Wroxham boss David Batch set for Sudbury
- Credit: IAN BURT
Departing Wroxham boss David Batch admits he's leaving Trafford Park with a heavy heart after agreeing to become the new manager of AFC Sudbury.
Batch announced his shock decision yesterday afternoon following a hugely successful four-year spell with the Yachtsmen.
He became one of the club's most successful managers of all time by winning the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and reaching the 2010 FA Vase final at Wembley..
Batch, who will take assistant Steve Eastaugh with him, said: 'This is a great opportunity for me to move a club forward who already have the best facilities in the league, the best pitch in the league and the highest average gate in the league.
'Despite this obvious attraction, it is one of the hardest decisions I've had to make due to the excellent relationships I have built with everyone at Wroxham.
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'I joined four years ago (from Cambridge City) and was determined that when I left the club it would be in a better position than when I arrived. It is for other people to judge whether this has been achieved, but I am extremely proud of the small part I have played in the history of what is the most decorated Senior football club in the county bar none.
'I would like to thank all players, past and present for a fantastic period where they won a league, became the first Norfolk club to be promoted to Step Four, played at Wembley in the FA Vase final and had two further cup final appearances, including last week at Carrow Road, with a playing budget that has barely changed in the entire period I've been manager.
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'I would like to thank all the people connected with the club who have made my tenure a very pleasant one.'
Yachtsmen chairman Tom Jarrett said: 'We are sorry to see them go but they are both ambitious and see a brighter future at AFC Sudbury.
'We wish them well and our efforts will now be focused on securing replacements and the future of the club.'
Anyone interested in filling the vacancies should contact Jarrett on 07500822822 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org