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Mark Bonner appointed to new role at Cambridge United

Mark Bonner, who will become first-team coach at Cambridge United. Picture: Keith Heppell
Mark Bonner, who will become first-team coach at Cambridge United. Picture: Keith Heppell

Step up for U's academy manager

Mark Bonner has become first-team coach at Cambridge United.

He will take up the position vacated by Mick Halsall, moving up from his role as academy manager to assist head coach Shaun Derry and assistant head coach Joe Dunne, as well as managing the transition of players from the academy to the senior team.

"Mark's appointment to first-team coach is another positive move for the club,said Derry.

"Having lost Mick Halsall from the first team coaching group, we all felt it was right that Mark took the step up into a similar role.

"He brings excellent organisational skills that can help all of our coaches. He also has a massive desire to keep learning and his relationships with the young players that we are developing here will be pivotal moving forward."

Bonner, who first joined the club in June 2011, will remain a key part of the U's academy management team, alongside head of academy coaching Adam Bridgeford, professional phase lead coach Tom Pell and academy operations manager to continue the day-to-day organisation of the academy.

Head of football operations Ben Strang said:"Our academy is very well regarded and is a credit to Mark and the other academy staff.

"We have some exciting prospects through all ages but we know that we must improve the transition of academy players in to our first team.

"Mark's progression in to this role will give us the best chance of successfully achieving this.

"Not only that but Mark himself is a highly-talented and valued member of staff, who can add further value to Shaun and Joe in the first team.

"Similarly to our young players, our aim is to develop promising staff and this role is an exciting one for Mark."


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