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Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling: "Joe Dunne has done a remarkable job"

Joe Dunne has left Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling has paid tribute to former manager Joe Dunne, after the U's parted company with him this morning.

Dunne left his position by mutual consent earlier today following a two-year spell in charge of the club.

Colchester have endured a tough start to the League One season, picking up only one point from their opening five games.

"Joe has done a remarkable job as manager for Colchester United over the past two seasons and he has been a remarkable servant for the club for many years.

He is a Colchester United legend and I am grateful for the way he kept our club in League One during these challenging times.

I wish him all of the very best for the future."

– Robbie Cowling, Colchester United Chairman

Colchester United move for non-league striker Holman

Colchester United have signed striker Dan Holman from Conference club Braintree Town. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed striker Dan Holman from Conference club Braintree Town.

The 24-year-old has agreed a two-year contract with the U's, and had recently spent time on trial with Southend United.

Holman scored 13 goals for Braintree last season, and previously played for Histon.

“Dan is a player we have watched on many occasions over the past two seasons and we’re delighted we were able to bring him in," manager Joe Dunne said.

“He gives us another option in the forward areas of the pitch and has the ability to create and score goals for us.”

Colchester United sign hat-trick of players

Colchester United have signed Chris Lewington, Ben Gordon and Sean Clohessy Credit: PA Wire

Colchester United have completed a hat-trick of signings.

Goalkeeper Chris Lewington (25) has joined from Dagenham & Redbridge.

Left back Ben Gordon has signed a two-year deal with Colchester after playing in Scotland for a year. He joined Chelsea from Leeds United as a teenager.

And right back Sean Clohessy (27) has also moved south of the border from Kilmarnock.

All three signings trained with their new team mates at Florence Park.

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Joe Dunne: Colchester's battle for League One survival will go to last weekend of season

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne believes their battle for League One survival will go to the last weekend of the season - but hopes they can secure their safety by beating promoted Brentford on Saturday.

The U's are just a point above the relegation zone in 18th place after drawing 0-0 at fellow strugglers Crewe on Bank Holiday Monday.

A lack of goals has contributed to their struggles this season, but the U's have had their fair share of bad luck too.

"We were looking at some stuff and we believe we've hot the woodwork I think sixteen times this season," revealed Dunne while looking ahead to Saturday's game.

"It's incredible, but you only get goals when they go in the net. The good thing is we are creating chances. That's been important.

"I think overall this season I've been pleased with the amount of chances we've created. However, we do need to take a few."

'We need to be better than where we are' - Colchester boss Joe Dunne ahead of Crewe game.

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne believes his team should be higher up the table as they scrap for League One survival. The U's are just two points ahead of the bottom four ahead of their game with Crewe. Only goal difference separates the two clubs, with the U's two places above in 18th.

Speaking ahead of the trip to Gresty Road, Dunne said 'No one's happy to be in the position where we are, and we get to this situation where its still in our hands to avoid relegation. Its not in my DNA to keep hanging on and hanging on. As a group we should be better than where we are'.

Colchester United loanee Luke Garbutt returns to Everton

Luke Garbutt has returned to Everton. Credit: PA

Everton have recalled left-back Luke Garbutt from his loan spell at Colchester United, following a serious injury to Bryan Oviedo.

Costa Rica international Oviedo suffered a horrific double leg break in Saturday's FA Cup win over Stevenage, and the Toffees have now taken the decision to bring back Garbutt as cover for Leighton Baines.

Bryan Oviedo receives treatment during Saturday's win over Stevenage. Credit: PA

Garbutt was a regular during his time in Essex, making 20 appearances and scoring three times.

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