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    I live just outside Belfast, used to live in London and in Benidorm! Live long Chelsea fan!

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  1. One Out One In We lose our main striker but managed to get a pretty good deal for him. His replacement. We managed to unsettle him and he requested a transfer. Cost us 32m but I think he is a fantastic season.
  2. Mid-Season Review Results An unbeaten first half of the season is incredible. Our team has really gelled together and we are scoring a lot of goals. Have been able to give a lot of game time to most of the team to also aid development. League Table Despite being unbeaten we still aren't top! Inter have lost 1 game (to us) and won the rest means they sit 3pts clear of us. Italian Cup A first round tie against Roma isnt the easiest of games but the way we have been playing I am confident! Champions League A really good first season in the CL thus fat as we went unbeaten in our group stage and finishing top of our group. Probably the easiest tie we could have wished for. I fancy our chances here! Goalkeeper Watch Motsetse has scored 6 goals in 21 games which is a great return. Adrian hasn't scored in 2 games thus far. Player Review - Igor Kasunic A have always been a fan of defenders who can cover both sides. He has developed really well. Those mental and physicals are very impressive for a 20 year old. If we can work a bit on that crossing then we have a great full back on our hands. Youth Intake Preview Lets see what happens!
  3. Transfers Out Nothing major here. Some of the American's from a few seasons ago have now left in Aldrich and Samit. Maddison who was our backup keeper has also left as he wouldn't sign a new contract. The others were bit part players at best who were not going to get into the first team. In A much quieter window for us with only 5 signings with 2 of those signings being pre contracts. Only turned 18 but is off on loan to Lecce to get some valuable game time! Signed for his release fee and would normally be sent out on loan but as he is only 16 still I have kept him around and given him a few games here or there. Moreno was another centre back we signed and loaned out to America. A very solid looking player on our hands here. With Maddison leaving we had a backup space available and Adrian is that player. A 6 foot 5 keeper. I like that! Akande was our major signing of this season. He will come in as our rotational striker. Really like the look of him.
  4. End Of Season Results A fantastic league season. Our position was confirmed with 3 games to go so I tried to play some more of the backup players. A great season for us! League Table We ended up in 3rd place and will get Champions League football for the first time in the clubs history! Italian Cup The furthest yet we have got in the competition unfortunately a red card in each leg of the semi final meant Inter comfortably beat us 5-1 on aggregate! Europa League An up and down group stage for us but we eventually qualified before knocking out Ajax in the first knockout stage. Sevilla was a step too far for us in the 2nd knockout stage however as they beat us 7-6 on aggregate with a heartbreaking 96th minute goal! Goalkeeper Watch Motsetse scored 4 goals in 47 games whereas Maddison got 1 goal! Player Review - Joel D'Allesandro In terms of current ability probably the best player currently at the club but I do expect more from him. Playing mainly in the deep lying role he got 2 goals and 4 assists with an average rating of 6.67. Player Of The Season - Tokelo Motsetse Becoming a top goalkeeper he has really started to perform wonders for us. The serie A goalkeeper of the year and one of the first names on the team sheet for us! Young Player Of The Season - Nahuel Szerdi A much better season from Szerdi as he grabbed 15 goals and 10 assists from the wing, scoring some vital goals! Other News We have moved into our 22,500 seater stadium!
  5. Mid-Season Review Results Another really good season thus far. As expected been some bumps in the road mainly in December but we bounced back by beating Cagliari. League Table We sit in the last CL spot which would be an amazing achievement but I do not expect to stay there! Italian Cup As we are in Europe we go straight into the first round were we will play Parma! Europa League A bit up and down but the 2 wins we got in game weeks 5 and 6 meant we went through in 2nd place and will play Ajax in the first knockout stage! Goalkeeper Watch Motsetse has 2 goals in 22 games and Maddison is yet to get off the mark in 2 games! Player Review - Nahuel Szerdi Szerdi has been playing mainly on the right this year and has produced some big goals for us. He has 7 goals and 3 assists in 16 games! Other News We have managed to get another increase on our junior coaching! Youth Intake Preview This is a bit more promising!
  6. Transfers Out Well after discussing it before we have had 2 of our release fees triggered. Larsen is off to Lazio for 12.5m and Ferraroni who is now a wondered got nicked by Milan for 11m. The other sales were for players no longer required for the first team apart from Anderson who wouldn't sign a new contract. We made just over 30m in sales! In A much quieter transfer window but we did spend big money twice. Brought in on a free as it's an area we are short in. Trying to loan him out for some first team experience! Perhaps overspent here a bit bit its one my scouts were very excited about. Will get him game time out the right hand side for now but hopefully a big future! I love this signing. A great find by the scouts. 6 foot 6 and can play at the back or in that deep lying role. A position we needed covering. A fee that could reach nearly 41m but I think he will be a mainstay in the squad for quite a while! A youngster with good potential. Not first team ready and will probably look to loan him out for a season or 2 for development! A deadline day signing. We only have 3 strikers in the first team so he came in to be our 4th. Scouts aren't as excited as some of the other players but I see a very solid player here.
  7. End Of Season Results League Table Italian Cup Goalkeeper Watch Motsetse had a disappointing season in front of goal and didn't get off the mark at all in the league! Maddison scored once in 7 games! Player Review - Segundo Lavielle Lavielle played mainly AMC this season but was moved as a 3rd choice striker also. He scored 10 goals and got 6 assists in 21 (8) appearances. Player Of The Season - Christopher Hutton Well a simply stunning season for Hutton who scored 39 goals in 30 (4) appearances and also got 4 assists. He was top goalscorer not only in Serie A but also Europe! Young Player Of The Season - Tokelo Motsetse Despite being useless from his penalties and free kicks he was voted as Serie A goalkeeper of the season with an impressive 7.2 rating. Season Overview A fantastic season for us in the league. With our youngsters getting more vital games in their development they have really grown as a team. A Europe League place finish is great for us. We have some good players at our disposal who can still develop into very good players for this level. We may struggle to keep a few who have release fees around 20m. I am currently trying to up some of these but Hutton (24.5m release fee) is refusing a new deal currently as is Ferrara (3.3m release fee). Will try again in the new season to renew! I think I need to reduce the size off the first team next season and loan out a few of the more peripheral squad players for first team experience! In terms of where I will be looking to improve I would say centre back and another striker would be top of my shopping list.
  8. Board Takeover Just had a takeover and they have immediately made bids for players and I cannot stop it?
  9. January Transfers In All of these were pre-arranged transfers. All again dual nationalities (1 Portuguese, 2 Spanish and 1 Italian)! Luis Henrique Joel D'Allessandro Jose Abraham Martinez Carlos Prati Henrique, Prati and Martinez have immediately been loaned out for development whereas D'Allesandro comes in as one of our best players in the squad! Out A lot of loans out here along with 2 permanent moves. Berrouche wasn't developing so was sold to Frosinone for just under 100k. Pappalardo on the other hand was a good prospect but got unhappy when I rejected a few bids so was sold on along with some additional clauses!
  10. Mid-Season Review Results A tough start but we have bounced back amazingly well since. Including a 5 game win streak! Been able to spread games around as well and will have some interesting decisions to make with some players' futures! League Table We sit 8th comfortably clear of the drop zone and only a point outside the European spots! Italian Cup A poor first game of the season means we were beaten by a team who are a division below! Goalkeeper Watch No goals thus far for our keepers! Player Review - Davide Mondonico Still our best centre back but doesnt have the potential of some of the other players we have. Might be his last season as a starter before I blood in some of the youth! Youth Intake Preview A potential wing back? I wont hold my breath! Other News With the Serie A money we have been making steady progress. 2 more increases in the training facilities as well as a youth facility increase plus the new stadium means we are in a very good place currently!
  11. Transfers A massive transfers window where we got a lot of pre-signed players plus a few additional. Had to be smart as I only realised we could sign one non EU player which is the main reason I targeted EU (or EU eligible) players! A lot came from outside the EU but have dual nationalities! Out We sold 5m worth of players. Ravasio would not sign a new contract and Bizzini I have replaced with 2 younger keepers with better potential. The other had dropped down the pecking order after a huge summer of ins and out. 16 players also went out on loan to get more game time! In Ron Velasquez Brad Samit Steven Finn Antonio Javier Castaneda Christopher Hutton Enzo Gorosito Segundo Lavielle Gustavo Iturrieta Simon Lewis Pedro Guerreiro Stefano Stridi Daniel Ferrara Arthur Leyson Igor Kasunic Tommaso Ferraroni Adrian Basioli Tokelo Motsetse Nahuel Szerdi A massive somewhere filled with a lot of potential but still not at the level to truly compete in Serie A for another 2 or 3 seasons. It will be about survival and development. We only spent money on 6 players. Ferraroni cost us the most and its a bit of a risk with our limited resources. 5.75m was spent on him. Szerdi cost just 4.2m, Kasunic 1.9m, Stridi 1.3m, Motsetse 800k and Pedro Guerrero 775k! A great summer transfer window and we have still a further 5 players to come in on pre-arranged deals. 4 in January and 1 in summer next season.
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