John joined Cambridge United as coach during Ron Atkinson's time at the club and went onto manage the side during the period when we were in Division two, the now equivalent to the Championship. There were big sides coming to the Abbey week in, week out in those days. He also had to manage the reduction to the way teams were funded via the split gates that dramatically reduced our income at the time. This would eventually cause many clubs to have difficulty competing against the big boys. It was the beginning of the polarisation of the funding within the game and the smaller sides not being able to compete.
He was part of the coaching and management team that helped the club to achieve one of its most successful periods. If not the most successful period
When supporters talk about great managers. John does not seem to get the recognition he deserves for the contribution he made to the club.
How good was he? Is it me being sentimental or was he one of the best if not the best manager the club ever had?
What do you think?