After a short sabbatical I am back in management with Nottingham Forest, It took me a few days to decide what and were my next save would be and came up with having a shot at getting The Garibaldi Reds back in to Europe. But first we have to get the reds back in to the top flight of English football, a task I am very much focused on doing. I won’t be making any new signings in the first transfer window and I also don’t anticipate anyone leaving the club.
The boards initial expectations are realistically achievable with a top half finish expected in the league which gives me a chance to really get to know the squad without added pressure of a promotion push in the first season however that is not to say I won’t be pushing for promotion. The board also expect us to reach the 4th round of the FA Cup and the 4th round of the League Cup. The transfer budget is set at 500k and wage budget at 390k per week of which we are spending 341k. So our current wage bill stands at £17.7m per season out of a possible budget of £20.3m per season.
I was surprised to see this pop up nevertheless it is a welcome boost to our finances.
First Team Squad
Manager – Michael Skidmore
38 – Vladimir Stojkovic – Serbia
30 – Stephen Henderson – Ireland
43 – Jordan Smith – England
Dimitar Evtimov – Bulgaria (On loan at SC Olhanense)
We look pretty strong in the goalkeeper department with Serbian international Stojkovic looking like our number 1 and Henderson has back up.
Full Backs –
2 – Eric Lichaj – USA
3 – Dani Pinillos – Spain
6 – Armand Traore – Senegal
13 – Danny Fox – Scotland
17 – Hildeberto Pereira – Portugal (On loan from Benfica)
Again we look to have good depth in this department with Chris Cohen also providing a good option at left back.
Centre Backs –
4 – Michael Mancienne – England
5 – Matt Mills – England
25 – Jack Hobbs – England
27 – Damien Perquis – Poland
28 – Thomas Lam – Finland
40 – Alex Iaccovitti – Scotland (On loan at Mansfield Town)
42 – Joe Worrall – England
Good options at the back however a lack of pace is slightly worrying
12 – Nicolao Dumitru – Italy (On loan from Napoli)
18 – Mustapha Carayol – Gambia
19 – Jamie Ward (On loan at Burton Albion)
20 – Lica – Portugal
I am excited about blending our wingers in to a system, I think Dumitru,Carayol and Lica could provide the quality to make the difference in the Championship. I have played Lica in a Raumdeuter role in pre season to good effect….watch this space
8 – Chris Cohen – England
10 – Henri Lansbury – England
11 – Ben Osborn – England
22 – Pajtim Kasami – Switzerland (On loan from Olympiakos)
24 – David Vaughan – Wales
37 – Jorge Grant – England
41 – Matty Cash – England
A strong area of the squad with a number of options in our engine room.
7 – Matty Fryatt – England
9 – Britt Assombalonga – DR Congo
14 – Nicklas Bendtner – Denmark
39 – Apostolos Vellios – Greece
With Matty Fryatt out injured long term it leaves Assombalonga and 2 target men in Bendtner and Vellios to lead our front line, I am looking at ways to integrate them in to a system to get the best out of our attacking options.
Manager – Jack Lester
Chris Marques – Australia
Tim Erlandsson – Sweden
Frederik Neilsen – Denmark
Anel Ahmedhodzic – Sweden
Jordan Gabriel – England
Ryan Yates – England (On loan at Barrow)
Elvis Otim – England/Uganda
Adam Crookes – England
Toby Edser – England
Rob Worrall – England
James Thorne – England
Lewis Walters – England
Tyler Walker – England (On loan at Stevenage)
Gerry McDonagh – Ireland (On loan at Wrexham)
Manager – Gareth Holmes
Rudolfs Skoloa – Latvia
Jordan Wright – England
Choz Charlesworth – England
Charlie Jemson – England
Daniel Preston – England
Joe Re – England
Connor Smith – England
Ethan Stewart – England
Jake Willetts – England
Kyle McClean – England
Luke McCormick – England
Jake Taylor – England
Yacine En-Nayeh – Ireland
Ben Brereton – England
Virgil Gomis – France
Kieran Hayes – England
Anthony Wright – USA
Pre Season Results
Pre season underway we started with a 2-3 defeat at the hands of Anderlecht, we raced in to a 2-0 lead at the break with goals from both our front men Assombalonga and Bendtner who played in a 4-4-2 variation with Portuguese winger Lica playing in a Raumdeuter role to good effect by creating both our goals. I made sweeping changes at half time and although we dominated play in the 2nd period we got hit on the counter attack 3 times to end up losing the game. Our next game was a comfortable 5-0 win at Morton with both Assombalonga and Vellios getting a brace along with a Carayol goal. Next a 2-0 win at Cambur with goals from Cohen and Lica. We then ended pre season at local Ilkeston Town were we won 5-0 courtesy of Dumitru 2, Assombalonga, Lansbury and Bendtner.
August 2016 Results
We kicked the season off with a 1-1 draw at home to new boys and local club Burton Albion in a game which we dominated and created chance after chance but could not finish the end product. Portuguese wide man Lica continued his pre season form with a goal in the 36th minute which was the highlight of a frustrating afternoon. A Tuesday night EFL Cup game was next for us against Shrewsbury Town produced a 5-0 win were we showed are superior position on the night, Mustapha Carayol stole the show with a superb hat-trick that rounded of a good performance. Midfielder Kasami and Defender Hobbs completed the scoring. Our next league game was on the South Coast at Brighton were we produced another afternoon of good football to only come away with a 1-2 defeat which had me pulling my hair out has we again wasted chance after chance with only substitute Bendtner grabbing a late consolation goal. I give the lads a harsh team talk but apart from finding the net the performance was promising. Another away trip followed this time to Brentford who piled on the agony and frustration beating us 0-1. Wigan were the visitors to the City Ground for our next game which started with old boy and now Burton Albion gaffer Nigel Clough speaking to the press saying I was already under pressure, ‘thanks Nigel’. Under pressure or not we beat Wigan 4-0 with goals from Assombalonga, Carayol, Cohen and Lansbury. A much needed result and nothing less what the squad deserved. EFL Cup action next with a 2nd round tie in Nottingham against Neil Warnocks Cardiff City were we needed an extra time winner from the in form Mustapha Carayol putting us through to the 3rd round with a 1-0 win. We ended the busy month with a 0-0 draw against Gary Monks Leeds Utd at the City Ground in a game that saw both sides making a number of changes to keep the squads fresh after a busy start. I am pleased with our performance in the month which I feel we can build on. I have seen enough in the squad to look forward to the rest of the season, we are playing good football dominating possession and creating opportunities.
The Garibaldi Philosophy
My philosophy for the club is to embrace what the great Brian Clough created on Trent Side. We will look to play a passing game on the front foot looking to control games with possession (good possession) looking to play the ball forward at a good tempo.
- Promote a positive club DNA with an exciting brand of football
- Look to develop our own players via our academy
- Sign players only if we can’t improve the squad from within the club
- Be Financially responsible and keep the club stable financially
- Create a scouting network to rival the very best
- Create a specialist coaching team
I have brought Steve Clarke in to the club to be my assistant manager, I was keen to bring in a British manager and Clarke fits the bill perfectly and brings with him some very good management skills. I have also added Teddy Sheringham and Paul Scholes to our coaching team along with 8 scouts from around Europe to widen our player knowledge.
And finally I would like to thank @AlfonsoPoblete for creating our kits that are in this post, fantastic detail. Much appreciated Alfonso.
Thanks for taking the time to read about my new save of which I should have another update out before Xmas.