3/7/2018: There I was, stood on the touchline of the La Manga Resort football pitch, giving out final orders to the U18 Academy team. From my first day at the resort i made it known that i preferred the managerial side of the game over the actual playing. Luckily, a man called Pablo gave me a chance.
I spent the first 3 weeks of my 4 week "holiday" as Pablo's Assistant. I would set up the drills, get to know the team and work on improving my tactical nous with Pablo himself. By the 3rd week we had a starting XI, tactics and a good dressing room atmosphere.
We would be facing Club La Santa, arguably the most recognisable sport resort in the Canary Islands, in a annual "Friendly Game". Pablo and i both recognised how tough of a challenge this would be. Our team, although very harmonious between one another, was overall a poor team. we set up or tactics to sit back and hope to nick a goal or two on the counter.
The day arrived. Nerves were setting in but i worked on keeping the team calm and ran through the pre match warm-ups, as I waited for Pedro to turn up, but he never did...