Making Northern Ireland The 'Best' Jun 27, 2020 15:54:24 GMT
Post by stouters on Jun 27, 2020 15:54:24 GMT
Portadown End of Season Update 2038/39
Well how about that? I thought we were good enough to keep the defeats down, but i never expected to go unbeaten so soon with Portadown. It tool me 7 seasons with Glentoran, yet it only took me just over 4 with Portadown. I think there were only a couple of matches were we needed a little fight to win or draw and the one that sticks out is the 2-2 with Ballymena. They were relentless from kick-off 2-0 inside the first half and the made us battle all the way through the second half to get the draw.
For the vast majority of the season i wasn’t looking for the unbeaten record. I just wanted to win the league. As we got towards the last few games, i’ll admit I started to aim for it. Apart from the Ballymena game, i think Glentoran was the only other team to give me a scare. They took the lead in the first highlight in the second half after a poor show in the first. As the time went on i was dreading that they would be the team that ruins it, but a 66th min goal and an 81st min penalty settled me down. I admitted to the press that we were lucky, it wasn’t one of our better performances, but who cares!
The performance in the league has been record breaking not only for the club but for the players too. Devine was more than i couldn’t hoped for in goals. An amazing 25 clean sheets is the most the club has had in the league and only 2 away from equaling the league record of 27. He also set a club record of 37 clean sheets in all competitions. While 28 goals by Wright doesn’t get close to the 45 goals record set by Glentoran’s Lasse Jansen in (26/27), it does beat last year’s record for a Portadown player of 26. If i can strengthen the squad a bit more, there’s no reason why he can’t get a few more. Burns almost equalled his tally from last year with 25, finishing 2nd in the chart. He did set a club record of 40 goals in a season in all competitions.
Our brilliant run in the league is now at 41 games unbeaten. Unlike my time at Glentoran, i’m not bothered about maintaining it. As long as I win the league i’m happy.
I only took care of a couple of domestic cup matches. This was down to the team going on a clean sheet run. I have came close to getting the ‘Park the Tank’ achievement with Glentoran when i got 9 in a row, only for a European match to come up and it would be ruined. This time there were no European ties to play, only domestics. I can now chalk it off my list of achievements i was never able to get. I decided against playing the Irish Cup final and just let the assistant manager play it. The target is the league and that is all I wanted.
The run in the Europa League* went as well as i hoped, but it should’ve been at least 1 round longer. We did a great job against Dundee Utd, and as it goes every time i win or get through a round in the ko stages i start thinking about the 29/30 season when i won the Cup with Glentoran. I didn’t expect to get past Espanyol but we gave them 2 good games, to the point that i felt hard done by in the second leg. The first leg we were really unlucky not to at least take a 1-0 lead into the 2nd leg. In the 2nd leg we outplayed them but our finishing could’ve been a bit better. A lot of our shots on target were straight at the GK and anywhere else would’ve been perfect, but the quality shone through as always and they went through with a 2-0agg win.
TransfersNo-one came on a transfer, but we did get our intake. When there is a player so bad it is probably a good idea you don’t tell the manager that you had some influence on that player. I actually looked at the HoYD’s contract to see if it was worth terminating.
Barcelona are the latest high profile club to steal a member of my staff. They take my reserves Goalkeeping coach and pay us £52k in compensation. That works for me, i didn’t think he was that good and was probably brought in by whoever takes care of the reserve/u18 staff hiring.
I did make an addition to the first team coaching staff - Curtis Davies* and Mark Tinkler*.
We get £430k for playing in the Europa League 1st ko round and got just under £1m for 2nd ko round. We also get £221k for Europa League tv money and £137k for coefficient ranking pool money. The prize money for winning the league is now £739k and we just paid out £425k to the players. The prize money had been constantly on the rise, just like the league, but this season it drops to £807k.
We move up 80 places in the European Club Rankings to 112th. Another brutal hammering with the rankings. I am sure it will improve and with the other teams only able to play in the Europa League Conference, it is down to us to improve it. Might not happen this year or next, but it will happen.
PlayersTom Chambers has managed to win Danske Bank Premiership Young Player of the Year despite only playing 20 league games, Toby Matthews was 2nd. New York CFC are looking to sign Krasniqi for £6.5m. They can double it and then add some before they get my attention. Teams seem to more interested in taking their bidding war to the media. One team is talking about £6.5m, another is mentioning £9m.
Severe lacking in quality.
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