#FM15 #HaarlemGlobetrotting : could you not sign someone else’s players, please?

I’m back again with #HaarlemGlobetrotting, my current #FM15 series where I have recreated the famous old Dutch club (they went bust in 2010) and placed them as an amateur club in the Dutch 4th tier. After a brilliant start to the season we lost our final game of yesterday’s run, losing 4-3 to second placed rkav Volendam. We still sit top, albeit on goal difference.

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#FM15 #HaarlemGlobetrotting : Happy Haarlem?

Welcome back to #HaarlemGlobetrotting, my current #FM15 series where I have recreated the famous old Dutch club (they went bust in 2010) and placed them as an amateur club in the Dutch 4th tier.  We’ve had a brilliant start to the second season, top of the table after five games and in this update we start with a very tough cup tie, away to Feyenoord.  Continue reading “#FM15 #HaarlemGlobetrotting : Happy Haarlem?”

#FM15 #HaarlemGlobetrotting : You don’t grow tulips by the end of September

Welcome back to #HaarlemGlobetrotting, my current #FM15 series where I have recreated the famous old Dutch club (they went bust in 2010) and placed them as an amateur club in the Dutch 4th tier. We finished runners up in season one, therefore missing promotion. This is a save with two aims really…. Continue reading “#FM15 #HaarlemGlobetrotting : You don’t grow tulips by the end of September”

#FM15 #HaarlemGlobetrotting : Haarlem Heartbreak

When Haarlem reformed last summer great things were expected from the famous old club. They re-emerged full of promise, full of hope and will end the season disappointed. The 3-0 beating at ASWH all but confirmed that Haarlem will not win the Hoofdklasse C this season and will have to spend a second season in the fourth tier of Dutch football. Too many finishing second will still be a massive achievement, if they can hold on to the runners-up spot in the remaining seven games, but to manager Chris Darwen it will feel like failure, reports Filippo Spada of De Volkskrant.

Haarlem have struggled to find the magic potion of consistency this season. In spells they have been delightful to watch, their 3-3-1-3 formation completely different to anything else in the division. On other occasions they have been woeful, and on these occasions Darwen must have been yearning for some older heads on the pitch to guide his young troops through the games where their youthful enthusiasm had fallen away. They are still the league’s top goal scorers but, amazingly, they have conceded only one fewer than the bottom club, Oranje Wit. In Brinkman and Benda they have two of the three leading marksmen in the division, but they have only kept three clean sheets.

They were not out-classed against the league leaders, just simply impotent at both ends. Chance after chance was missed and every time ASWH attacked they looked capable of putting the ball past Voss who, it has to be said, has not had the calming impact in goal that had been expected. ASWH’s victory widened the gap to eight points, with a game in hand meaning Haarlem should now be more concerned with keeping Baronie and Kloetinge away from 2nd place.

Manager Darwen said, “I have to hold my hands up, I’ve been asking a lot of my players playing the system we play. It is different, and I have not been very flexible in my approach. Between now and the end of the season we will try a couple of different systems as well as tweaking my favoured approach and see if we can find a consistent winning formula. By the same token, we sit second in the table which, for a club that didn’t exist this time last year and for a team with an average age of 20, is pretty bloody good. However, I wanted and expected the league title. Having been promoted in my first season at Clapton FC, FC Carl Zeiss Jena, FC Sete, US Soregno, Gvardiets and Padova I am no stranger to getting out of the lowest division at the first attempt so this is helping me reassess where I have gone wrong this season.”

It is thought that Darwen might dabble in a formation that does not include strikers, something he used successfully at Clapton FC and is also currently being used at Benfica with their legendary manager Guido Merry. It would be another upheaval in the style of play at the Haarlem Stadion with Darwen shifting from a traditional 433 to his 3313 after just one match.

Still, this is a club that it is on it’s way back so patience is needed. With Haarlem predicted to finish mid-table in their 125th anniversary year many will be happy with what they have seen so far.

Filippo Spada
De Volkskrant

Kom op Haarlem!

(if you enjoyed all that ramble, why not read a chapter of my second book, “Johnny Cooper, Championship Manager: The Second Season Syndrome” here: http://www.chrisdarwen.com)

#FM15 #HaarlemGlobetrotting : I prefer it when things GOES well…

One of the best things about this save is that, being an amateur club, I don’t have to worry about how to get rid of players that are not up to scratch or just not as good as the new guy that has caught my eye.  I was watching a documentary on Brian Clough the other day, and his long-term partner (and for me, the reason Clough is considered a great manager) Peter Taylor was talking about the chat he gave players whenever they were signed – it was along the lines of “lad, the minute we find someone better than you we will replace you, your challenge is to make sure that never happens!” Continue reading “#FM15 #HaarlemGlobetrotting : I prefer it when things GOES well…”

#FM15 #HaarlemGlobetrotting : Dangermouse would be proud

Following the inconsistent start to the season, I decided to ring the changes at HFC Haarlem. The beauty of running an amateur club is that players are not under contract, so I can chop and change as I please in the hope of finding the winning combination. HFC Haarlem are back in Dutch football, having gone bust in 2010 and in our 125th anniversary year we have had a solid but unspectacular start to the season, leading me to release some players and bring in, hopefully, better ones. Continue reading “#FM15 #HaarlemGlobetrotting : Dangermouse would be proud”

#FM15 #HaarlemGlobetrotting : The Power of Patience

I must not lie, I am not the most patient of managers. I have been known to walk out on a save after a few games if I haven’t immediately clicked with the club, or the team, or the colour of the away kit. I don’t have a great deal of discipline, and genuinely one of the biggest fears when I start writing “Johnny Cooper” was that I would lose interest if I didn’t start the season well, and as those of you have read the first book know the season did not start well at Mansfield Town. So here I am again, this time at HFC Haarlem of Holland, one of the oldest clubs in the Netherlands but a club that was forced into bankruptcy and became extinct in 2010. I have reformed them as an amateur side in the 4th tier of Dutch football with a view to restoring them to their former glory – the kind of thing I normally witter on about. Anyway, we are seven games into the season. Continue reading “#FM15 #HaarlemGlobetrotting : The Power of Patience”