BACK TO THE JOURNEY, MAN – THOSE WHO DANCE THROUGH THE SUMMER MUST SING IN THE WINTER

‘There’s a few out there, 15, 20 at most’ the young man said to his supervisor, peering though a gap in the door.

‘Have you worked the floor yet? What’s the general feeling?’ the older man asked

‘I did, the feeling is the announcement is about the clubs long term goal. 2 bottom placed finishes is not a good look for us’

‘Nothing on the new manager?’

‘Not that I could gather. The club have done a good job keeping it quiet’

The 2 men are the only 2 in the marketing department at the club. They both received a call from the clubs chairman late last night. The direction given was to prepare the conference room for an announcement from the club at 09:00 sharp the following morning.

No news from the board about what the announcement is, but it could only be 1 thing, the announcement of the new first team manager, the younger man thought. The club have had a disastrous couple of years. Last season they finished 8th of 8 teams in the league. They had also only won 2 times throughout the season. Not only that but they also lost 24 games last season. no, that’s not a typo.

But the most surprising thing about it all was the club couldn’t sack the manager as he had a long term deal, which would mean a massive pay out. But get this, he left of his own accord by taking up another job at Cobresal in Chile.

Sources within the club, not official sources, have all but confirmed that this upcoming press conference will be the official confirmation that the new man is there and has signed the deal to take over. Making waves in 2 short seasons down in Mexico, albeit the second division, he’s already forged a stellar reputation for himself. But before the new man, whether the one in the aforementioned sources or not is confirmed, there is already dissention at the club, with a couple of key players demanding their releases. This will be the first issue the new man has to address, and resolve.

Just as the young press officer walks into the conference to address the assembled media, he checks his phone one last time, and lo and behold the speculation is rife

Down the corridor from the conference room, 3 men are motioned in by a security guard. The tallest of them is at the front and is immediately greeted by an equally as tall gent

‘Jock, nice to see you again. Dean, David, a pleasure as always’

‘What’s he say, I canny understand that French twang’ the smallest of the 3 asked

‘Shurrup will ya, he’s wor new gaffer like, he’s signing the cheques’ the other man snapped back

‘Aye, alright I’ll be quiet. Hey, where’s the staff room, am hanging for a pint’ the smaller man said

The other 2 shook their heads and continued on down toward the conference room, where they were then greeted by a pair of other men both holding clip boards and wearing head sets

Without saying a word they were all motioned into the room, where as soon as the door opened the waiting people turned and paid attention

‘Ladies and gentleman, thanks for arriving at short notice. I’d like to introduce Atletico Ottawa president Dave Fountain’ the older headset wearing man said to the people in the room

‘Thank you Wayne. And thank you all for getting here at a moments notice. I won’t bore you to death with a long drawn out speech, but I do have a few words before I confirm what this is all about’ he allowed himself a moment before continuing ‘This club was born 4 short years ago to a lot of fanfare and expectations. We finished third in our inaugural season, but have so far failed to live to the initial expectations given to us, finishing seventh and then eighth twice in a row. Our former manager, instead of trying to help rectify the issues he helped get us in, has moved on to pastures new in Chile. So today, I would like to formally announce and introduce our new first team manager, with immediate affect, Jock McGhee’

Jock stood up and nodded to the assembled crowd. Once he sat back down the microphone was put in front of him, and he was asked a series of questions. These ranged from his career up to that point, why he left Cancun, what he’s been doing with his time off, and the final question was asked ‘Who are those 2 men with you today?’

‘I’m glad you’ve asked. As the previous manager has taken him backroom team with him, and God help that team if his 24 losses in a season here are anything to go by, the 2 fine gentlemen next to me are 2 members of the back room team I am assembling here’ He paused for a moment, took a sip of water and continued ‘That tall ginger fella there is my best friend and assistant manager Dean Hoskins (he pointed to Dean) and that little drainer at the end there (he pointed to the far end of the table, where the smaller man was leaning back in his chair trying to get the attention of a female staff member) is another old friend of mine, and first team coach David Barron’.

‘I don’t mean to insult you, but you’re not exactly a big name manager, and I’ve never heard of either of these 2 men with you today. Can you give us a bit of information about them?’ the reporter asked

Despite being a bit insulted by the comment, Jock remained composed ‘Sure thing. You know me as the mastermind behind consecutive title winning seasons in Mexico with Cancun so I don’t need to talk about that, but Hoskins here he’s a loyal man. He’s had a long playing career back home with Berwick Rangers and Stenhousemuir, winning a lot of leagues and cups. He even turned down the shit houses in Glasgow didn’t ya Hoskins’ He looked at Dean who just smiled back awkwardly. ‘And Bazza here he’s one of a kind. Also plying his trade in our great nation he’s what you’d call a journeyman player, but at every club he was at he won a trophy didn’t ya Baz’

Again looking down the table, except this time David was deep in conversation ‘Your accent sounds British hinny, have you got any Scottish in ya’?’ The young lady giggled and said ‘No, no I don’t’ to which Bazza replied ‘Well do you want some Scottish in you after this meeting?’ with a wink

‘Erm, he’s clearly building relationships at the club already, which he’s known for back home’ Jock quickly said hoping to draw the attention away from Baz. The press conference ended there and the official statement was released from the club


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