Former Suffolk FA chairman on AFC Sudbury role

ON THE PITCH: Mick Pearce hopes his appointment as general manager will help AFC Sudbury to flourish by allowing Chris Tracey to focus more on matters with the team
ON THE PITCH: Mick Pearce hopes his appointment as general manager will help AFC Sudbury to flourish by allowing Chris Tracey to focus more on matters with the team

Mick Pearce hopes his appointment as AFC Sudbury’s general manager can allow Chris Tracey to take the club on to great things.

The former chairman of Suffolk Football Association has linked up with Sudbury to undertake work such as contract negotiations, freeing up Tracey to concentrate on guiding the Yellows up the Ryman One North table.

Pearce hopes this could help the King’s Marsh-based outfit realise their potential of Conference South football after declaring everything else was in place to reach that standard of football.

“I believe this club has got the potential for Conference South in the way it is structured with a very small paid workforce and a volunteer workforce that is phenomenal,” said Pearce, who also described Sudbury as ‘a passionate football town’.

“The first team’s priority now is to deliver on the green grass because everything else is in place with the board, management committee and the various volunteers and supporters.

“They have got concrete foundations.

“I am helping Chris by taking away any distractions so he can concentrate on what happens to improve the performance on the grass.”

Despite being responsible for contract negotiations, Pearce has no control of the playing budget, which remains the responsibility of Tracey and AFC chairman Phil Turner.

“Chris has got a fantastic coach in Ian Brown and an experienced and well-connected assistant in Michael Shinn,” added Pearce. “With Chris’ roots in Sudbury, I think they make a very good management team.

“What they get from me is someone who is objective and can offer opinion.”

Pearce, who works for Cambridgeshire Fire Service, turned down the opportunity to take up roles with other Suffolk non-League clubs before taking up the position of general manager at The MEL Group Stadium.

“I don’t do things by halves, I’m all or nothing, so it will be absolutely everything for me,” said the 49-year-old former Bury, Thetford and Diss player, who also went on to be a referee before taking on various roles off the field that eventually ended up with him being chairman of Suffolk FA.

Manager Tracey, whose side travel to Potters Bar Town on Saturday (3pm) and Grays Athletic on Tuesday (7.45pm), said: “Mick’s come on board totally with my blessing and I’m sure it will benefit the football club.”

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