Go out and enjoy it - Wigan Athletic boss
Latics host already-relegated Swindon at the DW on Sunday (12pm kick-off) having already secured their safety with a game to spare.
And after all the trials and tribulations – on and off the field – of the last 10 months, Richardson says it’s an afternoon everyone involved is determined to celebrate.
“It’s going to be so great to be able to walk out onto the pitch at the DW with the freedom to be able to enjoy the last game and express ourselves,” he said.
“We’ve managed to achieve the unthinkable – look back to Christmas, and everyone outside the club and the town had written us off.
“In our circles, we certainly hadn’t done that, and there’s a saying in Wigan that you have to believe. We always believed – and all the sleepless nights over the last 12 months have been worth it.”
Richardson, meanwhile, has been pipped to the League One manager of the month for April.
Hull boss Grant McCann won the award, with striker Josh Magennis bagging player of the month.