Exclusive: Former Ipswich Town player in frame for AFC Sudbury role

NEW CONTRACT: AFC Sudbury skipper Sam Clarke, right, who has extended his stay at King's Marsh for another season by signing a new deal with the Yellows this week

NEW CONTRACT: AFC Sudbury skipper Sam Clarke, right, who has extended his stay at King's Marsh for another season by signing a new deal with the Yellows this week

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A former Football League player who nurtured a conveyer belt of talent at Ipswich Town is part of a duo going for the vacant AFC Sudbury job.

Ex-Ipswich and Millwall left winger Tony Kinsella is putting his name forward as a first-team coach with former Leiston manager Glen Driver.

The pair have had a break from non-League management since leaving Felixstowe and Walton United in the then Ridgeons League Premier Division in 2010, but are now itching to get back in the game.

With 51-year-old Kinsella having been an academy coach at Ipswich when Darren Bent, Darren Ambrose, Ian Westlake and Matt Richards were coming through, it is thought they could be a good fit for AFC’s ambitions of seeing their grassroots scheme regularly bear fruit in the first team.

Driver, 38, who began managning at Leiston at 29, said the pair had been invited for an interview at his former club, a league higher than AFC, but decided it wasn’t right for them.

“Tony Kinsella had a chat and I said to him there were only three jobs I would be interested in taking to get back into the game and Sudbury is one of those,” said Driver, with his former clubs Needham Market and Leiston, both now unavailable, being the other two.

He added: “It (AFC) is a lovely football club.

“Me and Tony have always liked to work with a good youth system, like we did at Felixstowe — we believe age is just a number and if you are good enough you should be given a chance.”

Meanwhile, AFC Sudbury chairman Phil Turner has revealed the club, who have said they have been ‘inundated’ with applications, are ready to wait until the end of the season to make their minds up.

“We are not going to make a decision this side of the end of the season,” he said.

He added it would allow caretakers Michael Shinn and Ian Brown every chance to push their case for the job.