Cambridge United Appoint Gary Waddock as Assistant Head Coach

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BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Southend United manager Gary Waddock reacts after the Sky Bet League One match between Tranmere Rovers and Southend United at Prenton Park on October 18, 2019 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Cambridge United have moved to appoint ex-Wycombe Wanderers and Aldershot Town boss Gary Waddock as their new assistant head coach.

Cambridge United Appoint Gary Waddock As Assistant Head Coach

Coaching Career

The 58-year-old will become the assistant to first-team head coach Mark Bonner at the League Two side.

The U’s were in 16th position when the EFL halted the season earlier this year.

Waddock has had an illustrious career, racking up over 500 career appearances for six clubs. The ex-Republic of Ireland international was also capped 21 times for his country during his playing days.

He then moved into management, where he has had similar success, achieving promotion from both the National League and League Two with Aldershot Town and Wycombe respectively.

Waddock Excited to Join United

Waddock spoke of his excitement to be working with head coach Mark Bonner.

The Irishman told the club website: “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.”

Bonner has been head coach since Colin Calderwood left the club in January. The 34-year-old signed a deal in March to keep him at the helm until the summer of 2022.

“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,” Waddock added.

The club’s Head of Football Ben Strang also cited Waddock’s experience as being key to his appointment.

“It was felt that we needed to support Mark with a high calibre Assistant Head Coach, in his first Head Coach role.

“We’re confident that Gary will offer terrific value and experience to our staff,” he told the club.

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