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  1. 19/20 Season PREM - Highlight- winning the title at Arsenal away on the penultimate game of the season Only conceding 12 goals Lloris Golden Glove winner Pierre-Emile Højbjerg clean sweep of player awards Transfers out: Transfers in: Tactics Hojbjerg was different class Prem Team of the year: CL Team of the year Dele Alli is no longer a bench-warming enigma Competitions:
  2. We're on course to defend our European Title! Just! What a comeback from being 3-0 down at HT. Another massive result from the boys Haaland scores his 35th and 36th of the season to sink Man Utd. Eight games left and we have daylight as leaders Another tight result in the CL but we're still in the hat despite a few scares! Some massive games coming up We've booked our place in the CL final If we get a point against Brighton today we secure the Premier League title for the first time ever! After a hard fought game we get the 3 points and create history; with only Burnley left to play! Back at Roots Hall to beat Burnley and get the party started! Champions League Final v Liverpool. Well I've achieved what I set out to do and a little more.
  3. What a season! We won two major cups: Champions League and the FA Cup. Great to see that 3 players top the award winners (Lafont, Schuurs and Haaland) with another (Passlack) coming second. Success breeds success.. Haaland is getting better and better! Nice way to start our defense of the CL. I'm staggered. I ask the board to get me Kenneth Taylor to bring balance and fluidity to the team and they actually do the business and sign the starlet for £46 million quid! Slight catch...We have to wait till the new year. Half way through the season and we are somewhat on course to be champions although we are currently in 3rd pushing to make up the points. If we are to become champions, this could be the XI that takes us there. Haaland hits 23 goals in January! He's still performing despite us falling out from rejecting several bids from other clubs. I'm squeezing everything from this small group of players and they're doing me proud. We've closed the gap to a single point. No fingernails left but it's well worth it!
  4. 5th season - Time to branch-out without forgetting our roots Times are a changing under my tenure and a new stadium is planned to replace the crumbling Roots Hall. Building a team for the future. I've been busy in the window and have found it so much easier to attract talent we now can offer European footy! Alban Lafont, Alessandro Bastoni and Dejan Kulusevski are huge signings for us and I'm expecting them to make an instant impact. Felix Passlack is a decent player with great bravery and consistency which is what we need to build on our recent success. New-gen, Suarez and Italian starlet Raoul Bellanova look like really good prospects for the future. I'm looking into a new CM but I've only like 6 million left and finding it tricky to find a player with the needed quality so I may need to sell a fringe player or two. Players out: The potential starting line-up could look like this: Last minute addition I was scouring the market for a bargain and came across a certain welsh wizard. As a Spurs fan, I questioned whether this was a sentimental decision... However, at 34, his stats are tidy and he still has decent fitness, stamina and pace. So I offered him a 12 month contract paying him £81K/WK and he landed on a free. Plus - I play Inside Forward roles and he can play on either flank. He won't play every game but I can roll him out for the games against the bigger clubs and on those CL nights. Pre-season A tour of Asia and Europe produced many goals and big wins against poor opponents. Season opener against Birmingham and keen to start well. We did ok but it came at a cost. Haaland is taken off after just half an hour. Thankfully it's not serious. Big guns firing CL Draw is here! Predictably it's a tough group. I'm not moaning as I'm buzzing to be there! Time to play that music! So finally, our first fixture in the CL. We've just had a respectable 1-1 draw with Liverpool and beat City so we've shown we can cut it against big opposition. This challenge is a slightly different animal but I'm hoping we can get some sort of a result here. The new 4-2-2-2 system I've deployed with a higher tempo and pressing will certainly ensure PSG will have to earn their money to beat us. Here's hoping we can cause an upset in Paris- Oui, oui. We get schooled and with being reduced to 10-men early on and then eventually 9-men we fell way short of what was needed. A disappointing night in France! We move on and put it to experience. Herrera with a tap-in to put us ahead. Dujon Sterling makes a 60-yard sprint from deep in our half......He glides past 3 …...Before coolly placing it home to make it 3-0. This is more like it! What a result. Dujon Sterling made his CL debut and what a performance he gave. Haaland grabs the 92nd minute winner to send Roots Hall rocking! Bellisimo! After 10 We've adjusting to playing European football and it's taken a toll on some results. Room for improvement! Haaland rescues the point in Naples A decent draw at home to PSG put us in a good position to qualify in 2nd. One group game remaining- must win to make sure. Shakhtar in the snow Dejan Kulusevski breaks the ice with a brilliant finish Haaland grabs a hattrick to put us 4 up We run out 6-0 winners After 20 games (West Ham) Rafik Zekhnini has been a superb professional for us. A tempting bid from China has come in and I'm unsure whether to cash in? His stats aren't amazing but his scoring record is insane. Bargain Hunt The board invested some CL funds back into the club. A rare gesture from (tight as a ducks arse) Ron Martin. We've received lots of bids for key players: 28 Mill for Rogerio 20 mill for Yangel Herrera 11 mill for Cristo With new CL stage registration and window deadline on the horizon, it's time for big decisions. Cristo exits stage left for 12 million and I make Christopher Kramer's loan a permanent move for a cool 1.7m due to his contract running down. More CL action 1st leg KO round tie against Juventus and we stormed it - giving us a great chance of progressing! We peppered their goal with 19 shots on target- I'm left scratching my head how we didn't get more? What a mad game! We go through- that's all that matters. Utter madness! Six! WTF? Another goal fest in the CL. We're in the semi-final, going through with a 9-3 aggregate score More cup fever as we make the FA Cup final for the first time in the club's history. A frustrating game, we just couldn't score despite creating many chances. At least Bayern don't take an away goal back to Munich. Round 2 Haaland. What a time to get you're 30th goal of the season. Emanuel Vignato seals it! We're in the final! Disappointing league finish We still have an FA Cup final and of course the Champions League final to play for. History beckons The man for the big occasion Haaland. What a nerve shredding game. We make history! 1 down, 1 to go! If we're going to lift that trophy this is the team that will take us to glory. Herrera finds the bottom corner to open our lead... However, they peg us back and it goes to the wire again! We win on pens 4-3! I feel we've found glory. Double glory. TBC
  5. I'm being really thick here but i'm unsure how to continue posting or how to create a new post within this thread? What do I need to click on 'quote' ? Only- I've tried to continue posting in my current thread and it won't except any new images- just text. Sorry to be a pain
  6. Ok. I didn't want to **** people off and muck it up like I did last time. I'll give it ago. Essentially I need to trim down my images and delete old ones to make room?
  7. Hi Bud, Thanks- I need some advice.. I've got this message on my last thread. I've tried saving and going back into make a new post but it looks like I've used up too much space? What can I do to continue my thread? Thanks T
  8. Hi Bud, Thanks- I need some advice.. I've got this message on my last thread. I've tried saving and going back into make a new post but it looks like I've used up too much space? What can I do to continue my thread? Thanks T
  9. We carve out a heroic draw against the red devils. With an early Solet goal being disallowed in the first half we could of picked up all 3 point. Check out the possession stats. 11 shots on target - so De Gea definitely earnt his salary today! Twists and turns with one game remaining! With Soton beating Man City this means there are 4 clubs fighting for the remaining two CL places. We need a win to cement our position, up next is Leicester... Leicester An early pen gave us the opportunity we needed to get ahead and settle down. Haaland's brace before HT. Another hattrick from the magic Norwegian puts us 3-0 up and coasting towards Champions League success! Champions League! Ya know? In a dramatic last day this is how the table looks. 3rd is a nice result after a brilliant season. Funny how Arsenal and Man City finish outside the CL with Chelsea sneaking in on the last day. The board set the budgets and I'm keen to build with European football coming to Roots Hall for the first time. Good job we have an international airport! Work begins again in preparation for next season Here are my targets: Probably will cost too much £25-30 million Had a fee of 9 million accepted as his contract is running down. Scout reports indicate he could cost around £15 million Enquiry made. I've been trying to buy with no success. Maybe now we're CL he'll be tempted? 5th season
  10. Well we made it! We're Premier League. It's been a while since we started of in League 1 with a transfer kitty of 26k and 40k for wages. Prem review Now we're in the big time with 28 mill to spend. Here are the opening fixture with the Gooners as the opening game. Squad I've been busy wheeling and dealing with no less than 14 players coming in. The following three veterans will be joining in July on frees: Emmanuel Mas Antonio Di Gaudio Manuel Pucciarelli Fausto Vera a 6 mill capture from Torino is a signing I'm most excited about. I've managed to secure a few familiar loans that were in my promotion winning squads too- Ryan Gravenberch, Brandon Williams and Curtis Jones. Sad to see Humphreys go as he scored so many important goals for us but he just won't cut it at this level so he transfers out to Pompey for £600,000. Tom Adeyemi will leave on a free soon as contract talks broke down as he was asking for a 400% wage increase. Has also got greedy so I've transferred listed him out. With Oumar Solet, Dan Burn and Perr Schuurs coming in he'd be 4th choice at best anyway. The Iceman that is Hermann Hreiðarsson is also set to leave. He's demanding too much in wages. Roberto Insigne comes in on loan after nagging the board for 2 weeks solid. Well worth it. He'll give us so much quality and width. Stadium The board decide to increase Roots Hall by 500 seats now we're in the Prem. Our capacity is now a staggering 12,663. Superstar is born Newgen Kirsten Toomsalu signs a contract at 17.5k a week! Pre-season 1st match Arsenal- Home We're looking good in all department and sticking with the tried and tested shape and tactics that have got us here. A great result. This was no mean feat: Oumar Solet and Curtis Jones go off injured first half and to add to that Ryan Gravenberch gets dismissed early into the second. With grit and determination 10 men Southend battle and hold out for our first ever point in the Prem. Fulham away We didn't have too long to wait for our 1st Prem goal . Curtis Jones coolly finishing a well worked team move in a 1-1 draw with Fulham at the Cottage. League cup What a comeback from going 2-0 down. Going ahead against Liverpool Remember the name. Lukas Nmecha! We held on from that spectacular moment to get all 3 points in an historic win for the club. I didn't expect our first league win to be today. Get in! League Cup We just scrap through on pens. After 10 games played We find ourselves in 14th which is decent but there is much room for improvement in creating chances and converting sticky draws into wins. League Cup 4th Rnd- Norwich Emmanuel Mas puts us on course early on... It's a hard fought tie and we go out on pens. After 20 games We've had a ridiculous number of draws (12) so far. On course to stay up but much improvement needed. Signings in the January window We snap up Federico Ricci from Sassuolo for 875K We loan out Tommy Hopper to MK Dons Man City at home We host Manchester City. Not expected anything after a number of mediocre results... Bobby Duncan puts us ahead after 46 seconds! 1-0! Curtis Jones converts confidently from the spot to send us into dreamland, 2-0. Bobby Duncan fires us 3-0 up! This is an amazing team effort going into HT. We hold on to record an amazing result! Chelsea On a high from beating Man City we faced Chelsea 4 days after. We go behind but battle on to complete a brilliant comeback 2-1 victory. It was pleasing to see Faustino Anjorin ( a starlet we signed for 275k ) score the equaliser against the club who rejected him. Record signing Fausto Vera with a superb half-volley was the winning goal. What's going on? 16 games without a win then we beat City and Chelsea in the same week. Sheffield United Away The boys are really enjoying the new year with their 3rd win on the bounce. We demolish and blunt the blades 4-1. Even Dan Burn gets on the scoresheet! Can we extract revenge on the canaries in the cup? Pucciarelli- Who's been a poor signing - scored his 2nd of the season. I'm not sure what was more impressive; the finish or the celebration after? We concede late on which was disappointing. A replay it shall be. Goals are raining down at Roots Hall! Ryan Gravenberch cementing victory in a 4-1 win over Fulham FA Cup replay Our great form of late continues... Arsenal- Away Bobby Duncan loves scoring against the top 6 clubs! 1-0! Love beating the Gooners! FA Cup The Gooners get revenge and dump us out of the cup. After 30 games Big result against Brum A six-pointer 1-0 win thanks to wonderkid Ryan Gravenberch. Another draw! We blow a two goal advantage to record draw number 15. A Premier League record. Brighton- Away Bobby Duncan gets his 7th goal of the season to get us the 3 points Liverpool - Away Bobby Duncan gets his goal against a top side but it's not enough this time. We're well beaten by Liverpool 6-1. Brandon Williams' sending off did not help our cause. Stoke- Away We relegate Stoke in a high scoring game with unlikely scorers. Solet and Schuurs both getting on the scoresheet in a 3-2 win for the Shrimpers. Fresh blood is needed I end all possible loanee deals to raise the remaining wage bill money to snap up some quality out of contract additions Last game- Burnley A last minute scramble and Dowell gets the win for us. We finish 11th. It's been a weird, bitter-sweet season with 16 draws. With a few good additions we'll qualify for Europe next season easily. I can't help feeling we could of done better this season but all-in-all we did a solid job. Prem 2nd Season As we go into planning for our second Prem campaign, I'm targeting European qualification. The board are pessimistic and have given me the target off avoiding relegation. Well- I'll show them. We have a healthy budget this season - mostly due to our success and the fact we spent very little last season. Coming in: . Going out: This could be the best starting XI Just to clarify- that's Dujon Sterling on the right. The CB partnership needs work between Solet and Schuurs but confident this can be sorted out. The bookies back us to go down 7/10 is insulting More transfer news He's been decent for us to be fair. This is a good deal profit-wise as we picked him up on a free, plus we have a lot of competition in midfield. I use the extra funds to bring in a quality wing-back by the name of Rogerio. Spurs- Away Tricky trip away to my beloved Tottenham for season opener. Funny enough, the game ends in a score draw. 2-2. We play with 10 men for most the second half and get in-front before conceding late on. Pleased new forward Cristo opened his account for the season. Norwich at home New signing Cristo is a fox in the box! He scores the winning goal and puts in a brilliant performance. League Cup- Exeter at home We put the Grecians to the sword (4-0). Fausto Vera with the pick of the goals. West Ham at home Kind of a derby of sorts that's re-kindled since our rise to the top league- we're keen to get one-over on each other. We do just that.. Rafik Zekhnini is already paying back his transfer fee from Torino (£3.5m) with a brace before HT. We go into the break 3-0 up. We run out 6-0 winners after 90 minutes of swagger and stylish attacking play. West Ham put simply were blown away! League Cup- 3rd Rnd. Man City Away That man Bobby Duncan just loves scoring against top 6 teams. What a result! League Cup- 4th Rnd. Barnsley Away A high scoring feast of footy. Starlet Kristen Toomsalu gets a brace and is unplayable. After 10 games We're in 4th place. A very decent start. Goals have been key and our new signings have delivered us goals to win games. has been awesome so far with 6 league goals, closely followed by Cristo on 5. League Cup QF- Southampton- Home Inside forward, Rafik Zekhnini gets us off to a great start with his 12th of the season. He then gets a brace on the stroke of 60 mins. 2-0 He completes his hattrick with a spot-kick (77 mins) to put us through 3-1 winners and into the semi-finals. This guy has been an amazing buy! Costing 3.5 million (from Torino) he's the joint top scorer in the Prem. Fingers crossed in the transfer window I've been tracking a certain Erling Haaland as his contract is due to expire with Salzburg and I cannot believe no top club has snapped him up yet in 2023! To try and beat bigger clubs (any club interested) I've decided to offer Salzburg 11.75 Million as a sweetener as there's only 5 months left on his deal and I could really do with him to join ASAP! Roma and Wolfsberg have been circling with offering free transfers. I'm praying I can bring him to Roots Hall but not entirely confident. He accepts a contract negotiation on the proviso he is top-earner and is on a high wage. Fair enough. We wait to confirm the deal......tick ...tock... While I wait for the outcome of the Haaland deal I have a few out-goings to balance the books: ****! I have a week to find approximately 5 million. Wolves Best performance yet! This is daylight robbery but I'm desperate to raise funds He signs. We got our man after weeks of haggling and number crunching. After almost 20 games and the window closing we're 5th. The CL spot looks out of reach but we're going to give it our best shot. With more fire-power upfront we'll definitely bank some European place. Haaland makes his mark in his second game (first at home) to provide us with the winning goal in a tight 2-1 win over Everton Haaland Land Closing the gap on the big four Perr Schuurs has been a rock at the back but also a demon at scoring match winning goals. His 5th of the season in 3-0 victory over Sheff Utd. Tough fixtures to come A huge game A huge result! A huge 3-1 win against Villa with Haaland grabbing a hattrick to help us stay on track for a CL place!
  11. Well as far as I'm aware it has limited space on here. If I find a way around this in the future I'll join the posts up. I've being using a lot of images and this maybe why? Thanks for your concern. J
  12. the more pictures you upload or post the less you can put into a thread. It has a maximum you can put in.
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