My FM17 career starts off as any other – unemployed. Every year I start off unemployed until a team come in and offer me a job. This year the first team to come in for me was the mighty Wycombe Wanderers in October 2016. They are placed 19th in League 2 and have set me with the task of achieving mid-table come May. Personally, I believe we can go one better and at least achieve a play-off place due to how tight the table is (13 points off first place). The squad is fairly young, we have a few players on loan such as Jamal Blackman from Chelsea, and most of the players are of the ability of the division.
Our first game ends in a fantastic 2-0 win away to Doncaster, from here on we go on a fantastic 11 game unbeaten run in the league, finally suffering defeat at home to Luton. One of the games of the season was a 10 goal thriller away at Cambridge where we were 1-0 down at half time and then managed to turn it around. We also suffer defeat in the FA Cup in a replay at Woking which is somewhat disappointing following the good form of the team. Defeat also comes in the Checkatrade Trophy at home to Charlton, however I’m not bothered about this as I was solely using this to develop some of the youth players at the club.
We sign a few players in the January transfer window, mostly a few reserve players and an ex Swansea reserve Goalkeeper on a free transfer who has fairly decent stats and hopefully will be able to step up and fill the boots of Blackman when is loan ends. Following the end of the transfer window, the team begins to really hit their stride thanks to our star striker Dayle Southwell. We again go unbeaten until the end of the season, and to really put the icing on the cake we manage to finish top of the league! The final 5/6 games are extremely nervy with only a few points separating 1st to 8th place but thankfully we have a fairly easy run of games and we amazingly win the league by 3 points! It’s an incredible achievement for the club and a feat which doesn’t go unnoticed by the board.
I couldn’t have asked for a better performance from the team and the thought of the League 1 football next season is tantalizing. To top things off even more so I was awarded the manager of the year award! Hopefully with the extra funds we receive for winning the league will allow us to help strengthen the squad and continue our storm up the footballing ladder!