San'chez was one of the five original teams to compete in the pep and one of the only three to appear in all the tournaments to date which is pretty impressive for a team that started out as the underdog.
2004 was an interesting year, not only did the P.E.P competition make it's debut but it was also the year that the Australian National Soccer League was disbanded and the Hyundi A-League was founded in its place (Although the inaugural season wasn't staged until 2005-06). In an attempt to help the newly formed league gain its feet and get some support from the media the founders of the P.E.P offered a management position to anyone brave enough to accept it from the Australian leagues.
Up until this point few people had ever heard of Tygra Synclair who had been gaining quiet critical appeal as the assistant manager of Perth Glory FC from 1999-2004 serving under the reigns of Bernd Stange and Mich d'Avray and gaining much experience from their alternative approaches to football before being given the post as manager to the newly formed Melbourne Victory.
Inviting an unknown into the tournament infuriated many critics and San'chez subsequent performance did little to quell their wrath. Perhaps the pressure of suddenly being thrust from near obscurity and into the spot light was just too much. The most vocal of all these critics was none other than Revilo Selim Llessur who of of course would later compete in the P.E.P and thus the now legendary rivalry as born.
Considering the team was already knee deep in controversy you would have assumed Mr Synclair would have tried to keep his head down, play it safe and not make any bold additions to his starting eleven but this was not the case, instead he chose to sign up celebrity of the moment Koi San'chez and name in his honour.
For the uninitiated Koi San'chez was one star of FDW, a backyard wrestling federation that had a short burst of fame when their antics made them an instant internet sensation in the third quarter of 2003. Of all the stars Koi San'chez was the only one to gain any real exposure from his fame, mainly due to his ability to entertain an audience. In 2004 he was invited to appear in a televised charity shield football event where it was discovered he actually had some considerable talent on the pitch and was even compared to international superstar Francesco Totti (who would one day play for San'chez in his place) and was affectionately referred to as Totti Lite.
Tygra Synclair's career at San'chez has it's share of highs and lows, the lows mainly being his performances on the big stage. The results of the official tournament games are sadly not indicitative of the talents of this young manager. Some may even remember the period of the 'Totti Curse' where the squad would lose any game where Totti would score the first goal of the match. San'chez has however faired much better in friendlies. One highlight in particular is when to the delight of many fans they were able to remain unbeaten by Evangelion for a surprisingly large number of Matches.
With four tournaments behind him we wonder if Tygra Synclair has learnt from his past experiences, Can he rise to the challenge?, does he have what it takes to bring home the trophy?, could PEP V be San'chez's time to shine? They say every (under)dog has their way, well for this young pup his time is way overdue.