This time last year

While John ups the ante with his all-conquering Lazio side, ESTAC Troyes have been quietly improving from last season’s relegation escape. After 9 games last year, we were hovering around the lower reaches of the table, on 7 points. This time around, we’re doing a bit better: we’re 2nd in the league.

A bit of a dodgy start, and then we were up and running.


I’ve also found out that Olympique Lyonnais boss, Marcelino hates me, for some reason. Good job we went out and pumped them 3-0 at their own ground.

After that, we fall 3-1 to league leaders PSG, but as far as it goes, that’s a decent start to our Ligue 1 campaign.

I mean, look how happy the board are. 100% confidence in me. Doesn’t that mean I’m getting the sack in the morning?

As you might expect with the higher league position, the players are performing much better than they were last season. I’m particularly impressed with 23-year old DR Congo international Warren Tchimbembe, who has 7 goals in 10 games.

All that said, I’m very conscious of the fact that John is moving ever closer to the Champions League, and with it, a chance to win the bloody thing!


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