The interview (Vol.1)
It is 7 o'clock in the morning as I enter the Brentford training facility at Jersey Road Hounslow.
I have agreed to meet with Kasper Lykke for an interview about his start as Brentford manager.
Kasper must have seen me confused about the mediocre training facilities, because suddenly I hear a man shout
"Over here MR. Reporter! "
I look around and see Kasper hanging out the window in his office.
As I walk into Kasper's office, I encounter a room that, most of all, looks like a dorm room. In the small office there is a bed, a desk, microwave, television, etc.
I ask cautiously
"Do you live here?" - To which Kasper replied "Yes, I made a good deal with the owner" - "which deal? ”- I asked wonderingly?
"Did you notice the 2 used worn down goals and 10 worn down balls that are outside my office? ......... it is our new youth department center! ......... from now on we have got a limited youth development with fairly basic youth facilities. "
It may seem strange that Kasper is proud and happy for this truly miserable youth ward, but considering that Brentford, not having a youth ward at all before, I can understand his enthusiasm.
"But what does your youth facility have to make you live in your own office?" - I ask
“Well, you see, living in the office saves me a lot of money on rent, compared to living in London …… it's incredibly expensive. So I have agreed with the owner that the money that I save on rent, he deducts my salary and invest it in our youth department .... .. also it paid for the National C coach course I started in the start of the season ”
I look at Kasper with wonder, i cant believe he will sacrifice his own salary and living standards so that Brentford can set up a youth division that surely will not produce a single player who would be good enough to play Series 1 ( aproxx 2 tiers below the vanarama north and south) in his home country .
Maybe he's more frugal than stingy?
"Now we have to see if we can get started on that interview?" - Kasper Lykke asks impatiently
To be continued