Wandering to Titles – Wrapping up the Season (May) Episode 24

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Season 2, Episode 24

The final month of the season. There’s not much to play for other than chasing down our point total from last season (67).

I aim to give a few of the fringe players and youth players a few minutes, but not as the expense of losing games.

The core of the team will still play – but the pressure is off right now and the likes of Chem Campbell have earn’t a few minutes in the first team.

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Wolves (5th) vs Newcastle (17th)
1/5/2021 Premier League

Newcastle sit 3 points above the relegation zone. It’s a must win for them as they aim to stay in the Premier League.

It won’t be an easy game, I’m sure. They will come out fighting.

Well I was wrong. They didn’t come out fighting, much. We were 3 to the good after 22 minutes.

Half-time rolled round, and they came out like a new team. But we contained them well and saw the game out easily.

We finally had a striker score after 5 games thanks to Cutrone, but just our luck, he fractured his arm and will miss the rest of the season.

Brighton (15th) vs Wolves (5th)
8/5/2021 Premier League

Prior to the Brighton game, I noticed Liverpool absolutely demolish Manchester City, 7-0 over two legs of the Champions League semi-final.

At least we only lost by 4 on aggregate, right? It will be a Liverpool vs Manchester United final. An incredible game not to be missed by anyone.

This Brighton game is pretty much for nothing other than stat-padding. I’d like my players to end on a high.

Young 18 year old Chem Campbell takes his place on the bench. If we’re in a good position towards the end of the game, he will join the lads on the field.

A disappointing game all round. The players looked well and truly on their holidays, mentally.

Chem Campbell did get a little run out. He’s worked hard this season in our youth teams, and he deserved it.

Two home fixtures remain, Spurs and Chelsea.

Wolves (5th) vs Spurs (6th)
11/5/2021 Premier League

Could Spurs overtake us? Technically, yes. But it’s a long shot. We’d have to lose both games by a considerable margin.

Jota sits with an incredible 15 hours of football without finding the back of the net. He started the season on fire, and after a couple of injuries, he just couldn’t get back in his stride.

Neto will start today. Chem Campbell keeps his place on the bench.

We officially qualify for the Europa League. Our third season in European competitions.

A draw seemed a fair result on the night.

After the match, owner, Guo Guangchang and I sat down to discuss next season, with the transfer budget being the main priority of the meeting.

I’ve been allocated £78.27m for next season. A hefty chunk of change which will certainly allow us to strengthen the squad.

Wolves (5th) vs Spurs (7th)
16/5/2021 Premier League

The final day of the season. Nothing for us to player for other than showing our fans how much we appreciate the support they’ve shown this year.

The title goes down to the wire, but Liverpool hold a 2 point lead ahead of both the Manchester clubs. Liverpool must lose to Norwich if the others have any chance of clinching the title from under Liverpool’s noses.

A huge blow for us as Patricio gets a hip injury before the match and is out for 2 months. Do we start our search for a long-term replacement? Possibly. He’s 33 now, which is not awfully old for a keeper, but he’s on a hefty wage of 100k. His contract is up at the end of next season too.

Nothing much of note from this game. It was clear as day we didn’t have much to play for. That’s been quite evident in the past three matches.

End of Season

Liverpool almost blew the title as they trailed Norwich going into half time.

But they came out all guns blazing in the 2nd half and wrapped up their 2nd consecutive title.

A very productive season for us. We showed we had what it takes to play in the Champions League, while achieving a slightly higher points total in the league than last season (67).

Coming Next – End of Season Review

We now have the summer off. No international competitions to contend with. The players have earned their break and I hope they come back next season completely rejuvenated and ready to kick on with our year-on-year progress.

Next episode I will be looking at all the squad awards, a run down of the squad itself and potential transfer targets.

I have a lot to do this summer. A lot of big decisions to be made.

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