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    Yeah, he hasn't got started officially yet after looking so good in pre-season!

    Depends which way you look at it, I suppose. Being in the top half is cool, but we should definitely have gotten more points on the board.

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    Solid enough start and could have been better

    Again, the signings continue to improve overall squad depth

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    That's the upside, for sure. Squad is definitely improving over time now with the new policy in place. Just hope it's enough to keep me in the job.

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    Global Attraction - Season 21 - September
    Nations = 32
    Albania, Angola, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Netherlands, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay, Wales


    I couldn't help but feel frustrated that we weren't able to win at least two of our opening three fixtures. It's true that the positive is that we've got that monkey off our backs in terms of a first win having taken eight games to manage that feat last year. Still, I'm fully aware of the pressure that's on from the board to get things right and as a result, this month is going to be crucial with some very tough games on the agenda too.

    Before the action gets underway, Ecuador left-back Jonathan Anangono has again attracted an offer, a 3.1M bid from Quilmes which has been rejected. They later return with a rejected 3.7M offer whilst a bid of 12.5M from Man City is also turned down for Ghanaian attacking midfielder Derek Tetteh. Everton also join in with the fun, seeing a rejected 12.75M offer for Cristian Perdomo who has yet to appear this season. Both Atletico Madrid and Chelsea then see a 15.25M bid rejected for the Spaniard.

    Meanwhile, Dorian Diakhaby was issued a first official warning after failing to attend training on the eve of our first game of the month after the international break. The Frenchman had made it known he's not settled in and wishes to leave the club and if such an attitude continues, he may well find himself transfer listed before long.

    Premier League
    After a long 13 days, our first game of the month comes at Fulham where four changes are made after a very poor performance at Brighton. Gentian Basha, Bruno Carvalho da Silva, Musaba Ngama and Muhammed Ozturk are the ones to be replaced by Sven Leys, Marko Simic, Mohamed Diallo and Tetteh. Our new Argentinian recruit Cristian Schmidt also makes it on the bench, having been handed the number 43 shirt. After an uneventful first half, we don't register our first shot at goal until the 56th minute but thankfully, it's in the net as Henry Montiel scores his first Leamington goal. All that's required after that is to shut up shop and we come within seconds of doing so as Fulham score a late equaliser.

    Fulham 1:1 Leamington
    Brown 8, van den Brink 7, Leys 7, Capuano 7, Simic 7, Diallo 7, Monteiro 7, Montiel 8, Thorne 7 (Lafferty 7), Tetteh 7, O'Brien 7 (Ozturk 7).
    Goals - Montiel.
    Assists - Thorne.

    Premier League
    Despite a good team performance at Fulham, two changes are made to the XI that then welcomes Arsenal with Carvalho da Silva and Ozturk returning for Paolo Capuano and Dominique Monteiro, the latter not quite firing in the league despite a superb pre-season. It's been four years since we last managed to beat the Gunners who we hold to a goalless draw after the first half. After the break, with Schmidt coming on for his debut, we see him go down in the area after a foul but the referee turns down the appeal. Instead, we finish up 0:0 which is a good result in itself I suppose, after Arsenal failed to even have a shot on target.

    Leamington 0:0 Arsenal
    Emery 7, van den Brink 7, Leys 6, Carvalho da Silva 7, Simic 8, Diallo 7 (Ngama 7), Ozturk 7, Montiel 7, Thorne 7 (Lafferty 7), Tetteh 7, O'Brien 7 (Schmidt 6).
    MotM - Simic.

    EFL Cup Second Round
    Having played Arsenal on Monday Night TV, we then face Sheffield Wednesday at home on the Wednesday for the EFL Cup. Naturally, that means all 10 outfield players are rested for our first game against the Owls in two years, having last met them in the same stage of this competition. It's an opportunity for those coming in to make an impression with Schmidt making his first start for the club. 21 year old Dane David Olsen puts us ahead though, before the visitors are left with 10 men after just 18 minutes thanks to a red card. It allows Ngama, Schmidt and Capuano to score in the first half but I'm left annoyed that the 10 men do pull one back. Perdomo's first goal of the season then wraps up a 5:1 win. We will face top of the Championship Watford in the next round.

    Leamington 5:1 Sheff Wed
    Emery 7, Basha 8, Anangono 7, Capuano 7, Olsen 7, Ngama 9, Monteiro 8 (Malec 7), Perdomo 8, Lafferty 7, Audrain 7 (Machado 8), Schmidt 8.
    Goals - Olsen, Ngama, Schmidt, Capuano, Perdomo.
    Assists - Anangono, Monteiro, Ngama.
    MotM - Ngama.

    Premier League
    Next up is an always tough trip to the Etihad where only Bira Emery, Basha, Ngam and Perdomo (with Montiel on international duty) keep their places. After 21 minutes though, Shaun Thorne is injured and Matthew Lafferty comes on. The hosts then lead in the 34th minute but we turn it around amazingly with Simic (1) equalising and an own goal putting us ahead. Ngama (3) then makes it 3:1 with 11 minutes left which should make for a comfortable end only for Man City to score in injury time. It's just as well that Ngama scored that goal!

    Man City 2:3 Leamington
    Emery 7, Basha 7, van den Brink 8, Carvalho da Silva 6, Simic 6 (Leys 7), Ngama 7, Ozturk 6 (Schmidt 6), Perdomo 8, Thorne 6 (Lafferty 6), Tetteh 7, O'Brien 7.
    Goals - Simic, own goal, Ngama.
    Assists - O'Brien, Perdomo.

    We're down a place in the league from 6th to 7th despite an unbeaten month. I felt the month should help to lift the pressure off my shoulders but apparently, the board don't feel that way. They have showed no reaction to the Man City victory, only our third against them and remain disappointed overall with my performance as it stands.


    Our Gabonese captain is simply a superb player, keeping his form up with two more starts this month. His competition in Perdomo is pushing him close after starting the last two games whilst special mentions must also go to Tetteh and Emery for being consistently good.


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    After the draws at the start that was a great month, can't believe you dropped a place in the table and can't believe your board aren't happy!

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    Just the one loss and the defence is starting to play well again.
    Montiel could be the new Moura
    Your board should look at the 4 teams who are behind you in the table
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    Quote Originally Posted by James_y View Post
    After the draws at the start that was a great month, can't believe you dropped a place in the table and can't believe your board aren't happy!
    If we can keep it up, we should hopefully feel a bit more secure in the job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Just the one loss and the defence is starting to play well again.
    Montiel could be the new Moura
    Your board should look at the 4 teams who are behind you in the table
    I do like Montiel, it's been a long time since we had a CM regularly scoring goals!

    My board should look at a lot of things but clearly don't

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    Global Attraction - Season 21 - October
    Nations = 32
    Albania, Angola, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Netherlands, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay, Wales


    At first glance, with only one defeat in the first six games of the season along with progress in the EFL Cup, you'd be forgiven for thinking that all was rosy at Leamington, especially on the back of eight new arrivals for a combined 35,995,000. Since we made a point of targeting specific players to improve our squad, we've now spent a total of 76,995,000!

    I hope that the investment in the squad in this manner will improve our fortunes this season but the board are clearly close to self-imploding. They don't appear to be praising the team for their work on the pitch and they are a bit too sensitive to any defeat, in whatever manner it may be. I can only hope that we keep up such form to keep those vultures at bay and slowly regain their trust once again. A trust that should have been there from day one having now spent 21 years at the club and changing the foundations of the football club completely in that time.

    Premier League
    First up is a trip to Ipswich who won the Championship title last year to make an immediate return to the top flight after relegation. Despite the win at Man City, five changes are made as an injured Shaun Thorne is replaced by Matthew Lafferty but Sven Leys, Mohamed Diallo, Henry Montiel and Dominique Monteiro all replace Bruno Carvalho da Silva, Musaba Ngama, Cristian Perdomo and Muhammed Ozturk. Perdomo is especially unlucky but Montiel had been on international duty last time out and is always a huge miss. However, after a first half where we fall behind before seeing Lafferty score his first of the season in response, I can't help but smile wryly as Montiel is then sent off in the 49th minute, meaning Monteiro is sacrificed for Perdomo. It also seemed like a harsh red, a straight one for holding back a shirt. Still, we dig in for the rest of the game to pick up a point but I do think we'd have gone on to win.

    Ipswich 1:1 Leamington
    Emery 7, Basha 6, van den Brinkj 6, Leys 7 (Carvalho da Silva 7), Simic 8, Diallo 8, Monteiro 8 (Perdomo 6), Montiel 7, Lafferty 8, Tetteh 7, O'Brien 7.
    Goals - Lafferty.
    Assists - Monteiro.
    MotM - Lafferty.

    Premier League
    With the exception of a year when they finished 13th, Palace have finished in the top six in the last five years and currently top the league table, unbeaten. It seems they mean business now as we welcome them in a midweek fixture. Montiel's ban is upheld after a failed appeal, but his place goes to Angolan Laurent Durand to make his debut in the only change. The first half is uneventful, except for Lafferty being forced to go off injured, allowing Jamie Lawrence to feature for the first time this season. However, he's unable to make an impact as we stay strong at the other end to pick up another point, making it a win and two draws from our home games so far this season.

    Leamington 0:0 Crystal Palace
    Emery 8, Basha 7, van den Brink 7, Leys 8, Simic 7, Diallo 10, Monteiro 7 (Ozturk 6), Durand 7 (Perdomo 7), Lafferty 7 (Lawrence 6), Tetteh 6, O'Brien 6.
    MotM - Diallo.

    An international break follows which may be good timing given Lafferty is out for a month and it allows Thorne to return to full fitness. Carvalho da Silva is handed an international debut for Brazil as 13 players feature for their countries, including David Olsen scoring his first goal for Denmark.

    Premier League
    17 days later, we finally play again as Liverpool come to Leamington with Carlos Quesada in their lineup. Thorne starts in place of Lafferty but we also bring in Perdomo, Cristian Schmidt and Jose Machado in place of Durand, Greg O'Brien and Derek Tetteh. We've gone our last three games against Liverpool unbeaten but they score within two minutes of the kick off. It's a bit of a poor first half from our centre halves but Lawrence comes on at half-time and puts us back on level terms by the 68th minute. Five minutes later, they're down to 10 men with a second yellow for knocking down Machado. But we're unable to capitalise as we draw for a third game in a row.

    Leamington 1:1 Liverpool
    Emery 8, Basha 8, van den Brink 6, Leys 5, Simic 5, Diallo 6 (Ngama 6), Monteiro 6 (O'Brien 7), Perdomo 7, Thorne 6 (Lawrence 8), Machado 6, Schmidt 7.
    Goals - Lawrence.

    EFL Cup Third Round
    It's time for cup action against Watford who were top when we drew them in the hat but are now 4th. It's been three years since we faced them in the league, with a record of 5 wins to their 3 in 12 meetings. Just two changes are made for this one with Olsen and Lawrence coming in to replace Simic and Thorne. For the third time this month, we concede first and have a penalty shout denied in an even first half. Afterwards, Watford double the lead and though Schmidt scores his first goal in the 83rd minute, we are out of the competition at this stage for a third time in four years.

    Watford 2:1 Leamington
    Emery 6, Basha 7, van den Brink 6, Leys 6, Olsen 6, Diallo 7, Monteiro 7 (O'Brien 6), Perdomo 6 (Durand 7), Lawrence 7, Machado 7, Schmidt 8.
    Goals - Schmidt.

    Premier League
    After that disappointing elimination in the EFL Cup, I'm looking for a reaction three days later against Sheff Utd at home. Montiel is welcomed back from his ban with a return straight into the team whilst Monteiro and Schmidt are rested, allowing Tetteh to return along with Tomas Malec starting his first game of the season. Guess what happens? Nothing. No goals. A fourth draw in a row and a fourth clean sheet, which is already halfway towards the 8 we kept last year!

    Leamington 0:0 Sheff Utd
    Emery 7, Basha 8, van den Brink 6, Leys 6, Olsen 7, Diallo 7 (Diakhaby 6), Malec 7 (O'Brien 7), Montiel 7, Lawrence 8, Machado 7, Tetteh 7.

    After four draws in the league, we've dropped down only two places to 9th but more worryingly, lie only 3 points ahead from 17th place! We've lost only once which I think is starting to calm the board down but we simply have to start turning some of the those draws into wins. Off the pitch, it seems we're having a problem with Perdomo who conducted an interview to say he'd like a move to Chelsea. It's earned the Spaniard an official warning and I am beginning to consider offers for him given that he's now upset some of his fellow squad members. The lack of harmony in the squad is a concern and I have taken the decision to list both Perdomo and Dorian Diakhaby in an attempt to restore the balance. I'm also considering the futures of Lawrence, Jonathan Anangono and Muhammed Ozturk after rumours reach me of a lack of confidence in my management...


    Somewhere in the chaos, there is a shining light in Mohamed Diallow who was simply out of this world against Crystal Palace. Hopefully he can start contributing towards goals though.


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    You've somehow turned into draw specialists.

    Better than losing I guess but need that cutting edge. Could that be down to the determination of some of your guys. Just don't have the drive to put games away.
    I don't know.

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    Someone will be along shortly and say it's due to a lack of a quality striker

    I think we're looking good defensively so the opportunity to sign a new striker or two cannot come quickly enough. Thorne still hasn't found himself a new club though despite interest.

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    Don't think you'll survive by drawing every game
    Desperately need someone to step up to the plate
    Cup loss is disappointing
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    I'm hoping that now that the board has settled down (for now?), I can try to address the disharmony in the squad to help.

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    The draw specialists are back!!!!

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