I can't post pictures because the mods have not approved me yet but I want to share my FM story anyway. I have the pics saved so can add them at a later date.
I am a former Sunday League footballer with no coaching badgers (sic). I moved to Spain just over a year ago to take over at Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa. The club is based in the Castile and Leon region of Spain where Valladolid are considered the biggest and best club in the area. I am an Englishman who also has Chilean citizenship. My ultimate aim to build the club up to be one of the best clubs in Spain and beyond. In line with the name of the club I want us to play a very a cultured and attracting passing game.
The expectations of the Culturalista board were realistic given the playing staff at my disposal. I just about beat expectations by finishing 11th in my first season. I had got off to an amazing start and was top at the end of the first month but injuries hit me hard, especially in defence. At one point I had two 16yr olds together at centre back and both my first choice attacking wingers crocked. My strikers misfired throughout the season. I played one formation in the main which encouraged passing football and closing down, I switched between styles game to game but we were mostly structured. In my 4-2-3-1 formation it was vital the lone man up front stuck away the chances that came his way, I tried four different players there and all failed me despite my flexibility with different styles and tactics. I didn't really have a consistently good player, most games saw more side put in very average performances.
Throughout the season I looked at improving all areas of the club. I want to be here long term so youth is going to play a big part. Most of my signings have been under 20 but the odd one or two older ones have done quite well for me. I also drafted in ex-England international Owen Hargreaves as manager of my U19 side. Hargreaves impressed me with his coaching stats and his enthusiasm to work with youth.
At the end of my first season I would say the positives were:
Owen Hargreaves’s work with the U19’s.
Some promising signs from a number of players
Board were generally understanding when I went through a bad spell
Fans seem loyal and turn out in decent numbers
I beat expectations and have some foundations to build the club on now
Too many goals conceded from set-pieces
No striker I can rely on
Can’t get rid of 3 players who have no use for me and are taking up my wages
Not a fan of my first team coaching staff or scouts
At the end of the season I did manage to get rid of some deadwood. I shook things up massively by not offering two coaches and my assistant manager a new contract. My 3 scouts were also dismissed as was my Head of Youth Development.
Season Two to come tomorrow.