Season 2015-2016 Draws To An End
So how did we do? Well the board are pleased with our performance over the season, they wanted a mid table finish and we finished 7th after going in to the last game of the season against Arsenal in 4th place and Champions Lge qualification, however we came up short in the final game meaning a 7th place finish and Europa Lge qualification. For me I think we underachieved after going through a difficult period were we lost 9 of our last 20 games in all competitions. We lost in the 5th rd of the FA Cup to Middlesbrough at the Riverside and lost in the 2nd knockout round on away goals to Liverpool in the Europa League.
So were did it go wrong? no excuses we had a number of injuries at critical times in the season but for me I have to take the blame I trusted our tactic and failed to recognise early enough that we needed to tweak our system to get the best out of the squad. A learning curve for me which I hope to put right in my next season in management. Will I be moving with the hammers to the Olympic Stadium? I am not sure yet (1) I have thoughts of moving down the pyramid to try and bring a club up to the Premier League. (2) I move abroad and develop in new surroundings or (3) I stay at West Ham and honour my contract and build on the foundations I have lay down this season.
Whilst the board are pleased with last season maybe I am being a little hard on myself because there was many positives in our season. Player wise we brought in some good quality in January non less so than Brazilian duo Ganso and Pato along with Breel Embolo who looks a beast of a player. Our attacking philosophy worked well with us creating most chances in over 90% of games, we also dominated the ball in most games averaging 60% possession. I may look to change the shape of my tactic next season.
Results Feb 16-May 16
Final Table 2015-2016
Season Review 15-16
West Ham Board Set Initial Budget For Season 2016-2017
West Ham will start a new era in 2016-2017
For the coming season the hammers will see both Victor Moses and Carl Jenkinson return to their clubs after their loan spells end. Lanzini will stay at the club after agreeing a deal to keep him. Winston Reid and Diafra Sahko have both expressed a desire to move to a bigger club, Enner Valencia has also concerns about his limited games played so it will be an interesting pre season which I will get under way with maybe one eye on vacancies available elsewhere. Wherever I am next season I am looking forward to developing my FM career.