Dunne leads U's to the brink of survival...but won't be celebrating

Halstead Gazette: Relief - Colchester United's players are all smiles following Freddie Sears' goal against Brentford. Picture: NIGEL BROWN (CO90950-37) Relief - Colchester United's players are all smiles following Freddie Sears' goal against Brentford. Picture: NIGEL BROWN (CO90950-37)

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne hailed his players after they led the club to the brink of League One safety by thrashing Brentford.

But Dunne insisted that he will not be celebrating keeping the U’s in the division and narrowly avoiding relegation.

Colchester’s stunning 4-1 victory over the already-promoted Bees has left them three points above the bottom four, ahead of their final game of the season at Walsall, this Saturday.

And with the U’s goal difference superior to that of all of the sides below them, it would take a significant goal turn against Dunne’s side on the last day of the season for them to be caught now.

Nevertheless, Dunne stressed he would not be rejoicing the fact Colchester are almost certainly staying up.

Dunne said: “Mathematically, we’re not safe and I want us to finish as high as we can.

“Staying up is very important for the club – it means that we can progress with our philosophy.

“But I won’t be celebrating escaping (relegation) by the skin of my teeth, in the position we’re in.

“That’s just me but if anybody else wants to do that, I’m absolutely delighted for them.

“I just want to see my family because they’ve been through hell.

“I’ve won a game as a manager and that’s great but I want to win more.

“We should be hungry to do that and I have a lot of young players coming through who will win games.”

For five pages of coverage of Colchester United's big win over Brentford, including full interviews with Joe Dunne and Marcus Bean, see Monday's Daily Gazette.

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9:31am Mon 28 Apr 14

stevedawson says...

Oh yes you are!!!!
Oh yes you are!!!! stevedawson
  • Score: 61

9:55am Mon 28 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

“I just want to see my family because they’ve been through hell".

Joe, go and enjoy the summer with your family and come back refreshed. Ignore the vile hateful stuff that gets written in here and listen to the loyal U's fans that can see the long term plan and respect your professionalism.

Win or lose at Walsall, the real fans will be partying in the Saddlers Bar and probably cheering the Wycombe v Torquay result. Let's be grateful that we are likely to be two divisions above our former Conference rivals and in a position to progress upward from here when the Academy lads all start to mature. Well done Gaffer.
“I just want to see my family because they’ve been through hell". Joe, go and enjoy the summer with your family and come back refreshed. Ignore the vile hateful stuff that gets written in here and listen to the loyal U's fans that can see the long term plan and respect your professionalism. Win or lose at Walsall, the real fans will be partying in the Saddlers Bar and probably cheering the Wycombe v Torquay result. Let's be grateful that we are likely to be two divisions above our former Conference rivals and in a position to progress upward from here when the Academy lads all start to mature. Well done Gaffer. Noah4x4
  • Score: -130

10:35am Mon 28 Apr 14

25414nora says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
“I just want to see my family because they’ve been through hell".

Joe, go and enjoy the summer with your family and come back refreshed. Ignore the vile hateful stuff that gets written in here and listen to the loyal U's fans that can see the long term plan and respect your professionalism.

Win or lose at Walsall, the real fans will be partying in the Saddlers Bar and probably cheering the Wycombe v Torquay result. Let's be grateful that we are likely to be two divisions above our former Conference rivals and in a position to progress upward from here when the Academy lads all start to mature. Well done Gaffer.
Thanks Noah4x4 you seem to have said it all, there's not much more I could add.
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: “I just want to see my family because they’ve been through hell". Joe, go and enjoy the summer with your family and come back refreshed. Ignore the vile hateful stuff that gets written in here and listen to the loyal U's fans that can see the long term plan and respect your professionalism. Win or lose at Walsall, the real fans will be partying in the Saddlers Bar and probably cheering the Wycombe v Torquay result. Let's be grateful that we are likely to be two divisions above our former Conference rivals and in a position to progress upward from here when the Academy lads all start to mature. Well done Gaffer.[/p][/quote]Thanks Noah4x4 you seem to have said it all, there's not much more I could add. 25414nora
  • Score: -81

11:25am Mon 28 Apr 14

down the line says...

Go and enjoy your summer Joe and don't bother coming back.
Big changes needed, starting with the management.
Dunne out.
Go and enjoy your summer Joe and don't bother coming back. Big changes needed, starting with the management. Dunne out. down the line
  • Score: 148

12:08pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Sanj25 says...

I have no feeling against Joe as he has the U's in his veins but we can't afford to be fighting for survival every season. Too many loses and too many poor performances from too many players are a definate indication that a change in management is required over the summer. I'm not saying that a new manager is going to fix things over night but Joe has been given ample opportunity to change things but unfortunately, he and the players gave us the same old poor performances. This is turn was driving away the crowds when at a time when we needed as many fans as possible. I understand Joe had a very tight budget but I have seen teams in the same financial situation as us, still able to fight for positions at the top end of the table. The club needs a fresh start and that's begins with a new manager in place!
I have no feeling against Joe as he has the U's in his veins but we can't afford to be fighting for survival every season. Too many loses and too many poor performances from too many players are a definate indication that a change in management is required over the summer. I'm not saying that a new manager is going to fix things over night but Joe has been given ample opportunity to change things but unfortunately, he and the players gave us the same old poor performances. This is turn was driving away the crowds when at a time when we needed as many fans as possible. I understand Joe had a very tight budget but I have seen teams in the same financial situation as us, still able to fight for positions at the top end of the table. The club needs a fresh start and that's begins with a new manager in place! Sanj25
  • Score: 136

12:08pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Bampotonian says...

Saturday's result shows what the U's are capable of - so why has it been another season of struggle? Why are we only up for it when backs are against the wall? Is it time to employ a sports psychologist to get the players in the right frame of mind for each game? Lots of questions before next season...
I still can't believe we have the luxury of it not going down to the last match! I must admit I was one of those who thought we wouldn't make it this time. Here's to a better next season where we realise our true potential.
Saturday's result shows what the U's are capable of - so why has it been another season of struggle? Why are we only up for it when backs are against the wall? Is it time to employ a sports psychologist to get the players in the right frame of mind for each game? Lots of questions before next season... I still can't believe we have the luxury of it not going down to the last match! I must admit I was one of those who thought we wouldn't make it this time. Here's to a better next season where we realise our true potential. Bampotonian
  • Score: 84

12:08pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Sanj25 says...

meant to say "no bad feeling"...
meant to say "no bad feeling"... Sanj25
  • Score: 41

4:48pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Noah4x4 says...

Sanj25 wrote:
I have no feeling against Joe as he has the U's in his veins but we can't afford to be fighting for survival every season. Too many loses and too many poor performances from too many players are a definate indication that a change in management is required over the summer. I'm not saying that a new manager is going to fix things over night but Joe has been given ample opportunity to change things but unfortunately, he and the players gave us the same old poor performances. This is turn was driving away the crowds when at a time when we needed as many fans as possible. I understand Joe had a very tight budget but I have seen teams in the same financial situation as us, still able to fight for positions at the top end of the table. The club needs a fresh start and that's begins with a new manager in place!
Sanj25

How can you believe that ANY teams at the top of this Division operate under the same financial constraints?

One consequence of the Financial Fair Play Rule is that we are probably always going to struggle as we don’t have the population base of cities like Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Bradford or big towns like Swindon; so we hence won’t get the gates and we won’t have the turnover to pay the wages demanded by better players. Consider this data;

2013-14 average attendances
Wolves 17,360
Brentford 7,548
Preston 9,945
Orient 5,467
Rotherham 8,450
Peterborough 6,327
Swindon 8,107
Sheffield United 17,360

Average of top eight above 10,070
Colchester 3,745
Difference 6,316
x 23 home games 145,268
X £18 average match ticket £2,614,824
X 60% £1,568,894

This means that the average club in the top eight has more than £1.5M extra playing budget under the EUFA Fair Play Rules based on turnover from gate receipts. Even if we consider the closest to our average gate (Orient) they have more than half a £million extra to spend on player wages.

Now let’s consider your comment about falling attendances; the U’s average attendance over the last two Division One seasons at Layer Road was 3,638. The U’s average attendances this Division One season at WHCS 3,735. So in what resepect have attendances dropped since we left Layer Road? Even in our promotion season (2005-06) we only averaged 3,969. One cannot compare Division One with Championship seasons. Joe Dunne is performing miracles keeping us in this Division on such low gates/budget, and how would a new manager help if he has no money and has to wait (Iike Joe) for the Youth Academy to mature?

What is perhaps going to be really interesting is what will happen at Coventry City next season given their 2013-14 average gate of 2,348 due to their fans protest. How are they going to manage their squad when they have to slash player wages to get under the 60% rule? Protesting fans are achieving nothing except kill that club. Bristol City will also probably need a shake down having failed to bounce back into the Championship; and is it any surpirse that Yeovil are straight back down on their low gates. The U’s have taken the financial pain; and survived. We can build from here with our sensible youth policy.
[quote][p][bold]Sanj25[/bold] wrote: I have no feeling against Joe as he has the U's in his veins but we can't afford to be fighting for survival every season. Too many loses and too many poor performances from too many players are a definate indication that a change in management is required over the summer. I'm not saying that a new manager is going to fix things over night but Joe has been given ample opportunity to change things but unfortunately, he and the players gave us the same old poor performances. This is turn was driving away the crowds when at a time when we needed as many fans as possible. I understand Joe had a very tight budget but I have seen teams in the same financial situation as us, still able to fight for positions at the top end of the table. The club needs a fresh start and that's begins with a new manager in place![/p][/quote]Sanj25 How can you believe that ANY teams at the top of this Division operate under the same financial constraints? One consequence of the Financial Fair Play Rule is that we are probably always going to struggle as we don’t have the population base of cities like Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Bradford or big towns like Swindon; so we hence won’t get the gates and we won’t have the turnover to pay the wages demanded by better players. Consider this data; 2013-14 average attendances Wolves 17,360 Brentford 7,548 Preston 9,945 Orient 5,467 Rotherham 8,450 Peterborough 6,327 Swindon 8,107 Sheffield United 17,360 Average of top eight above 10,070 Colchester 3,745 Difference 6,316 x 23 home games 145,268 X £18 average match ticket £2,614,824 X 60% £1,568,894 This means that the average club in the top eight has more than £1.5M extra playing budget under the EUFA Fair Play Rules based on turnover from gate receipts. Even if we consider the closest to our average gate (Orient) they have more than half a £million extra to spend on player wages. Now let’s consider your comment about falling attendances; the U’s average attendance over the last two Division One seasons at Layer Road was 3,638. The U’s average attendances this Division One season at WHCS 3,735. So in what resepect have attendances dropped since we left Layer Road? Even in our promotion season (2005-06) we only averaged 3,969. One cannot compare Division One with Championship seasons. Joe Dunne is performing miracles keeping us in this Division on such low gates/budget, and how would a new manager help if he has no money and has to wait (Iike Joe) for the Youth Academy to mature? What is perhaps going to be really interesting is what will happen at Coventry City next season given their 2013-14 average gate of 2,348 due to their fans protest. How are they going to manage their squad when they have to slash player wages to get under the 60% rule? Protesting fans are achieving nothing except kill that club. Bristol City will also probably need a shake down having failed to bounce back into the Championship; and is it any surpirse that Yeovil are straight back down on their low gates. The U’s have taken the financial pain; and survived. We can build from here with our sensible youth policy. Noah4x4
  • Score: -116

4:56pm Mon 28 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

Noah4x4 wrote:
Sanj25 wrote:
I have no feeling against Joe as he has the U's in his veins but we can't afford to be fighting for survival every season. Too many loses and too many poor performances from too many players are a definate indication that a change in management is required over the summer. I'm not saying that a new manager is going to fix things over night but Joe has been given ample opportunity to change things but unfortunately, he and the players gave us the same old poor performances. This is turn was driving away the crowds when at a time when we needed as many fans as possible. I understand Joe had a very tight budget but I have seen teams in the same financial situation as us, still able to fight for positions at the top end of the table. The club needs a fresh start and that's begins with a new manager in place!
Sanj25

How can you believe that ANY teams at the top of this Division operate under the same financial constraints?

One consequence of the Financial Fair Play Rule is that we are probably always going to struggle as we don’t have the population base of cities like Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Bradford or big towns like Swindon; so we hence won’t get the gates and we won’t have the turnover to pay the wages demanded by better players. Consider this data;

2013-14 average attendances
Wolves 17,360
Brentford 7,548
Preston 9,945
Orient 5,467
Rotherham 8,450
Peterborough 6,327
Swindon 8,107
Sheffield United 17,360

Average of top eight above 10,070
Colchester 3,745
Difference 6,316
x 23 home games 145,268
X £18 average match ticket £2,614,824
X 60% £1,568,894

This means that the average club in the top eight has more than £1.5M extra playing budget under the EUFA Fair Play Rules based on turnover from gate receipts. Even if we consider the closest to our average gate (Orient) they have more than half a £million extra to spend on player wages.

Now let’s consider your comment about falling attendances; the U’s average attendance over the last two Division One seasons at Layer Road was 3,638. The U’s average attendances this Division One season at WHCS 3,735. So in what resepect have attendances dropped since we left Layer Road? Even in our promotion season (2005-06) we only averaged 3,969. One cannot compare Division One with Championship seasons. Joe Dunne is performing miracles keeping us in this Division on such low gates/budget, and how would a new manager help if he has no money and has to wait (Iike Joe) for the Youth Academy to mature?

What is perhaps going to be really interesting is what will happen at Coventry City next season given their 2013-14 average gate of 2,348 due to their fans protest. How are they going to manage their squad when they have to slash player wages to get under the 60% rule? Protesting fans are achieving nothing except kill that club. Bristol City will also probably need a shake down having failed to bounce back into the Championship; and is it any surpirse that Yeovil are straight back down on their low gates. The U’s have taken the financial pain; and survived. We can build from here with our sensible youth policy.
Another load of facts that prove nothing, one fact that proves something to me is that they have good gates because they play good football, get rid of the manager, get rid of the deadwood and get the youngsters in that would play with more passion, more appetite, more guts, more pride and all that on less money, then the financial cows muck would not matter!
[quote][p][bold]Noah4x4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sanj25[/bold] wrote: I have no feeling against Joe as he has the U's in his veins but we can't afford to be fighting for survival every season. Too many loses and too many poor performances from too many players are a definate indication that a change in management is required over the summer. I'm not saying that a new manager is going to fix things over night but Joe has been given ample opportunity to change things but unfortunately, he and the players gave us the same old poor performances. This is turn was driving away the crowds when at a time when we needed as many fans as possible. I understand Joe had a very tight budget but I have seen teams in the same financial situation as us, still able to fight for positions at the top end of the table. The club needs a fresh start and that's begins with a new manager in place![/p][/quote]Sanj25 How can you believe that ANY teams at the top of this Division operate under the same financial constraints? One consequence of the Financial Fair Play Rule is that we are probably always going to struggle as we don’t have the population base of cities like Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Bradford or big towns like Swindon; so we hence won’t get the gates and we won’t have the turnover to pay the wages demanded by better players. Consider this data; 2013-14 average attendances Wolves 17,360 Brentford 7,548 Preston 9,945 Orient 5,467 Rotherham 8,450 Peterborough 6,327 Swindon 8,107 Sheffield United 17,360 Average of top eight above 10,070 Colchester 3,745 Difference 6,316 x 23 home games 145,268 X £18 average match ticket £2,614,824 X 60% £1,568,894 This means that the average club in the top eight has more than £1.5M extra playing budget under the EUFA Fair Play Rules based on turnover from gate receipts. Even if we consider the closest to our average gate (Orient) they have more than half a £million extra to spend on player wages. Now let’s consider your comment about falling attendances; the U’s average attendance over the last two Division One seasons at Layer Road was 3,638. The U’s average attendances this Division One season at WHCS 3,735. So in what resepect have attendances dropped since we left Layer Road? Even in our promotion season (2005-06) we only averaged 3,969. One cannot compare Division One with Championship seasons. Joe Dunne is performing miracles keeping us in this Division on such low gates/budget, and how would a new manager help if he has no money and has to wait (Iike Joe) for the Youth Academy to mature? What is perhaps going to be really interesting is what will happen at Coventry City next season given their 2013-14 average gate of 2,348 due to their fans protest. How are they going to manage their squad when they have to slash player wages to get under the 60% rule? Protesting fans are achieving nothing except kill that club. Bristol City will also probably need a shake down having failed to bounce back into the Championship; and is it any surpirse that Yeovil are straight back down on their low gates. The U’s have taken the financial pain; and survived. We can build from here with our sensible youth policy.[/p][/quote]Another load of facts that prove nothing, one fact that proves something to me is that they have good gates because they play good football, get rid of the manager, get rid of the deadwood and get the youngsters in that would play with more passion, more appetite, more guts, more pride and all that on less money, then the financial cows muck would not matter! totallyfootball
  • Score: 136

5:27pm Mon 28 Apr 14

super waluigi says...

A very very good read by Noah. Thank you for writing something worth reading.
One thing that always strikes me is the tunnel vision by the 'clan negative'.
Totally football, do you really think it is easy to sack the manager, employ the next Jose Mourinho, give him Ward and Dunnes so called outcasts, give him no money and still expect the team to play good attractive football??? Then get bigger crowds on the back of this and keep the manager from the bigger clubs circulating around him???? Wake up.

Every article about football, regardless if it is a Col U win, lose, draw, transfer target, Waldron report, match report or injury news, every clan negative member bangs out the same irrelevant blog with out any forward thinking plan. Although I am Pro Dunne, like I was Ward before him, I am not totally against sacking the manager. But before I would agree with it I would need to hear some one justify it rather than "we avoided relegation by the skin of our teeth, next season we will go down for sure". How many seasons can Totally football and 'clan negative' be wrong????

As for me. I am a realist. I will continue to give Robbie Cowling my full support as long as a genuinely believe he has the clubs interest at heart.
I will support Joe Dunne too. I believe that he can stabilise the club, without having his head turned by other clubs.
I will continue to support Colchester United and expect a modest bottom half of the table finish, but avoiding relegation for the next 5 seasons, with my fingers crossed that we too can be the team that gets the lucky break that Orient had this season, Yeovil last and Doncaster, Barnsley, and even Cambridge or ourselves have had before.
A very very good read by Noah. Thank you for writing something worth reading. One thing that always strikes me is the tunnel vision by the 'clan negative'. Totally football, do you really think it is easy to sack the manager, employ the next Jose Mourinho, give him Ward and Dunnes so called outcasts, give him no money and still expect the team to play good attractive football??? Then get bigger crowds on the back of this and keep the manager from the bigger clubs circulating around him???? Wake up. Every article about football, regardless if it is a Col U win, lose, draw, transfer target, Waldron report, match report or injury news, every clan negative member bangs out the same irrelevant blog with out any forward thinking plan. Although I am Pro Dunne, like I was Ward before him, I am not totally against sacking the manager. But before I would agree with it I would need to hear some one justify it rather than "we avoided relegation by the skin of our teeth, next season we will go down for sure". How many seasons can Totally football and 'clan negative' be wrong???? As for me. I am a realist. I will continue to give Robbie Cowling my full support as long as a genuinely believe he has the clubs interest at heart. I will support Joe Dunne too. I believe that he can stabilise the club, without having his head turned by other clubs. I will continue to support Colchester United and expect a modest bottom half of the table finish, but avoiding relegation for the next 5 seasons, with my fingers crossed that we too can be the team that gets the lucky break that Orient had this season, Yeovil last and Doncaster, Barnsley, and even Cambridge or ourselves have had before. super waluigi
  • Score: -89

5:52pm Mon 28 Apr 14

totallyfootball says...

super waluigi wrote:
A very very good read by Noah. Thank you for writing something worth reading.
One thing that always strikes me is the tunnel vision by the 'clan negative'.
Totally football, do you really think it is easy to sack the manager, employ the next Jose Mourinho, give him Ward and Dunnes so called outcasts, give him no money and still expect the team to play good attractive football??? Then get bigger crowds on the back of this and keep the manager from the bigger clubs circulating around him???? Wake up.

Every article about football, regardless if it is a Col U win, lose, draw, transfer target, Waldron report, match report or injury news, every clan negative member bangs out the same irrelevant blog with out any forward thinking plan. Although I am Pro Dunne, like I was Ward before him, I am not totally against sacking the manager. But before I would agree with it I would need to hear some one justify it rather than "we avoided relegation by the skin of our teeth, next season we will go down for sure". How many seasons can Totally football and 'clan negative' be wrong????

As for me. I am a realist. I will continue to give Robbie Cowling my full support as long as a genuinely believe he has the clubs interest at heart.
I will support Joe Dunne too. I believe that he can stabilise the club, without having his head turned by other clubs.
I will continue to support Colchester United and expect a modest bottom half of the table finish, but avoiding relegation for the next 5 seasons, with my fingers crossed that we too can be the team that gets the lucky break that Orient had this season, Yeovil last and Doncaster, Barnsley, and even Cambridge or ourselves have had before.
Ha, you make me laugh, me wake up? How many more seasons are you going to be happy enjoying football mediocrity before this club ends up in football obscurity/history. Let me tell you what's behind my screen name, nearly thirty years a player at every level (excluding International), manager up to semi pro level and now a consultant at a championship club in the play offs. I have nothing else to say to you Super W! As has been mentioned on here before, the tone of the comments seem to have an ulterior motive and maybe from someone either connected or close to someone connected to the club or you would not be so biased? Please don't reply, in short you bore me!
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: A very very good read by Noah. Thank you for writing something worth reading. One thing that always strikes me is the tunnel vision by the 'clan negative'. Totally football, do you really think it is easy to sack the manager, employ the next Jose Mourinho, give him Ward and Dunnes so called outcasts, give him no money and still expect the team to play good attractive football??? Then get bigger crowds on the back of this and keep the manager from the bigger clubs circulating around him???? Wake up. Every article about football, regardless if it is a Col U win, lose, draw, transfer target, Waldron report, match report or injury news, every clan negative member bangs out the same irrelevant blog with out any forward thinking plan. Although I am Pro Dunne, like I was Ward before him, I am not totally against sacking the manager. But before I would agree with it I would need to hear some one justify it rather than "we avoided relegation by the skin of our teeth, next season we will go down for sure". How many seasons can Totally football and 'clan negative' be wrong???? As for me. I am a realist. I will continue to give Robbie Cowling my full support as long as a genuinely believe he has the clubs interest at heart. I will support Joe Dunne too. I believe that he can stabilise the club, without having his head turned by other clubs. I will continue to support Colchester United and expect a modest bottom half of the table finish, but avoiding relegation for the next 5 seasons, with my fingers crossed that we too can be the team that gets the lucky break that Orient had this season, Yeovil last and Doncaster, Barnsley, and even Cambridge or ourselves have had before.[/p][/quote]Ha, you make me laugh, me wake up? How many more seasons are you going to be happy enjoying football mediocrity before this club ends up in football obscurity/history. Let me tell you what's behind my screen name, nearly thirty years a player at every level (excluding International), manager up to semi pro level and now a consultant at a championship club in the play offs. I have nothing else to say to you Super W! As has been mentioned on here before, the tone of the comments seem to have an ulterior motive and maybe from someone either connected or close to someone connected to the club or you would not be so biased? Please don't reply, in short you bore me! totallyfootball
  • Score: 112

6:09pm Mon 28 Apr 14

SuperU's says...

The facts are quite clear about this season's performance. The main reason we have gone this far without being comfortably in mid-table is primarily our home form against the bottom half teams and not taking our chances in front of goal, even though we have scored more this season with one game to go compared to last season, 52 v 47. Hitting the woodwork 16 times hasn't helped either, but that's the rub of the green.

Consider this season at home; 12 points from games against the bottom half teams at the time we played them. 2012/13, 17pts and 2011/12, 21pts.

Our away form against those teams during the past 3 seasons has been 16pts, 17pts and 17pts respectively. Conversely we have improved our performances against the top half (better) teams at home; 17pts, 11pts & 14pts.

The last 2 seasons have been crucial to the club in that we've managed to stay up under tremendous financial stress, at a time when most teams around us have not been preparing for the inevitable with the FFPR rules. That in my mind puts us ahead of the curve and in good stead for next season when we have the younger players now establishing themselves in the 1st team squad, and further more to come from those yet to emerge. I can't remember when we last had at least 5 youth team players looking up to the job, but we do in Gilbey, Olufemi, Wright, Smodicz and Bonne.

Without doubt we need a striker as a main priority that can get 15+ a season to help Jabo and Freddie, but easier said than done. That's JD's priority for the new season for sure.

Next season we'll start knocking the ball around again to feet, and for those of a nervous disposition, means the jitters as we'll play from the back. Wynter has showed the way forward on that score, being completely composed on the ball whilst being very solid in defence. His reading of the game against Brentford was sublime. He'll go far with Palace.

We do have to play with a higher tempo at times whilst keeping the ball in order to break teams down that come to defend, but the quality in the team is undoubtedly better than last season. Some have under-performed as we know, and they have to stand up and be counted next season. Watt has been carrying an injury so we hope for better things from him and Eastmond too next year. They have the technical ability and need to show that with the physicality required at League 1 level and look to dominate the pace and direction of the game more. I'm willing to bet they'll improve markedly next year, but when in the past did we get high quality young loan players from the premiership? This shows that the world of football understands what we are trying to do at Colchester and they are prepared to help JD achieve that.

Fantastic that we don't go to the wire again and I'm looking forward to next season already. Up the U's!
The facts are quite clear about this season's performance. The main reason we have gone this far without being comfortably in mid-table is primarily our home form against the bottom half teams and not taking our chances in front of goal, even though we have scored more this season with one game to go compared to last season, 52 v 47. Hitting the woodwork 16 times hasn't helped either, but that's the rub of the green. Consider this season at home; 12 points from games against the bottom half teams at the time we played them. 2012/13, 17pts and 2011/12, 21pts. Our away form against those teams during the past 3 seasons has been 16pts, 17pts and 17pts respectively. Conversely we have improved our performances against the top half (better) teams at home; 17pts, 11pts & 14pts. The last 2 seasons have been crucial to the club in that we've managed to stay up under tremendous financial stress, at a time when most teams around us have not been preparing for the inevitable with the FFPR rules. That in my mind puts us ahead of the curve and in good stead for next season when we have the younger players now establishing themselves in the 1st team squad, and further more to come from those yet to emerge. I can't remember when we last had at least 5 youth team players looking up to the job, but we do in Gilbey, Olufemi, Wright, Smodicz and Bonne. Without doubt we need a striker as a main priority that can get 15+ a season to help Jabo and Freddie, but easier said than done. That's JD's priority for the new season for sure. Next season we'll start knocking the ball around again to feet, and for those of a nervous disposition, means the jitters as we'll play from the back. Wynter has showed the way forward on that score, being completely composed on the ball whilst being very solid in defence. His reading of the game against Brentford was sublime. He'll go far with Palace. We do have to play with a higher tempo at times whilst keeping the ball in order to break teams down that come to defend, but the quality in the team is undoubtedly better than last season. Some have under-performed as we know, and they have to stand up and be counted next season. Watt has been carrying an injury so we hope for better things from him and Eastmond too next year. They have the technical ability and need to show that with the physicality required at League 1 level and look to dominate the pace and direction of the game more. I'm willing to bet they'll improve markedly next year, but when in the past did we get high quality young loan players from the premiership? This shows that the world of football understands what we are trying to do at Colchester and they are prepared to help JD achieve that. Fantastic that we don't go to the wire again and I'm looking forward to next season already. Up the U's! SuperU's
  • Score: -67

7:39pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

Noah ~

Actually modern stadium related revenue streams are more lucrative than gate receipts these days! Hence why we have a higher turnover than a number of clubs who get bigger attendances (over 5k more in some cases) than us in older stadia that don’t have the excellent corporate and conferencing facilities we enjoy. With our turnover there are simply no excuses for the club to be lower than mid-table in League One; there is no question whatsoever that we are UNDERACHIEVING under the execrable management of Joe Dunne! It is for these facts that your latest diatribe(s) are plainly absurd!

Coventry’s owners are using donations to circumvent the FFP regulations, which are nowhere as stringent as you’d like others to believe! Modern stadium revenue streams from conferencing, corporate hospitality, concerts, events etc are big business these days, hence why Coventry were in terminal decline without access to these revenue streams at the Ricoh (despite average attendances of around 15k) and why the, ideologically driven, Labour run Coventry City Council don’t want to give up a cash cow to a Hedge Fund. The only way forward for Coventry City is to build a new stadium! Please refrain from blogging on matters you are patently clueless about Noah!

super waluigi / SuperU’s ~

It’s another week and yet another alias eh waluigi? For someone with some many multiple accounts/identities you are exceedingly hopeless as passing yourself off as another person. You must be completely off your rocker if you don’t think the vast majority of people using/reading this site know exactly what you’re up to!

Super waluigi = 25414nora = Eddy D = In Joe we Trust = Super U’s = Hungry Student etc

totallyfootball ~

You are spot on; Super waluigi does clearly have an ulterior agenda/motive for peddling the club line verbatim! I too suspect he is a close relative of someone in the current managerial regime... He is attempting (and epically failing) to create an illusion of support for Joe Dunne where there is little other than the senile ramblings of Noah4x4!
Noah ~ Actually modern stadium related revenue streams are more lucrative than gate receipts these days! Hence why we have a higher turnover than a number of clubs who get bigger attendances (over 5k more in some cases) than us in older stadia that don’t have the excellent corporate and conferencing facilities we enjoy. With our turnover there are simply no excuses for the club to be lower than mid-table in League One; there is no question whatsoever that we are UNDERACHIEVING under the execrable management of Joe Dunne! It is for these facts that your latest diatribe(s) are plainly absurd! Coventry’s owners are using donations to circumvent the FFP regulations, which are nowhere as stringent as you’d like others to believe! Modern stadium revenue streams from conferencing, corporate hospitality, concerts, events etc are big business these days, hence why Coventry were in terminal decline without access to these revenue streams at the Ricoh (despite average attendances of around 15k) and why the, ideologically driven, Labour run Coventry City Council don’t want to give up a cash cow to a Hedge Fund. The only way forward for Coventry City is to build a new stadium! Please refrain from blogging on matters you are patently clueless about Noah! super waluigi / SuperU’s ~ It’s another week and yet another alias eh waluigi? For someone with some many multiple accounts/identities you are exceedingly hopeless as passing yourself off as another person. You must be completely off your rocker if you don’t think the vast majority of people using/reading this site know exactly what you’re up to! Super waluigi = 25414nora = Eddy D = In Joe we Trust = Super U’s = Hungry Student etc totallyfootball ~ You are spot on; Super waluigi does clearly have an ulterior agenda/motive for peddling the club line verbatim! I too suspect he is a close relative of someone in the current managerial regime... He is attempting (and epically failing) to create an illusion of support for Joe Dunne where there is little other than the senile ramblings of Noah4x4! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 143

8:47pm Mon 28 Apr 14

SuperU's says...

Medicated Soap wrote:
Noah ~

Actually modern stadium related revenue streams are more lucrative than gate receipts these days! Hence why we have a higher turnover than a number of clubs who get bigger attendances (over 5k more in some cases) than us in older stadia that don’t have the excellent corporate and conferencing facilities we enjoy. With our turnover there are simply no excuses for the club to be lower than mid-table in League One; there is no question whatsoever that we are UNDERACHIEVING under the execrable management of Joe Dunne! It is for these facts that your latest diatribe(s) are plainly absurd!

Coventry’s owners are using donations to circumvent the FFP regulations, which are nowhere as stringent as you’d like others to believe! Modern stadium revenue streams from conferencing, corporate hospitality, concerts, events etc are big business these days, hence why Coventry were in terminal decline without access to these revenue streams at the Ricoh (despite average attendances of around 15k) and why the, ideologically driven, Labour run Coventry City Council don’t want to give up a cash cow to a Hedge Fund. The only way forward for Coventry City is to build a new stadium! Please refrain from blogging on matters you are patently clueless about Noah!

super waluigi / SuperU’s ~

It’s another week and yet another alias eh waluigi? For someone with some many multiple accounts/identities you are exceedingly hopeless as passing yourself off as another person. You must be completely off your rocker if you don’t think the vast majority of people using/reading this site know exactly what you’re up to!

Super waluigi = 25414nora = Eddy D = In Joe we Trust = Super U’s = Hungry Student etc

totallyfootball ~

You are spot on; Super waluigi does clearly have an ulterior agenda/motive for peddling the club line verbatim! I too suspect he is a close relative of someone in the current managerial regime... He is attempting (and epically failing) to create an illusion of support for Joe Dunne where there is little other than the senile ramblings of Noah4x4!
Shirley shome mishtake Ed? (Courtesy Private Eye). I do read the updates here but rarely comment. Happy to dip in now and again when the need arises and I have a spare 5 mins....Cheers
[quote][p][bold]Medicated Soap[/bold] wrote: Noah ~ Actually modern stadium related revenue streams are more lucrative than gate receipts these days! Hence why we have a higher turnover than a number of clubs who get bigger attendances (over 5k more in some cases) than us in older stadia that don’t have the excellent corporate and conferencing facilities we enjoy. With our turnover there are simply no excuses for the club to be lower than mid-table in League One; there is no question whatsoever that we are UNDERACHIEVING under the execrable management of Joe Dunne! It is for these facts that your latest diatribe(s) are plainly absurd! Coventry’s owners are using donations to circumvent the FFP regulations, which are nowhere as stringent as you’d like others to believe! Modern stadium revenue streams from conferencing, corporate hospitality, concerts, events etc are big business these days, hence why Coventry were in terminal decline without access to these revenue streams at the Ricoh (despite average attendances of around 15k) and why the, ideologically driven, Labour run Coventry City Council don’t want to give up a cash cow to a Hedge Fund. The only way forward for Coventry City is to build a new stadium! Please refrain from blogging on matters you are patently clueless about Noah! super waluigi / SuperU’s ~ It’s another week and yet another alias eh waluigi? For someone with some many multiple accounts/identities you are exceedingly hopeless as passing yourself off as another person. You must be completely off your rocker if you don’t think the vast majority of people using/reading this site know exactly what you’re up to! Super waluigi = 25414nora = Eddy D = In Joe we Trust = Super U’s = Hungry Student etc totallyfootball ~ You are spot on; Super waluigi does clearly have an ulterior agenda/motive for peddling the club line verbatim! I too suspect he is a close relative of someone in the current managerial regime... He is attempting (and epically failing) to create an illusion of support for Joe Dunne where there is little other than the senile ramblings of Noah4x4![/p][/quote]Shirley shome mishtake Ed? (Courtesy Private Eye). I do read the updates here but rarely comment. Happy to dip in now and again when the need arises and I have a spare 5 mins....Cheers SuperU's
  • Score: -75

10:17pm Mon 28 Apr 14

25414nora says...

'That's right' when the debate is lost, when all logic and reasoning deserts you, that's when you resort to outrageous fantasy.
Instead of hiding behind anonymity like a craven coward, and spouting your unsubstantiated drivel, why don't take your suspicions through the normal channels provided- Click on the "report this post" option, put your points in writing, or contact the editorial team at daily gazette main office direct?
'NO' Thought Not..
'That's right' when the debate is lost, when all logic and reasoning deserts you, that's when you resort to outrageous fantasy. Instead of hiding behind anonymity like a craven coward, and spouting your unsubstantiated drivel, why don't take your suspicions through the normal channels provided- Click on the "report this post" option, put your points in writing, or contact the editorial team at daily gazette main office direct? 'NO' Thought Not.. 25414nora
  • Score: -96

11:03pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Col utd says...

Be good to see who goes & comes in this summer at the club. I heard a Wilson has turned down a contract & is off!!!
Be good to see who goes & comes in this summer at the club. I heard a Wilson has turned down a contract & is off!!! Col utd
  • Score: 83

11:47pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Medicated Soap says...

25414nora wrote:
'That's right' when the debate is lost, when all logic and reasoning deserts you, that's when you resort to outrageous fantasy.
Instead of hiding behind anonymity like a craven coward, and spouting your unsubstantiated drivel, why don't take your suspicions through the normal channels provided- Click on the "report this post" option, put your points in writing, or contact the editorial team at daily gazette main office direct?
'NO' Thought Not..
Yeah right super waluigi! You seriously need help, even your feeble denials follow the same patterns regardless of which account you're using to post.

Why are you continuing with your little charade when you've already been exposed as a multiple account wind-up merchant?! It's not normal behaviour!
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: 'That's right' when the debate is lost, when all logic and reasoning deserts you, that's when you resort to outrageous fantasy. Instead of hiding behind anonymity like a craven coward, and spouting your unsubstantiated drivel, why don't take your suspicions through the normal channels provided- Click on the "report this post" option, put your points in writing, or contact the editorial team at daily gazette main office direct? 'NO' Thought Not..[/p][/quote]Yeah right super waluigi! You seriously need help, even your feeble denials follow the same patterns regardless of which account you're using to post. Why are you continuing with your little charade when you've already been exposed as a multiple account wind-up merchant?! It's not normal behaviour! Medicated Soap
  • Score: 107

12:41pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

25414nora wrote:
'That's right' when the debate is lost, when all logic and reasoning deserts you, that's when you resort to outrageous fantasy.
Instead of hiding behind anonymity like a craven coward, and spouting your unsubstantiated drivel, why don't take your suspicions through the normal channels provided- Click on the "report this post" option, put your points in writing, or contact the editorial team at daily gazette main office direct?
'NO' Thought Not..
You need some professional help Super Deluded. What you're doing is not normal.

Are there any close friends or family members you can talk to? I still believe the Gazette has a duty of care to make sure you're OK.

You don't 'win' an argument by creating a dozen IDs and getting them all to agree with your viewpoint. I hope you can get the help you so clearly need.
[quote][p][bold]25414nora[/bold] wrote: 'That's right' when the debate is lost, when all logic and reasoning deserts you, that's when you resort to outrageous fantasy. Instead of hiding behind anonymity like a craven coward, and spouting your unsubstantiated drivel, why don't take your suspicions through the normal channels provided- Click on the "report this post" option, put your points in writing, or contact the editorial team at daily gazette main office direct? 'NO' Thought Not..[/p][/quote]You need some professional help Super Deluded. What you're doing is not normal. Are there any close friends or family members you can talk to? I still believe the Gazette has a duty of care to make sure you're OK. You don't 'win' an argument by creating a dozen IDs and getting them all to agree with your viewpoint. I hope you can get the help you so clearly need. Bert_Stimpson
  • Score: 63

8:36pm Tue 29 Apr 14

crazy comments says...

Col utd wrote:
Be good to see who goes & comes in this summer at the club. I heard a Wilson has turned down a contract & is off!!!
That's good.
[quote][p][bold]Col utd[/bold] wrote: Be good to see who goes & comes in this summer at the club. I heard a Wilson has turned down a contract & is off!!![/p][/quote]That's good. crazy comments
  • Score: 21

11:02pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Col utd says...

crazy comments wrote:
Col utd wrote:
Be good to see who goes & comes in this summer at the club. I heard a Wilson has turned down a contract & is off!!!
That's good.
I don't think so, might not be captain material but a good player... Really worried about next year now.
[quote][p][bold]crazy comments[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Col utd[/bold] wrote: Be good to see who goes & comes in this summer at the club. I heard a Wilson has turned down a contract & is off!!![/p][/quote]That's good.[/p][/quote]I don't think so, might not be captain material but a good player... Really worried about next year now. Col utd
  • Score: 30

9:18am Wed 30 Apr 14

stevedawson says...

Vely interesting.
Vely interesting. stevedawson
  • Score: 14

6:32pm Wed 30 Apr 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

At least he Dunne it!!!!
Bring back Mick Walker if you think things are that bad?
Joe is a bloody nice bloke, turning old boots into ballet shoes:
Those gate stats and FA rules and regs speak for themselves:
You cant make a good stew without leaving it overnight.
This team needs fertilization and cultivation
At least he Dunne it!!!! Bring back Mick Walker if you think things are that bad? Joe is a bloody nice bloke, turning old boots into ballet shoes: Those gate stats and FA rules and regs speak for themselves: You cant make a good stew without leaving it overnight. This team needs fertilization and cultivation A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -18

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