There’s been a great story published on the Aston Villa web-site, of how a six year-old Villa fan applied for the job of manager at Aston Villa – but it turns out he didn’t get the job – and Tim Sherwood only just pipped him.
Charlie Pyle – just pipped by Tim Sherwood – it was close
Six year-old Charlie Pyle applied for the job and this is the letter that Villa have published on their web-site – which he wrote to Chief Executive Tom Fox:
“I think my team talks would be very good and my tactics would be excellent,” “We need to stop the goals by getting in the way.” “We need to score more by shooting on target.” “This is a winning formula, so my dad says.”
“As for payment on taking the job, all I ask is for a signed claret and blue football, a WWE wrestling figure and some sweets. As a win bonus each week, I would want a Twix.”
“I would appoint my mum and dad as assistant managers so they can drive me to the training ground each day.” ” My mum is also very good at making bacon sandwiches for the players if that helps.”
“If I am successful, I would also need you to tell my school that I don’t need to attend anymore as I have a job.”
And would you believe it but Tim Sherwood responded to Charlie’s letter and this is what he said:
“From your letter it is clear to see that you would indeed be an ideal candidate for the job due to your knowledge of the game – and your very capable backroom staff, of course!”
“Hopefully you’re not too disappointed at missing out and I’m informed that I just managed to pip you to the post so you were very close to being offered the job.”
“Our chief executive Tom Fox has informed me that the club would like your permission to keep the letter on file ‘just in case’ – although I’m hoping I will be successful at this great football club. I will certainly be aiming to make you and all the other supporters happy.”
And after receiving Tim’s letter this is what the budding Alex Ferguson had to say on the Aston Villa web-site:
“I never expected a letter from the manager but I was absolutely delighted to get one.”
“What he wrote was brilliant – it meant a lot to me. Even the stuff about congratulating me on being a captain was really special.”
“I was really happy when he got the job because of his passion and I love him even more now. I think he will do brilliantly for the Villa. He already is!”
This reflects very well on the Aston Villa club and extremely well on Tim Sherwood, who has been under intense pressure but it looks like he will save Villa – who have never been relegated from the Premier league.
Tim will now be able to build a good Aston Villa side for next season – all being well.
We wonder how many Newcastle youngsters applied for the Newcastle head coach job, and what their tactics would have been?
Anyway – it’s a great story.
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