Thank you all for commenting, unfortunately I have blasted a bit too far ahead to do a traditional update, but I want to give a run-through of how I've been doing so far.
One of the reasons for this is because there was no consistency and I realised that I might need to change things up a bit, but I didn't know how. Thankfully I realised in the end and it was due to what some alluded to on here- too many players like to go into the same kind of space. I'll explain what I am doing now at the end.
As you can see, we survived our first season in the Premier League in a reasonably comfortable manner, but we didn't set the world alight. None of our forwards were consistent, even Shankland, who although finishes quite well from time to time, does not contribute well enough to the team as a whole and does not finish consistently enough to be considered an integral first team player. Unfortunately I did not have any options to replace him...until this current season. More on that later.
Now onto our second season.
I realised we needed to bolster our defence with some quality players so I signed Jake Clarke Salter who has been excellent. Unfortunately he is currently pushing for a move. I aim to keep him as long as possible and will include him in the heart of our defence still.
Our second season was still plagued by inconsistency, which was perhaps due to my poor tactics, I was just trying to go on a match to match basis, rather than putting in my own style of play which hindered both myself and the players. We managed to finish 5th and get a European place, but we still had 17 defeats and I felt were in there through the skin of our teeth, not due to any quality or anything like that.
Unfortunately we could not replicate our form in the Betfred Cup, and were knocked out to Rangers in the Quarter-final. There is no shame in that I must say.
What I must say about my time with Dundee United, is that we have become somewhat of a cup team, which is typical I guess of a team who does not find form in the league, and we found ourselves having another good run in the Scottish Cup where we built Celtic at home and got a last minute equalizer against Kilmarnock in our next match. We then managed to beat them away from home. It was a bit odd to be honest, they played 4-4-2 away against us and to be honest obliterated us, at our place then played 5-3-2 at home and were flat. It was a very odd decision but we made the most of it.
We found ourselves in the final against Hamilton who were somewhat of a surprise package but who had beaten both Hearts and Hibs en route to the final, two teams who I find to be a pain in the backside, so I knew we had to be wary, so let's see how we got on.
An hard fought 3-2 victory. I feared the worst at first, Hamilton were a tough team to break down, and with them getting an early lead, I was worrying as to how we were going to get back into the match, but we did it, and in all honesty, we probably should have avoided extra time, but it made things a bit more thrilling and I was so pleased that we managed to find the winner as it meant we were into the Europa League proper rather than the Euro ll Cup - what is that anyway, I actually don't understand it.
Alright, this is my new set of tactics, I realised that Scotland, as a whole have a much better standard of players and passers that they are given credit for. I mean look at John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Ryan Christie, Andy Robertson just to name a few. Some genuinely brilliant players there and even within my own squad, you've got Declan Glass (who I will upload on another post), Manu Molina ( I know, I know, not Scottish but he's a gem), Lewis Neilson and Chris Mochrie, I had a core here which we could build on.
Thank you for reading, and I'm going to post how we did in the current season and some of those players profiles in the next post...