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"Save your stamps": Colchester Chairman on letters asking him to sack Tony Humes

Robbie Cowling. Credit: PA

Colchester United chairman Robbie Cowling today spoke of his sadness at receiving a letter from fans asking him to sack manager Tony Humes.

The U's are yet to find a win this season, sitting second bottom of League 1 with three points after their first five games.

Manager Tony Humes has been with the club since 2009 when he joined the U's as the Head of Youth. Humes was in charge of the under-18 squad when they won the national Youth Alliance Cup in the 2013-2014 season. Since becoming Manager of the first team at the start of last season, he led the club to safety on the final day of the 2014-2015 season.

Cowling said he understood the fans' frustration, but said sacking Humes would be a "quick fix".

"I know how painful defeat is and how much more painful it becomes when the banter starts once you return to work on a Monday following yet another defeat. Like most pains, you just want a pill to make it go away and in football, the over the counter pill of choice is to sack the manager. If that doesn’t work, then a serious operation is required to have the board removed.

After nine years of owning a football club, I just don’t buy into either of those treatments as a quick fix."

"I find it somewhat offensive when I receive a letter from a supporter of our club asking me to sack the manager. I have received such letters for every one of my managers to date

"Yes, the last three years have been difficult and the next few years won’t be easy either. But I am happy with the way I invest my time, effort and money in the managerial staff we have at Colchester United so if you are thinking of writing to me about my manager’s future, please save your stamps."

– Robbie Cowling, Colchester United Chairman

You can read the rest of what Robbie Cowling had to say here.

Colchester United head to Chesterfield this Saturday for their next Sky Bet League 1 game.

Colchester United swoop for young keeper Barnes

Colchester United have signed former Bedford Town goalkeeper Dillon Barnes. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed former Bedford Town goalkeeper Dillon Barnes.

The 19-year-old has been on trial at the U's all summer and has done enough to earn a permanent deal.

Barnes will help cover for current number one Sam Walker who injured his cruciate ligament earlier this season.


Colchester United land former Ipswich Town man Ambrose

Darren Ambrose has joined Colchester United. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed former Ipswich Town midfielder Darren Ambrose on a one-year deal.

The 31-year-old has been keeping himself fit by training with his former employers at Portman Road.

Ambrose moves on a free transfer and could make his U's debut against Blackpool on Saturday.

Colchester United bring in Briggs on permanent deal

Matthew Briggs (in yellow) in action for Colchester United last season. Credit: PA

Colchester United have signed left-back Matthew Briggs on a permanent deal.

The 24-year-old had a successful loan spell with the U's last season and was let go by fellow League One side Millwall at the end of the campaign.

He's now agreed a two-year deal in Essex.

Briggs was once the Premier League's youngest player when he made his debut for Fulham at the age of just 16 years and 65 days in 2007.

Matthew Briggs was released by Millwall at the end of last season. Credit: PA

"He has got a lot of the attributes we’re looking for and he showed at the end of the season that he’s improving with games.

You're looking at him fitting into the back four as an attacking left back and he has a real physicality and technical ability. He has got those attributes in abundance."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager


Colchester United stalwart Okuonghae to leave the club

Magnus Okuonghae. Credit: PA

Colchester United's longest serving player Magnus Okuonghae is set to leave the club.

The centre-half has been with the U's for six years, but is now being allowed to move on after his contract came to an end.

He missed much of last season after rupturing his achilles tendon.

“Magnus has been an excellent servant to the club and has been club captain.

It was a difficult decision to let him go, especially with the serious injury he sustained, but with the direction in which the club are going, it was felt that it would be in both parties’ interests for Magnus to seek his football future elsewhere.

As a player and a person, he served the club well and we wish him all the best wherever he goes next."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager

Colchester United manager Humes backs his side to avoid the drop

Tony Humes says that Colchester United can avoid relegation. Credit: PA

Colchester United manager Tony Humes still believes that his side can avoid relegation to League Two, despite a damaging defeat to Notts County last night.

Paddy McCourt scored the winner for the visitors midway through the second-half.

The result leaves Colchester two points from safety with 12 games remaining.

"The players are good enough to keep the club in League One, they've shown that on so many occasions this season.

But the home form has been an issue for the last couple of years and we haven't resolved it.

We have to be better and braver than that and the players are massively disappointed, as you would expect."

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager

Statue unveiled of Colchester United's "player of the century" Peter Wright

Peter Wright's statue in Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia

He was one of Colchester United's greatest ever players and Peter Wright has been remembered in style with the unveiling of a 6 foot bronze statue in the town.

Voted player of the century in 2000, his widow said he would've been "chuffed" at being honoured in this way.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

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