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Cambridge United interim head coach Barry Corr not planning to apply for job following departure of Neil Harris to Millwall

For the second time this season, Barry Corr has insisted that he will not apply to be the next head coach of Cambridge United.

The assistant coach first ruled himself out of the running late last year when the U’s parted company with Mark Bonner.

He had a short spell in interim charge back then – winning 4-0 against Fleetwood Town in the Emirates FA Cup – before the appointment of Neil Harris.

Cambridge United assistant head coach Barry Corr. Picture: Simon Lankester
Cambridge United assistant head coach Barry Corr. Picture: Simon Lankester

However, just 77 days later, Corr has found himself stepping up again following Harris’ decision to return to his former club Millwall in the EFL Championship.

Yet despite getting a taste for the job previously – and ultimately one day wanting to be a permanent manager – Corr has no plans to throw his hat into the ring.

He said: “Nothing has changed really because. I made it clear the last time, there’s no question I want to be a manager one day, but I also know that there’s a process to doing that.

“I want to be ready. That time will happen and happen soon. I’m not the most patient guy in the world but I understand there’s a process to everything.

“I’m actively educating myself towards (being a manager). I’m doing loads that I suppose people don’t know about so one day (it will happen), but at the moment I’m happy where I am at and I’m gaining experience.

“Ultimately I do want to do it myself but it will be the same this time – I’m not speaking to the club and saying I want to be a potential candidate.

“I know the situation the club is in and I know they’ll want to bring in experience, and that’s fine.

“I want to keep educating myself towards (being manager), that’s my goal. I want to be ready and fully prepared when the time comes.”

Corr – along with fellow coach Kevin Betsy – will lead the team this weekend for the home derby against Peterborough United. And with the club being caught off guard by Harris’ departure, there is a chance that he could also remain in control for the trip to Stevenage next Tuesday and the journey to Bolton Wanderers the following weekend.

Corr added: “Ben Strang (sporting director) spoke to me on Wednesday, but I found out after the game on Tuesday from Neil himself (that he was leaving).

“That’s exciting (to be in charge of two or three games), that’s why we play football to play against good teams.

“It’s a big challenge and it’s likely that it will (be longer than last time). It might last two or three games, which is exciting for me and we’ll attack that as best we can.”

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