CSKA-Sofia | Season 1 | Part 1

Day One: 9am

During the first meeting with the board, the club culture was outlined.

Develop players using the club’s youth system

I already had the personal aim of turning the club into the Barcelona of Bulgaria by bringing first-teamers through from my academy so it’s great to see the club on side with this too.

We have great youth facilities, good academy coaching, exceptional youth recruitment and my HoYD claims we have a strong U19 squad. I’ll be looking to invest in facilities as soon as money allows too.

The u19 squad has four 5 star potential players in its ranks – Mitkov is already on the cusp of being good enough for my first team and will be a regular on my subs bench for the season.

Sign high reputation (attacking) players younger than 33

I’m not a manager who frequently signs older players so the prefered age limit of 33 doesn’t worry me, neither does the attacking football playing style as I don’t class my teams as successful unless scoring lots of goals. The signing high-reputation players stipulation however does – I have limited funds and not much in terms of recent success so drawing those big names to my club could prove quite a challenge.

Finances

Whilst the club finances aren’t terrible, they also aren’t great, and they’re something I’ll be looking to improve. We’re projected to have a balance of £8m by May 2021 which is an increase on now but I won’t be satisfied until we’re at least in double figures.

I’ve started the save early (in November 2018) and I’ll be using the 7 months before the season starts to play friendlies and bring in some easy cash. I’ll be assessing my squad soon so no doubt some players will be sold and I’m hoping to turn a profit by bringing some freebies in to sell on.

Backroom Staff

When most managers start at a new club the first port of call is to assess their playing squad. Not me though, I always go straight to my backroom staff because how can you expect to achieve success on the pitch if you don’t have the right team behind you.

Whilst we’re above average in most areas there a few worrying shortfalls and we lag a fair way behind our two biggest rivals.

Rather than paying out substantial amounts in mutual terminations I’ll be letting most contracts run down and then replacing them. The only exceptions being my Assistant Manager and Head of Youth Development, two roles which are vital to the success of the club and currently don’t have the right people in place. I’m planning on doing all transfer dealings myself so I have made the DoF and Loan Manager roles obsolete, saving the club £2k a week in wages.

I’ll be looking to bring in a Fitness Coach, another Physio and one or two Scouts as seeing the giant gaps between CSKA and Ludogorets Razgrad is setting my vertigo off.