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The Spartans Prepare For The Champions League

Hello my friends, here we go again… My Blyth Spartans had to wake up after the endless parties after bringing home two unexpected triumphs, the Premier League title and the Europa League. We were no longer an anonymous club somewhere in Northumberland, we were a well respected and feared team. I knew that I had to consolidate our position and maybe go for another title.

I expected a nice transfer budget, around 50 million euro, but the board proved to be kinda cheap again. They only gave me 37 million euro after promising them that we would challenge for the title. I was a bit disappointed to be honest.

1 season expectations 2015

Anyway, I went on and sold some of the backup players to get more money for transfers and also for the wage budget. The only player that I didn’t want to sell was right winger Mario Garay but since he had some arguments with a few teammates I decided to let him go. I also decided to let Roman Pavlyuchenko move to another club, his contract expired and although I liked him a lot I just couldn’t keep him in the reserves squad.

2 blyth players out 2015

I brought in 10 players instead, three youngsters for the future and seven lads for the first team.

3 blyth players in 2015

I was obsessed with getting a better goalkeeper, although Silviu Lung did pretty well last season. I just wasn’t satisfied with his slow pace when coming off the line to intercept long balls, I wanted a world class goalkeeper. And they don’t come cheap, you know… After long negotiations I persuaded Valladolid to sell Sergio Asenjo, last year’s European Goalkeeper of The Year. He did cost a lot and maybe it wasn’t the wisest decision to spend almost 20 million euro on him but as I said, I was obsessed…

4 sergio asenjo

I also needed another experienced centre back to fortify my defensive line and since the price tag was quite affordable I chose Dutch player Gianni Zuiverloon. He’s a reliable defender that can also provide backup for the right back role.

5 gianni zuiverloon

I wanted another central midfielder too, we had a lot of problems there last season due to the lack of depth. Belgian intelligent midfielder Axel Witsel was transfer listed at Newcastle, so I made an offer and I was delighted when he chose our offer over Arsenal‘s bid! He is creative and hard working, that’s what I want from my midfielders.

6 axel witsel

I really didn’t need another midfielder but since Simon Vukcevic‘s contract with Sporting Lisbon expired I had to act, it was a bargain! He will be an important jolly joker in my midfield, a player with enormous talent and unbelievable skills, he could clinch important games for us.

7 simon vukcevic

I also needed a backup player for the right wing but since I had no money left I had to go for a free transfer. The best player I found under the circumstances was veteran Spanish winger Joaquin… He doesn’t have the pace anymore but he still has the skills to cause trouble to the opposition. Anyway, he’s a short term solution, I might replace him in January if I get some transfer money by then.

8 joaquin

Last but not least, a new striker. I wanted a quick creative striker that could also be a backup solution for the left winger role and after some searching through my shortlist the choice was narrowed down to two players: John Fleck from Rangers and Daniel Aquino. Fleck was out with a bad injury, I couldn’t sign him, so I went for the Spanish striker. I’m satisfied with the choice though, he has great skills and I can’t dare to imagine what he’ll do with Nicao alongside him…

9 daniel aquino

Meanwhile Arsenal spent almost 100 million euro on 4 players!

10 arsenal transfers 2015

Maybe that was the reason for the bookmakers’ choice, Arsenal were the favorites to win the title according to them.

11 premier league title odds

They predicted that we had a chance :) Well, we won it when we had no chance at all, didn’t we? I’m pleased with the squad depth overall although a bad injury crisis could pose us a lot of problems. Anyway, let’s be optimistic, we have the UEFA Super Cup in August, we’ll face Real Madrid!



  1. eddie eddie

    September 4, 2009 at 23:40

    Good signings for the new season good luck as well.

    • JohnnyKarp

      September 5, 2009 at 00:00

      Thanks Eddie :)

  2. Ahmed Shah

    September 5, 2009 at 07:36

    Good luck for the new season mate, the Spartans are now a force in Europe! Decent signings Johnny although I think the same cant be said for Arsenal, they went nuts.. ;-)

  3. Ubisoka

    September 5, 2009 at 09:09

    Congratulations on your excellent season! Your journey has been truly amazing! Just a bit stumped as to why you told the board you only expect to challenge for the title and not win it? It would prove a bit more of a challenge with the added pressure and you would’ve had more transfer funds?

  4. Goran

    September 5, 2009 at 11:44

    Good luck for the new season

    • JohnnyKarp

      September 5, 2009 at 12:52

      Thanks mate.
      They would have given me only one more million if I chose “win the title”, so I thought that it wasn’t OK to add more pressure for only one mil.
      Arsenal are the richest club right now, they can afford to go nuts :)

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