Season 3 – Pre Season

 

Welcome back as we begin life at Hull after our two years at Tranmere where we achieved back to back promotions. This is the first time that we have had a decent amount of money to spend on transfers and I feel we have brought in some good players. In this update we will go through the transfers then a quick look at how we got on in pre season before we kick off the first few games of the season. If you missed the previous blog where we look at the Hull team get up to date here or the final update of the season at Tranmere is here.

Transfers

As expected we have brought in more players than what we have sold. The only notable players to be sold so far are Kelly (£2.2million) and Ulloa (£1.6million). We have also loaned out Mannion to Forest as I feel he would develop more playing week in week out rather than sitting on the bench and playing every now and then.

 

Edoardo Goldaniga – £1.7million

Afimico Pululu – £2million

Mats Seuntjens – 650k

Daniel Amartey – £2million

Marko Grujic – Season Loan

Ben Woodburn – Season Loan

Angus Gunn – Free Transfer

Tyrone Mings – Season Loan

Marco Terrazzino – 275k

Leighton Baines – Free Transfer

Jordan Ferri – £3million

Lewis Morgan – 500k

 

Pre Season

pre season games

As usual the assistant will be taking charge of the friendlies and he also arranged a majority of them before I added a couple afterwords as for some reason I like to have about 6-8 games in pre season. We should have a relatively easy pre season as we are coming up against teams we should be beating but it is all about getting the teams fitness up and getting the new players settled in to the new team and formation.

pre season reults

We had a solid pre season and we were unbeaten which I thought we had a good chance of doing so and some of the games we won convincingly like the 7-0 against Doncaster. We did have a few players come in on trial over pre season but for now none of them earned themselves a contract but we may bring in one or two by the end of the window if we can’t get other transfers in.

 

Season Preview

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The championship is a tough league to get out of and this season is no different with the likes of Everton coming down from the Premier League and are expected to go straight back up. I am still setting a personal target for the play offs but if we just miss out this season then I won’t be that disappointed. We are currently 7th favourite for winning the league and I feel our team is strong enough to be around there come the end of the season.

 

Millwall – Home – League – 13th V 16th

We kick off our time at Hull with a win against Millwall who are always difficult to play against. It took us until early in the second half before we scored and Hernandez was the man to open the scoring. The goal comes when Fredericks puts a ball in to the area from the right for Hernandez to control and fire in to the bottom corner taking a slight deflection on the way in. Millwall were soon back on level terms when Cole gets to the byline before pulling it back for Soriano to tap in. Hernandez gets his second of the game and our winner after he wins a penalty and converts it in to the top corner.

 

Hartlepool – Away – Carabao Cup 1st Round

A chance to progress in the cup against Hartlepool and we put out a slightly rotated side to try and get us the win. Tyrone Mings puts us in front on his debut when he plays a one two with Terrazzino and drills it past the keeper at his near post. Terrazzino then doubles the lead before half time when he volleys home a cross from Amartey. Hartlepool get in to the game in the second half when they pull one back after Rodney heads the ball in at the near post from a Norris cross. Straight from kick off Bowen runs down the right and puts an early ball in to the back post for Terrazzino to tap in. Terrazzino is involved again as he has a chance for a hat trick but fires the penalty straight over the bar and out of the ground.

 

Sheffield Wednesday – Away – League – 19th V 9th

An even and frustrating game as we had most of the chances in the first half to take the lead but it was Sheffield who take the lead from a penalty. They win a penalty late in the first half and Bannan scores after tucking it in to the bottom corner. We do manage to get an equaliser just after the hour mark when Adomah puts a low ball in to the area and Adelaide scores at the back post.

 

Derby – Home – League – 10th V 17th

We take an early lead inside the first couple of minutes when Terrazzino heads a ball back across the area for Adomah to side foot past Carson. Our lead doesn’t last long as Boli pulls the ball back to Martin to score from a yard out. Hernandez puts us back in front when he gets to the front post to flick a cross from Adomah past the keeper. Derby equalise again when we can’t clear the ball and it’s put back in to the area for Butterfield to head past Marshall. Derby then turn the game around and get the winner late on when Blackman beats the defender to the ball and slots it under the rushing Marshall.

 

QPR – Home – League – 13th V 19th

Adelaide gives us a deserved lead in the first half when his free kick takes a deflection off the wall and wrong foots the keeper. He doubles the lead a few minutes later when the ball finds him at the back post and he heads it back across the goal in to the far corner. We get a third and Adelaide is involved again as he goes on a solo run before squaring it to Adomah on the penalty spot to tuck in. Solanke pulls one back for QPR with a shot from the edge of the area that squeezes in to the bottom corner. QPR then get a second when a free kick is knocked down and Luongo fires past Marshall. Adelaide gets his hat trick when nods a corner in at the near post. We get a fifth of the game and again it comes from a corner as it’s whipped in it gets flicked on to Adomah to volley past Smithies.

 

Burton – Home – League – Carabao Cup 2nd Round

Another cup game and another chance to rotate the side to give others game time. We get off to the worse start as Burton take the lead after Palmer plays Sordell in on goal and fires it across Gunn in to the bottom corner. Their lead lasts about a minute as Bowen puts a low ball in to the area for Woodburn to tap in his first goal for the club. Woodburn turns provider as he whips a ball in to Adelaide at the back post to head in. Adelaide and Woodburn link up again for our third as Adelaide comes down the left before cutting inside and squaring for Woodburn to slot past the keeper. Sordell gets his second of the game when Amartey passes back to no one leaving Sordell in on goal to tuck past the keeper. We score a fourth before half time after we win a penalty and Baines steps up and fires it down the middle for a debut goal. Burton get a third and Sordell gets his hat trick when a cross is knocked down and he fires it in off the underside of the crossbar. Woodburn then gets a hat trick of his own as he robs the ball on the edge of the area before sliding under the keeper.

 

Everton – Away – League – 1st V 6th

We take an early lead against the league favourites as Adelaide’s header hits the bar and Adomah follows it up to tap in past Pickford. Everton soon equalise when Sigurdsson slides Onyekuru in one on one and slots it past Marshall. We go in front again when Seuntjens squares to Adomah on the edge of the area and fires it past Pickford at his near post. About a minute later and Everton are back on level terms as a corner bounces around the area and Lukaku reacts quickest to poke it in. Everton then take the lead before half time when Bakambu beats the defence for pace and cuts inside and fires it across the keeper and in to the far corner. Everton finally kill us off in injury time when a cross from Lukaku finds Bakambu in the area to nod past Marshall from a couple of yards out.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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A good start from us considering we have played some good teams in our opening games. After five games we are 10th and three points off the play offs which is personal aim this season. Despite us taking the lead against Everton I’m not angry that we lost as their team is ridiculous and I wouldn’t be surprised if they went the season unbeaten. The new signings have settled in well and are all playing well and have made the squad look stronger than when we first joined. There is still a couple of days left till the window closes and I don’t think we will be making any more signings as I am happy with the players we have. With this formation we are conceding far to many goals so far so we may have to look in to changing that otherwise we will continue to drop points and go from winning games to losing them like we did against Derby. I am happy at Hull and feel this is the right move for the long run of my career as this gives us a better base to start from now we have better players and and a bit of money we have to attract better quality players.

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Season 2 – Season Deciding Game?

 

Welcome back to the latest update as we are getting closer to the end of our second season and possibly our last at Tranmere. We have a couple of big games coming up against Swindon who we are fighting at the top and Man City U’23’s in the Checkatrade Trophy semi final. We haven’t brought anyone else in since the January window shut as I feel the squad is good enough to finish the season off. I think we may also have our youth intake soon which is always interesting to see if we get a potential wonderkid!

Cheltenham – Home – League – 2nd V 12th

 

Cheltenham take an early lead in the second half when Eisa turns on the edge of the area and fires it in to the bottom corner. Miller gets us back on level terms when he heads home at the back post a corner from Gribbin. We turn the game around and take the lead when Brewster beats the defender for pace down the right before squaring it to Green in the area to tap in. Cheltenham equalise in injury time when a cross finds Pell unmarked in the area and tucks it past the keeper.

 

Crewe – Away – League – 3rd V 2nd

 

A really frustrating game again against FMU’s Crewe as we only managed a draw. We open the scoring in a tight game when Gribbin robs the ball off a defender by the corner flag and crosses it in to Abreu to side foot home at the near post. Crewe level early in the second half after they counter with Udoh who then pulls it back for Reilly on edge of the area to fire in to the back of the net.

 

Gillingham – Home – League – 2nd V 20th

 

We had a goal disallowed early on from Green after a slight deflection off Abreu but he soon makes up for it when he gives us the lead. He puts us in front after Oakley-Boothe plays it over the top for him to control and tuck past the keeper from a couple of yards out. Oakley-Boothe then gets a goal of his own minutes later when a cross from Vyner finds him at the back post and he fires it in to the roof of the net. Gillingham pull one back early in the second half after we can’t clear a corner and Ehmer reacts quickest to bundle it over the line.

 

Port Vale – Away – League – 13th V 2nd

 

Tom Pope gives Port Vale the lead against the run of play when he heads home a cross from Goodwillie. We get back on level terms just before the half hour mark when Vyner puts the ball back across the area and Dunn slides in and pokes it home. Port Vale then retake the lead when Goodwillie beats his defender to the ball and curls it around the keeper in to the far corner. Green gets our second after Abreu poaches the ball from a defender and gets away from the defence before putting a low ball in to Green to tuck home. Goodwillie causes us nightmares again when he gets his second after we can’t clear a cross and he fires home from a tight angle. Devarn Green gets his second of the game when he uses his pace to beat the offside trap and slot the ball in to the bottom corner. Straight from kick off Port Vale score when they come down our end with Wilson putting an early cross in to the area and Goodwillie heads a looping ball in to the top corner for his hat trick. Brewster gets his first and our fourth late in the game when he heads home at the near post from a Dunn cross.

 

Swindon – Home – League – 2nd V 1st

 

A top of the table clash and a game we need to win if we are going to have a slim chance of catching them and being champions. Swindon get the better start when Williams gives them the lead when a cross is flicked on to him and he cushions the ball home unmarked at the back post. Green gets our equaliser in injury time of the first half when he takes a touch on the edge of the area and drills it in to the top corner. Walkes costs us a point in injury time when heads the ball to Bennett in the area to slot past the keeper and extend their lead at the top.

 

Man City U’23’s – Home – Checkatrade Trophy Semi Final

 

We come up against a strong Man City side and they take a deserved lead inside 5 minutes when Diaz turns in the area and places it in to the far corner. Their lead doesn’t last long as the ball finds Green in the area who sets up Oakley-Boothe to curl it in to the bottom corner. We take the lead minutes later as Dunn whips a free kick in to the back post and Miller scores with a bullet header. Man City kick on and get a second when they break down the left with Dolberg who squares it to Foden making a late run and he fires it in to the to corner. Roberts gets their third when his shot from the corner of the area bends around the keeper and hits the bottom of the post and bounces in. He then gets his second of the game in the second half when he plays a one two with Dolberg before he fires a rocket in to the top corner.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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Youth Intake

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Jim Hartley

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Well what a bad few games this has been and possibly our worse form all season. This is the kind of thing I was expecting before the season had started and I’m really hoping we aren’t beginning to bottle our chance of automatic promotion in to League 1. The Swindon game was really frustrating and to lose in the dying seconds from our own mistake meant a few bad words were said and maybe stuff got thrown about the room…! The Port Vale game was another frustrating one as it felt they scored with every shot on target they had. We seemed to have a good chance of beating a very strong Man City side which was ridiculously good until they kicked up a couple of gears to get in to the final. We have had our youth intake and it is a meh kind of intake this season and the best player of a bad bunch has some decent potential but isn’t really anything to write home about. I will show you the City side we faced in the semi final. I really hope we don’t bottle the end of this season!

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Season 2 – December & January

 

Welcome back as we continue to be near the top of the table and we have got a chance of a cup run or two. This is a double month update with the Christmas period and the January transfer window (we didn’t do much business in). We did bring a keeper in before the transfer window opened as the ones we had wasn’t performing and they kept costing us goals and points so we signed Mark Oxley who is better than what we had and we have looked much better.

 

December

 

Newport – Home – League – 2nd V 9th

We take an early lead when Green flicks a cross on to Abreu to tap in at the back post. Our lead doesn’t last long as Newport score when a shot from Ovenden goes straight through Davies’s hands. We retake the lead a minute later as Norburn slides the ball in to Green and pokes the ball past the keeper at his near post. Abreu gets his second of the game when he powers home a header from a corner. An early red card in the second half for Newport with a two footed tackle from Labadie who had not long been booked. They do get a second despite being a man down when the ball is flicked on to Ovenden to take a touch and fire low past Davies. Abreu gets his hat trick after De Girolamo whips a ball in from the byline for him to tuck home at the near post. De Girolmao gets a goal of his own late on when he volleys a cross from Vyner in to the top corner.

 

MK Dons – Away – FA Cup 2nd Round

Our FA Cup run comes to an end against MK Dons and we really should of got more out of this game. MK Dons take the lead in the first minute when Sow gets to the ball first and heads in to an empty goal. We get on level terms before half time when Green loses his defender and gets on the end of an Abreu cross to slot past the keeper. MK Dons again score early in the second half when a shot from Nesbitt hits the post and rebounds off the back of Davies. We had the chance to equalise late on when a shot from Oakley-Boothe crashes off the bar and it gets cleared.

 

Lincoln – Home – Checkatrade Trophy 2nd Round

We finally manage to take the lead late in the second half in what was a one sided game. The first goal comes after Wordsworth plays a ball over the top to Abreu to round the keeper and roll the ball in to an empty goal. Wallace doubles our lead in injury time to finish off the game when their defender misses the ball leaving him one v one with the keeper and slides it under him.

 

Chesterfield – Away – League – 11th V 2nd

Abreu puts us in front when he heads home a cross in to the far corner from Vyner. We double our lead in the second half when a corner falls to Grandison to poke past the keeper. Abreu gets his second of the game when he pulls away from his marker and volleys past the keeper. We had injuries in this game to McDonnell and Dunn and both were out for a couple of weeks.

 

Exeter – Home – League – 1st V 5th

Exeter get off to the better start when Stockley gives them the lead. The ball is cleared but to their player who puts it back in to the box for Stockley to head home. We pull level when Vyner plays a long low ball to Abreu who squeezes his shot past the keeper at his near post. Exeter then retake the lead when Reid pulls it back across the box for Stockley to fire home. We equalise again when Wordsworth picks the ball up on the edge of the area and drives it in to the top corner.

 

Yeovil – Away – League – 8th V 1st

We take the lead in what was a tight opening to the game. The ball is whipped in to the box by Vyner and the defender misses it leaving Green free to head in at the back post. We get a second minutes later when Oakley-Boothe drills the ball in to the bottom corner from the corner of the area. Yeovil get a foot in the game when a corner falls to Bailey who fires it through a group of players and in to the bottom corner.

 

Wycombe – Away – League – 24th V 1st

A very one sided game against a struggling Wycombe side and we should really of won by a bigger score line. We win a penalty early in the second half which Wordsworth fires straight at the keeper but reacts quickest to score at the second attempt.

 

Results:

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January

 

Transfers

Anton Walkes – Free Transfer

Rhian Brewster – Loan

Dean Marney – Free Transfer

 

Cambridge – Home – League – 1st V 7th

A good start from us as we take the lead inside 20 minutes thanks to Walker. Vyner gets to the byline and pulls the ball back to Walker on the penalty spot to tap in. Walker then turns provider minutes later when he a whips a ball in to the front post for Abreu to flick past the keeper. We get a third before half time when Abreu squares it to Walker and his shot is to powerful for the keeper to save it. We get an early goal in the second half when Norburn takes a shot from outside of the area and curls it in to the far post. We get a fifth of the game when Wallace miss hits a shot but the keeper misjudges the bounce and it goes in to the bottom corner. Cambridge get a consolation late on when Brown jumps highest and heads home from a corner.

 

Leyton Orient – Away – League – 21st V 1st

Devarn Green puts us in front early on with a looping header in to the far post from a cross. Green gets his second when he robs the ball off a defender and slots it under the keeper. Abreu gets our third in the second half when Gribbin pulls the ball back for him to drill home in to the bottom corner.

 

Barnet – Home – League – 1st V 14th

Devarn Green gets our opener seconds before half time when the keeper doesn’t catch a shot from Vyner and Green is there to tap in to an empty goal. Oakley-Boothe gets our second on the hour mark when the keeper punches the ball clear to him on the edge of the area and curls it in to the bottom corner.

 

Oldham – Home – Checkatrade Trophy 3rd Round

We get an early goal again when Abreu gets on the end of a cross and powers a header past the keeper. Gribbin gets our second goal when Norburn plays him in on goal and he calmly curls it in to the bottom corner. Our dominant performance sees us get a third before half time when Vyner gets the ball on the edge of the area and drives it across the keeper in to the far corner.

 

Lincoln – Away – League – 11th V 1st

A poor performance from us and the start of a slight two game blip in our good form. Lincoln win a penalty in the first half which Bostwick fires in to the top left corner to give them the lead. We win a penalty of our own late in the first half but McDonnell fires it straight down the middle at the keeper.

 

Accrington – Home – League – 1st V 13th

After us dominating the opening ten minutes Accrington take the lead with a rocket from outside the area from Billy Kee. Accrington then double their lead when they play a short free kick to Morton in the area and slots it past the keeper. We finally get in the game when Vyner cuts in from the right and fires it past the keeper at his near post.

 

Wigan – Home – Checkatrade Trophy Quarter Final 

A very even game against a good Wigan side and we take the lead in injury time of what had been a quiet first half. The only goal of the game comes when Oakley-Boothe slides Abreu in on goal and fires it across the keeper. A good win and good to get back winning.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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We are going in to the final few months with a serious chance of getting back to back promotions in what has been a weird season. I have no idea how we are performing so well this season and something has ‘clicked’ with the players and the tactic and it is working wonders for us and all the new signings this season have settled in well. I felt we didn’t really need to do much business in January but we did bring in Walkes as back up who can play in multiple positions, Marney in centre midfield and Brewster as a back up striker as the ones we have are not good enough. We did get rid of a couple of players in January in Luis Alberto (22k) and Grandison (33k) both of them just wasn’t performing well and made mistake after mistake every chance they had so we moved them on. A couple more have gone out on loan after we couldn’t find permanent transfers for them but they’ll be gone in the summer.

Season 2 – Frustrating Times

 

We are top of the league! Can we keep it up as we get closer to the midway point of the season where there is more games in shorter space of time. We have a good side now and we should now be able to finish around the play offs but the league is still so tight anything could happen. Some tough games coming up as well as a Checkatrade trophy group game. DoctorBenjy would be proud of one of the upcoming games…

Port Vale – Home – League – 1st V 14th

A boring game until around the last ten minutes when we saw two goals. A game we dominated from start to finish and really should of won had we not conceded in the dying seconds. We take a deserved lead in the second half when the ball is played in to Luis Alberto on the edge of the area and slides Green in to fires across the goalkeeper and in to the far corner. Port Vale get a late equaliser when a cross finds Ellis at the back post to tap in.

 

Swindon – Away – League – 15th V 1st

We are shown a straight red early on when Wood is sent off for a two footed tackle. Swindon take the lead from our own mistake when Bobby loses the ball on the edge of the area to Mullin who lobs it over him and in to the back of the net. Swindon get a second after they break away down the left before pulling it back to Aribo to tap in. Their third goal is exactly the same type of goal as the come down the right this time before pulling it back to El Mhassani to shoot and it takes a deflection off Vyner. The game is evened up when Swindon go down to ten men with Amoros getting a second yellow. Swindon get a fourth after we can’t clear the ball and Sterling curls in to the far corner from just inside the area.

 

Port Vale – Home – Checkatrade Trophy

We take the lead just after 20 minutes against a very defensive Port Vale side. A cross from the byline from Abreu hits Ellis and goes in. We get a second before half time after we break away down the right with Abreu beating two players before crossing to Waring to tuck home. A much better better performance this time out than the last time we played them.

 

Doncaster – Home – League – 1st V 20th

What a roller coaster of a game this would be! Doncaster have a goal disallowed early on when a shot takes a slight deflection off Mandeville who was offside. We do get the opening goal and it comes from Gribbin, Lee rolls the ball to him and he fires a rocket of a shot in to the top corner. Abreu gets our second after Gribbin plays a ball over the defence for Abreu to tuck in to the corner. Doncaster manage to pull one back early in the second half when Byrne heads home from a Moha cross. Gribbin gets his second of the game with a low driven shot from the edge of the area which finds the bottom corner. Our fourth comes from De Girolamo and his first for the club after Green pulls it back for Diego to curl in to the far post. Doncaster get a second and again it is Byrne with a header from a cross. He then gets his hat trick and a hat trick of headers as heads home from a corner at the front post. They then win a soft penalty late on but it is saved by Bobby as it’s fired straight at him. Donacaster then equalise when their keeper hoofs the ball up to Mandeville to take a touch and tuck it under Bobby and get a share of the points.

 

Coventry – Away – League – 12th V 1st

A poor result against a very average Coventry side. Coventry score inside 20 minutes as Emmanuel-Thomas is free at the back post to poke past the keeper. They double their lead early in the second half after they counter and Jones crosses in to Redan to head past Bobby. Redan gets his second of the game after he beats two of our defenders on the edge of the area before poking it under the keeper.

 

Stevenage – Home – League – 2nd V 16th

Callum Gribbin puts us in front in what would be a dominant first half performance. The goal comes after he plays a one two with Green before firing it past the keeper. He then turns provider minutes later as he puts a low ball across the 6 yard line for Abreu to flick in. Gribbin is involved again as he gets his second of the game when Abreu lays it off to him and he fires it through the keepers hands and in to the back of the net. We win a penalty on the half hour mark and Gribbin cooly puts it in to the bottom corner for his hat trick. Stevenage get in the game in the second half when Samuel smashes the ball past Bobby at his near post. Wordsworth gets our fifth goal from a free kick which takes a slight deflection off the wall to beat the keeper. Abreu gets his second and our sixth late on when the ball falls to him in the area to poke home.

 

Southend – Away – League – 8th V 1st

A really fucking boring game. Little highlights and hardly any chances at goal from either side. Both teams cancelled each other out as it was very scrappy with both sides getting players booked. Either team could of won it had they put their shots on target. We could of possibly won it mid way in the second half but as a shot from Abreu beats the keeper but clips the post and goes out.

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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Well didn’t we bottle that game against Doncaster! A really mixed month from us as we have dropped points against teams we could of beaten. It still amazes me how competitive we are in our first season as I thought we would struggle more but yet we find ourselves still at the top fighting for the title. Abreu is still scoring goals and Gribbin has really stepped up and has shown his class with some amazing performances recently and also scoring 5 in his last 7 as well as setting up goals. Rumours have been going round recently that Brighton want me as manager!? They haven’t approached me yet but I’m already slightly thinking about it. They are struggling the Championship around 19th place. Do we go or do we stay? Do we leave a team fighting for promotion and go to a team where the best is probably mid table? Or do we stay till the end of the season and go somewhere else? Brighton are a bigger club compared to Tranmere and this is a journeyman and they would be a massive step up.. What would you do?? Stay or Leave… They may not even approach me or offer me the job!

Season 1 – Pre Season & Opening Games

 

We will have a quick look at how our pre season has gone along with looking at the transfers we have made before we kick off the season away at Torquay. We have also brought in more staff and we now have the best staff in the league. I am hoping we can have a strong season and the aim is for promotion.

 

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Pre Season

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We have had a good pre season going unbeaten although we did play mostly easier teams and we held Shrewsbury to a draw at our place. As usual my assistant took charge of the games but this year it isn’t my usual number two in Brede Hangeland as he is now not interested in being an assistant in this years game so I have kept Michael Jackson on and he has done well with taking charge of the games.

 

Transfers

Adam Mcdonnell – Season long loan

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Jamie Reckford – Free Transfer

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Callam Jones – Free Transfer

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Jake Pickard – Free Transfer

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Tyler Magloire – Six Month Loan

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Ben Fox – Season long loan

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We have brought in some good players with the defenders bringing pace which we desperately need which is shown in our opening game. We have also brought in a couple of centre midfielders in as we lacked quality players who prefer to play in that position. We did also bring in another striker in Pickard who looks very good for this level. McDonnell also looks a very good player for this level.

 

 

Torquay – Away – League – 21st V 22nd

Torquay take an early lead after Griffiths gets on the end of a low ball in to the area to tap in at the back post. We concede a penalty minutes later but Davies dives to his right and pushes it wide to keep it at one nil. They get a second after a long ball over the top to Gray who volleys it past the keeper. My boy Devarn Green gets us back in the game after the ball is hoofed up to Pickard who plays the ball between two defenders for Devarn to run on to and tuck in to the bottom corner. Waring pulls us level when a low ball in to the area and he pokes it home between the keepers legs. Torquay retake the lead when the ball is played in to the near post and is fired home. We equalise again when Green finds the ball fall to him in the area for him to slot past the keeper. We then win a penalty late in injury which McNulty puts straight down the middle to get us the win.

 

Woking – Home – League – 5th V 18th

A one sided first half from us with Dunn coming closest to getting the opener when he smashes the crossbar from the edge of the area. We do get the opening goal in the second half when a shot from Reckford smashes the post and Green reacts quickest to tap in. We get a second late on when Green crosses from the right to Harris on the penalty spot and fires past the keeper.

 

Sutton – Home – League – 4th V 23rd

We are quick out the blocks and go in front inside five minutes. The goal comes when Harris plays Waring in on goal and curls it in to the bottom corner. We go down to ten men when Harris is shown a straight red for a challenge from behind. Despite being a man lighter we get a second goal, Norburn plays the ball out to Buxton who cuts inside and fires past the keeper. We wrap up the points when Fox nods the ball down to Green who volleys it past the keeper. Green gets his second when Fox robs the ball off a defender before squaring the ball to Devarn who puts it in to the top corner. He gets his hat trick in injury time when he fires home from a tight angle.

 

Guiseley – Away – League – 13th V 1st

Guiseley take an early lead after they break down the right before crossing to Correia who is free in the area to drill past the keeper. Waring puts us back on level terms when he squeezes the ball past the keeper at his near post. We then take the lead minutes later after a loose pass finds Green in the area and slides it under the keeper. We get a third after a shot from Buxton hits Waring and rolls over the line. We get a fourth and Waring’s hat trick late on when he beats his defender before curling it in to the top corner.

 

Results

results

Fixtures

fixtures

Table

table

 

What a great start to the season we have had, won all four of our opening four games and are scoring goals for fun. We still have a long way to go but we are looking very comfortable at this stage but I’m not expecting us to go the season unbeaten! What a start Green and Waring are having with Green getting 7 in four and Waring getting 5 in 4. No game is easy at this level and it gets no easier in the next game when we play Eastleigh who are second and also won all four of their games. In our opening game our back four suffered so much with the lack of pace which Torquay took advantage of to get their goals.

FM18 – Return Of The Journeyman

 

I’m back! I have taken a while to begin my blog for FM18 for a couple of reasons, first being I wanted to learn the new game as it has some new features and bits tweaked and the second reason is because I have been unsure of who to be! Everyday my list grew bigger and bigger with new teams added on. But finally I made my decision a couple of days ago and it is all down to one man…. Devarn Green. Now many of you may or may not know my (slight) man crush on him after he bagged goals for fun for me on the blog and on personal saves on FM17. One idea I had thought about was waiting till the edited database was out so I could take over Stourbridge where he was on loan and get Devarn firing us up the leagues again but all that changed after I saw on Twitter that he had moved and I had not noticed it but where did he move to..!?

 

devarn green

 

So the journeyman this year will start at Tranmere a lot like last year. Tranmere wasn’t on my list at first but I asked on Twitter (@The_FmGamer) if people would bother that I was them again as it is a team I could get behind after enjoying the journey last year but I know people enjoy new teams and leagues and get bored easy if people are the same teams over and over as I know I do. Tranmere are still in the National League and should be one of the stronger teams and are expected to finish up in and around the play off area. This is a journeyman so we won’t be at Tranmere forever but with Devarn at the club I am hoping we can make some good memories for us and the fans before we move on and up as we look to become a Manager in a top league and the possibility of managing a Country but we will take it a step at a time. I still have the list of teams and we may manage them in the future if the time is right and some I will possibly manage on my own personal saves. Some of the teams are:

  • Hoffenheim (Kramaric <3)
  • AC Milan
  • Blackburn
  • York
  • Rangers
  • Nottingham Forest
  • Sorrento – Italian Non League
  • 1860 Munich
  • Gretna
  • FC Eindhoven
  • Coventry

 

Some of them will be obvious and a couple will be unknown to some people like Gretna and Sorrento. The reason they are on there is because I use to take Gretna to the top of the world on the LMA games and I went to Sorrento many many years ago and it’s a beautiful little town on the coast not to far from Naples that I would love to go back to one day and maybe go watch a bit of football while I’m there! Then you have the obvious teams like Milan who a lot of people will be this year as well as Coventry after their relegation despite them being kind of a local rival to my club Leicester. I won’t jump from club to club the move has to be right for me and one that will move us up the leagues or one that has a better chance on doing so. While I am at Tranmere I have set my self some little goals to reach which should be very doable..

  • Get promoted to League 2 inside 2 seasons
  • Look to secure place in League 2
  • Get promotion to League 1 inside 5 season

 

Let’s take a look at Tranmere..

 

 

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info

balance

 

transfer budget

 

A lot of the players and staff are the same as when we was in charge last season so we have a rough idea of who will be in my plans and what players can perform at this level etc..etc.. We will be looking to get promoted back in to the football league at the first go with the squad that is already here and with the right signings we can make a solid push with this team.

We do have a little bit of room to move in the transfer market with our massive 30k transfer budget and little bit of wage to spare! As usual at this kind of level it is best to look at the players without a club and the loan market and see what gems you can pick up.

 

staff start

Another area that changes will be made will be the backroom staff which are pretty average apart from the scouting team. I have a few names in mind who I will be looking to bring in and be part of the coaching staff who I have signed before and can help take us to the next level by helping improve the players.

 

formation

I will look to try and use my 4312 formation which worked very well last season and has worked well so far on a personal save on FM18. I will have a couple of back ups in place just in case it doesn’t work but most formations work well from this level down.

 

Squad

squad 1

squad 2

dynamics

depth

 

gk

def

mid

cam

st

The areas we are weakest right now are in goal and the back four. The back four are not only light in numbers but are really really slow and will get beat for pace everyday of the week so we need to change that asap. We will also look to bring in a midfielder or two just to boost the numbers and quality as a couple are not good enough and will be moved on hopefully. We have more than enough strikers who will hopefully be the ones that can fire us out of this league without having to change them to much.

 

devarn

Here is a quick look at Devarn Green who played a part in our journeyman last season and a player who bangs goals in for fun at this level which I found out on a number of saves on FM17. His stats don’t show much but with his pace he can out run any defender at this level and get in to the scoring chances for him to get the 30-40 goals every season that he does. It says he is better out on the wing but imo he is wasted out there and is much better up top as a poacher. I highly recommend signing him if you have a chance of doing so especially if you are in non league.

So that is a quick introduction to Tranmere and the players including Devarn as we look to get through pre season and kick off the league in the next blog. We will look to bring in players and I have a couple of players in mind who hopefully will choose us over other teams and with their quality should help the positions we are lacking in. We are one of the bigger clubs in the league and hopefully we can make a good start to the season and look to aim for the play offs at least in our first season and look to get back in to the Football League.

pre season

 

Thanks for reading and if I have missed something out or you want to see a player or anything then just let me know!

Season 5 – The End

 

Welcome back to the finale of the FM17 journey as we end the season with Leeds. We have played well for the majority of the season and look on course to finish in the top six with ten games to go. Let’s get this season finished and see if we do get in to Europe.

 

Middlesbrough – Away – League – 11th V 3rd

Maupay gives us an early lead when he gets on the end of a cross from Ntcham to fire past the keeper. Maupay doubles our lead in the 20th minute when he drills the ball in to the bottom corner from 20 yards out. Ntcham gets our third after he fires the ball in to the top corner after Olomola plays him in on goal. We get a fourth minutes later when Ferri drives in to the area and curls it round the keeper. We concede a penalty minutes later which Rhodes steps up and tucks in to the corner. They get a second when we can’t clear a corner and Bernardo heads home.

 

Stoke – Home – League – 2nd V 15th

We take the lead in the second half when Maupay plays Olomola through on goal and he slides it under the on rushing Butland. Gomez gets out second goal when Davies whips a free kick in to the area and Gomez heads it in at the near post.

 

Tottenham – Away – League – 9th V 2nd

Tottenham take the lead when a ball is whipped in to Eriksen in the area to tap in at the near post. Olomola pulls us level 10 minutes later when he heads in a ball in to the area from Christie. Tottenham retake the lead when Bruma crosses to Keko at the back post who volleys it home. Eriksen makes it three after Kane knocks a corner down and Eriksen side foots it in to the corner.

 

Leicester – Home – League – 5th V 17th

We get a well deserved win against my beloved Leicester City but the goal didn’t come until late in the second half. The only goal of the game came when Armstrong plays a one two with Maupay on the edge of the area before drilling it past Zieler and in to the bottom corner.

 

Cardiff – Away – League – 19th V 4th

Clough gets the only goal of the game shortly before half time when he tucks the ball in past Mignolet at his near post. A shocking performance from us in front of goal as we threw everything at them including the kitchen sink but it wasn’t enough to get the much deserved goal.

 

Everton – Home – League – 4th V 10th

Everton take the lead which turned out to be the only goal of the game. The goal comes when they play a free kick out wide before the ball is put in to the area and Jahanbakhsh taps in on the 6 yard line. Another poor performance from us in front of goal and we had enough chances to get a point from the game at least but it never happened.

 

West Ham – Away – League – 9th V 5th

West Hame take an early lead after Hadergjonaj runs down the right before pulling the ball back to Valencia in the area to fire home. We finally score a goal and it comes after a shot from Christie is pushed away and falls in to the path of Maupay to tap in. West Ham retake the lead a minute later when Masuaku whips the ball in to the area and Valencia heads past Mignolet. Gomez pulls us level with a header at the near post from a corner. We then take the lead after we break away down the right before Christie squares it to Ferri who smashes it in to the top corner. A fourth follows minutes later when Olomola is played in on goal and tucks it under the keeper. We get a fifth of the game when a shot from Olomola smashes off the crossbar and rebounds off the back of the keeper and in to the back of the net. Valencia gets his hat trick after Feghouli whips an early ball in to the area and Valencia is there to pounce and tuck the ball home. Belhanda makes it six when the ball falls to him in the area to fire in to the bottom corner.

 

Manchester City – Home – League – 4th V 7th

Man City get the only goal in what was a very scrappy game which shows with the amount of yellow cards shown. They get the winner in the second half after Kuki crosses the ball to Vazquez in the area to poke the ball past Mignolet.

 

Liverpool – Away – League – 6th V 5th

We take the lead against the run of play when Olomola beats his defender before squaring it to Ntcham to tap in to an empty goal. Ntcham gets his second of the game after he gets the ball on the corner of the area and fires it across the keeper and it the far corner.

 

Fulham – Away – League – 19th V 4th

Lasagna gives Fulham the lead with a drilled effort from the edge of the area beating Mignolet. Ince gets their second of the game and wraps up the in late on. The goal comes after we pushed forward for an equalsier but Lasagna plays a ball over the top for Ince to chase before slotting it under the keeper.

 

Results:

results

Table:

table

 

So there we have it the season has ended and the journey has also ended. I am so so proud of the boys with how they performed this season and we finished above and beyond where I thought we would given it is our first season in the Premier League. We did manage to finish in the European places despite dropping a few points frustratingly towards the end and what an exciting season next season would be with them back in Europe. As I said before in the other blog about a big club coming for me, I did accept the job and it would of still been in England. The unnamed big club was.. Liverpool. They offered me the job which was an amazing offer and I would also be taking a number of my back room staff including my right hand man Brede, so who knows what would of happened had we had chance to carry this on! What a crazy journey we have had from bringing Tranmere up the leagues before a short stay at Derby in which we probably shouldn’t have took but that led us here and winning the Championship with this club and finishing in fifth place in the Premier League the following season. We also named manager of the season which was a nice added bonus at the end.

 

awards

stats

review

 

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the journey.