Pre Season in the Championship
FIFA World Cup 2014 Final
In front of 79.000 in the Estádio do Maracanã
, Romelu Lukaku
opens the scoring after just 1 minute. But when the stadium clock shows 15 minutes its Germany
in front 2-1.
adds two more and takes home their 4th world cup title and the first since 1990 in Italy.
he first appointment for new Hd. Scout Paul Montgomery
was to put together a comprehensive report of all the players from the Barclays Premier League's
top teams that were available for loan. I had the mighty amount of £625K available on my transfer budget but had no intentions on using them to go out and buy new players. The kind of players I could buy for that amount of money would not help me much and could just as easily be picked up for free. Instead I decided to adjust the budget and turn the transfer money into salary instead. That gave me a little more wiggle room to work with.
A total of 15 players walked out the door. The loan players from last season, a few backup players and a lot of youngsters I hardly knew by name.
With that many players leaving I had to add new players and a total of 10 news faces showed up on the first day of training at Chigwell
training ground. Four of them we had picked up on free transfers and another six players were loan players from some of the biggest clubs in England.
DL Ben Gordon
I needed another option than Gary Sawyer
who was getting up in age (29) and not getting any faster and Luke Giverin
who was an up and coming player but still a bit inexperienced and uneven in his performances.
had been under contract with Chelsea FC
for some years but had never made the first team. Instead he had been on loan all over UK. The last season he had played for Ross Country
in the Scottish Premiership
and had finished the season with an impressive 7.48 overall rating.
I hoped he could duplicate that with Leyton Orient
AMC Tom Lawrence
Tom had played for us last season on a loan deal from Manchester United
and scored 10 goals and had 5 assists in 31 games with an 7.03 rating. He was released by United at the end of the season and I was more than happy to pick him up for free.
GK Gary Woods
With only one goalkeeper on the roster I needed depth but picking up Woods was probably a mistake even if he was free.
With the two other keepers being relatively young I need routine. Luciano
was outspoken, easy to like and still a solid last anchorman between the posts.
DRC Grant Hall
Hall came on a loan deal from our new parent club Tottenham H
(more on that later). A tall strong player that added depth to the defensive line.
MC Lee Lucas
A deep lying playmaker I borrowed from my Danish colleague Michael Laudrup
. Creative and good with the ball and excellent passing. Will challenge for a spot on the midfield.
AM/MC Chuks Aneke
At 188 cm and 93 kg Chuks Aneke
is a physical specimen that joins us from Arsenal
MC Joe Rothwell
Another midfielder. Only 19 years old the Manchester United
player will spend his second loan year with Leyton Orient
. Unlikely he will see much playing time unless the injury situation gets completely out of hand.
ST Adam Morgan
The young Liverpool FC
player scored 12 goals in 16 games for Walsall
last season in the Sky Bet League 1
. With the highest finishing attribute of any player on the O´s roster he will fight with Shaun Batt
for the place up front next to David Mooney
AMC João Teixeira
player who played for Walsall
last season. Got all the tools he need to be a great player and just need to grow into his body. If he can improve on his pace and strength the sky will be the limit for this young Portuguese.
The preseason games were mostly against lower league teams we were supposed to beat handily.
The one standout performance in the pre season came from striker Shaun Batt
. We had played the entire previous season with two strikers up front. That had left us shot in the midfield on several occasions but in the Sky Bet League 1
we were able to overcome that with brute force.
Now in the Sky Bet Championship
I was not sure that was the case and considered to move away from two striker system.
knew that it was his spot in the starting lineup that was going to be converted into an AMC and he felt the pressure not just from Mooney
but also from the striker I brought inn on loan Adam Morgan
In the game against Falkirk
, Shaun Batt
had a once in a lifetime performance. Shaun scored his first goal after 11 minutes. He then continued and scored two more in the next 21 minutes for a hattrick.
Not a bad performance but little did I know that he was just getting started.
In the next 5 minutes he scored another hattrick for the unlikely double-hattrick in 30 minutes all done before the break.
I had seen enough and substituted him at halftime with a perfect 10*
I mentioned that we now had a new parent club. The first thing the new baby face owner did when taking over the club was to sign a deal with Tottenham Hotspur
. The deal would give us access to Tottenham loan players, £110K in cash each year and a yearly friendly against the Premier League team.
*This is the first time I can remember any of my players scoring a perfect 10 since the game changed from CM to FM.