Paul Carden would have taken the Cambridge United job

Paul Carden
Paul Carden joined former U's boss Gary Brabin in a loan switch to Luton

Paul Carden says he would have taken the job as Cambridge United manager had he been offered it in February.

Academy chief Jez George was given the role following Martin Ling's departure, while player-assistant boss Carden was allowed to join Luton Town on loan.

"At the time I definitely would have liked it," said 32-year-old Carden.

"I like to think I'd have got something out of the players because they respect me. They're always on the phone to me," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Midfielder Carden's switch to Kenilworth Road saw him link up again with Hatters boss Gary Brabin, the pair having worked together at the Abbey Stadium, while George went on to lead the U's to Blue Square Bet Premier survival.

"It's all pie in the sky now," said Carden. "Jez has got the job, He's kept them up. He's done well.

"He's going to do it his way and I wish him well because he's always had the club at heart."

Carden, who has a year remaining on his Cambridge contract, is now unsure whether his future lies with the U's or at Luton, having failed to win a place in the Hatters squad that lost Saturday's play-off final to AFC Wimbledon.

"There's a conversation to be had," he said. "There's a lot of things to be discussed. But other issues need sorting out first before we get to that point."