Euan Smith is back in a Luton Town shirt, and this time he's not leaving! Luton Town's shrewd, young manager Ryan Ferguson signed the young Scottish striker for a bargain £200,000. After much negotiating with Hibernian, and some work from Euan Smith himself, a deal was agreed for Smith to return once more to the club where he has made his name. This is a massive boost for Luton Town's squad and the fans are rejoicing that their idol has returned is not leaving again.
Euan Smith has received a significant pay increase, and he is now earning two thousand pounds per week in a contract ending in 2019. He is looking forward to playing his third season for Luton Town, in a third different division. Can he help Luton Town to success once more? He thinks so!
Euan Smith:"I'm absolutely delighted to have signed for Luton Town on a permanent basis. I love this club with all of my heart, and it feels like I'm coming back home. I'm so grateful for the support which the fans have given me already since I signed the contract. I worship these fans, they are incredible. They are like a massive family, one that loves each member enormously. Now that I know I'm staying here, I feel even more of a part of the Luton family. Hopefully we can share plenty more great memories like we have before.
My objective for this season is to score as man goals as I can. I know that the Championship will be a much more difficult division than League One, but I think that we are capable of playing in this league and that we can prove to be a bit of a dark horse. I was lucky to contribute a lot of goals for the team in previous years and that is what I plan on doing this season. Hopefully I can be as prolific as before."
Well, I certainly wasn't expecting this! After all the drama regarding offers from other big clubs and myself cementing my commitment to Luton Town, I get a job offer from the Republic Of Ireland. Now, as much as I want to commit 100% to Luton Town, this offer is too good to turn down. How could I turn down Ireland's call? After Ireland crashed out of the European Championships Last Sixteen at the hands of eventual champions Germany, Martin O'Neill retired from management, leaving a vacancy. I got the call, and I was never going to say no to Ireland, I love them too much!
So, what is the story with Ireland? The squad is in a stage of revolution, with a lot of young players stepping up to the international stage to replace the generation of Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne, Damien Duff, John O'Shea, Shay Given and Kevin Kilbane. The World Cup qualifiers start in September. My next update will be a description of what has happened to Ireland so far in this save, a look at our upcoming World Cup qualifiers, the squad and some basic information for those who aren't fully acquainted with the Irish national team.
The Republic Of Ireland is a nation part of an island just west of England, Scotland and Wales. It takes up the main body of the island, with Northern Ireland taking up the north, naturally. The country's official languages are English and Irish and the population is growing every year. The Irish are very proud of their national team and are saddened after the retirement of loved managed Martin O'Neill. However, they have a new reason to rejoice as young, talented manager Ryan Ferguson has taken the role as Republic Of Ireland manager, alongside his duties at Luton Town.
Ireland is currently placed in a very respectable 23rd in the FIFA World Rankings. They may be without legends Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne & Co., but they do have a young, promising bunch of players coming up. Despite failing to reach the World Cup 2014 finals, Martin O'Neill guided the Irish to the Last 16 of the European Championships 2016, before retiring. We have a good platform to build on ahead of our World Cup 2018 Qualifiers, and we are gunning for qualification to Russia.
The Current Squad
Here I will show you a brief glimpse of the quality of the squad which played in the most recent European Championships, however, I will be likely to chop and change this squad to my liking.
2. Seamus Coleman - DR - 27 - 78/79
19. Stephen Kelly - DR - 32 - 72/72
12. Shane Duffy - DC - 24 - 77/79
4. Marc Wilson - DC - 28 - 77/77
5. Ciaran Clark - DC - 26 - 76/78
18. Alex Pearce - DC - 27 - 73/74
21. Darren O'Dea - DC - 29 - 70/71
3. Aidan White - DL - 24 - 70/73
23. Stephen Ward - DL - 30 - 67/67
7. James McCarthy - MC - 25 - 80/82
8. Darron Gibson - MC - 28 - 77/77
20. David Meyler - MC - 27 - 73/75
10. Aiden McGeady - AMR - 30 - 79/79
17. Jack Grealish - AMR - 20 - 74/83
16. Sean Murray - AMR - 22 - 74/81
22. Will Buckley - AMR - 26 - 69/71
15. Sean Scannell - AML - 25 - 73/75
9. Shane Long - ST - 29 - 76/76
6. Simon Cox - ST - 29 - 76/76
11. Joe Mason - ST - 25 - 75/77
We do have quality in our team but we also have massive holes. We need to find a quality goalkeeper quickly, as our current three are not up to scratch. James McCarthy, Aiden McGeady and Seamus Coleman, three Everton players, are our three star players. Hopefully they can lead us to glory. We have two promising young wingers in Jack Grealish and Sean Murray. I have high hopes for them and hopefully they can become key players for us. In terms of tactics, I will be using my Brendan Rodgers System. This is a system that I feel comfortable with and one that I know can help us to play a wonderful passing game.
McCarthy is a fantastically well-rounded young(ish) midfielder. He is a key component of his Everton team and you can see why! He is a fantastic passer of the ball and his technique is impeccable. He has an engine inside of him which will help him drive on through ninety minutes. I know that he will be a crucial player for us.
World Cup 2018 Qualifying Groups (EU)
I'm pretty happy with our group. We will compete with Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Israel, Poland and San Marino for qualification. Croatia will probably be our only challengers for the top spot, but Poland and Israel could surprise us. I will be gunning for a win in every single game, as that is what will confirm qualification. If we can do it, I will be delighted. Hopefully we can perform very well. Below is our five fixtures for 2016. I will start my career as Ireland manager at home to San Marino, and I will be hoping for a big win to showcase my ability to the Irish fans.