Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? Following the unexpected promotion, we set out to get the 43 points needed to avoid the Serie C relegation playoffs. And with eight games to spare, we’ve done it!
The scrappy 2-1 win over Sicula Leonizo at the Vanni Sanna probably won’t be the match the supporters will remember in the future. But for the backroom staff that spent weeks analysing, planning, calculating and scouting ahead of the season, it marks a special occasion.
It’s only mid March, but we’ve already achieved what we set out to do. You might remember how we looked at previous seasons to calculate that 43 points certainly would see us stay up.
I’m incredibly pleased with our performance this season. We’ve done extremely well on a very tight budget. I’m not going to go into details here, but the board offered me wage budget of €27,000 a week, but I opted to do my own calculations on how much the club could afford.
The best thing about being an amateur club is the pile of cash, that just keeps growing because of the lack of wages. That has left us in a very good position financially, and I wasn’t going to gamble with that. Over a season, 29k a week is almost 1.5 million euros on wage costs alone. Last year our total income was just under 800,000 euros. So there’s just no way that’s a sustainable wage budget.
So I did my own calculations and figured we could afford 11k on wages. You can find the tool I used on the bottom of this page. Anyway, that’s what I want you to remember when you’re looking at the Serie C table. Here’s the table again, with annual wage expenditure. Pretty good, no?
Not surprisingly, the board is thrilled with our performance. Especially financially. Sure, we losing money every month, but this was expected. But all in all, we’re looking to end the season with a surplus.
New signings at ASD Torres
Already looking good in January meant I could bein planning ahead already. The aim of this season is just to stay up. Next season we’ll look to get a good playoff position and we might as well begin to start planning.
Recruitment at Torres has been hard. Our reputation is really low and we’re on a tight budget, so it’s hard getting anyone worth their salt to play for us. Which is why the January window is my favourite.
In summer, all the released players from the bigger clubs turn their noses up at us. But by January, the ones that hasn’t gotten a contract are suddenly willing to talk. We’re a team of youngsters and I felt we needed experience.
That’s why I’m delighted to sign these guys.
Giacomo Palazzo is our new deep-lying playmaker. His passing skills and vision is a big lift to the team. He joins us from Parma in Serie B where he played really bad for but still managed to be a first team regular. At Torres, he should be our best player though.
There’s no doubt that physically Alessandro Rosi is in the twilight of his career. I expect his acceleration and pace to hit sloth-level soon. But his mentals and defensive technical abilities still leave me to think he has something to offer.
Besides the valuable experience, I’m also going to use them as tutors. In my experience, this is vital to youth development.
And boy, do we have an exciting prospect in the team now! Meet Zdenek Sural. I found him unattached in the Czech U21 team. I have no idea who released him, but he was happy to move to Sardinia. I’m going to play him as much as possible, now that we’re clear of the relegation playoff.
That’s it for now. I’ll be back next time hopefully with an update from the playoffs. If you haven’t noticed, the top 10 teams enter a promotion playoff that I have no idea how works. But potentially we could be in Serie B next season. Stay tuned.