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Who's in the running to be the next Colchester United manager?

Could any of these four be the next Colchester manager? Credit: PA

By Andy Ward

It's been a season to forget for Colchester United, with relegation to League Two finally confirmed over the weekend and two managers biting the dust in the process.

Kevin Keen became the latest casualty yesterday when he decided to quit following talks with chairman Robbie Cowling, meaning the U's are looking a fresh face once again.

Here's a look at who could be in the frame for the job.

John McGreal (7/5)

John McGreal during his playing days for Burnley. Credit: PA

Current Colchester under 21s boss John McGreal was heavily linked with the top job before Kevin Keen's arrival and even had a spell as joint caretaker manager alongside Wayne Brown earlier this season.

The pair lost their two league games in charge, but did beat Altrincham in the FA Cup.

The U's have a track record of appointing from within, so McGreal could well be the man trusted to spearhead their League Two campaign - if he even wants it of course.

Danny Cowley (5/2)

Danny Cowley is doing an impressive job at Braintree Town. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Braintree Town have upset the odds to push for promotion in The Conference this season, and so it was only a matter of time before clubs higher up the pyramid started taking an interest in their manager.

Danny Cowley has led his team to 5th place with a squad of part-time players and the Iron's hopes of sealing a play-off place were boosted by an impressive 3-2 win at Wrexham on Saturday.

If Braintree go all the way, they would set up an Essex derby with Colchester next season - although which dugout Cowley will be in remains to be seen.

Teddy Sheringham (3/1)

Teddy Sheringham didn't have the best of times at Stevenage Credit: PA

Teddy Sheringham finished his illustrious playing career at Colchester back in 2008, and would probably be interested in a return to his former club.

The 50-year-old is currently out of work after being sacked by Stevenage who have struggled at the wrong end of League Two this season.

Sheringham will want a chance to prove that he can still cut it as a manager though, and Colchester could give him the perfect platform to do that.

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David Wright (10/1)

David Wright will have a chance to impress in the final two games of this season. Credit: PA

David Wright will have a chance to audition for the job on a permanent basis when he takes caretaker charge of the U's for their final two games of this season.

Wright's only previous managerial experience was at non-league side Maldon & Tiptree where he won 10 of his 25 games in the hotseat.

He was appointed at Kevin Keen's assistant in December, but whether he would could step up to be a number one at League Two level remains to be seen.

The outsiders

Mark Kennedy is Ipswich Town's under 21s manager. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town academy coach Mark Kennedy is seen as a 12/1 shot, while two former U's managers in Tony Humes and Joe Dunne are at 16/1 and 20/1 respectively.

Kem Izzet has already declared his interest in the job and is rated at 20/1.

Kit Symonds, Andy Scott and Terry Butcher are all at 22/1.

All odds courtesy of Sky Bet