Cagliari headed into the Winter break in January 2033 on the back of five successive draws but 13 games unbeaten in Serie A. That had us occupying the Europa League positions, but well beyond the ambitious Champions League goal that the board had bizarrely set in the summer.
When I took the role as Cagliari manager, the board wanted a top half finish then to work on becoming the "best of the rest" in Serie A. However, as soon as we ticked over into the 2032/33 campaign they suddenly expected us to qualify in the Champions League places.
Our first full season in Sardinia had seen us nicely improve Cagliari's fortunes to finish in 8th place, just 3 points away from qualifying for Europe. This blog will look back on our key performers in the 2031/32 Serie A season.
Heading into 2032, Cagliari Calcio were being well and truly carried into the top half of Serie A by the goals of star striker Thomas De Lucia. The Italian, our newly appointed vice-captain, had scored more than half of our goals.
I'd just enjoyed a summer of soaking up the rays in the beautiful surroundings of my new home in Sardinia. But there was plenty of work to be done in the summer of 2031 to rebuild a Cagliari side lacking quality and, importantly, money. I set about removing the club's negative bank balance by selling... Continue Reading →
Life in idyllic Sardinia had gotten off to a pretty solid start with 4 points from our opening two games as manager of Cagliari. That had us sitting safe in 10th position and with an outside chance of challenging for European places.