Cambridge United name ex-Sheffield Garry Monk as head coach

Cambridge United name ex-Sheffield Garry Monk as head coach

Garry Monk, the former manager of Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, has been appointed as the new head coach of Cambridge United, signing a contract until the summer of 2026.

The 44-year-old takes over from Neil Harris, who resigned after just 17 games in charge to join Millwall. Monk began his managerial career with Swansea City and has also managed Middlesbrough and Birmingham City.

Speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Monk expressed his appreciation for the stability in ownership and the clear direction of the club's objectives. He emphasized the importance of finding a club with realistic goals and stability in ownership, which has been lacking in his previous experiences.

Monk, who was dismissed by Sheffield Wednesday in November 2020, expressed frustration at the lack of stability in previous managerial positions but feels confident about the situation at Cambridge United. Despite the need for improved results, he feels reassured that there won't be unexpected changes in objectives.

Cambridge United currently sits 19th in the League One table, just four points above the relegation places. Monk's first match in charge will be at home against Northampton Town on Saturday.

Majority owner Paul Barry praised Monk's leadership skills and analysis of the club, expressing his pleasure at Monk's decision to join the club's journey ahead.

Barry Corr, who was in interim charge, will remain at the club along with fellow coach Kevin Betsy, forming part of Monk's backroom team.

Monk, who made 270 appearances for Swansea over 11 years, will be remembered for his stint as player-manager at the club before venturing into full-time management with other clubs such as Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Birmingham City, and Sheffield Wednesday.

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