Nemzeti Bajnokság II
After the nightmare that was my Municipal Liberia career, I wanted to bounce straight back into another job. There were several interesting positions that were available but they were mostly far above my level. Mosonmagyarovari were the only club that initially made me a contract offer, and even agreed to a delay while I held out hoping for a better job offer. No better offer materialized, so I’m off to northwestern Hungary.
Mosonmagyarovari TE 1904 currently play in the Nemzeti Bajnoksag II, the second tier of professional Hungarian football. Founded in 1904 (clearly), there’s even less information floating around than Liberia had. I’m not quite sure if or when they’ve been in the first tier. I do know, however, that the town the club is based in has the highest ratio of dentists to citizens of any town in the world. Who needs league trophies when you have that?
Wittmann Antal Park
Depending on what source you consult, our home ground at Wittmann Antal Park has between 3,375 (FM18), to 4,000 (Hungarian football website). I kinda dig the swooping curved look over the covered stands and being tucked in the woods.
The difference between here and Liberia is like night and day. The majority of the squad are in their early twenties as opposed to mid thirties, and I’m not even forced into one formation due to the player’s limitations! Roland Bohner is our vice captain and key player, and boy does he look good. Peter Karacs is the teams leading goalscorer prior to my arrival and I certainly hope he can continue knocking in some goals. Mate Molnar has been the best player during the first part of the season and I expect him to keep it up, seeing as his backup is 39.
Nemzeti Bajnokság II + Magyar Kupa
July – November 2017
The team’s had a mixed bag of a season so far. They started off rather rough but had managed a five match unbeaten run from mid-September to the end of October. It was at that point the previous manager inexplicably left to manage Bekescaba 1912 Elore, six places below us in 18th. Now managerless, the unbeaten run gave way to back to back losses before they hired an ambitious young American. I signed my contract on the 24th of November and took charge of the team the next day against BFC Slofok, guiding the team to a 1-0 win. Four days later we beat lower league opposition 2-0 in the Magyar Kupa. We’ll have a long gap now, with winter break starting following the cup match and lasting all the way until the next round of the cup on the 9th of February. That should give me a chance to get settled in and familiar with the new club, not to mention some excellent dental care.
I’m liking this club a lot more than Libera already. Sometimes you just can’t get settled at a club, and that’s what was happening with Libera regardless of the bad results. I’ve got a couple different tactics training and I feel optimistic for the future here, in the short term at least. I’ve agreed to aim for mid-table with the board, which shouldn’t be hard since we’re already there. Hopefully next time I can finally just do a normal post without getting hired or fired.