Mark Bonner: Cambridge United sack head coach after virtually 4 years in cost


Mark Bonner’s departure leaves Bolton’s Ian Evatt as the one supervisor in League One appointed way back to 2020

Cambridge United have sacked head coach Mark Bonner following Tuesday’s 3-0 residence defeat by Lincoln Metropolis.

The U’s solely escaped relegation on the ultimate day of final season and are at the moment 18th in League One.

Cambridge-born Bonner, 38, was appointed in January 2020, initially as interim boss, and agreed a brand new “long-term” contract in September.

The U’s are the seventh third-tier workforce to vary managers this season – and twenty first within the English Soccer League.

Proprietor Paul Barry stated Bonner would go down as “one of the vital necessary folks within the historical past of Cambridge United”.

“All of us – homeowners, board, workers, gamers and followers – understand how fortunate we’ve been to have him and the way laborious this resolution has been,” Barry added.

“Cambridge United has made big strides on and off the pitch during the last 5 years and Mark has been instrumental in constructing our robust foundations for the longer term, creating particular recollections and moments for all of us alongside the best way – most notably promotion throughout lockdown, Newcastle away within the FA Cup and the good escape final season.

“He has finished it by his management and power, his expertise as a coach, his pure communication and empathy, and his want to push the membership ahead on and off the pitch as somebody born and introduced up in Cambridge, who genuinely cares about our metropolis and its communities.

“However in soccer, generally you do must make selections you consider are proper for the long-term way forward for the membership – troublesome although they will generally be.”

Barry Corr and former Crawley boss Kevin Betsy have been put answerable for the primary workforce on an interim foundation.

The defeat by Lincoln was Cambridge’s third in a row – a run which started with a 5-0 thrashing at Peterborough within the Cambridgeshire derby.

They’d solely received one among their previous 13 league matches.

“We’re actually disillusioned as a result of it has been a nasty few days for us,” Bonner advised BBC Radio Cambridgeshire after the defeat by the Imps.

“It is nothing that may’t be mounted if all people rolls their sleeves up, has slightly little bit of perception in themselves that they will do it.

“We’re positively just a few wins in need of the place we needs to be however on the one hand we’ve to recollect who we’re, as a result of enjoying at this stage is hard for us, and on the opposite, do higher than we’ve if we wish to be sure we’re a workforce that is having a extra comfy season.”

Bonner first joined the workers at Cambridge virtually 20 years in the past and was assistant head coach beneath Joe Dunne and Colin Calderwood earlier than taking cost when the latter left the membership.

He was confirmed within the head coach position in March 2020 and led the workforce to promotion the next 12 months by ending second in League Two.

Additionally they achieved among the finest ends in the membership’s historical past once they received 1-0 in opposition to Newcastle at St James’ Park within the third spherical of the FA Cup in January 2022.


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