Boy, 8, applies for Doncaster manager spot - and lands interview

Posted by Chris Wright

Tim Keeton/Getty ImagesThe gesture by Doncaster chairman John Ryan, right, was one way to reach out to fans from his game-day perch at Keepmoat Stadium

An 8-year-old boy found his way onto Doncaster Rovers' managerial shortlist after submitting his application into the club in the wake of Dean Saunders' recent departure.

Young Mac Wilson - whose footballing CV begins and ends with two years as a player for Sprotborough and Cusworth Crusaders - e-mailed his job application - outlining his three-year plan to get Donny into the Premier League - as "a bit of fun" and was "gobsmacked" when he then received a call from chairman John Ryan asking him to come in for an interview.

So impressed was Ryan with Mac's plan to install a philosophy of "attacking, passing football" at the Keepmoat, that he also invited the youngster along as a guest of honour to Donny's weekend fixture against Leyton Orient.

Mac's Dad, Aidy, told the official Doncaster website:

“I couldn’t speak if I'm honest; we were absolutely amazed when we got the call. We sent the e-mail off as a bit of fun, then the phone rang!

“Mac thought that it wasn’t John Ryan at first and that it was my older brother messing around, it took us ten minutes to convince him that it actually was John!"

Ryan also told the site:

“One of the nicer sides of being the chairman of a football club is that sometimes you can make someone's day.

“I got Mac’s letter and my first thought was to give him a ring. I rang him and got his dad on the phone, who is a Rovers fan too, and asked if I could speak to Mac with regards to the vacancy at Rovers.

“Mac came on the phone briefly and I asked him whether he would like to come down for an interview, he was a bit shy so his dad took over. I said to him we would like to interview Mac and invited them both down on Saturday for a look round, meet the players and to give him an interview.

“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.”

Now there's a yarn to warm your cockles on this cold winter's morn.

Lovely work all round!

(Via Doncaster Rovers/Doncaster Free Press)

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