George vows to continue at Cambridge
After casting doubt over his Cambridge United future, manager Jez George has vowed to continue on at the Blue Square Bet Premier promotion contenders.
Last Saturday’s humiliating 4-1 home defeat to Wrexham, left George questioning his desire to remain in charge at the Abbey Stadium.
Having considered his future for the past week, the Cambridge boss has decided to fight on and improve the club’s recent run of results.
When asked to explain his remarks following last Saturday’s defeat George responded: “All that matters is what's right for this football club - that's all I've ever been concerned with.”
The Cambridge manager has spent six years working at the football club.
He began by running the youth academy whilst overseeing a role as director of football.
Following the sacking of former boss Martin Ling, George was given the chance to fill the managerial hot-seat, on an initial caretaker basis.
An impressive end to the 2011/12 campaign landed George the role full-time and so began his quest to get Cambridge back into the Football League.
His self-confessed initial reluctance to take the job, did not deter George from the main principal behind the role.
He would have the best interests of the side at heart and taking the managerial position was what was best for the football club.
He added: “We've assessed that all the way through and will continue to assess that - I do that every single day, regardless of winning, drawing, losing, because the most important thing is this football club.
Showing a bit of character
“But this week the most important thing has been that people in positions of responsibility at this club show a little bit of character, a little bit of fight.
“If I don't do that, why would I expect any of the players to do it?”
Touted as pre-season promotion hopefuls, George had hoped that the U’s would build on last season’s efforts, when Cambridge narrowly missed out on the play-offs.
However after eight games, George’s side sit 17th, nine points behind league leaders Macclesfield Town and without a win in five matches.
He continued: “What's important is Cambridge United Football Club and getting 11 players on that pitch (against AFC Telford) on Saturday fighting for the common cause, willing to run for 90 minutes and wearing that shirt with pride.”
With key players returning from injury and others back from loan spells elsewhere, George’s decision to remain in charge could coincide with a change in fortunes at the Abbey Stadium and a rapid rise up the table.
By Daniel Ludlam