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  1. JANUARY 2022 Well before I dive into the results and league I'd like to show you three exciting players who joined us in the window and who have featured in all of the last 3 games which is probably no coincidence that it as coincided with our good form. We have been playing so well but the win at Dessel was especially sweet given the rival of words me and their manager have been exchanging in the media. I believe we can catch those two teams above us as we've played most of the teams around us now at least twice.
  2. DECEMBER 2021 You would assume that by the below results I'd be unhappy but actually I'm not at all, we played some top teams this month and played so well in those last three games I find it hard to fault my players, of course it would have been nice to win those but I'm really encouraged my the performances and hope we can now kick on and really push on. It's very likely we'll be entering the loan market in January, it depends on what we can find and what the wages are.
  3. NOV 2021 What a terrible month for us, for us who are supposed to be going for the title to pick up just 3 points is awful, I really can't put my finger on why we're conceding so many goals, it is incredibly frustrating!
  4. Thanks for the comment mate, yeah it's a nightmare of a league to get out of!
  5. OCTOBER 2021 Despite the weird loss at home to Olympic Chareleroi who we dominated we have been superb, it seems that we've now got a settled XI and the consistency is really showing, I am very pleased with the boys so far: I have decided to terminate the loan deal of Reshetynak, he does look a great midfielder on paper for one reason or the other it just hasn't worked out and I don't see any reason to keep him here as he won't really play much. He goes back to Russia with our warmest regards on his future career.
  6. Hey mate, thanks so much for reading and glad you are enjoying it, yes absolute heartbreak three years running, if this isn't our year this year I think I ought to step down but we're going well so far despite a slow start to the season, I think this may have been down to having too many new faces in the squad.
  7. AUG/SEP 2021 It really has not been the start I hoped for but somehow we are 3rd in the league, we have been suffering with so many injuries and it has impacted on us massively but no excuses we've not been consistent enough, the two loan players don't really seem to have fitted in with my almost entirely Belgian squad so it's likely I will be releasing them soon, I will have to keep monitoring it. We lost young Pieri who was only on a youth deal and Oostende have took him from us, I was gutted, he could be some player in a few years to come but we soldier on!
  8. So first of all, the friendlies, it's amazing the types of teams you can attract when your reputation has been given a boost, we gave Club Brugge a good game and Villarreal too, I was surprised as I thought we would get hammered, this does indeed bode well for the future: Now for the best part let me show you my new players in order of importance here they are, I will explain how I see them fitting in after: This is how I see them fitting in: Van Den Bossche - a superb left back for this level and perhaps even for the level above, great engine on him, super fast off the mark and his positioning is excellent, can't wait to see how he does. Reynders - Again, another wing back who looks excellent, a physical beast with superb work rate, our wing back positions now look solid on both sides! Noel - He caused us so many issues last season when we played against him so with Carlier gone I decided to swoop for him and take him off our rivals Lommel, great finisher and always seems to get into scoring positions. Reshetnyak - what a superb young midfielder, he joins on loan from Russian side Anji and will be our 1st choice midfielder, first touch, passing, tackling, work rate in abundance and again his physicals are superb. Kago - striker/ winger who joins us on loan from Estonian side Levadia, he is fast, decent crosser of a ball but does need some work, I just hope the deal works out. Not too impressed during pre-season. Koudaya - bought mainly to play right wing so will need some re-training but I like him 11/12 in most areas so should fit in well, when he played in this division two seasons ago he scored 9 in 27 and that was in my mind when signing, could be a very good deal. Owona - Just 15 years of age but will be competing for a 1st team spot immediately as I think he could prove to be the real deal, I love his aggression and bravery and if I can get his physcials up he could be a real terrier in the middle of the park This is the full business we did:
  9. Superb year last year off the field, some very exciting times here at Bocholt, also the board finally agreed to an upgrade on both our training facilities and youth facilities! After years of struggle it feels this could be our year, with the players we have signed you'll see why soon;
  10. Pre-season report and transfers to come soon but AT LAST!! Also a new exciting partnership with Livorno has been announced, this could prove very useful:
  11. PLAYOFF ROUND UP: I can't believe it, once again we have been undone in the playoffs, this is now the 3rd year running this has happened to us, it's just history repeating itself again and again, my dilemma now is do I stay and see if I can somehow break this spell or do I leave the club safe in the knowledge I've taken them as far as I can. After the first two wins I was jumping for joy but then that was followed by two defeats and we could never come back from that. In terms of player performance this is how we have done: It has not worked out for Albertaini and I will be looking to release him, 6.68 over 26 starts is not good enough at all
  12. END OF SEASON Well, what a shocker, once again for the 3rd year running we finish so close and enter the promotion playoff. Fair play to STVV, they recovered from a poor start to win the league however as you can see it was a struggle for them and shows this 2nd division is improving year in and year out. In terms of results, yes we didn't lose but the draw at Liege was a major blow, especially considering that we were winning 2-0 at HT, we've done this a number of times this season and perhaps my HT team talk when winning should just be to say nothing because we always seem to give up good leads We now enter the promotion playoff against Lommel, Cercle Brugge and this time it will be Zulte Waregem from the division above who are going to be the stiffest challengers and it's there where we go first! I will update you all at the end of the playoffs.
  13. MARCH 2021 What a roller coaster of a season this has been! I'm sure there are going to plenty of twists and turns even still but I was really angry at the loss away at Cercle Brugge who themselves are having a poor season but somehow we're still second in the league, we must win our remaining games because that 2 point gap behind STVV is pretty significant given that there's just 4 games left to play now. We also had our yearly youth intake and I snapped up Maxim Winters an attacking midfielder and Jon Van Belle who plays as a defensive midfielder but can also play as left wing back, if developed well they may well be decent but given our facilities it's doubtful.
  14. FEBRUARY 2021 This month has gone well and my decision to move to 4231 seems to be working so far, I must admit, given how tight the league is after our draw against Tienen we were 5th but thankfully those two wins have sent us back top again, it really is an exciting finish to the season and just 9 points separate us from the team in 10th! I also changed my starting XI a little and brought in forgotten man Servais at the back and given youngster Siebe Claeys a chance and that seems to be working but what is more significant is that Carlier our top man seems to have found some form so hopefully results can continue during March.
  15. JANUARY 2021 Again another tricky month which has lead me to change to a 4231 again, we used it at Mouscron and looked solid enough, I must say though that even with the losses we dominated the games which makes it even more frustrating. Elsewhere, I am glad to announce that Princen, Fernandes & Daniels have signed new deals which is a great coup for the club and I do believe the three of them could play in the division above.