Carra's Journal: Decisions
7 July 2012
I did it! I signed the contract. As of today, I am the official manager of Liverpool Football Club.
It feels weird being addressed and described as such, because for years and years, it has been vice-captain, not manager. But what's past is past and it is time to focus on the present. It was unfortunate to have to give up my ambition to be a pundit but managing the football team I consider to be the best in the world, will offer more challenge and excitement than talking footy in an air-conditioned studio.
I drove to Melwood and John looked very pleased at my final decision. A contract was presented, and it was rather decent.
It was a one-year contract, and I can't argue with that. John was taking a big risk on hiring me, and if I messed up he wouldn't have to go to the trouble of giving me the sack.
But I feel confident. I'm going to take Liverpool to the top, and by the end of the season John will be begging me to sign a contract extension. Yes, that's the plan.
John has informed me about a few signings he's made for the club this summer, along with Rodolfo, and they all seem like quality players, so I don't think I'll have any problem with them. To be honest, the entire squad looks really good and with John & Rodolfo's recruitment drive, it's only going to become stronger. I've been given a £15 million transfer budget in case I wanted any signings of my own, but I think we can leave that aside until January.
I'm probably going to have to sell some players though. I haven't ever said it but I think Brendan's made the squad too big. As a person who came through our youth academy, I will of course be placing a lot of emphasis on youth and I want to give the younger players a chance. Moving on some of the older and bench-warming players will give our youths more opportunities to impress in the first team.
Tactically-wise, I've always enjoyed the passing football Brendan has implemented on the boys and I'll continue working on these tactics. Last season, Brendan and Colin taught me a lot of tactical stuff and what I've learnt is going to be vital for the season.
This is going to be one hell of a ride, but I'm ready for it.