Welcome to The Road to Glory Paper, which is the end of season one in Paul aka The Northman Football Manager 2018 Let’s Play Series at FC United of Manchester. This Youtube series is brought into blog form for special sections, such as end of season reviews, discussion about creating a club identity, contract negotiations and much more. Below Paul gives a unique review of season one with a more in depth look at the end of season table to be found on his youtube channel as well as daily updates through each season.
The Road To Glory | Season One Review of Football Manager 2018 Let’s Play Series at FC United of Manchester
How did the season go:
FC United of Manchester have finished the season in a record position, sitting in 9th place, two spots outside of the playoffs. Looking back on this, surely it is a season of success for the new manager at the helm of this fan owned club. James Reid, a former FC United player, a FC United fan and now the manager of the club would surely have taken a record high for the club in his first season in change? I doubt it now. The season was one filled with hope, FC United spent long periods of the season in the playoffs, only dropping out in the final few games, maybe a season of failure? One FC United fan thinks that if James Reid is thinking this, he is a little crazy.
FC United super-fan Doug Hughes said “As a fan of FC United since the first kick of a ball as a club, I dreamed of the day we were battling for promotion to the top tier of Non league, James Reid has given us all hope as fans that this is possible, he balanced the club from top to bottom, we look financially safe, we look like a club moving in the right direction! He has signed a new deal also, I am excited for the future.” We wonder, do all fans share this joy at finishing two places outside the playoffs, do all fans think James Reid is the man for the club long term? Comment below.
We caught up with FC United youngster Evan Appiah, this was his first season at the under 18’s and he was tipped for big things after coming up from the youth system in the youth intake of 2016/2017. Evans never got a look in to the first team of FC United with James in charge and we wanted to know what his thoughts on this were. Many fans have questioned this over the season with some leaving games where the under 18’s have played amazed at Evans talents and posting on the FC United forums and facebook groups begging for James Reid to give him a chance.
Evans seemed rather impressed by James and it was something we were not expecting with his comments shocking most at the Road to Glory paper; “Mr Reid welcomes us all to training with the first team and he is always visiting our games and giving us advice on what we are doing right and wrong. The players have all joined together and have unanimous support for Mr Reid. He has told me why I am not in the first team and what I must to do get there.
Reports coming out of FC United of Manchester are informing us that the club has had a good season financially, James Reid is a man who has put a lot of focus in the long term plan for the club. Finances can guide the direction of the club. Reports are that the club has made around £300,000 profit for the season. This is without a doubt a huge part down to the fans, with their match day income, gate receipts and season ticket sales driving the income for the 2017/2018 season. A run to the FA Cup first round would have helped without a doubt also.
Season one is over for young, inexperienced manager James Reid. He has improved as a manager, certainly adding some stats to his sheet. Over the season he has formed bonds with former Blackburn striker and now Chorley manager Matt Jansen as well as a friendship with Paul Cook from Wigan, a club which has loaned FC United Josh Gregory, the young central midfielder who managed to play 23 games for the club. James Reid has used this season to learn and develop and we managed to grab a few words with him; “This season has let me get to know everyone at the club from my staff to players, we have developed and next season we will return stronger and hopefully push forward as a club.”
At the Road to Glory paper, we are looking forward to next season with new found hope, we have seen a lot of highs this season and even with the loss mid season of Walker and Logan, two vital wingers to the early success, James and the team showed fight and desire to continue to build the club and to replace these players with a new group of lads who want to fight for the team, fight for this great fan owned club. Next season we hope we can push forward, we hope we can reach the playoffs and hopefully secure a spot in the National League Premier.