For the most part of Bari's history they have floated between Italy's top two tiers, in recent years before the demotion to Serie D due to financial reasons, they were on the cusp of playoffs to the promised land of Serie A.
The club has one of the larger fan base outside of Serie A often attracting upwards of 15,000, admitidly this is miles away from filling up there massive stadium on the outskirts of Bari built for Italia world cup in 1990, Bari stadium holds a whooping 58270 but the record attendance is 55,000 from 1990.
The last time Bari were in top flight was a 2 season stint where they came 10th and 20th! in 2009 - 2011. The club have had 21 seasons in the top flight, mainly finishing 10th or below apart from one season where they came 7th in 1946/7
A club of this stature with the fans should surely be doing more?
Come to present day, where I come in to attempt to change the clubs fortunes.
Board expect: promotion by winning the league - I expect to be promoted.
Finances: Balance: 1.1m with 350k to spend
This is the initial squad bar a few players in the u18 who will most likely be moved on.
I am most happy with the midfielders and strikers, feel I need a little bit more in defence as it lacks quality for serie C , I feel it should be fine for the current level.
And we have returned to being fully professional now we back at Serie C level.
The board want us to reach playoffs, so considering playoffs go down to 10th out of 19 im hoping this should be obtainable, I actually have no idea of our standing at this level. The media are predicting 7th
Annoyingly our dmc Hamlili is refusing to renew his contract - So will need a solid expirenced dmc as piriorty.
very happy with how we played during the playoff stage!
Simeri once again topping our goalscoring charts, even though I felt he had a quiet season most of the season, Popesco got his first cap for Romania, a definate hero fir us in defence. Also grabbing Marchiani on a free was a bonus, a quality looking keeper.
We will have 1.1m to spend over the summer to prepare this side for serie b. We defiantly need abit more quality and quality in depth