League Two side Cambridge United have sacked first team manager Joe Dunne today. The 45 year old former Colchester United boss has been relieved of his position after a total of 40 games in charge, which saw him record 14 wins - an overall win ratio of 35 percent. He leaves Cambridge with them in 21st place in the League Two table and three points above the relegation line.
Cambridge's overall form had been rather flakey. During November, they were knocked out of the FA Cup by National League North side Guiseley by a 4-3 scoreline, and although they won at the start of the month against Grimsby Town, then topped their Checkatrade Trophy Group by beating Colchester United, they were beaten by Crewe Alexandra last weekend. Perhaps where eyebrows might be raised is that they stood in fifth place in a six game form table, having picked up ten points from their last six matches, with their lowly place in the actual table stemming from an earlier poor run of form that had briefly put them in the relegation zone.
Cambridge's Director of Football Graham Daniels has said that lack of consistency is what led their Board to make the change, and his view was that the U's should be higher up the League Table:
"On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Joe for everything he has done for Cambridge United. Results have however dictated the need for change. We believe we have the talent in this squad to be further up the table. Whilst the team has shown its ability in patches during the season we have struggled to find consistency. As a result the Board came to the conclusion that the team would benefit from a change of leadership. We have already started the search to recruit a successor to Joe."
Dunne's assistant Mark Bonner has been given the Caretaker Manager role, with no specific timeline put on recruiting a replacement. Cambridge don't have a game today, with their next match being a Checkatrade Trophy Second Round tie against Northampton Town at the Community Stadium, before resuming League Two activities next Saturday with a trip to Tranmere Rovers.
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