First day on the job
Meeting the charmain
Today was my first day on the job. I arrived at Thorp Arch, our training ground, at 8:00 am sharp, and I was greeted by Mr.Cellino at the reception are. We went to his office to have a small chat about our direction and responsibilities.
Jamie! Welcome to Leeds. Let's quickly go over some formalities. First of all, tomorrow is your press conference, be at Elland Road at 9:00 am, the press will be waiting.
Yes of course boss.
The second thing I'd like to say, and we went over this already in the interview, is that you'll have no budget to spend in this window. Gary Monk spent all the budget on players before he resigned, so this squad is what you're gonna have to work with until at least January.
No problem at all, I think this squad is more than capable of challenging on all fronts. We have a great mix of experience and youth and I'm looking forward to getting into pre season and see what this team can do.
That's all I wanted to say, good luck for your first day in charge.
End of Meeting.
Meeting the team
After my meeting with our chairman, I proceeded into the dressing room. The players were waiting anxiously to meet their new manager, and I won't lie, I had a few nerves myself. The players were dressed in their kit and ready for training, but I wanted to say a few words first.
'' So boys as you all know, I'm your new manager. This is my first job in management, so I'm going to learn from you as much as you are going to learn from me. This club has been a bit on the back foot for quite a while now, and the only way that that is going to change is if all of us work together.
I don't work with preferences, any player that shows great ethic and is hungry enough to play will play. If any of you think that your place in the squad is guaranteed, think again. Everyone has to fight for their place.
As much as you're gonna fight to earn your place, we should also fight for each other. To succeed, teamwork is essential, and let me make this clear, whoever tries to disrupt harmony in this squad will be gone. With that being said, it's the first day of preseason, let's go to work''