One Step Closer
I came back from the break that afternoon, got my best suit on and drove to Lisbon after caling my current employers about the interview. It was a credit to my boss at Setubal as he encouraged me to go and take the job and not feel any regret about leaving my hometown club.
I arrived at the Campo Engheneiro Carlos Salema, vaguely familiar with it due to the pictures I'd seen on the internet prior to arriving. In all honesty, the stadium was of low quality, but that was all part of the journey.
The chairman, Jose Nabais, had instructed me to meet him inside the stadiums, and we could have a friendly chat and interview, and also allow me to get a real sense of what it was like to be part of the club.
Slowly, I walked in to one of the stands, right next to the maroon sign which read Clube Oriental de Lisboa. I scanned the area when my eyes arrived upon a man smartly dressed in a white shirt, beige pants holding a cap and wearing expensive sunglasses.
"Vitor, welcome, my friend," he welcomed me, shaking my hand. "Come sit, we will watch the training session and discuss."
I sat down on one of the terraces and we got talking football. Jose was a kind man, very warm and welcoming and proud of his club.
he started. "The expectation is to win the league. I believe we have a great squad and the bookies hold us favourites to win. I hate to spring it on you like this but it really is the minimum expectation."
Normally I wouldn't nervous, but winning the league sounded intimidating. But, in order to prove my worth to my hopefully-new boss. "Yes,"
I said, "I can do that."
A big grin spread across his face, "Brilliant! I think it'd be safe to say you're the man to take us forward, welcome to Oriental!"
He shook my hand and we walked up to the office for the first time. He explained the details of the contract - one year, not a huge wage, but all his best wishes and good luck.
We said our good byes and I headed to my home in Setubal, ready to pack my stuff and come straight back to Lisbon. I'd need to find a place to stay, but I don't think it'd be too hard. To be honest, all I could think about was my new job - and how far we'd go.