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FC Bayern München: The Future of Football

Started on 25 October 2013 by Jamesg237
Latest Reply on 19 August 2014 by Jamesg237
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2013-12-28 06:19#151604 Jozef : Great work winning the title James and congrats on being nominated for story of the month. I can definitely see why you have been nominated. Also Bossaerts looks really good for League 1. Is that so or am I just being ignorant?

Thank you very much. I am grateful for the nomination but there are a lot of good stories out there. Bossaerts is a player that is destined to be much better than a league one club...I wouldn't mind getting him back to the club ready for a season in the Championship!
nice job so far
2013-12-29 01:35#151783 LeedsUnitedForLife : nice job so far
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Thank you. Let's hope things continue going as well as they have this season.

A Summer of Change

We will come onto the pre-season games in a moment but I thought the reader would find it more interesting (as I know I would) if I started by sharing with you the changes in terms of playing personnel that have taken place this summer at Notts County. With the club now playing in the second tier of English football it was essential to retain some players by offering them new contracts, let some leave the club but also bring in new faces that would help improve an already decent squad.

Players Out


In terms of players leaving Meadow Lane there should be no real surprises. A number of the players who past their peak a season or two ago and some of them have decided to call it a day on their playing career. Alessandro Bruno and Jack King had put in a good shift for Notts County but they were from the quality of player needed if we are going to put in any kind of good performance in the Championship next season. It was about time that Paul Heffernan left the club; he had been instrumental part way through last season in guiding the team to some crucial victories but he is at the stage where his career will start to wind down. Fabian Spiess is a frustrating character, although you cannot blame a player for wanting game time on a regular basis, especially when at the beginning of their career. Spiess moaned and moaned about the lack of game time but unfortunately for him, he was never going to take the number one spot from Jak Alnwick. Give Spiess his dues, he did step in when Jak was injured and put in a number of good performances. However, the fee that Newcastle were willing to pay was too tempting an offer. Rossi is another frustrating player, however this time it is in terms of playing at a high standard consistently; which is something Rossi just seemed unable to do. He started off emphatically by producing some memorable goals but then took his foot off the gas and just became lazy. I really do hope he finds some good form for League One Southend and can return to us the player that he was when he first joined.

Players In


I am not going to bore you by showing you ever player’s attributes but instead share some of the reasons behind their purchases and what I think they can bring to the club. Callum McGregor is a player I tried to sign last season but instead he opted for Ross County in Scotland which I felt was a strange choice. He had a change of heart, left County and decided to sign for us at last. He is a great young player that will definitely add quality to a midfield that was left bare at times last season. With Karim Rossi and Paul Heffernan heading out the door, it was important to bring in players that would provide me with some attacking options. Lukas Kysela is a 19 year old with huge potential and it shows that having a partnership with Manchester City is of great benefit. Noel Hunt and out of favour Samed Yesil finish the attacking options and will definitely be called upon if the likes of Gozie Ugwu don’t perform.

The defence is going to be crucial this coming season with us coming up against some good quality sides in one of the toughest leagues. We are naturally expected to return to where we came from, however, I feel with the additions made he we can retain our position in the league. McLaughlin, Miquel, Ngoyi and Perico have been added to the defensive ranks and one or two of them can expect regular starting places. I do feel that we are still a left back short of a team with depth and solid foundations so there may be news on this front in the future.

Steve Short has been brought into replace the moaning Spiess and is a goalkeeper at the very beginning of his career. In truth, he doesn’t have great potential but I needed a backup goalkeeper who wouldn’t be moaning every couple of months because he hasn’t been able to step out onto the hallowed turf. In conjunction with the youth players that have been brought in, it was important to try and add some Premier League experience to the side. This has been provided in the form of Jack Collison (who is my new captain) and Michael Kightly (formerly of Wolves). These two will add a sense of calm to the side, which may be needed when we are put under a lot of pressure. Overall, I am very happy with the additions that I have managed to make to the squad. Even more so with the fact that there is still £500k left in the kitty to help me go find that left back that I think is the final piece of the jigsaw.


Pre-season was a very good period for Notts County with the new players already starting to gel with the current squad and playing some attractive and attacking football. I was pleased with the majority of the performances, no more so than with Lukas Kysela who helped himself to a hat trick against his parent club’s under 21 side. It was a sensational performance and he really did announce himself to the Notts County faithful. He is still a young player, that will have to be weaned into the side gradually but I do think he has a lot to bring.

My favourite performance of pre-season was the comeback against Willem II. We went down two nil very early in the game but managed to pull it back to 2-2 by half time. An 87th minute winner by Mike Williamson (my new vice-captain) capped off what was a fantastic performance all bar the first few moments. This pre-season will stand us in good stead for what will be a challenging and long season. The aim will be of course to retain our league status with any domestic cup competitions being put to the back of our minds; although, I can never say no to a third round tie in the FA Cup against a Premier League big club.

Player of Pre-Season – Lukas Kysela

A very good preseason with some good deals being done. Nice update, too.
Enjoyed this update, truly shows why you've been nominated countless times on SoTM. The City youngster looks amazing btw :)
2013-12-30 17:11#152035 Walter : A very good preseason with some good deals being done. Nice update, too.
It did go extremely well and we got some very pleasing results. I am glad you enjoyed it.

2013-12-30 18:35#152045 Pauker : Enjoyed this update, truly shows why you've been nominated countless times on SoTM. The City youngster looks amazing btw :)

Why thank you Pauker my long term follower! I am determined to win it one month in the future. I may not get the comments but I seem to get the reads. The City lad should provide us with some goals in the coming season...or at least I hope he does.
Great last update James, made some great signings Miguel and Yesil probably the best, Haven't read for a while and it seems your still doing very well with County, Keep it up!
Haven't read or commented in a while, but nice signings ;)
2013-12-31 01:00#152086 AaronHJFT96 : Great last update James, made some great signings Miguel and Yesil probably the best, Haven't read for a while and it seems your still doing very well with County, Keep it up!

They are two players that just wouldn't get game time at their previous clubs but I can give them that at Notts County. I am glad to see that you came back to give it a read!

2013-12-31 07:26#152104 Louis O. : Haven't read or commented in a while, but nice signings ;)
You haven't?!? :o well all that matters is that you came back :)
I especially signed up here to thank you for giving us such a wonderful story! Absolutely loving it! Waiting to see how Yesil does. YNWA
2013-12-31 17:29#152189 engheema : I especially signed up here to thank you for giving us such a wonderful story! Absolutely loving it! Waiting to see how Yesil does. YNWA

Well thank you and welcome (officially) to the site. I hope the story encourages you to write a story of your own. YNWA!
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I've been following this story for a while, only recently made an account but this is by far my favourite story so far!
2014-01-02 18:15#152505 SamGirling : I've been following this story for a while, only recently made an account but this is by far my favourite story so far!

Well welcome (officially) to the site. It is great that this story has encouraged you to join the mad gang on this site and possibly write a story of your own. More updates are on the way. I hope you continue to enjoy reading the story as much as I am enjoying playing and writing about it.
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2014-01-01 21:50#152334 Jamesg237 : Well thank you and welcome (officially) to the site. I hope the story encourages you to write a story of your own. YNWA!

I was planning to make a story with Pool, and keep them on their ****ing perch!

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