Season 8 - Halle 2020/21 (3. Fußball-Liga)
Manager Summary: Promotion, and job done. But it's hardly been straightforward. Firstly, after previously being relegated from 2. Bundesliga, all the players worth keeping wanted to instantly jump ship. Cue refused transfer requests, and dressing room disharmony; hardly, what's needed for a promotion challenge. Additionally, I decided to implement a brand new system on the team, a high pressing narrow diamond; unfortunately, I shortly realised that we lacked the technicality to play the intricate short passing game I desired, and quickly changed to a more direct style, while still keeping the same basic formation. A major positive, though, has been the link with Bundesliga club, Mainz, who loaned us three keys players in Michael Hefele (DC), Marvin Bakalorz (DM) and Daniel Brosinski (DR), who all contributed significantly throughout the season, and added valuable experience to the team.
After a relatively mixed first half of the season, and despite the unrest at the club, we slowly started to get our act together after Christmas, and joined the hunt for promotion, nestling in behind Aachen and Heidenheim in the top three. However, a horrible run of five games without a victory in March/April put a huge spanner in the works, and saw us slip behind a resurgent Sandhausen into fourth place. We recovered magnificently, though, when the pressure was on, beating Sandhausen on their own patch, in our penultimate fixture, retaking our position in the top three, and making us favourites for the promotion playoff place. Ultimately, after Aachen's dodgy run in, we actually secured second spot and automatic promotion to the second tier!
Position Graph | Fixtures 1 | Fixtures 2 | Transfer History | Finances
Player of the Season: Albert Guðmundsson (18 goals, 10 assists)
Signing of the Season: Daniel Brosinski (Loan)
Youth Prospect of the Season: Tobias Schorch (DC)
Match of the Season: Sandhausen 0-3 Halle
Goal of the Season:
(vs Fortuna Köln)What's Next: There's likely to be significant changes over the summer, with the majority of the squad unlikely to fair well at the higher level; there's more than enough deadwood here to keep a crematorium burning for months, and I anticipating enough financial backing to bring in some fresh faces. I'd also like to get rid of the troublemakers, who's constant demands have become quite tiresome and led to a complete breakdown in relationships; I'll certainly need a harmonious dressing room if we're to avoid coming straight back down. We'll also have to return our loanees back to Mainz, and, with them being relegated, will probably have to find another affiliate too. A busy few weeks ahead.
Oh, and after completing my 'National A Licence', studying is now underway for my Continental C badge.