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.
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.
Robí di Lathamé was enjoying a delicious, undoubtedly extremely expensive glass of Rioja deep in the bowels of the majestic Santiago Bernabeú. And he couldn't help but reflect on how quickly things had changed.
It was safe to say that Robí di Lathamé was enjoying life in Kirkcaldy, despite the relative lack of finances available to him. And it was in such a happy state of mind soaking in the rare rays on Kirkcaldy beach that he received a phone call from chairman Robbie McGinn.
World Champions England had made their way to the European Championships of 2036 in fine style, again winning every game during qualification.
A strong first season with Borussia Dortmund flowed straight into a big summer of football with England in South Korea. But I'd doubled up my international commitments by keeping a close eye on bringing in new talent to bolster the Dortmund squad.
Excitement was high all across England as the 2034 World Cup was upon us. I think we have a massive chance of a first World Cup win since 1966 and firmly believe we have the best team at the tournament.
As a newly club-free manager, I had international honours to fall back on as we England began the qualification process for the 2034 World Cup. We had been drawn in a group alongside Switzerland, Slovakia, Israel and Azerbaijan, which gave us a pretty decent chance of qualifying.
After spells leading the United States of America and Denmark, my international management expertise has clearly done me wonders as my home country of England came calling after Euro 2032.