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Cambridge United potential excites Shaun Derry ahead of dugout debut

13 November 2015

Shaun Derry takes charge of Cambridge United for the first time this weekend, and is looking forward to unlocking the potential of his squad.

Derry, whose previous managerial experience came at Notts County, takes over at the Sky Bet League 2 outfit following Richard Money's departure at the beginning of the month.

Read more: Inconsistency leads to Richard Money's Cambridge United departure

The 37-year-old is excited about the players he has inherited, and is intent on making sure they enjoy their football to bring out the best in them - starting with this weekend's visit to high-flying Oxford United.

"I want them to smile, I want them to enjoy being professional footballers," said Derry in his press conference on United Player.

"Still, even to this day, as proud as I am sat here, I still wish I was playing! It's the best job in the world - everyone wants to be a professional footballer.

"Don't come into the environment thinking it's your job, it's more than a job. This is the best. If my message is strong enough that they can play with a freedom, then that'd be great going forward."

Despite lying 18th in the table, the U's are just six points off the Play-Off places, and the former midfield maestro sees no reason why he can't get his new team back among the promotion-chasing pack.

Derry added: "I look at the blend of player that's here and I feel that they can go on to the next level, and that's the message I've given - 'you've enjoyed yourselves, you've propelled this club into The Football League, can you take it further?'

"I feel that we can."

You can find out how Derry and his Cambridge team fare, along with all the other Sky Bet League 2 action, by following our divisional Twitter feed - @SkyBetLeague2.

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