Cup Exit and a Start
1st September, 2012
Dear readers, members of the cubs and fans,
As you know, I joined your beloved club 'Torhout 1992 KM' two months ago, and I will be using this medium to interact with the club's fans. More often than not, words get twisted in press conferences, as I've noticed with some of the biggest managers in the world. So, to avoid that, and create a direct connection with the club's fans, I bought this space in the local newspaper. On the first day of every month, you should expect an article here. I'm sure you fans were sceptical when you heard the club would be hiring an unexperienced manager from a random country to lead your team, but the support you have provided - coming to fill the stands, chanting for the old players and new. Both, the players and me, will be learning from this experience, and each and every one of those players wants to get Torhout up the ranks of Belgian and World Football.
We began August, while our signings still weren't finished, with the Belgian Cup. We started in the Third Round, but our objective was to go as far as we could go. Facing non-league team, Spa, was the best preparation to the season for our players, followed by a close game against Olsa Brakel was met with a lot of appreciation. Unfortunately, we were outplayed and outclassed by Second Division, Dessel. The income the cup run generated and the exposure are boys got is immense.
The rest of the month of August wasn't too bad, with a loss and a victory in the league, finishing up in 14th.
However, the month ended on a really bad note, with our first-team striker, Niels Martin, breaking his leg during the match against Deinze. I hope your wishes are with Niels, and rest assured, our physios are going to help his recovery every step of the way.
Until next month, this is 'The Manager', Akash Vidyasagar.