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Journeyman – 30 – Bayern Munich – Part of the journey is the end

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. “Not every man knows what he shall sing at the end, watching the pier as the ship sails away, or what it will seem like, when he’s held by the sea’s roar, motionless, there at the end, or what […]

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Journeyman – 29 – Bayern Munich – Ain’t no stopping us now

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. I park the G63 outside Säbener Strasse and consider everything I’ve been through so far. Being penniless in Sweden. Relegation, then promotion and domestic cup success in Norway. Unemployment. Stability in the South of France, then UEFA Europa Conference […]

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Journeyman – 28 – Bayern Munich – We are who we are

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. So I understand you’ve heard (and read) the news? I was settled at Lille. I was comfortable. Ready to go again in the UEFA Champions League. Ready to go and retain Lille’s Ligue Un crown. Ready to permanently dethrone […]

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Journeyman – 27 – Lille – This is breaking news!

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. Former Lille manager Adam Lockhart has reportedly turned down the opportunity to manage Juventus and a lucrative contract extension to remain in France; to replace Roberto Mancini as the manager of Bayern Munich. Mancini had been at the helm […]

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Journeyman – 26 – Lille – You’re not the only one

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. I am outside the apartment, with my back leaned up against the side of the car. It’s approaching midnight and I’m exhausted. I take a deep breath in, then slowly exhale my cigarette smoke into the darkened Lille […]

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Journeyman – 25 – Lille – Money can’t buy me love. Or can it?

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. So it’s February 2026. We’ve completed 25 league games so far this season, a bunch of cup games and the group stage of the UEFA Champions League has concluded. I look out from the balcony of my incredible apartment […]

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Journeyman – 24 – Lille – Walking on sunshine

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. With the excitement of the UEFA Europa Conference League win behind us, Charli XCX waved off on a plane back to England and the dust settled on the 24/25 season; it was time to roll our sleeves up and […]

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Journeyman – 23 – Lille – I wanna win. I want that trophy

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. At the end of the last episode, there were 8 Ligue Un games to go, as well as the latter stages of the Europa Conference League. Let’s jump straight to it. It ended very, very well. Unfortunately not the […]

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Journeyman – 22 – Lille – Banging on the door again

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. After episode 21’s novel retrospective, it’s back down to business. It’s the 2024/25 Ligue Un season with Lille, and we are desperately trying to knock PSG off of their almighty perch at the pinnacle of French football. Change takes […]

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Journeyman – 21 – Lille – A pause for thought

This is one episode of a wider series. To instead start at episode one, please click here. Given that we are now in 2025, more than five years into the journey, and things are going relatively well in Lille, I thought I’d pause for a minute and take an episode to look at how far we’ve […]