Twice named interim coach for Cambridge United while serving as an assistant coach at the club, Mark Bonner was named permanent head coach in March 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and shortened Sky Bet League Two season, his first official match as head coach did not come until almost six months later at the beginning of the 2020/21 season. Bonner was twice named Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month (September 2020 and January 2021) as he guided the Us to automatic promotion.
Despite never playing professionally as a footballer, at the time of his hiring, Bonner was the second-youngest coach and/or manager in the EFL (behind MK Dons manager Russell Martin).
Head Coach Mark Bonner...
On the injuries leading into the week ahead:
“We need to settle down. We’ll be a little light going into the week. We’ve got a run of games that are really going to test the squad now. So, we’ve got to pull together and put in the performance that we know we’re capable of, and make sure we learn the tough lessons that were there for us [against Shrewsbury].”
On playing six of seven games on the road for the current run of fixtures:
“We’ve had a decent away record in the past. The last couple of games. We haven’t started well enough, and that’s something we have to put right.
“We want to try and make sure, fundamentally, we follow up with some really good points on the road these next couple of games.”
On his team’s current form despite the loss on the weekend:
“I think we’re pleased with where we are at the moment. We’ve had a good points return. We could be a couple better off potentially, but then you can point to moments in games where we might have gotten away with a point that we might not have deserved, or the game could’ve gone another way. So, we are where we are. We have a big batch of games now, which gives us an opportunity to build some momentum and try to score points on top of points.”