Cambridge City have announced the appointment of Dan Gleeson as the new first team manager.
Gleeson is no stranger to City fans as he played for the Lilywhites as a youngster and then returned for a short period last season. The majority of his playing career was spent at Cambridge United where as a defender he made over 150 appearances before moving onto Luton Town. He also has 7 England C caps.
The 31 year old now returns to City in a managerial capacity after previously being player coach at Lowestoft Town and more recently Histon. Gleeson replaces Gary Roberts who resigned a fortnight ago and takes over with immediate effect.
City Chairman Kevin Satchell said “We are delighted to welcome Dan to the club as our new manager. He is keen, determined, and eager to make his mark. He has fantastic knowledge and experience of the game.
He has obtained several coaching badges in recent times and together with the player coach experience he has gained at both Lowestoft and at Histon we feel that the time is right for him to be given an opportunity”.
Satchell added “The recruitment process has been very thorough and we have taken our time to speak to many candidates but the board were unanimous with the appointment of Dan and we are confident that he will be successful”.
City’s new manager was thrilled to be given the opportunity. He said “I am delighted to be given the chance to manage Cambridge City. It’s a new beginning for the club and it will be a fresh start for everyone. It is a challenge, but one I am very much looking forward to and can’t wait to get started on the training ground this evening”.
Gleeson has initially ruled himself out of featuring in the City team “I see myself to start with as manager. You never say never and I may be called on at some point but ideally I feel that it is important to see what is happening from the dug-out”.
On recruiting players the new manager said “It won’t be easy to get a settled side to start off with but I know what I want and in the next few days I will be contacting players so we can have a look at them on Saturday. There is no need to panic as I am very confident in the coming weeks that we will assemble a decent side as the aim has to be to see the team improve on last year”.
Gleeson also had a message for the fans he said “This is a fresh start for everyone and although it may well be a long road ahead we need to be patient and also pull together. With the new stadium on the horizon it is exciting times for the club and it will be great to see some of the fans that the club has lost in recent years come back and give their support to the team”.
Supporters can see the new manager in charge for the first time at the opening pre-season friendly against MK Dons on Saturday afternoon which kicks-off at 1:00pm.