Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club St Neots Town have announced that David Batch has been appointed as….
….the new first-team manager.
Batch, 42, is a fully qualified UEFA A licence coach and at the time was the youngest ever to gain that accreditation in the UK.
He started his career as a player with Cambridge United but quickly decided that management and coaching was to be his chosen profession and he became the youngest senior football manager in the country at Downham Town and from there, took over the youth team and later the reserve team at Cambridge United whilst they were a Football League club, before becoming manager of Cambridge City.
He then concentrated on building up business affairs where he has built his company `Premier Sports` into one of the most prestigious companies in its field.
In April 2009 he took over as manager of Wroxham, leading the club to Wembley and the Final of the FA Vase in his first season in charge.
The club also finished in third place in the league and reached the League Cup final in his second season before guiding them to promotion at the end of the 2011/12 season, where they joined the Ryman League Division One North.
In July 2013 he moved to AFC Sudbury where he has built an excellent team this season and have beaten Bognor Regis Town, Maidstone United and St Neots – all higher league opposition in the FA Trophy.
They finally succumbed away to Braintree Town from the Vanarama Conference by the only goal of the game.
Chairman Mike Kearns said: “It has been a long couple of weeks but in the end we got our man. I wanted an ambitious young manager who has an excellent management record, the highest coaching accreditation and good man management skills. I also wanted someone who appreciated just what we are trying to achieve at the club from first team right down to grassroots football. David has all of those credentials.”