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Jez George to be Cambridge United boss until May

Jez George
George has worked for Cambridge since May 2006

Cambridge United have confirmed that director of football Jez George will remain in charge of first-team affairs until the end of the season.

George was handed the reins for Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at Rushden after Martin Ling was relieved of his duties.

George told the club website: "It's not about me, it's about the football club. I will help until the board find the right man for the job."

George has been at the U's since May 2006, heading the club's youth academy.

He became director of football in August 2009, shortly after Ling was appointed as manager.

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"I understand the financial difficulties at the club so this is the best immediate solution as it's cost neutral," he added.

"We have a fantastic staff within the youth structure and everyone will pull together over the next few weeks to cover certain aspects of my job to ensure the continued smooth running of the centre of excellence and scholarship scheme.

"The support we received at Rushden from the fans was overwhelming and in our difficult situation, with an increasingly young team, it is a massive help to our players.

On Ling's departure, he added: "I am deeply disappointed that things didn't work out. I have a great respect for Martin, he's an honest and honourable man and during his time here we worked well together to improve the football infrastructure.

"He was brave enough to give a number of young players their debut and this will continue to benefit the club in years to come."

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