Liverpool: A Manager's Journey to Past GloryPreface:
I am back although I don't really feel like continuing with my wrestling diary, but I have found the motivation to actually write something so here I am telling a story. I have been reading some interesting football fantasy stories in the internet and it has given me the drive to make one my own here. Some things won't be accurate in the story but for most parts, I will try my best to get the right information. I am trying to put this into the perspective of the manager and how his life (family, football career, past events) affects his career as a football manager. I will try to stay with this thing for as long as I can and I hope you enjoy. I will also be using Football Manager 2012 for the simulation of results and I will build a story from there. Thank you.
Prolouge: My One and Only
January 1997 - I was a prospect from the famous Liverpool youth academy during this time where the likes of Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard and Jaime Carragher were playing alongside me for the Reserves Team of Liverpool Football Club, headed by Roy Evans as the first team manager. It's been around 7 years since the famous club has won the League Title and fans were already wondering if the future will be bright for this club.
"I can guarantee you that our youth academy is pulling through and we are actually prepared to call up some exciting talents from the reserves team during the summer for next season. Take a look at them and then ask me about our chances for the title next season" - Roy Evans
"I can tell you we have some hot prospects who are ready to make the cut and amongst those players are Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Jaime Carragher and 22 year old, Leo Evans" - Sammy Lee, Liverpool Reserves Manager (1997)
We were all told before the FA Reserves Cup Finals game at May 1997 that if we do well in front of the watching scouts and most importantly, the manager (Roy Evans), then we could be considered to be included in the first team for next year. We were against West Ham's also blooming reserves team and it was a really tough game. I was a striker, by the way, a finisher and the smart type, the one who would always play for the better of the team.
I was playing alongside Michael Owen and we have really formed a great partnership throughout the reserve season, combing a total of 40 goals out of the 67 scored. We took the lead at the 19th minute after a through ball by me to my strike partner, Michael Owen as he cooly slams it home past the keeper for the all important lead. Throughout the game, I was bullied by the defender who was apparently trying to shut me down. I proved him wrong however, as I slammed the ball past the keeper at the 59th minute to give my team the 2-0 lead, just perfect. The watching Roy Evans gave me a thumbs up and I knew in my heart, that I would be playing for the first team next season.
I always loved the club, I grew up a Scouser and I have always supported them since. I have been through their epic league triumphs and also their disasters. However if I was to take anything from this team, it's that they always had the heart to fight back and they were always the team to beat. I love the club, and I will continue to even after I stop playing.
Little did I know that it would come really soon. At the 83rd minute, frustrated West Ham players were just throwing tackles around in anger. I ended up being on a very nasty one from the same defender who tried to stop me. I clutched my leg and I couldn't dare look but I knew that something was wrong. Medics approached me as players around me hold their breath as they dare not to look at the extent of the injury. Me leg was positioned in a different angle as the medics quickly stretchered me off and rushed me straight into the hospital. I remember flashing lights in the ER before I passed out.
"With an injury as nasty as that, you're even lucky that you are still able to walk, son. Nevermind playing for Liverpool, you can never play football again" - Doctor
And just like that, my career has just ended before it even started. All of who I have played with have been successful as football players over the next decade and I couldn't bring myself to return to the game for the next few years. I, Leo Evans, love the sport although I couldn't bring myself to end it prematurely. I knew that there was a way back for football and so I took my coaching badges over the years and hope that I could become a successful manager and one day, maybe, return to Liverpool and lead them to past glory.