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My First Press Conference
DA=Dean Ashton narrating
I was sitting in a waiting room just outside the press room. Inside I could see John Bowler answering questions thrown at him by the media. He made it look so easy while I was here about to be thrown to the wolves. I'd never dealt with the media before, well obviously I had spoken to them as a player but this was different, I had no manager to swiftly guide me through it. As I began compiling answers in my head a loud voice brought me back...
JB:" Oi! Dean! C'mon you're up!"
DA:"Hmm.. What?! Oh yeah ok thanks John."
JB:"Look kid, it's quite obvious you're nervous, but just remember you have to act like you know what you're doing. Make sure the media and fans think you're confident."
DA:"Yeah that's all well and good but I'm not feeling that confident.."
JB:"How can you not be feeling confident!!!? You've played in front of thousands of people and even played for England!!!"
I didn't have time to say anymore as John shoved me into the media room, where I was blinded by the flashing cameras of the Paparazzi. I tried to look calm and confident as I sat down and received my first question....
J:"Hi Dean I'm Chris Rigby of the BBC. You've been away from football for a while now and at just 28 don't you think it's a bit premature to begin managing?"
DA:"Ahm.. No I don't really. I'm a firm believer that it doesn't matter what age you are as long as you're good enough and you'll just have to wait and see whether that's the case."
J:"You sit here today as the new Crewe manager. As a big fan and former player of the club, surely this must be a dream come true?"
DA:"It really is. I cannot stop smiling, this is a wonderful feeling."
J:"Hi, Mike Lee of the Crewe Chronicle. What would you say is your tactical approach to the game?"
DA:"Well I'm a big fan of Barcelona and Spain. I enjoy that tiki-taka quick tempo, short passing style,but I also enjoy the quick, counter-attacking football that Bayern Munich played under Jupp Heynckes."
J:"Will you be making transfers soon and if so, who will they be?"
DA:"I'm not quite sure yet. I will examine my squad and determine where we are lacking. As for who, obviously I can't say but I will be looking to sign a mix of youth and experience."
JB:"Aright lads, that's enough our new gaffer has a very busy schedule ahead of him today."
Thank God for that! I felt like I'd handled myself reasonably well and I was now excited to meet the players.....