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Time for another crack at this.

Discussion
@Footy Game - Thanks man, appreciate the support!

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EFFODEILDIN

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Superb fightback against Víking where we looked down and out by the 47th minute. Johansen popped up for the home side to nod them ahead before an effort by Haraldur Højgaard had a shot that viciously ricocheted off Høgni Bech for two nil. Our asses still needed to get out of first gear but the response was invigorating. Eyðun Joensen came back to taunt his former club after a melee in the box for the ball meant it landed at his feet. Within 12 minutes that 2-0 lead disappeared as Bárður Sørensen broke free and unselfishly squared to Markus Clementsen. The turnaround was complete as the last five minutes were drawn in, Torstein Mýlingstind driving an unstoppable bullet through the Víking chassis from the right hand side. Proper revenge for that cup exit and sends us top of the league.

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The crucial fixture of the season gives us a huge lift in terms of winning the league. Once again we had to do it from a losing position as our Achilles heel of defending corners reared it's ugly head again to allow Rasmus Sørensen give the White Tigers the lead. So very near to being 2-0 moments later but Meinhardt Thomsen hit the inside of the post. That propelled us into action and Eyðun Joensen finished off a well worked counter attack to draw the sides level. Didn't take long to turn the game around, Markus Clementsen's shot brushed off Karstin Samuelsen for an o.g.. Gunnar Joensen put the game beyond doubt in the late stages of the second half to ensure we go marching on. Zoning in on back to back titles.

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Flashbacks to the Faroese cup final as we couldn't come back on this occasion in a thrilling battle royale. Didn't take off as expected, Wardum and Jákup Joensen both scored at the near post within the first fifteen minutes which Davidsen should've dealt with better in theory for us to scale a mountain already. Luckily, we shaved one goal off before half time as Rógvi Nielsen bagged another penalty as Andras Olsen had been held back during a corner. Sadly, we just weren't switched on again and carelessly allowed HB to rebuild their two goal margin following an unmarked Besnard to slam one home. Attacking has been an important focus during prematch training and we kept it up with Bárður Sørensen helping us to fight back. Eyðun Joensen is also finding his goalscoring form, netting for the third consecutive match to unthinkably level the game. So often we stay on attacking to keep the momentum up and it comes back to bite us on the backside, stung straight from kick off by Emil Johannesen after Andras Olsen missed a key header. Sadly, our energy was sapped from the fightback that we had nothing left in the tank and surrendered to the superior home side. Cruel defeat.

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Mind games with TB manager Teitur Ellingsgaard didn't disconcert us after bringing up the previous 3-2 defeat to them after coming from 2-0 down. That being said, TB were dangerous from set pieces and should've gone in front from a free kick, Hans Davidsen found space for a free header but the crossbar came to our rescue. We pressed for a first half goal and weren't disappointed, Eyðun Joensen crossed to Poul Poulsen who fired home for a slender half time advantage. Keeping possession was key in this victory, TB were creatively barren after the restart, allowing us to slowly break them down and it showed for the second goal - Bárður Sørensen given the space of the field to simply sidefoot past Radza in the closing stages. Back to winning ways.

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It was fair to say I was incredibly salty in our two previous games against NSÍ losing both 1-0 after our side dominated both of them, well we certainly set the record straight this time round. Bárður Sørensen was well up for the game, netting his 15th and 16th goals of the season and provided the third goal for Leivur Jacobsen in a one sided affair. NSÍ were never really in the game and we choked them into submission without any hassle.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Solid month, four wins out of five and a bag full of goals. Bárður Sørensen and Eyðun Joensen were in fine form amongst others.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Five games to go and the title is well within reach, a four point lead ahead of B36 and eight clear of third placed HB. Time to get the champagne and ice buckets on stand-by.

NEXT UPDATE: September 2026
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Brushed aside ÍF with significant ease but only one goal to show for it. No guesses to who scored it, goal machine Bárður Sørensen with probably the easiest goal of his career after suspect defending from right back Eirikur Ellendersen with a gingerly hit backpass for Sørensen to swoop in like a vulture. Leivur Jacobsen had come closest to double the lead but saved by their keeper. One step closer to touching that Effodeildin trophy.

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This is why I struggle in choice of goalkeeper, Davidsen is more talented but has conceded 15 goals with only 4 clean sheets compared with the aging experience of Hansen with 9 clean sheets and only 6 goals conceded. Like a fine wine.

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From one step forward to two steps back, we just can't break this KÍ side down. Poul Ingason continues to torment us, a flicked header meant he's now scored in three consecutive matches against us to give them the lead. Bárður Sørensen could have leveled the game on the stroke of half time but for a save from Kristian Joensen but soon made up for it getting on the end of some penalty box pinball and landed the final touch. Came forward to push for the win and Leivur Jacobsen so nearly headed us in front but flew over. Nonchalant defending led to KÍ sinking us from a goal by the unmarked Aron Olsen. So near, yet so far away.

YOUTH INTAKE

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Heini Mortensen was the pick of our youth intake this season, not many were up to par.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Goals dried up a bit, but Bárður Sørensen clinical as ever. One win, one loss, one month to go.

LEAGUE TABLE * (* league table not included due to screenshot fail)

(Games / Points / Goal Difference)

  • 1. EB/Streymur - 24 / 47 / +16
  • 2. B36 - 24 / 43 / +5
  • 3. HB - 24 / 40 / +21


With three games to go, this is definitely in our hands. The extra good news is that the three sides we face are the bottom three sides of 07 Vestur (H), Víking (A) and AB (FRO) (H). Piece of cake.

NEXT UPDATE: October 2026
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EFFODEILDIN

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Defence of the title looks in our grasp following a triumphant win against 07 Vestur. Bárður Sørensen zoning in on twenty goals this season set us on our way though it did have a hint of offside behind it. Went quiet for a while before goals started raining in the second half, Sørensen set up Leivur Jacobsen for two before Esmar Clementsen hammered in a third from 20 yards. The visitors were staring into the abyss of relegation but did get a consolatory goal before we sat them back down with Erlendur Magnusson popping up for a rare goal to complete a rout at Við Margáir.

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While that was happening, B36 failed to win and widening the gap to six points with two games. It means we would require to lose both of our final games, B36 to win both and somehow involve a 14 goal swing in all of this. Surely not.

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No chance! Our rotated side prevailed to retain the Effodeildin! The match in itself was fairly mundane, in fact quite dull. Severe lack of quality from both sides but we were happy to set up base camp for the majority. Esmar Clementsen broke the silence by netting what seemed like he intended to cross from the left but in fact powered one in because why not? We were almost on our way to three points but it took a goal of real quality to catch Atli Davidsen out and credit to Rani Johansen because his equaliser was an absolute screamer that deserved applause from myself. Did our job, title is in the bag for a second season!

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Leaving my post at EB/Streymur and my stay in the Faroe Islands on a high, coming from 2-1 behind to coast to a 4-2 win in the dead rubber finale to already relegated AB (FRO). Didn't take us long to go in front, a penalty converted by the reliable Rógvi Nielsen. Brazilian goalkeeping prospect Santos made his first start for the main team, but had to pick the ball out of the net twice in the space of two minutes as the visitors pushed in front after a counter attack and a poorly defended corner (our specialties). Didn't dampen the atmosphere of 551 who attended to see us lift the trophy, Bárður Sørensen's flicked header restored parity and reaching the landmark 20 goals for the season. The two wingers combined to restore our advantage, Leivur Jacobsen on the right crossed to Eyðun Joensen on the left for 3-2 at the break. Two thirds of possession and piling on the pressure, we never realistically looked like losing this game and captain fantastic Poul Poulsen signed off our season with the penultimate goal and of course raising the trophy after the final whistle to make the day memorable. I publicly announced this to be my final game as EB/Streymur manager.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Professional job towards the end of the season, scoring plenty of goals in the process.

FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

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Can always count on B36 to collapse towards the end, helped us to win the league by eight points in the end. In fact, B36 collapsed so badly that they dropped out of the European places entirely. TB did a stellar job towards the end of the season and somehow came second ahead of HB. The fans are jubilant for what I've brought to this club and I shall bow out on a high.

NEXT UPDATE: Postseason 2026

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I swear some of our fans must be brainless, Bárður Sørensen behind Rógvi Nielsen who is clearly rigging the voting system. Torstein Mýlingstind's winning goal versus Víkingur Gøta in the 3-2 win took goal of the season, it was pretty good to be honest. Somehow Gabriel was the transfer of the season despite him only making 2 sub appearances which is baffling. Bárður Sørensen wasn't left empty handed though, labelled as the young player of the season which is fair enough.

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Kind words from the Faroese Football Informer but highly disagree, I had faith in our abilities from last season to go out there and challenge again.

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Bárður Sørensen, worth weight in gold after blitzing displays this year and reaching 20 goals for the season, plus averaging the best rating at 7.12 plus most man of the match awards calculating to seven. Eyðun Joensen also put in great shifts this campaign, 10 assists this time around. Captain Poul Poulsen did a lot of the 'behind the scenes' work with 89% pass completion. Gunnar Joensen was the ill-disciplined joker who received 9 yellows and 1 red. Overall a top seasonal performance.

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This made me smile, Bárður Sørensen FINALLY shoehorned into the Faroe Islands set up after months and months of only making the U21s. I'm proud like a father.

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One more step to perfection, Continental A License baby!

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Time to pack my bags and depart Faroe Islands for another year. Always emotional leaving here.

NEXT UPDATE: 10 Year Review (2016-2026)
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For some, football management is about learning the tricks of the trade and laying groundwork to accomplish the unthinkable. For others, football management is driven by lust of winning, lifting trophies and the notoriety. For David it lies somewhere in the middle. Not many people know who this young Irishman is or where appeared from or why he has started in such obscure nations to kickstart a career in management but local newspapers and social media are feeling the hype about how far he can go. But what does he think?

Q. The obvious question that stands out is why you came into football management and why you started your profession in Andorra?
A. Everybody needs to start somewhere. I never had the physique to make it as a footballer, even at semi professional level, but I love the dynamics behind the beautiful game. Management allows you to set trends, build a club into something incredible, reap the seeds and watch your ideas grow and bask in glory. I chose Andorra to truly understand football at grassroots level before I throw myself in at the deep end.

Q. In the span of ten years you've acquired seven honours including four league titles, three domestic cups in three different nations and a 50% win rate. How do you adapt so quickly when moving countries?
A. Football is a universal language so they say, however teams are inclined to play in contrasting styles everywhere you go. Studying the opponent's tactics is one thing but you need to figure out how you're going to set out to play - Should I play wider? Should I use wingers? Is a 2 or 3 man midfield more favourable in exploiting them? I know my system works and I believe in it, I only tweak it when I know it's going horribly wrong.

Q. On that note, are you a kind of manager who builds a tactic around players or builds players around a tactic?
A. It varies; if there is a severe lack of depth in one or two positions, mainly wide men, I'd go with the former. I look at players by their role, especially in the midfield. It determines if we're to set up defensively say with ball winning midfielders and a defensive midfielder sat behind, offensively with two wingers and two attack minded playmakers or a side who likes to hit on the counter. I look for fast players who are in good shape, plenty of stamina, work rate and agility no matter what position. It could be the difference between being a 45 minute team and a 90 minute team. Religiously stick with a four man defense, everything else is optional.

Q. Nobody expected you to stay up with Faroese club EB/Streymur, let alone winning back to back titles with them! How did that success feel?
A. Deep down I knew my past experience in the Faroe Islands gave me a psychological advantage when taking over, I had my system all planned out and all I needed were the right players. Each and everyone of them played a superb part in those league winning seasons, showing how a big club with good quality players playing under an average manager differs from a small club with an average squad under a capable manager. I'm too modest to call myself a good manager yet. It's all about belief.

Q. Tre Fiori were another side you had success with, previously managing them to back to back titles too. Is it hard leaving a club you have a great connection with?
A. Sometimes it's best to not get too emotionally involved as it'll be a lot harder to move on. You need to leave your heart at home and use your brain in business. Similar to EB/Streymur, life is too short to be tied down to one club especially when there's plenty of opportunities to truly express yourself and challenge yourself as a manager. I find those jobs most rewarding.

Q. So where is your next adventure going to be?
A. We'll have to wait and see won't we? Malta and Wales are obvious targets but Kosovo also looks tempting. I'll go wherever the wind takes me.

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MANAGER PROFILE

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Progressing nicely as a manager having secured my Continental A License. My coaching style seems to have shifted from being the tactical manager to tracksuit manager but only because the standard of coaching in these leagues is fairly atrocious. Mental attributes lack somewhat including my level of discipline and adaptability (understandable but I do get results wherever I go). Reputation moves to an orange gradient from a slim red bar, two star reputation meaning I'll be considered for most available jobs around the 1* / 1.5* stature. Impressive media handling, tactical consistency and hands on approach further illustrate my worth. I'm also apparently a polyglot, fluently able to speak Italian, Catalan, Spanish and Faroese (which is a complete and utter lie as IRL I'm shocking at languages). Calm and cautious during press conferences and open to one on one discussions with players willing to bring up outstanding issues.

MANAGER STATS

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Nearing 4000 days in this save, I've managed just the five clubs thus far with my longest spell being at Tre Fiori in San Marino while the shortest spell was at F.C. Santa Coloma in Andorra due to me resigning mid-season. Over ten years I've earned £165k which is pretty bad considering that's roughly £16.5k per annum but I suppose that'll improve in time. Purchased 45 players as a manager (Bárður Sørensen probably my favourite of the bunch thus far), all free transfers apart from a signing on fee for Gerard Aloy at F.C. Santa Coloma. 14 players were sold by me with a further 31 had their contracts terminated. As you may have gathered I've picked up an impressive 50% win ratio in 292 games managed 147 won, 72 drawn and 73 lost which is a damn good record if I say so myself. Witnessed 429 goals scored with 292 conceded. 7-1 is our biggest win recorded (Tre Fiori vs. Faetano) while 6-0 is the biggest defeat (Vaduz vs. Ordino / IFK Göteborg vs. EB/Streymur).

ACHIEVEMENTS

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Only once have I finished outside the top three in a given league, a 6th placed finish with Gibraltarian side Europa Point. One second placed finish with F.C. Santa Coloma and three third placed finishes, two with Ordino and one with Europa Point. Qualified for Champions League football three times, getting to the Second Qualifying Round is the furthest we've come. In the Europa League, we've failed to make it past the First Qualifying Round in two attempts. As far as trophies are concerned; sealed the Faroese Effodeildin twice plus the Campionato Sammarinese twice, two supercups in the Faroe Islands and Andorra, while the only domestic cup I've lifted is the Copa Constitució in Andorra.

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Last but not least, recognised as favoured personnel at EB/Streymur. Not quite good enough to be an icon? Disgraceful.

NEXT UPDATE: Where to next?
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I quite liked the Q&A @DNZY, a nice touch. Keep this up though fella.
@Shedender - Cheers bud, just like to keep the story interesting! Hopefully you'll make progress on your new FM career soon.

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Nation: Wales
Media Prediction (Odds): 8th/12 (N/A)
Current Position: 9th
Expectations: Avoid relegation
Pros: Super soft spot for Llandudno in FM14. Financially secure.
Cons: Can't finish higher than 7th due to Welsh Premier League split currently in effect. Seriously lacking in squad depth.

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Nation: Malta
Media Prediction (Odds): 13th/14 (200/1)
Current Position: 8th
Expectations: Avoid relegation
Pros: Three straight wins since sacking their manager. Only six points off the top three and eleven points above automatic relegation.
Cons: Not a great fan of Maltese league. Amateur club, so will be difficult to take them far without financial backing.

Since the Faroese season takes place from March through to December, not many jobs in the offering currently. Neither of these jobs look like much, but it may act as a stepping stone until the end of June/July.

NEXT UPDATE: Who do I go for?!
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En route to sunnier climates, soaking in the sunkissed land of Malta to take over as the new head coach of relatively unknown club Melita FC. The club status is currently at an amateur level and funnily enough the club is nicknamed "The Amateurs". Their club colours follow that of their hometown colours, red and white which also relate to the Maltese flag which also bear red and white.

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Melita FC represent the coastal region of San Ġiljan (or St Julian's), virtually 5-6 kilometres north of the Maltese capital, Valetta. The area itself is heavily tourist based, with a wide array of hotels, nightclubs and restaurants located in the town of Paceville along with picturesque views of Spinola Bay. Roughly 10,000 people live in the region.

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Although Melita have played at their own Gianni Bencini Ground in the past, they've since moved to the Luxol Stadium in Pembroke. The stadium complex holds a capacity crowd of 800 and is ground shared by eleven different Maltese clubs (only one in the Premier Division)! The surface is synthetic, artificial turf.

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Melita's 84 year history (94 in game) has brought very little success, only reaching the BOV Premier League once back in 2012-13 following winning the BOV First Division title in 2011-12, unfortunately they faced immediate relegation back to the First Division that season. One Maltese FA Trophy had also been won by the club, but that took place way back in 1939. To summarise, Melita are a part-timer side but who knows where we could take them? The reason why I chose Melita over Llandudno was simply down to a challenge and perhaps we may accomplish something with this side of amateurs.

CURRENT SEASON

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Punching well above their expectations as they're steering clear of relegation currently in 8th place, only lying six points off third placed Pembroke. I feel that we can easily stay afloat this season and perhaps build on whatever we achieve this year. In terms of recent results, four straight wins since their former manager was sacked but most recently lost to Floriana 2-1. Top half is doable in my opinion.

SQUAD

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Not a bad setup here, plenty of capable members. Our wingers seem to be our top assets, Matthew and Shaun Falzon are quick which is what I need in wide men. Roderick Pace is the top striker, but only converting 5 goals this season isn't too convincing. Defensively a good bit weak and something we need to look to mend over the summer. Let me remind you that these are unpaid amateurs.

EXPECTATIONS

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The original blueprint was to avoid relegation, deciding to push the envelope just a tad. Realistically I think we've a good chance of top half as long as we're consistent in results. No transfer budget or wage budget as suspected, it'll be a battle but I feel we're capable.

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TRANSFERS

IN

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Only one transfer in (Grima's transfer happened before I took over), far too early to replace the ship floorboards while it's currently sailing.

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Chris Sciberras - D(C)/D(L) - free transfer from Marsa

Adding to our defensive cavalry, can play in the centre and on the left. Tall figure who'll help with aerial attacks with solid heading and impressive jumping reach. Not the strongest, but his physicals are up to par and at 23 with 4.5* current ability, still loads of time to develop further.

BOV PREMIER LEAGUE

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Melita managerial debut began positively. On the balance of play we were the better side against a heavy duty Birkirkara side. Matthew Falzon proving his worth with a right footed curler to get us off the mark, however Christopher Azzopardi refused to allow the ideal start to my tenure with the equaliser, despite Kurt Rizzo's best efforts to keep it out. Falzon almost made it a brace in the 85th minute but Andrea Vella in goal pushed it away for honours even at the Ta' Qali stadium.

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There was no excuse for this though, smash and grab win for basement battlers Qormi. The goal in itself epitomised our day, Luca Vella's strike somehow squeezed past Kurt Rizzo at his near post. Roderick Pace had an off day, squandering whatever came his way. Teething problems, but at least we have the right attitude and mentality of how I want them to play.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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As above, teething problems. Hopefully it will subside soon and we can get on the right track.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Slipped down to 9th, but points still to be won with plenty of possibilities. Still eight points above the relegation places, I'm not worried...yet.

NEXT UPDATE: February 2027
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BOV PREMIER DIVISION

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Edged out in an action packed game at Sliema Wanderers. Didn't make the brightest start as David Cassar opened his account after just 3 minutes, but Julian Briffa shortly wiped that out four minutes later with a low drive past Chris Bugeja. Looked like going in all square but for good Melita pressure towards the end of the half allowing Matthew Falzon to overturn the deficit and we go into the break in front. Similar in the first half, we were outdone by an early goal in the second half as Sliema countered in their droves from an attacking free-kick of ours and there was only one outcome. We were given an advantage as Justin Vella saw red for a second bookable offence but it had the opposite effect; David Cassar struck twice in two minutes - one from yet another attacking set play of ours on the counter and the other a 30 yard free kick which brushed off our wall to deceive Rizzo in goal. Briffa handed us a lifeline to make it 4-3 but the damage was done and still search for the first victory under my reign.

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At long last! Three goals in fifteen minutes broke the silence to hand us our first win in three. Julian Briffa has recaptured my love to play with inside forwards, scoring his third goal in two games for us along with Roderick Pace who ended a long goal drought with a thumping effort from the edge of the area and followed up by a David Sciberras bullet header from a corner. Cruising into half time with a 3-0 advantage. Started to run out of steam in the second half, Siraj Arab retrieving a consolatory goal for Pembroke and they almost narrowed the gap even further as Fabián Fonseca struck the post from a corner. First win as Melita FC manager!

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Followed up by another victory on a badly cut up pitch against Tarxien Rainbows. The lumpy playing surface hindered any sort of quality in this match where virtually nothing happened but the goal. What a strike it was too, subbed off Roderick Pace for the American Toriano Singleton in the 77th minute and he truly delivered the goods as his 25 yard free kick bounced off the underside of the crossbar and in. The perfect sunshine to cast away the rainbows.

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You wait four games for a win and suddenly three come along at once, another free kick the difference as we defeated Hibernians. Julian Briffa took the honours and made no mistake in the first three minutes from a slightly nearer range to Singleton's but still a stunner nonetheless. Plenty of half chances in the game, but none to threaten a second goal. In fact, Hibernians had the best chance of scoring the next goal, Joseph Mbong from close range directed a header on goal but the crossbar came to our rescue. The wheels are now in motion.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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If we had just concentrated in that game against Sliema Wanderers we would have been looking at a perfect month, but three wins on the bounce is good enough for me. Briffa is banging the goals in currently.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Despite our wins, we struggled to make any headway in the league but now back up to seventh. Touching distance away from the top positions.

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Couldn't extend the run to four wins, and we were lucky to get anything from the game. Mosta were by far the better team and deservedly took the lead with a 22 yard well struck effort from Thomas Sarina which Rizzo couldn't even get near to. Looked hopeless that we'd find anything in this game, lots of wild efforts going astray but the officials awarded us a penalty which Malcolm Scicluna tucked away. Kept our butts in tact towards the end and managed to grind out a point.

YOUTH INTAKE

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A slow month of news but our youth intake came through and we uncovered a potential prodigy in Michael Zammit. Physically decent at 16, agile, good reflexes and handling and already at 2.5* CA up there with Kurt Rizzo. May get him tutored under him as soon as possible.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Only the one game this month, still wondering how we managed to come away with a point.

LEAGUE TABLE

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A valuable point it turned out to be, up now to 6th with three games remaining to Balzan (A), Valetta (H) and closing our season at Gżira United (A). Top half looks almost a certainty.

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Nation: Kosovo
Media Prediction (Odds): 2nd/14 (9-2)
Current Position: 4th
Expectations: Around top of the table
Pros: Far superior club to Melita. Top team in Kosovo.
Cons: Too late in the season to catch top spot. Financially 75 grand in the red.

Yes, Prishtina have come back onto the radar and really couldn't resist applying for them. Is it already an abrupt end to my stay in Malta? Stay tuned...

NEXT UPDATE: April 2027
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Great idea this, good to see a different type of challenge coming about. KIU
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@KEZ_7 - Appreciate the positive feedback buddy! I'll do my best to keep this interesting!

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Everything almost fell into place for me moving out to Kosovo but unfortunately Prishtina couldn't meet my demands. Offered me £120p/w, even less what I was making in Gibraltar or the Faroe Islands. Disgraceful.

BOV PREMIER DIVISION

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300 games managed, how much farther can I go?

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Perhaps I would've taken those wages if it meant avoiding this slumping defeat to Balzan on a woeful 300th match in charge. Weren't switched on from the first whistle as it only took 19 seconds for Brandon Borg to unravel our gameplan. Before the first quarter of the game elapsed, Borg was in for a second after a calamitous error from Jurgen Grima who made a challenge in which Dylan Sciberras already had covered and allowed Borg to break free. Singleton snuck in to perhaps give us a shout in the game, however six minutes later the two goal deficit was restored by Borg who coolly finished a one on one. Our top half hopes take a dent.

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Valletta were asking us the favour of backing down and allowing them to take the title with just a single point, we didn't need to be asked. Valletta were all over us in the first half, Carmelo Camilleri which sounds like a vintage Italian dessert gave them the lead from a cross by Ben Coyle. The Lilywhites were comfortable but we gave it a go in the second half, creating more and pushing forward but to no avail. Into injury time and we were awarded a penalty as Dylan Sciberras was held back. Malcolm Scicluna earning us an unconventional point, still good enough for Valletta to reclaim the Maltese title.

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Final game of the season and we went all out attack against Gżira United who themselves needed points to stay up. Extremely questionable defending from a short free kick allowed Malcolm Scicluna to get us off to a swift opening just seven minutes in. Gżira bounced back, first an effort from Joe Aquilina was pushed out for a corner by Rizzo but from the resulting corner, Bianco was outmuscled to the ball by Matthew Micallef to equalise at the near post. The game burst into an end to end thriller; Matthew Falzon's header was denied by the crossbar, Rizzo made two great stops and needed to clear a ball off the line..TWICE. The final blow was delivered by Roderick Pace for a gentle tap in after finding space from a low pass from the right. Gżira United facing relegation.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Mixed fortunes, but at least ending the season on a high.

FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

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Just crept into the top half, though we'd have finished as high as 5th if results went our way which they didn't. Valletta winning the overall title with Rabat A, Qormi and Gżira United going down.

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Just over £11k for our troubles.

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Didn't know too much of the team to give a detailed opinion, but Roderick Pace looked to be the man who pulled the strings for us this season. Strangely enough at 24 he was voted as the "young" player of the season also. Julian Briffa claimed goal of the season with his strike against Sliema Wanderers although it wasn't anything special if I'm honest. Jurgen Farugia took signing of the season, made one or two starts under my reign but can't say I'm overly impressed with him so far.

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Pace took top goalscorer with only 7, also managed the most assists with 6 - as a poacher, he's actually one of the more unselfish poachers I've worked with. Nobody broke a 7 average rating, Matthew Falzon came closest with 6.85 which is quite a disappointment. Matthias Fenech was the best passer with 87% and David Sciberras shone the brightest with 3 man of the match awards this campaign. Didn't see too much disciplinary problems in the camp from January onwards so I won't get into that.

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The financial aspect greatly improved since breaking back into the top flight, lots of TV revenue allowed us a turnover of £55k.

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Finally, it certainly seems that the squad is beginning to age, Sammut, Cachia and Fenech will stay in football at an amateur level while Luke Bianco is hanging up his boots.

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TRANSFERS

OUT

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One of our leading centre backs departed as David Sciberras heads to Birkirkara on a free, couldn't convince him to remain at Melita FC.

IN

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Bleeding in a blend of youth as well as experience into the team, five new faces come into the ranks to help rejuvenate an aging side.

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Neil Schembri - AM(C)/M(C) - free transfer from Senglea Athletic

20 year old capable of adapting to a shadow striker role which is what I'm looking towards. Finishing and composure are far from perfect, but good pace, acceleration, technique and determination he can aim to develop his arsenal down the line.

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Karl Ciantar - M(C)/DM - free transfer from Mġarr United

Midfield needed to be strengthened, Karl comes in as that potent midfielder who can also slot into defensive midfield if we decide to switch more defensively. Not technically gifted by any stretch but offers that resilience that we'll need in winning that mid third balls.

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Nicolò Clericò - M/AM(R)/M/AM(L) - unattached free agent

Never have I seen such a well balanced attribute graph, Nicolò personifies what an 'average' player looks like. Not to criticise him in any way, I think he'll do a good job though he'll need to keep Matthew Falzon out of the starting XI. Perhaps that impact substitute needed for a pressure boiler sort of game.

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Nigel Farugia - D(L) - unattached free agent

Instead of finding a centre back, Farugia will shift Neil Camilleri to centre back and allow a natural left back to help our defensive state. Good physicals, technicals are okay though Maltese players tend not to be the most technically competent. 3.5* CA is good enough to convince me.

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Robert Văduva - ST(C) - free transfer from Sirens

Lastly, a secondary striker to Roderick Pace in the Maltese-Romanian, Văduva. Well experienced, though 33 goals in 119 appearances is a tad bit worrying but have confidence of him contributing a few goals here and there. Fits the Poacher role perfectly and can slide into Advanced Forward if we decide to go ahead with two strikers. Here's hoping he'll shine.

FRIENDLIES

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Can't say I'm too convinced with our pre-season requisites against second or third team Maltese clubs and one Italian Serie E club, much work needed for the following campaign.

EXPECTATIONS

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Not setting the bar very high for me, looking to avoid relegation is the absolute minimum. Didn't experience the FA Trophy either but to make it to the fourth round seems doable too.

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U*BET claim we'll finish 10th at a 30-1 odds that we'll take the BOV Premier Division, probably best to save your money as the Leicester fairytale ain't happening. In contrast, we're Evens to go down, but again I'd just not bet on us getting anywhere.

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Seven more subscriptions to season tickets, not saying that I had anything to do with it but that's probably all down to my "entertaining" possession based philosophy.

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2027/28 Melita home and away strips.

JOB OFFER

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Nation: Kosovo
Media Prediction (Odds): 1st/12 (4-9 F)
Expectations: Win the league
Pros: 1 defeat in 33 last season, winning the Kosovian league by 25 points. New dominant force in Kosovo.
Cons: Financially crippled and snowed under £200k of debt.

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It was a long shot, but I had a crack at moving out to Kosovo for a third time but failed yet again. Trepça'89 are pretty much the Celtic of Kosovo but it seems that I didn't fit the profile of what they're looking for, instead former AS Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subašić has taken over.

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NEXT UPDATE: August 2027
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Lighting the fuse to a new season with a flourish as Matthew Falzon is the hero, guiding us to a late 3-2 win over Sliema Wanderers. Falzon also provided the assist for the opening goal just nine minutes in as he squared it to Roderick Pace who from a tight angle somehow found the back of the net. I started with the young 16 year old Michael Zammit in goal, immediately regretted it as he made a hash of the equaliser, coming yards out of his goal to the right, failed to close Mattia Scicluna down properly and allowed him to pass it into an empty net. Sliema picked up too many yellows in the game and paid the price, Gianluca Camilleri saw one yellow card too many and leaving them with it all to do. 10 men or 11 men we just can't defend from corners, Scicluna grabbed his second from a flicked header at the near post which deceived everyone and gave Sliema the lead with 10 minutes to go. Cometh the man, cometh the crucial hour - Michael Falzon turned it around with two similar goals. Credit also goes to debutant Nigel Farugia who whipped in two vicious balls in from the left and both found Falzon for a late splurge and meant we began with an opening day victory in the league.

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Luke Sammut experiencing the age factor, overran himself and now out for a couple of weeks.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Played one, won one. Encouraging start.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Long way to go, but hopefully we can get somewhere like this position come the end of the season.

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We couldn't follow up our opening day win, taken down by a consummate Tarxien Rainbows side. Ebiabowei Baker with the only goal of the game getting on the end of an indirect freekick to nod it past Michael Zammit. The late red to Gauci made not a single difference to our fortunes, we were never out of first gear in this game.

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Paid a visit by newly promoted Marsa and paid the price for not taking our chances. Our inability to clear the ball out of our box was stunningly bad and led to the opener, Sant couldn't believe his luck when he pounced onto an effort that had hit three of our own defenders beforehand to go in. Thankfully Julian Briffa's set pieces were on par, curling in from the edge of the D to level the game shortly after. Second half, we escaped without further punishment, Zammit was actually in top form as he saved two certainties from Sant and another from Patrick Vella. Brought Toriano Singleton on to hopefully make a difference and came within a whisker as a low effort rebounded off the post. Should have taken them to the cleaners.

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The paint from our opening win is starting to peel, left for dead by Pembroke Athletic. We looked lost the entire first half, Orji Maduka on the contrary had set up camp in our 18 yard box and made the most of direct balls that came his way, scoring twice to continue our woes. The closest we came to any sort of comeback was a pot shot by Roderick Pace which ricocheted off a Pembroke defender and brought an almighty 'De Gea-esque' save from Calleja Cremona who did see it late. Maduka should've buried a hat-trick but we were spanked enough already.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Need to pick ourselves up from a pretty forgettable month. Only one goal to show for it.

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Understandably we sink down to the basement for a bit. Not for a long time hopefully.

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Things didn't improve against Birkirkara, stretching our winless run to four. Shaking things up a bit, put Kurt Rizzo back in goal and changed to a 4-4-2 system - at least one of them worked, Rizzo that is. Kurt pulled off some acrobatics in the first half to keep the visitors out. We should have had our necks out in front before the break, Roderick Pace was given a golden opportunity after lack of concentration at the back, but couldn't even hit the target from 12 yards out. Nigel Farrugia has already been in my bad books this season and he didn't help his case after giving away a stupid penalty when he was nowhere near the ball. Unsurprisingly, Mark Grech dispatched it and went 1-0 down at the break. Had nothing to offer in retaliation in the second half, Birkirkara were just too good for us and if it weren't for Kurt Rizzo it would have been six or seven nil.

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The sigh of relief could be heard all over Malta as we dominated Naxxar Lions, though it took so much effort to finally break down the door. It was our new signing Karl Ciantar to find the only goal, letting fly from 25 yards which drilled past everyone into the bottom left corner. We were always in control, but spurned too many chances we should've put away. Poor form from our strikers Pace and Văduva is a cause for concern.

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Back to back wins at last, coming from behind to hit Hibernians late on. Conceding early is a concern, especially after 58 seconds as we were pushed up too far and hit on the break, Thomas applying the finish. The response was encouraging, racking up the shots on goal but none looked like penetrating. Ciantar almost replicated his goal in the previous match but their keeper was equal to it. We definitely have a knack for scoring late and Julian Briffa is proving what a talent he could be, scoring two peaches in seven minutes from outside the box to turn the game on it's head. Reminiscent of a certain Alessandro Saporetti at Tre Fiori in that inside forward role. Saporetti v2.0?

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Floriana were just too damn good, end of. Looked firmly in control and couldn't get a sniff of goalmouth action, Mallia and Andrade scoring in the first half. The task wasn't made any easier with Neil Schembri's late challenge earning him an early bath as Mallia truly put us out of our misery with his second and Floriana's third. Beaten by the best.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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A slight improvement, gaining two wins but also two defeats. Lack of goals is hurting us, our strikers just aren't on point currently.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Sitting in mid-table, sadly unless we get onto a more consistent run of form it may be difficult to peak any higher.

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Not a great start to the month, Camilleri out for seven weeks meaning I'll have to select Nigel Farrugia who's been rubbish for me so far.

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Was wondering when Robert Văduva would turn up this season, he certainly laced up his goalscoring boots this afternoon to break that retched curse of 14 games without a goal by sealing a hat-trick against Ħamrun Spartans. Rob ran the show in the first half, unloading two explosive hits and got on the end of a Matthew Falzon cross for three in a space of 15 minutes. Ħamrun's woes were nearly multiplied but Julian Briffa's effort was stopped by Timothy Aquilina in goal. The Spartans looked a lot more promising in the second half, hitting the post and the rebounded effort saved on the line by Kurt Rizzo. A clean sheet for Rizzo was not to be, despite his best efforts to keep Franklin Galea's effort out. A more confident aura emitted here.

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GG Sports Interactive. You have well and truly gotten under my skin. Never have I seen a collapse of this magnitude in such a short space of time. Luke Sammut looked really up for the game, opening the scoring in a rather uninspiring opening half. All hell broke loose in the second, Karl Ciantar bundled over in the box and allowed Văduva's fourth goal in two games to double the lead. Brandon Borg pulled one back after some messy structural shape in our back line, before Sammut rose to the occasion and tucking in from a Briffa cross to restore the two goal lead. Then came the melting pot of goals, slack marking allowed Warren Grech to prod home from Casantini's free kick, no sooner did we kick off before our lead was snatched from under us as Grech hit us again after a pull back pass from Bonici. Then came insult to injury, Brandon Borg got his second as we danced his way past a feeble tackle from Mattia Cachia to well and truly destroy us. From three points to one point to nothing at all. Could break something.

FA TROPHY

THIRD ROUND DRAW

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Non-league Birżebbuġa St. Peter's await us in our first taste of Maltese Cup action.

THIRD ROUND

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A pretty mundane affair in Gozo, following the misery at Balzan. Largely in control, Robert Văduva testing the waters from long range and hit the post early on before comfortably nestling the opener from a Julian Briffa drilled cross. Confusion in the second goal, Karl Ciantar was tackled and the ball somehow rolled out wide to the left flank where Briffa in acres of space used the inside forward gift he was given to assure we'd be in the hat for the fourth round. The task was mammoth for the non-leaguers and were never getting back into it followed a second yellow for Felix Peplow. Luke Sammut really should have hit the back of the net, but at this rate we were toying with them.

FOURTH ROUND DRAW

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First division side Żebbuġ Rangers are the reward and could hand us a ticket into a cup quarter final.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Still can't get over that Balzan result, but goals aplenty this month and Robert Văduva finally is netting some goals for us. Silver linings and all that.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Doesn't help our cause in the league table, slipping down to ninth with top half slipping away, at least we have a game in hand...to Valletta.

NEXT UPDATE: December 2027

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It was quality over quantity as newly promoted Fgura United earned themselves a point. We made it too easy for them, they waltzed in after 62 seconds from Joe Parnis and 68 seconds into the second half almost a clone of the first goal but this time scored by Keith Grech. Roderick Pace was called upon to redeem his first team place from Văduva and made a compelling case, heading in from Briffa's cross to also end his goalscoring drought. Tails went up from there and Julian Briffa brought the game level just three minutes later. We tried to go for the jugular and injury time brought a scramble from a corner where Toriano Singleton connected with the loose ball, only driving it into the keeper's body. Digging ourselves out of a hole we dug up ourselves.

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Our game in hand ended as expected, but made a match of it against a superior Valletta. Can't break the bad habit of conceding early, Carmelo Camilleri drove low after a bit of aerial ping pong to clear the ball. Brilliant passing led to a swift equaliser, four consecutive one touch passes which connected to Matthew Falzon to deliver the punch just four minutes later. Jurgen Grima may need to take responsibility for Valletta's second, failing to close down Jake Muscat where his initial effort was well stopped by Rizzo - except the resulting corner found Muscat again who reaped his reward. The second half failed to live up to an action packed first, Valletta comfortably holding onto the win.

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On a very carved up Hibernians Ground, bragging rights went to the visitors as we took down Mosta 2-0. The nature of the pitch didn't help in terms of action, though Mosta came closest in the first half where Oluwafunmi Ebiesuwa broke free but the inside of the post came to our rescue. He may regret that as ten minutes after the restart, Pace was ready to pounce on a Malcolm Scicluna cutback to hit a low shot past Yenz Cini. We controlled the second half, Pace almost heading in a second but Cini stood his ground to hold onto it. No complaints about the penalty leading to the second as a breaking Roderick Pace was brought down on the inside edge of the box by Tristan Grant, Pace had the honours of adding a second to his tally. An important three points to get back on track.

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Our penultimate game of 2027 ended honours even at Sliema Wanderers. As expected, conceding early is a trademark as Mattia Scicluna finished from close range within 6 minutes. Came close to equalising, Pace failing to hit the target from 15 yards. The equaliser came towards the closing stages of the first half, Julian Briffa evaded a challenge from a Sliema defender and with time and space picked his spot. Didn't get much action after that, Văduva replaced Pace and put a through ball to Karl Ciantar who could only fire straight at the keeper in the final 15 minutes. Fair result for both sides.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Not a bad month considering the games, though five points from four games doesn't sound too convincing. Nice to see Pace back on the scoresheet.

LEAGUE TABLE

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No real progress, but the above positions are becoming more compact and could allow us to spring up if we get on a good run of form (but how many times have I said that before?). Let's hope for a positive 2028.

NEXT UPDATE: January 2028
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That game against Balzan are the ones I hate on FM so much. You think it's won and then it kicks you in the nuts.
@Shedender - I know right? Frankly, they deserved the win but not under those kind of circumstances.

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TRANSFERS

OUT

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We were raided on transfer deadline day, seeing two of our key players snapped up.

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Jurgen Farrugia had requested to leave due to not fitting in, so he signed the Mosta contract within a heartbeat.

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I've no idea what to say, Karl had only been here a few months and got regular gametime but obviously saw Valletta as an offer he couldn't refuse. Have fun sitting on the bench mate.

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And to make matters worse, our best right back also exited - this time to Balzan. Now it's up to Dylan Sciberras and André Cini, neither of whom have seen first team action this season.

IN

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The temptation was too much, bringing in an old chum in from EB/Streymur.

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Markus Clementsen - M(C)/DM - free transfer from EB/Streymur

Signed him for two reasons, sentiment and depth to replace Karl Ciantar. What he lacks for in diminished physique, he makes up for in intelligence on the field. Baffled the majority of the fans who aren't too impressed with this signing, but I know he's still got something left in the tank.

BOV PREMIER DIVISION

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Fiery interlude to 2028, thirteen bookings in total but we were on the right side of the result at home to Tarxien Rainbows. Chris Sciberras was the unlikely opening scorer, a powerful header coming from a Julian Briffa corner. Two yellows in the space of six minutes earned Karl Borg an early bath and allowing the game to be controlled. Luke Sammut came close to stretching the lead but his vicious 25 yard effort crashed back off the post, but Tarxien had a chance themselves to equalise as Steven Borg brought a fine stop from Kurt Rizzo. Patience paid off for finding the elusive second goal, Roderick Pace squaring for Sammut and to finish it all off Malcolm Scicluna finished it all off for a convincing win to start off the new year.

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Followed up with a win at Marsa, where it rained goals. We looked dangerous in the opening stages, Malcolm Scicluna hitting the inside of the post before Marsa keeper Stefano Rosciani spilled a free kick catch into the path of Luke Sammut who said thank you very much for the opening goal. The lead was short lived, dispossessed in their half and led to a counter attack that Julian Galea made no mistake to level the game. Sammut was a whisker away to restore the advantage but the post denied us again. But thankfully before the half hour, we deservedly went in front again as Nicolò Clericò latched onto a missed header and to square it for Robert Văduva. Văduva ended the half with his trademark powerhouse finishes from range to bring the game to 3-1 and give us some headroom going into the second half. The Maltese-Romanian striker was denied a hat-trick minutes after the restart but the post came to the rescue for the third time this game. Suddenly Marsa were given a lifeline, thanks to a careless pass by Shaun Bianco, allowing them to come forward and Jonathan Sant curled one in off the post to make it a tense last few moments. The nerves were soon put to bed, Văduva rounding off an electrifying performance with a hat-trick to seal the deal at 4-2.

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Calleja Cremona was the hero as Pembroke held onto a solitary one nil win where we failed to turn our dominance into goals. Vince Brincat scored what proved to be the winning goal after seven minutes, Kurt Rizzo came off his line to close down Lazar Doric who cheekily squared it to the open Brincat who tapped home to an empty net. An abundance of chances came our way - Briffa hit the side netting, Roderick Pace had a header saved, Chris Sciberras nodded wide from a corner and not even Robert Văduva's piledrivers could sneak through. A defeat we may end up regretting.

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Can't really offer an explanation here, Birkirkara knocked us out of the park. Maverick by name and maverick by nature, the striker hit the post early on but made amends by tucking an effort into the bottom left corner for the opener. If it weren't for Rizzo's save, Maverick could have made it two due to a horrendous backwards header from Jurgen Grima. Moments later it was 2-0, a low cross missed everyone but Keith Spiteri who connected perfectly to drill home. None of our tactical changes impacted, Stefan Micallef and Kurt Zammit rounded off a rout for the home side.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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A very bipolar month, a promising up met afterwards by us crashing down and goals drying up.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Eighth or ninth seems to be our sort of territory. Still watching over our shoulders in case the bottom sides surge towards the end of the season.

NEXT UPDATE: February 2028
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* apologies for the delay in posting, personal issues.

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BOV PREMIER DIVISION

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Julian Briffa returned us to winning ways at home to bottom club Naxxar Lions. The goal in question came from a set piece, Singleton went to corner taking duty and set up Chris Sciberras to head down to Briffa who blasted it home after eight minutes. It was understandable why Naxxar were bottom, 0% shots on target ratio from 11 shots on goal, Matthew Zammit came closest for the visitors, rounded the keeper but the angle was too tight to slip it in and only rustled the side netting. Robert Văduva had a similar effort which finished in the same fashion moments later. The game fizzled out in the second half, neither side were willing to gamble and the points were ours.

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Weren't up for the challenge of Hibernians, as their bullish first half display pretty much killed the game. Goals from Mbong, Ayuba and Dale Sammut landed us a mountainous task in the second half to salvage anything from the game. Văduva contributed a goal off the bench to potentially mount a comeback, delivering his traditional powerful efforts with that golden right peg. Sadly it was short lived, Ayuba grabbed a second as he made the run at the far post, feeding off Christian Thomas' in swinging cross. At least we had something to cheer for, grabbing a consolatory goal back from Matthew Falzon following confusion in the Hibernians' area. Top half hopes looking bleaker and bleaker.

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How about this for a win against strongly tipped Floriana? The emerald green army looked to be onto a routine victory once Keith Mallia turned in a Mademba Cissé cross, but in the space of six minutes we responded in superb fashion. Malcolm Scicluna nearly caught out keeper Joe Grech who spilled his effort but pounced on it quickly, however his clearance was poor leading into a play for Neil Schembri who squared it to Robert Văduva on the edge of the area and...well...you can guess the rest. Our counter attacking game was on point and turned the game on it's head, goalscorer come provider as Văduva set up Markus Clementsen who reeled in the years with an emphatic hit from 20 yards, drilled low into the bottom left corner. Floriana were stunned and failed to deliver anything troubling towards our goal, as we soaked up pressure to hang on to a famous win.

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Amazing how performances just contrast week in, week out. Valiant against Floriana, gutless at Ħamrun Spartans. The first goal I can forgive slightly as Massimiliano Giusti's effort took a deft deflection to deceive Michael Zammit, but afterwards just nothing went right at all. Giusti made our defense quake, hitting the bar before adding the second to which Zammit got a hand to it but not strong to keep it out. Our back four were getting sliced up each time they went forward, man of the match Owen Galea's pull back set up Garba for 3-0 before half time. Second half brought no solution, but more pain. The fourth goal was a joke, one defender back on an attacking corner suddenly led to a three on one breakaway - Julian Camilleri was one of the three options who made no mistake to send the away fans home early. The fifth came from yet another counter, Leandro Motta adding to the embarrassment. Toriano Singleton somehow managed to bulge the back of the net for 5-1, but this was brief enjoyment to a massacre.

FA TROPHY

FOURTH ROUND

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The inevitable almost never came but we sweated it out to advance to the quarter finals at Żebbuġ Rangers' expense. Żebbuġ missed a sitter early on, Neil Camilleri's outrageous backpass set Kyrian Nwoko through one on one with Zammit and somehow the keeper got a save in to spare our blushes. In fact the first division side had the best of the first half, Keith Zammit went for broke and hit the postage stamp to keep the game scoreless at the break. With extra time looming, the visitors had one final effort to go for a giantkilling, Julian Galea bringing a top save from young 17 year old Michael Zammit, proving to be an important goalkeeping asset to the team. Extra time it was and the fatigue was showing as the game lacked the pivotal moment until three minutes from the end, hit on the counter as substitute Văduva burst away and set up an unmarked Roderick Pace who used his poacher instincts to send Żebbuġ packing. Quarter finals here we come!

QUARTER FINAL DRAW

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Fgura United are the side we've been drawn against. Semi finals could be definitely on the cards!

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Definitely mix and match month with no inbetween. Perform well in one or two games and collapse in the next. The Ħamrun game has definitely wounded us.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Remarkably we climb into seventh even with those results, our goal difference took a right battering but as long as we set base camp here, top half may not be as opaque as originally thought.

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Nation: Malta
Media Prediction (Odds): 1st/14 (Evens)
Current Position: 10th
Expectations: Avoid relegation/Mid-table finish
Pros: A squad full of experience, playing at their (or close to) peak potential. Far more reputable with better funds. Still in FA Trophy.
Cons: Recent form woeful. Season in general woeful. Top half finish surely out of reach.

Out of the blue I receive this in my inbox, Pembroke Athletic are looking to appoint me as their manager. The club are having a season to forget, when the media predicted them to be the cream of the crop. Tempting offer and with Melita not exactly a short term side, it'll be hard to pass this offer up.

NEXT UPDATE: March 2028
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BOV PREMIER DIVISION

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Needed to prove a point following our abhorrent performance in our last league encounter and Balzan was the place to start, aiming to seal revenge after that miserable 4-3 collapse in November. An early penalty set us on our way, Falzon went down under a heavy push. Roderick Pace had the responsibility and just about fired it in, though the keeper just something on it but not enough. Another set piece doubled that lead, Julian Briffa's free kick deflected off the wall to send the keeper the opposite way. Took Balzan until after the break to get going, John Micallef getting on the end of a Casantini free kick at the second attempt after his initial header hit the bar but quickly rebounded to him to tuck it into the net. Balzan couldn't repeat the heroics of that 4-3 comeback in November and revenge was ours.

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Nigel Farrugia in the wars, but thankfully not too severe to keep him out of our forthcoming games.

YOUTH INTAKE

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Not quite the promising intake that produced Michael Zammit, but decent nonetheless.

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Keith Debattista - ST(C) - youth candidate

Not too shabby in his striking abilities, though he's far from first team material. Quite disappointed at his physicals, but at 16 he has every possibility of breaking through.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Only the one game this month, one important win.

LEAGUE TABLE *

* forgot to screenshot, but we move up one place to 6th (33 pts) ahead of Balzan who drop to 7th (32 pts). Only one point off Hibernians in 5th (34 pts) too.

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Meanwhile on the Pembroke job front, the interview process concluded with me being the leading candidate. Sitting on the fence on what I do in this situation.

The decision?

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After stern negotiations, we made an agreement and inked my signature on the dotted line. I will be continuing my management at Melita until the end of the season, but I depart for Pembroke at the end of May. Think it was the only option to be perfectly honest to further my career.


NEXT UPDATE: April 2028
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BOV PREMIER DIVISION

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Better team won, but disappointed that we couldn't hold out for a point. Stakes were higher for Valletta as they needed the win to secure back to back titles and Carmelo Camilleri's header did just that with seven minutes remaining. The greasy pitch prevented this game from being a more entertaining game, as the goal was pretty much the only action of note. Can't really complain.

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Another match which offered precious little goalmouth action. It was seen as a must win to keep up with the pace makers ahead of us and Luke Sammut delivered a screamer in the first half from 25 yards to get us on our way. Roderick Pace's half chance hit the post from a tight angle to thwart us from doubling the lead. Fgura's only shot on target denied us all three points as Joe Parnis broke the offside trap to finish comfortably past Michael Zammit. Honours even in a game we probably should have won.

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My final game as Melita manager ended in disappointment, pipped at the post by overachieving Mosta. This game offered a little more bite, however it was the visitors doing most of the pressing. Michael Zammit was called into action, saving efforts from our former player Jurgen Farrugia and Alex Borg but couldn't prevent Mosta's inevitable opener, Alex Borg set through by Jurgen Farrugia to slot past Zammit for 1-0. Looked brighter in the second half and fortunately nabbed an equaliser as Dylan Sciberras' cross-cum-shot floated over the keeper and into the back of the net. Did he mean it? Who cares?! Two minutes later the game was nearly overturned, Robert Văduva rattled a shot off the post from close range. End to end, Mosta came up with another opportunity from top goalscorer Gabriel Bezak but Zammit was equal to it to force a corner. Sadly Mosta had the last hurrah, Ebiesuwa found space to pick out Dillon Sammut who won them the game. I made my way around the ground to leave with a round of applause to keep this amateur side in the Maltese top flight for another season.

FA TROPHY

QUARTER FINAL

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Choked in the penalty shootout to hand Fgura a place in the semi finals. Came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half, Nigel Farrugia's header bounced off the crossbar and scrambled clear. Glimpses of quality were very rare in this game, but we looked more likely to score and when Fgura were reduced to ten through Neil Muscat's red card, we knew this game was there for the taking. Sadly, neither halves of extra time produced anything and so it came down to the lottery of penalties. Fgura missed their opening two thanks to Michael Zammit and we were ready to celebrate, however Julian Briffa and Nicolò Clericò couldn't guess right to allow Fgura to claw back. 6-6, Davide Martini allowed us a window of opportunity to Toriano Singleton...but HE MISSED TOO! Circled around to the first spot kick taker again, Robert Văduva denied by Aaron Grima to end the game at 9-8 in favour of Fgura. Cruel game we didn't deserve to lose.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Definitely not our finest month, succumbing to three defeats from four. If only we could've made it to a cup semi-final.

FINAL LEAGUE TABLE

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Sadly, we just missed out on top half by a point behind Ħamrun Spartans and two behind Tarxien Rainbows. 8th place is somewhat of a disappointment, given that the team in place were capable of reaching higher. Nevertheless, for a team of Melita's stature any season where they stay up is a big achievement to the fans. Meanwhile, Pembroke Athletic had a hairy end to their season, only just about staying up this season. Will need to work my magic to ensure that they don't derail entirely next season.

NEXT UPDATE: Postseason 2027/28
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Topping the popularity charts this season was Luke Sammut by a mile, the veteran midfielder was integral to our forward play and centre of distribution. Julian Briffa coming up second but his efforts certainly didn't go unnoticed, inside forward role fits him like a glove and reminiscent of Saporetti at Tre Fiori. Chris Sciberras took third.

Karl Ciantar's ninetieth minute piledriver helped us to a 1-0 win against Naxxar Lions and significant to ensuring our safety in the top flight, therefore it took goal of the season. Let's see it shall we?

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Neil Schembri...signing of the season? Get real. Not fit to tie Robert Văduva's shoelaces.

No surprise that Julian Briffa claimed young player of the season, the 18 year old has a bright future ahead of him if he continues this projection.

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As for stats, Văduva was most clinical with 10 goals in his debut season, not a lot but he still kept Roderick Pace out of the team for the most part. As mentioned, Luke Sammut was a little magician in the middle and was most consistent for us plus most accurate at passing with 7.2 and 90% respectively. Julian Briffa on the left was lethal at delivering crosses and killer passes, setting up nine goals for the season plus scooping four man of the match awards. Discipline was very decent, no red cards but consistent yellows were an issue to Jurgen Grima at times.

So the journey ends here for me at one Maltese club, next stop is another in Pembroke Athletic.

NEXT UPDATE: Preseason 2028/29

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4 kilometres north and a 10 minute drive up the road and we'd end up at our new club, Pembroke Athleta. Unlike Melita, Pembroke have some sort of pedigree in the Maltese top flight since their promotion in 2015. They also play in red but in a darker shade, plus a trim of both navy and white to accompany it.

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Pembroke Athleta understandably are the main team of Pembroke, sharing a border with the larger region of Naxxar and of course San Ġiljan. The entirety of the Pembroke land was used as a British military base from the 1850s up until 1979, hence where it got it's name from the Earl of Pembroke in 1859. One noticeable landmark to look out for is the Madliena Tower, a small watchtower built in 1658 but also acted as an artillery battery in 1908-09 until WWII.

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Luxol Stadium in Pembroke is the home stadium, the same one as where Melita had to be accommodated for their home matches so nothing new there. To recap, the stadium complex holds a capacity crowd of 800 with a synthetic, artificial turf surface.

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Pembroke Athleta were an amateur level club up until 1994 but didn't take them long to make the ascent up to the Premier Division in 2015. Incorrect info provided in their background as they've only won the BOV Premier Division ONCE which came in 2026, so none in real life but still very recent success. Apart from that, the trophy cabinet is quite bare with no FA Trophy wins nor a finalist to their name.

SQUAD

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A lot of experienced heads at the club at their peak ability but not a wide array of younger talent to bring through which could be an issue down the line.

KEY PLAYER: Mateus Regis - AM(C)/M(C)

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Lightweight but crafty with Brazilian flair, Mateus could be the midfield instrument to success. Technically very capable, physically declining but not ready for the doghouse yet. Is hinting at a move to a bigger club, but at his age I'm not really sure he'll get many nibbles from a well known club.

HOT PROSPECT: Andrei Borg - D(R)

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Been on loan for a bit of his career, this 17 year old could have much to offer at the back. Mentally and physically encouraging at a young age but his marking, passing and positioning need a lot more work. A protégé in progress methinks.

EXPECTATIONS

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To recap on the previous season, such a contrast in performance with my old club Melita being the overachievers in 8th while my new club Pembroke in the opposite direction who only managed to stay up in 11th.

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Top half finish in the league is certainly doable, but putting a bit of pressure on the FA Trophy as they expect a semi final place. Here's hoping I can deliver.

NEXT UPDATE: Preseason 2028/29
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TRANSFERS

OUT

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Wasted no time in offloading some liabilities, but some I couldn't prevent. Holding midfielder Aleksandar Komljenovic retired out of the blue much to our disappointment, likewise with centre back Roger. Two others left on ventures to other Maltese clubs and another was released in Dillon Sciberras.

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Daniel Galea - DM/D(C) - free transfer to Sliema Wanderers

Having him off the wage budget would be quite useful, but if the ratings haven't given it away already I have found a worthy replacement.

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Mario Zerafa - M(C)/AM(C)/M(R)/AM(R) - free transfer to Vittoriosa Stars

Despite the lad's versatility, couldn't see him fitting into my plans with weak physical stats. I may regret it down the line, but we'll see.

IN

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Cheque book at the ready and scouts firmly positioned, we snapped up four new players plus three familiar gents from a certain Melita FC.

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Julian Briffa - AM(L)/AM(C) - free transfer from Melita

Saporetti v2 is coming home with me. Julian made such a great impression at Melita that I had to put him as one of my first priorities. Still only 18 so plenty of time for him to bloom with his twinkle toe speed and relatively apt technicals to make him a threat.

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Matthew Falzon - M(R)/AM(R) - free transfer from Melita

It's like buying a pair of shoes, you can't leave with just the left shoe, you also need the right. Matthew Falzon also coming in to be that pacy, complementary winger required to penetrate the channels. Definitely a reunion.

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Gabriel Mensah - ST(C) - £5k from Pietà Hotspurs

It's rare to see a 5* player lying around in the open in this neck of the woods, despite shelling out on him I feel it's well worth it as we're crying out for a new striker. At his prime, outstanding mentals and well rounded physicals for this level of football, as long as the man contributes we may just get our money's worth and more.

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Gary Gauci - DM/M(C) - free transfer from Tarxien Rainbows

Komljenovic's and Galea's replacement comes in the form of Gary Gauci. Some may see it as a downgrade, but just that little bit stronger and more involved in team play with headroom to develop further I see Gary making a promising impact.

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Michael Zammit - ST(C) - free transfer from Naxxar Lions

Turns out Pembroke were spending before I even arrived, first of two pre-arranged transfers and both with Zammit as their surname. Looks quite average but at least his physical stats are good. Not sure he'll flourish any time soon in the first team, but someone to call upon should we need to.

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Matthew Zammit - M(R) - free transfer from Naxxar Lions

Second of two pre-arranged transfers from Naxxar Lions, which is a shame because I do like the look of him. However, Matthew Falzon remains the first choice but I wouldn't rule him out if there is a change required in tactic. Almost a clone of Falzon.

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Michael Zammit - GK - free transfer from Melita

No, you're not seeing double...well you are sort of. ANOTHER player called Michael Zammit, but one you'll recognise. Wanted to snatch him before any other clubs did, but I hate to tell him that Calleja Cremona is our first choice between the sticks. On the plus side, the ideal tutor for the young keeper.

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On the business side of things, Greek club OFI Crete announced to be our senior affiliate club to the tune of nearly £21k per annum. Sadly, their youth prospects had no intention in joining for a loan spell.

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Speaking of business, we unveiled our home and away strips for the 2028/29 campaign thanks to the manufacturing design by Joma and our sponsors Maltese recruiters, Tipico.

FRIENDLIES

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Our preseason...let's say it didn't go as well as we expected. Mensah hitting the back of the net as well as Falzon and Briffa. No idea what happened in the Mqabba game, but it wasn't pretty.

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U*BET might just be patronising me, but I feel 13-2 might be a little bit generous given the circumstances. Sixth place on the cards, we'll see about that.

NEXT UPDATE: August 2028
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So just caught back up with this after some time away @DNZY and its been superb as always. Good stint with EB Streymur clinching the double. Looks like the stint with Melita was always going to be a struggle. Excited to see how things play out in Malta!
@Dan - Glad you're still enjoying it! Yeah, Melita was always going to be a 'stepping stone' kind of job to keep the engine ticking along. Hopefully I'll put that straight here.

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BOV PREMIER DIVISION

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First match in charge and salvaged a point at Mosta in an even game. Calleja Cremona is supposedly the best keeper in the division, doesn't even look like the best in our club after a glaring error of judgement by coming for the ball, only to smash it into the Slovakian striker Gabriel Bezak who said thank you very much only seven minutes in. Our own Gabriel Mensah came closest for us in the first half as he hit the bar after 23 minutes before injury forced him off. Mosta hit the woodwork themselves in the second half to restrict them from doubling their lead. We looked more likely to get the next goal and our persistence paid off when Mensah's replacement Orji Maduka rescued us in the last four minutes from Falzon's low pass into the area. Positive signs on the opening day.

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As feared, Mensah will sit on the sidelines for a few weeks.

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But he wasn't the only one, centre back Tanti out for a similar length of time.

RESULTS OVERVIEW

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Starting off with a point in our opening month.

LEAGUE TABLE

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Too early to make a judgement.

NEXT UPDATE: September 2028
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