Just Who Are FC Sodåstreäm?

When the betting odds are released on who will be the next manager of a football club, it’s often the usual suspects. However, a few eyebrows were raised when Omulo Bennum became the joint favourite with BetVictor to take over at National League side Notts County.

Bennum has enjoyed great success as a manager despite only being 19 years old. There’s only one problem, he’s a great player of the Football Manager game.

Bookmakers had been convinced that he had been a successful manager in the Swedish fourth division with FC Sodåstreäm. Not a bad achievement considering he’s actually a teenage student.
His ‘success’ has been achieved with ‘Crawley Town.’ He’s taken them from League Two to the Premier League. It’s taken him eight seasons to do that and along the way there have been three play-off final defeats. Ironically, the real Crawley Town are currently looking for a new manager but he’s not on that list.

How on earth did he end up as the joint favourite to become the new Notts County boss and try to get them back into the English Football League? It’s all down to his friends who decided to ask BetVictor for the odds on him getting the job. They told the bookmakers all about how well Bennum was doing in the Swedish fourth division with the made-up FC Sodåstreäm.

Notts County are without a manager after Ian Burchnall left the club to take over at League One Forest Green Rovers. The club finished fifth in the National League last season but lost out in the play-offs.

Burchnall had previously managed in Norway and Sweden, so perhaps County fancied raiding the Scandinavian countries again for their new boss.

It was Will Bewsey who came up with the name of FC Sodåstreäm. Even he was surprised when his request for some odds on Bennun getting the Notts County job ended up with his friend being quoted at 16/1 to take over.

More surprises followed as the odds on Bennum being named manager began to shorten dramatically. He was soon the 2/1 joint favourite with former-under-23 boss at Coventry City, Luke Tisdale. Amazingly, he was ahead of contenders such as Neil Warnock, Michael Carrick and Kenny Jackett.

“I still can’t believe they thought I was a real manager,” said Bennum. He was shocked when the odds on him being the next Notts County plummeted. “It was honestly mad,” he added.

Social media has of course been awash with what happened. Notts County fans were scratching their heads trying to work out just who this guy was as well as who exactly are FC Sodåstreäm? Odds on them winning promotion to the Swedish Third Division can’t be found either.

He’s now no longer included in the betting market but that’s not the end of the story for him. “In the future, I’m going to start a Notts County save on Football Manager,” said Bennum.

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