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Jack Herridge says managing Wokingham & Emmbrook was ‘a privilege’

Jack Herridge says managing Wokingham & Emmbrook was ‘a privilege’

There was a new face in the dugout on Monday night for Wokingham & Emmbrook as Jack Herridge took charge of first team affairs during the Sumas cup tie at Henley Town.

Regular boss Clive McNelly was unavailable for the Reading Senior Cup Quarter Final fixture which Wokingham won 3-1 courtesy of a brace from Matt Booth and an own goal with the result setting up a semi final with neighbours Bracknell Town.

Herridge – a regular for the Sumas reserve side in the Hellenic League Division 2 East and the son of Binfield manager Roger took a few minutes out to talk about the experience.

On how the opportunity came about

“I was asked to help run the side in Clive’s absence on Monday evening due family commitments. I’ve been attached to the club since the age of 6, so it was a real privilege.”

Wokingham & Emmbrook FC manager Clive McNelly. Photo: Mark Pugh.

Wokingham & Emmbrook FC manager Clive McNelly. Photo: Mark Pugh.

On previous managerial experience

“I had no management experience at all prior to Monday. I’ve watched the old man enough though over the years and just ended up using his football clichés for 90 minutes; “Narrow up”, “Hook it”, “Help it on” and “Tuck in” were my personal favourites.

On advice from his dad

“He said it’s a heavy pitch over at Henley. He told me to play in the right areas and get their defence turned at every opportunity. The boys were superb to a man – and didn’t try to overplay.”

And on a future in management

“I definitely plan to manage in the future. My sister and I are as qualified as the old man (FA Level 1). I’ve always been told to play the best level I can, for as long I can and I’m under no illusions that Hellenic Division 2 East is as good as it’ll get.”

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Tom Canning

Tom is the co-editor of FootballinBracknell. He has played at the lowest possible level of football. In real life Tom works for Trinity Mirror. Manager of Binfield Ladies in the Thames Valley Women's League.

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