The Inconvenient Truth
Let's start with the positives. Our last season delighted the fans and board, and everyone associated with Torhout 1992 KM.
We have no money. In fact, we are losing around £50k every month, even though I have reduced the wage bill considerably, and even gotten rid of the deadwood in the staff room. The cost of running the club is too high for our club owners to handle, I suppose, and they have declared the club finances to be 'insecure'. Insecure is a nice way of saying "We're going bankrupt". I've had a heated meeting with the owners about cleverly hiding this fact until I signed the contract. I could still resign and leave, but they knew that a year of management experience meant nothing. They gave me a chance at becoming a manager without any credentials. Also, all my loans were going back to their original clubs, which means we have no first team players and no money to buy new ones. The new season will certain have its own challenges, but a year in the game has given me the experience to deal with these challenges head-on. Of course, there's one thing we're yet to find out - fans' expectations. Fans don't know everything that is happening behind the scenes so they only know of our exploits last season, and will expect the same or better in this one. Well, they shouldn't though, because with the resources - or the lack of - we have, we should be happy just to avoid relegation.
The provisional transfer and wage budgets are in, and my suspicions held true. We haven't even signed anyone yet and we're £1.05k in the red. We'll have to sell all our top earners to stay afloat, and my job to tell them they need to pack their bags.