At the halfway stage of my third season in Eibar we were sitting in 8th position in La Liga. We’d actually only lost three matches though, the same number as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and were five points off Valencia, who were in 4th spot.
I couldn’t have predicted what would happen next…
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Last time out a really good last few months of the season propelled us to a 6th place finish and Europa League football again for this coming season. Finishing 5th and 6th in my first two seasons at the club isn’t too bad at all. We’re punching well above our weight, our infrastructure is well below the standard that a La Liga club competing in Europe should have.
Heading into my third season I began to question what kind of club we actually are?
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At the halfway stage of season two we were sitting in the bottom half of the LaLiga table. We’d been turfed out of Ipurua and forced to play our home matches in Alaves’ Mendizorroza stadium. This massively affected our home form across the first half of the season, we had the second worst home form in the league with just a solitary win (technically two, funnily enough we beat Alaves away).
A few tactical tweaks would get us on our way, wouldn’t it?
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My first season at Eibar went very well indeed. A 5th place league finish means we head into the Europa League group stage in season two.
It’s a positive financially for the club, but it does mean we have to negotiate a fair few more midweek matches than I was used to during season one. While I had a tight squad contributing to our success last season, rotation will be key in the first half of this season. It might mean a struggle to pick up points too.
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At the halfway stage of my first season in charge of Eibar on FM20 we were riding high in the Champions League qualification spots in LaLiga. This surely wouldn’t last but based on our performances, we certainly deserve to be there. A reminder that the board are looking for a mid-table finish which I certainly think we’re on course to deliver.
Could we sneak into Europe for the first time?
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It was about 2am when the call came through. I don’t normally have my phone on “loud” when I’m asleep but I guess I forgot to switch it when I went down. “Razzo!” “Razzo!” The voice was loud. “Razzo, mi salvatore!” The voice was drunk or high. “Razzo, I need you! Come to me now!” It was Berlusconi.
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Berlusconi’s Musto’s Dream. When I left you last time, we had been trending upwards in our “promote or bust” season in Serie C. Well, I have news on that:
It’s time to get down to business in the Basque Country. I’ve reached the halfway point of my first season in charge of Eibar on FM20 but before I go into how we’ve done so far, I want to talk about the unique identity I’m looking to implement at the club from the get go.
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So this went left, really fast. Our hero, Il Razzo, had barely re-positioned the picture of the wife and kids for the fourth time upon the desk in his office at Brianteo when #ForzaBerlusconi entered:
“Razzo, it’s time I left you. You’ve made great strides in your time here to date; far outstripping the guidance I could ever have given you. So I’ve sold the club to Luca. He’s a good man. Don’t worry, he’ll give you as much time as I had planned on. Anyway, it’s back to the European Council with me. Good luck! Ciao!”
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“You were informed that promotion to Serie B was the principle aim of the 19/20 season. You have failed to achieve this. As such, Cristian, you are in breach of your agreements with me and I must now terminate your contract. It pains me to do this to you, a proud Rossoneri, but Monza must advance!”
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