Wandering to Titles – I Knew A Title Defence Would Be Difficult (October) Episode 52

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Season 5, Episode 52

We have a chance to really kick-off our Champions League campaign this month after losing our first match to Inter Milan. Salzburg and Anderlecht both await us this month and I have a good feeling about these games. We should be winning them comfortably.

Arsenal are still unbeaten and are really setting the standard for this season. But we have to focus on ourselves as we can only influence the outcome of our matches.

Only one goal for Goncalves last month. I will be ensuring we aren’t putting too much pressure on the young lad. As long as he’s working hard and getting in the right positions, he will get goals. No doubt about it.

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Wolves (3rd) vs Red Bull Salzburg (4th)
3/10/2023 Champions League Group E

This match is a must win for us after our loss against Inter Milan. Onguene will play against his former club where he spent four years playing. Salzburg have been depleted of a lot of talent in recent years and are not what they used to be.

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Wandering to Titles – The Champions League Is Back (September) Episode 51

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Season 5, Episode 51

With one trophy already in the bag and Goncalves on fire at the moment, I have a good feeling about my squad. Not too many additions were made, just ones that are here to replace those that have left (discounting Gnonto’s transfer. He was too good to miss at just £6m). This has helped keep our squad cohesion going into this campaign.

We face-off in three competitions this month, and I am very eager to start tackling the Champions League once again. A tough trip to the San Siro in on offer this month. I couldn’t think of a more hostile crowd right now.

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Everton (7th) vs Wolves (6th)
2/9/2023 Premier League

I’m eager to get back to winning ways and to do that we must beat Everton away from home. Vinagre is back in the side after missing last game. I’ll be keeping a close eye on him and Lima today – they cannot keep making mistakes like they have done in the first few games.

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Wandering to Titles – Do We Have a New Star Man? (August) Episode 50

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Season 5, Episode 50

We’ve reached an incredible 50 episodes of Wandering to Titles. I just wanted to thank all of you who continue to read the story. It’s been a lot of fun writing about this save. There are no plans to stop this save as of yet. I’m just going with the flow and seeing where this takes us.

As previously mentioned, I intend to use Cutrone and Goncalves as my preferred striker partnership in the opening games of this campaign.

I believe Goncalves has all the attributes to replace the goals scored by Haaland, and Cutrone is now at an age where he cannot be considered a hot prospect. He need to start delivering. He has all the attributes to do so, so I intend to give him an extended run in the side to get his confidence up. His biggest tally in the league was 9 goals back in our 2nd season. I fully expect that to be broken soon.

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Wandering to Titles – Transfer Deals & Departure Sadness (Pre-Season) Episode 49

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Season 5, Episode 49

With an historic season just concluded, it’s been party central at the Wolves camp as we secured a domestic double. But things have quickly simmered down as we look to next season.

Now that the board do not require me to sign Portuguese players any more, I can feel a little more relaxed about our transfer policy. Gone are the days where trying to sign a non-Portuguese player will result in the board stepping in and saying no.

Thankfully that didn’t happen as often of late due to how well I’ve been doing as manager. They seem to respect my decisions.

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Main Window Goals

The issue I have on my hands now is keeping this squad together. While we’ve won the league, as a club we are no where near the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in regards to stature. We cannot pay the wages they pay. We do not have the global appeal they have.

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Wandering to Titles – Season 4 Review, Episode 48

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Season 4, Episode 48

Season 4 is finally wrapped up, and what a season we’ve had. We won the domestic double by beating Arsenal in the FA Cup Final with a nail-biting penalty shootout, while romped to our first title since 1959 by being 13 points clear.

87 points in the league isn’t a huge tally. We still drew 9 games and lost 3, but it was the total inconsistency from the other major teams in the league that helped us secure the title so easily.

Liverpool’s defence of their title was shocking in all honesty. Their formed resulted in Jurgen Klopp, the man who secured three back-to-back titles for Liverpool, getting the sack. Steven Gerrard has replaced Klopp on a full time basis and only had 5 games left to work with. Three wins and two losses to show for his efforts, but he will be fully judged next season.

While our plan is of course to defend our title next season, I know how tough that will be. I have no doubt the teams will be better next season and we have to be ready for that.

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Wandering to Titles – Domestic Double Up For Grabs (May) Episode 47

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Season 4, Episode 47

Despite our Champions League exit to the hands of Real Madrid, we are still very much on course for a successful season. The league title is just one win away while we have a 2nd shot at winning the FA Cup as we take on Arsenal in our very last game.

It’s been a remarkable four years with Wolves which has seen mostly highs. Our rise as a football club is unprecedented and I only have dreams of going even higher.

But first, we have the end of the season to contend with. There’s no place for complacency. A domestic double is within our grasp!

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Leicester (17th) vs Wolves (1st)
3/5/2023 Premier League

For a team that boasts the likes of Mahrez, Tielemans, Zaha and Ndidi, Leicester have been extremely appalling this season. They’re 8 points safe of relegation with two games in hand over 18th West Brom so they should avoid the drop – however its indefensible the position they find themselves in.

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Wandering to Titles – Is This Really Happening? (April) Episode 46

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Season 4, Episode 46

The past couple of months we’ve really been able to put some serious distance between us and whoever is placed 2nd in the table. The traditional ‘top six’ teams have been incredibly inconsistent this year which is a huge surprise – whereas we have been very solid at the back while scoring enough to see us win matches.

This month has a lot in store for us as we have a busy schedule which will feature 8 matches across 3 competitions. Staying injury free is a must if we are to continue our success and I will be keeping a close eye on my players fitness levels to try and ward away any unnecessary injuries.

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Wolves (1st) vs Manchester United (3rd)
1/4/2023 Premier League

We embark on our run of five incredibly tough fixtures back-to-back with a home tie against Manchester United. Although they sit 11 points behind us, I’m still very wary of their squad. They have some unbelievable talent, and we must be on top of our game today to come away with anything.

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Wandering to Titles – Cup Runs Continue (March) Episode 45

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Season 4, Episode 45

Last month was huge for us as we somehow opened up a 10 point gap at the top of the table. Had you said we would have been in this position at the start of the season, I would have laughed you out the door.

Tottenham are still 2nd despite not winning in the league in 5 matches – I think that just goes to show how inconsistent everyone else has been too.

The media are playing up our title challenge similar to that of Leicester’s back in the 2015/16 season. But we cannot let that get to our heads. We need to focus on just the one game as it comes. Situations can turn around very quickly in football, and we cannot be distracted.

A short month for fixtures, but important nonetheless. We aim to reach the Quarter Final of the Champions League while also aiming for the Semi-Final of the FA Cup. So without any further ado, let’s crack on with the fixtures.

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Stoke (15th) vs Wolves (1st)
6/3/2023 Premier League

We’re back to our usual squad after making so many chances in the 5-3 extra time win over Bournemouth last time out. Stoke have done fairly well against me in the six games we’ve faced each other. Three wins, one draw and two losses for our side. Despite them being 15th, we cannot be overzealous with our attacking approach.

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Wandering to Titles – On a Title Charge! (February) Episode 44

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Season 4, Episode 44

Our unbeaten run continued last month as we push for a title charge. We’ve hovered around 2nd and 3rd all season but with a lot of games to be played this month, we could hop over Spurs and grab that 1st place for ourselves.

We need a fully fit squad to win the title so I will be trying to manage our players fitness levels to the best of my ability. We cannot run them into the ground. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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Watford (9th) vs Wolves (3rd)
3/2/2023 Premier League

Watford have been quite the surprise this season, and they currently unbeaten in 5 (all competitions). Our away form is an issue for us so far this season so going into this match we have to be fully focused. Our form on the whole has been fantastic since we haven’t lost a match in all competitions since September. But we have relied on last minutes winners of late and it’s an aspect of our game where the luck will run out.

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Wandering to Titles – Deadline Day Deals (January) Episode 43

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Season 4, Episode 43

We’re back in action with a full schedule after the Qatar World Cup shook up our normal routine. A favourable set of fixtures await us this month as they all seem winnable with Spurs being the toughest of all the tests.

Liverpool haven’t been at their best this season and it could be the first time in three years the league trophy doesn’t head to Merseyside.

With no real runaway league leaders so far, the January transfer window may become pivotal in who lifts the trophy come the end of the season.

We’ve all lost at least two games in the league, so everyone is having their ups and downs.

I need to get my strikers firing as Haaland is currently doing most of the heavy lifting. Jota and Cutrone haven’t been at the races this year and I find it will be very hard to keep a title challenge going if we don’t find goals from elsewhere.

But before we head into the matches, lets take a look at some early business I conducted.

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