I woke up, switched on Sky Sports News HD and I was shocked to see that Roberto Di Matteo had been sacked of his position as West Bromwich Albion manager, me and indeed millions of others wondered what was going through West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace's mind as he had woken up this morning. Wether he got out of the wrong side of the bed or not it was a stupid decision in my mind and I am sure a few others.
I walked down the stairs to get my breakfast and the phone wrang...
"Hello" I answered
I heard a very familiar voice reply
"Hello Steven, It's Jeremy, Jeremy Peace"
I didn't know what to do, here I am a life long Baggies fan and on the other side of the line is The chairman of my beloved Baggies.
"Hi, how could I ermmm help you?"
I was unsure wether he was still on the phone but as I went to speak he said
"Steven, I was wondering if you would be intrested in becoming the new West Brom manager. Now I know that this may come as a shock to you but I am realy struggling to find a manager at the moment. I have been on the phone to a tun of manager including Roy Hodgson, Martin Jol and even Gus Poyet to name a few and they just don't want the job after what I did to Roberto. So Steven, What do you say?"
I was mortified as you could imagine and I replied
"I would absolutley love to manage the Baggies, I dont care if I don't get paid you are offering me my dream job, Thank You very much"
As he laughed under his breath he said to me
"Well what are you waiting for, get dressed, get in your car and get down here to we discuss your contract"
I immediatley replied
"I will be there as fast as I can"
We both hung up and I was still mortified but I couldn't help but wonder how he managed to get my phone number and why, why it was me he turned to. I wasn't complaining at all and rushed off to get ready.
60 minutes later the contract was sealed, We agreed to a £12,250 p/w deal which kept me at the club until at least 2012 but I was hoping I could stay longer than that and make myself a Legend in West Brom end of Black Country.
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It was here, it had me awake all night, I was dreading it but there was a little feeling deep inside of excitement. My first press conference with the club I can only hope it goes well. I got in my car and went to the press conference. I met the Chairman, Jeremy Peace and the Assistant Manager, Eddie Newton there. My nerves went back down, the chairman came over to me and said
"Theres no need to be nervous, we are here to support you"
A smile came over mine and the Chairman's face, we walked into the press room.
Do you already have an idea of which players you like and those you aren’t so happy with?
“Everyone will get a chance to show what they can do, it is a new era and everyone will start evenly”
That certainly suggests you have confidence in your players. What do you consider to be your strongest area of the team?
“In all honesty, Midfield but I do still see room for improvements”
How involved to you intend to be in a day-to-day running of the club?
“I like to be involved as much as time allows me to”
While some managers are famous for there hands on approach, others maintain a more reserved manner with their players. How do you see your management style?
“I want every player to know they can come to me with anything and indeed the backroom staff as well, of course”
What can we expect from you in the Transfer Market? Are you looking to splash the cash or are you a real bargain hunter?
“I am interested in every player which will bring something to the club wither that be well known names or unknown names, as long as they bring some sort of effect”
As far as your backroom staff go, will you be bringing in your own people or will the likes of Eddie Newton and Keith Downing be staying at the club?
“Well, I feel that the backroom staff are doing a brilliant job, at least from I’ve token over so I don’t see any reason why I should bring my own in at all”
What would you say is the Tactical approach to the game?
“It really depends on the situation, If say I’m winning 5-0 at Home I am obviously going to keep the Tactic I am using, but say if we take the lead at Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal or Liverpool I am going to try and hold the bus as it would be a bit foolish to go for more goals”
Recent reports have linked you with a move for Atromitos right-back Marcin Baszczynski. Are you prepared to go on record with your thoughts on this story?
“There is no story to it, it is absolute rubbish, I have never heard of this player in my life. No disrespect to him but he will not be joining West Brom in the near future”
You stand here today being unveiled as the new West Bromwich Albion manager. As a big fan of the club, surely this must be a dream come true.
“It is a dream come true. Every waking moment I have dreamt of this and my dreams have came true. I now can say I am West Brom manager and not laugh in the mirror at myself but be proud of myself for what I have accomplished. Most football fans only dream of managing their Boy Hood club and for me it is a reality. I would like to thank the West Brom Chairman for appointing me as manager.
A big smile came over my face, I had done my first press conference without any muck ups. The Chairman greeted me with a little cuddle and my Assistant Manager shook my hand, The Chairman whispered in my ear as he cuddled me
"It begins here"
And he walked out of the building. I soon followed with my Assistant Manager to discuss Tactics.