Darren Marjoram sees bright future for Cambridge United Women
Darren Marjoram admits the opportunity to become the new Cambridge United Women’s manager was too good to turn down.
Ben Yeomans had held the role since December 2019, and actually made the approach himself for Marjoram to take over, although he will be staying on as become first-team coach.
Marjoram spent six years at St Ives Town Ladies, lifting them to the fifth tier of the pyramid.
“I was very tied to St Ives and still am, it’s my hometown club and I’m going to be coaching a girls team there next year so it’s something I’m still very emotionally tied to,” said Marjoram.
“But, it’s an opportunity. I think you have to be very aware that as a coach or a manager opportunities don’t always come around that often in football, that easily.
“For a player, you can be at a club and decide it doesn’t work out and you look elsewhere and there are lots of potential offers. But as a manager or a coach, those doors generally have to open for you rather than you opening them, so it was a case of, ‘if I don’t take the opportunity, when will it come round again or will it come round again?’.”
United and St Ives have faced off many times over the years, so Marjoram will not be walking into a dressing room full of strangers.
The two coaches get on well also. In the midst of the first lockdown last spring, the pair organised a virtual Hunts Invitation Cup final quiz on Zoom after the real event was cancelled.
However, Marjoram’s connection with the U’s dates back long before 2020.
“Cambridge United is a club I have supported since I was a kid as well, from the men’s perspective, and from the women’s side I know a lot of the people there.”
But, as you can imagine, following a two-year absence from any kind of consistent fixture programme, Marjoram is very keen to let the progress on the pitch do the talking and get down to business.
“Although I’m a fan of the club, there is no point me wearing any badge of any club if I don’t want to be successful,” he said.
“It’s about what we’re going to do as a group and if we’re going to be ambitious then that’s something I’m interested in.”
Following on from the success of the men’s team last season, that ambition is running throughout the club and it does not appear to be coming to a halt anytime soon.
“From speaking to Ben Strang last week there’s a real drive and energy within the club from Paul Barry at the top, to the directors, into the men’s team and the women’s team as well now to help that move forward,” he said.
“It wears the club badge, it’s part of the club and very much there is a necessity for it to be as successful as any other part of the club.
“I like that. From a management perspective, I want to be somebody that’s in that position of, ‘we have to achieve and we have to strive’ and obviously to do that we’re going to need some support from the club.
“So, hearing the club are very much behind us in that perspective is fantastic.”