Part 18 - First month in Lithuania

    Landing a new job always is something I love, You will need to learn about your new club, learn to know the players and think of a new tactical approach suiting the qualities you have in the team. In this new JourneyMan Update we look at my first month in charge of FBK Kaunas. The league is coming towards the end of the season and I have been given the assignment by the board to finish the league in a secure mid-table position. Will I succeed? Read on!


I have managed 5 games since I signed for Kaunas and the results have been encouraging. My debut was an important win over Hegelmann. The win gave us a large lead over them, making sure relegation would be off the table for us.


We then played away at Panevezys and recorded a 1-0 loss. Not a fair result if I’m honest. We should have taken the lead in the second half, but we missed a penalty and hit the crossbar from a certain goal position. They scored the only goal of the game in the final ten minutes.


Match number three was a 1-1 draw against Lokomotyvas and we had to thank ourselves for not winning that game. We were the better side and got a 1-0 lead in the 82nd minute. After that we should have kept the lead, but an error after 88 minutes go them the late equalizer. After the game I made my feelings quite clear to the team and they responded very well.


We played against Zalgiris, who are in last place, and we got a good win. Both goals came in the first half. Only point of criticism is the lack of goals. Our first half was excellent, but during the second half we got sloppy and thought the game was in the bag. Even though we kept a clean sheet, we should have performed much better.


The final result of the month was the result I was most proud of. We played Banga, who were in second place at the time of the game. We grabbed two excellent goals and got a well-deserved win in the end. A wonderful result for us and it shows this  team has a lot more potential than it has been showing up till now. For me as a manager this gives me hope for next season, knowing the team has the quality to beat the top teams.




We remain on a steady 10th position on the table and that is what I expected beforehand. We can almost sit back and finish the season in a relaxing way as the gap between us and the relegation zone is 18 points. In the final games of the season I  hope to keep picking up some points, hoping we could close the gap between us and 9th place.





We picked up two new players this summer and both players are Right Wingers. I want to play an offensive 4-3-3 (with a DM) and the squad lacked decent right midfielders. By adding these two guys to the team we have added some quality to the team, making it possible for me to play the tactics and formation I love.







When I joined Kaunas earlier this month, the club did not have any backroom staff members besides the chairman and my assistant manager. One of my first tasks as the new manager was signing some decent staff members. After a month I am happy to announce that we have a full staff at Kaunas, with the most important positions covered. I signed a coach, two scouts and a physio, maxing out the available positions. My next aim is to convince the board to give me an extra coach, so we could improve the quality of our training. At the moment our Aerobic and Fitness Categories are the only ones that are at an acceptable level. Could be I will look for a Tactical Coach, as some of the players have been showing their concern about it.





Whilst cruising through my first month I got a message in my inbox with the suggestion one of my coaches should be sent on a coaching course. Well ok, let me try to convince the board… Surprisingly enough they accepted the coaching course, even paying for it. Thought I would try the same for myself and again the board was very happy to help out. So, at my second club I am able to follow a Coaching course to obtain my first license as a manager! Now let’s hope my alter ego will complete the course…





Looking back at my first month in charge of FBK Kaunas I am a happy manager. We picked up several wins and have created a big gap with the teams that are lower on the table. But there is also a downside and that is the gap with the teams in front of us. We are flying solo this season, probably finishing right in the middle of a large point-gap between 9th and 11th place. The only thing I can do is finish the season and hope for an awesome off-season and push this team into the top 10 next season!



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Wonderful start at your new clubs. Some nice additions to your staff and those signings look really good! Congratulations with winning the relegation battle :) 


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