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About withnail316

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    Youth Team


  • Biography
    Massive football fan. I'm lucky enough to watch football for a living, but if I'm not watching it, I'm playing FM.

About Me

  • About Me
    In the manager's office


  • Interests
    Football, FM, films, gigs, stand up comedy, GTA, a beer or two.

Favourite Team

  • Favourite Team
    Notts County

Currently Managing

  • Currently Managing
    Örebro SK

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  1. Hmm. I'd planned on sticking around for my entire career, but I'm sorely tempted by this offer which came out the blue: They won their 10th Ligue 1 title in 1981, and haven't won it since. A stadium with a capacity of over 40,000, and a chance to take on PSG. One to think about.
  2. May & June As we hit the four week summer break, we've opened up a tidy little gap at the top of the league. We still haven't been great this season, but I've got no doubts at all that this team will improve. We've also picked up €6m in TV money from our European adventure, so we have about €14m in the bank. I'm hoping we can funnel that into another upgrade of our facilities, but we shall see. All in all, I'm happy enough with how things are going.
  3. Early weeks of the season Sorry, fallen behind a little with my updates. Still, things look decent for us as far as the table is concerned, although our performances haven't exactly been convincing. The defeat in the league ended a 37 games unbeaten run (more than a whole league season) so I can't complain too much, but we did lead 2-0 at one stage in that game! Renato Augusto has made a confident start to life in Europe too - he has 5 goals in 7 league games from his CM role.
  4. UEFA Europa League Quarter final 1st Leg: Örebro SK 1-1 Marseille We played so well in this first leg, but a late error cost us the crucial away goal and makes things look tricky for the second leg. Herolind Shala's 35 yard drive just after an hour had put us in front. 2nd Leg: Marseille 3-0 Örebro SK Sadly we couldn't live with the French side in the second leg, and it was a horror night for Emil Jonassen, who was at fault for all three goals (and finished with a rating of 3.6!) Still, it's been a great run in Europe. I'd have ripped your arm off for a spot in the Europa League group stage, let alone the Champions League groups and then a run in the Europa. Lovely stuff.
  5. Welcome to the forum, fella. Think that's one for the tactics board.
  6. A very mixed bag to start the new season. We are already out of the Svenska Cupen with a game still to play after a pair of horrific results in the group against lower league opposition, but we did manage to beat last year's Cup winners BK Häcken to secure another Svenska Supercupen: Also: UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg: Örebro SK 1-0 Athletic Club A really disciplined performance in the first leg, and we somehow have a lead to defend in the visit to the Basque region of Spain next week. Michael Dickey ran the show from midfield, and it was his goal in the 38th minute that sent the fans home happy. 2nd Leg: Athletic Club 2-4 Örebro SK Speechless. They levelled the tie after just 8 minutes from the penalty spot, at which point I thought we were in for a long night. Just two minutes later though and we were back in front, Rekish smashing home a rocket from distance. Sixty seconds later we led on the night thanks to Pär Ericsson#s 49th goal for the club, and he had his 50th before half time. The second half was much tighter, but an own goal on 70 minutes ended the tie, and although they responded with a goal in a late rally, we are more than worthy winners. We'll meet Marseille in the quarter final.
  7. It often depends where I am. In Scotland, for example, I may buy him at 19 as you need a certain number of players under the age of 21, but I'd definitely sell him on a couple of years later. If I got him at 18, I'd be looking to keep him for as long as I possibly can.
  8. UEFA Europa League Round of 32 1st Leg: Örebro SK 3-1 Olympiacos A really solid first leg performance, although I had to let the players have it at half time. Renato Augusto marked his debut with a goal after 24 minutes, slotting home from about 10 yards. We conceded a sloppy equaliser a few minutes later and it stayed 1-1 until the break, but we took complete control in the second half. Pär Ericsson scored 8 times in Europe last season, and he scored two more here to leave us in a very decent position to progress. The only downside was a pair of yellow cards for defender Emil Bergström. 2nd Leg: Olympiacos 0-2 Örebro SK An outstanding second leg, even better than I could have hoped for, and we're through to meet Athletic Bilboa in the last 16. Pär Ericsson helped himself to two more goals here as we dominated from the outset.
  9. Just thought I'd show who Augusto will be playing alongside in midfield when everybody is fit: Dickey is a monster at 18, and Svensson is arguably the best player in the league. These back ups are pretty decent too:
  10. He is a bit special. I did think he was outside our price range initially, but I'm glad I talked myself into signing him.
  11. Örebro SK season preview 2016 (Allsvenskan) Media expectation: 2nd (of 16) Board expectation: challenge for the title Transfer budget (remaining): €6.3m Wage budget: €120,000p/w (€45,000p/w under budget) Just about ready to go then on a new campaign, and a season in which competitive football begins in February when we meet Olympiacos in the Europa League knock outs. That means that instead of our players getting the best part of three months off, they've had six weeks. The first day back in training is just 31 days before the European tie, which hopefully is enough time to get everybody fit, although there is no pressure at all in terms of getting a result. The board have been good this winter, both in terms of actions and expectations. Both the youth and training facilities are being upgraded, our scouting network improved and more scouts added, while there has also been plenty of money provided for new transfers. A title challenge is perfectly reasonable, and they have no interest at all in either the cup or super cup, so I'm not going to be pressured into selecting my strongest team for those matches. I am however hopeful that our back-up XI is now strong enough that we can compete on all fronts this season, and while I have no expectations for the upcoming European game, I hope we are in a group stage of either competition come the autumn. In terms of transfers, it's been relatively quiet. The biggest outgoing deal was Prince Oniangue to BATE for a near-record €2.4m. Not bad at all for a player who joined on a free, and made 51 appearances over his two year spell with us. Also leaving was full back Marcel Halstenberg, who joined Elfsborg for €500,000, while Erik Johansson joined Helsingborg for €475,000. A couple of other fringe players were allowed to leave on frees or for nominal fees, but I'm happy enough with my outgoing business this winter. As mentioned above, our €400,000 record fee was shattered by the addition of midfielder Renato Augusto for €1.5m, while deals for Miiko Albornoz (€300,000) and Martin Ibrahim (€250,000) were agreed before the end of the season. I had agreed a fee with Malmö for young striker Robin Andersson, who scored 18 goals last season, but he point-blank refused to negotiate. Probably a good thing though, as I already have a selection problem with the three strikers I have! Of the 9 non-Swedish players in our 24 man squad, only three of them are not either on the pathway to becoming homegrown, or have already got there. That's very handy in a league where restrictions are as tight as they are in Sweden. It also means the squad is very young - we're likely to start the Europa League tie with four teenagers in the match day squad, while we only have one 30 year old in the squad at all.
  12. Didn't think I'd be spending huge sums on transfers at this stage, but I've just mashed our transfer record of €400,000 into tiny little pieces. This lad has cost us €1.5m from Botafogo,but just look at him! Had he been 19 instead of 18 I probably wouldn't have been prepared to spend so much money, but he can become homegrown, so is worth every penny. It's useful he can play in two positions, but he'll see most action as a central midfielder.
  13. Amazing. The European adventure will live on in the Europa League thanks to the ineptitude of Sporting. I expected to get six hidings in this group, yet the only side who gave us a proper tw@tting was Bayern on our trip to Germany. Delighted.
  14. Definitely got high hopes for this kid. He might just be our second choice striker next season.
  15. Örebro SK - Season summary - 2015 League (Allsvenskan) Media prediction: 2nd Finished: 1st (champions) Cups Svenska Cupen: quarter finals (won by BK Häcken) Svenska Supercupen: winners Europe 3rd in our Champions League Group, drop into the Europa League (2014/15 CL won by Inter) 2014/15 Europa League won by Dortmund Top scorers Pär Ericsson: 40 appearances (33 starts): 25 goals -12 in the league Denni Avdic: 29 appearances (13 starts): 11 goals - all in the league Top assists Dzmitry Rekish: 16 in 38 games Marcus Astvald: 15 in 39 games Positives A very solid season domestically, it's great to pick up another league title and we did so in a thoroughly dominant fashion. Very surprised to go unbeaten, but there's a tidy squad developing here. Qualifying for the Champions League means we're in a very strong position financially, and the board have agreed to my requests to pump those funds into training and youth facility upgrades. Things are looking very good then, considering I'm only three seasons into this. Concerns & disappointments My biggest concern is that a few of our important players are beginning to have their heads turned, and are looking for a way out the club. Prince Oniangue will almost certainly leave this winter, but hopefully I can convince the rest of the squad that this is the place to be. We also have a slight issue over players developed at the club as the youth intake hasn't yet produced anything, but that's fairly minor, and five players within the first team squad are on the way to becoming homegrown. Manager's player of the season Emil Bergström has done enough to show me that Oniangue can leave for the right fee. The 22 year old centre back has been outstanding Attendances: capacity of 14,400 (11,000 in all-seater competitions) Lowest attendance: 6,889 Highest attendance: 13,915 Average attendance: 9,131 (up from 6,907 last season) Finances €11,100,000 in credit
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