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Conor McDonald: The Student

Started on 18 April 2020 by Jack
Latest Reply on 3 September 2020 by ScottT
Massive congratulations. Yet more success for Conor and another trophy to add to the ever-growing trophy haul.

April & May Results

Ligue 1 Standings (as of 31st May 2027)

Conor’s Verdict

It is hard not to be happy with another season confirmed in the Champions League considering the amount we are up against.

This season our wage bill was €101million less than Paris Saint-Germain’s on an annual basis and we have the 6th highest wage bill in the league so to finish 3rd is a considerable achievement.

This has been the closest-run Ligue 1 title race that the country has seen since Montpellier won the league three points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain back in 2012 and I definitely think ours and Lille’s efforts has gone a long way to push the top two even further this season.

As demonstrated by Lyon, if you haven’t got the financial power of Paris Saint-Germain or Monaco, it is very easy to drop off a long way from the previous season and I am happy we have solidified our position with another Champions League finish.

Next season we will utilise the money earned from the Champions League and the substantial fee gained from Fabio Marechal’s move to Bayer Leverkusen and look to get closer to the top two.

This season I am delighted to have won my 20th trophy as a football manager with the Coupe de France win and the victories that came along with it, proving that we can take the initiative ahead of richer teams.

With many English and European teams sniffing around Darren Wright – our uncontested Player of the Season with 40 goals in 56 games this season – it will be hard to keep hold of him with valuations of €30,000,000 being touted already for the striker.

Seb: Always good to get the first trophy under my belt and in good fashion too!
James: For a club not that accustomed to winning trophies at all it gives a huge morale boost! I don't believe too much in having depth, I think it breeds too much annoyance when certain players don't get regular playing time so we shall see!
OneMoreGame: Let's do this!
Scott: It's a piece in the jigsaw that needed to be done!
A good season. It'll be interesting to see what you do in the summer with a number of your current squad being on loan and with the possible departure of Wright, money might need to be spent.
Nice to see that Bordeaux will be reappearing in the Champions League next season. That alongside a piece of silverware will enable this season to be labelled a success.

Keeping hold of Wright will be a struggle. He has been incredible and certainly one of the best pieces of business seen in this story thus far.
A solid season, but it's only a matter of time before Conor overcomes PSG. With the world switching to solar and other greener forms of energy/fuel, the money will dry up at PSG, and they'll be back to struggling for relevance again ;) Big summer ahead, SIGN SOMEONE GOOD PLEASE.
Very nice results mate, good job! Wonder if you can top PSG and Monaco next season (if you stay)
Now comes the hard part of dethroning PSG. Great thing that you have CL football next season, but never doubted it

It has been a summer of change for Bordeaux once again under Conor McDonald, amassing 31 signings throughout all of their squads, mainly in the youth teams.

Bordeaux have spent €191million this summer whilst selling €145million-worth of talent in a big revamp intended to push the club further into Ligue 1 title contention after falling seven points short of Paris Saint-Germain.

After Ricardo Moric handed in his transfer request, he moved for a €29,000,000 fee to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg after keeping 17 clean sheets last season.

French goalkeeper Stefan Bajic has joined as Moric’s replacement in a €6,000,000 transfer from fellow Ligue 1 team Angers after he helped his team to a 9th placed finish last season.

Former Cobh Ramblers goalkeeper Josef Perrin will remain as the back up to Bajic since joining in January.

Following the departures of two centre-backs in Krystian Bielik and Stanley Nsoki to Millwall and Brescia Calcio respectively, McDonald initially brought in three first-team transfers for the defence.

Bordeaux activated Matheus Chiatti’s €24,000,000 release clause at Athletico Paranaense and signed a five-year deal at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux and takes the number 2 shirt.

Faycal Benahmed also returned to Bordeaux for his second season on loan from Liverpool after a very impressive debut campaign in Ligue 1.

Jordan Koenig’s loan move from Inter has now been thrown into doubt after youth academy product Scott Teggart rose through from the Under-19s and he looks set to be sent back to his parent club within the month.

Giancarlo Pesce also joined on a free transfer at the end of his contract with Italian Serie B side Parma.

With Teggart and Sauvage, Bordeaux now have two of their own academy graduates in the first-team.

Midfield was a big part of Bordeaux’s summer recruitment this season with seven new first-team signings in the center and on the wings.

Stéphane Pruvost finally made his return to Bordeaux permanent with a €12,000,000 move from Chelsea after two consecutively successful loan spells. With Pruvost coming through the academy, he adds to McDonald’s homegrown tally at the club.

Luis Pina’s release clause at Sochaux-Montbéliard was triggered after their relegation to Ligue 2. The central midfielder made 55 first-team appearances for his boyhood club before signing for €28,000,000.

Kingsley Shagari is the next player to join Bordeaux on a season loan spell. The attacking midfielder started his career with Toulouse before joining Manchester City for £3million last summer. He spent last season on loan at Spanish second tier outfit Alavés which turned out to be a successful period, increasing his valuation by City.

Left-winger Esteban Garofalo joined from River Plate this summer for €6,500,000 and does not add to Ligue 1’s tight restrictions on non-EU players registered due to his dual nationality with Italy.

Central midfielder Jacopo Mavrici was transfer listed by Chievo Verona for €2.8million and Bordeaux was ahead of the rest of the chasing pack to confirming his signature with a €7,000 per week contract until June 2031.

Marko Bubalo was the latest addition to McDonald’s ever-growing list of Serbian players at Bordeaux as the left-winger joined for €1,300,000 from SuperLiga side Cukaricki Stanckom after making 39 appearances last season. He signed one of the lowest wages in the league with €775 per week for the next three years.

Bordeaux were forced into fully reforming their front line after the outstanding season from both Juan Manuel González and Darren Wright last year. Wright was the Ligue 1 top scorer with 26 goals in 38 games.

Wright was sold to fellow Ligue 1 rivals Monaco following a transfer request in a deal costing just under €30,000,000. González was then sold to Sporting for €22,000,000 after complaints about a lack of starts.

As a replacement, Manchester City striker Abdelkader Cheraitia joins his teammate Shagari to take the number 9 shirt. Starting his career at Toulouse before joining City, he has been on four consecutive loan spells away from England since with his most recent spell at Sporting ending with 12 goals in 26 games.

Luigi Quarta saw out the remainder of his contract with his boyhood club Venezia after refusing to sign a new contract. A rush to sign the 21-year-old ensued in July but Bordeaux were ahead with a €16,000 per week pay packet until 2032.

With Léo Marguet the only attacker remaining from last season’s efforts, Brazilian striker Geraldo Szpilman finally broke the club’s record deal with a €33,500,000 deal taking him from Sao Paulo – his Brazilian home city – to France. Szpilman Has made 10 first-team appearances in his career and has scored 6 times in the Série A.

In the youth teams, McDonald spent big to improve the strike force with a combined €30million being spent on Juan José Romero and Josep Antoni González.

Seb: And Wright left, money has been spent!
Scott: Indeed, the UCL is valuable but any trophy is much more valuable in my opinion. As for Wright, he was initially angered when I rejected Monaco's first approach so unfortunately he had to go for much less than I wanted.
James: I believe the movements have been good, your opinion may be different ;)
Wolf: Hopefully with this new-look young team that can happen either this season or in a few years time!
OneMoreGame: It's a hard task, possibly the hardest in European top-flights around the globe considering their financial power. Achievable though? Certainly.
Some big changes here, none bigger than Wright who at times won you games on his own last season. However, Szpilman looks a very talented replacement and I'm sure he will repay that massive fee. A very talented side with a lot of homegrown talent in it, great to see. Now to take the title from PSG.
Losing Wright to a divisional rival must have been disappointing but the business conducted looks impressive on paper. The approach has been clear and precise. A lot of bargains have been identified and there has been a clear focus on South American talent. Tango won't be happy!

Absolutely love Scotty T at the back. Hero.
A very good off-season, you lost some key pieces of the puzzle, but I think you've replaced them more than adequately tbh. What's the average height of your squad!? Not many lads over 6'0" in it ;) I really like the look of Teggart [shhhhh ScottT!], whilst Luigi Quarta and Matheus Chiatti look impressive too.

You're headed in the right direction, LET'S DO THIS

Lovers’ Tiff

“The last time you came to see me was three months ago, Conor,” Saoirse sobbed down the line. “I can’t believe that you’re cancelling again on me – I’m really starting to get sick of this.”

Conor sat at home with a beer in front of him. He just had to call off a trip to Ireland to see his girlfriend due to work clamping him down in Bordeaux for the rest of October.

“Listen, Christmas is going to be perfect, I can hand the friendlies over to Henrik over the break so I can come back over then, I promise you.” Conor said calmly, trying to reassure Saoirse.

“Christmas?! Really?” Saoirse screamed hysterically. Conor had to move the phone away from his ears it was that piercing. “Is this how it’s going to be from now on? I’ll see you every six months? Really? That’s not a relationship, that’s just bumping into each other like two old mates, this is ridiculous.”

“Honestly, if you were going through an election campaign now, I would be suffering just the same. I wouldn’t be able to get close to you for months in the build-up. The thing that would get me through it is how much I do love you. That’s something that I have prepared for when inevitably the next election comes through.” Conor said. He wasn’t sure what was coming out of his mouth at this point, he just wanted his tone and his words to come out pleasantly and affectionately to ease Saoirse’s temper.

“This is just stupid Conor; I can’t believe I’m doing this. You just jetted off to a job in France without even checking with me, assuming I’d be fine with it,” Saoirse replied angrily. “Well I wasn’t happy with it then and I’m even less happy now.”

“Please, just hear me-“

“Do you realise how many men come up to me asking me out for dinner? I turn them down constantly because of you,” Saoirse butted in. “I turn them down because my boyfriend is all the way in France and they wouldn’t have even approached me if you were by my side.”

Conor sighed and paused as Saoirse continued her rant about the quality of their relationship since he left Ireland for France. In this time, he attempted to find the right words to say.

“We are both ambitious people, darling, that’s why we are equally as successful in both our fields. Since I have been in France, I have made myself a millionaire in the same way that you have as much political power in your party as you do, never mind your influence on the country.

“If you wanted a cushty relationship, you would never have chosen your line of work, similar to once I was doing well in Cobh, I couldn’t see myself in a relationship because my focus was solely on succeeding myself.

“Those are unfortunately the facts, if we were constantly together, we’d be butting heads the same way we are over the English Channel because we are both so busy all of the time.” Conor said, smiling to himself as he finished speaking, thinking that he had picked the right words and direction for the conversation.

“So you don’t want a relationship then? Fine, it makes my life a lot easier. Don’t bother coming over at Christmas, you have it your way – we’re done.” Saoirse said as she slammed her phone down, leaving Conor in disarray in France. That was it.

Seb: Wright is a crucial loss but again, I'm hoping the strikers we have at our disposal can replace his missed quality.
Scott: There had to be a change in the way I approached it from the time I walked in at Bordeaux. Scotty T is gonna be huge, don't get it twisted ;)
James: Relying heavily on dwarf power I think ;) Out of the three you mentioned, I like Scott T and Chiatti the most. COME ON!
Good. She was a bitch anyway.
Oooof, Conor to quit his job and go back to being a big fish in small pond in Ireland :( We all know that Saoirse wears the pants! In all seriousness, time for him to find a French girlfriend and teach her to shave her armpits... Conor to become a playboy!

Heartbreaking for Conor, I hope that doesn't bring back some old problems he has had.

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