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Hackney Wick FC – 2028/29 Season Review

This season we’re widely predicted to fail again and be relegated by the media despite making it to the playoff final last season. To be honest I’m targeting to be there-or-thereabouts regarding the playoffs this time around,  whether we get there will be determined by how much we can strengthen the team, and how much more our promising young squad can develop during the season.

ExpectationsexpectationsThe expectations are realistic for the cups but as I’ve already said I’m really aiming higher for the league. We started with an £11m budget but this is what remains after our initial transfers.
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Hackney Wick FC – 2027/28 Season Review

We’re one promotion away from the promised land, though it’s probably going to be the hardest one to achieve – the Championship is widely regarded to be the toughest second division in the world. We’ll be playing teams where one of their players can earn more in a week than we pay the entire squad in a month. Our reputation is still somewhere around that of a decent League Two side, so attracting players of the required calibre will be extremely difficult. We’ll have to rely on our young squad hopefully developing faster with the higher standard of football on offer…


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AFC Wimbledon – Season Review 2017/18


2017/18 – Championship – End of Season Review

Since I’ve become manager, it has taken two seasons to get out of each division. This season, we’re in the toughest and most competitive second division in the world. Surely it would be impossible to go up at the first try… Wouldn’t it?

Sky Bet Championship (stats)

The Championship. Lots of very good, ex-Premier League teams in the mix, with West Ham, Aston Villa and Southampton in the division this year. We were supposed to be relegation candidates, and for the first third of the season it looked as though the prediction was right. We only managed one win in our first ten games and we looked like we were in crisis. One successful team meeting later and we picked up another win, and ended up with five wins and a draw in the next ten which brought us up towards mid-table. We had a patchy Christmas period, and started 2018 with a 1-0 reverse against Villa. Little were we to know that would be our last loss for eleven games! We were propelled up the table and into the play-off places! We were only a handful of points off the top, but equally, we were only a couple of points away from falling back into mid-table. Our last nine games included West Ham, Forest, and Birmingham, all away, and in a row. Not much was expected, but we managed five points from those games, and eleven from the others, which means we went into the final game needing a win just to maintain our play-off place, but if other results went our way, we could even win the title! We beat Brighton 5-0 away, which was by far our best win of the season and guaranteed our place in the play-offs, and it also ensured automatic promotion! Southampton won, which meant we couldn’t win the title, but that wasn’t important! We were going up!!!

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Enfield Town – Season Review 2018/19


2018/19 End of Season Review

Four promotions in as many seasons. Unbelievable in most peoples eyes, and certainly unexpected by all at the club. But can we make it five in five? Surely not…?

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Sky Bet Championship (stats)

Wow. We were playing against some of the best players in the world. Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Blackburn, Olivier Giroud and Loic Remy at QPR, amongst others. We had Hallam Hope. “Fear can hold you prisoner, Hope can set you free” goes the tagline of The Shawshank Redemption. Free to roam the promised land of the Premier League!!!

Hope started badly, with only five goals in 22 games, but after a very public bollocking on twitter, he shaped up, and ended up with 28 goals in all competitions.

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Dial Square – Season Review 2016/17


2016/17 Season Review

The Championship. The last stop before the promised land. And by now, there was a couple of small ‘nobody’ clubs after me as a manager, such as Milan, Internazionale, HSV, Schalke, Hannover and Swansea. But I’ve got a job here to do. And now that I’m a club legend, who am I to walk away, even for a twenty fold increase in salary?

npower Championship (stats)

Now THAT was unexpected, even by me. We started slowly, with only the one win in the five games, but past that, we found our feet and we started picking up points left, right and centre. The title itself went to the final day, where we faced second-placed Aston Villa, away. A win or a draw would see us win, and a loss would hand it to the Villains. A 3-1 win ensured the trophy was coming home with us!

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FC United – Season Review 2017/18


Season Review 2017/18

So here we are. The Championship. Possibly the biggest and most competitive second division in the world. And I want to get out of it as soon as possible! My stock as manager has risen significantly of late, due to the success we’ve enjoyed to this point. I’ve been approached by no less than eight teams this season, of which four were in the Premier League, and the most notable of those was Southampton during pre-season – who had a £28m budget as well as offering Europa League football! But I declined them all. I have a mission here to complete, and I’ll do my best to see it through.

npower Championship (stats)

With the way we started this season, we had no business hoping for promotion. But after ten games or so, we started to find some form, and even went on a six game win streak, which put us in a much more favourable position. We had our ups and downs, but we found ourselves in the playoffs as teams around us failed to pick up points while we did. The playoffs were a tense affair. We were drawn against Cardiff, and we only managed a  0-0 draw at home in the first leg, which put considerable pressure on us in the second leg. The tie finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, but in extra time our super-sub Stuart Evans scored a brace to take us through to face Blackpool in the final. The final proved to be one of the longest matches of my life, or so it seemed. We were inseparable for 120 minutes, with no goals scored. Penalties were to decide our fate. Four goals to three later, we were going up! Continue reading FC United – Season Review 2017/18