Hapoel Umm el-Fahm Before discussing the summer, I want to look at our season with Hapoel Umm el-Fahm - predicted 12th before the season started, we made just a couple of signings over the course of the year, finishing second and gaining promotion was a brilliant season. Although it felt less joyful than it perhaps … Continue reading JOURNEYMAN (TAKE 2) – SECOND SEASON JOB SEARCH
Towards the end of February we completed our first coaching course, we instantly asked for another as finances at Fahm are healthier than that of another club we could be at right now. Thankfully they accepted! Initially I debated looking at other jobs when this one was complete, but our rep going from 5% to … Continue reading JOURNEYMAN (TAKE 2) – END OF SEASON ONE
With the last instalment a longer edition, I’m going to leave the schedule and league table below and then just discuss any talking points and summarise what’s happened over the course of the next section of games. We hit 20 league games and things have been good in the league so far. We’ve continued our … Continue reading JOURNEYMAN (TAKE 2) – MID-SEASON REVIEW
After our cup disappointment, we looked to correct things in our opening league game against Hapoel Acre. Match 1: Hapoel Acre - We did just that! The complete opposite to that cup game, dominated on the ball, created lots and conceded little. 2-0 victors on the day, central midfielder Itay Tako opened the scoring in … Continue reading JOURNEYMAN (TAKE 2) – THE LEAGUE BEGINS
Disaster struck one day into our tenure at Fahm, the board rejected my request for a coaching course! They also rejected requests to improve the training facilities and to improve the youth facilities. While the facilities one is what it is, the coaching course is a real problem early on. You need to get them … Continue reading EUROPEAN JOURNEYMAN (TAKE 2) – PRE-SEASON, TRANSFERS AND THE TOTO CUP
Did you guess right? We of course picked Hapoel Umm el-Fahm, who will from here on be known as Fahm (there are 10 out of 16 teams in the division with Hapoel hence we didn’t go with that). Not only did they have a vastly bigger wage budget, but they also had some more stable … Continue reading EUROPEAN JOURNEYMAN (TAKE 2) – FIRST CLUB!
For those who follow me over at Twitch, you’ll know my love for the journeyman, one of my first saves on stream in FM20 and my first major save on FM21. It’s always a rollercoaster and managing in obscure nations in even obscurer leagues, with weird rules and league systems, whilst hoping wherever you end … Continue reading EUROPEAN JOURNEYMAN (TAKE 2) – THE BEGINNING
Starting my managerial career in Iceland, and giving myself the task of climbing up the ladder by winning league titles, I liked the idea of charging through Scandinavia like some kind of reverse Scottish Viking warrior King. With Sweden ticked off the list, I had my sights set of making Denmark my next stop. Finland … Continue reading JOURNEYMAN #6 ALL AALBORG THE DANE TRAIN
With great power (money), comes great resposi… Wait, let’s not go down the old Spider-Man route. Yes, we guided Djurgården into the Champions League group stage, yes, we may have conceded 16 to Liverpool over the two games, but a 2-1 win over Lyon and €14 million in the pot was a nice little bonus … Continue reading JOURNEYMAN #5 SWEDE CHIN MUSIC
Pretty much through all my Football Manager career, despite some of the best and brightest brains suggesting you should play differently when you are playing away, or against big teams etc etc, I have always stuck to my guns. Find a formation that works, refine the system and then just let it run, good or … Continue reading JOURNEYMAN #4 DJUR LEAVING US?