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Adam Chabukiani: Defying All Odds

The story of a young Georgian refugee, born through the chaos of the Abkhazia War to find his feet in the footballing world.
Started on 5 October 2015 by Jack
Latest Reply on 5 July 2019 by Justice

This month I was left heartbroken as our seven-game winning streak in all competitions was finally put to bed by relegation strugglers Doncaster Rovers at The Keepmoat Stadium. However, on the whole our league performances were very high quality and we bagged enough points to keep on breaking away from Wycombe Wanderers in 2nd place.
In the F.A. Cup, we were drawn against Premier League giants Arsenal in the Quarter-Final after our 5-1 thrashing of Doncaster in the Fifth Round. We lost to Arsenal, but against a full-strength team in which we put up a very good fight against.

As said previously, we picked up enough points this month to be able to really break away with the title-winning spot, with Wycombe now trailing six points behind us in the runners-up spot. In doing this, we finally bagged ourselves a Play-Off spot with six games remaining and being 19 points ahead of 7th placed Portsmouth.
At the bottom, Leyton Orient seem to have shortened the gap to safety, despite still being rock bottom of the table and still unlikely to revive their League One hopes for next season, with Coventry, Chesterfield, Rochdale, Shrewsbury and even Doncaster also dragged into an end-of-season relegation dogfight.

Although not contributing very much to the goalscoring like many previous awards have been handed out for, our new January signing has already become a first-team regular and has nailed down his starting spot over the past few months. Browning has been pivotal in breaking up many opposition attacks and the former Everton man has certainly been a coup for ourselves.

As the English footballing season slowly drags itself towards the finishing line, it is without a doubt a very tough time for Adam Chabukiani.

For all the successes that Chabukiani has had at Bradford Park Avenue, he has not yet won a league title with the West Yorkshire team despite winning three consecutive promotions since he joined in 2015.

With now only six games left and Avenue racing ahead at the top of League One on 81 points, six points ahead of Wycombe Wanderers' 75 points, the fixture schedule has definitely saved the best until last for Chabukiani's side.

Out of the six games that Bradford PA play, four of the teams are currently in the Play-Off places or above. With Avenue facing MK Dons in their first fixture of April, that is not where the panic begins for Chabukiani despite Timo Rost's hefty spending over the course of the season.

Luton Town will be the first Play-Off-based team that Avenue will face as they currently sit in sixth place at the time of writing. Although positioned in the vulnerable spot of sixth, they have the highest goal difference out of the Play-Off pack and aren't a threat to automatic promotion, which they sit eleven points behind.

After the Notts County game, that is where it begins to hot up at the top of the table, with Avenue taking on Peterborough - currently in 3rd place - at Horsfall Stadium on Monday 22nd April. It gets even more worrying for Avenue, though, as they face Wycombe Wanderers, who are the only team chasing their title at this moment.
Wycombe have played second fiddle to Bradford almost all season, and this could potentially be their chance to break Yorkshire hearts by stealing their first league title away from them.

On the final day, if Bradford win the league they will be at their home stadium to lift the trophy as they take on 5th placed Bristol City at Horsfall Stadium on 11th May. Whether or not this fixture could be a title decider between Bradford and Wycombe is to be decided. But what is known is that Adam Chabukiani will have to literally feed his men morale to pull through all of these frightening fixtures if he wants his first career league title.
Cruising right now... the title is yours!

Bradford Park Avenue have continued to break all boundaries placed before them today by winning the League One title.

With three games still left to play, the name of Bradford Park Avenue has been engraved on the League One trophy forever in one of the most momentous days in the club's history.

Under current boss Adam Chabukiani, this is the fourth consecutive promotion that the Georgian has secured as manager of Avenue since joining in July 2015.

Despite these promotions, today is the first time that Chabukiani has ever won a league title after being promoted twice via the Play-Offs to rise into the Football League once again and then an automatic promotion to get into League One.

Bradford beat Notts County 2-1 today, with American star Michael Lieblein bagging the goal which would ultimately get them into the second tier of English football.

The win left current runners-up Wycombe Wanderers trailing ten points behind Avenue with three games left, leaving it mathematically impossible for Gareth Ainsworth's team to catch up with Chabukiani.

Chabukiani still gets even more pleasure out of this achievement though, as Bradford still have to play against Wycombe at Adams Park in two weeks time. This means that he gets to show off his title-winning heroes to the bitter Wycombe fans, whose focus now is to achieve automatic promotion ahead of both Rotherham and Peterborough.

Avenue have had some of the best offensive and defensive statistics in the league, with two of their striker taking up the top two top scorers positions in the entire league in the form of Matthew Fletcher (27 goals) and Michael Lieblein (23 goals). Jordan Graham racked up the most assists in League One so far with 23 assists.
In terms of defensive performance, Ben Foster currently holds the most clean sheets in the league and the team as a whole have conceded the second least goals in the league, after Portsmouth.

With promotion in mind, Chabukiani will be under even more pressure to get Bradford onto that final step and achieve top-flight football for the first time since 1921. The Avenue chairman John Dean is rumoured to have set an initial transfer budget of £6,000,000 for Chabukiani to spend to dig Bradford out of the Championship next season.

Signing players won't be the only thing on his mind, though. The manager will have to fend off competition of suitors looking to poach Avenue's best talents, like Matthew Fletcher and Ben Blackmore who have both attracted clubs from overseas in recent times.

But right now, it is time for the town of Bradford to be in party mode as they sit one league behind the goldmine that is the Premier League.
Congratulations on claiming the league title, a significant achievement!
Bring on the next challenge, well done!
mgriffin2012: Thanks mate! I'm delighted!

Justice: I'm so happy since it's my first ever league title despite all my success over the years!

Griffo: Indeed, the Championship is gonna be a huge step forward
Championship here we come! Well done mate, fantastic effort. Next stop, Premier League!!!!
Congrats on the promotion man. You are getting so close to the Premier League!!!!!!

Could it be the end of Adam Chabukiani's time at Bradford Park Avenue? The French press definitely seem to think so.

French sports newspaper L'Equipe has reported that Georgian manager Adam Chabukiani has attended an interview with LOSC Lille representatives regarding a managerial change following the sacking of Christophe Galtier earlier this month.

Reports say that their French director Sylvain Menard has met with the successful Bradford PA man to strike a deal.

Both teams have left a League One at the end of this season, with Bradford being promoted from League One and Lille being relegated in the French Ligue 1 in a woeful season for the 2010/11 champions.

Lille spent just under £15,000,000 last season to salvage any kind of survival in the top-flight, but the £20,000,000 worth of departures in the summer including stars like Sofiane Boufal and Jeffrey Bruma really hit them hard, despite the arrival of A.C. Milan icon Jérémy Ménez.

This could potentially attract Chabukiani to the French-Belgian border as he has had limited resources in terms of finance at Horsfall Stadium. But that is not to say that John Dean won't put his money where his mouth his with the groundbreaking news of Chabukiani's adventure to Lille.

Officials inside Bradford Park Avenue say that John Dean is working hard to keep the legendary manager at the club with a new contract within the next week.

But the Lille contract should be much more enticing for Chabukiani, with the club's finances looking in better shape than Bradford's.

But the question is: should Chabukiani stick to his loyalties with Bradford Park Avenue, especially considering that they are potentially a season away from the Premier League, or should he take the money and run to our friends over the Channel?
Another French story on FM Scout in the works ;)
Oooo are you on the verge of leaving?? :O
Griffo: He could be joining the gang, who knows? ;)

mgriffin2012: It's to be decided buddy :P
Now that's a big offer! :O

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