I’ve thought long and hard about where my future lies over the last couple of weeks. Miguel Borba has made it impossible for me to stay in the long term. His interference in the transfer market has cost us 2 fantastic, young, home grown footballers. And for a fraction of their true value. Yes, if Carlos Antunes makes it then Angrense might see some more cash. At least his deal includes several clauses and a big chunk of the next transfer fee. The thing that makes this so much worse is that he accepted a bid for Batista that is not only £20k less than other bids we have received, but also includes no future clauses whatsoever. In his greed he’s potentially cheated Angrense and himself out of a lot of money.
Borba has set a precedent. I’m pretty sure that it’s a matter of when, not if, he accepts derisory bids for star striker Cristiano Magina, his potential replacement Renato Silva, and all of the other players that are in demand. This makes my long term future absolutely impossible.
Having said that, I have unfinished business with this club. I want to see them through the promotion stage. And I need to be smart. I was so, so close to resigning, but who’s going to want me right now? I’m pretty sure the best case scenario is a sideways step to a similar club and I’ll have to get to know them and shape them all over again. The worst case scenario is another few months on the dole, and then a move to a worse club.
So here’s the plan: I’m going to stay. I’m going to keep well away from Borba and get Os Heróis promoted despite him. After promotion I will be headhunted by a bigger side. And when I accept their offer, I’m going to bid pennies for Magina, Hurley, Silva, Kevin, Benjamim, Olivier and all the other good players at this club. And Borba’s going to accept my offers because he’s a stupid, useless arse hole.
Of course, this all hinges on my ability to win promotion. I’ve made my mind up: I will let my contract run down and I will leave at the end of the season. If we go up, I should be fine, but if I fail to win promotion my future may still be bleak. Yes, we’ve won 15 out of 18 matches in the first phase of the Championship, but as I said way, way back at the start of the season, our group was weak. Astonishingly weak. We’re now going up against the best teams the Championship has to offer, and we need to finish in the top 2 in our group of 8.
Am I apprehensive? Yes.
Will I relish the challenge? Yes.
Do I back us to pull it off? Fucking right I do.
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