Voyages On The Yellow Submarine
I started this save as a bit of a time filler up to FM17 release day however I am enjoying it so much that I have read the fantastic book on Villarreal called ‘Yellow Submarine The Miracle Of Villarreal’. I have always had a soft spot for the club after their rise in to Spain’s top division and their signing of Juan Roman Riquelme but after reading the book, the story and philosophy just drags you in. I am going to base and adhere to the club’s philosophies during my save.
The Villarreal Project
The ten ingredients of the Villarreal project:
1. Quality of Leadership with vision, integrity, a clear sense of where they are going and how they will get there. A leadership small enough and powerful enough to deliver its aims without internal opposition while generating great loyalty and affection in the many staff who help them implement their project.
2. Financial Strategy based on investing the Presidents own money sufficiently well to create a club successful enough to generate sufficient income for continued success to be self sustaining without further external investment.
3. Political Strategy where network skills and other pressure’s are used to ensure that the club receives considerable support, financial and otherwise, from the elected assemblies basking in its reflected glory.
4. Profile of the right kind of Manager who can deliver the exact kind of attractive successful football the leadership want for their club, and then recruiting to match that profile.
5. Player Recruitment Strategy geared to produce a more talented squad of players at the start of every new season than the one at the start of the previous season. Linked to a transfer policy based on Buy cheap, sell dear lines to generate sufficient income for the recruitment strategy to be self funding.
6. Development of a Football Complex as good if not better than can be found anywhere else in the world. From the base of that complex, the Cuidad Deportiva, to create a Cantera that will eventually ensure a regular supply of quality footballers for the first team at the club.
7. A Modern Stadium geared to the capacity of the community to fill it and equipped for European Club Competition at the highest level.
8. A European Success Policy based on the simple premise the best way to home the club’s competence in Europe is through regular participation in European Club Competitions.
9. Community Ownership Strategy within the community, to ensure the club belongs to the community not any individual.
10.A First Love Strategy with an unambiguous first love for Villarreal.
So how do I transfer this in to my save?
*Quality of Leadership for me will be to recruit the right staff to deliver for the club, whilst keeping staff numbers to a minimum to deliver the highest quality coaching, scouting and medical team.
*Financial Strategy will be me keeping a close check on the club’s finances.
*Political Strategy is difficult however I will maintain a professional image at the club whilst dealing with press related issues.
*Profile of the manager, well I think I have the right kind of profile the club are looking for, Professional, likes to play attacking football whilst entertaining along the way.
*Player Recruitment I will strive to adhere to the philosophy of buy cheap sell big and build on a strong South American network.
*Develop the academy to produce player’s for the first team.
*Consistent participation in European Club Competitions.
Transfer Window Out
There was a number of clubs chasing 24 year old Mateo Musacchio including PSG, Bayern Munich and Chelsea, after a number of rejected bids Musacchio made it clear he wanted to move to a bigger club and so I eventually agreed a deal with Chelsea for £17.5m rising to a possible £22m with add ons.
Transfer Window In
In line with our player recruitment policy I signed 22 year old defender Rodrigo Caio for £3.5m from Sao Paulo, I feel Caio is a perfect replacement for Musacchio. The Brazilian is very good with the ball at his feet and will fit in to my system with a ball playing defender.
Has you can see below we had a very good pre season with all the first team squad getting good game time. I am very pleased with the number of players who look to have settled well in to our system.
The boards expectations are that we finish in the top half of the league which I think is more than achievable in fact I want and expect us to be battling for a European place. The board do not expect us to go beyond the Europa League Playoff round. We are expectated to reach the Quarter Final stages of the Copa del Rey.
We started our campaign with the Europa League Playoff round 1st leg away against Mladost which we won 4-0 with goals from Bakambu, Costa, Soldado and Cheryshev. Just 3 days later we opened our league campaign at El Madrigal with a 2-1 defeat against Las Palmas with our goal coming from Bakambu. The defeat as somewhat stopped us in our tracks, we looked poor at the back and need to improve if we are to meet my expectations. Mladost arrived for the 2nd leg and felt the backlash from our league defeat we beat them 5-1 with goals from Bakambu 2, Sansone, Santos Borre and Trigueros, to send us in to the group stage. A 2nd league defeat followed away to Valencia 1-3, Roberto Soldado got the consolation goal from the spot but we have work to do. Celta Vigo next and although it’s only our 3rd league game I am feeling we need a win in front of the El Madrigal faithful. We managed a 1-0 win with Soldado netting the goal that takes a little pressure off. Europa League group stage next and the visit of Romanian club AFC Astra which we won 3-0 with goals from N’Diaye, Bruno and Bakambu. Hoping to turn our Europa League hangover in to a positive result we played Osasuna away and produced a stunning performance winning 7-0 courtesy of Soldado 3, Soriano 2, Cheryshev and an own goal by Mario. Well pleased with the result we then travelled Alaves full of confidence and got another 3 points with a solid performance with a resounding 4-0 win with goals from Sansone, Bakambu, Caio and Pantie.
We have got a reasonable draw after being seeded number 1 for the group we drew Standard of Belgium, Panathinaikos of Greece and AFC Astra from Romania. We opened the group with all 3 points after beating the Romanians AFC Astra 3-1.
After a disappointing start to our league campaign we have picked our game up and look to be settling in to our system and look to be ready for our Voyage on the Yellow Submarine. Although it’s early days here at El Madrigal but the love around this club is easy to see and feel. President Fernando Roig has lay down and built a solid foundation at the club with very little debt that amounts to around £12m. I have brought in to the philosophy and will continue to do so. I hope to have another update posted soon as the journey continues.My next update will also feature our new line of fantastic track tops designed by @FMOtter (Jacob O’Sullivan).