“I’VE GOT BIG PLANS FOR &…”

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He may be a hum­ble school­teacher from Barns­ley, but Peter Richard­son has been think­ing pretty big.

Af­ter some suc­cess man­ag­ing the school team, he de­cided to write to ev­ery club in the Premier League and Foot­ball League and ap­ply for the role as first-team gaffer.

The let­ters were tongue in cheek – Richard­son vowed to sign Ken­wyne Jones for Chelsea, and wanted to make penalty ar­eas big­ger at Wolves to in­crease the club’s chances of win­ning spot-kicks.

Thirty-seven clubs re­sponded – most sent po­lite re­jec­tion let­ters, while Coven­try City sent him a text.

Only one job of­fer came his way, af­ter he’d asked to take charge of ‘Red­bridge’ at Na­tional League side Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge, al­low­ing then-boss Wayne Bur­nett to fo­cus on ‘Da­gen­ham’.

“They of­fered me the op­por­tu­nity to take con­trol of the ‘&’ in­stead,” he tells FFT. “I was tempted un­til I re­alised it was only 3/20s of the club.”

The let­ters have all been com­piled into the book Re­jected, which is avail­able to buy on Ama­zon.

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