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8-year-old applies for vacant Doncaster manager’s job, gets called in by chairman

Brooks Peck
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Now imagine an 8-year-old in his place. (Getty)

With Dean Saunders leaving his post as manager of second-place League One side Doncaster Rovers to take over at Wolverhampton mid-season, the search is on for his replacement. Enter brash 8-year-old fan Mac Wilson.

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Perhaps emboldened by the youngest manager in the Premier League, 35-year-old Andre Villas-Boas, recently winning the manager of the month award, Wilson emailed an application for the Doncaster job. And to set himself apart from the other, less confident applicants, he included the gutsy promise to get the club promoted up to the Premier League in just three years time. This caught club chairman John Ryan's eye, so now young Mac will be a guest of honor for this weekend's match against Leyton Orient.

From the Doncaster Free Press:

The Saltersgate Junior pupil was left “gobsmacked” when Mr Ryan responded to his application letter - and will meet up with players ahead of this Saturday’s clash before being “interviewed” for Rovers’ top job.

Dad Adi said: “When 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.”

Said Mr Ryan: “One of the nicer sides of being the chairman of a football club is that sometimes you can make someone’s day.

“My daughter Claire was with me at the time that I got Mac’s letter and my first thought was to give him a ring,” he said.

While this is all incredibly cool of John Ryan, now that Pep Guardiola is no longer available, Roman Abramovich would like to seriously talk to Mac about taking over at Chelsea.

H/T: James Dart

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