Joe Dunne focusing on the present with Barry Corr at Cambridge United
U's head coach can understand striker's situation
Joe Dunne has explained how he can empathise with the battles faced by Cambridge United striker Barry Corr.
The 33-year-old fans’ favourite was back among the goals last week, scoring both of the U’s goals in their 2-0 victory over Stevenage.
After the game, Corr was very candid regarding his injury problems and admitted being in bits after the recent Exeter game, even suggesting that he had been considering calling time on his career at the end of the season.
It was a situation with which interim U’s head coach Dunne can associate.
“It’s been exceptionally tough for him,” said Dunne. “I’ve been there myself, it took me 18 months to retire with injury.
“I’ve got great empathy with Barry; how he is feeling and that hard work you have to go through every morning and every day, and then the pain you suffer when the game stops or the training stops.
“We’ve had a really good chat about it, he has been really open. We speak about what’s best to be able to maximise him to be able to get on the field of play – that’s important given the situation with Uche [Ikpeazu] and given the situation with Jabo [Ibehre].
“Great credit to Barry, as you get older you start to think about your experiences and use your experiences and start to realise that going forward there is another big part of your life.
“Sometimes, when you get to that situation, you start to really enjoy the moments, and Barry enjoyed his moment on Saturday. I was so pleased for him.
“The team, you could see the reactions, and I think the fans were signing for him after 15 minutes at one stage.”
Dunne also spoke of the rapport between the supporters and Corr, who initially joined the U’s from Southend in 2015 and has now played 33 games and scored 16 goals.
“Great credit to the crowd and our supporters because Barry came to the club with high expectations as his record spoke for itself, but for injuries and so on, we never got Barry at his full capacity,” he said.
“But every time he is has played he has carried a threat and done well. The relationship both parties have built up has been great.
“Those moments not just in sport but in life are so important and Saturday was a great day for him and everybody.”
Corr thanked the efforts of the coaching and support staff at the U’s after the Stevenage game, and those sentiments were echoed by Dunne.
But the coach admitted that they are currently not looking beyond the end of the season, when Corr’s short-term contract expires.
“We manage Barry very well here with Matt [Walker] and Mikey [Burroughs]; our sports science and medical team have done brilliant with him and deserve a lot of credit.
“We have a plan which will get him to the end of the season for sure, and then we will all chat to see how he feels. From a club’s point of view, we will see how we go forward.
“There are a lot of things that have to be thought of, and more importantly for Barry is how he feels as well.
“The great thing about Baz, and a lot of people at the moment, including us as a staff, we’re working hard but we’re working happy and that’s important.
“Between now and the end of the season, Barry will hopefully stay fit, continue to play a part in the next four games and have moments like he did last Saturday.
“We will worry about the end of the season at the end of the season. When you’re in his situation, you get all you can out of the moment you’re in and then worry about it later.
“We will worry about it later and let Barry continue to enjoy his football.”