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Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker nets new contract

Sam Walker joined the U's in January 2014 Credit: Colchester United

Colchester United goalkeeper Sam Walker has signed a new contract to extend his stay with the club.

Walker joined the U's on a permanent basis in January 2014 after two loan spells. He's signed a new two year contract, which secures his future through to the summer of 2018.

Walker picked an injury in the Capital One Cup tie against Reading in August. It's been four months since he was last on the pitch, but he's making good progress on his recovery.

"I am absolutely delighted to have secured my future with the club. We've been talking for a while and I am really pleased to get it sorted.I am pleased that I have got a bit of security to come back to after my injury recovery is complete.

I am looking forward to the new year because I'll be on the home straight then and it won’t be too long until I'm back around it and doing some sort of work on the training ground."

– Sam Walker, Colchester United

Kevin Keen makes his managerial debut with the U's on Saturday when they host Southend.

Colchester United appoint new manager

Kevin Keen is the new man in charge at Colchester Credit: Colchester United

Kevin Keen has been appointed as the new manager of League One club Colchester United.

The ex West Ham United and Stoke City midfielder watched the U's lose 3-1 at Rochdale on Saturday, alongside chairman Robbie Cowling.

Colchester, who are bottom of the table, have lost their last seven league games and have won just five times this season.

The club had been searching for Tony Humes' successor since he left by mutual consent in November.

The club confirmed the news on Twitter:

Colchester United to announce their new manager this afternoon

Colchester United will announce their new manager later. Credit: PA

Colchester United have called a press conference for 2pm this afternoon (21 December) to announce their new manager.

The U's are expected to appoint former Reading assistant Kevin Keen after he was in the stands for their defeat at Rochdale on Saturday.

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Brown out of running for Colchester United job

Colchester United's caretaker-manager Wayne Brown Credit: ITV News Anglia

Colchester United caretaker-manager Wayne Brown has ruled himself out of taking the job full time.

The former U's player and captain says the time wasn't quite right to step into the hot seat at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Brown will take charge of Colchester's League One game at Rochdale on Saturday before handing over the reins.

The club hopes to appoint a full time successor to former boss Tony Humes ahead of their Boxing Day derby with Essex rivals Southend United.

"I honestly think I've made the right decision, because I want to be successful, for myself and my own career.

"But also the club means a lot to myself and I obviously want it to go in the right direction sooner rather than later.

"And I feel if I did get an opportunity and would turn things around then I would be a success.

"But short term I just feel the knowledge that I have, I wouldn't be giving myself the best opportunity that I could preparation-wise to go straight into that."

– Wayne Brown, Colchester United caretaker-manager

Wayne Brown explains his decision for ruling himself out of the running for the Colchester United manager's job

Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling was keen to recruit from within after the club parted company with Humes.

His assistant Richard Hall was in charge for the 5-1 defeat at Burton in League One, with Brown and coach John McGreal sharing duties for the U's FA Cup win over Altrincham plus the recent home league defeat to Barnsley.

"I haven't slept that much with one thing and another, but all you can ask for is opportunities, so it's frustrating that this massive opportunity has come at this moment.

"I'm sure there's people that think it's just managing a group of thirty-odd players but there is so much more to it than that."

– Wayne Brown, Colchester United caretaker manager

Colchester United name former defender Brown as caretaker manager

Wayne Brown in action for Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United have named their former defender Wayne Brown as caretaker manager at the club.

Brown has been in charge of the U's under 18s side and will be assisted by current under 21s boss John McGreal.

The pair will look after the first team while chairman Robbie Cowling continues his search for a permanent manager.

"Wayne Brown and John McGreal have been asked to take charge of first team matters at Colchester United on a caretaker basis whilst with the help of my fellow directors, I determine the next full-time management team.

I am pleased to say that they have both accepted those roles and I would like to express my thanks to them both for helping the club out.

I hope everyone involved with Colchester United can get behind Wayne and John and give them their full support."

– Robbie Cowling, Colchester United Chairman
Richard Hall remains at the club for now. Credit: PA

Tony Humes' former assistant Richard Hall remains at the club, but a decision hasn't yet been made about his future.

Colchester United manager Tony Humes leaves the club by mutual consent

Tony Humes. Credit: PA

Colchester United manager Tony Humes has left the club by mutual consent.

The news was confirmed at a press conference this afternoon.

The U's have decided to act following Tuesday's 3-2 defeat to bottom club Crewe Alexandra, where they threw away a two-goal lead.

Colchester have only won one of their last nine league games, and have conceded more goals than any other team in the Football League.

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How many goals Colchester United have conceded so far this season.

Humes leaves Colchester in 19th place in League One and just a point outside the relegation zone.

Chairman Robbie Cowling had previously told fans asking for Humes to be sacked to "save their stamps" after several supporters wrote to him asking for a change in management.

Assistant boss Richard Hall and under 21s manager John McGreal will take charge of Saturday's trip to Burton.

"Humes felt that his presence was becoming detrimental to the club and the young players that he had nurtured in his time at the U's and it would be best to remove himself from the equation.

Robbie (Cowling) would like to place on record his thanks to Tony for his hard work, not only over the past fourteen months but throughout the years he has been at Colchester United."

– Colchester United statement
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