2016/17 Season Review
The Championship. The last stop before the promised land. And by now, there was a couple of small ‘nobody’ clubs after me as a manager, such as Milan, Internazionale, HSV, Schalke, Hannover and Swansea. But I’ve got a job here to do. And now that I’m a club legend, who am I to walk away, even for a twenty fold increase in salary?
npower Championship (stats)
Now THAT was unexpected, even by me. We started slowly, with only the one win in the five games, but past that, we found our feet and we started picking up points left, right and centre. The title itself went to the final day, where we faced second-placed Aston Villa, away. A win or a draw would see us win, and a loss would hand it to the Villains. A 3-1 win ensured the trophy was coming home with us!
FA Cup (stats)
The FA Cup is magic, as they say. The home of many a giant-killing. We slayed a few giants, but we took the long way round to do it. Two replays (Everton and Cardiff) and extra time versus Cardiff took a lot out of us but we acquitted ourselves well to earn the replays and to go through. Manchester City were supposed to smash us, by all media accounts, and even Assistant Manager Tony Adams was pessimistic, but we took it to them and nearly came out the other side. Still, it wasn’t to be, and in a way I’m glad, as if we’d have ended up in Europe, we just wouldn’t be ready and would end up humiliated.
Capital One Cup (stats)
Another cup, another great run! An easier run than in the FA Cup, though United are as tough a draw as City were. We made a sack-full of money from the two cup runs though, and that is probably more important at this stage of the clubs’ life.
My Player of the Season
I could have gone for Afobe, again. But that would be boring. Also, Dami has been consistently excellent, and is the primary reason why we didn’t lose many more games than we did this season. He literally kept us in many of our drawn games, ensuring they didn’t become losses.
OUT: Bent was a regen CB I signed as cover in the first season from the intake but wasn’t worth mentioning, Jebb was ex-Arsenal players that joined us upon our founding but never really developed. Alan Banks was a player created at the start to make up the numbers and was out of contract at the end of the season anyway.
PREMIERSHIP, BABY!!! Aim? Stay up, make loads of money from TV deal, then strengthen enough to make a real statement of intent in 2018/19.