Hello! It’s me again and this is just an extra update as something big happened at the end of the season at Tranmere. What we achieved at Tranmere in the two years was pretty special with back to back promotions against the odds and I really enjoyed my time with them but I felt I needed to move on if we were to try and keep moving up the leagues/countries to win as much as we can. So your’e probably thinking what’s happened and where have we gone? Are we still in England? moved to Europe or further afield?
We had a few interviews towards the end of the season and a lot of them rejected us or we had second thoughts on the offers so we rejected them until an interesting offer came in after the final game of the season. We are remaining in England and this could work out for us as it’s a higher step up with an ex Premier League team and we will be managing in the Championship this season. Want to find out where we have gone….?
We have joined Hull City and this could be an interesting project we could build at this club. They are a solid Championship team and aren’t expected to win the league or the play offs yet so we have time on our side to build a team and taking a step at a time to getting them back in to the Premier League.
So why Hull? Well as I say they aren’t expecting us to be fighting for the title straight from the start so that adds more time on to our side and they have amazing facilities which will only help improve the players and hopefully we can bring a few players through the youth team and in to the first team. They have a small but good group of players with Championship experience which we can work with and can add quality to over time as we aim for promotion.
Last season was an average season for them and hopefully we can do better as I am setting myself the target of play offs but maybe it’s to early to tell if we can aim that high. A shock you may see in the league is that Wolves got relegated back to League 1 which is weird and a complete opposite to how they are doing this season irl. I did think about maybe going there but they are a popular team to manage and I feel it’s boring when everyone manages the same teams.
I have a rough idea what formations I would like to use with them and I currently have two in place for them to get to grips with and one of them is my 4312 that has done me so well previously at Tranmere. They are different but we do currently have a couple of good wingers and we may go with the 4231 over pre season and see how we get on with it to start with.
David Marshall – A good solid goalkeeper at this level and will be our number one. He is getting on but still has a couple of seasons left.
Will Mannion – Our young back up goalkeeper who has bags of potential to improve and be our first choice in the future when Marshall retires.
Ryan Fredericks – Our right back and he has pace to burn to get up on and down the right side. Always want my fullbacks to have plenty of pace and he has just that. Got Championship experience as well.
Martin Kelly – Kelly will be our back up but I may look to move him on. A good solid player with good stats for this level.
Michael Dawson – Dawson will continue to be the captain and will be part of our defence. Currently out for a couple of months injured.
Tomas Kalas – A solid player who can play in a number of positions. Will be one of our centre back pairing.
Ondrej Mazuch – Another player with plenty of experience and solid stats to partner Kalas at the back.
Max Clark – Max will fight Kingsley for the left back spot. Can also play on the wing if needed.
Stephen Kingsley – Will fight Clark for the position but possibly our first choice left back but he also wants to leave.
Jackson Irvine – A player I always try and sign when in the top two leagues. A good player and always performs well. Can play anywhere through the middle.
Ryan Mason – A solid player and one of our main players in the first eleven and a player that can help us get promoted.
Ashley Westwood – Another player with plenty of experience for this level and has some great stats for a midfielder.
Markus Henriksen – More strong competition for the midfield spots ans we may look to play with three in midfield.
Jon Toral – Will play behind the striker(s) in either formation. Will look to bring in competition for him.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide – One of our wingers but is on loan from Arsenal and will try and keep him for another season. Young player that can only improve.
Jarrod Bowen – Jarrod can play on either wing or up top. Still young at 22 and heard a lot about him from Hull fans.
Albert Adomah – Adomah at 31 still has the stats to play in the Championship. Will be our main right winger if Bowen does well as a striker.
Leonardo Ulloa – LEO! Oh how he helped us win the Premier League! Will probably try and move him on as he is similar to Okaka who is younger.
Stefano Okaka – One of our better strikers and would potentially partner Hernandez if played two up top.
Abel Hernandez – Abel is our best striker at the club and I won’t be surprised if clubs come after him. Is a strong favourite to be our top goal scorer at the end of the season.
Nouha Dicko – A player who seems a shadow of himself when he use to frighten defenders on a weekly basis. Still has the pace to beat defenders.
The club is classed as rich and we have a transfer budget of £11 million and we may get more should we sell the likes of Kingsley. There are a number of positions I want to try and add to over the summer like right back, centre back, a winger or two depending on if we keep Adelaide, someone to play in behind the strikers and a striker should one move on. So a number of positions to try and sign the right players for so expect a busy transfer window in the next update! I am happy with the squad we have and will try and move on any of the unhappy players so they don’t affect the mood of dressing room.
So there we have it after two seasons we have finally left Tranmere mere and gone up a couple of leagues to join Hull. Hopefully we will face Tranmere in the future if they can continue to build upon what I started there. Hull is a fresh challenge and we actually have money to spend which is something I’ve not been able to have yet. We will only sell our key players if the right offer comes in other than that we will be signing more players than selling. Have we done the right thing? Time will tell but in the early days I have a good feeling and don’t regret moving on. The championship is always a difficult league and anyone can beat anyone so we won’t be taking teams for granted. The next update we will go through pre season, transfers and the start of the season.