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.
Having just wrapped up a third consecutive Bundesliga title and an 11th career domestic title, Robí Sebastian Jesús di Lathamé was leading England through EURO 2036 when something quite unexpected occurred.
After a ridiculously unfair sacking by Cagliari, my club managerial stock was in danger of being tarnished after being given the heave-ho by my last two clubs.
Last time out, I explained my decision to, with rather a heavy heart, move on from my six seasons with Sporting and explore pastures new by embarking on the start of a Journeyman save.
As I mentioned in the previous post and as you may have been able to tell from the brevity of it, I was getting a little tired of life in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon. We'd had a great time of it, winning six successive titles and becoming the second most successful manager in the history of Portuguese football.
Sporting Lisbon came into 2024/25 on the back of five successive Primeira Liga titles and looking for an unprecedented sixth.
With a fifth successive Primeira Liga title looking pretty in the trophy cabinet at Estadio José Alvalade Século XXI (catchy stadium name) it's time to look back on the campaign that marked half a decade with Sporting Lisbon.
Sporting Lisbon had ended 2023 in wonderful fashion, going 34 matches unbeaten in all competitions and winning their opening 14 league games in their bid for a fifth successive Primeira Liga title.
After wrapping up a fourth consecutive Primeira Liga with Sporting Lisbon a massive summer of change was coming, including selling our oldest player for the third transfer window in a row.