There is also a fairly talented Norwegian striker whom is available on a free at the moment who, while we are extremely interested in his services, is not the slightest bit interested in us. It has happened to me before, and no doubt it will happen again. I'll see how six months or so of unemployment changes his way of thinking.
(In FM11, I had exactly the same thing happen. There was a superb Italian DC whom thought he was above us initially. After many approaches, and rebuffs, he signed on. The man grew to be a tough as teak defender with no viable weaknesses, a key player and captain as we became our ascent to the EPL....so I don't mind playing the long game with this fella)
Key striker Strasky is resting up from a gashed head and will only be considered in about ten days.
Surprisingly, given the Board mandate to place defensive, possessive football, our fans seem disappointed that we are not playing entertaining football!! It seems you can't please everyone all the time.
In the league, I am confident of at least a third place finish. We are currently third, level on points with Sparta Prague, but they have a game in hand.
Sigma Olomouc are perhaps surprising leading, with a four point buffer at this stage.
Nine points up for grabs by SK Dynamo České Budějovice, and I need to do everything in my power to get as many as I can.
The damn South African utility, as well as being a bit on the youngish side, also wants a wage which amounts to highway robbery. The most I can currently offer is about GBP400, and he wants about GBP1400, for starters...so I don't think there is liable to be a satisfactory outcome there.
The other utility player is only off contract in December, so I have a bit of time to wait.
My scouts are uncovering plenty of players whom are talented, but most are either not interested in joining, and I am finding that those whom are are tied to long term contracts by there respective existing clubs.
It would appear the attraction of playing in the twenty second best league in Europe, for a manager with Sunday League experience only has limited appeal. I for the life of me, can't think why!!
The rest of the league have caught up - all the clubs have now played twenty seven games. SK Dynamo České Budějovice have surprised many by holding onto third place.
Sparta Prague have also incurred the wraith of their fanbase, by only managing a nil all draw against last placed Dakla Prague. Sparta do hold second place by a solitary point as Боjaн's boys attempt to finish strongly and prove to the new management that they are worthy of a place in next years roster.