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Who is Swindon Town FC manager Richie Wellens?
Richie Wellens is the current Swindon Town manager after being appointed in November 2018. Wellens was born on 26 March 1980 in Manchester, England and is a 39 year old manager. He was previously a professional footballer playing in midfield for sides such as Leicester City, Ipswich Town, Blackpool and Oldham Athletic after spending time at Manchester United as a youngster.
Wellens had a playing career that spanned from 1999 to 2017 and made 609 competitive appearances and scored 41 goals. He played for Manchester United, Blackpool, Oldham Athletic, Doncaster Rovers, Leicester City, Shrewsbury Town, Salford City and Macclesfield Town throughout his career. He also had loan spells at Ipswich Town and Oldham Athletic where he failed to impress in either spell.
Across the entirety of his career, Richie Wellens has had many major honours for the club and individual awards. His most notable club awards are the League Trophy in 2002 and 2004 along with winning the third division playoff in 2001 and 2008 at Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers respectively. He won many player of the year awards in England including Leicester City’s in 2011 and Doncaster Rovers’ in 2008. He also made the second and third division team of the year teams in 2004, 2007 and 2008.
In July 2017, Richie Wellens joined Oldham Athletic as a coach and was made the caretaker manager of the club just 2 months later. He was made the permanent manager in October 2018 after impressing the board before being sacked just 8 months later after seeing the club relegated to the EFL League Two.
In November 2018, Richie Wellens was appointed as the first team manager for Swindon Town after replacing outgoing manager Phil Brown. In his opening season, Wellens guided the club to a 13th placed finish whilst also reaching the second round of the FA Cup but he only made the first round of the EFL Cup second round of the EFL Trophy. In the upcoming campaign, the Swindon Town fans will be hoping Richie Wellens can have a better shot at doing well in the EFL League Two and will be wanting to regain their EFL League One spot next season. With a good pre season campaign behind him and a few good signings, the club could do very well next season in the league.