AFC Sudbury name new manager

Former Wroxham and Cambridge City manager David Batch has been named as Chris Tracey’s successor at AFC Sudbury.

The former Yatchmen’s boss led Wroxham to the FA Vase final in 2010 and took the Norfolk club to step four of the football ladder for the first time in their history, playing in Ryman League Division One North with AFC last season.

It follows former Yellows defender Tracey leaving the club citing work commitments on March 13, with Michael Shin and Ian Brown having taken caretaker charge.

Shinn, who has signed a new contract, also went for the position but will remain at the club as a player.

AFC Sudbury chief executive Mark Pearman said: “We are delighted that David Batch has agreed to become the new AFC Sudbury Manager.

“David was previously manager of Cambridge City and in the last four years has transformed the fortunes of Wroxham.”

He added: “David has overseen a very successful youth development programme and has nurtured some exceptional young playing talents into the first team.”

Batch said: “I am joining a club with the best facilities and best support in the league. “They are a club built on solid foundations and their vision, ambition and potential are the envy of non-League football.

“I feel very privileged to be given this opportunity and both Steve and I look forward to playing our part in bringing greater success to AFC Sudbury.”

Steve Eastaugh has been appointed as head coach, having worked with Batch at Wroxham, previously spending four years working with Norwich City’s Academy.

* For full reaction on the appointment and more details, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.