Jimmy Bullard, because of his antics during his playing career and post-retirement, is known as one of football’s jokers - a bit of a clown.
The former Wigan, Fulham and Hull City midfielder has become a TV personality since hanging up his boots in 2012.
He regularly appears on Soccer AM, he starred in ITV’s comedy panel show Play to the Whistle and even travelled to Australia to take part in I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!.
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But despite the incessant banter, one football club has taken a chance on the 37-year-old.
Not in a playing capacity but by hiring him as a first-team coach. That’s right: Jimmy Bullard has officially entered the world of football management.
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Leatherhead have gambled on Bullard
But who in their right minds would dream of appointing Bullard? Step forward, Leatherhead Football Club.
With the club languishing second to bottom of the Isthmian League table, having secured one win from their opening seven matches, they’ve turned to Bullard in a bid to help turn their season around.
“The club are delighted to announce the appointment of Jimmy Bullard at first team manager with immediate effect. Jimmy has enjoyed a wonderful professional career as a professional at Fulham, Hull City, West Ham, Peterborough, Fulham, Ipswich Town and Milton Keynes Dons and this will be his first appointment as a manager – a career he is passionate about pursuing.
“Jimmy has gained a wealth of experience into a variety of management and coaching techniques as a player and is looking to bring the best of these experiences to Leatherhead Football Club, coupled with a very clear philosophy in terms of how he wishes his team to play.
“Jimmy has lived in Cobham for some years, and is excited at the upcoming challenge as well as being very impressed by the state of the art training facilities available at River Lane. Jimmy has held lengthy discussions with me as well as other senior club personnel in order to help in understand the clubs ethos as well as our ambitions for the future that we look forward to him being part of.
“Jimmy will be bringing in support staff, coupled with my help and contacts in the non league football community in order we can look to strengthen the first team squad.
“I know you will join me in welcoming Jimmy to the club at the very earliest opportunity.”
Here’s how Twitter has reacted to the news…
Never mind them, Jimmy. Go prove them all wrong.
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