PaulHartman71

PH71's Journey - featuring The Alphabet Challenge

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I have to admit I wasn't really expecting to get the job when I applied for it, being in the Jupiler league and especially after third division German side Hannover had rejected me. But I'm not complaining and I certainly wasn't going to turn them down!

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Really!! Felt that Heerenveen were too high up so that was just what came into my mind.

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yeah I am now officially manager of Haarlem that's not a paint/photoshop job like the April fools one :D

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The table before I took over. The target of the season is to reach the play-off's, Haarlem haven't played in the Eredivisie since 2013 so it would be some achievement to get them promoted in my first season in charge. The Jupiler league has a relatively complex play-off system, but essentially you have to win three 2 legged knockout ties to go up once you make the play-off's, some of those games could be against sides from the Eredivisie that are looking to avoid relegation. It definitely makes winning the league a massive incentive compared to say the Championship in England, as with it you take the only automatic promotion spot to the top flight, and the play-off's in Holland appear to be a lot more challenging than in England for example.

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A very pleasing result in my first game in charge of Haarlem!

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The club seemed to need a striker, so with the cash that we had I have signed the league's current top scorer who will be arriving in January. I may have potentially paid slightly over the odds, but I haven't had this kind of cash at any club before and thought sod it might as well!

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That was a quick move to H :)

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If he keeps scoring he'll be worth it.

true, definitely hoping he will live up to the 180K price tag once he arrives at the club.

That was a quick move to H :)

I did seem to get lucky with Haarlem offering me the job, didn't expect it but guess it was the FM gods being kind to me!

Happy are you Paul?

very Happy at Haarlem at the moment. Happy and Hopeful. Happy and Hopeful.

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I'm not hugely surprised you managed to land that job, the 2nd tier in Holland has a pretty poor reputation and even 3 divisions down Hannover are a far larger club. Good luck, particularly at figuring out that league which has some weird promotion rules!

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Well done on the double with Gallipoli, nice step up to Haarlem, especially with some cash to spend!

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A decent first 8 games in charge has seen Haarlem rise to the play-off places as we're now 9th. It's obviously ridiculously open at the moment, a good run of 5 games could see us reach the top 3, whereas a bad run could see us drop back down to 13th/14th.

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Keep going and you'll be the angel of Haarlem.

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Jupiler league has this weird system where you qualify for play-off's based on performance in each "period" of the season, with leftover spaces going to teams at the end of the season. It's kind of confusing to explain but does seem to make sense if you're playing in the division.

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All change here. Well done on the new job.

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Whip those fans into shape!

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He scored the winner on his debut :cool:

Elsewhere in the league, 10 points from 6 games isn't great form for a side that wants to reach the play-off's, it's looking very tight at the moment but hopefully we can keep up a decent amount of form for the rest of the season.

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A debut goal should quiet the critics :)

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Bit awkward really as he hasn't scored a goal since his debut :o

Also a dreadful run of form of 7points in 8 games has left us hanging on for dear life with just 2 games left, definitely squeaky bum or whatever the Dutch equivalent is!!

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yeah the competition for play-off places is ridiculously competitive, then once you get into the play-off's it's even more competitive :D Whoever goes up via the play-off's definitely deserves their place in the Eredivisie!

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First round 1st leg went pretty well, hopefully can use the away goals/win to our advantage in the home leg!

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yeah it is 10, 2 from Eredivisie and 8 from Jupiler.

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Admittedly Woudsma hasn't actually scored since that debut goal, but who cares, he scored in the most important game of the season so far and we're through to the next round! :D

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Congrats on the playoff qualification. Hopefully Woudsma chips in a few more, even though the ones he gets are quality.

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We've got FC Volendam from the Eredivisie in the next round, not sure if to be worried about them, hopefully Woudsma can score again and get our money's worth for him!

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Two including this one, so just one more team to beat if we get through against FC Volendam.

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Not the best result in the home tie, but not the worst either. It's going to be a tough away game that's for sure!

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You never know. I keep my fingers crossed for you.

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Win the Eredivisie :D Not even qualified to go up yet! Only two games away though, just VVV stopping us now!

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A really poor away leg leaves us with everything to do in the home game, don't think we'll manage it :(

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