A Cock and Red Bull Story – Part 11: The importance of keeping Ernest | @NTR9798

Hallo! and welcome to another Freitag in Leipzig, where Nick and his RB side have climbed to the second division summit, and are six points clear with just five games remaining. Surely it can’t all go wrong from here…

The situation is thus… We need seven points from our remaining five games to secure an immediate return to the Bundesliga, where we have unfinished business after a disappointing display last season. Let’s go get those points…

First up is a huge game against Kaiserslautern. It’s a terrible start, as we go behind and lose Mencel, but Petkovic comes on and scores one goal and assists another before the Thai-phoon puts us one win away from promotion after Cologne lost.

And that win comes against Gütersloh, as we put in a five-star performance to seal our return to the Bundesliga in style – come on!

This always makes me chuckle. £1m prize money for finishing first, even though we could still finish third…

The last few games don’t really matter, but we still need to win at least one to be confirmed as champions, and we get that win at Greuther Fürth, courtesy of three midfielders, who give the strikers a day off.

The Kickers get less of a kicking this time, but it’s another win, and more midfielder goals. Grell makes up for his early own goal with a last minute save to protect the points.

The strikers were obviously saving themselves for the final day of the season, where they nab a brace each as we destroy Frankfurt. The iceman will rue his missed penalty for a hat trick, but it’s all about the win.

Thanks German FA, that extra £36k makes all the difference…

Here’s how things ended up. We won the league comfortably by nine points, and didn’t quite manage to score a hundred goals, but we came mighty close. I’m pleasantly surprised with how well we defended as well, with only four teams conceding fewer than us.

The players stats. Gudnason turned out to be a great addition, as I knew he would be. He and Sritong-In formed a 54-goal partnership, with Micker Jr chipping in with some important goals when called upon. Mencel made a great impact in the half a season he played as well.

I’m straight onto trimming the squad to make way for summer arrivals, and my first move is to release Loren and Wreh. The former was frankly terrible, and the latter didn’t really play as much as I’d hoped.

I start renegotiating some contracts as well, and Townley (Waddle) signs a new 7-year deal with no big club release clause!

Rost joins Rostock. He was a good player, but lost his place to Petkovic and Gazza Mk II.

And Dogan joins Uerdingen. He also found his chances limited in the end, but I was glad of him in the early days.

As expected, the bigger clubs have started sniffing around for Mencel, and I’ll be powerless if they decide to put a bid in…

Oelkuch was another one of my original squad, and he also leaves, choosing Düsseldorf from his list of suitors…

And then my worst fear comes true, as Hamburg bid for Mencel, but I get £3.5m, which is a more than tidy profit from £16k. I’m still gutted to lose him though. For f*ck sake!!!

Loads of offers come in for Wedau and Foda. I’m so glad I managed to get those big club release clauses out of their contracts…

At the awards, the Thai-phoon blows away the rest of the competition in the Division 2 goal scoring charts…

Macdonald, Lieftink, Oliver, Eichin, Duncan, and Baumer are next to sign new deals without big club release clauses, and they can finally all come off the loan list, yippee!

Young-Mouhani is released. It was a tough decision, as he was once an integral part of our side, but there’s no room for sentiment.

With a few extra spaces in the squad, it’s time to see who I can bring in, and we start with this Dutch wonderkid. It was a no-brainer when I saw he was interested, and he’ll definitely bolster our striking department.

With Mencel now gone, I need some right-sided options. The interested foreign based list is still sparse, but this lad looks half-decent.

This is José Maria Bakero’s regen, who I had in Basque Boys (albeit under a different name), and he ended up being worth around £11m, so I’ll be happy if he’s half as good in this save.

Meet Karl-Heinz Riedle the second. I’ll probably loan him out initially, but he counts towards the twelve German player quota…

And here’s Ian Wright Wright Wright’s reincarnation. Again, he’ll probably go out on loan, but I know he’ll have goals in him…

Our eleventh German comes in from Borussia MGB to add yet more depth to our attacking options…

And completing the German quota and indeed the summer shopping is this man, and the chequebook is now closed!

So this is how the squad is looking after all those comings and goings. I’m very happy with those summer dealings, and am hopeful that we’re better-prepared for Bundesliga survival than last time.

And here’s proof that the whole squad are comfortably inside the salary cap, which is now £8,300 a week, based on 13.3% of top earner, Ryan Giggs’ £63k a week.

So that’s it, we’re back in the big time! Join us next week to see how we fair this time. Surely it can’t be as disastrous as last time, can it? Auf Wiedersehen!

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