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A Russian Return

Started on 8 September 2013 by Jack
Latest Reply on 27 September 2013 by MJK46
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Crystal Palace Transfers

Here are Crystal Palace's transfer deals so far this season:

Putsila was great for me in my old Belarus save. I hope he does well for you! :P
sad to see the legend Kev Phillips released
You always make pretty good and unique transfers at least :P


Yes, I have managed to keep my job! We have started the season very strongly and hold 9th place so far, 3 points off 2nd spot

4 draws and 2 defeats is good. I am very pleased with my teams performances in the two months we have played so far. Towards the end of the two months we were being more consistent and have made it into the 4th round of the Capital One Cup against Newcastle which will take place in October.

The Meeting

"Oh for gods sake" I said to myself looking out of the plane window, I'd heard about the Russian winter and the things I'd heard weren't good. But I wasn't here for a break or to feel what the winter is like here. I am here to do business. I have had a history for not staying at clubs for very long but this was big. I had a chance of winning something here, if I got the contract sorted. I'm 61 years old. I need money at the moment with me and my wife struggling for it but I'm sure everyone knows Russia's football teams are rich, not all of them but the big clubs are. I have heard a lot of bad things about Russia and Russian football, with it struggling to break away from it's communist society and struggling to move away from racism with many former black Russian League players having to move away because of that reason.

As soon as I got off the plane I was in two-minds, I had said to my wife before I got on the flight this will work out. I probably would be forever called a 'traitor' by Crystal Palace, I've managed to get them into 4th place by the end of October after 18 games. I was told on the phone by the chairman he would feed the English media an excuse for moving so quickly and will fight off any comments back towards me. As I walked to passport control I realised it wasn't as strict as it is in England, they see you have a passport and just let you through "Some dodgy people can come through here if they're not careful" I said to myself. But I wasn't dodgy. The chairman said he would be at the airports entrance. I'd been here for 15 minutes now, no sign of him until a taxi pulled up outside. "Ah! Mr Jordan! I'm so sorry to keep you waiting, we were stuck in traffic"
"No problem sir, now where are we going?" I asked him
"To my house, the directors are there waiting for you"

I had expected him to be rich but not this rich! "Is this your house?" I asked
"Yes, now come on in, you're expected"

"Hello Mr Jordan" The directors said in unison
"Hello, so can I see the paperwork?"
"Yes, here you are" Pushing a few documents, or my future across the table in my direction

I was gobsmacked. £16,000 a week, more than 4 times what I was earning at Crystal Palace, I wanted to sign it straight away but I knew I had to read everything. "Looks great to me, where do I sign?"
"Haha, so are you interested?"

We all shook hands and said they will finalise and announce it to the media the next day. This is my future, and I hope it will be enjoyable.
Oooh I wonder which club :O

Russian Giants snap up Jordan

Five months ago Joe Jordan was applying for vacant jobs at Bristol City in League 1, now he has the challenge of leading one of Russia's biggest clubs, Zenit, to domestic and European glory. This is Jordan's 4th job in one year after spells at Spurs, Augsburg and Crystal Palace. "I have had experience at a big club before but I was under pressure with the amount of money previously spent by my predecessor on players but here there has been nothing spent on players so it is up to me to bring in the right players"

Jordan's first game will be against Krylja Sovetov in the Russian Premier League and have already been knocked out of their Champions League group so Jordan will face the challenge of the EURO Cup now.

To say Zenit are one of Russia's best clubs they find themselves in 9th place, 4 places off relegation play-off spots. It is Jordan's job to lift them out of there. Jordan has a lot of class players to choose from such as Hulk, Axel Witsel and Danny.

Jordan eyeing youngsters

New Zenit St. Petersburg manager Joe Jordan has admitted he is looking to sign wonderkids Zakaria Labyad from Sporting and Carlos Fierro from Spurs who Jordan signed when he was in charge is currently on loan at Crystal Palace, who Jordan also signed for.

When asked about youth influence and interest in Labyad and Fierro, Jordan replied saying "Yes, we would like to bring Labyad and Fierro to Zenit but we already have a brilliant youth system here so if their asking price is too high, we will not sign them"

Jordan's Zenit career has started well, getting a 2-0 win over 7th placed Krylja Sovetov and faces relegation-threatened Ural Yekaterinburg who sit in 13th place, 5 points from safety and 11 points away from Jordan's Zenit who sit in 9th place with 24 points after just starting the second half of the season.

Zenit are currently champions of Russia but as we speak Rubin Kazan are flying high on 43 points, 7 points ahead of 2nd place Spartak Moscow who have a game in hand. Zenit's title hopes are currently extremely unlikely but hoping next season Jordan can change that.

Great players with great potential! Would be great signings!
AAN: Cheers have another one lined up as well.

Zenit agree 3 deals

Zenit S. Petersburg manager has agreed deals for 3 youngsters, Carlos Fierro from Tottenham Hotspur, Zakaria Labyad from Sporting Lisbon and Jim Varela on a free.

Joe Jordan has said "Today I am delighted to say I have agreed three deals for Zenit St. Petersburg. The first I agreed was Jim Varela, he played for SL Benfica before he was released, he has made 50 appearances and scored 1 for Uruguay Under-20's. He plays defensive midfield and is only 19 years old. When he joins he will receive the number 90 shirt. The second deal I agreed was Zakaria Labyad who plays for Sporting in Portugal, he joins for €825,000. He has made 8 appearances for his national team, Morocco and he plays center-midfield. When he joins he will receive the number 8 shirt. The third signing is someone I know well from Tottenham Hotspur, it's Carlos Fierro. He joins us for €2,300,000, he went on loan to League 1 side Leyton Orient when I was in charge of Spurs and scored 21 goals in 37 appearances which is excellent for a 17 year old and he has only made 3 appearances for Crystal Palace so far but he has scored 1 goal. When he joins he will receive the number 99 shirt"

Zenit already have 2 of their own wonderkids in Vyacheslav Biryukov who has been tipped for future captaincy at Zenit, he is 17 years old and Dmitry Vasiljev who is pushing for first team football at Zenit already at the age of 16 years old.
@ Jack can you put screens with their attributes? thanks mate

Into the winter break

Going into the winter break I have taken Zenit from 9th to 7th which is an improvement even if it isn't far. We have only lost 2 games since I arrived which is excellent and I hope to carry this kind of form when we start playing league football again. Our first game when we get back is against GNK Dinamo in the EURO Cup Knockout Round after getting knocked out of the Champions League.

Transfer News

As you will know from previous updates I bought Carlos Fierro, Zakaria Labyad and Jim Varela. Here are their profiles:

I also have many players coming in on free's in July, they are Pablo Batalla, Samuel Eto'o, Eugene Khacheridi, Eugene Konoplyanka, Blaise Matuidi and Cristian Villagra:

Now to the players who are leaving Zenit soon. First we have Danny, the 30 year old attacking midfielder, he is leaving to go to Liverpool for €15,000,000

Cristian Ansaldi, our 27 year old left-back is leaving to AS Roma for €5,400,000

Aleksandar Lukovic is leaving on a free transfer to Elche

Neto is also leaving to go to Elche for a free, following Lukovic's exact movements

And now the biggest news of the transfer window, Hulk is leaving to Real Madrid at the end of the season for €40,000,000 with their young right-back, Dani Carvajal coming to Zenit in a swap deal.

Great transfer mate, but do you have enough russians? :D

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