No regrets for Richardson
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kieran Richardson has no regrets about not signing a permanent deal with West Brom.
Kieran Richardson has no regrets about not signing a permanent deal with West Bromwich Albion.
The midfielder played a key part in helping The Baggies avoid the drop last term, having joined on loan from Manchester United in January of 2005.
Baggies boss Bryan Robson was eager to sign Richardson permanently, but the England international opted to head back to Old Trafford in a bid to prove himself to Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson has used Richardson in a number of positions, but the 21-year-old has failed to nail down a regular place in the team.
Richardson is an outside bet to win a place in England's World Cup squad, having starred on the tour of United States last summer, but he does not regret snubbing The Baggies.
"I really enjoyed my time at West Brom last season and the move helped my career quite a lot because it propelled me into the spotlight and allowed me to prove I could play in The Premiership," said Richardson ahead of his return to The Hawthorns on Saturday.
"It was inevitable there would be speculation I would stay, but I always intended returning to United and I have no regrets about taking that decision."
Richardson admits he has a soft spot for West Brom and feels they can avoid the drop.
"If they show the same kind of attitude they did last season, I am sure they will get out of trouble," he added.
"Bryan Robson is a fantastic manager and he has a team of really good coaches as well. They are definitely good enough to get away from the bottom."
Richardson admits he has one eye on the World Cup and knows he needs to be playing regularly in order to impress Sven Goran Eriksson.
"Obviously, trying to get in Sven's squad is in the back of my mind, but the most important thing for me at the moment is to get back into the team," he admitted.
"You have to be playing regularly to show why you deserve to go to the World Cup and I want to try to do that over the next couple of months.
"But it would be a dream to get into the 23, especially when you consider where I was 18 months ago."