Pritchard still dreams of coaching career
JAMES Pritchard admits he still harbours managerial ambitions – but is happy just playing for Penn & Tylers Green for now, writes Tim Street.
The former Flackwell Heath boss hung up his clipboard and whistle to spend more time with his family after guiding Beaconsfield SYCOB to the Southern League Central play offs two years ago.
However, unable to shake of the footballing bug entirely, Pritchard now turns out regularly for Penn & Tylers in Hellenic League Division One East, and even scored the all-important second goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Chinnor.
Pritchard said: “The manager at Penn, Giovanni Sepede, was my coach at Flackwell Heath, and when he got the job he roped in a few of us old heads.
“He has taken the club to new heights, with two top five finishes and two cup semi finals, but we’re not doing as well this season.
“Hopefully we have turned the corner though, and the club has real ambitions. We want to achieve things, and we have permission granted for floodlights so we can move up if we get promoted, and they should be ready in time for 2016-17.
“I’m really enjoying just playing, and it’s not a bad level of football. Leaving Beaconsfield was a tough decision, but I had to put my family first.
“I’ve got the appetite to go back into management, and I have really missed it. It’s just about seeing what becomes available and if it’s the right opportunity.”
Saturday’s win, in which Chris Hurst also netted, was only a third of the season for Penn and moved them out of the bottom two.
However, Chalfont Wasps, who are still yet to bag a league win this campaign, remain rooted to the bottom of the table, with a Connor Cumber double not enough to prevent a 4-2 defeat to Old Woodstock Town.
AMBITIOUS: James Pritchard as player and in the management role