I am Noah Helms. I haven't much background in football. My family are from England but my parents had job opportunities in France so I have grown up there. I have always had aspirations of becoming a football manager so from 2010-2014 I have completed my various coaching badges and have been gaining work experience wherever possible. A favorite club of mine Racing Club de Lens have helped me out a lot and have let me attend training sessions. The four years I have spent devoting my life to broadening my knowledge of the game has taken me all across Europe and now the search for a job begins.
The Job Hunt
Whenever I saw an opening It seemed to vanish straight away. Jobs being taken before I could even get my CV to that club. A few contacts in France were trying to help me out but England or Germany was my preferred destination... 2014 was slowly slipping away and the 2015/16 season was approaching. I'd been knocked back over 50 times. I just needed a chance to prove that I could turn a club into a threat in their league.
The 2015/16 season started, Man City had regained their title and PSG had claimed the Champions League. Money was taking over. The big clubs wanted big, glamorous managers and that was my motivation, If I am ever to be considered for a big job I must do big things with the clubs that give me chances. And the first club to show faith in me were Wycombe Wanderers, favorites for promotion in League 2, but after 7 games they're lingering in the relegation zone.
So this is the challenge I needed.
Fast forward to March 2016
Wycombe Wanderers defeat league leaders Southend 3-0 away to stay in the playoff places...
Wycombe wandering up the league
With Helms at the helm Wycombe have realized their promotion potential
The papers were lavishing praise on myself and the team. We defeated Southend with three key players out, Zavon Hines, Junior Morias and Bradley Wright-Phillips. Meaning loanee Tomas Cywka played up top. Not a natural striker but two goals in the game that could possibly change our season wasn't bad. My job now is to keep these guys grounded. To keep the motivation high.
Watch this space.
Unrealism- Thanks mate ! save is a while ahead of this so it's exciting times !
From Wycombe, Wandering...
3 games left and we're joint 3rd with two other teams. Dagenham and Redbridge have beat us recently and that elevated them above us on goal difference along with Wimbledon. Playoffs wouldn't be bad because at the start of the season when I took over I wasn't sure if I could take us this far and I'm sure a lot of others doubted me. I've been a pleasant surprise to the critics and think that I can keep going.
So these three games,
Hartlpool 2-2 Two Bradley Wright-Phillips goals saved us as we went behind both times. Luckily Wimbeldon and Dagenham and Redbridge lost, moving us to 4th with Plymouth beating Dagenham and Redbridge and moving them up to 3rd. 1 point separates us from 3rd.
Rochdale 0-0 Massively disappointed. Still a point off of 3rd but this time Dag & Red are ahead in 3rd. A Playoff space is secured but automatic promotion is the key.
It's all down to the last game, Wrexham, who sit in 17th place. It's not in our hands however.
Wrexham 1-1 Three draws. We needed more and I demanded more but it just didn't happen. This means we go into a lottery...
Wycombe fall to Wimbledon
I think after this season with this club I can be very grateful. The support shown by the fans and board have been great. The players have tried so very hard. My wishes are that the this club does well in the future and climbs up the leagues like it should. But after what I have experienced in these last few weeks I don't think I can get any more out of the players. We were 4-1 up and we lose 4-1 in the second leg, then lose on penalties. People question me and I do take the blame. Maybe we should have tightened the defence but that's not what I am about or we as a club are about this year.
It is a tough time but I couldn't have wished for a better club to start my managerial career ar. I am thankful to all involved at this club.
I hated giving that statement, It made me look like a coward for leaving. But If a team does this under my management I have to question myself before questioning them.
Nobody wants Noah...
Few clubs even got back to me but when they did I was being laughed at. I am a no-one. A league 2 manager at best right now. Liverpool and Tottenham along with Schalke and Watford laughed my applications off. I just need one chance to show what I can do. Maybe I should have stayed at Wycombe but I couldn't go through another season where It seemed as if I put more effort into the club than the players did.
I promised myself I wouldn't go into non-league football but after not being able to secure a job to take in pre-season I waited. And waited... and waited.
Bristol Rovers, Skrill Premier side, languishing in 21st place.