SEASON 5 | COULD THIS BE THE YEAR WE GET PROMOTED TO SERIE A?
In the January transfer window I didn't have too much money to spend, but was also beginning to plan for our potential promotion after a decent first half of the season.
I signed Maldini on loan again from AC Milan for 2 seasons, this will give me the opportunity to play wingers next season.
I also signed a couple of players on pre-contract's but they will come at the beginning of next season, so I will wait until then to show you who I got.
A bid came in for Lancini that was too good to turn down. He was aging and I have a lot of center back's already in the squad. So off he went.
Continuing on with our season, we were fighting for promotion in a tight battle with about 9 teams that could all be within reach of Serie A.
We got an important 1-0 win over Leece that pushed us up to 2nd in the league. Pastore who was average all season, scored from the penalty spot.
We then went on to lose our first game after 11 games unbeaten..I felt like we deserved more and were unlucky not to win.
We had been on a great run, would this loss cost in the long run?
8 games left in the league, our next game was against Parma.
We got our annual Youth Intake, and we have two promising full backs coming through! I am hoping they can develop into their potential.
We managed to beat Parma 4-1! We didn't play the best, but we took our chances!
5 games left in the league, and it is so close! There are 9 teams all fighting for the top 3 spots, and potential promotion to Serie A
Now just 2 games left and it is so close.... surely we can do it!
With 1 game to go...
We gained promotion to Serie A!!!
Can we win the Serie B? Last game of the season...
And we won the league! What a season! We have done it. We have brought Palermo back from the dead and back into the league were they belong, we will be playing in Serie A next season! 5 years of ups and down's have paid off.. now we need to rebuild our team so we can compete and push on next season!
The board have given us a good budget to work with next season, and we will be looking to make some important signings to strengthen the squad.
Colombo, our loan striker from AC Milan won Player of the Year. He was certainly our best player, and was crucial for us during our promotion fight.
Colombo also won Player's Player of the Year!
I was awarded the Manager of the Year Award
We had 6 Palermo players feature in the Team of the Year!
A closer look at our results in the second half of the season, near the end of the season we started to lose a few games, and I honestly thought I was going to bottle it...
The final Serie B league table, what a year! Such a close league!
This man was superb this season. He was our top goalscorer with 22 goals in 35 apps. I will do everything I can to get him back at the club to play again for us in Serie A next season.
Godfred 'Godsent' Donsah
What a signing this man was for us! We got him on a free, and he has been class. Not the most goals and assists but some crucial performances and important goals! He will be an important player for us for many years I hope.
The 32 year old left-back was really our only option in his position this season, and certainly an area I need to improve next season. Although Crivello was very good for us this season in Serie B. 8 assists and 4 goals, not bad at all from a left wing back.
Juan Ignacio Urso
This guy was a beast! He won Serie B Goalkeeper of the Year, he kept 16 clean sheets in 38 appearances, only conceding 36 goals. I went onto his contract to try and loan him again next season, and I was shocked to see his contract was expiring....so I might be able to sign him permanently on a free!
So we have done it! Serie A next season! I am so excited, but it is going to be a huge challenge!
I have big decisions to make in terms of who to sign, how to approach the league, what tactics to use. But it is exciting time's for Palermo, and I am proud to have brought them back to where they belong.
As always, thanks for reading!