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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
Griffo: Gotta say the same tbh, and on Posinkovic, we'll have to wait and see what he does on loan at Cordoba!

mgriffin2012: Cheers mate, he's certainly showing great signs already :D

ScottT: Thanks bud, I'm just as excited ;)

Life in the second tier has started exceptionally well, with our 7-0 away win at Brighton making the headlines as we lead the way heading into September. An opening day win against West Brom at The Shay delighted fans but it only got better as we carried on in the month, with cup wins against Chesterfield and Crystal Palace taking us into the Third Round of the League Cup, meanwhile league wins against Derby and Brighton saw us take top spot in the Championship at the end of August.

As you are able to see, an extensive goal difference has led to ourselves topping the table after the first four games with an unbeaten start. Three other teams in the form of Huddersfield, Watford and Sheffield Wednesday have also completed a similar feat with a lower goal difference. As we get into September, we hope to extend our lead further.

It's been yet another exquisite month for the lethal Australian forward. Despite numerous players starring this month with great performances, it is once again Matthew Fletcher who has bagged this months award with a wonderful goal and assist ratio throughout the month, picking up an average rating of 8.27.

It's another step forward in the Bradford Park Avenue trenches as club chairman Dr John Dean has today tied down First-Team Manager Adam Chabukiani to the club until 2021.

The young Georgian manager entered his fourth year at the West Yorkshire club this July. In his four years at the club, Chabukiani has brought the fans four consecutive promotions up to the Championship, one FA Trophy and one League One title along the way.

He also signed up club legends like Matthew Fletcher, who is the clubs' all-time leading goalscorer with 166 goals to his name and has won the Golden Boot award every season during his stay at Horsfall Stadium. Other club icons include Samir Nabi and Kasjusz Piwowarczyk, whom the fans fell in love with during their stay at the club.

But the key thing that he has brought with him to Bradford Park Avenue is stability. The 32-year-old spent years in the club's backroom staff, from the Under-18's Assistant Manager, to the First Team Assistant Manager under John Deacey. He has spent almost fifteen years involved with the running of the club.

This experience brings the knowledge of the club and it's needs. On the first day that Chabukiani was instated as First Team Manager on 1st July 2015, he immediately went looking for new coaching staff, the clubs' first scouting team and more physios. This created the foundation he needed to get out of the 6th tier of English football, and it is the same stability which has propelled the club all the way into the 2nd tier of English football.

But after months of discussion, Chabukiani is finally set to continue his reign of success in Yorkshire, with the club already sitting at the top of the Championship table. The Sukhumi-born boss signed a deal until June 2021, and has received a 120% wage rise in comparison to his old contract. Some clauses include that if Chabukiani gets Bradford PA promoted into the Premier League, he will receive a further 40% wage increase. It also states that Chabukiani will receive 50% of any compensation Avenue receives if he is to leave the club. This figure tots up to around £200,000 at this time.
Just an easy 7-0 win over Brighton to fire you on your way to the top of the table :P keep it up mate and good luck on the new Deal! :D
tied down for 2 years, just enough time to win the Premier League then yeah? ;)
Congrats on the new deal squad looks more than equipped for championship football. Yet another promotion looks more than possible
Congrats on the new deal.... hopefully the two years will be as successful as any others you've had at the club!
mgriffin2012: Ah, just another day at the office mate ;)

Atoobie: Pfft, I'll have it done by Christmas 2020 mate :))

ninjaskill: I really hope you're correct on that! It would be a crucial step forward, but we can't speak too soon!

Justice: Let's just hope! :D

After such a perfect first month, it was always too good to be true as we suffered two losses - one to top of the league Watford, the other to current mid-table side Birmingham - as well as one draw to Cardiff City. As a result of these lack of points, we have tumbled down from first place to third place in the league, with Watford and Sheffield Wednesday filling the two places above us in the league.

Watford now lead us by six points at the top of the table. Whether or not this sets the pace for the rest of the season we are to find out, but if it is then we have a lot of catching up to do throughout the season starting from this moment on. However what surprises me is at the bottom of the table as Southampton find themselves rock bottom, despite just being relegated from the Premier League last season and has a relatively competent squad.

The centre-back has been in fine form both in August and this month. With Fletcher and Lieblein hammering in the goals at the other end, Cahill and Browning have been great in dealing with the threats that opposed our team. On top of this, Cahill has also played a part in the goalscoring too, grabbing two goals this month.

After eleven months in the works, the planned renovation of Bradford Park Avenue's youth facilities have been upgraded.

Started in November 2018, the work was first instructed by First Team Manager Adam Chabukiani and has been coordinated by club chairman Dr John Dean and several national architects.

The developments have costed the club around £900,000 including interest, which the club have fully paid for without the need of loans.

The infrastructure at Bradford PA has been on overdrive in recent years to catch up with the increasing stature of the club itself, with Chabukiani leading the club into the dizzy heights of the Championship. But one negative of such rapid growth is the fact that club facilities get left behind, in this case it means that Bradford Park Avenue have some of the worst facilities in the league.

But the youth facilities at Horsfall Stadium have generated a lot of the clubs' revenue and talent in recent years. The best example being Avenue's record sale of Caner Dumlupinar to Birmingham City for £4,000,000 after the right-back derived from the academy of the club. It also generated £925,000 from the sale of Alex Fletcher to Swansea City in January 2018.

The youth facilities are also responsible for developing prospects such as Shaun Barrow, Tony Cooke and Dave Millington who are all currently found in Chabukiani's senior team.

The next step in the clubs developing facilities is the current stadium expansion which is ongoing at Horsfall Stadium which is costing the club £1,100,000.
A very good start all the same, really interested to see if the Championship slows your tremendous progress down or not
Some great form to be honest, think you'll get up this season but it might be tight
New youth facilities go to show that the future of the club under your reign is very bright and youe league position show that the present is brilliant!
Griffo: Well, I'm aiming for the Play-Offs this season, but if we miss out narrowly we can build stronger for the season after. Saying all of this, it's still very early in the season!

Atoobie: I wouldn't mind if we scraped it, just so long as we rake in that Premier League money as soon as possible ;)

mgriffin2012: It really is a big step forward for us, we've already began producing some great talent before any upgrades were made, I look forward to the future certainly!

This month we didn't suffer any losses in the league and that has picked us up back into second place in the league as last months holders Sheffield Wednesday dropped out of the top six completely and find themselves in seventh place. Also this month we were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Wolves in the Fourth Round. This result was disappointing, however our minimum expectation was to reach exactly this far in the competition.

At the bottom, Southampton seem to have got out of their early rut which doomed them to the bottom of the league for a short while. That place has been taken up by recent Premier League team Sunderland, shortly followed by Norwich City in 23rd. At the top however, the top six is covered half by Yorkshire-based teams of ourselves, Sheffield United and Rotherham, with Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United hanging just outside of that area.

In his first Player of the Month award, Iheanacho has only just recently played a big part in my squad this month, with five starts and he has repaid me with three goals and an assist, as well as his great footballing traits that I have never had at my disposal in the striker department. I will continue to make a way for him in my team unless he stops performing or I find a better alternative.

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