Villa fan, 6, applied to be boss

Leamington schoolboy Charlie Pye, who applied for the Aston Villa manager's job before he was 'just pipped' by new boss Tim Sherwood. Pictured outside Villa Park. 7Usj6k0WshG9zLd0bKaW
Leamington schoolboy Charlie Pye, who applied for the Aston Villa manager's job before he was 'just pipped' by new boss Tim Sherwood. Pictured outside Villa Park. 7Usj6k0WshG9zLd0bKaW
  • Six-year-old Leamington schoolboy Charlie Pye wrote to his beloved Aston Villa FC to apply for the vacant manager’s job in February
  • He told the club’s chief executive Tom Fox why he would be suitable for the role and put forward his mother and father for backroom staff roles
  • Tim Sherwood, the man appointed for the manager’s role, wrote kind reply to Charlie telling him he had ‘just pipped’ the youngster in getting the job

A Leamington schoolboy who cheekily applied for the job as Aston Villa manager when the position was vacant at the club has received a response from the man who now has the role.

Charlie Pye, six, sent an application to the Birmingham football club’s chief executive Tom Fox offering his services for the vacant position in February after former manager Paul Lambert was sacked.

But he was surprised to receive a letter from the club’s new boss Tim Sherwood congratulating him on his credentials and wishing him all the best for the future.

In his application Charlie, who has recently been made captain of one of Norton Lindsey’s junior sides, said: “I think my team talks would be very good and my tactics would be excellent.

“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.”

In response, Tim Sherwood 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.”

The story has been picked up by the global sports media including Sky Sports and ESPN.

From your letter it is clear to see that you would indeed be an ideal candidate for the job

Charlie Pye