We’ve just about sobered up after guiding Darlington to the Premier League. 3 promotions in 4 seasons have seen the club transformed from a tiny Division 3 club to a tiny Premier League club. But how on earth will a club with a capacity of 7000 cope in the big time? Well, let’s see what 01/02 has in store.
Good news to start with anyway
What’s more, we’ve only convinced Rio bloody Ferdinand to come! Watch out league, Darlo are here.
My goalkeeper, who I signed way back in Division 3, is out of contract. He’s wanted out for a while but to get £575k for him is sad. I can’t stop him as he won’t sign a new contract, so I need to find a goalkeeper and quickly.
Other transfers are actually quite subdued
Charity Shield starts the season
Italy have been thinking of sacking their manager for a while, but Cesare beats them to it and quits.
Back at Darlo and I can’t win. We concede loads and score few, it’s a recipe for awfulness. I have a series of terrible goalkeepers to replace Betterton, including blog favourite Steve Simonsen, but I eventually find Carlos Germano who was released by Sunderland following their relegation, so he’s used to it being terrible. He’s also Brazil’s number one, remarkably.
It takes 10 winless games but in game 11…
It is actually Germano’s debut as well, just to make me feel even more stupid for not signing him sooner. We actually follow this up with a home win against Villa, and a win over Barnsley in the League Cup puts us in the last 16
Bryan Robson has really recovered Chelsea, whilst Man City replicate the real life table by taking second. Rather unlike real life, they are managed by Joe Royle and have Dion Dublin up front, but whatever. John Toshack has Everton in 3rd, with enemy number 1 Robbie Keane the star man but he wants a move to a bigger club. No loyalty that kid
The back to back wins do little more than save face, we’re still bottom of the table but just the 4 points from safety. The goals against column is hideous but that’s life, we’ll keep fighting. Hopefully the improvement continues.
So join us next time as we head into the winter months praying for a flurry of goals, but I wouldn’t bet on it.