You would think that after a final like this , we would be concentrating on building for a new season on our existing talent. After 5 seasons in the premiership we were finally European Champions following an emphatic 5-1 win over Manchester City.
Financially its been a different story, even with the success in Europe we aren’t exactly rich enough to build a new stadium. Knowing that I have invested in youth and upgraded my facilities as near state of the art as I can. Running it at that level is a 2.5m cost a season, and with wage costs nearing 1.5m a season supported only by a 38k seater stadium we desperately need the funds to build a new stadium. To do that we need at least 500m surplus in the bank.
Managing a low league team isn’t hard, but getting them to stay at the pinnacle of success requires money. We are now ranked 5th in the world on reputation with Manchester City leading the way, to sustain this we need to keep being winners of the premiership and consistently finish as semi-finalists in European competitions, even that will not guarantee us a turnover that is healthy enough to build a new stadium. The only solution is player sales, and thats where it gets even harder.
In the season preceding our Champions league winning season we managed to sell 40m worth of talent, this season I knew we had to sell again, and the hardest part of selling is knowing you have to rebuild. The players who have left include Paul Boyham. He was an ever-present in my side and my only England representative. 20m offer from Barcelona was just to good to refuse. He played a pivotal role in my 4411 formation as the supporting DLP. And his versatility allowed me to move him around as a defensive anchor or as an offensive playmaker
He was a player I trained from the age of 15. The challenge in this game is to keep evolving your side over time.
I have another 3 possible players who can fill his role. And when I sold him it was with the knowledge and hope that they would step up.
Along with him I also had an Albanian playmaker who was skillful as a “hole” player, frequently being deployed either as a winger or as an AMC.
These were two players who played such an influential role in the team. I have elected to keep my ‘lil Maradona. This guy has been the torment of many sides, his insane skills are still rampant in the new match engine as he rips sides apart with his flank running and his ability to beat defenses to score
Hopefully this link works it shows both his goals and they are on my very young youtube channel. My goal in the next season is to keep me head above water. We haven’t done too badly, but this season is a different story. I was hoping that even after selling my two stars, we may have the depth to keep our challenge going, but this looks like a really poor season.
Despite finishing so well last season, the sale of both players and the unbelievable bad luck of seeing 4 players injured even before the kickoff of the first game has seen us struggle.
I can only hope that players like this step up, Francois is supposed to be the replacement for Boyham. It hasn’t been all rosy, but Stafford really need to make money, or we could be one of those teams thats just there at the top enjoying each season as it comes.
My focus this season is to snap out of our bad run, we’re still second but 10 points behind Manchester City, who ALWAYS SEEM like they can’t be beat. Its freaking annoying.