AFC Sudbury boss feels a little ‘embarrassed’ after winning Ryman League Manager of the Month accolade

AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold

AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold - Credit: Archant

Fresh from receiving a Ryman League ‘Manager of the Month’ accolade for January, AFC Sudbury boss Jamie Godbold admits he is a little “embarrassed.”

Godbold was unveiled as one of a trio of winners earlier this week after the Yellows won five straight league games in January.

The former Lowestoft Town skipper only took charge of the west Suffolk club on January 11, and was in sole charge for three wins at Maldon & Tiptree (1-0), Great Wakering Rovers (6-1), and Brentwood Town (4-1).

“It feels quite embarrassing really (to win the award),” said Godbold, who will be presented with a certificate, before being measured up for bespoke new suits by Surrey-based suit and menswear specialists Nicholas Rowe Tailoring, who agreed a unique new sponsorship partnership in August to kit out all the Ryman’s top monthly managers.

“It doesn’t really feel like I did too much, and it was just a team effort to be honest.

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“Mine and Andy’s (Reynolds, Godbold’s assistant) jobs have made so much more easier by the fantastic staff and supporters here, everyone has been really welcoming.

“We’ve had a fantastic start, and hopefully it continues.”

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Under the supervision of caretaker boss Danny Laws, following previous manager David Batch’s sudden departure, Sudbury also beat Soham Town Rangers (3-1) and Cheshunt (1-0) in January, before Godbold’s tenure started.

“I’ve agreed with Danny (Laws) that he’ll get the trousers and I’ll get the jacket,” joked Godbold.

Following today’s trip to Tilbury, Godbold could well be in line for a double swoop of accolades.

Sudbury are yet to lose under their new boss, and in February, they have beaten Ware (3-2), Burnham Ramblers (3-0), and Romford (3-0), as well as drawing with league-leaders Harlow Town (1-1).

What then has been the reason behind Sudbury’s success that has lifted them to third place in the league?

“We have just concentrated on ourselves,” explained Godbold.

“We have gone into every game giving it our best shot with no fear, not worrying too much about the other teams, and it seems to be working.

“We are in a good position now, and hopefully still will be at the end of the season.”

Following a string of suspensions in the win against Romford last weekend, Godbold fielded a side with the average age of 23, including two teenage centre-halves in Stefano Mallardo and Kyran Clements.

“The youngsters that came in did really well and proved that they can step up when called upon,” continued Godbold.

“The future looks good, and it really is an exciting time at the club in terms of the youth progression and development.”

Indeed, in the week, Sudbury’s reserves/under 21’s advanced into the First Division Knock-Out Cup final with a 3-1 win over Haverhill Borough.

With suspensions again set to hit Godbold’s squad today, he will look to utilise the young talent in search of three more points.

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