Badjokes European Comedy Tour
The Job Hunt
October 22nd 2011
Saturday, October 22nd 2011 was the day that changed my life, I was in the starting line up for the west ham under 23’s as we played against Manchester United’s under 23’s at the beautiful old ground Upton Park. The game was going ok and we were one-nil up with 40 minutes left to go when I got the ball just outside the Man united area I was aiming to shoot when that prick Jesse Lingard came in two-footed from behind with studs showing and caught my ankle snapping it into a million pieces, The pain was incredible I have honestly never felt any pain like it either before or since and I knew immediately that my career was over as I lay there on the cold wet Upton Park ground. I was stretchered off towards the Physio room and as I was I saw Jesse Lingard laughing with a couple teammates I’ve never forgiven him for that ever since.
Fast forward almost 9 years and after trying several “normal” Jobs I started feeling the itch to get back into football and so I’ve spent the last couple years getting started on the coaching ladder, so I now have a national A coaching licence and I’ve been talking to people in the game again for the first time in years who have given me a Looong list of managerial jobs that are currently available all over Europe so I’ve decided to apply for all of them as I’d be happy to go anywhere at this point just to get back into the game.
Over the course of the next week, I had numerous interviews with clubs all over Europe thankfully over skype and zoom as I didn’t fancy all that flying all over the shop just to get rejected and some more clubs seemed more appealing than others.
As the next couple of weeks went by the offers started actually coming in from some very obscure team and I managed to whittle it down to 3 teams that I actually had an interest in managing. Those teams being Oygarden in Norway who was bottom of the Obos Ligaen (Norway’s 2nd division) having lost all 17 of their games this season but they offered me £1.5K a week which was the highest wages I was offered by any club.
The next club I had an interview with was Tromso who ply their trade in the Eliteserien which is the top division in Norway, I knew that my lack of experience would count against me so I promised to meet their targets with a lower transfer and wage budgets as this was the job I really wanted I thought that the interview went well and logged off from that particular zoom call planning on getting in touch with my mate Espen to see if I could bunk with him for a while until I get settled in Norway.
Whilst I was waiting for the surely inevitable job offer from Tromso I took one more interview this time with Syrianska FC who play in the Superettan which is the 2nd tier in Sweeden, the 1st thing that attracted me to this job was the club’s badge which I think you’ll agree is pretty special
The interview again went well with the board only wanting to fight against relegation despite 4 points away from the drop zone with only 9 games to go in their season. a couple days later I was offered the job on a 1 thousand pound a week deal which I was happy with but I wanted to try and hold out for the Tromso job so I asked for a couple weeks delay to wait and see what would happen with Tromso.
Those couple of weeks went by with no word from Tromso and my overconfidence did eventually come to nothing, as I got the news I didn’t want when it was confirmed that I hadn’t got the job with them
Stig Inge Bjørnebye now joins Jesse Lingard on people I need to destroy after taking the job I really wanted.
With all that said and done, I decided to end the job hunt by packing my bags jumping in my 2010 Vauxhall Astra and driving from Romford to Södertälje to accept the Syrianska FC manager position
On that bombshell guys, that is where we are going to end today’s blog, I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition and as ever any feedback or comments are greatly appreciated. If you’re not already then please follow me on Twitter @badjokesgaming and please follow the @passion4fm account as well for news on all the P4FM content creators of which I’m very proud to be one. Thank you so much for reading this let me know if your excited to see my journey start in the second tier in Sweeden, the next blog will be an introduction to the club and my plans for the next couple years at the club,