So, we’re back again with the fourth instalment of Julien Girard‘s managerial career as he makes his way through French football. I’ve reached the midway point of the second season of this save, so its time to update you on how things are going. Last update, I covered the pre-season and the first seven games of the Championnat de France Amateur. Julien is still managing Sporting Club de Schiltigheim in Strasbourg after being turned down by the hateful SC Sedan Ardennes in the Championnat National over the summer break between Season 1 and Season 2. As a result, I said that I believe Julien will have become increasingly loyal to Schiltigheim – for taking him back without question – to go along with his growing tactical pragmatism. What’s more, just after I posted the previous update, Schiltigheim approached Julien to sign a new contract, one which Julien negotiated down to the smallest possible amount – in order to assist the club’s growing financial issues – before signing a 1 year extension to remain at the Stade de l’Ar until 2019. What’s more, I also managed to sign a better Assistant Manager in Quentin Boyard – what a name – who has retired from playing in order to join Julien’s staff at Schiltigheim.
As far as I can see – the rules in game are not clear – the rules of the Championnat de France Amateur are similar to the Championnat de France Amateur 2, in that one member of the league is automatically promoted, whilst members of the other Amateur leagues go into a playoff system to determine who is promoted to the Championnat National – the league that Sedan Ardennes are in, and the league Julien wants to take Schiltigheim into. But anyway, back to the Championnat de France Amateur. How have we been doing?