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.
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.