As you can tell from the title of this update, we are certainly within a shout of a European spot come the end of the season. As a result of going on a 7 game unbeaten run, 6 of the games being wins, we have managed to get within reach of a Europa League place next season. You can imagine my shock and surprise that we find ourselves in this position with three games to, with one of the games being against Europa League rivals Liverpool on the final day of the season at Anfield. Despite us defying all odds this season and now having the chance to get Notts County into the Europa League after just one season in the Premier League, a huge part of me is hoping that we don’t accomplish this magnificent achievement.
The simple reason for this is that the club does not have depth and it is going to take a lot of investment to turn the club in its current state into a side that has the strength to put 100% into what would be four competitions (Premier League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Europa League). Yes if we made it into the Europa League it would sharply increase our income and chances of bringing in the players to compete at that level but I feel that for at least the next two to three seasons, sustaining Premier League status and developing the club’s infrastructure needs to take priority over one season in Europa League which could result in Premier League relegation. On a side note here, the board of directors have invested further money in expanding the stadium after my request for this to happen. This club is going places!
Once we have a team that I feel can sustain Premier League status for the long term, then I will start to focus on the other competitions and attempt to add trophies to the Notts County cabinet. However, how long am I realistically going to be there for?
The aim of this story was to beat the number of views one of my first stories received and also to keep the story going until I have to retire from the save. I feel these two aims that are the basis of this story can only be achieved through a change of team sooner rather than later. This therefore means that if a big club comes in for my services then I would be daft to turn them down. Yes it may not then work out for me but it would definitely add some spice to a story that could potentially become mundane if I stick with Notts County for seasons to come.
Player of the Month – Shaquile Coulthirst