‘Stinks’, ‘Undoubtedly underachieved’ – These Colchester fans are split on latest club decision

Colchester United are looking for a new head coach after sacking John McGreal.

McGreal, who has taken the U’s to two eighth-placed finishes and a sixth this season, is one of the favourites to take over at relegated Tranmere after they lost Mickey Mellon to Dundee United. If that is the case, they won’t now need to pay any compensation as club statement revealed McGreal was leaving after four years.

“Colchester United are seeking a new First Team Head Coach. I spoke with John McGreal on Friday 3rd July to explain that the club is going to be implementing a new plan that will see the first team being even more tightly aligned to the Academy and that I along with my three other directors, (Tony Humes, Tony Ashby and Jon De Souza), felt a change of First Team Head Coach was required if our new direction was to be successfully implemented.

“This was a very tough decision for a number of reasons, but not least because John has been First Team Head Coach for the last four years. This last season has been one of the club’s best seasons for a number of years and John should be very proud of his time in charge of the first team. However, the club is not only facing a number of unprecedented challenges but also some unprecedented opportunities and myself and the other directors believe significant changes are required that will be best served with a new Head Coach.”

48-year-old McGreal played for Ipswich, Burnley and Tranmere during a sterling career, with the Colchester job his first in management.

The U’s are now likely to look inwards for their next coach, with McGreal’s assistant Steve Ball an early favourite, along with former Leicester City man Wayne Brown, who was the U23 coach there until taking over at Malden and Tiptree.

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