Aaron's Season One update with Newcastle United in the Das Football FM Head to Head Challenge.
Managing Newcastle reminds me of when you would receive birthday money as a teenager and it would be metaphorically burning a hole in your pocket. In my case you couldn’t wait to get to the closest sports shop and spend every single penny of it as quickly as possible on hoodies, trainers, tracksuit bottoms and anything else you could waste it on. Now I get that it’s not quite the same as managing Newcastle, but the burning a hole in my pocket and trying my hardest to spend every single penny of it still stands.
The Magpies faithful were excited to welcome Fabricio Coloccini back to the club, this time as manager, maybe not so much a legend of the club but most definitely a long time servant and who wouldn’t welcome back those curly locks on the side line.
Going into the save I initially thought about trying something different, however, once looking at the Newcastle squad it soon became apparent that the squad was far from different and in fact very ordinary, so trying something different would be a challenge to say the least. So I went with a fairly basic 433, and based my transfer dealings around the formation we would be playing and the roles we would be using within said formation.
Below are all the deals made once Fabricio Coloccini took over:
Nine of the summer transfer window signings went straight into the starting XI from day one, a massive risk, but one I was more than happy to take, surely it couldn’t be any worse than playing the Championship level starting XI we started with.
A promising run in the League Cup pleased the board, but ended with a defeat to Liverpool in the quarters and we were knocked out in the fourth round of the FA Cup by Wolves which didn’t please the board. We spent the majority of the league season in the top half of the table and found ourselves in fifth place needing a win against eventual champions Liverpool in our final game of the season and relying on Leicester to defeat Arsenal. Surprisingly we ran away 1-0 victors against Liverpool and we were eagerly anticipating a return to the European Champions Cup for Newcastle United until Arsenal scored a 96th minute winner to steal fourth place in dramatic fashion. So fifth place, not a bad consolation prize by any means, but European Champions Cup would have been great fun in season two, however we have a chance of a strong run in the Euro Cup.
Points total 2021/22
5th place finish + 72 points
Season total: 72 points
Looking to the future…
"After the final day heartbreak my main aim is to get Newcastle into Europe’s hottest competition and we will be taking all three cup competitions seriously too, especially the Euro Cup. A European trophy would be a great addition to the trophy cabinet. We need a striker as neither Wilson or Joelinton were as prolific as we’d hoped, so the summer transfer window will be focused on searching for our very own ‘Angel of the North’ to throw up top."