Still exceeding expectations

At the end of the last update, ESTAC Troyes were sitting in 5th place, defying early season predictions that we would be relegation fodder. With two-thirds of the season gone, not much has changed – on the pitch, at least.

October to December saw us keep up our early season form, and after our first defeat at the hands of PSG, we saw out the rest of that first month unbeaten in the league. Wins against En Avant de Guincamp, Toulouse FC, and a 1-1 draw with LOSC kept us in contention for the European places.

November saw us hit our first sticky patch, which continued into December. A win against Stade Malherbe Caen was followed up by 7 league games that included only 2 wins. We were drawing as many games as we were losing, so we – just about – managed to keep in touch with the teams at the top. All except PSG, who are strolling away with the league title – in fact, they’ve won Ligue 1 every year in this save.

During this time, rumours of a takeover began to circulate again. Last time that happened, there was talk of me losing my job, so my mind began to wander.

At the very least, it meant that the Winter transfer window was going to be a non-event. Just as well I had already lined up a new signing, and in came Yassine Benrahou from Bordeaux for a cool £875k. Some of the squad had been moaning that the midfield isn’t strong enough, so he’d help to placate them, hopefully.

Fortunately, the takeover fell through, just in time for me to make another few Winter signings, all of them youngsters. Aurélien Tchouameni, Bruno Brochard, and Emanuele Cavallini will be stars at Troyes some time in the future.

So my job is safe. But, what’s that? Everton are looking for a new boss?

I throw my hat in, and get granted an interview.

In this save, they’re a 4-star club (versus Troyes’ 3.5) in the highest rated league (Ligue 1 is 5th). They’re also Rich (Troyes’ finances are Okay), which doesn’t sound like real-life Everton, at all. It makes sense to move.

But they don’t want me. The bastards. Instead, they plump for Roger Schmidt, who leaves Celtic to takeover the Goodison reins.

The very fact that I got an interview makes me think that others will take a punt on me, so I’m now very much on the lookout for a 4-star rated club that I can get to the Champions League.

Anyway, all that aside, we’re back in the midst of a league campaign and January looks pretty good. A draw and 3 wins takes into a bit of a mixed bag of results in February – DLWL.

Right now, we’re sitting 5th, which is good enough for a Europa League spot, albeit at some early qualifying stage.






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