The Kings of Prussia
“A sure for relegation”
“The whipping boys”
The papers didn’t make good reading, less than 10 days after winning the 2 Bundesliga and we were expected to go back down. Bother,
I should probably explain myself here. 5 years ago, I was named manager of SC Preußen Münster, in Germany.
First season we finished fourth, on the final day, after losing to Cottbus, who finished third. I cried.
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Second season, we finished third, and beat Heidenhiem in the playoff.
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Third season, we finished fifteenth, and stayed up by the skin of our teeth.
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Fourth season, we finished ninth, proving enough people wrong.
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Fifth and last season, we finished first, winning the title on the final day. I’m not ashamed to admit I cried tears of joy.
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As for me, well, former England international and Premier League player, I spent my entire career with my beloved hometown club, Ipswich Town.
Back to Münster though, with facilities akin to a P.O.W camp and a squad looking closer to a pub team than a Bundesliga team, we were off for our first season in the top flight since it began. A total gap of 56 years.
I only really had two stars to speak of in my team. One was Jorge Pereyra Díaz, an Argentine who arrived via four years in Malaysia, and the other Massimo Bruno, a Belgian outcast from RedBull Leipzig. My problem? Both wanted to leave.
Oh, and did I mention we have less money than Greece? Yeah, that’s an issue.