So, we’re back again with the 9th update of Julien Girard’s managerial career, as we have reached the midway point (January 1st) of the 4th season of this save. In the last update, we finally decided to leave Schiltigheim, and made the big move up to Ligue 1, becoming manager of Football Club Lorient. We had previously prepared Schiltigheim for their Ligue 2 season – more on that later – and then had to adjust to our new surroundings, making a couple of signings in Joshua Onomah and Marcelo Hermes to improve the quality of the squad, before putting a tactical plan in place, a 4-4-2 diamond. We won the first game of the season 2-1 against Nantes, and we ended the update cautiously optimistic ahead of the full season – especially considering I’d told the board that I would get achieve a top half finish with Lorient. However, I had to make further dealings before the end of the transfer window, when Torino came in for our first choice right back Steven Moreira. I negotiated up to a fee of £7M (rising to £7.75M) before accepting the offer. This necessitated the buying of a right back, so I signed Lorenzo Dickmann, languishing at Palermo for a pathetic £3.8M. He’s been fantastic so far, massively improving as a player.
Note: I also sold Rayane Jacquier to Roma (along with a whopping future fee %) for £1.5M, and Zoran Djulic was bought by my DoF.
There’s no need for jokes, FM’s covered that for me already.
In terms of Julien’s career, he completed the new coaching course, improving his attributes slightly – they’re still fairly poor. I then asked Lorient to allow me to get my Continental A License. At first, they rejected my request, saying that there’s a good chance Julien could leave with increased skills. With a bit of persuasion however, the board accepted it. This course will take a much longer time at 12 months, but it only leaves Julien with one more badge to achieve (the Continental Pro, I think?). Julien also reached his first milestone, managing 100 games.
So, how has the first half of the season gone? Have I been able to produce the top half finish that I said I would?