21 Facts About Richie Wellens


Richard Paul Wellens was born on 26 March 1980 and is an English professional football manager and former player who played as a midfielder.

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Richie Wellens is currently head coach of EFL League Two club Leyton Orient.

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Richie Wellens began his career at Manchester United before signing for Blackpool in 2000, where he went on to win promotion from League Two via the playoffs in 2001.

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Richie Wellens became an instant first team regular at the club and before long he was a fan's favourite.

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Richie Wellens made 226 appearances with Blackpool before his move in 2005 to Oldham Athletic.

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Richie Wellens featured in all but three matches for Leicester in the Championship that season.

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Richie Wellens played a crucial role in Nigel Pearson's team that reached the play-offs semi-finals, where they lost to Cardiff City on penalties.

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Richie Wellens was named Championship Player of the Month for January, and won the club's player of the year award on 3 May 2011.

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On 23 July 2013, Richie Wellens left Leicester City by mutual consent, having played a total of 149 games and scoring 6 goals over his four seasons with them.

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Richie Wellens joined Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer in January 2016, signing an 18-month contract.

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In September 2016, Richie Wellens signed for National League North side Salford City.

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Richie Wellens said he was ready to be a manager, and hoped he and the club could adopt an approach for long-term success.

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Richie Wellens was dismissed on 8 June 2018 after Oldham's relegation to League Two.

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Richie Wellens admitted it was "the right time" to part ways, and admitted he had made mistakes that he hoped to learn from for a future managerial role.

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On 13 November 2018, Richie Wellens was appointed manager of League Two side Swindon Town following the sacking of Phil Brown.

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On 4 November 2020, Richie Wellens was appointed as the new manager of his former club Salford City, now playing in League Two.

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On 17 May 2021, Richie Wellens was appointed manager of League One club Doncaster Rovers.

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On 2 December 2021, Richie Wellens was sacked by Doncaster after just 199 days in charge with the club sitting 23rd in the table with the club having picked up just thirteen points from nineteen matches.

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On 9 March 2022, Richie Wellens was appointed head coach of League Two club Leyton Orient on a two-and-a-half year deal.

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Richie Wellens cites former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson as a major influence on his approach.

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Richie Wellens' son, Charlie, is a footballer who is currently contracted to Manchester United.

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