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How Evert Lindholm Got To The Top

Started on 11 January 2014 by Toon
Latest Reply on 11 January 2014 by Toon
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How Evert Lindholm Got To The Top

by Toon

Evert Lindholm

Chapter 1 - The Scout

Evert Lindhom walked through the icy cold halls of Vålerenga Fotball's training building, a notepad grasped firm in his hand. He held a shortlist of players that his club might see interest in, and he was brining it to the club's manager, Kjetil Rekdal, who had signed him on as a scout almost a year ago, at the start of last season. The season had now finished, and the transfer window was about to open.

Evert was young, talented and enthusiastic. He had always loved football, and, despite the fact he hailed from Sweden, he had spent his adult life playing the Norweigan game. Despite his passion for football, he had never made it out of the Semi-Pro leagues in Norway, but he had impressed on a different level- as a coach, and as a scout.

Nobody, to Evert's knowledge, was a better scout than him. He could watch a football player for ten minutes and he would be able to know if they had it or not. That's how he was already working for what was most definately the largest club, in terms of fanbase, in Norway at the tender age of 35.

He had been in constant contact with Rekdal, his boss, since he arrived at Vålerenga. It seemed like Rekdal saw something in Evert. Rekdal always listened to Evert's opinion, and always seemed refreshed and enthused by it. Evert remembered that he had reccommended a slightly unorthodox formation on the evening before a big match, the next day, Rekdal used the formation and Vålerenga won the game.

Evert cleared his throat and rapped on Rekdal's office door. "Mr. Rekdal?" He called. "It is Evert Lindholm, may I come in?" He knew he did not need to be so formal, but he felt it necissary.

"Yes, yes," a call came from the other side of the door. Evert entered and approached Rekdal's desk, at which his boss was sat, clicking away at some e-mails on his computer. "Please, sit," Rekdal gestured to a seat on the alternate side of the desk to himself. "Also, I told you, call me Kjetil, there is no need for formalities here. This is a football club, not a school," he nodded with a smirk.

"I know," Evert smiled, before handing over the shortlist. "I think the position that needs adressing most is the front of the field. I mean, we have other weak areas, but without a goalscorer we are going to struggle. There are two or three free players there that I spoke with who I think we could get with ease-"

Rekdal put the shortlist down without even listening. "Listen," he interrupted Evert. "I am not... well." He sighed.

"Do you want me to get you some water?" Evert asked, raising an eyebrow perturbedly.

"No, no," Rekdal shook his head descicively before putting his hands together and leaning forward. "I don't mean right now. I am sick, and, I am going to need some time off."

Evert's face dropped. "What is wrong, sir?"

"Just an illness, nothing to be worried about my friend, but, nevertheless, I will have to have some time to myself for a few months. I have spoken with the board and they say that I can take a break," he nodded slowly. "In the summer, I will return to manage the club, but in the meantime, I need a replacement."

"Alright, good idea," Evert slowly and slightly reluctantly forced out a nod of agreement. "Have you asked Michael Schjønberg?"

"No, and I am not going to, because, well..." Rekdal cracked a devious smile. "I'd like to give you a shot."

"What?" Evert looked just as shocked as he had the day he was given a job at Vålerenga. "You're saying... me... as caretaker?"

"Who else?"

Evert grinned. "I won't let you down, sir."

"You better not."
Great start and good luck
2014-01-11 00:48#153813 BayernAmerica : Great start and good luck
Cheers man.
Nice start :) Good Luck
nice start
I like the start and good luck :)
Great start.

As a Dane living in Norway, I will definitely read this
Awesome start, good luck!
2014-01-11 01:04#153816 ARSENAL_ruleZ : nice start
2014-01-11 01:01#153815 P-KIDDY : Nice start :) Good Luck
2014-01-11 10:18#153837 Northwood : Great start.

As a Dane living in Norway, I will definitely read this
2014-01-11 10:05#153836 captainbrickarms : I like the start and good luck :)
2014-01-11 10:23#153838 TK69 : Awesome start, good luck!
Thanks lads!
Good luck! Never seen a story that started as a scout before, so this has potential!
2014-01-11 12:09#153844 zAhHH : Good luck! Never seen a story that started as a scout before, so this has potential!
Yeah, I was trying to be original. Most people (including me) normally pick an ex-footballer as manager, but, when they choose a made up person it always feels unrealistic. I mean would a random 35 year old ex-semi-pro player suddenly get a job at a top division club in Norway? No, but if he was the club's scout he might have a shot. :)
Great start mate! Loved the way you wrote that out, keep it up!
2014-01-11 12:38#153849 AaronHJFT96 : Great start mate! Loved the way you wrote that out, keep it up!
Will do, Aaron, thanks mate

Nice write up. Also that was really cool how you made it into a newspaper.

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