Yoohooo. Welcome back to Belgium, where I’m about to conclude my first season as manager of SV Waregem. This side finished 7th last season, so if we’re going to become a force, our first job is to see off the other also-rans before trying to devise a strategy to chase down the top 3. We’re out of the cup so it’s all on the league. A trip to title hopefuls Club Brugge will be a good indicator of how we are progressing
Consider us progressed. We stole it, if truth be told, but one of my many nomadic signings scores and that’s all I ask.
A filthy game with Antwerp ends with the 3 points in our pocket
Musrri is starting to find his feet, however we are down to 6th as Harelbeke give us a lesson.
They’re proving to be a bit of a bogey team for us, with Lemos scoring twice again. Some things just aren’t fair.
Still, it could be worse. It’s Standard next and they’ve won 5 titles out of 5 so far this save. Another of my free signings puts them to the sword.
There’s potential in this team. Not title potential but we’re clearly capable of a big result. A shock result, if you will.
We’re off to Dessel. We don’t care for Dessel.
This next match I think is the first time I have ever had to use all my subs in the first 10 minutes. Two “proper” injuries and my goalkeeper was struggling with what turned out to be concussion. I was right to sub him. We lost.
It’s a real scrap for that 4th spot, which carries UEFA Cup football. Two Scots score in Belgium for probably the first time ever but it’s our Scot who gets the winner.
The other Brugge briefly threaten to ruin our good work but that man Musrri gets two more. I like that somebody different always seem to step up
Paschal is a hero, still averaging nearly 8 with just a few games to go. Musrri nets again as Beveren are beaten.
That puts us on the verge of securing 4th, all we need to do is draw on the final day, but my strike force score twice in the opening 7 minutes to end any fears of throwing it away.
Remarkably, Club Brugge win the league! They also lose the UEFA Cup final to AZ, but a rather successful season for them.
Standard lose in the Champions League semis to Man Utd, who in turn lose the final to Barcelona
But the real story is Celtic, who win the Cup Winners Cup…
…and the SPL. Also the Scottish Cup. Beardsley’s Aberdeen outscore everybody but they win nothing and don’t even get in the Champions League.
They’re also in debt, so they sell John Curtis to get themselves out of the red
Man Utd don’t really need him. They’ve won the league yet again and by a huge distance, conceding just 11 goals in the process.
Still, they don’t have Onya Paschal, PFA Player of the Year.
Clement Nalis is given the Football Writers’ award. I imagine he thanked me in his speech. I made him who he is!
I’ve always said Paul Gerrard should win player of the year. Underrated.
It’s not a tournament year so it’s the quick end of season turnaround, but I’m met with the news that £2m is available to buy new players. It doesn’t sound much, but to us it’s enormous. Convincing people to sign is quite another matter.
Not an awful lot to report outside of that in this episode, now that I’ve got the club in a position to compete in multiple competitions we should see better times ahead. Getting these boys up to title winning standard would be my greatest achievement. Join me next time to see if it is any closer to a reality