JUNIOR Doncaster Rovers fan Mac Wilson will be trying out the vacant manager’s hotseat for size this weekend - after being invited for an interview by chairman John Ryan!
The football-mad youngster answered the call for a new boss following the shock departure of Dean Saunders and the Keepmoat chief was so impressed with the youngster’s application that will be guest of honour when Rovers take on Leyton Orient this weekend.
And Mac, eight, could have the edge on his rivals in the race for the job - because he says under his reign he’ll guide Rovers to the Premiership in just three years.
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.
“I got his dad on the phone and asked if I could speak to Mac with regards to the vacancy at Rovers.
“He came on the phone and I asked him whether he would like to come down for an interview. I invited them both down on Saturday for a look round, meet the players and to give him an interview.
“Mac actually put in his letter that he will get us in the Premier League in three years – I thought that was a very positive statement.
“I was a mad Rovers fan when I was eight and would have loved it if the chairman back then, whoever it was, had contacted me - I would have been in awe. It’s nice when you do things like that because people do remember.”
Mac, who plays for Sprotbrough and Cusworth Crusaders, is Rovers mad and both himself and Adi are season ticket holders at the Keepmoat.
Added Adi, of Ramsay Crescent, York Road: “We sent off the email for a bit of fun really. All credit to John for responding. Mac has been asbsolutely full of it since he got in touch and so excited.”