As part of my ‘Wigan – a journey back to the top‘ save I’ve been offered my very first national management role with Poland (currently ranked 18th). I still need to win the FA Cup with Wigan in order to fulfil my pre-planned targets so I’ll be balancing the two job roles.
After looking at the Polish national side (and remembering the name Lewandowski) I soon accepted their offer. The opportunity to work with one of the worlds best players made the decision a lot easier, but with the added lure of being able to blood plenty of talented youngsters around my talisman.
Some of the better known players in the squad, which you’ll probably recognise:
The main problem I’ve faced when taking on international roles in previous Football Manager games has often been the inheritance of either an ageing squad or an inexperienced one. On first impressions it looks like I’ve inherited a good blend with Poland. With those four players on the pitch we have a fairly strong spine to the team, which I can compliment with a few of the younger up-and-coming players:
The minimum expectations is that the team doesn’t get outclassed in the International League.
The International League, AKA the UEFA Nations League (find out more about this competition), sees us face the Czech Republic and Israel in Group 2 of Division C, we’ll play each team twice. The league winner will be promoted to Division B and the bottom team relegated to Division D for when the competition next runs. Though I believe the Czech Republic have the stronger squad I’m confident we can give them a run for their money, and with a player like Lewandowski in the ranks anything can happen – a lot will depend on him staying injury free.
We’ll be playing our home games at the Poland National Stadium in Warsaw, an impressive looking 58,000 capacity arena with a retractable roof.
First things first I’ll be adding the Polish leagues to my save in order to widen my scouting range. I’ll then need to look at my staff, fully assess the national pool, get an idea of my best 11 and look at formations that will suit the players at my disposal.
I’m looking forward to getting started on this one!