Last season we pushed the top four before falling away so I had a good feeling that the squad for the most part would be able to get a champions league spot, as the quality was there but perhaps not the depth so the first thing I did was set about selling squad players, while it may sound a bit counter productive I wanted to use the opportunity to try to blood through a few of the younger lads and in turn sign even more promising 18 yr old’s to go into the youth sides.
Continue reading Consectatio Excellentiae – Season six so close yet so far
We move onto season four with three years of Premier League riches in our pocket, adding to the money my Hungarian overlords keep giving me. This was the year I’m hoping to push more for at least a Europa league spot I tried to spend big last year to go all out but players turned me down left right and centre as they wanted champions league football which I didn’t have. So I’ve had to go for the more steady approach and we managed to get solid top half finishes in our first two seasons in the top flight so far. Last season I identified the wing backs as primarily my weak link and knew they would have to be replaced if we were to kick on.
Continue reading Consectatio Excellentiae – End of Season Four
We started the season with Optimism the club had finished in the top half of the premier league for the first time in 20 years! we had money to spend and were looking to move on some of the questionable buys of our past, the first arrival was big money as i splashed out £30m to bring Pickford back to the club he was always the long term aim and plan for goalkeeper so a year after leaving he returns for the same fee due to Everton struggling last year.
Continue reading Consectatio Excellentiae – End of season Three
After the Surprising league win last season the arrival of the tycoon and the ditching of Rodwell, we’re back to cover what happened in season two in the red and white part of the north-east! we started the summer knowing a return to premier league football would be difficult but add to that the added pressure from the tycoon that he demanded a top half finish I knew some reshaping of the squad would be needed.
Continue reading Consectatio Excellentiae – End of Season Two
I came into my first season expecting very little in regards to progress. The aim all along was to make the play-offs as dictated to by the board and also start to reshape the squad. There where zero transfers in during the summer as I turned off the first window, all the deals were done as in real life and we had to go from there. We were hit badly with injuries losing Vaughan and Grabban early on for extended periods we also lost Maja to injury too but despite some big injuries we could not have got a better start, when young new Zealand defender Sam Brotherton headed home our first against Derby i knew that the faith in some of the clubs U23 players would pay off.
Continue reading Consectatio Excellentiae – End of year one
Down the corridors of the Academy of light the feel about the place is improved gone is the depression of last season the new manager has improved the clubs fortunes off the pitch and with new owners looking like they are ready to splash the cash financially the club look to be on a good footing. I walked into the manager’s office to find Andy sat headphones on playing the air drums id like to assume its to something like Phil Collins but its more likely to be slayer or anthrax. At least he’s not clad in jeans and a t-shirt this time as he sits in the clubs track suit after over seeing a training session led by his assistant Peter Reid.
Continue reading Consectatio Excellentiae – Meet The Gaffer Part 2