As AFC Sudbury started their search for a new manager this week, 28-year-old Michael Shinn has revealed he has thrown his hat in the ring.
The current caretaker manager, assistant to Chris Tracey who had his shock resignation accepted last Wednesday, would become the club’s youngest ever manager if he were to get the job full-time.
But the man who he could succeed believes he is ready to handle the step-up, as long as he hangs up his boots to do it.
“Michael definitely knows his football and he is well liked in the dressing room — people think he is in his 30s rather than 28,” said Tracey, who cited heavy work commitments for his exit (see page 71 for full interview).
“What I would say though is I tried being player/manager at a lower level at Long Melford and it is much harder than people realise, but I wish him all the best if he does become the new manager.”
Shinn himself, whose first game in charge saw AFC go down to a single goal defeat at third-placed Thamesmead Town on Saturday, said: “I have been asked to do it until further notice and I have said I am interested in the job if they are happy to go down that line.
“I do appreciate there will be a lot of applicants going for the job with a lot of experience, but I am confident I would be able to do the job alongside Ian Brown (Tracey’s first-team coach) as his assistant — I would like the job.”
He added: “It is a big job and the club would be silly not to speak to people as it could potentially be the biggest non-League club in Suffolk.”
Chief executive Mark Pearman would not be drawn on any matters relating to the departure or search for an incoming manager, including timeframe.
But in a short statement posted on the club’s official website last Wednesday night, he said: “We thank him (Tracey) for his efforts.
“We also thank him for his honesty for putting the club first and as a genuine supporter, we will look forward to seeing him in the near future at The MEL Group Stadium, supporting the club, as he has done so for many years.”
The Free Press understands Shinn and Brown will still be in charge of Saturday’s home game with Tilbury (3pm), but it is less clear if a new man could be in place as soon as Wednesday’s game at mid-table Romford on Wednesday (7.45pm), who groundshare with Thurrock.