The transfers are as they were before. I was delighted back then with who I brought in and come the end of the season, I am still more than pleased with the players I brought in. If you want to see screenshots of the players, check out the last update.
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Well, as you can see, we had our good spells and our bad spells. We enjoyed a positive start to the season and for large spells of the first half of our league campaign, we were level on points with league leaders Norwich and Crystal Palace. Unfortunately for us, we were faced with an almighty injury crisis as our squad was reduced to just 16 players for a whole three months after the New Year and our form showed as we struggled to win games, often drawing. Luckily for us, we avoided defeat enough to claim the sixth and final play-off spot, pitting us against Nottingham Forest in the semi-finals! We won the first game at home 1-0 (somehow) but were defeated 3-2 in the second. This saw the tie go to penalties, where we progressed from to the final at Wembley against Stoke City! It was a hard-fought final but in the end, we triumphed thanks to a brace from the former Stoke City academy striker, Callum Saunders. We had been promoted to the Premier League!
Crystal Palace won the league by three points as Norwich City claimed the second automatic promotion spot. As you can see, the play-off spots were hotly contested with the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday narrowly missing out. It was a dark season for Ipswich, Burnley and Wolves, who were all relegated.
A goal from captain and legend Danny Mills saw us progress past Doncaster but not even a brace from our hero could salvage anything against BPL side West Brom, who knocked us out early on.
Capital One Cup
We performed well to get past Wycombe and Fulham but then came Manchester City...
It is an exciting time for us as our board has decided to invest in to the building of a new stadium! The Whitehawk Stadium (I will rename this upon completion) will host over 15.5k fans and will be completed for the beginning of the 2022/2023 season. This will cost us £29M in total and we have taken out a loan which will see us pay £250k per month until 2030. I am delighted with this piece of news as it is a huge advancement for this football club!
So we have reached the promised land! The hard work starts now, unfortunately. What I will do is do a little summary of how the BPL has changed since 2014 and a little preview of each team in the league for the next season so you guys can get an idea of where they're at.
2015-02-10 01:11#207759Pauker :
Lol, they will offset 725k :P. Couldn't help but laugh, sorry. Great to see you in the PL, a good cup run could get you a nice spot in Europe and a decent spot in the PL
I'm not going to lie, this will be my greatest challenge yet to keep this club above the relegation zone in the upcoming season. Finances are terrible, the owner wants to sell the club and so has given me nothing to work with in the market (and often a transfer embargo or two) and the club's reputation is second-to-none.
Prince William Extends Contract With Whitehawk To 2023 Amid Transfer Speculation
Just over six years ago Prince William Mountbatten-Windsor was no more than a figure-head for the English FA. Today, he is preparing for his seventh season at the helm of newly-promoted Premier League side Whitehawk Football Club and has celebrated his half-dozen years by signing a contract-extension which will see him stay at the club until 2023. This new deal sees the prince earn an estimated six thousand pounds a week, which he has promised to hand to several local charities in the Brighton area.
Prince William:"It feels great to put pen to paper on a new deal here. It is a very exciting time for this football club now that we're in the Premier League, where we've been working for years to get to. We have come from the bottom of English football to the very top in a very short period of time. It shows the tremendous character of the club to have reached these heights and we're all very excited to work in what is the most exciting league in modern-day football."
The son of the current king of England, King Charles III, had been linked with a move away from The Enclosed Ground this summer with high interest in his signature. Indeed, Merseyside club Everton was one of many sides to have approached Prince William in an attempt to bring him away from The Hawks. However, all attempts proved vain as the loyal Hawk secured his future at the club where he has made his name in football over recent years.
Prince William:"There were a few offers (from other clubs) over the last few weeks but I never considered leaving Whitehawk. There were a few big offers, including from Everton, Derby County and even the Polish national team. I'm grateful to all sides who offered me a position as manager and I am flattered by the interest but I'm happy where I am now and I want to continue on in the path which we are currently on."
Having lifted the Vanarama Conference South division in 2015 and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in 2019, Prince William is not yet content with his current trophy haul. The ambitious manager is hungry for success and wants to add to his medal haul before his time at Whitehawk is up.
Prince William:"Winning trophies is what every manager wants to achieve and I am no different. Winning the league in my first season in charge was a great moment and I loved every second of the JPT final at Wembley, where we lifted the trophy. I want to manage in more cup finals at Wembley with Whitehawk and I want more silverware. I have the taste for it now and it is something which I have fallen in love with."
Whitehawk will look forward to their first ever Premier League campaign knowing that the man who guided them there will remain a part of the furniture for years to come. He has already made his mark on the football club, can he make a mark on the world's best division?
Experience Added As Prince Prepares For Relegation Battle
Irish Winger James McClean Is One Of Whitehawk's Big-Name Signings This Summer
Manager William Mountbatten-Windsor has taken no time in reinforcing his squad with experienced players as he prepares for his first ever season in the Premier League with Whitehawk FC. A total of nine players joined The Hawks this summer with eight of them coming in on free transfers. Let's take a look at three of the biggest signings made by The Hawks this season.
7. Junior Stanislas - AMR
Fee: £125,000 Signed From: Blackburn Rovers (ENG) Squad Role: Key Player
With an upgrade in divisions came a much-needed upgrade in attacking choices, which Junior Stanislas certainly provides. The West Ham graduate has enjoyed spells at Burnley, Bournemouth, Leicester and Wolves before joining Blackburn Rovers but did not enjoy his time there and was transfer listed for less than a quarter of his value. He possesses great skill and has good pace and can cross the ball well. He will be a very important player for us this season and has the ability to turn a game on its head. He is a very exciting player for us to sign and while he is on very high wages, he will certainly prove to be a good player to have in our side.
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17. James McClean - AML
Fee: £0 Signed From: Yeovil (ENG) Squad Role: First-Team Regular
Another experienced winger joins in the form of former Irish international James McClean. The left-sided winger enjoyed a disastrous spell at Wigan before moving to Yeovil but took the chance to play in the Premier League once again. Having made 23 appearances for the Irish national team, McClean is no stranger to the big games and he will certainly be an invaluable asset to us this season. While he may not be as gifted as Stanislas, he still provides a lot to the squad and will prove to be a good addition.
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34. Matt Lowton - DR
Fee: £0 Signed From: Free Transfer Squad Role: Rotation
The English full-back is a veteran to the Premier League, having made over 130 appearances for Aston Villa in his time there. Lowton was a key player in the Aston Villa side but has found first-team chances hard to come by in recent years and did not extend his contract in the summer, leaving him as a free transfer. Age has caught up with him but he still has a lot to offer and will prove to be a good player to have in our squad.
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The rest of the transfers will be included in the pre-season update.
Whitehawk FC Chairman Jim Collins Looking To Sell Club While Value Is High
Jim Collins, chairman of Premier League side Whitehawk FC, has spent the better part of twelve months attempting to pass on the ownership of his football club. Having been passenger to rapid promotion from the Conference divisions all the way to England's top league, the value of the club has soared, with the club now worth an estimated £43.5M. However, he is reported to be looking for a fee in the region of £60M for the club, which has put off many potential suitors.
Jim Collins:"I feel that it is time for me to move on. I bought the club many years ago because of my passion for football and we have certainly had some great memories, especially in recent years. William (Mountbatten-Windsor) has had great success with what little we offered him and he has helped to make this club what it is today; a local landmark and an example of how to do things the right way as a football club. We spent little and while our income hasn't been spectacular, we grew every year and we are now financially secure and in a position where the next owner should have no problems with taking over."
Jim Collins has come under much scrutiny as he made the decision to take out a loan on the club of £29M to build a new stadium, months after announcing his attentions to leave the club. While Whitehawk FC will not struggle to repay this debt due to their Premier League status, Whitehawk fans have been cynical of Collins' actions, furious with his decision to pile more debt on a club which he is trying to sell for big profits.
Aaron Stevens (Whitehawk Fan):"It is absolutely incredulous that Jim Collins, our 'club-loving' chairman, would even think to make the club pay for his own decisions. He is taking absolutely no responsibility for his actions and if he does sell the club, it will be the new owner has to deal with the repercussions of Jim Collins' actions. The sooner he leaves, the better. He has put pressure on our manager to perform with little help before and he is going to send us back to the lower leagues with his immature actions."
Despite managing to bring in experienced Premier League veterans such as James McClean and Matt Lowton, manager William Mountbatten-Windsor may feel hard-done by due to the lack of funds made available to him in the summer. Given a transfer budget of less than a fifth of a million pounds and a wage budget of half that, players were difficult to sign and the Whitehawk squad is left with much to wish for. This has left Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher in a state of disappointment and disbelief.
Jamie Carragher (Pundit):"This chairman is a clown. If you look at Whitehawk's combined wage budget, it adds up to about £90k per week. I was on more than that myself at Liverpool, and I wasn't a particularly amazing player! (Cristiano) Ronaldo is 35 and he gets more than that every time he ties his laces. And what sort of budget is £200k? Norwich and Crystal Palace were just promoted too and they both spent millions on new players. You get millions of pounds just for promotion to the Premier League and Jim Collins gives none of it to his manager. I can tell you now, Whitehawk are doomed if they don't get a new chairman soon!"
While Whitehawk fans may enjoy Premier League football at The Enclosed Ground for the first time when their side host title-chasers Chelsea on 15th August, doom and gloom will be with them in the form of Jim Collins, who does not seem to care how his club does, as long as he gets his profits.
The signings you made a pretty decent considering the lack of funds you were given, but I'm sure using all of your football manager motivational techniques and tactical nous you can find a way to stay up!
Looks like its going to be an extremely difficult season for Whitehawk, the lack of funds is ridiculous, considering you're now a Premier League club! Nevertheless, the experienced additions should help fight for survival and your ability as a manager in itself will be crucial to ensuring safety. Good luck.
Eleven senior players left the club on free transfers (first eleven on the list on the right), with nine replacing them. Of our nine signings, only one cost us money although had I been given a bigger budget, there would have been many more. We brought in a number of midfielders last year so I focused on strengthening our defence and attack this season. I'm pleased with who I brought in and who I let go, to tell the truth. I regret not having more money to spend but I enjoy a challenge and it certainly will be one to stay up.
Scott Tanser was my first signing of the window, from Rochdale. He is a fairly young English left back who is quite versatile and is fairly well rounded. He will slot straight in to our first team as our only natural left back (unfortunately). We will need him to be consistent and hopefully his set-piece strengths can add to our attacking play. Fee: £0 From: Rochdale (ENG) Value For Money:
John Brayford joined us that same day and he will be one of two competing for the right-back position. Seven years older than Tanser, Brayford has plenty of Premier League experience for Cardiff and he will add a lot to our side. He is a great leader and his defensive strengths will prove to be important to us. Fee: £0 From: Brentford (ENG) Value For Money:
Adam Jackson is perhaps a very unproven player at this level, having played for Wimbledon in League 2 over recent years. However, the English central defender has good defensive attributes and his high Determination and Positioning were certainly attractive assets. Fee: £0 From: AFC Wimbledon (ENG) Value For Money:
Georg Margreiter joined next from Colchester for free. He is natural in both central defence and as a right back but he will play centrally for me, with his intelligence on the pitch being a key asset. This will be his first ever season in the Premier League and I am hoping for some solid performances from this experienced defender. Fee: £0 From: Colchester (ENG) Value For Money:
James McClean comes in from Yeovil to add bite to our attack, where he will play on the left-hand side. The experienced former Irish international has plenty of Premier League experience and his crossing ability and his work ethic will prove to be important to us this season. He will be competing with young star Kevin Griffiths for a place in the starting eleven and his experience adds a lot to our squad. Fee: £0 From: Yeovil (ENG) Value For Money:
Medo comes in to the squad to replace the departing Pedro Chirivella, who was due to miss up to nine months with a viral infection. The experienced African defensive midfielder has played in the Premier League for Watford in the past and is known for his hard-hitting tackles. He will be the protector of our defence and will have an important job up against the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Eden Hazard, who run their midfields. Fee: £0 From: Sheffield Wednesday (ENG) Value For Money:
Zach Clough joins from Charlton and will lead our attack this season. The English striker has never enjoyed a twenty goal season but we are looking to change that and I hope that he can prove to be a talismanic figure at the football club. He has a great shot and is relatively pacey, with good movement and good control of the ball. A lot of our goalscoring hopes rest on his shoulders. Fee: £0 From: Charlton Value For Money:
Junior Stanislas was the only player bought for a fee. He comes in from Blackburn to play on the right wing for us this season. He is very skillful and possesses a fair amount of pace for his age. He will be our biggest threat in attack and I am hoping that he can supply Clough well and chip in with a few goals himself. Fee: £125k From: Blacburn Value For Money:
Matt Lowton completes our signings for the summer and the former Aston Villa full-back will be key to our season. He knows what it takes to perform well at this level and we need him to be at his best from August to May. Fee: £0 From: Free Transfer Value For Money:
Words don't describe how unfortunate we are to have this start to the league season. Yes, Tranmere are not the most difficult opponents in the Capital One Cup but to play Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs in the first three games of the league season will be tough. I don't see us collecting any points from these games and the most we can hope for is a goal or two to go our way.
There will be a full squad review and a look at the other BPL clubs coming soon!