Welcome To The World Of Management, Mr Heskey
This was it, the big time. I don't think I've ever been this nervous in my playing days, except maybe that League Cup final.
The source of Heskey's nerves were just around the corner. Assembled at Brisbane Road were a group of around 20 journalists; indeed there had never been so much hype regarding a League 1 managerial appointment. Francesco Becchetti, calm and smiling as always, ushered Heskey into the conference room where he was greeted with multiple flashing cameras. Show time.
"Emile! BBC Radio 1 here, welcome to London!"
"Haha thankyou, it's a big change from my usual hunting ground of Leicester but it's a nice change."
"You join Leyton Orient as your first club of course, what persuaded you to choose a smaller club when there were reportedly some Championship and even Premier League clubs sniffing around?"
"As you mentioned, this is my first time in the management game so I didn't really want a high pressure gig in such a competitive league first up. Leyton is a wonderful club with a great set-up, and it'll be extremely beneficial for both myself and the club in our developments."
"Do you feel like the chairman has the right vision for the club, and shares your ambitions?"
"Of course, Francesco and I have some great plans for this club and we'll be working together night and day to see them through. It's a privilege to work with Mr Becchetti."
"It's certainly a good time to be at Leyton now, with one of the best Orient teams in recent memory. Do you feel up to the task, knowing that failure could see you getting axed."
"Well ignoring the melodrama, yeah, I do think I can do it. We have such a talented team with the likes of Jobi and Dean so anything less than promotion isn't good enough."
"Confident words there Emile, will this mean that the league becomes your main focus?"
"It definitely is my main focus, I've always put the league ahead of the cups. Winning the Cup won't get you promoted and that's the goal here, so for me the various cups will just be a chance to give some of the squad players some games."
"Could you give us an insight into the kind of manager you are?"
"I really wish I could Steven, but unfortunately I don't even know yet. Stepping into my first role comes with a bit of uncertainty, but Ferguson and Mourinho had to start somewhere right? The next few years should answer your question."
"Finally, is there any part of the squad you think needs improving?"
"I think I'll be prepared to discuss transfer policy at a later date."
"Thankyou everyone, the interview is now concluded."
Heskey walked back to the front office of Leyton Orient's facilities. Waiting was Francesco Becchetti.
"You did well Emile, I'm proud."
"Why thankyou Francesco."
"But just remember," Becchetti lowered his voice to a whisper, "the media are sharks. Trust no one."
"Erm, sure thing."
"Good man!" said the Italian, slapping Heskey on his shoulder. "Now, I'd imagine you have work to do!"
"Yeah, I need to go see my new right hand man."
"Well then, don't let me stop you!"