Pritchard still dreams of coach­ing ca­reer

FOOT­BALL

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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

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