Argh - January 2012!! I managed to get $50K for Paulie Quinn from Millwall and I didn't need him so everyone is happy. Still trying to flog Williams, Smith (who is being a right little sod about it), Connor and Homes. Couple of my players from last year are on loans, so it does lighten the wage budget.
I'm carrying a couple of injuries - Montano, Davies (my goalie), couple of midfielders and both my starting CB Lynch, and the reserve, so all is not happy, but I am still on track for Promotion.
I'm booked for a 4th round away fixture in the FA Cup with Wolves, which I am bound to lose, the best I can hope for is not to leak seven goals like I did during my exit to eventual finalists West Ham last year.
My facilities were upgraded towards the end of last year, and my academy is being built, due for completion at the end of the season, I have plenty of cash - or enough to be "secure", but the board request to upgrade facilities has not yet reappeared.
I've managed to lock in my strikers - who I will admit - are fantastic, on full time contracts for a couple of years, and have only just managed to retain the services of key backroom staff. I am still struggling to remove the 10% wage increase per year and the 25% promotion increase, the only way I've been able to attempt it is to lowball the wage offer, and always start at about 40-50% of their initial offer, remove all bonuses and work from there.
I'll look at picking up better quality employees in the next term, so no one is irreplaceable ....I have a scout offshore, and he is the one I renewed last year, and is forever reporting back and saying nothing to report. Why you little....!!
If I could afford to sack him I would, and I have my eye on a Brazilian to replace him, I just can't afford the wages. Most I afford is still $400 for scouts, $575 for staff and max $1000 for key players. Doesn't help when my left FB, who I would love to retain, wants to start re-negotiations at $2,100 p/w. Greedy!
I am stick of my staff wanting me to sign players, me requesting a report card from one and a two match run down from the other top scout (the lessons I learned from Taylor - bless, he was good for something!) only for them to say "quality signing, but still 7th best in the position"
- why would I do that? And most of the players that I get the message to "sign at any price", also have "would have no intention of signing for you at this time."
And my attendance is still pretty much at 800, give or take, about 18% of capacity and a poor comparison to the rest of the league.