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Season 22 Review


Managers
We went through this in March so no need to talk about Ross County hiring career fired man Russell Dingwall


New Stadium
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New stadium coming our way too, I didn't even ask. Better be a good capacity


Dundee Squad
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Alan Christie may be finished as our No1. At 30 his price took a hit and I plan to play either Fernandez or the South African keeper if he finally gets a work permit. Otherwise, he's going too but after playing in the African Nations he has to get a permit.
My centerbacks are great. How i keep Bugge with his £19m buy out clause is maybe a pipe dream. Gabor's buy out is only £15m but he's not had any interest yet. Perez & Foucher will be more than suitable backups with Foucher more a long term option who i think will get in the 1st team quicker if one of my starting CBs is taken away from me. Zawislan played lots of games but will be up for sale with Almeida & Kuhl fighting over the start. Ferreirinha did the job but somehow his value has not moved and i have 3 youngsters coming back from loans or the u19s rendering him unwanted at 22 and not coming close to a 7.
Ubiria & Le Garrec spent another season together and I'll be entertaining offers for both with neither showing signs of being good enough for us to reach the top of this league. Logan & Miller to don't show enough to be more than their current spot at backup or DM in the 3 man midfield.
Wingers I'll get to Ferry later so on the right-wing Melkemichel joined and was not as advertised but won't get a chance to be that bad again next season with Garcia back from injury & Daivez back from loan looking ready to contribute. Behind Ferry, i can't choose between Arason & Villar as the backup but will carry both next seasons with all 3 being good enough in their backup positions to fill holes.
Upfront Barron really cooled off in the 2nd half of the season and Beith did not take over games as i hoped he would by now. As usual, ATT is my deepest spot so plenty could happen here once i buy 3 strikers as usual.


My Player of the Season
Lee Ferry
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He didn't start the year as our starting ML but by the end of the season, he was the clear cut no1. Still improving as an ML as he was by nature an AML. All that said for the right money he may get moved on this year.


Final SPL Table
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Dundee Utd walked to the title. One of the most dominant seasons I've not been in charge of. However, they don't get to play in Europe after they failed Financial fair play. A disaster for our coefficient. Great for Hearts, Celtic & Aberdeen who all reach the Champions League. We also benefit from moving up to the Europa League while Hibs stay in the Europa 2 with St Mirren who jumped Rangers for 7th. AHHHAHA Sadder day for Airdrie who deservedly go down.


Play-Off
Ross County 3-2 Raith
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County just survive over Raith who was not content with losing the championship by 12 goals now missed out on the promotion by a goal.


Europe
Rangers on the back of one of their worst ever domestic seasons almost ended the year with a conference league win but were beat soundly by Bilbao in the final.
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Dundee Utd somehow after destroying Scottish football they couldn't beat out Leganes and finished bottom of their champions league group
Hibs also had a embarrassing champions league run finishing bottom with no wins, although they were in the group of death.
Dundee has marched into the Quarter Finals of the Europa League. I can't imagine us being better than Arsenal next year.
Like ourselves, Aberdeen were conquered by Arsenal a round earlier
Hearts reached the Conference Q/F so not a bad run losing to Bilbao


Club Euro Rankings
6th = 69,500
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No real change win a 1,500 point rise thanks to Rangers run to the final. Scotland is miles clear in 6th place but lacks the firepower to pass France for 5th and fall further and further off Italy for the magic 4th spot.​
 
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Dundee Season 23
Pre Season 2043/44


Season Targets
SPL - Top 3
Scottish Cup - Q/F
League Cup - Q/F
Europe after Christmas


Were a team in transition so no changes from last seasons ambition. I think we're top 6 quality but clearly were aiming higher.


SPL Pre Season Prices
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Dundee Utd would have been huge favourites but with no European football, anything less than a treble will be a letdown. Aberdeen is best of the rest in squad depth then Celtic, Hearts & Hibs just ahead of us and Rangers.


Dundee Transfers


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A story of free transfers with the only money spent on u18s. All players will be in the squad with a chance to be starters.


Joao Morais - DL
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Serge Clement - MC
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Quincy Veenstra - AT
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Four Youths join.
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Quaresma will hopefully join Testi on loan


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Juan Barron
was a difference-making player who joined in the same week i did but with youths coming through it was time to cash in on him once he got his first Mexico cap. Wimer Cardenas & Geoff Penso were 4* potential players up to go out on loan and i was stunned to see the oil-rich teams make huge offers for players i only planned to loan to sell. A free £15m. Keeper Mabeleng was still not getting a work permit after 18 months of waiting to play my no1 i just sold him. Tomas Castro sale was agreed months ago and Nestor Ubiria had maxed out his potential so was put up for sale. Bartosz Zawislan & Alberto failed to reach the highs of being first-team stars and this was the point we pulled the wire on their time at the club. Bartisz especially should have been sold for more. Antonio Garcia got a horrific injury last season so cashing in on a squad player.​
 

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August



Fixtures
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We win 3/4 games in the league only dropping points at Ibrox who were the only top 7 teams we played. We beat Hamilton with the reserves in the league cup.


SPL Table
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Aberdeen is the league final undefeated team. Dunfermline makes a slow start back in the top flight.


Europa League Draw
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We know we have Benfica's number if last year was anything to go by. Hoffenheim is unknown and we should beat Tirol.


Transfer Window

In

Joao Maciel - ML
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One player joins the u18 team. No sales just loans.


SPL Transfer Window
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A very quiet and very disappointing window for Scottish teams with the first page is a line of players leaving Aberdeen, Dundee & Dundee Utd. Major drop in the total intake of funds.​
 

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September


Fixtures
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Wins as expected over Ross County & Dunfermline but losing to Celtic 2-1 in League & cup is not ideal with the month from **** coming up against the rest of the top 6


SPL Table
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Aberdeen is still perfect and amazingly Dundee and Celtic are ahead of last year runaway champions. Celtic can thank the amazing Hulse who has bagged 12 goals in 7 games. Hearts in 9th may be looking for a new manager soon.


Europa League
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What a start! We could have the top spot set after the Benfica game if we keep this ridiculous form up.

 

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October


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Didnt matter if i went aggressive of defensive we lost and lost and lost and lost. My worst month ever by a considerable distance. Only at the end against Dundee Utd did it look like we were going to get as much as a point


SPL Table
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We started the month on 16 points and ended the month on 16 points. Virtually guarantees a big clearout in January as we sit 9 points of Champions League and were not ever 1/4 of the way through the season.


Europa League
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Usually, I'd question how a team we beat twice by 3 or more goals only 7 months ago beat us but after the rest of the month i'll just add it to the pile
 

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November



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3 wins with only Rangers being a threat.


SPL Table
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The table looks far brighter. Aberdeen & Dundee Utd should continue to pull away at the top but we have Celtic in our sights as Rangers follow us past Hearts & Hibs


Europa League
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Two wins secure top spot after that edgy game in the middle

 

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December


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2 bad results from 6 is not a disaster. We should have beat Ross County to start the month but 2 disallowed goals cost us the points. A defeat at home to Hibs could prove costly later in the season and the rout by Aberdeen was less of a shock.


SPL Table
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Despite beating Celtic were now 5 points behind them in the race for the Champions League. Both Edinburgh sides close the gap to make it a 4 team race for 3rd. Rangers are 9 points out of the top half.


Europa League
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A goalless draw from the reserves and U18s after we secured a bye to the last 16
 

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January


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We come back from our winter break and walk straight into a cup upset losing to Airdrie. We put out a decent enough team too. Wins over St Mirren, Rangers & especially Hearts were great for our top 3 ambitions. I thought we finally had a shot against Dundee Utd then went down to 10 men after 21 minutes quickly conceding the two goals that decided the game.


SPL Table
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Celtic remain 5 points up the road as the form team of the month. Hibs stay with us and the top two have a tumble each. Rangers down to 8th.


January Transfer Window


Dundee
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The very quiet window for us. I needed to make some moves but all I got done was two players in for the u18s with no sales which i really needed.


SPL
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Another big selling window with the 8 biggest moves all leaving the league. Rangers were the only side to spend over £10m and there in the bottom half.​
 

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February


Fixtures
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4 of the easiest fixtures you could hope for got us 4 wins using a mix up of kids and reserves


SPL Table
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Its taken almost 30 games but Dundee Utd have caught Aberdeen at the top. Celtic are just a point clear of us but we don't have many easy fixtures yet. Top 6 look set.


Europa League Last 16 Draw
PAOK vs Dundee
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We get the best draw possible.

 

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March


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What a car crash of a month 4 games and we lost them all. Not sure why the top 6 is proving so hard for us to conquer.


SPL Table
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Looks like we're fighting Hearts for 5th.


Europa League Last 16
Dundee 8-2 PAOK
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We cruise into the Quarter Final. Hearts & Aberdeen are out


Q/F Draw
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Monaco is not a bad draw all things considered
 

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April


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A result from both games against Dundee Utd but no luck against their title rivals Aberdeen ends our long shot Champions League dreams

SPL Table
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5th Should be safe but 4th or above is almost impossible. Time for the kids


Europa League Q/F
Dundee 2-3 Monaco
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The French side only just got the better of us over the 2 legs.​
 

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Season 23 Review

Managers
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Only the bottom two sides changed managers


Dundee Squad
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Eduardo Fernandez took over the no1 spot and will keep that till his min fee clause is matched. Alan Christie took the backup role and a new deal at a great price to do so.
Almeida spent far too much of the season injured to make an impact this year. Worrying that he's the only RB I'll have since i agreed to sell Kuhl to Dortmund. On the left, we're going to end the season with 6 Left-back so anything can happen here.
Center backs are due to a change. Bugge has been solid but has reached his potential and hopefully, it's time to cash in. Zawrzykaj is a year behind unless he improves significantly over the next season. Perez and Foucher are backups and will be up against the U18s for the expected vacancy at CB
Ove Melkemichel is in the same boat relying on being better than the u18s while the depth between them will be sold. Lee Ferry did Lee Ferry things and i can't see me being able to hold onto him through another summer. Again plenty of players after his spot.
Center midfield is where i expect to see most rotation. Le Garrec maybe my best player and continues to outperform all comers. Miller & Logans time is up
Attack Had one stand out in Mustafa Koral. Veenstra, Mohammed & Beith all did solid jobs with him but we don't have room for all 4 to stay next summer.


My Player of the Season
Lee Ferry
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The Irish winger was 0.3 higher rated than any other player. The one superstar in this team.


Final SPL Table
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Aberdeen led the league by 1 point going into the final day and only needed to draw with Dundee Utd to win the title. They lost 4-0. We ended the season far closer to Champions League than i ever expected thanks to Dundee Utd failing FFP again and our great end to the season we ended up missing out by 1 goal! That goal costs us around £13m. St Mirren beat Rangers to the adopted Europa League spot for the second season in a row. Hamilton has the worst SPL season in the save and is down.


Play-Off
Dunfermline 2-1 Airdrieonians
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Dunfermline win both legs to retain their SPL spot and will be joined by Motherwell returning after their 4th promotion in the save.


Europe
Hibs join Celtic as Europa Conference winners the 2nd club from Scotland to lift the trophy joining Hearts & Celtic with their Europa League wins in the 30s
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Celtic finished bottom of their Champions League group and sadly will get another shot at it next season.
Dundee got to the last 8 of the Europa League. I prefer we qualified for the Champions League for the cash or Conference for the trophies.
Hearts went out a round earlier to Bilbao
Aberdeen also out at the last 16 to Juventus
St Mirren majorly outperform their spot by getting to the Europa Quarter-Finals losing to champions Hibs


Club Euro Rankings
6th = 72,250
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Nice little rise thanks to a European trophy coming to Scotland. We can smell Italy & France.​
 

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Dundee Season 24
Pre Season 2044/45


Euro 2044
England 1-1 Portugal
England win on pens
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Redemption for Euro failures vs Portugal in 2004 and the Penalty loss in the 2020 final



Season Targets
SPL - Top 3
Scottish Cup - Q/F
League Cup - Q/F
Europe after Christmas


A rare season where i fell short of 3/4 expectations. This seasons reboot i expect to deliver a top 3, a decent run in Europe and a cup challenge


SPL Pre Season Prices
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No respect for Dundee. No players in the dream 11 and they think we'll finish outside of the top 6.


Managers
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More on this in August but it's all going on. James McDonough retires as a Euro conference champion with Rangers boss Ali Al-Assaf replacing him. Rangers are not the only major side managerless as the season begins as Dundee Utds former player turn manager of 4 years Louis Appere is off to Monaco.


Dundee Transfers

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Defense
Javier Uribe DL, Gio Severi DC, Jon Casanova, DC Mauro Rizzo
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Left-back was a sore point last year. Lots of players but non were performing so based on the free transfer cost i overpaid in wages for Uribe from Hibs. I hope to have a prospect take over within 2 seasons so i can sell him for some profit. After losing both my Cbs from last year i lumped on two South Americans whose stats far exceed their price tags. Man Citys Severi was a sill free agent pick up that will probably be loaned or sold in the next 12 months.

Midfield
Davide Cacciatore ML, Fabio Rogora MR, Arnaud Tshipamba MC
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Two Italian wingers fill the void that wasn't really there but both at bargain prices i hope i can play them enough to try to make huge profits off them next summer.
Tshipamba is a bit of a gamble. Suitable backup but with plenty of time to improve and be a key starter. I loaned Real Madrid's wonderkid Tomas Ortega to fill in for him in the bigger games.

Attack
Stefan Sommer, Joao Miranda
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Sommer was a superb find in January and joins from Bayern's reserves. That would have completed my strike force for the year till i found Joao Miranda in a scout report and good god the man is a monster! I may have made him a top 3 expensive signing in the save by me but i was overcome with the success of my clear-out that i just had to add a luxury pick.

Youths
No youths. All business is for the first team.


Out
Deep breath.
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Our best player Lee Ferry is off to Brugge for a club-record £20m, rising to £32m. Outrageous money for our only top-class player over the last 2 years. Gabor Zawrzykraj was going to be the lynchpin of my defence till Hertha met his min fee in the last week of the summer break forcing me into late moves to fill the void since i had already agreed to sell his partner at the back Bugge to Rosenberg. Defenders Ronald Kuhl & Baptiste Foucher had big plans for 2044 but the offers went past their talents and in Kuhl's case he & Almeyda are a toss-up. MC Serge Clement was going to be the backup MC but Juventus enquired, i asked jokingly for £10m and they accepted. Couldn't say no to that.
The following players had their chances and were at best squad players for me going forward. I need them out for the youth players coming through & my several signings.
Keeper Goncarlo Saraiva, Defence Pedro Ferreirinha, Midfield Ricky Miller, Sam Logan, David Davies. Forward Quincy Veenstra, Giovanni Testi
 

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August


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Our rebuild is instantly justified with an unbeaten start. The first two games had me on my feet. First, we came back from behind to beat Aberdeen with a 92nd-minute winner before destroying Motherwell by 9 goals. The reserves saw off Hamilton in the cup before we beat another top 6 teams in Hearts away from home. We finally dropped points at home to Hibs after we were down to 10 men for the final 35 minutes. Uribe giving his old team a favour with a red card.


SPL Table
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second only to the perfect champions with a bit of an old firm revival as they knock Hibs & Hearts out in the very early going.


SPL Managers
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Stuart Kettlewell manages his 8th different SPL club while Dundee Utd hire Bilbao's regen manager


Europa League Draw
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Far easier draw this time. I plan to play the backup team here. Not fussed if we're in the Europa or conference. We just can't finish 4th.


SPL Transfer Window
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Dundee Utd & Hibs are the leagues, big spenders, as one tries to confirm its spot on top of the league and the other tries to return there. Massarotti was a monster for Aberdeen and was not bad in Juventus. I'm scared.


Dundee's only move was the previously mentioned sale of center back Oddbjorn Bugge to Rosenborg. Where did they find £10m​
 

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September


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September started with a bang as we beat City rivals and top dogs Dundee Utd 1-0. The win put us top of the table where we would stay till the end of the month after getting 4 points from a goalless draw at Parkhead and a win at St Mirren. HOpes of a League cup ended after Rangers pulled us apart. The score could have been 5-1 and i could have had no arguments. Not sure what went wrong here.


SPL Table
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There we are. Top of the league lads! The top 7 are all together on our tail with Celtic & Hibs like us unbeaten. At the opposite end of the spectrum, there is Motherwell.


Europa League
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I rested as many starters as i could and we still waltzed to two easy wins.​
 

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October


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What a weird month. 2-1 defeat to strugglers Ross County & Dunfermline despite playing pretty strong teams. That same team thrashed Kilmarnock & beat Rangers after playing 88 minutes with 10 men.


SPL Table
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Dundee is passed and away at the top. Motherwell have a point, Rangers have a mess of a month.


Europa League
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One game and one win. The backups are doing a better job here than our 1st team is.
 

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November


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We started up with a huge win at home to Aberdeen before beating Motherwell in a tight game. Draws with Hearts & Hibs were not great but not terrible with a busy December on the way.


SPL Table
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Look at that top 4! We're all tied on 31 points. The results against Hibs & Hearts looks a bit worse in hindsight.


Europa League
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Two more wins for our dominating backups that have secured the top spot.
 

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December


Fixtures
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A good old fashioned unbeaten December where we drew across the road to Dundee Utd and beat Celtic as well as beating the 3 bottom half teams we had to play.


SPL Table
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That run puts us top going into the winter break 3 points clear of Celtic & Aberdeen while Dundee Utd has a stinker of a month falling closer to Hearts & Rangers. If Hibs don't turn it around soon they may be the first team looking for a new manager


Europa League
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Another simple win after we had already secured the top spot and a bye to the last 16.



 

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January


Fixtures
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We'll go 2 seasons in a row without a win in the Scottish Cup but with the league form so good I'm not overly concerned. Speaking of which it was 4 points from 6 against the top 6 teams. Our only dropped points against Rangers after we were 2-0 up and cruising and somehow let it slip away.


SPL Table
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Our superb winter form saw us go past Celtic and lead the league. Aberdeen is the closest challenger while 4-time repeat winners are now 10 points back and closer to 6th than the top.


Transfer Window
On the face of it a very busy window but not too much for the first team.


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Two for the first team. Jedrzejczyk was a target for the past 12 months due to his min fee. I hope he can add an attacking dimension to my MCs Upfront Mark Smith joins from Liverpool for £90k rather than waiting for a free in the summer

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Lots of money spent £15m on my best ever batch of your players. Many of which will be starting in 2045/46.
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Out
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4 from the first-team squad depart. The main two were free signings we made in July that netted a £27m return in just 6 months. I was planning to sell a striker once it took in smith and Sommer fell out with me at just the right time to secure a move to China. He's joined by Icelantic midfielder Arasos who never developed beyond a decent SPL player so a possible £10m for him is a great business. Rogora was the second of three players who only lasted 6 months in Dundee. He was struggling to hold back Carlin for the backup spot and with no bids at the min fee £15m i cut my losses and moved him on now. The final 1st teamer on the way out was Gio Severi who only managed 3 games in a mix of injuries and lack of talent.


SPL
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Aberdeen is still selling players from my 1st team squad. How they kept the best player from 5 years in Milic is beyond me.​
 

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February


Fixtures
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3 wins and one defeat from a run of fixtures that last year would have been and twice was 4 defeats in a row. We did lose our biggest game of the month at Parkhead but wins over Dundee Utd & both capital teams preserve our spot on top.


SPL Table
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The top four are still only split by 7 points with one round of games before the split. Rangers should be safe back in the top 6 thanks to the shambolic collapse of Hibs barely scoring more than 1pt per game and their new manager the Regen Frank Fenk has a big job ahead.


Europa League Draw
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There are 4 Scottish teams in the running for this and we all got decent draws.

 
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