The Sharks Are Circling
I was sitting at my office, just doing my job - in this instance looking to tie up a crucial transfer deal when I heard a noise from my computer. I checked my email which had one new mail message...
It was sent with 'High Importance' as I could see the red exclamation mark beneath it. I clicked it open and got a big surprise. I'd been getting on with my job fine here at Oriental. I'd never been sacked before and had never been close, but I'd also never been offered another job while at another club.
But now it has happened twice in quick succession. The email I got was from Boavista, one of the famed fallen giants of Portugal. Founded in 1903, this club is graced with a grand history. They are one of only five clubs to have ever won the Primeira Liga, Boavista were Porto's second biggest club, behind the city's current powerhouse FC Porto.
That was until they hit financial trouble, and fell down to the third tier of Portuguese football. After several seasons of narrowly missing out on promotion, Boavista currently sit atop their National Championship group, undefeated.
The other offer I got was from fellow National Championship outfit Fátima. They were another team that were in good form and they were also pushing for promotion like Boavista were.
The email came through from their chairman Sérgio Frias about their intentions and how they wanted to see if I had time for an interview. In all honesty, I've never really liked Fátima, and they don't seem to have a great history about them.
For the Boavista job offer, I attended the interview. They talked to me about what would happen if I were to take the job and what the board's philosophies were. While in discussions, they gave me a little information sheet about their philosophies for the club.
All I can say is they seem to slightly prefer 'ugly' football if I can put it that way, something I'm not for as I'd prefer to play a style that is easier on the eye. The one thing I do like about their philosophies is that they prefer to integrate youth into the team, something I'm all for.
Despite this, I can't say I'm very tempted by their offer. What's the point of jumping down a division when I've got a fantastic project going on here at Oriental? We're a really ambitious team and I think we are in a better place right now.
are never a team that impressed me that much. For one, I don't like their logo - but on a serious note, and for the same reasons as why I don't want to go to Boavista, why drop down a division - and for a club that may not even go up? This time, I didn't even attend the interview.
Going to the interview was a risky move - and I wasn't sure what the board's reaction would be. Would I be fired and be left without a job? Would I be offered a new contract? Here was the reaction.