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Can we do Europe??

Started on 31 March 2012 by dj_watto_2008
Latest Reply on 2 April 2012 by dj_watto_2008
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I'm about to manage Everton FC, with the hope that they can get to (and win) a European trophy.



I'm aiming to win every trophy possible with Everton.
FA Cup

League Cup

Community Shield

Premier League

Europa Cup (if we end up in this competition)

Champions League
So, I have decided to give updates every 5 league games.

This month, we had the Transfer Window to enjoy. Unfortunately, however, we have a really tight chairman who refused to give me funds until I sold some players.

So, I decided to put many of my valuable assets up for sale. (Now I know why people rate David Moyes so highly)!!

PLAYERS GOING OUT
P. JAGIELKA - Bayern Munich - £8m
T. HOWARD - Arsenal - £4.6m
M. FELLAINI - Fulham - £8m
T. CAHILL - Manchester United - £4.6m
T. HIBBERT - Bolton Wanderers - £1.7m
V. ANICHEBE - Wigan Athletic - £3.3m
R. BARKLEY - Peterborough - £2.1m
L. OSMAN - RELEASED FROM CONTRACT
Anyway, enough of the Transfers, here are the results of my first 5 league games (and 1 League Cup game too)

PRE-SEASON
Everton 2-0 Hamburg
Saint Etienne 1-1 Everton
Everton 2-1 Hertha Berlin

COMPETITIVE FIXTURES
Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0 Everton
Everton 1-1 QPR
Blackburn 2-1 Everton
Everton 2-3 Huddersfield A.E.T
Everton 2-3 Aston Villa
Everton 1-3 Wigan

SUMMARY

We have picked up just 1 point in the Premier League after 5 games, and are lying bottom of the division, in addition to this, we have crashed out of the League Cup to League One opposition After Extra Time. With this form, we'll do well to stay in the Premiership, let alone qualify for Europe through it!! :( :(
why did you release leon osman? you could have got some money for him. you should have kept ross barkley and the others like tim howard, jags, cahill and fellaini. i know everton are struggling for money but if performances are consistent and you get a couple of trophies like fa cup/carling cup and league positions are excellent then eventually a buyer will come in.
#46659 patrick1 : why did you release leon osman? you could have got some money for him. you should have kept ross barkley and the others like tim howard, jags, cahill and fellaini. i know everton are struggling for money but if performances are consistent and you get a couple of trophies like fa cup/carling cup and league positions are excellent then eventually a buyer will come in.

If i'm perfectly honest with you, I panicked. When the chairman told me there weren't funds available to strengthen the squad, I thought sell, sell, sell.

But still, with the team I play, I should be picking up more points than I have been. For example, my basic team is,

--------------------Hahnemann----------------
Neville-------Heitinga-----Distin------Baines
Coleman-------Rodwell------Gibson------Gueye-
--------------------McFadden-----------------
--------------------Jelavic------------------
hahnemann is quite poor i would have got rid of him ok not much lol but something :P and kept howard but i suppose you have some money to spend when you look at who you've sold and the money you have got for all of them
Second Update

We had possibly the toughest 5 games on our calender this month, we had to play Man City, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Fulham, I was seriously fearing for 0 points and us being cut adrift at the bottom of the table.

Manchester City 2-0 Everton
Everton 1-2 Liverpool
Chelsea 3-3 Everton - Rodwell (2), Jelavic - We were 3-1 down until Rodwell popped up in the 85th min and Jelavic scored in the 90th.
Fulham 2-0 Everton
Everton 1-1 Manchester United - Velios

SUMMARY

We have moved onto 3 points in the Premier League, still pretty poor after 10 games and we are still bottom of the league, 5 points behind Swansea in 17th place. But, on a more positive note, the performances have picked up. Since the final 5 minutes at Stamford Bridge (where we scored twice), we have been more positive in games, getting the ball down and passing with more conviction. Despite losing to Fulham, we played them off the park. If it wasn't for Dembele and Dempsey, they wouldn't have had a sniff, we also played well in the Man United game, but switched off when defending a corner and Wayne Rooney punished us, and stopped us from getting out 1st win of the season, and my 1st competitive win as Everton manager
#46663 patrick1 : hahnemann is quite poor i would have got rid of him ok not much lol but something :P and kept howard but i suppose you have some money to spend when you look at who you've sold and the money you have got for all of them

That's my only saviour, hopefully when January comes around, I can start to spend some of the money I've earned from transfers and push up the league table. I just hope i'm not too far back when January comes around (or sacked for that matter).

Does anyone have any ideas who I might be able to sign? (Not many players from abroad - as I started with only England and Spain as my laptops' not that fast).
We didn't have a very tricky month this month, so I was hoping that we could pick up a few points, hopefully to get us off the bottom of the table, then again we haven't won all season, so that was a long shot.

Newcastle 3-0 Everton
Everton 2-0 Wolves - Vellios, Rodwell
Bolton 0-2 Everton - Vellios, Heitinga
Everton 1-1 Stoke - Jelavic
Arsenal 4-0 Everton

SUMMARY

By far our best month in the Premier League this year, we have picked up 7 points from 5 games, and moved onto 10 for the season. As you may have guessed, we have moved off the bottom of the table and into 18th place, and we are only 2 points behind safety (17th), which is currently occupied by Norwich City. I made a few changes to our lineup after getting thumped by Newcastle. I changed Hahnemann for Mucha (not the best swap I know, but Mucha has kept 2 clean sheets in 4 games), and I brought Vellios in for the now stricken McFadden (that was a good change as we then played 2 up top and gave us a more potent look than we had for the start of the season). Of course, all good things come to an end, and after 3 games unbeaten in the league we get smashed in the Emirates by an excellent Arsenal team, that is the type of play we are aspiring to create here at Goodison.

HOWEVER

Just as I think everything is going well, I've scored my first (and second) wins as manager in the Premier League, my (former) number 1, Marcus Hahnemann has told me that he is considering whether to retire at the end of the season or not. He said that he will inform me of his decision, one way or another, later in the campaign. Thanks Marcus, thanks a lot!!!
The festive period, a time for everyone to enjoy themselves, to forget about their troubles and wish for a better next year, the final point being so very true is you are a Toffee, not sure whether (with your team still looking at survival than european qualification) you can forget about the football or enjoy yourselves very much. Still, with plenty of football on the TV and games being played all through the festivities, who knows your team might just pick up a run of form.

Everton 2-0 Norwich - Gueye, Jelavic
Everton 1-0 Swansea - Angel Rangel (OG)
Sunderland 1-1 Everton - Neville
Everton 3-1 Bolton - Jelavic (3)
WBA 1-1 Everton - Vellios

SUMMARY

What I said on the summary of the last post I made, is now incorrect. Over the festive period, I picked up 11 points from a possible 15, and 9 out of 9 at home. I think the fans might be taking to me now. Since I took over, we have been in the relegation zone for all but one game (the first one), but we are now half way through the season, on 21 points and in 14th place, 4 places and 6 points clear of Norwich in 18th place and the relegation zone. We have kept the momentum up from last month and the football is going well too, we had a sticky game against Swansea, where we only won due to an unfortunate Own Goal from Angel Rangel. But apart from that game, we have barely looked troubled. I must mention the fantastic Jelavic hat trick against Bolton, it was special to watch (especially as they all came in the second half).

On another plus point, the final whistle of the WBA game signified 2 things, the start of the January transfer window, and the fact that our 1st FA Cup game of the season (against WBA) is next on our agenda. Let's hope we can get through that game to get a bit of revenue into this club.
dj_watto_2008's avatar Group dj_watto_2008
10 yearsEdited
The Start of the January Transfer Window, and as you may well know (due to selling some assets off in the Summer), that I have a bit of money to spend on new signings now. We also had a program of league and cup fixtures to contend with, but with our confidence high, we set to work in the new year.

TRANSFERS IN
S. GIVEN - Aston Villa - £5.8m
J. BECKFORD - Leicester City - £5m
C. GUNTER - Nottingham Forest - £4m
P. B. DIOP - West Ham United - £650,000
L. OSMAN - Free Agent - 0.00 (As pointed out earlier, I was a fool to release Leon, so I've managed to secure his signature back to Everton).


Everton 1-0 WBA (FA CUP RD 3) - Vellios
Aston Villa 2-2 Everton - Gueye, Vellios
Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Everton (FA CUP RD 4) - Vellios, Jelavic
Everton 2-1 Blackburn Rovers - Rodwell, Jelavic
Everton 1-1 Manchester City - Gueye

SUMMARY

This month went very smoothly, with a further 5 points added to our Premier League total from 3 games, and a progression into the FA Cup 5th round (this could be our passage into Europe for next season). I must say that, although a little nervous to face WBA (a team above us at the time in the league), I was much more nervous to face Tranmere away from home, especially if you remember what happened last time I faced a lower league team (they knocked us out of the League Cup). We are still in 14th place in the Premier League, but we now have 26 points, a full 10 clear of the relegation zone, which is currently occupied by Swansea, Sunderland and Norwich. In qualifying through the 3rd round of the FA Cup (vs. WBA), we got awarded £67,500. Getting through Round 4 (vs. Tranmere), we got awarded £90,000.
Now i think you are on track for a good finish( Could you post the league table and your squad please?)
#46679 FM12HFC : Now i think you are on track for a good finish( Could you post the league table and your squad please?)

I tried to do that on another thread on this website, yet none of my images worked. I can type the league table out for you if you wish?
February has just finished, and you know what they say. If you want to make a surge up the table, the time to start is in February. What a shame Everton didn't listen to anybody who said that!! It was just like watching us at the start of the season again, no culture to the passing. We seemed nervous on the ball and worried about making a mistake. This in turn riled the fans, and we were booed off at half time in the game against Chelsea.

Wigan 2-0 Everton
Everton 1-1 Chelsea - Vellios
Everton 3-0 Arsenal (FA CUP RD 5)
QPR 1-0 Everton
Liverpool 1-0 Everton

SUMMARY

Just as I thought everything was coming together and we might be on to get into the top half of the table, this month happens. It's typical Everton, beat Arsenal, tie with Chelsea, yet lose to Wigan and QPR!! I'm not going to complain with the Liverpool game, they were just better than us, and Luis Suarez just oozed quality on the ball, i'm surprised he didn't score!! On a positive note, we are in the next round of the FA Cup (where we will play Nottm Forest), and we smashed Arsenal, just like they did to us earlier in the campaign. I hope March will be better for us, and with only 11 games left we need to pull our finger out. I'll post the full league table ATM and my current squad in the next post.
dj_watto_2008's avatar Group dj_watto_2008
10 yearsEdited
Pos Team Name Points GD
1. Manchester City 60 +35
2. Manchester United 60 +32
3. Arsenal 57 +33
4. Newcastle United 56 +17

5. Chelsea 52 +32
6. Tottenham Hotspurs 42 +14
7. Liverpool 42 +9

8. Queens Park Rangers 39 -1
9. Fulham 35 -3
10. Stoke City 35 -5
11. West Bromwich Albion 32 -9
12. Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 -13
13. Aston Villa 29 -9
14. Everton 27 -12
15. Wigan Athletic 27 -15
16. Blackburn Rovers 23 -16
17. Swansea City 21 -18
18. Sunderland 21 -19
19. Bolton Wanderers 20 -19
20. Norwich City 18 -33

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