Aston Villa hired Tim Sherwood as its new manager in February, and now Sherwood has sent a letter of encouragement to a 6-year-old he "beat out' for the job.
As Villa's website relates, young Charlie Pye sent an adorable application in for the job after Paul Lambert was fired in February. Though Sherwood got the job after just five months at Tottenham, Pye sure presented himself as a promising candidate—one who might only need just a little more experience.
In the initial letter, Charlie said: "I think my team talks would be very good and my tactics would be excellent.
"We need to stop the goals by getting in the way. We need to score more by shooting on target. This is a winning formula, so my dad says.
"As for payment on taking the job, all I ask is for a signed claret and blue football, a WWE wrestling figure and some sweets. As a win bonus each week, I would want a Twix.
"I would appoint my mum and dad as assistant managers so they can drive me to the training ground each day. My mum is also very good at making bacon sandwiches for the players if that helps.
"If I am successful, I would also need you to tell my school that I don't need to attend anymore as I have a job."
Low compensation demands? A strong sense of family? Bacon sandwiches? Sherwood had no choice but to write Pye telling him it was an honor to compete against him in the process.
In his response, Tim said: "From your letter it is clear to see that you would indeed be an ideal candidate for the job due to your knowledge of the game - and your very capable backroom staff, of course!
"Hopefully you're not too disappointed at missing out and I'm informed that I just managed to pip you to the post so you were very close to being offered the job.
"Our chief executive Tom Fox has informed me that the club would like your permission to keep the letter on file 'just in case' - although I'm hoping I will be successful at this great football club.
"I will certainly be aiming to make you and all the other supporters happy.
"In terms of your football career, I want to wish Norton Lindsey every success this season. Well done on being appointed captain. I was a captain during my own playing career - it's a special honour."
Great stuff all around. Even without Pye in the fold—yet—Villa seems to be in good hands with Sherwood.
- Mike Fiammetta