I looked up and saw the sign. I said it out loud and it gave me a surge of excitement. I followed the sign and indicated to go left. The car suddenly felt slow and heavy. I didn’t dare touch the accelerator pedal. It was at that moment that I realised, I was nervous. Suddenly I saw a parking space. I read the sign next to this space as well. It said “reserved for the manager of FC Bayern Munich”. In an instant that nervousness somehow left me completely and a new emotion came into my head and filled my car. Pride. I stepped out the door and glanced at my watch; 9:00 am. Early as usual. I stopped walking and took in my surroundings. I’d been here before but this time I felt completely different. As soon as I saw the Bayern badge, I started walking, walking towards a brand new chapter of my life.
I attempted to open the door only to realise that it said pull, I’d been pushing. A dodgy start to my career, then I remembered no one saw it and it didn’t affect anything. I shook my head as if to get rid of this thought and straight away found my office. This was the only room I hadn’t seen yet, they were keeping it a surprise from me. The Bayern badge printed on the ceiling dominated the whole room. Every single success that Bayern Munich had ever had were printed on the wall. It read out 4 Champions leagues and at that point I looked away. Right now I didn’t want to think about this side’s not too distant past, however I had a feeling this would change. My desk was planted in the far corner of the room. I walked over and sat straight in my seat. Before I looked at what was on my desk, I reached into my pocket and pulled out a packet of Revels. I threw them towards the computer and they landed just behind the keyboard. I looked up and turned on the computer, then I noticed the chair facing opposite of my chair. It made me wonder about my players. I didn’t know if there were to be many of them who sat here or hardly any. This place is completely different to Catalonia, even the way things are run.
Out of curiosity I opened one of the draws in the desk. My picture was staring straight back at me. I pulled out the picture; it was a copy of the sport Bild. I turned to the contents page but I was interrupted by the computer. I turned my attention to that. My desktop came up but I instinctively clicked on the Internet browser. The homepage was the official Bayern Munich website. I had no intention of reading it so I immediately went on to my Emails. I was surprised to have only one. It was from Karl-Heinz Rumminigge. I flicked through what he said but I only paid attention to one thing, it was he that put that magazine into my desk. I closed my Emails and went onto the Bundesliga main site. The fixtures had been announced and I wasn’t even aware. Our first game was a Bavaria derby against FC Nürnberg. I smiled to myself. Then I flicked through the rest but paid them no mind. My eyes wondered from the screen and I ripped open the revels packet. I threw a couple in my mouth and it had a strong taste of Orange. I said to myself that this is going to be a good year and I stood up. I didn’t know where I was going but I just walked and I kept walking.
A minute later I found myself outside and then I realised I had to put on a training session today. It was the players first day back from holiday and we would have to do some fitness. I started to lay down some cones when I heard this ; “ Peppy, how are you mate?” I recognised the voice Immediately, it was Domenech Torrent my Assistant manager, or as I like to call him, Dom. He walked straight over to me and I paid close to attention to his initials on his jacket and then the Bayern badge next to them. I smiled at him and he smiled back. Then we got to work on the beginning of an era.