So, we’ve reached the beginning of the third season of Julien Girard’s career, so it’s update time once again to go through the changes that have occurred in the off-season between season 2 and 3 of this save. In the last update, we covered the end of season 2 in the Championnat de France Amateur – the fourth level of French football – with Sporting Club de Schiltigheim. We were trailing Bordeaux’s ‘reserves’ – the cheaters – in the league, but ended up finishing in second place, and were automatically promoted to the Championnat National as a result. We actually went into the final day with the opportunity to win the league outright, but a downright appalling performance left us to be content with second. However, Bordeaux ended up not being promoted with us, so I gather there is some kind of rule in French football capping the level that reserve teams can get to in comparison to their first teams. Considering they played several Ligue 1 standard players throughout the season, I wouldn’t say they deserved it either. Yes, I’m still annoyed.
Last update I also discussed – again – the possibility of Julien leaving Schiltigheim and moving to a different club, citing how he had done what he aimed to in getting them to the Championnat National, and was repeatedly being turned down the chance to complete further coaching badges which would increase his ability and attributes. This was as a result of the financial issues the club faces – despite my good control over wages – issues that won’t be helped by pumping money into compulsory improvements to the ground. There was interest – as you can see on the right – but it was from Sedan Ardennes in Ligue 2, and after being turned down in his first attempt, I don’t believe Julien would have gone for it again. Conscious of not wanting to ignore Schiltigheim in my desire to progress Julien’s career, I continued to make decisions for the coming season for Schiltigheim. So, who are we managing this season?