My reward for finishing as runners up in the Bulgarian second, way above expectation, was a renewal of my contract for one year.

Better than a hole in the head. But not exactly pushing the boat out.

I signed — though, between you and me, without huge enthusiasm

Club vision

Oddly, the board responded to our near-promotion by lowering their medium-term expectation. For the next five years, apparently, a top-half finish will do them. No mention of play-offs, let alone promotion.

Excuse me, I’m going out to buy a pipe and some slippers.

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