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30th December 2016 Gene collapsed into an armchair in the living room of the small flat he had just bought his mother, in Smallingerland, and switched on the tele. He sighed... the last few weeks had been a whirlwind. Gene had been a sensation of Dutch football, snapped up at a young age by German giants Bayern Munich where he'd burst onto the scene as a 17 year old, and some even dared to whisper his name in the same breath as the legendary Johan Cruijff. This was to be the man to revolutionise the Dutch national team, which had seen an incredible decline in recent years. He made 15 appearances for his country, scoring two goals from midfield, but a horror injury had ultimately ended his career aged only 20 years old. The football world was fickle, he'd already been forgotten, and now he was back where it had all started. He looked down at the picture next to him, the only photograph his mother had of who she said was his father. He chuckled, and then sighed again. Growing up, she had told him that this man was 'Scott McBride', captain of the Scotland team that lifted the World Cup trophy in 2058. As a child, he had been fascinated by stories of this mystery man from the future. As an adult? He realised to his horror that his mother actually thought it was true. Regardless, the story had inspired Gene. It had driven him to a career in football himself, and he had always held a special place for the Scotland team in his heart - even though the first game of football he could remember was Holland's 6-0 drubbing of the Tartan Army in a European Championship playoff when he was only 6 years old. Therefore, the news that Gordon Strachan had left his position as manager of the current Scottish national side was an interesting prospect for the young Dutchman. The press were saying the job had to go to a Scot, that it should be someone with experience, but what the hell. Gene registered his interest. The job was never going to be his anyway, and he'd already had several positive meetings with Greg Kerfoot and Rachel Lewis at the Vancouver Whitecaps about taking their vacant position, he had nothing to lose.