Club: Hacettepe Spor
Media Prediction: 18th in the Beyaz (White) Group
Why Them?: Of the four Ankara based clubs in the third tier, Hacettepe stand out for an interesting reason. It's not just that they are predicted to come second bottom and thus be relegated, nor is it the measley five figure sum that they have in the bank. I mean those two factors make it challenging enough. The main reason that Hacettepe have been chosen is because their starting squad is basically made up of loan signings from Gençlerbirliği. 18 of them. Hacettepe are effectively a B-Team in all but name.
Granted, their long term partnership with one of Ankara's biggest clubs might look like a good thing on paper, but even short term planning is going to be a nightmare because the chances of getting a player back on loan a second time is kind of up in the air. You might be able to, but maybe not. Not only that, it's not like Gençlerbirliği are kicking out world beaters year after year. Anything decent they have will end up at a big Istanbul club sooner rather than later, so their best youth players are likely to be in and around the first team.
On the flip side, your youth players can use their training facilities and you do have the best youth facilties in the division. However, as part of your agreement with Gençlerbirliği, they get first dibs on anything decent you produce, so as soon as you accept an offer from anyone else, you automatically accept one from them. So, as you play, you are literally in a position where you are likely to be repeatedly strengthening a direct rival just to financially survive.
And if that means they win the league before you do, that's it. Game over. Might sound harsh as it wouldn't be your fault, but that's just how it is. Look, my idea, so my rules. Good luck with that.
The only positive I could think of is that they do have a massive 37,000 capacity stadium, and being based in a massive capital city, there is real potential for growth. It will just be a fair old slog getting there, and the unlikely possibility that another Ankara club could pip you to the title make this potentially the most annoying challenge ever.
Good Luck, Legendary, Twisted Llama!