Sempre Vitória | Season One | Four

I’m so glad January is over. What an absolutely abysmal month it was for us. It included a 3-1 league defeat against our rivals and being knocked out of both domestic cup competitions, falling short against Nacional in the Taca de Portugal 6th round (quarter final) and the semi final of the Taca da Liga against Porto.

This post has a tactical tweak, more player signings and our best month of the season so far. What a treat. Read on!  Continue reading “Sempre Vitória | Season One | Four”


Sempre Vitória | Season One | Three

The season is flying by and I’m loving managing Vitória on FM19 so far…

I’ve reached the January transfer window, plus there’s the small matter of some matches to play as well, including a quarter final and semi final in both domestic cup competitions. Have a read on to see what happened across the month.  Continue reading “Sempre Vitória | Season One | Three”

Sempre Vitória | First Day | State of the Club

We’ve ticked the tactic, the squad and staff off the list, now it’s time to go through some of the finer aspects of the club.

In this post I’ll be detailing how our facilities currently stack up, what the financial situation is and outline what the board is expecting us to achieve this season.  Continue reading “Sempre Vitória | First Day | State of the Club”

Sempre Vitória | First Day | Backroom Staff Evaluation

My first day in charge of Vitória is going well so far. I’ve spoken to the squad about the way we’ll be setting up on the pitch this season plus I’ve put together a proposed starting 11 from my evaluation of their skills and qualities.

It’s now time to speak to my backroom staff and determine whether firstly, the current staff will be staying and secondly, whether I need to add a few extra bodies to improve the current quality of coaching, scouting and injury treatment and prevention.  Continue reading “Sempre Vitória | First Day | Backroom Staff Evaluation”

Sempre Vitória | First Day | Squad Evaluation

In the last post I took you through my tactical thinking in preparation for this post, evaluating the squad.

I’m a new manager in a new league. I’m joining Vitória with virtually no prior knowledge or preconceptions about any of the players currently at the club. I tend to not like to make big changes when joining a club. I won’t rip a squad apart and everyone will be given an opportunity to work their way into my thinking. However, I won’t make any promises around any current players being sold or new arrivals coming in. It’s important to judge what you’ve got at your disposal and make changes for the good of the club.

This initial look over the squad is my opinion. I’ll be evaluating the current backroom setup at the club next in order to determine whether any changes need to be made there to help me going forward. But let’s have a look at my players first.  Continue reading “Sempre Vitória | First Day | Squad Evaluation”