Football Manager Diary – Season 3 2015/16 Preseason
In the squad review I identified the following positions as needing expansion : A left back and a new centre back are must buys, a right winger is needed to replace Zaha whos loan is finishing, a young centre midfielder would be nice but not urgent, and a second striker more like Carroll may be needed to give him a rest occasionally.
So lets see how we get on….
Swansea bid for our forgotten man Joe Cole, who is with them on loan, but he rejects their offer. They then come in again, and he accepts the offer!
Rodgers gets sacked by Liverpool after their 12th place finish. I’m not linked to it wtf.
Being a big team we now get big sponsorship money.
And we also get a small initial budget
Its not what I think we deserve, and I’m not sure it will be enough.
Guangzhou Evergrande, who earlier in the season signed 33 year old Jermaine Jones from me and gave him a 30k raise on his 50k a week wages bid for Crouchy for 275k. Wtf. He agrees to go there too. He’s gonna be a fucking god there, it’ll be like Crouchzilla.
United want 33 million for Zaha. LOL.
Sommer becomes out first player out, signing for 4.7 million for Southampton. Thats a 5 million loss, lol.
I make my first signing, 2.5 million Rafinha from the Barcelona B Team.
And hes followed by a second, for 3.5 million Pugliese.
Signing 3 tho is a replacement for Zaha. I considered signing Andros Townsend, but ended up going got Todor Nedelev for 7.5 million
Season expectations are in
I select the worst option. I dont want too much pressure from the board, especially with some champs league games this year.Â Thankfully we’re under the wage budget by a decent amount so I can convert a lot to transfer budget
I make another signing and this ones a bigger one thats taking pretty much all the remainder of my transfer budget
Theres only 1 area I havent strengthened that I wanted to, and thats the central defence. With Reid leaving I have to try and do something. Thankfully the players leaving should free a little budget and allow me a little bit of space to sign someone
We have the guys back for pre season, so I do my meeting
Noble and Reid leave the teams on frees. I was going to sign Noble to another year, but the two young signings put paid to that.
One last signing, 975k for Boyata to solve my CB issue.
Despite our league finish we’re not favourites for the league.
Oh yeah I just remembered I wanted to sign a striker, better check the loan list
THE LITTLE PEA!!!
So thats the end of preseason, lets see how I did
A left back and a new centre back are must buys, a right winger is needed to replace Zaha whos loan is finishing, a young centre midfielder would be nice but not urgent, and a second striker more like Carroll may be needed to give him a rest occasionally.
Pretty perfect, so I’m pretty happy now with my squad
Now I need a CB and have no money
What will I do?