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Sammie Szmodics signs new deal with Colchester

Sammie Szmodics' new contract starts on 1 July Credit: Colchester United

Colchester United forward Sammie Szmodics has signed a new three-year contract with the League Two club.

The 20-year-old has played 54 times for the U's since coming through their academy.

He'll remain with the club until at least the summer of 2019.

Szmodics missed half of last season after a foot injury, but says he is looking forward to getting back onto the pitch.

It was so frustrating last season, not being able to get out on the pitch and having to watch us battle against relegation from the stands.

Missing so many games has made me really hungry for football and I can't wait until we get started again at the end of the month.

Being offered a new contract when I have missed half a season shows that the club has faith in me and I'm really grateful and can't wait to repay that faith.

– Sammie Szmodics

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Colchester United fans react to McGreal appointment

Colchester United fans have been reacting to the appointment of John McGreal as their new manager, and some supporters aren't exactly jumping for joy at the news.

Under 21s boss McGreal takes over from Kevin Keen who left last week.

Colchester United unveil McGreal as their new manager

John McGreal (right) is unveiled at this afternoon's press conference. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester United have appointed under 21s coach John McGreal as their new manager.

The 43-year-old replaces Kevin Keen who left the club following their relegation to League Two last week.

McGreal guided Colchester's under 21s side to fourth in their league this season.

He will be assisted by Steve Ball who left his role as Maldon & Tiptree manager earlier today.

Colchester United to reveal new manager tomorrow

Robbie Cowling has moved quickly to find Kevin Keen's successor. Credit: PA

Colchester United have called a press conference for tomorrow afternoon to announce their new manager.

Kevin Keen decided to quit following talks with chairman Robbie Cowling last week and the U's have moved quickly to secure a successor.

Current under 21s manager John McGreal is the overwhelming favourite with the bookies at 2/5.

In a recent poll by ITV News Anglia, 40% of U's fans said they wanted Braintree Town boss Danny Cowley to take over.

You can follow live updates of the announcement on our website tomorrow afternoon

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Izzet targets vacant Colchester United manager's job

Kem Izzet left Colchester United in 2013. Credit: PA

Former Colchester United midfielder Kem Izzet has confirmed he has applied for the vacant manager's job at the club.

Former boss Kevin Keen stood down from his role yesterday following talks with chairman Robbie Cowling.

Assistant manager David Wright will take charge of the U's remaining two games of the season.

35-year-old Izzet made over 400 appearances for the club and took to Twitter last night to declare his interest.

To add further fuel to the fire, he left Suffolk non-league side Needham Market this afternoon.

Colchester United manager Kevin Keen stands down

Colchester United manager Kevin Keen has left the club. Credit: PA

Colchester United manager Kevin Keen has left the club with immediate effect.

The former Liverpool coach only took over in December and wasn't able to prevent the U's from being relegated to League Two for the first time in 18 years.

Following a meeting with chairman Robbie Cowling, he has now decided to leave.

David Wright will take charge of the remaining two games of the current season.

Keen's last game was a 3-0 defeat to Burton Albion.

After a meeting with the owner, Robbie Cowling over the future direction of the club, Kevin Keen has decided to leave Colchester United with immediate effect.

Kevin has worked tirelessly to try and turn around the fortunes of the club this season.

We wish Kevin all the best in his future career.

– Colchester United statement
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