Tonbridge Angels - Season 2019 - 2020 (2) - National League South
Board Expectation: Fight bravely against relegation
Manager Expectation: Top half finish
Media Prediction: 20th
Final Position: 5th
An improvement upon last season as we managed to qualify for the playoffs but we rarely looked competitive as Braintree defeated us 4-2 in the Wildcard Round. Far prefer the new playoff system with one off matches. Two leg games in domestic competitions bothers me.
The squad is too big at the moment. Players kept bothering me with gripes about a lack of playing time. It's something I've never been good at managing at non league level and whilst I have sufficient support to avoid dynamics problems this has definitely been far improved this year in the game.
League Two clubs are showing an interest in bringing me on board so I'm clearly doing something right. I also won Manager of the Year on the second try. Hopefully next season I can trade that in for a promotion!
FA Cup: A shameful 1-0 defeat to Merstham in the Second Qualifying Round, nuff said.
FA Trophy: Knocked out 1-0 by bogey team Wealdstone in the Third Qualifying Round. No cup wins this season. AFC Fylde won this, beaten only four times across all competitions in securing a non league double along with the National League Premier.
Manager's Player of the Season: Matt Carter swept the awards across the board at our end of season awards ceremony, including a blistering volley from outside the box to win goal of the season. Too good for this level and is set to leave at the end of his contract.
Season - Year - Division - Position - Notes
1 - 2018/19 - National League South - 11th - Two Manager of the Month awards, 3rd in Manager of the Year voting.
2 - 2019/20 - National League South - 5th - One Manager of the Month award, National League South Manager of the Year.
Around the World
England - Another dominant performance from Man United in the league but faltering performances elsewhere mean it's their only trophy this season. Some unfancied sides enjoy success in the domestic cups, with West Brom stunning Spurs on penalties to win the League Cup and Watford running Liverpool close in the FA Cup final. The Merseyside club survive the scare to take their tally of FA Cups to nine.
Europe - After dominating Europe last season, only Man City represents England in the Quarter Finals of the Champions League. PSG completes the treble in a shootout win against Real Madrid, who must settle for only the Copa del Rey. Arsenal win the Super Cup and Club World Cup as North London rivals Tottenham suffer a 2-1 Europa League Final defeat to Hoffenheim, who had to survive the dying stages with nine men!
International - England sweep a qualifying group including Netherlands and Northern Ireland to qualify for Euro 2020. Kosovo are the shock qualifiers, despite only getting 4 points from qualifying their Nations League Division D Group 3 top spot sends them into the playoffs where they beat Latvia and Macedonia to reach their first major competition.
Our wage budget is still high but promotion is essential to avoid getting gutted financially. We had to expand our ground by 1000 seats to comply with regulations and I'm hoping that won't come back to bite us on the behind.