STAND-IN DUNNE IS TOP MAN FOR U’S

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Will Reilly

JOE DUNNE has fi­nally been given the Cam­bridge man­ager’s job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis – and he’s ex­cited to see how far he can take the team.

Af­ter join­ing as an as­sis­tant man­ager in 2015, Dunne worked un­der Richard Money and Shaun Derry be­fore tak­ing over as in­terim boss in Fe­bru­ary fol­low­ing Derry’s de­par­ture.

Com­ing into the week­end, the U’s had only lost four of the 14 games that Dunne had taken charge of, to sit com­fort­ably in mid-ta­ble.

“I have never en­joyed coach­ing a group as much as I have this one dur­ing the last two months,” he said.

“I now look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work along­side our tal­ented team of staff here in de­vel­op­ing the ex­cit­ing po­ten­tial of in­di­vid­u­als from both within our first team and from the club’s youth set-up.”

For­mer skip­per Leon Legge will leave at the end of the sea­son, how­ever.

The cen­tre-back, 32, has strug­gled with a shoul­der in­jury this year.

“We wish Leon noth­ing but the best,” said head of foot­ball Ben Strang. “At this stage of his ca­reer, he needs and de­serves to be play­ing in this league and we don’t feel we are able to pro­vide that.”

Striker Jabo Ibehre, 35, has signed a new one-year deal with the U’s.

CHANCE: Joe Dunne

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