I NEEDED TO GET BACK ON THE MAR­KET

The Non-League Football Paper - - RESULTS SERVICE - By Matt Bad­cock

MARK MORSLEY couldn’t re­sist the chal­lenge of the man­ager’s job at AFC Sud­bury – af­ter ad­mit­ting he’d made a mis­take mov­ing up­stairs at Need­ham Mar­ket.

Morsley has made the short switch across Suf­folk and re­turned to the Step 4 club he man­aged be­tween 2006-08.

The for­mer Leis­ton boss takes over from Jamie God­bold, who took the Yel­lows to pro­mo­tion only to see them rel­e­gated in their first season at Step 3 and make a poor start to the new cam­paign.

Morsley guided Need­ham Mar­ket to the Ry­man North ti­tle in 2015 and es­tab­lished them as a Bostik Premier club be­fore choos­ing to step down at the end of last season and be­come chair­man of Need­ham Mar­ket Ltd.

But he soon re­alised he still needed to scratch the man­age­ment itch and when the Mar­ket­men’s neigh­bours called, he couldn’t say no.

Morsley, who took Sud­bury to two play-off fi­nals in his first spell, told

The NLP: “It’s a place I know well and that was part of the at­trac­tion of tak­ing the job on.

“I moved up­stairs at Need­ham Mar­ket in the sum­mer and it was a de­ci­sion that was a mis­take. I’ve been man­ag­ing for 19 years and there were many right rea­sons for do­ing it, but it didn’t work out that way.

“I wasn’t ac­tively look­ing for a job, but when I got a call from Danny Laws, who is the academy di­rec­tor at Sud­bury and I worked with at Need­ham, had a chat and it’s de­vel­oped from there.

“It was a big wrench. I made a lot of friends and had a re­ally good five years at Need­ham. But my weak­ness is al­ways a chal­lenge. This is a chal­lenge, with­out any shadow of a doubt. But they’re a fan­tas­tic club with fan­tas­tic po­ten­tial. That’s some­thing I’ve got to re­alise and take for­ward.”

Morsley be­lieves he still has un­fin­ished busi­ness at Sud­bury and say it’s time they started cre­at­ing more h is­tory.

“They’ve got great his­tory,” he said. “The fact of the matter is, the new crop have got to start tak­ing over from the team of 10-15 years ago. “The club is sur­rounded with pic­tures of suc­cess in pre­vi­ous years, we’ve got to make some more suc­cess – de­velop and make new his­tory. The way that will hap­pen will be hav­ing a lot of like­minded foot­ballers play­ing for us.”

MY MIS­TAKE: Mark Morsley re­grets his move up­stairs

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