However, the big test for the 35-year-old remains how he will combine the role of manager with that of being a player, and that test began today.
Richardson's Notts side was largely made up of trialists and fringe players, while Crewe fielded a number of first-team players. The County boss himself had Notts' best chances, twice coming close to hitting the target.
The tough-tackling defender now hopes he'll be able to return to the first-team squad for Saturday's trip to Bury, admitting he may even have to return to the first Xl should injury doubt Mike Whitlow be unable to play.
"Hopefully I'll be OK to go on the bench," he told the NEP. "But I might even have to play if Mike Whitlow doesn't make it."