Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio makes Donald Duck and Adele promise for Wolves FA Cup tie

EXCLUSIVE: If Premier League giants Wolves lose to non-league Chorley in the FA Cup fourth round, manager Jamie Vermiglio has some interesting ways of celebrating lined up including a sing-song

Posted Thursday, January 21, 2021 by

Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio has made a promise if his side pull off a mighty FA Cup shock against Wolves which might make you think he is a bit quack-ers.

The National League North side have gone viral across the world for belting out Adele's Someone Like You to celebrate each of their wins on this historic Cup run.

But Chorley manager Vermiglio may break the internet if somehow his side make it to the fifth round by beating the Premier League giants at Victory Park on Friday night.

"If we beat Wolves I will sing the full Adele song in Donald Duck,” he said. “I will commit to it now.”

There is a story to this, he hasn't just lost his mind.

Before his side took on Peterborough in the second round he promised his players he would conduct an interview in a Donald Duck impression.

Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio makes Donald Duck and Adele promise for Wolves FA Cup tie
Chorley players celebrated their third-round win by singing Adele in the dressing room (Image: Twitter)

"I am a man of my word,” he said. “A few players were saying some false promises, 'If we beat Wigan, if we beat Peterborough we will do this and that' and I said 'I'll do my next interview as Donald Duck'.”

ITV Granada got the quite bizarre exclusive.

Vermiglio became well known for pulling off the impression during his day job as a school headteacher at Locking Stumps Community Primary School in Warrington.

"It has come from my teaching days,” he said. “I've always been able to do the Donald Duck voice as a kid and when you go into teaching you look to have little tricks up your sleeve to try and get the kids onside.

"My kids and family get embarrassed about it now. My little boy said 'Don't ever go on national TV and do that again Dad'.”

Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio makes Donald Duck and Adele promise for Wolves FA Cup tie
The manager of Chorley, Jamie Vermiglio, was reading the Daily Star newspaper at a training session (Image: Julian Hamilton/Daily Mirror)

Vermiglio will obviously have all the schoolkids at his place of work cheering his side on but there's also a new wave of Chorley fans to be found on the south-west coast of Ireland.

When he was 10, Vermiglio and his family moved to Killarney in County Kerry and he fell in love with football there playing with two local sides until they moved back to England four years later.

But there is still plenty of family in the picturesque town including his uncle John.

It was John's grandson who wore a Chorley shirt to school after the FA Cup first-round win over Wigan.

And the result of that was a group of 40 schoolkids calling themselves the Chorley Ultras before emptying out the club's online shop over Christmas.

Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio makes Donald Duck and Adele promise for Wolves FA Cup tie
The Chorley boss is ready to do his best Donald Duck impersonation (Image: EPA)

"I don't see my family a lot with what is going on with Covid at the moment but I know there would be plenty coming to watch,” said Vermiglio.

"To be able to enable some people to take part and feel the feel good factor of it is great. I still go back most years. It's an amazing place.”

Chorley knocked out Championship side Derby in the last round even though it ended up being basically an Under-18s side due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the Rams.

But that didn't stop Derby's new manager Wayne Rooney getting in touch beforehand.

Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio makes Donald Duck and Adele promise for Wolves FA Cup tie
Jamie Vermiglio has had support from Wayne Rooney as he prepares his team to take on Wolves

"It just says a lot of that person,” said the Chorley boss. “It has taken two minutes of his day but it makes my day. What a story that I can say to the kids at school I've spoken to Wayne Rooney.”

Next week he will be able to tell the schoolkids he went up against Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, too.

"I hope I can learn a lot from it,” added Vermiglio. “Hopefully we can try to get one over them as well.”

If they do then ready yourself for the most bizarre remix of an Adele song you could imagine.



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