The Job Centre Season 2015-16
As the new season approaches clubs will usually have already have a manager employed ready to begin his season both in the transfer market and on the training pitch. Not often does a team go into preseason without someone at the helm. For two clubs in the lower reaches of the game, however, this was different.
and U.D. Oliveirense
were both without a manager at this point of the campaign. Both of these clubs had adverts set up for applications but first I had to consider my options and decide whether it was worth jumping straight into the management game, were these clubs to my liking or if I could even get a job at all.
The former is a club based in Santo Tirso, a city within the Aves Valley in northern Portugal. Tirsense were founded in 1938 andplay at the Estádio Abel Alves Figueiredo, a 15,000 all seater stadium. Financially, things look fairly bleak and the club have a solid history within the game. They famously knocked my boyhood team, Sporting, out of the Taça de Portugal back in the 1948/49 season - when Sporting boasted Os Cincos Violinos, the legendary quintet. Tirsense are a semi-professional team and, after four seasons of finishing second, have finished 9th and 7th respectively in the past two seasons. They compete in the Campeonato Nacional - the third tier of the Portuguese football league system - and maintain a fierce rivalry with parent club Desportivo das Aves.
In addition, União Desportivo Oliveirense, commonly referred to as just Oliveirense, are a Portuguese football club founded in 1922. They, likewise with Tirsense, are based near the city of Porto - specifically a small city named Oliveira de Azeméis. The Estádio Carlos Osório is a 5,000 capacity all-seater stadium which is currently in poor condition. The club possess average corporate facilities, adequate training, youth facilities and junior coaching as well as basic youth recruitment. Historically, A.D. Sanjoanense are considered the team's biggest rival, as well as Feirense and Cesarense. In the Liga2 Cabovisão, Oliveirense compete above Tirsense and are predicted by many media outlets to finish just outside the relegation zone, much like the past two seasons.
Essentially, it may be worth sending an application to both of these clubs as it would increase my chances of getting an interview and it would show plenty of ambition, to say the least. Although realistically, Oliveirense are most likely a step too far for me at the present time and I honestly cannot see myself beating a manager like Henrique Calisto to the job which the pundits list him as a favourite for. In fact, I am not in any discussion for either job.
Nonetheless, I feel now is the right time to begin my football management career. Being handed a team that is low on confidence and struggling for form halfway through the league season seems like a lost cause to me, and I would much prefer to be able to mould a squad from the start of the season and set the wheels in motion. Therefore, I will apply for the Tirsense job, but I cannot guarantee they will even so much as reply.