First Day; Part 2
After knowing that I would be going to work on a tight budget, I knew that I had to watch the team first, and ask my assistant manager who were the best.. and who were the worst. I arrived at the training facilities, and asked my assistant manager, Alejandro Dominguez
, to ask the staff to meet me, to get to know the people I might be working for some future years to come. I noticed how bad the staff was, as I had to remind Dominguez
about 10 times to call the staff meeting, which I had to do at the end. I thought to myself,"I'm sacking this sack of potatoes as soon as I get a replacement.."
The staff were pretty decent, except a few. As I wanted to explain my personal goals for the club, and what were the actual goals put on by the club, I scanned the room, to see that a pair of the fellow staff were listening. I saw one on his iPhone, and another one picking his nose.. I was disappointed, but I asked my assistant manager to ask those two, plus another three to meet me at my office. I headed back to my office, to fire all these five, useless staff members.
They strolled into my office, believing they were the right ball of the Pope.. I told them to sit down in my new, yet old office. My assistant manager, Alejandro Dominguez
was closing the door, anxiously waiting to leave, until I asked him to stay. Dominguez
, the assistant manager, the only one to be nervous, sat down, while the other 5 staff members stood up, confident. All was about to change, as I said,"What you earn here in Racing
, doesn't reflect to your skills or the respect you give to the club or what you represent. It's been the first day, and you haven't showed an ounce of respect to me, or the club." I cleared my throat and said,"Here's your release fees.. Each of you will get £10,000
for your release, and that's what you will ever earn from being on a football club, because I will make sure no-one signs you up, because you all don't show the passion for football." Every person's eyes were fixed on me.. I saw anger, hate, and some of them, sadness, knowing that they will never be at a football club again.. Now, I had to find a new Physio
,Head of Youth Department
, Director of Football
, a Coach
, and an Assistant Manager
They all left my office quickly, except for Dominguez
, who was shell-shocked to be fired... I told him,"Look, you can stay at the club, until the new assistant manager arrives at the club, but by the end of that day.. you know what will happen." Dominguez
, speechless, nodded, agreeing that he was only delaying his eventual departure. I slapped him on the back and told him to get the training ready, and get some of the numbers of the agents, to get the positions filled of the new staff departures, except the assistant manager role.
The training was pretty much myself telling the squad how I wanted to see them play, and what tactic I'd be using most of the season. To start though, we made some fitness drills and I decided to test out who were the best players of the squad, by making them play a match. By the end of the practice, I knew that I had two top goalkeepers in my squad, knowing that I might have to alternate them, or sell one of them. In the defense, we needed a new left-back, as we had none, which forced me to play Iñaki
as a left-back. I jotted down that on my note-pad, and continued to analyze the match. Unless we added any new centre-backs, Juanpe
and Javi Soria
would be our starting centre-backs. Our right-back was pretty solid, his name was Francis
, and he seemed like a leader.. A potential captain? Once again I jotted down the new information.
Racing's squad training
The two man midfield was a very hard thing to choose. We had three players that played in that position comfortably, so we would need to add someone, to have as back-up, at least. Ruben Duran
was definitely going to be one of the two, but either Andreu
and Borja Granero
were going to settle with the bench. One man had my eyes on him, Ander Lafuente
, according to Dominguez
. A 30 year old, who had played most of his career in Cartagena
, and only to be signed up by Ponferradina
, and released, to fall into our arms. Surely, a man to lead us this season. Up front was Miguelez
, a decent striker, but I could see him in the middle, playing as a #8 or a #10.. I jotted down my information, and saw the rest of the training thinking about the £3 million
I'd have to trim down..