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
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.