Richard took charge at Eastleigh in September 2012, succeeding Ian Baird who had been at the helm since October 2007.

Richard’s playing career was cruelly cut short due to a knee injury in 1989. A striker, whose clubs included Nuneaton Borough, Watford, and Oxford United, he enjoyed his most prolific spell at Northampton Town. In his second year with the Cobblers, 1986/1987, Richard contributed 29 goals to his team’s total of 103 on the way to winning the Fourth Division Championship.

That form earned Richard a move to Watford for a then Fourth Division record fee of £258,000, before he soon switched to Oxford for £260,000.

Since he finished playing, Richard has gained a wealth of coaching experience working as assistant to, among others, John Gregory and Brian Little, at a host of clubs including, Wycombe Wanderers, Queens Park Rangers, Aston Villa, Tranmere Rovers, and Gillingham.

Richard has worked as a coach at both Reading and Swindon Town, while his previous assignments as a Number One came with Stevenage Borough between 1998 and 2000, and Hellenic League Witney Town for four months in 2011.

Prior to that spell with Witney, Richard worked as a Technical Adviser to the Ethiopian National side. Upon leaving Witney, his travels took him to work as Assistant Manager – to Gregory again – at FC Kairat in Kazakhstan’s Premier League.