David Batch Appointed At St Neots Town
St Neots Town have announced that David Batch has been appointed as the new first-team manager. He replaces Gary King, who resigned earlier this month at the Southern League club.
He started his football career as a player with Cambridge United but quickly turned to coaching and management. Batch, 42, is a fully qualified UEFA A licence coach and was the youngest ever at the time to gain that accreditation in the UK.
He took on the managers job at Downham Town and and became the youngest senior football manager in the country in doing so. He then took on the youth team at Cambridge United and later the reserve team whilst they were playing within the Football League, before becoming the manager at rivals Cambridge City at non-league level.
Batch took over as manager of Wroxham in April 2009, taking his team to Wembley and the Final of the FA Vase in his first season as boss. In his second season Wroxham finished the league in third place and reached the League Cup final, Batch then guided them to the Ryman League Division One North following promotion at the end of the 2011/12 season.
In July 2013 he took over at Ryman League North Division club AFC Sudbury where he has put together an excellent squad this season and has seen off higher league opposition, Bognor Regis Town, Maidstone United and his new club St Neots in the FA Trophy.