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Cambridge appoint Ling as manager

Martin Ling
Ling has been working as a scout for Hibernian

Cambridge United have named former Leyton Orient boss Martin Ling as their new manager.

Ling has signed a three-year deal to succeed Gary Brabin at Abbey Stadium.

The 43-year-old, who spent just over five years in charge of the O's, told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "It's a club I believe can progress.

"They're in the Conference now and out of the Football League for four years, but this is a League club with the right infrastructure and players."

Ling won promotion from League Two to League One in his time as manager at Brisbane Road.

He will take charge for the first time against a Liverpool XI on Tuesday and says has already begun to assess the squad.

"I've seen the last two games and know where the deficiencies lie and where the plus points are," he said.

"But maybe the players who didn't perform for the previous manager might play well for me."

Gary Brabin was sacked as U's boss following disagreements over the club's playing budget but Ling says he is happy with the backing he has been promised by the board.

"There are a couple of gaps I feel need to be filled," he said.

"The budget is one which can get us out of this league if spent wisely and if we shuffle the pack we must get it right."

Brabin claimed a personality clash between himself and chairman George Rolls led to his departure but Ling says he has no concerns about fulfilling his three-year deal at the Abbey.

"We can be a top-five club this season, that maybe first or fifth, if you get in the play-offs you always have a chance," he said.

"I've got a three-year contract and we see this as a long-term agreement, we can't keep changing managers."

Paul Carden - who worked as player-assistant coach under his friend Brabin - will continue in his role alongside Ling.

"Paul is a big part of where we want to go, he's still learning about management," Ling said.

"It was never an issue having Paul here and by the end of our three years together he will be ready to go into management."

Former U's assistant-manager Alan Lewer and Ebbsfleet boss Liam Daish are believed to have been the two other leading contenders for the U's job.



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