PART SIX -
You can rarely ask for more when you start a new save than both your first two seasons will yield promotion, let along as winners, but Cosenza Calcio have delivered exactly that.
The second part of the season was a bit stodgy after selling our best player in January and as tiredness + suspensions crept into the squad. Fortunately I'm tactically on form with this save 'atm' and was able to shut down a number of games hanging on to odd-goal margins to win through. Our winning mentality was helped I think by a fairly poor challenge by the rest of the division. You would have expected Cagliari, Pescara or Cesena to have put together betters seasons than they did. Meanwhile for Parma it's yet more misery.
Now To The Tricky Part
So what do you do with an over performing squad and an undersized budget as you prepare for Serie A?
Here are the players I sold:
Well a quick calculation tells you that we brought in £500k. This is mainly thanks to Bellomo who I wasn't keen on and Acerbi who at 5'9 was a tad too small at centre half for me to be comfortable.
And to who I've brought in:
Well we've spent £850k for a net outlay of just £350k. This is what is meant by a shoestring budget!
Pucino, Blanchard, Barlocco and Ceccherini all come into the 1st XI to play defence. We may have been watertight in Serie B with 3rd grade defenders but we won't be in the big league.
Cutrone and Mazzochi reunite as loanees for the 3rd season running. Joined most noticeably by Barak and Radunovic who should feature in goal and midfield respectively.
Do I think its enough to be competitive? Barely. We will stay up? Probably but it will be a tough season.
I have renewed my contract and increased the junior coaching budget plus recruitment as we've yet to turn up anyone noticeable so far from the academy. With wages under tight control and Serie A finances we're already returning to a more profitable position financially.