03 Nov 2015
RICHARD MONEY STATEMENT
“Having taken over a team that was in the bottom half of the Conference, it was clearly very important that I quickly set about creating a culture of togetherness which was emphasised by a winning mentality. I ensured initial stability and then in my first full season as manager, and after nine seasons outside of the Football League, I guided Cambridge United to promotion via a magnificent play off final win at Wembley. That season was memorable not just for Play off success but also for another winning day at Wembley in the FA Trophy which was the club’s first piece of silverware in their history.
“Further to promotion, my aim was to ensure that Cambridge United retained their place in the Football League. This was achieved through the hard work, dedication and determination of the players, many of whom had not played at that level before. Taking Manchester United to an FA Cup replay at Old Trafford was a notable achievement which proved to be a great experience for the players and also provided another fantastic day out for the supporters. The replay in Manchester also handed the club a significant cash boost which should ensure stability and progression both on and off the pitch for a number of years to come. This is already evident with the club’s positive investment in the stadium, the training ground and a new pitch.
“Despite a run of unprecedented injuries at the start of this season the team remain just six points outside of a play off position. Once all of the key players are fit and available for selection I am positive that I would have achieved a top seven finish this season and I am therefore disappointed not to have been given the opportunity to achieve yet more success with this great football club.
“I am incredibly proud of my achievements with Cambridge United. I have enjoyed living in a beautiful part of the country and I leave behind a very capable squad of players and a very strong dressing room. I would like to thank the fans for sticking with the team and supporting me during the past three years and I take this opportunity to wish the Chairman, the CEO, the board, the players and everybody associated with the club nothing but good fortune going forward. It has been a privilege to have been part of the success of this great club over the past three years.”
LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan said: “Having taken charge of over 500 matches both at home and abroad, Richard Money is clearly a highly experienced manager who also enjoys an enviable reputation as a coach. With these qualities, I am sure it will not be long before we see him back in charge at an ambitious club.”