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"One of a kind": Barry Richardson leaves the club

First-team coach departs Adams Park to be closer to his family.

29 December 2017

Barry Richardson has called time on his Chairboys career after almost four years with the club, to be closer to his family.

The first-team coach arrived at Adams Park in January 2014 and instantly became an integral member of Gareth Ainsworth’s management staff, specialising in the development of goalkeepers including Matt Ingram and Jamal Blackman.

However, Richardson says the time has come for him to spend more time with his family, who are based in Lincoln, and leaves with only fond memories of his spell with Wycombe.

“I’ve loved every minute of working with the gaffer, Dobbo, all the management staff and players, and it’s been fantastic to see the club come a long way from the position it was in when I first joined.

“When I came here in 2014 it was just to help out and see how things went, but after we survived relegation against Torquay, I was really impressed with the gaffer’s plans to take the club forward and these past four years have been some of the most enjoyable times of my career.

“But I have to put my family first and it’s been hard to spend so much time away from them, travelling up and down the country a few times each week and not being able to be there for my wife and girls.

“Leaving Wycombe was a really difficult decision to make and I really hope and believe they can go up this year. It’s a special club with some great people who I’ll keep in touch with and I’m sure I’ll be back to visit.”

Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: “Baz is one of a kind and he has been a massive part in the progress that we’ve made over the past four years. He’s been much more than a colleague – he’s a true friend and we’re sad to see him go.

“You just need to look at someone like Matt Ingram who developed into one of the best young keepers in the Football League under Baz’s guidance. Then there was Alex Lynch who Baz coached superbly through the play-offs when he was called upon, and Ryan Allsop and Jamal Blackman who had excellent loan spells with us.

“I know our current keepers Scott Brown and Yves Ma-Kalambay think the world of Baz and that shows the respect that he’s earned from being a fantastic coach and a really good guy too.

“We fully respect his wishes to be closer to his family and he knows he’s always welcome at Adams Park because we’ll miss him being around the place.”

Sporting director Andrew Howard added: “Barry has been an outstanding servant for Wycombe Wanderers and worked incredibly hard behind the scenes. Fans might only see him in his capacity working with the goalkeepers but he has played a massive role in many different areas.

“I’d like to thank him for all the support he has given to me personally as well as to Gareth, Richard and the rest of the staff, and wish him every success for the future.”

As well as his coaching duties, Richardson hit the headlines when he was required to don the gloves in a league game against Plymouth in 2016 – aged 46 - following an injury to Alex Lynch, becoming the first visiting keeper to keep a clean sheet at Home Park that season as the Chairboys recorded a famous 1-0 victory.

Barry has also been responsible for the designs of the ranges of playing and training kit, working closely with supplier O’Neills to create strips including the current yellow kaleidoscopic goalkeeper kit which achieved international attention when launched in the summer.

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