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  1. Player Review 2019/20 I have listed the players in order of average ratings for the season. Allan Campbell, the fans Player of the Year is right up there along with Liam Grimshaw, Turnbull and Polworth. All of these players are players who coming into the save I planned on building the team around. I've been very pleased with Eric Gill and David Devine performance in defence this year as both are teenage academy graduates. They seem like the will be the beating heart of my defence for many a season to come until a big teams comes knocking. James Scott and Chris Long up front have done okay but not enough for me and my standards. If we are to kick on I need someone who can be more prolific. Scott can double up as a right winger though. Seedorf on the left wing, much like the strikers, did okay and has bags of potential but I think I need someone better and keep him as an understudy or if he protests at game time I will sell him. Players leaving on an end of season freebie this season are Richard Tait, who did well as a squad player, Peter Hartley, who was dependable when called upon and Trevor Carson who was also impeccable when called upon. These players are leaving due to their age and my need to bring the wage bill down.
  2. End of Season Review No surprise to see Allan Campbell picking up the fans Player of the Year award but I was very shocked to see Chris Long finish third. A steady climb up the league table over the season which was remarkable considering how many draws we picked up. Not too many defeats though especially in the second half of the season which was very pleasing. Our defence was pretty mean actually with only a couple of goals more lost than the Old Firm but our attack is what really cost us with Rangers and Celtic scoring TWICE as many as us over the course of the season.
  3. Top 6 Split We did it! European football is coming to North Lanarkshire next season! Final 5 games and we in fact secured a 3rd place finish with two games to spare. Victories over the Edinburgh big boys of Hearts and Hibs in Edinburgh coupled with a first win over Celtic at Fir Park sealed an appearance in the Europa League next season. I then decided to give the kids a run for the last two games rather than chase a record points haul as this seasons points total will have to be beaten if we ever win a title so more important to give the kids some game time. The final league table...
  4. March 2019/20 (plus last game before the split) What a way to end before the split! Four wins and one loss to Celtic this month and I can't believe the change in fortunes since the start of the season! Chris Long managed to get himself on the score sheet a few times this month and we are starting to look right up for it at the moment. Here's the league as we head into the split with the Hibees away first... Can we manage to bag ourselves European football for next season?
  5. Youth Intake 2019/20 (part2) This lad depending on my summer transfer window might actually be going straight in at the deep end for next season as I don't have many options for right wing. The other lads I'm attempting to sign will be there to make up numbers and give some depth.
  6. Youth Intake 2019/20 (part1) It's every FM players fave day of the season, youth intake! Here's what my HOYD, Motherwell legend Stevie Hammell, is saying... And here's how they actually look... All the players with a 'YP19' after their name I have offered contracts to. Here's a more in depth look at the new lads... A fantastic prospect, hopefully I can bring him along and sell Chris Long in a season or two. Another great prospect who hopefully can kick on and be challenging the first team in a few seasons.
  7. February 2019/20 Another unbeaten month in the league! A scoreless bore draw at home to Hibs kicked off the month with neither team having more than 10 shots in total let alone on target. This was followed up with a nil nil away at Ibrox which we took some pride from but despite a 52-48 percentage game we failed to really create many chances and hung on for the most part. A 2-1 win at home to bottom placed Accies followed with BOTH of my strikers, James Scott and Chris Long, getting on the score sheet. For a second I thought the game had glitched as I don't think that has happened all season so far! A draw at home to bogey team Ross County next before a 2-1 away win against Killie with neither game featuring a goal from my strikers, normal service resumed With 10 games to go the race for Europe is on! There's even a chance I could finish third with a bit of luck.
  8. January 2019/20 Just the two games in the SPFL this month which went as follows: Chris Long, a striker, finally gets on the scoresheet! It's sad news with regards to silverware this season though as after a reply we go out of the Scottish Cup at the first time of asking. Chris Long again on the score sheet though. Let's hope this is a sign of becoming more prolific. It's January so that means winter transfer window. I allowed Devante Cole's loan contract to run down and did not renew and also terminated Mark O'Hara's loan to save on the wages and that was all I had planned seeing as I was out of the cup so wouldn't have much fixture congestion but then on deadline day this happened... So as a result I decided to loan in this fella... Not sure where I will use him more, right wing or striker but it's good to have options. The squad complained about the sale of Donnelly but I told them I was going to look to youth, which I will as 21 year old academy graduate Barry Maguire will be stepping up and getting more game time. The sale really helped the bank balance as I'm currently running at a loss so the finances are looking like this... I will still have around £1.5m to come in for prize money for the league so despite running at a loss at the moment I'm not too concerned. Biggest expenditure is wages but a few players will be leaving at the end of season with their contracts running out and I am hoping to look to my academy to help me out which will reduce costs. Speaking of youth, here's what my Head Of Youth is saying about the next crop...
  9. December 2019/20 We head into the winter break after a busy, tough month in December. A loss at home to Rangers started the month but we weren't expecting much from that game despite it being on our own turf as the Gers are on course to win the title this year. Next up was a tough slog away to the Hibees and then what has to go down as 2 points dropped when we went to Dingwall and drew with bottom club Ross County. A win on the road against Livi with a goal from my outgoing winger Ilic, my strikers at this point can't buy a goal! It was no wonder then that we could only manage another draw at home to Kilmarnock with a goal courtesy of midfielder Allan Campbell, a player who is fast becoming the shining light in this team. A home draw with Celtic was a great result as it's the first time we've avoided defeat to either of the Old Firm and this was followed up by two wins on the road, again with no goals from my strikers. So at the half way point the league is looking like this... It's shaping up to be me challenging the two Edinburgh giants for a shot at the cash rich European places. I would like to think at this point I will definitely be achieving a top 6 finish which is what the board wanted at the start.
  10. Could a league title be going to Paisley for the first time in their history???
  11. November 2019/20 First up this month was our Betfred Cup semi-final against the green half of the Old Firm and it ended in tragedy. A goal by Jullien against us again and another 1-nil loss just like in the league last month. "I'm not too disappointed as success was never on the cards in this competition." On the flip side our league form keeps going from strength to strength... A 100% league record this month, granted only two games but stats are stats First game of the season for Turnbull after his return from injury in the game against the Accies and what a way to return by getting himself on the scoresheet within the first half hour. Further goals by Grimshaw and Polworth round out my scorers. After 11 hours without a goal my number 9, James Scott, finally bagged himself a goal against St Johnstone with Allan Campbell also getting on the scoresheet. December will be a busy month as you can see from the fixture list above. Here's how the league is shaping up...
  12. October 2019/20 A decent month in the league to be fair with 2 home wins against the Jambos and the Buddies, a narrow loss to Celtic and a draw, both away, with Aberdeen. Not much to really right up about his much. No players really standing out at the moment. I'd love to be able to bring in a new striker as Scott and Long are not proving to be reliable and, as I said earlier, a prolific winger who can provide would make life easier but with zero funds available either in my transfer budget or wage budget I will just have to try and make it to the end of the season and hope for prize money to boost the coffers. If I somehow manage to get into Europe this would also be of great benefit.
  13. September 2019/20 Well lets start with the good news... We needed penalties to see of Hearts at home to advance to the semi finals in the Betfred Cup. Possible opponents were Celtic, Rangers or St Johnstone, so naturally we drew the reigning, defending champions Celtic. So, onto the league... A mixed month ended with our first victory since the opening day of the season which I was delighted with! I had former Motherwell great James McFadden moaning to the press about how my stewardship of the club was going and I was starting to fear that my first ever foray into a career thread was going to end all to briefly with a sacking. A draw with Killie in a game which I easily played the better football and had the more chances and another draw with 11th placed Ross County in which I led from the 8th minute only to have Richard Foster at right back pop up for them in the 84th minute to back his first goal for them was demoralising. But we picked ourselves up and played our cup game and buoyed by that victory and booking a trip to Hampden we went on to end our league hoodoo and beat Livi at home thanks to goals from Allan Campbell and a Liam Donnelly penalty to round out the month with the league looking like this... A mixed bag so far with my only consolation that we aren't too far off 4th. Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts coming next in the league though so that could really start to shape my expectations for the season.
  14. August Round Up Well, that optimism I had disappeared quickly A great start to the season on the opening day then stuttered against St Johnstone after being 1 up through a goal from James Scott in the 54th minute we then conceded not much later in the 63rd minute and hung on to a 1-1 draw. We then got thumped by Rangers in a game we didn't expect to get much from but the manner of the defeat along with the score line was horrendous. Hibs have started the season well and currently sit 2nd behind Celtic after 4 games but again, it was a bit of a toothless defeat. We can take some conciliation in the fact that we are through to the Betfred Cup Quarter Final after a victory against Dundee as expected. Next up in the quarters is Hearts away which could be anyones.
  15. Betfred Cup navigated via utter domination... Although it did come at a price with lengthy injuries to Charles Dunne... ...and the on loan Mark O'Hara Our reward for our strong showing is a second round game against Scottish Championship side Dundee which I'm confident of seeing off. The start of the SPFL is upon us and I'm looking forward to it. I feel I have a good squad available to me and eager to see how we fare. My only fear is our flanks, they might need a step up in class up top in the attacking half.
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