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Cambridge United head coach Mark Bonner signs new ‘long-term’ contract with the Sky Bet League One club

Head coach Mark Bonner has committed his future to Cambridge United by signing a new ‘long-term’ contract with the club.

It has been a positive three years at the helm for Bonner, who has overseen promotion to Sky Bet League One, a highest league finish for the U’s since 1993/94 and the previous campaign’s great escape from relegation.

And the boyhood Cambridge fan, who is the sixth longest serving boss in the Football League, is now looking to build upon that work after putting pen to paper on fresh terms.

Cambridge United head coach Mark Bonner has signed a new deal with the club. Picture: Ben Phillips
Cambridge United head coach Mark Bonner has signed a new deal with the club. Picture: Ben Phillips

He said: “I am so pleased to have signed a new long-term contract with this great club.

“Everyone knows how much Cambridge United means to me and I am really excited by our potential.

“Our mindset is to keep moving forwards and making progress, and whilst our progress in recent years has been fairly rapid, we all believe that much more can lie ahead for us.

“To be trusted to contribute to that in the coming years is an honour and I am extremely grateful to the owners and board for their loyalty, trust and support and handing me that responsibility.

“We have got great people at every part of this football club. We are humble enough to know who we are, honest enough to know the size of the challenges ahead and what it will take to progress, but at the same time ambitious and hungry to improve.

“Together with our fans we face the future as ever with enthusiasm, hard work and collective endeavour within the values we have developed as a football club.”

Meanwhile, the club’s majority owner Paul Barry added: “We are all very pleased that Mark has signed this new contract. He is very talented coach and a fantastic leader of this football club – someone who has been a very important part of our recent past and has a big role to play in our future.

“We won’t be giving any further details but this should be seen as further evidence of our shared ambition and desire at every level of the club to push forward further together.”

Sawston-raised Bonner began his journey with United at the club’s Football in the Community scheme in 2002, before moving on to the centre of excellence in 2004.

After six years away with Southend United’s academy, he returned to the U’s in 2011 as Under-18s head coach, prior to being promoted to academy manager in 2013.

After seven years within the youth-set up, he was appointed assistant head coach of the first team in 2018 and after two interim spells in charge, the 37-year-old was named head coach on a permanent basis in 2020.

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