Robbie Nightingale is appointed Cambridge City manager
Former midfielder is back at the Lilywhites
Former midfielder Robbie Nightingale has become the new manager of Cambridge City.
The ex-captain made more than 350 appearances for City before leaving the club in 2013, but he has now returned to replace Dan Gleeson, who left the role on Wednesday morning.
Nightingale has been the joint manager at Ryman League, North Division side Soham since last October, a role he shared with another former Lilywhite in Dave Theobald.
He takes over at City, where he will be assisted by Neil Midgley, with the club currently second from bottom in the Evo-Stik League Southern, Premier Division having not won in the league in 15 games.
“I am absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity to come back and manage a team who not only I played for but who I support too,” said Nightingale.
“I was even a mascot many years ago so to now be manager is an amazing feeling. Therefore, I know what it means to be a fan and a player for this club and I am absolutely determined to bring the good times back to Cambridge City.
“However, right now we have to deal with the current situation and that means improving our league position. I know it looks bleak but I am confident we can stay up.
“When Dave Theobald and I were appointed at Soham the team were several points adrift, but we stayed up so I know what is needed to get this right.
“It will inevitably mean investing in new playing personnel but they must be players who are up for the challenge ahead and take pride in wearing the City shirt.
“Having seen the team in recent weeks I know we need to start scoring goals and creating more chances so a striker and investment in the wide areas is something that will be of a priority.”
City are at home to Merthyr on Saturday, and Nightingale has called on supporters to get behind the team.
“This club has a long and proud history,” said Nightingale. “At the moment the club is going through a bad patch but we all need to pull together.
“There are fans out there who for whatever reason have deserted the club but if we are going rise to this challenge we need everyone to pull together and for supporters to come back to the club starting on Saturday when we entertain Merthyr.”
City chairman Kevin Satchell said: “The board felt it was essential to get a replacement for Dan Gleeson in quickly, and we believe that Robbie has a number of qualities that he can bring to the club that will hopefully see an upturn in results.
“He knows the club and what it means to the supporters and is fully committed to Cambridge City.
“He has done a good job with Soham and I know he is absolutely determined to do everything he can to transform the fortunes of this club.”
Gleeson has since become a player-coach at St Neots.