No timescale on new boss

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: AFC Sudbury's Michael Shinn, left, has collected more Free Press man-of-the-match awards than any other Sudbury player this season
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: AFC Sudbury's Michael Shinn, left, has collected more Free Press man-of-the-match awards than any other Sudbury player this season

AFC Sudbury chairman Phillip Turner has said the club are closing in on their new manager, but still has not revealed a timescale for an appointment.

It is now more than two months on from Chris Tracey’s resignation on March 13 and some fans will worry the situation has left their divisional rivals stealing a march on AFC in recruiting new players for the 2013/14 season.

But Turner has broke the King Marsh’s club’s silence on the matter by telling the Free Press applications are now closed and interviews are currently under way as the race to find Tracey’s successor steps up a gear.

“Things are moving on and we are taking the necessary action,” he said. “We have had considerable interest and we have closed applications as we now have more than enough to choose from — we are in the process of interviewing.

“Obviously we are working as a matter of urgency now it is the end of the season and with pre-season ahead — we will make our decision in good time.”

Tracey’s assistant Michael Shinn took on a player/caretaker manager role following his departure and has been busy putting pre-season preparations in place for the new boss, which could still turn out to be for himself.

Turner said: “Michael Shinn is doing a great job organising pre-season and I take my hat off to him.

“He has done a first-class job taking the responsibility on towards the end of the season and my thanks goes out to him.”

A trio of glamour home pre-season friendly matches have already been lined up with AFC Sudbury set to face npower League One neighbours Colchester United on Friday July 12 (7.45pm).

Npower League Two champions Gillingham and Blue Square Bet Premier side Cambridge United will also visit The MEL Group Stadium on midweek dates yet to be confirmed, while the club are waiting to hear back from another high-profile professional club.

Turner said: “It is going to be very exciting to play these teams, particularly Gillingham, who won promotion and is sure to be a measure for the side we will put out this season.”

AFC Sudbury’s awards presentation night take place at the club tonight with Michael Shinn having accumulated the most Free Press man-of-the-match accolades throughout the season with nine.