23:32 12 February 2012
By Chris Williams
Chris began his career as an apprentice at Southampton and played 400 games for eleven clubs including Sheffield United, Rotherham and Nott County. He ended his playing career at Halifax and then became manager at the Shay in troubled times; there were only five registered players when he took over. However over the next six years he built a good footballing side who reached the play-off final (losing to Hereford) before crippling financial problems meant that Chris was fighting a tough battle every day. In the summer of 2008 he joined Bury as assistant manager and had helped them to second in League Two when he joined the U's as successor to Darren Patterson.
From 13th in the Conference he took the team to the edge of the play-offs in his first season, then guided them to a Wembley play-off win the following season to secure their place back in the Football League. The club has improved its league standing each year under his guidance and he will be hoping for more improvement this time around
First Team Coach
Mickey is a Manor Ground legend, having made over 400 appearances either in midfield or at centre half. The former England youth international has been youth team coach, reserve team manager, first team manager and is now assistant to Chris Wilder after a spell as assistant at Doncaster Rovers.
First Team Coach
Andy was an accomplished defender who joined The U's from Swansea City and went on to play with great distinction for Sunderland, West Ham and Fulham as well as making 65 appearances for Wales. He joined the coaching staff in June 2009