“I’VE GOT BIG PLANS FOR &…”
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.