A New Chapter in my FM Story: Unemployed | OFK Beograd 2019/20
All that’s well last short. You need to know when it’s time to choose Home → My Contract → Resign. I just did it and got an epithet “unemployed”.
I think I made a good move. After a series of bad decisions, this was the only solution. Of course, it’s more positive than negative, but I’ll talk about it later …
If you missed the beginning of the story, these are the links:
- Plan for return a club in higher rank of the competition
- A Manager’s Story: OFK Beograd Revival | Season 2016/17
- An OFK Beograd journey – Serbian First League | Season 2017/2018
- 7 Tips for Lower League Management – Staying up after promotion?
Big mistake – Selling a key player
Sometimes it’s worthwhile to risk it, but it’s not always smart. I made a good transfer this time and the club has earned EUR 3.1 M – Matija Babovic ST (OFK Beograd – Anderlecht).
In this way, players’ wages have risen, and the budget received a financial injection. But … There was a small problem.
Players that I had planned to bring, refused the invitation.
Then I started looking for a free transfer – experience in strong leagues. Unfortunately, the selection was weak.
After that, the season has started (SuperLiga) but my attack was never weaker. I knew that with young players (kids) I can not achieve the primary goal – 10th place in the table.
In any case, the start was good! I managed to play against Red Star 1-1 on away. When bad results came, chaos arose!
The atmosphere in the team, it became very bad at that moment and many were looking for a “transfer request“. Three defeats in a row were a sign that it’s time to pack up my bags.
I think the FM story is much more interesting when it has long-term and short-term goals.
Limit the time and make the adventure even more exciting.
That’s why I’ve made my little list.
- find a new club for the players that are surplus ✅
- new expert staff ✅
- parent club (free loan) ✅
- upper part of the table Serbian First League ✅
- quarterfinal of the National Cup ✅
- placement in the Super Liga ✅
- improve training and youth facilities (level up) X
- the favorite for winning the SuperLiga X
- placement in the Europa League X
- finals of the National Cup ✅
- average salary of a player 5 000 EUR/per week X
- 70% of domestic and 30% of foreign players at the club ✅
My FM career and results:
2016 – Hired as OFK Beograd manager;
2017 – Winners Serbian Second League Belgrade;
2018 – Winners National Cup, Finished 3rd Serbian First League, Manager of the Season;
2019 – Winners Serbian First League, Runners-up National Cup; Manager of the Season runner-up.
Why has OFK Beograd been a big challenge for me?
OFK Beograd is a club with a rich history and it has a large number of young talented players. Unfortunately, most of them are thinking about leaving after 2 seasons spent at the club.
This is completely understandable because the league isn’t too attractive. However, my task was to postpone an unplanned journey.
I didn’t want the player to leave the team, for a small amount of money (EUR 700 K), and is worth EUR 2-3 M! But … Wishes are one thing and reality another.
The club’s finances created additional pressure, so I had to make a good transfer at the end of each season. It had been working fine until I became part of the SuperLiga.
In any case, the point of the story is the following: the challenge is not easy. If you are looking for something new and exciting, OFK Beograd is the right choice.
But what to do now? I am unemployed …
First of all, I will summarize the impressions and results of my work in OFK Beograd. I’m sorry I haven’t achieved all the goals (some look very ambitious). But … That is Football Manager! Moving on.
I’m sure I won’t manage a club in Serbia because I want to test myself in a stronger league (Germany or England).
Maybe my CV isn’t good for big clubs but the second or third league … I’ll pay attention to finance because I don’t want extra pressure.
But one thing I am sure it will happen very quickly: unemployed → employed. A new article is coming soon! Thank you for your attention and time.
Author: Alen Stefanovic Game: Football Manager 2017