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  1. Let the Story Begin...

    So, I’ve read a few of these stories and decided it was time to combine my love of writing and FM. I’m starting out unemployed (Sunday League ) with the aim of getting to the top of the pile and maybe hop across a few countries along the way. I’m going to go anywhere I see a challenge and will try not to let sentiment tie me to a club; money and trophies are all I want in this story.
    Any pointers you guys can give to me on how to improve the story and the presentation of it would be greatly appreciated.

    Career Statistics


    Season Country Club Division Media Prediction Actual Finish Comments
    2012-2013 England Havant & Waterlooville Blue Square South 15th 5th
    Took over on 26/07/2012 and signed 1 year deal. Achieved Playoffs and lost in the final. Signed 1 year extension.
    2013-2014 England Havant & Waterlooville Blue Square South 6th 2nd Achieved playoffs, won in the final. Signed 1 year extension
    2014- 2015 England Havant & Waterlooville Blue Square Premier 23rd - Left the club in 6th place on 12/10/14 to join Sheffield Wednesday.
    2014-2015 England Sheffield Wednesday League One 1st 9th Signed a three year deal with Sheffield Wednesday. Joined the club 12/10/14 in 15th place. Finshed the season in 9th Place
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  2. Let the Story begin…


    I knew from all the Championship Manager save games I’d played I was cut out for taking over a team. Pulling together a CV that showed back to back Champions League wins with Bristol City among a host of other achievements I decided it was time to put myself out there and throw my hat into the management arena. Whilst I appreciated it was more likely to start with Billericay than Barcelona I kept an eye open at the job market; at least this way I could keep a vested interest in the footballing world whilst trying not to concentrate too much on the Ritz to the rubble saga at my beloved Portsmouth FC.
    A job that immediately caught my attention was the vacancy at Havant and Waterlooville. Having played for their under 10 side as a youngster, been a ball boy on matchdays and even graced the hallowed turf it was a place that I would be totally at home. Add in the fact that I lived only a ten minute walk from Westleigh Park then I had found a vacancy that fully garnered my interest.

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    An uncharacteristically full Westleigh Park


    I applied and waited patiently, then the offer arrived from Derek Pope. £475 a week for a part time job a mere stone throw from my house. Delightful. Accepted.

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    Havant and Waterlooville 2012-2013

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    I signed a one year deal and my first job was to take a look at the current playing staff:

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    Already having a good knowledge of the club I knew that Rambo was one of the better players in the side. Ollie Palmer had considerable ability up top but the defence was a worry and that would be the first area of the club for me to concentrate on as well as a right sided midfielder. It was time to dive into the transfer market with a shoestring budget and my best Harry Redknapp impression.

    Pre Season
    We’d already played against Fleet and beat them 4-0 just before I arrived, but my first game in charge (Friendly-wise) would be against Yeovil.

    Havant 0-0 Yeovil
    We put in a decent performance and kept the visitors at bay for most of the game. Ramsey nearly claimed the win late on but his free kick hit the bar. Generally happy with my first game in charge of the club but with only six subs available to put on the bench it was clear we needed a few more players; if the board were willing to support a few new faces.

    Havant 0-1 Leyton Orient
    Another spirited performance; debutants Tsovolos and Pericard both spurned decent chances to give us the lead but we went down to a late goal. Another impressive performance against a decent League One side gave me optimism for the forthcoming season.

    Havant 1-6 Portsmouth
    (Moss)

    Totally unrealistic, Izale McLeod scored four goals, Howard played well and Pompey looked very competent. We were missing Nanetti and Ramsey through injury but generally it wasn’t the prettiest of shows. At least we scored.

    Pre Season Tactics and Transfers

    Given that my players are part time and pretty limited, I decided to keep the tactics pretty straightforward and modelled around the 4-4-2 core. The team also have familiarised themselves with a 4-1-4-1 and 4-4-1-1.
    I was very happy with the transfer dealings prior to the first game, only missing out on a couple of targets.

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    Former Pompey hitman Pericard has the ability to cause absolute havoc if he can remain fit and Tsovolos (another from the Fratton Park production line) looks a star in the making at centre back. JJ Melligan provides further league experience and versatility in the middle and finally Scott Kay looks a very useful capture on a three month loan period.

    Starting eleven

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    Happy as I can be with the core of this side, enough depth to cover an injury crisis and capable of meeting the boards desire for mid table I believe.
    ***
    Will get a season update on it's way as soon as readied and again would appreciate any presentation tips!
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  3. August and September

    A fairly sturdy start to the season by the team, desperately short of goals with a glut of 0-0 draws. Pericard is looking good when he can stay fit and generally the team has performed well in these early games; we’ve hit a lot of woodwork though and I’ll be keeping an eye out for some competition up top. Spear has given a bit of extra depth up top and Buchel has stepped straight inbetween the sticks and hasn’t conceded a goal in his four games for the Hawks.

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    August


    Havant 0-0 Chelmsford

    Palmer wide, Pericard post. Palmer in front of goal. They had free kick against bar. Hutchinson second half chance well saved. Should’ve won. Woodwork three times.

    Truro 2–0 Havant

    Palmer bar first half, dominated and guilty of spurning chances left right and centre. Conceeded first half goal and then set piece undone us second half. Made chances but again couldn’t finish; lost Palmer for two months with injury.

    Transfer news:
    (Ray Spear signed on loan from Torquay for three months)

    Bath 0–1 Havant
    Pericard

    Nanetti run, Pericard forced home. Well ground out victory but already a lot of tired legs with Eastleigh on Monday. Played 4-1-4-1.

    Havant 1-0 Eastleigh
    Pearce

    Controlled. Ramsey whipped in a free kick and Pearce scored at the second attempt. They came back second half but stayed strong, Spear sent off in last few minutes but hung on for all three. Fairly good start to the campaign, playing decent football and look relatively sturdy defensively

    September

    Staines 2–0 Havant

    Pummled first half, went 2 behind. Pushed on second half but were comprehensively beaten.

    Havant 1–1 Hayes and Yeading
    Pericard

    Under the kosh, countered well to take the lead on 30 through Pericard. Hayes grabbed deserved equaliser late on but a well earned point.

    Transfer News:
    (Benjamin Buchel signed on 4 month loan from Bournemouth)

    Havant 0-0 Tonbridge

    Goals very hard to come by but defensively tight. Not many chances other than a Pearce header from a corner.

    Sutton 0-0 Havant

    Lost Pericard early on to a red card, they had a man sent off on the half hour. Late chance spurned by Spear, another fairly good point on the road.

    Havant 3–0 Eastleigh (FA Cup 2nd qualifying round)
    Melligan (2)
    Spear

    Good start, Melligan headed home a Tsovolos cross. Spear and Melligan then completed a comprehensive victory

    Bromley 0-0 Havant

    Rounded off the month with our third straight 0-0 in the league. On the face of it not a bad result against a decent Bromley side but we need to score more.

    League Table


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  4. October - December

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    October

    Havant 0–0 Weston Super Mare

    I’m glad I don’t have to view the whole ninety. Another game providing little spark, going to need to rejig the team a bit to try and get goals back into our play.

    Havant 2-0 Farnborough (FA Cup 3rd Qualifier)
    Pericard
    Spear

    Pericard on 2 mins and Spear just before the break proved we can score, but mainly save the goals for the cup. Easy win and could have been four or five.

    Basingstoke 0–3 Havant
    Page
    Pericard
    Pearce

    Page headed home from a corner early on and Pericard grabbed an impressive second. Pearce completed a decent victory with another goal from a corner to give us a cosy 3-0 win

    Salisbury 1–2 Havant (FA Cup 4th Qualifier)
    Pericard (2)

    Pericard scored a first half braced as we caught them on the break. Buchel worked wonders in goal and although they pulled one back second half, we held out to qualify for the FA Cup 1st round!

    Havant 0-1 Farnborough

    Cagey game opened up by Sam Pearces red card with five mins left. Having used all our subs, conceded 91st min goal. Ouch.

    Bilericay 1–1 Havant
    Spear

    All over them and couldn’t take a chance. They caught us on the counter second half but Spear grabbed a flukey equaliser with ten to go. Felt like two points dropped.

    Havant 0–1 Dorchester

    Terrible performance. Couldn’t break them down at all and then they broke and scored with their only attack. Poor run of games at the moment

    November

    Dorchester 3-2 Havant (FA Cup 1st round)
    Hutchinson
    Jones

    Another poor display, gifted two sloppy goals before Hutchinson pulled one back. They grabbed one from a set piece in the 90th min before Jones grabbed a late consolation in added time. They got Tranmere away next round.

    Havant 2-3 Welling
    Spear (2)

    Two behind early on but then Spear bagged a brace. Tired legs in the squad not helping our cause and we went down to ten after losing Hutchinson to injury with all our subs used. Welling grabbed the winner late on, this is a horrendous run.

    Havant 1–0 Dulwich Hamlet (FA Trophy Qualifier)
    Whyte

    Whyte gave us an easy lead, Spear played well up top but missed a couple of chances to put it beyond doubt. A commanding but not convincing passage through to the next round.

    Weston-super-Mare 1–3 Havant
    Palmer
    Spear
    Ramsey

    A decent performance and very happy to be back in winning ways. Ray Spear was the star of the show in his last game of the loan spell, laying on two and scoring one himself. I’ll definitely be looking at bringing him to the club on a permanent deal if finances permit it.

    Havant 3-0 Walton Casuals (FA Trophy 1st Round)
    Pericard (2)
    Palmer

    Convincing win against a nothing side. Pericard was on top form with a brace and an assist. Although it was a very easy game the side are really gelling together well.

    December

    Havant 4-1 Bromley
    Pericard (2)
    Ramsey
    Jones

    The Vincent Pericard show. Scored two and tore them to shreds for the hour he was on the field. Due to the strikers extremely fragile nature, I tend to sub him when he’s put a shift of 60 minutes in. Goals from Ramsey and Jones completed the rout against the third placed side.

    Havant 2–3 Staines
    Page
    Hutchinson

    Hutchinson missed a pen early on but Page scored from the resulting corner. Staines equalised with their first attack of the game on the quarter hour but then Hutchinson made amends with a 30 yard rocket to restore the lead. Second half it all went pear shaped, they scored two poor goals and that was it. Battered them and a galling defeat all in all.

    Tonbridge 1-1 Havant
    Pericard

    Vincent Pericard is the Blue Square South’s answer to Didier Drogba. Scored another belter but Tonbridge were much the better side and got a deserved equaliser. Downside was when a pan was overflowing on the cooker hob and I left the second half running; Pericard needed a wheelchair home after playing the full ninety. Eight points off the playoffs at the moment, impressed with how the team are playing at present.

    Ebbsfleet 2–0 Havant (FA Trophy 2nd Round)

    Tough game on paper, especially with us having to rest Pericard after his mammoth full game. Totally outplayed as they when one up in the first half. Buchel then gifted their striker the ball for two. Not too miffed about going out to a BSP team here.

    Havant 2-0 Bath
    Pericard (2)

    Another game, another Pericard brace. Ramsey and Hutchinson pulled the strings in the middle and Bath assisted by looking incredibly ordinary. The visitors sacked their manager after the game; I don’t blame them at all. I find myself answering this question a lot lately:

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    Eastbourne Boro 0-0 Havant

    Should have won, created enough chances but found their keeper in fine fettle. Page smacked a header against the bar but couldn’t find that elusive goal.

    Eastleigh 0-3 Havant
    Palmer
    Taggart
    Jones

    A great win. Buchel made a smart stop early on to keep it level and then two goals in five minutes put us ahead. Jones consolidated the win second half with a neat volley. Closing toward he playoffs now.

    League Table – End of December


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    End of Year Summary

    Fairly pleased with how life has begun with Havant and at the moment am looking to build a reputation within the game and get Havant up to the Blue Square Premier in two seasons. Of course, these plans can change and the Chester job is looking precarious in the Blue Square North. They have a great side and infrastructure and it would be very tempting to flash them a bit of interest. I’ve got Havant sat six points off the playoffs and will be looking for some loans in January as well as trying to sort a deal with Torquay for Ray Spear; he did very well here on his loan period. Pericard has easily been my best player so far, even if he can only manage a portion of a game.

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  5. January - February

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    January

    Havant 0–0 Eastbourne Boro

    Had to rotate due to fitness issues and they let me down. Dominated the game and just couldn’t create anything meaningful. That said their keeper pulled off a remarkable / irritating triple save from a corner to keep it goalless with ten left on the clock.

    Havant 3–1 AFC Hornchurch
    Pericard (2)
    Melligan

    Pericard at the double. Top result against the league leaders and I’m confident we can continue to move up the table now with this kind of form. Melligan scored a well worked goal; very happy with the overall performance in this one. Masters made his debut in goal after Buchel headed back to Bournemouth

    Chelmsford 0–1 Havant
    Pericard

    Ramsey free kick floated in, Pericard heads home. Defence stayed rock solid and Masters pulled off a fine stop to ensure we held on to get all three points.

    Boreham Wood 2-4 Havant
    Palmer
    Pearce
    Jones (2)

    Ollie Palmer opened the scoring with beaut of a curler before Pearce headed home a Ramsey free kick. They pulled it back to 2-1, but Jones grabbed a goal on the break. Boreham again came back with a sumptuous thirty yarder to take the advantage back down to a goal but Scott Jones popped up again late on to seal it. Three on the bounce!

    Havant 1-0 Billaricay
    Taggart

    Made hard work of this, Taggart grabbed the only goal midway through the second half in a goalmouth scramble. Up to sixth and rising still; could we be in for a playoff tilt?

    Dorchester 2-2 Havant
    Ramsey
    Pericard

    Goal of the season contender from Ramsey gave us the lead, spanking a free kick in off the bar from 35 yards. Dorchester scored two poor goals (from a defensive perspective). Pericard got us back into it in the second half and a draw ended up not a bad result despite the home side’s lowly position.

    February


    Farnborough 0-3 Havant
    Pericard
    Own Goal
    Jones

    Smashed them. Pericard put us ahead with a neat finish before their keeper gifted us an own goal. The ever dependable super sub Scott Jones banged in a third to give gloss to another comprehensive victory.

    Havant 2–2 Basingstoke
    Palmer
    Pericard

    Utter joke. We were comfortably ahead after Palmer and Pericard put us two ahead with assured finishing in the first half. Then as we were closing the game out we conceded twice in the 90th minute. Masters made a howler for the equaliser and was fined accordingly. Came close to lobbing a teacup at the cat.

    Transfer News:
    (Jason Crowe signed from Corby on a free; contracted til the end of the season. There seems to be a pattern of signing former Pompey legends in this save.)

    Welling 1-2 Havant
    Nanetti
    Melligan

    Jason Crowe had a stormer on debut with a hand in both goals, knocking a cross in for Nanetti’s opener and put a through ball in for Melligan to slot home the second. Welling did pull one back late on but we shored it up to avoid another ‘Basingstoke’. Up to 3rd.

    Transfer News:
    (Josh Gowling and Aaron Dawson signed on loan from Kidderminster and Exeter respectively. Both will add competitive depth to the defensive and midfield areas)

    Havant 1-0 Salisbury
    Palmer

    Huge game with the league leaders and a chance to close in on them. A great Palmer strike gave us the win and it was a solid performance to boot. This run we’re on is continually setting a club record. A few players picked up knocks and we ended the game with a few men behind the ball but we won well. Huge gate of 1,115 at Westleigh Park to watch this one as well.

    League Table (End of Feb)

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    Overview

    Wow. What a run. Since the turn of the year we’ve practically turned over everyone we’ve played. Squad depth was becoming a worry but the signing of Crowe and a few extra loans has helped out massively. With ten games remaining I’m aiming for a playoff place at a minimum now given the form the side is in. Took a quick look at the Premier League to see how things were faring… safe to say I think City will win the league. Update on recent transfers also attached.

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  6. March - April

    These were a season defining couple of months for Havant. We started on the cusp of the playoff places and I was looking to at least grab a playoff place after the form run of January and February.

    March

    Havant 0–3 Sutton United

    Well, back to earth with some considerable force. Sutton are in the bottom three and on paper pretty useless. Unfortunately a few players decided not to turn up and this made winning very difficult. Two goals from crosses (exposed down left hand side) and a defensive mix up contributed to the third. Very, very poor show. Handed out several warnings.

    Dover 3–2 Havant
    Palmer (2)

    We started very poorly and were punished by going two behind. Palmer then pulled back a brace to send us level and in search of the winner we were undone by a horrendous defensive error by Tsovolos. I don’t want this to become a slump.

    Havant 2-1 Maidenhead
    Palmer
    Ramsey

    Palmer put us ahead after a good knockdown from Pericard and Ramsey scorched in a second from the edge of the box. They scored against the run of play second half but we’d done enough.

    AFC Hornchurch 3–0 Havant

    We made a lot of chances and had the lion share of possession but they had all the chances and won all three points. Form has suddenly become very flaky, I think I cursed the run by expecting playoffs at the very least.

    Deadline Day Transfer News:
    Adam Marriott signed on loan from Cambridge for three months. He should give us the extra depth required up front.


    Havant 2-1 Truro
    Crowe
    Taggart

    Jason Crowe scored a thunderbolt from the edge of the box to put us ahead, but Truro equalised after some slack defending left a free header at the back post. We absolutely dominated the game and it looked to be heading towards a draw until Taggart swiped the ball home in added time after a goalmouth scramble. Very important goal and win.

    April

    Hayes and Yeading 2-0 Havant

    Well beaten here as the home side dominated the game. They’re down in twelth but based on the quality of their squad it’s a false position. That said, we should have done better.

    Maidenhead 0-1 Havant
    Taggart

    A much better performance but for a moment it didn’t look like our dominance would result in three points; hit the woodwork three times before Taggart put us ahead in the second half. He has proved one of the surprising player in the squad and keeps Nanetti out of the first team. Was a must win game considering the next two matches will provide tough challenges.

    Havant 3-3 Dover
    Palmer
    Pericard (2)

    A real mixed bag. Palmer gave us the lead with a smart header and then the defence went awry; we conceded a couple of thunderbolts and a disappointing strike. Cue Pericard with a late show, scoring twice in the last ten minutes to gain a good point.

    League Table going into the final game

    A mixed bag of games had left us 5th in the table. Heading into the final game it was in our hands, a home game with Boreham Wood. A draw would probably do it, but we our goal difference only stood three better than 6th placed Chelmsford who were away to Farnborough. Welling were still in the mix as an outsider and they were home to top placed Eastleigh.

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    Havant P–P Boreham Wood

    Wow. I’ve never seen this. Waterlogged pitch meant our final game of the season would be replayed on the Tuesday.

    Other key results

    Farnborough 0-2 Chelmsford
    Welling 0-1 Eastleigh


    So, going into the final game (again) we knew a draw against Boreham Wood would be enough.

    Havant 1–0 Boreham Wood
    Marriott

    A nervy performance all round, we shaded it but they had their chances. It wasn’t until five minutes from time that our Cambridge loanee Adam Marriott popped up and slotted home the winner after their keeper had pulled off a double save. Playoffs – achieved!

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    Delighted to get a playoff place in our first season, have a full squad going into the first semi final which will be played at home to Salisbury. List of March and April fixtures below:

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    Next time: Play off results!
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  7. May - June

    Derek Pope started the month by offering me a new deal and I asked him to delay it until after the playoffs. He agreed and hoped I’d come back with a positive response; I would certainly consider a second year but was also keen to keep an eye out on any prospective jobs after a good season with Havant.

    May

    Havant 1-1 Salisbury
    Palmer

    Argh. We dominated proceedings and went ahead deservedly on the hour through an Ollie Palmer header. They then snatched one back in the 90th minute and we go into the second leg of this with a job on our hands. That equaliser was a huge blow; but not an insurmountable task.

    Salisbury 1–1 Havant AET (Havant win 8-7 on penalties)
    Tsovolos

    Absolutely nerve fraying game, we went behind early on and struggled to trouble the home sides goal. With twenty minutes left we went balls out and laid siege to them before sub Billy Tsovolos salvaged the ball from a corner and smashed it home with 85 on the clock. 1-1 at full time. Extra time wasn’t that exciting with a lot of tired legs out there. Now for penalties and I don’t think I’ve seen a shootout like it. We went second and missed out first penalty after they scored theirs but pulled it back after they missed and we ‘levelled’ the shootout at 3-3 going into the fifth kick. Both teams dispatched and it went into sudden death. Ramsey and Marriott both missed the chances to win it for us after Salisbury missed a brace of pens. They then missed again and we were down to our eleventh taker, keeper Dan Thomas. Up he stepped, BOOM. Top right hand corner. Winners and into the final!

    John Hartson’s Bath overcame Dover (who we’d struggled with in both League games) and would line up against us in the final.

    Playoff Final

    Bath Vs Havant

    Going into the game we’d be without loanee Aaron Dawson and crucially Ollie Palmer. The bookies had us priced up at 1/3 for a win over 90 minutes and if there was an option to cover the draw and Bath win with the club funds I would just to hedge my bets at that price!

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    Starting lineups:

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    First half:

    Very bad start, the home side scored within a minute (side note: why isn’t this final played at a neutral venue; bug or strange rule?) and gave us a mountain to climb. We were definitely second best in the opening period and went in behind at the break

    Second Half:

    We game out with a more positive approach and it reaped reward when Jack Eades smashed home the equaliser. It was scrappy for the rest of regular time and we finished the game one apiece. Extra time again.

    Extra Time:

    Very tired legs and we’d used all of our subs. Battled through the first half of extra time and then disaster struck. Dan Thomas, the hero from the shootout against Salisbury inexplicably rolled the ball out to Bath’s Charlie Griffin and he ran through one-on-one and slotted home. Not impressed at all. We went for broke and pushed men forwards but alas; no luck at all. Beaten finalists

    Final Score:

    Bath 2-1 Havant (AET)

    Tsovolos


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    Overview of season:

    We had a great season, shocking way to lose the playoff final though and it was a bit gutting to lose like that. Definitely going to prioritise a half decent keeper for the news season. Still, we had a new season to prepare for now and contracts to renew. The board offered us an even lower wage budget for the season, shaving it down to £5k in total which didn’t impress me much.

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    Players like Pericard, Sam Pearce and Steve Ramsey had been huge for us during the season and had their deals extended.

    June and Pre Season

    We signed a Director of football to help out with a few transfer targets but it was going to be difficult to build on last season if the wage budget is reduced; not the kind of support I was expecting to be honest and I was casting an eye on the job market. I had a pop at the Gillingham job (just promoted from League Two but Martin Allen had resigned) but they baulked at me; Havant it seemed were keen to keep me on board as well. I then threw my hat into the ring at Fleetwood after Micky Mellon had resigned after narrowly avoiding relegation to the Conference and they were flattered that I would consider joining up with them.

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    In the meantime, I’d signed Kwesi Appiah (season) on loan for Havant and he looked an ideal player to partner Pericard next season. In addition, former Charlton midfield Matty Holmes agreed to join as my assistant manager. To be honest though, I was concentrating more on sorting my immediate future than these transfer stories. Havant came back to me but I delayed things again as I was keen to hear back from Fleetwood and what kind of offer they could put together for me.

    They eventually went with Darren Walker from the Cayman Islands and I decided it was probably a good idea to sign a new deal with Havant and try and build a team ready for pre-season so I accepted a 1 year extension to my deal.

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    Next time: Pre Season, signings and friendlies
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  8. Havant and Waterlooville 2013-2014

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    Pre Season

    With a number of players released at the end of the last season I needed to rebuild around the core of players who remained to mount a challenge at the top of the league again this season. I informed the board that I was confident we would be promoted which allowed us a few extra pounds on the wage budget.

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    As I’d mentioned, Appiah had arrived on loan and would give us excellent goalscoring potential up top. Archie Love looked a cracking player in the centre midfield (released by Burnley) and we snapped up Irish keeper Niall Burdon on a free; he also looked like a sturdy first team player. Finally Saul Halpin was loaned in from Torquay and looks the pick of the lot on ability at Blue Square South level.

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    The squad looked good enough to me to definitely mount a challenge at the business end of the table.

    Friendlies

    Chertsey 1-5 Havant
    Ramsey
    Pearce
    Appiah (3)

    Comprehensive and impressive victory against the lower league side. Appiah looks very sharp in front of goal.

    Havant 0-2 Bristol Rovers

    We gave them a fairly good game, an impressive performance despite defeat

    Havant 2-4 Portsmouth
    Pericard
    Appiah

    This was a great performance against a strong League One side and for me showed we will be very competitive this season. We had chances to score a couple more in an open game, Appiah and Pericard could have added to their tallies.

    Bognor Regis 0-1 Havant
    Pericard

    Another good performance; we’ve done well this pre-season.

    Havant 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

    This was a cracking performance. They tried to tear us apart but we defended valiantly against a near full strength Rovers; Jordan Rhodes grabbed the only goal of the game.

    Starting XI

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    A good looking squad and a marked improvement on the side that finished 5th last season. Am hopeful of a decent promotion push.

    Next Time: August - September results
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  9. August - September

    A good start to the season which saw us only lose one game. We're taking our chances and the side has gelled together well from the off.

    August


    Havant 4-1 Chelmsford

    Eades
    Hayes
    Ramsey
    Palmer


    We went in at half time level after having much the better of the first half, second half we added goals to the dominance. They flooded in, the pick being a Ramsey strike from thirty yards. Chelmsford got a consolation but it was an excellent performance and a great start to the season.

    Canvey Island 2–2 Havant
    Appiah (2)

    Appiah grabbed a smart brace early in the first half but the home side pulled one back before half time. We clung on for a while but they scored a well worked equalised with five minutes remaining.

    Havant 1–1 Bishop’s Stortford
    Palmer

    Disappointing result. We dominated and hit the bar twice in the opening eight minutes. They took the lead against the run of play with their first chance in the first half but Palmer equalised on the hour. Dominant but with a point to show for it only.

    Staines 1-3 Havant
    Love
    Palmer
    Hayes

    Another very good performance and a win to go with it. Archie Love drove us to victory and opened the scoring before Palmer doubled the lead. Staines pulled back one second half with a debatable penalty but Hayes secured the win with a header from a corner.

    Havant 1-1 Basingstoke
    Halpin

    A tough game that we probably should have won. They took the lead against the run of things on the hour and we contrived to miss a couple of chances, hit the bar and had one disallowed. Then with a couple of minutes left, Halpin broke into the box and fired the equaliser from the angle.

    September

    Dover 2–0 Havant

    Our first defeat of the season and the home side (who maintained their 100% record) won comfortably. Tried to pack the midfield for this one but they were too good.

    Bromley 1-2 Havant
    Pericard
    Hutchinson


    A great win against a good side. They probably edged it but we took our chances and kept it tight at the back. Pericard gave us the lead with a smart strike and then Hutchinson got the second from outside the box. Dan Thomas, making his first performance since the playoff howler last season then put the ball into his own net to give the home side a lifeline. I should probably get rid of him soonish.

    Ebbsfleet 0-0 Havant

    A tough game at Ebbsfleet, they are a strong side on paper so we played off the break and contained them well. We’re still on the premises of the top five.

    Havant 2-0 Truro
    Ramsey
    Pericard

    An imperious display, should have been a lot more though as we hit the bar three times in the first half. Ramsey opened the scoring from the edge of the eighteen in the first half and then Pericard sealed it with a goal in added time at the end.

    Havant 2–0 Hayes and Yeading
    Hayes
    Pericard

    Another solid showing. Hayes headed us ahead against his namesake on the stroke of half time and we controlled the remainder of the game, the ever reliable Pericard wrapping things up nicely.

    AFC Hornchurch 0-1 Havant
    Appiah

    A victory we had to grind out in the end after going down to ten men with over half an hour remaining. Appiah slotted home a cool finish to give us the lead early on but Hayes picked up his second yellow card just before the hour; causing us to defend deep to defend the lead.

    Overview of Fixtures

    Let the Story Begin...-results-aug-sept.jpg

    League Table

    Let the Story Begin...-league-table-aug-sept.jpg
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  10. Good story, did something similar, but started unemployed with up to tier 9 active. Finished a season with Croydon.

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