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Favourites to become new Cambridge manager as club sack their head coach after Lincoln defeat

Favourites to become new Cambridge United manager has been revealed as the club sack their head coach Mark Bonner after Lincoln City defeat.

The U’s managed to avoid relegation to League Two on the final day of the 2022/23 season and currently find themselves sitting 18th in League One this term.

Bonner, who is Cambridge-born, was brought in as their manager in January 2020, initially as interim boss, and signed a new “long-term” contract back in September.


Cambridge United have today parted company with Head Coach Mark Bonner…

Speaking on the decision, Paul Barry, majority owner, said, “I want to start by simply saying this – Mark Bonner will rightly go down as one of the most important people in the history of Cambridge United Football Club.

“All of us – owners, board, staff, players and fans – know how lucky we have been to have him and how hard this decision has been.

“Cambridge United has made huge strides on and off the pitch over the last five years and Mark has been instrumental in building our strong foundations for the future, creating special memories and moments for all of us along the way – most notably promotion during lockdown, Newcastle away in the FA Cup and the great escape last season.

“He has done it through his leadership and energy, his talent as a coach, his natural communication and empathy, and his desire to push the club forward on and off the pitch as someone born and brought up in Cambridge, who genuinely cares about our city and its communities.

“But in football, sometimes you do have to make decisions you believe are right for the long-term future of the Club – difficult though they can sometimes be.

“Given our recent performances and results, we all feel – Owners and Board – that this is the right moment to part company with Mark, with huge respect, admiration and acknowledgement for all we have achieved together.

“We will now consider the right appointment for the Club at this stage of our development. In the meantime, Barry Corr, working with Kevin Betsy will have responsibility for the first team squad.”

The Club will be making no further comment on the matter at this present time.


BetVictor – 29th Nov – 10:55am
Danny Cowley – 4/1
Gareth Ainsworth – 8/1
Steve Cotterill – 8/1
Leam Richardson – 10/1
Karl Robinson – 10/1
Steve Morison – 12/1
Neil Harris – 12/1
Lee Bowyer – 12/1

BetVictor – 29th Nov – 6pm
Neil Harris – 4/1
Steve Cotterill – 5/1
Danny Cowley – 6/1
Gareth Ainsworth – 8/1
Matt Taylor – 10/1
Leam Richardson – 10/1
Karl Robinson – 10/1

This is how fans reacted with the favourites to become new Cambridge manager revealed as the club sack their head coach Mark Bonner after Lincoln defeat…

@CUFCDan_Aves14: Gutted really, been the best few years as a Cambridge fan for me. Thanks for a good few years with promotion, never forget winning at Newcastle and Staying up on the final day of last season 🔸◾️

@jonnybradford: Can’t help but feel very sad. Bonner will be fine though and get another job. Ambition shown to keep us in the league by the owners so let’s hope for a decent appointment.

@o_alfie56629: Thanks for all the memories but the football we are playing is dreadful and time for a change💛🖤

@OwenFrear: Painful decision to make. Thank you for everything mark! ♥️ We won’t forget the promotion from league 2, the day we beat Newcastle and survival last season ♥️

@iharfield: Thank you @markbonnercufc for all you’ve done. Always go down as a Club legend… can go back to enjoying the highs and lows as a fan now. 💛🖤

@JoshuaC51511011: Feel really sad he’s leaving on a low, but it was coming, it had all gone very stale. Thank you so much for everything Mark. A true great of a manager who will never be forgotten at our club. Thank you for everything and all the best in the future. 🧡🖤

@ClatworthyJules: Good luck in the future mark, my son became a lifelong Cambridge fan because of you and at 15 he’s many years ahead supporting them, you were no failure at all!

@RicardoDaLepp: Sad news but with results going the way they have been, not a great surprise. Hope he can continue in football and finds success elsewhere.

@Tom_CUFC: Right decision, but very sad it’s come to this. Thanks for the memories Bonz. 💛🖤

@Cain_VVL4: Surprised the club has taken action however this is something that probably needs to happen. We couldn’t get to the new year with the same issues, so to take action now is better. I think every fan is eternally grateful to this man, and overall he has been such a great success

@HarveyNewman23: bittersweet this, hurts but needed to happen

@Mr_k_hills: Thank you for everything @markbonnercufc you done your part. Let’s remember the good times!

@MattUpNorth1: What? Didn’t expect that. Probably right, just didn’t expect that. Thank you Mark. Thank you a lot for everything you’ve done for the club. You’ve moved the club forward and increased the fans. You will always be a legend at the Abbey

@danielboyle10: The right decision unfortunately but the club is bigger than one man. Thanks for the memories Mark and good luck for the future.

@MarcusClayson: The old lose at home to Lincoln axe wields its ugly head again 😃

@TheRossAshworth: Not sure how to feel. Thankful for everything you have done Mark. Am gutted but also feel it might be the right decision as much as it hurts. Good luck for the future. 💛🖤

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