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TAKING BURNLEY TO THE TOP!

  1. TAKING BURNLEY TO THE TOP!

    TAKING BURNLEY TO THE TOP!


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    SEAN DYCHE RESIGNS, PETER BRANAGAN UNVEILED AS NEW MANAGER

    Newly promoted Burnley have announced the departure of manager Sean Dyche, who having done an outstanding job in helping guide The Clarets back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, has made the sudden decision to resign from the role after over 3 and a half years with the club. In his place, Burnley have decided to take a real risk with inexperienced manager Peter Branagan signing a 1 year contract which will see him take up his first managerial role at the age of just 27.


    CLUB HISTORY

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    Looking back at the history of Burnley, they have won the top division of English Football on 2 occasions (1920/21 and 1959/60). They have also won a solitary FA Cup but this came over 100 years ago in the 1913/14 season. Other noteworthy triumphs include 3 Championship titles, 1 League One title, 1 League Two title and 2 Community/Charity Shields.

    Looking at the last 20 years, Burnley were promoted from League One back in 1999/2000 and having spent 9 years in the 2nd tier of English football, were promoted to the Premier League in 2008/09. However, they were relegated in their first season in 2009/10. In similar fashion, Burnley were promoted to the Premier League again in 2013/14 and were relegated again in 2014/15. Having been promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking in 2015/16, it is now my task to ensure that we remain in the Premier League this season and do not suffer the same fate as under both previous spells in the top division of English Football.


    MANAGERIAL PROFILE

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    Looking at my managerial profile, I have an Amateur football background having never played professionally. I have my National coaching licenses and will be looking to study for the Continental qualifications throughout my time with the club. I start out my managerial experience at a Premier League club on a wage of £11,250 per week which is the lowest in the division by a considerable distance

    FINANCIAL ANALYSIS

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    Analysing the finances of the club, we are currently over £5.5 million in debt but I have somehow been given a transfer budget of over £10 million and there is over £200,000 per week free on the wage budget allocation.


    MEDIA PREDICTIONS

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    The media are predicting that we will defy the odds and remain in the Premier League this season as they have us down to finish 17th which would see us narrowly avoid the drop.

    From a Financial standpoint, we are currently valued at £164 million. I am hoping to help improve this over my time with the club with on field success.

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    The bookmakers have placed us as one of the favourites to be relegated with odds of 11/2 to be one of the 3 unfortunate clubs to suffer the drop this season. With Man City and Arsenal the favourites respectively, we are 1000/1 outsiders. Surely, lightening can't strike twice with the heroics of Leicester City last season.


    PRESEASON FRIENDLY ROUNDUP

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    We decided to tour around Europe in Austria, France and Germany and were unbeaten in our 7 preseason friendlies, with the only blemish coming in our only French game of the tour against RC Lens. Very happy with our preparations and hopefully we can carry this preseason form into the new season.


    TRANSFERS - SUMMER 2016/17

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    Having allowed George Boyd and Scott Arfield to leave for a combined fee of over £9 million pound, I had almost £20 million in the transfer budget.

    I immediately identified LB as a priority as Stephen Ward is my only natural LB, although Robbie Brady could as fill in there. Argentinian U20 international, Nicolas Tagliafico was signed for a bargain £1.8 million and the 23 year old will battle with Stephen Ward for the LB position this season.

    Next, I went with experience in bringing in Italian international, Alessio Cerci, from Atletico Madrid for just £2 million. I expect Alessio to battle with Johann Berg Gudmundsson for the RW position but Alessio can also play up front if necessary.

    My 3rd signing was my most expensive of the window as winger Valdivia was signed from Brazilian club Internacional for £4.7 million. The left winger will provide fierce competition with Robbie Brady for the LW position and I now feel I am covered on the wings with 4 quality options.

    My 4th and final signing of the transfer window was another South American as Argentinian Joaquin Arzura was signed for £1.9 million from River Plate. The 23 year old defensive midfielder will provide a quality backup option for Steven Defour in the DM position.


    SQUAD 2016/17 SEASON

    GK - Tom Heaton (C), Paul Robinson
    RB - Jon Flanagan, Matt Lowton
    LB - Nicolas Tagliafico, Stephen Ward
    CB - Michael Keane, Ben Mee (VC), James Tarkowski, Kevin Long
    DM - Steven Defour, Joaquin Arzura
    CM - Jeff Hendrick, Joey Barton, Dean Marney, Ashley Westwood
    RW - Alessio Cerci, Johann Berg Gudmundsson
    LW - Robbie Brady, Valdivia
    FW - Andre Gray, Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes
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  2. AUGUST 2016 REVIEW:


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    Excellent start to the season with a 3-1 win at home to Southampton. Home form will be crucial if we are to survive this season and such a strong performance to open the season was pleasing. Goals from Jeff Hendrick and a double from Andre Gray.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Andre Gray

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    Tough first away game of the season with a trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City. A really professional performance from our side, limited Man City for most of the game. An 80th minute strike from Yaya Toure gave Man City the 1-0 win but I was proud of the effort and organisation of my team to frustrate and restrict Man City for most of the game.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Michael Keane

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    A goalfest in our 2nd round tie at home to Accrington Stanley in the League Cup. The star of the show was new signing Valdivia who was making his first start for the club. Having scored 2 goals in the first 2 minutes, the first coming after only 16 seconds, Valdivia completed his hat trick before half time and scored a 4th before being substituted shortly after the hour mark. His replacement, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, scored the 5th and Sam Vokes completed the rout.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia

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    Our final game of the month was at home to Middlesbrough in the League and we displayed another excellent attacking performance with a 4-2 win. Valdivia followed up his midweek heroics with his first 2 league goals for the club, Alessio Cerci scored a first in his first league start and Andre Gray netted his third league goal in 3 appearances.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia

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    A bit of bad news coming out of the win at home to Middlesbrough with Jeff Hendrick injuring his knee cap and he will now miss 2-3 weeks which should keep him out of our next 2 leagues fixtures, away to West Ham and at home to Arsenal.

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    The League Cup 3rd round draw presents us with an away tie to Cardiff City who have made an average start to the Championship season with 6 points from their opening 5 games.

    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    2 wins from our opening 3 league games with our only defeat coming away to Man City. It has been a very encouraging start to the season with us scoring 13 goals in our opening 4 games of the season. Although it is the very early stages of the season, we are currently sitting in 6th place in the Premier League and can feel very positive heading into September.

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Valdivia - Having remained an unused substitute in the opening game of the season and only playing the final 4 minutes against Man City, it seems strange putting Valdivia forward for player of the month. However, his performances in his 2 starts for the club have been outstanding. 4 goals against Accrington Stanley followed by another 2 against Middlesbrough have made Valdivia an instant hit with the club and long may this form continue.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS: Andre Gray - 3, Valdivia - 2

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD: 3 Wins, 0 Draws, 1 Defeat (75% win percentage)
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  3. Great presentation for this post. A bit like a written club end of season wrap up dvd!
    I will be reading this in the future!

  4. Quote Originally Posted by neon76 View Post
    Great presentation for this post. A bit like a written club end of season wrap up dvd!
    I will be reading this in the future!
    Haha end of season wrap up dvd! Thanks neon76 your comment is much appreciated and glad that you are enjoying the thread.

  5. SEPTEMBER 2016 REVIEW:



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    Valdivia continued his excellent form with another early strike to give us the lead against West Ham after only 12 minutes. However, goals from Sofiane Feghouli and Alvaro Arbeloa gave West Ham a half time lead. Thankfully, Alessio Cerci popped up with an equaliser 5 minutes into the 2nd half to ensure we came away from the London Stadium with a hard earned point.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Alessio Cerci

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    Disappointing to have Valdivia out for 2 weeks with an ankle ligament injury. His form has been excellent since stepping into the starting lineup with an emphatic 7 goals in his 3 starts for the club. He joins long-term absentee Ashley Barnes and Jeff Hendrick on the treatment table. Good news is Jeff Hendrick should miss only 1 more game which is at home to Arsenal in the League.

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    A hard working first half performance at home to Arsenal in the League was rewarded with a first half lead thanks to a first goal of the season and first for the club for Robbie Brady. Olivier Giroud equalised early on in the 2nd half to ensure that we drew our 2nd straight league game but it's 2 hard earned and crucial points.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Michael Keane

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    We came away from the Cardiff City stadium with a comfortable 2-0 win with goals from Andre Gray and the returning Jeff Hendrick. Great to have Hendrick back in the side after injury and we now await the 4th round draw to see can we continue our cup run.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Michael Keane

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    The draw for the 4th round of the League Cup has provided us with a home tie against another Championship side in Nottingham Forest. Forest have been flying high in the Championship and currently sit in 3rd place behind Newcastle and Brentford after 10 games. I have no doubt they will provide us with a tough test and they have already knocked out Premier League champions, Leicester City.

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    We finished the month with the shock result of the month, with an away win to Everton. Having put in a solid defensive performance, limiting Everton to 1 shot on target, we managed to snatch a late win through Andre Gray. I was delighted with this result as in our other 2 games against big clubs in Arsenal and Man City, we remained sold, limiting the opposition but didn't come away with the result that I felt we deserved. A great way to finish the month.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Michael Keane

    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    We continued our solid start to the season with a win and 2 draws from our 3 league fixtures in September. Considering we played West Ham and Everton away and Arsenal at home, 5 points is an excellent return. We are currently 7th in the Premier League having only lost 1 of our opening fixtures. This is beyond the start I could have expected having taken over as manager. Hopefully this can continue into October.

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Michael Keane - The club had a really solid monthly defensive and Michael was at the heart of this. He was awared with Man of the Match in 3 of our 4 games in September and it is obvious while all the big Premier League clubs have a major interest in the centre half.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON): Andre Gray - 4, Valdivia - 3, Alessio Cerci - 2

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD: 2 Wins, 2 Draws, O Defeats (50% win rate)
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  6. OCTOBER 2016 REVIEW:


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    In what was one of the toughest fixtures of the season on paper, travelling away to Chelsea, we put on our performance of the season so far and came away with not only an absolute shock but an emphatic 3-0 victory. Having led through a first half strike from Andre Gray, we were given a bit of fortune thanks to a red card to Cesar Azpilicueta early in the 2nd half. From there we looked comfortable against 10 men with Jeff Hendrick adding a 2nd before Andre Gray completed the rout. Could not imagine this result before the game but absolutely delighted nonetheless.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Andre Gray

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    Another injury for Valdivia, this time a pulled hamstring will keep him out for 2 weeks. Heading into an international break, I'm hoping Valdivia will recover in time for our trip to Anfield after the international break.

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    Very happy for Michael Keane as he made his first appearance for England in a 2-0 away win against Malta. Michael partnered Chris Smalling at centre back and helped England keep an expected clean sheet in his debut. Hopefully this will the first of many international appearances for Michael and after the start to the season he has made, his call up was well deserved.

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    Glad to have Ashley Barnes back after 4 months out with hamstring issues. We will have to ease him back into the team after such a long absence and it will be tough for him to break back into the starting lineup with the superb start Andre Gray has made to the season.

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    Our first game back from the international break was another tough assignment with a trip to Anfield to face the high flying Liverpool who currently sit top of the table. Unfortunately, Valdivia did not recover from his hamstring injury in time for this game so Republic of Ireland international, Robbie Brady came into the side in his place. The knack we have been showing against the big teams continued with a second half Andre Gray strike giving us a surprising 1-0 victory which puts us up to 3rd in the league. As a Liverpool fan, I was delighted to come away from my first visit to Anfield as a manager with a victory.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Andre Gray

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    Our first home league game of the month with Tottenham Hotspur the visitors. Again we showed great resolve and organisation at the back which we have shown in almost all games so far this season to restrict Tottenham to only 4 shots on target. Valdivia was restored to the starting line-up after injury and he instantly made an impact with his free kick finding the net after only 3 minutes. This goal proved to be the only goal of the game and ensured that we came away from 3 of the toughest consecutive games we face this season with 3 successive wins.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia

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    Another emphatic win at home to Nottingham Forest in the 4th round of the League Cup. Nottingham Forest have made a great start to their Championship campaign so to come away with a dominant 4-0 is extremely pleasing. A hat-trick from Andre Gray and another fantastic finish from Jeff Hendrick ensured our place in the hat for the quarter final.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Andre Gray

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    Sam Vokes future at the club looks uncertain as he is demanding first team football which I cannot not guarantee at this moment. Having not featured in our opening 9 league games of the season and only starting in 1 League Cup game it is understandable that Sam is considering his future and I would be willing to let him leave in the January window with the return of Ashley Barnes.

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    Delighted to have got a home draw in the quarter final of the League Cup as we drew Newcastle United. In the other quarter final ties, Stoke host Southampton, Championship Fulham travel to Manchester United and the tie of the round sees Tottenham Hotspur entertain Liverpool.

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    Our final game of the month, at home to Stoke City, turned out to be the only game of the month were we conceded a goal as we fell behind to a 1st minute Saido Berahino strike. However, we bounced back excellently with goals from Valdivia and an Andre Gray giving us a 2-1 win which placed us as surprising leaders of the Premier League to end the month.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia

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    Another player looking to leave the club is Joey Barton. The controversial Liverpudlian, has not made much of an impact for the club since he made his return after leaving Rangers in the summer. He has made 7 league appearances and is an important squad player for the club.

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    I have been awarded with the October manager of the month thanks to our heroic performances throughout the month. Delighted with this and hope that we can continue this excellent run which we are currently on.

    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    Cannot believe that we currently sit top of the table with 23 points from our opening 10 games of the season. Having played Arsenal, Everton, Man City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool in this sequence of fixtures, it's an unbelievable return of points to have at this early stage of the season. Let's try to reach the 40th point mark as soon as possible and see where we can go from there. It's been an excellent start to my career with my only defeat falling at the hands of Man City. Outside of the Premier League, we also have a League Cup quarter final to look forward to at home to Newcastle United.

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Andre Gray

    No doubt about the player of the month with Andre Gray picking up the man of the match award in 3 of our 5 fixtures and scoring on 7 occasions throughout the month including a hat trick against Nottingham Forest and a double against Chelsea. Andre already has 8 league goals and 4 goals in the League Cup this season.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS

    Andre Gray - 8
    Valdivia - 5
    Alessio Cerci - 2
    Jeff Hendrick - 2

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD

    5 Wins, 0 Draws, 0 Defeats (100% win rate)
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  7. Cracking start to the season mate! Fingers crossed players don't upset the apple cart too much!

  8. Quote Originally Posted by neavie pops23 View Post
    Cracking start to the season mate! Fingers crossed players don't upset the apple cart too much!
    Cheers mate! It's been an unbelievable start considering the fixtures. Valdivia has been class and a bargain at only £4.7 million. Wouldn't be too disappointed to lose either Sam Vokes or Joey Barton in the January window.

  9. NOVEMBER 2016 REVIEW:



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    A 6th consecutive league victory away to Swansea City put us 5 points clear at the top of the Premier League. Again, we came out of the blocks really early and took a deserved lead through Valdivia after only 6 minutes. Further goals from Alessio Cerci and Jeff Hendrick put the game to bed either side of half time. Borja Baston pulled a goal back for Swansea but the game finished 3-1 and was comfortable in the end.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Nicolas Tagliafico

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    Another tough game against one of the Big 7 sides in the Premier League with the visit to Turf Moor of Manchester United. Having remained unbeaten in the last 12 games and with 6 straight Premier League wins, I was feeling confident of avoiding defeat heading into the game. Manchester United had not won in their last 4 fixtures including defeats in 3 and were sitting in 7th place in the table. However, in a game which had little between the sides, Manchester United came away with all 3 points thanks to a 59th minute winner from Anthony Martial. Disappointed that our winning run and undefeated streak has came to an end but absolutely delighted to have achieved such consistency throughout the run.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Nicolas Tagliafico

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    Unfortunately, Tom Heaton was substituted in the 2nd half of our league fixture against Manchester United with an injury and the news isn't good with Tom fracturing his wrist. He will be out for between 5-7 weeks and the experienced Paul Robinson will cover in his place.

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    Delighted to have been offered a new deal with the club so early into my tenure. I had no hesitation in signing a 12 month extension to my 1 year contract and am now contracted until June 2018. I have been given a £1,250 increase to my original wage and will now be paid £12,500 per week.

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    A trip to the Hawthorns to face West Brom was always going to be difficult and considering they have only lost 2 league games so far this season, I was under no illusions of the difficulty of coming away with 3 points. Having taking the lead just before half time thanks to a Alessio Cerci strike, I was disappointed to concede with only 12 minutes to go and only come away with a 1-1 draw. From a 5 point lead at the top of the table, we are now 2nd and a point behind Arsenal. It shows the difficulty of the Premier League to have been punished for dropping points in 2 consecutive games.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Alessio Cerci

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    Our League Cup quarter final tie at home to Newcastle United was a tight battle which was decided by another cracking strike from Valdivia. The Brazilian magician has popped up with some vital goals already this season and hasn't taken any time at all to settle into English football. This was his 11th goal of the season in all competitions, including 5 in the League Cup. We will have a semi-final double header to look forward to in the New Year which is more than I could have expected at the start of the season.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Nicolas Tagliafico

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    Following in from signing my new contract with the club, I have penned down Andre Gray to a new 5 year deal with the club keeping him contracted until June 2021 on £40,000 per week. Andre has been terrific so far this season with 8 Premier League goals and fully deserves this new deal.

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    The draw for the League Cup sees us paired up with Stoke City. I am happy with this draw as we avoid both Liverpool and Manchester United who were drawn against each other in the other semi final.

    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    In comparison with the first 3 months of the season, this has been our worst month so far with 1 win from our 3 league fixtures. However, we fell to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, had a tough away draw at West Brom and won our other fixture against Swansea. We have been impressive and tough to beat and fully deserve to sit in 2nd place in the Premier League. Only 2 defeats from 13 league games and 27 points from a possible 39, I couldn't have expected this before the season started. We are also in the semi final of the League Cup and have a real shot of making it to a Wembley final in my first season with the club.

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Nicolas Tagliafico

    Easy decision for my player of the month as Nicolas has had a fantastic month, having picked up the man of the match award in 3 of the clubs 4 fixtures in November. Having moved to Europe from Argentinian side Independiente, Nicolas has settled in really well to the Premier League and has been an instant asset to the club as the first choice left back. Hopefully his form will earn him what would be a deserved call up to the Argentinian national team.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS

    Andre Gray - 8
    Valdivia - 6
    Alessio Cerci 4
    Jeff Hendrick - 3

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD

    2 Wins, 1 Draw, 1 Defeat (50% win rate)
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  10. DECEMBER 2016 REVIEW:

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    It's going to be a difficult month with 7 league fixtures crammed into the busy festive period. Very happy to get off to a good start with a 2-1 win at home to Bournemouth. We fell behind to a Michael Keane own goal just after the half hour mark but responded excellently with goals from Andre Gray and Ben Mee giving us a half time lead. We managed to hold on to the lead to pick up a valuable 3 points after dropping points in our last 2 league games to Manchester United and West Brom.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Ben Mee

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    Disatrous news as Joaquin Arzura damaged his achilles tendon and will be out for up to 5 months. Joaquin has been a key member of our starting eleven this season since signing during the summer and this is a devastating injury for both Joaquin and the club.

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    Ashley Barnes looks set to leave the club as he is looking for first team football which I cannot guarantee. He follows in the footsteps of Sam Vokes who has already made a similar request. Very difficult for either of them to get into the side with the form of Andre Gray this season.

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    I brought Joey Barton back into the side to replace the injured Joaquin Arzura for the away trip to Hull City, moving Steven Defour into the defensive midfield position and partnering Joey next to Jeff Hendrick in centre midfield. However, the result was a disappointing 0-0 draw. Not many chances between either side but the point is definitely more valuable for Hull who are currently 19th in the Premier League and facing a real relegation battle.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Ben Mee

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    Positive news coinciding with the return to the starting eleven for Joey Barton, he has also decided to drop his request to leave the club. With the long term injury to Joaquin Arzura, Joey's got a more important role with the side in the current months as he will be an integral part of team in Joaquin's absence.

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    The draw for the 3rd round of the FA Cup sees us travel to Portman Road to face Ipswich Town who are currently struggling in 20th position in the Championship.

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    Another injury with Stephen Ward twisting his ankle. He is expected to be out for up to 2 weeks and joins Tom Heaton and Joaquin Arzura on the injured list. Joey Barton is also absent at the moment and will miss our next league fixture which is the away trip to Crystal Palace

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    With Joey Barton absent for this game, Dean Marney was handed a rare start but he couldn't help the team from falling to a disappointing 1-0 defeat. There was nothing between the sides and similar to our last game, away to Hull City, there was not much in terms of clear cut chances. It was a Yohan Cabaye penalty early in the 2nd half which decided the game and it's now just 1 win in our last 5 league fixtures.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Michael Keane

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    Another absolutely devastating injury with our talisman, Andre Gray, facing an extended period on the sidelines after suffering a torn calf muscle which will keep him out of the side for between 3-4 months. The injuries are starting to mount up but it's awful news for Andre who has been terrific this season with 13 goals in 18 appearances in all competitions this season including 9 in the Premier League. His loss will give opportunity to Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes who have made no secret about their desire to claim more first team football.

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    With the combination of poor recent form and the loss of Andre Gray, I was in a pessimistic mood heading into our next league fixture at home to Leicester City. However, the team responded emphatically and delivered our biggest win of the season. I decided to move Alessio Cerci up top in place of Andre Gray and bring Johann Berg Gudmundsson into his place on the right wing and this change had instant dividends with Cerci opening the scoring on 11 minutes. To further highlight the benefits of the tweaks to the side, it was Gudmundsson who put us 2-0 up before half time. The second half saw further strikes from Valdivia and Michael Keane as we picked up a much needed 3 points which keeps us in 2nd place in the Premier League table.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia

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    Back-to-back league wins with a 2-1 victory at home to Sunderland. An 8th league goal of the season for Valdivia and a 71st minute strike from Jeff Hendrick ensured we picked up another 3 points which puts us on 37 for the season after only 18 games which is an impressive return for a newly promoted side. 3 more points and we reach to magic 40 point mark which should be enough to ensure survival.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia

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    A 1-0 defeat away to Watford at on Boxing Day ensured it's now 4 consecutive away games without a win in the league. A poor performance as we never got going but with us right in the middle of the busy festive period, I really should have rotated the squad a bit more than I have.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Nicolas Tagliafico

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    Finally some good news on the injury front with the return to fitness of our captain Tom Heaton who has missed 6 weeks with a fractured wrist. With the long term injuries to Joaquin Arzura and Andre Gray this month, I'm happy to have some positive news to close out the month.

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    A tough New Year's Eve fixture at home to Manchester City as we closed out 2016 with a narrow 2-1 defeat. Michael Keane scored his 2nd own goal of the month and Sergio Aguero followed this up with a 2nd to give Man City an early 2-0 lead after only 18 minutes. With Nicolas Tagliafico suspended for this game and Stephen Ward out injured, I brought Robbie Brady into the side at left back and it was his cross which set up Michael Keane who headed home with 10 minutes to go to give us hope of clinching a point. Man City had been reduced to 10 men after Bacary Sagna was sent off with 10 minutes to play but unfortunately, we couldn't capitalise on this after Michael Keane gave us hope.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Michael Keane

    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    A congested December period with 7 league fixtures and unfortunately, with injuries and a small squad, we had an inconsistent month with 3 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats this month. Despite our wobbles in December, we still remain the Champions League places as we currently sit in 4th place, 2 points clear of Tottenham Hotspur who lie below us in 5th place. Amazingly, Arsenal are dominant at the top of the table with an 11 point lead over Liverpool and Manchester United who are 2nd and 3rd respectively and have also won in incredible 11 consecutive league games.

    Another hectic month to come in January with 8 games including our FA Cup 3rd round tie away to Ipswich Town, both legs of our League Cup semi final against Stoke City and league fixtures against Southampton, Middlesbrough, West Ham, Everton and Chelsea. This will no doubt be a defining month in our season so hopefully we can put in some big performances.

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Valdivia

    Another good month from our Brazilian magician with his 7th and 8th goals of the season and a couple of man of the match performances to go with it. It was a close choice for player of the month this month as Michael Keane also had an impressive month but his 2 own goals proved to be pivotal in my decision. Valdivia has has an excellent season so far with 13 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions and 6 assists to his name.

    TOP GOALSCORERS SEASON:

    Andre Gray - 9
    Valdivia - 8
    Alessio Cerci - 5
    Jeff Hendrick - 4

    MANAGERIAL WIN RATE:

    3 Wins, 1 Draw, 3 Defeats (43% win rate)

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    Going into the January transfer window, our finances have greatly improved with a positive balance of £10 million in comparison with the -£5 million which we had at the start of my career with the club. With the expected departure of either Sam Vokes and/or Ashley Barnes and the long-term injury to Andre Gray, I may need to dip into the transfer market for a new striker.
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  11. JANUARY 2017 REVIEW:



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    Not the greatest start to the month with a 2-1 away defeat Southampton in the league. With only 2 days between this fixture and our home defeat to Man City on New Year's Eve, I knew it was going to be tough, especially due to me sticking with the same side which lost to City. Joey Barton scored his first goal of the season to give us the lead just after the hour mark but 2 late strikes from former Burnley striker Charlie Austin brought us our 3rd successive league defeat.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Joey Barton

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    Our bad form continued with a shock 3-1 defeat to Ipswich in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. We never got going in this game and went in at the break 2-0 down. Tom Lawrence made it 3-0 just after the restart and an instant reply from Alessio Cerci proved to be just a consolation as it finished 3-1. Disappointing exit from the FA Cup and slipping in the Premier League, this has been my toughest couple of weeks as manager of the club.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Alessio Cerci

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    Our first departure of the January transfer window as Sam Vokes signed for MLS side, Houston Dynamo. Sam had been unhappy with the lack of first team appearances this season so I was very happy to receive £8 million for his transfer. I'm hoping to dip into the transfer market for a new striker to not only replace Sam but also the injured Andre Gray.

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    Delighted to have completed the signing of Ajax sensation Kasper Dolberg. The 19 year old Danish international signed for £5 million having scored 8 goals in 18 league appearances in his first season as a senior player for the club. I'm hopeful that Kasper will grow with the club over the coming years and the £5 million spent should be seen as a real bargain.

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    Another departure for the club with right back, Tendayi Darikwa, signing for Championship mainstays Derby County for £500,000. Tendayi hadn't made an appearance for the first team this season and at 25 years of age, I was more than happy to allow him to move on for his benefit.

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    Another injury for the club with Alessio Cerci out for up to 2 weeks with a twisted knee. It looks like new signing Kasper Dolberg will be thrown straight into the side to fill in for Alessio who has been playing up front since Andre Gray's injury.

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    Positive result in the first leg of our League Cup semi final at the Bet 365 stadium against Stoke City. After 4 consecutive defeats, I was very happy to come away with a draw which presents us with an excellent opportunity to make the League Cup final. Kasper Dolberg made his debut but was kept quiet in a game which had very little in terms of goal mouth action.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Michael Keane

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    Delighted to get back to winning ways with a 2-1 win away to Middlesbrough in the league. I decided to rest the out of form Valdivia and brought Robbie Brady into the side to take his place and it was Brady who opened the scoring with a penalty just after the half hour mark. Johann Berg Gudmundsson made it 2-0 after 59 minutes and although Middlesbrough pulled a goal back through a Nicolas Tagliafico own goal, we held onto to pick up a massive win which got our league campaign back on track after 3 consecutive defeats.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Michael Keane

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    We completed our 2nd signing of the transfer window with Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio signing on loan until the end of the season. As Marco had made 6 league appearances for Real Madrid this season, I was surprised to see him available for loan and I see it as a real coup for the club to have him come in for the remainder of the season.

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    The club and Dean Marney have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with the club which still had 6 months remaining. Dean was adamant that he wanted to leave the club in the January transfer window and having offered him around, there was no club interested in making a move so I felt that the best option was for him to have his contract cancelled with the club. Having signed Marco Asensio, Dean had moved further down the pecking order and hopefully he will find a new club where he will be in a position to receive more opportunities than I could guarantee.

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    Another positive league result with us gaining a valuable point with a 1-1 draw at home to Everton. Although, we took the lead through a second half strike from Johann Berg Gudmundsson, it only last 1 minute with Romelu Lukaku striking back immediately for Everton.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Johann Berg Gudmundsson

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    WE HAVE MADE THE FINAL OF THE LEAGUE CUP! What an amazing season we are having and it has been capped off with a trip to Wembley following our 1-0 victory over Stoke City in the 2nd leg of our League Cup semi-final. Having played 180 minutes and nothing separating the sides with consecutive 0-0 results, it seemed like we were heading to an inevitable penalty shootout. However, with 1 minute of extra time remaining, Johann Berg Gudmundsson popped up with a dramatic late winner to send us through to the final to face Manchester United who overcame Liverpool in the other semi-final.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Nicolas Tagliafico

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    Another injury for Tom Heaton, this time with him picking up a broken finger which will keep him out for between 2-3 weeks. Experienced backup, Paul Robinson, will have to step in again for the next couple of weeks.

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    We finished off the month with a potential game of the season candidate at home to Chelsea in the league. Having fallen 2-0 behind after only 11 minutes through goals from Cesc Fabregas and Pedro, I was worried of us being on the end of a hammering. However, goals from Marco Asensio and Valdivia brought us in at half time level. Early in the second half, Kasper Dolberg scored his first goal for the club to put us 3-2 up and Marco Asensio scored his second to make it 4-2 with 5 minutes to go. Pedro pulled one back with 1 minute to go but we held on for a huge 3 points and another big scalp with us doing the double over Chelsea this season.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Marco Asensio

    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    Having picked up 7 points from a possible 12 in the league, we got ourselves back on track this month following a poor run of form at the end of December. We are still occupying a place in the Top 4 with us currently sitting one point above 5th place Liverpool in 4th. On the flip side, looking above us 2nd placed Tottenham are 2 points ahead of us and Manchester United are a point ahead of us in 3rd. Making the League Cup final is a fantastic achievement for the club and we can look forward to a trip to Wembley at the end of February. The only major disappointment this month was our embarrassing elimination from the FA Cup away to Ipswich in the 3rd round. However, our outstanding league position and our League Cup adventure is more than enough to make up for this.

    We have a tough run of league fixtures to come in February with 2 trips to North London to face both Tottenham and Arsenal and home games against West Ham and Liverpool. We finish out the month with the League Cup final against Manchester United.

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Johann Berg Gudmundsson

    Johann had an excellent month with 3 goals, one of which was our most important of the season, sealing our place in the League Cup final. Having spent the majority of the first half of the season outside of the starting lineup, Johann has shown a tremendous attitude to work his way into the picture and has been fantastic since returning to the side.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS:

    Andre Gray - 9
    Valdivia - 9
    Alessio Cerci - 5
    Jeff Hendrick - 4
    Johann Berg Gudmundsson - 3

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD

    3 Wins, 2 Draws, 2 Defeats (43% win rate)

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    We close out the transfer window with a fairly healthy balance of £7.7 million. The sale of Sam Vokes to Houston Dynamo for £8 million was a fantastic deal for the club and I feel that the £5 million signing of Kasper Dolberg from Ajax will be a huge bargain for the club.

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    Looking at the transfer window, Yannick Carrasco completed the biggest transfer of the window as he signed for Tottenham Hotspur from Atletico Madrid for £32 million. Liverpool spent the most in the window with Kieran Tierney (Celtic), Kenny Tete and Davy Klaasen (Ajax) and Jens Toornstra (Feyenoord) all signing for combined fees of over £50 million.
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  12. FEBRUARY 2017 REVIEW:


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    Going into this game, Arsenal were 7 points clear at the top of the Premier League but we had also came off the back of an unbelievable victory against Chelsea. We put in another fantastic performance to come away from the Emirates with a 2-1 victory. An own goal from Gabriel Paulista put is 1-0 up early in the second half but Mesut Ozil quickly equalised. With the game looking to end 1-1, Johann Berg Gudmundsson popped up with yet another dramatic late winner to give us a monumental 3 points and another big scalp in the league.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Ben Mee

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    Home to West Ham next in the league and it finished 1-1 with Alessio Cerci equalised late on after being behind through an early strike from January signing, Andrea Petagna in the 5th minute. Another decent point which keeps us in and around the Champions League places.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Ben Mee

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    An injury to Kasper Dolberg puts his availability for the League Cup final in doubt after he suffered a pulled hamstring keeping him out for up to 2 weeks. He joins Tom Heaton as a doubt for the final with Andre Gray and Joaquin Arzura definitely unavailable.

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    We put in a fantastic performance away to Tottenham at White Hart Lane but failed to come away with anything as a first half Harry Kane strike sealing the 3 points for Tottenham. This result dropped us out of the top 4 for the first team since the early stages of the season.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Michael Keane

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    Sam Vokes finally completed his £8million move to the MLS. This transfer has broken our record transfer fee received which beats the previous record of £7 million when Jay Rodriguez moved to Southampton in 2012.

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    A really poor defeat at home to Liverpool in the league. With one eye on the League Cup final, we put in a terrible performance falling to a 3-0 defeat. A Roberto Firmino double and a James Milner strike put Liverpool 2nd in the league and cut us further adrift of the top 4.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Alessio Cerci

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    More injuries with Robbie Brady and Matt Lowton both ruled out of the League Cup final with a damaged heel and twisted knee respectively. It's looking like Tom Heaton will be available for the final which is some positive news.

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    It's not only my first final as a manager but it is also the first League Cup final in the history of the club. Great to be part of this history and looking forward to the battle against Manchester United.

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    What an unbelievable cup final this turned out to be and you would be hard pressed finding a better final. Having gone ahead on 3 occasions, Manchester United pulled level on 3 occasions to bring the game to extra time with the game level at 3-3. Goals from Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Alessio Cerci and Valdivia gave us an unexpected lead on 3 different occasions. Wayne Rooney scored a late strike to bring the game to extra time. Early into extra time, Jeff Hendrick scored a fantastic goal to put us 4-3 ahead. However, goals from Ashley Young and Phil Jones destroyed our chances of victory and gave the trophy to Manchester United. Disappointing having been ahead 4 times and still not coming away with the trophy.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia


    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    Aside from the win at Arsenal and the unbelievable League Cup final performance, it has been a disappointing month for the club with defeats to Tottenham and Liverpool hampering our chances of European football next season and dropping us down to our lowest position since August with Southampton moving ahead of us into 5th on goal difference. Arsenal are 6 points clear at the top of the table ahead of a resurgent Liverpool but the gap from 2nd to 4th is unbelievably close with only 2 points between Liverpool in 2nd and Man United in 4th.

    We have the get the disappointment of the League Cup defeat out of our system and with only 3 league fixtures in March, we should be fresh and hopefully keep ourselves in with a fighting chance of European football next season heading into the last couple of months of the season.

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Johann Berg Gudmundsson

    Difficult month to pick a player of the month considering we only won 1 game out of 5 in February. However, I'm going to give it to Johann Berg Gudmundsson as he not only scored in the League Cup final but popped up with the winner in the away victory against Arsenal.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS SEASON

    ANDRE GRAY - 9
    VALDIVIA - 9
    ALESSIO CERCI - 6

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    1 Win, 1 Draw, 3 Defeats (20% win rate)
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  13. MARCH 2017 REVIEW:

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    A third consecutive league defeat with a 1-0 loss away to Stoke City. Our season is hitting a really low point and we are falling further behind the top 4 and face a real battle to get a place in the Europa League next season.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Ben Mee

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    Injuires to two of our Republic of Ireland internationals with Robbie Brady suffering a twisted ankle and Jeff Hendrick pulling his hamstring. Both will miss the rest of the month and our fixtures at home to Swansea City and away to Manchester United.

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    Great to get back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 victory at home to Swansea City. An early Steven Defour penalty, a Lukasz Fabianski own goal and a second half strike from Alessio Cerci put us 3-0 up and it was a very late consolation for Gylfi Sigurdsson which ruined our clean sheet. All in all, a really positive results after a difficult couple of weeks.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Nicolas Tagliafico

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    Disastrous news with Ben Mee ruled out for the rest of the season with a damaged spine. This should keep him out for up to 3 months. Hopefully James Tarkowski can step up in his place for the rest of the season.

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    Another injury with Nicolas Tagliafico suffering a broken arm which will keep him out for up to 5 weeks. The injuries are racking up with a number of key players currently out includng Ben Mee, Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Andre Gray, Nicolas Tagliafico, Joaquin Arzura and Marco Asensio.

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    A much changed lineup for us with so many players absent through injuries but no excuses as we suffered our worst defeat of the season. Manchester United dominated and fully deserved to come away with their 5-1 win.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kasper Dolberg

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    Some great news for the club with talisman Andre Gray returned from his torn calf muscle injury which has kept him out for the last 3 months. He has been a big loss to the club and it will be great to get him back involved with the first team once he returns to full fitness.

    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    A very short month with only 3 league fixtures. Having started the month with another loss to Stoke City, the response was excellent in picking up the 3 points at home to Swansea City. However, we finished the month with a really poor showing against Manchester United which was a complete contrast to the outstanding performance we put in against them in the League Cup final. We have dropped to our lowest position of the season in the league as we now sit 7th but although disappointing, this is testament to the level of consistency we have shown throughout our first season in the Premier League. I would like to achieve a Europa League place for next season but have to be proud of the teams performance this season.

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Alessio Cerci

    There was no real standout performer in this month but I am going to give it to Alessio Cerci due to his flexibility in the side moving from RW to CF and always putting in consistent performances. He has 7 league goals this season and has been a fantastic addition to the side since signing for a bargain £2 million in the summer.

    TOP GOALSCORERS:

    Andre Gray - 9
    Valdivia - 9
    Alessio Cerci - 7

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    1 Win, 2 Defeats (33% win rate)

  14. APRIL 2017 REVIEW:

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    Great response to the hammering we took at Old Trafford with a 3-1 win at home to West Brom. Goals from Marco Asensio, Robbie Brady and Andre Gray helped us pick up a valuable 3 points to keep us in the hunt for European football next season.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Jeff Hendrick

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    Bad news off the back of the West Brom win with Jon Flanagan picking up strained knee ligaments which will keep him out for up to 6 weeks. He could well miss the rest of the season at this stage with only 6 games to go.

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    Back-to-back Premier League home wins with a 4-1 hammering of Hull City. Having fallen behind early on to a Alfred N'Diaye strike, we responded excellently with 2 goals from Alessio Cerci and late strikes from Marco Asensio and the returning Andre Gray giving us an emphatic victory.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Alessio Cerci

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    Delighted to have Joaquin Arzura back in full training after 5 months out with a damaged achillles tendon. He had an excellent start to the season as our defensive midfielder after signing from River Plate for £1.9 million. Hopefully he can replicate the form he showed at the end of the season but it could take a number of weeks to get him back involved with the first team.

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    A third win on the spin with a 2-0 away win to AFC Bournemouth. We limited Bournemouth throughout the game and snatched 2 goals either side of half time from Andre Gray and Robbie Brady. It's good to see Andre Gray instantly returning to form after his injury and Robbie Brady has been excellent in recent weeks, keeping Valdivia out of the starting lineup.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Matt Lowton

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    We closed out the month with a perfect 4 wins from 4 league games in April, with a 2-1 win away to champions Leicester City. Leicester have found it hard defending their title and currently sit in 13th place and we went to the King Power stadium full of confidence. Having gone in at half time with the scores level at 0-0, we scored twice in the opening 20 minutes of the second half through Alessio Cerci and a third successive league strike for Robbie Brady. Riyad Mahrez pulled one back but we held on for another 3 points which keeps put us right in the hunt for Champions League football.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Alessio Cerci

    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    A perfect month with 4 wins from 4 league games sees us sit in 6th place and only 2 points behind Liverpool in 4th place. With 3 games to go we are right in the mix for Champions League football, competing with Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Man City and Southampton for 2 Champions League places. We have been helped this month with the emphatic return of Andre Gray who scored 2 in his 3 games since returning from long-term injury. Looking at our remaining 3 fixtures, we face Crystal Palace at home, Sunderland away and close the season with a home game against Watford. They are 3 winnable fixtures and hopefully we can do enough to keep the pressure on the sides ahead of us.

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    PLAYER OF THE MONTH:

    Having won the Young Player of the Month in April, Marco Asensio is the club player of the month for April. Marco has been excellent again this month with 2 goals from our 4 games. His impact at the club since signing on loan in January has been unbelievable and his partnership with Jeff Hendrick in the middle of the park has been excellent.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    ANDRE GRAY - 12
    ALESSIO CERCI - 10
    VALDIVIA - 9
    ROBBIE BRADY - 5
    JEFF HENDRICK - 4

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    4 Wins, 0 Draws, 0 Defeats (100% win rate)
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  15. MAY 2017 REVIEW:

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    We badly needed to get a win to start our 3 most important games of the season but we could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace. Alessio Cerci put us ahead with his 11th league goal of the season but Loic Remy equalised in the second half to disappoint the home fans and leave us rely on other results to keep us in the hunt for Champions League football.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Marco Asensio

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    With Liverpool falling to a 2-1 defeat at home to title chasing Manchester United, competition for 4th place is wide open with only 3 points separating Liverpool in 4th and Watford in 8th place. A 5 way battle with 2 games to play between ourselves, Liverpool, Manchester City, Southampton and Watford. Fascinating end to the season in store!

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    An emphatic result away to Sunderland as we raced into a 3 goal lead after less than half an hour through goals from Jeff Hendrick, Andre Gray and Alessio Cerci. Gray struck is 14th league goal of the season to make it 4-0 with 25 minutes to play. Although Sunderland pulled 2 goals back through Didier Ndong and Fabio Borini, we held on for an important 3 points.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Andre Gray

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    Wth us playing the first game of the weekend on the Friday night, we could watch on and hope for results to go our way over the rest of the weekend and that's exactly what happened. Although Man City beat Southampton 6-2 and Watford picked up a dominant 4-0 win at home to Middlesbrough, Liverpool dropped points again away to West Brom which keeps us in 4th place with a 1 point advantage over Liverpool in 5th. It is still a 5 horse race for 4th spot but we know that a win at home to Watford would ensure Champions League football next season.

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    Final game of the season and we needed a win to ensure Champions League football and that's exactly what we achieved. We struggled throughout the game but a Ben Watson own goal on the hour mark was enough for us to scrape over the line for 4th place and a monumental achievement for a newly promoted side to reach such an accomplishment.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Michael Keane

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    BURNLEY HAVE MADE THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE! Unbelievable achievement and looking at the sides who will be missing out on the Champions League next season makes the result all the better with Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea all missing out on the Champions League.


    MONTHLY REVIEW:

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH:

    Alessio Cerci had another cracking month with 2 goals in our last season to continue his impressive end to the season. The winger managed 12 league goals in his first season for the club and was an unbelievable bargain at only £2 million from Atletico Madrid.

    TOP GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    ANDRE GRAY - 14
    ALESSIO CERCI - 12
    VALDIVIA - 9
    ROBBIE BRADY - 5
    JEFF HENDRICK - 5

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    2 Wins, 1 Draw, 0 Defeats (67% win rate)

  16. Very well done.

    Im currently doing a burnley save in first season and have had a very similar go at it. 8 games to go and 2 points outside the top 4. Very fun save indeed

  17. Quote Originally Posted by callamity View Post
    Very well done.

    Im currently doing a burnley save in first season and have had a very similar go at it. 8 games to go and 2 points outside the top 4. Very fun save indeed
    Cheers callamity. Burnley are a great team to manage in the game, bit of a challenge but it's went well better than I thought it would. Hope you get the same end to the season that I did.

  18. SEASON 2016/17 REVIEW:

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    Looking back on my first season with the club, it's been an excellent season which has monumentally went beyond any expectations I had heading into the season. We were expected to struggle and fight against relegation, so to finish in 4th place and be able to bring the club Champions League football next season is unbelievable. Our FA Cup run was short as we went out to Ipswich but we made the final of the League Cup only to lost out to Manchester United in a remarkable 5-4 defeat.

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    PLAYER OF THE SEASON - Andre Gray was voted player of the season with 34% of the votes. Although injured for over 3 months from December to the end of March, Andre managed 14 goals in 22 league appearances. He also added 4 goals in our entertaining run to the League Cup final and there is no doubt that Andre deserves to be player of the year.

    YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON & SIGNING OF THE SEASON - Although Alessio Cerci was a bargain at £2 million and scored 12 league goals this season, Valdivia was named signing of the season and it's hard to argue against this. At £4.7 million, Valdivia was a relative cheap addition to the side when he signed last summer from International of Brazil. He was an instant hit with the side and was fantastic throughout the season with 9 league goals and 6 assists from 29 appearances. He also scored 6 goals in the League Cup. Valdivia was also named young player of the season which is a fantastic individual double for the player. At 22 years of age, Valdivia has an exciting future ahead of him.

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    Honoured to be award the Premier League Manager of the Year. Also surprised to see that I managed a 55% win rate in the league in my first season with the club.

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    In terms of finances, our net spend was ranked 14th at just over £5 million with all clubs in the Premier League spending more than the earned.

    The really staggering figure which highlights how over the odds our achievements this season have been is the annual wages for the club as we rank 20th with a wage budget of just over £30 million per year. In comparison, Manchester United are highest with a budget of £171 million per annum (nearly 6 times our budget) and based on the position we finished, the 4th highest budget is Chelsea with £127 million per annum.

    Thanks to our league position, TV deal money and our run in the League Cup, our finances have significantly improved as we now have a balance of £65 million. I'm hoping I will have a bit of money to spend to add to my squad for the season ahead where we will embark on our first ever campaign in the Champions League.

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    Arsenal were crowned deserving Premier League champions as they led the way for most of the season but narrowly beat Manchester United to the honours with only one point separating the 2 sides. Both sides will be joined by ourselves and Tottenham who finished 3rd in the Champions League next season. Liverpool and Manchester City will be disappointed to finish in the Europa League places. However, the real disappointments are Sunderland, Swansea City and Middlesbrough who were relegated to the Championship. They will be replaced by Championship winners, Newcastle United, runners-up, Huddersfield and playoff winners, Wolves in the Premier League next season.

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    Valdivia was named in the Premier League team of the year to further highlight the excellent debut season he had with the club.

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    Alexis Sanchez was named Premier League top goalscorer with 22 goals. Although Diego Costa and Callum Wilson also scored 22 goals, Alexis Sanchez played fewer games and won the award on this basis. Looking at the list, only Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero had a better minutes per goal ratio than Andre Gray and if Andre hadn't suffered such a significant injury, I'm sure he would have ranked much higher on the list of top goalscorers.

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    Arsenal achieved the double with a 4-1 Wembley victory in the FA Cup final against Liverpool. It was a complete annihilation with Arsenal 4-0 ahead after only 1 hour to put the game well beyond a disappointing Liverpool.

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    Premier League runners up, Manchester United, were victorious in the Europa League, narrowly beating Atletico Madrid to claim the trophy. Talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the winner to ensure that Jose Mourinho's first season at Old Trafford ended with a cup double after the beat us in the League Cup final earlier in the season.

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    In the Champions League, Juventus beat Bayern Munich to claim the trophy thanks to a goal from Paulo Dybala. This capped off an excellent treble for the club as they had already wrapped up the Serie A title and the Italian Cup.
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  19. Quote Originally Posted by Branaldo9 View Post
    Cheers callamity. Burnley are a great team to manage in the game, bit of a challenge but it's went well better than I thought it would. Hope you get the same end to the season that I did.
    I did ok, didnt get the top 4, finishing in 5th but im still happy with that.

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  20. Quote Originally Posted by callamity View Post
    I did ok, didnt get the top 4, finishing in 5th but im still happy with that.

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    You finished with more points than I did in my first season, so very unlucky not to make the Top 4. Still European football for a newly promoted side in your first season is class.
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  21. SEASON 2017/18 PREVIEW:

    FINANCIAL ANALYSIS & MEDIA PREDICTIONS:

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    Finances have greatly improved, with profits of £73 million for the last year and finances have gone from -£5.5 million to £65 million. Obviously the improved TV deal has been a significant factor in this but also, Champions League qualification has been important in this improvement.

    We have been given a transfer budget of £42 million so hopefully we can make some significant additions, to really strengthen the side as we embark on our European campaign this season.

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    With the financial improvement we have benefited from, we have moved from 58th to 21st in the list of richest clubs in the world. The club is now valued at £328 million, which is a massive improvement on the £164 million which the club was valued at last season. Within the space of one season, the club's value has doubled which is unbelievable and encouraging to see that the improvement on field is being matched off the field too.

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    Look at the Season Expectations, we are looking for a Top Half finish, which considering how we finished 4th last season, is a big drop but realistic in regards to it only being our 2nd season in the Premier League. I will obviously be looking to finish as high up as possible and hopefully challenge for a European place again this season. I would be delighted to match the expectation of reaching the group stages of the Champions League but I am expecting a really tough draw in the Play Off round. Another good run in one of the domestic cups would be excellent, or at the very least an improvement on our FA Cup run is to be expected this season.

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    Manchested United have been placed as favourites to win the Premier League this season ahead of Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea. In terms of media prediction for ourselves, we are tipped to finish 12th and are priced at 200-1 to win the league (we are only 8-1 to be relegated from the Premier League. I would be very happy to prove the media wrong again this season and defy the odds with a strong showing in the League.

    CONTRACT RENEWALS

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    Nicolas Tagliafico has signed a new 2 year contract with the club which has almost doubled his wages. He had an excellent first season with the club and fully deserves the new deal. I wanted to offer him a longer term contract but he was only willing to sign a 2 year deal.

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    Delighted to have tied down Michael Keane to a new 4 year deal with the club. Michael was heading into the final year of his contract with the club and was unwilling to resign unless we made it into the Champions League. He signed straight up after we finished 4th and this is a very important deal for both Michael and the club as he was excellent at the heart of our defence last season.

    TRANSFERS - SUMMER 17/18

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    We allowed a number of fringe players to leave during the summer transfer window. Joey Barton and Michael Kightly were released after their contracts expired. After a 20 year career which started at Leeds United, Paul Robinson retired from football and we sold a number of other fringe players for small fees including Rouwen Hennings, Chris Long, Nick Pope, Jamie Thomas, Tom Anderson and Daniel Agyei. From our first team squad, joining Joey Barton and Paul Robinson in departing the club, Ashley Barnes signed for newly promoted Wolves for £2.7 million, Stephen Ward signed for Cardiff City for £325,000 and Kevin Long signed for Nott'm Forest for £325,000. Overall we received £8.25 million from sales.

    With Jon Flanagan returning to his parent club Liverpool, my first signing of the window was Kieran Trippier who made his return to the club, signing from Tottenham Hotspur for £3.1 million. Kieran has found opportunities limited at Tottenham with Kyle Walker ahead of him as first choice right back and I'm delighted to have him resign with the club at a bargain price.

    With Joey Barton leaving the club and Marco Asensio returning to Real Madrid following his loan spell, we were really short in Centre Midfield so I decided to return to South America to bring in Lucas Romero from Brazilian Premier League side Cruzeiro for £3.4 million. Having made 3 successful signings last season from South America, I'm hoping that Lucas Romero will make a similar impact to Valdivia, Nicolas Tagliafico and Joaquin Arzura.

    Next up, I needed to find a back-up for Nicolas Tagliafico at left back following the sale of Stephen Ward. I decided to bring in Charlie Taylor after his contract with Leeds United expired. We had to pay £900,000 in compensation to complete the transfer but again it's another real bargain as Charlie has the potential to be a fantastic left back for the club.

    Again I went back to the Brazilian Premier League with the signing of centre back Yerry Mina from Palmeiras. At a fairly expensive price of £6.75 million, I expect Yerry to really push both Michael Keane and Ben Mee for a starting spot at centre back. At 22 years of age, Yerry is already a Coulmbian international and he has the potential to be a fantastic addition to the club.

    My 5th signing of the window was the most expensive by a long way with Belgian wonderkid, Youri Tielemans, signing from Anderlecht for £17 million. It's a huge transfer for the club but I feel that Youri has all the potential to be one of the best midfielders in world football and this price could prove to be a real bargain in the years to come.

    With Paul Robinson retiring and Nick Pope signing for Fulham, Tom Heaton was our only senior goalkeeper at the club. I definitely needed to sign a backup for Tom, who had a number of injuries last season. I decided to bring in a young goalkeeper to learn from Tom Heaton and went with Angus Gunn, who signed from Manchester City for £350,000.

    Our last signing of the transfer window, was one of real experience with Fernando Torres signing on a free transfer on a one year deal. Fernando has been there and won it all and I see him as another solid addition, providing experience to our front line of Andre Gray and Kasper Dolberg.

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAYOFF DRAW

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    As expected, we have received a really tough draw in the Champions League Playoff Qualification round with us being paired with Olympique Lyonnais. Although I'm happy to have avoided Atletico Madrid, this is possibly the 2nd toughest draw that we could have received. Still, I'm positive of our chances regardless and I'm sure we will battle to make the group stages of the Champions League.

    PRE SEASON ROUNDUP

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    Following on from a training camp in Western Australia, we played 8 friendly fixtures and managed to record a 100% win record with 8 wins from 8. Having thrashed Northern Premier League, Ramsbottom, 9-0 in our first friendly and recording an 8-0 win away to French regional side, CA Lisieux, the highlight of our preseason, was definitely the 5-1 demolition of AC Milan at Turf Moor. Similar to last season, I'm delighted with the preparations for the new season and hope that we can bring this form into the new season with big European encounters to come along with the pressure of building on last seasons heroics in the Premier League.

    SQUAD 2017/18

    GK - Tom Heaton, Angus Gunn
    RB - Kieran Tripper, Matt Lowton
    LB - Nicolas Tagliafico, Charlie Taylor
    CB - Michael Keane, Ben Mee, Yerry Mina, James Tarkowski
    DM - Steven Defour, Joaquin Arzura
    CM - Youri Tielemans, Jeff Hendrick, Lucas Romero, Aiden O'Neill
    RW - Alessio Cerci, Johann Berg Gudmundsson
    LW - Robbie Brady, Valdivia
    FW - Andre Gray, Kasper Dolberg, Fernando Torres
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  22. AUGUST 2017 REVIEW:

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    New Premier League season and we started with an away draw at West Brom. Having gone into half time with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Valdivia and Alessio Cerci, we were very disappointed to concede 2 goals in the 2nd half and only come away with a 2-2 draw and 1 point instead of 3 to start the season. Kieran Trippier was the only new signing to start the game but Youri Tielemans also came on as a 2nd half substitute.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia

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    Our first home game of the season ended in an emphatic and shock 7-2 win against Everton. An Andre Gray double and a 2nd consecutive league strike for Valdivia put us 3-0 up after half an hour but a Michael Keane own goal at the stroke of half time gave Everton a lifeline. 4 second half goals ensured we came away with an unbelievable 7-2 victory, the largest of my reign at the club. 2nd half goals from Johann Berg Gudmundsson (2), Robbie Brady and a first goal for the club from Fernando Torres.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Johann Berg Gudmundsson

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    First leg of our Champions League Playoff ended with another dominant victory, this time we ran out 4-0 winners. Excellent start the season for the club with goals galore and an excellent individual start for Valdivia who scored a hat trick. Emmanuel Mas scored an own goal to complete the rout and put us in an outstanding position heading to France for the 2nd leg.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia

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    Another excellent performance, this time coming away from St. Mary's with a 3-1 win against Southampton. Valdivia put us in front, scoring for the 4th consecutive game and a rare strike from Matt Lowton doubled our lead. Joel Campbell pulled a goal back before half time but a Jeff Hendrick strike 5 minutes from time ensured the 3 points.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Jeff Hendrick

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    With Manchester City at home in the Premier League 3 days after this fixture, I decided to take a risk and rest a number of players for the 2nd leg of our Champions League Playoff. Charlie Taylor, Yerri Mina and Lucas Romero made their first starts for the club and it was Taylor who set up the winner to Kasper Dolberg. Delighted to have qualified for the group stages of the Champions League and looking forward to finding out who we are drawn against.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Charlie Taylor

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    Robbie Brady picked up a sprained ankle in the win against Olympique Lyonnais which will keep him out for up to 5 weeks. Small blip on what was otherwise a fantastic playoff result.

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    Happy with a home tie to start our League Cup campaign. Stoke City will be our opponents in the 3rd round. The highlight of the draw is definitely the battle between the Premier League top 2 of last season as League Cup holders will entertain Premier League holders Arsenal.

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    Tough Champions League group with us drawn against holders Juventus, Schalke 04 and Ajax. I'm happy with this draw as we will get to challenge ourselves against the reigning champions and will fancy our chances of battling against Schalke and Ajax.

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    We finished out our month with a drab 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City. Although not the most eventful game, I am very happy with the point and to finish out the month unbeaten.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Nicolas Tagliafico

    MONTHLY REVIEW

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    Excellent start to the season with us remaining unbeaten in all 6 games this month. We have made a very positive start to the season in the Premier League with 2 excellent wins at home to Everton and away to Southampton and a very positive 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City. The only blip on our league form this month was letting a 2-0 lead slip on the opening day of the season away to West Brom. In the Champions League Playoff, we were fantastic and I couldn't have asked for anymore with a 5-0 aggregate win against Olympique Lyonnais. We now have some exciting European nights to look forward to at Turf Moor, with the reigning Champions of Europe, Juventus drawn in our Champions League group.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    VALDIVIA - 3
    ANDRE GRAY - 2
    JOHANN BERG GUDMUNDSSON - 2

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH:

    No doubt about the player of the month with Valdivia having an unbelievable start to the season. He has 3 goals and 2 assists in his first 4 league appearances of the season and scored a hat trick in the first leg of our Champions League playoff against Olympique Lyonnais. It's been an excellent start to the season for the winger and surely he must be in line for an international call up with Brazil.

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    4 Wins, 2 Draws, 0 Defeats (67% win rate)

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    With the transfer window closes with us spending £31.5 million and only earning £8.25 million through sales, I'm very happy to see that our balance has only dropped from £67 million to £55 million. We are still in a really strong financial position even with all the transfers made which is really positive for the club.

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    I had a pretty awesome second season if it didnt end in heartbreak on the last day, goal difference put us second as man u were un playable

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    You finished with more points than I did in my first season, so very unlucky not to make the Top 4. Still European football for a newly promoted side in your first season is class.

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    I had a pretty awesome second season if it didnt end in heartbreak on the last day, goal difference put us second as man u were un playable
    No way that's unlucky, what a season though. You have your Champions League football for the 3rd season. Desperately unlucky to lose out on the title to goal difference.

  25. SEPTEMBER 2017 REVIEW:

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    Good news to start the month with Nicolas Tagliafico finally making his international debut for Argentina. He fully deserves to be in the squad as he has been excellent since signing for us at the start of last season.

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    Great start to the month with a 3-0 win at home to West Ham in the Premier League. Goals from Jeff Hendrick, Kasper Dolberg and Valdivia ensured a comfortable victory.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kasper Dolberg

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    On the eve of the Champions League group stages, the title odds have been published with us being ranked as 33-1 outsiders. Real Madrid and Barcelona have been made joint favourites at 5-1 with current holders Juventus 3rd favourites at 7-1.

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    Our first Champions League group encounter ended in a 1-1 draw at home to Schalke 04. We fell behind early in the second half with a goal from former Chelsea man, Franco Di Santo. Thankfully, Kasper Dolberg equalised to rescue a point for us and ensure we didn't not leave the first game of the group stage empty handed.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Tom Heaton

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    A Champions League hangover as we fell to a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. We found ourselves 2-0 down after only 20 minutes through goals from Wilfried Zaha and Yohan Cabaye. Although Alessio Cerci pulled one back early in the second half, we never really looked like getting anything from the game and Palace thoroughly deserved the victory.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Alessio Cerci

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    Disappointing news with new signing Lucas Romero suffering a torn hamstring which will keep him out for up to 2 months. Lucas hasn't really had many opportunities since signing but with the sheer amount of games we have, he would have had plenty of opportunities in the coming months, so this is a tough setback for him.

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    Back to winning ways in the League Cup with a 2-1 victory at home to Stoke City. We were quick out of the traps and Valdivia opened the scoring in the first minute. Alessio Cerci doubled the lead after 12 minutes and although Ramadan Sobhi pulled one back in the 2nd half, we held on to book our place in the 4th round draw.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Alessio Cerci

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    Another awful injury for the club, with Nicolas Tagliafico suffering a torn calf muscle which will keep him out for up to 4 months. Very disappointed by this injury but it will give plenty of opportunity for Charlie Taylor to step up in his place.

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    Another fantastic victory, this time away to newly pormoted Newcastle United. Kasper Dolberg scored twice in the last 20 minutes to put us 2-0 up. Dwight Gayle pulled one back but again we held on to pick up another significant victory.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kasper Dolberg

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    We were punished by Ajax in our 2nd Champions League group stage fixture with Ajax winning clinically 3-0. With a double header against Juventus coming up next, we are already facing an uphill task to stay in the competition beyond the group stage.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Joaquin Arzura

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    Couldn't be happier for Kasper Dolberg in claiming the Premier League Player of the Month and Young Player of the Month awards for September. Kasper scored 3 goals in his 3 league appearances this month but also scored the equaliser to give us our only Champions League point so far. At 19 years of age, Kasper is already showing consistency which he didn't really show in the back end of last season after signing in the January transfer window. His 3 league goals has already surpassed the 2 he scored last season.

    MONTHLY REVIEW

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    With 2 wins from our 3 league fixtures for us in September, I'm quite happy with how the month went in terms of our Premier League results. Although, we picked up excellent wins against West Ham and Newcastle, our defeat away to Crystal Palace was really disappointing. We currently sit in 7th place in the Premier League at early stages of the season but it's been a really positive start to the season.

    Our Champions League campaign has got off to a disappointing start with us only picking up a point at home to Schalke 04 and then suffering a clinical defeat away to Ajax. With Juventus home and away in our next 2 fixtures, we are already in a tough situation within the group.

    Very happy to have made a positive start to our League Cup campaign after knocking Stoke City out. We were drawn against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in the next round so we are in for a tough encounter.


    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    VALDIVIA - 4
    KASPER DOLBERG - 3
    ANDRE GRAY - 2

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH:

    After winning Premier League Player of the Month and Young Player of the Month, Kasper Dolberg is the club player of the month as well. Fantastic month for the 19 year old and hopefully he can carry on this form for the coming months.

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    3 Wins, 1 Draw, 2 Defeats (50% win rate)
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  26. OCTOBER REVIEW:

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    Unlucky to fall to a 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea. Willian put Chelsea ahead early on but we immediately responded through Jeff Hendrick. However, we fell behind again through a John Terry header and failed to respond from this. Disappointing start to the month and with tough games to come away to Arsenal and at home to Juventus in the Champions League, it's gonna be a tough month.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Jeff Hendrick

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    Unbelievable snatch and grab victory away to Arsenal. Having dominated the game throughout, Arsenal were hit on the break with 10 minutes to go and Steven Defour capitalised for us with a shock strike which sealed a 1-0 win for us. It's the 2nd season in a row that we have gone to the Emirates and came away with the 3 points having won 2-1 there last season.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Steven Defour

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    Another unbelievable victory, this time in the Champions League at home to the holders, Juventus. We had plenty of chances throughout the game and deserved to win. The winner came 3 minutes into added time through Jeff Hendrick. The Irish international has popped up with a number of key goals for us this season already and this win has put us back in the hunt for qualification from the group.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Jeff Hendrick

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    Our free flowing, attacking football returned at home to Watford in the Premier League and we came away with a dominant 4-1 victory. Goals from Kasper Dolberg (2), Valdivia and Jeff Hendrick put us back into the top 4 in the Premier League.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Jeff Hendrick

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    4 wins on the spin with a 4-0 rout away to Leicester City in the League Cup. A Johann Berg Gudmundsson double and strikes from Joaquin Arzura and Youri Tielemans gave us a convincing victory which puts us in the hat for the quarter final.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Johann Berg Gudmundsson

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    The draw for the League Cup Quarter Final sees has provided us with a home tie to either Liverpool or Bournemouth who are yet to play their 4th round tie. In the other quarter final ties, Manchester United host Fulham, Chelsea travel to Wolves and Leeds entertain Newcastle.

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    3 straight league victories and 5 in a row in all competitions with a 2-0 win away to newly promoted Wolves. Kasper Dolberg and Valdivia put us 2-0 up inside the first half and a Kourtney House red card just before half time put Wolves out of the game.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Jeff Hendrick

    MONTHLY REVIEW

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    We started the month with a disappointing defeat to Chelsea but we responded excellently to this and went on to win our other 3 league fixtures in October with the monumental victory away to Arsenal, the rout at home to Watford and a professional victory away to Wolves. We currently sit 4th in the Premier League with 23 points from a possible 33. Manchester United currently sit top of the table on goal difference ahead of Chelsea. We are 2 points behind United with another shock top 4 entry with West Ham sitting in 3rd.

    The fantastic victory at home to Juventus has put us back in the hunt for qualification from our Champions League group, our next fixture is away to Juventus but it's the 2 fixtures which close out the group away to Ajax and at home to Schalke 04 which will decide our fate.

    In the League Cup, we are putting together another good run in the competition and have a real opportunity to follow up on our run to the final last season. With Liverpool as our likely quarter final opponents, we are in for a really tough test to make it to the semi final.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    KASPER DOLBERG - 6
    ANDRE GRAY - 6
    JEFF HENDRICK - 4

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH:

    Jeff Hendrick had a fantastic month for the club, picking up the man of the match award in 4 of our 6 fixtures and scoring the winner in our biggest win of the season at home to Juventus. Hendrick has been in fantastic form this season with 4 goals and 2 assists in his 10 league appearances this season.

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    5 Wins, 0 Draws, 1 Defeat (83% win rate)
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  27. NOVEMBER 2017 REVIEW:

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    Brave effort away to Juventus which saw us keep the game level until the 52nd minute when Gonzalo Higuain put the Champions League holders ahead. They scored a further 2 within the next 20 minutes before a late Robbie Brady strike provided a consolation for us late on. In the other game of the group, Schalke 04 beat Ajax to open up the race for 2nd spot, with any of the 3 teams still capable of qualifying with Ajax on 6 points and ourselves and Schalke 04 level on 4 points.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Robbie Brady

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    I'm pleased to have came away from another big game with a 0-0 draw, following on from the similar result we got at home to Manchester City at the start of the season. There was not much in terms of chances throughout the game but the point keeps us close to the leaders and still in the top 4.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kasper Dolberg

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    Liverpool knocked Bournemouth out of the League Cup 4th round, winning 4-2 at the Vitality Stadium. This sets up a quarter final tie with them at Turf Moor.

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    Back to winning ways in the Premier League with a 3-1 game at home to struggling Leicester City, who currently sit bottom of the table. On the eve of the game, Leicester announced the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as their new manager and it gave them a boost, as they battled throughout the game and it could have gone either way. Goals from Jeff Hendrick, Youri Tielemans and Fernando Torres ensured another 3 points for us.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Youri Tielemans

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    Good to see Lucas Romero return to full fitness after 2 months our with a torn hamstring. We will have to ease him back into action but hopefully he will have a big role to play for the rest of the season and that he can stay injury free.

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    A disappointing away defeat to Schalke 04 ensured our Champions League ambitions are gone and the most that we can hope for is to finish 3rd in the group and be part of the Europa League in the new year. Yerry Mina with his first goal for the club but Schalke dominated to come away with a 3-1 defeat, which in truth could have been more.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Yerry Mina

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    Another emphatic league victory for us, this time away to newly promoted Huddersfield Town. We dominated throughout with goals from Alessio Cerci, an own goal from Christopher Schindler, Jeff Hendrick, Fernando Torres and a 7th league goal of the season for Valdivia. Was delighted to have such a positive result off the back of our Champions League elimination.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Fernando Torres

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    Delighted to have signed a new deal with Burnley which ties me down until June 2020 with an increase in wage to £18,500 per week. Very happy with the job I am doing with the club and hopefully over the coming years we will keep developing and keep challenging at the top end of the Premier League.

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    Our League Cup campaign ended at the hands of Liverpool, with them coming from behind to win 2-1. We took the lead early in the 2nd half through Robbie Brady but goals from Danny Ings and Jack Wilshere ensured elimination for ourselves. Wilshere has been excellent since completing a £10.75 million transfer from Arsenal in the summer. He has 7 goals in 13 appearances since signing for the club, including 4 in the Premier League.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Robbie Brady

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    Very happy to see Youri Tielemans fully settling into the side now and putting in some excellent performances of late. He has earned the November Premier League Young Player of the Month.

    MONTHLY REVIEW

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    With 2 wins and a draw from our 3 league fixtures in November and the draw coming against high flying Liverpool, I can be very happy with our league performances for the month. We currently sit 3rd in the table and are still only 2 points behind leaders Manchester United with 30 points from 14 games. West Ham have slipped out of the top 4 and have been replaced by the aforementioned Liverpool, who are in a rich vein of form as of late with 10 points from their last 12.

    Unfortunately, we were eliminated from the Champions League after back-to-back defeats to Juventus and Schalke 04. We have one group game remaining which is at home to Ajax. A win from this game would ensure we will still have European football to look forward to after Christmas with a place in the Europa League.

    Another disappointing cup exit, this time in the League Cup with Liverpool coming to Turf Moor at the end of the month and winning 2-1. Unfortunate not to match our excellent League Cup run of last season where we reached the final but we played well and lost to an excellent Liverpool side.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    VALDIVIA - 7
    KASPER DOLBERG - 6
    JEFF HENDRICK - 6

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH:

    Having won the Premier League Young Player of the Month, Youri Tielemans is the club player of the month also. Having been brought in for such a large fee in the summer from Anderlecht, I'm very happy to see him putting in such consistent performances and setting in really well with the side. As a said at the start of the season, the £17 million could be seen as a real bargain in the coming years with Youri only 20 years of ages and already showing such consistency.

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    2 Wins, 1 Draw, 2 Defeats (33% win rate)
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  28. DECEMBER 2017 REVIEW:

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    With a hectic December including 7 Premier League games and our final Champions League fixture, it's a really disappointing start to the month to lose 2-0 away to December. We were really poor and deserved nothing from the game.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kieran Trippier

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    Pleased to get a home tie in the FA Cup 3rd round against Cardiff City who are currently sitting in 6th place in the Championship and right in the mix for promotion this season.

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    A 3-1 win at home to Ajax booked our place in the Europa League in the new year. Goals from Jeff Hendrick, Youri Tielemans and Valdivia ensured us 3rd spot in the group at expense of our opponents.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kasper Dolberg

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    Back to winning ways in the league as we narrowly defeated struggling Hull City. Jeff Hendrick again scored and was followed up by a fantastic free kick from Valdivia to put us 2-0 up. A Abel Hernandez strike with 20 minutes to go put us under severe pressure but we hung on for an important 3 points.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia

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    Shocking injury for Kasper Dolberg as he suffered a broken ankle which will keep him out for up to 4 months. Kasper has had a much improved season with the club and has been our first choice striker for much of the season so this is a big blow to the club and the player.

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    We drew Red Bull Liepzig in the Europa Round last 32. RBL are flying high in the Bundesliga currently sitting below Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in 3rd place. We will be in for a tough tie but hopefully we can battle our way into the last 16.

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    A monumental victory for us at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur as we came away with a 2-1 win. Spurs have been struggling this season and are currently in the bottom half of the table but this is still a huge victory for the club and puts us into 2nd spot in the league. Johann Berg Gudmundsson and another free kick from Valdivia ensured the 3 points.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Johann Berg Gudmundsson

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    We fell to defeat against 3rd placed Manchester United at Turf Moor, as they went away with a 1-0 win which dropped us back down to 3rd in the league. Not much between the sides and a point probably would have been a fair result.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Lucas Romero

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    Andre Gray is having a really tough time of it this season and has now gone over 8 hours without a goal for the club. Hopefully he can take the chances which will be presented to him over the coming months with the injury to Kasper Dolberg.

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    Although Charlie Taylor has been excellent in his absence, I'm very happy to have Nicolas Tagliafico back after missing 3 months with a torn calf muscle. We still have a number of injuries but over the coming weeks they should all be back bar Kasper Dolberg.

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    It looks like we may lose Michael Keane in the January transfer window as he has a £26 million release clause in his contract and it looks like Tottenham will activate this in the upcoming window. This would be very disappointing for the club but there is nothing that we can do if this is to happen and I will have to look to reinvest this money in a replacement.

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    Shocking defeat and performance at home to struggling Bournemouth. No words to describe what unfolded but we fell to a shock 3-0 defeat to put us outside the top 4 for the first time since early on in the season.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Lucas Romero

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    A 3rd straight league defeat, this time away to Everton has put us down to 7th in the league. We again struggled and fell to a 2-1 defeat. The only positive from the game is that Andre Gray ended his barron streak in front of goal and hopefully he will kick on from here.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Tom Heaton

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    Finally back to winning ways with a 1-0 win at home to West Brom. Youri Tielemans scored the winner but it was pleasing to pick up our first clean sheet in 11 games.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Charlie Taylor

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    Jeff Hendrick was named Irish Footballer of the Year and it couldn't be more deserved with the season he is having. He already has 7 Premier League goals this season and has also scored some really important goals in the Champions League as well. Another mention for Robbie Brady who came 2nd in the awards.

    MONTHLY REVIEW

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    The hectic December schedule got the best of us as we fell to 4 defeats in 7 games including 3 games on the bounce. It's been a really tough month but encouragingly, we sit 4th in the table at the close of the month on goal difference ahead of 5th placed West Ham. Liverpool lead the table heading into the New Year, 1 point ahead of 2nd placed Manchester United and 7 ahead of ourselves. Looking at the bottom of the table, Leicester City are in desperate trouble with only 10 points from 21 games, as they look destined for relegation even at this stage of the season.

    Happy to still have European football in the New Year after beating Ajax to ensure 3rd place in the group. Hopefully, we can have a good run in the Europa League and also the FA Cup, where we face Cardiff City at the start of next month.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    VALDIVIA - 9
    JEFF HENDRICK - 7
    KASPER DOLBERG - 6

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH:

    With 3 goals this month, including 2 cracking free kicks, my player of the month is Valdivia. Still uncapped by Brazil, he has been in scintillating form this season with 9 league goals and 4 assists in his 20 league appearances.

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    4 Wins, 0 Draws, 4 Defeats (50% win rate)
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  29. JANUARY 2018 REVIEW:

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    Good start to the New Year with a 1-0 win at home to Southampton. Andre Gray scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half time to make it consecutive 1-0 wins for us.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kieran Trippier

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    Another setback for Lucas Romero, yet again he has tore his hamstring and will now miss another 3 months of the season. Devastating blow for the player who had only recently returned from the same injury.

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    After last years disappointment in the FA Cup, we were keen to have a positive run in the competition this season, so I was happy to get through our 3rd round tie against Cardiff. We went through thanks to a Fernando Torres double and a strike from Johann Berg Gudmundsson sealing a 3-1 win.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Fernando Torres

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    Another home draw in the FA Cup 4th round as we drew either Norwich City or Oxford United who play in a replay after drawing 3-3 in their 3rd round tie.

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    We always seem to put in excellent battles against the top sides in the league and we managed another scalp, this time at the Etihad Stadium where a late goal from Valdivia snatched a 1-0 win and another valuable 3 points for the club in our quest for another Champions League run next season.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia

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    4 straight victories in the league now, with a 2-0 home win against Crystal Palace. Shockingly for us, it is also 4 straight clean sheets in the league for the club. Goals from Valdivia and Fernando Torres ensured the 3 points.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kieran Trippier

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    Having met the release clause of £26 million, we were powerless to lose star centre back, Michael Keane, to reigning Premier League champions Arsenal. As I said, there was nothing we could do once the release clause was met and Michael had no hesitation in accepting a move to the champions. I will now look to dip into the market to find a replacement for Michael as we have only 3 senior centre backs at the club.

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    The aforementioned transfer of Michael Keane is now the record sale for the club. The £26 million received, eclipses the previous record of £8 million when Sam Vokes signed for Houston last season.

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    Having dispatched of Oxford United 4-1 in their FA Cup 3rd round replay, Norwich City will now travel to Turf Moor in the FA Cup 4th round. Championship opposition again for us in the cup and hopefully we can have a similar result as against Cardiff City.

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    5 straight Premier League wins thanks to an entertaining 4-2 win at home to Newcastle United. A Youri Tielemans penalty, 2 strikes from the prolific Jeff Hendrick and another strike from Johann Berg Gudmundsson ensured we keep the pressure on the teams above us and cement our place in the top 4.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Jeff Hendrick

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    A 1-0 away defeat at the London Stadium to West Ham brought our winning streak to an end. Havard Nordveit scored midway through the first half to secure the points for West Ham and we failed to create enough opportunities to get back into the game after going behind.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kieran Trippier

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    I found my replacement for Michael Keane, with experienced Cameroon international, Nicolas Nkoulou, signing from Olympique Lyonnais for £11 million. I'm hope that the 27 year old will bring his wealth of experience within the Champions League with Monaco, Marseille and Lyon and help our side in our challenge of making the top 4 again this season. Unfortunately, having already played in Europe this season, including in both legs of our Champions League Playoff at the start of the season, Nicolas will be cup tied for our Europa League adventure.

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    Another 3-1 win in the FA Cup against Championship opposition booked our place in the 5th round of the competition. Jeff Hendrick and a double from Andre Gray ensured a 3-1 victory against Norwich City. I'm happy to be putting in a better showing in the FA Cup than we did last season.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Andre Gray

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    Championship opposition at home for the 3rd straight round in the FA Cup, this time against 14th placed Preston. Having already dispatched of 2 Championship sides, we will be hoping to make it a hat trick when Preston travel to Turf Moor next month.

    MONTHLY REVIEW

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    Our Premier League form was almost faultless in January with 4 consecutive victories, including a famous 1-0 win away to Manchester City, only to be faltered by a 1-0 defeat away to West Ham. However, 4 wins from 5 in the Premier League is an excellent return and keeps us right in the mix at the top of the table. We may be 9 points behind leaders Mancester United but we have a game in hand and currently sit in 4th place on 51 points from 26 games. Liverpool and Arsenal who occupy 2nd and 3rd are both only 1 point ahead of us but our next opponents, Chelsea, are only 1 point behind in 5th place.

    February will see our Europa League participation begin with Red Bull Leipzig of Germany our opponents in the last 32 of the competition. Hopefully, we can put together a run in the competition but with Bayern Munich, Napoli, Liverpool, Chelsea, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid in the competition, it is going to be a very difficult and competitive trophy to win.

    Our FA Cup run is going well so far and with another home tie in the 5th round of the competition, we have a real opportunity of making the quarter final of the competition. With all of the big sides still in the competition, I'm sure Premier League opposition would await if we can dispatch of Preston in the quarter final.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    VALDIVIA - 11
    JEFF HENDRICK - 9
    KASPER DOLBERG - 6

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Kieran Trippier

    With man of the match awards in 3 of our 7 fixtures this month, it has been Kieran's best month since returning to the club from Tottenham Hotspur last summer. If we can maintain this form in the months ahead, it is only a matter of time before Kieran gets international recognition with England. At 27, Kieran is still awaiting his first international cap.

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    6 Wins, 0 Draws, 1 Defeat (86% win rate)
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  30. Just read this from start to finish. Just wow!
    How you managed to achieve champions league in your first season with burnley is amazing! How?!?!
    It defo looks like you have a bright future ahead with burnley, im surprised your on such a low wage atm,
    But guess that will grow rapidly if you keep up the great work.

  31. Quote Originally Posted by Tracz View Post
    Just read this from start to finish. Just wow!
    How you managed to achieve champions league in your first season with burnley is amazing! How?!?!
    It defo looks like you have a bright future ahead with burnley, im surprised your on such a low wage atm,
    But guess that will grow rapidly if you keep up the great work.
    Thanks for the comment Tracz. To be honest, I'm even sure myself how I ended up getting Champions League football. Valdivia is a class player in the game and was a bargain for only £4.7 million, he was a big help and would definitely recommend signing him for any Premier League team.
    Yea the wage is low enough at the moment, hopefully it will keep going up if I can keep punching above my weight.
    Appreciate the comment!

  32. Going good so far! Unlucky with Keane as you say nothing can be done when the release cause is met.
    Nkoulou should be a good signing though hopefully

  33. FEBRUARY 2018 REVIEW:

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    Great start to our away trip to Stamford Bridge in the league with Valdivia putting us ahead after 20 minutes. Unfortunately, Isco equalised early on in the 2nd half and we fell to a dramatic late defeat with Willian scoring the winner in added time. This result puts Chelsea into the top 4 at the expense of ourselves.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia

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    A very entertaining 3-3 draw as the champions visited Turf Moor. Having gone into a 2-0 lead with ealy goals from Valdivia and Andre Gray, we looked to have set ourselves up for another unexpected victory against Arsenal but quickfire goals from Olvier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez brought Arsenal level before half time. However, an Alexis Sanzhez own goal in first half added time ensured we went in at the break ahead. We couldn't hold on for the victory with Oliver Giroud scoring his 2nd goal of the game to give Arsenal a point which they didn't really deserve.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Andre Gray

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    I see a 2-1 win to RBL Leipzig, who currently sit 2nd in the Bundesliga, as a positive result. Although, the away goal may be crucial in the 2nd leg. Having gone behind, 2nd half goals from Andre Gray and Robbie Brady ensured we came away with a positive result.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Nicolas Tagliafico

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    Our 3rd consecutive Championship elimination from the FA Cup, with Preston falling to a 3-0 defeat at Turf Moor as we progressed to the quarter final of the competition. Goals from Andre Gray, Yerry Mina and Youri Tielemans.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Yerry Mina

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    Another home tie, our 4th from 4 in the FA Cup this season. unfortunately, it won't be another Championship side as we were drawn against current holders and double winners, Arsenal. After our showing recently in the league against Arsenal and our record agaisnt the club since I took over, we should go into the game confident of causing an upset.

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    A bad injury for Johann Berg Gudmundsson as he suffered a lower back stress fracture which will keep him out for up to 7 weeks. He will miss a vast amount of games across the league, Europa League and FA Cup at a pivotal time of the season.

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    A repeat 2-1 victory againt RBL Leipzig, ensured progress to the last 16 of the Europa League. Goals on the night from Valdivia and Andre Gray put us through 4-2 on aggregate.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Alessio Cerci

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    An all English clash in the last 16 as we drew Chelsea. What a spectacle this will be and this will no doubt but an unbelievably tough test for the club.

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    What an entertaining encounter at home to Wolves with us narrowly coming away with a 4-3 victory. Goals from Youri Tielemans and a hat trick from Alessio Cerci ensured victory in the tightest of games. With Johann Berg Gudmundsson out injured, Alessio Cerci has instantly stepped up with a fantastic hat trick to single handedly win us the 3 points.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Alessio Cerci

    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    A mix bag month in the Premier League with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 defeat from our 3 league fixtures. However, we faced a tough away assignment at Chelsea and a home battle against the champions Arsenal. We somehow are still in the Top 4 as we currently sit 4th with Manchester United leading the way closely followed by Arsenal. Liverpool are a few points behind and are closely followed by ourselves in 4th. Another competitive battle for a top 4 finish looks on the horizon for the club and if we can pull it off again it would be a massive achievement and statement by the club.

    In the cup competitions, we have the "Battle of Britain" last 16 encounter against Chelsea in the Europa League and a home FA Cup Quarter Final against the current holders Arsenal. I am very happy to have reached the latter stages of both competitions and we will no doubt have some fantastic encounters to look forward to in the coming month.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    VALDIVIA - 13
    JEFF HENDRICK - 9
    KASPER DOLBERG - 6

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH:

    A close battle between Valdivia and Andre Gray but I'm going to give the February player of the month to Andre Gray. Having found himself on the outside looking in for a lot of this season with Kasper Dolberg and Fernando Torres ahead of him in the pecking order, Andre has had an excellent month and has re-established himself as the No. 1 striker. With 4 goals in 6 appearances this month, it's been a sharp return to form for last seasons top goalscorer.

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    4 Wins, 1 Draw, 1 Defeat (67% win rate)
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  34. Quote Originally Posted by issteo View Post
    Going good so far! Unlucky with Keane as you say nothing can be done when the release cause is met.
    Nkoulou should be a good signing though hopefully
    Thanks for the comment issteo. Yea nothing could be done once the release clause was met, shame really as he has been quality in the game. Hoping N'Koulou will step in but I haven't played him a lot since he signed thanks to the form of Mee and Mina.

  35. MARCH 2018 REVIEW:

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    Slightly disappointed with a 2-2 away draw to Watford in the Premier League. Goals from Andre Gray and Valdivia put us 2-1 in front but a Adelberto Perananda equaliser cost us 2 valuable points. With only 2 league fixtures in March, it will be important for us to beat struggling Leicester City away later in the month.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kieran Trippier

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    An excellent away performance in the Battle of Britain, Europa League Last 16 First Leg, as we came away from Stamford Bridge with a 2-1 win courtesy of a double from Alessio Cerci. We are set up nicely for the 2nd leg taking 2 away goals and a lead back to Turf Moor.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Alessio Cerci

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    A tremendous performance and result in the Quarter Final of the FA Cup with an entertaining 3-2 win at home to Arsenal. In a topsy-turvy encounter which we led, before falling behind, only to eventually come back and win. Goals from Youri Tielemans and a double from Andre Gray ensured our place in the Semi Final.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Andre Gray

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    The draw for the semi final of the FA Cup sees us drawn against the favourites for the competition, Manchester City. In the other semi-final West Ham play Championship high flyers, Nottingham Forest.

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    A repeat 2-1 win in the 2nd leg of the Europa League encounter with Chelsea ensured our place in the Quarter Final of the competition. Goals from Valdivia and Fernando Torres put us 2-0 up on the night and 4-1 on aggregate before a consolation from Michy Batshuayi. Fully deserved to go through over both legs and looking forward to seeing who we get drawn against in the Quarter Final.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Joaquin Arzura

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    A sprained ankle will keep Jeff Hendrick out for up to 4 weeks. Hendrick has been one of our most influential players this season and he will be a big miss in all 3 competitions we are involved in over the next month.

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    We have been drawn against Celta Vigo in the Quarter Final of the Europa League. Quite happy with the draw considering we avoided both Manchester City and Liverpool who were drawn against Lyon and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.

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    We managed to claim all 3 points in a very important away Premier League tie at Leicester City, which keeps us in the hunt for a top 4 place. Anything other than 3 points against the team currently 2nd from bottom and we would have been struggling to keep pace with the sides ahead of us in the race for the top 4. Goals from Andre Gray and a 35 yard strike from Steven Defour ensured the points.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Steven Defour

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    Delighted to have Kasper Dolberg back in full training after 4 months out with a broken ankle. Not sure he will play a major part in the remainder of the season but it is great to have him back from injury.

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    A torn hamstring for backup goalkeeper Angus Gunn will keep him out for 2-3 months and puts an end to his season. Angus has only made one appearance since signing from Manchester City last summer and that was in the FA Cup. Reserve goalkeeper, Marcel Wusiewicz will be required to step in for the remainder of the season.

    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    Apart from the 2 points dropped away to Watford at the start of the month, it has been a magnificent month for the club with progression in the Europa League and FA Cup being back up by 4 points from 6 in the Premier League.

    We currently sit in 5th place in the Premier League, 1 point behind 4th placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand. Liverpool are 3 points further on in 3rd but it's looking like another 2 horse race between Arsenal and Manchester United for the title. It's looking like another real battle for a top 4 finish similar to last season but hopefully we can keep the push alive throughout April and into the back end of the season.

    We are having a great debut European campaign with us reaching the quarter final of the Europa League and will have a tough battle with Celta Vigo in the quarter final. Having been eliminated from the Champions League in the group stages, we have done excellently to bounce back in the Europa League and put in some excellent performances in eliminating RBL Leipzig and Chelsea.

    Having had such an early exit from the FA Cup last season, it is satisfying to see us progress to the semi final of the competition this season. We have another tough tie with Manchester City our opponents but we will play at Wembley Stadium and it should be a cracking encounter.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    VALDIVIA - 14
    JEFF HENDRICK - 9
    ANDRE GRAY - 7

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH:

    With 4 goals in 5 appearances this month including a double in the FA Cup Quarter Final win at home to Arsenal, Andre Gray has won back-to-back Player of the Month awards. He has been excellent since returning to the side and has firmly established himself as the number 1 striker at the club again. Hoping he will be rewarded with an international call up with England which he fully deserves.

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    4 Wins, 1 Draw, 0 Defeats (80% win rate)
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  36. APRIL 2018 REVIEW:

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    It's a pivotal month of the season for the club with a minimum of 7 fixtures including both legs of our Europa League Quarter Final against Celta Vigo, an FA Cup Semi Final with Manchester City and the chase for the top 4 heating up Huddersfield, Stoke City, Hull City and an away trip to Old Trafford to face title chasing Manchester United. We began the month with some good news as Johann Berg Gudmundsson returns from his 6 week lay off with a lower back stress fracture. We will need a full squad with the pile on of fixtures we face from now until the end of the season.

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    Great win in our first leg of the quarter final at home to Celta Vigo. We will now go to Spain in a weeks time with a 2-0 advantage thanks to goals from Alessio Cerci and a late second from substitute Robbie Brady. We have set ourselves up very nicely for the return leg with not only a 2 goal advantage but a clean sheet with no away goals conceded.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Alessio Cerci

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    We grinded out a leg win at home to Huddersfield Town off the back of our excellent performance in Europe. Although, we struggled throughout the game, at this stage of the season the points are all that matters and I'm happy to have picked up another 3 points. Goals from Valdivia and a rare strike from Kieran Trippier ensured the points with a 2-1 win.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Youri Tielemans

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    Valdivia is on the shortlist for the Young Player of the Season thanks to his excellent performance throughout the campaign. If he was to win the award it would be well deserved in a season where he has already hit over 20 goals in all competitions.

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    Another welcome return from injury with Jeff Hendrick back after 4 weeks out with a sprained ankle. Along with Valdivia, Hendrick has been one of star performers this season and I'm delighted to have him back available.

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    Another return with Lucas Romero back from a calf strain. Lucas has missed over 5 months of the season through a whole host of injuries. Hopefully next season he can remain injury free and have a real impact on our season.

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    A 3-1 away win against Celta Vigo has seen us progress to the Semi Final of the Europa League. An own goal from Theo Bongonda and further goals from Kasper Dolberg and Robbie Brady ensured we went through 5-1 on aggregate.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kasper Dolberg

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    We have been drawn against Bayer Leverkusen in the Semi Final of the Europa League. The other tie sees Shakhtar Donetsk face Manchester City.

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    A 2-0 result at home to Stoke City brought another welcome victory in my 100th game as manager of the club. Goals from Andre Gray and Alessio Cerci have propelled us back into the top 4.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Nicolas Tagliafico

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    A 4th straight Premier League victory, this time a 2-1 win away to Hull City. We are showing a real high level of consistency and goals from Alessio Cerci and Valdivia ensured the points.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Alessio Cerci

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    What an entertaining encounter at Wembley in the FA Cup Semi Final as we won 3-2 against Manchester City. We led on 2 different occasions and our 3rd time going in front was enough to see us progress to the FA Cup final. A double from Youri Tielemans and a welcome strike from Lucas Romero ensured a monumental victory.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Youri Tielemans

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    We will play West Ham United in the FA Cup Final after they overcame Nottingham Forest 5-0 in the other semi final.

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    10 wins in a row in all competitions equals our best record and a win against Bayer Leverkusen in our next game would break the record. It shows the high level of performances we have been putting in over the last couple of months and hopefully we can maintain this consistency through to the end of the season.

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    Not the best result in the First Leg of our Semi Final at home to Bayer Leverkusen with us only managing a 1-1 draw. However, it could have been worse and we can thank a late strike from Robbie Brady in ensuring that we did not head to Germany for the return leg behind.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Ben Mee

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    Delighted with a drab 0-0 away to Manchester United to close off the month. Considering they are challenging for the title, it is a valuable point away from home.
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    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    Having taken 6 wins and 2 draws from 8 fixtures in April, it has been an excellent month for the club. We are now 18 games unbeaten in all competitions which is an incredible achievement for the club as we compete across 3 competitions.

    In the League, we sit in 4th place having taken 10 points from 12 in April. With 3 games remaining, we have equalled our points total for last season and have a 2 point advantage over 5th placed Liverpool.

    We have a tough task in the Semi Final of the Europa League with us travelling to Germany with a 1-1 draw from the 1st leg. It's looking like the winner of this tie will play Manchester City who picked up a 2-1 win in Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk.

    Our fantastic run in the FA Cup will culminate in a battle with West Ham at Wembley. What an achievement for the club to make not only the League Cup Final last season but now the FA Cup Final. Hopefully, we can learn from our experience in a Wembley final from last year and win on this occasion.

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH:

    With some big goals in Europe this month including the late equaliser against Bayer Leverkussen, I'm going to give the Player of the Month award to Robbie Brady. Having been second fiddle to the outstanding Valdivia for much of the season, Robbie has remained patient and when called upon has been excellent for the club and his form has seen him start games ahead of Valdivia in this month.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    VALDIVIA - 16
    JEFF HENDRICK - 9
    ALESSIO CERCI - 9

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    6 Wins, 2 Draws, 0 Defeats (75% win rate)
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  37. Congrats on getting to the FA Cup final hopefully you can beat West Ham. Tight going in the league and the Europa League. Goodluck with the last couple of fixtures!

  38. Quote Originally Posted by issteo View Post
    Congrats on getting to the FA Cup final hopefully you can beat West Ham. Tight going in the league and the Europa League. Goodluck with the last couple of fixtures!
    Cheers issteo. I accidently uploaded the month review wihout having it completely finished but it's completely done now. It's very tight in the race for top 4 but the form in the cups has been unbelievable. Hopefully can win one of the cups!

  39. MAY 2018 REVIEW:

    The biggest month in the history of the football club with an FA Cup Final to look forward to against Manchester City, an opportunity to make our first ever European Final if we can overcome Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League Semi-Final and 3 games in the Premier League which will decide if we can complete another shock by making the top 4 for a 2nd successive season.

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    Having gone into the 2nd leg of our Europa League Semi-Final with a lot to do having only managed a 1-1 draw in the first leg, we put in an excellent performance and dominated Bayer Leverkusen. A 2-0 away win thanks to goals from Andre Gray and Jeff Hendrick, booked our place in the Europa League Final where we will face another Battle of Britain, this time against Manchester City who progressed after a 5-2 aggregate win against Shakhtar Donetsk. A first ever Euopean Final for Burnley will be a historic occasion for the club and hopefully we can go one step further and win the competition.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Andre Gray

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    Having returned from Germany with a European Final to look forward to, we returned to league action, travelling to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth. A Valdivia double put us 2-0 up with 20 minutes to go but goals from Callum Wilson and Federico Fernandez brought Bournemouth level and ensured we dropped 2 valuable points in the race for the top 4. This result sees us drop out of the top 4 with Liverpool moving above us and with a trip to Anfield, followed by a home tie against Tottenham Hotspur, we face a real uphill battle to overtake Liverpool from this position.
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    In what was basically a Champions League play off for next season, with a win for Liverpool ensuring 4th place for them at the expense of ourselves, we put in a terrible performance falling to a 2-0 defeat thanks to Roberto Firmino and a Tom Heaton own goal. With a top 4 place now impossible, our only chance of playing in the Champions League is by winning the Europa League.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Yerry Mina

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    Our final Premier League game of the season presented me with an opportunity to rest a number of our starting 11 with 2 big finals coming up within the next 7 days. A 2-0 win with goals from Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Kasper Dolberg ensured we head into our 2 finals on the back of a winning finish to the league season.
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    We finished just 2 points below Liverpool in 5th position with 73 points accumulated over the course of the season. We were very lucky in the end not to make the top 4 having finished in the Champions League positions with only 70 points last season. Still at the very least, we will be playing European football again next season and may still make the Champions League depending on our result in the Europa League final.

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    What a time to be a Burnley fan with a first European final in their 136 year history coming up. I'm delighted to have made it this far but I would be over the moon if we could win the competition and deliver a first European title to the fans.

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    BURNLEY HAVE WON THE EUROPA LEAGUE! What an unbelievable result and performance in the Europa League Final as we dismantled Manchester City and came away with an emphatic 4-0 to deliver a first European triumph for the club. A double from Andre Gray and further goals from Jeff Hendrick and Youri Tielemans delivered my first trophy in management and what a way to win it!
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    Having just won the Europa League, our focus quickly turned to the FA Cup Final which is only 3 days after our European Final. It's our first FA Cup Final since 1914 and having just won our first trophy under my management, I would be delighted to do a cup double and triumph in the FA Cup.

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    WE HAVE DONE THE DOUBLE! FA CUP AND EUROPA LEAGUE WINNERS! Having fallen behind after only 4 minutes through Iago Falque, our response was emphatic. We dismantled West Ham in similar fashion to Manchester City in the Europa League Final and came away with a resounding 4-1 victory and with this the FA Cup trophy. An FA Cup Final hat-trick for Andre Gray and another cup final strike for Youri Tielemans ensured the victory.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Andre Gray

    MONTHLY REVIEW:

    Although, we finished outside the top 4, it has still been another highly successful campaign for us in the Premier League with a 5th placed finish still considered an unbelievable over achievement for the club.

    However, the highlights of our season were the cup runs in the Europa League and FA Cup, were we won both competitions emphatically with a 4-0 victory over Manchester City in the Europa League and a 4-1 win over West Ham in the FA Cup Final. We have not only qualified for the Champions League next season thanks to our Europa League victory but for a club of the stature to win not one but two trophies is incredible and shows the rapid progress the club has made in my two years as manager.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    VALDIVIA - 18
    JEFF HENDRICK - 9
    ALESSIO CERCI - 8
    ANDRE GRAY - 8
    KASPER DOLBERG - 7

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH - ANDRE GRAY

    With 2 goals in the Europa League Final and an FA Cup Final hat-trick, it is an easy decision to award Andre Gray as the Player of the Month for May. To score 5 goals within 3 days across 2 cup finals is a terrific achievement and an FA Cup hat-trick will go down in the history books and Andre will no doubt be remembered as a club icon after his cup final performances.

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    4 Wins, 1 Draw, 1 Defeat (67% Win Rate)
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  40. Another brilliant season mate well done

  41. Quote Originally Posted by callamity View Post
    Another brilliant season mate well done
    Cheers callamity. Happy with winning the 2 cups and getting back into the Champions League. Be interesting to see who I can bring in during the summer transfer window.

  42. SEASON REVIEW 2017/18:

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    Following on from a very successful first season at the club, my second season managed to top that with FA Cup and Europa League triumphs thanks to incredible victories over West Ham and Manchester City. Having been eliminated at the group stage of the Champions League, our run in the Europa League was fantastic and we fully deserved to win the trophy. After a 3rd round elimination in our first season in the FA Cup, our FA Cup victory was all the more sweeter this time around. 2 trophies in 2 seasons for a side who had just entered the Premier League is fantastic achievement with back-to-back qualifications for the Champions League is an added bonus.

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    PLAYER OF THE SEASON - For the second successive season, Andre Gray was voted Fans Player of the Season with 37% of the votes above Jeff Hendrick in 2nd and Valdivia in third. Andre spent the majority of the first half of the season on the outskirts of the first team but his run in the second half of the season was fantastic. Andre managed 21 goals in all competitions including 8 in the Premier League, an incredible 8 in the FA Cup and 5 in Europe. The highlights of his season and Burnley career will surely be his 2 goals in the Europa League final and hat-trick in the FA Cup final.

    SIGNING OF THE SEASON - We made some fantastic signings last summer who really improved the club and had incredible first seasons with the club including Youri Tielemans, Kieran Trippier and even the bargain free transfer of Fernando Torres. However, Yerri Mina was a revelation at centre back and really came into his own after the departure of Michael Keane to Arsenal in January. Yerri formed a really solid partnership with Ben Mee at centre back and forced January signing, Nicolas N'Koulou, to sit on the bench for the majority of his Burnley career so far. At £6.75 million, Yerri has already proven to be a real bargain and at 23 years of age, the Columbian international has a big future ahead of him with the club.

    YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON - For the second successive season, Valdivia has been awarded with the Young Player of the Year award. He can feel very unfortunate not to have been voted Fans Player of the Year as it has been an incredible season for the somehow still uncapped Brazilian. Valdivia managed 18 league goals this season and also 6 in our debut European campaign. He is no doubt the key man and creative hub of the team and at 23 years of age, he is only going to move from strength to strength.

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    Shocked to have been awarded with the Premier League Manager of the Year for the second successive season. With the incredible season Manchester United have had (will get to this later), I'm surprised the award didn't go to Jose Mourinho but no doubt I am delighted to have won the award 2 years in a row.

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    Valdivia was also awarded the English Players Young Player of the Year Award after his incredible season. As previously stated, with 18 league goals in 34 appearances from the wing, Valdivia had a fantastic season and fully deserved the honour awarded to him.

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    To put our incredible performances into perspective, we are ranked 18th in terms of Salary per Annum with only newly promoted Wolves and Huddersfield ranking lower in salaries.

    Our finances have greatly improved in comparison with this time last year, going from £65 million in June 2017 to £116 million one year later in June 2018. This massive improvements in finances sees us go into the summer transfer window with a budget of £75 million.

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    After finishing runner up last season, Manchester United went one better this time around switching positions with Arsenal who finished 1 point below them in 2nd place. Liverpool and Chelsea finished 3rd and 4th respectively but there will be 5 English representatives in the Champions League next season thanks to our Europa League triumph. Beaten FA Cup finalists, West Ham, and Manchester City, who sacked manager Pep Guardiola after our demolition of them in the Europa League final, make up the Europa League places for next season. 2015/16 Premier League winners, Leicester City, were relegated from the Premier League 2 years after being crowned champions and they will be joined by Newcastle United, who drop back down to the Championship after 1 season in the Premier League, and Hull City. Nottingham Forest were crowned Championship winners, with Brighton finishing runners up and they will be joined by the returning Middlesbrough who beat Fulham in the Playoff final.

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    Jeff Hendrick was named in the Premier League team of the Year after a really successful season for the Republic of Ireland international who scored 9 Premier League goals and 10 in all competitions. I'm surprised Valdivia was not named in the team of the year after the season he had, finishing 3rd in the Top Goalscorer rankings with 18 goals. Only Sergio Aguero (27 goals) and Oliver Giroud (21 goals) managed more goals than Valdivia in the Premier League.

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    Manchester United picked up their first trophy of the season with a 1-0 win over Chelsea in the League Cup Final. Luke Shaw scored the winner after the game went to extra time to ensure Manchester United their second successive after League Cup triumph after their 5-4 extra time victory against us last season.

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    Having already won the League Cup and Premier League, Manchester United completed a treble with a 2-0 triumph in the Champions League Final against Real Madrid with goals from Diego Costa and Luke Shaw.

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    Looking at my career after 2 seasons with the club, I have 68 of 110 games in charge with a win percentage of 61%. Considering we were a newly promoted side when I took over, 25 defeats in 110 games is a staggering statistic which highlights the consistency we have shown throughout my 2 years in charge. With 2 cups won this season, it's been an incredible achievement in such a short time with the club.

    In the transfer market, I have signed 13 players for a combined cost of £59 million and sold 14 for £52 million. Only £7 million Net Spend over 2 years is a fairly low value and highlights some of the bargains the club have signed.

    NEW CONTRACTS:

    Off the back of our incredible season, I have penned down 14 players from our first team squad to new contracts with the following resigning with the club:

    Tom Heaton, Kieran Trippier, Nicolas Tagliafico, Charlie Taylor, Yerry Mina, Ben Mee, Joaquin Arzura, Steven Defour, Youri Tielemans, Jeff Hendrick, Lucas Romero, Alessio Cerci, Valdivia and Kasper Dolberg.

  43. Congrats on the double! Well deserved

  44. Quote Originally Posted by issteo View Post
    Congrats on the double! Well deserved
    Thanks issteo. Hoping to have an update out later today with the preview for the new season.

  45. SEASON PREVIEW 2018/19:

    FINANCIAL ANALYSIS & MEDIA PREDICTIONS

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    With profits of £54 million for the latest Financial Year, our Finances are at an all time high with an overall balance of £113 million. Obviously, the TV deal plays a big part in this but also qualification for the Champions League last season and our 2 cup runs in the Europa League and FA Cup have had a big affect on our finances.

    With this in mind, I have a huge transfer budget of £75 million which is a vast amount to make some key additions to the squad so that we can hope to be as competitive as we have been in the last 2 seasons.

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    To further highlight our financial power, we have rose in the Richest Clubs in the World rankings, moving from 21st into 12th with our value nearly doubling again, increasing from £328 million at the beginning of last season to a total value of £616 million now. Reigning Premier League and Champions League holders, Manchester United, lead the way with a value of £1.41 billion and are joined by 5 other Premier League teams with Arsenal (2nd), Man City (4th), Tottenham Hotspur (5th), Liverpool (6th) and Chelsea (9th).

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    Looking at our expectations for this season, a top half finish is the minimum expectation by the board and the media are predicting a 7th placed finish with title odds of 30/1. Again, I will be hoping to defy the odds and contest for a Champions League place which I have managed to qualify for in both seasons as manager of the club.

    Having won both the Europa League and FA Cup last season, I would love another strong run in one of the cups with a particular focus on making it a step further in the Champions League this season having been eliminated at the Group Stage last season.

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    We have moved from 78th to 42nd in the European Club Rankings which is no doubt thanks to our Europa League glory last season. It's amazing the transformation in from Premier League minnows at the start of my reign as manager to where we are now, competing in the Champions League and winning the FA Cup and Europa League.

    TRANSFERS - SUMMER 2018/19

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    Firstly, Johann Berg Gudmundsson handed in a transfer request at the culmination of the previous season and I allowed him to leave the club for £13.75 million as he moved to Celta Vigo. James Tarkowski signed for Championship newcomers, Hull City for £2.6 million and Lucas Romero left the club after only 1 season as he moved back to South America, signing for Brazilian side Palmeiras. Having spent over 5 months of last season injured, I was happy for him to leave. Other players to leave where Matt Lowton, Ashley Westwood and Fernando Torres who were all out of contract.

    My first signing of the Summer Transfer Window was Mahmoud Dahoud who signed on a free transfer after his contract with BMG expired. At 22 years of age, the German playmaker could prove to be a real steal for the club and I'm confident he will be a massive signing who will be with the club for many years having signed a 5 year contract.

    With Matt Lowton leaving the club, I required a new RB to compete with Kieran Trippier and I went with a player I knew well with Jon Flanagan signing for £2 million. Jon had an excellent loan spell with the club in my first season in charge and he returns on a permanent basis for a very small fee.

    I wanted more competition for Tom Heaton going into the new season and signed Celta Vigo goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez on a free transfer. At 31 years of age, Sergio has plenty of experience in La Liga and will now doubt provide stiff competition for the No. 1 goalkeeper position.

    My 4th signing was a replacement for Johann Berg Gudmundsson, with the signing of Mohamed Salah from AS Roma for £10.5 million. Mohamed has plenty of big game experience having played for both Chelsea and AS Roma and I feel it's another bargain fee at just over £10 million.

    I wanted a midfield enforcer to compete with Joaquin Arzura and got the player I wanted with Tiemoue Bakayoko signing from AS Monaco for £11.5 million. Another fantastic addition who also has plenty of Champions League experience with the French side.

    With James Tarkowski leaving, we were a little short at CB. I brought in Rodrigo Caio to compete with Nicolas Nkoulou, Ben Mee and Yerry Mina. Rodrigo is a solid addition to the side having signed from Sao Paulo for £5.25 million. Another relatively young signing at 24 and one I expect to have a big future at the club.

    My final signing of the window sees the return of a former fan favourite, Danny Ings, who has returned to the club from Liverpool for a fee of £15 million. Danny has had a difficult time with injuries since signing for Liverpool but I'm hoping that the worst is behind him and that he can resurrect his career at the club where he made a name for himself.

    PRE SEASON ROUNDUP:

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    Another solid build up to the new season with 7 wins from 7 fixtures. The highlights of the preseason, were the victories against Benfica and Marseille but other than that, it was a pretty standard buildup. Hoping to start the season in a similar fashion with a tough start with a double header against Manchester United in the Community Shield and European Super Cup followed by an away start to the Premier League campaign against Everton.

    WORLD CUP FINAL

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    England fell to defeat in the World Cup Final as a Pablo Dybala goal ensured Argentina the victory. Good showing from England in the competition making it a lot further than expected. Republic of Ireland disappointingly didn't qualify for the competition.


    SQUAD 2017/18

    GK - Tom Heaton, Sergio Alvarez
    RB - Kieran Trippier, Jon Flanagan
    LB - Nicolas Tagliafico, Charlie Taylor
    CB - Ben Mee, Yerry Mina, Nicolas Nkoulou, Rodrigo Caio
    DM - Tiemoue Bakayoko, Joaquin Arzura
    CM - Youri Tielemans, Jeff Hendrick, Mahmoud Dahoud, Steven Defour
    RW - Mohamed Salah, Alessio Cerci
    LW - Valdivia, Robbie Brady
    FW - Danny Ings, Andre Gray, Kasper Dolberg
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  46. AUGUST 2018 REVIEW

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    We face Manchester United in our first 2 games of the season with the Community Shield followed 3 days later with the European Super Cup. We won the first encounter emphatically with a 3-0 victory at Wembley to win the Community Shield. A debut goal for Mohamed Salah and a double from Kasper Dolberg ensured we sent out a real statement of intent on the eve of the new Premier League season.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kieran Trippier

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    The second of our back-to-back cup encounters with Manchester United ended with another victory, this time a narrow 2-1 win. Goals from Mohamed Salah and Kasper Dolberg ensured we picked up our 2nd piece of silverware this season in our clash against the reigning Champions League holders. An excellent start to the new season with 2 wins against the best team in Europe from last season.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kasper Dolberg

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    A very disappointing start to our Premier League season with a 2-0 defeat away to Everton. A double from Ivan Cavaleiro, who signed from Wolves for £9.5 million during the summer transfer window, inflicted a defeat on us to open the new league campaign.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Tiemoue Bakayoko

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    We needed to bounce back with a big performance at home to Huddersfield in the league. We put in another poor performance, creating a lot of chances but never truly looking dangerous. We managed to nick a winning goal early in the second half through Kasper Dolberg. We may not have not have got the performance I wanted but we picked up 3 important points.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kieran Trippier

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    We were drawn away to Manchester United in the 3rd round of the League Cup. This will be our 3rd encounter with the reigning Premier League and Champions League holders with us only a couple of weeks into the new season.

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    The Champions League Group Stage draw couldn't have been any tougher for us with Bayern Munich, Sevilla and Dinamo Zagreb our opponents. It's going to be a tough ask to qualify from the group but that's what the Champions League is all about and I look forward to the challenge.

    MONTHLY REVIEW

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    With the new season only a couple of weeks old, our position of 12th in the Premier League is not too important. However, our performance against Everton was very disappointing and the follow up victory at home to Huddersfield wasn't much better but at least we got the 3 points.

    Our victories in the Community Shield and European Super Cup were not expected but I was very pleased to pick up another 2 pieces of silverware to add to the FA Cup and Europa League titles won last season.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    KASPER DOLBERG - 1

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Kasper Dolberg

    With 2 goals in the Community Shield victory, another strike in the Super Cup triumph and the narrow winner in the home Premier League encounter with Huddersfield, it is an easy decision to award the player of the month to Kasper Dolberg. With new signing Danny Ings as added competition to Kasper and Andre Gray, it has been a magnificent start to the season for the Danish international.

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    2 Wins, 1 Draw, 1 Defeat (50% win rate)

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    September is a big month with 6 fixtures including 4 in the Premier League with home games against West Ham and Watford and trips to the New White Hart Lane and St. Mary's to face Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton. We also have the tough League Cup 3rd round encounter with Manchester United and a home start to our Champions League campaign with Sevilla the visitors.

  47. SEPTEMBER 2018 REVIEW:

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    A late winner from Valdivia ensured we started the month with a win. We went ahead through a first goal for Danny Ings since his return to the club. Havard Nordveit equalised with 20 minutes to go but Valdivia popped up with his first goal of the season to rescue a narrow victory for us.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Robbie Brady

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    The bookmakers have made us 25/1 outsiders to win the Champions League with Barcelona and Real Madrid joint favourites 7/1. To be honest, I would be happy with going a step further than last season and make it through to the knockout stages of the competition.

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    An early Victor Wanyama goal was enough for Tottenham Hotspur to pick up the 3 points as we made our first visit to the New White Hart Lane. Not a lot between the sides on the day and we deserved at least a point from the game.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Nicolas Tagliafico

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    Our first Champions League fixture of the season turned into our best ever performance in the competition as we dismantled Sevilla, picking up an emphatic 4-1 victory. Goals from Mohamed Salah, a double from Youri Tielemans and a late strike from Andre Gray. An excellent start to our Champions League campaign.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Youri Tielemans

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    Our 3rd encounter with Manchester United this season, this time in the League Cup 3rd round, and for the 3rd time in a row we came away with a win. Goals from Valdivia and Alessio Cerci have put us in the hat for the 4th round, at the expense of the side who have won the competition for the last 2 seasons.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia

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    The 4th round draw of the League Cup sees us drawn at home to Watford. I'm happy with the draw and hopefully we can put in a similar performance to the recent 5-1 victory in the league.

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    A 3rd consecutive away defeat, this time against Southampton as we fell to a 2-1 defeat. Andre Gray put us into an early lead but a second half double from £17 million summer signing, Munir, completed an unexpected turnaround.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Andre Gray

    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    4 league fixtures this month and there is a pattern forming which I need to sort out somehow. We have played 6 games in total, winning our 3 home games but falling to defeat in all 3 away games. It's been a very inconsistent start to the season and we currently sit in 9th position in the league. We need to improve our away form if we can make a challenge at the top end of the season and repeat the heroics of the first 2 seasons at the club.

    It's been an excellent start in the League Cup and Champions League, with us knocking the League Cup holders, Manchester United, out of the competition and dominating Sevilla, who would be favoured alongside Bayern Munich to qualify from the group.

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Andre Gray

    With 4 goals in his 4 appearances this month, Andre Gray is the September Player of the Month. Having not been involved much in the first month of the season, with Kasper Dolberg the preferred choice up front, it has been a great month for Andre as he has regained his place in the starting eleven.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    ANDRE GRAY - 3
    VALDIVIA - 2

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    4 Wins, 0 Draws, 2 Defeats (67% win rate)

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    Looking ahead to October, we face Manchester United for the 4th time in the opening 3 months of the season, as they come to Turfmoor at the end of the month in the Premier League. But before that we have league games at home to newly promoted Brighton and away to Stoke City. Outside of the Premier League, we travel to Germany to face Bundesliga holders, Bayern Munich and have a home tie with Dinamo Zagreb. We also have our League Cup 4th round tie at home to Watford.
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  48. OCTOBER 2018 REVIEW:

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    Tough start to the month with an away trip to Munich to face German Champions, Bayern Munich and we fell to a 3-1 defeat. There was a real gulf in class between the 2 sides and Bayern roared into a 3-0 lead through Thomas Muller a double from Douglas Costa. Kasper Dolberg pulled back a late consolation but the game finished in defeat. The next 2 games which is a double header with Dinamo Zagreb will define our Champions League campaign.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Kasper Dolberg

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    A dominant home victory against newly promoted Brighton as we ran out 4-1 winners. Goals from Mohamed Salah, Andre Gray, Valdivia and Youri Tielemans will hopefullly ignite what has been a very inconsistent start to our Premier League campaign.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Mohamed Salah

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    A big victory for the club, as it is our first away win of the season and stops the run of 4 consecutive away league defeat. Goals from Valdivia and Mohamed Salah ensured we picked up a really big victory for the club.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Valdivia

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    Unfortunate injury for Kieran Trippier as he suffered a double hernia which could keep him out for up to 7 weeks. Jon Flanagan will now have to step us as he is the only right back available and hasn't had much playing time since signing for the club in the summer.

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    Another big victory for the club, this time in the Champions League, with a comfortable 3-0 victory at home to Dinamo Zagreb. 2 goals from Andre Gray and a 3rd from Valdivia ensured the victory which makes it 6 points from a possible 9 in our Champions League group.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Andre Gray

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    A disastrous home performance against Manchester United in the Premier League as we fell to a resounding 4-0 defeat. Having won in our first 3 games with Manchester United this season, we fell at the 4th hurdle. The performance was awful and Manchester United fully deserved the margin of victory.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Jeff Hendrick

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    Very positive response to the poor defeat against Manchester United, with a 2-0 at home to Watford in the 4th round of the League Cup. An Andre Gray double ensured the victory and progression to the quarter final.
    MAN OF THE MATCH - Mohamed Salah

    MONTHLY REVIEW:

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    Firstly, Youri Tielemans won the Premier League Player of the Month for September. Delighted for the 21 year old who has been in excellent for this season, following on from his very impressive first season for the club.

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    With 3 Premier League fixtures in October, I was happy to come away with 6 points from a possible 9. We had 2 excellent victories at home to Brighton and away to Stoke City, which ended our poor away run in the league. But the disappointing home performance against Manchester United putting a dampener on what would have been an excellent month in the league for the club. We currently sit 7th in the league but are already a massive 7 points outside of the top 4. It's already looking like a very big ask to get anywhere close to the heights we have reached int league in my first 2 seasons at the club.

    In the Champions League, we have put ourselves in an excellent position at the halfway stage of the group stage, having won both home games against Sevilla and this month against Dinamo Zagreb.

    Our League Cup campaign is progressing nicely, as we are now in the hat for the quarter final, following our 2-0 win at home to Watford in the 4th round.

    PLAYER OF THE MONTH - Youri Tielemans

    Although, Andre Gray had another excellent month for the club, I'm going to give the player of the month to the player who also won the Premier League Player of the Month, Youri Tielemans.

    TOP LEAGUE GOALSCORERS (SEASON):

    ANDRE GRAY - 4
    VALDIVIA - 4
    MOHAMED SALAH - 3

    MONTHLY MANAGERIAL RECORD:

    4 Wins, 0 Draws, 2 Defeats (67% win rate)

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    Another tough month ahead with a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool, followed by a home game against Arsenal and an away trip to newly promoted Nottingham Forest. Our Champions League destiny will be resolved as we face Dinamo Zagreb and Sevilla away.

  49. How are you in the champions league? you finished fifth last season.

  50. Quote Originally Posted by wanpablo23 View Post
    How are you in the champions league? you finished fifth last season.
    He won the europa league.....

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