Tony Humes’ man management qualities will be a key factor in whether or not he can be a success as Colchester United manager.

That is the view of former U’s legend Steve Foley, who believes Humes’ relationship with his senior players can be crucial in him succeeding in his new role.

Humes and his number two Richard Hall are preparing to take charge of Colchester for the first time at fellow strugglers Walsall, this weekend.

Ex-Colchester academy manager Humers has first-hand experience of dealing with the likes of home-grown youngsters such as Alex Gilbey and Sammie Szmodics.

But former Norwich City coach Foley, who worked with Humes and Hall during his time at Ipswich, feels it is the pair’s relationship with the more experienced players that could prove vital.

Foley said: “They’re going away from the kids situation to working with senior pros and that’s another part of the journey for them.

“When you’re doing that, your man-management skills come into play more than at any other time.

“It’s certainly a different ball game when you’re dealing with senior players.

“I can remember when I left Colchester and I moved on to Norwich City.

“I was suddenly dealing with internationals and when you’re doing that, you have to talk some sense.

“Only time will tell whether or not if it’s the right appointment but they know the club inside out.

“I’m sure people will say that they needed a name but I’m pleased that someone inside the club has been given a chance.

“If you want a quick fix, you bring someone in who’s been there and done it but they were good when they were at Ipswich.”

Humes has inherited a Colchester squad still searching for their first win of the season, after five attempts.

And Foley, who had three caretaker spells in charge of the U’s, admits it is important that they get off the mark sooner rather than later.

“They have to get results and if they don’t that, then the pressure will be back on,” added Foley, who works as a youth development coach at Ipswich and also coaches at Ryman League division one north side Needham Market.

“If they go two or three results without getting a result, people will question you and that’s part and parcel of the game.

“But you have to stick by your beliefs when the times are tough.

“You have good and bad experiences in coaching and you learn as you go along.

“You have to remain open-minded and I’m still learning, even at my age.”

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