Date: 12th October 2009 at 5:34pm
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Not pounds sterling, Richard Money!

Money is currently working at Newcastle in the role of academy director although he does have managerial experience with S****horpe United, Allmänna Idrottsklubben (AIK) of Sweden, Newcastle Jets of Australia and, more recently, Walsall.

Relatively unknown when he took over at Walsall, who were in the Coca-Cola League Two at the time of his appointment, Money’s task of taking Walsall back into League One and even possibly the Championship looked a difficult one and few tipped him to succeed. This did not deter Money, as Walsall won the League Two title by a point to gain promotion to League One and the aforesaid manager achieved legendary status amongst Saddlers fans.

Money’s reputation was further enhanced in Walsall’s first season back in League One. Under his guidance, the Saddlers went on an 18 game unbeaten run in all competitions to leave the Midlands club firmly in the top six but all of his good work was undone as chairman Jeff Bonser accepted derisory bids from Coventry for star defenders Daniel Fox and Scott Dann. The loss of these two and the failure to sufficiently replace them contributed significantly to Walsall’s slip in form and consequent 12th place finish in League One, 12 points off the play-offs. Nonetheless, it was a great achievement for a side who had just been promoted to League One.

Although Money was working on tight constraints, his use of the transfer market wasn’t the best. That said, he did make a few good signings; most notably Trevor Benjamin and Kevin Harper on loan, who were key to the promotion of the 2006-07 season. However, every manager will make good and bad signings so the jury will still be out on this aspect.

Money eventually left Walsall due to a ‘lack of ambition’. He believed that, with sufficient financial backing, he could take Walsall back to the Championship and consolidate a place there however chairman Bonser had other ideas and refused to back Money, so he left the club. However, he is still regarded as a legend by Walsall fans for his achievements as manager of Walsall and would be welcomed back with open arms at the Bescot, should the managerial post become vacant.

Money has worked with a tight budget before and had success so I see no reason why he can’t repeat this at Prenton Park. One thing that Money will not allow is complacency, much like many other managers in the game. For me, he is a good candidate for the job and should be considered seriously should he want the job here.

He has proven that he can do well lower down the leagues and obviously there are bigger names out there to take the manager’s job but Money has the credentials and, more importantly, the experience of lower league management.

He may not be a big name who will get people through the gates but, after seeing what he did at Walsall, Richard Money would be a superb appointment for us.