whistle came, with one half of the stadium celebrating, and the other half already mostly empty. Lewie Coyle picked up the man of the match, and it was left to the home grown captain, Ryan Yates, to collect the FA Cup for the first time in 62 years. There was going to be a party in NG2 tonight. After that was done, it would be time to sit down with the board to sort out the targets for next season.
  9. Indeed. Thinking I may move Man on, play Marin out on the right, and Andrew on the left
  10. Hes the first legit wonderkid I've had through the intake on 19. The problem I've got is my front 4 is Cutrone, Abouchabakar, Man and Marin.
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