Welcome to Part 4 of my save with TSV 1860 München which is now our 3rd season in to the save and our first season back in the 2nd tier after winning promotion from 3.Liga last season. The board wanted us to avoid relegation but I think we are better than that.
Bundesliga 2 2022-2023
Pre-Season brought it’s usual transfer madness but I did not want or feel that we needed to do much business in the market but I had targeted our frontline to get a makeover by searching for a couple of young forwards who’s hunger could give the squad a boost of energy. That said it’s never quite that easy to bring in a couple of new forwards and get them to hit the ground running however I think I did alright.
My first forward that we had been scouting was 19 year old Jaymillio Pinas from Ajax for £190,000. The Dutch youngster was in outstanding form for us netting 20 goals in 31 appearances plus 6 assists. It was more than I could have wished for and not only that he formed a fantastic partnership with another youngster who I brought in.
I stayed in Holland to oversee the loan signing of young powerful forward András Németh from Feyenoord. The Hungarian was available for loan plus we negotiated an option to buy for £3.3m that we could trigger at anytime during his stay in München. Németh like Pinas hit the ground running and despite getting sidelined for 2 months of the season he rattled in 16 goals in partnership with Pinas in a 442 system.
We had a very satisfying campaign eventually finishing in 5th place in the table with a record of 16 wins, 9 draws and 9 defeats. The club over the season also became debt free which I can safely say that the board are very pleased after we surpassed their season expectation of fighting bravely against relegation. Without doubt Pinas and Nemeth were the nucleus of our attacking threat but the midfielders Mõrshell and Wein both had outstanding seasons.
End Of Season Break
One final team meeting to let the squad know of our expectation next season and then it was time for all to go and get a well deserved break. I was flying out to the lakes in Salzburg (Austria) from Munich and whist i was waiting in the departure lounge I received a phone call from an agent working on behalf of Dutch Eredivise club FC Groningen to make me aware that they wanted to speak to me about the possibility of becoming their manager. Whilst I was pleased that my 3 years at the helm of 1860 had been recognised i was not interested in move to Groningen so I declined the interview.
Whilst enjoying my break away I was also planning the season ahead when out of the blue I was being connected to the vacant managers job at Dutch club Willem II Tilburg who had just been relegated to the Dutch 2nd tier after finishing bottom of the Eredivise. The speculation was making the Sky Sports News headlines with them quoting me from the past when I had been offered an interview by the club which I had declined at the time saying “maybe in the future but the time is not right”. There had been no contact between myself and the club but whilst on my way back home from Salzburg I received a call from the Willem II chairman Jack Buckens offering me the opportunity to speak to them by attending an interview in Holland 🇳🇱 which I accept.
No sooner had I touched down in Munich I was back in the air for a meeting with the Willem II board who outline their club vision to me whilst questioning my opinion on their project. They make no bones about the fact that there are at least 7 of the current 1st team squad handing in a transfer request after the clubs relegation to the Keuken Kampioen Divisie which is the second tier of the Dutch Football system.
I am honest with the Willem II board by being blunt telling them that if I was to accept the job if offered that I would not attempt to keep anyone wanting to leave the club because after all its those players who have got the club invto the current predicament and whilst the board expect promotion straight back to the Eredivise I believe the club can do it by utilising the younger players at the club with a couple of signings which leads me in to my pitch about my very own philosophy which I have named The Velvet Revolution.
I can tell the board and in particular Jack Buckens the clubs chairman that they like what I am saying and once I have managed to shut my kisser the board offer me a 2 year contract which in excitement I accept and within the next few hours I have resigned from 1860 and been officially announced on live TV that I am to be the new manager of Willem II Tilburg after 3 seasons in Munich with 1860.
Van Skidder’s career so far :
- 2022-2023 TSV 1860 München Bundesliga 2 5th
- 2021-2022 TSV 1860 München 3.Liga 2nd (Manager Of The Year)
- 2020-2021 TSV 1860 München 3.Liga 5th
Thank you for reading and following my journey on FM21 and I hope you will return to view the next chapter of my interactive career when I release The Velvet Revolution.
Thank You and Happy New Year