U's academy set for crucial verdict

Future prospect - Colchester United are hoping to produce more talented youngsters to emulate Macauley Bonne and progress to their first team. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

Future prospect - Colchester United are hoping to produce more talented youngsters to emulate Macauley Bonne and progress to their first team. Picture: RICHARD BLAXALL

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It's judgement day for Colchester United’s academy.

The U’s are set to find out today whether or not they have been recommended for sought-after Category Two status for their youth set-up.

Colchester narrowly missed out on taking their place among the country’s elite academies last year, after they failed to make the necessary grade.

But following improvements to the academy, which was assessed by auditors over a four-day in April, they are hopeful that this time they will get the green light.

For more on this story and all of the latest Colchester United news, see Friday's Daily Gazette.

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1:24pm Fri 13 Jun 14

super waluigi says...

I have my fingers crossed. Joe Dunne deserves a lot of credit for blooding the youngsters last season which I often thought was linked to this category 2 status.

With our success of winning the youth tournament and Bonne, Szmodics, etc, we have a great chance.
I have my fingers crossed. Joe Dunne deserves a lot of credit for blooding the youngsters last season which I often thought was linked to this category 2 status. With our success of winning the youth tournament and Bonne, Szmodics, etc, we have a great chance. super waluigi
  • Score: -17

2:15pm Fri 13 Jun 14

thillewe says...

need it, it's all we will have left soon to get players.
#longhardseason
need it, it's all we will have left soon to get players. #longhardseason thillewe
  • Score: 7

7:51pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Ontheball says...

Well its 1950hrs and nothing. Is it a yes or no, or what is happening?
Well its 1950hrs and nothing. Is it a yes or no, or what is happening? Ontheball
  • Score: -3

10:30pm Fri 13 Jun 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Exactly Ontheball and the club reckons they are good at PR! Maybe the verdict isn't a good one and RC has to think very carefully before commenting. I would be very surprised if the club was sitting on good news!
Exactly Ontheball and the club reckons they are good at PR! Maybe the verdict isn't a good one and RC has to think very carefully before commenting. I would be very surprised if the club was sitting on good news! BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: 0

12:04am Sat 14 Jun 14

Sigma▲ says...

Rumors abound tonight that we got a lower score than last year's assessment :(

Let's face it if we'd been successful the club would be shouting it from the rooftops as Category Two status is Robbie Cowling's holy grail after all...
Rumors abound tonight that we got a lower score than last year's assessment :( Let's face it if we'd been successful the club would be shouting it from the rooftops as Category Two status is Robbie Cowling's holy grail after all... Sigma▲
  • Score: 4

12:12pm Sat 14 Jun 14

West Stand United says...

If we have failed then heads should roll. They have put all their eggs in one basket and Cowling can't afford to fail to obtain Category Two again.

As a businessman you have to get experts around you who have the knowledge of where you are letting yourself down and go all out to put it right, so let's hope he has employed the right people this time to achieve it.

As there is no news anywhere it is natural to assume the worst but let's also say no news s good news !

PR has been a problem since Marie left and we all know Cowling plays his cards very close to his chest.

Don't want to jump the gun on this and have my fingers crossed as if the Youth is our only way forward there is no money in the pot to replace the players we have lost or to get in an extra players, so we need to hang on to the best youth players we have so they aren't cherry picked by other clubs.
If we have failed then heads should roll. They have put all their eggs in one basket and Cowling can't afford to fail to obtain Category Two again. As a businessman you have to get experts around you who have the knowledge of where you are letting yourself down and go all out to put it right, so let's hope he has employed the right people this time to achieve it. As there is no news anywhere it is natural to assume the worst but let's also say no news s good news ! PR has been a problem since Marie left and we all know Cowling plays his cards very close to his chest. Don't want to jump the gun on this and have my fingers crossed as if the Youth is our only way forward there is no money in the pot to replace the players we have lost or to get in an extra players, so we need to hang on to the best youth players we have so they aren't cherry picked by other clubs. West Stand United
  • Score: 1

1:18pm Sat 14 Jun 14

down the line says...

PR at the club is a joke. There quick enough to shout about things when they want to sell season tickets, new shirts etc. But as soon as it comes to keeping the fans in the loop then its non existent.
Nothing changes.
PR at the club is a joke. There quick enough to shout about things when they want to sell season tickets, new shirts etc. But as soon as it comes to keeping the fans in the loop then its non existent. Nothing changes. down the line
  • Score: 2

9:14pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Ozzie says...

Poor PR, lacklustre efforts in keeping both the players and supporters informed. Shambolic. Status looks as though it has been declined again,they are the rumours going round today. On the basis little has been done to improve things since the last inspection. IF we had courage we should appeal against the decision. We desperately need the grade 2 academy status. Surely this time if we fail to achieve it, Cowling needs to review his staffing and what they are failing to do behind the scenes.
Poor PR, lacklustre efforts in keeping both the players and supporters informed. Shambolic. Status looks as though it has been declined again,they are the rumours going round today. On the basis little has been done to improve things since the last inspection. IF we had courage we should appeal against the decision. We desperately need the grade 2 academy status. Surely this time if we fail to achieve it, Cowling needs to review his staffing and what they are failing to do behind the scenes. Ozzie
  • Score: -16

12:29pm Sun 15 Jun 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Ozzie, if category 2 has been declined again, then there is only one responsible person and that is Cowling, who should take a long hard look at himself. Whilst I'm sure he has taken the actions he has with the best intentions, his reign to date has been one of dismal abject and demoralising failure. A meaningful democratic Board rather than a panel of yes men is now what this club needs to put it on the right course. To put all your eggs into the one academy basket was never a good idea.
Ozzie, if category 2 has been declined again, then there is only one responsible person and that is Cowling, who should take a long hard look at himself. Whilst I'm sure he has taken the actions he has with the best intentions, his reign to date has been one of dismal abject and demoralising failure. A meaningful democratic Board rather than a panel of yes men is now what this club needs to put it on the right course. To put all your eggs into the one academy basket was never a good idea. BlueandWhiteBaz
  • Score: -19

4:59pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Shrubendlad says...

Ipswich already have academy status 2 and they have applied for status 1 for the season 14/15 with a view to having 50% first team players from their youth
squads with in 5 years.
They have an Irish manager and have preseason training in Ireland.
I assume ColU have simply copied the club 18 miles to the north.
Have Ipswich heard anything?
Ipswich already have academy status 2 and they have applied for status 1 for the season 14/15 with a view to having 50% first team players from their youth squads with in 5 years. They have an Irish manager and have preseason training in Ireland. I assume ColU have simply copied the club 18 miles to the north. Have Ipswich heard anything? Shrubendlad
  • Score: -15

5:21pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Shrubendlad says...

I want Colchester to get back to the Championship where they belong and I don't want to be a Club Critic-The local MP does that job very well.
But if the Colu blueprint is in Ipswich-then lets say so.
The Ipswich Irish manager has effectively said that the Club should forget any Premiership ambition.
The ColU supporters need to know that there is Championship ambition-otherwise whats the point of just running on the same spot?
I want Colchester to get back to the Championship where they belong and I don't want to be a Club Critic-The local MP does that job very well. But if the Colu blueprint is in Ipswich-then lets say so. The Ipswich Irish manager has effectively said that the Club should forget any Premiership ambition. The ColU supporters need to know that there is Championship ambition-otherwise whats the point of just running on the same spot? Shrubendlad
  • Score: -9

11:19am Mon 16 Jun 14

Ontheball says...

Just read the back page of todays Gazette and it appears that they have passed certain criteria for Cat2 but the inbdoor facilities are not up to scratch.
Just read the back page of todays Gazette and it appears that they have passed certain criteria for Cat2 but the inbdoor facilities are not up to scratch. Ontheball
  • Score: 1

12:08pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Col utd says...

Shrubendlad wrote:
I want Colchester to get back to the Championship where they belong and I don't want to be a Club Critic-The local MP does that job very well.
But if the Colu blueprint is in Ipswich-then lets say so.
The Ipswich Irish manager has effectively said that the Club should forget any Premiership ambition.
The ColU supporters need to know that there is Championship ambition-otherwise whats the point of just running on the same spot?
Where we belong haha never been a championship club...
[quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: I want Colchester to get back to the Championship where they belong and I don't want to be a Club Critic-The local MP does that job very well. But if the Colu blueprint is in Ipswich-then lets say so. The Ipswich Irish manager has effectively said that the Club should forget any Premiership ambition. The ColU supporters need to know that there is Championship ambition-otherwise whats the point of just running on the same spot?[/p][/quote]Where we belong haha never been a championship club... Col utd
  • Score: -14

12:31pm Mon 16 Jun 14

romantic says...

Col utd wrote:
Shrubendlad wrote:
I want Colchester to get back to the Championship where they belong and I don't want to be a Club Critic-The local MP does that job very well.
But if the Colu blueprint is in Ipswich-then lets say so.
The Ipswich Irish manager has effectively said that the Club should forget any Premiership ambition.
The ColU supporters need to know that there is Championship ambition-otherwise whats the point of just running on the same spot?
Where we belong haha never been a championship club...
Apart from two seasons. Don't forget the year we came within a couple of wins of being in the play-offs. Any club needs to have ambition. Historically, we have mainly been Div.3 (now League One) or lower, but we still need to aspire to better, otherwise what's the point?
[quote][p][bold]Col utd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: I want Colchester to get back to the Championship where they belong and I don't want to be a Club Critic-The local MP does that job very well. But if the Colu blueprint is in Ipswich-then lets say so. The Ipswich Irish manager has effectively said that the Club should forget any Premiership ambition. The ColU supporters need to know that there is Championship ambition-otherwise whats the point of just running on the same spot?[/p][/quote]Where we belong haha never been a championship club...[/p][/quote]Apart from two seasons. Don't forget the year we came within a couple of wins of being in the play-offs. Any club needs to have ambition. Historically, we have mainly been Div.3 (now League One) or lower, but we still need to aspire to better, otherwise what's the point? romantic
  • Score: -3

12:42pm Mon 16 Jun 14

romantic says...

romantic wrote:
Col utd wrote:
Shrubendlad wrote:
I want Colchester to get back to the Championship where they belong and I don't want to be a Club Critic-The local MP does that job very well.
But if the Colu blueprint is in Ipswich-then lets say so.
The Ipswich Irish manager has effectively said that the Club should forget any Premiership ambition.
The ColU supporters need to know that there is Championship ambition-otherwise whats the point of just running on the same spot?
Where we belong haha never been a championship club...
Apart from two seasons. Don't forget the year we came within a couple of wins of being in the play-offs. Any club needs to have ambition. Historically, we have mainly been Div.3 (now League One) or lower, but we still need to aspire to better, otherwise what's the point?
As an example of a club which has risen from the lower levels (non-league until the late 1970s), look at Wigan. That is a similar sized town to Colchester, with big clubs all around, a rugby town at heart. So there are lots of reasons why they could have felt content with Div 3 stability. But they have gone on to spend several years in the PL and be FA Cup winners. The question is, does the club really have that ambition?
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Col utd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shrubendlad[/bold] wrote: I want Colchester to get back to the Championship where they belong and I don't want to be a Club Critic-The local MP does that job very well. But if the Colu blueprint is in Ipswich-then lets say so. The Ipswich Irish manager has effectively said that the Club should forget any Premiership ambition. The ColU supporters need to know that there is Championship ambition-otherwise whats the point of just running on the same spot?[/p][/quote]Where we belong haha never been a championship club...[/p][/quote]Apart from two seasons. Don't forget the year we came within a couple of wins of being in the play-offs. Any club needs to have ambition. Historically, we have mainly been Div.3 (now League One) or lower, but we still need to aspire to better, otherwise what's the point?[/p][/quote]As an example of a club which has risen from the lower levels (non-league until the late 1970s), look at Wigan. That is a similar sized town to Colchester, with big clubs all around, a rugby town at heart. So there are lots of reasons why they could have felt content with Div 3 stability. But they have gone on to spend several years in the PL and be FA Cup winners. The question is, does the club really have that ambition? romantic
  • Score: -14

4:46pm Mon 16 Jun 14

thillewe says...

can't see us back in the championship for quite some time. no money a chairman who is taking money out of the club, falling attended.
#longhardseason
can't see us back in the championship for quite some time. no money a chairman who is taking money out of the club, falling attended. #longhardseason thillewe
  • Score: -16

8:20pm Mon 16 Jun 14

25414nora says...

It's looking very much like 'academy status 2 is in the bag.
Humble Pie Anyone?
It's looking very much like 'academy status 2 is in the bag. Humble Pie Anyone? 25414nora
  • Score: 16

8:54pm Mon 16 Jun 14

wearebeingwatched says...

thillewe wrote:
can't see us back in the championship for quite some time. no money a chairman who is taking money out of the club, falling attended.
#longhardseason
I loved to know where you think all this money he is taking out of the club is coming from. It is certainly not from the crowds we are getting, which does not cover the £300K a year rent for the ground and the players wages.
[quote][p][bold]thillewe[/bold] wrote: can't see us back in the championship for quite some time. no money a chairman who is taking money out of the club, falling attended. #longhardseason[/p][/quote]I loved to know where you think all this money he is taking out of the club is coming from. It is certainly not from the crowds we are getting, which does not cover the £300K a year rent for the ground and the players wages. wearebeingwatched
  • Score: 13

1:53am Wed 18 Jun 14

Boris says...

The E A D T says we have cat 2 status for one season only, pending construction of better indoor facilities.
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The E A D T says we have cat 2 status for one season only, pending construction of better indoor facilities. . http://www.eadt.co.u k/sport/colchester-u nited/colchester_uni ted_secure_academy_c ategory_two_status_b ut_for_how_long_1_36 43426 Boris
  • Score: -9

12:47pm Thu 19 Jun 14

thillewe says...

wearebeingwatched wrote:
thillewe wrote:
can't see us back in the championship for quite some time. no money a chairman who is taking money out of the club, falling attended.
#longhardseason
I loved to know where you think all this money he is taking out of the club is coming from. It is certainly not from the crowds we are getting, which does not cover the £300K a year rent for the ground and the players wages.
season tickets (down again) shirt sales, he takes his cut first
[quote][p][bold]wearebeingwatched[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thillewe[/bold] wrote: can't see us back in the championship for quite some time. no money a chairman who is taking money out of the club, falling attended. #longhardseason[/p][/quote]I loved to know where you think all this money he is taking out of the club is coming from. It is certainly not from the crowds we are getting, which does not cover the £300K a year rent for the ground and the players wages.[/p][/quote]season tickets (down again) shirt sales, he takes his cut first thillewe
  • Score: -4

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