Welcome to my latest post looking back at my Botafogo save. If you have read my earlier posts you will know that we managed to pull off a domestic double by winning the Brazilian Cup and then the League title. So to the latest season and the board have raised their expectations, they want us to win both the state championship and Brasiliero and reach the Semi Finals of both the Copa Libertadores and Copa Brasil. Now that’s a considerable hike in expectations especially the Copa Libertadores however I had every confidence in the squad that I had at my disposal with just 2 players leaving the club during the break, Bruno Silva went to Fenerbahce and Airton joined Santos. I brought 2 players in on loan as cover both Leandro (AM) and Luis Henrique (CF) both with options to buy but I did not excersise that clause with both players playing very little as the season panned out.
Welcome to my second post about Botafogo, has you can see from the title Botafogo went on to win a fantastic double in my first season in charge which I did not expect but as the season went on we gained momentum and started to believe we were title candidates. We kicked the Campeonato Brasiliero off with a fantastic 2-0 win away at our Rio based rivals Fluminense with goals from Sassa, and Luis Ricardo in a game which we certainly hit the ground running. Our next game was a mouth-watering home clash with São Paulo which we trailed 0-2 at half time which was a fair reflection on the first period. I changed things around a little at the break including the formation reverting to a 3412 which sempt to work from the restart with us putting our guests on the back foot which we got our reward for courtesy of a brace from Walter Montillo an half time substitute playing has an Attacking Midfielder behind our front two, Montillo’s goals earned us a point and a 2-2 draw against one of the fancied sides at the start of the season.
Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas or you may know them as Botafogo FC, a Brazilian football club based in the state of Rio de Janeiro. I have spent a lot of time this last FM release watching footage of Botafogo from years gone by none less so from their golden age of the 1960’s which saw the club having 5 players which was the backbone to Brazils’ 1962 World Cup winning squad, they were Nilton Santos (the worlds first wing back), Didi, Mario Zagallo, Amarildo and last but not least the remarkable Garrincha who was born with 2 bowed legs in fact one was shorter than the other but this didn’t stop him becoming one of the greatest players of all time. But it was not just these 5 that caught my eye there are many more Jairzinho, Quarentinha, Carvalho Leite, Helenio De Freitas and Gerson to name a few. Now it’s 2022 and we are….. hang on a minute I have not told you about the previous years have I ?
Welcome to my season two round up with Wolves. If you read my season one round up you will know that we won promotion to the Premier League by winning the Championship, and if you are wondering about the title of this post, well you will have to read on. The board wanted us to avoid relegation from the Premier League and gave me a transfer budget of £9m in the summer and then £17m in December ready for the winter transfer window. I agreed to the avoid relegation option even though in my mind I never thought that we would be involved in a battle at the wrong end of the table come the end of the season but I don’t see no point in putting pressure on yourself in your first season back in the big time.
Welcome to Molineux the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers, I am on a 17 day holiday from work so I have loaded the laptop up with FM and headed South for a coastal relaxation with a trip to Amsterdam in between to watch Ajax against Groningen. Now I never really thought that I would write anything about this save but whilst I have got in to it I am enjoying it and thought that I would write a few lines about it whilst keeping it nice and brief so here it is. The database I am using is from sortitoutsi with all the latest transfers included.
Welcome to my latest post tracking my managerial career which as taken me from Amsterdam to Dortmund, my first 6 months in Dortmund have been interesting has we look to to bring in a new era to this fantastic club. In the two years that I was in Amsterdam Dortmund have finished 3rd and 4th in the Bundesliga and not managed to pick up any silverware on the way. Both the B team and Youth team have been depleted of players which is a real shame because the club had some real potential but all is not lost and the club still have some talent to work with beyond the 1st team squad. The board made available a budget of £39m for transfers.
Welcome to Dortmund, I have arrived in Dortmund just days after winning the Champions League with Ajax along with two of my coaches from Ajax Dennis Bergkamp and Walter Ribonetto, we have arrived on the back of two fantastic seasons in Amsterdam were we won 8 trophies playing an attacking brand of football that took on the best in Europe and won 2 European titles starting with the Europa League in season one and then last year’s Champions League success. Whilst we played an attacking style of football we built the style on a solid defence which is what I plan to do here in Dortmund. My first analysis is that the youth development at the club in my opinion as declined a little in the 2 years that I was in the Netherlands and it is something I will address from the off. Looking at the first team squad we have a good mix of upcoming talent and seasoned professionals. I have promoted Alexander Isak from our Dortmund II Squad and opened contract talks with the young Swedish Forward who has been tagged has the next Ibrahimović (big boots to fill there then).