Mick Pearce joins AFC Sudbury

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Former Suffolk Football Association chairman Mick Pearce has been appointed the club’s new general manager.

Pearce, who has often been seen at AFC games since standing down from the county FA role he held since 2007 last year, will oversee Chris Tracey’s budget and all other team financial matters as well as having a big role in identifying new players and dealing with contracts and terms.

AFC Sudbury chairman Philip Turner released a statement saying: “I am pleased to announce that we have appointed Mick Pearce as the club’s general manager.

“He will be working closely with Chris Tracey and his management team and will assisting them by taking over responsibility for the team budget and all team financial matters.

“Mick will also assist with the identification of new players and in conjunction with Chris Tracey will agree future terms and conditions of contract.”

He added Pearce had a wealth of experience in senior and local football, which would be an asset to the club.

Pearce played for various clubs in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire between 1978 and 1998 before moving into the middle of the pitch as a refereed between 1982 and 2007.

He then went into league management before being appointed as the Suffolk County FA vice chairman for three years between 2004 and 2007, when he became chairman, serving from 2007 until he stood down earlier last year.

Pearce is a member of the Suffolk County FA Council for West Suffolk (North) representing junior football since 2002 to date and was a Suffolk County FA Committee Member with responsibility for referees and discipline.

In his business life Pearce previously worked for the Lloyds Banking Group for 32 years and was the local director for Suffolk and Norfolk for the last eight years. He is currently the business support group manager for the Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Turner added: “We are delighted he has agreed to join us and I am sure that with his wealth of business and football back ground he will be a great asset to the club and considerable help to Chris and the team as we build for the future.”