An unbeaten start to the 2045/46 campaign had Bolton Wanderers surprisingly sitting second in the Premier League, only trailing a strong Liverpool side on goal difference.
Vladimir Latunov's first year of management in his homeland of Russia had started poorly but ended superbly as he led FC Ural Yekaterinburg to the best league finish in its history. But the hard work began now as he looked to strengthen to challenge perennial champions Zenit St Petersburg.
The summer of 2045 saw me become the longest-serving manager in Bolton Wanderers history, surpassing the 25 years and one month of service that saw Charles Foweraker remain at the club from 1 July 1919 to 1 August 1944.
Vladimir Latunov's first season managing in his Motherland hadn't exactly started superbly as a stuttering campaign saw his Ural Yekaterinburg side languishing eighth in the Russian Premier League.
25 years since taking the reins at Macron Stadium, Bolton academy products have played for England, been responsible for the club becoming Champions of Europe 4 times, and winning the club's first-ever and a further 9 Premier League titles.
Bolton Wanderers' hunt for a 10th successive Premier League title - aka La Decima - had begun in near-perfect fashion, drawing just one of their first 18 games heading into 2045.
After 20 years of football management, Vladimir Latunov had successfully collected national titles in Poland, Turkey, Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Belarus and, most recently, Bulgaria. All that meant just one country remained on his Soviet Surge. The Motherland. Russia.
My 25th season in charge of Bolton Wanderers saw us go into the campaign as nine-time Champions of England, Champions of Europe for the third time in five years and on the back of an outrageous quintuple.
Vladimir Latunov's 20th season as a Football Manager had seen him mount a serious title challenge with CSKA-Sofia. His second season in Bulgaria saw his side lead perennial champions Ludogorets by eight points with 12 games remaining - and having beaten their biggest rivals twice.