Best of the Rest

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

BRugge 1 - 1 Waregem

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

2-0 antwerp

Musrri is starting to find his feet, however we are down to 6th as Harelbeke give us a lesson.

harelbeke 3-0

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.

3-0 Standard

There’s potential in this team. Not title potential but we’re clearly capable of a big result. A shock result, if you will.

shock defeat

We’re off to Dessel. We don’t care for Dessel.

Dessel 0-3

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.

Gent 2-1

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.

2-1 Germinal

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

cer brugge 1 - 3 waregem

Paschal is a hero, still averaging nearly 8 with just a few games to go. Musrri nets again as Beveren are beaten.

3-0 beveren

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.

2-1 Charleroi

Remarkably, Club Brugge win the league! They also lose the UEFA Cup final to AZ, but a rather successful season for them.

Belgian League final S6

Standard lose in the Champions League semis to Man Utd, who in turn lose the final to Barcelona

BArcelona CL win

But the real story is Celtic, who win the Cup Winners Cup…

CWC final

…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.

SPL S6 Final

They’re also in debt, so they sell John Curtis to get themselves out of the red

JC to Man Utd

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.

prem top S6

Still, they don’t have Onya Paschal, PFA Player of the Year.

BElgian awards

Clement Nalis is given the Football Writers’ award. I imagine he thanked me in his speech. I made him who he is!

Scots awards S6

I’ve always said Paul Gerrard should win player of the year. Underrated.

english awards S6

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

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