Not that I'd be playing anyway but there's no chance of my old team playing any time soon.
Monday, 28 December 2020
Friday, 25 December 2020
Saturday, 19 December 2020
After a non spectacular playing career in his home nation of Germany the media were perhaps surprised to see the announcement of Sturgen Klarpp taking on the vacant managers position at Danish side FC Nordsjælland.
Introducing the new manager at Right to Dream Park
Sturgen Klarpp had to hit the ground running however, the board had given him a target of a top half finish with the additional requirements of use the team's well established youth system and only signing players under the age of 23. A tough ask as after a quick glance through the team's roster there were many holes to fill.
Klarpp signed 3 players in the transfer window, 2 young stars for the future that showed signs of promise during trials and the aging Spaniard Raúl Rodríguez (32). Despite the board not wanting signings over the age of 23 Klopp snapped up the central defender on the free.
The old adage you can't win anything with kids was certainly on the bookies minds as they gave the team a 25-1 of topping the league at the end of the season.
An away draw in the first game of the season against AGF gave the new manager much room for thought and tweaked his formation from an attacking 4-3-2-1 to a slightly more defencive wide 4-1-2-2-1. This gave the team a more solid platform to build up attacks from the back and then hit the opponents with a speedy attacking front 3 of Atanga, Sulemana and Amon. 2 of which were excellent recruits by previous managers from one of the clubs many feeder teams. They were from the Right to Dream Academy in Ghana.
The change in formation lead to 5 straight wins followed by a draw with the league favourites. 6 more straight wins and two cup wins later Nordsjælland were looking good, leading the league at the winter break. It wasn't to be though as 3 losses and 2 draws in the last stages of the preliminary phase meant they had to catch up a deficit of 4 points in the Championship group where the top 6 sides in the league would play off against each other for the title.
Klarpp's team were knocked out of the Sydbank Pokalen quarter final by a spirited AGF, it was a frustrating time but it did mean they could then concentrate on the league but after a valiant effort it was not to be and they dropped out of the running shortly afterwards and finished the league 10pts behind the eventual winners FC København.
2nd place was certainly deemed a very successful season however and Klarpp was offered a new contract to extend his stay and challenge for the title proper in 21/22 and chance his arm in Europe with a Champions cup 2nd round qualifying position.
His performance was also noted by the other managers in the league as he was voted the Danish manager of the year award.
One particular highlight of the year was a 9-0 victory over Lyngby.
Next season manager Klarpp sniffs victory...
Friday, 18 December 2020
I haven't listened to a podcast for over a month now, it feels strange as they were a staple entertainment before that.
I can put it down to a few things.
Walking the dog: I used to go for a walk after dropping Flo off in the morning and that was an ideal time to catch up on any podcast that i'd downloaded that day. I still go for a walk but now with the dog. I've got to pay attention to the dog so that it doesn't do anything it shouldn't but also I find myself actually talking to people along the way. There's never a walk without someone stopping to give Arwen a pat on the head, I find it awkward constantly taking earphones out.
Audible: I started using audible again when the new Alan Partridge audiobook came out, and continued with some old D&D books, so when I do get a chance I listen to them.
Beyondpod: I was fed up with the app I was using, it was great 10 years ago when I first used it but I think they just stopped developing it and it felt tired.
I dread to think how many decent ones i'm missing out on, maybe i'll go back to it in the new year...
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
Only 2.5 days left of work this year, it's actually only 2 as tomorrow there is a half day training and Christmas 'extravaganza' in the afternoon... After that14 days in January before my contract ends. Not heard anything about another extension yet but we will see. I'd renew if offered but might be nice to have a little time off again.
Monday, 14 December 2020
I've been thinking about it for a while now and have i've decided to take today off. There hasn't been much for me to do at work recently and i'm just so bored. Normally this wouldn't bother me but I do like to have a couple of projects on the go at any one time, at the moment I have nothing. My boss is off for most of the rest of the year so can't see things picking up anytime soon.
In addition to this i've decided to take next week off too which if you include the week off in between Christmas and New Year i'll have a total of 16 days off in a row. That will be nice! Shame nothing's open and the weather's shit!
Actually today doesn't look too bad so i'm going to pop out for a long walk with the hound.
Friday, 11 December 2020
Tuesday, 8 December 2020
Paying my personal income tax early. Over a month early. I was going to wait till nearer the actual deadline but then I though I should just go ahead and do it. It's not as if i'm earning much interest on it in my savings account.
One annoying thing about the whole thing is that you also have to pay their estimate of your next 6 months at the same time.
Friday, 4 December 2020
Thursday, 3 December 2020
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Welcome to Tier 3.
Let's hope it has the desired effect and brings down the infection rate across the whole of Kent. It we get assessed again in a couple of weeks with any luck they'll shift us down into Tier 2 so we can eat out again. Still no meeting up with friends indoors though.
To help out one of our local pubs we did a virtual wine and cheese tasting class last Saturday.
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
I received a Whatsapp message from Shaheen this morning about Shaheen being envious of people that didn't have to commute.
I sent him this