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Time for another crack at this.

Yes! You did it!
Fino alla fine
My days, you've finally gotten yourself out of that Georgian prison, congrats
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@bigmattb28 - Thank you my man, glad to be back.

@bcsaulJ - Sure did!

@Eric Portapotty - The Georgian gulag is not enjoyable, let me tell you!




He came, he conquered. Literally from a different world, Saturn's Yegor Piskunov was a superb loan investment for Martvili. Sealed both my approval and the fans' approval to claim player of the season ahead of Osei and Shiryaev and claimed young player of the season. Among all that, his long range floater in the 4-0 triumph over Guria was a deserved goal of the season. Another inspired buy was the purchase of Brazilian centre back Ulisses, despite not knowing how to communicate "chuck it into row Z" in Georgian he galvanized the fort which is all I could have asked from him. On a free too.



30 goals in 37 appearances, 7.5 average rating, nine man of the match awards...even getting injured for a spell of 4 weeks, Yegor Piskunov truly rocked the Pirveli Liga. Moses Osei had a ton of speculation surrounding him being linked to bigger clubs but he didn't get distracted, the Ghanaian midfielder was talismanic to the promotion with his ten important assists. Robert Sălăjan didn't get to feature too much in midfield, but slightly worried that his 85% pass completion inducted him as the best passer - definitely room to improve there. Ulisses did get involved at the backline, perhaps a little bit too firm on his challenges with 8 yellows and 2 reds had the worst discipline but I'm very much looking forward to how he performs at the higher level.


The journey doesn't stop at Martvili, although being linked to more reputable sides, I'll be staying for an extra season.





Difficult decisions to make for some, easy decisions for those overstaying their welcome. Arquimedes, Khundadze and to an extent Sălăjan and Denisov served a great purpose in the promotion battle, but personally I don't think they'd cut the mustard at a higher level therefore refraining from offering a new deal. Made a light profit in Gigatadze's move to Mertskhali as he didn't suit my philosophy and the Varduashvili loan move I'll explain in a moment.



Upgrades for the new season ahead, failing to mention that we extended Piskunov's loan deal for an extra three months which was a mighty relief. More or less every general area covered, new keeper, full backs, a primary playmaker and two additional strikers to vanguard along with our Russian friend.


Giorgi Varduashvili – D(R) – unattached free agent

Best to clear up the confusion about signing this guy and immediately loaning him out. Why? Greed I guess. Offloaded by Lokomotivi Tbilisi I decided to strengthen our right back department...until someone better came across my radar. Rather than letting him slouch on the bench, Sioni decided "he'll have him for 6 months". Sort of no fail situation when you think about it; we're not paying his wages for the majority of the season, he's getting game time elsewhere to improve his stats. Everybody wins.


Giorgi Tsikarishvili – M(L)/AM(L) – £6.75k from Lokomotivi Tbilisi

Previously on loan last season, the left winger impressed and decided to make this his permanent residence for a nominal fee. Everything to look for in a generic winger, takes on opponents with his quickness, stays tight to the byline. So-so crossing but we can't expect players to 'Bend it like Beckham' in the Georgian divisions. He was adamant to leave too, making contract negotiations that bit more digestible.


Dmitry Axionov – D(L) – £12.5k from Rustavi

Another player anxious to leave from the below division. Hitting his prime, this was the best possible time to retrieve him for another financially efficient deal. Rock solid mental stats drew me into this guy and had been scouting him towards the conclusion of last season. Technically not the most gifted I'll admit, but if he doesn't attempt anything too fancy we'll be just gravy.


Iulian Ionescu – ST(C) – unattached free agent

The man playing second chair to Piskunov. Just hitting into his thirties, Iulian looks like the perfect super sub to change games. Excellent flair, outstanding determination, perfect free kick taker and over 100 caps for Moldova. Didn't exactly excel in the Turkish 1.Liga but can easily look beyond that. A bit pricey on the wages but being a short term deal, I can't exactly see a flaw in this purchase.


Andro Kvekveskiri – D(R) – unattached free agent

Our primary right back and perhaps the reason why Sioni were sniffing out Varduashvili. Mentally sound and filled out that little bit extra than his competition, more balanced and pacy to take on challenges. Another player entering into his prime, again not the most technically equipped but if he's not doing rabona passes across the 18 line, we should get along fine. If not, can always recall your man.


Boris Pisarev – M(C) – £21k from Saburtalo, potentially rising to £23k

Our marquee signing of the window if you want to call it that. A little tug of war on pricing but I believe this guy will be worth the purchase fee, even if he were involved in a recently relegated Saburtalo side. Ticks all the boxes from a technical standpoint, strong determination and in excellent physical shape. A beautiful partnership alongside Osei?


Aleksandre Goguadze – GK – unattached free agent

Bringing some experience to the table, 35 year old goalie Goguadze wrestles with Kuznetsov for the number one jersey. A former league & cup winner with Dinamo Tbilisi, no doubt he'll reorient in the Georgian top flight after his release from (former) Turkish side Kayseri Erciyesspor. Assertive in the air with his robust 6'2" build and shows good reflexes for someone in their mid thirties. Well past it when it comes to speed and agility but all in all a very worthy investment.


Magomed-Shapi Yeshin – ST(C) – six month loan from Samtredia

To conclude, we brought in a low risk loan move on deadline day to add some attack to our arsenal. Bit of a one trick pony as a striker with added acceleration to snipe at the right moment. Hasn't exactly made his mark for his current club other than the reserves, but a handy third choice backup if disaster strikes..


..which it did. But more on that later.



Board making it quite clear that they're not expecting any fireworks on our return to the Umaglesi Liga. Should have enough fight to at least not get a record low points total. Third round of the cup achievable too.


The media also not fancying us to pull up any trees, only Sioni predicted to do worse at an equal 500-1 shot. Let's do it.






Favourites for the league title? My ass. Game lacked any substance but the only thing that mattered was on the scoreboard. Off the bench came Ionescu to drive home in the midst of a right melee in the Samtredia box. Goguadze barely tested.



Could've sworn Martvili were tipped for the drop? Not based off this form. Completely dismantled Tskhinvali's tactics within half an hour; Yegor Piskunov stepping up to the plate with both his dangerous left foot and also his head, Sergey Shiryaev also used his head as the visitors really struggled defending set pieces. Goguadze with a third clean sheet in a row, saved a point blank effort from the South Ossetians who didn't offer anything for a consolation. Dominating right now.


It did come at a price though.


Not the only one (during training that is). Two important figures sidelined.



Everything has gone down the jacks. Our attacks have been fruitless, midfield is looking creatively barren, defending has become cowardly, but this game really did my nut in losing to the bottom club. Nothing could be done about TeleΘ™pan's wonderful curler but the other two were just sheer incompetency. Second goal given away too easily in the middle, Pakhomov unmarked to easily finish under the poorly positioned Maxim Kuznetsov. Third was just as laughable, a cross pinged off our defenders kindly into the path of Lavrentjev to finish what was left of us. The sad part is, the scoreline didn't justify our performance. Yesin and Piskunov missed clear cut opportunities and had Kutaisi on the ropes for large spells. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.



The striking contrast of how we started March to how we capitulated in April. We welcomed the new season with a bullying 2-0 display over Dila with our midfielders receiving the plaudits; Osei & Shiryaev amongst the goals and an assist from new boy Boris Pisarev coming off the bench. Everything fell into place delightfully picking up a trio of wins and going joint top of the league...then the injuries happened and the bruisings commenced.

Zugdidi's triple pronged attack line too hot for our noob asses to handle. Missed out on revenge against Dinamo Tbilisi as Pisarev scored one of the goals of the season in a 2-2 scrap. Paid an unwelcome visit to my former employers Batumi to ironically choke a lead from Mikeladze to fall flat on our backs, to be fair their second goal was pretty unstoppable. Chikhura completely demoralised us in a first half barrage where the only real chance we had was an Ionescu free kick off the crossbar. Crossed swords with our Pirveli Liga rivals Sioni, both goals sourced from corners but if it weren't for a stalwart Goguadze performance we'd be dead in the water. Concluded with the spanking to Torpedo Kutaisi.



To my surprise we haven't been left behind yet. Only ten points separating top from bottom we lie in the middle of the park and not too far off the top four after a quarter of the season. The only caveat is our worrying lack of form.

But lets not lose perspective, maybe finding a senior affiliate to help us grow financially and/or have a few loan players lined up from a superior club to elevate our club image. I'm sure the board won't disagree.


Oh. Well, uh, yeah, hmmm. It turns out I'm working for a board of clowns.


I didn't mean for this to happen, but if you get a club up to the top flight and are still not gaining any respect from the board - it's time to leave.

They're idiots man, what a set of unambitious clowns!

Ah well, go and prove them wrong elsewhere....
The Man formerly known on SUSIE as Poolie Exile
Give my story a read - Now I would walk 500 miles...

I've never actually used that ultimatum option, you had balls for going all the way.

Wait to see if the Dinamo manager does move clubs, then maybe apply for that? Try to get them back to the top.
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@HockeyBhoy - That's the plan! Shame really, I was really liking the club.

@Eric Portapotty - That's funny how you mentioned Dinamo Tbilisi.




Nation: North Macedonia
Media Prediction (Odds): 3rd/10 (6-1)
Expectations: Challenge for title
Pros: One of the front runners in North Macedonia. Strong squad in prime age group. Predicted for European football nearly every season.
Cons: Finished 6th last season. No title in four years. No European qualification next season. Rejected my last three managerial vacancy applications. Load of foreign players make it difficult for squad registration rules.



GFY. Never applying for this crowd again.


Nation: North Macedonia
Media Prediction (Odds): 9th/10 (150-1)
Expectations: Avoid automatic relegation
Pros: Strong 5th placed finish last season, safely avoiding predicted relegation. The name Shkupi is hella fun to say.
Cons: Transfer / wage budget not enough to transform current squad. Simply not strong enough to challenge for the league. Relegation yo-yo club.



Something on the table. Reluctantly pondering.


Nation: Bosnia
Media Prediction (Odds): 2nd/12 (5-1)
Expectations: Challenge for title
Pros: Finished third last season. Qualified for Europa League. Excellent squad depth. Predominantly ambitious and professional dressing room. Club have not finished below 6th in last two decades.
Cons: Failed to make shortlist for manager vacancy last time. No trophy in five years.



Come on, seriously. Have you not seen my trophy collection?


Nation: Bosnia
Media Prediction (Odds): 1st/12 (15-4F)
Expectations: Challenge for title
Pros: Richest club in Bosnia. Title holders. Bookies favourites to retain title. Champions League football. Professional squad personality.
Cons: Winless in six games. Many key players wanted by bigger clubs. Hyper-focused on central players, no wingers in sight.



Had a feeling. There was very little hope they'd consider me. *sigh*


Nation: Georgia
Media Prediction (Odds): 8th/10 (100-1)
Current Position: 10th
Expectations: Achieve mid-table
Pros: Most successful club in Georgia. Stronger squad than Martvili. Board have accepted my demands should they consider me. Current Georgian cup and super cup holders. Decent wage budget.
Cons: Bottom of the league with 16 points from 17 games. One win in ten. Not a sniff of a league title in six, becoming seven years. Over £600k in the red. £0 transfer budget. Similar circumstances leading to the Batumi relegation.



Spoilers, I'm staying in Georgia. Poisoned chalice? Perhaps, but optimistically the only way is up from here.

Dinamo Tbilisi! Much more famous than Merani Martvili. Great choice and good luck!
Fino alla fine
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@bcsaulJ - I mean, there's absolutely no comparison there!

@Eric Portapotty - You did indeed, but can you call the outcome of this stint?




Following the unplanned excommunication from Martvili, my career remains in the historic plains of Georgia and with a club who need no introduction. FC Dinamo Tbilisi (αƒ“αƒ˜αƒœαƒαƒ›αƒ αƒ—αƒ‘αƒ˜αƒšαƒ˜αƒ‘αƒ˜) are the most decorated clubs in the country accumulating over fourty trophies in their 95 year history and also a former European Cup Winners' Cup winner. The club were a constant within the Soviet Top Leagues, not suffering a single relegation during their participation in 1927, a feat only shared with Dinamo Moscow & Dynamo Kiev. After the dissolution of USSR, the club cut ties with the Soviet Leagues in 1989 to participate in the newly formed Georgian “Umaglesi Liga”, briefly omitting the word Dinamo from their club name to replace it with Iberia, distancing themselves from their Soviet past – a decision U-turned just two years later. The club are simply nicknamed the Blue-Whites (αƒšαƒ£αƒ αƒ―-αƒ—αƒ”αƒ—αƒ αƒ”αƒ‘αƒ˜) based off their royal blue and white stripped kits and a crest resembling a double-headed eagle.


If the club name wasn’t a dead giveaway already, they are situated in the capital and largest city of Georgia, Tbilisi (αƒ—αƒ‘αƒ˜αƒšαƒ˜αƒ‘αƒ˜) also referred to as 'Tiflis' during the days of the Russian Empire. A major metropolis of just under 1.5 million people, it is the centrefold area between the Northern and Southern Caucasus region and was a former seat of the Imperial Viceroy during the 17th and 18th centuries. Recent years have seen Tbilisi surge in popularity among tourists with its long, diverse cultural history spanning since the 5th century. Major attractions include the ‘Old Tbilisi’ city, the ancient fortress of Narikala (αƒœαƒαƒ αƒ˜αƒ§αƒαƒšαƒ) and the gargantuanally pictured Holy Trinity Cathedral or ‘Sameba’ (αƒ‘αƒαƒ›αƒ”αƒ‘αƒ˜αƒ‘ αƒšαƒαƒ•αƒ αƒ). It is the fourth largest Eastern Orthodox religious building in the world and holds almost a greater capacity than Old Trafford and the Bernabeu combined.


On the subject of football stadiums, Dinamo Tbilisi boast the largest stadium of Georgia and named after the greatest Georgian footballer of the 20th century, the Boris Paichadze stadium. Built in 1976 as the ‘Lenin Dinamo stadium’ after the Soviet communist leader, the name was officially renamed in 1995 to the club legend who scored 111 goals in 195 games. The highest attendance recorded was a staggering 110,000 as spectators witnessed Dinamo Tbilisi famously stun Liverpool 3-0 in a European Champion Clubs' Cup (now Champions League) tie. Along with club duties, the stadium doubles up as host for the Georgian national football & rugby teams and in 1995 the record attendance was equalled in a UEFA qualifier with Germany before the stadium was renovated as an all seater just shy of 55,000. It played host to one of the most entertaining UEFA Super Cup finals in 2015 as Barcelona beat Sevilla 5-4 after extra time.


Without question Dinamo Tbilisi are the kings of silverware on Georgian soil; record holders for the most domestic league titles (17), domestic cups (13) and super cups (7) which included six consecutive doubles between 1992 and 1997. Although their domestic dominance have been mildly impressive, it truly paled in comparison to their USSR glory days in the 1970s-80s and were a true force to be reckoned with. The Georgians lifted the Soviet Top league in 1964 in a ‘winner take all’ decider against Torpedo Moscow winning 4-1 and reclaimed it in 1978 with four points to spare over Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk. Furthermore acclaimed the Soviet Cup twice, comfortably dispatching Ararat Yerevan 3-0 in 1976 and a much tighter penalty shootout victory after a scoreless stalemate with Dynamo Moscow. To this day their greatest ever honour was their maiden European success in the now defunct European Cup Winners' Cup in 1981, beating the likes of West Ham and Feyenoord to set up a final against Germans Carl Zeiss Jena in Düsseldorf with goals courtesy of Vladimir Gutsaev and an 86th minute winner from Vitaly Daraselia to emerge victorious 2-1. Sadly nowadays their European journeys have been cut short, failing to edge past CL/EL qualifiers apart from the 2004-05 season where they were knocked out of their UEFA Cup group comprising of Newcastle, Sochaux, Sporting and Panionios – losing every game.



Long gone are the days where Dinamo swept up domestically, nowadays its more evenly spread out among others such as Dila, Tskhinvali and the latest holders Zugdidi. Mind you they still remain top dogs for all domestic competitions; lifting a further 24 league trophies, 26 cups and an eye watering 33 super cups. Now thats all well and good as a tale of a fallen giant in hopes of reanimating their past glories, however when it comes to this challenge I rarely have time to rebuild and would be reluctant to staying longer than I anticipated...honestly I’m really starting to dislike the Georgian top flight based on repressed memories *cough Batumi*.



Everything looked set for liftoff on the back of yet another Super Cup final success beating Zugdidi 2-1, coupled with the opening day victory at home to Samtredia; but suddenly winning became a scarcity with only two wins in their last sixteen games, struggling for goals too. It leaves us bottom of the division with only sixteen points but no cause for concern yet, when have we seen that before? Batumi déjà vu?



Eyeing up the squad, I’m at a loss to why they’re performing so poorly. On the surface this is a strong looking squad, overall professional demeanour and the dressing room isn’t too fractured either (famous last words). Only a handful of teens juxtaposed with only one player over 30, majority hitting primal age. Am I missing a trick here?

KEY PLAYER - Ucha Zaalishvili - D(R)


No nonsense full back with strength to barge light wingers like plastic bags in the wind. Well versed mentally with good solid concentration and positioning, technicals you'd expect from an established international right back and built like a defender with a Subbuteo base. Could offer something on the overlap too if I train up his speed and crossing.



The board obviously don't trust me with any booty at the early growth of my Tbilisi tenure, nice fat wage budget though to add a couple of extra stars to the mix. Pretty pedestrian expectations, mid-table may be asking for too much, how about we step out of the mud and cleanse ourselves before trying on the tuxedo yeah? Cup quarter finals easily doable. Did they fail to mention we're also in the Europa League qualifying? Anyways lets get to work.

Wonderful introduction, as usual!
Fino alla fine
@bcsaulJ - Thank you my man, they do take a while write up especially since I'm limited on time these days. Glad you're still enjoying it!






Without upsetting the dynamic of the squad too much, only opted to bring in a new centre back and a familiar goal machine on loan.


Yegor Piskunov - ST(C) - end of season loan from Saturn

Reunited and it feels so good. No introduction necessary, absolute goal fiend at Martvili and aiming to offer more in the top flight. Hasn't progressed dramatically attribute wise but being a traditional poacher, all he needs to know is where the goal is. A welcome entrant.


Sergey Trufanov - D(C) - £15k from Rustavi

Scouted him for a while with Martvili after impressive displays for Rustavi, the only drawback were his wage demands being too high for us - not anymore. Defensive rock with his strength and can lock into challenges well while winning the ball. Strong determination means he'll no doubt improve at his young age of 23 and have faith in him to airlock the backline of silly goalworthy mistakes. Not the only reason I bought him.


Because we'll be missing another CB for a while.





Off to a promising start. Dila's first half dominance failed to pay off with two key misses and a point blank header cannoning off the bar. Coordinated ourselves in the second half to upset the balance of play; Sergey Volkov finished like a true striker into the roof of the net, while a blistering counter attack thanks to an unbelievable run from Guy Ngah was squared to Zirka loanee Ponomar to tap in the second. Just gotta ride your luck sometimes to get results.



Back to the old watering hole and hosing these shower in their own back garden. Simple cut back to Dobryanskyi in a move started by Yegor Piskunov had us well on our way until a clumsy penalty broke down all our good work. Result was never in doubt though, Volkov came back from injury to ping a beautiful header off the back of Ngah's free kick to restore the advantage and the Nigerians work rate did not go unrecognised as he combined with Piskunov to stroll into an empty net. Game recognise game.



Bittersweet draw against that chucked me to the curb. Poorly exposed down the left blank where we conceded twice from crosses into a fiery Denis Stepanov who was a peculiar nuisance all game - scoring twice and let us off the hook with a potential hat-trick. Dobryanskyi equalised the first time with a superb free kick on the edge of the D but still trailed going into the dressing room. Took us little time to draw level again, lovely threaded balls down the central route, Piskunov laying it on a platter for Khvadgiani to tuck in. So very nearly lost it towards the end, leaving Mikeladze with a free header but luckily straight at Kupreishvili. Fortunate result in my eyes.




An hour drive south to second tier Algeti, has the stench of an upset.



Not far off was I? Our second string struggled and if it weren't for the chemistry of our two senior players Ponomar & Khvadagiani, this would have swung the other way. An early lead may have given us a false sense of security as Algeti fired back immediately through Volkov and their confidence soon flowed as Kulikov drilled in a low header to completely dumbfound us. Looked a lot sharper second half, Khvadagiani and Ponomar wove stunning passes to each other and turned it around. A game to question squad depth, ability and who's truly fit to wear the kit.



Another away day, another second tier throwaway. Slightly more confident about this one.




Pitted against Icelandic nobodies Knattspyrnufélag Fjallabyggðar, I pray for the commentators ripping their tongues out to pronounce this club name.



Hardly a contest with the opposition fielding greyed out farmers. Guy Ngah practically finished the tie in half an hour, an own goal the non leaguers would frown upon and a quick second half strike from Dobryanskyi was enough of a performance in leg one, obviously letting the home team have a little pride to score one. Chopped and changed in leg two, same level of dominance. Guy Ngah helped himself to another, set up a worldie for Tedo Chkhaidze who himself assisted to Davit Nadiradze. Job done, next.



Sticking to the cold climates, much tougher opposition in Strømsgodset.



YA BEAUTY! Praise be Khvadagiani and his shithousery to upset the odds and progress. Strømsgodset should have blown us away in the first leg if not for some key Kupreishvili saves and their horrendous end product, however Andreas Ødegaard (no relation to Martin) snuck in the only goal in Norway - although did seem to impede the keeper in doing so. Rallied in a few chances to snatch an away goal, forcing their keeper into some good saves. Flying back home the Norwegians the stage was set to pull it back from a late penalty no less, Khvadagiani held his nerve to balance the tie. From there Strømsgodset melted like the proverbial glacial fjord and a long hoofed ball upfield was the perfect recipe for Khvadagiani to beat the keeper to the ball and flick a header into the empty net. You love to see it.



Home to waffles and Marouane Fellaini, Standard Liège come next.



Sadly a step too far above our weight class. Was almost set up in a carbon copy way to the Strømsgodset game away in Belgium, failed to clear a free kick and the second cross evaded everyone but Kauffmann at the back post unmarked to grab the win in leg one, also hitting the post twice while we could barely craft anything in the opposition half. Back in Tbilisi, it didn't have the same outcome as the previous round - in fact the exact opposite. While we created more, we were too open and far more liable to mistakes, one of which being conceding a penalty for Bouchez to kill the game. Khvadagiani desperately unlucky to hit the bar twice in quick succession and Liège profited on the counter, twice stung by young Belgian prospect Nolan Girardet. A cataclysmic end to our European adventure.



In among the Europa League and friendlies we've made a promising start to life in Tbilisi. Opening with that win over Dila before being bored to death in a scrap with Samtredia.
The Standard Liège defeat seeped into our league form with a horrendous defeat to Tskhinvali who were 3-0 up before 25 minutes, left it to damage limitation. Then followed up with the Batumi win, the cup win and the Martvili draw.
Team gelling into each other nicely, creatively potent especially from midfield and Khvadagiani's goalscoring threat has been a joy to watch.



Okay, we're still in the pig heap but eight points from my first five league games isn't too bad, bridging the gap to safety and ambitiously beyond. The game in hand will be crucial to attempt to leapfrog our way out of danger, only then will be consider the bigger picture.


Factually incorrect I guess if you take the Soviet aspect out, but congrats to Irakli for breaking the all time record goalscorer title with his 90th and no doubt plenty more to come.

Still following this when I can, haven't commented much as I haven't been logged in.
Interesting times with Dinamo!
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A massive leap to safety, grabbing the game by the hips from the get go. One of the quickest goals on my FM adventures, 17 seconds is all it took for Khvadagiani to half volley home and put Sioni under severe pressure. Despite missing two sitters, it was only a matter of time before the second; Oleg Bermudes fouled Zaalishvili in the area, sent off, Khvadagiani did the rest. Much needed relief.



This is like crabs in a bucket; as we try to escape Samtredia drag us right back in. Truly hopeless here, only one side came to play and a cheap header from a free kick was only a taster. Abesadze doubled his tally sneaking goalside onto a through ball, then went on to concede two penalties - Kupreishvili saving the first to his credit but guessed wrong for the second kick by Asatiani. Dobryanskyi probably did the right thing getting sent off before the final whistle to skip the bath and just drive home before I let fly with the hairdryer treatment afterwards. Embarrassment.



Easily our best performance yet, another cheeky nibble at Batumi. Excellent discipline on the counter attacks, all three of our strikers netting in the first half including a maiden strike from story favourite Yegor Piskunov to end a rotten goal drought, Ngah and Khvadagiani also getting onto the picture. Took the foot off the gas a little bit on the flipside to allow Batumi a soft goal but still had a firm grip of things. If that weren't bad enough for Batumi, they conceded an absolute fluke from Khvada through a cross-cum-shot (stop giggling) that landed in off the post to leave their keeper pretty red faced. Momentum firmly with us.




One step closer to a long overdue piece of silverware. Had faith of going with a second string again, but with one or two more seniors to boost our chances but we felt a lot safer during proceedings. Guy Ngah used his power to drive home the opening goal midway through the half, almost getting caught up in excitement as Betlemi went straight down the other end and almost caused us putting a spectacular own goal in - backup GK Maximenko spared blushes with a double stop. Ngah and Chkhaidze combined in a slick move to put the result beyond doubt.



Of course it is. The "when idols become rivals" cliché. Rest assured it won't be sentiment over the prize.



A semi final consumed by nerves. Martvili will rue a miss by their new loan striker Denis Stepanov who caught on to a whipped cross and missed from less than six yards straight at Kupreishvili, which could have sealed the game. Equally Khvadagiani broke away in a 3 on 2 situ, but denied by experienced Goguadze who of course we signed before my departure. With two rolls of the dice, I brought on Roman Nazarov to clinch it for us and did exactly what it says on the tin as he hammered in Zaashvili's cross top bins and send us to a cup final.



Torpedo Kutaisi are the last hurdle to leap over. Having a wishy washy midtable year but will no doubt be a tough opponent. Let the battle commence.



September began with fortunate point at home to Chikhura who more or less helped us in conceding a penalty and a red card in a match they largely controlled. Two scoreless draws followed the Sioni win; speaking of Torpedo Kutaisi, we should have buried them six feet under but Khvadagiani had a shocker up top, in contrast we were non existent away to Dila but in truth neither side deserved to win it.
The transition into October was pretty horrendous, three defeats on the bounce to Samtredia, Tskhinvali and Zugdidi respectively and stretching our winless streak to five games. I do have a feeling the cup semi sparked life back into us to overpower Batumi, but didn't quite catch on in a second meeting with Martvili who gained a bit of revenge in holding us all square with Nazarov cancelling out Stepanov's late first half strike.



Man, these final five games are so crucial. Sat back in the relegation zone with the luxury of a game in hand over Samtredia, Martvili not entirely safe either. Our final five are as follows: Chikhura (A), Sioni (H), Torpedo Kutaisi (A), Zugdidi (H) & closing curtains with Dila (H). All tied in with a cup final too, how we prioritise each is so vital. As much as I crave silverware, staying in the division is surely of greater value. I love the stress of being a manager.

As always a fantastic write up mate! Pray and hope you beat the drop! Nothing worse than a relegation!
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