Season One Episode Eight: The New Job
The club had no logo, so I decided to take matters into my own hand.
Seb Platter was sitting his office, preparing his line-up for the match against the Revolutionary Conquerors, when suddenly his office phone rang. Probably some salesman trying to sell me a cheap TV, he thought. He was irritated as this had happened three times today.
SP: *sighs* Hello, this is Seb Platter, who am I speaking to?
JT: Hello mister Platter, this is Junior Taylor. I’m the chairman of Real Maracas Football Club. You applied for our managerial vacancy a couple of months ago, am I right?
Platter immediately lost his irritation, and was very excited as to why the man had called him. Was to say that he had been invited to a job interview? Or had the job been given to another manager?
SP: Yes that’s correct. I think about three months ago I applied at Real Maracas. Your club actually laughed off my interest and said that the club wouldn’t even consider hiring me.
JT: Yes, about that, I’m very sorry. We thought we could find a much better alternative, but it turned out that nobody wanted to even consider our vacancy. You were actually the only applicant. That’s why I want to invite you to a job interview here at Real Maracas. Well, job interview, it’s more of a formal thing. You’re practically hired already.
SP: I’d love to work in such a good league! Let me break the news to my chairman and I’ll get back to you. Thank you so much for inviting me to a job interview!
The Englishman quickly stormed out his office and went to the office next door; the office of chairman Eugene Sosa.
SP: Eugene, I hate to break it to you, but I’m leaving this club.
ES: What? What’s happened?
SP: I’ve just been called by the chairman of Real Maracas, from Trinidad and Tobago. They want me to attend a job interview.
ES: That’s great news for you, obviously not for us, but managers move on, that’s how it works. I’m very happy with your performance here, you’ve done a good job here.
SP: I’m glad to hear that you’re not upset in any way. I’d like to thank you for the chance you’ve given me to start my managerial career here. I’m grateful. Well, I guess I’m off to the airport then. If all goes well, this is the last time we’ll see each other, so, all the best of luck here!
After saying farewell to his players, Seb Platter stepped on the plane to Trinidad and Tobago, and went to Maracas. Maracas was famous for its beautiful beach, and Platter already felt at home. The town itself wasn’t anything amazing. It only had about one thousand inhabitants. But it was near Trinidad and Tobago’s capital, Port of Spain. It was an ideal place to settle down, and try to bring success to Real Maracas.
Real Maracas are a club playing in the second Trinbagonian division. A division ranked 18th in North America, compared to the Belizean Premier League, in 54th, that’s a huge step forward. This league was much better, and some teams even had 10.000-seaters. They were never even half-full, but still. Another advantage was that this was the second division, so Platter and his new team could also promote. The first tier in Trinidad and Tobago was ranked 9th.
SP: Hello, mister Taylor, I’m Seb Platter.
JT: Hello Seb, please, sit down. So, as I told you on the phone, you’re our only candidate, and you’re basically already hired. You can consider this your first meeting with me as the Real Maracas manager. Here’s your contract offer.
Junior passes Seb his contract. Seb nods in agreement, and signs the contract. He will be earning one hundred Euros per week, and a bonus when the team promotes to the first division. An sign of ambition to include that clause, Seb thought.
JT: Well, that was probably the shortest job interview ever! I want you to have freedom, and alter things as you go, but of course you’ll have to ask me for permission first when talking about bigger projects. If you don’t have any questions, I shall consider this first meeting closed.
SP: I’m very pleased with this opportunity you’re giving me, and I’m very pleased that you’ve chosen me, despite my lack of experience. I have one last question, request if you like, though. I don’t have any kind of manager’s license as of yet. In the summer break, after the three remaining games this season, I’d love to have a crack at getting my National C License.
JT: Yes, I think that’d definitely benefit your ability and stature on the training pitch. We will allow you to take part in this course, on our costs.
SP: I’m very glad you’re giving me this opportunity. I guess we’ll see each other soon again!
And there it was, Seb Platter’s first step in the right direction. He was absolutely delighted with the chance he got to manage this club, which had a much more professional set-up than his old club. He’d think about them regularly, though, as the club that he started his career at.