Hello! It’s season 7, can you believe it? It’s about to be my second season in Belgium and Waregem will be playing in Europe, so there’s a lot to get through. First though let’s see what sort of kitty the board have afforded me for this season as we look to build on our 4th place
So kind. So much money to spend. I’m not worried though, nobody wants to join us anyway so it’ll be back to looking at up and coming talent to try and improve us.
Chelsea want me to come to England.
NO! It’s always nice to be offered a job without applying, but I’m a bit busy lads.
The problem I have is that we have a load of big-club release clauses. I can’t list the players for loan as per my own hints and tips page as the board veto it, so you just have to make the most of what you can.
Darko Anic is a talented player from Croatia so hopefully that will offset Van Bremen’s exit.
This also happens:
You will be forgiven for asking “who?” but basically I signed him a few weeks ago because he has a funny name. Turns out, he’s a wanted man and he leaves without playing a game. At a loss. I hate that clause.
I’ve spent fairly shrewdly. Peter Hoekstra is as good as you’re going to get on a free transfer, whilst Rondags and Brock and highly rated youngsters. Letchkov was with us last season on loan and £21k is nothing for a Bulgarian Under 21. Gao is one of the players with amazing stats but worth barely anything, like Tucker who I had at Aberdeen. He’s a left back though. Monka is from Democratic Republic of Congo and plays as a D/MRC, so good competition for the 37 year old Petrescu. Datkovic will offer centre half depth, which only leaves Marchandise…
A few players have been moved on to help balance the books, they weren’t regulars anyway.
The squad is now more or less shaped by me. Here’s how we lineup for the opening day of the season.
We make hard work of it but we get the job done in the end.
We go 1-0 up away at Mechelen and I’m already dreaming of our unbeaten championship season. 43 minutes later it’s in tatters.
A 1-1 home draw with champions Club Brugge is a decent result, it shows we can mix it with the big lads.
Hell, we can do more than mix it with the big lads. The biggest lads have been pushed over
Buchanan continues to show the art of attack.
I don’t think I’ve been this proud. My goalkeeper, who I took to Aberdeen and then to Waregem, is in the Dutch squad! A wonderful day.
Back to league action though and Nass, good old Lesmond Nass, scores a quickfire hat-trick in Antwerp. My hero.
Don’t let it go to your head Lesmond. LESMOND MAN
It’s only a matter of time before he is torn away as he has the dreaded clause. Meanwhile Germinal Ekeren are brushed aside.
It’s time for our European campaign. I’m so excited. However, I have forgotten one very important thing ahead of our clash with FC Copenhagen
You see, the Belgian league has no “non-EU” ruling. The UEFA Cup does it. All of a sudden, I can barely name a team.
A 1-1 draw is deemed a good result by the board. I tend to agree. We’ll see if we can name a team in Denmark.
Oh, we’ll be alright.
Alright, steady on. We’re not Renford Rejects you know
Sadly that is Nass’ last involvement. He’s off to Club Brugge for a mighty £825k. They are in the Champions League but he’s not allowed to play as he’s played in Europe for me. You silly Lesmond.
With money burning a hole in our pockets, I know a 37 year old who can help
I also need a new centre forward, preferrably one who is of EU shores. A Scot! He’ll do.
He was on a free but his stats are ideal. He makes his debut against bottom club Tongeren
Not a bad start. My all Scottish strike force is loving life. The new lad can’t play in Europe until March (if we’re still in it then) so we have to face Croatia Zagreb without him. Neil Buchanan sorts it out.
We’ll find out how we got on in the second leg next week.
We finish with two more league matches. Monaghan scores again in what turns out to be an embarassing 1-1 draw against 9 men.
However, he nets another hat-trick in a 5-1 win over Turnhout. Yes, that is Gilles De Bilde. Can he fix it? No he can’t.
Sensational. With that, we’re where we finished last season. 4th.
What’s important though is that we are in touch with the top teams and still in Europe. A good season so far, but it could be even better. Come back next week to see if it is!