Manager Beginnings Part 6- The End of the Beginning
As I made my way to the chairman’s office, I was sweating furiously, anticipating what awaited me behind the door. I knew things hadn’t been joined great since I joined, but I thought the players were learning a bit from me, but ever since I heard the news, I couldn’t help predict the worst. Ever since Kevin was taken ill, I have been selfishly worried about my job. What if they wanted to bring in a whole new coaching team? What would I do without this job, a job I had grown to love?
The questions swirled through my head like boats in a deep, never-ending river, as I rasped my bare knuckles on the cold wooden door handle. I was met by the voice of a man I had never heard before, odd considering I knew almost everyone in our club. He told me to come in, so I did, and instead of a single man waiting for me, a whole board had been placed in the office, with most of the faces unknown to me, expect tow. One was the chairman, the other, much to my surprise was the owner of the club. They beckoned for me to have a seat, before the owner started talking.
‘Mr Hunter, the board and I have gathered here to discuss a very important matter. It regards the staffing of this esteemed football club’.
I bowed my head, so the men could not see the teardrops forming in my eyes.
‘We feel the illness of Kevin Muscat, however sad, gives us a chance to look at the running of this club in a different way. We feel that we need a younger, fresher approach to our club, which could invigorate our title chances. That is why, we have decided to request that you, will lead us forward in the coming season and hopefully beyond.’
I looked up and gaped at the board, waiting incredulously for the punch line to this unbelievable joke. Once it was clear all eyes were on me, I spoke hesitantly.
‘Thank you for this stunning offer, I would be more than glad to accept it, but I’m only 25, and I have never had a managerial job before, are you sure about this?’
‘Age is on your side, and your lack of previous experience is, believe it or not, one of the primary reasons for your potential appointment. We would like you to be our manager, the question is are you?’.
I took a deep breath in, weighing up all the consequences in my mind, and I instantly knew what my decision was going to be, so calmly I uttered the most important words I have ever said in my life.
‘Yes, I most definitely would.’