George perfect for U's - Sargent

Jez George
George has proved a revelation as manager

Cambridge United director Renford Sargent has said that he never had any doubts about appointing Jez George as manager.

George was handed the reigns at the Abbey back in January, despite having never managed a professional side.

Sargent told told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "For both [chairman] Paul Barry and me, it's always felt absolutely right to be going with Jez.

"Hopefully he'll copy Sir Alex Ferguson and be around for a long time to come."

George took over with 18 games of last season remaining and managed to lead the U's to safety, despite winning just three of those matches.

Over the summer he succeeded in reducing the wage budget, while bringing in eight new faces.

With 19 games played, the U's are third in the Blue Square Bet Premier table, just four points off leaders Wrexham.

Sargent hails 'linchpin' George

"The appointment of Jez has proved to be a turning point for us as we've now got a real focus on youth," Sargent said.

"The fans have got behind Jez's vision, but it'll take a little while to get to where we really want to be."

Prior to taking on the job of first-team manager, George was responsible for the club's youth set up.

He remains a board member, although Sargent has said that they are trying to reduce his workload where possible.

"Jez is involved in all aspects of our club and he knows about the financial problems," he said.

"We've tried to help him with some of his responsibilities, but he's still a major contributor to what we do off the field."

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