Update #71: Season 15 | Board Meeting
Although results have improved since the beginning of the season, we sit 9th in the league and are far from competing for the title this season. Before the season started, that was the expectation of the board, unfortunately that meant they were unhappy with our current performances and called me in for a meeting. I begged the board to give me one month to prove them wrong (not that we were going to end up challenging for the title), but the board have agreed so I essentially have one month to save my job.
1 month to save my job
The fixtures in April are difficult, but we cannot hide and must grind out some good results. The EURO Conference League quarter finals is a huge chance to impress the board as we are favourites against Shaktar and although Milan and Roma look like tough fixtures, neither of them are the teams they use to be.
Must win games
The fixture that resulted in the board calling me in was a 3-1 away defeat to Napoli. It was from then that every game was crucially important if I wanted to keep my job. We played Shaktar at home in the first leg of the quarter final and we continued our perfect record in Europe this season with a 2-0 win, Bayer and Sorensen with the goals. We then faced Chievo at home. Bayer was the hero scoring the only goal of the game in the 64th minute, a tight but very important win. We then traveled to Ukraine to beat Shaktar again 2-0 and progress into the EURO Conference League semi-final where we were drawn against Spanish side Atletico Bilbao. The next league fixture at home resulted in a 0-0 draw with AC Milan, then another draw came against Bologna away 1-1, Victor Hugo with the goal. The first leg against Bilbao was at home and we managed to win 1-0 thanks to defender Iglesias with a powerful header. We ended the month with a very impressive win over Roma, 2-1 at home, goals from El Badaoui and Maric. We haven't lost a game this the board called us in for a meeting, and we are one result away from reaching the EURO Conference Final!
In the final month of the season we travelled to Spain to play Bilbao in the second leg of the semi final. After beating them 1-0 at home we went to Spain with a slight advantage. Daniel Bayer turned up and scored two goals in a 2-0 win, which meant we would progress into the final with a chance of Europa League qualification if we are to win the final match. We then faced Inter Milan in the league and managed to beat them 2-1! Bayer again with a brace. The final two league games of the season were away matches, both of which we didn't play great in and struggled to score. We lost 2-0 to Sassuolo and 1-0 to Entella. But we had one final important fixture.
The EURO Conference Final was against FC Ingolstadt 04. The German side came into the final in a similar league position to us, but we were considered slight favourites. The final took place in Manchester and this was our first chance at silverware since we won Serie B, many many seasons ago.
EURO Conference Final 2034
In a rather dull afair, we were the slightly better team, and a goal from our Croatian midfielder, Armin Markovic in the 56th minute meant that we won the Final 1-0. I was delighted to end the season with a trophy and although we didn't compete for the title in the league, there were a lot of positives and we are beginning to find a Palermo identity, keeping possession and dominating most matches. The board now are happy enough for me to stay on as manager, and we will embark on Season 16 with Palermo with another trophy in the cabinet.
We ended up finishing 9th in the league, but after winning the final we have qualified for the Europa League. Inter Milan won their 5th league title in a row. Benevento, Chievo and Frosinone were relegated. This wasn't a season to remember in the league, but our first European trophy won't be forgotten quickly. Now it is to time to go again stronger next season and build on the success we had this year.
Final Serie A Table
- Inconsistency was an issue this season, but I am happy with how it ended.
- We are lucky we did so well in Europe, and we are stoked to win a trophy for the first time in years!