LLM.com Weekly Update: Week Ending 26/8/12

Fenomen was back in the Czech Republic for Season 2020/21, and his Bohemians Prague side was on the up. Having achieved 2nd last term, the board and media were both keen for another impressive top-half finish. Unfortunately, a bad run of injuries put paid to any idea of another top two finish, and instead Bohemka were fighting just to get back to Europe. On the last day of the season they needed a win, but a last minute equaliser for Hradec Kralove meant fifth and no Europe. There was still this season’s Europa League though, and Fenomen drove his side to an impressive top-of-group finish, beating out the likes of Olympique Marseille, Lokomotiv Moscow, and PSV. A first knockout round exit followed at the hands of AS Saint-Etienne, but the money and experience should put his squad in good stead going forward. http://lowerleaguemanager.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=483&page=3

Meanwhile Bigargon made his lowerleaguemanager.com debut, and what a debut it was. His first three seasons in Spain saw stints at Sporting Mahones, Real Sporting B, and Terrassa. Real Sporting was a fine position (if you can excuse the occasional dump truck or black limo from the parent club) but probably the less said about the other two the better! Fortunately for Mateo Mantaca the Italian leagues have a position with Serie C2 side L’Aquilla Calcio, and he manages to very nearly get promoted. http://lowerleaguemanager.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=543

Forum favourite Rodderas has made a welcome return recently too, with his Championship side Sheffield Wednesday taking part in a very successful 2028/2029 season. A fairly woeful result in the League Cup against ACCRINGTON STANLEY was contrasted against a decent FA Cup run, which ended with a 4th round defeat to Arsenal. In the league, his side took a while to get going but eventually managed to make the playoff spots, securing sixth place by four points from Leeds United. The playoff semi against Bolton was a very entertaining affair, and Wednesday pushed through 5-2 over the two legs. This set up a playoff final against Rodderas’ old club QPR, and he evidently had the wood over his old employers as he smashed them 3-0 to win promotion to the Premiership. http://lowerleaguemanager.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=171&page=8

The self-proclaimed ‘Dempo Destroyer’, Keefa, has headed to India in 2028/29 to take charge of Dempo Sports Club. As is usual in the I-League, the club was way over its wage budget and was attempting to build a bigger stadium despite having no money in the coffers. Keef did however seem to be able to find a few street urchins to play for him, because Dempo had a pretty successful season. Reaching the semis of both the Durand Cup and the Federation Cup, his side surpassed all expectations to top the league at the end of the season. Not before Keef prematurely became depressed though – as on the last day of the season his side lost and had seemed to throw away the title… that is before rivals Salgaocar lost by a worse margin and gave the title back to Keef’s losers! http://lowerleaguemanager.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=504&page=4

Also returning for another round of punishment was f1dave, whose Guizhou Zhicheng side were entering their second season in the Chinese Super League in 2021. There was a Fat Brazilian striker, a North Korean midfielder who lost his shit and demanded to leave (nuclear warfare was threatened), and generally just a season of drama and upheaval that saw Dave nearly quit and/or get fired. But when the dust finally settled Zhicheng stayed up, finishing comfortably clear of the drop zone in 12th. It wasn’t easy though and you’d imagine further upheaval is just around the corner… http://lowerleaguemanager.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=513&page=3

Finally, new member mvp shared his English adventure with us. Starting with Worcester City, he saw immediate success with promotion to the Blue Square Premier – but from here things began to stagnate somewhat. The next four years were spent in the mid-to-lower reaches of the BSP, and finally after applying for a job with professional Luton he was told to resign by his board (boo!). The opportunity came along however to pick up League Two strugglers Notts County and stabilise their position in the Football League. This was then built on in 2016/2017 as our Danish friend earned County their promotion back to League One. http://lowerleaguemanager.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=568