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In Fair Verona

Romeo & Juliet - Football Style
Started on 6 October 2015 by Feliks
Latest Reply on 5 December 2015 by the champi0n fm
Great start! Very interesting :P Lovely kits too, don't know a whole lot about either club, but you've definitely got my interest!
LFC Thanks Adam! I hope you learn more about my alternate Verona clubs as the story progresses :)

Act Two, Scene One, Part Two

Read Part 1 here.

The player who walked into Romeo Montague's office on that very first day was none other than Italian football legend Luca Toni.

One of the best Italian forwards of his generation, up there with Totti and Del Piero, Luca Toni has enjoyed a long and illustrious career all over the world, representing his country 47 times and winning the 2006 World Cup.

Starting his career at Modena, he had his first big season in 2003 when he fired Palermo to promotion, winning his first Italy cap in the process. The following season, he scored 20 goals in Serie A, stamping himself as a serious talent.

Fiorentina paid big bucks to sign the 28 year old and was serviceable throughout his 3 seasons, scoring 47 goals in 67 games, before signing for European giants Bayern Munich. Since then, he has also played for Roma, Genoa, Juventus, Al-Nasr, Fiorentina once again and lastly Hellas Verona. At the age of 37, he became the oldest ever Serie A Campiocannone (Golden Boot), kicking 22 goals for Hellas in the 2014/15 campaign.

Toni was also part of the triumphant Italian team who won the 2006 World Cup, playing all 120 minutes in the tumultous final and earning his winner's medal. Luca Toni is truly a legend of Italian Calcio.

But, like every other Verona employee, he was distraught with the appointment of Romeo. It was such a crux season, he thought, with the club finally in a position to move up the table after their 2 seasons back in the top flight. An appointment like this would ruin everything. But.

Luca Toni was nothing if not experienced, and he had witnessed his fair share of bad managers. And he owed it to the rest of the squad to at least get down to the root of the problem.

"Boss, I have no confidence in your management abilities, and neither do the rest of the squad."

Romeo sat there, emotionless, listening to Luca Toni. When he had finished, he sat up a little and studied Toni. When he spoke, he did so without any pauses, ums or ers.

"I understand your problem with me Luca. I can't do anything to dispel that," he said.

"All I can ask is that you give me until the end of pre-season to prove myself to all of you. I can only start that if you come back to training."

Toni laughed. "I wouldn't bet on that today. Do you even have any experience?"

"I've watched football my entire life."

"This is Italy. Everyone's watched football their entire life. Have you ever played?"

Montague shook his head. "Everyone has seen football. I have watched football. There is a difference," he said.

"Why don't you say any of this to anyone then?"

Montague always took 5 seconds before he spoke, as if he was constructing his sentence before he said it.

"I don't want a reputation to precede me. I want to come in here, with none of you knowing anything about me, and prove myself worthy of your respect."

"I had the impression you didn't want to be here?"

Montague waved it away. "Whether I want to be here or not, I have a job to do. And whether I succeed or not is largely up to the players. So my first task is to get you onside."

Toni sat back, digesting the conversation. Montague was certainly not a rich ego-maniac, and seemed a very deep and thoughtful person. He was young, so could perhaps be a bit foolish and headstrong, but from the outer he acted like he was twice as old as his 23 years. And he was the only manager Verona had. Toni made up his mind.

"Listen here boss. I still have my doubts about you, as to how you can actually manage a football team. But you seem pretty decent at managing people. Were you a psychologist? I digress. I will support you, I will try everything I can to get the players to listen, but know this. If you fail, the world is going to come crashing down your head and I will be bringing most of it."

Montague nodded his head vacantly, looking off to some random point, and Toni let himself out with a single thought.

This Romeo Montague bloke is capable of anything.
A wise head on young shoulders ;)
what a guy
also, 50th!

Great story already man - keep it up!
congrats on 50
Luca Toni is certainly a powerful figure. It'd certainly be worth getting him onside!
God I'm thick! Was wondering what the "congrats on 50" stuff was about then I realised its 50 replies :P

Was thinking "Has Feliks already done 50 stories?"

Anyway great read mate, loving it so far!
Walter Definitely :)

InfraRed Indeed! And thankyou :)

Sooru Thanks :D

Justice For sure, he's definitely the biggest figure at the club - for now ;)

Lippo 50 stories, I wish :))
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5 yearsEdited

Outed Verona Boss - "The Club Is A Shambles"

La Gazzetto dello Sport has the latest exclusive in the Hellas Verona debacle, with the often-forgotten Andrea Mandorlini making a hard hitting statement to our reporter.

Andrea Mandorlini:
"The club is an absolute shambles at the moment. The owner, whose mental state I seriously question, has sacked me, someone who has put blood, sweat and tears into the club for two promotions. And he's sacked nearly everyone else part of that as well. I wouldn't work for the Montagues; unless you like getting screwed over for hard work."

Mandorlini has often been the forgotten man in the scandal which has seen the managers of both Verona clubs lose their jobs, replaced by kin of the club owners. Mandorlini had managed Hellas for 5 years, taking them up 2 flights and the ex-Inter defender is understandably upset with the happenings.

"I'm disappointed with the club. I put my heart into Hellas, they were my home. Now I wouldn't go back there for a million euros. I honestly hope Romeo Montague doesn't have a clue how to manage a football club."

But does he?
Strong words for the owners, a good season would see Mandorlini quickly forgotten about!
shortest update in the history of fms?
Justice Hopefully he will be forgotten, and Montague will be the name revered!

Walter I prefer the term concise

Act Two, Scene Two

It was Day 2 of Romeo Montague's tenure at Hellas Verona, and a grand total of 4 players had come to training at the request of Luca Toni. They were then told to go straight home, due to lack of players, and thus Romeo had nothing to do for a second day in a row. He spent most of the morning walking aimlessly around the facilities until he got a call from his father. Like he had raised to do, he answered it immediately.

"Office. Now." And that was all.

Romeo's office was adjacent to his father's, and Ted Montague liked to make clear who still called the shots around the club. He had even gone so far to fax a list of "encouraged" signings to his son - but those were sitting in a pile on Romeo's desk, unread. Nonetheless, the younger Montague was contractually obliged to listen to his employer, and so he went.

"Son, do you know why I appointed you?"

Romeo knew - or thought he knew - the answer to that already. It was because he was a promising young football manager, with plenty of potential to grow at such a young age, and his father's club was the best avenue to do so. He already knew the club well. But as he explained it to his father, he was worried to see Ted Montague shake his head slowly.

"No no no. I am sorry Romeo, but that is just not it at all."


Romeo was interrupted again by his father, and like he had always done, he fell silent to him. He was not a confrontive person, especially not to his father, but there were times he felt like rising up. Perhaps he was too obedient, but he listened to his father nonetheless.

"Romeo, the rivalry with Chievo Verona has been crippling both of our clubs for years. We are very close to getting kicked out of Serie A; one more stadium brawl and that's it. Our last manager, Mandorlini, was too abrupt with Chievo, he actively seeked engagement. Whereas you... you don't have a grudge against Chievo, do you?"

Romeo shook his head. He had never been like his family, so deeply held in their hatred of the Capulets and Chievo. Besides, o brawling love, o loving hate, is anything of nothing first create? He didn't understand it or embrace it like his father seemed to.

"Do you see why I want to appoint you. You are to become the pacificatore. I will get you help with the tactics, don't worry. But your primary focus is to be the off field leader of the club and guide us into a new era of prosperity, without a crippling rivalry."

And although Romeo disagreed with a lot of his father's logic (tactical help being the most prominent), he couldn't help but like that title. Il Pacificatore. The Peacekeeper.

You are reading "In Fair Verona".

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