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Shaun Derry recalls "wonderful times" at Notts County but stresses commitment to Cambridge

Joe Jones

Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry has expressed his pride at having played at and managed Notts County, but insists that he will be focusing solely on managing the U's to victory at Meadow Lane.

Derry, who helped the Magpies achieve the Great Escape in 2013-14, also admitted his father, a lifelong Notts fan, will put family first on Saturday by rooting on his son's side.

Derry said: "I'll be walking back into Notts County's stadium full of pride that I'm the manager of Cambridge United.

"I've enjoyed every single moment that I've been here and I'll be going there only concerned with what my team do.

"I've got no concern whatsoever of Notts County or the job they've got over there. My single goal is what I can achieve for Cambridge United.

"I'm always looking forward. You can't look back – not just in football, but in life.

"I had some wonderful times at Notts County, with some highs and some lows, but that's the nature of the game.

"My dad's been a Notts fan all of his life and I think it will be the first time he'll be sitting in the away end.

"He'll be fully behind me, as his son, and then wishing Notts County well after the weekend.

"He's been a great support mechanism for me throughout my career and will continue to be so. I know he's looking forward to the weekend, as are all my family.

"They'll probably be seeing it from a different angle to what I will. I'll be seeing it as my job and they'll be seeing it as a bigger event than what I'm seeing it."

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It's a shame it didn't work out under him, however we are here and you can't really look back. I'm sure the majority will appreciate he tried his best - the home record being the thing which ruined us but I have always said I believe he will be a good manager, so good luck to him at Cambridge.

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I agree, notts-joe.I loved the injection of raw passion from Shaun when he first took over. After all, he was one of our own.

The togetherness within the club, never mind the dressing-room, seems an age ago. Seven points adrift with nine left to play. The utter joy and relief at gaining that point at Oldham. Derry had worked magic.

Time destroys everything. Magic fades.

I think SD will turn out to be a decent lower league manager, renowned for tough, uncompromising teams. Maybe he will. Maybe he won't. It is, after all, a funny ol' game. Who knows, a return spell at the Lane at some point if he can add to his box of tricks?

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