So Poland is my destination for a little break from Woking as i try and find my Football Manager mojo back. I haven't strayed too far though with the clubs colours being exactly the same as Woking with Red and White stripes.
Why Poland and Krakow? Well i am getting married this year and my stag do is coming up and although the boys tried to keep it a secret, i have found it we are off to Krakow in what no doubt will be a trip that will take some part of my soul. So, with much naivety i thought providing some fictional success to one of its football club, might mean the City takes it easy on me. So with Krakow chosen, i had three playable clubs to choose from (Cracovia, Wisla Krakow and Garbarnia). Garbarnia are in the 2nd flight and i thought it would be a little too small and maybe a little too similar to Woking whilst Wisla are a traditional big side and Cracovia ended up being something in the middle. It has History and i have the chance to build a dynasty here.
Cracovia are a football club based in Krakow, Poland and are in fact the oldest football club in Poland having been formed in 1906. With a club that old you would expect some history and you wouldn't be disappointed as the club have 5 League titles to their name. However, the slight catch is the last of them league titles came in 1948!
Other than them 5 league titles, it is just a small smattering of lower league Championships which gives you an indication of what happened to the side. Just 6 years after winning their last league title, the club found itself in the 2nd flight having been relegated. Throughout the 60's the club became a true yo-yo side winning promotion 3 times but getting relegated the very next season. The last relegation from the top flight in 1970, saw the side slip to its worst ever position finding itself demoted to the 2nd tier, than the 3rd and than the 4th tier. It's worst ever position. The club quickly got itself back into the 3rd tier but found itself stuck at this level for a number of seasons.
In 1978 the club finally returned to the 2nd flight and it was just 4 years later in 1982 that the club finally won promotion to the top flight after 13 long years away. It was a short lived joy though as just 2 years later the club suffered relegation to the 2nd tier and than quickly to the 3rd tier. The rest of the 80's was a grim time as the club suffered financially and it didn't get much better in the 90's as the club yo-yo'ed between the 2nd and 3rd tiers.
In Mid 2002, the club finally caught a break attracting a rich sponsor (Comarch) finally giving the club some money for development finallly getting itself back into the top flight for the 2004-05 season where the club has remained other than a small spell in the 2nd flight for 1 season in 2012-13. So that brings us to the modern day and my takeover.
The Manager & Expectations
So i have made myself a Polish national and i have decided to go heavy on the mental attributes as well as youth development as i look to build from my own set up. Technical skills are also something i want to do as i want to try and play decent football.
Both of these play into what the club want to do as they look for a top half finish (Media Predicting us 7th) whilst playing possession football and developing players from our own academy. Both of which i can get on board with and will play a factor into how i set up the side.
In order to finish in that position they have given me an additional £4k per week in the wage budget as well as £460k to spend on some new faces.
So what do you think? Good move or no?