A 92-YEAR-OLD grandfather has been turned down for a football team's manager job.

George Jones' application and CV, put forward by his grandson Antony Lea, highlighted his credentials perfectly for the club he has supported his entire life.

In the covering letter, proud Antony wrote: "I believe the CV speaks for itself in terms of background, experiences, strengths, coaching skills and his secret weapon."

Touted as 'The Vintage One' rather than 'The Special One', his listed strengths include player mediation sessions mainly over cups of tea, managing difficult stakeholders (mostly family) and physical endurance (one sit-up per day, when he wakes up).

With regards to youth development, his CV informs of key roles in three kids, seven grandkids and two great grandchildren.

Winsford Guardian: Grandad George with grandson Antony Lea and daughter Judy Lea watching the footballGrandad George with grandson Antony Lea and daughter Judy Lea watching the football

His communication abilities are hailed for never forgetting a birthday, though there is mention his WhatsApp skills need work.

Grandad George's coaching skills are promoted for his leadership – having 'led his family for 92 years'; his statistical analysis stands out for 'his meticulous studies of racehorses to great effect'; and his scouting talent is highlighted for having 'won many, many prizes for his budgies'.

Arguably most importantly, the passion with which he has supported his club is pushed as an unrivalled quality in his application.

And then there is his lucky hat, which has 'never let him down'.

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Antony's covering letter continued: "It is with great pleasure and pride that I submit my Grandad George's CV in support of his application for the role of First Team Manager at your fantastic football club.

Winsford Guardian: Grandad George and his daughter Judy LeaGrandad George and his daughter Judy Lea

"He is unaware of me applying on his behalf, but with him having been an ardent supporter of Witton Albion FC for all of his 92 (and counting) years I figured the opportunity might not come up again so we should strike whilst the iron is hot.

"We eagerly anticipate confirmation of our interview date."

Winsford Guardian: The covering letterThe covering letter

The position became available at the relegated Northern Premier League club in Northwich, Cheshire, when the board of directors decided not to extend the contract of Carl Macauley, who had been in charge at the U Lock It Stadium for six-and-a-half years.

Antony did receive a rejection letter in response from club chairman Graham Wood.

"Many thanks for your interest in our vacancy," said the letter.

"We have been delighted with the overall quality of the applications, including yours.

"However, on this occasion your application has not been successful.

"We wish you well in your future football career.

"Many thanks for your interest."

Winsford Guardian: The rejection letterThe rejection letter

And how has Grandad George responded to missing out on the job?

"Onwards and upwards," said the Barnton man, who was a transport manager at ICI throughout his working life prior to retirement.

Winsford Guardian: Grandad George and family on a visit to Old TraffordGrandad George and family on a visit to Old Trafford

Witton chiefs instead decided to offer the position to former Manchester City striker Jon Macken, who also played for Crystal Palace, Preston and Northwich Victoria during a near 500-game playing career.