Spartak Mogadishu 2013/14


Two fingers: The Spartak Mogadishu manager

Manager: Abdi (Somalia)

Twitter name: @abdinw1

Since: 2010

Last season: 8th

Trophy cabinet: Canesten Combi Cup winner 2012/13

Sympathies: Arsenal

Darts music: The Trumpet Hornpipe

Outlook (on 24 September 2013): Spartak Mogadishu stunned the whole league in May when they lifted their first piece of the silverware, the Canesten Combi Cup. Not writing anything down and drinking heavily, the manager traditionally approached auctions with the gay abandon of an Al-Shabab shopping spree, and his reputation of firebrand was galvanised when he became the first manager to resign in the middle of an auction at the Emmanuel Olisadebe 2012 Euros. Attending last month’s all-dayer for the first time outside of Ramadan appeared to temper the Somali, and he even hooked some worthwhile players.

At the unveiling of the new squad at the club’s Spyglass Hill training facility, the manager admitted he felt slightly hornswoggled at the purchase of Glenn Murray, who’s been on crutches since May and will continue to be for some time. In Robert van Wolfswinkel, Marco van Ginkel and Johnny Heitinga, the manager has three players to feature in the national side for Holland, a country known throughout history for its maritime tradition. Hernandez, Lallana, Kolarov and Jaaskelainen all started the season in strong form.

Despite this Spartak are not managing to gel and slipping down the table with each passing week. In the Kenna there’s a very fine line between success or failure; between a white, sandy Caribbean island, a crate of rum and Keira Knightly, or five minutes in the upstairs room of a tavern with a toothless crone.

(B) denotes forfeit player awarded under the Titus Bramble ruling.

Jaaskelainen, J WHM £12m
Chiriches, V TOT £2.5m
Kolarov, A MCY £10m
Gabbidon, D CRY £3.5m
Olsson, J WBA £1m
Lallana, A SOT £12m
Cleverley, T MUN £7m
Hernandez, P SWA £15m
Barkley, R EVE £8.5m
van Wolfswinkel, R NOR £13m
Jones, K CAR £0.5m

First transfer window – 5 October 2013

Starting budget: £12.5m, remaining budget: £1.5m, net loss £11m

Out       In      
Pos Player Team Sold Pos Player Team Paid
DEF Bramble, T FAG Free DEF Taylor, A CAR £0.5m
DEF Heitinga, J EVE Free DEF Olsson, J WBA £1.0m
MID Van Ginkel, M CHE Free MID Barkley, R EVE £8.5m
STR Murray, G CRY Free STR Gayle, D CHE £0.5m
STR Kone, A (released on a free) EVE £0.5m

Second transfer window – 7 February 2014

Out       In      
Pos Player Team Sold Pos Player Team Paid
DEF Taylor, A CAR Free DEF Chiriches, V TOT £2.5m
DEF Shotton, R STO Free DEF Gabbidon, D CRY £3.5m
STR Gayle, D CRY £0.5m STR Jones, K CAR £0.5m

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