Tracey: ‘I made a big mistake on transfers’

AFC Sudbury boss Chris Tracey has admitted his plan to fast-track promotion at the club backfired.

In a brutally honest assessment of his first full season at the helm, Tracey admitted to making a ‘big mistake’ in his transfer dealings, building a squad of players with Conference experience, before shedding six when they exited both FA-run cups by the end of September.

Following an excellent 2-1 home win over league leaders Maldon and Tiptree on Tuesday, he said: “Four defeats in 13 games shows how much we have progressed and if you look at our form over that period (if replicated) we would have been in the shake-up.

“If I am here next season, obviously I will not be looking to tinker too much like I did over the summer (13 signings) as it was a big mistake.”

With AFC travelling to mid-table Cheshunt on Saturday (3pm), he added: “I thought we needed to freshen it up as we had finished seventh and eighth in the last two years and that backfired.

“Everybody always wants success now and, I hate to mention it, but if you look at Bury (Town) that took 10 years — hopefully it will not take that long at Sudbury.”