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The Rise of the Cerud

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Terrific stuff mate. It looks like the return game in Moscow against CSKA could be crucial...

Cheers, DazRTaylor. That match is our 2nd last of the season. Should be a good one!

Who lost to Ural :lol:

And nice job keeping your 4 point lead.

Ural beat Dimano Bryansk who aren't doing too well themselves.

Lokomotiv have gone a bit off the rails.

Yeah...not sure what's going on there.

In a good position to finish it off,best of luck against CSKA as that will more then likely be the title decider.

Cheers, BWG :) Like I said, the 2nd last match will be a good one!

Top 2 at least should be assured be assured this season :thup:
Great work so far, looks like CL football next year is almost certain.

I'm aiming for the CL. I need the prize money!

Cracking effort in the Gold Cup.

Thanks, Nobby_McDonnald. Just wish I could have completed.

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December 2013 Update

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FC Anji Makhachkala - SOGAZ Prem'er Liga

Bit of a different monthly update as the SOGAZ Prem'er Liga takes a break until March 2014. However, we still have the Europa League!

UEFA Europa League

Tying Salzburg was a bit of a let down, but I believe the boys were just tired over the busy fall. We rebounded nicely against Amiens in a dominant win.

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UEFA Europa League Group Standings

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We finish a couple of points behind Olympiacos. That draw against Salzburg hurt us, but nonetheless, we still qualify and move on to the knockout stages.

UEFA Europa League Knockout Draws

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We've drawn the German club, Schalke, for our 1st Knockout match. The draw could have been nicer to us, but we'll just have to make do. The match won't happen until the end of February 2014, so he are now in a 2 month lull. A few friendlies and the change to heal all wounds before the league's home stretch.

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2013 Global Review

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Domestic Clubs

Brazilian Campeonato Brasileiro

2013 - 1st São Paulo, 2nd Grêmio, 3rd Atlético Mineiro, Relegated Santo André, Sport Recife, Cortiba, Nautico

2012 - 1st Palmeiras, 2nd São Paulo, 3rd Atlético Paranaense, Relegated Portuguesa, Santos, Ponte Preta, Goiás

2011 - 1st São Paulo, 2nd Flamengo, 3rd Santos, Relegated Vasco, Aval, Ceará, América (MG)

Barclays Premier League

2012-2013 - 1st Man Utd, 2nd Arsenal, 3rd Man City, Relegated Sunderland, Stoke, Wolves

2011-2012 - 1st Man City, 2nd Man Utd, 3rd Arsenal, Relegated Aston Villa, Everton, Wigan

Serie A TIM

2012-2013 - 1st AC Milan, 2nd Inter, 3rd Juventus, Relegated Siena, Bologna, Crotone

2011-2012 - 1st Inter, 2nd Napoli, 3rd AC Milan, Relegated Parma, Catania, Cesena

Liga BBVA

2012-2013 - 1st Barcelona, 2nd Real Madrid, 3rd Valencia, Relegated Zaragoza, Elche, Córdoba

2011-2012 - 1st Real Madrid, 2nd Barcelona, 3rd Athletic, Relegated Rayo, Mallorca, Betis

1. Bundesliga

2012-2013 - 1st FC Bayern, 2nd Dortmund, 3rd Wolfsburg, Relegated 1860 München, Hannover, St. Pauli

2011-2012 - 1st Wolfsburg, 2nd Stuttgart, 3rd Bayern Leverkusen, Relegated Augsburg, Hoffenheim

Ligue 1 Orange

2012-2013 - 1st Lyon, 2nd Lille, 3rd Monaco, Relegated Troyes, Nancy, Lorient

2011-2012 - 1st Lyon, 2nd Lille, 3rd Marseille, Relegated Sochaux, Brest, Montpellier

SOGAZ Prem'er Liga

2012-2013 - 1st Spartak Moscow, 2nd CKSA Moscow, 3rd Lokomotiv Moscow, Relegated Shinnik, KamAZ

2011-2012 - 1st CKSA Moscow, 2nd Zenit, 3rd Rubin, Relegated Krylia Sovetov, Volga NN, Tom, Spartak Nalchik

American/Canadian Major League Soccer

2012 - Winners Colorado, Runners Up Real Salt Lake

2011 - Winners Seattle, Runners Up New York

Domestic Cups

Carling Cup

2012-2013 - Winners Everton, Runner Up Fulham

2011-2012 - Winners Tottenham, Runner Up Liverpool

The FA Cup with Budweiser

2012-2013 - Winners Everton, Runner Up Blackburn

2011-2012 - Winners Fulham, Runner Up Arsenal

TIM Cup

2012-2013 - Winners Cagliari, Runner Up Lazio

2011-2012 - Winners AC Milan, Runner Up Roma

Copa del Ray

2012-2013 - Winners At. Madrid, Runner Up Athletic

2011-2012 - Winners Real Sociedad, Runner Up Osasuna

DFB-Pokal

2012-2013 - Winners Gladbach, Runner Up Schalke

2011-2012 - Winners Stuttgart, Runner Up Cottbus

Coupe de la Ligue

2012-2013 - Winners Dijon, Runner Up Marseille

2011-2012 - Winners Toulouse, Runner Up Nice

Rambler Kobuk Rossii

2012-2013 - Winners Lokomotiv Moscow, Runner Up Chernomorets (RUS)

2011-2012 - Volga NN Toulouse, Runner Up Rubin

Nutrlite Canadian Championship

2013 - Winners Montreal Impact, Runners Up Toronto FC

2012 - Winners Toronto FC, Runners Up Montreal Impact

2011 - Winners FC Edmonton, Runners Up Montreal Impact

Lamar Hunt US Open Cup

2013 - Winners Portland, Runners Up Columbus

2012 - Winners Los Angeles, Runners Up Chivas USA

2011 - Winners FC Dallas, Runners Up Atlanta Silverbacks

Continental Cups

Domestic UEFA Champions League

2012-2013 - Winners Man Utd, Runners Up Barcelona

2011-2012 - Winners Real Madrid, Runners Up FC Bayern

UEFA Europa League

2012-2013 - Winners Benfica, Runners Up Fiorentina

2011-2012 - Winners Sporting CP, Runners Up Dortmund

Copa Santander Libertadores

2013 - Winners Racing Club, Runners Up Grêmio

2012 - Winners Boca, Runners Up São Paulo

Copa Bridgestone Sudamericana

2013 - Winners Botafogo, Runners Up Boca

2012 - Winners Godoy Cruz, Runners Up Corinthians

2011 - Winners Vélez, Runners Up Flamengo

CONCACAF Champions League

2012-2013 - Winners Chivas, Runners Up América (MEX)

2011-2012 - Winners Monterrey, Runners Up Los Angeles

Domestic International Cups

FIFA Club World Cup

2013 - Winners Man Utd, Runners Up Antlers

2012 - Winners Real Madrid, Runners Up Monterrey

2011 - Winners Barcelona, Runners Up Santos

National Competitions

African Cup of Nations

2013 - Winners Ivory Coast, Runners Up Senegal

2012 - Winners Morocco, Runners Up Tunisia

UEFA European Championship

2012 - Winners Italy, Runners Up France

CONCACAF Gold Cup

2013 - Winners Mexico, Runners Up Costa Rica

OFC Nations Cup

2012 - Winners Samoa, Runners Up New Zealand

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Great going in both league and Europe League - think you have the squad to win both? At least foreigners are no obstacle in Europe....

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Santo Andre relegated :(

Yeah...although I did poach their star striker... ;)

Great going in both league and Europe League - think you have the squad to win both? At least foreigners are no obstacle in Europe....

I hope I can. I'm confident about the league. Europa will depend greatly on who our competition is, I guess. I also have a few injuries to deal with.

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January-February 2014 Update

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FC Anji Makhachkala - SOGAZ Prem'er Liga

Friendlies

Our winter break gave us some time to play a few friendlies, rest some players, and heal some injuries.

Russia - Lower Division - Lokomotive Abakan - won 9-0

Russia - Lower Division - ChGPI Grozny - won 12-0

Russia - Prem'er Liga - Zenit St. Petersburg - won 6-0

Russia - Prem'er Liga - Kuban Krasnodar - won 4-0

Czech Republic - Gambrinus Liga - SK Dymano České Budějovice - won 7-1

USA - MLS - New York Red Bulls - won 5-1

UEFA Europa League

This was expected to be a tight affair with Schalke succeeding. I think we showed Europe that were'not done yet. The first match was great, including a goal for Alzáte, a new transfer on his first match. He came off the bench with 20 minutes to go for his first senior goal ever anywhere. The second match was not difficult. We won with a good run from André who sped by all on a brilliant individual effort.

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UEFA Europa League 2nd Knockout Draws

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Transfers

Luis Alzáte - M/AM R - Alzáte joined us at the opening of the transfer window from Colombian club, Medellin on a free transfer. He was impressive in the friendlies and came off the bench in the first Schalke game for his 1st goal. He's already a $6M rated player.

Managerial Thoughts

The season starts up again right away. We'll have to deal with a busy schedule as we also have the Europa League and the Rambler Kubok Rossii Cup all to go. I believe we can win the league and I wouldn't mind the Russian cup as well. As for the Europa League, one round at a time.

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10 February 2014

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Kerimov Looking to Leave Anji

In a stunning announcement, Kerimov, Chairman of Anji Makhachkala, has stated his intention to step down. While no reason has been offered, it is expected the club continuing financial woes are to blame. Anji currently sit in 1st in the Russian Prem'er Liga. They are also involved in the Europa League and Kubok Rossii.

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decent run so far in the EL, hopefully Kerimov stepping down doesn't royally **** you over financially!

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decent run so far in the EL, hopefully Kerimov stepping down doesn't royally **** you over financially!

I'm already there... crazy loans payments, and losing about $5M a month. I think the new Chairman's first order of business may be to fire me!

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2014 Youth Candidates

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FC Anji Makhachkala - SOGAZ Prem'er Liga

Youth Candidates

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I actually got a couple decent strikers in the mix. They'll go nicely in my non-existant youth squad.

Mikhail Gusev - AM RL, ST - Gusev has some decent physical stats for the 15 year old. Hopefull he can improve the rest.

Sergey Martazanov - ST - Apparently an aerial master! No pace, so that's a little annoying, but if he can improve some, he is a likely contender for at least a backup spot in a few years.

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Two nice results against Schalke :thup:.

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Good results against Schalke but Lille looks a tough draw in what appears to be a very tough competition to win this season.Hopefully anyone who takes over has a bit of money to help with the finances.

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Two nice results against Schalke :thup:.
Good results against Schalke but Lille looks a tough draw in what appears to be a very tough competition to win this season.Hopefully anyone who takes over has a bit of money to help with the finances.
I'm sure you need more than 'a bit'.

Well, takeover completed. This club is screwed...

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25 March 2014

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Said Abdulaev Takes Over as Chairman of Anji

Former director Said Abdulaev is welcoming his new role as Chairman of Anji. However, in speaking to media earlier today, he remarked on the financial situation that is plaguing the club.

"We have much to do at Anji. A business cannot function when it is losing this much money each and every month. Something must be done." -Chairman Abdulaev

The move has left financial experts puzzled. In an odd first order of business, Abdulaev has cancelled all links with other clubs, including one with England's Tottenham Hotspur, which was bringing money into the club. He has also balanced the current financial siutation with a new $33M bank loan. This now increases Anji's total loan debt to $160M with monthly payments estimated around $930K.

One analyst exclaimed, "Did Abdulave learn about fiscal responsibility from the Lehman Brothers?!?!"

In other news, current manager Cerud has been asked to remain at his job. No managerial changes are imminent.

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Yeah, so this new Chairman isn't a savior. He's a power hungry village idiot. I may just finish the season and look for a new job. This club is a one way ticket to bankruptcy.

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March 2014 Update

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FC Anji Makhachkala - SOGAZ Prem'er Liga

SOGAZ Prem'er Liga

A triumphant return to the league. This was pretty much the only good thing of this month. Spartak Moscow gave us a few problems, but other than that, this was us playing our game against easier opposition. We should have won all these matches and we did. Simple as that.

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Rambler Kubok Rossii and UEFA Europa League

Both the Kubok Rossii and the Europa League kind of need to be described together because their matches were so close to each other. Going into the first match against Lille in the Europa League, we looked good...until my starting goalkeeper injuried himself in training and was ruled out for 10 days. That spanned the entirety of these 3 matches. On top of this, my backup goalkeeper was not registered for the Europa League because of the limitations of homegrown players. I had to use a 16 year old prospect in net.

To the match. Our goalkeeper couldn't match up. On top of that Lille injured both my top strikers, Eto'o and André in the first 14 minutes. I was also awarded 9 yellow cards and 1 red (a record for me!). Even the end match report talked about the bias of the referee. I just don't have luck in big games and refs, I guess.

The Kubok Rossii meant I could use my backup goalkeeper, but I didn't have my two best strikers. In fact, out of my three strkers, one was healthy. On a normal day, Krasnodar should be easy to beat. They dominated us.

The return match with Lille was better. We had Eto'o back, albeit not ready for a full match. We made it close, but were unable to get the final goal to send it to extra time.

So basically between the 13 and 24 of March 2014, we exited the Europa League, the Kubok Rossii, and got a new Chairman that made a deal that would have made Shylock in the Merchant of Venice sit down and cry.

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The Standings

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At least we're doing great in the league! We have qualified for the Champions League and look to solidify our top spot sometime next month. However, I am having serious doubts about staying another year. Yes, we have made the Champions League, but the impending wage cuts will mean I will have no players to play in it. I'll finish this season and then re-evaluate.

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Probably a good idea to get out soon, especially on a high.

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Probably a good idea to get out soon, especially on a high.

Cheers, deltablue. I'm thinking the same thing.

irl they'd probably end up doing a Rangers :lol:

If they're lucky! ;)

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April 2014 Update

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FC Anji Makhachkala - SOGAZ Prem'er Liga

SOGAZ Prem'er Liga

The loss to Zenit put off the inevitable. We ended up winning the league with a win against Ural. So, with 3 matches left to go, we are finished as the champions of the Prem'er Liga!

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The Standings

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I had thought that it would end up in a bit of a fight to the finish between us and CSKA Moscow. However, CSKA has fallen hard, giving away matches for free to other clubs. Rubin have moved comfortably ahead of them with 3 matches to go. As for me, I'm strongly considering a move away in the off-season. I have no idea where, so long as they are financially viable.

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16 May 2014

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Cerud Reaches 200 Matches on Final Game of Season

The upcoming match against Rubin will mark Cerud's 200 game as a manager. So far, his career has seen him in Brazil, Costa Rica, and Russia. However, rumours have been circulating that this eventful match may also be his final match with Anji. It has been well publicized that Cerud and newly appointed Chairman Abdulaev disagree on the future of the club. Both have denied any damaged relationship and have pledged to continue along with Anji's title winning season.

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2013-2014 Season in Review

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FC Anji Makhachkala - SOGAZ Prem'er Liga

1st Place - League Title Winners

The League

Standings | Past Positions | Fixtures - It was a very good year in the league. We ended up winning with a large point lead, 12 points. Other clubs didn't manage the home stretch as well as we did. We had our own problems, but they were in other competitions and not the league. This also awarded us $10M in prize money, always an asset.

The Cups

Rambler Kubok Rossii - We disappointed in this competition to only make the quarter finals. Our Board wanted at least a semi final finish.

UEFA Europa League - We did better in the Europa League; however, injuries and registration issues with our goalkeepers hurt us in the end.

The Stats

Goals Scored - 82 (1st in league)

Goals Conceded - 25 (2nd in league)

Average Attendance - 22 105 (5th in league)

The Players

Squad | Transfers - The squad is good and will last for a while, but they cost too much. It will definitely need some trimming from foreign players and a few lower cost domestic Russians brought in.

Hosny - DM, M LC - Our Egyptian midfielder is wanted by several other clubs. He led our club in assists in all competitions and contributed goals as well.

Carlos André - ST - André came from my former club, Santo André. I was hoping that he would continue to dominate in front of the net and he didn't disappoint. He only played a part of the season, but was 2nd in goals only behind Eto'o/

Samuel Eto'o - AM L, ST - Team leader in goals and a dominant presence on the pitch. I was lucky to be able to resign him, especially for the wage cuts that he agreed to.

The Backroom

Finances - Well, we were horrible and now we're flush! The Board just injected $21.5M, which helps. However, they have also lowered our wage budget for next year, meaning I have to cut $9M worth of wages out of the squad.

Facilities - They're upgrading the youth facilities. The move to the new stadium in still a few years off, but I'm not sure why they thought they needed it anyway.

The Awards

The Goals Revisited

  • Hire Staff - Achieved.
  • Achieve a top 4 finish - Achieved and won the league!
  • Make 1st Knockout Round of Europa League - Achieved. Made the 2nd Round.
  • Make a profit - Achieved? Will help, I guess...

Plans for Next Season

Honestly, I don't know right now. The club now has $70M in the bank, but they will lose about $6M each month. With the ticket prices at a mere $5.20, there is no logical way to lower the wage budget unless I have only two players and a backroom staff of just me. It may be time to move on, but if the Board is willing to bankrupt themselves for the sake of the club....no idea what to do.

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A fantastic season, but probably best to get out sooner than later; the future looks very bleak under the new chairman/village idiot!

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I'd be tempted to have a crack at the CL, but when a club is leaking that much money it makes the job virtually impossible.

See how far you get then chuck it once you're out ;)

GL in whatever you decide

Congrats on the League title btw :D

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Congratulations on the title win:thup:

Now you can leave! ;)

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Difficult. Depends how you think you'll do in the ECL. If you think you can get to quarter final or better, the revenue generated might just plug the gap, but you'll have to do that year after year. I wouldn't quit, but would apply for a new job if one comes up.

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If I was you I'd get the hell out of there as soon as possible :D

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Great season! Anji seems like a sinking ship, but I wouldn't leave just yet. Just see how you do in the CL this season, and if a better job comes up take it then!

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I'd have a crack at the Champions League then leave.

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A fantastic season, but probably best to get out sooner than later; the future looks very bleak under the new chairman/village idiot!
I'd be tempted to have a crack at the CL, but when a club is leaking that much money it makes the job virtually impossible.

See how far you get then chuck it once you're out ;)

GL in whatever you decide

Congrats on the League title btw :D

Congratulations on the title win:thup:

Now you can leave!

Great, now run!
Difficult. Depends how you think you'll do in the ECL. If you think you can get to quarter final or better, the revenue generated might just plug the gap, but you'll have to do that year after year. I wouldn't quit, but would apply for a new job if one comes up.
If I was you I'd get the hell out of there as soon as possible :D
Great season! Anji seems like a sinking ship, but I wouldn't leave just yet. Just see how you do in the CL this season, and if a better job comes up take it then!
I'd have a crack at the Champions League then leave.

Hmmm...kind of a split decision here. Well, there's no jobs available to really spark me, so I'll go on for now. But I will be watching the job market closely.

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29 May 2014

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Cerud Leaves Anji on a High

We saw it coming. No one can deny otherwise. Canadian-born manager Cerud, in a press conference today in Moscow, confirmed his exit with Anji. It has been well publicized in Russian media that Cerud was unhappy with several moves by Said Abdulaev, the club's new chairman and while the club is on financially stable grounds at the moment, the impending need to cut players and staff was a main source of contention between Chair and former manager. Speaking to media, Cerud stated,

"Anji offered me my first opportunity to manage in Europe and I won't forget that success that we brought to this club. However, success requires more than a single season. I wish all the best to whomever takes the reigns at Anji."

It is rumoured that under his breath, Cerud further said, "They will need it."

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This was not an easy decision. I know that I could have stayed and probably won another league title and possibly a decent run in the Champions League before I really had to start worrying and begin to dismantle the club. But that's not what I want. I want a club that I can manage effectively and to have a Chairman that understands his job. That's wasn't going to happen here. And so, I move on. No idea where I'll end up, but I won't be just sitting on my ass for long!

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Managerial Club Record

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Plans

To rule the football world! But first, lunch.

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They wont ever have a manager to the standards of you again ;).

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Congrats on winning the league,you deserve better then to be on a sinking ship.

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They wont ever have a manager to the standards of you again ;).

Thanks, SRL88! Nicer words have never been spoken ;)

Congrats on winning the league,you deserve better then to be on a sinking ship.

Yep. No one wants to go under. There's no point in it.

Well done on winning the Russian League.

Thanks, Nobby!

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1 June 2014

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Cerud Garnering Interest in the Netherlands

It seems as though Cerud won't be out of a job for long. The Canadian manager has emerged as the early frontrunner to take over sc Heerenveen after the sacking of Fred Rutten. Cerud stated that managing in the Netherlands for such a respectable club is exactly the kind of challenge that he was looking for.

"Heerenveen has been a well managed club, both on the pitch and by their Board. It's about time that they brought in some silverware to go along with their success in the Eredivisie. To be attached to such a club is an honour and a challenge that I would definitely consider."

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6 June 2014

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sc Heerenveen and Cerud Reach Agreement

Today, sc Heerenveen Chairman Robert Veenstra welcomed Cerud as the new manager of the Dutch club. Cerud spoke to media at a joint press conference, where he reiterated his enthusiam for working in the Netherlands, paying special attention to the quality of the squad in place, the financial prudence of the club's Board and Directors, and the legacy to the club in general.

"I have great respect for sc Heerenveen and look forward to bringing success to the club. When I look at the club, I see one that has always been on the cusp of being something great. I can tell they all want it. They have tasted Champions League football and are desperate to get back there one day. However, that also means domestic success. The KNVB Beker Cup has been won before and it can be again. So too can the Eredivisie."

Cerud will meet with the current backroom staff later today.

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sc Heerenveen - Eredivisie

I have signed a two year contract at $425 000/year. It's a significant pay cut from what I was making at Anji, but the viability of the club won out in the end. I am now at a club that I believe is on sound footing and will give me a place from where I can better grow my reputation.

About the Club

sc Heerenveen was founded in 1920. After playing in regional and lower national football for decades, they finally won promotion to the Eredivisie for the first time in 1990. They were the first Frisian club to ever reach this height in Dutch football. Relegation came quick and saw them drop back down only to fight back and rejoin the top flight again in 1993.

From here on, they began to build as an Eredivisie club. Their highest even finish came in 2000 with a 2nd place finish and a spot in the UEFA Champions League. In 2009, they won their first and only major trophy, the KNVB Cup, the main domestic cup in the Netherlands.

The Stats

Year Founded: 1920

Status: Professional

Reputation: National

Nickname: ---

Fierce Rivals: SC Cambuur

Other Rivals: FC Groningen

The Stadium - Abe Lenstra Stadium

Location: Heerenveen

Year Built: 1994

Capacity: 26 100 all-seater

Owner/Rent: sc Heerenveen

Facilities

Corporate: Average

Training: Top

Youth: Average

Junior Coaching: Average

Youth Recruitment: Above Average

A decent setup. I'm happy that there is a good youth setup as I hope to be able to bring in domestic youth into the first team eventually. There are already a few prospects that have possibilities. In looking at last year's attendance's, the club may need to look at expanding the capacity or a new stadium in the near future.

Here is the Abe Lenstra Stadium.

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Nice move, probably the best decision to move from Anji in the end. Where did Heerenveen finish last season?

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Nice move, probably the best decision to move from Anji in the end. Where did Heerenveen finish last season?
Dutch love :thup:.
Good tradition of youth there.
Good luck with Heerenveen!
Best of luck at Heerenveen :thup:

Thanks all! :) And Scarman, they finished last season in 12th place. They look like a mid-range squad right now, but there's good pieces to begin with.

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I leave Holland for Russia, you leave Russia for Holland, nice twist there! Good luck with Heerenveen, hopefully you find just as much success as you did in Russia, but with more financial stability!

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Nice cameo in Russia.

Heerenveen has potential - could go a long way

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I leave Holland for Russia, you leave Russia for Holland, nice twist there! Good luck with Heerenveen, hopefully you find just as much success as you did in Russia, but with more financial stability!

Interesting indeed :) Yeah, my Anji Chairman had the financial understanding of a 3 year old in remedial school. Time for a move.

Nice cameo in Russia.

Heerenveen has potential - could go a long way

Here's hoping!

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2014-2015 Pre-Season

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sc Heerenveen - Eredivisie

The Stats

Eredivisie: Achieve a respectable league position

Media Prediction: 9th of 18

Betsson Title Odds: 200-1

Wage Budget: $14 011 296

Currently Spending: $11 765 895 ($2 245 401 cap space available)

Transfer Budget: $3 000 478

Main Kit Sponsorship: $2 120 608 (expires 2015)

Additional Kit Sponsor: $222 000 (expires 2015)

TV Rights: $3.45M

Average Ticket Price: $29.90

Average Season Ticket Price: $406

Season Ticket Holders: 17 899

Estimated Value: $30M

National Club Ranking in Netherlands: 7th

Goals

  • Qualify for European Places Playoff.
  • Make Quarter Finals of KnVB Bekker Cup.
  • Make a profit.

I've tried to be financially prudent, not going after every player that I want and trying to work within the budgets that have been set. So far, so good. The squad is coming aloso nicely. I was also able to get rid of the majoirty of reserve players who would never have a hope in playing first squad football. The Board initially only wanted a midtable finish, but I believe that we can and must push for more. We need to expect more from ourselves, which is why I want to make the European Places Playoff. That's at least an 8th place finish.

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