Act Two, Scene One
On the very first day Romeo Montague walked through the door at Hellas Verona, he was confronted by a player strike. The training field was empty, save for a flustered coach, who told Romeo that the players had gone to a local pub. He rang up his cousin Benvolio, telling him to check the nearest watering holes, before walking into his new office. It was there that he could finally sit down, comfortably, and wonder how the fuck he ended up here.
It was never his decision; his father effectively ordered him into it. Do this to make me proud son
, it was, or Do this otherwise I take all your money
. Sometimes he wished he wasn't the only son of the patriarch of perhaps the biggest family in this region of Italy. If only he was a humble man, attending Hellas games, not managing them. Not sitting under a tonne of pressure whilst being attacked from all sides, by supporters and critics alike. Out of favour, in love and in life.
But for all his complaints, Romeo knew that this was the period of his life that may very well shape him. If he quit now, he would have that handle for the rest of his life. If he failed, he would be ridiculed, and so too his father, for making the decision to appoint him. If he succeeded, however, he would make a name for himself, and bolster the name of the Montagues. Heck, he might finally find a niche in this world that isn't having his heart broken. That was something worth fighting for.
And so, on that first day, Romeo Montague spent 6 hours analysing the squad he had available - assuming no one left on him. He was, of course, yet to actually see the players in action. But what he received from his cousin Benvolio (and, although he wouldn't tell anyone, the attributes on Football Manager), Romeo was able to paint a pretty good picture of his team. He was only interrupted by a knock on the door.
said an exasperated Romeo. It was his cousin and assistant Benvolio.
"One of the players wants to see you."
"I swear cuz, one more f**king complaint...
"I'd call this constructive criticism. Just let him see you.
And with that, the player walked in - and unknowingly kickstarted the first big change in Romeo Montague's management.