Bernd Beyer had a successful first season at Sochaux when he led the club to the Ligue 2 title and automatic promotion into Ligue 1. Now, he was faced with the task of molding the youngsters into a side that could avoid relegation back into Ligue 2. The team was one of the youngest in Ligue 1. Would this inexperience hurt the team during the 2021-22 season? Or will young kids not know any better and punch above their weight?
Sochaux entered the spring half of the 2020-21 season with a commanding nine point lead over Nancy in the Ligue 2 title race. Would Sochaux be able to maintain their lead in the standings? Would they fall apart? Bernd Beyer has already led Viborg from their second tier to the top tier. Can he seal the deal in France?
When we left Bernd Beyer, he had left Viborg and was actively looking toward Austria and England for the next stop in his journey. He did not have a Plan B if either of those jobs fell through. His Plan B, basically, was to watch how the job landscape developed during the summer and apply for jobs that appealed to him. He didn’t have any criteria for the jobs. A second job was important to Beyer especially after Viborg on not great terms. He did not want to be seen as a prima donna who needed everything perfect to be a manager.
Viborg had a successful and restful winter break. The scouts, for the most, got to take the winter since the wage budget was slashed to €20k per week from the €25k per week at the start of the season. The players got to sun themselves someplace warm and away from the harsh Danish winter. They returned to Viborg in February for the start of winter training camp. The club traveled over to Sweden for a friendly against Malmo which ended in a successful 1-1 tie. They returned back to Denmark and beat AB 1-0 before returning to league play in March.
Bernd Beyer has spend a full year at Viborg and it has been a very successful year for him. The club is winning. The board is happy (mostly). The players are enjoying themselves on and off the field. Beyer is laying down the first building block of what will, hopefully, be a successful managerial career. The only negative has been the club finances which have been a drain on everybody. If Viborg does not win promotion to the Superliga this year, then the club will be in deep financial trouble which will put a lot of jobs (including Beyer’s in jeopardy). Beyer has not asked the board to get this UEFA Pro License because the club just does not have the funds to do it. Beyer’s staff has not asked for further coaching licenses as well. Now with that out of the way, let’s get into the meat of the first year.