Welcome back, its season nine in to the save and things in Florence are starting to change with Abdou Diakhate on his way to China at the end of August after agreeing a deal early in the summer, it feels like the save is coming to an end with the loss of my trusted warrior on the pitch but maybe that gives someone else the chance to step up and replace the Senegalese midfielder.
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Welcome to Part Two of my 2025-2026 season review. I left off last time at the end of December with us in 5th position in the league, out of the Champions League at the group stage but in the Europa League and last but not least in the Semi Final of the Coppa Italia. Our form in my opinion was a bit patchy but what was about to happen simply had me stunned and the very reason why the sub title this season is Helter Skelter.
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Welcome to the latest ramblings from Florence where we have reached the end of our seventh season together. Going in to the season my priority was to try and bring home a second Scudetto after three consecutive 2nd place finishes. Making the decision to prioritise the League over the Champions League could be a costly one when it comes to the club finances but it is a decision that I was prepared to take and who knows we may even have a decent run in the Champions League.
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Welcome to the end of our season six round up, yes season six I can’t believe already that I have managed this fantastic club in over 300 games already. My last update saw me reveal our new tactical system The Velvet Revolution which if you have not already read you can do so by clicking here. So without further ado let’s get on with looking at how we got on when it came down to the sharp end of the season.
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Welcome to the latest from Florence where we are now in our 6th season of the save. You will notice that the header for this save consists of a few managers who all have managed either Ajax or Barcelona or both. Rinus Michels, Johan cruyff, Louis Van Gaal, Josep Guardiola, and Erik ten Hag are the men in question and the ones who I have grown up watching and studying closely whilst admiring their philosophy on how the game should be played.
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Welcome to the latest post from Florence, on a cold November day in Florence back in 2019 I decided that I would take myself off to Brazil for a few days and take a look at a few youth team games during a blank 14 days in the Serie A calendar. My first port of call was a game in Porto Alegre between Gremio U20 and Flamengo U20 to run the rule over left wing back Juninho Capixaba who was on loan at Gremio from Corinthians.
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Welcome to the latest post from Florence, I can’t believe that we are now in our fifth season together in what I can only describe as a marriage made in heaven. I am really in to the save enjoying every minute of it. My last post was the first part of a player development series that is looking at how I develop players at ACF Fiorentina.
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Welcome to the latest post tracking my managerial career at Fiorentina. Our fourth season together has ended so it’s time to take a look at how things have panned out since the winter update. The last update ended with us on joint points with a Guardiola rejuvenated Juventus at the top of the table and a mouth-watering Champions League knockout clash against Tottenham Hotspurs to look forward too.
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Welcome to the latest post of my FM19 save with Fiorentina. We are entering the fourth season on the back of winning the Scudetto after the clubs 52 year wait since winning the title back in 1969. The 2021-2022 season promises to be an interesting season with Pep Guardiola replacing Zinedine Zidane at Juventus, Jose Mourinho replacing Carlo Ancelotti at Napoli and Marcelo Bielsa already at Atalanta, the entertainment value is about to increase.
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