Did somebody say Season 27? Well regardless, that’s where we are now, the 23/24 season promises much and ends with Portugal 2024. England are just a point away from qualifying with 3 games to go, and even then I could play a team of Peter Beardsley’s and still get through on goal difference. But this, my friends, is an update of great change. It’s all happening. In the words of Monday night football in the 90s, here we go here we go here we go THIS IS IT!
I’ll try and do this in chronological order, to really tell a story. Firstly, the managers seat at Everton needs filling. This is…actually quite feasible.
Going back to his roots, I like it.
Steve Haslam wins the Charity Shield as the curtain lifts on another drama filled season
I want to leave Milan but nowhere takes my fancy, I’m desperate for the Darlington job. We win a surprisingly entertaining Italian Charity Shield
We save the defensive stuff for Serie A. Just as I’m contemplating another all conquering season, IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED
Feethams, I am coming home.
Unsurprisingly the board jump at the opportunity to appoint a Multi Champions League winning club legend. If you are new to the blog, I started this career at Darlington and took them to Champions League glory. Now though they sit marooned midtable in Division 1, with a mess of a squad and some re-building to do
It’s going to take some sorting out but time is on our side.
Our first win arrives at White Hart Lane
Meanwhile it seems the rest of the world is going manager crazy
Spain qualify for the Euros but the manager…just doesn’t fancy it. Who do you get?
Obviously. Haslam follows in my footsteps and takes the Spain gig. Hopefully we meet in the final. Arsenal opt for former Liverpool failure big Des
He has taken Stoke to the Prem but they could surely have done better. Milan replace me with Roma’s manager
Chelsea also decide to get involved and sack Dean Chandler
For the second time in this save, Chelsea poach Man Utd’s manager.
Man Utd have no care and take Unsworth from Liverpool.
Unsworth has no morals. The former Everton man has done great work at Liverpool and now Manchester United. Having said that, he leaves Liverpool 18th in Division 1.
In the middle of all that, England secured qualification by winning game 8 and then going on to win game 9 of their campaign
Beardsley digs deep with 10 men to see off Wales
One more for the old man. Lovely stuff.
Meanwhile it’s a period of transition at Darlington but there are signs that things are turning round, this is a big derby win in the pointless cup
The reward? Plymouth away.
When things need improving, you can always rely on a certain Ivory Coast re-gen.
Division 1 is notoriosuly unpredictable though. I mean, who saw this coming?
For those wondering, Swindon had both goalkeepers injured and a full squad. Silly boys.
So as we enter November, we’re just 6 points off the playoffs but we need to hit a run of form sooner rather than later. Goals are a problem.
In the Premier League, Chelsea are probably justified in sacking their manager
It’s very tight at the top though, that could turn into an epic battle as the season goes on. Even Beardsley is in there! Some rough starts at the bottom but there are already 4 looking a bit adrift.
So with that, we’ve reached the end of another update. Milan sit in 11th in Serie A, which I think says more about Alberto Savino than me. But join me next time as we look to take Darlo back to the big time, it’s going to be a long old slog!
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