‘I like what I’ve seen from you so far Stephen, despite the cup exit’
‘We won it last time around though’
‘Yes, you did, but that’s not why I’m here. I’m not trying to fill you with motivational speeches or try and give you a confidence boost, that’s not my style, I need to know what your plans are long term’
This was the chairman speaking, but Stephen hadn’t thought long term really. His only thoughts were seeing how the season went week by week, he hadn’t planned on winning the cup last season (nice little boost to the CV early on) and as it stood at this moment in time, Hougang were sat top of the S League on 43 points with 5 to play.
The fact they navigated themselves to the final of the Singapore Cup final as well is also worth mentioning. The quarter final was against Steve’s new Frenemy Steve Kean and DPMM, in which DPMM took a 5-2 win from the first leg
‘That simply put, was absolutely fucking pathetic. You showed about as much desire as a dead Carabao….what is it Mohd?’ Youth player Mohd Sellah raised his hand at this
‘What’s a Carabao?’
‘A shit animal that would’ve played better in that game than you lot did. Don’t interrupt me again! Where was I?’
He racked his mind for a moment ‘Oh yes, that was actually being a bit disrespectful to dead animals. Walid (he pointed at the clubs center half Walid Lounis), you were horrendous there, I’m tempted to send you back off to Morocco or Egypt or wherever you’re from’ Walid stood up to protest the comment and to confirm it’s actually Tunisia he’s from, but Stephen carried on ‘Just don’t even bother trying to justify yourself. 3 of their goals came from set plays, and you were meant to be man marking Ramazotti, the big fella, you know the twat that scored twice!’
If the first leg was an anomaly, the second leg could be described as the same, or opposite, whichever way you look at it.
The result was so one sided even center half Nick Swirad managed to get on the scoresheet to give Hougang a 4-0 win on the night, 6-5 on aggregate to see them into the semi final, another 2 legged match with Home United
Stephen had given the Hougang players a week off as reward for overturning the first leg defeat to DPMM, and during the day on the Tuesday after the game, his phone rang, a number he’d saved from a previous conversation
‘Don’t ye’ worry ‘bout me laddy, I’ve got meself a new job, nay thanks to ye’
‘If you speak to me in that god awful excuse for a language again I’m only going to speak to you in French’
‘Get tae fuck ya wee shite, you did us a favour ya’ naw’
‘The only word I understood then was shite, what is it you’re trying to tell me, I’m busy by the way’
‘To hell you are, ya’ laying low in ya’ week off, aye a naw’ ya resting for the upcoming games, whereas ‘av just left a first class flight’
‘Whatever Steve, you’re boring me now, I’ll speak to you soon’
Stephen hung up the phone. It was Steve Kean again, and their relationship was certainly growing by the day, or so it seems.
After the 6-5 second leg loss DPMM actually sacked Steve Kean despite him winning back to back league titles (1 in game) with them the previous 2 seasons
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