Former Blues favourite makes a winning start in Cambridge interim role

Former Southend United favourite Barry Corr, appointed as interim manager of Cambridge United following Mark Bonner’s dismissal on Wednesday, enjoyed a fine win in his first match in charge as the U’s overcame Fleetwood Town 4-0 in the Emirates FA Cup to progress into the third round of the competition.

Corr, appointed assistant head coach at the Abbey Ground in July and previously in charge of St. Neot’s Town during the 2020/21 season, insisted that “he was not in the running for the job full time and the club were already in discussion with prospective new coaches”.

The popular Irishman said he would take training again on Monday, but added: “I spoke to Ben (Strang, Cambridge director of football) after the game. He’s had a couple of informal conversations and formal interviews will start next week. I’d imagine if the process moves quickly, the new manager could be in place for the Charlton game next Saturday.”

Goals from Danny Andrew, Elias Kachunga and Fejiri Okenabirhie put Cambridge 3-0 up just thirteen minutes after the start before substitute Gassan Ahadme rounded off the scoring just before the end.

Following the game, Corr spoke to the Cambridge United media;“Fleetwood haven’t started well in the last couple of games, so we talked to the players about the importance of a fast start and the game was probably done after fifteen minutes, even though I was still nervous in injury time.

“I thought our front four were unplayable at times today.”

Corr said “he knew the situation can be delicate when a new manager comes in, in terms of who their backroom staff are but he would ‘like to be part of it’.

“We’ll have to see what it looks like. What will be, will be” he added.