Gulls and Glory
Well I'm back already. It took a record time of *Checks watch* 12 hours. I said I wouldn't be gone for long so here I am. Determined more than ever to gain some kind of success lower down in the English leagues I've already gone about putting the building blocks in motion to do just that with a new team.
The last save didn't go so well and that really isn't an understatement. Like I said before though, we go again and don't give up. A lot of mistakes were made and I feel suitably prepared to review them and figure out where we went wrong. So what can be done differently?
Firstly, I think it's become clearly obvious that I'm not great at lower league management so I think the problem to begin with was starting too low down the tiers. Let's change that. I took on Salisbury as they're my home town and that was practically the only reason. This time I'm looking further from home and as you can see I've picked Torquay United three leagues above.
Why Torquay? Well, firstly the kits and badge are probably the smartest I've seen this far down in a long time. That probably goes down for debate for some people. I also felt expectations at Salisbury were way too high and this instantly put a lot of pressure on me so this is something that definitely didn't help.
Torquay have only just been promoted to the Vanarama National and are predicted to be pulled into a good old relegation scrap. The boards expectations of me are too fight bravely against relegation so the pressure to win almost every game is virtually non existent.
Personally I feel like we can do a little better and achieve roughly a mid table finish, this would be a fantastic foundation to build from in a bid for promotion and I've got my fingers crossed I can keep the club away from any kind of bottom half battle.
My second mistake at Salisbury was certainly breaking the wage budget. I went above it by a grand trying to gain promotion and it achieved quite the opposite so for this time round with Torquay I have set myself the goal of not even going a pound over budget. At least for the first few seasons.
Lastly, player age. I took in a lot of experience from the streets at Salisbury. This was undoubtedly a mistake. They expected much more of a wage packet and offered little to no competition physically. I'm sure it will please everyone to know I'll be taking a younger approach by trying out untried, untested high potential youth players a lot more often.
These are the three main mistakes to highlight so hopefully we can combat and overcome all of these. It's going to be a tough first season but I've a lot more faith in this club than the last.
For those interested I shall leave some more information about Torquay down below.