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My Holiday Became My Life

I thought a few weeks away in Maderia would be great, i didn't expect to relocate and live my life out here!
Started on 29 October 2017 by groxyjr / First Post
Latest Reply on 30 October 2017 by mgriffin2012 / Last Post
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It is January and I'm about to fly out to madeira a Island just of the coast of Portugal, It has been a destination I have visited frequently over the last 10 years. My usual apartment is available to me again which is just a minute walk from one of the major football clubs in the area, Nacional da Maderia.

I enjoy walking down and watching the few odd matches as I have a major interest in football being a coach myself. I have been a coach at my local town for years working my way through the badges and at the moment hold my Continental Pro badge. Now I've never actually gone into management but being 36 still have plenty of time for that but what's the rush! I played at a professional level for 7 years at league 2 side at the time, Doncaster. I enjoyed my spell there until I had 2 years of the side lines injured, this was when I decided that coaching was the way forward for me. So coming out here for my annual break I expected nothing, just my ordinary week away from home.

As I arrived the 2nd day I took a walk down to Nacional da Maderia's training facilities only to see that the current manager didn't seem to be about (I usually have a chat about there current season with him). So I approached Nunes (the groundmans) about why he wasn't present, He'd been sacked! I knew they may struggle this season due to the manager putting faith in his youth set-up but didn't expect them to be doing so bad. After having a few more chats around the facility I discovered the chairman Rui Alves was struggling to find the appropriate manager due to no one local willing to take the team on so late on in the season. I had a quick discussion with him about the role and what he should look for (due to my experience in football) he seemed impressed on what I had to say and offered me to come down to his bar for a drink tonight. I had nothing better to do so I thought, why not!

As I arrived we chatted away and he seemed worried due to the fat he had no interest in the 2 weeks the club had been without a manger. Now as the discussion went on I started the think, does he want me to apply or what? Still on my mind I just came out with the question 'Rui, do you want me to have a go?' his initial reaction seemed good, he looked calm. waiting for his response quiet nervously he said let me think about it. so we carried on chatting through the night about the club and what I would do personally and my ideas and all the other bull**** that went on in the game. I started to feel the alcohol get to me now so before I screw any chance of my having this job up I said goodnight. he then shook my hand and said 'the job is yours' see you tomorrow.
Crazy stuff. Good luck with Madeira, this save is very different to others I've seen so far so I'm interested to see what comes of it. Good luck.
Good luck with this mate!

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