Richard Money (born 13 October 1955) is an English former footballer and manager and is a current academy director for the Atlanta United FC. Most recently he managed Cambridge United, overseeing the side's return to the Football League after a nine-year absence. Money was dismissed by Cambridge in November 2015.

Career

Born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, Money grew up a Norwich City fan. He began his career at Scunthorpe United as a defender, later playing for Liverpool, Luton, Portsmouth and Fulham, among others, during the 1970s and 1980s. At Liverpool he was an unused substitute in the 1981 European Cup Final, having played in the semi-final.

Money became caretaker player/manager of Scunthorpe at the end of his playing career. He was later Youth Coach at Aston Villa before returning four years later to Scunthorpe to take the manager's role. He became coach at Nottingham Forest during their successful return to the premiership and Europe in the 1990s before leaving with manager Frank Clark to coach at Manchester City. He also had very successful spells as both Academy Director and First Team Coach at Coventry City.[2] He built up extensive experience in management and coaching in Sweden, as manager of successful club AIK, gaining experience of coaching in the UEFA Cup, and then at Västerås SK, saving them from certain relegation. He then coached in Australia with Newcastle United Jets in the newly formed A-League, leading the club to a fourth-place finish and a place in the Grand final series.

Money returned to England to become manager of Walsall in May 2006, signing a two-year contract.[3] He guided Walsall to the League Two title in the 2006–07 season, with the club conceding just 34 goals over 46 games. He was linked with the vacant managerial position at local rivals Coventry City in February 2008.[4]

Money resigned from Walsall on 22 April 2008, after it was confirmed the club could not reach the League One play-offs.[5] During his time at The Bescot Stadium, he was affectionately known as "Dickie Dosh".[6]

On 24 June 2008 it was confirmed that Money would become Newcastle United's Academy Director.[7]

On 30 October 2009, Money was announced as manager of Conference Premier side Luton Town, the club he had played for in the 1982–83 season.[8] After a run of games in March 2010 where Luton won seven out of eight games, scoring twenty-seven goals, Money was given the Conference Manager of the Month award. Luton finished the season in second place, losing to York City in the play-off semi-final.[9] In August 2010 Money apologised to Luton supporters for confronting them over criticism and abuse of his players. He later released a statement apologising to the club and supporters."[10][11] He was replaced six months later by his assistant Gary Brabin on 28 March 2011. He left the club third in the league and with the most successful win ratio of any Luton Town manager.[12]

On 4 October 2012 it was announced that Money had joined Cambridge United as head coach, with the then current manager, Jez George, returning to his role as Director of Football.[13] Cambridge finished 14th at the end of the 2012–13 campaign before undertaking a significant rebuild of the squad. A host of players arrived in readiness for the new campaign, Money's first full season in charge, and Cambridge were unbeaten after the first 16 games of the Conference season. Though that run was eventually ended by Southport, Cambridge remained in the top two for the remainder of the season – winning the FA Trophy along the way. Money then led the club to promotion via the play-offs, a 2–1 victory over Gateshead at Wembley securing a return to the Football League after a nine-year absence.

Money then guided his newly promoted Cambridge side to a replay against Manchester United in the F.A. Cup Fourth Round at Old Trafford in January 2015. On 11 May 2015 Money signed a new 3-year contract with Cambridge - prolonging his stay until 2018, and officially giving him the title of manager, rather than head coach.

Money was sacked as manager on 2 November 2015.

On April 16, 2016, Money was announced as the Atlanta United FC Academy Director. [14]

Managerial statistics

Competitive matches only. Correct as of match played 30 October 2015.[15][16][17][18]
TeamNatFromToRecord
PWDLWin %
Scunthorpe UnitedEngland6 January 199331 July 19947023242332.86
AIKSweden1 January 200319 April 2004371613843.24
Västerås SKSweden25 May 200431 October 200424116745.83
Newcastle JetsAustralia23 August 20052 May 200627971133.33
WalsallEngland3 May 200622 April 200810344332642.72
Luton TownEngland30 October 200928 March 20118446211754.76
Cambridge UnitedEngland4 October 20122 November 201517067455839.41
Total47820013614241.84

Honours

As a player

Liverpool

As a manager

Walsall

Cambridge

As an individual