Season preview in one sentence (on 28 September): For the second auction in a row the absent manager has had Serbian Nemenja thrust into his midfield by the The Rub: one could say auto-Matic-ally.
Vorm, M (TW2)
Soares, C (TW2)
Walker, K (TW1)
Johnson, A (TW2)
Arnautovic, M (TW1)
Ayew, J (TW2)
Gosling, D (TW2)
Okazaki, S (TW2)
First transfer window – Friday 2 October 2015
Gomes, H – Watford goalkeeper – £3m
Galloway, B – Everton defender – £2m
Walker, K – Tottenham defender – £11m
Arnautovic, M – Stoke midfielder – £7m
Inler, G – Leicester midfielder – £0.5m
Moses, V – West Ham midfielder – £0.5m
Bamford, P – Crystal Palace striker – £0.5m
Out +£0.5m Vorm, M – Tottenham goalkeeper – free Brown, W – Sunderland defender – free Bardsley, P – Stoke defender – free Valencia, A – Man United midfielder – free Wanyama, V – Southampton midfielder – free Dyer, N – Leicester midfielder – £0.5m (to Lokomotiv Leeds) Welbeck, D – Arsenal striker – free
Vorm, M – Tottenham goalkeeper – £?m
Soares, C – Southampton defender – £?m
Johnson, A – Sunderland midfielder – £?m
Ayew, J – Aston Villa midfielder – £?m
Gosling, D – Bournemouth midfielder – £?m
Okazaki, S – Leicester striker – £?m
Out Gomes, H – Watford goalkeeper – free Galloway, B – Everton defender – free Matic, N – Chelsea midfielder – free Inler, G – Stoke midfielder – free Moses, V – West Ham midfielder – free Bamford, P – Crystal Palace striker – free
Season preview in one sentence: Unable to attend the auction because of commitments in ‘Durrby’, the Somali’s automatically-generated side shows flickers of guile, and leaves most wondering whether he could have done better in person.
Fabianski, L (TW2)
Davies, B (TW2)
Manquillo, J (TW2)
Coloccini, F (TW2)
de Laet, R (TW1)
Song, A (TW2)
Cllr Martin Kimber (TW2) (Bramble)
Gary Glitter (TW2) (Bramble)
Welbeck, D (TW2)
Ings, D (TW2)
First transfer window – Friday 17 October 2014
Wright, R – goalkeeper, MCY – £2m (Bramble)
de Laet, R – defender, LEI – £3m
Wright-Phillips, S – midfielder, QPR – £4m
Evans, C – striker, OLD – £4m (Bramble)
Out Robles – goalkeeper, EVE – £0m Upson, M – defender, LEI – £0m Lampard, F – midfielder, MCY – £0m Campbell, J – striker, ARS – £0m
Out Wright, R – goalkeeper, MCY – £0m Dier, E – defender, TOT – £0m Wilson, M – defender, STO – £0m Delaney, D – defender, CRY – £0m Wright-Phillips, S – midfielder, QPR – £0m Januzaj, A – midfielder, MUN – £0m (lost under Titus Bramble ruling) Ramirez, G – midfielder, HUL – £0m (lost under Titus Bramble ruling) Zarate, M – striker, WHU – £0m Ched Evans – striker, TBR – £0m
Outlook (on 24 September 2013): Spartak Mogadishu stunned the whole league in May when they lifted their first piece of the silverware, the Canesten Combi Cup. Not writing anything down and drinking heavily, the manager traditionally approached auctions with the gay abandon of an Al-Shabab shopping spree, and his reputation of firebrand was galvanised when he became the first manager to resign in the middle of an auction at the Emmanuel Olisadebe 2012 Euros. Attending last month’s all-dayer for the first time outside of Ramadan appeared to temper the Somali, and he even hooked some worthwhile players.
At the unveiling of the new squad at the club’s Spyglass Hill training facility, the manager admitted he felt slightly hornswoggled at the purchase of Glenn Murray, who’s been on crutches since May and will continue to be for some time. In Robert van Wolfswinkel, Marco van Ginkel and Johnny Heitinga, the manager has three players to feature in the national side for Holland, a country known throughout history for its maritime tradition. Hernandez, Lallana, Kolarov and Jaaskelainen all started the season in strong form.
Despite this Spartak are not managing to gel and slipping down the table with each passing week. In the Kenna there’s a very fine line between success or failure; between a white, sandy Caribbean island, a crate of rum and Keira Knightly, or five minutes in the upstairs room of a tavern with a toothless crone.
Outlook: There were always concerns that the Mog manager’s haphazard approach to auction tactics would overshadow his campaign and, one or two players aside, they appear well founded. Midfield linchpin Luka Modric left for Spain hours after the Pirates signed him, leaving a dressing room bubbling with poor temperament, untested talent and indifferent previous.