Cambridge United reveal latest on Portsmouth approach for their ex-Norwich City and Ipswich Town supremo Ben Strang as saga continues

Cambridge United are yet to receive an official approach from Pompey for sporting director Ben Strang.

By Sam Cox
Friday, 13th May 2022, 10:37 am
Updated Friday, 13th May 2022, 5:25 pm

The Blues were hopeful of filling their head of football operations vacancy this month, following Roberto Gagliardi’s departure in February.

Earlier this week it appeared that Forest Green Rovers supremo Richard Hughes would take the reins – before he performed a spectacular u-turn in favour of staying with the League Two champions.

As a result, attention seemingly turned to the former Norwich and Ipswich scout – who was alongside Hughes at the head of the list.

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However, the saga has taken another twist, with U’s CEO Alex Tunbridge explaining he’s yet to receive an offer from the Fratton Park outfit to speak to Strang.

He told Cambridgeshire Live: ‘The only rumours I’ve seen are probably the same rumours that you’ve seen. I haven’t had any official communication or anything like that.

‘I’ve been in meetings with Ben the last few days and (will be) the next few days, so it’s business as usual from that perspective.

‘There’s been no official approach, therefore he’s no more likely to leave as he was the day before as a result of that.

Cambridge United are yet to receive an official approach from Pompey for sporting director Ben Strang. Picture: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

‘If there is an official approach, then there’ll be a conversation. At the minute, there isn’t, so it’s business as usual.’

Indeed, the pair gained promotion from the fourth tier in 2021 and maintained their League One status last term.

He’s also been praised for his shrewd business in the transfer window across the past 24 months, as he unearthed talents such as Paul Mullin and Kyle Knoyle at the club.

The Cambridgeshire side finished 14th in the division last season – only four places below Pompey.