Well the last few days have seen me searching for a new save and after 2 false starts I have found the club that will give me a better challenge, that club is Norwegian 2nd tier OBOS-ligaen club Fredrikstad Fotballklubb from the town of Fredrikstad. With nine league championships and eleven Norwegian Cup wins, FFK is one of the most successful clubs in Norwegian football. The club was founded in 1903.After suffering relegation from the then first division in 1984, Fredrikstad spent 18 years outside the top flight, before returning to the Premier League in 2003 after two successive promotions.Fredrikstad stadion was FFK’s home ground between 1914 and 2006. However, its facilities where outdated and the club moved to a new stadium on the other side of river Glomma. Their new ground is located in a former shipyard, incorporating parts of the old buildings in the two sidestands. FFK draw great support from their area and the official supporter club’s name is Plankehaugen. More than 100 coaches filled with fans followed FFK to the cup final of 2006. The club’s supporters also includes an Ultras section, Superas Fredrikstad.
Having analysed the club I feel that there is a solid foundation to build for the future, the club has no debt which is a big bonus, a modern football stadium, good youth facilities and good training facilities which all in all the club is in good shape. The scouting network is non existent with just a Chief Scout at the club and no other scouts. The medical team is the best at this level and the coaching team is not bad but can be improved over time.
I am keen to make sure we have the right Head Of Youth Development coach because this will be a key position in the growth of the club. Overall I am looking forward to getting in to a save that will keep me focused on the job ahead. The club have been in the 2nd tier since relegation in 2012 making this the 5th year on the bounce in the 2nd tier with 6th place being their best placing in that time.
So what is my vision for the club:
- Finance – Keep control of the clubs finances by always working within the clubs budget.
- Promotion – Take the club back to the Eliteserien which the top tier will be named from 2017.
- Stabalise – Keep the club in the top tier.
- Challenge – Challenge the top clubs in the top tier for Cup success and eventually become champions of Norway.
- Europe – Take the club in to European Competion (Fredrikstad were the first Norwegian club to play in Europe in the 60-61 season were they defeated Ajax.
- Style – Play an attacking brand of football without compromising the defence.
- Youth – Produce an high number of players using our facilities for the first team.
- Personal – Manage the Norwegian National team at a major tournament (Long Term Goal).
I have accepted an initial 1 year contract on £1.8k per week.
The board want us to reach the Promotion Play offs and reach the 3rd round of the Norwegian Cup.
The bookies are tipping us to finish 5th in the League.
Fredrikstad FK Squad
I feel we have enough quality in the squad to meet the boards expectations for the coming season. I will look to get the best out of the squad and give everybody a chance to nail a place down in the first XI. Pre season will see us work on team cohesion and match fitness before we take a balanced approach to training once the season is underway. Well that just about wraps this post up after a up and down last few days searching for the right club to manage I can honestly say I will give this club 100% commitment and already have made a connection with the club that has somehow eluded me recently. You will be hearing a lost more about the The Aristocrats Of Fredrikstad in the not too distant future.
Thanks for the messages and inspiration that have come from the FM Community you have helped me get a clear picture of what I want from an FM save.