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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 December, 2004, 12:20 GMT
Cambridge dismiss manager Renard
Herve Renard
Renard has left the club in a poor position in the league
Cambridge United have terminated the contract of manager Herve Renard following the club's disappointing defeat at Oxford United on Saturday.

Assistant boss Ricky Duncan will be put in caretaker charge of the club, who are next to bottom of League Two.

Chairman Gary Harwood told the club's website: "It was very amicable and it is something we didn't want to do.

"But we have not got time for Renard's philosophy to flow through to our team, given where we are in the league."

Renard took over from fellow Frenchman Claude Le Roy in the summer but the loss to Oxford was Cambridge's eighth in nine games.

CAMBRIDGE UNDER RENARD
League & Cup record:
Played: 25
Won: 4
Drawn: 7
Lost: 14
Goals for: 20
Goals against: 32
Meanwhile, Harwood is now keen to speak to former U's striker Dion Dublin about the possibility of replacing Renard.

Dublin, now 35, spent four successful seasons at the Abbey Stadium between 1988 and 1992 before joining Manchester United for 1m - which remains Cambridge's record sale.

He is currently playing in central defence for Championship side Leicester City, but may be keen to leave after new boss Craig Levein made it clear he was no longer a first-choice forward at the Walkers Stadium.

Harwood continued: "If Dion is interested, we would certainly be interested in hearing from him.

"Dion had a memorable time here, and I would certainly not rule out holding an interview with him to see what he has got to say.

"His appointment would certainly be popular and he would also add valuable experience - and possibly get us a few goals while he is at it.

"At the moment though, I am just terribly deflated at the situation because Herve was one of the best people I have ever worked with in football and he will remain a good friend of mine."



FROM OTHER SPORT SITES:
Guardian Unlimited Hoddle denies Spurs bid link - 28 hrs ago
TelegraphDublin linked to Cambridge job - 40 hrs ago
Football365.com Dion Dublin Linked With Vacant Cambridge Hotseat - 44 hrs ago
Sporting Life Dublin Linked With Cambridge Post - 47 hrs ago
premierleague.com Renard Sacked By Cambridge - 50 hrs ago
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