07:15PM, Wednesday 21 July 2021
James Pritchard said he is excited to start ‘a new journey in football’ as assistant manager of Windsor FC and is assured he can bring over an invaluable skillset to help the Royalists transition into the Combined Counties League.
Pritchard’s most recent stint in football management was at Thame Rangers where the COVID-19 pandemic greatly impacted the step 6 club’s ability to operate. Prior to that, Pritchard was best known locally as the boss of Marlow United.
Now, he has been appointed at Stag Meadow to assist Mark Cooper and the Royalists, and the 45-year-old believes he has the knowledge and previous experience of the sport capable of ensuring a successful forthcoming campaign.
“It’s a really great opportunity to get involved with Windsor especially with the move into the new league,” said Pritchard.
“My knowhow, or mindset, is that the Hellenic has always been more of a physical-based league whereas the Combined Counties is what many view as the more technical.
“I like to think I can bring over a skillset to help with this, and certainly from the youth side of things, nurture the talent that will do well for the club at this level.
“It’s a breath of fresh air and something new for everyone to look forward to.”
Pritchard added: “At the moment, I’m getting to know the players and there seems to be a good squad there.
“Mark has had most of the squad now for two years, but where there are areas to strengthen, I will certainly be looking into my player pool.
“I think combined, we can put together a good squad in the coming weeks and months.
“On matchdays, I have no doubt we are going to work in tandem to pick the team, understand the team, and everything about it. Mark is the manager, and always will be, but I feel like I can contribute plenty.
“The main thing for me is enjoying the football, being successful, and bring in some talent that can go on to further steps in the pyramid. Hopefully, we can go on to have a structured, consistent season. That is our plan, and that’s what we’re striving for.”
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