Robinho Lazaró had made a brilliant start to life in Peru. His Alianza Lima side wrapped up the Torneo Apertura in blistering style by battering the league favourites in the Final and had progressed to the knockout stages of Copa Sudamericana.
The Southampton board rewarded Alan Shearer for his 8th-place finish and Carabao Cup win with a whopping transfer budget that was effectively around £300 million.
Fresh from wrapping up the national title in his home nation, after two league wins and a cup success with América de Cali, there was no time for sentimentality as Robinho Lazaró was once again on the move.
Robinho Lazaró moved to a total of five leagues and one cup success in his near-nine years of management. However, the Apertura doesn't, in Lazaró's mind anyway, count as being the national champion.
You may have heard the news that Southampton were recently the subject of a "tycoon takeover" from Serbian media mogul Dragan Solak. Having just completed our Spending Saudi Gold Football Manager Experiment following Newcastle's tycoon takeover, this presented the perfect opportunity to run another one.
Robinho Lazaró was allowed the luxury of about a week for his head to recover from the baffling concept that is the Colombian Liga BetPlay Dimayor. His América de Cali side played 74 matches in the 2029 season, and looked set to play just as many in the coming campaign if they wanted any chance of success!
A seemingly neverending season, in which América had already played 38 games at the halfway mark, now saw them tackle the Finalización stage of the campaign.
Football Manager is an absolute treasure trove of data and imagery that, on the face of it, is a bit of an assault on the senses. But if you're anything like me, then the standard layout of the game can become bland and the blank faces or fake badges and kits are a bit annoying.
Seven years ago, Roberto Nascimento da Silva Lazaró packed his bags and departed his homeland of Colombia to fulfil his dream of becoming a real-life Football Manager. But he was now heading back home having achieved that dream.