The summer of 2026 is where we ended things in the Aswijan blog series, as I considered winning three consecutive titles and the Champions League worthy of conquering Aswijan. I’d really enjoyed the journey but we’d achieved everything possible in Aswijan club football, so I considered it time for a new challenge.
The monumental rise of Raith Rovers had culminated in well and truly ending the Old Firm domination of Scottish football. The Fife side had wrapped up successive titles in 2026/27 and 2027/28, as well as winning two of the last three League Cups.
Way back in August 2019, fledgling English football manager Robí di Lathamé took the reigns of Sporting Lisbon. Now, 21 years later at the age of 56, I was preparing for my final match as a football manager.
My return to Italy with Juventus, some time on from a failed time at Cagliari, was a resounding success. We pipped Inter to the Serie A title and won my first Champions League and the club's first in 44 years since 1996.
Raith Rovers' players had etched their names into the history books and the club's folklore by winning its first-ever Scottish Premiership title and becoming the first non-Old Firm champions for 42 years.
The clock ticked over to 2040 as 55-year-old English title specialist Robí di Lathamé was showing no signs of letting up with his Juventus side sitting pretty seven points clear at the top of Serie A
The people of small Scottish town Kirkcaldy had been buzzing for weeks. The town's pubs had done record sales of whiskey and Tennent's on a daily basis and the concept of a hangover had been forgotten, with people drinking through the mornings and the bars never closing.
With the in-game Football Manager 2020 clock ticking past 20 years, a new challenge was afoot as title specialist Robí di Lathamé took one last gamble in a career that's soon to come to a close. With the new Football Manager about to land, I decided to move on from two titles with Feyenoord and joined Italian giants Juventus.
Imagine seven years from now, in real life, Raith Rovers have not only surpassed Rangers as the second-best team in Scotland but are also tantalisingly close to toppling Celtic.