25 December 2015
Las Piedras, Uruguay
Well hello again, welcome to Uruguay! As you can probably surmise I have decided to accept the offer from Club Atletico Juventud. It was a close run thing but in the end there were main factors behind my decision.
- I have managed before in South Africa so it wouldn’t be new, wheras I have yet to explore South America.
- Club Atletico Juventud is financially stronger and is less likely to want me to sell players to pay for the cost of playing.
- The competetion format looks more interesting.
- Due to the season having a mid season break and joining the club during this break I actually get a preseason of sorts.
This team has always been middle of the second division with a couple of promotions thrown in for finishing second.
It has a partially completed stadium, no season ticket holders and aspirations for something more. I am planning on providing just that. This will be a fun episode in the G.J. Challenge.
Second last again – seems to be a recurring theme with the team. The board wants us to attain a mid table position, although I am not sure whether that applies to this season or next.
Four friendlies scheduled before we get into the action for real. At this stage I have no idea of the relative strength of my team and of the opposition, so much study needed. I plan on being back towards the end of February with an update on the team, how the friendlies went, and a plan on what to do next.