Meeting the boss
A couple of days are completing a long, arduous season. And now i’m in Boston, meeting John W. Henry to review how the season went. I knew they’d be happy with how the season had panned out, Champions League, being the exception. But still, I wasn't worried in the slightest about losing my job.
As John walked over, greeting me with his usual handshake.
“Milan, it’s wonderful to see you again. Please come in.” Leading me into his office, i sat down on a couch of his as he offered me a drink. Politely accepting it, he began pouring it as he spoke.
“It’s been quite the season, Milan. I knew we were right to reject Didier for you. Obviously going out to Barcelona was the most disappointing aspect of this season, but they’re a great team and we can’t really be too frustrated in that instance.”
“That’s the one that still rankles with me. Dominated them in both games and got suckered by late goals in both. I’m just glad they went out in the next round though.”
Walking over and handing me the drink, as i thanked John. He sat down and crossed his legs, as he looked over towards me.
“Well from our perspective, you’ve got plenty of time to put that right if you carry on managing the team to the standard that you’ve set this season.”
Putting the drink down, i looked John in the eyes.
“That’s the main reason why i’m here, John. I wanted to tell you face to face and not over the phone. I don’t know if you caught my comments after the game, but i said i felt this was too easy and needed a proper challenge. And thinking it over, it’s what i need. I’ve loved my time here. The players, the staff, the fans, the city, everything. But right now, i need to move on and go somewhere that will really challenge me. A new culture, new everything. I’m leaving and i wanted you to be the second to know. I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity you gave me and the backing that’s gone with it. But i’m leaving Liverpool.”
“I did catch those comments and i was hoping that they’d come to nothing, but on the off chance they did. We put together a shortlist for this eventuality. It’s disappointing, but i respect your reasons and for you telling me face to face. So i guess this means goodbye then, Milan?”
With that we stood up and shook hands and nodded in unison.
“It does, John. I’ll be keeping an eye out on Liverpool’s results, don’t you worry.”
With Pep Guardiola replacing Milan de Koningh as Liverpool manager, only knows what Milan thinks about that. It was Pep after all that replaced Milan at Ajax just twelve months ago.
With recent speculation linking Milan de Koningh to several clubs, it’s understood that he’s had interviews with Espanyol, Villarreal and a potential emotional homecoming to Ajax. But it seems the Ajax fans aren’t over him leaving just yet, so will that hamper a return to the place he calls home.
Seb: Yeah i was shocked at the outcome of both finals, good to see though. And yeah, we’re looking good going into the World Cup. Can’t wait.