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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.


Toffolo signs two year deal with Norwich City

Harry Toffolo. Credit: PA

Defender Harry Toffolo has today signed a new two year deal at Norwich City.

Toffolo made his first team debut with the Canaries when they beat Rotherham United 2-1 in the Capital One Cup a few weeks ago.

The 20-year-old was a key member of the Under 18 side that won the FA Youth Cup in 2013 and last year helped Swindon Town reach the Sky Bet League One Play off final, making 28 league appearances while he was on loan.

"It's really good to have put-to-paper with Norwich, it shows that the club is backing me. After a strong year with Swindon last season and a pre-season with the first-team here, it proves that if you work hard you get given opportunities.

Norwich is my club. I joined at a young age, moving away from home but this is my home now. My long-term goal is to do the best that I can at Norwich City."

– Harry Toffolo

Luton Town's McGeehan suspended by Northern Ireland after international snub

Cameron McGeehan looks set to be suspended this weekend. Credit: PA

Luton Town midfielder Cameron McGeehan could be forced sit out this weekend's derby game with Cambridge United because he's been banned by the country that have been trying to call him up.

The 20-year-old was named in Northern Ireland's under-21s squad for their upcoming games against Scotland and Iceland, but he rejected the call because he wants more time to consider his international future.

The Irish FA have now taken the unusual step of suspending McGeehan from playing any football for the remainder of the current international window.

The Hatters say they'll appeal the decision.

Ipswich Town duo McCarthy and Fraser up for monthly awards

Mick McCarthy is up for the Manager award. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy and summer signing Ryan Fraser have been nominated for the Sky Bet Championship Manager and Player of the Month awards.

Town have made a flying start to the season and have taken 10 points from their opening five games to sit third in the league.

Much of that success has been down to the form of Fraser who's scored twice and set up three more since arriving from Bournemouth.

Ryan Fraser has been in superb form for Ipswich Town since his arrival from Bournemouth. Credit: ITV News Anglia

McCarthy is up against Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton, Hull City's Steve Bruce and QPR man Chris Ramsey while Fraser will have to see off competition from Brighton's Kazenga LuaLua, Birmingham midfielder Stephen Gleeson and Burnley defender Michael Keane.


Norwich City midfielders Andreu and Odjidja Ofoe join Rotherham on loan

Tony Andreu. Credit: ITV Anglia

Norwich City pair Tony Andreu and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe have moved on short term loan deals to Rotherham United.

Andreu has moved to the Millers until 2 January, while Odjidja joins them on a one-month emergency loan deal.

Both featured when Alex Neil’s team won 2-1 at the New York Stadium in the Capital One Cup Second Round last Tuesday.

Norwich City midfielder Johnson seals shock Derby County move, Jarvis to join Canaries

Bradley Johnson has left Carrow Road. Credit: PA

Norwich City midfielder Bradley Johnson has completed a shock move to Championship side Derby County.

The former Leeds United man won the Canaries' Player of the Season award last season as they won promotion to the Premier League.

It's believed that Derby will pay in the region of £6 million for Johnson.

Matt Jarvis is set to move to Norwich City. Credit: PA

West Ham United winger Matt Jarvis is expected to move to Carrow Road as a replacement.

Cambridge United land Shrewsbury Town left-back Demetriou

Mickey Demetriou has joined Cambridge United on loan. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have completed the loan signing of Shrewsbury Town left-back Mickey Demetriou.

The 25-year-old has agreed a deal that will see him stay at The Abbey Stadium until January.

Demetriou helped the Shrews gain promotion from League Two last season.

"Mickey is a player we know well from our time in the conference whilst playing against Kidderminster, and last season he played 40 games for Shrewsbury during their promotion winning campaign.

We have been active in trying to bring another versatile left sided player to the club and Mickey fits the profile perfectly. He will give us good options and competition at left back, left wing back and left midfield, all areas where we felt we needed another player.”

– Richard Money, Cambridge United Manager

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.

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