Club Culture & 5 Year Plan
Overall, meeting the expectations around the Club Culture & 5 Year Plan could have gone a little better. Despite the success around attacking football, wage budgets and youth development, the lack of high reputation signings has left the board devastated and Dimitrova was awarded a B – in her end of season review. She even had to promise the board that she would sign more high profile players. Could a visit to the jobcentre soon be needed?
One of the things outlined in my first blog was a need/want to improve the club finances. Starting with a balance of £3m, the finances rocketed to £14m by the end of the season.
This is all thanks to some high-value transfer sales, most notably the departure of Valentin Antov.
Antov was at the heart of a solid defensive trio but when Man Utd came knocking on the door with an £8m bid, eventually negotiated up to a cool £15m, it was impossible to say no. The deal involved Antov being loaned back for the remainder of the season plus a 50% cut of his next transfer fee. Some say it was the deal of the season.
When we last checked, in only 10 games remained in the season and CSKA were topping the league.
7 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat followed.
So what does that mean for the table?
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS, THAT’S WHAT!
For the first time since 2008, and for the 32nd time in their history, CSKA-Sofia are the Bulgarian Champions!
Star of the Season: Ruben Pinto
Pinto secured his spot as a club legend this season with some stellar performances.
He added two awards to his cabinet,
was named in both the club’s and league’s Team of the Season,
and had the highest average rating, most assists and most PoTM awards in the squad.
Best of all, he’s only 28 years old so still in his prime – just how high can this guy fly.
The 2020/2021 season is going to be a big one for CSKA as they fight to defend their league title, they also have the small matter of the Champions League to contend with. Some squad strengthening will be required and Dimitrova has big plans to cement the future of the club with an overhaul of the Youth setup.