When we left last season we had come so close to the clubs first title since 1936 but we fell away towards the end eventually finishing behind both Manchester United and Chelsea missing out on the title by only 4 points. The board had demanded that we qualify for Europe but I was more than happy to aim for the champions league again, I didn’t think we were quite there to be champions as the original big six were better than us but I figured if we nicked some unexpected results we could push someone all the way but be a bit more proactive in the cup so far bar a championship title i’d only picked up a league cup.
Half a decade in and a lot has changed on the banks of the wear, with the riches of Hungary behind us, we have established ourselves in the premier league 4 seasons of top half football is what I’d like to think qualifies us for that. We’re a solid top half team now and I’d like to think we need to push up to move onto that next level of constant Europa league qualifiers and possible champion’s league qualifiers. The top 6 are only getting stronger players turn us down for the lack of champion’s league football, within a decade of football (so we’re half way there) the target is champions league football and try and establish ourselves as one of the big clubs.
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.
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.