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  1. Squad Ben Kennedy came in as our new goalkeeper, and didn't do a bad job at all. Granted, he is not as good as Vukovic (who had a pretty good season with the Jets), but he still managed to keep our goals conceded stats low. Marko Majkic - what can i say?? 24 goals in 31 games... what a signing. This more than made up for the loss of Mitch Nochols and Shane Smeltz. Surprisingly, and some what annoyingly his value is only showing as £220k, and no one has expressed interest in him. His finishing is only rated at 9, its his acceleration of 17 that has really helped him out in the league this year - he has been able to leave defenders standing. No one really came through from the youth team this year. The Youth squad actually ended up finishing 8th, which is an awful final position. I’d really like to improve on this, but we can’t afford to upgrade our facilities so we’re [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us Finances We were close to breaking even, certainly closer than we ever have been since I started - however this was because we sold players for £1.8m and reached the Asian Champions League Final. I don’t see us being able to achieve this again during the summer - the players just aren’t as good. It is possible that we will see more cost cutting again as we try to hit a profit, or at least get into a position where I can upgrade facilities. [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us The league overall Mitch Nichols was not able to replicate his stats with us at Melbourne Victory. Having said that, their league position improved from 6th to 4th and I think he helped with that. Despite having Philippe Senderos on £18k per week, Sydney FC still couldn't make finals football - missing by 2 points. Wellington and Heart were both scrapping for the wooden spoon again, however Wellington got that easily (16 points to them versus 28 to Heart). Our average attendance increased to 14,712, which is the first time we have smashed the 14k mark, which is a positive sign. Overall the league has Conclusion Under the circumstances it was an ok season - I am proud that we got to the Asian Champions League Final in our first try, and that we made a pretty good effort of winning it. However, we were a much worse off team this year, and to me I am disappointed that we only just won the league and the grand final. A win is a win, and it looks good in the history books, but I just wonder if I am trying to re-build something that will never be as good as I want it to be. Despite signing a 1 year contract extension I am considering where I want to be next.
  2. 2017 end of season review A-League The Newcastle result was fantastic and we kept the momentum going with wins versus Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar. However, with the champions league around the corner I decided to use a strategy taht I used at the end of last year and play some of the reserves. Although it worked last year, I think its fair to say that we’d blitzed the league and had momentum. This year, Newcastle Jets have kept with us or been above us for most of the season. We ended up losing 3-2 to Adelaide (we were 3-0 down) and drawing 1-1 with Gold Coast, which meant that we were not able to bridge a gap with the Jets. In fairness, once we’d lost to Adelaide I decided that we needed to hit every single game with everything that we had which meant that players did not get as much of a rest as I would have liked. That meant we went on a 4 game unbeaten streak, ending with a 4-0 defeat at home to the Jets. Luckily we won the next game away to Wellington 5-1 otherwise we may have ended up being joint first with Newcastle at the end of the year. I guess we were relieved to end the season. [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us A-League Finals Series Finishing first is key in the A-League; however in our first major semi final we lost 3-0 away to Newcastle. Our results this year versus the Jets have been seriously inconsistent. They have been the big improvers this year in my mind and Vukovic has really helped with that. The damage had been done, so by the time we were back in Perth a 2-1 victory at home was never going to be good enough. Fortunately we ended up winning 4-1 against the Victory at their home in the Prelim final. Good to see the team turned up. It set us up for a Grand Final in Newcastle. This was a game that no one could predict. I think many would have favoured a home victory but it really did depend on with PErth Glory team turned up. Luckily for us, the angry & skillful Glory turned up. A nervy start was helped by a penalty score in the 3rd minute 26 year old Jack Hingert. The game was very close with chances to either side, until Lukacic scored in the 85th minute to give us a cushion and then put the game beyond any doubt in the 93rd minute. Game, set and match to the Glory. We won the grand final and A-League two years in a row. Asian Champions League Oh dear, oh dear - woefully inconsistent and no where near good enough compared to last year. We played 6 matches, losing 2 and drawing 1. We finished bottom of our group. With the last game to go all 4 teams were drawing on 7 points but we were top with a goal difference of +3. Our 4-1 defeat at home meant that we would not be playing any further part. I was furious with the team and they knew about it! Losing 4 key players has clearly hit us hard here. Uploaded with ImageShack.us [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us
  3. We managed to obliterate Newcastle Jets away from home, which I hope will set us up for a good end to the season [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us
  4. Really? So whats the secret with American clubs then? Do they get decent attendances in the game? I'm just thinking that I'm really struggling with the A-League and am having to sell over £1.5m worth of players a season to break even
  5. That stadium looks good. In terms of finances, how different are LA Galaxy to Vancouver? Do you have any designated players?
  6. How are you finding the South African league? I was considering this as a next destination
  7. How are your players morale? If its suffering a bit, I tend to arrange friendlies for my reserve team at home and get the first team players to play in these to help build morale. Fitness can sometimes be an issue but in the long run it tends to help.
  8. Northampton are a side with quite a bit of potential. Keep yoyo'ing between league 2 and conference in my game. Managed to get them to the champions league in an old save game on FM10 with a new stadium at 60k. If you can get some cheap loan players in that should help you in the short term?!Good luck
  9. So we’re coming to the business end of the season, and its fair to say that our most important game so far is coming up... the first fixtures lists of the season: [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us 2017 pre newcastle game league table [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us Newcastle Jets have been the form team this season and now we need to beat them so that we can try to cement our top spot in time for the end of the season..
  10. Asian Champions League Final 12th November 2016 - To be remembered by many in Perth as the day we hit the big time. For some reason (I’m not sure what) this game was played Al-Hilal’s (KSA) home ground. Surely this provides them with a big advantage?? The match started off with a goal from the home team within 7 minutes - thinking I was about to watch a white wash I was very concerned, but then up popped ever reliable Scott Neville to head in a goal a couple of minutes later (I’m sure this reminds me of another champions league final somewhere…) Unfortunately it was not meant to be, and 10 minutes later they scored again. We just did not have the fitness and my gamble at Brisbane 3 days earlier backfired on me. The question is, will it be worth it at the end of the season?? In the end we received about £300k worth of prize money for appearing in the final, and our players had got a taste for what a final is like. More of the same please… A week after the champions league final we lost at home to top side Newcastle Jets 1-0. Naturally Vukovic played a good game and kept a clean sheet. 2 loses in 2 games isn’t acceptable. Luckily we have bounced back with 4 wins on the trot (again only 1 goal conceded) which means that we head into mid December in 2nd place, 4 points adrift from Newcastle Jets. [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us
  11. This could be the start of something good… [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us Changing our pre-season strategy slightly, I only organised 8 friendlies at the start of the season, this was primarily due to the fact that I thought I would be running around chasing after players, and because I was aware that we had the Champions League coming up, of which I knew very little - it was our first venture into it, and so far we’d done well. In September we played our first Quarter final. This was at home versus Al-Ain. 16,500 people turned up to watch us win 5-2, with 2 goals from our new striker Majkic. The other scorers were familiar players such as James Brown and Scott Neville. This was a very nice result and pretty much set us up for a semi-final. However, in the away round 2 weeks later we lost 2-1. Essentially, we did what we needed to do, which was qualify for the next stage. Disappointingly, only 7k people attended this match. Maybe the Champions League isn't as good as I expected. The prize money isnt great that’s for sure. Two weeks later we played the first our semi final legs versus Chinese side Guangzhou. It was a vital 2-1 away win. To say I was pleased was an understatement, I was seriously concerned about this match but the players did well. We were helped by one of their players getting sent off in the 32nd minute, but you can still lose these types of games (just ask Barcelona). The match was played in front of 56,000 supporters as well, I was gutted that we don’t share gate receipts after that game... Our A-League season started with a 1-1 draw versus Adelaide away. We dominated the match but our new keeper conceded a bizarre late goal pretty much from the touchline in no danger (from what I could see, but it is hard to see flying pigs on FM sometimes). Our semi final home leg was next up. 17,000 people turned up to watch a tight affair in which we won with a 82nd minute Jamie Maclaren penalty. Why oh why cant we start playing these matches at Subiacco? I’m sure we’d be able to get more supporters going to see us. We were in the final at our first attempt. Nice going!! After this we had a run of 4 straight wins, where we conceded just 1 goal. Unfortunately, these things must come to an end and ofcourse it had to be at the hands of our arch nemesis Central Coast. A 1-0 away loss did not go down well. It was an 82nd minute counter attacking goal. We hadn’t completely dominated the match, but in my eyes we should have won. We immediately bounced back against Brisbane Roar winning 2-0 away. However, in my desperation to win this game and keep in check with the top 3 I played my best players, despite knowing full well I had a final to play in 3 days. It was a risk…
  12. Season 16: 2016 - 2017 ; Back in Black [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us A lot of changes took place over the summer. It was clear that at least 3 of our core players would be leaving in Nichols, Vukovic and Shane Smeltz. The former 2 were coming to the end of their contracts and both wanted substantial increases in their wages (£8k a week in both cases), which unfortunately I didn’t feel we could justify. Smeltz was up for retirement and after 5 strong seasons I couldn’t complain too much. I had geared myself up to do some squad re-building, but it turned out to be much more substantial than i had anticipated. Transfers By losing Smeltz and Nichols I had effectively lost 22 goals from last season - that wouldn’t be easy to replace. My transfer strategy has changed in the past year - whereas previously I had gone for experienced & expensive proven Australians I now look for young European players with strong current and potential ability who can help me out for a season or two and be sold for huge profits. These players are either scouted or stolen from other A-League clubs who have been trialling them. Melbourne Victory and Sydney are particularly good at finding these types of players. Two of these examples from last season were both sold in the summer. My two young Czech central defenders Panik and Kocourek were sold to Inverness and Dundee Utd (£900k and £750k respectively). They had both had great seasons and obviously impressed in the Asian Champions League group stages because they generated lots of interest. The money was a huge help for us and put us back in the black financially. Although it is not the way that I like to go about things - I want to build this club to have the best facilities and players in the long term, but to do that I need significant short term gains. That’s just how business works - and I think Newcastle United fans will find this out this summer in real life. The loss of the previously mentioned players meant that I effectively needed to start again, and bring a few good quality players that can go straight into the first team and a few that can do this and potentially be sold at the end of the season. Work started straight away and the following were brought in: Kofi Danning (AMRC 25) from Brisbane Nicholas Kalmar (MC/AMC 29) from MElbourne Heart Josh Mitchell (DLC 32) from Adelaide (was previously with us before a year at Adelaide) Jack Hingert (DRDL 26) from Brisbane Roar Ben Kennedy (GK 29) from Newcastle Jets Peter Pancik ( MC 19) Slovakia Alan (ALMSC 20) Brazilian, was on trial with Brisbane Roar Marko Majkic (SC 22) Bosnian Adam Sarota (AMLC 27) from RKC Duje Lukacic (AMLSC 19) Croatian Mustafa Amini (MC AMC 23) from Dortmund, was on trail at Central Coast All in all, 17 players left and 11 players joined, some of which may not be able to play this season because we have too many foreigners in the squad (A-League rules state only 5 are allowed to be registered). The method in the madness being that some of these can be sold on at good prices. It was a busy summer! [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us A-League Transfers In a way I was pleased to see that both Nichols and Vukovic had joined A-League clubs, because it meant that the league had not lost quality. With Nichols going to Melbourne Victory, he could prove to be the catalyst to improving their final table positions. Having said that, no sooner had they signed him, they had sold one of their star players to FC Twente for £1.8 million (nice bit of work there). They also managed to sell a striker for £625k to Falkirk. At the start of the summer I was thinking they would be the team to seriously challenge the top 2, and I said as much in my press conference at the start of the season, but with the benefit of hindsight, Im not convinced. None of the other clubs had really made much of an effort over the Summer. Sydney had sold 2 players for £1.8m, similar sort of territory to us - paid nothing and had huge gains. Brisbane Roar spent £650k on players, with £375k on an unknown (and according to my scouts not very highly rated) 18 year old. [/img] Uploaded with ImageShack.us
  13. Uploaded with ImageShack.us Uploaded with ImageShack.us Uploaded with ImageShack.us Transfers For the first season so far I seriously went for it in the transfer market. It was clear that we needed to raise money and had a couple of good players that could raise some cash. I lost German Steinmann for £375k, which was done completely under my nose. I can’t say I was too disappointed as it raised some cash. I signed James Brown, who (as well as being an excellent singer) was an Australian MC that I trailed in the summer but he wanted over £3.1k. I managed to sign him for £1.6k per week. Uploaded with ImageShack.us
  14. Finances At the end of the year, our chairman leant us £6million due to being almost £6million in the red. Uploaded with ImageShack.us We seriously need to do something about our finances. Players As our league position showed we had some strong players. I promoted a couple of players into the senior team this year - of particular note was Wayne Hornby, Jeremy Bodo and Wayne Pomfret. Mitch Nichols destroyed the A-League this season. He signed for a free transfer from Brisbane 3 years ago. His contract is up at the end of the season. He is on £3,100 per week at the moment but wants to be my marque at £7k per week. With cost cutting the focus I just cant do it - the same story is with our Australian Marque goalkeeper Vukovic, who wants more money as well. Unfortunately I fear they will be gone at the end of the season. Uploaded with ImageShack.us Uploaded with ImageShack.us Uploaded with ImageShack.us
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