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Dial Square – Season Review 2018/19


2018/19 Season Review

Our second season in the Premier League, and we had to show that staying up last season was no fluke. All the top teams are chasing me as a manager, with no less than twelve approaches during the season (including Barcelona, Bayern, Leverkusen, Liverpool and Marseille amongst others) but this is far too interesting a project to leave now, especially as I hope to usurp the lot of them at the top, eventually, while still managing this club.

 Barclays Premier League (stats)

At first glance, it looks as though we had an excellent season. And to be honest, we have. But we had an abysmal end to the season, losing four games on the trot, dropping us from fourth to sixth, with our fierce rivals To**en**m overtaking us by a point on the final day of the season, too. We had some excellent results along the way, beating Chelsea 4-0 a particular highlight! But that run-in at the end has left a sour taste in the mouth when we should really be happy with what we did achieve.

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Dial Square – Season Review 2017/18


2017/18 Season Review

Here we are! The Premier League! I was again given several opportunities to run away, with Stoke, Inter (again), Leverkusen, Lille and Atletico Madrid all offering for my services. Again, all were rebuffed. The task ahead was much more daunting than with our previous promotions, and the board gave me £16m to keep us here. The problem is, while we had the money, our reputation couldn’t draw the personnel that would make it worthwhile opening the chequebook…

 Barclays Premier League (stats)

The primary aim was to stay up. And we did so, and did so well. At no point, despite a few runs of poor form, did we look like going down, and we even managed to hover around 10th place for a good while during the season. Only a relatively weak end to the season saw us drop down lower to finish where we did.

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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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Dial Square – Season Review 2015/16


2015/16 Season Review

Four seasons in, and I have more enthusiasm at this point for the save than I have had for any other, and that includes Enfield Town! I’ve had to do very little in terms of managing – this team just wants to win every time they step onto the pitch. The continuity of playing the same core squad with the same tactic has proved a luxury not afforded to most lower league managers, though it is more unique than most other LLM saves. 😉

npower League One (stats)

I knew we had a good chance of securing a playoff place as a bare minimum. Even winning it wouldn’t surprise me. I didn’t expect to totally walk the league however! We scored many more than the nearest team and we conceded considerably less too. We had a few draws, but our low loss rate ensured we won convincingly.

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Dial Square – Season Review 2014/15


2014/15 Season Review

Season three with the fledgling club, and we continue to build on the success of the past two seasons. The squad is developing well, and we’re managing to keep them together, despite clubs as big as Manchester City and Werder Bremen making enquiries and bids on our best players. It seems that the Chairman isn’t of the interfering sort, as he didn’t get involved, even when huge sums of money (for our level) were bid.

npower League Two (stats)

As I sit here to write the review of the league season, I look at my notes, and to be honest, they’re pretty blank. That’s not to say that nothing happened, just that nothing unexpected happened. I suppose you could argue that we won the league when being tipped for relegation is unexpected, but I know better. That our players far outstrip our reputation. That I am a superior manager to the Artificial ‘Intelligence’. And if we can keep these players together, we’ll do it again in League One, too.

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Dial Square – Season Review 2013/14


2013/14 Season Review

Last season we walked the league and also performed very well on the way to winning the FA Trophy. This season  the aim was to again win the double, even if it isn’t done as emphatically as last season! Tactically we remained unchanged – if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!

Blue Square Premier (stats)

With our young squad developing at the rate that they are and the talent they have, nothing less than automatic promotion would do. What I didn’t expect, is how easy it would be. By matchday seven, we were top – a position we wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the season. We set a new record for points, breaking Crawley’s record, with 115. We also broke the BSP record for goals scored, our 115 goals considerably more than the next highest this season, York’s 79. 

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Dial Square – Season Review 2012/13

dialsquarelg2012/13 Season Review

First seasons are rarely easy. Especially in the lower leagues. Things are even harder when the club only came into existence a month before the first league game. That is the challenge we faced. If you read the Dial Square – Introduction and Team Guide, you’ll know how the club came into being and the composition of the players, staff and facilities. For this season I felt it best to keep it simple tactically with a 4-5-1/4-3-3, though as we had some talent in the squad I played a more open and expansive game than I usually would at this level.

As a new club, we won’t be eligible to play in the FA Cup for three seasons.

Blue Square South (stats)

I knew promotion was my goal, but I never expected to achieve it so emphatically! Our goal difference was better than all four playoff clubs combined, and we had a clear twenty-two point gap from the rest of the pack!

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