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Leam Richardson

Leam Richardson

Playing Career  

Richardson spent the majority of his playing days in the North West of England. After coming through the youth ranks with Blackburn Rovers, he completed a money-move to neighbours Bolton Wanderers and played his part in helping the Trotters reach the Premier League, after defeating Preston North End at the Millennium Stadium in the Play-off final, in 2001.  

During his time with Wanderers, he enjoyed loan spells with Notts County and Blackpool before making his move to the Seasiders a permanent one in 2003, spending two years at Bloomfield Road.

A right-back by trade, the next and final stop of his playing career came at Accrington Stanley, where he played his part in an unprecedented period of success for the club, helping them to the National League title in 2006, as well as playing his part in establishing them as an EFL regular.  


Coaching Career  

After wearing their colours in a playing capacity for eight years, Richardson’s first steps in management came with Stanley, when he took charge following Paul Cook’s departure to Chesterfield. He would eventually follow Cook to the Spireites as his assistant in the summer and the pair enjoyed many years of success together.  

Firstly, they guided the Derbyshire outfit to the Sky Bet League Two title, before securing a Play-off spot the year after, Chesterfield’s highest league finish since the 1980/81 campaign. He would join Cook once again as he departed for Portsmouth, with the duo masterminding another fourth tier title success with Pompey.  

Wigan Athletic would be the next stop and again, it would lead to more silverware, with the Latics landing the League One title in 2018. Following financial hardship, Cook departed DW Stadium when a 10-point deduction for entering administration saw the team relegated from the second tier. 

Richardson helped steer the ship through choppy waters in League One and oversaw a miraculous rescue act to keep the Latics in the division the following year.

He was rewarded for his stellar work with the job on a full-time basis and, once again, got his hands on silverware at the end of the campaign. Wigan would end the 2021/22 campaign as champions, with Richardson landing the EFL League One Manager of the Season gong.  

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