Season 3 is upon us and there’s quite a bit to discuss including as the title mentions shithousery. The word is brilliant isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, I love watching some of the technically best sides in the world, Pep is one of my favourite coaches however as a Rangers fan I also love the big sides who are just bastards – the likes of Juventus and Atletico Madrid, as a Rangers supporter we can fall in to that category too, whilst Celtic often want to play a beautiful style, we’re often a side that is more direct and just gets the job done with a degree of arrogance.
Welcome back and I want to say a thank you for the support with the blog, be that retweets on twitter, interaction on slack or just reading and following along – it’s really appreciated and I’m considering giving away a copy of FM19 on Christmas day, any thoughts on that are welcomed.
In my previous post I discussed a new 3 post per season plan with a half season update focusing on results and summer and January transfer windows, a youth update and second half of season update focusing more on key performers.
After discussing this on Slack I’ve decided to break the posts up to around 3 per season – half season update which this will consist of followed by a youth intake special and end of season update. The word count was reaching near 2,000 words on the last piece so hopefully smaller, more regular posts will be easier digested.
Despite a vastly improved squad with the likes of Borna Barisic, Scott Arfield and Nikola Katic coming in this summer, our media prediction was a 2nd place finish and it was what the board demanded which is fair. I have much bigger expectations personally in the league to stop Celtic getting 8 league titles in a row, however the board minimum aim in the Europa League of the group stages seemed harsh given the 4 qualifying rounds needed to negotiate.
Hello, it’s been a while hasn’t it? I haven’t blogged in months, I do miss it but I stopped enjoying or having the time or energy to around April/May when I went through my first mortgage process and my workload increased as well. If you followed my series in FM18 you’d be aware we took Leeds from a Championship side to Champions League winners, despite the efforts of Mourinho to break me. God I hate him!
In terms of FM19 I’m really excited and well my plans are to return to my homeland and the team I love and hold a season ticket for, Rangers. But you blogged about this on FM17? I did and it was successful however I had started this version of the game off by blogging my time with Union Berlin and hadn’t moved on to the Rangers save and series until February and that finished in June so I wasn’t able to achieve all I wanted to and often prefer a side I hold some connection to.
If you read my previous post of season 2023-2024 which can be found here I discussed how I felt we had regressed and in real terms we had but perhaps I was slightly harsh as although we dropped from 1st to 3rd in the Premier League we amassed just 2 less points and a goal difference 5 less going from 46+ to 41+.
Our points total last season would have made us champions by 3 points in the 2022-2023 season also so it was a more competitive title race.