Richard joined the U's as Head Coach in October 2012, when Jez George and his fellow board members opted to make the next step in a long-term project to reshape the future of the club. Jez became Director of Football, with Richard undertaking day-to-day responsibility for coaching and managing the first team.
A defender in his playing days with Fulham, Liverpool, Derby County, Luton, Portsmouth and Scunthorpe, he racked up close to 500 Football League appearances before cutting his managerial teeth with the latter in 1989. He left to become Head of Youth at Aston Villa, but returned to Glanford Park for a third time in 1993.
He later coached at Nottingham Forest, Manchester City and Coventry, with the Sky Blues also employing Richard as Head of Youth football. A three-year stint abroad saw him manage at Swedish clubs AIK and Vasteras SK as well as Australian A-League outfit Newcastle Jets between 2003-2006.
Lowestoft-born, he arrived back in the UK when Walsall appointed him as Manager, with Richard guiding the Saddlers to the League Two Championship within twelve months. Resigning in April 2008, he took on the role of Academy Director at Newcastle United, but was on the move again during October 2009 when Luton Town swooped for his services.
A vastly experienced coach, he steered the Hatters to a second place finish in 2008/09 but, eleven months later and with Town sitting in third spot, he was surprisingly shown the door.
At the conclusion of the 2012/13 campaign Richard had guided United into 14th spot but, with the squad slowly rebuilt thanks to some astute signings, fortunes improved greatly last season. He celebrated a year in charge at the R Costings Abbey Stadium by winning the October 2013 Conference Premier Manager of the Month award and subsequently lead United to a glorious Wembley double. The FA Trophy was secured last March, with the U’s then defeating Gateshead in the Conference Play-off final to crown a fantastic season under his stewardship.
Head of Performance
Matt Walker re-joined Cambridge United in the summer of 2012.
Walker, who is employed as part of the Cambridge United Youth & Community Trust, had a previous spell with the club as the Centre of Excellence Manager before leaving in 2010.
Walker works directly with the first team and scholars, assisting the Head Coach and Youth Team Coach with the physical loading and conditioning of players in those squads.
In addition to this he delivers the teaching role as part of the scholars BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport.
Head of Player Development
Mark is in his second spell at Cambridge United, having worked in the youth department when Cambridge United was in the Football League. When that scheme closed down, Mark left to join Southend United.
He was born in Cambridge and is a lifelong U's fan.
Mark will is responsible for coaching the scholars and all the associated aspects of the scholarship programme.
Club physio since 2004, Greg Reid's first involvement with the U's came in 1996 when when he needed to do a clinical placement for one of his physiotherapy courses.
That placement led to part-time work for the Youth Development department, which eventually became a full-time role as Youth Team physio two years later and the step up to his current role in 2004.
But his first sporting love was boxing and Greg boxed from the age of 11 to 17, then moved into coaching and was England coach for a couple of European Championships abroad with the Amateur Boxing Association before gaining an interest in physiotherapy.
A highly-qualified, well-respected and popular member of the backroom staff, Greg is responsible for the well-being, treatment and rehabilitation of all the professional players at the club.
Head of Recruitment