A New Season is on the horizon and preparations are firmly under way has we prepare for our return to the Premier League. Whilst last seasons achievement is still fresh in our minds we know we need to step up another level to reach our boards expectations. So what are our expectations? Well the board to my surprise are expecting a top half finish straight from the off which I think is a big ask for a club who have been outside the top tier since 1999, that is 18 seasons in the Football League. The board have made available a transfer budget of £90.62m so they are backing up their expectation with a transfer kitty that gives me the chance to rebuild a squad which I think can off load around 10 players through both out of contract and players who I feel don’t fit in to my long term vision for the club. So first of all who as left the club.
- Lica has signed for Braga £5m
- Damien Perquis has signed for Legia 900k
- Armand Traore has signed for Celtic £4m
- Danny Fox has signed for Coventry City 210k
- Jamie Ward has signed for Sheffield United 500k
- Craig Lewis has signed for Forest Green Rovers loan
- Stephen Henderson has signed for Ipswich Town 350k
- Nicklas Bendtner has signed for Crystal Palace £8m
- Jordan Smith released
- Gerry McDonagh released
- Matty Fryatt released
Total Incoming £19m
So with the above players leaving the club and a very healthy war chest to enter the transfer market I have the opportunity to build my own squad of players who fit my vision of building a squad of core players who are British and who I think can take the club to the next level long term. I have also decided to add a few rules that I will follow in recruiting players for the first team which I will outline later.
- Ademola Lookman from Charlton Athletic £2.1m
- Zach Clough from Bolton Wanderers £4m
- Jordan Pickford from Sunderland £8.5m
- Jamaal Lascelles from Newcastle United £9m
- Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion £3m Compensation
- Robert Snodgrass from Hull City £4.75m
- Moussa Dembele from Celtic £8m
- Oscar Hiljemark from Palermo £5.75m
- Demarai Gray from Leicester City £10m
- Nathan Ake from Chelsea on season long loan
Total Spend £55.1m
Net Transfer Spend £36.1m
Since we started doing business in the transfer window more reports via the media are reporting that a new takeover by a drinks company is underway. So to spice things up a bit I have decided that the Red Bull Franchise are to be both our new shirt sponsors and new affiliate club which may not be far from reality with first the transfer of Oliver Burke and today’s reported interest in Matty Cash. So back to the save I want to take on the vision of Red Bull Leipzig and eventually if we end up being taken over re-brand the club under the Red Bull name (Something that would not be popular with me in real life).
The Red Bull Influence
I am going to introduce some rules which I must obey for player recruitment in the future :
- Can only spend 50% of any transfer funds made available in any 1 season that includes transfer budget plus player sales. Example board make £50m available and we sell £20m worth of players =£70m making our maximum total spend £35m
- For each first team player signed another first team player must leave = 1 in 1 out policy
- First Team wage cap of £60.000
- New First Team signing’s contract must not be more than top club earner
- Maximum age of player signed to be 24 years old
Preferred Playing Style
- Attacking Football
- Closing Down
- Mixed Marking Style
- 4-4-2 / 4-1-4-1 / 4-2-3-1
- Pre-Season Fitness / Tactics
- During Season (August, September, October) Team Cohesion and Balanced / Def Positioning (November, December, January) Balanced and Fitness / Def Positioning (February,March,April, May) Balanced and Technique / Attacking
Whilst a lot of this post is about player recruitment my main aim is to reduce the need for recruiting for the first team by developing our own players through our youth system. The forthcoming season will see the introduction to the first team squad of the following players :
- Anel Ahmedhodzic – 18 year old promising centre back who has just picked to play International football for Bosnia ahead of Sweden, Ahmedhodzic is ready for some first team exposure but will also be made available for the under 23’s.
- Alex Lacovitti – Another promising centre back who can also play at left back. The 19 year old Scot spent last season on loan at Mansfield Town but this season I want him to be around the first team squad and get some tutoring at the club.
- Matty Cash – 20 year old midfielder who made 8 substitute appearances last season, Cash will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Ben Osborn and break in to the first team over the next couple of seasons.
- Tyler Walker – The young forward spent last season on loan at Stevenage scoring 12 goals. The 20 year old will have to step up if he is to make the grade amongst a strong group of forwards at the club.
Youth Academy Upgrade
Training Facilities Upgrade
Big money coming in to the club
Sky Sports News understands that The Red Bull Franchise as purchased Nottingham Forest with immediate effect. A source close to the new owners has revealed that the club will be known as Red Bull Nottingham and that current owner Fawaz Al Hasawi will remain at the club whilst the transition is made before eventually leaving once the new owners have everything in place. Sky Sports also understands all the current staff will remain at the club however the franchise are thought to want Red Bull Leipzig Director of Football Ralph Rangnick to become the new Director of Football in Nottingham next season and become responsible for recruiting players for the first team squad. Another position that of Head Of Youth Development will be another role the new owners will be keen to look at. The new owners accept that a lot of Nottingham Forest fans will not be happy with the name change and have agreed to keep the current name for match day fixtures and league tables for at least the current league season but ask for their support in working to return the Nottingham club to former glory.
Two new logos have been designed for the club and both will be used by the Nottingham club alongside the club’s original logo.
Logo 1 Designed by @marcbowen17 and is based on the original Red Bull Logo worn by the franchises other clubs around the globe. Thanks for your work Marc much appreciated.
Logo 2 Designed by @LPQR_FM and incorporates the current Forest logo and is unique to the Nottingham Club. Thanks again and much appreciated.
Made by @AlfonsoPoblete and yet again he has done an excellent job which I really appreciate.
Alfonso is currently designing a brand new set of kits that will be used next season, I am looking forward to seeing them in all their glory.
Pre Season as all been about getting the squads fitness levels up and integrating the new arrivals in to the squad. Although we have had very good results in pre season the hard work starts now as competitive football brings a much tougher challenge.
So it’s all been happening at the club but it’s now time to knuckle down and attempt to stamp our playing style on the Premier League. I know it’s going to be a difficult season but I am confident in keeping the club in the Premier League and then building from there. Thanks for reading a new post will follow soon detailing how we have got on in the first half of the season.