Barry Corr to develop coaching career with Cambridge United academy
New contract offers striker new U's opportunities
Barry Corr will be cutting his coaching teeth with Cambridge United’s academy having signed a new six-month deal at the Abbey Stadium.
The 33-year-old striker agreed a new contract with the U’s last week, extending an injury-disrupted spell that started in May 2015 and has seen him score 18 goals in 31 matches.
The fans’ favourite will also have a new role with the club, helping to coach in the academy age groups.
“He completed his A licence towards the end of last season and we’ve known for a little time that he was keen to progress into coaching,” said U’s head of football Ben Strang.
“I think he sees that as the next development and next stage after his playing career.
“The big thing for him having completed his A licence was that he didn’t have enough coaching hours and enough time on the grass working with players.
“It was a good opportunity for us to get our heads together and think about how we could utilise the relationship between Barry and the academy.
“It was to try to get as much as we can and really maximise his time but also his status within the game and the quality of him as a guy and a real football man to then be able to embed some of that knowledge into our younger players.”
With Corr’s focus still on playing, the arrangement will be more on a casual basis initially, but the forward is eager to increase his coaching hours especially if he has ambitions to achieve his Pro licence.
“Barry does recognise that he hasn’t got a really quantifiable period of experience working with players,” said Strang.
“This will provide him with that as well as for our young players it’s going to be brilliant for them in terms of their development and learning.
“They can learn from him while he is still playing and still affecting the first team.
“On a Monday evening, for instance, we have position-specific training so he will be able to work with the centre forwards in our under-12s, 13s and 14s.
“Something like that is fantastic for them to take to try to improve in their game.
“On a Thursday, he will be working more with an age group, predominantly with the under-14s.
“He can really cut his teeth in terms of working with a group, developing his coaching style and working a bit more tactically with a group of players rather than individuals so he gets the best of both worlds.”
Strang added: “It’s a really good addition for all parties.
“Every party will really benefit from that, Barry, the academy and the club – and the other coaches as well because he is a good guy and a real football man.
“He has a lot of experience and knowledge from playing the game, and if he can impart that on the young players and coaches as well, that would be brilliant.”