Where Are They Now? Richard Sneekes

  • May 23, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton midfielder Richard Sneekes is back in England, having been announced as the new manager of non-league Rushall Olympic.

Wanderers fans will remember Sneekes from an 18-month spell at Burnden Park between 1994 and 1996, during which time he was part of the first Trotters squad to win promotion to the Premier League.

After coming through the youth system at his hometown club, Ajax, in Amsterdam, Sneekes had spells at Volendam, Fortuna Sittard and FC Locarno before moving to England in August 1994 for a fee of around £200,000.

He impressed as Bolton won promotion to the top-flight in 1995, but struggled to adapt to the demands of the highest tier in English football and was sold to West Bromwich Albion for £400,000 in March 1996. During his time with the Trotters, Sneekes scored a total of 11 goals in 69 games.

Sneekes' time at the Hawthorns was much more successful than his time at Bolton, as he went on to play 253 times for the Baggies - scoring 34 times. The Dutchman spent five-and-a-half years in the Midlands, before joining Stockport County on a free transfer in September 2001 - at the age of 32.

From that point on, his career began to stall. His time at Stockport lasted less than 12 months, as he went on to have short spells at Hull City and Herfolge BK before announcing his retirement in the summer of 2003.

He came out of retirement on two separate occasions, to have brief spells at Hinckley United and Dudley Town - in 2007 and 2010, respectively - before moving into the world of coaching.

Sneekes spent 13 months as assistant Academy Coach at Tamworth between May 2010 and July 2011, before taking over the role of First Team Coach at Hereford United. 12 months at Edgar Street followed and he remained out of the game until being confirmed as the new manager of Rushall Olympic on May 15, 2014.

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