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Dominic Knighton becomes Cambridge United's new academy manager

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Dominic Knighton, Cambridge United's new academy manager. Picture: Cambridge United (56552333)
Dominic Knighton, Cambridge United's new academy manager. Picture: Cambridge United (56552333)

Dominic Knighton has been appointed Cambridge United’s new academy manager.

He will make the step up from head of recruitment and talent ID having been with the U’s for five years, and will replace Tom Pell, who has become academy manager at Charlton Athletic.

“I am delighted,” said Knighton. “The club and academy are in a really good place and it’s about continuing that work and making sure we build on it for the future.

“It’s really important to highlight the success of the academy over the past few seasons and the players that we have within the system are really exciting. We have some fantastic prospects and I am really looking forward to working with the rest of the team to make the most of their talent and our potential as an academy.”

Knighton had previously been a regional development manager and talent scout at Norwich City, and a youth development phase academy coach at United for four years.

U’s sporting director Ben Strang said: “Dom has done an outstanding job as head of academy recruitment and has driven that department effectively. His development over the past three years with us, in which he has continuously sought to further develop himself, has been significant.

“Having excelled in a thorough interview process, we are confident that Dom can continue the positive momentum we see within the academy.”

Liam Bloye’s role has been expanded from head of schoolboy coach to heading of coaching, while Glenn Quirke has joined as academy operations manager.

Meanwhile, Dougie Macandrew will begin work as commercial sales executive this month.

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