'Inverness are just getting worse every day. I mean, what is this new appointment? I can't see us staying up this year, the man is completely unknown and has only managed youth sides, not even having an impressive success at this level...'
I can't listen to any more of this. Why is Ian so negative? Yes, our new manager isn't a big name but what was he expecting, we are Inverness after all. And the board have their reasons for this choice. Us, as fans, we should support him rather than predict our own-relegation. We haven't even played a game, he could be a much better tactician than Terry Butcher. In fact his first press conference hasn't even taken place, we don't know his ambitions for the club or anything about his working policy. Criticism is definitively not the right way to welcome him.
'Raphaël you didn't say anything. What do you think about this appointment?'
'You want to know Ian? Actually I'm pretty sure our board just made their best decision ever and that he will be the man to bring success to Inverness. We all want a good season for the club we love, yeah? So we should all wish the best of luck to Alex Sonwild.'
good start mate; interesting choice with Inverness too; good luck
Good start, and good luck man.
Thanks for the early support guys
'I reckon Billy will stay, claimed David. I read Sonwild's declarations to the Scotsman and he is really keen on keeping him.' 'Yep but if any Premier League clubs put money on the table, I'm afraid it won't really be Sonwild's choice'. David stared at me. 'Come on Raph, where did you leave your constant positivity about Inverness? Usually you would say something like: “sure, why would he want to leave Inverness, we're one of the best team in the Highlands”.'
I smiled but I didn't reply. David is a good mate, we have known each other since I arrived in Inverness twenty-five years ago. At the time I had never played football and on my first day in my new school, he invited me to join his team in a school ground game. Inverness Thistle he called our team. And our opponents were the Caledonian FC. If I remember this day so well it is because Thistle and Caledonian opposition will be very important for my childhood. From this day David took good care that I became a loyal Inverness Thistle FC supporter, even though Caledonian were the city's most successful club. But five years later drama fell upon the city as the two clubs merged, on the day I turned 13. The respective boards took this decision to ease a Scottish League admission but it shocked both club's supporters, especially die-hard fans such as David was.
He finally accepted it and I decided to follow him in becoming a fan of the city's new club: Inverness Caledonian Thistle. By the time this fusion happened I had already become a real football fan: supporting Manchester City (it began as a joke to annoy David who preferred United but now I'm still 100% behind them) and admiring Diego Maradona's Argentine, and Marseille, who respectively lifted the most recent World Cup and Champions League trophies. But Inverness Thistle FC was a real life changer. Promotion to the third then the second tier and finally the Premier League was incredible. This last promotion arrived on the season we were “celebrating” our decade of existence, and it will also be remembered for our Challenge Cup win.
Unfortunately SPL participation meant that ticket prises would rise, so since this season I'm not going as often to games. However, me and David have found the solution to continue following our team surrounded by plenty of other fans: The Old Inn. A small but cosy place which broadcasts every game. For the past ten years I have been going there to discuss about Inverness, as well as any football trends or even rugby, tennis (thanks to Andy's recent success) and golf.
So right now I'm driving back home after another evening spent at The Inn where the main topic of our debate was Billy Mckay, probably our best element – 27 goals last season just tells you how good he is -, who has been targeted by the likes of Fulham, Wigan and Reading. The last one's manager, Nigel Adkins, even declared to Sky Sport that: “he was sure that they will work something out”. Sonwild replied that it was his decision and that “Billy Mckay will remain an Inverness CT player”. I believe him. But 1.5M€, the amount reportedly offered by Reading, is massive for us. It would even be a record sell, and if the board decides that they want the money, it won't be Sonwild's choice any more.
I stopped the car at the corner of the street where David lives. 'Thanks Raph, he said as he got out of the car. I promise I will get a driver's license this year so you won't have to travel me everywhere.' 'Yes Dave, I remember you saying that ten years ago, see you tomorrow' 'Yeah but I have a good feeling about it now. As well as for Inverness, we will keep Billy and qualify for Europe. Good night, and come on Inverness Caledonian THISTLE.'
I smiled, and I replied: 'Come on Inverness'.
You mean you didnt stop the car to find some hookers lol.
Nice update it is a good read.