A new season, a new head coach !
Following Sarri's resignation, the board took a risk by accepting Raul Stoica's application for the vacant post of head coach. He's a unproven head coach from Romania which has no experience whatsoever. The board motivated the decision by saying that they never seen such ambition and willigness to win at no other candidates. Will the gamble of Empoli's board pay off ?! We will have to wait and see.
The board said that my main objective is to avoid relegation and in that prospect they have told me that they would be able to provide me with a 3 Milion starting budget. I told them that budget is not for the first italian division, but they told me that I have to manage with that budget. Seeing my squad, I was surprised that they even managed to get the promotion in Serie A. Such a low quality squad, I had to find a way to get some more cash. Then I saw a jewel, by the name of Daniele Rugani. I owned 50% of the player and decided to put him on the list. Juventus got 3.3M for their share, but I wasn't satisfied with that sum so I told Barcelona's coach that I would not sell the best italian prospect for under 5 milions. After a little battle he accepted, so Rugani was going Nou Camp's way. I had no other choice but to bring some free, experienced players. So I have decided to bring Marco Amelia, the perfect player for the goalkeeping part, due to his experience and quality he brings. The next player is Anthony Annan, a beast ball winning midfielder, probably my best player.
Here is my full list on buy/sell:
Some good friendlies, but a sad, sad result in the Italian Cup. I was denied by Trapani's 90+1 minute goal. The saddest part is that I had a disallowed goal in the 90+2 minute, which came from Necid's header. But if I think it more, success was never going to come in this competition so it's better for me this way because me and my team can concentrate only on the league !
Hope you will enjoy this story !