Forget about that bald bloke heading to the Bundesliga, the only managerial development of significant note this week belongs to Doncaster Rovers. After Dean Saunders skipped off to coach Wolves a couple of weeks back, it appears that the League One side are targeting a much younger manager for the hot-seat. Much, much younger.
Yes, in a story that will warm – nay boil – your cockles, eight-year-old Mac Wilson has been invited for an interview for the post after he sent in a persuasive and brilliantly ambitious application bid.
Speaking on the remarkable approach, Mac’s dad said: “We sent the email off as a bit of fun, then the phone rang! I answered it and couldn’t believe it when John said he was getting in touch with Mac about the manager’s job.
“I put Mac on and he thought it was a wind-up, convinced his older brother was playing a trick on him. He went a bit shy but Mr Ryan was obviously very impressed and said he wanted him to come in for interview.”
As much as it sounds like a right royal wind-up, the sentiment is pretty much fact. Rovers chairman John Ryan will give the colossal Donny supporter the chance to meet the whole team and be the guest of honour at a match before getting an ‘official’ interview.
It’ll will a tricky task for young Mac, especially given that the role has just been given to Wales under 21 manager Brian Flynn – but hopefully there’s still time to reverse the decision!
Explaining why he responded to the email application, Ryan said: “Mac actually put in his letter that he will get us in the Premier League in three years – I thought that was a very positive statement.
“I was a mad Rovers fan when I was eight and would have loved it if the chairman back then, whoever it was, had contacted me – I would have been in awe. It’s nice when you do things like that because people do remember.”
Bravo Mr Ryan and good luck Mac!
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