Welcome back to another year of Football Manager! Once again, I’m taking the e-reins of BSC from Swifty and trying to emulate (or even surpass) his achievements as the season progresses.
Last season saw us achieve exactly what we set out to do – after an initial campaign where Swifty & I both ended with a 3rd place finish in the league, we rebuilt the squad and took the title in 2018/19. To round off the save, we dispatched Forres Mechanics and Berwick Rangers in the playoffs to earn an SPFL place.
This time, the challenge is even greater: Kelty Hearts are added to the mix as a challenger, while East Kilbride and Spartans have improved squads at their disposal; looking north, the Highland League offers a stern challenge for any Lowland champion in the playoffs as Cove Rangers lead an improving pack; an expended East of Scotland League is now full of talented ex-Junior sides keen to follow Kelty and progress upwards to our level and beyond.
The rules are simple – like last year, I will begin my season with the same squad as Swifty has, and be allowed to add the odd player if required until January comes. At this stage, we have free rein to manage as we see fit…which will hopefully be a help rather than a hindrance! In terms of tactics, I’ll be looking to keep things simple and play a quick & direct style of attacking football.
Last year’s challenge saw the emergence of a couple of young players from the youth system into our first team, and I’d love this to happen again this time around. We’ll make a conscious effort to take advantage of the Lowland Development League and give all our prospects an opportunity to impress.
We get the ball rolling this month, and I’ll stick with the fortnightly updates. Let me know if you’re following along, and feel free to leave any feedback (positive or otherwise) at @MozzaPlays on Twitter.
Now then – time to work out if virtual Tam Orr’s on fire…