So, probably a bit quicker than I normally play, I’ve completed the first season of my Tenerife save. Just to jog your memory, here’s the update from the half way point of the season but to round up, we were leading Liga Adelante by 4 points from Elche, we were in a commanding position in the Copa del Rey 5th round against Levante, and Rory Donnelly, Dale Jennings and Suso were leading the way in terms of performances. So how did we do?
Champions! We’re going to La Liga! After being predicted to finish mid-table, we’ve only gone and won it.
But it wasn’t as convincing as I wanted it to be. Elche pushed us all the way, scoring more goals than us in the process, with too many draws almost costing us. You’ll also notice the ‘2’ in the loss column, a couple of disappointing defeats that shouldn’t have happened.
That first defeat against Sabadell was a shocker, they really did properly ‘Football Manager’ me. Scoring from their only 2 shots on target, they were 2nd bottom of the league at that point and stayed there for the remainder of the season, getting relegated. We really stuttered mid-season, those 0-0 draws at the top of the screenshot coming after 2 0-0 draws at the end of the first round of fixtures. I didn’t think we were going to turn it around, and Elche’s form throughout the season really meant we had to be at the top of our game. If you’re properly paying attention you might have spotted a few spoilers as to potentially why our league form stuttered slightly in places…
It might have been down to our Copa del Rey form. Continuing on from that 3-0 home win over Levante that was included in the previous update, our strong form at home in the Copa del Rey took us all the way to the final! The fairytale ‘giant killing’ continues…
Another brilliant home performance against Villarreal put us in a commanding position, but it took a 90th minute winner from Rory Donnelly to seal our place in the semi final on aggregate. The semi against Athletic was another close one, and we nervously held on. On to the final then…
No we couldn’t, but we pushed them close! I would have been pleased with a 4-0 defeat to be honest, so to be beaten by the magic of Messi in the 90th and then the 120th minute was absolutely heartbreaking. It was something to little Tenerife could be proud of though. Barca ended the season winning a quadruple, including La Liga, which meant Tenerife would be entering the Europa League for the 2016/17 season!
I’ve thought long and hard about this one. Our performances in the second half of the season weren’t as impressive or commanding as in the first, I wasn’t blown away. Donnelly, Jennings and Suso were probably still my three outstanding performers, but I won’t share screenshots of them again. Suso did end the season with 25 goals in 50 odd games, which is pretty remarkable from the right midfield slot. Right midfield, not even pushed up to the AMR lot. The one player I will highlight is the guy that just missed out on being in the top 3 in the mid-season update, Joe Edwards.
This guy is naturally a right back, but I’ve been using him in the box to box midfield role. He took a few games to settle, but he’s been nothing short of brilliant. His goals or assists stats maybe don’t look that good, but he popped up with some important pieces of play when needed and scored a good, solid average rating of 7.24 for the season. Being brought in on a free, as per my rules, he’s now worth £1.1m so fingers crossed that’ll be a good profit when he’s moved on.
Here’s the incomings during the 2016 summer transfer window. In line with my rules, they’re all from the home nations. I suppose the only dubious ones here could be Charlie I’Anson coming in from Elche rather than a club from the home nations, and the fact that both him and Kyle Bartley were brought in straight from clubs rather than being released…that’s okay right?
Remember that mass exodus out the club I mentioned? It happened. 27 players were released from the club across the first team, ‘B’ team and under 19s, with 3 moving on to other clubs, and 2 of those 3 bringing in £175k to the club coffers. Just one further exit to mention that happened just after the mid-season update, we sold, Aridane, a Spanish striker at the club, for £180k.
The Club and Our Philosophy
Here’s a reminder of my rules for this save:
- 80% (20) of the first team squad to be from either England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.
- Players brought in from these nations will spend a maximum of 2 seasons at the club, receive significant game-time and the best possible development, and then be moved on.
- No money will be spent on incoming player transfers, leading to…
- Strive to make a profit on all outgoing player transfers.
And here’s how we’re faring on each aspect:
- 52% of the registered squad for the 2015/16 La Liga season are from the home nations, equating to 13 players. That’s a 160% increase compared to last season.
- This rule comes into force this season for last seasons purchases. I’ll be looking to make good money on both Rory Donnelly and Joe Edwards. Dale Jennings should move on for a decent profit too.
- As you saw from the transfer update above, the current spend on incoming transfers is £0.
- Not huge so far, as it’s only been moving on players I inherited, but a profit of £370k has been made from outgoing transfers.
After our league win, I was actually quite worried about finances at the club. Obviously, when you get promoted to the English Premier League, you expect the money to rain down on you, but I’m not as familiar with the Spanish league system, you only get £660k for winning Liga Adelante, so I’m unsure how we’re going to fare on that front this season. I do know, that thanks to some shrewd pre-season friendlies and some of the Spanish TV money coming up front, we’ve gone from being £1.5m in the red at the end of last season, to having £5m in the bank before the start of our La Liga campaign. The income graph below probably outlines our success on this front already, and increased attendances should help maintain that this season.
Just to summarise, we’re back in La Liga and the hope is to bravely battle against relegation, while facing off against the giants in Barcelona and Madrid. How many will Messi score against us this season? While fighting to finish 17th, we’ll also hopefully be competing in the Europa League as well, and have been drawn against Stromsgodset in the 3rd qualifying round. What will success look like? La Liga survival, 100%.
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