Larry shut his laptop down. That must have been the 16th time he had watched the run in from the previous campaign, it still haunted him. He had spent the summer looking long and hard at himself as well as the job at hand. Larry and Terry Butcher had talked often and in great detail … Continue reading Season 5.1 – One last shot!
It had been six months since Larry had walked through the doors at Villa Park. In that time he had completely restructured the club, completed an overhaul of the coaching staff, secured a new foreign affiliate club and reduced the squad size to raise £24 million in cash, in doing that they also saved over … Continue reading Season 4 – Villa ran by a Villain
It was late, and the ground was in almost complete darkness. The only light radiated from the sun lamps repairing the pitch in the far goalmouth. Alone on the back row of the Holt End, Villa Park, sat Larry Fredericks. He thought of all the great players that had come through these doors. The games … Continue reading Resurrecting A Villain.
Back to back promotions across two countries in his first twenty-four months of management, that is quite the achievement. Larry would be first to admit that It wasn’t all his own work that had got him where he was. His friend Terry Butcher had helped guide him through his early years, first as a player-manager … Continue reading Motherwell – A club on the up!
The Betfred cup wasn't by any means the largest of the cup competitions in Scotland, however, facing up against Premier League opposition was a great opportunity to lay down a marker. Hibernian are a middling top flight side but by far Motherwells toughest opponents to date. Fredericks needed a performance to show the Motherwell fans what … Continue reading Larry Fredericks – Two Seasons In…
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. . .