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Thursday, 12 February 2015 19:47

The meanderings of Govie (aka Guv'ie)

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Following on from a great season 5 in the PS3 Div1 which Frillypink had maintained a title challenge for the most of the season only to come up short and finish second, promotion to the newly formed PS4 Prem beckoned. Then, along with Inter Milan and Real Madrid, eyebrows were raised when the teams took the decision to breakaway and join the Xbox One league.
The Frillypink chairman has always been a maverick, from ordering manager Govie to sell players only days after signing, and who could forget the controversial namechange in season 5 in which Frillypink changed their name to Frillypink.
The newspapers were full of stories of a rift between Govie and the chairman, with rumours of the chairmans insistance that Govie and the squad all communicate in French. Govie also joined the board of FC Slag, and many experts thought this would be the end of the road for Govie as manager of Frillypink.
However, this was not the case. The Frillypink fans had built up an enormous respect for Govie and backed their manager publically. Frillypink agreed a deal to bring in Govie's fellow Scot, Andrew Robertson along with Englishman Tom Ince for their French striker Yoann Gouffran. This upset the French media and seemed to question Govies position in charge of Frillypink's transfer dealings. A deal to sell their Italian striker Mattia Destro for £30m to Parma was agreed, and also a swap deal that saw Victor Moses depart and Scotland captain Darren Fletcher join the Scottish revolution.
Some squad players would have to be sold to free up squad space for what Govie hoped would eventually be an all-Scottish team. Returning AWOLs from before Govie's time were always under threat. Perch and Jigo left for a measly £2.8m combined but Govie was happy to get them off the books. A deal was then agreed to bring in Charlie Mulgrew from Rayo for £7m. A big deal that raised eyebrows was soon tied up which saw star man Toni Kroos leave for Barcelona. Frillypink got Charlie Adam and £50m in part exchange. Govie was working hard behind the scenes to bring in his targets, with limited success.
Govie had made an offer to FC Slag, which was accepted, that saw club captain and fans player of the year Leighton Baines leave the club to go and sit on FC Slags bench. Frillypink received four players in return. Scotland internationals Alan Hutton and Shaun Maloney would add some experience. Niall McGinn is also a regular at international level for Northern Ireland, and he was joined by fellow Aberdeen player Peter Pawlett. Deals were agreed with Gremio for the sale of Trochowski for £10m and with St Etienne for a £4m deal for left back Nelom. Frillypink wasted no time in adding two more Scottish internationals to their ranks. Graham Dorrans signed for £5m from Livorno while James Morrison signed from Flumenese for £15m.
The league fixtures were released and for Frillypink, the priority now was bringing in a striker. Talks were ongoing with some targets, but Govie was hopeful he could cope with only Paloschi upfront if need be. Coke, Balzaretti and Tamas were auctioned off to make some more squad space. After lengthy talks, Steven Naismith was finally added for £15m to give Govie more striking options. A few friendlies were played with Frillypink looking competitive despite all the squad upheaval and loss of big name slags.
The start of the season was upon us, and the Frillypink fans were excited to finally see their new signings in competitive action. Steven Naismith was the star of their opening fixture away to Flumenense. A man of the match performance and a goal on his debut was the perfect way to introduce himself to the Frillypink fans. Shaun Maloney also netted a debut strike in a fine 2-0 win. Their second fixture was a creditable 3-3 draw away to Inter Milan with Naismith scoring a double and Hutton scoring his first for the club.
Two difficult away games out of the way early and then West Brom were the visitors in Frillypink's first home game of the season. The Frillypink fans were left disappointed as a decent perfromance without scoring led to a 2-0 defeat. Govie agreed a deal to trade Paloschi for Steven Fletcher that would hopefully give Frillypink more firepower upfront. Unfortunately this deal was to fall through at a later date due to incompetence outwith Frillypink's control. Paloschi then scored in a 3-1 defeat away to Liverpool, and Frillypink had yet another 2-0 home reverse, in which they struggled to create chances, to Atletico Madrid in the following game.
A further clear out was necessary and long serving players Esteban and Osman left for St Etienne and Atletico Mineiro respectively. Dupe and Steven Taylor both left for Cagliari. Tom Ince also left for FC Twente in a £8m deal. David De Gea was brought in to be the new number 1 in a free agent auction that cost the club 35m PENce, following the currency change. The squad numbers were now down to a more manageable 18, with money in the bank for reinforcements. Govie changed formation to 4-4-2 with Naismith playing a more natural SS. The job now was to spend the cash on a big name targetman.
Loic Remy was to be that man. A ℗50m+ deal agreed with Real Madrid for the Frenchman who made an instant impact. A debut winner in a 3-2 home victory against Udinese, with Dorrans getting a double. Frillypink then beat Chievo 1-0 with Remy making it two in two games. Frillypink were brought back down to earth in their next game against Palermo. Remy scored an early header from a cross, and then Frillypink found themselves 2-1 down. Remy scored again in the 89th minute but Palermo found a late winner to leave Frillypink frustrated.
Frillypink then won their next two games on the bounce, both by a 2-1 margin. Naismith and McGinn got the goals away to Osasuna, and Remy scored a double in a home win against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Jason Puncheon was auctioned off following a breach of club discipline, and headed to Atletico Mineiro for ℗7.5m. Govie now had a settled squad and money in the bank for wages, but still had some PENce to play with for new signings. Frillypink amazingly found themselves at the top of the Xbox Prem at this point, having played a number of games more than their fellow clubs.
In an astonishing turn of events, Loic Remy was traded to Guangzhou Evergrande, despite scoring 6 goals in his 5 league appearances at the club. Moussa Samou was brought in, with ℗7.5m being sent Guangzhou's way. The fans couldn't believe that a popular figure in Remy was traded so soon after his arrival. Alberto Paloschi was also on his way out the exit door, heading back to his home country of Italy with Sampdoria for ℗15m. Govie brought in another Scotsman who he knows well, Ryan Fraser from Cagliari, for the paltry sum of ℗1.1m.
Govie then spent a whopping ℗20m on Ryan Gauld. Hailed as Mini Messi, he is the great hope for the future of Scottish football. It was a deal that raised eyebrows as Govie is not one for splashing the cash on potential. Time will tell if Gauld will carry on improving, and whether Govie can hang on to him for a considerable amount of time. A lull in the market and wages looming seemed to curb activity in the transfer market and no further business was done by Frillypink until the window shut. Wages were then paid on time, and Govie was anticipating the reopening of the window and upcoming release of the latest round of league fixtures.
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