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  1. Mid season attribute review: GK: Good signs from the main three, still looking to loan out Brooks. Burns looks solid without being spectacular yet. The bottom two will probably be loaned out of moved on, especially if the incoming prospect turns out to be decent. Defence: Centre: The Man City loanee Burns and Obi are my two main starters, with promoted 18s Irvine and Lacey being the main back ups. While Turner still appears to be the best, he is 33 and rapidly declining, and Rawlinson while steady can't break into the line up. Both have been transfer listed. Seeing improvement from the younger kids is a positive sign. Right: DKE continues to be solid and can play Left as well. Egan-Riley and Wardrop are my main back ups, Moore finds himself down the pecking order, but is still improving so I might keep him around. Slight improvement from some of the 18s, but Fearon might get moved on. Left: Chicksen is declining and not been in good form, with DKE playing a lot on the left and Wallace showing improvement, and good form. McRory is declining and not in the first team plans so has been transfer listed to free up a Registration spot. Midfield: Box to Box: Kinsella and the ageing Reeves continue to be immense in the centre and have been sharing plenty of game time. Snedden has shown plenty of improvement, and glimpses of what he might be capable of. Advanced Playmaker: Man City loanee Bernabe is the clear standout and bossing midfield. JOB is ageing and showing decline, and may be moved on this window if we can find a taker. Especially now that Cowan is really improving and starting to push for 1st team time. Geeves, Glover and Conway are all showing potential. Minkley might be moved on. Attacking Right: Enzio has been a bit off pace this season, and Cal Roberts quiet often moves across from the left. Sam and Mulvaney provide adequate cover, and there are signs of improvement in Sandhu and Smith Danns is a passenger and appears to have no interest in training. His days are numbered. Attacking Left: The rotation of Roberts, Miller, Morris, and Sam from the right have been running amok on the edges. Angelos is showing improvement, while the others probably aren't going to make it. Forwards: Complete Forward: Wootton is in super form at the moment and is one of the best in the League, equal leading scorer. Sam adequately fills in both here and in the attacking midfield. Evans is gaining confidence and pushing for game time. Advanced Forward: Rodrigues is still the main man, even though his form and goal scoring has been a bit hit and miss this year. Palmer is promoted from the 18s last year, and improving a lot, and getting more game time. Cotton is showing good signs, while Judge probably won't make it. All in all, seeing some improvements, especially now I am rotating so much and getting the younger kids some more game time. There might be some changes coming up in the next month with some aging bodies on the transfer list, and some up and coming kids ready to give them a shove. Up next...can we beat the New Years hangover to keep the good times rolling, and the January transfer window.
  2. Sing when you're winning... DEC 2021: With our final match of the month against Tranmere being washed out, we finished the month perfect, conceding only one goal in the league. We've always had the ability to score goals all over the park, but the way the defence has come together this year has been very satisfying. Add in the Cambridge game and this record has now stretched to 14 unbeaten, and six wins in a row. We've extended our lead at the top of the table, continuing our push for back to back Championships. We are still scoring well, but having conceded only 14 goals is pretty special. Just the one cup game this month, and we over came our affiliate Man City U23s, with Egan Riley scoring against his former team, and Palmer playing well from our own 18s squad. Wootton is now equal leading goal scorer in the League and Slocombe continues to be immense in goal, racking up 17 clean sheets. A number of our youth prospects have found some game time, while some of the 18's from last year are starting to regularly push for starting spots. Young Wallace has pushed Zimbabwe international Chicksen out of the squad, while Palmer is adequately deputising for Rodrigues when he needs to be rested. There are still plenty of goals and assists being shared around all over the field. Another fine month according to the analysis, although we did score less goals than our xG for the first time in a long time. A perfect month in the League seen me collect the Manager of the Month for December. While no job was interviewed or offered, the press linked me with a vacant post for the first time. The Reedtz brothers were very happy that I squashed the rumours. Up next...the mid season attribute review.
  3. Youth Intake Preview: Goalkeeper, centre midfield, and striker, all of which we could always use some extra quality and legs. Looks like an intriguing combination, be interesting to see what shows up next year.
  4. Yeah, the affiliate is awesome, even aside from the players, Man City's 90K a year payment makes them basically my second biggest sponsor. It's a big financial boost. Being able to raid their juniors to get some extra legs is a fantastic bonus. The fact that we can do that for free, is the cherry on top.
  5. The registration balancing act: Earlier I mentioned taking Tahvon Campbell on trial to have a look at him. While I need an extra forward as back up, Campbell being 24 would have needed a Registration slot, and I don't currently have any to give. As he also rated only a low 60's score, even though he was available on a free, I decided to pass on him. I might see if I can pick up a young loan in January, either from Man City or elsewhere, as I still have plenty of room in the wage budget, to help out. I also have some older defenders that are not getting opportunities taking up Registration slots, so they might be loaned out or moved on. Some of the U18's are also performing really well and my backroom staff are starting to suggest pushing them up to the 1st team. Having been playing a youth save for a while, I had forgotten what Registration Tetris was like.
  6. Looks like someone rolled out a green carpet in the car park
  7. The Magpies march on... NOV 2021 We rolled through November with another undefeated month, our only dropped points in the re-arranged Plymouth match. A tidy win over Mansfield in the sold out derby sent the fans home happy. Good crowds are still rolling in to Meadow Lane for League Two games, and we still have the best for and against in the League. Our winning run stretched to 8 before the draw against Plymouth. Cups: FA Cup: We have survived through to the third round of the FA Cup, the wins haven't been convincing, but enough to get the job done. PJT: Needing a win to get us through to the knockout stages of the Pizza Cup, we put Newcastle U23's through the cleaners to qualify top of the group. The first knockout round has seen us drawn against our affiliate Man City U23s. Consistent performances are still seeing us rate well in both attack and defence. Wootton has put together a brilliant month and taken over as the leading goal scorer. Slocombe has still been immense in goal. Plenty of contributions all up and down the park. Been particularly impressed with the new comers Obi and Kinsella. There have also been solid contributions by the three Man City loan kids. A brilliant month saw Kyle Wootton take out the November Player of the Month Up next...the run to Christmas.
  8. Roll on... OCT 2021 With the Plymouth match re-arranged due to Internationals, we had one less game this month. We continue to hold top of the table, but we are also two games behind. Other than the Exeter game which was a shoot out, I have been impressed with our defensive efforts, and while we may not score 140 goals like last year, the results and consistency are impressive. The crowds are still very impressive for this level. Put together a 9 game unbeaten streak before the Leyton Orient game. Cups Carabao Cup: We put in a quality performance to push EPL Everton all the way, but their quality and experience showed out in the end. Another sell out is good for the finances though. PJT: With a long break after the re-arrangement of the Plymouth game I decided to send a strong squad out against League One Bolton, and we managed to get the points in a tight game. With one game left against Newcastle U23s it might be tough to get out of the group, but we were always up against it anyway. Performances remain consistent with plenty of the goals and assists being shared around. I have picked up Tahvon Campbell on trial as a striker to take a look at. I may have to consider looking for other options for McCrory and Rawlinson in the mid season window, as they are just not getting a look in. We are still performing above average in the League. Looking good in both attack and defence. Up next...a busy November in the League and our FA Cup campaign kicks off.
  9. Like a rolling thunder, chasing the wind: SEPT 2021 Only a disappointing draw at Gillingham prevented a perfect month, they had a player sent off on 24 minutes, didn't register a shot on goal. We bombarded them, but just couldn't get the ball in the net. But we find ourselves equal top of the table, with the best for and against in the League. We had put together 7 straight wins before the Gillingham draw. We've had to do the back half of this month without one of our first choice forward men, and he will still be missing at the start of October. Carabao Cup: Just the one game this month, but we pulled off a massive upset by knocking off Premier League side Aston Villa. I know the EPL sides don't always take this cup seriously, but the sell out helps us financially, so the more games, the better for us. The players: Rodders has been a bit hit and miss this season, but is still our main scorer, if he gets it together, this competition could be in trouble. The midfield have been immense so far this season. While our performances have not been as consistent as I would like, we are still outperforming expectations, and the League as far as the analysts are concerned. Our new CB has slotted in nicely, picking up the Young Player of the Month award for September, and has been putting in some very impressive performances. Remember this kid was playing for match payments in the National League South last season. The reign of the Phoe Nix to continue: The board, the team, the fans, and BBC Nottingham were all pleased to see a new contract signed. Looks like they are stuck with my attacking intentions for another 4 years. Up next...Can we keep the impressive League Two performances going? A tough start to the League sees us welcome 2nd, 3rd, and 6th, with a Piazza Cup visit from from League One Bolton in between. The League Cup sees Meadow Lane welcome a second straight EPL side. Looks like a real test of our credentials this month.
  10. Ah I’ve been missing the Bulls stories. Great to see them back in action.
  11. They have a lot of highly rated kids that would laugh their way through this League, but they either won’t drop down this far, or City won’t let them play this low. Another promotion may solve that. But I am pretty happy so far with the ones I have, they look solid for this level. if nothing else, they effectively become another sponsor. I think all my sponsorships combined at the moment pull in about 180K a year, and City are paying me 90K. Not an insignificant amount in comparison.
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