Larry Fredericks first twelve months in management had seen him coach a team of overachieving hard working players to an unlikely promotion. What he had now was a country mile away from what he left back in Tychy. Motherwell were the favourites (1/5) to gain promotion and win the league (9/2). On paper, his new … Continue reading Motherwell – Cleaning house and Starting afresh…
Five games were all that stood between Larry and promotion in his first year as manager of GKS Tychy. They were currently on the back of a five-match unbeaten run which included four victories. When Sosnowiec came into town with nothing to play for, Fredericks knew this was a big opportunity to put pressure on the … Continue reading Larry Fredericks, As one door closes….
Four games before the big freeze and with 12 points on offer GKS Tychy wanted to remain in their lofty position. The final of these four fixtures will be against title-chasing Gornik Leczna, a real six-pointer. In the first of the four games Tychy welcomed Wigry into town. With target man Zapolnik struggling to run … Continue reading GKS – Where a Butcher can make all the difference.
It’s late and as Larry Fredericks considers finishing the remnants of his whiskey bottle there is a knock at his office door. As far as he knew the players had left hours ago so when Sebastien Dudek stuck his head around the corner Larry was more than a little surprised. Dudek was Fredericks first signing, … Continue reading GKS Tychy – The most unattractive of football teams.
Eleven games before the big freeze sets in and then Polish football shuts down for three months. Late one night at the training ground Larry Fredericks decided to mix things up a little, he wrote every one of the post Christmas fixtures out on a wall of the player's canteen. Each game blazoned in huge … Continue reading GKS Tychy – Where there isn’t a Polish word for Consistency. . .
The polish season is a long drawn out one that includes a near 4-month winter break. Although Fredericks side are tipped to finish lower half of the table he had larger aspirations that included a tilt at promotion, even though it seemed very unlikely. After winning their opening competitive game the team looked a little … Continue reading GKS Tychy – A bit West Bromy
Season 1 Update 2 - The man behind the desk… For the first time in Larry Fredericks career he was now the man sat behind the desk. In the opening month of his new role he had spent more time sat in this seat than he had laid in his own bed, and yet, he … Continue reading The man behind the desk…
Tychy is a complicated place to live. The Football club was originally formed back in 1971 by a powerful Communist party who took it upon themselves to amalgamate 3 local teams into one side. Along with the football club, they tried to create a sporting empire with the creation of a fairly successful Ice Hockey … Continue reading Poland – Learning on the job!
After 4 fantastic seasons in Denmark, this journey came to an end with a slight distaste in the mouth. I have taken an amateur club that played in front of 25 people (and a dog), made them a steady mid-table Superliga side and built a competitive squad with good young players. They now instead of … Continue reading Fredensborg – Where it’s game over!
It's been a fabulous first season in the Superliga but the last 10 games were drawn out into a disappointing end. A very quick recap of the remaining 3 months in Denmark. On the results front my school report would say 'Tries very hard but more needed to reach the next step in his education'. … Continue reading Fredensborg – Season 4 drips to an end!