Cambridge United head coach Mark Bonner has claimed that he thinks Jobi McAnuff will do enough to earn the permanent job at Leyton Orient, with the U’s boss discussing how much he admires the veteran player-coach during an interview with the Cambridge Independent.
McAnuff took charge of Orient back in February of this year following the sacking of Ross Embleton and has since taken the club to within one point of the Sky Bet League Two play-off places at the time of writing.
What makes this feat all the more impressive, is the fact that the 39-year-old is still playing himself and has therefore had a role to play both on and off the field in what has been a strong upturn in form for the East London outfit.
Speaking ahead of his side’s league game against McAnuff’s team on Tuesday evening, Bonner was quick to heap praise on his opposite number:
“He comes across as humble. He just comes across like he is going to be a really good manager, and everyone you speak to that has played with him or for him has said the same thing.
“It is no surprise that he is doing well. I’m sure he will earn the job there and do a really good job.
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“We have to try to stop them in their tracks tomorrow, but they are certainly on to something at the moment.”
The former Wimbledon midfielder is set to remain in charge of the first team until the end of the current campaign, with Orient’s chairman Nigel Travis setting the club a target of making the play-offs this term after McAnuff’s appointment.
McAnuff has been a breath of fresh air in his managerial role at Orient and has put the club in a solid position to finish in the top seven places as we reach the business end of the season.
Cambridge easily presents their toughest remaining game of the campaign, with the other three fixtures against Salford City, Carlisle and Southend United presenting better chances to get three points.
However confidence will be high going into tomorrow’s game and Orient will show that they are no pushovers against the league leaders.
His chances of getting the job permanently are high, but you have to feel that he must achieve the target set by Travis in order to really make a case for a longer stay in the hot seat.