A lucky encounter
6 June, 2015 at 9:00pm CEST
Some random cafe in Paris for the UEFA Champions League Final
It has been a very interesting last few months since I decided to start looking for a coaching job. Well it hasn’t gone well at all and I am starting to wonder if it is worth it or not??? Maybe I am being a bit impatient as job openings should start being announced around this time but I will not have my hopes up at all. The closest I got to an acknowledgement that I applied came from Racing Paris or whatever. They sent a nice rejection letter and wished me “luck”.
Anyways today is the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final between Juve and Barcelona. I have no clue who I want to win the match but have a feeling that Barcelona will make Juve look like a joke. Seriously despite that transfer embargo Barca is still a monster especially with Messi playing much better so late in the season. My prediction is that Barca wins 5-1.
A few hours before kickoff I meet my friends at this place that is showing the game. Many in there are wearing Barcelona tops while I am wearing my Havre shirt. So we get there and have our food and drinks. A while later it is kick off and it is a great game at this point. At the half Barcelona is leading 1-0. So my buddy Jérémy is asking me about my thoughts on how Juventus is able to keep up with Barcelona and the pressure that is on the Juve defense. I go into a pretty good explanation and it is very technical. All of a sudden some random dude interrupts me. For a few minutes we are talking the match and the tactical side. It is nice to be able to go into a lot of detail over the sport. It gets interesting though.
“Do you coach at all friend?”
“Nope, never had and honestly have never played.”
“Wow you have a lot of knowledge on the sport that an average fan have you thought about coaching before?”
At this point I am not paying attention to the game and am really excited for this conversation.
“Well yes sort of… I have thought about managing for the last few months, I have tried to get jobs but nobody will hire me.”
“Ah that sucks, what level have you been looking?”
“Division d'Honneur for clubs in my region of Normandy.”
“Ah well that is unfortunate, by the way my name is Ricardo Kombouare and I am the chairman of AS Mont-Dore of New Caledonia.”
“Well my name is Kévin Gauthier.”
“Nice to meet you Kévin, well currently my club is managerless and is in need of someone to coach so I have come back to France to find someone. Right now it is about the midpoint of the season and we are in mid table.”
I say oh shit this is crazy I might have something in coaching. New Caledonia though holy shit that is
so far from home…..
“Ah well I think that would be cool, if it is not too forward despite not having any formal training in management, would it be cool if I interviewed for the job?”
“Honestly we are desperate for people to come coach out here and I am having trouble finding someone to come all the way out from France to coach so why not, you have impressed me with your knowledge and I want to hear from you some more outside of this.”
“Awesome, why haven’t you hired anyone from New Caledonia?”
“Well it is because most are not skilled in the sport unlike the French and it is easy for me to hire French due to the fact we are a Special Collective and all of that.”
“Ah I see interesting.”
(not really but I want this job so I just say that)
“Well why don’t we meet in a few days for this interview?”
I can’t believe I am getting this opportunity to interview for my first coaching job ever!!!! I know this is legit as Ricardo showed me his credentials so there is no worry in that. The biggest downfall to this is that I could have to move 16,000 KM away from home. I think it is something I would love to do despite that. Plus if I do get it and become successful or even a failure I have a great story to tell.
Oh by the way the rest of the match was pretty good. Despite Juventus playing so good and keeping up with Barcelona it was stupid Neymar who would score the nail in the coffin. Man I hate Neymar and his stupid haircut… If I ever get to face him I will make sure he has the worst day of his career.
So with all of that I need to get ready for my interview!!!!!