Review of last season and going forward
Unbelieveable. Somehow we finished top of the Championship last season after being predicted to fight relegation.
After banking almost £100m from the Premier League tv deal, I set out securing new deals for last seasons star players -namely Zach Clough and Josh Vela who both sign 5 year deals on improved wages.
I also secure a new deal for myself with my position at Bolton never likely to be this secure again i sign a 3 year extension.
The board give me an £18m transfer budget with a big increase in wage budget in order to fight relegation once again this season.
I set about getting some incomings, starting with the defence as that needs the most attention as last season’s loanees have gone back to their parent clubs.
Marko Leskovic a centre back from Stoke is the first through the door in a £1.8m deal, and Brazilian left back Dodo joins us from Inter for £3m.
Goalkeeper next and one of my favourite young keepers in world football Alphonse Areola arrives for the paltry £2.4m from PSG, whilst snapping up Sam Byram on loan for the season from Everton fills in the hole i have at right back and i think i have a solid defence in place to go along with the current squad.
Pelle Antonsson a 5* prospect from Juve arrives on a 2 year loan deal to provide us with some creativity in the centre of the park and then for the star signing, for whatever reason Alan Halilovic has been transfer listed by Barcelona with an asking price of just £4m, so I offer the remainder of my transfer budget (£3.8m) and it is accepted.
Offering the clubs largest wages since I took over is enough to sign Alan and he becomes the best player in the squad by a fair distance. In terms of outgoings no one of note leaves and with the tactics working nicely in preseason we are set for kick off.
Welcome start to the season
A trip to the Emirates on the opening day looks to be a very tough start, but in what can only be considered a massive shock we win 4-2 away from home with Zach Clough taking to Premier league football like a duck to water.
The solid start is followed up with wins against Hull and Spurs and after 3 games I am sitting top of the table.
I get a bit over confident in my abilities but thankfully before my head gets too big we go on to win just 6 more games for the entire season, a 7-1 thumping at the hands of Spurs a particular lowlight, so it comes down to final day with us sitting in 17th and needing a win against Southampton to avoid the dreaded relegation
Thankfully Southampton are sat on a beach somewhere after finishing comfortably in 10th position, giving us a 3-1 win – enough to secure a second season in the Premier League. Mission accomplished.
Unfortunately star player Alan Halilovic had a minimum fee release clause of just £14.5m in his contract which Tottenham activate without a second thought following the final game of the season.
Next season is going to be a tough one and I am going to need to reinvest the Halilovic money in another star.