Following a text-less update for the 2018-19 season, I’m somewhat re-invigorated and so you’re back to having to read words. Unlucky. I’ve still got some pretty pictures though.
A domestic quadruple was always going to be the most we could hope for as we’re still some way off making a dent in Europe. I consider us to be firmly in the ‘Continental Consolidation’ phase of the club’s development — winning every single domestic trophy suggests we’ve gone past the ‘Domestic Dominance’ phase. But this progression has been a bit of a bitch in terms of keeping player wages down. Several key players had contracts expiring at the end of the 2019-20 season meaning we either had to negotiate a new deal or risk losing them on a free transfer. The three main men were Nassir el Aissati, Kadú and Fernando Canesin Matos; all signed new deals worth £6k, £6.5k and £4.2k p/w. As manager I’ve spent very little on transfer fees, meaning our finances are excellent and we’ve got a massive wage budget; following the end of the 2019-20 season, we were spending £77k p/w on wages with a total budget of over £300k p/w. But giving those wages to guys who were happily accepting ~£1.5k p/w only a few seasons ago grates me slightly.
Following a relatively decent if unspectacular 2014/15 season, there was more progression needed if we were to take the league title and get any sort of progress in Europe. Unfortunately, despite another fairly good season, we were unable to do either. This was largely because we spent the season re-building the squad following the loss of several key players (although these were all my choice).