A quick update on my Alphabet Challenge.
As you will have read before I have completed the “A” Leagues and now moving on to “B”
I resigned from Melbourne Victory immediately after winning the Hyundai Series Final and embarked on finding a new job, it didn’t take long for a club to come calling and that club was Dinamo Minsk of Belarus. Predicted 3rd in the “Highest League”, Dinamo found themselves languishing in 11th position after 15 of 30 games. Here is the table when I took over
The squad overall isn’t too bad, I seriously needed a better Goalie and a couple more Central Midfielders as I wanted to employ my 41221 formation
Other than those few targets in mind the squad looked pretty decent for a run at the top 3 and a European spot. Bate are by far and away the best team in the league so no one expects to break their domination without a lucky season or serious strengthening.
I made 3 transfers straight the way.
Cupic is a pretty sound looking goalkeeper who filled all the attributes I required and was highly recommended by my Assistant Manager. Golemic and Adamovic are both strong looking Central Midfielders which I was desperately in need of.
The 2nd half of the season was strange. I only lost 1 game (1-0 to Bate) but only managed 28 points from a possible 45. Too many draws were the problem, we drew 7 of our 15 games which was infuriating, most of these were at home and nearly all of them we were losing early and managed to claw back a point!
Here is how the table finished, we ended 6th which was our highest position of the season
Disappointing isn’t the word to describe our season, more like abysmal. I fully expected a good run and a push for 2nd or 3rd but it was never meant to be. Hopefully with the right additions/departures we can make a push for the top 2 next season. As mentioned before there is no way we will match Bate at the moment, personally its going to take 2 or 3 years to do that.
We are also still in the Belarussian Cup which for some reason stops after Round 2 in July 2019 and restarts at the Quarter Finals in March 2020!
One final note, we did win one award. Nusimir Fajic won the top goalscorer award bagging 19 goals of our 46 league goals.
Sorry for the short update, difficult when only in charge for 15 games but hopefully the next update will be a bit longer.
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