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Former Wycombe Wanderers and Aldershot Town manager appointed Cambridge United assistant head coach

Gary Waddock has been appointed Cambridge United assistant head coach. Picture: Andy Jones
Gary Waddock has been appointed Cambridge United assistant head coach. Picture: Andy Jones

Gary Waddock has been appointed Cambridge United's new assistant head coach.

The 58-year-old will bring a wealth of playing and coaching experience to assist head coach Mark Bonner.

“Speaking to Mark [Bonner], I like his ideas and I'm excited about what he wants to do with the team to take the club forward,” said Waddock. “Having also been in discussion with Ben Strang, I liked the way they both spoke about the picture of the football club.

“Mark's an extremely enthusiastic young coach with great ideas, and I feel with the experience that I've gained over my career, both playing and in different coaching roles, we can be a very good match for each other. His thinking is very much aligned with the ideas I have, and I believe I can help Mark to the benefit of everybody at the club.

“I'm a coach who enjoys being out on the grass, getting ideas across to the players. Whenever that first day on the training pitch happens, given the current situation, I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later, so that we can begin with a positive frame of mind to build for a successful season.”

During his playing career, Waddock appeared for QPR, featuring in the 1982 FA Cup final, Millwall, Bristol Rovers and Luton Town, making more than 530 professional appearances. He also represented the Republic of Ireland on 21 occasions.

Having hung up his boots, he has managed QPR, Aldershot Town (twice), Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United, and been in caretaker charge of Portsmouth and Southend United.

He has earned promotions with Aldershot and Wycombe Wanderers, and also coached at MK Dons and Barnet, among others.

Ben Strang, the U's head of football, said: “During the process of Mark's appointment, it was felt that we needed to support Mark with a high calibre assistant head coach, in his first head coach role.

“We had a defined specification of the type of person we wished to recruit for the role and shortlisted a select few candidates that Mark and I met.

“Gary perfectly fulfils the criteria we set out to recruit and he has established a positive initial relationship with Mark already. We're confident that Gary will offer terrific value and experience to our staff.”

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