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About higgins

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    @Armchair_Gaffer

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    Juventus

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    Holstein Kiel

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  1. I managed in Italy, England and France with FM20, now it's time for a change and Germany looked like a good option, this is why I decided to go to Kiel, in the southwest of the Jutland peninsula and start this new adventure. The club Holstein Kiel, founded 119 years ago (1900), claimed their one and only German league title back in 1912 and since the introduction of the Bundesliga in 1963, they failed to shine at the highest level, recently they're trying to rise from lower leagues obscurity, promoted in 2017 to 2.Bundesliga they came really close to back to back promotion after a br
  2. You’re right, exploitative tactics still work, regarding the rest we have some problems...
  3. 2020-21 Welcome back to Barnsley, after the promotion from the Championship I tried to improve the team with some key signings without overspending, I simply wanted to confirm the spine of last season team. A risky choice. but I thought many of them deserved a chance at EPL level, team cohesion should help my young squad (22 avg. age) to avoid relegation, my main goal for the season. Anyway I still have 32 M left in the transfer budget, a huge amount of money that could be useful in January, these are the transfers I made in the summer: The plan would be to keep pla
  4. Staying up was vital, now it's time to improve the squad, any targets?
  5. At the start of season two the board offered me a new deal, they want entertaining football and defensive solidity, a little bit of this and a little bit of that... Do they know we are Barnsley?
  6. Thanks mate, before I sold him Styles played 20 games for Barnsley, nothing spectacular to be fair: 6.79 avg. rat. 1 goal & 1 assist, below there's the offer I accepted from Leicester You could be right about Scarlet, surely an exciting war-chest!
  7. 2019-20 So we did it, just few months and we'll face premier league football; it's obvious to say that the difficult part starts now, we have more money but more expenses as well, I just renewed Mowatt and McGeehan contracts, both will earn around 1.7M per season, they were earning 500k per year so far... Anyway, here there are some quick facts about last season, regarding my players and the football world we are in: Relegated from EPL Brighton Burnley Sheffield United EPL winner Manchester City UCL winner Liverpool ---------------------
  8. Thanks @Jamesbfc1887, by the way, I think she is suitable for every context . Back to Barnsley I was impressed by how much Jacob Brown has grown up this season, 17 goals overall for him, my best striker.
  9. Championship Play-offs - 2019.20 So here we are, 2 games vs. Fulham, in the first one a true poacher effort from new striker Dany Mota gave us a good home win at Oakwell, after a fairly even match. In the second I started again with Mota and Torben Musel as my striking partnership, with Jacob Brown ready to unleash his pace in the second part of the match, the score was still 0-0 when Fagioli and Mowatt did this... A crazy shot from outside the box gave us the lead, then Jacob Brown scored the second on a quick counter, 1-2 the final result, we're going to Wembley
  10. Well, regarding playoff I’m usually a bottler and Fulham are difficult, but here we have nothing to lose. This afternoon we’ll know more.
  11. January to May 2019 - 13W 6D 6L The regular season is over, my first with Barnsley, at the end of March, in spite of some moves in the Winter market, sold Callum Styles for 6.5M + 3.5M bonus to Leicester and signed Nicolò Fagioli (3.8M + 1.9 bonus) and Dany Mota, both from Juventus under 23 squad, I had no more hopes to qualify for the playoff. The boys were missing the required consistency to reach the 6th place, I tried some tactical adjustments but nothing worked properly, then finally I'v e been able to pull the rabbit out of the hat, many of the goals we conceded came from mis
  12. November/December 2019 - 4W 3D 4L We're 9th, at the end of December we're 9th, not bad if you consider our media prediction (24th) but I'm a bit disappointed cause our amazing start made me think we could do even better, but lately we had some bad losses, defensively we played without confidence and made too many mistakes. Up top Jacob Brown (8 goals) and Torben Musel (7 goals and 4 assists) are doing well, Conor Chaplin played only nine games due to an injury but scored 4 goals, all the other attackers have been pretty crap: Wilks had no goals in 8 (5) games, the same for my
  13. You added two solid and experienced midfielders, ready to play at that level, well done.
  14. September/October 2019 - 2W 3D 4L I was right to be worried about Cauley Woodrow injury, unfortunately now even McGeehan is broken and as a result Barnsley collapsed, mixed results in September and not a single win in October. I'm aware our starting winning streak was not going to last too much, I would have hoped for a softer landing but this looks like the great slump. The truth is that when difficulties emerge my young team does not have the experience to react, the absence of two key men was enough to alter the course of events. We need to find the right balance, les
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