It is a strange thing sitting in third place, coming into the last match of the season knowing that your team could still win the title outright.
Stranger still is the sense that while the team are in a position to win the league. It will be something of a last hurrah in a Ceske shirt for the vast majority of the players, with only a select few impressing the new manager.
The strikers left in the stable have not been prolific enough, and while we have won every game since I have taken over, you would have to say that none of the games have been a resounding win. We have done enough to take the game away from the opposition, with two goals being scored in each game. We haven’t annihilated the opponent, taught them the kind of lesson you hope they never forget, or to quote from that great movie “The Waterboy” ‘Son, you just opened up a whole case of whoop-ass.’ The lack of skill shown by the strikers might also be part of the reason why the fans are less then impressed by the dull and unattractive football played.
Here’s hoping I can pick up a talented couple of strikers in the next few months to be able to reshape the attack to tackle Europe.
Our midfielders and wingers have been disappointing, so I’ll also be looking to replace the vast majority of them, as my Ass Man loves telling me that we are misplacing out passing in the midfield and missing many first up tackles. I believe that the midfield roles are key to any success that your team has, so I’ll be attempting to recruit the best people I can in those roles. The midfield pair are really critical as they act as feeders to your fast men – your wingers and strikers. If they are ineffectual, it puts pressure on your defensive lines.
That could be one of the reasons why our so called “last line of defense” has been carded so much, that because the midfield has been sloppy, the defense are having to run hard at the opposition and shut down the play, rather than act as the sweeping cover defense that shadows the midfield. Based on stats, and two goals leaked, you may be forgiven for thinking that the defense is impressive. Reality is that our fullbacks are slow, and we have potentially two players who may make the cut next year based on our recruitment, and I am disappointed that my South African centre-back was greedy and we couldn’t meet his wage demands.
The qualities I will be looking for in any new recruits are a sense of professionalism and a strong work ethic. I want to keep eleven players on the paddock, and if there is retribution to be had, I’d like to think that the players will be smart enough not to be caught.
Our keeper Planicka has been marvelous, but with the arrival of the two youngsters, the best he will be able to hope for next season is a bench role. Secretly, I am hoping that he plays well in this final game and he is head hunted for next season, it would ensure that we get some cash for him (always helpful given our financial position) and it would secure more playing time than he will get as a third string team playing here.
To be honest Rookie, at the moment I would settle for having ANY of the players I approach to will willing to discuss terms with me, and if I am honest, that part of it was more for the stories sake. I remember one of my best defenders from a free was Jon Flanagan, who got carded more than most.
The other aspect is I am not here for a long time, just a good time.
I'll win and move onwards and upwards.
2012-12-08 02:00#71417The FM Rookie :
It seems like you are trying to create an empire here, with certain qualities needed by players to be signed Don't worry too much about transfers, they will happen naturally
We secured another victory, with a scoreline which we have come to know and love. Medina's brace powering us on, but the other two games, where Sparta Prague lost a closely contested 2-3 battle, and Sigma Olomouc got their backsides handed back to them on a plate, losing 0-5!!!
This is something I have experienced before, but I still don't understand....prior to the last match the Board approval is at 62%. We go and win the final match, and ultimately become champions. Much money is dumped into club coffers and you are hailed as one of the best managers around, thank you for this unexpected success, etc etc, blah blah blah.
AND THEN YOUR BOARD APPROVAL RATING DROPS TEN PERCENT. WTFool?