I know it’s over, still I cling, I don’t know where else I can go… – The Smiths
First a little update on my Wrexham career. When I last wrote, we had climbed from the Vanarama Conference in England to League 1 (second division).
That season, we were promoted to the Championship via the play-offs after thrashing teams in the semi-final and final.
I questioned if we were ready for the step up, especially after I saw some of the players my soon-to-be competition had. Clubs which had recently fallen from the highest level of English football had talent I, as Wrexham manager, could still only dream of. My highest-paid-player, Wes Burns, was on £7.5k-a-week (I don’t even remember agreeing to pay him that much) while Sunderland’s highest earner, Soloman Kalou, (ex-Chelsea) was on about £40k-a-week.
We started our first ever season in the second division averagely, but went on to win five games in a row.
The goals and wins dried up though when my best two attacking players and goalscorers were injured at the same time.
We lost game after game, with a few draws, but still kept our heads above water. I had an inflated squad. In the summer before the season started I went out to strengthen but ended up buying quantity not quality (it’s not easy to attract good players for the wages Wrexham could offer). I had lots of unhappy players, moaning arseholes you could say, on my hands. And who wants an areshole on their hands? Not me.
Despite our meteoric rise through the divisions, the loyalty and hard work I’d given Wrexham and the increase in the club’s stature, a few whinging players, who clearly weren’t good enough or at least weren’t playing well enough to justify a place in the team, started to erode my relationship with the administration.
I’d been warned in the past about failing to keep all my players happy and the issue had crept up again.
Surely the fact we were set to stay up and continue our progression on the pitch and off it was the important thing? But no. A group of average footballers who won’t be remembered by Wrexham fans in a year’s time (while I’ll forever be a shining light in the club’s history) were pandered to and I was sacked. I had to blink to make sure what I was seeing was true.
However, the job offers soon flowed in, and Sunderland took me on. A step up for sure. But the dream was to make Wrexham a Premier League club. I might load the career from a point before I signed too many players and was too lazy to sell or loan out others.
One of my new ventures involves the official data editor. One is a Pentagon Challenge.
The latter saw me start a new career on the barely-played Football Manager Classic with Sunday league footballer experience and unemployed.
It didn’t take long to find an employer as US Colomiers in the French third division clearly spotted my infinite potential.
The former involves me creating a new club with the data editor and introducing it in one of the lower leagues of English football. I’ve not decided which yet but probably the Conference or League 2. I want it to be a challenge but I want to be able to sign fairly good players straight away.
Oh and I’ve started a career with Inter Milan but, predictably, it’s started in challenging fashion. It just doesn’t get any easier on FM15.
I’m going to read some football tactics articles online because I’m out of inspiration. I used the same play style with Wrexham for about seven seasons and it seemed to work well but I think I can do better and I like starting afresh.
I’ve also been meaning to write an article about a tactic I’ve created to give you the reader something to try out.