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Introduction Having graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2014, Portsmouth is a city that will always have a place in my heart. After witnessing first hand the clubs decline in the football league and subsequent unsuccessful attempts at promotion, it only felt right that I should guide them back up to the heights of the Premier League and such - or at least attempt to. I previously held a save with Portsmouth on Football manager 2012 when they were in the Championship and was able to with the title in my first season and finish in a very respectable position in the Premier League in my second season before being headhunted by Manchester United. Portsmouth FC Previous FA Cup winners as recent as 2008, the club were once able to field players such as Sulley Muntari, David James, Sol Campbell and The Wardrobe AKA Papa Bouba Diop etc. The last two seasons however have been spent in League two. After finishing 16th in the 14/15 season, the club were able to finish 6th last season before being beaten by Plymouth in the Playoff Semi Final. With a transfer budget this year of £150,00 and a wage budget of £64,000 P/W there is certainly a lot of kitty to be played with. The Team Goalkeepers David Ford - On Loan from Milwall. A 36 year old with great experience that is a very good keeper for this standard of football. Liam O'Brien Defenders There are many young and promising defenders in this Portsmouth team - unfortunately a few of them are injured. Enda Stevens - First choice Left Back Christian Burgess - Very solid Centre Back. Most talented defender in the team Matt Clarke - Promising young defender, unfortunately injured Dominic Hyam - Young defender on loan from Reading. Will likely be a first team player whilst others recover from injury Tom Davies Jack Watmough - Promising young defender, also unfortunately injured Drew Talbot - First choice Right Back Gareth Evans Midfielders A talented midfield with good options at both the left and right wing. We will likely employ a 4-2-3-1 (wide) formation in order to play to our strengths here. Danny Rose Ben Close - Young, promising midfielder Carl Baker - Talented right winger Kyle Bennett - Talented winger able to play both on the right and left Gary Roberts - versatile attacking midfielder. Amine Linganzi Kal Naismith Milan Lalkovic - Talented left winger Conor Chaplin - Young, promising attacking midfielder Michael Doyle - Solid central midfielder, a linchpin Strikers A few good strikers here. A couple of young and talented strikers and one experienced one. Noel Hunt - Experienced, proven striker Curtis Main - Young striker very capable of playing in this league. Determination stat of 20. Michael Smith - Young striker that has played a lot of League One and Two football. very good in the air. Transfers Jake Hessenthaler I felt the need to strengthen the midfield with a limited number of good players in the central midfield area. The first player I bought in was Jake Hessenthaler on a season-long loan from Gillingham. A player that played 37 games both last season and the season before for the Gills - we acquired him on a deal with no monthly paying fee, just his wages of £950 P/W to pay in full. Neal Bishop An experienced Central midfielder, again bought in to strengthen this area. 35 years old with ample experienced - he was signed for a fee of 13K from Scunthorpe on a 2 year, 1.8K P/W deal. Oliver Davis A young and promising 21 year old Goalkeeper recently released from Swansea. With a relatively small squad that was not carrying a lot of baggage, I decided against selling anybody. Pre-Season An absolutely fantastic season pre-season as far as results go, winning 5 games from 5 admittedly against a handful of minnow teams. Curtis Main in particular impressed, scoring 2 goals and putting in a solid shift in each game he played. One pre-season win which cannot be overlooked however was beating League One Swindon at home 2-1. Whilst this was only a pre-season game, it certainly shows that this is a club that can easily play a level above. Unfortunately there were a few injuries. Michael Smith and Milan Lalkovic picked up injuries that kept them out for 2/3 weeks. Michael Doyle however, our linchpin, was not so lucky. He was reported to be suffering from knee tendonitis which will keep him out for 5-6 months! I did not sign Neal Bishop until after this injury occurred. Whilst it was very unfortunate and a certain set-back, we have been able to replace him with a very similarly molded player. Season So Far As of yet I have only played one game this season and we started well - winning our first game at home to Carlisle 1-0 thanks to a goal from End Stevens. Six games into my managerial career and six wins! I am fully aware however that any honeymoon eventually comes to an end and we have a few tough games coming up, especially away to Cardiff in the EFL Cup. I have taken the helm of a side more than capable of getting promoted and progressing back up the league. With a bit of luck, tactical knowledge and a few shrewd transfers here and there, I have faith in my ability to take this club back to the top of the football chain. Updates to follow....