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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.

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

U's sign former £3m striker on permanent deal

Marvin Sordell signs for U's Credit: Colchester United

Colchester United have signed striker Marvin Sordell.

Sordell, 24, was once a £3m signing for Bolton but joins the U's on a permanent deal having been released y Championship side Burnley.

It comes a day after chairman Robbie Cowling issued a "save your stamps'' warning to fans who've been writing demanding the sacking of current boss Tony Humes.

More on this story on the Colchester United website

"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
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